Drought

Biggest U.S. Weather Disasters of 2014

January 11, 2015 0 Comments
Biggest U.S. Weather Disasters of 2014

  According to the National Climatic Data Center there were eight weather disasters in the U.S. in 2014 that caused at least one billion dollars worth of damage.    They included a drought event, a flooding event, 5 severe thunderstorm / tornado events, and a winter storm event. Overall, these events resulted in the deaths of […]

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Too much economic “growth”

August 22, 2014 4 Comments
Too much economic “growth”

I have made it a point in the past to lay the blame on water woes in the western U.S. most squarely upon human shoulders. Some scientists and commentators have at times tried to refocus the blame toward anthropogenic global warming (AGW). While this might become more of an issue in the future, we shouldn’t […]

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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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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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Drought Status

April 8, 2014 0 Comments
Drought Status

    With the snow melted in a good chunk of the Midwest and warm, dry, and breezy weather becoming more common it is time to think about fire danger and drought.  Fire danger is especially a hazard until the green up of the grass and trees occurs.  As of April 1st parts of western […]

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California in Historic Drought

February 11, 2014 0 Comments
California in Historic Drought

  While we might be complaining about our mammoth piles of snow and ice covering our landscape in Wisconsin this winter, at least we are not in the shoes of California.  They are in the midst of their worst drought in at least 100 years.  It is the result of three consecutive dry winters.  California […]

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California Fire From Space

August 26, 2013 0 Comments
California Fire From Space

          You’ve all likely heard and seen the many dire facts of the massive wildfire raging near Yosemite.  Of course there are concerns for homes and property, giant sequoia tree stands, and the safety of a reservoir that supplies most of San Francisco’s water.  You’ve seen the videos from the ground […]

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Yearly Precipitation Update

August 19, 2013 0 Comments
Yearly Precipitation Update

        When you look at 2013 precipitation as a whole for the Wausau area you would say it has been a wet year.  We’ve had 24.35″ so far, which is actually 3.69″ above normal up to this point.   Keep in mind that a lot of that fell in the late winter through […]

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Latest U.S. Drought Status

July 11, 2013 0 Comments
Latest U.S. Drought Status

        If you remember last year at this time Wisconsin and much of the Midwest was in the grips of drought conditions.  The situation has certainly changed a lot in one year.  According to the latest drought  monitor from July 9 shows normal moisture levels around our region.  Meanwhile moderate to severe […]

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