Wisconsin Weather Update

Wisconsin Weather Update for September 29, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:00 PM GMT on September 29, 2006

TGIF!

Chain Reaction Results

Players: 33
Chain #1:
Bungee
Jumper (13 incorrect. Other answers: Jump, Jumped, Jumping)
Cable (12 incorrect. Other answers: Change, Country, Clear, Cliff, Comedy, Cord)
Channel

Chain #2:
Senior
Prom (4 incorrect. Other answers: Portrait, Prank, Pop)
King
Kong


Chain Reaction Reaction:
What do you think of the new game, Chain Reaction?
I really like it!
I like it.
I'm not a big fan of it.
I say get rid of it!
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s forecast grade: B-


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a mostly cloudy sky and isolated showers across the state, temps are in the upper 30s north and lower 40s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: So get a load of this - Green Bay recorded a trace of snow yesterday, which is the first September snow in Green Bay since 1995. Winter really is on the way! As for today, some brief sunshine across east-central Wisconsin will be going away momentarily as clouds and scattered showers resume courtesy of a warm front to our west. Looking on the bright side, it's a warm front and not a cold front, so we should see some nicer temperatures this weekend and especially into the first half of next week.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Becoming mostly cloudy if it hasn't already. Scattered light rain showers developing. A little breezy, high of 57 central, upper 50s to near 60 south, and near 50 north. Chance of rain 70%.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with more patchy light rain. Lows mid- 40s. Chance of rain 60%.

Tomorrow: Maybe a morning shower, otherwise becoming partly sunny, still a little breezy, highs lower 60s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, breezy and warmer, highs upper 60s central, lower 70s south.

Next Week:
Monday: A chance of thunderstorms late in the day, otherwise partly sunny and warmer yet, highs 75-80. Chance of rain Monday night 40%.
Tuesday: Scattered showers, highs 72-77. Chance of rain 40%.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, cooler, highs 64-69.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy through the weekend, highs upper 90s today and tomorrow and near 90 Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine through the weekend, highs upper 70s to lower 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated storms Saturday, highs mid- to upper 80s. The Astros have won nine in a row - are they going to make it into the playoffs? As a typical Milwaukee Brewers fan, I usually ignore the month of September.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Maybe a storm on Saturday, highs mid- 60s today, lower 70s tomorrow and upper 70s 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……..… 55 central and south, lower 50s north
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 55 (0.03" rain, trace of snow! - Green Bay)
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 58
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 55
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 51 (0.12" rain)
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 59

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 96
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 83 (0.76")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 87 (trace)
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)………….. 67 (0.07")


Weather in the News:

Thanks Chad for the bottom link!
Government Accused of Censorship Over Global Warming
E-Mails Suggest Officials Stopped Scientist From Talking About Global Warming
http://abcnews.go.com/US/GlobalWarming/story?id=2467733&page=1
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carl-pope/laying-down-the-gauntlet_b_29782.html

What an Opportunity! Mars rover reaches new milestone
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Nearly three years after landing on Mars, the rover "Opportunity" has reached a region of the planet that may provide the best clues yet about the history of the red planet.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/09/28/mars.opportunity/index.html?section=cnn_topstories

New hurricane classification scale created
U.S. scientists are proposing a new hurricane classification scale that measures what the big storms do when they hit land.
U.S. hurricane forecasters currently use only the Saffir-Simpson scale to classify hurricane severity by number, from 1 to 5. The SS scale evaluates winds and storm surge over open water in the pre-landfall window, but critics say it fails to accurately account for the observed impacts over land.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thr ivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20060928/20060928Newhurricaneclassificationscalecreated.xml& p=-1


In Case You Missed It:

ATM Hack Uncovered
A security expert in New York has learned how to get free money from some ATMs by entering a special code sequence on the PIN pad.
http://blog.wired.com/27BStroke6/index.blog?entry_id=1560245
http://blog.wired.com/27BStroke6/index.blog?entry_id=1561329
http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/09/21/1819242&tid=172

Updated: 1:35 PM GMT on October 02, 2006

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 28, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:17 PM GMT on September 28, 2006

Good Thursday morning!

The Autumn 2006 Season Begins!
The Autumn 2006 game season starts right now! Everyone's back at zero points and three more months of gaming fun kicks off with a new game! This new game I've been alluding to over the last couple weeks is "Chain Reaction", a game "where one word leads to another." It's a show that has been on TV three different times dating back to 1980 and is currently airing new episodes on the Game Show Network. You can read all about the history of the game show at the Wikipedia link below:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chain_Reaction_(game_show)

Chain Reaction Rules
The way we'll play the game in these updates is fairly simple. The object is to complete a chain of words where each word is related to the word above it and the word below it. An example chain is below:

FOUR
SQUARE
DANCE
PARTY
TIME
FLIES

There will be two chains in each update, and each chain will consist of four words. I will give you the top and bottom word, along with the first letter of the two middle words. Your job is to tell me what the two middle words are. Each correct word will be worth one point, with four points possible each game day. Note that although there may be times when several words might fit, only the official answer taken from the TV show will be accepted for credit. Teams on the TV show only get a few seconds to figure out these "speed chains" but you get a whole day! Good luck and have fun! If you have any questions about the new game, post on my message board (but don't give away the answers!)


Chain #1:
Bungee
J________
C________
Channel

Chain #2:
Senior
P________
K________
Kong


Today’s forecast grade: B-


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Freeze warning in effect from midnight tonight to 8 am CDT Friday...
Temperatures will fall below freezing tonight across north
central Wisconsin... with several locations falling into the upper 20s.

A freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or
highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other
sensitive vegetation.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Fox Cities:
Frost advisory in effect from 1 am to 7 am CDT Friday...
Temperatures will fall into the lower to middle 30s across central
Wisconsin and northeast Wisconsin away from Lake Michigan tonight.

A frost advisory means that frost is possible. Sensitive outdoor
plants may be killed if left uncovered.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a mix of sunshine and clouds across the state, temps are mostly in the upper 30s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: The cold front that brought the scattered mostly-morning showers yesterday has moved into the Ohio Valley, and high pressure is building out to our west. I'm thinking we're going to have a mostly dry next day and a half, but a new "Alberta Clipper" type storm is building in...well...Alberta, and will give us another good chance at rain late on Friday and into Saturday morning. After a colder day today, temperatures will be on the rise each day through the beginning of next week.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: A mix of sun and clouds this morning, otherwise becoming partly sunny and a little breezy. High of 55 central and south, lower 50s north.

Tonight: Stars with a few clouds, cold overnight lows in the mid- 30s central and south, lower 30s north.

Tomorrow: Becoming cloudy with showers developing, but probably not until late in the day. A little breezy but not bad, highs mid- to upper 50s. Chance of rain tomorrow night 70%.

Extended:
Saturday: Maybe a morning shower, otherwise partly sunny, highs 59-64. Chance of morning rain 30%.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, maybe an isolated shower late, highs 64-69. Chance of rain Sunday night 30%.
Next Week’s Outlook: Besides an isolated shower on Monday, look for a better chance of rain Tuesday night and Wednesday and again late next Friday and into next Saturday. Highs will get warmer again, in the 70s Monday and Tuesday and in the 60s after that. One model is even predicting 80 south on Monday, but we'll see if that pans out. If so, break out the shorts!


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered morning showers, highs lower 80s coast, mid- 80s inland.
Light rain showers will slowly move northeast over the area through 8 am. Rainfall amounts will remain light.
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, breezy, highs mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered showers, much cooler, highs lower 60s.
Scattered showers with isolated thunderstorms will persist through the early morning hours. Precipitation amounts will average a few hundredths with isolated quarter inch amounts where thunderstorms are 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……..… 59 central and south, lower 50s north
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 57 (0.36")
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 60 (0.11")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 59 (0.02")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 52 (0.43")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 67 (trace)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 95
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 81
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 85
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)………….. 83 (trace)


Top News:

Gunman, hostage dead after high school siege
• Gunman kills himself, 16-year-old female hostage, police say
• Authorities say they do not yet know of a motive or the gunman's identity
• The gunman held 2 female hostages after releasing 4 others, police say
• Bomb squad, SWAT team and ATF agents were on the scene
(CNN) -- An armed standoff at a high school in Bailey, Colorado, ended after three hours Wednesday with a hostage and the gunman dead.
The gunman walked into the school and took hostages in a classroom, where he later fatally shot a female student and turned the gun on himself as a SWAT team stormed inside, authorities said.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/09/28/school.shooting/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 27, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:47 PM GMT on September 27, 2006

Good Wednesday morning!

So yesterday I was thisclose to not having a Weather Update sent out. I had just put the finishing touches on the update, clicked the Send button and updated the Web site, and about 15 seconds later Bryce walks over and hits the power button on my desktop! Oh no! When I turned it back on, I got the blue screen of death where it needed to check my hard drive for errors before starting Windows, and by the time I had to leave it was only 33% done and I couldn't cancel out of it. So had I not just sent out my update, I would have had to either be an hour late for work or not send out my update that day.

Did yesterday's clue help you figure out what game I'm adding to the Autumn rotation? Judging by the poll results below, most of you would prefer to rotate all eight games, so that's what I'll do. So next season you've got Mad Gab, a new game (of which there have been 3 televised versions dating back to 1980), and maybe I'll even throw in a TriBond or two just for old time's sake. It all begins tomorrow so if you haven't played before and want to give it a shot, everyone starts at zero. That includes you, Nia!


Weather Update Poll Results:
A new game will be added to the rotation for the Autumn 2006 season. How should the games be rotated? [9 votes total]
--Eight games rotating every four weeks (6) 67%
--Six games rotating every three weeks, two games go on hiatus each season (3) 33%
--Four games rotating every two weeks, four games go on hiatus each season (0) 0%
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847
Archive:
http://vote.sparklit.com/archive.spark?archiveID=334188


Today’s forecast grade: C+


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
At 725 am the back edge of rain was located from 50 miles northeast of Florence to 5 miles west of Oshkosh...moving northeast at 30 mph. The rain will be ending at... Shawano...Keshena...Carter around 740 am... mountain...Black Creek...Appleton around 750 am... Florence around 800 am... Pulaski...Kaukauna...Goodman around 810 am... Behind the solid line of rain some isolated showers are possible during the morning hours.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with dihydrogen monoxide falling from the sky in east-central Wisconsin and isolated showers elsewhere in the state, temps are in the mid- 40s north but mid- 50s central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A cold front is moving through central Wisconsin at this hour, developing scattered showers across the state. Behind the front, cooler Canadian air will begin to flow into Wisconsin. Have we seen the last of highs in the upper 60s for a while? Perhaps not since next week is looking warmer again.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy and breezy with scattered showers. High of 59 central and south, lower 50s north. Chance of rain 50%.

Tonight: Cloudy and breezy with more scattered showers possible, but they should be ending overnight. Lows near 40. Chance of rain 25%.

Tomorrow: Decreasing clouds and cooler but still breezy. Highs low to mid- 50s.

This Weekend:
Friday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers developing again. Highs 54-59. Chance of rain 40%.
Saturday: More rain showers, highs 56-61. Chance of rain 60%.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 57-62.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, highs just above 80.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

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

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs near 80.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 69 central and south, mid- to upper 60s north
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 66 (trace)
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 68
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 68
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 65 (0.33")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 71

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 94
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 81
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 81
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)………….. 78


In Case You Missed It:

Locust plague encircles Mexico's Cancun resort
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -- Clouds of locusts have descended around the Mexican beach resort of Cancun, destroying corn crops and worrying officials in a region still recovering from the devastating fury of last year's Hurricane Wilma.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/americas/09/26/mexico.locusts.reut/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 26, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:34 PM GMT on September 26, 2006

Good Tuesday morning!

Hey look - it's a short intro for once! Oh yeah, I write weather forecasts, too. But regarding the games, look for the Autumn 2006 game season to begin this Thursday with a new game that recently debuted on the Game Show Network.


Weather Update Poll:
Last day to vote!
A new game will be added to the rotation for the Autumn 2006 season. How should the games be rotated?

Eight games rotating every four weeks
Six games rotating every three weeks, two games go on hiatus each season
Four games rotating every two weeks, four games go on hiatus each season

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


Today’s forecast grade: B+


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine and a good amount of trimethylxanthine (caffeine) in my system, temps are near 40.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: High pressure to our southwest promises one last day of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. Tonight and tomorrow look rainy courtesy of a low pressure system coming from southwestern Canada, and after that, more cool temperatures return.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning sunshine with increasing clouds later today from northwest to southeast. Breezy, high of 69 central and south, mid- to upper 60s north.

Tonight: Breezy with showers and isolated thunderstorms. Lows near 50 central and south, mid- 40s north. Chance of rain 80%.

Tomorrow: Same as tonight - mostly cloudy and breezy with scattered showers. Cooler highs upper 50s to near 60. Chance of rain 50%.

Extended:
Thursday: Becoming partly sunny and cooler, highs 52-57.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers developing late. Highs 53-58. Chance of rain Friday night 40%.
Saturday: Maybe a morning shower, otherwise partly sunny and a little warmer, highs 58-63. Chance of Saturday morning rain 30%.
Sunday: Partly sunny and warmer, highs 64-69.


