Wisconsin Weather Update

Wisconsin Weather Update for August 31, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:51 PM GMT on August 31, 2006

Good Thursday morning!

Wheel of Fortune Thursday

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Puzzle #2:
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Category: Show Biz
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Rules
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Scattergories Challenges
Below are the challenged answers from yesterday. If you want to help decide their fate, include a Y/N next to each answer below with your game answers from today. Answering Yes means I should accept the answer for points, while No will deny the player(s) credit.

Article(s) of Clothing:
Cuddleduds: ________

Computer Lingo:
CACLS: ________
Coldfusion: ________
Create: ________
Cast: ________
Caps Lock: ________
Common Business System: ________
Chat / Chat Room - don't combine? ________


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Today’s forecast grade: A


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine, temps are mostly in the lower 50s, give or take a few degrees depending on where you live.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Today is a great day for any outdoor activities, with high pressure to our northeast continuing to dominate our weather. So if you're thinking about taking that long lunch, why not do it today? Here in the Fox Valley, traffic will see that rare snarl tomorrow as tens of thousands make their pilgrimage to Lambeau Field for a rare Friday afternoon game.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Sunshine, maybe a few clouds south. High of 74.

Tonight: Partly cloudy central, a few more clouds south. Lows low to mid- 50s.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny. Highs low to mid- 70s.

Extended:
Saturday: Partly sunny again. Highs 71-76.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers or a thunderstorm. Highs 69-74. Chance of rain 40%.
Next Week’s Outlook: A semi-rainy period is looking to take shape with more scattered showers on Labor Day, then a chance of rain on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. High temperatures look to remain just over the 70-degree mark, which isn't too bad for the first full week of September.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs around 105 again.
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, a perfect day for golf, highs mid- 80s.
Tropical Storm Warning in effect...
Through 8 am...another rain band will continue to approach the coastal areas of southeast South Carolina. Moderate to heavy rainfall along with increasing winds is expected. Rainfall amounts will be up to a half inch with isolated higher amounts.
... Ernesto strengthening off the northeast Florida coast...
... Winds increasing along the South Carolina and Georgia coasts...

... New information...
the position and intensity of Ernesto has been updated. Wind
forecasts have been updated. Impacts have been updated.

... Areas affected...
this statement recommends specific actions be taken by residents
and visitors of southeast South Carolina and southeast Georgia...
including the adjacent coastal waters.

... Watches/warnings...
a Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect from Altamaha Sound to
the South Santee River entrance. This includes Chatham... Bryan...
Liberty and McIntosh counties in southeast Georgia... and
Charleston... Colleton... Beaufort and Jasper counties in South
Carolina... including the adjacent coastal waters. A Tropical Storm
Warning means tropical storm conditions are expected within 24 hours.
Portions of the Tropical Storm Warning area... particularly along the
Georgia coast... may be discontinued later today.

An inland Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Dorchester
and Berkeley counties in southeast South Carolina until 11 PM this
evening.

A Flood Watch remains in effect for Charleston... Berkeley and
Dorchester County until 11 PM this evening.

... Storm information...
at 5 am EDT... the center of Tropical Storm Ernesto was located near
latitude 30.0 north... longitude 80.2 west... or about 195 miles south
of Charleston. This is about 150 miles southeast of Savannah and 165
miles south southeast of Beaufort.

Ernesto is moving to the north near 15 mph... and a gradual turn to
the north northeast is expected later today with an increase in
speed. Ernesto will remain over the Atlantic for much of the day and
is expected to approach the Georgetown County coast this evening...
passing just east of downtown Charleston this afternoon. On this
track... Ernesto will pass very close to or over Cape Romain by the
late afternoon hours. Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph.
Additional strengthening is likely before landfall.

... Precautionary/preparedness actions...
all preparations for tropical storm conditions should be rushed to
completion this morning.

A voluntary evacuation continues for people in Charleston and
Colleton counties who live in vulnerable areas such as low lying
areas... barrier islands or Mobile homes. For additional evacuation
information contact the Charleston County citizen information
hotline at 843-202-7100... or the Spanish hotline at 843-202-7191.
For information in Colleton County call 843-549-5632.

The Charleston International Airport will cease all aircraft
operations at 9 am EDT and the Airport terminal will close at 11 am
EDT.

The Coast Guard has set port condition Yankee for the Charleston
Harbor. Port condition Yankee restricts vessel movement inbound and
outbound in The Harbor. There are currently no plans to upgrade to
condition Zulu at this time.

For school closure information... please contact your local school
district.

... Storm surge and storm tide...
a storm surge of 1 to 2 feet is expected from Edisto Beach northward
along the Charleston County coast... resulting in storm tides of 7 to
8 feet. These levels will produce minor to moderate coastal flooding
of the barrier islands and areas around the Charleston Harbor. At
this time... the highest surge potential will be centered across
northeast Charleston County near the Bulls Bay... Cape Romain and
McClellanville areas. From Edisto Beach south to the Altamaha
river... including the Beaufort... Hilton Head and Savannah areas...
offshore winds will keep storm surge values less than 1 foot.

... Winds...
winds are slowly increasing along the coast this morning. Reports
from Folly Beach... Tybee Island... and the Grays Reef buoy south of
Savannah indicate winds are gusting up to 30 mph at times along the
immediate coast... including downtown Charleston. Winds will continue
to increase to tropical storm force across the region this morning
as Ernesto approaches from the south.

Winds will increase to 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph along the
north Georgia coast this morning and continue through the early
afternoon hours... after which winds will gradually subside. For
south coastal South Carolina... including Beaufort and coastal
Colleton counties... winds will increase to 25 to 35 mph with
occasional gusts to 45 mph today. In Charleston County... winds of 30
to 40 mph with gusts to 50 mph are likely... with the highest
sustained winds being confined to the coastal areas north of Kiawah
Island to McClellanville. Since Ernesto will continue over the
Atlantic for much of the day... additional strengthening will likely
occur as it approaches the Georgetown County coast. Winds will begin
to subside across south coastal South Carolina this evening.

Motorists... especially those driving high profile vehicles... should
use extreme caution on elevated bridges and overpasses today as
driving conditions may become hazardous at times. Be aware that
local law enforcement officials may close bridge access points at
any time when winds reach tropical storm force.

... Inland flooding...
rainfall amounts with the storm are expected to be 1 to 3 inches in
southeast Georgia... with 3 to 5 inches in southern South Carolina.
However... locally higher amounts are possible... especially over
Dorchester... Berkeley and Charleston counties. A Flood Watch is in
effect for the Charleston tri-County area through this evening.

... Tornadoes...
isolated tornadoes are possible along the South Carolina coast as
Ernesto approaches today. The risk for tornadoes will be the
greatest east of a Beaufort to Moncks Corner line. Remember that
tornadoes can form with little to no advanced notice during tropical
storms. Remain alert and be prepared to protect life and property
should warnings be issued.

... Inland wind impacts...
winds will increase to 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph across
Hampton and inland Colleton counties today as Ernesto passes to the
east of the area. Winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph are
expected to occur over Berkeley County and the southern part of
Dorchester County. This includes the communities of Summerville...
Moncks Corner and Daniel Island. Winds could be slightly higher at
Daniel Island. For areas west of an Allendale to Pembroke to
Ludowici line... including Statesboro... Metter... Millen and
Reidsville... tropical storm force winds are not expected.

Conditions on Lake Moultrie will deteriorate today. Winds will
increase to 30 to 40 knots... particularly in the Open Lake waters.
The resulting large wave action from these winds may cause dock and
pier damage around the Lakeshore... particularly across the southern
half of the lake. Some Lakeshore flooding may also occur in these
areas.

... Rip current impacts...
there is a high of rip currents Thursday along the southeast Georgia
and southern South Carolina coast. A high rip current risk means
that wind and or wave conditions support particularly dangerous rip
currents. Rip currents are life threatening to anyone entering the
surf. You are strongly urged not to go into the water. Heed the
advice of lifeguards and the beach patrol. Pay attention to flags
and posted signs.

... High surf/beach erosion impacts...
moderate beach erosion is expected along the South Carolina coast
with areas of severe erosion expected in Charleston County.
Localized severe beach erosion is also possible in erosion prone
areas such as Hunting Island and Edisto Beach. Only minor to
moderate beach erosion is expected along the north Georgia coast.

... Next update...
the next tropical storm local statement will be issued by the
National Weather Service in Charleston around 9 am... or sooner if
conditions warrant.

Additional information on Tropical Storm Ernesto can be found in
advisories issued by the National Hurricane Center and short term
forecasts issued by this office.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Sunshine, highs mid- 90s. Ozone Action Day.
... Record high minimum temperature for Houston tied...
The Tuesday morning low temperature at Bush intercontinental Airport
in Houston was 78 degrees. This ties the previous record high
minimum temperature for August 29th... of 78 degrees set in 1995.
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, highs upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 75
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 73
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 77
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 72
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 73
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 76 (trace)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 103
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 90
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 90
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)………….. 76


Weather in the News:

Tropical Storm Ernesto targets Carolinas
--Ernesto's top sustained winds increase to 50 mph
--Storm expected to turn north-northeast toward Carolinas
--South Carolina landfall expected late Thursday or early Friday
--Biggest threat to be heavy rains, flooding
MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Gaining strength in the Atlantic Ocean, a reinvigorated Tropical Storm Ernesto set its sights Thursday on the coastal Carolinas, National Hurricane Center forecasters said.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/08/31/ernesto/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200605.html

Cat 3 John expected to strengthen off Mexico
--Category 3 hurricane with 125 mph winds to strengthen
--Warnings for 400 miles: Lazaro Cardenas to San Blas, Mexico
--Center to stay offshore with heavy rain, flooding, mudslides
--Storm expected to nick Baja California, then head out to sea
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (AP) -- Hurricane John pummeled Mexico's resort-studded Pacific Coast with winds and rain Thursday, plotting a course that could take its eye close to land before nicking the tip of Baja California.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/08/31/john.hurricane.ap/
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/ep200611.html


In Case You Missed It:

How Many Lightbulbs Does it Take to Change the World? One. And You're Looking At It.
Sitting humbly on shelves in stores everywhere is a product, priced at less than $3, that will change the world. Soon. It is a fairly ordinary item that nonetheless cuts to the heart of a half-dozen of the most profound, most urgent problems we face. Energy consumption. Rising gasoline costs and electric bills. Greenhouse-gas emissions. Dependence on coal and foreign oil. Global warming.
http://www.fastcompany.com/subscr/108/open_lightbulbs.html
http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/08/29/199228&from=rss


Jetliner pilot locked out of cockpit after toilet break
OTTAWA, Ontario (Reuters) -- The pilot of a Canadian airliner who went to the washroom during a flight found himself locked out of the cockpit, forcing the crew to remove the door from its hinges to let him back in, the airline said on Wednesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/americas/08/30/pilot.lockout.reut/index.html

If you really want some fun, go to Google News and do a search on this story, just to see the various headlines news writers came up with.
Anchor’s potty talk puts CNN on hot seat
CNN was forced to apologize to viewers and the White House after an open mike transmitted an anchorgal’s bathroom chit-chat with another woman live as the network was carrying President Bush’s speech in New Orleans.
http://thetrack.bostonherald.com/moreTrack/view.bg?articleid=155252

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 30, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:48 PM GMT on August 30, 2006

Good Wednesday morning!

Scattergories Initial Results

Players: 31
Starting Letter: C
Topic #1: Article(s) of Clothing
Coat (x3: Harry, Chris K., Sharon)
Cloak (x3: Kelley, Karl, Katie/Bart)
Corset (x2: Sally, Chad)
Codpiece (x2: Max, Brian)
Cap (x2: Adam S., Clair)
Chaps (x2: Nia, Bethany)
Cassock (x2: Dan, Becky T.)
Chemise (x2: Will/Ruth B., Deb)

Coathardie (a 14th century tunic)
Chastity belt
Crinoline
Caftan
Chador
Camisole
Cape
Cardigan
Cloche hat
Cuddleduds
Chesterfield (the coat, not the cigarette)
Cheongsam
Cravat


Topic #2: Computer Lingo
Crash (x4: Harry, Sharon, Sheila, Becky T.)
Cobol (x2: Chris K., Steve L.)
CPU (x2: Adam S., Mom)
Cyberspace (x2: Kelley, Deb)
Chat (x2: Lisa, Bethany)

Circuit
CPR (Central Processor Recovery)
Compiler
Chatter (the noise a hard drive makes during heavy access)
Cacls (Microsoft Windows NT command which allows a user to edit and display the permissions of NTFS partitions) http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/c/cacls.htm
C++
CBS (Common Business System - I use it everyday)
Cast
CSS
Consoles
Coldfusion
cuol (See you on line)
Corrupt
Create
Cookie
Checksum
Chip
Caps Lock


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Weather Update Poll Results:
So...when did you turn off the Packers 48-17 blowout loss Monday night? [9 votes total]
During the weather delay in the fourth quarter. (3) 33%
Monday Night Football? (3) 33%
Before halftime. (2) 22%
In the third quarter. (1) 11%
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847
Archive:
http://vote.sparklit.com/archive.spark?archiveID=334188


Today’s forecast grade: B+


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds south and east and sunshine central and 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 to our north is starting to build into our area. This means that the morning clouds many of us are seeing now will eventually become much more scattered, so I'd expect much more sun within the next few hours, if it isn't already sunny where you live. More low pressure areas are in their early stages of development in the Rocky Mountains, meaning more rain is eventually on its way, but Tropical Storm Ernesto may help to keep these at bay until Saturday night or Sunday.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Clouds this morning for many of us, but becoming partly cloudy. High of 75 central, maybe a degree or two warmer south and a degree or two cooler north.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows low to mid- 50s central and south, but in the 40s north.

Tomorrow: Sunshine, highs mid- 70s.

This Weekend:
Friday: Partly cloudy for the first day of September, highs 73-78.
Saturday: Increasing clouds with scattered showers developing late. Highs 71-76. Chance of rain Saturday night 35%.
Sunday: Cooler with showers probable. Highs 69-74. Chance of rain 51%.
Labor Day: Cool with more showers. Highs 69-74. Chance of rain 40%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs near 104.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Rain becoming likely. Increasing winds, highs lower 90s inland, upper 80s coast.
Hurricane Watch in effect...
... Ernesto moving through southern Florida...
... Tropical Storm Warning issued for southeast Georgia...

... New information...
Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for southeast Georgia. Wind
impacts and inland wind impacts have been updated.

... Areas affected...
this statement recommends specific actions be taken by residents
and visitors of southeast South Carolina and southeast Georgia...
including the adjacent coastal waters.

... Watches/warnings...
a Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect from Altamaha Sound to
Savannah. This includes Chatham... Bryan... Liberty and McIntosh
counties in southeast Georgia. A Tropical Storm Warning means
tropical storm conditions are expected within 24 hours.

A Hurricane Watch remains in effect from north of Savannah to the
South Santee River entrance. This includes Charleston... Colleton...
Beaufort and Jasper counties in southeast South Carolina. A
Hurricane Watch means hurricane conditions are possible... generally
within 36 hours. A Tropical Storm Warning or Hurricane Warning may
be issued for portions of the Hurricane Watch area later today.

An inland tropical storm watch remains in effect for Dorchester and
Berkeley counties in southeast South Carolina.

... Storm information...
at 5 am EDT... the center of Tropical Storm Ernesto was located near
latitude 25.6 north... longitude 80.9 west... or about 45 miles west
South West of Miami Florida. This is about 500 miles south of
Charleston and about 440 miles south of Savannah.

