Wisconsin Weather Update

Wisconsin Weather Update for June 30, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 2:09 PM GMT on June 30, 2006

TGIF!

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Please Note: There will be no Weather Updates sent on Monday, July 3rd or Tuesday, July 4th, due to the long holiday weekend. Updates will return on Wednesday, July 5th with a new game on Thursday, July 6th.
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Wheel of Fortune - It's a Rerun!
As several of you were kind enough to point out yesterday, I had forgotten to put the category in for puzzle #3! I corrected my mistake on the Web site right away (http://www.wisconsinweatherupdate.com), but unfortunately you can't edit already-sent emails! Many of you still managed to figure it out, but because I don't want anyone to be at a disadvantage because of the author's mistake, I will give you guys until the morning of Wednesday, July 5th to get in your answers. If you already sent in your answers and want to know if you got them right, send me an email and I'll let you know. And for those who didn't get a chance to play yesterday, you have another few days to start the new season with five points! Here they are again:

Puzzle #1:
M _ _ _ _
_ E _ T _ E R
Category: Thing
Used Letters: RSTNLE CDMI
Point Value: 2

Puzzle #2:
E _ S _ E R
S _ _ _
T _ _ N
_ _ N E
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTNLE BFPU
Point Value: 1

Puzzle #3:
_ _ S T
_ _ N G
_ T
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTNLE GHKA
Point Value: 1

Rules (Remember, they've changed!)
Three puzzles are given and people get 1-4 points for each correct answer. Each line represents one word, and 10 of the 26 letters of the alphabet are already filled in, similar to the bonus round on the actual game show. An algorithm is used to determine each puzzle's point value, with most puzzles being worth either 1-2 points. Puzzles with higher point values will usually be tougher puzzles with fewer letters filled in. If a player gets all three puzzles correct, one bonus point is awarded. 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 9am with sunshine, temps are near 70.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A fairly large area of high pressure is moving eastward this morning, now centrally located in southern Michigan and northern Indiana, and will give us another day of sunshine today. A new low pressure system is moving through Manitoba and the Dakotas this morning, and should arrive in Wisconsin just in time to develop scattered showers and thunderstorms tomorrow. There is a slight risk of thunderstorms becoming severe both Saturday and Sunday.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning sunshine with a few afternoon clouds. An isolated late-afternoon thunderstorm is possible south but not likely. Warm and pleasant, high of 82 north and central, low to mid- 80s south. Chance of rain 20% south. Enjoy!

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, maybe a thundershower, lows mid- 60s. Chance of rain 25%.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing, particularly during the afternoon and evening hours. There is a slight risk of severe weather with damaging winds and large hail possible. Very warm and somewhat humid, highs low to mid- 80s. Chance of rain 50%.

Sunday: Partly sunny, maybe a thunderstorm. Very warm and a little humid, highs mid- to upper 80s. Chance of rain 30%.

Extended:
Bryce's First Birthday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, warm and a little humid, highs 81-86. Chance of rain 50%.
Independence Day: Partly cloudy, highs 79-84.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, highs 79-84.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine through the weekend, highs near 107.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated storms today, sunshine this weekend, highs upper 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 storms today with a better chance this weekend, highs upper 80s to near 90. Ozone Action Day.
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 storms today, sunshine this weekend, highs mid- 80s today and just above 90 this weekend.
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……..… 78
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 79
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 79
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 77
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 82
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 80
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 84 (trace)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 107
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 92 (0.03")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 89


Top News:

Boy, 12, dies after Disney coaster ride
MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- A 12-year-old boy was pronounced dead after he rode a roller coaster at Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
Michael Russell, of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, was riding the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster ride with his mom, dad and 7-year-old brother, Sgt. Carlos Torres said. After the ride stopped, Russell and his family were stepping out of the roller coaster car when he collapsed, Torres said.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/06/29/coaster.death/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

UFO buffs: UK officials in denial over aliens
SHEFFIELD, England (Reuters) -- Last month, the British Ministry of Defence made public a top secret report on UFOs, concluding that three decades of sightings had failed to produce evidence of visiting extraterrestrials.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/06/29/uk.ufos.reut/index.html?section=cnn_topstories

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 29, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:00 PM GMT on June 29, 2006

Good Thursday morning!

Wheel of Fortune Returns!
The Summer 2006 game season starts right now! As with every season, the game that wasn't played during the last season makes its debut on the first day of the next season. There is a slight change to the rules of Wheel of Fortune. There will be 3 puzzles instead of two, and if you get all three correct, you are awarded one bonus point. Not all puzzles are worth one point either - most will be worth 1-2 points, but on rare occasions, can be worth up to four points each. Everyone's points are back to zero, so as of now, all of you are tied for first place! Congratulations!

Puzzle #1:
M _ _ _ _
_ E _ T _ E R
Category: Thing
Used Letters: RSTNLE CDMI
Point Value: 2

Puzzle #2:
E _ S _ E R
S _ _ _
T _ _ N
_ _ N E
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTNLE BFPU
Point Value: 1

Puzzle #3:
_ _ S T
_ _ N G
_ T
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTNLE GHKA
Point Value: 1

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


Today’s forecast grade: A


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for areas of patchy dense fog...reducing visibilities to around 1/4 mile...over portions of southern Wisconsin through mid morning. However...most visibilities should range from 2 to 6 miles in fog over southern Wisconsin for rush hour commuters. The fog should dissipate by 9 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 6am with sunshine mixed with a few areas of fog, temps are mostly around 50-55.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: It took long enough, but that area of low pressure has finally moved off to the east, generating even more unneeded rain across parts of the northeastern U.S. An area of high pressure is moving into Wisconsin from the west, so look for a couple days of very nice weather and warmer temperatures to boot!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly cloudy and warmer. A few more clouds north. High of 78.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows upper 50s.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing late. Warmer, highs low to mid- 80s. Chance of rain tomorrow night 40%.

Extended:
Saturday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mostly early in the day. Warm and a little humid, highs 83-88. Chance of rain 50%.
Sunday: Partly sunny, warm and somewhat humid, maybe a thundershower south. Highs 81-86. Chance of rain 25%.
Next Week’s Outlook: Maybe a few more thunderstorms on Monday, otherwise the week is looking fairly dry with seasonable temperatures in the upper 70s to lower 80s.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, maybe an isolated thunderstorm, highs around 102.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, maybe an isolated afternoon thunderstorm, highs upper 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: Partly cloudy, highs lower 90s. Ozone Action Day.
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, maybe an isolated thunderstorm, highs mid- 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……..… 73 central, lower 70s north, mid- 70s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 72 (0.31")
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 75 (trace)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 73 (0.02")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 70 (0.05")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 77 (0.45")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 85

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 99
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 88
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 89


Weather in the News:

Three killed by floodwaters after being rescued
Death toll rises as floods soak the East
(AP) -- The widespread flooding that has washed over the East has claimed the lives of three people in western Maryland who were swept away by rushing water just after being rescued from a car stalled in high water, authorities said Wednesday.
http://www.cnn.com/rssclick/2006/WEATHER/06/28/east.flood.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thrivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20060628/20060628StormscausePennsylvaniaareaflooding.xml&p=-1
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thrivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20060628/PIC20060628AtleastninedeadinfloodinginNorthEast.xml&p=-1


Sports in the News:

Bucks unveil new logo, select UNC's Noel
St. Francis - With a nod to their early days and a look toward the future, the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night unveiled their new logo and color scheme.
Out goes the purple. In come three colors: a red that is far deeper than Bucky Badger red, the traditional forest green and silver.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=444035
http://www.nba.com/bucks/news/NewLogo_060628.html

Teenage ace machine
12-year-old records two holes-in-one during tourney
DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) -- A South Carolina youngster recorded two holes-in-one while competing in the 11-12 age group at the Future Masters.
Blake Hadden, a 12-year-old from North Augusta, S.C., aced the 83-yard No. 5 hole in Tuesday's final round at the Dothan Country Club with a 6-iron. He also had a hole-in-one with a 140-yard shot on No. 11 in Sunday's opening round, using a 4-iron.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/golf/06/28/holes.in.one.ap/index.html?cnn=yes

Updated: 1:39 PM GMT on June 29, 2006

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 28, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:39 PM GMT on June 28, 2006

Good Wednesday morning!

The Summer 2006 Season will begin tomorrow with Wheel of Fortune, and two minor rule changes will be taking effect:

1. The head-start bonus points for the playoffs will be slightly diminished. Instead of awarding 18 points to the top nine regular season finishers, 15 points will be awarded. Only the first-place finisher will receive a three-point bonus, and the other separators happen after the top half and before last place. The breakdown:

(Place | Old System | New System)
1st 3...3
2nd 3...2
3rd 3...2
4th 2...2
5th 2...2
6th 2...1
7th 1...1
8th 1...1
9th 1...1
10th 0...0

2. Be on the lookout for random "triple bonus point" days. On these days, bonus points will be worth three times their normal value! For example, if you get all three Would You Rather answers correct, instead of getting one bonus point, you would receive three bonus points on these special days. These will be randomly placed throughout the season. Games that will be affected are Outburst, Wheel of Fortune and Would You Rather.

This will be a shortened season, as in addition to a break over the long Independence Day weekend (see below), there will also be a two-week Weather Update vacation later next month. The last week of the regular season, a double-points week like usual, will be September 11-15. The playoff week will be September 18-22. Mark your calendars now!

As hinted above, note that there will be no Weather Updates on Monday, July 3rd (Bryce's First Birthday) or Tuesday, July 4th. Many of my readers will be taking a four-day weekend so I will take a break as well. Updates will return on Wednesday, July 5th and the second game of the Summer 2006 season will be on Thursday, July 6th.


Today’s forecast grade: B


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Scattered showers along with isolated thunderstorms over eastern Fond Du Lac...western Sheboygan and northern Washington counties were moving northeast at 25 mph. These showers and storms will move across eastern Sheboygan and northern Ozaukee counties through 8 am. Expect light to brief moderate rain and winds gusting to 25 mph with these storms. Elsewhere across southern Wisconsin skies were clear to partly cloudy. Locally dense fog...reducing visibilities in the Wisconsin River Valley to around 1/4 mile...will dissipate after 9 am. Also some patchy fog was reducing visibilities to between 4 and 6 miles.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with areas of fog, a sun/cloud mix in some areas, and a couple isolated thunderstorms in east-central Wisconsin, temperatures are in the mid- to upper 50s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: That wacky lingering area of low pressure is still just standing around on the job, now centrally located over central Lake Michigan. This means another day of sunshine, clouds, and scattered showers and thunderstorms is expected. High pressure off to our west will eventually reign supreme, giving us more sunshine and warmer temperatures starting tomorrow.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly sunny with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Eastern Wisconsin is under the slight risk category for severe weather. High of 73 central, lower 70s north, mid- 70s south. Rain chance 40%. The normal high for today is 77 north, 79 central, 81 south.

Tonight: Maybe an evening thunderstorm, otherwise partly to mostly cloudy. Lows mid- 50s.

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

This Weekend:
Friday: Partly sunny. Highs 79-84.
Saturday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing. Warm and a little humid, highs 82-87. Chance of rain 40%.
Sunday: Becoming partly sunny, still warm and somewhat humid, highs 81-86.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, maybe a thunderstorm, highs cooling to around 101. Well that's refreshing.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, maybe a thunderstorm, highs upper 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: Sunshine, highs lower 90s, Ozone Action Day like usual.
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, maybe a thunderstorm, highs mid- 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……..… 75 central, lower 70s north, upper 70s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 75
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 78
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 79 (0.01")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 75 (trace)
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 81
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 81

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 107
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 88 (0.16")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 89


Weather in the News:

Climate experts: Gore's movie gets the science right
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's top climate scientists are giving "An Inconvenient Truth," Al Gore's documentary on global warming, five stars for accuracy.
The former vice president's movie -- replete with the prospect of a flooded New York City, an inundated Florida, more and nastier hurricanes, worsening droughts, retreating glaciers and disappearing ice sheets -- mostly got the science right, said all 19 climate scientists who had seen the movie or read the book and answered questions from The Associated Press.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/06/27/gore.science.ap/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Eddie the feisty dog from 'Frasier' dies
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- The scrappy dog known as Eddie on TV's "Frasier" has died.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/TV/06/28/eddie.obit.ap/index.html

Rowling hints Harry Potter might die
LONDON, England (AP) -- Author J.K. Rowling said two characters will die in the last installment of her boy wizard series, and she hinted Harry Potter might not survive either.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/books/06/26/potter.deaths.ap/index.html


Top off Your Parking Meter with a Cell Call
New service allows drivers to call a city phone number to pay meter charges
Starting now, you can pay parking meters from your cellphone, get a text message warning the meter is about to expire and even top up the meter without going outside.
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=3828b870-dfb1-47f8-a81d-c694702a11dd
http://rss.slashdot.org/slashdot/eqWf?m=6266

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 27, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:25 PM GMT on June 27, 2006

Good Tuesday morning!

Hey check this out - a short intro for once! Tomorrow I'll explain the rule changes for the upcoming Summer 2006 game season, but for today, let's get right to the forecast:


Today’s forecast grade: B-


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for patchy dense fog...reducing visibilities to 1/4 mile or less in the Wisconsin River Valley through mid morning. Elsewhere across southern Wisconsin expect patchy fog with visibilities ranging between 1 and 4 miles through 9 am this morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a mix of sunshine, patchy fog, clouds, and even a few isolated showers across Wisconsin, temps are around 55-60.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: An area of low pressure to our northeast has a trailing cold front that is moving through Wisconsin this morning. Unfortunately for us, the low is nearly stationary, meaning that not only do you get odd-looking radar loops, but you'll also be seeing scattered showers and thunderstorms (particularly in the afternoon and evening hours) over the next two days. And as an FYI to you all, on Sunday we crossed the half-way point and Christmas is now less than six months away. Have you started your shopping yet?
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly sunny with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing. There is a slight risk of severe weather today. High of 75 central, lower 70s north, upper 70s south. Chance of rain 50%.

Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Lows mid- 50s. Chance of rain 40%.

Tomorrow: More scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs lower 70s central, mid- 70s south. Chance of rain 40%.

Extended:
Thursday: Partly sunny, highs 77-82.
Friday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, breezy, highs 79-84. Chance of rain 40%.
Saturday: Maybe a morning shower, otherwise becoming partly sunny. Warm, highs 81-86.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 80-85.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, isolated storms, highs near 105.
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- to upper 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: Sunshine, highs lower 90s. Ozone Action Day.
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, isolated storms, highs lower 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……..… 73 central, mid- 70s south, and mid- to upper 70s north
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 72 (trace)
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 74 (0.53")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 73 (0.59")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 80
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 71 (0.80")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 84 (0.03")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 106
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 87 (1.03")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 91


Weather in the News:

Floods force several D.C. buildings to close
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's capital readied Tuesday for more heavy rains that slathered highways with mud, brought down a 100-year-old elm tree on the White House lawn and caused flooding that shut down the National Archives and zoo.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/06/27/east.flood.ap/index.html
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060626/ts_nm/weather_midatlantic_dc

Nevada 'a giant tinderbox'
Huge fire near Grand Canyon closes road, strands tourists
RENO, Nevada (AP) -- More than a dozen lightning-caused wildfires were burning tens of thousands of acres of northern Nevada on Monday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/06/26/wildfires.ap/index.html

High court to look at global warming issue
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether the Environmental Protection Agency must regulate "greenhouse gases" in dealing with global warming.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thrivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20060626/20060626Highcourttolookatglobalwarmingissue.xml&p=-1

Hurricane machine to flatten home
A family home in Canada will be deliberately destroyed by scientists to understand how buildings react to hurricane force winds.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/5109844.stm
http://rss.slashdot.org/slashdot/eqWf?m=6238

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 26, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:31 PM GMT on June 26, 2006

Good Monday morning!

This is Steve with the morning intro, and I hope you all had a great weekend. Lisa has spent the last five days at the Country USA music festival in Oshkosh, so I get the pleasure of blogging about our weekend and baby for a bit. And by "our weekend", I really mean "my weekend," since I've barely seen my wife since Tuesday. :) On Sunday, Bryce and I trekked down to Genesee for my step-brother Andy's confirmation dinner, which was very tasty as always. Other than that, it was pretty much me and Flibber (the nickname I gave Bryce a while back) hanging out at home.

So what's new with the little guy? Well, his babble has started including new consistent words such as "Hi" and "Bryce", in addition to "dada, "doggy," and "kitty," which he's been saying for a few weeks now. He used to say "Mama" a lot, which was also his first word, but now doggy is pretty much trumping everything.
His walk-to-crawl ratio is still changing every day, and I think now he walks more than he crawls. His confidence grows every day.
He has also started hitting, which he is getting scolded for when he does it. It's kind of funny when he does it, but we can't encourage it. We have to be responsible parents, I suppose!
His throwing arm has been getting better as well, and the "tuck rule" hasn't been coming into play nearly as often, since most of his throws are now forward passes and not dropped right before his arm starts moving forward.
Bryce is becoming more participatory in "monkey see, monkey do", and will often stick his tongue out at you or make clicking noises with his mouth if you start doing the same. He's starting to interact with the television a bit more, and I caught him getting all excited and waving his arms around wildly when a lady did the same as she won $25,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire last week. Pretty funny.
He's getting more milk in his bottle, although it's not quite half and half yet, as I tried that earlier in the week and he didn't want it, so I had to make him a new bottle with less milk and more formula.

And lastly - a simple reminder to you all. If you're out and about and decide to put some Kleenex in your pocket in case allergies or whatever kick in, always always always remember to remove it before you do a load of wash. Needless to say, there were tiny shreds of tissue paper all over my clothes when I took them out of the dryer this weekend. So if any little tissue falls off of my shirt or pants this week, try to keep your laughter to a minimum. Okay?


Playoff Outburst

Players: 16
Topic: Foods that Come in a TV Dinner

Corn (11)
Mashed Potatoes (10)
Chicken (9)
Salisbury Steak (8)
Beef (3) (Meatloaf and Swedish Meatballs also accepted)
Turkey (3)
Macaroni and Cheese (1) - Bonus point goes to Becky T.
Peas (1) - Bonus point goes to Nia.
Spaghetti
Fish
Other Answers: That weird nasty brownie (3), Pot Pies, Tater Tots, Green Beans, Vegetables, Pudding, Applesauce


Playoff Mad Gab

Players: 14
Gab #1 (13/14): Dub Blows Heaven =
Double-O-Seven (007)

Gab #2 (13/14): Sea Be Hey Snooze =
CBS News

Gab #3 (13/14): Hum Era Gun Egg Suppress =
American Express


Spring 2006 Playoff Final Point Standings
For the first time ever, we have a tie with my step-father-in-law Karl and sister Bethany both having 21 points. However, according to the rules stated last week, in the case of a tie, the person with the most points during the regular season is the winner. So by a score of 87-72, congratulations to Karl for squeaking out his first win after several 2nd and 3rd place finishes! This now makes five seasons in a row where someone on Lisa's side of the family has won it all! Thanks everyone for making this a great season, and look for a new season to start this Thursday.

