Wisconsin Weather Update

Wisconsin Weather Update for October 31, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:12 PM GMT on October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween!

Halloween Family Feud
Each game has been played once during this Autumn 2006 Season, so now we go back to where it all started with another round of the Feud. Enjoy!

Topic #1: Name something besides candy that you get when trick-or-treating

Topic #2: Name a well-known Halloween song

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


Today’s forecast grade: C-


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a mostly sunny sky but plenty of cold wind, temps are in the low to mid- 30s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: The wind that's rattling your windows this morning is not the sound you normally like to hear, but perhaps it is appropriate for Halloween. Once you go outside, you'll quickly realize that it's not the mild wind we had yesterday, but a nasty cold wind bringing another dose of harsh winter reality to your doorstep. With the passing of a cold front a few hours ago, expect temperatures 20+ degrees colder than yesterday with wind chills making it feel even worse.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly cloudy and blustery, especially this morning. The winds should start dying down later today, but temperatures will remain cold all day. Appleton had a high of 54 overnight but don't expect temperatures higher than the lower 40s central and south (mid- to upper 30s north) for the rest of the day today.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows lower 20s. Brrr!

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, breezy at times, and a few more clouds north, highs lower 40s central, mid- 40s south.

Extended:
Thursday: Partly sunny, highs 37-42.
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs 40-45.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, isolated rain or light snow showers, highs 41-46. Chance of precip 20%.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, maybe a rain shower, a little warmer, highs 46-51. Chance of rain 20%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 70s. Check this out - through the end of October, you've received a grand total of 1.57" of rain this year.
Las Vegas records sixth wettest October
Total rainfall in Las Vegas during October was 1.07 inches. This
ended up being the sixth wettest October on record and only the
sixth time over an inch of rain was received. The wettest October on
record occurred last year when 1.45 inches of rain fell.
Las Vegas also tied a record for the most rainfall days of a tenth
of an inch or greater with four. This was previously set in 2000 and
1974.
So far this year Las Vegas has received 1.57 inches of rain which is
2.20 inches below normal.
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- 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy today, isolated showers tonight, 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: Showers, highs near 60 with falling temps this afternoon.
A large area of moderate showers and isolated storms were affecting southeast Missouri...southern Illinois...and far west Kentucky this morning...ahead of a cold front. As the front moves eastward... this area of precipitation will affect southwest Indiana and the rest of west Kentucky over the next few hours...and bring more steady shower activity with isolated thunderstorms. Hourly rainfall amounts will be around a tenth to a quarter of an inch...although higher amounts can be expected with the heavier showers and thunderstorms.
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 Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/climate.html
Illinois
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/il/climate.html
Indiana
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/in/climate.html
Nevada
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/nv/climate.html
South Carolina
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/sc/climate.html
Texas
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/tx/climate.html


Weather in the News:

Thanks Al for the link!
Plane Sensors Forecast Weather
The new sensors measure weather conditions every few seconds while planes are flying. In early tests with NASA and the National Weather Service, forecasters detected tornadic conditions earlier and predicted heavy storms, temperatures and fog more accurately.
http://www.wired.com/news/wireservice/0,72030-0.html?tw=rss.index

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 30, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:56 PM GMT on October 30, 2006

Happy Monday morning,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope you all had a great weekend. Wow the year is just flying by, I can't believe it's already the end of October. Halloween is almost here and soon we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas. We haven't even started Christmas shopping yet. Our weekend was nice. Saturday night we had game night with our friends Steve and Trish, and Jason. Sunday was church, where Steve got a mention by the pastor for helping develop their new Web site which went live last Wednesday, then in the afternoon and evening we went with Steve's mom, step-dad, and sister Kelley to Door County for a Ghost Story Trolley Tour. It was a lot of fun, and we learned some history about Door County that we didn't know before.

Bryce update:
Bryce has finished his seven-week session of swimming lessons. He did very well, and loves the water. At home, he likes to play "steal the chair." If we are sitting in a chair or on the couch, and if we get up, he will make a bee-line to where we were sitting and take our spot. He'll even sprawl out to make sure we can't still sit there, then looks at us and laughs. He also knows how to give and likes to receive kisses. If I ask for a kiss he will give me one, and sometimes he will turn his face toward me and pucker his lips to get a kiss from me. It's so adorable and it makes my heart melt whenever he gives me his baby kisses. Well, that wraps up our update, have a great week.


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with sunshine, temps are in the lower 30s north, mid- 30s central and the lower 40s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Those rumors you may have heard about highs in the 60s today is no joke! A warm front is moving northward through south-central Wisconsin this morning. This front won't bring Wisconsin any precipitation, but rather, mild southerly winds that will give us one day of temperatures well above normal for once. Don't get too used to it though, because this system's trailing cold front will bring us a sharp dose of reality tomorrow with colder temperatures once again, along with perhaps an isolated shower tonight.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly sunny, windy and mild today. High of 61 central, mid- 50s north, and mid- to upper 60s south. Enjoy!

Tonight: Partly cloudy, maybe an isolated shower east. Lows mid- 30s. Chance of rain 20%.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and much colder, highs low to mid- 40s. Bleh.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly sunny, highs 43-48.
Thursday: Partly sunny, breezy and colder yet, highs 35-40.
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs 36-41.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, highs 37-42.
Sunday: Scattered rain or snow showers, highs 40-45. Chance of precip 20%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs mid- 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

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

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Becoming partly cloudy, highs near 80.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine today, maybe a shower tonight, highs mid- 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/climate.html
Illinois
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/il/climate.html
Indiana
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/in/climate.html
Nevada
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/nv/climate.html
South Carolina
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/sc/climate.html
Texas
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/tx/climate.html



Weather in the News:

Thousands without power as winds pound East
Thousands of homes and businesses had no electricity Sunday from Maryland to Maine as a storm system blasted the region with winds gusting to more than 50 mph, knocking over trees and a construction crane. The storm was blamed for at least two deaths.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/10/29/windstorm.ap/index.html

Climate change fight 'can't wait
The world cannot afford to wait before tackling climate change, the UK prime minister has warned.
A report by economist Sir Nicholas Stern suggests that global warming could shrink the global economy by 20%.
But taking action now would cost just 1% of global gross domestic product, the 700-page study says.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/6096084.stm
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/10/30/warming.report.reut/index.html
http://www.news24.com/News24/Technology/News/0,,2-13-1443_2022258,00.html
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/29/2055227&from=rss

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 27, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:49 PM GMT on October 27, 2006

TGIF!

Wheel of Fortune Results
I misjudged the difficulty people would have with puzzle #2 - I should have made that puzzle worth two points instead of the first one! Or is that perhaps a future game enhancement? Hmmm...

Puzzle #1 (23/24):
G O O D
L U C K
C H A R M
Category: Thing
Used Letters: RSTNLE BGKA
Point Value: 2

Puzzle #2 (14/24):
H B O
S H O W T I M E
A N D
C I N E M A X
Category: Titles
Used Letters: RSTNLE FHPA
Point Value: 1

Puzzle #3 (23/24):
I N
M Y
H U M B L E
O P I N I O N
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTNLE GKMO
Point Value: 1


Autumn 2006 Regular Season Point Standings (33 people played this week)
The regular season will run through December 15 and the playoff week will be the week of December 18-22.
December 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.
Maroon text indicates that these players had the best week. Green text indicates a perfect week.
^ = moved above the playoff cut line this week
-- = moved below the playoff 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: 39

There was a lot of movement in the top ten this week with 6 people getting promoted thanks to a 7-way tie for 7th place, and a new leader is on top of the board. Have a great weekend everyone and thanks for playing!

Sarah H., Appleton, WI: 32 (+9)
Steve L.: 30 (+5)
Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 29 (+5)
Bethany: 28 (+8)
Dan, Henderson, NV: 28 (+6)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 28 (+6)
Becky T. and Dad: 27 (+9)^
$Brian, Madison WI: 27 (+9)^
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 27 (+9)^
Greg, Madison, WI: 27 (+4)
Jan, Berlin, WI: 27 (+8)^
$Karl, Appleton, WI: 27 (+9)^
$$$Nia, Appleton, WI: 27 (+9)^
--------Preliminary Playoff Cut Line--------
Sally: 26 (+5)--
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 26 (+2)--
Mom: 25 (+5)--
Juanita: 24 (+9)
$Tammy, Madison, WI: 22 (+9)
Diane Sm.: 21 (+9)
Chris Ke.: 20 (+6)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 20 (+5)
Deb: 19 (+9)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 19 (+6)
Rhonda Lop.: 18 (+5)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 17 (+5)
Kelley: 17
Tony: 16 (+2)
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 15 (+5)
Nicole, Madison, WI: 15 (+5)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 14 (+2)
Mary, Berlin, WI: 13
Stacy: 13 (+7)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 12
Mary, Appleton, WI: 12 (+3)
Al, Germantown, WI: 10 (+5)
Adam S., Evansville, IN: 7
Craig, Green Bay, WI: 5 (+5)
Bree: 4
Jen: 4


Today’s forecast grade: B


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine north and central and clouds south, temps are in the lower 20s north, lower 30s central, and lower 40s south. How's that for a temperature differential?
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A strong panhandle low pressure system is dumping more rain in the lower Mississippi River Valley. This is your classic panhandle hook, except for the small detail that it's not really going to hook. That being said, southern Wisconsin will see some clouds but that's about it while the sun is still up. A new low pressure system in central Manitoba will give northern parts of the state a chance at some light snow overnight as its cold front moves through.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Sunshine north and central, some clouds south. High of 51 central and south, upper 40s north.

Tonight: Becoming mostly cloudy north and central with a chance of light snow or flurries. Little if any accumulation. Probably just partly cloudy south. Windy at times, lows low to mid- 30s. Chance of snow 40% north and central, only 20% south.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny and breezy, cooler highs mid- to upper 40s central, near or just above 50 south.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, breezy, highs near 50 central, low to mid- 50s south. Remember to turn your clocks back one hour Sunday at 2am!

Next Week:
Monday: Breezy and mild with isolated rain showers late. Highs 55-60. Chance of rain only 25%.
Halloween: Partly cloudy and colder again with a good chance of spooky occurrences and a Weather Update written entirely in orange. Highs 43-48.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, highs 42-47.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine through the weekend, highs lower 70s today and upper 70s this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Showers and thunderstorms today, sunshine this weekend, highs upper 60s to lower 70s.
Through 930 am...light to moderate showers are expected this morning over most areas in southeast Georgia. Showers should become more intense and widespread as time progresses today. Rainfall totals should range be around one quarter inch with some areas seeing up to one half inch for this time period.
----------
..isolated severe thunderstorms possible ahead of a strong cold front tonight...

A potent upper level system will move across Georgia and the
Carolinas later today into tonight. A warm front will lift north
of the region this evening and a line of strong to severe storms is
expected to March across the area ahead of a cold frontal passage
overnight.

Despite the lack of a highly unstable air mass... unseasonably
strong wind fields aloft and extreme lifting of the atmosphere will
favor a potential for damaging wind gusts with any lines of
showers and storms tonight. An isolated tornado is possible... but
strong winds should remain the primary hazard.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio... TV or your local news source
for later statements and possible warnings. Make sure your NOAA
Weather Radio remains in alert Mode throughout the night.
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- to upper 70s through Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Showers today, sunshine this weekend, highs mid- 50s today but mid- 60s by Sunday.
Scattered light to moderate showers and a few embedded thunderstorms will continue across most of the quad state region through 7 am. The rain will continue to move northeast around 30 mph. Hourly rainfall rates will average from one tenth of an inch to locally one quarter of an inch near any thunderstorms.
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 Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/climate.html
Illinois
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/il/climate.html
Indiana
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/in/climate.html
Nevada
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/nv/climate.html
South Carolina
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/sc/climate.html
Texas
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/tx/climate.html


Top News:

Killer wildfire doubles to 24,000 acres
• NEW: California wildfire doubles in size to nearly 24,000 acres
• NEW: Governor Schwarzenegger declares state of emergency
• Four firefighters killed when trapped by wall of flames
• Officials say fire deliberately; arsonist will face murder charges
RIVERSIDE, California (CNN) -- Fire teams in Southern California early Friday had gained a small measure of control over a raging wildfire near Palm Springs -- a fire that has killed four firefighters, forced mandatory evacuations and doubled in size.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/10/27/california.wildfire/index.html


Weather/Space in the News:

Colorado snowstorm cuts power, energizes ski resorts
DENVER, Colorado (AP) -- The biggest October snowstorm to hit Colorado in several years dumped up to 20 inches Thursday, grounding flights, closing highways, knocking out electricity -- and jump-starting the ski season.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/10/26/colo.blizzard.ap/index.html

Marooned Mars rover returns stunning panorama
The most detailed panoramic view ever obtained on Mars has been returned by NASA's Spirit rover in time to mark its 1000th Martian day, or sol, on the Red Planet.
http://www.newscientistspace.com/article.ns?id=dn10382&feedId=online-news_rss20
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/26/0319251&from=rss


In Case You Missed It:

Clocks fall back, but daylight-saving time getting longer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Most Americans will get a chance at an extra hour of sleep this weekend, as the clocks fall back to standard time.
It's the last time this will happen in October.
Thanks to a law passed last year, daylight-saving time will start earlier and end later beginning in 2007. It will last from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/10/26/time.change.ap/index.html

'Tower of Babel' translator made
A "Tower of Babel" device that gives the illusion of being bilingual is being developed by US scientists.
Users simply have to silently mouth a word in their own language for it to be translated and read out in another.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6083994.stm
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/26/0049226&from=rss

Updated: 6:06 PM GMT on October 27, 2006

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 26, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:51 PM GMT on October 26, 2006

Good Thursday morning!

