Wisconsin Weather Update

Wisconsin Weather Update for July 29, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:48 PM GMT on July 29, 2005

TGIF!

Wheel of Fortune Answers

Puzzle #1 (23/23):
M O N O P O L Y
M O N E Y
Category: Fun and Games
Used Letters: RSTLNE BCMA
Point Value: 1

Puzzle #2 (17/23):
M I L K Y
W A Y
G A L A X Y
Category: Place
Used Letters: RSTLNE GPYI
Point Value: 3


Summer 2005 Point Standings (33 people played this week)
The top player this season will win a new weather radio!
If you would like your city/state listed next to your name, send me an email with the information!
Please verify your point total for accuracy.

Nia and Karl were the only ones to nail a perfect week this week with all eight points, but I'm not surprised that they both got it since they conspire together (you don't think I notice that your answers are the same and sent only minutes apart? ) Try sending in different answers sometime and see who's the better player...you already got last season's prize and aren't eligible for another one!
Karl, Appleton, WI: 18 (+8)
Nia, Appleton, WI: 18 (+8)
Will/Ruth, Appleton, WI: 18 (+6)
Greg, Madison, WI: 17 (+7)
Max, Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 15 (+4)
Ruth, Madison, WI: 15 (+7)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 14 (+4)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 13 (+4)
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 13 (+4)
Clair, Fremont, WI: 12 (+7)
John J., Berlin, WI: 12 (+6)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 11 (+7)
John E., Madison, WI: 11 (+5)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 11 (+4)
Scott/Ann, Appleton, WI: 11 (+5)
Al, Germantown, WI: 10 (+3)
Becky T.: 10 (+4)
Sally: 10 (+2)
Brian, Madison WI: 9 (+5)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 9 (+0)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 9 (+3)
Bethany: 8 (+4)
Linda: 8 (+1)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 8 (+4)
Harry: 7 (+4)
Mom: 7 (+2)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 7 (+0)
Adam S.: 6 (+3)
Jason, De Pere, WI: 6 (+4)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 6 (+2)
Kelley: 6
John S.: 5 (+2)
Jan, Berlin, WI: 4
Chris Ke.: 3 (+3)
John/Shelley: 3
Diane Sm.: 2
Mary, Berlin, WI: 2
Jodi: 1 (+1)
Lori: 1


Listen to today’s update:
(Note: I will put this in my update only when there's a new broadcast. If you listened to it, let me know what you think!)
MP3:
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/forecast.mp3
Podcast:
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/forecast.xml


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
... Record low temperature tied at Green Bay...
At 545 am yesterday morning... the temperature at Austin straubel
Airport in Green Bay reached 50 degrees. This ties the record
low temperature for this date.
The record was also reached in 1989... 1967 and 1952.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Appleton


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine mixed in with a few low clouds, temps are near 60.

Synopsis: A weak cold front moved through overnight, but besides some clouds and isolated thundershowers, it didn't do a whole heck of a lot around here. Temperatures will remain cool for one more day as high pressure moves in from Canada, giving us a refreshing northeasterly breeze. However, the heat and humidity return later this weekend and will continue for almost all of next week, so enjoy the cooler temperatures while you can!

Today: Becoming partly cloudy with increasing clouds later in the day. High of 75 central, upper 70s to near 80 south.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, maybe a shower. Lows upper 50s. Rain chance 25%.

Saturday: Partly sunny and a little warmer with scattered thunderstorms developing. Highs near 80 central, low to mid- 80s south. Rain chance 30%.

Sunday: Partly cloudy and becoming warmer and more humid, highs 85-90.

Next Week:
Monday: Partly cloudy, hot and humid, highs near 90.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy, hot and humid, highs upper 80s to near 90.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, hot and humid, highs upper 80s to near 90.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Scattered thunderstorms, highs around 103. Same forecast this weekend.
07/28/2005 0717 PM
Henderson, Clark County.
Flash flood, reported by law enforcement.
One foot of water in apartment Green Valley Pkwy and Warm
Springs

07/28/2005 0717 PM
Las Vegas (downtown, Clark County.)
Heavy rain reported by trained spotter.
.42 in 20 minutes

07/28/2005 0618 PM
Las Vegas (downtown, Clark County.)
Flash flood, reported by amateur radio.
Curb to curb flooding Cheyenne and Rainbow

07/28/2005 0618 PM
Las Vegas (downtown, Clark County.)
Heavy rain reported by trained spotter.
.74 inch in 15 minutes

07/28/2005 0544 PM
10 miles E of Las Vegas (do, Clark County.)
Hail 0.75 inch, reported by public.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Maybe an afternoon thunderstorm, highs near 90, lower 90s inland. Scattered thunderstorms this weekend, highs upper 80s.
Heat advisory in effect from noon today to 7 PM EDT this evening...
The combination of high temperatures in the lower 90s with
continued moderate to high levels of humidity will result in
heat indices of 104 to 108 for a few hours this afternoon.

To prevent heat illnesses... drink plenty of water to remain
hydrated. If possible stay in an air conditioned room... stay out
of the sun... and check up on older persons. If you must be
outdoors... wear light colored clothing to reflect more solar
energy... take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water.
Additionally... ensure that pets have shady areas and plenty of
cold drinking water.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated thunderstorms, highs lower 90s. Sunshine this weekend with highs low to mid- 90s.
Showers and thunderstorms continue to develop offshore southeast of High Island. These thunderstorms are forming along landbreeze that has pushed offshore. Additional development is possible further to the west along the landbreeze.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Sunshine, mid- 80s. More sun this weekend with highs upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 76
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 75 (trace)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 77
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 75
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 79

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 105 (trace)
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 93
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 96
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 85


In Case You Missed It:

Alvarez to Leave Coaching After 2005; Bielema to Assume Coaching Duties
http://www.uwbadgers.com/sport_news/fb/headlines/full_story.aspx?story_id=2005_07_28_12_58_32_fb
http://www.jsonline.com/badger/fb/jul05/344403.asp
http://www.madison.com/wsj/mad/local/index.php?ntid=48640&nt_adsect=edit
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2118728
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/columns/story?columnist=maisel_ivan&id=2118874
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2118857

What a moron!
Walker shows up
Receiver ends holdout threat, reports for duty on time
http://www.jsonline.com/packer/news/jul05/344214.asp


U.S. to announce climate pact
CANBERRA, Australia (Reuters) -- The United States, the world's top polluter, is set to unveil a five-nation pact to combat global warming by developing energy technology to cut greenhouse gas emissions, officials said on Wednesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/07/27/us.climate.pact.reut/index.html

NASA: Foam may have hit wing
Space agency says no damage found
(CNN) -- On a day when Discovery's crew made a spectacular back flip and successfully rendezvoused with the international space station, questions and concerns about pieces of foam shed from the space shuttle's external fuel tank during launch continued to cast a shadow over its mission.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/space/07/29/space.shuttle/index.html

Hundreds of Boy Scouts fall ill from heat
(CNN) -- A Boy Scout National Jamboree marred by the deaths of four people weathered another blow Wednesday in Virginia when about 300 Scouts and adults suffered symptoms resulting from the 100-degree afternoon heat, a spokesman for the organization said.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/07/28/scouts.jamboree/index.html

India rain death toll nears 740
Arrests made over rumors that led to deadly stampede
MUMBAI, India -- Nearly 740 people have died from torrential, record-setting rains that socked Mumbai and triggered mudslides in the region, state police said Friday.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/07/28/mumbai.rain/index.html

Tornados injure 34 across Europe
Severe thunderstorms accompanied by hailstones and tornados tore across parts of Europe on Thursday and Friday, a trail of destruction in Germany, France and Britain.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/07/29/freak.weather/index.html

Christmas in July as heat wave eases
NEW YORK (AP) -- As the mercury inched its way to 100, country music station WKHK in Richmond, Virginia, dusted off the Christmas carols.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/07/28/heat.wave.ap/index.html


Genetic flaw leaves felines without sweet tooth
SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- Cats are notoriously finicky eaters, as millions of pet owners can attest.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/07/25/feline.sweet.gene.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for July 28, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:51 PM GMT on July 28, 2005

Good Thursday morning!

New Bryce Photos
Six new pages of Bryce pictures from July 11-21 are now online, including a newborn comparison between mommy, daddy, and son, and what could be his first smile? Check them out at:
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/baby


Wheel of Fortune Thursday
After today, each regular game will have been played once in this Summer '05 season. The rules for WoF are simple - solve the puzzle. 10 letters are already filled in (if they are in the puzzle), and the other 16 letters not specified need to be filled in by you. But here's the slight modification to this season's game: instead of having lucky entries get a bonus point, I will be changing the point value of each puzzle each time we play. Each puzzle will be randomly worth 1, 2, 3 or 4 points (most puzzles will be 1-2 points each with only an occasional 3-4 point puzzle) and will be determined by a complex algorithm.

Puzzle #1:
M _ N _ _ _ L _
M _ N E _
Category: Fun and Games
Used Letters: RSTLNE BCMA
Point Value: 1

Puzzle #2:
_ I L _ Y
_ _ Y
G _ L _ _ Y
Category: Place
Used Letters: RSTLNE GPYI
Point Value: 3


Podcasts!
If you've talked to me much in the last few weeks, there's a pretty good chance you've heard me talk about podcasts. I got into it a few
weeks ago, about a week before iTunes released v4.9 (which officially supports podcasting) and this release gave podcasting a ton of momentum. Podcasts are basically MP3s of broadcasts that you can download and play either on your home computer or on a portable MP3 device like an iPod, Palm Pilot, etc. It's kind of like radio TiVo with thousands of free channels to listen to! They are great for many reasons: there are thousands of podcasts out there ranging from any topic imaginable, anyone can become a broadcaster, and both large media companies like ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, NPR, C|Net, Newsweek, ESPN, Disney, MarketWatch, etc., as well as just regular people with something on their mind, are creating podcasts. And it's expected that almost 60 million people will subscribe to podcasts in the next five years. It's the latest Internet craze!

A couple weeks ago while I was home with the baby, during one of his naps, I wanted to see just how easy/hard it was to create a podcast and get it recognized by iTunes. It turns out it's tremendously easy - it requires a microphone, audio recording software, a web host to put the completed files, some basic XML knowledge, and something to say. So I played around with it for a little while and created a Wisconsin Weather Update podcast, which can be recognized by iTunes. You can read more about it (and listen to it) at:
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rss
I'm not going to do this every day - only when I have a few extra minutes in the morning, and only if you guys think it's cool enough to continue doing. It is kind of fun to get the old radio voice out again.

Listen to today’s update:
MP3: (download and listen at your leisure on your home computer or portable MP3 device)
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/forecast.mp3
Podcast: (paste the link below into iTunes or iPodder to get the latest broadcast automatically)
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/forecast.xml


Today’s forecast grade: B+


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with showers in northern Wisconsin and sunshine south of that, temps are around 60-65.

Synopsis: We have just a little bit more sunshine to look forward to before a new, weak frontal boundary from Minneapolis moves through later today. Besides some afternoon clouds and an isolated thunderstorm, I'm not expecting a whole lot from this thing.

Today: Look for increasing clouds from north to south this morning with a chance of showers or an isolated thunderstorm late in the day. High of 76 central, near 80 south. Rain chance 30%.

Tonight: Evening showers or a thunderstorm, then decreasing clouds overnight. Lows upper 50s.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, highs mid- to upper 70s central, upper 70s to near 80 south.

Extended:
Saturday: Partly sunny, maybe an isolated shower late, highs near 80 central, mid- 80s south. Rain chance 20%.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 80s.
Next Week's Outlook: A chance of rain on Wednesday and Friday, otherwise probably dry with highs staying warm and somewhat humid in the mid- to upper 80s.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, isolated afternoon thunderstorms, highs around 105.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Hazy sunshine, highs lower 90s, but a heat index of 115 inland!
Excessive heat warning in effect from noon today to 8 PM EDT this evening...
The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued an
excessive heat warning... which is in effect from noon today to
8 PM EDT this evening. The heat advisory is no longer in effect.

