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WATER SUMMARY UPDATE SHOWS DRY CONDITIONS PERSIST

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

April 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports overall, dry conditions persist for most of Iowa.o_b953c4af464fb0ed_001 In their latest Water Summary Update, the DNR says precipitation average for the past two weeks has been 0.76 inch — a half inch less than normal. The continuing drought is reflected in the change of stream flows across the majority of the state. The lowest conditions are in the Raccoon and Des Moines river basins, which have less than 10 percent of normal stream flow.

Shallow groundwater levels are lower in southwest, west central and south central Iowa. Adequate spring rainfall will be critical to recharge the alluvial and shallow bedrock aquifers. Conditions are close to normal for northeast Iowa, which had near normal rainfall during the past two weeks.

For a more thorough review of Iowa’s water resource trends March 27 through April 9, go to http://www.iowadnr.gov/watersummaryupdate.

 

 

NWS Forecast for the KJAN listening area: Friday, 4/11/14

Weather

April 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

  • Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. West southwest wind 6 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
  • Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. South wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
  • Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 13 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
  • Saturday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. South southwest wind 7 to 11 mph becoming north in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
  • Sunday: Showers. High near 52. Windy, with a north northeast wind 13 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
  • Sunday Night: A chance of rain before 1am, then a chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
  • Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Breezy.

Elevated Fire Danger today (Thursday, 4/10/14)

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

April 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR

1049 AM CDT THU APR 10 2014

    …ELEVATED FIRE DANGER ACROSS MUCH OF CENTRAL IOWA TODAY…

NORTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE FURTHER AND BECOME GUSTY BY THIS
AFTERNOON…ALONG WITH RELATIVE HUMIDITY FALLING INTO THE 20S.
THIS COMBINATION OF WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY WILL PRODUCE
AN ELEVATED FIRE DANGER TODAY. THE MOST FAVORABLE CONDITIONS WILL
EXIST DURING THE AFTERNOON. WINDS WILL DIE OFF QUICKLY THIS
EVENING WITH RAPIDLY IMPROVING FIRE CONDITIONS.

(Podcast) Skyscan forecast & weather info. for Atlantic: 4/10/14

Podcasts, Weather

April 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The (podcast) Freese-Notis KJAN listening area forecast and weather info. for Atlantic, from KJAN New Director Ric Hanson.

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NWS forecast for the KJAN listening area: Thu., 4/10/14

Weather

April 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

346 AM CDT THU APR 10 2014
EARLY THIS MORNING…PARTLY CLOUDY. WARMER. SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO  15 MPH.
TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY UNTIL LATE AFTERNOON THEN CLEARING. BREEZY…COOLER. HIGH IN THE MID 60S. NORTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY UNTIL EARLY MORNING THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 40S. WEST WIND NEAR 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

FRIDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
FRIDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

SATURDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING…THEN THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE MID 70S. SOUTHWEST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 70 PERCENT.
SATURDAY NIGHT…THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 70 PERCENT.

SUNDAY…RAIN LIKELY. BREEZY. MUCH COOLER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 40S. CHANCE OF RAIN 70 PERCENT.

Shelby County Fire Danger Index moved to “HIGH” until further notice

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

April 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency have moved the county’s “Fire Danger” Index to “HIGH” until further notice. Dry and windy weather conditions prompted the change. All open burning is prohibited in Shelby County until the danger of rapidly spreading grass and field fires is reduced.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Wed., 4/9/2014

Podcasts, Weather

April 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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

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RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FOR THE ENTIRE STATE OF IOWA WEDNESDAY

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April 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

WED APR 9 2014 …

RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR EXTREME FIRE CONDITIONS…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING.

* WIND…SOUTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH GUSTING OVER 35 MPH.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…20 TO 25 PERCENT THIS AFTERNOON.

* FUEL…GRASSES ACROSS THE ENTIRE STATE REMAIN 85 TO 100 PERCENT CURED. VERY LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES ON TUESDAY HAS PRIMED THESE FUELS FOR EASY IGNITION AND THE POTENTIAL FOR RAPID FIRE GROWTH.

* IMPACTS…RAPID FIRE GROWTH IS LIKELY TODAY FOR ANY FUELS THAT BECOME IGNITED. OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW…OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS…LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

NWS Forecast for Cass & Area Counties: Wed., April 9th 2014

Weather

April 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

EARLY THIS MORNING…CLEAR. SOUTHWEST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

**RED FLAG WARNING FOR ALL OF IOWA TODAY FROM NOON UNTIL 7-P.M.**

TODAY…SUNNY…BREEZY…WARMER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S. SOUTH WIND
10 TO 15 MPH INCREASING TO SOUTHWEST 20 TO 25 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.
GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. NOT AS COOL. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S.
SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

THURSDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY…COOLER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S.
NORTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.
THURSDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN MOSTLY
CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW
IN THE MID 40S. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTH
AFTER MIDNIGHT.

FRIDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO
15 MPH.
FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S.

SATURDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS. BREEZY. HIGH
IN THE LOWER 70S. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 40 PERCENT.

Elevated Fire Danger for Cass & area counties Wednesday

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

April 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT/ NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA 413 PM CDT TUE APR 8 2014

SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD COUNTIES…

…ELEVATED FIRE DANGER LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON…

WARM AND DRY CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ACROSS THE REGION LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON. WITH SOUTHWEST WINDS EXPECTED TO INCREASE TO 20 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO NEAR 35 MPH AT TIMES. WITH RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES DROPPING TO NEAR 25 TO 35 PERCENT DURING THE DAY…AN ELEVATED FIRE DANGER WILL DEVELOP ACROSS THE REGION BY LATE MORNING AND PERSIST THROUGH THE LATE AFTERNOON HOURS.

OUTDOOR BURNING IS HIGHLY DISCOURAGED WEDNESDAY. THE COMBINATION OF BREEZY SOUTHWEST WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY WILL RESULT IN THE POTENTIAL FOR A RAPID SPREAD OF FIRE OR FIRE THAT BECOMES QUICKLY OUT OF CONTROL.