Frigid February Summary

March 1, 2015 0 Comments
Frigid February Summary

  It’s official, Wausau had its 6th coldest February on record with a mean temperature of just 6.8 degrees.  Below are the mean temperature and years with a colder February in Wausau.   1.   3.7   1936 2.   4.6   1917 3.   5.3   1914 4.   5.8   1904 5.   6.3   2014 Rhinelander was really cold as well.  […]

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Fuels of the Future

February 27, 2015 0 Comments
Fuels of the Future

In the hopes of creating a cleaner sustainable energy future, it was once believed that converting grain crops into biofuel (ethanol), would help. That was a long time ago (many times documented in the weather blog). Through practice and study, it has been found that grain-based biofuels are not an optimal solution for the future. In […]

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African Dust Feeds the Amazon Rainforest

February 25, 2015 0 Comments
African Dust Feeds the Amazon Rainforest

At first glance we think of dust as nuisance, a no good part of life that just creates extra work.  You have to dust the house, sweep the floors, clean the windows and so on.   As it turns out one of the greatest zones of plant life in the world would greatly suffer without […]

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In Search of Spring

February 23, 2015 0 Comments
In Search of Spring

Many of you have been asking when is it going to warm up?  When is spring coming?  Well, there is growing evidence from the long-range weather models that we could have a sudden lurch into spring-like weather right around the 10th of March in the Upper Midwest.  Take a look at these weather charts below.  […]

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Delta Growing in Some Areas Off the Louisiana Coast

February 16, 2015 0 Comments
Delta Growing in Some Areas Off the Louisiana Coast

  Here is an interesting little fact.  Did you know that the Mississippi River Delta normally is losing about a football field’s worth of land every hour!   It basically is sinking into the sea as sea levels slowly rise.   There are a few notable exceptions to that trend in that general area.  One […]

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Frigid and Dry Mid to Late February

February 11, 2015 0 Comments
Frigid and Dry Mid to Late February

We have high confidence that the pattern will be cold over Wisconsin into the early part of next week but there are strong signals that it will stay persistently cold in our part of the world even up into the last week of the month.  Check out the Climate Prediction Center’s temperature outlook for February […]

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Snowfall This Winter Versus Last

February 8, 2015 0 Comments
Snowfall This Winter Versus Last

  I think most of you know that we have not had as much snow this winter as last winter in our area.  You can just tell using the eyeball test.  The snowbanks are a lot smaller.  About this time in 2014 it was really getting to be a problem for vehicles to see around […]

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Latest Snow Cover

February 4, 2015 0 Comments
Latest Snow Cover

  Wisconsin is all covered with snow but interestingly enough there is a pocket from central Minnesota to parts of eastern North Dakota and  South Dakota with just an inch or two covering the soil.  In fact they had completely bare ground up there just a few days ago thanks to previous storms missing them […]

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January Recap

February 1, 2015 0 Comments
January Recap

  January 2015 had its ups and downs in central and northern Wisconsin as far as temperatures go.  The most notable cold snap was from the 4th through the 13th when temperatures plunged well below zero almost every night.  We had several wind chill warnings during the period as well.   Our coldest temperature of the season […]

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Rockets Fired Into Northern Lights?

January 27, 2015 0 Comments
Rockets Fired Into Northern Lights?

  It is a real treat to see the aurora borealis (northern lights) once in a great while around here and just take in the beauty.  Then of course there is a whole scientific aspect to it.  We know it is caused from bursts of solar particles bombarding the outer reaches of the Earth’s atmosphere […]

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