Iowa Climatologist Harry Hillaker paid a visit to Atlantic, Tuesday, speaking to a group at the Cass County Community Center. He also sat down with KJAN’s Jim Field, to discuss the drought, and chances for rain this year. Hillaker says last Summer, Atlantic made the record books for the least amount of precipitation in one month. The trace of rain we received at KJAN…the official National Weather Service reporting site for Atlantic…tied the record for the lowest rainfall in July.
He says following a good start to the growing season, with above normal precipitation in June, July was a terrible time for the crops. Still, he says overall Iowa’s crops weathered the hot dry Summer without much difficulty. He said “It wasn’t a great year by any means, but not as bad as, in most cases, what people would have guessed.” Hillaker says the concern now is with what this year has in store. He said “Iowa is kind of blessed, in that it has such good soils,” with a high-capacity to hold any moisture it receives. Eastern Iowa he says, fared better than the southwest part of the state precipitation-wise over the Fall and Winter, but the picture doesn’t look all that bad for us for now, anyway.
He said things were in the “ballpark of normal” last Fall…dry, but not extremely dry…certainly not as bad as 2011. Hillaker says any moisture we did get made its way into the ground. And, there’s still the months of March and April ahead of us, as well as parts of May, before the soil starts to use up the moisture it has stored. He says there’s a 50-50 chance we’ll be in “pretty good shape” locally, for soil moisture to start off the season. Hillaker says far northwest Iowa, northwest of a Sioux City to Mason City line, has had an extremely dry fall, and it would be a stretch for even a “normal” amount of precipitation to turn that situation around this Spring.
He says looking back at the drought records, they’ve found 20 other occasions where there was an unusually strong combination of heat and dryness. The records also indicated a pattern. And it’s not a very nice pattern, according to Hillaker, in that the season following a drought in Iowa, has also been on the “dry side of normal.” He says the rainfall may not be as low as in the previous year, and the temperature may not be as hot, but we can still expect it to be warmer than normal, and drier than normal.
He says people need to be prepared for a possible water shortage this Summer.
The Freese-Notis (podcast) forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area and weather data for Atlantic…
401 AM CST WED FEB 6 2013
TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 40S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.
TONIGHT…RAIN LIKELY. LOW IN THE LOWER 30S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHWEST AFTER MIDNIGHT. CHANCE OF RAIN 70 PERCENT.
THURSDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 40S. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
THURSDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. COLDER. LOW IN THE LOWER 20S. NORTHEAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH.
FRIDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 40S. SOUTHEAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH.
FRIDAY NIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S.
SATURDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE MID 40S.
SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY…RAIN LIKELY. LOW IN THE MID 30S. HIGH IN THE LOWER 40S. CHANCE OF RAIN 60 PERCENT.
SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF SNOW POSSIBLY MIXED WITH RAIN THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN A CHANCE OF SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT. COLDER. LOW IN THE MID 20S. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 40 PERCENT.
Montgomery County Emergency Management Coordinator Brian Hamman say that Montgomery and Page County Emergency Management Agencies are (EMA) sponsoring the annual Storm Spotter training class in Red Oak this year. Hamman says due to cuts at the National Weather Service, the two EMA’s have grouped together to assist them and will switch between Montgomery and Page counties to host the class yearly. Montgomery in odd years and Page in even years. The class is open to the public and free of charge.
The Storm Spotter Training Class will take place Tuesday, Feb. 26th, from 7- to 9-pm at the Montgomery Co Historical Center in Red Oak. If you have any questions contact Brian Hamman at 712-623-3749.
The Freese-Notis (podcast) forecast for Atlantic, & the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….
330 AM CST TUE FEB 5 2013
TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY. WARMER. HIGH AROUND 40. TEMPERATURE STEADY OR SLOWLY FALLING IN THE AFTERNOON. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW 15 TO 20. NORTHWEST WIND NEAR 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTHEAST AFTER MIDNIGHT.
WEDNESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 40S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN. NOT AS COLD. LOW IN THE LOWER 30S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 20 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTH AFTER MIDNIGHT.
THURSDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 30S. TEMPERATURE STEADY OR SLOWLY FALLING IN THE AFTERNOON. NORTHWEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH.
THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW AROUND 20. HIGH IN THE UPPER 30S.
The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division and the National Weather Service have declared the week of March 25th through March 29th, 2013 Severe Weather Awareness Week. Severe Weather Awareness Week is an annual event to remind Iowans that severe weather is part of living in our state and that understanding the risks and how to respond to them can save lives.
During Severe Weather Awareness Week, the National Weather Service will promote severe weather safety by issuing informative Public Information Statements. More information and activities for Severe Weather Awareness Week will be posted as the week approaches.
The highlight of the week will be the Statewide Tornado Drill on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. The Iowa test will occur at the same date and time as the Nebraska test.
The (podcast) Freese-Notis forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area & weather data for Atlantic.
349 AM CST MON FEB 4 2013
TODAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. COLDER. HIGH IN THE MID 20S. NORTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW 15 TO 20. TEMPERATURE STEADY OR SLOWLY RISING AFTER MIDNIGHT. SOUTHWEST WIND NEAR 5 MPH INCREASING TO 5 TO 15 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.
TUESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. WARMER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 30S. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
TUESDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW AROUND 20. NORTHWEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTHEAST AFTER MIDNIGHT.
WEDNESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 40S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF RAIN. NOT AS COLD. LOW IN THE LOWER 30S.
THURSDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH AROUND 40.
950 AM CST FRI FEB 1 2013
...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS CANCELLED…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS CANCELED THE WIND CHILL ADVISORY, WHICH WAS SET TO EXPIRE AT NOON TODAY (FRIDAY). ALTHOUGH WIND CHILL VALUES ARE INCREASING AND NO LONGER MEET WIND CHILL ADVISORY CRITERIA…THEY WILL REMAIN COLD FOR THE REST OF THIS MORNING. BUNDLE UP IF YOU GO OUTDOORS.