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2014: coolest year in Iowa since 1917

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January 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Several locations in Iowa recorded low temperatures in the double-digits below-zero over the final two days of 2014 — which will enter the record books as one of the coldest years in the state’s history. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says only three of the 12 months posted an above normal average temperature (May, June, and December). “And we had three top 10 months as far as low temperatures — the 7th coldest February on record, 5th coolest July and 4th coolest November,” Hillaker said. “Those are all based on 142 years of records, so rather unusual in all those cases.”

The statewide average temperature for the entire year was 45.4 degrees. “The year as a whole…almost the coolest in nearly 100 years. You have to back to 1917 to find a cooler calendar year than 2014,” Hillaker said. The coldest official temperature recorded in Iowa this year was 29-below zero in Elkader — both on January 28 and February 11. “On the other extreme, the warmest reading we had was only 97 degrees on May 7, very early in the season,” Hillaker said. “Clarinda, Shenandoah and Sidney all hit 97 on May 7.”

Not a single Iowa city recorded a temperature in the triple digits through all of 2014.  “Statewide, I think we’ve had about a dozen years when no place in the state reached 100 degrees during the course of the year. So, that’s somewhat unusual, but not unheard of by any means,” Hillaker said.

Two-thousand-fourteen will go down as the 15th wettest year in Iowa history. The month of June was especially wet — with record flooding across northwest Iowa. “Some part of the state had a lot of rain during the late summer, especially west-central and southwest Iowa,” Hillaker said. “We had a very wet August. Greenfield has almost a foot-and-a-half of rain just during the month of August.”

Although the year was a wet one, there weren’t many large snow events.  “I think the largest snow storm total was 9 inches, which is kind of small for a statewide extreme,” Hillaker said. According to the National Weather Service, there were 55 tornadoes in Iowa in 2014 — slightly more than the 46 twisters that Iowa sees in a typical tornado season (averaged over the years 1980-2013).

For the month of December (2014), the Average High in Atlantic was 36. The Average Low was 22. The normal average High is 33. The normal average Low is 14.We had just 1.06 inches of precipitation last month, with some of that coming from the four-tenths of an inch of snow and/or mixed precip. Normal precipitation for the month is 1.11 inches.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Thu., Jan. 1st 2015

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January 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The weather forecast for Cass & area Counties, and weather information for Atlantic.

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NWS Weather forecast for Cass & area Counties: 1/01/2015

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January 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

400 AM CST THU JAN 1 2015

EARLY THIS MORNING…PARTLY CLOUDY. NOT AS COLD. SOUTHWEST WIND AROUND 10 MPH.

TODAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH AROUND 30. SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW AROUND 15. WEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHWEST AFTER MIDNIGHT.

FRIDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 20S. NORTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE EAST AROUND 5 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

FRIDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW AROUND 20. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

SATURDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW IN THE MORNING…THEN LIGHT SNOW LIKELY IN THE AFTERNOON. LIGHT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS POSSIBLE. HIGH IN THE LOWER 30S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE WEST IN THE AFTERNOON. CHANCE OF SNOW 70 PERCENT.

SATURDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW. PATCHY BLOWING SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT. BREEZY…COLDER. LOW ZERO TO 5 ABOVE.

SUNDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. MUCH COLDER. HIGH 5 TO 10 ABOVE.

(Podcast) Skyscan Weather Forecast: Wed., 12/31/2014

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December 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis weather forecast for the KJAN listening area & weather information for Atlantic.

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NWS weather forecast for Cass & area Counties in IA, 12/31/2014

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December 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

356 AM CST WED DEC 31 2014

WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CST THIS MORNING

EARLY THIS MORNING…CLEAR. VERY COLD. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

TODAY…SUNNY. VERY COLD. BREEZY. HIGH 15 TO 20. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH. WIND CHILL READINGS AROUND 15 BELOW.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. NOT AS COLD. LOW AROUND 10. WEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH THROUGH MIDNIGHT.

