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Say g’bye to warm weather and hello to cold, rain and possible snow

News, Weather

November 9th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) While many Iowans have enjoyed the unseasonably warm weather the past several days, it’s all about to change. Meteorologist Andrew Ansorge, at the National Weather Service, says the sunny days with high temperatures in the 60s and 70s will shift late tonight (Monday) and into tomorrow as a cold front arrives, bringing the possibility of snow.

Highs by Wednesday are only expected in the 40s and 50s, while some areas may not even get out of the 30s. As for the possible snowfall, he’s not predicting a blizzard, by any means.

The weather of the past week brought high temps perhaps 15 degrees above normal, and while we’re in for a chilly several days, he says we may yet see another warm wave before winter sets in late next month.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: 11/9/2020

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November 9th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly cloudy to cloudy w/showers & thunderstorms this afternoon. High around 70. S @ 15-30 mph.
Tonight: Showers & thunderstorms possible. Low around 37. S-N @ 10-20 mph.
Tomorrow: Rain. Temperatures nearly steady in the mid-30’s. N @ 15-25.
Veterans Day: P/Cldy. High near 48.
Thursday: P/Cldy to Cldy. High again around 48.

Sunday’s High in Atlantic was 73. Our Low 56. Last year on this date the High was 64 and the Low was 28. The Record High on this date was 73 in 1999, and the Record Low was 8, in 1973.

Burn Ban for Shelby County until further notice

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

November 8th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency said Sunday, Shelby County is currently in extreme fire danger and is in a burn ban until further notice.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: 11/8/20

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November 8th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Today: Sunny & windy. High near 73. S @ 15-45 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy to cloudy & breezy, w/a 20% chance of showers after midnight. Low around 60. S @ 15-30 mph.
Monday: An 80% chance of showers & thunderstorms. High near 70. S @ 15-35. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Monday Night: Rain and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 32. SW @ 10-20.New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
Tuesday: Partly sunny w/a 70% chance of rain, possibly mixed with snow before 4pm, then a chance of snow. High near 39. N @ 15-25. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 24.
Veterans Day: Sunny, with a high near 48.

Saturday’s High in Atlantic was 72. Our Low this morning, 55. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 44 and the Low was 22. The Record High on this date was 80 in 1999 & 2006. The Record Low was -12, in 1991.

Skyscan Forecast Saturday 11/07/2020

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November 7th, 2020 by Chris Parks

SKYSCAN FORECAST  Saturday, November 7, 2020  Dan Hicks

Today: Partly cloudy. SW @ 15-30. High 75.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. S @ 10-15. Low 58.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. SW @ 15-30. High 73.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy. S @ 15-20. Low 58.

Monday: Partly cloudy to cloudy. Showers and thunderstorms. High 65.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Cooler with some rain. High 45.

Friday’s high in Atlantic was 76 degrees, just 1 degree shy of the all-time record. Our low for the 24-hour period was 32. This date last year we had a high of 34 and a low of 11. The all-time record high for today’s date is 77 degrees set in 1915. The record low is -14 in 1991. Sunrise is at 7:00 a.m. and Sunset is 5:08 p.m.

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Skyscan forecast for Atlantic & the area: 11/6/2020

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November 6th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Today: Areas of fog this morning; Mostly Sunny. High 78. SW wind 10-20 mph.
Tonight: Fair to Partly cloudy. Low 46. S wind at 5.
Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. High 75. SW 15-30.
Sunday: P/Cldy. High 73.
Monday: P/Cldy Cloudy w/a chance of showers & thunderstorms. High 68.

Thursday’s High in Atlantic set a new record for Nov. 5th, at 79 degrees. The old record, set 111 years ago (1909), was 78.  Our Low this morning was 32. Last year on this date the High in Atlantic was 47 and Low 1. The Record High on this date was 77 in 1915, and the Record Low was 9, in 1991.

