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Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals at 7:00 am on Thursday, May 11

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

May 11th, 2017 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .73″
  • Elk Horn  .82″
  • Massena  .49″
  • Oakland  1.5″
  • Glenwood  1.83″
  • Red Oak  .36″
  • Clarinda  .13″
  • Shenandoah  .51″
  • Missouri Valley .54″
  • Woodbine  .42″
  • Carroll  .61″
  • Bedford  .23″
  • Council Bluffs  .72″

Skyscan forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 5/11/17

Weather

May 11th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Today: Areas of fog this morning; P/Cldy to Cldy. High near 70. N @ 10.

Tonight: P/Cldy. Low 42.Winds light and variable.

Tomorrow: Areas of morning fog; Mostly Sunny. High 72. Variable @ 5-10.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 78.

Sunday: P/Cldy. High 82.

Wednesday’s High in Atlantic was 71. Our Low this morning (as of 5-a.m) was 52. Rainfall in Atlantic yesterday amounted to just under ¾ of an inch (.73”). Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 77 and the low was 48. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 95 in 2000. The Record Low was 27 in 1891, 1946 & 1981.

Tornado confirmed in southeast corner of Iowa

News, Weather

May 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) — Officials say a tornado has touched down south of Mount Pleasant in the southeastern corner of Iowa, but no reports of injuries or damage has been made.

Mount Pleasant City Administrator Brent Schleisman says the tornado was confirmed around 3 p.m. Wednesday. It hit as the National Weather Service placed parts of Henry and Des Moines counties under a tornado warning until later Wednesday afternoon.

Schleisman said he believed the tornado skirted south of Mount Pleasant, but had not had much of a chance to check in with residents. Schleisman said he and other City Hall employees “just got out of the basement ourselves.”

Hail season is here & it can be expensive if your car or house gets whalloped

News, Weather

May 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Spring weather in Iowa often includes hailstorms and Iowans filed 27-hundred hail claims last year with State Farm Insurance. The average cost to repair hail-damaged cars was over four-thousand dollars while the average home roof repair topped 11-thousand dollars. State Farm spokeswoman Holly Anderson suggests Iowans check in with their insurance agent now, before the next storm strikes.  “Find out what is your deductible, what will your insurance cover,” Anderson says. “You need to know those things when you’re filing a claim and just for peace of mind so you know that during this hail season, that you are covered.”

Iowans need to be vigilant when it comes to severe weather and Anderson suggests keeping an ear to the radio. “We always say safety first, but if you know that there is an advance storm warning that’s threatening damaging winds and hail,” Anderson says, “we really advise folks to move their cars and boats and their other fun toys under cover so that you can try to avoid damage.” If your home’s roof or windows have been compromised by a storm, Anderson says you may need to act quickly.

“If you know you’ve had hail damage, whether it’s significant or not, if it’s safe to do so, go ahead and make temporary repairs to prevent any additional damage that might be coming through from rain and things like that,” Anderson says. “Save your receipts because a lot of times, those temporary repairs are something that’s covered under your policy.”

In the State Farm report for 2016, Iowa ranks 25th in the nation for the most hail claims.

(Radio Iowa)

Recent good weather helping Iowa farmers with field work

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

May 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Up until today (Wednesday), at least, Iowa farmers were putting in some long hours, taking advantage of good weather while they can, to get all their crops planted. Robert Lynch, who farms north of Fort Dodge, says he worked nearly around the clock on Sunday and finished planting one of his corn fields early Monday morning.

The USDA’s weekly crop update shows 52-percent of the state’s corn acreage was planted as of Sunday. That’s about a week behind last year’s pace, but just a little later than average. “The corn is probably right on line. If we try to get in by the sixth to eighth of May to get our corn finished up, and turn right around and do the beans, it’s probably right on line,” Lynch said. “The beans will be good to get in this early too.”

Statewide, nine-percent of the soybean acreage is planted. That’s about two days behind average.