High temperatures are expected to reach the 95 to 100 degree range
inland from the immediate coast across much of southeastern South
Carolina and southeast Georgia today. These hot temperatures will
combine with continued high humidity to once again create
dangerous heat indices this afternoon and early evening. Heat
index values will rise to 110 to 115 by mid afternoon. These
values are a bit lower than yesterday... as several locations
saw heat indices reach 120. Along the area beaches and barrier
islands... expected high temperatures in the lower 90s and high
humidity will create heat index values near 105 for several hours
this afternoon and evening.

An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of
dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot
temperatures and high humidity will create a dangerous situation
in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids... stay
in an air conditioned room... stay out of the sun... and check up
on relatives and neighbors. If you must be outdoors... wear light
colored clothing to reflect more solar energy... take frequent
breaks and drink plenty of water. Additionally... ensure that pets
have shady areas and plenty of drinking water.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Partly sunny, highs lower 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 73
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 72
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 74
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 72
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 74

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 107
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 95 (Beaufort hit 100)
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 94
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 86

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Wisconsin Weather Update for July 27, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:56 PM GMT on July 27, 2005

Good Wednesday morning!

Noah's Ark
Yesterday was a cloudy, breezy and cool day at Noah's Ark Water Park. The bad side was that the water was warmer than the air and the sun didn't come out until we were getting ready to leave, but the good side was that there weren't a lot of people at the park, so there were hardly any lines to get on the rides. We even found Lisa's brother Adam and cousins Austin and Robbie at the park numerous times, who were also there the same day with a different group. Noah's Ark's new ride, Black Anaconda, was excellent and well worth the two minutes we waited in line to ride it. We also counted eight in the classic game of "count the band-aids on the ground." It was a little cold all day, but overall, it sure beat a day in the office!


Match Game Results
31 people played yesterday's modified Match Game. Did you like this format better or the original complete this sentence version? Should I switch off or stick with just one? Thoughts? Look for a slightly-modified version of Wheel of Fortune tomorrow.

Game #1: I've got a bad _______.
Cold (15) - 2 points
Feeling (7) - 1 point
Headache (6)
Back (2)
Haircut got one vote.


Game #2: ______ wind
Break (8) - 2 points
Strong (7) - 1 point
Whirl (2)
Blow (2)
Other responses that got one vote each: Trade, Blustery, Tail, Full of, Down, Solar, North, Cross, Dry, Divine, Wood, and Big


Weather Update Poll Results:
How many days a week would you optimally like to play my weather update games? [22 votes total]
2 (12) 55%
3 (4) 18%
5! (3) 14%
4 (2) 9%
None (1) 5%
1 (0) 0%
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847
Archive:
http://vote.sparklit.com/archive.spark?archiveID=334188


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a few clouds across far eastern Wisconsin and sunshine elsewhere, temps are in the mid- 50s central and upper 50s south.

Synopsis: The cold front that brought us all that rain Monday evening is way to our south, affecting southern Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. High pressure is building to our west, which will give us one day of sunshine before another weak front moves through tomorrow, but a northerly breeze will keep things refreshingly cool as well.

Today: Mostly sunny and cool once again, high of 73.

Tonight: Increasing clouds, lows mid- 50s.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms later in the day. Nothing severe is anticipated. Highs mid- to upper 70s central, upper 70s to near 80 south. Rain chance 30%.

Extended:
Friday: Partly sunny, maybe an isolated shower late, highs upper 70s central, near 80 south. Rain chance 20%.
Saturday: Becoming partly cloudy, highs lower 80s.
Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, highs lower 80s. Rain chance 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, a little warmer, highs around 106.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Hazy sunshine, hot and humid, highs lower 90s, but upper 90s inland.
Excessive heat warning in effect from noon today to 8 PM EDT this evening...
High temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s to around
101 inland from the immediate coast across much of southern South
Carolina and southeast Georgia today. Near record high temperatures
are expected at both Charleston and Savannah today. These hot
temperatures will combine with continued high humidity to create
dangerous heat indices this afternoon and evening. Heat index
values will push above 110 degrees in many locations by early
afternoon... with values of 115 to 120 degrees likely in several
spots by mid to late afternoon. Along the beaches and barrier
islands... high temperatures in the lower to middle 90s and high
humidity will create heat index values of 105 to 110 for several
hours this afternoon and evening.

An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of
dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot
temperatures and high humidity will create a dangerous situation
in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids... stay
in an air conditioned room... stay out of the sun... and check up
on relatives and neighbors. If you must be outdoors... wear light
colored clothing to reflect more solar energy... take frequent
breaks and drink plenty of water. Additionally... ensure that pets
have shady areas and plenty of drinking water.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated afternoon storms, highs lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Scattered thunderstorms developing later today, highs mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 72
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 70 (0.04")
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 73 (0.12")
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 75 (0.19")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 84 (0.70")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 101
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 93
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 93
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 94


In Case You Missed It:

Heat wave bakes Eastern U.S.
Parts of West, Midwest begin to cool off
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (AP) -- As a large swath of the United States suffered through another miserably hot day Tuesday, several Western states and parts of the Midwest began to feel the relief of a cold front pushing out what had been days of triple-digit temperatures.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/07/27/heat.wave.ap/index.html

Astronauts to give shuttle a look
NASA examining video of debris spotted during liftoff
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida (CNN) -- Discovery's astronauts on Wednesday began their first full day in space, and they will be using the shuttle's robotic arm to inspect the vessel's exterior.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/space/07/27/space.shuttle/index.html

Chicago skyscraper would be nation's tallest
CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- A proposal to build a new 115-story building by 2009 could give Chicago claim to having the first and second tallest skyscrapers in the country.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/07/26/chicago.skyscraper.ap/index.html

Veterans report to training camp today! Hard to believe we'll be watching Packers football in just a couple weeks.
Leading men raring to go
Sherman, Favre eager to get started
http://www.jsonline.com/packer/news/jul05/343988.asp
http://www.jsonline.com/packer/stat/may05/328983.asp
http://www.packerstrainingcamp.com/

Casey vs. the Tornado
Storm chaser builds an armored Ford F-450 to drive into tornados
http://www.autoweek.com/article.cms?articleId=102748

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Wisconsin Weather Update for July 26, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:00 PM GMT on July 26, 2005

Good Tuesday morning!

Match Game Tuesday
The Match Game is back, but with a little twist. Instead of playing the "complete this sentence" part of the Match Game, this week I'm going to play it more like the bonus round of the old TV show, where it's "complete this phrase" instead. Use just one word and fill in the blank to these phrases below. Points will work just like the feud, where two points go to the most popular answer for each and one point for the second most popular response.

Game #1: I've got a bad _______.

Game #2: ______ wind


Weather Update Poll (last day to vote):
I am a little surprised to see that two days a week is leading the poll so far. Two days a week instead of three is a little bit less of a time commitment for both you guys and myself, but that also means there's one less game a week. If the votes stay as-is, I may leave it at Tuesdays and Thursdays permanently, adding perhaps a third day during double points week (of which the first of two will be sometime in August).
How many days a week would you optimally like to play my weather update games?
None
1
2
3
4
5!
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Bryce is over at Grandma John's house today so we can take the day off and have a dream vacation in the Dells with my mom, sisters and their significant others where applicable. The trip will include a trip to considerably-cooler Noah's Ark (the water park, not the game ), a pizza place for dinner, and maybe if all goes well, a moccasin shop or two.


Today’s forecast grade: B-


Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
You may encounter a few showers through mid morning as a cool front sags southward across south central and southeast Wisconsin. The passage of this front will be marked by a change in wind direction from the southwest to the northwest as well as a noticeable drop in humidity. At 640 am...this cool front was roughly on a line from near Green Lake to Darlington...and will be passing through Madison and Fond Du Lac around 8 am...and through Sheboygan...Milwaukee and Beloit between 8 am and 10 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with isolated showers in far southeastern Wisconsin and clouds across the whole state, temps are near 70 central and in the lower 70s south.

Synopsis: How about that thunderstorm yesterday evening? Severe thunderstorm warnings were all over the place and there was heavy rain, lightning, and some minor flooding across much of the state, and I didn't think that the thunder was ever going to end! The areas that were hardest hit were just to the west and north of Madison and a line from Oshkosh westward. Check out total rainfall amounts by clicking any of these three links. As for today, look for cooler temperatures behind last night's cold front, with some sunshine peeking out later today.

Today: Cloudy, breezy and much cooler. Isolated showers or drizzle possible this morning. Becoming partly sunny late in the day. High of 72.

Tonight: Decreasing clouds, lows mid- 50s.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 70s.

Extended:
Thursday: Isolated showers, probably just to our north, highs near 80. Rain chance 20%.
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs upper 70s central, near 80 south.
Saturday: Partly sunny, a chance of a shower late, highs near 80. Rain chance 20%.
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs near 80 central, low to mid- 80s south.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs only around 103.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy and breezy at times, highs near 90, but upper 90s away from the coast.
Heat advisory in effect from noon today to 8 PM EDT this evening away from the immediate coast...
Excessive heat watch in effect from Wednesday afternoon to Wednesday evening away from the immediate coast...
The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a heat
advisory for areas away from the immediate coast... which is in effect
from noon today to 8 PM EDT this evening. An excessive heat watch
has also been issued... which is in effect from Wednesday afternoon to
Wednesday evening for areas away from the immediate coast.

High temperatures are expected to climb into the upper 90s to
around 100 degrees away from the immediate coast this afternoon as
strong high pressure builds into the region. These temperatures
combined with high humidity will produce heat index values of 110
to 114 degrees during the mid and late afternoon hours. Locations
generally west of Highway 17 and east of Interstate 95 including
Charleston... Moncks Corner... Walterboro... Savannah and Hinesville
are most likely to experience the highest heat indices. Not much
relief will be found at area beaches with heat indices topping out
around 105 degrees. The National Weather Service in Charleston will
continue to monitor this serious situation and may need to upgrade
the advisory to a warning later this morning if conditions
warrant.

On Wednesday... similar high temperatures will combine with
possibly even more moisture to cause afternoon heat indices near
115 degrees inland and 105 to 110 at the beaches.

An excessive heat watch is issued when heat index values are
expected to reach 115 degrees for any length of time. The
National Weather Service in Charleston will continue to monitor
this potentially dangerous situation and will upgrade the watch to
either a heat advisory or excessive heat warning for Wednesday.

Heat index values in excess of 110 degrees will create dangerous
conditions if precautions are not taken. If you must be outdoors
and in direct sunshine... drink plenty of water... take frequent
breaks and wear lighter colored clothing. Try to get into an air
conditioned building whenever possible. The elderly and the very
Young should remain out of the heat.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated afternoon storms, hot, humid and becoming breezy, highs mid- 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Sunshine, breezy, hot and humid, highs mid- 90s.
Heat advisory in effect until 8 PM EDT this evening...
Temperatures this afternoon are expected to rise to or slightly
higher than Monday. These temperatures in the mid and upper 90s
combined with dew point readings in the low and mid 70s will produce
heat indices from 105 to 110 degrees for several hours this
afternoon.

A heat advisory is issued when high humidities combine with hot
temperatures to make it feel like it is 105 to 114 degrees for at
least three hours.

Children... the elderly... and people with chronic illnesses... are
usually the first to suffer from the heat. Heat exhaustion... or in
extreme cases heat stroke... may result from prolonged exposure to
these conditions. Be sure to periodically check on people who are
most at risk.

If you plan to be outside... avoid prolonged exposure to the heat and
also avoid strenuous physical activity. Your body can lose up to a
gallon of water an hour through perspiration. Drink plenty of water
to avoid dehydration. Alcoholic and caffeinated beverages can
increase the rate of water loss in your body... increasing the risk of
heat exhaustion or stroke. Wear lightweight... light colored and loose
fitting clothing. Wear a hat to shield yourself from the sun and
apply sunscreen as necessary.

