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Skyscan forecast for Atlantic & the area: Friday, Oct. 16, 2020


October 16th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly cloudy. High 58. NW-SW @ 10. **Frost Advisory until 8-a.m.**
Tonight: P/Cldy. Low 42. SW @ 5-10.
Tomorrow: P/Cldy. High near 75. SW-NW @ 15-25.
Sunday: Cloudy w/a chance of light rain or flurries in the morning. High 42.
Monday: Mostly cloudy. High around 50.

Thursday’s High in Atlantic was 55. Our overnight Low was 27. Last year on this date the High in Atlantic was 56 and Low 32. The Record High on this date was 87 in 1921, and the Record Low was 20 in 1976 & 1977.

Weather service winter outlook has equal chance of warm or cold for Iowa

News, Weather

October 15th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – The National Weather Service released its annual winter outlook this (Thursday) morning with defined outlooks for either warm and dry or cold and wet conditions going into the winter season. But Climate Prediction Center Deputy Director Mike Halpert says it gets a little bit more complicated when you look at the jetstream and its impact on Iowa.

“The Iowa, Wisconsin area oftentimes falls in between or becomes very uncertain as to whether they become drier as a drier signal as the jetstream shifts further north or becomes wetter as it doesn’t shift quite as far,” he says. “So the forecasts for Iowa are actually in the equal chance category so there’s an equal chance for wet or dry, warm or cold.”

Dave Miscus is a drought expert at the C-P-C. He says our temperatures over the next several months will likely dictate what we expect come spring as far as ongoing drought conditions go even if we do end up in a wetter than normal pattern. He says once the soil freezes in the wintertime the soil doesn’t get into the soil and then we have to wait until spring to get any soil moisture recharge.

Miscus says if the soil freezes soon before any more precipitation, we enter the winter waiting. “Not looking too good for removing that drought in especially western Iowa — which has been lingering for the last six to nine months here. We’ll have to wait and see what the spring brings,” Miscus says.

The outlook released Thursday has higher probabilities or colder and wetter conditions to our north along with drier and warmer conditions to the south, but nothing is definitive at this point, especially not knowing exactly how strong the developing La Nina pattern is going to be.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area: 10/15/20


October 15th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly cloudy. High 54. NW @ 15-25.
Tonight: P/Cldy. Low near 30. W @ 5-10.
Tomorrow: P/Cldy. High 58. W/NW @ 10-20.
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High near 75.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy w/a chance light showers. High 48.

Wednesday’s High in Atlantic was 75. Our Low this morning was 36. Last year on this date the High in Atlantic was 58 and Low 43. The Record High on this date was 89 in 1892, and the Record Low was 17 in 1952.

Freeze warning issued for some area counties from 1-a.m. to 10-a.m. Friday

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

October 15th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Monona-Harrison-Shelby Counties
336 AM CDT Thu Oct 15 2020


The National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley has issued a Freeze Warning, which is in effect from 1 AM to 10 AM CDT Friday.

* TEMPERATURES…33 to 29 degrees .

* TIMING… 1 AM to 10 AM

* IMPACTS…Freezing temperatures could kill sensitive vegetation and damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.

* ADDITIONAL INFORMATION… We are now about a week past the typical growing season for the counties in the warning. This will the the last freeze warning of the season.


A Freeze Warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

Burn Bans in effect for Adair and Guthrie Counties until further notice

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

October 14th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

A Burn Ban is now in effect for Guthrie and Adair Counties, until further notice. Emergency Management Coodinator Bob Kempf reports the State Fire Marshal approved requests from Kempf to prohibit open burning in both counties, until such time as the activity does not constitute a danger to life or property.

Kempf made the request after consulting with the fire chiefs in each respective county. Any violation of the proclamation order is a simple misdemeanor.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the area – Wednesday, 10/14/20


October 14th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Today: **Red Flag Warning from 1-until 8-p.m. for critical fire danger** P/Cldy. High 77. NW @ 15-30 w/gusts to around 45.
Tonight: P/Cldy. Low 35. NW @ 10-20.
Tomorrow: P/Cldy. High 54. NW @ 15-25.
Friday: Partly cloudy. High 59.
Saturday: P/Cldy, windy & warmer. High72.

Tuesday’s High in Atlantic was 68. Our Low was 41. Last year on this date the High in Atlantic was 68 and Low 27. The Record High on this date was 88 in 1897, and the Record Low was 16 in 1937.

Red Flag warning in effect for Cass & area Counties from 1-pm today until 8-p.m. (10/14)

News, Weather

October 14th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Critical Fire Danger Today…Strong winds NW @ 20-45 mph) and low relative humidity this afternoon will result in rapid spread of any fires that start, and the potential for uncontrollable fires.
343 AM CDT Wed Oct 14 2020; Area Counties: Cass-Audubon-Guthrie-Monona-Harrison-Shelby-Sac-Crawford and Carroll….


* Impacts…Any grassland and field fires that start this afternoon may spread rapidly and become uncontrollable.


A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can
contribute to extreme fire behavior.


Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

October 14th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

[COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA, October 13, 2020] – Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Director Doug Reed, Tuesday, said “The current weather forecast and environmental conditions indicate a potential for very high to extreme fire behavior on Wednesday, October 14th through Saturday. This includes easy ignition potential and rapid fire spread. Conditions will slightly alleviate but remain high Thursday and Friday, degrading again on Saturday.”

Pott. County EMA

According to Reed, “Fire departments in Pottawattamie County have responded to two large cropland fires over the past week and ask for everyone’s compliance with the current Open Burning Ban. In addition, the Emergency Management Agency is asking all residents to discontinue the use of recreational fire pits, campfire rings, covered burn barrels, and any type of burning through the remainder of this week and weekend.”

“Pottawattamie County,” he said, “has seen the devastating effects of fire in extreme conditions, including firefighter injuries and loss of residential properties and other structures. We want to do everything we can to help prevent unnecessary injuries or devastating property losses from occurring.”

Violation of the existing burn ban, especially actions or negligence causing injury or property loss, can subject a person to citation or arrest for disobeying a burn ban, reckless use of fire, or other applicable statutes. For updated information on conditions you can find further information on the county’s social media, and web pages.

An Open Burning Ban will remain in place until environmental conditions improve.

Skyscan forecast for Atlantic & the area – Tuesday, Oct. 13 2020


October 13th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly cloudy. High 70. SW-NW @ 10-20.

Tonight: Fair to P/Cldy. Low 44. SW @ 5-10.

Tomorrow: P/Cldy. High 76. SW-NW @ 15-30.

Thursday: P/Cldy. High 55.

Friday: P/Cldy. High near 60.

Yesterday’s High in Atlantic was 67. The Low was 47. Last year on this date the High was 59 and the Low was 26. The Record High for Oct. 13th was 88 in 1975. The Record Low was 15 in 1907.

Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals at 7:00 am on Monday, October 12, 2020

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

October 12th, 2020 by Chris Parks

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .24″
  • 7 miles NNE of Atlantic  .26″
  • Anita  .18″
  • Massena  .09″
  • Avoca  .3″
  • Oakland  .4″
  • Neola  .6″
  • Irwin  .62″
  • Missouri Valley  .78″
  • Carroll  .61″
  • Red Oak  .19″
  • Villisca  .1″
  • Corning  .02″
  • Clarinda  .11″
  • Shenandoah  .15″