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Special Weather Statement for icy conditions

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December 13th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

1030 AM CST Fri Dec 13 2019

Area Counties…Carroll-Audubon-Guthrie-Cass-Adair-Adams-Union-Taylor-Ringgold

…Icing on Untreated Surfaces Possible This Morning…

An area of a wintry mix to freezing rain is moving across the area this morning. Expect icy conditions to develop on untreated surfaces with road surface temperatures in the 20s, allowing for
freezing on contact to occur. In addition, icing on windshields may occur. Expect the precipitation to move out of the area in the next one to two hours.

Skyscan Forecast – Friday Dec. 13, 2019

Weather

December 13th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Today: Areas of dense fog this morning; Mostly cloudy w/mixed precup. (light feezing drizzle/snow). High 38. SE-W@ 10-15.

Tonight: Mo. Cldy w/flurries. Low 16. NW @ 10-20.

Tomorrow: P/Cldy to Cldy. High 24.

Sunday: Mo. Cldy w/ light snow/flurries in the afternoon. High 24

Monday: Mo. Cldy w/light snow or flurries in the morning. High 23.

Thursday’s High in Atlantic, was 43. Our Low this morning, 19. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 36 and the Low was 22. The record High for Dec. 13th in Atlantic, was 65 in 1921. The Record Low was -20 in 1961.

Skyscan Forecast – Thursday Dec. 12, 2019

Weather

December 12th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly cloudy to cloudy. High 42. S-NW@ 10-20.

Tonight: P/Cldy. Low 22. NW @ 5-10.

Tomorrow: P/Cldy to Cldy w/a chance of sprinkl3es or flurries. High near 40.

Saturday: P/Cldy to Cldy w/morning flurries. High 25.

Sunday: Mo. Cldy w/flurries. High 25.

Out 24-hour High in Atlantic (as of 5:20-a.m. today) was 37 (Temps rose overnight). Our Low was 20. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 38 and the Low was 22. The record High for Dec. 12th in Atlantic, was 62 1921 & 1968. The Record Low was -20 in 1932.

Flooded farmers face growing dilemma in warming world

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

December 11th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

This year’s record rainfall and devastating flooding are forcing tough decisions about the future of farming in in the face of climate change. Farmers who lost billions of dollars in grain, livestock and equipment must decide whether to continue to gamble on fertile bottomlands, as federal officials determine how many damaged levees can and should be rebuilt.

Chart shows the percent change for the annual average number of days with at least one inch of rainfall for 2009-2018 compared to the annual average from 1950 to 2018

Many farmers now believe heavier rains are the new normal _ even those skeptical that human activity is a factor. With the ground still soggy heading into winter, experts say the stage is set for more flooding next spring.

The Missouri River is without flood warnings for the first time since March

News, Weather

December 11th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — The Missouri River at southwest Iowa’s Fremont County fell below flood stage this week for the first time in 270 days. Flood warnings have been in effect for the river since March, but it’s now below flood stage from Sioux City all the way to St. Louis. National Weather Service hydrologist David Pearson says it’s not normal for the waterway to be so high for so long. “It shows just how extreme and how much water had to move through, not just in Nebraska and Iowa, but also in the Dakotas,” Pearson says, “and a lot of the water that went through the river came from the Dakotas.”

Sites further downstream have a higher chance of staying above flood stage for longer because more water comes in from smaller rivers. Plus, the amount of water released at Gavins Point Dam was higher than normal, adding even more water to the river. Pearson says conditions are favorable for another flood early next year, but there’s still a lot of unknowns, like how much precipitation we’ll see this winter. “With the wet soils and a lot of the rivers are higher than normal, those two things alone contribute to an increased flood threat,” he says, “and if we get a lot of precipitation, snow and rain, it will make it potentially that much more worse.”

Fremont County still has standing water over some roads. The river needs to drop even farther for that water to finally recede.

(Reporting by Katie Peikes, Iowa Public Radio)

Skyscan Forecast – Wednesday Dec. 11, 2019

Weather

December 11th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly cloudy to cloudy. High 28. SW-NW @ 10-15.

Tonight: P/Cldy to Cldy. Low 22. SE @ 5-10.

