Wisconsin Weather Update

Wisconsin Weather Update for January 31, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 2:19 PM GMT on January 31, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

Would You Rather Results

Players: 35
Game #1:
Submitted By: Mary Be.
Would You Rather...
A. Go to the doctor (26) - 1 point
B. Go to the dentist (9)

Game #2:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. Always have to write with your nondominant hand (26) - 1 point
B. Always have to write with your eyes closed (9)

Game #3:
Topic: Pain/Fear/Discomfort
Would You Rather...
A. Skydive without a lesson (11)
B. Scuba dive without a lesson (23) - 1 point


Today’s forecast grade: C+


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin and Fox Cities:
Bitter cold expected this weekend...
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 8am with sunshine mixed with some high clouds and nippiness, temps are near or just above zero.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: High pressure to our south will give Wisconsin another day of sunshine. However, another quick-moving low pressure system in North Dakota will develop more light snow across the state this evening. A wicked plunge of arctic air will be moving in Friday night, so bundle up big time if you're heading out anywhere this weekend.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Some morning sunshine, a little breezy, then increasing clouds this afternoon with light snow developing by this evening. High of 19.

Tonight: Cloudy with scattered light snow showers. Maybe 1" of new accumulation by the time you wake up tomorrow morning. Lows near 10 above zero. Chance of snow 40%.

Tomorrow: Maybe some morning flurries, otherwise becoming partly sunny. Highs just above 20. Another round of flurries is possible Thursday night.

This Weekend:
Friday: Mostly cloudy and colder with light snow or flurries. Highs 13-18. Chance of snow 35%.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, flurries, and OMG cold. Highs 1-6 above zero. Another reason to be glad that the heater is now working in my car.
Super Bowl Sunday: Cloudy and still bitterly cold, highs 0-5 above zero.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated showers, highs mid- 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine today, isolated showers tonight, highs upper 40s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers, highs upper 40s.
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 today, light snow tonight, highs upper 20s.
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://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Weather in the News:

Bush administration in hot seat over warming
Lawmakers get survey of scientists, half of whom report political pressure
WASHINGTON - The Democratic-controlled Congress on Tuesday stepped up its pressure on President Bush’s global warming strategy, hearing allegations of new political pressure on government scientists to downplay the threat of global warming.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16886008/?GT1=8921


In Case You Missed It:

Thanks Chad for the link!
How Does David Copperfield Fly?
AMAZING computer animation that explains in detail how the best magician in the world manages to fly!
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/393564/how_does_david_copperfield_fly/

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Wisconsin Weather Update for January 30, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:47 PM GMT on January 30, 2007

Good Tuesday morning!

Would You Rather...
Another week of games starts right now! Celebrities not included, which of these would you choose?

Game #1:
Submitted By: Mary Be. (one extra credit point awarded)
Would You Rather...
A. Go to the doctor
B. Go to the dentist

Game #2:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. Always have to write with your nondominant hand
B. Always have to write with your eyes closed

Game #3:
Topic: Pain/Fear/Discomfort
Would You Rather...
A. Skydive without a lesson
B. Scuba dive without a lesson

Rules and How to Play
If you'd like to get an extra credit point or two, submit a topic for any game played in these updates. If it's used, you get an extra point! There's a maximum of two extra credit points per season.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Winter 2007 Game Schedule

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


Today’s forecast grade: C


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for a bands of snow flurries and light snow showers to pass through south central and southeast Wisconsin during the morning hours. While no additional snow accumulations are expected...untreated roads throughout south central and southeast Wisconsin will be snow covered and slippery from the snow that fell overnight. In addition...northwest winds increasing to 10 to 20 mph will cause blowing and drifting snow. Motorists should exercise good winter driving skills and reduce their speed until roads are cleared. Be prepared for rapidly changing Road conditions...especially on east to west oriented roads during the early morning commute.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds, wind, and some lingering light snow showers, temps are near 10 above zero across most of the state.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: An area of low pressure has moved off just to our east, centered in Michigan, but wraparound moisture will keep the lingering snow showers in eastern Wisconsin through this morning. About 1-2" of accumulation has fallen across the state since yesterday. As high pressure moves into the midwest, look for some sunshine to briefly move in before it sets early this evening. Personally, I'm just happy that it's not entirely dark anymore when leaving work.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning snow showers east, then becoming partly sunny this afternoon. Not much more than a dusting of new snow is expected today. Still cold and windy though, with a high of 16.

Tonight: Variably cloudy, lows near or just above zero.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, another round of light snow showers possible late in the day, highs near or just above 20.

Extended:
Thursday: Partly sunny, highs 19-24.
Friday: Windy and colder with more snow showers. Maybe an inch or two of accumulation, similar to last night. Highs 12-17.
Saturday: Clouds, very cold, light snow showers or flurries possible, highs only 6-11. And if you think that's bad...
Super Bowl Sunday: Mostly cloudy and bitterly cold with a 70% chance of Indianapolis winning Super Bowl XLI. Highs 1-6. *shiver*


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated showers, highs upper 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Clouds, highs lower 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers, breezy, highs lower 50s.
Widespread showers and isolated thunderstorms will continue to develop early this morning and move northeast at 30 mph. Hourly rainfall rates will range from a tenth to
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: Flurries, some sunshine, breezy, highs upper 20s.
Scattered snow flurries will continue across southeast Illinois and southwest Indiana early this morning. Some of the activity may work south into northwest Kentucky as well.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


In Case You Missed It:

And the entire world let out a collective, "Eh."
Microsoft launches Vista worldwide
After five years of marketing blitz, the largest software maker unveils the new computer operating system Tuesday.
NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Microsoft Corp. rolled out Windows Vista at retailers in 70 countries Tuesday, delivering a new computer operating system that aims to better manage the explosion of digital media and protect users from the dangers of the Internet.
http://money.cnn.com/2007/01/30/technology/bc.microsoft.vista.reut/index.htm?cnn=yes
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/default.mspx

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Wisconsin Weather Update for January 29, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:43 PM GMT on January 29, 2007

Happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. We had a fun weekend, but it passed by way too quickly. Saturday, we went with our friends Jason and Nicole to the Fireside Theater to eat a tasty lunch, then see a show called Hollywood Sings. We had front-row tickets, and it was a great show. Steve especially enjoyed himself when one of the actresses in the cast asked him to dance with her. He was able to show her a couple of tricks too, and got applause from the crowd. Sunday was a long morning at church, as we were nursery attendants for the early service, then we worshiped at the late service. Steve was also a greeter and offering assistant for the late service. After that, we pretty much stayed at home, and finished out the weekend by watching the movie Two Weeks Notice. It was a good movie, but not quite as funny as we were told it was. It still had its moments, though.

Not too much is new with Bryce, except that he hasn't been feeling too well the last couple of days. He had a low fever on Friday and Saturday, and he has a cough. The fever was gone by Sunday but he was still fussy most of the weekend because we think he's cutting another tooth. I imagine his mouth his sore, as he was even sensitive about me brushing his teeth last night. He normally loves it when we brush his teeth.

A funny story about Bryce happened earlier in the week. We were watching The Tonight Show on our DVR, and Bryce was watching it too. Each time the audience laughed at one of his jokes, Bryce would start laughing too. A few of the jokes told, we hope he doesn't understand for another 17 years, but he still thought they were funny anyway.

Well that wraps up our update. Have a great week.


Today’s forecast grade: C


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
An area of very light snow extended over much of southern Wisconsin west of a line from near Fond Du Lac to Janesville. This area of very light snow will spread east and reach the Lake Michigan shore areas by 830 am. Only a dusting of snow is expected this morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with scattered light snow showers, temps are just above zero north and around 5-10 above zero central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: An "Alberta Clipper" low pressure system now centered in northern Minnesota is developing light snow showers ahead of an occluded front stretching south from the low. The system is weak and not overly impressive, so I wouldn't expect anything more than 1" of snow from this system by tonight. Two more "Alberta Clipper" storms are expected to move through Wednesday evening and Friday morning, but these look about as unimpressive as today's storm system. However, arctic air will continue to move through Wisconsin, and could get real bad by next weekend with highs perhaps only in the single digits above zero.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy and cold with scattered light snow showers. High of 18 central, mid- teens north, and just above 20 south. Chance of snow 50%, unless it's already snowing, in which case it's 100%.

Tonight: Cloudy and breezy with light snow showers eventually ending overnight. Maybe 1" of total accumulation. Lows 5-10 above zero. Chance of snow 40%.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, breezy and cold. Highs upper teens.

Extended:
Wednesday: Cloudy with light snow showers again possible. Looks to be a repeat of today. Highs 16-21. Chance of snow 30%.
Thursday: Partly sunny, highs 17-22.
Friday: Cloudy and breezy with another round of light snow showers possible, mostly early in the day. Colder, highs 12-17. Chance of snow 40%.
Saturday: Cloudy and very cold with flurries. Highs only 3-8 above zero.
"The Big Game" Sunday: Partly sunny, still very cold, highs 5-10.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, breezy, cooler, highs mid- 40s.
Wind chills 10 to 15 degrees above zero early 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: A chance of rain late. Highs mid- 50s.
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, breezy, flurries tonight, highs mid- 30s.
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://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate

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Wisconsin Weather Update for January 26, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 2:21 PM GMT on January 26, 2007

**Updated for Clair's answers, which came in around the same time I sent out the update**

TGIF!

Outburst Results
Even though it's only 8am, it makes me hungry just looking at these answers.
Not a single player was able to get all four answers yesterday - all of you had at least one of your answers show up in the "Other Responses" pool.

Topic: Food Served in a School Cafeteria

Players: 29
Pizza (24)
Hamburgers (13)
Hot Dogs (7)
Meat Loaf (5)
Spaghetti (Pasta also accepted) (4)
Fruit (Apples also accepted) (3)
Corn (2)
Milk (2)
Gelatin Cubes (Jell-O accepted) (1) - Bonus Point Awarded to: Sarah H.
Pudding

Other Responses:
Chicken Nuggets (7)
French Fries (6)
Mac & Cheese (6)
Mashed Potatoes (4)
Tater Tots (4)
Corn dogs (3)
Sloppy Joe (3)
Tacos (3)
Breaded Chicken Patties/Strips (2)
Fish Sticks (2)
Salad (2)
Lasagna
Chili
Brownies
Salisbury Steak
Unhealthy
Greasy
PB&J sammiches
Mystery Meat
Bread
Pigs in a Blanket
Ketchup (or Catsup)
Applesauce
Peas
Grilled Cheese


Winter 2007 Point Standings
Apparently even though I have all the fields centered in Excel, they just don't seem to be importing into email that way. So Max suggested a different approach - have all of the weekly points in the leftmost columns and the name/city to the right. Thoughts? Hopefully it'll make it easier to read online as well.

Also - if you want me to include your city in the weekly point standings, just send me a note with where you live!

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Name City
31 4 8 9 10 Perfect Score:
24 4 5 7 8 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
23 4 4 9 6 Juanita:
23 4 5 7 7 Mary, Appleton, WI:
23 4 5 7 7 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
22 3 6 7 6 Deb:
22 3 4 8 7 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
22 7 8 7 Raessa:
21 2 6 6 7 Becky T. and Dad:
21 3 6 5 7 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
21 3 5 7 6 Sue, De Pere, WI:
20 3 4 6 7 $Greg, Madison, WI:
20 4 7 4 5 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
20 3 4 8 5 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
19 3 5 5 6 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
18 2 5 7 4 Chris Ke.:
18 3 4 9 2 Mom:
18 1 7 6 4 Rhonda Lop.:
18 3 5 6 4 Sally:
17 2 5 5 5 $Brian, Madison, WI:
17 2 5 4 6 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
17 2 7 8 Diane Sm.:
17 4 6 6 1 Kelley:
17 4 5 4 4 Morgan:
16 2 6 4 4 Jan, Berlin, WI:
16 2 1 5 8 Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
15 2 1 7 5 Tony:
14 2 4 8 Bethany:
14 3 5 5 1 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
14 0 5 7 2 Stacy:
13 2 3 8 Adam E.:
10 3 7 Barb, Berlin, WI:
10 3 4 3 0 Steve L.:
9 2 1 3 3 $Tammy, Madison, WI:
9 3 5 1 Dan, Henderson, NV:
8 0 3 5 Al, Germantown, WI:
8 6 2 Angela:
8 4 2 2 John E., Madison, WI:
8 1 4 0 3 John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI:
7 1 3 3 Jen:
7 3 4 Nicole, Madison, WI:


Today’s forecast grade: B


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
Widespread fog is expected across the area this morning. The fog could be dense in places...and reduce visibilities to less than 1/4 mile at times. Some freezing drizzle is also possible. Anyone traveling this morning should use extra caution. Be sure to slow down in dense fog so that you will be able to stop if you encounter an obstruction in the roadway ahead of you. Be prepared for the possibility of slippery roadways due to freezing drizzle.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 8am with clouds, areas of fog, and plenty of wind, temps are much warmer than they've been lately, already in the low to mid- 20s central and south and near 20 north.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A warm front is stretching southward from an area of low pressure in northern Minnesota. This would explain the windy, mild conditions this morning with temperatures already near our normal high for this date. While most of the precipitation this morning is off to our east, in Michigan, light rain or snow (perhaps mixing with some light freezing rain) will be possible later today.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy, windy and mild with a chance of flurries or drizzle, and perhaps mixing with light freezing rain at times depending on where you live. High of 34 central, near 30 north, and upper 30s south.