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

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

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Sunshine, highs mid- 80s, 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 all around, 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……..… 68 central, near 70 south, and low to mid- 60s north
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 66
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 69
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 70
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 62 (trace)
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 72

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 88
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 84
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 81
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)………….. 73


Weather in the News:

Severe weather radios to be provided to public schools
The government planned to announce on Monday that it will supply hazard warning radios to all 97,000 public schools in the United States.
The National Weather Service, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, operates more than 950 short-range radio stations. It has encouraged schools, business and homeowners to buy warning radios that are activated with a broadcast signal that automatically turns a radio on and announces a potential hazard.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/EDUCATION/09/25/schools.warnings.ap/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Experts believe the future will be like Sci-Fi movies
In the year 2020, Luddite terrorists attack technology infrastructure and artificial intelligences dominate earth! Or at least that's what 700 experts predict in the latest poll conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life Project
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060924-7816.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/22_09_2006pewsummary.pdf
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/09/25/0653222&from=rss

'Hypoallergenic cats' go on sale
What are claimed to be the world's first specially bred hypoallergenic cats have gone on sale in the US.
The company says the animals will not cause the red eyes, sneezing and even asthma triggered by cat allergy, except in the most acute cases.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/5375900.stm
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/09/25/0114247&from=rss

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 25, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 3:06 AM GMT on September 24, 2006

Happy Monday morning,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update, and I hope you all had a great weekend. Our weekend was very busy but enjoyable. Saturday we went to our friends' Ross and Emilie's wedding here in Appleton. It was at the same church where we got married in 2002. Sunday, my friend Amy and I walked the 13.1 mile half marathon in the Fox Cities Marathon. It was the longest distance either one of us has ever walked, and it was a great accomplishment. We were proud of ourselves for being able to finish the race, and we finished in just under 4 hours. Not too much is new with Bryce this week, so this wraps up our personal update. Have a great week.


Would You Rather Results

Players: 20
Game #1:
Topic: Pain/Fear/Discomfort
In a crowded movie theater, would you rather...
A. Sit behind three very tall people (13) - 1 point
B. Sit in front of a group of loud giggling people (7)

Game #2:
Topic: Ethics/Intellect
Would You Rather...
A. Live today with every necessity provided for but never again know luxury (9)
B. Go back in time 100 years and be the richest person in the world (11) - 1 point

Game #3:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. Eat a cup of mayonnaise (18) - 1 point
B. Eat a cup of horseradish (2)


Summer 2006 Playoff Final Point Standings
Congratulations to my mother-in-law Nia, who pulled it off again and is now a triple-crown winner! Lisa's side of the family has won it almost every single year, including the last six seasons, and with a three-time champion on their side, I know I'll never hear the end of it!
What will happen next season? Will the family dominance continue or will a new winner emerge? Find out when it begins this Thursday with a new game! Thanks everyone for playing and I hope you all had a lot of fun!
$$$Nia, Appleton, WI: 20 (+4)
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 18 (+4)
$Brian, Madison WI: 17 (+1)
Steve L.: 17 (+4)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 14 (+4)
Mom: 14 (+2)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 14 (+2)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 12 (+4)
Linda Ha.: 4
John E., Madison, WI: 2


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


Weather Update Poll:
A new game will be added to the rotation for the Autumn 2006 season. How should the games be rotated?

Eight games rotating every four weeks
Six games rotating every three weeks, two games go on hiatus each season
Four games rotating every two weeks, four games go on hiatus each season

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


Today’s forecast grade: B+


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

Synopsis: An area of low pressure to our north will keep things breezy around Wisconsin, but a large area of high pressure to our southwest should dominate the rest of our weather picture today, meaning sunshine with comfortable Fall temperatures will continue. A developing "Alberta Clipper"-type storm will give us our next chance of rain tomorrow night and especially Wednesday.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly cloudy and a little breezy at times. Otherwise, not a bad day. High of 68 central, near 70 south, and low to mid- 60s north.

Tonight: Variably cloudy overnight, lows mid- 40s.

Tomorrow: Becoming mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or a thunderstorm late or overnight, developing from northwest to southeast. Breezy, highs upper 60s to near 70. Chance of rain tomorrow night 50%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Windy with showers likely. Bleh. Highs 58-63. Chance of rain 75%.
Thursday: Becoming partly sunny and much cooler. Still a little breezy, highs 51-56.
Friday: Morning sunshine, then becoming mostly cloudy with scattered showers developing late. Breezy, highs 54-59. Chance of rain Friday night 35%.
Saturday: Breezy with scattered showers. Highs 59-64. Chance of rain 40%.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 60-65.


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

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

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

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine, no more rain, highs lower 70s. Sounds like you had about 5" of rain from Thursday through Saturday!
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)……….. 63 (0.02")
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 64 (0.01")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 63 (trace)
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 59 (0.01")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 66 (trace)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 83
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 88
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 81 (0.51")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)………….. 69 (trace)


Weather in the News:

Storms quiet down after at least 12 deaths
• Flood warnings still in effect for three states
• Storms kill 12 people in Kentucky, Arkansas and Illinois
• Severe weather subsides Sunday after days of heavy rain
• Structures damaged, people hurt by Missouri tornadoes
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) -- Stormy weather blamed for 12 deaths in the Midwest and South subsided on Sunday, though residents in some states remained shut out of their homes due to high waters.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/09/24/severe.weather.ap/index.html

Face on Mars gets makeover
(SPACE.com) -- NASA started it all back in 1976 with an image of an interesting mountain on Mars and a caption that described it as appearing to have eyes and nostrils.
Thirty years later, the "Face on Mars" still inspires myths and conspiracy theories.
New images from the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter will confirm for many that the features are natural, while no doubt offering tantalizing "clues" to others of an ancient intelligent civilization at work.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/09/22/mars.face/index.html

Updated: 12:28 PM GMT on September 25, 2006

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 22, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 11:31 AM GMT on September 22, 2006

TGIF!

Playoff Would You Rather...
The last game of the Summer 2006 Playoffs is today! I love ending with this game, since players really don't have a clue as to how well they did until the results are announced. If everybody plays today and none of the individual games are really close, I will post the results online this weekend. Otherwise, you'll find out who won the Summer 2006 season (along with a weather-related prize of their choice) on Monday! Have a great weekend everyone and good luck! The Autumn 2006 season will begin next week Thursday.

Game #1:
Topic: Pain/Fear/Discomfort
In a crowded movie theater, would you rather...
A. Sit behind three very tall people
B. Sit in front of a group of loud giggling people

Game #2:
Topic: Ethics/Intellect
Would You Rather...
A. Live today with every necessity provided for but never again know luxury
B. Go back in time 100 years and be the richest person in the world

Game #3:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. Eat a cup of mayonnaise
B. Eat a cup of horseradish

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


Playoff Feud Results

Players: 21
Topic #1: A food that comes in instant form
Oatmeal (8) - 2 points
Pudding (4) - 1 point (tie)
Mashed Potatoes (4) - 1 point (tie)
Coffee (3)
Soup
Jell-O(R)

Topic #2: An article of clothing you can never have too many of
Socks (8) - 2 points
Shoes (7) - 1 point
Underwear (4)
Jeans (2)


Summer 2006 Playoff Point Standings (4 of 5 games played, 4 points remaining)
Only four people are still in the running for the championship, including two former winners, but remember that all are still welcome to play and have fun! If there is a tie at the end, the person with the most points in the regular season will be the champion. It's Nia's game to lose! Will we have a three-time champion?

$$Nia, Appleton, WI: 16 (+4)
$Brian, Madison WI: 16 (+4)
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 14 (+2)
Steve L.: 13 (+3)
---Mathematically Eliminated---
Mom: 12 (+4)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 12 (+1)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 10 (+1)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 8 (+1)
Linda Ha.: 4
John E., Madison, WI: 2


...Fall to begin this Friday evening in the northern hemisphere...
(Courtesy of the National Weather Service)

At 1103 CDT PM on Friday evening...September 22 2006...the autumnal
equinox will occur. This is when the suns apparent annual path crosses
the earths Equator...on its journey southward.


Today’s forecast grade: C-


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
The leading edge of an area of showers and thunderstorms extended from near Marquette to Burlington. The thunderstorms were moving to the northeast at 40 mph and will move through Milwaukee...Juneau... Fond Du Lac and Sheboygan areas by around 7 am. Isolated showers and thunderstorms will remain a possibility behind the rain band in Iowa...Lafayette and green counties this morning. Brief heavy rainfall of one quarter to one half inch is possible with the thunderstorms. In addition...wind gusts to 40 mph may accompany some of the stronger thunderstorms.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with a crying baby and a big line of showers across the state, temps are in the mid- 50s central and south and near 50 north.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A very strong area of low pressure is centered in eastern Nebraska this morning. The isobars are very tight around this low (see URL below), which means that things will start to get windy around here, along with a good chance of rain over the next couple days. And as for the crying baby, well, Bryce is going to bed before 9pm now, which means he's also waking up earlier too.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy and windy with scattered showers. Maybe some thunderstorms too, if you're lucky. There is a slight risk of severe weather over the next couple days across far southeastern Wisconsin. High of 63 central, mid- 60s south, and upper 50s to near 60 north. Chance of rain 90%.

Tonight: Cloudy and breezy with more scattered showers. Bleh. Lows mid- 50s. Chance of rain 60%.

Saturday: Cloudy and breezy with more rain likely, especially tomorrow night. Again, maybe a stray thunderstorm too. Heavy rainfall is possible. Highs upper 60s. Chance of rain 75%. Go Bucky!

Sunday: Maybe a morning shower, otherwise becoming partly sunny and cooler. Highs in the lower 60s. Chance of a morning shower 30%.

Next Week:
Monday: Mostly cloudy, highs 66-71.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, highs 69-74.
Wednesday: Breezy with scattered showers. Chance of rain 30%. Highs 63-68, but be warned that highs will only be in the 50s again starting Thursday.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, breezy and cool, highs only upper 70s today and tomorrow and mid- 80s Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy through most of the weekend, but thunderstorms may develop Sunday night. Highs low to mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated storms and breezy this weekend, highs mid- to upper 80s. Best chance of storms Saturday night and Sunday morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Showers and thunderstorms today and tomorrow, highs near 80. Mostly cloudy and cooler Sunday, highs lower 70s.
A large area of light to moderate rain with embedded thunderstorms will continue to move northeast through the quad state east of the Mississippi through daybreak. The strongest storms will be capable of producing torrential rainfall...up to an inch in half an hour...and nearly continuous lightning...as they lift across the lakes and into the pennyrile region of west Kentucky. By 6 am...the rainfall will have tapered off to scattered showers and storms over The Purchase area of west Kentucky and over much of southern Illinois.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 64 central, mid- 60s south, and near 60 north
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 63 (0.01")
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 66 (0.08")
High Yesterday (Milwaukee)........... 65 (0.05")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 63 (0.02")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 68 (trace)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 86
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 81
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 89 (0.03")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)………….. 69


Weather in the News:

Scientists Shocked as Arctic Polar Route Revealed
PARIS (AFP) - European scientists voiced shock as they showed pictures which showed Arctic ice cover had disappeared so much last month that a ship could sail unhindered from Europe's most northerly outpost to the North Pole itself.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/climatewarmingarctic
http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/slashdot/eqWf/~3/24968262/article.pl


In Case You Missed It:

Spaceballs...the cartoon? Thanks Chad for the link!
'Spaceballs' to become TV cartoon
LOS ANGELES, California (Hollywood Reporter) -- Mel Brooks is developing an animated TV series based on his comedy feature "Spaceballs."
Like the 1987 movie, which parodied well-known science-fiction movies, "Spaceballs: The Animated Series" will spoof current blockbusters as well as every genre of entertainment from movies and reality TV to culture and politics.
It is set to debut on cable network G4 in fall 2007. Production has already started on an initial batch of 13 episodes.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/TV/09/21/television.brooks.reut/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 21, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 11:37 AM GMT on September 21, 2006

Good Thursday morning!

Playoff Family Feud

Topic #1: A food that comes in instant form

Topic #2: An article of clothing you can never have too many of

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


Playoff Outburst Results

Players: 15
Topic: Bugs
Ant (12)
Spider (8)
Beetle (Ladybug also accepted) (7)
Fly (7)
Cockroach (6)
Mosquito (5)
Centipede (3)
Bedbug (2) - Brian gets an bonus point. Tammy would have gotten a bonus point.
Bee (2) - Diane Sm. and Katie/Bart would have gotten a bonus point.
Flea

Other Answers:
Zapper
Earwig
Volkswagen
Computer Program Error
Bugs Bunny
Summer
Collecting
Windshield


Playoff Scattergories Challenge Results
Note that only votes from non-playoff competitors were included in the vote tally below.

Loud Things
Holler - 5 yea, 2 nay, 2 points awarded.
Howling - 6 yea, 1 nay, 2 points awarded.
Heavy Metal Band - 3 yea, 4 nay, no points awarded (adjective).
Hoobastank - 2 yea, 5 nay, no points awarded (proper name).

Things in Fairy Tales
Heffalump - 4 yea, 3 nay, two points awarded.

Scattergories Challenge Message Board
The debate over this week's challenges got pretty feisty! Read up!
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Summer 2006 Playoff Point Standings (3 of 5 games played, 8 points remaining)
Remember that if there is a tie at the end, the person with the most points in the regular season will be the champion.

$Brian, Madison WI: 12 (+4)
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 12 (+4)
$$Nia, Appleton, WI: 12 (+4)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 11 (+1)
Steve L.: 10 (-2, +4)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 9 (+3)
Mom: 8 (+4)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 7 (+4)
Linda Ha.: 4
John E., Madison, WI: 2


Today’s forecast grade: B


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Freeze warning in effect until 9 am CDT this morning...
A freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are occurring.
These conditions will kill unprotected crops and other sensitive
vegetation.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Fox Cities:
Frost advisory in effect until 9 am CDT this morning...
A frost advisory remains in effect until 9 am CDT this morning.

A frost advisory means that widespread frost is expected.
Sensitive outdoor plants may be killed if left uncovered.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
Frost advisory in effect until 7 am CDT this morning...
Light winds and mostly clear skies have allowed temperatures to
fall into the middle 30s to around 40 degrees across most of south
central and southeast Wisconsin overnight. This has allowed areas
of frost to develop... especially in lower areas.

The temperature may tumble an additional degree or two through
sunrise... however clouds are beginning to increase across portions
of south central and southeast Wisconsin. The increasing clouds
will cause the temperature to level off and even increase as the
clouds thicken.

Locations along the warmer waters of Lake Michigan should remain
warm enough to avoid the development of frost.
-------------
Isolated showers and thunderstorms will affect the Darlington... Dodgeville...Mineral Point and Blanchardville areas between 5 am and 6 am. Portions of Madison and New Glarus may experience a shower after 6 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with a variably sky, temps are in the lower 30s north and mid- to upper 30s central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: High pressure is moving off to our southeast, now centrally located in the Ohio Valley. This system should keep us dry through today, but a developing area of low pressure entering the central Plains this morning will push more "interesting" weather into Wisconsin by tonight for some and by tomorrow for the rest of us.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly cloudy this morning, but increasing clouds and winds this afternoon. Warmer, high of 64 central, mid- 60s south, and near 60 north.

Tonight: Becoming windy with a chance of showers, especially west. Not as cold overnight, lows near 50. Chance of rain 50%.

TGIF: Windy with showers and thunderstorms likely. Ick. Highs mid- 60s. Chance of rain 90%.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Breezy with scattered showers, maybe a thunderstorm south. Rain becoming more likely again Saturday night. Highs 65-70. Chance of rain 40% Saturday, 70% Saturday night.
Sunday: Maybe a morning shower, otherwise becoming partly sunny, highs 62-67. Chance of rain 30%.
Next Week’s Outlook: Look for a chance of showers on Wednesday and Friday with highs in the 60s early in the week and 50s later on in the week.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy and breezy, highs upper 70s.
... High risk of rip currents at area beaches today...
... Beach erosion possible near times of high tide...
Long-period swells from distant Hurricane Helene will create wave
conditions that 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.

Rip currents are strong narrow channels of water that flow away
from the beach. If you become caught in a rip current... remain
calm. Try to swim parallel to shore. Once you are away from the
force of the current... begin to swim back to the beach. Do not
attempt to swim directly against a rip current. Even a strong
swimmer can become exhausted quickly.

The combination of onshore flow and increasing swells will cause
slightly higher than predicted tide levels. Some beach erosion is
possible near the times of high tide today. There is a high tide
this morning between 7 am and 10 am and another this evening
between 7 PM and 10 PM.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

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

Today in Evansville, Indiana: A chance of storms tonight, highs lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 57 central, near 60 south, but only low to mid- 50s north
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 57
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 59
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 57
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 56 (trace)
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 62

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 81
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 82
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 84
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)………….. 65


Top News:

Space shuttle Atlantis lands safely in Florida
• Space shuttle Atlantis returns safely to Kennedy Space Center
• In orbit, five pieces of space debris were spotted Tuesday and Wednesday
• Detailed inspection of craft's exterior found nothing of concern
• Atlantis delivered 171/2-ton truss and 2 solar arrays to space station
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida (AP) -- Space shuttle Atlantis and its six astronauts glided to a safe landing in darkness early Thursday, ending a successful mission to return to work on the international space station.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/09/21/space.shuttle.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 20, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:41 PM GMT on September 20, 2006

Good Wednesday morning!

Playoff Outburst

Topic: Bugs

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


Playoff Match Game Results

Players: 24
Phrase #1: Purple ______
(People) Eater (6) - 2 points (tie)
Rain (6) - 2 points (tie)
Heart (5)
Haze (5)
Purple
Martin

Phrase #2: ______ Market
Stock (9) - 2 points
Farmers (4) - 1 point (tie)
Super (4) - 1 point (tie)
Flea (3)
Black (2)
Meat
Bull


Playoff Scattergories Challenges
Steve L.'s answers from Monday's Scattergories were accidentally saved in his "Save As Draft" folder instead of being sent. He resent them to me yesterday morning after Tuesday's update email was sent. He claims innocence and I have no reason to doubt him, but since this is playoff time I will leave it to the unbiased public as to whether I should still accept his late answers for credit. His answers are at the bottom of each category below (Hoobastank and Heffalump), along with all other challenged answers that were submitted by playoff contestants.

If you did not make the playoffs but still want to have a say, please vote yes or no as to whether each answer should receive credit. You can read the pros and cons of each answer on the message board (see link below). Thank you!

Loud Things
Holler ________
Howling ________
Heavy Metal Band ________
Hoobastank (nu-metal band) ________

Things in Fairy Tales
Heffalump (from Winnie the Pooh) ________


Scattergories Challenge Message Board
If you haven't checked out the message board yet, you're missing out on some lively discussion!
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Summer 2006 Playoff Point Standings (1.5 of 5 games played)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 10 (+4)
$Brian, Madison WI: 8 (+3)
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 8 (+2)
$$Nia, Appleton, WI: 8 (+2)
Steve L.: 8 (+3)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 6 (+4)
Linda Ha.: 4 (+1)
Mom: 4 (+1)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 3 (+0)
John E., Madison, WI: 2


Weather Update Poll:
A new game will be added to the rotation for the Autumn 2006 season. How should the games be rotated?

Eight games rotating every four weeks
Six games rotating every three weeks, two games go on hiatus each season
Four games rotating every two weeks, four games go on hiatus each season

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


Today’s forecast grade: B


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Frost advisory in effect until 8 am CDT this morning...
Temperatures in the low to mid 30s and decreasing wind will result
in frost formation until around 8 am CDT.
A frost advisory means that frost is possible. Sensitive outdoor
plants may be killed if left uncovered.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine and a chill in the air, temps are only in the upper 30s to near 40.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: High pressure is moving through the northern and central Plains states today, which means more sunshine along with a decrease in winds can be expected across Wisconsin today. A developing low pressure system out in the Rockies promises to give us some rain by Friday, though.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly cloudy and still cool, high of 57 central, near 60 south, but only low to mid- 50s north.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows upper 30s to near 40.

Tomorrow: Morning sunshine with increasing clouds and winds during the day. A chance of showers overnight. Highs lower 60s, maybe even mid- 60s south. Chance of rain tomorrow night 30%.

Extended:
Friday: Breezy with showers likely. Highs 62-67. Chance of rain 80%.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy and becoming windy with more scattered showers. Highs 63-68. Chance of rain 60%.
Sunday: Morning showers, otherwise probably just mostly cloudy. Highs 60-65. Chance of rain 40%.


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

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

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Sunshine, highs mid- 80s. 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- 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 53 central and south, but only upper 40s north
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 52 (trace)
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 53 (trace)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 55 (trace)
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 51 (0.04")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 55 (0.02")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 93
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 88 (0.10")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 84
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)………….. 67


Weather in the News:

Gordon likely to miss Azores
MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- A hurricane warning was discontinued early Wednesday for the central Azores as Hurricane Gordon passed between the sparsely populated islands, and Hurricane Helene was expected to miss Bermuda, forecasters said.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/09/20/helene.gordon.ap/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200607.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200608.html


In Case You Missed It:

Yesterday was International Talk Like A Pirate Day, but today is a day for the rest of us!
International Talk Like A Landlubber Day
Me Mateys! International Talk Like a Landlubber Day, be a great, grand, wonderful holiday o' great moral and spiritual significance t' pirates, invented in 1883 by t' dreadful deadly pirates Cap'n Hook and Cap'n Crunch. On September 20 of each yarrr, the anniversarrry of the first time Crunch forced a captured landlubber to walk his plank, pirates attempt t' speak like the effete land-based folk whose booty represents their sweet trade.
http://uncyclopedia.org/wiki/International_Talk_Like_A_Landlubber_Day

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 19, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:43 PM GMT on September 19, 2006

Good Tuesday morning!

Playoff Match Game: Phrase Edition
Unlike Scattergories, now you DO want the most popular answer!

Phrase #1: Purple ______

Phrase #2: ______ Market

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


Scattergories Initial Results

Players: 20
Starting Letter: H
Topic #1: Loud Things
Horns (x5: Linda Ha., Sally, Diane Sm., Tammy, Katie/Bart)
Helicopter (x3: Adam S., Deb, Bethany)
Howitzer (x2: Dan, Becky T.)
Heavy Metal Band
Hawaiian Style shirts
Hyenas
Hammer
Hurricanes
Hawkers
Holler
Hullabaloo
Hail-storm
Howling

Topic #2: Things in Fairy Tales
Heroes (x4: Sharon, Tammy, Deb, Bethany)
Happy Endings (x2: Linda Ha., Sally)
Hobbits (x2: Adam S., Mom)
Harp (Jack & the Beanstalk) (x2: Dan, John E.)
Harpies (x2: Sheila, Barb)
Hare
Horses
Hut (the Hut in the forest)
Hourglass
Huntsman
House
Hans (The Little Red Shoes)

Scattergories Challenge Message Board
You have until 7am Wednesday morning to make your challenges known. On Wednesday, all challenged answers submitted by playoff participants will go to the vote, but only non-playoff participants will be allowed to vote. I know, you're in the playoffs and was looking forward to just voting 'no' to everyone's answers except your own. Well, you're out of luck this time.
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Summer 2006 Playoff Point Standings (.5 of 5 games played)
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 6 (+4)
$$Nia, Appleton, WI: 6 (+4)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 6 (+4)
$Brian, Madison WI: 5 (+4)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 3 (+2)
Linda Ha.: 3 (+0)
Mom: 3 (+2)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 2 (+0)
John E., Madison, WI: 2 (+2)
Steve L.: 1


Weather Update Poll:
A new game will be added to the rotation for the Autumn 2006 season. How should the games be rotated?

Eight games rotating every four weeks
Six games rotating every three weeks, two games go on hiatus each season
Four games rotating every two weeks, four games go on hiatus each season

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


Today’s forecast grade: B-


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a mostly cloudy sky, temps are in the low to mid- 40s north and the upper 40s to near 50 central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: The strong area of low pressure that pushed the cold front through Wisconsin Sunday evening is still just to our northeast, centered over Lake Superior and southeastern Ontario. Behind the low, we're experiencing cool northwesterly winds that will push even cooler temperatures into Wisconsin today. Heck, northern Wisconsin might not even get out of the 40s today!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy, breezy and considerably cooler. An isolated shower possible but not likely. High of 53 central and south, but only upper 40s north. Chance of rain 20%.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, still breezy, lows upper 30s central and south, lower 30s north.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and less breezy. Still cool though, with highs upper 50s.

Extended:
Thursday: Increasing clouds and winds with showers becoming likely later in the day. Highs 58-63. Chance of rain Thursday night 70%.
Friday: Scattered showers and breezy. Highs 62-67. Chance of rain 60%.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, maybe a sprinkle, highs 63-68.
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs 59-64.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, breezy, highs mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

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

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Partly cloudy, highs upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 64 central and south, but only mid- to upper 50s north
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 63 (trace)
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 64
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 66 (trace)
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 53 (0.08")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 71 (trace)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 85
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 91
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 86 (0.36")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)………….. 70 (0.71")


Weather in the News:

Hurricanes could threaten Bermuda, Azores
MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Hurricane Helene remained a major Category 3 storm Tuesday, posing a potential threat to Bermuda later in the week, while a hurricane warning was issued for the Azores as Hurricane Gordon intensified to Category 2.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/09/19/helene.gordon.ap/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200607.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200608.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 18, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:02 PM GMT on September 18, 2006

Happy Monday morning,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. We had another busy but enjoyable weekend spent with family and friends. Saturday I hosted a Pampered Chef show at my mom's house, then afterwards my mother-in-law, stepfather-in-law, and sister-in-laws Katie and Kelley came over to visit for a cookout. Steve and my stepfather-in-law Bob shampooed our carpeting while the rest of us were at the Pampered Chef show, and now our white living room carpet, which was desperately needing a deep cleaning, looks brand new. Saturday night, we went to visit our friends Jason and Nicole for a board game night. Our friends Steve and Trish also joined us and we had great conversation and played fun games including: In A Pickle, Apples to Apples, and Fluxx. Sunday after church we went to a Packer party hosted by our friends Amy and Corey. Even though the Packers lost, it was a close game and we still had a great time.

