Wisconsin Weather Update

Wisconsin Weather Update for October 31, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:05 PM GMT on October 31, 2005


Good Monday Morning,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope you all had a great weekend. We had a very busy but fun and enjoyable weekend which we spent with friends and family. Saturday, Bryce got his first professional pictures taken. He was very good, and he seemed to enjoy being in the spotlight. After the picture session, my mom took Bryce to see his Great Grandma Beck in Berlin. While Bryce was with his Grandma Nia, Steve and I went home to get some work done around the house. Then on Saturday night, Steve and I, along with our friends Jason and Nicole, went to dinner at Texas Roadhouse, then we went to a haunted house at the Grand Opera House in Oshkosh called A Theatre of Lost Souls. It was a fun haunted house, but we all agreed that it wasn't as scary as we expected it to be.

On Sunday, we went to church, then my mother-in-law, stepfather-in-law, and sister-in-law Kelley came over to visit and we spent the afternoon at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay. We had a great time, and thanks to my friend Kathy who works at the Wildlife Sanctuary, I was able to hold a couple snakes. We also got to pet a descented skunk and an opossum, and got close, personal looks at bobcats, a fisher, a cougar, otters, and a porcupine named Spike.

Not too much is new with Bryce, except that now he is rolling around a lot. Lying him down in the middle of the living room floor, he's already made it halfway to the kitchen and another time, all the way over to the fireplace! He also giggles and laughs, has become more ticklish, and he's more interactive and fun. That wraps up my portion of the update, have a great week.


In case you're wondering, today's update is written in purple text because today is Halloween! I would have colored it in dark orange text, but my Eudora email program doesn't have orange as one of the color choices, and the other main color, black, is hardly fun for Halloween, so I'm going with purple, another semi-Halloween color.


Today’s forecast grade: B-


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds and a few areas of spooky fog, temps are in the upper 40s to lower 50s.

Synopsis: A cold front is moving across southeastern Wisconsin at the moment, and while all the precipitation is to our north and south, we are still getting cloud cover and will be getting a small drop in temperatures behind the front.

Today: Mostly cloudy and not so scary, high of 56.

Tonight: Becoming mostly clear for the little trick-or-treaters, lows mid- 30s. And now that daylight savings time has ended, "tonight" means 4:30pm.

Tomorrow: Dracula says, "Partly sunny and breezy with a zero percent chance of garlic, highs mid- 50s. And I, for one, enjoy the fact that it gets dark early now. Hahahaha!"

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly sunny and windy, highs mid- 50s central, upper 50s to near 60 south.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, breezy and warmer, highs near 60 central, lower 60s south.
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 50s.
Saturday: Increasing clouds with rain developing late. Highs 49-54. Rain chance Saturday night 50%.
Sunday: Scattered rain showers, highs 50-55. Rain chance 40%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, highs near 70.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated showers and thunderstorms, breezy, highs upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Partly sunny and warmer, highs lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USKY0933

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 55 (0.10")
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 59 (0.13")
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 61
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 65

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 75
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 66
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 79
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 66


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

Hurricane Beta belts Nicaragua
Storm weakens as it moves inland
MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Hurricane Beta's heavy rains drenched Nicaragua and Honduras Sunday afternoon as the weakening storm moved inland following an early morning landfall with 105 mph (170 km/hr) winds.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/10/30/beta.hurricane/index.html
http://us.rd.yahoo.com/mymod/hdln/rw/sty/*http://story.news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051031/wl_nm/weather_beta_dc
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200526.html

Prince Charles: Climate change is 'terrifying'
LONDON, England (AP) -- Prince Charles says he believes the pace of climate change is terrifying and people are becoming too dependent on technology.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/10/30/prince.charles.interview.ap/index.html


State Street Halloween ends with pepper spray
Halloween 2005 ended early Sunday the same way it did a year ago - with repeated bursts of pepper spray.
http://www.madison.com/wsj/mad/top/index.php?ntid=59750
http://www.madison.com/tct/photos/local/index.php?ntid=59753
http://nbc15.madison.com/news/headlines/1931492.html
http://nbc15.madison.com/news/headlines/1931942.html
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/10/30/halloween.arrests.ap/index.html

Pastor electrocuted while performing baptism
WACO, Texas Funeral services are pending for a Texas pastor who was electrocuted in front of his congregation this morning while performing a baptism.
http://www.wbay.com/Global/story.asp?S=4048890
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/10/31/pastor.electrocuted.ap/index.html

Police: Winning lottery ticket purchased with stolen credit card
MEDFORD, Oregon (AP) -- A woman bought a winning lottery ticket worth $1 million with a stolen credit card and could wind up with nothing if convicted, police said.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/10/28/lottery.creditcard.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 28, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:44 PM GMT on October 28, 2005

TGIF!

Wheel Answers
Puzzle #1: (22/23)
S T U B B O R N
A S
A
M U L E
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE CDMO
Point Value: 1
(one person wrote in with "stubborn as a male." Heh. )

Puzzle #2: (22/23)
W E B
B R O W S E R
Category: Thing
Used Letters: RSTLNE FGPO
Point Value: 1


Scattergories Challenge Results
Mobo and Motherboard: Challenge Accepted, no points awarded for either. http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/M/mobo.html
META tags and Metadata Repository + Minimum Design Require: Challenge Denied, two points awarded to each.


Autumn 2005 Point Standings (32 people played this week)
The top player this season will win a fabulous weather-related prize (if not a previous winner).
Please verify your point total for accuracy.
^ = moved above the preliminary cut line this week.
-- = moved below the preliminary cut line this week.

14 people got all six points this week, and there was some moving and shaking on the leaderboard with three people moving up and three others, including two-time winner Nia, moving below the preliminary cut line. There's a new leader as well with coworker Becky T. taking sole possession of the top spot. There's a lot more season to be played including a double point week just after Thanksgiving so there's plenty of time to get your name above the thin, red line!
Becky T.: 18 (+6)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 17 (+4)
Mary, Berlin, WI: 17 (+6)
Karl, Appleton, WI: 16 (+6)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 16 (+6)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 16 (+6)
Will/Ruth, Appleton, WI: 15 (+4)
Bethany: 14 (+6)^
Greg, Madison, WI: 14 (+6)^
Sally: 14 (+6)^
--------Preliminary Playoff Cut Line (Final playoff participants determined December 2)--------
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 13 (+4)--
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 13 (+6)
Max, Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 13 (+6)
Nia, Appleton, WI: 13 (+4)--
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 13 (+6)
Clair, Fremont, WI: 12 (+6)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 12 (+6)
John J., Berlin, WI: 12 (+2)--
Linda Ha.: 12 (+4)
Brian, Madison WI: 11 (+4)
Diane Sm.: 10 (+6)
Al, Germantown, WI: 9 (+4)
Jan, Berlin, WI: 9 (+2)
Jason, De Pere, WI: 10 (+5)
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 9 (+2)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 9 (+4)
John E., Madison, WI: 8 (+2)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 8 (+3)
Nicole, Madison, WI: 8 (+4)
Chris Ke.: 6
Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC: 6 (+2)
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 5 (+0)
Harry: 4
Scott/Ann, Appleton, WI: 4
Chad, "Wandering Jew": 2 (+0)
Rhonda: 2
Kelley: 1


Today’s forecast grade: B+


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with sunshine in the sky and frost on the ground, temps are in the upper 20s to near 30.

Synopsis: A large area of high pressure is continuing to dominate a good chunk of the country, bringing plentiful sunshine with it. As the high pressure system moves through Wisconsin today, we'll see a slow wind shift so that the winds will eventually be coming from the south, bringing warmer temperatures into our area as well. It looks like a great Saturday is shaping up with a chance of showers by the second half of the weekend thanks to a new system moving in. And don't forget to change your clocks back one hour Sunday morning - not only do we get an extra hour of sleep this weekend, but by the time you wake up, it might already be around sunset!

Today: Mostly sunny and a little warmer today, high of 54 central, upper 50s south.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows mid- 30s.

Saturday: Increasing clouds, winds and temperatures, highs lower 60s.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers, highs lower 60s. Rain chance 40%.

Next Week:
Monday: Partly cloudy and cooler, highs mid- to upper 50s.
Tuesday: A chance of rain showers, highs 50-55. Rain chance 30%.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, highs in the 50s.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly sunny with an isolated rain shower possible. Highs lower 70s. Sunshine and mid- 70s this weekend. And that's just inside your house!
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Mostly sunny and breezy through this weekend, highs 65-70.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Sunshine and breezy through Sunday, then a chance of rain Sunday night and Monday, highs mid- to upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Partly sunny, highs mid- 50s today, then more sunshine and warming into the upper 50s Saturday and upper 60s Sunday!
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USKY0933

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 51 central, maybe a degree or two warmer south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 48
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 54
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 54
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 54 (trace)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 77
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 65 (trace)
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 73
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 54


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

Beta nearly a hurricane
Islands off Nicaragua under hurricane warning
(CNN) -- Tropical Storm Beta, which extended the record-breaking 2005 tropical weather season when it formed in the southwestern Caribbean Sea, was hovering near hurricane intensity early Friday and was expected to strengthen before making landfall in Central America, forecasters said.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/10/28/beta/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200526_5day.html


This story that made the front page of cnn.com comes to us from Appleton, Wisconsin.
Missing U.S. cat found in France
APPLETON, Wisconsin (AP) -- When Emily the cat went missing a month ago, her owners looked for their wandering pet where she had ended up before -- the local animal shelter. This week they learned Emily sailed to France.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/10/27/cat.france.ap/index.html

Rome bans goldfish bowls
ROME (Reuters) - The city of Rome has banned goldfish bowls, which animal rights activists say are cruel, and has made regular dog-walks mandatory in the Italian capital, the town's council said Tuesday.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051026/od_nm/italy_pets_dc


Cops' Halloween message is 'move along, folks'
They aim to control crowd
Madison police officials think they may have the solution for the Halloween chaos that has plagued the city for the past three years: keep the crowd moving, right up to the end.
http://www.madison.com/tct/mad/local//index.php?ntid=59406
http://www.madison.com/wsj/home/local/index.php?ntid=59500
http://badgerherald.com/news/2005/10/28/uw_notifies_system_s.php

Body hanging from tree mistaken for Halloween decoration
FREDERICA, Delaware (AP) -- The apparent suicide of a woman found hanging from a tree went unreported for hours because passers-by thought the body was a Halloween decoration, authorities said.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/10/28/mistaken.suicide.ap/index.html

With pumpkins, white is the new orange
CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- These pumpkins look like something scared them.
Eerie white pumpkins -- naturally white, not painted -- are finding their way into more and more homes this Halloween season.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/10/26/white.pumpkins.ap/index.html


Make sure to check out the picture of his handiwork...
Mowing proposal gets girl
HILLSBORO, North Dakota (AP) -- It's the thought that counts when it comes to a marriage proposal.
Chris Mueller, 25, was nearly finished etching the big question into a harvested soybean field when he realized the 'm' in 'marry' took up too much room.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/10/13/marryme.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 27, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:42 PM GMT on October 27, 2005

Good Thursday morning!

Wheel of Fortune Thursday!
Here are two puzzles, taken from the TV show (but not too recently so regular watchers of the show won't remember what they were). Each line represents one word, and 10 of the 26 letters of the alphabet are shown if they are in the puzzle. The other 16 letters are up to you to fill in. Two spins of the wheel did not generate any bonus points to be awarded today, so each correct response is worth one point. Updated point standings will be in tomorrow's update.

