Wisconsin Weather Update

Wisconsin Weather Update for March 31, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:32 PM GMT on March 31, 2006

TGIF!

Rather Results

Players: 33
Game #1:
Topic: Ethics/Intellect
Would You Rather...
A. Be one of five survivors on earth (24) - 2 points
B. Be the only earthling on another inhabited planet (9)

Game #2:
Topic: Pain/Fear/Discomfort
Would You Rather...
A. Have to explain to your spouse how you lost your wedding ring (12)
B. Have to explain to your spouse why you forgot your anniversary (21) - 2 points


Spring 2006 Regular Season Point Standings (36 people played this week)
The regular season will run through June 16 and the playoff week will be the week of June 19-23. June 12-16 will be a double point week.
The top player at the end of the playoff week will win a lovely weather-related prize (if not a previous winner).
If you would like your city and state listed next to your name, send me a note with the information.
Point totals in parenthesis are cumulative for only this week.
Maroon text indicates that these players had the best week. Green text indicates a perfect week.
Please verify your point total for accuracy. Any scoring updates will be immediately posted on the Web site.
* = received a bonus point for Outburst.

Five people who did not make the playoffs last season are crashing the party and are above the very preliminary cut line this week. But this thing is way early, so no matter where you are in the list below, all it takes is one good week to put you near the top. Have a great weekend everyone and thanks for playing!

Jan, Berlin, WI: 12 (+8)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 12 (+8)
Becky T. and Parents: 11 (+7)
Brian, Madison WI: 11 (+7)
Clair, Fremont, WI: 11 (+7)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 11 (+9)*
Nia, Appleton, WI: 11 (+7)
Bethany: 10 (+6)*
Dan, Henderson, NV: 10 (+6)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 10 (+6)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 10 (+7)
--------Preliminary Playoff Cut Line--------
Kelley: 9 (+5)
Mom: 9 (+8)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 8 (+4)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 8 (+4)
Sarah H., Appleton, WI: 8 (+5 - New Player!)
Chris Ke.: 7 (+5)
Diane Sm.: 7 (+6)
Greg, Madison, WI: 7 (+5)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 7 (+5)
Jen: 6 (+6)
Karl, Appleton, WI: 6 (+4)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 6 (+6)
Nicole, Madison, WI: 6 (+5)
Jason, De Pere, WI: 5 (+5)
Phil, Madison, WI: 5 (+3 - New Player!)
Scott/Ann, Appleton, WI: 5 (+5)
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 5 (+4)
Steve L.: 5 (+4)
Craig, Green Bay, WI: 4 (+4 - New Player!)
Harry: 4 (+4)
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 4 (+2)
Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 4 (+3)
John E., Madison, WI: 2 (+2)
Al, Germantown, WI: 1 (+1)
Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC: 1 (+0)


Today’s forecast grade: B-


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Wind Advisory in effect from 8 am this morning to 6 PM CST this afternoon...
Strong southwest winds are expected to develop across portions of
south central and southeast Wisconsin this morning. Wind speeds
will reach 20 to 35 mph with a few gusts to 40 mph possible.
These strong winds are expected to persist through much of the
day.

A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds of 30 mph or
greater are expected... or wind gusts of 45 mph are expected.
Winds this strong can make driving difficult... especially for
high profile vehicles. Secure loose items in the yard such as
lawn furniture and garbage cans... beware of fallen tree limbs on
roads. Use caution while outdoors.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds, windy conditions, and showers to our northwest, temps are in the low to mid- 50s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html

Synopsis: Well here we go. A strong area of low pressure just to our west is bringing plenty of wind into Wisconsin today. A cold front is passing through central Wisconsin right now, and you probably slept through the scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms that rolled through ahead of the front overnight. More showers are developing on the backend of the system, focused to our northwest at this hour, and cooler temperatures will be returning to Wisconsin shortly.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy and blustery with scattered showers developing. An isolated thunderstorm is possible this morning. High of 57. Rain chance 70%.

Tonight: Cloudy and breezy with scattered showers eventually ending. Decreasing clouds by sunrise. Lows mid- 30s. Rain chance this evening 40%.

Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs near 50. Remember to set your alarm for 2 a.m. so you can move your clocks forward one hour Sunday morning!

Sunday: Breezy with another round of showers and isolated thunderstorms developing. Highs upper 40s. Rain chance 60%.

Extended:
Monday: Morning showers, then decreasing clouds. Breezy and cool, highs 44-49. And what's Opening Day without cold temperatures and the chance for rain, anyway? It's the most predictable thing I'll say all year long.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy, highs 47-52.
Wednesday: Windy with showers and thunderstorms developing. Warmer, highs 52-57. Rain chance 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Mostly cloudy and breezy with sprinkles, highs upper 60s. Partly cloudy this weekend, highs upper 60s Saturday and lower 70s Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy and breezy, highs upper 60s today and low to mid- 70s this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Decreasing clouds and breezy today, highs lower 80s. Partly sunny this weekend, highs low to 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 Evansville, Indiana: Breezy with showers and thunderstorms, highs lower 70s. Sunshine and mid- 60s Saturday, more storms and lower 70s Sunday.
A line of thunderstorms will continue to move northeast from southern Illinois and southeast Missouri...reaching a line from north of Santa Claus Indiana...to Sebree Kentucky...to Marion...to Benton by 8 am. Thunderstorms may produce pea size hail...gusts up to 40 mph... and hourly rainfall amounts up to around one inch. Scattered showers will continue to affect most areas...where hourly rainfall will be around one quarter of an inch or less.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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 central, lower 60s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 63 (0.01" rain as of midnight)
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 66 (0.04")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 68
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…....... 70 (trace)
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 78 (0.04")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 67
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 66
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 77


Weather in the News:

Plains residents flee tornado, fires
Police evacuate 21 square miles in Kansas as blazes follow storm
(CNN) -- Severe weather that included at least one tornado struck Hutchinson, Kansas, on Thursday, but worse for some residents were the fires that inexplicably broke out after the storm passed.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/03/30/kansas.fires/index.html

Cyclone Glenda hits Australia
PERTH, Australia (AP) -- The remote northwest Australian fishing town of Onslow was lashed by torrential rain and winds gusting at 160 km/h (100 mph) as severe tropical cyclone Glenda crossed the coast late Thursday from the Indian Ocean, government weather authorities said.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/03/30/australia.glenda.ap/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/si200620.html

Iran quakes: Death toll rising
Dozens dead, hundreds injured from series of temblors
(CNN) -- A series of earthquakes struck western Iran early Friday, killing dozens and flattening entire villages.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/03/31/earthquake.iran/index.html

Updated: 11:52 PM GMT on March 31, 2006

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 30, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:53 PM GMT on March 30, 2006

Good Thursday morning!

Would You Rather Thursday

Game #1:
Topic: Ethics/Intellect
Would You Rather...
A. Be one of five survivors on earth
B. Be the only earthling on another inhabited planet

Game #2:
Topic: Pain/Fear/Discomfort
Would You Rather...
A. Have to explain to your spouse how you lost your wedding ring
B. Have to explain to your spouse why you forgot your anniversary

Rules
Choose what you think will be the most popular answer from the two choices given. You cannot ask for clarification or state certain conditions - you have to choose one or the other using only the information given. Two points will be awarded to those who write in with the most popular answer for each game. The first point standings of the season come your way tomorrow!
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Today’s forecast grade: B+


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
Look for a band of scattered showers...extending from Sister Bay through Rhinelander to Lac Du Flambeau...to exit far northeast Wisconsin between 845 am and 9 am. Expect patchy fog to dissipate with partly sunny skies developing for the mid morning hours. Temperatures will climb through the 40s this morning...reaching the lower 50s by the noon hour.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Appleton


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds and showers north and west, a cloud/fog/sun mix central and sunshine with a few areas of fog south and east, temps are already in the lower 40s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html

Synopsis: Well wouldn't you know it - the clouds came in sooner than anticipated yesterday, keeping Wisconsin out of the mid- to upper 50s and bringing high temperatures only into the upper 40s to lower 50s. The mild air from the south has had another day to travel up here though, so even with some clouds and scattered thunderstorms developing later today, we should finally see those warm high temperatures we've been talking about over the last few days.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Some morning fog and/or sunshine but increasing clouds and winds with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing later in the day. Mild, high of 60 central, lower 60s south. Rain chance before sunset 25%.

Tonight: Windy with showers and thunderstorms likely. Lows upper 40s to near 50. Rain chance 90%.

Tomorrow: Still windy and cooler with more showers likely. Highs low to mid- 50s. Rain chance 80%.

Extended:
Saturday: Partly cloudy and cooler yet, highs 45-50.
Sunday: Becoming breezy with scattered showers developing. Highs 47-52. Rain chance 50%.
Next Week's Outlook: A chance of showers continue on Monday, which is usually the case on Opening Day for the Brewers, then another chance of thunderstorms on Thursday. Highs will probably stick around the upper 40s to lower 50s, but don't complain because that's slightly above normal for this time of the year.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, highs upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy and becoming a little breezy, 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 sunny and 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 Evansville, Indiana: Scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day, highs mid- 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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……..… 57
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 52
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 47
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 48
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…....... 51
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 59

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 64
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 66
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 77 (0.21")


Space in the News:

Eyes to the sky as eclipse sweeps globe
CAPE COAST, Ghana (Reuters) -- Shouting, clapping or praising God, awestruck locals and tourists gazed skywards on Ghana's coastline on Wednesday as a total solar eclipse cast a shadow across Africa and tracked on to the Middle East.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/03/29/eclipse.reut/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Brainy kids' brains develop slowly
NEW YORK (AP) -- Very smart children, despite their reputation for being ahead of their peers mentally, actually lag behind other kids in development of the "thinking" part of the brain, a new study says.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/03/29/smart.brains.ap/index.html

Report: Sleep 'divorce' counts
Reports say Islamic couple must wait 100 days to remarry
NEW DELHI, India (Reuters) -- A Muslim couple in India have been told by local Islamic leaders they must separate after the husband "divorced" his wife in his sleep, the Press Trust of India reported.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/03/27/india.religion.reut/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 29, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:32 PM GMT on March 29, 2006

Good Wednesday morning!

Outburst Results
Wow - everyone and their grandmother decided to play yesterday, and I received quite a few interesting answers to yesterday's topic. Thanks everyone for playing! There were quite a few variations of the answers below; some of these answers were grouped together and accepted for a point, while others were not. If you don't see your answer under "Other Answers" below, that means I included it in the official answers. If you feel one of the answers I separated should be grouped together, let me know as well. Look for a new set of games tomorrow.

Players: 32
Topic: Things Parents Are Always Telling Children To Do
Clean-Up (23) (room, toys, etc. also accepted)
Clean Plate (22) (veggies, etc. also accepted)
Go to Bed (14)
Do Homework (12)
Wash Hands (9) (face also accepted)
Brush Teeth (7)
Say "Thank You" (4) (be polite also accepted)
Be Careful (1) - Bethany receives a bonus point
Stop Fighting (1) - Mary Be. receives a bonus point
Turn Music Down (0)

Other Answers: Be quiet (7), Stand up straight (3), Sit down (2), Be nice to brother/sister/others (2), Take a bath/shower (2), Comb your hair, Put their clothes away, Slow down, Call me when you get there, Chew with your mouth closed, Don’t interrupt, Don't run off, Wake up, Share, Settle down, Stop playing with your food, Go to your room, Put that down, Turn off the TV, Stay in school, Make your bed, Be good, Quit picking your nose, Don't touch it or you will go blind, Take their underwear off their heads, DO YOU WANT ME TO TURN THIS CAR AROUND? WELL JUST KEEP ACTING UP AND YOU'LL GET YOUR WISH. I'M NOT KIDDING THIS TIME. ALL RIGHT, THAT'S IT...


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Dense fog advisory until 9 am...
Areas of dense fog will continue to shroud portions of south
central and southeast Wisconsin through the mid morning.
Visibilities will frequently be below one quarter mile with some
pockets of near zero visibility.

A dense fog advisory remains in effect until 9 am CST this
morning for the portion of Wisconsin along and south of a line
from the Wisconsin Dells to deforest to Waukesha and Racine. Other
cities included in the advisory are Madison... Janesville... Kenosha
and Monroe.

If driving... slow down... use your low beam headlights... and
leave plenty of distance between you and objects ahead.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine mixed in with a few scattered areas of dense fog (mostly south), temps are in the upper 20s to lower 30s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html

Synopsis: One of the nicest days of the year so far is upon us. High pressure is centered just to our southeast, continuing the trend of sunshine we saw yesterday, and mild southerly winds will push temperatures up through the 50s with some places perhaps even hitting 60 before the day is done. Our next nemesis is out west, in the Rocky Mountains and taking the shape of a low pressure system. This monster will bring showers and thunderstorms into Wisconsin tomorrow and Friday, so if you're going to go out for lunch some time this week, today is definitely the winner.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Sunshine with areas of fog this morning. Becoming partly cloudy this afternoon. Mild with a high of 57.

Tonight: Increasing clouds, lows near 40.

Tomorrow: Becoming cloudy and windy with showers and thunderstorms developing, mostly late in the day. But at least it will be mild with highs in the upper 50s to near 60 central, and in the lower 60s south. Rain chance 25% during the day, but 80% tomorrow night. There is also a slight risk (15% chance) for severe weather south, according to the Storm Prediction Center.

Extended:
Friday: Windy with showers and isolated thunderstorms likely. Highs 55-60. Rain chance 80%.
Saturday: Becoming partly sunny, highs 51-56.
Sunday: Becoming cloudy again with more showers and thunderstorms developing later in the day. Highs 48-53. Rain chance 50%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Windy with isolated showers or thunderstorms, highs mid- 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated morning showers, 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: Morning fog, then becoming breezy with showers and thunderstorms developing. Highs mid- 70s.
Through 9 am...areas of fog will be found across southeast Texas. Visibilities may be reduced to under 1/2 mile. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while driving this morning. Use low beam headlights...allow a safe driving distance between you and the vehicle in front of you and allow extra travel time to reach your destination.
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 Evansville, Indiana: Decreasing clouds and warmer, highs lower 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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)……….. 52
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 50 (trace)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 50 (0.02")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…....... 45 (0.07")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 53

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 69 (0.05")
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 66
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 71 (0.63")


Weather in the News:

FEMA to get tough with next hurricane
Federal, state officials focus on evacuation and coordination
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (CNN) -- The Gulf Coast will be widely and quickly evacuated this hurricane season, even if the storm doesn't threaten to smash levees and leave a metropolis under water, state and federal officials said Tuesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/28/fema.prep/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Who gives a @#$% about profanity?
Poll says 75% of women and 60% of men don't like swearwords
(AP) -- This is a story about words we can't print in this story.
You probably hear these words often, and more than ever before. But even though we can't print them, we can certainly ask: Are we living in an Age of Profanity?
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/28/profanity.ap/index.html

A record 500-feet of all-you-can-eat
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) -- Even in this over-the-top town famed for all-you-can-eat spreads, nobody had ever seen one quite like this: Forty soups, 100 salads and 150 desserts perched upon a 500-foot maze of tables.
It was enough -- 510 different dishes in all -- to qualify Tuesday for a Guinness record for the World's Largest Buffet.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/28/vegas.buffet.reut/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 28, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:17 PM GMT on March 28, 2006

Good Tuesday morning!

Outburst Tuesday
Another week of games starts right now! It's redemption time for those who played in the Winter 2006 Playoffs a couple of weeks ago. Nobody got all four correct answers that week, but today is a new day!

Topic: Things Parents Are Always Telling Children To Do

Rules
Email me four answers to the above topic. For each one you submit that is also listed on the official Hasbro card, you'll get one point each. One bonus point will also be awarded to those who submit the least most popular answer that is still listed on the card. Have fun!
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Today’s forecast grade: B+


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds and a few areas of fog south and abundant sunshine north, temps are near 30 central and in the mid- 30s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html

Synopsis: The area of low pressure that developed the scattered rain showers and isolated snow showers yesterday across southern Wisconsin and Illinois is still centrally located near the O'Hare airport. However, almost all of the precipitation is falling ahead of the system, across Indiana, Ohio and southern Michigan. Sunshine is already peeking out across northern and parts of central Wisconsin, and should occupy the entire state before long. Today looks like a nice day, and tomorrow is looking even better!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Becoming partly cloudy if it hasn't already. A nice day with a high of 50.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows near 30.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy and mild, highs in the mid- to upper 50s. Giggedy-Giggedy!

