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Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: Friday, July 12, 2024

Weather

July 12th, 2024 by Ric Hanson

Today: Sunny, with a high near 86. South southeast wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts to near 20 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 68. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 92. Heat index values as high as 101. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 72.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 95.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.
Monday Night: A 30% chance of showers & thunderstorms after midnight. Low around 68.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 83.

Thursday’s High in Atlantic was 85. Our Low this morning was 59. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 84 and the Low was 60. The All-Time Record High in Atlantic on July 12th, was 106 in 1939. The Record Low was 47 in 1895 & 1975. Sunrise: 5:56; Sunset: 8:54.

Excessive Heat Watch for SW Iowa Sunday afternoon (7/14) thru Mon. evening (7/15)

Weather

July 12th, 2024 by Ric Hanson

237 AM CDT Fri Jul 12 2024
Harrison-Shelby-Pottawattamie-Mills-Montgomery-Fremont-Page Counties

EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 12-P.M. SUNDAY THROUGH 8-P.M. MONDAY

* WHAT…Dangerously hot conditions with heat index values up to 112 possible.

* IMPACTS…Heat related illnesses increase significantly during extreme heat and high humidity events.

Excessive Heat watch for counties in burgundy (deep red)

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Do not leave young children and pets in unattended vehicles. Car interiors will reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.

Drought monitor looks a lot different than one year ago

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

July 11th, 2024 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – The latest Drought Monitor report for Iowa is dramatically different than it was one year ago. One year ago 100 percent of Iowa was either in drought or abnormally dry conditions. The latest Drought Monitor map shows just Scott County and a small part of Clinton County now show abnormally dry conditions. That amounts to less than one percent of the state.

State Climatologist Justin Glisan says the last time Iowa had no abnormally dry areas was in early May of 2020. The state has been free of actual drought conditions since late May of this year – which stopped four-years of drought conditions.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: Thursday, July 11, 2024

Weather

July 11th, 2024 by Ric Hanson

Today: Sunny, with a high near 83. E/NE winds around 5 mph.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 63.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. South southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 92.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 95.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.

Wednesday’s High in Atlantic was 84. We received .02″ rain yesterday afternoon. Our Low this morning was 58. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 90 and the Low was 67. The All-Time Record High in Atlantic on July 11th, was 104 in 1936. The Record Low was 43 in 1895. Sunrise: 5:55; Sunset: 8:54.

Health care professionals urge caution in Iowa heat

News, Weather

July 11th, 2024 by Ric Hanson

(Iowa News Service) – Health care experts are reminding Iowans to be careful in the summertime sun. From sunburns and bike safety to water accidents and sports injuries, they remind people sometimes virtual care is available and reduces the time to see a provider.

Dr. Donna O’Shea, chief medical Officer of population health for UnitedHealthcare, said the company provides various tips to staying safe in the sun but reminds Iowans it is important to pay close attention to danger signs when outside for an extended period of time in Iowa’s sometimes sweltering summertime heat and high humidity.

“There is such a condition as overheating and heatstroke,” O’Shea pointed out. “It’s important to recognize those signs early. The signs of overheating do include headaches, nausea or dizziness. And it can be especially important to watch children because their internal cooling systems aren’t fully developed yet.”

Iowa has escaped the deadly heat which had more than 36 million Americans under a warning in recent days, but temperatures are expected to reach into the mid-90s next week with higher humidity. O’Shea reminded people medical assessment for a variety of injuries is also available virtually, 24/7.

She noted virtual care can be crucial in the state’s rural areas where people often can’t make it quickly to an urgent care facility or for helping decide if they need care for less serious conditions. And it’s available 24/7. “If it’s related to hydration or heat stroke, if you’re able to keep fluids down, virtual care can help you determine how much, how long to wait before you go to the emergency room,” O’Shea explained. “Same thing even for sunburns or bike safety. Do I need to go in? Do you think I need stitches? We don’t think about that.”

O’Shea also reminded people to watch kids around water since drowning is the number one cause of death for children between the ages of one and four. The state health department said it is the leading cause of death by unintentional injury of young children in Iowa.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Weather

July 10th, 2024 by Ric Hanson

Today: Mostly sunny w/a 40% chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. High near 83. NW winds at around 5-10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy w/a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Low around 61.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. E/SE winds 5-10.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 86.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 91.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 94.

