Here’s the forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area from Freese-Notis Meteorologist Harvey Freese, and the weather stats for Atlantic from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….
The temperature in Atlantic this (Sunday) afternoon reached 81-degrees, which is a record for this date. The old record of 80, was set 94 years ago, in 1918. Saturday’s high was 82, which was only two-degrees shy of tying the record set back in 1894. The near week-long string of record breaking highs appears to have come to an end. The forecast for the work week calls for showers and thunderstorms Monday through Thursday, with highs starting out in the low 70′s, and ending in the mid-to upper- 60′s.
SKYSCAN FORECAST Saturday, March 17, 2012 Chris Parks
Today: Slight chance showers in morning. Otherwise, Sunny. S @ 10-20. H 81
Tonight: Partly Cloudy. S @ 15-20. L 61
Sunday: Partly Sunny. S @ 15-25. H 79.
Monday: Showers and T’storms. S @ 15-20. H 71.
Tuesday: Showers and T’storms likely. Mostly Cloudy. H 62.
For the third time in less than a week, Atlantic has broken the record for a High temperature. We topped out at 78-degrees this (Friday) afternoon, which beat the old record of 77 set on March 16th in 1966 and 2003.
Wednesday’s high of 78 broke the record of 72 set in 1908, and on Tuesday, our high of 79 in Atlantic broke a record set in 2007. The National Weather Service says near record highs across the area are possible again on Saturday. Here in Atlantic, we look for a high near 80.
650 AM CDT FRI MAR 16 2012
…DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CDT THIS MORNING…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A DENSE FOG ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CDT THIS MORNING. WIDESPREAD FOG WITH VISIBILITIES OF A QUARTER MILE OR LESS HAS DEVELOPED OVER WESTERN IOWA. CONDITIONS SHOULD BEGIN TO IMPROVE BY 900 AM OR 1000 AM HOWEVER WITH VISIBILITIES OF AT LEAST SEVERAL MILES BY THAT TIME.
FOG WILL SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE VISIBILITIES AND PRODUCE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS EARLY THIS MORNING.
540 AM CDT FRI MAR 16 2012
Counties: EMMET-PALO ALTO-POCAHONTAS-SAC-CALHOUN-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-CASS-ADAMS-TAYLOR-
DENSE FOG OVER PARTS OF WESTERN IOWA THIS MORNING:
FOG HAS DEVELOPED OVER MUCH OF WESTERN IOWA THIS MORNING AND IS
EXPECTED TO PERSIST THROUGH AT LEAST 900 AM. THE FOG WILL BE DENSE IN SPOTS AS WELL WITH VISIBILITIES DOWN TO A QUARTER MILE OR LESS. MOTORISTS SHOULD ALLOW FOR EXTRA TRAVEL TIME EARLY THIS MORNING AND DRIVE CAUTIOUSLY WITH INCREASED DISTANCE BETWEEN VEHICLES.
COUNTIES: MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MONTGOMERY-PAGE. 524 AM CDT FRI MAR 16 2012
…DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM CDT THIS MORNING…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A DENSE FOG ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM CDT THIS MORNING. EXPECT VISIBILITIES AS LOW AS ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS IN MANY ACROSS ACROSS EASTERN NEBRASKA AND SOUTHWEST IOWA. BE PREPARED FOR RAPID FLUCTUATIONS IN VISIBILITY IF
TRAVELING THIS MORNING AND ALLOW FOR EXTRA FOLLOWING ROOM IN BETWEEN VEHICLES. A DENSE FOG ADVISORY MEANS VISIBILITIES WILL FREQUENTLY BE
REDUCED TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE. IF DRIVING…SLOW DOWN…USE YOUR HEADLIGHTS…AND LEAVE PLENTY OF DISTANCE AHEAD OF YOU.
Here’s the forecast for Atlantic and the KJAN listening area…
402 AM CDT FRI MAR 16 2012/NWS Des Moines
…RECORD HIGHS TODAY…
…NEAR RECORD HIGHS SATURDAY...
EARLY THIS MORNING…PARTLY CLOUDY. WARMER. AREAS OF FOG. SOUTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH.
TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY. AREAS OF FOG THROUGH MID MORNING. HIGH AROUND 80. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN MOSTLY CLOUDY AFTER MIDNIGHT. AREAS OF FOG AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW AROUND 60. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.
SATURDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S. SOUTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.
SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. BREEZY. LOW AROUND 60. HIGH IN THE MID 70S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.
SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. BREEZY. LOW AROUND 60.
MONDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT…THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S. LOW IN THE UPPER 50S. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 70 PERCENT.
The Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Agency, National Weather Service and other preparedness partners will conduct a Severe Weather Awareness Week to promote severe weather safety to citizens the week of March 19-23, 2012. The National Weather Service will promote weather safety by issuing informative daily Public Information Statements. Citizens can also get this information by following the Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Agency on Facebook. Topics will include: Severe Weather Terminology, Severe Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Tornado Drill, Lightning, Flooding and Social Media.
The annual TORNADO DRILL DAY will be Wednesday, March 21st. (In case of severe weather, the drill will be postponed to Thursday March 22nd) The drill sequence will begin at 10a.m. with sirens sounding at approximately 10:10a.m. The test warning will be valid for 20 minutes. All citizens, businesses, schools, healthcare facilities and public facilities are encouraged to participate in this drill by practicing what you would do in a real tornado warning.
The County 911 Center will activate outdoor warning sirens for the communities of Avoca, Carson, Carter Lake, Council Bluffs, Crescent, Macedonia, McClelland, Neola, Oakland and Underwood. Citizens in other Pottawattamie County communities are encouraged to contact their City Hall or local Fire Department to see if sirens will sound during the drill.
The Emergency Management Agency would like to remind all citizens that outdoor warning sirens have limited to no effectiveness when you are in your home or traveling in your vehicle. Pottawattamie County residents and residents of our communities are strongly encouraged to sign up for the Code Red Emergency Notification System. The service is free of charge and you will receive a phone call (home and/or cell) when severe weather threatens.
This is a very important, potentially life-saving tool, especially where there are no sirens or you are in a place where sirens would be ineffective in warning you and your family. Residents should sign up for the service, free of charge at www.pottcounty.com.