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Iowan’s receive fake “Blizzard Warning” messages Saturday afternoon

News, Weather

September 28th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Emergency Management and other agencies across Iowa were scrambling Saturday afternoon, to assure residents in their respective counties that they were not under a “Blizzard Warning.” At around 3:30-p.m., persons with Emergency Notification System alerts on their phones likely received the warning, which indicated the message was a “Test.” Moments later, another message was sent asking recipients of the first message, to “Disregard.”

Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Coordinator Doug Reed said in a statement, “The Pottawattamie Alert program, part of the Alert Iowa System, was inadvertently activated for multiple severe weather events by the company who provides the service across Iowa. Pottawattamie County Emergency Management notified the company upon receipt of the messages and the president of Inspiron Logistics, operators of the Wireless Emergency Notification System (WENS) which serves as the platform for the alerting system, confirmed that live messages were inadvertently sent while they were attempting to troubleshoot other internal programming issues.”

In a statement released Saturday evening, Inspiron Logistics, LLC., said “During a software update release Saturday afternoon, testing was being conducted which simulates Warnings and Watches issued from the National Weather Service. This system accidentally triggered a Blizzard/Fire Warning. Unfortunately these alerts did hit the system as if they were authentic, due to code that was not deactivated to prevent the final activation process.”

The company said also, “The entire Software Update has been backed out and will be further examined to determine what cause [sic] this issue. Internal procedures will be implemented to prevent this scenario from happening in the future.”

Doug Reed emphasized that “Officials from Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management, as well as County Emergency Management Agencies across the state, are working to [also] ensure these type of false system activations are prevented in the future.”

Skyscan Forecast 09/27/2019

Podcasts, Weather

September 27th, 2019 by Chris Parks

Skyscan Forecast  Friday, September 29, 2019  Dan Hicks

Today: Partly to mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and thundershowers. S shift to the N @ 10-15. High 72.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. N @ 10. Low 52.

Saturday: Partly cloudy to cloudy. A few showers developing toward evening.  E @ 10-15. High 70.

Sunday: Partly cloudy to cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 76.

Monday: Partly cloudy. Windy and warmer. High 82.

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Skyscan Forecast Thursday 09/26/2019

Podcasts, Weather

September 26th, 2019 by Chris Parks

Skyscan Forecast  Thursday, September 26, 2019  Dan Hicks

Today: Patchy fog early, otherwise mostly sunny. SW @ 10. High 75.

Tonight: Increasing clouds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms later tonight. S @ 5-10. Low 62.

Friday: Partly to mostly cloudy. Showers in the morning. N @ 10-15. High 72.

Saturday: Partly cloudy to cloudy. Showers later in the day. High 70.

Sunday: Partly cloudy to cloudy. Warmer. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 78.

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Flood Warning issued for East Nishnabotna River at Red Oak until Thursday evening

Weather

September 25th, 2019 by Chris Parks

...The National Weather Service in Omaha has issued a flood warning
for the following river in Iowa...

  East Nishnabotna River At Red Oak affecting Montgomery County.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Do not drive cars through areas where water covers the road.  The
water depth may be too great to allow your vehicle to pass safely.
Turn around...don`t drown!

Additional information is available at:
http://www.water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=oax

&&

IAC137-260109-
/O.NEW.KOAX.FL.W.0112.190925T1542Z-190926T2315Z/
/RDOI4.1.ER.190925T1542Z.190926T0000Z.190926T0515Z.NO/
809 AM CDT Wed Sep 25 2019

The National Weather Service in Omaha has issued a
* Flood Warning for
  The East Nishnabotna River At Red Oak.
* until Thursday evening...or until the warning is cancelled.
* At  8:00 AM Wednesday the stage was 17.2 feet...or 0.8 feet below
  flood stage.
* Flood stage is 18.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...rise above flood stage by late this morning and continue
  to rise to near 19.4 feet by this evening. The river will fall
  below flood stage by after midnight tomorrow.
* Impact...at 20.0 feet...Lowland flooding begins along the west bank.

Hail, heavy rain batter northwest Iowa; 2 tornado reports

News, Weather

September 25th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

IDA GROVE, Iowa (AP) — Hail and heavy rain have pounded parts of northwest Iowa. Hailstones up to 1.75 inches were reported Tuesday evening near Holstein and other communities. More than an inch of rain was reported in several areas. The hail battered homes, business, vehicles and crop fields in Ida County and others nearby.

The National Weather Service says a tornado was reported around 5:30 p.m. about 5 miles southeast of Cushing, and another tornado report was received around 5:40 p.m. from 5 miles north-northeast of Ida Grove. It’s uncertain whether the sightings were of the same twister.

No injuries have been reported.

Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Wednesday, September 25

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

September 25th, 2019 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  4.3″ (We have had various reports of 4″-6″ amounts in the Atlantic area)
  • 7 miles NNE of Atlantic  1.83″
  • Massena  .77″
  • Anita  2.32″
  • Wiota  4.7″
  • Avoca  3.1″
  • Walnut  4.8″
  • Elk Horn  1.19″
  • Villisca  .41″
  • Corning  .56″
  • Manning  .19″
  • Clarinda  .4″
  • Carroll  .11″
  • Bedford  .1″
  • Creston  .34″
  • Red Oak  .34″

Skyscan Forecast Wednesday 09/25/2019

Podcasts, Weather

September 25th, 2019 by Chris Parks

Skyscan Forecast  Wednesday, September 25, 2019  Dan Hicks

Today: Partly cloudy. Cooler. NW @ 10-20. High 72.

Tonight: Fair to partly cloudy. Light and variable winds. Low 48.

Thursday: Mostly sunny. W @ 10. High 78.

Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy. Showers and thunderstorms. S @ 5-10, with higher gusts. Low 61.

Friday: Mostly cloudy. Showers, especially in the morning. High 70.

Saturday: Partly cloudy to cloudy. High 75.

 

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Cass County EMA: Travel NOT ADVISED in Atlantic

News, Weather

September 24th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Emergency Management Agency reported as of 10:08-p.m., “There is currently widespread street flooding throughout the City of Atlantic. Travel is not advised. Please avoid driving through standing or running water on the streets.”

Tuesday storm report (9/24)

Weather

September 24th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

  • 0924 PM FLASH FLOOD ATLANTIC 41.40N 95.01W
    09/24/2019 CASS IA LAW ENFORCEMENT: STREET FLOODING ALONG 7TH AND WALNUT; AND
    6TH AND SUNNYSIDE IN ATLANTIC. COMPLETELY IMPASSABLE. VEHICLES STRANDED.
  • 0800 PM HAIL AVOCA 41.48N 95.34W 09/24/2019 M1.25 INCH POTTAWATTAMIE IA PUBLIC HALF DOLLAR SIZE OR SLIGHTLY LARGER.
  • 0758 PM HAIL AVOCA 41.48N 95.34W
    09/24/2019 E1.75 INCH POTTAWATTAMIE IA TRAINED SPOTTER
  • 0716 PM HAIL 3 N NEOLA 41.50N 95.60W 09/24/2019 U1.25 INCH POTTAWATTAMIE IA PUBLIC REPORT FROM MPING: HALF DOLLAR (1.25 IN.).
  • 0716 PM HAIL 1 SE PANAMA 41.72N 95.46W; 09/24/2019 E1.00 INCH SHELBY IA EMERGENCY MNGR
  • 0711 PM HAIL 3 SSW PANAMA 41.69N 95.49W; 09/24/2019 E1.00 INCH SHELBY IA TRAINED SPOTTER
  • 0635 PM FUNNEL CLOUD 4 ESE DUNLAP 41.83N 95.52W; 09/24/2019 SHELBY IA TRAINED SPOTTER
  • 0616 PM FUNNEL CLOUD 5 W DUNLAP 41.84N 95.69W; 09/24/2019 HARRISON IA PUBLIC
  • 0557 PM TORNADO 5 SE PISGAH 41.79N 95.85W; 09/24/2019 HARRISON IA STORM CHASER
  • 0535 PM HAIL 2 NW LITTLE SIOUX 41.82N 96.03W; 09/24/2019 M1.75 INCH HARRISON IA CO-OP OBSERVER

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING until 10:45-p.m. Adair & Cass Counties

Weather

September 24th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Severe Thunderstorm Warning
IAC001-029-250345-
/O.NEW.KDMX.SV.W.0239.190925T0253Z-190925T0345Z/

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
Severe Thunderstorm Warning
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
953 PM CDT Tue Sep 24 2019

The National Weather Service in Des Moines has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for…
Eastern Cass County in southwestern Iowa…
Adair County in southwestern Iowa…

* Until 1045 PM CDT.

* At 953 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located 10 miles southeast
of Atlantic, moving east at 40 mph.

HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail.

SOURCE…Radar indicated.

IMPACT…Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage
to roofs, siding, and trees.

* Locations impacted include…
Atlantic, Greenfield, Stuart, Anita, Fontanelle, Orient, Massena,
Cumberland, Bridgewater, Wiota, Lake Anita State Park, Greenfield
Municipal Airport, Nodaway Park and Anita Municipal Airport.

This includes Interstate 80 between mile markers 85 and 97.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Tornado Watch remains in effect until midnight CDT for south
central, southwestern and west central Iowa.

A Tornado Watch remains in effect for the warned area. Tornadoes can
develop quickly from severe thunderstorms. Although a tornado is not
immediately likely, if one is spotted, act quickly and move to a
place of safety inside a sturdy structure such as a basement or small
interior room.

For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a
building.