The Shelby County Emergency Management agency says because vegetation in the county is very dry, and fires that start can spread quickly, the Fire Danger Index is being upgraded to the “Moderate” category.
Emergency Management Director Bob Seivert says several weather systems will be passing through the area over the weekend. The resulting, shifting winds, will created problems with controlled burns . Seivert advises residents and land owners to develop a burn plan, and check the weather prior to lighting any controlled burns, as well as your local fire chief.
The next, scheduled update on the Fire Danger in Shelby County will be on Monday, April 8th.
The (podcast) weather forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area from Freese-Notis, and weather data for Atlantic….
401 AM CDT THU APR 4 2013
EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLEAR. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH AROUND 60. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 30S. NORTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.
FRIDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE MID 60S. SOUTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTH 15 TO 25 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.
FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. BREEZY…WARMER. LOW AROUND 50. SOUTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 35 MPH.
SATURDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. WEST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 20 PERCENT.
SATURDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 40S.
SUNDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 20 PERCENT.
SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. LOW IN THE LOWER 40S.
MONDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. HIGH AROUND 60.
The (podcast) Freese-Notis weather forecast for Atlantic and the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson…
400 AM CDT WED APR 3 2013
EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLEAR. EAST WIND AROUND 5 MPH.
TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 50S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE LOWER 30S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
THURSDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH AROUND 60. WEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
THURSDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 30S. NORTHEAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH.
FRIDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE MID 60S. SOUTHEAST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.
FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. BREEZY. NOT AS COOL. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S.
SATURDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. HIGH IN THE MID 60S.
SATURDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 30S.
SUNDAY…PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. HIGH IN THE MID 50S.
SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. LOW IN THE UPPER 30S.
Here’s the Freese-Notis (podcast) weather forecast for Atlantic and the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic from KJAN News Director, Ric Hanson…
Today: Mostly sunny. High in the upper 40s. North wind near 5 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Low in the mid 20s. Northeast wind around 5 mph shifting to the southeast after midnight.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High in the mid 50s. South wind 5 to 15 mph.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy. Not as cool. Low in the mid 30s. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday And Thursday Night: Partly cloudy. High in the upper 50s. Low in the mid 30s.
Friday: Partly sunny. High in the lower 60s.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain. Not as cool. Low in the upper 40s.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. High in the mid 60s.
March 2013 did a big turnaround for March of last year. State climatologist Harry Hillaker, says March of 2012 was much warmer than normal — but that wasn’t the case this year. “Preliminarily, temperatures averaging about seven degrees colder than usual,” Hillaker says.In Atlantic, the high temperature for the month averaged 42-degrees, which was about three-degrees cooler than normal. Hillaker says we have to go back all the way to 1984 to find a colder March, and possibly further back once all the data comes in. The cold in March brought along a bunch of snow too.
“Actually, the snowiest March since 1998 — the state average was about nine-point-eight inches — which is a little more than double what’s normal for the month, and so cold and snowy. And as far as precipitation in general for a state average, just barely above normal for the month — roughly about two-point-two inches of precipitation this month,” Hillaker says. The precipitation for the month kept a positive wet trend going.
“It would be the fourth consecutive month that our state average precipitation has actually been above normal,” Hillaker says. “We haven’t put a streak together like that for quite some time. None of those months really were exceptionally wet, but at least its kind of in the direction we want to be going with the ongoing long-term drought conditions that we’re still trying to overcome.”In Atlantic, we received a total of 6.3-inches of snow, which melted down into slightly less than an inch of liquid precipitation (.85″ inch), which was well below the normal amount we should have received for the month (2.29″).
Hillaker says the weather for Iowa in April could be warm and wet according to early predictions.
(Radio Iowa/data from KJAN)
Average High for the month: 42 degrees (normal avg. high 45)
*Warmest day 67 degrees on March 30th.
Average Low for the month: 20 (normal avg. 25)
*Coldest low 9 degrees on March 12th.
Precipitation (including rain/melted snow): .85″ (normal 2.29″)
(Information compiled at the KJAN studios – the officials National Weather Service reporting station for Atlantic).