Swimming Fun..
As some of you know, Bryce loves swimming and we started swimming lessons on Wednesday. I say "we" because it's the parent and child Goldfish class for 1 and 2 year olds. I was so proud of him and he did very well. I could tell he was having fun. He cried once but that was only because he swallowed some water.

Smart little boy..
As Bryce get older he is getting more and more intelligent and we just love and enjoy watching him grow. For instance, if we ask him if he needs a diaper change, he will start walking to his bedroom, and sometimes he will even go directly to the changing table. When the dog is barking outside, Bryce immediately runs to the patio door and tries pulling the handle to let him in.

Bryce's 1-year Photos...
And last but not least, here are pictures from Bryce's photo shoot a few weeks ago at Sears. They turned out really well.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/servlet/lo_ProcServ/dbpage=page&mode=display&expanded=1&gid=01093013 600982266398182654&pg=01093013600982266398278402&item_collect_id=20062612750496225001111555

Well that wraps our update, have a great week.


Playoff Scattergories
The mad dash to the summer championship starts today! We'll begin things off with Scattergories, and these will be straight from the board game, since I finally found my stack of Scattergories cards. Because Scattergories thrives on duplicate answers, I encourage all non-playoff participants to submit answers as well. Go ahead, play spoiler! You know you want to.

Starting Letter: H
Topic #1: Loud Things

Topic #2: Things in Fairy Tales

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


Summer 2006 Playoff Point Standings
Linda Ha.: 3
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 2
Dan, Henderson, NV: 2
$$Nia, Appleton, WI: 2
Sue, De Pere, WI: 2
Barb, Berlin, WI: 1
$Brian, Madison WI: 1
Mom: 1
Steve L.: 1
John E., Madison, WI: 0


Weather Update Poll:
I will be introducing another new game next season. How should I rotate the games?
--Play eight games once every four weeks.
--Play six games once every three weeks, put two on hiatus.
--Play four games once every two weeks, put four on hiatus.
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s forecast grade: B


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds east and far northwest and sunshine across north-central and southwestern Wisconsin, temps are near 50.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: That cold front Meteorologists have been talking about for a few days now finally came through yesterday evening, and it brought some scattered showers last night and much cooler temperatures behind it. It looks like we won't be seeing 70-degree weather again for a while, unless of course you're inside.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Becoming partly cloudy, breezy and much cooler this morning. Becoming cloudy again by this afternoon with maybe a late-day sprinkle or two. High of 64 central and south, but only mid- to upper 50s north.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and breezy, maybe a stray shower. Lows mid- 40s (upper 30s north). Chance of rain 25%.

Tomorrow: Becoming partly sunny and cooler yet. Highs only in the mid- 50s.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, highs 55-60.
Thursday: Cloudy with showers developing. Highs 56-61. Chance of rain Thursday night 50%.
Friday: Scattered showers, highs 62-67. Chance of rain 50%.
Saturday: More showers, highs 63-68. Chance of rain 40%.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 61-66.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Locals will wonder if it's cold enough to snow. Sunshine, highs upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated showers late, highs mid- to upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Showers and thunderstorms, breezy, highs mid- 80s.
Flood Watch in effect until noon CDT today...
* a strong upper level trough of low pressure from the southwest
will continue to move toward the region overnight as a cold
front also continues its approach from North Texas. The airmass
over southeast Texas remains quite moist and unstable as low-
level winds remain out of the south. The combination of the
front... the trough and the deep tropical moisture will lead to
the development of widespread showers and thunderstorms across
southeast Texas through the overnight and early Monday morning
hours.

* Locations north of a line from Brenham to Onalaska have already
received one to three inches of rainfall along with isolated
amounts of three to five inches tonight. Elsewhere... amounts
have averaged around one inch or less with pockets of two to
three inch amounts. Additional rainfall amounts through Monday
afternoon should average from two to four inches areawide with
isolated four to six inch amounts possible. For the northern
portions of southeast Texas this could lead to event totals of
three to five inches with localized seven to nine inch amounts.

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

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize
the dangers of floods and flash floods. If flooding is observed...
act quickly. Move up to escape flood waters. Do not stay in areas
subject to flooding when water begins rising.

Through 8 am...bands of heavy rain and thunderstorms within a large moderate rain shield will be moving through the area from the west. Storms are moving at a good clip...around 30 mph off to the northeast...but locally heavy rainfall and minor street flooding is still a high likelihood through rush hour. Expect widespread 1/4 inch hourly accumulations...with localized 1 inch amounts possible where the stronger training cells do occur. Strongest storms have been effecting Galveston Island...eastern Harris County...Chambers County and in and around Galveston Bay at the 6 am hour.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Showers and thunderstorms, highs lower 70s.
Flash Flood Watch in effect until 1 PM CDT this afternoon...
2 to 4 inches of rainfall has been observed or estimated by
Doppler radar in the past several hours over portions of the
watch area. Additional heavy rains of 1 to 2 inches could fall
in a short period of time this morning. This additional heavy
rainfall may cause flash flooding in some areas.

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

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

Through 7 am...scattered showers will persist over the four state region. Hourly rainfall across most locations will be less than a tenth of an inch. Heavier rain over northeast Arkansas and western Tennessee will begin to overspread portions of southeast Missouri and western Kentucky...producing as much as one quarter to one half inch of rain through 7 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 82 (0.05")
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 82 (0.01")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 81 (0.43")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 75 (0.38")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 82 (0.30")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 82
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 86
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 90 (0.90")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)………….. 87


Weather in the News:

Helene reaches Category 3; land not threatened
MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Hurricane Helene strengthened Sunday into a Category 3 storm in the open Atlantic, becoming the second major hurricane of the 2006 season, forecasters said.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/09/18/helene.gordon.ap/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200608.html

'Seemed like world was ending' as storm passed
EL DORADO, Mexico (Reuters) -- Hurricane Lane left a trail of destruction on Mexico's Pacific coast that killed three people, washed away roads and knocked down flimsy homes before fizzling out on Sunday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/09/17/hurricane.lane.reut/index.html

El Niño might give heat bills a break
Warmer temperatures, lower demand could affect natural gas costs
It's looking like an El Niño winter.
And that means warmer-than-normal temperatures in the coming months.
But experts are not sure how much warmer and whether there will be more snow than usual this winter.
More certain: It should cost less to heat your home this winter.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=498684

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 15, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:57 PM GMT on September 15, 2006

TGIF!

Double Would You Rather Results

Players: 31
Game #1:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. Be the limousine driver for a movie star (16) - 2 points
B. Be the bus driver for a rock band (15)

Game #2:
Topic: Ethics/Intellect
Would You Rather...
A. Live the rest of your life in good health and bad debt (25) - 2 points
B. Be constantly sickly with a runny nose, cough and periodic fever, but with great wealth (6)

Game #3:
Topic: Appearance/Embarrassment
Would You Rather...
A. Shave your head once and get a tattoo on your entire scalp (12)
B. Shave your eyebrows off permanently (19) - 2 points


Summer 2006 Regular Season Final Point Standings (37 people played this week)
The top player at the end of the playoff week will win a lovely weather-related prize (if not a previous winner 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 bonus points for Outburst or Would You Rather.
$ = previous winner
Please verify your point total for accuracy. Any scoring updates will be immediately posted on the Web site.
Perfect Score: 101

Well here they are - your Summer 2006 playoff participants! I do have an update though - Will/Ruth from Appleton will not be in town next week and unable to check email/web, so they have graciously decided to give their playoff spot to the next in line. This means that John E., who would have been on the outside looking in, is now also in the playoffs, although he'll start out with zero points. Note that four of the ten participants have never made the playoffs before, and only two former winners are in (including the defending champ, Karl, who went Tony Stewart this time around). It should be a lot of fun, and it all begins Monday!

Linda Ha.: 69 (+20)* - Will start playoff week with 3 points.
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 66 (+20)** - Will start playoff week with 2 points.
Dan, Henderson, NV: 65 (+22)*^ - Will start playoff week with 2 points.
$$Nia, Appleton, WI: 64 (+14)* - Will start playoff week with 2 points.
Sue, De Pere, WI: 63 (+16)* - Will start playoff week with 2 points.
Barb, Berlin, WI: 60 (+14) - Will start playoff week with 1 point.
$Brian, Madison WI: 60 (+16) - Will start playoff week with 1 point.
Mom: 60 (+18)*^ - Will start playoff week with 1 point.
Steve L.: 60 (+8) - Will start playoff week with 1 point.
Will/Ruth, Appleton, WI: 60 (+14)
John E., Madison, WI: 58 (+14) - Will start playoff week with 0 points.
--------Playoff Cut Line--------
$Karl, Appleton, WI: 56 (+12)--
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 56 (+10)--
Greg, Madison, WI: 54 (+10)--
$Tammy, Madison, WI: 54 (+8)--
Bethany: 53 (+14)*
Kelley: 52 (+12)*
Diane Sm.: 51 (+16)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 51 (+18)
Becky T. and Dad: 50 (+10)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 50 (+14)
Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 47 (+14)
Sally: 41 (+8)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 33 (+10)
Chris Ke.: 31 (+8)
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 31 (+8)
Rhonda Lop.: 28 (+12)
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 28 (+12)
Al, Germantown, WI: 25 (+12)
Adam S., Evansville, IN: 23 (+4)
Deb: 23 (+12)*
Tony: 23 (+14)
Jen: 20 (+2)
Sarah H., Appleton, WI: 19
Jan, Berlin, WI: 18 (+6)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 17
Craig, Green Bay, WI: 16 (+6)
Jamie S., Evansville, IN: 11
Chad, Cleveland, OH: 10
Harry: 8
Jim: 7
Mary, Berlin, WI: 5
Stacy: 4 (+4 - New Player!)
John S.: 3
Nicole, Madison, WI: 3
Georgi: 2 (+2 - New Player!)


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Areas of dense fog will continue in central and northcentral Wisconsin for awhile this morning. Visibilities may drop below a quarter mile at times...so drive with extreme care.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Fox Cities:
Dense fog advisory until 9 am...
Dense fog will reduce visibilities to just a few hundred feet in
many areas this morning. The fog will likely slow ground and air
travel until it dissipates by 9 am.

A dense fog advisory means visibilities will frequently be
reduced to less than one quarter mile. If driving... slow down...
use your headlights... and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.

dense fog continues across most of eastern Wisconsin... At 730 am dense fog covered most of eastern Wisconsin. Visibilities were as little as a few hundred feet...so drive with extreme care. If you have an airline flight...you might want to call and see if your flight is delayed.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
Look for dense fog over most of southeast and portions of south central Wisconsin to begin to dissipate after 8 am. Sunshine will erode the dense fog...which is mainly along and east of a Ripon ...Beaver Dam to Delavan line. A dense fog advisory is in effect until 9 am this morning for most of southeast Wisconsin. Expect widespread visibilities of one quarter mile or less to slowly improve between 8 am and 9 am. Patchy dense fog will also be found over portions of south central Wisconsin...especially in the Wisconsin River Valley between 730 am and 9 am. Motorists are urged to be very cautious if they encounter dense fog. Other vehicles will be hard to see in the dense fog...so slow down...and use your low-beam headlights.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine mixed with areas of dense fog, temps are mostly around the lower 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 just to our east will give us another day and a half of pleasant weather, but beware the developing low pressure system currently in the Rocky Mountains. Things will become windy with thunderstorms developing this weekend.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Areas of dense morning fog, otherwise partly cloudy and very nice. High of 76.

Tonight: Mostly clear, becoming breezy, lows upper 50s.

Saturday: Increasing clouds and winds with a chance of thunderstorms late or overnight. Highs mid- 70s central, upper 70s south. Chance of rain Saturday night 30%.

Sunday: Cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely. Breezy, highs low to mid- 70s. Chance of rain 60%.

