Cool, Unsettled End to July

July 28, 2014 0 Comments
Cool, Unsettled End to July

  It looks like July will end much like most of the days over the month with below normal temperatures and a fair amount of cloud cover here in the Upper Midwest.  In fact there will likely be scattered showers at times right through Friday.  This is in contrast to what is often a very […]

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Impending Drought?

July 24, 2014 0 Comments
Impending Drought?

Sorry if I seem a little pensive lately, perhaps not as energetic, or not smiling as much as usual. I have analyzed the forecast and I don’t like it. For most of this Summer, people who rely upon the weather for their livelihood were complaining about too much rain. It wasn’t so much that we […]

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Lightning Fatalities So Far This Year

July 22, 2014 0 Comments
Lightning Fatalities So Far This Year

There is some good news when it comes to lightning danger this year in the United States.  So far there have been just 14 lightning fatalities.   Normal for an entire year in our country is 51.  Seeing that the year is just over half over, we are on a pace to come in well under […]

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Is a solar powered road in our future?

July 18, 2014 0 Comments
Is a solar powered road in our future?

Did you see this article earlier this week? “Inventor pushes solar panels for roads, highways”  Well of course you did, because it was on waow.com, right? Okay, maybe you read the same story on the Economist because you are looking for the next great investment. Or perhaps you are one of the lucky (or unlucky) […]

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Wisconsin’s Hottest Week of Summer Coming?

July 15, 2014 0 Comments
Wisconsin’s Hottest Week of Summer Coming?

Talk about weather whiplash…near record cold to hot in 5 days time? It isn’t saying much because we have had a rather cool July, but it appears our hottest temperatures of the season so far in Wisconsin could be on the way for the week of July 21 through July 25.  The Climate Prediction Center […]

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Saying Good-bye to Lake Mead

July 14, 2014 0 Comments
Saying Good-bye to Lake Mead

It is interesting to note that we have not blogged too much about the US Drought Monitor this year. It was not a prolific topic last year either. This is good news. It means that drought has not been affecting Wisconsin too much. The current US Drought Monitor indicates zero drought for the state of […]

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Measuring the World’s Soil Moisture

July 9, 2014 0 Comments
Measuring the World’s Soil Moisture

  Anybody with a gardening muscle in them, a farmer, or somebody trying to grow trees certainly is in tune with soil moisture levels.  It has a very important role in plant and animal life in our world.  It also plays an important role in regulating how much water is being put back up into […]

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Final Snowmelt 2014 Update

July 8, 2014 0 Comments

The day has finally arrived. The snowmelt contest for 2014 has come to an end. It was on the evening of July 7th (Monday) when the last bit was finally gone. It is a new record for the snowmelt contest. Last year’s late melt of June 30th was eclipsed by a full week! I guess […]

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July Outlook

July 7, 2014 0 Comments
July Outlook

  July has been a bit cooler than  normal so far in Wisconsin mainly due to extensive cloud cover and frequentrain showers.  We see no reason why this won’t continue overall for a few weeks.  The Climate Prediction Center is projected cooler than normal weather for July in an area from the front range of […]

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Great Lakes Water Temperatures

July 3, 2014 0 Comments
Great Lakes Water Temperatures

  Perhaps you will be heading to Lake Superior or Lake Michigan this Fourth of July weekend for some boating and recreation.  With that in mind let’s take a look at how warm or not the water is.  According to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory the warmest surface water on Lake Superior is found […]

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