Karl, Appleton, WI: 21 (+6)
Bethany: 21 (+6)
Brian, Madison WI: 20 (+6)
Nia, Appleton, WI: 20 (+8)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 19 (+6)
Becky T. and Parents: 19 (+8)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 18 (+7)
Jan, Berlin, WI: 17 (+7)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 17 (+6)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 16 (+4)
Scott/Ann, Appleton, WI: 12 (+4)
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 7


Champions List:
2004: Ruth E.
Winter/Spring 2005: Nia
Summer 2005: Nia
Autumn 2005: Tammy
Winter 2006: Brian
Spring 2006: Karl


Today’s forecast grade: B-


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Occasional showers will continue in the Madison...Milwaukee... Waukesha...Racine...Kenosha...Sauk center and Spring Green areas from 530 am through 730 am. Additional rainfall of one quarter to three quarters inch is possible. Scattered showers are expected across the rest of south central and southeast Wisconsin through mid morning. The large area of showers over southern Wisconsin from the Wisconsin Dells and Madison to Milwaukee is expected to diminish in coverage and intensity through 8 am...however scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected to continue through the late morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with isolated showers in central Wisconsin and heavier rain across parts of southern Wisconsin, temps are mostly in the upper 50s to near 60.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A small circulation cut off from the main low pressure system on the east coast is continuing to develop scattered showers across parts of Wisconsin this morning. Will this storm that prompted some Flash Flood Warnings across south-central Wisconsin yesterday ever leave? The answer is yes, eventually, but only to make room for a new storm system that will push it aside like a cue ball and develop more scattered showers and storms tomorrow.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered thundershowers, mostly across southern Wisconsin but a few are springing up in central Wisconsin as well. High of 73 central, mid- 70s south, and mid- to upper 70s north (where there will be more sunshine today). Chance of rain 15% north, 30% central, and 80% south.

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

Tomorrow: Becoming mostly cloudy again with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing. Highs low to mid- 70s. Chance of rain 60%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 72-77. Chance of rain 70%.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, maybe a thundershower. Highs 74-79. Chance of rain 35%.
Friday: Partly sunny, maybe a thundershower south. Highs 74-79. Chance of rain 25%.
Saturday: Partly sunny, highs 76-81.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 78-83.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, hot, highs near 109. Welcome home!
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, breezy, highs mid- 80s.
Isolated showers will continue to affect the low country of South Carolina through the early to mid morning hours. The heaviest rain will affect Hunting Island...Fripp Island and Edisto Beach but the heavy rain will only last a few minutes. Rainfall amounts with this activity will be a tenth of an inch or less.
High risk of rip currents today...
Southeast swell of 4 to 5 feet... combined with moderate onshore
winds and astronomically high tides will result in a high risk for
rip currents on Monday. This includes all of the beaches of south
coastal South Carolina... including Isle of Palms... Sullivans
Island... Folly Beach... Kiawah Island... Edisto Beach and Hilton
Head Island.

A high risk for rip currents means that wind and or wave
conditions support particularly dangerous rip currents. Rip
currents are life threatening to anyone entering the surf. Heed
the advice of lifeguards and the beach patrol. Pay attention to
flags and posted signs.

There was one rip current related drowning and several rescues
reported on the beaches of south coastal South Carolina Sunday
afternoon.

Rip currents are strong narrow channels of water that flow away
from the beach. If you become caught in a rip current... remain
calm. Try to swim parallel to shore. Once you are away from the
force of the current... begin to swim back to the beach. Do not
attempt to swim directly against a rip current. Even a strong
swimmer can become exhausted quickly.
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 lower 90s.
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 lower 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)
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 64 (0.19")
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 77 (0.22")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 72 (0.10")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 73 (0.07")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 73 (0.86")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 84

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 109
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 84
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 93


Weather in the News:

Storms Cause Flooding
One Middleton business is dealing with floodwater inside its building after part of the roof collapsed.
Water gathered on the roof of Frank Liquor Company on Evergreen Road. That water was unable to drain, causing the southwest corner of the roof to collapse.
Police say no one was inside the building when it happened.
And in Columbia County, water accumulated along roads and in ditches.
http://nbc15.madison.com/news/headlines/3225531.html

Eastern floods force evacuations
FEDERALSBURG, Maryland (AP) -- Heavy rains caused serious flooding Sunday in Pennsylvania, Delaware and along Maryland's Eastern Shore, washing out roads and forcing some residents to evacuate their homes. No deaths or injuries were reported.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/06/25/east.flood.ap/index.html

Updated: 12:33 PM GMT on June 26, 2006

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No Winner Yet

By: HaleStorm, 1:21 AM GMT on June 24, 2006

As of 8pm I'm still waiting on three people to play the game, plus several others said they might adjust their answers this weekend, so I'll wait until Monday before posting the results. Two of you only played one of the two games, not noticing that there were two sets of them today. D'oh!

And to keep this post on topic with weather - today was an excellent sunny day in Appleton, Wisconsin, but scattered thunderstorms look to move in this weekend, especially Saturday night.

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 23, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:32 PM GMT on June 23, 2006

TGIF!

Playoff Outburst
Eight points are up for grabs on the last day of the Spring 2006 Season. Who will win? Who will choke? And who will come up with the least most popular answer to the topic below that is still listed on the card? That's worth an extra point, remember!

Topic: Foods that Come in a TV Dinner

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


Playoff Mad Gab
This is the last Mad Gab game until September (see poll results below). It's a no-tolerance Friday, meaning that Mad Gab answers must be exactly the same as on the back of the game card, and also spelled correctly. No exceptions - it's the last day of the playoffs! Step it up a notch!

Gab #1: Dub Blows Heaven

Gab #2: Sea Be Hey Snooze

Gab #3: Hum Era Gun Egg Suppress

Rules
Note that no bonus points are being randomly awarded for Mad Gab entries during the playoffs.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Would You Rather Results

Players: 21
Game #1:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
Given a choice of 5 mystery items, be forced to eat something you could
A. taste first but not see (6)
B. smell first but not taste (15) - 1 point

Game #2:
Topic: Appearance/Embarrassment
Would You Rather...
A. Have one eye in the middle of your forehead that has 20/20 vision (14) - 1 point
B. Have two eyes in the normal places but be virtually blind (6)

Game #3:
Topic: Pain/Fear/Discomfort
Would You Rather...
A. Be attacked by a giant snake (5)
B. Be attacked by a piranha fish (16) - 1 point

Would You Rather Message Board
Discuss yesterday's game on the message board!
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Spring 2006 Playoff Point Standings
Potential Points Remaining: 8

Karl, Appleton, WI: 15 (+2)
Bethany: 15 (+4)
Brian, Madison WI: 14 (+2)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 13 (+4)
Nia, Appleton, WI: 12 (+4)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 12 (+2)
Becky T. and Parents: 11 (+1)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 11 (+2)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 11 (+2)
Jan, Berlin, WI: 10 (+4)
Scott/Ann, Appleton, WI: 8 (+2)
-----Mathematically Eliminated-----
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 7 (+2)

Three of the top six are previous winners, yet three of the top four would be new to having their name in big bold letters. How will the final day's games play out? The final results will be sent with Monday morning's Weather Update. You guys have until Sunday night to get your answers in, but if everyone responds early, I might post the results on the Web site tonight or tomorrow (www.wisconsinweatherupdate.com). If there is a tie for first place, the winner will be the player with more points during the regular season. A shorter summer season will begin next Thursday with the reintroduction of Wheel of Fortune and some minor rule changes. If you have any suggestions, now is the perfect time to let me know!


Weather Update Poll Results:
Which game should be put on hiatus during the upcoming Summer 2006 season? [20 votes total]
Mad Gab (8) 40%
Would You Rather... (6) 30%
Scattergories (3) 15%
Outburst (2) 10%
Family Feud (1) 5%
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847
Archive:
http://vote.sparklit.com/archive.spark?archiveID=334188


Today’s forecast grade: A


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine mixed with just a few clouds, temps are cooler than they've been in a little while, in the low to mid- 50s. It does feel refreshing though, and you don't quite have to worry about covering up your plants because of frost!
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A weak area of high pressure is centered right over Peshtigo, Wisconsin this morning. It's keeping the latest frontal boundary to our south, and even though we'll be a little cooler today, the abundant sunshine will make it a winner in my book. That front will eventually make its way over here though, so look for scattered thunderstorms this weekend (none of which is expected to reach severe levels.)
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly cloudy and pleasantly cooler today. High of 73 central, lower 70s north, mid- 70s south.

Tonight: Increasing clouds. Maybe a shower north or west. Lows low to mid- 50s.

Saturday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs low to mid- 70s.. Rain chance 50%.

Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms central and south. Partly sunny north. Cooler yet, highs upper 60s central, lower 70s south. Rain chance 60%.

Extended:
Monday: Partly sunny, warmer, highs 73-78.
Tuesday: Maybe a thunderstorm, highs 77-82. Rain chance 30%.
Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Decreasing clouds late. Highs 75-80. Rain chance 40%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, near 109 today and above 110 this weekend. I bet you just can't wait to get back home!
Excessive heat watch in effect from Saturday afternoon through Saturday evening...
A building ridge of high pressure will bring very hot
temperatures to the Mojave Desert and southern Great Basin this
weekend. At this time... it appears that Saturday will be the
hottest day. The following are some selected high temperature
forecasts for Saturday.

Las Vegas... ... ... ... ... .111 degrees.
Barstow... ... ... ... ... ... 112 degrees.
Laughlin/Bullhead City... 115 degrees.
Needles... ... ... ... ... ... 117 degrees.
Death Valley... ... ... ... .124 degrees.

An excessive heat watch means that a period of hot temperatures
is expected. The hot temperatures will create a dangerous
situation in which heat-related illnesses are possible. Stay out
of the sun and in an air conditioned room if possible during the
heat of the day. If you must be outdoors... wear light weight
light colored clothing and a hat... use plenty of sunscreen... and
drink lots of water but avoid alcohol and caffeine. Check on
relatives and neighbors who may be at higher risk. This includes
very Young people... elderly people... and those who are ill.
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 80s. Maybe a storm this weekend, highs mid- 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: A chance of summer afternoon popcorn thunderstorms through the weekend, highs lower 90s. Ozone Action Day.
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 storms, then decreasing clouds later today and sunshine this weekend. Highs mid- 80s.
Isolated to widely scattered showers could develop at any time across portions of southern Illinois and southwest Indiana this morning. The activity should be confined to areas near the Interstate 64 corridor.
06/22/2006 0720 PM
Evansville, Vanderburgh County.
Hail m1.00 inch, reported by trained spotter.
Quarter size hail reported on north 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……..… 78 central, lower 70s north, lower 80s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 79
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 81
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 81 (trace)
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 73
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 83 (0.13")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 92

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 106
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 88
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 89


Top News:

Sources: Arrests may have stopped Sears Tower attack
FBI agents swooped down on six suspects, described by a law enforcement source as "possibly" al Qaeda wannabes, who may have been hatching a terror plot against the Sears Tower in Chicago and the Miami offices of the FBI. A seventh suspect was arrested before the raids.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/06/23/miami.raids/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,200683,00.html


Weather in the News:

Powerful storms pound upper Midwest
Northern Ohio town split in two by floodwaters
Sandstorm causes pileup in Texas
CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) -- Crews were fanning out across Ohio early Friday to assess damage from a series of storms that flipped airplanes, toppled tractor-trailers and killed a firefighter who tried to rescue two teens from a flash flood.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/06/23/severe.weather.ap/index.html

Wildfires scorching the U.S. West
Firefighters compete for manpower, equipment
(CNN) -- Fed by drought, wildfires continue to move across parts of the the Western United States, devouring acreage in New Mexico, Colorado, California and Arizona.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/06/22/western.wildfires/index.html

Study: Earth 'likely' hottest in 2,000 years
Panel: 'Warmth is unprecedented for at least the last 400 years'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It has been 2,000 years and possibly much longer since Earth has run such a fever.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/06/22/global.warming.ap/index.html

Earth surrounded by giant fizzy bubbles
(SPACE.com) -- The space above you is fizzing with activity as bubbles of superhot gas constantly grow and pop around Earth, scientists announced Tuesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/06/20/space.bubbles/index.html


Courtesy of the NWS:
...Specific initiation times of severe weather events in Wisconsin...

Below are four tables showing the clock hour in CST that tornadoes...
damaging thunderstorm winds... large hail... and flash floods
initiated. These tables do not show the total time duration of
these events...but only the clock hour they began. To change CST
to CDT...add one hour to the data below.

Initiation times and monthly initiation times and monthly
distribution of Wisconsin distribution of Wisconsin dmg
tornado events for 1982-2005... tstm wind events for 1982-2005...

clock hourly hourly clock hourly hourly
hour /CST/ totals percent hour /CST/ totals percent
12-1 am 13 1.78 12-1 am 213 3.68
1-2 am 6 0.82 1-2 am 188 3.25
2-3 am 5 0.68 2-3 am 167 2.88
3-4 am 4 0.54 3-4 am 126 2.18
4-5 am 2 0.27 4-5 am 68 1.17
5-6 am 3 0.41 5-6 am 45 0.78
6-7 am 1 0.14 6-7 am 67 1.16
7-8 am 2 0.27 7-8 am 45 0.78
8-9 am 4 0.54 8-9 am 60 1.04
9-10 am 2 0.27 9-10 am 43 0.74
10-11 am 9 1.23 10-11 am 56 0.97
11 am - noon 14 1.91 11 am - noon 101 1.74
12-1 PM 14 1.91 12-1 PM 163 2.82
1-2 PM 31 4.22 1-2 PM 246 4.25
2-3 PM 68 9.26 2-3 PM 341 5.89
3-4 PM 73 9.95 3-4 PM 484 8.36
4-5 PM 96 13.08 4-5 PM 622 10.74
5-6 PM 105 14.31 5-6 PM 658 11.36
6-7 PM 99 13.49 6-7 PM 566 9.78
7-8 PM 76 10.35 7-8 PM 465 8.03
8-9 PM 51 6.95 8-9 PM 357 6.17
9-10 PM 22 3.00 9-10 PM 280 4.84
10-11 PM 14 1.91 10-11 PM 232 4.01
11 PM - mid 20 2.72 11 PM - mid 197 3.40


Initiation times and monthly initiation times and monthly
distribution of Wisconsin distribution of Wisconsin
large hail events for 1982-2005... flash flood events for 1982-2005...

clock hourly hourly clock hourly hourly
hour /CST/ totals percent hour /CST/ totals percent
12-1 am 69 2.03 12-1 am 26 5.28
1-2 am 53 1.56 1-2 am 33 6.71
2-3 am 27 0.80 2-3 am 21 4.27
3-4 am 45 1.33 3-4 am 18 3.66
4-5 am 39 1.15 4-5 am 27 5.49
5-6 am 23 0.68 5-6 am 7 1.42
6-7 am 31 0.91 6-7 am 8 1.63
7-8 am 45 1.33 7-8 am 7 1.42
8-9 am 58 1.71 8-9 am 11 2.24
9-10 am 57 1.68 9-10 am 10 2.03
10-11 am 50 1.47 10-11 am 34 6.91
11 am - noon 91 2.68 11 am - noon 6 1.22
12-1 PM 161 4.74 12-1 PM 4 0.81
1-2 PM 179 5.27 1-2 PM 1 0.20
2-3 PM 238 7.01 2-3 PM 19 3.86
3-4 PM 327 9.63 3-4 PM 12 2.44
4-5 PM 361 10.64 4-5 PM 25 5.08
5-6 PM 408 12.02 5-6 PM 30 6.10
6-7 PM 345 10.16 6-7 PM 36 7.32
7-8 PM 254 7.48 7-8 PM 47 9.55
8-9 PM 201 5.92 8-9 PM 45 9.15
9-10 PM 150 4.42 9-10 PM 28 5.69
10-11 PM 116 3.42 10-11 PM 21 4.27
11 PM - mid 66 1.94 11 PM - mid 16 3.25

&&

Below is the monthly distribution of tornadoes...damaging thunderstorm
winds...large hail...and flash floods in Wisconsin for the period of 1982-2005.
Both the raw monthly count and monthly percentage are shown.

...tornadoes 1982-2005... ...dmg tstm winds 1982-2005...
month monthly monthly month monthly monthly
totals percent totals percent
Jan 0 0.00 Jan 0 0.00
Feb 0 0.00 Feb 12 0.21
Mar 8 1.09 Mar 82 1.42
Apr 47 6.40 Apr 252 4.35
may 99 13.49 may 730 12.61
Jun 213 29.02 Jun 1632 28.19
Jul 185 25.20 Jul 1552 26.80
Aug 110 14.99 Aug 1054 18.20
Sep 64 8.72 Sep 402 6.94
Oct 8 1.09 Oct 67 1.18
Nov 0 0.00 Nov 7 0.12
Dec 0 0.00 Dec 0 0.00


...large hail 1982-2005... ...flash floods 1982-2005...
month monthly monthly month monthly monthly
totals percent totals percent
Jan 0 0.00 Jan 0 0.00
Feb 8 0.24 Feb 0 0.00
Mar 191 5.63 Mar 5 1.02
Apr 348 10.25 Apr 1 0.20
may 689 20.30 may 74 15.04
Jun 742 21.86 Jun 146 29.67
Jul 566 16.68 Jul 68 13.82
Aug 482 14.20 Aug 89 18.09
Sep 318 9.37 Sep 97 19.72
Oct 44 1.30 Oct 11 2.24
Nov 6 0.18 Nov 1 0.20
Dec 0 0.00 Dec 0 0.00

For bar graphs of this data...please refer to:
http://www.Crh.NOAA.Gov/mkx/?N=storm-init /all lower case/

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 22, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:46 PM GMT on June 22, 2006

Good Thursday morning!

Playoff Would You Rather

Game #1:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
Given a choice of 5 mystery items, be forced to eat something you could
A. taste first but not see
B. smell first but not taste

Game #2:
Topic: Appearance/Embarrassment
Would You Rather...
A. Have one eye in the middle of your forehead that has 20/20 vision
B. Have two eyes in the normal places but be virtually blind

Game #3:
Topic: Pain/Fear/Discomfort
Would You Rather...
A. Be attacked by a giant snake
B. Be attacked by a piranha fish

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


Scattergories Challenge Results
By the slimmest of margins, you guys have made Jan not a happy camper this morning.

