Precipitation may be more plentiful next week

February 13, 2018 0 Comments
Precipitation may be more plentiful next week

    We may have to fight more sloppy roads and do a little more shoveling early to mid-next week according to some of the latest weather model data.  It appears a pattern will develop across the United States that features a trough over the western half of the nation with a ridge in the […]

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NASA helps Olympics track snow and cold

February 11, 2018
NASA helps Olympics track snow and cold

    By now you probably have seen and heard on television how cold it is in South Korea right now where the Winter Olympics are being held.  Well, at least the snow is not melting and slushy like other recent Olympics.  I’m sure the athletes have top of the line winter clothing to keep […]

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A new Maunder Minimum?

February 9, 2018 0 Comments
A new Maunder Minimum?

Over the last few years you might have caught wind of people talking about reduced energy output from the sun. This is nothing new. Many of you know that the sun has an approximately 11 year cycle that can be tracked by sunspots. During the 11 year cycle, the energy emitted from the sun varies […]

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“Double-dip” La Niña exacerbating drought conditions across U.S.

February 8, 2018 0 Comments
“Double-dip” La Niña exacerbating drought conditions across U.S.

We’ve almost completed our second winter in a row influenced by La Niña, but this time around its impacts are stronger and being felt nationwide. As of today, there are only five states (Michigan, Ohio, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts) that aren’t experiencing drought or abnormally dry conditions. The worst of the drought is currently […]

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Ongoing AGW Lawsuits

February 8, 2018 0 Comments
Ongoing AGW Lawsuits

Here is a little follow-up on an issue that I check from time-to-time, anthropogenic global warming (AGW) lawsuits. I understand the general idea – to sue people and companies for using too much energy or somehow promoting the use of too much fossil fuel – but I can’t disagree more with the method. There are […]

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Latest snow depth in the region

February 5, 2018 0 Comments
Latest snow depth in the region

  As you probably know, we have not had the snowiest winter in the world across most of Wisconsin.  Luckily it has been cold enough recently that most of the state has some snow cover to insulate fields and crops and provide some recreational opportunity.  So what kind of snow depth are we dealing with? […]

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A fairly seasonal January is in the books.

February 1, 2018 0 Comments
A fairly seasonal January is in the books.

What started off as a bitterly cold month ended up relatively mild, with a few “January thaws”. Once we got through the first six days of the month, where temperatures didn’t climb out of the single digits and low teens, highs were generally in the 20s and 30s with 11 days above freezing.  Although temperatures […]

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Rare Super Blue Blood Moon January 31st

January 28, 2018 0 Comments
Rare Super Blue Blood Moon January 31st

    A very cool astronomical event is taking place January 31st, 2018 that hasn’t occurred in North America in over 150 years!  Yes the last time we had this great trifecta of lunar events was on March 31st, 1866.   SO WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL? This is the third in a series of […]

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Snow Quiz: Test your snow forecasting skills!

January 23, 2018 1 Comment
Snow Quiz:  Test your snow forecasting skills!

  When a significant winter storm moves into our region, such as the one Monday, I hear more predictions than usual from the public about how much snow they think we are going to get.  Some of those guesses sound reasonable and some, well….sound way off.  But it is all good.  I understand the excitement […]

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I Rolled My Eyes

January 23, 2018 1 Comment
I Rolled My Eyes

This is a difficult subject to write about, because it goes without saying that protecting the environment is a good thing. I always encourage people to live responsibly, take care of “nature”, and lower their impact, but I do this without having to say “otherwise, the world is going to end”. There have been apocalyptic […]

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