Wheel of Fortune

Puzzle #1:
G _ _ _
L _ _ K
_ _ A R _
Category: Thing
Used Letters: RSTNLE BGKA
Point Value: 2

Puzzle #2:
H _ _
S H _ _ T _ _ E
A N _
_ _ N E _ A _
Category: Titles
Used Letters: RSTNLE FHPA
Point Value: 1

Puzzle #3:
_ N
M _
_ _ M _ L E
O _ _ N _ O N
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTNLE GKMO
Point Value: 1


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


What do you think of the updated Match Game rules? [8 votes total]
I like the change, but give an extra point to the most popular answer if the top two point values are tied. (6) 75%
I like the change! (2) 25%
Keep it the way it was. (0) 0%
I have a better idea (use the comments box on the Poll Results page). (0) 0%
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847
Archive:
http://vote.sparklit.com/archive.spark?archiveID=334188


Today’s forecast grade: B


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds south and sunshine north, temps are in the mid- 20s north, near 30 central and in the mid- to upper 30s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A developing low pressure system near the Texas and Oklahoma panhandle will grab a lot of Gulf of Mexico moisture and develop a lot of rain across the Midwest today. However, unlike a Panhandle Hook, it's not really going to shoot up north, so most of Wisconsin should remain dry today.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy, scattered rain showers possible south. High of 49 central, upper 40s north and south. Chance of rain 40% south, 20% central.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, maybe a few early rain showers south. Lows mid- 30s.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy with increasing clouds late in the day from the northwest. Light snow, flurries or drizzle are possible north and central tomorrow night. Daytime highs near or just above 50. Chance of precip tomorrow night 25%.

Extended:
Saturday: Mostly cloudy and breezy, maybe a morning flurry. Highs 49-54.
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs 47-52.
Next Week’s Outlook: Look for a chance of light rain on Tuesday, but otherwise, another fairly quiet week is expected. High temperatures will start in the 50s but eventually drop back into the 40s by the second half of the week.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: A chance of showers tonight, warmer highs upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Showers and thunderstorms, some perhaps severe with heavy rainfall, highs lower 80s.
Through 9 am...areas of light rain with embedded showers and possible thunderstorms will continue to develop across much of southeast Texas. Movement will be northeast at around 20 mph. Rainfall amounts will average under 1/4 inch with isolated 1 to 2 inch totals possible in the stronger storms or where training develops.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered showers, highs lower 50s.
This morning...light to moderate rain showers will continue across southern Illinois...southwest Indiana...and western Kentucky... diminishing in coverage and intensity from the west. While most rainfall rates will be a tenth of an inch or less an hour...eastern areas could receive rain at a quarter inch an hour.
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 Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/climate.html
Illinois
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/il/climate.html
Indiana
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/in/climate.html
Nevada
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/nv/climate.html
South Carolina
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/sc/climate.html
Texas
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/tx/climate.html


Space in the News:

NASA successfully launches twin satellites
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- NASA successfully launched twin satellites Wednesday a few minutes before 9 p.m. Their mission is to study huge eruptions from the sun that can damage satellites, disrupt electrical systems on Earth and endanger spacewalking astronauts.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/10/25/solar.satellites.ap/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 25, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:51 PM GMT on October 25, 2006

Good Wednesday morning!

Match Game Results
The first Match Game with the new rules is in the e-Book and here's how they turned out. Looking at the results, I might need to tweak how I calculate the point values going forward, but I want to get your thoughts on that first. Please vote in the poll below.

Players: 33
Phrase #1: _______ loan
Car/Auto (16) - 2 points
Home (15) - 2 points
Bank (2)

Phrase #2: Take a _______
Break (20) - 3 points
Hike (5)
Nap (2)
Number (2)
Shower
Chance
Seat
Look


What do you think of the updated Match Game rules?
--I like the change!
--I like the change, but give an extra point to the most popular answer if the top two point values are tied.
--Keep it the way it was.
--I have a better idea (use the comments box on the Web page below).
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 in the air and frost on the ground, temps are in the low to mid- 20s. Brrr!
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Only two more shopping months until Christmas! High pressure continues to dominate the weather across the central United States, meaning another day of sunshine is on its way. A developing low pressure system to our southwest may give far southern Wisconsin and Illinois some scattered rain showers late tomorrow, but otherwise, probably just a few more clouds tomorrow compared to today. But at least we'll only be five-degrees below normal. And that's something to be happy about...I think. The normal high for today is 50 north, 54 central, and 55 south.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Sunshine in the morning, maybe a few afternoon clouds again. High of 48 central, mid- 40s north, and just above 50 south.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows near 30.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy central, a few more clouds with maybe an isolated rain shower south. Highs near 50 central, lower 50s south. Chance of rain south 20%.

This Weekend:
Friday: Partly sunny during the day, breezy with a chance of light snow north and central overnight. Highs 49-54. Chance of snow overnight 30%.
Saturday: Partly sunny, windy, maybe some light rain or snow showers in the morning, highs 45-50. Chance of a.m. precip 25%.
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs 42-47.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, breezy, highs lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, highs lower 60s.
Frost advisory in effect until 9 am EDT this morning away from the coast...
Temperatures in the mid to upper 30s will begin to warm 1 to 2
hours after sunrise this morning. The frost advisory will end by
mid morning. Patchy frost is possible again tonight away from the
coast.

A frost advisory is issued to alert the public to the potential
for frost development during the overnight and early morning
hours.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered thunderstorms developing, breezy, highs upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Clouds, highs mid- 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/climate.html
Illinois
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/il/climate.html
Indiana
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/in/climate.html
Nevada
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/nv/climate.html
South Carolina
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/sc/climate.html
Texas
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/tx/climate.html


Weather/Space in the News:

Mexican resorts evacuated as Paul nears
More than 1,000 residents of the twin resorts of Los Cabos were being evacuated to shelters ahead of Tropical Storm Paul, which was weakening as it headed toward the tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/10/25/paul.ap/index.html

This is from The Onion but too funny not to include.
Mars Rover Beginning To Hate Mars
Unmanned Vehicle 'Bored Out Of Its Mind'
PASADENA, CA—NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists overseeing the ongoing Mars Exploration Rover Mission said Monday that the Spirit's latest transmissions could indicate a growing resentment of the Red Planet.
http://www.theonion.com/content/node/54360


Tech in the News:

Firefox 2.0 Officially Released
Firefox 2.0 has officially been released on Mozilla.com, unlike yesterday's early preview.
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/24/226213
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,9075-2417737,00.html
http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/slashdot/eqWf/~3/40955117/article.pl

Hacker claims to have cracked iPod restrictions
A hacker known for cracking the copy-protection technology in DVDs claims to have unlocked the playback restrictions of Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod and iTunes music products and plans to license his code to others.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/ptech/10/24/ipod.code.ap/index.html?eref=rss_topstories


In Case You Missed It:

Purple tomatoes are heading your way
Oregon State University researchers are fine-tuning a purple tomato -- a new blend of colors and nutrients. The skin is as dark as an eggplant. But it doesn't just look cool -- it could be better for you.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/10/24/purple.tomato.ap/index.html?eref=rss_topstories


... October temperatures likely to finish out below normal...

Through the first 24 days of October... temperatures are running 4 to
5 degrees below normal across southern Wisconsin. In Madison... the
average monthly temperature so far is 46.2 degrees... which is 4.6
degrees below normal.

This is the eighth coldest first 24 days of October on record in
Madison. The coldest first 24 days occurred in 1917 when the
average temperature was 42.4 degrees.

Here are the top ten coldest first 24 days of October in Madison...

Rank temperature year
1 42.4 1917
2 43.8 1952
3 43.9 1925
4 44.3 1987
5 45.4 1976
6 46.0 1988
7 46.1 1964
8 46.2 2006
9 46.4 1981
10 46.5 1972

The average temperature in Milwaukee through the first 24 days of
the month has been 48.8 degrees... which is 4.0 degrees below
normal. This is the fourteenth coldest stretch of the first 24 days
of October on record in Milwaukee. The coldest was in 1917 when
the average temperature was 44.4 degrees.

Temperatures are expected to remain below normal during the next week
as the month of October winds down.

Updated: 11:58 AM GMT on October 26, 2006

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 24, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:51 PM GMT on October 24, 2006

Good Tuesday morning!

Match Game: Phrase Edition
Another week of games starts right now! Today I have a new set of rules for the Match Game so pay attention. I want to try to get away from Family Feud rules and let the Match Game have its own unique set of rules that more closely resemble the game show. In Family Feud, one of your primary goals is to get the #1 most popular answer, whereas in the Match Game, your goal is to match as many of the six celebrity panelists as possible. While we don't have celebrity panelists, we can make some adjustments, and here is how we'll do that today.

For every six matches that each answer receives, one point is awarded to people who wrote in with that answer. That's it. Simple, right? Theoretically, the possible point value is unlimited since it's based on the total number of players. Examples: if 12 people answer the same, two points are awarded to those 12 people. If 18 people answer the same, 3 points are awarded to those 18 people, etc. Several answers can receive credit per game, as long as a minimum of six people respond with the same answer. Games with obvious answers will be worth more points, and likewise, a game with many different responses may only be worth 1-2 points.

If you're confused, just play the game like you always have, and let me worry about how the points are calculated.

Phrase #1: _______ loan

Phrase #2: Take a _______


Today’s forecast grade: B


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Areas of low clouds and fog will affect the Minocqua...Eagle River... Lake Tomahawk...Rhinelander...Elcho...Gleason and Antigo areas. The fog may reduce visibility to as low as one half mile at times. Visibility should improve across the area by around 9 am. Until then...motorists should be alert for areas of reduced visibility during the morning commute to work or school.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with (gasp!) sunshine east and a few clouds west, temps are pretty nippy, in the mid- to upper 20s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: High pressure is dominating the weather across the central United States, and is responsible for us actually able to see the sun for once today. A developing low out west will try its best to deliver more precipitation by Thursday, although at this time, it looks like the majority of the wet weather will stay to our south.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning sunshine with a few clouds showing up around lunchtime. High of 44 central, mid- to upper 40s south, near 40 north.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows upper 20s central and south, lower 20s north.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, highs upper 40s central, just over 50 south.

Extended:
Thursday: Breezy with rain showers developing, but mostly south. Highs 46-51. Chance of rain 25% central, 40% south.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with light rain or snow possible Friday night. Breezy, highs 45-50. Chance of precip Friday night 30%.
Saturday: Becoming partly sunny, highs 43-48.
Sunday: Partly sunny, a little warmer, highs 46-51.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated showers, highs mid- 70s.
Light rain showers will move across the Henderson-Green Valley area and up the east side of the Las Vegas Valley between 5 and 6 am. Rain amounts should generally be less than one-tenth of-an- inch but will produce slippery roads east of eastern Avenue.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, cooler, highs lower 60s.
Frost advisory in effect from 3 am to 9 am EDT Wednesday away from the coast...
High pressure over the area will allow winds to diminish tonight to
light and variable. With clear skies and these nearly calm
winds... radiational cooling will decrease temperatures into the
mid 30s at most inland locations overnight. Widespread frost
formation is therefore possible away from the immediate coast.
Heaviest frost is likely east of Highway 17 through South Carolina
and east of Interstate 95 through Georgia. Frost is unlikely in
downtown Savannah and downtown Charleston... as well as along the
immediate coast.

A frost advisory is issued to alert the public to the potential
for frost development during the overnight and early morning
hours. People with agricultural interests should take action to
protect outside vegetation.
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 late, highs mid- 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine, highs lower 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/climate.html
Illinois
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/il/climate.html
Indiana
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/in/climate.html
Nevada
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/nv/climate.html
South Carolina
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/sc/climate.html
Texas
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/tx/climate.html


Weather in the News:

Hurricane Paul may force 3,000 families to evacuate
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico (AP) -- The season's third hurricane to threaten this popular resort city swirled toward the tip of the Baja California peninsula, and emergency workers went on standby to evacuate thousands of residents.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/10/24/paul.ap/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Vote for Bucky!
2006 Mascot Challenge
http://www.capitalonebowl.com/

Play over 400 original NES games from your Web browser!
vNES: The Virtual Nintendo Entertainment System
http://www.vnes.thatsanderskid.com/

Thanks Max for the link!
Denver amnesiac discovers he's an Albertan
Man went missing during Sept. 6 drive
When he woke up on a sidewalk in Denver six weeks ago, Jeff Ingram found himself in a position that might be compared to Jason Bourne, the amnesiac protagonist of the film The Bourne Identity: He had no clue who he was, where he came from, or how he ended up in Denver.

Like Mr. Bourne, Mr. Ingram had few clues to his identity. In his pockets he found a cigarette lighter and $8 in cash. He was wearing a baseball cap with a Brasil logo, and he had a ring on his finger. He had no identification, and no memory whatsoever.

For weeks, Denver police tried to solve the mystery. They sent out his picture, ran his fingerprints through a national database, and brought in a hypnotist to see if he could dredge up Mr. Ingram's forgotten past. Nothing worked.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20061023.AMNESIA23/TPStory/National
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/10/23/national/main2113608.shtml

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 23, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:44 PM GMT on October 23, 2006

Happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update, and I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. We spent most of our weekend in Rhinelander visiting with friends Becky and Clair. We went to the Doctors Foster and Smith store where Clair works, and we spent most of our visit at their apartment playing games and watching movies. Bryce was very good and he seemed to enjoy himself too. We then spent Sunday afternoon at home and did some housework.

Bryce and Books:
The newest update with Bryce is that within the last few weeks he's shown a much greater interest in books. He will sometimes bring you a book he wants you to read him, or he will sometimes sit and look at the book by himself. He especially loves the Touch and Feel books, and books by author Sandra Boynton.

Climbing down stairs:
He also climbed down a staircase yesterday for the first time. He's been climbing up stairs for a long time now, but he had never climbed down before. Steve stood in front of him while he climbed down but he did it all by himself. He had some difficulty figuring out which way was the best way to climb, and kept switching positions, but that's all part of the learning experience and he did very well.

Well that wraps up our update, have a great week.


Today’s forecast grade: B-


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds, temps are in the mid- 30s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: So I hear that Madison had 2.3" of snowfall on Saturday night! Any thoughts you may have had about winter maybe forgetting to come this year have been silenced quicker than usual. As for today, a series of high pressure bubbles off to our west will attempt to keep us dry, but backend moisture from the low pressure system that gave southern Wisconsin the snow Saturday night will continue to keep clouds around Wisconsin, along with a chance of light snow, flurries or drizzle.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy, maybe some light snow showers or flurries north and central, mixing with some drizzle at times south. High of 42 central, low to mid- 40s south, and upper 30s north. Chance of precip 30%.

