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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Self-driving car accidents

May 15, 2015 0 Comments
Self-driving car accidents

Whether we like it or not, self-driving vehicles will arrive. If you don’t like the idea, just consider that most trains and airplanes are already highly automated. Having a fleet of self-driving cars roaming around the city will be like having a cheap taxi always at your disposal. More personal than a bus and more […]

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NASA’s New Soil Moisture Mapping Tool

May 11, 2015 0 Comments
NASA’s New Soil Moisture Mapping Tool

With so many concerns worldwide of drought, fires, floods, and available groundwater NASA has some good timing with the unveiling of one of its newest tools.  It is esentially a specialized radar instrument that came on line in January 2015 that can measure the amount of water in the soil worldwide.  Below is an exerpt […]

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May Outlook

May 6, 2015 0 Comments
May Outlook

  Of course May has started on a warm note around Wisconsin but will that continue for the remainder of the month?  According to the Climate Prediction Center it just may (pardon the wording).  The CPC is projecting above normal temperatures from Wisconsin and Illinois east to the East Coast.  It is also supposed to […]

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April Weather Recap

May 3, 2015 0 Comments
April Weather Recap

  Well April 2015 is history and for Wisconsin it was generally fairly mild.  In Wausau the average high temperature was 57.3 degrees which is 2.5 degrees above normal.  The average low temperature in Wausau was 34.4 degrees which is 1.1 degree above normal.  The coldest temperature at the Wausau Downtown Airport was 24 degrees […]

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Last Spring Frost Dates

April 29, 2015 0 Comments
Last Spring Frost Dates

  With the mild and sunny weather this spring so far, many gardeners have started planting.  Now they are wondering if frost will sneak in and damage  their plants?  There is really no way to know for sure what low temperature we might  have on any particular night two or three weeks from now.    Well […]

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Tracking a Smoke Plume Using Weather Tools

April 26, 2015 0 Comments
Tracking a Smoke Plume Using Weather Tools

On April 23rd a large smoke plume was located over the Horicon Marsh in northern Dodge County, Wisconsin.  It was part of a prescribed burn for habitat management.  It was clearly visible with the human eye some 40 plus miles away.  It gave the National Weather Service in Sullivan a chance to track it on […]

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