Today: Mostly cloudy w/showers developing. High 56. NW @ 10-20.
Tonight: Becoming Partly cloudy w/showers ending. Low 34. NW @ 10.
Tomorrow: P/Cldy. High 60. NW-SW @ 10.
Wednesday: Mo.Cldy w/scattered shwrs & tstrms. High 68.
Thursday: P/Cldy to Cldy w/showers & tstrms ending. High 68.
Sunday’s High in Atlantic was 81. Our Low this morning (as of 5-a.m.), was 46. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 65 and the low was 26. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 94 in 1930. The Record Low was 17 in 1989.
Skyscan Forecast Saturday, April 8, 2017 Richard Garuckas
Today: Mostly sunny. High 78. S @ 10-20.
Tonight: Increasing clouds. Low 57. SSW @ 10-15.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Moderate chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 74. SSE @ 10-20.
Sunday Night: Showers and Thunderstorms early, then partly cloudy. Low 49.
Monday: Mostly sunny. High 67.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High 61.
Wednesday: Partly sunny. High 69.
Today: Mostly sunny. High around 66. S @ 10-15.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 49. S @ 5-10.
Tomorrow: Mostly Sunny. High 76. S @ 15-30.
Sunday: P/Cldy to cldy w/scattered shwrs & tstrms. High 72.
Monday: Showers & tstrms ending. P/Cldy to cldy. High near 60.
Thursday’s High in Atlantic was 59. Our Low this morning (as of 5-a.m.), was 25. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 54 and the low was 26. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 83 in 1931. The Record Low was 15 in 1936.
Shelby County Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert says the recent rain the county has received is great, but wind and abundant sunshine over the next few days will rapidly dry out dead grasses in the area, therefore, the County field and grassland Fire Danger index is being upgraded from “Low,” to “Moderate” until next Monday, (April 10th). Seivert advises businesses and local fire stations should placetheir fire danger signs in the Moderate category through the weekend.
Property owners considering a controlled burn should notify their local fire chiefs.
Iowa growers are getting ready for planting season as La Nina conditions fade in the Pacific Ocean and there’s no consensus on what may come next. A La Nina means sea surface temperatures are below long-term trends, bringing cooler weather to our region. Dennis Todey, director of the U-S-D-A’s Midwest Climate Hub in Ames, says there are signs an El Nino is developing.
“There are hints we’re heading back to warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures in the Pacific,” Todey says. “I’m not as convinced about that as some people are. Even if it does go that way, I don’t think we’d be seeing El Nino conditions before the end of the growing season.”
An El Nino means ocean temperatures are averaging above-normal for an extended time, which can bring weather extremes to North America. Todey says an El Nino developing is not in the cards. “It really would be unprecedented,” Todey says. “Not completely unprecedented but unlikely where you go from a strong El Nino to a La Nina and then back to an El Nino in subsequent years. It’s only happened one time in the last century. It’s possible but it seems very unlikely.”
Current trends and long-range forecasts into early summer indicate temperatures and precipitation will be above-normal for much of the Midwest and Northern Plains. The Pacific was in a La Nina phase, or cooling, for the past year or so. That’s reverted to more neutral conditions.
Today: Partly cloudy. High around 59. NW @ 10-15.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Low 30.
Tomorrow: Mostly Sunny. High 66. S @ 10-15.
Saturday: Mo. Sunny & windy. High 78.
Sunday: P/Cldy to Cldy w/afternoon showers. High near 70.
Wednesday’s High in Atlantic was 57. Our Low this morning was 34. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 53 and the low was 25. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 89 in 1972. The Record Low was 6 in 1982.
Today: Rain this morning; Sprinkles this afternoon. High 50. N @ 10-20.
Tonight: P/Cloudy. Low 34. N @ 5-10.
Tomorrow: P/Cloudy. High 55. N @ 10.
Friday: P/Cldy. High 66.
Saturday: P/Cldy. High 75.
Tuesday’s High in Atlantic was 59. Our Low this morning (as of 5-a.m.), was 46. We received .04” rain from 7-a.m. Tuesday through 5-a.m. today at the KJAN studios. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 63 and the low was 37. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 88 in 2000. The Record Low was 14 in 1920.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, Monday, commented on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through October. Northey said “The damp weather has mostly kept farmers from starting spring field work. There have been some fertilizer applications that have taken place as the weather allowed. Just 6 percent of oats have been planted, which is nearly a week behind the 5-year average.”
The weekly report is also available on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at www.IowaAgriculture.gov
Statewide there were just 0.6 days suitable for fieldwork last week, with only northeast, central and southeast Iowa reporting 1.0 or more days suitable. Fertilizer, manure, and anhydrous applications were made as conditions allowed.
Topsoil moisture levels rated 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 26 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 2 percent very short, 6 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 20 percent surplus. South central Iowa reported the highest surplus subsoil moisture level at 38 percent although just a week ago, according to the USDA’s U.S. Drought Monitor, portions of the area were still considered to be in a moderate drought along with much of southeast Iowa.
Six percent of oats have been planted, 3 days behind last year’s progress, and almost a week behind the 5-year average. Livestock conditions are generally good although muddy lots are reported to be an issue. Calving is already complete for some cattle operations.
State Climatologist Harry Hillaker said last week was the wettest week in 25 weeks. Temperatures for the week as a whole averaged from eight degrees above normal in far northwest Iowa to one degree below normal over the extreme southeast. Soil temperatures as of Sunday (2nd) were averaging in the mid-forties over nearly all of Iowa.