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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Amazing new look at one of Mars’ moons

May 12, 2019 1 Comment
Amazing new look at one of Mars’ moons

  Thanks to NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter, we are getting a much better understanding of the moons of Mars.  That is pretty remarkable considering we still have much to learn about our own moon.  Technology is certainly pushing the boundaries of distance, time, and knowledge.  Check out what NASA is discovering about our solar system […]

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What a difference a “May” makes

May 5, 2019 0 Comments
What a difference a “May” makes

  We are just coming off a few mild days with highs close to 70 degrees and it felt really nice for most of you out there! However this May is going to be a far cry from May 2018.  If you remember, it was the 3rd warmest May on record in the Wausau area.  […]

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Shooting rockets into an aurora? What’s that about?

April 28, 2019 0 Comments
Shooting rockets into an aurora?  What’s that about?

It’s really cool just to finally see an aurora (Northern Lights) with your own eyes.  How about taking it a step further.  Scientists are now launching rockets hundreds of miles up into the sky during an aurora with tracers in order really see what is going on.  Not only is it nature’s artwork at its […]

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Gardeners should avoid putting tender plants outside yet

April 23, 2019 0 Comments
Gardeners should avoid putting tender plants outside yet

  I noticed some farmers out working fields and planting some early season crops in the Central Sands area and in southern Wisconsin last weekend.  While that is about normal for this time of the year, it takes a special Spring in order to safely put in garden seeds or tender plants / flowers in […]

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April 2019 on pace to be a top ten wettest?

April 14, 2019 1 Comment
April 2019 on pace to be a top ten wettest?

  Our drenching of snow, sleet, and freezing rain on April 11th in the Wausau area has tipped the scales in favor of a rather wet April before all is said and done.  As of April 14th, 2.44 inches of moisture has been registered at the Wausau Downtown Airport.  That is 1.29 inches above normal […]

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Solar sunspot activity expected to stay slow for the next 11 year cycle

April 7, 2019 0 Comments
Solar sunspot activity expected to stay slow for the next 11 year cycle

  If you are a person that likes to follow solar activity in order to gauge the most likely times to view the Northern Lights you will be interested in the following information.  Solar storm predictions are also used by many industries to gauge the possible harm to power grids, critical military, airline, and shipping […]

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March 2019 Recap

April 1, 2019 1 Comment
March 2019 Recap

  In early March we had about 25 to 35 inches of snow depth in much of central and northern Wisconsin but by the end of the month that had shrunk to nothing south to about a foot north.  Even with that dramatic melt, it was a cold month.  As you see below in the […]

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April outlook

March 24, 2019 0 Comments
April outlook

  The last couple of weeks of March sure look like they will go down as pretty tranquil and not too cold for our area.  It has definitely been a nice change of pace from the relentless snowstorms of February into early March.  So you might be wondering how April is trending? Overall I think […]

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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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