Is a solar powered road in our future?

July 18, 2014 0 Comments
Is a solar powered road in our future?

Did you see this article earlier this week? “Inventor pushes solar panels for roads, highways”  Well of course you did, because it was on waow.com, right? Okay, maybe you read the same story on the Economist because you are looking for the next great investment. Or perhaps you are one of the lucky (or unlucky) […]

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Wisconsin’s Hottest Week of Summer Coming?

July 15, 2014 0 Comments
Wisconsin’s Hottest Week of Summer Coming?

Talk about weather whiplash…near record cold to hot in 5 days time? It isn’t saying much because we have had a rather cool July, but it appears our hottest temperatures of the season so far in Wisconsin could be on the way for the week of July 21 through July 25.  The Climate Prediction Center […]

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Saying Good-bye to Lake Mead

July 14, 2014 0 Comments
Saying Good-bye to Lake Mead

It is interesting to note that we have not blogged too much about the US Drought Monitor this year. It was not a prolific topic last year either. This is good news. It means that drought has not been affecting Wisconsin too much. The current US Drought Monitor indicates zero drought for the state of […]

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Measuring the World’s Soil Moisture

July 9, 2014 0 Comments
Measuring the World’s Soil Moisture

  Anybody with a gardening muscle in them, a farmer, or somebody trying to grow trees certainly is in tune with soil moisture levels.  It has a very important role in plant and animal life in our world.  It also plays an important role in regulating how much water is being put back up into […]

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Final Snowmelt 2014 Update

July 8, 2014 0 Comments

The day has finally arrived. The snowmelt contest for 2014 has come to an end. It was on the evening of July 7th (Monday) when the last bit was finally gone. It is a new record for the snowmelt contest. Last year’s late melt of June 30th was eclipsed by a full week! I guess […]

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July Outlook

July 7, 2014 0 Comments
July Outlook

  July has been a bit cooler than  normal so far in Wisconsin mainly due to extensive cloud cover and frequentrain showers.  We see no reason why this won’t continue overall for a few weeks.  The Climate Prediction Center is projected cooler than normal weather for July in an area from the front range of […]

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Great Lakes Water Temperatures

July 3, 2014 0 Comments
Great Lakes Water Temperatures

  Perhaps you will be heading to Lake Superior or Lake Michigan this Fourth of July weekend for some boating and recreation.  With that in mind let’s take a look at how warm or not the water is.  According to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory the warmest surface water on Lake Superior is found […]

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Snowmelt Update July 2nd

July 2, 2014 0 Comments
Snowmelt Update July 2nd

There is still some snow left on Rib Mountain. Here is the picture Justin took this morning. The cooler temperatures for the next couple of days may just be enough to let the snow hang around until the 4th of July.

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June Recap

June 30, 2014 0 Comments
June Recap

  June seemed to cruise right on by us, didn’t it?  As far as weather in Wisconsin goes, I think the main thing people will remember is the frequency of showers and thunderstorms across the area.  For example in Wausau it rained at least a trace on 22 of 30 days in June.  We ended […]

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Snowmelt 2014 Update

June 28, 2014 0 Comments
Snowmelt 2014 Update

A quick update on the snowmelt contest. Our weather intern, Andrew, went up today and took a couple of pictures of the snow that’s left. We had 94 people enter predicting today as the day but there are still two piles of snow left. The more visible pile is almost gone but the second, larger […]

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