Des Moines, IA – RadioIowa – April was a month of weather extremes in the state, from snow and frigid temperatures in the teens to warm, sunny days in the mid-80s. State climatologist Harry Hillaker says despite the wide temperature swings, the month ended up close to average.
The warmest temperature reported in Iowa during the month was 85 degrees on April 3rd in Little Sioux and April 25th in Donnellson. The coldest temperature was recorded in Audubon with 13 degrees on April 9th. While there’s been a lot of rain in the past week in many areas of the state, Iowa is actually behind the curve for the month.
Western Iowa had the heaviest rainfall and ended up above-normal for the month, while parts of eastern and northeastern Iowa were below normal for precip. While April is often a turbulent weather month, there was only severe weather on two days. April 24th brought high winds and hail to parts of northwest and southwest Iowa, while April 27th saw multiple twisters.
For the month ahead, the long-range forecast calls for slightly warmer-than-normal temperatures and somewhat drier conditions. Hillaker says that’s typical for springs where the El Nino weather pattern is dominant.