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TEST TORNADO WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 11-A.M. FOR ALL OF IOWA

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April 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service has issued a TEST TORNADO WATCH for all counties in Iowa until 11-a.m.   This is only a test as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Wed. April 4th 2012

Podcasts, Weather

April 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here’s the (Podcast) weather forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area, & weather stats for Atlantic….

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Forecast for Atlantic, & the KJAN listening area: Wed., April 4 2012

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April 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

307 AM CDT WED APR 4 2012 National Weather Svc./Des Moines

TODAY…CLOUDY. A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S. EAST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS THROUGH MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE MID 40S. EAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH DECREASING TO UP TO 10 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

THURSDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH AROUND 60. EAST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH.

THURSDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE UPPER 30S. EAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

FRIDAY…SUNNY…BREEZY. HIGH IN THE MID 60S. SOUTHEAST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.

FRIDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. WARMER. LOW AROUND 50. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 30 PERCENT.

SATURDAY…CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 50 PERCENT.

SATURDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. COLDER. LOW IN THE UPPER 30S.

EASTER SUNDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 60S.

Weather service says March was warmest on record in Iowa

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April 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The National Weather Service says the lack of winter weather and some record high temperatures helped make March the warmest on record in Iowa. The service says there were several date records and entire weeks of record warmth.

Some examples:  The high of 84 in Des Moines on March 16 broke the 1930 record of 77. The high of 82 in Waterloo on March 17 broke the 2003 record of 78; The average temperature of 66.6 degrees in Waterloo from March 16 through March 22 was nearly 30 degrees above normal for that span; For the month in Des Moines, the average temperature of 55.7 broke the 1910 record of 51.5; For the month in Dubuque, the average temperature of 50.2 degrees broke the 1910 record of 47.7 degrees.

In Atlantic, the average High for March 2012 was 67-degrees, or 22-degrees above the normal average High of 45. The average Low last month was 39, which was 14-degrees warmer than normal.  Rainfall for the month was 1.91-inches, which was nearly four-tenths of an inch below normal.

The month of April started out with a near record high in Atlantic. On Sunday, we topped out at 86 degrees, which was just 1 degree shy of tying the record for that date. On Monday, we broke our record high of 85 set in 1981, when we hit 88-degrees.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Tue., April 3rd 2012

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April 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A new record high was set in Atlantic on Monday. For the details, and today’s (Podcast) forecast for the KJAN listening area, click on the player below….

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SW Iowa Forecast (Cass & area Counties): Tue., April 3rd 2012

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April 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

328 AM CDT TUE APR 3 2012

TODAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. MUCH COOLER. HIGH IN THE MID 60S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S. NORTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

WEDNESDAY…CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. HIGH AROUND60. NORTHEAST WIND AROUND 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. LOW IN THE MID 40S. EAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

THURSDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 50S. EAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 30S. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S.

FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 40 PERCENT.

Feds: ‘Meterological March madness’ mostly random

News, Weather

April 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON (AP) – A quick federal analysis blames most of the record warm March weather that gripped two-thirds of the country on freak chance, a nice southerly wind and only a tiny part man-made global warming. For much of March, record temperatures hit as high as 35 degrees above normal and averaged about 18 degrees warmer than usual. 

In Atlantic, the average High for March 2012 was 67-degrees, or 22-degrees above the normal average High of 45. The average Low last month was 39, which was 14-degrees warmer than normal.  Rainfall for the month was 1.91-inches, which was nearly four-tenths of an inch below normal.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration analyzed the causes and chances of what it nicknamed “meteorological March madness.”  Meteorologist Martin Hoerling (HURL-ing) said the main cause was a persistent warm wind sending toasty air north from the Gulf of Mexico. He said blame for a version of this heat wave is about five parts randomness to one part global warming. Climate change alone can only account for about 2 degrees of the added heat.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: 4-2-12

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April 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here’s the (podcast) weather forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area…

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NWS Forecast for Cass & area Counties in IA: Mon., April 2nd 2012

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April 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

338 AM CDT MON APR 2 2012

TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. PATCHY FOG THROUGH MID MORNING. HIGH IN THE UPPER 80S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. COOLER. LOW IN THE LOWER 50S. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

TUESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. MUCH COOLER. HIGH IN THE MID 60S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

TUESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. LOW IN THE MID 40S. NORTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. HIGH AROUND 60. EAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. LOW IN THE MID 40S.

THURSDAY…CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S.

THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 40S. HIGH IN THE MID 60S.

Severe Weather Awareness week begins in Iowa

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April 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Today (Monday) marks the beginning of Severe Weather Awareness Week in the state. National Weather Service meteorologist, Jeff Johnson says there weren’t many tornadoes in 2011. “In Iowa, we had what I would call a pretty normal year. We had 51 tornadoes, we average 47, that’s pretty close to normal,” Johnson says. “What was interesting about last year though, was that most of those tornadoes occurred on or before April ninth, so many of those tornadoes were early in the year in 2011.”

Johnson says it is too early to tell what type of year 2012 will bring for severe weather.  “A lot of people have been talking about the recent warm weather and if there is a correlation between that and active severe weather, and there really isn’t much of a correlation between an active severe weather season and the early spring warmth,” Johnson says. He says there’s also not much of a correlation between a warm summer after a warm spring. The National Weather Service has special theme days all week to teach Iowans the dangers of severe weather.

Johnson says the theme for today is flash flooding. “Which is the number one thunderstorm-related killer in the United States from weather, it’s not tornadoes, it’s actual flash flooding,” according to Johnson. He says Tuesday will talk about how to get a warning, Wednesday’s theme centers on tornadoes and there will be a statewide tornado drill, and finally, family preparedness is the theme on Friday.

Johnson describes the tornado drill scheduled for 10 a-m Wednesday morning: He says they will come out with a tornado watch at 10 and that will last for about an hour. “And then at about 10:15, give or take a few minutes, we will issue a tornado warning and it will go off over your weather radios, it will go out over the emergency alert system to the radio stations and many, many communities will be testing their siren systems at the same time,” Johnson says. He says this will be a good time for businesses to test their evacuation plans. You can find out more information on severe weather in Iowa at www.weather.gov.

(Pat Powers & Dar Danielson/Radio Iowa)