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Early Summer 2012 vs. Early Summer 2013

July 4, 2013 0 Comments
Early Summer 2012 vs. Early Summer 2013

              Some people consider 4th of July kind of a mid-point of summer.  While that is not exactly true, it is a good spot to evaluate how the weather patterns have shaped up so far.   So I’ve pulled up some temperature data for the Wausau area to compare the […]

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Hardening the Infrastructure

May 21, 2013 0 Comments
Hardening the Infrastructure

Just a quick post this morning about the tornado devastation in Oklahoma. It reminds me of the discussion of SuperStorm Sandy. Check out this past post about SuperStorm risks, and this one about hardening infrastructure against violent storms. The cities in Oklahoma that were struck by the tornado could have used buried power lines. Stronger […]

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Remaining Frost Threat

May 19, 2013 0 Comments

This post is for all the gardeners and farmers out there who are at the cusp of planting frost-sensitive plants such as corn, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, melons, etc… A good rule of thumb is to wait until after Memorial Day weekend. If there is frost after that point, there is nothing you can do except […]

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Fire and Ice

May 13, 2013 0 Comments
Fire and Ice

        The pattern of extreme changes continues this spring.  Perhaps you heard about the huge ice shoves this past weekend that pushed mega piles of ice off Lake Mille Lacs in Minnesota.  Homes and property on the southeast shore were damaged heavily as 35 mph northwesterly winds piled the floating up onto […]

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Counting Pollen

April 29, 2013 0 Comments
Counting Pollen

        After a string of warmer than normal days, the tree pollen is going up fast.  In fact we got word Monday from the Marshfield Clinic-Wausau Center that tree pollen was measured at a level of over 300, which puts it in the high category.  So if you have red, itchy eyes, […]

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Cold Records & The Snowmelt Contest

April 29, 2013 0 Comments
Cold Records & The Snowmelt Contest

I have to post in order to remind everyone to enter the Rib Mountain snowmelt contest (if you haven’t already). The deadline is Tuesday night at midnight. You can’t win and brag to all your friends about what a brilliant forecaster you are unless you enter. It is easy to do, just enter here: http://www.waow.com/story/21963495/2013/04/12/take-your-guess-in-the-annual-snowmelt-contest Don’t […]

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Storm Spotter Training

March 27, 2013 0 Comments
Storm Spotter Training

          The Skywarn Spotter training program is in high gear right now as we prepare for the severe thunderstorm season.   The National Weather Service is holding numerous sessions around the area for those interested in learning about severe weather and how to report on it.    They include: April 2nd:  Wood County […]

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Wet Signs of Spring

March 6, 2013 0 Comments
Wet Signs of Spring

    It looks like early spring-like weather conditions will gradually take over the patterns in Wisconsin the next couple of weeks.  First we have a juicy storm system coming in from the southwest late Friday night and Saturday.  While there could be a period of freezing rain and sleet on the leading edge of […]

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So Warm Last March

March 4, 2013 0 Comments
So Warm Last March

        We ran a story on TV-9 Monday evening about how the residents of Austin, TX were out enjoying balmy and sunny spring weather while having a kite festival.  I have to admit, that sure looked pleasant.  I’m thinking to myself, hey we could be doing that in a month or so….maybe. […]

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March Outlook

February 25, 2013 0 Comments
March Outlook

        It’s hard to believe we are only a few days away from March, which is the start of meteorological spring.  Meteorological spring runs from March 1st through May 31st.  Depending on the year, March can be quite winter-like with numerous snowstorms and a few subzero lows, or really take on a […]

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