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Flood Watch continues for far southwest Iowa through Sat. morning

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October 5th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM TODAY (THURSDAY) THROUGH THROUGH 5-A.M. SATURDAY, FOR Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, and Page Counties…

Numerous rounds of showers and thunderstorms with heavy rainfall potential are expected later today into Friday. This could eventually could create locally 3 to 6 inches of rain over a prolonged period of time, which may result in flooding of low lying areas, and possibly some rivers and streams.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Flood Watch in effect for 4 S.W. IA Counties beginning Thursday

News, Weather

October 4th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley has issued a  Flood Watch for portions of southwest Iowa and southeast Nebraska, including the following Counties, in southwest Iowa: Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, and Page, from 1-p.m. Thursday through 5-a.m. Saturday.

* Numerous rounds of showers and thunderstorms with heavy rainfall potential are expected Thursday into Friday. This could eventually could create 2 to 4 inches of rain over a prolonged period of time, which may result in flooding of low lying areas,
and possibly some rivers and streams. Rainfall over the previous 48 hours has averaged three quarters to two and a half inches in some areas, thus the soil may already be wet in some locations.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Wednesday, October 4

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

October 4th, 2017 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .15″
  • Elk Horn  .11″
  • Massena  .26″
  • Audubon  .09″
  • Oakland  .29″
  • Clarinda  .44″
  • Carroll  .02″
  • Logan  .07″
  • Villisca  .15″
  • Corning  .1″
  • Shenandoah  .12″
  • Red Oak  .44″
  • Denison  .09″
  • Manning  .07″
  • Bedford  .37″

Skyscan forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 10/4/17

Weather

October 4th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly cloudy. High 68. N @ 10-20.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy w/shwrs & tstrms late. Low 54. E @ 5-10.

Tomorrow: Mo. Cldy w/scattered shwrs & tstrms. High 68. SE @ 10-20.

Friday: Mo. Cldy w/scattered shwrs & tstrms. High near 72.

Saturday: Cloudy to P/Cldy w/scattered shwrs & tstrms ending early. High around 68.

Tuesday’s High in Atlantic was 75. Our Low this morning was 53 (as of 5:45-a.m.). We received .15” rain from 7-a.m. Tuesday through 5:45-a.m. today. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 71 and the low was 56. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 90 in 1938 & 2005. The Record Low for this date was 20 in 1968.

September winds up warmer & drier than normal

Weather

October 3rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

September wrapped up as a very warm, dry month for Iowa, an about-face from the month before. State climatologist Harry Hillaker says during the last week in the month, Iowans endured temperatures much warmer than normal, well into the 90s in many areas. “The month started out rather on the cooler side. The first seven or eight days, temperatures were well below normal,” Hillaker says. “The rest of the month, with a few small exceptions, was very much on the warmer side. The month as a whole ended up being about 4 degrees above normal for temperatures.”

It ended up being the 11th warmest September in Iowa out of 145 years of record-keeping. Coincidentally, the prior month was the 12th coolest August in Iowa on record. The hottest day of September fell on the 23rd when Iowa City reported 95 degrees, while the coldest report was 35 degrees, both on September 7th in Stanley and on September 30th in Cresco. Rainfall during September was widely varied across Iowa.

“A very dry first half of the month, very little rain anywhere in the state the first half of September,” Hillaker says, “but the rainfall became much more common in the second half of the month, though most areas ended up well below normal.”

While the Fairfield and Ottumwa area was among the driest areas in the state, a storm system on September 20th into the 21st dumped almost eight inches of rain on that area. It ended up making Fairfield/Ottumwa the wettest area in Iowa for September, with nearly nine inches of rain during the month. Burlington had the least rain with only five-hundredths of an inch for the month. As for the month ahead, Hillaker says October promises to be a bit wetter than usual and a potential rollercoaster for temperatures. “Expecting temperatures to average warmer than normal for the month of October, although it does look like we’ll have a fairly cool period for the second week in the month,” Hillaker says. “It’s expected to warm up again after that. On rainfall, it’s slightly favoring above-normal precipitation.”

