Wisconsin Weather Update

Wisconsin Weather Update for August 31, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:23 PM GMT on August 31, 2005

Good Wednesday morning!

Scattergories Answers
30 people played yesterday, but not all of their answers are below. First of all, note that with Scattergories, there is a starting letter. Several people gave me answers as if this was Family Feud, which would work great if this was Family Feud, but since it's not, they did not work out so well. Secondly, there are kids on this list, so please make your answers PG. I should have known that I'd get a few interesting answers from the college dorm question. Those that gave questionable answers will get credit this time, but I did not put those in the list below. Future R-rated answers will be laughed at, then ignored.

Starting Letter: D
Topic #1: An adjective that would describe a hurricane
Devastating (x4: Diane, Mom, Harry and Katie/Bart)
Deleterious (x3: Jordan, Greg and Ruth)
Destructive (x3: Max, Tammy and John J.)
Drenching (x2: Brian and Sheila)
Dastardly (x2: Will/Ruth and Kelley)
Disastrous (x2: Nia and Adam)
Dangerous (x2: Jodi and Lisa)
Developable
Disconsolate
Daunting
Dreadful
Dodgy
Dark
Dissipating
Dirty
Doleful
Determined
Devilish

Topic #2: Found in a college dorm (adj. not allowed)
Diskettes (x2: Diane and Bethany)
Dust (x2: Linda and Greg)
Doughnut (x2: Sue and Kelley)
Dumbbells (x2: Will/Ruth and Katie)
Desk (x2: Jodi and Harry)
Drunks
Dissertation
Dip (as in snuff, or chewing tobacco)
Dirt
Dork
Doorknobs
Doobies
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 4 (standard psychiatric textbook)
DVDs
Dirt
Duffle Bag
Dime
Dolly
Damper (the thing on the furnace that controls the draft)
Doorstop
Dresser
Door


If you don't think one or more of the unique answers above should get two points, let your voice be read by using my challenge message board!
Scattergories Challenge Message Board
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


American Idols Live!
Yes, you read that right. Lisa and I went to see the American Idols concert in Green Bay last night. We both liked the show and although I was a little skeptical on how it would be seeing them live (and would we be the oldest people there?), Lisa really wanted to go and I was neutral to the idea so we said sure, why not get tickets. Luckily for everyone, they put on a pretty entertaining show which was almost three hours long. Each "idol" came out one at a time and sang 3-4 songs, then handed the mic over to another "idol", so on and so forth, then during the encore they did some group numbers. Too bad Bo Bice wasn't there, but he had a pretty good excuse since he's recovering from intestinal surgery. One thing to note is that you know the sound of a sports crowd cheering over a touchdown or home run? Well, the sounds of the crowd last night were at least one octave higher, if not more. But we were not the oldest people there - in fact, we may have been one of the youngest people in our row!


Today’s forecast grade: B+


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with a mix of clouds and sunshine, temps are around 55-60.

Synopsis: As Tropical Depression Katrina drenches the east coast, the only thing Wisconsinites have to worry about is a weak cold front which will give us a small chance of rain tonight. Besides that metaphorical fly in the ointment, more sunshine and comfortable temperatures will reign over our lands through this weekend!

Today: A mix of sunshine and clouds, with more clouds than sun by this evening. High of 76 central, upper 70s to near 80 south.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with maybe a passing rain shower. Lows upper 50s. Rain chance 20%.

Tomorrow: Becoming partly cloudy, highs upper 70s.

Extended:
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs upper 70s to near 80.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 70s.
Sunday: More clouds than sunshine, highs upper 70s.
Labor Day: Partly cloudy, highs upper 70s to near 80.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, breezy, highs near 100.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy and breezy with an isolated afternoon storm possible. Highs upper 80s.
Heat index 100 to 105 degrees away from the immediate coast this afternoon...
The combination of high temperatures in the lower 90s with
moderate to high levels of humidity will again result in heat
indices of 100 to 105 degrees for a few hours away from the
beaches this afternoon. As drier air moves into the area on
Thursday... heat index values around 100 degrees are expected.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy, hot and humid with isolated afternoon storms, highs mid- 90s. Ozone Action Day.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Morning showers then decreasing clouds, breezy at times, highs near 80.
Light rain will taper off by 830 am EDT along and east of Interstate 75. Between 630 am and 830 am a tenth of an inch of rain will be possible.
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……..… 77, near 80 south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 72
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 80
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 75
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 80

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 102
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 90 (1.18")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 93
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 73 (1.87")


Katrina Coverage:

'TRAGEDY OF GREAT PROPORTIONS'
Calls for prayer in Louisiana
-Water still rising in New Orleans, with no way out
-Looting, shootings reported
-New Orleans mayor blasts failure to patch levees
-Superdome and other shelters being evacuated
-Paint marks indicate Mississippi homes with bodies
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/31/katrina/index.html
http://www.jsonline.com/news/nat/aug05/352187.asp

'Everyone Must Leave New Orleans'
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,167781,00.html

Looters Strip Stores in Front of Cops
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,167892,00.html

Mayor blasts failure to patch levee breaches
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/31/katrina.levees/index.html

Floodwaters, tensions rise in New Orleans
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/30/katrina.neworleans/index.html

'Take care of the kids and grandkids'
Victims deal with deaths of loved ones, devastation
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/30/katrina.people/index.html

But how much foreign aid will receive, if any?
Massive federal relief effort under way
FEMA sends rescue teams, Pentagon sends ships, helicopters
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/30/katrina.recovery/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,167683,00.html
http://www.thrivent.com/fraternal/katrina.html

Alabama power outage statewide
Key bridge in Mobile reopened after being hit by oil rig
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/30/katrina.alabama/index.html

Mississippi's Governor: Worse than Camille
Thousands of homes destroyed; Katrina's death toll likely to rise
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/30/katrina.mississippi/index.html

Apartment building was deathtrap
Nothing left but rubble
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/30/katrina.apartment.deaths.ap/index.html

Katrina gone, but impact continues
Deaths likely to rise as 3 states cope with flooding, lack of power
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/30/katrina.impact/index.html

Gas Prices Spike to $3 a Gallon Locally
http://www.wbay.com/Global/story.asp?S=3785126&nav=51s6dw3h
White House to open oil reserves
http://www.cnn.com/money/2005/08/31/news/spr/index.htm?cnn=yes
http://www.cnn.com/money/2005/08/31/markets/oil.reut/index.htm?cnn=yes
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,167908,00.html

Favre Reaches Family in Mississippi
http://www.wbay.com/Global/story.asp?S=3785065&nav=51s6dw2I
http://www.jsonline.com/packer/news/aug05/352078.asp
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2147301&name=FPT-2147301-083103&srvc=sz
http://www.packers.com/news/stories/2005/08/30/2/

Pasquarelli: Saints look at San Antonio
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=pasquarelli_len&id=2147430

Katrina Blogs
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/30/scene.blog/
http://www.wunderground.com/blog/SteveGregory/show.html
http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/show.html

Katrina overwhelms weather Web sites
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/internet/08/30/katrina.web.reut/index.html

Tracking Tropical Depression Katrina
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200512.html


648 dead in Baghdad stampede
322 hurt as bridge railing collapses amid panic near mosque
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/08/31/iraq.main/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,167906,00.html


General Poll:
Are you or someone you know being directly affected by Hurricane Katrina?
Yes
No
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/223944
Archive:
http://www.lutheransonline.com/poll

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 30, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:01 PM GMT on August 30, 2005

Good Tuesday morning!

Scattergories Tuesday
Another game of Scattergories is upon us! Being creative and careful not to choose an answer that will easily be duplicated, give me answers that fit each of the two categories below for two points each. Initial results and the ever-popular challenge message board return tomorrow.

Starting Letter: D
Topic #1: An adjective that would describe a hurricane

Topic #2: Found in a college dorm (adj. not allowed)

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'This Is Our Tsunami'
• Katrina blamed for 67 deaths, including 54 in Mississippi
• Levee holding back Lake Pontchartrain breached in New Orleans
• Tens of thousands may be homeless for months
• Hardest-hit areas still out of reach

New Orleans levee breaks; mayor says 80% of city flooded
Katrina's death toll at 67; 1.3 million without power
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- Rescuers worked through the night to reach hundreds of people stranded after Hurricane Katrina ripped across the Gulf Coast killing dozens of people, destroying countless homes and leaving more than a million people without power in three states.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/30/katrina/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,167633,00.html
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9107338/
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=1079696

Lockdown of New Orleans Superdome Eased
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,167653,00.html
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/29/superdome/index.html
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9108975/

State: More than 50 dead in Mississippi
Governor describes 'catastrophic damage' along coast
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/29/katrina.mississippi/index.html

Louisiana evacuees told to stay put
One expert says New Orleans residents would face 'wilderness'
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/29/new.orleans/index.html

When can I go home?
Relief efforts under way for those stranded by storm
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/29/katrina.relief/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,167545,00.html
http://www.thrivent.com/fraternal/katrina.html

Katrina: costliest storm for insurers?
Risk modeling firm says Hurricane Katrina may top Andrew with insured damage of up to $16 billion.
http://money.cnn.com/2005/08/29/news/economy/katrina_forecast/index.htm?cnn=yes
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,167335,00.html

Oil settles above $67
Hurricane Katrina loses momentum after hitting Gulf; crude recoils after hitting record above $70.
http://money.cnn.com/2005/08/28/news/international/bc.markets.oil.reut/index.htm?cnn=yes

CNN Access: My apartment complex is totally leveled
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/29/cnna.rodgers/index.html

Citizen journalist: Your e-mails
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/29/katrina.emails/index.html

Did global warming fuel Katrina?
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1099102,00.html?cnn=yes

Tracking Katrina
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2005/hurricanes/interactive/fullpage.hurricanes/katrina.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200512.html
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at2%2Bshtml/145105.shtml?3day?large

Worldwide Tropical Cyclone Names
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnames.shtml


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Areas of fog over south central and southeast Wisconsin will thin and dissipate from 730 am through 9 am. Until then...the fog may be locally dense...especially in river valleys and low areas...with the visibility as low as one quarter mile at times. Early morning commuters should be prepared for rapidly changing visibilities.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine across most of the state, a few areas of fog, and clouds across far southeastern Wisconsin courtesy of...you guessed it...the storm formerly known as Hurricane Katrina, temps are mostly in the upper 50s to lower 60s.

Synopsis: Is it just me or did you feel really guilty about having such a beautiful day outside yesterday? High pressure continues to dominate our weather pattern, and besides a weak cold front that might push a shower into our area tomorrow night, high pressure will keep the sunshine around through the rest of this work week and even this Labor Day holiday weekend!

Today: Partly cloudy and yet another beautiful day across Wisconsin. Maybe a few more clouds in southeastern Wisconsin from Tropical Storm Katrina. High of 77 central, near 80 south. And if you thought you had a bad day yesterday, seeing the footage of people being rescued by helicopter from their rooftops really puts things in perspective. I guess my day wasn't really too stressful after all. Plus, I got to create a hurricane icon that went on a banner ad on the www.thrivent.com site that gets millions of page views each month. It was just like old times...kind of.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows low to mid- 50s.

Tomorrow: Morning sunshine with increasing afternoon clouds and maybe a passing shower tomorrow night. Highs mid- to upper 70s. Rain chance tomorrow night 25%.

Extended:
Thursday: Becoming partly cloudy, highs upper 70s to near 80.
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 70s.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 70s.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- to upper 70s.
Labor Day: Partly cloudy, highs mid- to upper 70s. Not a bad way to unofficially end summer, huh?


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, cooler, highs just over 100.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Mostly cloudy and breezy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs mid- 80s, but lower 90s with heat index of 105 inland.
Showers will continue to increase in coverage across the southern and eastern parts of South Carolina this morning...with a deep southerly and tropical flow from off the Atlantic. Showers will move quickly toward the north and northeast near 25 mph...so rain amounts would be no more than one or two tenths of an inch in less than 30 minutes time. Through 9 am some locations that will receive rain accompanied by wind gusts up to 25 or 30 mph include...Edisto Island...kiawah...Mount Pleasant...South Santee...Jacksonboro... Ridgeville and Huger.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated thunderstorms, highs mid- 90s, Ozone Action Day.
Record high temperature set at Galveston on Monday...
A record high temperature of 97 degrees was set at Galveston
yesterday (august 29th). This breaks the old record of 96 set in
1995.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Build an ark. Windy with heavy rain thanks to Tropical Storm Katrina, highs upper 70s. This is a ton better than those days with highs in the 90s, right?
A band of moderate to heavy rain will move across portions of southern Indiana along with the Louisville and Lexington areas through the morning commute. Ponding water will be likely on local roadways. Drivers should reduce speeds on local roadways.
Flood Watch in effect until Tuesday evening...
moderate to heavy rain will overspread all of central Kentucky
and south central Indiana today as the remnants of Hurricane
Katrina lift northward into the Tennessee and Ohio valleys. An
additional one and a half to 3 inches of rain is likely in the
area.
* Areas of small stream and urban flooding are expected with the
heavy rain. The normally prone low spots will likely flood.
Rainfall rates may become high enough where flash flooding could
occur. There is a chance for river flooding if the higher totals
materialize over a wide area.
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 central, near 80 south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 79
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 83
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 81
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 85

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 108
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 92 (trace)
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 94 (0.25")
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 72 (0.35")


In Case You Missed It:

Here's a new screen saver that rotates many user-submitted weather photos on your desktop (and probably even including a few that I have submitted).
Wunderground Weather Screen Saver
http://www.wunderground.com/wximage/screensaver.asp

And this is also supported by 50% of the Earth's population.
Study says men more intelligent than women
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/story.jsp?story=658536

Or you could supersize it for $50 and get a hotel room for 24 hours.
Short on sleep? Mall of America sells naps for 70 cents a minute
http://www.wbay.com/Global/story.asp?S=3770487

I hate it when this happens.
Kenya elephant evacuation crumbles under jumbo load
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/africa/08/25/kenya.elephants.ap/index.html


General Poll:
Is someone you know being directly affected by Hurricane Katrina?
Yes
No
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/223944
Archive:
http://www.lutheransonline.com/poll

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 29, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:59 PM GMT on August 29, 2005

Good Monday Morning,
This is Lisa with our weekend update, and I hope you had a great weekend. We had a busy but very special weekend. Saturday was Steve's birthday, and we celebrated him turning 29 with a surprise party with his friends at Green Meadows Park in Menasha. We all enjoyed a pizza lunch, a few games of ladder golf, throwing the Frisbee around, and of course good conversation.

Sunday was a very special day for Bryce and our family. Bryce was baptized and brought into the Kingdom of God during the 9am service yesterday. Bryce has been coming to church with us ever since he was 3 days old, and we felt it was time he officially became a child of God. We had a nice lunch with our immediate families following the Baptism at my mom's house. We then spent the rest of the evening at home catching up on chores and watching The 4400 season finale (I can't believe we have to wait until next summer to find out what happens!) That wraps up our weekend. Have a great week.

