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TEST TORNADO WARNING CANCELLED

Weather

March 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

1030 AM CDT WED MAR 27 2013

…THIS MESSAGE IS FOR TEST PURPOSES ONLY…

THE TEST TORNADO WARNING HAS EXPIRED.  REPEAT…THE TEST TORNADO
WARNING HAS EXPIRED.  THIS CONCLUDES THE WARNING PHASE OF THE 2013
TORNADO DRILL.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.

THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. DO NOT TAKE ACTION BASED ON THIS MESSAGE.

TEST TORNADO WARNING FOR THE STATE OF IOWA

Weather

March 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TEST…TORNADO WARNING…TEST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
1015 AM CDT WED MAR 27 2013

…THIS MESSAGE IS FOR TEST PURPOSES ONLY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A TEST TORNADO WARNING.  NO SEVERE WEATHER IS EXPECTED TODAY.

THIS TEST TORNADO WARNING INITIATES THE WARNING PHASE OF THE 2013
SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK TORNADO DRILL.  REPEATING THIS IS
ONLY A DRILL.  ALL SCHOOLS… BUSINESSES… HOSPITALS… AND OTHER
INSTITUTIONS ARE URGED TO TREAT THIS AS IF IT WERE A REAL
EMERGENCY AND PRACTICE YOUR SEVERE WEATHER EMERGENCY PLANS.

* UNTIL 1035 AM CDT

* THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE.

* THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE.  REPEATING THIS IS A TEST TORNADO WARNING
FOR THE 2013 SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK.

THIS IS THE END OF THE TEST TORNADO WARNING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE.

&&

THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. DO NOT TAKE ACTION BASED ON THIS MESSAGE.

TEST TORNADO WARNING: WESTERN IA/EASTERN NE

Weather

March 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TEST…TORNADO WARNING…TEST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA/VALLEY NEBRASKA
1010 AM CDT WED MAR 27 2013

…THIS MESSAGE IS FOR TEST PURPOSES ONLY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA HAS ISSUED A

* THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. TORNADO WARNING FOR…
SHELBY COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST IOWA…
POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST IOWA…
PAGE COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST IOWA…
FREMONT COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST IOWA…
MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST IOWA…
MONONA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL IOWA…
MILLS COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST IOWA…
HARRISON COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST IOWA…
COLFAX COUNTY IN NORTHEAST NEBRASKA…
CUMING COUNTY IN NORTHEAST NEBRASKA…
NEMAHA COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA…
WAYNE COUNTY IN NORTHEAST NEBRASKA…
WASHINGTON COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL NEBRASKA…
PAWNEE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA…
OTOE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA…
THURSTON COUNTY IN NORTHEAST NEBRASKA…
PLATTE COUNTY IN NORTHEAST NEBRASKA…
PIERCE COUNTY IN NORTHEAST NEBRASKA…
DODGE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL NEBRASKA…
DOUGLAS COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL NEBRASKA…
STANTON COUNTY IN NORTHEAST NEBRASKA…
RICHARDSON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA…
JEFFERSON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA…
ANTELOPE COUNTY IN NORTHEAST NEBRASKA…
JOHNSON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA…
BURT COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL NEBRASKA…
KNOX COUNTY IN NORTHEAST NEBRASKA…
GAGE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA…
CASS COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA…
BUTLER COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL NEBRASKA…
BOONE COUNTY IN NORTHEAST NEBRASKA…
LANCASTER COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA…
CEDAR COUNTY IN NORTHEAST NEBRASKA…
SEWARD COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA…
SAUNDERS COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL NEBRASKA…
SARPY COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL NEBRASKA…
SALINE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA…
MADISON COUNTY IN NORTHEAST NEBRASKA…

* THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. UNTIL 1030 AM CDT

* THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. THIS TEST TORNADO WARNING IS BEING ISSUED AS PART OF THE SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK ANNUAL DRILL…REPEAT DRILL.

THIS ANNUAL DRILL IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF SEVERE WEATHER
AWARENESS WEEK. ALL SCHOOLS…HOSPITALS…BUSINESSES…OTHER
INSTITUTIONS AND THOSE AT HOME ARE URGED TO TREAT THIS AS IF IT
WERE A REAL EMERGENCY. NOW IS AN EXCELLENT TIME TO PRACTICE YOUR
SEVERE WEATHER EMERGENCY PLANS.

* THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ALL LOCATIONS IN EASTERN NEBRAKA AND SOUTHWEST IOWA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO A BASEMENT OR AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST
FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME OR
OUTDOORS…MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT
YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.

