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(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Sat., May 4th 2013

Podcasts, Weather

May 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here’s the Freese-Notis (podcast) weather forecast for Atlantic and the KJAN listening area, and weather stats for Atlantic from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson…

NWS Forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area

Weather

May 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

414 AM CDT SAT MAY 4 2013

EARLY THIS MORNING...LIGHT RAIN. BREEZY. NORTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF RAIN NEAR 100 PERCENT.

TODAY...LIGHT RAIN THROUGH MID MORNING…THEN RAIN SHOWERS IN THE LATE MORNING AND AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE UPPER 40S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 80 PERCENT.

TONIGHT...CLOUDY. LIGHT SHOWERS LIKELY THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN A CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT. AREAS OF FOG AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE MID 40S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF SHOWERS 70 PERCENT.

SUNDAY...AREAS OF FOG THROUGH MID MORNING. MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS. WARMER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S. NORTH WIND AROUND 10 MPH.

SUNDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S. NORTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

MONDAY...PARTLY SUNNY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE MID 60S. NORTHEAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

MONDAY NIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S.

TUESDAY...PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH AROUND 70.

Shelby County Fire Danger Index reduced to “Low”

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

May 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Due to recent rain and snow events, the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency has reduced the grassland and field fire danger rating to “Low.” The risk factor had been in the “Moderate” category over the past week. Officials say the latest rating will be in effect until at least Monday, May 6th.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: May 3rd 2013

Podcasts, Weather

May 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

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

Report shows drought lessening in most of Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

May 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More drenching rain and heavy snow are pulling most of Iowa out of drought conditions. In a report released Thursday, the state Department of Natural Resources says storms in mid-April largely ended the drought in the eastern half of Iowa. Rain also lessened drought conditions in western Iowa.

Although heavy rain and snow moving through the state Thursday and Friday don’t show up on this report, the DNR noted that conditions would clearly improve due to the precipitation. The report also shows shallow groundwater levels improved in the last two weeks in northwest, southwest and north central Iowa. Stream flows in most rivers were normal, though some in eastern Iowa were above normal.

NWS Forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area: May 3rd, 2013

Weather

May 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

330 AM CDT FRI MAY 3 2013

EARLY THIS MORNING…CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF SNOW. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

TODAY…CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW IN THE MORNING…THEN LIGHT RAIN AND SNOW LIKELY IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY. LITTLE OR NO SNOW ACCUMULATION. HIGH AROUND 40. TEMPERATURE STEADY OR SLOWLY FALLING IN THE AFTERNOON. NORTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 70 PERCENT.

TONIGHT…RAIN…BREEZY. LOW IN THE UPPER 30S. NORTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 35 MPH. CHANCE OF RAIN 80 PERCENT.

SATURDAY…LIGHT RAIN LIKELY. BREEZY…WARMER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S. NORTHEAST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF RAIN 60 PERCENT.

SATURDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN. LOW IN THE LOWER 40S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH THROUGH MIDNIGHT.

SUNDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S. NORTH WIND AROUND 10 MPH.

SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 40S.

MONDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN. HIGH IN THE MID 60S.

Storm dumps up to 11 inches of snow in northern Iowa

News, Weather

May 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The snowstorm that hit the State overnight into early this (Thursday) morning, dumped up to nearly a foot of snow in northern Iowa. In Hancock County, 11-inches fell in the town of Britt, taking out tree branches. Near Whittemore, in Palo Alto County, 7.3-inches of heavy wet snow caused power lines and tree limbs to snap. Seven-inches of snow also fell in Emmet County, but there were no reports of damage.

In western Iowa, snowfall measured up to 6.2-inches over Harrison, and a small portion of northwest Pottawattamie County, while others in that same area saw between four-and five-inches covering the ground. Some surrounding received anywhere from three-to four inches of snow. A little further east, 2.3-inches of snow fell here in Atlantic, at the KJAN Studios, one-inch fell in Massena, while portions of central Iowa received just under one-inch of snow, including at the National Weather Service office in Johnston.