Tonight: Variably cloudy, breezy, lows near 20.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, windy and colder with scattered snow showers possible later in the day. Perhaps an inch or two of accumulation. Highs mid- to upper 20s central, near 30 south. Chance of snow 30%.

Sunday: Becoming partly sunny and cold behind Saturday evening's cold front, highs mid- teens.

Next Week:
Monday: A chance of light snow or flurries late. Cold, highs 12-17.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with flurries. Highs 15-20.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, highs 17-22.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine all weekend long, highs lower 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 rain Saturday night and Sunday morning. Highs near 50 today, warming to near 60 tomorrow, then upper 50s Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: A chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow, highs lower 60s today, mid- 60s Saturday, and cooling into the mid- 50s 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 today, rain mixing with light snow tomorrow, flurries Sunday. Highs upper 40s today, lower 40s tomorrow, and lower 30s 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://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate

Updated: 1:00 PM GMT on January 29, 2007

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Wisconsin Weather Update for January 25, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:28 PM GMT on January 25, 2007

Good Thursday morning!

Outburst!

Topic: Food Served in a School Cafeteria

Rules and How to Play
Give me four answers to the topic below. If they're also on the game card, you get a point. Simple as that.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Bryce will soon be in full-time day care!
We got some good news yesterday - starting February 12, Bryce will be going to the YMCA (formerly Thrivent) Child Learning Center. Figuring out babysitting schedules has been a challenge for us, as we have used a hodgepodge of babysitters since Bryce was born over 1 1/2 years ago, but now Bryce will get to interact with other kids his age on a regular basis, get into a structured routine, learn a lot of new things, and he'll only be a few hundred yards from where I work so I can go visit him on my lunch break if I want. We were on the waiting list since November.
Also - Bryce had another healthy visit to the doctor's office yesterday. He's now 26 lbs. and 33.25" in length, making him average for weight and a little bit taller than average.


Bowling Scores
In my bowling league last night, I was again lucky enough to bowl scores which got me a line in today's paper. My first game was an even 200, for the second game I had a "Dutch 200" going through the eighth frame before getting a couple spares in the 9th and 10th frames (if you alternate strike/spare throughout the entire game, you always end up with a 200). For my third game, I started off with seven strikes in a row - the most I've ever had in a row to start a game. Unfortunately I got an open (split) in the 8th frame, spared in the 9th, but then I finished up the night with three more strikes in a row to get a 255 game and bump up my league average to a 202! And even better yet is that our team is in first place and we beat the second place team all three games, so we're really in first place now.
http://www.postcrescent.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070125/APC02/701250654/1892/APCsports


Today’s forecast grade: B-


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with cold sunshine, temps are mostly around 5-10 above zero.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: High pressure centered to our north will give Wisconsin another day of sunshine, but a northerly wind will bring colder temperatures to the state as well. We might get some light snow tonight or tomorrow, but I don't expect it to be anything more than a dusting. By the way, only 11 more months until Christmas. Have you started your shopping yet?
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny and colder today. High of 18 central, mid- teens north, and just above 20 south.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and breezy, snow showers possible north, lows in the lower teens.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, warmer and still breezy. A few light snow showers are possible early in the day. Highs upper 20s to near 30 central, lower 30s south. Chance of snow 30%.

Extended:
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, breezy, maybe some flurries, highs 24-29.
Sunday: Partly sunny, colder, highs 13-18.
Next Week’s Outlook: Maybe some light snow on Wednesday night, but otherwise no other major storm systems are on the horizon. What is on the horizon, though, is more cold temperatures. Highs look to be only in the mid- to upper teens for most of the week, although it might warm up into the 20s on Wednesday before the passage of the aforementioned storm system. The models are showing even colder temperatures late next week and into next weekend, so no relief is in sight. Perhaps this is payback for our very mild December.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Decreasing clouds, breezy, highs mid- 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Sunshine, highs near 60.
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- 30s.
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://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Weather in the News:

New ice age theory: Sun’s ‘dimmer switch’
Ice ages are not caused by planet Earth’s orbital variations as once thought, but by the dimmer switch inside the sun that causes its brightness to rise and fall on timescales of around 100,000 years which is exactly the same period as between ice ages on Earth, according to a radical new theory proposed by renowned astrophysicist Robert Ehrlich of George Mason University.
http://pressesc.com/01169672696_
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/01/24/2352218&from=rss

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Wisconsin Weather Update for January 24, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 2:21 PM GMT on January 24, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

Match Game Results
One game was a landslide, the other was very close! Remember the new rules for Match Game where you get one point for every six matches.

Players: 34
Game #1: Archie said, "When I was born, my parents kept me on the roof. For years, I thought I was a _______"
Pigeon/Bird (11) - 1 point
Chimney (10) - 1 point
Shingle (4)
Weather Vane (4)
TV Antenna (3)
Lookout
Squirrel

Game #2: Edna the etiquette expert said, "You know when you're being rude at a party when you wash your _____ in the punch bowl."
Hands (26) - 4 points
Face (2)
Butt
Car
Dentures
Feet
Hair
Socks


Today’s forecast grade: B-


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 8am with a mix of clouds and some spots of sunshine, temps are in the mid- to upper teens central, near 20 south but several degrees BELOW zero north.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A messy surface map this morning has a stationary front located north-south through central Minnesota, then eastward through southern Wisconsin, and eventually back north again into a low pressure system in northeastern Canada. What does this mean for us? Well, besides some clouds, colder air will move into Wisconsin today. Northern Wisconsin is already enjoying the benefits of the cold front, with current temperatures below zero, and the rest of the state probably won't make it much past where we are right now.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy, colder, maybe some light snow showers or flurries north. High of 22 central, mid- 20s south, and eventually upper teens north.

Tonight: Maybe some flurries this evening, otherwise becoming partly cloudy. Lows near 5-10 above zero central and south, just below zero again north.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, a little colder, highs upper teens central, near 20 south.

This Weekend:
Friday: Mostly cloudy and breezy, warmer, perhaps some light snow showers or flurries. Highs 24-29.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, breezy, more light snow showers or flurries. Highs 22-27.
Sunday: Cloudy, colder, even more light snow showers. Highs 16-21.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Clouds, highs lower 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Rain, breezy, highs upper 40s.
Periods of light to moderate rain will persist into mid-morning. Rainfall amounts are expected to average between a third and three-quarters of an inch by 11 am if current trends hold...expect the rain to taper off or end between 11 am and 1 PM.
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, maybe some flurries, highs upper 30s.
Scattered light snow and snow flurries will continue to move southeast around 25 mph...through southwest Indiana into northwest Kentucky. The leading edge of the precipitation will move from Mount Vernon and Oakland City Indiana...Onward toward Santa Claus Indiana and Owensboro Kentucky. A quick dusting of snow will be possible on ground surfaces. Any snow that falls should exit the area by 830 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Top News:

Bush Pleads in State of the Union Address to Give Iraq Plan 'A Chance to Work'
WASHINGTON — Delivering a State of the Union address to a Democratic-led Congress for the first time, President Bush pleaded Tuesday night for members of both parties to follow his lead and give his latest plan to end the sectarian violence in Iraq "a chance to work."
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,246103,00.html
http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/01/23/bush.sotu/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,246179,00.html
Transcript:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,246158,00.html
http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/01/23/sotu.bush.transcript/index.html


Interesting Weather Site:

Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory
Home to the Oldest Continuous Weather Record in North America
Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory, located at the top of a scenic mountain range south of Boston, is a unique American institution. Founded in 1885 by Abbott Lawrence Rotch as a private scientific center for the study and measurement of the atmosphere, it was the site of many pioneering weather experiments and discoveries. The earliest kite soundings of the atmosphere in North America in the 1890s and the development of the radiosonde in the 1930s occurred at this historic site.
http://www.bluehill.org/

Updated: 3:15 PM GMT on January 24, 2007

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Wisconsin Weather Update for January 23, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 2:01 PM GMT on January 23, 2007

Good Tuesday morning!

Match Game: Sentence Edition
A new week of games starts right now! For the first time in a couple months, here's a new Match Game: Sentence Edition. I tried finding the MIDI music online for some inspiration when coming up with your answers, but for once Google failed me. And sorry for how the point standings formatted again in Monday's update. I'll get it right one of these weeks.

Game #1: Archie said, "When I was born, my parents kept me on the roof. For years, I thought I was a _______"

Game #2: Edna the etiquette expert said, "You know when you're being rude at a party when you wash your _____ in the punch bowl."

Rules and How to Play
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Winter 2007 Game Schedule

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


Today’s forecast grade: B


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds, temps are near 20.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A low pressure system located near the southern tip of Hudson Bay in Canada is stretching a cold front into far northern Wisconsin this morning. Look for most of the clouds to stick around today, but any light snow Wisconsin receives today will probably only be to the north. Colder air will move back into Wisconsin by tomorrow and Thursday, which is ok with me now since I finally got the heat in my car fixed yesterday. Turns out a mouse built a nest in the ventilation system! I had yet another flat tire yesterday morning, which prompted me to get four new wheels on the car too.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy, maybe a few light snow showers or flurries north. High of 29 central, mid- to upper 20s north, near 30 south.

Tonight: Variably cloudy, lows near ten above zero.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, colder, a little breezy, and maybe a few flurries. Highs lower 20s central, mid- 20s south.

Extended:
Thursday: Partly sunny, colder, highs 18-23.
Friday: Mostly cloudy and warmer with flurries, highs 29-34.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, flurries, highs 28-33.
Sunday: Partly sunny, colder, highs 18-23.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs upper 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly sunny, highs mid- 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Breezy with scattered light rain showers. Highs upper 40s.
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 near 40.
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://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Weather in the News:

A rare snow day in Arizona
• Body found near Denver is Mel Dinklage, 46, authorities said
• 45,000 Missourians still without power Monday
• Up to 11/2 inches fall on downtown Phoenix and Tucson
• Nine inches fall in New Mexico, closing stretch of I-25
PHOENIX, Arizona (AP) -- A rare snowstorm that surprised Arizona with more than a foot of snow left the state Monday, giving children as far south as Tucson a chance to play in the snow.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/01/22/winter.weather.ap/index.html

Thanks Chad and Joe for the links!
AMS CERTIFIED WEATHERMAN STRIKES BACK AT WEATHER CHANNEL CALL FOR DECERTIFICATION
Well, well. Some “climate expert” on “The Weather Channel” wants to take away AMS certification from those of us who believe the recent “global warming” is a natural process. So much for “tolerance”, huh?
http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressRoom.Blogs&ContentRecord_id=3a9bc8a4-802a-23 ad-4065-7dc37ec39adf
Weather Channel Climate Expert Calls for Decertifying Global Warming Skeptics
The Weather Channel’s most prominent climatologist is advocating that broadcast meteorologists be stripped of their scientific certification if they express skepticism about predictions of manmade catastrophic global warming.
http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressRoom.Blogs&ContentRecord_id=32abc0b0-802a-23 ad-440a-88824bb8e528
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/01/18/0421242&from=rss

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Wisconsin Weather Update for January 22, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 8:30 PM GMT on January 20, 2007

Good morning and happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope you all had a great weekend. Steve's step-grandmother's funeral was on Friday in Pewaukee. It was a nice service, although I was only able to watch it from the outside lobby as I needed to attend to Bryce. It was nice to see Steve's family and extended family, even though it was under sad circumstances. We were home for most of the day on Saturday, taking care of a few chores around the house and catching up on a few shows like American Idol and 24 (we wait until after Bryce goes to bed before starting 24 ). Saturday evening, we went to my mom's house for a tasty meatloaf dinner, and we also played a fun round of the game Apples to Apples. Sunday after church, my mom, brother Adam and his girlfriend Missy game to visit. We had a pizza lunch, watched the Saints vs. Bears football game and played more Apples to Apples.

