Record Warmth Coming to an End as Winter Makes Its Return

February 20, 2017 0 Comments
Record Warmth Coming to an End as Winter Makes Its Return

We all knew this warm stretch of weather was too good to be true. Many of us caught Spring Fever over the weekend as temperatures soared into the 50s to low 60s, setting record highs in Wausau on both Friday and Sunday, of 53° and 57° respectively. Many locations around Wisconsin also set record highs on […]

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Dry February could suddenly turn wet

February 19, 2017 0 Comments
Dry February could suddenly turn wet

Through February 19th, the Wausau area has only received .08 inches of precipitation for the month.  The normal for all of February is .92 inches.  All of a sudden several significant weather systems are lining up that will likely put us well above normal precipitation for the month. The first is a cold front pushing […]

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Goodbye La Nina. We hardly knew ya!

February 17, 2017 0 Comments
Goodbye La Nina. We hardly knew ya!

  La Nina conditions are no longer present as sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific have warmed above the -0.5°C La Nina threshold, and sea surface temperatures in the Eastern Pacific are actually already above normal. Unlike the strong El Nino of 2015-2016, this La Nina was weak and short-lived. El Nino Southern Oscillation, […]

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Why you should care about the lack of Arctic sea ice.

February 14, 2017 0 Comments
Why you should care about the lack of Arctic sea ice.

Arctic sea ice plays a major role in global climate, beginning with keeping the poles cool. Ice, just like snow, has a very bright surface that reflects 80% of incoming sunlight back into space. When Arctic sea ice melts, darker ocean waters are exposed that absorb 90% of sunlight, causing the ocean waters to warm […]

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Why do we change the clocks?

February 14, 2017 1 Comment
Why do we change the clocks?

Why do we observe Daylight Saving Time (DST)? There are many old wives’ tales about the reason, but the official government reason is to save energy. Intuitively, it makes a little sense. If the sun stays out longer during the evenings in the summer then people will most likely not turn on their lights until […]

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Improvements in tracking Hawaii’s volcanoes

February 13, 2017 0 Comments
Improvements in tracking Hawaii’s volcanoes

  A NASA-led team is studying Hawaiian volcanoes including Kilauea and Mauna Loa from the air, ground and space to better understand volcanic processes and hazards.  Below you will find information from a NASA article dealing with this fascinating topic.   A high-altitude ER-2 aircraft from NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, Palmdale, California, based at […]

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Happy 147th Birthday National Weather Service!

February 9, 2017 0 Comments
Happy 147th Birthday National Weather Service!

On this day in 1870, President Ulysses S. Grant signed a Joint Congressional Resolution into law, which stated that the Secretary of War had to provide meteorological observations taken at military stations and to give notice of approaching storms to areas near the coasts through magnetic telegraphs and marine signals. This came one year after a telegraph […]

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Penumbral Lunar Eclipse and Comet Passage Both Expected Friday Night

February 8, 2017 0 Comments
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse and Comet Passage Both Expected Friday Night

First comes an eclipse, then comes a comet. Friday night will be one to keep your eyes to the sky. A penumbral lunar eclipse will be occurring on Friday night, beginning shortly after moonrise at 5:15 p.m. The totality of the eclipse lasts over four hours, but the beginning and end of the eclipse are […]

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Climate Change – it is all on you and me

February 6, 2017 0 Comments
Climate Change – it is all on you and me

Our lighting is more efficient in the past. Our manufacturing plants crank out more stuff with less material. Our agriculture is so productive it produces enough food to feed the entire world (hunger problems in the present day are largely political in nature). Between 20 and 30% (depending who you reference) of our energy now […]

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2016 Warmest Year on Record Globally

February 5, 2017 0 Comments
2016 Warmest Year on Record Globally

  For the third year in a row, the world has reached its warmest average temperature on record.  The average temperature (land and ocean combined) was 58.69 degrees F in 2016 which beats the old record of 2015 by .07 degrees F.  This record has been confirmed by scientists at NOAA, NASA, and the Japan […]

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