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(Podcast) Skyscan Weather forecast, 4/1/2015

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April 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis forecast for the KJAN listening area and weather info. for Atlantic.

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Hazardous Weather Outlook for western Iowa 4/1/15

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April 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

TODAY AND TONIGHT

A RED FLAG WARNING AND WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT. THUNDERSTORMS WILL MOVE INTO THE AREA AROUND SUNSET. SOME MAY BE SEVERE WITH LARGE HAIL AND HIGH WINDS THE PRIMARY THREAT. FOR NOW…IT APPEARS THAT ANY SEVERE STORM DEVELOPMENT WILL PROBABLY BE ISOLATED IN NATURE AND GENERALLY FOUND ALONG AND SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 80.

THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY...

PERIODS OF THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE FROM LATE SATURDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY. THE CHANCE FOR SEVERE STORMS IS LOW.

Month of March was 7th driest in 143 years

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April 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The just completed month of March was one of the driest in the state’s history. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says the statewide average precipitation for the month amounted to just under six-tenths of an inch. “This ranked as the seventh driest March in 143 years of records,” Hillaker says. “You have to go back 21 years to 1994 for the last time we had a drier month of March in the state.”

The statewide average temperature for the month was 37.5 degrees, which is slightly warmer than normal. In Atlantic, we received just 32-one hundredths of an inch of rain last month (nearly 1/3 of an inch). The statewide average temperature for the month was 37.5 degrees, which is slightly warmer than normal. The average High here in Atlantic was 56.5 degrees. The average Low was 24.6 degrees.

The month of March featured some interesting temperature extremes. We had temperatures down to minus-17 degrees on March 5 in Stanley in northeast Iowa and up to 90-degrees just 11 days later in Sioux City,” Hillaker says. “That was the earliest we’ve hit 90-degrees in the state…it came on March 16.”

The dry spell will be interrupted across much of the state on this first day of April as showers and severe storms are in the forecast. We’ve actually had 10 consecutive wetter-than-normal Aprils, so we’re certainly getting off to a quick start this April as well,” Hillaker says. The months of January, February and March enter the Iowa record books as 12th driest first three months to the start of a year. “About half of what we’ve had this year came in one storm — the big snowstorm we had January 31 into February 1,” Hillaker says. “Otherwise, it’s been quite dry so far.”

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Red Flag Warning issued for Cass & area Counties 4/1/15

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April 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: CASS-ADAIR-ADAMS-AUDUBON-CARROLL-CRAWFORD-DALLAS-GREENE-GUTHRIE-MADISON-RINGGOLD-TAYLOR & UNION...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG
WARNING FOR EXTREME FIRE CONDITIONS…WHICH IS IN EFFECT TODAY FROM 1 PM TO 7 PM.

* TIMING…THE WIND WILL STEADILY INCREASE THROUGH THE MORNING BECOMING STRONG AND GUSTY THIS AFTERNOON. THE MOST DANGEROUS
CONDITIONS WILL EXIST BETWEEN 2 PM AND 5 PM.

* WIND…SOUTH INCREASING TO 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 40 MPH AT TIMES.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…WILL DROP TO BETWEEN 30 AND 35 PERCENT AND
COULD POTENTIALLY DROP LOWER.

* FUEL…GRASSES REMAIN NEARLY 100 PERCENT CURED AND SURFACE FUELS ARE HIGHLY COMBUSTIBLE.

* IMPACTS…ANY FIRES WILL SPREAD VERY RAPIDLY AND BE VERY DIFFICULT TO CONTROL IN THESE DANGEROUS CONDITIONS. OUTDOOR BURNING IS HIGHLY DISCOURAGED AND SHOULD BE AVOIDED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW…OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF
STRONG WINDS…LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL
CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

KJAN listening area weather forecast from the NWS

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April 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

330 AM CDT WED APR 1 2015

RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1-PM TO 7-PM for Cass & area Counties; WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM to 6 PM FOR CASS & AREA COUNTIES;

EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLEAR. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

TODAY…SUNNY UNTIL LATE AFTERNOON THEN BECOMING PARTLY SUNNY. WINDY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH INCREASING TO 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 45 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT…BREEZY. A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE  EVENING, THEN WIDESPREAD THUNDERSTORMS BEFORE MIDNIGHT AND EARLY MORNING. SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS EARLY IN THE MORNING. SOME THUNDERSTORMS MAY BE SEVERE BEFORE MIDNIGHT AND EARLY MORNING. LOW AROUND 50. SOUTH WIND 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 40 MPH BECOMING NORTHWEST 5 TO 15 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS NEAR 100 PERCENT.

THURSDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MID MORNING…THEN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED  THUNDERSTORMS BEFORE NOON. COOLER. HIGH IN THE MID 60S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 40 PERCENT.

FRIDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE MORNING THEN CLEARING. BREEZY & COOLER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S. NORTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH.

SATURDAY…SUNNY…WARMER. HIGH IN THE MID 60S.

 

Wind Advisory Wed. afternoon for Cass & area Counties

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April 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: CASS-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-CARROLL-CRAWFORD-GREENE & SAC; 333 AM CDT WED APR 1 2015

WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT TODAY FROM 1 PM TO 6 PM CDT

* TIMING…THE WIND WILL INCREASE THROUGH LATE MORNING AND BECOME STRONG AND GUSTY THIS AFTERNOON.

* WINDS…THE WIND WILL BE OUT OF THE SOUTH TODAY WITH SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF 15 TO 30 MPH BY LATE MORNING THEN INCREASE TO 25 TO 35 MPH DURING THE AFTERNOON HOURS. WIND GUSTS BETWEEN 40 AND 45 MPH ARE EXPECTED.

* IMPACTS…LOOSE OR UNSECURED OBJECTS WILL GET BLOWN AROUND  THIS AFTERNOON AND DRIVING…ESPECIALLY ACROSS EAST/WEST  ROADWAYS MAY BECOME DIFFICULT AT TIMES. HIGH PROFILE OR LIGHT WEIGHT VEHICLES WILL BE ESPECIALLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO STRONG WIND GUSTS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WINDS OF 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT…ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

Strong thunderstorms possible late Wednesday as cold front rolls in

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March 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Forecasters say Iowans may see some severe weather tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon and evening when a cold front arrives and slams into the unseasonably warm air we’re now enjoying. Meteorologist Rod Donavon, at the National Weather Service office in Johnston, says rain showers are being predicted, and that’s not all.

Donavon says, “It’s likely we’re going to have some pretty strong storms, certainly some large hail, up to quarter-size and gusty winds up to 60 or 65 miles per hour, will be the primary severe weather threats with this.” High temperatures during the afternoon tomorrow may climb into the upper 70s and lower 80s. Donavon says tornadoes are also a possibility late tomorrow when the cold front rolls in.

“We do have some low-level what we call turning of the winds,” Donavon says. “Certainly, that could cause maybe some brief spinups but that will be a secondary threat.” By Thursday, calmer weather should be in store, lasting into the weekend, with high temperatures back down in the 50s and 60s statewide.

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) Skyscan Weather Forecast, 3/31/2015

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March 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis forecast and weather information for Atlantic.

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KJAN listening area forecast from the NWS, 3/31/15

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March 31st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

345 AM CDT TUE MAR 31 2015

EARLY THIS MORNING…CLEAR. NOT AS COOL. NORTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

TODAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S. WEST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. SOUTH WIND 15 TO 25 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH INCREASING TO 40 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY AFTER MIDNIGHT. BREEZY. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S. SOUTH WIND 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 35 MPH BECOMING NORTHWEST 5 TO 10 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS NEAR 100 PERCENT.

THURSDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE MORNING. COOLER. HIGH IN THE MID 60S. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

FRIDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. COOLER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S.

 

Shelby County Fire Danger: “Extreme” now through Thursday

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

March 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency are requesting participating businesses and fire departments in the County, to place their local “Fire Danger” indicator signs in the EXTREME category, now through Thursday.Extreme Fire Danger

The western half of Iowa is under a Red Flag Warning this afternoon, and officials say they expect the same dangerous conditions to be present for the next days. High wind and low humidity will cause any fires that start to quickly grow out of control.

Extreme conditions mean, absolutely no outdoor burning. Permits need to be completed and signed by a Fire Chief before any controlled burns are executed during extreme conditions. There is a chance of rain Wednesday afternoon, and a better chance Wednesday night, but until rain puts a dent in the dangerous conditions, outdoor burning is prohibited.