We’re a week into spring now and with the change of seasons, Iowans know it also means changing weather and sometimes, severe weather. Meteorologist Mindy Beerends, at the National Weather Service, says this is Severe Weather Awareness Week. There’s a different theme each day and today’s (Monday) focus is on severe thunderstorms.
“Tuesday, it’s how to receive warning information,” Beerends says. “Wednesday, information about tornadoes. Thursday, it’s preparedness and families, what they can do to prepare for severe weather, and Friday, we’ll be looking at flooding.”
Last year was a relatively quiet year for tornadoes in Iowa. “We had 43 tornadoes in the state of Iowa, just under the average of 48,” she says. “The activity usually peaks in May and June but every month in Iowa has seen a tornado.”
This year is already very active for tornadoes with multiple reports of funnel clouds in late February and at least ten tornadoes touched down statewide in early March. Beerends says there will be a statewide tornado drill on Wednesday.
“If there’s no severe weather occurring or expected that day, the Weather Service will conduct a tornado drill between 10 and 11 AM,” Beerends says. “We’re really just trying to get everybody to ensure they can receive a tornado warning and also practice any actions that you would take in the event of a real tornado.” Learn more at www.weather.gov/dmx.
Today: Cloudy w/areas of fog, light rain or drizzle this morning; P/Cldy to Cldy this afternoon. High 51. NE @ 10.
Tonight: P/Cldy. Low 35. Winds light and variable.
Tomorrow: Area of fog in the morning; P/Cldy to Cldy. High 56. E @ 10.
Wednesday: Showers or thunderstorms. High around 50.
Thursday: Mo. Cloudy w/morning showers/tstrms. High 48.
Sunday’s High in Atlantic was 48. Our Low was 39. Rainfall over the weekend amounted to 1.06”. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 49 and the low was 21. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 85 in 1895. The Record Low was 6 in 1894.
Today: Areas of fog through about 2-p.m., otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 48. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Cloudy, with a low around 39. North wind 5-10 mph.
Monday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 58. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday Night: Cloudy w/a 40% chance of rain after midnight. Low around 42.
Wednesday/Wed. night: A 50% chance of rain. High near 56/ Low 41.
Rainfall total 1.06″ this weekend (7-a.m. Friday through 7-a.m. today)
Skyscan Forecast Saturday, March 25, 2017 Richard Garuckas
Today: Mostly cloudy. Showers likely. High 44. NNE @ 10-20.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy. 40% chance of showers continuing. Low 39. NNW @ 5-10.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy. 30% chance of showers. High 53. WNW @ 5-10.
Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy. 20% chance of lingering showers. Low 42.
Monday: Mostly cloudy. Warmer. High 57.
Tuesday: Partly sunny. High 59.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers. High 56.
Today: Cloudy w/showers or thunderstorms. High 68. SE-N @ 10-15.
Tonight: Shwrs & tstrms. Low 43. NE @ 10-15.
Tomorrow: Mo.Cldy w/Shwrs & tstrms. High 52. N @ 10-20.
Sunday: Mo. Cldy. High 58.
Monday: Mo. Cloudy w/a chance of showers. High 58.
Thursday’s High in Atlantic was 74. Our 24-hour Low: (at 7-a.m. today will be) 44. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 44 and the low was 18. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 83 in 1967. The Record Low was -2 in 1974.
Today: Mostly cloudy w/scattered afternoon showers & thundershowers. High 60. SE @ 10-20.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy w/scatt. Shwrs & tstrms. Low 54. SE @ 10-20.
Tomorrow: Mo.Cldy w/scatt. Shwrs & tstrms. High 68. SE @ 10-20.
Saturday: Mo. Cldy w/some lingering showers. High 58.
Sunday: Mo. Cloudy. High 58.
Wednesday’s High in Atlantic was 50. Our Low was 30. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 50 and the low was 29. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 86 in 1910. The Record Low was 4 in 1974.
Today: Partly cloudy to cloudy w/lite mixed precip. this morning. High 49. NE @ 10-15. (UPDATED 7:20-a.m.)
Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Low 36. E @ 5-10.
Tomorrow: Mo.Cldy w/a 50% chance of showers & t-storms. High 60. SE @ 10-20.
Friday: Mo. Cldy w/a 70% chance of showers/thundershowers. High near 70.
Saturday: Cloudy an 80% chance scattered showers & tstrms. High 64
Tuesday’s High in Atlantic was 48. Our Low this morning was 29. We received .06” of rain and some flurries Tuesday, in Atlantic. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 63 and the low was 49. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 86 in 1910. The Record Low was -6 in 1912.
…Snow Band Moving through Central IA this AM…
A band of light to moderate snow will move through west central to central Iowa through 1130 am. Brief slick spots on roads will be possible, with some light snow accumulations possible especially in grassy areas. Visibilities may drop to less than a mile at times in the moderate to brief heavy snow.
Today: Mostly cloudy w/a 50% chance of rain through early afternoon. High 48. NE @ 10-20.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Low 30. NE @ 5-10.
Tomorrow: Mo.Cldy. High 49. N @ 10-20.
Thursday: Mo. Cldy w/a 50% chance of showers/thundershowers. High 49.
Friday: P/Cldy to Cldy w/a 70% chance scattered showers & tstrms. High 70.
Monday’s High in Atlantic was 67. Our Low this morning was 41. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 65 and the low was 26. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 88 in 1907. The Record Low was -7 in 1960.
The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency says the Fire Danger rating for grassland and field fires, will remain HIGH this week. Fire stations and participating businesses are asked to please keep your Local Fire Danger Signs in the HIGH category. The next update will be on Thursday, March 23rd.