Ernesto is moving toward the north northwest near 8 PM. A turn to
the north with an increase in forward speed is expected later today.
This will keep Ernesto across the Florida Peninsula for much of the
day. The storm is expected to move back into the Atlantic this
evening and head for the South Carolina coast Thursday afternoon.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 45 mph... with higher gusts. Some
weakening is expected later today as the system moves farther
inland. Once the storm moves back into the Atlantic this evening...
it is expected to strengthen to a strong tropical storm. There
remains a slight chance that Ernesto could become a minimal
hurricane as it approaches the middle South Carolina coast.

... Storm surge flood and storm tide impacts...
Ernesto is expected to approach the Charleston County coast during
mid afternoon hours near high tide. A storm surge of 2 to 3 feet is
currently expected from Edisto Beach northward along the Charleston
County coast which will cause moderate coastal flooding of the
barrier islands and areas in the Charleston Harbor. This will yield
storm tides of 7 to 9 feet. At this time... the highest surge
potential will remain across northeast Charleston County near the
Bulls Bay and Cape Romain areas.

Further south around Beaufort and the Georgia coast... winds will
shift offshore as the center of the tropical storm passes to the E.
As a result... storm surge values will remain 1 foot or less.

... Wind impacts...
winds of 30 to 40 mph winds with occasional gusts to 50 mph will
begin to impact coastal areas of southeast Georgia late tonight and
continue through Thursday morning before gradually diminishing
Thursday afternoon as Ernesto moves into northeast South Carolina
Thursday evening. Winds will increase along the South Carolina coast
to tropical storm force after sunrise Thursday. Winds of 30 to 40
mph with gusts to 50 mph can be expected across Beaufort and coastal
portions of Colleton County. In Charleston County... winds of 45 to
55 mph with gusts to 65 mph appear likely. There is still a chance
that the storm may reach minimal hurricane as it approaches the
Charleston County coast. Winds will begin to subside across coastal
South Carolina Thursday evening.

... Flooding impacts...
rainfall amounts with the storm are expected to be 1 to 3 inches in
southeast Georgia and 3 to 5 inches in southern South Carolina.
Locally heavier amounts are possible. A Flood Watch may be issued
for portions of the area later today as these rainfall amounts could
produce flash flooding... particularly in Dorchester... Berkeley and
Charleston counties where isolated rainfall amounts could approach 7
inches.

... Tornado impacts...
isolated tornados will be possible along the South Carolina coast as
Ernesto approaches Thursday afternoon.

... Inland wind impacts...
tropical storm force winds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts to 55 mph are
expected to push inland across interior areas of southeast South
Carolina from the coast Thursday as Ernesto approaches the
Charleston County coast. Tropical storm force winds... winds greater
than 39 mph... are most likely to occur along and east of the
Interstate 95 corridor. This includes the communities of
Walterboro... Summerville... Moncks Corner and Daniel Island. In
southeast Georgia... sustained tropical storm force winds are not
currently expected west of a Springfield to Hinesville to Ludowici
line... although a few gusts to 40 mph could occur.

Tropical storm force winds are capable of producing tree and
powerline damage. Minor damage to some structures is also possible.
Prepare now for possible power outages.

Mariners on Lake Moultrie can expect extremely dangerous conditions
to develop on the lake Thursday into Thursday night as Ernesto
crosses the region. Winds as high as 30 to 40 knots are expected.
The resulting large wave action from these winds may cause dock and
pier damage around the Lakeshore. Large wind driven waves may also
produce Lakeshore flooding... particularly along the southern half of
the lake.

... Rip current impacts...
a high risk of rip currents is expected lte tonight through Thursday
along the southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina coast. A
high rip current risk 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.

... High surf/beach erosion impacts...
moderate beach erosion is expected along the South Carolina and
Georgia coast with some severe erosion expected in Charleston
County. Localized severe beach erosion is also possible in erosion
prone areas such as Hunting Island and Edisto Beach.

... Next update...
the next tropical storm local statement will be issued by the
National Weather Service in Charleston around 9 am... or sooner
if conditions warrant.

Additional information on Tropical Storm Ernesto can be found in
advisories issued by the National Hurricane Center... as well as
public information statements and short term forecasts issued by
this office.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Decreasing clouds, 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: Isolated showers, highs upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 74 central, lower 70s north, and mid- 70s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 79
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 78
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 73
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 75
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 71 (0.15")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 105
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 90
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 93
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)………….. 81 (trace)


Weather in the News:

Ernesto comes ashore, drenches southern Florida
MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- A soggy Tropical Storm Ernesto was drenching south Florida early Wednesday after making landfall, and forecasters further scaled back warnings even as officials cautioned Floridians not to let their guard down simply because the storm had failed to strengthen as expected.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/08/30/ernesto/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200605.html

Change of plans for Atlantis
Shuttle makes U-turn, heads back to launch pad
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- Five hours after starting space shuttle Atlantis on a slow crawl toward its protective garage, NASA changed course Tuesday and sent it back to the launch pad, saying the forecasts for Tropical Storm Ernesto had improved.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/08/29/spaceshuttle.ap/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Gas may be headed back near $2
Analyst sees prices 'closer to $2 than $3' by Thanksgiving, newspaper reports.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The recent drop in prices at the pump could pick up steam, driving gasoline sharply lower in coming months, USA Today reported Wednesday.
http://money.cnn.com/2006/08/30/news/economy/gas_prices/index.htm?cnn=yes

Study gives good reason to avoid overtime
Long working hours linked to high blood pressure
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) -- Workers who clocked more than 51 hours at the office each week were 29 percent more likely to have high blood pressure than those who worked 39 hours or less, a new study from California has found.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/08/29/work.blood.pressure.reut/index.html

Brazilian gives birth to 14-pound girl
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- A 14-pound girl delivered by Caesarean section is so large that her feet reach over the edge of her small crib, hospital officials said Tuesday.
Isabel Vitoria, who was born Sunday, measures nearly 23 1/4 inches.
She is far from the largest ever born in Brazil. That was a 16-pound, 11-ounce baby born in January 2005 in the northeastern city of Salvador.
According to Guinness World Records, the heaviest baby born to a healthy mother was a boy weighing 22 pounds, 8 ounces in Aversa, Italy, in 1955.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/americas/08/29/brazil.baby.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 29, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:32 PM GMT on August 29, 2006

Good Tuesday morning!

Scattergories Tuesday
The second and final game of Scattergories for the Summer 2006 regular season is here. My stack of game cards seems to be misplaced this morning, so today will feature two topic reruns from prior updates, but with a different starting letter. Have fun!

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

Topic #2: Computer Lingo

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


So...when did you turn off the Packers 48-17 blowout loss Monday night?
In the first quarter!
Before halftime.
In the third quarter.
During the weather delay in the fourth quarter.
I watched the whole game!
Monday Night Football?
Please vote by using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


What do you think of the random Triple Bonus Point days? [11 votes total]
It should be double, not triple. (4) 36%
Neat idea! (3) 27%
Let's have any bonuses be worth only one point. (3) 27%
It's ok. (1) 9%
Archive:
http://vote.sparklit.com/archive.spark?archiveID=334188


Today’s forecast grade: B


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Patchy dense fog...with visibilities of one half mile or less...will be possible from time to time this morning...especially in low-lying areas such as river valleys and bogs. Look for conditions to improve after 8 am. Until then...drive slow and allow for plenty of distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
Be on the look out for patchy dense fog across the area. Clear skies...light winds and damp conditions are leading to the development of shallow but dense fog in low lying areas. Visibility may drop briefly to 1/4 mile or less. The fog is expected to burn off by 8 or 9 am. Until then motorists are urged to be prepared for rapidly changing visibility.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine north, a mix of sun and clouds central and a mostly cloudy sky south, temps are mostly in the mid- to upper 50s. Look out for a few areas of fog, too.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: The weather models have been all over the place over the last week and a half, which is too bad since my forecast stats for the month were nearing a record until the temperature and cloud cover started becoming more unpredictable last week. And with Ernesto expected to gum up the works a few days from now, that could make forecasting even more fun. As for today, a weak cold front is moving through Wisconsin. Behind the front, we have sunshine and cooler temperatures, but south of the front, we have clouds and perhaps even a thunderstorm later today.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly cloudy north, partly sunny central, and mostly cloudy with a 25% chance of showers and thunderstorms south. High of 74 central, lower 70s north, and mid- 70s south.

Tonight: Becoming partly cloudy if it hasn't already, lows mid- 50s.

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

Extended:
Thursday: Partly cloudy, highs 73-78.
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs 72-77.
Saturday: Scattered thunderstorms developing late. Highs 72-77. Chance of rain Saturday night 40%.
Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms. Highs 68-73. Chance of rain 40%.

Synopsis from Weather Central:
Ernesto May Indirectly Impact Our Weather....
Under most circumstances, storms move along the jet stream & head from west to east across the U.S. Ernesto, though, is heading from south to north. The storm will most likely make landfall tonight over south Florida (as a topical storm), head back out across the far Western Atlantic, & then make another landfall in the Carolinas (again as a tropical storm). From there its remnants will continue northward, reaching Erie, PA in about 5 days. Although we certainly won't see any clouds or rain from the storm, it may impact our weather indirectly. This is because, as it moves northward, it will likely cause any storms to our west to slow down (it will block them). This, in fact, is the reason that Saturday's forecast looks better than it did yesterday.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs around 105.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated storms, otherwise hot, highs lower 90s inland, upper 80s coast.
Heat advisory in effect from noon today to 7 PM EDT this evening...
The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a heat
advisory... which is in effect from noon today to 7 PM EDT this
evening.

High temperatures in the lower to mid 90s combined with moderate
humidity levels will produce heat index values around 105 degrees
across portions of southern South Carolina this afternoon.

A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is
expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity
will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are
possible. Drink plenty of fluids... stay in an air-conditioned
room... stay out of the sun... and check up on relatives and
neighbors.
------------------
... Ernesto is forecast to impact portions of southern South Carolina
and southeast Georgia Wednesday night through Thursday night...

Tropical Storm Ernesto is expected to approach the Florida Keys
today and move into South Florida tonight. Based on the latest
forecast from the National Hurricane Center... Ernesto is forecast
to move north along the Florida East Coast Wednesday to a position
off the Georgia coast on Thursday morning. The storm is then
forecast to make landfall along the South Carolina coast late
Thursday afternoon.

Based on this track... tropical storm force winds... wind speeds of 39
to 73 mph... and very heavy rain could occur over much of southern
South Carolina and the immediate southeast Georgia coast Wednesday
night through Thursday night. This includes the Charleston...
Savannah and Beaufort Metro areas.

There is a possibility that hurricane force winds... wind speeds
in excess of 74 mph... could also impact portions of the middle South
Carolina coast... including the Charleston Metro area... Thursday
afternoon and Thursday night. A tropical storm or Hurricane Watch
may be issued for portions of the area later today.

There remains uncertainty on the exact track... strength and timing
of Ernesto... so today is a good time to review your hurricane action
plan.

Residents and visitors across southern South Carolina and
southeast Georgia should continue to monitor the latest advisories
from the National Hurricane Center and forecasts as well as
statements from the National Weather Service in Charleston. This
can be done through NOAA Weather Radio all hazards... TV or your
local news source.
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, 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: Isolated showers, 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……..… 78
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 72
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 71 (0.07")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 68 (0.13")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 69
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 73 (0.60")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 103
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 88 (0.03")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 92 (0.14")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)………….. 88 (0.38")



Weather in the News:

Ernesto on track for South Florida
MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Poised to take on South Florida, Tropical Storm Ernesto intensified slightly early Tuesday after lingering over Cuba for nearly 24 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/08/29/ernesto/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200605.html

A year later, recovery in New Orleans not easy
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- After months of rebuilding, Henry and Flora Hamilton's house doesn't look like it was sitting in 7 feet of water a year ago. The same can't be said for most of their neighbors' homes.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/08/29/katrina.anniversary/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Forbes.com taps Milwaukee as America's drunkest city
It is called Brew City and Beer Town, after all.
That Milwaukee topped Forbes.com's list of "America's Drunkest Cities" shouldn't come as a shocker to anyone who has worn a Pabst Blue Ribbon T-shirt or knows the occupations of legendary sitcom characters Laverne and Shirley. As Forbes points out on its Web site: "Milwaukee has long had a reputation as a city built on beer … Even the name of the town's baseball team — The Brewers — alludes to its boozy past."
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=487336
http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060825/GPG04/608250718/1250/GPGlife

Dog's driving lesson ends in crash
BEIJING, China (AP) -- You can teach a dog new tricks -- but driving isn't one of them.
A woman in Hohhot, the capital of north China's Inner Mongolia region, crashed her car while giving her dog a driving lesson, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Monday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/08/28/china.dogdriver.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 28, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:49 PM GMT on August 28, 2006

Happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update, and I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. We had a fun and busy weekend which was mostly centered on Steve's 30th birthday. Friday evening, I went to an Inspired Aroma Tea and Coffee Party ( www.inspiredaroma.com ). I really enjoyed trying all the new teas and coffees. Saturday, Steve played some tennis with his friend Clair and a couple of Clair's friends, and we cleaned the house for Steve's birthday party on Sunday. Steve's dad, step-mom Linda and step-brother Andy came to visit us Saturday evening to celebrate Steve's birthday and took us out for a very nice dinner at Red Lobster. Sunday was Steve's 30th birthday, and we celebrated with an afternoon of bowling and pizza, followed by cake, ice cream, and presents. We were joined by his mom, step-dad Bob, sister Kelley, sister Bethany and her husband Kyle, my mom Nia and step-dad Karl, and our friends Jason and Nicole.

Bryce is doing a lot of the same things he has been doing for a few weeks now, although he is getting more situationally intelligent. If Kozmo is outside and barking to get back in the house, Bryce will run over to the patio door and try turning the door handle to let him in. Bryce will do the same thing if someone comes to the front door. Note that we said run, not walk. On Sunday morning, Bryce went into his room, grabbed a couple of his balloons, and gave them to Steve, wishing him a happy birthday in his own way. Today is also Bryce's Baptismal birthday. One year ago today Bryce was baptized and welcomed into God's Kingdom as one of his children. Have a great week.


The first true realization of how old I am now came yesterday while we were at the bowling alley. They had a raffle you could enter where you could win tickets to this Friday's Packers game. On the raffle card, you had to fill out your name, address, phone number, and circle which age group you're in. On the survey, there was 18-22, 23-29, 30-54, and 55+. Having to think about it for a second, I had to circle the 30-54 age bracket, which now puts me in the same age category as my mom and dad. Yep, I must be old.


What do you think of the random Triple Bonus Point days?

Neat idea!
It's ok.
It should be double, not triple.
Let's have any bonuses be worth only one point.

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:
Look for sprinkles...extending along and south of a Mineral Point to Monroe line...to diminish as they move into drier air in place over south central and southeast Wisconsin. The sprinkles are not expected to move farther north than a Spring Green...Madison to Lake Geneva line between 6 am and 730 am. Expect mostly cloudy skies and temperatures to slowly rise through the 60s over the remainder of southern Wisconsin between 6 am and 7 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds and a few isolated showers south and west, temps are in the mid- 50s north, upper 50s central and lower 60s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: An area of low pressure centered in Missouri is spreading showers across South Dakota, southern Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, and yes, southern Wisconsin. The weather models are expecting the showers to dissipate across southern Wisconsin shortly, with the bulk of the rain staying south of the border. It looks like the cloud base is going to stick around through the rest of the day, though.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy with a few morning showers or sprinkles possible south. High of 78.

