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Shelby County Fire Danger “Low” through Monday

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

November 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency, Thursday (Nov. 8th), reduced the grassland and field Fire Danger Index to “Low.” The threat of rapidly spreading fires due to outdoor burning of timber and other materials will remain low, due in-part to precipitation that’s expected across the area over the weekend.

Drought helps move Iowa road projects ahead of schedule

News, Weather

November 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The drought conditions this year have hurt crops and damaged some lawns, but the situation allowed Iowa road construction crews to finish projects weeks in advance. Mark Bortle, with the Iowa Department of Transportation, says the reconstruction of a six-and-a-half mile stretch of Interstate 380 in Waterloo — for example — was completed one month ahead of schedule. “A lot of our other projects, because they haven’t had rain delays, have been completed,” Bortle said. “In a normal year, we’re trying to get them buttoned up at this time. This season, because of the dry weather, we’ve been able to get ‘em buttoned up in October as opposed to early November.”

Road crews not only benefited from the drought this summer, they were able to begin work in early March rather than late April because of the milder than usual Winter. “We basically gained a month on the Spring end and a month on the Fall end with the good weather,” Bortle said. Many contractors have requested they be allowed to start on major projects that aren’t even slated to begin until next year. The DOT has denied most of those requests to avoid impacting traffic over the winter.

“We don’t want to get into a situation where we’re partly ready to go and not being able to get (the road) in a safe condition,” Bortle said. “So, most of the contracts that’ve been let this Fall with start dates of next Spring we haven’t allowed them to start early because of the uncertainty of the weather conditions.” Through the end of September, the Iowa DOT had spent $435 million dollars on road construction projects this year. Bortle said that compares to just $340 million over the same period last year and it’s a direct result of the dry weather.

(Radio Iowa)

Enjoy the warm weather for now, as snow’s coming…eventually

News, Weather

November 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

While the weather outside isn’t exactly frightful yet, some Iowans may need a reminder that wind chills will plummet and snow will fly one day very soon. Today (Thursday) is Winter Weather Awareness Day, according to Jeff Johnson, the warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Johnson says, “Winter Weather Day is a day to think about the hazards we face here in the state from winter weather, particularly, we’ll look at the winter storms, blizzards, extreme cold episodes and ice storms and for each of those, how to deal with each threat.”

The National Weather Service is offering that information on its website, weather-dot-gov. “We want people to know how to get a watch, warning or advisory,” Johnson says. “Safety things everyone should do, like making sure your winter weather emergency kit is ready in your car. Exactly what to put in that is on our website.” Some items should include: blankets, a flashlight, extra batteries, a radio, a shovel and non-perishable food. After this year’s prolonged drought, everyone’s wondering about the winter ahead. Johnson says predictions are still inconclusive.

“Last year, we had a fairly tranquil winter that was punctuated by an extremely warm March, holy cow, with temperatures in the 80s, it was a record month,” Johnson says. “Prior to that, we had a few snow episodes and some ice but nothing significant.” As for naming this season’s winter storms like what’s done with hurricanes, Johnson says that’s a gimmick being offered by the Weather Channel, not the National Weather Service.

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Thu., Nov. 8th 2012

Podcasts, Weather

November 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here’s the Freese-Notis (podcast) forecast for the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic…

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Zone Forecast for Cass & area Counties in IA: Nov. 8th 2012

Weather

November 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

(Nat’l. Weather Service/Des Moines)

Today: Sunny…warmer. High in the lower 60s. South wind 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low in the lower 40s. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday: Partly sunny. High in the mid 60s. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy. Warmer. Low in the mid 50s. South wind 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. A chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Breezy. High in the mid 70s. South wind 15 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Chance of precipitation 30 percent.

Saturday Night: Showers likely and isolated thunderstorms through midnight…then rain likely after midnight. Colder. Low in the lower 40s. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.

Veterans Day: Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain. Breezy. Much colder. High in the lower 40s.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Wed., Nov. 7th 2012

Podcasts, Weather

November 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

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

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NWS forecast for Cass & area Counties: Nov. 7, 2012

Weather

November 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

EARLY THIS MORNING…PARTLY CLOUDY. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S. NORTHWEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE LOWER 30S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

THURSDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

THURSDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. NOT AS COOL. LOW IN THE LOWER 40S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

FRIDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 60S. SOUTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. BREEZY…WARMER. LOW IN THE MID 50S.

SATURDAY…CLOUDY…BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S.

SATURDAY NIGHT…SHOWERS LIKELY AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. COLDER. LOW IN THE UPPER 30S. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 70 PERCENT.

(podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Tue., Nov. 6th 2012

Podcasts, Weather

November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

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

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NWS Forecast for the KJAN listening area – Tue., 11/6/12

Weather

November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

410 AM CST TUE NOV 6 2012

TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S. WEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW AROUND 30. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S. NORTHWEST WIND NEAR 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTHWEST IN THE AFTERNOON.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE MID 30S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

THURSDAY…SUNNY…BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.

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

.FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF RAIN.

WARMER. LOW IN THE MID 50S.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast – Monday Nov. 5th 2012

Podcasts, Weather

November 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis (Podcast) forecast for the KJAN listening area and weather data for Atlantic from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson…

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