Bryce Photos
New pictures of Bryce from the month of August are available, including pictures of his baptism yesterday! Check them out at the link below.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/baby


Hurricane Katrina slams ashore
Mississippi may get worst part of storm
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- Hurricane Katrina made landfall Monday in southeastern Louisiana, as it lashed the the Gulf Coast with strong winds and heavy rains, the National Hurricane Center said.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/29/hurricane.katrina/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,167289,00.html
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=578&u=/nm/20050829/ts_nm/weather_katrina_dc_45
http://www.weather.com/newscenter/tropical/?from=wxcenter_news
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200512.html
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Katrina May Turn New Orleans Into Atlantis
NEW ORLEANS — When Hurricane Katrina (search) hits New Orleans, it could turn one of America's most charming cities into a vast cesspool tainted with toxic chemicals, human waste and even coffins released by floodwaters from the city's legendary cemeteries.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,167312,00.html
New Orleans Superdome Shelters City's Poor
NEW ORLEANS — Hour after hour they sat, staring at the empty football field on the Louisiana Superdome floor.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,167313,00.html


This hurricane topped out at a major, category 5 hurricane with 175mph maximum sustained winds and gusts over 200. That's the equivalent of a regular-sized tornado sitting over your house for several hours!
The list of strongest hurricanes of all time (by lowest pressure) now reads:
Hurricane Gilbert (888 mb, 1988)
The Great Labor Day Hurricane (892 mb, 1935)
Hurricane Allen (899 mb, 1980)
Hurricane Katrina (902 mb, 2005)
Hurricane Camille (905 mb, 1969)


Want to see a nasty-looking local forecast? Check it out for Grand Isle, Louisiana, where the eye made landfall just minutes ago.
NWS Forecast: Grand Isle, Louisiana
http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=grand+isle%2C+louisiana


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine and a few patchy areas of fog, temps are 55-60.

Synopsis: An area of low pressure in central Ontario will push clouds and an isolated shower across northern Wisconsin, but I'm thinking that besides a few clouds across central Wisconsin, another day of sunshine and comfortable temperatures is expected and should continue all week! While you enjoy yet another pleasant day outside, count your blessings!

Today: Partly cloudy with a few more clouds and maybe even an isolated shower north, high of 76 central, near 80 south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows upper 50s.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy and very nice once again, highs mid- 70s central, upper 70s south.

Extended:
Wednesday: Becoming partly sunny, highs upper 70s central, near 80 south.
Thursday: Becoming partly cloudy, highs mid- to upper 70s. And can you believe it's the first day of September?
Friday: Mostly sunny, highs mid- to upper 70s.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- to upper 70s.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 70s.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, breezy, highs near 110 again.
Excessive heat warning in effect 11 am until 7 PM PDT today...
Near record high temperatures today...
Excessive heat warning remains in effect until 7 PM PDT (7 PM mst)
this evening...

A strong ridge of high pressure will bring one more day of well above
normal temperatures to the region before a strong trough of low
pressure brings cooler weather for Tuesday. High temperatures this
afternoon will once again warm to record or near record readings
across the desert locations of southern Nevada... extreme northwest
Arizona... and portions of southeast California.

High temperatures today are expected to rise to near 109 in Las
Vegas... around 103 in Kingman... around 120 in Death Valley... and near
116 along the Colorado River valley.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated thundershowers, otherwise partly cloudy and breezy, highs mid- 80s but hotter inland.
Heat index 100 to 105 degrees away from the immediate coast this afternoon...
The combination of temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s
with moderate to high levels of humidity will result in heat
indices of 100 to 105 degrees for a few hours away from the beaches
this afternoon.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated thunderstorms, 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: Showers and thunderstorms, highs lower 80s.
Flood Watch in effect from noon EDT today to Wednesday morning...
Rain showers and a few thunderstorms will continue across central Kentucky and south central Indiana through 930 PM edt( 830 PM cdt). Most of the activity will be weakening over the next hour... otherwise expect light to moderate showers along with deadly lightning from the thunderstorms. Motorist this evening should be alert to ponding of water on roadways from the heavier showers.
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)……….. 77
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 81
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 79
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 86

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 108
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 84
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 95 (1.80")
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 86 (1.31")


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

High-Tech Buoy Monitors Weather in Mich.
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=1069191&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312

Group: Melting Arctic a growing threat
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/08/24/melting.arctic.ap/index.html?section=cnn_space

Dust devils race across Mars
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/space/08/24/mars.dust.devils/index.html?section=cnn_space


New exhibit at London Zoo - humans
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20050825/wl_uk_afp/britainoffbeatzoo

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 26, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:19 PM GMT on August 26, 2005

TGIF!

Bryce's Baptism!
Sunday will be a big day for us - Bryce is getting baptized! How exciting! We officially invited only our immediate families, but the baptism will occur during the 9am worship service at First English Lutheran Church on North Ballard Road in Appleton, so everyone is invited to come and witness Bryce's entry into the Kingdom of God!


Mad Gab Results

Mad Gab #1 (28/30): Grrr! eBay Pack Hearse =
Green Bay Packers (I made this one up while eating lunch on Wednesday, could you tell? )
(Note: If you put "The" in front of the phrase, you did not get credit. I don't take off for spelling, but adding additional words makes the answer incorrect. Sorry!)

Mad Gab #2 (24/30): These Myths Onion Instant Hoot =
The Smithsonian Institute
(Note: Similar to the above, I still gave you credit if you didn't spell it right; however, if you did not put "the" in your answer, I did not give you credit - sorry!)

Bonus Points:
2: Ruth (7:13am)
12: Becky T. (8:38am)
22: John E. (10:08am)
Note: This might have set a new record for the earliest time all three bonus points were gobbled up.


Summer 2005 Point Standings (39 people played this week - a new record!)
The top player this season will win a new weather radio (or equivalent prize if one is already owned or a previous winner).
If you would like your city/state listed next to your name, send me an email with the information!
* = received a bonus point this week
Please verify your point total for accuracy.

Ruth stretched out her lead with her second straight perfect week! Will the streak continue next week? Props also go to Will/Ruth B., Dan from Vegas, Sue, Brian and Diane for a perfect week outside of yesterday's random bonus points. Look for Scattergories and the return of TriBond next week.
Also - 35 people played Family Feud on Tuesday, not 34, but the additional entry that was hidden within one of my other email folders would not have affected the point results.
Ruth, Madison, WI: 52 (+7)*
Karl, Appleton, WI: 46 (+4)
Nia, Appleton, WI: 46 (+4)
Will/Ruth, Appleton, WI: 43 (+6)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 38 (+6)
Max, Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 38 (+4)
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 38 (+4)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 36 (+2)
Clair, Fremont, WI: 36 (+5)
Greg, Madison, WI: 36 (+5)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 36 (+4)
Scott/Ann, Appleton, WI: 36 (+3)
Bethany: 35 (+4)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 34 (+4)
Linda Ha.: 33 (+5)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 33 (+6)
John E., Madison, WI: 31 (+4)*
Jason, De Pere, WI: 30 (+3)
Becky T.: 29 (+3)*
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 29 (+2)
John J., Berlin, WI: 26 (+4)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 26 (+2)
Adam S.: 23 (+5)
Brian, Madison WI: 23 (+6)
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 23 (+2)
Sally: 23 (+3)
Harry: 22 (+3)
Mom: 22 (+3)
Diane Sm.: 20 (+6)
Kelley: 20 (+0)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 19 (+4)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 18 (+2)
Chris Ke.: 17 (+2)
Nicole, Madison, WI: 17 (+3)
Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC: 15 (+2)
Jan, Berlin, WI: 14 (+4)
John S.: 14 (+1)
Al, Germantown, WI: 13 (+2)
Rhonda: 12
Lori: 7 (+3)
Mary, Berlin, WI: 2
Chad, "Wandering Jew": 1


Tornado Fluxuations
The tornado count for August 18th was updated again - they found an additional damage path of a small, short-lived tornado, meaning that the total is now 27, breaking the old record by three. And don't forget that many of us are still under drought conditions!


Today’s forecast grade: B


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with a mostly cloudy sky, temps are in the upper 60s.

Synopsis: Taking a quick peek at this morning's radar really tells the whole weather story. We have mostly cloudy and dry conditions for now, but a cold front is developing a line of showers and thunderstorms across eastern Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri. Things are dry around here for now, but look for scattered showers and thunderstorms to develop in a little while.

Today: Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms developing from west to east later today. High of 78 central, near 80 south. Rain chance this afternoon 50%.

Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mostly this evening, which could make the Packers game tonight quite interesting and looking similar to the Atlanta at Jacksonville game on ESPN last night (they played in the pouring rain). Lows lower 60s. Rain chance this evening 70%.

Saturday: Partly sunny with an outside chance at a shower. Highs upper 70s to near 80. Rain chance 25%. And oh yeah, happy birthday to me.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs near 80.

Next Week:
Monday: Mostly sunny, highs upper 70s.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, highs mid- to upper 70s.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, highs upper 70s to near 80.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs around 103 today and 105 by Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Mostly cloudy and breezy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs lower 80s. Same forecast this weekend, I'm afraid. And I'd keep an eye out on Katrina - the tropical storm could cause you some problems next Tuesday.
Showers from the Atlantic will impact parts of Beaufort and Jasper counties early this morning...mainly east of Route 17. Brief heavy rains and wind gusts to 30 mph will occur as the activity moves west near 15 mph. Through 9 am some locations that will receive up to 1/4 inch of rain include...Hilton Head and Daufuskie Island.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy, hot and humid with isolated thunderstorms. Highs lower 90s. Same forecast this weekend. The dew point right now at 7am is 81 degrees - yikes that's humid!
Through 9 am...isolated to scattered showers will continue to develop over the coastal waters and move north at 15 mph to near Palacios...Bay City...El Campo....to near Pearland...League City... and Anahuac. Expect average rainfall rates of 1/2 inch an hour ...With the stronger storms producing around one inch an hour.
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. Similar forecast this weekend with highs in the upper 80s by Sunday. It could be worse, at least it's not in the 90s.
Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will be found across southern Indiana...southern Kentucky...and the Blue Grass through at least mid morning. Locations that receive precipitation can expect some brief moderate to heavy rain...with a quarter to half inch of rain possible.
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……..… 75
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 75 (trace)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 78
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 75 (trace)
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 81

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 101
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 84 (trace)
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 88 (0.13")
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 91


In Case You Missed It:

Bad news for Florida - this thing may get even stronger and hit Florida a second time early next week!
Three dead after Katrina hits Florida
Storm regains hurricane status over Gulf of Mexico
HOLLYWOOD, Florida (CNN) -- After crossing southeast Florida and moving out over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico early Friday, Katrina regained hurricane status following a brief downgrade to a tropical storm and slowed slightly.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/26/tropical.weather/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200512_5day.html

Nine states break with Bush on greenhouse gases
NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Nine northeastern U.S. states are working on a plan to cap and then reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, the first U.S. deal of its kind and one which would see the region breaking with President George W. Bush who refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/08/25/states.emissions.reut/index.html

Scientists: Earth spins faster at center
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The giant iron ball at the center of the Earth appears to be spinning a bit faster than the rest of the planet.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/08/25/earth.spin.ap/index.html

Water Flowed Recently on Mars, NASA Scientists Say
http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/050824_mars_gullies.html


iTunes albums on sale--96 percent off!
http://news.com.com/2061-10799_3-5842872.html?part=rss&tag=5842872&subj=news

Babies prefer certain kinds of music
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/discoveries/2005-08-24-baby-music_x.htm?csp=34

Hitachi Unveils World's First Terabyte DVD Recorder
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/technology/tech-japan-hitachi.html

Updated: 4:53 PM GMT on August 26, 2005

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 25, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:01 PM GMT on August 25, 2005

Good Thursday morning!

Anything for a Laugh
So now that Bryce has become a little smile machine, we're eagerly anticipating his first laugh. And we know we're getting close - when he's having one of his smile fits, he will occasionally make a short-lived, cute little noise when he's got a huge smile on his face. It's very funny to watch - and I'm sure that soon enough the short-lived little noises will become full sets of laughter. And we'll have a camcorder waiting to try and catch it on tape!


Mad Gab Thursday
Mad Gab returns! Here are two puzzles - you get one point for each answer correctly submitted, and a bonus point goes to those that email me with one or both correct answers in the order below.

Mad Gab #1: Grrr! eBay Pack Hearse

Mad Gab #2: These Myths Onion Instant Hoot

Bonus Points: 2, 12, 22


Two New Tornadoes "Found"
The NWS discovered two new tornado damage paths in southern Wisconsin yesterday, which again puts August 18th in the record books with 26 tornadoes.


Today’s forecast grade: B-


Forecast:
Now: At 6am with a mostly cloudy sky and isolated showers popping up across the state, temps are in the lower 60s.

Synopsis: A cold front in the Dakotas is associated with a large area of low pressure in southern Saskatchewan. Ahead of the front, we've got these clouds and isolated showers popping up across Wisconsin with heavier rains in the Dakotas, Missouri and Kansas. Look for isolated showers today with a better chance of rain tomorrow evening.

Today: Mostly cloudy with isolated showers. High of 75. Rain chance 25%.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, maybe an isolated shower, lows near 60. Rain chance 20%.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy with a better chance of showers and thunderstorms, especially late in the day. But look at the bright side - at least it's Friday! Highs upper 70s to near 80. Rain chance tomorrow night 50%.

Extended:
Saturday: Maybe a morning shower, then decreasing clouds, highs near 80. Morning rain chance 25%.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs in the upper 70s to near 80. Excellent lawn-mowing weather.
Next Week's Outlook: Maybe some isolated showers on Wednesday or Friday, otherwise the weather pattern seems to project a mostly dry work week. High temperatures should remain near or slightly above normal for this time of the year (77-78).