S T _ _ _ O R N
_ S
_
M _ L E
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE CDMO
Point Value: 1

_ E _
_ R O _ S E R
Category: Thing
Used Letters: RSTLNE FGPO
Point Value: 1


Scattergories Challenge Message Board
Only one person posted a few challenges to yesterday's game. You still have until tonight if you want to challenge additional answers from Tuesday's game, or want to defend your challenged answer! And for those that didn't get yesterday's update, remember you can read it online, including the update archive, at http://www.wisconsinweatherupdate.com.
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Today’s forecast grade: C+


Forecast:
Now: At 7am, we have a cold and mostly sunny start to the morning with temps only around 25-30 degrees, but warmer if you're under some clouds or near the lake.

Synopsis: A large and slow-moving area of high pressure is currently centered near western Wisconsin this morning. If you look out the window this morning, you should see a fair amount of sunshine, which is probably more than you've seen in recent days. As the few remaining clouds move to the east, we should start seeing slightly warmer temperatures, giving us a bit more separation between our temperature and dew point, and thus, more sunshine through Saturday. Enjoy!

Today: Partly cloudy, high of 51 central, maybe a degree or two warmer south.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows in the low to mid- 30s.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and warmer, highs in the mid- to upper 50s.

Extended:
Saturday: Mostly sunny early with increasing clouds late, breezy with highs lower 60s.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy and breezy with a chance of rain showers. Highs near 60. Rain chance 25%.
Next Week's Outlook: Look for another mostly dry week with high temperatures in the 50s, which is near or slightly above normal.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, highs upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Becoming partly cloudy, highs upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy and breezy, highs mid- 70s. Like any good Brewers or Cubs fan will tell you, there's always next year.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Mostly cloudy, highs low to mid- 50s.
Frost advisory in effect until 10 am EDT this morning...
Under partly cloudy skies with near calm winds... temperatures
this morning are currently in the low to mid 30s across portions
of Kentucky. Patchy frost will be common in most areas... with
widespread frost in rural and sheltered areas.

A frost advisory is issued for the first significant occurrence
of a frost in the fall. Those with agricultural interests are
advised to protect tender vegetation. Potted plants normally left
outdoors should be covered or brought inside away from the cold.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USKY0933

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 48 central, lower 50s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 46
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 49
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 48
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 52

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 76
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 63
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 74
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 55


In Case You Missed It:

Named storm No. 23, Beta, off Nicaragua
Record season keeps on going
MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Tropical Storm Beta formed Thursday in the southwestern Caribbean Sea, extending this year's record of named storms in the Atlantic hurricane season.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/10/27/beta.ap/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200526.html

After Wilma, wait frustrates Floridians
Residents line up for supplies; U.S. death toll doubles to 10
SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Florida (CNN) -- Utility crews worked Wednesday to restore electricity to 2.5 million customers, and hundreds of residents waited in long lines for supplies two days after Hurricane Wilma battered the southern third of Florida.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/10/26/wilma/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,173649,00.html

Louisiana's hurricane death toll climbs
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AP) -- The death toll attributed to Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana has grown to 1,053, according to figures released Tuesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/10/26/katrina.deaths.ap/index.html


How sweep it is: Sox win first Series title in 88 years
It took 88 long years, but the Chicago White Sox are the World Series champions after beating the Houston Astros in a 1-0 nail-biter in Game 4. The Sox's four-game sweep brings the team its first championship since 1917. It was the third title for the White Sox, following wins in 1906 and 1917. And it was the first since "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and the "Black Sox" threw the 1919 Series against Cincinnati.
http://www.cnn.com/si/baseball/mlb/specials/postseason/2005/?cnn=yes
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=251026118
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/playoffs2005/columns/story?columnist=stark_jayson&id=2204831
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,173644,00.html

Bucks stretch resources with Magloire
Stotts says new addition will start at center
Denver - The Milwaukee Bucks' acquisition of center Jamaal Magloire in a trade with the New Orleans Hornets Wednesday for Desmond Mason most likely means that rookie Andrew Bogut, the No. 1 overall pick in last June's college draft, will not start this season.
http://www.jsonline.com/sports/buck/oct05/365925.asp

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 26, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:46 PM GMT on October 26, 2005

Good Wednesday morning!

Scattergories Results
29 people played Scattergories yesterday, and I figured the creative juices would be flowing and you guys did not disappoint! Only two answers for each topic were duplicated, so most of you will be getting the full four points for your answers. And if you were one of the eight people to have one or both answers duplicated, well, there's always another game tomorrow, plus the challenge message board (see below).

Starting Letter: M
Topic #1: A Halloween Costume
Mickey Mouse (x2: Al, John/Shelley)
Munchkin (x2: Mary Be., Nia)
Maggie Simpson
Monkees (like the 60's band)
Monster Mashed potatoes
Melchoir (one of the 3 kings -- carried the gift of gold)
Medusa
Monica Lewinski
Muskrat
Margaret Thatcher (I've seen the mask)
Monkey
Minotaur
Matchstick
Madonna
Missionary
Mr. T.
Marilyn Monroe
Mouse
Marshmallow Man
Marionette (http://www.jsonline.com/onwisconsin/music/oct04/halloween-forum.asp)
Mermaid
Moses
Michael Jackson
Marquess
Madrigal - a Renaissance Fair type who wanders around with a Lute or similar old time instrument.
M & M
Mr. Magoo

Topic #2: Computer Lingo
Megabit/Megabytes (x3: Will/Ruth B., Tammy and John E.)
Mouse (x2: John/Shelley, Jan)
Mobo
Mousepad
Mydoom worm
MIME (Multi-purpose Internet Mail Extensions)
Mother Board
Metadata Repository + Minimum Design Require - http://geocities.com/ikind_babel/babel/babel.html#M
Monster.com
Message
M2M (abbreviation for machine to machine) - technology that supports wired or wireless communication between machines
META tags
Multi finder - a component of System 6 that allows the Mac to multi task.
Multithreaded
Mac
Microcomputer
Malfunction
Macros
Munge
MIPS
Maspar
Multimedia
"My Music"
Moss (member of same sex)
MPEG
Machinima (a form of filmmaking that uses computer game technology to shoot films in the virtual reality using a game engine.)


Scattergories Challenge Message Board
Click the link below to challenge any of the above answers that you don't feel fit the topic, is an over-the-top adjective, or if I missed a duplicate by mistake. You have until Thursday evening to make your opinion known!
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Today’s forecast grade: C


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with patchy rain showers in northwestern Wisconsin and clouds covering pretty much the whole state, temps are cold once again, in the upper 30s to near 40.

Synopsis: A large area of surface high pressure covers the entire central United States. However, this time of the year often brings in low lying clouds despite the high pressure, thanks to cold temperatures near the surface which get near the dew point (also in the 30s this morning), which means high humidity levels and thus, cloud formation. However, look for more sunshine and warmer temperatures starting tomorrow.

Today: Partly sunny, high of 48 central, lower 50s south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows low to mid- 30s.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, highs low to mid- 50s.

Extended:
Friday: Partly cloudy and becoming breezy, highs upper 50s.
Saturday: Partly cloudy and breezy, highs 58-63.
Sunday: Cloudy and breezy with scattered rain showers, highs 55-60. Rain chance 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs mid- 70s. Storm reports from yesterday morning:
10/25/2005 0750 am
6 miles S of Summerlin, Clark County.
Hail 0.75 inch, reported by trained spotter.
Three quarter to one inch diameter hail near hualapai and
Patrick.

10/25/2005 0822 am
6 miles S of Summerlin, Clark County.
Hail 0.75 inch, reported by NWS employee.
Three quarter to one inch diameter hail near Fort Apache
and Patrick.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, warmer, highs upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Sunshine, highs mid- 70s. Another perfect night to open the roof at Minute Maid Park...but Steve, the Astros had better win tonight or your chances of going to game 5 go from 30% to 0%!
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Partly sunny, highs mid- 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USKY0933

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 50
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 46
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 52
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 50 (0.03")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 51 (0.04")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 73 (0.03")
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 59
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 72
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 48 (0.01")


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

Weary Floridians pick up the pieces
Bush: Wilma leaves more without electricity than Katrina did
MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Millions of Floridians are without power Wednesday, two days after Hurricane Wilma plowed across the peninsula, and some could be in the dark for weeks.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/10/26/wilma/index.html


ABC planning 'America's Next Muppet' reality TV parody series
Although ABC is keeping quiet about the project for now, the Disney-owned network is reportedly working on America's Next Muppet -- a reality TV parody show in which home viewers will determine which one of several new characters will join The Muppets cast.
http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/abc-and-disney-planning-america-next-muppet-reality-tv-parody-series-3779.php
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117931517?categoryid=1236&cs=1&s=h&p=0

20 fined for using letters W and Q
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) -- A Turkish court has fined 20 people for using the letters Q and W on placards at a Kurdish new year celebration, under a law that bans use of characters not in the Turkish alphabet, rights campaigners said.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/10/25/turk.letters.reut/index.html

'Jolly Green Giant' voice dead at 80
Elmer Dresslar sang 'Ho, Ho, Ho' in TV ads
PALM SPRINGS, California (AP) -- Elmer "Len" Dresslar Jr., who extolled vegetables to generations of TV watchers as the booming voice of the Jolly Green Giant, has died. He was 80.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/TV/10/26/obit.greengiant.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 25, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:51 PM GMT on October 25, 2005

Good Tuesday morning!

Scattergories Returns!
The first game after the bye week is the popular Scattergories! To play, email me an answer to each topic below. Make sure to use the chosen starting letter and make it unique, as all duplicated answers will not receive credit! Results will be in tomorrow's issue, along with a link to the challenge message board. Have fun!

Starting Letter: M
Topic #1: A Halloween Costume

Topic #2: Computer Lingo


Today’s forecast grade: C+


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a mix of sunshine and scattered clouds across Wisconsin, temps are mostly in the mid- 30s.

Synopsis: A large area of high pressure is moving through Minnesota this morning, bring quite a bit of sunshine through the Dakotas and most of Iowa and Minnesota. Unfortunately, a stubborn area of low pressure now just off the Jersey coast is keeping scattered clouds through eastern Minnesota and Iowa, and yes, Wisconsin too. Cold temperatures thanks to a trough in the upper-air jet stream will cause more low clouds to form later today, so all-in-all, look for a day rather similar to yesterday.

Today: Partly sunny and an isolated light rain shower isn't out of the question for later today, albeit unlikely. High of 50. Rain chance 15%. The average high for today is 54 central, 55-56 south.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, maybe an isolated rain shower, lows mid- 30s. Rain chance 20%.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, an isolated rain shower is possible again, highs near 50. Rain chance 20%.

Extended:
Thursday: Partly sunny, highs in the lower 50s.
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs low to mid- 50s.
Saturday: Increasing clouds and winds, highs mid- to upper 50s.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers. Highs in the 50s. Rain chance 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Scattered showers, mostly this morning, highs upper 70s. I heard you had quite the bit of rain last week while I was out of town, too.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, breezy, highs mid- 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Sunshine, highs lower 70s. Are the 'stros going to win the next three and take a 3-2 series lead back to Chicago?
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Scattered rain showers, breezy, highs again upper 40s. Bleh.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USKY0933

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 47
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 48 (trace)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 48 (trace)
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 50 (0.11")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 51 (0.01")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 81
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 67 (0.29")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 66
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 47 (0.03")


In Case You Missed It:

Coastal areas picking up the pieces -- again
Hurricane Wilma kills 10, leaves 3.2 million without power
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (CNN) -- From Cancun to Key West and Marco Island to Miami, people are mopping up water and sweeping up debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma, which is now churning in the Atlantic.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/10/25/wilma/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,173351,00.html

Alpha leaves at least 8 dead in Haiti
Three missing in Dominican Republic as storm weakens
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Alpha, the Atlantic season's record-breaking 22nd named storm, left at least eight people dead and 23 missing in Haiti before moving north into the Atlantic Ocean and weakening into a tropical depression, authorities said Monday.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/10/24/alpha.ap/index.html

Hurricane Wilma to consume Alpha storm
MIAMI, Oct 24, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Tropical depression Alpha weakened over the Atlantic Ocean Monday as it moved north to eventually meet, and fold into Hurricane Wilma.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thrivent/moreheadlines.asp?category=nsusnews&from=lutheransonline


Civil Rights Pioneer Rosa Parks Dies at 92
DETROIT — Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man sparked the modern civil rights movement, died Monday evening. She was 92.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,173335,00.html
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/10/25/parks.obit/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 24, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:02 PM GMT on October 24, 2005

Good Monday morning!

