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Iowa DOT captures story of historic 2011 Missouri River flood

News, Weather

May 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation today (Thursday) announced the release of a Storify project, chronicling the 2011 Missouri River flooding and its impacts on Iowa’s transportation system. Photos, video and news articles are featured, along with a narrative detailing the events that unfolded as the flood waters inundated western Iowa.

Just one of the images from the historic Mo. River flood of 2011

Go to http://www.iowadot.gov/ to view the story, and take the six-month journey to recount the flood fight, extensive damage and how quickly Iowa was able to rebuild.  

The flooding in Iowa covered a distance of 150 miles from Sioux City to Hamburg. In its path roadways were turned to rubble or covered with a thick layer of sludge. Vegetation was stripped from the landscape. Closure of miles of Interstate 29, coupled with the closing of the Missouri River bridges near Decatur, Nebraska City and Omaha, Neb., left motorists searching for detours that took them miles out of their way.

If you would like to recount your personal experience with the 2011 flood, visit the Iowa DOT’s Facebook site and post a comment or upload your photos or video: www.facebook.com/iowadot.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast – May 31st, 2012

Podcasts, Weather

May 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here’s the (podcast) Freese-Notis 4-day forecast for Atlantic, & the KJAN listening area, from Meteorologist Dan Hicks, and the weather data for Atlantic, from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson…

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NWS Forecast for Cass & area Counties in IA

Weather

May 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

358 AM CDT THU MAY 31 2012

EARLY THIS MORNING…CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS. NORTHEAST WIND AROUND 10 MPH.

TODAY…CLOUDY…COOLER. A CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN IN THE MORNING…THEN A CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE UPPER 50S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 50 PERCENT.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE EVENING THEN CLEARING. LOW IN THE MID 40S. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

FRIDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. WARMER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE LOWER 50S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 20 PERCENT.

SATURDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

SATURDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 50S.

SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. LOW IN THE MID 60S.

May 2012 may be among warmest on record

News, Weather

May 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

May has been dry, but not dry enough to set any statewide records. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says an average of three inches of rain fell in the state this past month. “Basically you had a fairly wet first six days of the month and a few places since then have stayed a bit the wet side, mostly northwestern Iowa,” Hillaker says. “But certainly a lot of Iowa, especially the central and southern sections, have been very dry now for the last three, three-and-a-half weeks or so, but not one for the record books, even in those drier areas.” Temperatures in Iowa for May are about six degrees above normal.  “(That) probably would put us in the top 10 as far as warmest Mays, although we will be cooling things off here just a tiny bit here in the last couple of days of the month, so that might drop the ranking just a little bit,” Hillaker says. “It’s actually been a more unusually warm month than unusually dry at this point.” A large part of the state currently is classified as “abnormally dry” — the lowest level in a nationwide system that measures drought conditions. The west central and north central Iowa are “moderately dry”.

“Right now, nothing is in an especially bad category as far as drought conditions go, but we’re getting to that time of the year when things can change pretty rapidly if we get higher temperatures and higher evaporation rates because of that,” Hillaker says. “If we don’t get rain, you know, things can dry out very, very quickly at this time of the year.” The southern two-thirds of the state has “parched” topsoil that needs some rain, according to Hillaker, and recent windy conditions are exacerbating the problem.

(Radio Iowa)

Drought concerns emerge

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

May 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Warm, windy weather — and a lack of rain — are raising drought concerns in Iowa. The latest U-S-D-A report indicates about half of Iowa farm fields are short or very short of topsoil moisture. Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey says it’s worrysome. ”Ironically northwest Iowa was probably our driest area going into spring and they’ve gotten rains,” Northey says. “But the balance of the state is really short of moisture and normally we don’t expect that dry weather until later in the season.” Dry conditions in late May and early June put a “unique kind of stress” on crops, according to Northey.

Corn, for example, is showing inadequate root growth.”When the crop is so short of moisture in that top soil, it actually is hard for those roots to find moisture and, therefore, to grow,” Northey says. “You would think normally…dry weather will cause those roots to go down and try to find moisture, but in some of our areas it’s so dry, if it’s not finding moisture, it actually stops those roots from growing.” While corn in some areas has weak root systems, some soybeans are just sitting in the ground and haven’t sprouted. “We do plant soybeans shallower. We plant them later and if you do a little bit of tillage, it dries out the top, especially since some of our areas of the state haven’t had rain for three weeks or at least any sizable rain and some very dry weather in the last three or four weeks as well.” The other problem is the soybean sprouts, but then dies because of lack of moisture.

Fifty-one percent of Iowa farm fields are “short” or “very short” of topsoil moisture according to the latest U-S-D-A report. The rating for subsoil moisture is 42 percent “short” or “very short.” The driest section of the state is south central Iowa, where 83 percent of the topsoil is “short” or “very short” of moisture.

Link to the U-S Drought Monitor website: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

(O. Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: May 30th, 2012

Podcasts, Weather

May 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here’s the (podcast) weather 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….

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NWS Forecast for Cass and area Counties in Iowa

Weather

May 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

National Weather Service, Des Moines – updated 3:55-a.m. May 30th, 2012

Today: A 20 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. East northeast wind between 7 and 9 mph.

Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1am. Low around 50. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a high near 56. Northeast wind between 10 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Thursday Night: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 47. North northwest wind between 7 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. North northwest wind between 6 and 8 mph.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast – Tue., May 29th 2012

Podcasts, Weather

May 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here’s the (podcast) Freese-Notis forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area, and the weather stats for Atlantic.

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Powerful storm strikes Sioux County over the weekend

News, Weather

May 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

 HULL, Iowa (AP) – Many in northwest Iowa spent Monday cleaning up after a severe thunderstorm hit Sioux County.  The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says trees, branches and power lines were knocked down during the storm as it passed over Hull, Hawarden and Boyden on Sunday night.  The Sioux City Journal reports several homes were hit by downed trees but that no injuries were reported. Officials say wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour were also reported and some residents lost power for about three hours.

NWS Forecast for Cass & area Counties in IA: May 29th, 2012

Weather

May 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Today…Sunny. High in the mid 70s. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

Tonight…Mostly clear. Low in the upper 40s. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph through midnight.

Wednesday…Mostly sunny. High in the upper 60s. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday Night…Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms through midnight…then showers likely and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Low around 50. East wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.

Thursday…Showers and isolated thunderstorms. Cooler. High in the mid 50s. Northeast wind around 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Chance of precipitation 80 percent.

Thursday Night…Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Low in the upper 40s.

Friday…Partly sunny with a 20 percent chance of showers. Warmer. High in the upper 60s.

Friday Night And Saturday…Partly cloudy. Low in the lower 50s. High in the mid 70s.