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, highs again in the upper 90s. Sweater weather for locals.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Areas of fog this morning, then becoming partly cloudy and breezy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms may affect your day as well. Highs upper 80s.
Showers will affect a small part of Beaufort...and coastal Colleton and coastal Jasper counties this morning...mainly east of Route 17. Rainfall amounts will be less than 1/4 inch in an hours time.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, hot and humid like always, highs lower 90s with dew points still near 80.
Through 7 am...isolated to scattered showers will develop over the coastal waters and move west northwest at 10 to 15 mph. Rainfall should be light with these storms.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Increasing clouds, maybe a storm late, 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……..… 74
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 72
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 76
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 75
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 76

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 97
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 90 (1.67" - partial total only)
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 93 (0.03")
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 85


In Case You Missed It:

Woo-hoo!
Weather Forecasting Getting More Complex
Weather Forecasts Improving, Thanks to Computers Receiving More Data on Temperatures, Gases
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=1064735&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2005-08-24-weather-forecasting_x.htm?csp=34
http://www.emc.ncep.noaa.gov/

This tropical system is expected to become a category 1 hurricane when it hits southern Florida tonight. Just what Florida needs - another hurricane.
Southeast Florida under hurricane warning
Tropical Storm Katrina approaching coast
MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- More than 5 million people living in metropolitan Miami and surrounding areas of southeast Florida were warned to prepare for Tropical Storm Katrina, which could strike the coast as a minimal hurricane late Thursday or early Friday.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/25/tropical.storm/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200512_5day.html

Dozens dead in European floods
Evacuations as Central Europe braces for more rain
(CNN) -- Dozens of people have died and thousands of homes have been destroyed across central Europe after days of torrential rains caused lakes and rivers to flood their banks, prompting some evacuations by helicopter.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/08/25/europe.floods/index.html


DirecTV poised to take on TiVo
NEW YORK — DirecTV CEO Chase Carey sounds sincere when he says he has "no bone to pick with TiVo." But that isn't stopping him from turning the No. 1 satellite company — until recently TiVo's most important ally — into the digital video recorder (DVR) pioneer's potentially most dangerous rival.
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/products/services/2005-08-23-directv-tivo_x.htm?csp=34

Military laser brings 'Star Wars' reality closer
LONDON, England (Reuters) -- A U.S. Pentagon invention could make air combat resemble a battle scene from the movie 'Star Wars' with a laser so small it can fit on a fighter jet, yet powerful enough to knock down an enemy missile in flight.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/08/24/military.laser.reut/index.html?section=cnn_topstories


Look for an 80-hour work week coming soon!
Drug offsets sleep deprivation effects, in monkeys
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A drug dubbed CX717, made by Cortex Pharmaceuticals, Irvine, California, reverses the biological and behavioral effects of sleep deprivation, according to results of animal studies.
http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=healthNews&storyID=2005-08-23T134543Z_01_SCH349470_RTRIDST_0_HEALTH-SLEEP-DEPRIVATION-DC.XML
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/08/23/1518236&from=rss

And in what would surely be a related story...
Survey finds workplace morale heading down
http://www.cnn.com/money/2005/08/24/pf/workplace_morale/index.htm?cnn=yes

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 24, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:44 PM GMT on August 24, 2005

Good Wednesday morning!

Cottonwood Tree Removal
So a few days ago, we got a letter from WE Energies, telling us that they would like to remove one of the Cottonwood trees on our lot because it's growing near some power lines. I took a closer inspection of the tree in the back corner of our lot, and sure enough, a few of the branches are actually touching the power lines. That's probably not a good thing, and I'm sure it wouldn't be much fun to cleanup if we get hit with a severe thunderstorm. In many cases, they'll just trim the tree, but because Cottonwoods grow so fast, they'd have to come out and trim it all the time to keep it away from the power lines. So next week they're going to come over, cut down the tree, clean up the brush, and leave us the wood chips, all for free (whoop-dee-doo!). I asked if they would plant another tree in its absence, but they said they got rid of that program a couple years ago, so we'll probably do that on our own. But in the meantime, it'll be one less tree to mow around.


Feud Results
34 awesome people played the feud yesterday! Thanks everyone for playing! Here are the results, and look for a pair of Mad Gabs tomorrow.

Topic #1: A fruit that people often eat at breakfast
Banana (25) - 2 points
Grapefruit (4) - 1 point
Apple (2)
Strawberry (2)
Orange got one vote. It's too bad, too, because oranges are quite tasty in the morning, and especially the juice that comes from them.

Topic #2: Something you'd expect to find in Paris Hilton's purse.
Credit Cards/Money (11) - 2 points
Lipstick/Makeup (9) - 1 point
Cell phone (5)
Condom (3)
Mirror (3)
Her dog (2)


Today’s forecast grade: B+


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a sun/cloud mix, temps are scattered throughout the 50s depending on how much sunshine is affecting your backyard at the moment.

Synopsis: Ok, so the unexpected cloud-cover has bitten my forecast two days in a row. The weather models said sunshine, the satellite view showed sunshine, and wouldn't you know it, clouds came in from the east (surprise!) and gave some of us a mostly cloudy morning and afternoon (the eastern part of the state had the most cloud cover). The satellite map this morning does show a few more clouds in Wisconsin as high pressure moves off to the east, but we should remain dry today.

Today: Partly sunny and still pleasantly cool. High of 74.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, lows upper 50s.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy and a little warmer but besides an isolated shower or thunderstorm south or west, we'll still probably be dry. Highs mid- to upper 70s. Rain chance 20%.

Extended:
Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a slight risk of them becoming severe. Highs mid- to upper 70s. Rain chance 30%, increasing to 50% Friday night.
Saturday: Scattered showers, mostly in the morning, highs mid- to upper 70s. Morning rain chance 50%.
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs near 80.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs right around 100.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Patchy morning fog, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms later today. Highs mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy, hot and humid like always, maybe an isolated thunderstorm, highs lower 90s. Ozone Action Day.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Sunshine, highs in the 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……..… 73
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 70 (trace)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 74
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 70
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 73

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 104
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 92 (0.53")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 94
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 83


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

Florida coast under storm watch
Tropical depression picking up steam
(CNN) -- A tropical storm watch was in effect Wednesday for the southeast Florida coast and parts of the Florida Keys, as a tropical depression southeast of the Bahamas appeared to be picking up steam and approaching tropical storm strength.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/24/trop.depression/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200512_5day.html

Salvaging keepsakes
People rally to return mementos, papers to tornado victims
http://www.jsonline.com/news/wauk/aug05/350485.asp
http://nbc15.madison.com/news/headlines/1795552.html


U-Rah-Rah-Wis-Con-Sin!
University of Wisconsin-Madison ranked top party school
MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) -- The University of Wisconsin-Madison topped a list of the nation's best party schools released Monday, despite a decade-long effort by the school to reduce its reputation for heavy drinking.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/EDUCATION/08/23/party.schools.ap/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,166445,00.html
http://www.madison.com/archives/read.php?ref=wsj:2005:08:23:486904:FRONT
http://www.madison.com/archives/read.php?ref=tct:2005:08:23:486977:METRO

Seminole decision
NCAA will allow FSU to use Native American nickname
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/basketball/ncaa/08/23/ncaa.mascots.ap/index.html?cnn=yes
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The NCAA will allow Florida State to use its Seminoles nickname in postseason play, removing the school from a list of colleges with American Indian nicknames that were restricted by an NCAA decision earlier this month.


Dozens killed in Peru plane crash
LIMA, Peru -- A Peruvian passenger plane carrying 100 people split in two after making an emergency landing in a jungle, killing at least 41 people. It was the world's fifth major airline accident this month.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/americas/08/24/peru.crash/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,166587,00.html


Google adds IM, voice messaging
http://www.google.com/talk/
http://money.cnn.com/2005/08/24/technology/google_voice.reut/index.htm
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,166593,00.html

Rename Your Town, Get Free Satellite TV
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,166592,00.html

Parade? What Parade?
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,166562,00.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 23, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:36 PM GMT on August 23, 2005

Good Tuesday morning!

Family Feud Tuesday
This week of games begins right now! Here are your topics for the feud - give me the most popular answer to each for two points a piece!

Topic #1: A fruit that people often eat at breakfast

Topic #2: Something you'd expect to find in Paris Hilton's purse.


Final Final Tornado Stats
A correction was made to the tornado count from the August 18th outbreak. Two of the damage path areas thought to have been caused by tornadoes were caused by straight-line winds instead. Thus, there were 24 tornadoes that day, not 26, which now ties the record for most tornadoes in one day in Wisconsin.
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/mkx/document/tor/081805.php


Presentation Week
Today is the first of two days when I'll be giving big presentations at work. This afternoon I'll be giving a 90-minute presentation on how to build a Web site within Lutherans Online, then tomorrow I have 30 minutes on our staff agenda to talk about podcasting and RSS feeds. It's a good thing Bryce has been sleeping a little bit longer at night lately (he went from 10pm-5am Monday morning and got up just once last night), so I've been getting a bit more sleep!


Today’s forecast grade: A


Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Expect patchy ground fog around southern Wisconsin early this morning. The most likely places for fog will be in low lying areas and river valleys. Visibilities may be reduced to less than a quarter mile in spots. Most of the fog should burn off by 8 or 9 am. In addition...look for a Few Lake effect sprinkles or light showers to brush across counties bordering the Lake Michigan shoreline during the morning hours.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine and a few patchy areas of fog, temps are mostly around 50-55.

Synopsis: A big area of high pressure is centered near Hayward, Wisconsin. This thing is going to keep temperatures pleasantly cool with plenty of sunshine to go around! The clouds lingered longer than I thought they would yesterday, keeping highs only in the upper 60s, but I don't think we'll see highs in the 60s again anytime in the near-future.

Today: Mostly sunny and a little warmer, high of 73.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows low to mid- 50s.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, highs mid- 70s.

Extended:
Thursday: Increasing clouds with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs mid- 70s. Rain chance 30%.
Friday: Partly sunny and a little warmer, highs upper 70s to near 80.
Saturday: Partly sunny, highs lower 80s.
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs lower 80s.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, slightly cooler, highs just over 100.
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: Hot and humid, isolated thunderstorms, 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 and cooler, 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……..… 71
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 68
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 69
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 68
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 73

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 104
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 94 (trace)
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 96
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 89 (0.34")


Google's Desktop 2 gets a facelift
SAN JOSE, California (AP) -- Google Inc. updated its software for searching PC hard drives and the Internet, giving the free program a new look and adding tools that deliver personalized information based on a user's Web surfing habits.
http://desktop.google.com/?pr=hpp-gds-en-v2-1
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/internet/08/22/google.desktop.search.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 22, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:55 PM GMT on August 22, 2005

Happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend update, and I hope you all had a good weekend. Saturday, Steve and I took a day for ourselves and went to the Wisconsin Dells. We did some shopping, then went to see Fab 50's Live at the Chula Vista Resort. It was an awesome show, and we highly recommend it if you are vacationing in the Dells area. The tickets also included a delicious buffet dinner which included everything from a salad bar to BBQ ribs, shrimp and crab legs. The crab legs were excellent, and well worth the work it took to eat them. Bryce stayed with my friend Lisa for the day, and we picked him up on the way home.

Sunday after church we went to a Wisconsin Timber Rattlers minor league baseball game in Appleton. It was Bryce's first baseball game, but things didn't go so well for him. He was a little restless and irritable for the first few innings, but eventually he calmed down. We'll try it again when he's a little older. Things didn't go so well for the team either, which lost 12-1, and you know it's a bad thing when your team has more errors than hits in the 9th inning. Finally on Sunday evening, after finishing up some chores, we were able to relax. Well, that wraps up our weekend, have a great week.


Final Wisconsin Tornado Stats
The August 18, 2005 tornado outbreak in Wisconsin set a new record for the most tornadoes in Wisconsin in one day. The 26 tornadoes that formed beat the previous record of 24 set on May 8, 1988. And for the record, Wisconsin averages 21 tornadoes per year. We got that many and more in just one day! Read more with the two links below.
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/mkx/document/tor/081805.php
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/mkx/document/tor/images/tor081805/081805_witortracks.gif


Today’s forecast grade: B+


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a few clouds east and sunshine west, temps are mostly around the mid- 50s.

Synopsis: A large area of high pressure is moving into Wisconsin from Ontario, Canada. Besides some morning clouds, look for a very nice Monday (weatherwise, anyway) with cool temperatures continuing for the next couple of days. But just remember that soon, highs in the lower 70s will be considered a heat wave, then just plain unrealistic!

Today: A few morning clouds, then becoming partly cloudy and pleasantly cool. High of 71.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows mid- 50s.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, highs low to mid- 70s.

Extended:
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, highs mid- to upper 70s.
Thursday: Increasing clouds with a chance of showers late. Highs mid- to upper 70s. Rain chance Thursday night 30%.
Friday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs near 80. Rain chance 40%.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs near 80.
Sunday: A chance of showers, highs upper 70s.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy and breezy with maybe an afternoon thunderstorm, highs near 90 but hotter inland.
Heat advisory in effect from noon today to 8 PM EDT this evening...
Dangerous heat will continue today. Although high temperatures
today are expected to be a few degrees cooler than
yesterday... temperatures in the mid 90s combined with high
humidity will produce heat indices of 105 to 110 degrees this
afternoon away from the beaches.

The ridge of high pressure which has brought this dangerous heat
the past several days will further weaken on Tuesday. Increased
cloudcover and rain chances will keep high temperatures around 90
degrees Tuesday afternoon. While Tuesday still looks hot and
humid... a heat advisory is not expected as heat indices will
likely be below advisory criteria.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered thunderstorms, hot and humid like always, highs mid- 90s. Ozone Action Day.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms are redeveloping along a southwestward moving outflow boundary. This area of precipitation will lie along a Houston to Alvin to Galveston line by 7 am. Rainfall amounts will average around a tenth of an inch with a few spots receiving up to a half inch.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Partly sunny, 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)……….. 72
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 78
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 79
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 82

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 102
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 93
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 95
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 92


In Case You Missed It:

If you've caught the podcasting craze, check out this good weather and climate-related podcast from Madison, Wisconsin!
Earthwatch Radio
Earthwatch Radio is produced by staff and students at the Sea Grant Institute and the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We cover a wide range of subjects that concern science and the environment and give special attention to global climate change, the Great Lakes and the oceans. We produce five programs every week and distribute them to more than 120 radio stations and other broadcast outlets, mostly in North America.
http://ewradio.org/index.aspx

Picture this: 3D TV by 2020
Japanese national project aims to create high-definition, 'virtual reality' viewing from any angle.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Imagine watching a soccer game on a television that not only shows the players in three dimensions but also lets you experience the smells of the stadium and maybe even pat a goal scorer on the back.
http://www.cnn.com/money/2005/08/19/technology/3dtv.reut/index.htm?cnn=yes
http://www.macworld.co.uk/news/index.cfm?home&NewsID=12388
http://www.io2technology.com/dojo/204/v.jsp?p=/home

Research promising for chocolate lovers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's not exactly a guilt-free pleasure, but food researchers say cocoa beans could be good for you.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/diet.fitness/08/19/chocolate.health.ap/index.html

No way, mate! Slang ban overturned
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- No way, mate!
Australian Prime Minister John Howard has labeled "absurd" a directive requiring security guards at the country's Parliament House to stop addressing visitors and lawmakers as "mate."
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/08/19/australia.mate.ap/index.html

And you thought "traying" was a dangerous sport while in college?
Hawaiians slide into dangerous sport
Professor aims to revive ancient lava-sledding tradition
HONOLULU, Hawaii (AP) -- As a boy growing up in a poor family on Hawaii's Big Island, Tom "Pohaku" Stone found entertainment barreling down grassy slopes aboard ti leaves and banana stumps.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/08/21/lava.sledding.ap/index.html

This was from a week or so ago, but still amusing.
Chicken, Gorilla Beat Mouse to The Hall of Fame
The Famous Chicken , the Phillie Phanatic and the Phoenix Suns' Gorilla are the first inductees into the Mascot Hall of Fame.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/16/AR2005081601245.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 19, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:02 PM GMT on August 19, 2005

TGIF!

