Iowans should be able to get a good view of a total lunar eclipse early this (Saturday) morning. Linda Burkhart is director of the Sanford Museum and Planetarium in Cherokee. She says the attraction is commonly referred to as a blood moon. “A lunar eclipse is caused by the shadow of the earth going across the moon. The sunlight will still come through that shadow and will reflect the light, so only the red-orange colored light rays will get through the atmosphere, so it’ll make the moon appear a reddish color,” Burkhart says.
This morning’s lunar eclipse should begin around 5:15 a.m., with the total eclipse lasting for just five minutes at around 7 a.m.
UPDATED 355 AM CDT SAT APR 4 2015
EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLEAR. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
TODAY…SUNNY…BREEZY…WARMER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. BREEZY. NOT AS COOL. LOW IN THE LOWER 40S. SOUTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.
SUNDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S. SOUTHWEST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH.
SUNDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.
MONDAY…CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. SOME THUNDERSTORMS MAY BE SEVERE IN THE MORNING. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. EAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 50 PERCENT.
MONDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE MID 40S. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 50 PERCENT.
TUESDAY…CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS. COOLER. HIGH IN THE MID 50S. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 50 PERCENT.
DANGEROUS FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS TODAY! TEMPERATURES WILL RISE INTO THE UPPER 60S TO LOWER 70S THIS AFTERNOON WHILE RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES FALL TO AROUND 15 TO 20 PERCENT. COMBINED WITH GUSTY SOUTHWEST WINDS AND DRY FUELS, EXTREME FIRE DANGER IS EXPECTED TODAY FROM LATE MORNING THROUGH THE AFTERNOON HOURS.
A RED FLAG WARNING WILL BE IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY UNTIL 8 PM, FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR EASTERN NEBRASKA AND PORTIONS OF SOUTHWEST IOWA.
* AFFECTED AREA…ALL OF EASTERN NEBRASKA AND MUCH OF SOUTHWEST IOWA.
* WINDS…SOUTHWEST 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH. * RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AS LOW AS 16 PERCENT.
* IMPACTS…CONDITIONS THIS AFTERNOON WILL BE FAVORABLE FOR EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR…WITH A HIGH POTENTIAL FOR OUT OF CONTROL BURNS.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW…OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS…LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.
The Freese-Notis forecast for the KJAN listening area and weather info. for Atlantic.
AREA COUNTIES: MONONA-HARRISON
338 AM CDT FRI APR 3 2015 …
FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM NOON UNTIL 8-PM SATURDAY, FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY. THE WATCH COVERS MOST OF EASTERN NEBRASKA AND PARTS OF WESTERN IOWA.
* WINDS…SOUTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 TO 35 MPH.
* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AS LOW AS 15 TO 20 PERCENT.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE FORECAST TO OCCUR. LISTEN FOR LATER FORECASTS AND POSSIBLE RED FLAG WARNINGS.
340 AM CDT FRI APR 3 2015
EARLY THIS MORNING…CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED LIGHT SHOWERS. BREEZY. NORTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 45 MPH. CHANCE OF SHOWERS 50 PERCENT.
TODAY…CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED LIGHT SHOWERS THROUGH MID MORNING. THEN MOSTLY SUNNY IN THE LATE MORNING AND AFTERNOON. BREEZY. COOLER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF SHOWERS 50 PERCENT.
TONIGHT…CLEAR. LOW IN THE LOWER 30S. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTHWEST AFTER MIDNIGHT.
SATURDAY…SUNNY…BREEZY…WARMER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.
SATURDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. BREEZY. LOW AROUND 40. SOUTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.
SUNDAY…SUNNY…BREEZY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. SOUTHWEST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.
MONDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 40 PERCENT.
The KJAN listening area received some much needed rain overnight, in light of numerous, recent grass and field fires and the dry, windy conditions western Iowa has been dealing with for the past few weeks. Here at the KJAN studios – your official National Weather Service reporting station for Atlantic – we received 1.05 inches of rain. Massena reports .79″.
Other, unofficial reports from various spotters and media include:
1.28″ in Council Bluffs; 1.1″ just south of Avoca; 1.06″ in Irwin; 1.02″ in Harlan; 1 inch in Oakland; .94″ in Audubon; .8″ in Shenandoah; .77″ in Clarinda; .63″ in Red Oak; .49″ in Creston and .28″ in Denison.
Today: Partly cloudy, with a high near 66. North wind 10 to 20 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers, mainly after 3am. Low around 38. North wind 5 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Friday: Cloudy with 20% chance of showers thru 10-am. Becoming partly cloudy. High 50. North wind at 15-25 mph. Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 30.
Saturday: Sunny & breezy. High near 64. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Saturday Night: Mostly clear & breezy, with a low around 41.
Sunday: Partly cloudy & breezy. High near 74.
Wednesday’s High in Atlantic was 82. Our Low this morning (as of 7-a.m./24-hour) was 49. We received 1.05 inches of rain overnight at the KJAN studios. Last year on this date Atlantic’s High was 47. The Low was 31. All-time record High in Atlantic on this date was 88 in 2012. The Record Low was 13 in 1970. Sunrise today is at 7:01-a.m.. Sunset is at 7:46-p.m.
342 AM CDT THU APR 2 2015
EARLY THIS MORNING…WIDESPREAD THUNDERSTORMS. BREEZY. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 90 PERCENT.
TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY. COOLER. HIGH IN THE MID 60S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT. A CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS EARLY IN THE MORNING. COLDER. LOW IN THE UPPER 30S. NORTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT. CHANCE OF SHOWERS 30 PERCENT.
FRIDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN SHOWERS IN THE MORNING…THEN MOSTLY SUNNY IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY…COOLER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.
FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW AROUND 30.
SATURDAY…SUNNY…BREEZY…WARMER. HIGH IN THE MID 60S. SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.
SUNDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S.
Storms that rolled through western Iowa early this (Thursday) morning, brought with them some ground thirst-quenching rain, and intense lightning. At around 12:35-a.m., firefighters from Griswold and Lewis were dispatched to a field fire reported to have started when lightning hit a power pole in the area of 560th and White Pole Road, northwest of Lewis. The hit took out a power line, knocking out the source of electricity for Lewis.
The Lewis Elementary School was closed this (Thursday) morning, because of the power outage. Crews were working on repairing the line and restoring power as quickly as possible.