Wisconsin Weather Update

Wisconsin Weather Update for May 31, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 11:41 AM GMT on May 31, 2006

Good Wednesday morning,

Scattergories Initial Results

Players: 30
Starting Letter: P
Topic #1: Things in a Park
Poop (x2: Craig, John/Shelley)
Pavilion (x2: Chris Ke., Nia)
Port-A-Lets (x2: Al, Scott/Ann)
Pebbles (x2: Mary Be., Becky T.)
Petals (on flowers)
Puck (as in hockey. In Kaukauna we freeze over Horseshoe Park every year and have a nice Hockey rink!)
The Public
Puppies
Pinecones
Park Bench
Path
Pedestrians
Poles
Pool
Pavement
Pachysandra-low evergreen plant
Pergolas
Perverts
Police
Putting Green
Plumbing
Poodles
Puke
Pond
Picnic Tables
Popcorn Cart

Topic #2: Large Companies (should have thousands of employees)
Pfizer (x3: Steve L., Mary Be., Becky T.)
Principal Financial Group (x3: Al, Diane Sm., Nia)
Proctor and Gamble
Packaging Corp of America
Pratt and Lambert
Papa Murphy's
Progress Energy
Pactiv (parent company and manufacturer of Hefty bags and such)
Paccar ( http://www.paccar.com )
Purina Mills
Privacy Agreement
Philip Morris Companies Inc
Packard Bell
Pepsi
Putnam Investments
Penney's (as in J.C.)
Presto Products
Progressive (Ins.Co.)
PPG (Pittsburgh Plate Glass)
Physicians Mutual Insurance Company
Programmer’s Paradise (http://www.programmersparadise.com/)
Pixar
Portland Cement
Plexus
Planned Parenthood
PayPal


Scattergories Challenge Message Board
You have 24 hours to make any challenges to the above answers. A list of all challenged answers will appear within tomorrow's update.
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity
Today is my Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity day. Our entire Web Site Solutions staff is going down to a build in Green Bay today to do siding installation, roofing, and interior framing. I've never done any of these tasks before in my life, but they train you on the job site. I'm looking forward to learning some new skills and more importantly, helping a family in need.


Today’s forecast grade: B


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for the leading edge of scattered showers...with an embedded thunderstorm possible...to sag south around 10 mph from a Port Washington to Mineral Point line. The scattered showers are expected to reach Milwaukee...Fort Atkinson and Monroe between 730 am and 745 am. Rainfall amounts will generally total one tenth of an inch or less. However some of the heavier showers will produce rainfall totals of one quarter to one third of an inch. Dense fog along the Lake Michigan shore of southeast Wisconsin ...With visibilities of 1/4 mile or less...is expected to dissipate by mid morning as light north winds increase to 5 to 10 mph.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 6am with clouds, fog and scattered showers, temps are around 60-65.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: There's a line of showers stretching from south-central Wisconsin to east-central Wisconsin this morning. It's very slowly moving to the east-northeast, but when it finally exits the state later this morning, a partial clearing of the cloud base can be expected. So in other words...
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Areas of fog and scattered showers this morning. Becoming partly sunny by this afternoon. High of 78. Chance of morning rain more or less depending on where in Wisconsin you live!

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows upper 50s.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, isolated thunderstorms developing later in the day. Highs mid- 70s central, upper 70s south. Chance of rain 25%.

This Weekend:
Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs 74-79. Chance of rain 40%.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, maybe a morning shower south. Highs 71-76.
Sunday: Increasing clouds, scattered thundershowers developing later in the day. Highs 72-77. Chance of rain 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs mid- 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Morning fog, isolated thundershowers, becoming breezy, highs near 80.
Through 8 am...patchy dense fog will continue to form across areas of southeast South Carolina and southeast Georgia. Visibilities as low as 1/4 mile can be expected...especially in low lying areas. Please allow extra time to get to your destination. Use low beam headlights and leave plenty of distance between cars. The fog is expected to last through sunrise before lifting by 9 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Showers and thunderstorms, heavy rainfall again possible, highs lower 80s.
The National Weather Service in League City has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for...
Galveston County in southeast Texas
Brazoria County in southeast Texas
Harris County in southeast Texas

* until 815 am CDT

* at 517 am CDT... National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated
very heavy rain from a band of thunderstorms from near downtown to
the hobby Airport region down the Interstate 45 corridor to Texas
City. Harris County office of emergency management website indicated
that rainfall accumulations of up to two and half inches of rain had
fallen along this corridor between 420 and 520 am.

* Flooding is expected in or near...
Channelview... Cloverleaf... Deer Park... Galena Park... Jacinto City...
La Porte... Pasadena... South Houston... hobby
Airport... Webster... Clear Lake... Dickinson... and Texas City.

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall may cause flooding of land
adjacent to creeks and bayous... drainage areas and low lying spots.
Additionally... flooding may occur on... streets... frontage roads... and
Highway underpasses. Avoid locations where water covers the ground!

Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the
depth and speed of flash flood waters. Act quickly if flash flooding
is observed. Do not stay in areas prone to flooding when water begins
to rise.

Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the
roadway. The water depth may be too great for your car to cross
safely. Vehicles caught in rising water should be abandoned quickly.

A Flood Watch is in effect until for the warned area.

Please report severe weather to the County sheriff... local police...
or department of public safety. They will relay your report to the
National Weather Service.
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 upper 80s.
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……..… 81
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 79 (0.06")
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 80 (0.23")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 82 (1.10")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 79 (0.02")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 89 (1.24")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 84 (0.81")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 89
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 90
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 83 (trace)

Updated: 12:23 PM GMT on June 01, 2006

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 30, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:53 PM GMT on May 30, 2006

Happy Tuesday Morning,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope you all had a nice weekend and great holiday. Steve was sick with a cold all weekend long, but otherwise we had a nice weekend staying around home and visiting with friends. Saturday, our friends Chris and Allison came up to visit from Madison and we went bowling (I bowled a 148 and Steve bowled his second best game ever, a 258) and afterwards, we had dinner at Los Compadres (yum!). Sunday, we cooked out for dinner with our friends and next-door neighbors John and Liz. Our little boys Bryce and Logan had fun playing together. Logan is a couple years older and has lots of toys that Bryce doesn't have yet, so it was fun to see him playing with something new. Monday we had another cookout, this time with my mom and Karl at their house. Afterwards, a couple rounds of ladder golf closed out our weekend fun.

Another tooth, and swimming pool fun.
Bryce now has four top teeth and two bottom teeth. His newest tooth is on the top right. Also, with the beautiful and warm weather this weekend, we set up his new baby pool. He had fun playing with all of his toys and tossing them out of the pool. He's also figured out how to crawl in and out of the pool. Well that wraps up our update. Have a great week.


Scattergories

Starting Letter: P
Topic #1: Things in a Park

Topic #2: Large Companies (should have thousands of employees)

Rules (read them, they've changed since last time!)
Your job is to give me one answer to each topic that begins with the starting letter. However, make it clever and unique, as all entries that are duplicated by someone else will not receive credit. Scoring is based on the total of unique, unchallenged answers that start with the given letter (limit of one guess per person per topic). The first word cannot be an adjective unless otherwise specified, proper names (if allowed for that topic) should use the starting letter of the last name, and you can't use the same word for more than one topic during that week's game. On Wednesday, a list of all answers will be given out, and players have one day to challenge as many entries as they wish (that they believe should not be allowed credit) on my message board. On Thursday, a list of all challenged answers will be included in that day's update, and players have one day to vote Yea or Nay on whether each entry should be accepted for points. Final results will be in Friday's update, along with the current point standings.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Today’s forecast grade: B


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
At 614 am Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms with gusty winds and torrential rains over the western portions of Oneida and Lincoln counties. They are expanding in coverage and moving northeast at 15 mph. Over two inches of rain fell in Tomahawk between 430 am and 600 am with wind gusts to almost 40 mph. These thunderstorms are headed towards the Rhinelander area.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
Look for isolated thunderstorms...near Highland in far western Iowa County...northeast of Howards Grove near Lake Michigan in Sheboygan County...and developing near Waupun...to move northeast at 5 to 10 mph. The storms will move across Lone Rock...Oakfield and locations between Howards Grove and Cleveland between 550 am and 630 am. These storms will be capable of producing brief gusty winds of 35 to 40 mph and and heavy rainfall. Some small hail is also possible. The remainder of south central and southeast Wisconsin will see partly cloudy skies and muggy conditions with temperatures rising from the mid 60s to the lower 70s. Readings will be cooler along Lake Michigan.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine southeast and scattered thunderstorms north and west, temps are already near 70.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: If you've got sunshine this morning, don't get used to it. A nearly-stationary frontal boundary stretches from southern Ontario through northern Wisconsin and into Iowa and eastern Nebraska. As this thing very slowly moves east, we'll see scattered showers and thunderstorms developing, with heavy rainfall possible but no severe weather expected.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Sunshine east early this morning, but becoming cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing. Any severe weather is expected to stay south of Wisconsin, but because this system is moving so slowly, heavy rainfall amounts are possible. High of 81 central and north, and lower 80s south. Rain chance 75%.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Lows lower 60s. Rain chance 70%.

Tomorrow: More showers and thunderstorms are expected, but these will be focused more on southeastern Wisconsin. I'm doing my first ever Habitat for Humanity build tomorrow in Green Bay so I'm hoping for dry weather. Cooler, highs mid- 70s. Chance of rain 50%.

Extended:
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with maybe a late-day thundershower. Highs 73-78. Rain chance 25%.
Friday: Partly sunny, highs 73-78.
Saturday: Partly sunny, isolated showers, highs 71-76. Rain chance 20%.
Sunday: A better chance of showers and thunderstorms once again. Highs 72-77. Rain chance 40%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs near 90.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, highs lower 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Showers and thunderstorms, heavy rainfall, highs mid- 80s.
Flood Watch in effect until 4 PM CDT this afternoon...
deep tropical moisture in place coupled with an upper level
trough of low pressure will likely trigger additional
thunderstorms later this morning into this afternoon. Rainfall
totals from Monday exceeded 10 inches across portions of
northeastern Harris County and across southeastern Liberty and
northern Chambers counties. Today thunderstorms are expected to
redevelop by this afternoon across the southern two-thirds of
the area. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches will likely be
common with these storms and isolated totals of 2 to 4 inches
are possible.

* A Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to
flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should flash flood warnings be issued.

Record daily maximum rainfall set at Houston intercontinental...
a record rainfall of 4.33 inch(es) was set at Houston intercontinental
yesterday. This breaks the old record of 3.56 set in 2005.
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, highs near 90.
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)……….. 88
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 89
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 88 (0.13") (low of 70 sets a record for highest minimum)
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 89
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 91 (0.14")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 90 (0.16")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 85
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 84
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 82 (0.89")


Earth in the News:

Hope fades of finding survivors
Indonesian disaster death toll tops 5,400, with 6,500 badly hurt
JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) -- Hopes are fading of finding more survivors from Indonesia's latest quake as international aid begins to stream into Java island.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/05/30/indonesia.quake/index.html

State Farm penalized in suit over tornado claims
Verdict could affect similar lawsuits involving Katrina
(CNN) -- State Farm acted "recklessly" and "with malice" in handling insurance claims from dozens of families whose homes were damaged when a wave of tornadoes, including the strongest in recorded history, swept through Oklahoma in 1999, a jury has decided.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/05/26/statefarm.verdict/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Soldier finds winning lottery ticket
BAY SHORE, New York (AP) -- A U.S. soldier and his girlfriend found a winning lottery ticket on the ground at a convenience store Monday and turned it in to police, who were able to find its owner -- a $2,500 winner with no idea her lucky ticket was missing.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/05/29/vet.lottery.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 26, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:56 PM GMT on May 26, 2006

TGIF!

**********
Please Note: Due to the three-day Memorial Day weekend, there will not be an update on Monday, May 29. Updates will return again on Tuesday, May 30, and will include a new game of Scattergories with a twist to the challenge system.
**********

Family Feud Results
Topic #2 might be the closest feud I've had yet!

