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Missouri River levels to drop soon in prep for longer drought

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

November 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Army Corps of Engineers is ready to move the Missouri River into what it’s calling “drought reserve mode” and it’ll mean much less water flowing downriver. Corps spokeswoman Monique Farmer says water levels will drop by the end of the month. Winter releases from Gavins Point Dam, near Yankton, South Dakota, will be dropped to minimum levels, averaging around 12-thousand cubic feet per second (CFS) starting on December 1st and running through the end of February. Current release levels from the dam have been running more than three times that level, at 38-thousand C-F-S.

Farmer says the Corps’ forecast for next spring has the reservoirs down drastically. They’re expecting to be about 8-million acre feet below the base of the annual flood control and multiple use zone, so the three major reservoirs in the system may be drawn down 8 to 12 feet lower than what would normally be seen at this time of year. It was just last summer that reservoirs and releases hit record high levels during the spring and summer flooding. Releases from Gavins Point hit just over 160-thousand C-F-S. Farmer says they will step down releases gradually to allow downstream water users to adjust.

They’ll cut the releases initially to around 18-thousand C-F-S and hold for a few days. That will give cities and individuals who have their water intakes in the river the chance to see how they may be impacted. After a few days, water levels will be cut further to the projected 12-thousand C-F-S, where it should remain until March. The plan is raising concerns. Leaders in the state of Missouri fear such a drop in water levels on the Missouri River will impact the Mississippi River so much, barge traffic may have to be halted.

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast – Fri., Nov. 16th 2012

Podcasts, Weather

November 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

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

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NWS Forecast for Cass & area Counties in Iowa – Fri., Nov. 16 2012

Weather

November 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

356 AM CST FRI NOV 16 2012

TODAY...SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 50S. EAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTHEAST AROUND 5 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE MID 30S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

SATURDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 50S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.

SATURDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 30S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

SUNDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 50S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.

SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. LOW IN THE LOWER 40S.

MONDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 50S.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast – Thu., Nov. 15 2012

Podcasts, Weather

November 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

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

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Zone forecast for Cass & area Counties in IA

Weather

November 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

INCLUDING THE CITY OF…ATLANTIC//348 AM CST THU NOV 15 2012 – Nat’l. Weather Service, Des Moines:

TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY UNTIL LATE AFTERNOON THEN CLEARING. HIGH IN THE MID 50S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHWEST IN THE AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT…CLEAR…COLDER. LOW IN THE MID 20S. NORTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

FRIDAY...SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S. EAST WIND AROUND 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTHEAST IN THE AFTERNOON.

FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE MID 30S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

SATURDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 50S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.

SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 30S. HIGH IN THE MID 50S.

SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. LOW AROUND 40.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast – Wed., Nov. 14 2012

Podcasts, Weather

November 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

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

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The latest NWS Forecast for Cass & area Counties in Iowa: Wed., Nov. 14th 2012

Weather

November 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 30S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

THURSDAY…PARTLY SUNNY UNTIL LATE AFTERNOON THEN CLEARING. HIGH IN THE MID 50S. SOUTHWEST WIND AROUND 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHWEST IN THE AFTERNOON.

THURSDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S. NORTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

FRIDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE MID 30S.

SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE MID 50S. LOW IN THE UPPER 30S.

SUNDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast – Tue., Nov. 13 2012

Podcasts, Weather

November 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic.

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NWS forecast for Cass & area Counties in Iowa: Tue., Nov. 13th 2012

Weather

November 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

327 AM CST TUE NOV 13 2012

TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. WARMER. HIGH AROUND 50. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY UNTIL EARLY MORNING THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. NOT AS COLD. LOW IN THE LOWER 30S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 20 MPH.

WEDNESDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 20 MPH.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 30S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

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

THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S. HIGH IN THE UPPER 40S.

FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE MID 30S.

SATURDAY THROUGH SUNDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S. LOW IN THE UPPER 30S.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast – Mon., Nov. 12, 2012

Podcasts, Weather

November 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

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

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