Iowans get a warning of what may be ahead on Winter Weather Awareness Day

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November 5th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – Iowa’s seeing temperatures some 15 degrees warmer than normal the past few days, but forecasters warn much colder weather will arrive late Sunday, with snow possible. Today (Thursday) is Winter Weather Awareness Day and National Weather Service meteorologist Cory Martin says it’s an appropriate time for a refresher about the dangers we may soon face. “Wintertime possesses a wide range of threats to the public, whether it be exposure to extreme cold, vehicle accidents, slick roads and other hazards caused by heavy snowfall,” Martin says. “It’s just a day that we take a look at those hazards that we can expect through the duration of winter.”

Wide sections of Iowa already had an early, heavy snow during a squall that hit in mid-October, dumping up to nine inches of snow in some areas. “It was definitely a little taste of what’s probably to come,” Martin says. “We know that even in winters where we see well-below-normal snowfall, we still usually get something that comes through and has a significant impact on transportation and other aspects of our lives.” Some forecasters predict a harsh winter is ahead, but Martin says we’re just starting to make some educated guesses.

“We’re in a La Nina pattern as we go into this winter,” Martin says. “What that means for Iowa, it’s not a strong signal necessarily one way or the other. Usually, just to our north, you’re looking at below-normal temperatures and maybe a snowier winter than what you’d typically see. Will that drop as far south into Iowa? We’re going to have to wait and see.”

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: 11/5/20

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November 5th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Today: Mostly Sunny. High 74. SW wind 10-20 mph.
Tonight: Fair to Partly cloudy. Low 42. S wind at 5.
Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. High 76. SW wind 10-20 mph.
Saturday: P/Cldy. High 73.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 71.

Wednesday’s High in Atlantic was 74, which was one degree shy of tying the record set in 1909 & 1978. Our this morning, 32. Last year on this date the High in Atlantic was 42 and Low 25. The Record High on this date was 78 in 1909, and the Record Low was 3 in 1951.

Soybean harvest basically complete; good weather for finishing up corn this week

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

November 5th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – The 2020 Harvest is speeding toward completion. Ninety-seven percent of soybeans have been harvested. Iowa Ag Secretary Mike Naig says about one-and-a-half MILLION acres of corn was left to be combined when the week started — that’s equal to just 13 percent of this year’s corn crop.

“We’ve had a historic pace in terms of getting the crop out here, several weeks ahead of the five year average,” Naig says. “We’re well ahead of pace and we’ve got plenty of time here, but it’s especially nice when the weather cooperates as it has here when we flipped the calendar into November.” It’s not unusual at this point in the season to have crop still standing in southern Iowa fields.

The growing season is longer in southern compared to northern Iowa. In the fall of 2019, there was a propane shortage as Iowa farmers were using the fuel to power the driers in grain bins. “This year hasn’t been nearly as much of a demand for propane because the corn has dried down in the field and just simply hasn’t needed it as much, so that’s been a bright spot for farmers,” Naig says. “They’ve been able to save some on that drying cost and that’s always appreciated.”

Up to four million acres of corn was damaged or destroyed by the August 10th derecho. Naig says that contributed to a slower harvest pace in fields where farmers were trying to harvest damaged stalks.  “They’ve had to literally go slower or maybe even go one direction in a field,” Naig says. “We also know that there were the compounding issues of grain storage that was damaged due to the wind storm.”

Naig says some farmers had to opt to pile corn on the ground because their grain bins were hit by the derecho.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: 11/4/2020

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November 4th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly-to-Mostly Sunny. High 76. SW wind 10-20 mph.
Tonight: Fair to Partly cloudy. Low 40. S wind at 5.
Tomorrow: Partly-to-Mo. Sunny. High 74. SW wind 10-20 mph.
Friday: Mo. Sunny. High 76.
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 73.

Tuesday’s High in Atlantic was 78, which broke the record of 77 set in 2008. Our Low was 27. Last year on this date the High in Atlantic was 49 and Low 23. The Record High on this date was 75 in 1909 & 1978, and the Record Low was -1 in 1991.