A dry May so far

May 18, 2016 0 Comments
A dry May so far

Through May 18th the Wausau area has only received .74 inches of precipitation.   Normal for the entire month is 3.48 inches. So how does this compare to some extreme May precipitation totals for Wausau? Driest Mays on record for Wausau  .46″ from 1925 .61″ from 1931 1.08″ from 1949 1.16″ from 1986 So if […]

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Update on Post-El Nino Trends

May 17, 2016 0 Comments
Update on Post-El Nino Trends

This past winter turned out about as expected. It followed a course very similar to the last two winters when we had a strong El Nino. Now what about the growing season? (May 1st through August 31st – my definition of the part of the growing season when water is most critical). If you recall, […]

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Spring Temperature Trends

May 15, 2016 0 Comments
Spring Temperature Trends

The sharp cold blast, snow and sleet showers, and hard freeze that we had this weekend seems to have a lot of people talking about what is “normal” for Wisconsin this time of the year.               Many people mentioned to me recently that they go by the old standard of […]

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United States of Clean Energy

May 12, 2016 0 Comments
United States of Clean Energy

It is time to update a theme I have been blogging about for a few years now. Carbon dioxide emissions continue to go down in the U.S. What? You didn’t hear this good news trumpeted by national media outlets! Of course not…because of political reasons. Climate science is less a “science” nowadays and more of […]

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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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Artificially Created Environmental Problems

May 9, 2016 0 Comments
Artificially Created Environmental Problems

Have you ever heard of “helicopter money”? It is a form of “money”, or more accurately a theory of how to stimulate an economy, that has (unfortunately) been gaining traction lately. It was a term most famously used by economist Milton Friedman. Basically, “helicopter money” is the practice of giving away money/currency (either by printing or debt financing) […]

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More Precise Elevation Measuring

May 8, 2016 0 Comments
More Precise Elevation Measuring

  Accurate elevation information is very important.  For example officials use it for floodplain mapping as to where water is going to flow in heavy rain and flood situations.  It can help coastal communities better plan for sea level rise.  Many millions of dollars are on the line.   To assist in this worthy goal, NOAA’s […]

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Mercury crosses in front of sun May 9th

May 3, 2016 0 Comments
Mercury crosses in front of sun May 9th

  Mercury passes between the Earth and the sun only about 13 times per 100 years.  This relatively rare celestial event occurs May 9th, 2016.  The last time we enjoyed it was back in 2006.  Since Mercury is so small, to view it safely you need to use a telescope or high-powered binoculars fitted with […]

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Sacrificing to make a difference

May 3, 2016 0 Comments
Sacrificing to make a difference

I make a lot of small personal sacrifices to limit my impact on the natural environment. My wife would say that we make huge sacrifices, considering how cool our house is most of the winter (64 degrees last winter, used to be 63)). I always encourage other people to do the same – limit their impact […]

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April Recap

May 1, 2016 0 Comments
April Recap

  As you might expect in these parts, April was filled with wildly changing weather conditions every few days.  The first week of the month included some snow each day.  The lowest temperature at the Wausau Airport was 17 degrees on the 9th while the warmest was 82 degrees on the 18th. The average high temperature […]

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