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Elevated Fire Danger across western IA today

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

May 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-GREENE-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-
ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD-
611 AM CDT WED MAY 7 2014

ELEVATED FIRE DANGER EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON IN PORTIONS OF WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST IOWA.

WINDS ARE FORECAST TO INCREASE TODAY FROM THE SOUTH AND SHOULD BE SUSTAINED AT 15 TO 20 MPH BY THIS AFTERNOON WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH. AS THE WINDS INCREASE…DRIER AIR IS EXPECTED TO EDGE INTO WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE STATE WITH RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES DROPPING BELOW 30 PERCENT DURING THE AFTERNOON.

THE COMBINATION OF THE WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITIES WILL LEAD TO AN ELEVATED FIRE
POTENTIAL THIS AFTERNOON UNTIL THE WINDS RELAX AND HUMIDITY VALUES CLIMB THIS EVENING. ANY OUTDOOR FIRES ACROSS THIS AREA WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO SPREAD RAPIDLY THIS AFTERNOON AND BURNING IS DISCOURAGED.

NWS Forecast for the KJAN listening area: 5/7/2014

Weather

May 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

331 AM CDT WED MAY 7 2014

NEAR RECORD HIGHS TODAY

EARLY THIS MORNING…PARTLY CLOUDY. WARMER. SOUTHEAST WIND AROUND 10 MPH.

TODAY…SUNNY…BREEZY…WARMER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. BREEZY. LOW IN THE UPPER 60S. SOUTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH.

THURSDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING…THEN A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY. NOT AS WARM. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. SOUTH WIND 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 35 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 50 PERCENT.

THURSDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN PARTLY CLOUDY AFTER MIDNIGHT. BREEZY. MUCH COOLER. LOW IN THE MID 40S. WEST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH THROUGH MIDNIGHT.

FRIDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. COOLER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. WEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

FRIDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S.

SATURDAY…PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S.

(Podcast) Skyscan forecast: Tue., May 6th 2014

Podcasts, Weather

May 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis (podcast) weather forecast for the KJAN listening area and weather information for Atlantic.

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State disaster official advises storm readiness

News, Weather

May 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state’s top disaster services official says the death of two Iowans in April 27 storms highlights the need to develop a storm preparedness plan. Mark Schouten, Iowa’s emergency management director recommends Iowans stay aware by keeping a battery operated radio or a cell phone with a storm alert application nearby. Families should have emergency plans and emergency storm kits ready.

Schouten says the Keokuk County storm in late April was not identified as a tornado by the National Weather Service until after a second person died. One woman was killed near Martinsburg, the other near Kinross. Both were caught outside when winds hit.

Schouten says Iowa has built an increasing number of school tornado safe rooms with 33 completed projects and funding approved for more.

Shelby County Fire Danger increased to Moderate

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

May 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency has increased the County-wide Fire Danger category to “Moderate” this week, due to decreased humidity and strengthening winds. The current Fire Danger rating will be in effective through Thursday morning, at which time the situation will be assessed and the county fire danger status updated.

When the fire danger is “moderate” it means that fires can start from most accidental causes, but the number of fire starts is usually pretty low. If a fire does start in an open, dry grassland, it will burn and spread quickly on windy days. Most wood fires will spread slowly to moderately. Average fire intensity will be moderate except in heavy concentrations of fuel, which may burn hot. Fires are still not likely to become serious and are often easy to control.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Mon., May 5th 2014

Podcasts, Weather

May 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis (podcast) weather forecast for the KJAN listening area and weather information for Atlantic.

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Hazardous Weather Outlook for western/central Iowa

Weather

May 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES:SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD
438 AM CDT MON MAY 5 2014

DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT

NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY

SEVERAL ROUNDS OF THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE BETWEEN TUESDAY NIGHT
AND THURSDAY NIGHT. THE HIGHEST PROBABILITY OF THUNDERSTORMS AND
GREATEST THREAT FOR SEVERE WEATHER WILL COME ON THURSDAY
AFTERNOON AND EVENING WHEN THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR LARGE
HAIL…DAMAGING WINDS…AND A FEW TORNADOES.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

SPOTTER ACTIVATION MAY BE NEEDED AT TIMES BETWEEN TUESDAY EVENING
AND THURSDAY NIGHT.

NWS forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area 5/5/2014

Weather

May 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. East northeast wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 48. East wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Windy, with an east wind 15 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.
Tue. Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Southeast wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Breezy.
Wed. Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Breezy.
Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

NWS Forecast for Cass & areas Counties: Sun. evening update

Weather

May 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

331 PM CDT SUN MAY 4 2014

THIS EVENING: CLEAR TO P/CLDY. EAST WIND AROUND 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.

TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. BREEZY. LOW IN THE MID 40S. EAST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH.

MONDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH AROUND 70. NORTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

MONDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S. EAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

TUESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE MID 70S. EAST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.

TUESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MIDNIGHT. WARMER. LOW IN THE LOWER 60S. SOUTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH THROUGH MIDNIGHT.

WEDNESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. BREEZY…WARMER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 80S.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. BREEZY. LOW IN THE MID 60S.

THURSDAY…THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY. BREEZY. NOT AS WARM. HIGH IN THE MID 70S. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 60 PERCENT. THE HIGHEST PROBABILITY OF THUNDERSTORMS AND GREATEST CHANCE FOR SEVERE WEATHER WILL COME ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING WHEN THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR LARGE HAIL…DAMAGING WINDS…AND TORNADOES.

NWS Forecast for Cass & area Counties in Iowa – 5/4/2014

Weather

May 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

416 AM CDT SUN MAY 4 2014

EARLY THIS MORNING…PARTLY CLOUDY. NORTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. EAST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.

TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY BEFORE MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. BREEZY. LOW IN THE MID 40S. EAST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.

MONDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. NORTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

MONDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S. EAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

TUESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE MID 70S. EAST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.

TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. BREEZY. LOW IN THE LOWER 60S. HIGH 74 TO 87.