Toasty spell for mid part of July?

July 7, 2019 0 Comments
Toasty spell for mid part of July?

July is usually our warmest time of the year in Wisconsin with normal high temperatures in the lower 80s.  So when the outlook calls for above normal temperatures for a period of time, it makes you pause.  No doubt that means some fairly hot conditions could be brewing. Check out the Climate Prediction Center’s 8 […]

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Historical odds of getting rain on July 4th

July 2, 2019 0 Comments
Historical odds of getting rain on July 4th

Nobody likes getting their holiday picnic of parade rained on.  So many folks are carefully watching the forecast to see how the fickle skies might turn out for them.  One way to get a feel for the likelihood of getting rainy weather on the 4th of July is to examine the historical odds of that […]

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Warmer than normal up to and beyond the July 4th Holiday

June 25, 2019 0 Comments
Warmer than normal up to and beyond the July 4th Holiday

  If you enjoy very balmy conditions around the 4th of July for spending time at the lake you should be in luck this year.  The latest 8 to 14 day outlook from the Climate Prediction Center indicates a strong chance of above normal temperatures in Wisconsin from July 3rd to July 9th.  Of course […]

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May 2019 continues the global warm streak

June 23, 2019 0 Comments
May 2019 continues the global warm streak

Even though Europe, North America, and the Caribbean had their coolest May in the past 10 to 15 years the world as a whole was still much warmer than normal.  In fact according to NOAA, May 2019 had a global land / sea temperature average 1.53 degrees above the 20th century average.  That makes it […]

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The Pragmatic Path Forward

June 20, 2019 0 Comments
The Pragmatic Path Forward

For whatever reason, there has recently been a lot of “heightened discussion” about anthropogenic global warming (aka, AGW or “climate change”). It tends to go in cycles. There have been some protests in Europe recently and more than a few politicians, newspapers, and scientists have been literally proclaiming the “end of the world” (here, here, […]

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A great new tool to measure water vapor & other gases in the sky

June 18, 2019 0 Comments
A great new tool to measure water vapor & other gases in the sky

  I ran across an article from NASA that is really exciting.  NASA has developed a new instrument,  called the High Altitude Lidar Observatory (HALO).  It will measure many types of gases in the atmosphere more directly and with more precision than ever before.  The one in particular that researchers think it will make the biggest […]

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2019 Hurricane season outlook

June 16, 2019 0 Comments
2019 Hurricane season outlook

  We are now in the season.  That’s the Atlantic hurricane season which runs from June 1st through November 30th.  I once had a college professor who spent the majority of his career researching hurricanes and the energy and wind properties that go into making one of these atmospheric monsters.  I certainly have a ton […]

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What are you worried about?

June 12, 2019 1 Comment
What are you worried about?

Does anyone remember the story about the Facebook chat-bots that developed their own mysterious version of English and then were shut down? It turns out that it was a pretty simple artificial intelligence experiment that did not have constraints on proper English. The chat-bots were not on the verge of becoming “Skynet” – as this […]

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Sea Turtle Day is June 16th!

June 11, 2019 0 Comments
Sea Turtle Day is June 16th!

  World sea turtle day is June 16th and it’s a great time to learn about these marvelous creatures and the perils that they face. For example, did you know that six species of sea turtles live in U.S. waters?  Or did you know that the main hazard they face is bycatch.  That is when […]

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June outlook

June 2, 2019 2 Comments
June outlook

  Well after a chilly Spring in Wisconsin perhaps you are hoping the heat turns up some for June.  Certainly it will be warmer than May but how will it compare to normal? The Climate Prediction Center is projecting no strong temperature signal either way for Wisconsin.   Meanwhile they suggest warmer than normal conditions from […]

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