**Heat Advisory in effect from Noon until 7-p.m. today for southwest & western Iowa**
Today: Scattered showers and thunderstorms before noon, then isolated showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 95. Heat index values as high as 107. South wind 8 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Southwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 82. North wind 11 to 14 mph.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 61. North wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 85. Light east wind becoming southeast 5 to 9 mph in the morning.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 66.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The heat and humidity typical of Iowa summers has arrived and the state is drying out from the wet spring. Statewide average rainfall for the week ending Sunday was less than a tenth of an inch, far below the 1-inch normal.
Monday’s USDA weekly progress report says crops appeared to advance with reports of corn beginning to tassel in scattered fields. Corn in good to excellent condition increased to 58 percent, up 1 percentage point from the previous week. Corn is 12 percent very poor or poor and 30 percent fair.
Ninety-five percent of the soybean crop has emerged; 3 percentage points behind average. Soybeans are 11 percent very poor or poor, 33 percent fair and 56 percent good or excellent. Some farmers say crops will need some moisture soon.
COUNTIES: AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-CASS-ADAIR-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT & PAGE…
HEAT AND HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON TO PRODUCE THE HIGHEST HEAT INDEX VALUES SEEN SO FAR THIS YEAR FOR MUCH OF THE REGION. ACTUAL AIR TEMPERATURES ARE FORECAST TO REACH THE MIDDLE 90S. DEW POINT TEMPERATURES ARE FORECAST TO REACH THE MIDDLE 70S. THE RESULTING HEAT INDEX VALUES WILL BE AS HIGH AS 105 TO 110 DEGREES.
…HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 7 PM CDT TUESDAY…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A HEAT ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 7 PM CDT TUESDAY.
* TEMPERATURE…WILL CLIMB INTO THE MIDDLE 90S. WHEN FACTORING IN THE EFFECTS OF HUMIDITY…HEAT INDEX VALUES WILL BE AS AS HIGH AS THE 105 TO 110 DEGREE RANGE.
A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS…STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM…STAY OUT OF THE SUN…AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.
TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS…IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE…RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.
TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK...THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY…CALL 9 1 1.
ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS ARE FORECAST TODAY BUT THE THREAT FOR SEVERE WEATHER IS LOW. THUNDERSTORM AND SEVERE WEATHER CHANCES WILL THEN INCREASE TONIGHT…WITH DAMAGING WINDS BEING THE PRIMARY THREAT.
TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY:
LINGERING THUNDERSTORMS ON TUESDAY MORNING WILL HAVE ONLY A LOW THREAT FOR SEVERE WEATHER. HOWEVER…ADDITIONAL THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP LATE TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING WHEN SEVERE WEATHER WILL BE MORE LIKELY…PRIMARILY IN THE FORM OF LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS BUT AN ISOLATED TORNADO CANNOT BE RULED OUT. THE STORMS WILL CLEAR OUT TO THE SOUTHEAST LATER TUESDAY NIGHT.
THUNDERSTORM CHANCES WILL THEN RETURN TO THE AREA FROM FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH THIS WEEKEND…BUT SEVERE WEATHER CHANCES APPEAR LOW AT THIS TIME.
.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…
SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS POSSIBLE TONIGHT AND AGAIN LATE TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.
The National Weather Service forecast (podcast) for the KJAN listening area and weather information for Atlantic….
330 AM CDT MON JUL 8 2013
EARLY THIS MORNING…PARTLY CLOUDY WITH ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. SOUTHWEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 20 PERCENT.
TODAY...PARTLY SUNNY. HOT AND HUMID. ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING. ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 20 PERCENT. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 100 TO 103 IN THE AFTERNOON.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
TUESDAY…HOT AND HUMID. PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. HEAT INDEX READINGS 101 TO 106.
TUESDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW AROUND 70. SOUTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTH AFTER MIDNIGHT. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 100 TO 103 THROUGH MIDNIGHT.
WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. NOT AS WARM. HIGH IN THE MID 80S. NORTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE LOWER 60S.
THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. LOW IN THE MID 60S.
420 PM CDT SUN JUL 7 2013
TONIGHT AND MONDAY: THERE IS A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS TONIGHT ACROSS THE AREA THAT COULD LINGER ALONG AND SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 80 MONDAY MORNING. THEY PROBABLY WOULD NOT BE SEVERE…BUT COULD PRODUCT SMALL HAIL AND GUSTY WINDS.
MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY: SEVERE STORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE MONDAY NIGHT ACROSS THE AREA AS A FRONTAL BOUNDARY REMAINS STALLED IN THE REGION. STORMS COULD CONTAIN DAMAGING WINDS AND LARGE HAIL…IN ADDITION TO LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL.
MORE THUNDERSTORMS ARE FORECAST FOR TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND NIGHT…WITH A SLIGHT RISK FOR SEVERE STORMS DURING THIS TIME AS WELL.
Scattered thunderstorms are forecast tonight and Monday. The threat for severe weather is low, but a few storms may generate some hail and gusty winds. Humidity will be high with warm and muggy conditions expected from Monday through Tuesday. Thunderstorm chances will increase overnight Monday night and again Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night. There is a threat of severe weather during these periods with large hail and damaging wind the primary threats. Slightly cooler and less humid weather will then arrive for the latter half of the work week along with lower rain chances.
400 AM CDT SUN JUL 7 2013
EARLY THIS MORNING...PARTLY CLOUDY WITH ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 20 PERCENT.
TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS OVERNIGHT. LOW AROUND 70. SOUTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH.
MONDAY…PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH AROUND 90. SOUTH WIND AROUND 5 MPH.
MONDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
TUESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS 100 TO 105 IN THE AFTERNOON.
TUESDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW AROUND 70.
WEDNESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 80S.