One of the largest lakes in the world almost wiped out?

March 17, 2019 0 Comments
One of the largest lakes in the world almost wiped out?

Perhaps you have heard about the Aral Sea in central Asia.  It was at one time considered the 4th largest freshwater lake in the world.  However over the course of just four decades, it almost completely dried up, mostly due to the action of humans.  I first came across this information a few days ago.  […]

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Growing all over the world

March 14, 2019 1 Comment
Growing all over the world

It is well known that human activities disrupt some of the normal or “natural” processes that occur around the earth and in the atmosphere. Various societies and small populations have suffered some negative effects from these disruptions, mainly in the form of toxic pollution. So far though, we have managed to avoid total ecological collapse. […]

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Many fires over Southeast Asia for agriculture

March 10, 2019 0 Comments
Many fires over Southeast Asia for agriculture

As a kid I remember a few neighbors setting the ditches on fire in the spring to eradicate dried up grass, shrubs, or weeds before the growing season would kick in.  However the number of prescribed burns in Southeast Asia in the early spring is really crazy!  The NASA / NOAA image below shows them […]

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Theoretically, how warm could it get in March?

March 3, 2019 0 Comments
Theoretically, how warm could it get in March?

  As of this writing it is a bone-chilling -5 degrees outside with over 2 feet of snow on the ground and many folks are downright desperate for some warm weather.   I have been hearing a lot people say things like, “the snow won’t melt until June at this rate, or I am going to […]

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Epic February 2019 Recap

February 28, 2019 0 Comments
Epic February 2019 Recap

  I remember after the brutal winter of 2013-14 that people distributed buttons that said “I survived the winter of 2013-14”.  I think someone should make buttons that say “I survived February 2019”. The numbers for the month are just mind-boggling.  We had snow on seventeen days with three of those being record daily snowfalls […]

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Severe weather spotter training courses beginning soon

February 25, 2019 0 Comments
Severe weather spotter training courses beginning soon

While winter weather has been absolutely relentless across north central Wisconsin this month, it’s never too early to start thinking about severe weather. National Weather Service meteorologists from Green Bay, La Crosse, and Duluth will be making stops all around north and central Wisconsin during March and April offering a free 1.5-2 hour training course […]

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Globally, January 2019 was the 3rd warmest January on record

February 19, 2019 0 Comments
Globally, January 2019 was the 3rd warmest January on record

While the polar vortex brought some of the coldest weather in decades to our neck of the woods late in the month, this past January was tied with January 2007 for the 3rd warmest January since record keeping began in 1880. The globally averaged land and ocean temperatures in January were 1.58° above the 20th […]

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How does the late January extreme cold snap fit into the warming climate?

February 17, 2019 1 Comment
How does the late January extreme cold snap fit into the warming climate?

We had quite a few record cold temperatures in the Midwest for a few days in late January 2019.  Some climate change skeptics would go so far as to say it proves that global warming isn’t happening.  However when you look at the big picture in both time and geography you can clearly see it […]

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Breaking All the Snow Records

February 13, 2019 0 Comments
Breaking All the Snow Records

My grandparents often mentioned how there was so much snow and cold “back in the day”. You might recall your own older wiser elders telling the story of “walking 5 miles to school uphill both ways through 5 feet of snow”. Tall tales do tend to grow. No more exaggerations in the present day. While […]

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Could we set a February snowfall record?

February 9, 2019 0 Comments
Could we set a February snowfall record?

  There has been a good amount of snow as you know over the past few weeks, especially compared to earlier in the winter.  But how is this month’s snow stacking up against the snowiest on record for Wausau.  Well, through February 9th Wausau has received 13.8 inches of snow.  That is already above the […]

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