October 17th record breaking warmth

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Record warmth blows through harvest October 17th 2016

Record warmth blows through corn harvest October 17th 2016

Today strong southerly breezes made it feel more like that of the dog days of August than mid fall. About the only way one could tell that it is fall is by seeing the fall colors that are currently around. Instead of light jackets like most would expect to need this time of year, many people were back in short sleeves with air conditioners being turned back on. The summery warmth is all thanks to a system passing through the Midwest pulling hot and humid air across much of Iowa and states to the south. The summer-like warmth was especially felt along and south of I-80 where highs in the middle to upper 80s and even a few lower 90s in the southeast Iowa. Numerous cities broke historical record high temperatures for today including Davenport, Des Moines and Omaha, old records that were set in the 1940s and 1950s. Nearly the entire state got a taste of warm air with the exception of the north and northwest which were held back into the 60s and 70s. Hope everyone enjoyed the summer-like weather as temperatures will cool off back down to more seasonal levels starting Wednesday.

Highs reported
Mount Pleasant 93.F
Keokuk 90.F
Iowa City 88.F
Davenport 88.F ( Record Broken )
Shenandoah 88.F
Des Moines 87.F ( Record Broken )
Chariton 86.F
Lamoni 86.F
Red Oak 86.F
Atlantic 86.F
Cedar Rapids 85.F
Omaha/Council Bluffs ( Record Broken )
Creston 84.F
Carroll 84.F
Ames 84.F
Marshalltown 84.F
Dubuque 82.F
Fort Dodge 81.F
Waterloo/Cedar Falls 81.F
Mason City 77.F
Decorah 75.F
Sioux City 74.F
Spencer 71.F
Orange City 66.F

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