Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 46. North wind 5 to 8 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. North northeast wind 5 to 7 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 59. Northeast wind 5 to 14 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 41. South wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 72. Windy.
Sunday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 50. Windy.
Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 55. Windy.
Shelby County Emergency Management officials say light rain and drizzle this (Thursday) morning will give way to sunshine and strong winds this weekend. Rapid drying of the dead vegetation will occur returning, causing a higher threat for fires to spread. Therefore the Fire Danger placards in area businesses will remain in the “High” category, through Monday morning.
A fire Wednesday evening burned over 300 acres. The flames were fanned by winds in excess of 30-mph. The Shelby County EMA asks residents to please call ahead and report your burning plans to the EMA office at 712-755-2124.
Despite the explosive fire growth conditions in the area over the past few days, Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees doesn’t see the need for a County-wide ban on opening burning. McNees told KJAN News the fire that started east of Atlantic Wednesday afternoon was accidental, and not open burning-related. It was one of several fires in western Iowa that burned quickly and intensely, Wednesday. McNees said it’s not as bad in Cass County as in other counties which have instituted bans on open burning.
He says things are “greening-up,” slowly and people are being smart. He says residents are heeding advice given earlier this week to know when you are going to burn, check the weather, call your local fire chief and the Cass County Communications Center.
McNees still cautions residents of Cass County to be careful, and try to give Mother Nature a little more time to green-up the grasses, which will reduce the danger of fires spreading, as opposed to the dry conditions we are currently experiencing. He says if there were crops standing in the fields, he would be more concerned about fires spreading. Wednesday was just an “extreme day,” according to McNees, where all of the elements necessary for the eruption of rapidly expanding fires, were present.
357 AM CDT THU MAR 27 2014
EARLY THIS MORNING…CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN AND PATCHY DRIZZLE. BREEZY. NOT AS COOL. SOUTH WIND 20 TO 25 MPH. CHANCE OF RAIN 30 PERCENT.
TODAY…CLOUDY…BREEZY. A CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN THROUGH MID MORNING…THEN A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS BEFORE NOON. SHOWERS LIKELY AND SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S. SOUTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTHWEST IN THE AFTERNOON. GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 70 PERCENT.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY UNTIL EARLY MORNING THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN AND LIGHT SNOW IN THE EVENING…THEN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN BEFORE MIDNIGHT. BREEZY…COLDER. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S. NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 25 MPH DECREASING TO 10 TO 15 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 50 PERCENT.
FRIDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 40S. NORTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S. NORTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
SATURDAY…SUNNY…WARMER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 50S. EAST WIND AROUND 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTH 10 TO 15 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.
SUNDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S.
AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD….
…ELEVATED FIRE DANGER THIS AFTERNOON…
STRONG SOUTH WINDS OF 25 TO 30 MPH…WITH GUSTS NEAR 45 MPH AT TIMES…WILL PERSIST ACROSS THE AREA THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. IN ADDITION…VERY DRY AIR IS MOVING ACROSS THE AREA WITH RELATIVE HUMIDITY EXPECTED TO FALL TO AROUND 25 PERCENT AT TIMES BEFORE SUNSET. THIS WILL LEAD TO AN ENHANCED FIRE DANGER…WITH ANY FIRES THAT START EXPECTED TO SPREAD RAPIDLY.
The Test Tornado Watch issued as part of Severe Weather Awareness week, has expired. Thank you for your participation in this event at home, work or in school.
1035 AM CDT WED MAR 26 2014
…THIS MESSAGE IS FOR TEST PURPOSES ONLY…
…THE TEST TORNADO WARNING FOR ALL OF CENTRAL IOWA HAS EXPIRED AT
1035 AM CDT…
THE TEST TORNADO WARNING HAS EXPIRED. REPEAT…THE TEST TORNADO
WARNING HAS EXPIRED. THIS CONCLUDES THE WARNING PHASE OF THE 2014
TORNADO DRILL. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.
COUNTIES: PAGE IA-HARRISON IA-MONTGOMERY IA-MONONA IA-MILLS IA-SHELBY IA-
FREMONT IA-POTTAWATTAMIE IA-
1029 AM CDT WED MAR 26 2014
…THIS MESSAGE IS FOR TEST PURPOSES ONLY…
…THE TORNADO WARNING FOR PAGE…HARRISON…MONTGOMERY…MONONA…
PAWNEE COUNTIES WILL EXPIRE AT 1030 AM CDT…
THE TEST TORNADO WARNING HAS EXPIRED.
THIS TEST WAS CONDUCTED IN CONJUNCTION WITH SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS
WEEK. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE DRILL. HAVING A PLAN
OF ACTION IN PLACE AHEAD OF TIME IS IMPORTANT DURING AN EMERGENCY.
TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…CONTACT YOUR NEAREST LAW ENFORCEMENT
AGENCY. THEY WILL RELAY YOUR REPORT TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE