WASHINGTON (AP) – Students in nine states and the nation’s capital are preparing to examine the legacy of the Dust Bowl and the current impact of drought on agriculture and global food security. The Smithsonian and the National Endowment for the Humanities are holding a national youth summit for middle and high school students Wednesday. It will include a discussion with scholars and experts, along with segments from filmmaker Ken Burns’ upcoming documentary, “The Dust Bowl.”
The summit will be webcast from the National Museum of American History in Washington to nine Smithsonian affiliate museums and the National Steinbeck Center. Regional town halls will be held in Nebraska, Texas, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Dakota and California. Educators and students can join the webcast online for free.
Most of Iowa got a good soaking last weekend, but it didn’t go far in terms of making up for the drought. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says far northwest Iowa didn’t receive any rain, while the heaviest downpours were scattered around the state. Areas of northeast Iowa, around New Hampton and Decorah, received three-and-a-half to four inches of rain. Similar rainfall totals were reported around Red Oak, Greenfield and Winterset in southwest Iowa, and near Centerville, Albia and Oskaloosa in southeast Iowa. In Atlantic, we received 1.93-inches of rain over the weekend.
Statewide, on average, the weekend system dumped one-and-a-half inches of rain. It marked the single biggest rainfall event in Iowa since early May. “This one event over the weekend was almost as big as what we had for the whole month of September,” Hillaker said. Despite the downpour, Hillaker notes we’re a long way from bringing an end to the 2012 drought.
“We’re still roughly eight-and-a-half inches below normal for the year to date, as far as statewide average,” Hillaker said. “We did trim about an inch off the deficit we had going before this last rain event. So, it’s not a huge impact as far as reducing our deficit, but it will have quite a positive impact on soil moisture levels.”
The (podcast) Freese-Notis forecast for the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic, from Meteorologist Dan Hicks, and KJAN News Director Ric Hanson…..
TODAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS THROUGH MID MORNING… THEN PARTLY SUNNY WITH ISOLATED SHOWERS BEFORE NOON. MOSTLY SUNNY IN THE AFTERNOON. WINDY…COOLER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S. TEMPERATURE STEADY OR SLOWLY FALLING IN THE AFTERNOON. NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 40 MPH. CHANCE OF SHOWERS 30 PERCENT.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY UNTIL EARLY MORNING THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. COLDER. LOW IN THE UPPER 30S. WEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.
THURSDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. WINDY…COOLER. HIGH AROUND 50. WEST WIND 20 TO 30 MPH.
THURSDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. BREEZY. LOW AROUND 40. NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 35 MPH.
FRIDAY…PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE MID 50S. NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.
FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 30S. HIGH IN THE MID 60S.
The Freese-Notis (podcast) forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area, and weather information for Atlantic…
402 AM CDT TUE OCT 16 2012
TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S. SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE LOWER 50S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE MORNING…THEN MOSTLY SUNNY IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY…COOLER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S. WEST WIND 10 TO 25 MPH.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. COLDER. LOW AROUND 40. WEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.
THURSDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. WINDY…COOLER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S. WEST WIND 15 TO 30 MPH.
THURSDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. BREEZY. LOW IN THE UPPER 30S.
FRIDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 50S.
FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW AROUND 40. HIGH IN THE MID 60S.
The Freese-Notis (Podcast) weather forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area, along with the weather stats for Atlantic….
(prepared by the National Weather Service in Des Moines)
TODAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. WARMER. LOW AROUND 50. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
TUESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH AROUND 80. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
TUESDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE LOWER 50S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
WEDNESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE MORNING…THEN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY…COOLER. HIGH IN THE MID 60S. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 50 PERCENT.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. COLDER. LOW IN THE LOWER 40S.
THURSDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS. BREEZY…COOLER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S.
Rainfall overnight in Atlantic (at the KJAN studios), as of 7-a.m. Sunday (Oct. 14th), was 1.06″. That is also our 24-hour total. The rain had pretty much ended by 7-a.m., with just some light drizzle remaining in town. Total rainfall for Atlantic, including the Friday-Saturday precipitation, amounted to 1.93-inches.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Severe thunderstorms were expected throughout the midsection of the country on Saturday, but many in Iowa are likely happy to see the rain after a summer of drought. The National Weather Service says much of the state will get at least some rain, with some areas in south central Iowa getting as much as 2 inches by today (Sunday). Iowa has struggled with record drought this year. As late as Thursday, three-fourths of the state remained in extreme or exceptional drought — the two worst classifications.