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Dozens of Iowa Schools Closed as Dangerous Cold Continues, Doctors warn of frostbite

News, Weather

January 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

As some of the coldest weather in years continues to hold the state in its icy grip, a word of caution that the bitter temps can bring real dangers. Kurt Kotenberg with the National Weather Service says while some may shrug it off as “winter happens,” this goes well beyond that.“Basically, this is the coldest air that Iowa has seen in the past 20 years, and so kind of the ‘Oh, it’s Iowa. It gets cold in January. It happens all the time?’ No, it doesn’t. This is a pretty rare event.”

The forecast for today calls for highs statewide below freezing and a wind chill warning is in effect. Dozens of schools have canceled classes today because of the extreme cold. Emergency room doctor Jeffrey Sather says when it gets this cold, frostbite becomes a real possibility and with prolonged exposure, the risk moves to hypothermia, which can lead to confusion, unconsciousness and even death. Sather says that’s why it’s vital to have a winter-survival kit in your car, with a complete change of clothes, nonperishable food and a heat source.

“Some matches, lighter, a Sterno-type fuel source (should) provide just enough heat to have someone survive overnight if they would be stranded. And you should always be prepared, especially if you live in a rural area, because you never know when that could happen. And if you’re on a rural road, even a mile is too far to have to walk if the temperatures are dropping down to very cold temperatures.”

According to the C-D-C, there are about 1,300 deaths in the U-S each year associated with exposure to excessive cold, and two-thirds of the victims are men.

(Iowa News Service)

 

(Podcast) Skyscan Weather Forecast: 1/6/14

Podcasts, Weather

January 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis weather forecast for Atlantic & the KJAN listening area, along with weather information for Atlantic, from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Wind Chill Warnings remain in-place for most of Iowa through Tues.

Weather

January 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

403 AM CST MON JAN 6 2014

…WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TUESDAY FOR ALL BUT EXTREME WESTERN/SW IA (IN MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTIES, THE WARNING EXPIRES AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. IN MILLS, MONTGOMERY, FREMONT AND PAGE COUNTIES, THE WARNING EXPIRES TONIGHT AT 6 O’CLOCK.)

* SHORT TERM TRENDS…NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 35 MPH AND HIGHER GUSTS…COMBINED WITH TEMPERATURES 10 TO 20 BELOW ARE CREATING WIND CHILL VALUES FROM 35 TO 50 BELOW ZERO ACROSS THE REGION. THE COLDEST OF THESE READINGS IS OCCURRING OVER NORTHERN IOWA.

* WIND CHILL VALUES…THE MOST EXTREME AND LIFE THREATENING CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED THROUGH THIS MORNING WITH WIND CHILLS FROM 35 BELOW SOUTH TO 55 BELOW NORTH. OVER CENTRAL IOWA WIND CHILLS WILL DROP TO AROUND 40 TO 45 BELOW.

* IMPACTS…EXTREME WIND CHILLS OF THIS MAGNITUDE CAN RESULT IN FROST BITE IN MINUTES AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THE COMBINATION OF EXTREMELY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE LIFE THREATENING LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.

NWS Forecast for Cass & area Counties: Mon., 1/6/14

Weather

January 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

338 AM CST MON JAN 6 2014

…WIND CHILL WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TUESDAY…

TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BITTERLY COLD. BREEZY. SCATTERED FLURRIES IN THE MORNING. HIGH ZERO TO 5 BELOW. NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. WIND CHILL READINGS 35 BELOW TO 45 BELOW ZERO.

TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. BITTERLY COLD. LOW AROUND 10 BELOW. WEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH THROUGH MIDNIGHT. WIND CHILL READINGS 20 BELOW TO 30 BELOW ZERO.

TUESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. VERY COLD. HIGH AROUND 15. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. LOWEST WIND CHILL READINGS 15 BELOW TO 25 BELOW ZERO IN THE MORNING.

TUESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. NOT AS COLD. LOW 5 TO 10 ABOVE. NORTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

WEDNESDAY…CLOUDY. HIGH 15 TO 20. NORTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY. LOW ZERO TO 5 ABOVE.

THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 20S. LOW AROUND 10.

Wind Chill Warning continues through Noon Tuesday

News, Weather

January 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

355 PM CST SUN JAN 5 2014

…EXTREME LIFE THREATENING COLD EXPECTED THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES SAYS AN EXTREMELY COLD ARCTIC AIRMASS WILL CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN ITS GRIP ON IOWA INTO THE NIGHT AND PERSIST INTO TUESDAY. COMBINED WITH STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS…LIFE THREATENING COLD AND WIND CHILLS WILL OCCUR…ESPECIALLY TONIGHT AND MONDAY.

A WIND CHILL WARNING CONTINUES THROUGH NOON TUESDAY, FOR MOST OF THE STATE OF IOWA.

* SHORT TERM TRENDS…NORTHWEST WINDS OF 15 TO 30 MPH AND HIGHER GUSTS…COMBINED WITH TEMPERATURES IN THE SINGLE DIGITS AND TEENS BELOW ZERO AFTER SUNSET…WILL CREATE WIND CHILL VALUES FROM 25 TO 45 BELOW ZERO BY LATE EVENING. THE COLDEST OF THESE READINGS WILL OCCUR OVER NORTHERN IOWA.