Next Week:
Monday: Mostly cloudy, breezy and cooler with a chance of showers. Highs 60-65. Chance of rain 40%.
Tuesday: A chance of a morning shower, otherwise partly sunny and still breezy. Highs 56-61. Chance of morning rain 30%.
Wednesday: Becoming cloudy with more showers developing late. Highs 56-61. Chance of rain Wednesday night 35%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, windy, highs only near 90. Sunshine and less windy this weekend, highs only mid- to upper 80s. *shiver*
Wind Advisory in effect from 9 am this morning to 9 PM PDT this evening...
Southwest winds will increase to 20 to 30 mph this afternoon with
gusts up to 45 mph. These winds will be even stronger near north
south oriented mountain ranges and canyons. Drivers should be
prepared for these winds... which will make high profile vehicles
especially difficult to handle... and may also raise areas of
blowing dust which could suddenly reduce visibility.
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- 80s through this weekend.
Patchy fog will affect the area this morning through 9 am. Please take caution when driving as visibility could be reduced to one half mile in some areas.
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 through the weekend (best chance on Sunday), highs mid- to upper 80s.
Through 830 am...isolated showers will continue to develop over the coastal waters and move inland. Expect light accumulations of 1/4 inch or less.
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: A chance of storms late on Sunday, otherwise sunshine, highs low to mid- 80s.
Patchy dense fog will persist over portions of southeast Missouri... southern Illinois...western Kentucky...and southwest Indiana early this morning...especially near lakes...rivers...and other low-lying areas. Use extreme caution during your morning commute...as visibilities will be quite variable. The visibility could range from a few miles in one location to less than one quarter mile. The fog will gradually burn off by 9 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 74
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 70
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 73
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 70
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 73
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 73

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 96 (trace)
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 85 (0.47")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 87
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)………….. 75 (trace)


Top News:

Health chiefs: Don't eat bagged spinach
• E. coli outbreak linked to fresh spinach hits eight states, FDA says
• Origin of tainted spinach unclear, so nation told not to eat bagged spinach
• One person died in Wisconsin, where 20 people are ill, 11 in Milwaukee
• E. coli causes about 73,000 infections and 61 deaths annually in the U.S.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumers nationwide should not eat fresh bagged spinach, say health officials probing a multistate outbreak of E. coli that killed at least one person and made dozens of others sick.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/09/15/tainted.spinach.ap/index.html


Weather in the News:

Gordon weakens, Helene expected to get stronger
MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Hurricane Gordon was downgraded to a Category 2 storm Friday morning, and Tropical Storm Helene was not gaining strength as both storms remained in the open Atlantic where they posed no threat to land, forecasters said.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/09/15/tropical.weather.ap/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200607.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200608.html

Tropical Storm Lane lashes Mexico's Pacific coast
MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) -- Tropical Storm Lane hit Mexico's Pacific coast with winds and rain Thursday, flooding streets in Acapulco before setting a course for the hurricane-battered tip of the Baja California Peninsula.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/09/14/mexico.storm.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/ep200613.html

This was hottest summer since 1936, report says
The USA sweated this year through its hottest summer in 70 years, with temperatures not seen since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, according to a government report.
From June 1 to Aug. 31, as summer is defined by the National Climatic Data Center, the continental USA had an average temperature of 74.5 degrees, based on readings from hundreds of weather stations nationwide. It was the second-hottest summer temperature the government has recorded since it started keeping track in 1895. The only one warmer -- by about two-tenths of a degree -- was in 1936.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thr ivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20060914/20060914Thiswashottestsummersince1936reportsays.xml &p=-1

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 14, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:54 PM GMT on September 14, 2006

Good Thursday morning!

Double Would You Rather...
The last game of the Summer 2006 regular season is today! Eight more points are up for grabs. Will you make the Chase for the Weather Update Championship? Find out tomorrow. But until then, shall we play a game? (no bonus points are awarded for telling me what movie I just quoted, but they just green-lit a sequel to it!)

Game #1:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. Be the limousine driver for a movie star
B. Be the bus driver for a rock band

Game #2:
Topic: Ethics/Intellect
Would You Rather...
A. Live the rest of your life in good health and bad debt
B. Be constantly sickly with a runny nose, cough and periodic fever, but with great wealth

Game #3:
Topic: Appearance/Embarrassment
Would You Rather...
A. Shave your head once and get a tattoo on your entire scalp
B. Shave your eyebrows off permanently

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


Double Family Feud Results

Players: 34
Topic #1: Name something people rent
Apartment (Home also accepted) (23) - 4 points
Cars (6) - 2 points
Videos/Movies (5)

Topic #2: Name a vegetable used in Asian cooking
Pea Pods (Peas and Snow Peas also accepted) (10) - 4 points
Bean sprouts (7) - 2 points
Broccoli (5)
Bamboo Shoot (3)
Water Chestnuts (2)
Bok Choy (2)
Eggplant
Carrot
Peppers
Mushrooms
Onion


Today’s forecast grade: B+


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Frost advisory in effect until 8 am CDT this morning...
Temperatures will be in the lower to middle 30s across the
advisory area early this morning... resulting in widespread frost.
Temperatures are expected to warm above freezing by 8 am.

A frost advisory means that widespread frost is expected.
Sensitive outdoor plants may be killed if left uncovered.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
Dense fog advisory in effect until 9 am CDT this morning...
Calm winds... rapidly clearing skies... cool temperatures and very
moist conditions from the recent rainfall... has led to the
development of dense fog overnight. Visibility in many areas is
at one quarter mile or less. Visibilities will slowly improve
after sunrise... with the widespread dense fog dissipating by 9 am.

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


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine along with a few areas of dense fog, temps are only in the mid- 40s central and south, and in the 30s north!
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Appleton finally saw some sunshine late in the day yesterday, but it was too late to salvage any warmer temperatures from it. As for today, high pressure has moved in, meaning we can expect three days of warmer weather and sunshine before the next cold front moves through.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Areas of morning fog, otherwise a mix of sun and clouds this morning. Becoming mostly sunny this afternoon. High of 74.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows near 50.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and becoming breezy, highs mid- to upper 70s central, upper 70s to near 80 south.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Becoming partly sunny and windy, highs 76-81.
Sunday: Windy with showers and thunderstorms developing. Highs 73-78. Chance of rain 60%.
Next Week’s Outlook: Next week isn't looking too good with significantly cooler temperatures and a chance of lingering showers on Monday. Maybe even some light snow late in the week! What, you think I'd kid about something like that? Well, actually, you're right, I am kidding, but I won't be kidding about that in another month or two! Highs next week look to only be in the upper 50s to lower 60s.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, windy, highs mid- 90s. Watch for flying pool covers!
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 mid- 80s.
Through 830 am...light to moderate rain showers will continue to impact southeast South Carolina. The heaviest activity is occurring mainly along the coast. Rainfall amounts will range from 1/10 to a 1/25 of an inch with isolated higher amounts. Up to an inch of rain has fallen near Fripp Island in the past hour.
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 upper 80s. Ozone Action Day.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Morning fog, otherwise mostly cloudy, highs mid- 70s.
Patchy dense fog will persist over portions of southeast Missouri... southern Illinois...western Kentucky...and southwest Indiana early this morning...especially near lakes...rivers...and other low-lying areas. Use extreme caution during your morning commute...as visibilities will be quite variable. In fact...the visibility could very well range from a few miles in one location to less than one quarter mile within a few hundred yards down the Road. The fog should gradually burn off by 9 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 68 central, mid- to upper 60s south, but lower 70s north
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 61 (trace)
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 63 (trace)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 63 (trace)
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 70
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 65 (0.20")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 97
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 75 (0.36")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 89
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)………….. 67 (0.28")


Weather in the News:

NOAA: El Nino is back
NEW YORK (Reuters) -- El Nino, an extreme warming of equatorial waters in the Pacific Ocean that wreaks havoc with world weather conditions, has formed and will last into 2007, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday.
El Nino has already helped make the Atlantic hurricane season milder than expected, said a NOAA forecaster.
"The weak El Nino is helping to explain why the hurricane season is less than we expected. El Ninos tend to suppress hurricane activity in the Atlantic," said Gerry Bell, a hurricane forecaster for NOAA.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/09/13/weather.nino.reut/index.html?section=cnn_topstories

Scientists: Earth storms lead to space storms
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Thunderstorms on Earth can lead to storms in the outer reaches of the atmosphere that disrupt radio transmissions and other electronic communications, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/09/13/space.storms.reut/index.html


Games in the News:

$250 Nintendo Wii coming November 19
Nintendo's next-gen console will arrive two days after the PS3 with Wii Sports packed in, according to the New York Times; over 25 games available at launch, with first-party games costing $50; Web-surfing abilities, photo, and news channels reported as well.
http://www.gamespot.com/news/6157572.html
http://wii.ign.com/articles/732/732669p1.html
http://games.slashdot.org/games/06/09/14/0449256.shtml
http://www.joystiq.com/2006/09/14/nyt-wii-to-launch-nov-19-for-250-in-us/
http://www.engadget.com/2006/09/14/nintendo-wii-november-19th-250/
http://www.joystiq.com/2006/09/14/nintendo-japan-conference-not-so-liveblogging/
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/technology/tech-japan-nintendo.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/technology/AP-Japan-Nintendo.html

Updated: 12:59 PM GMT on September 14, 2006

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 13, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:39 PM GMT on September 13, 2006

Good Wednesday morning!

Double Family Feud
I know we played the Feud just last week, but this is personally my favorite game to play, since I don't know the results ahead of time and can guess along with you guys as to what will be the #1 answer. Plus as an added bonus, calculating the results isn't very time consuming.

Topic #1: Name something people rent

Topic #2: Name a vegetable used in Asian cooking

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


Double Outburst Results

Players: 30
Topic: Things With Holes
Doughnuts (19)
Swiss Cheese (16)
A Golf Course (11)
Socks (10)
A Colander (strainer) (8)
Your Nose (1) - Two Bonus Points Awarded to Clair
Notebook Paper (1) - Two Bonus Points Awarded to Deb
Bagels
Records
A Pool Table

Other Answers: (I included most of the additional humorous answers that people wrote in with as well, just for fun!)
Bowling Ball (10)
Net (5)
Lifesavers (4)
Tires (4)
Cheerios (2)
Space (black holes) (2)
Button holes for button down shirts (2)
Wiffle ball
Jeans
Lace
Inner tubes
The Green Bay Packers' depth chart
Rags
Sponge
The American / Mexican border
The human body
The Titanic
Pockets
Drains
Screen
Bruce Springsteen's Jeans in the 80's
Prairie Dog Village
Tennis racket
Roads
Trees
Gophers
CD's/DVD's
Piggy Bank
Washers
Pegboard
Pierced Ears
Doors (key holes)
Kids clothes
Buttons
Belts
Shoes


Today’s forecast grade: C


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
patchy dense fog across north central Wisconsin... Patchy dense fog will reduce visibilities to a quarter of a mile or less through 8 am. Visibilities will rapidly improve between 8 am and 10 am. If you are driving across north central Wisconsin early this morning...expect rapidly changing visibilities in a short distance. Allow extra room with the car in front of you.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 8am with a cloudy sky and a few areas of fog, temps are in the mid- 50s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: The rain has finally moved off to the east, but unfortunately the clouds still linger! Northwestern Wisconsin is sunny at the moment, and the rest of Wisconsin will gradually start seeing some sunshine later today as high pressure starts to build into the western Great Lakes region. Once these clouds clear out, we've got three very nice days to look forward to with warmer temperatures and lots of sunshine!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Areas of fog early, otherwise cloudy with occasional mist this morning. Becoming partly sunny this afternoon. High of 68 central, mid- to upper 60s south, but lower 70s north where sunshine should return before the rest of us get it.

Tonight: Becoming mostly clear, lows in the upper 40s.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and warmer, highs in the low to mid- 70s. After the last few days of gloom, it's a well-deserved nice day!

Extended:
Friday: Mostly sunny, highs 75-80.
Saturday: Partly sunny and breezy, highs 78-83.
Sunday: Breezy with showers and thunderstorms developing. Highs 73-78. Chance of rain 50%. Temps are going to cool off into the lower 60s again early next week after this cold front moves through so enjoy it while you can!


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Breezy with showers and thunderstorms, highs near 80.
Shallow coastal flooding possible around high tide this afternoon...
Through 930 am...light to moderate showers will continue to push northwest over the area. Rainfall amounts of a trace to a tenth of an inch with isolated amounts of a quarter inch is expected. Areas affected include a line east from Rocky Ford to Savannah.
The combination of the persistent onshore winds... lingering swells
and astronomical high tides will lead to the possibility of
additional beach erosion across parts of the southern South
Carolina coast this afternoon.

Some locations that will likely experience additional beach
erosion will be on the north end of the Isle of Palms and across
parts of Edisto Beach... Fripp Island and Hunting Island.

In addition... tide levels in Charleston will reach close to 7.0
feet mean lower low water with the high tide early this
afternoon... resulting in the possibility of shallow coastal flooding.

Coastal flooding and beach erosion will be further aggravated
should showers and thunderstorms occur near or during the time of
high tide.