Players: 25
Topic #1: Name a part of the body that a doctor might specialize in
Heart (14) - 2 points
Foot (4) - 1 point
Eyes (3)
Brain (3)
Skin

Topic #2: The most common food at a picnic
Potato Chips (6) - 2 points
Sandwich (5) - 1 point
Hot Dogs (4)
Hamburgers (4)
Chicken (3)
Potato Salad (3)


Spring 2006 Regular Season Point Standings (37 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 Mad Gab (3, 13 or 23).
& = received a bonus point for Mad Gab (one of 13 people to get Mad Gab #2 correct)
Perfect Score: 78

Please note that due to a technical glitch where I did not receive answers sent via my Web site until after I sent the following day's update out, there was a change in scoring to last Thursday's Family Feud. People who wrote in with "Jesus" received two points, and "Martin Luther King Jr." received one point for that game. Updated results, whenever applicable, can always be found on my Web site, and are noted with an "Updated" date tag in the header.

Three days worth of games and still nobody could break double-digits. That'll probably have to wait until double point week, coming up in less than three weeks.

Brian, Madison WI: 58 (+8)&
Karl, Appleton, WI: 57 (+9)&
Nia, Appleton, WI: 57 (+8)&
Becky T. and Parents: 55 (+8)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 53 (+5)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 50 (+9)&
Jan, Berlin, WI: 50 (+6)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 48 (+5)
Greg, Madison, WI: 47 (+9)&^
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 46 (+5)*&
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 46 (+5)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 46 (+6)&^
--------Preliminary Playoff Cut Line--------
Steve L.: 45 (+8)&
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 43 (+7)&
Mom: 43 (+2)--
Scott/Ann, Appleton, WI: 43 (+7)
Sarah H., Appleton, WI: 42 (+6)&
Bethany: 41 (+5)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 40 (+4)
Mary, Berlin, WI: 39 (+4)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 39 (+6)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 38 (+5)&
Kelley: 37 (+4)
Phil, Madison, WI: 34 (+5)
Craig, Green Bay, WI: 33 (+4)
Will/Ruth, Appleton, WI: 32 (+4)
Sally: 30 (+4)*&
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 30 (+6)*
Al, Germantown, WI: 25 (+4)
Diane Sm.: 25 (+3)
Chris Ke.: 24 (+4)
Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 24 (+4)&
Chad, Cleveland, OH: 22 (+5)
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 18 (+4)
Jason, De Pere, WI: 15
Jen: 14 (+1)
Nicole, Madison, WI: 13 (+4)
Harry: 10
Max C.: 9
John S.: 6
Jim: 4 (+0)
Adam S.: 3
Chris Ko.: 2 (+2)
John E., Madison, WI: 2
Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC: 1



How will Taylor Hicks do in the real world? [13 votes total]
He'll sell some copies of his first CD but that'll be about it (10) 77%
Sell millions of CDs and be a long-term success (3) 23%
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847
Archive:
http://vote.sparklit.com/archive.spark?archiveID=334188


Today’s forecast grade: A-


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Areas of fog are expected this morning. The fog will be quite dense in places...and reduce visibilities to less than 1/4 mile. The fog will gradually lift...and visibilities should rise significantly by 900 am. If you are traveling early this morning...use extra caution.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
Areas of fog...along with patchy dense fog...will persist along the Lakeshore counties of Sheboygan...Ozaukee...Milwaukee...Racine and Kenosha for the remainder of the night. Motorists should be on the look out for the fog while traveling across parts of far eastern Wisconsin. Visibilities may drop to near zero at times. The fog is likely to affect the morning rush hour across southeast Wisconsin...especially in areas close to Lake Michigan.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine mixed with a few clouds and areas of fog, particularly in northern and southeastern Wisconsin, temps are in the upper 50s to lower 60s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: The low pressure system that generated all that rain over the last two days has moved into Michigan, meaning that we should see a good amount of sunshine today behind the system. And while today will still be warm, it will not even remotely compare to the heat we'll experience on Sunday and Monday, when high temperatures near 85-90 are expected!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly sunny and very nice today. High of 76 central, low to mid- 70s north, upper 70s south.

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

Saturday: Partly sunny, breezy and warmer. Highs near 80 central, lower 80s south.

Sunday: Partly sunny and very warm with an excellent chance of a lot of noise at a certain speedway in Indiana. Highs mid- to upper 80s central, upper 80s to near 90 south.

Memorial Day: Partly sunny, still very warm with a chance of thunderstorms developing. Highs mid- 80s. Chance of rain 30%.

Next Week:
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy and a little cooler with scattered thunderstorms. Highs 76-81. Chance of rain 50%.
Wednesday: Morning showers, cooler highs 71-76. Chance of rain 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine and breezy, highs upper 90s today but in the 80s this weekend.
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 through Sunday, some perhaps severe tonight, highs low to mid- 80s. Sunshine on Monday and perhaps some on Sunday as well.
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 today, isolated storms Saturday, then a better chance of storms Sunday and Monday. Highs consistently in the upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Partly cloudy through this 3-day weekend with the exception of an isolated thunderstorm on Saturday. Highs upper 80s to near 90. Storm reports from yesterday:

05/25/2006 0506 PM
Evansville, Vanderburgh County.
Funnel cloud, reported by trained spotter.
Reported near intersection of Interstate 164 and
Booneville New Harmony Road.

05/25/2006 0714 PM
Evansville, Vanderburgh County.
Funnel cloud, reported by Emergency Mngr.
The siting was east of volz Road in west central
Vanderburgh County.

05/25/2006 0739 PM
Evansville, Vanderburgh County.
Hail m0.88 inch, reported by trained spotter.
Reported over east side of community.
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……..… 74
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 72 (0.01" - Green Bay)
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 70 (0.15")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 72 (0.07")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 73 (0.03")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 75 (0.03")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 87 (2.29"!)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 101
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 84
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 88


Environment in the News:

House OKs Oil Drilling in Alaska Refuge
Citing the public outcry over $3-a-gallon gasoline and America's heavy reliance on foreign oil, the House on Thursday voted to open an Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling, knowing the prospects for Senate approval were slim.
Drilling proponents argued that the refuge on Alaska's North Slope would provide 1 million barrels a day of additional domestic oil at peak production and reduce the need for imports.
But opponents to developing what environmentalists argue is a pristine area where drilling will harm caribou, polar bears and migratory birds, said Congress should pursue conservation and alternative energy sources that would save more oil than would be tapped from the refuge.
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=2004599


In Case You Missed It:

Scientists may be able to make magic like Harry Potter
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Imagine an invisibility cloak that works just like the one Harry Potter inherited from his father.
Researchers in England and the United States think they know how to do that. They are laying out the blueprint and calling for help in developing the exotic materials needed to build a cloak.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/05/25/invisibility.cloak.ap/index.html

Coming soon: The Web toll
New laws may transform cyberspace and the way you surf it
What if the Internet were like cable television, with Web sites grouped like channels into either basic or premium offerings? What if a few big companies decided which sites loaded quickly and which ones slowly, or not at all, on your computer?
Welcome to the brave new Web, brought to you by Verizon, Bell South, AT&T and the other telecommunications giants (including PopSci and CNN.com's parent company, Time Warner) that are now lobbying Congress to block laws that would prevent a two-tiered Internet, with a fast lane for Web sites able to afford it and a slow lane for everyone else.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/internet/05/25/the.web.toll/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 25, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:23 PM GMT on May 25, 2006

Good Thursday morning!

Mad Gab Results
Every time I play Mad Gab, I search the deck for puzzles that I think would be a challenge. Usually you guys figure them out anyway, but Tuesday's games were an exception to that rule. See Exhibit A below:

Players: 29
Gab #1 (29/29): Watt Senate Form He =
What's in it for me?

Gab #2 (13/29): Eye Mention Toot Riot =
I'm itching to try it
Note: Players who got this answer correct will receive a bonus point since less than half of you got it right.

Gab #3 (20/29): Dawn Beat Who Are Dead Hid =
Don't be too hard-headed

Bonus Points:
3: Sharon (8:41am, Tuesday)
13: Sally (11:19am, Tuesday)
23: Katie (9:10pm, Tuesday)


Family Feud

Topic #1: Name a part of the body that a doctor might specialize in

Topic #2: The most common food at a picnic

Rules
Respond with one answer to each of the two topics. Every person responding with the #1 most popular answer among all entries received receives two points per topic. Every person with the #2 most popular answer will receive one point. Just like the TV show, all answers must have at least two submissions to be eligible for points. In the case of a tie, both sets will receive the same point value for that topic.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


American Idol Poll:
How will Taylor Hicks do in the real world?
--Sell millions of CDs and be a long-term success
--He'll sell some copies of his first CD but that'll be about it
--Two words: Justin Guarini (season one runner-up whose debut CD and movie flopped)
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847

Related: America crowns a new 'Idol'
http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/TV/05/24/tv.americanidol.ap/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/TV/05/24/feedback.idol/index.html


Today’s forecast grade: B


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Areas of fog are expected this morning. The fog will be quite dense in places...and reduce visibilities to less than 1/4 mile. The fog will gradually lift...and visibilities should rise significantly by 900 am. If you are traveling early this morning...use extra caution.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds, areas of fog, chirping birds and isolated showers across the state, temps are pretty mild already, mostly in the lower 60s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A strong area of low pressure is centered in northwestern Wisconsin, with frontal boundaries stretching east and south from the low. This means another day of scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms can be expected, but unlike yesterday's storms, these are not expected to be severe.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. High of 74. Rain chance 70%.

Tonight: Maybe a shower or thunderstorm early, then partial clearing overnight. Lows mid- to upper 50s.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, highs mid- 70s.

Extended:
Saturday: Partly cloudy, maybe a shower Saturday night, highs 76-81. Rain chance Saturday night 30%.
Sunday: Partly sunny, maybe a thundershower, highs 80-85. Rain chance 25%.
Next Week’s Outlook: Moisture coming up from the south will give us a chance of showers and thunderstorms almost every day next week (the best chance is on Tuesday). Temps should remain mild though, around 75-83 or so.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs near 100.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated afternoon thunderstorms, breezy, highs near 80.
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, highs upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered thunderstorms, highs upper 80s.
Widely scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will continue to move across portions of southwest Indiana and northwest Kentucky through daybreak. Some of the stronger storms will be capable of brief heavy downpours producing a quick inch of rain.
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)……….. 73 (0.32")
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 82 (1.53", a new daily record)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 79 (0.18")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 79 (1.79", a new daily record)
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 80 (0.38")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 86

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 96
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 81
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 86

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 23, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:08 PM GMT on May 23, 2006

Good Tuesday morning!

**********
Please Note: There will be no Weather Update tomorrow, as I need to be at work at 4am to help launch a redesign of the www.thrivent.com Web site. Updates will return again on Thursday.
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Mad Gab Tuesday
Because of last week's odd schedule, only one game was played. To get back to the regular rotation, I'll play Thursday's game today, then another round of Family Feud on Thursday.

Gab #1: Watt Senate Form He

Gab #2: Eye Mention Toot Riot

Gab #3: Dawn Beat Who Are Dead Hid

Bonus Points: 3, 13, 23, 33

Rules:
Ignoring punctuation and word spacing, these seemingly random set of words actually make out a common phrase. Three puzzles are given and people get one point for each correct answer. One bonus point is also given out to people who respond with at least one correct answer in the order specified within that day's intro (like a radio DJ giving away a prize to the 9th caller). Also, if less than half of the people who respond get it correct, those who did get it right will receive an extra point.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Today’s forecast grade: A


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine along with a few clouds to the northwest, temps are mostly in the mid- to upper 40s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Arrr! She's gonna be a beauty today, me mateys! High pressure is centered just to our east, meaning another day of sunshine is in store for us. We'll see warmer southerly winds kick up those temperatures a notch or two, with low to mid- 70s expected across much of my reading area.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny and very pleasant today. High of 73 central and north, and mid- 70s south. Again, the temperature gradient is from west-to-east, not north-to-south today, meaning the further west you live, the warmer you'll be.

