2014 Snowmelt Contest Begins!

April 16, 2014 0 Comments
2014 Snowmelt Contest Begins!

On a day when more snow is piling up across the area, we begin the entry period for the 2014 SnowMELT contest. Kind-of ironic, isn’t it? Seeing the conditions out there you might be tempted to enter “never” for your prediction as to when the snow will finally melt off the slopes of Rib Mountain. […]

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Bird Habits Predict the Weather?

April 11, 2014 0 Comments
Bird Habits Predict the Weather?

  One of the great things that happens in the spring is the return of many birds to our region.   Some of course are just migrating through on their way to their summer nesting grounds in Canada.  Others are here to stay.  You can’t hardly step outside without hearing lots of new chirping and singing.  […]

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Who Gets The View?

April 10, 2014 0 Comments
Who Gets The View?

An interesting story passed by my eyes the other day and it reminded me of an old blog post. It is the one where I mused whether or not all of the most beautiful natural places in the world should be off-limits to private ownership. Many people dream of owning a house in a place […]

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Drought Status

April 8, 2014 0 Comments
Drought Status

    With the snow melted in a good chunk of the Midwest and warm, dry, and breezy weather becoming more common it is time to think about fire danger and drought.  Fire danger is especially a hazard until the green up of the grass and trees occurs.  As of April 1st parts of western […]

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Great News for Arctic Sea Ice!

April 3, 2014 0 Comments
Great News for Arctic Sea Ice!

In the past I have often suggested that bias is – or could become a problem in climate science. Most people hope that our best scientists would be the least likely to fall prey to various forms of bias, but we are all human. I am biased. Just like everyone, I find it difficult sometimes […]

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Severe T-storm Outbreak Thursday

April 2, 2014 0 Comments
Severe T-storm Outbreak Thursday

    While we will be dealing with rain, ice, and some snow through Friday at least we won’t be fighting severe thunderstorms and tornadoes like they may down south.  There is a large area with a slight risk of severe storms Thursday from Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio southward to the Texas ans Louisiana Gulf […]

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March 2014 Review

April 1, 2014 0 Comments
March 2014 Review

Time to look back on another cold month. It seems we have been saying that quite a lot lately. March of 2014 will go down in the record books as one of the top ten coldest, but it will not go in the record books for snowfall. March of 2014 was closer to making the […]

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April Outlook 2014

March 25, 2014 0 Comments
April Outlook 2014

Slugging through this cold March which will probably end up being one of the 10 coldest in Wausau, might make one pine for April when it will be warmer. Anyway, we hope it will be warmer. That is what happens in most years. April is supposed to average about 14 degrees warmer than March. Can […]

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25 Year Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez Spill

March 24, 2014 0 Comments
25 Year Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez Spill

    Perhaps you can still remember seeing the sickening pools of thick black oil coating the shoreline.   I can still remember feeling quite sad watching rescue workers wipe and wash the sticky goo off of the feathers of birds.   It certainly was a tragedy.  On March 24th, 1989 the tanker Exxon Valdez […]

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National Flood Safety Awareness Week

March 19, 2014 0 Comments
National Flood Safety Awareness Week

    March 16th – 22nd is National Flood Safety Awareness Week.  Certainly spring is a time that we in Wisconsin have to occasionally deal with flooding.  That could especially be a threat this year since we have so much moisture sitting on the ground yet in the snow pack.  Should a prolonged warm spell […]

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