Tonight: Becoming partly starry. Or something like that. Lows upper 20s to near 30.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, highs mid- 40s.

Extended:
Wednesday: Increasing clouds with a chance of rain developing Wednesday night. Highs 47-52. Chance of rain Wednesday night 30%.
Thursday: Rain likely, perhaps mixing with snow north. Highs 42-47. Chance of precip 60%.
Friday: Cloudy with light rain or snow possible. Highs 41-46. Chance of precip 30%.
Saturday: More light snow or flurries. Highs 39-44. Chance of snow 25%.
Sunday: Becoming partly cloudy and warmer, highs 48-53.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, cooler, highs near 70.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Sunshine, breezy, highs lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Partly cloudy, highs lower 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/climate.html
Illinois
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/il/climate.html
Indiana
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/in/climate.html
Nevada
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/nv/climate.html
South Carolina
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/sc/climate.html
Texas
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/tx/climate.html


Weather in the News:

Snowfall sets record for Oct. 21
The amount of snow that - briefly - covered Madison's landscape Sunday morning was rare for this time of year.
According to the National Climate Data Center, 2.3 inches of snow fell Saturday night and Sunday morning, a record for Oct. 21. The previous record snowfall was two-tenths of an inch in 1917.
http://www.madison.com/wsj/mad/top/index.php?ntid=104233&ntpid=2

Expect a climatic 'wild ride,' study says
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The world -- especially the Western United States, the Mediterranean region and Brazil -- will likely suffer more extended droughts, heavy rainfalls and longer heat waves over the next century because of global warming, a new study forecasts.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/10/20/warming.extremes.ap/index.html

Paul, now hurricane, threatens Baja California
MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) -- Hurricane Paul strengthened to a Category 2 storm off Mexico's western coast on Monday and was threatening southern Baja California, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/10/22/ts.paul.ap/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/ep200617.html


In Case You Missed It:

Slippery victory
Cheruiyot wins Chicago Marathon, heads to hospital
CHICAGO (AP) -- Robert Cheruiyot held off fellow Kenyan Daniel Njenga to win the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, taken from the course in a wheelchair after slipping and banging his head near the finish line.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/more/10/22/bc.run.chicagomarathon.ap/index.html?cnn=yes

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 20, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:58 PM GMT on October 20, 2006

TGIF!

Would You Rather Results

Players: 28
Game #1:
Topic: Ethics/Intellect
Would you rather have to spend your entire natural life...
A. As a 63 year-old person (19) - 1 point
B. As a 13 year-old person (9)

Game #2:
Topic: Pain/Fear/Discomfort
Would you rather be trapped in an elevator...
A. Packed with wet dogs (23) - 1 point
B. Packed with 3 sweaty, fat men with bad breath (5)

Game #3:
Topic: Appearance/Embarrassment
Would You Rather...
A. Develop gills that work and are hardly visible (16) - 1 point
B. Grow wings that work but are ugly and conspicuous (12)


Autumn 2006 Regular Season Point Standings (32 people played this week)
The regular season will run through December 15 and the playoff week will be the week of December 18-22.
December 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.
Maroon text indicates that these players had the best week. Green text indicates a perfect week.
& = received a bonus point for Outburst.
* = received a bonus point for Rather.
^ = moved above the playoff cut line this week
-- = moved below the playoff 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: 30

Steve L.: 25 (+6)*
Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 24 (+4)
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 24 (+6)*
Greg, Madison, WI: 23 (+3)
Sarah H., Appleton, WI: 23 (+7)*
Dan, Henderson, NV: 22 (+4)
Sue, De Pere, WI: 22 (+4)*
Sally: 21 (+5)*
Bethany: 20 (+5)*
Mom: 20 (+7)*^
--------Preliminary Playoff Cut Line--------
Jan, Berlin, WI: 19 (+5)&
Becky T. and Dad: 18 (+6)*
$Brian, Madison WI: 18 (+4)
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 18 (+4)
$Karl, Appleton, WI: 18 (+2)--
$$$Nia, Appleton, WI: 18 (+3)--
Kelley: 17 (+2)--
Juanita: 15 (+3)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 15 (+2)
Chris Ke.: 14 (+4)
Tony: 14 (+4)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 13 (+2)
Mary, Berlin, WI: 13 (+4)
Rhonda Lop.: 13
$Tammy, Madison, WI: 13 (+3)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 12
Diane Sm.: 12 (+1)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 12 (+4)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 12 (+4)
Deb: 10 (+2)
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 10 (+7)*
Nicole, Madison, WI: 10 (+2)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 9 (+2)
Adam S., Evansville, IN: 7
Stacy: 6
Al, Germantown, WI: 5
Bree: 4
Jen: 4 (+4)*


Today’s forecast grade: B-


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for patchy fog early this morning...mainly over south central Wisconsin where skies have cleared. Motorists should be alert for patchy dense fog in the Wisconsin River Valley. The fog is expected to dissipate after 8 am. Clouds will clear from west to east over southeast Wisconsin between 5 am and 10 am...with locations northeast of a Ripon...Waukesha to Racine line the last to see the clouds depart. The period of clear skies will be brief...as another batch of clouds is crossing the Mississippi River. The leading edge of this cloud deck is expected to reach a dells...Madison to Albany line around 8 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a mostly cloudy sky, temps are around the mid- 30s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: High pressure to our south is keeping things dry in the southern Plains, but a developing area of low pressure in the northern Plains promises to keep Wisconsin under a blanket of clouds with showers developing tonight and tomorrow.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy, maybe a sprinkle. High of 47 central, near 50 south, and lower 40s north.

Tonight: Scattered rain showers developing, especially south. Northern Wisconsin might see some flurries. Lows upper 30s to near 40 central and south. Chance of precip 40%.

Tomorrow: Scattered rain showers, again especially to the south, and perhaps mixing with light snow or flurries late. Highs mid- to upper 40s. Chance of precip 50%.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, highs mid- 40s.

Next Week:
Monday: Mostly cloudy, maybe a flurry, highs 42-47.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, highs 43-48.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, highs 43-48.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine through the weekend, highs mid- to upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy today and tomorrow, isolated showers Sunday. Highs near 80 today but low to mid- 70s this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy today, storms tomorrow and Sunday morning. Highs lower 70s today and Sunday but lower 80s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Decreasing clouds today, highs upper 50s. A chance of rain tomorrow night and Sunday morning, highs mid- 60s tomorrow and mid- 50s 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 Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/climate.html
Illinois
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/il/climate.html
Indiana
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/in/climate.html
Nevada
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/nv/climate.html
South Carolina
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/sc/climate.html
Texas
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/tx/climate.html


Top News:

Microsoft releases new Internet Explorer
REDMOND, Washington (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. is giving its Web browser software its first major upgrade in years, amid signs that Internet Explorer's market share is eroding.
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/default.mspx
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/internet/10/19/microsoft.webbrowser.ap/index.html?eref=rss_topstories
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/19/0056253&from=rss
IE7 Vulnerability Discovered
http://secunia.com/Internet_Explorer_Arbitrary_Content_Disclosure_Vulnerability_Test/
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/19/1326247&from=rss

Official: Fake NFL threat competition between two men
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (CNN) -- A law enforcement official told CNN that a man has admitted he posted a fake bomb threat against National Football League stadiums in major U.S. cities as part of an Internet competition with a person in Texas to create the scariest terror scenario possible.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/10/19/nfl.threat/index.html?eref=rss_topstories


In Case You Missed It:

Calorie Burning Coke Coming Soon
Sparkling Green Tea Creates a Brand New Category That Combines Great Taste and Negative Calories
Atlanta, October 11, 2006 - The drink proven to burn calories – Enviga – hits the U.S. market in the Northeast in November and will roll out nationally in January 2007. A delicious sparkling green tea containing green tea extracts, calcium, and caffeine, Enviga was conceived by Beverage Partners Worldwide (BPW) – a joint venture of Nestlé S.A. and The Coca-Cola Company.
http://www2.coca-cola.com/presscenter/nr_20061011_americas_enviga.html
http://www2.coca-cola.com/presscenter/img/imagebrands/downloads/lg_enviga_lineup.jpg
http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/slashdot/eqWf/~3/38848892/article.pl

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 19, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:16 PM GMT on October 19, 2006

Good Thursday morning!

I made the paper!
Check out today's Appleton Post-Crescent either in paper or online form, as my name made it into the sports section. On the Scoreboard page, under Bowling, then "Veterans, Village," you'll see my bowling scores from last night. I bowled a 245, 234 and a 210 for my best series ever, a 689. Any single game over 240 or 3-game series over 650 gets your name in the paper the next day.
http://www.postcrescent.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061019/APC02/610190713/1892/APCsports


Would You Rather...

Game #1:
Topic: Ethics/Intellect
Would you rather have to spend your entire natural life...
A. As a 63 year-old person
B. As a 13 year-old person

Game #2:
Topic: Pain/Fear/Discomfort
Would you rather be trapped in an elevator...
A. Packed with wet dogs
B. Packed with 3 sweaty, fat men with bad breath

Game #3:
Topic: Appearance/Embarrassment
Would You Rather...
A. Develop gills that work and are hardly visible
B. Grow wings that work but are ugly and conspicuous

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


Autumn 2006 Game Schedule

Week #1:
Family Feud
Mad Gab
Week #2:
Scattergories
Chain Reaction
Week #3:
Outburst
Would You Rather
Week #4:
Match Game (with new rules!)
Wheel of Fortune


Today’s forecast grade: B-


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for widely scattered sprinkles...or a brief light shower over south central and southeast Wisconsin during the early morning hours. Skies will be cloudy for the early morning commute...with temperatures in the middle to upper 30s.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


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

Synopsis: Yesterday's cold front has moved off to the east, and now we'll get a few days of cool and cloudy yet mostly dry weather courtesy of high pressure building in the central and southern Plains states.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Clouds this morning, maybe some sunshine a little later today. High of 47 central and south, lower 40s north.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, lows near 30 central and south, mid- 20s north.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, maybe a few sprinkles. Highs near 50 central, lower 50s south, and mid- 40s north.

Extended:
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, maybe some scattered rain showers south. Light snow showers or flurries are possible Saturday night. Highs 47-52. Chance of precip 20% central, 40% south.
Sunday: Clouds, highs 43-48.
Next Week’s Outlook: The next significant system doesn't look to arrive until next week Thursday and Friday, but current model data is suggesting some snow late next week so it's worth keeping an early eye on. Otherwise, it's kind of the same story as now with a mostly cloudy sky and cool temperatures in the 40s.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs mid- 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Morning fog, otherwise mostly cloudy, highs near 80.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 9 am EDT this morning...
Areas of dense fog will continue across southern and eastern South
Carolina... as well as southeast Georgia through mid morning.
Visibilities will be 1/4 mile or less at times through 9 am... with
a few locations even experiencing visibilities down to near zero.

A dense fog advisory means that visibilities will frequently be
reduced to less than one quarter mile.

If driving... slow down... use your low beam headlights or fog
lights... and leave plenty of distance ahead of you. Be alert for
sudden changes in visibility from one location to another.

You should take extra care when driving this morning and be aware
of school bus traffic and children near bus stops.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Morning thunderstorms, then becoming partly cloudy and cooler. Highs lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Showers and isolated thunderstorms, cooler highs upper 40s.
Isolated showers and thunderstorms can be expected through 900 am. The best chance of a little wet weather will be along the lower Wabash...especially from around Carmi and Grayville east to near Boonville. Rainfall will average 1/4 inch or less.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/climate.html
Illinois
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/il/climate.html
Indiana
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/in/climate.html
Nevada
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/nv/climate.html
South Carolina
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/sc/climate.html
Texas
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/tx/climate.html


In Case You Missed It:

Confident students do worse in math; bad news for U.S.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Kids who are turned off by math often say they don't enjoy it, they aren't good at it and they see little point in it. Who knew that could be a formula for success?
The nations with the best scores have the least happy, least confident math students, says a study by the Brookings Institution's Brown Center on Education Policy.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/EDUCATION/10/18/unhappy.achievers.ap/index.html

School bans tag, other chase games
ATTLEBORO, Massachusetts (AP) -- Tag, you're out!
Officials at an elementary school south of Boston have banned kids from playing tag, touch football and any other unsupervised chase game during recess for fear they'll get hurt and hold the school liable.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/10/18/no.tag.ap/index.html
http://games.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/18/1442218&from=rss

Human species 'may split in two'
Humanity may split into two sub-species in 100,000 years' time as predicted by HG Wells, an expert has said.
Evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry of the London School of Economics expects a genetic upper class and a dim-witted underclass to emerge.
The human race would peak in the year 3000, he said - before a decline due to dependence on technology.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6057734.stm
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/17/2015231&from=rss

Apple: Some iPods infected with virus
Less than 1 percent of video players made after Sept. 12 infected with virus affecting Windows users.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- A number of video iPods are infected with a virus, Apple said on its support site Wednesday, and the company was quick to take aim at archrival Microsoft for the problem.
http://money.cnn.com/2006/10/18/technology/ipod_virus/index.htm?section=cnn_topstories

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 18, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:13 PM GMT on October 18, 2006

Good Wednesday morning!

Bryce's First Year Video
My mother-in-law Nia put together a neat 3:30 video of Bryce's pictures through his first year. Consider this "The Best of Bryce: Volume One." Make sure your speakers are turned on so you can hear the accompanying music.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpV4Mu6dnoo


Outburst Results

Players: 30
Topic: Things in a Haunted House
Ghosts (22)
Cobwebs (20) (Spider Webs also accepted)
Spiders (4)
Witches (3)
Creaking Doors (2)
Screaming People (2) (Guests also accepted)
Vampires (2)
Clanking Chains (1) - Jan receives a bonus point.
Dungeon
Broken Windows

Other Answers:
Skeleton (15)
Zombies/Monsters/Frankenstein (8)
Coffin/Casket (7)
Bats (4)
Blood/Gore (4)
Pumpkins/Jack-o'-Lanterns (3)
Scary Sounds/Eerie Noises (3)
Goblins (2)
Knives (2)
Strobe Lights (2)
Axe
Guillotine
Mad Doctor's Laboratory
Mummies
Tombstone
Moans
Fog/Smoke
Darkness
Corpse/Dead people
Props
Candles
Mirrors
Cats
Piano


Today’s forecast grade: C


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 8am with clouds across the state and scattered rain showers southwest, temps are in the mid- 40s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A weak cold front moved through last night, so look for gradually falling, colder temperatures today. Most of the moisture associated with this system is on the back end of it, so look for scattered rain showers, currently in Iowa and southern Minnesota, to move into Wisconsin later today.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy with scattered showers developing. High of 54 early but temperatures will remain in the 40s for most of the day. Chance of rain 40%.

