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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: western Shelby/eastern Harrison Counties

Weather

July 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

415 AM CDT SAT JUL 5 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…

WESTERN SHELBY COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST IOWA…

EASTERN HARRISON COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST IOWA…

* UNTIL 500 AM CDT

* AT 415 AM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR LOGAN…OR

24 MILES NORTHEAST OF OMAHA…MOVING EAST AT 25 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE

TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…

LOGAN…EARLING…PERSIA…WOODBINE…DUNLAP…PANAMA…

PORTSMOUTH…MAGNOLIA…TENNANT…SCHABEN PARK…HISTORICAL VILLAGE

WELCOME CENTER AND MANTENO RECREATION AREA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A

BUILDING.

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM…AND MAY LEAD TO

FLASH FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS.

(NWS) KJAN listening area forecast – 7/5/2014

Weather

July 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

401 AM CDT SAT JUL 5 2014 National Weather Service – Des Moines

EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS. SOME THUNDERSTORMS MAY PRODUCE HEAVY RAINFALL. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 30 PERCENT.

TODAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY UNTIL LATE AFTERNOON THEN BECOMING MOSTLY SUNNY. NUMEROUS THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING…THEN SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. SOME THUNDERSTORMS MAY PRODUCE HEAVY RAINFALL IN THE MORNING. HIGH IN THE MID 80S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 70 PERCENT.

TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY BEFORE MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE UPPER 60S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

SUNDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HOT AND HUMID. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S. SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 100 TO 105 IN THE AFTERNOON.

SUNDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE UPPER 60S. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 40 PERCENT. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 100 TO 105 THROUGH MIDNIGHT.

MONDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE UPPER 80S. NORTH WIND AROUND 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTH IN THE AFTERNOON.

MONDAY NIGHT…THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY. LOW IN THE UPPER 60S. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 60 PERCENT.

TUESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S.

Severe t-storm warning: Update

Weather

July 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

337 AM CDT SAT JUL 5 2014

.A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 415 AM CDT FOR HARRISON…NORTHWESTERN POTTAWATTAMIE…SOUTHEASTERN MONONA… SOUTHEASTERN BURT AND EASTERN WASHINGTON COUNTIES…

AT 337 AM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER MONDAMIN…OR 33 MILES NORTH OF OMAHA…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 30 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…

BLAIR…MISSOURI VALLEY…LOGAN…FORT CALHOUN…MONDAMIN…PERSIA… MODALE…PISGAH…MOORHEAD…WOODBINE…DUNLAP…MAGNOLIA…LITTLE

SIOUX…PELICAN POINT STATE RECREATION AREA…DESOTO BEND NATIONAL

WILDLIFE REFUGE…WILSON ISLAND STATE PARK…SCHABEN PARK…

PREPARATION CANYON STATE PARK…LITTLE SIOUX SCOUT RANCH AND

HISTORICAL VILLAGE WELCOME CENTER.

THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING HIGHWAYS…

HIGHWAY 30 IN IOWA BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 1 AND 5.

HIGHWAY 30 IN NEBRASKA BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 447 AND 450.

HIGHWAY 75 IN NEBRASKA BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 105 AND 117.

INTERSTATE 29 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 71 AND 99.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A

BUILDING.

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM…AND MAY LEAD TO

FLASH FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Harrison & NW Pottawattamie Counties

Weather

July 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

323 AM CDT SAT JUL 5 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…

HARRISON COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST IOWA…

NORTHWESTERN POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST IOWA…

SOUTHEASTERN MONONA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL IOWA…

SOUTHEASTERN BURT COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL NEBRASKA…

CENTRAL WASHINGTON COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL NEBRASKA…

* UNTIL 415 AM CDT

* AT 322 AM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR MONDAMIN…

OR 30 MILES NORTH OF OMAHA…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 30 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE

TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…

BLAIR…MISSOURI VALLEY…LOGAN…FORT CALHOUN…MONDAMIN…

PERSIA…MODALE…PISGAH…MOORHEAD…WOODBINE…DUNLAP…HERMAN…

MAGNOLIA…LITTLE SIOUX…PELICAN POINT STATE RECREATION AREA…

DESOTO BEND NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE…WILSON ISLAND STATE PARK…

SCHABEN PARK…PREPARATION CANYON STATE PARK AND LITTLE SIOUX SCOUT

RANCH.

THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING HIGHWAYS…

HIGHWAY 30 IN IOWA BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 1 AND 5.

HIGHWAY 30 IN NEBRASKA BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 444 AND 450.

HIGHWAY 75 IN NEBRASKA BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 105 AND 129.

INTERSTATE 29 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 71 AND 99.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A

BUILDING.

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM…AND MAY LEAD TO

FLASH FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS.

