Drought

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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El Nino Fading?

December 13, 2012 2 Comments
El Nino Fading?

Because it has such a big influence on our cold season weather here in Wisconsin, I follow the twists and turns of El Nino and La Nina out in the Pacific ocean. Just last week, the CPC released its monthly diagnostic discussion of the tropical Pacific ocean pattern. At one point around late Summer and […]

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New Rainfall Records

October 26, 2012 0 Comments
New Rainfall Records

Before getting into some of the interesting rain stats from yesterday, I wanted to let everyone know that I do have some pictures from my recent trip to Arizona and some complimentary thoughts about urban sprawl and alternative energy. I hope too blog about this next week, so stay tuned. Now, here is the skinny on the […]

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Hornets Eating My Apples!

September 17, 2012 6 Comments
Hornets Eating My Apples!

    I’ve been harvesting apples from trees I planted for 6 or 7 years now, but I’ve never been quite as frustrated as this year.  Of course first we had the apple blossoms getting frosted this spring, then the drought, and then the hornets!  I actually had an average crop going, but things have gone downhill […]

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Drought Expands a Bit in Wisconsin

September 14, 2012 0 Comments
Drought Expands a Bit in Wisconsin

Sad news on the drought front for Wisconsin. The latest US Drought Monitor now indicates all of the state of Wisconsin is in abnormally dry or worse conditions. The drier than normal weather in August took its toll, even in the Northwoods where earlier this year they had plenty of rain. The good news is that […]

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Drought, El Nino, and Food

September 11, 2012 0 Comments
Drought, El Nino, and Food

Since I was gone last week I didn’t have a chance to blog about the current state of the 2012 drought. The last US Drought Monitor showed significant improvements in the drought intensity across the Ohio valley – thanks to the remnants of hurricane Issac (a fact I alerted everyone to in advance). Many parts […]

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Wither Lake Mead?

September 4, 2012 4 Comments
Wither Lake Mead?

We cover a lot of different topics here in the blog related to weather and science. Many times it is new interesting data or information about some present weather. Other times it is more controversial issues that intersect the environment, climate, technology, and society. I particularly enjoy discussing some of “tougher” subjects that challenge my […]

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Drought Busting Isaac?

August 30, 2012 0 Comments
Drought Busting Isaac?

This week’s U.S. Drought Monitor Update indicates little change from last week. The High Plains and South regions saw slightly worse conditions develop. Much of the rest of the country saw slight improvement. That is the nature of the Drought Monitor. Because it is composed of several short term and long term metrics, it usually […]

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Survey About Drought, Water Usage

August 16, 2012 0 Comments
Survey About Drought, Water Usage

  I ran across some interesting survey results recently that are worthy of sharing with you.  The survey deals with drought, water and energy usage, and how it concerns Americans.  It was conducted in late July by the think tank, Civil Society Institute.  They are a non-profit, non-partisan group based in Massachusetts. Below is a […]

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