8 to 14 Day Outlook

July 22, 2018 0 Comments
8 to 14 Day Outlook

  Temperature pattern Cooler weather may dominate the first several days of August in Wisconsin according to the Climate Prediction Center’s latest outlook.  Notice how they are predicting cool conditions for the central United States.  The area runs from Montana to Wisconsin, south almost all the way down to the Gulf Coast.  This large of […]

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Anniversary of the Oakfield, WI tornado

July 17, 2018 0 Comments
Anniversary of the Oakfield, WI tornado

A powerful tornado destroyed large portions of Oakfield, in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin on the evening of July 18, 1996.   It was producing F3 damage northwest of Oakfield, but intensified into F5 strength as it crossed a small portion of Oakfield.  Amazingly, no one was killed.   However there were 12 injuries and $40.4 […]

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How dry was it in July of recent years?

July 9, 2018 0 Comments
How dry was it in July of recent years?

    Through the 9th we have had only .02″ of rainfall at the Wausau Downtown Airport in July.  If this would continue, we would certainly be on pace for one of the driest months ever.  Of course we have a long ways to go yet.  How does July 2018 compare to the monthly totals […]

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How Current Conditions Are Measured: The ASOS/AWOS Network

July 8, 2018 0 Comments
How Current Conditions Are Measured: The ASOS/AWOS Network

It seems like a simple question: How do we get the current weather conditions from a given location?  Observations like temperature, pressure, and wind direction have been taken by people for hundreds of years.  Today’s measurement technology, as one may assume, is a far cry from the journal keeping days of the past.  Networks of […]

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Space News Follow-Up

July 6, 2018 0 Comments
Space News Follow-Up

I don’t cover space news in a the blog as much as I used to, because it seems like not as many people are interested nowadays, but I do enjoy follow-ups on stories I covered in the past. Thankfully, there are still some companies pushing the boundaries of space…just not Google as much anymore. You […]

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No one in the U.S. was killed by a tornado in May or June for only the second time on record

July 5, 2018 0 Comments
No one in the U.S. was killed by a tornado in May or June for only the second time on record

For the first time since 2005, and for only the second time since record keeping began in 1950, no one was killed by a tornado in the United States in May or June. May and June are the most active months of the year for tornadoes, and subsequently, are the most deadly. On average, 71 […]

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Small Progress Everywhere

July 3, 2018 0 Comments
Small Progress Everywhere

As I was pushing my electric lawnmower around the yard yesterday, it got me to thinking about how things are generally quite good, in aggregate, around the world today, and it keeps getting better. Outside the pockets of war and tyranny, there is more food and comfort than at any time in human history. In […]

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Why your car and local bank’s thermometers aren’t accurate.

June 25, 2018 1 Comment
Why your car and local bank’s thermometers aren’t accurate.

It’s pretty well known that temperature readings displayed on bank signs aren’t accurate, especially on sunny days. The same thing can be said about your car, and it’s for the same reasons. Your car doesn’t actually have a thermometer in it. It has a thermistor, which creates a temperature reading by measuring the change in electrical […]

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Understanding Severe Weather Potential: The Convective Outlook

June 24, 2018 1 Comment
Understanding Severe Weather Potential: The Convective Outlook

During the severe weather season, one branch of the National Weather Service, the Storm Prediction Center (SPC), receives a fair amount of attention from everyone in the weather enterprise, from storm chasers to local NWS employees to broadcast meteorologists. The SPC is a small team of meteorologists based in Norman, Oklahoma that focuses on predicting […]

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Severe flash floods pound northwest Wisconsin

June 20, 2018 1 Comment
Severe flash floods pound northwest Wisconsin

For the second time in two summers, northwest Wisconsin was hit with devastating flash flooding. Rounds of strong to severe storms trained over the same locations from Friday through Sunday, dropping anywhere from 6 to 15 inches of rain!   Drummond, WI, in Bayfield county, had the most rain at 15.04″. It’s also no surprise […]

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