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Continued rain wiped the drought out of Iowa

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October 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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.

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) Skyscan Weather forecast for Mon., Oct. 13 2014

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October 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Expect Locally Dense Fog this morning

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October 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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.

NWS/KJAN listening area forecast: 10/13/14

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October 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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.

(Updated) NWS/KJAN listening area forecast

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October 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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.

NWS/KJAN listening area weather forecast: 10/12/2014

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October 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

4:03 AM CDT SUN OCT 12 2014

EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLEAR. SOUTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH.

TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

TONIGHT...A CHANCE OF SHOWERS THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN SHOWERS LIKELY AFTER MIDNIGHT. WARMER. 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.

Weather Forecast Saturday 10/11/14

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October 11th, 2014 by admin

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October 11th, 2014 by admin

Today. Sunny with a high of 59 and light and variable winds in the AM becoming SE at 3-6 mph in the PM.

Tonight Mostly clear with a low of 41 and SE-SSE winds at 4-8 mph.

Sunday Increasing clouds, with isolated PM showers and thunderstorms, a high of 63, and SE/SSE winds at 10-15 mph.

Sunday night Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms and a low of 54 with SE winds at 7-12 mph becoming NW winds at 7-12 mph near dawn.

Monday Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely, with a high of 58.

Monday night Mostly cloudy with scattered showers becoming isolated after midnight with a low of 47.

Tuesday Mostly cloudy with isolated AM showers and a high of 64

Frost Advisory Saturday from 1-am to 9-am for parts of southwest IA

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October 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A FROST ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 9 AM CDT SATURDAY.

TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO FALL INTO THE MID 30S TO AROUND FREEZING OVERNIGHT. A FROST ADVISORY MEANS THAT FROST IS POSSIBLE. SENSITIVE OUTDOOR PLANTS MAY BE KILLED IF LEFT UNCOVERED.

Freeze Warning for much of the KJAN listening area

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October 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A HARD FREEZE EXPECTED FOR MUCH OF CENTRAL IOWA. A LARGE AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL BECOME CENTERED ACROSSIOWA TONIGHT…WITH CLEAR SKIES AND LIGHT WINDS EXPECTED. THIS COMBINED WITH A CHILLY AIRMASS IN PLACE…WILL ALLOW TEMPERATURES ACROSS MUCH OF CENTRALIOWA TO FALL TO NEAR FREEZING OR BELOW BY SUNRISE SATURDAY.

Counties in dark blue are under a Freeze Warning; Light blue=Frost Advisory.

Counties in dark blue are under a Freeze Warning; Light blue=Frost Advisory.

A FREEZE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FROM 1-AM UNTIL 9-AM SATURDAY FOR THE FOLLOWING AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-HARRISON AND SHELBY.

TEMPERATURES WILL FALL INTO THE MID 20S TO LOW 30S FOR SEVERAL HOURS OVERNIGHT.  A FREEZE WARNING MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE IMMINENT OR HIGHLY LIKELY. THESE CONDITIONS WILL KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION.