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Extreme Weather Events In Iowa May Be The New Normal

Katie Peikes
IPR file
In March, flood waters swept through the streets of many Iowa communities, including the city of Hornick.

Extreme weather, including flooding and tornados, has been topping the news in Iowa and the Midwest. But the number of extreme weather events in the region may be even more numerous than we're able to recall. 

On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by Antonio Arenas, assistant research engineer at the University of Iowa to discuss a new digital timeline to map extreme weather events across the state in a user-friendly format. He developed the project when he realized he was losing track of the number and location of weather events himself.

Also joining the program: 

  • Kate Payne, IPR Eastern Iowa reporter
  • Katie Peikes, IPR Western Iowa reporter
  • Gene Takle, emeritus distinguished professor of agronomy at Iowa State University
  • Alex Krull, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Des Moines
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa