May 2019 continues the global warm streak

June 23, 2019 0 Comments
May 2019 continues the global warm streak

Even though Europe, North America, and the Caribbean had their coolest May in the past 10 to 15 years the world as a whole was still much warmer than normal.  In fact according to NOAA, May 2019 had a global land / sea temperature average 1.53 degrees above the 20th century average.  That makes it […]

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The Pragmatic Path Forward

June 20, 2019 0 Comments
The Pragmatic Path Forward

For whatever reason, there has recently been a lot of “heightened discussion” about anthropogenic global warming (aka, AGW or “climate change”). It tends to go in cycles. There have been some protests in Europe recently and more than a few politicians, newspapers, and scientists have been literally proclaiming the “end of the world” (here, here, […]

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A great new tool to measure water vapor & other gases in the sky

June 18, 2019 0 Comments
A great new tool to measure water vapor & other gases in the sky

  I ran across an article from NASA that is really exciting.  NASA has developed a new instrument,  called the High Altitude Lidar Observatory (HALO).  It will measure many types of gases in the atmosphere more directly and with more precision than ever before.  The one in particular that researchers think it will make the biggest […]

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2019 Hurricane season outlook

June 16, 2019 0 Comments
2019 Hurricane season outlook

  We are now in the season.  That’s the Atlantic hurricane season which runs from June 1st through November 30th.  I once had a college professor who spent the majority of his career researching hurricanes and the energy and wind properties that go into making one of these atmospheric monsters.  I certainly have a ton […]

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What are you worried about?

June 12, 2019 1 Comment
What are you worried about?

Does anyone remember the story about the Facebook chat-bots that developed their own mysterious version of English and then were shut down? It turns out that it was a pretty simple artificial intelligence experiment that did not have constraints on proper English. The chat-bots were not on the verge of becoming “Skynet” – as this […]

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Sea Turtle Day is June 16th!

June 11, 2019 0 Comments
Sea Turtle Day is June 16th!

  World sea turtle day is June 16th and it’s a great time to learn about these marvelous creatures and the perils that they face. For example, did you know that six species of sea turtles live in U.S. waters?  Or did you know that the main hazard they face is bycatch.  That is when […]

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June outlook

June 2, 2019 2 Comments
June outlook

  Well after a chilly Spring in Wisconsin perhaps you are hoping the heat turns up some for June.  Certainly it will be warmer than May but how will it compare to normal? The Climate Prediction Center is projecting no strong temperature signal either way for Wisconsin.   Meanwhile they suggest warmer than normal conditions from […]

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Bad headlines again

May 30, 2019 0 Comments
Bad headlines again

Some of you might recall that I was recently distraught about poorly written headlines proclaiming “decades long drought” or “19 year-long drought” in the American West, particularly in the southwest. It has been drier than average in these areas, but the dry periods have been interspersed with times of ample precipitation, as anyone can see […]

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Memorial Day 2018 was mighty hot

May 26, 2019 0 Comments
Memorial Day 2018 was mighty hot

We are coming off of a very pleasant weekend leading up to Memorial Day 2019 with highs in the lower to mid 70s in much of central and northern Wisconsin.  But how about Memorial Day 2018?  It was much hotter in the region.  For example, Wausau had a record high of 93 degrees, which broke […]

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April 2019, 2nd warmest April on record for our planet

May 21, 2019 1 Comment
April 2019, 2nd warmest April on record for our planet

Even though we have been having cool weather this Spring in the Upper Midwest and much of Central Canada, most of the world has been running warmer than normal.  In fact in the latest report from NOAA, the global land and ocean temperature average for April 2019 was 1.67 degrees F above the 20th century […]

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