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Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued until 1-a.m. Wed. for far SW IA

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April 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

THE SEVERE STORMS PREDICATION CENTER IN NORMAN, OK., HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 545 PM CDT TUE APR 9 2013, UNTIL 1-A.M. WED., APRIL 10TH.

THE WATCH COVERS FREMONT, MILLS, MONTGOMERY & PAGE COUNTIES IN SOUTHWEST IOWA.

Special Weather Statement for western IA counties

Weather

April 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AUDUBON-CALHOUN-CARROLL-CRAWFORD-GREENE-POCAHONTAS-SAC-
647 AM CDT TUE APR 9 2013

…LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS CONTINUES TO PRODUCE HAIL AND GUSTY   WINDS…

AT 643 AM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED
STRONG THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 34 MILES NORTHWEST OF CARROLL TO 17 MILES WEST OF CARROLL TO 39 MILES SOUTHWEST OF CARROLL…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

PENNY SIZE HAIL…WINDS GREATER THAN 40 MPH…BRIEF HEAVY DOWNPOURS…ARE POSSIBLE WITH THESE STORMS.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
SCHALLER…MANNING…KIMBALLTON…  ARCADIA…WALL LAKE…GRAY…
AUDUBON AIRPORT…TEMPLETON…LAKE VIEW… HALBUR…EARLY…              BREDA…AUDUBON… SAC CITY… NEMAHA…

GUSTY WINDS MAY CAUSE SMALL OBJECTS SUCH AS TRASH BINS TO BLOW
AROUND. SEEK SHELTER IN A STURDY STRUCTURE UNTIL THESE STORMS HAVE PASSED.

Special Weather Statement: Carroll, Crawford & Sac Counties

Weather

April 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

548 AM CDT TUE APR 9 2013
…LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS WILL PRODUCE GUSTY WINDS THIS MORNING…

AT 542 AM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED
STRONG THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 60 MILES NORTHWEST OF DENISON TO 38 MILES WEST OF DENISON TO 48 MILES SOUTHWEST OF DENISON…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.

ONE HALF INCH DIAMETER HAIL…WINDS UP TO 50 MPH…BRIEF HEAVY
DOWNPOURS…ARE POSSIBLE WITH THESE STORMS.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
CHARTER OAK…        RICKETTS…           DOW CITY…
ARION…              DENISON AIRPORT…    SCHLESWIG…
BUCK GROVE…         DENISON…            MANILLA…
KIRON…              DELOIT…             VAIL…
ODEBOLT…            ASPINWALL…          WESTSIDE…

GUSTY WINDS MAY CAUSE SMALL BRANCHES TO BE BLOWN DOWN…AND LOOSE
OBJECTS TO BLOW AROUND. SEEK SHELTER IN A STURDY STRUCTURE UNTIL
THESE STORMS HAVE PASSED.

Significant Weather Advisory Monona/Harrison Counties

Weather

April 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

540 AM CDT TUE APR 9 2013

AT 535 AM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING A LINE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM DECATUR  TO TEKAMAH TO 6 MILES WEST OF MODALE…OR ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 32 MILES SOUTH OF SIOUX CITY TO 27 MILES NORTH OF OMAHA…AND MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.

WIND GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THESE STORMS.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ONAWA…MISSOURI VALLEY…LOGAN…WHITING…MONDAMIN…UTE…
PERSIA…PISGAH…MODALE…MOORHEAD…WOODBINE…MAPLETON…DUNLAP…
BLENCOE…LITTLE SIOUX…SOLDIER…MAGNOLIA…CASTANA AND TURIN.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Tue, April 9th 2013

Podcasts, Weather

April 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

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

Hazardous Weather Outlook: Western/southwest IA

Weather

April 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD.   447 AM CDT TUE APR 9 2013

THUNDERSTORMS ARE LIKELY TODAY…WITH A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SEVERE   WEATHER THIS AFTERNOON. LARGE HAIL WILL BE THE PRIMARY THREAT…THOUGH SOME STORMS MAY ALSO PRODUCE LOCALLY HEAVY RAINS.

