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Extreme heat compounding problems caused by drought

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

July 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Much of Iowa is in the midst of the state’s worst drought in 24 years. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says Iowa’s rainfall totals over the last two months were less than half of normal amounts for May and June. “Probably the worst off area over that relatively short term would be in east-central and parts of northeastern Iowa,” Hillaker says. “Around Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Quad Cities and Dubuque…those areas, in many cases, have maybe received 25-percent of normal rainfall over the past couple of months.”

In addition to the lack of rain, temperatures have been well above normal this spring and summer. The situation is similar to 1988 – the year of Iowa’s last major drought. “1988 is certainly the year that we’ve probably been comparing 2012 with the most often,” Hillaker says. “That particular summer was both unusually hot and unusually dry.” But, Iowa’s received nearly twice as much rain over the first half of this year compared to 1988. A report from the USDA this week found 73 percent of Iowa’s farm acres were either “short or very short” on subsoil moisture — that compares to just two-percent at this time last year. Hillaker says the recent heat wave is stressing crops even more.

“When temperatures are at 100 degrees or so, it basically results in evaporation rates roughly 25 to 30 percent higher than what would be the case if we had more normal temperatures, which at this time of year would be in the mid 80s,” Hillaker said. “It does make quite a bit of difference and dries things out much more rapidly than if we had moderate temperatures.” Monday’s USDA report rated 62-percent of Iowa’s corn as “good to excellent.” That compares to an 82-percent rating in Iowa at this time last year. Scattered showers and storms are in the weekend forecast and more normal temperatures, with highs in the 80s and overnight lows in the 60s, are expected Sunday and Monday.

(Radio Iowa)

The latest forecast for Cass & area Counties in Iowa…

Weather

July 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

315 AM CDT FRI JUL 6 2012 Nat’l. Weather Service/Des Moines

…EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM CDT SATURDAY…

TODAY…SUNNY. VERY HOT AND HUMID. HIGH AROUND 100. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. HEAT INDEX READINGS 104 TO 109.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE MID 70S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 100 TO 104 THROUGH MIDNIGHT.

SATURDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HOT AND HUMID. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S. NORTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS AROUND 100 IN THE AFTERNOON.

SATURDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 60S. NORTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

SUNDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 80S. NORTHEAST WIND AROUND 10 MPH.

SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 60S. HIGH IN THE MID 80S.

Excessive Heat Warning Continues thru 7-a.m. Saturday for most of Iowa

News, Weather

July 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

331 AM CDT FRI JUL 6 2012

AREA COUNTIES: CRAWFORD-CARROLL-GREENE-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD….

…EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM CDT SATURDAY…

AFTERNOON HIGHS TODAY WILL ONCE AGAIN REACH THE UPPER 90S TO LOWER 100S…A FEW DEGREES WARMER THAN THURSDAY IN MANY LOCATIONS. HEAT INDEX VALUES WILL REACH THE 105 TO 110 DEGREE RANGE BY LATE THIS AFTERNOON. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE LIKELY.

AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING MEANS THAT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF DANGEROUSLY HOT TEMPERATURES IS OCCURRING. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS…STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM…STAY OUT OF THE SUN…AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS AND PETS.

TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK…THE OCCUPATIONAL AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY – CALL 911.

COUNTIES: MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT- PAGE…

329 AM CDT FRI JUL 6 2012

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CDT THIS EVENING

HEAT INDICES WILL CLIMB TO AROUND 105 DEGREES THIS AFTERNOON AS HIGH TEMPERATURES TOP OUT AROUND 100 DEGREES. THE COMBINATION OF HEAT AND HUMIDITY WILL BRING AN INCREASED RISK OF HEAT EXHAUSTION OR HEAT STROKE TO THOSE WORKING OR PLAYING OUTDOORS AND FOR THE VERY YOUNG AND ELDERLY.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast – Thu., July 5th 2012

Podcasts, Weather

July 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

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

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Latest forecast for Cass and area Counties in Iowa

Weather

July 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

326 AM CDT THU JUL 5 2012 National Weather Service/Des Moines

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM CDT SATURDAY

EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLEAR. SOUTHWEST WIND AROUND 5 MPH.

TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HOT AND HUMID. HIGH IN THE UPPER 90S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. HEAT INDEX READINGS 103 TO 108.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE MID 70S. SOUTH WIND AROUND 5 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 100 TO 103 THROUGH MIDNIGHT.

FRIDAY…SUNNY. VERY HOT. HIGH AROUND 100. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. HEAT INDEX READINGS 102 TO 107.

FRIDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 70S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 100 TO 103 THROUGH MIDNIGHT.

SATURDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

SATURDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S.

SUNDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE UPPER 80S.

SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE UPPER 60S.

Excessive Heat WARNING replaces Heat Advisory for ALL of Iowa

News, Weather

July 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

…EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM CDT SATURDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM CDT SATURDAY. THE WARNING EXPIRES IN FAR WEST & SW IA AND PARTS OF FAR EASTERN NEBRASKA AT 9-P.M. FRIDAY. THE HEAT ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

HEAT INDICES OF 100 TO 110 DEGREES ARE EXPECTED THURSDAY AND FRIDAY AFTERNOON, AS HIGH TEMPERATURES CLIMB INTO THE UPPER 90S TO AROUND 100 DEGREES. HEAT INDICES WILL REMAIN IN THE 90S TO LOW 100S DURING THE EVENINGS RESULTING IN LITTLE RELIEF.

AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING MEANS THAT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF DANGEROUSLY HOT TEMPERATURES WILL OCCUR. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE LIKELY. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS…STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM…STAY OUT OF THE SUN… AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.

TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK…THE OCCUPATIONAL AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY – CALL 911.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: July 4, 2012

Podcasts, Weather

July 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The (podcast) Freese-Notis forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area….

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Heat Advisory issued for western/sw IA counties from 1-9pm today

Weather

July 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT- PAGE

3:55 AM CDT WED JUL 4 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A HEAT ADVISORY, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 9 PM CDT THIS EVENING.

HEAT INDICES ARE EXPECTED TO CLIMB ABOVE 105 DEGREES THIS AFTERNOON. THE COMBINATION OF HEAT AND HUMIDITY WILL BRING AN INCREASED RISK OF HEAT EXHAUSTION OR HEAT STROKE TO THOSE WORKING OR PLAYING OUTDOORS AND FOR THE VERY YOUNG AND ELDERLY.  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.

Fire Marshal says use care with fireworks in dry conditions

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

July 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

While some parts of the state have been without rain for more than a week, there are currently no burn bans are in place in Iowa. Dubuque County will be under a burn ban starting Thursday morning. The head of the state fire marshal’s arson and explosives bureau says it’s important with the dry conditions to be especially careful celebrating the Fourth of July. Ron Humphrey says things could be worse. “It’s not quite as bad as it is in the spring or fall, when everything is all dried out, at least the grass and the crops are still green but keep in mind a small fire could spread quickly with the right conditions, and the right material,” Humphrey says.

“Use good safety precaution when using the fireworks we want to make sure that with the dry conditions that when you use sparklers or shooting off fireworks by permit the area is safe for both people and the surrounding environment,” according to Humphrey. The Dubuque County burn ban goes into effect at eight a-m Thursday. More counties could be added in the next few days without significant rain to improve the dry conditions.

(For a current chart of all counties included in a burn ban, go to: http://www.dps.state.ia.us/fm/main/burnbans/index.shtml)

(Radio Iowa)

The latest Nat’l. Weather Service forecast for Cass & area Counties in Iowa

Weather

July 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A HEAT ADVISORY CONTINUES TO BE IN EFFECT UNTIL 7-AM CDT SATURDAY

(for a County outline of the advisory area, go to: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/dmx/)

TODAY…SUNNY. HOT AND HUMID. HIGH IN THE UPPER 90S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 102 TO 107 IN THE AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 70S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 100 TO 102 THROUGH MIDNIGHT.

THURSDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HOT AND HUMID. HIGH IN THE UPPER 90S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. HEAT INDEX READINGS 103 TO 108.

THURSDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE MID 70S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 100 TO 103 THROUGH MIDNIGHT.

FRIDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 90S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. HEAT INDEX READINGS 102 TO 107.

FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 70S. HIGH IN THE UPPER 90S.

SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S. LOW AROUND 70.