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Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940

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Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940

Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940

The Armistice Day Blizzard occurred on November 11th 1940. Now known as Veterans day, this blizzard was not well forecasted. Prior to this storm unusally warm weather was occurring with temperatures in the 50s and 60s, many hunters went out hunting given the warm weather and ideal conditions. Drastic temperature swings occurred with temperatures dropping from the 50s and 60s down into the teens and 20s. The Low moved across Iowa bottoming out at 971mb near Duluth MN. Up to 2 feet of snow fell in Minnesota and drifts were up to 20 feet high. 154 people died, many were the hunters that were caught off guard my the sudden change in the weather.
Wikipedia Article
Article from Minnesota Public Radio
Iowa DNR Article

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Jeff Wilcox serves as the Senior Forecaster at the Iowa Weather Network with primary focuses in long term weather operations and climatology. Weather has always fascinated me since I was young. My first memory of weather was back in 1988 during the Mother’s Day Tornado Outbreak in 1988. I can vaguely remember the cold snap the state experienced around Christmas Time in 1983, but was too young to remember that vividly. Growing up in Anamosa since moving there in 1981, I’ve experienced all the weather imaginable from bitter cold in early 1996 to hot and humid weather in 1995 and again in 2012, to floods in 1993, 1999, 2008 and 2013, Droughts in 1988 and 2012. After doing some other website work and other interests which included publishing a novel in 2007, I finally began the Iowa Weather Blog on June 27th 2008, right after the Flood of 2008. I worked it alone for hours on end giving out weather information that I thought was appropriate for those that wanted to know what was going on in their skies and what was to come. I continue to work on the blog along with the Iowa Weather Network which was created back in 2012 and continue to do so to this day.