Wheel Answers

Puzzle #1 (22/22):
S K I M
M I L K
Used Letters: RSTLNE CDPI
Category: Food and Beverage
Point Value: 1

Puzzle #2 (20/22):
O V E R W H E L M E D
W I T H
E X C I T E M E N T
Used Letters: RSTLNE BFHA
Category: Phrase
Point Value: 2


Summer 2005 Point Standings (29 people played this week)
The top player this season will win a new weather radio (or equivalent prize if one is already owned).
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.

It's amazing what one week can do for your score, as all five people that got a perfect score this week are also the top five players on the leaderboard! But don't give up if it's not easy being green - consistent play with a lucky break during the last double points week next month could put you at the top!
Ruth, Madison, WI: 45 (+7)
Karl, Appleton, WI: 42 (+7)
Nia, Appleton, WI: 42 (+7)
Will/Ruth, Appleton, WI: 37 (+7)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 34 (+7)
Max, Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 34 (+6)
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 34 (+4)
Scott/Ann, Appleton, WI: 33 (+6)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 32 (+3)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 32 (+2)
Bethany: 31 (+3)
Clair, Fremont, WI: 31 (+3)
Greg, Madison, WI: 31 (+5)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 30 (+5)
Linda Ha.: 28 (+4)
Jason, De Pere, WI: 27 (+5)
John E., Madison, WI: 27
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 27 (+5)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 27 (+5)
Becky T.: 26
Tammy, Madison, WI: 24 (+4)
John J., Berlin, WI: 22
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 21
Kelley: 20 (+0)
Sally: 20 (+5)
Harry: 19 (+0)
Mom: 19
Adam S.: 18 (+2)
Brian, Madison WI: 17 (+3)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 16
Chris Ke.: 15
Mary, Appleton, WI: 15 (+2)
Diane Sm.: 14 (+3)
Nicole, Madison, WI: 14 (+2)
Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC: 13
John S.: 13 (+0)
Rhonda: 12
Al, Germantown, WI: 11
Jan, Berlin, WI: 10
Lori: 4 (+1)
Mary, Berlin, WI: 2
Chad, "Wandering Jew": 1


Have a great weekend everyone and thanks for reading!


Today’s forecast grade: B


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds and a few areas of fog, temps are in the upper 60s to near 70.

Synopsis: What an exciting evening of weather we had across the state yesterday! Severe thunderstorms with numerous tornadoes on the ground were located across south-central and central Wisconsin, and at one point we even took shelter in the basement after I spotted low, rotating clouds almost directly over our house. It was too dark to take any good pictures of it, but it's just as well since it's at that point where the basement is a pretty darn good idea. Look for warmer and more humid conditions today with more thunderstorms developing overnight.

Today: Cloudy with areas of fog this morning and partial clearing in a few hours. However, look for the clouds to thicken up once again around sunset. Warmer and more humid with a high of 81 central, mid- 80s south, dew points rising to near 70 (rather humid).

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing courtesy of a new area of low pressure. Southwestern Wisconsin is under the slight risk category for severe weather. Lows mid- to upper 60s. Rain chance 40%.

Saturday: Decreasing clouds and becoming cooler, highs upper 70s central, lower 80s south.

Sunday: Partly cloudy and definitely cooler, highs in the lower 70s.

Next Week:
Monday: Mostly sunny, highs lower 70s.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, highs mid- to upper 70s.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, highs near 80.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs upper 90s today and near 100 this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly sunny and humid with a chance of thunderstorms. Highs near 90. Same forecast this weekend.
Heat advisory in effect from noon today to 7 PM EDT this evening away from the immediate coast...
Highs today will reach the lower to middle 90s... and humidity
values will again be high. This will produce widespread heat index
values of 105 to 110 across much of the area. Heat indices may
approach 113 for a brief period during the mid to late afternoon
near the Georgia coast.

Another heat advisory will likely be needed on Saturday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy and breezy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs lower 90s. Isolated storms Saturday, dry on Sunday with highs in the upper 90s by Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Partly sunny and warmer with scattered thunderstorms. Highs in the mid- 90s, heat index around 105. Isolated storms this weekend, highs lower 90s Saturday and cooling into the mid- 80s Sunday.
Heat advisory in effect until 6 PM EDT Saturday...
Temperatures this afternoon and Saturday afternoon will rise into
the mid and upper 90s. This combined with dew point readings in the
mid 70s will produce heat indices from 105 to 110 degrees for
several hours both days.

Thunderstorms continued across east central Kentucky from Cynthiana south to east of Lexington. These storms will produce wind gusts to 35 mph...a period of heavy rain...and dangerous cloud to ground lightning.
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……..… 77 central, lower 80s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 79 (1.66" - new daily Green Bay record)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 82 (0.57")
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 81 (0.39")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 84 (0.25")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 100
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 94 (0.02")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 93
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 84 (0.02")


In Case You Missed It:
Sparing you guys some old news yesterday didn't help the AOL filter, so In Case You Missed It returns in limited form today.

Wisconsin tornado kills one
STOUGHTON, Wisconsin (AP) -- A tornado killed one person and damaged dozens of homes as it roared through this southern Wisconsin city late Thursday.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/19/wisconsin.tornado/index.html
http://www.jsonline.com/news/state/aug05/349369.asp
http://www.madison.com/wsj/home/local/index.php?ntid=51082&nt_adsect=edit
http://www.wbay.com/Global/story.asp?S=3741019

Lions and elephants on the Great Plains?
Scientists suggest relocating African species to North America
DENVER, Colorado (AP) -- If a group of prominent ecologists have their way, lions and elephants could someday be roaming the Great Plains of North America.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/08/17/wild.america.ap/index.html


Diaper sparks bomb alert
BERLIN (Reuters) - An "electronic nappy" used to monitor wetness sparked a bomb alert in a German post office when it arrived in a parcel ticking suspiciously, police in the southwestern city of Heilbronn said Thursday.
http://reuters.iwon.com//article/20050818/2005-08-18T155423Z_01_EIC857284_RTRIDST_0_ODD-GERMANY-NAPPY-DC.html

In a related story, Moss also admitted that he thinks the moon is made of blue cheese.
Moss admits marijuana use
Raiders WR tells HBO he smokes it 'every blue moon'
NEW YORK (AP) -- Oakland Raiders receiver Randy Moss admits he has used marijuana since entering the NFL seven years ago and still smokes it "every blue moon."
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/football/nfl/08/18/bc.fbn.moss.marijuana.ap/index.html?cnn=yes
http://sports.iwon.com/news/08182005/v1025.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 18, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:14 PM GMT on August 18, 2005

Good Thursday morning!

Wheel of Fortune Thursday
It has been about a month since you last solved "hangman" puzzles in my weather updates, and I think that's been way too long. So here is the return of the wheel (and my wacky algorithm ). I had a special guest spin the wheel to determine the point values for today's puzzles, and my wife spun three out of a possible eight points. Enjoy!

Puzzle #1:
S _ I _
_ I L _
Used Letters: RSTLNE CDPI
Category: Food and Beverage
Point Value: 1

Puzzle #2:
_ _ E R _ H E L _ E _
_ _ T H
E _ _ _ T E _ E N T
Used Letters: RSTLNE BFHA
Category: Phrase
Point Value: 2


Today’s forecast grade: C


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Showers and scattered thunderstorms will continue over much of south central and southeast Wisconsin throughout the morning hours. The largest rain areas and strongest storms were along and west of a Marquette...Madison to Monroe line. Some storms could produce heavy rains. All of the showers were moving east northeast at around 35 mph. Light showers were also scattered over the southeast.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with scattered showers and thunderstorms, especially in southwestern Wisconsin, along with a few areas of fog, temps are near 70.

Synopsis: A stationary front centered around central Wisconsin is hooked to an area of low pressure in western Minnesota and is generating the showers and thunderstorms mentioned above. Look for the fun to begin shortly if it hasn't already, with scattered thunderstorms expected through tomorrow night.

Today: Cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms likely, with a slight risk of them becoming severe later today. High of 77 central, lower 80s south. Rain chance 90%. And if you think your day is gloomy, just ask the Kansas City Royals, who have lost 18 straight games! Ouch!

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms still likely, and still the chance of them becoming severe this evening. Lows mid- to upper 60s. Rain chance 70%.

Tomorrow: Becoming partly cloudy and warmer, but don't get used to it as another round of showers and thunderstorms is expected to move in from the south by Friday evening. Some of those storms have a slight risk of severe weather too, according to the NOAA NWS SPC. Highs low to mid- 80s central, mid- to upper 80s south. Rain chance Friday night 50%.

Extended:
Saturday: Decreasing clouds and cooler, highs upper 70s.
Sunday: Partly cloudy and cool, highs only near 70.
Next Week's Outlook: Most of next week looks dry with our next chance of rain not coming in until Thursday night. Temperatures will feel more like September than August with highs in the 70s.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Just like yesterday. Sunshine, highs upper 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: A chance of thunderstorms, highs near 90.
Heat advisory in effect from noon today to 7 PM EDT this evening...
High temperatures will reach the lower to middle 90s across
southeast Georgia and extreme southern South Carolina this
afternoon. These temperatures... combined with continued high
humidity values... will produce heat indices of 105 to 110 for a
few hours.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: A chance of thunderstorms, becoming breezy, highs lower 90s.
Isolated showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop along the coast between Palacios to Mont Belvieu. These showers will move north at 10 to 15 mph and weaken as they move inland. Rainfall amounts will average around a tenth of an inch or less.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: 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)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 80 central, low to mid- 80s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 81
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 83 (trace)
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 82
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 84

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 99
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 93
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 92 (trace)
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 85


In Case You Missed It:
AOL email filters have rejected my weather update emails all week, so this is a test to see if it's the news articles goofing them up. It's just as well since I have to be at work 30 minutes early for a meeting, have been awake since 3 a.m., and have to drive Bryce to the baby sitter's house before work today. In Case You Missed It might be back on Friday. Then again, it might not!

Updated: 12:15 PM GMT on August 18, 2005

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 17, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:56 PM GMT on August 17, 2005

Good Wednesday morning!

Bryce Update
So Monday evening we noticed a little white puss spot or blister on Bryce's belly button. We figured it was probably nothing, but we took him in to see the doctor yesterday afternoon just to have them check it. Sure enough, it's a fairly common thing for newborns as their belly button becomes like everyone else's, but this unexpected trip also gave us the chance to weigh him again. His new total as of yesterday afternoon: 10 lbs, 4 oz.! He's a big boy!

Lisa gets the day off of work today after going back to HumanaDental to work two 10-hour shifts Monday and Tuesday. She's not exactly thrilled to have gone back to work, but her work friends are being really supportive and they finally stopped the mandatory overtime they were forcing everyone to do, so it's not quite so bad. Waking up a few minutes early so I can take Bryce to the baby sitter hasn't been quite so bad either, although now that I'm the one waking up in the middle of the night to feed/change Bryce (she did it for 6 weeks while she was off of work, so now it's my turn), I'm beginning to feel a little sleep-deprived! I hope he starts sleeping through the night soon!


Match Game Results
26 people played yesterday. Here are the results, and look for the return of Wheel of Fortune tomorrow.

Game #1: Jake said, "This weather is terrible! We need this weather like a mermaid needs ___________."
Shoes (10) - 2 points
Water (5) - 1 point
Legs (4)
Air (3)
Other responses: a bath, a dry climate, a life jacket and feet.

Game #2: Rod said, "I get no respect! So many people have walked on me, I had to get a suit made out of __________."
Cement/Concrete (10) - 2 points
Carpet (5) - 1 point
Iron/Steel (4)
Rubber (3)
Asphalt/Tar (2)
Doormat (2)


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine south, a couple clouds central and a cloudy sky (with an isolated shower) north, temps are mostly in the upper 50s to near 60.

Synopsis: That wacky, slow-moving area of high pressure is still hanging around, now centered around Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, and is entering a fierce battle with a nearly-stationary frontal boundary pushing through Wisconsin from the north. We're going to be good for one more day, as all of the action is off to the west, in North Dakota and northern Minnesota, where the frontal boundary meets the area of low pressure.

Today: Mostly sunny this morning, then becoming partly sunny this afternoon. High of 80 central, low to mid- 80s south.

Tonight: Becoming mostly cloudy, maybe an isolated shower, lows low to mid- 60s. Rain chance 20%.

Tomorrow: Cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely. There is a slight risk of severe weather. Highs near 80 central, lower 80s south. Rain chance 70%.

Extended:
Friday: Partly sunny and warmer with another round of showers and thunderstorms developing late in the day, again slight risk of severe weather, highs low to mid- 80s central, mid- to upper 80s south. Rain chance Friday night 40%.
Saturday: Becoming partly cloudy and a little cooler behind a cold front, highs upper 70s.
Sunday: Partly cloudy and cooler yet courtesy of an upper-air jet stream trough, highs low to mid- 70s.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy with an isolated thunderstorm possible. Highs upper 80s to near 90.
Heat advisory in effect from noon today to 7 PM EDT this evening for all areas excluding the immediate coast...
High temperatures in the lower to middle 90s combined with continued
high humidity will result in heat indices of 105 to 110 degrees
for several hours this afternoon. Although temperatures will
be cooler at the beaches... heat indices up to 104 degrees are
possible there.

The heat index is measured in the shade... so direct sun exposure
will increase the heat index by as much as 15 degrees. Take
adequate precautions to keep your body cool. Stay in an air
conditioned area if possible. If you must be outdoors... wear
light colored clothing to reflect more solar energy... drink
plenty of water and take frequent breaks. Ensure outdoor pets have plenty
of shade and fresh drinking water.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered thunderstorms, breezy, hot and humid, highs lower 90s, dew points near 80!
Isolated showers and thunderstorms developing over the Gulf will continue to move inland. Rainfall amounts will average around a tenth of an inch with a few rainfall totals approaching a quarter inch.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Morning fog, then partly sunny and warmer, highs upper 80s. Lower 90s by Friday, foo.
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
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 79
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 82
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 82
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 84

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 98
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 91
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 90 (0.32")
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 80 (0.32")


In Case You Missed It:

July sets record for Atlantic tropical storms
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The five named tropical storms recorded in July were the most on record for that month, and worldwide it was the second warmest July on record, the National Climatic Data Center reported.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/17/stormy.july.ap/index.html


Hmph. I would have thought for sure that I-94 from Milwaukee to Illinois was the fastest stretch of highway in Wisconsin.
41’s speed worries some
State’s fastest highway puts gas mileage, drivers at risk
Sheryl Jacobs wasn’t surprised to learn that U.S. 41 from Wrightstown to De Pere is the fastest stretch of highway in the state.
http://www.wisinfo.com/postcrescent/news/archive/local_22161739.shtml

Here's a good site from the government with many gas tips and stats. Did you know that the Lamborghini L-147 Murcielago and Dodge Ram1500 Pickup get only 9 mpg in the city?
Fuel Economy
http://www.fueleconomy.gov/


But do security screeners check their diapers?
'No-fly list' keeps infants off planes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Infants have been stopped from boarding planes at airports throughout the United States because their names are the same as or similar to those of possible terrorists on the government's "no-fly list."
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TRAVEL/08/15/no.fly.babies.ap/index.html

And I thought the line to get a Tickle Me Elmo doll a few years ago was bad!
Panic ensues in rush for cheap laptops
RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) -- A rush to purchase $50 used laptops turned into a violent stampede Tuesday, with people getting thrown to the pavement, beaten with a folding chair and nearly driven over. One woman went so far to wet herself rather than surrender her place in line.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/08/16/computer.frenzy.ap/index.html


Worm strikes down Windows 2000 systems
Microsoft in 'emergency response' as worm reported on three continents
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A fast-moving computer worm Tuesday attacked computer systems using Microsoft operating systems, shutting down computers in the United States, Germany and Asia. Among those hit were offices on Capitol Hill, which is in the midst of August recess, and media organizations, including CNN, ABC and The New York Times. The Caterpillar Co. in Peoria, Illinois, reportedly also had problems.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/internet/08/16/computer.worm/index.html

160 believed dead in Venezuela jet crash
Pilot had reported engine trouble aboard MD-82
BOGOTA, Colombia (CNN) -- A Colombian airliner carrying 160 people crashed Tuesday in a remote area of western Venezuela, aviation officials said.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/americas/08/16/venezuela.crash/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 16, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:02 PM GMT on August 16, 2005

Good Tuesday morning!