Tonight: Increasing clouds and warm overnight, lows low to mid- 50s.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy and a little breezy with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing. Nothing severe is anticipated at this time, but you never know. Highs mid- to upper 70s. Chance of rain 50%.

Extended:
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with more scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 72-77. Chance of rain 40%.
Friday: Partly sunny, maybe a morning shower, highs 73-78. Chance of rain 30%.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, warmer highs 77-82.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 79-84. Summer has arrived.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated thunderstorms, otherwise partly cloudy, highs upper 70s.
Through 9 PM...patchy fog and local areas of dense fog are expected to continue for the next hour. Expect fog to mix out as the sun continues to rise this morning. Most areas should experience visibilities of one to two miles with some local areas experiencing one quarter mile.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated showers, otherwise partly cloudy, highs upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine, highs upper 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……..… 64 central, mid- 60s north, mid- to upper 60s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 61
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 67
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 61
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 68 (new record low of 26)
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 62 (new record low of 36)
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 74

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 78 (trace of rain ties a daily precipitation record!)
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 88
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 85


Weather in the News:

Very active hurricane season predicted
Ten hurricanes may form in the North Atlantic this year and up to six may become major storms, the National Hurricane Center announced today. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration advised coastal residents to "prepare, prepare, prepare" for a very active storm season.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/05/22/2006.hurricane.season/index.html?section=cnn_topstories
http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2006/s2634.htm
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/outlooks/hurricane.shtml

Getting ready for the gathering storm
Julie Steele lives 100 miles from the North Carolina coast, but she's still worried about the coming hurricane season.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/05/18/are.we.ready/index.html

Bush snubs Gore's global warming film
Former VP shoots back, offers to host viewing at White House
Is President Bush likely to see Al Gore's documentary about global warming?
"Doubt it," Bush said coolly Monday.
But Bush should watch it, Gore shot back. In fact, the former Democratic vice president offered to come to the White House any time, any day to show Bush either his documentary or a slide show on global warming that he's shown more than 1,000 times around the world.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/05/22/bush.gore.ap/index.html
http://www.climatecrisis.net/


In Case You Missed It:

Boy, 7, makes 'escape from Alcatraz' swim
A 7-year-old boy has become one of the youngest persons to swim from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco's Aquatic Park.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/05/22/alcatraz.swim.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories

Updated: 12:41 PM GMT on May 23, 2006

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 22, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:49 PM GMT on May 22, 2006

Happy Monday Morning,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update, and I hope you all had a great weekend. It has been a busy week for Steve's side of the family with three graduations in just over a week! Last week Saturday my sister-in-law Bethany graduated from UW-Madison in Human Ecology (Human Development and Family Studies), last Thursday was my sister-in-law Katie's recognition ceremony from Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) (dental hygiene program), then yesterday was my step mother-in-law Linda's graduation party (she graduated from UW-Milwaukee in Organizational Administration with a Communications Minor). We had a very nice time at all events, and are very proud of all of the graduates.
I don't have too much of a Bryce update this week. He's still only taken a couple of steps on his own, but we think he will be walking very soon. Well that wraps up our update. Have a great week.


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine, a few clouds here and there, and scattered frost across the region, temps are in the low to mid- 30s north, upper 30s to near 40 central and upper 30s to lower 40s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: After a cold morning to start the work week, temperatures will warm up into the 60s by this afternoon, making today a winner overall. High pressure is in control of the weather scenario, and look for that trend to continue tomorrow as well, along with warmer temperatures that could top 80 by this weekend!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny and fairly pleasant. High of 64 central, mid- 60s north, mid- to upper 60s south. The temperature differences across the state will be west-to-east, not north-to-south today, as western Wisconsin will probably break 70.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows mid- 40s.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, highs lower 70s.

Extended:
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with scattered thunderstorms. Mild, highs 73-78. Chance of rain 40%.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with more scattered thunderstorms. Highs 72-77. Chance of rain 50%.
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs 73-78.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs 75-80.
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs 76-81.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Scattered showers, breezy and cooler, highs mid- 70s. But don't worry, you'll be back to 100 by Thursday!
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered thunderstorms developing, some perhaps severe, highs lower 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

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

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Morning showers, then decreasing clouds, highs lower 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)
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 57
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 62
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 57 (trace)
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 57
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 61 (trace)
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 80 (trace)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 95
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 93 (precip N/A)
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 84


In Case You Missed It:

Gee Wiz! New York Will Fight DWI With Talking Urinals
Guys who've had too much to drink over Memorial Day might not be hallucinating if they return from the men's room and say, "The urinal has been talking to me."
What they're actually hearing is New York's latest public service announcement for traffic safety.
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/WolfFiles/story?id=1974227&page=1

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 19, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 2:16 PM GMT on May 19, 2006

TGIF!

Feud Results
Since only one game was played this week, there won't be an updated point standings - it'll be in next Friday's update instead. Both games yesterday were very close - only one vote separated the top two choices in each!

Players: 34
Topic #1: Name someone who died for a cause
Jesus (13) - 2 points
Martin Luther King Jr. (12) - 1 point
Joan of Arc (5)
Other answers: Adam Tillman, Crazy Horse, Nathan Hale, a suicide bomber

Topic #2: How many sick days the average person takes in a year
5 (9) - 2 points
3 (8) - 1 point
6 (5)
2 (3)
7 (3)
4 (2)
10 (2)
Other answers: 8, 50


Who wins American Idol next week? [11 votes total]
Taylor Hicks (9) 82%
Katharine McPhee (2) 18%
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847
Archive:
http://vote.sparklit.com/archive.spark?archiveID=334188


Today’s forecast grade: B+


Forecast:
Now: At 9am with a mix of sun and clouds, and some scattered showers north, temps are near 50.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: We're in-between low pressure systems today, as a very slow-moving low pressure system moves away to develop yet more rain across the northeast, and a new system is building in the Plains. Besides a few morning showers across northern (and maybe central) Wisconsin this morning, it should be a decent day, but look for a better chance of rain tomorrow.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly sunny, a few morning showers mostly north. High of 63 central, near 60 north, mid- 60s south. Chance of rain north 25%. Normal high for today is 68 north, 69 central, and 71 south.

Tonight: A mix of clouds and stars, lows low to mid- 40s.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy and breezy with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms developing. Nothing severe is expected. Highs mid- to upper 60s central, near 70 south.

Sunday: Sunshine with a 40% chance of clouds. Sorry, I'm just used to writing the word "chance" in each day's forecast. Cooler, highs near 60.

Extended:
Monday: Partly cloudy, highs 62-67.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy, increasing clouds late, warmer highs 67-72.
Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, warmer highs 70-75. Chance of rain 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, breezy, highs near 100 again. Partly cloudy and windy this weekend, "cooler" highs in the low to mid- 90s. Maybe some showers Sunday night.
Near record high temperature today...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, breezy, highs low to mid- 80s today and mid- to upper 80s 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: Partly cloudy through the weekend, highs upper 80s to near 90.
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, scattered thundershowers, highs mid- 70s. Dry Saturday, maybe a storm on Sunday, highs staying in the mid- 70s.
Widely scattered light showers will continue to affect southwest Indiana...southeast Illinois and the pennyrile area of western Kentucky through 900 am.
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, upper 50s north, lower 60s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 59
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 62 (trace)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 59 (trace)
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 56 (0.02")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 63 (0.03")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 73

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 101
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 82
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 89


Science in the News:

Three new planets found around sun-like star
Three medium-sized planets of roughly the same mass as Neptune have been discovered around a nearby sun-like star, scientists announced today.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/05/18/extrasolar.planets/index.html

Check out this two-minute video - a car that runs on a gasoline/water hybrid! Thanks Chad for the link!
HHO Gas
http://media.putfile.com/HHO-GAS


In Case You Missed It:

FBI following 'best lead' in Hoffa search
Teamsters boss last seen July 1975 at a Michigan restaurant
The FBI is using everything it has to find the remains of Jimmy Hoffa after agents received what they say is "a fairly credible lead" on the former Teamsters boss' 1975 disappearance.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/05/18/hoffa.search/index.html

Updated: 12:11 PM GMT on May 23, 2006

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 18, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:59 PM GMT on May 18, 2006

Good Thursday morning!

I'm back from a 3-day IBM Portal WebSphere Application Development class in Naperville, Illinois. The training was the most challenging course I have attended yet, and the level of difficulty of the course material reminded me of some of my old Meteorology courses (yeah, believe it or not, it's more than how to properly throw darts!). But I did get a lot out of it and am hoping to start using my new skills at work soon. One thing I thought I'd never say though, is that I'm sick of authentic Chicago-style stuffed pizza. I ordered a large pizza when I got to my hotel room Sunday night from Rosati's, which was incredibly tasty, but after eating leftovers for lunch and/or dinner over the last few days, I really am starting to get sick of pizza. We'll see how long that lasts.
As for Bryce, supposedly he has started taking a couple steps without the aid of a wall or coffee table, but I have yet to see this feat for myself!


Family Feud
As promised last Friday, here's a game to keep those brain cells functioning properly (a few of the useless brain cells, anyway!). Results - but no point standings - tomorrow.

Topic #1: Name someone who died for a cause

Topic #2: How many sick days the average person takes in a year

Rules
Respond with one answer to each of the two topics. Every person responding with the #1 most popular answer among all entries received receives two points per topic. Every person with the #2 most popular answer will receive one point. Just like the TV show, all answers must have at least two submissions to be eligible for points. In the case of a tie, both sets will receive the same point value for that topic.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Who wins American Idol next week?
Katharine McPhee
Taylor Hicks
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s forecast grade: B


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with scattered clouds, temps are mostly in the upper 40s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: We had some interesting storms roll through Wisconsin and northern Illinois yesterday, with very interesting looking clouds (which were quite distracting while driving in Chicago rush-hour traffic last night!) and some reports of high winds and hail across the region. With all the rain that we received over the last week or so, I came home late last night to a lawn in desperate need of a mowing, despite the fact that it didn't quite need one when I left. As for today, high pressure begins its reign across the Midwest, so besides an isolated shower, look for more sun that we've been accustomed to seeing lately.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly cloudy, an isolated shower possible but not likely, high of 60 central, upper 50s north, lower 60s south. Chance of rain 20%.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows lower 40s.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, a little warmer, highs mid- 60s central, upper 60s south.

Extended:
Saturday: Partly sunny, maybe a thunderstorm late. Warmer, highs 67-72. Chance of precip 30%.
Sunday: Partly sunny, a little cooler, highs 61-66.
Next Week’s Outlook: The next good chance of rain comes on Tuesday with the arrival of another system. Highs should gradually warm up through the 60s and hopefully hitting 70 a time or two as well.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, highs again near 101.
Near record high temperature today...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, windy, highs near 80.
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 90, Ozone Action Day.
... Record high temperature tied at Galveston...
A record high temperature of 86 degrees was tied at Galveston
yesterday. The old record of 86 was previously set in 2003.
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, highs lower 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)
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 66 (0.12")
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 69 (0.26")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 64 (0.17")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 61 (0.10")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 73 (0.16")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 74

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 101
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 79
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 85


Weather in the News:

New Englanders watch water recede
Many people without flood insurance
BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) -- Diners will have to wait at least a couple more days to eat at the Powow River Grille, where sandbags and boarded-up windows protected the restaurant from the flooded Powow River.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/05/18/new.england.flooding.ap/index.html

Two dead as storm lashes China
Vietnam on alert for 99 missing fishermen
HONG KONG, China (Reuters) -- A powerful typhoon slammed into south China on Thursday killing two children and forcing the evacuation of more than 630,000 people, Xinhua news agency said, while 99 Vietnamese fishermen were believed missing at sea.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/05/18/china.typhoon.reut/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 12, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:48 PM GMT on May 12, 2006

TGIF!

