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Strong thunderstorms hit NW Iowa with high winds, heavy rain

News, Weather

September 21st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — Powerful winds and heavy rain hit northwest Iowa last (Thursday) night, leaving a mess behind. Emmet County was one of the areas hit hardest with destructive winds and heavy rainfall. There were reports of power outages, as well as numerous trees and branches down.

Extensive damage occurred at the Green Plains ethanol plant office in Superior, and damage to equipment and trucks was reported to have taken place at the Superior Co-op. Part of the roof was torn off, along with blown out windows and an outside wall was ripped off the structure.

There were also reports of buildings and homes in the Estherville area that sustained extensive damage. As a precaution, several businesses along Central Avenue were evacuated because of a natural gas leak. Iowa Lakes Community College evacuated students from two dorm buildings due to downed power lines. All students were safe and were able to return to the dorms later in the evening.

Heavy rains swell rivers, creeks in northwest Iowa

News, Weather

September 21st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Floodwaters have filled basements, home and business floors and closed streets and highways in northwest Iowa. The National Weather Service says the Little Sioux River is expected to crest Friday at just under 7 feet above flood stage in Spencer. More than 7 inches of rain has been reported west of the city from storms Wednesday into Thursday. U.S. Highway 18 was closed for a time east of Spencer.

Up to 7 inches also was reported in Hartley, where Mayor Rod Ahrenstorff says several inches fell earlier this week and then again Wednesday night into Thursday. City clerk and administrator Patty Anderson says she’s worried about what the flooding is going to cost the city.

Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Friday, September 21

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

September 21st, 2018 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .65″
  • 7 miles NNE of Atlantic  .99″
  • 2 miles NW of Atlantic  .95″
  • Massena  .67″
  • Elk Horn  1.28″
  • Avoca  .18″
  • Neola  1.3″
  • Underwood  1.27″
  • Bridgewater  .7″
  • Corning  .62″
  • Red Oak  .64″
  • Kirkman  1.38″
  • Missouri Valley  1.61″
  • Logan  1.78″
  • Carroll  1.26″
  • Denison  1.5″
  • Creston  .53″
  • Clarinda  .45″
  • Shenandoah  .57″

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area, 9/21/2018

Weather

September 21st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly cloudy, windy & cooler. High 68. NW @ 15-25.

Tonight: Clear. Diminishing winds. Low 40.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. High 72. S @ 5-10.

Sunday: P/cldy. High 78.

Monday: P/cldy w/a chance of afternoon showers/thunderstorms. High near 80.

Yesterday’s High in Atlantic was 92. Our Low this morning 57. We received .65” rain last night, in Atlantic. Last year on this date our High was 90 and the Low was 67. The record High in Atlantic on this date was 96 in 1937. The Record Low was 29 in 1918 & 1994.

Severe weather possible this evening and tonight

News, Weather

September 20th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

A line of showers and thunderstorms is expected to move from northwest to southeast across the area late this afternoon into tonight. Storms are expected to develop around 4-5pm across far northwest Iowa. Storms will move rapidly to the southeast with the peak impacts between 6pm and 11pm. Damaging winds, large hail and frequent lightning are the primary concerns. A tornado or two is also possible, although the higher tornado risk has shifted north into Minnesota. While a brief period of heavy rainfall is possible as the storms move through, the faster movement of storms should limit the flash flood threat. The greatest threat for severe weather is over the northern third of Iowa, with areas from Atlantic to Council Bluffs northward, to Carroll and east to Ames under a slight risk.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: 9/20/2018

Weather

September 20th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly cloudy, warm & humid w/scattered late day showers & thunderstorms. High around 90. S @ 10-20 w/gusts to near 40.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy w/shwrs & tstrms. Low 56. NW @ 10-15.
Friday: P/Cldy & windy. High 68. NW @ 15-25.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 43.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 73. E
Saturday Night: Clear, with a low around 50.
Sunday: P/Cldy. High near 80.

Yesterday’s High in Atlantic was 86. Our Low 67. Last year on this date our High was 83 and the Low was 59. The record High in Atlantic on this date was 95 in 1891. The Record Low was 28 in 1901 & 1962.

 

Forecasters: El Nino is coming, may mean warmer, wetter winter

News, Weather

September 19th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — This is the last week of summer and forecasters at the National Climate Center are raising the odds of an El Nino weather pattern impacting our region soon. Meteorologist Dennis Todey, director of the U-S-D-A’s Midwest Climate Hub in Ames, says we may see a shift within a few months. “We get into El Nino conditions maybe by late fall but probably by mid-winter,” Todey says. “The probability is around 65 to 70% chance right now.”

Forecasting models indicate a weak El Nino is most likely, Todey says, but that’s just at the moment. “This one will probably not be a particularly strong one,” he says, “so, therefore, what we expect out of this, we can’t assume as much out of it this time. Typically, we talk about El Nino winters as higher likelihood of being warmer than average throughout most of the Northern Plains, the northern Midwest. That’s still the thinking.”

Todey says it’s a safer bet the impacts of the weather pattern will be felt more next year than this fall. “The other thing, when we have El Ninos, we expect a better chance of precipitation as you get into springtime,” Todey says. “The indications for fall aren’t as strong and we’re really not being impacted by El Nino right now, so, we can’t say too much about the fall as being too much different from average right now.”

Forecasts for the last three months of the year show near-normal temperatures and precipitation are likely for the region.

Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Wednesday, September 19

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

September 19th, 2018 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .31″
  • 7 miles NNE of Atlantic  .56″
  • Wiota  1.6″
  • Massena  .11″
  • Elk Horn  .66″
  • Audubon  .82″
  • Oakland  .15″
  • Adair  .03″
  • Guthrie Center  .53″
  • Neola  .21″
  • Villisca  1″
  • Corning  .87″
  • Underwood  .34″
  • Missouri Valley  .31″
  • Logan  .57″
  • Manning  .46″
  • Carroll  .56″
  • Denison  .22″
  • Red Oak  .7″
  • Creston  .27″
  • Clarinda  .46″
  • Shenandoah  .4″

Special Weather Statement for Fog (9/19/18)

Weather

September 19th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Area Counties: Sac-Crawford-Carroll-Audubon-Guthrie-Dallas-Cass-Adair-Madison-Adams-Union-Taylor and Ringgold….

Areas of dense fog have developed overnight and early this morning across portions of central, western, and southern Iowa. Scattered areas have seen visiblities drop to a mile or less, with others beginning to see restrictions as well. Travel this morning should be with caution, including usage of fog lights and reduced speeds.

Storms bring hail, strong wind and power outages to the area

News, Weather

September 19th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Strong storms that moved into western Iowa Tuesday afternoon, brought hail, winds of up to 60 miles per hour, and caused scattered power outages. According to the National Weather Service, a thunderstorm wind gust of up to 60-mph at around 3-p.m. was recorded by an Iowa DOT system, and hail a bit larger than the size of peas was observed. The event occurred about two-miles south/southeast of Adair.

Four-miles north/northeast of Anita, about 10-minutes earlier, a DOT automated site recorded a 60-mile per hour gust of wind. Power lines and/or poles were reported down in Kimballton Tuesday afternoon, as well, after storms pushed their way through Shelby and Audubon Counties.

There were no other, immediate reports of damage or injuries.