The most interesting thing to blog about today, whether you want to hear about it or not, is RECORD COLD! From the information I have gathered it looks like we broke 2 record lows and tied another across Northcentral Wisconsin this morning:
- Stevens Point 28 (old record 32 in 1906)
- Rhinelander 26 (old record 27 in 1917)
- Antigo 28 (old record 28 in 1971)
Here in Wausau we were very close to the record low. Based on the observations through 7am, it looks like the low temperature dropped to 33. The old record was 32 set back in 1906. There was some scattered frost around town so I am glad I covered my sensitive plants last night, even though I had to stay up late to do so.
No more frost through the rest of the holiday weekend, thank goodness. In fact, high temps could be around 80 by Monday so it will be feeling much more Summer-like for at least one day of the holiday weekend. The highest chances of rain will be tonight (60% chance of showers) and again late Sunday into Monday morning (40% chance of storms).
Just a couple news updates for the rest of the blog on a couple of items I have been following through the years.
The Spirit Rover has not phoned home in over a year and mission controllers at NASA are hanging it up. It is likely that the Rover suffered serious damage from the recent Martian winter. Because it was stuck in the sand, it could not position its solar panels for maximum sunlight and the batteries just drained down (most likely). Without any internal heat, the electronics likely suffered damage. RIP Spirit, you did a good job exploring Mars.
In other news, just week after D-Wave revealed the design of their quantum computer, they now have their first (announced) customer. Lockheed Martin will purchase a quantum computer from D-Wave. This is an interesting development in the history of computing. Quantum computers have the capability of transforming the world. If Lockheed (or others who are more secretly testing the D-Wave system, like Google) have some success with the computer, I suspect there will be a mad rush to buy more – by companies and governments around the world.
Lastly, I didn’t produce a blog entry yesterday because I was gone to the Green Bay NWS media seminar. One of the more interesting facts that I learned is that the October 26-27th 2010 wind storm was NOTthe record lowest pressure ever recorded for a non-tropical weather system in the U.S. Apparently, after much searching, climate specialists found 2 Nor’easters that had lower pressure than the storm that hit the Midwest late last year.
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Have a good Memorial Day Weekend! Meteorologist Justin Loew.