We're back! Well, to be more accurate, I'm back, as Lisa's going to take this Monday morning off from the intro since most of the events of the last week pertained more to me. It was a pretty crazy last week and a half with a lot of things going on, but I'm going to keep the blog details brief and if you want to hear more about our trips, just talk to us.

Last weekend Lisa and her friend Lisa went up to the Mall of America to do some early Christmas shopping and hang out. They were going to take Bryce along with them, but decided against it, so Grandma Nia and myself teamed up to take care of the little fella until she got back Sunday afternoon. Lisa had all of last week off from work (she was up to the top of her PTO (paid time off) bank and would stop accruing time off if she didn't use some of it right away) so she got to spend a lot of time with Bryce and prevented any hassle for us with me being gone most of last week. Speaking of...

Last week Sunday I headed to Atlanta for a 3-day IBM training class. The flights were noneventful, which is the best kind of flight, and how crazy was it to have a non-stop direct flight from the dinky Appleton airport all the way to Atlanta. Delta has a hub there, so that's the reason, but still, it was pretty convenient to just get on a little puddle-jumper a few miles from our house and be in Atlanta in two hours. The weather in Atlanta was outstanding, sunny and 75-85 degrees, so I took full advantage of that and got outside to walk around whenever I could. I saw it was mild up here through the first half of last week too, although I don't think the mercury went up quite that high here. It was neat to see green leaves on the trees again too, and very cool to look out the airplane window to see the trees gradually change from gold to green and vice versa on the way home!

The training was excellent - the instructor was very smart, funny and had a knack for teaching. The course material was challenging, yet not over my head. I met some cool people during the class from NY and LA, and met up with Julie, a college friend who lives down there now, so I didn't have to go out to eat by myself (except the day I arrived - going to TGIFridays and asking for a table for one is rather loserish!) I also got to check out downtown after one of the class sessions, which was cool. The CNN Center was huge and Centennial Park was a very pretty place to walk through, but there are definitely some areas of downtown Atlanta that you wouldn't want to be walking through by yourself after dark!

And last but certainly not least was my sister Bethany, who got married to Kyle LeMieux in Waukesha on Saturday. The ceremony was beautiful and went according-to-plan, everyone looked very spiffy, the reception was a lot of fun (I've never seen that many people on a small wedding dance floor before!), and my wife Lisa and I even got to stand up together as bridesmaid and groomsman. Congrats you guys!! You two make a wonderful couple!!


Today’s forecast grade: C


Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Scattered showers will continue to affect the Lake Shore counties of Sheboygan...Ozaukee...Milwaukee...Racine and Kenosha from 430 am through 830 am. A few of the showers will even push far enough inland to affect the West Bend...Waukesha...Watertown...Hartford... Burlington and Lake Geneva areas as well. Rainfall of up to one tenth inch is possible. Farther west...well away from the lake...dry and chilly conditions are expected through the early morning with temperatures mostly in the 30s.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with scattered showers across far eastern Wisconsin and a mostly cloudy sky elsewhere, temps are in the upper 30s.

Synopsis: Let's see if I remember how to forecast the weather...hmmm...I see some green blobs in eastern Wisconsin stretching through the east coast, and I see a big "H" in South Dakota. I remember that weather systems generally move from west to east, and there aren't any green blobs near the "H" to our west, which makes sense, so I would assume that besides an occasional light shower or drizzle, we'll see a mostly cloudy but dry sky today and tomorrow.

Today: Mostly cloudy and breezy with occasional light rain showers or drizzle. Still cold with a high of 47. Rain chance 30%.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and breezy, lows mid- 30s.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny early but becoming cloudy again late, highs near 50.

Extended:
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, maybe some light rain showers or drizzle, highs upper 40s to near 50. Rain chance 30%.
Thursday: Partly sunny, highs upper 40s to near 50.
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs lower 50s.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs 50-55.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers, highs in the 50s. Rain chance 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs lower 80s. Ahhh...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Showers, breezy, highs mid- 60s. Clearing sky tonight.
Widespread light to moderate rain will continue across most of the region through 9 am. Many areas will see a tenth to a quarter inch of rain...however a few spots closer to the coast could see up to 1/2 inch. Motorists should be alert for occasional ponding of water on roadways early this morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy, windy and cooler, highs upper 60s.
Wind Advisory in effect until 9 am CDT this morning...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Scattered showers, breezy and cool, highs only mid- 40s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USKY0933

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 46 (0.12" rain, trace of snow!)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 47 (0.10" rain)
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 50 (0.46" rain)
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 48 (0.18" rain)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 82
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 70
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 81
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 50 (0.15")


In Case You Missed It:

Category 3 Wilma makes landfall in southwest Florida
NAPLES, Florida (CNN) -- Hurricane Wilma, a 125-mph Category 3 storm capable of extensive damage, made landfall Monday at near Cape Romano, Florida, the National Hurricane Center said.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/10/24/wilma/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,173160,00.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200524.html

Alpha Drenches Hispaniola
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Tropical Storm Alpha drenched the Dominican Republic and Haiti with heavy rains after sweeping ashore Sunday, forcing the evacuation of 30,000 people from flood-prone areas.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,173115,00.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200525.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 14, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:29 PM GMT on October 14, 2005

TGIF!

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This will be the last weather update until October 24th.
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TriBond Answers

TriBond #1 (27/27): Cars, Street Gangs, Sherwood Forest =
They have hoods

TriBond #2 (22/27): The Planet Mercury, Rhode Island, A Dime
All are the smallest of their kind.

Other answers:
--The letter "E"
--They are all a place some people want to put Ronald Reagan
--They all have wings -- Mercury, the messenger god, Rhode Island Reds (the state bird of Rhode Island and of course, has wings), and mercury dime, with Liberty with wings on it, minted 1916-1945 (kind of rare these days)
--10

Several people pointed out that Mercury is not, in fact, the smallest planet, but that Pluto is smaller. Here's a Web link that says so, so it must be true!
http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/ast99/ast99100.htm
Hey, I don't make the TriBonds, I just use 'em. But sorry if any of you were led astray by that fact.

Bonus Points:
6: Sue (8:22am)
16: Jason (4:02pm)
26: Lisa (10:39pm)


Autumn 2005 Point Standings (35 people played this week)
The top player this season will win a fabulous weather-related prize (if not a previous winner).
Please verify your point total for accuracy.
* = received a bonus point Thursday.
+ = moved below the preliminary cut line this week.

Nobody had a perfect week including the bonus, but Barb, Becky T., Karl and Bethany were able to score all six of the regular points available. Barb deservedly has the lead going into the bye week, scoring 13 of 14 possible points this season and was only 39 minutes from hitting today's bonus point as well. If you're below the cut line, fear not as there's plenty of games left to be played before playoff participants are finalized! Thanks to everyone for reading and playing!
Barb, Berlin, WI: 13 (+6)
Becky T.: 12 (+6)
Mary, Berlin, WI: 11 (+5)
Will/Ruth, Appleton, WI: 11 (+5)
John J., Berlin, WI: 10 (+4)
Karl, Appleton, WI: 10 (+6)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 10 (+4)*
Sue, De Pere, WI: 10 (+6)*
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 9 (+5)
Nia, Appleton, WI: 9 (+5)
--------Preliminary Playoff Cut Line (Final playoff participants determined December 2)--------
Bethany: 8 (+6)
Greg, Madison, WI: 8 (+2)+
Linda Ha.: 8 (+4)+
Sally: 8 (+4)+
Brian, Madison WI: 7 (+3)+
Jan, Berlin, WI: 7 (+3)+
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 7 (+5)
Max, Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 7 (+5)
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 7 (+5)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 7 (+4)
Chris Ke.: 6 (+2)+
Clair, Fremont, WI: 6 (+4)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 6 (+2)+
John E., Madison, WI: 6 (+4)
Al, Germantown, WI: 5 (+5)
Jason, De Pere, WI: 5 (+5)*
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 5 (+3)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 5 (+1)+
Tammy, Madison, WI: 5 (+3)
Diane Sm.: 4 (+4)
Harry: 4+
Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC: 4+
Nicole, Madison, WI: 4 (+2)
Scott/Ann, Appleton, WI: 4 (+4)
Chad, "Wandering Jew": 2 (+2)
Rhonda: 2 (+2)
Kelley: 1 (+1)


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
watch out for areas of dense fog early today... Patches of dense fog formed across northern and central Wisconsin overnight. Visibilities vary greatly across the region...from just a few hundred feet in some places to several miles in others. Give yourself a little extra time on your way to school or work...so you can slow down if you encounter dense fog.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Appleton


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with fog burning away and sunshine now covering much of Wisconsin, temps are around 45-50.

Synopsis: Conveniently enough, a very static weather pattern is emerging for this weekend and much of next week due to the lack of any significant low pressure systems moving through the United States. As far as I'm concerned, Canada can keep 'em if that means warmer air in our region.

Today: Partly cloudy, a little breezy, and mild! Probably the best day of the week with a high of 70 central, lower 70s south.

Tonight: Mostly clear and breezy, lows upper 40s.

Saturday: Mostly sunny and a little cooler, highs lower 60s.

Sunday: Mostly sunny with increasing clouds late. Highs low to mid- 60s.

Next Week:
Monday: Maybe a morning shower, particularly north, otherwise partly sunny, highs mid- to upper 60s. Rain chance only 20%.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 60s.
Wednesday: A chance of showers, highs low to mid- 60s. Rain chance 25%.
Thursday: A chance of showers, highs upper 50s to lower 60s. Rain chance 30%.
Friday: A chance of showers early, highs upper 50s to lower 60s. Rain chance 25%.
Next Weekend: A chance of showers, highs 40-75. Rain chance 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: What do you care, you're nowhere near sin city right now!
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Morning fog, then becoming mostly sunny and breezy, highs near 80. Same forecast through this weekend and into next week.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy and breezy, highs mid- 80s. Same forecast this weekend and into next week as well. Enjoy!
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Morning fog, then partly sunny, highs mid- 70s. Sunshine this weekend and into next week, highs upper 60s to lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USKY0933

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 62
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 61 (trace)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 65 (0.12")
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 63 (trace)
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 72 (trace)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 86
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 76 (trace)
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 83
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 72


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

Rivers overflow in soaked Northeast
A week of rain swamps highways, delays flights
TRENTON, New Jersey (AP) -- A seventh straight day of rain across much of the soggy Northeast trapped motorists, delayed airline flights and sent streams surging over their banks Thursday.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/10/13/severe.flooding.ap/index.html


Bombing Smurfs for a cause
UNICEF highlights plight of ex-child soldiers in Africa
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Out of an idyllic blue sky dotted with birds and butterflies come warplanes that carpet-bomb the Smurfs' forest village, killing Smurfette, leaving Baby Smurf wailing in distress and sending Papa Smurf and the others bolting for cover.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/africa/10/11/unicef.smurfs.ap/index.html
http://media.putfile.com/end_of_smurfs

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 13, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:22 PM GMT on October 13, 2005

Good Thursday morning!

TriBond Returns
TriBond is back! Tell me what these three things have in common for one point each, and if you get at least one correct, you'll qualify for one of the three bonus points offered to people who respond in the order below. Note that this will be the last game until Tuesday, October 25, as I'll be gone on a business training trip to Atlanta next week.

