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NOAA: Historic, widespread flooding to continue through May

March 21, 2019 0 Comments
NOAA: Historic, widespread flooding to continue through May

Historic flooding continues in parts of Nebraska and Iowa, but it could get worse and more expansive over the next two months, including in our neck of the woods. According to NOAA, 25 states, including Wisconsin, have an elevated risk for moderate to major flooding through May. This flood outlook map produced by NOAA, has […]

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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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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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