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2018 was the first year in history without any violent tornadoes in the U.S.

January 8, 2019 0 Comments
2018 was the first year in history without any violent tornadoes in the U.S.

2018 was another devastating year for natural disasters, however there was a noticeable lack of tornadoes, particularly strong tornadoes. For the first time since modern record keeping began in 1950, there were no violent tornadoes in the United States. Violent tornadoes are those that are rated EF-4 or EF-5, packing winds of 166-200 mph or […]

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Mild December comes to a close

January 2, 2019 0 Comments
Mild December comes to a close

This December wasn’t one most north central Wisconsinites wanted. After two straight months of well below normal temperatures in October and November, December was well above normal for most of the month. In fact, 24 days this month were above normal, which was more than October and November combined. We also had highs rise above […]

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Cool and miserable Fall comes to an end

December 12, 2018 0 Comments
Cool and miserable Fall comes to an end

The calendar has turned to December, meaning meteorological fall has come to an end. If you ask around, most people will say this fall was “cold and awful”, but it certainly didn’t start off cool. The first two and a half weeks of September were more of an extension of summer, as temperatures were generally […]

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Warmer than normal temperatures favored for Winter 2018-2019

October 18, 2018 0 Comments
Warmer than normal temperatures favored for Winter 2018-2019

If you’re not a fan of long, bitterly cold winters, you may be in luck this year. The Climate Prediction Center released their official outlook for the 2018-2019 Winter (December, January, February) today, and it favors above normal temperatures and at or below normal precipitation across north central Wisconsin.   This years winter will be […]

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Northern lights could be visible tonight across north central Wisconsin

July 24, 2018 1 Comment
Northern lights could be visible tonight across north central Wisconsin

Get your cameras ready as auroras could be visible tonight across the area! A minor geomagnetic storm (G1) is peaking today, and that could bring auroras as far south as southern Wisconsin tonight. The auroras will be brightest and most visible in far northern Wisconsin, and then become more faint and lower on the horizon […]

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El Niño could return as early as Fall

July 23, 2018 1 Comment
El Niño could return as early as Fall

Our second La Niña in two years ended back in April, but El Niño looks to be right on it’s heels. We are currently under an El Niño watch, with a 65% chance of El Niño during the fall, and a 70% chance during the winter. El Niño occurs when ocean surface temperatures along the […]

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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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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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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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Wisconsin’s first tornadoes of the year confirmed

May 10, 2018 0 Comments
Wisconsin’s first tornadoes of the year confirmed

Two weak tornadoes touched down in southern Wisconsin yesterday afternoon. The first one was in Grant county in the town of Fennimore. This brief tornado was on the ground for a mile and a half and was rated an EF-0 by the National Weather Service in La Crosse. The 75 mph winds in this tornado […]

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