TriBond #1: Cars, Street Gangs, Sherwood Forest

TriBond #2: The Planet Mercury, Rhode Island, A Dime

Bonus Points: 6, 16, 26


Today’s forecast grade: C


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
Dense fog advisory in effect until 9 am CDT this morning...
Dense fog will reduce visibilities to less than a quarter
mile... with some places as low as a hundred feet. Visibilities may
change significantly along many roads... so drive slowly and use
extreme caution. If you are headed to the Airport... you might want
to check your flight to see if it might be delayed by the fog. The
fog will begin to dissipate a couple hours after sunrise.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Appleton

Southern Wisconsin:
Areas of dense fog...resulting in visibilities of one quarter mile or less...are expected to persist over portions of southeast Wisconsin overnight. A few places which will experience the dense fog include the counties of Dodge...Washington...Ozaukee...Jefferson...Waukesha...Milwaukee... Walworth...Racine and Kenosha. Motorists should be prepared to encounter rapidly changing visibilities due to the dense fog for the remainder of the night time hours.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with areas of fog and scattered showers spread across Wisconsin, temps are mostly around 50-55.

Synopsis: The same problem we had yesterday will plague us again today with a high surface dew point and cool air temperatures keeping clouds, fog and drizzle in our forecast through the day. In addition, we'll likely see some scattered rain showers as a weak area of low pressure moves through. It just keeps getting better and better, doesn't it?

Today: Clouds, fog and drizzle with scattered rain showers also moving through. Consider the rain showers a "bonus." High of 62. Rain chance 50%.

Tonight: Clouds, fog, drizzle, scattered rain showers eventually ending. Lows near 50.

Tomorrow: Becoming partly sunny and warmer, highs in the mid- to upper 60s. TGIF!

Extended:
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs low to mid- 60s.
Sunday: Increasing clouds, highs upper 50s to lower 60s.
Next Week's Outlook: Besides a passing shower north on Sunday night, it looks like it will be a mostly dry, seasonable week with highs in the upper 50s to lower 60s central and the low to mid- 60s south. However, where I'll be it'll be in the upper 70s to lower 80s.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Clouds with drizzle early, then decreasing clouds, highs mid- 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Morning fog, then sunshine, highs upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Morning fog, then partly sunny, highs upper 70s.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 10 am EDT this morning...
Latest surface reports and mesonet reports indicate that visibilities
are a few hundred feet or less in significant portions of the area.

A dense fog advisory means visibilities will frequently be
reduced to less than one quarter mile. If driving... slow down...
use your headlights... and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USKY0933

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 60
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 57 (0.01")
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 63 (0.01")
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 61 (0.05")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 63 (trace)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 84
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 72 (0.01")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 86
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 73


In Case You Missed It:

Heating bills may rise by up to 50%
Heating bills will jump significantly this winter, nearly 50% for most Americans, the U.S. Energy Information Administration forecast Wednesday.
http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/energy/2005-10-12-winter-heating_x.htm


Apple unveils video iPod
SAN JOSE, California (AP) -- Apple Computer Inc. introduced an iPod capable of playing videos on Wednesday, evolving the portable music player of choice into a multimedia platform for everything from TV shows to music videos.
Videos will now be sold online alongside songs on Apple's iTunes store.
Citing a groundbreaking deal with ABC Television Group, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs said video offerings via iTunes will include episodes for $1.99 each of the hit shows "Desperate Housewives" and "Lost," which will be available the day after they air on television.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/ptech/10/12/apple.video.ipod.ap/index.html?section=cnn_tech

iTunes 6 announced; 2,000 music videos, TV shows offered
In addition to the new iPod, Apple also today announced iTunes 6. Available just five weeks after the last major update, iTunes 5, the new version of Apple’s popular jukebox application and online music store features the ability to purchase and download video content for the new iPod.
http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/news/comments/5643/
http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Yahoo and Microsoft to Merge Instant Messengers
Yahoo and Microsoft have announced plans to make their instant-messaging services interoperable in what analysts called a shot to market leader America Online's AOL Instant Messenger and a defensive jab to newcomer Google.
http://news.com.com/Yahoo%2C+Microsoft+join+IM+hands/2100-1025_3-5893802.html?tag=nl
http://news.com.com/2061-11199_3-5893740.html?part=rss&tag=5893740&subj=news


Mom delivers 16th child, thinking of more
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) -- Michelle Duggar just delivered her 16th child, and she's already thinking about doing it again.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/parenting/10/12/sixteen.kids.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 12, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:12 PM GMT on October 12, 2005

Good Wednesday morning!

Feud Results
32 people played the feud yesterday! The first game was pretty much a runaway but the second game was much closer! Results are below:

Game #1: A specific item on most drive in menus.
Hamburger/Cheeseburger (21) - 2 points
French Fries (7) - 1 point
Soda (3)
Popcorn got one vote.

Game #2: Name something you buy a set of for the kitchen
Dishes (14) - 2 points
(Steak) Knives (10) - 1 point
Pots and Pans/Cookware (3)
Silverware (3)
Measuring Cups and Towels got one vote each.


Today’s forecast grade: C


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with clouds, some areas of fog and patchy drizzle, temps are hovering in the mid- 50s. Get used to it.

Synopsis: We had a few breaks of sunshine yesterday, but the main cloud base came in a little bit quicker than the models anticipated. Today the dew point has risen into the mid- 50s, bringing temperatures up with it! Unfortunately, since the temps won't be going much higher than the dew point over the next few days, cloudy, foggy and drizzly conditions look to put a 'bleh' into the rest of our work week.

Today: It's pretty much the same forecast, morning, noon and night. Cloudy, areas of fog and light rain showers, temps for the most part staying put with a "high" of 60. This forecast makes me want to take a nap!

Tonight: Clouds, fog, drizzle, zzzzz. Lows near 50.

Tomorrow: Same thing. Clouds, fog, light rain, *snore*. Highs upper 50s to near 60.

Extended:
Friday: Becoming partly sunny, highs low to mid- 60s.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs 59-63.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 56-60.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs lower 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Same as here. Clouds, fog, drizzle, and bleh, although you might get a break from it this afternoon. Highs mid- 70s.
Through 9 am...patchy light rain and drizzle will continue over portions of southeast South Carolina. Rain amounts will range from a trace to 1/10 of an inch.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Morning fog, then partly cloudy, highs mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Partly sunny, highs mid- 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USKY0933

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 59
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 57 (0.01")
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 67
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 61 (0.08")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 60 (trace)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 79
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 76 (trace)
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 81
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 72


In Case You Missed It:

Colorado mountains walloped with early snowstorm
Storm dumps 30 inches of snow
DENVER, Colorado (AP) -- Crews worked to restore power to thousands of customers and dozens of schools remained closed Tuesday, a day after a storm blasted Colorado with up to 30 inches of snow.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/10/11/western.snowstorm.ap/index.html

'05 hurricane season could be busiest ever
Seven weeks from today, the most destructive Atlantic hurricane season in history ends. And with 20 tropical storms already, this year may become the busiest on record.
The previous high since record-keeping began in 1851 was 21 storms in 1933. Now, the international list of names for 2005 is down to its final entry: Wilma.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thrivent/moreheadlines.asp?category=nsusnews&from=lutheransonline

Natural disasters may create 50 million refugees
New York (dpa) - Natural disasters and environmental degradation may displace 50 million people by 2010 creating a new category of refugees, United Nations experts said Tuesday.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thrivent/moreheadlines.asp?category=nsusnews&from=lutheransonline

New Orleans Dry as Crews Finish Pumping the City
New Orleans, LA (AHN) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has finished pumping out the New Orleans metropolitan area, which was flooded by Hurricane Katrina six weeks ago and then again by Hurricane Rita. At one point, due to the overflow and breaking of levees, 80 percent of New Orleans was under water.
http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7000488806

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 11, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:44 PM GMT on October 11, 2005

Good Tuesday morning!

Family Feud Tuesday
Week two of season four is now underway! Here are two Family Feud topics, taken from the TV show. Email me the #1 answer for two points a piece, but if you fail, don't worry, the #2 most popular answer for each gets a point. Results will be in tomorrow's issue!

Game #1: A specific item on most drive in menus.

Game #2: Name something you buy a set of for the kitchen


Today’s forecast grade: B


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for areas of fog across south central and southeast Wisconsin this morning. Some of the fog will be dense...with visibilities reduced to below 1/4 mile in a few areas. Over many sections of the counties bordering Illinois...cloud cover was keeping the fog rather light. Visibilities will gradually improve after 9 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with some low clouds and areas of fog once again, temps are mostly in the low to mid- 40s.

Synopsis: This is a goofy time of year to forecast cloud cover, because the model map I usually use displays relative humidity between 1-5 miles up in the atmosphere. It's not so helpful with fog and clouds low to the ground, so I have to rely on other maps to do this for me. Look for clouds, fog and drizzle to be the key words in the forecast through the rest of this work week, but things may get better by this weekend. And speaking of getting better, how great is it to have both the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees bounced out of the baseball playoffs in the opening round?

Today: Areas of fog, eventually burning off this morning, then sunshine through around sunset. Heh - I made a funny. High of 59.

Tonight: Becoming mostly cloudy with patchy fog and areas of drizzle. Be thankful it's still in the form of rain for now. Lows mid- 40s.

Tomorrow: Morning fog, afternoon drizzle. How lovely. Highs upper 50s to near 60.

Extended:
Thursday: Cloudy with light showers or drizzle. Highs lower 60s.
Friday: See also: Thursday.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, no more drizzle (for now), highs near 60.
Sunday: Increasing clouds and winds as the next big system gets revved up to our west, highs in the lower 60s.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Morning fog, afternoon drizzle. Not much difference, huh. Breezy at times, highs lower 70s.
Patches of light rain and areas of drizzle will continue across parts of southern and eastern South Carolina through 10 am. A few areas of steadier rain will remain near stationary across Charleston... Dorchester and Berkeley counties producing up to a quarter inch of rain in spots. Most other areas will see only trace rainfall amounts. A few areas of fog are also possible across the region through mid morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing, breezy, highs upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Clouds, highs lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USKY0933

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 60
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 57
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 60
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 59
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 63

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 77
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 74 (0.36")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 73 (0.84")
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 67 (trace)


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

Quake death toll rises to 42,000
The death toll from the massive South Asia earthquake topped 42,000 as the first trickle of humanitarian aid began to flow into the region, authorities said. As many as 5 million people have been left homeless, living in the open air and freezing temperatures since the quake. Officials in Pakistan and India have defended relief efforts, saying blocked roads and a lack of helicopters have prevented rescue teams areas in mountainous terrain.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/10/11/quake.asia/index.html

Report: Equipment problems plague forecasting
MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center have struggled for more than a decade to issue accurate storm reports using broken equipment, an overbooked airplane fleet and tight budgets, a newspaper reported Sunday.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/10/10/hurricane.forcasts.ap/index.html

Flooding in eastern states leaves 10 dead
Hundreds evacuate because of heavy rain
ALSTEAD, New Hampshire (AP) -- Prolonged, heavy rain caused flooding from North Carolina to Maine over the weekend, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate, knocking out electricity, weakening dams and making roads impassable.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/10/10/severe.flooding.ap/index.html


'Mafia princess' says mob killed JFK
CHICAGO, Oct 10, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- The daughter of late Chicago mob boss Sam Giancana claims in a forthcoming book her father ordered the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thrivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20051010/20051010MafiaprincesssaysmobkilledJFK.xml&p=-1

UWGB Student Lied About Attack, Stabbed Herself
For the second time in less than a year, U.W.-Green Bay police investigated an attack on the campus trails that proved to be false.
Campus police say a 20-year-old freshman admitted she stabbed herself several times with a kitchen knife in her dorm room at Ed Thompson Hall.
http://www.wbay.com/global/story.asp?s=3952304

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 10, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:07 PM GMT on October 10, 2005

Good morning,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update, and I hope you all had a great weekend. Our weekend was fairly relaxing with Sunday being our only busy day. But first, we'll date this back to Wednesday night, where we went to see the Broadway show Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. We've seen local productions of the play on numerous occasions, but seeing the touring Broadway version was incredible. We had a great time, the singers, dancers and set was amazing, and Amy Adams (of American Idol fame) did a great job as the narrator. Steve said it's his favorite musical yet.

