State Fire Marshal Raymond Reynolds has ordered a ban on open burning in Audubon County, effective at Noon today (Sat., Aug. 31st). No one is allowed to engage in open burning in Audubon County, except as specifically permitted by Iowa Code, or until Audubon Fire Chief John Ballou (who represents each fire department in the County), notifies the Fire Marshal that conditions have improved, and no longer threatens life or property.
The burn ban was requested by Ballou, after consulting with fire chiefs in the County, and was made due to the extremely dry nature of brush, grass and timber in the County. If fires start, they can spread rapidly and become out of control.
Today: Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 95. Heat index values as high as 100. Light north northeast wind.
Tonight: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 1am and 4am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 67. Calm wind. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Sunday: A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7am. Sunny, with a high near 85. North northwest wind 5 to 13 mph.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 56. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
Labor Day: Sunny, with a high near 80. North wind 5 to 9 mph.
Monday Night: Clear, with a low around 54.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 83.
Early this morning: Mostly clear, with a low around 69.
Today: Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. Heat index values as high as 107. Light and variable wind becoming northwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. North northeast wind 3 to 7 mph.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph.
Saturday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 57.
Labor Day: Sunny, with a high near 80.
Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 54.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 83.
The National Weather Service in Omaha has extended a HEAT ADVISORY that is currently in effect until 7-p.m. Friday (Today). The ADVISORY now includes the following counties in western & southwest Iowa:
MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT & PAGE, in addition to the remainder of the State. The western/sw Iowa ADVISORY begins at 1-p.m., and expires at 7-p.m.
TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO CLIMB INTO THE MID AND UPPER 90S THIS AFTERNOON. THE TEMPERATURES WILL COMBINED WITH HIGH HUMIDITY TO CREATE HEAT INDEX VALUES FROM 103 TO 108 FOR A TIME THIS AFTERNOON. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL CREATE AN INCREASED THREAT FOR HEAT EXHAUSTION OR HEAT STROKE…ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE WORKING OUTDOORS.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS…STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM…STAY OUT OF THE SUN…AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.
The recent hot and dry spell has prompted the U.S. Drought Monitor to list nearly a quarter of Iowa in “severe drought.” A week ago, none of the state was in that category. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says it’s clearly very dry across Iowa, but he disagrees with some of the U.S. Drought Monitor’s new assessment. “Right along the Nebraska border, there was actually a fairly good rain there about a week-and-a-half ago. So, I would have left out Harrison and Pottawattamie Counties (from the severe drought category). They’re still plenty dry, but certainly not as dry as the rest of that area,” Hillaker says.
In far northeast Iowa, a section of Allamakee County is labeled as being in “moderate drought.” Hillaker believes that area shouldn’t be listed in that category just yet. Overall, the U.S. Drought Monitor calls all of Iowa at least “abnormally dry,” compared with 82 percent last week. Sixty-percent of Iowa is in moderate drought and 22.4 percent is in severe drought. Hillaker says the lack of moisture and this week’s extreme heat will likely hurt the development of Iowa’s corn and soybeans.
“The worry with most of the corn and soybeans is it’s going to decrease the yield and the corn kernels themselves won’t fill very well with the lack of moisture, which is going to be worsened by the heat…same with the beans,” Hillaker says. This month is on track to enter the record books as Iowa’s 7th driest August. Last month was the state’s 9th driest July on record.
Hillaker says the two months combined have produced the 4th lowest precipitation total in 141 years of records. “The only ones lower were all a long time ago with 1947 being the most recent one. The other two were back in the 1800s,” Hillaker says. The dry spell, which started back in June, follows Iowa’s wettest ever spring. Over the months of March, April, and May, Iowa received a statewide average of nearly 17.5 inches of rain. That was over two inches above the previous record, which was set in the spring of 1892.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A growing season that began unusually wet and cold in the Midwest is finishing hot and dry, renewing worries of drought and its impact on crops. Experts say corn and soybeans may not have enough moisture in dry areas to develop to full weight, which could reduce this year’s harvest.
The weekly Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows that lack of rain has caused drought conditions to expand in parts of Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, and most of Minnesota and Wisconsin. It also shows that abnormally dry conditions have expanded in eastern Iowa and South Dakota. Rain eased drought in portions of northern Nebraska, but much of the western half of the state remain in extreme drought.
But the drought monitor showed improvement in some states, including Kansas.
…HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT FRIDAY…
EARLY THIS MORNING...MOSTLY CLEAR. SOUTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH.
TODAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. HOT AND HUMID. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 100 TO 104 IN THE AFTERNOON.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE UPPER 60S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH.
FRIDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HOT AND HUMID. HIGH IN THE UPPER 90S. WEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH. HEAT INDEX READINGS 102 TO 107.
FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE UPPER 60S. NORTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS AROUND 100 THROUGH MIDNIGHT.
SATURDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. NORTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 100 TO 102 IN THE AFTERNOON.
SATURDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW AROUND 70.
SUNDAY...PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE UPPER 80S.
339 AM CDT THU AUG 29 2013
VERY HOT WEATHER WILL CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY. AN UPPER LEVEL RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL REMAIN PARKED ACROSS THE CENTRAL UNITED STATES THROUGH FRIDAY. AFTER SOME MORNING CLOUDS ANOTHER MAINLY SUNNY AND HOT DAY IS EXPECTED TODAY AND FRIDAY.
AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD-
…HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT FRIDAY…
HIGHS WILL VARY FROM 90 TO 95 NORTH TO 95 TO 100 SOUTH BOTH TODAY AND FRIDAY. HEAT INDEX VALUES WILL APPROACH 105 DEGREES BOTH DAYS WITH FRIDAY BEING A SLIGHTLY WARMER THAN TODAY.
A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS…STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM…STAY OUT OF THE SUN…AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES… NEIGHBORS AND PETS.