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Conditions Are Favorable for Funnel Clouds Over Portions of Northern and West Central Iowa Today

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June 17th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service says current atmospheric conditions over northwest Iowa support the development of funnel clouds. In the early to mid afternoon hours… conditions will become favorable for funnel clouds as far east as Interstate 35 and as far south as Highway 30 or generally to the west of a line from Carroll to Fort Dodge to Forest City.

Usually, these funnel clouds can form in the early stages of developing showers and weak thunderstorms. These funnels are normally brief, drop only a few hundred feet from the cloud base, and rarely become a tornado or cause damage. However, if one is spotted, please immediately report it to the National Weather Service. If a tornado warning would become necessary, take appropriate action.

Weather services confirms 3 southeast Iowa tornadoes

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June 17th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

OAKVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say the three tornadoes that touched down over the weekend in southeast Iowa damaged a house and destroyed outbuildings but apparently didn’t injure anyone. The National Weather Service says it’s confirmed two tornadoes that occurred around 8:20 p.m. Saturday about 3 miles south and west of Oakville. Both were rated EF-2 with peak winds of 120 mph. The two also knocked down trees and power poles.

The third twister was spotted around 7:55 p.m. Saturday about 3 miles west of Mediapolis. It was rated EF-0 with a top wind estimated at 70 mph. No damage was reported. The service says the storm system also brought hail and heavy rain.

Severe weather possible later this week

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June 17th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service in Des Moines reports severe weather chances are low through the middle of this week, but the pattern is expected to become more active as the week ends into Friday and Saturday. Large hail, damaging wind and even a few tornadoes will be possible. Details on particular threats, hazards and timing will be better known in the coming days. Persons planning or participating in outdoor activities Friday and Saturday should continue to monitor the weather forecast.

Skyscan Forecast – Monday, June 17 2019

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June 17th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Today: Areas of fog this morning; Partly cloudy w/scattered showers & tstrms this afternoon. High 82. S winds @ 10mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy w/scattered shwrs & tstrms. Low 64. N-N @ 5-10.

Tomorrow: P/Cldy to Cldy w/scatt. Shwrs & tstrms. High 77. NE @ 5-10.

Wednesday: Mo. Cldy w/scattered shwrs & tstrms. High 77.

Thursday: P/Cldy & warmer w/scattered showers. High 83.

Yesterday’s High in Atlantic was 86. Our Low 60. Last year on this date our High was 92 and the Low was 75. The record High in Atlantic on this date was 102 in 1918. The Record Low was 40 in 1974.

Skyscan forecast for Father’s Day, June 16 2019

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June 16th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Today: Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 83. North wind 5 to 8 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. North wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 78. East wind 3 to 6 mph.
Monday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Light east wind.
Tuesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tuesday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a low around 59. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75.

Saturday’s High in Atlantic was 85. Our Low this morning (as of 6-a.m.) was 58. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 91 and the Low 75. The Record High in Atlantic on Jun 16th was 103 in 1946. The Record Low was 42 in 1974.

Special Weather Statement, re: Fog this morning

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June 16th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service reports areas of fog can be expected across much of central, part of western and northern Iowa, early this morning. Visibilities will often be no more than a mile or two, and the fog may be dense in places as well with visibilities dropping to a quarter mile.

Motorists are advised to slow down, use low beam headlights, and place extra distance between vehicles. Conditions should improve by 7am or 8am.

NOAA says record rain, snow fell on Iowa over last year

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June 15th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Iowa set a record for rain and snow over the past 12 months.
The Des Moines Register reports that the state saw nearly 51 inches of precipitation from June 2018 through May of this year. That’s about 16 inches more than the 34.42 inches the state averaged per year from 1981 to 2010.

State climatologist Justin Glisan says the past 12 months have been the wettest since 1895, the year officials began keeping weather records. He says Iowa can expect more rain as temperatures increase this summer, because higher temperatures create more water vapor in the atmosphere.

The USDA Midwest Climate Hub in Ames is predicting higher than average rainfall for most of the summer.

Skyscan Forecast – Saturday, June 15 2019

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June 15th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Today: Variably cloudy w/scattered showers & tstrms this morning & later this afternoon. High 82. S winds @ 10-20 mph.

Tonight: Scattered shwrs & tstrms. Low 64. NW @ 5-10.

Sunday: P/Cldy. High around 80.

Monday: P/Cldy. High 78.

Tuesday: Mo. Cldy w/scattered shwrs & tstrms. High 78.

Yesterday’s High in Atlantic was 81. We received just .01″ rain. Our Low 62. Last year on this date our High was 92 and the Low was 75. The record High in Atlantic on this date was 99 in 1918. The Record Low was 40 in 1906 & 1969.

Skyscan Forecast – Friday, June 14 2019

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June 14th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Today: Mostly cloudy w/scattered showers & tstrms. High 75. S winds @ 10-20 mph.

Tonight: Scattered shwrs & tstrms. Low 64. S @ 5-10.

Tomorrow: Variably cloudy w/scattered shwrs early & again late. High around 83.

Sunday: P/Cldy to Cldy. High 77.

Monday: P/Cldy to Cldy w/scattered shwrs & tstrms. High around 73.

Yesterday’s High in Atlantic was 77. Our Low 46. Last year on this date our High was 84 and the Low was 66. The record High in Atlantic on this date was 97 in 1987. The Record Low was 41 in 1933.

Skyscan Forecast – Thursday, June 13 2019

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June 13th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Today: Mostly sunny. High 75. NW winds @ 10-20 becoming SW.

Tonight: P/Cldy to Cldy. Low 58. S @ 5-10.

Friday: Mo. Cldy w/scattered shwrs. High 75.

Saturday: P/Cldy to Cldy w/scattered shwrs & tstrms. High near 80.

Sunday: P/Cldy to Cldy w/scattered shwrs & tstrms. High around 75.

Yesterday’s High in Atlantic was 73. Our Low this morning 43. We received .04” rain and some pea-sized hail late Wednesday morning. Last year on this date our High was 82 and the Low was 61. The record High in Atlantic on this date was 96 in 1987. The Record Low was 37 in 1906.