Back to this weekend. Saturday, my mom and I went to the Appleton Farmer's Market, but then Steve and I spent the rest of day relaxing at home with Bryce. Sunday after church, my father-in-law came to Appleton to help us plant trees that he gave Steve for his birthday gift. We now have 5 lilacs, 5 red dogwoods and a willow tree planted in our backyard. They are all small now, but they will look great once they start growing. This is the first landscaping project we've done and are looking forward to having a more attractive-looking yard. After Steve and his dad worked hard all day planting the trees (with breaks to watch the Packers game), the three of us (Bryce stayed with Grandma Nia) went to Los Compadres for a tasty Mexican dinner.

Only a small baby update today, because not much is new except that Bryce can now giggle and laugh. He will usually giggle when we make goofy sounds at him, or if we laugh at him. He seems to think its really funny when he sees us laughing. We're also in a clothing transition as we move away from all the newborn clothes and into the 3-6 months outfits, which are a tiny bit big on him yet, but he'll grow into (and out of) them very soon. Well, that wraps up my update. Have a great week.


Today’s forecast grade: B-


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
patchy dense fog in east central Wisconsin... patchy dense fog...with visibilities at or below one quarter mile... will continue in parts of the Fox Valley and Lakeshore regions through mid-morning. Motorists should expect locally poor visibility...and allow extra time to reach their destination. The fog should dissipate between 8 am and 9 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Appleton

Southern Wisconsin:
Light fog covered much of south central and southeast Wisconsin this morning...with patchy dense fog. Expect widespread 1 to 3 miles visibility until around 9 am...and isolated visibilities between 1/4 and 3/4 miles. The fog should largely dissipate by 9 am...then skies will be partly cloudy. Be on the lookout for sudden changes in visibility. The patchy nature of the fog will drop visibilities quickly in a short distance. In addition...visibilities may become severely restricted near rivers...lakes...bridges...and low lying areas.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with areas of fog covering much of the state but sunshine otherwise, temps are mostly near 40.

Synopsis: We are in-between weather systems right now, and a small pressure gradient (light winds) and a clear sky overnight has developed the thick fog you're likely seeing this morning. Eventually it will burn off and we'll have a pleasant rest of the day with a mostly sunny sky. A low pressure system in the Dakotas is bringing rain to those areas, but this system is expected to fizzle out and give us just some clouds and drizzle by the time it gets here.

Today: Areas of dense fog early, then becoming mostly sunny. High of 60.

Tonight: Partly cloudy but probably some fog developing once again. Lows low to mid- 40s.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, maybe some drizzle at times, highs in the upper 50s to near 60.

Extended:
Wednesday: Isolated showers, highs near 60.
Thursday: Isolated showers, highs lower 60s.
Friday: Partly cloudy and warmer, highs mid- 60s.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- to upper 60s
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- to upper 60s.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, breezy, highs upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Areas of fog with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Breezy, highs near 80.
10/10/2005 0510 am
1 miles NW of Hilton Head I, Beaufort County.
Flash flood, reported by County official.
Small part of Highway 278 east submerged and both lanes
impassable.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Showers and thunderstorms, breezy, highs lower 80s.
Through 9 am...scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms will be moving into the area from the west. Expect the heaviest showers from Palacios to Brenham. Rainfall in these areas may be up to 1 inch. The precipitation will be moving to the northeast at about 25 mph.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Scattered showers, highs lower 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USKY0933

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 57
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 61
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 55
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 59

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 80
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 82
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 79
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 56


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

A terribly tragic story in the middle east, but I wonder how Osama fared in his little cave during this earthquake? It could be God saying to us, well, you guys couldn't get him, so now I have to go and do it myself.
Quake toll exceeds 30,000
The death toll now stands at 30,800 in the aftermath of a massive earthquake in Pakistan, as nations around the world try to get aid to the northern parts of the devastated country and to Kashmir. "In certain areas, almost entire towns, they have vanished from the scene," Pakistan's military spokesman told CNN.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/10/10/quake.asia/index.html
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051010/ts_nm/quake_dc

NFL Click for Cans is back - will the Packers win it again?
Campbell's Chunky - Click for Cans
http://www.chunky.com/clickforcansvote.aspx

Excellent game, but where was this team in September?
Packers Top Saints, 52-3, At Lambeau Field
Green Bay - It was an avalanche of epic proportion, this 52-3 trampling of the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field.
http://www.jsonline.com/packer/rev/oct05/361902.asp
http://www.packers.com/news/stories/2005/10/09/4/

Arguably one of the best baseball playoff games of all time and my friend Steve was at the game.
Astros overcome Braves in 18, clinches series
HOUSTON (Reuters) - The Houston Astros won the longest playoff game in major league history on Sunday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-6 after 18 innings to clinch their second successive National League Division Series (NLDS).
Utilityman Chris Burke cracked a solo homer to end the marathon contest and hand the Astros a 3-1 victory in the best-of-five series.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051010/sp_nm/nl_astros_dc
http://www.cnn.com/si/2005/baseball/mlb/specials/postseason/2005/10/09/braves.astros.game4.ap/index.html?cnn=yes

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 7, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 1:03 PM GMT on October 07, 2005

TGIF!

Players' Choice: Mad Gab Answers
Here are the answers to yesterday's more-difficult-than-usual Mad Gab puzzles! They were worth one point a piece, plus one point for the lucky bonus point winners below. Remember you have to get at least one answer correct to qualify for the bonus!

Mad Gab #1 (17/20): Call Fibber Ache =
Coffee break

Mad Gab #2 (19/20): Eight Wean Gull Any Size =
A twinkle in his eyes

Bonus Points:
1: Greg (8:07am)
11: Barb (5:02pm)


Autumn 2005 Point Standings (33 people played this week)
The top player this season will win a fabulous weather-related prize (if not a previous winner).
Please verify your point total for accuracy.
* = received a bonus point Thursday.

Congrats to Barb from Berlin who scored the only perfect week, including getting a bonus point for yesterday's game. Perfect weeks without the random bonus point went to Becky T., John J., my wife Lisa, Will/Ruth B., and Mary, who got three times as many points this week than she did all of last season!

Notice the new playoff line below - this will be adjusted each week to show who would make the playoffs if the regular season ended today. The top ten (plus any ties) after December 2nd will qualify for the 3-week playoffs beginning December 6th. Your goal is to have your name above that line, but there's plenty of season left if you're in the bottom third this week.

Also note that there will be no games (or updates) the week of October 17th as I'll be in Atlanta for IBM Websphere Portal Administration training. What fun! You'll just have to get your weather information, without the added sarcasm, from any of the 1,000 other weather Web sites out there.

Barb, Berlin, WI: 7 (+7)*
Becky T.: 6 (+6)
Greg, Madison, WI: 6 (+6)*
John J., Berlin, WI: 6 (+6)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 6 (+6)
Mary, Berlin, WI: 6 (+6)
Will/Ruth, Appleton, WI: 6 (+6)
Brian, Madison WI: 4 (+4)
Chris Ke.: 4 (+4)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 4 (+4)
Harry: 4 (+4)
Jan, Berlin, WI: 4 (+4)
Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC: 4 (+4)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 4 (+4)
Karl, Appleton, WI: 4 (+4)
Linda Ha.: 4 (+4)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 4 (+4)
Nia, Appleton, WI: 4 (+4)
Ruth, Madison, WI: 4 (+4)
Sally: 4 (+4)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 4 (+4)
--------Preliminary Playoff Cut Line (Final playoff participants determined December 2)--------
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 3 (+3)
Bethany: 2 (+2)
Clair, Fremont, WI: 2 (+2)
John E., Madison, WI: 2 (+2)
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 2 (+2)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 2 (+2)
Nicole, Madison, WI: 2 (+2)
Max, Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 2 (+2)
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 2 (+2)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 2 (+2)
Diane Sm.: 0 (+0)
Al, Germantown, WI: 0 (+0)



Today’s forecast grade: B-


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with a mix of clouds and sunshine, temps are mostly around 35-40.

Synopsis: An area of high pressure just north of Minnesota is trying to give us some sunshine today, but low clouds are still stretching into Wisconsin from a trough associated with that annoying low pressure system now all the way in central Quebec. So what does this mean for the forecast? See below.

Today: Becoming partly cloudy, less breezy, but still cold. High of 52. Normal high is 62 central, 64 south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy with areas of patchy frost in central and northern Wisconsin! Lows in the low to mid- 30s.

Saturday: Maybe some morning clouds, then mostly sunny and a little warmer, highs in the upper 50s.

Sunday: Mostly sunny and warmer yet, highs in the lower 60s.

Next Week:
Monday: Partly cloudy, highs near 60 or a couple degrees above.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, highs low to mid- 60s.
Wednesday: A chance of showers, but not a very good chance, highs mid- 60s. Rain chance 25%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine and warmer, highs upper 80s. Breezy with isolated showers Saturday, cooling into the upper 70s on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: More showers and thunderstorms, breezy, highs lower 80s. More of the same on Saturday and becoming more scattered on Sunday.
Flood Watch in effect through this evening...
Shallow coastal flooding around high tide this morning...
Through 11 am...scattered light to moderate showers will continue to move north over much of south coastal South Carolina. Generally...one tenth to one quarter inch of rain can be expected. However...some of the heavier showers may put down as much as a half inch causing ponding of water on roads. In addition...a few isolated thunderstorms may be embedded within the showers and may produce a few cloud to ground lightning strikes. The areas of rain are moving toward the north at about 25 mph.

The Flood Watch continues for

* portions of southeast Georgia and southeast South Carolina...
including the following areas... in southeast Georgia...
Bulloch... Candler... coastal Bryan... coastal Chatham... coastal
Liberty... coastal McIntosh... Effingham... Evans... inland
Bryan... inland Chatham... inland Liberty... inland McIntosh...
Jenkins... long... Screven and Tattnall in southeast South
Carolina... Allendale... Beaufort... Berkeley... Charleston...
coastal Colleton... coastal Jasper... Dorchester... Hampton...
inland Colleton and inland Jasper.

* Through this evening

* numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue
today across the watch area. Heavy rainfall is possible on top
of already saturated ground. Rainfall amounts of 2 to 8 inches
have already fallen across much of southeast South Carolina and
southeast Georgia since Wednesday morning.

* An additional 1 to 3 inches of rain is possible across the watch
area today with locally higher amounts. This may lead to
additional flooding.