**********
Please Note: There will be no Weather Updates sent from Monday, May 15 through Wednesday, May 17. Updates (including a game of Family Feud) will return on Thursday, May 18.
**********

Rather Results

Players: 32
Game #1:
Topic: Pain/Fear/Discomfort
Would You Rather...
A. Spend 3 weeks in a lifeboat with a person who talks incessantly about his or her medical problems (23) - 1 point
B. Spend 3 weeks in a lifeboat with somebody who has a chronic wet, hacking cough (9)

Game #2:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. Lose your ability to speak for one year (20) - 1 point
B. Lose your ability to walk for a year (12)

Game #3:
Submitted by: Steve L. (somewhat inspired by the Colbert Report)
Would You Rather...
A. be eaten by a bear (21) - 1 point
B. watch your spouse be eaten by a bear (9)


Spring 2006 Regular Season Point Standings (34 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.
& = received a bonus point for Would You Rather...
% = received an extra credit point.
Perfect Score: 65

Brian, Madison WI: 50 (+9)*&
Nia, Appleton, WI: 49 (+7)&
Karl, Appleton, WI: 48 (+9)*&
Sue, De Pere, WI: 48 (+6)
Becky T. and Parents: 47 (+9)*&
Jan, Berlin, WI: 44 (+5)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 43 (+6)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 41 (+9)*&^
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 41 (+7)&
Mom: 41 (+5)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 41 (+6)*
--------Preliminary Playoff Cut Line--------
Tammy, Madison, WI: 40 (+8)*&
Greg, Madison, WI: 38 (+5)
Steve L.: 37 (+7)*%
Bethany: 36 (+5)
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 36 (+5)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 36 (+8)&
Sarah H., Appleton, WI: 36 (+8)&
Scott/Ann, Appleton, WI: 36 (+8)&
Mary, Berlin, WI: 35 (+4)
Kelley: 33 (+6)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 33 (+6)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 33 (+2)
Craig, Green Bay, WI: 29 (+5)
Phil, Madison, WI: 29 (+6)*
Will/Ruth, Appleton, WI: 28 (+4)
Sally: 26 (+5)
Chris Ke.: 24 (+4)
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 24 (+6)&
Diane Sm.: 22 (+4)
Al, Germantown, WI: 21 (+8)&
Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 20
Chad, Cleveland, OH: 17 (+5)*
Jason, De Pere, WI: 15
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 14 (+3)
Jen: 13 (+4)
Harry: 10
Max C.: 9
Nicole, Madison, WI: 9
John S.: 6
Jim: 4
Adam S.: 3
John E., Madison, WI: 2
Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC: 1



Today’s forecast grade: D-


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for some light snow to be mixed with in with the occasional light rain over south central and southeast Wisconsin this morning. No snow accumulations are expected. In addition...northwest winds will be gusting to 25 to 30 mph... with sustained wind speeds of around 15 mph. With temperatures in the mid to upper 30s...wind chills will be in the mid to upper 20s.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with rain mixing with snow in some areas, temps are in the 30s. And yes, Memorial Day is only 2+ weeks away.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Yesterday was a stinker in every way, shape and form. And today isn't going to be a whole lot better. That low pressure system delivering all of this madness has moved slightly since yesterday, but in the opposite direction! It's now hovering over Lake Michigan, and there's still enough moisture in the system to continue scattered precipitation through the weekend and into next week.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: More of the same - rain, cold, wind, mixing with snow at times this morning (no additional accumulations are expected). The precip might become a bit more scattered later today, and the winds are expected to die down a little bit later today, so the forecast grade is a D- instead of an F. High of 44 central and south, near 40 north. Chance of precip 98.6%.

Tonight: Cold, scattered showers, breezy, lows upper 30s. Chance of rain 80%.

Saturday: More scattered showers, breezy, "warmer" highs mid- to upper 40s. Chance of rain 60%.

Sunday: Even more scattered showers, breezy and warmer, highs mid- 50s. Chance of rain 50%.

Extended:
Monday: Mostly cloudy with a few showers, breezy, highs 56-61. Chance of rain 40%.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with isolated showers, breezy, highs 61-66. Chance of rain 35%.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers, breezy, highs 63-68. Chance of rain 40%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy through this weekend, highs upper 90s to near 100!
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, breezy, highs upper 70s. Chance of storms Saturday night and Sunday, 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: Sunshine, highs mid- 80s. Ozone Action Day. Isolated storms Sunday, highs mid- to upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered showers through this weekend, windy, 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……..… 57
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 57 (1.38" rain - new daily record)
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 58 (0.85" rain, 0.3" snow!)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 54 (1.14" rain, trace of snow)
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 47 (0.74" rain, snowfall N/A)
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 59 (0.70")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 67 (0.16")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 93
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 81
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 82


In Case You Missed It:

Woman ditches wheelchair, flees police
LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- A wheelchair-bound Los Angeles woman, who has repeatedly filed lawsuits over access for the disabled, got up and ran after police arrested her for fraud, authorities said Thursday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/05/11/wheelchair.runner.reut/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 11, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:40 PM GMT on May 11, 2006

Good Thursday morning!

Would You Rather...

Game #1:
Topic: Pain/Fear/Discomfort
Would You Rather...
A. Spend 3 weeks in a lifeboat with a person who talks incessantly about his or her medical problems
B. Spend 3 weeks in a lifeboat with somebody who has a chronic wet, hacking cough

Game #2:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. Lose your ability to speak for one year
B. Lose your ability to walk for a year

Game #3:
Submitted by: Steve L. (somewhat inspired by the Colbert Report)
Would You Rather...
A. be eaten by a bear
B. watch your spouse be eaten by a bear


Rules (read 'em, they've changed since last time!)
Would You Rather...
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. One point will be awarded per topic to those who write in with the more popular answer for each game. If you get all three correct, a bonus point is awarded.

Extra Credit
If you have any good topic ideas for any of the above games, send them in! You get one point of extra credit for each one sent that gets used in a future update. Maximum of two extra credit points per season.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


American Idol Poll Results:
Well, what do we know - the only person to not get any votes in my poll was the one who got eliminated last night. I think it's the first time this season that a contestant has been a victim of assumed safety - singers getting less votes because people just assumed that they would be safe! Something tells me that Chris is going to do ok for himself.
Who's going home tonight? [11 votes total]
Katharine (7) 64%
Elliott (3) 27%
Taylor (1) 9%
Chris (0) 0%
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847
Poll Archive:
http://vote.sparklit.com/archive.spark?archiveID=334188
CNN Article:
http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/TV/05/11/idol.ap/index.html


Today’s forecast grade: F


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 1 PM this afternoon to 7 am CDT Friday...
The National Weather Service in Green Bay has issued a Winter
Weather Advisory... which is in effect from 1 PM this afternoon to
7 am CDT Friday. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.

Rain will mix with snow this afternoon and continue tonight. 1 to
3 inches of snow is possible... especially on grassy surfaces.
Strong winds of 20 to 30 mph with higher gusts could cause tree
and power line damage if they become covered with wet snow.

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

Fox Cities:
Wind Advisory in effect until 10 PM CDT this evening...
Winds will increase to 25 to 35 mph this morning and continue into
the evening hours. Gusts to 50 mph are possible.

A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected. Winds
this strong can make driving difficult... especially for high
profile vehicles. Use extra caution.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
Wind Advisory in effect until 10 PM CDT this evening...
Look for northwest to north winds to increase to 30 mph... with gusts to
near 50 mph at times... beginning this morning and lasting into
this evening. These strong winds will make driving
difficult... especially for high profile vehicles. Secure loose
items such as lawn furniture and garbage cans. Be alert for fallen
tree limbs on area roads and sidewalks... and stay clear of any
downed power lines.

A large area of rain was spreading towards the west across southeast Wisconsin. Meanwhile other scattered showers will affect much of south central Wisconsin. Look for the rain and wind to continue to increase over southeast and south central Wisconsin during the morning hours. North winds will gust to around 35 mph through 9 am over portions of southeast Wisconsin.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: You don't want to know. Trust me.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: There's not much to like with today's forecast. It's much colder than yesterday, and we've got a plethora of wind, clouds and rain, and if you live up north, you're getting some snow too. This is all courtesy of a strengthening low pressure system in southern Michigan, which has slowed down so much that it is actually moving backwards from southeast to northwest. Look at a radar loop to see it for yourself - it's quite odd.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cold rain, tropical storm-force winds, and a whole lotta bleh. And if you live up north, 1-3" of snowfall is expected by tomorrow morning. It isn't April 1 either. High of 57 overnight, but temperatures will remain in the 40s today. Chance of precip 99.44%. For the middle of May, the forecast can't really get much worse than this.

Tonight: More cold rain and wind. Lows mid- 30s. The pilot light might turn back on in our gas fireplace tonight! Chance of precip 90%.

Tomorrow: Scattered showers, not as windy, cold highs only in the low to mid- 40s. Chance of rain 70%.

Extended:
Saturday: Scattered showers, highs 48-53. Chance of rain 50%.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with sprinkles. Highs 53-58.
Next Week’s Outlook: I hate to say it but more of the same is expected next week too. Scattered showers throughout the week, highs 60-65 to begin the work week but dipping back into the 50s later in the week. And as an FYI, there will be no weather updates Monday-Wednesday next week. I think I mean it this time.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs mid- 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Breezy with scattered thunderstorms developing, some perhaps severe. Highs lower 80s.
... Severe thunderstorms are possible today...
A cold front will approach from the west this morning and move
through the region late this afternoon and early this evening.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop ahead
of the front today and will likely take the form of a squall line
by early this afternoon. This squall line will move from west to
east across the area between 1 PM and 6 PM this afternoon bringing
a risk for damaging winds in excess of 60 mph. Isolated instances of
large hail and tornadoes are also possible.

The risk for severe weather will be greatest along and east of a
line from Orangeburg to Hampton in southeast South Carolina and
Springfield to Pembroke to Donald in southeast Georgia. This includes
the Savannah and Charleston Metro areas.

Law enforcement agencies... emergency management officials and
spotter groups should monitor the latest weather conditions and be
prepared for possible activation this afternoon.

People across southeast South Carolina and southeast Georgia
should review their severe weather safety procedures and continue
to monitor NOAA Weather Radio all hazards... TV or the local media
for additional statements and possible watches or warnings later
today. Be sure to keep your NOAA Weather Radio in alert Mode today.
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, cooler, 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: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, breezy, highs lower 60s.
The trailing edge of scattered light rain showers will quickly move east of a line from Santa Claus Indiana to Elkton Kentucky by 830 am. The rain should exit nearly all of southern Illinois and The Purchase area of west Kentucky by 7 am...as it accelerates to the east at 40 mph. Hourly rainfall amounts will remain less than one tenth of an inch in most locations...with isolated amounts near one quarter of an inch in heavier rain showers.

05/10/2006 0508 PM
Evansville, Vanderburgh County.
Tornado, reported by trained spotter.
Tornado briefly touched down in landfill on north side of
Evansville. Tracked northeast through a clump of trees
causing debris... lifted for 3 minutes and then breifly
touched down again in an open field.
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……..… 68 central, low to mid- 60s north, lower 70s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 64
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 69 (trace)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 70 (trace)
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 67 (0.01")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 74 (0.11")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 69 (0.61")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 89
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 75 (trace)
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 89


Weather in the News:

I-95 in Florida to be closed for days
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (AP) -- Falling trees caused by brush fires have forced the indefinite closure of a 12-mile stretch of Interstate 95, the East Coast's main traffic artery, authorities said.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/05/11/brush.fires.ap/index.html

Texas recovers from deadly twisters
Storm 'went crazy' as it ripped through N. Texas
WESTMINSTER, Texas (AP) -- One survivor said it was like a thunderstorm that "went crazy" as twisters ripped through rural North Texas, reducing homes to concrete slabs and killing three people, including a teenager cowering in the stairwell of his home.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/05/10/texas.storms.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories


In Case You Missed It:

The next X-Prize: How about a 250 m.p.g. car?
The challenge: Build the world's most fuel-efficient production car — one that gets maybe 250 miles per gallon and causes little or no pollution. The payoff: prize money from the group that awarded $10 million for the world's first private spaceflight two years ago.
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2006-05-07-x-prize-competition_x.htm

Thanks Chad for the links!
We Test the Tips
What Really Saves Gas? And How Much?
With gas prices so high, the media is awash with lists of gas-saving tips. Well how's this for a tip? If you listen to us, you can see hybrid-type savings without having to buy a new car.
http://www.edmunds.com/ownership/driving/articles/106842/article.html
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2006/05/driving_tips.php


"Fat Man" completes weight-loss walk across the US
New York (dpa) - An obese American who walked across the United States to "lose weight and regain my life" arrived in New York, 100 pounds (45 kilograms) lighter after a 13-month trek but saying he feels strong.
Fat Man Walking, aka Steve Vaught, crossed the George Washington Bridge from New Jersey to Manhattan to end a trip he hopes will inspire others who feel bad about their body to lose weight.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thrivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20060510/PIC20060510FatMancompletesweightlosswalkacrosstheUS.xml&p=-1

Wal-Mart Trying to Trademark the Smiley Face
Wal-Mart is embroiled in a legal dispute over the smiley face image which it wants to trademark in the US.
A Frenchman who claims to have invented the yellow smiley face back in 1968 is opposing the US retail giant's move.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4984138.stm
http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/05/08/2252246&from=rss

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 10, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:37 PM GMT on May 10, 2006

Good Wednesday morning!