Not too much is new with Bryce except that he seems to be getting smarter every day. Steve has been reading him one of his books called Baby Faces, and there is one page that says "stinky" with boy face wrinkling his nose. Steve will say "Stinky! Ewww!", and Bryce starts laughing. Well yesterday when I said "stinky ewww" Bryce brought me the book and opened it to that page. I don't know if it was random or if he meant to do it, since he knows what the page looks like even though he can't read the word, but it was still very cute. Well, that pretty much sums up our update. Have a great week.


Chain Reaction Results
Three quarters of Thursday's game were pretty easy for you guys to figure out, but there were two good answers for the third one, which you were evenly split on. Mood and moon were both great answers, but mood was the answer officially used in the game, so that is the only one which will receive two points of credit.

Players: 26
Invisible
Ink (25/26)
Jet (25/26)
Blue
Mood (12/26) Note: Since less than half of you got it right, those that did will get a bonus point.
Ring (26/26)
Ding

Other "Mood" Answers: Moon (12), Marlin (1)


Winter 2007 Point Standings
I played around with the formatting a little more, including splitting out the city/state into a new column, making the weekly top players' scores bold and coloring the top ten + ties blue. Let me know what you think of the new format, or if the formatting doesn't look good in your email client. I know it still looks a bit goofy online, but hopefully it's still at least readable. Only one former champion is in the "top ten" three weeks into the new season.

Name City Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3
Perfect Score: 21 4 8 9
Juanita: 17 4 4 9
$$$Nia, Appleton, WI: 16 4 5 7
Deb: 16 3 6 7
Kelley: 16 4 6 6
Mary, Appleton, WI: 16 4 5 7
Mom: 16 3 4 9
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 16 4 5 7
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 15 3 4 8
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 15 4 7 4
Raessa: 15 7 8
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 15 3 4 8
Sue, De Pere, WI: 15 3 5 7
Becky T. and Dad: 14 2 6 6
Chris Ke.: 14 2 5 7
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 14 3 6 5
Rhonda Lop.: 14 1 7 6
Sally: 14 3 5 6
$Greg, Madison, WI: 13 3 4 6
$Karl, Appleton, WI: 13 3 5 5
Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 13 3 5 5
Morgan: 13 4 5 4
$Brian, Madison, WI: 12 2 5 5
Jan, Berlin, WI: 12 2 6 4
Stacy: 12 0 5 7
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 11 2 5 4
Steve L.: 10 3 4 3
Tony: 10 2 1 7
Diane Sm.: 9 2 7
Dan, Henderson, NV: 8 3 5
John E., Madison, WI: 8 4 2 2
Sarah H., Appleton, WI: 8 2 1 5
Jen: 7 1 3 3
Nicole, Madison, WI: 7 3 4
$Tammy, Madison, WI: 6 2 1 3
Angela: 6 6
Bethany: 6 2 4
Adam E.: 5 2 3
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 5 1 4 0
Al, Germantown, WI: 3 0 3
Barb, Berlin, WI: 3 3


Today’s forecast grade: B


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds and areas of fog, temps are not too cold, already near 20.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Wisconsin got several inches of snow yesterday - you can click the two additional links below to see what happened in your town. My driveway got 3.0" yesterday, which was definitely enough to shovel but not quite enough to get out the snowblower IMO. As for today, the low pressure system is gone and high pressure in the west-central Plains is trying to move in. An Alberta Clipper-type system may give us some light snow showers or flurries late tomorrow and Wednesday, but I don't expect it to be a big deal.
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/product.php?site=MKX&product=PNS&issuedby=MKX
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/product.php?site=GRB&issuedby=GRB&product=PNS&format=CI&version=4&glossary= 0
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Clouds this morning, maybe a few breaks of sunshine this afternoon. High of 27

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, maybe a few flurries. Lows upper teens.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, light snow showers or flurries possible late in the day. I only see a dusting coming from this one. Highs near 30. Chance of measurable snow 25%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, more light snow showers or flurries. Highs 24-29. Chance of measurable snow 20%.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, highs 20-25.
Friday: Partly sunny, highs 23-28.
Saturday: Cloudy, light snow showers or flurries possible. Highs 28-33. Chance of snow 25%.
Sunday: Cloudy, colder, light snow showers or flurries possible. Highs 16-21. Chance of snow 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs lower 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Rain, highs mid- 60s.
Through 9 am...scattered light to moderate rain showers will continue to move northeast across southeast South Carolina. Rainfall totals will be from just a trace up 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: Scattered showers, breezy, highs mid- 50s.
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- 30s.
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://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate



Weather in the News:

Snow, wind dump on Colorado
• Plane slips off runway in Wisconsin; no one hurt
• Storm causes accidents in Colorado, but no injuries
• Interstate 25 closed due to whiteout conditions
• About 30,000 Oklahomans still without power
DENVER, Colorado (AP) -- The latest in a series of winter storms battered Colorado on Sunday, dumping several inches of snow and whipping up strong wind that created whiteout conditions on the state's eastern plains.
Meanwhile, a plane in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with 104 people on board skidded off a runway in snowy weather Sunday after the Northwest Airlines crew aborted the flight as it began accelerating for takeoff, airline officials said.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/01/21/winter.weather.ap/index.html
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=555249

Europe reels as storms kill at least 47
LONDON, England (AP) -- Europeans labored on Friday to restore services across the continent after hurricane-force winds toppled trees, brought down power lines and damaged buildings, killing at least 47 people and disrupting travel for tens of thousands.
• Death toll from storms rises to at least 47
• Berlin's new train station closed by falling girder, German rail network halted
• Tens of thousands without power in Germany and Poland
• Youngster killed by collapsing wall in London
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/01/19/europe.storm.ap/index.html

Nation wakes to cold reality after balmy start
• Warm weather made some forget winter's harshness
• Barrage blamed in part on El Nino, maybe rising temperatures
• Meteorological convention in Texas hit by freezing precipitation
• Warm weather boosted business; cold snap to change that
(AP) -- If anyone should be able to time a getaway during what's been a bizarrely balmy winter, you'd think it would be America's weather forecasters.
So how to explain the conditions confronted this week by members of the American Meteorological Society who packed short sleeves for their annual convention in normally mild San Antonio, Texas -- icicles dripping from the rails, sleet falling from the skies, and biting chill in the air?
It turns out the winter that wasn't, isn't done with us yet.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/01/19/winter.tale.ap/index.html


Scientist: Maybe Two Snowflakes are Alike
The old adage that "no two snowflakes are alike" might not hold true, at least for smaller crystals, new research suggests.
Snowflakes are created when snow crystals stick together. Some contain several hundred crystals [images]. Scientists investigate how snowflakes form because of the possible influence they may have on global climate. In addition, researchers now believe ice crystals in the atmosphere, which typically are snow crystals too small to fall to the ground, play a key role in ozone depletion, possibly by acting as a catalyst to break down ozone.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20070121/sc_livescience/scientistmaybetwosnowflakesarealike
http://www.livescience.com/php/multimedia/imagegallery/igviewer.php?imgid=505&gid=35
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/01/22/0052206&from=rss

Updated: 1:46 PM GMT on January 22, 2007

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Wisconsin Weather Update for January 18, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:48 PM GMT on January 18, 2007

Good Thursday morning!

No Update Friday
We will be at my step-grandmother's funeral in Pewaukee, WI on Friday, so there will not be an update tomorrow.

Laurene S. Harland Obituary
http://www.legacy.com/jsonline/DeathNotices.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonID=86034948


Chain Reaction
I may post today's game results and weekly point standings on my Web site over the weekend (www.wisconsinweatherupdate.com) and I will also have them in Monday's update after the intro.

Invisible
I_______
J_______
Blue
M_______
R_______
Ding

Rules and How to Play
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Weather Update Poll Results:
Ok, you've played both versions now. Which was more fun? [21 votes total]
--Celebrity Version (11) 52%
--Neither! (7) 33%
--Generic "You" Version (3) 14%
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847
Archive:
http://vote.sparklit.com/archive.spark?archiveID=334188


Bowling Scores
For the second time in three weeks, my scores were good enough to make the local paper but they didn't include our league's results in the online version. On Jan. 3, I had a 246, 209 and 235 for a 690 series, my best series ever. Last night I bowled my second highest game ever, a 267, which included a spare, 8 strikes in a row, then a 6-7-9 split in the 10th frame (which I actually picked up - another first!), then got a strike on my final ball. Talk about saving a good game - it would have been a shame to bowl 8 strikes in a row, then open in the 10th! My other games last night were a 212 and 196 for a 675 series. It seems that I write about my scores quite a bit, but I only mention them when they're good enough to make the paper (or qualify to anyway!) It might sound like bragging, but hey, it's my blog and I can write what I want.


Today’s forecast grade: B-


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
An area of light snow or flurries continues to lift to the northeast through central and east central Wisconsin this morning. A light dusting is expected in communities from Stevens Point to Green Bay. Expect some slick roads during this mornings commute.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
Light snow falling across southeast Wisconsin should only amount to a dusting...or less than 1/2 inch. But...this may be enough to cause slippery stretches on some area roads for the morning rush hour. The snow will taper off to flurries by mid morning across the southeast...it already has diminished to flurries across south central areas.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds and scattered light snow showers, temps are in the mid- teens north and lower 20s central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A weak area of low pressure centered in west-central Minnesota is affiliated with a much stronger low pressure system located well to our north, in Hudson Bay, and is developing light snow showers today. Little more than a dusting is expected but it could still make the roads a little slick today. Especially for my car, which is in desperate need of new tires (and a new ventilation system - the heat hasn't worked in my car for over a month now!)
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy, warmer and a little breezy with scattered light snow showers. Maybe 1/2" of accumulation. High of 27 central, lower 20s north, and near 30 south. Chance of snow 40%.

Tonight: Cloudy, breezy, maybe some lingering light snow showers or flurries. Lows mid- teens.

Tomorrow: More of the same - mostly cloudy, breezy, colder, maybe some flurries early in the day. Highs just above 20.

Extended:
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs 21-26.
Sunday: Cloudy with light snow. Maybe 1-2" of accumulation. Highs 24-29. Chance of snow 50%.
Next Week’s Outlook: A steady stream of Alberta Clipper quick-moving storm systems may give us more light snow on Monday, then again on Wednesday into Thursday and again Friday night into Saturday. Highs look to be slightly below normal, in the lower 20s central and mid- 20s south, except for Tuesday, when we might not break 20. Have a great weekend everyone, and thanks for reading!


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine through the weekend, highs low to mid- 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Rain today and Sunday, dry Friday and Saturday, highs mid- 40s today, then mid- to upper 50s through the weekend.
Through 10 am...showers associated with the cold front will continue to push through the area. Light to moderate rain showers will be the main hazard. Rainfall amounts up to a tenth of an inch is expected.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers today, tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. Highs mid- 40s today, upper 40s tomorrow, then mid- 50s 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: Decreasing clouds today, dry tomorrow, a chance of rain or snow Saturday night and Sunday. Highs lower 40s today, then mid- to upper 30s through the weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Weather in the News:

Ice in South, blizzard in West, more on the way
A blast of sleet and snow kept Texas and Oklahoma residents shivering in its icy grip, while a blizzard north of Los Angeles caused big-rigs to jackknife. The storm is moving east, but another barrage is forecast to bring up to 8 inches snow to the Plains by Friday.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/01/18/winter.blast.ap/index.html

Cold snap likely to hike your grocery bill
CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) -- Grocery retailers are taking stock of the impact California's freeze will have on supplies and the prices of citrus, strawberries and other damaged crops in their stores.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/01/18/cold.crop.disaster.ap/index.html


From the NWS:
Local Three-Month Temperature Outlook added
...In response to customer demand for climate information at the local
level...NOAA/S National Weather Service has launched a new local
three-month temperature outlook product for the Continental
United States.
...Easily accessed on the internet...the local three-month temperature
outlook extends the climate prediction center/S National
three-month temperature outlook to specific local sites...providing
probabilistic forecasts of the average daily mean temperatures for 13
consecutive overlapping three-month periods /E.G. January-February-
March...or February-March-April/. It is available for approximately
1150 sites nationwide...including 10 sites in the WFO Milwaukee/
Sullivan WI County Warning Area. The information is released on the
third Thursday of every month.

