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(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Thu., June 28th 2012

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June 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The (podcast) Freese-Notis 4-day forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area, & weather information for Atlantic….

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Forecast for Cass & area Counties in Iowa: Thu., June 28 2012

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June 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

359 AM CDT THU JUN 28 2012 NWS/Des Moines

TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HOT AND HUMID. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. WEST WIND NEAR 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTH IN THE AFTERNOON. HEAT INDEX READINGS 101 TO 106.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S. EAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 100 TO 104 THROUGH MIDNIGHT.

FRIDAY…HOT. MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. SOUTHEAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS AROUND 100 IN THE AFTERNOON.

FRIDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH.

SATURDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS AROUND 100 IN THE AFTERNOON.

SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE MID 70S. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S.

Heat Advisory until 9-p.m. for parts of SW/South Central IA

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June 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

350 AM CDT THU JUN 28 2012

…HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CDT THURSDAY FOR: MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT AND PAGE COUNTIES.

…HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8-P.M. THURSDAY FOR: ADAMS, MADISON, RINGGOLD, TAYLOR AND UNION COUNTIES.

HIGHS ARE FORECAST TO REACH THE UPPER 90′sS TO AROUND 103…WITH INDEX VALUES IN THE 105 TO 110 DEGREE RANGE BY THIS AFTERNOON. THE COMBINATION OF THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY WILL KEEP AN INCREASED RISK OF HEAT EXHAUSTION OR HEAT STROKE TO THOSE WORKING OR PLAYING OUTDOORS AND FOR THE YOUNG AND ELDERLY.

A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS…STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM…STAY OUT OF THE SUN…AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.

Latest forecast for Cass & area Counties in IA: Record or Near Record temps possible!

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June 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

1106 AM CDT WED JUN 27 2012
 
 …HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM CDT THIS EVENING…
 
REST OF TODAY…SUNNY. VERY HOT AND HUMID. BREEZY. HIGH AROUND 103. SOUTHWEST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. HEAT INDEX READINGS 108 TO 113.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO  15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH THROUGH MIDNIGHT. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 103 TO 108 THROUGH MIDNIGHT.
THURSDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HOT AND HUMID. HIGH IN THE MID 90S.  NORTHWEST WIND AROUND 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHEAST UP TO 5 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 100 TO 105 IN THE AFTERNOON.
THURSDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF  THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE MID 70S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS AROUND 100 THROUGH MIDNIGHT.
FRIDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 100 TO 103 IN THE AFTERNOON.

IA Dept. of Public Health Heat Safety Tips

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June 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

High temperatures are expected to settle in over Iowa today and stick around for several days. Afternoon temperatures are forecast to reach the high 90s and low 100s. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans even young and healthy individuals can have a heat-related illness if they are very active during hot weather or the heat index is very high.

“People suffer heat-related illness when the temperature and humidity are high. The body normally cools itself by sweating. But under some conditions, sweating just isn’t enough,” said IPDH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. “In such cases, a person’s body temperature rises rapidly. Especially when the humidity is high, sweat will not evaporate as quickly, preventing the body from releasing heat quickly.”

Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, the people at greatest risk include:

  • People age 65 or older.
  • Infants and young children.
  • Overweight individuals.
  • People who are performing manual labor or exercising outdoors.
  • People who have chronic health conditions, especially those with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications, such as those for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation.

To protect your health when temperatures and humidity are high, remember to keep cool and use common sense. The following tips are important:

  • Increase fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. The best way to tell you are well-hydrated is if your urine is light yellow. If it gets dark, stop and rehydrate by drinking water immediately.
  • If experiencing a lot of sweating, especially over several hours, replace salt and minerals by eating foods like bananas and salty crackers, or drink rehydrating beverages that contain salts, such as sports drinks and special rehydration fluids.
  • Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and wear sunscreen.
  • Wear hats that shade your face, such as sun hats, visors, etc.
  • Keep in the shade or air conditioned areas as much as possible.
  • Work slowly if you are not used to working or exercising in heat and humidity. Stop immediately if you get dizzy, nauseated, or feel weak. Go into an air conditioned space and drink cool liquids.
  • Use a buddy system. Watch others for heat-induced illness, since some people may not realize they are suffering heat-related illnesses and can become confused or lose consciousness.

For more information about preventing heat-related illness, visit http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heat_guide.asp.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Wed., June 27th 2012

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June 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

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

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Western Iowa Zone Forecast: Wed., June 27th 2012

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June 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

351 AM CDT WED JUN 27 2012 – FOR CASS AND SURROUNDING COUNTIES:

HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 8 PM CDT THIS EVENING…

TODAY…SUNNY. VERY HOT AND HUMID. BREEZY. HIGH AROUND 103. SOUTHWEST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. HEAT INDEX READINGS 107 TO 112.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH THROUGH MIDNIGHT. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 103 TO 108 THROUGH MIDNIGHT.

THURSDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HOT AND HUMID. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. NORTHWEST WIND AROUND 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHEAST UP TO 5 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 100 TO 105 IN THE AFTERNOON.

THURSDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE MID 70S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS AROUND 100 THROUGH MIDNIGHT.

FRIDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 100 TO 103 IN THE AFTERNOON.

FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S.

SATURDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S.

SUNDAY…PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S.

SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S.

Reminder: A HEAT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT TODAY BEGINNING AT 1-P.M.

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June 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

346 AM CDT WED JUN 27 2012

A HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 8 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR THE MOST OF WESTERN AND CENTRAL IOWA, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE FAR WEST/SOUTHWEST COUNTIES, WHERE IT EXPIRES AT 9-P.M….

HEAT INDICES OF 105 TO 110 ARE EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON INTO EARLY EVENING… AS TEMPERATURES CLIMB TO AROUND 100 DEGREES…AND ARE COMBINED WITH DEWPOINTS OF AROUND 70 DEGREES. THE COMBINATION OF HEAT AND HUMIDITY WILL CREATE AN INCREASED RISK OF HEAT EXHAUSTION OR OTHER HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES. THE RISK WILL INCREASE WITH PROLONGED OUTDOOR ACTIVITY WITH THE ELDERLY AND VERY YOUNG BEING MOST AT RISK.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS…STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM…STAY OUT OF THE SUN…AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.

Excessive heat expected today: Check on the elderly, friends, neighbors and pets

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June 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The big heat wave is expected today (Wednesday), all across the Midwest. Temperatures forecast to reach near 100-degrees, but the heat index — or, what it feels like when the humidity is factored in — will make it feel like 105-to 110-degrees. A Heat Advisory goes into effect today beginning at 1-p.m. The Advisory runs through 9-p.m. for the far west and southwest counties, and until 8-p.m. for the rest of the area. The heat wave is expected to continue into the weekend.

Officials with Cass County Home Care in Atlantic remind you that elderly relatives, friends and neighbors are at a higher risk for heat-related illnesses during these extreme conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heat stroke, the most serious heat-related illness, occurs when the body’s temperature rises rapidly, loses its ability to sweat and is unable to cool down. Body temperatures can rise to 106 degrees Fahrenheit in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. If left untreated, heat stroke may lead to permanent disability or even death. While less serious than heat stroke, heat exhaustion can also occur after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate hydration.

Rhonda Duvall, registered nurse and clinical manager at Cass County Home Care, says “Older adults are especially at risk of heat stress because with age the body does not adjust as well to extreme changes in temperature. Chronic medical conditions and prescription medicines common to elderly patients also affect the body’s ability to regulate its temperature.”  Important precautions include remaining inside in cool, air-conditioned areas, restricting strenuous activity, wearing lightweight clothing, and bathing in cool water. Staying hydrated is also critical during extreme heat; however, it is not uncommon for some elderly patients with certain medical conditions to be limited in the amount of fluids they can drink.

In such cases, a physician should be consulted before drinking more fluids than typically recommended. Older adults at risk, especially those living alone, should be visited twice a day by family, friends or care providers during periods of elevated heat and checked for signs of heat stress. Symptoms of heat-related illnesses include rapid pulse, shallow breathing, and lack of perspiration and body temperatures exceeding 103 degrees. If a person exhibits any of these signs and heat stress is suspected, dial 9-1-1 immediately. Also, remember to keep an eye on children and pets. Make sure pets have adequate shade and plenty of fresh, cold water if they must remain outside.

Heat Advisory issued for most of Iowa on Wednesday

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June 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

National Weather Service/Des Moines (Issued 3:47-p.m. CDT June 26th, 2012) http://www.crh.noaa.gov/dmx/

DANGEROUS HEAT INDICES EXPECTED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON INTO THE EARLY EVENING. HOT TEMPERATURES COMBINED WITH DEW POINT TEMPERATURES CLIMBING INTO THE 70S DURING THE AFTERNOON WILL PRODUCE HEAT INDICES ABOVE 100 OVER MUCH OF CENTRAL IOWA AND AROUND 105 DEGREES DURING THE AFTERNOON.

A HEAT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM TO 8 PM CDT WEDNESDAY FOR ALL BUT FAR WEST/SW IA, WHERE THE ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9-P.M. WEDNESDAY

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A HEAT ADVISORY. HEAT INDICES WILL BE INCREASING THROUGH THE MORNING BE IN ADVISORY CRITERIA FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON INTO THE EARLY EVENING HOURS. THE HIGHEST HEAT INDICES OF 105 TO 108 WILL OCCUR DURING THE AFTERNOON. HEAT INDICES WEST OF INTERSTATE 35 WILL NOT BE QUITE AS HOT BUT STILL APPROACH 105.

THE COMBINATION OF HEAT AND HUMIDITY WILL CREATE AN INCREASED RISK OF HEAT EXHAUSTION OR OTHER HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES. THE RISK WILL INCREASE WITH PROLONGED OUTDOOR ACTIVITY WITH THE ELDERLY AND VERY YOUNG BEING MOST AT RISK.

A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS…STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM…STAY OUT OF THE SUN…AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.