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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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Severe weather spotter training courses to begin next week

March 7, 2018 0 Comments
Severe weather spotter training courses to begin next week

We may have just had our biggest snowfall of the season, but spring is right around the corner, and with that comes severe weather. Each spring the National Weather Service offices in Green Bay, La Crosse, and Duluth hold Skywarn spotter training courses around the area to become an official weather spotter. Most classes run […]

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Minimal Life, Minimal Pollution

March 23, 2017 2 Comments
Minimal Life, Minimal Pollution

My wife cued up a documentary on our streaming media service the other day and casually mentioned “you might like it”. Was it the latest and greatest developments in science, technology, weather, or space?  No, but I still thought it was great. It was called “The Minimalists”. What is it about? Living minimally – without […]

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Better Models of “Growth”

November 5, 2013 0 Comments
Better Models of “Growth”

As I am bombarded by commercials and news this late Fall season imploring me to buy gifts now, buy gifts on Thanksgiving Day, go shopping on Black Friday, buy more things on cyber Monday, and to keep shopping up to Christmas and beyond, it reminds me of the topic of “economic growth” I have mentioned […]

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Birth Rate Declines Again – A Good Sign?

October 9, 2012 0 Comments
Birth Rate Declines Again – A Good Sign?

  And the good news keeps rolling in! Yesterday I discussed a recent study showing a decrease in carbon emissions during recessions and reminded everyone of how the U.S. emissions are the lowest in 20 years! The tone of the study was pessimistic, preaching to everyone that we are still screwed (wrong for multiple reasons) even […]

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2012 First Snowfall Contest

September 24, 2012 3 Comments
2012 First Snowfall Contest

Are you a punctilious prognosticator of precipitation? Do you have a sense for when the next storm will strike? Did you know you could win a big prize from the R-stores of Northcentral Wisconsin by predicting the first inch of snowfall in Wausau this Fall? Maybe you did know because you entered the First Snowfall Contest last […]

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Any Stories of Snow in June?

April 18, 2012 6 Comments
Any Stories of Snow in June?

A blog reader asked a question the other day about late snowfalls in Wisconsin – wondering if snow had ever fallen in June. Officially, in Wausau, the answer is no. The latest official snowfall in Wausau occurred on May 30th. It was a trace of snow and it fell in 1989 and way back in […]

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Road conditions during weekend storm

February 25, 2012 0 Comments

Though the bulk of the heavy snow from this weekend’s storm system is tracking north of the major metro areas in Central Wisconsin, other communities are bracing for snow.  And a lot of it!  Given current forecast projections, the arrowhead region of Minnesota will “take it on the chin” so to speak.  Areas there are […]

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Interesting Winter Notes From 1891

February 13, 2012 2 Comments
Interesting Winter Notes From 1891

Weather or the lack of real winter weather has been a major topic of conversation this winter of 2011-12 around here and much of the country.  Some friends of mine from Medford, Loretta and Hildegard Kuse were kind enough to share some newspaper clippings from the winter of 1890-91 with me.  As you can imagine, […]

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NOAA Satellites Aid Rescues

February 8, 2012 0 Comments
NOAA Satellites Aid Rescues

        Satellites from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration helped rescue 207 people in 2011 across the United States and surrounding waters.  The communications they provide are the key.  Of the 207 rescues, 122 were on water, 14 involved aviation, and 71 were land situations.  Of the land events, Alaska had the […]

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