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(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Mon., June 4th 2012

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June 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The (Podcast) forecast from Freese-Notis Meteorologist Harvey Freese for Atlantic, & the KJAN listening area, and Ric Hanson with the weather data for Atlantic….

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NWS Forecast for Cass & area Counties in Iowa: 6-4-12

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June 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

356 AM CDT MON JUN 4 2012 Nat’l. Weather Service/Des Moines

TODAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 80S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE UPPER 50S. NORTHEAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH.

TUESDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 80S. EAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

TUESDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 60S. SOUTHEAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

WEDNESDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 60S. HIGH AROUND 80.

THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE LOWER 60S. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S.

FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE MID 60S.

SATURDAY THROUGH SUNDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 80S. LOW IN THE UPPER 60S.

Hazardous Weather Outlook for west central/central IA

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June 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS- ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-and RINGGOLD COUNTIES -  508 AM CDT SUN JUN 3 2012
 
DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT
 
ISOLATED TO SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO SPREAD EAST  THROUGH CENTRAL IOWA THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT. A FEW SEVERE  STORMS ARE POSSIBLE WITH LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS.  
 
DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY
 
 THERE IS A CHANCE FOR A FEW THUNDERSTORMS LATE FRIDAY INTO  SATURDAY. THE THREAT FOR SEVERE WEATHER APPEARS LOW AT THIS TIME.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast for June 2nd-5th

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June 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here’s the (podcast) Freese-Notis Forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area, and Saturday’s weather data for Atlantic…..

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“Fairly quiet” tornado season in Iowa

News, Weather

June 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A tornado destroyed about 75 percent of the southwest Iowa town of Thurman in mid-April, the same day a tornado smashed into Creston, doing major damage to a hospital. But State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says other than that outbreak of severe weather, it’s been “fairly quiet” in terms of tornado activity in Iowa this year. “May and June are peak months for tornado activity and June the 9th would be kind of the mid-point to the tornado season, so we’re not quite to the very heart of tornado season — but we’re pretty darned close to it, though,” Hillaker says. “But thus far it’s been, you know, fairly quiet as far as severe weather — both tornadoes and hail, and high winds and such.”

Forecasters recently divided the country into 100-square-mile increments and mapped out tornado touch downs. The research found that in the past 20 years, Iowa has had more tornadoes touch down than all but two states. Recent forecasts indicate a period of calm weather ahead for Iowa. “Of course that could change in just one afternoon and kind of make the season with one bad outbreak,” Hillaker says. “But so far we’ve avoided any really big, widespread events.”

According to the National Weather Service there were 50 tornadoes in Iowa last year. Twenty tornadoes were reported in Iowa on one day — April 9, 2011.

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Weekend forecast for Cass & area Counties

Weather

June 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

345 AM CDT SAT JUN 2 2012

TODAY (SATURDAY)…SUNNY…WARMER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

TONIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE MID 50S. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

SUNDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN PARTLY CLOUDY WITH A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE LOWER 60S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE WEST AFTER MIDNIGHT. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 30 PERCENT.

MONDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 80S. NORTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 60S. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S.

TUESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE LOWER 60S.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S. LOWS AROUND 60.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast – June 1st 2012

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June 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the (podcast) weather forecast for Atlantic and the KJAN listening area, from Freese-Notis Meteorologist Dan Hicks, and the weather data for Atlantic, from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….

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National Weather Service to begin issuing cell phone severe weather alerts

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June 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have announced the agency is providing additional tools for federal, state, local officials and others, to alert and warn the public about severe weather. The Commercial Mobile Alert System, or CMAS, will be used to deliver Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) to wireless carriers for distribution to the public. That means your cell phone will receive messages on its screen, similar to a text message, showing the type and time of the alert, along with what type of action will be taken. The alerts will NOT take the place of locations where CODE RED alert systems are in-place, as those systems also handle a wide variety of local emergency situations. 

The message will be no more than 90 characters, and will have a unique tone and vibration, indicating a WEA has been received. If an alert is received by your cell phone, you are advised to follow the instructions and seek additional information from local radio, television, NOAA Weather Radio and other official sources for emergency information. 

The alerts will be broadcast by cell towers. Any cell phone within range of those specific towers will immediately pick up the signal, provided they are capable of receiving the alerts. The availability of WEA alerts will be dependent on the network status of the wireless carriers and handset availability, since not all cell phones receive WEA’s. Check with your cellular carrier to see if WEA alerts are available in your area. 

FEMA says as with all new cellular services, it will take time for upgrades in infrastructure, coverage and handset technology, to allow WEA alerts to reach all cellular customers.

Forecast for Cass & area Counties in IA: June 1st, 2012

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June 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

406 AM CDT FRI JUN 1 2012 NWS/Des Moines

TODAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. WARMER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE LOWER 50S. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 50 PERCENT.

SATURDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

SATURDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE LOWER 50S. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

SUNDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 80S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

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

MONDAY THROUGH TUESDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE MID 80S. LOW IN THE MID 60S.

Iowa DOT captures story of historic 2011 Missouri River flood

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May 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation today (Thursday) announced the release of a Storify project, chronicling the 2011 Missouri River flooding and its impacts on Iowa’s transportation system. Photos, video and news articles are featured, along with a narrative detailing the events that unfolded as the flood waters inundated western Iowa.

Just one of the images from the historic Mo. River flood of 2011

Go to http://www.iowadot.gov/ to view the story, and take the six-month journey to recount the flood fight, extensive damage and how quickly Iowa was able to rebuild.  

The flooding in Iowa covered a distance of 150 miles from Sioux City to Hamburg. In its path roadways were turned to rubble or covered with a thick layer of sludge. Vegetation was stripped from the landscape. Closure of miles of Interstate 29, coupled with the closing of the Missouri River bridges near Decatur, Nebraska City and Omaha, Neb., left motorists searching for detours that took them miles out of their way.

If you would like to recount your personal experience with the 2011 flood, visit the Iowa DOT’s Facebook site and post a comment or upload your photos or video: www.facebook.com/iowadot.