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Rare February Thunderstorms Bring Hail to Eastern Iowa

Rare February thunderstorms hit the eastern half of the KMCH listening area on Thursday afternoon.

The strong storms moved through eastern Delaware County, Jones County and Dubuque County during the 3 pm hour. Numerous reports of dime-to-marble-sized hail were reported by KMCH listeners and Emergency Management. Small hail was also reported in Monticello, Hopkinton and between Worthington and Farley.

The storms remained just below severe limits, though a Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for southeast Dubuque County as they started to cross over the Mississippi River.

According to storm reports from the National Weather Service, that same line of storms dropped larger hail and funnel clouds as it moved into southern Wisconsin.

Temperatures soared way above normal on Thursday too, with highs reaching into the 60s. Delaware County Emergency Management says the last time eastern Iowa reached 60 degrees or higher this early in the year was 2002-2003. It’s only happened a handful of times in recorded history.

top photo courtesy of Becky Webster Wederquist (Dyersville); bottom photo courtesy of Kelsey Hosch (Dyersville)

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