Growth Spurt!
Bryce went through his second major growth spurt last weekend. They say babies go through growth spurts when they are 3 weeks old, 6 weeks old, then again at 3 and 6 months. And Bryce definitely was going through one over the weekend, eating up to 6 oz. bottles during each 2-3 hour feeding. He seems back to his normal routine now, though, which is about 3-4 oz. per feeding.


Match Game Tuesday
It seems like it was just yesterday since I was tallying up the scores, but no, it was almost five days ago. Following the original Match Game style, fill in the blank with what you think will be the most popular answer submitted today. Results will show up tomorrow with another set of games coming on Thursday.

Game #1: Jake said, "This weather is terrible! We need this weather like a mermaid needs ___________."

Game #2: Rod said, "I get no respect! So many people have walked on me, I had to get a suit made out of __________."


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Patchy fog...reducing visibilities to around 1 mile...with local visibilities down to one half mile...will persist for much of the morning hours over the Lakeshore counties of Sheboygan...Ozaukee... Milwaukee...Racine and Kenosha. In addition...locally dense fog... with visibilities less than 1/2 mile will also be present in the Wisconsin River Valley. Elsewhere across southern Wisconsin expect light fog with visibilities ranging from 3 to 5 miles. The dense fog will burn off by 9 am this morning. Motorists are urged to be alert for rapidly changing visibilities when encountering areas of fog this morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine mixed with a few cumulus clouds and/or areas of fog, temps are in the upper 50s to lower 60s.

Synopsis: A weak and slow-moving area of high pressure is centered right around Rochester, Minnesota, and is responsible for the dry weather we've been experiencing over the last two days. A slow-moving cold front over yooperville will take its sweet time in getting down here, but once it does, look for thunderstorms to reenter the forecast for 2-3 days starting on Thursday. Today looks like another winner, though!

Today: Partly cloudy with a few areas of fog this morning. A little bit warmer with a high of 81 central, low to mid- 80s south.

Tonight: Becoming mostly cloudy but probably dry, lows near 60.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, highs lower 80s central, low to mid- 80s south.

Extended:
Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms developing, highs near 80 central, lower 80s south. Rain chance 40%.
Friday: More scattered showers and thunderstorms, probably late in the day, highs low to mid- 80s. Rain chance 50%.
Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms early, then decreasing clouds late. Highs near 80 central, lower 80s south. Morning rain chance 50%.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs upper 70s.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, maybe an isolated thunderstorm, highs mid- 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, hazy and humid, maybe an isolated afternoon storm, highs upper 80s to near 90 (lower 90s with a heat index around 105 away from the coast).
Heat advisory in effect from noon today to 7 PM EDT this evening away from the immediate coast...
The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a heat
advisory... which is in effect from noon today to 7 PM EDT this
evening for all locations away from the immediate coast.

High temperatures in the mid 90s across much of the area combined
with high humidity will create heat indices of 105 to 108 for a
few hours this afternoon. Along the coast... heat indices up to 102
can be expected.

The heat index is measured in the shade... so direct sun exposure
will increase the heat index by as much as 15 degrees. Take
adequate precautions to keep your body cool. Stay in an air
conditioned area if possible. If you must be outdoors... wear light
colored clothing to reflect more solar energy... drink plenty of
water and take frequent breaks.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms becoming more numerous later today. Becoming breezy too with highs lower 90s.
Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms are expected to move northwest at 10 to 15 mph and approach parts of Galveston...Harris and Chambers counties through 6 am. Rainfall amounts will average between a tenth and a quarter inch with isolated totals near one inch. Other showers will be possible near Matagorda Bay.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Showers and thunderstorms developing, a little cooler, 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……..… 79 central, just above 80 south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 77
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 82
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 81
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 82

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 90 (trace)
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 91
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 91 (trace)
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 90 (trace)


In Case You Missed It:
(Additional news research provided by Chad and Dave.)

Gas prices hit high
Surge 20 cents over the past three weeks
(CNN) -- Gas prices surged 20 cents over the past three weeks to an all-time high of $2.50 per gallon of self-serve regular, according to a national survey.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/08/14/gas.prices/index.html

250 miles per gallon? They're doing it
Tinkerers fiddle with hybrids to increase efficiency
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/08/15/hybrid.tinkerers.ap/index.html

Saving gas without switching cars
Fuel prices may be going up, but you can keep your automotive costs down.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/AUTOS/tipsandadvice/08/12/save_gas/index.html

(or you could just get one of these cars...see the photos on these two pages.)
Commuter Cars
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/05/tango_for_two_1.php
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2004/11/commuter_cars_t.php


A follow up to last week's wacky keyboard
Das Keyboard - The Blank Keyboard
"Since there is no key to look at when typing, your brain will quickly adapt and memorize the key positions and you will find yourself typing a lot faster with more accuracy in no time."
http://www.daskeyboard.com/


Powerful quake shakes northern Japan
Magnitude 7.2 quake injures dozens
SENDAI, Japan (AP) -- A powerful earthquake shook northeastern Japan on Tuesday, triggering landslides, sending a shower of ceiling debris into a crowded indoor swimming pool and shaking skyscrapers as far away as Tokyo. At least 59 people were reportedly injured.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/08/16/japan.earthquake.ap/index.html

Dick Clark returning for New Year's Eve
Will co-host show with Ryan Seacrest
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest will co-host the 34th edition of "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" live from New York's Times Square on December 31.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/TV/08/15/people.clark.seacrest.ap/index.html

McDonald's diet? Some say it works
RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) -- Inspired by the documentary "Super Size Me," Merab Morgan decided to give a fast-food-only diet a try. The construction worker and mother of two ate only at McDonald's for 90 days -- and dropped 37 pounds in the process.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/diet.fitness/08/12/mcdonalds.diets.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 15, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:43 PM GMT on August 15, 2005

Good Morning and Happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend update and I hope you had a great weekend. Our weekend was fun but very busy. Friday, my friend Lisa S. and I spent the day at the Winnebago County Fair, where we went on some rides, saw lots of animals, then later saw country music artist Gary Allen in concert. He put on a great show and it was better that I expected. Steve had Friday off of work, and his mom, step-father Bob, and sisters Bethany and Kelley came to visit him and Bryce. I'm unsure if Bob reads these updates but Steve's mom does, and Bob's birthday was yesterday, so we wanted to again wish Bob a very happy birthday.

Saturday, we travelled to Madison so we could introduce Bryce to some of our friends. We were able to spend time with our friends Phil and Nicole, and their 7-month old baby Adam. Our friends Fred and Heather joined us for lunch at Cheeseburger in Paradise. I'm a big Jimmy Buffett fan, so it's one of my favorite places to eat. We spent the night at Phil and Nicole's and had lots of time to just relax, enjoy good conversation, and play with the baby boys.

Sunday, before we headed back to Appleton, we joined our friends Chris and Allison for breakfast. It was awesome to be able to see most of our friends in one visit, and we enjoyed the time we had with all of them. Sunday evening, Steve, Bryce and I went to dinner with my father-in-law, step-mother-in-law Linda, my mom Nia, and my step-father Karl at the Good Company in Appleton. Then Steve and I just spent the rest of the evening at home catching up on chores. I also got things prepared to go back to work after being off for 6 weeks of maternity leave. I admit that I'm not ready to go back. I'm physically ready, but not emotionally. I know Bryce will be well taken care of at the baby sitter's house, but I'm just going to miss spending every day with him. But since we financially can't afford me being a stay-at-home mom, and HumanaDental won't allow me to go part-time, I have no choice but to go back full-time, but at least I have Wednesdays off and work four 10-hour days. Well, that wraps up our weekend activities. I don't have much baby news to report except that Bryce was 6 weeks old on Sunday, and Steve will be adding more pictures to the Web site this week. Have a great week everyone.


Today’s forecast grade: A


Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Fog...locally dense with visibilities down to a quarter mile...will continue through 730 am in the Wisconsin River Valley. If traveling...especially along Highways 60...14...78 and 16 through the Spring Green...Sauk City...Merrimac...Portage and the Wisconsin Dells areas. Be prepared for rapidly reduced visibility. Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine and a few areas of fog, temps are mostly in the mid- 50s.

Synopsis: Can you believe that August is already almost half over? A large area of high pressure covering much of the upper Midwest is continuing to develop sinking motions in the atmosphere, which in other words means that another day of sunshine is in store for us. A near-zonal flow in the upper-air jet stream will keep temperatures seasonable as well.

Today: Partly cloudy and quite pleasant today. High of 79 central, just above 80 south. Normals for today are 79 (Green Bay and Milwaukee), 80 (Madison) and 82 (Chicago-O'Hare).

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows in the upper 50s to near 60.

Tomorrow: Becoming partly sunny. Highs lower 80s central, low to mid- 80s south.

Extended:
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, maybe a thunderstorm north and west, highs upper 70s to near 80 central, lower 80s south.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs near 80 central, lower 80s south. Rain chance 40%.
Friday: Mostly cloudy and warmer with more showers and thunderstorms developing, highs lower 80s central, mid- 80s south. Rain chance 40%.
Saturday: Morning showers, then becoming partly sunny, highs near 80. Rain chance 30%.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy and cooler, highs low to mid- 70s.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, cooler highs in the lower 90s. Check out these storm reports from yesterday afternoon:
Flash Flood Watch in effect until 10 PM PDT this evening...
The National Weather Service in Las Vegas has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for Clark... central and southern Nye... Lincoln...
and Esmeralda counties in Nevada... Mohave County in Arizona... and
Inyo and San Bernardino counties in California.

* Until 10 PM PDT (10 PM mst) this evening

* a very moist and unstable airmass combined with a upper low off
the California coast will result in scattered to numerous
thunderstorms across the region today. Thunderstorms that form will
be capable of producing rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour.

A watch means that flash flooding is possible but not imminent.

The National Weather Service in Las Vegas, NV has issued a Flash
Flood Watch. Persons in the watch area should be prepared to move to
higher ground should flood waters approach their location. Never
drive across water of unknown depth.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy and breezy with an isolated afternoon thunderstorm possible, highs upper 80s to near 90.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Breezy with scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs lower 90s.
Through 10 am...scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop in the Gulf waters...bays and near the coast. Movement will be north at 10 to 15 mph. Locally rough seas and gusty winds are possible near the stronger storms. Expect precipitation coverage to gradually expand inland later this morning as temperatures warm into the mid and upper 80s.
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, becoming breezy, 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)
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 75
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 79
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 77
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 76

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 98 (0.26")
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 91
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 91 (trace)
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 93


In Case You Missed It:

Irene a hurricane but no threat to U.S.
MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Tropical Storm Irene strengthened into a hurricane Sunday but turned away from the East Coast and posed no threat to land, forecasters said.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/15/weather.irene.ap/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200509_5day.html

Tornado strikes Wyoming town
'They can remember flying through the air'
WRIGHT, Wyoming (AP) -- Residents had just five minutes warning before a tornado tore into a mobile home park, killing two people and destroying dozens of homes.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/13/wyoming.tornado.ap/index.html

Study: Where there's ice, there's lightning
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Poet Robert Frost once pondered whether the world would end in fire or in ice. Weather researchers say where you find ice you find fire -- at least in the form of lightning.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/12/fireandice.ap/index.html

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And because Bryce happens to be sleeping this morning, I have the time to put in top stories from today's news:

Sporadic violence hits Gaza pullout
Israeli soldiers serve eviction notices on Jewish settlers
GAZA CITY (CNN) -- Israeli soldiers descended on Jewish settlements throughout Gaza on Monday morning, serving eviction notices to settlers who remained after a deadline for the withdrawal from the territory to begin.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/08/15/gaza.pullout/index.html

Cypriot jet crashes in Greece; 121 dead
ATHENS, Greece (CNN) -- A Cypriot plane with "no sign of life" in its cockpit while approaching Athens crashed into a mountain near Marathon on Sunday, Greek officials said. They said all 121 people aboard died.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/08/14/greece.crash/index.html

Police: 'Marine of the Year' shot at noisy crowd
LAWRENCE, Massachusetts (AP) -- A veteran recently named "Marine of the Year" for his service in Iraq was charged with attempted murder after firing a shotgun from his apartment window as a group of noisy revelers stood outside a nightclub, police said.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/08/14/marine.charged.ap/index.html

Police shoot same man twice, in same shoulder, in one night
COLLEGE PARK, Georgia (AP) -- A man was shot by police twice in the same shoulder at two different times on the same night.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/08/14/shot.twice.ap/index.html

Woman killed in first skydive
OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- A woman died making her first skydive -- a tandem jump with her instructor, who was seriously injured in the fall, authorities said.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/08/14/skydiving.death.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 12, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:24 PM GMT on August 12, 2005

TGIF!

Match Game Results
33 people played yesterday! Here are the results:

Phrase #1: Cross ______
Road (10) - 4 points
Walk (7) - 2 points
Country (4)
Fire (3)
Word (3)
Wind (2)
Other answers: Point, Section, Stitch, and Bow.

Phrase #2: Out of the _______
Blue (19) - 4 points
Ordinary (3) - 2 points
Loop (2)
Box (2)
Park (2)
Other answers: Water, Way, Time, Woods, and Past.


Scattergories Challenge Results

Challenge Denied, Four Points Awarded:
Sextant
Sun Spots
Sagitta
Sagittarius
Sunglasses
Spat
Satchel

Challenge Accepted, No Points Awarded:
Saliva


Summer 2005 Point Standings (36 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.

