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Special Weather Statement: Adams & Taylor Counties

Weather

September 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…CORNING…BEDFORD

458 AM CDT FRI SEP 14 2012 …PATCHY FOG IS DEVELOPING EARLY THIS MORNING

PATCHY FOG IS DEVELOP OVER THE AREA EARLY THIS MORNING. OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS THE VISIBILITY MAY DROP TO ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES. PERSONS TRAVELING EARLY TODAY SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR LOW VISIBILITY AT TIMES. ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO REACH YOUR DESTINATION SAFELY. USE LOW BEAM HEADLIGHTS AND BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS WHEN APPROACHING INTERSECTIONS AND RAILROAD CROSSING IF FOG IS ENCOUNTERED.

NWS Forecast for Cass & area Counties in IA: Fri., Sept. 14 2012

Weather

September 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

(prepared by the National Weather Service in Des Moines)

TODAY…SUNNY…WARMER. PATCHY FOG THROUGH MID MORNING. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

TONIGHT…CLEAR. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

SATURDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

SATURDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 50S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

SUNDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

SUNDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE UPPER 50S.

MONDAY…CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. COOLER. HIGH IN THE MID 60S. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 50 PERCENT.

MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 40S. HIGH IN THE MID 60S.

Shelby County Fire Danger Index reduced to “High”

News, Weather

September 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Shelby County Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert said today (Thursday), rainfall amounting to at least 1.8-inches across parts of the County has lessened the danger of Extreme fire behavior, at least for the short term. Seivert says area fire stations and others with Fire Danger signs can move them from “Extreme,” back into the “High” category, through this weekend. Another update is expected on Monday.

Report: Drought is sign of climate change & worse things to come

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

September 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A new report from an environmental watchdog group the says the long drought Iowa’s endured this summer is a clear sign of where the state and region are heading under climate change. Doug Inkley, senior scientist with the National Wildlife Federation, says the heat waves we’ve experienced for months are just the first piece of the puzzle. “We now have a record low amount of ice in the Arctic and we have a record amount of icemelt in Greenland,” Inkley says. “You put all three of these together and global warming is extremely apparent.”

Inkley says some scenarios we’re seeing this summer, including large fish kills reported across Iowa, also lend insight into what wildlife face in the months to come. “We have thousands of fish dying because the water is simply too warm for them,” Inkley says. “Wildlife throughout this coming winter will be stressed because the productivity of the natural foods they eat is way down because of the drought and they could easily starve to death.”

Inkley says the same conditions are contributing to devastating wildfires, crop damage and an influx of destructive pests and the diseases some carry, like West Nile virus. The group’s report says the past 12 months are the hottest ever recorded in the U-S. In terms of financial impact, the report notes the cost of battling wildfires, now about three-billion dollars a year, has tripled since the 1990s.

(Radio Iowa)

(updated) Rain in excess of 1″ in Atlantic overnight…too little, too late?

News, Weather

September 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Rainfall over the Atlantic area for the past 24-hours (7-a.m. Wednesday through 7-a.m. Thursday) amounted to 1.12-inches. That’s still three-inches less than average for September, with a little more than two-weeks remaining in the month. Total precipitation so far this year in Atlantic (Jan. 1st through August 31st), was 17.36-inches, which was 4.8-inches below the normal average. Excluding the 24-hour period which ends at 7-a.m. today, there have been only three other times this year that we’ve received rain exceeding one-inch: August 25th (1.86″); June 23rd (1.18″); and April 14th (2.35″).

Other rainfall amounts reported this morning include: 2.25″ in Oakland; 1.85″ in Harlan; 1.8″ in Audubon; 1.72″ in Irwin; 1.5″ at “The Valley” (Highway 71/I-80 in Cass County); 1.45″ in Carroll;  1.44″ near Avoca; 78″ in Exira; 77″ in Massena. Other rainfall across southwest Iowa ranged from .9″ in Shenandoah to 1.2″ near Emerson.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Sept. 13 2012

Podcasts, Weather

September 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis (podcast) forecast for the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson, including rainfall.

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NWS Forecast for Cass & area Counties in Iowa: Sept. 13, 2012

Weather

September 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

EARLY THIS MORNING…PERIODS OF SHOWERS. COOLER. NORTHEAST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF SHOWERS 90 PERCENT.

TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY IN THE MORNING THEN CLEARING. COOLER. HIGH IN THE MID 60S. NORTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE LOWER 40S. LIGHT WIND.

FRIDAY...SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 70S. NORTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE EAST AROUND 5 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

FRIDAY NIGHT…CLEAR. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

SATURDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

SATURDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE LOWER 50S.

SUNDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH AROUND 80.

SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. COOLER. LOW IN THE UPPER 50S. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Wed., Sept. 12th 2012

Podcasts, Weather

September 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The (podcast) Freese-Notis forecast by Meteorologist Wayne Ellis, as reported by KJAN News Director Ric Hanson, and weather data for Atlantic….

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NWS forecast for Cass & area Counties in Iowa: Sept. 12th 2012

Weather

September 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY. NOT AS WARM. ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MID MORNING. ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. SCATTERED SHOWERS LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH AROUND 80. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHEAST WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 20 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 50 PERCENT.

TONIGHT…SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MIDNIGHT… THEN SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT. COOLER. LOW IN THE LOWER 50S. NORTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 90 PERCENT.

THURSDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE MORNING…THEN MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON. COOLER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. NORTHEAST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF SHOWERS 50 PERCENT.

THURSDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE LOWER 40S. NORTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH.

FRIDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S. NORTHEAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S. HIGH IN THE MID 70S.

No rain for Iowa from Hurricane Isaac, drought to continue

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

September 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa farmers and livestock producers who had hoped to see some relief from the dry weather with a few spin-off rain showers from Hurricane Isaac were left disappointed. None of the rain from the big storm reached our region. U-S-D-A meteorologist Brad Rippey says it appears the long-running drought is going to run a bit longer. Rippey says, “Twenty U.S. states in all in that real core drought area across the Plains and upper Midwest continue to get worse even while we saw some improvement along the southeastern edge of the drought area.”

Hurricane Isaac did bring needed rains to areas of some states, including, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. Still, Rippey says about two-thirds of the nation is being impacted by the worst drought in decades and the condition of key farmland is steadily deteriorating. Rippey says, “We continue to see every single Plains and Midwestern state with at least 40% of their pastures and range lands rated very poor to poor.” Some forecasters predict the drought will end in October while others say this weather pattern could remain well into spring.

(Radio Iowa)