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(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Tue., 12/16/2014

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December 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis weather forecast, and weather information for Atlantic.

Special Weather Statment: Slick spots possible this morning

News, Weather

December 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-COUNTIES:

SCATTERED SLICK SPOTS POSSIBLE EARLY THIS MORNING

A MIXTURE OF VERY LIGHT SNOW…SLEET OR FREEZING RAIN HAS DEPOSITED JUST TOKEN AMOUNTS OF PRECIPITATION ON AREA ROADS OVERNIGHT AND MAY CONTINUE BRIEFLY EARLY THIS MORNING. EVEN THOUGH PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS WERE AND WILL BE QUITE LIGHT…MORNING MOTORISTS SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR SCATTERED SLICK SPOTS WITH AIR AND ROAD SURFACE TEMPERATURES CONTINUING TO DROP FURTHER BELOW THE FREEZING MARK.

Weather forecast for Cass & area Counties: Tue., 12/16/2014

Weather

December 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

400 AM CST TUE DEC 16 2014

EARLY THIS MORNING…CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF LIGHT FREEZING RAIN…FREEZING DRIZZLE AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW. WINDY. MUCH COLDER. NORTHWEST WIND 25 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 40 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 40 PERCENT.

TODAY...CLOUDY IN THE MORNING THEN BECOMING PARTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. MUCH COLDER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 20S. NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 25 MPH.

TONIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW 15 TO 20. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

WEDNESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 20S. NORTH WIND AROUND 5 MPH.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW 15 TO 20. EAST WIND AROUND 5 MPH.

THURSDAY…CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW. HIGH IN THE UPPER 20S. EAST WIND AROUND 5 MPH.

THURSDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY. SCATTERED FLURRIES. LOW IN THE LOWER 20S.

FRIDAY…CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 30S.

Wind Advisory extended until 6-a.m. for Monona, Harrison, Shelby & Pott. Counties

Weather

December 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

351 AM CST TUE DEC 16 2014

A WIND ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST TUESDAY, FOR MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTIES.  A WIND ADVISORY CONTINUES UNTIL 6-A.M. AS WELL, FOR SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-GREENE-BOONE-STORY-AUDUBON COUNTIES.

* TIMING…STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS WILL CONTINUE EARLY THIS MORNING THEN DECREASE.

* WIND SPEEDS…25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH.

* IMPACTS…THE STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS AND MAY BLOW AROUND UNSECURED OBJECTS SUCH AS GARBAGE CANS AND LAWN FURNITURE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS BETWEEN 30 TO 39 MPH OR GUSTS BETWEEN 45 TO 57 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT…ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

Wind Advisory remains in effect Tue. morning

Weather

December 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-GREENE-AUDUBON-COUNITES

…A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST TUESDAY…

MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-COUNTIES

…A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM CST TUESDAY…

Wind Advisory in effect until 4-a.m. Tuesday

News, Weather

December 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS COUNTIES…
352 PM CST MON DEC 15 2014

…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM CST TUESDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM CST TUESDAY.

* TIMING…STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS WILL DEVELOP THROUGH THIS EVENING AND CONTINUE OVERNIGHT.

* WINDS…NORTHWEST 25 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH.

* IMPACTS…THE STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE DIFFICULT DRIVING
CONDITIONS AND MAY BLOW AROUND UNSECURED OBJECTS SUCH AS GARBAGE
CANS AND LAWN FURNITURE. IN ADDITION…ANY FALLING SNOW WOULD BE
BLOWING SNOW CAUSING SLICK SPOTS ON ROADS AND REDUCED
VISIBILITIES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS BETWEEN 30 TO
39 MPH OR GUSTS BETWEEN 45 TO 57 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS
STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT…ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE
VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Mon., 12/15/2014

Podcasts, Weather

December 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis weather forecast for the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic.

Nat’l Weather Service forecast for the KJAN listening area: 12/15/14

Weather

December 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Today: An 80% chance of rain. Temperature falling to around 45 by 5pm. Breezy, with a southeast wind 6 to 16 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Tonight: A 50% chance of precipitation. Rain and sleet likely before 9pm, then a chance of rain between 9pm and midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 24. Windy, with a north northwest wind 17 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Little or no sleet accumulation expected.

Tuesday: Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 31. Windy, with a northwest wind 11 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.
Tuesday: Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 16. North northwest wind 6 to 10 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 29.
Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19.

Thursday: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28.

“Abnormally dry” conditions return to NW Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

December 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The state entered winter with groundwater levels up and no drought conditions reported in the state, but that has changed a little in recent weeks. Tim Hall tracks the water conditions for the Department of Natural Resources and says drought conditions in the Dakotas and parts of Minnesota have crept into Iowa. “That’s just sort of snuck into the northwest corner of the state, it’s not a big deal right now, we just want folks who live in that part of the state to be aware of it, and we’ll just sort of keep an eye on it over the winter,” Hill says. The area has been rated “abnormally dry” which Hall says is the rated that brings the least concern for drought conditions. November saw more snowfall than normal, but Hall says that doesn’t help the dry conditions at this time of year.

“The frozen ground prevents a lot of general soaking in of rainfall, plus we’ve got to keep in mind that there’s often a ten to one ratio between the amount snow we get and the amount of moisture that is in that snow,” Hall says. “So, a ten-inch snowfall — which is a big deal in Iowa — could be as little as an inch of rain, which isn’t as big a deal.” Overall though, Hall says Iowa’s waterways are in good shape right now. He says the state has battled abnormally low stream flow levels over the past couple of years. “Generally in the winter stream flow levels are pretty low to being with, and over the last couple of years we have seen abnormally low stream flows when it’s normally low anyway. This year going into winter, we are actually in pretty good shape stream-flow wise,” Hall says. He says most of the state has normal stream flow and western Iowa has some above-normal stream flows.

“That indicates there’s an abundance of moisture in the system and that spells good news potentially for spring planting as there is enough moisture out there,” Halls says. “That’s a significant improvement over where we’ve been over the last couple of years.” One other things Hall has noticed about the water systems this winter is that we’ve seen some of the earliest lake ice on record for Iowa’s northern lakes. Big Spirit Lake froze November 16th and West Okoboji Lake was close to being completely frozen on December 1st.

“Generally the onset of ice on the lakes isn’t a huge impact on the hydrology,” according to Hall. He says it is kind of interesting for “weather junkies” to look at and see how the icing of the lakes compares to past years. Hall says the ice on the lakes can help prevent some evaporation, but overall it doesn’t have a major impact on the water situation. And he says the changing temperatures will make the ice conditions vary quite a bit. For more on of Iowa’s water resource trends, go to www.iowadnr.gov.

(Radio Iowa)

KJAN listening area weather forecast: Sun., 12/14/14

Weather

December 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(Updated 6:58-am. by the Nat’l Weather Svc. in Des Moines)

Today: A chance of drizzle. Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 59. South wind 10 to 20 mph.
Tonight: A chance of showers, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 10pm. Low around 50. Southeast wind 10 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Monday: Periods of showers. Temperature falling to around 45 by 5pm. Breezy, with a southeast wind 7 to 16 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Mon. Night: Rain likely before 9pm, then rain and sleet likely between 9pm and midnight, then a chance of snow after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 24. Windy, with a north northwest wind 17 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 29. Windy, with a northwest wind 11 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.
Tue. Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 19.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 29.