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Steady rains are making it hard to finish planting corn

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

May 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

All of the recent rain is making it slow going for Iowa farmers who are trying to get their crops planted. Only two days were suitable for field work in the past week. Statewide, about 88-percent of the corn crop is planted. That’s one day behind last year’s pace but four days ahead of the five-year average. Iowa State University Extension agronomist Joel DeJong, based in LeMars, monitors nine northwest Iowa counties, which are trailing the rest of the state.

“You’ve got some neighborhoods that are pretty close to being done, probably 80% or so, on the corn planting,” DeJong says. “We’ve got other neighborhoods that have 30-to-40% of the corn in the ground, and then you get south of Sioux City in the Missouri River bottom, there’s a lot of areas there that have very few of the acres of corn planted at this stage of the game because of the rainfall we’ve had so far this spring.” While much of the state has gotten a drenching in recent weeks, northwest Iowa is getting more than its usual share, frustrating many farmers.

“For the whole region, we’re probably about three-quarters planted on corn because we’ve got some very well-drained soils where we’ve got corn in the ground, but yet, I’ve talked with a lot of people who really don’t have that many acres planted yet because it’s been wet,” DeJong says. “Soybeans, probably only about ten-percent of the beans in the ground at this stage of the game whereas most people were done with both at this stage of the game last year.”

The latest U-S-D-A report shows less than half, or 43-percent, of the state’s intended soybean acreage is planted. That’s two days ahead of normal.

(Radio Iowa)

Dense Fog Advisory until 9-a.m. for s.w. Iowa

Weather

May 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

CASS-ADAIR-ADAMS-MADISON-MONTGOMERY-PAGE-RINGGOLD-TAYLOR AND UNION COUNTIES…626 AM CDT WED MAY 18 2016

…DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CDT THIS MORNING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A DENSE FOG ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CDT THIS MORNING.

* VISIBILITY…VISIBILITY OF ONE QUARTER MILE AT TIMES DOWN TO
NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY CAN BE EXPECTED FOR THE NEXT FEW HOURS.

* IMPACTS…TRAVEL WILL BE IMPACTED THROUGH THE MORNING COMMUTE. USE EXTRA CAUTION AND SLOW DOWN. ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO REACH YOUR DESTINATION SAFELY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A DENSE FOG ADVISORY MEANS VISIBILITIES WILL FREQUENTLY BE
REDUCED TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE. IF DRIVING…SLOW DOWN…
USE YOUR HEADLIGHTS…AND LEAVE PLENTY OF DISTANCE AHEAD OF YOU.
BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT INTERSECTIONS AND RAILROAD CROSSINGS IF DENSE FOG IS ENCOUNTERED AS VEHICLES AND TRAINS MAY BE HIDDEN BY THE FOG.

Dense Fog this morning over parts of the KJAN listening area

Weather

May 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD COUNTIES
506 AM CDT WED MAY 18 2016

…FOG CONTINUES OVER THE REGION EARLY THIS WEDNESDAY MORNING…

FOG…OCCASIONALLY DENSE AT TIMES…CONTINUES OVER PORTIONS OF
SOUTHERN IOWA. FROM TIME TO TIME…AREAS OF DENSE FOG WITH
VISIBILITY UNDER A QUARTER MILE TO NEAR ZERO WILL BE ENCOUNTERED EARLY THIS MORNING. THE FOG WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE MORNING COMMUTE THIS WEDNESDAY MORNING AND BURN OFF BY MID MORNING.

MOTORISTS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION WHILE TRAVELING DURING THE
MORNING COMMUTE THIS WEDNESDAY. ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO REACH YOUR
DESTINATION SAFELY…INCREASE FOLLOWING DISTANCE BETWEEN YOU AND
THE VEHICLE AHEAD OF YOU. BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT INTERSECTIONS
AND RAILROAD CROSSINGS IF DENSE FOG IS ENCOUNTERED AS VEHICLES AND
TRAINS MAY BE HIDDEN BY THE FOG.