The benefits of the local three-month temperature outlook include:

- extension of the National outlook to the local level
- higher resolution outlooks with more detail
- multiple formats to accommodate a wide range of user needs
- helpful tools to assist users with for interpretation

http://www.weather.gov/climate/l3mto.php

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Wisconsin Weather Update for January 17, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:34 PM GMT on January 17, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

iMAgiNiff Results
I wonder which answer would have won game #1 before the whole Rosie vs. Donald fiasco!

Players: 34
iMAgiNiff #1:
iMAgiNiff Rosie O'Donnell were something worn on the hand. What would she be?
1. Brass knuckles (26) - 2 points
5. Puppet (4) - 1 point
4. Rubber glove (3)
6. Mitten (1)
2. Silk glove
3. Diamond ring

iMAgiNiff #2:
iMAgiNiff Rosie O'Donnell were an entree. Which would she be?
6. Big Mac (18) - 2 points
1. Meatloaf (11) - 1 point
4. Sushi (3)
5. Dry toast (2)
2. Lobster Thermadore
3. Mixed green salad


iMAgiNiff... Poll:
Ok, you've played both versions now. Which was more fun?
-Celebrity Version
-Generic "You" Version
-Neither!
Please vote using the link below! Discuss the game in the poll comments!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s forecast grade: B


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with cold sunshine, temps are just barely above zero in most spots.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A strong area of high pressure is centered just south of us, near central Illinois, and will provide a lot of sinking air and thus sunshine today. Low pressure well to our northwest may give us some light snow tomorrow, but it doesn't look like a big deal.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Sunshine, breezy and still cold. High of 23 north and central, mid- 20s south.

Tonight: Increasing clouds, not quite as cold overnight, lows mid- teens.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy with light snow developing. Maybe an inch of accumulation at the most. Highs mid- to upper 20s central, near 30 south. Chance of snow 40%.

This Weekend:
Friday: Becoming partly sunny and colder again. Highs 18-23.
Saturday: Partly sunny, highs 20-25.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy and a little warmer. Similar to what happened last week, today's weather models have the new storm staying to our south. Highs 25-30.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs upper 40s. Your normal high is 57.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Breezy, colder, rain likely tonight. Highs near 50.
High surf advisory in effect from 10 am this morning to 7 am EST Thursday...
High pressure will build south over the region today with a
developing surface low pressure trough well of the coast by
tonight. Strong northeast winds will continue into Thursday.

Winds will average 25 to 35 knots across the coastal waters through
tonight... and around 20 knots Thursday. This will allow seas to
build to between 6 and 9 ft today... with similar seas continuing
into early Thursday. As a result... a high surf advisory remains in
effect.

A high surf advisory means that 8 foot seas are expected in the
nearby coastal waters... or that 5 foot breakers will occur in the
surf zone.

The strong winds combined with the building seas will create
hazardous surf conditions along the beaches of south coastal
South Carolina... and north coastal Georgia. This will likely result
in moderate to locally severe beach erosion near the times of
high tide.

East and northeast facing beaches will be the most susceptible to
high surf and beach erosion. This includes... but is not limited
to... Tybee Island and Hunting Island.

In addition to high surf... there will be an enhanced risk for rip
currents today and Thursday.

Also... tide levels will be on the rise... and will continue to be
monitored for potential shallow coastal flooding... especially
early Thursday morning.

Conditions are expected to gradually improve late Thursday and
Thursday night as low pressure develops off the coast and pulls
away from the region.

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

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Cold rain likely. Highs mid- 30s. Your normal high is 62.
Patches of light rain will continue over Brazoria... Galveston...and Chambers counties. Rainfall amounts will average less than one tenth of an inch.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Clouds, highs mid- 30s.
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://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Weather in the News:

Storm leaves 54 dead, thousands shivering
• Texas shut down 300 miles of I-10 Tuesday
• Death toll of 54 across nine states, with 20 in Oklahoma
• Some 320,000 homes and businesses still without electricity
• Forecasters say more freezing temperatures on the way
McALESTER, Oklahoma (AP) -- Hundreds of people hunkered down in emergency shelters and thousands stuck it out in darkened homes after a winter storm that left 54 dead in nine states.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/01/17/winter.blast.ap/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Global Warming Exposes New Islands in the Arctic
The New York Times has a sobering article about the rapidly accelerating pace of glacial melting across the arctic, focusing on the discovery of new islands and the fact that this is occurring far faster than climate scientist's models predict. What were called Nunataks or 'lonely mountains' in Inuit, trapped in the ice, only a few years ago, are now in the open ocean by kilometers.
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/01/16/1455234&from=rss
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/16/science/earth/16gree.html?_r=1&8dpc&oref=slogin

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Wisconsin Weather Update for January 16, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 2:05 PM GMT on January 16, 2007

Good Tuesday morning!

iMAgiNiff...
A new week of games starts right now! Once again, we're going to play iMAgiNiff..., but this time, a celebrity's name will be inserted into the game instead of the generic "you." The first name to be used is someone who has been in the news a lot recently...Rosie O' Donnell. Three people: Sharon, Jan and Raessa, will receive one point of extra credit for this suggestion.

Who is Rosie?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosie_O'Donnell

iMAgiNiff #1:
iMAgiNiff Rosie O'Donnell were something worn on the hand. What would she be?
1. Brass knuckles
2. Silk glove
3. Diamong ring
4. Rubber glove
5. Puppet
6. Mitten

iMAgiNiff #2:
iMAgiNiff Rosie O'Donnell were an entree. Which would she be?
1. Meatloaf
2. Lobster Thermadore
3. Mixed green salad
4. Sushi
5. Dry toast
6. Big Mac


Rules and How to Play
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Winter 2007 Game Schedule

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


I learned that my step-grandmother's funeral will be on Friday, so there will not be an update that day.


Today’s forecast grade: B-


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 8am with bright sunshine, temps are colder than they've been in a while, in the single digits above zero.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Are you curious just how much snow fell across the state? Check out this link and do a Ctrl+F for your city.
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Wisconsin's second winter storm of the season has moved off to the east, and now we're being influenced by a large area of high pressure centered in Nebraska, which will give us lots of bright sunshine courtesy of the snow cover we finally have. Unfortunately a trough in the jet stream will make today and tonight considerably colder too.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny with temperatures below normal for once, high of 20 central, upper teens north, and just above 20 south.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows just a couple degrees above zero.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, breezy and warmer, highs mid- 20s central, upper 20s south.

Extended:
Thursday: Light snow or flurries developing late. Highs 26-31. Chance of snow 30%.
Friday: Clouds and flurries, highs 21-26
Saturday: Partly sunny, highs 23-28.
Sunday: Snow developing late, and the storm is showing similar signs to the storm that came through last Sunday night. Wait and see if the weather models hold this thing together in the coming days. Highs 27-32. Chance of snow 40%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs upper 40s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered showers, highs mid- 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: Rain, breezy, cold, highs mid- 30s.
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: Flurries, highs near 30.
A large batch of snow flurries will spread southeast over the Evansville tri state area through 9 am. In addition...temperatures mainly in the 20s and gusty northwest winds will create wind chills in the teens through daybreak.
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://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Weather in the News:

Ice storm slams N.E. after leaving Oklahoma, Missouri in dark
• Death toll rises to 41 from Texas to Maine
• California's citrus devastated by cold weather
• Slick roads disrupt King holiday celebrations
• Missourians might not have power until late Wednesday
ROCHESTER, New York (AP) -- A storm blamed for at least 41 deaths in six states spread into the Northeast on Monday, coating trees, power lines and roads with a shell of ice up to a half-inch thick and knocking out power to more than half a million homes and businesses.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/01/15/winter.weather.ap/index.html

Cold snap clobbers California citrus crop
• Up to three-quarters of California's citrus crop destroyed
• Temperatures to dip into mid-20s through Wednesday
• Labor shortage kept fruit unpicked ahead of cold snap
SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- Three nights of freezing temperatures have destroyed up to three-quarters of California's $1 billion citrus crop, according to an estimate issued Monday as forecasters warned the weather could continue.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/01/16/cold.citrus.ap/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Badgers ranked second in the nation
Madison - The University of Wisconsin men's basketball team continued its ascent up the rankings today.
The Badgers, who have won 13 straight games and are 17-1 overall, moved up one spot in the Associated Press poll to second behind defending national champion Florida. Wisconsin received 21 first-place votes.
http://www.jsonline.com/watch/?watch=1&date=1/15/2007&id=17305
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/rankings?poll=1

Netflix to offer online movie viewing
Pioneering service that provides DVD rentals by mail to give customers a chance to view movies, television shows on PCs at no additional cost.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Online movie rental service Netflix introduced a new feature Tuesday to allow customers to watch movies and television series on their personal computers and said it will make the new feature available to its subscribers in a phased rollout during the next six months.
http://money.cnn.com/2007/01/16/technology/netflix/index.htm?cnn=yes

Print Messages On Your Beer
"I stumbled upon a clever hack by Sprite. He reverse-engineered the pin functions on an HP inkjet cartridge and built a simple driver board that converts the cartridge into a hand-held inkjet printer. The driver board is programmed with a fixed message. Moving the 'print head' is your responsibility. Printing messages on a whiteboard was the original inspiration, but printing messages on the foam head of a Guinness is just inspired."
http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/01/14/203219&from=rss
http://www.spritesmods.com/?art=inker&page=4

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Wisconsin Weather Update for January 15, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:59 PM GMT on January 15, 2007

Good monday morning,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope you all have a safe drive to work this morning, if you are in the area of the snow storm. We had a fairly busy weekend. Friday, Steve and I had a date night while Bryce visited with Grandma Nia. We went to see the movie Freedom Writers. It was very good and we both really enjoyed the movie. Saturday afternoon, we had our second private dance lesson at Adagio Dance Club. It's going well so far. We are working on dances that we already know (Hustle, Cha-Cha and Waltz so far), polishing and refining our techniques and footwork to make us better dancers. We have two more lessons this week. Saturday night, we went HumanaDental's holiday party. We had a nice time, visiting with some friends I don't get to see outside of work very much. Sunday, Steve and I greeted and ushered at church, and we didn't too much the rest of the day other than catching up on some things at home.

Bryce learns a few more words: Bryce has learned a few more words over the last couple of weeks. He says "go" a lot, particularly when we're getting him ready to "go", and a couple of days ago, I heard him say "bird". Yesterday when we walked into church, Bryce noticed a bouquet of balloons, and I thought I heard him say "balloon." He also has this new game where he stacks up our couch pillows, climbs on top of his lego box, then dives into them. It's pretty funny watching him trying to imitate Steve's "1....2.....3!" and occasionally he won't line himself up with the pillows quite right, so you have to watch him while he does it otherwise he might belly-flop into the carpet. Well that wraps up our weekend, and I hope you all have a great week.

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Last night we found out that my step-grandmother passed away. Grandma Harland, my step-dad Bob's mom, has had failing health for a while now, and had been placed into hospice care a few days ago after she stopped responding. Funeral arrangements are pending.


Today’s forecast grade: D


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Snow Advisory in effect until 6 PM CST this afternoon...
Snow will continue through the morning... then taper off to
scattered snow showers or flurries later this afternoon.
Additional accumulations around 2 inches is expected... bringing
the storm total to 3 to 5 inches.

A Snow Advisory means that periods of snow will cause primarily
travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and
limited visibilities... and use caution while driving.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Fox Cities:
Winter Storm Warning in effect until 6 PM CST this afternoon...
A heavier band of snow will move into northeast Wisconsin
this morning. Additional snowfall accumulations today will be
around 2 inches... bringing a storm total between 4 and 6 inches.

Northerly winds gusting close to 30 mph will cause considerable
blowing and drifting of the snow through much of the day...
especially in open areas.

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow are
expected or occurring. Strong winds are also possible. This will
make travel very hazardous or impossible.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with ... snow ... temps are near 20 central and south and just above 10 north.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: What a crazy storm this has been. After a lot of hype earlier in the week, Friday and Saturday's weather models both showed the majority of this storm missing us to the south, with only a couple inches of snow expected. Then Saturday night's models bumped back up the totals, resulting in the Winter Storm Warnings that were issued. But if you look at the radar this morning, you'll see that the majority of the precipitation is falling as rain across southern Illinois, southern Indiana and Ohio, but there's a nice swath of snow cutting through southwestern and east-central Wisconsin. This explains why central Wisconsin is still under the Winter Storm Warning, while it got cancelled early south. Many of us will still see another 1-2" of snow during the day today, but I don't think this storm will quite qualify as "the big one."
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Light to moderate snow, eventually tapering off to flurries by this evening. Another 1-2" is expected today, bringing total storm accumulations to 4-6" central, 3-5" north, and 2-4" south. Windy, high of 23 central, upper teens north, mid- 20s south.