Most flash flood deaths occur in vehicles. Do not drive into areas
where water covers the roadway or drive around police barricades.
Rising water can engulf a vehicle and its occupants. If your
vehicle stalls in water... abandon it immediately and seek higher
ground.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Mostly cloudy, breezy and much cooler. Highs upper 70s. Sunshine this weekend, highs upper 70s to lower 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Breezy and cooler with drizzle. In other words, "Bleh." Highs lower 60s. Mostly cloudy this weekend, temps low to mid- 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/KY/Georgetown.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USKY0933

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 55
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 55
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 51 (0.07")
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 64
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 69

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 82
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 85 (1.04")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 89
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 86 (0.01")


In Case You Missed It:

Central America Death Toll Hits 236
GUATEMALA CITY — Rescue workers in Guatemala pulled dozens of bodies from a massive mudslide and from a swollen river Thursday, raising to at least 236 the number of people killed from five days of pounding rains in Central America and Mexico.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,171407,00.html

Tammy Causes Flooding in Georgia
BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Tropical Storm Tammy (search) turned subdivisions into lagoons and soaked this port city with more than 4 inches of rain before weakening to a tropical depression Thursday.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,171412,00.html

Winter Storm Knocks Out Power in West
BISMARCK, N.D. — An early winter storm that blasted in from the Rockies dumped heavy snow across the region, knocking out power to thousands and forcing National Guard soldiers to rescue stranded motorists.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,171415,00.html

No Upgrade for N.O. Levees
CHALMETTE, La. — Even though Hurricane Katrina exposed the weakness of the levee system around New Orleans, officials won't rebuild the barriers higher and better — at least not right away.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,171418,00.html


New York subway system on alert
Same intelligence led to U.S. raid in Iraq, military source says
NEW YORK (CNN) -- New York City's subway system was under heightened alert Friday after officials received information from the FBI about a "specific threat," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/10/07/newyork.subways/index.html

So what do you have to do to find happiness?
Are we wired up to be cheerful, or are some of us destined to languish in abject misery? Dorothy Wade reports on the new science of feeling good.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2099-1793873_1,00.html
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/10/03/1846258&from=rss

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 6, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 3:40 PM GMT on October 06, 2005

Good Thursday morning!

Players' Choice Poll Results:
Which game should I play tomorrow? [16 votes total]
Mad Gab (6) 38%
Family Feud (4) 25%
TriBond (2) 13%
Scattergories (2) 13%
Would You Rather... (2) 13%
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Mad Gab Thursday
Per popular demand (see above), here are two Mad Gab puzzles! These aren't easy in my opinion, so good luck and have fun! And like last year, I'm giving away random bonus points like a DJ gives away concert tickets to random callers. It shows that you not only need skill to win, but you need a little bit of luck on your side too. Look for the first point standings of the season tomorrow. Will you be at the top?

Mad Gab #1: Call Fibber Ache

Mad Gab #2: Eight Wean Gull Any Size

Bonus Points: 1, 11, 21


Today’s forecast grade: C (or A if you like colder, Autumn weather :) )


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a variably cloudy sky (central Wisconsin is mostly sunny while southeastern and northwestern Wisconsin are mostly cloudy), temperatures are just a wee bit colder than they were yesterday, in the low to mid- 40s with wind chills in the 30s thanks to that strong northwest wind. And by "a wee bit colder", I meant "a lot bit colder."

Synopsis: The cold front that never seemed to want to ruin our summer finally came through last night, and guess what...it ruined our summer. There's a 30-degree drop in temperatures today, and look for things to stay sunny and colder for a while. And by "a while," I meant "for the next seven months." :)

Today: Variably cloudy, windy and much colder today. I hate being that generic with the forecast, but considering that the cloud cover will be different depending on where you live, that's all I can do. High of only 55 with wind chills in the 30s and 40s! Brrr!

Tonight: Becoming mostly clear, still breezy and quite nippy outside, lows in the low to mid- 30s. Like I said earlier, "Brrr!"

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and less windy. Still cold though. Highs only in the lower 50s.

Extended:
Saturday: Sunshine, a little warmer, highs mid- to upper 50s.
Sunday: Sunshine, a little warmer again, highs upper 50s to lower 60s.
Next Week's Outlook: I spy with my eye more sunshine through next week with seasonable temperatures mostly in the low to mid- 60s. And seasonable is good, unless it's January. :)


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine and a little breezy, highs mid- 80s.
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: More showers and thunderstorms, courtesy of Tammy. Highs lower 80s.
TROPICAL STORM TAMMY LOCAL STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC 530 AM EDT THU OCT 6 2005
...TROPICAL STORM TAMMY CONTINUES TO SLOWLY WEAKEN ACROSS SOUTHERN GEORGIA...

...AREAS AFFECTED... THIS STATEMENT RECOMMENDS SPECIFIC ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN BY RESIDENTS AND VISITORS OF SOUTHEAST GEORGIA AND SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA...INCLUDING THE ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS.

...WATCHES/WARNINGS... A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FROM ALTAMAHA SOUND GEORGIA NORTHWARD TO THE SOUTH SANTEE RIVER IN SOUTH CAROLINA...INCLUDING THE GEORGIA AND SOUTH CAROLINA COASTAL WATERS.

A FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR SOUTHEAST GEORGIA AND SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON.

...STORM INFORMATION... AT 5 AM EDT...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM TAMMY WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 31.6 NORTH...LONGITUDE 83.2 WEST...OR ABOUT 130 MILES WEST SOUTHWEST OF SAVANNAH GEORGIA. TAMMY IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TO WEAKEN WHILE TRACKING THROUGH SOUTHERN GEORGIA THIS MORNING...AND WILL LIKELY BECOME A TROPICAL DEPRESSION LATER TODAY.

...PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... RESIDENTS OF SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA AND SOUTHEASTERN SOUTH CAROLINA SHOULD REMAIN PREPARED FOR HEAVY RAINFALL AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WIND GUSTS ALONG AND NEAR THE COAST. SECURE LOOSE OBJECTS OR BRING THEM INSIDE.

...STORM SURGE FLOOD AND STORM TIDE IMPACTS... CURRENT ASTRONOMICAL TIDES ARE RUNNING 1.5 TO 3 FEET ABOVE EXPECTED VALUES AND THESE DEPARTURES ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE INTO THIS AFTERNOON. MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING IS EXPECTED ACROSS COASTAL GEORGIA AND WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS COASTAL SOUTH CAROLINA DURING THE LATE MORNING HIGH TIDE. THE POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR SIGNIFICANT COASTAL FLOODING ACROSS SOUTHEAST GEORGIA DURING THE LATE MORNING HIGH TIDE...ESPECIALLY IF HEAVY RAIN OCCURS BETWEEN 9 AM AND NOON. MOTORISTS TRAVELING ALONG HIGHWAY 80 BETWEEN TYBEE ISLAND AND SAVANNAH IN CHATHAM COUNTY THIS MORNING...SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR DELAYS IF SIGNIFICANT FLOODING OF THE ROAD OCCURS. THE NEXT HIGH TIDE IN CHARLESTON WILL BE AT 1021 AM...IN BEAUFORT AT 1137 AM...AND IN SAVANNAH AT 1028 AM.

...WIND IMPACTS... TROPICAL STORM FORCE WIND GUSTS OF 35 TO 45 MPH ARE POSSIBLE IN HEAVY RAIN BANDS EARLY THIS MORNING...ESPECIALLY ALONG AND NEAR THE COAST.

...FLOODING IMPACTS... RAINFALL AMOUNTS ACROSS SOUTHEAST GEORGIA AND COASTAL SECTIONS OF SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA HAVE BEEN IN THE 2 TO 7 INCH RANGE...WITH LESSER AMOUNTS OF 2 INCHES OR LESS ACROSS INTERIOR SOUTH CAROLINA. THE HIGHEST RAINFALL TOTALS BETWEEN 4 AND 7 INCHES HAVE OCCURRED BETWEEN FOLLY BEACH AND DARIEN. ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE TODAY...WITH ISOLATED HIGHER AMOUNTS. PONDING OF WATER ON ROADWAYS REMAINS LIKELY ACROSS SOUTHEAST GEORGIA AND SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA THIS MORNING...AND SECONDARY ROADWAYS MAY BE COVERED WITH WATER IN AREAS. MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION WHILE TRAVELING THIS MORNING AND REMAIN ALERT FOR RAPIDLY CHANGING ROAD CONDITIONS. ADDITIONAL FLOODING IS NOT ANTICIPATED OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS...HOWEVER FLOODING REMAINS A DISTINCT POSSIBILITY LATER THIS MORNING AND INTO THIS AFTERNOON.

...TORNADO IMPACTS... ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE THIS MORNING AND THIS AFTERNOON.

...RIP CURRENT IMPACTS... A HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS IS EXPECTED TODAY AS DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS ARE ANTICIPATED.

...HIGH SURF/BEACH EROSION IMPACTS... WIND AND WAVES ARE EXPECTED TO RESULT IN MODERATE TO SEVERE BEACH EROSION TODAY.
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Sunshine and a little breezy, highs lower 90s.
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Sunshine and warm, highs mid- 80s.
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USKY0933

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236



Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 83 central, mid- 80s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 82 (rainfall N/A)
High Yesterday (Green Bay)......... 84 (0.38") (tying record high from 1922)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 85 (0.10")
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 82
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 84

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 78
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 75 (1.46")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 88
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 85


In Case You Missed It:

TS Tammy weakens as it moves inland
Georgia, Carolinas could see 10 inches of rain
(CNN) -- Less than a day after forming off Florida, Tropical Storm Tammy moved onshore Wednesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/10/06/tammy/index.html
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Southern California wildfire grows
Crews brace for return of wind
CALIMESA, California (AP) -- Crews battling a 6,400-acre wildfire scrambled to burn off heavy brush near homes Thursday before a resurgence of the hot, dry Santa Ana winds.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/10/06/wild.fires.ap/index.html


Nice work excluding flooding from hurricane protection plans.
Insurers sued for fraud after Katrina
Lawyer who fought Big Tobacco sues insurers for excluding flooding in 'hurricane protection' plans.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Richard Scruggs, the attorney who helped win a $250 billion settlement from the tobacco industry a few years ago, is now taking on insurance companies over Hurricane Katrina flood coverage.
http://money.cnn.com/2005/10/05/news/economy/katrina_lawsuit/index.htm

Katrina evacuee hits jackpot
After winning $1.6 million, New Orleanean wants a new house
(CNN) -- Jacquelyn Sherman had not had much luck since Hurricane Katrina sent her fleeing from her New Orleans home.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/10/05/katrina.jackpot/index.html


Study: Vaccine blocks cervical cancer
'100 percent efficacy' against cancer-causing virus, maker says
TRENTON, New Jersey (AP) -- The first major study of an experimental vaccine to prevent cervical cancer found it was 100 percent effective, in the short term, at blocking the disease and lesions likely to turn cancerous, drug maker Merck & Co. said.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/conditions/10/06/cancer.vaccine.ap/index.html

Despite not having a local team, I'm still excited about hockey being back. I cheer for the Blackhawks and Flyers.
NHL returns with packed arenas, single-date attendance record
More Than A Quarter-Million Fans Attend Games On League's Busiest Night Ever
NEW YORK (October 5, 2005) -- National Hockey League fans ushered in the 2005-06 regular season tonight by packing arenas to more than 98% capacity and establishing a single-date record for total attendance. Eleven of the 15 games were sellouts.
http://www.nhl.com/news/2005/10/237032.html
Opening Night blog: Hockey's back
http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2181944

Well, Harry and Ron DO hang out a lot together. :)
Author says Harry Potter is gay
LONDON, England (Reuters) -- A British cleric turned top-selling author of supernatural children's novels was thrown out of a school where he was delivering a talk after he told pupils that Harry Potter was "gay".
http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/10/06/potter.gay.reut/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 5, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 2:45 PM GMT on October 05, 2005

Good Wednesday morning!

"Would You Rather..." Results
It sounds like everyone understood the new game, and 33 of you decided to play! Excellent! I hope you all had fun, and here are the results:

Game #1:
Category: Pain/Fear/Discomfort
Would you rather...
A. Be stuck in a dark warm place (16)
B. Be stuck in a cold light place (17) - 2 points

Game #2:
Category: Appearance/Embarrassment
Would you rather...
A. Always have your shoes untied (23) - 2 points
B. Always have your zipper just 1/3 of the way down? (10)


If you'd like to discuss the game results, feel free to chime in on the message board.
Update Games Message Board
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Tomorrow is the first of several Players' Choice days. Click the link below to vote for which game gets played tomorrow!
Players' Choice Poll:
Which game should I play tomorrow?
Family Feud
Mad Gab
Match Game
Scattergories
TriBond
Wheel of Fortune
Would You Rather...
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s forecast grade: B+


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine mixed with a few areas of fog south, a few clouds central, and showers and thunderstorms remaining across northern Wisconsin and Minnesota, temps are still mild, in the upper 60s to near 70. And yes, there's still snow falling in North Dakota. This cold front can stay away forever as far as I'm concerned.

