The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division and the National Weather Service have declared the week of March 25th through March 29th, 2013 Severe Weather Awareness Week. Severe Weather Awareness Week is an annual event to remind Iowans that severe weather is part of living in our state and that understanding the risks and how to respond to them can save lives.
During Severe Weather Awareness Week, the National Weather Service will promote severe weather safety by issuing informative Public Information Statements. More information and activities for Severe Weather Awareness Week will be posted as the week approaches.
The highlight of the week will be the Statewide Tornado Drill on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. The Iowa test will occur at the same date and time as the Nebraska test.
The (podcast) Freese-Notis forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area & weather data for Atlantic.
349 AM CST MON FEB 4 2013
TODAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. COLDER. HIGH IN THE MID 20S. NORTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW 15 TO 20. TEMPERATURE STEADY OR SLOWLY RISING AFTER MIDNIGHT. SOUTHWEST WIND NEAR 5 MPH INCREASING TO 5 TO 15 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.
TUESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. WARMER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 30S. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
TUESDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW AROUND 20. NORTHWEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTHEAST AFTER MIDNIGHT.
WEDNESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 40S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF RAIN. NOT AS COLD. LOW IN THE LOWER 30S.
THURSDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH AROUND 40.
950 AM CST FRI FEB 1 2013
...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS CANCELLED…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS CANCELED THE WIND CHILL ADVISORY, WHICH WAS SET TO EXPIRE AT NOON TODAY (FRIDAY). ALTHOUGH WIND CHILL VALUES ARE INCREASING AND NO LONGER MEET WIND CHILL ADVISORY CRITERIA…THEY WILL REMAIN COLD FOR THE REST OF THIS MORNING. BUNDLE UP IF YOU GO OUTDOORS.
Here’s the Freese-Notis (podcast) forecast for Atlantic and the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic….
…WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY…
TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY UNTIL LATE AFTERNOON THEN BECOMING CLOUDY. VERY COLD. HIGH IN THE LOWER 20S. SOUTHWEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTH IN THE AFTERNOON. LOWEST WIND CHILL READINGS AROUND 15 BELOW IN THE MORNING.
TONIGHT…CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN SCATTERED FLURRIES AFTER MIDNIGHT. NOT AS COLD. LOW AROUND 15. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW 40 PERCENT.
SATURDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. WARMER. HIGH IN THE MID 30S. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
SATURDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW 15 TO 20. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
SUNDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 30S. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 20S. HIGH IN THE MID 30S.
The Freese-Notis (podcast) forecast for the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic….
Here’s the National Weather Service forecast for Cass & area Counties in Iowa…
**WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6-AM TODAY THROUGH NOON FRIDAY, FOR ALL COUNTIES NORTH OF I-80**
TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY. VERY COLD. BREEZY. SCATTERED FLURRIES IN THE MORNING. HIGH 5 TO 10 ABOVE. NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 25 MPH. WIND CHILL READINGS AROUND 15 BELOW.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. BITTERLY COLD. LOW 5 TO 10 BELOW. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH DECREASING TO UP TO 10 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND CHILL READINGS 15 TO 20 BELOW.
FRIDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. VERY COLD. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE LOWER 20S. SOUTHWEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTH IN THE AFTERNOON. LOWEST WIND CHILL READINGS 15 TO 20 BELOW IN THE MORNING.
FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW THROUGH MIDNIGHT. NOT AS COLD. LOW 15 TO 20. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
SATURDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. WARMER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 30S. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 20S. HIGH IN THE MID 30S.
“Breaker-breaker-one-nine” was how truck drivers used to communicate on the citizen’s band radio, but technology has changed. The Iowa Department of Transportation is reaching out to truckers during this latest snowstorm, hoping they’ll send Tweets, pictures and video about the messes they’re encountering. Bob Younie is the D-O-T’s state maintenance engineer. “We think it would be very useful for professional drivers and other motorists to let us know what they see,” Younie says. “We can’t be in every part of the system all the time, although we’re continually plowing snow. We think the use of social media will help us understand what people are seeing and experiencing.” The snowstorm that hit December 19th and 20th dropped nearly 14 inches of snow on parts of central Iowa. Younie says situations arose during that storm that were teachable moments where a quick note via Twitter or Facebook would have gone a long ways to helping overcome winter travel obstacles.
“People experience a condition that sometimes we don’t see, for example, a slow-down in traffic or people being unable to move or people being stranded,” Younie says. “We had some comments about that during the blizzard. Those are the kinds of information that’s valuable to us. We want to know things we can take action on.” Today’s snowstorm is much less ferrocious than the late December blizzard, but parts of Iowa may still get six to eight inches of snow from this blast. Plus, the winds are whipping up the snow and causing white-out conditions in some areas.
Younie says, “There’s snow on the roads, snow’s blowing and people need to be concerned with their own personal safety by slowing down, giving a little extra space around them, and let’s just all travel safely.” The Iowa DOT is using the following hashtag — #iatraffic — during this event and recommends other Twitter users do the same to find relevant tweets using that key phrase. If you’re sending pictures or video, use the “geotag” function, so your location can be pinpointed. Keep up on conditions by calling 511 or visit “511ia.org”.