Misguided Engineering

August 27, 2017 0 Comments
Misguided Engineering

I am a big fan of technological progress. Sure, I have always been drawn to science and math, but the main reason I would like to see technological progress continue is so that we can cure diseases and perhaps even rejuvenate the human body in the not-too-distant future. Other people would like to travel to […]

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La Nina on the Way?

August 8, 2010 2 Comments
La Nina on the Way?

A few interesting things for the blog today. The first item is the potential for severe weather this Sunday. Similar to the last couple of years, we have not had many severe weather episodes in Northcentral Wisconsin yet this year, and the top month for severe weather (June) has already passed with only 2 tornado […]

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Where did that come from??

August 13, 2009 0 Comments
Where did that come from??

While almost all spots across the state had mostly sunny skies yet again… a few of us, we’ll actually  lot of us in a very small area, had a brief shower this afternoon.  All it took was some daytime heating to create enough instability to pop off an isolated shower that tracked right across Wausau this afternoon.  We officially […]

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Is this Normal…

August 9, 2009 0 Comments
Is this Normal…

We are now in the middle of a stretch of very chilly temperatures for this time of year.  The temperatures will remain a good 10 to 15 degrees below average into next week.  This is unseasonably cool.  But I guess how often do we have average days.  Lately there really have not been too many.  The entire […]

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Summer 2019 ties for warmest on record in N. Hemisphere

September 17, 2019 0 Comments
Summer 2019 ties for warmest on record in N. Hemisphere

  In looking back at meteorological summer (June through August), Wisconsin had a relatively cool one.  Temperatures generally were a few degrees cooler than normal in June and August, while above normal in July.  There were very few 90 degree days in central or northern Wisconsin.  So it might come as a surprise to you […]

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Ranking this September’s rain with recent ones

September 15, 2019 0 Comments
Ranking this September’s rain with recent ones

The rain gauges have really been filling up this month in the Wausau area and most of Wisconsin for that matter.  At the halfway point in the month the Wausau Downtown Airport has registered 6.43″. That is 2.53″ above the normal for the entire month (which is 3.90″)! So how does this compare to Septembers […]

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More clickbait AGW headlines

September 12, 2019 0 Comments
More clickbait AGW headlines

You know that the “climate change” (anthropogenic global warming, or AGW) headlines are getting over-the-top when the head of the World Meteorological Organization has to come out and say that it is not “the end of the world” and that people should stop making such extreme statements. It is not that there won’t be challenges, […]

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Mapping carbon monoxide from large fires

September 8, 2019 0 Comments
Mapping carbon monoxide from large fires

  Carbon monoxide of course is one of the byproducts of fires.  It has implications in terms of climate change and air pollution among others.  It’s important that we are able to observe it and track its movements with some precision in the atmosphere.  New tools aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite are detecting it better than […]

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August summary

September 1, 2019 0 Comments
August summary

August began rather summer-like in the Wausau area with highs well into the 80s and ample thunderstorms.  However after the 7th, it took a decided more fall-like turn with no more tastes of 80 degrees.  In fact we ended up with a good number of days with highs only in the upper 60s to low 70s.  […]

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It all ties together

August 30, 2019 0 Comments
It all ties together

There has been a lot of news coverage about the Amazon rain forest fires. There are many different opinions about who is to blame and what the long-term effects might be. In short, some deforestation continues but it is less than past years, be aware that some pictures on social media are fake, that the […]

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Wisconsin tornado statistics

August 25, 2019 0 Comments
Wisconsin tornado statistics

The National Weather Service in Sullivan, WI has put together a great resource for viewing recent tornado reports in terms of numbers, location, and strength across Wisconsin.  You will find that page’s information below.  You can also visit that page, https://www.weather.gov/mkx/wisconsintornadoes .  So far 2019 through August 12th has seen near to slightly above normal […]

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Why does record cold still happen?

August 22, 2019 0 Comments
Why does record cold still happen?

Just last month NOAA issued a press release indicating that July of 2019 was the warmest month on the planet in recorded history. This follows many other “warmest months” ever over the course of the last few years. At some point, I am sure you might be asking yourself, if we keep setting records for […]

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Some failures on the way to a cleaner future

August 19, 2019 0 Comments
Some failures on the way to a cleaner future

I don’t want to say “I told you so”, but how do you say it, without sounding negative or arrogant. I don’t want to sound that way but someone has to point out obvious things once in a while to make sure more mistakes are not made in the future. You might recall that I […]

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July 2019 continues the global hot streak

August 18, 2019 1 Comment
July 2019 continues the global hot streak

  According to NOAA July 2019 was a record setter across the globe.  The average land and ocean surface temperature was the hottest it has been in the 140 years of record keeping.  It checked in at 1.71 degrees F above the 20th century average.  This comes on the heels of June 2019, which was […]

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