Lost in the shuffle of Wednesday’s dangerous winds and subsequent damages they caused are the record high temperatures experienced across north Iowa.
According to the National Weather Service in LaCrosse, Charles City established a new record high for December 15th with 68 degrees just before 1 p.m. and lasting for about an hour and a half. That shattered the previous record of 53 degrees set in 1939.
Osage also broke their December 15th record of 54 degrees in 1939 with a new record high Wednesday of 67 degrees. New Hampton’s new record high is also 67 degrees, breaking its previous record of 50 set December 15th, 2012.
The NWS in Lacrosse showed Oelwein to be among the warmest new December 15th records in the area with 71 degrees Wednesday, breaking the old record of 60 set in 2014. Decorah’s new record high for December 15th is now 69 degrees, shattering the old mark of 52 in 1998.
Mason City’s previous record high of 54 degrees for December 15th was also set in 1998, but the NWS in Des Moines shows Mason City set a new record high Wednesday with 69 degrees at the Mason City Municipal Airport.