Weather History

Historical odds of getting rain on July 4th

July 2, 2019 0 Comments
Historical odds of getting rain on July 4th

Nobody likes getting their holiday picnic of parade rained on.  So many folks are carefully watching the forecast to see how the fickle skies might turn out for them.  One way to get a feel for the likelihood of getting rainy weather on the 4th of July is to examine the historical odds of that […]

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Man-made “drought”

March 29, 2019 0 Comments
Man-made “drought”

Did you catch Tony’s blog post recently about the Aral Sea, or maybe it should be called the Aral Pond. I have written about it in the past as well. It is a perfect example of human influence on the water resources and climate in that region. The sea itself is a man-made disaster, but […]

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2018 By The Numbers

January 2, 2019 0 Comments
2018 By The Numbers

Before reading ahead to the recap of the year, you might want to take a look back at the top ten list from 2018. There is a lot of interesting stuff in the honorable mentions, 10 through 7, 6 through 4, and 3 through 1. As mentioned in the top ten list, 2018 did not […]

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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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Anniversary of the Oakfield, WI tornado

July 17, 2018 0 Comments
Anniversary of the Oakfield, WI tornado

A powerful tornado destroyed large portions of Oakfield, in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin on the evening of July 18, 1996.   It was producing F3 damage northwest of Oakfield, but intensified into F5 strength as it crossed a small portion of Oakfield.  Amazingly, no one was killed.   However there were 12 injuries and $40.4 […]

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Epic Late Winter Weather

April 14, 2018 4 Comments
Epic Late Winter Weather

This is Wisconsin, but even by our standards, this late winter weather in 2018 is pretty amazing. You probably all remember your parents and grandparents talking about all of the cold and snow from “way back in the day”. It is true that temps averaged a little colder 100 years ago, and there were some […]

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2017 By The Numbers

January 2, 2018 0 Comments
2017 By The Numbers

Generally speaking, 2017 was not too extreme across Northcentral Wisconsin. We had a brutal cold spell to being the year and another one to end the year. There were a couple of tornadoes in the viewing area, but the last half of the year was remarkable by how little severe weather occurred. As far as […]

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Forecasting Obsolescence

April 11, 2017 0 Comments
Forecasting Obsolescence

Most of us have grown up in an era of increasing automation. With the advent of self-driving cars, virtual assistants, and computers that can win at Go, it is not an earth-shattering prediction to assume more typical human jobs will be lost in the future. When it comes to the weather forecasting (as a job), […]

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St. Patrick’s Day Weather Stats

March 15, 2017 0 Comments
St. Patrick’s Day Weather Stats

  So the normal temperatures for March 17th in the Wausau area are a low of 21 F and a high of 40 F.  You might wonder how recent versions of this holiday have stacked up compared to that benchmark?   Well as you will see, there can be some huge differences from year to […]

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Happy 147th Birthday National Weather Service!

February 9, 2017 0 Comments
Happy 147th Birthday National Weather Service!

On this day in 1870, President Ulysses S. Grant signed a Joint Congressional Resolution into law, which stated that the Secretary of War had to provide meteorological observations taken at military stations and to give notice of approaching storms to areas near the coasts through magnetic telegraphs and marine signals. This came one year after a telegraph […]

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