The National Weather Service in Omaha has extended the Red Flag Warning to cover Harrison, Shelby and Pottawattamie Counties in southwest Iowa. The warning is in effect until 6-p.m. Previously, the warning covered those counties along and north of Highway 30. In addition, the Grassland Fire Danger Index will be in the EXTREME category today for the counties mentioned.
Officials say low humidity, winds gusting out of the southwest from 15-to 30-miles per hour will combine to create explosive fire growth if a fire should develop. Fires are especially possible in extremely dry fields and grassy areas. Outdoor burning is not recommended, and most counties in the area have a burn ban in place.
A Red Flag Warning mean that critical fire weather conditions are occurring or will shortly.
THE GRASSLAND FIRE DANGER INDEX WILL BE IN THE EXTREME CATEGORY THIS AFTERNOON. EXTREME FIRE DANGER MEANS THAT FIRES START QUICKLY…SPREAD FURIOUSLY AND BURN INTENSELY. ALL FIRES ARE POTENTIALLY SERIOUS. ALL OUTDOOR BURNING SHOULD BE AVOIDED IN AREAS WITH EXTREME FIRE DANGER.
Here’s the Freese-Notis forecast for Atlantic, & the KJAN listening area, along with the weather data for Atlantic….
Counties in Western Iowa: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-GREENE//Mon., Oct. 8th 2012
RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR EXTREME FIRE CONDITIONS.
THE MOST HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED FROM AROUND MIDDAY THROUGH THE AFTERNOON HOURS UNTIL A LITTLE AFTER SUNSET. WINDS OF AROUND 25 MPH ARE EXPECTED AT TIMES…WITH GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 35 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. THE RELATIVE HUMIDITY WILL BE AS LOW AS 20 PERCENT IN THE AREA. IN ADDITION, SURFACE FUELS ARE VERY DRY DUE TO DROUGHT CONDITIONS AND PERSISTENT LACK OF RAINFALL.
ANY FIRES WILL SPREAD RAPIDLY. BURNING OF ANY KIND SHOULD BE POSTPONED…AND HARVESTING OPERATIONS SHOULD EXERCISE A HIGH LEVEL OF CAUTION. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW…OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS…LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.
TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY…WARMER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH INCREASING TO 15 TO 25 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.
TONIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY UNTIL EARLY MORNING THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. NOT AS COOL. LOW IN THE MID 40S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
TUESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON. COOLER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 50S. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHWEST 10 TO 15 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.
TUESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. COLDER. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S. NORTHWEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH.
WEDNESDAY…SUNNY. HIGH AROUND 60. SOUTHWEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. NOT AS COOL. LOW IN THE LOWER 40S.
THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE MID 60S. LOW AROUND 40.
FRIDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S.
The National Weather Service in Des Moines, says there will be an increased Fire Danger risk across the northwestern two-thirds of Iowa Monday afternoon. Locally, counties included in the Elevated Fire Danger advisory are: Crawford, Carroll, Audubon, Guthrie, Dallas, Cass, Adair, Madison, Adams, Union, Taylor and Ringgold.
Much warmer temperatures are expected by mid-afternoon, Monday. Along with warm readings, dry relative humidity of 20-to 25%, and winds at 20-to 25-mph with higher gusts, may push fire conditions to near critical levels for several hours, Monday afternoon. With harvesting occurring in many areas, caution is advised, due to the increased potential for fires to spread rapidly.
Monitor later forecasts and statements for possible Fire Weather Watches or Warnings.
Atlantic broke two old record low temperatures and tied another, this weekend.The 24-hour Low for Friday, Oct. 5th was 22-degrees, breaking the old record of 25 set in 1966. The 24-hour Low for Saturday, Oct. 6th, was 15-degrees, which beat the record of 19 set in 1952. Sunday’s low of 16-degrees tied the record for October 7th, which was first set in 1952.
KJAN is the official National Weather Service reporting site for Atlantic. The 24-hour cycle of record keeping starts and ends at 7-a.m. each day. It includes the high and low temps, rain and or snowfall amounts.
SKYSCAN FORECAST SATURDAY OCTOBER 6, 2012 DAN HICKS
Today: Partly Cloudy. NW @ 10-20. H 51.
Tonight: Mostly Clear. Light and variable winds. L 20.
Sunday: Mostly Sunny. SW @ 10-20. H 60.
Monday: Partly Cloudy. Windy and milder. H 74.
Tuesday: Partly Cloudy. H 60.
Shelby County Emergency Manager Bob Seivert says the Fire Danger level is in the “HIGH” category through Monday, Oct. 8th. The index was lowered from the “Extreme” category due to the cool and damp conditions. Even so, controlled Burns should only be conducted with the knowledge of the local Fire Chief. The next update from Shelby County with regard to the Fire Danger Index, is expected to be released on Monday. Seivert had said earlier, he expects the Fire Danger to remain High, throughout the month of October.