Tonight: Maybe some evening showers, then becoming just mostly cloudy. Lows low to mid- 30s. Chance of rain 25%.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy and cold, highs upper 40s.

This Weekend:
Friday: Mostly cloudy, highs 49-54.
Saturday: Scattered rain showers developing, perhaps mixing with light snow late and north. Breezy, highs 45-50. Chance of precip 40%.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy and breezy, maybe some drizzle or flurries. Highs 43-48. Chance of measurable precip 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, breezy, highs lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Morning showers, then partly cloudy and mild. Highs near 80 but mid- 80s inland.
Near record high temperatures today and Thursday...
Light showers will continue to move offshore within the hour. Additional rainfall amounts will range from a trace to 1/10 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: Showers and thunderstorms, some perhaps severe, highs upper 80s.
Flood Watch in effect from noon CDT today through Thursday morning...
* an abundance of Gulf moisture will interact with a surface
boundary across southeast Texas by early this afternoon to
produce showers and thunderstorms across most of southeast Texas.
The strongest storms are expected mainly along and south of a
line from Columbus to Livingston. More thunderstorms will
develop along and ahead of a cold front that will move across
the area tonight and off the coast by mid morning Thursday. By
Thursday morning... average rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches are
expected and isolated totals up to 5 inches are possible.

* 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.

If flooding is observed... do not drive your vehicle into areas
where water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great
to allow your car to cross safely. Vehicles caught in rising water
should be abandoned quickly.

If you find your vehicle caught in rising water... open the
windows or doors quickly before the water pressure becomes too
great. If your vehicle stalls... abandon it and seek higher ground
immediately. Rapidly rising water may engulf your vehicle and its
occupants and sweep them away. Move to higher ground.
-----------------------------------
... Record high temperature set at Houston intercontinental...
A record high temperature of 91 degrees was set at Houston
intercontinental yesterday. This ties the previous record of 91 set
in 2004.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Clouds, highs lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/climate.html
Illinois
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/il/climate.html
Indiana
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/in/climate.html
Nevada
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/nv/climate.html
South Carolina
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/sc/climate.html
Texas
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/tx/climate.html


Weather in the News:

Severe storms slam the Smokies
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (AP) -- Torrential rains and hurricane-force winds ripped through Tennessee, downing trees and forcing officials to close major roads in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Tuesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/10/17/severe.weather.ap/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Dog saves owner from fire, dies trying to rescue cat
ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin (AP) -- After a disabled woman's cat started a house fire, her specially trained dog came to the rescue, then died trying unsuccessfully to rescue the cat.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/10/18/hero.dog.ap/index.html

Google Campus to Become Solar-powered
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Google Inc. (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) plans a solar-powered electricity system at its Silicon Valley headquarters that will rank as the largest U.S. solar-powered corporate office complex, the company said on Wednesday.
The Web search leader said it is set to begin building a rooftop solar-powered generation system at its Mountain View, California, headquarters capable of generating 1.6 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power 1,000 California homes.
http://yahoo.reuters.com/news/articlehybrid.aspx?storyID=urn:newsml:reuters.com:20061017:MTFH81983_ 2006-10-17_01-12-03_N16392412&type=comktNews&rpc=44
http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/17/0431235&from=rss

Updated: 1:15 PM GMT on October 18, 2006

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 17, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:55 PM GMT on October 17, 2006

Good Tuesday morning!

Outburst!
Another week of games starts right now! Your holiday-themed topic is below - send in four answers and hopefully they'll match what's on the official game card. Make one unique and you could even get a bonus point!

Topic: Things in a Haunted House

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


Autumn 2006 Game Schedule

Week #1:
Family Feud
Mad Gab
Week #2:
Scattergories
Chain Reaction
Week #3:
Outburst
Would You Rather
Week #4:
Match Game
Wheel of Fortune


Today’s forecast grade: C


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Steady light to moderate rain will end from west to east across south central and southeast Wisconsin between 6 am and 930 am. The back edge of the steady rain...along a dells to Darlington line...will extend from Princeton...Madison to Evansville around 630 am...and from Ripon...Beaver Dam...Fort Atkinson to Delavan around 730 am. However...expect patchy drizzle to continue through the mid morning hours after the steady rain ends.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds and showers, 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: Another not-so-pleasant day of weather is here, courtesy of a low pressure system centered in north-central Illinois, where people are probably still celebrating last night's improbable Bears victory. In Wisconsin, the hits will keep right on comin', and I don't mean the Packers defense. A new low pressure system and cold front will bring more rain to Wisconsin after this current round moves east, and eventually, colder weather will return as well.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy with showers, mostly this morning. High of 57 central and south, lower 50s north. The chance of rain is pretty obvious, don't you think?

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, lows lower 40s.

Tomorrow: Cloudy, breezy and colder with more showers developing. Highs near 50. Chance of rain 50%.

Extended:
Thursday: Becoming partly sunny and a little colder, highs 44-49.
Friday: Becoming cloudy with a chance of rain late. Highs 48-53. Chance of rain Friday night 30%.
Saturday: Scattered rain showers. Highs 47-52. Chance of rain 50%.
Sunday: Cloudy and colder yet with scattered light rain or snow showers. Highs 43-48. Chance of precip 40%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated showers, highs lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

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

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Morning fog, otherwise partly cloudy and warmer, highs near 90.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 10 am CDT this morning...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Isolated morning showers, highs upper 60s.
Areas of drizzle are possible across the quad state region through 8 am. Hourly rainfall amounts will only be a trace to possibly a hundredth or two.
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 Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/climate.html
Illinois
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/il/climate.html
Indiana
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/in/climate.html
Nevada
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/nv/climate.html
South Carolina
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/sc/climate.html
Texas
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/tx/climate.html


Top News:

U.S. population now 300 million and growing
At 7:46 ET Tuesday morning, the United States became a nation of 300 million people, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
Fueled by an estimated net gain of one person every 11 seconds, America -- the world's third most populous country -- joined China and India with populations greater than 300 million.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/10/17/300.million.over/index.html


Weather/Space in the News:

Flooding in southeast Texas kills 4, closes roads
HOUSTON, Texas (AP) -- Heavy thunderstorms brought torrential rains, flooding and tornadoes to southeast Texas Monday, killing four people, ripping roofs off mobile homes, and trapping rush-hour drivers on flooded, tangled freeways.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/10/16/texas.storms.ap/index.html

Unusual meteorite found in Kansas
GREENSBURG, Kansas (AP) -- Scientists located a rare meteorite in a wheat field thanks to new ground penetrating radar technology that someday might be used on Mars.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/10/16/meteorite.kansas.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 16, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:27 PM GMT on October 16, 2006

Good Morning and Happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update, and I hope you all had a nice weekend. Our weekend was busy or at least it was for me. Steve spent Saturday at home catching up on chores around the house, and having a daddy and Bryce day. Bryce spent some time at Grandma Nia's on Saturday afternoon so Steve could get a few more things done around the house, but was with his daddy for most of the day. Meanwhile, I went to Six Flags Great America's Fright Fest with my friend Lisa. We had a good time and we were able to get on all but two of the rides we had wanted to go on. Sunday we went with Steve's mom, step-dad Bob and sister Kelley to the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay.

Not much is new with Bryce since last week, except for the fact that his favorite toys are now all the balls located throughout the house. Basketballs, soccer balls, bouncy balls, you name it, and he likes grabbing and throwing them around. The stuffed Bucky and Packer football toys are among his favorite too - those make various noises when they hit something (his hand, the ground, etc.)

That wraps up our update. Have a great week.


Today’s forecast grade: C


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds across the state and scattered showers west-central and south, 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: High pressure has moved off to New England, and a developing low pressure system entering the northern Plains will bring Wisconsin a chance of showers on and off through Thursday morning. So get used to it.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy and breezy with scattered showers, becoming more numerous later in the day. High of 55 central and south, near 50 north. Rain chance 80%.

Tonight: Showers likely, lows upper 40s. Rain chance 90%.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, maybe some patchy drizzle. Otherwise dry and mild, highs near 60.

Extended:
Wednesday: More showers developing, breezy, highs 54-59. Rain chance 70%.
Thursday: Maybe a morning shower, otherwise decreasing clouds and cooler, highs 44-49.
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs 47-52.
Saturday: Scattered showers, highs 47-52. Chance of rain 35%.
Sunday: Patchy drizzle, highs 46-51.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

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

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Thunderstorms, some severe, highs lower 80s.
THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF

SOUTHERN LOUISIANA
SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
SOUTHEASTERN TEXAS
COASTAL WATERS

EFFECTIVE THIS MONDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON FROM 605 AM UNTIL 100
PM CDT.

TORNADOES...HAIL TO 0.5 INCH IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND
GUSTS TO 70 MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE
AREAS.

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 65 STATUTE
MILES NORTH AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM 30 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
COLLEGE STATION TEXAS TO 40 MILES SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF GULFPORT
MISSISSIPPI. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE
ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU9).

REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

OTHER WATCH INFORMATION...THIS TORNADO WATCH REPLACES TORNADO
WATCH NUMBER 827...TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 828. WATCH NUMBER 827 828
WILL NOT BE IN EFFECT AFTER 605 AM CDT.

DISCUSSION...COMPLEX SCENARIO CONTINUES TO DEVELOP ACROSS THE UPPER
TX AND LA/MS COAST AND IMMEDIATE INLAND AREAS EARLY THIS MORNING. A
MARINE WARM FRONT IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE SHIFTING NWD ACROSS MUCH
OF WW THROUGH THE AFTERNOON...AND ALLOW VERY WARM/MOIST AIR TO PUSH
INLAND TODAY. SHEAR REMAINS EXTREME...ESPECIALLY IN THE LOWEST FEW
KM/S...UNDER 50-60 KT SLY LLJ AND STORMS WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE
IN INTENSITY AND COVERAGE ACROSS THE REGION. THREATS OF SUPERCELLS
AND TORNADOES ARE EXPECTED TO PERSIST WELL INTO THE AFTERNOON.

AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 0.5 INCH. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
500. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 19030.
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, highs near 60.
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 Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/climate.html
Illinois
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/il/climate.html
Indiana
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/in/climate.html
Nevada
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/nv/climate.html
South Carolina
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/sc/climate.html
Texas
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/tx/climate.html


Top News:

Hawaii quakes and shakes
• 6.6 quake biggest to hit Hawaii since 1983
• Governor declares statewide emergency
• No reported deaths and no threat of tsunami
• Crews cleaning landslides and large rocks blocking roadways
HONOLULU, Hawaii (CNN) -- A strong earthquake followed by a series of sharp aftershocks Sunday jolted awake many people on the islands of Hawaii.
The quake caused structural damage to buildings and widespread power outages, but there were no immediate reports of fatalities.
The initial quake, which had a magnitude of 6.6, struck at 7:07 a.m. (1:07 p.m. ET) from 24 miles below the west coast of the Big Island, 157 miles southeast of Honolulu, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Seven minutes later, an aftershock measuring 5.8 struck 145 miles southeast of Honolulu from a depth of nearly 12 miles. During the next seven hours, 53 aftershocks reverberated in the state, though none of them with a magnitude exceeding 4.4, the USGS said.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/10/16/hawaii.quake/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 13, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:27 PM GMT on October 13, 2006

Good Friday the 13th morning!

Chain Reaction Results
I got a lot of comments that these were pretty tough, so don't worry too much if you couldn't get them right. However, those that got "dating" correct in chain #2 will get a bonus point since less than half of the people who responded were able to come up with the right answer. That's a rule that's consistent across all puzzle-type games played in my updates.

Players: 28
Chain #1:
This
Instant (18/28) (Other Answers: Is, Item, Ice, Irish, Is Not A)
Coffee (17/28) (Other Answers: Clean, Christ's, Cold, Chop, Club)
House

Chain #2:
Speed
Dating (13/28) (Other Answers: Diver, Demons, Detector, Driving, Dog, Dial, Dart, Delivery)
Game (21/28) (Other Answers: Going, Gone, Gives)
Over


Scattergories Challenge Results

Halloween Costumes
President - 14 yea, 5 nay, 2 points awarded.

Things at a Football Game
Pabst - 6 yea, 12 nay, no points awarded.
Pants - 13 yea, 6 nay, 2 points awarded.
Piles - 13 yea, 6 nay, 2 points awarded.
Plexiglas - 10 yea, 9 nay, 2 points awarded.
Ploy - 2 yea, 17 nay, no points awarded.
Combine Punter and Punt? - 7 yea, 13 nay, these two are not combined, punt receives 2 points.


