New Satellite-Based Maps to Aid in Climate Prediction

February 9, 2016 0 Comments
New Satellite-Based Maps to Aid in Climate Prediction

  A recent article on NASA’s website explains that we now have a tool to quantitatively see how long and how much carbon is being stored in various biomasses throughout the world.  Here is an excerpt from the article edited by Tony Greicius. “New, detailed maps of the world’s natural landscapes created using NASA satellite […]

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Not Much Ice on the Great Lakes

February 6, 2016 0 Comments
Not Much Ice on the Great Lakes

The mild winter thus far has not allowed to much ice to form on the Great Lakes just yet.  As of February 5th, 2016 NOAA reports that only 7.7% of the surface of the Great Lakes is covered with ice.  That compares with 57.1% at the same time in 2015 and 77.2% at the same […]

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Groundhog Forecast Accuracy?

February 3, 2016 0 Comments
Groundhog Forecast Accuracy?

Of course Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania and Jimmy the Groundhog in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin did not see their shadows this year.  Folklore has it that we will have an early spring.  They might just be fairly accurate this year as the strong El Nino may push spring in sooner than usual.  However how is the […]

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RFS and politics

February 3, 2016 0 Comments
RFS and politics

I have written a bit about the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS mandate) for a few years now, as it is an “environmental” issue. Twenty years ago there was hope that renewable fuels would help everything from pollution to the economy. It didn’t happen. As I have documented (here, here, and here), every year, less and […]

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January Recap & Record Tracking

February 2, 2016 0 Comments
January Recap & Record Tracking

Looking back on January of 2016, it was certainly a wintry month, even though there was not much snowfall. The snow mainly came in little bits and didn’t even add up to 6 inches in Wausau. For fans of winter, it was still decent though, because the heavy snow that fell in late December stuck […]

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6″+ Calendar Day Storm Rare Here?

January 31, 2016 0 Comments
6″+ Calendar Day Storm Rare Here?

With the likelihood of heavy snow in Wisconsin Tuesday I got to thinking something.  That something is…how rare is it to get at least 6 inches of snow in one calendar day in the Wausau area?  Well digging through the record books over the past five years, I was a little surprised that it is […]

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California Coastal Flooding

January 26, 2016 0 Comments
California Coastal Flooding

Perhaps you saw the video from Pacifica, California Tuesday of buildings on the verge of crumbling off a cliff into the sea as monster waves pound the cliff.  Unfortunately we will probably see more of this the rest of winter.  The combination of rising sea levels, coastal tides, king tides, and El Nino will provide […]

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Five of a Kind (Planets)

January 24, 2016 0 Comments
Five of a Kind (Planets)

  The last time we were able to see such a spectacle was January 2005.   Of course we are talking about having five planets visible in the same part of the sky simultaneously.  This will be the case through February 20th.  The best viewing time is just an hour or two before sunrise and the […]

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Warm 8 to 14 Day Outlook

January 17, 2016 0 Comments
Warm 8 to 14 Day Outlook

When we are in the middle of a sharp cold blast like this weekend I know a lot of you will enjoy hearing about warmer weather ahead.  It appears another pattern change will be unfolding across the northern U.S. for the last week of January that will allow milder than normal weather to move in […]

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El Nino 2015-2016 (January Update)

January 14, 2016 0 Comments
El Nino 2015-2016 (January Update)

El Nino is a big topic this winter and if you have been following along in the blog, you should have been well prepared for most of the conditions that have evolved thus far. During the last 2 El Nino strong El Nino episodes, we had a short winter. By short, I mean it lasted […]

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