* WIND CHILL VALUES…AN EXTENDED PERIOD WITH EXTREME WIND CHILL VALUES AT LEAST DOWN TO 20 TO 40 BELOW ZERO WILL OCCUR INTO TUESDAY MORNING. THE WORST AND MOST LIFE THREATENING WIND CHILL INDICES ARE EXPECTED EARLY MONDAY MORNING…SEVERAL HOURS EITHER SIDE OF DAYBREAK…WITH WIND CHILLS FROM 35 TO 55 BELOW.

* IMPACTS…EXTREME WIND CHILLS OF THIS MAGNITUDE CAN RESULT IN FROST BITE IN MINUTES AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THE COMBINATION OF EXTREMELY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE LIFE THREATENING LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.

Updated forecast for Cass & area Counties: 1/5/14

Weather

January 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

329 PM CST SUN JAN 5 2014

…WIND CHILL WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TUESDAY…

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE EVENING THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. BITTERLY COLD. BREEZY. SCATTERED FLURRIES THROUGH MIDNIGHT. LOW 10 TO 15 BELOW. NORTHWEST WIND 20 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 35 MPH. WIND CHILL READINGS 30 BELOW TO 40 BELOW ZERO.

MONDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. BITTERLY COLD. BREEZY. SCATTERED FLURRIES IN THE MORNING. HIGH ZERO TO 5 BELOW. NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. WIND CHILL READINGS 30 BELOW TO 40 BELOW ZERO.

MONDAY NIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY. BITTERLY COLD. LOW AROUND 10 BELOW. WEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. WIND CHILL READINGS 20 BELOW TO 30 BELOW ZERO.

TUESDAY...PARTLY SUNNY. NOT AS COLD. HIGH AROUND 15. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. LOWEST WIND CHILL READINGS 15 BELOW TO 25 BELOW ZERO IN THE MORNING.

WEDNESDAY…CLOUDY. HIGH 15 TO 20.

THURSDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 20S. Low 10 TO 15.

Wind Chill Warning update: 5:30-a.m. Sun., Jan 5th 2014

Weather

January 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR AND RINGGOLD COUNTIES…

WIND CHILL WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO NOON CST TUESDAY

AUDUBON-GUTHRIE AND DALLAS COUNTIES….WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOW UNTIL NOON CST TUESDAY…

POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY…WIND CHILL WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO MIDNIGHT CST MONDAY NIGHT.

MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE COUNTIES….WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST MONDAY

MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY COUNTIES...WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO MIDNIGHT CST MONDAY NIGHT.

* TIMING…WIND CHILL VALUES WILL DROP TO NEAR 20 BELOW ZERO BY NOON TODAY THEN DROP TO 30 TO 40 BELOW BY THIS EVENING AS THE COLDER ARCTIC AIR ARRIVES.

* WIND CHILL VALUES…AN EXTENDED PERIOD WITH EXTREME WIND CHILL VALUES OF 20 TO 35 BELOW ZERO WILL OCCUR. LIFE THREATENING WIND CHILL VALUES SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY MORNING OF 35 TO 45 BELOW ARE EXPECTED.

* IMPACTS...EXTREME WIND CHILLS OF THIS MAGNITUDE CAN RESULT IN FROST BITE IN MINUTES AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THE COMBINATION OF EXTREMELY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE LIFE THREATENING LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.

NWS Forecast for Atlantic and the KJAN listening area: Sun., 1/5/14

Weather

January 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Wind Chill Warnings are in effect beginning today through late Mon. evening and Tuesday morning! 

Today: Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 4. N-NW winds at 15-30 mph. Wind chill values as low as -25.
Tonight: Mostly Cloudy with scattered flurries after midnight. Low around -14. NW winds at 20-30. Wind chill values as low as -40.

Monday: Partly sunny and cold with scattered flurries before noon. High near -5. NW winds at 15-30 mph. Wind chill values as low as -40.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around -11. W-NW winds at 5-15 with gusts to near 20. Wind chill values as low as -30.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 13. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7.

Wednesday: Cloudy, with a high near 21.

Wind Chill Warnings Remain in effect from Sunday through Tuesday

News, Weather

January 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(Update 6-p.m. 1/4/14)

WIND CHILL WARNINGS REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR THE ENTIRE KJAN LISTENING AREA BEGINNING ON SUNDAY. AN ARCTIC AIR MASS WITH BRISK NORTH-TO NORTHWEST WINDS OF 15-25 MPH AND HIGHER GUSTS WILL DROP INTO THE AREA OVERNIGHT AND REMAIN IN PLACE THROUGH LATE MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY. WIND CHILL VALUES WILL FALL TO -20 WITH THE COLDEST AIR IN PLACE SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY. LIFE THREATENING WIND CHILL VALUES OF -35 TO -45 SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY MORNING ARE EXPECTED.

AREA COUNTIES:

CASS-ADAIR-ADAMS-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-MADISON-TAYLOR AND UNION: WIND CHILL WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6-AM SUNDAY UNTIL NOON TUESDAY.

MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE: WIND CHILL WARNING FROM NOON SUNDAY UNTIL MIDNIGHT MONDAY. THE WIND CHILL WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

MILLS-FREMONT AND PAGE: WIND CHILL WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6-PM SUNDAY UNTIL 6-PM MONDAY.

 

 

NWS graph of Weather alerts in effect beginning Sunday, 1/5/14

Weather

January 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The counties in light blue will be under a Wind Chill Warning beginning at 6-a.m. Sunday. The counties in teal green will be under a Wind Chill Watch beginning Sunday afternoon. (Please see the specific warning and watch information posted under the Weather page on www.kjan.com., or go the National Weather Service website at www.crh.noaa.gov/dmx/)

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