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1991: Unseasonably cold weather brought freezing temperatures to nearly every portion of Iowa on the mornings of September 19th and 20th. On the morning of the 19th the coldest air settled over northwestern Iowa where temperatures dropped to as low as 24 F at Hawarden, Sibley, and Sioux Center and some locations remained at or below 30 degrees for nearly eight hours resulting in severe crop damage. By the morning of the 20th the coldest air had moved over about the eastern two thirds of the state with temperatures bottoming out at 27 F at Cresco, Elkader, Fayette, Grinnell, Manchester, Oskaloosa, and Waterloo. Generally the only areas to escape the freeze were some of the urban centers, upland areas of southern Iowa, and portions of the Mississippi River valley. Nevertheless this was the earliest statewide freeze to occur in Iowa in more than a century.

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