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Iowa’s tornado numbers are well below average for 2016 so far

News, Weather

May 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

There are unconfirmed reports of a tornado derailing several cars of a freight train early this (Thursday) morning in western Iowa, yet, that’s among very few twisters spotted in the state so far this year. Meteorologist Craig Cogi, at the National Weather Service, says the spring and summer months have been relatively quiet in Iowa the past three years.

“Typically through this time of the year, we see about 17 or 18 tornadoes and the last three years, we’ve been right about 12 tornadoes,” Cogil says. “Certainly, we’ve been behind the curve as far as that goes and I don’t think anyone is going to complain.”

While last year had a slow start, there were eventually 58 tornadoes reported statewide. Cogil was asked if there’s a reason why the number is again so low this year. “No, not really,” he says. “It’s just the pattern that we get in and it’s just not been conducive for tornado development during the spring and early summer the past few years.”

Cogil says Iowans need to be watchful for the potential for severe weather now and through the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. “We’re going to see a couple of different systems move across the Midwest,” he says. “Particularly, we’re looking at tomorrow, on Thursday, the potential of severe weather across much of Iowa in addition to the threat of tornadoes. People just need to watch the weather and look for updates.”

See the forecast for your area at weather-dot-gov.

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Hazardous Weather Outlook for parts of western/s.w. IA 5/26/16

Weather

May 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD....
824 AM CDT THU MAY 26 2016

THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE WEATHER TODAY INTO TONIGHT. THE HIGHEST RISK IS OVER SOUTHWESTERN IOWA. ALL SEVERE THREATS ARE POSSIBLE INCLUDING LARGE HAIL…DAMAGING WINDS…AND ISOLATED TORNADOES. HEAVY RAINFALL IS ALSO POSSIBLE THIS EVENING AND TONIGHT…WHICH COULD LEAD TO LOCALIZED FLOODING.

INTERMITTENT THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TOMORROW (FRIDAY) THROUGH WEDNESDAY OF NEXT WEEK. THERE IS A LOW RISK FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY.

SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT

SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL LIKELY BE NEEDED THIS AFTERNOON INTO
TONIGHT.

Skyscan forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 5/26/16

Weather

May 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Today: P/Cldy to Cldy w/scattered showers & thunderstorms again this afternoon, some may be severe. High near 80. SE @ 10-20.
Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Some of the storms be severe this evening, and could produce heavy rain. Low around 64. East southeast wind 10mph. .
Friday: A 40% chance of showers & thunderstorms early; Mostly cloudy. High  82. S/SE @ 10-20.
Friday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Llow around 63
Saturday: Mo. Cldy w/a 50% chance of showers & thunderstorms. High near 80. South southeast wind 7 to 13 mph. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Saturday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Low around 59.
Sunday: P/Cldy w/isolated showers and thunderstorms. High near 84.

Wednesday’s High in Atlantic was 80. Our 24-hour Low thru 7-a.m. today was 57. We received 1.84” of rain, most of that early this morning. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 73 and the low was 52. The All-time Record High in Atlantic on this date was 96 in 1926. The Record Low was 30 in 1901.

24 Hour Rainfall Totals endng at 7:00 am on Thursday, May 26

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

May 26th, 2016 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  1.84″
  • Elk Horn  .27″
  • Massena  .09″
  • Avoca  .7″
  • Oakland  .5″
  • Missouri Valley  .07″
  • Logan  .06″
  • Irwin  .37″
  • Neola  .12″
  • Clarinda  .33″
  • Shenandoah  .04″

Possible tornado derails train in Crawford County Thu. morning

News, Weather

May 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Thunderstorm winds or possibly a tornado caused a Union Pacific Train to derail early this (Thursday) morning, in Crawford County. Emergency Management Coordinator Greg Miller told KJAN News some of the train’s container cars derailed between 2-and 2:25-a.m., about a mile and a half west of Westside. None of the cars were toppled over, though. The train was carrying some hazardous material, but as of the latest report, nothing was leaking, and no injuries were reported.

Miller said the train’s engineers swore a tornado caused the damage, as several of the containers inside the rail cars were sucked out of those cars. He said winds gusted up to 75-miles per hour for a short time. All the crossings are open in area towns, but power lines were down in several communities. Charter Oak, Dow City and Denison all reported scattered power outages. Winds just southwest of Denison at the airport, peaked at 87-mph at around 2:15-a.m.  A few minutes earlier, winds were gusting to near 60-mph in the same area.

The National Weather Service says Arcadia, in Carroll County, was hit with near 60-mph winds and quarter-sized hail at around 2:30-a.m. Miller said the town was hit pretty hard.  Elsewhere, a resident of Audubon County who lives about 7-to 8-miles east of Exira off 280th Street, reports a solid wood corn crib that’s stood the test of time for over 50-years, was blown over sometime between 2:25-and 2:45-a.m. today.  And, a little southwest of Minden, in Dallas County, half-dollar size hail was reported at around 2:35-a.m.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for eastern Guthrie/NE Carroll Counties

Weather

May 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

254 AM CDT THU MAY 26 2016

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES  HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
  SOUTHERN WEBSTER COUNTY IN CENTRAL IOWA...
  SOUTHWESTERN STORY COUNTY IN CENTRAL IOWA...
  EASTERN GUTHRIE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL IOWA...
  WESTERN HAMILTON COUNTY IN CENTRAL IOWA...
  SOUTHEASTERN CALHOUN COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL IOWA...
  NORTHWESTERN POLK COUNTY IN CENTRAL IOWA...
  NORTHEASTERN CARROLL COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL IOWA...
  GREENE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL IOWA...
  BOONE COUNTY IN CENTRAL IOWA...
  NORTHERN DALLAS COUNTY IN CENTRAL IOWA...

