(Wednesday’s High in Atlantic was 69, our low this morning 33.)
Today – Sunny, with a high near 71. South southeast wind 6 to 14 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
Tonight – Mostly clear, with a low around 45. West northwest wind around 9 mph.
Friday – Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Windy, with a northwest wind 11 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.
Friday Night – Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. North northwest wind 8 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
Saturday – Sunny, with a high near 56. North wind 5 to 8 mph.
Saturday Night – Mostly clear, with a low around 38.
Sunday – Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.
The Freese-Notis Weather Forecast:
Today: Sunny, with a high near 66. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 39. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph after midnight.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 72. South wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.
Thu. Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 47. West northwest wind around 5-10 mph.
Friday: Sunny & breezy, with a high near 62. West northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 39.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 57.
Tuesday’s High in Atlantic was 65. Our 24-hour low (ending at 7-a.m. today) was 33. At 7-a.m. it was 34.
Here are some rainfall reports for the past 24-hours ending at 7-a.m. Tue., Oct. 14, 2014 (reports from Nat’l. Weather Service Cooperative observers and media)
Atlantic @ KJAN, .73”; Anita, 1.4”; Audubon, 1.2”; Avoca, 1.2”; Bedford, 1.75”; Carroll, .56”; Clarinda, 1.46”’ Emerson, 1.35”; Irwin, .77”; Massena, 1.37”; Oakland, .90”; Shenandoah, 1.28”; Sidney, .75”; Villisca, 1.7”.
Today A 20 percent chance of rain before 9am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. Windy, with a north wind 21 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph.
Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 39. North wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 65. North wind around 9 mph.
Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 41. Light and variable wind.
Thursday Sunny, with a high near 69. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 46.
Friday Sunny, with a high near 65.
The latest rains across Iowa continue to add to what is now a positive groundwater picture. Tim Hall, who tracks groundwater levels for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says we can officially put the word drought away for awhile when referring to the state’s water situation. Hall says it wasn’t that long ago when many were wondering if that would be possible. “I look back at the drought monitor from one year ago — from the middle of October last year — and it was really bleak about one year ago,” Hall says. “Most of the state was in some sort of drought, and it had sort of been lingering for a long time.”
Hall says things were dry going back even farther to the fall of 2011. “It’s nice now to get to the point where it appears that the long-term gradual moisture from this year has really pushed the drought out of the state. It’s nice to see. It’s been really wet going into the fall, this is what we like to see, so yeah, it’s in pretty good shape,” Hall says. The last remnants of the drought had hung on until September’s above normal rainfall.
“For awhile that northeastern corner of the state into southwest Wisconsin had been a little on the dry side — but we are out of it in Iowa right now. We’ve been out if for a month and it’s dramatically better than it was a year ago,” according to Hall. He says things seemed to balance out this spring, and the drier conditions actually helped prevent problems during a wet periods.
“The National Weather Service folks have pointed out that one of the things that really worked to the benefit of the state of Iowa this year given the spring rain, was that we did have very dry soil conditions back in the spring,” Hall says, “so, we were able to absorb a lot of the rainfall that came early in the spring season because the soil was so dry.”
The U-S-D-A National Agricultural Statistics Service says the subsoil moisture levels measured on October 5th had been greater only twice — in 2007 and 2010 — among the past 20 years.
AREA COUNTIES: DALLAS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD
515 AM CDT MON OCT 13 2014
…LOCALLY DENSE FOG EARLY THIS MORNING…
WIDESPREAD FOG AND DRIZZLE HAVE DEVELOPED ACROSS THE AREA THIS MORNING. VISIBILITIES HAVE FALLEN TO ONE HALF MILE OR LESS OVER MUCH OF THE AREA WITH LOCALIZED AREAS LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE. THE FOG MAY LINGER THROUGH MID MORNING BEFORE VISIBILITIES IMPROVE.
346 AM CDT MON OCT 13 2014;( prepared by the National Weather Service in Des Moines)
EARLY THIS MORNING…NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND AREAS OF DRIZZLE. AREAS OF FOG. LIGHT WIND. CHANCE OF SHOWERS 70 PERCENT.
TODAY…AREAS OF FOG IN THE MORNING. WIDESPREAD SHOWERS AND AREAS OF DRIZZLE IN THE MORNING…THEN WIDESPREAD SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 50S. NORTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH INCREASING TO 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. CHANCE OF SHOWERS 90 PERCENT.
TONIGHT…CLOUDY…BREEZY. RAIN IN THE EVENING…THEN RAIN LIKELY BEFORE MIDNIGHT. A CHANCE OF RAIN AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE MID 40S. NORTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF RAIN 90 PERCENT.
TUESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S. NORTH WIND 20 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 35 MPH.
TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW AROUND 40. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S. NORTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.
THURSDAY…MOSTLY CLEAR. HIGH IN THE MID 60S.
1230 PM CDT SUN OCT 12 2014
REST OF TODAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. ISOLATED LIGHT SHOWERS LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S. SOUTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF SHOWERS 20 PERCENT.
TONIGHT…A CHANCE OF SHOWERS THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN SHOWERS LIKELY AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW AROUND 50. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF SHOWERS 70 PERCENT.
COLUMBUS DAY...SHOWERS…BREEZY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 50S. NORTHEAST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTH 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. CHANCE OF SHOWERS 90 PERCENT.
MONDAY NIGHT…SHOWERS LIKELY THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT. BREEZY. LOW IN THE MID 40S. NORTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF SHOWERS 70 PERCENT.
TUESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S. NORTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.
TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY...PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW AROUND 40. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE MID 40S. HIGH 64 TO 69.