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Shelby County Fire Danger reduced to “LOW”

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

April 17th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Recent rainfall events have dampened the fields and grassland areas to the point where the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency has reduced the field and grassland fire danger index from High to LOW.

Even though the fire danger rating is Low, you are asked to call-in and report your burning projects to Shelby County Dispatch at 712-755-2124, and, notify your local Fire Chief.

Skyscan forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 4/17/17

Weather

April 17th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Today: P/Cldy to Cldy. High 72. E @ 5-10.

Tonight: Scattered shwrs & tstrms possible late. Low 57. SE @ 5-10.

Tomorrow: Scatt. Shwrs & tstrms. High 70. S-NW  @ 10-15.

Wednesday: Shwrs & tstrms. High 65.

Thursdsay: P/Cldy. High 60.

Sunday’s High in Atlantic was 73. Our Low this morning 42. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 76 and the low was 57. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 85 in 2004. The Record Low was 11 in 1907.

Skyscan forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 4/16/17

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April 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Today: Mostly sunny. High 66. N @ 5-10.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 46.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. High 72. S @ 5-10.

Tuesday: A 40% chance of shwrs & tstrms. High 70.

Wednesdsay: A 60% chance of shwrs & tstrms. High 66.

Saturday’s High in Atlantic was 74. Our Low this morning 46. We received one-tenth (.1”) of an inch of rain yesterday. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 76 and the low was 55. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 88 in 1898. The Record Low was 19 in 1988.

Severe Storm report from 4/15/17

News, Weather

April 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Strong thunderstorms brought heavy rain, some brief tornadoes or funnel clouds, and large hail to parts of Iowa Saturday evening and night. The Severe Storms Predication Center issues a Severe Thunderstorm Watch a little after 5-p.m., Saturday, and it wasn’t long before warnings for severe weather were popping up in southwest Iowa.

The National Weather Service says one-inch diameter (quarter size) hail began to fall three-miles south/southwest of Pacific Junction in Mills County, just before the Watch was issued. Nickel size hail fell two-miles southwest of Thurman, in Fremont County, at around 5:35-p.m., but nearby, quarter-size hail was falling. About 10-minutes later, the hail had increased to the size of ping pong balls.

At around 7:40-p.m. quarter-size hail fell at Greenfield, in Adair County, and soon after, penny size hail was falling in Stuart. At around 8:45-p.m., ping-pong ball size hail fell around Mondamin, in Harrison County, and in Logan about 5 minutes later.  Quarter size hail fell around Portsmouth, in Shelby County, and golf ball size hail fell Persia at around 9:20-p.m. Golf ball size hail was also reported in southeast Iowa, near New Virginia and Traer.

There were no confirmed tornadoes in southwest Iowa, but there were reports of funnel clouds. Just south of the State line in Missouri at around 7:40-p.m., a trained spotter in Blanchard, Iowa, observed a funnel cloud had formed four-miles northeast of Westboro, MO., and law enforcement confirmed a funnel cloud near Rockport, MO., at around 7:15-p.m. In eastern Iowa’s Linn County, trained firefighter spotters saw a funnel cloud during a lightning event near Central City.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Skyscan forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 4/15/17

Weather

April 15th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Today: P/Cloudy w/a 40% chance of showers & thunderstorms. High 76. S/SW @ 15-25.

Tonight: P/Cldy. Low 49. N/NW @ 10-15.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. High 71. N @ 10-15.

Sunday Night: Mo. Clear. Low 47.

Monday: Mo. Sunny. High 74.

Tuesday: P/Cldy w/a chance of shwrs & tstrms. High 73.

Wednesdsay: Mo. Cldy w/shwrs & tstrms. High 70.

Friday’ High in Atlantic was 70. Our Low this morning 61. We received 1.12 inches of rain yesterday and early this morning. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 75 and the low was 48. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 84 in 1920. The Record Low was 17 in 1926/1962.

Skyscan forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 4/14/17

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April 14th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Today: P/Cloudy to Cloudy w/scattered showers & thunderstorms. High 72. S @ 10-20.

Tonight: Scattered showers & tstrms. Low 60. S @ 5-10.

Tomorrow: Scatt. showers & tstrms. High 74. S @ 15-25.

Sunday: P/Cldy. High 67.

Monday: P/Cldy. High 70.

Thursday’s High in Atlantic was 79. Our Low this morning 49. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 73 and the low was 47. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 89 in 2003. The Record Low was 11 in 1907.

Skyscan forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 4/13/17

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April 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Today: P/Cloudy to Cloudy w/scattered showers later this afternoon. High 70. E @ 10.

Tonight: Cloudy w/showers & tstrms. Low 55. SE @ 5-10.

Tomorrow: Variably Cldy w/scatt. showers & tstrms. High 70. SE @ 10.

Saturday: P/Cldy w/scatt. Shwrs & tstrms. High 74.

Sunday: P/Cldy. High 67.

Wednesday’s High in Atlantic was 68. Our Low this morning 45. We received just .01” rain Wednesday and overnight. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 73 and the low was 42. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 88 in 2006. The Record Low was 11 in 1950.

Skyscan forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 4/12/17

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April 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly cloudy w/scattered showers late this afternoon. High 68. S @ 10-15.

Tonight: Cloudy w/showers. Low 50. NW @ 5-10.

Tomorrow: Showers ending early; P/Cldy to Cldy. High 66. NE @ 10.

Friday/Sat.: Variably Cldy w/scatt. Shwrs & tstrms. High 70 on Friday, 74 Saturday.

Tuesday’s High in Atlantic was 64. Our 24-hour Low (ending today at 7-a.m.) will be 30. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 62 and the low was 19. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 86 in 1916. The Record Low was 13 in 1957.

Skyscan forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 4/11/17

Weather

April 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Today: Areas of morning fog; Partly cloudy. High 60. NW-SW @ 10.

Tonight: P/Cldy. Low 38. S @ 5.

Tomorrow: P/Cldy to Cldy w/shower late. High 68. S @ 10-15.

Thursday: Shwrs ending early; P/Cldy. High 68.

Friday: P/Cldy to Cldy w/scattered showers & tstrms. High 70.

Monday’s High in Atlantic was 59. Our Low this morning (as of 5:30-a.m.), was 29. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 52 and the low was 18. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 91 in 1996. The Record Low was 18 in 1956 & 2004.

Shelby County Fire Danger “High” through 4/13/17

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

April 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Shelby County Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert says with the lack of rain this weekend it is still dry in the fields and grassy areas, therefore fire will spread more rapidly than anticipated. The Local Fire Danger Index will be in the HIGH Category until at least Thursday.

Seivert thanks the public for calling their planned/controlled burns in ahead of time. That reduces the number of unnecessary response by volunteer firefighters and others. He asks you to  continue calling 712-755-2124 with your burn information, and to inform your local fire chief.