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Hot, dry July gives way to cooler, wetter August

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

August 3rd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa/KJAN) – With low temperatures this (Monday) morning in the 40s and 50s across Iowa, it’s becoming clear that August could contain a radical shift from the extreme heat of July. State climatologist Justin Glisan says July wrapped up on Friday being much warmer and drier than normal. “Typically, we expect the temperature to be around 74 degrees, the average temperature for the state, and it’s looking like anywhere from two to three degrees above average, depending on where you are in the state,” Glisan says. “In terms of precipitation, the story of the month is drought conditions creeping into western Iowa.”

The month of July in Atlantic was warmer and drier than usual. Data for the month compiled at the KJAN Studios show Atlantic’s High for July was 88 degrees, or about 2 degrees warmer than normal. The average Low was nearly spot-on, 63. But the average rainfall, well, the bucket was very shallow last month. Normally we see around 4.62 inches. Last month, was only received 1.22 inches here at KJAN. During the month of August, Atlantic will typically see 3.88 inches of rain (but we know this year has been anything but “typical”).  Our average High is normally 83 and the average Low is 72.

The latest surveys show more than half of Iowa is either in drought already or has very dry conditions, with the worst areas being in western Iowa and moving eastward. “Typically, we expect four-and-a-half inches of rainfall across the state and there are parts of the state that only received 25% of what they normally would get in July,” Glisan says. “There are pockets in west-central Iowa that are anywhere from three to four inches below average.” Coming out of the hotter, drier July, Glisan says August promises to be a cooler, wetter month. “That would be an absolute gift for our drought region. We have 22 counties that are currently in D-2 drought, which is severe drought,” Glisan says. “Cooler temperatures and more rainfall would help mitigate any kind of crop stress that we’re seeing out there but it would also help improve the drought conditions that we’re seeing.”

High temperatures for the week ahead are expected to be in the 70s and low 80s with mostly dry conditions in the forecast.

County-wide Tornado Siren TEST today in Shelby County

News, Weather

August 3rd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency reports the Tornado Siren warning system will be tested today, across Shelby County. The test begins at 12:30-p.m. No severe weather is expected today. Again, the Tornado Warning sirens will sound at 12:30-p.m., across Shelby County.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: Monday, 8/3/20

Weather

August 3rd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly Cloudy. High 78. NE @ 10-20.

Tonight: Fair to P/Cldy. Low 48.

Tomorrow: P/Cldy. High near 80. N @ 15-10.

Wednesday: P/Cldy. High 83.

Thursday: P/Cldy w/scatt. Shwrs & tstrms. High around 85.

Sunday’s High in Atlantic was 80. Our Low this morning 49. Last year on this date the High in Atlantic was 84 and Low 60. The Record High on this date was 107 in 1930, and the Record Low was 42 in 1907.

July 2020 Weather in Atlantic: No surprise – Warmer & drier

Weather

August 2nd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Well, if you hadn’t figured it out, the month of July in Atlantic was warmer and drier than usual. Data for the month compiled at the KJAN Studios show Atlantic’s High for July was 88 degrees, or about 2 degrees warmer than normal. The average Low was nearly spot-on, 63. But the average rainfall, well, the bucket was very shallow last month. Normally we see around 4.62 inches. Last month, was only received 1.22 inches here at KJAN.

During the month of August, Atlantic will typically see 3.88 inches of rain (but we know this year has been anything but “typical”).  Our average High is normally 83 and the average Low is 72.

NWS forecast for Atlantic & the area: 8/2/20

Weather

August 2nd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 77. North wind 6 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 52. North wind 5 to 11 mph.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 72. North northeast wind 6 to 13 mph.
Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 49. Northeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 76. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 78.

Saturday’s High in Atlantic was 84. We received .59″ rain at the KJAN Studios. Our Low was 54. Last year on this date the High in Atlantic was 83 and Low 60. The Record High on this date was 103 in 1930, and the Record Low was 42 in 1907.

