Severe weather outbreak slams the Midwest

March 7, 2017 0 Comments
Severe weather outbreak slams the Midwest

Widespread damaging winds, large hail, and some strong tornadoes made for an active afternoon and evening across the region on Monday. As a strong area of low pressure strengthened and lifted north across Northern Minnesota, thunderstorms began to fire along and ahead of a cold front that tracked through Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri, eventually […]

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Less miles, better world

March 6, 2017 0 Comments
Less miles, better world

You might recall that I am not a big fan of urban sprawl. As I grew up in these United States, I came to the realization that most of our cities are not designed for people, but rather the mode of transportation most preferred and promoted (cars). The general idea during the 20th century was […]

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Violent weather possible Monday in the central U.S.

March 5, 2017 0 Comments
Violent weather possible Monday in the central U.S.

  Hopefully we are not setting up a repeat of the devastating and large tornadoes that swept through the southern Midwest last week.  However it does look like a large territory will be impacted by at least damaging straight line winds from the Midwest to the Southern Plains Monday afternoon into Monday night.  In addition […]

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Cheaper Self-Driving Cars

March 3, 2017 0 Comments
Cheaper Self-Driving Cars

What could be real game-changer when it comes to a “cleaner” and more efficient economic future (not to mention much less blood on the highways) is self-driving cars. Let us face it, our cities are built for cars (not humans). Re-configuring our cities to be more human-centric in the information age would be a monumental […]

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The pros and cons of fracking

March 3, 2017 0 Comments
The pros and cons of fracking

I just wanted to update a blog entry from last year “The United States of Clean Energy” Because of the proposed solutions to combat anthropogenic global warming (AGW, or “climate change”), it is a very political subject, and difficult to discuss pragmatically. One very positive story I have been mentioning for a few years now […]

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Wet and Warm Winter Comes to an End

March 1, 2017 0 Comments
Wet and Warm Winter Comes to an End

It’s March 1st, which means today is officially the first day of Meteorological Spring, and it is coming in like a lion with this moderate snow. Some of you may be happy about this, giving the lack of snow throughout February, but we did see our fair share of snow this winter. Our forecast from […]

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March Outlook

February 28, 2017 1 Comment
March Outlook

  March is coming in like a lion across the Midwest but overall it could turn out to be warmer than normal according to the Climate Prediction Center.   In fact the CPC is projecting a good chance of being warmer than usual over most of the lower 48 states with the highest probability over the […]

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Record Warmth Coming to an End as Winter Makes Its Return

February 20, 2017 0 Comments
Record Warmth Coming to an End as Winter Makes Its Return

We all knew this warm stretch of weather was too good to be true. Many of us caught Spring Fever over the weekend as temperatures soared into the 50s to low 60s, setting record highs in Wausau on both Friday and Sunday, of 53° and 57° respectively. Many locations around Wisconsin also set record highs on […]

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Dry February could suddenly turn wet

February 19, 2017 0 Comments
Dry February could suddenly turn wet

Through February 19th, the Wausau area has only received .08 inches of precipitation for the month.  The normal for all of February is .92 inches.  All of a sudden several significant weather systems are lining up that will likely put us well above normal precipitation for the month. The first is a cold front pushing […]

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Goodbye La Nina. We hardly knew ya!

February 17, 2017 0 Comments
Goodbye La Nina. We hardly knew ya!

  La Nina conditions are no longer present as sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific have warmed above the -0.5°C La Nina threshold, and sea surface temperatures in the Eastern Pacific are actually already above normal. Unlike the strong El Nino of 2015-2016, this La Nina was weak and short-lived. El Nino Southern Oscillation, […]

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