Scorching Heat Avoiding Wisconsin

June 28, 2015 0 Comments
Scorching Heat Avoiding Wisconsin

So far this summer as was the case last summer, most of the intense heat has stayed in the western and southern United States.  As you recall we never officially hit 90 degrees at the Wausau Airport once last summer.  It did reach the high 80s a number of times.  Meanwhile places like Portland, Oregon […]

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What is a Derecho?

June 21, 2015 0 Comments
What is a Derecho?

Perhaps you have heard the dreaded “D-word” when it comes to some severe thunderstorms.  That’s right, the word derecho.  A derecho is a widespread, long-lived damaging straight-line wind event associated with showers or thunderstorms.  These devastating events can blow down thousands or millions of trees in their path and they often survive over the course […]

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1st U.S. Operational Satellite in Deep Space

June 14, 2015 0 Comments
1st U.S. Operational Satellite in Deep Space

Just over 100 days ago a fascinating satellite mission was launched, NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory Satellite (DSCOVR).  Now it has remarkably reached its final orbit position, about 1 million miles from Earth.  That is hard to fathom that distance isn’t it?  With it being the first American operational satellite positioned so deep into space […]

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June Rainfall Records

June 10, 2015 0 Comments
June Rainfall Records

  As of June 10th, the Wausau area had already picked up nearly 2 inches of rain for the month.   That is nearly half of the monthly normal of 4.31″.  Considering that the forecast is calling for 2 to 4 inches of rain Thursday into early Friday, the 11th and 12th, we should easily top […]

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Recent Study Shows No Slowdown in Global Warming Rate

June 7, 2015 0 Comments
Recent Study Shows No Slowdown in Global Warming Rate

You probably have heard or read in recent years that there has been some sort of global warming “hiatus” over the past few decades.  Well a new study produced by a group of scientists from NOAA refutes that claim.  Their study suggests that the rate of global warming during that the last 15 years has […]

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Studying Nighttime Thunderstorms

June 1, 2015 0 Comments
Studying Nighttime Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms at night are certainly unique and important components of summer weather across the central U.S.  They often have different mechanics as far as formation and sustainability than those of daytime storms.  In an effort to learn more about them and provide more accurate forecasting of nighttime storms NOAA is launching a large research project […]

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Monthly Outlooks for the Summer

May 27, 2015 0 Comments
Monthly Outlooks for the Summer

To quote the movie “Anchorman”, that sure escalated quickly. Speaking about the precipitation, that is. After a dry late winter and early Spring, we made up ground in a hurry over this month and especially over the last few days. Much of Minnesota and Wisconsin had ranged from abnormally dry to severe drought over the […]

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Speculative Physics

May 26, 2015 0 Comments
Speculative Physics

Something is afoot in the physics world. Something I mentioned in past blog entries and something that a lot of people do not want to believe. It is the EM Drive. This is a proposed reactionless propulsion system, meaning that there are no moving parts or combustion material to “make it go”. It develops thrust […]

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2015 Precipitation So Far

May 25, 2015 0 Comments
2015 Precipitation So Far

Well we are just coming off of our wettest 24 hours of May so far in the Wausau area with over an inch of rainfall.  For the month now we are sitting at 2.95″ through the afternoon of the 25th.  That is 0.22″ above normal to this point in the month.  Last May to this […]

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2015 Severe Weather Statistics So Far

May 17, 2015 0 Comments
2015 Severe Weather Statistics So Far

  The 2015 severe weather season started pretty slowly across the United States but has certainly picked up steam the past six weeks or so.  According to the Storm Prediction Center through May 12th, the following numbers of severe weather incidents have come in:  tornado 384, large hail 1887, and high wind 1897.  In looking […]

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