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Special Weather Statement w/regard to road conditions (12/4)

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December 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SOME SLICK ROADS ARE POSSIBLE EARLY THIS MORNING

THE FIRST APPRECIABLE SNOW OF THE SEASON ACCUMULATED LIGHT SNOW ON MANY ROADS FROM AUDUBON AND CARROLL…NORTH AND EAST TOWARD FOREST CITY…WEBSTER CITY…AMES AND TAMA. MANY ROADS IN THESE AREAS WILL REMAIN SNOW OR SLUSH COVERED WITH SLICK CONDITIONS INTO THE EARLY MORNING HOURS AS SNOW PERSISTS. AN INCH OR TWO MAY ACCUMULATE BY DAYBREAK…ESPECIALLY ON VEGETATION WHERE LESS MELTING OCCURS.

A BIT FARTHER SOUTH ALONG THE INTERSTATE 80 CORRIDOR…INCLUDING THE DES MOINES METRO AREA…SNOW WAS BEGINNING TO INCREASE SOMEWHAT. ALTHOUGH SNOW AMOUNTS HERE WILL BE AN INCH OR LESS…THE SNOW COULD POTENTIALLY COMBINE WITH COOLING ROAD TEMPERATURES TO PRODUCE SIMILARLY SNOW AND SLUSH COVERED ROADS TOWARD DAYBREAK.

MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO SLOW DOWN…DRIVE DEFENSIVELY AND EXERCISE CAUTION EARLY THIS MORNING AS MANY WILL BE UNACCUSTOMED TO WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area (from the NWS): 12/4/16

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December 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Today: **Beware of slick roads, especially from I-80 north** Cloudy this morning (with any snow ending by 7-a.m.), gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 39. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. Southwest wind around 5 mph.
Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 47. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. South wind 5 to 15 mph becoming north northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 31.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19.
Wednesday: Partly sunny & blustery, with a high near 20.

Saturday’s High in Atlantic was 39. Our Low for the past 24-hours was 23. Snowfall…heavy at times… in Atlantic amounted to an estimated total of .4″ on the grassy areas, altogether, with the actual liquid value of the melted snow amounting to .52″.  Last year on this date we reached a High of 50, and the Low was 26. The All-time record High on this date in Atlantic, was 66 in 1998. The record Low was -8, in 1905.

Hazardous Weather Outlook (Issued 3:35-p.m. 12/3) – Sub-zero windchills expected late this week!

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December 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD

TONIGHT: VERY LIGHT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE LIKELY TONIGHT ACROSS MUCH OF CENTRAL IOWA. A FEW BRIEF PERIODS OF MODERATE SNOWFALL MAY CAUSE MINOR TRAVEL IMPACTS TRAVEL DUE TO PARTIALLY SNOW COVERED ROADS AND REDUCED VISIBILITY…ESPECIALLY ALONG AND EAST OF INTERSTATE 35 DURING THE OVERNIGHT HOURS.

SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: UNSEASONABLY COLD TEMPERATURES ARE LIKELY TO FILTER INTO THE STATE WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY. SUB ZERO WIND CHILL VALUES ARE ANTICIPATED THURSDAY.

Skyscan Forecast Saturday 12-03-2016

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December 3rd, 2016 by Chris Parks

Skyscan Forecast  Saturday, December 3, 2016  Richard Garuckas

Today: Increasing clouds. Light and variable winds increasing to 5-10 out of the SE. High 42.

Tonight: Cloudy. Snow likely. SSE @ 5-10. Low 36. Snow accumulations of a trace to 1/2 inch expected.

Sunday: Rain and snow showers in the morning then partly sunny in the afternoon. WSW @ 5-10. High 43. Little to no accumulation expected.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy. Low 30.

Monday: Mix of sun and clouds. High 47.

Tuesday: Mix of sun and clouds. High 38.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow. High 27.

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Skyscan forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 12/02/16

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December 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly cloudy to cloudy. High near 40. NW @ 5-10.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. Light and variable wind.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy w/a slight chance of rain after 3pm. High 42. SE @ 5-10.
Sat. Night: A 40% chance of rain and snow before 7pm, then a chance of snow. Low around 32. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Sunday: Any light snow ending early. Becoming Partly Sunny. High 38. W/SW @ 5-10.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 30.
Monday: Partly cloudy. High near 47.