Tonight: Breezy with flurries and some blowing snow. Lows near 10 above zero (near 0 north).

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, breezy, highs upper teens to near 20 central, lower 20s south.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, breezy, warmer, highs 24-29.
Thursday: Light snow, could be an inch or two, breezy, highs 25-30. Chance of snow 40%.
Friday: Flurries, still breezy, colder, highs 18-23. Chance of snow 30%.
Saturday: Flurries, breezy, highs 22-27.
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs 25-30.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs only lower 40s. So how much snow did you end up getting?
Freeze warning in effect until 9 am PST this morning for a hard freeze...
Temperatures once again have dropped below freezing across the
area this morning. Although most readings are not quite as cold as
those reported on Sunday morning... temperatures as of 3 am PST /4
am MST/ were generally in the upper teens and 20s. The exception
was the lower Colorado River valley where upper 20s to low 30s
were being experienced. These readings will likely lower a few
more degrees by morning as the lowest temperatures normally occur
around sunrise.

Low temperatures will gradually moderate through Wednesday with
freezing temperatures still possible across the low desert of
southern Nevada... eastern California... and northwest Arizona.
Temperatures in the Colorado River valley will be near to slightly
above freezing. Since the coldest temperatures have passed no
further freeze warnings for a hard freeze are expected at this
time.

People should continue to keep their sprinkle systems turned off
or not run them overnight or during the early morning hours.
Those that have in-ground sprinklers systems should drain their
systems... or cover any above ground pipes to protect them from
freezing.

People should also take precautions to protect tender vegetation
and keep pets indoors.
--------------------
... Record low maximum temperature broken in Las Vegas today...

The high temperature at McCarran International Airport here in Las
Vegas only got up to 39 degrees today at 413 PM. This reading broke
the previous record of 42 degrees last set in 1997.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, highs lower 70s.
Near record high temperatures today...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Rain, perhaps mixing with freezing rain tonight, highs only lower 40s.
... Threat of frozen precipitation across inland portions of the Upper Texas coastal counties later tonight and Tuesday...

A strong surge of cold Arctic air will be filtering into the area
through the day and tonight. Periods of overrunning rainfall are
expected to continue into the afternoon hours as an upper level
impulse moves overhead. There may be a brief lull in precipitation
later this afternoon and evening... especially west of Interstate
45... as the current disturbance moves off to the northeast.
However... another upper level disturbance should be moving in
from the southwest later tonight and Tuesday.

Temperatures in the 40s early this morning should be slowly
falling through the day and breezy conditions will create low
wind chill index values. Temperatures across inland portions and
should fall to near freezing later tonight.

Another upper level disturbance should be moving across from the
southwest late tonight and Tuesday. Precipitation falling into areas at or
below freezing will freeze on contact with the surface. The primary
threat tonight will be accumulating ice on elevated structures
such as overpasses and bridges... leading to increasingly hazardous
travel conditions.

Since temperatures are not expected to warm much on Tuesday... additional
precipitation should continue accumulating across locations at or
below freezing causing worsening conditions... including the
possibility of falling trees or powerlines.

Winter storm watches could be expanded further south into inland
portions of the coastal counties later today or tonight and
possibly be upgraded to advisories or warnings if a wintery mix
becomes imminent. At this time... it appear that temperatures at
the immediate coast should stay above freezing through the
period... but this will continue to be monitored.

Residents across southeast Texas should shelter sensitive plants
and pets and make any other preparations necessary to winterize
your property. Check on those with special needs and the elderly
to make sure they are prepared should this winter weather event
materialize. Precautions should be taken by those that must
venture outside. If you must go outside... wear protective clothing
to stay dry and warm and make certain all extremities are covered.

Please monitor the latest updated weather forecasts.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Morning rain, highs upper 40s.
Widespread light to occasionally moderate rain will continue across the four state region through 9 am. Hourly rainfall totals will average around one tenth of an inch. The resultant ponding of water on area roadways will make for hazardous travel conditions for early morning commuters. Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Weather in the News:

Storms kill, knock out power, cancel flights
• Storms kill 21 in Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, New York
• Utility crews working to restore power
• 300,000 Missouri homes without power
• 415 flights canceled Sunday at Dallas-Fort Worth International
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (AP) -- The ice storms that have been blamed for at least 21 deaths continued to lash much of the nation Sunday, as crews tried to restore power to hundreds of thousands and slick roads spawned accidents.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/01/15/winter.weather.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for January 12, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 2:28 PM GMT on January 12, 2007

TGIF!

Mad Gab Results

Players: 29
Gab #1 (29/29): Abe Rush Hank Home = A brush and comb

Gab #2 (17/29): Owe Love Fillet = Oil of Olay (many of you noted this was a real hard one!)

Gab #3 (26/29): Lit Told Hid High No = Little did I know

Bonus Points:
5: Rhonda Lop. (8:15am)
15: Jordan (11:58am)
25: Stacy (7:10pm)


Winter 2007 Point Standings:
Here are the first point standings of the new season, compiled using Microsoft Excel instead of just email text. If you have a hard time reading it, or if your total is incorrect, please let me know. I'll make sure the standings are at least somewhat readable online (although the table format will only appear in the email version).

Name Total Week 1 Week 2
Perfect Score: 12 4 8
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 11 4 7
Kelley: 10 4 6
$$$Nia, Appleton, WI: 9 4 5
Deb: 9 3 6
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 9 3 6
Mary, Appleton, WI: 9 4 5
Morgan: 9 4 5
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 9 4 5
$Karl, Appleton, WI: 8 3 5
Becky T. and Dad: 8 2 6
Dan, Henderson, NV: 8 3 5
Jan, Berlin, WI: 8 2 6
Juanita: 8 4 4
Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX: 8 3 5
Rhonda Lop.: 8 1 7
Sally: 8 3 5
Sue, De Pere, WI: 8 3 5
$Brian, Madison, WI: 7 2 5
$Greg, Madison, WI: 7 3 4
Chris Ke.: 7 2 5
Clair, Rhinelander, WI: 7 2 5
Jordan, Little Chute, WI: 7 3 4
Mom: 7 3 4
Raessa: 7 7
Sharon, Kaukauna, WI: 7 3 4
Steve L.: 7 3 4
Bethany: 6 2 4
John E., Madison, WI: 6 4 2
John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI: 5 1 4
Stacy: 5 0 5
Jen: 4 1 3
$Tammy, Madison, WI: 3 2 1
Barb, Berlin, WI: 3 3
Nicole, Madison, WI: 3 3
Sarah H., Appleton, WI: 3 2 1
Tony: 3 2 1
Adam E.: 2 2
Diane Sm.: 2 2
Al, Germantown, WI: 0 0


Today’s forecast grade: B-


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for areas of fog...with some visibilities to around 1/2 mile over mainly far southeast Wisconsin. A cold front will exit far southeast Wisconsin by 7 am. Visibilities will improve behind the front.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 8am with clouds and a few areas of fog, temps are in the mid- 30s central and south, but only near 20 north-central and in the single digits northwest.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A cold front moved through overnight, which explains the temperature difference across Wisconsin this morning. Like you may have guessed, most of us have already seen our high temperature for the day, with steady or falling temperatures expected for the remainder of the day. You know...I don't use the word "remainder" in a sentence often enough. That and "angsty," but I'm going to try to work that into a few more sentences before the week is over. Oh yeah, forecast...the big news was going to be that monster winter storm that was expected to roll through Sunday and Monday. Well, remember how yesterday I mentioned that the weather models weren't exactly agreeing with each other? Well, they're getting closer to a solution, but unfortunately for Wisconsin ski resorts, they're now thinking that the storm won't be quite as strong as expected, and much of the storm may stay south of the Wisconsin border. Bummer for some, joy for others, I suppose.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy, breezy, some areas of fog, and maybe some drizzle or flurries at times. High of 36 early central and south, with temps steady or slowly dropping today. Highs only lower 20s north.

Tonight: Cloudy, flurries possible. Lows mid- to upper teens.

Saturday: Cloudy and colder with light snow possible late in the day south. Highs mid- to upper 20s.

Sunday: Cloudy and becoming windy with snow developing later in the day, especially south. Southern Wisconsin could still see a few inches from this thing by Monday morning, although central Wisconsin might only see an inch or two. Unless it decides to alter its track again, of course! Highs upper 20s to near 30. Chance of snow Sunday night 60%.

Next Week:
Monday: Cloudy, breezy, colder, light snow early in the day. Highs 21-26. Chance of morning snow 40%.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, cold, highs 19-24.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, highs 21-26.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Rain changing to snow today, 2" possible by tonight. This means the Las Vegas Strip will have more snow on the ground than central Wisconsin. Highs mid- 40s today, lower 40s this weekend with a partly cloudy sky.
Snow Advisory in effect from 2 PM this afternoon to 10 PM PST this evening...
... Winter Storm Watch no longer in effect...

The National Weather Service in Las Vegas has issued a Snow
Advisory... which is in effect from 2 PM this afternoon to 10 PM
this evening. This replaces the Winter Storm Watch.

Light snow showers will be possible on the desert floor this
morning... with more significant snow possible this afternoon
through tonight. Accumulations of around 2 inches are
possible... but locally higher amounts may be seen in the western
foothills of the Las Vegas Valley and other higher terrain across
Clark County.

A Snow Advisory is issued when snow is expected to develop... but
only enough to cause minor inconveniences such as travel delays.
No severe winter weather is expected at this time.
-------------------
... Very cold temperatures expected over the weekend into early
next week...

An unusually cold airmass will cover the Mojave Desert this
weekend into early next week. Many areas which are not accustomed
to cold weather... including the Las Vegas Valley... will have
three to five straight mornings with subfreezing temperatures. The
coldest temperatures are expected Sunday morning. Some forecast
lows for Sunday morning include 23 at Las Vegas... 19 at
Pahrump... 23 at Mesquite... 30 at Bullhead City... 15 at
Kingman... and 19 at Barstow. For many areas... these will be the
coldest temperatures since January 31 2002 or December 22 1998.

These temperatures can be life threatening. If you must be
outside... dress in layers... and wear a warm hat and gloves. Check
up on those who may not have adequate shelter. The homeless will
be especially at risk.

Many homes in the lower deserts are not well insulated against
such cold temperatures. These temperatures can freeze water
pipes... causing them to burst and flood the house. Residents
should take precautions to prevent this from happening. Wrap
exposed pipes with insulation... or let the faucets drip to prevent
the water from freezing. Open Cabinet doors underneath sinks to
allow heated air to flow around the pipes. Turn off your sprinkler
system until temperatures rise above freezing.

In addition... tender plants should be protected from the cold by
bringing them inside if possible. Pets should also be brought
indoors if possible. If they must remain outside... be sure they
have adequate shelter from the cold and an ample supply of food.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly sunny today and tomorrow, more sunshine on Sunday, highs upper 60s to lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Mostly cloudy, isolated thundershowers tonight and tomorrow with a better chance of thunderstorms on Sunday. Highs low to 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: Rain all freaking weekend. Highs upper 50s today but only mid- 40s this weekend. Just be thankful it isn't snow.
Flood Watch in effect from this evening through late Sunday night...
Through at least 9 am...areas of light rain will persist across the region. The rain will be most widespread along and east of the Mississippi River...where a few pockets of heavier rain will occur. Rainfall will be less than one tenth of an inch over the next few hours...expect locally one tenth to one quarter inch north of the Ohio River.

* a prolonged rainfall event is expected to begin today and last
through Sunday night. A cold front will move slowly southeast
across the lower Ohio Valley on Friday night and Saturday
morning... then stall out Saturday night and Sunday before
finally moving back to the southeast Sunday night. A strong flow
of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will interact with the front
throughout the period. In addition... a potent upper level low
pressure system will lift northeast into the plains on Sunday
and Sunday night. Preliminary indications are that storm total
amounts from 2 to 4 inches will be widespread... with the
potential for locally higher amounts... especially over southeast
Missouri... the southern tip of Illinois and all of west
Kentucky.