Household pets and livestock can also succumb to the effects of
excessive heat. Pet owners and farmers should make sure animals have
adequate drinking water and a shady place to rest.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 84
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 86 (0.53" as of midnight)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 87 (0.88")
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 88 (0.08")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 89 (0.49")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 102
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 90
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 93
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 94

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Wisconsin Weather Update for July 25, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:21 PM GMT on July 25, 2005

Good Morning and Happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend update, and I hope you all had a great weekend. This weekend was fairly uneventful for us, which is ok, because sometimes it's nice just to spend some time at home. Friday, Steve went to the US Bank Championship PGA Tour golf tournament in Milwaukee and had a great time (he says he even saw a 150-yard shot go in for an eagle!). Otherwise, Sunday was our fairly busy day. My mother-in-law, step-father-in-law, and sis-in-law Kelley came for a visit and to look at houses.

Not too much to report in baby news, except that he's growing way to quickly for me. Bryce did have a few firsts this weekend though. He had his first thunderstorm on Saturday afternoon, he slept through the night for the first time Saturday night (last night he woke up once), and he had his first low-grade fever yesterday (his temperature went down on it's own without having to seek medical attention). On Thursday night, he also rolled out of his foam wedge thing (which is supposed to keep him in place so he doesn't roll over) and not only that, he turned himself around, much to the surprise of myself and Steve Friday morning. Keep checking Steve's Web site for more pictures. He plans to finally add more pictures tonight. Well, that wraps up our weekend. Have a great week.


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Today’s forecast grade: B-


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with scattered showers and thunderstorms moving through southern Wisconsin and clouds covering the state, temps are in the low to mid- 70s.

Synopsis: A large area of low pressure, currently in the Dakotas, will be moving through Wisconsin tonight. This system has the potential to drop a ton of rain over our area, particularly late today and overnight as a cold front moves through. Tomorrow will be a huge change compared to what we've been used to, with highs expected to only be in the lower 70s. Is winter on its way?

Today: Cloudy and not as hot with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing this morning and becoming more numerous later in the day. There is a slight risk of these thunderstorms becoming severe. High of 84. Rain chance 70%.

Tonight: Cloudy and breezy with showers and thunderstorms likely. We might even see some heavy rainfall out of this system, which has been a long-time coming. Lows mid- 60s. Rain chance 99.44%.

Tomorrow: Maybe a morning shower, then decreasing clouds and much cooler. Highs lower 70s. This would seem like a very pleasant day except for the fact that this is the day our family (sans baby) has planned to go to Noah's Ark!

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- to upper 70s.
Thursday: Isolated showers north, probably dry elsewhere, highs upper 70s central, near 80 south.
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 70s.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs near 80.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, warmer, highs mid- 80s.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Scattered thunderstorms developing, highs upper 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Hazy, hot and humid, highs upper 80s near the coast but mid- 90s inland.
Heat advisory in effect from noon today to 8 PM EDT this evening away from the immediate coast...
Excessive heat watch in effect Tuesday afternoon away from the immediate coast...
The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a heat
advisory... which is in effect from noon today to 8 PM EDT this
evening. An excessive heat watch has also been issued... which is
in effect for Tuesday afternoon.

A strong upper level high pressure system over the Tennessee and
Mississippi valleys will move east over the region the first half
of the week. This will allow temperatures this afternoon to reach
the mid 90s and with moderate levels of humidity... heat index
values will be around 105 to 107 away from the immediate coast.
There will not be much relief even at the beaches where heat index
values between 100 and 105 can be expected this afternoon.

On Tuesday... the dome of high pressure will be centered over the
area allowing temperatures to climb toward the century mark away
from the beaches. Moisture levels will also be on the increase
which could lead to heat index values around 115... especially in
locations mainly west of Highway 17 and east of Interstate 95
including Charleston... Walterboro and Savannah. The beaches may
even see heat index values of 105 to 110. Thus... a heat advisory
may be needed even along the immediate coast for Tuesday
afternoon.

An excessive heat watch means that a prolonged period of hot
temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and
high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in
which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids... stay
in an air-conditioned room... stay out of the sun... and check up on
relatives and neighbors.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated thunderstorms, otherwise dry, highs mid- 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Partly sunny, hot and humid, highs lower 90s. Heat index around 105.
Heat advisory in effect until 8 PM EDT this evening...
Temperatures this afternoon are expected to rise into the mid and
upper 90s. These readings combined with dewpoints in the low to mid
70s will create heat index readings around 105 degrees.

A heat advisory is issued when high humidities combine with hot
temperatures to make it feel like it is 105 to 114 degrees for at
least three hours... and when little significant cooling is forecast
at night.

Children... the elderly... and people with chronic illnesses... are
usually the first to suffer from the heat. Heat exhaustion... or in
extreme cases heat stroke... may result from prolonged exposure to
these conditions. Be sure to periodically check on people who are
most at risk.

If you plan to be outside... avoid prolonged exposure to the heat and
also avoid strenuous physical activity. Your body can lose up to a
gallon of water an hour through perspiration. Drink plenty of water
to avoid dehydration. Alcoholic and caffeinated beverages can
increase the rate of water loss in your body... increasing the risk of
heat exhaustion or stroke. Wear lightweight... light colored and loose
fitting clothing. Wear a hat to shield yourself from the sun and
apply sunscreen as necessary.

Household pets and livestock can also succumb to the effects of
excessive heat. Pet owners and farmers should make sure animals
have adequate drinking water and a shady place to rest.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 91
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 94 (0.01")
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 95
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 102!

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 91 (0.52")
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 88
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 92
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 91


In Case You Missed It:

Triple-digit temperatures scorch Midwest
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/07/25/midwest.heatwave.ap/index.html
http://www.jsonline.com/news/gen/jul05/343560.asp

The Fox Valley is now under a severe drought, and far southeastern Wisconsin is under an extreme drought.
U.S. Drought Monitor
http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html

Massive dust cloud heads to U.S.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/07/23/dust.storm.ap/index.html

Who says the government is just a big waste of time?
Lawmakers move to extend daylight-saving time
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/07/22/congress.daylighttime.ap/index.html

Man survives 5 days in lava field
Hiker lost near Hawaiian volcano says he squeezed moss for water
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/07/24/volcano.missing.texan.ap/index.html


I guess the previous name, "Longhorn," wasn't quite as catchy.
Microsoft to debut 'Windows Vista'
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=581&e=2&u=/nm/20050723/tc_nm/tech_microsoft_windows_dc
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/default.mspx

Take two M&M's and call me in the morning?
Cocoa as a diabetes treatment?
Report: Candymaker Mars to work with drugmakers to use key component of chocolate in drugs.
http://money.cnn.com/2005/07/25/news/midcaps/mars_cocoa/index.htm?cnn=yes


Armstrong wins 7th Tour, retires
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/more/specials/tour_de_france/2005/07/24/armstrong.wins.ap/index.html?cnn=yes

Crane coasts to win at U.S. Bank Championship
http://www.jsonline.com/golfplus/jul05/343481.asp

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Wisconsin Weather Update for July 22, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:19 PM GMT on July 22, 2005

TGIF!

TriBond Results

Topic #1 (25/26): The Navy, Travel Agents, Katie Holmes
They have cruises/Cruises (Tom Cruise)

Topic #2 (22/26): A Paris Bank, A Hot Dog Company, The Movie It's A Wonderful Life
They have francs/Franks (Frank Capra)
And yes, two people pointed out that this one also was a duplicate, but it was used quite a while ago so it still felt like it was new to most people. I hope!

Bonus Points:
7: Jordan (9:12 a.m.)
17: Mary Be. (10:36 a.m.)


Scattergories Challenge Results

Challenge Denied - 2 points awarded:
Northern Marble
Nymphalid Butterfly
Noah's Ark
Ninepins
Ninjas and Ninja Turtles (different, and written by two different people)
Nantucket Pine Tip Moth (the official name of the moth, and not an adjective)

Challenge Accepted - no points awarded:
Nunchakus (they move in the air when used, but they don't fly!)
Nukes (you can't use the same word for each topic, so you only get credit for one)
Neo (same reason, you get credit for one but not both)


Summer 2005 Point Standings (31 people played this week)
The top player this season will win a new weather radio!
If you would like your city/state listed next to your name, send me an email with the information!
Please verify your point total for accuracy.

Seven points were possible this week, and while the two people who got yesterday's bonus points couldn't strike up a perfect week, four others did just that, ignoring the bonus. Sorry about only having two games a week instead of three - I may go back to three after Bryce gets a little older and on a more regular schedule.
Will/Ruth, Appleton, WI: 12 (+6)
Greg, Madison, WI: 10 (+4)
Karl, Appleton, WI: 10 (+4)
Max, Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 10 (+6)
Nia, Appleton, WI: 10 (+4)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 10 (+6)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 9 (+4)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 9 (+6)*
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 9 (+6)
Ruth, Madison, WI: 8 (+4)
Sally: 8 (+5)
Al, Germantown, WI: 7 (+4)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 7 (+5)*
Linda: 7 (+4)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 7 (+4)
Becky T.: 6 (+2)
John E., Madison, WI: 6 (+4)
John J., Berlin, WI: 6 (+2)
Kelley: 6 (+2)
Scott/Ann, Appleton, WI: 6 (+2)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 6 (+4)
Clair, Fremont, WI: 5 (+4)
Mom: 5 (+1)
Bethany: 4 (+1)
Brian, Madison WI: 4 (+2)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 4 (+2)
Jan, Berlin, WI: 4 (+2)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 4 (+2)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 4 (+1)
Adam S.: 3
Harry: 3
John/Shelley: 3
John S.: 3 (+1)
Diane Sm.: 2
Jason, De Pere, WI: 2 (+2)
Mary, Berlin, WI: 2
Lori: 1


US Bank Championship!
Today promises to be a fun day - I'm going with my dad and buddy Jason to the US Bank Championship (PGA Tour golf tournament, formerly called the Greater Milwaukee Open). I like to go on the Friday of the four-day tournament because no players have been cut yet (so you get to see everyone) and there's a leader board established from Thursday so you know who's doing well. Yesterday's round had a four-hour rain delay and didn't get completed, so there's even more golf than usual today. I usually go every year - last year was the first year in quite a while that I didn't attend.

I am normally working Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through the middle of August so I can be home with the baby more, but I switched my schedule to accommodate the golf tournament today and Bryce's doctor's appointment on Monday, so instead, I worked Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. This whole working three days straight thing is really tough!

Have a great weekend everyone and stay cool on Sunday!


Today’s forecast grade: B


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Heat index to exceed 100 on Sunday...
Patchy dense fog will persist over southern Wisconsin into the early daylight hours...mostly in low lying areas and river valleys. When encountering some of these fog patches...visibilities may drop from several miles to less than 1/4 mile in very short distances. Motorists should be prepared for this possibility and the hazard it presents. The fog should begin to lift or dissipate after 7 or 8 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a few showers in far eastern Wisconsin, clouds east, areas of fog south, and sunshine west, temps are in the low to mid- 60s.

Synopsis: A weak area of low pressure is developing these morning showers across far eastern Wisconsin, but look for high pressure to move in momentarily, pushing the rain and clouds east and moving sunshine into our area.

Today: Besides a few clouds, areas of fog and showers east this morning, look for a partly cloudy sky to eventually arrive with a high of 82 central, mid- 80s south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows low to mid- 60s.

Saturday: Becoming mostly cloudy and windy with isolated thunderstorms developing, but better chances to the north. Highs in the mid- 80s. Rain chance 30%.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, and once again hot and humid. Highs in the low to mid- 90s, dew points lower 70s! It'll be a tough final round for the folks at the US Bank Championship in Milwaukee!

Next Week:
Monday: Isolated thunderstorms, but a better chance late in the day, highs mid- 80s. Rain chance 30%.
Tuesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, near 80. Rain chance 60%.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, highs near 80.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Scattered thunderstorms, a little breezy, highs around 107. More thunderstorms this weekend, highs around 103-104.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered thunderstorms developing, highs in the upper 80s to near 90. Similar forecast this weekend.
Heat advisory in effect from noon today to 8 PM EDT this evening away from the immediate coast...
Continued hot and very muggy conditions are expected today. High
temperatures are expected between 93 and 97 degrees... with very
muggy humidity values. By early afternoon... heat indices exceeding
105 degrees are expected with values as high as 112 degrees possible
by late afternoon.

Heat indices in this range will create the potential for heat
illnesses... such as heat cramps and heat exhaustion. If you must
be outdoors and in direct sunshine... you should drink plenty of
water... take frequent breaks and wear lighter colored clothing.
Try to get into an air conditioned building whenever possible. The
elderly and the very Young should remain out of the heat.

Pets can also succumb to the effects of excessive heat. Make sure
pets have fresh drinking water and shaded areas if they must be
outdoors. Do not keep pets in cars as temperatures can reach 150
degrees even with windows partially opened.

Some very minor relief will be found at the beaches where heat
indices will top out between 100 and 105 in most areas. However...
necessary precautions for the heat should be taken regardless of
where you are located.

This extended heat wave across southern South Carolina and
Georgia looks to persist for the next few days. Area residents
and visitors should be prepared for several more days of
excessive heat.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered thunderstorms, highs near 90. Similar forecast this weekend, highs lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: A morning thunderstorm possible, highs lower 90s. Sunshine this weekend, highs low to mid- 90s.
Heat advisory in effect from noon EDT today to 8 PM EDT this evening...
The National Weather Service in Louisville KY has issued a heat
advisory.

After morning thunderstorms exit the area... temperatures are forecast
to rise into the lower 90s this afternoon across portions of east
central Kentucky. At the same time... dewpoint readings are expected
to climb back into the low 70s. This will cause heat index readings
to top out in the 100 to 105 degree range this afternoon and into
the early evening hours.

If you plan to be outside this afternoon or evening... avoid prolonged
exposure to the heat and also avoid strenuous physical activity. Your
body can lose up to a gallon of water an hour through perspiration...
so drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Wear lightweight...
light colored and loose fitting clothing and a hat to shield yourself
from the sun. Pets and livestock can also succumb to the effects of
excessive heat. Be sure that pets and livestock have adequate
drinking water and a shady place to rest.

In addition... current forecasts indicate that high heat and humidity
will likely continue during the upcoming weekend into Monday of next
week.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 82
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 81 (trace)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 81 (0.75")
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 81 (0.29")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 88 (trace)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 109 (trace)
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 90
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 90 (0.03")
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 92


In Case You Missed It:

This new tropical cyclone isn't too far from Florida.
Tropical Storm Franklin
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200506_5day.html


Breaking news...
Police kill man on London Tube
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/07/22/london.tube/index.html

House approves renewal of Patriot Act
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/07/21/patriot.act/index.html

Toyota recalls 345,000 minivans
http://www.cnn.com/money/2005/07/21/Autos/toyota_recall.reut/index.htm?cnn=yes


US Bank Championship Coverage
http://www.jsonline.com/golfplus/
http://www.usbankchampionship.com/
http://www.jsonline.com/golfplus/jul05/342845.asp
http://www.golfserv.com/gdc/tourcentral/leaderboard.asp?tour=PGA&id=R2005029


Microchip saves 'Royal Turtle' from soup pot
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/07/20/lucky.turtle.ap/index.html

A do-not-call registry -- for dead people
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/07/21/do.not.call.dead.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for July 21, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:24 PM GMT on July 21, 2005

Good Thursday morning!

TriBond Thursday
TriBond is back! What do these three things have in common? One point for each correct answer, with a bonus point going out to those who are the 7th, 17th and 27th people to respond with one or both correct answers.

Topic #1: The Navy, Travel Agents, Katie Holmes

Topic #2: A Paris Bank, A Hot Dog Company, The Movie It's A Wonderful Life

Bonus Points: 7, 17, 27


Scattergories Challenges
Quite a few of you have already responded on the challenge message board and have begun the debate! You have until this evening to make your opinion known before I tally up the results tonight.

Scattergories Challenge Message Board
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Bryce's Sleeping Schedule
Sleep has been a little bit harder to come by the last two nights, as Bryce's sleeping schedule, which was working so well for a week, is now "off." Before, we'd feed and change Bryce right before bed, then he'd just get up once overnight while we were both sleeping. Well, over the last two evenings, Bryce has wanted to be fed a couple hours before bedtime, then just before we go to bed, we try to feed him but he's sleeping and, when woken up, has no interest whatsoever in the bottle. So we go to bed, and he of course wakes up at 1am and 5am, thus waking us up twice overnight instead of once. Oh well, this still isn't too bad considering some of the stories we've heard from others!


Today’s forecast grade: B-


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
areas of dense fog over eastern Wisconsin early this morning... Fog...locally dense with visibilities less than a quarter of a mile... will gradually lift between 730 am and 830 am. The dense fog appears to be most widespread near the Bay of Green Bay...which would include the cities of Green Bay...Sturgeon Bay...Oconto amd Marinette. Some major roadways impacted include Highways 41, 29 and 57 along with Interstate 43 from Manitowoc to Green Bay. Motorists should allow extra time to reach your destination for the morning commute.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Appleton

Southern Wisconsin:
The leading edge of a wide band of very strong thunderstorms was moving into Sauk...Iowa and LaFayette counties. The storms will be spreading eastward into Marquette...Green Lake...Dane and green counties by 830 PM. The storms will then continue moving into the southeast counties by 10 am. These storm have a history of producing torrential rains...strong winds and dangerous lightning.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a mostly cloudy sky, a few areas of fog, and storms to our west, temps are mostly in the mid- to upper 60s central and near 70 south.

Synopsis: We never quite got up to the expected highs in the upper 80s yesterday, thanks mostly to the storms that rolled through during the late morning hours, cooling us off during the time of the day when we normally warm up most rapidly. Today looks to be a carbon copy of yesterday with another line of showers and thunderstorms just entering southwestern Wisconsin and headed our way.

Today: Areas of fog early, then mostly cloudy with another line of strong showers and thunderstorms moving through within the next few hours, heavier across southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Farmers and gardeners cheer with glee! High of 82 central, mid- 80s south. Rain chance 80% south, 40% central. Far southwestern Wisconsin is under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 9am.

Tonight: Becoming partly cloudy, lows lower 60s.

Tomorrow: Morning sunshine but increasing clouds later in the day. Highs lower 80s.

Extended:
Saturday: A chance of thunderstorms, highs low to mid- 80s. Rain chance 30%.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, hot and humid, highs upper 80s to near 90.
Next Week's Outlook: A chance of thunderstorms on Tuesday, highs back down into the low to mid- 80s.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms, highs around 109. Now that's not so bad, is it?
... Yet another temperature record broken in Las Vegas...
The low temperature Wednesday at McCarran International Airport in
Las Vegas was 94 degrees. This broke the previous record high
minimum temperature for July 20th... which was 88 degrees set in
1989. This was also the second warmest low temperature of all
time... trailing only the 95 degree low temperature which occurred on
Tuesday... July 19 2005.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated thunderstorms, otherwise partly cloudy, highs upper 80s to near 90 but mid- 90s if you're travelling inland today.
Heat advisory in effect from noon today to 8 PM EDT this evening for all areas away from the immediate coast...
The combination of high temperatures between 92 to 97 degrees... and
moderate to high humidity values will again produce heat indices
of 105 to 108 degrees for several hours this afternoon and early
evening. This could pose a potentially life threatening situation
if proper precautions are not taken.

Heat indices in this range will create the potential for heat
illnesses... such as heat cramps and heat exhaustion. If you must
be outdoors and in direct sunshine... you should drink enough water
to remain hydrated. Take frequent breaks... preferably in an air
conditioned building if possible. Wear lighter colored clothing
that will reflect more solar energy. The elderly and the very
Young should remain out of the heat.

Some very minor relief will be found at the beaches where
temperatures will reach no higher than 90... with the afternoon sea
breeze. However... this onshore breeze will raise humidity
levels... and heat indices will still reach over 100 degrees along
the coast this afternoon.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered thunderstorms, breezy, highs lower 90s.
Through 930 am...scattered showers will continue to develop over the coastal waters and move inland and northwest at 20 to 25 mph. Rainfall accumulations of one tenth to one half inch will be possible. The greater concentration of storms will stretch from near Edna to Sargent to more than 100 nm south of Galveston. Isolated thunderstorms will be possible after 9 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Hot and humid with scattered thunderstorms developing, highs lower 90s.
Heat advisory in effect from noon EDT today to 8 PM EDT this evening...
Hot air from the Central Plains will move into the Ohio Valley...
along with dew points ranging from 70 to 75... will push heat
indices towards 100 to 105 Friday into Monday. On Saturday... drier
air brought into the area from the east may keep heat indices closer
or just under 100... but temperatures will still reach the lower to
middle 90s.

Sunday and Monday... the hot and humid conditions are forecasted to
be at its maximum... with temperatures into the middle 90s along with
high dew points again reaching into the low to mid 70s lifting the
heat index near or above 105 for most of the mid and late
afternoon each day.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 88
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 81 (0.02")
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 84 (1.17")
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 79 (0.11")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 92 (0.60")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 110
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 90
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 89 (0.09")
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 89 (0.10")


In Case You Missed It:

Breaking news...
London Tube stations evacuated
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/07/21/london.tube/index.html


Emily prompts flood fears for Mexico
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/07/20/tropical.weather/index.html

How hot in Phoenix? Hot enough to kill
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/07/20/heat.wave.ap/index.html

NASA to launch Discovery Tuesday
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/space/07/20/discovery.launch/index.html

Quake sounds reveal Earth 'ripping apart'
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/07/20/quakesounds/index.html


Power outages strand Six Flags riders
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thrivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20050720/20050720PoweroutagesstrandSixFlagsriders.xml&p=-1

NFL agent saves boy at Disney pool
http://www.cnn.com/si/2005/football/nfl/07/19/bc.fbn.rosenhaus.hero.ap/index.html?cnn=yes


James Doohan, 'Star Trek's' Scotty, dead
http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/TV/07/20/obit.doohan.ap/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/TV/07/21/doohan.space.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for July 20, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:22 PM GMT on July 20, 2005

Good Wednesday morning!

Scattergories Results
24 people played Scattergories yesterday, and it's funny reading the answers because more and more of you are explaining your answer within the original email (most of the comments I have included below). The Challenge Message Board is now in play - if you feel an answer given doesn't fit the category or is an adjective, you have until Thursday night to post a message and let me know. And keep checking it - if someone challenges your answer and you think it should get credit, fight back! And lastly, even if something has already been challenged on the board by someone else, feel free to challenge it again - sometimes my decisions are based on how many people challenge an entry.

Starting Letter: N
Topic #1: Things that fly
Nuthatch (x3: Mom, Brian, Lisa)
Nun (The Flying Nun) (x2: Karl and Ruth E.)
Nighthawks (F-117a) (x2: Greg, John J.)
Northern Marble
Nymphalid Butterfly (this is a specific type of butterfly, i work next to the entomology department)
Nightingale
Nesodactylus hesperius Colbert (a Pterosaur from the Jurassic of Cuba) is the most complete pterosaur recorded from the Middle-Upper Oxfordian.
Nightjar (type of bird)
NASA
Ninjas (they fly through the air - at least in the movies they do) :0)
Neo (matrix)
Nue'mon (Ice bird)
Nunchakus (they go flying through the air!)
Naiads
Neotropic Cormorant (this is a common name used by the American Ornithologist Union.)
Nose cone (Maybe not by it self but when it is in the front of a rocket it is flying)
Nukes
Navigator
Nymph
Nantucket Pine Tip MothTopic

Topic #2: Toys
Nerf (x4: Brian, John J., Kelley, Nia)
Nintendo (x4: Jordan, Mom, Katie, Al)
Neopets (x2: Tammy, Lisa)
New York City: 5000 Piece Puzzle
Nesthackchen-Baby Ponies (German exclusive My Little Pony)
NASCAR action figure
Naboo Fighter (from Star Wars, Episode 1)
Ninja Turtles
Nobbly Wobbly (this is a dog toy sold in Fosters & Smith magazine - you didn't specify child's toy or dog's toy)
Neo (matrix action figure)
Noah's Ark
Noodles (swim pool toys)
Net
A Nickelodeon
Nukes
Ninepins (British game, similar to our tenpins)
Nessus, Happy Meals toy from 1997

Scattergories Challenge Message Board
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Personal Notes
Amidst the excitement of a new baby, something else that shouldn't be ignored is the fact that today is our 3-year wedding anniversary! It's amazing how time flies - it doesn't seem that long since we were reading our vows! Thanks for a terrific 3 years, Lisa, and cheers to many more to come! We don't have any exciting plans or anything to celebrate our anniversary, but we got the best anniversary gift we could ever receive on July 3rd.

Speaking of, the biggest news for baby Bryce is that yesterday he received his very own Social Security card! Yay, he can now pay taxes like the rest of us! The note on the card says to sign it immediately, but I think we'll have him wait on that for a little while.

Lastly, the first season of the Thrivent Tennis League is completed, and I managed to take 2nd place in the league! Yeah! I finished with 49 of 60 possible points and won 7 of my 10 matches.
http://tennis.kdubproductions.com/index.html


Today’s forecast grade: B-


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for scattered showers and thunderstorms west of Madison to become more numerous and spread further eastward between 7 and 9 am. Some may reach the Madison area between 8 and 830 am. A few showers and storms may also pop up over southeast Wisconsin before 10 am. These storms appear capable of producing heavy rains...wind gusts to around 30 mph and possibly some small hail.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with a sun/cloud mix east and clouds and thunderstorms west, temps are mostly in the lower 70s.

Synopsis: A warm front moved through later in the day yesterday, and while it didn't push any precipitation into our area, you may have noticed it got more humid a few hours before sunset. A cold front off to our west is developing a line of showers and thunderstorms across western Wisconsin that will arrive in our areas shortly.

Today: Partly sunny and dry for the start of this morning, but showers and thunderstorms will arrive within the next few hours, even sooner to the south and west, with a slight risk of them becoming severe later today. We could definitely use the rain, since as of this morning, Madison is 4.31 inches of rain below average just since June 1st! Hotter and more humid with a high of 88, dew points rising into the lower 70s (rather humid). Rain chance 50%.

Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, lows upper 60s. Rain chance 40%.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny with an isolated thunderstorm possible (better chance to the south). Highs mid- 80s central, upper 80s south, dew points 65-70 (somewhat humid). Rain chance 30%.

Extended:
Friday: Partly sunny with an isolated thunderstorm possible south, highs lower 80s central, mid- 80s south, dew points low to mid- 60s (a little humid). Rain chance 25%.
Saturday: Partly sunny with a better chance of thunderstorms, especially late in the day, highs 80-85. Rain chance 40%.
Sunday: Maybe a morning shower, then becoming partly sunny, hot and humid again, highs upper 80s to near 90. Rain chance 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Ok, so yesterday tied the hottest day in Las Vegas recorded history. Maybe today it will "cool off" with an expected high of only 113.
Excessive heat warning in effect until 8 PM PDT this evening...
An excessive heat warning remains in effect today for elevations
below 4000 feet in southern Nevada... northwest Arizona and southeast
California.

A strong ridge of high pressure will continue over the region with
afternoon temperatures reaching near record levels.

High temperatures on Tuesday were around 117 degrees in Las Vegas
which tied the all time highest reading... between 115 and 120 along
the Colorado River and around 129 degrees in Death Valley.

High temperatures today will be similar to the last several days.
Expect readings around 113 in the Las Vegas Valley... 114 to 119
along the lower Colorado River valley... and near 126 in Death Valley.

Children... the elderly and people with chronic ailments are usually
the first to suffer from the heat. Heat exhaustion... cramps... or in
extreme cases heat stroke can result from prolonged exposure to
these conditions. Friends... relatives... or neighbors should check on
people who may be at risk.

Limit outdoor activities... drink lots of water or other
non-alcoholic and caffeine-free beverages. Wear light colored/light
weight clothes... and if possible spend more time in air conditioned
or well ventilated places.
-----------
... One temperature record tied... five broken in Las Vegas today...

... All time record high temperature for Las Vegas tied today...

At 323 PM this afternoon... the Mercury reached 117 degrees at
McCarran International Airport. This reading tied the all time
record high last set on July 24th in 1942. Official Las Vegas
records have been kept since 1937.

... Daily record high temperature broken today...

The high temperature of 117 degrees broke the record for the date...
which was 115 degrees set in 1989.

... All time daily average temperature broken today...

The high temperature today of 117 degrees combined with the morning
low of 95 degrees resulted in a daily average of 106 degrees. This
average of 106 degrees broke the all time daily average temperature
of 105 degrees... set just two days ago... July 17th.

... All time record high minimum temperature broken today...

The morning low at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas was
95 degrees. This broke the previous all time record high minimum
temperature of 93 degrees... also set just two days ago... July
17th.

... Record broken for consecutive days with high temperatures of 115
degrees or greater...

Today is the fourth day in a row the high temperature has been 115
degrees or greater. The previous record was 3 days in a row and
occurred 3 times... in July of 1942... June of 1950 and June of 1994.

... Record for number of high temperatures of 115 degrees or greater
in one month broken...

Todays high of 117 degrees at McCarran International Airport was the
fifth time this month that the temperature has been 115 degrees or
higher. This breaks the previous record of 4 days set just
yesterday... the 18th.

Note... the records of all time daily average temperature and all
time record high minimum are dependent upon the temperature at 1 am
PDT... midnight local Standard time. If the temperature gets below 95
degrees..these two records will be affected.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, maybe an isolated afternoon thunderstorm, highs near 90. Heat index over 105 inland.
Heat advisory in effect from noon today to 6 PM EDT this evening for all locations away from the immediate coast...
The combination of temperatures in the lower to mid 90s and
moderate to high humidity values will produce heat indices between
105 and 108 degrees in most locations this afternoon. This could
become a potentially life threatening situation if proper
precautions are not taken.

The combination of high temperatures and high humidity will
create a situation where heat illnesses are possible. Those who
must be outdoors and in direct sunshine should drink enough water
to remain hydrated... and take frequent breaks... preferably in an
air conditioned building. The elderly and the very Young should
remain out of the heat.

Some minor relief will be found at the beaches where temperatures
will reach no higher than 90... with a sea breeze developing.
However... this onshore breeze will raise humidity levels... and
heat indices will still reach over 100 degrees this afternoon along
the coast.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, breezy, highs upper 80s. Luckily, Emily missed you guys.
Coastal Flood Warning in effect until 10 am CDT this morning...
The warning includes the following counties...
Chambers... Galveston... Brazoria... Jackson and Matagorda.

Harris County is not included in this coastal Flood Warning.

A combination of elements looks to be coming together to produce
coastal flooding late tonight and early Wednesday morning across the
Upper Texas coast. Large swells associated with Hurricane Emily are
currently making their way into the Upper Texas coastal waters.
These swells could build has high as 8 to 12 feet nearshore... and
upwards of 20 feet well offshore tonight. In addition... easterly
winds in the coastal waters will essentially trap water along the
coastline. Astronomical high tides are already running 2.5 to 3.0
feet. Problems begin arising once observed levels reach 4.0 feet.
Expect tides to rise to 2 to 2.5 feet above normal - producing
observed tide levels between 3.5 and 5 feet.

Area surfcams on the internet already show water up to the dunes at
some locations. However... since low tide will be arriving this
evening... we do not anticipate the coastal flood threat to begin
until after midnight and toward morning when high tide again occurs
at area beaches. The primary flood threat is along the immediate
coastline and beaches due to wave run up. Substantial beach erosion
is possible.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Scattered afternoon storms, highs near 90.
Heat index readings 96 to 101 this afternoon...
Low clouds and patchy fog will continue over portions of central Kentucky this Wednesday morning. Visibilities may drop to near one half mile in spots...particularly where it rained heavily yesterday. This includes areas along I-64 and I-75 in northern Fayette County and southern Scott County...along I-64 near Frankfort...and in southern Lincoln County. Travelers and morning commuters should slow down if encountering fog this morning.

Low clouds and patchy dense fog will continue over portions of the
Bluegrass of Kentucky this Wednesday morning. Visibilities may drop
to near one quarter mile in spots... particularly where it rained
heavily yesterday. This includes areas along I-64 and I-75 in
northern Fayette County and southern Scott County... along I-64 near
Frankfort... and in southern Lincoln County. Airports at Frankfort
and Lexington have already reported visibilities at one quarter mile
with very low cloud ceilings.

Travelers and morning commuters should slow down if encountering fog
this morning. Visibilities can suddenly drop in a short distance.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 81, mid- 80s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 82
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 88
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 84
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 92

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 117, new record (115, 1989)
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 90
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 87 (0.03")
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 86 (0.01")


In Case You Missed It:

Emily makes landfall as Category 3 storm
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/07/20/tropical.weather/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200505.html

Arizona bakes, heat deaths climb
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/07/19/arizona.heat.ap/index.html


NASA has no luck finding glitch
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/space/07/19/space.shuttle/index.html

'Double diabetes' puzzles doctors
http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/conditions/07/19/double.diabetes.ap/index.html

Video game rating board in hot seat
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/fun.games/07/19/grading.games.ap/index.html


Ugandan official: Virgins to get free college
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/africa/07/20/uganda.virgins.reut/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for July 19, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:27 PM GMT on July 18, 2005

Good Tuesday morning!

Scattergories Tuesday
Scattergories is back! Using the starting letter below, give me an answer to each topic that you feel won't be duplicated by anyone else (the opposite of Feud). Two points go to each unduplicated answer that fits each topic, and no adjectives are allowed unless otherwise specified.

Starting Letter: N
Topic #1: Things that fly
Topic #2: Toys


Yesterday, in addition to giving the little man his first tour of both HumanaDental and Thrivent Financial, Bryce got to go to his first doctor's appointment, and they gave him a clean bill of health! Yay! He's now 8 lbs. 8 oz. and 22" long, putting him in the 90th percentile for length for newborns two weeks old. He's going to be taller than daddy!


Today’s forecast grade: A


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with sunshine, temps are 65-70.

Synopsis: You could tell when the cold front moved through yesterday, as in the evening the winds picked up and cooler, drier air moved into the area. Ahhh! An area of high pressure is centered near Minneapolis, which will give us an excellent day weatherwise across Wisconsin, but don't get used to the comfortable temperatures as more heat and humidity return tomorrow, along with the chance of thunderstorms.

Today: Mostly sunny with comfortable temperatures and humidity. Like I said earlier...ahhh!!! High of 81 central, mid- 80s south, but with dew points in the 50s, it'll still feel nice. It's a dry heat!

Tonight: Mostly clear but becoming breezy, lows mid- 60s.

Tomorrow: Becoming mostly cloudy, hot and humid once again with scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day. There is a slight risk of these thunderstorms becoming severe. Breezy at times with highs near 90 central, lower 90s south. Chance of rain 50%.

Extended:
Thursday: Decreasing clouds and cooler once again, highs lower 80s central, mid- 80s south.
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 80s.
Saturday: A chance of thunderstorms, becoming hot and humid again, highs upper 80s. Rain chance 30%.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, hot and humid, highs upper 80s.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs cooling off, only around 115 today. Do you realize you also broke the record for highest low? You had a low of 92 degrees yesterday!
Excessive heat warning in effect until 8 PM PDT Wednesday...
An excessive heat warning remains in effect through Wednesday for
elevations below 4000 feet msl in southern Nevada... northwest Arizona
and southeast California.

A strong dome of high pressure will continue over the region
through mid-week with afternoon temperatures reaching record or near
record levels.

High temperatures on Monday were around 116 degrees in Las
Vegas... between 120 and 125 along the Colorado River and around 128
in Death Valley.

High temperatures today and Wednesday will be similar to the last
several days... ranging from around 115 in the Las Vegas Valley to the
120s in Death Valley and the lower Colorado River valley.

Children... the elderly and people with chronic ailments are usually
the first to suffer from the heat. Heat exhaustion... cramps... or in
extreme cases heat stroke can result from prolonged exposure to these
conditions. Friends... relatives... or neighbors should check on people
who may be at risk.