Outburst Results
Note that some people said both drink and snacks using one answer, yet they are separated below. As has been my policy when people submit more answers than are needed, I will take them in order, splitting soda and snacks into two, and then not using the last answer in the email.

Players: 34
Topic: Reasons for Stopping at a Gas Station
Gas Up (34) (a Weather Update first - every player responded with this answer)
Need to visit the clean rest room (Ha! Ha!) (21) (Note: "Ha! Ha!" was actually written on the card )
Air for tires (21) (Note: Flat Tire also included)
Buy snacks (16)
Buy soda (15) (Note: any drink was accepted)
Ask for directions (10) - Bonus point awarded to Chad, Steve L., Brian, Dan, Karl, Tammy, Sheila, Becky T., Phil, and Kelley. And yes those who included "Women Only" in their response still received a point.
Car repair
Use phone
Get a map
Stretch your legs

Other answers: Cigarettes (5), Wash windshield (5), Buy lottery ticket (4), Check oil (3), Buy ice, Get gas for the lawnmower.


American Idol Poll:
I thought all four were great last night. Who do you think is going home tonight?
Chris
Elliott
Katharine
Taylor
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847
Use the above link if you want to post comments as well.


Today’s forecast grade: C+


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Winter Storm Watch in effect from Thursday morning through Thursday evening...
The National Weather Service in Green Bay has issued a Winter
Storm Watch... which is in effect from Thursday morning through
Thursday evening.

Rain is expected to arrive late tonight and change to snow by
morning. Several inches of snow could occur... especially on the grass.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant
snow... sleet... or ice accumulations that may impact travel.
Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Fox Cities:
High wind watch in effect from late tonight through Thursday evening...
The National Weather Service in Green Bay has issued a high wind
watch... which is in effect from late tonight through Thursday
evening.

Winds will become north tonight and increase to 30 to 40 mph with
gusts to 60 mph by early Thursday.

A high wind watch means there is the potential for a hazardous
high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph... or gusts of
58 mph or stronger may occur. Continue to monitor the latest
forecasts.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
Dense fog advisory in effect until 10 am CDT this morning...
Wind Advisory in effect from 7 am to 7 PM CDT Thursday...
The National Weather Service in Milwaukee/Sullivan has issued a
Wind Advisory... which is in effect from 7 am to 7 PM CDT
Thursday. A dense fog advisory remains in effect until 10 am CDT
this morning.

Dense fog is expected to last until mid morning on Wednesday.
Expect areas with visibilities of 1/4 mile or less... while some
other areas will have slightly better visibilities around 1 mile.

If driving... slow down... use your low beam headlights... and
leave plenty of distance between you and objects ahead.

For Thursday... 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.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds and fog, but only a few rain showers in northwestern Wisconsin, temps are in the lower 50s north, mid- 50s central and upper 50s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: As you can probably tell by the text above, some wacky weather is about to enter Wisconsin. That nearly-stationary low pressure system is centered in northern Wisconsin, and a strong cold front stretches southward from it, through eastern Iowa, Missouri, etc. Today may be the last day of warm temperatures for a while, and as this thing moves southeast, it's going to do some serious strengthening, as was noted at 5:30am when my weather radio siren went off, informing us of the new High Wind Watch tonight and tomorrow. Thanks and all, but you couldn't have waited another hour before issuing it?
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy with fog this morning, and maybe a sprinkle here or there. High of 68 central, low to mid- 60s north, lower 70s south.

Tonight: Cloudy and becoming windy with showers developing. Lows mid- 40s. Chance of rain 50%.

Tomorrow: This might be the first day in a long time that actually gets an "F" forecast grade. Very windy and cold with rain likely, and mixing with or changing over to snow north! Several inches of snow are possible north, but it should stay as rain elsewhere. Highs upper 40s to near 50 central and south, and low to mid- 40s north. Precip chance near 100%. Welcome to May in Wisconsin.

Extended:
Friday: More showers, not as windy, cold highs 44-49. Chance of rain 70%.
Saturday: Scattered showers, warmer highs 52-57. Chance of rain 40%.
Sunday: Partly sunny for once. Warmer, highs 58-63.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs lower 90s.
... New record high minimum...
The low temperature for may 9 2006 at McCarran International Airport
in Las Vegas was 72 degrees. This breaks the previous high minimum
of 70 degrees which was set in 2001.
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, highs mid- 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Breezy and hot with showers and thunderstorms likely, some perhaps severe. Highs mid- 90s.
Near record high temperatures expected today...
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, 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……..… 66 central, lower 60s north, upper 60s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 59 (0.23")
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 61 (0.44")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 68 (0.22")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 59 (0.76")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 71 (trace)
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 73 (0.05")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 91
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 66
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 87


E3 in the News:

Nintendo continues to play coy
No launch date or price for new gaming system, but it will launch with Zelda
LOS ANGELES (CNNMoney.com) – Gamers hoping to mark their calendars for the launch of Nintendo's new gaming system are going to have to wait a little longer.
Nintendo did not announce specific pricing or availability for the Wii at its pre-E3 press conference, but reiterated the system will sell for less than its competitors.
While Nintendo did not focus extensively on new feature announcements, the company did unveil one previously unknown feature of the Wii. Instead of turning completely off when users are finished playing, the system will enter a standby mode called Wiiconnect 24.
"This means the console can be constantly connected to the internet," said Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. "For hard core gamers, this means developers can push a new feature or weapon to your system while you sleep. For beginning gamers, let's say those who enjoy 'Animal Crossing,' anytime the console is in standby they may return to discover a friend has visited their village and left them a message or gift."
The Wii's primary distinction is a remote-control styled controller that translates wrist movements into onscreen movements. The company announced a few minor revisions to the controller, including a small speaker that will offer ancillary sounds to enhance gameplay (i.e. the thwip of a bow or the distinctive audio sounds of Nintendo franchises).
http://money.cnn.com/2006/05/09/technology/e3_nintendo/index.htm
http://games.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/05/09/1742229&from=rss
http://www.gamespot.com/e3/e3story.html?sid=6149663

Wii: How are the games?
http://money.cnn.com/2006/05/09/commentary/game_over/e3_wii_games/index.htm
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1191861,00.html
http://www.wiicentre.com/
http://wii.nintendo.com/home.html

Grand Theft Auto, Halo 3 headed to Xbox 360
Microsoft focuses on key titles ahead of industry conference.
LOS ANGELES (CNNMoney.com ) - Grand Theft Auto is coming to the Xbox 360 - and Halo 3's not far behind it.
Microsoft announced that the next installment of the extraordinarily popular and controversial "Grand Theft Auto" franchise will launch on its Xbox system Oct 16, 2007. This will be the first time a "GTA" title has launched for a system other than the PlayStation.
http://money.cnn.com/2006/05/09/technology/e3_microsoft/index.htm
http://www.gamespot.com/e3/e3blog.html?topic_id=24603247
http://rss.slashdot.org/slashdot/eqWf?m=5379


Science in the News:

Cancer Resistant Mouse Provides Possible Cure
White blood cells from a strain of cancer-resistant mice cured advanced cancers in ordinary laboratory mice, researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine reported today.
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/05/09/1826220&from=rss
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/05/060509094714.htm

India and NASA to Explore Moon Together
India and the US are to conduct joint research experiments on the Moon.
Under an accord between the countries' space agencies, India's first unmanned lunar mission will carry two scientific payloads from the US agency, Nasa.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4753951.stm
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/05/09/1914236&from=rss
http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=14201209


Wisconsin in the News:

3 Wisconsin cities called smart places to live
La Crosse, Madison and Oshkosh rank on Kiplinger's Personal Finance list
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=421920

High-def billboards in Wisconsin's future?
MADISON, Wis., May 8, 2006 (UPI via COMTEX) -- The future is near in Wisconsin, where Gov. Jim Doyle is expected to sign a state law permitting giant high-definition television screens along highways.
Foes say giant full-size electronic billboards are the outdoor equivalent of telemarketing and have asked Doyle to veto the legislation. Wisconsin is not the pastoral dairyland it once was and tourism plays a major role in the state's economy.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=421721
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?
http://sites.stockpoint.com/thrivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20060509/20060509HighdefbillboardsinWisconsinsfuture.xml&p=-1


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

Wal-Mart Trying to Trademark the Smiley Face
Wal-Mart is embroiled in a legal dispute over the smiley face image which it wants to trademark in the US.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4984138.stm
http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/05/08/2252246&from=rss

Georgia student suspended for singing song about shooting teacher
SUWANEE, Ga. A Georgia high school junior is suspended this week for singing a spoof of "On Top of Ol' Smokey."
http://www.wbay.com/Global/story.asp?s=4879754

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 9, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:27 PM GMT on May 09, 2006

Good Tuesday morning!

Outburst
Another week of games start right now! In honor of my latest vehicular hijinks yesterday morning, which involved a second flat tire in a week and a half (this time it was the right-rear tire instead of the left-front!), here is the topic for the day:

Topic: Reasons for Stopping at a Gas Station

Rules
I will give you one topic. On the Hasbro card, there are ten answers to each topic. Your job is to email me four answers to the one topic, and you will get one point for each answer that is also listed on the card. You may think of many more great answers, but only answers that are also on the card will receive credit, so blame Hasbro if you have any complaints. Also, a bonus point will be awarded to those whom respond with the least popular answer that is still listed on the card.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Today’s forecast grade: C


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for scattered rain showers to affect portions of south central Wisconsin...and portions of Fond Du Lac and Dodge counties through 9 am. The showers were moving northeast at 35 mph.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with clouds and scattered rain showers, temps are in the mid- to upper 50s. It sounds like a warm start until you realize we're not going to warm up much more than that today!
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: An area of low pressure is centered just to our west, in Minnesota. It's not moving very fast, so scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will be par for the course over the next few days. Or in other words: Build an ark. Find some animals. Go inside.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. Breezy at times, high of 66 central, lower 60s north, upper 60s south. Chance of rain 90%.

Tonight: More scattered showers, lows lower 50s. Chance of rain 30%.

Tomorrow: Yes, more scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. Highs mid- to upper 60s central, near 70 south. Chance of rain 30%.