* River levels are high... and minor flooding is already
occurring on the Ohio... Wabash and green rivers. The expected
rainfall will aggravate flooding of these rivers... and
possibly send other rivers over flood stage. The ground is
already quite wet in advance of this heavy rainfall... which
means only one to two inches of rain could cause flooding of
low lying areas and poor drainage areas.

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

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/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://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Space in the News:

Talk about looking into the past!
Astronomer Discovers the Most Distant Stars Ever Observed From Earth
A University of B.C. astronomer has discovered the farthest cluster of stars ever seen by a human eye -- a find he hopes will reveal secrets about the formation of the universe.
Two months ago, Harvey Richer and Jason Kalirai, a former PhD student who now works for the University of California, Santa Cruz, used NASA's Hubble telescope to see a cluster of stars one billion light-years from Earth.
That's interesting, he explains, because given that light travels at a finite speed -- 300,000 km a second -- the light emitted from the star cluster he and Kalirai saw was emitted one billion years ago. That means the cluster as it appeared to them two months ago was the way it looked one billion years ago. In other words, they were looking one billion years back in time.
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=0fb0cc1f-f73e-4e7c-82b1-6134482a48a5&k=1725
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/01/10/1910203&from=rss


In Case You Missed It:

In Star Trek they called these "replicators."
A 3D Printer On Every Desktop?
A cheap self-assembly device capable of fabricating 3D objects has been developed by US researchers. They hope the machine could kick start a revolution in home fabrication – or "rapid prototyping" – just as early computer kits sparked an explosion in home computing.
http://www.newscientisttech.com/article/dn10922-desktop-fabricator-may-kickstart-home-revolution.ht ml
http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/01/09/2239206
http://www.zcorp.com/products/printersdetail.asp?ID=1

Updated: 1:27 AM GMT on January 13, 2007

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Wisconsin Weather Update for January 11, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:52 PM GMT on January 11, 2007

Good Thursday morning!

Mad Gab
Mad Gab returns for yet another season! The first Gab is generally easier than the other two, and remember that this game also gives away free bonus points depending on the order in which your answers were received.

Tomorrow's update will have the first point standings of 2007, and I'm going to try to do it a little differently than before, using Microsoft Excel. We'll see if that actually saves me any time once I set up the new spreadsheet. I'm thinking the Sort option alone will save me at least five minutes, especially with more players playing this season.

Gab #1: Abe Rush Hank Home

Gab #2: Owe Love Fillet

Gab #3: Lit Told Hid High No

Bonus Points: 5, 15, 25, 35

Rules and How to Play
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Today’s forecast grade: B


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds and windy conditions, temps are much warmer than they've been, near 30 north and in the mid- 30s central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: The Alberta Clipper storm I mentioned yesterday is currently moving through Minnesota on its way into the Great Lakes. Ahead of the low, strong southerly winds will really boost our high temperatures, but look for a light rain/snow mix late in the day and colder air once again behind the system. There is still a bit of model inconsistency with Sunday/Monday's next big thing, particularly with how far north the storm travels, how long it sticks around Monday morning, and just how much moisture it'll be bringing with it. Regardless, it looks like a lot of people somewhere in the Midwest will be shoveling their driveways Monday morning. Look for more clarity tomorrow.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy, windy and mild, maybe some drizzle or flurries later today. High of 40 central, upper 30s north, and lower 40s south.

Tonight: Cloudy and breezy with light rain or snow possible this evening. I don't think we'll get much more than a dusting from this one, but keep your shovels handy. Lows upper 20s. Chance of precip this evening 40%.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, breezy and colder. Highs not too far from tonight's lows, in the lower 30s central, mid- 30s south.

Extended:
Saturday: Partly sunny. The calm before the storm. Highs 25-30.
Sunday: Cloudy and windy with snow developing across the southern half of the state during the day. More snow likely across the entire state Sunday night with heaviest totals southeast. I would not be surprised to see 6+ inches from this thing by Monday morning, especially south and east. Highs 23-28. Chance of snow 50% during the day, 70% Sunday night.
Next Week’s Outlook: Snow diminishing to flurries Monday, then maybe some light snow on Thursday. Highs only in the upper teens, maybe warming into the 20s by midweek.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly sunny, highs mid- 50s. But check out tomorrow - yes, this is for you. Didn't you move to Vegas to get away from the snow?
Winter Storm Watch in effect from Friday afternoon through late Friday night...
Snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches will be possible on the desert
floor Friday afternoon through Friday night. Locally higher amounts
may be seen in the western foothills of the Las Vegas Valley and
other higher terrain across the watch area... especially the
northwest plateau of Arizona.

A Winter Storm Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for
hazardous winter weather to develop... but the occurrence is still
uncertain.
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- 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly sunny, 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 and breezy today, rain tonight. Make final preparations for your ark. Highs mid- 50s.
Flood Watch in effect from Friday morning through Sunday afternoon...
* a prolonged rainfall event is expected Friday through Sunday.
Some locally heavy rain is possible Friday through Saturday...
followed by a better chance of heavy rain on Saturday night and
Sunday. A cold front will move slowly southeast across the lower
Ohio Valley on Friday night and Saturday... then return north as
a warm front Saturday night and Sunday. A strong flow of
moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will interact with the front.
Preliminary indications are that storm total amounts from 2 to 4
inches will be widespread... with the potential for locally
higher amounts.

* River levels are high... and minor flooding is already occurring
on the Wabash and green rivers. The expected rainfall will
aggravate flooding of these rivers... and possibly send other
rivers over flood stage. The ground is already quite wet in
advance of this heavy rainfall... which means only one to two
inches of rain could cause flooding of low lying areas and poor
drainage areas.

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

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/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://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate

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Wisconsin Weather Update for January 10, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 2:04 PM GMT on January 10, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

Family Feud Results
Wow - a lot of people played the feud yesterday and 18 people also gave me celebs to use for future iMAgiNiff... games. Thanks everyone!

Players: 36
Topic #1: A lovable breed of dog
Labrador Retriever (16) - 2 points
Golden Retriever (12) - 1 point
Collie (2)
Poodle (2)
Cocker Spaniel
Hound
Retriever (too generic to be grouped with the above)
Weiner Dog

Topic #2: What month of pregnancy does a woman begin to look pregnant
Fifth (16) - 2 points
Fourth (10) - 1 point
Sixth (5)
Third (4)
Seventh

Today’s forecast grade: B


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a thin cloud base mixed with a few areas of sunshine, temps are in the low to mid- teens central and south and in the single digits (above zero) north.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: High pressure to our south will give Wisconsin another day of dry weather, and with an emerging ridge in the jet stream, warmer air will begin to flow back into the state. Two developing storm systems will move through Wisconsin over the next few days: one is an Alberta Clipper-type storm that might give us some light rain or snow tomorrow evening, and a Panhandle-hook whopper which could produce headline snowfall amounts Sunday and Monday.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly sunny and a little warmer. Becoming windy late. High of 28 central, mid- 20s north, but mid- to upper 30s south.

Tonight: Variably cloudy, breezy, not as cold overnight, lows low to mid- 20s.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, light rain or snow showers possible late in the day. Highs upper 30s central, near 40 south. Chance of precip tomorrow night 50%.

This Weekend:
Friday: Maybe a morning snow shower, otherwise mostly cloudy, highs 29-34.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, highs 26-31.
Sunday: Cloudy and windy with snow developing, especially late in the day. Snow could get heavy Sunday night and may continue through Monday morning. Highs 22-27. Chance of snow 60%. Look for highs in the teens next week.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs lower 60s. But soon...highs only near 40!
... Extremely cold temperatures on the way...

An unusually cold air mass will plunge south out of western
Canada and into the Desert Southwest... bringing the coldest
airmass of the season to the low deserts of southern
Nevada... southeast California and northwest Arizona beginning on
Friday.

Initially... strong southwest winds will develop on Thursday ahead
of the approaching cold front. The cold front will push through
the region Thursday night into Friday morning... shifting the
winds to the northwest and ushering in the cold airmass. There
will be a chance of snow showers down to the valley floors Friday
evening and Friday night... which could impact drivers coming to
Las Vegas for the weekend.

A reinforcing shot of cold air on Friday night will deliver an
extended period of sub freezing temperatures to the low deserts of
southern Nevada... northwest Arizona and southeast California.
Freezing temperatures are expected to occur Saturday
morning... Sunday morning... Monday morning... and Tuesday morning in
many areas. For comparison... the last time Las Vegas saw four
consecutive low temperatures at or below freezing was four years
ago... in February of 2003.

Residents of the Desert Southwest will need to take extra
precautions in anticipation of the sub freezing temperatures.
Protect exposed pipes either by wrapping them in insulation or by
allowing faucets to drip. Bring pets indoors... or ensure they have
plenty of food and shelter from the cold. Sensitive plants should be
covered or moved indoors if possible... and outdoor pool and spa
owners will need to take appropriate measures to protect their
equipment.
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- 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Sunshine, highs mid- 60s.
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- 40s. Look what the NWS is jumping the gun on...
Flood Watch in effect from Friday morning through Sunday afternoon...
* the ingredients for a prolonged heavy rainfall event appear to
be coming together from Friday through the weekend. A cold front
will move slowly southeast into the lower Ohio Valley on Friday
night or Saturday... then become nearly stationary for the rest
of the weekend. As a strong flow of moisture from the Gulf of
Mexico interacts with the front... periods of heavy rain appear
likely through the duration of the watch. Preliminary
indications are that amounts from 2 to 4 inches will be
widespread... with the potential for locally higher amounts.

* River levels are high... and minor flooding is already occurring
on the Wabash and green rivers. The upcoming rain event will
aggravate flooding of these rivers... and possibly send other
rivers over flood stage. The ground is nearly saturated in
advance of this heavy rainfall... which means that only one to
two inches of rain could cause flooding of low lying areas and
poor drainage areas.

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

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/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://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Weather in the News:

2006 was warmest on record for U.S.
• 2006 was sixth warmest year on record worldwide
• Experts unsure what is causing the unusual weather
Last year was the warmest on record for the United States, with temperature readings pushing higher than normal during the last half of December.
Preliminary data from the National Climatic Data Center listed the average temperature for the 48 contiguous states last year as 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
That's 2.2 degrees warmer than average and 0.07 degree warmer than 1998, the previous warmest year on record.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/01/10/warm.year.ap/index.html


CES in the News:

"Seriously, go check this out. They're going to print money with this thing."
Apple: Hello, iPhone
Jobs unveils device that plays iTunes, searches Web and makes calls; company also announces video download player, will offer Paramount films on iTunes.
Consumers will finally get the chance to own an iPhone, a mobile phone that plays iTunes and surfs the Web, electronics maker Apple said Tuesday. The device will retail for between $499 and $599.
http://money.cnn.com/2007/01/09/technology/apple_jobs/index.htm?postversion=2007010917
http://apple.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/01/09/1857231&from=rss
http://www.engadget.com/2007/01/09/live-from-macworld-2007-steve-jobs-keynote/

Think I can convince Lisa to get one of these?
Check out the world's biggest flat-screen TV
At this week's International Consumer Electronics Show, Sharp Electronics Corp. took the crown for introducing the world's largest, a behemoth 108-inch liquid-crystal display that most people probably couldn't fit through their front door.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/ptech/01/09/ces.tvs.ap/index.html


Sports in the News:

Gwynn, Ripken elected to Hall of Fame
NEW YORK -- Mark McGwire fell far short in his first try for the Hall of Fame, picked by 23.5 percent of voters, while Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken Jr. easily gained baseball's highest honor.
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/hof07/news/story?id=2725461&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines

Updated: 12:04 AM GMT on January 11, 2007

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Wisconsin Weather Update for January 9, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 2:12 PM GMT on January 09, 2007

Good Tuesday morning!

Family Feud
The first full week of games in 2007 starts right now! Two Family Feud topics are below, and if you want to submit a well-known celebrity or two for next week's iMAgiNiff... game, send that along with your game answers. If I use your celeb, you'll get one extra credit point. If more than one person sends the same name, you'll all get credit, but there's a max of two extra credit points per season.

Topic #1: A lovable breed of dog

Topic #2: What month of pregnancy does a woman begin to look pregnant

Rules and How to Play
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Winter 2007 Game Schedule

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


Today’s forecast grade: C+


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
...Winter weather to return later in the week and early next week...

A wintry mix of precipitation types are expected Thursday night and
Friday...and again Saturday night through Sunday. Several inches of
snow will be possible over south central and southeast Wisconsin.

The precipitation would tend to be more liquid over the far
southeast...and more snow in areas north and west of a line from
Madison to Port Washington.

