It may officially be fall but it looks like someone forgot to tell Mother Nature as numerous high temperature records were broken across the state and here in South Central Iowa. The unseasonable heat wave this past weekend led to a high temperature of 91 in Pella on Saturday, which tied the previous record set in 1984, while the overnight low of 70 broke the previous record low for that date. n Sunday, an observed high of 90 tied a nearly century-old record, set on September 24th, 1920. For those of you missing fall, there is some good news on the way – more mild weather is in the forecast beginning Tuesday, with highs topping out in the low to mid 70s through Wednesday and highs in the upper 60s by next weekend.
An unusual accident in Fremont last week has one worker giving thanks for properly functioning safety equipment – Around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20th, emergency officials received a call about a man hanging from a safety harness in Fremont. Mahaska County Sheriff Russell Van Renterghem said the man was in a boom truck working on trees when a hydraulic line broke, causing the boom to partially drop – that in turn threw the worker from the boom, which was 40-50 feet above the ground. Van Renterghem said the safety harness the man was wearing likely saved his life; the worker was suspended in the air for about 45 minutes before emergency crews arrived and brought him safely down; no power lines were involved in the incident.