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(Update, 2/3/20) – Winter Weather Advisory continues for Pott. & Mills Counties

Weather

February 3rd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Pottawattamie-Mills-
343 AM CST Mon Feb 3 2020

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST (2/3/20)

* WHAT…Freezing drizzle expected. Total ice accumulations from a trace up to five hundredths an inch. Winds gusting to near 35 mph.

* WHEN…From 5 AM to 6 PM CST Monday.

* IMPACTS…Very slippery sidewalks, roads and bridges are possible. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Slow down and use caution while traveling. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Winter Weather Advisory posted for Pott./Mills Counties on Monday

Weather

February 2nd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

233 PM CST Sun Feb 2 2020; Pottawattamie-Mills Counties

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM TO 6 PM CST MONDAY

* WHAT…Freezing drizzle expected. Total ice accumulations of a light glaze. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph.

* IMPACTS…Very slippery sidewalks, roads and bridges are possible. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Slow down and use caution while traveling. Prepare for possible power outages.

The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

January was warmer than normal in Atlantic, and slightly wetter

Weather

February 2nd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The month of January, 2020 wrapped-up warmer and slightly wetter than normal, in Atlantic. Weather data compiled here at the KJAN studios (The official National Weather Service reporting site for Atlantic) show the average High for the month was 32.5-degrees, or some three degrees above the norm. The average Low was 15.5-degrees, which was a little more than 6-degrees warmer than normal. Precipitation for the month (rain & melted snow/ice) amounted to 1.03-inches, which nearly 2/10 of an inch above average. Snowfall amounted to 10.3-inches.

During the month of February, the average High in Atlantic is typically around 35 (35.4), and the average Low is 15 (15.2). Precipitation (rain and/or melted snow) normally amounts to .96″. Check back in early March for the actual weather stats.

NWS forecast for Atlantic & the area: 2/2/2020

Weather

February 2nd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. West southwest wind 6 to 9 mph becoming north in the afternoon.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 27. Northeast wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Monday: A slight chance of sleet before 7am, then a slight chance of freezing drizzle between 7am and 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32. Breezy, with a north northeast wind 16 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 18. Wind chill values as low as 10. Blustery, with a north northeast wind around 17 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.

Tuesday: A 50 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 22. Blustery, with a north wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tuesday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12.

Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly sunny, with a high near 25.

Saturday’s High in Atlantic was 42. Our Low was 29. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 48 and the Low was 38. The record High for Feb. 2nd in Atlantic, was 66 in 1992. The Record Low was -36 in 1905.

Skyscan Forecast Saturday 02/01/2020

Podcasts, Weather

February 1st, 2020 by Chris Parks

Skyscan Forecast  Saturday, February 1, 2020  Dan Hicks

Today: Areas of fog early. Otherwise partly cloudy and warmer. WSW @ 10-15. High 45.

Tonight: Fair to partly cloudy. W @ 5-10. Low 30.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. W @ 10-15. High 50.

Monday: Mostly cloudy. High 36.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Light snow. High 26.

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Skyscan forecast for Atlantic & the area: 1/31/20

Weather

January 31st, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Today: Cloudy w/areas of fog this morning; Light snow (<.5”). High 35. SE-NW @ 5-10 mph.

Tonight: Mo. Cldy. Low 25. W/NW @ 5-10.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. High 43. W/SW @ 10-15.

Sunday: P/Cldy. High 49.

Monday: Mostly cloudy. High 38.

Thursday’s High in Atlantic was 34. Our Low was 27. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 14 and the Low was -2. The record High for Jan. 31st in Atlantic, was 59 in 2012. The Record Low was -28 in 1996.

Forecaster: High soil moisture levels could bring cooler summer

News, Weather

January 30th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — We’ve heard for weeks about the high risk for more flooding in Iowa once the snow starts to melt this spring, but one forecaster says all of that water in the soil may actually help bring about a cooler summer. Doug Kluck, the region’s climate service director at the National Weather Service in Kansas City, says the saturated soil will prevent much in the way of rapid heating.

“It’s hard to get hot if we have a lot of soil moisture,” Kluck says. “Once the plants and things start growing and evapotranspirating, my famous word, once that starts happening more and more, yes, some of that moisture gets sucked out of the soils, but that moisture also goes into the air and makes it harder to warm up and keeps thing relatively cool.”

While some climate models are hinting at a very warm weather pattern developing by mid-summer, Kluck says drought chances will stay low. “In some of those places that are super-wet right now, chances of them going into a really bad drought are lower than normal,” he says, “and chances of them having a hotter-than-normal summer are lower than normal as of right now as well.”

Some Iowa communities saw the flooding start last March along with repeated bouts of high water throughout 2019. A number of residents in parts of southwest Iowa, in the Missouri River valley, haven’t been able to return to their homes in ten months.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: 1/30/2020

Weather

January 30th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Today: Areas of fog this morning; Mostly cloudy. High 32. E/SE @ 5-10.

Tonight: Mo. Cldy w/light snow. Low 25.

Tomorrow: Mo. Cldy w/light snow. High 34. (less than 1″ total accumulation)

Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 43.

Sunday: P/Cldy. High 49.

Wednesday’s High in Atlantic was 30. Our Low was 23. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was -2 and the Low was -19. The record High for Jan. 30th in Atlantic, was 65 in 2012. The Record Low was -24 in 1965.

Most roads in western IA are partially-to-completely covered w/snow this morning

Weather

January 29th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Dept. of Transportation’s 511ia.org website indicates most roads in the KJAN listening area (as of 6:15-a.m.) were either partially or completely covered with snow, but there were no traffic disruptions reported due to the road conditions. Slow down, and drive with caution, as the snow packed roads are making for tricky travel in some spots. For the latest road report throughout the day, call 5-1-1 (in Iowa) or go to 511ia.org, on the web.

Blue=Road partially covered w/snow; Pink=Road completely covered with snow.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: Wed., 1/29/20

Weather

January 29th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Today: Light snow ending this morning; Mostly cloudy. High 28. E/SE @ 5-10 mph.

Tonight: Mo. Cldy. Low 32. Winds light & variable.

Tomorrow: Mo. Cldy. High 34. S/SE @ 5-10.

Friday: P/Cldy. High 42.

Tuesday’s High in Atlantic (the 24-hour High ending 7-a.m. today), was 25. The Low was 27. We had received .8″ of snow overnight, which melted into .07″ liquid precipitation. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 6 and the Low was -19. The Record High in Atlantic on Jan. 29th, was 59 in 1931. The Record Low was -31, in 1904.