Extended:
Thursday: The low finally makes it to Michigan, but moisture on the backend generates even more scattered showers across Wisconsin. Colder, highs only 50-55. Chance of rain 75%.
Friday: Scattered showers, go figure, highs 48-53. Chance of rain 75%.
Saturday: Isolated showers, otherwise mostly cloudy, highs 52-57. Chance of rain 30%.
Sunday: Scattered showers from a new system to the south, warmer highs 57-62. Chance of rain 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Mostly cloudy, highs mid- 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated afternoon storms, breezy, highs near 90.
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, with a better chance tonight, highs upper 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……..… 71 central and south, upper 60s north
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 68 (trace)
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 69
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 70
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 60 (0.44")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 73
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 71

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 95
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 69 (trace)
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 85


Gaming in the News:

Poll: Four in 10 Americans play video games
(AP) -- Rather than reach for the television remote control when she wants to be entertained, Karalyn Valente goes online to play "EverQuest," "Ultima Online" and other video games -- a gaming habit shared by millions in the United States.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/fun.games/05/08/poll.video.games.ap/index.html

Insert drool here.
PlayStation 3 prices: $499 and $599
New gaming system will go on sale in U.S. on Nov. 17 with two hard-drive sizes, mimics Nintendo controller
LOS ANGELES (CNNMoney.com) - When the PlayStation 3 launches in the United States on Nov. 17, it will carry the highest price of any major console launch.
Sony announced plans Monday to offer two packages when the system goes on sale this fall. A PS3 with a 20 GB hard drive will cost consumers $499. Those wanting a larger, 60 GB hard drive will pay $599.
Sony (Research) also revealed a key feature of its new controller, showing a functionality that appears very similar to the one Nintendo will offer with the Wii, its new system.
While the controller looks virtually identical to the current PS2 controller, user wrist movements can also be translated into onscreen movement - "but it's based upon our industry standard controller, which has been enjoyed by so many gamers," said Phil Harrison, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios.
http://money.cnn.com/2006/05/08/technology/ps3_pricing/index.htm
http://ps3.ign.com/articles/705/705838p1.html
http://ps3.ign.com/articles/705/705742p1.html
http://ps3.ign.com/articles/705/705836p1.html
http://www.gamespot.com/news/6149470.html
http://www.gamespot.com/news/6149586.html
http://www.gamespot.com/news/6149512.html


In Case You Missed It:

This crazy stunt was very hard to watch! But even though he didn't set the record, holding his breath for seven minutes was still amazing.
Blaine pulled from water short of goal
New York stuntman fails in bid to hold breath nearly 9 minutes
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stunt artist David Blaine was pulled from an aquarium by divers Monday nearly two minutes short of his goal of setting a world record for holding his breath underwater.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/TV/05/08/blaine.stunt.ap/index.html

Well now I can sleep at night!
Britain: Secret study finds no 'flying saucers'
LONDON, England (Reuters) -- Hopes or fears -- that the Earth has been visited by alien life forms have been dismissed in an official report by British defense specialists.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/05/08/britain.ufos.reut/index.html?section=cnn_to

Thanks Clair for the link!
Guess what they took
PETALING JAYA: Three robbers must be cursing their luck after their robbery attempt at a cellphone shop in Puchong on Wednesday turned into a comedy of errors.
Not only were the three robbers assaulted and caught, but to their dismay, they found that the cellphones which they had taken from the shop were all dummies.
http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/nst/Friday/National/20060505081009/Article/index_html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 8, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:37 PM GMT on May 08, 2006

Happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update. Our weekend was fairly uneventful except for a visit with our friends Ray and Tina on Sunday. We went to see their new 6-week-old baby Jacob Alexander, and their new house. The only thing new with Bryce is that he seems to have discovered his tongue and for the last few days has been leaving it hanging out of his mouth, a la Michael Jordan. He's also tried a couple of new foods. Last week we went to Culver's and he loved the ice cream we gave him (go figure, kids liking ice cream!). Yesterday we gave him a few pieces of shredded cheese and he really liked that too. Well that's all that's new with us. Have a great week.


Should slang terms be allowed within Scattergories? [10 votes total]
No - only definitions as defined by the dictionary should be allowed. (6) 60%
Yes - creative loopholes are a part of the game! (4) 40%
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847

Per the official Scattergories rules:
Creative answers can be acceptable. For example, you could answer "knuckle" as a kind of sandwich. But if one player challenges the answer, the group must vote on its acceptability.
While answers are being read, other players may challenge their acceptability. When an answer is challenged, all players (even the challenged player) vote on whether the answer is acceptable. Players who accept the answer give a thumbs-ups sign. Players who do not accept the answer give a thumbs-down sign. Majority rules. In the case of a tie, the challenged player's vote does not count.

Per the inconclusive poll results and the official rules above, I'm going to make some slight tweaks as to how Scattergories answers are challenged going forward. Basically it'll be one day of challenges and one day of voting yes/no (emailed in with your Thursday game answers), instead of two days of challenges and my iron fist on Friday. I'll share more details in a few weeks when we play it again.


Today’s forecast grade: B+


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine east and clouds just to our west, temps are in the upper 40s to lower 50s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Look for one more morning of sunshine before clouds start to roll in from west to east by around lunchtime, courtesy of a new area of low pressure and its associated cold front located in the Plains states. This system is going to stall once it gets here, with scattered thunderstorms becoming likely by tonight and lingering around Wisconsin until you forget what the sun looks like! Asking kindergartners what color the sky is, they'll all respond "Grey!"
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning sunshine with increasing clouds during the afternoon. An isolated thunderstorm is possible before sunset. Breezy, high of 71 central and south, upper 60s north. Rain chance this evening 40%.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms, lows lower 50s. Rain chance tonight 75%. No severe weather is anticipated.

Tomorrow: More showers and thunderstorms. What fun. Breezy, highs mid- to upper 60s. Rain chance 80%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with yet more scattered thundershowers. Highs 65-70. Rain chance 40%.
Thursday: You'll never guess. More scattered showers! Much cooler though, highs only 51-56. Rain chance 50%.
Friday: Morning showers, otherwise partly sunny, highs 53-58. Morning rain chance 30%.
Saturday: Partly sunny, highs 55-60. Should I mention a chance of a stray shower just to be consistent?
Sunday: Scattered showers once again. Oh how you will have missed them. Highs 58-63. Rain chance 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs mid- 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Mostly cloudy, isolated storms, highs mid- 70s.
05/07/2006 0405 PM
Bluffton, Beaufort County.
Thunderstorm wind damage, reported by law enforcement.
Dispatch center reported dime size hail and 40 mph winds.
Also had reports of trees down at base of Hilton Head
bridge.
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 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: Partly cloudy, 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)
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 70
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 70
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 70
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 70
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 71
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 71 (0.01")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 93
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 79 (precip N/A)
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 83


Earth in the News:

Wildfires force evacuations in Florida
(CNN) -- Wildfire forced about 800 people to flee their homes and closed a major highway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Sunday afternoon, a day after firefighters brought another blaze under control, local officials said.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/05/07/florida.fire/index.html?section=cnn_topstories

Giant rock growing in Mount St. Helens' crater
SEATTLE, Washington (AP) -- If the skies are clear as forecast, volcano watchers who turn out for the reopening of the Johnston Ridge Observatory on Friday will get a spectacular view of a hulking slab of rock that's rapidly growing in Mount St. Helens' crater.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/05/05/mountsthelens.ap/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Last U.S. Titanic survivor dies
'The little ones were cuddling close to one another'
BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) -- Lillian Gertrud Asplund, the last American survivor of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, has died, a funeral home said Sunday. She was 99.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/05/07/titanic.survivor.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories

Study: It really does hurt to wait
For some, anticipation can be as bad as pain they know is coming
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Anyone who's ever taken a preschooler to the doctor knows they often cry more before the shot than afterward.
Now researchers using brain scans to unravel the biology of dread have an explanation: For some people, anticipating pain is truly as bad as experiencing it.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/05/04/science.of.dread.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 5, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 2:02 PM GMT on May 05, 2006

TGIF and happy Cinco de Mayo!

Match Game Results
You guys were pretty funny yesterday - here are the results!

Game #1: Ben said, "I have one of the world's most useless jobs! I'm a lifeguard at a _____ pool."
Car (9) - 2 points
Wading (6) - 1 point
Cess (5)
Gene (4)
Football Betting (2)
Other Answers: Baby, Empty, Whir, Reflecting, Olympic Swimmers

Game #2: "My parents never liked me. When I was a kid they put _______ at the bottom of my slide."
Tacks/Nails/Spikes (7) - 2 points
Rocks (6) - 1 point
Mud (4)
Quicksand (3)
Grease (2)
Dog Poop (2)
Other Answers: Vaseline, Broken Glass, Water, Barbed Wire, Cement, An Alligator, Tar


Scattergories Challenge Results
MeatLoaf, Money and Multiplier will be allowed for two points each. MeatLoaf is the nickname of the lead singer, and the name of the group. And money and multiplier, while not being used in the most common sense of the word "plug", still are ok, as no rule pertaining to slang has ever been discussed. So let's discuss it for future use! (vote in the poll below)
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Weather Update Poll:
Should slang terms be allowed within Scattergories?
Yes - creative loopholes are a part of the game!
No - only definitions as defined by the dictionary should be allowed.
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Spring 2006 Regular Season Point Standings (34 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 an extra credit point.
Perfect Score: 56

Nia, Appleton, WI: 42 (+6)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 42 (+7)
Brian, Madison WI: 41 (+5)
Jan, Berlin, WI: 39 (+6)
Karl, Appleton, WI: 39 (+6)
Becky T. and Parents: 38 (+5)%
Barb, Berlin, WI: 37 (+4)
Mom: 36 (+6)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 35 (+6)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 34 (+6)^
--------Preliminary Playoff Cut Line--------
Greg, Madison, WI: 33 (+5)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 32 (+5)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 32 (+3)--
Bethany: 31 (+2)--
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 31 (+4)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 31 (+4)
Mary, Berlin, WI: 31 (+5)
Steve L.: 30 (+0)--
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 28 (+0)
Sarah H., Appleton, WI: 28 (+1)
Scott/Ann, Appleton, WI: 28 (+3)
Kelley: 27 (+1)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 27 (+4)
Craig, Green Bay, WI: 24 (+2)
Will/Ruth, Appleton, WI: 24 (+4)
Phil, Madison, WI: 23 (+3)
Sally: 21 (+0)
Chris Ke.: 20 (+2)
Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 20
Diane Sm.: 18 (+2)
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 18 (+4)
Jason, De Pere, WI: 15
Al, Germantown, WI: 13
Chad, Cleveland, OH: 12 (+4)
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 11 (+4)
Harry: 10
Jen: 9
Max C.: 9
Nicole, Madison, WI: 9
John S.: 6 (+4)
Jim: 4 (+2)
Adam S.: 3
John E., Madison, WI: 2
Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC: 1


Today’s forecast grade: B


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with clouds, temps are around 45-50.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A weak area of low pressure sits just off to our east, which while generating all these clouds, isn't really doing anything else besides a few sprinkles here and there. High pressure will move in this weekend, giving you one less excuse Sunday night as to why the yard work wasn't done. And if you're wondering why today's update got sent out so late, today is the first of my Flex Fridays, where I work an extra hour each day and get every other Friday off. So I decided to sleep in a bit this morning - why not?
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy, maybe a few sprinkles early this morning, and maybe some sunshine peeking out later today. High of 56 central, lower 50s north, upper 50s south.

Tonight: A mix of clouds and stars, cold overnight lows in the low to mid- 30s. Maybe some frost on the lawn tomorrow morning?

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, maybe an isolated shower tomorrow night but probably not, highs near 60 central, lower 60s south. Chance of rain Saturday night 25% central, 20% south.

Sunday: Partly sunny, warmer, highs mid- to upper 60s.

Next Week:
Monday: Partly cloudy, highs 63-68.
Tuesday: Scattered thundershowers, highs 62-67.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, isolated showers, highs 61-66.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine as far as the eye can see, highs lower 80s today, mid- 80s tomorrow and lower 90s on Sunday.
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 developing, breezy, highs upper 70s. Isolated storms this weekend, highs mid- 70s.
... Slight risk of severe thunderstorms across southeast South
Carolina and southeast Georgia this afternoon and evening...

