Hidden Costs in Renewable Energy

May 25, 2017 0 Comments
Hidden Costs in Renewable Energy

I am a big fan of renewable energy, but not all are created equal. Grain ethanol is probably the worst form of renewable energy since the EROI is only about 1, even in the most optimal production scenarios. Roof-top solar might be one of the best (even though the EROI is not as high as […]

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Sunniest Cities on Earth

May 24, 2017 0 Comments
Sunniest Cities on Earth

    After enduring a rather cloudy and dreary May in Wisconsin, perhaps you are wondering how nice it must be to live in a sunnier climate?  According to data from the World Meteorological Organization, the world average for sunshine is 2334 hours per year (based on 1961-1990 reference).  That amounts to an average of […]

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Wet Spring Continues

May 21, 2017 1 Comment
Wet Spring Continues

  Very few people like droughts but I think our wet pattern this spring has few fans either. We have had rain now on 6 of the last 7 days (through the 21st).  Of the 21 days of the month, 12 of them have registered rain.  Of course April was super wet as well (the […]

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The Chetek Tornado

May 19, 2017 0 Comments
The Chetek Tornado

It has been a long time since we have experienced an active tornadic weather pattern in our part of the state.  The storms that rolled through on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week reminded us once again that yes, strong tornadoes do affect our area, even if they have been infrequent since 2011 (the year […]

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Drenching in the Midwest???

May 14, 2017 0 Comments
Drenching in the Midwest???

  Through May 14th it has been a pretty dry month around Wisconsin.  By May 21st we will likely be singing a much different tune.  Take a look at the 7-day precipitation forecast from NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center.     It shows a very impressive swath of heavy rain totals from Texas all the way […]

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A Long Time Coming

May 12, 2017 0 Comments
A Long Time Coming

Readers of the blog might remember that I used to do frequent space news updates. I find the topic very interesting, however, many people did not, so I only write about it sparingly, mainly to update previous stories. Recall an update on the James Webb Space Telescope. Back in March I interviewed a NASA scientist […]

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Summer Weather May Sneak In Soon

May 9, 2017 0 Comments
Summer Weather May Sneak In Soon

  So far May 2017 has been a bit cool to maybe lukewarm in Wisconsin.  The patterns may be about to change.  The Climate Prediction Center’s outlook for the week of May 17th to the 23rd is projecting above normal temperatures over most of the eastern half of the nation, including Wisconsin.     Considering […]

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Great Tool to See Past Hurricane Tracks & Intensities

May 7, 2017 0 Comments
Great Tool to See Past Hurricane Tracks & Intensities

  May 7th – May 13th is Hurricane Preparedness week in the United States.  I know hurricanes don’t directly impact Wisconsin.  Once in a great while however the leftover moisture from a dying hurricane or tropical storm will bring heavy rain to our state.  I’m sure a lot of you however have family, friends, or business interests […]

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2017 Rib Mountain Snowmelt Contest

May 4, 2017 16 Comments
2017 Rib Mountain Snowmelt Contest

**Very important: You have until midnight, Friday night, May 5th, to enter. Click here to enter. Just enter your email at the bottom of the article and then you will be asked for your prediction – easy as that!** UPDATE (May 8th): The entry period is now closed. It ended Friday night at midnight (May […]

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Trying to Bring Back Supersonic Air Travel?

May 2, 2017 0 Comments
Trying to Bring Back Supersonic Air Travel?

  Do you remember the Concorde aircraft?  Maybe you even flew on one of the supersonic planes.  It last flew in 2003.  It was fast no doubt. The problem with is was that it was not allowed to fly over the U.S.  because of the sonic boom issue.  It was deemed to be too noisy […]

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