A familiar name returns to the top! Ruth, winner of the 2004 season, had the best week this week and was a crossroad shy of making it a perfect week. Other big jumpers were my wife Lisa, who leap-frogged the competition and landed all the way into a tie for fourth place, my sisters Bethany and Katie, and my friends Jason and the team of John and Shelley. There will be one more double points week this season, which will be September 20-22. Otherwise, look for another round of Match Game and a return of that wacky wheel next week.
Ruth, Madison, WI: 38 (+20)
Karl, Appleton, WI: 35 (+12)
Nia, Appleton, WI: 35 (+12)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 30 (+16)
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 30 (+12)
Will/Ruth, Appleton, WI: 30 (+6)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 29 (+14)
Bethany: 28 (+16)
Clair, Fremont, WI: 28 (+12)
Max, Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 28 (+8)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 27 (+12)
John E., Madison, WI: 27 (+12)
Scott/Ann, Appleton, WI: 27 (+12)
Becky T.: 26 (+10)
Greg, Madison, WI: 26 (+4)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 25 (+16)
Linda Ha.: 24 (+14)
Jason, De Pere, WI: 22 (+16)
John J., Berlin, WI: 22 (+8)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 22 (+6)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 22 (+4)
John/Shelley: 21 (+16)
Kelley: 20 (+10)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 20 (+8)
Harry: 19 (+8)
Mom: 19 (+8)
Adam S.: 16 (+6)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 16 (+4)
Chris Ke.: 15 (+12)
Sally: 15 (+4)
Brian, Madison WI: 14
Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC: 13 (+12)
John S.: 13 (+6)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 13
Nicole, Madison, WI: 12 (+12)
Rhonda: 12 (+8)
Al, Germantown, WI: 11
Diane Sm.: 11 (+6)
Jan, Berlin, WI: 10 (+4)
Lori: 3
Mary, Berlin, WI: 2
Chad, "Wandering Jew": 1



Today’s forecast grade: B


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with a mostly cloudy sky, and a few areas of fog, temps are in the upper 60s central and lower 70s south.

Synopsis: A cold front moved through Wisconsin overnight, and ahead of it was that large glob of rain that gave us the gloomy day yesterday. The clouds are expected to decrease later today, with a few small breaks of sunshine already peeking through across southeastern and northwestern Wisconsin.

Today: Mostly cloudy and breezy early with decreasing clouds later today. The afternoon looks pretty nice with a high of 81.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows near 60.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms, especially south. Highs in the upper 70s central, near 80 south. Chance of rain 25% central, 40% south.

Sunday: Partly sunny and cooler with another chance of a shower, probably south. Highs in the mid- 70s. Chance of rain 30% central, 40% south.

Next Week:
Monday: Partly sunny, highs in the mid- 70s central, upper 70s south.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, highs near 80.
Wednesday: A chance of showers, highs near 80 central, lower 80s south. Chance of rain 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms, highs upper 90s to near 100. Same forecast this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Maybe a thunderstorm, highs upper 80s to near 90. Same forecast this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy and breezy at times, highs lower 90s. Isolated thunderstorms this weekend, highs low to 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 and hot, highs upper 90s, heat index probably over 100. Cooling into the upper 80s by Sunday with a thunderstorm possible.
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)……….. 73 (0.53")
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 72 (0.35")
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 73 (0.17")

Look for updated Wisconsin rainfall totals here:
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/product.php?site=grb&product=RTPGRB&format=ci
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/product.php?site=mkx&product=HYDMKX&format=ci
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/radar/latest/DS.80stp/si.kgrb.shtml
And current drought conditions across the country:
http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html

High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…................. 77 (0.18")
High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 97
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 88 (0.30")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 91
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 97


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

Irene moves closer to East Coast
Tropical storm could become hurricane Friday
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/12/weather.irene.ap/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200509_5day.html

NASA launches Mars orbiter
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/space/08/12/mars.orbiter.ap/index.html

Annual celestial event returns
Perseid meteor shower to peak August 12
(SPACE.com) -- Every August, when many people go vacationing in the country where skies are dark, the best-known meteor shower makes its appearance -- the Perseids.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/space/08/11/perseid.shower/index.html

I think it's now official...Google has everything.
Google Weather Maps
http://www.weatherstationmaps.info/weather/index.jsp


It also helped that their kicker missed three field goals in the 10-7 Packers victory last night.
A good, swift kick
Longwell comes through in the clutch once again
http://www.jsonline.com/packer/rev/aug05/347875.asp
http://www.packers.com/news/stories/2005/08/12/3/

Matthew McGrory, 'Big Fish' giant, dead at 32
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Matthew McGrory, the deep-voiced 7-foot-plus actor who moved from appearances on Howard Stern's radio show to a high-profile role as a gentle giant in the movie "Big Fish," has died. He was 32.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/Movies/08/11/mcgrory.obit.ap/index.html

To quote Biff Tannen, "Manure! I hate manure!"
Massive manure spill
http://www.wbay.com/Global/story.asp?s=3713344

Here's an interesting work idea...encourage workers to dress more casually so the A/C doesn't have to be as high.
Environment Ministry Promotes 'Team Minus 6%' Global Warming Campaign
http://www.japanfs.org/db/database.cgi?cmd=dp&num=1069&dp=data_e.html

Who's your daddy?
Could be that dad is not real father, report shows
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Perhaps one out of every 25 dads could unknowingly be raising another man's child, a finding that has huge health and social implications, according to report released Wednesday.
http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=healthNews&storyID=2005-08-11T124742Z_01_N11553710_RTRIDST_0_HEALTH-PATERNITY-DISCREPANCY-DC.XML

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 11, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:00 PM GMT on August 11, 2005

Good Thursday morning!

Family Feud Results
30 people played the feud yesterday. Here are the results...some of which were not quite as popular, but very creative.

Topic #1: Something you buy that's supposed to last for years
Car (15) - 4 points
House (5) - 2 points
Furniture (3)
Refrigerator (2)
TV (2)
Other answers: Water Heater, Stove, and Candy. Yep, candy. Something you buy that's supposed to last for years. Yeah, if you never eat it!

Topic #2: Something you hear on the news that there's a shortage of
Gas (6) - 4 points (tie)
Oil (6) - 4 points (tie)
Water (4)
Nurses (2)
Food (2)
Other answers: Teachers, Jobs, Rain, Housing, Clean Air, Flu Vaccine, Toilet Paper (I hope not!), Smart Democrats (heh), and Good News (as opposed to bad news).


Match Game Thursday
Playing a style similar to the last time, fill in the blank with a one-word answer that you think will be the most popular. Points will be distributed similar to the feud above.

Phrase #1: Cross ______

Phrase #2: Out of the _______


Scattergories Challenges
There's still time to challenge and debate Tuesday's Scattergories game. Have at it before the hammer comes down Friday morning.

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


Today’s forecast grade: C


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with showers beginning to move through southern Wisconsin and clouds covering the state, temps are in the mid- to upper 60s.

Synopsis: A warm front, currently located near central Illinois, is slowly moving to the north, which means more much-needed rainfall is on its way. If you were saving something for a rainy day, today might be your day to spend it.

Today: Cloudy with showers moving in from southwest to northeast today, and thunderstorms may also begin developing along this line of gloom. High of 76. Rain chance 50% central, 80% south.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms still likely, but will eventually end overnight. Lows in the lower 60s. Rain chance 70%. If you're going to the Packers first preseason game tonight, bring along a poncho! Go Pack Go!

Tomorrow: Partly sunny with maybe an isolated shower or thunderstorm, highs near 80 central and the lower 80s south. Rain chance 30%.

Extended:
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with another isolated shower or thunderstorm possible, highs in the upper 70s. Rain chance 30%.
Sunday: Partly sunny and cooler, highs in the low to mid- 70s.
Next Week's Outlook: Besides an isolated thunderstorm south on Monday, next week looks rather dry with seasonable temperatures in the upper 70s to near 80.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms, highs upper 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

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

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy and becoming a little breezy, hot and humid highs again in the lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Because of all of those shenanigans yesterday, you get even hotter weather today. Becoming partly sunny with isolated thunderstorms developing, highs mid- 90s, heat index near 100. Enjoy.
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
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 84
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 85 (0.02")
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 86 (trace)
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 90 (0.02")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 95 (trace)
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 86 (1.40")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 91
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 95


In Case You Missed It:

Tropical Storm Irene is currently projected to hit North Carolina on Tuesday, and is acting almost as confused as Hurricane Jeanne last season.
Irene strengthens, moves toward East Coast
Storm could reach hurricane strength, forecaster says
MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Tropical depression Irene regained some strength Wednesday as it followed a course toward the East Coast, raising the possibility it could eventually hit the United States as a hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/10/weather.irene.ap/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200509_5day.html

NASA to launch Mars orbiter
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- Two days after bringing Discovery home, NASA prepared Thursday to launch a spacecraft to Mars with new tools designed to gather more data on the planet than all previous Martian missions combined.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/space/08/11/mars.orbiter.ap/index.html

Trip to the moon: $100 million
Company that sold International Space Station trips for $20M eyes lunar flybys as early as 2008.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - The firm that already arranged for two millionaire space tourists to visit the International Space Station is getting ready to sell trips to the moon for $100 million each.
http://money.cnn.com/2005/08/10/news/funny/moontrip/index.htm?cnn=yes


Truck of explosives detonates on highway
Vehicle was 'pretty much vaporized'
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) -- A tractor-trailer carrying 35,500 pounds of explosives overturned and exploded Wednesday, injuring four people and leaving a huge crater in a Utah highway.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/08/10/truck.explosion.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 10, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:34 PM GMT on August 10, 2005

Good Wednesday Morning!

Scattergories Results
26 people played double points Scattergories yesterday. Here are the results:

Starting Letter: S
Topic #1: Article(s) of Clothing
Suspenders (x3: Sally, Sheila and Becky T.)
Sari (x2: Scott/Ann and Dan)
Smock (x2: John J. and Will/Ruth B.)
Serape (x2: Karl and Sue)
Sachel
Salwar kameez - traditional clothing of Southeast Asia worn by various peoples. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salwar_kameez
Scarf
Spats
Skort
Swim cap
Sundress
Sock
Shirts
Skivvies
Stockings
Snow pants
Sunglasses
Shawl
Singlet (worn by wrestlers)
Slickers


Topic #2: Thing(s) in Outer Space
Solar wind (x3: Jordan, Jason and Greg)
Stars (x2: Chris K. and Tammy)
Space station (international) (x2: Scott/Ann and John J.)
Scorpio (constellation) (x2: Dan and Sheila)
Saturn (x2: John E. and Lisa)
Super Nova (x2: Becky T. and Sue)
Saliva
Solar system
Sagittarius
Sagitta (a star constellation)
Sputnik
Spacesuit
Space dust
Shoemaker (name of a comet)
Sun spots
Singularity http://archive.ncsa.uiuc.edu/Cyberia/NumRel/BlackHoleAnat.htmlThe
Sextant
Solar flares

Scattergories Challenge Message Board
The challenge message board is now in play! If you don't think an above answer should get credit, you have until Thursday evening to challenge an answer. If your answer is challenged and you think you should get credit, feel free to debate!
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Family Feud Wednesday
On double points week, you get three games instead of two. Here's the feud, where you WANT to duplicate people's answers!

Topic #1: Something you buy that's supposed to last for years

Topic #2: Something you hear on the news that there's a shortage of


Today’s forecast grade: B+


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with rain in northeastern Illinois and Michigan and clouds slowly leaving Wisconsin from northwest to southeast, temps are mostly in the upper 60s.

Synopsis: A cold front came through yesterday evening, developing that line of severe thunderstorms that gave us some much-needed rainfall, along with lightning, wind, and some cool-looking clouds. As for today, look for high pressure to begin to build into the region and expect a pretty nice day weatherwise, once these clouds get out of here.

Today: Cloudy right now, but look for decreasing clouds over the next several hours and a good deal of sunshine by this afternoon. Cooler behind the front with a high of 81 central, lower 80s south.

Tonight: Increasing clouds by morning, lows near 60.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing again. Highs upper 70s. Rain chance 60%.

Extended:
Friday: Maybe a morning shower, then becoming partly cloudy, highs lower 80s. Morning rain chance 25%.
Saturday: Maybe a shower, highs upper 70s. Rain chance 30%.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 70s.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Scattered thunderstorms, highs mid- 90s. And after yesterday's high of only 86, that will feel quite warm!
Low maximum temperature record broken in Las Vegas...
The high temperature Tuesday at McCarran International Airport in
Las Vegas was 86 degrees. This broke the previous record low maximum
temperature for August 9th... which was 87 degrees set in 1989.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

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

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered thunderstorms developing, hot, humid and 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: Sunshine and still hot, foo. Highs lower 90s.
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, lower 90s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 90 (0.66")
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 93 (0.03")
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 93
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 95 (0.20")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 86 (trace)
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 89 (trace)
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 92 (0.62")
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 92


In Case You Missed It:
(Additional news research provided by Jason and Dan.)

Haven't you always wanted to do this as a kid?
Baseball fan jumps into net from upper deck
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/baseball/mlb/08/10/bc.bba.whitesox.yankees.ap/index.html?cnn=yes

I think this may be an even better way to die than dying in your sleep!
Man dies after online game marathon
SEOUL, South Korea (Reuters) -- A South Korean man who played computer games for 50 hours almost non-stop died of heart failure minutes after finishing his mammoth session in an Internet cafe, authorities said on Tuesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/08/09/game.death.reut/index.html

Web designers take heed: new versions of Dreamweaver and Flash have been announced and will be available mid- September.
So much for it being called MX 2006.
Dreamweaver and Flash 8
http://www.macromedia.com/software/dreamweaver/
http://www.macromedia.com/macromedia/proom/pr/2005/announcing_dreamweaver8.html
http://www.macromedia.com/software/flash/flashpro/
http://www.macromedia.com/macromedia/proom/pr/2005/announcing_flashprofessional8.html

Apparently Hollywood really HAS run out of ideas!
Pentagon Wants Screenplays From Scientists
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/04/movies/04flyb.html?ex=1280808000&en=b35c2085878bcf51&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

Sleep uptight: Bedbug population is creeping up
Nearly wiped out after WWII, the critters are back and biting
http://www.jsonline.com/news/gen/aug05/346270.asp


And lastly, here are a couple fun toys to play with if you have a few extra minutes.
Google Earth
http://earth.google.com/

Google Moon
http://moon.google.com/

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 9, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:13 PM GMT on August 09, 2005

Good Tuesday morning!

Double Scattergories Tuesday
"Double Your Score" double points week begins right now! This summer game season goes through the Autumnal Equinox (the first day of fall), and this is one of only two double point weeks this season. Double Points Week #1 is this week because it's the last week before Lisa goes back to work, and once that happens, I'll have more baby duty in the morning so these weather updates might be a little shorter from time to time, depending on the fussiness factor. Scattergories is the opposite of feud - come up with something that fits the topic, begins with the starting letter, and is not an obvious adjective. But make it unique, as all duplicated answers are properly disposed of into the Diaper Champ!

