The changing of the seasons means Iowans need to be prepared for severe weather. Cass County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Kennon says Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa is April 2nd through the 6th. Leading up to that statewide event are several Severe Storm Spotter training classes, one of which is being held at the Lewis Fire Station March 14th, beginning at 7-p.m. Kennon says anyone interested in becoming a trained Weather Service spotter is welcome to attend, free of charge.
The main event during Severe Weather Awareness Week, is the Statewide Tornado Drill, on Wednesday, April 4th, beginning at around 10:15-a.m. Kennon says the courthouse will participate in the drill. He says the Cass County Communications Center will be notified, and announce the drill within the courthouse. They’ll also activate tornado sirens in Atlantic. Businesses, schools and all communities in the County are encouraged to participate in the drill, as though an actual tornado were spotted and threatening public safety.
Kennon says the state and National Weather Service might need to look at pushing future Severe Weather Awareness activities week into March, as recent severe weather events across Iowa and the nation, such as the tornados in Branson, Missouri have shown they can occur anytime, but are happening with more and more frequency in March, instead of April and May.
For more on Severe Weather Awareness Week, surf to the National Weather Service’ website: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/dmx/
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS UPGRADED THE WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR THE ABOVE COUNTIES TO A HIGH WIND WARNING, WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING…
* SHORT TERM TRENDS…STRONG SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS WILL CONTINUE
TO STRENGTHEN THIS MORNING AND BECOME MORE WESTERLY DURING THE
* WINDS…WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS OF 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS OF
50 TO 60 MPH EXPECTED.
* IMPACTS…LOOSE OBJECTS WILL BE BLOWN AROUND. HIGH PROFILE
VEHICLES WILL HAVE DIFFICULTY DRIVING ESPECIALLY ON NORTH
SOUTH ROADS AND INTERSTATES. ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES OR TREE
DAMAGE MAY OCCUR NEAR REGIONS OF PEAK GUSTS.
A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED
OR OCCURRING. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS
OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY DAMAGE.
Here’s the forecast for the KJAN listening area and weather data for Atlantic….
(forecast prepared 3:45-a.m., NWS/Des Moines)
**Wind Advisory in effect until 6-p.m.**
Today…Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of light rain and light snow before noon. Very windy. High in the upper 30s. West wind 25 to 35 mph with gusts to around 50 mph.
Tonight…Mostly cloudy in the evening then clearing. Breezy. Low in the mid 20s. West wind 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph becoming southwest up to 5 mph after midnight.
Thursday…Sunny…warmer. High in the mid 50s. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
Thursday Night…Partly cloudy through midnight then becoming mostly cloudy. Low around 30. North wind 5 to 15 mph.
Friday…Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of light snow in the morning. Colder. High in the lower 40s. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
Friday Night Through Saturday Night…Mostly cloudy. Low in the mid 20s. High around 40.
Sunday And Sunday Night…Partly cloudy. High in the lower 40s. Low in the upper 20s.
The National Weather Service has issued Wind Advisories for the entire State of Iowa. In the KJAN listening area, the Wind Advisory is currently in effect until 6-p.m. Wednesday, for: Crawford-Carroll-Audubon-Guthrie-Dallas-Cass-Adair-Madison-Adams-Union-Taylor and Ringggold Counties, and until 4-p.m. today for: Monona-Harrison-Shelby-Pottawattamie-Mills-Montgomery-Fremont and Page Counties.
The Weather Service says West-to-Northwest winds of 25-to 35-mph with gusts from 45-to 55-mph can be expected today.
* IMPACTS…LOOSE OBJECTS WILL BE BLOWN AROUND. HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES WILL HAVE DIFFICULTY DRIVING ESPECIALLY ON NORTH SOUTH ROADS AND INTERSTATES. ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES OR TREE DAMAGE MAY OCCUR IF STRONGER WINDS DEVELOP OVER PORTIONS OF CENTRAL IOWA.
*PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WINDS OF 30 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH WIND GUSTS TO OVER 45 MPH. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT…ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION. MINOR PROPERTY DAMAGE MAY ALSO OCCUR DUE TO UNSECURED OBJECTS BLOWING AROUND.
Can you tell the difference between a “scud” cloud, and a “wall” cloud? Do you know the difference between a “funnel cloud,” and a Tornado? Trained storm spotters know the difference, and serve as the local eyes for the National Weather Service when severe weather threatens. Each year, meteorologists with the National Weather Service (NWS) travel to most of the 51 counties they serve to provide a comprehensive multi-media spotter training presentation. The classes are hosted by local emergency management officials, fire departments and a few amateur radio clubs. There are several opportunities for you to attend one of these classes free of charge. The classes typically last one-to two-hours.
The courses cover information about severe weather climatology, severe thunderstorm types, different weather threats and how to identify them, how to report severe weather, spotter safety and severe weather communications. If a class is not offered in your county, you are welcome to attend a class in a nearby county.
In the KJAN listening area, classes are being offered in March at the following locations and times….
March 8th at the Prescott Fire Station in Adams County, beginning at 7-p.m.
