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Hot weather is returning, Iowa’s drought conditions may worsen

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June 2nd, 2021 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – Forecasters say Iowa’s rollercoaster weather will see temperatures rocket back into the 80s and 90s this week after frosty lows dropped into the 30s just last week. The return to summery heat means more worries about drought as the recent rains weren’t enough to reverse months of dry weather. Adam Hartman, a meteorologist with the Climate Prediction Center, says the ground remains very arid, despite several downpours. “When you have heavy rainfall in a very short period of time, it doesn’t allow the soils enough time to absorb that moisture,” Hartman says, “Instead you actually get more runoff than absorption.”

The drought started last summer and the latest U-S Drought Monitor map shows most of Iowa remains in the categories of abnormally dry, moderate drought or extreme drought. Meteorologist Dennis Todey, director of the U-S-D-A’s Midwest Climate Hub in Ames, says even with the May rains, there just isn’t enough moisture in the soil for plants to thrive. “We are at greater risk of having problems with crops and other plants as the season goes along,” Todey says, “because there’s not as much moisture available for the crops to be able to grow.”

It’s hard to say how long the drought will continue, as summer often brings localized thunderstorms which can be difficult to forecast. Todey says long-term drought could create problems for water quality in Iowa. The amount of water flowing in the Raccoon River, the main source of drinking water for Iowa’s largest city, dropped down about 90-percent from normal during May.

(reporting by Katie Peikes, Iowa Public Radio)

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: Wed., June 2nd 2021

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June 2nd, 2021 by Ric Hanson

Today: Areas of fog this morning, otherwise partly cloudy. High 81. S @ 5-10.
Tonight: Fair to P/Cldy. Low 56. Winds light & variable.
Tomorrow: P/Cldy. High 83. SW @ 5-10.
Friday: P/Cloudy. High around 86.
Saturday: P/Cldy. High 88.

Tuesday’s High in Atlantic was 79. Our Low this morning, 50. Last year on this date the High in Atlantic was 92 and the Low was 68. The Record High on this date was 100 in 1934. The Record Low was 36 in 1907.

May 2021 weather stats for Atlantic

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June 1st, 2021 by Ric Hanson

The month of May in Atlantic was cooler and drier than normal. Weather data compiled here at the KJAN Studios (The official National Weather Service reporting site), show the Average High last month (rounded-off) was 71 (70.8), compared to the normal average high of 73. Our Average Low in May was 48 (47.5), which was just one-degree cooler than normal. We broke the old record Low of 29 degrees on May 5th, when the thermometer bottomed-out at 28. The day before (May 4th) was the coldest day of the month, with a Low of 27, but it was not a record-breaker.

We received 2.65 inches of rain last month, which was nearly 1.7 inches (1.67″) below the normal 4.32 inches for May. Looking ahead to the month of June, here in Atlantic, we can expected an Average High of 82-degrees, an Average Low of 58, and rain typically amounting to 4.98-inches. We’ll let you know how the data compared to the norm,  July 1st.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: Tue., June 1, 2021

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June 1st, 2021 by Ric Hanson

Today: Areas of dense fog this morning; Becoming Partly sunny. High around 76. S @ 5-10.
Tonight: Fair to P/Cldy. Low 52. Winds light & variable.
Tomorrow: P/Cldy. High 79. S @ 5-10.
Thursday: P/Cloudy. High around 82.
Friday: P/Cldy. High 85.

Monday’s High in Atlantic was 77. Our Low was 49. Last year on this date the High in Atlantic was 89 and the Low was 68. The Record High on this date was 99 in 1934. The Record Low was 36 in 1956.

 

Skyscan Forecast for Monday, May 31, 2021

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May 31st, 2021 by Ric Hanson

Today (Memorial Day): Areas of fog this morning; Partly cloudy to cloudy w/scattered showers possible. High near 70. S @ 5-10.
Tonight: Cloudy to P/Cldy. Low around 48.
Tomorrow: P/Cldy w/isolated showers possible. High near 72. SE @ 10.
Wednesday: P/Cloudy. High around 74.
Thursday: P/Cldy. High 77.

Sunday’s High in Atlantic was 64. Our Low this morning, 45. We had just a few sprinkles of rain Sunday. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 74 and the Low was 60. The Record High was 101 in 1934. The Record Low was 31, in 1897.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: Sunday, 5/30/21

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May 30th, 2021 by Ric Hanson

Today: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 64. South wind 5 to 7 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Tonight: Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 48. South southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Memorial Day: Partly sunny, with a high near 72. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 50. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 7 mph in the morning.
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Saturday’s High in Atlantic was 66. Our Low was 38. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 64 and the Low was 52. The Record High was 105 in 1934. The Record Low was 33, in 1930.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: Saturday, May 29, 2021

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May 29th, 2021 by Ric Hanson

Today: Areas of fog this morning; Mostly sunny. High 67. SE @ 10.

Tonight: Fair to partly cloudy. Low 44. SE @ 5.

Tomorrow: P/Cloudy to Cloudy w/a chance of afternoon showers. High 65. S @ 10.

Monday (Memorial Day): P/cldy to cldy w/a chance of showers in the morning. High 68.

Tuesday: P/Cldy. High 72.

Friday’s High in Atlantic was 52. Our Low this morning was 37. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 76 and the Low was 48. The Record High was 104 in 1934. The Record Low was 29, in 1947.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: Friday, May 28, 2021

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May 28th, 2021 by Ric Hanson

Today: Mostly cloudy w/areas of drizzle this morning. High 59. N @ 10-20.

Tonight: Clearing skies & diminishing winds. Low 35.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. High 68. E @ 5-10.

Sunday: Mo. Cloudy. High 66.

Monday (Memorial Day): Mo. Cldy w/a chance of rain. High 68.

Thursday’s High in Atlantic was 73. Our Low this morning (as of 4:55-a.m.,) was 45. We received a trace of precipitation this morning, in the form of drizzle. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 81 and the Low was 47. The Record High was 97 in 2018. The Record Low was 29, in 1894.

24-hour rainfall totals ending 7:00 a.m. May 27th

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May 27th, 2021 by Chris Parks

KJAN Studios- 0.94″
7.1 NNW of Atlantic- .85″
Massena- .54″
Schleswig- .36″
Adel- .23″
Persia- .82″
Mondamin- 1.15″
Missouri Valley- 1.04″
Earlham- .23″
Pacific Junction- 1.41″
Des Moines- .28″
Council Bluffs- .87″
Kirkman- .54″
Corydon- .12″
Churdan- .35″

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: Thursday, May 27, 2021

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May 27th, 2021 by Ric Hanson

Today: Showers and thunderstorms (mainly this morning). High 68. SE winds becoming N @ 10-20. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Tonight: Partly cloudy to cloudy w/scattered showers possible. Low around 43. NW @ 10-20. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Tomorrow: P/Cldy to Cldy. High near 60. NW @ 10-20.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 68.
Sunday: Mo. Cldy. High around 68.   Memorial Day (Monday): Mo. Cldy w/a chance of showers. High 66.

Wednesday’s High in Atlantic was 84. Our Low was 54. Rainfall overnight amounted to .94″. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 77 and the Low was 63. The Record High for May 27th was 100 in 2018. The Record Low was 31 in 1907.