Starting Letter: S
Topic #1: Article(s) of Clothing

Topic #2: Thing(s) in Outer Space


Today’s forecast grade: B


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with showers and thunderstorms in far northwestern Wisconsin and sunshine to the south and east, temps are in the low to mid- 70s.

Synopsis: There is a nearly-stationary frontal boundary located across far northern Wisconsin, stretching to a low pressure system in South Dakota. It will slowly work its way southeast, giving us one last day of hot and humid sunshine before clouds roll in later today and showers and thunderstorms begin developing tonight.

Today: Mostly sunny, hot and humid once again with increasing clouds later today from northwest to southeast. High of 89 central, lower 90s south. Dew points near 70 (rather humid)

Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing, especially across central and northern Wisconsin. There is a slight risk of severe weather tonight across central Wisconsin. Lows mid- 60s. Rain chance 60%.

Tomorrow: Morning showers, particularly across southern and eastern Wisconsin, then partial clearing later in the day. Highs near 80 central, lower 80s south. Morning rain chance 30%.

Extended:
Thursday: Maybe an isolated shower, otherwise partly sunny, highs near 80 central, lower 80s south. Rain chance 20%.
Friday: A chance of showers, highs low to mid- 80s. Rain chance 40%.
Saturday: Scattered showers, cooler, highs mid- to upper 70s. Rain chance 40%.
Sunday: Maybe a morning shower, highs only in the low to mid- 70s. Rain chance 40%.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs mid- 80s.
Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will continue to spread inland from the Atlantic through 830 am. Communities from Kiawah Island north through Summerville...Charleston and Mount Pleasant and Huger can expect brief torrential downpours and occasional rumbles of thunder as this activity spreads inland. Rainfall amounts up to 1/2 inch can be expected in the heavier showers.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and storms, highs lower 90s.
Through 10 am...isolated showers and thunderstorms will likely begin developing across locations south of Interstate 10. Expect areal coverage to increase through the morning hours. Mariners should expect locally rough seas and high winds near scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms from near Freeport to 60 nm south of High Island. These storms will be moving east at 10 mph.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Sunshine and hot, highs lower 90s.
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……..… 90
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 88
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 89
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 90
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 93

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 98 (trace)
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 84 (1.50")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 92 (0.72")
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 88


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

What a pleasant sigh of relief!
'Discovery is home'
Shuttle completes first mission since loss of Columbia
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/space/08/09/space.shuttle/index.html

Tunneling bank robbers net $68 million
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) -- Thieves tunneled into a bank in northeastern Brazil and stole $68 million, the biggest bank heist in the nation's history, police said on Monday.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/americas/08/08/brazil.heist.reut/index.html

For the hunt-and-peck typers out there...
Optimus keyboard
http://www.artlebedev.com/portfolio/optimus/


Viewers watching late-night cable program hear robbery and call police
FORT SMITH, Ark. A late-night cable T-V program in Arkansas became an unscheduled reality show -- when viewers heard two men trying to rob the hosts.
http://www.wbay.com/Global/story.asp?S=3688595

Sis, boom, busted
Cheerleaders help police catch driver who left accident scene
ANN ARBOR, Michigan (AP) -- A man who left an accident scene was tracked down with the help of some cheerleaders who witnessed the crash and turned his license plate number into a cheer, police said.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/08/08/crime.fighting.cheerleaders.ap/index.html


Someone's sleeping on the couch for a year!
Man forgets wife at gas station
ROME, Italy (Reuters) -- A Macedonian man left his wife at an Italian service station and only realized he had driven off without her six hours later, news agency Ansa said.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/08/08/italy.leftbehind.reut/index.html

Fan gets death for killing wife to watch sports
http://www.cnn.com/si/2005/more/08/05/sex.sports.murder.ap/index.html?cnn=yes

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 8, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:24 PM GMT on August 08, 2005

Good Morning, this is Lisa again with our weekend update and I hope you all had a great weekend. We had a very busy weekend as usual. Saturday morning, Steve went golfing with my cousin Brian Beck, my uncles, and Brian's friends before his wedding. While Steve was golfing I went to some rummage sales with my friend Lisa. My father-in-law and step-mother-in-law came for a visit in the afternoon. They hadn't seen Bryce since we were in the hospital so it was nice to see them, and they got to spend some time with us. Saturday evening we went to Brian's wedding. Congratulations Brian and Jenny. We had a great time, and we were glad we could be with them to celebrate their special day.
Sunday, we went to a Timber Rattler baseball game with our church. We had a great time, although it was very hot and humid. The Timber Rattlers won 6-2 against the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Usually they lose whenever we go to a game, so it was nice to see them win. Bryce was supposed to go with us, but with the heat we didn't think it would be very healthy for him, so he spent the day with Grandpa and Grandma John. After the game we went for dinner at Mary's Restaurant with my mom and Karl. Then we spent Sunday evening relaxing at home because we were both very tired after the long busy weekend. I don't have much baby news to report except that Brian and Jenny's wedding was his first wedding, and he was very well behaved and never cried once. Well that wraps up our weekend, have a great week.


Today’s forecast grade: B+


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with showers and thunderstorms in northwestern Wisconsin and sunshine mixed with a few areas of fog elsewhere, temps are mostly near 70 central and the lower 70s south.

Synopsis: A low pressure system, currently centered near northeastern North Dakota, is developing a line of showers and thunderstorms across parts of the Dakotas, Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. However, besides an isolated late-day thunderstorm central, I think this system is going to miss us to the north.

Today: Mostly sunny with a few areas of fog early, then becoming partly cloudy and hot. Highs near 90 central, lower 90s south, dew points in the mid- 60s (somewhat humid).

Tonight: Maybe an isolated thunderstorm central (slight risk of severe), otherwise partly cloudy and dry. Lows mid- to upper 60s. Rain chance 25% central, 15% south.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy and still hot with scattered thunderstorms developing late, with a slight risk of these becoming severe in central Wisconsin. Highs near 90 central, lower 90s south. Rain chance tomorrow night 50%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Maybe a morning shower, then becoming partly cloudy and cooler, highs lower 80s. Rain chance Wednesday morning 30%.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, highs lower 80s.
Friday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs lower 80s. Rain chance 40%.
Saturday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs mid- 80s. Rain chance 40%.
Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs near 80. Rain chance 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy with maybe an early afternoon thunderstorm, highs just over 100.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

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

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms becoming more numerous later today. Highs lower 90s.
Isolated showers will pop up and move southeast at 10 mph. Rainfall accumulations less than one quarter of an inch expected.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Scattered thunderstorms, highs near 90.
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)……….. 84
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 86
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 88
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 89

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 103 (trace)
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 87 (0.54")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 92 (0.75")
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 92 (trace)


In Case You Missed It:

NASA Delays Discovery Landing Until Tues.
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/ShuttleReturn/wireStory?id=1018409

2 tropical storms churn in Atlantic, no threat to land
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/08/tropicalweather.ap/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,165005,00.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200508_5day.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200509_5day.html

Seven dead as storm wreaks havoc
Homes, crops and dykes destroyed
BEIJING, China (AP) -- At least least seven people were killed as Typhoon Matsa swept through eastern China over the weekend, causing billions of yuan (hundreds of millions of dollars) in losses and snarling transportation for two days, reports said Monday.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/07/typhoon.matsa.ap/index.html


Peter Jennings Dies at 67
http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=1015438

Crew safe after mini-sub rescue
MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- The seven-man crew of a trapped Russian mini-submarine are back in port after a three-day ordeal at the bottom of the Pacific with dwindling oxygen.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/08/07/russia.sea/index.html

Something tells me congress didn't quite think through this one...
Longer daylight saving may cause trouble
NEW YORK (AP) -- When daylight-saving time starts earlier than usual in the United States come 2007, VCR or DVD recorders could start recording shows an hour late.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/08/08/daylight.saving.ap/index.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=1017193

No post-season for Indian mascots
NCAA ban goes into effect Feb. 1
http://www.jsonline.com/sports/coll/aug05/346539.asp
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/news/story?id=2125735

What else is there to do in Sheboygan?
Woman Eats 35 Bratwursts in 10 Minutes
99-Pound Woman Gobbles Up 35 Brats in 10 Minutes to Take Bratwurst-Eating Crown in Wisconsin
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1017142

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 5, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:54 PM GMT on August 05, 2005

TGIF!

Mad Gab Answers
27 people played Mad Gab yesterday, and I thought the two gabs flowed together rather well. Answers are below:

Gab #1 (27/27): Aid Ride Hyper =
A dry diaper
(Three of you misspelled diaper, but I don't take off for spelling unless it makes a different word)

Gab #2 (24/27): Hit Snotty Fin Clothes =
It's not even close

Bonus Points:
5: Adam S. (9:15am)
15: Mom (10:59am)
25: Brian (7:49pm)


Summer 2005 Point Standings (37 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.

Nobody got all seven points, but Will/Ruth, Becky T. and my lovely wife Lisa got all six of the regular points this week, not counting the bonus point, which also means we have a new leader! But what will happen next week during "Double Your Score" double points week? 24 points will be up for grabs and not a single point will be guaranteed!
Will/Ruth, Appleton, WI: 24 (+6)
Karl, Appleton, WI: 23 (+5)
Nia, Appleton, WI: 23 (+5)
Greg, Madison, WI: 22 (+5)
Max, Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 20 (+5)
Ruth, Madison, WI: 18 (+3)
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 18 (+5)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 18 (+4)
Becky T.: 16 (+6)
Clair, Fremont, WI: 16 (+4)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 16 (+5)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 15 (+2)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 15 (+4)
John E., Madison, WI: 15 (+4)
Scott/Ann, Appleton, WI: 15 (+4)
Brian, Madison WI: 14 (+5)*
John J., Berlin, WI: 14 (+2)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 14 (+6)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 13 (+4)
Bethany: 12 (+4)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 12 (+3)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 12 (+5)
Al, Germantown, WI: 11 (+1)
Harry: 11 (+4)
Mom: 11 (+4)*
Sally: 11 (+1)
Adam S.: 10 (+4)*
Kelley: 10 (+4)
Linda Ha.: 10 (+2)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 9 (+3)
John S.: 7 (+2)
Jan, Berlin, WI: 6 (+2)
Jason, De Pere, WI: 6
John/Shelley: 5 (+2)
Diane Sm.: 5 (+3)
Rhonda: 4 (+4)
Chris Ke.: 3
Lori: 3 (+2)
Mary, Berlin, WI: 2
Chad, "Wandering Jew": 1 (+1)
Jodi: 1


Listen to today’s update:
MP3:
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/forecast.mp3
Podcast:
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/forecast.xml


Today’s forecast grade: A


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds across far southern Wisconsin and sunshine elsewhere across the state, temps are around 60 degrees.

Synopsis: A cold front to our south is still developing scattered showers across Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio this morning, but in the Badger state we can look forward to high pressure, currently centered near western Nebraska, dominating our weather pattern and giving us very pleasant weather through this weekend.

Today: Besides some morning clouds across far southern Wisconsin, expect mostly sunny and seasonable conditions. High of 81.

Tonight: Clear, lows mid- 50s. For those heading out to Packers Family Night tonight, have fun!

Saturday: Mostly sunny and continued seasonable, highs mid- 80s. Or as Billy Idol would say, "It's a nice day for a white wedding," right Brian?

Sunday: Mostly sunny, highs mid- to upper 80s.

Next Week:
Monday: Mostly sunny, highs upper 80s. By now you may have forgotten what a cloud even looks like! (and your lawn forgotten what rain feels like!)
Tuesday: Increasing clouds with a chance of showers and thunderstorms late, highs mid- to upper 80s. Rain chance 25%.
Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mostly early in the day, highs 79-84. Rain chance 35%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Maybe an afternoon thunderstorm, highs around 100. Same thing for this weekend with highs going up to 105 by Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, highs mid- to upper 80s. Isolated thunderstorms this weekend, temperatures maybe a degree or two cooler.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs lower 90s, Ozone Action Day. 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 lower 90s. Isolated afternoon storms this weekend, highs cooling into the upper 80s. Ahhh...
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)……….. 82
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 82 (0.08")
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 84 (0.14")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 88 (trace)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 102
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 88
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 90
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 97


In Case You Missed It:

Another tropical system is developing in the North Atlantic and heading west...
Tropical Depression Nine
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200509_5day.html

Study: Giant ocean waves fairly common
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Last year's Hurricane Ivan generated an ocean wave that towered higher than 90 feet at one point, says a study that also suggests such giants may be more common than once thought.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/08/04/giant.wave.ap/index.html


Police: Handcuffing 5 year-old not a violation
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) -- Police officers committed an error of judgment when they handcuffed an unruly kindergartner at school in March but did not violate policy, the department's chief said Thursday.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/08/04/handcuffed.girl.ap/index.html

And you thought steaming piles of cat poo in your house was bad?
Doggie litter: A vast wasteland of opportunity?
http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/manufacturing/2005-08-02-puppy-litter-usat_x.htm


Check out this Wedding Crashers movie Web site, where you can insert your name and face right into the trailer. Pretty neat!
Trailer Crashers
http://www.weddingcrashersmovie.com/crashthistrailer/
See an example, built by my friends Clair and Jordan.
http://www.weddingcrashersmovie.com/crashthistrailer/index.htm?id=123878

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 4, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:53 PM GMT on August 04, 2005

Good Thursday morning!

Mad Gab Thursday
Back by popular demand, here are two Mad Gab puzzles! And no, "a mother and child" won't be one of the answers.

Gab #1: Aid Ride Hyper

Gab #2: Hit Snotty Fin Clothes

Bonus Points: 5, 15, 25


Today’s forecast grade: B


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with clouds and isolated showers across Wisconsin, temps are still mild around 75-80!

Synopsis: We had a couple rounds of showers and isolated thunderstorms move through yesterday evening and again overnight. The showers last night hit Madison around 3-4 a.m., Waukesha around 5 a.m, and hit the Fox Valley around never. There are still some isolated showers in Wisconsin this morning, but after these move through, look for decreasing clouds and temperatures this afternoon behind a cold front currently located in central Wisconsin.

Today: Cloudy and breezy with isolated showers this morning and decreasing clouds this afternoon. High of 84 central, maybe a degree or three warmer to the south. Rain chance 20%.

Tonight: Becoming mostly clear, lows upper 50s to near 60.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and seasonable. Highs near 80. Take the afternoon off!