Some communities in our listening area, further to the north, received between three-and four-inches, including Jamaica, in Guthrie County, which reported 3.1-inches of snow. The heavy, slushy snow caused some traffic problems. Minor accidents were reported at some locations, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

(Updated) Snowfall estimates/analysis: May 2nd, 2013

Weather

May 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Graphic from Iowa Environmental MesoNet.

Winter Weather Advisory update for western IA 5/2/13

News, Weather

May 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE-WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CDT THIS MORNING

* TIMING...OCCASIONAL LIGHT SNOW WILL CONTINUE THIS MORNING. * ACCUMULATIONS…ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS LESS THAN INCH IS EXPECTED.

* IMPACTS...ROADS WILL REMAIN SLUSHY AND SLICK.

COUNTIES:GUTHRIE-DALLAS-POLK-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR–  …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM CDT THIS AFTERNOON

* SHORT TERM TRENDS...SNOW OR A MIX OF RAIN SLEET AND SNOW WILL SWITCH TO ALL SNOW IN THE MORNING HOURS AND CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…3 TO 5 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS. SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 TO NEAR 2 INCHES PER HOUR CAN BE EXPECTED AT TIMES AND SNOW WILL ACCUMULATE QUICKLY. THUNDERSTORMS MAY ALSO OCCUR AND WILL PRODUCE LOCALLY HIGHER SNOWFALL AMOUNTS.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY…A NORTH WIND AT 20 TO 35 MPH WILL REDUCE VISIBILITY TO LESS THAN A HALF MILE AT TIMES. * IMPACTS…ROADS ARE EXPECTED TO BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLUSHY AS THE SNOW INTENSIFIES THIS MORNING. HEAVY WET SNOW MAY ACCUMULATE ON POWER LINES AND LEAFY TREES…WHICH MAY LEAD TO DAMAGE.

COUNTIES: CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON- …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CDT THIS MORNING… *

SHORT TERM TRENDS...SNOW OR A MIX OF RAIN SLEET AND SNOW CONTINUE THROUGH MID THURSDAY MORNING.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…3 TO 5 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS. SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 TO NEAR 2 INCHES PER HOUR CAN BE EXPECTED AT TIMES AND SNOW WILL ACCUMULATE QUICKLY. THUNDERSTORMS MAY ALSO OCCUR AND WILL PRODUCE LOCALLY HIGHER SNOWFALL AMOUNTS.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY…A NORTH WIND AT 20 TO 35 MPH WILL REDUCE VISIBILITY TO LESS THAN A HALF MILE AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW…SLEET…OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

Total snowfall/precipation values thru 7-am Thursday (updated with graphic)

News, Weather

May 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Rain and heavy snow combined for a wet Wednesday evening and Thursday morning here in Atlantic. The 24-hour snow total was 2-inches. But when you combine that heavy, wet snow with the rainfall we received late Wednesday into early this morning, the precipitation value was 3.07-inches here in Atlantic. (as of 8-a.m., we had received 2.3″ at the KJAN Studios, and the snow had stopped)

Estimated snowfall totals across Iowa through 7:40-a.m. Thursday. Courtesy Iowa Environmental MesoNet.

In Massena, Ardell reported 1.75-inches of rain and 1-inch of snow, as of 7-a.m. Other reports include: Irwin, 4-inches of snow & 2.19 liquid moisture; Oakland, 3″ of snow; Villisca, 2″; Clarinda 1.9″; Avoca, 3″ snow/2.05″ liquid value.

The National Weather Service in Des Moines said Jamaica, in Guthrie County, had 3.1-inches of snow through 6-am; Near Earlham, in Dallas County, 2.1-inches of snow was reported at 7-a.m.; Sac City in northwest Iowa’s Sac County had 5-inches of snow as of 7-a.m., and the National Weather Service office in Valley, NE., reported 3-inches of snow as of 7:20-a.m., while Omaha had 3.1 inches.

If you have a snow and/or rainfall total you would like to report. Call us at 1-800-283-5526 or e-mail kjannews@metc.net.