Autumn 2006 Regular Season Point Standings (34 people played this week)
The regular season will run through December 15 and the playoff week will be the week of December 18-22.
December 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.
Maroon text indicates that these players had the best week. Green text indicates a perfect week.
* = received a bonus point for Chain Reaction.
^ = moved above the playoff cut line this week
-- = moved below the playoff 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: 21

Greg, Madison, WI: 20 (+9)*
Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 20 (+9)*
Steve L.: 19 (+7)*
Dan, Henderson, NV: 18 (+8)*
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 18 (+7)*
Sue, De Pere, WI: 18 (+9)*^
$Karl, Appleton, WI: 16 (+7)*^
Sally: 16 (+5)*
Sarah H., Appleton, WI: 16 (+5)
Bethany: 15 (+6)^
Kelley: 15 (+4)
$$$Nia, Appleton, WI: 15 (+4)
--------Preliminary Playoff Cut Line--------
$Brian, Madison WI: 14 (+6)
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 14 (+7)*
Jan, Berlin, WI: 14 (+3)--
Mom: 13 (+4)
Rhonda Lop.: 13 (+7)*
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 13 (+7)*
Barb, Berlin, WI: 12 (+2)--
Becky T. and Dad: 12 (+3)
Juanita: 12 (+4)
Diane Sm.: 11 (+5)
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 11 (+9)*
Chris Ke.: 10 (+5)*
$Tammy, Madison, WI: 10 (+1)
Tony: 10 (+2)
Mary, Berlin, WI: 9 (+2)
Deb: 8 (+3)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 8
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 8 (+2)
Nicole, Madison, WI: 8 (+4)
Adam S., Evansville, IN: 7 (+2)
Mary, Appleton, WI: 7 (+4)
Stacy: 6
Al, Germantown, WI: 5 (+2)
Bree: 4
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 3 (+0)


Today’s forecast grade: C-


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Widespread light snow will continue across much of central and north-central Wisconsin this morning. A few bands of heavier snow showers were embedded in the large area of light snow...so the snow will fall more heavily at times. Temperatures crept upward during the night...and were now at or a little above freezing at most locations. That will greatly limit the amount of blowing and drifting of the snow...and should also limit accumulations a bit. Most areas north of Wausau will pick up an inch or two of snow between 500 am and 900 am. From Wausau southward...temperatures should be warm enough to prevent much accumulation other than on grassy areas.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 8am with clouds, scattered snow showers, and plenty of wind, temps are mostly in the low to mid- 30s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Did you like my Romeo and Juliet reference yesterday? As for today, a very strong area of low pressure centered just north of Lake Superior will continue to push polar air into Wisconsin courtesy of very strong winds as indicated by the tight isobar formation (lines of equal pressure) in the map below.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy and very windy with scattered snow showers. 1-3 inches of snow is possible north, maybe a dusting on the grass central, and the light snow or flurries may mix with light rain or drizzle south. High of 42 central, mid- 40s south, and upper 30s to near 40 north. Chance of precip 60% north, 40% central, and 20% south.

Tonight: Clouds and wind, scattered snow showers. Lows near 30.

Tomorrow: Decreasing clouds and winds but increasing temperatures. A little bit, anyway. Highs mid- 40s central, upper 40s south.

Sunday: Partly cloudy and warmer, highs mid- 50s central, upper 50s south.

Next Week:
Monday: Mostly cloudy, maybe some drizzle late, highs 52-57.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, maybe some light rain. Highs 58-63. Chance of rain 30%.
Wednesday: Cloudy and breezy with a better chance of rain. Highs 55-60. Chance of rain 40%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated storms today with a better chance tonight and tomorrow. Dry Sunday. Highs near 80 today but only in the 70s this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

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

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered storms tomorrow and Sunday, cooler highs mid- 70s today but back into the lower 80s this weekend.
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 the weekend, highs low to 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 Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/climate.html
Illinois
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/il/climate.html
Indiana
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/in/climate.html
Nevada
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/nv/climate.html
South Carolina
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/sc/climate.html
Texas
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/tx/climate.html


Weather/Space in the News:

Buffalo digging out from 'snowiest' October day
A rare early October snowstorm downed tree limbs and toppled power lines in Buffalo, leaving about 155,000 customers without electricity. The city set a record for its "snowiest" October day with at least two feet of snow covering parts of the city. Forecasters say up to 5 more inches of snow may fall.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/10/13/ny.snow.ap/index.html

Jupiter's Little White Spot Turns Red
WASHINGTON - Just a little more than a year ago, the small spot on Jupiter was a pale white; now it matches the reddish hue of its bigger sibling, the Great Red Spot, and boasts 400 mph winds, according to new data from the Hubble Space Telescope.
Both spots are actually fierce storms in Jupiter's atmosphere. While the red spot — at three times the size of Earth — is much more noticeable, strange things are happening to the smaller spot.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061011/ap_on_sc/jupiter_s_spots
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/topstory/2006/little_red_spot.html
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/12/1433231&from=rss

Black Hole Observed by X-Ray Satellite
NASA scientists and their international partners using the new Japanese Suzaku satellite have collected a startling new set of black hole observations, revealing details of twisted space and warped time never before seen with such precision.
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/topstory/2006/spinning_blackhole.html
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/10/1626229&from=rss


In Case You Missed It:

Wisconsin band on probation for road trip disharmony
MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin has put its marching band on probation after receiving reports of severe misconduct during a trip to Michigan last month.
The school is not releasing details on what happened during the trip to the Sept. 23 game. But Chancellor John Wiley described it in a letter to the band's director as behavior "that can be seen as anything from boorish and offensive to patently dangerous and unlawful."
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2622462&campaign=rss&source=NCFHeadlines

Wisconsin library joins Google book project
SAN FRANCISCO, California (Reuters) -- The University of Wisconsin has agreed to take part in Google Inc.'s bid to scan book collections of the world's great libraries, joining a second wave of backers for the controversial project, the two organizations said late on Wednesday.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison and Google plan to provide access to hundreds of thousands of public and historical materials from the UW-Madison libraries and the Wisconsin Historical Society Library, they said.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/internet/10/12/google.library.reut/index.html

Remember those magical moving pictures on the wall in the Harry Potter series? Thanks Chad for the link!
Pandigital busts out four video-playing digital photo frames
Although the built-in MP3 player on Pandigital's newest foursome of digital frames is commendable, it's certainly not a new addition, and while they lack the integrated WiFi that certain alternatives have, boasting the ability to play back full-motion MPEG-1/2/4, and AVI video along with the usual still slideshows is definitely noteworthy.
http://www.engadget.com/2006/10/12/pandigital-busts-out-four-video-playing-digital-photo-frames/

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 12, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:04 PM GMT on October 12, 2006

Good Thursday morning!

Chain Reaction
Chain Reaction returns! Remember you don't need to have all four correct to send me your answers - if you can only think of one, send it in! Each correct response earns you one point with four total points possible.

Chain #1:

This
I________
C________
House

Chain #2:

Speed
D________
G________
Over

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


Scattergories Challenges
You now have 24 hours to optionally vote on whether I should or should not accept the below challenges for points. Usually less than half of the people who play also submit their vote to Scattergories challenges, so your vote really does make a difference! Send me an email with your votes along with your Chain Reaction game answers!

Halloween Costumes
President __________

Things at a Football Game
Pabst __________
Pants __________
Piles __________
Plexiglas __________
Ploy __________
Combine Punter and Punt? __________


Scattergories Challenge Message Board
Discuss the game and why you voted the way you did on the message board!
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Today’s forecast grade: C-


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
Freeze warning tonight...
... Freeze warning in effect from 9 PM this evening to 10 am CDT
Friday...
The National Weather Service in Green Bay has issued a freeze
warning... which is in effect from 9 PM this evening to 10 am CDT
Friday.
A freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are expected. These
conditions will kill cold-sensitive vegetation.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
Freeze warning in effect until 10 am CDT this morning...
Temperatures from the mid 20s to around 30 will be common this
morning. Low temperatures are expected to be from the mid 20s to
around 30 again Thursday night.

A freeze warning is issued when sub-freezing temperatures are
highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other
sensitive vegetation. Those with agricultural interests are urged
to protect or harvest tender vegetation.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 8am with sunshine and wind, temps are pretty nippy, in the mid- to upper 20s central and south and in the lower 20s north.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: O summer, summer, wherefore art thou summer? Deny thy warmth and refuse thy name; or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, and I'll no longer be a season.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: The low pressure system and its associated cold fronts have moved to the northeast, but strong isobars many miles away from its center will keep us in the arctic blast of cold wind today. Partly sunny and windy with a few light snow showers or flurries possible later today. High of 38 central, near 40 south, low to mid- 30s north. Chance of snow 30%.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and windy, scattered snow showers or flurries possible, especially north. Lows upper 20s. Chance of snow 30%.

Tomorrow: Cloudy and windy with more scattered snow showers. Northern Wisconsin may see an inch of snow accumulation. Highs lower 40s central, mid- to upper 40s south. Chance of snow 50%.

Extended:
Saturday: Partly sunny with decreasing winds later in the day. Not exactly warm though, highs 45-50.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 48-53.
Next Week’s Outlook: An early warmup into the mid- 50s will eventually give way to more cold air and temperatures back into the upper 40s by the end of the week. A chance of rain late Monday through Tuesday night.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs lower 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, highs near 80.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered thunderstorms developing, some perhaps severe, 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: Decreasing clouds, highs mid- 50s.
Sprinkles are possible across the quad state region through 9 am. Rainfall amounts will only be a trace.
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 Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/climate.html
Illinois
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/il/climate.html
Indiana
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/in/climate.html
Nevada
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/nv/climate.html
South Carolina
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/sc/climate.html
Texas
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/tx/climate.html


Top News:

Cause of Yankee pitcher's plane crash into high-rise a mystery
• No confirmation that plane issued mayday call
• Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle and flight instructor killed in crash
• 16 people, including 11 firefighters, injured; none seriously
• Everyone inside the building safely evacuated after crash
NEW YORK (CNN) -- What caused a small plane carrying New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle and another person to slam into a 50-story Manhattan condo building, killing both, is still not known.
The plane hit the middle of the high-rise on the East River and ignited an inferno inside at least one apartment Wednesday. Nobody was hurt in the fire and the building was safely evacuated.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/10/12/plane.crash/index.html


Science in the News:

Earth wobbles linked to extinctions
LONDON, England (Reuters) -- Wobbles or variations in the Earth's orbit and tilt are associated with extinctions of rodent and mammalian species, Dutch scientists said on Wednesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/10/11/extinction.mammals.reut/index.html

Multicolored bird hailed as new species
BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) -- A multicolored bird with reddish-brown and black eyes has been discovered as a new species in a Colombian cloud forest accessible only by helicopter, scientists say.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/10/11/colombia.bird.reut/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Men are smarter than women
It's a debate that has raged for centuries but controversial research on intelligence is guaranteed to delight men – and infuriate the women in their lives.
A recent study claims men really are cleverer than women.
The research – carried out by a man – concludes men's IQs are almost four points higher than women's.
http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/opinion/story/0,22049,20427422-5001031,00.html

4-year-old's name on U.S. no-fly list
The parents of a 4-year-old California boy say their son gets treated like a terrorist because his name is on the U.S. government's no-fly list.
The boy, whose name is Sam Adams, has the same no-fly list travel hassles as people with names like John Williams and Robert Johnson, KFMB-TV, San Diego, reports.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thr ivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20061011/200610114yearoldsnameonUSnoflylist.xml&p=-1

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 11, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:09 PM GMT on October 11, 2006

Good Wednesday morning!

Scattergories Initial Results
More players than usual joined in on yesterday's fun, and I was a little surprised by the lack of duplicate answers, especially for #2. The challenge message board is now open - will it get as feisty as last time? Maybe!

Players: 34
Starting Letter: P
Topic #1: Things at a Football Game
Popcorn (x4: Karl, Tammy, Tony, Mary Br.)
Pom Poms (x3: Nia, Al, Kelley)
Pretzels (x3: Sharon, John/Shelley, Jan)
Punter (x2: Chris K., Lisa)
Photographers (x2: Sally, Juanita)
Pennants (x2: Mom, Sheila)
Plays
Phones
Potty
Pabst (blue ribbon beer)
Paint (the lines on the field)
Pylon
Poncho
Punt
Pickle relish
Pizza
Parka
Parents
Piles
Plexiglas
Pats (like a pat on the back or butt)
Ploy
Pants
Post

Topic #2: Halloween Costumes
Princess (x3: Chris K., Sally, Tammy)
Piglet (x2: Rhonda L., Becky T.)
Peter Pan (x2: Clair, Steve L.)
Penguin (x2: John/Shelley, Deb)
Popeye
Pony
Pastor
Punk Rocker
Peasant
Postman
Pippy Longstocking
Pac-Man
Pilgrim
Poppin Fresh the Pillsbury Doughboy
Pluto (the cartoon dog)
President
Pariah
Papa Smurf
Playboy
Pumpkin
Power Rangers
Plesiosaur
Pink (as in the singer "Pink")
Pharoah
Poo Poo Platter (from www.buycostumes.com)
Pirate
Panther
Pig
Pied Piper


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

Rules
On Wednesday, a list of all answers will be given out, and players have one day to challenge as many entries as they wish (that they believe should not be allowed credit) on my message board. On Thursday, a list of all challenged answers will be included in that day's update, and players have one day to vote Yea or Nay on whether each entry should be accepted for points. Final results will be in Friday's update, along with the current point standings. In the event of a tie, the moderator (me) will make the final decision.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Today’s forecast grade: D


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
Freeze warning tonight...
The National Weather Service in Green Bay has issued a freeze
warning... which is in effect from 1 am to 10 am CDT Thursday.
A freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are likely.
These conditions will kill cold-sensitive vegetation.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
Freeze warning in effect from 1 am to 10 am CDT Thursday...
Temperatures will fall to 25 to 30 degrees late tonight
into Thursday morning as the first autumn plunge of polar air
arrives over southern Wisconsin. Temperatures are expected to be
in the upper 20s to lower 30s again Thursday night.
A freeze warning is issued when sub-freezing temperatures are
highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other
sensitive vegetation. Those with agricultural interests are urged
to protect or harvest tender vegetation.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 8am with clouds and rain showers, temps are near 40 north and in the mid- 40s central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Well here we go - a low pressure system in northwestern Wisconsin is merging with another low in northern Illinois, and there are two cold fronts in Wisconsin right now (one northwest and the other southeast). So look for a cold rain with breezy conditions today, and we may even see a few flakes before this day is over.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy and becoming windy with rain likely. The rain could turn into light snow showers by this evening. I wish I was kidding. High of 46 early central and south with temperatures dropping into the 30s during the afternoon as the second cold front moves through. Highs near 40 north with minor snow accumulation on grassy areas. Chance of precip 99%.

Tonight: Cloudy and windy, scattered light snow showers or flurries. No accumulation is expected. Lows mid- to upper 20s central and south, upper teens north. Chance of precip 25%.

Tomorrow: Cloudy, cold and still windy, maybe some flurries. Highs upper 30s central, near 40 south.

This Weekend:
Friday: Cloudy, breezy, flurries. Highs 44-49.
Saturday: Partly sunny, not as breezy, highs 49-54.
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs 52-57.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Morning fog, otherwise partly cloudy, highs upper 70s. Maybe a storm tonight.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Morning fog, then sunshine, highs mid- 80s. Maybe a storm overnight.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 10 am CDT this morning...
The National Weather Service in Houston/Galveston has issued a
dense fog advisory for all of southeast Texas... which is in
effect until 10 am CDT this morning.

