Frigid and Dry Mid to Late February

February 11, 2015 0 Comments
Frigid and Dry Mid to Late February

We have high confidence that the pattern will be cold over Wisconsin into the early part of next week but there are strong signals that it will stay persistently cold in our part of the world even up into the last week of the month.  Check out the Climate Prediction Center’s temperature outlook for February […]

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Snowfall This Winter Versus Last

February 8, 2015 0 Comments
Snowfall This Winter Versus Last

  I think most of you know that we have not had as much snow this winter as last winter in our area.  You can just tell using the eyeball test.  The snowbanks are a lot smaller.  About this time in 2014 it was really getting to be a problem for vehicles to see around […]

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Latest Snow Cover

February 4, 2015 0 Comments
Latest Snow Cover

  Wisconsin is all covered with snow but interestingly enough there is a pocket from central Minnesota to parts of eastern North Dakota and  South Dakota with just an inch or two covering the soil.  In fact they had completely bare ground up there just a few days ago thanks to previous storms missing them […]

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January Recap

February 1, 2015 0 Comments
January Recap

  January 2015 had its ups and downs in central and northern Wisconsin as far as temperatures go.  The most notable cold snap was from the 4th through the 13th when temperatures plunged well below zero almost every night.  We had several wind chill warnings during the period as well.   Our coldest temperature of the season […]

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Rockets Fired Into Northern Lights?

January 27, 2015 0 Comments
Rockets Fired Into Northern Lights?

  It is a real treat to see the aurora borealis (northern lights) once in a great while around here and just take in the beauty.  Then of course there is a whole scientific aspect to it.  We know it is caused from bursts of solar particles bombarding the outer reaches of the Earth’s atmosphere […]

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Powerful Blizzard to Slam the Northeast

January 25, 2015 0 Comments
Powerful Blizzard to Slam the Northeast

We have had a lack of impressive snowstorms around Wisconsin this winter season. From a science perspective it will be intriguing to watch a potentially record-breaking storm take shape over coastal New England Monday into Tuesday.  Blizzard warnings are posted from New Jersey up through coastal Maine where as much as 12 to 24 inches […]

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More on the Latest Long Range Outlooks

January 21, 2015 0 Comments
More on the Latest Long Range Outlooks

Tony mentioned the February outlook yesterday in the weather blog and pointed out that our area of the country has equal chances of being below normal, normal, or above normal on both precipitation and temperature. If I had to stick my neck out on a long-term forecast for February, I would predict another month where […]

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February Outlook

January 20, 2015 0 Comments
February Outlook

  We are just marching through the winter season aren’t we?  The Climate Prediction Center is projecting a fairly normal February for Wisconsin as far as I can tell.  They have equal chances of being cooler than normal, normal, and warmer than normal.  Also they have equal chances of below normal precipitation, normal precipitation, and […]

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Disappointed in Google

January 19, 2015 0 Comments
Disappointed in Google

I am not sure if there is another company that has gone more out of their way to promote and develop renewable energy than Google. Sure, there are companies that actually make wind turbines and solar panels, but they are specifically in those businesses to turn a profit. Google invested in alternative energy because they […]

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2014 Confirmed As Warmest Year on Record

January 18, 2015 0 Comments
2014 Confirmed As Warmest Year on Record

  According to NOAA, 2014 was Earth’s warmest year since thorough records began in 1880.  The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean was 1.24 degrees F above the 20th century average.  This beats out 2005 and 2010 by .07 degrees F.  As it turns out, December 2014 was also the warmest December on record […]

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