Tonight: Still mostly cloudy. Lows 55-60.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny. Highs mid- to upper 70s.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, highs 75-80.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, highs 74-79.
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs 76-81.
Saturday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing. Highs 71-76. Chance of rain 35%.
Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 67-72. Chance of rain 40%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs around 103.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated showers, highs lower 90s inland, mid- to upper 80s coast.
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 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: Thunderstorms likely, 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)
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 79
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 78
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 75
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 81
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 79 (trace)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 100
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 86
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 90 (0.13")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…............ 88 (0.37")


Top News:

NTSB: Crashed jet used shorter runway
LEXINGTON, Kentucky (CNN) -- A Comair commuter jet took off from a short runway used by private aircraft rather than a longer one typically used by commercial jets before it crashed Sunday morning, a National Transportation Safety Board official said.
Comair Flight 5191 crashed about half a mile past the end of the runway shortly after takeoff Sunday morning, killing 49 of the 50 people on board. The sole survivor, first officer James Polehinke, was in critical condition at a Lexington hospital.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/08/27/plane.crash/index.html

'What a nice evening' for '24,' HBO
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Saving the world from assorted terrorists paid off for the cast of "24" at Sunday night's Primetime Emmy Awards.
The Fox thriller picked up the award for best drama and star Kiefer Sutherland picked up the award for best actor in a drama for playing crusading CTU agent Jack Bauer.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/TV/08/27/emmys/index.html


Weather in the News:

The latest projections have Ernesto hitting Florida tomorrow evening as a Category 1 Hurricane.
Ernesto downgraded but could regain strength
MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Ernesto held its tropical storm status early Monday as it churned toward the southeastern coast of Cuba, the National Hurricane Center reported, but forecasters warned the storm could quickly regain hurricane strength.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/08/28/ernesto/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200605.html

Ernesto threatens Atlantis launch
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida (CNN) -- NASA will wait until later Monday to decide which path the space shuttle Atlantis will take: a slow ride back to shelter as Tropical Storm Ernesto approaches, or staying on the launch pad for a Tuesday liftoff.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/08/28/shuttle/index.html

Ozone alerts plummet this summer
Just 3 days hit hazardous levels, down from 21
Despite hotter-than-normal temperatures this summer, Wisconsin has been hit with only three days when ozone pollution exceeded unhealthy levels.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=488158

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 25, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:33 PM GMT on August 25, 2006

TGIF!

Outburst Results

Players: 29
Topic: Things at a Luau
Leis (22)
Pig (15)
Grass Skirts (12)
Hula Dancers (12)
Poi (5)
Torches (3)
Fire Dancers (2)
Sand (1) - 3 bonus points awarded to Steve L.
Tourists (1) - 3 bonus points awarded to John E.
Ukuleles (1) - 3 bonus points awarded to Greg C.

Other Answers: Pineapple (9), Tropical Drinks (5), Hawaiian Music (5), Food (too generic) (4), Flowers (4), Coconut (3), Fire (2), Coconut Bra (2), Hawaiian Shirts, Limbo, Salmon, Palm Trees


Summer 2006 Regular Season Point Standings (39 people played this week)
The regular season will run through September 15 and the playoff week will be the week of September 18-22.
September 11-15 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 in the last year).
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. Bolded text indicates players played this week. (fonts available via email version only).
^ = moved above the cut line this week.
-- = moved below the cut line this week.
* = received three bonus points for a game this week.
$ = previous winner
Please verify your point total for accuracy. Any scoring updates will be immediately posted on the Web site.
Perfect Score: 58

Steve L.: 42 (+13)**
Barb, Berlin, WI: 39 (+4)
$$Nia, Appleton, WI: 37 (+9)*
Will/Ruth, Appleton, WI: 36 (+4)
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 35 (+3)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 35 (+6)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 35 (+5)
Greg, Madison, WI: 34 (+8)*
John E., Madison, WI: 33 (+13)**^
Linda Ha.: 33 (+8)*^
--------Preliminary Playoff Cut Line--------
Mary, Appleton, WI: 32 (+3)--
$Brian, Madison WI: 31 (+5)--
Dan, Henderson, NV: 31 (+10)*
$Karl, Appleton, WI: 31 (+7)*
Mom: 30 (+4)--
$Tammy, Madison, WI: 30 (+4)--
Bethany: 29 (+5)
Kelley: 29 (+2)--
Becky T. and Dad: 28 (+4)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 25 (+2)
Diane Sm.: 24 (+5)
Sally: 24 (+9)*
Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 20 (+6)
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 19 (+4)
Sarah H., Appleton, WI: 19 (+5)
Jen: 18 (+6)*
Adam S., Evansville, IN: 17 (+1)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 17 (+2)
Chris Ke.: 16 (+3)
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 16 (+1)
Al, Germantown, WI: 13 (+6)*
Jan, Berlin, WI: 12 (+2)
Rhonda Lop.: 12 (+3)
Jamie S., Evansville, IN: 11
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 11 (+3)
Craig, Green Bay, WI: 10 (+2)
Deb: 9 (+2)
Chad, Cleveland, OH: 8 (+2)
Harry: 7 (+2)
Jim: 7
Mary, Berlin, WI: 5
Nicole, Madison, WI: 3 (+3)


Weather Update Poll:
What do you think of the random Triple Bonus Point days?

Neat idea!
It's ok.
It should be double, not triple.
Let's have any bonuses be worth only one point.

Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s forecast grade: C


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
A diminishing band of showers extended from near Milwaukee to Whitewater to near Madison. Some winds were gusting to around 45 mph over portions of southeast Wisconsin. Elsewhere thunderstorms were affecting portions of south central Wisconsin...especially from Sauk to Dane...and across Green County. These thunderstorms were moving to the east at 35 mph. The thunderstorms will push into rock and eastern Dane County by 830 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with a mostly cloudy sky and scattered thundershowers across western and southern Wisconsin, temps are mostly around 65-70.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A decent-sized line of showers and thunderstorms moving through western and southern Wisconsin is diminishing in intensity this morning as it moves to the east. However, the atmosphere is ripe for more thunderstorms to develop this afternoon and evening. In fact, today looks like it could be the third straight day of severe weather across parts of Wisconsin. This should be it for a while though, as this weekend and next week are looking a lot more calm.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy with morning thunderstorms south and west. Partly sunny with more thunderstorms redeveloping this afternoon and evening. There is a slight risk of severe weather today. High of 75 central, lower 70s north, and upper 70s to near 80 south.

Tonight: Maybe an evening thunderstorm, then decreasing clouds overnight. Lows mid- 60s.

Saturday: Partly sunny, highs upper 70s to near 80.

Sunday: Partly sunny, highs upper 70s to near 80. And oh yeah, someone who writes a weekday weather update turns 30 years old.

Next Week:
Monday: Partly sunny, highs 78-83.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy, highs 77-82.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, highs 75-80.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered storms today, isolated storms this weekend, highs in the 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: Scattered thunderstorms through the weekend, breezy at times, highs lower 90s.
Through 8 am...scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will continue to develop near the coast and offshore. Movement will be northeast at 15 mph. Rainfall amounts will range from a tenth to a half 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: Sunshine today, storms this weekend, highs upper 80s to near 90. Ozone Action Day and Particulate Matter Action Day. Well isn't that special?
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, lower 70s north, and upper 70s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 70 (0.34" - Green Bay)
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 74 (2.25" - New Daily Record)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 73 (0.53" - Milwaukee)
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 72 (0.62")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 84 (0.62")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 85

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 105
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 86 (1.87")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 92 (0.01")


Top News:

Sounds familiar!
Apple recalls 1.8 million laptop batteries
Power devices said to cause overheating risk; Apple sees 'no material impact' on finances; battery maker Sony says recent recalls will cost as much as $258 million.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Apple is recalling 1.8 million battery packs for its iBook and PowerBook notebook computers because of an overheating problem, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced Thursday.
http://money.cnn.com/2006/08/24/technology/apple_recall/index.htm?cnn=yes

Stem cell breakthrough to challenge Bush objections
A stem cell breakthrough by American scientists is set to overturn ethical objections to potentially live-saving research.
They have found how to make stem cells from embryos without destroying the embryo in the process - an advance that could open the door to billions of dollars in research funding.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2325877,00.html
http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/slashdot/eqWf/~3/15725786/article.pl


Space in the News:

Pluto gets the boot
Pluto no longer a planet, say astronomers
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) -- Leading astronomers declared Thursday that Pluto is no longer a planet under historic new guidelines that downsize the solar system from nine planets to eight.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/08/24/pluto.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories
http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/slashdot/eqWf/~3/15928982/article.pl


In Case You Missed It:

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Electronic Toilet
The bathroom has been one of the few places people frequent where digital technology hasn't taken over. Most people use toilets more often than iPods, yet the humble American commode has remained as low tech as things get, essentially a combination of pipes, levers and flaps.
http://www.nwfdailynews.com/articleArchive/aug2006/digitalcommode.php
http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/slashdot/eqWf/~3/15826651/article.pl

Updated: 8:56 PM GMT on August 25, 2006

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 24, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:28 PM GMT on August 24, 2006

Good Thursday morning!

(Triple Bonus Point) Outburst Thursday!
The wackiness continues! After a near-record Tuesday with 38 players joining in on the fun, let's see if we can break 40 with another triple bonus point Outburst match! Today, a total of seven points are possible, and it's not even double-point week!

Topic: Things at a Luau

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, three 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


Today’s forecast grade: C-


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Heavy rainfall possible tonight...
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
Severe Thunderstorm Watch 738 in effect until 10 am CDT this morning...
Hail to 2 inches in diameter... thunderstorm wind gusts to 70
mph... and dangerous lightning are possible in these areas.

The Severe Thunderstorm Watch area is approximately along and 45
statute miles north and south of a line from 30 miles west
northwest of Lonerock Wisconsin to 20 miles north northeast of
Meigs Field Illinois. For a complete depiction of the watch see
the associated watch outline update (wous64 kwns wou8).

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

Other watch information... this Severe Thunderstorm Watch replaces
Severe Thunderstorm Watch number 736. Watch number 736 will not
be in effect after 400 am CDT. Continue... ww 737...

Discussion... elevated storms/supercells expected to persist along
and N of stalled front... fed by 30+ kt moist swly llj beneath 40 kt
NW mid level flow.

Aviation... a few severe thunderstorms with hail surface and aloft
to 2 inches. Extreme turbulence and surface wind gusts to 60
knots. A few cumulonimbi with maximum tops to 500. Mean storm
motion vector 31030.

Scattered strong thunderstorms will continue to affect a 50 mile
wide corridor from Dane County through Jefferson...Rock...Waukesha...
Walworth...Racine and Kenosha counties. The storms will slowly
diminish from northwest to southeast between 8 am and 10 am.

The storms will move southeast around 40 mph. Hail up to dime size...
gusty winds to 40 mph and hourly rainfall rates up to one inch are
expected with these storms.

Flood Advisory
The National Weather Service in Milwaukee has issued a
* flood advisory for...
Columbia County in south central Wisconsin
Rock County in south central Wisconsin
Jefferson County in southeast Wisconsin
Walworth County in southeast Wisconsin
Kenosha County in southeast Wisconsin
Dane County in south central Wisconsin

* until 845 am CDT

* at 645 am CDT radar indicated persistent training of thunderstorms
across portions of south central and southeast Wisconsin. Some
rainfall estimates were 2 inches an hour.

Runoff from these storms will cause flooding of small creeks and
streams... Highways and underpasses and other low lying areas.

Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the
roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross
safely. Move to higher ground.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with thunderstorms southeast and clouds elsewhere in Wisconsin, temps are around 60-65.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A stationary frontal boundary still lingers across southern Wisconsin this morning, which is helping to keep lawns quite moist across the southern part of the state. The thunderstorms still affecting southeastern Wisconsin are training with rain redeveloping north of the system as it very slowly moves to the southeast. After the current morning storms move southeast out of the state, look for more to redevelop later on today with heavy rainfall again expected.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Thunderstorms southeast this morning, then thunderstorms redeveloping later today. There is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms today and tomorrow. Breezy, high of 74 central, lower 70s north, and upper 70s south. Chance of rain today 40%, except where it's already raining. Those areas have a 100% chance. *insert groan here*

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely with heavy rainfall possible, especially north and central. Breezy overnight, lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain 80% north, 65% central and 50% south.

Tomorrow: More scattered thunderstorms, although most of these may fall early in the day. Highs mid- to upper 70s central, lower 80s south. Chance of rain 40%.

Extended:
Saturday: The weather models now expect Saturday to be mostly dry. Go figure. Maybe a morning shower, otherwise becoming partly sunny, highs 76-81. Chance of rain 30%.
Sunday: Partly sunny, maybe a shower late, highs 77-82. Chance of rain 25%.
Next Week’s Outlook: Well I hope you all enjoy the rainfall because besides an isolated shower or two on Monday, things look to get back to desert conditions for next week with little or no rainfall expected. High temperatures will remain seasonable, mostly in the upper 70s to near 80.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Hey look, a cloud! Highs near 104.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Thunderstorms becoming likely, 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: Scattered thunderstorms, 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: Morning fog, then sunshine, highs upper 80s. Ozone Action Day.
Patchy dense fog will be across much of the area early this morning until shortly after sunrise. Locally...visibilities may be as low as one quarter to one half mile. The patchy fog should burn off quickly...shortly after sunrise. Motorists are urged to use low beam headlights when dense fog is encountered.
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, upper 60s north, and upper 70s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 66 (0.42")
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 83 (0.24")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 82 (0.10")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 74 (0.29")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 89
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 85

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 104
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 88 (precip N/A)
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 86 (0.26")


Weather in the News:

Tropical Storm Debby might not reach land
MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Tropical Storm Debby was expected to stay away from land as it remained off the coast of the Cape Verde islands in the eastern Atlantic, forecasters said Thursday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/08/24/tropical.weather.ap/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200604.html

Hurricane chief foresees 'mega-disaster'
Max Mayfield says U.S. setting up for storm worse than Katrina
MIAMI, Florida (Reuters) -- If you thought the sight of New Orleans flooded to the eaves -- its people trapped in attics or cowering on rooftops -- was the nightmare hurricane scenario, think again.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/08/22/hurricanes.reut/index.html


Space in the News:

Space station cosmonaut 'go' for golf stunt
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- A Russian cosmonaut will whack a golf ball from the international space station in a publicity stunt on Thanksgiving Day, NASA officials said Tuesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/08/23/space.station.golf.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories

Pluto faces possible planetary pink slip
Scientists consider dropping its status as a planet
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) -- The ninth rock from the sun faces the prospect of being demoted to a "dwarf planet" on Thursday if the International Astronomical Union approves new planetary definitions.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/08/24/pluto.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 23, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:05 PM GMT on August 23, 2006

Good Wednesday morning!

(Triple Bonus Point) Would You Rather Results
Did you get all three games correct yesterday for six points? Nine people did! And I'll tell you who.......right after the break. *cue American Idol cut to commercial music here.*

Players: 38
Game #1:
Submitted By: Brian
Would You Rather...
A. Lose your eyesight (5)
B. Lose your hearing (33) - 1 point

Game #2:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. Have the large parcel of land next to your house become a high school (17)
B. Have the large parcel of land next to your house become a sporting arena (21) - 1 point

Game #3:
Topic: Appearance / Embarrassment
Would You Rather...
A. Have a head that is perfectly round, like a basketball, but normal in every other way (17)
B. Have both feet the exact size and shape of shoe boxes, but normal in every other way (21) - 1 point


Oh, and by "after the break", I meant Friday in the weekly point standings.


