It was great to see a nice gentle rain come down across the area this morning. It wasn’t as heavy as I had hoped but it was widespread. Everyone got wet this morning – even the northwoods. Rain amounts at the time of this writing were in the 0.25 to 0.50 inch range in most of Northcentral Wisconsin, with a few spots a bit higher. More good news is that more rain chances are in the forecast for the next 7 to 10 days. It doesn’t look like we will have any real drought-busting rain, but mostly likely enough to prevent the drought from getting any worse. There will be a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms late Saturday into Sunday and again late Tuesday into Wednesday of next week.
One interesting development that could impact our future weather is the demise of the most recent El Nino.
According the to the latest ENSO diagnostic discussion, the El Nino is gone and there is now a neutral temperature regime in the tropical pacific. Even more interesting is that the experts are forecasting the development of La Nina over the next couple of months. They are forecasting the development of La Nina (colder than normal tropical pacific water temps) even though the majority of the computer models predict neutral conditions to continue. A couple of the models are predicting La Nina and recent observations show the cooling trend continuing. What does this mean for our Summer weather? I can’t say for sure, but I hope it means more rain. The ENSO conditions have a much greater effect on our winter weather. If La Nina does develop and last into the upcoming winter then I would hedge toward a colder and more snowy winter here in Northcentral Wisconsin. The last three times we had La Nina during the winter, the conditions were colder and more snowy.
While Mars has been combed for signs of life for decades, Saturn’s moon Titan has been relatively ignored until the Cassini spacecraft arrived. Now, the data returning from Cassini’s many probes of Titan indicate a slight chance of life existing on this very cold moon. This would not be life based on liquid water like here on earth but life that survives on hydrogen and liquid hydrocarbons. Read about it here.
Also, a follow-up on the Mars500 project. The “astronauts” have now entered the simulatorand will attempt to remain in there for 520 days. They will try their best to mimic every aspect of a real mission too Mars. I am still wondering about the decision to have all men. If there will be long stretches of boredom, I would think couples could find some things to do. Then again, couples usually don’t spend every waking hour together in a cramped space. They might end up killing each other.
Have a nice weekend! Meteorologist Justin Loew.
This post was written by jloew on June 4, 2010