The Freese-Notis (podcast) weather forecast for the KJAN listening area, and weather information for Atlantic.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials say the harsh winter is expected to affect some fish populations in the state. The state Department of Natural Resources says lakes and ponds experience natural winter fish mortality. But Jim Wahl, supervisor for fisheries in northwest Iowa, says officials are expecting to see more lakes and ponds affected this time around. Wahl added a few lakes are experiencing oxygen levels that are lower than normal.
Officials say lakes under snow are shut off from sunlight that helps aquatic plants. That has a ripple effect on photosynthesis and the flow of oxygen into the water. DNR officials have placed aeration systems at a few lakes with a history of winter kills. Those systems keep a section of a lake from freezing.
Today Scattered showers, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 53. Breezy, with a south wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Tonight Rain, possibly mixing with snow after midnight, then gradually ending. Low around 29. Windy, with a northwest wind 6 to 11 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. Windy, with a northwest wind 20 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.
Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 29. West northwest wind 5 to 11 mph becoming southwest after midnight.
Thursday Sunny, with a high near 59. South wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.
Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 35.
Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. Breezy.
Here’s the (Podcast) Freese-Notis Weather forecast for the KJAN listening area & weather information for Atlantic.
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Windy, with a south wind 14 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. Breezy, with a south wind 16 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.
Tuesday: Rain likely, mainly after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. Breezy, with a south wind 13 to 20 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Tuesday Night: Rain likely, possibly mixing with snow after 10pm, then gradually ending. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Windy, with a northwest wind 18 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of rain after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Breezy. Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 57.
COUNTIES: MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT- PAGE-
347 AM CDT MON MAR 17 2014
…A FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM CDT THIS
AFTERNOON THROUGH THIS EVENING FOR LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY AND
* WIND…SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST AT 15 TO 25 MPH…WITH GUSTS TO 30
* HUMIDITY…20 TO 25 PERCENT.
* IMPACTS…ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL LIKELY SPREAD RAPIDLY.
OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED.
A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE FORECAST TO OCCUR. LISTEN FOR LATER FORECASTS AND POSSIBLE
RED FLAG WARNINGS.
446 AM CDT SUN MAR 16 2014
EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SNOW. BREEZY. NORTHEAST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.
TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY IN THE MORNING THEN CLEARING. BREEZY…COLDER. HIGH IN THE MID 30S. NORTHEAST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH IN THE MORNING. TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW AROUND 20. EAST WIND AROUND 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTH 5 TO 15 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.
MONDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. MUCH WARMER. HIGH IN THE MID 50S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. MONDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. BREEZY. NOT AS COOL. LOW IN THE UPPER 30S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH THROUGH MIDNIGHT.
TUESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S. SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. TUESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN AND LIGHT SNOW THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT. BREEZY. LOW AROUND 30. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 30 PERCENT.
WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 40S. LOW AROUND 30.
COUNTIES: AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON 907 PM CDT SAT MAR 15 2014
…PERIOD OF LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW TO AFFECT AREA THROUGH EARLY SUNDAY MORNING… A BAND OF MODERATE SNOW OVER CENTRAL IOWA…WITH VISIBILITY REDUCED TO ONE HALF A MILE AT TIMES IS MOVING SOUTH INTO CENTRAL IOWA.
A BRIEF MIXTURE OF RAIN AND SNOW…CHANGING TO ALL SNOW WILL MOVE ACROSS THE AREA THROUGH EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. UP TO AN INCH OF ACCUMULATION IS POSSIBLE ON AREA ROADS…AND POSSIBLY 1 TO 3 INCHES ON GRASSY AREAS WITH THE HEAVIER AMOUNTS EXPECTED LATE TONIGHT SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 80.
ROADS MAY BECOME PARTIALLY TO MOSTLY SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY OVERNIGHT. MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO EXERCISE CAUTION AS THE BAND OF SNOW MOVES ACROSS THE REGION THROUGH LATE THIS EVENING AND OVERNIGHT. ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO REACH YOUR DESTINATION SAFELY.
(Updated 5:16-a.m./NWS Des Moines)
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. East northeast wind 7 to 13 mph.
Tonight: Rain, snow, and sleet, becoming all snow after 2am. Low around 22. Windy, with a north northeast wind 22 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow and sleet accumulation of around an inch possible.
Sunday: A 10 percent chance of snow before 7am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 36. Wind chill values as low as 10. Breezy, with a north northeast wind 11 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.
Sun. Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 21. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southeast after midnight.
Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 55. Breezy, with a south wind 11 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 54. Breezy.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports precipitation for Iowa is below normal so far in 2014, receiving an average of 2.2 inches instead of the normal 2.6 inches by this time. The wettest area of the state is extreme southeast Iowa with 5 inches of moisture, and the driest areas are portions of the I-29 corridor which have received only about an inch.
Stream flows are normal across the state for this time of year, except in the Iowa River watersheds, which are above normal.The area of extreme drought in Iowa has reduced in size from 20 percent of the state to 7 percent since the beginning of the year.
For a more thorough review of Iowa’s water resource trends January 1 through March 12, go to http://www.iowadnr.gov/watersummaryupdate. The report is prepared by the technical staff from the Iowa DNR, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and the U.S. Geological Survey, in collaboration with The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department.