The high tide occurs in Charleston Harbor at 124 PM... and at 241
PM on the Beaufort river at Beaufort.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio all hazards 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, highs upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Isolated showers, highs near 70.
... Record daily maximum rainfall set at Evansville ASOS...
At 9 PM this evening... the Evansville ASOS had recorded 2.18 inches
of rainfall for September 12th. This sets a new daily rainfall for
the community. The old record was 2.07 inches recorded on this date
in 1925. Many intersections and roadways were still closed due to
flooding... and Vanderburgh County remains in a Flood Warning until
815 am Wednesday morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 58 central, mid- 50s north, and low to mid- 60s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 57 (0.18" - Green Bay)
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 61 (0.88")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 64 (1.15" - Milwaukee)
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 56 (trace)
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 72 (0.18")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 100
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 79
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 87 (0.05")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)………….. 73 (2.18" - new daily record)


Weather in the News:

Gordon's not expected to come anywhere near land.
Hurricane Gordon forms in Atlantic
MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Hurricane Gordon was moving over the open Atlantic on Wednesday, and a new tropical depression formed off the coast of Africa, forecasters said.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/09/13/tropical.weather.ap/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200607.html


Apple in the News:

Apple Announces iTunes 7, Movies, Set-Top Box
As anticipated, Apple announced several additions and upgrades to its iPod and iTunes lineup. The iPod now comes in an 80 GB model, with a $50 price drop for the 30 GB model. The 2nd generation iPod Nano harkens back to the iPod Mini with metallic, multi-colored shells (though as diminutive as ever) and comes in an 8 GB model. The Shuffle has been completely redesigned and shrunk down to the size of a matchbook. All of this comes with the release of iTunes 7, which includes support for downloading full-length movies from iTMS."
http://news.com.com/Apple+Its+showtime/2009-1041_3-6114799.html?tag=nefd.lede
http://www.engadget.com/2006/09/12/live-from-the-steve-jobs-keynote-its-showtime/
http://apple.slashdot.org/apple/06/09/12/1856217.shtml

After a few beers, check your iPod
iPod breathalyzer hits the market
We see a lot of strange iPod accessories around these parts but this one is kind of neat. The iBreathe (apparently the iBooze trademark was already spoken for) is a portable alcohol breathalyzer that is powered by your iPod's dock connector. The device, as you might expect, has a tube that you exhale into for a full five seconds and then calculates your breath alcohol concentration level to an accuracy of ±0.01 percent.
http://arstechnica.com/journals/apple.ars/2006/9/12/5260
http://news.com.com/2061-11200_3-6114756.html?part=rss&tag=6114756&subj=news
http://www.davidsteele.com/ipod-breathalyzer.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 12, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:18 PM GMT on September 12, 2006

Good Tuesday morning!

Double Outburst Tuesday
The last week of the regular season begins right now! This is the legendary double-point week, where three games will be played (including tomorrow), the point standings may flip-flop, and boys will be made into men (the ladies can stay as they are now :) ).

Today's Topic: Things With Holes

Rules
Give me four answers to the topic above, and you'll get two points for each one that's also listed on the Hasbro card (which contains ten answers). The people who submit the least most popular answer that is still listed on the card will get two bonus points. For more rules detail, click the link below.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


So last night, Lisa and I went to see the movie World Trade Center, figuring it was appropriate for the day. It was a very classy, well-done movie in our opinion, but we were surprised to see only two other families in the theater for the 7pm showing. On a gloomy, rainy evening with the fifth anniversary of the terrible attacks, I expected to see more people there. I guess most of the people who wanted to see it had already done so, since it's been out for a few weeks now. But on the way home, it got me thinking about all the gas gouging going on that day around the country...
Weather Update Poll:
During the week of September 11, 2001, what was the highest gas prices you personally witnessed? (Gas was $1.69/gallon prior to the attack)

Under $2
$2-$2.99
$3-$3.99
$4-$4.99
$5 or more!

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


Today’s forecast grade: D


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for moderate rain showers and scattered thunderstorms...mainly along and west of a Fond Du Lac to Twin Lakes line ...to lift north through south central and southeast Wisconsin at 15 to 20 mph between 530 am and 8 am. The back edge of the showers and storms will reach a Lone Rock...Madison to Waukesha line around 7 am. Another band of thunderstorms is developing from near Palmyra to near Lake Geneva...and will extend from Germantown to Franklin between 745 am and 8 am. Look for hourly rainfall rates between one quarter to one half inch with the heavier showers. Motorists should be alert for ponding of water on area roads and reduce speed to avoid Hydro-planing. The remainder of south central and southeast Wisconsin will see scattered showers...isolated thunderstorms...drizzle and areas of fog between 530 am and 8 am. Visibilities will dip below 2 miles at times in the fog...so drivers should be prepared for rapidly changing conditions as they travel during the early morning hours.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with, you guessed it, more rain, temps are near 50 north, in the mid- 50s central, and in the lower 60s southeast.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: The very slow-moving area of low pressure centered in central Illinois continues to push moisture, clouds and rain into Wisconsin. A large area of high pressure to the west is trying its darndest to move the low eastward out of our hair, and it looks like it'll succeed, but not before one last day of gloomy rain. The lawn's loving all this, though.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy and breezy with more rain. High of 58 central, mid- 50s north, and low to mid- 60s south. Chance of rain 100%. Today is also Primary Election Day, so if you're into the whole voting thing (and who isn't?), don't forget to vote!

Tonight: More rain east, decreasing clouds west. Lows lower 50s. Chance of rain 40%.

Tomorrow: Becoming partly cloudy, highs upper 60s to near 70.

Extended:
Thursday: Mostly sunny, highs 73-78.
Friday: Mostly sunny, highs 74-79.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs 75-80.
Sunday: Becoming cloudy and windy with showers and thunderstorms. Highs 74-79. Chance of rain 40%.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy and breezy, highs lower 80s.
High surf advisory in effect until 10 PM EDT this evening...
High risk of rip currents today...
Shallow coastal flooding expected around high tide this afternoon...
Medium to large swells associated with distant Hurricane Florence
will continue to affect the beaches of south coastal South
Carolina and north coastal Georgia today. Breakers along the
beaches will reach 5 or 6 feet at times today... especially around
the times of high tide this afternoon. As a result... a high surf
advisory remains in effect.

The combination of the persistent moderate to strong onshore
winds and the high surf will cause additional beach erosion...
especially in locations where it has recently occurred. Some
locations that will experience significant erosion will be on the
north end of Isle of Palms in the dunes west area... and over
parts of Edisto Beach. At least moderate beach erosion will occur
over the rest of south coastal South Carolina and north coastal
Georgia today. Minor ocean overwash may also occur near and
during the times of high tide... with the most likely time for the
more significant erosion and overwash to occur around high tide
early this afternoon.

Meanwhile... a high risk for rip currents continues at area
beaches through this evening. A high risk for rip currents means
that wind and or wave conditions support dangerous rip currents.
Rip currents are life threatening to anyone entering the surf
zone. In addition... the large breakers can easily knock you
down... making you more susceptible to the rip currents.

Conditions in the surf zone will remain extremely hazardous and
people are urged to stay out of the water until conditions
improve. Boaters should use extreme care if navigating near
jetties and inlets due to these dangerous conditions.

This is a potentially dangerous situation. Stay tuned to NOAA
Weather Radio all hazards... TV or your local new source for the
latest statements from your National Weather Service in
Charleston.

09/11/2006 0408 PM
Hilton Head Island, Beaufort County.
Rip currents, reported by public.
Several rip currents sighted during the mid to late
morning hours. Also reporting minor erosion.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

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

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Showers and thunderstorms, highs mid- 70s.
Numerous showers and isolated thunderstorms will persist over southwest Indiana and northwest Kentucky through 800 am. The activity will continue to move off to the northeast at 25 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……..… 60
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 55 (0.75")
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 59 (0.62")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 61 (0.56")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 55 (0.07")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 67 (1.60")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 97
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 82
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 86 (0.13")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)………….. 76 (0.97")


Weather in the News:

Bermuda weathers Florence well
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) -- Hurricane Florence blew out windows, peeled away several roofs and knocked out power to thousands in Bermuda on Monday but spared the wealthy British island chain massive damage as it skirted past.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/09/12/bermuda.tropical.ap/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200606.html

Shuttle astronaut joins special group of spacewalkers
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- When astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper climbed out of an airlock Tuesday to begin installing a new addition to the international space station, she joined an elite club of spacewalkers.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/09/12/space.shuttle.ap/index.html

Study: Earthlike planets may be common
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Earthlike planets covered with deep oceans that could harbor life may be found in as many as a third of solar systems discovered outside of our own, U.S. researchers said on Thursday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/09/08/earthlike.planets.reut/index.html?section=cnn_topstories


In Case You Missed It:

The posts below the Slashdot version of the article are pretty funny.
Nigeria widows lose their fortune
Nigeria's anti-corruption body has made its largest single seizure of illegally acquired assets belonging to a dead electoral official and pastor.
The $55m estate of Timothy Olufemi Akanni came to the attention of the authorities after his two widows rowed about who should inherit it.
It was only after his death in a plane crash last October that it was discovered he had a secret second wife.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/5325490.stm
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/09/11/1056256&from=rss


...Record low maximum temperatures on September 11th...

Clouds and occasional light rain held high temperatures
in the 50s on Monday for the first time since the middle
of may. Eight cities across north central and northeast
Wisconsin broke record low maximum temperatures on the 11th.

New record old record
location low maximum low maximum / year(s)
-------------------------------------------------------------
Antigo 52 53 1918
Merrill 52 56 1924
Wausau 53 54 1918
Marshfield 54 tied 54 1918
wisc. Rapids 54 57 1918
Appleton 55 59 1924,1946
Stevens Point 55 56 1924
Green Bay 56 57 1886...1924...1940

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 11, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:30 PM GMT on September 11, 2006

Good Morning,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update, and I hope you all had a great weekend. We didn't do too much this weekend, and it was nice to just kind of stay home for a change. Saturday, my mom and I went to my friend's Inspired Aroma coffee and tea party, and we had fun trying a lot of different coffees and teas. Then on Saturday night we went to the Appleton PAC to see Christian artist Michael Schroeder in concert. www.michaelschroeder.com. He put on the wonderful show. He has a great voice and he's very inspiring. Sunday after church we spent the day at home with Bryce. Steve watched a disappointing Packer game. We also played outside with Bryce for a while. We enjoyed watching him chase around his balls and play on the trampoline. He loves the trampoline, and he's closely supervised by us so that he doesn't get hurt. Not too much else is new so that wraps up our update. Have a great week.


Memories of 9/11
With the fifth anniversary of 9/11 here, it seems that national news networks are comfortable reairing the original TV coverage of the events of that day (see cnn.com, foxnews.com, and msnbc.com). So I will do the same - five years ago, I was writing my weather update when it happened. Here was my intro five years ago, along with the two news stories that I included, which looking back on them, aren't exactly accurate.

"In case you haven't heard, one of the biggest terrorist tragedies in U.S. history happened this morning. Two hijacked large commercial airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, and a third has hit the Pentagon. The FAA has grounded all flights across the country, and the White House and the Capitol in Washington have been evacuated, as has the Sears Tower in Chicago. News is breaking every few minutes - but good luck getting to any news web sites - they're all jammed. Now one of the twin towers in NYC has collapsed completely. Wow. In what has turned out to be much less exciting news, I also got a flat tire yesterday. Big deal now, huh?"

Planes Hit World Trade Center; at Least Said 6 Dead
September 11, 2001 9:23 am EST
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two planes crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York on Tuesday morning, causing huge explosions and killing at least six people, television said.
CNBC television said there were at least a thousand injured.

Palestinian Group Claims Responsibility for WTC Attack
September 11, 2001 9:42 am EST
DUBAI (Reuters) - A Palestinian group has claimed responsibility for the New York World Trade Center plane attacks Tuesday.
Abu Dhabi television reported it had received a call from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) abroad claiming responsibility for crashing two planes into the WTC buildings.
Qatar-based al-Jazeera television said FBI sources said one of the two aircraft had been hijacked.


Today’s forecast grade: D


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Rain was falling over portions of south central and southeast Wisconsin. The rain areas were fairly scattered in the southeast...but were covering much of south central Wisconsin. The area and intensity of the rain is expected to increase over southeast Wisconsin by 8 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with rain central and south and just some clouds north, temps are holding steady in the mid- 50s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Today's forecast is about as good as the Green Bay Packers football team. An area of low pressure centered in northwestern Missouri is spreading quite a bit of moisture northeastward into Wisconsin. This slow-moving system developed light rain across southern Wisconsin yesterday, and it's spreading its joy across central Wisconsin today. Relief is on the way as high pressure west of this system should give us some sunshine and warmer temperatures by midweek.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy, breezy and cool with light rain likely central and south. Clouds and maybe some light rain north. High of 60. Chance of rain 100% central and south, 40% north.

Tonight: Cloudy and breezy with more rain likely. Lows mid- 50s. Chance of rain 90%.

Tomorrow: Cloudy, breezy and cool with more showers, eventually leaving the state by sunset. Highs mid- 60s. Chance of rain 70%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Becoming partly cloudy and warmer, highs 69-74.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, highs 71-76.
Friday: Mostly sunny, very nice, highs 74-79.
Saturday: Increasing clouds, highs 75-80.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. Highs 74-79. Chance of rain 30%.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 80s.
High surf advisory in effect from 9 am this morning to 10 PM EDT Tuesday...
Shallow coastal flooding expected around high tide this morning...
High risk of rip currents today...
Swells associated with distant Hurricane Florence have reached
the beaches of south coastal South Carolina and north coastal
Georgia. Swell heights will continue to increase Monday and peak
Tuesday as Florence passes well east of the region. Breakers along
the beaches will rise to 5 ft today and increase to 5 to 7 ft on
Tuesday resulting in large and battering waves. Conditions in the
surf zone will remain extremely hazardous through Tuesday and
people are urged to remain out of the water until conditions
improve.

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

The risk for significant beach erosion will also continue along
the beaches of south coastal South Carolina and north coastal
Georgia through Tuesday. The erosion could become severe at times
especially for erosion prone areas such as Tybee Island... Hunting
Island... Edisto Beach and Folly Beach. Minor ocean overwash may
also occur during times of high tide.