THIS IS A TEST…REPEAT…TEST. THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. DO NOT TAKE ACTION BASED ON THIS MESSAGE.

TEST TORNADO WATCH ISSUED

Weather

March 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TEST…TORNADO WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WT 9991…TEST
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
950 AM CDT WED MAR 27 2013

    TORNADO WATCH 9991 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1100 AM CDT FOR THE
     FOLLOWING LOCATIONS….ALL 99 COUNTIES IN IOWA….

TORNADOES…THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 0 MPH…AND DANGEROUS
LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS.

THE TEST TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 55 STATUTE
MILES NORTH AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM 20 MILES WEST OF SCOTTSBLUFF
NEBRASKA TO 35 MILES EAST NORTHEAST OF CEDAR RAPIDS IOWA.  FOR A
COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE
UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU1).

REMEMBER…A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

DISCUSSION… TEST

THIS IS A TEST IN SUPPORT OF SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS

Statewide Tornado Drill takes place this morning

News, Weather

March 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The beginning of Spring last week marked the start of severe weather season in the Midwest. The season typically brings strong storms that produce heavy rain, hail, destructive winds and tornadoes. As part of Severe Weather Awareness week, the National Weather Service (NWS), in coordination with the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, Oklahoma, will conduct a Statewide Tornado Drill in Iowa and other Midwestern states.

The drill begins at 10-a.m., when the SPC issues a Test Tornado Watch for Iowa and Nebraska. The National Weather Service offices in both states will issue the Test Watch tones on all NOAA Weather Radios and the Emergency Alert System (EAS), as a Test Message.

At 10:10-a.m., the NWS offices in Sioux Falls and Omaha will issue test tornado warnings for their Iowa counties, and at 10:15-a.m., the NWS offices in Des Moines and the Quad Cities will issue a Test Tornado Warning for their Iowa counties.

From 10:30 until about 10:35, all Iowa NWS offices will issue a Severe Weather Statement to terminate the test warnings. The Test Tornado Watch will officially expire at 11-a.m. During the test, residents, businesses, local governments and schools are urged to carry out their Tornado safety plans and procedures, as though a real weather event was about to occur and is occurring.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Wed., Mar. 27th 2013

Podcasts, Weather

March 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis (Podcast) forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic…

NWS Forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area: Wed., 3/27/13

Weather

March 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 40S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

TONIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S. EAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

THURSDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH AROUND 50. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

THURSDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 30S. EAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

FRIDAY...PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 50S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE UPPER 30S.

SATURDAY…SHOWERS LIKELY AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE MID 50S. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 60 PERCENT.

SATURDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF RAIN. LOW IN THE MID 30S.

EASTER SUNDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 50S.

NWS forecasts near normal temperatures, precipitation for spring

News, Weather

March 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

National Weather Service forecasters are predicting near normal temperatures and precipitation this spring. Meteorologist Miles Schumacher helped craft the outlook as part of the weather service’s Weather Whisper Spring 2013 newsletter. Schumacher notes this winter was slightly warmer and wetter than normal in Iowa. Many Iowans may feel the month of March has been especially cold, but Schumacher that’s only true when compared to March of 2012.

“Last year was 16-degrees above normal for March and we’re running about 7-degrees below normal right now,” Schumacher said. “So, it’s about 23-degrees colder this year than last year, so everyone thinks it’s record cold. Really, it’s colder than normal, but last year was so much warmer than normal that you kind of lose sight of where we really should be.” March of 2012 ranked as the warmest March in Iowa history. This winter brought above normal precipitation over the southeast half of the state, but northwest Iowa experienced mostly dry conditions. Schumacher believes there’s a decent chance for above normal rainfall over the next couple months.

“I don’t think this spring is going to be particularly dry and we may do fairly well,” Schumacher said. “I think we’re going to be short of precipitation this summer again, kind of an echo of last year’s drought. However, I don’t think it’ll be nearly as extensive as last year was.” The outlook does not offer predictions of severe weather, but Schumacher expects Iowans could see plenty of thunderstorms and tornadoes.

“It would probably be a safe bet to say we’ll have more than we had last year because last year was one of our lightest severe weather years in quite a while, so it’ll seem like a lot more at least,” Schumacher said.

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast – Tue., March 26th 2013

Podcasts, Weather

March 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis Forecast for Atlantic and the KJAN listening area…

Weather forecast for Cass & area Counties: Tue., March 26th 2013 (NWS/Des Moines)

Weather

March 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 30S. WEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH.

TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 20S. SOUTHEAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

WEDNESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 40S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S. EAST WIND AROUND 5 MPH.

THURSDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 40S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO10 MPH.

THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 30S. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S.

FRIDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 30S.

SATURDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF RAIN. HIGH IN THE MID 50S.