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July goes out as 3rd hottest in Iowa history, 5th driest

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August 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

One of Iowa’s hottest-ever Julys is behind us now, but forecasters say the August ahead won’t be much different. State climatologist Harry Hillaker says the prolonged drought of the past several weeks put this July among the stickiest in Iowa’s history, though the wealth of month-end data is still being tabulated. “Generally, you’re looking at probably the third-hottest July on record for the state of Iowa and that’s based on 140 years of records,” Hillaker says. “The last time we would’ve had a hotter July is probably going to be 1936 and the other one that was hotter was way back in 1901.” 

Here in Atlantic, the average High for the month was 94-degrees. The average Low was 66. We had four days when the temperature was 100-degrees or greater. The hottest day was July 25th, when we hit 102-degrees. There were only three days during the month, when the High temp in Atlantic was less than 90-degrees. Some areas of the state will finish off the month being several inches short on rainfall. In Atlantic, we received just a trace of rain last month. 

When the numbers are all in statewide, this July will likely be the fifth-driest July in Iowa history, he says, and the month is among some notorious company. Hillaker says “The top three are: 1886 brought us the driest summer on record, 1936 was our hottest summer on record, and 1894, the third-driest July, ended up being the driest growing season on record.” Just because we’re in a new month doesn’t mean there’ll be a new forecast. Hillaker says it looks like August will be more of the same. “Temperatures, at least in the beginning part of August, I still expect will be averaging well above normal,” he says. “Normal highs right now are about 85 or so so 90s is well above normal.” There’s a chance for a few more rain showers on the horizon but “nothing looks very substantial.”

Temperatures for the next week are expected to be above-normal but not as extreme as the past couple weeks. Forecasters also say another sustained period of 100-degree-plus weather is not likely, at least for the next few weeks.

(Radio Iowa/Ric Hanson-KJAN)

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Wed., Aug. 1st 2012

Podcasts, Weather

August 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here’s the Freese-Notis forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area, along with weather data for Atlantic, from KJAN News Director, Ric Hanson….

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Forecast for Cass & area Counties in Iowa: Wed., Aug. 1st 2012

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August 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Today: Mostly sunny. Hot. High in the upper 90s. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Highest heat index readings 100 to 105 in the afternoon.

Tonight: Partly cloudy through midnight…then mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Low in the lower 70s. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday: Hot and humid. Partly sunny with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. High in the mid 90s. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Highest heat index readings 100 to 102 in the afternoon.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy. Low in the lower 70s. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny. High in the mid 90s. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Highest heat index readings 100 to 102 in the afternoon.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy. Low in the lower 70s.

Saturday: Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. High in the upper 80s.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. Low in the lower 60s.

Sunday And Sunday Night: Mostly clear. High in the mid 80s. Low in the mid 60s.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Tue., July 31st 2012

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July 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here’s the Freese-Notis forecast for Atlantic, and the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic from KJAN News Director, Ric Hanson…

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Nat’l. Weather Service forecast for Cass & area counties: July 31st 2012

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July 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

338 AM CDT TUE JUL 31 2012

TODAY…SUNNY…HOT. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. NORTHEAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW AROUND 70. EAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HOT. HIGH IN THE UPPER 90S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S. SOUTHEAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS AROUND 100 THROUGH MIDNIGHT.

THURSDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. EAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

THURSDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S.

FRIDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S.

FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S. HIGH IN THE UPPER 80S.

Shelby County Fire Danger to remain “High” through Thursday

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July 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency announced this (Monday) morning, that the Fire Danger rating in the County will remain in the “High” category through this Thursday, August 1st. Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert said that’s because no rain fell over the county this past weekend.

There is the potential for thunderstorms through Thursday, and Seivert says if they do develop, those storms will provide only minimal relief, from the extensive dry conditions. He says one phenomenon they rarely experience in the area is “dry” lightening.

Dry lightening is created when the thunderstorm complex develops, and minimal rain is dropped but the cloud to ground lightening is very intense. Seivert says with the very dry conditions, a lightening strike may start a fire, in  unexpected and or remote locations. 

He encourages the public to report fires, and smoke plumes  promptly, to 9-1-1. Seivert says a quick response may prevent a catastrophic event from developing.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Mon., July 30th 2012

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July 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here’s the Freese-Notis (Podcast) forecast for Atlantic, and the KJAN listening area….

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Weather forecast for Cass & area counties: Mon., July 30th 2012

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July 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

320 AM CDT MON JUL 30 2012 – NWS/Des Moines

TODAY…HOT. PATCHY FOG THROUGH MID MORNING. PARTLY SUNNY WITH ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. NORTHWEST WIND NEAR 5 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 20 PERCENT.

TONIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 60S. WEST WIND NEAR 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

TUESDAY…SUNNY…HOT. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. NORTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

TUESDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW AROUND 70. EAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S.

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

THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S. HIGH IN THE MID 90S.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Sat., July 28th 2012

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July 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here’s the Freese-Notis 4-day forecast for Atlantic and the KJAN listening area….

Today:            P/Cldy to Cloudy w/scattered shwrs & tstrms this afternoon. High 86. SE @ 5-10.

Tonight:          Isolated thunderstorms. Low 65. SE @ 5-10. 

Tomorrow:      Sunny to P/Sunny. High in the mid-90’s. Se @ 10.

Tom. Night:    P/Cldy w/a low in the upper 60’s. 

Monday & Tuesday: Sunny. Highs in the low-to mid-90’s.  

Friday’s High in Atlantic was 84 degrees. Our low Saturday morning (through 5-a.m.) was 57.

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Weather forecast for Cass & area Counties in Iowa: Sat., July 28th 2012

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July 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

319 AM CDT SAT JUL 28 2012 – NWS/Des Moines

TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING…THEN SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE UPPER 80S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 30 PERCENT.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE UPPER 60S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

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

SUNDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE UPPER 60S. NORTHEAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

MONDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. NORTHEAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

MONDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW AROUND 70.

TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S. LOW AROUND 70.