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July 4th Weather Stats and Preview

June 25, 2017 0 Comments
July 4th Weather Stats and Preview

  I can hardly believe we are racing up toward July 4th.  How about you?  When I was a kid July 4th always felt like the midpoint of summer.  Of course back then we got out of school like around the 25th of May already.   This year, with the crazy frequent rainfall and cloud […]

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Spring Recap and A Look Ahead to Summer

June 8, 2017 0 Comments
Spring Recap and A Look Ahead to Summer

We’re 8 days into the month of June, which means we are officially in Meteorological (Climatological) Summer! While the first eight days of the month have been on the warmer side, that wasn’t the case during the Spring. Meteorological Spring runs from March 1st through May 31st, and we started out the season on the […]

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Current Water Temperatures

June 4, 2017 0 Comments
Current Water Temperatures

  Many inland lakes in Wisconsin have now warmed into the 60s to low 70s F as of this first weekend in June.  They probably gained several degrees with the blazing sun and highs in the 80s this weekend.  That is probably not warm enough for your liking if you want to be comfortable swimming […]

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Late Start in Getting to 80 Degrees

May 31, 2017 1 Comment
Late Start in Getting to 80 Degrees

  We came awfully close!  We had a high of 79 degrees at the Wausau Downtown Airport on May 16th.  That by the way is the same day of the destructive Barron and Rusk County tornado.  Anyway we are still waiting for our first official high of 80 degrees in Wausau for 2017.  So how […]

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Sunniest Cities on Earth

May 24, 2017 0 Comments
Sunniest Cities on Earth

    After enduring a rather cloudy and dreary May in Wisconsin, perhaps you are wondering how nice it must be to live in a sunnier climate?  According to data from the World Meteorological Organization, the world average for sunshine is 2334 hours per year (based on 1961-1990 reference).  That amounts to an average of […]

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Wisconsin Crop / Field Report- April 3rd

April 3, 2017 0 Comments
Wisconsin Crop / Field Report- April 3rd

  According to reports from farmers compiled by the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service Wisconsin needs some sustained sunshine and warmth to get field work rolling.  Over 30% of the farmers reported surplus soil moisture and that was before the rain that was hitting much of the state Monday.  Field conditions by and large are […]

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St. Patrick’s Day Weather Stats

March 15, 2017 0 Comments
St. Patrick’s Day Weather Stats

  So the normal temperatures for March 17th in the Wausau area are a low of 21 F and a high of 40 F.  You might wonder how recent versions of this holiday have stacked up compared to that benchmark?   Well as you will see, there can be some huge differences from year to […]

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Crumbling Support for DST

March 13, 2017 0 Comments
Crumbling Support for DST

Wisconsin isn’t the only state to consider ending daylight saving time (DST). The Montana legislature has gotten a bill out of committee to make it the third state to drop the archaic practice. Other states that have at least considered bills to end DST are Texas, California, Iowa, New Mexico, Michigan, Rhode Island, and Washington. […]

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Why do we change the clocks?

February 14, 2017 2 Comments
Why do we change the clocks?

Why do we observe Daylight Saving Time (DST)? There are many old wives’ tales about the reason, but the official government reason is to save energy. Intuitively, it makes a little sense. If the sun stays out longer during the evenings in the summer then people will most likely not turn on their lights until […]

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Getting Back to Natural Time

November 2, 2016 0 Comments
Getting Back to Natural Time

I am not going to spend as much time ranting against Daylight Saving Time (DST) this year. If you want a longer treatise, check last year’s post. In short, DST results in lost time and wealth, poor health, greater mortality, and it probably harms the environment. In addition, a new study suggests that depression spikes […]

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