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Skyscan Forecast – Saturday, Oct. 5th, 2019


October 5th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Today: Cloudy w/showers & thunderstorms thru mid-day. High 64. S winds becoming NW @ 10-20.

Tonight: Fair to Partly cloudy. Low 40. NW @ 5-10.

Tomorrow: P/Cloudy. High 66. NW @ 10-20.

Monday: Mostly sunny. High 68.

Tuesday: Mo. sunny. High 74.

Friday’s High in Atlantic was 57. Our Low was 38. Rainfall overnight thru 7-a.m. today was .25″. Last year on this date our High was 57 and the Low was 47. The record High in Atlantic on this date was 93 in 1963. The Record Low was 22 in 2012.

(Updated) Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: Friday, 10/4/19


October 4th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Today: Areas of fog this morning; Increasing clouds. High 62. E/SE @ 10-15.

Tonight: Mo. Cldy w/showers & thunderstorms late. Low 54. SED @ 10-15.

Tomorrow: Cloudy w/showers & thunderstorms, especially in the morning. High 64. NW @ 10-20.

Sunday: P/Cldy. High 66.

Monday: P/Cldy. High 68.

Tuesday’s High in Atlantic was 59. Our Low this morning 37. Last year on this date our High was 58 and the Low was 38. The record High in Atlantic on this date was 90 in 1930 & 2005. The Record Low was 20 in 1968.


Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Thursday, October 3

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

October 3rd, 2019 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .16″
  • 7 miles NNE of Atlantic  .2″
  • Elk Horn  .22″
  • Anita  .34″
  • Massena  .25″
  • Corning  .72″
  • Villisca  .5″
  • Bedford  .74″
  • Creston  .91″
  • Oakland  .25″
  • Underwood  .25″
  • Missouri Valley  .42″
  • Carroll  .42″
  • Clarinda  .89″

Skyscan Forecast – Thursday., Oct. 3rd 2019


October 3rd, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly cloudy. High 60. NW @ 10-20.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Low 37. Winds light & variable

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy to cloudy w/a chance of showers late. High 62. SE @ 10-15.

Satuday: Mo. Cldy w/showers & tstrms, especially in the morning. High 64.

Sunday: P/Cldy. High 64.

Tuesday’s High in Atlantic was 56. We received .16” rain. Our Low this morning 48. Last year on this date our High was 89 and the Low was 39. The record High in Atlantic on this date was 95 in 1997. The Record Low was 23 in 2010.


Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Wednesday, October 2

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

October 2nd, 2019 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  1.65″
  • 7 miles NNE of Atlantic  1.62″
  • Massena  2.77″
  • Anita  1.8″
  • Elk Horn  1.66″
  • Corning  2.52″
  • Bridgewater  3.2″
  • Manning  1.83″
  • Villisca  1.25″
  • Avoca  2″
  • Oakland  1.3″
  • Missouri Valley 1.91″
  • Logan  1.64″
  • Neola  2.2″
  • Underwood  1.6″
  • Bedford  1.42″
  • Creston  1.53″
  • Carroll  1.45″
  • Red Oak  2.25″
  • Denison  1.35″
  • Clarinda  1.47″
  • Shenandoah  1.8″

Flood Watch until 7-p.m. today for parts of western IA (10/2)


October 2nd, 2019 by Ric Hanson


Harrison-Shelby-Pottawattamie-Mills-Montgomery-Fremont-Page Counties…FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH 7-P.M. today (10/2)

* Moderate to heavy rain will likely return to the region this (Wednesday) morning. This will combine with saturated soils to produce an elevated risk of flooding. Especially for local river and streams.

* Rivers and streams that are already at elevated levels may see further rises. Urbanized and poor drainage areas could be particularly impacted by floodwater. Roadways could become


A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Skyscan forecast for Atlantic & the area: Wed., 10/2/19


October 2nd, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Today: Mostly cloudy w/areas of fog & drizzle this morning & rain this afternoon. High 60. NE @ 10-15.

Tonight: Mo. Cldy w/rain ending. Low 45. N @ 10-15.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. High 62. NW @ 10-20.

Friday: Mo. Cldy w/afternoon showers. High 62.

Saturday: Mo. Cldy w/showers & thunderstorms. High 64.

Tuesday’s High in Atlantic was 80. Our Low this morning 54. We received 1.65 inches of rain in Atlantic from 7-a.m. Tuesday thru 5-a.m. today. Last year on this date our High was 73 and the Low was 50. The record High in Atlantic on this date was 93 in 1892. The Record Low was 18 in 1974.

NWS Storm & precipitation report 10/1/19


October 1st, 2019 by Ric Hanson

3:20-p.m. – Tornado seen 3 miles south/southwest of Red Oak (Storm Chaser report)
3:29-p.m. – Tornado 1 mile s/sw of Red Oak…very short duration. No damage (Montgomery County EMA report)
3:35-p.m. – Tornado 3 miles E. of Shenandoah. Brief touchdown. No damage. (Storm Chaser report)
4:05-p.m. – Hail dime-to Quarter size in Orient, along w/some minor tree damage. (public report)
4:12-p.m. – 1.75” (golf ball size) hail 3 miles E/NE of Orient (trained spotter report)
4:33-p.m. – 1.5” diameter (ping-pong ball size) hail 8 miles N. of Macksburg (EMA report)
4:55-p.m. – Funnel cloud 5 miles NW of Patterson (Madison Co.) (Spotter report)

6:45-p.m. – 5 miles E/SE of Bedford: 3 or 4 large trees uprooted, one fell on the spotters house. several other trees limbs down throughout the neighborhood. time estimated by radar.

September wraps warmer & wetter than the norm, October may follow suit

News, Weather

October 1st, 2019 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa/KJAN) — September wrapped up in Iowa feeling more like June. State climatologist Justin Glisan says the statewide average temperature for the month ended up around 68-degrees, which is five-degrees warmer than normal. Glisan says besides being warmer, the weather was also wetter. “We were at about 6.5 inches across the state and that’s almost 3.38 inches above average,” Glisan says. “Yes, trending wet. If you look at the borders between Iowa and Illinois, anywhere from 200 to 300% above normal precipitation.”

Here in Atlantic, September was also wetter and warmer. Rainfall for the month, which is normally 3.81 inches, amounted to 8.82 inches, or nearly 5 inches above average. The average High last month was 81, which was about 5 degrees warmer than normal, and the average Low was 58, or about a little more than 7 degrees above normal.

Glisan says forecasts indicate the shift toward wetter, warmer weather may well continue into this month. “We should see seasonal if not slightly above-average temperatures for the first part of October,” Glisan says. “As for rainfall, we are having higher probabilities of wetter-than-normal conditions.” We saw a very similar set-up heading into autumn a year ago. “We did see the third-wettest September in 2018 followed by the seventh-wettest October, combining those for the third-wettest fall on record,” Glisan says. “Hopefully, we don’t get into that type of situation this year.”

In October, Atlantic typically receives 2.76 inches of rain. The average High is 64.1, and the average Low is 39. The flash flood watches being issued by the National Weather Service have multiplied in number since Monday and now cover 78 of the state’s 99 counties.  “We’re stuck in this jetstream pattern where we’re getting wave after wave of rainfall over the state,” he says. “These flash flood watches span several states.” Forecasters say dry weather is expected later this week, on Thursday and Friday, but more rain is likely Friday night and into Saturday.

More heavy rain means more flooding & misery in SW Iowa

News, Weather

October 1st, 2019 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — With forecasts calling for up to five inches of rain over three days this week, several counties in southwest Iowa are preparing for more Missouri River flooding. Michael Bertacini is an emergency management specialist with Pottawattamie County. He says around 40 homes are in the area of concern in the northwestern part of the county. “Most of those residents were actually out of their homes before this happened,” Bertacini says. “It’s just prolonging the effects of the flooding. These people have been flooded since March so it’s a bad deal for them because some people haven’t even been in their homes from March.”

Bertacini says it’s possible the impacts could mirror what the county saw this spring, though the river could crest about a foot lower. “All the county roads in the northwest part of the county on the west side of I-29 were basically underwater. I-680 and I-29 also went under,” he says. “It forces the water table to rise in Council Bluffs.”

Bertacini says people who live in Council Bluffs could see basement flooding if the storm sewers are not able to keep up with the heavy rainfall. In a joint news release, Pottawattamie, Harrison and Mills counties say it’s unclear where the heaviest rains will fall, so people should stay alert.