Today’s forecast grade: C


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for patchy fog over south central and southeast Wisconsin through 8am. Visibilities will be reduced to below 1/2 mile in a few areas. A large are of showers and weakening thunderstorms over west central Wisconsin is expected to push into portions of south central Wisconsin north of Madison by 8 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a few areas of fog and a big blob of rain covering much of the northern half of Wisconsin, temps are around 55-60.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: After a few days of pleasant weather, a soaker looks like it's coming in, courtesy of an area of low pressure just to our west. Our lawns will like the extended forecast too, keeping us in a rainy weather pattern with a chance of showers through Saturday night.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Showers and thunderstorms becoming likely. There is a slight risk of severe weather both today and tomorrow. High of 74 central, upper 60s north, and upper 70s south. Chance of rain 80%.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms eventually ending...for now. Lows near 60.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy with another round of showers and thunderstorms developing. Heavy rainfall is possible tomorrow night, especially north. Highs mid- 70s. Chance of rain 60%.

Extended:
Friday: Partly sunny with a smaller chance of showers. Highs 78-83. Chance of rain 30%.
Saturday: More scattered showers and thunderstorms developing, especially late in the day. Highs 79-84. Chance of rain 40%.
Sunday: Becoming partly cloudy, highs 77-82.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated thunderstorms, highs around 104.
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, highs near 90.
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, highs just above 90.
Through 7 am...scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop near the coast and move inland at 10 mph. Rainfall amounts will range from a tenth to three quarters 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: Sunshine, highs upper 80s.
Patchy dense fog will be across much of southern Illinois... western Kentucky...southwest Indiana and a part of southeast Missouri until shortly after sunrise. Locally...visibilities may be as low as one quarter to one half mile. The patchy fog should burn off quickly...shortly after sunrise.
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……..… 79 central, mid- to upper 70s north, and just above 80 south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 81
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 84
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 82
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 79
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 87
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 85

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 106
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 95 (trace)
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 90 (0.08")


Weather in the News:

Debby is not much to talk about just yet...
Tropical Storm Debby strengthens
System off the African coast
MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Tropical Storm Debby continued to gain strength Wednesday off the coast of Cape Verde in the eastern Atlantic, forecasters said.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/08/23/tropical.weather.ap/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200604.html


In Case You Missed It:

Wireless robots may float above the Earth
PALMDALE, California (AP) -- Bob Jones has a lofty idea for improving communications around the world: Strategically float robotic airships above the Earth as an alternative to unsightly telecom towers on the ground and expensive satellites in space.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/ptech/08/22/wireless.dirigible.ap/index.html

Updated: 12:34 PM GMT on August 25, 2006

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 22, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:06 PM GMT on August 22, 2006

Good Tuesday morning!

Triple Bonus Would You Rather Tuesday
A new week of games starts right now! This time there's a bit of a twist - if you guess the correct answer to all three games, instead of receiving one bonus point, today you'll get three bonus points! You can make up a lot of ground today with six potential points. Good luck!

Game #1:
Submitted By: Brian
Would You Rather...
A. Lose your eyesight
B. Lose your hearing

Game #2:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. Have the large parcel of land next to your house become a high school
B. Have the large parcel of land next to your house become a sporting arena

Game #3:
Topic: Appearance / Embarrassment
Would You Rather...
A. Have a head that is perfectly round, like a basketball, but normal in every other way
B. Have both feet the exact size and shape of shoe boxes, but normal in every other way


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


Today’s forecast grade: A-


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for some patchy fog...especially in the Wisconsin River Valley. Visibilities there will be reduce to 1/2 mile or less. Visibilities will improve by 8 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


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

Synopsis: A weak and nearly-stationary frontal boundary is located across southern Wisconsin this morning. This front was responsible for the isolated showers we may have felt overnight, along with slightly cooler weather we'll experience today. Better chances of rain are coming though, so hopefully our lawn sprinklers can be given a few days of rest!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly cloudy, a degree or two cooler than yesterday, high of 79 central, mid- to upper 70s north, and just above 80 south.

Tonight: Increasing clouds, lows upper 50s to near 60 (near 50 north).

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms developing from west to east. Breezy, highs mid- to upper 70s. Rain chance 60%. There is a 15% chance (slight risk) of severe weather tomorrow and Thursday.

Extended:
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms, especially north. Highs 74-79. Chance of rain 60% north, 35% central, and 25% south.
Friday: Partly sunny and warmer, maybe a shower, highs 83-88. Chance of rain 30%.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, showers and thunderstorms developing late in the day, especially south. Highs 77-82. Chance of rain 40%.
Sunday: Maybe a morning shower, then becoming partly sunny. Highs 75-80. Chance of rain 25%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, highs near 106.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered storms developing, highs lower 90s inland, upper 80s coast.
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 storms, 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: Partly cloudy, 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 central, upper 70s north, and lower 80s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 82
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 81
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 79
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 81
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 84
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 85

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 105
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 90 (precip N/A)
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 91


Weather/Space in the News:

Slow going in New Orleans
Mayor says rebuilding lagging due to bureaucracy
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AP) -- Bureaucracy and a lack of money are slowing the rebuilding of New Orleans nearly a year after Hurricane Katrina's landfall, Mayor Ray Nagin says.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/08/22/katrina.recovery.ap/index.html

Scientists: Dark matter exists
(SPACE.com) -- New observations of a great big cosmic collision provide the best evidence yet that invisible and mysterious dark matter really does exist.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/08/21/dark.matter/index.html

Closer to Deducing the Origin of the Moon
The D-CIXS instrument on ESA's Moon mission SMART-1 has produced the first detection from orbit of calcium on the lunar surface. By doing this, the instrument has taken a step towards answering the old question: did the Moon form from part of the Earth?
http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/SMART-1/SEM1RHBUQPE_0.html
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/08/21/1520226&from=rss


Science in the News:

Irish company challenges scientists to test 'free energy' technology
DUBLIN (AFP) - An Irish company has thrown down the gauntlet to the worldwide scientific community to test a technology it has developed that it claims produces free energy.
The company, Steorn, says its discovery is based on the interaction of magnetic fields and allows the production of clean, free and constant energy -- a concept that challenges one of the basic rules of physics.
It claims the technology can be used to supply energy for virtually all devices, from mobile phones to cars.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060818/bs_afp/irelandscienceenergy
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/08/21/173253&from=rss

Goldfish Smarter Than Dolphins
Dolphins may have big brains, but a South African-based scientist says laboratory rats and even goldfish can outwit them.
Paul Manger of Johannesburg's University of the Witwatersrand says the super-sized brains of dolphins are a function of being warm-blooded in a cold water environment and not a sign of intelligence.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/7FF1A9D2-FEEB-4340-A0DA-DE92AF6C49EC.htm
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/08/21/0358215&from=rss

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 21, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:46 PM GMT on August 21, 2006

Happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend update and I hope you all had a great weekend. We had a very fun and busy vacation weekend in Door County with Steve's mom, his step-dad Bob and his sister Kelley. We did a lot of sightseeing, along with some mini-golfing, shopping, eating, wine tasting, and playing in an arcade. We also for the first time travelled by ferry over to Washington Island. The highlight of Washington Island was the Ostrich Farm and Exotic Zoo. It was a lot of fun, and we saw several different kinds of animals such as ostriches, goats, sheep, a camel, horses, peacocks, donkeys, and a bear. Another fun part of our trip was a narrated scenic trolley tour. It was interesting seeing the nice houses where all the wealthy people live and some great views in Peninsula State Park. Well that wraps up our weekend update. Since Bryce wasn't along on the trip with us I don't have much a baby update this week. He still loves the "da" game where he points to various household objects, says "da", and wants you to take him there so he can "examine" them. Have a great week.


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a mostly sunny sky, temps are around the mid- 50s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A small area of high pressure sits just to our southeast, which will give us a pretty nice day overall. However, as the winds shift to be from the south, we'll see slightly warmer temperatures, but a cold front to our north and west may give us a thundershower late today or tonight. Enjoy the next couple days as a wet weather pattern seems to be emerging for the second half of this week and this weekend.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning sunshine with increasing clouds this afternoon from north to south. Maybe a thundershower north this afternoon. High of 81 central, upper 70s north, and lower 80s south. Chance of rain north 20%.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, maybe an isolated thundershower. Lows near 60 central and south, but near 50 north. Chance of rain 25%.

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

Extended:
Wednesday: Increasing clouds with a chance of storms late. Highs 75-80. Chance of rain Wednesday night 40%.
Thursday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 77-82. Chance of rain 40%.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of thundershowers, highs 80-85. Chance of rain 25%.
Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms, highs 77-82. Chance of rain 40%.
Sunday: Morning showers east. Highs 74-79. Chance of morning rain 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs again around 105. But you already planned on that, I bet.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered storms developing, highs lower 90s inland, upper 80s coast.
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 low to mid- 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, 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)
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 77
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 79
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 75
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 78
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 78
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 84 (0.61")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 105
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 88
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 92


Weather/Space in the News:

Earth's moon could become a planet
(SPACE.com) -- If astronomers approve a newly proposed planet definition next week, things could get really strange. Sure, asteroid Ceres will become a planet. Pluto's moon Charon will become a planet.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/08/18/moon.planet/index.html
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/08/18/065257&from=rss

Scientists: Ozone layer recovery will take longer
GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) -- The atmosphere will take up to 15 years longer than previously expected to recover from pollution and repair its ozone hole over the southern hemisphere, the United Nations' weather organization said Friday.
Scientists said Friday it would take until 2065, instead of 2050 as previously expected, for the ozone layer to recover and the hole over the Antarctic to close.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/08/18/ozone.hole.ap/index.html

Experts: Pressure building up inside Ecuador volcano
BANOS, Ecuador (AP) -- Rescuers Friday searched for 30 people missing after the devastating explosion of a volcano killed at least one person, forced tens of thousands to flee and appeared poised for a new eruption.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/americas/08/18/ecuador.volcano.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 18, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:42 PM GMT on August 18, 2006

TGIF!

Family Feud Results
Here are the results of yesterday's special Family Feud games. Would You Rather, yesterday's regularly scheduled game, will return next week, along with Outburst and a surprise hinted at in the beginning of this season.

Topic #1: Something you can see footprints in.
Sand/Dirt/Mud (24) - 2 points
Snow (8) - 1 point
Shoe tread

Topic #2: Something that people wait till the weekend to do.
Clean the house (Chores and House Work also accepted) (10) - 2 points
Mow the lawn (Yard Work also accepted) (7) - 1 point
Laundry (4)
Go out for dinner (3)
Watch a movie (2)
Travel/Vacation (2)
Drink (2)
Home Improvement Projects
Sleep in
Shopping


Summer 2006 Regular Season Point Standings (35 people played this week)
The regular season will run through September 15 and the playoff week will be the week of September 18-22.
September 11-15 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 in the last year).
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. Bolded text indicates players played this week. (fonts available via email version only).
^ = moved above the cut line this week.
-- = moved below the cut line this week.
* = received an extra credit point.
$ = previous winner
Please verify your point total for accuracy. Any scoring updates will be immediately posted on the Web site.
Perfect Score: 45

Barb, Berlin, WI: 35 (+6)
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 32 (+4)
Will/Ruth, Appleton, WI: 32 (+4)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 30 (+6)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 29 (+6)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 29 (+6)
Steve L.: 29 (+4)
$$Nia, Appleton, WI: 28 (+5)
Kelley: 27 (+2)
$Brian, Madison WI: 26 (+4)^
Greg, Madison, WI: 26 (+4)^
Mom: 26 (+3)
$Tammy, Madison, WI: 26 (+4)^
--------Preliminary Playoff Cut Line--------
Linda Ha.: 25 (+2)--
Becky T. and Dad: 24 (+6)*
Bethany: 24 (+6)
$Karl, Appleton, WI: 24 (+6)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 23 (+4)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 21 (+4)
John E., Madison, WI: 20 (+4)
Diane Sm.: 19 (+5)
Adam S., Evansville, IN: 16 (+6)
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 15 (+7)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 15 (+3)
Sally: 15 (+2)
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 15 (+4)
Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 14 (+4)
Sarah H., Appleton, WI: 14
Chris Ke.: 13 (+6)
Jen: 12
Jamie S., Evansville, IN: 11
Jan, Berlin, WI: 10
Rhonda Lop.: 9 (+6)
Craig, Green Bay, WI: 8 (+4)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 8 (+5)
Al, Germantown, WI: 7 (+3)
Deb: 7 (+6)
Jim: 7 (+3)
Chad, Cleveland, OH: 6
Harry: 5 (+5)
Mary, Berlin, WI: 5


Today’s forecast grade: B-


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds and areas of fog, temps are mostly around the mid- 60s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A low pressure system to our west is associated with a cold front to our north and a warm front to our south. Sandwiched between these two fronts is a bunch of clouds, but no precipitation in Wisconsin at the moment. That will change, however, so keep an umbrella handy through tomorrow evening.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy this morning. A shower or a light thunderstorm (I refer to these as thundershowers) may develop later today but probably won't be too big of a deal. High of 78 central, mid- to upper 70s north, and near 80 south. Rain chance 25%.

Tonight: Scattered showers, maybe a thunderstorm. Lows lower 60s. Rain chance 40%.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with more scattered showers or a thunderstorm possible. Decreasing clouds Saturday night. Highs mid- 70s central, upper 70s south. Rain chance 40%.

Sunday: Much nicer with a ginormous amount of sunshine. Highs mid- to upper 70s.

Extended:
Monday: Partly sunny, maybe a shower late. Highs 80-85. Chance of rain Monday night 30%.
Tuesday: Becoming partly cloudy, highs 76-81.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, highs 76-81.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine through the weekend, highs at or just over 100. Surprising, eh?
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: A chance of storms through the weekend, highs upper 80s inland, mid- 80s near the coast.
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 through the weekend, highs low to mid- 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: Isolated storms today and Sunday with a better chance on Saturday. Highs just over 90 today and tomorrow and mid- 80s 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
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 73 (trace)
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 71 (0.10")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 75 (0.28")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 74 (trace)
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 86 (trace)
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 89

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 100
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 91 (0.05")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 95


Weather in the News:

New Mexico town begins flood recovery
HATCH, New Mexico (AP) -- Pumps slowly drained waist-deep floodwater from parts of this southern New Mexico town Wednesday, while crews worked to reinforce a diversion ditch's banks that washed away.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/08/17/n.mex.flood.ap/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Sweet Mary, mother of God?
Workers at candy company see form of Virgin Mary in chocolate
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, California (AP) -- Workers at a chocolate company have discovered a 2-inch-tall (5-centimeter-tall) column of chocolate drippings that they believe bears a striking resemblance to traditional depictions of the Virgin Mary.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/08/17/chocolate.mary.ap/index.html

Brett Favre Fitted For New Suit Before Sold-Out Lambeau Field Crowd
ASHWAUBENON, WI—Although his critics and fans alike generally agree that NFL veteran Brett Favre is well past his prime, his ability to captivate an audience was demonstrated yet again Tuesday night when a raucous, over-capacity Lambeau Field crowd of 73,127 paid to see the Super Bowl-winning three-time MVP fitted for a new suit.
http://www.theonion.com/content/node/51801


From the NWS:
...August 18th is the one-year anniversary of the record-setting Wisconsin tornado outbreak...

