With 41.5 inches of rain falling across Iowa last year, 2019 was the 12th wettest year on record in the state, according to the latest Water Summary Update.
As a result of the prolonged period of higher than normal precipitation both in Iowa and throughout the upper Midwest, river and streamflows in Iowa were above normal for the entire year. Significant and long-term flooding were experienced on both the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers in 2019, and interior streams experienced above normal flows for much of the year.
Eight months of 2019 had below-average temperatures. The coldest temperatures of the year were reported near sunrise on Jan. 30 with temperatures ranging from -20s in southern Iowa to -30s in northern Iowa. In Fairfield the coldest day of the year was on january 31st with a recorded temperature of -22 below. The hottest days were on July 20th and 21st at 95 degrees. On average Fairfield receives around 38.12 inches of rain, however in 2019 that figure climbed 42.42, over 4 inches above the annual average.
For a thorough review of Iowa’s water resource trends, go to www.iowadnr.gov/watersummaryupdate.