Tuesday’s High in Atlantic was 86. Our Low was 60. We received .05″ rain Tuesday afternoon, in Atlantic (at KJAN). Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 85 and the Low was 65. The All-Time Record High in Atlantic on July 10th, was 104 in 1930 & 1936. The Record Low was 46 in 1895 & 1996. Sunrise: 5:55; Sunset: 8:55.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: Tuesday, July 9, 2024

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July 9th, 2024 by Ric Hanson

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph this afternoon.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm this evening.
Tomorrow: A 40% chance of afternoon showers & thunderstorms, otherwise mostly sunny, with a high near 84. N/NW winds 5-10.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 85.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 88.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 90.

Monday’s High in Atlantic was 83. Our Low this morning was 58. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 82 and the Low was 52. The All-Time Record High in Atlantic on July 9th, was 104 in 1930, and the Record Low was 37 in 1895. Sunrise: 5:54; Sunset: 8:55.

Exceptionally heavy rainfall brings flash flooding in Franklin, Wright counties

News, Weather

July 8th, 2024 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – Forecasters say parts of Wright and Franklin counties got up to a half-foot of rain overnight, bringing flash flooding to communities including Alexander, Clarion and Eagle Grove. Wright County Emergency Management Coordinator Jarika Beecher says many basements were flooded and many roads were impassible as municipal crews tried to keep up with the torrents.

Eagle Grove football field (Photo by Pat Powers)

“We had a lot of water taken in last night and a lot of city streets were overwhelmed with all the water that was coming in so quickly,” Beecher says, “but they did their best to stay on top of all of it and had some pumps going and both Clarion and Eagle but water still got in a lot of people’s basements.”

Despite all of her training, even Beecher wasn’t immune from the unstoppable forces of nature. “I have a house in Eagle and I had water in my basement as well. I think the drains were just overwhelmed. There’s a lot of water going in so the drains weren’t taking it,” Beecher says. “I’ve been talking with the Eagle Grove mayor, they’re going to try to figure out a game plan for this morning and try to help people out, but there’s only so much that can be done when that much water is being taken in all at once.”

Meteorologist Brad Small, at the National Weather Service, says Sunday night’s storms brought some extreme downpours to the region.  “We had a swath of what radar estimated to be four to six inches of rain from the Eagle Grove area through other parts of Clarion in Wright County and then near Alexander in Franklin County,” Small says. “We did have some personal weather stations record over five inches of rain in Eagle Grove and they were hit pretty hard with flooding overnight.”

The water has receded and most roads that were flooded are now open to traffic. Small says the weather will be changing by midweek and will start feeling more seasonal. “We’ve got a larger trend that looks like it’s pointing toward less precipitation and more summery conditions with more heat and humidity, especially as we end the week and into the weekend, when highs in the 90s will be more common for the weekend,” Small says, “and we’ll see heat indices well through the 90s, possibly touching 100 degrees in spots.”

No injuries were reported in this latest round of flooding.

Severe storms once again impact western Iowa

News, Weather

July 8th, 2024 by Ric Hanson

Severe storms that moved over the Omaha/Council Bluffs area Sunday evening moved into western Iowa, bringing penny to golf ball-size hail to the Crescent area. Several funnel clouds were observed as well, including this one near Minden at around 6:50-p.m. (Photo courtesy of Zach Ploen).

The National Weather Service reports a personal weather station six-miles NE of Orient (Adair County) recorded a 64 mph gust of wind at around 9:34-p.m., Sunday, as storms moved into the County. Hail three-quarters (.75) of inch in diameter was reported one-mile NW of Shenandoah at around 9:36-p.m., Sunday. A funnel cloud was observed by Shelby County Emergency Management at around 6:50-p.m. one-mile NW of Shelby. Hail the size of ping-pong balls (1.5 inches in diameter) fell 4 miles NE of Council Bluffs at around 6:57-p.m. A few minutes earlier, the hail had been the size of half dollar coins.

 

 

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: Monday, July 8, 2024

Weather

July 8th, 2024 by Ric Hanson

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming west northwest 5 to 10 mph this morning.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm this evening.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming north northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Wednesday: A 30% chance of afternoon showers & thunderstorms, otherwise mostly sunny. High near 83.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 84.

Sunday’s High in Atlantic was 83. Our Low this morning was 57. We received .04″ rain Sunday night, in Atlantic. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 77 and the Low was 50. The All-Time Record High in Atlantic on July 8th, was 102 in 1937, and the Record Low was 42 in 1908. Sunrise: 5:53; Sunset: 8:56.