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On this day in Iowa weather history...

1996: Clear skies, calm winds, and deep snow cover allowed temperatures to plummet to very cold levels on the morning of the 31st. Chariton broke its all-time record with a low temperature of -35 F. Decorah and Elkader both recorded low temperatures of -37 F which at the time was tied for the coldest temperature in Iowa since 1963. However, these readings were eclipsed just a few days later when the cold intensified even further resulting in many all-time records being broken across the region.

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