The End of a Martian Era

February 8, 2019 0 Comments
The End of a Martian Era

A little detour into space news for those of you who look up at the night sky and dream – the Mars Opportunity rover is probably dead. It is sad news but it also highlights something very remarkable. A device (Opportunity) that was only supposed to last 90 days, ended up exploring the red planet […]

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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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Water Woes

January 31, 2019 0 Comments
Water Woes

If you could pick one thing people have done to improve the health and comfort of everyone on the planet, it would have to be management of water resources. The instantaneous availability of clean, fresh, healthy water in developed nations is something most people take for granted. Water is so ubiquitous and cheap that we […]

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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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Choosing “Better” Progress

January 14, 2019 1 Comment
Choosing “Better” Progress

I have noticed some negative headlines in news reports lately. It seems “progress” and growth might be slowing down in some parts of world. The U.S. birthrate hits an all-time low, again! Chinese auto sales suffer a historic collapse. Single family housing starts are the lowest since 1990. Fertility rates are declining around the world! […]

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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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2018 was the first year in history without any violent tornadoes in the U.S.

January 8, 2019 0 Comments
2018 was the first year in history without any violent tornadoes in the U.S.

2018 was another devastating year for natural disasters, however there was a noticeable lack of tornadoes, particularly strong tornadoes. For the first time since modern record keeping began in 1950, there were no violent tornadoes in the United States. Violent tornadoes are those that are rated EF-4 or EF-5, packing winds of 166-200 mph or […]

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Mild December comes to a close

January 2, 2019 0 Comments
Mild December comes to a close

This December wasn’t one most north central Wisconsinites wanted. After two straight months of well below normal temperatures in October and November, December was well above normal for most of the month. In fact, 24 days this month were above normal, which was more than October and November combined. We also had highs rise above […]

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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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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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