Cartoon Character(s):
Farfel: (3 yea, 4 nay - no points are awarded to Jan)

Found in a Gym/Health Club:
Fruit Juice: (3 yea, 7 nay - no points are awarded. Submitter was not in the playoffs)
Fit fathers: (5 yea, 6 nay - no points are awarded to Jan)
Fluid rower: (6 yea, 3 nay - two points are awarded)
Flesh: (9 yea, 2 nay - two points are awarded)
Feet: (7 yea, 4 nay - two points are awarded)
Floor: (8 yea, 3 nay - two points are awarded)
Free Weights: (9 yea, 1 nay - two points are awarded)


Match Game Results

Players: 19
Game #1: Drain __________
Pipe (10) - 2 points
O (3) - 1 point
Plug (2)
The Tub (2)
Other Answers: Clog, Cleaner

Game #2: I'm Going To _________
Bed (8) - 2 points
Scream (3) - 1 point
Win (2)
Other Answers: Church, The Store, Tell, Puke, Town, Get You


Spring 2006 Playoff Point Standings
Potential Points Remaining: 12

Karl, Appleton, WI: 13 (+4)
Brian, Madison WI: 12 (+2)
Bethany: 11 (+4)
Becky T. and Parents: 10 (+1)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 10 (+2)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 9 (+2)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 9 (+0)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 9 (+2)
Nia, Appleton, WI: 8 (+4)
Jan, Berlin, WI: 6 (-2)
Scott/Ann, Appleton, WI: 6 (+0)
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 5


Weather Update Poll: (last day to vote)
Which game should be put on hiatus during the upcoming Summer 2006 season?
Family Feud
Mad Gab
Outburst
Scattergories
Would You Rather...
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s forecast grade: B+


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds in central and southern Wisconsin, some sunshine north, and a big blob of rain in northern Illinois, temps are in the low to mid- 60s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: The front that developed the scattered severe thunderstorms yesterday across Wisconsin has moved off to the southeast. Look for cooler temperatures behind the front today, especially in northern Wisconsin, and maybe even another isolated thundershower as a weak, trailing cold front currently in the upper peninsula moves into Wisconsin. And now that the Summer Solstice is behind us, the days start to get shorter from here on out!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly sunny, maybe a shower in far southern Wisconsin this morning, and perhaps an isolated thundershower this afternoon (but probably not). High of 78 central, lower 70s north, lower 80s south.

Tonight: Becoming mostly clear. Lows near or just over 50.

TGIF: Not a bad forecast for a Friday. Partly cloudy and cooler, highs low to mid- 70s.

Extended:
Saturday: Partly sunny, maybe an afternoon storm, highs 73-78. Chance of rain 20%.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a 25% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs 73-78.
Next Week’s Outlook: Nothing looks overly impressive next week, so besides the chance of a summer afternoon thunderstorm, each day looks to be mostly dry. Temperature should moderate back into the upper 70s to lower 80s.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs near 106, yadda yadda yadda.
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 80s but mid- 90s inland.
Heat index values 100 to 105 away from the coast today...
Persistent high pressure at both the surface and upper atmosphere
over southeast South Carolina and southeast Georgia will maintain
hot and humid conditions today. High temperatures will reach the
middle 90s for much of the area today. These temperatures combined
with dewpoints in the lower 70s will allow heat index values to
rise to 100 to 105 degrees today for locations away from the
immediate coast.

The heat index is a measure of how hot it feels when the effects of
humidity are combined with the outside temperature. A heat index of
105 degrees is considered the level where many people begin to
experience extreme discomfort or physical stress. The heat index
is measured under shady conditions so direct exposure will
increase the heat index by as much as 15 degrees.

If you plan to be outside this afternoon... avoid prolonged
exposure or strenuous activities. Your body can lose up to a
gallon of water an hour through perspiration. Drink plenty of non-
caffeinated... non-alcoholic fluids. Wear light-weight clothing and
wear a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sunshine.

Pets can also succumb to the effects of excessive heat. Ensure
pets have adequate fresh drinking water and a shady place to rest.
Do not keep pets in cars with the windows rolled up... even
partially. Temperatures inside cars can reach well over 150
degrees.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio all hazards... TV... or your local
news source for the latest weather information from the National
Weather Service. Additional information is also available on the
internet at www.Erh.NOAA.Gov/chs.
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 storms, highs just over 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: Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing, hot highs in the lower 90s.
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……..… 83 central, lower 80s north, mid- 80s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 81 (0.42")
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 80 (0.05")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 79 (0.39")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 86
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 87 (0.08")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 92

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 105
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 88
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 88


Weather in the News:

Rain pounds Toledo with 5 inches in 5 hours
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Powerful storms raced across the upper Midwest, toppling trees and power lines and flooding streets, basements and a hospital lobby, where workers pumped out several inches of standing water.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/06/22/severe.weather.ap/index.html


Courtesy of the NWS:
...Average initiation times of severe weather events in Wisconsin...

A bean count was done to determine the peak initiation hour and month of
a variety of warm-season weather events that affect Wisconsin. This was
done for the time period of 1982-2005. The information below displays
this data with all times in CST. For CDT...add one hour to all times
listed below.

...Weather event... ...hour... ...time range... ...month...
tornadoes 5 PM 5 PM - 8 PM June
funnel clouds 6 PM 5 PM - 8 PM June
waterspouts 1 PM 1 PM - 4 PM August
thunderstorm winds 5 PM 4 PM - 7 PM June
large hail 6 PM 5 PM - 8 PM June
flash floods 7 PM 6 PM - 9 PM July

/waterspouts on Wisconsin waters of lakes Michigan and Superior only/

&&

...Monthly distribution of major short-fuse severe weather events for
the period of 1982-2005...

flash month month
month tornado tstm winds hail flood total percent
Jan 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Feb 0 12 8 0 20 0.19
Mar 8 82 191 5 286 2.67
Apr 47 252 348 1 648 6.05
may 99 730 689 74 1592 14.86
Jun 213 1632 742 146 2733 25.52
Jul 185 1552 566 68 2671 24.94
Aug 110 1054 482 89 1735 16.20
Sep 64 402 318 97 881 8.23
Oct 8 67 44 11 130 1.21
Nov 0 7 6 1 14 0.13
Dec 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

Year 734 5790 3394 492 10710
percent 6.53 54.06 31.69 4.59

&&

Tornadoes may occur during every month of the year. In Wisconsin their
peak month of occurrence is in June...and tornadoes most often occur
between the months of may and August. Tornadoes may occur at any hour of
the day...but in the past 24 years tornadoes in Wisconsin initiated most
often between 5 PM and 6 PM CST...with a peak 6-hour initiation period
of 2 PM to 8 PM CST.

When conditions for severe weather are possible...pay attention to your
NOAA Weather Radio all hazards or local news media for the possible
issuance of a weather watch...or severe weather warning. Remember that a
watch is issued when conditions are favorable for severe weather to
develop...and a warning is issued when severe weather is occurring or
imminent.

Tornadoes...or any other severe weather event...may occur 24 hours a
day...365 days a year. It is your responsibility to be prepared.
Wisconsin weather...like the rest of the United States...can change at a
moment/S notice. Stay informed of potentially dangerous situations.

Environmental clues that severe weather...especially tornadoes...may
be developing include a very dark...maybe greenish sky...low-hanging and
rotating wall clouds...or large hail. Also be on the lookout for flash
flooding...lightning...strong winds...or hail. These events may be just
as deadly...if not more so than tornadoes.

Should severe weather develop in your area...enable your emergency
disaster plan immediately. Move indoors to a basement or interior
room...or at the very least...some form of permanent shelter to take
cover in. Being prepared and willing to act during warnings is the best
life saver of all.

For bar graphs of this data...please refer to:
http://www.Crh.NOAA.Gov/mkx/?N=storm-init /all lower case/

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 21, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:52 PM GMT on June 21, 2006

Good Summer Solstice Wednesday morning!

Match Game: Phrase Edition
Many will play, one will win!

Game #1: Drain __________

Game #2: I'm Going To _________

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


Scattergories Challenges
Attention all non-playoff participants!!! I need some unbiased opinions! Email me back with your opinion on whether these challenged answers should be accepted for points. You have until 7am Thursday morning to write in with your yea/nays! Thanks in advance for your help!

Challenge List:
(yea = accept for points; nay = do not accept for points)

Cartoon Character(s):
Farfel: _________

Found in a Gym/Health Club:
Fruit Juice: _________
Fit fathers: _________
Fluid rower: _________
Flesh: _________
Feet: _________
Floor: _________
Free Weights: _________


Scattergories Challenge Message Board
If you want to make a case for why your answer should count, have at it!
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Playoff Feud Results

Players: 22
Topic #1: An organ of the body that might be used as a transplant
Heart (12) - 2 points
Kidney (9) - 1 point
Other Answer: Liver

Topic #2: Name a kind of place where parents are embarrassed by their misbehaving children
Church (12) - 2 points
Restaurant (6) - 1 point
Store (4)


Spring 2006 Playoff Point Standings
Potential Points Remaining: 16

Brian, Madison WI: 10 (+3)
Becky T. and Parents: 9 (+4)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 9 (+3)
Karl, Appleton, WI: 9 (+2)
Jan, Berlin, WI: 8 (+4)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 8 (+2)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 7 (+3)
Bethany: 7 (+2)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 7 (+2)
Scott/Ann, Appleton, WI: 6 (+4)
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 5 (+2)
Nia, Appleton, WI: 4


Weather Update Poll:
Which game should be put on hiatus during the upcoming Summer 2006 season?
Family Feud
Mad Gab
Outburst
Scattergories
Would You Rather...
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s forecast grade: B


Storm Reports from one hour ago: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
06/21/2006 0650 am
1 miles SW of Waunakee, Dane County.
Funnel cloud, reported by trained spotter.

06/21/2006 0650 am
Brookfield, Waukesha County.
Thunderstorm wind damage, reported by law enforcement.
Wire down.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds and sunshine north, a mostly cloudy sky central, and a line of severe thunderstorms southeast, temps are mostly in the 60s except for southeastern Wisconsin, which is already in the lower 70s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: What a way to start a new season! The Summer Solstice officially occurred just a few minutes ago, at 7:26 a.m. A line of severe thunderstorms is moving through southeastern Wisconsin this morning courtesy of a warm front just to our south, with large hail and strong winds the primary concerns. With increased heat and humidity in the area, more storms are expected to develop this afternoon, which could also become severe. Today is the longest day of the year, and I can't think of a better way to celebrate this occurrence than playing hooky and going to a Milwaukee Brewers game this afternoon, courtesy of an Employee Appreciation Event at Thrivent Financial. I'm sure my wife Lisa will also enjoy the extra sunshine as Country USA starts today in Oshkosh.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Scattered severe thunderstorms southeast this morning, then mostly cloudy, warm and humid with more scattered thunderstorms developing this afternoon, especially south. We are under a slight risk of severe weather today, with a moderate risk of severe weather just to our southeast. Breezy, high of 83 central, lower 80s north, mid- 80s south. Chance of rain 50% south, 30% central, 20% north.

Tonight: Maybe an evening storm, otherwise decreasing clouds. Lows near 60.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, highs upper 70s to near 80 central, just over 80 south.

Extended:
Friday: Partly sunny, maybe an isolated shower, cooler highs 72-77. Chance of rain 20%.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 73-78. Chance of rain 30%.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, scattered thundershowers, highs 72-77. Chance of rain 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, near 105, but it could be 150 degrees for all you care today!
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, hot, highs near 90 but mid- 90s inland.
Heat index values 100 to 105 away from the coast today...
A ridge of high pressure in the upper atmosphere combined with
surface high pressure over the Atlantic Ocean extending west over
southeast South Carolina and southeast Georgia will create hot and
humid conditions today. High temperatures will reach the middle
90s for much of the area today. These temperatures combined with
dewpoints in the lower 70s will allow heat index values to rise
to 100 to 105 today for locations away from the immediate coast.

The heat index is a measure of how hot it feels when the effect of
humidity are combined with the outside temperature. A heat index
of 105 degrees is considered the level where many people begin to
experience extreme discomfort or physical stress. The heat index is
measured under shady conditions so direct exposure will increase
the heat index by as much as 15 degrees.

If you plan to be outside this afternoon... avoid prolonged
exposure or strenuous activities. Your body can lose up to a
gallon of water an hour through perspiration. Drink plenty of non-
caffeinated... non-alcoholic fluids. Wear light-weight clothing and
wear a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.

Pets can also succumb to the effects of excessive heat. Insure
pets have adequate fresh drinking water and a shady place to rest.
Do not keep pets in cars with the windows rolled up... even
partially. Temperatures inside cars can reach well over 150
degrees.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio all hazards... TV... or your local
news source for the latest weather information from the National
Weather Service. Additional information is also available on the
internet at www.Erh.NOAA.Gov/chs.
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 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: Isolated storms, hot and humid, highs lower 90s.
Heat index values around 100 this afternoon...
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……..… 78 central, mid- 70s north, near 80 south.
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 73 (0.05") (all precip totals are as of midnight)
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 76 (trace)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 72 (0.01")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 72 (0.01")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 79 (trace)
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 92 (trace)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 103
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 90
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 82 (0.11")


Weather in the News:

Hartford tornado gave 2 minutes' warning
The tornado that struck this western Washington County community Sunday afternoon, creating nearly $4 million in damage, was caused by an unusual, "perplexing" set of weather conditions that gave residents little more than two minutes to seek shelter.
"It wasn't a classic textbook event," said Ken Rizzo, chief meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Sullivan. "This one is perplexing us."
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=438519

Strong waves slam Central American coast
Hundreds are evacuated from coastal towns
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Big waves generated by a storm 2,000 miles away battered a long stretch of the Pacific coast, wrecking homes, hotels and restaurants from Peru to Central America, civil defense officials said Tuesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/americas/06/20/pacific.storm.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories

Stonehenge solstice draws 19,000
Druids and New Age revelers greet longest day
STONEHENGE, England (AP) -- Thousands of dancing and drumming spectators cheered the summer solstice at Stonehenge as an orange sliver of sun rose over the Heel Stone on Wednesday morning.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/06/21/stonehenge.druids.ap/index.html

Moon Mining Gets a Closer Look
Hurdles loom before Hawking's goal realized. Needs include oxygen, water, food at outpost.
It sounds more than a little like a science fiction flick.
Human beings, colonizing a distant planet, in order to escape a potentially doomed Earth.
Last week, one of the world's most renowned astrophysicists outlined precisely that scenario. Speaking in Hong Kong, Stephen Hawking said, "It is important for the human race to spread out into space for the survival of the species."
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1150672506621&call_pageid=968332188774&col=968350116467
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/06/19/2258250&from=rss


In Case You Missed It:

Wade's World: Finals MVP leads Heat to first title in team history
For Pat Riley, it's the first time in 18 years he can say it. For Shaquille O'Neal, it's been four years, and for Alonzo Mourning, Gary Payton and Dwyane Wade -- especially Wade -- it's the first time they can make the claim.
Champions, all of them. All of the Miami Heat.
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/recap?gameId=260620006
http://www.cnn.com/si/basketball/nba/specials/playoffs/2006/?cnn=yes
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=439090

Plane makes safe emergency landing in Chicago
CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- An American Airlines flight made an emergency landing Tuesday morning at O'Hare International Airport after reporting difficulties with its front landing gear, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
http://www.cnn.com/rssclick/2006/US/06/20/emergency.landing.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories

Goldilocks in reverse
Woman finds bear eating her oatmeal
WEST VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- It was a real-life version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears -- only in reverse -- when a woman came home to find a young bear eating oatmeal in her kitchen.
http://www.cnn.com/rssclick/2006/WORLD/americas/06/20/oatmeal.bear.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories


Courtesy of the NWS:
... Understanding the science of thunderstorms and lightning...

A thunderstorm forms in air that has three components... moisture...
instability and something such as a cold front to cause the air to
rise. Continued rising motions within the storm may build the cloud
to a height of 35000 to 60000 feet above sea level.

Lightning is associated with all thunderstorms. Lightning is a giant
spark of electricity that occurs within the atmosphere or between the
atmosphere and the ground. As lightning passes through the air... it
heats the air rapidly to a temperature of about 50000 degrees
fahrenheit... considerably hotter than the surface of the sun. During a
lightning discharge... the sudden heating of the air causes it to
expand rapidly. After the discharge... the air contracts quickly as it
cools back to a normal temperature. This rapid expansion and
contraction of the air causes a shock wave that we hear as thunder.
This shock wave can damage walls and break glass.

All thunderstorms go through various stages of growth...
development... electrification and dissipation. The process of
thunderstorm development often begins early in the day when the
sun heats the air near the ground and pockets of warmer air start
to rise in the atmosphere. When these pockets reach a certain
level in the atmosphere... cumulus clouds start to form. Continued
heating can cause these clouds to grow vertically upward into the
atmosphere. These towering cumulus clouds may be one of the first
indications of a developing thunderstorm. The final stage of
development occurs as the top of the cloud becomes anvil-shaped.

Cloud to ground lightning can be categorized into two different
types... the negative flash and the positive flash. In the negative
cloud to ground flash... an almost invisible... negatively charged
channel of air forms near the cloud base and surges downward toward
the ground. As this step Leader approaches the ground... streamers
of positive charges shoot upward from trees... buildings and other
objects on the ground. When these streamers meet the step
Leader... the connection is complete and a surge of electrical
current moves from the ground to the cloud causing the visible
return stroke that we call lightning. The entire process takes
only a fraction of a second.

The process for a positive flash is similar except that a positive
channel usually originates in The Anvil of the storm and surges
downward. In this case... streamers of negative charges shoot up
to meet positively charged channel as it approaches the ground.
When a connection is made a positive flash of lightning occurs.

While both negative and positive flashes of lightning can be deadly...
the positive flashes generally are more destructive and are more
apt to catch people by surprise. Because the distance between the
ground and anvil is much greater than the distance between the
ground and the cloud base... a much larger electric potential is
needed to initiate a positive flash of lightning. For the same
reason... positive flashes are infrequent and widely scattered
around the storm... but generally involve the exchange of a much
greater charge and are usually more destructive.

The greatest danger associated with the positive flashes is that
they strike in areas where most people think they are safe
from the storm. They generally strike well beyond the area where
rain is falling and well beyond the main area where most of the
negative lightning flashes and thunder is occurring. Consequently
many victims are caught completely off guard.