One year ago on August 18th...Wisconsin residents saw 27 tornadoes
spin up during the afternoon and evening hours. This was the
greatest daily total since documentation started back in the mid
1800/S.

The strongest tornado on August 18th was the one that struck the
northern part of Stoughton. This one was rated F3 with winds up to
200 mph...and resulted in one directly-related death and 23
injuries. Other tornadoes in Vernon and Richland counties injured 4
people.

The breakdown of the 27 tornadoes includes...one F3 tornado...two F2
tornadoes...fourteen F1 tornadoes...and ten F0 tornadoes.

Collectively...the 27 tornadoes resulted in damage and clean-up
costs totalling 43.07 million dollars /2005 dollars/...based on
emergency management information. The Stoughton tornado was
responsible for 36.97 million dollars in damage and clean-up costs.

The F3 Stoughton tornado actually spun up about 2.8 miles southeast
of downtown Fitchburg...and dissipated about 2.2 miles north of
Busseyville in southwestern Jefferson County. The overall path
length of this tornado was 20 miles with a time-span of 53 minutes.
This was a very slow moving and long-lived tornado by Wisconsin
standards.

On August 18 2005...Jefferson County alone was affected by 7 of the
27 tornadoes. Fortunately...the 7 tornadoes in Jefferson County were
weak...either a F0 or F1. The only other County in Wisconsin to
experience 7 tornadoes on one calendar day is Grant County back on
may 8th in 1988. No other County has had more than 7 tornadoes on
one calendar day.

Eventually...62 tornadoes were documented in Wisconsin in 2005...the
greatest yearly total since documentation started. In contrast...
through August 17th...only 10 tornadoes have been documented in
Wisconsin in 2006.

For the period of 1971-2000... Wisconsin averaged 21 tornadoes per
year. A typical Wisconsin tornado lifespan is only about 6 or 7
minutes with a path length of about 3 to 4 miles...and its
fujita-scale rating tends to be a high-end F0 or low-end F1.


...Most Wisconsin tornadoes to occur in one County on a calendar day...

August 18 2006 is the one-year anniversary of the record-setting
Wisconsin tornado outbreak. Numerous records were broken during the
outbreak...among them including the number of tornadoes in one
County for a calendar day. Below is a list of the highest number of
tornadoes for a single County on one day...

...number of
...Rank... ...date... ...County... tornadoes...
1 Aug 18 2005 Jefferson 7
may 08 1988 Grant 7
3 Jun 04 2005 Marathon 5
Jun 06 1993 Adams 5
Jun 08 1984 Columbia 5
Aug 09 1979 Dodge 5
7 Jun 10 2005 Winnebago 4
Jul 11 2004 Lincoln 4
Jul 16 1997 Marathon 4
Jul 18 1996 Fond Du Lac 4
Jun 08 1993 Marquette/Green Lake 4
Sep 11 1990 Barron 4
Jun 14 1989 Dane 4
Jul 15 1980 Eau Claire 4

Prior to the 1980s...tornadoes were not considered as important to
document as they are today. Therefore...many tornadoes were missed
and it is possible there were higher numbers prior to the listed
dates above.

Updated: 4:50 PM GMT on August 18, 2006

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 17, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:26 PM GMT on August 17, 2006

Good Thursday morning!

Family Feud Thursday
Today's games are in memory of Tricia Hertenstein, mother of Becky Tomlinson, who passed away last week after a long battle with cancer. She enjoyed playing my games with her husband and daughter and submitted the following 'Family Feud' games before she passed away.

Topic #1: Something you can see footprints in.

Topic #2: Something that people wait till the weekend to do.

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


Weather Update Poll Results:
Which Match Game version is more fun to play? [17 votes total]
-Phrase Edition (8) 47%
-I like them both equally. (7) 41%
-I dislike them both equally. (1) 6%
-Sentence Edition (1) 6%
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847
Archive:
http://vote.sparklit.com/archive.spark?archiveID=334188


Today’s forecast grade: B-


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds across the state and showers west and north-central, 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: High pressure has moved off to New England, and now we have a series of weak areas of low pressure moving in from the Rocky Mountains and Plains, which will keep a chance of rain in the forecast for the next three days. I'm not really impressed with the way any of the four major weather models are handling the current weather scenario, so I'm going to base my forecast today more on what's happening now rather than what the models are predicting.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and maybe a thunderstorm developing within a few hours from west to east. Southern Wisconsin will probably see more rain from this system than northern Wisconsin. High of 77. Chance of rain 30% north, 40% central, and 50% south.

Tonight: Becoming partly cloudy, lows near 60.

TGIF: Partly sunny, an isolated thundershower possible, highs upper 70s to near 80. Chance of rain 25%.

Extended:
Saturday: Partly sunny with a chance of thundershowers. Highs 76-81. Chance of rain 40%.
Sunday: Becoming partly cloudy, highs 76-81.
Next Week’s Outlook: The next chances for rain look to be Tuesday and late Thursday. Highs should remain in the mid- to upper 70s.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Maybe a thunderstorm, breezy, highs upper 80s inland, mid- 80s coast.
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 storms developing, hot, highs mid- 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: 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……..… 82 central, near 80 north, and lower 80s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 82
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 84
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 81
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 82
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 85
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 85

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 101
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 88
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 93


Top News:

Suspect confesses to JonBenet Ramsey killing
Ex-schoolteacher claims killing wasn't intentional: 'I loved her'
(CNN) -- An American arrested in Thailand, confessing that he was with child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey when she died in her parents' basement nearly a decade ago, said "her death was an accident."
http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/08/17/ramsey.arrest/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

YouTube to Offer Every Music Video Ever Created?
Video sharing website YouTube is in talks with record labels about offering current and archive music videos.
YouTube co-founder Steve Chen told Reuters news agency it was hoped that within 18 months the site would "have every music video ever created".
The company said it planned to offer the videos free of charge.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4798133.stm
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/08/16/1350231&from=rss

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 16, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:44 PM GMT on August 16, 2006

Good Wednesday morning!

Match Game Results

Players: 33
Phrase #1: Watch Your _______
Step (19) - 2 points
Back (9) - 1 point
Language (3)
Ps & Qs
Butt

Phrase #2: Fruit _______
Salad (8) - 2 points
Loops (5) - 1 point (tie)
Cake (5) - 1 point (tie)
Juice (3)
Roll Ups (3)
Punch (3)
Basket (3)
Bowl
Flies
Cocktail


Weather Update Poll: (last day to vote)
Which Match Game version is more fun to play? [12 votes total so far]

Phrase Edition
Sentence Edition
I like them both equally.
I dislike them both equally.

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 mostly in the mid- 50s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Thanks to a large area of high pressure just to our east, another day of sunshine and comfortable temperatures await! Northern Wisconsin might see a few clouds (thus the minus in the A- grade above) but otherwise expect another excellent day of weather.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny south, partly cloudy central, and partly sunny north. High of 82 central, near 80 north, and lower 80s south.

Tonight: Variably cloudy, lows near 60.

Tomorrow: Increasing clouds, especially southwest, with a chance of rain late. Highs upper 70s to near 80. Chance of rain tomorrow night 20% central, 40% south.

This Weekend:
Friday: Scattered showers, maybe a thunderstorm. Highs 75-80. Chance of rain 50%.
Saturday: Maybe a morning shower, then decreasing clouds. Highs 76-81. Chance of rain 30%.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, highs 76-81.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, breezy, 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 storms, otherwise partly cloudy, highs lower 90s inland, upper 80s coast.
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 mid- 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: 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 central, mid- to upper 70s north, and near 80 south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 79
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 81
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 79
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 77
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 86
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 84 (1.68")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 102
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 86
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 95


Weather/Space in the News:

Proposal would increase planets from 9 to 12
'Big Bang' expansion would keep Pluto in the mix
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) -- Our solar system would have 12 planets instead of nine under a proposed "Big Bang" expansion by leading astronomers, changing what billions of schoolchildren are taught about their corner of the cosmos.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/08/16/new.planets.ap/index.html

Judge: Katrina storm surge not covered
Ruling seen as big win for insurance industry
GULFPORT, Mississippi (AP) -- A federal judge ruled Tuesday that an insurance company's policies do not cover damage from flood waters or storm surge in a decision that could affect hundreds of upcoming cases related to property damage from Hurricane Katrina.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/08/15/katrina.insurance.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories


In Case You Missed It:

Mr. Kentuckyfriedcruelty.com reverts to Chris
NORFOLK, Virginia (AP) -- Christopher Garnett has reclaimed his old name.
Garnett, an animal rights activist who gave up his given name to become "Kentucky fried cruelty.com," was one of three workers at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals who changed their names to PETA Web sites. Two have now returned to their given names.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/08/15/name.change.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories

Dead candidate remains on ballot
Investigation begun into cause of death
RENO, Nevada (AP) -- Nevada Republicans will get another reminder of the death of one of their statewide candidates when they vote in Tuesday's primary.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/08/15/deadcandidate.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 15, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:05 PM GMT on August 15, 2006

Good Tuesday morning!

Match Game: Phrase Edition
A new week of games starts right now! Similar to Family Feud, give me the most popular answer to these two phrase beginnings below.

Phrase #1: Watch Your _______

Phrase #2: Fruit _______

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


Weather Update Poll:
Which Match Game version is more fun to play?

Phrase Edition
Sentence Edition
I like them both equally.
I dislike them both equally.

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: A large area of high pressure is moving across the Plains and the Mississippi River, which should give us three more days of sunshine and seasonably comfortable temperatures. It'd be a great day to take the laptop outside and enjoy the weather, except for the fact that I'm in six meetings today.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny, high of 78 central, mid- to upper 70s north, and near 80 south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows mid- 50s.

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

Extended:
Thursday: Partly cloudy, highs 78-83.
Friday: Isolated showers, highs 77-82. Chance of rain 30%.
Saturday: Partly sunny, maybe a shower, highs 80-85. Chance of a Packers victory, errr... rain 25%.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 78-83.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, highs around 101.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, highs mid- to upper 80s coast but over 90 inland.
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 mid- 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: Partly cloudy, 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
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 79 (0.09")
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 79 (trace)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 77 (trace)
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 77
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 85 (trace)
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 89 (0.02")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 104
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 86
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 93


Weather in the News:

What turns a baby hurricane into a monster?
MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Every hurricane season, clusters of showers and thunderstorms roll off the coast of Africa and head over the Atlantic toward America. Most of these 60 or so tropical waves never do any harm. But about 10 eventually grow into tropical storms or monster hurricanes like Katrina and Andrew.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/08/14/nasa.hurricane.study.ap/index.html

Pluto on the chopping block
Astronomers meet to define 'planet'
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) -- Nearly 2,500 astronomers from 75 countries gathered in Prague Monday to come up with a universal definition of what qualifies as a planet and possibly decide whether Pluto should keep its planet status.
http://www.cnn.com/rssclick/2006/TECH/space/08/14/planet.meeting.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories


In Case You Missed It:

But apparently no word on recalling laptop screens that die one month after their warranty expires. Not that I'm bitter.
Dell to recall 4.1 million laptop batteries
But founder says Sony will continue as battery supplier even though it made batteries that could overheat and catch fire.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) -- Dell Inc. said Monday it will recall 4.1 million notebook computer batteries because they could overheat and catch fire, in the biggest recall in its 22-year history.
http://money.cnn.com/2006/08/14/technology/dell.reut/index.htm?cnn=yes

Segway redesigns scooter
BOSTON, Massachusetts (Reuters) -- The maker of the Segway scooter Monday unveiled the second generation of its self-balancing electric one-person vehicle.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/ptech/08/14/new.segways.reut/index.html

ABC dancing with the Springer?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Talk-show hosts Jerry Springer and conservative Tucker Carlson of MSNBC will be among the celebrities competing on the third season of ABC television's "Dancing With the Stars."
http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/TV/08/14/dancing.stars.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 14, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:46 PM GMT on August 14, 2006

Happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope you all had a great weekend. We had a rather busy weekend.
Friday, we went out for dinner with some friends, then we went to see the last night of the Pyrotechnics Guild International Fireworks show at our friends Sharon and Mike's house. The fireworks show was very well done with unique fireworks none of us had ever seen before, including a giant mushroom cloud that set a "world-record string of 10.5 million firecrackers, including a record within a record 800,000 firecrackers detonating within five seconds." Besides that though, we all agreed that we expected it to be a longer show...there wasn't even a grand finale!
Saturday, we travelled to Stratford for a party at Steve's Aunt Pat's house.
Sunday, we went to my mom's house for a taco lunch. We enjoyed visiting with family both days.
Not much is new with Bryce this week except that he has a cold and is teething, so he's been a little grumpy the last couple of days. He has a molar coming in and I think it's pretty painful for him. That wraps up the update for this week. Have a great week.


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with gradually decreasing clouds, temps are already in the upper 60s to even above 70 in some southeastern locations.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A cold front is moving through east-central Wisconsin at this hour, which means that we'll eventually see a clearing sky behind the front after it passes, but temperatures won't get too much higher than they already are. High pressure in the Plains states should give us several days of sunshine to look forward to, although my lawn wouldn't mind a bit more rain than the little bit we got overnight.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Becoming partly cloudy if it hasn't already. Still breezy, high of 78 central and south, mid- 70s north.

Tonight: Mostly clear and cooler than last night, lows mid- to upper 50s.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, highs upper 70s central, near 80 south.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, highs 81-86.
Thursday: Increasing clouds, highs 80-85.
Friday: Scattered thundershowers, highs 80-85. Chance of rain 40%.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs 78-83.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 77-82.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs near 103.
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 near 90 inland, mid- 80s near the coast.
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 mid- 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 strong storms, 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 (0.19")
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 81 (trace)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 79
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 80 (0.30")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 84 (trace)
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 87

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 103
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 97
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 91


Top News:

U.N. Cease-Fire Deal Takes Effect in Mideast
TYRE, Lebanon (CNN) -- Hours after a U.N.-brokered cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah took effect Monday morning, thousands of refugees poured back into southern Lebanon, trying to return home.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/08/14/mideast.main/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,208206,00.html


Weather in the News:

Stronger hurricanes spawn bigger storm surges
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Stronger hurricanes forecast for the next few decades could flood major cities including Miami and New Orleans, environmental scientists said Wednesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/08/10/storm.surges.reut/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Woman finds 'God's water' gurgling from tree
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) -- Is it an artesian spring, a broken water pipe or an abandoned well?
Lucille Pope's red oak tree has gurgled water for about three months, and experts can't seem to get to the root of the problem.
Pope, 65, has sought answers from the Texas Forest Service, the Edwards Aquifer Authority and nurseries.
They have taken pictures and conducted studies, but none have arrived at a firm answer.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/08/12/leaking.tree.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 11, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 2:09 PM GMT on August 11, 2006

TGIF!

Wheel Results
A note regarding puzzle #2: The official answer from the TV show was "keyboard", and even though several of you wrote in with "pegboard", which does fit, I can't accept pegboard for a point. If you're on the TV show, solve the puzzle and give a different answer that, while it would fit, isn't what they are looking for, they don't just say, "well, that answer would also work, so ok, we'll give it to you." They say nope, sorry, that's not what we're looking for. I try to anticipate different answers with the last four used letters in each puzzle, but that is no guarantee that one will slip through the cracks on occasion. Sorry!

