Skyscan Forecast Saturday, October 1, 2016 Chris Parks
The Iowa Department of Public Health is reminding you to remember to protect yourself against mosquitoes if you are out taking advantage of the remaining warm fall days. Deputy State Epidemiologist Ann Garvey says one threat in particular is still looming. “Late summer and early fall through October is really the peak time when we see West Nile transmission,” Garvey says. ” I think that a lot of us are pretty cognizant and throw in the sunscreen and throw in the bug repellent in the summer months. But as we get into the fall, sometimes we forget that.”
Doctor Garvey says you should remember the key times of the day when the mosquitoes are active. “Mosquitoes here in Iowa that transmit West Nile Virus are most active from really the dusk ’til dawn hours. And so again — it’s important to wear repellent — especially during those hours,” Garvey says. Garvey says the West Nile carrying mosquitoes like stagnant water to breed in, so it is important to dump out standing water.
There’s been a lot of water in some areas due to flooding, but she says that doesn’t mean the population of West Nile mosquitoes has dramatically increased. “Generally speaking when we have flooding events we tend to see what we call flood water mosquitoes, which aren’t as good at transmitting diseases like West Nile virus,” Garvey explains. “But this time we are having kind of the peak West Nile season overlap with some of out flood events So, while a majority of those mosquitoes in flooding events will be floodwater mosquitoes, there will be some that are the likely types that can transmit West Nile Virus.”
There have already been more than one dozen cases of West Nile confirmed. She says there have been 15 human cases confirmed and they are investigating several more which leads them to believe they will have more cases than last year. There are also cases of West Nile in horses and in mosquitoes caught in monitor traps, so Garvey says they know it is out there. Mosquitoes like the warm fall nights just like you do.
“Mosquitoes do really well in the 80-degree temperatures and above. And they do okay in the 70-degrees. Once we get kind of below the 60’s, it’s pretty cold for them and they often go dormant,” Garvey says. Doctor Garvey says the best repellent contains the chemical known as DEET, and says you should read the label before applying it to children.
West Nile can be fatal in some cases, and the last time that happend in Iowa was in 2010 whent there were two deaths. For more information about West Nile virus, visit the Iowa Department of Public Health’s website.
Skyscan Forecast- Monday, September 26, 2016 Dan Hicks
Today: Mostly sunny this morning becoming partly cloudy this afternooon. NW winds at 15-25. High 70.
Tonight: Clear skies with diminishing winds. Low 40.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny skies with NW winds at 10-15. High 70.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 67.
Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 70.
Today: A 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms this morning, otherwise Partly sunny & breezy with a steady temperature around 66. West-northwest wind 10-25mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy early, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 46. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Monday: Sunny & breezy. High near 68. W/NW wind 10-25mph.
Monday Night: Clear, with a low around 45. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 72.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 72.
Rainfall in Atlantic (from 3-p.m. Saturday thru 6-a.m. Sunday = 1.42″ at KJAN)
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – The Latest on flooding along rain-swollen rivers in Iowa (all times local CDT): 5:30 p.m….About 100 homes in low-lying areas of the small Linn County town of Palo along the Cedar River have been evacuated. City Clerk Trisca Dix tells The Associated Press that the mandatory evacuation in the town of about 1,000 took place Saturday afternoon before the river was expected to crest Sunday night at 24.5 feet. Mayor Tom Yock told the Des Moines Register that volunteers and work crews scrambled Saturday to protect as much of the town from flooding as possible.
Yock said the town, which was devastated by record flooding in 2008, is trying to be more proactive this time around. He says many people moved their belongings to the upper levels of their homes and built sandbag barriers before evacuating.
4:10 p.m.: Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and several other state leaders on Saturday toured flood damage in Clarkesville and Shell Rock and assessed flood preparedness plans underway in Cedar Rapids. Branstad was joined by Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Iowa National Guard Adjutant General Tim Orr and Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Mark Schouten. Branstad and Reynolds also expect to assess flood damage next week.
On Friday, Branstad signed a disaster proclamation for 13 northeast Iowa counties affected by flooding. It activates the Iowa National Guard to assist in preparedness and in response when there’s damage.