This is a potentially dangerous situation. Stay tuned to NOAA
Weather Radio all hazards... TV or your local new source for the
latest statements 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: Scattered thunderstorms, highs upper 80s.
Scattered showers will develop over the Gulf and move north-northeast at 10 mph. Rainfall will average between a tenth and a quarter 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 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)……….. 61 (0.03")
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 59 (0.46")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 61 (0.09")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 62
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 64 (0.37")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 92
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 84
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 83 (0.23")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)………….. 85 (trace)


Top News:

A day of remembrance
NEW YORK (CNN) -- President Bush and other top officials joined thousands gathering across the country Sunday in tearful tributes, prayers and quiet reflection on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2006/9.11/
http://www.foxnews.com/national/911/index.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/september11/main500249.shtml


Weather in the News:

Bermuda braces for Hurricane Florence
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) -- Hurricane Florence was bearing down early Monday on Bermuda, where forecasters said preparations to protect life and property should have been completed.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/09/11/bermuda.tropical.ap/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200606.html

6.0 quake in Gulf shakes Southeast
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- A strong, 6.0 earthquake in the Gulf of Mexico was felt throughout the Southeast but caused no apparent damage, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/09/10/gulf.quake/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Lucky lady lands $1M jackpots twice in 4 years
NEW YORK (AP) -- A woman who won $1 million from a state lottery game four years ago has improbably hit the jackpot again.
Valerie Wilson, who works at a Long Island deli, said she won another $1 million on a lottery scratch-off game last month.
Her chances of winning both games were a slim 1 in 3,669,120,000,000.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/09/09/double.lotto.ap/index.html

Flying-car firm releases simulator, takes deposits
The Transition, a plane that can also be driven as a car, won't come out for a few years, but you can try a flight simulator now and put a deposit on a future plane too.
http://news.com.com/Flying-car+firm+releases+simulator%2C+takes+deposits/2100-1008_3-6112862.html?t ag=nl.e404
http://www.terrafugia.com/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 8, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:41 PM GMT on September 08, 2006

**Updated for Steve L.'s point totals.**

TGIF!

Match Game Results

Players: 30
Game #1: Sir Lance a Lot said, "I'm never bringing my suit of armor to the dry cleaners again! Last time, they ______ed it!"
Dented (4) - 2 points
Starched (3) - 1 point (tie)
Folded (3) - 1 point (tie)
Ironed (3) - 1 point (tie)
Rusted (3) - 1 point (tie)
Pressed (2)
Cleaned
Axed
Shrunk
Crushed
Steamed
Polished
Burned
Tarnished
Washed
Scratched

Game #2: Nick said, "I'm never going back to that rotten restaurant again! After I told the waiter there was a fly in my soup, he brought me a __________."
Fly Swatter (24) - 2 points
Spider (2) - 1 point
Fork
Strainer
Very tiny life preserver
New bowl of the same soup


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 three-game, 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.
$ = previous winner
Please verify your point total for accuracy. Any scoring updates will be immediately posted on the Web site.
Perfect Score: 75

Steve L.: 52 (+4)
$$Nia, Appleton, WI: 50 (+6)
Linda Ha.: 49 (+7)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 47 (+3)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 46 (+4)
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 46 (+7)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 46 (+6)
$Tammy, Madison, WI: 46 (+7)
Will/Ruth, Appleton, WI: 46 (+4)
$Brian, Madison WI: 44 (+7)^
Greg, Madison, WI: 44 (+1)
John E., Madison, WI: 44 (+3)
$Karl, Appleton, WI: 44 (+6)^
--------Preliminary Playoff Cut Line--------
Dan, Henderson, NV: 43 (+5)
Mom: 42 (+5)
Becky T. and Dad: 40 (+7)
Kelley: 40 (+6)
Bethany: 39 (+4)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 36 (+2)
Diane Sm.: 35 (+2)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 33 (+6)
Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 33 (+6)
Sally: 33 (+7)
Chris Ke.: 23 (+6)
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 23 (+4)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 23 (+6)
Adam S., Evansville, IN: 19 (+2)
Sarah H., Appleton, WI: 19
Jen: 18
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 17
Rhonda Lop.: 16 (+4)
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 16
Al, Germantown, WI: 13
Jan, Berlin, WI: 12
Deb: 11 (+2)
Jamie S., Evansville, IN: 11
Chad, Cleveland, OH: 10
Craig, Green Bay, WI: 10
Tony: 9 (+7)
Harry: 8 (+1)
Jim: 7
Mary, Berlin, WI: 5
John S.: 3 (+3)
Nicole, Madison, WI: 3


Today’s forecast grade: B-


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
A line of scattered showers and thunderstorms extended from Sheboygan and Fond Du Lac counties southwest across Dodge...Columbia and Dane counties and was moving to the east around 25 mph. This area of showers and storms will track into Washington...Ozaukee...Waukesha and Jefferson counties between 630 am and 8 am CDT. A second line of showers and storms extended from Iowa County to Lafayette County. This line is also moving to the east around 25 mph and will affect Green County through by 7 am CDT. Small hail up to one quarter inch and brief rainfall rates up to 1/2 inch per hour are possible with the stronger thunderstorms.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am, a good part of the state has a mixture of sun and clouds, although there are some scattered thunderstorms south and northwest. Temps are mostly in the lower 60s central and south, and in the 50s north.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Today will really feel like Fall for many of us as a cold front, currently located across northern Wisconsin, drops to the south. As it does, you'll notice winds shifting to be from the north and significantly cooler air will stream into the state. Southern Wisconsin won't feel its effects until late today or tonight but the further north you live, the quicker you'll feel a little chill in the air, along with some scattered thunderstorms.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning thunderstorms south, otherwise partly sunny with more thunderstorms developing from north to south. We are under a slight risk of severe weather today, mostly because of the chance of large hail accompanying some of these storms. Breezy, high of 75 central, near 80 again south, but only in the lower 60s north. Chance of rain 60% north and central, 40% south. Remember that after the cold front moves through your area, temps will drop pretty quickly. Not "The Day After Tomorrow" quickly, but definitely noticeable.

Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms continuing, especially south. Lows 50-55. Chance of rain 40% central, 60% south.

Saturday: Scattered morning thundershowers south, otherwise partly sunny, breezy and cooler. Highs only in the lower 60s central, mid- 60s south. Chance of rain south 30%.

Sunday: Becoming mostly cloudy with another round of showers and thunderstorms developing late in the day. Breezy, highs lower 60s central, mid- 60s south. Chance of rain Sunday night 40%.

Next Week:
Monday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, cool highs 61-66. Chance of rain 60%.
Tuesday: Becoming partly sunny, highs 68-73.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, highs 70-75. In case you're wondering, the normal highs for today are 70 north, 73 central and 74 south.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy through the weekend, highs only in the mid- 90s.
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, then isolated storms this weekend. Highs low to mid- 80s.
Shallow coastal flooding expected around high tide this morning...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered thunderstorms continuing through the weekend, highs near or 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: Sunshine through Saturday, maybe a storm on Sunday, highs low to mid- 80s.
Areas of fog can be expected across parts of the quad state region through the early morning hours. Dense fog may be encountered at times...with visibilities down to one quarter mile or less. Motorists should use extra caution while driving early this morning...and allow extra time to reach their destination. Conditions will improve by 830 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 80
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 81 (trace - Green Bay)
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 80 (trace)
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 81
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 81
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 82

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 94 (trace)
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 75 (0.10")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 90
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)………….. 83


Weather in the News:

Bermuda watching Tropical Storm Florence
MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Officials in Bermuda were poised to issue a tropical storm watch or warning within the next 24 hours as Tropical Storm Florence chugged through the open Atlantic Friday, forecasters said.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/09/08/tropical.weather.ap/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200606.html

Updated: 2:11 AM GMT on September 09, 2006

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 7, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:12 PM GMT on September 07, 2006

Good Thursday morning!

Match Game: Sentence Edition
The last normal game of the Summer 2006 season is today! Next week is a three-game double-point week to end the regular season, which will be followed by a one-week playoff period for the top ten players (plus any ties). Today it's the Match Game - be funny, creative and witty, and email me the most popular answer to the two games below. Have fun!

Game #1: Sir Lance a Lot said, "I'm never bringing my suit of armor to the dry cleaners again! Last time, they ______ed it!"

Game #2: Nick said, "I'm never going back to that rotten restaurant again! After I told the waiter there was a fly in my soup, he brought me a __________."

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


ESPN Pigskin Pick 'Em Reminder
If you're an NFL football fan, you have just under 12 hours to get in your first week's picks in my free weekly pick 'em group!

Web Site: http://games.espn.go.com/pigskin/frontpage
Group: Cheesehead League
Password: cheesy


Today’s forecast grade: B+


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Areas of dense fog...with visibilities of 1/4 mile or less will persist over southeast Wisconsin through mid morning. Rush hour motorists are urged to be alert for rapidly changing visibilities... especially in rural and low lying areas. Over south central Wisconsin expect patchy fog to develop with some visibilities dropping to around 1/2 mile or less.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine mixed with a few low clouds or fog here and there, temps are in the mid- 50s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: We're about a week into the Meteorological Autumnal season (which started September 1 for easier record-keeping purposes), but it'll still feel like a warm summer day with another round of sunshine and pleasant temperatures for most of us. Enjoy it while you can because rain is in the forecast tomorrow and continuing through the weekend, along with cooler high temperatures.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: A few areas of fog this morning, otherwise partly cloudy. An isolated thunderstorm is possible this afternoon but not very likely. High of 80. Chance of rain 20%.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, maybe a stray thundershower. Lows upper 50s to near 60. Chance of rain 25%.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, breezy and cooler with a better chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid- 60s north and low to mid- 70s central, but still in the upper 70s south. Chance of rain 40%.

Extended:
Saturday: Mostly cloudy and cool with more scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 61-66. Chance of rain 50%.
Sunday: More showers and thunderstorms. Highs 63-68. Chance of rain 50%.
Next Week’s Outlook: Rain could linger into Monday and maybe even into early Tuesday, but otherwise the week is looking fairly dry and cool with high temperatures in the upper 60s to lower 70s.


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

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

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated showers, highs lower 90s. Ozone Action Day.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Morning fog, otherwise sunshine, highs mid- 80s.
Areas of fog can be expected across parts of the quad state region through the early morning hours. Dense fog may be encountered at times...with visibilities down to one quarter mile or less. Motorists should use extra caution while driving early this morning...and allow extra time to reach their destination.
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
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 77
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 80
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 79
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 77
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 82

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 101 (trace)
High Yesterday (Beaufort, SC)…………... 85 (0.85")
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 88
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)………….. 80


Weather in the News:

Florence could become hurricane within a day
MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Tropical Storm Florence was steaming over the open Atlantic early Thursday and forecasters said it could become a hurricane within the next day.
Florence had maximum sustained winds near 50 mph after strengthening Wednesday. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said it could strengthen into a hurricane, with winds of at least 74 mph, as early as Thursday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/09/07/tropical.weather.ap/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200606.html

Shuttle launch delayed until Friday at soonest
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- NASA managers on Wednesday left open the possibility that space shuttle Atlantis would blast off this week on a mission to resume construction of the international space station.
NASA managers ruled out a launch attempt on Thursday but said Friday still was a possibility. The decision followed a lengthy meeting over what to do with a problem in the shuttle's electrical power system that forced a scrub on Wednesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/09/06/space.shuttle.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 6, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:31 PM GMT on September 06, 2006

Good Wednesday morning!

ESPN Pigskin Pick 'Em
With the NFL regular season starting tomorrow evening, it's time to start another year of picking the winners (and losers) of games. Join my free group and have some fun!

Web Site: http://games.espn.go.com/pigskin/frontpage
Group: Cheesehead League
Password: cheesy


Family Feud Results

Players: 28
Topic #1: Name a dessert you put whipped cream on
Pie (15) - 2 points
Strawberry Shortcake (5) - 1 point
Jell-O(R) (4)
Ice Cream Sundae (3)
Cheesecake

Topic #2: Name an office supply that employees often steal
Pens (21) - 2 points
Paper Clips (4) - 1 point
Paper (2)
Stapler (possibly a red Swingline? )


Today’s forecast grade: A


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

Synopsis: The area of low pressure that kept the clouds around for a decent part of yesterday has moved off to the east coast. There is a weak cold front stretching across central Wisconsin this morning, but it's not really doing a whole lot. Otherwise, high pressure to our west will be in control of our weather, meaning the next two days should be pretty nice, with a chance of thunderstorms along with cooler temperatures after that.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning sunshine with a few afternoon clouds, high of 79.

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

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, highs near 80.

