The warm and sunny conditions around Iowa are about to change. Kurt Kotenberg is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service. “We’re going to go, basically, from 80s and sunshine the past couple days, to stormy Thursday and especially Friday, to cloudy, cold and gloomy for this weekend,” Kotenberg says.
Clouds will be on the increase across the state tonight, with some areas possibly receiving rain. A better chance for rain arrives tomorrow (Thursday). “Especially from around the Des Moines metro area and locations to the north, we’ve got a 60 to 70 percent chance (of rain),” Kotenberg says. “Heading into Friday, we have a greater chance of strong to severe thunderstorms across much of Iowa. We’ll definitely be watching that closely.”
More fall-like temperatures will arrive on Saturday. “Saturday will be pretty cloudy all day, kind of a very raw November-like day…kind of drizzling all day and cold,” Kotenberg says. “Temperatures will struggle to reach the mid to upper 50s and it will be windy also.”
Winds on Saturday will be between 15 and 25 miles per hour, according to Kotenberg. Sunday’s forecast calls for a clear to partly cloudy sky and highs mainly in the 50s.
(Issued by the Nat’l. Weather Service in Des Moines, 10/2/13)
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY…
PERIODS OF THUNDERSTORMS ARE FORECAST FROM THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY. THERE IS A THREAT FOR A FEW SEVERE STORMS THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING THEN AGAIN ON FRIDAY. LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS WILL BE THE PRIMARY THREAT. THE POTENTIAL FOR AN ISOLATE TORNADO OR TWO DOES EXIST BOTH DAYS.
SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…
SPOTTER ACTIVATION MAY BE REQUIRED THURSDAY AND FRIDAY.
ALSO….COLD WEATHER WILL MOVE OVER THE AREA THIS WEEKEND AFTER THE SYSTEM DEPARTS THE REGION. TEMPERATURES WILL FALL INTO THE 30S BY SUNDAY MORNING AND PARTS OF NORTHEAST NEBRASKA AND WEST CENTRAL IOWA COULD SEE THEIR FIRST FREEZE OF THE SEASON.
359 AM CDT WED OCT 2 2013
EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLEAR. NORTHEAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.
TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 80S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS UNTIL EARLY MORNING…THEN THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY EARLY IN THE MORNING. WARMER. LOW IN THE MID 60S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 60 PERCENT.
THURSDAY…THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY UNTIL LATE AFTERNOON…THEN A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 60 PERCENT.
THURSDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE MID 60S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
FRIDAY…PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S. TEMPERATURE STEADY OR SLOWLY FALLING IN THE AFTERNOON. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. COOLER. LOW IN THE MID 40S.
SATURDAY THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 50S. LOW IN THE UPPER 30S.
(Information compiled from KJAN, the officials Nat’l. Weather Service reporting site for Atlantic)
Average High: 81; Average Low: 53; Precipitation for the month: 2.84″.
Norms (mean average/Hi/Lo/Precip) for the month: High, 76; Low 51; Precip. 3.81″
Precipitation Year-to-date in Atlantic: 23.22″.
Shelby County Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert says his agency will begin monitoring the local fire danger potential, beginning this week. Twice weekly updates will be provided by the EMA staff in Shelby County, with data supplied by the National Weather Service forecast products, the Storm Prediction Center (SPC), and close monitoring of local conditions. The updates will be provided to help residents in Shelby County to determine if it is safe to conduct outdoor burning.
Seivert says Shelby County sees an increase in fire activity every year in the spring and fall when residents start igniting burn piles, or prescribed fires on CRP land to meet land management objectives. Often time’s fires are ignited on days when weather conditions are less than favorable. When the burns are started they can cause escape fires which put lives, environment, and property in danger.
The Shelby County Emergency Services Association, in coordination with local Fire Chiefs are asking you to call the Shelby County Emergency Management Office at 712-755-2124 to report your controlled burning projects. When you call in you will simply be asked the size of your project, a number you can be reached at, start and stop times of the planned burn. The Shelby County Emergency Management Office will also ask that you provide the local fire chief with notification.
An electronic copy of the Fire Danger Rating Board can be found at www.shelbycountyema.com. The purpose of this system is to visually let the public know when the conditions are safest to carry out your burning projects. This system is not a permitting process, or authorization to burn, it just lets you know if conditions are favorable.
Shelby Counties cooperative system will allow the authorities to dispatch Emergency Resources immediately on report of smoke when the fire danger is determined to be HIGH or EXTREME. On HIGH days fire resources will be dispatched and make a decision on whether it is safe to continue the burning. If the Fire Chief or his designee think conditions are not safe they may extinguish the fire.
On EXTREME days all fires will be extinguished unless a permit or waiver has been signed by the Chief of the local fire department.
328 AM CDT MON SEP 30 2013
EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLEAR. SOUTH WIND AROUND 5 MPH.
TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE MID 50S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
TUESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 80S. WEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH.
TUESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE MID 50S. SOUTHEAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.
WEDNESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE LOWER 60S.
THURSDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S.
THURSDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE UPPER 50S.