Drought

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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Warmer Climate To Change Rainfall Patterns

May 4, 2013 0 Comments
Warmer Climate To Change Rainfall Patterns

        As greenhouse gas induced warming of the climate continues, the water cycle will be changing across the globe.  This is the conclusion of a recent study led by William Lau of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.  He and his team used 14 different climate models to to simulate 140-year […]

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Interesting Cold & Snow Stats

April 15, 2013 0 Comments
Interesting Cold & Snow Stats

Even though the weather we have experienced since late January is unusual because of the persistent cold and getting even colder (than normal) as time goes by, we still have not broken any records for snow or cold. The length of time that we have had snowcover in Wausau is highly unusual, that is for sure, but […]

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Will Drought Return?

March 27, 2013 0 Comments
Will Drought Return?

Through the blog we offer here at StormTrack9, I hope we are able to share interesting weather information and insightful commentary about various science developments. One particular issue that became front and center last year is drought. One of the worst single year droughts since 1988 hit much of the mid-section of the nation. According to the U.S. […]

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Heat, Drought, and Ice

February 1, 2013 0 Comments
Heat, Drought, and Ice

Before going into a discussion about heat, drought, and ice, I wanted to first highlight once again how the StormTrack9 weather blog is a place for insight and information long before it reaches a wider audience. Late last year I recapped the status of Peak Oil theory. In the blog entry I linked to the latest night-time […]

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Extreme Weather Then & Now

January 18, 2013 0 Comments
Extreme Weather Then & Now

There is a lot of talk recently about how “extreme” the weather is now, and how it will get so much more “extreme” in the future (even more specualtion here). There are certainly some robust theories as to why this will happen – why the frequency of severe weather events might increase (like all time heat […]

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U.S. Drought Status

January 7, 2013 0 Comments
U.S. Drought Status

        There haven’t been a lot of big, wet storms moving through the Rockies and Plains to the Upper Midwest this winter so far.  I guess it shouldn’t be too surprising then that the drought conditions are pretty substantial yet in the western and central part of the county.  The latest drough […]

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Long Range Outlooks & Drought

December 21, 2012 0 Comments
Long Range Outlooks & Drought

Snow-lovers rejoice! We ended up with a record 10.9 inches of snow fall in Wausau yesterday (melted down it was a record 0.54 inches of liquid precipitation for December 20th). Much of central Wisconsin had 6 to 10 inches while it was more in the 2 to 4 inch range in the Northwoods. Besides guaranteeing a […]

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