Extended:
Thursday: Windy with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms, highs 53-58. Chance of rain 40%.
Friday: Windy with more showers likely. Highs 49-54. Chance of rain 80%.
Saturday: Partly cloudy for the first day of April, highs 50-55.
Sunday: Increasing clouds with less time to enjoy the morning sunshine with Daylight Savings Time kicking in at 2am, highs 52-57.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Breezy with rain showers and isolated thunderstorms. Highs mid- 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, a little breezy, highs lower 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: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs lower 70s.
Through 7 am...scattered rain showers with a few embedded thunderstorms will continue to develop and move to the east northeast across southeast Texas and the adjacent coastal waters. The greatest concentration of activity is expected generally north of a line from Brenham to Conroe to Goodrich. The heavier storms may produce rainfall amounts around 1 inch. Most southeast Texas locations should receive rainfall amounts under a tenth of an inch. The threat for showers and thunderstorms will persist through the morning hours as an upper level disturbance moves across the state.
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 Evansville, Indiana: Mostly cloudy, highs lower 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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……..… 46
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 46
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 49 (0.02" rain)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 48 (0.02" rain)
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…....... 50 (0.12")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 56 (0.05")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 74
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 59
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 76


Science in the News:

Drilling into a hot volcano
Geologists in Iceland are drilling directly into the heart of a hot volcano.
Their $20m project will lead to boreholes that could ultimately yield 10 times as much geothermal power as any previous project.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4846574.stm


In Case You Missed It:

Nebraska man nails Final Four ... by mistake
NEW YORK (AP) -- Russell Pleasant has some explaining to do.
Such is life when you're one of four out of 3 million contest entrants to pick all the teams in this year's Final Four: LSU, Florida, UCLA and ... George Mason?
George Mason?
Yep, he called it.
http://www.cnn.com/si/2006/basketball/ncaa/specials/ncaa_tourney/2006/03/27/bc.bkc.magicbracket.ap/index.html?cnn=yes

Dog Recovering After Swallowing Stick
'Shultz' Was Playing Fetch With Owner In Park
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Glenn Grenier's 2-year old German shepard is looking a lot better than he did a week ago.
Grenier took "Sergeant Shultz" to the park to have him fetch a favorite stick. But this time when the dog lunged for it, he swallowed it.
http://www.turnto10.com/news/8236975/detail.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 27, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:50 PM GMT on March 27, 2006

Happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update. We didn't do much this weekend with the exception of Saturday, when we got together to visit and watch basketball with our friends John and Shelley in Oshkosh. Therefore, this week's update will focus more on Bryce.

Fun at the park:
Yesterday since the weather was so nice, Steve and I took Bryce over to the park for the first time. We put him in the baby swing, and at first he didn't know what to make of it, but after a few minutes he really started to enjoy it. We got several smiles and giggles out of him too. We also went down the slide with him, but he didn't have much of a reaction since the slide wasn't slippery enough to go very fast. We plan on taking him back to the park several times this summer. It's so close to our house, it's hard not to take advantage of it.

Bryce Photos:
We posted eight new images of Bryce from this week, including his first visit to the local playground and what happens when daddy tries to feed him.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/pictures

That wraps up this part of our update, have a great week.


Today’s forecast grade: Morning B+, Afternoon C


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine in Wisconsin but light mixed precipitation in Minnesota and Iowa, temps are near 30.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html

Synopsis: We have a lot of sunshine out there this morning courtesy of an area of high pressure centered in the Ohio Valley. It's going away momentarily, however, as a new low pressure system in the Plains moves east into our area. So look for the clouds to increase shortly and a kaleidoscope of light precipitation this afternoon.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Sunshine for now with increasing clouds from west to east just before lunchtime and scattered light rain showers developing by this afternoon, "heavier" to the south and perhaps changing over to light snow at times late. No snow accumulation is really expected and I put heavier in quotes because it's not really going to be heavy anywhere - the scattered light precip will just be more focused to the south. High of 46. Chance of precip 30%.

Tonight: Light rain mixing with a few snow showers south, and probably only a few flurries central. Lows lower 30s. Chance of precip 25%.

Tomorrow: Becoming partly sunny, highs upper 40s to near 50.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly cloudy and mild, highs 52-57. Notice that the entire Extended forecast is now numbers and not ranges, per last week's poll results.
Thursday: Becoming cloudy and windy with showers and maybe even a thunderstorm developing, mostly late. Highs 52-57. Chance of rain Thursday night 50%.
Friday: Windy with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. Highs 50-55. Chance of rain 60%.
Saturday: Becoming partly cloudy and cooler, highs 50-55.
Sunday: Increasing clouds with light rain developing late. Highs 47-52.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, a little breezy, highs mid- 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 60.
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 sunny and a little breezy, highs lower 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 Evansville, Indiana: Showers and isolated thunderstorms developing later today. A little breezy, highs upper 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 50
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 48
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…....... 48
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)….. 51

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 70
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 59
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 70


Weather in the News:

Be worried, be very worried
The climate is crashing, and global warming is to blame
No one can say exactly what it looks like when a planet takes ill, but it probably looks a lot like Earth.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/26/coverstory/index.html
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1176980,00.html

Twenty-vehicle crash in blizzard kills 6
LARAMIE, Wyoming (AP) -- At least 20 vehicles crashed on a rural Wyoming interstate in blizzard conditions Sunday, killing at least six people, officials said.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/27/blizzard.pileup.ap/index.html


Sports in the News:

Badger men advance to Frozen Four after triple overtime victory
Ashwaubenon - The end to a remarkable test of wills, and the clinching of the most important victory the University of Wisconsin men's hockey program has recorded since 1990, came without warning.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=410986
A CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT: UW blanks Minnesota, 3-0
After his Badgers shut out Minnesota, 3-0, Sunday to claim Wisconsin's first NCAA Frozen Four title in women's hockey, coach Mark Johnson recalled a night in 1991, when he was a guest in the Pittsburgh Penguins' locker room, watching his father Bob's last team share the Stanley Cup.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=410962

George Mason 86, Connecticut 84
Holy mackerel! Patriots stun UConn
Washington D.C. - By George, they did it.
With an epic, did-that-just-happen upset of top-seeded Connecticut that ranks as one of the biggest in the history of the NCAA tournament, the 11th-seeded George Mason Patriots are going to the Final Four.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=410961
Top-seeded clubs out of the picture
It's only second time that has happened
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=411038
http://www.cnn.com/si/2006/basketball/ncaa/specials/ncaa_tourney/2006/03/26/george.mason.uconn.ap/index.html?cnn=yes


In Case You Missed It:

Image on Moline bridge described as Virgin Mary
Celia Medina said that the first time she went to the base of the Interstate Highway 74 bridge across the Rock River, she saw lots of things--cars and trucks rumbling along, streetlights casting a glow over the water, night falling over the city of Moline in western Illinois--but not the vision she had hoped to see.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/northshore/chi-0603270113mar27,1,4446135.story?coll=chi-newslocalnorthshore-hed

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 24, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:31 PM GMT on March 24, 2006

TGIF!

Match Game Results
The games are back for another season, and I even had a couple new players yesterday! However, with only one game in the books this season, I'm not going to do the point standings like usual. Look for the first point standings of the season next week Friday. Another set of games comes your way on Tuesday! Which will it be? I haven't decided yet - you'll just have to wait to find out.

Players: 29
Game #1: Benny said, "My wife never throws anything away. This morning I opened the refrigerator door and discovered even the ______ was green!"
Milk (13) - 2 points
Light Bulb (6) - 1 point
Baking Soda (4)
Ketchup (2)
Other Answers: Beer, Ice Cubes, Carrots, Butter

Game #2: Don said, "My uncle really liked to gamble. When he died, instead of a tombstone, we gave him a _____."
Slot Machine (17) - 2 points
Roulette Wheel (7) - 1 point
Poker Chip (2)
Other Answers: Deck of Cards, Horse, Blackjack Table


How do you prefer to see temperature forecasts? [13 votes total]
Numbers (35-40) (5) 38%
Ranges for short term, numbers for extended forecasts (how it is now) (4) 31%
Ranges (mid- to upper 30s) (2) 15%
Since when did you start writing forecasts? (2) 15%
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847
Archive:
http://vote.sparklit.com/archive.spark?archiveID=334188


Today’s forecast grade: C+


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for scattered snow showers to continue for the early morning commute over portions of south central and southeast Wisconsin. One band of snow showers...extending along and south of a Port Washington to Jefferson line...will be moving to the southwest at 15 mph. The leading edge of the band will reach a Madison to Janesville line around 730 am. Visibilities will be reduced to under 2 miles at times with the heavier snow showers. Though light accumulations are expected...mainly on grassy surfaces...roadways could become slick as pavement temperatures cool to the freezing mark. Drivers should slow down and be alert for rapidly changing conditions this morning. Elsewhere across southern Wisconsin look for cloudy skies and scattered flurries.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds and isolated light snow showers, very similar to yesterday morning, temps are mostly near 30.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html

Synopsis: Did any of you stay up to watch the end of those basketball games late last night? It took everything for me to not start yelling at the TV and wake up my wife. My brackets were looking great until last night, when both Duke and Gonzaga lost, as those made up half of my final four. I'd rather discuss basketball than weather in my synopsis this morning as there's not a whole lot going on that wasn't going on yesterday. Surface high pressure to our northwest is bringing cold, northerly winds into the state, and with an upper-air jet stream trough bringing cold temperatures into the upper part of the troposphere, more clouds and scattered light snow showers are expected today. And kudos to those who actually know what and where the troposphere is.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy with scattered light snow showers lingering around. Little if any accumulations are expected. High of 37 central, upper 30s to near 40 south. Chance of snow 35%.

Tonight: Cloudy, maybe some flurries, lows mid- 20s.

Saturday: Clouds, more flurries, highs near 40.

Sunday: Partly cloudy and hakuna matata. It means no flurries...highs low to mid- 40s. Was that terrible or what?

Extended:
Monday: Scattered rain showers, perhaps mixing with snow at times. Highs 40-45. Some snow accumulation is possible, but it's too early to tell exactly how much will be of each precipitation type. Chance of precip 40%.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy and a little warmer, highs 45-50.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, highs 47-52.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Decreasing clouds, highs mid- 70s. Partly cloudy and breezy on Saturday, highs upper 70s, then near 70 again on Sunday and continuing through much of next week.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Cloudy with drizzle early; decreasing clouds late. Highs mid- 50s today and upper 50s this weekend, along with more sunshine.
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 near 60 today and upper 60s to near 70 this weekend.
... New record for lowest high temperature set at intercontinental...
The high temperature this afternoon at intercontinental Airport in
Houston only reached 54 degrees... which is 19 degrees below the
normal high for the day. This sets a new record for the lowest high
temperature for the day. The previous record was for 59 degrees set
in 1952... which was 54 years ago.
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 Evansville, Indiana: Clouds with isolated light rain or snow showers today, highs lower 40s. Clouds and sun this weekend, highs mid- to upper 40s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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……..… 38 central, near 40 south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 36 (0.1" snow)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 39 (0.6" snow)
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 37 (0.2" snow)
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…....... 42 (0.5" snow)
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)….. 44

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 70
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 55 (0.01")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 57


In Case You Missed It:

Want to get on 'Jeopardy!'? Go online
LOS ANGELES, California (Hollywood Reporter) -- What is the online contestant test, Alex?
The answer is, the innovative method "Jeopardy!" has devised for potential participants to take the first step toward appearing on the long-running game show.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/TV/03/22/television.jeopardy.reut/index.html?section=cnn_topstories
http://www.jeopardy.com/onlinetest/flash_index.php


Briefcase, lunch, car keys, baby -- uh-oh
Commuter finds something missing on way to Washington
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Commuters racing to catch the train typically forget things in the car -- keys, wallets, briefcases. But a baby daughter?
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/23/baby.forgotten.ap/index.html

Updated: 10:41 PM GMT on March 26, 2006

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 23, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:14 PM GMT on March 23, 2006

Good Thursday morning!

Match Game Thursday!
A new season of games start right now! The rules for Match Game are identical to Family Feud, where you want the most popular answer from all submitted answers today. For each game, two points will go to everyone who writes in with the most popular answer and one point for the second most popular answer. I switch off when playing Match Game - half the time I do sentences, half the time I do phrases, and half the time I don't play it at all. Or something like that. Today is the sentence version - be creative and humorous with your answers, as those tend to be the most popular!

Game #1: Benny said, "My wife never throws anything away. This morning I opened the refrigerator door and discovered even the ______ was green!"

Game #2: Don said, "My uncle really liked to gamble. When he died, instead of a tombstone, we gave him a _____."


How do you prefer to see temperature forecasts? [last day to vote]
Ranges (mid- to upper 30s)
Numbers (35-40)
Ranges for short term, numbers for extended forecasts (how it is now)
Since when did you start writing forecasts?
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s forecast grade: C+


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for scattered flurries along and north of a Madison to Lone Rock line to reach Stoughton and Mineral Point around 545 am...and Janesville...Monroe to Darlington between 615 am and 630 am. Skies over the remainder of south central Wisconsin will be mostly cloudy...with southeast Wisconsin seeing a period of partly cloudy skies between 5 am and 8 am. Some patchy light fog can be expected where skies clear out. Expect north to northeast winds of 5 to 10 mph and temperatures in the upper 20s to lower 30s through 6 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds and scattered light snow showers, temps are mostly near 30.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html

Synopsis: Boy were all of the weather models way off the mark on yesterday's high temperatures...but in a good way! They were all going for around 36-41 and it warmed up all the way to the mid- to upper 40s. Unfortunately, that trend won't be continuing in the immediate future, as an upper-air jet stream trough is plunging its way over the Great Lakes. Cold upper-air temperatures from Canada will keep clouds and light snow showers or flurries in the forecast for the remainder of the work week.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy and colder with light snow showers or flurries scattered throughout the day. High of 38 central, near 40 south. Chance of snow 40%.

Tonight: Cloudy with more light snow showers. Lows mid- 20s. Chance of snow 40%.

Tomorrow: Same as today - clouds, light snow showers, little if any accumulation expected. Highs mid- to upper 30s. Chance of snow 30%.

Extended:
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, maybe a flurry, highs 38-43. Chance of snow 25%.
Sunday: Finally, some sunshine. Highs 42-47.
Next Week's Outlook: The Monday storm I've been following is still on track to move through our areas late Monday and into Tuesday morning. It may be more rain than snow but it's worth keeping tabs on if you have any plans...like going to work perhaps? Look for another chance of what will probably end up being rain late on Thursday. Highs low to mid- 40s Monday and Tuesday and then mid- to upper 40s after that. Sounds rather seasonable to me.
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/mos/getall.pl?sta=KATW&sta=KMSN&sta=KUES


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Becoming mostly sunny and warmer, highs lower 70s. Now that's more like it!
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Mostly cloudy with rain developing late. Highs upper 50s.
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 showers, then decreasing clouds. Breezy, highs lower 60s.
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 Evansville, Indiana: Increasing clouds, maybe a sprinkle this evening, highs upper 40s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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……..… 37 central, upper 30s to near 40 south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 46 (trace of snow)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 48
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 46
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…....... 49
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)….. 44

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 65
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 61
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 57 (0.05")


In Case You Missed It:

Jesus on the Drywall
(Saraland, AL) - Members of the Triumph Learning and Worship Center for Life in Saraland, Alabama, want to share what they're calling a miracle.
The church was flooded by Hurricane Katrina; causing some drywall in the building to buckle into an image that church members believe is an image of Jesus on the cross.
http://www.wltx.com/fyi/fyi.aspx?storyid=36295

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 22, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:24 PM GMT on March 22, 2006

Good Wednesday morning!

A new season of games begin tomorrow! Tell a friend!


Weather Update Poll:
How do you prefer to see temperature forecasts?

Ranges (mid- to upper 30s)
Numbers (35-40)
Ranges for short term, numbers for extended forecasts (how it is now)
Since when did you start writing forecasts?

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 in the sky and birds chirping in the backyard, temps are mostly in the mid- 20s.

Synopsis: The strong winds we had earlier in the week are moving to the east, along with the area of low pressure that generated up to two feet of snow in places across Nebraska, Illinois, and Indiana. High pressure centered in northern Manitoba is the next-closest system to us, but a developing trough in the upper-air jet stream may develop more cloudy and cold weather across the western Great Lakes by tomorrow, along with some scattered snow showers or flurries. It may be Spring but Winter hasn't quite given up on us yet.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly cloudy and not as breezy. High of 37 central, upper 30s to near 40 south.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with flurries. Lows lower 20s.

Tomorrow: Cloudy with light snow showers or flurries. Highs mid- to upper 30s. Chance of snow 30%.

Extended:
Friday: Cloudy with more flurries, highs mid- to upper 30s.
Saturday: More clouds, more flurries, highs 37-42.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 41-46.
The Monday storm I mentioned yesterday is still on today's weather model maps, so model run consistency is starting to look good. It may be a rain mixing with snow event and heavier to the south. Like with all systems that are still over five days out...wait and see!


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs mid- 60s.
... Record low maximum temperature record set in Las Vegas today...
... Daily precipitation record tied today...

The high temperature today... Tuesday March 21st at McCarran
International Airport in Las Vegas only made it up to 51 degrees at
1155 am PST. This is the coolest high temperature ever recorded for
the date... breaking the old record of 53 degrees set in 1952.

