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October 2020 Weather Data for Atlantic: Dry and cooler

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November 1st, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Weather records for the month of October in Atlantic have been compiled here at the KJAN Studios (The official National Weather Service reporting site for Atlantic). The data show (as most will attest), that it was a very dry, and somewhat cooler month than what we normally experience. Precipitation (including melted snowfall) amounted to just 1.15 inches, which is 1.61 inches below average. The High averaged out to 59 degrees, which is five-degrees cooler than normal, and the Low was 33, which was six-degrees below normal.

Looking ahead to this month (November): The High is typically 46 and the Low is 27. Precipitation during a normal November would typically amount to 1.85 inches.

Skyscan forecast for Atlantic & the area: 11/1/2020

Weather

November 1st, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Today: Sunny & breezy, with a high near 46. NW wind 10-20 mph w/gusts to near 30 before decreasing during the afternoon.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 28. SW wind at 5 to 10 mph.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 61. W/SW wind 5 to 10 mph.
Monday Night: Clear, with a low around 37.
Tuesday (General Election Day): Sunny, with a high near 69. S/SW @ 5-15 w/gusts to around 20.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 44.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.

Saturday’s High in Atlantic was 65. Our Low this morning, 31. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 45 and the Low was 29. The Record High on this date was 78 in 1933, and the Record Low was 10, in 1895.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area – Saturday, 10/31/20

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October 31st, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Today: Mostly sunny. High 65. SW winds @ 15-20 becoming NW this afternoon.
Tonight: Fair to Partly cloudy. Low 30. N @ 10-20.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny & cooler. High 45. N @ 10-20.
Monday: P/Cldy. High 60.
Tuesday: P/Cldy. High 66.

Friday’s High in Atlantic was 56. Our Low was 25. Last year on this date the High in Atlantic was 43 and Low 20. The Record High on this date was 83 in 1950 & 1953, and the Record Low was 11 in 1954.

A ‘La Nina’ has formed which may mean a colder winter for Iowa

News, Weather

October 30th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – The latest predictions show a La Nina weather system has developed in the Pacific Ocean and it’s expected to linger into spring — which may bring Iowa a colder winter and could influence the state’s weather well into 2021. Matt Rosencrans, a meteorologist at the Climate Prediction Center, says they plan to update the forecast monthly.

“The La Nina forecast goes out about eight months, so if we were doing a forecast back in July, it wouldn’t have extended too far into next year anyway, so that’s one aspect of it,” Rosencrans says. “The other aspect is that you just have more certainty.”

A La Nina system occurs when sea surface temperatures average below-normal. Historically, La Ninas have caused below-normal temperatures across much of the Northern Plains states during the winter. Rosencrans says the center’s predictions are largely based on past observations.

“There’s kind of a new unpredictability die-off in this skill of La Nina at about six months, some seasons, it’s six to seven, in the springtime, it’s only about two to three months,” he says. “We really don’t have a lot of lead time on there.”

Rosencrans says they are confident of the impacts at least through February, while beyond that, there’s still some uncertainty.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: 10/30/20

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October 30th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly cloudy. High 44. SW winds @ 10-15 mph.
Tonight: Fair to Partly cloudy. Low 39. S @ 5-10.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. High 62. SW winds becoming NW @ 13-30.
Sunday: P/Cldy. High 45.
Monday: P/Cldy. High around 60.

Thursday’s High in Atlantic was 45. Our Low this morning was 25. Last year on this date the High in Atlantic was 37 and Low 22. The Record High on this date was 84 in 1950, and the Record Low was 1 in 1925.

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

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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

Weather

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

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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.