As skies clear... light winds and wet ground conditions will
combine to produce areas of dense fog across southeast Texas this
morning. As of 2 am several locations already have visibilities
of 1/4 mile. The fog will reduce visibilities to 1/4 mile or less
at times through mid morning over all areas but the immediate
coast. The fog should burn off between 9 and 10 am.

Motorists should drive with extreme caution and allow additional
travel time. Use low beams... reduce driving speed... and allow for
plenty of room between you and other cars. You can overtake
another vehicle quickly in poor visibilities... so slow down and
drive defensively.
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 morning showers, 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 Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/climate.html
Illinois
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/il/climate.html
Indiana
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/in/climate.html
Nevada
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/nv/climate.html
South Carolina
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/sc/climate.html
Texas
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/tx/climate.html


Weather in the News:

Study: Dust may quell hurricanes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dust storms swirling out of Africa's Sahara Desert may help reduce hurricane activity in the Atlantic Ocean, a new study suggests.
The findings aren't conclusive, but researchers led by Amato T. Evan of the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that years with more African dust had fewer tropical storms and years with less dust had more storms.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/10/10/hurricanes.dust.ap/index.html

Big drop seen in winter heating bills
Homes heating with natural gas can expect to pay 13 percent less than last year thanks in part to forecasts for a warm winter.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Those not lucky enough to head south for the winter can take solace in at least one bit of news: Heating bills for many Americans are expected to be a lot lower this winter.
Bills for homes heating primarily with natural gas are expected to be about $119, or 13 percent, less this winter, the Energy Information Administration said.
http://money.cnn.com/2006/10/10/news/economy/winter_heating/index.htm

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 10, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:52 PM GMT on October 10, 2006

Good Tuesday morning!

Scattergories Tuesday

Starting Letter: P
Topic #1: Things at a Football Game

Topic #2: Halloween Costumes

Rules
Your job is to give me one answer to each topic that begins with the starting letter. However, make it clever and unique, as all entries that are duplicated by someone else will not receive credit. Scoring is based on the total of unique, unchallenged answers that start with the given letter (limit of one guess per person per topic). The first word cannot be an adjective unless otherwise specified, brand names are not allowed unless otherwise specified, proper names (if allowed for that topic) should use the starting letter of the last name, and you can't use the same word for more than one topic during that week's game.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Today’s forecast grade: B-


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Colder weather expected Wednesday...
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Fox Cities:
Windy and colder weather expected Wednesday...
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
Freeze watch in effect from late Wednesday night through Thursday morning...
Very cold Canadian air will surge across southern Wisconsin late
Wednesday night and Thursday morning... on brisk westerly winds.
Temperatures will fall into the 20s to around 30 over much of
southern Wisconsin.
A freeze watch is issued when sub-freezing temperatures are
possible... which could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation
during the growing season.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds, temps are near 40 central, in the mid- 40s south, but only in the upper 20s north.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: High pressure across the northern United States will reign for one more day, but a very strong low pressure area currently centered in central Manitoba will merge with another low currently in the central Rocky Mountains. This will create all sorts of chaos starting tonight with some wind and rain showers and eventually bringing in the coldest air we've seen since March 23!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy, maybe some patchy drizzle, high of 55 central, upper 50s south, and lower 50s north.

Tonight: Rain and wind developing. Enjoy. Lows mid- 40s. Chance of rain 90%.

Tomorrow: Cloudy and windy with rain likely, especially in the morning. The rain may turn into scattered light snow showers late in the day. Highs near 50 early but dropping into the 40s and maybe even the 30s by sunset. Chance of precip 90%. Will tomorrow's forecast grade be an F? Wait and see!

Extended:
Thursday: Still cloudy and windy, but only scattered light rain or snow showers are expected. Unseasonably cold, highs 39-44. Chance of precip 25%.
Friday: Mostly cloudy and windy, still pretty cold with more scattered light rain or snow showers. Highs 43-48. Chance of precip 20%.
Saturday: Partly sunny, not as windy and a little warmer, highs 46-51.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, isolated showers, breezy and somewhat warmer, highs 51-56. Chance of rain 20%.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Morning fog and drizzle, then partly cloudy, highs upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered thunderstorms, some perhaps severe, 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: A chance of showers late, 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 Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/climate.html
Illinois
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/il/climate.html
Indiana
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/in/climate.html
Nevada
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/nv/climate.html
South Carolina
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/sc/climate.html
Texas
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/tx/climate.html


Top News:

Google to buy YouTube for $1.65 billion
Search engine leader looks to bulk up in the burgeoning online video market.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Google, the Internet's leading search engine, announced Monday that it is buying popular online video site YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock.
YouTube, which was founded in February 2005, has quickly become the most well-known of several online video sites. More than 100 million videos, many of which are short videos created by the site's users, are downloaded a day on the site.
http://money.cnn.com/2006/10/09/technology/googleyoutube_deal/index.htm
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,218921,00.html


Weather in the News:

Flooding leads to fuel spill in Virginia city
FRANKLIN, Virginia (AP) -- Flooding following weekend downpours triggered a spill at a fuel distributor Monday, while officials closed downtown Franklin, Virginia, and evacuated at least 70 residents. No injuries were reported.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/10/10/va.flooding.ap/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Hasn't he been through enough already?
'Runaway Bride' Sues Ex-Fiancee for $500,000
The Georgia woman known as the runaway bride who touched off a massive search when she disappeared is suing her ex-fiancee for $500,000.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,219125,00.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 9, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:01 PM GMT on October 09, 2006

Good Morning and Happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update, and I hope you all had a great weekend. We had a busy weekend spent with family and friends. We entered the 5K walk in the Run Wild 2006 at Potawatomi State Park in Sturgeon Bay on Saturday. This is the third time we've entered it, and even Bryce got to walk around for a while afterwards and enjoy the scenery (and the swings!) We also spent some time with my father-in-law and his family to celebrate his birthday on Sunday; we had a nice time and a very delicious dinner.

Bryce Update: Bryce had his 15-month well-baby visit to his doctor and he's a very healthy growing boy. He was 22 lbs. and 32 inches long. Bryce is also still doing very well in swimming lessons. He loves the water and I'm so proud of him. We've now been through four weeks of lessons. Last week since we wore his life jacket he was able to ride around the pool in a boat with the other kids, and he loved it. Well that wraps up our update, have a great week.


Today’s forecast grade: B-


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
...Unusually strong storm system expected to develop mid week...

An unusually strong storm system for mid October is expected to form
across the Great Lakes on Wednesday. Enough consistency and
agreement between several long term computer model forecast solutions
is causing an increase in confidence of this scenario.

A low pressure system is expected to develop across the mid-
Mississippi Valley region Tuesday night and strengthen as it moves
northeast across Lake Michigan into Upper Michigan on Wednesday...and
western Ontario Wednesday night.

A surge of unseasonably cold Canadian air will sweep southward across
the northern plains at the same time...contributing to the rapid
development of this storm system.

A period of rain is likely Tuesday night into Wednesday across
southern Wisconsin as this low pressure system gathers strength as
it pushes across the region. Increasing northwest winds on the back
side of the developing low will pull much colder air into the area
later Wednesday into Wednesday night.

Temperatures are expected to fall into the middle 20s to lower
30s by early Thursday morning...and are only expected to rebound into
the upper 30s to lower 40s on Thursday due to blustery west
winds ushering in unseasonably cold air. The cold air will remain
firmly entrenched through Friday.

The cold air will also result in a chance of snow flurries Wednesday
night and snow showers on Thursday. Little if any accumulation is
expected at this time.

However...the storm system will have a greater impact on parts
of northern Wisconsin...northeast Minnesota and Upper Michigan.
At this time...there is a likelihood of several inches of snow
accumulation in these areas Wednesday into Thursday along with strong
winds.

Closer to home...the earliest trace of snow in Milwaukee was
September 23rd 1942...and September 23rd 1928 in Madison.

The earliest measurable snow to fall in Milwaukee was one tenth of
an inch on October 6th 1889. The earliest one inch or more of snow
in Milwaukee was October 17th 1896...when one inch of snow fell.

The earliest measurable snow to fall in Madison was one half inch
on October 6th 1964. The earliest one inch or more of snow in
Madison was October 10th 1990 when 3 inches piled up.

Stay tuned to later forecasts and statements concerning this
significant mid week weather system for the western Great Lakes
region.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 8am with a mostly cloudy sky and a few rain showers in west-central Wisconsin, temps are in the low to mid- 50s central and south and mid- 40s north.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: If you saw a weather forecast this weekend on TV, online or in the paper, you might have seen some crazy talk about really cold temperatures and even snow later this week. And I'm here to tell you that they are full of ....... truth. Yep - check out the National Weather Service statement above this forecast for more detail, but yes, a pretty wicked mid- October system is going to roll through the western Great Lakes region starting tomorrow night, and we'll see lots of wind, nippy temperatures, and maybe even a few snowflakes, although I don't see central or southern Wisconsin having to get out the shovels quite yet!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy, breezy and cooler, maybe some sprinkles or drizzle at times. High of 58 central, near 60 south, and lower 50s north.

Tonight: Cloudy, maybe some more drizzle. Lows near 40.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, maybe a few more sprinkles. Highs mid- to upper 50s. Rain and wind developing tomorrow night - 70% chance.

Extended:
Wednesday: Windy and colder with rain showers likely. Rain could even turn into light snow showers or flurries late in the day. Highs 47-52. Chance of precip 80%.
Thursday: Cloudy, windy and cold. Light rain or snow showers possible. Welcome to late November. Highs 42-47. Chance of precip 30%.
Friday: Partly sunny and breezy, highs 45-50.
Saturday: Partly sunny and breezy, maybe a few rain showers late, highs 52-57. Chance of rain 20%.
Sunday: Morning showers, otherwise partly sunny, highs 52-57.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated thunderstorms, highs lower 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, highs mid- 70s.
Coastal Flood Warning in effect until 2 PM EDT this afternoon...
A combination of high astronomical tides... northeast winds and
incoming swell wave will produce very high tide levels along the
South Carolina coast this morning. Tide levels are expected to
peak between 7.5 and 8.0 feet in the Charleston Harbor between 9
am and noon. Such levels would result in standing saltwater on
numerous downtown Charleston streets. These include East Bay
street near the Columbus street terminal... the intersections of
Barre and beaufain streets... Reid and America streets... as well as
Market and Concord streets. Water may approach homes near the
intersection of Jackson street and East Bay street. So far this
morning... tides have been running about a foot above predicted
values.

There is a slight chance that some rain will occur along the
South Carolina coast during the high tide. Only a small amount of
rain could result in serious flash flooding... especially downtown
Charleston. Significant beach erosion is also possible... with the
worst erosion expected along north and east facing beaches.

There is also a moderate risk of rip currents at the beaches
today.

Coastal residents in the warned area should be alert for rising
water... and take appropriate action to protect life and property.
----------------------
10/08/2006 0958 PM
2 miles NW of Hilton Head I, Beaufort County.
Funnel cloud, reported by Emergency Mngr.
Deputy officer along Highway 278 reported hearing loud
roaring moving overhead associated with funnel cloud.
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 mid- 80s.
Through 9 am...scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the Gulf are associated with a slow northward morning warm front. Some of the showers will begin making their way inland... mainly across areas south of Interstate 10. Accumulations should generally be 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: Sunshine, highs upper 70s.
Patchy dense fog across southeast Missouri...southern Illinois... southwest Indiana and western Kentucky will persist until shortly after sunrise. The fog is patchy and fairly shallow...and is expected to burn off between 730 am and 900 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/climate.html
Illinois
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/il/climate.html
Indiana
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/in/climate.html
Nevada
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/nv/climate.html
South Carolina
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/sc/climate.html
Texas
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/tx/climate.html


Science in the News:

Creating Water from Thin Air
A company that developed technology capable of creating water out of thin air nearly anywhere in the world is now under contract to nourish U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq.
The water-harvesting technology was originally the brainchild of the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which sought ways to ensure sustainable water supplies for U.S. combat troops deployed in arid regions like Iraq.
http://wired.com/news/technology/0,71898-0.html?tw=wn_index_2
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/06/212252&from=rss

One Mars Probe Photographs Another
Spectacular new images of Mars could reveal clues about tens of millions of years of the red planet's history.
NASA has just released photos taken from above the planet by the spacecraft Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, showing the rover Opportunity perched next to the enormous Victoria Crater. Four or five football stadiums could fit inside the crater.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/10/06/victoriaimages/index.html
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/MRO/multimedia/mro-2061006-1.html
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/06/1841227&from=rss


In Case You Missed It:

And you thought your lies at the local municipal golf course were bad! Thanks Juanita for the link!
Farmersgolf
Farmersgolf™ is a variation of the classic game of golf. The golf course is laid out on a farm and the objective is to play a round of ten holes in the least number of strokes. Farmersgolf™ is played on pastures, over ditches, through forests and amongst the cows.
http://farmersgolf.com/english/index.html
http://help.lockergnome.com/general/Golf-clog-proves-hit-Dutch-ftopict49072.html

And I thought my ability to recite Pi to 12 digits was impressive.
Pi Recited to 100,000 Digits
A Japanese mental health counselor recited pi to 100,000 decimal places from memory on Wednesday, setting what he claims to be a new world record.
Akira Haraguchi, 60, needed more than 16 hours to recite the number to 100,000 decimal places, breaking his personal best of 83,431 digits set in 1995, his office said Wednesday. He made the attempt at a public hall in Kisarazu, just east of Tokyo.
http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2006/10/04/385756-man-recites-pi-to-100000-places
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/05/2219247&from=rss

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 6, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:19 PM GMT on October 06, 2006

TGIF!

