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Rain-packed storms cut drought in Iowa, Nebraska

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June 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Storms last week brought with them some peril in the form of wind and large hail but they also delivered enough rain to significantly relieve drought conditions in Iowa and Nebraska. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows Iowa’s remaining drought is mostly confined to the northwest and southeast corners of the state. About 40 percent of the state has some drought down from nearly 56 percent a week earlier.

In Nebraska, the drought area has been reduced to 63 percent of the state from nearly 70 percent the week before. Extreme drought was removed from central Nebraska. About 30 percent of the 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico have moderate drought or worse, compared with 31 percent a week earlier.

(Podcast) Skyscan Weather Forecast: Thu., June 12th 2014

Podcasts, Weather

June 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis weather forecast for the KJAN listening area, and weather information for Atlantic from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Wed., June 11th 2014

Podcasts, Weather

June 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The (podcast) Freese-Notis weather forecast for the KJAN listening area and weather info. for Atlantic.

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NWS Forecast for the KJAN listening area: 6/11/14

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June 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLEAR. NORTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

TODAY...SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. EAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTHEAST IN THE AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY IN THE EVENING…THEN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS BEFORE MIDNIGHT. MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE LOWER 60S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE WEST 5 TO 15 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 30 PERCENT.

THURSDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MID MORNING. HIGH IN THE MID 70S. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 20 PERCENT.

THURSDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. COOLER. LOW IN THE LOWER 50S. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTH UP TO 5 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

FRIDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 70S. EAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTH IN THE AFTERNOON.

FRIDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 50S.

SATURDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING…THEN A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY. HIGH AROUND 80. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 30 PERCENT.

Major snowmelt flows into Missouri River system

News, Weather

June 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – More water than normal flowed into the Missouri River system last month because of the amount of snow melting, but officials say the reservoirs can handle it. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday the increased runoff was expected. May’s runoff was about 130 percent of normal.

The corps is predicting the Missouri River system that stretches from Montana down through the Dakotas and into Missouri will see 31.1 million acre feet of water this year. That’s down slightly from last month’s prediction, but ahead of the average of 25.2 million acre feet.

Jody Farhat with the corps says the reservoirs along the river are in a good position to handle the increased runoff, and less than 25 percent of this year’s snowpack remains.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Tue., June 10th 2014

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June 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis weather forecast for the KJAN listening area & weather info. for Atlantic.

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NWS Forecast for the KJAN listening area: Tue., 6/10/2014

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June 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Early this morning: Mostly cloudy. NE winds 5-10mph.                                                                           Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Northeast wind 6 to 8 mph.                                                        Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 58. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 81. Light south southeast wind becoming south 8 to 13 mph in the morning.
Wed. Night: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northwest after midnight. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.
Thu. Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 55.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 77.

Pott. County officials estimate storm damage at $4.2-million

News, Weather

June 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials in Pottawattamie County have invited state officials to help determine whether last week’s storm caused sufficient damage to receive a presidential disaster declaration for federal assistance.The Council Bluffs Daily NonPareil reports the cost of the June 3rd storm – which included a tornado that struck three miles of farmland outside Oakland – was estimated at $4.2 million as of Monday. That estimate was reached by the cities of Oakland and Council Bluffs along with the county’s estimate for damage to county highways.

Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Director Doug Reed said the county is on the “bubble” to qualify for federal aid. Govermor Terry Branstad and the county have already issued emergency declarations in the wake of the storm, which saw straight-line winds in excess of 90 mph and the brief touchdown of an EF-2 tornado west of Oakland. Reed said the cost estimate might increase by a few hundred thousand dollars as further inspections take place by disaster assessors, insurance adjustors and those determining the scope of recovery projects.

Teams from Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s Recovery Division will join the Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Agency and local officials, beginning today, to validate the storm damage estimates. If the county qualifies and receives a presidential declaration, triggering the FEMA Public Assistance Program, local governments and state agencies would be able to recover some of the costs for protective measures, debris removal and public property and infrastructure repair.

The county is unlikely to meet the requirements for FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program, which would provide direct support to residents whose property was damaged or destroyed in the storm. However, the Iowa Individual Assistance Program – available to residents of Pottawattamie, Cass, Harrison, Montgomery and Ringgold counties – is offering grants of up to $5,000 to families who earn incomes at or below twice the federal poverty index, which is $39,580 for a family of three.

To determine eligibility or to apply for the program, residents of those counties should call the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services at (866) 434-4692 or click the “Disaster Assistance” link at www.dhs.iowa.gov.

Anyone who needs assistance with storm recovery also is encouraged to call the American Red Cross 2014 Storm Information Hotline at (712) 322-4017 ext. 4804 to speak with a disaster caseworker, who can identify resources and organizations able to provide assistance based on individual needs. The Red Cross hotline is available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Those seeking reimbursement through the state should keep original receipts for expenses related to storm recovery.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Mon., 6/9/2014

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June 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis weather forecast for the KJAN listening area & weather info. for Atlantic.

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NWS forecast for the KJAN listening area: Mon., 6/9/2014

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June 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

EARLY THIS MORNING...MOSTLY CLOUDY. EAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

TODAY…CLOUDY. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS THROUGH MID MORNING… THEN A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE LATE MORNING AND AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S. EAST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 50 PERCENT.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE EVENING…THEN ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS BEFORE MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE UPPER 50S. NORTHEAST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 30 PERCENT.

TUESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S. EAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 20 PERCENT.

WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH INCREASING TO 10 TO 15 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE LOWER 60S.

THURSDAY…PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE MID 70S.