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USDA awards $6 million for climate change study

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

April 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will award $6 million to 10 universities to finance the study of what climate change means to agriculture and strategies for helping farmers and ranchers deal with weather changes. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the grants Tuesday during a conference about climate change held at Drake University in Des Moines.

Vilsack told the audience the grants would lead to information and developments that would be essential to farmers. The grants were made through the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The grants will go to the University of Colorado, Cornell University, Florida International University, Iowa State University, Michigan State University, the University of Minnesota, Montana State University, Oklahoma State University, Pennsylvania State University and West Virginia University.

 

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Tue., April 22nd 2014

Podcasts, Weather

April 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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

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Hazardous Weather outlook: 4/22-24

Weather

April 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON- CASS-ADAMS-
503 AM CDT TUE APR 22 2014

TODAY AND TONIGHT:  AN ISOLATED NON-SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE POSSIBLE   LATE TONIGHT.

WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY: THUNDERSTORMS WILL AGAIN BE POSSIBLE WEDNESDAY INTO THURSDAY. AN ISOLATED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE POSSIBLE WEDNESDAY NIGHT…WITH LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS THE MAIN SEVERE THREATS.

SPOTTER ACTIVATION MIGHT BE NEEDED WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

MONONA-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-FREMONT COUNTIES

TODAY AND TONIGHT: FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS WILL BE IN THE VERY HIGH CATEGORY THIS AFTERNOON. ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE AFTER MIDNIGHT.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY: A STRONG UPPER LEVEL SYSTEM WILL MOVE ACROSS THE NORTHERN PLAINS WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. THIS SYSTEM WILL BRING THUNDERSTORMS TO THE AREA BY LATE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. A FEW STRONG OR SEVERE STORMS ARE EXPECTED…AND LATER OUTLOOKS WILL PROVIDE    BETTER DETAILS ON TIMING AND MAIN THREATS. THERE REMAINS A SMALL CHANCE THAT STRONG STORMS COULD LINGER OR REDEVELOP OVER EASTERN PARTS OF THE AREA INTO THURSDAY.

SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL NOT BE NEEDED TODAY OR TONIGHT.

HARRISON-SHELBY-MONTGOMERY-PAGE COUNTIES

TODAY AND TONIGHT: ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE LATE TONIGHT AFTER MIDNIGHT. SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL NOT BE NEEDED TODAY OR TONIGHT.

NWS Forecast for Cass & area Counties in Iowa: 4/21/2014

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April 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

346 AM CDT TUE APR 22 2014

EARLY THIS MORNING…CLEAR…COLDER. NORTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

TODAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. NORTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY UNTIL EARLY MORNING THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 40S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING…THEN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. WINDY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. SOUTHEAST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH INCREASING TO 20 TO 30 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 30 PERCENT.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT...THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN THUNDERSTORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT. BREEZY. LOW IN THE MID 50S. SOUTHEAST WIND 15 TO 25 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH THROUGH MIDNIGHT. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 90 PERCENT.

THURSDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING…THEN MOSTLY SUNNY IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. WEST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 30 PERCENT.

THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 40S. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S.

Elevated Fire Danger across parts of western Iowa today

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

April 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-
1021 AM CDT MON APR 21 2014

NORTHWEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE TO 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS OF 30 MPH DURING THE AFTERNOON. MEANWHILE…A DRIER AIRMASS IS EXPECTED TO MOVE INTO THE STATE WITH RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES DROPPING INTO THE UPPER 20S ACROSS AREAS OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN IOWA BY AFTERNOON. THIS WILL LEAD TO ELEVATED FIRE POTENTIAL DURING THE AFTERNOON UNTIL WINDS RELAX AND THE RELATIVE HUMIDITY CLIMBS BY THIS EVENING. ANY OUTDOOR FIRES ACROSS THIS AREA DURING THE AFTERNOON WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO SPREAD RAPIDLY AND BURNING IS DISCOURAGED.

ALSO, A RED FLAG WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR MONONA COUNTY FROM 1-PM UNTIL 7-PM. CONDITIONS WILL BE FAVORABLE THIS AFTERNOON FOR FIRES TO START EASILY AND SPREAD QUICKLY. ALL OUTDOOR BURNING SHOULD BE AVOIDED.

Shelby County Fire Danger remains “Moderate”

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

April 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Shelby County Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert says the Local Fire Danger signs will remain in the “Moderate” category, this week.  Seivert says sunshine and wind quickly dry the dead vegetation, and even with the rains we have had recently the speed with which the drying process occurs is something to be aware of.

Seivert also advises residents to be aware of the potential for severe weather this week. The National Weather Service’s Hazardous Weather Outlook calls for the possibility of strong to severe storms Wednesday night into early Thursday afternoon.

 

(Podcast) SKyscan Forecast – Mon., April 21st 2014

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April 21st, 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 Atlantic & the KJAN listening area: 4/21/14

Weather

April 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Today: Scattered showers and thunderstorms before noon. Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 72. Breezy, with a west wind 7 to 16 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 40. North wind 7 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 67. Northeast wind 6 to 8 mph.

Tue. Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. East southeast wind 7 to 13 mph.

Wednesday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. Windy. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wed. Night: Showers and thunderstorms. Low around 56. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 67. Breezy.

Nat’l Weather Service forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area (4/20/14)

Weather

April 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(Updated 9-a.m.)

Today: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. South wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 10pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 10pm and 1am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1am. Low around 56. South wind 5 to 11 mph becoming west southwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Monday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm. Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 71. Breezy, with a north northwest wind 8 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Mon. Night: Clear, with a low around 42. Breezy, with a north wind 9 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 65. North northeast wind 7 to 10 mph.

Tue. Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 47.

Wednesday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67. Windy.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Sat., April 19 2014

Podcasts, Weather

April 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The (podcast) National Weather Service forecast for the KJAN listening area and weather information for Atlantic from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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