Snowdrop 1st bloom on 2/6/17

Today the first flower of 2017 opened an award that goes to this single Snowdrop ( Galanthus Elwesii ) This is exactly one week later then last years first making it the second year in a row with mid winter blooms. This bloom comes earlier then the average first flower, typically Snowdrops bloom here about two weeks from now at the end of the month, so right month wrong week! The lack of any form of winter lately lead to this earlier than normal floral display.

Today felt the opposite of winter as the high rose to 58.F here in south central Iowa with no snowcover. Normally we could expect highs in the lower to mid 30s this time of year. It was one of those days where you could tell it was going to be a nice one even early on with plentiful sunshine and a scent in the air that only southerly breezes seem to bring. It was certainly a day to be outdoors, I saw people walking and biking and even noticed some people doing spring-chores in their gardens. I’ll be waiting a bit longer just in case winter makes a rude appearance. Noticed I said appearance and not come-back that’s just because outside one big cold spell in December we really haven’t had much of a winter around here.


Highs Monday the 6th

Iowa City 58.F
Des Moines 58.F
Knoxville 57.F
Osceola 57.F
Washington 57.F
Davenport 55.F
Ankeny 55.F
Clarinda 55.F
Lamoni 55.F
Chariton 55.F
Ames 54.F
Keokuk 54.F
Cedar Rapids 52.F
Waterloo/Cedar Falls 51.F
Sioux City 48.F
Dubuque 48.F
Atlantic 46.F
Omaha/Council Bluffs 46.F
Fort Dodge 46.F
Caroll 46.F
Spencer 43.F
Decorah 39.F
Mason City 38.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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