McKinney Park Cumming, IA 1/30/17

Wow did today’s weather make it feel like spring is around the corner, with a little less wind it would have been even better! Today’s warm spell was brought to us by a clipper system that impacted areas north and east of Iowa. Northeast Iowa did see a bit of snow from this system but most of it was found in Minnesota and Wisconsin. This left most of Iowa wide open for a burst of warm air from the south and this with a bit of sunshine lead to highs reaching the 40s and 50s with cities in southwestern Iowa being just shy of 60! This was the first big warm up of the year and left many areas with light snowcover to loose it entirely and even areas of North Iowa which just got a foot plus of snow last week to start melting it down. Below is a list of highs that were seen throughout the state today which you can see the large contrast there was in temperatures from southwest to northeast.

Speaking of being like Spring, today we came ever so close to having the first flower of the year here as the Snowdrops were testing to see if it’s warm enough to bloom!

Shenandoah 59.F
Omaha/Council Bluffs 56.F
Lamoni 54.F
Ottumwa 54.F
Osceola 53.F
Keokuk 52.F
Des Moines 52.F
Chariton 52.F
Creston 52.F
Sioux City 49.F
Iowa City 48.F
Denison 48.F
Cedar Rapids 45.F
Muscatine 45.F
Ames 44.F
Marshalltown 43.F
Davenport 41.F
Storm Lake 41.F
Sheldon 41.F
Estherville 41.F
Mason City 40.F
Waterloo 40.F
Dubuque 37.F
Decorah 37.F


About Author

Derek McKay is a Senior Horticulturist for the Iowa Weather Network. Derek is a degreed horticulturist and writes frequent posts about Iowa prairie and gardening tips, in addition to leading the fall foliage and spring bloom reports. Derek is 25 and grew up in the town of Clayton, Wisconsin. He moved to south after college to his current city of Cumming, Iowa after stints in Rochester, Minnesota and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His hobbies include weather, while his passion and career is in the horticultural field. Derek works as a greenhouse and horticulture specialist at Ted Lare Garden Center located in Cumming, where he helps people with plants selections. Derek's education consists of a degree in horticulture, which he received at University Center Rochester in Rochester, MN. Derek is very involved in the community and spends his spare time volunteering at the Des Moines Botanical Center. He's loved weather and gardening for as long as he can remember, but became highly involved with the weather after the June 2001 straight line wind event in northern Wisconsin. In December 2007, he was inspired to start a weather blog, but now does horticulture columns with the Iowa Weather Network. Anyone that has questions regarding plants or is in need of something identified is encourage to email him at He enjoys reading your emails and does a great job responding.

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