Author Archive: Tony Schumacher

StormTrak9 Meteorologist with WAOW-TV in Wausau, WI. Also the owner of Great Lakes Weather Service, LLC.

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Summer 2019 ties for warmest on record in N. Hemisphere

September 17, 2019 0 Comments
Summer 2019 ties for warmest on record in N. Hemisphere

  In looking back at meteorological summer (June through August), Wisconsin had a relatively cool one.  Temperatures generally were a few degrees cooler than normal in June and August, while above normal in July.  There were very few 90 degree days in central or northern Wisconsin.  So it might come as a surprise to you […]

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Ranking this September’s rain with recent ones

September 15, 2019 0 Comments
Ranking this September’s rain with recent ones

The rain gauges have really been filling up this month in the Wausau area and most of Wisconsin for that matter.  At the halfway point in the month the Wausau Downtown Airport has registered 6.43″. That is 2.53″ above the normal for the entire month (which is 3.90″)! So how does this compare to Septembers […]

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Mapping carbon monoxide from large fires

September 8, 2019 0 Comments
Mapping carbon monoxide from large fires

  Carbon monoxide of course is one of the byproducts of fires.  It has implications in terms of climate change and air pollution among others.  It’s important that we are able to observe it and track its movements with some precision in the atmosphere.  New tools aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite are detecting it better than […]

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August summary

September 1, 2019 0 Comments
August summary

August began rather summer-like in the Wausau area with highs well into the 80s and ample thunderstorms.  However after the 7th, it took a decided more fall-like turn with no more tastes of 80 degrees.  In fact we ended up with a good number of days with highs only in the upper 60s to low 70s.  […]

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Wisconsin tornado statistics

August 25, 2019 0 Comments
Wisconsin tornado statistics

The National Weather Service in Sullivan, WI has put together a great resource for viewing recent tornado reports in terms of numbers, location, and strength across Wisconsin.  You will find that page’s information below.  You can also visit that page, https://www.weather.gov/mkx/wisconsintornadoes .  So far 2019 through August 12th has seen near to slightly above normal […]

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July 2019 continues the global hot streak

August 18, 2019 1 Comment
July 2019 continues the global hot streak

  According to NOAA July 2019 was a record setter across the globe.  The average land and ocean surface temperature was the hottest it has been in the 140 years of record keeping.  It checked in at 1.71 degrees F above the 20th century average.  This comes on the heels of June 2019, which was […]

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Late summer heat surge

August 11, 2019 0 Comments
Late summer heat surge

  No doubt some of you have had your fill of warm, sticky days already and would prefer it to stay cooler in the 70s for the rest of summer.  On the other hand those of you who enjoy swimming and mild late evening strolls are probably hoping for some more heat.  There are a […]

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Shark Week 2019: Facts that may surprise you

July 30, 2019 0 Comments
Shark Week 2019:  Facts that may surprise you

  Obviously we don’t get to see and experience sharks first hand in Wisconsin, but many of you travel to places that do.  Even if you never see one in the wild, they are still very cool creatures and it is worthwhile to learn more about them.  After all, there is much more to sharks […]

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Very wet July

July 23, 2019 0 Comments
Very wet July

  As you know we have had some heavy rain events this month in our region.  Through July 23rd this has amounted to a total of 6.05″ at the Wausau Downtown Airport.  That is 3.24″ ahead of the normal pace for this point in the month. If not another drop of rain fell for the […]

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Toasty spell for mid part of July?

July 7, 2019 0 Comments
Toasty spell for mid part of July?

July is usually our warmest time of the year in Wisconsin with normal high temperatures in the lower 80s.  So when the outlook calls for above normal temperatures for a period of time, it makes you pause.  No doubt that means some fairly hot conditions could be brewing. Check out the Climate Prediction Center’s 8 […]

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