Mad Gab Results

Players: 28
Gab #1 (24/28): Pose Trays Ember Ran =
Post Raisin Bran

Gab #2 (27/28): Knead Tomb Oath Hug Harass =
Need to mow the grass

Gab #3 (27/28): Win Nigh Thin Cove Few =
When I think of you

Bonus Points:
5: Steve L. (8:33am)
15: Sheila (3:30pm)
25: Stacy (11:50pm)


Weather Update Survey Results:
Judging by the poll results, it seems that I should focus most of my time on the games, intro and forecast, and the "Yesterday's Climate Data" section isn't providing a lot of value for most of you, so I'm going to make a change to it. For now, it will be just a list of links where you can obtain climate data over the last 24 hours for individual states. If you have any comments about this change, send me a note. Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote!

What parts of my update do you make a point to read every day? (select all that apply)
Games (14) 33%
Personal Intro (13) 30%
Weather Forecast (8) 19%
News Articles (5) 12%
Yesterday's Climate Data (3) 7%
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847
Archive:
http://vote.sparklit.com/archive.spark?archiveID=334188


Autumn 2006 Regular Season Point Standings (37 people played so far)
The regular season will run through December 15 and the playoff week will be the week of December 18-22.
December 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.
Maroon text indicates that these players had the best week. Green text indicates a perfect week.
* = received a bonus point for Mad Gab
$ = previous winner
Please verify your point total for accuracy. Any scoring updates will be immediately posted on the Web site.
Perfect Score: 12

Only one previous winner is in the top eleven this week, but it's really early in the season to start talking about upsets. Have a great weekend everyone!

Steve L.: 12*
Greg, Madison, WI: 11
Jan, Berlin, WI: 11
Kelley: 11
Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 11
$$$Nia, Appleton, WI: 11
Sally: 11
Sarah H., Appleton, WI: 11
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 11
Barb, Berlin, WI: 10
Dan, Henderson, NV: 10
--------Very Preliminary Playoff Cut Line--------
Becky T. and Dad: 9
Bethany: 9
$Karl, Appleton, WI: 9
Mom: 9
Sue, De Pere, WI: 9
$Tammy, Madison, WI: 9
$Brian, Madison WI: 8
Juanita: 8 (New Player!)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 8
Tony: 8
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 7
Mary, Berlin, WI: 7
Diane Sm.: 6
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 6
Rhonda Lop.: 6
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 6*
Stacy: 6*
Adam S., Evansville, IN: 5
Chris Ke.: 5
Deb: 5
Bree: 4 (New Player!)
Nicole, Madison, WI: 4
Al, Germantown, WI: 3
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 3
Mary, Appleton, WI: 3
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 2


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 8am with sunshine in the sky and still a little frost on the grass, 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: Another nice day is in store for Wisconsinites as a large area of high pressure, centered just to our northeast, will give us another day of sunshine and seasonable temperatures. Actually, the weekend is looking pretty good too, although we'll see things get windy tomorrow with more clouds on Sunday.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny, high of 64.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows near 40.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, windy and warmer, highs upper 60s to near 70.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, maybe some sprinkles late, highs near 70 central, lower 70s south. Chance of rain Sunday night 25%.

Next Week:
Monday: Partly sunny, maybe a shower south. Highs 56-61. Chance of rain 25%.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy scattered showers developing late, highs 57-62. Chance of rain Tuesday night 40%.
Wednesday: Cloudy, windy and colder with rain likely. Bleh. Highs 49-54. Chance of rain 60%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Scattered showers, highs only lower 70s today. Nippy! Lower 80s again by Sunday with sunshine this weekend.
A narrow band of light to occasionally moderate rainfall will continue across the Las Vegas Valley through the morning rush hour. Up to a half an inch of rain has fallen since midnight across the far West Valley. Latest radar data shows the band is starting to shift east and locations east of Interstate 15 will see most of the rainfall for the next two hours. Law enforcement official recommend that motorists slow down on the wet roads and allow for additional space between vehicles especially when braking.

... Record daily maximum rainfall set at Las Vegas...
a record rainfall of 0.31 inches was set at Las Vegas Thursday.
This breaks the old record of 0.16 set in 1946.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered thundershowers, highs lower 80s. Sunshine and cooler, highs near 70 Saturday, then more showers and lower 70s Sunday.
Shallow coastal flooding around the time of 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: Sunshine all weekend, highs upper 80s today but lower 80s by Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine all weekend as well, highs mid- 60s today and mid- 70s by Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/climate.html
Illinois
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/il/climate.html
Indiana
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/in/climate.html
Nevada
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/nv/climate.html
South Carolina
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/sc/climate.html
Texas
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/tx/climate.html


Fire in the News:

Toxic cloud from plant fire forces thousands to evacuate
• Downtown of Apex, North Carolina, covered in thick black smoke
• At least 106 nursing home residents hospitalized, officials say
• Cause of blasts, fire at hazardous waste plant unknown
• Facility fined in March for safety violations
APEX, North Carolina (CNN) -- Half of the 32,000 residents of Apex, North Carolina, have been asked to evacuate Friday after explosions and fire at a hazardous waste plant released noxious gases and flames 150 feet high over the town.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/10/06/plant.fire/index.html

Historic Memphis church burns, sparks other fires
MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) -- Fire swept through a historic downtown church early Friday, collapsing its steeple and flicking off embers that set fire to two other buildings, one of them 22 stories tall.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/10/06/memphis.fire.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 5, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:40 PM GMT on October 05, 2006

Good Thursday morning!

Mad Gab Returns!

Gab #1: Pose Trays Ember Ran

Gab #2: Knead Tomb Oath Hug Harass

Gab #3: Win Nigh Thin Cove Few

Bonus Points: 5, 15, 25

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


Weather Update Survey:
What parts of my update do you make a point to read every day? (select all that apply)

Personal Intro
Games
Weather Forecast
Yesterday's Climate Data
News Articles

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


On a completely unrelated note, I'm a little annoyed with McDonald's Monopoly game. So I went on Tuesday, got my game board and six game pieces, then went again yesterday, and all of my game pieces were already duplicates! What's up with that? Are they all the same pieces for a week, then switched to different pieces as the game winds down? As for going to Fatty McFat's twice in two days, I feel somewhat justified because I'm in a YMCA Racquetball League and a competitive bowling league (got a 212 last night), so I'm getting my exercise in.


Today’s forecast grade: B+


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Frost advisory in effect from 2 am to 8 am CDT Friday...
Temperatures will drop into the mid 30s later tonight across much
of southern Wisconsin. This will lead to widespread frost
developing. Counties bordering Lake Michigan will likely see just
patchy frost inland.
A frost advisory is issued when frost is expected to develop
during the growing season. Those with agricultural interests are
urged to protect or harvest tender vegetation. Potted plants
normally left outdoors should be covered or brought inside away
from the cold.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine mixed with a few clouds, temps are near 40.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: The fronts are long gone, and a huge area of high pressure sits off to our west, centered near Minneapolis. Not much is going on west of the high pressure area either, so you can expect lots of sunshine and seasonable temperatures over the next few days.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny, high of 61 central, lower 60s south, and near 60 north.

Tonight: Clear, lows mid- to upper 30s central and south, lower 30s north.

Tomorrow: Sunny, highs low to mid- 60s.

Extended:
Saturday: Sunny, windy and warmer, highs 67-72.
Sunday: Increasing clouds, maybe a shower north, highs 62-67. Chance of rain only 20%.
Next Week’s Outlook: Our next chance of any significant rain looks to be late on Tuesday through Thursday. Unfortunately, warm temperatures do not look to be in our future with highs only in the 50s and maybe even in the upper 40s by the end of the week!


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, maybe a sprinkle, highs upper 80s.
... Record high minimum temperature set in Las Vegas...

The low temperature Wednesday October 4 at McCarran International
Airport in Las Vegas was 72 degrees. This was the warmest low
temperature ever recorded for the date. The old record was 69
degrees set in 1979.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, 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: Morning fog, otherwise partly cloudy and very warm, highs lower 90s. Ozone Action Day.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 10 am CDT this morning...
Areas of dense fog will persist through the early morning
hours... for locations generally along and south of Interstate ten.
Elsewhere dense fog may be more patchy in nature.

Visibilities of 1 to 2 miles will common in areas of fog and at
times visibilities of 1/4 mile or less will be possible. The fog
should begin to lift after 8 am in some areas and where the fog
is thicker it may not improve until after 9 am.

Motorists should drive with extreme caution and allow additional
travel time. Use low beams... reduce driving speed... and allow for
plenty of room between you and other cars. You can overtake
another vehicle quickly in poor visibilities... so slow down and
drive defensively.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Clouds, 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……..… 61 central, lower 60s south, upper 50s north
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 61 (0.25")
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 62 (0.64")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 57 (0.40")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 58 (0.12")
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/climate.html
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 76 (0.01")
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/il/climate.html

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 89
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/nv/climate.html
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 81
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/sc/climate.html
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 87
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/tx/climate.html
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)………….. 87
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/in/climate.html


In Case You Missed It:

Scientists make teleport breakthrough
Scientists teleport two different objects
LONDON, England (Reuters) -- Beaming people in "Star Trek" fashion is still in the realms of science fiction, but physicists in Denmark have teleported information from light to matter bringing quantum communication and computing closer to reality.
Until now scientists have teleported similar objects such as light or single atoms over short distances from one spot to another in a split second.
But Professor Eugene Polzik and his team at the Niels Bohr Institute at Copenhagen University in Denmark have made a breakthrough by using both light and matter.
"It is one step further because for the first time it involves teleportation between light and matter, two different objects. One is the carrier of information and the other one is the storage medium," Polzik explained in an interview on Wednesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/10/04/teleportation.reut/index.html

Do you think there were a few snickers in the office as they came up with this headline?
Hubble Discovers Dark Spot on Uranus
Just as we near the end of the hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean, winds whirl and clouds churn 2 billion miles away in the atmosphere of Uranus, forming a dark vortex large enough to engulf two-thirds of the United States. Astronomers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to take the first definitive images of a dark spot on Uranus. The elongated feature measures 1,100 miles by 1,900 miles (1,700 kilometers by 3,000 kilometers). This three-wavelength composite image was taken with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys on August 23, 2006. The research team found the dark spot again on August 24. The inset image shows a magnified view of the spot with enhanced contrast. Uranus's north pole is near the 3 o'clock position in this image. The bright band in the southern hemisphere is at 45 degrees south.
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/newsdesk/archive/releases/2006/47/
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/04/1215247&from=rss

U.S. population nears 300 million milestone
American fears of overpopulation renewed amid declines in Asia, Europe
WASHINGTON - As the U.S. population speeds toward 300 million, the growth is producing headaches for Americans fed up with traffic congestion, sprawl and dwindling natural resources.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13724783/
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/04/125237&from=rss

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 4, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 12:37 PM GMT on October 04, 2006

Good Wednesday morning!

Breaking Bryce News!
Yes, we have some breaking news that happened about five minutes after sending out yesterday's Weather Update. Our son Bryce, who just turned 15 months old yesterday, climbed out of his crib! Yes, it happened right when my mom and I walked into his bedroom to get him up that morning. He got all excited, was leaning over the top of his crib bars, one leg was over the edge, then the center of gravity went to the other side of the bars and down he went! He was fine though - he was scared and cried for a minute or so but then he was ok. We put some soft things on the floor by his crib in case he does it again, but we're hoping that he won't try that again for a while. If he does realize that freedom is within his grasp and continues to climb over his crib bars, a toddler bed might be in his not-so-distant future!


Family Feud Results

Players: 33
Topic #1: Tell me someone who might say to you, "Well, there's good news and there's bad news."
Doctor (27) - 2 points
Mechanic (3) - 1 point
Spouse (2)
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Topic #2: An age where you can say you've lived a full life.
80 (17) - 2 points
70 (4) - 1 point (tie)
75 (4) - 1 point (tie)
65 (2)
85 (2)
82
89
90
100


Weather Update Survey:
What parts of my update do you make a point to read every day? (select all that apply)
Personal Intro
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Yesterday's Climate Data
News Articles
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s forecast grade: B-


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Severe Thunderstorm Watch 812 in effect until 9 am CDT this morning...
Hail to 2 inches in diameter... thunderstorm wind gusts to 70
mph... and dangerous lightning are possible in these areas.

The Severe Thunderstorm Watch area is approximately along and 40
statute miles north and south of a line from 10 miles south
southwest of Lonerock Wisconsin to 10 miles east northeast of
Milwaukee Wisconsin. For a complete depiction of the watch see
the associated watch outline update (wous64 kwns wou2).

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

Other watch information... continue... ww 811...

Discussion... elevated convection should continue to intensify over
srn WI in advance of a mid level shortwave trough moving ewd over
srn MN/nrn IA. MUCAPE of 1500-2000 j/kg and effective bulk shear of
45-55 kt will support supercells capable of producing large
hail... as well as a few damaging gusts.

Aviation... a few severe thunderstorms with hail surface and aloft
to 2 inches. Extreme turbulence and surface wind gusts to 60
knots. A few cumulonimbi with maximum tops to 500. Mean storm
motion vector 27035.

At 712 am...widespread showers and thunderstorms were found over
southern Wisconsin...mostly east of a line from Montello in Marquette
County to Wisconsin Dells to Mount Horeb in Dane County to Brodhead
in Green County. All of the showers and storms were moving east at 35
mph.

Most of the storms...each with brief moderate to heavy rains...will
be found from the Janesville area northeast to the Milwaukee to
Kenosha area through 800 am. Ponding of water on low lying roads
is likely. Total rainfall amounts by the time the rain ends later
this morning will range from 1 to 4 inches across parts of southern
Wisconsin.

Another cluster of showers around the La Crosse area will be moving
east this morning...and reach Marquette County between 800 am and
830 am.
----------------------------------------------------
The National Weather Service in Milwaukee has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for...
Dodge County in southeast Wisconsin
Washington County in southeast Wisconsin
Ozaukee County in southeast Wisconsin
Waukesha County in southeast Wisconsin
Milwaukee County in southeast Wisconsin
Jefferson County in southeast Wisconsin
Dane County in south central Wisconsin

* until 900 am CDT

* at 650 am CDT Doppler weather radar hourly rainfall rates of
around 1 inch an hour. Storms were moving from west to east as
the main storm track sags slowly south.

* The heaviest rains extended from just south of Madison to just
west of Madison.

Excessive runoff from this storm will cause minor flooding of small
creeks and streams... urban areas... Highways... streets and underpasses
as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots.

