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Drought worsens after weeks of improvement

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

November 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A new report shows that the nation’s worst drought in decades has worsened for a second straight week, after conditions had improved for more than a month.  The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows that 62.7 percent of the continental U.S. was in some form of drought as of Tuesday. That’s up from 60.1 percent the previous week.

The portion of the lower 48 states in extreme or exceptional drought – the two worst classifications – also rose, to 20.12 percent from last week’s 19.04 percent.   The dry conditions intensified sharply in Oklahoma, where 90.5 percent of the state is in extreme or exceptional drought. That’s up 19 percentage points.

The portion of South Dakota in those two classifications rose more than 8 percentage points, to 63.32 percent.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Thu., Nov. 29th 2012

Podcasts, Weather

November 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis (Podcast) forecast for Atlantic and the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic…

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Nat’l. Weather Service Forecast for Cass & area Counties in Iowa: Thu., Nov. 29th 2012

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November 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly sunny. High in the lower 50s. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low in the lower 30s. Southwest wind near 5 mph.

Friday: Partly sunny. High in the lower 50s. North wind near 5 mph.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Low in the upper 30s. Southeast wind near 10 mph.

Saturday: Cloudy in the morning then becoming partly sunny. A slight chance of light rain and patchy drizzle. High in the mid 50s. South wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Low in the upper 30s.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. High in the lower 60s.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast for Wed., Nov. 28th 2012

Podcasts, Weather

November 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

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

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Nat’l. Weather Service Forecast for the KJAN listening area: 11/28/12

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November 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

352 AM CST WED NOV 28 2012

TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 40S. EAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTH 10 TO 15 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

THURSDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

THURSDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 30S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE WEST AFTER MIDNIGHT.

FRIDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH AROUND 50. NORTHWEST WIND NEAR 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTHWEST IN THE AFTERNOON.

FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 30S.

SATURDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH AREAS OF DRIZZLE AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN. HIGH IN THE UPPER 50S. CHANCE OF RAIN 20 PERCENT.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Tue., Nov. 27th 2012

Podcasts, Weather

November 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

From Freese-Notis Meteorologist Harvey Freese, and weather data for Atlantic from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….

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Nat’l. Weather Service Forecast for the KJAN listening area: 11/27/12

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November 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

338 AM CST TUE NOV 27 2012

TODAY…PARTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MID MORNING THEN BECOMING PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH AROUND 40. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. NOT AS COLD. LOW 15 TO 20. SOUTHWEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHWEST AFTER MIDNIGHT.

WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH AROUND 50. EAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTH IN THE AFTERNOON.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. NOT AS COLD. LOW AROUND 30. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

THURSDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY IN THE MORNING THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 30S. HIGH AROUND 50.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast :Nov. 26 2012

Podcasts, Weather

November 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis (Podcast) weather forecast for the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic….

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Nat’l. Weather Service forecast for Cass & area Counties in Iowa 11/26/12

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November 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

334 AM CST MON NOV 26 2012

TODAY…CLOUDY IN THE MORNING THEN BECOMING PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 30S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. COLDER. LOW AROUND 15. NORTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTHWEST AFTER MIDNIGHT.

TUESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY UNTIL LATE AFTERNOON THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 40S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

TUESDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 20S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHWEST AFTER MIDNIGHT.

WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 40S. EAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTH IN THE AFTERNOON.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 30S. HIGH AROUND 50.

Iowa topsoil impacts summertime temperatures

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

November 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Iowa State University scientist says if this coming spring is dry, record high temperatures are likely for the summer of 2013. Christopher Anderson is the assistant director of Iowa State University’s climate science program.”Our recent history tells us what can be predicted with certainty,” Anderson says. “Iowa’s wet years will become wetter and dry years will become drier (and) hotter.” Anderson says Iowa’s “deep, organic soils” help “modulate” the temperature in the summer — but only if the ground is moist.  “In Iowa, wet springs lead to cool summers. It seems counter intuitive, but the reason is because of our great soils. Recent examples are 2008, 2010 and 2011,” Anderson says.

“In 2012, rainfall was much below normal and we didn’t have floods, but instead July temperatures ranked third highest in the 140-year record.” According to Anderson, the summertime “cooling mechanism” that Iowa’s soil provides when it’s moist may be altered, however, by more frequent springtime floods that sweep away the topsoil. “The clearest trend that we’re seeing in Iowa’s climate records is in the spring rainfall,” Anderson says. “Our spring rainfall is much higher than it has been in the 140-year record and so what happens when there’s more spring rainfall is there’s potential and there is actual soil loss and if we lose our soil, we lose this ability to keep ourselves cool in the summer.”

There are about 450 different types of soil in Iowa. The average depth of topsoil in Iowa is between six and eight inches.

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