DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Soaking rain across much of the nation’s midsection has helped further alleviate drought in the crop growing states of Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Small portions of Nebraska also saw improvement. A weekly drought monitor, released Thursday by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, showed a few regions missed out from the wet weather, including Texas, where southern counties are in exceptional drought – the driest level possible level.
Eastern Nebraska and the western edge of the state improved. Most of Nebraska remains in extreme drought. Kansas saw little change, remaining in exceptional or extreme drought. With snow in parts of Nebraska and heavy rain in much of the Midwest, some farmers are now hoping for a dry spell so they can get into fields.
Rainfall in Atlantic for the past 24-hours (ending today at 7-a.m.) amounted to 1.39″ at the KJAN studios (The OFFICIAL National Weather Service reporting site for Atlantic.)
Here’s the Freese-Notis (Podcast) forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic. (Rainfall from 7-am Wed. through 5-am Thu. at KJAN amounted to 1.37-inches)
Today: Rain and sleet before 11am, then rain and snow. High near 38. Windy, with a north wind 18 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Tonight: A chance of rain and snow before 4am, then a chance of freezing rain. Cloudy, with a low around 27. Windy, with a northwest wind 20 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Windy, with a west northwest wind around 21 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. Blustery, with a northwest wind 11 to 16 mph becoming light and variable in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. Breezy, with a southeast wind 7 to 12 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph.
Saturday Night: A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. Breezy. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Sunday: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57.
Sunday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.
COUNTIES: CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-WARREN-MARION-MAHASKA-ADAMS-UNION-CLARKE-LUCAS- MONROE-WAPELLO-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD-DECATUR-WAYNE-APPANOOSE-DAVIS- 707 AM CDT WED APR 17 2013
…STRONG THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE OVER SOUTHERN IOWA THIS MORNING… SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS ARE MOVING EAST TO NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH ACROSS SOUTHERN IOWA. THESE STORMS WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE BRIEF HEAVY RAINFALL ALONG WITH SMALL HAIL. HAIL COULD RANGE FROM PEA TO NICKEL HAIL. STRONGER STORMS MAY BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING ENOUGH SMALL HAIL TO COVER THE GROUND.
IF STORMS APPROACH YOUR AREA TRY TO REMAIN INDOORS UNTIL THE STORM
Here’s the Freese-Notis forecast for Atlantic and the KJAN listening area, and weather date for Atlantic…
EARLY THIS MORNING…THUNDERSTORMS. EAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 90 PERCENT.
TODAY…LIGHT SHOWERS AND SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING…THEN THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. SOME THUNDERSTORMS MAY PRODUCE HEAVY RAINFALL LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH AROUND 50. EAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION NEAR 100 PERCENT.
TONIGHT...THUNDERSTORMS…BREEZY. LOW IN THE MID 30S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS NEAR 100 PERCENT.
THURSDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. BREEZY…COLDER. RAIN SHOWERS LIKELY AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING…THEN RAIN LIKELY EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON. A CHANCE OF RAIN POSSIBLY MIXED WITH SNOW LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. NO SNOW ACCUMULATION. HIGH AROUND 40. NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 25 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 70 PERCENT.
THURSDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY. RAIN AND SNOW LIKELY THROUGH MIDNIGHT… THEN A CHANCE OF SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT. BREEZY. SNOW ACCUMULATION UP TO 1 INCH. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S. NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 25 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 70 PERCENT.
FRIDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE MID 40S. NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.
FRIDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 20S.
SATURDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S.
SATURDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF RAIN. NOT AS COOL. LOW IN THE LOWER 40S.
341 AM CDT WED APR 17 2013
...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM NOON CDT TODAY THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A * FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL IOWA…SOUTH CENTRAL IOWA…SOUTHEAST IOWA AND SOUTHWEST IOWA…INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES IN THE KJAN LISTENING AREA..MADISON…RINGGOLD… UNION…and TAYLOR. FROM NOON CDT TODAY THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING
* PERIODS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE ANTICIPATED THROUGH THE DAY AND INTO TONIGHT. THE ENVIRONMENT WILL BE FAVORABLE FOR THESE SHOWERS AND STORMS TO PRODUCE HEAVY RAINS AS THEY REOCCUR OVER SIMILAR AREAS. RAINFALL TOTALS MAY REACH TWO TO THREE INCHES BY EARLY THURSDAY MORNING WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE IN FAR SOUTHEAST IOWA.
* FLASH FLOODING OF SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS MAY OCCUR ALONG WITH SIGNIFICANT PONDING WATER ON ROADS AND IN DITCHES. LARGER RIVERS SOUTH AND EAST OF DES MOINES MAY ALSO EXCEED FLOOD STAGE BEYOND THE VALID WATCH TIME INTO THURSDAY.
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.
The weather forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area, from Freese-Notis, and weather data for Atlantic from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….
346 AM CDT TUE APR 16 2013
EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLOUDY. NORTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
TODAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 40S. NORTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
TONIGHT…CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS THROUGH MIDNIGHT. ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS BEFORE MIDNIGHT…THEN THUNDERSTORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE LOWER 40S. NORTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 90 PERCENT.
WEDNESDAY…THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE UPPER 40S. NORTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 90 PERCENT.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT…THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN SHOWERS LIKELY AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT. BREEZY. LOW IN THE UPPER 30S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 90 PERCENT.
THURSDAY…RAIN SHOWERS LIKELY AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 40S. NORTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 70 PERCENT.
THURSDAY NIGHT…RAIN POSSIBLY MIXED WITH SNOW THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN SNOW LIKELY AFTER MIDNIGHT. BREEZY. LOW AROUND 30. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 60 PERCENT.
FRIDAY…CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF SNOW POSSIBLY MIXED WITH RAIN IN THE MORNING…THEN A CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 40S. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 40 PERCENT.