The total rainfall today at McCarran International Airport was 0.14
inches. This tied the record for the date which was last set in 1979.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine and breezy, highs lower 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: Increasing clouds with afternoon sprinkles. Woo-hoo! Highs lower 60s.
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 Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine, highs mid- 40s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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……..… 33
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 36 (trace of snow)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 37 (trace of snow)
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 34 (trace of snow)
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…....... 33
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)….. 42 (0.01" rain)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 51 (0.14", tying the rainfall daily record (1979))
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 63 (0.14", which did not break any records )
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 70


Tech News:

Microsoft to delay launch of Windows Vista
The first overhaul of Windows in five years is due out in the beginning of 2007; system quality, security concerns slow release.
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. said on Tuesday it plans to delay the consumer launch of its much-anticipated Windows Vista operating system to January 2007 from its earlier target of the second half of 2006, sending its shares down nearly 3 percent.
http://money.cnn.com/2006/03/21/news/companies/microsoft.reut/index.htm?cnn=yes


Weather in the News:

Spring brings no break from snow
Plains still digging out as storm closes schools in Illinois, Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (AP) -- The spring snow storm that buried parts of Nebraska under more than 2 feet of snow swept through the Ohio Valley on Tuesday, shutting down schools and making travel tough for voters headed for the polls for the Illinois primary election.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/03/21/storms.ap/index.html

Global warming could melt your portfolio
A coalition of environmentalists and institutional investors lays out which companies will be better prepared for climate change.
NEW YORK (FORTUNE) - Long-term investors, take heed: Global warming will have a significant impact on the financial performance of companies in your portfolio.
http://money.cnn.com/2006/03/21/news/international/pluggedin_fortune/index.htm?cnn=yes

Storm rooms coming to a chain near you
As home owners prepare for another wicked hurricane season, DuPont is gearing up to launch its Kevlar in-house shelters soon.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - With red flags flying high for the 2006 hurricane season, consumers who are thinking about sprucing up their homes this year may be better off adding a lifesaving "storm room" instead of that fancy whirlpool.
http://money.cnn.com/2006/03/21/news/companies/stormrooms/index.htm


In Case You Missed It:

Cat survives 80-foot fall from tree
For Rodney and Scottie Colvin, it's been a nerve-racking eight days. Their cat, Piper, scampered up a tree in the yard of their Summerville, South Carolina home on March 13. Efforts to coax the animal down failed. On March 20 would-be rescuers came to Piper's aid.
Then, something went terribly wrong - but, this time, all was OK in the end.
The cat fell nearly 80-feet, clipped a branch on the way down and then landed on its feet and ran away. Piper, no doubt, used up at least a couple of its feline nine lives but otherwise appeared to have survived the ordeal without serious injuries.
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=bizarre&id=4010529

Moose rides shotgun in Massachusetts car
500-pound animal crashes through windshield, ends up in passenger seat
LEOMINSTER, Mass. - A 500-pound moose crashed through the windshield of a car in Leominster and ended up sitting in the passenger seat with its head sticking through the glass.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11920063/from/RSS/


Man dies stuck in mud after running from deputies
Exhaustion, exposure thought to blame; toxicology tests pending
DALLAS, Texas (AP) -- A man running from a routine traffic stop early Tuesday sank waist-deep in mud and apparently died of exhaustion and cold while authorities tried to pull him out.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/21/mud.death.ap/index.html

Teacher sues over 'whoopee cushion' chair
BRISTOL, England (AP) -- A British teacher who says a noisy chair made classroom life a misery is suing her former employer for unfair dismissal.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/03/22/britain.chair.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 21, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:06 PM GMT on March 21, 2006

Good Tuesday morning!

Hey what do you know - a weather update that focuses on the forecast for a change! I'm getting back to my roots!


Today’s forecast grade: C


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for scattered flurries...mainly along and east of a Princeton...Madison to Janesville line for the morning commute. Locations most likely to see flurries will be from Sheboygan...West Bend and Juneau...to Watertown...Lake Mills and Madison. No accumulations are expected. The remainder of southeast and south central Wisconsin will see northeast winds at 15 to 20 mph...gusting to 25 to 30 mph...cloudy skies and temperatures in the middle to upper 20s.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a swath of snow across much of Illinois but just clouds and wind in Wisconsin, temps are mostly around the mid- 20s.

Synopsis: A strong low pressure system centrally located in northern Arkansas and an equally strong area of high pressure just west of Hudson Bay in Canada is developing a strong pressure gradient in-between the two systems. This is what's giving us the strong northeast-to-southwest wind flow and bringing in slightly colder temperatures.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy and windy with maybe a flurry or two from time to time. High of 33.

Tonight: Becoming partly cloudy but still breezy, lows upper teens.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny and breezy, but not as bad as today. Highs mid- to upper 30s.

Extended:
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, maybe some flurries, highs upper 30s to near 40.
Friday: More clouds, more flurries, highs mid- to upper 30s.
Saturday: You guessed it - mostly cloudy with morning flurries. Highs 39-44.
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs 40-45. After a fairly boring weather week, an interesting system might move through on Monday and is worth keeping an eye on.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Scattered showers, breezy, highs upper 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mostly early in the day, then decreasing clouds late. Breezy, highs upper 60s.
Through 8 am...scattered showers along with a few embedded thunderstorms will move across portions of southeast South Carolina. The activity is moving east near 50 mph and could produce rain totals near one quarter inch...although most locations will see around one tenth of an inch. Be alert for cloud to ground lightning strikes.
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, breezy and cooler, highs near 70.
... Record high temperature set at Galveston...
A record high temperature of 80 degrees was set at Galveston
yesterday. This breaks the old record of 78 set in 1907.
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 Evansville, Indiana: Scattered light rain or snow showers, breezy, highs mid- 30s.
Over southwest Indiana and the Interstate 64 corridor of southern Illinois...patchy light snow and rain will continue through the early morning hours. Most of the light snow and rain patches will be north of Interstate 64...especially from Fairfield Illinois to Princeton Indiana. New precipitation amounts will be less than one tenth of an inch.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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……..… 38
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 32 (trace of snow)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 39
High Yesterday (Waukesha)......... 34
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…....... 37
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN).…. 43 (trace)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 62 (trace)
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 60 (trace)
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 78 (0.03")


Weather in the News:

Thousands homeless after cyclone
Forecasters warn of new storm bearing toward Australia
INNISFAIL, Australia (AP) -- Troops began moving aid to the cyclone-shattered town of Innisfail on Tuesday as residents picked through waterlogged streets littered with rubble and mangled roofs destroyed by Australia's most powerful cyclone in decades.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/03/21/australia.cyclones.ap/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/si200619.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/sp200618.html

Nagin rejects limits on rebuilding in New Orleans
Residents in vulnerable areas can reconstruct
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- All New Orleans residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina should be allowed to rebuild if they choose, and the city will not stand in the way of reconstruction in areas considered vulnerable to flooding in future storms, Mayor Ray Nagin announced Monday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/21/new.orleans/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Neighbor charged with shooting teen who walked on his grass
BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) -- A man who neighbors say was devoted to his meticulously kept lawn was charged with murder in the shooting of a 15-year-old boy who apparently walked across his yard.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/20/boy.shot.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 20, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:13 PM GMT on March 20, 2006

Happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope you all had a great weekend. Our weekend was rather relaxing which was very nice. Steve had taken vacation from work on Thursday and Friday to watch the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. He does this every year and he really enjoyed his time off.
Saturday we both spent the day at home relaxing. Sunday, after church where I greeted and Steve did the first reading and offering, I went shopping with my friend Lisa, and Steve watched more basketball with his dad and our friend John.
Not much is new with Bryce this week except that he's been going through a phase with newspapers. He likes playing with the weekend newspapers and tearing them apart all over the floor. He has been going to bed a little earlier lately, including a full night of sleep Saturday night from 8pm to almost 7am the next morning. His gibberish is also sounding more like mama, dada and baba, but it's hard to tell at this point if he is using those words appropriately or if it's just the random sounds coming out of his babble. Well, that wraps up our update. Have a great week.


Playoff Outburst Results

Topic: Things Found in a Basement

Laundry Tubs (11) (laundry equipment and washer/dryer also accepted)
Furnace (10)
Water Heater (7)
Spiders (5)
Boxes (3)
Mildew (2) (mold also accepted) - Clair and Max wrote this in, neither of which are in the playoffs, so no bonus points awarded.
Old Clothing
Old Furniture
Tools
Water

Other answers: sump pump (4), pool table (2), dust, decorations from past holidays, radon, mice, wine, water softener, rec room, clothesline, fuse box, refrigerator/freezer, boogie man, exercise equipment.


Scattergories Results
Panther Pink - Challenge denied, two points awarded.
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Match Game will return for the Spring 2006 season. Which game should be put on hiatus until Summer? [18 votes total]
Wheel of Fortune (6) 33%
Mad Gab (5) 28%
Would You Rather (3) 17%
Scattergories (2) 11%
Outburst (2) 11%
Family Feud (0) 0%
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847
Archive:
http://vote.sparklit.com/archive.spark?archiveID=334188


Winter 2006 Final Playoff Point Standings
Point totals in parenthesis are only from Friday's game.
The Spring 2006 season will begin this Thursday, March 23 with the revival of the Match Game.

Congrats to Lisa's cousin Brian, who managed to squeak by the final set of games to win the Winter 2006 championship! Becky and Jordan had the chance to knock him off with a perfect game on Friday, but nobody was able to give all four answers which matched the above card. Last season's winner, Tammy, chose to receive a nice, digital indoor/outdoor thermometer with a few other goodies on it (which she has yet to install - ahem!) I'll let you know what Brian decides to get for his prize later this week. Thanks everyone for playing and I look forward to bringing you another round of games that begin with a clean slate this Thursday!

Brian, Madison WI: 25 (+6)
Becky T. and Parents: 24 (+6)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 24 (+6)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 21 (+6)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 21 (+6)
Nia, Appleton, WI: 20 (+6)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 19 (+6)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 19 (+4)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 18 (+4)
Karl, Appleton, WI: 15 (+4)


Today’s forecast grade: B-


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a sun and cloud mix, temps are mostly around the upper 20s.

Synopsis: The Vernal Equinox (Spring) begins at 12:26pm this afternoon. But will it feel like spring outside? Perhaps, with the expected increase in winds later today as a new storm system approaches from the southwest. However, the system is still expected to just miss us to the south. Temperatures look to remain fairly normal for this time of the year with highs mostly in the 30s this week and in the low to mid- 40s next weekend. You know, the best part about this last weekend may have been my realization when driving to church Sunday morning that before that moment, I hadn't been out of the house since Wednesday. I love it!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Becoming partly cloudy and cooler with increasing winds later today. High of 38.

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy and windy, lows upper teens.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy but still windy, highs low to mid- 30s.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly cloudy and less windy, highs mid- 30s central, near 40 south.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, maybe a flurry, highs mid- to upper 30s.
Friday: Cloudy with flurries, highs upper 30s to near 40.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs 39-44.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 42-47.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy and breezy, highs lower 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered showers developing, highs upper 50s.
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 thunderstorms with decreasing afternoon clouds, highs lower 80s.
Through 7 am...numerous showers with embedded thunderstorms will develop and move northeastward. The bulk of the activity will occur along and off the coast.
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 Evansville, Indiana: Light rain mixing with sleet early. Breezy, highs mid- 40s.
Light rain... mixed with sleet will persist into the morning hours.
The mixture will change over to all rain by late morning. Both air
and ground temperatures are above freezing and will rise throughout
the day. Therefore... no accumulation is expected and the sleet will
melt rapidly after reaching the ground.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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)……….. 45
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 46
High Yesterday (Waukesha)......... 45
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…....... 47
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)….. 49

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 57 (trace)
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 58 (trace)
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 80 (trace)


Weather in the News:

Australia cyclone 'like atom bomb'
Power outages, injuries reported along northeast coast
SYDNEY, Australia -- The worst storm to hit Australia in decades has wreaked havoc to its northeastern coast, mowing down sugar and banana crops and leaving thousands of people homeless.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/03/20/cyclone.larry/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/sp200617.html

Flooding, snow usher in spring
(AP) -- Welcome to spring. It's flooding and snowing.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/03/20/mon.weather.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 17, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 2:24 PM GMT on March 17, 2006

TGIF and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Would You Rather Results

Game #1:
Category: Pain/Fear/Discomfort
Would you rather...
A. Have a little red blinking light in the lower corner of your vision (11) - 2 points
B. Have a constant pinging in your ear (4)

Game #2:
Category: Ethics/Intellect
Would you rather...
A. Have the government change your zip code every year (9) - 2 points
B. Have the government change your area code every year (6)


Playoff Outburst Friday
Ten points are available for the last game of the Winter season - two points for each of your four responses that are on the official list of ten choices from the game, and remember that the two point bonus for those who write in with the least most common answer is still in play! Last time we played Outburst, the points leader, Brian, had a big goose egg and came up with zilch. Will he be able to redeem himself and bring yet another championship to that side of the family? No playoff participant has been mathematically eliminated on the last day of play, and you'll find out the final results on Monday! How will you be able to sleep this weekend?

Topic: Things Found in a Basement

Rules
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Scattergories Challenge Message Board
Remember, you have until Sunday evening to post any challenges from Monday's game. There have been only two responses on the board so far, so unless I hear anything more, all non-duplicated answers from the game will be accepted for two points each.
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Winter 2006 Playoff Point Standings
The top player at the end of this week's playoffs will win a lovely weather-related prize (if not a previous winner).
If two or more people are tied at the end of the playoff week, the person with the most regular season points will be the champion.
Point totals in parenthesis are only from yesterday's game.

Brian, Madison WI: 19 (+4)
Becky T. and Parents: 18 (+4)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 18 (+4)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 15 (+2)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 15 (+2)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 15 (+2)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 14 (+4)
Nia, Appleton, WI: 14 (+2)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 13 (+4)
Karl, Appleton, WI: 11 (+4)


Match Game will return for the Spring 2006 season. Which game should be put on hiatus until Summer? [16 votes total]
Anyone who hasn't voted yet, please do so today, as I need to break the tie!
Mad Gab (5) 31%
Wheel of Fortune (5) 31%
Outburst (2) 13%
Scattergories (2) 13%
Would You Rather (2) 13%
Family Feud (0) 0%
Vote here:
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s forecast grade: B


Forecast:
Now: Top o' the mornin' to ya, laddies! At 8am with sunshine and a few scattered high clouds, temps are in the low to mid- 20s.

Synopsis: Well, in the Fox Valley area, yesterday's "snowstorm" was a complete bust - only a trace of snow was recorded. However, the further south you travelled, the more snow you got, with Madison breaking the single-day snowfall record for March 16th with 3.5". A Snow Advisory instead of a Winter Storm Warning would probably have been the way to go from the National Weather Service's point of view, but hindsight is a lovely thing, isn't it? Today's forecast won't be nearly as interesting, as the weather maps doesn't really show any significant weather systems moving through over the next several days...and if the next system coming Monday misses us to the south like is currently projected, it'll be a week or more before anything interesting moves in.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif
http://weather.unisys.com/eta/4panel/eta_pres_4panel.html

Today: Mostly sunny, high of 34 central, mid- 30s south.

Tonight: Mostly clear and cold overnight, lows low to mid- teens.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, highs low to mid- 30s central, mid- to upper 30s south.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, which means maybe 1-2 more clouds than the prior days' "mostly sunny" forecast. Highs mid- 30s central, upper 30s to near 40 south.

Next Week:
Monday: Mostly cloudy and windy as a strong system moves through just to our south, highs 30-35. If this system shifts north, we may see some rain or snow so stay tuned, especially in the southern portion of my reading area.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, highs 31-36.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, highs 33-38.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated showers late, breezy, highs upper 60s. More showers Saturday, dry Sunday, highs upper 50s to near 60.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Mostly sunny, breezy, highs lower 70s today and low to mid- 60s this weekend.
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, isolated thunderstorms, highs lower 70s. Same thing this weekend, highs low to mid- 70s.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 9 am CST this morning...
Dense fog will work its way inland from the immediate coast
through sunrise and will help lower the visibility to under one
quarter mile at times. A weak cold front is expected to move off
the coast around midday and improving visibilities can be expected
in the wake of the front.

Motorists should drive with extreme caution and allow additional
travel time. Use low beam headlights... reduce driving speed... and
allow for plenty of room between your vehicles and other cars.
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 Evansville, Indiana: Partly cloudy, highs upper 40s today, Saturday and Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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……..… 32 central, low to mid- 30s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 34 (trace of snow)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 33 (3.5" snow - new daily record)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)......... 36 (1.9" snow)
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 38 (1.5" snow)

High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…............ 68
High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 68
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 66
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 82


Weather on TV:

Perfect Disaster
Sundays, March 19 - April 16, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Discovery Channel
Perfect disasters are storms that are larger, more dangerous and more deadly than any before them. When all the right ingredients combine, the resulting catastrophes will be "impossible" — a tornado with wind speeds that exceed those seen in a category 5, or a solar storm that causes a worldwide blackout. What would happen if one of these "super storms" crashed into a city like New York, London, Hong Kong, Dallas, Sydney or Toronto?
http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/perfectdisaster/perfectdisaster.html


NCAA Tournament in the News:

More March magic
It's 'see you later, Sooners' as Panthers advance with 82-74 victory
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=408616

Marquette misses its last shot
Eagles rally valiantly; Alabama wins, 90-85
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=408644


Bomb scare delays tourney game; nothing found
SAN DIEGO -- The arena for the first-round NCAA men's Tournament game between Alabama and Marquette was temporarily evacuated Thursday after bomb-sniffing dogs detected "something strange" on a food vendor's cart about two hours before tipoff.
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/ncaatourney06/news/story?id=2371145
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=408766

Office madness
State teams are playing when we should be working
With the NCAA tournament beginning today, and three state teams playing daytime games this week, it might be workplace productivity that makes the earliest exit.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=408517

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 16, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:25 PM GMT on March 16, 2006

Good Thursday morning!