Limit outdoor activities... drink lots of water or other non-alcoholic
and caffeine-free beverages. Wear light colored/light weight
clothes... and if possible spend more time in air conditioned or well
ventilated places.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy and becoming breezy, highs upper 80s to near 90 near the ocean but hotter inland.
Heat index values near 105 degrees this afternoon away from the coast...
A strong area of high pressure will continue to build across the
area the next few days. This will allow temperatures to climb into
the middle 90s away from the immediate coast this afternoon. These
temperatures combined with high levels of humidity will produce
heat index values around 105 degrees away from the immediate
coast. The highest heat index values are expected from mid
afternoon through the early evening hours.

This persistent area of high pressure will continue to bring hot
and humid weather through much of the week. Citizens are urged to
drink plenty of fluids... especially water... and take frequent
breaks if they must be outside the next few afternoons. Stay tuned
to NOAA Weather Radio or your local media outlet for additional
information.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, increasing winds, highs lower 90s.
Coastal Flood Watch in effect until Wednesday evening...
Hurricane Emily has been strengthening in the west central Gulf
this morning and should continue to move west... winds across the
Upper Texas coastal waters will be easterly today. These winds along
with increasing swells that will begin arriving this afternoon
should build tonight leading to tide levels rising to 1 to 3 feet
above normal levels.

Astronomical tide levels at the beaches will already be between 1.0
and 2.7 feet this week. Once levels reach 4.0 feet... coastal
flooding begins to impact some locations. So... tides only a foot and
a half or so above normal will begin to cause an impact.
Currently... we expect levels to rise to 1 to 1.5 feet above normal
by late this afternoon... and 2 to 2.5 feet above normal tonight and
early Wednesday morning. It appears the primary flood threat will be
tonight when winds and swells should be at their peak right around
high tide. Beachfront locations as well as low lying areas in the
bays that are prone to minor tidal flooding will be most at risk.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Scattered thunderstorms developing, highs upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 85
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 86
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 87
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 88
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 91

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 116 (new record, 115, 1979)
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 90
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 91
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 88 (0.01")


In Case You Missed It:

Hurricane warning issued for South Texas
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/07/19/tropical.weather/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200505.html

Lightning strikes family reunion, soldiers
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/07/18/lightning.strike.ap/index.html


You mean to say companies don't like the fact that you can fast forward through commercials?
TiVo to encourage viewers to watch commercials
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/biztech/07/18/tivo.commercials.ap/index.html

I've been telling people this for years now!
Dork Pride! Suddenly, it's cool to be uncool
http://www.cnn.com/2005/EDUCATION/07/18/dork.pride.ap/index.html

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Weather Update for July 18, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:01 PM GMT on July 15, 2005

Happy Monday Morning,
This is Lisa with our weekend update. I thought instead of telling you our weekend activities, I'd give you an update on our newest addition to our family, baby Bryce. Steve and I are adjusting quite well to parenthood, and it's very rewarding. Bryce is 15 days old today, and he has his first doctors appointment this morning. We hope everything goes well, and that his doctor says he's a healthy baby boy. We are learning many tricks as well to get him to sleep at night. We have learned that if we change and feed him shortly before bedtime, he only wakes up one time during the night, and it's always between 3 and 4 a.m. Also, if we feed and change him shortly before going on any outings, he sleeps almost the whole time. He has now been to three church services, four restaurants, and three stores. He also had one overnight stay at Grandma Nia's house on Friday while we went to see the broadway show Little Shop of Horrors and afterwards, the Harry Potter book release party at Barnes and Noble, and Nia said he was a very good baby. Yesterday we took him to a birthday party for our friend's daughter Katelyn, and he slept through almost the whole party. Other than that, the only other news to report is that his umbilical cord fell off on Friday, and Saturday for some reason he was eating every 1-2 hours instead of every 3-4 like usual, but Sunday he was back to his normal schedule. Well, that's all I have to report, but hopefully I'll have more to tell you next week.


Today’s forecast grade: B+


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with sunshine east and clouds central and west, temps are already 75-80 degrees.

Synopsis: A cold front is moving across Wisconsin this morning, as can easily be seen by looking at a satellite map of Wisconsin. Most of the precipitation from this front is staying to our south, yet again, but would you believe that a severe thunderstorm popped up around 3:45am this morning just north of Fond du Lac? Besides an isolated shower this morning, look for more dry weather and temporary relief from the hot and somewhat humid temperatures we've been experiencing over the last few days.

Today: Partly sunny and breezy with an isolated shower possible this morning, but more than likely the sprinklers will need to be used yet again. High of 85. Dew points in the 60s (a little humid). Rain chance maybe 15%. The drought is on!

Tonight: Becoming mostly clear as high pressure moves into the area, lows near 60.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and less humid, highs lower 80s. Check out my links area below the forecast for a bunch of drought-related information.

Extended:
Wednesday: Scattered thunderstorms hopefully developing late in the day, warmer and more humid once again, highs upper 80s to near 90. Rain chance 40%. So far this year, Appleton has recorded 6 days at or above 90 degrees.
Thursday: Decreasing clouds, cooler, highs lower 80s.
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs near 80.
Saturday: Isolated showers late, highs low to mid- 80s. Rain chance 20%.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, warmer highs upper 80s to near 90 again. Oy!


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, again around 116 for a high temperature. Yikes! Look for temps to slowly get cooler this week.
Excessive heat warning in effect through Tuesday...
Near or above record high temperatures today...
An excessive heat warning remains in effect today and Tuesday
for elevations below 4000 feet msl in southern Nevada... northwest
Arizona and southeast California.

A persistently strong area of high pressure will stay centered
over the southern Great Basin and Mojave Desert through Tuesday.
Afternoon and early evening temperatures will remain dangerously hot.

Numerous record high temperatures were set on Sunday with Kingman and
Needles setting all-time record high temperatures. More record high
temperatures will likely be broken today and Tuesday.

High temperatures today and Tuesday will be around 115 in the
the Las Vegas Valley... between 107 and 111 in Kingman... between 117
and 123 along the Colorado River... and around 128 in Death Valley.

Children, the elderly and people with chronic ailments are usually
the first to suffer from the heat. Heat exhaustion, cramps, or in
extreme cases heat stroke can result from prolonged exposure to these
conditions. Friends, relatives, or neighbors should check on people
who may be at risk.

Limit outdoor activities, drink lots of water or other non-alcoholic
beverages, wear light colored/light weight clothes, and if possible,
spend more time in air conditioned or well ventilated places.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, a little breezy, highs upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing, becoming breezy, highs lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, breezy, highs mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 93
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 94 (0.01")
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 95 (trace)
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 97

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 116 (new record! - 115, 1959)
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 88
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 90 (0.12")
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 84 (0.22")


In Case You Missed It:

Hurricane Emily Lashes Yucatan Peninsula
http://us.rd.yahoo.com//mymod/ldpht/sty/*http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?
tmpl=story&cid=514&u=/ap/20050718/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/hurricane_emily_23
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/07/18/tropical.weather/index.html
http://www.usatoday.com/weather/stormcenter/2005-07-17-emily_x.htm
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200505.html

Drought emergency declared
Dying crops, wildfire danger spreading across Wisconsin
http://www.jsonline.com/news/state/jul05/341449.asp
http://www.jsonline.com/news/state/jul05/341472.asp
U.S. Drought Monitor
http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html
NOAA Drought Information Center
http://www.drought.noaa.gov/
U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/seasonal_drought.html
Drought Watch -- USGS State Information on Drought
http://water.usgs.gov/cgi-bin/dailyMainW?state=us&map_type=dryw&web_type=map
Monthly & Seasonal Outlooks
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/multi_season/13_seasonal_outlooks/color/seasonal_forecast.html
CFS Forecast of Seasonal Climate Anomalies
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/lanina/ensoforecast.html


Stroller protected baby in building collapse
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/07/17/babysaved.ap/index.html

6.9 million books sold in 24 hours, and one of them is in our living room.
New Potter Book Breaks Sales Records
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/H/HARRY_POTTER_SALES?SITE=WIMIL&SECTION=HOME

Yeah, I'd say he's back.
Tiger Woods Wins 10th Major of Career
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=531&e=1&u=/ap/20050718/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_british_open


'He wanted to win'
Police: Coach paid kid to hurt disabled teammate
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/more/07/15/bc.bbo.youngplayerhurt.ap/index.html?cnn=yes

How would you like to have lost in this beauty contest?
Leggy beauty queen used to be a man
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=29&art_id=iol1121273475702A551

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Weather Update for July 15, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 8:01 AM CDT on July 15, 2005

TGIF!

Baby Monitor Story
With us being new parents, we're learning a lot of things for the first time. Like, for instance, the whole "voices in the baby monitor" thing. A couple nights ago, we had put the baby to sleep in his nursery around 9pm, and I was outside with the dog when all of a sudden Lisa started hearing voices coming from the baby monitor speaker! It wasn't me, wasn't her, and Bryce isn't quite old enough to be talking in complete sentences yet, so she got a little unnerved. But after going into the nursery and finding a sound-asleep baby and no other humans, we realized that one of our neighbors must also have a baby monitor and set to the same channel - they were just telling their child a bedtime story. So we switched ours to a different channel and all is well, but if we ever want someone else to tell our child a bedtime story, we'll switch it back over to channel 1.

Mad Gab Results
Ok, several of you wrote in and told me that the second Mad Gab yesterday was the third time I've used it! I may be forgetful sometimes, but that Mad Gab is so appropriate! The memory must be the first thing to go after having a child, but as long as both games aren't duplicates, even if I goof up, you still have one new one to figure out.

Mad Gab #1 (13/23): Eye Pillow Fizz Sigh =
Apple of his eye

Mad Gab #2 (21/23): Aim Other Ranch Howled =
A mother and child

Bonus Points:
4: Becky T. (10:45am)
14: Adam S. (2:51pm)


Summer 2005 Point Standings (35 people played this week)
The top player this season will win a new weather radio!
If you would like your city/state listed next to your name, send me an email with the information!
Please verify your point total for accuracy.

Greg, Madison, WI: 6
Karl, Appleton, WI: 6
Nia, Appleton, WI: 6
Will/Ruth, Appleton, WI: 6
Barb, Berlin, WI: 5
Becky T.: 4*
John J., Berlin, WI: 4
Kelley: 4
Max, Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 4
Mom: 4
Ruth, Madison, WI: 4
Scott/Ann, Appleton, WI: 4
Sue, De Pere, WI: 4
Adam S.: 3*
Al, Germantown, WI: 3
Bethany: 3
Harry: 3
John/Shelley: 3
Linda: 3 (New Player!)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 3
Mary, Appleton, WI: 3
Sally: 3
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 3
Tammy, Madison, WI: 3
Brian, Madison WI: 2
Dan, Henderson, NV: 2
Diane Sm.: 2
Jan, Berlin, WI: 2
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 2
John E., Madison, WI: 2
John S.: 2
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 2
Mary, Berlin, WI: 2
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 2
Clair, Fremont, WI: 1
Lori: 1


Today’s forecast grade: B+


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with a mostly sunny sky, temps are around 65-70.

Synopsis: High pressure will linger in our area over the next few days, keeping us mostly dry besides the isolated afternoon popcorn thunderstorm, but the hot and somewhat humid temperatures will remain as well.

Today: Mostly sunny, high of 87 central, near 90 south, dew points 65-70 (somewhat humid).

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows upper 60s.

Saturday: Partly cloudy, hot and a little more humid with an isolated afternoon thunderstorm possible. Highs near 90, dew points near 70 (rather humid). Rain chance 25%.

Sunday: Partly cloudy and even hotter. Highs in the low to mid- 90s, dew points lower 70s (quite humid). Chance of lemonade 100%.

Next Week:
Monday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing, cooler highs in the mid- 80s. Rain chance 40%.
Tuesday: Becoming mostly sunny, highs lower 80s.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, highs lower 80s.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, highs again around 115. But don't worry, relief is in sight as highs are only expected to be around 113 by Sunday.
Excessive heat warning in effect today and Saturday...
Record high temperature today...
Excessive heat warning extended until 8 PM PDT (8 PM mst)
Saturday...

