Spring Recap and A Look Ahead to Summer

June 8, 2017 0 Comments
Spring Recap and A Look Ahead to Summer

We’re 8 days into the month of June, which means we are officially in Meteorological (Climatological) Summer! While the first eight days of the month have been on the warmer side, that wasn’t the case during the Spring. Meteorological Spring runs from March 1st through May 31st, and we started out the season on the […]

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What about the value of progress?

June 8, 2017 0 Comments
What about the value of progress?

In a follow up to my two blog posts about the Paris Climate Agreement (Entire Nations Will Be Wiped Off the Face of the Earth, and More Climate Statements), I would like to ask once again about the wealth re-distribution aspects that many people seem to be focusing on. That is, the Paris Climate Deal […]

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June 2017 Outlook

June 6, 2017 0 Comments
June 2017 Outlook

  Well the first week of June has been warmer than normal in the Upper Midwest.  This is coming off of a cool May.  It looks like a hot spell of weather is coming to Wisconsin by the weekend of the 10th and 11th.  So my personal prediction for how temperatures pan out this month […]

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Current Water Temperatures

June 4, 2017 0 Comments
Current Water Temperatures

  Many inland lakes in Wisconsin have now warmed into the 60s to low 70s F as of this first weekend in June.  They probably gained several degrees with the blazing sun and highs in the 80s this weekend.  That is probably not warm enough for your liking if you want to be comfortable swimming […]

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Entire Nations Could be Wiped Off the Face of the Earth

June 1, 2017 3 Comments
Entire Nations Could be Wiped Off the Face of the Earth

“Entire Nations Could be Wiped Off the Face of the Earth”….by rising sea levels, if global warming is not reversed. Yes, that could happen, but it didn’t. Let me add a couple of words from the quote, to put it into greater perspective. “Entire nations could be wiped off the earth by rising sea levels, […]

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Late Start in Getting to 80 Degrees

May 31, 2017 1 Comment
Late Start in Getting to 80 Degrees

  We came awfully close!  We had a high of 79 degrees at the Wausau Downtown Airport on May 16th.  That by the way is the same day of the destructive Barron and Rusk County tornado.  Anyway we are still waiting for our first official high of 80 degrees in Wausau for 2017.  So how […]

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Massive landslide closes popular California highway in Big Sur, reshapes coastline

May 30, 2017 0 Comments
Massive landslide closes popular California highway in Big Sur, reshapes coastline

A popular highway along California’s coast was taken out by one of the biggest landslides in the state’s history two weekends ago. More than one million tons of rocks and dirt broke off the mountain-side and rushed onto Highway 1 near Mud Creek, part of popular tourist region of Big Sur. Debris 30-40 feet deep now […]

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2017 Hurricane Season Outlook

May 28, 2017 0 Comments
2017 Hurricane Season Outlook

The Atlantic Hurricane season which runs from June 1 to November 30 could be more active than usual according to NOAA.  Their outlook is showing a 45% chance of above the normal amount of storms and a 35% chance of near-normal activity.  They have the odds of below the normal number of tropical systems just […]

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Hidden Costs in Renewable Energy

May 25, 2017 0 Comments
Hidden Costs in Renewable Energy

I am a big fan of renewable energy, but not all are created equal. Grain ethanol is probably the worst form of renewable energy since the EROI is only about 1, even in the most optimal production scenarios. Roof-top solar might be one of the best (even though the EROI is not as high as […]

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Sunniest Cities on Earth

May 24, 2017 0 Comments
Sunniest Cities on Earth

    After enduring a rather cloudy and dreary May in Wisconsin, perhaps you are wondering how nice it must be to live in a sunnier climate?  According to data from the World Meteorological Organization, the world average for sunshine is 2334 hours per year (based on 1961-1990 reference).  That amounts to an average of […]

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