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Feds: ‘Meterological March madness’ mostly random

News, Weather

April 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON (AP) – A quick federal analysis blames most of the record warm March weather that gripped two-thirds of the country on freak chance, a nice southerly wind and only a tiny part man-made global warming. For much of March, record temperatures hit as high as 35 degrees above normal and averaged about 18 degrees warmer than usual. 

In Atlantic, the average High for March 2012 was 67-degrees, or 22-degrees above the normal average High of 45. The average Low last month was 39, which was 14-degrees warmer than normal.  Rainfall for the month was 1.91-inches, which was nearly four-tenths of an inch below normal.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration analyzed the causes and chances of what it nicknamed “meteorological March madness.”  Meteorologist Martin Hoerling (HURL-ing) said the main cause was a persistent warm wind sending toasty air north from the Gulf of Mexico. He said blame for a version of this heat wave is about five parts randomness to one part global warming. Climate change alone can only account for about 2 degrees of the added heat.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: 4-2-12

Podcasts, Weather

April 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here’s the (podcast) weather forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area…

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NWS Forecast for Cass & area Counties in IA: Mon., April 2nd 2012

Weather

April 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

338 AM CDT MON APR 2 2012

TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. PATCHY FOG THROUGH MID MORNING. HIGH IN THE UPPER 80S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. COOLER. LOW IN THE LOWER 50S. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

TUESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. MUCH COOLER. HIGH IN THE MID 60S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

TUESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. LOW IN THE MID 40S. NORTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. HIGH AROUND 60. EAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. LOW IN THE MID 40S.

THURSDAY…CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S.

THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 40S. HIGH IN THE MID 60S.

Severe Weather Awareness week begins in Iowa

News, Weather

April 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Today (Monday) marks the beginning of Severe Weather Awareness Week in the state. National Weather Service meteorologist, Jeff Johnson says there weren’t many tornadoes in 2011. “In Iowa, we had what I would call a pretty normal year. We had 51 tornadoes, we average 47, that’s pretty close to normal,” Johnson says. “What was interesting about last year though, was that most of those tornadoes occurred on or before April ninth, so many of those tornadoes were early in the year in 2011.”

Johnson says it is too early to tell what type of year 2012 will bring for severe weather.  “A lot of people have been talking about the recent warm weather and if there is a correlation between that and active severe weather, and there really isn’t much of a correlation between an active severe weather season and the early spring warmth,” Johnson says. He says there’s also not much of a correlation between a warm summer after a warm spring. The National Weather Service has special theme days all week to teach Iowans the dangers of severe weather.

Johnson says the theme for today is flash flooding. “Which is the number one thunderstorm-related killer in the United States from weather, it’s not tornadoes, it’s actual flash flooding,” according to Johnson. He says Tuesday will talk about how to get a warning, Wednesday’s theme centers on tornadoes and there will be a statewide tornado drill, and finally, family preparedness is the theme on Friday.

Johnson describes the tornado drill scheduled for 10 a-m Wednesday morning: He says they will come out with a tornado watch at 10 and that will last for about an hour. “And then at about 10:15, give or take a few minutes, we will issue a tornado warning and it will go off over your weather radios, it will go out over the emergency alert system to the radio stations and many, many communities will be testing their siren systems at the same time,” Johnson says. He says this will be a good time for businesses to test their evacuation plans. You can find out more information on severe weather in Iowa at www.weather.gov.

(Pat Powers & Dar Danielson/Radio Iowa)

Nat’l. Weather Service Forecast for Cass & area Counties in IA

Weather

April 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

746 AM CDT SUN APR 1 2012

...NEAR RECORD HIGHS TODAY

TODAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 80S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE MID 60S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

MONDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH AROUND 80. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE WEST 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

MONDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MIDNIGHT. BREEZY…COOLER. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S. NORTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH.

TUESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. COOLER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S. NORTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

TUESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 40S.

WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S. LOW IN THE MID 40S.

THURSDAY...PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 60S.

Update: Record High Temperature broken in Atlantic, Saturday

News, Weather

March 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic broke a record high temperature set 44-years ago on March 31st (in 1968), when we hit 87-degrees today (Saturday).  The forecast calls for record high temperatures across the area Sunday, as well. In Atlantic, we could hit 90-degrees Sunday, which would break the record of 87, set as recently as 2003. Temps are expected to cool back into the upper 70′s, on Monday.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Sat., March 31st 2012

Podcasts, Weather

March 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here’s the (podcast) forecast for Atlantic and the KJAN listening area…

Friday’s High in Atlantic was 72. We received .02″ rain from 7am-Friday thru 5am Sat.

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Weekend Forecast: March 31-April 1, 2012/ Cass Co. IA & the area

Weather

March 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

359 AM CDT SAT MAR 31 2012 NWS/Des Moines

NEAR RECORD HIGHS SUNDAY

EARLY THIS MORNING…PARTLY CLOUDY WITH ISOLATED SHOWERS. PATCHY FOG. SOUTH WIND AROUND 10 MPH. CHANCE OF SHOWERS 20 PERCENT.

TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY. PATCHY FOG THROUGH MID MORNING. ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. WARMER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 20 PERCENT.

TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 50S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

SUNDAY…SUNNY…BREEZY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 80S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

SUNDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 60S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

MONDAY…PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. NOT AS WARM. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

MONDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. COOLER. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S.

TUESDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. COOLER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast- March 30,2012

Podcasts, Weather

March 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here’s the (podcast) Skyscan Forecast for the KJAN listening area, and the weather stats for Atlantic…

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Forecast for Cass & area Counties in IA: 3-30-12

Weather

March 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

335 AM CDT FRI MAR 30 2012

EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. PATCHY FOG. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

TODAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE MORNING THEN BECOMING MOSTLY SUNNY. PATCHY FOG THROUGH MID MORNING. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S. NORTHWEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE MID 50S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

SATURDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. WARMER. HIGH IN THE MID 80S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY…MOSTLY CLEAR. BREEZY. LOW IN THE UPPER 50S. HIGH IN THE MID 80S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.

SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 60S.

MONDAY…PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. COOLER. HIGH AROUND 70.

MONDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. COOLER. LOW IN THE MID 40S. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 20 PERCENT.

TUESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S.