OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The Army Corps of Engineers is again reducing its prediction for how much water will flow down the Missouri River this year because of the drought. The corps now predicts 21 million acre-feet of runoff this year in the 2,341-mile-long river that flows from Montana through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri. That forecast is about 85 percent of normal, and well below last year’s record amount of 61.2 million acre-feet of runoff. Flooding along the river last year caused massive damage, but this year the amount of snowmelt and rain flowing into the river is below normal. Some of the extra water stored in reservoirs along the river has been used to provide enough water for navigation, power and other uses of the river.
Here’s the Freese-Notis Skyscan Forecast (Podcast) for Atlantic, & the KJAN listening area…
429 AM CDT TUE AUG 7 2012
ISOLATED NON SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE TODAY. SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TONIGHT…MAINLY AFTER MIDNIGHT. A SEVERE STORM WITH 60 MPH WINDS AND QUARTER SIZED HAIL IS POSSIBLE TONIGHT.
341 AM CDT TUE AUG 7 2012 NWS/Des Moines
TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HOT. SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. WEST WIND NEAR 5 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 30 PERCENT.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE MID 60S. EAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 40 PERCENT.
WEDNESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE MID 80S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 60S. EAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTH AFTER MIDNIGHT.
THURSDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 80S. NORTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 50S. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s crops continue to decline as the drought tightens its grip on key farm states. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 49 percent of the corn crop is in poor to very poor condition. Last week, it was 46 percent. Just 16 percent is rated good or excellent. The USDA says 37 percent of the soybean crop is in bad shape. That compares to 30 percent a week ago. The dry summer is also taking a toll on Iowa’s pastureland, with 86 percent rated poor or very poor. Storms arrived late Friday and Saturday with over 2 inches of rain in eastern Iowa. The statewide average for the week was 0.62 inches, or two-thirds of the normal. Audubon got 0.01 inches of rain, ending a streak of 41 dry days. In Atlantic, we received just one-tenth of an inch of rain Saturday, ending our dry streak of 37 days.
Emergency Management Officials in Shelby County said today (Monday), that the Fire Danger rating will continue to be in the HIGH category until further notice. Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert said the probability of precipitation of a significant amount is unlikely through Thursday. Seivert warns it is very likely they will move the danger index into the “Extreme” range, within the next few weeks.
Under “High” Fire Danger conditions, burning of any kind is restricted unless approval is received from a local Fire Chief. Controlled burns that are not reported will result in the Fire Department being dispatched, and Fires extinguished, if determined to be un-safe. Call 712-755-2124 is you have any questions.
The Freese-Notis (podcast) forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic from KJAN News Director, Ric Hanson….
(from the Nat’l. Weather Service/Des Moines)
TODAY…SUNNY…WARMER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 60S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
TUESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HOT. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. SOUTHWEST WIND AROUND 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE WEST UP TO 5 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 20 PERCENT.
TUESDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE MID 60S. EAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.
WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH AROUND 90. SOUTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 60S. HIGH IN THE UPPER 80S.
THURSDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE LOWER 60S.
FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. LOW IN THE LOWER 60S.
(Issued 3:36-p.m. Sun., Aug. 5th)
Tonight: Clear. Low in the mid 50s. East wind near 5 mph shifting to the southeast around 5 mph after midnight.
Monday: Sunny…warmer. High in the lower 90s. South wind 5 to 15 mph.
Monday Night: Mostly clear. Low in the mid 60s. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High in the lower 90s. Southwest wind around 5 mph shifting to the north up to 5 mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy through midnight then becoming mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. Low in the mid 60s. Northeast wind around 5 mph.
Wednesday: Partly sunny with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. High around 90.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. Low in the upper 60s.
Thursday And Thursday Night: Partly cloudy. High in the upper 80s. Low in the lower 60s.
Today: Some showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Northwest winds 10-15 MPH
Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a low around 55
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 82.
Sunday Night: Clear, with a low around 56.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 91.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.