The big heat wave is expected today (Wednesday), all across the Midwest. Temperatures forecast to reach near 100-degrees, but the heat index — or, what it feels like when the humidity is factored in — will make it feel like 105-to 110-degrees. A Heat Advisory goes into effect today beginning at 1-p.m. The Advisory runs through 9-p.m. for the far west and southwest counties, and until 8-p.m. for the rest of the area. The heat wave is expected to continue into the weekend.
Officials with Cass County Home Care in Atlantic remind you that elderly relatives, friends and neighbors are at a higher risk for heat-related illnesses during these extreme conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heat stroke, the most serious heat-related illness, occurs when the body’s temperature rises rapidly, loses its ability to sweat and is unable to cool down. Body temperatures can rise to 106 degrees Fahrenheit in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. If left untreated, heat stroke may lead to permanent disability or even death. While less serious than heat stroke, heat exhaustion can also occur after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate hydration.
Rhonda Duvall, registered nurse and clinical manager at Cass County Home Care, says “Older adults are especially at risk of heat stress because with age the body does not adjust as well to extreme changes in temperature. Chronic medical conditions and prescription medicines common to elderly patients also affect the body’s ability to regulate its temperature.” Important precautions include remaining inside in cool, air-conditioned areas, restricting strenuous activity, wearing lightweight clothing, and bathing in cool water. Staying hydrated is also critical during extreme heat; however, it is not uncommon for some elderly patients with certain medical conditions to be limited in the amount of fluids they can drink.
In such cases, a physician should be consulted before drinking more fluids than typically recommended. Older adults at risk, especially those living alone, should be visited twice a day by family, friends or care providers during periods of elevated heat and checked for signs of heat stress. Symptoms of heat-related illnesses include rapid pulse, shallow breathing, and lack of perspiration and body temperatures exceeding 103 degrees. If a person exhibits any of these signs and heat stress is suspected, dial 9-1-1 immediately. Also, remember to keep an eye on children and pets. Make sure pets have adequate shade and plenty of fresh, cold water if they must remain outside.
National Weather Service/Des Moines (Issued 3:47-p.m. CDT June 26th, 2012) http://www.crh.noaa.gov/dmx/
DANGEROUS HEAT INDICES EXPECTED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON INTO THE EARLY EVENING. HOT TEMPERATURES COMBINED WITH DEW POINT TEMPERATURES CLIMBING INTO THE 70S DURING THE AFTERNOON WILL PRODUCE HEAT INDICES ABOVE 100 OVER MUCH OF CENTRAL IOWA AND AROUND 105 DEGREES DURING THE AFTERNOON.
A HEAT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM TO 8 PM CDT WEDNESDAY FOR ALL BUT FAR WEST/SW IA, WHERE THE ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9-P.M. WEDNESDAY…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A HEAT ADVISORY. HEAT INDICES WILL BE INCREASING THROUGH THE MORNING BE IN ADVISORY CRITERIA FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON INTO THE EARLY EVENING HOURS. THE HIGHEST HEAT INDICES OF 105 TO 108 WILL OCCUR DURING THE AFTERNOON. HEAT INDICES WEST OF INTERSTATE 35 WILL NOT BE QUITE AS HOT BUT STILL APPROACH 105.
THE COMBINATION OF HEAT AND HUMIDITY WILL CREATE AN INCREASED RISK OF HEAT EXHAUSTION OR OTHER HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES. THE RISK WILL INCREASE WITH PROLONGED OUTDOOR ACTIVITY WITH THE ELDERLY AND VERY YOUNG BEING MOST AT RISK.
A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS…STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM…STAY OUT OF THE SUN…AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.
Here’s the Freese-Notis (Podcast) forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson…
356 AM CDT TUE JUN 26 2012
TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 80S. SOUTHEAST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. BREEZY…WARMER. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.
WEDNESDAY…SUNNY. VERY HOT. BREEZY. HIGH AROUND 100. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. HEAT INDEX READINGS 102 TO 107.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 70S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 100 TO 104 THROUGH MIDNIGHT.
THURSDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. WEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 100 TO 104 IN THE AFTERNOON.
THURSDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE MID 70S.
FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S.
Here’s the (Podcast) Freese-Notis Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic….
354 AM CDT MON JUN 25 2012
TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. EAST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 60S. SOUTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH THROUGH MIDNIGHT.
TUESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH AROUND 90. SOUTHEAST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.
TUESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. BREEZY. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S. SOUTHWIND 15 TO 20 MPH.
WEDNESDAY…SUNNY…BREEZY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 90S. SOUTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 100 TO 105 IN THE AFTERNOON.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 70S. HIGH IN THE MID 90S.
355 AM CDT SUN JUN 24 2012
TODAY…SUNNY. HOT AND HUMID. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS AROUND 100 IN THE AFTERNOON.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE UPPER 60S. EAST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
MONDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. NOT AS WARM. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. EAST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.
MONDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. BREEZY. LOW IN THE LOWER 60S. SOUTHEAST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH THROUGH MIDNIGHT.
TUESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH AROUND 90. SOUTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.
TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S. HIGH IN THE UPPER 90S.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 70S. HIGH IN THE UPPER 90S.
430 PM CDT SAT JUN 23 2012
LATE THIS AFTERNOON…THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY. BREEZY. SOUTHEAST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 70 PERCENT.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW AROUND 70. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
SUNDAY…SUNNY. HIGH AROUND 90. EAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHEAST 5 TO 15 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.
SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE MID 60S. NORTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.
MONDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. EAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.
MONDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW AROUND 60. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. HIGH AROUND 90. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S.
The skies opened-up over Atlantic at mid-day, dumping more than 1.1″ of rain in about an hour. Since 7-a.m. (and thru 12:55-p.m.), we’ve received 1.18″ of rain at the KJAN studios. All but .07″ fell from about 11:30-a.m. thru 12:30-p.m. Sprinkles were lingering in the area at 1-p.m.
The latest forecast from the National Weather Service:
REST OF TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. SOUTHEAST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 70 PERCENT.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
1144 AM CDT SAT JUN 23 2012
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL IOWA.
.DAY ONE…THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT
SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT.
THERE IS A MARGINAL THREAT OF SEVERE WEATHER WITH ANY THUNDERSTORM
ACTIVITY THAT DEVELOPS WITH MAINLY A THREAT OF LARGE HAIL AND
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
CHANCES OF THUNDERSTORMS RETURN TO THE FORECAST THURSDAY NIGHT
INTO FRIDAY. AT THIS TIME…IT IT TOO EARLY TO DETERMINE IF THERE
IS A THREAT OF SEVERE WEATHER.
.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…
SPOTTER ACTIVATION MAY BE NEEDED THIS AFTERNOON INTO TONIGHT.