* UNTIL 345 AM CDT

* AT 254 AM CDT...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
  EXTENDING FROM 4 MILES NORTH OF LAKE CITY TO 7 MILES SOUTH OF
  PANORA...MOVING EAST AT 60 MPH.

  HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND PENNY SIZE HAIL.

  SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED.

  IMPACT...EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING...AND TREES.

Fallen trees block Hwy 59 in Crawford County road Thu. morning

News, Weather

May 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Thunderstorm winds this (Thursday) morning have caused trees to fall near Denison, blocking the right lane of Highway 59. The Iowa Dept. of Transportation reported the blockage just after 2:30-a.m. between County Road E-59 and US-30.

Severe Tstorm update: Cass & area Counties

Weather

May 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

CRAWFORD IA-GUTHRIE IA-CASS IA-CARROLL IA-ADAIR IA-GREENE IA-

AUDUBON IA- 235 AM CDT THU MAY 26 2016

…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 300 AM CDT FOR NORTHEASTERN CRAWFORD…GUTHRIE…NORTHERN CASS…CARROLL… NORTHERN ADAIR…WESTERN GREENE AND AUDUBON COUNTIES…

AT 234 AM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 8 MILES SOUTH OF BLACK HAWK LAKE TO 14 MILES WEST OF GREENFIELD…MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH.

HAZARD…70 MPH WIND GUSTS AND PENNY SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED. THERE WAS WIND DAMAGE REPORTED IN MANNING.

IMPACT…EXPECT CONSIDERABLE TREE DAMAGE. DAMAGE IS LIKELY TO MOBILE HOMES…ROOFS…AND OUTBUILDINGS.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…

CARROLL…ATLANTIC…AUDUBON…GUTHRIE CENTER…MANNING…

COON RAPIDS…GLIDDEN…ANITA…EXIRA…ADAIR…SCRANTON…ARCADIA…

BREDA…BAYARD…VAIL…CASEY…TEMPLETON…MENLO…WESTSIDE AND DEDHAM.

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 80 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 50 AND 89.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A BUILDING.

Severe Thunderstorm Update: Cass & area Counties

Weather

May 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

CRAWFORD IA-GUTHRIE IA-CASS IA-CARROLL IA-ADAIR IA-GREENE IA-

AUDUBON IA-

227 AM CDT THU MAY 26 2016

…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 300 AM CDT FOR EASTERN CRAWFORD…GUTHRIE…NORTHERN CASS…CARROLL…NORTHERN ADAIR…WESTERN GREENE AND AUDUBON COUNTIES…

AT 225 AM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 11 MILES SOUTHEAST OF ODEBOLT TO 8 MILES EAST OF ATLANTIC…MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH.

HAZARD…70 MPH WIND GUSTS AND PENNY SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED. AT 214AM CDT…THE DENISON ASOS REPORTED A WIND GUST OF 87 MPH. IMPACT…EXPECT CONSIDERABLE TREE DAMAGE. DAMAGE IS LIKELY TO MOBILE HOMES…ROOFS…AND OUTBUILDINGS.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…

CARROLL…DENISON…ATLANTIC…AUDUBON…GUTHRIE CENTER…MANNING…COON RAPIDS…GLIDDEN…ANITA…EXIRA…ADAIR…MANILLA…ELK HORN…SCRANTON…ARCADIA…BREDA…BAYARD…VAIL…CASEY AND TEMPLETON.

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 80 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 50 AND 89.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A BUILDING.

Significant Weather Advisory: Pott/Montgomery/Page/Fremont Counties

Weather

May 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

FREMONT IA-PAGE IA-POTTAWATTAMIE IA-MONTGOMERY IA-

215 AM CDT THU MAY 26 2016

…SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SOUTHEASTERN POTTAWATTAMIE…MONTGOMERY…NORTHERN PAGE AND EAST CENTRAL FREMONT COUNTIES UNTIL 245 AM CDT…

AT 214 AM CDT…DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING A LINE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 6 MILES NORTH OF GRISWOLD TO 3 MILES NORTHWEST OF RED OAK TO 6 MILES NORTHWEST OF SHENANDOAH…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

HALF INCH HAIL AND WIND GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THESE STORMS.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…

RED OAK…CLARINDA…SHENANDOAH…VILLISCA…ESSEX…STANTON…

ELLIOTT…GRANT…COBURG…HEPBURN… VIKING LAKE STATE PARK AND PIERCE RECREATION AREA.

THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING HIGHWAYS…

HIGHWAY 34 IN IOWA BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 36 AND 51.

HIGHWAY 59 IN IOWA BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 13 AND 19.