Today: Partly Cloudy. High near 71. SE @ 10-15.
Tonight: P/Cldy. Low around 48. SE @ 5.
Tomorrow: P/Cldy w/isolated afternoon showers. S @ 10-15. High near 70.
Saturday: P/Cldy. High 73.
Sunday: P/Cldy w/a chance of afternoon thunderstorms. High 78.
Wednesday’s High in Atlantic was 71. Our 24-hour Low thru 7-a.m. today was 42. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 55 and the low was 37. The All-time Record High in Atlantic on this date was 94 in 1934 & 1975. The Record Low was 22 in 1894.
342 AM CDT THU MAY 19 2016
TODAY: MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
TONIGHT: MOSTLY CLOUDY THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLEAR BEFORE MIDNIGHT AND EARLY MORNING THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
FRIDAY: MOSTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
SATURDAY: PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. HIGH IN THE MID 70S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
SUNDAY: MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S.
Today: Areas of fog this morning; Partly Cloudy. High near 68. E/SE @ 5-10.
Tonight: P/Cldy. Low around 42.
Tomorrow: P/Cldy. High near 70. E @ 5-10.
Friday: P/Cldy w/isolated afternoon showers. High near 70.
Saturday: P/Cldy. High 73.
Tuesday’s High in Atlantic was 67. We had a Trace of rain Tuesday, with just a few, scattered sprinkles during the mid-day hours. Our 24-hour Low thru 7-a.m. today was 41. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 57 and the low was 36. The All-time Record High in Atlantic on this date was 94 in 1934. The Record Low was 32 in 1891.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.