Players: 24
Puzzle #1 (20/24):
E V I L
T W I N
B E D S
Category: Before and After
Used Letters: RSTNLE GMPA
Point Value: 2

Puzzle #2 (10/24):
K E Y B O A R D
Category: Thing
Used Letters: RSTNLE BCFI
Point Value: 1
*Note that because less than half of everyone got this answer correct, those that did receive one additional bonus point*

Puzzle #3 (23/24):
F O R G I V E
M E
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTNLE DHMO
Point Value: 1

Scattergories Challenge Results

Something at a Water Park
People vs. Patrons - 6 yea, 4 nay, 2 points awarded for each.

Item(s) in a Refrigerator
Pansies - 6 nay, 4 yay, no points awarded.


Summer 2006 Regular Season Point Standings (32 people played this week)
The regular season will run through September 15 and the playoff week will be the week of September 18-22.
September 11-15 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 in the last year).
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. Bolded text indicates players played this week. (available via email version only).
^ = moved above the cut line this week.
-- = moved below the cut line this week.
Please verify your point total for accuracy. Any scoring updates will be immediately posted on the Web site.
Perfect Score: 37

Barb, Berlin, WI: 29 (+9)
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 28 (+9)
Will/Ruth, Appleton, WI: 28 (+7)
Kelley: 25 (+5)
Steve L.: 25 (+5)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 24 (+5)
Linda Ha.: 23 (+7)^
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 23 (+1)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 23 (+7)^
Mom: 23 (+7)^
Nia, Appleton, WI: 23 (+5)
--------Preliminary Playoff Cut Line--------
Brian, Madison WI: 22 (+5)
Greg, Madison, WI: 22 (+9)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 22 (+3)--
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 19 (+5)
Becky T.: 18 (+5)
Bethany: 18--
Karl, Appleton, WI: 18 (+3)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 17 (+5)
John E., Madison, WI: 16 (+4)
Diane Sm.: 14 (+5)
Sarah H., Appleton, WI: 14 (+0)
Sally: 13 (+0)
Jen: 12 (+3)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 12 (+5)
Jamie S., Evansville, IN: 11
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 11 (+7)
Adam S., Evansville, IN: 10 (+0)
Jan, Berlin, WI: 10
Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 10 (+0)
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 8 (+0)
Chris Ke.: 7 (+5)
Chad, Cleveland, OH: 6
Mary, Berlin, WI: 5
Al, Germantown, WI: 4 (+2)
Craig, Green Bay, WI: 4
Jim: 4 (+4)
Rhonda Lop.: 3
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 3
Deb: 1 (+0)
Harry: 0


Today’s forecast grade: A-


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for a few sprinkles or isolated light showers along and south of a dells to Port Washington line between 8 am and 10 am. Expect rainfall to total only a trace. Skies will turn partly cloudy late this morning...with east to northeast winds increasing to 10 to 20 mph.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 9am with a partly sunny sky, temps are scattered throughout the 60s. Groovy.
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 to our north has pushed an area of low pressure and its associated frontal system to our south. This means a pretty good weekend of weather is in store for us with a good amount of sunshine and pleasant, comfortable summertime temperatures.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Becoming partly cloudy, still a little breezy from time to time, high of 75 north and central, upper 70s south.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows mid- 50s.

Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs upper 70s to near 80.

Sunday: Increasing clouds with a chance of thunderstorms late. Highs near 80 central, lower 80s south. Chance of rain Sunday night 40%.

Next Week:
Monday: Maybe a morning shower, otherwise becoming partly cloudy and breezy, highs 78-83. Chance of morning rain 30%.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy, highs 79-84.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, highs 81-86.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated storms through the weekend, highs near 103.
08/10/2006 0317 PM
Henderson, Clark County.
Thunderstorm wind damage, reported by trained spotter.
6-8 in dia tree blown over onto car. Near Warm Springs
and Gibson.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered storms developing, highs just over 90 with heat index values over 100 again. More storms Saturday, probably dry on Sunday, highs cooling into the mid- 80s.
Heat advisory in effect from noon today to 8 PM EDT this evening...
We can expect one more hot and humid day across southeast South
Carolina and southeast Georgia again today... before a cool front
begins to shift through the region over the weekend.

Temperatures will climb to the lower and middle 90s across most of
the region this afternoon... and that along with moderate to high
levels of humidity with dewpoints in the mid to upper 70s... will
lead to heat indices of at least 105 degrees this afternoon.

The highest heat indices in South Carolina will be found from the
Charleston area to Beaufort... Ridgeland and Hardeeville. In
Georgia the highest heat indices will occur from Savannah to
Darien... and west to Statesboro... Claxton and Reidsville. Parts of
southeast Georgia will experience a heat index as high as 109
degrees during this afternoon.

With southwest and west winds across the area today... even coastal
sites will experience heat indices as high as 100 to 105 degrees
in South Carolina... and 105 to 107 degrees along the Georgia
coast.

The combination of these hot temperatures and high humidity will
combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are
possible. Remember to drink enough water to remain saturated.
If you can... stay in an air-conditioned location. Stay out of the
sunshine as much as possible. Those that work outside... the
elderly... small children and those with respiratory problems are
the most vulnerable to the heat and humidity.

For pet owners... do not leave your pet inside a vehicle... as
temperatures can reach above 150 degrees. Be sure that all pets
and livestock have enough fresh and cool drinking water... as well
as a shady place if they must be left outside.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio all hazards... TV or your local
media source for the latest information from your National Weather
Service in Charleston.
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 through the weekend, highs lower 90s.
Through 900 am...isolated showers will be developing over the coastal waters and moving inland to the northeast at around 15 mph. Most of the showers will be light and will dissipate within a few miles of shore... but a few of the showers may produce brief heavy rain. Expect these heavier showers mainly between Anahuac and Devers. Maximum accumulations will be around 1/4 inch due to the short duration of the showers.
... Record daily maximum rainfall set at Galveston...
The rainfall of 1.42 inches at Galveston yesterday set a new record
for August 10. The old record of 1.35 inches was set in 1943.
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: Maybe a morning shower, otherwise becoming partly cloudy. Highs mid- 80s today and tomorrow and near 90 again on Sunday.
08/10/2006 0432 PM
Evansville, Vanderburgh County.
Flash flood, reported by trained spotter.
Many intersections flooded. Some roads and intersections
closed due to high water. Wires down in many places.

08/10/2006 0405 PM
Evansville, Vanderburgh County.
Thunderstorm wind gust e58.00 mph, reported by trained spotter.
Wind gust 55 to 60 mph at times. Winds sustained 40-45
mph.
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 near 80 south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 79
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 82
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 77 (0.19")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 76
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 79 (trace)
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 95 (0.95")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 105
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 97
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 92 (0.31")


Top News:

Tip from Muslim led to arrests
Information about plot to blow up transatlantic flights came from Britain's Muslim community, official says
Undercover British agent infiltrated the terror cell, officials say
Bank of England freezes funds, releases names of 19 suspects
Sources say two suspects left "martyrdom tapes"
Two calls made recently from London to the U.S. by suspects, U.S. official says
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/08/11/terror.plot/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,207898,00.html


Weather in the News:

Typhoon Saomai Kills 104 in China
China's death toll from Typhoon Saomai rose to at least 104 on Friday, with another 190 missing, as the most powerful storm to strike the country in five decades weakened into a tropical depression, the government said.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,207876,00.html
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/08/10/asia.storm.reut/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/wp200608.html


In Case You Missed It:

One giant blunder for mankind: how NASA lost moon pictures
THE heart-stopping moments when Neil Armstrong took his first tentative steps onto another world are defining images of the 20th century: grainy, fuzzy, unforgettable.
But just 37 years after Apollo 11, it is feared the magnetic tapes that recorded the first moon walk - beamed to the world via three tracking stations, including Parkes's famous "Dish" - have gone missing at NASA's Goddard Space Centre in Maryland.
A desperate search has begun amid concerns the tapes will disintegrate to dust before they can be found.
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/one-giant-blunder-for-mankind-how-nasa-lost-moon-pictures/2006/08/04/1154198328978.html
http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/slashdot/eqWf/~3/10777316/article.pl

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 10, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:47 PM GMT on August 10, 2006

Good Thursday morning!

Wheel of Fortune

Puzzle #1:
E _ _ L
T _ _ N
_ E _ S
Category: Before and After (the last word of the first phrase is also the first word of the second phrase in the puzzle)
Used Letters: RSTNLE GMPA
Point Value: 2

Puzzle #2:
_ E _ B _ _ R _
Category: Thing
Used Letters: RSTNLE BCFI
Point Value: 1

Puzzle #3:
_ O R _ _ _ E
M E
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTNLE DHMO
Point Value: 1

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


Scattergories Challenges
Only one message was posted on the challenge message board yesterday. I presume this means that most of the answers given were generally acceptable. Anyway, along with your Wheel of Fortune answers, give me a yes or no as to whether I should accept the answers below for points. This step is completely optional, but still fun.

Something at a Water Park
People vs. Patrons _________

Item(s) in a Refrigerator
Pansies ________

Scattergories Challenge Message Board
If you want to debate the challenges given, post here!
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Today’s forecast grade: B


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for areas of fog...with visibilities between 1 and 4 miles...to begin to dissipate as northeast winds bring in drier air across south central and southeast Wisconsin. Some local visibilities may dip to under 1 mile in rural locations and river valleys between 7 am and 9 am. Be alert for rapidly changing visibilities while driving this morning. Expect a few light showers and patches of drizzle...mainly south of a Watertown to Milwaukee line...to move out of southeast Wisconsin by 9 am. Rainfall will only total a few hundredths of an inch.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a mostly cloudy sky and a few areas of fog, temps are warmer than they were yesterday at this time, in the upper 60s to near 70. Showers and thunderstorms are in Iowa and northern Illinois, but should miss Wisconsin to the south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: This morning's surface weather map is a little cluttered, with high pressure to our north, a weak cold front stretching across far northern Wisconsin through far southern Quebec, and another weak area of low pressure centered in the central Plains states. So what the heck does all of this mean? For the most part...clouds.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Maybe a morning shower across far southern Wisconsin, otherwise partly sunny and breezy. High of 77 central, mid- 70s north, and near 80 south.

Tonight: Variably cloudy, lows near 60.

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

Extended:
Saturday: Partly sunny, highs 77-82.
Sunday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then increasing clouds with a chance of showers late. Highs 81-86.
Next Week’s Outlook: Maybe some morning showers on Monday, then the next chance of rain doesn't come until Thursday. Highs will remain comfortably seasonable, in the upper 70s to lower 80s.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: 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 storms developing, hot, highs just over 90.
Heat advisory in effect from noon today to 8 PM EDT this evening...
A hot and humid flow of air will remain across a good portion of
the area again today... as temperatures climb into the lower and
mid 90s in many locations of southeast Georgia and in Beaufort and
Jasper County in South Carolina. These temperatures along with
moderate to high levels of humidity will result in heat indices of
105 to 108 degrees in locations away from the immediate coast.

Although temperatures will not be as hot at the beaches... humidity
levels will be even higher than further inland... thus heat indices
will reach between 100 and 105 degrees even at the coastline.

A heat advisory means that a period of hot and humid weather is
expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity
will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are
possible. Drink plenty of water... stay in an air-conditioned
room... stay out of the sun. Those that work outside... the
elderly... small children and those with respiratory problems are the
most vulnerable to the heat and humidity.

For pet owners... do not leave your pet inside a vehicle... as
temperatures can reach above 150 degrees. Be sure that all pets
and livestock have enough fresh and cool drinking water... as well
as a shady place if they must be outside.

Thunderstorms will begin to develop across the area during the
middle of the afternoon... and increase in strength and coverage by
late afternoon and evening. As a result we can expect some relief
from the heat late in the day.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio all hazards... TV or your local
media source for the latest information from your National Weather
Service in Charleston.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Maybe a thunderstorm, 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 storms developing, highs lower 90s.
Afternoon heat index values from 100 to 105 degrees...
... Preliminary record daily maximum rainfall set at the Evansville ASOS...
a record rainfall of 2.79 inches was recorded at the Evansville
regional Airport on Wednesday... August 9th. This breaks the old
record of 2.58 inches set in 1997.
Since additional rainfall may occur before midnight... this record
rainfall total should be considered preliminary at this time.
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……..… 80 north and central, lower 80s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 81
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 81 (0.04")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 81 (0.03")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 80
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 86
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 88 (2.79"!)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 104
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 94 (0.26")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 91


Breaking News:

Planes plot foiled; threat level raised
Foiled plan to blow up trans-Atlantic flights said to "suggestive of an al Qaeda plot"
The plot to blow up trans-Atlantic flights was "well advanced," the terrorists had what they needed and were in the "final stages of planning before execution," Secretary Chertoff says.
British police arrest 21 suspects in ongoing raids
Plot was "intended to be mass murder on an unimaginable scale"
Destinations for targeted jets included New York, Washington, D.C., and California, U.S. official says
U.S. threat level raised to red, the highest level, for flights originating in UK
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/08/10/us.security/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TRAVEL/08/10/terror.passengers.ap/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,207682,00.html
http://us.rd.yahoo.com//mymod/ldpht/sty/*http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=514&u=/ap/20060810/ap_on_re_eu/britain_terror_plot_35


Weather in the News:

1.3 M flee as storm hits China
BEIJING, China -- Authorities have evacuated 1.3 million people from their homes in southeastern China as a super typhoon swirled towards them.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/08/10/asia.storm/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,207704,00.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/wp200608.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 9, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:21 PM GMT on August 09, 2006

Good Wednesday morning!

Scattergories Initial Results

Players: 31
Starting Letter: P
Topic #1: Something at a Water Park
Pump (x4: Jordan, Al, Karl, Sarah H.)
Pool (x4: Chris K., Linda Ha., Deb, Lisa)
Pee (x2: Adam S., Sue)
Pavement (x2: Dan, Mom)
Parents (x2: John/Shelley, Kelley)
Puddles (x2: Tammy and Sally)
Pavilions
Pass (example: season pass, day pass)
Paddleboards
Park patrols
Pressure (water)
pH (is a measure of whether a pool is either acid or alkaline)
Potties
Poop (Code brown, anyone?)
People
Propane
Patrons
Pipes
Police
Pop (as in "soda pop")


Topic #2: Item(s) in a Refrigerator
Plums (x3: John/Shelley, Lisa, Katie/Bart)
Pickles (x3: Karl, Sarah H., Sally)
Parmesan (x2: Jordan, Adam S.)
Pop (x2: Chris K., Deb)
Pudding (x2: Tammy, Kelley)
Pimentos (x2: Steve L., Nia)
Peaches (x2: Brian, Becky T.)
Pistachio pudding
Peanut Butter
Pepperoni
Powerade
Pepsi
Pancakes
Pansies (many flowers are edible)
Prunes
Perrier (It's a kind of drink)
Party Platter
Pigs in a blanket (leftovers are great!!)
Pesto
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Pyrex

Scattergories Challenge Message Board
You all have until 7am tomorrow to post any challenges to the message board below. All challenged answers will be posted in tomorrow's update, and you can then vote for which answers you feel should and should not be allowed for points. Final results will appear in Friday's update.
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Today’s forecast grade: B


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for patchy ground fog during the early hours of the morning rush. Expect visibilities to dip to between 1 and 2 miles...with some visibilities dropping to 1/4 mile in spots. Sunshine and increasing southeast winds will help dissipate the fog by mid morning. Be alert for rapidly changing visibilities while driving this morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a mostly cloudy sky and a few areas of fog, temps are mostly around 55-60.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: The area of high pressure that gave us two beautiful days weatherwise has moved off to the east, and now we get to look forward to a weak area of low pressure currently in the Dakotas, which will move eastward and give us a chance for showers or a thunderstorm by tonight.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly sunny with a few showers popping up from time to time, particularly later in the day. High of 80 north and central, lower 80s south. Chance of rain 25%.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a few scattered showers or a thunderstorm possible. Lows lower 60s. Chance of rain 30%. With the Pyrotechnics Guild International annual convention being held in Kaukauna all week, it'll be hard to tell whether the booms are coming from a thunderstorm or fireworks!