Thursday’s High in Atlantic was 36. The 24-hour Low was 30. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 37 and the low was 17. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 63 in 1995. The Record Low was -10 in 1985.

KJAN listening area forecast (Updated 2-a.m.) 12/2/16

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December 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Early this morning: Mostly cloudy. Scattered flurries and patchy drizzle possible. Low in the upper 20s. West wind near 5 mph.
Today (Friday: Partly sunny. High around 40. Northwest wind near 10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy through midnight then becoming mostly cloudy. Low in the mid 20s. Northwest wind near 5 mph shifting to the west after midnight.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy. High around 40. South wind near 10 mph.
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of light rain and snow through midnight, then a chance of light snow after midnight. Low in the lower 30s. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 30 percent.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy. High in the mid 40s.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy. Low in the upper 20s.
Monday: Mostly cloudy. High in the mid 40s.

November may go down as Iowa’s 2nd warmest on record

News, Weather

December 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s still on track for one of its warmest autumns and among the warmest years on record, according to the state climatologist. The just-ended month of November was exceptionally warm and Harry Hillaker says of the 30 days in the month, 27 of them had above-normal temperatures. “This will probably be the second-warmest November on record and that’s going back through 144 years of records,” Hillaker says. “Only November of 2001 on a statewide basis averaged warmer than this month.”

In Atlantic, the average High for the month was 58 degrees, which was 11 degrees warmer than normal. The average Low last month was 32, or 5 degrees warmer than normal. September and October were also much milder than what’s typical. In addition to being warmer, November was also much drier than normal for most of the Hawkeye State. “A few places in the state, the far northwest corner and some parts of east-central Iowa, are just barely above normal on precipitation,” Hillaker says. “Most of the state was below-normal, especially southern Iowa where many areas had less than half the usual amount of precipitation.”

Atlantic received 1.81 inches of rain, which was slightly less than the 1.85 inches we would normally have received. The southern Iowa town of Allerton only reported about a half-inch of rainfall for the month, far below normal. The National Weather Service issued a revised outlook for December earlier this week. Hillaker says, “And it’s favoring slightly cooler-than-normal weather for the month and that’s quite a change from the outlook issued just two weeks ago which was favoring above-normal temperatures for the month.”

Hillaker says there’s the possibility of a major snow event in Iowa by the end of next week.

(Radio Iowa/KJAN Weather data for Atlantic)

Fire Danger warnings discontinued in Shelby County

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

December 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency has discontinued the seasonal field/grassland Fire Danger notices. Local fire departments and businesses with the Fire Danger warning signs may move them in the “Low” category.

Shelby County Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert says thanks those who posted Fire Danger Boards and the media,  for emphasizing, the potential fire danger in Shelby County. “Public awareness, reminding citizens of the danger associated with open burning, and the availability of their Local Fire Chief to help them assess, and, plan safe burns” he says, “benefits all of us.”

Seivert says “Twice a week (During the planting and harvest season) we ask our Local Fire Chiefs to move or change the local fire danger boards. These are volunteers, and it shows their dedication, to prevent fires, as well as respond to them.”

The Fire Danger program will resume next Spring.

Nov. 2016 Weather stats for Atlantic

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December 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The month of November was nearly normal for precipitation, but warmer on average. Weather data compiled here at KJAN (the Official National Weather Service record-keeping site for Atlantic), shows we received 1.81 inches of rain, which was slightly less than the norm of 1.85 inches of precipitation (rain and/or melted snow) in November.

The average High for the month was 57.6 degrees, which was 11.3 degrees warmer than normal. The average Low last month was 31.6, 5.1 degrees warmer than normal.

In December, we typically receive 1.11 inches of liquid precipitation (in the form of rain and/or melted snow). The average normal High is 32.9 degrees, while the average Low has been 14.4.

Skyscan forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 12/01/16

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December 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Today: Mostly cloudy. High 38. NW @ 15-25.

Tonight: Cldy to P/Cldy. Low 25. NW winds diminishing to 5-10 mph.

Tomorrow: P/Cldy. High 42.  NW @ 10.

Saturday: P/Cldy to Cldy. High 44.

Sunday: Cldy w/a chance of light snow in the morning. High around 38.

Wednesday’s High in Atlantic was 35. The 24-hour Low was 32. We received a “Trace” of snow in Atlantic during the day, Wednesday into the late evening hours. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 31 and the low was 25. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 67 in 1998. The Record Low was -10 in 1892.