Most flood deaths occur in automobiles. Do not attempt to cross
bridges... dips... or other low spots if water covers the roadway.
Never try to cross a flowing stream... even a small one... on foot. To
escape rising water move up to higher ground.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


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

Synopsis: The severe thunderstorms that were expected to move through yesterday evening really took their time moving south, with the line not getting to the Fox Valley until about bedtime and getting to southern Wisconsin just a couple hours before sunrise this morning. The possibility of severe weather still exists south this morning, but eventually this will all clear out and some sunshine with cooler temperatures can be expected for the rest of the week.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Scattered morning thunderstorms, some could still be severe south. Becoming partly cloudy this afternoon. Windy, high of 61 central, lower 60s south, upper 50s north.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows near 40.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, highs near 60.

This Weekend:
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs 62-67.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, windy and a little warmer, highs 68-73.
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs 69-74.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, windy, 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: Sunshine, highs near 80.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Morning fog, otherwise isolated storms and very warm. Highs lower 90s.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 9 am CDT this morning...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

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

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 74 central, upper 70s south, and near 70 north
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 72 (1.25" - Green Bay)
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 76
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 73
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 69 (0.48")
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 82

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 90
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 81
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 87
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)………….. 86


Weather in the News:

Experts predict one more Atlantic hurricane
FORT COLLINS, Colorado (AP) -- Hurricane expert William Gray downgraded his forecast for the 2006 Atlantic storm season again Tuesday, predicting one more hurricane, two more named storms but no intense hurricanes.
The new report calls for a below-average hurricane season, with a total of six hurricanes and 11 named storms.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/10/03/hurricane.forecast.ap/index.html

Typhoon toll rises above 150
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Floods and landslides triggered by Typhoon Xangsane have killed more than 150 people in Vietnam and the Philippines in the past week, officials said on Wednesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/10/04/typhoon.vietnam.ap/index.html

$1.5 billion price tag for wildfires
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Wildfires across the country have burned a record number of acres this year, and with the scorched land comes a record bill, a federal official said Tuesday.
The U.S. Forest Service's firefighting efforts for fiscal year 2006, which ended September 30, cost more than $1.5 billion, at least $100 million over budget, said Mark Rey, the Agriculture Department undersecretary for natural resources and the environment.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/10/03/wildfire.cost.ap/index.html

Updated: 2:12 PM GMT on October 04, 2006

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 3, 2006.

By: HaleStorm, 1:03 PM GMT on October 03, 2006

Good Tuesday morning!

Family Feud
A new week of games starts right now! Email me the most popular answer to these two topics. As for the first point standings of the new season, you'll get those this Friday.

Topic #1: Tell me someone who might say to you, "Well, there's good news and there's bad news."

Topic #2: An age where you can say you've lived a full life.

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


Autumn 2006 Game Schedule

Week #1:
Family Feud
Mad Gab
Week #2:
Scattergories
Chain Reaction
Week #3:
Outburst
Would You Rather
Week #4:
Match Game
Wheel of Fortune


Today’s forecast grade: B


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Early morning commuters across parts of south central and southeast Wisconsin should be prepared for some dense fog. The worst of the fog stretched from the Madison area southeast to Racine and Kenosha... then back to Janesville. Visibility in this area will drop at times to between 1/4 and 1/2 mile. The fog is expected to lift after about 9 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine mixed with a few clouds or areas of fog, 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: A cold front moved through Wisconsin overnight last night, developing a series of showers and severe thunderstorms across the state yesterday afternoon and evening, ahead of the front. Large hail was reported on the west side of Appleton and the sunset sky looked as eerie as I've seen it in quite some time. The initial cold front may have passed but we're hardly out of the woods - the central low pressure area in the northern Plains will be moving through Wisconsin later today, which will generate another round of fun and excitement. And on an unrelated note, Bryce turns 15 months old today!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: A mix of sun and clouds this morning, but eventually becoming mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing later in the day. Parts of Wisconsin are under a moderate risk of severe weather today with a 45% chance of large hail, 30% chance of strong winds, and even a 15% chance of tornadoes! Breezy, high of 74 central, upper 70s south, and near 70 north. Chance of rain before sunset 30%.

Tonight: Breezy with showers and thunderstorms likely. Keep an eye out for severe weather this evening. Lows mid- 50s. Chance of rain after sunset 90%.

Tomorrow: Maybe a morning thundershower, otherwise becoming partly cloudy and cooler. Highs lower 60s.

Extended:
Thursday: Mostly sunny, highs 59-64.
Friday: Mostly sunny, highs 62-67.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, breezy, highs 65-70.
Sunday: Scattered showers, highs 64-69. Chance of rain 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, 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: Partly cloudy, highs upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated storms, highs upper 80s.
Through 930 am...motorists should be on the lookout for patchy dense fog causing sudden changes in visibility this morning. The patchy nature of the fog will drop visibilities quickly in a short distance. Visibilities may become severely restricted near rivers...lakes... bridges...and low lying areas. Use low beams...reduce driving speed... and allow for plenty of room between you and other cars. The fog should burn off toward the end of the period.
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, very warm, highs upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 78
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 73 (trace - Green Bay)
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 83 (0.04")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 79 (0.62" - Milwaukee - New Daily Record)
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 81
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 77 (1.39" - New Daily Record)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 86
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 81
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 90
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)………….. 84


Weather in the News:

Alaskan storm cracks iceberg in Antarctica, study says
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- A bad storm in Alaska last October generated an ocean swell that broke apart a giant iceberg near Antarctica six days later, U.S. researchers reported on Monday.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/10/02/iceberg.cracks.reut/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" Hits Fond du Lac County
"Good MOOOOORNING, Koepke family!" With his trademark bullhorn blasting, Ty Pennington and his crew of designers came to northeast Wisconsin on Friday to help a local family.
The spotlight from the ABC show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will be shining brightly in southeastern Fond du Lac County for the next seven days. The 65-member "Extreme Makeover" team pulled into Dundee in southeastern Fond du Lac County at 8:15 Friday morning and headed for the home of Chris Koepke.
http://wbay.com/Global/story.asp?S=5477033&nav=menu24_2_10_3
http://www.wbay.com/Global/story.asp?S=5486755
http://www.extrememakeoverwisconsin.com/

Hamster forces jet to make unscheduled stop
Rodent escapes after passenger sneaks it aboard Austrian plane
INNSBRUCK, Austria - It wasn’t “Snakes on a Plane,” but an Austrian Airlines jet made an unscheduled stop Friday after a passenger sneaked a hamster aboard and the rodent escaped.
The flight from Palma de Mallorca, Spain, to the southern Austrian city of Graz made a stop in Innsbruck so officials could search for the hamster and make sure it didn’t gnaw through any wiring, the airline said.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15065046/

Soft Tissue Discovered In T-Rex Bone
When paleontologists find fossilized dinosaur bones during a dig, they usually do everything in their power to protect them, using tools like toothbrushes to carefully unearth the bones without inflicting any damage. However, when scientists found a massive Tyrannosaurus rex thigh bone in a remote region of Montana a few months ago, they were forced to break the bone in two in order to fit it into the transport helicopter. This act of necessity revealed a startling surprise: soft tissue that had seemingly resisted fossilization still existed inside the bone. This tissue, including blood vessels, bone cells, and perhaps even blood cells, was so well preserved that it was still stretchy and flexible.
http://www.calacademy.org/science_now/headline_science/T-rex_soft_tissue.html
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/01/1724225&from=rss

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Wisconsin Weather Update for October 2, 2006.

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

Happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update. Our weekend was busy as usual, but we enjoyed spending time with friends and family. Saturday we went to our friends Jordan and Richelle's wedding in Oconto, followed by the reception in De Pere. We had a great time and Steve and I wish the two of them the very best. Congratulations, guys! Sunday was church, and we supervised the nursery for the first service and Steve did the first and second reading during the second worship service. Sunday evening we went to my mom's since my aunts Diane, Audrey, Connie and my uncle Chuck came to visit. I haven't seen Audrey in several years since she lives in Georgia, and it was very nice to see her. I'm also happy that she finally got to meet Steve and Bryce.

Swimming Lesson Fun: Bryce has now been through 3 weeks of swimming lessons and he is doing so well. I'm so proud of him, and I'm happy he loves the water. The only other thing new is that if you pick him up when he's not happy, he'll start trying to kick his way out of your hold. I wonder if he learned that from his swimming lessons?

Bryce's Portraits: We posted pictures of Bryce's one-year portraits on the Web site a couple weeks ago, but it may have gotten missed because of the length of the update intros at that time. So here is the link again to Bryce's pictures in case you missed them the first time around.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/pictures


Weather Update Poll Results:
What do you think of the new game, Chain Reaction? [18 votes total]
--I really like it! (9) 50%
--I like it. (5) 28%
--I'm not a big fan of it. (3) 17%
--I say get rid of it! (1) 6%
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847
Archive:
http://vote.sparklit.com/archive.spark?archiveID=334188

Also a note regarding Thursday's Chain Reaction Game - a few of you wanted to know what other people wrote in with. I updated Friday's Weather Update online with a list of what the incorrect answers were, so if you're curious, check it out.


Today’s forecast grade: B


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for scattered thunderstorms...that are developing along a Campbellsport...Waukesha to Union Grove line...to move southeast through Washington...Ozaukee...eastern Waukesha...Milwaukee and Racine counties between 7 am and 10 am. Expect the thunderstorms to produce frequent cloud to ground lightning...rainfall rates up to 1/2 inch per hour...and small hail up to 1/2 inch. The thunderstorms are expected to clear far southern Fond Du Lac ...Southern Sheboygan and eastern Dodge counties between 7 am and 715 am...and Washington and Ozaukee counties between 8 am and 815 am. The remainder of south central and southeast Wisconsin will see partly cloudy skies...south winds at 10 to 15 mph...with gusts to 20 mph...and temperatures rising through the 60s to around 70 degrees at 10 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 8am with a mix of sun and clouds, scattered thunderstorms southeast, and enough wind to knock over our recycle bin, spreading soda cans all over our cul-de-sac, temps are just above 60.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: The next two days promise to be quite interesting weatherwise as a warm front moves across Wisconsin today and a trailing cold front moves through tomorrow. Each of these fronts will develop scattered thunderstorms across Wisconsin (some of which could be severe) so keep an eye on the sky both today and tomorrow.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly sunny, windy and warmer with scattered thunderstorms, especially this afternoon and evening. Wisconsin is under the slight risk category for severe weather both today and tomorrow. High of 78. Chance of rain 40%. And on an unrelated note, three cheers for Customer Service Week - casual dress code at work all week!

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and breezy with scattered thunderstorms, mostly early this evening and some of which could be severe. Lows near 60. Chance of rain 40%.

Tomorrow: Cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely, some of which could still be severe. Also, a good chance of me going to McDonald's for lunch since I'm a sucker for their Monopoly game, which starts again tomorrow. Breezy, highs low to mid- 70s. Chance of rain 60%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Maybe a morning shower, otherwise decreasing clouds and cooler, highs 60-65.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, highs 59-64.
Friday: Partly sunny, highs 62-67.
Saturday: Scattered showers, highs 66-71. Chance of rain 35%.
Sunday: Becoming partly cloudy, highs 65-70.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated thundershowers, breezy, highs upper 80s.
... Record high minimum temperature in Las Vegas Sunday...
... All-time record high minimum temperature for October set in Las
Vegas Sunday...
The low temperature Sunday October 1 at McCarran International
Airport in Las Vegas was 79 degrees. This was the warmest low
temperature ever recorded for the date. The old record was 75
degrees set in 2003.
The 79 degree minimum temperature also broke the warmest high
minimum temperature record for the month of October. The previous
record was 76 degrees which occurred on October 2 2005.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, highs near 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: Isolated showers, otherwise partly sunny, highs near 90.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine, highs 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)……….. 66 (0.02")
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 74
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 72 (0.05")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 67
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 74 (0.01")

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 91
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC)… 84
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 89
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)………….. 80


Weather in the News:

Hurricane Isaac races to Newfoundland
MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Hurricane Isaac raced over the north Atlantic on Monday toward Newfoundland, where the Canadian Meteorological Service upgraded a tropical storm watch to a tropical storm warning.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/10/02/tropical.weather.ap/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200609.html

Thanks Dave for the link!
Strange Clouds
http://valuca.funtigo.com/?preview=y&g=25544746&cr=1&rfm=y


In Case You Missed It:

A Plant That Can Smell
Smells like trouble: Parasitic weed sniffs out its prey
WASHINGTON (AP) - The parasitic dodder plant doesn't have a nose, but it knows how to sniff out its prey.
The dodder attacks such plants as tomatoes, carrots, onions, citrus trees, cranberries, alfalfa and even flowers, and is a problem for farmers because chemicals that kill the pesky weed also damage the crops it feeds on.
http://www.nwfdailynews.com/articleArchive/sep2006/parasiticweedsniffs.php
http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/slashdot/eqWf/~3/29288865/article.pl

Does Robocop, Terminator or Samus Aran ring a bell?
Power Suit Promises Super-Human Strength
NEW YORK—Engineers in Japan are perfecting a wearable power suit that amplifies human strength to help lift hospital patients or heavy objects.
Driven by portable batteries, micro air pumps and small body sensors that pick up even the slightest muscle twitch, the Stand-Alone Wearable Power Assist Suit is designed to help nursing home workers lift patients of up to 180 pounds while cutting the amount of strength required in half, project researcher Hirokazu Noborisaka told LiveScience today.
http://www.livescience.com/technology/060928_power_suit.html
http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/slashdot/eqWf/~3/29258315/article.pl

So how many points would that equal in a high school fantasy football league?
What a rush!
W. Va. player rambles for 10 TDs, 658 yards
DELBARTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Paul McCoy ran for 658 yards in a high school football game and, believe it or not, may not have set a national record with his feat.
The total tops the National Federation of State High School Association's listed record of 619 yards set by Ronney Jenkins of Oxnard, Calif., in 1995. But high school records historian Doug Huff said Saturday the recognized record is 739 yards by John Giannantonio of Netcong, N.J., in 1950, against Mountain Lakes.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/highschool/09/30/bc.fbh.matewan.mccoy.ap/index.html?cnn=yes

Updated: 3:58 PM GMT on October 02, 2006

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