402 AM CST WED JAN 4 2012
TODAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 40S. WEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW AROUND 30. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
THURSDAY…SUNNY…WARMER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
THURSDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE MID 30S. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
FRIDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. COOLER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
FRIDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S.
SATURDAY…SUNNY…COLDER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 40S.
SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S. HIGH IN THE MID 40S.
TUESDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 40S.
Here’s the Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic, and the KJAN listening area….
(prepared by the NWS in Des Moines – 3:46-a.m.)
Today…Sunny…breezy. High in the lower 40s. South wind 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
Tonight…Mostly clear. Not as cold. Low in the upper 20s. West wind 10 to 15 mph.
Wednesday…Sunny. High in the mid 40s. West wind around 10 mph.
Wednesday Night…Mostly clear. Low in the upper 20s. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday…Sunny. High in the mid 50s. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday Night Through Friday Night…Partly cloudy. Low in the lower 30s. High in the upper 40s.
Here’s the forecast for Atlantic, and the KJAN listening area…..
335 AM CST MON JAN 2 2012 NWS/Des Moines
TODAY…SUNNY…BREEZY. HIGH AROUND 30. NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW 10 TO 15. NORTHWEST WIND NEAR 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTHEAST AFTER MIDNIGHT.
TUESDAY…SUNNY…BREEZY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 30S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.
TUESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. NOT AS COLD. LOW IN THE MID 20S. WEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.
WEDNESDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 40S. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S. HIGH IN THE MID 50S.
THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 30S. HIGH AROUND 50.
The National Weather Service in Des Moines says a High Wind Warning remains in effect until 6-p.m. Sunday (1/1) for the following counties in the KJAN listening area: Cass, Adair, Adams, Audubon, Carroll, Crawford, Greenem Guthrie, Madison, Ringold, Taylor & Union.
Northwest winds will range from 30-to 40-mph this afternoon and this evening, with gusts of up to 60-mph possible. The winds may be strong enough and prolonged enough to result in tree and property damage. In addition, power outages due to tree damage may be possible.
In addition, a Wind Advisory is in effect until 5-p.m. Sunday, for the far western and southwestern counties, including: Harrison, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, and Shelby. Winds of 25-to 45mph are expected in the advisory area.
Here is the Skyscan Forecast for Saturday, December 31st of 2011:
Today: Isolated showers after 3pm. Cloudy. S @ 15-20 then W @ 25-30 w/ gusts up to 35. H 54.
Tonight: Rain in the evening, then a chance of snow between 9pm and Midnight. NW @ 25-30 w/ gusts up to 50. L 27. Less than half inch snow possible.
New Years Day: Sunny. NW @ 20-30 w/ gusts up to 50. H 36.
Monday: Sunny. NNW @ 15-20. H 29.
Tuesday: Sunny. H 36.
Mother Nature took Iowans on another wild ride in 2011. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says the summer long flooding along the Missouri River certainly topped the year’s weather news, but strong spring storms and drought conditions also garnered headlines. The tornado season started early, with eight twisters touching down on March 22nd. “The biggest outbreak of the season came on April 9,” Hillaker said. “We had 20 tornadoes on that afternoon and evening. The most damaging one hit Mapleton that evening.” Around 100 homes in Mapleton were destroyed while 14 residents were injured. An even 50 tornadoes touched down in Iowa this year – the last one on July 7.
“We had the earliest end to our tornado season since 1962,” Hillaker said. Following four straight years of extremely wet weather, 2011 was marked by a lack of significant rain across much of the state. Hillaker said sections of eastern Iowa had above normal precipitation, but it was very dry elsewhere. “Especially northwestern sections of the state where a pretty big part of Iowa is classified right now as (having) severe drought conditions,” Hillaker said.
On average, Iowa received 32-inches of precipitation in 2011. That’s about three inches below normal. Dubuque recorded the most precipitation over the year with 46 inches. Much of city was pounded with roughly 12 inches of rain in a 24-hour period between July 27 and 28. Ida County in northwest Iowa had the least amount of precipitation over the year with 20 inches, according to Hillaker. The year is ending with a rather unusual December featuring warmer than normal temperatures and just two-and-a-half inches of snow, on average, statewide. Snowfall totals over the previous four Decembers, between 2007 and 2010, have averaged between 13 and 24 inches.
(Pat Curtis/Radio Iowa)
A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM SUNDAY FOR MOST OF THE KJAN LISTENING AREA, EXCEPT FOR THE FAR WEST/SW COUNTIES, WHERE THE ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM 3-P.M. TODAY UNTIL MIDNIGHT.
The National Weather Services says winds should increase early this (Saturday) evening and remain strong through Sunday. The strongest winds will likely be during the day, Sunday. Northwest winds from 25-to-45 miles per hours can be expected, with gusts up to 55-mph.
The prolonged period of strong winds will impact travel, especially for high profile vehicles over the holiday weekend. MInor property damage is also possible with wind speeds of this magnitude.
A Wind Advisory means that winds of 30 MPH or higher are expected. They can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.
For those persons in the northern fringe of our listening area, the National Weather Service has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for wind and blowing snow, which is in effect from 6-pm today through 3-a.m. Sunday. The advisory includes Denison, Carroll, Sac City, Storm Lake, Ft. Dodge, Algona and Mason City.
Rain is expected to mix with and change to snow after 6-pm west of I-35, and east of I-35 in northern Iowa, after 9-pm. Total snow/ice accumulations in the advisory area across western and northern Iowa, are expected to range from 1-to 2-inches by early Sunday morning.
**WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3-P.M. TO MIDNIGHT FOR: SHELBY, POTTAWATTAMIE, MILLS, MONTGOMERY, FREMONT & PAGE COUNTIES, AND FROM 6-P.M. SAT. THRU 6-P.M SUN. FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE LISTENING AREA.** In addition, a Winter Weather Advisory has been posted for Crawford & Carroll Counties from 6-pm today thru 3-a.m. Sunday.
Today: Isolated showers after 3pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 54. Windy, with a south wind 14 to 17 mph becoming west between 23 and 26 mph. Winds could gust as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Tonight: Rain before 9pm, then a chance of snow between 9pm and midnight. Low around 26. Windy, with a northwest wind between 25 and 31 mph, with gusts as high as 49 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
New Year’s Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. Windy, with a northwest wind between 23 and 30 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 19. Wind chill values as low as 5. Windy, with a northwest wind between 20 and 22 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 29. Windy, with a north northwest wind between 14 and 21 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.
Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 17.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 36.