Consumerism and the Environment

March 27, 2017 0 Comments
Consumerism and the Environment

I just wanted to post a quick update on the blog post from last week Minimal Life, Minimal Pollution. Thanks for all the positive comments on that one! I had to post an update because of recent economic news. It seems more retail chain stores are closing and more retail consumer product companies are having […]

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U.S. Severe Weather So Far in 2017

March 26, 2017 0 Comments
U.S. Severe Weather So Far in 2017

  2017 has had several busy weeks so far across the nation in terms of severe thunderstorms.  Through March 25th, the Storm Prediction Center is listing the following preliminary number of reports: Tornado  368 High Wind  2267 Large Hail  873   On their map the red dots indicate tornadoes, blue for thunderstorm high winds, and green […]

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Large sections of the Great Barrier Reef found dead

March 24, 2017 0 Comments
Large sections of the Great Barrier Reef found dead

Scientists have recently found that large sections of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia died last year due to overheated ocean water. These northern sections of the reef are hundreds of miles long, and portions of the reef that escaped the bleaching last winter are now beginning to bleach and could lead to another die-off, something […]

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Minimal Life, Minimal Pollution

March 23, 2017 2 Comments
Minimal Life, Minimal Pollution

My wife cued up a documentary on our streaming media service the other day and casually mentioned “you might like it”. Was it the latest and greatest developments in science, technology, weather, or space?  No, but I still thought it was great. It was called “The Minimalists”. What is it about? Living minimally – without […]

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Severe Weather Spotter Training Schedule

March 21, 2017 0 Comments
Severe Weather Spotter Training Schedule

  We are rapidly approaching severe thunderstorm season in Wisconsin.  Even with all the excellent technology now used to track thunderstorms and tornadoes, trained observers on the ground still play a vital role.  As such the National Weather Service is hosting numerous Skywarn workshops in the TV-9 area to train volunteers in terms of what […]

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Wet first month of spring?

March 19, 2017 0 Comments
Wet first month of spring?

  We could be looking at a rather wet period of weather over the next 3 to 4 weeks according to the Climate Prediction Center and several of our long-range models.  It appears we will be a pattern featuring large slow-moving low pressure systems tracking from the Rockies and Southern Plains up toward the Great […]

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St. Patrick’s Day Weather Stats

March 15, 2017 0 Comments
St. Patrick’s Day Weather Stats

  So the normal temperatures for March 17th in the Wausau area are a low of 21 F and a high of 40 F.  You might wonder how recent versions of this holiday have stacked up compared to that benchmark?   Well as you will see, there can be some huge differences from year to […]

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What is a “good” climate?

March 14, 2017 0 Comments
What is a “good” climate?

One of the more difficult things about being a broadcast meteorologist is that different people enjoy different seasons. I probably like Fall the best, but I enjoy all of the seasons. I like to see the changes. I enjoy a fresh snow almost as much as green garden. This is not the case for most […]

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Outlook for 1st Week of Astronomical Spring

March 13, 2017 1 Comment
Outlook for 1st Week of Astronomical Spring

  The Spring Equinox occurs on March 20th, but does that mean it will automatically be warm?  Of course not.  Spring is a process with ups and downs.  The latest 6 to 10 day outlook from the Climate Prediction Center however  does indicate much of the lower 48 states could be warmer than normal for […]

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Crumbling Support for DST

March 13, 2017 0 Comments
Crumbling Support for DST

Wisconsin isn’t the only state to consider ending daylight saving time (DST). The Montana legislature has gotten a bill out of committee to make it the third state to drop the archaic practice. Other states that have at least considered bills to end DST are Texas, California, Iowa, New Mexico, Michigan, Rhode Island, and Washington. […]

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