He says substantial rainfall is possible during this first week in the month. The month of September in Atlantic was nearly five-degrees warmer than normal for a High and three-degrees warmer than the average Low. It was deficient in the form of rainfall, however. Weather data compiled here at KJAN (the official National Weather Service records-keeping site for Atlantic) show the Average High for the month was 81, which was 4.6-degrees warmer than the norm of 76.4.  The hottest day was Sept. 22nd, at 92 degrees. The Average Low was 54.1-degrees, which was 2-degrees above the norm of 51.1. The coolest mornings were on the 6th and 7th, when our Low dropped to 40.

Our normal High for the month of October in Atlantic, is 64, while the average Low is 39. Rainfall during the month amounted to 1.65 inches. We normally see 3.81 inches. The most amount of rain (.72″) fell on the 25th. Rainfall in October typically amounts to 2.76″ in Atlantic.

(Radio Iowa/KJAN records)

Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Tuesday, October 3

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

October 3rd, 2017 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .06″
  • Massena  .26″
  • Elk Horn  .13″
  • Audubon  .05″
  • Manning  .09″
  • Woodbine  .34″
  • Logan  .33″
  • Missouri Valley  .43″
  • Carroll  .04″
  • Red Oak  .3″
  • Corning  .04″
  • Denison  .17″
  • Underwood  .07″

Skyscan forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 10/3/17

Weather

October 3rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly-to-Mostly cloudy w/scattered showers & thunderstorms. High 77. S winds becoming NW @ 10-20.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy w/shwrs & tstrms ending late. Low 50. NW @ 10.

Tomorrow: Mo. Cldy w/isolated shwrs & tstrms. High 68. NW @ 10-20.

Thursday: Mo. Cldy w/scattered shwrs & tstrms. High near 68.

Friday: Cloudy w/scattered shwrs & tstrms. High around 73.

Monday’s High in Atlantic was 84. Our 24-hour Low will be 59. We received .06” rain after 7-a.m., Monday, for a total of .65”.  Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 77 and the low was 46. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 95 in 1997. The Record Low for this date was 23 in 2010.

Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Monday, October 2

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

October 2nd, 2017 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .59″
  • Massena  .43″
  • Audubon  .88″
  • Avoca  1.1″
  • Oakland  .4″
  • Underwood  1.55″
  • Guthrie Center  .8″
  • MIssouri Valley  .68″
  • Logan  .73″
  • Neola  .9″
  • 7 miles NNE of Atlantic  .58″
  • Denison  .9″
  • Red Oak  .3″
  • Carroll  .71″
  • Manning  .81″
  • Sidney  .19″
  • Council Bluffs  .87″
  • Corning  .05″

Skyscan forecast & weather data for Atlantic: 10/02/17

Weather

October 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Today: Scattered showers & thunderstorms this morning; Partly cloudy this afternoon. High 82. S @ 15-25.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy w/shwrs & tstrms redeveloping. Low 68. S @ 10-15.

Tomorrow: Mo. Cldy w/scattered morning shwrs & tstrms. High 75. NW @ 10-15.

Wednesday: Shwrs ending early; P/Cldy to Cldy. High near 70.

Thursday: Cloudy w/scattered shwrs & tstrms. High around 70.

Sunday’s High in Atlantic was 76. Our Low this morning 56. We received .59″ of rain at the KJAN studios from 7-a.m. Sunday thru 7-a.m. today.  Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 75 and the low was 46. The Record High in Atlantic on this date was 93 in 1892. The Record Low for this date was 18 in 1974.

September 2017 weather data for Atlantic

Weather

October 1st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The month of September was nearly five-degrees warmer than normal for a High and three-degrees warmer than the average Low. It was deficient in the form of rainfall, however.

Weather data compiled here at KJAN (the official National Weather Service records-keeping site for Atlantic) show the Average High for the month was 81, which was 4.6-degrees warmer than the norm of 76.4.  The hottest day was Sept. 22nd, at 92 degrees. The Average Low was 54.1-degrees, which was 2-degrees above the norm of 51.1. The coolest mornings were on the 6th and 7th, when our Low dropped to 40.

Our normal High for the month of October in Atlantic, is 64, while the average Low is 39.

Rainfall during the month amounted to 1.65 inches. We normally see 3.81 inches. The most amount of rain (.72″) fell on the 25th. Rainfall in October typically amounts to 2.76″ in Atlantic.