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

This Weekend:
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs 75-80.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs 79-84.
Sunday: Increasing clouds and humidity with a chance of storms late, highs 82-87. Chance of rain Sunday night 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated thunderstorms, highs again near 106.
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, highs near 90.
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 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, highs upper 80s.
Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms will stream east southeast across the Evansville tri state through 7 am. Multiple periods of moderate to heavy rainfall...occasional lightning and wind gusts up to 30 mph will be possible throughout southwest Indiana... including Evansville...and in Fairfield...Albion...Mt Carmel ...Grayville and Carmi Illinois. Other more widely scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible elsewhere across the Evansville tri state area and southern Illinois east of interstates 57 and 24.
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, near 80 north and just over 80 south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 75
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 79
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 75
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 78
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 78
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 86 (0.13")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 106
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 94 (0.32")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 91 (0.19")


Weather in the News:

Atlantic hurricane predictions lowered
MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- The 2006 Atlantic hurricane season should be slightly less active than originally predicted, but still above long-term averages, federal forecasters said Tuesday as they warned coastal residents not to let their guard down.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/08/08/hurricane.season.update.ap/index.html

Updated: 12:22 PM GMT on August 09, 2006

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 8, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:03 PM GMT on August 08, 2006

Good Tuesday morning!

Scattergories Returns
A new week of games begin right now! The first Scattergories game of the shortened Summer 2006 season happens just over a month before the customary double point week to end the regular season! Give me one answer to each topic below that begins with the random starting letter, but make it believable and unique, as all duplicated answers receive no credit, along with answers that are challenged and disapproved of by your peers.

Starting Letter: P
Topic #1: Something at a Water Park

Topic #2: Item(s) in a Refrigerator

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


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with sunshine across most of the state (with just a few clouds southwest), 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: High pressure centered over Rhinelander, Wisconsin will make today very similar to yesterday across most of the state. And for those of you who can barely remember what you did five minutes ago let alone what the weather was like yesterday, let me remind you that yesterday was one of the best days weatherwise all year with lots of sunshine and pretty darn comfortable temperatures.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny once again, although southern Wisconsin may see a few more clouds today than they saw yesterday. High of 78 central, near 80 north and just over 80 south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy central, mostly cloudy south with maybe a shower overnight. Lows near 60. Chance of rain south 20%.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, maybe a morning shower south. Another chance of storms across the state late. Highs near 80. Chance of rain tomorrow 25%, chance of rain tomorrow night 50%.

Extended:
Thursday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 77-82. Chance of rain 50%.
Friday: Maybe a morning shower, then decreasing clouds and cooler. Highs 73-78.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs 77-82.
Sunday: Partly sunny and warmer with a chance of storms late. Highs 81-86. Chance of rain 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, 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: A chance of storms, highs low to mid- 90s.
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, highs lower 90s.
Through 900 am...scattered showers and thunderstorms will be approaching from the Gulf at about 20 mph. Most of these showers will dissipate within a few miles of shore as they move inland...and consequently will produce only light precipitation amounts... generally less than 1/10 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: Scattered thunderstorms, highs upper 80s.
A band of showers and thunderstorms will continue to push southeast at 25 to 30 mph into southeast Illinois and southwest Indiana... impacting locations mainly north of a line from West Salem Illinois to Winslow Indiana. The storms will be capable of producing locally heavy rain...frequent lightning...and wind gusts as high as 20 to 30 mph. Elsewhere across southeast Illinois and southwest Indiana... isolated showers are possible...with perhaps even a rumble of thunder as well.
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……..… 79 central, upper 70s north, and lower 80s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 79
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 81
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 81
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 77
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 86
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 94 (trace)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 105
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 91
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 89 (0.47")


Weather/Space in the News:

Floods maroon hundreds of thousands
Nearly 300 dead in parts of India and Pakistan; villages submerged
AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) -- Swirling floodwaters inundated several towns and cities in western and southern India on Tuesday, as the military deployed helicopters and boats to help hundreds of thousands of marooned people.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/08/08/floods.southasia.reut/index.html

Strong quake hits near Vanuatu
(CNN) -- A 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck in the South Pacific near the island nation of Vanuatu Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/08/07/vanuatu.quake/index.html

Universe Might be Bigger and Older than Expected
A project aiming to create an easier way to measure cosmic distances has instead turned up surprising evidence that our large and ancient universe might be even bigger and older than previously thought.
http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/060807_mm_huble_revise.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 7, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:55 PM GMT on August 07, 2006

Happy Monday morning,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. Saturday was our only busy day this weekend. In the afternoon Steve, Bryce and I travelled to Waukesha for my sister-in-law Bethany's graduation party from UW-Madison. Then in the evening my friend Lisa S. and I went to Margaritaville. Just kidding. We went see Jimmy Buffett in concert in Tinley Park, IL. He put on an awesome show as usual. This was our 4th Jimmy Buffett concert but our first one at The First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre. The past three concerts were at Alpine Valley in East Troy, WI. We both agreed that as much as we enjoyed the show, in the future
we'd rather go back to Alpine Valley. At Alpine Valley they allow tailgating before the show and the crowd is so much more energetic. Sunday we just spent at home hanging out with Bryce and doing stuff around the house.

Bryce Update:
Bryce is 13 months old as of August 3rd. He's really growing up fast. He can now play peek-a-boo. He was able to play before but only if we'd do peek-a-boo and then he'd laugh. Now he holds up a blanket or other objects in front of his face and will move it up and down and play peek-a-boo. He's also enjoys playing Pat-A-Cake with me. I usually have to help him clap his hands but he seems to enjoy it as he always has a big smile on his face while we play. He also likes playing the point and touch game with his daddy. Bryce will point to something and then Steve will take him over to it, tell him what it is and then let him touch it.

Alaska Pictures Are Online!
Yes - see mountains, glaciers, a moose, just how small a cruise ship bedroom is, and how much $13 each will get you at an airport McDonald's. All of the thumbnail images are clickable if you want to see a larger version.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/pictures


Today’s forecast grade: A


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for areas of fog...some locally dense...over southeast and south central Wisconsin during the morning rush hour. Expect visibilities around 1 to 4 miles...with local visibilities dropping to near zero. Sunshine will combine with northwest winds behind a cold front to help slowly dissipate the fog by mid morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine mixed with a few areas of fog, temps are mostly around 60-65.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: After yesterday morning's much-needed rain, today we have high pressure moving in from the northwest, bringing Wisconsin slightly cooler and less humid weather and plenty of sunshine! It looks like we'll have three days of dry weather before more humidity moves in for the second half of the week.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny, high of 79 central, upper 70s north, and lower 80s south.

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

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

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, highs 81-86.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 80-85. Rain chance 30%.
Friday: More scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 79-84. Rain chance 40%.
Saturday: Partly sunny, highs 82-87.
Sunday: Scattered thundershowers, highs 81-86. Rain chance 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, again near 104.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, highs upper 80s coast, lower 90s inland.
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 storms, especially this morning, highs upper 80s.
Through 8 am...scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop and move northwest at 5 to 10 mph. Rainfall up to one half inch can be expected while isolated totals of 1 to 2 inches are possible.
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, highs mid- 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)
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 79 (0.06" - Green Bay)
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 81 (0.91")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 77 (0.45" - Milwaukee)
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 82
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 84 (0.01")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 92

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 104
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 90
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 87 (0.73")


Top News:

Another Powerball win on 'Miracle Mile'
$208.6 million ticket sold in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
FOND DU LAC, Wisconsin (AP) -- The single winning ticket for the $208.6 million (€163.1 million) prize in the multistate Powerball lottery was sold to someone in Fond du Lac, a city with a history of big jackpot winners, the Wisconsin Lottery said.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/08/06/powerball.winner.ap/index.html

New worry for drivers: BP shuts oilfield
Damaged pipeline in Alaska affects about 8% of U.S. oil production.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- In a blow to drivers already struggling with high gasoline prices, BP was forced to shut off about 8 percent of the nation's oil supply after discovering "unexpectedly severe corrosion" in the Alaskan pipeline.
BP announced early Monday that the pipeline problems had caused it to begin the first shutdown ever in the biggest oilfield in the United States, Alaska's Prudhoe Bay.
http://money.cnn.com/2006/08/07/news/international/oil_alaska/index.htm?cnn=yes

July 2006 Forecast Stats:
Forecasts 10
Error Points 21
Average 2.10
Error > 4 3
% Within 4 70%
Bulls-Eye 3
% Bulls-Eye 30%

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 4, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:59 PM GMT on August 04, 2006

TGIF!

Additional Alaska Memories
As I reread our vacation synopsis, I realized that I left a few things out. Here are a few more interesting things from our trip:

--Alaska is the Land of the Midnight Sun, and with the sun setting just before midnight in Anchorage and getting up again at 4am (and it isn't even completely dark at 2am), this affected the local weather forecast. Even the forecast for "Tonight" would read "Partly sunny." How funny is that?
--There is a 3-hour time difference between Alaska and Central time. Alaska has its own time zone (and prime time TV starts at 7pm, airing at the same time as the 8pm start for Pacific Time...not that I watched much TV on the trip!)
--We saw several moose on our trip, including one that was eating a bush just barely off the road. We were on a bus in a roundabout at the time, which was funny since the bus slammed on its brakes after everyone started yelling MOOSE! and traffic started getting snarled up, so the bus did a complete 360 in the roundabout to get traffic moving but allowed us to watch and take more pictures of the moose.
--In Talkeetna, they have an annual Moose Dropping Festival. If you think I'm kidding...
http://www.talkeetnachamber.org/event-moosedropping.html
--There are no snakes in Alaska. Apparently the winters are too harsh for them to survive.
--Lisa and I did not see any whales on the trip, but others in our group did, including one that apparently surfaced right next to the ship! We missed it by five minutes...darn! We saw some dall sheep, but they were far in the distance so we didn't get a very good look at them. We saw a few reindeer too, and apparently Reindeer Sausage is very popular in Alaska.
--Denali National Park, which covers over 6,000,000 acres and includes Mount McKinley (a.k.a. Denali), is almost completely untouched by mankind. There's only one road that goes through a very small portion of the park, and the rest was as it has always been. Apparently even if nature sparks a forest fire, they will not put it out because it's a part of nature's course. Scientists use the park for a variety of natural science research too.
http://www.nps.gov/dena/
--Gas prices in Vancouver on Monday were 120.1. That's Canadian currency per liter.

Pictures!
Photos from the first couple days in Alaska are online. I'll get the rest up this weekend (at the same URL). Enjoy!
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/pictures


Family Feud Results

Players: 32
Topic #1: Name a kind of patch
Eye (9) - 2 points
Pumpkin (8) - 1 point
Nicotine/Smokers (7)
Cabbage (5)
Other Answers: Tire, Software, Icy

Topic #2: Give a word polite people use instead of cursing
Darn (17) - 2 points
Shoot (5) - 1 point
Heck (2)
Dang (2)
Gosh (2)
Other Answers: Sugar, Drat, Geez


Summer 2006 Regular Season Point Standings (32 people played this week)
The regular season will run through September 15 and the playoff week will be the week of September 18-22.
September 11-15 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 in the last year).
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. Bolded text indicates players played this week. (available via email version only).
Please verify your point total for accuracy. Any scoring updates will be immediately posted on the Web site.
Perfect Score: 28

Lisa, Appleton, WI: 22 (+3)
Will/Ruth, Appleton, WI: 21 (+2)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 20 (+4)
Kelley: 20 (+2)
Steve L.: 20 (+4)
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 19 (+4)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 19 (+4)
Tammy, Madison, WI: 19 (+2)
Bethany: 18 (+4)^
Nia, Appleton, WI: 18 (+2)
--------Preliminary Playoff Cut Line--------
Brian, Madison WI: 17 (+1)--
Linda Ha.: 16 (+0)--
Mary, Appleton, WI: 16 (+2)
Mom: 16 (+2)
Karl, Appleton, WI: 15 (+2)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 14 (+2)
Sarah H., Appleton, WI: 14 (+3)
Becky T. and Parents: 13 (+2)
Greg, Madison, WI: 13 (+0)
Sally: 13
Dan, Henderson, NV: 12 (+0)
John E., Madison, WI: 12 (+0)
Jamie S., Evansville, IN: 11
Adam S., Evansville, IN: 10 (+0)
Jan, Berlin, WI: 10
Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 10 (+2)
Diane Sm.: 9 (+4)
Jen: 9 (+1)
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 8 (+1)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 7 (+3)
Chad, Cleveland, OH: 6 (+2)
Mary, Berlin, WI: 5
Craig, Green Bay, WI: 4 (+4)
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 4
Rhonda Lop.: 3 (+3 - New Player!)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 3 (+0)
Al, Germantown, WI: 2
Chris Ke.: 2
Deb: 1
Harry: 0 (+0)


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine, 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: A weak frontal boundary is hovering over north-central Wisconsin this morning, but all the clouds and showers from it are still across the Mississippi River. It looks like the front is going to move further north, which means that more heat and humidity will return for the weekend.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny and a little warmer, high of 85 central, maybe a degree or two warmer south and cooler north.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows lower 60s.

Saturday: Morning sunshine but increasing clouds and winds during the day. A chance of thunderstorms late. Highs mid- 80s. Chance of rain Saturday night 30%.

Sunday: Partly sunny and a little humid, maybe a lingering shower. Highs low to mid- 80s. Chance of rain 25%.

Next Week:
Monday: Partly sunny, highs 80-85.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, highs 80-85.
Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 81-86.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered thunderstorms developing, highs mid- 90s. Same thing this weekend, highs lower 90s.
Heat advisory in effect from 11 am this morning to 8 PM EDT this evening...
High pressure will remain in place today. High temperatures will
again reach into the mid and upper 90s... except lower 90s along
the immediate coast. Humidity values will also be quite
high... especially in the eastern portions of South Carolina and
Georgia. Heat indices of 105 to 110 are expected for several hours
across much of the area today... with values approaching 112 along
and east of the Interstate 95 corridor. The beaches could see
values up to 105.

If you plan to be outside today... avoid prolonged exposure to
the sunshine and postpone strenuous activities until the evening.
Drink plenty of non-caffeinated... non-alcoholic fluids even if you
are not thirsty. Wear light colored... lightweight clothing... a hat
and sun screen to protect yourself from the sun. Ensure pets and
livestock have adequate water and shade. Do not leave pets or
children in vehicles even if the windows are open.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio all hazards... TV or your local
news source for the latest updates from the National Weather
Service in Charleston.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly sunny, maybe an isolated storm, highs lower 90s. A better chance of storms this weekend, highs just above 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: Becoming partly cloudy, highs upper 80s. Partly cloudy this weekend, highs upper 80s to 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
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 82
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 84 (trace)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 81 (0.03")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 83
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 83 (0.45")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 92

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 99 (0.04")
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 95
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 91


Weather in the News:

Tropical Storm Chris 'a skeleton'
Forecasters predict it will weaken to a depression
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Tropical Storm Chris was headed for the Turks and Caicos on Friday as it pushed across the eastern Caribbean, scattering rain over Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands but no longer posing a hurricane threat to the region.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/08/04/tropical.weather.ap/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200603.html

Japan aims for Moon base by 2030
Japan's space agency has set a goal of constructing a crewed lunar base by 2030, an official said on Wednesday.
http://www.newscientistspace.com/article/dn9658-japan-aims-for-moon-base-by-2030-.html
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/08/03/1336217


...Warm July in Green Bay...