The best advice in order to minimize your risk of becoming a
lightning victim is to get to a safe shelter sooner and to stay there
longer. In general... if you can hear thunder you are within striking
distance of the storm.

For additional information about lightning or lightning safety...
visit NOAA/S lightning safety awareness web site at...

Http://www.Lightningsafety.NOAA.Gov

Remember... then thunder roars... go indoors.

Updated: 12:56 PM GMT on June 21, 2006

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 20, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:42 PM GMT on June 20, 2006

Good Tuesday morning!

Scattergories Initial Results

Players: 21
Starting Letter: F
Topic #1: Cartoon Character(s) (adj. are ok as long as it's a part of the proper name)
Felix (the Cat) (x3: Diane Sm., Mary Be, Mom)
Fred Flintstone (x3: Sharon, Steve L., Sarah H.)
Frank (as in Frank and Ernest)
Farfel
Funky Winkerbean
Frigga (marvel character)
Fozzie the bear
Hubert Farnsworth (from Futurama)
Flanders (Ned) - remember I tried to use this one last time when the starting letter was "N"!
Fat Albert
Fetch (with Ruff Ruffman on PBS)
Fearow (From Pok'emon)
Fred from Scooby Doo
Funny, Doug (of the cartoon Doug)
Fran (Higglytown Heros)
Frankenstein Jr http://www.wingnuttoons.com/FrankensteinJr.html
Sally Forth

Topic #2: Found in a Gym/Health Club
Fans (x4: Katie/Bart, Sarah H., Clair, Scott/Ann)
Faucet (x2: Sue, Nia)
Fat/Fat People (x2: Mary Be., Mom)
Fungus
Free Weights
Fit Fathers
Flesh
Fluid Rower
Flab
Fountain (drinking water) and some even have pretty decorative ones.
Fees (i.e. membership)
Fatigue
Fruit juice
Flippers (for the pool)
Feet
Floor

Scattergories Challenge Message Board
You have until Wednesday at 7am to post any challenges to the message board. On Wednesday, all challenged answers will be voted on by anyone who is NOT currently in the playoffs. After the jury has decided the fate of each challenged answer, you'll see the final results tallied in Thursday's update. If there's a tie, I'll break it.
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Playoff Feud
Four points are available each day this week with the exception of Friday, which will have not four, but eight points possible. Play each day for your best chance to win a "fabulous" prize! Remember that everyone is welcome to play on this last full day of Spring!

Topic #1: An organ of the body that might be used as a transplant

Topic #2: Name a kind of place where parents are embarrassed by their misbehaving children

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


Spring 2006 Playoff Point Standings
Potential Points Remaining: 20
Brian, Madison WI: 7 (+4)
Karl, Appleton, WI: 7 (+4)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 6 (+4)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 6 (+4)
Becky T. and Parents: 5 (+4)
Bethany: 5 (+4)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 5 (+2)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 4 (+4)
Jan, Berlin, WI: 4 (+4)
Nia, Appleton, WI: 4 (+2)
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 3 (+2)
Scott/Ann, Appleton, WI: 2 (+2)


Weather Update Poll:
Which game should be put on hiatus during the upcoming Summer 2006 season?
Family Feud
Mad Gab
Outburst
Scattergories
Would You Rather...
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine, temps are in the mid- to upper 50s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: High pressure centered over Wisconsin this morning is giving us a very pleasant way to start off the day weatherwise. However, a front will be approaching from northern Missouri and central Illinois, so while the morning may be nice, look for thunderstorms to creep up from southwest to northeast later today and tonight.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning sunshine with increasing clouds this afternoon. Maybe an afternoon storm southwest. High of 78 central, mid- 70s north, near 80 south.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Warm overnight, lows mid- to upper 60s. Chance of rain 80%. There is a slight risk of severe weather.

Tomorrow: Becoming partly sunny, breezy and mild with maybe a lingering shower to the south or east. Highs low to mid- 80s. Chance of rain 20%.

Extended:
Thursday: Partly sunny, maybe a thunderstorm, highs 77-82. Chance of rain 30%.
Friday: Partly sunny, cooler, highs 70-75.
Saturday: Partly sunny, highs 71-76.
Sunday: Partly sunny, maybe a thunderstorm. Highs 72-77. Chance of rain 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs near 104.
... Record high minimum broken in Las Vegas today...
The low temperature this morning at McCarran International Airport
here in Las Vegas only got down to 85 degrees. This reading broke
the record high minimum... or warmest low temperature... for the date.
The previous record high minimum was 83 degrees set in 1997.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated storms, breezy, highs mid- 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: Even Noah would have been impressed. More storms, especially this morning. Highs mid- 80s.
The National Weather Service in League City has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for...
Galveston County in southeast Texas
Chambers County in southeast Texas
western Liberty County in southeast Texas

* until 830 am CDT

* at 625 am CDT... National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated
a band of thunderstorms producing very heavy rainfall extending from
southeast of Liberty to Mont Belvieu to Galveston and Crystal
Beach. This band of thunderstorms is producing hourly rainfall rates
between 1 and 3 inches.

* Flooding is expected in or near...
Anahuac... Mont Belvieu... Oak Island... Crystal Beach and Galveston.

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 4 PM for the warned area.

... Record daily maximum rainfall set at Houston Bush
intercontinental Airport...
A record rainfall of 4.43 inches was set at Houston intercontinental
yesterday. This breaks the old record of 2.24 set in 1961.
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: Afternoon storms possible, highs lower 90s.
Heat index values 95 to 100 this afternoon and Wednesday...
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 central, near 70 north, and upper 70s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 77
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 77
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 79
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 71 (0.08")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 87
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 86

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 106
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 82
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 78 (4.24"!)


Weather in the News:

Downpour drenches parts of Gulf Coast
Houston, parts of Louisiana among hardest-hit
HOUSTON, Texas (AP) -- More than 10 inches of rain deluged parts of the Gulf Coast on Monday, forcing the evacuation of a Louisiana nursing home and stranding motorists on roads flooded up to waist-deep in Southeast Texas, where National Guard troops were on standby for more storms.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/06/19/texas.rain.ap/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Brind'Amour, Hurricanes beat Oilers for first Stanley Cup title
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Rod Brind'Amour lifted the Stanley Cup above his head, tears of joy streaming down his face. This one was for the captain and all those Carolina old-timers whose names are going on hockey's most revered trophy for the first time.
http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/recap?gameId=260619007
http://www.cnn.com/si/hockey/nhl/specials/playoffs/2006/?cnn=yes

Thanks Lisa for the link!
Lawmaker takes aim at Marshmallow Fluff
BOSTON Fluffernutters for lunch? Outrageous! There ought to be a law! And if a Massachusetts politician gets his way, there might be.
http://www.WBAY.com/Global/story.asp?s=5049731


Courtesy of the NWS:
...Preliminary report on F1 tornado in Hartford WI...

An official NWS storm survey led by meteorologist-in-charge ken
rizzo has found a 3.5 to 4 mile long tornado track through
Hartford. The tornado was on the ground for about 10 minutes. The
path width was mainly 1/8 mile...but reached a maximum of 1/4 mile.

Initial estimates are of wind speeds of 90 to 112 mph...a high end
F1 on the fujita scale.


...National lightning safety awareness week is June 18-24...
...Today/S topic...overview on lighting...the underrated killer...

Lightning facts...
---in the USA...about 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes
each year.
---An average of 66 people are killed each year by lightning.
That/S more than the annual number of people killed by tornadoes
or hurricanes.
---Hundreds of injury cases are reported each year...but the
actual number is unknown. People who are injured by lightning
often report a variety of long-term...debilitating symptoms.

Part of the problem...
---many people don/T understand all the dangers associated with
thunderstorms and lightning...and don/T act properly or in a
timely fashion.

The dangers of lightning...
---each and every flash of cloud-to-ground lightning is a potential
killer.
---Even though the visible flash struck nearby...many victims are
struck by the lightning current moving in and along the ground.
---Lightning can strike as much as 10 miles away from the rain area
in a thunderstorm...that/S about the distance that you are able
to hear the thunder from the storm.
---If you can hear thunder...it/S safe to say that you are within
striking distance of lightning.

Outdoor dangers...
---those involved in activities such as boating...swimming...fishing
...bicycling...golfing...jogging...walking...hiking...camping...
or working out of doors all need to take the appropriate actions
in a timely manner when thunderstorms approach.
---Where organized sports activities are taking place...coaches...
umpires...referees...or Camp counselors must protect the safety
of the participants by stopping the activities sooner...so that
the participants and spectators can get to a safe place before
the lightning threat becomes significant.

Indoor dangers...
---people should stay away from windows and doors and avoid
contact with anything that conducts electricity.
---People may also want to take certain actions well before the
storm to protect property within their homes...such as electronic
equipment.

Medical tips...
---in the unfortunate event that a person is struck by lightning...
medical care...such as cpr...may be needed immediately to save
the person/S life.
---Cardiac arrest and irregularities...Burns...and nerve damage are
common in cases where people are struck by lightning.

---For additional information about lightning or lightning safety...
visit NOAA/S lightning safety awareness web site at:

Http://www.Lightningsafety.NOAA.Gov /lower case letters/

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 19, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:40 PM GMT on June 19, 2006

Happy Monday morning,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope you all had a great weekend. For all the fathers on the list, I hope you had a very happy Father's Day. To Steve the update author, Happy First official Father's Day to you too. We had a fun but extremely busy weekend, which consisted of travelling all over Wisconsin.

Late Friday afternoon, Steve had his first racquetball league match of the summer season at the YMCA. He said he was a little rusty and didn't win, but had a lot of fun and a great workout. Then later that evening, Steve and I went ballroom dancing at the Crystal Ballroom for their Hawaiian Luau night. Saturday morning I had an Inspired Aroma coffee and tea party. Then after the party, Steve, Bryce and I travelled to Madison for our friend Chris's 30th birthday party, followed by a cookout with our friends Phil and Nicole, and Dave and Diane. We spent Saturday night at Dave and Diane's, then on Sunday afternoon we joined our friends Dan and Lin, who were in town from Las Vegas, for a tasty lunch at P.F. Chang's Chinese Bistro, and ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery in Middleton. Steve and I then travelled to Genesee to celebrate Father's Day and my sister-in-law Katie's birthday. Happy Birthday Katie!

Overall it was fun weekend, but just tiresome with all the travelling. Bryce was also cranky most of the weekend since he is teething and from all the travelling. His favorite place is home so travelling wears him out. He also didn't sleep well Saturday night, since it was a strange location for him (this was our first time sleeping at Dave and Diane's house with him.) Also as previously mentioned he is teething and he has another front tooth coming in on the bottom. Bryce has also started taking more steps, with the ratio of walking to crawling changing daily, and on Friday at my mom's house, where he has more room to walk, he took 39 steps (Nia counted!) Some of his baby babbling is also starting to sound more like actual words. His newest word is Dog or Doggie, so he calls everything "Dog or Doggie" even when there are no animals or dogs in sight. Last night at Steve's dad's house, we told Bryce he couldn't pet their kitty Minnie because she was sick. He fussed at first, then he said what sounded very much like "Oh Well." I guess we'll never know if that's what he actually said or not, but it sure sounded like it. It was pretty funny.

Well that wraps up our weekend, and I hope you all have a great week.


Playoff Scattergories
Five days of games start right now! You may recognize the two categories below - they are the same ones that were used for the first game of Scattergories this season on April 11. The only difference is a different starting letter! Good luck to the 12 playoff participants, and I encourage everyone else who didn't make it to play along as well. This is your chance to play a spoiler role!

Starting Letter: F
Topic #1: Cartoon Character(s) (adj. are ok as long as it's a part of the proper name)

Topic #2: Found in a Gym/Health Club

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. 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


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds (mixed in with some sunshine in some areas) and breezy conditions, temps are in the mid- to upper 60s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: It sounds like we just missed out on some fun yesterday - a brief tornado was reported near Stoughton, the next town over from where we were staying Saturday night, and .5" hail and a funnel cloud was spotted close to our house yesterday evening. The NWS even called me to ask what I saw, but unfortunately we were out of town! As for today, the cold front that developed all of this severe weather is now in eastern Wisconsin, but besides a stray shower, most of the precipitation today will develop south and east of Wisconsin.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy this morning with decreasing clouds later today. Breezy and cooler, high of 74 central, near 70 north, and upper 70s south.

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

Tomorrow: Increasing clouds once again with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing late in the day from west to east. Highs mid- to upper 70s. Chance of rain tomorrow night 60%. There is a slight risk of these storms becoming severe.

Extended:
Wednesday: Maybe a morning shower, otherwise partly sunny, highs 78-83.
Thursday: Partly sunny, highs 76-81.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms. Highs 73-78. Chance of rain 30%.
Saturday: Becoming partly cloudy and cooler, highs 70-75.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 75-80.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, breezy, highs around 106 with a heat index of 212.
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 low to mid- 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 storms, highs upper 80s.
The National Weather Service in League City has issued a

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

* until 930 am CDT

* at 630 am CDT... National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated
very heavy rain from a thunderstorms over Bolivar Peninsula and NE
northern Galveston County from Kemah to Friendswood. Rainfall rates
of 2 to 2 and half inches will be possible.

* The a thunderstorm producing very heavy rain will remain over
mainly rural areas of eastern Galveston County and the extreme
northern portions of the County.

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 4 PM for the warned area.

Moderate to very heavy rains will continue to fall over locations from Harris County through to Chambers County. This band of showers and thunderstorms will continue to slowly drift south into northern Galveston and Brazoria counties...with development spreading west into Fort Bend...Matagorda and Wharton counties through 8 am. Rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches may be possible in addition to the amounts that have already fallen over Harris and northern Brazoria counties. A threat of isolated severe weather may also accompany these storms. Elsewhere rainfall amounts should average less than one tenth of an inch.
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 sunny, maybe an afternoon storm, 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)
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 79 (0.62")
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 82 (0.26")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 75 (1.39")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 84
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 77 (0.03")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 80 (0.39")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 107
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 81
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 87 (0.39")


Weather in the News:

Tornado rips through Hartford
Some city residents caught off guard by twister
Hartford - A tornado mowed through a neighborhood on the city's south side Sunday afternoon, peeling off much of the Lincoln Elementary School's roof, shredding garages, yanking large trees out of lawns and injuring at least three people.
The twister that struck the Washington County community of 8,200 was later determined to be an F-1 tornado on the Fujita scale, indicating winds of 73 to 112 mph.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=437810
http://www.postcrescent.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060619/APC0101/606190502/1979
http://nbc15.madison.com/news/headlines/3184226.html
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/06/18/storms.ap/index.html


Courtesy of the NWS:
... Lightning safety awareness week is June 18 to 24...

Last year in the United States... at least 43 people were killed from
direct lightning strikes. On average... lightning is responsible for 66
fatalities annually. In addition... hundreds of more people are injured
each year... many with serious and lasting impacts on their quality of
life such as permanent nerve damage and hearing loss.

In the United States... lightning deaths and injuries occur most
frequently in open areas. Lightning safety is crucial when you are
outdoors... especially since there are so many activities taking place in
open areas like athletic fields... Golf courses and beaches. If
outdoors... plan to immediately seek safe shelter in a substantial
building or hard-topped vehicle if you hear thunder or the skies look
threatening. There is no safe place outdoors.

People are particularly vulnerable to lightning strikes when a storm is
approaching or exiting their area. Lightning can strike over 10 miles
away from a thunderstorm.

One of the best rules to follow to remain safe from lightning when
outdoors is called the 30/30 rule. Only use the 30/30 rule when
visibility is good and there is nothing obstructing your view of the
thunderstorm. When you see lightning... count the time until you hear
thunder. If that time is 30 seconds or less... the thunderstorm is close
enough to be dangerous. Seek shelter indoors immediately. Wait at least
30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder before leaving
shelter. Do not be fooled by sunshine or Blue Sky.

Additional lightning safety tips:

1. Keep an eye on the sky. Look for darkening skies... flashes of
lightning... or increasing wind... which may be signs of an approaching
thunderstorm. Get to a safe shelter immediately if a thunderstorm
approaches. Coaches and other leaders should listen to NOAA Weather
Radio for the latest forecasts and warnings during practice sessions and
games.

2. Postpone or halt outdoor activities before the rain begins. Many
people take shelter from the rain... but most people struck by lightning
are not in the rain. Go quickly inside a completely enclosed building...
not a carport... open garage... dugout or covered patio. If no enclosed
building is nearby... get inside a hard-topped all-metal vehicle and
remain there until the storm has safely passed.

3. Places to avoid include: under or close to trees... sheds... picnic
shelters... baseball/softball dugouts... bleachers... beaches and open
fields. Keep twice as far away from a tree as it is tall. Also stay
away from clothes lines... fences... exposed sheds... and electrically
conductive elevated objects.

4. Get out of the water... it is a great conductor of electricity. Stay
off the beach and out of small boats or canoes. If caught in a boat...
Crouch down in the center away from metal hardware. Swimming... wading...
snorkeling... and scuba diving are not safe.

Lightning can strike the water and travel some distance beneath and away
from its Point of contact. Do not stand in puddles of water.

Additional information about lightning safety awareness week is
available on the NWS lightning safety website at /use lower case
letters/:

Http://www.Lightningsafety.NOAA.Gov

Updated: 12:42 PM GMT on June 19, 2006

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 16, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 3:02 PM GMT on June 16, 2006

TGIF!

Outburst Results

Players: 30
Topic: Found On/In an Airplane

Stewardess/Flight Attendants (17)
Appetizing Meals (ha!) (12) (Note: All food/drink was accepted for this category)
Passenger Seats (11)
Engines (3)
Cockpit (3)
Seat Belts (2)
Bathroom (1) - Two bonus points awarded to Sue
Emergency Exits
Galley
Baggage Compartments (Note: Luggage was not accepted for this category)


Other Answers: Pilots (21), Luggage (11), Passengers/Crying babies (9), Air Sickness Bag (7), Oxygen Tanks/Masks (7), Wings (6), Landing Gear (2), Airline Magazine, Blankets, Jet Fuel, Safety Instructions, Propeller, Windows, Black box, Food cart (that stewardess uses)


Spring 2006 Unofficial Regular Season Point Standings (34 people played this week)
The top player at the end of the playoff week will win a lovely weather-related prize (if not a previous winner).
Point totals in parenthesis are cumulative for only this week.
Maroon text indicates that these players had the best week.
* = received a two-point bonus for getting all three correct in Would You Rather...
% = received a two-point bonus for Outburst
Please verify your point total for accuracy. Any scoring updates will be immediately posted on the Web site.
Perfect Score: 121

These are the unofficial results - you guys have until Sunday night to let me know if I goofed up while counting your points somewhere. If so, I will make the changes immediately on the Web site. Thanks everyone for playing this season, congrats to the playoff participants, and remember that even if you didn't make the playoffs this time around, you are still encouraged to play next week, especially for the games that play well with more participants (Feud, Scattergories, etc.) There will be games each day next week, including Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with the Spring 2006 champion to be revealed on Monday morning. Good luck!

