More Precise Elevation Measuring

May 8, 2016 0 Comments
More Precise Elevation Measuring

  Accurate elevation information is very important.  For example officials use it for floodplain mapping as to where water is going to flow in heavy rain and flood situations.  It can help coastal communities better plan for sea level rise.  Many millions of dollars are on the line.   To assist in this worthy goal, NOAA’s […]

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Mercury crosses in front of sun May 9th

May 3, 2016 0 Comments
Mercury crosses in front of sun May 9th

  Mercury passes between the Earth and the sun only about 13 times per 100 years.  This relatively rare celestial event occurs May 9th, 2016.  The last time we enjoyed it was back in 2006.  Since Mercury is so small, to view it safely you need to use a telescope or high-powered binoculars fitted with […]

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Sacrificing to make a difference

May 3, 2016 0 Comments
Sacrificing to make a difference

I make a lot of small personal sacrifices to limit my impact on the natural environment. My wife would say that we make huge sacrifices, considering how cool our house is most of the winter (64 degrees last winter, used to be 63)). I always encourage other people to do the same – limit their impact […]

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April Recap

May 1, 2016 0 Comments
April Recap

  As you might expect in these parts, April was filled with wildly changing weather conditions every few days.  The first week of the month included some snow each day.  The lowest temperature at the Wausau Airport was 17 degrees on the 9th while the warmest was 82 degrees on the 18th. The average high temperature […]

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May Outlook

April 26, 2016 0 Comments
May Outlook

    May could turn out to be fairly summer-like across Wisconsin if the Climate Prediction Center outlook is on target.  Their latest projection calls for above normal temperatures across much of the nation actually.   The probability of being warmer than normal is greatest in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest as well as over […]

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Godzilla strikes…or not?

April 25, 2016 0 Comments
Godzilla strikes…or not?

You might remember way back last fall when I gave a preview of the upcoming very strong El Nino, I was a little critical of calling it a “Godzilla El Nino”. It was pretty obvious that it was going to be a very strong El Nino, and I predicted that the 3-month average El Nino […]

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Warmest March on record globally

April 19, 2016 0 Comments
Warmest March on record globally

    The warm climate beat marches on across the globe.  Here are some highlights from a recent NOAA report. March 2016 was the 11th straight month that a monthly global temperature record was broken according to NASA, NOAA, JMA, UAH, and RSS.  Global land-ocean temperature was 1.22 degrees C above the 20th century average. Global […]

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NWS zone forecast will be easier to read

April 17, 2016 0 Comments
NWS zone forecast will be easier to read

  For generations people who have used the National Weather Service zone forecast product have looked at all capital letters.   Perhaps they have gotten used to that, or maybe it drove them crazy!   Here is an example of what the current NWS zone forecast looks like from Sunday.       NOAA has a nice article […]

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A Few Cool Things from Space

April 13, 2016 0 Comments
A Few Cool Things from Space

  Since the skies will be rather clear around here for some time perhaps you will be looking up into the night sky more frequently.  What better to do on a nice spring night then sit around a campfire and wonder at the stars, planets, and other formations up there.  Wouldn’t it be great if […]

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Faster Than You Can Imagine

April 12, 2016 0 Comments
Faster Than You Can Imagine

I often generically mention “technological progress” as a reason why any climate model forecasts more than a couple of decades out are probably more fantasy than reality. Why am I so confident in this expectation? My eyes are open. I use my brain a little as well. It doesn’t take much thought or sight to acknowledge […]

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