Wheel of Fortune / Mad Gab Answers

Wheel of Fortune #1 (12/13):

A
G U S T
O F
W I N D
Category: Thing
Used Letters: RSTLNE CDMO

Wheel of Fortune #2 (13/13):

W H A T
T O O K
Y O U
S O
L O N G
U N D E R W E A R
Category: Before and After
Used Letters: RSTLNE BKPI


Mad Gab #1 (10/13): Egg Aim Muff From He =
A game of rummy

Mad Gab #2 (12/13): Kit Tread He Fort Hey Cough =
Get ready for takeoff


Would You Rather...yet again!
Each game below is worth two points. Remember that everyone is welcome to play, whether or not you made the playoffs!

Game #1:
Category: Pain/Fear/Discomfort
Would you rather...
A. Have a little red blinking light in the lower corner of your vision
B. Have a constant pinging in your ear

Game #2:
Category: Ethics/Intellect
Would you rather...
A. Have the government change your zip code every year
B. Have the government change your area code every year

Rules
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Winter 2006 Playoff Point Standings
The top player at the end of this week's playoffs will win a lovely weather-related prize (if not a previous winner).
If two or more people are tied at the end of the playoff week, the person with the most regular season points will be the champion.
Point totals in parenthesis are only from yesterday's game.

I didn't expect the standings to really change much yesterday, and they didn't, as almost all of you got all four puzzles correct. But today's Rather and tomorrow's Outburst could drastically change the order you see below! As of today no one is mathematically eliminated.

Brian, Madison WI: 15 (+4)
Becky T. and Parents: 14 (+4)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 14 (+4)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 13 (+4)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 13 (+4)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 13 (+4)
Nia, Appleton, WI: 12 (+4)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 10 (+3)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 9 (+3)
Karl, Appleton, WI: 7 (+4)


Weather Update Poll:
Today is the last day to vote, and if the current voting holds up, there will be no Mad Gab next season!
Match Game will return for the Spring 2006 season. Which game should be put on hiatus until Summer?
Family Feud
Mad Gab
Outburst
Scattergories
Wheel of Fortune
Would You Rather
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


NCAA Tournament Challenge
You have less than four hours to join my free ESPN.com NCAA Tournament pick-em group! Here's the info one last time:

Link: http://games.espn.go.com/tcmen/frontpage
Group Name: Cheeseheads League
Password: cheesy


Today’s forecast grade: C central, D south


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
Snow will affect portions of central and east-central Wisconsin this morning. Snow will continue south of a line from just south of Wausau... to Clintonville...to Manitowoc. Roadways in this area will be snow covered and slippery...and travel to work will require extra time. The leading edge of the snow will work slowly eastward and a bit northward during the morning. As a result...snow will begin in the Wausau and Green Bay areas between 700 am and 800 am...and in the Shawano and Two Rivers areas between 800 am and 900 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Appleton

Southern Wisconsin:
Winter Storm Warning in effect until 9 PM CST this evening...
Snow will become more widespread by mid morning and diminish this
evening. Snowfall totals of 4 to 6 inches is expected. Gusty east
to northeast winds of 15 to 25 mph will cause some blowing and
drifting snow.

Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities. Use
caution while driving.

An area of light snow and flurries was moving east around 20 mph over Fond Du Lac and Sheboygan counties. A second area of light snow was occurring over Sauk...Iowa... LaFayette...Dane...green and rock counties. This area was also moving to the east at 20 mph. This light snow will track into Columbia... Jefferson and Walworth counties by 7 am. Light snow this morning will continue to increase in coverage and intensity. Motorists should be alert for changing Road conditions in areas where snow is falling.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with snow covering the southern two-thirds of Wisconsin, temps are in the upper 20s central and lower 30s south.

Synopsis: Well today really is a tale of two cities. A new, strong area of low pressure centered in southwestern Iowa will develop all sorts of snow across Wisconsin today. Whereas the last storm system only hit northern Wisconsin, this one will be more focused on southern Wisconsin, where a Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 9pm tonight. 4-6" are expected south, putting it just barely under warning criteria, but residents of central Wisconsin should expect only an inch or two from this system.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Snow throughout the day, heavier to the south, and increasing in intensity by later this morning. Or in other words, a great day to take the day off from work and lounge around watching college basketball all day long. What a great idea, I think I'll do just that! Breezy at times, high of 32 central, low to mid- 30s south, which is almost where we are at now. Chance of snow 75% central, 99.44% south.

Tonight: Snow tapering off early, then decreasing clouds. Total storm accumulations 4-6" south, 1-2" central, and maybe a trace up north. Lows upper teens.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, highs near 30 central, lower 30s south.

Extended:
Saturday: Mostly sunny, highs lower 30s central, mid- 30s south.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 30s central, mid- to upper 30s south.
Next Week's Outlook: A rather large storm system looks to miss us to the south early next week, and no other significant systems are expected at this time. Highs look to remain slightly below normal, mostly in the mid- to upper 30s.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, highs mid- to 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: A 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, highs mid- 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 Evansville, Indiana: Isolated showers, breezy, highs lower 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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……..… 36 central, upper 30s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 37
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 39
High Yesterday (Waukesha)......... 39

High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 43
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…. 56 (trace)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 62
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 64
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 68

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 15, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 2:13 PM GMT on March 15, 2006

Good "Ides of March" Wednesday morning!

Family Feud Results

Players: 21
Topic #1: Something you'd hate to step on
(Dog) Poop (13) - 2 points (and thanks for the variety of adjectives used to describe this answer!)
Nail/Tack (4) - 1 point
Glass (2)
Food/Gum (2)

Topic #2: Name something people think brings bad luck
Cracked/Breaking a mirror (10) - 2 points
Black cat (9) - 1 point
Other answers: The number 13, Walking under a ladder


Playoff Wheel of Fortune/Mad Gab
Each correct response is worth one point.

Wheel of Fortune #1:

_
_ _ S T
O _
_ _ N D
Category: Thing
Used Letters: RSTLNE CDMO


Wheel of Fortune #2:

_ _ _ T
T _ _ K
_ _ _
S _
L _ N _
_ N _ E R _ E _ R
Category: Before and After
There's a connecting word in the middle that is used in two separate phrases in this puzzle. The last word of the first phrase is also the first word of the second phrase in the puzzle.
Used Letters: RSTLNE BKPI


Mad Gab #1: Egg Aim Muff From He

Mad Gab #2: Kit Tread He Fort Hey Cough

Rules
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Scattergories Challenge Message Board
There are two posts so far this week on the message board, and the challenge message board is open until Sunday at 5pm. If you want to debate some answers from Monday's game, go ahead! I'm also looking for feedback on the current season, so if you have any comments, please leave them here as well.
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Winter 2006 Playoff Point Standings
The top player at the end of this week's playoffs will win a lovely weather-related prize (if not a previous winner).
If two or more people are tied at the end of the playoff week, the person with the most regular season points will be the champion.
Point totals in parenthesis are only from yesterday's game.

Brian, Madison WI: 11 (+4)
Becky T. and Parents: 10 (+3)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 10 (+4)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 9 (+3)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 9 (+3)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 9 (+4)
Nia, Appleton, WI: 8 (+1)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 7 (+3)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 6 (+3)
Karl, Appleton, WI: 3 (+3)


Weather Update Poll:
Match Game will return for the Spring 2006 season. Which game should be put on hiatus until Summer?
Family Feud
Mad Gab
Outburst
Scattergories
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


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Winter Storm Watch in effect from late tonight through Thursday afternoon...
4 to 8 inches of snow will fall beginning around 3 am and
continuing through Thursday. The heaviest snow will fall west and
south of Madison.

A Winter Storm Watch is issued when heavy snow... sleet... or
freezing rain is expected to accumulate to levels that will cause
major impacts to Commerce and society. Continue to monitor the
latest forecasts for updates and possible warnings.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with sunshine and lighter winds compared to yesterday, temps are in the low to mid- 20s.

Synopsis: Consider today the calm before the storm, as we are smack dab in the middle between two strong storm systems! Yesterday, the computer weather models strengthened tonight's storm system, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a Winter Storm Watch for most of Wisconsin. This morning's model run has the storm focusing more to the south, so the watch was cancelled for the Fox Cities, but southern Wisconsin is still expecting 5-7" of fresh powder out of this thing by tomorrow afternoon and central Wisconsin 2-4". There is some model discrepancy with some predicting higher amounts in central Wisconsin as well, so stay tuned!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny with some high cirrus clouds. Overall a pretty nice day! Just don't read tomorrow's forecast. High of 36 central, upper 30s south.

Tonight: Becoming breezy again with snow developing overnight. Lows lower 20s.

Tomorrow: Snow likely, ending just before sunset. Current estimates are for 5-7" of total accumulation in southern Wisconsin and 2-4" central, but those amounts may vary locally and could change with the 10 a.m. model run so stay tuned to the latest forecasts to see just how bad it's going to get. Highs lower 30s.

Extended:
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs near 30 central, lower 30s south.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs near 30 central, lower 30s south.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 30s. And I hate to say this but next week isn't looking much warmer.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, decreasing winds, highs upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, breezy, a little cooler, 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: Increasing clouds and winds with scattered thunderstorms developing late. Highs lower 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 Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine, highs upper 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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……..… 33 central, mid- 30s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 28 (trace of snow)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 38 (trace of snow)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)......... 37 (trace of snow)

High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 42 (trace of snow)
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…. 51

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 68
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 77 (0.02")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 72

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 14, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:40 PM GMT on March 14, 2006

Good Tuesday morning!

Playoff Scattergories Initial Results

Players: 17
Starting Letter: P
Topic #1: Magazines
People (x4: Diane Sm., Al, Lisa, Kelley)
Psychology Today (x2: Karl, Dan)
PC World
Petersen’s Hunting
Playgirl
Pageantry
Poultry International http://www.magazines.com/ncom/mag?id=3422663638852&mid=0000007145
Pet Product News International
Physics Today
Pro Wrestling Illustrated
Professional Mariner http://www.magazines.com/ncom/mag?id=3422877284727&alpha=P&last=80
Paste Magazine
Progressive Farmer

Topic #2: Colors
Peach (x3: Karl, Lisa, Barb)
Pink (x2: Al, Kelley)
Pumpkin
Plata (Spanish for Silver. I don’t recall anyone saying the words have to be in English.)
Purple
Purple Mountain's Majesty (http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0872797.html)
Papaya
Papayawhip
Palegoldenrod
Puce
Periwinkle
Peru
Panther Pink http://www.a2zhobbies.com/Testors/Car_Colors/
Peacock

Scattergories Challenge Message Board
The challenge message board is open until Sunday at 5pm. If you want to debate some answers above, go ahead! I'm also looking for feedback on the current season, so if you have any comments, please leave them here as well.
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Playoff Family Feud
Same rule as yesterday regarding participation - everyone is welcome to play! Thanks to the seven non-playoff participants who sent in answers yesterday!

Topic #1: Something you'd hate to step on

Topic #2: Name something people think brings bad luck

Rules
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Winter 2006 Playoff Point Standings
The top player at the end of this week's playoffs will win a lovely weather-related prize (if not a previous winner).

Becky T. and Parents: 7 (+4)
Brian, Madison WI: 7 (+4)
Nia, Appleton, WI: 7 (+4)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 6 (+4)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 6 (+4)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 6 (+4)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 5 (+4)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 4 (+2)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 3 (+2)
Karl, Appleton, WI: 0 (+0)


Weather Update Poll:
Match Game will return for the Spring 2006 season. Which game should be put on hiatus until Summer?
Family Feud
Mad Gab
Outburst
Scattergories
Wheel of Fortune
Would You Rather
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s forecast grade: C-


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds, wind, and, well, more wind, temps are in the low to mid- 20s.

Synopsis: As mentioned above, clouds and wind are dominating the weather picture across most of Wisconsin this morning. There are a few light snow showers in northern Wisconsin and southwestern Wisconsin is starting to see some sunshine. That sunshine will become much more widespread and the winds will begin to die down later today as the strong area of low pressure moves away from the Great Lakes region.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy and blustery this morning with sunshine gradually moving in from southwest to northeast today. High of 33 central, mid- 30s south.

Tonight: Mostly clear and still a little breezy, lows mid- to upper teens.

Tomorrow: Morning sunshine with increasing clouds later in the day. Note that I didn't use the word "windy," "breezy" or "blustery" in that last sentence. Highs mid- 30s central, upper 30s south. Becoming windy tomorrow night with snow developing.

Extended:
Thursday: Cloudy and breezy with a 50% chance of light snow, mostly in the morning and maybe 1-3" of total accumulation, and a 100% chance of basketball showing up on my television set. Colder, highs near 30 central, lower 30s south.
Friday: Partly sunny and cold, highs near 30 central, lower 30s south.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs 29-34.
Sunday: Partly cloudy as the next big storm system stalls in the Rocky Mountains. A little warmer, highs 34-39.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, breezy and a little warmer, highs lower 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated thunderstorms, breezy, highs lower 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: Partly cloudy and breezy, highs lower 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 Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine, breezy, highs near 50.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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……..… 36 central, near 40 south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 43 (0.16" rain, trace of snow)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 43 (0.10" rain, trace of snow)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)......... 52 (0.53" rain, trace of snow)

High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 63 (0.47" rain, trace of snow)
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…. 73 (0.33")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 55
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 73
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 75 (trace)


Top News:

Crash kills former game show host, wife
SANTA MONICA, California (AP) -- A former TV game show host and his wife were killed Monday morning when their small plane crashed into Santa Monica Bay, authorities said. Rescue crews were searching for a third person also aboard the plane.
The bodies of Peter Tomarken, 63, host of the hit 1980s game show "Press Your Luck," and his wife, Kathleen Abigail Tomarken, 41, were identified by the Los Angeles County coroner's office.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/13/plane.crash.ap/index.html


Environment/Space in the News:

Texas wildfires' death toll now 11
Nearly 700,000 acres burn in Panhandle
BORGER, Texas (CNN) -- Extensive wildfires have destroyed nearly 700,000 acres of Texas grasslands and continue to spread, the Texas Forestry Service said late Monday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/14/wildfires/index.html

Google Goes to Mars
This map of Mars, published by Percival Lowell in 1895, was the result of many years spent carefully studying the Red Planet through his telescope. Now you can do the same through your web browser. In collaboration with NASA researchers at Arizona State University, we've created some of the most detailed scientific maps of Mars ever made.
http://www.google.com/mars/
http://rss.slashdot.org/slashdot/eqWf?m=4223


In Case You Missed It:

Biggest office pet peeves
Condescending tones and loud talkers were among biggest annoyances, according to a new survey.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Does the guy in the next cube drive you up the wall with his deafening voice?
Thirty-two percent of employees listed "loud talkers" as one of their biggest pet peeves in the office, according to a survey released by Randstad on Tuesday.
http://money.cnn.com/2006/03/14/pf/job_petpeeves/index.htm?cnn=yes

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 13, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 2:03 PM GMT on March 13, 2006

Happy Monday morning,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope you all had a great weekend. Our weekend was fairly relaxing but we did get to spend some time with family and friends. On Friday, my mother-in-law, stepfather-in-law, and sister-in-law Kelley came over to babysit Bryce, and we got to spend a little time with them in the evening as well before they had to drive home.

Saturday, I worked for a few hours in the morning, then we spent some time at home before heading over to visit with my mom and my step-dad Karl. My mom wanted to see Bryce as she hasn't been able to due to having radioactive iodine treatment. Saturday was the first day she was allowed to see him. We enjoyed pizza for dinner, then we watched some video footage from Karl's last bus trip to Arizona.

Sunday afternoon, Steve was in a 9-Pin Tap bowling tournament in Hortonville and he got his first 300 game. He was really excited about it, and I'm very proud of him. He had 3 other great games too (246, 265 and 223), but the 300 was the highlight of his day. [Editor's note: The bowler in the lane directly next to me was bowling for a 300 too, and one-by-one we were matching each others' strikes in the 10th frame. He got his 300, then on the very next ball, I got mine with a natural, perfect strike. Since it was 9-pin-tap I won't be getting a ring out of the deal, but 9 of the 12 strikes were natural in that game, and I did win $20 for doing it in the tournament.] Then on Sunday evening we went for dinner at the Red Robin with our friends Clair and Becky.

