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NWS forecast for Cass & area Counties in Iowa: Mon., May 6th 2013

Weather

May 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

411 AM CDT MON MAY 6 2013

EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLOUDY. AREAS OF FOG. NORTH WIND AROUND 5 MPH.

TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY. WARMER. AREAS OF FOG THROUGH MID MORNING. HIGH AROUND 70. NORTHEAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH.

TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S. EAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

TUESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 20 PERCENT.

TUESDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY WITH A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH SHOWERS LIKELY AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE LOWER 50S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 60 PERCENT.

WEDNESDAY…CLOUDY. THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY IN THE MORNING…THEN A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 70 PERCENT.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY. LOW IN THE MID 50S. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 60 PERCENT.

THURSDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH AROUND 70.

Rain and snow help erase drought

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

May 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The recent rain and snow have played havoc with outdoor events and activities, but all the moisture has a positive side. Tim Hall of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says moisture of any type is important after the severe drought that hit the state. “This is exactly what we’d hoped for, is sustained long-term, better then normal precipitation during the months when we typically get a lot of rain anyway. And March and April and May are pretty wet months, and we are getting more than normal right in those months,” Hall says.

April set a new statewide average for rainfall at six-point-five-two inches (6.52), with normal rainfall for April at three-point-five-one (3.51) inches. A new drought map comes out Thursday, and Hall expects to see the areas with severe problems continuing to shrink. “We’re making some real improvement in the drought conditions in the state, and I think we’re gonna continue to see improvement in the near future,” according to Hall. Not only has the amount of rain increased, it is coming at a time where the frost is out of the ground — so the rain that falls or snow that melts — sinks into the soil.

“In fact our groundwater folks who work with a lot of the water utilities in northwest Iowa are starting to see that reflected in the water levels in some of the wells that are used to supply drinking water,” Hall says. “So we’re starting to see some gradual recovery in the levels in wells, which is indicative of the water making it down into the ground where it is going to do some real good.” He says those areas that were not hit as hard by the drought are building up some reserve with the rains that’re falling now. Hall says that makes it less likely they’ll get back into a water shortage.

“I think if the rainfall stopped for a couple of weeks, which it probable will — I mean we go through periods where we don’t get rain for a couple three weeks — the real danger is if that rainfall slows down or stops and we get excessively hot where the demand for water also starts to go up in conjunction with the rain going down,” Hall says. Hall says farmers are probably really hoping the rain will stop for awhile so they can get into the fields — but he says even they will be happy that all the moisture is replenishing the groundwater.

(Radio Iowa)

Dense Fog Advisory for southern Iowa

Weather

May 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

700 AM CDT SUN MAY 5 2013
AREA COUNTIES: UNION-RINGGOLD-

…DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CDT THIS MORNING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A DENSE FOG
ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CDT THIS MORNING.

* VISIBILITY…ONE QUARTER OF A MILE WITH FURTHER REDUCTIONS
POSSIBLE AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A DENSE FOG ADVISORY MEANS VISIBILITIES WILL FREQUENTLY BE
REDUCED TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE. IF DRIVING…SLOW DOWN…
USE YOUR HEADLIGHTS…AND LEAVE PLENTY OF DISTANCE AHEAD OF YOU.

NWS Forecast for Cass & area Counties in IA: May 5th 2013

Weather

May 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

431 AM CDT SUN MAY 5 2013

EARLY THIS MORNING…CLOUDY WITH ISOLATED LIGHT SHOWERS AND PATCHY DRIZZLE. PATCHY FOG. NORTH WIND AROUND 10 MPH. CHANCE OF SHOWERS 20 PERCENT.

TODAY…CLOUDY. PATCHY FOG THROUGH MID MORNING. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS UNTIL LATE AFTERNOON. WARMER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. AREAS OF FOG AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE MID 40S. NORTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

MONDAY...PARTLY SUNNY. PATCHY FOG THROUGH MID MORNING. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. NORTH WIND AROUND 5 MPH.

MONDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S. EAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH THROUGH MIDNIGHT BECOMING LIGHT.

TUESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH.

TUESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE LOWER 50S. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 40 PERCENT.

WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH AROUND 70.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Sat., May 4th 2013

Podcasts, Weather

May 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here’s the Freese-Notis (podcast) weather forecast for Atlantic and the KJAN listening area, and weather stats for Atlantic from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson…

NWS Forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area

Weather

May 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

414 AM CDT SAT MAY 4 2013

EARLY THIS MORNING...LIGHT RAIN. BREEZY. NORTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF RAIN NEAR 100 PERCENT.

TODAY...LIGHT RAIN THROUGH MID MORNING…THEN RAIN SHOWERS IN THE LATE MORNING AND AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE UPPER 40S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 80 PERCENT.

TONIGHT...CLOUDY. LIGHT SHOWERS LIKELY THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN A CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT. AREAS OF FOG AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE MID 40S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF SHOWERS 70 PERCENT.

SUNDAY...AREAS OF FOG THROUGH MID MORNING. MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS. WARMER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S. NORTH WIND AROUND 10 MPH.

SUNDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S. NORTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

MONDAY...PARTLY SUNNY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE MID 60S. NORTHEAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

MONDAY NIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S.

TUESDAY...PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH AROUND 70.

Shelby County Fire Danger Index reduced to “Low”

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

May 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Due to recent rain and snow events, the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency has reduced the grassland and field fire danger rating to “Low.” The risk factor had been in the “Moderate” category over the past week. Officials say the latest rating will be in effect until at least Monday, May 6th.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: May 3rd 2013

Podcasts, Weather

May 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

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

Report shows drought lessening in most of Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

May 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More drenching rain and heavy snow are pulling most of Iowa out of drought conditions. In a report released Thursday, the state Department of Natural Resources says storms in mid-April largely ended the drought in the eastern half of Iowa. Rain also lessened drought conditions in western Iowa.

Although heavy rain and snow moving through the state Thursday and Friday don’t show up on this report, the DNR noted that conditions would clearly improve due to the precipitation. The report also shows shallow groundwater levels improved in the last two weeks in northwest, southwest and north central Iowa. Stream flows in most rivers were normal, though some in eastern Iowa were above normal.

NWS Forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area: May 3rd, 2013

Weather

May 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

330 AM CDT FRI MAY 3 2013

EARLY THIS MORNING…CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF SNOW. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

TODAY…CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW IN THE MORNING…THEN LIGHT RAIN AND SNOW LIKELY IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY. LITTLE OR NO SNOW ACCUMULATION. HIGH AROUND 40. TEMPERATURE STEADY OR SLOWLY FALLING IN THE AFTERNOON. NORTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 70 PERCENT.

TONIGHT…RAIN…BREEZY. LOW IN THE UPPER 30S. NORTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 35 MPH. CHANCE OF RAIN 80 PERCENT.

SATURDAY…LIGHT RAIN LIKELY. BREEZY…WARMER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S. NORTHEAST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF RAIN 60 PERCENT.

SATURDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN. LOW IN THE LOWER 40S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH THROUGH MIDNIGHT.

SUNDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S. NORTH WIND AROUND 10 MPH.

SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 40S.

MONDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN. HIGH IN THE MID 60S.