Skyscan Forecast Saturday 08/01/2020

Podcasts, Weather

August 1st, 2020 by Chris Parks

Skyscan Forecast Saturday, August 1, 2020  Dan Hicks

Today: Partly cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms late in the day. W @ 10. High 85.

Tonight: Partly cloudy to cloudy. A few scattered showers and thunderstorms. NW @ 10. Low 64.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. Cooler. NW @ 10-15. High 79.

Monday: Partly cloudy. High 79.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High 82.

Drought conditions get worse

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

July 31st, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – The new report from the U-S Drought Monitor shows more counties now showing dry conditions. The Iowa D-N-R’s Tim Hall says the negative outweighs the positive in the report. “We had a little bit of improvement in one part of the state — but mostly we had degradation or increasing drought in other parts of the state,” Hall says. He says the driest area continues to be in western Iowa. “It’s centered around Carroll, Greene, Guthrie and Audubon County and then in the partial counties around there,” Hall says. “Kind of that part of the state, there’s a little bit of D-two drought in Plymouth County up in northwest Iowa. So, those two areas together are the worst parts.”

Hall says the dry conditions have started to spread to the east. “Now there’s exceptional dryness as far east as Linn County, and then also along the river,” according to Hall. “So we’ve got about half the state, a little over half the state is shown in some form of dryness and drought.” Hall says the impact of the dry areas can also be seen in satellite images of the crops. “There’s a tool out there called VegDRI — which also comes from the drought monitor folks — and they’re actually looking at visual indications of stress in vegetation. And that VegDRI map lines up pretty closely with where we’ve seen the precipitation deficits,” Hall says.

He says the good news for the western areas that are dry is the impact right now isn’t hitting water supplies.”I think because of the exceptionally wet couple of years we had coming into this year we’re still doing okay on the groundwater side. Right now it’s primarily an agricultural surface water phenomenon,” he says.  Hall says the precipitation deficit is a concern because we are soon going to be heading out of the wettest months of the year, and could be behind in groundwater going into the winter.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area – Friday, 7/31/20

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July 31st, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly Cloudy. High 83. NE @ 10-15.

Tonight: P/Cldy. Low 58. NE @ 5.

Tomorrow: P/Cldy w/scattered late day showers & tstrms. High 88. W @ 10-15.

Sunday: P/Cldy w/a chance of morning showers. High 79.

Monday: P/Cldy. High around 79.

Thursday’s High in Atlantic was 86. Our Low this morning 61. Last year on this date the High in Atlantic was 68 and Low 61. The Record High on this date was 104 in 1955, and the Record Low was 39 in 1971.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area – Thursday, 7/30/20

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July 30th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Today: Scattered light showers this morning; Cloudy to Partly Cloudy. High 82. NE @ 10.

Tonight: Fair to P/Cldy. Low 60.

Tomorrow: P/Cldy. High 84. E @ 10.

Saturday: P/Cldy w/a slight chance of afternoon showers. High 87.

Sunday: A chance of morning showers; P/Cldy. High around 80.

Wednesday’s High in Atlantic was 89. We received .04″ overnight here in Atlantic. Our Low this morning, 68. Last year on this date the High in Atlantic was 75 and Low 56. The Record High on this date was 102 in 1931 & 1947, and the Record Low was 39 in 1971.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area – Wednesday, 7/29/20

Weather

July 29th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly Cloudy to cloudy w/a chance of afternoon showers & thunderstorms. High 85. SE @ 10.

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy w/scattered showers & thunderstorms. Low 68.

Tomorrow: Cldy w/a 30% chance showers/thunderstorms. High 82. NE @ 10.

Friday: P/Cldy. High 85.

Saturday: P/Cldy w/a chance of afternoon showers. High 87.

Tuesday’s High in Atlantic was 87. Our Low this morning 57. Last year on this date the High in Atlantic was 84 and Low 55. The Record High on this date was 102 in 1917, and the Record Low was 46 in 1952.