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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Lack of cold this winter compared to recent ones

January 13, 2019 0 Comments
Lack of cold this winter compared to recent ones

    Through January 13th, 2019 the Wausau Downtown Airport (and most of central Wisconsin) has not recorded a below zero temperature yet for the winter.  You might be wondering how unusual this really is?  I pulled up the temperature data for the past five winters up to this point in the season to get […]

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January outlook update

January 1, 2019 0 Comments
January outlook update

Back in mid-December when the Climate Prediction Center issued their January outlook there was some trend seen in the data pointing toward enough shots of cold air over the Midwest to put our temperate trend in question.  That had much of the Midwest under equal chances of above, normal, or below normal temperatures.  Well things […]

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How does this December’s snowfall compare to recent years?

December 30, 2018 0 Comments
How does this December’s snowfall compare to recent years?

  It certainly has been a frustrating start to winter for those that enjoy recreational activities that require a good amount of snow on the ground.  Through December 30th, Wausau received just 6.7 inches of snow.  That is well behind the normal of 13.9 inches.  Now it is possible Wausau will pick up an inch […]

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January Outlook

December 23, 2018 0 Comments
January Outlook

  It appears December is going to go down in the climate books as quite a bit warmer than normal across our region. However January may take a different twist. Temperature Outlook The Climate Prediction Center’s 30-day outlook is calling for equal chances of above, below, or normal temperatures in Wisconsin (basically near normal).  Meanwhile […]

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Could Christmas Week Deliver a Snowier Pattern?

December 16, 2018 0 Comments
Could Christmas Week Deliver a Snowier Pattern?

As you know we have had a pretty dry weather pattern most of December so far in Wisconsin.  Quite a few of you are hoping for more snow not only for Christmas, but for recreation like skiing and snowmobiling.  So is there any hope in sight?  Well check out that 8 to 14 day outlook […]

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A dry December so far

December 9, 2018 0 Comments
A dry December so far

  We had a few inches of snow the first few days of December, otherwise it has been rather dry in central and northcentral Wisconsin.  Total liquid equivalent precipitation in Wausau through December 9th has been just 0.19″, which is about 0.20″ less than normal for this point in the month.  It appears the overall […]

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Cutting edge weather observation with “saildrones”

December 4, 2018 0 Comments
Cutting edge weather observation with “saildrones”

  You probably are getting pretty familiar with drones flying through the sky for all sorts of purposes.  But how about saildrones cruising the seas gathering critical weather and ocean data.  In many cases this is information from areas where no or very little information has been available.  I find this just fascinating and am […]

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November Summary….Cold in Wisconsin

December 2, 2018 0 Comments
November Summary….Cold in Wisconsin

  We didn’t have any record low temperatures in Wausau in November but it was consistently colder than average.  There were only a handful of days with above normal readings.  The lowest temperature record in Wausau this November was 6 degrees on the 8th.  Several spots in northern Wisconsin did drop below zero on that […]

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Peeking into December

November 25, 2018 0 Comments
Peeking into December

  Now that Thanksgiving is come and gone, most people get into a full winter mindset.  Maybe you are a bit upset that our snow cover disappeared or that the blizzard Sunday stayed south of our area?  In any case let’s see what might be coming our way in general for the heart of December. […]

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Thanksgiving Climate

November 18, 2018 0 Comments
Thanksgiving Climate

  I knew a meteorologist a number of years back that would start all of his radio weather broadcasts for Thanksgiving with a corny phrase such as this… “there will be heaping clouds of mashed potatoes, showers of gravy, with cranberry sauce flooding your plates and there is a 100% chance all with be satisfied.” […]

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