March Recap

March 31, 2015 0 Comments
March Recap

  As is typical we had wildly changing conditions throughout the month of March 2015 in the Wausau area.  The coldest spell was from the 4th through the 6th when low temperatures were below zero.  The high of just 9 degrees on March 5th established a new record cold high temperature for that date.  The […]

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Planting Zones Shifting a Bit

March 25, 2015 0 Comments
Planting Zones Shifting a Bit

As you gardeners gear up for planting over the next month or two, you may want to check out what NOAA sees as the updated planting zones based on the updated climate normals.   NOAA uses a 30 year average for this product.  Recently of course the decade of the 1970s was dropped from the calculation […]

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A Wetter Spell in a Dry Year So Far

March 22, 2015 0 Comments
A Wetter Spell in a Dry Year So Far

  This has been a fairly dry year so far in the Wausau area (and most of the Upper Midwest) for that matter.  As of March 22nd we have just received .25″ of precipitation for the month and only 1.0″ since January 1st.  That is a deficit from normal so far of .94″ for March […]

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Do Big Snowstorms Disprove Global Warming?

March 15, 2015 0 Comments
Do Big Snowstorms Disprove Global Warming?

I often hear people make comments such as “so much for global warming” after a major snowstorm strikes.  So when I ran across a recent news posting from NOAA I thought I would bring it up.  There seems to be a myth that in a warmer climate we shouldn’t be getting big or record snow […]

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Bio-energy Research

March 10, 2015 0 Comments
Bio-energy Research

Since I recently shared recent trends in biofuel perceptions and future production, I thought it would be prudent to highlight some potential changes in the state of Wisconsin. There is a bioenergy research station at UW-Madison. There is a proposal in the works to stop funding the center with state grants which would mean cutting […]

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“Marching” Into Warmth

March 8, 2015 0 Comments
“Marching” Into Warmth

Warmer than normal weather is in the forecast for Wisconsin this week, but it will probably carry into the week of March 15th as well.  The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for March 14-18 calls for above normal temperatures over most of the nation.  The chances of being above normal are highest from Minnesota […]

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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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