A warm and unstable airmass will be in place this afternoon ahead
of a low pressure system approaching from the west. Thunderstorms are
expected to develop as the system nears South Carolina and
Georgia. Additional storms could also be initiated along the
sea breeze front. Some of the thunderstorms today could become severe
with damaging winds in excess of 60 mph and hail penny sized or
larger.
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, some perhaps severe, highs mid- 80s. Same story 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: Partly cloudy today and tomorrow, maybe a storm on Sunday, highs lower 70s today, upper 60s tomorrow and mid- 60s 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……..… 63 central, upper 50s north, mid- 60s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 64
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 65
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 64
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 59
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 68
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 76

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 84
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 79
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 83 (0.09")


Tech in the News:

Bill Gates wishes he weren't so rich
The corporate leader says he doesn't like the attention of being the world's richest man.
REDMOND, Wash. (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said Wednesday he wished he were not the world's richest man.
"I wish I wasn't. There is nothing good that comes out of that," said Gates, whose personal fortune sank by billions since last week when the software giant disappointed investors by saying new investments would crimp earnings.
http://money.cnn.com/2006/05/04/news/newsmakers/gates.reut/index.htm?section=cnn_topstories

Administration Researches Laser Weapon
The Bush administration is seeking to develop a powerful ground-based laser weapon that would use beams of concentrated light to destroy enemy satellites in orbit.
The largely secret project, parts of which have been made public through Air Force budget documents submitted to Congress in February, is part of a wide-ranging effort to develop space weapons, both defensive and offensive. No treaty or law forbids such work.
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/03/washington/03laser.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
http://rss.slashdot.org/slashdot/eqWf?m=5271

Online game to allow ATM withdrawals
DALLAS — Who said you can't make any money playing video games? The makers of the online sci-fi game Entropia Universe have come up with a way to let players withdraw the virtual cash they've amassed in the game as real money from select ATM machines.
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/gaming/2006-05-03-virtual-cash_x.htm


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

Powerball winner may lose house
PALM BEACH, Fla., May 3, 2006 (UPI via COMTEX) -- An unemployed man turned Powerball multimillionaire may be broke again as his $1.2 million Florida home is on the auction block May 22.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thrivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20060504/20060504Powerballwinnermaylosehouse.xml&p=-1

N.J. couple has second set of triplets
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., May 4, 2006 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Without the aid of fertility drugs, a New Jersey woman has given birth to her second set of triplets in slightly more than two years.
The two boys and a girl were delivered by Caesarean section to 28-year-old Sharon Fontana on Monday at Saint Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., the Gannett news service reported Thursday.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thrivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20060504/20060504NJcouplehassecondsetoftriplets.xml&p=-1

Non-voting sons spoil election bid
Race may be settled by a coin flip
CASTALIA, Ohio (AP) -- You're both grounded!
Two voting-age sons of a northern Ohio candidate didn't go to the polls Tuesday, and their father's race ended in a tie.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/05/04/nonvoting.sons.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories

This is hilarious!
Game Six of the 1986 World Series with Nintendo RBI Baseball
This amazing video re-enacts the game 6 of the 1986 World Series between the Mets and the Red Sox. The catch is that it's done using Nintendo RBI Baseball (the videogame)!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JArXRxuVTgY&search=Baseball%20Lastowka1
http://games.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/04/30/194205&from=rss
http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB114591515205534499-_LY6O4wCKxN2DLMUHLmM3ixtZsg_20070428.html?mod=blogs

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 4, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:33 PM GMT on May 04, 2006

Good Thursday morning! May the Fourth be with you!

Bryce is Ten Months Old!
Our little guy turned ten months old yesterday, and in celebration, he received his first haircut! Our friend Nicole did the cutting, and pictures of the gala are below, which include a before, during and after pose with mommy and the hair stylist.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/pictures


Match Game
If you have any good ideas for the Match Game (phrase or sentence version, or any other game played in these updates), send them with your answers. You get one point of extra credit if they are used! Maximum of two extra credit points per season.

Game #1: Ben said, "I have one of the world's most useless jobs! I'm a lifeguard at a _____ pool."

Game #2: "My parents never liked me. When I was a kid they put _______ at the bottom of my slide."
--Submitted by: Becky T.

Rules
Respond with one answer to each of the two games above. Every person responding with the #1 most popular answer among all entries received receives two points per game. Every person with the #2 most popular answer will receive one point. All answers must have at least two submissions to be eligible for points. In the case of a tie, both sets will receive the same point value for that topic.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules (page was updated this week)


Scattergories Challenge Message Board
Challenged entries thus far: Money, Multiplier, and Meat Loaf, and I'm leaning toward denying all three challenges and awarding them all two points. The rules don't state that using the topic as a slang term is illegal, although perhaps it should be going forward? Thoughts?
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


American Idol Results
As many expected, Paris got the boot last night. But who goes next week? Will their performances even make a difference, or have people already made up their minds on who they vote for each week? Who will Paris's fans votes go to now? I think Elliott's the next to go, but who knows! Thanks for the lively discussion on the message board!
http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/TV/05/04/idol.ap/index.html
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Today’s forecast grade: B+


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine, temps are in the mid- to upper 40s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: We are in-between two cold front stemming from the same low pressure system located to our north, near southern Hudson Bay. This means that the sunshine we're seeing this morning is quite temporary, as more clouds are expected to roll into Wisconsin later today. Temperatures will be cooler than yesterday behind the first front, which is now off to our east, and things will cool off even more after the second front passes through tonight. No precipitation is expected - just some annoying clouds.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning sunshine but becoming only partly sunny by later this afternoon. Cooler, high of 63 central, upper 50s north, mid- 60s south.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, lows lower 40s.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny and cool, highs mid- 50s central, upper 50s south.

Extended:
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, warmer, highs 60-65.
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs 62-67.
Next Week’s Outlook: A good chance of rain on Tuesday and maybe some showers again on Wednesday night, otherwise dry with high temperatures pretty seasonable, mostly in the 60s.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, highs lower 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

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

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Isolated thunderstorms, 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……..… 71 central, upper 60s north, lower 70s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 73
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 68 (trace)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 72 (trace)
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 71
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 73 (trace)
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 79

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 91
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 88
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 85


Top News:

Jury spares 9/11 plotter Moussaoui
Life in a tiny prison cell awaits conspirator
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (CNN) -- Zacarias Moussaoui will have just one more chance to taunt the United States, when a federal judge on Thursday formally sentences the al Qaeda terrorist to spend the rest of his natural life alone in a tiny prison cell.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/05/04/moussaoui.verdict/index.html

Deal fizzles out sales of soda in schools nationwide
Agreement might imperil some funding but improve students' concentration, health
The soft-drink industry will halt nearly all soda sales at public schools under a deal announced Wednesday, the latest in a string of rules, laws and voluntary changes banishing junk food and soft drinks from the nation's schools.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=420704


Weather in the News:

Tsunami confusion from Tonga quake
Power failure prevented tsunami message getting through
NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (AP) -- A massive magnitude 7.8 earthquake rocked the South Pacific island nation of Tonga on Thursday, triggering international warnings of a potentially lethal tsunami -- but those messages failed to reach the tiny nation.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/05/04/earthquake.tonga.ap/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Tiger Woods' dad, Earl, dies after battle with cancer
CYPRESS, Calif. (AP) -- Earl Woods, who was more determined to raise a good son than a great golfer and became the architect and driving force behind Tiger Woods' phenomenal career, died Wednesday morning at his home in Cypress, Calif. He was 74.
http://www.cnn.com/si/2006/golf/05/03/earl.woods/index.html?cnn=yes

Blowout at Palace
Detroit sets pace early with 24-4 in first quarter
Auburn Hills, Mich. - The playoff-savvy Detroit Pistons, who know a little bit about such things, had contended going into Wednesday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks that the most important thing about playing an elimination game in the National Basketball Association playoffs was to get the opponent down early.
They weren't kidding.
The Pistons blasted the Bucks with both barrels early, taking off on a 24-4 run that led to an 18-point first-quarter lead and propelled them to a lopsided, 122-93 victory at the Palace. The victory allowed Detroit to clinch the first-round playoff series, four games to one, and move on to the second round against the winner of the series between Washington and Cleveland.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=420572

British woman pregnant at age 63
LONDON, England (Reuters) -- A 63-year-old hospital consultant is set to become Britain's oldest mother after undergoing fertility treatment, the Italian doctor who treated her said.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/05/04/britain.mother.reut/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 3, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:00 PM GMT on May 03, 2006

Good Wednesday morning!

Scattergories Initial Results

Players: 31
Starting Letter: M
Topic #1: Musical Groups (adj. are ok if it's the first word of their group name)
Motorhead (x3: Steve L., Clair, Barb)
Meat Puppets (x2: Sally, Phil)
Modest Mouse (x2: Sarah H., Jordan)
Montgomery Gentry
Milli Vanilli
Meat Loaf
The Monotones
The McCoys (sang " Hang on Sloopy")
MU330 (punk band)
Men of Grace Trio
Microtone Kitchen
Me First and the Gimmee Gimme's.
Malibu Storm (country music)
McBride & the Ride
Madison Pipes and Drums
The Manhattans
Mavericks, The
Mason Profit
Mabuses
Manhattan Transfer
Micky Loran Orchestra
Michael Schenker Group
Martha and the Vandellas
Metallica
Madness (80's one-hit wonder band)
Monkees
Marshall Tucker Band


Topic #2: Thing(s) You Plug In
Microphone (x5: Chris Ke., Greg, Diane Sm., Becky T., John/Shelley)
Modem (x3: Jim, Sarah H., Phil)
Monitor (x3: Karl, Steve L., Jordan)
Miter saw (x2: Sally, Will/Ruth B.)
Microscope (x2: Tammy, Scott/Ann)
Music Mixer
Money (I have plugged lots into the slot machines)
Multimeter
Memory Stick
Melt1.1 (Photoshop Plugin) http://www.mehdiplugins.com/english/melt.htm
Mud jack
Microwave
MP3 player
Multiplier (you plug in a multiplier to a mathematical equation)
Milk Maker
Minimoog (synthesizer)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine (MRI)
Motherboard
Massager
Mixer
Makeup Mirror


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


American Idol
So what did you guys think of last night's episode? I think this is the most talented final five in the show's history, and even though it's cheesy to say it, I could see any one of the five winning it all. Each performer last night seemed to have one great performance and one average one. As to who goes, I think it's Chris and Paris in the bottom two with Paris going home. Not that she's a bad singer by any means, but hey, someone's got to go home. I think Chris will be in the bottom two again because most of Kellie Pickler's votes are probably now going to Katharine or Elliott, and not to Chris, who may have alienated some listeners with his harder-than-usual rock song choices last night. Post your thoughts on the message board, which is getting double-duty today!
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Today’s forecast grade: B


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will overspread north central Wisconsin early this morning. Rainfall amounts should be light.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Fox Cities:
Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will overspread the region early this morning. Rainfall amounts should be light.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB


Forecast:
Now: At 6am with sunshine mixed with a few areas of fog, temps are in the lower 50s central and mid- 50s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html

Synopsis: A new low pressure system in southern Manitoba is pushing a cold front through eastern Minnesota, Iowa and Kansas at the moment, which is generating a line of showers and thunderstorms in Iowa and northern Missouri. As these move to the east-northeast, we might see some of these storms across Wisconsin a little bit later today. Behind the front is colder temperatures, but ahead of the front we'll see mild temperatures today.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning sunshine mixed with a few areas of fog early. Increasing clouds with a chance of showers and thunderstorms developing this afternoon. Nothing severe is anticipated, and some of us won't see any rain at all. High of 71 central, upper 60s north, lower 70s south. Rain chance 40% south, 30% central.

Tonight: Becoming partly cloudy, lows mid- 40s.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, cooler, highs low to mid- 60s.