In addition...much colder air is expected Sunday night and Monday.
Highs Monday may only reach the teens to lower 20s.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 8am with sunshine mixed with a few clouds, temps are near 20 central and south and in the lower teens (with a few light snow showers or flurries) north.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Behind a cold front now located in Ohio (insult to injury for Ohio State fans), colder Canadian air is streaming into the upper Midwest. This strong northwesterly wind, coupled with an upper-air jet stream trough, will bring temperatures we're not used to experiencing in January (this January anyway), but believe it or not they will still be above our normal high.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly sunny, windy and colder today. Maybe some light snow or flurries north. High of 27 central, lower 20s north and near 30 south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows low to mid- teens.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, a little warmer, and becoming windy once again. Light snow or flurries possible north late. Highs lower 30s central, upper 30s south.

Extended:
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, maybe a light rain or snow shower early and a better chance of a light mix late. Highs 38-43. Chance of precip Thursday night 50%.
Friday: Clouds, breezy, scattered light snow showers possible. Highs 25-30. Chance of snow 40%.
Saturday: Cloudy, becoming windy, snow developing late, especially south and east, and maybe mixing with rain far southeast. Highs 26-31. Chance of precip Saturday night 40%.
Sunday: Cloudy and windy with snow, heavier east. Will this finally be the storm that makes me get out my trusty snowblower? Highs 24-29. Chance of snow 60%.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, windy, highs lower 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Sunshine, highs mid- 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Morning drizzle, then becoming partly cloudy. Breezy, highs lower 40s.
Scattered sprinkles will persist across southwest Indiana...southern Illinois...and western Kentucky through mid morning. Most of the sprinkles will be north and east of a line from Carbondale Illinois to Paducah Kentucky.
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://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Weather in the News:

Bush aids heartland after back-to-back blizzards
DENVER, Colorado (AP) -- President Bush signed emergency declarations allowing federal aid to help Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas recover from back-to-back blizzards that shut down highways and knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/01/08/winter.storms.ap/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Scooby-Doo creator dies at 81
LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Iwao Takamoto, the animator who created the cartoon canine Scooby-Doo as well as characters on such shows as "The Flintstones" and "The Jetsons," died Monday after suffering a massive coronary, a spokesman said. He was 81.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/TV/01/09/takamoto.obit.reut/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for January 8, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 2:10 PM GMT on January 08, 2007

Good morning and happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update, and I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. We had a fairly busy weekend. Saturday, my friend Lisa and I worked on Bryce's scrapbook, and Steve and Bryce spent the day together. Sunday, we travelled to Genesee to my father-in-law's house to visit with them and our friends Steve and Kristin Balistreri and family, who were in town from Houston. Our friend Al and my sister-in-law Katie came over too, and we all had a nice day together. We stopped by our friend John's house in Oshkosh for a while on the way home, then after we got home, we finished off the weekend by watching the movie "Dreamer," which we both really enjoyed. It's a great family and feel good movie, especially if you like horses or horse racing.

Tonight is the first night of our private ballroom dancing lessons at the Adagio Dance Club. We've had many group lessons over the years but never private lessons before. And lastly before we get to Bryce's update, Steve wanted to quick mention that last week he bowled his highest series ever. Siting great lane conditions, he bowled a 246, 209 and 235 for a 690 series. It's only 10 pins away from his season's goal of getting his first 700.

Bryce update: Bryce loves looking at pictures of himself, and he gets all excited when he sees himself on our computer screensaver, or on a video, and when he sees his pictures on the wall. Also, he knows where his facial features are. You can ask him, "Where is your nose?" and he'll point to his nose. He knows his nose, mouth, ears, and sometimes eyes (the forehead gets pointed at to start with but at least he's not poking himself in the eye to show us where it is. )

Well that wraps up our update. Have a great week.


Weather Update Poll Results:
It looks like people do like the new game, but perhaps a twist to make it a little more different than Would You Rather might be a good idea. Next time we play the game, I'll give a celebrity version a shot and then perhaps retake this poll. If you want, send me 1-2 well-known celebrity names who you think would be fun to play, and get a bonus point if I use it in a future update. "Imagine if _______ was ..."
How should I continue playing Imaginiff...? [16 votes total]
Keep it the way it is - it's fun! (7) 44%
Have a celebrity version where you use celebrity names instead of the generic "imagine if you were..." (6) 38%
None - I don't like the new game. (2) 13%
Other (post a comment!) (1) 6%
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 8am with a mix of sunshine and clouds, along with some wind, temps are in the low to mid- 20s central and south and in the mid- teens north.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: 30 straight days with a high temperature at or above the freezing mark? 72 degrees in New York City? How much longer will this warm weather last? The answer is not much longer, at least for the midwest. That light, mixed bag of precipitation we got yesterday evening was courtesy of a cold front, which is now off to our east. Colder air is going to try to funnel in here, but while you might consider tomorrow's high very cold, let me remind you that it'll still be above normal for this time of the year!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: A mix of sunshine and clouds this morning, but becoming cloudy later today. High of 36 central, lower 30s north, and upper 30s to near 40 south.

Tonight: Cloudy, becoming windy, maybe some light snow or flurries south. Lows near or just above 20. Chance of snow south 25%.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny and windy, especially in the morning. Colder, highs only near 30 central, lower 30s south. Still above normal.

Extended:
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, becoming windy again, maybe some flurries or drizzle. Highs 33-38.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, breezy, maybe some light rain or snow showers late in the day. Highs 36-41. Chance of precip Thursday night 40%.
Friday: Cloudy, breezy, colder, another chance of light rain or snow. Highs 29-34. Chance of precip 50%.
Saturday: Cloudy, breezy, snow developing late. Highs 28-33. Chance of snow 50%.
Sunday: Cloudy and windy with snow likely. Could this be the one? Highs 26-31. Chance of snow 60%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs near 60.
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 sunshine, breezy, highs upper 60s.
Through 9 am...scattered showers ahead of an approaching cold front will continue to move quickly east through southern South Carolina. Rain amounts will range from a couple hundreds to near a tenth of an inch. A few of heavier showers along the leading edge of the precipitation may produce brief 20 to 30 mph wind gusts.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Sunshine, highs just above 60.
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, breezy, maybe some light rain or snow overnight. Highs mid- 40s.
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://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Weather/Space in the News:

Balmy weather breaks records, jolts Northeast
• Record or near-record highs reported across region
• Climatologist: Culprit for long-term trend is global warming
• Cold front expected to lower temperatures
Folks in the Northeast are shaking their heads over the balmy weather that has sap running, tree buds sprouting and dogs shedding their winter coats. In New York City's Central Park, the thermometer hit 72 over the weekend, tying January's all-time high. The city, and much of the region, has seen no snow this winter.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/01/07/warm.northeast.ap/index.html

Suspected tornado flattens homes near Atlanta
ATLANTA , Georgia (CNN) -- A suspected tornado damaged 20 homes and knocked down trees south of Atlanta on Sunday, but no one was hurt by the storm, local officials said.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/01/07/storm.georgia/index.html

Controlled avalanches triggered after motorists rescued
• Crews fire artillery shells to trigger avalanches before they pose threat
• Officials confident no one else needs to be rescued
• At least 8 people rescued from two vehicles, officials say
• Avalanche huge: 200 feet wide, 15 feet deep
DENVER, Colorado (CNN) -- Crews fired artillery shells on Sunday to safely trigger avalanches before they could pose a threat to traffic on a mountain highway, a day after a huge snow slide knocked two cars off the road in a high pass in Colorado, and buried them.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/01/07/avalanche.colorado.ap/index.html

Scientist: NASA found life on Mars -- and killed it
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two NASA space probes that visited Mars 30 years ago may have found alien microbes on the Red Planet and inadvertently killed them, a scientist is theorizing.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/01/07/mars.life.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for January 5, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 2:12 PM GMT on January 05, 2007

TGIF!

Imaginiff... Results
Well the first game of 2007 is in the books, and below are the results. Since the game is supposed to be played with one particular person in mind, I was unsure how it'd turn out, but it looks like I did get a few different responses for each game (cash probably won game #2 because it was played after Christmas when everyone's in need of some!)

Last night while driving home from work, I started brainstorming ways I could change the game so that it is based on one person instead of a generic "you." But the only person all of you have in common is me, and it would be WAY too damaging to my ego to play these games with me in mind (lol) so I thought well, what about a celebrity version? Answer the questions that day based on a well-known celebrity. What do you think? Keep it as-is, or make some changes to future games? Respond back in my poll, which is just below these results.

Players: 35
Imaginiff #1:
Imaginiff you were the subject of a photograph. What form would it take?
1. Seated, formally dressed (13) - 2 points
4. Making a funny face (11) - 1 point
5. Action shot (8)
2. Police mug shot (2)
3. Out of focus (1)
6. Cover of The Enquirer

Imaginiff #2:
Imaginiff you were to be honored. Which of the following would you be happiest to accept?
3. Cash award (25) - 2 points
2. Parent of the Year (7) - 1 point
5. Being knighted (2)
6. Simple thank-you note (1)
1. Employee of the Month
4. Blackwell's Best Dressed List


How should I continue playing Imaginiff...?
Keep it the way it is - it's fun!
Have a celebrity version where you use celebrity names instead of the generic "imagine if you were..."
Other (post a comment!)
None - I don't like the new game.
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s forecast grade: B


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 8am with clouds and a little wind, temps are still very mild, in the mid- 30s north, lower 40s central and mid- 40s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A weak cold front is moving through eastern Wisconsin this morning. While it's not really developing any precipitation in our area, it should cool off our absurdly warm temperatures just a bit. Quite a few places in southern Wisconsin hit 50 degrees but Prairie du Chien was again the hot spot at 52.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy, still mild, high of 46 central, just above 40 north, and upper 40s south. High temps may peak this morning and start falling a bit this afternoon as colder air moves in behind the cold front.

Tonight: Cloudy with scattered light rain showers changing to light snow. Little if any snow accumulation. Lows lower 30s. Chance of precip 50%.

Saturday: Becoming partly sunny, highs near 40.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy and breezy, maybe some light snow showers. Highs upper 30s central, near 40 south. Chance of snow 30%.

Next Week:
Monday: Mostly cloudy, colder, maybe a morning flurry, highs 30-35.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, breezy and colder yet, highs 26-31.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy and breezy with a chance of light snow north late. Highs 29-34. Chance of snow 25%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Decreasing clouds but windy. Beware of flying pool covers (I still haven't forgotten that!). Highs mid- 50s. Sunshine this weekend, highs in the 50s (Saturday will be the cooler of the two days).
Wind Advisory in effect from 9 am this morning to 7 PM PST this evening...
Sustained northwest winds between 20 and 35 mph with gusts up to
50 mph will occur portions of Clark and eastern San Bernardino
County today. It appears the strongest winds will occur between
10 am and 4 PM.
------------------------
... Record high temperature for Las Vegas...
The high temperature at McCarran International Airport here in Las
Vegas was 68 degrees occuring at 3:49 PM. This breaks the previous
record of 67 degrees set in 1981.
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, some perhaps severe. More showers on Sunday. Highs in the 70s through the weekend.
... Severe weather outlook...
A warm front is expected to lift north of the region today with
an unseasonably warm... moist and unstable air mass blanketing
southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina this afternoon.
A strong upper level disturbance over Mississippi this morning is
forecast to move into the Carolinas by later this evening. A
squall line across the Panhandle of Florida and southern Alabama
during the morning hours... will move into south Georgia during
the afternoon and possibly into southeastern South Carolina this
evening.

The unstable air mass ahead of the line of thunderstorms combined
with afternoon heating and increasing wind fields above the surface
will enhance the risk of severe thunderstorms across the area
later today and this evening. The main hazards will be damaging
winds... large hail... and the possibility of a few tornadoes.

Emergency managers... the media and the public should continue to
follow this potentially dangerous situation. Stay tuned to NOAA
Weather Radio all hazards... TV or your local new source for the
latest statements from the National Weather Service.
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 decreasing clouds. A chance of showers Saturday. Highs lower 70s today but cooling into the lower 60s for highs this weekend.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 9 am CST this morning...
Dense fog has developed across portions of southeast Texas mainly along
and south of a line from Moss Hill to Houston Intercontinental Airport
to East Bernard to Morales. Reduced visibilities to 1/4 mile or less
can be expected.