Synopsis: This very strong low pressure system is still stalled, spreading all sorts of rain to our north and west and keeping us underneath the "umbrella of warmth" with a warm front stretching across northern Wisconsin and a cold front in western Minnesota and Iowa. The most current weather model data run is calling for the storm to eventually get moving again and spread its joy across our areas tonight.

Today: Partly sunny, windy and still mild for one last day. It's the summer that doesn't want to end! A chance of showers and thunderstorms late in the day, with a better chance to the north and west. High of 83 central, mid- 80s south. Rain chance 35%.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely, windy, lows dropping to the upper 40s by morning. Rain chance 80%.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, breezy and much colder thanks to a wind shift behind the cold front. Temperatures will remain pretty much where the lows were last night, with maybe a high in the low to mid- 50s.

Extended:
Friday: Partly cloudy, less breezy but still cold. Highs near 50 central, lower 50s south.
Saturday: Partly cloudy and a little warmer, highs in the mid- 50s.
Sunday: Partly cloudy and warmer, highs near 60.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, a little breezy, highs near 80.
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0049

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, breezy, highs near 80. Look out for Tammy!
TROPICAL STORM TAMMY LOCAL STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC 839 AM EDT WED OCT 5 2005
...TROPICAL STORM TAMMY FORMS OFF THE FLORIDA EAST COAST...
...TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR THE GEORGIA AND SOUTHEASTERN SOUTH CAROLINA COAST...

...AREAS AFFECTED... THIS STATEMENT RECOMMENDS SPECIFIC ACTIONS BE TAKEN BY RESIDENTS AND VISITORS OF COASTAL SOUTHEAST GEORGIA AND COASTAL SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA...INCLUDING THE ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS.

...WATCHES/WARNINGS... A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FROM COCOA BEACH FLORIDA NORTH TO THE SOUTH SANTEE RIVER SOUTH CAROLINA.

A FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR MUCH OF COASTAL SOUTHEAST GEORGIA AND SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

...STORM INFORMATION... AT 730 AM EDT...1130Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM TAMMY WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 28.4 NORTH...LONGITUDE 80.3 WEST OR ABOUT 20 MILES EAST OF CAPE CANAVERAL FLORIDA. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 40 MPH WITH SOME STRENGTHENING POSSIBLE TODAY. TAMMY IS MOVING TO THE NORTH-NORTHEAST AT 16 MPH AND THIS GENERAL MOTION WITH A DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

...PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... RESIDENTS OF COASTAL SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA AND SOUTHEASTERN SOUTH CAROLINA SHOULD MAKE QUICK PREPARATIONS FOR VERY HEAVY RAINFALL AND POSSIBLE TROPICAL STORM FORCE WIND GUSTS ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST AND HEED THE ADVICE OF LOCAL EMERGENCY OFFICIALS. SECURE LOOSE OBJECTS OR BRING THEM INSIDE.

...STORM SURGE FLOOD AND STORM TIDE IMPACTS... ASTRONOMICAL TIDES ARE EXPECTED TO RUN 1 TO PERHAPS 2 FEET ABOVE PREDICTED VALUES TODAY AND TONIGHT. NO SIGNIFICANT STORM SURGE IMPACTS ARE EXPECTED.

...WIND IMPACTS... TROPICAL STORM FORCE WIND GUSTS WILL BE POSSIBLE LATER TODAY AND TONIGHT ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST...ESPECIALLY IN COASTAL SOUTHEAST GEORGIA.

...FLOODING IMPACTS... RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES ARE EXPECTED WITH ISOLATED AMOUNTS OF 8 TO 10 INCHES POSSIBLE. WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING FROM THIS HEAVY RAINFALL...A FLOOD WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

...TORNADO IMPACTS... WITH TAMMY EXPECTED TO MAKE LANDFALL SOUTH OF THE AREA...ISOLATED TORNADOES WILL BE POSSIBLE LATER TODAY AND CONTINUE INTO TONIGHT.

...RIP CURRENT IMPACTS... A HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS IS EXPECTED THROUGH THURSDAY AS DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED.

...HIGH SURF/BEACH EROSION IMPACTS... MODERATE BEACH EROSION IS EXPECTED THROUGH THURSDAY.

...NEXT UPDATE... THE NEXT TROPICAL STORM LOCAL STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHARLESTON AROUND 12 NOON OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON TAMMY CAN BE FOUND IN ADVISORIES ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER...AS WELL AS PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS AND SHORT TERM FORECASTS ISSUED BY THIS OFFICE.
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy, highs near 90.
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Mostly sunny, highs mid- 80s.
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USKY0933

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 84 central, mid- 80s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 82 (0.33")
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 87 (new record! - 85, 1967)
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 84
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 87

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 78
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 82 (0.02")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 86 (0.10")
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 86


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

Floods from Stan threaten to raise death toll
Former hurricane blamed for 66 deaths
VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) -- Remnants of Hurricane Stan threatened on Wednesday to raise the storm's death toll above 66, as forecasters warned of possible life-threatening flash floods in southeastern Mexico.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/10/05/stan.ap/index.html
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9588034/

'Star Wars' NASCAR? Get ready for rocket racing
NEW YORK (CNN) -- It sounds like NASA meets NASCAR: rocket-propelled aircraft racing through the sky at hundreds of miles an hour, while millions of fans watch in stadiums and on TV.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/space/10/04/rocket.race/index.html

New nickel gets hint of a smile
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After nearly 100 years of depicting presidents in somber profiles on the nation's coins, the Mint is trying something different: The new nickel features Thomas Jefferson, facing forward, with the hint of a smile.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/10/04/jefferson.coin.ap/index.html


Here's a funny clip from a morning show where a Texas man witnesses an accident. Yee-haw!
Morning Show Bits - "A guy witnesses an accident"
http://www.chumfm.com/MorningShow/bits/march24.swf



...Record temperatures set at both Madison and Milwaukee on Tuesday
October 4th...

Location high temperature previous record

Madison 87 85 in 1967

high minimum temp previous record

Madison 69 63 in 1922
Milwaukee 69 66 in 1922..1884


...Warm September across much of central and northeast Wisconsin...

Mean temperatures for September across central and northeast Wisconsin
ranged from 4 to 5 degrees above normal. This put many locations in the
top ten warmest septembers of all time. Here is a list of a few
locations that were in the top ten.


Green bay(nws)
rank value date
1 67.3 1931
2 66.3 1908
3 66.1 1891 & 1897
4 65.8 1933
5 65.6 1906
6 65.5 1985 & 1921
7 64.6 2004
8 64.3 *2005*
9 64.0 1948
10 63.8 1936


...Warm September across southern Wisconsin...

General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee recorded an
average temperature of 68.6 degrees fahrenheit for the month of
September. This makes September 2005 the second warmest September on
record for Milwaukee.

Below is a list of the top 10 warmest septembers on record for
milwaukee:

Rank avg temp year
(degrees f)

1. 69.6 1931
*2. *68.6 *2005
3. 68.5 1933
4. 67.8 1908
t5. 67.5 1994
t5. 67.5 1939
7. 67.3 1897
t8. 67.2 1921
t8. 67.2 1891
10. 67.0 1998

Dane County regional Airport in Madison recorded an average
temperature of 66.8 degrees fahrenheit for the month of September.
This makes September 2005 tied for the ninth warmest September on
record for Madison.

Below is a list of the top 10 warmest septembers on record for
madison:

Rank avg temp year
(degrees f)

1. 68.4 1931
2. 67.8 1897
t3. 67.2 1933
t3. 67.2 1895
t3. 67.2 1891
6. 67.1 1948
t7. 67.0 1908
t7. 67.0 1881
*t9. *66.8 *2005
t9. 66.8 1939

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 4, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:46 PM GMT on October 04, 2005

Happy Tuesday morning,
This is Lisa with our weekend update. I'm one day late due to our Internet issues yesterday. We had a very busy but fun weekend. Friday, while Steve bonded with Bryce, my friend Lisa and I went to see the Tammy Borden Band at the Cup O' Joy Christian Coffeehouse in Green Bay. We really enjoyed watching the band and we plan to go see them again.

Saturday, Steve, Bryce (in his stroller), my friend Lisa and I walked a 3K walk in the Run Wild 2005 at Potawatomi State Park in Sturgeon Bay. It was a great walk and we got some good exercise. This was Bryce's first long walk, and he was very good. Afterwards, we drove up to the northern part of Door County where we visited a few parks, did a little shopping, ate some tasty food at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant (the one with the goats on the roof), and had a good time.

Sunday, after church we travelled to Genesee to celebrate my father-in-law's birthday. We enjoyed carving pumpkins (even Bryce got a pumpkin) followed by a tasty dinner and dessert. It was also nice to spend some time with family. I don't really have much to report on Bryce except that he was 3 months old yesterday. He's growing so fast, but we are having so much fun with him. Well, that wraps up our weekend. Continue to have a great week.


Season Four Begins Today!
New Season Rules
A new season of games begin right now! There are new rules this season to keep things more competitive, so pay attention. I will be inheriting a modified form of NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup points system where we will play the first two months of the three-month season like usual, including one double-points week the week after Thanksgiving. At this point, the top ten finishers (plus ties) will advance to the playoffs, where we will reset the scores*, play each game once, and whoever has the most points among the playoff contenders will be declared the winner and receive a fabulous weather-related prize!

* The top five players at the end of the regular season will get a small two-point head start going into the playoffs, to give a little more incentive for players doing well at the beginning to continue to play regularly and stay near the top of the standings.

With these new rules, nobody will be able to run away with the title halfway through the season, you aren't out of the running if you take a week of vacation, and your goal is not necessarily first place, but just to be in the top ten and make the playoffs (or top five if you want an edge going in). If you haven't played before but want to get started, now is the perfect time to join in the fun! And is there a better way to kick off the new season than with a new game? Me thinks not!


"Would You Rather..." Tuesday!
The popular campfire game has a new home within my Weather Updates! Here's how this new game works: you will be given two options, and you need to tell me which of the two will be the consensus (most popular) answer. Example: would you rather be blind or deaf? If 20 people respond with blind and 8 respond with deaf, then the 20 people who wrote in with blind would get 2 points. You also can't qualify an answer by saying, "well, I'd choose this IF blah blah blah" - you have your two choices and have to chose only from the information given. Note that you don't necessarily want to write in with your choice - you want to write in with which answer you think will be the most popular (although most of the time these will be the same). So without further delay, here we go!

Game #1:
Category: Pain/Fear/Discomfort
Would you rather...
A. Be stuck in a dark warm place
B. Be stuck in a cold light place

Game #2:
Category: Appearance/Embarrassment
Would you rather...
A. Always have your shoes untied
B. Always have your zipper just 1/3 of the way down?


Since this game is also conducive to conversation, if you'd like to discuss the above topics, the link to the message board is below. However, to keep things fair and square, please submit your answers before reading the board.
Weather Games Message Board
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Name of the Game
A few of you not only actually read my intro paragraph yesterday morning, but took the time to email me some fun Weather Update Game name suggestions. Here's what I got (and yes, I had to chuckle at a few of these ).
Steve's Spectacular Cerebral Challenges
Rain or Shine
Winner Take Radio
Hale's Follies
Game Chasers
Email Madness
Daily Puzzlers
Hale, Hale the Games Are Here!