Karl, Appleton, WI: 87 (+18)* - will start playoffs with 3 bonus points
Brian, Madison WI: 82 (+12) - will start playoffs with 3 bonus points
Sue, De Pere, WI: 80 (+16)% - will start playoffs with 3 bonus points
Dan, Henderson, NV: 78 (+16)* - will start playoffs with 2 bonus points
Nia, Appleton, WI: 76 (+8) - will start playoffs with 2 bonus points
Tammy, Madison, WI: 76 (+14) - will start playoffs with 2 bonus points
Becky T. and Parents: 74 (+12)* - will start playoffs with 1 bonus point
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 74 (+16) - will start playoffs with 1 bonus point
Bethany: 72 (+16)*^ - will start playoffs with 1 bonus point
Barb, Berlin, WI: 70 (+12) - will start playoffs with 0 bonus points
Jan, Berlin, WI: 70 (+8) - will start playoffs with 0 bonus points
Scott/Ann, Appleton, WI: 70 (+12)* - will start playoffs with 0 bonus points
--------Unofficial Playoff Cut Line--------
Greg, Madison, WI: 69 (+10)--
Steve L.: 66 (+12)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 65 (+10)
Mom: 65 (+12)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 65 (+10)
Sarah H., Appleton, WI: 64 (+12)
Sally: 61 (+16)*
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 60 (+8)
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 56 (+12)
Phil, Madison, WI: 55 (+12)*
Craig, Green Bay, WI: 53 (+12)*
Mary, Appleton, WI: 53 (+8)
Kelley: 51 (+2)
Mary, Berlin, WI: 47 (+6)
Chris Ke.: 46 (+18)*
Diane Sm.: 45 (+12)
Al, Germantown, WI: 44 (+14)*
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 40 (+14)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 40
Jen: 38 (+8)*
Will/Ruth, Appleton, WI: 38
Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 34 (+8)
Chad, Cleveland, OH: 33 (+6)
Nicole, Madison, WI: 21 (+4)
Harry: 20 (+8)
Jason, De Pere, WI: 15
Adam S.: 9 (+6)
Max C.: 9
John S.: 6
Jim: 4
Chris Ko.: 2
John E., Madison, WI: 2
Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC: 1
Mike N.: 1


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Forecast:
Now: At 10am with clouds mixed with sunshine, temps are already in the upper 70s to near 80!
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: High pressure has moved off to our east, and a warm front approaches from the southwest. Look for summer weather to return, with heat, humidity, hazy sunshine, and a chance of thunderstorms by tomorrow. The one benefit of getting my update out so late in the morning is that I get to look at the newest model data, most of which updates twice-a-day around 9:30am and 9:30pm.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly sunny, very warm and somewhat humid. Maybe a thunderstorm north. Breezy, high of 87 central, mid- 80s north, upper 80s to perhaps even near 90 south.

Tonight: Clouds and thunderstorms north, maybe a storm central, and partly cloudy south. Warm and muggy overnight, lows near 70.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy and breezy with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing. Highs mid- to upper 80s. Chance of rain 60%.

Sunday: Scattered showers, mostly in the morning, then becoming partly sunny. Highs low to mid- 80s.

Next Week:
Monday: Partly cloudy, highs 76-81.
Tuesday: Increasing clouds, maybe a storm late, highs 77-82. Chance of rain Tuesday night 30%.
Wednesday: Scattered thundershowers, highs 77-82. Chance of rain 40%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs near 100 today, near 105 Saturday and near 108 on Sunday. Good thing you won't be there!
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Lots of sunshine, highs upper 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: Scattered showers and thunderstorms through the 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: Sunshine today, isolated thunderstorms Saturday and a better chance of storms on Sunday. Highs lower 90s today, near 90 Saturday, and cooling to near 80 on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 78 north and central, lower 80s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 79 (trace)
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 81 (trace)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 81
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 82
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 86 (trace)
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 87

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 94
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 90
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 88 (0.26")


Earth in the News:

Two found dead in volcano bunker
MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (AP) -- Two men who sought shelter from Mount Merapi's scorching gas and debris in an underground bunker on the slopes of the Indonesian mountain were found dead from burns on Friday, an official said.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/06/15/indonesia.volcano.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories

Arctic dips as global waters rise
Arctic sea level has been falling by a little over 2mm a year - a movement that sets the region against the global trend of rising waters.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/5076322.stm
http://rss.slashdot.org/slashdot/eqWf?m=6055

Famous British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking says pope told him not to study beginning of universe
HONG KONG (AP) - Famous astrophysicist Stephen Hawking said Thursday that the late Pope John Paul II once told scientists they should not study the beginning of the universe because it was the work of God.
http://www.nwfdailynews.com/articleArchive/jun2006/hawkingpope.php
http://rss.slashdot.org/slashdot/eqWf?m=6050

Scientists respond to Gore's warnings of climate catastrophe
"Scientists have an independent obligation to respect and present the truth as they see it," Al Gore sensibly asserts in his film "An Inconvenient Truth". With that outlook in mind, what do world climate experts actually think about the science of his movie?
Professor Bob Carter of the Marine Geophysical Laboratory at James Cook University, in Australia gives what, for many Canadians, is a surprising assessment: "Gore's circumstantial arguments are so weak that they are pathetic. It is simply incredible that they, and his film, are commanding public attention."
http://www.canadafreepress.com/2006/harris061206.htm
http://rss.slashdot.org/slashdot/eqWf?m=6042


In Case You Missed It:

Fans to manage minor league team for second half
Now this is really fantasy sports.
The Schaumburg Flyers, an independent baseball team located 30 miles from Chicago, have agreed to turn over to fans the managerial decisions such as the batting lineup, fielding positions and the pitching roster for the second half of the club's season.
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2486187&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines

Updated: 3:21 PM GMT on June 16, 2006

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 15, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:02 PM GMT on June 15, 2006

Good Thursday morning!

Double Outburst
The last game of the Spring 2006 Regular Season is here! This is it - your last chance to make it above the cut line for next week's five-day playoff run. Remember that the higher seeds get bonus points to start out, so every answer counts!

Topic: Found On/In an Airplane

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 two points 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, two bonus points 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


Rather Results
I suppose people would really be happy if they could be a big, slow, old bird with a nest on a basketball rim.

Players: 30
Game #1:
Topic: Ethics/Intellect
Would You Rather...
A. Live to be 150 (22) - 2 points
B. Live to be only 50 but never have your body age past 25 (7)

Game #2:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. Be a big slow bird (19) - 2 points
B. Be a fast little fish (11)

Game #3: (in honor of the NBA/NHL Finals)
Topic: Pain/Fear/Discomfort
Would You Rather...
A. Have to spend an entire pro basketball game with your face sticking right above the rim (17) - 2 points
B. Have to spend an entire hockey game with your face sticking out into the middle of the goal net (13)


Today’s forecast grade: B+


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine east, clouds west and a bunch of showers in Minnesota, temps are mostly in the upper 50s to near 60.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: The low pressure system that was slow to get here was also slow to leave the area yesterday, more than likely delayed due to former Tropical Storm Alberto gumming up the works to the east. But now, high pressure is centered just to our east, which means a fairly pleasant day can be expected. However, a new low pressure system is building in the Rockies, developing showers and thunderstorms across Minnesota as mentioned above. We may get a stray thunderstorm later this afternoon with the warmer temperatures, but most of the rain from this new slow-moving system will probably not get here until late Friday and Saturday.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning sunshine east, but increasing clouds from west to east with maybe a thunderstorm later this afternoon. Warmer, high of 78 north and central, lower 80s south. Chance of rain 20%.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, maybe an evening thunderstorm. Lows mid- 60s. Chance of rain 25%.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, breezy and warmer with scattered thunderstorms, heavier and more frequent to our north and west. Highs mid- 80s central, upper 80s to perhaps even near 90 south. Chance of rain 30%.

Extended:
Saturday: Mostly cloudy and warm with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 83-88. Chance of rain 60%.
Sunday: Maybe a morning shower, then decreasing clouds, highs 81-86.
Next Week’s Outlook: Look for sunshine Monday and Tuesday with our next chance of storms coming on Wednesday. High temperatures will continue to be summerlike, mostly around 80-85.


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: Isolated afternoon storms, highs mid- 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 afternoon storms, 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: Sunshine, 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……..… 75 central, lower 70s north, mid- to upper 70s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 66 (0.04")
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 74 (0.13")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 73 (trace)
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 74
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 79 (0.04")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 84

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 89
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 86 (0.90")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 89


Science in the News:

Alberto drenches Mid-Atlantic, heads out to sea
Twister slams police cars
CHARLESTON, South Carolina (AP) -- What's left of Tropical Storm Alberto is expected to move off into the Atlantic Wednesday night, but not before dumping about five inches of rain on parts of Virginia and Maryland.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/06/14/alberto.ap.ap/index.html

Indonesia volcano eruption traps two
Villager: 'We saw a massive cloud steaming toward us'
MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (AP) -- Rescuers dug through debris Thursday to reach two people trapped when Indonesia's most volatile volcano erupted, nearly enveloping a village with a searing gas cloud and forcing thousands of residents to flee.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/06/14/indonesia.volcano.ap/index.html


A Meteoroid Hits the Moon
There's a new crater on the Moon. It's about 14 meters wide, 3 meters deep and precisely one month, eleven days old.
NASA astronomers watched it form: "On May 2, 2006, a meteoroid hit the Moon's Sea of Clouds (Mare Nubium) with 17 billion joules of kinetic energy—that's about the same as 4 tons of TNT," says Bill Cooke, the head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office in Huntsville, AL. "The impact created a bright fireball which we video-recorded using a 10-inch telescope."
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2006/13jun_lunarsporadic.htm
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/06/14/0045232&from=rss

Backward switches doomed probe
Genesis slammed to Earth after parachutes failed
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- A report released Tuesday blamed a design flaw for the 2004 crash of a NASA space probe carrying solar wind atoms back to Earth and criticized engineers for failing to detect the error.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/06/14/genesis.crash.ap/index.html


From the NWS...
... June 15 is heat awareness day in Wisconsin...

Heat is the number-one weather killer in this country. Over the last 10
years, extreme heat and humidity associated with heat waves directly
killed, on average, over 200 people per year.

Although mostly known for its cold and snowy Winters, Wisconsin is not
immune from the tragedies caused by heat waves. Since 1982, heat waves
have been responsible for more deaths in Wisconsin than all other
natural disasters combined. The hot Summer weather of 1995 claimed 154
Wisconsin residents and forced another 400 people to seek medical
treatment.

The National Weather Service has found ways to effectively warn the
public of the combined dangers of heat and humidity. Heat advisories
and warnings are issued when the combined effect of high heat and
humidity become harmful or deadly. The Weather Service uses the heat
index as an estimate of how hot it really feels when high humidity is
factored into the air temperature.

Keep in mind that the elderly, small children, and people on medication
are especially susceptible to heat. This is especially true during a
heat wave where a moderate climate prevails such as Wisconsin. It is a
good idea to periodically check in with the elderly and others
susceptible to the heat and help them obtain relief from the oppressive
heat and humidity.

During high heat and humidity, slow down and reduce outdoor activities
during the hottest parts of the day. Dress for Summer. Wear
lightweight, light-colored clothing. Do not get too much sun. It makes
it even harder for your skin to cool you off. Drink plenty of water.
Spend time indoors, if possible. If air conditioning is not available,
stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine. You can also try to go to
a public building where air conditioning is available.

If a person collapses due to the effects of heat, cool them down
immediately with a garden hose, or apply towels soaked with cool water.
If they are still conscious, give them water to drink. Seek medical
attention.

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 14, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:38 PM GMT on June 14, 2006

Good Flag Day Wednesday morning!

Double Would You Rather...
A rare Wednesday game must mean that it's either 2004 or it's double points week! No user-submitted rathers today, but those will return next season. Enjoy!

Game #1:
Topic: Ethics/Intellect
Would You Rather...
A. Live to be 150
B. Live to be only 50 but never have your body age past 25

Game #2:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. Be a big slow bird
B. Be a fast little fish

Game #3: (in honor of the NBA/NHL Finals)
Topic: Pain/Fear/Discomfort
Would You Rather...
A. Have to spend an entire pro basketball game with your face sticking right above the rim
B. Have to spend an entire hockey game with your face sticking out into the middle of the goal net

Rules
Choose what you think will be the most popular answer from the two choices given. You cannot ask for clarification or state certain conditions - you have to choose one or the other using only the information given. Two points will be awarded per topic to those who write in with the more popular answer for each game. If you get all three correct, two bonus points are awarded.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Double Feud Results
Interesting to see that even though Deal or No Deal has only been on television since February, it already has surpassed almost every other game show in the results below (except Feud, which may have been influenced considering that was the game being played that day!) I thought about adding Deal or No Deal to the weather update games next season, but I don't know how you'd play it where it would still be fun via email and not too burdensome for the host.

Players: 31
Topic #1: A game show you don't have to be a genius to play
Family Feud (13) - 4 points
Deal or No Deal (9) - 2 points
The Price is Right (6)
Wheel of Fortune (3)

Topic #2: Besides drive, name something people do in their cars
Eat/Drink (15) - 4 points
Listen to the radio/CDs (9) - 2 points
Talk on cell phones (2)
Smoke (2)
Other Answers: Ride, "Park" (make out), and Pollute!


Today’s forecast grade: B


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for an area of light showers to affect the Fond Du Lac and far northeast Dodge County area...before spreading toward the Sheboygan and West Bend area by 8 am. Another area of showers and isolated thunderstorms may move into areas well southwest of Madison...mainly in the LaFayette County area by around 8 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds and isolated showers, temps are mostly in the upper 50s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Well, the scattered showers and thunderstorms that were expected to develop yesterday were a little more scattered than originally anticipated, but a few of us did get a small amount of rain out of the weak system yesterday evening, overnight, and into this morning. Look for these showers to eventually move to the south and expect a clearing sky later today.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Maybe a morning shower, otherwise decreasing clouds later today. High of 75 central, lower 70s north, mid- to upper 70s south. Chance of rain 30%.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows upper 50s.

Tomorrow: Increasing clouds, winds and temperatures with a chance of showers and thunderstorms late. Highs upper 70s to near 80 central, lower 80s south. Chance of rain tomorrow night 40%.

This Weekend:
Friday: Partly sunny and warm, an isolated thunderstorm possible, highs 83-88. Chance of rain 25%.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy and mild with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 82-87. Chance of rain 50%.
Sunday: Maybe a morning shower, then becoming partly cloudy with warm highs 83-88. Chance of rain 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, breezy and cooler, highs only in the lower 90s. Sweater weather for locals.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Mostly cloudy and windy with mostly morning thundershowers. Highs mid- 80s.
06/13/2006 1005 PM
Hilton Head Island, Beaufort County.
Thunderstorm wind damage, reported by Emergency Mngr.
A large tree was reported down in Hilton Head.

The following are some preliminary storm total rainfall reports...
... Southeast South Carolina...
Bluffton... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 4.13 inches
Hilton Head Island... ... ... ... 2.94 inches
Charleston Airport /kchs/... .. 2.49 inches
Beaufort... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 2.45 inches
Mount Pleasant... ... ... ... ... . 1.96 inches
Witherbee RAWS... ... ... ... ... . 1.05 inches

The following are some preliminary peak wind gusts reported by
various observation equipment across southern South Carolina and
southeast Georgia through 730 am EDT.
... Southeast South Carolina...
Edisto Beach /NWS sensor/... ... ... .. 51 mph
Folly Beach /fbis1/... ... ... ... ... .. 50 mph
Edisto Beach Town Hall... ... ... ... .. 48 mph
edisto buoy /41004/... ... ... ... ... .. 48 mph
Folly Beach Town Hall... ... ... ... ... 47 mph
Savannah nwr RAWS... ... ... ... ... ... . 44 mph
Fripp Island... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 44 mph
Capers Island... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 44 mph
Isle of Palms... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 43 mph
downtown Charleston /kchl/... ... ... . 41 mph
Capers Island /cap1/... ... ... ... ... . 41 mph
Hilton Head /salty dog/... ... ... ... . 40 mph
Charleston Airport /kchs/... ... ... .. 39 mph
fripp inlet /frp1/... ... ... ... ... ... 39 mph
Beaufort /mesonet/... ... ... ... ... ... 35 mph
Goose Creek... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... . 34 mph
Moncks Corner... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. 34 mph
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 mostly sunny, highs near 90.
06/13/2006 0525 PM
League City, Galveston County.
Downburst, reported by airplane pilot.
Numerous fences and store signs blown down. Semi-truck
blown over on I-45 blocking traffic.

... Record high temperature set at Houston intercontinental...
A record high temperature of 100 degrees was set at Houston
intercontinental yesterday. This breaks the old record of 99
set in 1998.
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 lower 80s. Pretty boring compared to the other forecasts, right?
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……..… 72 central, near 70 north, and mid- 70s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 75
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 78
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 75
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 76 (trace)
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 76
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 80

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 98
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 76 (1.76")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 97 (0.72")


Weather in the News:

Alberto losing steam over South Carolina
Storm drenches Florida but causes no major problems
MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Alberto -- the first named storm of the Atlantic's 2006 hurricane season -- weakened to a tropical depression over South Carolina early Wednesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/06/14/tropical.weather/index.html?section=cnn_topstories

Hawking says humans must go into space to survive
HONG KONG — The survival of the human race depends on its ability to find new homes elsewhere in the universe because there's an increasing risk that a disaster will destroy the Earth, world-renowned scientist Stephen Hawking said Tuesday.
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/space/2006-06-13-hawking-humans-space_x.htm?csp=34


In Case You Missed It:

Beer ingredient may fight prostate cancer
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — A main ingredient in beer may help prevent prostate cancer and enlargement, according to a new study. But researchers say don't rush out to stock the refrigerator because the ingredient is present in such small amounts that a person would have to drink more than 17 beers to benefit.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2006-06-12-beer_x.htm?csp=34

Fans killed for cheering too much
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Thai police are searching for a gunman who shot and killed two football fans at a beach resort after complaining they were cheering too loudly during a broadcast of Italy's World Cup opener against Ghana, officials said Wednesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/06/13/thailand.shooting.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 13, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:42 PM GMT on June 13, 2006

Good Tuesday morning!

