Despite the wet spring across much of the Midwest, there’s still the potential for drought. Doug Kluck, a climatologist with NOAA in Kansas City, says most of the Missouri River Basin is far from drought, though some potential dry spots are starting to emerge in the upper basin. Kluck says western Iowa shouldn’t have anything to worry about, at least not yet.
“It’s not surprising this time of year, droughts can happen really fast,” Kluck says. “Sometimes, they call them flash droughts, if it gets really hot and winds pick up. Those are usually agriculturally-based impacts.” Kluck says the El Nino effect on the weather has passed now with a La Nina pattern likely, meaning, it will be hotter and wetter than normal over much of the region in the months to come.
“As far as predictions, right now we’re slipping into what we call a Neutral Tropical Pacific with La Nina likely developing a little later this summer,” Kluck says. “Really, the impacts from that La Nina tend not to be felt until late fall.” Barges should be running all summer on the Missouri, according to U-S Army Corps of Engineers hydraulic engineer Joel Knofcynski. He says the upper Missouri River reservoirs -do- have enough capacity to handle the heavy rainfall this spring and the current heavy snow melt.
“The service level for the remainder of the navigation season and the navigation season length are based on the July 1st system storage check,” Knofcynski says. “Under all three simulations, flow support for navigaton would be full service and a full eight-month navigation season would be provided.” Water levels are high on the upper Missouri River reservoirs, but enough capacity remains to reduce flooding while maintaining barge traffic. He notes, there could be some minor-to-moderate flooding along the Missouri River, but nothing that poses a serious threat to property.
Forecasters say a heat wave will wash over Iowa today (Thursday) that will likely last through the weekend, with steamy high temperatures in the 90s — and the heat may doom many pets. Josh Colvin, with the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, expects they’ll average five calls a day alerting them to animals that are locked inside hot cars.
“If we get a call like that, first, we’re going to try to identify how critical it is,” Colvin says. “If it’s very critical, we’re going to call the police department over and make entry into the vehicle. We’re going to try to identify where the owner is, who the owner is, if we’ve got a little bit of time but it’s a hurry up and make a decision on whether we’re going to gain entry in that vehicle.” Sad but true, he says, hundreds of cats and dogs die needlessly every summer by being left inside cars.
“People are on the fence, ‘Well, I don’t want to call on my neighbor,’ because they just don’t want to do that,” Colvin says, “but if they’re really concerned that the animal is in danger, we really encourage people to call us.” Colvin says the situation can rapidly become lethal. “If we’re talking about animals in vehicles, with weather like today, tomorrow and this weekend, it can become critical very quickly, in a matter of minutes to be frank,” Colvin says. “We’ve really got to respond to those calls quickly.”
Pets should never be left unattended in a car when the temperature is more than 70 degrees, even for a few minutes. When it’s 80 degrees, the temperature inside a car can reach 99 degrees or hotter within ten minutes, and leaving windows cracked does very little to lower the temp. Colvin reminds people to act immediately if they see a distressed animal in an unattended car. Call your local law enforcement agency.
With temperatures expected to rise above 90 degrees for the first time this year, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans to keep health in mind during the hot weather. “People suffer heat-related illness when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. The body normally cools itself by sweating. But under some conditions, sweating just isn’t enough,” said IPDH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. “Although people with cardiac and other medical problems are especially at risk, even young and healthy individuals can have a heat-related illness if they are very active during hot weather or the heat index is very high.”
To protect your health when temperatures and humidity are high, remember to keep cool and use common sense. The following tips are important:
As Iowans enjoy more outdoor recreational opportunities and events, it’s important to remember some basic summer safety guidelines, which can be summarized with the word ‘SHADE’:
For more information about hot weather health, visit www.cdc.gov/Features/ExtremeHeat/.
Today: P/Cldy. High 91. S @ 10-20.
Tonight: P/Cldy w/isolated shwrs possible late. Low 70. S @ 5-10.
Tomorrow: Partly Cloudy w/iso. Shwrs possible early. High near 94. S @ 10-20.
Friday: P/Cldy & humid. High 95.
Saturday: P/Cldy & humid. High 92.
Wednesday’s High in Atlantic was 86. Our 24-hour Low thru 7-a.m. today was 56. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 95 and the low was 61. The All-time Record High in Atlantic on this date was 101 in 1985. The Record Low was 38 in 1915.
342 AM CDT THU JUN 9 2016
EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLEAR. WARMER. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S. SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE LOWER 70S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH THROUGH MIDNIGHT.
FRIDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.
SATURDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 90S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS AROUND 100 IN THE AFTERNOON.
SUNDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S.
The forecast calls for the hottest weather of the year so far to arrive in Iowa tomorrow (Thursday), which happens to coincide with Heat Awareness Day. Meteorologist Kenny Podrazik, at the National Weather Service, says it’s not officially summertime yet, but it’ll sure feel like it. “We’ll be up into the low 90s Thursday, and then Friday and into the weekend, we’ll be well into the mid 90s on Friday, Saturday and even into Sunday,” Podrazik says. “Sunday it may be a little cooler, but it’ll be nice and hot.”
Podrazik says Heat Awareness Day is a time to remind Iowans about the steamy season ahead and how to conduct best themselves. “Never leave kids or pets unattended when the car is off,” he says. “Limit strenuous outdoor activities. Find shade. Always stay hydrated. If you work outside, the biggest thing is to take breaks in the shade.”
The first day of summer is June 20th. Find more information about Heat Awareness Day at www.weather.gov/dmx
Today: Partly Cloudy. High 83. SE @ 5-10.
Tonight: P/Cldy w/isolated showers possible. Low 65. SE @ 5-10.
Tomorrow: Partly Cloudy. High near 90. S @ 5-10.
Friday & Saturday: P/Cldy, warm & humid. High’s both days around 94.
Tuesday’s High in Atlantic was 79. Our 24-hour Low thru 7-a.m. today was 53. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 87 and the low was 56. The All-time Record High in Atlantic on this date was 102in 1985. The Record Low was 38 in 1930.
410 AM CDT WED JUN 8 2016
EARLY THIS MORNING…PARTLY CLOUDY. SOUTHEAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.
TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 80S. SOUTHEAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTH IN THE AFTERNOON.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. WARMER. LOW IN THE MID 60S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
THURSDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S. SOUTHWEST WIND T0 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.
FRIDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.
SATURDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 90S.
Today: Mostly Sunny. High 77. N @ 10-15.
Tonight: Fair to Partly Cloudy. Low 49.
Tomorrow: Partly Sunny. High 82. SE @ 10.
Thursday: P/Cldy. High 89.
Friday: P/Cldy. High 94.
Monday’s High in Atlantic was 83. Our 24-hour Low thru 7-a.m. today was 50. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 83 and the low was 56. The All-time Record High in Atlantic on this date was 98 in 1934 & 2011. The Record Low was 36 in 1894.
339 AM CDT TUE JUN 7 2016
EARLY THIS MORNING…CLEAR. NORTHWEST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.
TODAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 70S. NORTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE MID 50S. NORTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTHEAST AROUND 5 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.
WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
THURSDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
FRIDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 90S.