300 PM CDT THU MAY 9 2013
…CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR FUNNEL CLOUDS...
CURRENT ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF FUNNEL CLOUDS. USUALLY…THESE FUNNEL CLOUDS CAN FORM FROM SHOWERS AND WEAK THUNDERSTORMS. THESE FUNNELS ARE NORMALLY BRIEF…DROP ONLY A FEW HUNDRED FEET FROM THE CLOUD BASE…AND RARELY BECOME A TORNADO OR CAUSE DAMAGE. HOWEVER…IF ONE IS SPOTTED…PLEASE REPORT IT IMMEDIATELY TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR RELAY TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. IF A TORNADO WARNING WOULD BECOME NECESSARY…TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A wet spring continues to soak soil across much of the Midwest, causing the prolonged drought to retreat ever so slowly westward. Sections of central Iowa, southeast Minnesota and western parts of Wisconsin and Missouri have seen notable improvement in drought conditions. The weekly drought monitor measures conditions up to 7 a.m. Tuesday. The report is released on Thursdays by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
It shows the drought has subsided for nearly two-thirds of Iowa, most of Missouri and Arkansas. West of those states drought remains. A smaller portion of western Nebraska is in extreme or exceptional drought and southwestern Nebraska improved slightly. The soil moisture is good news for corn growers who are now dodging rain storms to get seed in the ground.
Here are some of the reported rainfall totals in the KJAN listening area: at the KJAN Studios in Atlantic (Official National Weather Service site), .78“; I-80/Hwy 173 area, 2.00″; Audubon, 1.82″; Villisca, .51″; Irwin, 2.30″; Red Oak, 1.10″; Avoca, 1.20″; Clarinda, .05″; Shenandoah, .04″; Emerson, .48″; Oakland, 1.60”.
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The Freese-Notis (podcast) weather forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic…
402 AM CDT THU MAY 9 2013
EARLY THIS MORNING…OCCASIONAL SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. NORTHEAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION NEAR 100 PERCENT.
TODAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. NORTH WIND NEAR 15 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 50 PERCENT.
TONIGHT…CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MIDNIGHT. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS BEFORE MIDNIGHT. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS EARLY IN THE MORNING. LOW IN THE LOWER 50S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 30 PERCENT.
FRIDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS BEFORE NOON. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.
FRIDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S. WEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.
SATURDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS IN THE MORNING. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 50S. NORTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.
SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE UPPER 30S. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S.
The (Podcast) Freese-Notis, Weather.net forecast for the KJAN listening area and weather data for Atlantic…
Today: Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 3pm. High near 65. Light south southeast wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Thursday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between 10am and 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. North northeast wind 6 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. North wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. North northeast wind 8 to 10 mph.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 47.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Breezy.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 38.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 62.
A ban on open burning in Mills County is scheduled to be lifted Wednesday afternoon. The Iowa Department of Public Safety reports the Burn Ban, which was initiated in Mills County on April 8th, will end 4-p.m. Wednesday, because conditions are less conducive to field and grassland controlled burns, getting out of control. Once the ban is lifted, there will be no counties in Iowa which remain under such a ban.
PATCHY DENSE FOG HAS DEVELOPED OVER A SMALL PORTION OF SOUTHWEST IOWA EARLY THIS MORNING WITH A FEW LOCATIONS REPORTING ONE QUARTER MILE VISIBILITY. THE FOG WILL PERSIST THROUGH THE MORNING COMMUTE…OR TO ABOUT 830 AM CDT. BE PREPARED FOR LOW VISIBILITY… ESPECIALLY IN LOWER LYING AREAS.
WHEN ENCOUNTERING AREAS OF DENSE FOG…PERSONS TRAVELING EARLY TODAY ARE URGED TO SLOW DOWN…USE LOW BEAM HEADLIGHTS…AND BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS NEAR INTERSECTIONS AND RAILROAD CROSSINGS.