Double Points Family Feud
The last week of games for the Spring 2006 season start right now! 26 points are possible this week, which mathematically means that 29 of you can still make it into next week's playoffs. Besides the Feud today, tomorrow will be another round of Rather, followed by Outburst on Thursday to end the season.

Topic #1: A game show you don't have to be a genius to play

Topic #2: Besides drive, name something people do in their cars

Double Feud 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 four points per topic. Every person with the #2 most popular answer will receive two points. 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


Today’s forecast grade: B


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with scattered showers in northwestern Wisconsin, clouds over the northern half of the state and sunshine south, temps are mostly in the lower 50s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A weak high pressure bubble is lingering across Wisconsin this morning, giving many of us some sunshine to start off our Tuesday. However, a low pressure bubble is floating near northern Minnesota and is moving off to the east. What this means is that clouds will be on the increase from north to south today, with scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day. Nothing severe is expected.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning sunshine, especially south, then becoming cloudy from north to south. Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing this afternoon and evening. High of 72 central, near 70 north, and mid- 70s south. Chance of rain 40%.

Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, most of them happening before bedtime. Lows mid- 50s. Chance of rain 30%.

Tomorrow: Maybe a morning shower south, otherwise becoming partly sunny. Highs lower 70s central, mid- 70s south. Chance of rain south 20%.

Extended:
Thursday: Partly sunny. Highs 76-81.
Friday: A chance of thunderstorms, mostly north. Warmer, highs 80-85. Chance of rain 25%.
Saturday: Partly sunny, maybe an afternoon thundershower. Warmer yet, highs 84-89. Chance of rain 30%.
Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 82-87. Chance of rain 40%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy and breezy, isolated thunderstorms, and a 45% chance of winning! Highs upper 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Rain and wind, courtesy of Alberto. Highs upper 70s to near 80.
Tropical Storm Warning in effect...
Flood Watch in effect from noon EDT today through Wednesday morning...
Widespread moderate rain associated with Tropical Storm Alberto will continue to move north over portions of southeastern Georgia and southeastern South Carolina through 9 am. Rainfall rates of up to an inch per hour is expected.
... Tropical Storm Alberto to make landfall in northern Florida
around midday today...
... Heavy rains and isolated tornadoes expected in southeast Georgia
and southeast South Carolina later today into early Wednesday...

... New information...
tropical storm warnings have now been issued for portions of the
southeast South Carolina coast from the Savannah River up to the
South Santee River... including Colleton... Beaufort... and
Charleston counties.

... Areas affected...
this statement recommends specific actions to be taken by all
persons in southeast South Carolina and southeast
Georgia... including the adjacent coastal waters.

... Watches/warnings...
a Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect from Altamaha Sound
Georgia northward to the South Santee River in South Carolina. This
includes the counties of Chatham... Bryan... Liberty and McIntosh... in
southeast Georgia... and Jasper... Beaufort... Colleton... and
Charleston counties in southeast South Carolina. This warning is
also in effect for the adjacent Georgia coastal waters out 60 nm
and the adjacent South Carolina waters out to 20 nm including the
Charleston Harbor. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical
storm conditions... winds of at least 39 miles per hour... are expected
in the warning area within the next 24 hours.

... Storm information...
at 500 am EDT... Tropical Storm Alberto was located near latitude
29.2 north... longitude 84.2 west. This was about 220 miles
southwest of the Altamaha river... 270 miles southwest of Savannah
and 355 miles southwest of Charleston. Maximum sustained winds
were near 65 miles per hour. Movement was toward the northeast near 9
mph. Based on this movement the system will reach the north coast
of Florida late this morning. Alberto will likely make landfall as
a strong tropical storm.

... Precautionary/preparedness actions...
all persons in southeast Georgia and southeast South Carolina
should closely monitor the latest advisories from the National
Hurricane Center. Based on the latest forecast track... the
southeast Georgia coast may begin to experience tropical storm
force wind gusts as early as this afternoon. Effects from Alberto
will begin along the South Carolina coast by late this afternoon
into this evening. Be prepared to protect life and property.
After coordination with emergency management officials... there are
no evacuation recommendations currently in effect.

... Storm surge flood and storm tide impacts...
southerly winds will increase to 30 to 35 knots or higher across the
southeast Georgia coastal waters later today and into the South
Carolina waters tonight. This will result in tides that are at
least 1 to 2 feet above predicted values. These high tides are
already above normal levels with the recent full moon and the
upcoming perigee. Tide levels will be further aggravated by the
strong onshore wind... increasing surf and water levels as Alberto
approaches.

... Wind impacts...
as Alberto moves inland later today... winds directly associated with
the system are expected to weaken. However... tropical storm force
winds are still expected across the coastal counties of southeast
Georgia by early this afternoon... and into coastal South Carolina
by late this afternoon into early evening. Winds will reach as
high as 35 to 45 miles per hour along the coast from Sapelo Island up
through Tybee Island this afternoon... and from Hilton Head up
through Bulls Bay by tonight. Isolated wind gusts could reach 50
miles per hour on the beaches. Areas mainly west of Interstate 95 in
Georgia... and west of Highway 17 in South Carolina... will see
winds increase to 25 to 35 miles per hour. A Wind Advisory will be in
effect for inland areas from this afternoon into Wednesday.
Drivers need to use extreme caution on elevated bridges as high
wind gusts will make driving hazardous.

... Flooding impacts...
storm total rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches with locally higher
amounts can be expected across much of southeast South Carolina
and southeast Georgia. The heaviest and steadiest rains are expected
today and tonight in southeast Georgia... with rains decreasing by
Wednesday afternoon as the remnants of Alberto move northeast out
of the area. A Flood Watch will be in effect across all of
southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina from noon today
until noon on Wednesday. If you experience flooding in poor
drainage and low-lying areas... be prepared to take quick action.
Flooding will be enhanced if heavy rainfall occurs in and near
high tide.

... Tornado impacts...
there is a risk of isolated tornadoes today into early Wednesday.
At the present time the Storm Prediction Center has indicated that
parts of our area are in a slight risk of severe weather... with the
main hazard being tornadoes. A Tornado Watch is likely sometime
later today and tonight. Remember that tornadoes can and do form
with little to no advance notice during tropical storms. Remain on
the alert and be prepared to protect life and property should
watches or warnings be issued.

... Rip current impacts...
there is a high risk of rip currents at the area beaches today... as
dangerous surf conditions are expected. Thus... all persons are advised
to stay out of the water today.

... High surf/beach erosion impacts...
the combination of strong winds and dangerous surf will result in
moderate to significant beach erosion today into Wednesday
across coastal areas of southeast Georgia and southeast South
Carolina.

... Next update...
the next Tropical Storm Alberto local statement will be issued by
your National Weather Service in Charleston around 900 am
EDT... or sooner if conditions warrant.

Additional information on Tropical Storm Alberto can be found in
advisories issued by the National Hurricane Center... as well as
public information statements and short term forecasts issued by
this office.
------------------
... Flood Watch in effect from noon EDT today through Wednesday
morning...

The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a

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

* From noon EDT today through Wednesday morning

* Tropical Storm Alberto is expected to track northward toward the
region today and just west of the area tonight. The slow moving
tropical system is expected to interact with a frontal boundary
across northern South Carolina... resulting in heavy rainfall
across southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. A large
tropical moisture feed currently extends from the western
Caribbean northward into southern Georgia... and as Alberto
continues to push northward toward the region... heavy rainfall
is expected to develop. Heavy rain will overspread southeast
Georgia this morning and southern South Carolina this
afternoon... and is expected to continue to impact the region
through Wednesday morning. Rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches are
expected across southeast Georgia and southeast South
Carolina... with amounts in excess of 5 inches possible.

People along the coast should be alert for heavy rainfall near the
times of high tides... as flood potential will be enhanced by
higher than predicted tidal levels. The next high tide will be
during the mid to late afternoon hours.

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop.
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 thunderstorms, highs mid- 90s. I think Ozone Action Days are assumed from now through September.
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 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……..… 71 north and central, lower 70s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 66
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 74
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 70
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 71
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 69
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 78

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 99
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 88
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 94


Weather in the News:

Alberto weakens as it nears landfall
Thousands ordered to flee ahead of tropical storm
MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- A slightly weakened Tropical Storm Alberto approached the northern Gulf Coast of Florida early Tuesday, with maximum sustained winds at 65 mph, the National Hurricane Center reported.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/06/13/tropical.weather/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,199238,00.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200601.html

Study: Warming turns bears into cannibals
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea may be turning to cannibalism because longer seasons without ice keep them from getting to their natural food, a new study by American and Canadian scientists has found.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/06/12/polar.bears.ap/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

'Serious but stable'
Roethlisberger undergoes seven hours of surgery
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger broke his jaw and nose in a motorcycle crash Monday, but doctors said they had successfully treated his multiple facial fractures after hours of surgery.
http://www.cnn.com/si/2006/football/nfl/06/12/bc.fbn.apnewsalert.ap/index.html?cnn=yes

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 12, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:53 PM GMT on June 12, 2006

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

Family Update:
The biggest highlight of our weekend was walking in the Bellin Run on Saturday morning. It's a 10K/6.2 mile run or walk. We weren't in shape enough to run it, so we walked it along with our friends Lisa and Amy. We were sore afterwards, and I'm still feeling sore and achy today, but it was well worth it. We really felt good about doing it, and we were happy with our times. We were even able to decrease our finish time this year. My time in 2004 was 1:46:14 and my time in 2006 was 1:43:03. Steve's time in 2004 was also 1:46:14 and his time in 2006 was 1:42:11.
Sunday, Lisa S. and I worked on Bryce's scrapbook. It was my first time scrapbooking since November, 2004, as I've been feeling a lack of motivation and Bryce has been keeping us very busy. It felt good to be scrapbooking again though. I had forgotten how much fun it was, and now I'm feeling motivated and looking forward to working more on his scrapbook.

Bryce Update:
The biggest news with Bryce is that he's been starting to walk. For a couple weeks now, he's been able to take up to about five steps without the aid of furniture or support, but now he's been able to take 5-10 steps regularly, and once even made it up to 14 steps in a row before falling down. We also got him a Playskool 1st Starts - Step Start Walk n ' Ride toy, which he has been using to help him walk. He really has fun with it and he loves it. He can also sit on it, but he hasn't yet quite figured out how to make it move so he can ride on it. Well, I guess that wraps up this part of the update and I hope you all have a great week.


Bryce Photos of the Week
Eight more pictures of Bryce were added, including images of him climbing our wall gate, playing with his new Walk n' Ride toy, taking a few steps, and taking the phrase "eat my shorts" way too literally.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/pictures


Today’s forecast grade: A-


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for patchy fog early this morning...especially over portions of south central Wisconsin. The fog may reduce visibilities to below 1/2 mile in the Wisconsin River Valley. Any fog will dissipate by 9 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine, 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: Another nice day of weather is expected across Wisconsin today courtesy of a large area of high pressure just to our north, centered in southern Ontario. However, a very weak area of low pressure may move in tomorrow, generating a passing thundershower. Mild summer weather may return by this weekend, though!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning sunshine with a few afternoon clouds. Very nice, high of 71 north and central, lower 70s south.

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

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or an isolated thunderstorm. Nothing severe is anticipated. Highs lower 70s central, mid- 70 south. Chance of rain 40%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Maybe a morning shower, otherwise becoming partly cloudy. Highs 72-77.
Thursday: Morning sunshine, increasing clouds late, highs 74-79.
Friday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, breezy and warmer, highs 78-83. Chance of rain 30%.
Saturday: Breezy and warmer with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms, highs 81-86. Chance of rain 40%.
Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 79-84. Chance of rain 45%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, breezy, highs again near 100. And that's in the shade!
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 later today. Highs upper 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: Sunshine, highs near 90. Ozone Action Day once again.
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 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)
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 66
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 68 (trace)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 63
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 69
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 64 (trace)

High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…............ 79 (0.01")
High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 100
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 95
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 89


Weather in the News:

Tropical storm picks up steam off Florida
Alberto not expected to reach hurricane strength
TAMPA, Florida (AP) -- The first named storm of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season slightly strengthened early Monday in the Gulf of Mexico, prompting forecasters to issue tropical storm warnings for Florida's west coast.
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200601.html
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/06/12/tropical.weather.ap/index.html


Tech in the News:

House passes telecommunications bill
'Net neutrality' dominates debate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Legislation to open cable TV markets to more competition, possibly saving consumers hundreds of dollars a year, passed the House Thursday.
The biggest telecommunications legislation in a decade, approved 321-101, would make it easier for telephone companies to enter the subscription television market. A national franchise process would replace the current system where potential providers must negotiate contracts municipality by municipality, sometimes taking months and years.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/internet/06/09/cable.phone.tv.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


In Case You Missed It:

Torch My Ride: Arson for Hire
Debt-weary SUV owners unload their gas-guzzlers on insurance companies
SUV owners who are faced with rising gas prices have found a new way to get out from under their high car payments — arson.
This trend was spotted by a Southern California arson task force in the summer of 2005 when gas prices spiked. At one point, firefighters responding to a report of a vehicle fire arrived at the Los Angeles River Bed to find two SUVs burning at the same time.
http://cnn.edmunds.com/advice/specialreports/articles/115584/article.html

Rhode Island says spay it or pay it
Fine of $75 a month could be levied on owners who don't fix cats
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) -- Gov. Don Carcieri signed a law Friday making Rhode Island the first state to require cat owners to spay or neuter their pets.
Cat owners must spay or neuter pets older than six months unless they pay $100 for a breeder's license. Violators can be fined $75 per month.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/06/09/fixed.cats.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 9, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:31 PM GMT on June 09, 2006

TGIF!

Would You Rather Results

Players: 32
Game #1:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. Leap from a hot tub into a snow bank (4)
B. Leap from a snow bank into a hot tub (28) - 1 point

Game #2:
Topic: Ethics/Intellect
Would You Rather...
A. Discover space aliens that are superior to ourselves (15)
B. Discover space aliens that are inferior to ourselves (17) - 1 point

Game #3:
Submitted by: Clair
Would You Rather...
A. Have to live the rest of your life without ever being able to watch cable TV (21) - 1 point
B. Have to live the rest of your life without ever being able to access the Internet (10)


Spring 2006 Regular Season Point Standings (35 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.
* = received a bonus point for Outburst
& = received an extra credit point for Would You Rather...
% = received a one-point bonus for getting all three correct in Would You Rather...
Please verify your point total for accuracy. Any scoring updates will be immediately posted on the Web site.
Perfect Score: 95

Next week is the last week of the regular season. There will be three games (including Wednesday), double the points, and ten players (plus ties) who will compete the week after for the Spring 2006 Championship. Remember that the higher seeds in the playoffs get a 1-3 point bonus!

Brian, Madison WI: 70 (+4)
Karl, Appleton, WI: 69 (+7)%
Nia, Appleton, WI: 68 (+7)%
Sue, De Pere, WI: 64 (+5)
Becky T. and Parents: 62 (+5)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 62 (+5)
Jan, Berlin, WI: 62 (+8)%
Tammy, Madison, WI: 62 (+8)%
Greg, Madison, WI: 59 (+6)*
Barb, Berlin, WI: 58 (+6)
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 58 (+7)&^
Scott/Ann, Appleton, WI: 58 (+9)*^
--------Preliminary Playoff Cut Line--------
Bethany: 56 (+8)%
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 55 (+5)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 55 (+3)--
Steve L.: 54 (+4)
Mom: 53 (+4)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 52 (+5)
Sarah H., Appleton, WI: 52 (+5)
Kelley: 49 (+5)*
Mary, Berlin, WI: 47 (+6)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 45 (+5)
Sally: 45 (+8)%
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 44 (+8)%
Phil, Madison, WI: 43 (+5)
Craig, Green Bay, WI: 41 (+5)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 40
Will/Ruth, Appleton, WI: 38
Diane Sm.: 33 (+4)
Al, Germantown, WI: 30 (+5)
Jen: 30 (+9)*
Chris Ke.: 28 (+2)
Chad, Cleveland, OH: 27 (+1)
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 26 (+5)
Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 26
Nicole, Madison, WI: 21 (+4)
Jason, De Pere, WI: 15
Harry: 12 (+2)
Max C.: 9
John S.: 6
Jim: 4
Adam S.: 3
Chris Ko.: 2
John E., Madison, WI: 2
Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC: 1
Mike N.: 1 (+1) (New Player!)


Today’s forecast grade: B-


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for a few sprinkles...along and north of a West Bend to Dodgeville line...to reach Milwaukee to Janesville between 630 am and 645 am...and Kenosha by 730 am...if they hold together. Expect north to northeast winds of 5 to 10 mph...with wind speeds of 10 to 15 mph close to Lake Michigan. Temperatures will slowly rise from the mid to upper 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with a mostly cloudy sky and a few sprinkles west, temps are in the upper 50s to near 60.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A cold front passed through Wisconsin yesterday and is now hovering near central Indiana and Illinois. This means that cooler Canadian air is spooling into the state, and with that, you can expect more clouds and a chance of showers. On another unrelated note, I did some math on my work schedule and if you count my Flex Fridays, an Employee Appreciation event (Milwaukee Brewers game), Independence Day and an upcoming vacation, this was my last full five-day work week until August 14-18!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy with a few sprinkles from time to time. A better chance of showers west. Breezy at times with a cooler high of 67. Rain chance 30%.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and cool overnight with scattered showers. Lows mid- to upper 40s. Chance of rain 40%.

Saturday: Scattered showers south with a smaller chance of showers central and north (and probably some sunshine). Cooler yet, highs lower 60s. Hey it's still Spring for another couple of weeks so don't complain about it quite yet.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, warmer highs upper 60s to near 70.