A dense fog advisory means visibilities will frequently be reduced to
less than 1/4 mile in and near the advisory area. If driving... slow
down... use low beam headlights and leave plenty of distance between
you and the car in front.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or other weather news sources for
further updates.
----------
Through 8 am...areas of fog...some locally dense...will continue to develop across southern portions of southeast Texas. Visibilities will be reduced to three miles to less than a mile with isolated areas of a quarter of a mile or less. Motorists are urged to drive with caution in areas of locally dense fog.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered showers through the weekend, highs near 60 today and near 50 this weekend.
Through 830 am...areas of light to moderate rain will continue over that part of the quad state region generally east of a line from Albion Illinois to Paducah Kentucky to Mayfield Kentucky. Hourly rainfall will average between one tenth and one quarter inch.
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://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Weather in the News:

Tornadoes kill 2 in Louisiana
NEW IBERIA, Louisiana (AP) -- Two people are dead after suspected tornadoes touched down during intense storms in southern Louisiana, authorities said Thursday.
• At least 15 people taken to area hospitals after storms
• State of emergency declared for several parishes
• New Orleans on alert for possible flooding
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/01/05/louisiana.tornado.ap/index.html

British Government: 2007 Likely to Be Warmest Year on Record
Meteorological Office issues yearly forecast, cites 60 percent chance that this year will beat 1998 with record high mean temperature.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,241497,00.html
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/corporate/pressoffice/2007/pr20070104.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for January 4, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:57 PM GMT on January 04, 2007

Good Thursday morning!

Imaginiff...
A new season of games begin right now, and we'll start it off with the game that will be replacing Scattergories this season, Imaginiff... Here's how the game is played: you will see two different topics that all start with "Imagine if you were ..." followed by six choices. Similar to Would You Rather, pick the choice that you believe will be the most popular response from all players that day. Points will be scored like Family Feud with two points going to the most popular choice and one point to the second-most popular response. In the real game, you're supposed to guess what the dealer would choose, with the dealer changing each round, so some of the cards work better than others, but we'll see how this goes in a more generic format. Please let me know what you think!

Imaginiff #1:
Imaginiff you were the subject of a photograph. What form would it take?
1. Seated, formally dressed
2. Police mug shot
3. Out of focus
4. Making a funny face
5. Action shot
6. Cover of The Enquirer

Imaginiff #2:
Imaginiff you were to be honored. Which of the following would you be happiest to accept?
1. Employee of the Month
2. Parent of the Year
3. Cash award
4. Blackwell's Best Dressed List
5. Being knighted
6. Simple thank-you note

Rules and How to Play
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Today’s forecast grade: A-


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

Synopsis: The mild weather continues...Prairie du Chien and Sparta were the hot spots yesterday with a high of 54! As for today, breezy conditions courtesy of the same pressure gradient I talked about yesterday are still in place, and an upper-air jet stream trough will continue to make the weather feel more like late March rather than the coldest time of the year.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly sunny, breezy and continued mild. Near record high of 46 central, just above 40 north, and upper 40s to near 50 south.

Tonight: Variably cloudy, lows low to mid- 30s.

Tomorrow: Increasing clouds with a chance of light rain or light snow late. Little snow accumulation is expected. Highs lower 40s central, mid- 40s south. Chance of precip Friday night 30%.

Extended:
Saturday: Becoming partly cloudy, breezy and colder, highs 35-40.
Sunday: Partly sunny, breezy, maybe some light snow north, highs 36-41.
Next Week’s Outlook: The first few days of next week look dry but then we'll have a chance for some light snow late on Wednesday, and again on Thursday and Friday. High temperatures will become a little more seasonable but still above normal, in the low to mid- 30s.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Increasing clouds with maybe a rain shower late. Becoming breezy, highs lower 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated showers, highs lower 70s.
Through 9 am...occasional showers will continue to move north over the area. The heaviest rain will be across Charleston County...southern Dorchester County and Berkeley County. Rainfall amounts up to a tenth of an inch with isolated amounts of up to a quarter inch is expected.
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, breezy, highs lower 60s.
Flood Watch in effect until 9 am CST this morning...
* Showers and thunderstorms will continue to train over the same
areas especially for the coastal counties. Localized 2 to 3
inch amounts are possible where the strongest storms move over
the same areas. The flood threat should end by late morning as
the heaviest rain moves off to the east.

* 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.
---------------
Flood Watch in effect... through 930 am...scattered showers will continue across the watch area...a few thunderstorms will be possible mainly east of the Interstate 45 corridor. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 1 and half inches will be possible across Chambers...Liberty...Polk and Trinity counties. Elsewhere amounts should run closer to one half inch. Rainfall rates should begin to drop off after 9 am as the stronger storms moves east of the area.
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 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://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Weather in the News:

So ... you call this winter?
• Cities typically chilly are unseasonably warm
• Meteorologists: Global warming not to blame
• Plains are exception, having been hit by blizzards
• Not everyone is welcoming the warm weather
CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- Crocuses are pushing out of the ground in New Jersey. Ice fishing tournaments in Minnesota are being canceled for lack of ice. And golfers are hitting the links in Chicago in January.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/01/04/warm.winter.ap/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Perhaps it's a part of the alien space ship that was spotted recently at O'Hare Airport?
Cops baffled by mystery object that crashed into home
• Police: No radioactivity detected
• Golf-ball sized object weighs nearly as much as a can of soup
• It crashed through roof, damaged bathroom tiles, stuck into wall
• FAA: "It's definitely not an aircraft part"
FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, New Jersey (AP) -- Authorities were trying to identify a mysterious metallic object that crashed through the roof of a house in eastern New Jersey.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/01/04/fallen.object.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for January 3, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:57 PM GMT on January 03, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

Bryce is 18 months old today, so to celebrate, here are a few recent pictures taken of the little guy, courtesy of Nia!
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/2006-12-31Bryce%20(22).JPG
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/2006-12-31Bryce%20(26).JPG
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/2007-01-01%20(2).JPG


Tomorrow begins the Winter 2007 Season of my Weather Update games, and we'll begin it with a new game given to me for Christmas by my mother-in-law and three-time champion Nia. The game is "Imaginiff..." and it looks to play somewhat similar to "Would You Rather..." but with more choices. I've never heard of the game before, but it looks like a lot of fun. I'll explain the rules tomorrow.


Year 2006 Forecast Stats:
Forecasts 233
Error Points 567
Average 2.43
Error > 4 36
% Within 4 84.5%
Bulls-Eye 37
% Bulls-Eye 15.9%


Today’s forecast grade: B+


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

Synopsis: A strong pressure gradient between a strong area of high pressure to our southeast and a strong area of low pressure well to our northwest will keep things breezy today, but because the wind will be coming from the southwest, another mild day can be expected across Wisconsin.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Some clouds this morning but becoming just partly cloudy later today. Windy and continued mild, high of 44 central, lower 40s north, and upper 40s south

Tonight: Partly cloudy, breezy, lows lower 30s.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy and still breezy with a chance of light rain or drizzle late. Highs low to mid- 40s central, upper 40s south. Chance of rain tomorrow night only 25%.

This Weekend:
Friday: Mostly cloudy with light rain possible late in the day, and maybe changing over to light snow or flurries overnight. Highs 42-47. Chance of precip Friday night 40%.
Saturday: Becoming partly cloudy, breezy, highs 36-41.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, maybe a light snow shower north. Highs 36-41.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Becoming mostly sunny, highs lower 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly sunny, highs near 60.
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 becoming likely, highs mid- 50s.
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- 50s.
... Slick bridges and overpasses possible early this morning...

Patchy dense fog has developed in some locations... particularly near
rivers and creeks this morning. With temperatures below freezing...
freezing fog has developed. While not as widespread as yesterday
morning... visibilities have dropped to less than one mile in isolated
areas. The fog may cause a thin layer of ice to form on roadways...
especially bridges and overpasses.

Use extra caution driving this morning... especially in areas where
fog has formed. Conditions will improve after 8 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://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


In Case You Missed It:

O'Hare workers spy unidentified object
CHICAGO, Jan 2, 2007 (UPI via COMTEX) -- A group of United Airlines employees at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport claim to have seen a saucer-shaped object flying low above the terminal.
Several witnesses said the dark gray elliptical object, which was spotted before sunset Nov. 7, hovered for several minutes above Gate C17 at the airport before flying upwards through the clouds, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thr ivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20070102/20070102OHareworkersspyunidentifiedobject.xml&p=-1

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Wisconsin Weather Update for January 2, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 2:04 PM GMT on January 02, 2007

Good morning and Happy 2007.
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update, and I hope you all enjoyed celebrating the New Year. Surprisingly we had a fairly relaxing weekend except for New Years Eve. We spent Saturday and New Year's Day relaxing as well as getting some things done at home. We had a small party with friends at our house on New Years Eve. We played a couple Scene It DVD/board games, played a lot of Nintendo DS and Wii, ate way too much food, watched the Green Bay Packers win against the Chicago Bears, and had lots of great conversation.

Bryce update:
Bryce will be 18 months old on January 3rd. He still isn't really talking much yet, but within the last few weeks we have been able to communicate with him much better. He is able to understand many of our commands. For example, if we ask him to go get his sippy cup, he'll go and get it (especially helpful if we don't remember where he last had it!) If we tell him it's time for a diaper change or nap, he'll go to his room. If he takes a DVD out of our DVD rack and we ask him to put it back, he usually does. If we ask him to get his shoes, he'll go get them. He has even tried to help Steve put his shoes on in the morning. Those are just a few examples of how we can tell he's very smart and understanding us. Well that wraps up our update. Have a great week.


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Record Report: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Unseasonably mild weather expected for the rest of the work week...

... Records highs broken...
Several cities across north central and northeast Wisconsin
set high minimum temperatures on Sunday December 31st.
Here is a list of cities that broke records.
New old
location record record year(s)
-----------------------------------------------------------
Appleton 43** 42 1998
Manitowoc 46 44 1897
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**note: high temperature at Appleton occurred at 12:01 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB



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

Synopsis: The first Weather Update forecast of 2007 is looking great, courtesy of a strong area of high pressure just to our south that will bring us more sunshine today, and a jet stream ridge which will continue to bring mild air into Wisconsin through this entire work week. In case you've forgotten what winter is supposed to be like, the normal high temperature for this time of the year is 21 north, 24 central, and 26 south.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Some morning clouds, but becoming mostly sunny and a little breezy later today. High of 43 central, just above 40 north (about double the normal high temp!), and mid- 40s south.

Tonight: Mostly clear, breezy, lows upper 20s.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, breezy and very mild, highs mid- 40s central, upper 40s south. I wouldn't be surprised to see a few spots hit 50 tomorrow.

Extended:
Thursday: Becoming mostly cloudy but still mild, highs 42-47.
Friday: Mostly cloudy, maybe a light rain or snow shower Friday night. Highs 40-45. Chance of precip 35%.
Saturday: Partly sunny, breezy, a little cooler, highs 36-41.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy and breezy with a 30% chance of light snow. Highs 35-40.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs upper 50s.
Preliminary climate statistics in 2006 for the city of Las Vegas...
Average high temperature ... 80.5 ... 32nd warmest
average low temperature ... . 59.2 ... 3rd warmest
average temperature ... ... .. 69.9 ... 3rd warmest
total precipitation ... ... .. 1.69 ... 8th driest
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 60.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Sunshine, highs mid- 50s. Increasing clouds late with a chance of showers by tomorrow 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: Sunshine, highs upper 40s.
... Slick bridges and overpasses possible early this morning...

With temperatures below freezing across much of the quad state
region... areas of heavy frost have developed across the region.
Also... patchy dense fog was being reported in some locations...
especially in areas near rivers and creeks. Both of these conditions
may cause bridges and overpasses to be slick this morning. Use extra
caution while driving. Conditions will improve after 8 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://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Weather in the News:

Storm victims wait for food, power
• Tens of thousands without electricity, could be for week
• National Guard to get food to people, cattle
• Some thankful that snow helps alleviate drought
OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) -- Utility crews struggled to restore electrical service to tens of thousands of homes as grocery shelves went bare and ranchers tried to reach hungry cattle after a blizzard dumped nearly 3 feet of snow on the Plains.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/01/02/winter.storm.ap/index.html

Snowy roads cleared after 'huge relief effort'
• New Mexico roads are clear, state officials said
• Gov. Bill Richardson declared state of emergency
• Gov. said Sunday traffic jam stretched "a few miles," not 25
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (CNN) -- New Mexico's highways were cleared Monday, a day after ice and snow had closed a section of Interstate 40 east of Albuquerque, a state spokesman said.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/01/01/newmexico.snow/index.html

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