September 2005 Forecast Stats:
Forecasts 22
Error Points 51
Average 2.32
Error > 4 4
% Within 4 82%
Bulls-Eye 4
% Bulls-Eye 18%


Today’s forecast grade: B+


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with showers and thunderstorms across northwestern Wisconsin and a partly sunny sky elsewhere across the state, temperatures remain mild, near the 70 degree mark! Where is the cold weather we've been talking about? It's in North Dakota, where temperatures are in the 30s and parts of the state are experiencing their first snowfall of the season! And it's headed our way!

Synopsis: High temperature and high minimum temperature records were broken yesterday across the state with the surge of mild air that has moved in ahead of a nearly-stationary cold front located across northwestern Wisconsin. This system will eventually make its way here, bringing with it rain, thunder and much cooler temperatures.

Today: Partly sunny, breezy and remaining mild for one last day. Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing later today, especially to the north and west. High of 84 central, mid- 80s again south. Rain chance 40%.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely north and west with a chance of showers and thunderstorms central and south. Breezy, lows in the upper 60s. Rain chance 50% but higher the further northwest you live.

Tomorrow: Scattered showers likely across the state, eventually ending by evening, then much colder temperatures invade our lands. Still windy, but it'll be a cold wind this time around. Highs in the 70s early but dropping through the day. Rain chance 60%. So yes, cold temperatures are coming soon, but look on the bright side. McDonald's Monopoly game returns today! And man, am I a giant sucker for McD's Monopoly - I'll gain five pounds a week until the promotion is over.

Extended:
Thursday: Partly cloudy, breezy and cold, highs in the low to mid- 50s.
Friday: Partly cloudy, still cold, highs in the low to mid- 50s.
Saturday: Partly cloudy and a little warmer, highs in the mid- to upper 50s.
Sunday: Partly cloudy and seasonable, highs 60-65.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunny and breezy, highs in the lower 80s.
Record high minimum tied in Las Vegas Monday...

The low temperature Monday October 3rd at McCarran International
Airport in Las Vegas only lowered to 72 degrees. This ties the
record high minimum temperature set in 2003.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered showers and isolated storms, breezy, highs lower 80s.
High surf advisory in effect until 6 PM EDT Thursday...
A few communities along the coastal counties of southeast South Carolina will experience a shower or thunderstorm through 10 am...resulting in lightning strikes...wind gusts to 35 mph and heavy rains. There may be as much as 1/4 to 1/2 inch of rain in less than an hours time during this morning.
Northeast winds of 20 to 25 knots will persist across the coastal
waters through Wednesday night which will aid in raising seas to
5 to 8 ft today and to 6 to 9 ft tonight and Wednesday. The result
will be high surf along the beaches of south coastal South Carolina
and north coastal Georgia with breakers of 4 to 5 ft expected in
the surf zone today through Wednesday and 4 to 6 ft by Thursday.

Moderate beach erosion may also occur due to the high surf and
tide levels running above predicted levels... especially around
times of high tide today. High tide will occur in the Charleston
Harbor at 910 am and 916 PM... at Beaufort at 1026 am and 1038
PM... and at the Savannah River entrance at 917 am and 929 PM.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated thunderstorms, breezy, highs upper 80s.
Through 8 am...scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will continue developing over the coastal waters and move inland at 20 mph. Expect average rainfall accumulations of 1/4 to 1/2 inch.
... Tides will remain 1.5 to 2.0 feet above normal through early
Wednesday...

Moderate to occasionally strong east winds will persist through
tonight. Tides along the Upper Texas coast are currently
running 1.5 to 2.0 feet above normal levels. East winds at 15 to 20
knots will persist today and tonight before becoming northeast 10 to
15 knots Wednesday. Tide levels will also persist up to 2 feet above
normal through Wednesday morning.

At this time... a coastal Flood Watch or warning is not anticipated as
tides are expected to remain at or below 4.5 feet. However... minor
coastal flooding is possible on Galveston Island and the Bolivar
Peninsula at times of high tide. Also... beach web cams show that
the impact of Rita in eroding the beaches has water reaching the
dunes in places already at tide levels of 3.0 to 3.5 feet. Moderate
surf along with the elevated tides will continue to erode the beaches
today and tonight. A strong cold front will move off the coast early
Thursday and bring an abrupt end to the elevated tides.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Sunshine and mild, breezy at times, 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)
Every place I forecast for was between 84-87 degrees yesterday!

My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 83 central, mid- 80s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 84
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 85
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 84
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 85

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 87
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 86 (0.01")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 87 (0.06")
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 87


In Case You Missed It:

Hurricane Stan churns toward eastern Mexico
VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) -- Tropical Storm Stan strengthened into a roaring hurricane Tuesday, forecasters said, aiming toward Mexico's Gulf Coast with winds of 80 mph.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/10/04/stan.ap/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200520.html

Louisiana wants final say in storm protection
State wants majority on independent board overseeing project
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A $40 billion plan to hurricane-proof the Louisiana coast has ignited a battle over how best to prevent a repeat of this year's double flooding of New Orleans.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/10/03/hurricane.protection.ap/index.html


Mars Rovers Still Ticking
Now operating well past their expiration dates, the rovers represent a remarkable engineering feat, and mission scientists now hope the greatest troves of science lie just ahead.
http://www.cbsnews.com/track/rss/stories/2005/10/03/tech/main903051.shtml?CMP=OTC-RSSFeed&source=RSS&attr=SciTech_903051

New Planet Comes With Moon
Astronomers who claimed in July to have discovered the 10th planet in the solar system have made another intriguing announcement: it has a moon.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/10/02/tech/main897581.shtml?CMP=OTC-RSSFeed&source=RSS&attr=SciTech_897581

Cassini offers new photos of Saturn's moons
Images of Tethys and Hyperion show features never seen before
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9544201/
http://www.space.com/php/multimedia/imagedisplay/img_display.php?pic=050930_tethys1_02.jpg&cap=The+northern+polar+region+of+Tethys%2C+seen+in+this+Cassini+flyby+image%2C+is+a+ponderously+ancient+surface.+Credit%3A+NASA%2FJPL%2FSpace+Science+Institute%0D%0A


Don't like parking? Try Pivo
Cabin for Nissan's concept car rotates 360 degrees on top of platform, eliminates need to reverse.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Tired of all those three-point turns? Nissan Motor Co. could have a solution.
Japan's second-biggest auto manufacturer has developed a concept car featuring an egg-shaped cabin atop a wheeled platform that can swivel 360 degrees, doing away with the need to reverse when emerging from narrow spaces.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/AUTOS/09/30/nissan_concept.reut/index.html?section=cnn_topstories

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 3, 2005.

By: HaleStorm, 12:40 PM GMT on October 03, 2005

Good Monday morning!

We were having Internet problems this morning (I finally got it up and running but not before Lisa had to go to work), so Lisa's weekend recap will be in tomorrow's edition instead. Today is a special day though - Bryce is three months old today! Yes, our little bundle of joy is one-fourth of a year old! We'll put some new pictures of him up on the Web site this week. And I'd write more about it but he's stating to get fussy so I'd better get this finished.

Tomorrow begins Season Four of my Weather Update Games, and I think I need a new catchy name for my games. Anyone have any good suggestions? Look for all the details regarding the new season tomorrow, including the new rules for the season, which should make things more competitive, and a new game debuting tomorrow. And here's a hint for the new game:

Game Hint #3:
The new game will involve choices.


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
Unseasonably warm weather expected early this week...then turning sharply colder by Thursday...
Unseasonable warm temperatures will continue through Tuesday... with some spots expected to tie or break record highs on both
days.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Appleton


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with showers and thunderstorms in Michigan but just a mix of sun and clouds in Wisconsin, temps are already quite mild, near the 70-degree mark!

Synopsis: A cold front is slowly moving our way from the west, currently near Minneapolis and stretching through Nebraska and Ontario, and promises to spoil all of our fun and warm temperatures, but not before we get another couple days of strong southwest winds ahead of the front, bringing near record high temperatures to Wisconsin. Hooray!

Today: Partly sunny with maybe an isolated thundershower, but a much better chance of rain tomorrow. Strong, mild southwest winds will bring near-record high temperatures to Wisconsin with an expected high of 83 central, mid- 80s south! Rain chance 20%.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and breezy with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing, but mostly to our northwest. Lows in the upper 60s. Rain chance 30%.

Tomorrow: Cloudy and windy with showers and thunderstorms likely. Hardly the A-grade day we're going to have today, but at least it will still be mild with highs in the lower 80s. Rain chance 60%.

Extended:
Wednesday: More showers but turning colder behind the cold front. Highs in the 70s early with dropping temperatures through the day. Rain chance 50%.
Thursday: Becoming partly cloudy and nippy, highs only in the mid- 50s! And it gets even better after this - lows Thursday night might hit the freezing mark!
Friday: Partly cloudy and colder yet, highs in the lower 50s. Brrr!
Saturday: Partly cloudy and a little warmer, highs in the upper 50s to lower 60s.
Sunday: Increasing clouds with a chance of showers late, highs lower 60s. Rain chance Sunday night 40%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, breezy, highs near 90.
Record high minimum set in Las Vegas Sunday...
The low temperature Sunday October 2nd at McCarran International
Airport in Las Vegas only lowered to 76 degrees. This reading broke
the old record high minimum for the date which was 74 degrees set in
1997.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html

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

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, breezy, highs upper 80s.
Through 800 am...scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the Upper Texas coastal waters will continue moving northwest near 20 mph. A few cells will make their way inland to near an Angleton... Pasadena...Liberty line. Expect light rainall accumulations of less than 1/4 inch. Brief wind gusts to 30 knots are possible in the Gulf waters and bays in and near the thunderstorms.
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)……….. 79
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 79
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 79 (trace)
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 84 (0.94")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 94
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 82
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 88 (0.07")
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 85


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

Storm sees China evacuate 376,000
BEIJING, China (AP) -- Typhoon Longwang pounded southeast China with heavy winds and rains but appeared to be weakening as it moved inland, weather officials said Monday.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/10/02/longwang.ap/index.html

Tropical Storm Stan hits Yucatan
MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Tropical Storm Stan made landfall in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula early Sunday with 45 mph sustained winds, but forecasters predicted it would weaken to a tropical depression as it moves over the region.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/10/02/tropical.weather.ap/index.html

More crazies are coming out of the woodwork...
Weather Warfare: Was Katrina A Man-Made Hurricane?
http://www.conspiracyplanet.com/channel.cfm?channelid=77&contentid=2700&page=2


But was it the Blair Witch?
Wisconsin teen catches his own killing on video
LA CROSSE, Wis. — Seth Hammes was filming in the woods when his camcorder recorded the crack of gunshots, the 17-year-old's screams and the voice of the alleged shooter, promising help that never came.
http://www.startribune.com/stories/484/5643887.html

Even WE don't watch TV for eight hours a day!
Nielsen reports U.S. TV viewership at record high
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. TV viewership climbed again last season to a record household average of eight hours, 11 minutes a day, Nielsen Media Research reported on Thursday, challenging perceptions that Americans are watching less than they once did.
http://today.reuters.com/news/NewsArticle.aspx?type=televisionNews&storyID=2005-09-30T003801Z_01_KRA002316_RTRIDST_0_TELEVISION-MEDIA-NIELSEN-DC.XML

Unawarenezzz
Brain disconnects during deep sleep, UW study says
Madison - As we slip into deep sleep, higher regions of our brains take a vacation from each other, disconnecting so much that consciousness is snuffed out and a once highly integrated organ becomes separated, according to a groundbreaking experiment by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers.
http://www.jsonline.com/alive/news/sep05/359643.asp

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