Extended:
Monday: Increasing clouds with a few showers possible late. Highs 68-73. Chance of rain Monday night 25%.
Tuesday: Maybe a morning shower, otherwise partly sunny, highs 69-74.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, highs 72-77.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine and windy through this weekend, highs upper 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 through tomorrow, maybe a storm on Sunday, highs mid- to upper 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: Sunshine through the weekend, highs lower 90s. Ozone Action Day.
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 through this weekend, highs mid- 80s today but upper 70s by 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……..… 77 central, mid- 70s north, and lower 80s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 82
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 85
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 84
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 75
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 85
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 86

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 96 (0.01")
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 88
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 91


In Case You Missed It:

All eyes on Germany
The countdown is over and the FIFA World Cup™ opens today in Munich. Precisely 1,441 days after Cafu held aloft the Cup in Yokohama, Germany and Costa Rica will battle it out in the Opening Match (kick-off 18:00 CET).
http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/index.html
http://soccernet.espn.go.com/section?id=worldcup&cc=5901
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/soccer/specials/world_cup/2006/
http://www.dw-world.de/dw/0,2142,266,00.html

Shark leaves tooth in girl's foot
South Carolina attack on 7-year-old not life threatening
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, South Carolina (AP) -- A 7-year-old girl from Missouri was bitten by a shark while playing in two feet of water, Beaufort County deputies said.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/06/08/shark.attack.ap/index.html

Verified: Record-breaking Pitfall! Run
Daniel Vignes was looking for a title to go for that deemed respect. He didn't have to look far before Pitfall caught his eye, a title everyone knew.
http://games.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/06/08/159251&from=rss
http://www.twingalaxies.com/index.aspx?c=19&id=1355


...20th anniversary of the F5 Barneveld tornado is June 8 2004...

A violent tornado quickly developed and crashed through Barneveld
shortly after 1240 am CDT on June 8 1984. The tornado created
extensive damage totalling 25 million dollars. 9 people lost their
lives and 197 others were injured.

...Here is the complete story on what happened during the very early
morning hours on June 8th back in 1984...

An area of low pressure gathered strength across the upper Midwest
during the afternoon of June 7 1984. Moisture...shear...and
instability helped to spawn tornadoes of the F1 to F3 variety across
northern Missouri...northeastern Kansas...southern and northwestern
Iowa...and southeastern Minnesota.

As the atmosphere became more unstable by the late evening hours...
a cluster of thunderstorms developed over southwestern Wisconsin.
The first tornado was noted to spin up in the Belmont area at 1230 am
CDT June 8. This tornado traveled to Mineral Point where it
dissipated. This tornado was recorded as an F2 on the fujita scale.

At 1241 am CDT a second tornado spun up south of Ridgeway and
intensified rapidly as it crashed through Barneveld in Iowa County.
The violent tornado continued heading northeast into Black Earth by
107 am CDT. The tornado finally dissipated at 140 am CDT just
southeast of Lodi...near the Columbia/Dane County border.

After a 36 mile long path for 59 minutes...93 homes were completely
destroyed...64 others were damaged. Seventeen of the eighteen
businesses and public facilities in the town of Barneveld were also
destroyed. Nearly 90 percent of the town was completely devastated.
At one point in time...the width of the tornado damage was nearly 400
yards wide.

Despite the tornado propagating through the town in the middle
of the night...in combination with the myth circulating around the
town that no tornadoes could ever survive the hike up Blue
Mound...9 people died and 197 others were injured. It was later
determined by ted fujita that the Barneveld tornado was indeed an
F5...the highest level on the fujita tornado scale.

The cluster of thunderstorms that spawned the Barneveld tornado had
also spawned other tornadoes across southern Wisconsin later that
night. Other tornadoes included...

...the F2 Arlington /Columbia co./ Tornado...
...the F2 deforest /Dane co./ Tornado...
...the F3 Markesan /Green Lake co./ Tornado...
...the F1 Columbus /Dodge co./ Tornado...
...the F2 Beaver Dam /Dodge co./ Tornado...

All in all...9 people were killed and 200 others were injured during
the entire tornado outbreak. Total damage /in 1984 dollars/ across
Iowa and Dane County was calculated at 40 million...25 of that 40
million occurred in the city of Barneveld alone.


...A comprehensive summary of the fujita scale...

...wind speeds are estimated from damage surveys...

F1...40-72 mph
F2...73-112 mph
F3...113-157 mph
F4...207-260 mph
F5...261-318 mph


...Basic climatic data for the area on June 7 and June 8...

...Madison...
June 7...low 67...high 78...rainfall 0.03
June 8...low 61...high 82...rainfall 1.10

...Darlington...
June 7...low 68...high 78...rainfall 0.57
June 8...low 63...high 83...rainfall 0.44

Updated: 7:08 PM GMT on June 11, 2006

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 8, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:12 PM GMT on June 08, 2006

Good Thursday morning!

Would You Rather...

Game #1:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. Leap from a hot tub into a snow bank
B. Leap from a snow bank into a hot tub

Game #2:
Topic: Ethics/Intellect
Would You Rather...
A. Discover space aliens that are superior to ourselves
B. Discover space aliens that are inferior to ourselves

Game #3:
Submitted by: Clair
Would You Rather...
A. Have to live the rest of your life without ever being able to watch cable TV
B. Have to live the rest of your life without ever being able to access the Internet


Rules
Choose what you think will be the most popular answer from the two choices given. You cannot ask for clarification or state certain conditions - you have to choose one or the other using only the information given. 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, 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


Today’s forecast grade: A-


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Areas of fog will continue through the early morning hours across south central and southeast Wisconsin. The fog will be locally dense with visibilities less then one quarter mile...especially in river valleys and low areas. Early morning motorists should be prepared to encounter rapidly changing visibilities in patchy dense fog. Temperatures will be in the lower to middle 50s. The fog should rapidly dissipate after 7 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


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

Synopsis: A cold front is moving through Wisconsin at this hour, but there's not a lot of moisture associated with it, so all it's really going to do is push some cooler temperatures into the western Great Lakes over the next few days. Besides a little fog early this morning, today's forecast looks like another winner. And in an unrelated topic, I really wish this coughing would stop - I've had some sort of cold symptom for over two weeks now, and I haven't had a good night of sleep since I started these coughing fits last weekend. I'll be right on the verge of falling asleep, then have a coughing fit which wakes me up again. Ugh.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: A few areas of fog this morning, otherwise partly cloudy with slightly warmer-than-normal high temperatures. High of 77 central, mid- 70s north, and lower 80s south. Normal high for today is 73 north, 75 central, 77 south.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows lower 50s.

Tomorrow: Increasing clouds with a chance of showers and thunderstorms late, particularly south and west. Cooler, highs mid- to upper 60s. Chance of rain tomorrow night 35%.

Extended:
Saturday: Maybe a morning shower south, otherwise becoming partly cloudy. Cool, highs 64-69.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 66-71.
Next Week’s Outlook: Isolated showers are possible Monday and Tuesday with a better chance of rain on Wednesday. Highs will be mostly around 70-75.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs upper 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated afternoon thundershowers, breezy, highs mid- 80s.
... Severe weather outlook...

A disturbance aloft will rotate around the base of an upper level
trough and pass just to the north of the region this afternoon and
evening. Showers and thunderstorms associated with this disturbance
could drop south into southeast South Carolina and possibly
interact with an unstable air mass along the sea breeze boundary.

Some of these thunderstorms may reach severe levels with damaging
winds and large hail. The highest probability for organized severe
storm development will be north of a line from Hampton extending southeast
to Edisto Beach. South of this line... isolated severe storms may
be possible from late today into the evening hours... including
southeast Georgia counties.
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 mostly sunny, highs mid- 90s. Ozone Action Day. Go figure.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine, highs mid- 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……..… 78 north and central, and just above 80 south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 81
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 82
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 79 (trace)
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 81
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 83
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 87 (trace)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 95 (0.06")
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 88
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 89


Breaking News:

Al Qaeda in Iraq leader dead
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most recognizable face of Iraq's violent insurgency, died in a coalition airstrike near Baquba, authorities said today. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad called al-Zarqawi "the godfather of sectarian killing and terror in Iraq." President Bush said, "Zarqawi has met his end and this violent man will never murder again."
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/06/08/iraq.al.zarqawi/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,198651,00.html


Science in the News:

Huge Storms Converge on Jupiter
June 5, 2006: The two biggest storms in the solar system are about to go bump in the night, in plain view of backyard telescopes.
Storm #1 is the Great Red Spot, twice as wide as Earth itself, with winds blowing 350 mph. The behemoth has been spinning around Jupiter for hundreds of years.
Storm #2 is Oval BA, also known as "Red Jr.," a youngster of a storm only six years old. Compared to the Great Red Spot, Red Jr. is half-sized, able to swallow Earth merely once, but it blows just as hard as its older cousin.
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2006/05jun_redperil.htm?list95364
http://rss.slashdot.org/slashdot/eqWf?m=5893

Fossil mounds may be oldest life on Earth
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Odd-shaped mounds of dirt in Australia turn out to be fossils of the oldest life on Earth, created by billions of microbes more than 3 billion years ago, scientists say in a new report.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/06/07/oldest.life.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories


In Case You Missed It:

Apple surpasses beer on college campuses
Undergrad's rate their iPods as more 'in' than beer
SAN JOSE, California (AP) -- College life is not just about drinking beer.
In a rare instance, Apple Computer Inc.'s iconic iPod music player surpassed beer drinking as the most "in" thing among undergraduate college students, according to the latest biannual market research study by Ridgewood, New Jersey-based Student Monitor.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/06/07/college.in.ap/index.html

But remember, it's only 394 days until 07-07-07!
666 Proves Popular but Unprofitable for Lottery Players
The number 666 may be evil, it may be mystical, but what it isn't is profitable.
The Wisconsin Lottery sold $12,548 worth of Pick 3 lottery tickets playing 6-6-6 on Tuesday, which was the sixth day of the sixth month of 2006.
Jessica Iverson of the Wisconsin Lottery says 666 is a common choice for Pick 3 numbers, but the sales of the number were six (yes, six) times the amount of "666" picks the day before.
Only one time in Pick 3 history was 6-6-6 drawn as a winning number. That happened on October 31, 1996. That's right... on Halloween.
http://www.wbay.com/Global/story.asp?S=5000470



...Mid afternoon update on tornado damage assessment...

It has been determined that there was one tornado in Columbia County.
The exact rating for this tornado was an F1. The tornado began at
654 PM CDT in Columbia County 3 miles east of the Wisconsin Dells
and ended at 740 PM CDT 1 mile SW of Dekorra in Columbia County. The
tornado just grazed a portion of northeast Sauk County.

There were no injuries and no deaths.

There were about a dozen trailer homes damaged and about a dozen
homes damaged. Power lines and trees were downed and about a half
dozen pole sheds and barns damaged.

At times this was a multiple vortex tornado. There were also
different spotters reporting seeing the same tornado which resulted
in multiple reports of the same tornado.

The latest report received from the Iowa County survey team was that
there were 2 tornadoes. The first confirmed tornado was reported at
651 PM CDT just north of the visitor center at the Frank Lloyd
Wright buildings. It appeared that the tornado quickly lifted back
into its parent cloud. This has been rated an F0 tornado.

The second tornado occurred at 733 PM CDT at a location 1.5 miles
west of Barneveld just north of Highway 18/151. A house was damaged
by a connected patio overhang being flipped up onto the roof of the
home. Windows were broken and there was some damage to the roof.
This tornado has been rated an F0.

Updated: 12:14 PM GMT on June 08, 2006

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 7, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:40 PM GMT on June 07, 2006

Good Wednesday morning!

Outburst Results

Players: 33
Topic: Things in the Backyard

Barbecue (19) (Grill also accepted)
Swing Set (18)
Garden (13)
Swimming Pool (13)
Plants (12) (Trees, Landscaping and Flowers also accepted)
Patio Furniture (11) (Picnic Table and Lawn Chairs also accepted)
Lawn (7) (Grass also accepted)
Patio (7) (Deck also accepted)
Fence (4) - Bonus Points Awarded to Greg, Scott/Ann, Kelley, and Jen
Sprinklers (0) (Two people said "hose" but these are too different for me to combine)

Other Answers: Shed (5), Sandbox (3), Bird feeders/bath (3), Hose (2), Children (2), Dog/Animals (2), Dog House, Tree house, Clothesline, Toys, Parties, Croquet Set.


Should there be a Summer 2006 game season? [19 votes total]
Looks like there will be games all year round! If you're going to be gone and can't play, well then hopefully we'll see you back in the Fall. But because you only need to make the Top Ten to advance to the playoff week, missing a day or two probably won't kill your chances.

Yes - I don't want to wait until Fall for another chance at a championship! (11) 58%
Kind of - Keep playing the games, but don't keep track of points until September. (5) 26%
No - It'll be too hard to play each game because of vacations and such. But bring them back in Autumn! (3) 16%
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847
Archive:
http://vote.sparklit.com/archive.spark?archiveID=334188


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine mixed with a few low clouds across the state, temps are in the low to mid- 60s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Well that was a rather crazy night for people living in south-central Wisconsin, with a line of supercell thunderstorms developing small tornados and causing some property damage. The low pressure system that caused all of that mayhem is centered just to our east this morning, but today's weather will be more influenced by a small area of high pressure centered in Nebraska. Looks like a much nicer day, and warmer too!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Becoming partly cloudy and a little breezy today. High of 78 north and central, and just above 80 south.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows mid- 50s.

Tomorrow: Morning sunshine with a few afternoon clouds. Another very nice day overall. Highs mid- 70s central, upper 70s south.

Extended:
Friday: Becoming partly sunny and cooler. Highs 65-70.
Saturday: The showers and storms that were expected may now miss us to the south. Partly cloudy and cool, highs 63-68.
Sunday: Same deal. Partly sunny, highs 67-72.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated thunderstorms, breezy, highs upper 90s.
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: Partly cloudy, highs lower 90s. Ozone Action Day.
Near record high temperatures possible from Thursday through Friday...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs lower 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……..… 76 central, lower 70s north, upper 70s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 70 (0.26")
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 75 (0.24")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 75 (0.03")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 73 (0.22")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 82 (trace)
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 81

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 106
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 82
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 89


Weather in the News:

Storms Rattle South-Central Wisconsin
Tornados touched down in several places around South-Central Wisconsin Tuesday night. Columbia County reported more than 20 homes with significant damage and a roof in Waunakee was blown off.
http://nbc15.madison.com/news/headlines/2990081.html

11,000 flee Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano
MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesian officials evacuated 11,000 villagers from around Mount Merapi volcano, as lava and superheated clouds of gas poured repeatedly down its upper slopes, officials said Tuesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/06/06/indonesia.volcano.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories


In Case You Missed It:

Students playing 'CSI' find reality show
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jun 6, 2006 (UPI via COMTEX) -- A group of Florida high school students studying criminology were startled to come across a real body during a field trip exercise.
The students from St. Thomas Aquinas High School were startled to find a man's body while investigating a fake crime scene Monday at Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Tuesday.
Although it was determined the unidentified man died of natural causes, the would-be detectives "were freaking out," one student said.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thrivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20060606/20060606StudentsplayingCSIfindrealityshow.xml&p=-1

6-year-old left behind at birthday party
PALM BEACH, Fla., Jun 5, 2006 (UPI via COMTEX) -- A 6-year-old Florida boy accidentally left behind at his birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese's is being held in protective custody, a report says.
The Department of Children and Families picked up Michael James Emanuel Jr. Saturday night, after his family unwittingly left him behind. Relatives didn't notice he was missing until the next morning, the Palm Beach Post reported.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thrivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20060606/200606066yearoldleftbehindatbirthdayparty.xml&p=-1

Updated: 12:41 PM GMT on June 07, 2006

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 6, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:09 PM GMT on June 06, 2006

Good Tuesday morning!

Outburst
The second-to-last week of games for the Spring 2006 regular season start right now! We haven't played Outburst since May 9th, so here goes:

Topic: Things in the Backyard

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


Weather Update Poll: (last day to vote)
Should there be a Summer 2006 game season?
Yes - Games and points all summer long!
Kind of - Games but no points until September
No - Let's hold off until Fall.
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s forecast grade: B-


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Showers and thunderstorms will continue to spread across south central Wisconsin...toward southeast Wisconsin from 6 am through 730 am. The leading edge of an area of showers and thunderstorms extended from around Green Lake to Madison to Monroe...and was moving to the northeast at 30 mph. Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms can be expected to spread into the Fond Du Lac...Beaver Dam...Juneau...Jefferson... Janesville and Beloit areas from 6 am through 730 am. Occasional showers and thunderstorms will continue farther west...in Madison...Baraboo...Darlington...Dodgeville and Spring Green. Brief heavy rainfall can be expected with these showers and storms along with occasional cloud to ground lightning. Small hail can not be ruled out with the stronger thunderstorms along with wind gusts to 35 mph. Scattered showers may reach the West Bend...Sheboygan... Waukesha...Milwaukee and Elkhorn areas from 8 am through 10 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a line of showers and thunderstorms moving through parts of central and southern Wisconsin, temps are in the lower 60s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: An area of low pressure currently centered in south-central Canada and its associated cold front in Minnesota and western Iowa is developing a line of showers and thunderstorms across Wisconsin this morning. After this storm passes through, we may see a little bit of sunshine by the later morning hours. However, any early-afternoon sunshine we get will just bring more fuel into an already-unstable atmosphere, with scattered showers and thunderstorms expected to redevelop later this afternoon. There's a slight risk of these storms becoming severe.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning showers and thunderstorms, then partial clearing by lunchtime. Scattered showers and thunderstorms redeveloping later this afternoon, and could reach severe levels. What else would you expect on 6-6-06? High of 76 central, lower 70s north, upper 70s south. Rain chance 80%.

Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms early. Partial clearing by sunrise. Lows upper 50s to near 60. Rain chance this evening 50%.

Tomorrow: Becoming partly cloudy, highs upper 70s to near 80.