Extended:
Friday: Partly sunny, cooler yet, highs 53-58.
Saturday: Partly sunny, highs 56-61.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 59-64.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Becoming mostly sunny, highs near 90.
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 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Becoming partly cloudy, highs mid- 80s.
Through 8 am...showers and a few thunderstorms will occur across the area...mainly along and east of a line from the northern half of Galveston Bay to Baytown to Kenefick to Romayor. Movement will be northeast at 15 to 20 mph. Rainfall amounts will average under 1/4 inch. Higher rainfall amounts...around 1 inch...are possible where training develops.
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 developing later today, highs near 80.
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……..… 65 central, lower 60s north, upper 60s to near 70 south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 66 (trace)
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 72
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 70 (0.07")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 63 (0.08")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 72 (0.10")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 73 (1.36")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 96
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 77
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 85


Top News:

Jet crashes into Black Sea
Baggage, life jackets, body parts and pieces of a shattered Armenian passenger plane have been spotted beside a patch of oil where the plane went down in the Black Sea. The Airbus A-320 went down in stormy weather off Russia's coast, killing 113 people. Search and rescue teams have pulled 39 bodies from the water, emergency officials told The Associated Press. Divers are searching the storm-churned waters for the remaining victims.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/05/02/russia.plane/index.html

New Orleans' new disaster plan: Get out of town
New hurricane plan stresses evacuation, not shelters
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AP) -- Mayor Ray Nagin unveiled a new evacuation strategy for New Orleans on Tuesday that relies more on buses and trains and eliminates the Superdome and Convention Center as shelters.
http://www.cnn.com/rssclick/2006/US/05/02/hurricane.plan.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories


In Case You Missed It:

David Blaine starts life underwater
Magician to emerge from 'human aquarium' Sunday
NEW YORK (AP) -- Take a deep breath. David Blaine's latest stunt is spending a week living in an 8-foot acrylic sphere filled with water.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/TV/05/02/tv.davidblaine.ap/index.html

Man thought bank holdup would be easy, police say
Complaint says he got idea from TV show
The man accused of robbing a bank and exchanging gunfire with police got the idea for the heist from a TV show and selected as his target his own bank, where not even his wife's red wig was enough to disguise his identity, according to charges filed Monday.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=420090

Woman, 104, takes man, 33, as husband No. 21
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- A 33-year-old man in northern Malaysia has married a 104-year-old woman, saying mutual respect and friendship had turned to love, a news report said Tuesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/05/02/malaysia.wedding.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 2, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 11:59 AM GMT on May 02, 2006

Good Tuesday morning!

Scattergories
Another week of games start right now!

Starting Letter: M
Topic #1: Musical Groups (adj. are ok if it's the first word of their group name)

Topic #2: Thing(s) You Plug In

Rules
Your job is to give me one answer to each topic above that begins with the starting letter. However, make it clever and unique, as all entries that are duplicated by someone else will not receive credit. Scoring is based on the total of unique, unchallenged answers that start with the given letter (limit of one guess per person per topic). The first word cannot be an adjective unless otherwise specified, and you can't use the same word for more than one topic during that week's game. On Wednesday, a list of all answers will be given out, and players may challenge as many entries as they wish, that they believe should not be allowed credit, on my message board. On Friday morning, I will make my decisions and all unique answers which do not have challenges accepted will receive two points each.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Today’s forecast grade: B-


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Fog can be expected across much of central and north central Wisconsin this morning. Although most places will see visibility in the 2 to 3 mile range...some locales will experience visibility below 1 mile. The foggy conditions should improve by 9 am. Motorists should expect reduced visibility and wet roads for the commute to work or school.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Fox Cities:
Fog expected for the morning commute... Fog can be expected across much of east central and northeast Wisconsin this morning. Although most places will see visibility in the 1 to 2 mile range...some locales will experience locally dense fog...with visibility at or below one-quarter mile. The foggy conditions should improve by 9 am. Motorists should expect locally poor visibility and wet roads for the morning commute to work or school.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
Widespread fog can be expected across south central Wisconsin through 8 am with visibilities from one to three miles. The fog will be occasionally dense with visibilities around one quarter mile or less. Early morning motorists should be prepared for rapidly changing visibilities in the fog.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 6am with clouds, fog, and isolated showers east, temps are in the upper 40s to lower 50s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html

Synopsis: The slow-moving low pressure system that has kept us gloomy and bleh since late last week is finally making its way east, now centered just south of Chicago. This means that we might actually see that bright yellow thing in the sky later today! And it's about time.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning clouds and fog, then sunshine from west to east. Southwestern Wisconsin is already clearing out at this hour. High of 65 central, lower 60s north, upper 60s to near 70 south.

Tonight: More clouds move in with scattered thunderstorms developing. Lows near 50. Chance of rain 30%.

Tomorrow: Morning showers south, otherwise becoming partly sunny. Highs upper 60s central, near 70 again south. A 25% chance of rain briefly developing again tomorrow night.

Extended:
Thursday: Partly cloudy, highs 62-67.
Friday: Mostly cloudy, maybe an isolated shower, colder highs 53-58. Chance of rain 25%.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs 52-57.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, highs 59-64.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs lower 90s.
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 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, highs upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Decreasing clouds, 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……..… 58 central, mid- 50s north, and near 60 south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 55 (0.02")
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 61 (0.40")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 57 (0.05")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 53 (0.27")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 59 (0.27")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 71 (0.03")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 94 (trace)
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 73
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 83


Top News:

Social Security may run dry by 2040
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - The trustees of Social Security and Medicare now estimate that the Social Security trust fund will be exhausted in 2040 while the Medicare trust fund will be depleted in 2018, slightly sooner than previously forecast.
http://money.cnn.com/2006/05/01/retirement/SStrustees_2006report/index.htm?cnn=yes

And you thought our government had issues?
Puerto Rico runs out of money
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The government of Puerto Rico ran out of money Monday, forcing the U.S. commonwealth to close public schools and shut down government offices, putting almost 100,000 people out of work.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/americas/05/01/puerto.rico.shutdown.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories

Hundreds of thousands march for immigrant rights
Schools, businesses feel impact as students, workers walk out
(CNN) -- Kids skipped school. Men and women walked off their jobs. Others didn't bother going to work. Businesses shut down for lack of patrons or employees.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/05/02/immigrant.day/index.html

O say can you see a Spanish national anthem?
Remix to include immigration law protest
MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- British music producer Adam Kidron says he just wanted to honor the millions of immigrants seeking a better life in the U.S. when he came up with the idea of a Spanish-language version of the national anthem.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/04/28/anthem.inspanish.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories


Weather in the News:

Advanced satellite may sharply improve storm forecasts
Users of weather images and data gathered from space get a peek today at plans for a future satellite that could sharpen hurricane forecasts and give earlier warnings of tornadoes, winter storms and other severe weather.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thrivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20060501/20060501Advancedsatellitemaysharplyimprovestormforecasts.xml&p=-1

Turning up the heat
Global warming is a fact, but what's next?
There's no denying the Earth is warming.
Virtually every climatologist, paleoclimatologist and atmospheric scientist on the planet will tell you the Earth's temperature is increasing at an alarming pace, a result of manmade greenhouse gases becoming trapped in the atmospheric blanket that insulates the globe.
But when addressing an entity as complex and dynamic as the Earth's atmosphere, trying to accurately predict the climate can be a challenge.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=419439


In Case You Missed It:

Experts find evidence of Bosnia pyramid
Structure believed one-third taller than Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza
VISOKO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Researchers in Bosnia on Wednesday unearthed the first solid evidence that an ancient pyramid lies hidden beneath a massive hill — a series of geometrically cut stone slabs that could form part of the structure's sloping surface.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12402157/
http://rss.slashdot.org/slashdot/eqWf?m=5210

TGI Friday's 'sorry' after diner finds finger slice
BLOOMINGTON, Indiana (AP) -- A diner found a piece of human flesh on his hamburger shortly after a restaurant worker accidentally cut his finger, and a spokeswoman said the company was "very, very sorry."
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/05/01/restaurant.finger.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories

Crocodile steals chainsaw
A 14-1/2-foot crocodile chased a worker up a tree in Australia's Northern Territory while the man was cleaning up debris left by cyclone Monica.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thrivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20060428/20060428Crocodilestealschainsaw.xml&p=-1

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 1, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:32 PM GMT on May 01, 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 enjoyable but very busy.

Saturday, we went to a wedding to celebrate the marriage of Dan Brown and Kim Davis. I've known Dan since I was a kid as our moms are best friends, so it was nice to be able to celebrate his marriage.

Sunday, while Bryce went to Green Bay with his Grandma Nia and Grandpa Karl to visit Karl's family, Steve and I went to see the RMS Titanic exhibit at the Oshkosh Public Museum. It was over an hour-long wait outside in the cold rain just to buy our tickets, and we almost didn't get in because they were going to cut off the line, but luckily we were one of the last few to make it in. It was well worth it though, and very interesting - they had a lot of items directly from the Titanic itself, some of which looked almost brand new, and others, not so much. They also recreated a first and third-class cabin and gave you the background on many of the ships passengers, including a card you received when entering the exhibit with the background on one passenger, and at the end you look up the name to see whether your person was saved or not. It's a travelling exhibit and yesterday was its last day in Oshkosh.

Today after work, Steve will be going to get his front-left tire replaced, as it went flat late last week. The temporary spare-tire donut is on there for now. The last time Steve had a flat tire was, of all days, the morning of September 11, 2001. And to think he thought he was having a bad day!

Bryce hasn't done too much new, so I don't have a baby update this week. Have a great week and I'll be back next week.


Today’s forecast grade: C


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with scattered showers, most of which are in southwestern Wisconsin (but not all of them!), temps are mostly in the lower 50s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html

Synopsis: That crazy area of low pressure, still located in Minnesota, will continue to be a thorn in our side for the next day or so, as it continues to spread showers across Wisconsin over the next 24 hours. It's expected to move north, of all directions, later today, and the showers should eventually end by tomorrow morning. After all of these April showers, I'm expecting a lot of May flowers.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cool, damp, and breezy with scattered showers continuing. An isolated thunderstorm is possible. High of 58 central, mid- 50s north, and near 60 south. Chance of rain 90%.

Tonight: Cloudy, more scattered showers, especially east. Lows upper 40s to near 50. Chance of rain 80%.

Tomorrow: Maybe a morning shower, then finally some sunshine! Highs mid- 60s central, upper 60s to near 70 south. Chance of a morning shower 30%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly sunny, maybe an isolated thunderstorm. Highs 66-71. Chance of rain 25%.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, highs 57-62.
Friday: Mostly cloudy, maybe a late-day shower, highs 53-58. Chance of rain 25%.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs 54-59.
Sunday: A chance of rain late. Highs 59-64. Chance of rain Sunday night 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs lower 90s.
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 upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Sunshine, highs 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: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, maybe mixed with sunshine this afternoon. Highs lower 70s.
Unseasonably warm temperatures for the Evansville Indiana and Paducah Kentucky areas during the month of April 2006...

Temperatures were averaging well above normal for the two
communities during April... with monthly averages reaching into the
top ten warmest aprils on record.

In Evansville Indiana... the monthly temperature was 60.3 degrees or
4.8 degrees above normal. This makes April of 2006 the 7th warmest
April on record... dating back to 1897. There were 20 days when the
mean daily temperatures were above normal.

In Paducah Kentucky... the monthly temperature was 62.7 degrees or
5.7 degrees above normal. This makes April of 2006 the 5th warmest
April on record... dating back to 1949. There were also 20 days when
the mean daily temperatures were above normal.
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)……….. 54 (0.19")
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 57 (0.95")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 54 (0.79")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 51 (0.26")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 59 (0.94")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 62 (0.15")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 93 (trace)
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 66
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 84


Weather in the News:

Strong winds, huge hail batter Texas
GAINESVILLE, Texas (AP) -- Storms with wind up to 100 mph and hail the size of baseballs battered parts of Texas on Saturday, damaging buildings and slamming parked airplanes into one another at an airport.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/04/30/texas.storms.ap/index.html

Cyclone Mala batters Myanmar
More than 150 buildings damaged, electricity knocked out
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- A cyclone packing winds up to 150 mph battered Myanmar Saturday, ripping roofs off dozens of buildings near the capital, knocking out electricity and forcing tourists to flee flooding along the coast.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/04/29/myanmar.cyclone.ap/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Fortified positions
Packers' selections boost weaknesses
The Green Bay Packers turned three first-day draft choices and the trade of wide receiver Javon Walker into five selections Saturday and three more Sunday while at the same time fortifying some of the weakest areas on the roster.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=419835

The largest cruise ship in the world going from Southampton to New York in its maiden voyage? Sounds familiar!
Largest cruise ship set for maiden voyage
SOUTHAMPTON, England (Reuters) -- The world's largest cruise ship docked in England on Saturday ahead of its inaugural trip -- a floating behemoth four times the size of the Titanic, with facilities never imagined at the dawn of the liner age.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/04/29/britain.ship.reut/index.html

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Elevation: 735 ft
Temperature: 18.3 °F
Dew Point: 18.1 °F
Humidity: 99%
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
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