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Most of northwest Iowa needs moisture, USDA says

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says most of northwest Iowa is still short of soil moisture. Recent rain and snow have brought some moisture to the state, but the USDA said Monday that 86 percent of northwest Iowa remains short or extremely short of the moisture desired by farmers for their crops. According to The Des Moines Register, experts say soil moisture is adequate in most of the eastern half of Iowa. And statewide, topsoil moisture levels were rated as being 19 percent very short, 34 percent short, 46 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. A year ago, 99 percent of Iowa reported adequate or surplus moisture after three years of above-average rain and snow.

Extreme Fire Danger across parts of SW IA today

News, Weather

March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service says the Grassland Fire Danger Index will be in the “Extreme” category today across parts of southwest Iowa and southeast Nebraska. In our area, that includes Montgomery, Fremont and Page Counties.

Extreme Fire Danger means that fires can start quickly, spread furiously, and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious. All outdoor burning should be avoided in areas with Extreme Fire Danger! South to southwest winds at 15- to 30-mph today, will also bring an “Elevated Fire Danger” risk to the rest of the listening area.

Near Record Highs Possible Today (Tues., March 6 2012)

Weather

March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

336 AM CST TUE MAR 6 2012 – Nat’l. Weather Service Forecast for Cass and area Counties….

NEAR RECORD HIGHS TODAY...

TODAY…SUNNY…BREEZY…WARMER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S. SOUTH WIND 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 35 MPH.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR UNTIL EARLY MORNING THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. BREEZY. LOW IN THE LOWER 50S. SOUTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.

WEDNESDAY…CLOUDY. SCATTERED LIGHT SHOWERS IN THE LATE MORNING AND EARLY AFTERNOON. SCATTERED LIGHT SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY…COOLER. HIGH AROUND 60. TEMPERATURE STEADY OR SLOWLY FALLING IN THE AFTERNOON. SOUTHWEST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHWEST 10 TO 15 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 50 PERCENT.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT SLEET THROUGH MIDNIGHT. MUCH COLDER. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 50 PERCENT.

THURSDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. COLDER. HIGH IN THE MID 40S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

THURSDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S.

FRIDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 40S.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Mon., March 5th 2012

Podcasts, Weather

March 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here’s the forecast for the KJAN listening area, and weather stats for Atlantic…

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Nat’l. Weather Service Forecast: Mon., March 5, 2012

Weather

March 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

340 AM CST MON MAR 5 2012 for Cass & area Counties in Iowa…

TODAY…SUNNY…BREEZY. HIGH IN THE MID 50S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 20 MPH INCREASING TO 15 TO 25 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR. NOT AS COOL. LOW IN THE LOWER 40S. SOUTH WIND AROUND 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

TUESDAY…SUNNY…BREEZY…WARMER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S. SOUTH WIND 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 35 MPH.

TUESDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. BREEZY. PATCHY DRIZZLE AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW AROUND 50. SOUTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.

WEDNESDAY…CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE MORNING…THEN A CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON. COOLER. HIGH IN THE MID 50S. TEMPERATURE STEADY OR SLOWLY FALLING IN THE AFTERNOON. SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHWEST 5 TO 15 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 50 PERCENT.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN AND LIGHT SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT. MUCH COLDER. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 50 PERCENT.

THURSDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. COOLER. HIGH IN THE MID 40S.

Skyscan Forecast for 3/3/12

Weather

March 3rd, 2012 by admin

Today: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. Windy, with a northwest wind 20 to 23 mph decreasing throughout the day.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. West northwest wind between 5 and 9 mph.

Sunday: A slight chance of rain and snow. Otherwise mostly cloudy, with a high near 46.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 55.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 65.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast, March 2nd 2012

Podcasts, Weather

March 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here’s the Freese-Notis forecast for Atlantic and the KJAN listening area…

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

Weather

March 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

348 AM CST FRI MAR 2 2012

TODAY...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF RAIN AND SNOW THROUGH MID MORNING…THEN MOSTLY SUNNY IN THE LATE MORNING AND AFTERNOON. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 40S. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.

TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY IN THE EVENING THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. BREEZY. LOW IN THE MID 20S. NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.

SATURDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE MID 30S. NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.

SATURDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 20S. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

SUNDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW IN THE MORNING…THEN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN AND LIGHT SNOW IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE LOWER 40S. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHWEST AROUND 15 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 20 PERCENT.

SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 20S. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S.

Not much change in the latest flood outlook

News, Weather

March 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service in Des Moines says in its latest Flood Outlook there’s not much change in the forecast for the risk of flooding as we head into Spring in a few weeks. The outlook, issued this (Thursday) morning, covers a time frame from early March through early June, and includes the Nishnabotna and 102 Rivers. Officials say the risk of flooding continues to be near or below normal at all locations. Current conditions, they say, are not conducive to major, large-scale flooding, since the last outlook was issued on February 16th.  The outlook does not include the heavy snowfall which fell earlier this week across the northern U-S (The Dakotas, Minnesota & Wisconsin). 

The Weather Service says people should continue to monitor conditions for any changes. On March 14th, the Weather Service will change the Flood Stage, Moderate Flood Stage and Major Flood Stage for 44 of its 47 river forecast points. The Flood Stage will change by several feet at many locations. For more information on the changes, go to www.weather.gov/desmoines. The most recent outlook uses the current flood stage predictors.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: March 1st, 2012

Podcasts, Weather

March 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here’s the forecast for Atlantic, and the KJAN listening area.

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