Baby Update: Not too much is new with Bryce except that he now plays a new game in his pack-n-play. It's called throwing out all the toys. He will stand up in his pack-n-play and one by one throw out all of the toys. Apparently he feels they belong on the floor outside instead of inside the pack-n-play. It's so cute watching him do it though, and he'll give you a big smile when he notices you are watching him. Well, that wraps up our update and hope you all have a great week.


Playoff Scattergories Monday
This frenzied playoff week of games start right now! Note that while I will only be counting the points from the ten playoff participants listed below, I strongly encourage everyone else to submit answers as well, especially for games like this which are based off of other responses. Besides, it's still kind of fun to play the spoiler role.

Starting Letter: P
Topic #1: Magazines

Topic #2: Colors

Rules
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Winter 2006 Playoff Point Standings
The top player at the end of this week's playoffs will win a lovely weather-related prize (if not a previous winner).

Nia, Appleton, WI: 3 (+0)
Becky T. and Parents: 3 (+0)
Brian, Madison WI: 3 (+0)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 2 (+0)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 2 (+0)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 2 (+0)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 2 (+0)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 1 (+0)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 1 (+0)
Karl, Appleton, WI: 0 (+0)


Weather Talk Message Board
I'd like to get your feedback on the Winter 2006 game season. What did you like most? Do you think anything should be changed? I'd like to keep my games from getting stale over time, so any feedback would be much appreciated!
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Weather Update Poll:
Match Game will return for the Spring 2006 season. Which game should be put on hiatus until Summer?
Family Feud
Mad Gab
Outburst
Scattergories
Wheel of Fortune
Would You Rather
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


NCAA Tournament Challenge
March Madness is here once again, and I've created a pick-em group on ESPN.com for the men's NCAA college basketball tournament, so we can find out whose guesses are the best! Here's the info:

Link: http://games.espn.go.com/tcmen/frontpage
Group Name: Cheeseheads League
Password: cheesy

You have until Thursday at 11am CST to make your picks. Note that you can create 5 different bracket entries with each ID, but please only put your best (or worst) bracket into the group. Pass this on to others you think would be interested!

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Today’s forecast grade: D


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
...Dense fog advisory in effect until noon CST today...
The National Weather Service in Milwaukee/Sullivan has issued a
dense fog advisory...which is in effect until noon CST today.

Areas of dense fog will restrict visibility to one quarter mile or
less at times across south central and southeast Wisconsin.
The fog will begin to lift as a low pressure system over southern
Wisconsin begins to track away from the area later this morning.

A dense fog advisory is issued when visibilities are reduced
frequently to less than 1/4 mile due to dense fog. If driving...
slow down...use your low beam headlights...and leave plenty of
distance between you and objects ahead.

Fog will shroud much of south central and southeast Wisconsin from 645 am through 830 am this morning. Visibilities will generally be one half mile to two miles for a time and may be as low as as one quarter mile. Increasing winds out of the southwest will usher drier air across the region later this morning...dissipating most of the fog. Morning commuters should be prepared for rapidly changing visibilities due to the fog. Slow down and allow extra space between vehicles.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with strong winds, clouds, areas of fog, isolated rain showers and the lid to our garbage can nowhere in sight, temps are in the mid- 30s central and near 40 south.

Synopsis: A strong area of low pressure is centered just to our southwest, near Dubuque, Iowa. This system is generating plenty of strong winds and a warm front ahead of the system brought us those showers and thunderstorms last night (along with scattered severe thunderstorms south and some sleet central!) Behind this low pressure system, cold air makes its return to Wisconsin, and snow in northwestern Wisconsin will gradually push across the rest of our area within a few hours.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Windy with scattered rain showers, becoming more numerous within the next few hours and turning to snow as temperatures plummet. Maybe an inch or two of new snow accumulation by this evening. Chance of precip 90%. High of 36 central, near 40 south, which amazingly enough, is about where we're at right now.

Tonight: Windy with light snow early. Lows upper teens to near 20.

Tomorrow: Decreasing clouds, winds and temperatures. Highs lower 30s central, mid- 30s south.

Extended:
Wednesday: Increasing clouds and winds again with a chance of snow late. Highs low to mid- 30s central, mid- to upper 30s south. I wouldn't be surprised to see 2-4" out of this small, quick-moving system, if it keeps its current storm track. Chance of snow 40%.
Thursday: Morning snow showers, then becoming partly sunny and breezy. Highs near 30 central, lower 30s south.
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs just above 30.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs 33-38.
Sunday: Increasing clouds with a chance of rain or snow late. Highs 37-42.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs mid- 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy and breezy, highs lower 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 breezy with isolated thunderstorms. Highs 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 Evansville, Indiana: Breezy with scattered showers and thunderstorms, some perhaps severe. Highs mid- 70s.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch 86 in effect until 11 am CST this morning...
Hail to 1 inch in diameter... thunderstorm wind gusts to 70
mph... and dangerous lightning are possible in these areas.

The Severe Thunderstorm Watch area is approximately along and 45
statute miles east and west of a line from 75 miles northeast of
Evansville Indiana to 90 miles southwest of Clarksville Tennessee.
For a complete depiction of the watch see the associated watch
outline update (wous64 kwns wou6).

Remember... a Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are
favorable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.
Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening
weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible
warnings. Severe thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce
tornadoes.

Other watch information... this Severe Thunderstorm Watch replaces
Tornado Watch number 81. Watch number 81 will not be in effect
after 650 am CST. Continue... ww 83... ww 84... ww 85...

Discussion... band of storms will continue to move ewd during the
morning and slowly intensify with gradually warming surface
temperatures. Strong deep layer shear should support hail and some
wind damage.

Aviation... a few severe thunderstorms with hail surface and aloft
to 1 inch. Extreme turbulence and surface wind gusts to 60 knots.
A few cumulonimbi with maximum tops to 450. Mean storm motion
vector 24035.


At 715 am...a large area of showers and thunderstorms extended east of a line from Mount Vernon to Carbondale Illinois...to Jackson and Malden Missouri. This area of showers and storms was moving to the east...while the individual storms were moving to the northeast at 50 mph. This area of activity will continue to affect a good portion of our area this morning...as it moves eastward. Heavy downpours and gusty winds up to 50 mph will be possible.


... Gusty winds 40 to 50 mph possible along a line of thunderstorms
moving through the region...

A line of strong thunderstorms... with the potential for
producing winds between 40 and 50 mph... will move across southeast
Illinois... The Purchase area of west Kentucky and into southwest
Indiana through 800 am.

At 645 am CST... the leading edge of the storms stretched from Mount
Carmel and Harrisburg Illinois... to just west of Metropolis Illinois
and New Madrid Missouri. These storms should reach near a Rockport
Indiana... Princeton to Murray Kentucky line by 800 am.

These winds may topple trees and building structures weakened by
recent rain and winds. Persons in the path of the winds and
storms should be prepared to seek shelter... as the storms approach.


... Record rainfall and high minimum temperature for Evansville in...

Strong thunderstorms rolled across much of the Evansville Indiana
area today... leaving 2.61 inches of rainfall accumulation. This
sets a new daily rainfall record March 12th. The old record was 1.62
inches set in 1927. The monthly rainfall total for this March is
already 7.95 inches... making it the 13th wettest March on record
with 19 days remaining. The wettest March on record is March of
1964 when 12.84 inches fell across the Evansville area.

The strong southerly winds continued to usher in warm moist air
from the Gulf region... allowing considerably warm temperatures to
persist through the overnight hours. The morning low of 60 degrees
set a new maximum morning low for March 12th. The old record was
59 degrees set on March 12th of 1990.


03/12/2006 0552 am
Evansville, Vanderburgh County.
Flash flood, reported by trained spotter.

2 feet of water at Main Street under Lloyd and Diamond
Ave viaduct

03/11/2006 0445 am
Evansville, Vanderburgh County.
Hail m0.88 inch, reported by Emergency Mngr.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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 (0.15" rain, trace of snow)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 49 (0.39" rain, trace of snow)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)......... 55 (1.10" rain)

High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 56 (0.14" rain)
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…. 72 (2.61" rain)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 54 (trace of rain)
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 75
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 81


Weather in the News:

'The trailer came down right on top of her'
Midwest storms kill at least 7 people
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (CNN) -- Residents were assessing damage Monday from a line of storms that cut through Missouri, Kansas and Illinois overnight, including tornadoes that killed at least five people, authorities said.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/03/13/midwest.storms/index.html

Phoenix in grip of record drought
PHOENIX, Mar 10, 2006 (UPI via COMTEX) -- It's so dry in Arizona that even the cactus is dying from lack of water, Phoenix residents say.
There was only a slim chance of rain on the Arizona desert Friday where the capital city had gone a record 142 days without showers of any kind. And, even in Phoenix, where rainfall totals a scant seven inches a year, this year's prolonged dry spell is having its consequences.
http://sites.stockpoint.com/thrivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20060310/PIC20060310Phoenixingripofrecorddrought.xml&p=-1

Mars orbiter clears hurdle
Craft circling planet after dangerous 'orbit insertion' maneuver
(CNN) -- The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, on a two-year mission to study the Martian atmosphere and surface, and search for water, pulled off a dangerous and tricky maneuver known as "orbit insertion" and began circling the red planet Friday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/03/10/mars.orbiter/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Cops Pull Over Drivers In Texas--For Good Driving
Austin, Texas (AHN)—Travis County deputies kicked off what has become a controversial reward program, pulling over dozens of Central Texas drivers for doing absolutely nothing wrong.
http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7002725163

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 10, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:56 PM GMT on March 10, 2006

TGIF!

Would You Rather Results...

Game #1:
Category: Random
Would you rather...
A. Lose your wallet (3)
B. Lose all your keys (25) - 4 points awarded

Game #2:
Category: Random
Would you rather...
A. Be raised by wolves (15) - 4 points awarded
B. Be raised by dolphins (13)


Winter 2006 Regular Season Final Point Standings (33 people played this week)
The top player at the end of next week's playoffs will win a lovely weather-related prize (if not a previous winner).
If you would like your city and state listed next to your name, send me a note with the information.
Weekly point totals in parenthesis are cumulative for the week.
Maroon text indicates that these players had the best week.
Please verify your point total for accuracy.
* = received two bonus points for Outburst.
^ = moved above the cut line this week.
-- = moved below the cut line this week.

I was beginning to think that the double points week still wouldn't change the final leaderboard, but the very last game did have one change with Barb sneaking in with a big 22-point week! The top of the leaderboard changed each day this week, with Seasons Two and Three winner Nia taking the top spot with a 22-point week as well. Interestingly enough, eight of the players in this season's top ten were also in last season's top ten, with my friends Dan and Jordan being the only exceptions.

The rules for next week are simple. Six games over five days, including Monday and Friday, and you'll know who wins the whole thing on Monday, March 20. The current seasonal totals are wiped clean and you only begin with the bonus points listed below, per your final rankings. Even if you didn't make the playoffs, you are very much encouraged to play next week anyway, especially for games like Family Feud, etc., where I need a lot of responses to make for a good, accurate game.

Thanks to everyone who played this season, and I hope you'll keep playing because in less than two weeks, the board is wiped clean and the Spring 2006 season will begin!

Nia, Appleton, WI: 76 (+22) - will begin playoffs with 3 bonus points
Becky T. and Parents: 74 (+20) - will begin playoffs with 3 bonus points
Brian, Madison WI: 74 (+14) - will begin playoffs with 3 bonus points
Dan, Henderson, NV: 73 (+18) - will begin playoffs with 2 bonus points
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 73 (+22)* - will begin playoffs with 2 bonus points
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 67 (+18) - will begin playoffs with 2 bonus points
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 67 (+14) - will begin playoffs with 2 bonus points
Tammy, Madison, WI: 66 (+16) - will begin playoffs with 1 bonus point
Barb, Berlin, WI: 64 (+22)^ - will begin playoffs with 1 bonus point
Karl, Appleton, WI: 63 (+16) - will begin playoffs with no bonus points
--------Playoff Cut Line--------
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 61 (+18)
Clair, Fremont, WI: 60 (+22)
Greg, Madison, WI: 58 (+18)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 58 (+18)*
Mary, Berlin, WI: 58 (+10)--
Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 58 (+18)
Jan, Berlin, WI: 57 (+16)
Mom: 57 (+10)--
Bethany: 56 (+18)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 55 (+16)
Sally: 53 (+22)
Steve L.: 48 (+10)
Diane Sm.: 47 (+14)
Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC: 45 (+6)
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 44
Kelley: 41 (+10)
Jason, De Pere, WI: 39 (+12)
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 39 (+20)
Chris Ke.: 36 (+14)
Harry: 30 (+18)
Al, Germantown, WI: 23 (+6)
Nicole, Madison, WI: 23
Max C.: 16 (+8)
John E., Madison, WI: 14
Jen: 12 (+2)
Linda Ha.: 11
John S.: 10 (+8)
Chad, Cleveland, OH: 9
Lori: 2


Weather Update Poll:
Well, much like the Marquette "Gold" nickname snafu last year, I guess this has all been much ado about nothing. I guess I'll keep the current format going next season!
What should next season's game schedule be? [8 votes total]
--Never mind, keep it how it is today. (5) 63%
--Games Tuesday and Thursday, Standings on Monday (2) 25%
--Games Monday and Wednesday, Standings on Friday (1) 13%
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847
Archive:
http://vote.sparklit.com/archive.spark?archiveID=334188


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine and some scattered cirrus clouds, temps are in the upper 20s central and mid- 30s south. And oh yeah, did I forget to mention the birds chirping in the backyard? Springtime is near!

Synopsis: An area of low pressure has moved off to our east, centered near Detroit, Michigan, and a new area of low pressure is building in the Plains states. What this means is that we're going to have sunshine today and mild, southerly winds will begin to flow through the Midwest ahead of this new area of low pressure. So today looks like a winner, and tomorrow should be even warmer, but will have a chance of showers and even some thunderstorms.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly cloudy and pretty nice for the tenth day of March! High of 45 central, near 50 south.

Tonight: Becoming cloudy and breezy with a chance of showers and maybe even a rumble of thunder toward morning. Lows mid- to upper 30s.

Saturday: Breezy and mild with scattered showers and even a few thunderstorms developing. Highs near 50 central, and mid- to upper 50s south! Chance of precip 35%. Severe weather is not anticipated. (haven't had to say that in a while!)

Sunday: Morning sunshine, increasing clouds and winds in the afternoon with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms developing late. Highs mid- 40s central, near 50 south. Chance of rain Sunday night 50%.

Next Week:
Monday: Winter returns! Cloudy, windy and colder with isolated rain or even some snow showers. Highs 39-44. Chance of precip 40%.
Tuesday: Partly sunny and colder, highs 33-38.
Wednesday: A slight chance of light rain or snow showers. Highs 35-40. Chance of precip 20%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Breezy and cooler with isolated showers. Highs mid- 50s. More rain showers this weekend, mostly on Saturday, highs only in the upper 40s. Some areas will probably even get some snow this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Breezy with isolated thunderstorms, highs lower 70s. Partly cloudy this weekend, highs low to 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: Partly cloudy and a little breezy, highs near 80. Isolated showers this weekend, breezy with highs again near 80.

Through 9 am...patchy areas of dense fog will gradually dissipate after 8 am. In the meantime...be on the lookout for sudden changes in visibility. The patchy nature of the fog will drop visibilities quickly in a short distance. Sea fog may persist a while longer at the immediate coast.

... Record high temperature set at Galveston...
a record high temperature of 84 degrees was set at Galveston yesterday.
This breaks the old record of 80 set in 2004.
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 Evansville, Indiana: Decreasing clouds and cooler, highs upper 50s. Scattered thunderstorms tonight through the beginning of next week, highs near 70. Check out the storm reports from yesterday's madness!
03/09/2006 0200 PM
Evansville, Vanderburgh County.
Thunderstorm wind gust M59.00 mph, reported by Emergency Mngr.

Pea size hail and torrential rains reported with wind
gusts.

03/09/2006 0202 PM
3 miles N of Evansville, Vanderburgh County.
Thunderstorm wind gust e65.00 mph, reported by NWS employee.

03/09/2006 0205 PM
Evansville, Vanderburgh County.
Funnel cloud, reported by public.

Reported near intersection of Highway 164 and Green River
Road.

03/09/2006 0245 PM
Evansville, Vanderburgh County.
Thunderstorm wind damage, reported by Emergency Mngr.

A few homes have roof damage reported on Wilton Road in
Green River estates.

