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Winter Storm Watch for Harrison & Monona Counties on Friday

News, Weather

February 22nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE

323 PM CST Wed Feb 22 2017

Iowa Counties: Monona and Harrison

WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING.

* TIMING…Rain, or a rain and snow mix on Thursday night will become all snow Friday. Snow is then expected through the day on Friday, ending on Friday evening.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…Snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are possible from this storm system.

* WINDS…North winds of 10 to 20 mph on Thursday night are expected to become northwest 15 to 30 mph on Friday with gusts over 35 mph. This has the potentially to create blowing and drifting of the new snow.

* IMPACTS…The combination of snowfall and winds will create difficult travel from Thursday night into Friday night due to snow packed roadways and low visibility.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet, or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

High Fire Danger across western IA/eastern NE today

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

February 22nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE COUNTIES…Wed Feb 22 2017

Very high fire danger is expected this afternoon across the area, with low humidity and strong winds creating dry conditions in fields and grassy areas. Residents are urged to avoid using motorized vehicles in fields or grassy areas, where hot exhaust pipes can spark fires. Avoid outdoor burning, and don’t carelessly discard smoking materials.

Skyscan forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 2/22/17

Weather

February 22nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly cloudy. High near 72.SW winds becoming NW @ 10-20.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 38. NW @ 5-10.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy w/light rain. High 49. NE @ 10-20.

Friday: Mo. Cldy & colder w/light rain and/or snow. High 36.

Saturday: P/Cldy. High around 34.

Tuesday’s High in Atlantic of 66 broke the old record of 65 set in 1977. Our 24-hour ending today at 7-a.m. will be 30 (At 5-a.m., it was 49). Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 41 and the low was 27. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 68 in 1995. The Record Low was -14 in 1894.

High grassland & field fire danger today!

Weather

February 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE Counties…Tue Feb 21 2017

The National Weather Service in Valley, NE warns of a very high fire danger that’s likely for this afternoon across the area. Open burning is strongly discouraged. Carelessly tossed cigarettes can cause ditch and field fires. Dispose of smoking materials properly.

Beware of Dense Fog this morning (2/21)

Weather

February 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Sac-Crawford-Carroll-Audubon-Guthrie-Cass-Adair-Adams-Taylor Counties…
546 AM CST Tue Feb 21 2017

...Areas of Fog Over the Region This Morning...

Fog continues to develop and thicken over the region early today with some areas already down to one quarter mile visibility to  near zero visibility at times across west central Iowa. Light  winds and abundant low level moisture along with clear skies are resulting in the fog over the area.

Persons traveling early this morning through the morning commute should be on the lookout for areas of fog…dense at times. Allow extra time to reach your destination safely. Be especially cautious near intersections and railroad crossings as vehicles and trains may be hidden from view by the thick fog. Be cautious near school bus stops as well.

The fog will lift by mid morning as much warmer air returns to the region this afternoon.

Skyscan weather forecast for Atlantic & the area, 2/21/17

Weather

February 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Today: Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 70. Light southwest wind becoming south southwest 9 to 14 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 38. South southwest wind around 9 mph.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 72. South southwest wind 8 to 13 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.
Thursday: A 50 percent chance of rain after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. Breezy. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Thursday Night: Rain before 4am, then rain and snow likely. Some thunder is also possible. Low around 33. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Friday: Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 2pm. High near 36. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Monday’s High in Atlantic was 60 degrees, which fell short of the record by just 5 degrees. We received .18” of an inch of rain Monday, for a storm total of .43.” Our low this morning was 29.  Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 44 and the low was 31. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 65 in 1977. The Record Low was -19 in 1894.

Field/Grassland Fire Danger Assessments begin in Shelby County

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

February 20th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency say Local Fire Danger Assessments for this spring season have begun, as a result of several, recently experienced grass and brush fires. EMA Coordinator Bob Seivert says with the record breaking and unseasonably high heat , dead vegetation is extremely flammable. The National Weather service is issuing Fire weather watches for tomorrow (Tuesday) for parts of southeast Nebraska.

Seivert says one change you should be aware of, is that when conditions rapidly change to the very highest category and or the NWS issues a Red Flag Warning, the Shelby County EMA will immediately change the local Fire Danger Boards to Extreme and all burning will be prohibited, unless prior arrangements are made with the local Fire Chief and a burn plan is completed and filed. Fire departments will be notified via “I am responding.”

Seivert says even with the snow in the forecast, once it is gone, drying occurs much more rapidly than most people realize. Their goal, he says is to reduce unnecessary emergency response, by elevating the public’s awareness of conditions favorable to burning, and offering burn plan assistance, for any size burn. The cooperative initiative between the local fire Departments, their Chiefs, and Emergency Management in Shelby County has proven effective in every aspect.

Participating businesses and fire stations should place their Local Fire Danger Signs in the HIGH Category until the next update on Thursday, Feb. 23rd.

As a reminder: The High Fire Danger Category means Burning of any kind is restricted unless approval is received from local Fire Chief. Controlled burns that are not reported will result in Fire Department being dispatched, and Fires extinguished if determined to be un-safe. Call 712-755-2124 if you have any questions.

Skyscan forecast for Atlantic & the area, 2/20/2017

Weather

February 20th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

(Updated 4:45-a.m.)

Today (Washington’s Birthday): Cloudy w/Showers & thunderstorms High 67. S winds 10-20 becoming westerly this afternoon.

Tonight: Showers and light rain ending early. Becoming P/Cldy. Low 34. W @ 10.

Tuesday: Sunny. High near 70. W @10-15 w/gusts to near 25.

Wednesday: P/Cldy. High near 70.

Thursday: Mo. Cldy w/a chance of light rain. High near 47.

Sunday’s High in Atlantic of 71 degrees broke the record High of 66 set in 1930. We received .25” of an inch of rain overnight until 7-a.m. today. Our 24-hour Low ending today at 7-a.m., was 32. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 53 and the low was 29. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 65 in 1925. The Record Low was -19 in 1978.

Skyscan Forecast for the KJAN listening area: 2/19/2017

Weather

February 19th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Today: Mostly sunny & breezy. High near 71. Winds becoming S @ 15-25.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy w/a 60% chance of scattered showers & thunderstorms. Low around 55. South wind around 10-15 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday (Washington’s Birthday): Cloudy & breezy w/a 60% chance showers & possibly a thunderstorm. High near 67. S @ 10-20 w/gusts to 25. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. West wind 7 to 9 mph.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 73. Southwest wind 7 to 14 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69

Skyscan forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 2/18/17

Weather

February 18th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Today: Mostly sunny. High 63. N @ 5-10.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 37. E/SE @ 5-10.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. High 71. S/SE @ 10-15.

Sunday night: Cloudy w/a 50% chance of rain. Low around 53.

Monday: Mo. Cldy w/a 60% chance of rain. High 64.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High 67.

Wednesday: Partly Sunny. High 69.

Friday’s High in Atlantic of 71 degrees broke the record High of 67 set in 1981. Our Low this morning ending at 7-a.m. (24-hour Low) was 25. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 62 and the low was 35. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 66 in 1930. The Record Low was -25 in 1978.