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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One of the largest lakes in the world almost wiped out?

March 17, 2019 0 Comments
One of the largest lakes in the world almost wiped out?

Perhaps you have heard about the Aral Sea in central Asia.  It was at one time considered the 4th largest freshwater lake in the world.  However over the course of just four decades, it almost completely dried up, mostly due to the action of humans.  I first came across this information a few days ago.  […]

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Many fires over Southeast Asia for agriculture

March 10, 2019 0 Comments
Many fires over Southeast Asia for agriculture

As a kid I remember a few neighbors setting the ditches on fire in the spring to eradicate dried up grass, shrubs, or weeds before the growing season would kick in.  However the number of prescribed burns in Southeast Asia in the early spring is really crazy!  The NASA / NOAA image below shows them […]

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Theoretically, how warm could it get in March?

March 3, 2019 0 Comments
Theoretically, how warm could it get in March?

  As of this writing it is a bone-chilling -5 degrees outside with over 2 feet of snow on the ground and many folks are downright desperate for some warm weather.   I have been hearing a lot people say things like, “the snow won’t melt until June at this rate, or I am going to […]

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Epic February 2019 Recap

February 28, 2019 0 Comments
Epic February 2019 Recap

  I remember after the brutal winter of 2013-14 that people distributed buttons that said “I survived the winter of 2013-14”.  I think someone should make buttons that say “I survived February 2019”. The numbers for the month are just mind-boggling.  We had snow on seventeen days with three of those being record daily snowfalls […]

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How does the late January extreme cold snap fit into the warming climate?

February 17, 2019 1 Comment
How does the late January extreme cold snap fit into the warming climate?

We had quite a few record cold temperatures in the Midwest for a few days in late January 2019.  Some climate change skeptics would go so far as to say it proves that global warming isn’t happening.  However when you look at the big picture in both time and geography you can clearly see it […]

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Could we set a February snowfall record?

February 9, 2019 0 Comments
Could we set a February snowfall record?

  There has been a good amount of snow as you know over the past few weeks, especially compared to earlier in the winter.  But how is this month’s snow stacking up against the snowiest on record for Wausau.  Well, through February 9th Wausau has received 13.8 inches of snow.  That is already above the […]

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Chilly and unsettled into mid-February!

February 4, 2019 0 Comments
Chilly and unsettled into mid-February!

  It looks like February may try to level the playing field a bit for this winter.  We have had below normal snowfall generally, but that should be changing.  We have a storm track that will deliver snow and mixed precipitation bearing systems to our region every few days.  The Climate Prediction Center’s 6 to […]

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Probably our coldest spell of the winter

January 23, 2019 2 Comments
Probably our coldest spell of the winter

  Through January 23rd, the coldest temperature recorded at the Wausau Downtown Airport this winter has been – 8 degrees.  Well we could beat that by almost 10 degrees on various nights over the last part of January, possibly into the first few days of February.  The polar vortex will be wobbling southward at times […]

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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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