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Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Wednesday, April 5

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

April 5th, 2017 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .04″
  • Massena  .17″
  • Elk Horn  .01″
  • Bedford  .71″
  • Creston  .43″
  • Red Oak  .15″
  • Clarinda  .38″

Skyscan forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 4/05/17

Weather

April 5th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Today: Rain this morning; Sprinkles this afternoon. High 50. N @ 10-20.

Tonight: P/Cloudy. Low 34. N @ 5-10.

Tomorrow: P/Cloudy. High 55. N @ 10.

Friday: P/Cldy. High 66.

Saturday: P/Cldy. High 75.

Tuesday’s High in Atlantic was 59. Our Low this morning (as of 5-a.m.), was 46. We received .04” rain from 7-a.m. Tuesday through 5-a.m. today at the KJAN studios. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 63 and the low was 37. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 88 in 2000. The Record Low was 14 in 1920.

Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Tuesday, April 4

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

April 4th, 2017 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .24″
  • 7 miles NNE of Atlantic  .13″
  • Massena  .53″
  • Elk Horn  .15″
  • Denison  .08″
  • Carroll  .05″
  • Red Oak  .06″
  • Clarinda  .58″
  • Glenwood  .03″
  • Logan  .07″
  • Woodbine  .15″
  • Bedford  .57″
  • Creston  .41″

IA Crop progress and condition report

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

April 4th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, Monday, commented on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through October. Northey said “The damp weather has mostly kept farmers from starting spring field work. There have been some fertilizer applications that have taken place as the weather allowed. Just 6 percent of oats have been planted, which is nearly a week behind the 5-year average.”

The weekly report is also available on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at www.IowaAgriculture.gov

Statewide there were just 0.6 days suitable for fieldwork last week, with only northeast, central and southeast Iowa reporting 1.0 or more days suitable. Fertilizer, manure, and anhydrous applications were made as conditions allowed.

Topsoil moisture levels rated 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 26 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 2 percent very short, 6 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 20 percent surplus. South central Iowa reported the highest surplus subsoil moisture level at 38 percent although just a week ago, according to the USDA’s U.S. Drought Monitor, portions of the area were still considered to be in a moderate drought along with much of southeast Iowa.

Six percent of oats have been planted, 3 days behind last year’s progress, and almost a week behind the 5-year average. Livestock conditions are generally good although muddy lots are reported to be an issue. Calving is already complete for some cattle operations.

State Climatologist Harry Hillaker said last week was the wettest week in 25 weeks. Temperatures for the week as a whole averaged from eight degrees above normal in far northwest Iowa to one degree below normal over the extreme southeast. Soil temperatures as of Sunday (2nd) were averaging in the mid-forties over nearly all of Iowa.

Skyscan forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 4/04/17

Weather

April 4th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Today: Cloudy. Areas of fog & drizzle possible this morning. High 56. N @ 10-15.

Tonight: Cloudy w/light rain. Low 40. NE @ 5-10.

Tomorrow: Cloudy w/light rain ending in the morning. High 48. N @ 10-15.

Thursday: P/Cldy to Cldy. High 54.

Friday: P/Cldy. High 64.

Monday’s in Atlantic was 52. Our Low this morning (as of 5-a.m.), was 46. We received .24” rain from 7-a.m. Monday through 5-a.m. today at the KJAN studios. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 57 and the low was 31. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 91 in 1929. The Record Low was 4 in 1899.

Special Weather Statement for Fog: Cass & areas Counties in IA

Weather

April 3rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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Areas of fog have reduced visibilities generally down to 1 to 3miles….with occasional patches of one half mile visibility.Visibility in the 1 to 3 mile is expected to continue through 9-a.m. today.

Persons traveling through this area should be prepared for poor visibility at times which will impact travel. Allow extra time to reach your destination safely. Allow for extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Use low beam headlights or fog lights…and be extra cautious at intersections and railroad crossings.

Skyscan forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 4/03/17

Weather

April 3rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Today: **DENSE FOG ADVISORY UNTIL 10am for far west/s.w. IA Counties** Cloudy w/areas of dense fog this morning, light rain & drizzle. E/NE winds becoming N @ 10-15. High 54.

Tonight: Cloudy w/light rain ending. Low 43. N @ 5-10.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. High 56. E @ 5-10.

Tuesday: Cldy w/light rain in the morning. High 48.

Wednesday: Mo. Cldy. High 54.

Sunday’s in Atlantic was 53. Our Low this morning (as of 5-a.m.), was 45. We received .21” rain from 7-a.m. Sunday through 7-a.m. today at the KJAN studios (Correction from earlier data). Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 81 and the low was 32. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 85 in 1981. The Record Low was 4 in 1975.

Dense Fog Advisory until 10-a.m. for parts of western/s.w. IA

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April 3rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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****DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CDT***

* VISIBILITY…Areas of fog may reduce visibility to one quarter mile or less.

* IMPACTS…Areas of fog may cause rapid changes in visibility over short distances, as well as broad areas of dense fog. These conditions could complicate nighttime travel as well as the morning commute across the area.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area – Sunday, April 2nd 2017

Weather

April 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Today: Cloudy w/a 70% chance of rainy, mainly before noon. High near 55. Winds S/SE @ 5-10.New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Tonight: Cloudy w/a 30% chance of rain, mainly after 2am. Low around 45. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy w/a 30% chance of rain through the Noon hour. High near 62. N/NE @ 5-10. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Tom. Night: A slight chance of showers through midnight, ottherwise mostly cloudy. Low 43.
Tuesday: Mo. Cldy w/a 30% chance of rain during the afternoon. High near 58.
Tue. Night: Cloudy & breezy, w/a 60% chance of rain after midnight. Low around 42.
Wednesday: Cloudy & windy w/a 40% chance of rain. High near 51.

Saturday’s High in Atlantic was 53. Our 24-hour Low (ending 7-a.m. today), was 39. At 7-a.m., it was 45. Rainfall over the 24-hour period was .04″ here at the KJAN studios.

March weather saw a lot of things

News, Weather

April 1st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s weather for March was one of clouds, rain, snow,warmth and some severe storms. State climatologist Harry Hillaker said the month continued a trend of being warmer. He says the month will average around one degree above normal, with a lot of extreme temperatures in the first half of the month and slightly above normal in the second half, despite a lot of cloudy days.

Hillaker says both ends of the thermometer got some action. “Lowest temperature we had for the month — got down to minus 9 degrees on the morning of the 15th in Stanley in Buchanan County in northeast Iowa,” Hillaker says. “And just four days later it got up to 84 degrees in Sydney in the far southwest corner of the state.”

Hillaker says that was the second day we had temperatures in the 80s. The other was on March 6th, which he says is pretty early in the month for temperatures to climb that high. In Atlantic, the average High for the month was 51, while the average Low was 30.

The month was just slightly wetter than normal. Hillaker says the one change was the southern part of the state got much more rain, where it was needed to help the drought situation. “For the state as a whole, roughly two-point-six inches of rain for the month. About a third of an inch more than what is typical for March,” according to Hillaker.

Rainfall in Atlantic for the month of March amounted to 2.26-inches. Snowfall was just one-half inch. Hillaker says statewide, the snowfall total didn’t set any overall records.
He says we had around five inches of snow on average, which is typical. There was one big snowfall on the 12th and 13th where the northern part of the state got hit hard — and that followed the pattern of this winter.

Hillaker says it looks like March will end up being the 9th wettest on record.

(Radio Iowa/KJAN weather data)