Plentiful Precipitation

May 1, 2017 0 Comments
Plentiful Precipitation

Given all the wet weather recently, it might be hard to remember the last time we had a significant dry spell or drought around North-Central Wisconsin. The most recent severe drought occurred in the southern half of the area in 2012. A longer term dry spell occurred in the previous decade. The drought-like conditions were […]

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Littering, My Environmental Pet Pieve

April 25, 2017 2 Comments
Littering, My Environmental Pet Pieve

  With Earth Day activities and the Science March fresh on my mind, I have been thinking about what things really concern me about our environment and the planet we live on.   Of course I’m concerned about our changing climate, certain animal and plant species near extinction, food supply, possible pandemic diseases,  air pollution, and […]

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Tesla, Tesla, Tesla!

April 24, 2017 0 Comments
Tesla, Tesla, Tesla!

What is in a name? Tesla is the scientific name given to indicate the strength of a magnetic field. It hearkens from the famous inventor and electrical engineer – Nikola Tesla. It is also the name of one of the most well known companies in the world today. I suspect Elon Musk chose the name for it applicability […]

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Lyrid Meteor Shower Peak Friday Night

April 18, 2017 0 Comments
Lyrid Meteor Shower Peak Friday Night

  The weather pattern might actually cooperate in Wisconsin to see the peak of the Lyrid meteor shower Friday night into Saturday morning (April 21st-22nd, 2017).  We are expecting mostly clear skies by then.  So if you enjoy seeing “shooting stars”, pack up your lawn chairs and blankets and go out to a dark place […]

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Month and Year to Date Precipitation Summary

April 12, 2017 0 Comments
Month and Year to Date Precipitation Summary

  Through April 11th, Wausau has had 2.01 inches of precipitation.  That is 1.04 inches above normal for this point in the month.  Normal for the entire month of April by the way is 2.73 inches in Wausau.  Last year in April to date there was 0.94 inches.   Over the next seven days it […]

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Forecasting Obsolescence

April 11, 2017 0 Comments
Forecasting Obsolescence

Most of us have grown up in an era of increasing automation. With the advent of self-driving cars, virtual assistants, and computers that can win at Go, it is not an earth-shattering prediction to assume more typical human jobs will be lost in the future. When it comes to the weather forecasting (as a job), […]

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List of Interesting Facts

April 9, 2017 0 Comments
List of Interesting Facts

  My email inbox received one of those lists of interesting factoids yesterday.  Thanks to our TV-9 weather watchers in Stevens Point, Paul and Char, for forwarding it to me!  Now I didn’t go through and verify the accuracy of each item, but on the surface most of them look pretty sound to me.  But I […]

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Cassini coming to an end

April 6, 2017 0 Comments
Cassini coming to an end

I used to do more regular space news updates back in the day. When I did, the Cassini spacecraft was often a topic of conversation. Check out “Secretive Space Planes“, and “Is La Nina Developing” for a couple of blog entries with news about Cassini’s discoveries. With all of the focus on Mars and private […]

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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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12 “New” Clouds Types Added To The International Cloud Atlas

March 30, 2017 0 Comments
12 “New” Clouds Types Added To The International Cloud Atlas

For the first time in three decades, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has added twelve “new” cloud classifications into the International Cloud Atlas. The atlas itself dates back to 1896, with the most recent previous revisions made in 1987. Also, for the first time in it’s existence, the International Cloud Atlas is now available online. In […]

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