The average July temperature in Green Bay was 73.3 degrees...
tying for the 10th warmest July on record.

There were 7 days in the 90s during the month...the most since
there were 9 days during July 1988. The record is 13 days
set in 1916 and again in 1921.

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 3, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 11:55 AM GMT on August 03, 2006

Good Thursday morning!

Family Feud
The first new game in over two weeks is here! I like starting off oddly-timed gaming weeks with my favorite game, Family Feud. So here goes!

Topic #1: Name a kind of patch

Topic #2: Give a word polite people use instead of cursing

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


Today’s forecast grade: A-


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
A large area of showers and scattered thunderstorms over northern Illinois is moving to the northeast around 35 mph. The rain area will be tracking across Lafayette...Green...Rock...Walworth and Kenosha counties through 7 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Forecast:
Now: At 6am with sunshine north, sun and a few clouds central and clouds with scattered showers south, temps are in the 50s north and 60s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: That slow-moving cold front finally moved through Wisconsin yesterday, and there was definitely relief shortly after it came through, as the high temperatures across Wisconsin (see below) really varied depending on where you lived. Southern Wisconsin also saw a few severe thunderstorms with their 90-degree heat as the front came through yesterday evening. As for today, besides a few lingering morning showers south, we should have a less humid day with a dandy amount of sunshine!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Maybe a morning shower south, then becoming partly cloudy from north to south. Northern Wisconsin might see an isolated thundershower late, but probably not. High of 83. Chance of rain 20%.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows lower 60s.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, a little warmer, highs mid- 80s.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Partly cloudy, very warm, highs 84-89.
Sunday: Partly sunny and very warm with maybe a thundershower. Highs 85-90. Rain chance 25%.
Next Week’s Outlook: The weather looks dry and a little cooler through Wednesday, with just a small chance of a thundershower on Wednesday night. High temperatures look seasonable, near 80 central and in the lower 80s south.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Just like yesterday. 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: Hazy, hot and humid, maybe an isolated thunderstorm. Highs lower 90s near the coast but mid- to upper 90s inland.
Excessive heat warning in effect from 11 am this morning to 8 PM EDT this evening...
Strong high pressure in place will allow temperatures to climb
into the mid and upper 90s again today. This heat will combine
with high humidity values to produce heat indices from 110 to 115
degrees for several hours this afternoon.

The highest heat indices are expected across areas from Savannah
to Port Wentworth... Beaufort... Hilton Head... Ravenel... Charleston...
Daniel Island and Jamestown. Heat indices could possibly exceed
115 degrees for an hour or two in these areas. Even the beaches
could see heat indices up to 105.

If you plan to be outside today... avoid prolonged exposure to the
sun and postpone strenuous activities until the evening. Drink
plenty of non-caffeinated... non-alcoholic fluids even if you are
not thirsty. Wear light colored... lightweight clothing and wear a
hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun. Ensure pets
and livestock have adequate water and shade. Do not leave pets or
children in vehicles even if the windows are open.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio all hazards... TV or your local
new source for the latest statements from the National Weather
Service.
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 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, highs lower 90s.
Heat index from 100 to 105 degrees 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……..… 83 central, upper 80s south, but only in the 70s north
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 84 (0.96" - Green Bay)
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 90 (0.01")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 90 (0.35" - Milwaukee)
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 74 (1.07")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 97 (0.26")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 95

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 100
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 98 (0.11")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 90



Weather in the News:

Tropical Storm Chris loses steam
Hurricane watch discontinued in Bahamas
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Tropical Storm Chris weakened slightly as it swept through the eastern Caribbean early Thursday, dumping rain on the Virgin Islands and prompting tourists to flee Puerto Rico's east coast.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/08/03/tropical.weather.ap/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200603.html

'Oppressive' heat cooks Eastern U.S.
Record temperatures linger, send tourists scrambling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Record-breaking heat and oppressive humidity made people across the eastern half of the country miserable Wednesday and sent tourists in the nation's capital scrambling for relief in the cool marble halls of Capitol Hill.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/08/02/heat.wave.ap/index.html

Heat wave burning up sports world
(AP) -- The dog days of August kept Saratoga's horses tucked away in their stables.
The thoroughbreds weren't alone in seeking refuge from the intense heat wave that gripped the U.S. again Wednesday. Temperatures were near 100 in some places and hotter in others, and it wasn't pleasant.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/08/02/heat.sports.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 2, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:34 PM GMT on August 02, 2006

Good Wednesday morning!

We're back! We had a wonderful time on our Alaskan cruise, and just got back home yesterday. I could write a gigantic intro about it, but I think that would be too much to read, so I'll just bullet point the highlights day by day and if you want to ask us more about it, we'll be happy to talk your ears off!

July 20 - We fly to Anchorage, Alaska. It's the Land of the Midnight Sun, and they weren't kidding. The sun set just before midnight and rose again about 4am (and even during those 4 hours, it was still semi-light outside). After arriving, we had time for dinner, some shopping, and walking a local nature trail. It was weird walking around downtown Anchorage at 10pm, with the sky still as if it was about 6pm here. The temperatures were very comfortable with a high of 68. With a population of over 250,000, it is by far the largest city in Alaska.

July 21 - We took a train to Talkeetna, a very small town north of Anchorage. It was so small that there was barely any running water and very few bathrooms in the entire town. Some people that live there even have to go to public showers. We shopped and ate, then after that, we bussed further north to the Mount McKinley Princess Lodge, where we took a 2-hour horseback ride through some great scenery, ate some more, and walked more nature trails. (again, weird to be walking nature trails very late in the evening with the sun still relatively high in the sky!)

July 22 - We spent all day at the lodge, relaxing, walking more nature trails, and soaking up the rare blue sky view of Mount McKinley.

July 23 - We bussed to Denali National Park and took an almost 5-hour bus tour of the park. We had another excellent view of Denali (also known as Mount McKinley), which is rare since clouds usually cover most of the mountain (it is the tallest in North America at 20,320 feet!) We stayed at the Denali Princess Lodge, which was east-northeast of the previous lodge, offering a different view of the mountain.

July 24 - We took a scenic 9-hour train ride on a very foggy, rainy day to Whittier, Alaska, where we finally boarded the Coral Princess cruise ship! It was amazing - the ship was huge and very fancy, our room was very small as expected (and without a window), there were bars everywhere on board, and seven straight nights of five-course meals awaited us!

July 25 - The entire day was spent on the ship. They plan tons of activities while you're on board, and I participated in outdoor basketball and ping pong challenges while Lisa saw a movie. It was funny playing ping pong on the top, aft deck of the ship on a windy, rainy day, as the wind would take the ping pong ball and create some very amusing shots. We both participated in some trivia challenges too, and lost a few bucks in the ship's casino.

July 26 - Another day was spent on the ship as we passed through Glacier Bay. There was not nearly as many activities on the ship (the casino was even closed!) as they wanted everyone watching outside as we passed through some amazing scenery. We saw icebergs, harbor seals and glaciers, and one glacier in particular was simply amazing. At one point on this cool, cloudy, drizzly day, we even felt some sleet! After dinner, we saw Illusionist Chip Romero perform some neat magic tricks.

July 27 - We docked in the small town of Skagway, which is mostly known for its short-lived gold rush around 1898. We saw a show called "Soapy Smith & the Dangerous Days of '98", which was pretty entertaining. Afterwards, Lisa and I did a Chilkoot Hike and Float trip along a part of the 33-mile Chilkoot trail which led gold diggers out of Alaska and into Canada. The two-mile hike was very adventurous with very uneven terrain, then we took a four-mile float raft trip. We saw a few bald eagles and several harbor seals, including one which caught a salmon! For the float part of the trip, we each had on three layers of clothes and were still a little chilly! After dinner back on the ship, we saw a show onboard called "Curtain Up - A Salute to Broadway" which was fun.

July 28 - We docked in the city of Juneau, which is the capital of Alaska. It's a city of about 30,000 people, and the only state capital where you can't get to it by road - only by air or sea. We did two off-ship excursions while in Juneau: one was a helicopter ride out to the Mendenhall Glacier, where we actually landed on top of the glacier and we got to walk on it for about 20 minutes. It was amazing and I have plenty of great pictures of this once-in-a-lifetime excursion. We even got to drink water flowing from on top of the glacier. The other excursion was a Rainforest Garden Adventure, which gave some good views of various plant life. After some shopping in the city, we got back on board the ship for dinner, a champaign toast in the center of the ship, and hung out for a while at the Midnight Sun Club (at one of the many bars on the ship).

July 29 - Our last port day took us to the relatively small town of Ketchikan, where we did some Jeep off-roading, took a canoe trip, a short hike, and of course, shopped some more. Dinner back on board the ship featured "Baked Alaska" for dessert, and we topped off the evening with the ship's theater show "Dance."

July 30 - The last day on the ship. We slept in late, then took a backstage tour of the Princess Theater, where they had shows almost each night of the cruise. We took in some last views of the ship, packed up our stuff, saw a pre-dinner "Finale" show featuring some great piano playing, singing, and of course, a comedy routine about life aboard a cruise ship. Some late-night dancing in the Midnight Sun topped off our last night aboard the ship.

August 1 - We dock in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and leave the ship before 9am. We got a 30-minute bus tour of the city, then we flew back to Minneapolis at 3:30pm, got there around 8:45pm, and waited for our short flight 1.5 hours later to Milwaukee. This is where our vacation should have ended, but it didn't quite end up working out that way. Our short flight from Minneapolis to Milwaukee was delayed from 10:15 to 10:30, then to 11:00, then to 11:45, as they were trying to fix a small problem on our plane. Well, at 11:30pm, they announced that because it was time for the crew's shift to end, they cancelled the entire flight and said the next one was at 4am! After much tired groaning, they gave us each $100 vouchers for a future flight and $13 each to use in their food court. Wanting to stick it to NWA as much as possible, we each spent about $13 at McDonald's, which included several sandwich meals (supersized of course), McFlurrys, pies, and anything else we still had money to buy. Some people took naps but I couldn't fall asleep in an airport so I never slept Monday night - I caffeinated my way through the all-nighter.

August 2 - Our flight to Milwaukee finally left at 4am, got to Milwaukee at 5am, then of course the Baggage Claim wheel broke down for a while, meaning no suitcases, but we finally got them and arrived in Appleton well past the overtired stage around 8:30am. We weren't able to sleep much yesterday either, as we finally got to see Bryce again and spent the day taking care of him.

Here is the list of all the types of transportation we took while on our trip: airplane, train, horse, bus, van, ship, float raft, helicopter, golf cart, jeep, and canoe.

I am still going through the 1,115 pictures I took while in Alaska, so I don't have any photos posted online quite yet, but I hope to have them ready soon.


Today’s forecast grade: B-


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
At 705 am...a large area of rain with embedded thunderstorms continued to affect central...north-central...and northeast Wisconsin. The precipitation was mainly northwest of a line from Wisconsin Rapids to Marinette. Scattered showers and thunderstorms were located farther southeast. Little change in this pattern is expected through 830 am. Cooler and somewhat less humid air had worked into the north...but warm and very humid air remained over southern portions of the region...south of a slow moving frontal system. The weak storm system working northeast along the front will pass on to the east of the area by late morning. That will allow the precipitation to end across the northwest part of the area.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB


Forecast:
Now: At 8am with clouds south and scattered rain showers north and central, temps are already around 75-80. Our lows are warmer than the highs we had while in Alaska!
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: So I heard a rumor that it was pretty hot in Wisconsin while we were gone. As for today, a very slow-moving frontal system is moving across northern and central Wisconsin, developing lots of rain along it's path and pushing slightly cooler and less-humid air in behind it. Most of us probably won't see the more comfortable air until tomorrow through, since this thing is moving so slowly.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Showers and thunderstorms developing with heavy rainfall possible. High of 83 central, upper 80s south, but only in the 70s north. Chance of rain 80%.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms south, maybe some partial clearing north and central. Lows near 60.

Tomorrow: Maybe a shower south, otherwise partly cloudy and less humid. Highs just above 80.

Extended:
Friday: Partly cloudy, very warm again, highs 85-90.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs 84-89.
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs 84-89.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, hot, highs just above 90 but mid- 90s inland.
Excessive heat warning in effect from 11 am this morning to 8 PM EDT this evening...
As upper level high pressure remains in place... temperatures will
rise into the mid and upper 90s in areas away from the immediate
coast. These hot temperatures will combine with a slight increase
in humidity to produce dangerous heat indices of 110 to 115
degrees.

The highest heat indices are expected across areas just inland
from the coast. This includes the cities of Savannah... Port
Wentworth... Beaufort... Ravenel... North Charleston... Charleston
peninsula... Daniel Island and Jamestown. Heat indices could
possibly exceed 115 degrees for an hour or two in these areas.
Even the beaches could see heat indices of around 105.

An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of
dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot
temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous
situation in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of
fluids... stay in an air-conditioned room... stay out of the sun...
and check up on relatives and neighbors. Also... be sure pets that
reside outdoors have plenty of water and some shade.
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: Sunshine, highs mid- 90s.
Heat advisory in effect until 8 PM CDT this evening...
Afternoon temperatures will again reach the lower to middle 90s
across the quad state region. Combined with extreme humidity
levels... heat index readings will climb above 105 degrees. Heat
indices will remain around 100 degrees even into the early evening
hours.

A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is
expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity
will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are
possible. Drink plenty of fluids... stay in an air-conditioned
room... stay out of the sun... and check up on relatives and
neighbors.
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)……….. 90
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 92 (0.16")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 93 (yesterday's low was 79!)
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 82 (0.96")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 99
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 94

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 99
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 91
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 90


Weather in the News:

Tropical Storm Chris prompts warnings
Season's third named storm approaches eastern Caribbean
ST. JOHN'S, Antigua (AP) -- Tropical Storm Chris continued to gain strength Tuesday as it approached the eastern edge of the Caribbean, prompting a run on groceries and gas as people prepared for the third named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/08/01/tropical.weather.ap/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200603.html

Heat wave pushes power grid to its limits
Midwest's generation capacity reaches 95 percent
The heat wave that saddled the Midwest the past few days pushed the region's power generation capacity to its limits.
Gary Rasp, a spokesman for the Midwest Independent System Operator, a power transmission grid that covers a 15-state area and a portion of Canada, said Tuesday that 95 percent of the region's electrical generating capacity was used that day. That represents about 136,520 megawatts, which broke a record for Midwest usage of 132,658 megawatts set July 17.
http://www.postcrescent.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060802/APC0101/608020641/1979
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=479347

Mercury rises high in East
Outages prompt evacuations; people urged to conserve
NEW YORK (AP) -- Blistering heat settled over the eastern half of the nation Tuesday, sending man and beast in desperate search of relief: an air-conditioned subway car in New York City; a plunge into the Atlantic Ocean in New Jersey; and cold showers for suffering livestock in Ohio.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/08/01/heat.wave.ap/index.html
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=479266

Residents flee as rain swamps Texas
EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- A third day of heavy rain caused widespread flooding around El Paso on Tuesday, swamping mountainside homes, forcing evacuations and closing major roads.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/08/01/texas.flood.ap/index.html

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