Despite a few hot days and some heavy downpours in parts of Iowa, state climatologist Harry Hillaker says the state overall ended the month of May with both near-normal warmth and rainfall. Hillaker says, “For the statewide average, very close to normal both for temperatures and precipitation, although certainly the last week of the month we were much warmer than usual and also much wetter than usual at the tail end of the month.”
The warmest day in Iowa for the month was May 6th when it reached 90 degrees in Cedar Rapids and Hawarden. The lowest temperature was set on May 15th with 27 degrees in Cresco, Decorah and Elkader. While most of eastern Iowa was drier than normal, much of Iowa’s western third got a drenching during May, wrapping up the month much wetter than normal.
“The largest rain totals that I’ve seen, Atlantic in southwest Iowa had 10.75 inches of rain there,” Hillaker says. “That was helped a lot by about 6 inches during the last week of the month, locally very heavy rains.” One of the driest places in the state was the Des Moines area, with just 2.6 inches of rain during May. The forecast for the month of June calls for slightly cooler-than-normal temperatures and near-normal rainfall.
Today: Mostly Sunny. High 77. W @ 10-15.
Tonight: Partly Cloudy. Low 53.
Tomorrow: P/Cldy. High 79. S @ 10.
Friday: P/Cldy w/isolated afternoon thundershowers. High 82.
Saturday: P/Cldy to Cldy w/any showers ending in the morning. High 78.
Tuesday’s High in Atlantic was 75. Our 24-hour Low thru 7-a.m. today was 52. We received .39” rain Tuesday. Total rainfall for the month of May was 10.27”. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 72 and the low was 49. The All-time Record High in Atlantic on this date was 99 in 1934. The Record Low was 36 in 1956.
Early This Morning: Mostly clear. West wind near 5 mph.
Today: Sunny. High in the mid 70s. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Low in the mid 50s. West wind near 10 mph.
Thursday: Sunny. A slight chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. High in the upper 70s. Southwest wind near 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 20 percent.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear. Low in the upper 50s. South wind near 10 mph.
Friday: Sunny. High in the lower 80s. South wind near 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms. Low in the lower 60s.
Saturday: Sunny with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. High in the upper 70s.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Although rain has slowed progress in some regions of the country, farmers planting corn remain ahead of schedule. Nationally, 94 percent of the crop is planted, two percentage points ahead of the five-year average. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday virtually all the corn is planted in Iowa and 90 percent of the plants have emerged from the dirt, about five days ahead of average.
Iowa’s soybean planting is 10 percentage points ahead of normal with 88 percent planted. Nebraska’s corn crop is at 96 percent, near the five-year average and soybean planting is at 73 percent, behind the average of 82 percent.
Rain is presenting challenges in areas of both states and water is reported standing in some fields from the frequent showers and thunderstorms in recent days.
Today: P/Cldy to Cldy w/scattered shwrs & thunderstorms, mainly this afternoon. High 79. S @ 10-15.
Tonight: Scattered showers ending late; Becoming P/Cldy. Low 55. NW @ 5-10.
Tomorrow: Mo. Sunny. High 77. NW @ 10-15.
Thursday: P/Cldy. High 79.
Friday: P/Cldy w/a slight chance of isolated thundershowers. High 82.
Monday’s High in Atlantic was 86. Our 24-hour Low thru 7-a.m. today was 62. We received .02” rain (two-one hundredth’s of an inch of rain) over the past 24-hours. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 67 and the low was 46. The All-time Record High in Atlantic on this date was 101 in 1934. The Record Low was 31 in 1897.
344 AM CDT TUE MAY 31 2016
EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 20 PERCENT.
TODAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING…THEN THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE MID 70S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 70 PERCENT.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY UNTIL EARLY MORNING THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE UPPER 50S. NORTHWEST WIND NEAR 5 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 50 PERCENT.
WEDNESDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 70S. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
THURSDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S. SOUTHWEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH.
FRIDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S.
515 PM CDT MON MAY 30 2016
…THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR EAST CENTRAL POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY IS CANCELLED…
THE STORM WHICH PROMPTED THE WARNING HAS WEAKENED BELOW SEVERE LIMITS…AND NO LONGER POSES AN IMMEDIATE THREAT TO LIFE OR PROPERTY. THEREFORE THE WARNING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA/VALLEY NEBRASKA
450 PM CDT MON MAY 30 2016
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHEASTERN POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY IN SOUTHWESTERN IOWA…
* UNTIL 530 PM CDT
* AT 450 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED 4 MILES EAST OF
CARSON…OR 19 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ATLANTIC…MOVING NORTH AT 20
HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.
IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
HANCOCK AND FARM CREEK PUBLIC WILDLIFE AREA.
THIS INCLUDES HIGHWAY 59 IN IOWA MILE MARKER 44 AND NEAR MILE MARKER
FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
437 PM CDT MON MAY 30 2016
…SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT…
AT 437 PM CDT…DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING A STRONG THUNDERSTORM 4 MILES EAST OF MACEDONIA…OR 21 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ATLANTIC…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 20 MPH.
HALF INCH HAIL AND WINDS IN EXCESS OF 30 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH
LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
OAKLAND…CARSON…MACEDONIA…HENDERSON…FARM CREEK PUBLIC WILDLIFE AREA AND OLD TOWN PARK.
THIS INCLUDES HIGHWAY 59 IN IOWA BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 41 AND 55.