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Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: 10/29/20


October 29th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly cloudy. High 44. N @ 15-25.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 28. N-S @ 5.
Tomorrow: P/Cldy. High around 52. S-SW @ 10-15.
Saturday: P/Cldy. High 62.
Sunday: P/Cldy. High 45.

Wednesday’s High in Atlantic was 56. Our Low was 25. Last year on this date the High in Atlantic was 41 and Low 22. The Record High on this date was 91 in 1937, and the Record Low was 8 in 1895.

IA Doctors: Climate Change Takes Toll on Patient Health

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

October 28th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Iowa News Service) IOWA CITY, Iowa — More than 4,000 medical professionals from across the country are demanding policy action on climate change. The coalition includes more than a dozen doctors and nurses from Iowa, who say the effects are visible in the patients they serve. They have signed a letter asking their patients to get behind political candidates willing to consider the issue. John Macatee, a retired doctor from Iowa City who practiced family medicine, said there are concerns within the medical community about climate change resulting in poorer health outcomes. In Iowa, he said, there’s a ripple effect within agriculture. “There’s ever increasing severity of weather changes causing flooding, which is decreasing crop yields, and depression and suicide,” he said.

In a 2019 report from the Iowa Policy Project, the authors predicted that the Midwest will see the biggest spike in premature deaths related to rising temperatures linked to climate change. While polls show more people, including younger conservatives, acknowledging the impact of a warming climate. many candidates still express support for the oil industry.  In asking patients to seek out politicians who support action on climate change, Macatee said it isn’t about partisanship. He called this a “human” issue. “Just like COVID, it’s affecting us all,” he said, “whether we’re Republicans or Democrats or Independents.”

One of the groups in the coalition is the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health. Some of the key demands include leaders who prioritize renewable energy over fossil fuels, and those who pay close attention to the science and medical communities. The letter is online at medsocietiesforclimatehealth.org, and the Iowa climate report is at iowapolicyproject.org.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: Wed., 10/28/20


October 28th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Today: Mostly sunny. High 52. W @ 10-15.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 34. NE @ 5-10.
Tomorrow: P/Cldy to cldy. High around 46. NE @ 10-20.
Friday: P/Cldy. High 54.
Saturday: P/Cldy. High around 62.

Tuesday’s High in Atlantic was 40. Our Low was 18. Last year on this date the High in Atlantic was 41 and Low 20. The Record High on this date was 83 in 1922, and the Record Low was 2 in 1925.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area – Tuesday, 10/27/20


October 27th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly cloudy. High around 40. Winds variable @ 5-10.
Tonight: Fair to P/Cldy. Low 20. Wind light & variable.
Tomorrow: P/Cldy. High near 50. Variable breeze at 10 mph.
Thursday: Mo. Cldy w/spotty light rain. High 48.
Friday: P/Cldy. High around54.

Monday’s High in Atlantic was 32. Our Low this morning, was 16. Last year on this date the High in Atlantic was 48 and Low 32. The Record High on this date was 87 in 1922, and the Record Low was 9 in 1997.

Even with all the rain & snow, Iowa soil moisture levels are still far too low

News, Weather

October 26th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Even with the recent rain and snow, much of Iowa’s still far short of precipitation for the year and we’re heading into the drier, colder seasons with little chance of replenishing soil moisture levels before spring. Meteorologist Dennis Todey, who heads the U-S-D-A’s Midwest Climate Hub in Ames, says wide areas of the state are still recovering from long-running drought conditions.

The snow and rain that fell in the past week helps to bring some short-term drought relief, but he says much more precipitation will be needed to recharge depleted soil moisture levels.

Todey says the expected weather patterns don’t look promising for significant rainfall or snowfall, noting, August of 2020 was the driest in Iowa in 148 years.

The latest drought monitor shows very dry conditions over all but extreme eastern Iowa.

Many in Nebraska, Iowa see significant snowfall over weekend

News, Weather

October 26th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Many residents in Nebraska and Iowa are breaking out the shovels and snow blowers following a significant snowfall — including some record snow — over the weekend. The National Weather Service says Norfolk in northeastern Nebraska set a record for snowfall Sunday with 4 inches. That topped the previous Oct. 25 record of 2.7 inches set in 1997. In Sioux City, Iowa, about 3 inches of snow fell, breaking the previous record for the day of 0.7 inches more than a century ago in 1918.

The service says higher totals were seen in other communities Sunday, including 8 inches recorded in Valentine, Bassett and Anselmo in northern Nebraska. Ocheyendan in northern Iowa saw more than 6 inches


Local 24-Hour Snowfall Totals at 7:00 am on Monday, October 26, 2020

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

October 26th, 2020 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .8″
  • Massena  1.8″
  • Corning  1.2″
  • Audubon  .5″
  • Guthrie Center  1″
  • Underwood  1″
  • Red Oak  .4″
  • Clarinda  1″
  • Shenandoah  2″

Slick roads this morning across southwest/western Iowa


October 26th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Roads in the area are slick this morning from Sunday and overnight snowfall! Be prepared to take it slow on your morning commute. For the latest road conditions in your area check with the Iowa DOT at 511ia.org or download the 511 mobile app.

Map updated 6:50 a,m


Skyscan forecast for Atlantic & the area: 10/26/20


October 26th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Today: Areas of light snow ending this morning; Becoming partly cloudy. High near 30. NW @ 15-25. Wind chill values as low as 10. New snow accumulation of less than one-half inch is expected.
Tonight: P/Cldy. Low around 10.
Tomorrow: P/Cldy. High near 35. Variable breeze at 5-10 mph.
Wednesday: P/Cldy & warmer. High around 50.
Thursday: Mo. cloudy w/a chance of light rain. High near 48.

Sunday’s High in Atlantic was 33. Our Low this morning, 22. As of 5-a.m. in Atlantic, we had received .8″ of snow at the KJAN studios. Last year on this date the High in Atlantic was 58 and Low 27. The Record High on this date was 84 in 1956, and the Record Low was 14 in 1980.

Winter Weather Advisories continue for parts of southwest Iowa (10/26)


October 26th, 2020 by Ric Hanson


An additional one to two inches of snowfall can be expected. Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.


Slow down and use caution while traveling. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.