This Weekend:
Friday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing. Highs 74-79. Chance of rain 50%.
Saturday: Scattered showers, mostly south, with cooler highs 62-67. Chance of rain 40%.
Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms, highs 64-69. Chance of rain 50%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Scattered thunderstorms, 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: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs mid- 80s.
Through 8 am...widely scattered light to moderate showers will continue moving northeast over portions of southeast Georgia and southeast South Carolina. The heaviest rainfall will occur across the coastal counties. Additional rainfall amounts will vary from a trace to a few tenths of an inch.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

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

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Fog, then sunshine, highs near 80.
Areas of fog can be expected across the quad state region this morning. Dense fog will be encountered at times...with visibilities down to one quarter mile or less. Use extra caution while driving this morning...and allow extra time to reach your destination.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 76
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 81
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 78
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 75 (0.39" - Milwaukee)
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 81
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 78

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 102
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 88 (precip N/A)
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 85
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)………….. 77


Weather/Space in the News:

Fuel cell problem delays shuttle launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- NASA postponed the launch of space shuttle Atlantis by another day after discovering problems with a fuel cell early Wednesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/09/06/space.shuttle.ap/index.html

Tropical Storm Florence expected to grow
MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Tropical Storm Florence remained far out in the open Atlantic on Wednesday, and forecasters said it will probably become a hurricane.
But they said it was too soon to tell whether the sixth named storm of the hurricane season would reach the United States.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/09/06/tropical.weather.ap/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200606.html

Another 150,000 Years of CO2 Data
We've known since 2004 that the past 440,000 years have shown atmospheric carbon dioxide levels varying between about 200 and 300 ppmv, the difference in extremes being the difference between advancing ice sheets and our current clime. In 2005 the data were analyzed back to 650,000 years and were found to be much the same. Now all 800,000 years of the ice column have been analyzed, and the data show much the same pattern, according to the researcher: 'When carbon dioxide changed there was always an accompanying climate change. Over the last 200 years human activity has increased carbon dioxide to well outside the natural range' — to 380 ppmv.
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/09/05/1849201&from=rss

Updated: 12:35 PM GMT on September 06, 2006

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 5, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:09 PM GMT on September 05, 2006

Good Tuesday morning!

This is Steve with the weekend update and I hope everyone enjoyed their three-day weekend! My wife Lisa usually writes these "Monday" intros but she's going to work early this week to put in a few hours of overtime so I offered to take over this time around. The biggest highlight of our last three days was Saturday, when we took a trip to Noah's Ark in the Wisconsin Dells. We went with my mom, step-dad Bob and sisters Kelley and Katie. The weather was a little cool and cloudy at first, but it ended up being a really nice day with a fairly small crowd, meaning we got to ride everything we wanted to at least once, and some of them several times in a row since there was no waiting at all. Otherwise, it was chores, a trip to the mall, and other basic weekend stuff. During our downtime (aka Bryce taking a nap), we played a lot of Brain Age for the Nintendo DS, watched a lot of The 4400 TV show (we had almost the entire third season on our TiVo but now we're down to just two episodes), and I played with/customized my new toy, an iPod Nano! I can see why iPods have become so popular - they are fast, full of features, incredibly convenient and really easy to use!

As for Bryce, he turned 14-months-old on Sunday, and is becoming quite the monkey around the house. A few days ago he learned that he can climb onto dining room chairs, then from there, he can climb up onto the dining room table! There are fewer and fewer places which are safe to place keys, wallets, etc. Bryce still plays the pointing game, but he stopped saying "da" when he does it now. He doesn't say a whole lot outside of mama and dada, but I think some days in the future I'll yearn for the good ol' days when he didn't say a whole lot. His throwing arm is getting better and better every day, which is both a blessing and a curse. A few years from now it'll be great when he starts playing sports, but for now, it's more of taking his toys and throwing them at whatever he wants, including our TV, our glass curio cabinet, the dog and cat, and sometimes even the parents take a header or two. We took Bryce to Sears yesterday to get his picture taken. He was a good boy for that, and the pictures turned out pretty well too (send me an email if you want to see the proofs - it requires a username and password).


Family Feud Tuesday
The second-to-last week of the regular season starts right now! Email me with the most popular answer to the two topics below. You get two points for each #1 answer, and one point for each #2 answer. All entries must be received by 7am tomorrow to receive credit. For a more complete set of rules, see the link below.

Topic #1: Name a dessert you put whipped cream on

Topic #2: Name an office supply that employees often steal

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


Today’s forecast grade: B


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for areas of fog with visibilities generally between 1 and 4 miles. In addition...locally reduced visibilities of 1/2 mile or less in areas are likely...especially across south central Wisconsin. Motorists should be alert for the areas of fog through the early morning hours. An area of scattered showers and thunderstorms over the southeast counties of Milwaukee...Waukesha...Racine...Kenosha and Walworth is slowly moving to the north and west. Rainfall rates up to 3/4 inch per hour are indicated with the heavier storms....which could result in some ponding of water and minor street flooding. Motorists are urged to drive with caution where significant rain has fallen. Expect this rain area to rotate into southern Ozaukee...southern Washington...Jefferson and rock counties through 8 am CDT.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 8am with sunshine north and west, clouds south and east, a few areas of fog, and a shower or two in southeastern Wisconsin, temps are mostly around 55-60.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: We are very close to seeing a clear sky as a strong area of high pressure remains steady in the central Plains states. Unfortunately, a stubborn, stationary circulation looks to stick around for a while longer, meaning that you can expect a partly sunny sky with an isolated shower over the next several days, with a better chance of rain by week's end.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Areas of morning fog, otherwise partly sunny. A shower or rumble of thunder is possible but not too likely. High of 76. Chance of rain 20% north, 25% central, and 35% south.

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

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

Extended:
Thursday: Partly sunny and who knows, maybe an isolated thundershower. Highs 77-82. Chance of rain 25%.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms. Highs 77-78. Chance of rain 35%.
Saturday: Cloudy and cooler with showers. Highs 70-75. Chance of rain 50%.
Sunday: Cloudy with more showers. Cooler, too, if the weather models are accurate. Highs 67-72. Chance of rain 45%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, maybe an isolated thunderstorm, 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: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

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

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Morning fog, then mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs mid- 70s.
Areas of fog can be expected across the quad state region this morning. Patchy dense fog will be encountered at times...with visibilities down to one quarter mile or less. Use extra caution while driving this morning...and allow extra time to reach your destination.
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)……….. 72
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 68 (0.36")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 64 (0.33")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 77
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 71 (0.38")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 101
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 88 (precip N/A)
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 89
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)………….. 74


Weather in the News:

Weakened Ernesto dampens holiday weekend
RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) -- The remnants of Tropical Storm Ernesto put a sloppy, wet damper on the last big tourism weekend of the summer for many people, making a mess of some oceanfront hotels and leaving beaches and boardwalks less crowded than usual.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/09/02/ernesto.ap/index.html

John's hangover drenches Southwest
EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Heavy rain flooded roads in the Southwest on Monday as the rapidly weakening remnants of Hurricane John spread across the border from Mexico, where up to 20 inches had fallen on parts of the Baja Peninsula.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/09/04/hurricane.john.ap/index.html

Potential tropical storm brews in Atlantic
MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- A tropical depression brewing over the open Atlantic was nearing tropical storm strength Monday morning, forecasters said.
At 5 p.m. ET, the depression had sustained winds near 35 mph, 4 mph shy of becoming a tropical storm and the sixth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/09/04/tropical.weather.ap/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin killed by stingray
Irwin's death caught on videotape
BRISBANE, Australia (CNN) -- "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, the Australian naturalist killed by a stingray on Monday, was videotaped pulling a poisonous barb from his chest just before he died, according to news reports.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/TV/09/05/irwin.death/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for September 1, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:56 PM GMT on September 01, 2006

**Updated for Becky T.'s scores.**

TGIF!

Wheel of Fortune Results
I'm quite surprised by the results - I had them set to be hard / medium / easy, but more people had problems with the medium puzzle than the hard one! I suppose since the hard puzzle was worth 3 points, people put more time into that one. I hope you all enjoyed my Used Letter choices for the first puzzle, too.

Players: 25
Puzzle #1 (19/25):
B I K E
P A T H
Category: Place
Used Letters: RSTNLE QXZI
Point Value: 3

Puzzle #2 (14/25):
A U D I E N C E
P A R T I C I P A T I O N
Category: Show Biz
Used Letters: RSTNLE BHMU
Point Value: 1

Puzzle #3 (23/25):
B A T T L E
O F
T H E
B A N D S
Category: Event
Used Letters: RSTNLE GKPI
Point Value: 1


Scattergories Challenges

Article(s) of Clothing:
Cuddl Duds: 5 yea, 6 nay - no points awarded (brand name). http://www.cuddlduds.com/

Computer Lingo:
CACLS: 6 yea, 4 nay - 2 points awarded.
Coldfusion: 8 yea, 3 nay - 2 points awarded.
Create: 9 nay, 2 yea - no points awarded (too generic).
Cast: 7 yea, 3 nay - 2 points awarded.
Caps Lock: 8 yea, 3 nay - 2 points awarded.
Common Business System: 7 yea, 4 nay - 2 points awarded.
Chat / Chat Room - don't combine? 7 yea, 4 nay - 2 points awarded for each.


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. (fonts available via email version only).
^ = moved above the cut line this week.
-- = moved below the cut line this week.
$ = previous winner
Please verify your point total for accuracy. Any scoring updates will be immediately posted on the Web site.
Perfect Score: 67

Steve L.: 48 (+6)
$$Nia, Appleton, WI: 44 (+7)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 44 (+9)
Greg, Madison, WI: 43 (+9)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 42 (+3)
Linda Ha.: 42 (+9)
Will/Ruth, Appleton, WI: 42 (+6)
John E., Madison, WI: 41 (+8)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 40 (+5)
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 39 (+4)
$Tammy, Madison, WI: 39 (+9)^
--------Preliminary Playoff Cut Line--------
Dan, Henderson, NV: 38 (+7)
$Karl, Appleton, WI: 38 (+7)
$Brian, Madison WI: 37 (+6)
Mom: 37 (+7)
Bethany: 35 (+6)
Kelley: 34 (+5)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 34 (+2)
Becky T. and Dad: 33 (+5)
Diane Sm.: 33 (+9)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 27 (+2)
Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 27 (+7)
Sally: 26 (+2)
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 19 (+0)
Sarah H., Appleton, WI: 19
Jen: 18
Adam S., Evansville, IN: 17 (+0)
Chris Ke.: 17 (+1)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 17
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 17 (+6)
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 16 (+0)
Al, Germantown, WI: 13
Jan, Berlin, WI: 12
Rhonda Lop.: 12
Jamie S., Evansville, IN: 11
Chad, Cleveland, OH: 10 (+2)
Craig, Green Bay, WI: 10
Deb: 9 (+0)
Harry: 7 (+0)
Jim: 7
Mary, Berlin, WI: 5
Nicole, Madison, WI: 3
Tony: 2 (+2) (New Player!)


Today’s forecast grade: A-


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

Synopsis: We are in-between weather systems right now, with an area of high pressure to our northeast and a new cold front moving slowly through the northern and central Plains states. A normal pace might get that cold front in here by tomorrow, but with Tropical Storm Ernesto expected to move northward and slow down approaching systems, any rain we get might hold off until late Sunday or Monday.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny across most of Wisconsin, maybe a few clouds later in the day southeast (from Ernesto!) High of 74.

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy, lows lower 50s.

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

Sunday: Partly sunny, maybe a shower late. Highs near or just above 70. Chance of rain Sunday night 25%.

Labor Day: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Highs near 70. Chance of rain 40%.

Extended:
Tuesday: Partly sunny, maybe a shower south. Highs 71-76. Chance of rain 30%.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, highs 70-75.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Maybe a storm Sunday and Monday, 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: Becoming partly cloudy, breezy, highs upper 80s. Isolated storms this weekend, highs upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated storms this weekend, highs near or 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: Scattered showers today, dry this weekend, highs 75-80.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 74
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 75
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 76
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 72
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 73
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 75

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 103
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 81 (Precip N/A)
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 90
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)………….. 80


Weather in the News:

Tropical Storm Ernesto losing steam inland
--Ernesto's winds weaken to 60 mph
--Rains up to 15 inches possible in some areas
--Storm moving inland over eastern North Carolina
--Virginia governor declares state of emergency
MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Tropical Storm Ernesto was weakening early Friday as it continued moving inland over eastern North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center said.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/09/01/ernesto/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200605.html

Hurricane John back at Category 3 status
--Hurricane John strengthens to Category 3 status again
--Mexican officials tell 15,000 people to flee low-lying areas
--Maximum sustained winds at 115 mph
--Storm expected to pound Los Cabos resort area on Friday
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/09/01/hurricane.john/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/ep200611.html

California unveils global warming plan
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AFX) - California will impose broad caps on its greenhouse-gas emissions under a landmark plan that marks a clear break with the federal government and which backers hope will become a national model.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thr ivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20060831/20060831Californiaunveilsglobalwarmingplan.xml&p=-1


August 2006 Forecast Stats:
Forecasts 22
Error Points 51
Average 2.32
Error > 4 3
% Within 4 86%
Bulls-Eye 2
% Bulls-Eye 9%

Updated: 2:23 PM GMT on September 01, 2006

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About HaleStorm

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences degree from UW-Madison: 1998. Former broadcast Meteorologist for NewsRadio 1310 WIBA in Madison. NWS Storm Spotter.

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N9OEQ - Darboy USA
Appleton, WI
Elevation: 735 ft
Temperature: 33.4 °F
Dew Point: 30.8 °F
Humidity: 90%
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
Updated: 11:29 PM CDT on April 18, 2014

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