NEW YEARS DAY…SUNNY…WARMER. HIGH AROUND 30. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

THURSDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW 15 TO 20. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHWEST AFTER MIDNIGHT.

FRIDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 30S. NORTHEAST WIND AROUND 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTHEAST UP TO 5 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

SATURDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF SNOW. HIGH AROUND 30.

Wind Chill Advisories contine through this (Wed.) morning

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December 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-GREENE-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-CASS: A WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM TODAY (12/31).

* WIND CHILL VALUES…LOWEST WIND CHILLS 15 TO 25 BELOW ZERO. FROSTBITE WILL BE POSSIBLE TO EXPOSED SKIN IN AS LITTLE AS 30 MINUTES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND MODEST WINDS WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS…MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES.

Wind Chill Advisory 6-pm Tue. thru 10-am Wed. (12/30-31)

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December 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-CASS-

227 PM CST TUE DEC 30 2014

WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM WEDNESDAY.

* TIMING OR SHORT TERM TRENDS…WIND CHILLS ARE EXPECTED TO RANGE FROM MINUS 15 TO MINUS 25 DEGREES BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT…AND FALL TO MINUS 20 TO MINUS 29 DEGREES BY SUNRISE TOMORROW MORNING.

* WINDS…NORTHWEST…BECOMING WEST…AT 7 TO 13 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES/WIND CHILL VALUES…AIR TEMPERATURES WILL BE IN THE SINGLE DIGITS BELOW ZERO. WIND CHILLS WILL REACH MINUS 20 TO MINUS 29 DEGREES.

* IMPACTS…FROSTBITE WILL BE POSSIBLE TO EXPOSED SKIN WITHIN 30 MINUTES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS…MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES.

The Freese-Notis Weather Forecast for Atlantic & weather info., 12/30/14

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December 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

**Wind Chill Advisory until Noon for Crawford, Sac & Monona Counties**
(Wind chills in the advisory area will be -20 to -28 degrees this morning)

Today – Partly Cloudy. High 9. N-NW @ 10-15. Wind chill values as low as -20.
Tonight – Mostly Clear. Low -5. NW @ 5-10. Wind chill values as low as -20

Wednesday – Mostly Sunny. High near 19. W/SW @ 10-20. Wind chill values as low as -20.
Wed. Night – Mostly Clear. Low around 10. W/SW @ 10-25.

New Year’s Day – Sunny. High near 30. W/SW @ 10.
Thu. Night – Mostly Clear. Low around 16.
Friday – Mostly sunny. High near 34.

Monday’s High in Atlantic was 23. Our 24-Hour Low (through 7-a.m. today) was -1.  We received .1 of an inch of snow Monday, which amounted to a Trace of liquid precipitation.

Last Year on this date (12/30), Atlantic’s High was 27, our Low was 5. The All-Time record High in Atlantic on 12/30 was 64 in 2004. The record Low was -22 in 1917. Sunrise today is at 7:46. Sunset will be at 4:59.

NWS Weather forecast for Cass & area Counties in IA

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December 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

330 AM CST TUE DEC 30 2014

EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLOUDY. VERY COLD. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. VERY COLD. HIGH 5 TO 10 ABOVE. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. WIND CHILL READINGS AROUND 15 BELOW.

TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. BITTERLY COLD. LOW ZERO TO 5 BELOW. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. WIND CHILL READINGS AROUND 15 BELOW.

WEDNESDAY…SUNNY. VERY COLD. BREEZY. HIGH 15 TO 20. SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. LOWEST WIND CHILL READINGS AROUND 15 BELOW IN THE MORNING.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. NOT AS COLD. LOW AROUND 10. WEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

NEW YEARS DAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 20S. SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

FRIDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 30S.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast, Mon. 12/29/2014

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December 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis weather forecast for the KJAN listening area & weather information for Atlantic.

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