Record Highs Tumble Sunday

November 6, 2016 0 Comments
Record Highs Tumble Sunday

  It was the type of rare November weekend that may only come around once every 20 or 30 years in our state, (two days of sunshine and highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s.)  Then throw in the fact that it wasn’t too windy and you couldn’t script it any better for spending time […]

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Will the JWST finally launch?

November 4, 2016 0 Comments
Will the JWST finally launch?

I hope everyone enjoys a good follow-up. This one is many years in the making. Everyone is familiar with the Hubble space telescope. It is one of the most well-known space projects ever completed. The views from the Hubble were gorgeous enough to gain attention well beyond the scientific community. It is still in good shape […]

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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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Innovation and progress – a winning strategy

November 1, 2016 0 Comments
Innovation and progress – a winning strategy

The very paradoxical and antagonistic nature of our national economic and environmental policy continues. I hate to beat a dead horse, but if our national economic policy is grow, grow, grow and build, build, build, there are going to be environmental consequences. I’ve got news for economic planners: houses, strip malls, and parking lots require […]

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October 2016 Recap for Wausau & Stevens Point

October 31, 2016 0 Comments
October 2016 Recap for Wausau & Stevens Point

  Our string of warm months continues here in the Wausau area.  The average high was 59.5 which is 4.1 degrees above normal.  The average low was 40.8 degrees which is 4.2 degrees beyond the normal.  The coldest reading at the Wausau Downtown Airport was 29 degrees on October 25th.  The warmest was 76 degrees […]

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Mild and Drier First Third of November?

October 26, 2016 0 Comments
Mild and Drier First Third of November?

    Based on the latest 8 to 14 day outlook from the Climate Prediction Center we may just have some pretty nice conditions yet into early November for outdoor activities believe it or not. Check out the CPC temperature outlook for the period of November 3rd to November 9th.  It suggests most of the […]

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GOES-R Satellite Launch Coming Up

October 24, 2016 0 Comments
GOES-R Satellite Launch Coming Up

  Thanks to Hurricane Matthew the launch of the exciting new GOES-R satellite has been pushed back to November 16th, 2016.  It will still be worth the wait.  This satellite will be capable of a whole lot of remarkable stuff to put it simply.   For example here is a list of 34 functions that it […]

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NOAA Winter Outlook 2016-2017

October 21, 2016 0 Comments
NOAA Winter Outlook 2016-2017

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center released their official outlook for the winter of 2016-2017 this past Thursday, and it’s looking a little chilly in our neck of the woods. Their outlook for precipitation and temperature both show an influence of La Nina. Last week, the Climate Prediction Center reissued a La Nina Watch as a weak, short […]

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Roads are Expensive

October 21, 2016 0 Comments
Roads are Expensive

Did you see this recent story on WAOW.com “Turnout for Transportation“? If you are a regular blog reader, I hope some economic and environmental themes popped into your head. I have been writing about these issues for a few years now. You might be familiar with “The Concrete Life“, “No More GDP“, and “Terrible Environmental […]

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Launch of New Satellite Delayed

October 20, 2016 0 Comments
Launch of New Satellite Delayed

If you were looking forward to the launch of the next generation of weather satellites, you’re going to have to wait a bit longer. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, were planning on launching the GOES-R geostationary satellite on November 4th, but that launch has been delayed because of impacts of […]

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