Author Archive: Tony Schumacher

StormTrak9 Meteorologist with WAOW-TV in Wausau, WI. Also the owner of Great Lakes Weather Service, LLC.

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How Do Satellites Stay in Orbit?

October 16, 2017 0 Comments
How Do Satellites Stay in Orbit?

  One of the most common questions people ask NOAA about satellites is this;  Why don’t satellites fall out of the sky?  A second frequent question is why don’t satellites crash with each other? Below is an interesting and thorough explanation given by National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS).  It is a division […]

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Precipitation Totals So Far This Year

October 8, 2017 0 Comments
Precipitation Totals So Far This Year

  With the big two-inch drenching we had in our region on October 6th-7th, we are running well above normal for precipitation in most of the TV-9 area for 2017.  The runoff produced a robust flow of water on the Wisconsin River north of Merrill at the Grandfather Falls Dam.  Photo courtesy of John Runde. […]

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Wausau’s Biggest October Snow Records

October 3, 2017 0 Comments
Wausau’s Biggest October Snow Records

  It is not uncommon to get at least a few snow showers on a couple of days each October in north central Wisconsin.  After all, we average just over 1 inch of snow in Wausau for October. However, there have been several significant October snowfalls in Wausau over the years. 9.8″   October 10th, 1990 […]

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October Outlook

September 25, 2017 0 Comments
October Outlook

  Even though October will be no doubt be cooler than this recent spell of summer-like weather, the Climate Prediction Center indicates it still could be fairly mild. CPC is forecasting above normal temperatures in Wisconsin and much of the northern United States.  They have the greatest odds of being warmer than normal back across […]

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Summerlike as we approach the Fall Equinox

September 17, 2017 0 Comments
Summerlike as we approach the Fall Equinox

  Even though astronomical fall arrives Friday, September 22nd, it will likely feel more like August given the expected weather patterns.  Temperatures could be soaring 10 to 12 degrees above normal with muggy dew points in the 60s at times as well.   As you will notice in the 6-10 day temperature map from Climate […]

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When Do We Get our First 32 Degree Temperature in Wausau?

September 10, 2017 0 Comments
When Do We Get our First 32 Degree Temperature in Wausau?

  Well we had several nights recently with frosty lows in the low 30s in the Northwoods and cranberry marshes throughout the state.  However the coldest the Wausau Downtown Airport has been so far this year is 40 degrees.  There is definitely a heat island effect surrounding the Airport with urban development for miles in […]

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September Is Trending Dry for Wisconsin

September 3, 2017 0 Comments
September Is Trending Dry for Wisconsin

  Despite the chance for some spotty showers through this Wednesday around Wisconsin, the overall patterns are favoring drier than normal conditions in Wisconsin this month. Check out the Climate Prediction Center’s 6 to 10 day outlook for September 9th-13th.   It shows a large stripe of likely below normal precipitation all the way from […]

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Harvey the Horrible, Why Isn’t He Moving Much?

August 27, 2017 1 Comment
Harvey the Horrible, Why Isn’t He Moving Much?

  As you should know by know, southeast Texas and the Houston area have been taking an incredible pounding from now Tropical Storm Harvey.    Catastrophic rain totals, nearing 30 inches have been reported as of Sunday evening.  In my 25 year weather forecasting career, I have never seen a radar rainfall estimate as extreme […]

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September Outlook

August 22, 2017 0 Comments
September Outlook

  Meteorological autumn begins on September 1st.  So what might the overall trends in the weather be across the nation? According to the Climate Prediction Center, September has equal chances of being warmer than normal, cooler than normal, or normal for temperature in Wisconsin and much of middle slice of the nation.   Meanwhile they […]

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Must See Images from Space

August 15, 2017 1 Comment
Must See Images from Space

  With everyone gearing up to experience the eclipse on August 21st, you might be daydreaming about all things “space”.  It’s true there are few things as awe-inspiring as the view given us by satellites, telescopes, and cameras well above Earth.  Let’s enjoy some recent images from NASA. Dwarf spiral galaxy NGC5959 as seen from Hubble. It’s just […]

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