03/09/2006 0839 PM
Evansville, Vanderburgh County.
Thunderstorm wind gust m63.00 mph, reported by law enforcement.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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……..… 42
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 37 (0.06" rain)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 39 (0.01" rain)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)......... 41 (0.40" rain)

High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 58 (0.72")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…. 60 (2.28"!)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 64
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 68
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 82 (0.32")


Weather/Space in the News:

Two die as storms slam South
Power failures reported in several states
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) -- Storms packing heavy rain and high wind moved across several Southern states, damaging homes, barns and businesses and killing at least two people.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/03/10/storms.ap/index.html

Signs of water found on one of Saturn's moons
Planet has 31 known moons
(CNN) -- The Cassini space probe has found evidence of geysers erupting from underground pools of liquid water on Saturn's moon Enceladus, scientists announced on Thursday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/03/09/cassini.enceladus/index.html

Payoff high in risky Mars mission
Craft must get into orbit before exploration can begin
(CNN) -- NASA's latest mission to Mars could eclipse all previous ones if it can get into orbit on Friday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/03/09/mars.orbiter.preview/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Origami looks paper-thin
As Microsoft's new handheld unfolds, analysts say it's too pricey and unfocused.
SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) - With details swathed in secrecy and buzz created by a mysterious website, Microsoft's Origami handheld debuted Thursday at the CeBit trade show in Hannover, Germany, to great expectations.
http://money.cnn.com/2006/03/09/technology/business2_origami/index.htm
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,187289,00.html


To sleep, perchance to live
Lack of shut-eye could be a hazard to your health
(CNN) -- For too many of us, sleep is something to do when we're not doing something else.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/03/09/gupta.sleep/index.html


5-Year-Old Boy Summoned For Jury Duty
TOWSON, Md. -- Many people dread getting a jury summons in the mail, but for a Baltimore mother it was more of a shock. The legal system didn't want her, but it did summon her 5-year-old son.
http://www.thewbalchannel.com/news/7807609/detail.html?subid=22100764&qs=1;bp=t

What's next, the Milwaukee Miller Lites? The Green Bay Packerland Packing? San Francisco Green Giants?
Red Bull purchases MetroStars
Red Bull, the Austrian company that produces the popular energy drink, finalized its purchase of the MetroStars from AEG Thursday after the MLS Board of Governors approved the deal.
The organization has been rebranded as "Red Bull New York," with a new logo, uniform and team colors being installed immediately. While the official name of the club is Red Bull New York, the playing squad will be known as the New York Red Bulls.
http://www.mlsnet.com/MLS/news/mls_news.jsp?ymd=20060309&content_id=53518&vkey=news_mls&fext=.jsp

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 9, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:21 PM GMT on March 09, 2006

Good Thursday morning!

Outburst Results

Players: 28
Topic: Things on a Freeway

Traffic (Vehicles/Cars/Trucks also accepted) (27)
Signs (23)
Police Officers (7)
Litter (Trash also accepted) (7)
On Ramps (Exits also accepted) (6)
Accidents (2) - Two Point Bonus Awarded to Katie/Bart and Mary Be.
Interchanges
Emergency Phones
Interstate Numbers
Off-Ramp Distances

Note that if you said both cars and trucks as separate answers, you only got credit for one since they were grouped together as one answer above.

Other answers: Road Construction/Crews (7), Dead Deer/Roadkill (4), Billboards (3), Mile Markers (3), Lanes (3), Hotels, Gas Stations, Restaurants, Service Plazas, Orange Barrels, Median, Lines (on road, lane markers), Overpass, Toll Booth, Street Lights, Potholes, Guardrails, Hitch Hikers.


Would You Rather...(again!)
It seems like it was just a week ago since we last played Would You Rather...and your inclination is right! But this will be a fun, non-challengeable way to end the winter season.

Game #1:
Category: Random
Would you rather...
A. Lose your wallet
B. Lose all your keys

Game #2:
Category: Random
Would you rather...
A. Be raised by wolves
B. Be raised by dolphins


Winter 2006 Regular Season Point Standings (31 people played this week)
The top player at the end of the playoff week will win a lovely weather-related prize (if not a previous winner).
If you would like your city and state listed next to your name, send me a note with the information.
Please verify your point total for accuracy.
^ = moved above the cut line yesterday.
-- = moved below the cut line yesterday.
* = received two bonus points for Outburst.
Weekly point totals in parenthesis are cumulative for the week.

Today is the last day of the regular season, and eight potential points are left! And thanks, Brian, for making this a close race by not getting any points yesterday. For the first time in a long time, we have a new leader! Remember that the top 3 get 3 bonus points heading into the playoffs, the next three get 2 points, the next 3 get one point, and the last finisher (plus ties) don't receive a bonus, but should be thankful that they're in!

Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 69 (+18)*
Nia, Appleton, WI: 68 (+14)
Becky T. and Parents: 66 (+12)
Brian, Madison WI: 66 (+6)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 65 (+10)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 63 (+14)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 63 (+10)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 62 (+12)
Karl, Appleton, WI: 59 (+12)
Mary, Berlin, WI: 58 (+10)
--------Preliminary Playoff Cut Line--------
Barb, Berlin, WI: 56 (+14)
Greg, Madison, WI: 54 (+14)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 54 (+14)*
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 53 (+10)
Mom: 53 (+6)--
Bethany: 52 (+14)
Clair, Fremont, WI: 52 (+14)
Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 50 (+10)
--------Mathematically Eliminated Line--------
Jan, Berlin, WI: 49 (+8)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 47 (+8)
Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC: 45 (+6)
Sally: 45 (+14)
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 44
Diane Sm.: 43 (+10)
Steve L.: 40 (+2)
Jason, De Pere, WI: 39 (+12)
Kelley: 37 (+6)
Chris Ke.: 32 (+10)
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 31 (+12)
Harry: 26 (+14)
Nicole, Madison, WI: 23
Al, Germantown, WI: 19 (+2)
Max C.: 16 (+8)
John E., Madison, WI: 14
Jen: 12 (+2)
Linda Ha.: 11
John S.: 10 (+8)
Chad, Cleveland, OH: 9
Lori: 2


Weather Update Poll: (last day to vote)
Apparently, most of the people that voted last week to have two days to play each game aren't voting in this poll, as the results have changed from the previous poll! Last day to vote!
What should next season's game schedule be?
Games Monday and Wednesday, Standings on Friday
Games Tuesday and Thursday, Standings on Monday
Never mind, keep it how it is today.
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s forecast grade: B-


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Dense fog advisory in effect until noon CST today...
Many locations across south central and southeast Wisconsin will
see visibility at or below 1/4 mile through the morning.
Increasing winds should help diminish the dense fog by afternoon.

A dense fog advisory is issued when visibilities are reduced
frequently to less than 1/4 mile due to dense fog. If driving...
slow down... use your low beam headlights... and leave plenty of
distance between you and objects ahead.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with areas of locally-dense fog and scattered light rain showers spread out across central and southern Wisconsin and some light snow or a mix north, temps are mostly around the mid- 30s.

Synopsis: An area of low pressure is stretching from southern Wisconsin all the way to Oklahoma and northern Texas, draping a cold front along its path. Ahead of the storm, we had northerly winds that really kicked up the temperatures, especially in southern Wisconsin where a variety of locations topped out above the 50-degree mark! I don't think we'll quite hit 50 again today, but look for these scattered showers and areas of fog to end later this morning.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Scattered rain showers and areas of fog this morning. Then decreasing clouds late in the day. High of 42 central, mid- 40s south.

Tonight: Becoming partly cloudy, lows in the upper 20s to near 30.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy in the morning, increasing clouds later in the day and a chance for more rain showers tomorrow night. Highs mid- 40s central, upper 40s south.

Extended:
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers. Very mild with highs near 50 central, and perhaps even the mid- 50s south!
Sunday: Mostly cloudy and dry early, with another round of rain showers developing later in the day. Cooler with highs in the low to mid- 40s.
Next Week's Outlook: I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but winter hasn't quite lost its grip on Wisconsin yet. Look for a chance of light to moderate snow on Monday and then mostly dry until next weekend with highs mostly in the 30s. The normal high for today is 37 central, 40 south, so don't start whining about it.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Mostly cloudy, isolated showers tonight, windy, highs mid- 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, a little warmer, 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: Scattered showers and thunderstorms this morning, some perhaps severe, then decreasing clouds late. Breezy, highs upper 70s.
Tornado Watch 48 in effect until 1 PM CST this afternoon...

... Fire Weather Watch now in effect until 4 PM CST this
afternoon...
A very dry airmass will spread across southeast Texas later this
morning following the passage of a dryline front. Abundant sunshine can
be expected by mid to late morning with afternoon temperatures in
the lower 80s and humidity values in the teens. West to southwest
winds of 15 to 25 mph will combine with these factors to create
the likelihood of a high wildfire danger mainly during the
late morning and early afternoon hours. Wind speeds should diminish
late in the afternoon.

We will be monitoring a developing line of showers and thunderstorms
along the front during the next several hours. If this line does
not end up developing further southward... or fails to produce any
respectable amount of precipitation as it moves across the
area... this watch may be upgraded to a red flag warning later this
morning.

A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions
are forecast to occur.
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 Evansville, Indiana: Showers and thunderstorms, some perhaps severe, breezy, highs upper 60s.
Flood Watch in effect through this evening...
Numerous showers and isolated thunderstorms will continue across southeast Missouri...southern Illinois...southwest Indiana and western Kentucky through mid morning. Locally heavy rain is possible.

heavy rain was observed across portions of southern Illinois...
southeast Missouri and southwest Indiana Wednesday through early
today. Numerous showers and thunderstorms will continue to move
across the region today and early tonight. This will result in an
increased flood potential across the watch area.

* Additional heavy rain across the watch area... could result in
standing water across some roads that typically flood easily.
Rises in small creeks and streams is also a concern.

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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……..… 42 central, mid- 40s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 39 (0.09" rain)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 49 (0.65")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)......... 52 (0.78")

High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 53 (0.49")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…. 65 (trace)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 62
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 61
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 77


Top News:

NFL owners reach labor pact with players
Owners approve labor deal; CBA extended six years
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) -- NFL owners were willing to trade nearly a billion dollars for the certainty of a salary cap rather than risk life without one.
And they waited until the last minute to do it.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/football/nfl/03/08/bc.fbn.nfllabor.ap/index.html?cnn=yes

Bush touts $4.2 billion plan for Louisiana homeowners
President eyes recovery efforts on 10th trip to devastated Gulf
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- During a tour of the hurricane-damaged Gulf Coast, President Bush on Wednesday pressed Congress to pass a proposal that would reimburse up to $150,000 to each Louisiana homeowner who lost a residence to Katrina.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/03/08/bush.gulf/index.html?section=cnn_topstories


Tech in the News:

Microsoft launches revamped search engine
SEATTLE, Washington (AP) -- In its latest bid to catch up with rivals Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. is launching a revamped Internet search engine it says will help computer users find information faster, view it more easily and organize it better.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/internet/03/08/windows.live.search.ap/index.html

TiVo to expand program recording to cellphone
SAN JOSE, Calif. — TiVo subscribers will soon be able to program television recordings straight from cellphones using the Verizon Wireless network.
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/products/services/2006-03-07-tivo-verizon_x.htm?csp=34
TiVo: More subscribers, smaller losses, new prices
Digital video recorder maker rolls out new bundled subscription model.
LOS ANGELES, March 8 (Reuters) - TiVo Inc., a maker of digital video recorders, on Wednesday said its fiscal fourth-quarter loss narrowed, as subscription to its television recording service grew.
http://money.cnn.com/2006/03/08/news/companies/tivo.reut/index.htm?cnn=yes


Science in the News:

Still Evolving, Human Genes Tell New Story
Providing the strongest evidence yet that humans are still evolving, researchers have detected some 700 regions of the human genome where genes appear to have been reshaped by natural selection, a principal force of evolution, within the last 5,000 to 15,000 years.
http://rss.slashdot.org/slashdot/eqWf?m=4121
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/07/science/07evolve.html?ex=1299387600&en=039ecd5836bc6b0e&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss

Coffee mixes badly with certain genes
Caffeine boosts risk of heart attacks in the genetically susceptible.
People carrying a common variation in a certain gene could be worsening their risk of a heart attack simply by drinking several cups of coffee per day.
A possible link between coffee and heart disease has been tested before, but the results have been controversial. One reason is that coffee addicts are more likely to smoke and indulge in other unhealthy behaviours; another is that coffee contains a mix of caffeine and other chemicals, so it is unclear what provokes the body.
http://www.nature.com/news/2006/060306/full/060306-9.html
http://rss.slashdot.org/slashdot/eqWf?m=4125

Immortal Styrofoam Meets its Enemy
There's an old joke that if you were reincarnated, you might want to come back as a Styrofoam cup.
Why? Because they last forever. Ba-dum-bum.
Despite being made 95 percent of air, Styrofoam's manufactured immortality has posed a problem for recycling efforts. More than 3 million tons of the durable material is produced every year in the United States, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Very little of it is recycled.
Help may come from bacteria that have been found to eat Styrofoam and turn it into useable plastic. This is the stuff recycling dreams are made of: Yesterday's cup could become tomorrow's plastic spoon.
http://www.livescience.com/technology/060307_styrofoam_cup.html
http://rss.slashdot.org/slashdot/eqWf?m=4128

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 8, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:28 PM GMT on March 08, 2006

Good Wednesday morning!

Feud Results

Players: 31
Topic #1: Something all little kids hate
Broccoli/Spinach/Vegetables (15) - 4 points
Medicine/Shots/Going to the doctor (7) - 2 points
Bedtime (3)
Bathtime/Having their faces washed (2)
Dentist (2)
Other responses: Being told "NO", Chores

Topic #2: A superhero you'd want as a neighbor
Superman (26) - 4 points
Batman (5) - 2 points


Outburst Wednesday!
Send in four answers to the topic below. You'll get two points for each answer you write in that is also listed on the official Hasbro card, and an extra two points if one of your answers is the least most popular answer that is still listed on the card!

Topic: Things on a Freeway

Rules
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Winter 2006 Regular Season Point Standings (31 people played this week)
The top player at the end of the playoff week will win a lovely weather-related prize (if not a previous winner).
If you would like your city and state listed next to your name, send me a note with the information.
Please verify your point total for accuracy.
^ = moved above the cut line yesterday.
-- = moved below the cut line yesterday.

18 potential points are left, and even if you are now mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, you're still welcome to play!

Brian, Madison WI: 66 (+6)
Becky T. and Parents: 62 (+8)
Nia, Appleton, WI: 60 (+6)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 59 (+4)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 59 (+8)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 57 (+8)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 57 (+4)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 56 (+6)
Karl, Appleton, WI: 55 (+8)
Mary, Berlin, WI: 54 (+6)
--------Preliminary Playoff Cut Line--------
Barb, Berlin, WI: 50 (+8)
Jan, Berlin, WI: 49 (+8)
Mom: 49 (+2)--
Greg, Madison, WI: 48 (+8)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 47 (+4)
Bethany: 46 (+8)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 46 (+6)
Clair, Fremont, WI: 44 (+6)
Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 44 (+4)
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 44
Sue, De Pere, WI: 43 (+4)
Diane Sm.: 41 (+8)
Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC: 41 (+2)
Steve L.: 38
Sally: 37 (+6)
--------Mathematically Eliminated Line--------
Jason, De Pere, WI: 35 (+8)
Kelley: 33 (+2)
Chris Ke.: 28 (+6)
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 27 (+8)
Nicole, Madison, WI: 23
Harry: 20 (+8)
Al, Germantown, WI: 17
Max C.: 16 (+8)
John E., Madison, WI: 14
Jen: 12 (+2)
Linda Ha.: 11
John S.: 10 (+8)
Chad, Cleveland, OH: 9
Lori: 2


Weather Update Poll:
Only four votes in two days so far - you guys voted for having two days to send in game answers, yet almost nobody is voting in this poll to let me know which schedule you'd prefer. How's that for a guilt trip?
What should next season's game schedule be?
Games Monday and Wednesday, Standings on Friday
Games Tuesday and Thursday, Standings on Monday
Never mind, keep it how it is today.
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s forecast grade: B


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Expect some fog across the area this morning. Some of this fog will be locally dense...especially in low lying areas around rivers and streams. Visibility will likely drop to around 1/4 mile or less. Motorists should be alert to the hazard the fog presents to travel this morning. Conditions should improve after about 9 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds and areas of fog north and central and some breaks in the cloud cover south, temps are already in the low to mid- 30s.

Synopsis: Two systems down, several more to go this week! A temporary break in the action will give parts of the state some sunshine today, but a binary set of low pressure systems in Kansas and southern Manitoba will bring another chance of showers (and maybe even some rumbles of thunder) to Wisconsin tonight and early tomorrow.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Clouds north and central with some sunshine south this morning. Clouds eventually streaming back in from south to north by this afternoon. Warmer with a high of 42 central, mid- 40s south.

Tonight: Cloudy with a good chance of rain showers and maybe even an isolated thunderstorm, particularly south. Lows low to mid- 30s. Chance of rain 60% central, 80% south.

Tomorrow: Morning showers, mostly south and east, otherwise decreasing clouds by the afternoon. Highs low to mid- 40s. Chance of rain tomorrow morning 40%.