An excessive heat warning is in effect for today... Friday and
Saturday for elevations below 4000 feet msl in southern
Nevada... extreme northwest Arizona and southeast California.

A strong dome of high pressure remains over the region and continues
to produce afternoon temperatures that are at or near record values.
High temperatures through Saturday will range from 112 and 117 across
the Las Vegas Valley... between 119 and 124 along the Colorado
River... and between 122 and 127 across Death Valley.

An excessive heat warning is issued when high temperatures are
forecast to reach 112 degrees or greater. Persons in the warning
area are urged to avoid prolonged work in the sun, or in poorly
ventilated areas. Also, drink plenty of liquids and try to stay in
an air conditioned environment.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: A chance of afternoon thunderstorms, highs upper 80s. Same forecast this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Showers and thunderstorms all weekend long, highs near 90. My advice: build an ark!
Flood Watch in effect until this evening...
Showers and thunderstorms will develop and move east-northeast at 10 to 15 miles an hour through 8 am. The strongest storms will affect the Houston metropolitan area and locations along and south of Highway 35 between Sweeny and Alvin. Between 545 am and 8 am...rainfall amounts of one to two inches will be common with isolated totals of three inches possible.

... The National Weather Service in League City has issued a Flood
Watch for southeast Texas until 7 PM CDT this evening...

Tropical moisture... weak meso-scale boundaries from yesterday's storms
and an upper level disturbance will combine to produce periods of
showers and thunderstorms are expected across southeast Texas today
and this evening. Additional rainfall will generally average between
1 and 2 inches. Pockets of heavier rain in the stronger storms
could produce as much as another 3 to 6 inches of rain.

The heavy rain affecting parts Fort Bend... Harris and Brazoria
counties should end this morning. There should be a brief respite from
the rain later this morning before a second upper level disturbance
and daytime heating initiate new storms by early afternoon.

On Thursday... parts of Austin... Colorado and Wharton counties
received in excess of 6 inches of rain. Parts of Harris Polk...
Washington and Brazos counties received 4 to 6 inches of rain. Any
additional heavy rain today will cause flooding problems.

A Flood Watch for flash flooding means rapidly rising water or
flooding is possible within the watch area. If you are in the watch
area... check preparedness requirements... keep informed... and be ready
for quick action if flash flooding is observed or if a warning is
issued.

Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the
roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to
cross safely. Vehicles caught in rising water should be abandoned
quickly. If your vehicle stalls... abandon it and seek higher ground
immediately. Rapidly rising water may engulf your vehicle and its
occupants and sweep them away. Move to higher ground.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Scattered thunderstorms, highs lower 80s today and upper 80s by Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 89
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 84
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 91
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 88
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 87

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 115!
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 89 (0.02")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 90 (1.15")
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 79 (0.53")


In Case You Missed It:

Emily, now a major category 4 hurricane, is still tracking on a path that would lead it near southern Texas by next Tuesday night.
Hurricane Emily
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200505_5day.html
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/07/15/tropical.weather/index.html

Scientists find 'Tatooine' planet with 3 suns
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/space/07/14/planet.suns.reut/index.html


We will be among the crazies in line at midnight tonight!
Harry Potter Turns to the Dark Side
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,162562,00.html
Harry Potter Retailers Spark Price War
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,162553,00.html
New Potter Book on Sale at Stroke After 12
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,162524,00.html
Pope Concerned Over Harry Potter Books
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,162516,00.html


Who knew that sunflower seeds, beer and kraut were good for you?
Is ballpark food all that bad for you?
http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/news/news-ng.asp?n=61263-is-ballpark-food
http://www.medpagetoday.com/PrimaryCare/DietNutrition/tb/1330

First Cookie Monster gives up cookies (sometimes), and now SpongeBob is giving up his Krabby Patties for Spinach?
SpongeBob gets healthy
http://www.usatoday.com/life/television/news/2005-07-14-spongebob-food_x.htm

Fan Smacked in the Melon Sues Gallagher
http://tv.zap2it.com/tveditorial/tve_main/1,1002,271|96340|1|,00.html

African jailed for running as woman
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/more/07/14/zimbabwe.track/index.html?cnn=yes



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Weather Update for July 14, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 10:05 AM CDT on July 14, 2005

Good Thursday morning!

Sorry this got out a little late today, but do you know how hard it is to write a weather update while feeding a baby? On the plus side, he only got up once in the middle of the night for two consecutive nights now. Is that a pleasant sign of things to come, or only a blip on the nocturnal radar? Feeding him and changing his diaper (if necessary) right before we go to bed might be the key to keeping this streak alive and well.
Other Bryce notes: so far he is 4 of 5 for public appearances. He has slept through all three restaurants he's been at, and got through 1 2/3 church services before finally breaking his streak by crying during communion last night. He is getting to be rather popular though - not only is he the life of the party after each church service, but he also now consistently gets more mail than either Lisa or myself!


Mad Gab Thursday
The first week of games ends with a pair of Mad Gab puzzles. Ignoring punctuation, spelling and word spacing, there is a hidden common phrase within these seemingly random words. Tell me what each is for one point each. (hint: have someone else say it aloud really fast if you're having trouble getting it - you can get the puzzle and annoy coworkers in the office at the same time!)

Mad Gab #1: Eye Pillow Fizz Sigh

Mad Gab #2: Aim Other Ranch Howled

Bonus Points: 4, 14, 24


Today’s forecast grade: B


Forecast:
Now: At 10am with hazy sunshine, temps are around 75-80 and going up!

Synopsis: Dennis finally moved off to the east, and with a strong area of high pressure building around Lake Superior, we can expect hazy sunshine and hot, humid temperatures to stick around through this weekend, along with the outside chance of a popcorn afternoon thunderstorm. However, most if not all of the next few days will be dry.

Today: Hazy sunshine, hot temperatures, maybe an isolated afternoon thundershower south, high of 89. Dew points 65-70 (rather humid).

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows mid- 60s.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy and still hot with maybe an isolated afternoon thunderstorm. Highs upper 80s to near 90, dew points near 70.

Extended:
Saturday: Partly sunny with an isolated afternoon thunderstorm possible, highs upper 80s to near 90.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs upper 80s to near 90.
Next Week's Outlook: Not quite as hot with highs in the mid- 80s and a better chance of thunderstorms late Monday and into Tuesday.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs even hotter than yesterday, near 115...in the shade!
Excessive heat warning in effect for today and Friday...
Near record high temperatures today and Friday...
... Excessive heat warning remains in effect until 8 PM PDT (8 PM mst)
Friday...

An excessive heat warning is in effect for today and Friday for
elevations below 4000 feet msl in southern Nevada... extreme
northwest Arizona and southeast California.

A strong dome of high pressure remains over the region and continues
to produce afternoon temperatures that are at or near record values.
High temperatures today and Friday will range from 112 and 117 across
the Las Vegas Valley... between 119 and 124 along the Colorado
River... and between 122 and 127 across Death Valley.

Limit outdoor activities, drink lots of water or other non-alcoholic
beverages, wear light colored/light weight clothes, and if possible,
spend more time in air conditioned or well ventilated places.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered thunderstorms, breezy, highs lower 90s. Keep an eye on Hurricane Emily - the current storm track may have it nearing your area by next Wednesday.
Through late morning...scattered showers and thunderstorms developing over the Gulf will push northeast at 10 mph. Rainfall amounts will average between a tenth and a quarter inch with isolated totals in Chambers County approaching an inch of rain. Most of the rain will remain south an Edna to Rosenberg to Liberty line.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 87
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 90
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 88 (trace)
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 84 (1.29")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 86 (trace)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 114
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 91 (0.33")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 92 (0.01")
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 73 (0.79")


In Case You Missed It:

Emily could threaten southern Texas by the middle of next week.
Hurricane Emily north of Grenada
Storm pounds southeastern Caribbean with strengthening likely
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200505_5day.html
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/07/14/tropical.weather/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/07/14/hurricane.fatigue.ap/index.html

Wildfire threatens expensive California homes
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/07/14/wildfires.ap/index.html


Shuttle launch delayed until at least Saturday
Faulty fuel sensor forces NASA to scrub Discovery's liftoff
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/space/07/13/space.shuttle/index.html

I'm glad to see Lost, 24 and The 4400 got nominated too.
'Housewives,' 'Sellers' lead Emmy pack
http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/TV/07/14/emmy.nominations/index.html

If a puck drops and nobody is there to hear it, does it still make a sound?
NHL, players reach new labor agreement
http://www.cnn.com/si/2005/hockey/nhl/07/13/bc.hkn.nhllockout.ap/index.html?cnn=yes


Boy dies playing 'passing out game,' officials believe
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/07/13/choking.game.ap/index.html

Teenager has heart attack on Disney ride
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thrivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20050713/20050713TeenagerhasheartattackonDisneyride.xml&p=-1


Woman gets $74,000 water bill
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/07/14/hot.summer.ap/index.html



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Weather Update for July 13, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 8:06 AM CDT on July 13, 2005

Good Wednesday morning!

Feud Results
31 people played the first game of the new season yesterday, and if you played, you were guaranteed at least one point. Here are the results, and tomorrow...Mad Gab returns!

Topic #1: How many hours a day a baby cries.
2 (9) - 2 points
4 (5) - 1 point (tie)
3 (5) - 1 point (tie)
1 (4)
24 (3)
6 (2)
5 (2)
2.5 and 12 got one vote each.

Topic #2: Besides red, a color roses come in.
Yellow (20) - 2 points
Pink (6) - 1 point (tie)
White (6) - 1 point (tie)


Baby Firsts
One of the fun things about babies is that you get to be there for all of their "firsts." Like, his first hiccups and sneeze, his first bath, his first walk, his first restaurant, his first church service, his first fireworks show, etc. But just think - the first time you sneeze in your life, you've got to be thinking "What the heck was that!!!?!"


More reliable than the National League losing the All Star Game, here is the rest of this week's forecast!


Today’s forecast grade: B+ (B- SE WI)


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms were moving to the southwest around 15 mph across Milwaukee...Waukesha...Jefferson... Racine...Kenosha...Walworth and rock counties. Rainfall amounts around one quarter inch per hour are possible with some of the more intense storms. The showers will affect the morning rush hour over southeast Wisconsin. Cloudy skies and widely scattered showers will persist through the morning hours over the remainder of southern Wisconsin.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 8am we have a few showers across southeastern Wisconsin and Illinois, but sunshine as you head further north and west. Temps are in the lower 70s.

Synopsis: That wacky Tropical Depression Dennis is still hanging around, generating clouds and scattered showers across southeastern Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. However, if you live further north or west, you're going to experience a much better day weatherwise, with sunshine and continued warm temperatures.

Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers southeast and sunshine west and north. High of 87. Rain chance 40% southeast.

Tonight: Partly cloudy with slowly decreasing clouds southeast and an isolated shower still possible, lows mid- 60s.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, highs mid- to upper 80s.

Extended:
Friday: Increasing clouds, highs mid- 80s.
Saturday: Maybe a thunderstorm, highs upper 80s. Rain chance 30%.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs near 90.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs even hotter than yesterday, around 113.
Excessive heat warning in effect today and Thursday...
Near record high temperatures today and Thursday...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered thunderstorms, a little breezy, highs upper 80s to near 90, heat index over 100 inland.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered thunderstorms, highs lower 90s.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop and move north-northeast at 10 to 15 mph. Most of the rain will remain south of an Edna to Sugarland to Cleveland line. Rainfall amounts will average between a tenth to a quarter inch.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Scattered showers, breezy, highs upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 86
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 86
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 82 (0.18")
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 75 (0.13")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 85 (0.03")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 111
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 88
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 91 (0.40")
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 78 (0.66")


In Case You Missed It:

Discovery launch set to go
Damaged tiles fixed on craft's tail section after mishap
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/space/07/13/space.shuttle/index.html

Tropical Storm Emily is expected to become another major hurricane. Check out the current storm track projection:
Tropical Storm Emily
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200505_5day.html

Lightning Strikes Sleeping Girl's Bed
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,162185,00.html

Oops! Potter Sold Early
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,162246,00.html

Baking Soda Clears Building
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,162080,00.html



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Weather Update for July 12, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 8:29 AM CDT on July 12, 2005

Good Tuesday morning!