Tomorrow: P/Cldy to Cldy. High 42. S-NW @ 10-20

Friday: P/Cldy to Cldy. High 42.

Saturday: Mo. Cldy w/light snow possible in the morning. High 27.

Our 24-hour High in Atlantic (ending at 7-a.m. today), was 26. We had a trace of snowfall Tue. morning. Our Low was 10. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 36 and the Low was 19. The record High for Dec. 11h in Atlantic, was 64 in 1965. The Record Low was -14 in 1917.

Skyscan forecast: Tue., 12/10/2019

Weather

December 10th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly cloudy to cloudy. High 22. NW @ 10-15.

Tonight: P/Cldy to Cldy w/a chance of flurries. Low 12. SE @ 5-10.

Tomorrow: P/Cldy to Cldy. High 26. NE @ 10.

Thursday: P/Cldy to Cldy. High 38.

Friday: P/Cldy. High 44.

Monday’s High in Atlantic, was 31. Our Low was 10. We received .2″ snow Monday at the KJAN Studios. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 28 and the Low was 7. The record High for Dec. 10th in Atlantic, was 58 in 1891. The Record Low was -14 in 1917.

Special Weather Statement for areas of heavy snow

Weather

December 9th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Fremont-Pottawattamie-Mills-Page-Montgomery-Shelby-Harrison Counties
843 AM CST Mon Dec 9 2019

…AN AREA OF HEAVY SNOW WILL AFFECT MONTGOMERY…MILLS…SHELBY…FREMONT…POTTAWATTAMIE…SOUTHEASTERN HARRISON…PAGE…

At 842 AM CST, an area of heavy snow was located along a line extending from 8 miles southeast of Sac City to 5 miles east of Pickrell. Movement was east at 45 mph.

This includes the following highways…Interstate 29 between mile markers 1 and 50, and near mile marker 53. Interstate 80 in Iowa between mile markers 1 and 48.

Visibilities will drop quickly to less than half of a mile in this area of heavy snow. Use extra caution if you must travel. Rapid changes in visibility and potentially slick roads are likely to lead to accidents. Consider delaying travel until the squall passes your location.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY until Noon

Weather

December 9th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

853 AM CST Mon Dec 9 2019

…Quick Burst of Snow and Wind Will Cause Hazardous Road Conditions This Morning…

.A band of snowfall and strong wind gusts will spur a rapid change in weather conditions across central Iowa over the next few hours. Expect brief moderate to heavy snowfall and winds gusting in excess of 35 to 45 mph, which may create near-blizzard conditions at times in some areas. Travelers should be alert for quickly deteriorating road conditions. The short duration of the snowfall will limit accumulations.

Sac-Crawford-Carroll-Audubon-Guthrie-Dallas-Polk-Cass-Adair-Madison-Adams-Union-Taylor-Ringgold: …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY

* WHAT…Expect a quick burst of snow with dramatic visibility reduction due to moderate to heavy snowfall rates and blowing snow. The visibility may be reduced to a quarter mile at times. The limited duration of the snowfall will limit accumulations to an inch or less.

* IMPACTS…Plan on slippery road conditions and visibilities under a quarter mile at times due to intense snow rates and blowing snow.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Expect the potential for rapidly deteriorating conditions to approach the Boone and Ames area between 9 AM and 10 AM…Des Moines metro between 930 AM and
1030 AM…and Osceola to Lamoni between 10 AM to 11 AM.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Slow down and use caution while traveling. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can
be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Skyscan forecast for Atlantic & the area 12/9/19

Weather

December 9th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Today: Cloudy & windy w/mixed precip. this morning changing to light snow (Less than 1″). Temps falling from the low 30’s into the upper teens. NW @ 20-40 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 8. NW @ 10-15.

Tomorrow: P/Cldy. High 20. NW @ 10.

Wednesday: Mo. Cldy. High 27.

Thursday: Mo. Cldy. High 35.

Sunday’s High in Atlantic, was 48 Our Low was 28. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 28 and the Low was 6. The record High for Dec. 9th in Atlantic, was 62in 1946. The Record Low was -17 in 1917 & 2005.