Extended:
Friday: Morning sunshine, afternoon clouds, highs low to mid- 40s.
Saturday: Becoming breezy with a chance of rain showers late. Highs 45-50. Chance of rain Saturday night 50%.
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs 44-49. High temps may cool back into the 30s for next week.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, breezy, highs lower 60s.
... Wet and cold weather expected this weekend...
High temperatures between Thursday and Saturday will drop by fifteen
degrees or more as a strong cold front moves through the area making
for well below normal temperatures this weekend. Meanwhile
another major winter storm will move down the West Coast and then
inland on Sunday. Widespread precipitation will occur over southeast
California... southern Nevada and northwest Arizona beginning
Saturday. Mountain areas will see snow accumulations... while valley
areas could see and rain and snow mixed Sunday and Monday mornings.
Although the exact timing of the storm is still in
question... Saturday evening through Sunday evening currently appears
to be the most likely time for many areas to receive precipitation.
As the weekend approaches more accurate forecasts for this upcoming
storm will be issued.
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 60.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Decreasing clouds, windy, highs mid- to upper 70s.
Wind Advisory in effect from noon today to 6 PM CST this afternoon...
Winds will increase this afternoon in response to deepening low
pressure across the plains. Southerly winds just above the
surface will be running in the 40 to 55 mph range today. As
temperatures warm up later this morning... some of this wind will
mix down to the surface. As this occurs... expect winds to increase into
the 20 to 25 mph range this afternoon with gusts above 30 mph likely.

... Fire Weather Watch in effect from Thursday morning through
Thursday afternoon...
The National Weather Service in Houston/Galveston has issued a
Fire Weather Watch... which is in effect from Thursday morning
through Thursday afternoon.

A weak front or dryline will cross southeast Texas Thursday
morning. Little rainfall is expected in association with this
front meaning vegetation will be dry for thursdays event. A very
dry airmass will spread across southeast Texas following the
passage of the front. Abundant sunshine can be expected with
daytime temperatures in the lower 80s and humidity values in the
15 to 25 percent range. West to southwest winds of 15 to 20 mph
will combine with these factors to create the likelihood of a high
wildfire danger on Thursday.

A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions
are forecast to occur. Listen for later forecasts and possible
red flag warnings.
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 Evansville, Indiana: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs lower 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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……..… 37
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 37 (0.05" rain, trace of snow)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 37 (0.03" rain)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)......... 39 (0.01" rain, trace of snow)

High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 44 (0.15" rain, trace of snow)
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…. 51

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 64 (trace)
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 59
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 73


Top News:

House Renews Patriot Act Extension
WASHINGTON — The House renewed the USA Patriot Act in a cliffhanger vote Tuesday night, extending a centerpiece of the war on terrorism at President Bush's urging after months of political combat over the balance between privacy rights and the pursuit of potential terrorists.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,187116,00.html

South Dakota bans most abortions
In signing law, governor says he expects court challenges
(CNN) -- South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds signed a bill Monday that bans nearly all abortions in the state, legislation in direct conflict with the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in 1973.
The new law defines life as originating "at the time of conception."
http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/03/06/sd.abortion/index.html


Sports in the News:

Bonds exposed
Shadows details superstar slugger's steroid use
NEW YORK (SI.com) -- Beginning in 1998 with injections in his buttocks of Winstrol, a powerful steroid, Barry Bonds took a wide array of performance-enhancing drugs over at least five seasons in a massive doping regimen that grew more sophisticated as the years went on, according to Game of Shadows, a book written by two San Francisco Chronicle reporters at the forefront of reporting on the BALCO steroid distribution scandal.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/baseball/mlb/03/06/news.excerpt/index.html?cnn=yes
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/magazine/03/06/growth0313/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,187096,00.html
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2358236
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/columns/story?columnist=wojciechowski_gene&id=2358771

UWM beats Butler, earns automatic bid to NCAA tourney
The UW-Milwaukee men's basketball team brushed aside Butler, 87-71, to seize the league tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=406596


In Case You Missed It:

New animal resembles furry lobster
PARIS, France (AP) -- Divers have discovered a new crustacean in the South Pacific that resembles a lobster and is covered with what looks like silky, blond fur, French researchers said Tuesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/03/08/furry.lobster.ap/index.html

SAT mistake lowered scores for 4,000 students
Schools scramble to re-evaluate candidates
(AP) -- About 4,000 students who took the main SAT college entrance exam last October received incorrectly low scores because of problems with the scanning of their answer sheets.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/EDUCATION/03/07/sat.scores.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 7, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:50 PM GMT on March 07, 2006

Good Tuesday morning!

Double Points Week Begins!
24 points are up for grabs beginning right now! Family Feud is today with four points going to everyone that writes in with the #1 most popular answer to each topic below, and two points for everyone with the second most popular answer. Note that there will be three games this week, including a rare Wednesday game tomorrow. Don't say I didn't warn you ahead of time!

Family Feud

Topic #1: Something all little kids hate

Topic #2: A superhero you'd want as a neighbor

Rules
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


What should next season's game schedule be?
Games Monday and Wednesday, Standings on Friday
Games Tuesday and Thursday, Standings on Monday
Never mind, keep it how it is today.
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s forecast grade: B


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Dense fog advisory in effect until 9 am CST this morning...
Areas of dense fog will reduce visibility to 1/4 mile or less
early this morning. The shallow nature of the fog will allow it to
dissipate by 9 am this morning.

A dense fog advisory is issued when visibilities are reduced
frequently to less than 1/4 mile due to dense fog. If driving...
slow down... use your low beam headlights... and leave plenty of
distance between you and objects ahead.

Areas of dense fog will make travel hazardous across the area early this morning. The fog is generally shallow but will reduce visibility to 1/4 mile or less at times...mainly in the open Countryside and away from Lake Michigan. Due to the shallow nature of the fog...it should burn off quickly after sunrise.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds west and sunshine mixed with fog east, temps are only around 10-15 above zero.

Synopsis: One system is over with, but we've got quite a few yet to go this week. A small area of high pressure just to our northeast will bring us one more day of dry weather before a new low pressure system out in the Rocky Mountains begins another round of rain or snow tonight.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning fog, then some sunshine, then increasing clouds from west to east. Becoming breezy too, with a high of 37 central, lower 40s south.

Tonight: Rain showers likely, perhaps mixing with freezing rain, sleet or snow, especially central and north. Breezy with lows near 30 central, lower 30s south. Chance of precip 70%.

Tomorrow: Maybe some early morning precip, otherwise becoming partly sunny and warmer. Still breezy, highs lower 40s central, mid- 40s south. More rain is likely tomorrow night, 75% chance.

Extended:
Thursday: Windy with rain showers. Highs lower 40s central, mid- 40s south. Chance of rain 75%.
Friday: Partly sunny, highs 43-48.
Saturday: Isolated rain showers late, highs 42-47. Chance of rain 25%.
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs 39-44.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Clouds and breezy, highs upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Decreasing clouds, breezy, highs lower 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: Morning fog, then partly cloudy and breezy, highs upper 70s.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 9 am CST 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 Evansville, Indiana: Decreasing clouds, highs lower 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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……..… 35
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 34 (1.2" snow in Green Bay)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 36 (0.4" snow)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)......... 36 (1.5" snow in Milwaukee)

High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 36 (trace of snow)
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…. 53

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 70
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 73 (trace)
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 79


Breaking News:

Dana Reeve, widow of Christopher Reeve, dies at 44
SHORT HILLS, New Jersey (AP) -- Dana Reeve, who fought for better treatments and possible cures for paralysis through the Christopher Reeve Foundation, named for her late actor-husband, has died, the foundation said. She was 44.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/03/07/obit.reeve.ap/index.html


Top News:

Even though he played for our rival at the time, I still have a lot of great memories of him as a player.
Baseball great Kirby Puckett dies
Twins Hall of Famer's death comes one day after stroke
(CNN) -- Baseball Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett, who helped lead the Minnesota Twins to World Series titles in 1987 and 1991, died Monday after suffering a stroke over the weekend, the team announced. He was 45.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/06/obit.puckett/index.html

Tillman's father not expecting answers
No confidence in probe into ex-NFL player's Afghanistan death
SAN JOSE, California (CNN) -- The father of former NFL player Cpl. Pat Tillman said Monday he doesn't believe the full truth about his son's death in Afghanistan will ever emerge, despite a new investigation.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/06/tillman/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

She's the homecoming king
Hood College lesbian defeats three men for honor
FREDERICK, Maryland (AP) -- Hood College is reviewing its homecoming rules after a lesbian was crowned king, a college official said.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/07/lesbian.homecoming.ap/index.html

Runaway bride dolls disappear as quickly as she did
DULUTH, Georgia (AP) -- Like the woman who inspired their creation, Runaway Bride bobblehead dolls disappeared quickly during a sports promotion in her hometown.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/06/runaway.doll.ap/index.html

Teen's stolen legs returned
ARCADIA, California (AP) -- A 16-year-old girl's prosthetic legs, which were stolen twice since November, have been quietly returned, police said.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/06/legs.stolen.ap/index.html

Hong Kong: Thirsty for a cuppa? Try pantyhose tea
HONG KONG (AP) -- The battered menu in the neighborhood eatery includes most of the classic cafe fare: coffee, sodas, buttered buns. But then there's something truly strange for visitors: "pantyhose milk tea."
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TRAVEL/DESTINATIONS/03/06/pantyhose.tea.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 6, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 2:09 PM GMT on March 06, 2006

Good Monday Morning,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update, and I hope you all had a great weekend.

Those Fabulous Fifties:
Saturday we went to see a show called Those Fabulous Fifties
at the Fireside Theatre in Fort Atkinson with our friends Jason and
Nicole. The show was a lot of fun, and we all really enjoyed it. The
meal before the show was delicious too.

Brokeback Mountain and the Oscars:
Sunday my friend Lisa S. and I went to see the movie Brokeback
Mountain. We really enjoyed the movie but we both agreed that it
didn't make us go WOW, that was an awesome movie. I guess I had my
expectations set a little too high, knowing that it was nominated for
Best Picture of the year. I was very surprised that Brokeback Mountain
didn't win more Oscars though. I also felt that Walk the Line, which
was a movie that I loved, should have gotten more awards. I was very
happy though, that Reese Witherspoon won for Best Actress. She was
wonderful in that movie, and I thought she looked so beautiful last
night on the show. Maybe I'm biased because she is one my favorite
actresses, but that's my opinion.

Baby Update: Not much is new with Bryce other than the fact that he
turned 8 months old on Friday, March 3rd. The only other thing new is
that yesterday morning we gave him a bath in his infant bathtub and he
actually seemed to enjoy it for the first time. All the other times
we've used it, he's cried and hated it. But yesterday he was
splashing around in the water and smiling, and playing with his rubber
duckie. He's also finally getting over his cold. He never had a
fever, just a cough and a runny nose, but he seems to be feeling much
better. Well, that wraps up the update, have a great week.

Pictures of Bryce's 8-month birthday are here:
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/pictures


Our original plan wasn't to watch the full Oscars show last night, especially since I hadn't seen any of the movies up for Best Picture and Lisa only saw the one yesterday, but with the Oscars in high definition, it was hard to turn away!


Remember that this week is the last week of the regular game season, which will include double the value for three games (including Wednesday) and a 24-point potential payoff if you play the games right!

Weather Update Poll:
What should next season's game schedule be?
--Games Monday and Wednesday, Standings on Friday
--Games Tuesday and Thursday, Standings on Monday
--Never mind, keep it how it is today.
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s forecast grade: C-


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
Light snow will begin to diminish in Green Bay...Menasha...Denmark and New Holstein after 8am. Roads and sidewalks will remain slick...so take it easy on your way to work or school this morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Appleton

Southern Wisconsin:
Look for areas of dense fog...along and southwest of a dells...Madison to Janesville line...reducing visibilities to 1/4 mile or less. The fog may condense on area roadways...which along with patchy freezing drizzle and scattered flurries...will create slick driving conditions for the morning commute. Scattered flurries and patchy freezing drizzle can be expected across the rest of southeast and south central Wisconsin for the early morning hours. Areas of fog with visibilities of 1 to 2 miles can be expected for the early morning commute. A band of scattered snow showers...along a Manitowoc to La Crosse line...will reach Sheboygan...Fond Du Lac and The Dells around 6 am...and Milwaukee...Madison and Mineral Point between 715 am and 730 am. Untreated snow covered and slippery roads along with the fog will make for hazardous travel for the morning drive time...move about with care.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with clouds, areas of fog, and light snow across much of Wisconsin, temps are just below 30 central and just above 30 south.

Synopsis: Well this was a fun little weather event, wasn't it? Spring was starting to get in the air, a few birds were chirping, then all of a sudden wham! The sound of shovels and snowblowers once again fills the air. Don't lose hope though, the sights and sounds of thawing snow may once again appear later this week as after this area of low pressure moves off to the east, a jet stream ridge is going to begin building across the Midwest, which will bring warmer southerly winds back to Wisconsin. Look for several chances of rain later in the week as a series of low pressure systems move across the continental United States. Several of these systems look to pack a punch, so we should all be thankful that most of it will fall as liquid instead of as flaky dandruff!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy with light snow showers continuing this morning, perhaps mixing with freezing drizzle at times. The precip should be ending by this afternoon with maybe even a slight break in the clouds before sunset. High of 35. Chance of precip 80%.

Tonight: Becoming partly cloudy, lows lower 20s.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy in the morning with increasing afternoon clouds. Becoming windy and warmer, highs upper 30s to near 40. A 60% chance of rain showers tomorrow night.

Extended:
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy and breezy with morning rain showers, then a break in the action, followed by more rain Wednesday night. Highs near 40 central, lower 40s south. Chance of rain Wednesday night 70%.
Thursday: Morning rain showers, perhaps mixing with light snow in the early morning hours. Highs 44-49. Chance of precip 50%.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain late, highs 43-48. Chance of rain Friday night 40%.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with another round of rain developing late, highs 41-46. Chance of rain Saturday night 40%.
Sunday: Morning rain or light snow showers, highs 38-45. Chance of precip 35%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated rain showers, breezy, highs upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Morning showers, then just partly cloudy and breezy, highs mid- 60s.
A band of light rain showers will continue to move rapidly east across the South Carolina lowcountry and southeast Georgia... including the coastal Empire...through 8 am. Rainfall amounts will be very light...ranging from a trace to a few hundredths 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, otherwise mostly cloudy, highs upper 70s.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 9 am CST this morning...
Areas of dense fog will continue into the mid-morning hours today
across southeast Texas. In locations affected by dense fog... the
visibility will lower to under one quarter mile. The fog is
expected to dissipate between 9 and 10 am.
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 Evansville, Indiana: Clouds, a little breezy, highs near 50.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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)……….. 32 (1.6" snow in Green Bay as of midnight (Appleton has 4.0" as of 7am)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 31 (4.1" snow as of midnight)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)......... 34 (2.6" snow in Milwaukee as of midnight)
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 34 (2.6" snow as of midnight)

High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…............ 49 (0.05" rain)
High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 68
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 55
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 76


Top News:

'Crash' is upset best picture winner
The gritty drama "Crash" was named best picture over the favored "Brokeback Mountain" at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony. Ang Lee was named best director for "Brokeback Mountain." Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote") was named best actor, and Reese Witherspoon ("Walk the Line") earned the best actress Oscar.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Movies/03/05/oscar.advancer/index.html
http://www.oscar.com/

And the worst movie of the year is ...
Jenny McCarthy's 'Dirty Love' takes 4 Razzies; Cruise 'honored'
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Tom Cruise and fiancee Katie Holmes won Razzies for "most tiresome tabloid target," but it was Jenny McCarthy and her little-seen "Dirty Love" that dominated the 26th annual worst-film honors, winning four of 10 categories Saturday night, including worst picture of the year.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Movies/03/05/razzie.awards/index.html


Hall of Famer Puckett suffers stroke
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett had a stroke at his Arizona home Sunday and was taken to a hospital for surgery, the Minnesota Twins announced from their spring training camp.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/baseball/mlb/03/05/puckett.stroke.ap/index.html?cnn=yes


AT&T reaches deal to buy BellSouth
Nation's largest phone company spends $67 billion for rival
ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- AT&T Inc. is buying BellSouth Corp. for $67 billion in stock in a bid that further consolidates the telecommunications industry and would give AT&T total control of their growing joint venture, Cingular Wireless LLC.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/05/att.bellsouth.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 3, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:17 PM GMT on March 03, 2006

TGIF!

Bryce is 2/3 of a Year Old Today!
Today is Bryce's 8-month birthday! And he has grown so much over the last month! As usual, we're going to take pictures of him tonight and will have them on the Web site for you to "Awwww" at next week. .


Would You Rather Results
Thanks for all the amusing comments when sending in your answers, including how cool it would be to type with seven fingers per hand or how you'd have to redo your entire shoe collection! Keep the comments coming or post them on the message board for everyone to read!
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493

Game #1:
Category: Random
Would you rather...
A. Do without supermarkets (6)
B. Do without convenience stores and fast-food restaurants (21) - 2 points

Game #2:
Category: Appearance / Embarrassment
Would you rather...
A. Have 14 fingers (6)
B. Have 16 toes (21) - 2 points


Scattergories Challenge Results
The message board got lit up again this week - posts from this week covered the entire first page!

