(from the Nat’l. Weather Service/Des Moines)
TODAY…SUNNY…WARMER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 60S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
TUESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HOT. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. SOUTHWEST WIND AROUND 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE WEST UP TO 5 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 20 PERCENT.
TUESDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE MID 60S. EAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.
WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH AROUND 90. SOUTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 60S. HIGH IN THE UPPER 80S.
THURSDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE LOWER 60S.
FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. LOW IN THE LOWER 60S.
(Issued 3:36-p.m. Sun., Aug. 5th)
Tonight: Clear. Low in the mid 50s. East wind near 5 mph shifting to the southeast around 5 mph after midnight.
Monday: Sunny…warmer. High in the lower 90s. South wind 5 to 15 mph.
Monday Night: Mostly clear. Low in the mid 60s. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High in the lower 90s. Southwest wind around 5 mph shifting to the north up to 5 mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy through midnight then becoming mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. Low in the mid 60s. Northeast wind around 5 mph.
Wednesday: Partly sunny with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. High around 90.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. Low in the upper 60s.
Thursday And Thursday Night: Partly cloudy. High in the upper 80s. Low in the lower 60s.
Today: Some showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Northwest winds 10-15 MPH
Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a low around 55
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 82.
Sunday Night: Clear, with a low around 56.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 91.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.
Here’s the Freese-Notis forecast for Atlantic, and the KJAN listening area…
TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HOT. HIGH IN THE UPPER 90S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW AROUND 70. SOUTHEAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH.
SATURDAY…PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. NOT AS WARM. HIGH IN THE MID 80S. TEMPERATURE STEADY OR SLOWLY FALLING IN THE AFTERNOON. NORTHWEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTH IN THE AFTERNOON.
SATURDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. COOLER. LOW AROUND 60. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
SUNDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 80S. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW AROUND 60. HIGH IN THE UPPER 80S.
MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 60S. HIGH AROUND 90.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The latest U.S. Drought Monitor survey shows an increase in extreme drought conditions in four Plains states but a slight decrease in the overall area of the lower 48 states experiencing some form of drought. The map posted Thursday on the monitor’s website shows that nearly two-thirds of the lower 48 states is experiencing some drought. Recent rainfall pushed the percentage down to 62.91, from last week’s 63.86. The report says one-fifth of the U.S. is experiencing extreme drought. That number ticked up nearly 2 percentage points to 22.3 percent, largely because of worsening conditions in parts of Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.
Here’s tghe Freese-Notis forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic, including Wednesday’s High, our overnight Low, and more…
Here’s something else to blame on the prolonged heat wave — higher gasoline prices. Gail Weinholzer, spokeswoman for Triple-A-Iowa, says the increase has been gradual, but definite, over the past several weeks of the continuing, blistering hot spell. “In Iowa, as an example, the current average is $3.47, a month ago, it was $3.37,” Weinholzer says. “So, Iowa’s seen about a dime increase in the last month.” The price of gas in Iowa ranges from as low as $3.32 a gallon in Sioux City to as high as $3.49 in Des Moines. The national average is $3.52 a gallon. Weinholzer says there are several reasons for the hike. “One, certainly is the higher global oil prices as well as higher demand because of the busy, summer driving season, along with the higher ethanol prices due to the drought that many areas of the country are seeing,” she says.
As corn plants suffer in the fields from the heat, the price of corn is skyrocketing due to the expected lower supply come harvest time. Weinholzer says gas prices should remain mostly flat through Labor Day but will likely begin to fall in September. “If there’s an increase at all, it will be slight and after Labor Day, we’ll start to see prices decline if everything goes as expected,” she says. Market developments that could change the August forecast include: strengthening or worsening of the global economy, U-S employment data, the hurricane season and geopolitical events in the Middle East.
359 AM CDT THU AUG 2 2012
EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. SOUTHEAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 20 PERCENT.
TODAY...PARTLY SUNNY. ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHEAST AROUND 5 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 20 PERCENT.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 60S. NORTHEAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH.
FRIDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HOT. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 100 TO 102 IN THE AFTERNOON.
FRIDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTH AFTER MIDNIGHT.
SATURDAY…PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE UPPER 80S. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
SATURDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 60S.
SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. LOW IN THE LOWER 60S.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa state climatologist says the 2012 drought is even worse than the 1988 event and the worst since 1936. Climatologist Harry Hillaker told The Gazette that the heat and dry July has pushed this year’s drought above ’88 drought for breadth and severity. Hillaker says the 1936 drought in Iowa also was fueled by a torrid July, the hottest and second-driest in 140 years.
Climatologist Brian Fuchs at the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Neb., says “heat makes droughts drier, and droughts make heat hotter.” Fuchs says a high-pressure system that has kept many storms from watering the nation’s grain belt has strengthened and could remain as a rain barrier for two more months. The center reported last week that the drought covers two-thirds of the continental U.S.