Season Three Begins!
The scores are reset to zero, the rules have been slightly adjusted (see yesterday's update intro), and a new season of games begin right now! This summer season will run from now until the Autumnal Equinox on September 22, making it just under 2 1/2 months long, and future seasons will begin and end with the Earth's seasons (this is a weather update after all!). If you've wanted to play but never quite got around to it, now is the perfect time to join in the fun!

Family Feud
Here are two topics taken from the TV show, and the most popular answer to each gets you two points, with one point to those with the second most popular answer. Results are tomorrow with another game on Thursday and initial standings on Friday.

Topic #1: How many hours a day a baby cries.

Topic #2: Besides red, a color roses come in.


Today’s forecast grade: B


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with clouds south, scattered showers in southeastern Wisconsin and sunshine north, temps are mostly around 70-75.

Synopsis: Clouds from former Hurricane Dennis are covering the southern half of Wisconsin and generating rain showers across southeastern Wisconsin and almost all of Illinois. Unfortunately, it's expected that the storm will become stationary in southern Illinois, meaning so close, yet so far away for most of the much-needed rainfall.

Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers in southeastern Wisconsin but probably dry elsewhere in the state. High of 86. Rain chance 40% south, 20% central. Today is also another Ozone Action Day in southern Wisconsin.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, maybe a few showers south, lows mid- 60s. Rain chance 30% south, 15% central.

Tomorrow: Sunshine north, a few more clouds south with perhaps an isolated shower, highs mid- 80s. Rain chance 20% south. This whole predicting the weather with a stationary former hurricane just to our south is a big pain. The different weather models are all over the place!

Extended:
Thursday: Again, sun north, some clouds south, highs mid- 80s.
Friday: And yet again - sunshine north, some clouds south with maybe an isolated shower, highs lower 80s. Rain chance 25% south.
Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, highs low to mid- 80s. Rain chance 35% across the state.
Sunday: A chance of showers, highs mid- 80s. Rain chance 35%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs over 110. Ummm...yeah. That's, like, hot and, like, stuff.
Excessive heat warning today and Wednesday...
Near record high temperatures today and Wednesday...
Excessive heat warning remains in effect until 6 PM PDT (6 PM mst)
Wednesday...

An excessive heat warning has been issued for today and Wednesday
for elevations below 4000 feet msl for southern Nevada... extreme
northwest Arizona and southeast California.

A strong high pressure system will allow daytime temperatures to
be near record high values both days across the area. This will
result in afternoon highs approaching 112 in the Las Vegas Valley...
near 118 along the Colorado River... and between 120 and 125 in Death
Valley.

An excessive heat warning is issued when high temperatures are
forecast to approach record high temperatures during the Summer
months. Persons in the warning area are urged to avoid prolonged work
in the sun... or in poorly ventilated areas. Also... drink plenty of
liquids and try to stay in an air conditioned environment.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, breezy, highs mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, breezy, highs lower 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 89
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 86
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 88
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 86
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 89

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 106
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 88
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 90
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 81 (0.09")


In Case You Missed It:
(Additional news research provided by Lisa.)

Flooding Surprises Village Far From Dennis
http://apnews1.iwon.com//article/20050712/D8B9I1AO0.html

The Gulf Coast could have more fun by the middle of next week...
Emily now season's 5th tropical storm
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/07/12/tropical.weather/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200505_5day.html


Veteran EAA Pilots Killed in Canada Air Show Crash
http://www.WBAY.com/Global/story.asp?s=3581253

This was recently tested on Mythbusters too!
Study: Drivers on cells more likely to crash
Hands-free models no help
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/07/12/cells.drivers/index.html

24 home runs in the first round? Ridiculous!
A real derby dandy: Abreu dominates; Lee falls in semifinals
http://www.jsonline.com/sports/brew/jul05/340368.asp

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Weather Update for July 11, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 8:09 AM CDT on July 11, 2005

Good Monday morning!

Baby News!
This is Steve writing the intro this morning after our week-long break. In case you haven't heard the news yet, Lisa finally gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Sunday, July 3, 2005 at 4:42pm. She had started early labor contractions the previous Saturday night, eight days before her actual delivery (which is why my updates were shorter and without games that week), and these contractions got more painful and more often with each passing day. They were 3-5 min apart and lasting for about a minute by Tuesday, but she was only 2-3cm dilated so the hospitals kept sending us home. But finally, early Sunday morning, on our 6th trip in ten days, she got to the point where the hospital kept her, and just a few hours later we had a beautiful baby boy! His name is Bryce Alexander, and he weighed 8 lbs. 3 oz. and was 21" long. You can see plenty of pictures of the little guy by clicking on the Baby link on the right side of the page.

We arrived home safe and sound on Tuesday morning, and everyone is doing well! (except for when Kozmo starts barking and wakes up Bryce!) He's been great so far - easy-going, relaxed, and usually only cries when there's an urgent need (food or diaper). We've already figured out how he communicates besides his cries - he puts his fingers in his mouth when he's hungry, and shakes his head "no" whenever he's done eating. He's got Lisa's hair and my eyes and big feet, so I guess two out of three isn't bad. Sleep is a little hard to come by for us, but that will get easier with time. And besides the one time at 2am when we had to change him three times in a 20-minute span, the diapers have been ok to deal with too. We're quickly becoming experts at this whole baby thing!

Updates Update
Now that I have taken a week off following the birth of Bryce, I am going to get back on the regular schedule of writing weather updates. My working schedule will be to only work Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for the next month or so, so the Tuesday and Thursday updates may arrive in your mailbox at a later (or earlier) time than usual, depending on how much Bryce decides to sleep that night.

Games Update
Congratulations to Nia, who won season two with 211 points, and to Jordan and Karl for tying for second place at 193. If you recall, last year Jordan got second and Karl third, so that part of the standings didn't change. Last year's winner, Ruth, dropped to fourth place, but it will be interesting to see how much the standings change after the new players get in a full season, and to see how the rest of the peanut gallery does with the new, shortened seasons. Going forward, seasons will only be three months long instead of six, and only first place receives a prize: a new weather radio! Also, for the next few weeks, I'll only be playing games on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and we'll see how it goes from there. Look for a new Family Feud game in your in-box tomorrow morning!


Today’s forecast grade: B+


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with sunshine across almost the entire state of Wisconsin and some clouds in far southeastern Wisconsin from Tropical Depression Dennis, temps are in the lower 70s and going up!

Synopsis: Let's see if I remember how to forecast...hmmm...well, there's an area of high pressure off to the east that, ordinarily, would give us a day of sunshine and hot temperatures with the southerly wind. However, Tropical Depression Dennis is moving north and will be in southern Illinois by tomorrow, and this may actually influence our weather depending on the final track of the dissipating former hurricane.

Today: Mostly sunny central, a few more clouds to the southeast, and oh yeah, still hot. High of 89, dew points in the 60s (somewhat humid), and it's an Ozone Action Day.

Tonight: Partly cloudy central, mostly cloudy southeast, lows mid- to upper 60s.

Tomorrow: Becoming mostly cloudy everywhere with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Unfortunately, the drenching rains we could use will likely stay south of the border. Highs in the mid- to upper 80s. Rain chance 25%.

Extended:
Wednesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, highs mid- to upper 80s. Rain chance 25%.
Thursday: Partly sunny, highs mid- 80s.
Friday: Maybe a thunderstorm, highs mid- 80s. Rain chance 30%.
Saturday: A slightly better chance of showers and thunderstorms, highs mid- 80s. Rain chance 40%.
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs lower 80s.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs around 107 today and above 110 tomorrow.
Near record high temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered thunderstorms, highs mid- to upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, hot, highs mid- to upper 90s. Ozone Action Day.
Through 8 am...scattered showers and thunderstorms from near High Island to 40 nm south of High Island will remain nearly stationary. Expect brief gusty winds...locally higher seas... and frequent lightning in the stronger storms.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 86
High Yesterday (Appleton)…..........…….. 88
High Yesterday (Madison)...................... 89
High Yesterday (Waukesha)................... 90
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…................. 91
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…........... 92
High Yesterday (League City, TX)..........…95
High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)…..........105


In Case You Missed It:
(Additional news research provided by Lisa and Phil.)

Dennis collapses into tropical depression
Panhandle darkened, but worst fears pass
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/07/11/tropical.weather/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,162102,00.html

Tornado hits Atlanta Motor Speedway
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/racing/07/07/atlanta.motor.speedway.ap/index.html?cnn=yes

NOAA: No U.S. tornado deaths in April-June
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/07/06/tornado.record.ap/index.html

Astrologist sues NASA over comet crash
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=583&e=3&u=/nm/20050705/od_nm/russia_horoscope_dc


Another Milwaukee Brewer makes tonight's HR Derby...
Lee to represent Panama at Home Run Derby
http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20050708&content_id=1120972&vkey=allstar2005&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

Even in death, this man loves his Steelers.
TV, beer, game, recliner set up for fan funeral
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2101713

This is a few days old, but still classic!
Estonians snatch world wife-carrying title again
http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=oddlyEnoughNews&storyID=2005-07-02T174327Z_01_N02301108_RTRIDST_0_ODD-ODD-FINLAND-WIFECARRYING-DC.XML

Just when you think you've heard it all before!
Hospital sued after man fatally injured during wife's labor
http://www.WBAY.com/Global/story.asp?s=3573665

A bacon alarm clock...mmmmmmmm...
Clock has a sizzling alarm call
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/tm_objectid=15681245%26method=full%26siteid=89488%26headline=wakin%2d%2dbacon%2d-name_page.html

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Weather Update for July 1, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 7:57 AM CDT on July 01, 2005

TGIF!

Still no baby news, but hopefully we'll have some exciting news to share this weekend!

More reliable than our dog Kozmo barking at the neighborhood fireworks, here is this weekend's forecast! Have a great extended weekend everyone, travel safely, and thanks as always for reading!


Today’s forecast grade: B+


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a layer of low, thin clouds covering all but the far southern parts of Wisconsin, temps are mostly in the lower 60s.

Synopsis: That wacky cold front finally moved through yesterday, and you may have noticed the winds shift direction to be from the northwest instead of the south. You'll definitely notice it today as cooler and less humid air fills our lands.

Today: Morning clouds and wind, then both will be decreasing later today. High of 74 central, mid- 70s south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows low to mid- 50s.

Saturday: Partly sunny, highs upper 70s to near 80.

Sunday: Becoming mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms late. Highs lower 80s central, mid- 80s south. Rain chance Sunday night 50%.

Independence Day: Maybe a morning shower, then decreasing clouds, highs near 80. Morning rain chance 40%.

Next Week's Outlook: Looks like a mostly dry and seasonable week with highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, maybe some areas of smoke, highs around 108 today and 105 this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Maybe an afternoon thunderstorm, highs mid- to upper 80s. Same forecast this weekend.
Heat index values around 105 this afternoon away from the coast...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated thunderstorms, breezy, highs around the mid- 90s. Same forecast this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Scattered thunderstorms developing, highs upper 80s. Partly cloudy Saturday and Sunday with a chance of storms again on Monday, highs in the 80s this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 84
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 84 (0.11")
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 85 (0.02")
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 86 (0.21")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 91 (0.02")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 106
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 88 (trace)
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 91 (0.71")
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 94 (0.01")


In Case You Missed It:

All of that for nothing! What a joke!
Much ado for nothing at MU
Votes are in: School remains Golden Eagles
http://www.jsonline.com/sports/marq/jun05/337401.asp

(Milwaukee) drops out of top 20
Census estimates Milwaukee lost 3,600 residents in '04
http://www.jsonline.com/news/metro/jun05/337561.asp
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/06/30/census.cities.ap/index.html


Big Fish!
Thai Fishermen Net 646-Pound Catfish
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/T/THAILAND_BIG_FISH?SITE=WIMIL&SECTION=HOME

Ummm...
Peeping Tom Pulled From Outhouse Tank
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/wireStory?id=890538
http://www.jimrome.com/home/article/article_4.html

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