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Storms bring hail, winds to Iowa

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June 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Strong storms produced hail, rain and strong winds and causing power outages as they rolled across Iowa Friday afternoon and evening. The National Weather Service says the storms hit central Iowa Friday afternoon with one-inch diameter hail reported in DeSoto along with 50-mph winds, just after 3-p.m., hail up to 2 1/2-inches in diameter in Newton, and winds of 72 mph near Grinnell, where a semitrailer had jackknifed on Interstate 80. Officials say winds toppled a barn near Searsboro. There are no reports of injuries.

Power outages were reported in Des Moines, where 2,200 customers of MidAmerican Energy were without power Friday afternoon. The storms moved into eastern Iowa, where Alliant Energy reported over 19,000 customers without power in Benton, Iowa and Linn counties. Officials say power lines blowing down and trees falling on lines are to blame for most of the problems.

 

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Fri., June 29th 2012

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June 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The (Podcast) Freese-Notis 4-day forecast for Atlantic and the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic.

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NWS Forecast for Cass & area Counties in Iowa: Friday, June 29th 2012

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June 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

**HEAT ADVISORIES ARE OR WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR PARTS OF THE KJAN LISTENING AREA TODAY**

TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HOT AND HUMID. SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING…THEN ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 40 PERCENT. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 100 TO 104 IN THE AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S. SOUTHEAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS AROUND 100 THROUGH MIDNIGHT.

SATURDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HOT AND HUMID. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. SOUTHEAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS AROUND 100 IN THE AFTERNOON.

SATURDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF  THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

SUNDAY…PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS AROUND 100 IN THE AFTERNOON.

SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S. HIGH IN THE MID 90S.

Heat Advisory Extended for southern/central Iowa Friday

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June 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

400 AM CDT FRI JUN 29 2012

COUNTIES IN SW IA: MADISON, ADAMS, UNION, TAYLOR, RINGGOLD

A HEAT ADVISORY HAS BEEN EXTENDED FROM 5-A.M TODAY THROUGH 8-P.M. FRIDAY

EXTREME HEAT WILL PERSIST ON FRIDAY….HOT AND HUMID CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL IOWA TODAY. THIS WILL MARK THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE DAY OF EXCESSIVE HEAT…WITH LITTLE RELIEF EXPERIENCED DURING THE OVERNIGHT HOURS. THIS WILL FURTHER INCREASE THE RISK OF HEALTH HAZARDS DUE TO THE PROLONGED NATURE OF THE HEAT WAVE. AFTERNOON HIGHS IN THE MID 90S ARE EXPECTED TODAY, WITH HEAT INDEX VALUES ONCE AGAIN PEAKING ABOVE 100 DEGREES IN THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

THE COMBINATION OF PERSISTENT HEAT AND HUMIDITY WILL INCREASE THE RISK OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND OTHER HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES. THIS RISK WILL FURTHER INCREASE WITH PROLONGED OUTDOOR ACTIVITY AND WITH THE ELDERLY AND VERY YOUNG. 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.

Heat Advisory Continues Friday afternoon/evening for parts of Western/SW IA

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June 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

316 AM CDT FRI JUN 29 2012 -

COUNTIES IN IA: HARRISON, POTTAWATTAMIE, MILLS, MONTGOMERY, FREMONT & PAGE

ANOTHER DAY WITH EXCESSIVE HEAT. THE COMBINATION OF HIGH TEMPERATURES AND UNCOMFORTABLE HUMIDITY LEVEL WILL RESULT IN SULTRY CONDITIONS THROUGH THIS EVENING.

A HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 9 PM CDT THIS EVENING…

HEAT INDICES FROM AROUND 105 ARE EXPECTED LATER TODAY. .THE COMBINATION OF THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY WILL KEEP AN INCREASED RISK OF HEAT EXHAUSTION OR HEAT STROKE TO THOSE WORKING OR PLAYING OUTDOORS AND FOR THE YOUNG AND ELDERLY.  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.

Iowa DNR Drought Monitor Update: parts of western IA faired better than others

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June 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The latest Drought Monitor Report from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources indicates most of Iowa continues to be very dry, but far western Iowa is less affected than the rest of State. Officials say although 78 percent of Iowa remains in some form of dry conditions, a significant increase in areas rated as moderately dry, from 13 percent to 37 percent, has occurred up and down central Iowa.

Rainfall averaged 2.02 inches compared to normal precipitation of the period at 2.36 inches; however, precipitation varied widely across the state, with above normal rainfall over much of west central and southwest Iowa and well below normal over northeast and extreme northwest Iowa. An area stretching from the eastern half of Crawford County southeast through Audubon, the northeast half of Cass and Adams Counties, and continuing southeast to Ringgold and Decatur Counties, shows abnormally dry conditions, despite the recent, but spotty rains. The far southwest corner of Fremont County is also abnormally dry, while the remaining western third of the state shows normal soil moisture.

For a more thorough review of Iowa’s water resource trends June 14 through June 27, go to http://www.iowadnr.gov/watersummaryupdate. The report is prepared by the technical staff from the Iowa DNR, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and the USGS, in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Thu., June 28th 2012

Podcasts, Weather

June 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The (podcast) Freese-Notis 4-day forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area, & weather information for Atlantic….

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Forecast for Cass & area Counties in Iowa: Thu., June 28 2012

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June 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

359 AM CDT THU JUN 28 2012 NWS/Des Moines

TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HOT AND HUMID. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. WEST WIND NEAR 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTH IN THE AFTERNOON. HEAT INDEX READINGS 101 TO 106.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S. EAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 100 TO 104 THROUGH MIDNIGHT.

FRIDAY…HOT. MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. SOUTHEAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS AROUND 100 IN THE AFTERNOON.

FRIDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH.

SATURDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS AROUND 100 IN THE AFTERNOON.

SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE MID 70S. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S.

Heat Advisory until 9-p.m. for parts of SW/South Central IA

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June 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

350 AM CDT THU JUN 28 2012

…HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CDT THURSDAY FOR: MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT AND PAGE COUNTIES.

…HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8-P.M. THURSDAY FOR: ADAMS, MADISON, RINGGOLD, TAYLOR AND UNION COUNTIES.

HIGHS ARE FORECAST TO REACH THE UPPER 90′sS TO AROUND 103…WITH INDEX VALUES IN THE 105 TO 110 DEGREE RANGE BY THIS AFTERNOON. THE COMBINATION OF THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY WILL KEEP AN INCREASED RISK OF HEAT EXHAUSTION OR HEAT STROKE TO THOSE WORKING OR PLAYING OUTDOORS AND FOR THE 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.

Latest forecast for Cass & area Counties in IA: Record or Near Record temps possible!

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June 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

1106 AM CDT WED JUN 27 2012
 
 …HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM CDT THIS EVENING…
 
REST OF TODAY…SUNNY. VERY HOT AND HUMID. BREEZY. HIGH AROUND 103. SOUTHWEST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. HEAT INDEX READINGS 108 TO 113.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO  15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH THROUGH MIDNIGHT. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 103 TO 108 THROUGH MIDNIGHT.
THURSDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HOT AND HUMID. HIGH IN THE MID 90S.  NORTHWEST WIND AROUND 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHEAST UP TO 5 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 100 TO 105 IN THE AFTERNOON.
THURSDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF  THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE MID 70S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS AROUND 100 THROUGH MIDNIGHT.
FRIDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 100 TO 103 IN THE AFTERNOON.