Forecasters are projecting Iowa could be in for another mild winter. Meteorologist Kevin Skow, at the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center, says the long-range forecast for December through February calls for a season ahead that echoes last winter. Skow says, “It looks like we could see temperatures that are near-normal or slightly above-normal and precipitation also below-normal so after last year’s low snowfall, it looks like there might be a chance for a repeat of last year.”
While the forecast says rainfall and snowfall will likely be below-normal across the entire state during the upcoming winter months, but Skow says one part of Iowa could face an especially dry season. “The better chance looks to be across northern Iowa but it’s a broad outlook so this could easily change over the next couple of months,” Skow says.
The report says the only part of the country that’s expected to see below-normal temperatures this winter is Florida, while the Gulf Coast is the only area expected to see above-normal precipitation. See the complete maps at: www.cpc.noaa.gov
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Parts of drought-stricken Iowa, Nebraska and much of the Midwest are expected to be warmer and drier than normal in early winter. The Des Moines Register reports that National Weather Service forecast maps issued Thursday show higher-than-normal temperatures are expected over the next three months for the western third of Iowa and all of Nebraska. But lower-than-normal moisture is expected for the eastern third of Nebraska and all of Iowa.
Mike Halpert, of the weather service’s Climate Prediction Center, says the predictions “are the weather service’s best guess, based on a variety of computer models. ” Iowa state climatologist Harry Hillaker says “the clock is ticking” on refilling Iowa’s soil with moisture before the winter freeze.
356 AM CDT FRI OCT 19 2012
TODAY…CLOUDY. SCATTERED SHOWERS IN THE MORNING…THEN ISOLATED SHOWERS EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 40S. NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 25 MPH. CHANCE OF SHOWERS 50 PERCENT.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 30S. NORTHWEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH.
SATURDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. WARMER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH.
SATURDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE MID 40S. SOUTHEAST WIND AROUND 5 MPH.
SUNDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. WARMER. HIGH IN THE MID 70S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT. WARMER. LOW IN THE UPPER 50S. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 30 PERCENT.
MONDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 20 PERCENT.
MONDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE MID 50S.
The State Fire Marshals Office and Iowa Department of Public Safety report Burn Bans which had been in place for Carroll and Madison Counties, were lifted this week. The bans on open burning due to the extremely dry summer conditions, were enacted in late July. Recent rains and current climate conditions prompted officials in Carroll and Madison Counties to ask for their burn bans to be rescinded. The ban was lifted in Madison County this (Thursday) morning, while the Carroll County burn ban was lifted Tuesday afternoon. And, as mentioned earlier, a burn ban in Pottawattamie County, was also rescinded, on Wednesday.
Here’s the Freese-Notis (podcast) weather forecast for Atlantic and the KJAN listening area, and weather information for Atlantic….
Today: **Wind Advisory in effect from 10-am to 7-pm**
Showers. Very windy. Cooler. High in the mid 40s. West wind 20 to 30 mph increasing to 30 to 35 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 45 mph. Chance of showers 90 percent.
Tonight: Cloudy. Showers through midnight…then a chance of showers after midnight. Windy. Low in the lower 40s. Northwest wind 20 to 30 mph with gusts to around 40 mph decreasing to 15 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph after midnight. Chance of showers 80 percent.
Friday: Cloudy until late afternoon then becoming partly sunny. A 20 percent chance of showers in the morning. Breezy. High in the lower 50s. Northwest wind 10 to 20 mph.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Low in the mid 30s. Northwest wind near 10 mph.
Saturday: Sunny…warmer. High in the mid 60s. South wind near 10 mph.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear. Not as cool. Low in the upper 40s.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. High in the lower 70s.
Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Low in the mid 50s.
AREA COUNTIES ADDED TO ADVISORY:
CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR AND RINGGOLD.
410 AM CDT THU OCT 18 2012
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING. WINDS WILL INCREASE ACROSS THE AREA AROUND SUNRISE AND REMAIN STRONG AND GUSTY THROUGH THE DAY. THE GUSTY WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO DIMINISH SOME BY SUNSET THIS EVENING.
WEST WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS OF 45 TO 50 MPH ARE EXPECTED. THE STRONG WINDS WILL MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT…ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION. IN ADDITION…LOOSE OUTDOOR OBJECTS MAY BE BLOWN AROUND.
COUNTIES IN IA: MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE
345 AM CDT THU OCT 18 2012 – NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE/VALLEY, NE
A WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT TODAY (THURSDAY) FROM 10-AM TO 7-PM. WINDS WILL INCREASE THIS MORNING AND CONTINUE INTO THE EVENING. NORTHWEST WINDS WILL AVERAGE 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS OF 45 TO 50 MPH EXPECTED.
THE STRONG WINDS WILL MAKING DRIVING DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS BETWEEN 30 TO 39 MPH OR GUSTS BETWEEN 45 TO 57 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT…ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.
1019 AM CDT WED OCT 17 2012
A WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CDT THIS EVENING
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CDT THIS EVENING. WINDS WILL INCREASE THIS MORNING AND CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE DAY. NORTHWEST WINDS AVERAGING 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS OVER 40 MPH ARE EXPECTED.
THE STRONG WINDS WILL MAKING DRIVING DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. THE WINDS MAY ALSO
CREATE SOME BLOWING DUST AND ELEVATED FIRE DANGER. USE EXTRA CAUTION.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Students in nine states and the nation’s capital are preparing to examine the legacy of the Dust Bowl and the current impact of drought on agriculture and global food security. The Smithsonian and the National Endowment for the Humanities are holding a national youth summit for middle and high school students Wednesday. It will include a discussion with scholars and experts, along with segments from filmmaker Ken Burns’ upcoming documentary, “The Dust Bowl.”
The summit will be webcast from the National Museum of American History in Washington to nine Smithsonian affiliate museums and the National Steinbeck Center. Regional town halls will be held in Nebraska, Texas, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Dakota and California. Educators and students can join the webcast online for free.