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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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October Outlook

September 28, 2016 0 Comments
October Outlook

  To me October is the pinnacle of autumn in Wisconsin.  We usually have the peak of the brilliant oranges, yellows, and reds on the trees in the early part of the month.  Also we normally have our share of sunny days with low humidity yielding crisp mornings and mild afternoons.  Yes indeed it can be […]

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Historic Summer Severe Weather Probabilities

June 28, 2016 0 Comments
Historic Summer Severe Weather Probabilities

June is generally the peak of severe thunderstorm season in Wisconsin.  It is interesting to watch the odds change over the course of a few weeks graphically during the mid to late summer.  It seems we reach our highest chance of severe weather in Wisconsin right around when the sun is at its highest angle […]

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U.S. severe reports this year so far

May 11, 2016 0 Comments
U.S. severe reports this year so far

  While there have been just a very few strong thunderstorm wind and large hail reports in Wisconsin so far in 2016, it has been much more active south of  our state. Through May 10th the nation has recorded 437 tornadoes, 1996 reports of large hail, and 2441 reports of damaging thunderstorm winds.  As it turns […]

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Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week 2016

April 10, 2016 0 Comments
Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week 2016

    April 11th – 16th, 2016 is Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin.  Please take time to review and practice your severe weather safety plan for your home, work, and other places you may be this storm season. Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes per year, although the number has varied from just 4 in […]

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March snowstorms in perspective

March 15, 2016 0 Comments
March snowstorms in perspective

      With the likelihood of accumulating snow in the region Wednesday and Thursday you probably are wondering how it will compare to other March snow events in the Wausau area.  First of all here are some of the biggest calendar day snowfall records for Wausau in March.      13.0″ from 29-March 1924 […]

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