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Field fires during harvest much greater risk due to drought

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

September 22nd, 2021 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – This is Farm Safety Week as harvest season gets rolling, and all farm hands are warned to stay especially vigilant for field fires during the drought. Iowa State University Extension ag engineer Kris Kohl says after a series of rural fires in 2012, a study was conducted that focused on variables like temperature, humidity and wind.  “We didn’t get any correlation to super high temperatures or really low humidity,” Kohl says, “but when you hit wind, if the wind was over 20 miles an hour in dry conditions, things can take off and burn really bad, really fast.”

Combine/Field fire east of Earling (File photo)

Kohl suggests farmers use a leaf blower to blast the dust and debris off their hot machinery, especially when the weather is perfect for a wildfire. “When we get to those kinds of conditions where we’ve got wind speeds predicted over 20 miles an hour, those are the days you’ve got to really watch out and make sure the combines are clean,” Kohl says. “Probably clean them off every couple of hours to make sure we don’t get a field fire taking off.”

Kohl recommends producers have a disc attached to a large tractor rather than trying to use water to battle any potential fire out in the fields.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area – Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021

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September 22nd, 2021 by Ric Hanson

Today: Mostly sunny this morning; Partly cloudy this afternoon. High 71. N @ 5-10.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Low 38.

Tomorrow: P/Cldy. High 78. SW @ 10-15.

Friday: P/Cldy. High 75.

Saturday: P/Cldy. High 77.

Tuesday’s High in Atlantic was 73. Our Low this morning, 38. Last year on this date the High in Atlantic was 81 and the Low was 50. The Record High on this date was 98 in 1937. The Record Low was 27 in 1974, 1995 & 2012.

Skyscan Forecast – Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021

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September 21st, 2021 by Ric Hanson

Today: Mostly sunny. High near 70. NW @ 10-20.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Low 38.

Tomorrow: Mo. Sunny. High around 70. N @ 5-10.

Thursday: P/Cldy. High 79.

Friday: P/Cldy. High 75.

Monday’s High in Atlantic was 80. Our Low this morning, 49. We received .08″ rain Monday morning. Last year on this date the High in Atlantic was 76 and the Low was 53. The Record High on this date was 96 in 1937. The Record Low was 29 in 1918 & 1999.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: Monday, Sept. 20, 2021

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September 20th, 2021 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly cloudy to cloudy w/scattered showers & thunderstorms. High 78. S-NW @ 10-15.
Tonight: Any lingering showers ending; Partly cloudy. Low 50. NW @ 10-20.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. High 70. NW @ 10-20.
Wednesday: Mo. Sunny. High 70.
Thursday: P/Cldy. High 79.Sunday’s High in Atlantic was 90, our Low was 64. Last year on this date (9/20), the High in Atlantic was 71 and the Low was 53. The Record High was 95 in 1891, and the Record Low was 28 in 1901 & 1962.

Forecast: Warmer, drier weather likely to continue into fall

News, Weather

September 20th, 2021 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) -Autumn arrives this week, but forecasters don’t expect much change in terms of the warmer, drier weather for the next month or so. Brian Fuchs, a climatologist with the National Drought Mitigation Center, says October temperatures look to stay above-normal. “Those above-normal chances of above-normal temperatures are really holding pat,” Fuchs says, “especially from Colorado through Nebraska up into the Midwestern states where that probability is 50 to 60% probability of seeing above-normal temperatures during that time, which is pretty high.”

After months of drought, Fuchs says the predictions show little change in rainfall is likely in the month ahead.”For precipitation, we’re seeing above-normal chances of below-normal precipitation in portions of the Central Plains,” Fuchs says, “but as we go further east, we start seeing equal chances to above-normal chances of above-normal precipitation during the month of October.”

Fuchs says the trends for the 90-day outlook aren’t much different. “There’s above-normal chances of above-normal temperatures and for precipitation, we’re seeing some of the area above-normal chances for above-normal precipitation,” Fuchs says, “but a lot of equal chances and above-normal chances of below-normal precipitation.”

Fall arrives Wednesday.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021

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September 19th, 2021 by Ric Hanson

Today: Sunny & breezy, with a high near 89. South wind 5-15 mph this morning, gusting to near 30 this afternoon.
Tonight: Mostly clear w/just a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before sunrise on Monday. Low around 67.  S/SE @ 15-25.
Monday: Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. High near 78. S winds @ 10-20 in the morning becoming NW during the afternoon & gusting to near 30. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Monday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely before 10pm, then a slight chance of showers & partly cloudy. Low around 50. N/NW @ 15-25.  New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 70. North northwest wind 7 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 70.

Saturday’s High in Atlantic was 88. Our Low was 54. Last year on this date, the High was 74 and the Low was 44. The Record High was 95 in 1948. The Record Low was 33, in 1896 and 1938.

SKYSCAN FORECAST FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021

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September 18th, 2021 by Ric Hanson

TODAY: Some patchy fog this morning, then mostly sunny. SE 10  High 85

TONIGHT: Fair to partly cloudy. S 5-10   Low 64

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny  SW 10-20   High around 90

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms.  High 80

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy and cooler.   High around 70

Friday’s High was 77 and the Low was 50.  Last year on this date, the High was 74 and the Low was 43.

The record High was 99 in 1893 and the record Low was 26 in 1901

 

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area – Friday, Sept. 17 2021

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September 17th, 2021 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly cloudy to cloudy w/widely scattered showers & thunderstorms. High 78. S-N @ 15-25.Tonight: Any lingering showers ending; Partly cloudy. Low 52. N @ 5-10.

Tomorrow: P/Cldy. High 85. SE @ 10-15.

Sunday: P/Cldy. High 89.

Monday: P/Cldy. High 85.

Thursday’s High in Atlantic was 90, and the Low was 61. Last year on this date (9/17), the High in Atlantic was 81 and the Low was 46. The Record High was 97 in 1925, and the Record Low was 31 in 1980.

Drought conditions in Iowa continue to worsen again

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

September 17th, 2021 by Ric Hanson

(DES MOINES, Iowa) – The latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows drought conditions worsening slightly in Iowa once again. The report, released Thursday, shows areas of severe and moderate drought are unchanged, but abnormally dry areas now account for 77% of the state, up from 69% a week ago. Only 22% of the state is considered to have normal soil moisture, down from 30% last week.
In the KJAN listening area, there’s not much change in the number of counties affected by “Abnormally Dry” conditions.  All of Adair, much of Cass and Montgomery Counties are considered Abnormally Dry, along with portions of Mills, Fremont, Page, Audubon and Guthrie Counties. Much of Dallas and a section Guthrie County are experiencing Moderate Drought conditions.
Across the Midwest, short-term dryness has begun to expand across southern and eastern sections of the region, favoring summer crop maturation but reducing topsoil moisture. Meanwhile, long-term drought issues persisted across the upper Midwest, despite some recent rainfall. By September 12, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that topsoil moisture was at least one-third very short to short in each Midwestern State except Wisconsin, led by Indiana (47%).

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: Sept. 16 2021

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September 16th, 2021 by Ric Hanson

Today: Mostly sunny. High 89. S @ 15-25.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 68. S @ 10.

Tomorrow: P/Cldy w/isolated showers & thunderstorms. High 80. S @ 10-15.

Saturday: P/Cldy. High 85.

Sunday: P/Cldy. High 89.

Wednesday’s High in Atlantic was 82, and the Low was 47. Last year on this date (9/16), the High in Atlantic was 83 and the Low was 58. The Record High was 95 in 1931, and the Record Low was 28 in 1893.