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Shelby County Fire Danger Index moved to “HIGH” until further notice

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April 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency have moved the county’s “Fire Danger” Index to “HIGH” until further notice. Dry and windy weather conditions prompted the change. All open burning is prohibited in Shelby County until the danger of rapidly spreading grass and field fires is reduced.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Wed., 4/9/2014

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April 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The (podcast) Freese-Notis weather forecast for the KJAN listening area and weather information for Atlantic.

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RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FOR THE ENTIRE STATE OF IOWA WEDNESDAY

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April 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

WED APR 9 2014 …

RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR EXTREME FIRE CONDITIONS…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING.

* WIND…SOUTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH GUSTING OVER 35 MPH.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…20 TO 25 PERCENT THIS AFTERNOON.

* FUEL…GRASSES ACROSS THE ENTIRE STATE REMAIN 85 TO 100 PERCENT CURED. VERY LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES ON TUESDAY HAS PRIMED THESE FUELS FOR EASY IGNITION AND THE POTENTIAL FOR RAPID FIRE GROWTH.

* IMPACTS…RAPID FIRE GROWTH IS LIKELY TODAY FOR ANY FUELS THAT BECOME IGNITED. OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

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 WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

NWS Forecast for Cass & Area Counties: Wed., April 9th 2014

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April 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

EARLY THIS MORNING…CLEAR. SOUTHWEST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

**RED FLAG WARNING FOR ALL OF IOWA TODAY FROM NOON UNTIL 7-P.M.**

TODAY…SUNNY…BREEZY…WARMER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S. SOUTH WIND
10 TO 15 MPH INCREASING TO SOUTHWEST 20 TO 25 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.
GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. NOT AS COOL. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S.
SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

THURSDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY…COOLER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S.
NORTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.
THURSDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN MOSTLY
CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW
IN THE MID 40S. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTH
AFTER MIDNIGHT.

FRIDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO
15 MPH.
FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S.

SATURDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS. BREEZY. HIGH
IN THE LOWER 70S. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 40 PERCENT.

Elevated Fire Danger for Cass & area counties Wednesday

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April 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT/ NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA 413 PM CDT TUE APR 8 2014

SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD COUNTIES…

…ELEVATED FIRE DANGER LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON…

WARM AND DRY CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ACROSS THE REGION LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON. WITH SOUTHWEST WINDS EXPECTED TO INCREASE TO 20 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO NEAR 35 MPH AT TIMES. WITH RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES DROPPING TO NEAR 25 TO 35 PERCENT DURING THE DAY…AN ELEVATED FIRE DANGER WILL DEVELOP ACROSS THE REGION BY LATE MORNING AND PERSIST THROUGH THE LATE AFTERNOON HOURS.

OUTDOOR BURNING IS HIGHLY DISCOURAGED WEDNESDAY. THE COMBINATION OF BREEZY SOUTHWEST WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY WILL RESULT IN THE POTENTIAL FOR A RAPID SPREAD OF FIRE OR FIRE THAT BECOMES QUICKLY OUT OF CONTROL.

Red Flag Warning for western/sw Iowa – Wednesday afternoon

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April 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA/VALLEY NE

331 PM CDT TUE APR 8 2014

…CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS EXPECTED FOR WEDNESDAY…

A WARM AND DRY AIRMASS WILL BE OVER THE REGION WEDNESDAY. THIS AIRMASS COMBINED WITH SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 15 TO 30 MPH AND AVAILABLE FUELS/DRY GRASSES…SHOULD ELEVATE FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS INTO THE RED FLAG WARNING RANGE.

COUNTIES: MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE-

RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 7 PM CDT WEDNESDAY FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 7 PM CDT WEDNESDAY. THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* WINDS…SOUTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AS LOW AS 15 PERCENT.

* IMPACTS…FIRES CAN EASILY IGNITE AND SPREAD QUICKLY.

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.

Fire Weather Watch Wednesday for western IA

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April 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

1112 AM CDT TUE APR 8 2014

CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS EXPECTED FOR WEDNESDAY

A WARM AND DRY AIRMASS WILL BE OVER THE REGION WEDNESDAY. THIS
AIRMASS COMBINED WITH SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 15 TO 30 MPH AND
AVAILABLE FUELS/DRY GRASSES…SHOULD ELEVATE FIRE WEATHER
CONDITIONS INTO THE RED FLAG WARNING RANGE.

COUNTIES: MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY  FREMONT-PAGE-  
A FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR
SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA AND SOUTHWEST IOWA…

* WINDS…SOUTHWEST 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AS LOW AS 20 PERCENT.

* IMPACTS…FIRES CAN EASILY IGNITE AND SPREAD QUICKLY.

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.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Tue., 4/8/2014

Podcasts, Weather

April 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis weather forecast for the KJAN listening area and weather information for Atlantic.

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NWS forecast for Cass & area Counties: Tue., April 8th 2014

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April 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

330 AM CDT TUE APR 8 2014

EARLY THIS MORNING…PARTLY CLOUDY. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE MID 50S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE MID 30S. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 20 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTHWEST AFTER MIDNIGHT.

WEDNESDAY…SUNNY…BREEZY. MUCH WARMER. HIGH IN THE MID 70S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH INCREASING TO SOUTHWEST 20 TO 25 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY. WARMER. LOW AROUND 50. SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

THURSDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. COOLER. HIGH IN THE MID 60S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

THURSDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS. LOW IN THE LOWER 40S.

FRIDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE MID 60S.

Hazardous Weather Outlook western/central IA

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April 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT

AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD. 402 PM CDT MON APR 7 2014

THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT: ISOLATED TO SCATTERED NON-SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL CONTINUE TO BE POSSIBLE INTO THE EARLY EVENING HOURS. SMALL HAIL AND GUSTY WINDS ARE POSSIBLE WITH THE STRONGER STORMS.

TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: ELEVATED FIRE DANGER IS POSSIBLE WEDNESDAY WITH BREEZY CONDITIONS AND RH VALUES DROPPING INTO THE 25 TO 35 PERCENT RANGE IN THE AFTERNOON. THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE LATE FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT. A FEW SEVERE STORMS MAY OCCUR.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT ANTICIPATED TONIGHT.