An Update on Irrelevancy

July 28, 2015 0 Comments
An Update on Irrelevancy

One of the more annoying things about being a broadcast meteorologist is the old saw about getting paid for being wrong. Old men (in particular) who like to talk about the weather often bring this up when I am out in public. They loudly proclaim to their friends and whoever might be in earshot that “You […]

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Year to Date Precipitation Summary

July 26, 2015 0 Comments
Year to Date Precipitation Summary

We have had some streaky precipitation during 2015 in our region with some very wet spells and some dry spells.  However when you total it all up, we are actually running fairly close to normal.  From January 1st through July 26th Wausau has received 18.37″ of precipitation.  That is 0.96″ above normal.  For comparison, last […]

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El Nino Strengthens

July 20, 2015 0 Comments
El Nino Strengthens

The latest ENSO diagnostic discussion from earlier this month discussed the possibility of a moderate El Nino developing by this Fall and lingering through the Winter. It is already a weak El Nino and recent water temperatures in the equatorial Pacific depict even warmer conditions in the last couple of weeks, so it should reach moderate […]

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Outlook for the End of July

July 19, 2015 0 Comments
Outlook for the End of July

      If you like warm summer weather, the latest 8 to 14 day outlook from the Climate Prediction Center covering July 27 to August 2 will probably make you happy.  It projects warmer than normal temperatures over most of the United States including Wisconsin.    They just have a part of New England […]

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Google Car Rear-Ended By Human Driver

July 17, 2015 0 Comments
Google Car Rear-Ended By Human Driver

I wasn’t planning on blogging today because there are many other things that are more important, but I couldn’t help but notice some news about a subject that I have been tracking for several years now. It has to do with technological progress and with modern media. Notice the title of this blog. Humans are […]

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Heat Wave Dangers

July 14, 2015 0 Comments
Heat Wave Dangers

About this time twenty years ago, in mid-July of 1995 a very intense heat wave settled into the Upper Midwest.  It was characterized by four or five days in a row with highs in the 90s to low 100s coupled with dew points in the 70s to near 80.  Afternoon heat index readings reached into […]

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Tornadoes from Marion to Gillett

July 7, 2015 0 Comments
Tornadoes from Marion to Gillett

In the early evening of July 6th a strong line of showers produced four brief tornado touchdowns from near Marion in northern Waupaca County, across portions of Shawano County to near Gillett in western Oconto County.  The National Weather Service in Green Bay has rated them as weak F0 and F1 twisters, meaning winds were […]

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Scorching Heat Avoiding Wisconsin

June 28, 2015 0 Comments
Scorching Heat Avoiding Wisconsin

So far this summer as was the case last summer, most of the intense heat has stayed in the western and southern United States.  As you recall we never officially hit 90 degrees at the Wausau Airport once last summer.  It did reach the high 80s a number of times.  Meanwhile places like Portland, Oregon […]

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What is a Derecho?

June 21, 2015 0 Comments
What is a Derecho?

Perhaps you have heard the dreaded “D-word” when it comes to some severe thunderstorms.  That’s right, the word derecho.  A derecho is a widespread, long-lived damaging straight-line wind event associated with showers or thunderstorms.  These devastating events can blow down thousands or millions of trees in their path and they often survive over the course […]

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1st U.S. Operational Satellite in Deep Space

June 14, 2015 0 Comments
1st U.S. Operational Satellite in Deep Space

Just over 100 days ago a fascinating satellite mission was launched, NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory Satellite (DSCOVR).  Now it has remarkably reached its final orbit position, about 1 million miles from Earth.  That is hard to fathom that distance isn’t it?  With it being the first American operational satellite positioned so deep into space […]

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