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Event Details

Event Winter Storm
State IOWA
County/Area PALO ALTO
WFO DMX
Report Source Trained Spotter
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2007-02-24 03:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2007-02-25 17:00:00.0 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 250.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A major winter storm affected Iowa through the 24th and 25th of February. A powerful upper low moved onto the west coast during the middle of the week, and advanced east through the Rockies during the end of the week. Strong warm air advection took place over the top of a shallow polar airmass that was in place over Iowa. The east-southeasterly flow at the surface drew cool and dry air into the state from the east, setting the stage for a significant ice storm. The main area of precipitation overspread the state during the early morning hours of the 24th and persisted through much of the 25th. Initially, very warm air aloft meant that the precipitation fell in the form of freezing rain and sleet. The central and northeast sections of the CWA were most effected with the ice as the southwest warmed to just above freezing. Ice accumulations ranged from around one quarter of an inch or so along a Carroll to Centerville line, to between one half and on inch over the northeast part of the CWA in the Waterloo, Tama, Marshalltown, to south of Mason City areas. Widespread tree and power line damage was reported across much of the northeast two thirds of the CWA. Reports of 345 KV lines down were received from Tama and Black Hawk Couties. During this time, easterly winds were blowing in the 20 to 40 MPH range, exacerbating the problem. Tama County reported 75 miles of power lines down. Butler County reported at least 250 power poles snapped already by the evening of the 24th. At the height of the storm, at least 265,000 customers were without power. Interstate Power and Light Company reported that 1000 miles of transmission line was down at one point and 2000 utility poles were snapped in their area covered by Alliant Energy. MidAmerica Energy reported 360 miles of transmission line down and 1600 utility poles snapped in their area. Final damage figures for the three utility entities involved in the ice storm were $70,000,000 damage to Alliant Energy equipment, $36,000,000 damage to MidAmerica Energy equipment, and $32,000,000 damage to Rural Electric Cooperative equipment. These figures are statewide figures and therefore were not entirely within the Des Moines CWA. The freezing rain changed over to sleet, and eventually snow late on the 24th into the 25th. Six to twelve inches of snow was common across much of Iowa northwest of a Bedford, to Des Moines, to Grundy Center line. Some of the heavier amounts include 11.5 inches at Algona in Kossuth County, and 10 inches at Dana in Greene County and Estherville in Emmet County. Along with the snow, many areas reported occasional visibility near zero in blowing snow on the night of the 24th into the 25th. Travel became very hazardous with many roads closed due to the combination of snow, blowing snow, fallen wires, and fallen trees. Numerous activities were canceled on the 25th as well. By the afternoon of the 25th, Iowa Governor Chet Culver had already given 60 counties the state disaster declaration by the afternoon following the storm. Subsequently, 46 of the counties, mostly in northeast Iowa, received a Presidential Disaster Declaration. Some of the hardest hit areas were in Poweshiek, Marshall, Tama, and Black Hawk Counties. Costs in the city of Waterloo, for example, were over $2,000,000 during the first week after the storm. This winter storm went into the books as one of the worst winter storms in many years. Although ice storms are not documented all that well, this storm appears to be the worst ice storm in Iowa in the past 40 years due to the large areal extent of the storm. Farther to the south and west the precipitation fell as rain. Enough rain fell to cause some minor flooding on the Chariton and Middle Rivers. The Middle River crested about a foot over flood state in Indianola, while the Chariton River crested a little over 2 feet over flood stage in Chariton.
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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 17.535M 0.00K
ADAMS (ZONE) ADAMS (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
GUTHRIE (ZONE) GUTHRIE (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
WORTH (ZONE) WORTH (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
PALO ALTO (ZONE) PALO ALTO (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
BUTLER (ZONE) BUTLER (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
STORY (ZONE) STORY (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 500.00K 0.00K
CARROLL (ZONE) CARROLL (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
MARION (ZONE) MARION (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
MADISON (ZONE) MADISON (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
JASPER (ZONE) JASPER (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 500.00K 0.00K
SAC (ZONE) SAC (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
APPANOOSE (ZONE) APPANOOSE (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
GREENE (ZONE) GREENE (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
TAYLOR (ZONE) TAYLOR (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
HAMILTON (ZONE) HAMILTON (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
WEBSTER (ZONE) WEBSTER (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
MONROE (ZONE) MONROE (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
CERRO GORDO (ZONE) CERRO GORDO (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
CALHOUN (ZONE) CALHOUN (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
ADAIR (ZONE) ADAIR (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
POWESHIEK (ZONE) POWESHIEK (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 1.000M 0.00K
UNION (ZONE) UNION (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
BOONE (ZONE) BOONE (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
MARSHALL (ZONE) MARSHALL (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 1.000M 0.00K
DALLAS (ZONE) DALLAS (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
FRANKLIN (ZONE) FRANKLIN (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
WRIGHT (ZONE) WRIGHT (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
WARREN (ZONE) WARREN (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
GRUNDY (ZONE) GRUNDY (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
HUMBOLDT (ZONE) HUMBOLDT (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
BLACK HAWK (ZONE) BLACK HAWK (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 2.500M 0.00K
HARDIN (ZONE) HARDIN (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
WINNEBAGO (ZONE) WINNEBAGO (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
AUDUBON (ZONE) AUDUBON (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
KOSSUTH (ZONE) KOSSUTH (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
BREMER (ZONE) BREMER (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
DAVIS (ZONE) DAVIS (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
TAMA (ZONE) TAMA (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 1.500M 0.00K
POCAHONTAS (ZONE) POCAHONTAS (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
CRAWFORD (ZONE) CRAWFORD (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
POLK (ZONE) POLK (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 500.00K 0.00K
MAHASKA (ZONE) MAHASKA (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 500.00K 0.00K
EMMET (ZONE) EMMET (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
HANCOCK (ZONE) HANCOCK (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
CASS (ZONE) CASS (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
WAPELLO (ZONE) WAPELLO (ZONE) IA 02/24/2007 03:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
(30I)LAMONI MUNI ARP DECATUR CO. IA 02/24/2007 23:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
ADAIR WARREN CO. IA 02/24/2007 23:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
ADAIR ADAIR CO. IA 02/24/2007 23:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
ALLERTON WAYNE CO. IA 02/24/2007 23:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
BARNEY MADISON CO. IA 02/24/2007 23:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
CHARITON LUCAS CO. IA 02/24/2007 23:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
HOPEVILLE CLARKE CO. IA 02/24/2007 23:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 17.535M 0.00K