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 • Below normal precipitation,above normal temperatures describe the weather in March in Webster City.

 Above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation can best describe the weather in Webster City. Records at the KQWC Radio Hill weather reporting station showed the average high for March at 49 degrees and the average low at 22. The normal high temperature for March is 36 degrees. The warmest day for the month was 84 degrees on March 16. It was a new record high for the date breaking the old record of 82 degrees set March 16,2012. The lowest temperature was 8 degrees below zero set the morning of March 5. As for precipitation,we ended March with only three tenths of an inch and a trace of snow. Iowa state climatologist Harry Hillaker said it was the driest March since 1994. The National Weather Service outlook for April in Iowa indicates it will be a month of normal to above normal temperatures and normal to below  normal precipitation. Last April the average high was 58 degrees and the average low was 33 degrees. We measured 4.43 inches of rain and an inch and a half of snow in April,2014. KQWC Radio is the official observer for the National Weather Service in Webster City.

 • Slight drop in Hamilton County's Unemployment Rate for February.

There has been a slight decrease in Hamilton County's unemployment rate. The Iowa Workforce Development office reported today the rate for February was at 5.3 percent down from the January rate of 5.6 percent. There were 6,850 people employed while 380 people in Hamilton County who were unemployed in February. Iowa's unemployment rate for February was at 4.1 percent down from the January rate of 4.2 percent. In surrounding counties, the unemployment rate for Boone County was 3.8 percent,Franklin at 4.6 percent, Hardin at 5.6, Story at 2.7 percent, Webster County at 5.2 percent and Wright County at 4.6 percent.

 • Home fire under investigation in Woolstock.

 A house fire sent the Woolstock Fire Department into action early Monday evening. The call was received from the Wayne Westberg residence on Neville Street. Woolstock fire chief Chase Pruismann said the fire started in the garage and spread to the entire residence. The Eagle Grove fire department provided mutual aid at the scene. There were no injuries reported. The Westberg home is a total loss. Firemen remained on the scene for three and a half hours. Chief Pruismann said the fire cause is undetermind but possibly electrical in nature. There were no injuries reported.

 • Van Diest Medical Center to meet for a special session Tuesday afternoon.
 • Jordan Aquifer rule changes to be discussed at Fort Dodge meeting.



Tonight...Partly cloudy in the evening. Thunderstorms before midnight and early morning. Thunderstorms likely late in the night. Breezy. Low in the upper 40s. South wind 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 45 mph shifting to the west 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Chance of thunderstorms 90 percent.
Thursday...Mostly cloudy through mid morning then becoming mostly sunny. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms through mid morning. Cooler. High in the mid 60s. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon.
Thursday Night...Partly cloudy through midnight then becoming mostly cloudy. Colder. Low in the upper 30s. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

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Natalie, Rhonda, Mary and Myra. 

Chuck Long former IA Hawkeye quarterback
made a visit to KQWC...We had to get a 
picture with him and signed autographs! 

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