349 AM CST FRI JAN 25 2013
TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. WARMER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 30S. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.
TONIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW AROUND 10. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHEAST AFTER MIDNIGHT.
SATURDAY...PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 30S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
SATURDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT FREEZING RAIN AFTER MIDNIGHT. NOT AS COLD. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.
SUNDAY…LIGHT RAIN AND LIGHT FREEZING RAIN LIKELY IN THE MORNING… THEN LIGHT RAIN LIKELY IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH AROUND 40. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 70 PERCENT.
SUNDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN. LOW IN THE LOWER 30S.
MONDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 40S.
MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF RAIN. LOW IN THE LOWER 30S. HIGH IN THE LOWER 40S.
The Freese-Notis (podcast) forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic….
355 AM CST THU JAN 24 2013
TODAY...PARTLY SUNNY. VERY COLD. HIGH 15 TO 20. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. LOWEST WIND CHILL READINGS AROUND 10 BELOW IN THE MORNING.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. NOT AS COLD. LOW AROUND 15. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
FRIDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. WARMER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 30S. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.
FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW 5 TO 10 ABOVE. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 20 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHEAST AFTER MIDNIGHT.
SATURDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 20S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
SATURDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SNOW THROUGH MIDNIGHT… THEN A CHANCE OF SNOW AND SLEET AFTER MIDNIGHT. NOT AS COLD. LOW IN THE MID 20S. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 50 PERCENT.
SUNDAY…FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET LIKELY IN THE MORNING…THEN RAIN LIKELY IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE UPPER 30S. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 70 PERCENT.
SUNDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN…LIGHT FREEZING RAIN AND LIGHT SNOW. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S.
MONDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF RAIN. HIGH IN THE LOWER 40S.
Iowa’s governor has assembled a task force that’s planning for possible drought this summer. Rather than hiring one state official to focus on water usage issues, Iowa Department of Natural Resources director Chuck Gipp says it makes more sense to have people from a variety of state agencies involved. “We’re not here to scare anybody about what the water usage available is, but we want to caution people that we are still in the middle of a drought and we have stream segments that are way below normal flow,” Gipp says. “In fact, if you look up at Ames to see the Skunk River, you won’t see a Skunk River.”
The state climatologist, the state geologist and a handful of other state officials are part of the “Hydrology Work Group.” “They issue a report about every other week about water flows and streams that are in drought condition here and severe drought condition,” Gipp says. Current state law already lays out the protocol for which water users should be cut off first if the water supply dips. “It says that out-of-state water users get it cut off first. Then it’s lesser priority things like crops and then organic crops and then it’s livestock,” Gipp says. “And, obviously, the last entity that gets cut off of the use of water is people.” Gipp’s agency — the Department of Natural Resources — has the authority to order “lower echelon users” to give up their water supply if it’s coming from a river with a water level that’s dangerously low.
“We are required to allow enough water to go past that particular user to make sure there’s sufficient for the downstream user, so minimum flows we have to maintain, if we can,” Gipp says. “If there’s enough water coming from the top side, we have to maintain that for users all the way down the river system.” According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, much of the northwest third of Iowa is suffering through “extreme” drought. “Severe”drought conditions are reported in 58 percent of the state. A federal report issued last week concluded 60 percent of the entire country is in a drought, including the entire state of Iowa.
Here’s the Freese-Notis (podcast) weather forecast for the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic…
343 AM CST WED JAN 23 2013/National Weather Service, Des Moines
TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY. WARMER. HIGH AROUND 30. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTH 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW ZERO TO 5 ABOVE. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH THROUGH MIDNIGHT.
THURSDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. COLDER. HIGH 15 TO 20. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
THURSDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. NOT AS COLD. LOW AROUND 15. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.
FRIDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. BREEZY…WARMER. HIGH AROUND 30. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.
FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW 5 TO 10 ABOVE. HIGH IN THE MID 20S.
SATURDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF SNOW. NOT AS COLD. LOW IN THE LOWER 20S.
SUNDAY…CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF RAIN AND SNOW. HIGH IN THE MID 30S.
Here’s the Freese-Notis (podcast) forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic.
342 AM CST TUE JAN 22 2013
TODAY…CLOUDY. VERY LIGHT SNOW LIKELY IN THE MORNING…THEN A CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON. SCATTERED FLURRIES LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. SNOW ACCUMULATION UP TO 1 INCH. HIGH AROUND 20. EAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTH IN THE AFTERNOON. CHANCE OF SNOW 60 PERCENT.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW 10 TO 15. SOUTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH.
WEDNESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 20S. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTH IN THE AFTERNOON.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW AROUND 10. NORTHEAST WIND AROUND 10 MPH.
THURSDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 20S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH.
THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. BREEZY. LOW AROUND 15. HIGH AROUND 20.
FRIDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. COLDER. LOW ZERO TO 5 ABOVE.
Much of Iowa is waking up to brutally cold temperatures this (Monday) morning. A wind chill warning is in effect until noon today for a wide section of north-central Iowa while an area north of Interstate 80 is under a wind chill advisory. Rod Donovan is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Johnston. Temperatures are 5 to 10-below in northern Iowa as increasing north winds knock wind chills down to 25 to 35-below, which will last much of the morning.
Donovan says the cold weather will be hanging around for several days. Tuesday will see a slight warm-up into the teens with 20s on Wednesday, but he’s expecting temps below freezing all week. Donovan says Iowans will have to wait until next weekend for daytime highs in the 20s and 30s.
(at 5:30-a.m., it was 1 degree above zero in Atlantic, with winds NW @ 15-25 mph, creating a wind chill factor of around -21.)