NWS forecast for Cass & area Counties in IA: 5/18/16

Weather

May 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

346 AM CDT WED MAY 18 2016

EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLEAR. AREAS OF FOG. NORTHEAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

TODAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. AREAS OF DENSE FOG THROUGH MID MORNING… THEN PATCHY FOG BEFORE NOON. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. SOUTHEAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 40S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

THURSDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

FRIDAY…PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. HIGH AROUND 70. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

SATURDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 70S.

Special Weather Statement: Dense Fog to linger until about 10-a.m.

Weather

May 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD COUNTIES…
824 AM CDT TUE MAY 17 2016

…DENSE FOG STILL IN PLACE ACROSS PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN IOWA…

AREAS OF DENSE FOG WILL CONTINUE ACROSS PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN
IOWA…WITH VISIBILITIES REDUCED TO NEAR ZERO AT TIMES. THE FOG IS
EXPECTED TO BEGIN TO LIFT AND SHOULD BE DISSIPATED BY 10 OR 11 AM.

Rainfall Totals from Monday, May 16

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

May 17th, 2016 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .1″
  • Elk Horn  .17″
  • Missouri Valley .22″
  • Oakland  .2″
  • Avoca  .1″
  • Logan  .23″
  • Creston  .26″
  • Shenandoah  .39″
  • Council Bluffs  .24″

Skyscan forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 5/17/16

Weather

May 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Today: Areas of dense fog this morning; Partly Cloudy. High near 66. NE @ 5-10.

Tonight: P/Cldy. Low around 38.
Tomorrow: Mo. Sunny. High near 68. E @ 5-10.
Thursday: P/Cldy. High near 70.

Friday: Mo. Cldy w/scattered showers. High 68.  

Monday’s High in Atlantic was 55. We received .1” of rain yesterday. Our 24-hour Low thru 7-a.m. today was 38. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 75 and the low was 45. The All-time Record High in Atlantic on this date was 92 in 1908 & 1939. The Record Low was 32 in 1912 & 1973.

Special Weather Statement: Dense Fog this morning

Weather

May 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD

…FOG CONTINUES OVER THE AREA EARLY THIS TUESDAY MORNING…

FOG…OCCASIONALLY DENSE AT TIMES…CONTINUES OVER PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN IOWA THIS MORNING. THE FOG WILL PERSIST INTO A PORTION OF THE MORNING COMMUTE…OR THROUGH ABOUT 7 TO 8 AM THIS MORNING. MOTORISTS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION WHILE TRAVELING DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE. ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO REACH YOUR DESTINATION SAFELY… INCREASE FOLLOWING DISTANCE BETWEEN YOU AND THE VEHICLE AHEAD OF YOU. BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT INTERSECTIONS AND RAILROAD CROSSINGS IF DENSE FOG IS ENCOUNTERED AS VEHICLES AND TRAINS MAY BE HIDDEN BY THE FOG.

NWS forecast for Cass & area Counties in IA: 5/17/16

Weather

May 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

350 AM CDT TUE MAY 17 2016

EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLOUDY. PATCHY FOG. NORTHEAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY. FOG…LOCALLY DENSE THROUGH MID MORNING. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE MID 60S. NORTHEAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE EVENING THEN CLEARING. LOW IN THE LOWER 40S. NORTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

WEDNESDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. EAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH.

THURSDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

FRIDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 30 PERCENT.

Skyscan forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 5/16/16

Weather

May 16th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Today: Cloudy w/a 40% chance of showers. High near 64. SW @ 10-15.

Tonight: Mo. Cldy w/scattered showers. Low around 435 N @ 5-10.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 67. Northeast wind 5 to 15 mph w/gusts to 20

Tue. Night: Mo. Clear. Low 47/.
Wednesday: Mo. Sunny, with a high near 69. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

Sunday’s High in Atlantic was 66. Our 24-hour Low thru 7-a.m. today was 35. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 78 and the low was 59. The All-time Record High in Atlantic on this date was 93 in 1939. The Record Low was 25 in 1907.