Thursday, August 5, 2010

Crazy Flooding...Crazy Year


The flooding Wednesday morning was amazing. We had some pictures sent to the newsroom that really show the dangers for folks who decide to drive into flooded streets...or in some cases are just caught in the flow of the event.
These shots were taken along Merle Hay Road and Aurora Avenue in Des Moines. This area floods very easily. The lady on the top of the car was rescued by another driver with a four-wheel drive vehicle. Urbandale police said they made about 35 rescues Wednesday morning.
Here are some interesting weather facts for Des Moines...really points out the extreme weather year we have seen in the state.


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
522 PM CDT WED AUG 4 2010

...SOME RECENT WEATHER FACTS FOR DES MOINES...

THE FOLLOWING IS A BRIEF LISTING OF A FEW WEATHER NUGGETS FOR DES MOINES.


WARMEST AVERAGE OVERNIGHT LOWS FOR JUNE AND JULY COMBINED

1. 68.7 1934
2. 68.5 1921
3. 67.2 2010 AND 1931
5. 67.1 1933 AND 1901


DES MOINES WAS TIED FOR 38TH PLACE FOR WARMEST DAYTIME HIGHS
DURING THE JUNE/JULY PERIOD THIS YEAR. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES WAS
76.2 DEGREES WHICH IS THE 18TH WARMEST JUNE/JULY PERIOD ON RECORD.

WETTEST JUNE/JULY PERIOD

1. 21.63 2008
2. 21.36 1881
3. 18.85 2010
4. 18.27 1990
5. 17.43 1993

WETTEST JANUARY 1ST - JULY 31ST PERIOD

1. 35.80 2008
2. 34.55 1881
3. 34.23 1993
4. 34.20 1990
5. 33.26 2010

MOST DAYS IN JUNE AND JULY WITH MEASURABLE RAINFALL

1. 35 1993
2. 34 2010 AND 1882
4. 32 1908
5. 30 1902

MOST DAYS IN JUNE AND JULY WITH AT LEAST 0.50" OF RAINFALL

1. 17 2010
2. 15 1993
3. 13 2008 AND 1990
5. 11 SEVERAL YEARS