(Radio Iowa, w/thanks to Dean Borg, Iowa Public Radio)

Skyscan forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 5/10/17

Weather

May 10th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Today: Mostly cloudy w/scattered showers & thunderstorms. High near 70. E/NE @ 10-15.

Tonight: Scattered showers & tstrms. Low 55. E/NE @ 10.

Tomorrow: Cloudy w/scattered shwrs & tstrms in the morning; High 66. N @ 5-10.

Friday: Mostly sunny. High 70.

Saturday: P/Cldy. High 77.

Tuesday’s High in Atlantic was 82. Our Low this morning was 56. 24-hours rainfall up until 7-am today was .1″. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 77 and the low was 55. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 97 in 2011. The Record Low was 26 in 1966.

Skyscan forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 5/9/17

Weather

May 9th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Today: Clear to Partly Cloudy. High 78. NW @ 10-15.

Tonight: Partly cloudy to cloudy w/showers & thunderstorms likely after midnight. Low 58. E/NE @ 5-10.

Tomorrow: Cloudy w/scattered shwrs & tstrms. High 68. E/SE @ 5-10.

Tom. Night: Scattered shwrs & tstrms. Low 52.

Thursday: Cldy w/scatt shwrs & tstrms in the morning. High 67.

Friday: Mostly sunny. High 73.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 76.

Monday’s High in Atlantic was 89. Our 24 this morning (as of 5:25-a.m) was 60. We received .02” of rain after 7-a.m. Monday (storm total .33”). Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 70 and the low was 52. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 96 in 1895. The Record Low was 24 in 1980.

Flooding hits parts of Missouri River basin, but experts say it’ll be moderate

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

May 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A report from the U-S Army Corps of Engineers finds runoff into the Missouri River reservoir system is increasing, but it’s still well within the flood capacity. Nicole Shorney, a hydraulic engineer with the Corps’ Omaha office, says parts of the region are seeing some flooding, but nothing too severe.

“The 2017 calendar year runoff forecast is 29.7-million acre feet or 117% of average,” Shorney says. “Based on this runoff forecast, the May 1 system storage, the tributary project storage and Plate 6/1 in the Master Manual, the service level adjustment of 5,000 CFS that was made in April will continue through May.”

Corps engineer Joel Knofczynski says they have adequate space for all the predicted runoff. Knofczynski says releases from Gavins Point Dam are being adjusted due to downstream flooding. “Gavins Point releases averaged 28,500 cubic feet per second in April,” Knofczynski says. “In early May, releases were reduced to 21,000 CFS for several days to lessen downstream flooding. As downstream flows recede, releases will be increased to about 34,000 CFS by around mid-May.”

The Corps’ monthly report shows mountain snowpack runoff into the basin is now peaking.

(Radio Iowa)

Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals at 7:00 am on Monday, May 8

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

May 8th, 2017 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .31″
  • Massena  .32″
  • Elk Horn  .28″
  • Audubon  1.07″
  • Manning  1.03″
  • Carroll  .37″
  • Clarinda  .04″

Skyscan forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 5/8/17

Weather

May 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Today: Cloudy to P/Cldy w/scattered shwrs & tstrms. High 85. S @ 10-20.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 62. W/SW @ 5-10.

Tomorrow: P/Cldy. High 78. NW @ 10-15.

Wednesday: Cldy w/scatt shwrs & tstrms. High near 70.

Thursday: Mo. Cldy w/morning showers. High 67.

Friday: Mostly sunny. High 71.

Sunday’s High in Atlantic was 81. Our 24-hour Low (ending at 7-a.m. will be 43. At 5-a.m. it was 64 degrees). We received showers and thunderstorms this morning that also brought pea to nickel size hail. Rainfall as of 5-a.m. had amounted to .3”

Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 70 and the low was 55. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 95 in 1895. The Record Low was 25 in 1980.