NWS Forecast for Cass & area Counties: Tue., April 9th 2013

Weather

April 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

331 AM CDT TUE APR 9 2013

EARLY THIS MORNING...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS. EAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 50 PERCENT.

TODAY…CLOUDY. SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING…THEN WIDESPREAD THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S. EAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 80 PERCENT.

TONIGHT…THUNDERSTORMS UNTIL EARLY MORNING…THEN RAIN SHOWERS LIKELY AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS EARLY IN THE MORNING. BREEZY…COLDER. LOW IN THE UPPER 30S. NORTHEAST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH THROUGH MIDNIGHT. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 90 PERCENT.

WEDNESDAY…RAIN…COLDER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 40S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH. CHANCE OF RAIN 80 PERCENT.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF RAIN THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN A CHANCE OF SNOW POSSIBLY MIXED WITH RAIN AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW AROUND 30. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 50 PERCENT.

THURSDAY…CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF SNOW POSSIBLY MIXED WITH RAIN IN THE MORNING…THEN A CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE LOWER 40S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 30 PERCENT.

THURSDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW THROUGH MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S.

FRIDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 40S.

Shelby County Fire Danger remains “Moderate”

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

April 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency said today (Monday), the Fire Danger Index in the county will remain in the “Moderate” category, through Thursday. Officials say they hope the rain that’s forecast over the next few days, will contribute to the “greening up” of the grassy areas. Persons planning to burn brush or grassy areas should be aware of the frontal activity in the area and the shifting of winds associated with frontal passing.

The EMA says it can assist individual farmers and businesses with the development of burns plans, to assess the safety of any particular burn. Those plans will be developed jointly with the Fire Chief of the Jurisdiction, and the property owners.

Strong Storms Possible Tuesday

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April 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Low pressure will organize over Colorado today and move onto the Plains tonight and Tuesday. It will advance east through Missouri Wednesday and into the lower Great Lake Thursday night. Thunderstorms will develop tonight and continue intermittently through Tuesday night.Isolated severe storms are possible from Interstate 80 south. As the low passes to the east of Iowa, colder air will be drawn south into the region. The rain will gradually change to snow from the northwest. Accumulating snow will be restricted to far northwest Iowa and areas northwest with heavy snow possible. Moderate to heavy rainfall amounts over the next few days could result in ponding on roads and ditches Tuesday and Wednesday.

Corps of Engineers offers update on Missouri River management during another year of drought

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April 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Leaders of the U-S Army Corps of Engineers will hold public meetings this week to cover water management plans for the Missouri River basin this spring and beyond. Jody Farhat, head of the Water Management Division for the Corps in Omaha, says it’s a chance to continue the dialogue with the public over how the river is being run during the drought. “The purpose of the April meetings is to let stakeholders in the basin know about the current hydrologic conditions, what the soil moisture and the snow pack looks like,” Farhat says, “and what we expect to do with regard to our operation of the reservoir system through the remainder of this calendar year.”

Farhat says they continue to see river reservoirs slowly dropping. So far, they’re down about eight-and-a-half million acre feet, or around 22-percent of the total storage available. “We are implementing drought conservation measures,” Farhat says. “We had low winter releases as a measure to conserve water and as we start the navigation season here in April, we’re providing what we call minimum service flows for navigation.”

Farhat says the Corps is in position to continue “near normal” operations for quite a while, several years, in fact. “Storage in the reservoirs is designed to serve the authorized purposes during a 12-year drought like that of the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s and early 1940s,” Farhat says. “As we get deeper and deeper into the drought, we conserve more and more water by providing reduced service to navigation and other uses.”

The region is just entering the second year of drought and she says, given the 12-year drought plan, they should be “good for another decade.” The meetings are being held this week in: Nebraska City, Nebraska; Fort Peck, Montana; Bismarck, North Dakota; Pierre, South Dakota and Smithville, Missouri.

(Radio Iowa)