March 14th at the Lewis Fire Station in Cass County, starting at 7-p.m.
March 15th at Southwestern Community College in Creston Room 180, at 7-p.m. (Union County)
March 21st at the Mt. Ayr Courthouse Assembly Room, at 7-p.m. (Ringgold County)
March 26th at the Carroll Fire Station, beginning at 6:30-p.m. (Carroll County)
March 27th at the Farmers and Merchants State Bank in Winterset, at 7-p.m. (Madision County)
And, in April….
on the 4th, at the Audubon Courthouse, beginning at 6:30-p.m. (Audubon County), and on the 18th, at the Menlo Community Center in Menlo (Guthrie County), beginning at 7-p.m.
For other locations, dates and times, check out http://www.crh.noaa.gov/dmx/?n=spotterinfo
338 PM CST TUE FEB 28 2012
…VERY STRONG WINDS EXPECTED ACROSS THE AREA WEDNESDAY…
A STRONG WINTER STORM WILL MOVE INTO SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BY WEDNESDAY MORNING. AS THE STORM TRACKS THROUGH THE REGION WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 30 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS 45 TO 55 MPH. THE STRONG WINDS WILL DEVELOP NEAR SUNRISE OVER WESTERN IOWA AND INCREASE OVER THE REMAINDER OF THE REGION BY LATE MORNING.
A WIND ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE FAR WEST & SOUTHWEST COUNTIES IN OUR LISTENING AREA (MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT- PAGE) FROM 7-A.M. WEDNESDAY UNTIL 4-P.M., AND FROM 6-AM UNTIL 6-P.M FOR CRAWFORD-CARROLL-GREENE-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR AND RINGGOLD COUNTIES.
* TIMING...STRONG WINDS WILL DEVELOP BY 6 AM WEST OF HIGHWAY 71 BY SUNRISE AND INCREASE TO NEAR INTERSTATE 35 BY 9 AM CST. WINDS WILL REMAIN STRONG FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE DAY. A CORRIDOR BETWEEN HIGHWAY 30 AND HIGHWAY 34 IS EXPECTED TO EXPERIENCE THE HIGHEST WINDS WITH GUSTS TO OVER 50 MPH AT TIMES.
* WINDS…WINDS WILL REACH 30 TO 35 MPH FOR MUCH OF THE DAY WITH GUSTS BETWEEN 45 AND 55 MPH BY LATE MORNING THROUGH MID AFTERNOON.
* IMPACTS…LOOSE OBJECTS WILL BE BLOWN AROUND. HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES WILL HAVE DIFFICULTY DRIVING ESPECIALLY ON NORTH SOUTH ROADS AND INTERSTATES. SNOW DEVELOPING OVER FAR NORTHERN IOWA BY MID MORNING THROUGH THE AFTERNOON WILL RESULT IN A PERIOD OF LOWER VISIBILITY AND POSSIBLY DIFFICULT TRAVEL FOR SEVERAL HOURS. ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES OR TREE DAMAGE MAY OCCUR IF STRONGER WINDS DEVELOP OVER PORTIONS OF CENTRAL IOWA.
A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WINDS OF 30 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH WIND GUSTS TO OVER 45 MPH. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT…ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION. MINOR PROPERTY DAMAGE MAY ALSO OCCUR DUE TO UNSECURED OBJECTS BLOWING AROUND.
COUNTIES: CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON- GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…SAC CITY…DENISON…CARROLL…AUDUBON…GUTHRIE CENTER…ADEL…ATLANTIC…GREENFIELD…WINTERSET…
630 AM CST TUE FEB 28 2012
…A WINTRY MIX OF PRECIPITATION POSSIBLE EARLY THIS MORNING…
A BAND OF PRECIPITATION WILL MOVE THROUGH THE AREA THIS MORNING.
THE PRECIPITATION WILL BE A MIXTURE OF RAIN…FREEZING RAIN AND
SLEET. A QUICK GLAZING OF ICE IS POSSIBLE ON UNTREATED SURFACES
THROUGH 8 AM AND DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE. ROAD SURFACE
TEMPERATURES ARE MAINLY BELOW FREEZING NORTH OF INTERSTATE 80 AND
THIS IS THE REGION WITH THE GREATEST THREAT FOR MINOR ICING. EXTRA
CAUTION SHOULD BE USED THROUGH MID MORNING FOR ICY CONDITIONS.
TEMPERATURES WILL RISE ABOVE FREEZING FROM SOUTH TO NORTH
THROUGHOUT THE MORNING WITH THE PRECIPITATION TRANSITIONING TO ALL
(Nat’l. Weather Service/Des Moines) — A strong storm system will push through the region today into Wednesday with the surface low tracking from NE Nebraska northeastward toward Minneapolis and into central Wisconsin by Wednesday. This system will bring a mix of winter precipitation to much of northern Iowa today, and spread rain showers and thunderstorms across central and southern Iowa mainly this afternoon into tonight. There is a slight risk of severe weather across portions of southwest Iowa with large hail the main severe threat. Strong west to northwest winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph are possible during the day Wednesday as the system lifts northeast of Iowa.