Extended:
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 80s.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 80s. Or in other words, a carbon copy of Saturday.
Next Week's Outlook: Our next chance of showers and thunderstorms looks to be Wednesday, with high pressure dominating our weather pattern for this weekend and the first half of next week. I thought high temps would be dropping into the 70s next week, but the latest batch of model data is suggesting more 80s and even near 90 next Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of our next cold front.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine with maybe an afternoon thunderstorm, highs upper 90s to near 100.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, highs mid- to upper 80s near the coast but low to mid- 90s if you're headed inland.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered thunderstorms, highs low to mid- 90s. Ozone Action Day, surprise surprise.
Through 900 am...isolated showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop and move north at 5 to 10 mph. Rainfall amounts will range form a quarter to one inch.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Partly cloudy, still hot, highs mid- 90s. Even though I can't get you high 70s/low 80s right away, things will cool down a bit for you with highs in the upper 80s starting tomorrow.
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)……….. 90 (trace)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 88 (0.01")
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 90 (0.01")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 93 (trace)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 95 (Brrr!)
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 88
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 91
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 95


In Case You Missed It:

Tropical Storm Harvey brushes Bermuda
Hurricane watch canceled for Atlantic island
(CNN) -- Tropical Storm Harvey, the eighth named storm of the 2005 season, dealt a glancing blow to Bermuda on Thursday, passing to the south-southeast of the Atlantic island.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/04/storm.harvey/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200508_5day.html

NASA ponders second repair in space
Engineers review possible problem with thermal blanket
JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, Texas (CNN) -- NASA engineers are expected to decide today if Discovery astronauts need to perform another repair to the shuttle's exterior.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/space/08/04/space.shuttle/index.html


You wouldn't know it with our TV viewing habits!
Study: Technology 'optimists' turn off TV
LOS ANGELES, California (Hollywood Reporter) -- Broadband Internet surfers in North America watch two fewer hours of television per week than do those without Internet access, while those using a dial-up connection watch 1.5 fewer hours of TV.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/internet/08/03/broadband.tv.reut/index.html

Scientists clone man's best friend
DENVER, Colorado (AP) -- Scientists for the first time have cloned a dog. But don't count on a better world populated by identical, well-behaved canines just yet.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/08/03/dog.clone.ap/index.html


Brain-dead woman dies after childbirth
She was kept on life support, as fetus developed
ARLINGTON, Virginia (AP) -- A brain-dead woman who was kept alive for three months so she could deliver the child she was carrying was removed from life support Wednesday and died, a day after giving birth.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/08/03/braindead.pregnancy.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 3, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:46 PM GMT on August 03, 2005

Good Wednesday morning!

One Month Old Today
Today is Bryce's one month birthday! My how time flies. And to celebrate the day, I've added 11 more pictures to the Web site. Enjoy!

http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/baby


Feud Results
34 people played the feud yesterday. Here are the results:

Topic #1: A piece on a chessboard
King (20) - 2 points
Queen (6) - 1 point (tie)
Pawn (6) - 1 point (tie)
Knight (2)

Topic #2: Something that you do with your thumb
Suck it (13) - 2 points
Twiddle (7) - 1 point
Hitchhike (6)
Put it up (thumbs up) (6)
Crack it and clicking the remote got one vote each.


Weather Update Poll Results:
These are somewhat surprising results to me - my personal favorite is Family Feud. The #1 favorite game returns tomorrow!
What is your favorite weather update game? (choose only one) [22 votes total]
Mad Gab (7) 32%
TriBond (6) 27%
Scattergories (4) 18%
Family Feud (4) 18%
Wheel of Fortune (1) 5%
Match Game (0) 0%
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s forecast grade: B


Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms will affect the Dodgeville...Mineral Point...Darlington...Shullsburg...Monroe and possibly Madison area from 645 am through 8 am. Rainfall of one tenth to one quarter inch is possible. Otherwise...widespread light fog and haze will continue through 8 am this morning. Visibilities will be mostly 2 to 4 miles...but low areas and river valleys may experience lower visibilities of around one half mile to one mile for a time. The fog will thin and dissipate after 730 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with areas of fog across the state and isolated showers in southern Wisconsin (but a heavier band of rain across Minnesota), temps are already indoor room temperature, in the low to mid- 70s.

Synopsis: An area of low pressure is moving our way from the eastern Dakotas, and while Minnesota is getting almost all of the rain this morning, it's going to slowly move this way, giving us a chance of showers and thunderstorms late today through tomorrow morning with our best chance for thunder right around the time you go to bed tonight.

Today: Besides a few areas of fog this morning, look for a mix of sunshine and clouds with isolated showers south, then becoming cloudy everywhere from west to east with showers and thunderstorms developing late in the today. Breezy with another hot and humid high of 88 central, lower 90s south. Rain chance 30%.

Tonight: A good chance of showers and thunderstorms, and there is a slight risk of these thunderstorms becoming severe. Lows near 70. Rain chance 60%.

Tomorrow: Maybe a morning shower, then decreasing clouds and temperatures but still a little breezy with a directional shift, highs 80-85. Morning rain chance 30%.

This Weekend:
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs lower 80s.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs low to mid- 80s.
Sunday: A chance of showers late, highs mid- 80s. Rain chance 25%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: A chance of thunderstorms, mostly early in the day, then becoming partly cloudy. Highs near 100.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, some showers off the coast, 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 mid- 90s. It's another Ozone Action Day, all y'all!
Isolated showers and thunderstorms will develop near the coast and move north at 5 to 10 mph. Offshore...expect scattered showers and thunderstorms to continue during the early morning hours.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Sunshine, hot and somewhat humid, highs mid- 90s.
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……..… 91
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 88
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 90
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 90
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 92

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 101 (trace)
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 86
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 92
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 95


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

Shuttle crew begins space repair
JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, Texas (CNN) -- In a history-making spacewalk now under way, Discovery astronaut Steve Robinson will float to the space shuttle's underbelly and gently pluck filler material sticking out from between heat-resistant tiles in two places on the orbiter.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/space/08/03/space.shuttle/index.html

Forecasters Warn of Increased Hurricane Threat
WASHINGTON — Note to the millions of people living near the Atlantic and Gulf coasts: Be prepared to batten down the hatches, it'll be a rougher than normal season for tropical storms.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,164505,00.html
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/02/hurricanes.reut/index.html

Scientists puzzle over oddities along Pacific coast
Dead birds, fewer fish, drop in plankton cause concern
SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- Marine biologists are seeing mysterious and disturbing things along the Pacific Coast this year: higher water temperatures, plummeting catches of fish, lots of dead birds on the beaches, and perhaps most worrisome, very little plankton -- the tiny organisms that are a vital link in the ocean food chain.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/08/02/ocean.crisis.ap/index.html


Jobs actually admits that a mouse can have more than one button!
Apple - Mighty Mouse
http://www.apple.com/mightymouse/

Could Milwaukee have a MLS team by 2008?
Wilt leads push for soccer stadium, MLS team
http://www.jsonline.com/sports/socc/aug05/345396.asp

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 2, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:36 PM GMT on August 02, 2005

Good Tuesday morning!

Family Feud
Today begins the second time around for my update games, as we've played each game once so far this summer season. So it's back to the feud...give me the most popular answer to these topics. Also, the first of two double points weeks begins a week from today!

Topic #1: A piece on a chessboard

Topic #2: Something that you do with your thumb


What is your favorite weather update game? (last day to vote)
Family Feud
Mad Gab
Match Game
Scattergories
TriBond
Wheel of Fortune
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s forecast grade: B


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with sunshine across Wisconsin, temperatures are already in the low to mid- 70s.

Synopsis: An area of high pressure over the eastern United States will give us one more day of dry weather before a low pressure system moves in from the west, giving us a chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight through Thursday. Look for the hot and humid weather to get even hotter today and last through tomorrow. And if you don't like hot and humid weather, just remember that when it's 20 degrees and snowing in another couple of months!

Today: Sunny this morning with increasing clouds and winds late in the day. More hot and humid today with a high of 91 central, lower 90s south, dew points near 70 (rather humid). Ozone Action Day.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows near 70. Rain chance 30%.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, hot, humid and breezy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs near 90. Rain chance 40%. Tomorrow is also Bryce's one-month birthday!

Extended:
Thursday: A good chance of showers and thunderstorms, mostly early in the day, then cooler, highs lower 80s. Rain chance 60%.
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs lower 80s.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs low to mid- 80s.
Sunday: A chance of thunderstorms late in the day, highs mid- 80s. Rain chance 30%. We could see highs next week back in the 70s.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Maybe an afternoon thunderstorm, highs around 102.
July 2005... hottest on record in Las Vegas...
The average temperature in Las Vegas for July was 95.3 degrees.
This breaks the previous record of 94.8 degrees set in 2003.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

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

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs in the mid- 90s. Ozone Action Day.
Through 8 am...isolated showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop inland this morning...expect scattered activity offshore. Movement will be north at 5 to 10 mph. Average rainfall accumulations will be 1/4 inch.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Partly cloudy, hot and somewhat humid, highs in the mid- 90s.
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, near 90 south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 86
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 89
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 90
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 93

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 102 (trace)
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 83 (2.26"!)
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 93
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 94


In Case You Missed It:
In case you haven't noticed lately, I've been putting less news articles in here and focusing more on earth/space related news with just one or two current events stories at the bottom. Considering this is a weather update, not a news update, I'm probably going to continue this trend going forward.

States ordered to cut power plant pollution
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration told 28 states Monday it plans to order specific pollution cuts from their power plants, if state officials don't have their own plan by fall of next year for making the air cleaner for people downwind.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/08/01/clean.air.ap/index.html

Astronaut to make first in-flight repair
NASA decides protruding fillers should be removed
JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, Texas (AP) -- Discovery's astronauts are preparing for a high-stakes task that has never before been attempted: sending a spacewalker beneath the shuttle to repair filler sticking out from ship's thermal tile belly.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/space/08/02/space.shuttle.ap/index.html

Explorers: Arctic ocean depths teeming with life
OTTAWA, Ontario (Reuters) -- The remotest depths of the Arctic ocean are surprisingly full of life, including previously unknown species of jellyfish and worms, a scientific team which just finished exploring the area said on Friday.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/08/01/arctic.sealife.reut/index.html


Palmeiro tests positive
Latest member of 3,000-hit club faces 10-day ban
NEW YORK (AP) -- Rafael Palmeiro poked his finger in the air for emphasis and raised his voice with all the indignation of a man falsely accused.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/baseball/mlb/08/01/steroids.suspension/index.html?cnn=yes

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 1, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:04 PM GMT on August 01, 2005

Happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope you all had a great weekend. Our weekend was fun and busy, like usual. Saturday, we got together for dinner and a board game with our friends Clair and Becky. We also brought Bryce along with us since Becky hadn't met him yet. We played the game RISK until after midnight, and Clair won. I was doing pretty well though considering it was my first time playing. I have to admit though, that I wouldn't have done as well without the tips I received from my opponents. They were trying to help me learn the game. Next time though, I'm sure I'll be fine on my own. Sunday morning the three of us went to church, then we all went to Berlin for a Beck family reunion. My grandma isn't doing so well healthwise, and she hadn't met Bryce yet, so we all got together for a cookout at my aunt Barb's house. It was a lot of fun. Steve had fun playing Texas Hold Em' with my family too. He was beaten by my brother Adam, but he enjoyed the competition.

Well, that wraps up our weekend and I have just a small Bryce update. He was 4 weeks old yesterday, and he'll be 1 month old on August 3rd. We have just recently started to notice what we think are his first "real" smiles. In the past, we saw his facial expressions that we thought looked like smiles, but he most likely just had some gas. The smiles we have been seeing recently look different than the expressions we were seeing before. They are wider, and his mouth is more of a full arc, and they last a little longer. Steve tried to take a few pictures but by the time he'd get the camera ready, they were gone. Also, Bryce and I have been playing a little game of "Monkey See, Monkey Do." I will stick out my tongue, and Bryce will then stick out his tongue out too. It doesn't work every time, but he was pretty consistent. Maybe I shouldn't be encouraging my baby to stick out his tongue, but it's one of the few things he can do at this stage and it's so cute when he does it. Also, on Friday I read Bryce his first book "God Gave Us You." For the most part he was very alert when I was reading, and he almost seemed to be paying attention. There were a few times when he got content enough that he started falling asleep, but he was alert for most of the book. Well, that's all I have for baby updates. Have a great week.


Weather Update Poll:
What is your favorite weather update game? (choose only one this time)
Family Feud
Mad Gab
Match Game
Scattergories
TriBond
Wheel of Fortune
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s forecast grade: B+


Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Patchy fog across south central and southeast Wisconsin will thin and dissipate between now and 9 am. Until then...patchy fog will reduce the visibility to between 2 and 4 miles in many areas. In the Wisconsin River Valley...the fog may reduce the visibility to as low as one quarter mile from Lone Rock to the Wisconsin Dells. Be wary of rapidly changing visibilities early this morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with a sun and cloud mix and a few areas of fog south, temps are around 70-75.

Synopsis: Can you believe it's August already? We sure have made up for the last two summers' lack of heat with a bundle of 90+ degree days, and we're going to add a few more to the ongoing list this week thanks to an upper-air jet stream ridge over the nation's midsection.

Today: Partly sunny, hot and humid with isolated thunderstorms developing north. Central and southern Wisconsin should remain dry today. High of 88 central, near 90 south, dew points 65-70 (somewhat humid).

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows upper 60s to near 70.

Tomorrow: Becoming mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing late in the day. Highs near 90 central, lower 90s south. Rain chance 30%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Morning showers, then another chance of thunderstorms late, highs upper 80s. Rain chance 30%.
Thursday: Another chance of morning showers, then decreasing clouds and cooler, highs near 80. Rain chance 30%.
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs near 80.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs lower 80s.
Sunday: A chance of thunderstorms south, highs lower 80s. Rain chance 25%.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Most of you guys are up in Wisconsin this week, but not all, so for those that stayed behind, you'll get to enjoy showers and thunderstorms, highs mid- 80s.
A batch of showers with an occasional rumble of thunder will continue moving northeast over the area. These showers will produce very heavy rainfall with a few places receiving up to an inch per hour. Areas affected include Jasper...Chesterfield...beufort...Walling Grove...Chisolm and Bennetts Point. Motorists should take caution and be alert for ponding on roadways.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, hot and humid, highs mid- 90s, Ozone Action Day.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Sunshine, hot, highs lower 90s.
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)………... 86
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 85
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 86 (trace)
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…....... 89

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 99
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 90 (0.57")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 93
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 92


In Case You Missed It:

Study: Hurricanes getting stronger
Some scientists question research methods
(AP) -- Is global warming making hurricanes more ferocious? New research suggests the answer is yes.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/07/31/hurricanes.globalwrm.ap/index.html

Planet X, perhaps?
Astronomers claim discovery of solar system's 10th planet
PASADENA, California (CNN) -- Astronomers announced Friday that an object they discovered in the distant reaches of the solar system is large enough to be the 10th planet -- a claim likely to reignite a debate over just how many objects should be called planets.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/space/07/30/new.planet/index.html


Low-carb king Atkins files Chapter 11
Company owes $300 million in outstanding principal and interest
NEW YORK (AP) -- Atkins Nutritionals Inc., the company that promoted low-carb eating into a national diet craze, filed for bankruptcy court protection Sunday, a company spokesman said.

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Humidity: 99%
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