Extended:
Thursday: Partly cloudy, highs 74-79.
Friday: Increasing clouds, cooler highs 68-73.
Saturday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 66-71. Chance of rain 30%.
Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 71-76. Chance of rain 40%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, "cooler" highs around 105. Refreshing, no?
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 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: Sunshine, highs near 90. Ozone Action Day.
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 today, storms tonight, highs mid- 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
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 80
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 79
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 82
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 81
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 81

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 107
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 81 (precip N/A)
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 89


Weather in the News:

Beijing to shoot down Olympic rain
HONG KONG, China (CNN) -- Beijing will be shooting for the stars in a bid to stave off downpours when it hosts the Olympics Games in 2008.
Using an arsenal of rockets, artillery and aircraft, China will try to blast the clouds out of the sky, a meteorologist from Beijing told a Hong Kong newspaper, through a technique which falls under the umbrella of "cloud seeding."
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/06/05/china.rain/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Duck X-Ray Reveals 'Alien Head'
CORDELIA, Calif. (AP) - The International Bird Rescue Research Center in Cordelia plans to raise funds with an unusual duck X-ray. The bird came in with a broken wing, but when Marie Travers, assistant manager of the center, radiographed the duck, she was stunned to see a very clear image of what appeared to be the face, or head, of an extraterrestrial alien in the bird's stomach.
http://cnn.netscape.cnn.com/news/story.jsp?idq=/ff/story/0001/20060601/2032755677.htm

Ohio man sets bowling record
MIDDLETON, Ohio, June 5 (UPI) -- A Mason, Ohio, man has captured the Guinness record for bowling for the second time, knocking down pins for 102 hours, 1 minute and 25 seconds.
Dave Wilson, 40, raised $13,000 for cancer research in accomplishing the feat in 481 games. The first thing he did afterward was drink a Guinness stout in celebration.
http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20060605-040049-5048r


"One online oddsmaker has made the world a 100,000-to-1 favorite to survive Tuesday."
6-6-6: Is our number really up?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Is Tuesday's date -- 6-6-6 -- merely a curious number or could it mean our number is up?
There's a devilishly odd nexus of theology, mathematics and commercialism on the sixth day of the sixth month of the sixth year.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/06/06/six.six.six.ap/index.html

Party in Hell planned for 6-6-06
HELL, Michigan (AP) -- They're planning a hot time in Hell on Tuesday.
The day bears the date of 6-6-06, or abbreviated as 666 -- a number that carries hellish significance.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/06/03/hell.party.ap/index.html


May 2006 Forecast Stats:
Forecasts 18
Error Points 44
Average 2.44
Error > 4 3
% Within 4 83%
Bulls-Eye 1
% Bulls-Eye 6%

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 5, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:47 PM GMT on June 05, 2006

Happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update, and I hope you all had a great weekend. We had fairly busy but fun weekend even though we are trying to get over a lingering cold that's been going around lately. Friday, we went ballroom dancing at the Crystal Ballroom with our friends Jason and Nicole. It was our first time out dancing in a few months, so we were a little rusty, but had a great time anyway. Saturday, we attended Dog Party 7 with Kozmo at Charlie and Reuben's house in Oshkosh. Kozmo had a chance to release some pent up energy and run around with a lot of other dogs without a leash. Sunday, we spent the day cleaning up the house and had a nice visit with my father-in-law Steve and stepmother-in-law Linda.

Not much is new with Bryce this week, except that he just turned 11 months old on June 3rd. I can't believe he's almost a year old. He's growing so fast, and we cherish every moment with him. Bryce is developing quite a pitching arm, too. He still loves playing the "take all of my toys and throw them out of the pack-n-play" game, but instead of just taking his arm over the wall and dropping the toys, now he's literally throwing them. One even made it all the way underneath our kitchen table! Have a great week everyone!

Laptop = Desktop
Our 13-month old Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop is now serving us in a brand new way - as a desktop machine. The laptop screen died a few days ago, so now the only way we can use it is if we hook it up to an outside monitor. For a couple months now, on occasion when turning the laptop back on from standby mode, the screen would remain black and you had to hard reboot it to get the screen back. However, a few days ago, the screen never came back on after the reboot! If you look at it very closely in a dark room, you can still just barely make out the screen, but I tried everything I could think of from brightness settings to leaving it off overnight, to no avail. Dell.com and the Geek Squad both seem to think that the backlight is dead so I'll have to send it in to Dell to get it repaired. That's going to be a fun 3-digit expense, and especially annoying since the warranty literally expired about 6 weeks ago.

More Car Troubles!
And to make matters worse, the Check Engine light came on in my car a week ago. I took it in and it turns out that my 1997 Honda Civic needs a new catalytic converter, which is a $300 repair, in addition to the $40 charge just for having them check the 'check engine' light. However, I think there's going to be good news from this one, as oddly enough, the converter is still covered under the original warranty, so they are going to replace it for free and also waived the $40 fee. So I get a new converter and only have to pay the gas money it takes for me to make it over there again sometime late this week or next week (they have to order the part). So the money I thought I was about to be putting into my car will be going to Dell instead. :/


Weather Update Poll:
Should there be a Summer 2006 game season?
Yes - I don't want to wait until Fall for another chance at a championship!
Kind of - Keep playing the games, but don't keep track of points until September.
No - It'll be too hard to play each game because of vacations and such. But bring them back in Autumn!
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine east and a few scattered clouds west, 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: An area of high pressure centered just to our south will give us one more day of sunshine and pleasant weather. A new cold front is beginning to work its way across the Plains states, and moisture from this system will make it here by later today and especially tomorrow, when thunderstorms are likely. By the way, George Webb doesn't give away free hamburgers if the Milwaukee Brewers lose 12 games in a row, do they?
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Sunshine this morning, mixed with a few clouds by this afternoon. High of 81.

Tonight: Becoming cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing, especially west. Lows upper 50s to near 60. Rain chance 30%.

Tomorrow: Showers and thunderstorms likely. There is a slight risk of these storms becoming severe. Highs mid- 70s. Rain chance 70%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mostly early in the day. Highs 76-81. Rain chance 30%.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, maybe a shower Thursday night, highs 73-78.
Friday: Scattered showers, mostly north, highs 70-75. Rain chance 25%.
Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms, highs 71-76. Rain chance 40%.
Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms, highs 75-80. Rain chance 50%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs near 107.
Excessive heat warning in effect from 11 am this morning to 8 PM PDT this evening...
High temperatures today will again approach record levels...
near 103 degrees at Kingman... around 107 degrees in the Las Vegas
Valley... 114 degrees in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and
119 degrees in Death Valley National Park.

People engaged in outdoor activities today are urged to drink
plenty of non-alcoholic beverages and take any necessary
precautions to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun... especially
during the afternoon hours.

An excessive heat warning is issued when temperatures are
forecast to reach dangerous levels that will stress the body if
precautions are not taken.

New record temperatures set on June 4 2006...
The low temperature reported at McCarran International Airport was
81 degrees today. This break the previous high minimum temperature
record of 80 degrees set in 2004.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly sunny, isolated thunderstorms, cooler, highs upper 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 near 90. Ozone Action Day.
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 lower 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)
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 75
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 78
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 75
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 79
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 77
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 80 (0.16")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 106
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 87
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 88



Science in the News:

Mysterious red cells might be aliens
As bizarre as it may seem, the sample jars brimming with cloudy, reddish rainwater in Godfrey Louis's laboratory in southern India may hold, well, aliens.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/06/02/red.rain/index.html

Indonesian volcano stirs after earthquake
Worried villagers perform rituals to warding off an eruption
BANTUL, Indonesia (AP) -- Fresh spurts of lava from a nearby volcano, a strong aftershock and worries about the spread of bird flu are adding to the strain for hundreds of thousands of survivors of Indonesia's devastating earthquake.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/06/03/indonesia.lava.ap/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Man jailed for mouse-in-burrito scam
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan (AP) -- A man who stuffed a dead mouse into his Taco Bell burrito in a botched extortion attempt was sentenced Friday to 16 to 30 months in prison.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/06/02/mouse.burrito.ap/index.html

Wisconsin is #11.
Test scores are in: Northeast still has dumbest drivers
Insurance company exam indicates one in 11 drivers would fail state licensing exam.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - The tiny state of Rhode Island still ranks rock bottom in terms of driving knowledge, according to a national test conducted by GMAC Insurance. Oregon drivers answered the most questions correctly.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/AUTOS/05/26/dumb_driver_states/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2006/AUTOS/05/26/gmac_test_rankings/index.html

Updated: 12:48 PM GMT on June 05, 2006

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 2, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 2:04 PM GMT on June 02, 2006

TGIF!

Match Game Results
I guess the first one was rather obvious, although I thought at least one person would write in with Gilmore or New Year!

Players: 32
Phrase #1: Happy _______
Birthday (26) - 2 points
Days (2) - 1 point (tie)
Ending (2) - 1 point (tie)
Other Answers: Go Lucky, Face

Phrase #2: Blind _______
Date (13) - 2 points
as a Bat (6) - 1 point
Faith (4)
Man (3)
Alley (3)
Other Answers: Luck, Man's Bluff, Person


Scattergories Challenge Results
The tribe has spoken! This is democracy at its finest!

Things in a Park
Puke: No points awarded (7 yea, 12 nay)
The Public: Two points awarded (12 yea, 7 nay)
Park Bench: No points awarded (8 yea, 11 nay)
Picnic Table: Two points awarded (13 yea, 6 nay)
Putting Green: No points awarded (7 yea, 12 nay)

Large Companies
Penneys (JC): No points awarded (8 yea, 11 nay)
Papa Murphy's: Two points awarded (16 yea, 2 nay, and one person pleaded the 5th!)


Spring 2006 Regular Season Point Standings (35 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.
Perfect Score: 86

Brian stretched out his lead but many of the other leaders faltered this week, closing the gap and now only seven points separate 7th place from 19th! Next week is the last week of normal point values before the following week's double points week to end the Spring 2006 regular season!

Brian, Madison WI: 66 (+8)
Karl, Appleton, WI: 62 (+5)
Nia, Appleton, WI: 61 (+4)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 59 (+6)
Becky T. and Parents: 57 (+2)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 57 (+7)
Jan, Berlin, WI: 54 (+4)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 54 (+8)
Greg, Madison, WI: 53 (+6)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 52 (+4)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 52 (+6)
--------Preliminary Playoff Cut Line--------
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 51 (+8)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 50 (+4)--
Steve L.: 50 (+5)
Mom: 49 (+6)
Scott/Ann, Appleton, WI: 49 (+6)
Bethany: 48 (+7)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 47 (+8)
Sarah H., Appleton, WI: 47 (+5)
Kelley: 44 (+7)
Mary, Berlin, WI: 41 (+2)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 40
Mary, Appleton, WI: 40 (+2)
Phil, Madison, WI: 38 (+4)
Will/Ruth, Appleton, WI: 38 (+6)
Sally: 37 (+7)
Craig, Green Bay, WI: 36 (+3)
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 36 (+6)
Diane Sm.: 29 (+4)
Chad, Cleveland, OH: 26 (+4)
Chris Ke.: 26 (+2)
Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 26 (+2)
Al, Germantown, WI: 25 (+0)
Jen: 21 (+7)
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 21 (+3)
Nicole, Madison, WI: 17 (+4)
Jason, De Pere, WI: 15
Harry: 10
Max C.: 9
John S.: 6
Jim: 4
Adam S.: 3
Chris Ko.: 2
John E., Madison, WI: 2
Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC: 1


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Forecast:
Now: At 9am with sunshine mixed with a few scattered clouds, temps are in the mid- to upper 60s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: It's going to be another nice day as a large area of high pressure builds its way across the Plains and into the western Great Lakes region. Besides a popcorn shower or thunderstorm that might develop in the later afternoon hours, a very pleasant Friday can be expected. And no, popcorn showers do not mean that it'll be raining popcorn, as seen in the movie Real Genius.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny this morning with a few more clouds this afternoon and perhaps an isolated thundershower. High of 76 north and central, upper 70s to near 80 south. Rain chance 25%.

Tonight: An early evening thundershower possible, but not probable, then becoming partly cloudy overnight. Lows low to mid- 50s.

Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs low to mid- 70s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- to upper 70s.

Next Week:
Monday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 72-77. Chance of rain 40%.
Tuesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 75-80. Chance of rain 50%.
Wednesday: Morning showers, highs 71-76. Chance of rain 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs close to 105 all weekend long.
... Las Vegas records third warmest may on record...

The average temperature in may 2006 was 81.0 degrees. This was the
third warmest may on record. The warmest may on record was 82.2
degrees set in 2002 followed by 81.6 degrees set in 1997.

There were 10 record high minimum temperatures set and one record
maximum temperature set.
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 later today, and a similar story this weekend. 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: Scattered thunderstorms developing later today, then dry this weekend. Highs mid- 80s today but warming to near 90 on Sunday.
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 morning showers and isolated thunderstorms, highs upper 70s. Sunshine this weekend, highs lower 80s.
Through 9 am...showers and isolated thunderstorms will continue to move east across the Evansville tri state region. Most areas can expect hourly rainfall amounts around half of an inch or less...with isolated higher amounts. Most of the showers will move east out of the area by late morning.
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……..… 76 north and central, upper 70s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 81
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 83
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 79
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 78
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 79
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 79 (1.95"!)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 102
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 82
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 80 (0.01")


Weather in the News:

Study finds rapid pre-Katrina sinking in New Orleans
(CNN) -- Parts of New Orleans sank rapidly in the three years leading up to Hurricane Katrina, which might have made the already low-lying city even more vulnerable, a new study found.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/05/31/sinking.neworleans/index.html

FEMA chief touts high-tech hurricane response
Hard-learned lessons from Katrina have led to improved disaster plans for the city of New Orleans and surrounding parishes, FEMA chief David Paulison said as the new hurricane season got under way Thursday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/06/01/hurricane.forecast/index.html?section=cnn_topstories

Rain, sun lead to 80-plus car wreck
HILLSBOROUGH, North Carolina (AP) -- Just as commuters on a busy highway were driving east into the rising sun, a blinding rainstorm hit, triggering a series of wrecks involving more than 80 cars, trucks and buses, officials said.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/06/01/nc.pileup.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories


In Case You Missed It:

Thanks Clair for the link!
Prank claims alcohol allowed at prom
A fake letter about a prom in Madison sparks outrage among parents. The letter, which looked like it came from Daniel Hand High School, claimed alcohol would be served at the prom.
http://www.wtnh.com/Global/story.asp?S=4972946

200,000 Workers Get a Pay Raise
An estimated 200,000 people working in Wisconsin are getting a raise Thursday. The state's minimum wage goes up from $5.70 to $6.50 an hour.
http://www.wbay.com/global/story.asp?s=4971917

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 1, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:22 PM GMT on June 01, 2006

Good Thursday morning!

Match Game: Phrase Edition

Phrase #1: Happy _______

Phrase #2: Blind _______

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. 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


Scattergories Challenges - Vote!
Per the official Scattergories rules (courtesy of my mom):
"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."

To stay as true to the official rules as possible, you all have the option to vote on whether each challenged answer receives credit (including your own if it's listed below).
Here's how to vote:
Simply respond with "Yea" or "Nay" to each response below. (Y/N will do as well ) Feel free to include it in the same email as the Match Game answers above.
Yea = this answer should receive credit.
Nay = this answer should not receive credit.
If there is a tie, the challenged player's vote does not count, or if the challenged player did not vote, then I will cast the deciding vote. Please don't just vote no to everything just to keep people from getting points. Lastly, this is completely optional and choosing not to participate will not affect your score...unless your challenged answer is below!

Things in a Park
Puke: ________
The Public: ________
Park Bench: ________
Picnic Table: ________
Putting Green: ________

Large Companies
Penneys (JC): ________
Papa Murphy's: ________


Scattergories Challenge Message Board
The board is still available if you want to try to sway some votes your way! New challenges are no longer accepted for this session, however.
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Habitat for Humanity Experience
We all had a good experience yesterday with Thrivent Builds and Habitat for Humanity. They were a little ahead of schedule, plus with the morning rain, our tasks differed from what the initial plan was. In the morning, I put up roof vents (Styrofoam sheets that you stapled into the ceiling on the second floor), helped set up the metal stands for the varnishing that was to take place this weekend, then I spent most of the rest of the day helping to install ceiling and wall insulation. Man is that stuff itchy! The family that is getting this house was there during the afternoon, so it was nice to get to meet them as well, even though they didn't know much English.


Today’s forecast grade: B+


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds north and southeast, sunshine central, and chirping birds in the backyard, temps are mostly around 55-60.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Today is not only the meteorological first day of summer, but it's also the first day of the Atlantic hurricane season. Not that the latter really affects us Wisconsinites at all. What will affect us? A nearly-stationary frontal boundary, which exists to our south, across central Missouri and Illinois and into northern Indiana and Ohio. Moisture from this system is spreading on both sides of the front, which includes parts of Wisconsin. Look for this weak system, combined with daytime heating of the earth's surface, to make the atmosphere unstable enough to produce scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms later this afternoon. Nothing severe is expected.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly sunny with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms developing later this afternoon. High of 76 north and central, upper 70s south. Rain chance 30%.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. Lows low to mid- 50s. Rain chance 30%.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, maybe a morning shower. Highs low to mid- 70s central, mid- to upper 70s south.

Extended:
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs 74-79.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 72-77.
Next Week’s Outlook: Look for scattered thundershowers Monday through Wednesday, with the best chance being on Wednesday, then dry for the remainder of the work week. High temperatures look to be rather consistent, between 75-80.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated thundershowers, highs lower 80s.
Showers from the Atlantic will begin to impact parts of coastal southeast South Carolina this morning...especially near and east of Route 17. Rainfall rates could reach 1/4 inch within 30 to 60 minutes time in a few communities along the coastal counties through 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: More showers and thunderstorms with heavy rainfall expected. I can't believe you guys got over 6" of rain yesterday. Highs lower 80s.
Flood Watch in effect until 10 am CDT this morning...
deep tropical moisture in place coupled with an upper level
trough of low pressure along the Texas coast is expected to
trigger additional shower and thunderstorm development across
portions of southeast Texas late tonight or early Thursday
morning. With area soils already saturated from rainfall the
last several days... any additional heavy rainfall will easily
run off. The most likely area to experience heavy rainfall later
tonight or early Thursday morning is expected to be along and
south of a Galveston to Friendswood to Richmond to Eagle Lake
line. Areas further north in the watch area could experience
locally heavy rainfall... but the chance is not as high until
later into Thursday morning when heating begins. Rainfall
amounts of 1 to 2 inches will be common with higher isolated
totals of 4 to 8 inches possible with the more intense activity
and where training of storms occurs. This could lead to
dangerous flooding.
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, heavy rainfall possible. Highs lower 80s.
Through 7 am...isolated showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop and move northeast across portions of southeast Missouri... southern Illinois and southwest Indiana. Through 7 am...most of the showers and storms will be northwest of a line from Marble Hill Missouri...to Anna Illinois...to Carmi...to Evansville Indiana. Locations in Perry County Illinois will see hourly rainfall around an inch with stronger storms moving slowly across the area. However...most locations will receive around one quarter of an inch or less.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 78
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 77 (0.26")
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 79 (trace)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 75 (trace)
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 80
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 76
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 86

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 96
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 86
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 74 (6.09"!!)


Weather in the News:

Storm pundit predicts 9 Atlantic hurricanes this year
MIAMI, Florida (Reuters) -- A noted storm forecaster Wednesday predicted the Atlantic hurricane season will produce nine hurricanes, the same as his previous forecast issued nearly two months ago.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/05/31/hurricane.gray.reut/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Baby born with three arms
SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- Doctors in Shanghai on Tuesday were considering surgery options for a 2-month-old boy born with an unusually well-formed third arm.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/05/31/third.arm.ap/index.html

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