Independence Weekend outlook: Stormy, hot & humid

News, Weather

July 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service in Des Moines says our July 4th weekend will be stormy and becoming very humid and hot by Sunday. Sunshine should prevail most of the day, today (Friday), with high temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s. Storms will begin to move into the area after 9 pm from the west. These storms will move eastward overnight, reaching the Des Moines metro a little before sunrise Saturday morning. A few of these storms may produce periods of heavy rain, so if you encounter possibly flooded roadways remember to turn around, don’t drown!1937448_667273706684161_6330820548077491759_n

For Sunday, temperatures will warm to around 90 degrees. Dewpoints will be in the low to mid 70s, so heat index values will be close to 100 degrees. Make sure to plan accordingly now and have plenty of water to drink and shade if you plan on being outdoors.

A cold front will past through the area from the northwest during the afternoon/evening hours. Strong to possible severe storms will be possible with this front… keep monitoring the forecast for the latest updates.

Rain further eases much of Midwest drought

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

July 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A meteorologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture says near-record-setting rainfall last month has nearly eradicated residual drought from much of the Midwest including Iowa. All that remains of the drought in Iowa are two small areas of abnormally dry conditions, one in the southeast corner of the state, and one in the southwest corner. Some areas now have too much water.

Meteorolgist Brad Rippey says in a Wednesday report drought covers just 5 percent of the U.S. soybean area and 8 percent of the nation’s corn. Corn, rated 75 percent good to excellent, has not been rated as highly at this time of year since 2003. Soybeans, at 72 percent good to excellent, have not been rated as highly at this time of year in the last two decades.

NWS Forecast for Cass & area Counties in Iowa : 7/4/14

Weather

July 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

401 AM CDT FRI JUL 4 2014

EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLEAR. EAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

TONIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY IN THE EVENING THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE EVENING…THEN A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS OVERNIGHT. WARMER. LOW IN THE MID 60S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 50 PERCENT.

SATURDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY IN THE MORNING…THEN A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 60 PERCENT.

SATURDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE UPPER 60S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH THROUGH MIDNIGHT.

SUNDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. WARMER. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 100 TO 105 IN THE AFTERNOON.

SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW AROUND 70.

MONDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 80S.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area: 7/3/2014

Weather

July 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Wednesday’s High in Atlantic was 70. Our low this (Thursday) morning, 46.

Today -Sunny, with a high near 787. West northwest wind 3 to 5 mph.
Tonight – Mostly clear, with a low around 54. South southeast wind 3 to 5 mph.

Independence Day – Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Breezy, with a south wind 7 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.
Friday Night- Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. South southeast wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday – A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Breezy, with a south wind 13 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Saturday Night – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 69.

Sunday – Sunny, with a high near 91.

NWS Forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area: Wed., 7/2/2014

Weather

July 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Tuesday’s High in Atlantic was 78. Our low this morning (through 5:15-a.m.) was 56. We had a Trace of rain Tuesday evening in Atlantic and sprinkles early this morning.

(Forecast updated 5:30-a.m.)

Today – Partly to Mo. Sunny w/isolated sprinkles or light rain. High 69. N-NW @ 10-15,
Tonight – Mostly clear. Low 47. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Thursday – Partly Sunny. High near 77. Winds becoming W-SW @ 5 mph.
Thu. Night – Mostly clear, with a low around 54. S-SE wind around 5 mph.

Independence Day – Partly sunny & breezy. High near 80. S-SE @ 5-15mph w/gusts to near 30.
Fri. Night – Mostly Cloudy w/a 60% chance of showers & thunderstorms. Low 66. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday – Partly Cloudy & breezy, w/a 40% chance of showers & thunderstorms. High near 84.

 

Weather officials confirm 3 tornadoes hit Iowa

News, Weather

July 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials have confirmed at least three tornadoes hit Iowa during recent severe weather. The National Weather Service says three tornadoes hit Monday in south central and east central Iowa as severe weather packing heavy rain and hail moved across the state. The first tornado was rated an EF-1, with an estimated peak wind speed of 100-miles per hour.

It started at around 12:40-p.m. Monday about four-miles southeast of Casey and traveled almost 8-miles in an intermittent path before ending about 6-miles south-southwest of Stuart. It was an estimated 200-yards wide and produced its worst damage  southwest of Stuart, where a house and several outbuildings were damaged or destroyed.

A second tornado in Madison County was also rated an EF-1. It also packed winds of up to 100-mph, but was only 75 yards wide and was on the ground for about 1.2-miles.  It formed at around 1:13-p.m. about 6-miles northeast of Winterset and ended shortly thereafter, not far away.  Despite being on the ground for such a short period of time, the twister managed to damage a house and several trees before dissipating in an open field.

The third tornado in Tama County was rated EF-2. Its peak wind was estimated at 120-mph. The twister damaged a house, but as with the other tornadoes, no one was hurt or killed. Officials will continue to investigate other reports of tornadoes in the days ahead.