Challenges Accepted, No Points Awarded:
LED (part of a utensil, not a utensil itself)
Locking tongs (Adjective)
Legume cooker (Adjective)
Life, An Unfinished (Would have been accepted if the starting letter was "U" or maybe "A")
Lost in Translation (Released in 2003) http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lost_in_translation/
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10005972-london/
Lucky Day (Released in 2002) http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lucky_day/
Losing Lusk (Releasing in 2006) http://wyolitmail.blogspot.com/2006_01_01_wyolitmail_archive.html
(and for the record, searching for "Losing Lusk" in Google brings up my Weather blog as the #3 result! =) )

Challenges Denied, Two Points Awarded
Lettuce Spinner
Lemon Squeezer
Lobster Crackers
London (Released in 2005) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0449061/
Last Days (Released in 2005) http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/last_days/
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (I'm being a little generous on this one since it's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion,...)
A Lota (a globular water bottle used in Asia) http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=lota

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


How many days would you like to have to play each of my games? [12 votes total]
Two days would be better. (9) 75%
One day is fine. (3) 25%

It looks like there will be a change in the game schedule next season based on these results! Look for a follow-up poll next week.
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847
Archive:
http://vote.sparklit.com/archive.spark?archiveID=334188


Winter 2006 Regular Season Point Standings (30 people played this week)
The regular season will run through March 10 and the playoff week will be the week of March 13-17. March 7-10 will be a double point week.
The top player at the end of the playoff week will win a lovely weather-related prize (if not a previous winner).
Red text indicates the best player of the week. Green text indicates a perfect week, if applicable.
Please verify your point total for accuracy.
^ = moved above the cut line this week.
-- = moved below the cut line this week.

Next week is a three-game double-points week to end the Winter Regular Season, and if you remember from last time, four people that weren't in the top 10 after this week got into the playoffs after the double points week, so no one is safe! Well, maybe Brian is safe - he'd have to do a 2004 Milwaukee Brewers thing to miss the playoffs. The top ten changed for the first time in about a month, with my mom making the list for the first time and turning the top ten into the Big Ten Conference's version of ten competitors with eleven in the list, including ties. Unfortunately, it's next week's standings that matter the most!

Brian, Madison WI: 60 (+8)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 55 (+6)
Becky T. and Parents: 54 (+6)
Nia, Appleton, WI: 54 (+6)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 53 (+6)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 51 (+4)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 50 (+6)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 49 (+2)
Mary, Berlin, WI: 48 (+4)
Karl, Appleton, WI: 47 (+4)
Mom: 47 (+6)^
--------Preliminary Playoff Cut Line--------
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 44 (+4)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 43 (+4)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 42 (+2)
Jan, Berlin, WI: 41 (+6)
Greg, Madison, WI: 40 (+4)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 40 (+2)
Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 40 (+2)
Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC: 39 (+4)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 39 (+2)
Bethany: 38
Clair, Fremont, WI: 38 (+2)
Steve L.: 38 (+4)
Diane Sm.: 33 (+2)
Kelley: 31 (+4)
Sally: 31 (+0)
Jason, De Pere, WI: 27 (+2)
Nicole, Madison, WI: 23 (+4)
Chris Ke.: 22
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 19 (+0)
Al, Germantown, WI: 17 (+2)
John E., Madison, WI: 14
Harry: 12
Linda Ha.: 11
Jen: 10 (+4)
Chad, Cleveland, OH: 9
Max C.: 8
John S.: 2
Lori: 2


Today’s forecast grade: B


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds north and sunshine central and south, temps are mostly in the mid- teens central and upper teens south.

Synopsis: If you take a look at the weather synopsis graphic below, you'll notice a whole lot of nothing going on around here. High pressure centered all the way up in northern Saskatchewan is the prominent weather influence around Wisconsin today, providing sunshine across much of the state and near-normal temperatures for this time of the year. The next chances for things falling from the sky are this Sunday and next week Tuesday night through Thursday.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: A few clouds north, otherwise plenty of sunshine today with a high of 32.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows mid- teens.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, highs low to mid- 30s.

Sunday: Scattered snow showers, perhaps mixing with rain at times during the day, especially south. The weather models have been a bit wishy-washy on this system throughout the week, but I wouldn't be surprised to see a couple inches of snow out of this thing if the latest data holds up. Highs low to mid- 30s. Chance of precip 45%.

Next Week:
Monday: Becoming partly sunny, highs 36-40.
Tuesday: Scattered rain showers developing late, perhaps mixing with light snow overnight. Breezy with highs 36-40. Chance of rain Tuesday night 30%.
Wednesday: Windy with rain showers. The "bleh" season is upon us. Highs 40-45. Chance of rain 40%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Becoming partly cloudy and windy today, highs mid- 60s. More sunshine and less wind this weekend, highs in the 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, mid- 60s today and mid- to upper 50s this weekend.
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 becoming partly cloudy and breezy, highs lower 70s. Partly sunny and breezy this weekend, highs near 70 Saturday and the mid- 70s Sunday.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 9 am CST this morning...
Clear skies... deep low level moisture and light winds ahead of a
very slow moving cold front are creating ideal conditions for dense
fog. The areal extent of the fog will be determined by the
position of a slow moving cold front. At this time... it appears
that the front will sag southward into northern portions of the
advisory area around 6 am... but not cross the coast until the late
morning hours.

A dense fog advisory means visibilities will frequently be reduced
to less than one quarter mile. If driving... slow down... use low
beam headlights... and leave plenty of distance between you and the
car in front.
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 Evansville, Indiana: Partly cloudy, highs upper 40s today, lower 50s Saturday, and mid- 40s with a chance of rain showers on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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……..… 33
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 34 (0.5" snow)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 33 (0.5" snow)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)......... 32 (0.5" snow)

High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 37 (trace of snow)
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…. 60

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 70
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 77
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 81


In Case You Missed It:

New, more colorful, $10 bill rolls out
Currency with shades of orange, yellow and red in background is latest effort to fight counterfeiting.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - The new $10 bill starts to circulate Thursday, as the third more colorful bill designed to thwart counterfeiters is rolled out.
The new bill has color-shifted ink that changes the color of the numeral "10" in the lower right-hand corner from copper to green as the bill is tilted, and has a subtle background in shades of orange, yellow and red.
http://www.cnn.com/rssclick/money/2006/03/02/news/funny/new_ten/index.htm?section=cnn_topstories

Updated: 4:01 AM GMT on March 04, 2006

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 2, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:39 PM GMT on March 02, 2006

Good Thursday morning!

Would You Rather...
This is the last single-points game of the season, and is a lot easier to play than Tuesday's Scattergories, so I'm hoping for a big turnout today! Look for the second to last Winter regular season point standings tomorrow!

Game #1:
Category: Random
Would you rather...
A. Do without supermarkets
B. Do without convenience stores and fast-food restaurants

Game #2:
Category: Appearance / Embarrassment
Would you rather...
A. Have 14 fingers
B. Have 16 toes

Rules
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Scattergories Update!
Due to email issues, one set of answers were not placed in yesterday's game. Here's the update:

Topic #1: A Domestic Movie from 2005
Little Manhattan

Topic #2: Cooking Utensil(s)
Lifter (x2: Jan and Becky T.)

Scattergories Challenge Message Board
The challenge message board has been lit up with posts once again! You have until this evening to post any challenges to the board, or to defend your own challenged answer!
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Weather Update Poll (last day to vote):
How many days would you like to have to play each of my games?
One day is fine.
Two days would be better.
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s forecast grade: C


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds, snow showers across much of northern Wisconsin with just a few light scattered snow showers central and south, and a few areas of fog, temps are in the mid- to upper 20s central and near 30 south.

Synopsis: The first Meteorological day of Spring was quite the mixed bag of tricks, was it not? An area of low pressure has moved just to our southeast, hovering over northern Indiana, and backend moisture from this system will keep the clouds around with scattered light snow showers through this morning. The roads are a little slick across central Wisconsin from the mix of sleet, freezing rain and snow last night, so safe travels if you haven't already reached your destination!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy with scattered light snow showers, mostly this morning, with less than 1" of accumulation expected around here but several more inches are possible in northern Wisconsin. Decreasing clouds late. High of 33 central, mid- 30s south. Chance of snow 30%. Once sure sign that spring is near - today is the Milwaukee Brewers' first Spring Training game!

Tonight: Becoming partly cloudy, lows mid- to upper teens.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, highs upper 20s to near 30 central, lower 30s south.

Extended:
Saturday: Mostly sunny, highs just above 30 central, mid- 30s south.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with light rain or snow possible but not incredibly likely. Highs low to mid- 30s. Chance of precip 25%.
Next Week's Outlook: The weather models are calling for interesting weather next week Thursday through Saturday, but I'll look for some model run consistency before having a higher degree of certainty about the whole thing. Most of it might fall as rain even if it did come this way, so we'll see. Temperatures look to remain slightly above normal, in the mid- to upper 30s central and the upper 30s to lower 40s south. And soon those temperatures will be our lows of the day, not highs!


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy and windy, highs mid- 70s.
... Windy conditions across the area today...
... Motorists should exercise extreme caution on area bridges...
... There is an elevated fire danger today...

Southwest winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph are expected
to develop across much of southern South Carolina as well as
Jenkins and Screven counties in southeast Georgia today ahead of a
weak cold front. Motorists... especially those driving high profile
vehicles... are urged to keep a firm grip on the steering wheel and
be prepared for sudden wind gusts. Winds gusts as high as 45 to
50 mph may occur on elevated and exposed bridges such as the
Arthur Ravenel bridge... the Wando River Bridge and the don Holt
bridge in the Charleston area... the McKinley Washington Junior
bridge heading out to Edisto Beach and the Highway 170 bridge that
crosses the Broad River near Beaufort.

The combination of gusty winds and relative humidity values in the
mid 30s will also produce an elevated fire danger today. Anyone
wishing to do outdoor burning today should use extreme caution or
postpone burning activities until Friday. Be sure to keep a water
hose nearby in case the fire becomes out of control. Call 911 if
you spot an out of control fire.
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 becoming partly cloudy, highs near 80.
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 Evansville, Indiana: Partly cloudy and windy, highs upper 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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……..… 32
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 34 (0.08" rain, 0.1" snow as of midnight)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 36 (trace of rain and snow as of midnight)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)......... 34 (0.01" rain as of midnight)

High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 41 (trace of rain as of midnight)
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…. 74

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 66
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 75
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 78


Top News:

Did anyone see this coming?
16-Year-Old Arrested for Teresa Halbach Murder
A 16-year-old boy is in police custody after admitting he was involved along with Steven Avery in the death of Teresa Halbach, Calumet County Sheriff Jerry Pagel said.
http://www.wbay.com/Global/story.asp?S=4570928

Transcript shows governments underestimated Katrina
Six months after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, a newly released video transcript from the day the hurricane struck seems to reinforce stinging criticism that governments at all levels were ill-prepared for the storm that flooded most of the city and killed more than 1,000 people in three states. A special House committee concluded last month that the response to Katrina at all levels of government was "dismal."
http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/03/02/fema.tapes/index.html

Hundreds flee new rash of Oklahoma wildfires
Authorities hope rain in forecast will help douse flames
(CNN) -- New grassland wildfires spread across the prairies of southern Oklahoma on Wednesday, destroying numerous homes and forcing more than 500 people to evacuate, authorities said.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/01/oklahoma.fires/index.html

I believe the Civic is also the #1 stolen car in the United States.
Top 10 cars named -- and none are American
Honda cleans up in Consumer Reports picks
All 10 of the magazine's 2006 Top Picks are Japanese nameplates, but half are U.S.-made Hondas.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Japanese carmakers -- or, more specifically, Honda followed by Toyota and Subaru -- took all ten spots in this year's Consumer Reports magazine top picks.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/AUTOS/carreviews/03/01/cr_top_picks/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Great expectorations: China cracks down on spitting
BEIJING, China (AP) -- Beijing is launching a campaign to stamp out widespread public spitting in an effort to clean up its image for the 2008 Olympics.
http://www.cnn.com/rssclick/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/03/01/china.spitting.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories

Senator saves choking man, learns it's his rival
'Maybe this means we'll see a more uplifting campaign'
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (AP) -- State Sen. John Giannetti was waiting for his take-out order of Italian food at a Maryland restaurant on Monday when he saw a man choking. He rushed over, performed the Heimlich maneuver and dislodged a chunk of seafood -- saving the life of his political rival.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/02/politician.saves.rival.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 1, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:12 PM GMT on March 01, 2006

Good Wednesday morning!

Scattergories Initial Results
Yesterday's game was a toughie with only 18 players and several duplicates. Here are the results and below that, the challenge message board is now in play!

Starting Letter: L
Topic #1: A Domestic Movie from 2005 (aka, the title of any non-foreign film released last year)
Lords of Dogtown (x2: Jordan, Sheila)
Layer Cake (x2: Sue, Steve L.)
Longest Yard (x2: Sally, Lisa)
Last Days
Lion, Witch and Wardrobe
Love Thy Neighbor (Comment from player: Lifetime original movie)
Legend of Frosty the Snowman
Life, An Unfinished
Losing Lusk
Lost in Translation
Love Sucks
Loggerheads
Lust In Leather (Comment from player: adult movie, & no I have not seen it.) Comment from host: sure you haven't. =)
London
Lucky Day


Topic #2: Cooking Utensil(s)
Ladle (x6: Mom, Tammy, Steve L., Al, Sally, Lisa)
Lids (x2: Jordan, Max M.)
Lifter (Comment from player: i.e. Fish lifter, cake lifter)
Locking Tongs
Liners
Legume Cooker
Lobster Crackers (Comment from player: I truly don't believe this is an adjective, it's not just a cracker, it's to crack Lobsters. Not sure any other use actually).
LED (Comment from player: as on the Microwave and electronic timers etc.)
A Lota
Lettuce Spinner
Lemon Squeezer


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


Weather Update Poll:
How many days would you like to have to play each of my games?
One day is fine.
Two days would be better.
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


February 2006 Forecast Stats:
Forecasts 18
Error Points 42
Average 2.33
Error > 4 1
% Within 4 94%
Bulls-Eye 7
% Bulls-Eye 39%


Today’s forecast grade: C


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 6 PM this evening to 6 am CST Thursday...
The National Weather Service in Green Bay has issued a Winter
Weather Advisory... which is in effect from 6 PM this evening to
6 am CST Thursday.

Light sleet... freezing rain or snow should arrive by late
afternoon and change to snow tonight. 1 to 3 inches of snow may
fall in addition to the sleet or freezing rain.

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow... sleet... or
freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for
slippery roads and limited visibilities... and use caution while
driving.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Appleton


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a mostly cloudy sky, temps are in the lower 20s central and upper 20s to near 30 south.

Synopsis: As I mentioned yesterday, an area of low pressure is slowly moving through the north-central Plains states, and a frontal boundary stretches eastward across south-central Illinois and southern Indiana. As this nearly-stationary system inches forward, look for temperatures to warm and a mixed bag of precipitation to become more prevalent, with slippery road conditions expected across central and northern Wisconsin tonight.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy with a few flurries this morning. Becoming breezy with a chance of sleet, freezing rain or snow this afternoon central and scattered rain showers south. High of 32 central, upper 30s to lower 40s south. Chance of precip this afternoon 35%.

Tonight: The mixed bag of precip will change to all snow central with a couple inches of accumulation possible by tomorrow morning. Light mixed precipitation possible south, but is not expected to be as big of a deal. Breezy, lows lower 20s central, mid- to upper 20s south. Chance of precip 70% central, 50% south.

Tomorrow: Maybe some morning flurries, then decreasing clouds. Highs lower 30s central, mid- 30s south.

Extended:
Friday: Mostly sunny, highs 28-33.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, highs 30-35.
Sunday: Scattered light snow showers. Highs 31-36. Chance of snow 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, highs upper 60s.
... Record high minimum temperature for Las Vegas...
The low temperature Tuesday... February 28th at mccarran Airport in
Las Vegas was 54 degrees. This is the warmest low temperature ever
recorded at Las Vegas on this date... breaking the old record of 52
degrees set in 1995.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, a little breezy, 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, warmer highs upper 70s to near 80.
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 Evansville, Indiana: Isolated thunderstorms, breezy, near-record highs around 70.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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……..… 29 central, low to mid- 30s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 27
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 33
High Yesterday (Waukesha)......... 37

High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 38
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…. 67

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 67 (0.04")
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 72
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 72


Top News:

New Orleans cheers up for Mardi Gras
Six months after Katrina, Fat Tuesday celebration survives
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AP) -- One reveler dressed as a sandbag. Others came as maggots. There were costumes fashioned from blue tarps like those used to cover damaged roofs, and a group of people dressed as blind men with T-shirts that read: "Levee Inspectors."
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/02/28/mardi.gras.ap/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,186285,00.html

Sony sets date for rollout of next-generation DVDs
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sony Pictures on Tuesday said it aims to deliver its new Blu-ray DVD format to U.S. stores on May 23 to coincide with the entry of compatible disc players, a new step in an industry war for control of home movie viewing.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060228/tc_nm/sonypictures_bluray_dc
http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/02/28/1923207&from=rss

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