STEVE'S "WILD" WORLD OF WEATHER...
When I'm wondering about weather folklore and historical events this is the man I go to. With more than 50 years of statistical and observational research, he's the dude! When it comes to lunar cycles, woolly bear caterpillars, insects, bugs, and animals, he tracks them, records them, and establishes ties to weather patterns. He's a knowledgeable and interesting man. His name is Steve Gottschalk by way of Lowden, Iowa. I'm grateful to him for lending his unique perspective to the site. Steve's "wild" world of weather can be found regularly right
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TWO SNOWSTORMS AND ALL TIME RECORD COLD:
The first of 2 successive snowfalls to to affect most of the state came on October 24-25th, 1925. Some of the higher amounts from this storm were:
Marshalltown - 7.3"
New Hampton - 7.1"
Guthrie Center - 7.0"
A second storm swept through the state with the southern portions receiving the higher amounts:
Clarinda - 6.0"
Keokuk - 3.4"
Keosaqua - 2.0"
Bitterly cold temperatures would follow on the heels of this second storm which would set all time record lows for the state. Inwood would set the state's record with -15. Some other record lows on the 29th were:
Decorah - -4
Iowa Falls - -1
Cedar Rapids - 0
WOOLLY BEAR UPDATE:
I have 7 woolly bear reports now and they are still showing normal to slightly below normal temperatures for the winter. I ran across a 1966 essay by the late naturalist, Hal Borland and he said that a narrow brown band meant a mild winter. This as exactly the opposite of what I was told.
OCTOBER SNOWFALLS AND A LA NINA WINTER:
I did a little research and found that of the 8 Octobers with snow since 1960, only 2 of them occurred during a La Nina. This year that closely matches this year was 2013 and we saw above normal snowfall that winter.
MODERATE LA NINA'S AND WINTER:
I looked back on all of the winters since 1960 which occurred during a moderate La Nina and found 9 of them. Of those 9 years, 7 of them had a colder winter. The snowfall tended to be a little above normal too.
We are suppose to have a moderate La Nina this winter.
THE LUNAR WEATHER CALENDAR:
3rd - cold, precip., wind
5th - cold, precip., wind
8th - variable temps., wind
12-14th - cold, precip., wind
15-16th - variable temps., wind
18th - variable temps., wind
21st - warmer and wind
25-26th - cold, precip., wind
30th - cold, precip., wind
1-2nd - cold, rain/snow, wind
7th - warmer, precip., wind
9th - warmer, precip., wind
12th - cold, rain/snow, wind
14-15th - variable temps. rain/snow, wind
21-22nd - cold, snow?, wind
24th - variable temps, rain/snow, wind
28-30th - cold, rain/snow, wind
That's all for this edition. On the "wild" side of weather I'm Steve Gottschalk
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