Tracking the Smoke from the California Fires

December 12, 2017 0 Comments
Tracking the Smoke from the California Fires

  The fires this fall in California have been brutal.  You get a sense of how intense and large they are by the smoke plumes seen on satellite imagery.  These plumes extend many miles up and spread out hundreds of miles horizontally.  It would be interesting to see research on how this smoke affects our […]

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Fall Recap: Warmer and drier than normal across the region

December 6, 2017 0 Comments
Fall Recap: Warmer and drier than normal across the region

The calendar has turned to December, which mean Meteorological Fall has ended and winter is upon us. Temperatures have now fallen back to typical winter readings, but it was a rather warm fall across the region. The average temperature in Wausau through the three months of fall (September, October, November) was 47.6°F, which is two degrees […]

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Winter really settles in this week

December 3, 2017 0 Comments
Winter really settles in this week

  We will get a harsh slap in the face this week from Ol’ Man Winter this week.  Temperatures will plunge below freezing Monday night and I don’t see them getting above 25 degrees or so for at least a good solid week, possibly longer.   COLD STUFF Wind chills will be down in the […]

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8 to 14 Day Outlook

November 28, 2017 0 Comments
8 to 14 Day Outlook

  After a ten-day stretch of warmer than normal weather (through the first weekend of December) we are probably due for some colder conditions.  That is what the Climate Prediction Center is expecting as well. Their 8 to 14 day outlook shows a large area of colder than normal conditions from December 6th – 12th […]

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Climate Comparisons

November 27, 2017 1 Comment
Climate Comparisons

When people talk about the climate of the earth, they usually only refer to the recent past. Throughout earth’s history, the planet has at times been mostly ice-free and MUCH warmer than today, and almost completely covered in ice and snow. We’ve had significant glacial periods within the last few hundred thousand years and the medieval […]

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“Climate Change” is real bad

November 23, 2017 3 Comments
“Climate Change” is real bad

I usually am not prone to hype unless it is necessary, but there is a big problem out there. The generic term “Climate Change” is awful. You might remember that the special story I produced about how the climate of Northcentral has changed over the last 50 to 100 years had the words “Climate Change” […]

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New weather stations hope to improve lake-effect snow forecasting

November 22, 2017 1 Comment
New weather stations hope to improve lake-effect snow forecasting

Just like most weather events, forecasting lake-effect snow isn’t a perfect science. Growing up in Kenosha, there were many times where we were expecting 2-4″ of lake-effect snow and wound up with 10″+. Folks up north in the Lake Superior snowbelt have probably experienced this multiple times as well. Lake-effect snow forecasts have continued to […]

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October global recap, one of the warmest on record

November 21, 2017 0 Comments
October global recap, one of the warmest on record

  Even with a La Nina pattern in place in the Pacific Ocean, 2017 is running much warmer than normal across the globe.  That was also the case for October 2017.  NOAA’s review of the temperature data places October 2017 as the 4th warmest on record.  Meanwhile NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) places […]

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November 19, 2017 0 Comments

  Do you love snow?  Do you love measuring how much has fallen at your house?  Are you available most of the time when it is snowing, such that you could take multiple measurements a day in necessary?  If you answered yes to these questions, you would be the perfect candidate to be an official […]

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Global carbon emissions expected to reach all time high in 2017

November 16, 2017 0 Comments
Global carbon emissions expected to reach all time high in 2017

For the first time in three years, global carbon emissions are expected to rise, scientists announced this week at the UN Climate Change Conference in Germany. Emissions due to fossil fuel burning and industrial use are expected to grow 2% this year, mostly because of increase coal burning in China. For the past three years, […]

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