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1989: An unseasonably warm January 31st came to an abrupt end as a strong arctic cold front swept across Iowa ushering in much colder weather for the first few days of February. The frontal passage was marked by very sharp temperature drops particularly across the western half of the state where many stations reported falls of more than 50 degrees from their afternoon highs on January 31st to their morning lows on February 1st. Some of the largest reported temperature falls included 57 degrees at Corning (from a high of 67 F to a low of 10 F), 58 degrees at Glenwood (68 F to 10 F), and 59 degrees at Shenandoah (70 F to 11 F). Subzero temperatures spread across the entire state over the following several days, with Des Moines remaining below zero for 70 consecutive hours on February 2-5 and wind chills plunging to as low as -73 F at Mason City on the morning of the 3rd.

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