Wisconsin Weather Update

Wisconsin Weather Update for February 28, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:54 PM GMT on February 28, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

Would You Rather... Results

Players: 30
Game #1:
Submitted by: Me
Would You Rather...
A. Be shoveling a driveway during a snowstorm (26) - 1 point
B. Be driving a car during a snowstorm (4)

Game #2:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. Be forced to earn a living working for the next year as a hypnotist (13)
B. Be forced to earn a living working for the next year as a magician (17) - 1 point

Game #3:
Topic: Pain/Fear/Discomfort
Would You Rather...
A. Have a nosy neighbor (23) - 1 point
B. Have a noisy neighbor (7)


Weather Update Poll: [last day to vote]
Which three games should I play next week for double-point week? (vote up to three games)
Chain Reaction
Family Feud
iMAgiNiff...
Mad Gab
Match Game
Outburst
Wheel of Fortune
Would You Rather...
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s forecast grade: C


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin and the Fox Cities:
Winter Storm Warning in effect from 6 PM this evening to 6 am Friday...
A total snowfall of 10 to 18 inches is expected from Wausau to
Marinette to Fish Creek northward. Areas south of that line will
experience some mixed precipitation... so amounts should fall in
the 6 to 10 inch range. The lowest totals are expected to occur
over the far southern part of the area... from Wautoma... to
Oshkosh... to Manitowoc.

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow...
sleet... and ice are expected. Very strong winds are also expected.
The storm will make travel difficult if not impossible. The snow
is also expected to be of the wet heavy variety... and will be very
diffucult to shovel.

...Intense winter storm expected to affect the area tonight through Thursday night...
A major snowstorm will affect the region tonight through Thursday night.
The storm will have a significant impact on the area. Roadways in many
rural areas will probably become impassable. Anyone planning to travel
late this week should strongly consider adjusting their plans to avoid
the storm. If possible...complete errands today before the storm hits.

The upcoming storm has the capability to produce as much snow as the
storm last weekend...only it will fall over about half the time. Since
the low pressure system creating this storm will be significantly more
intense than the one last weekend...the upcoming storm is also expected
to be windier.

The precipitation north of a line from Wausau to Marinette to Fish Creek
is expected to fall as mainly snow. As a result...we have a high degree
of confidence that a total snowfall of 10 to 18 inches will occur in
this area.

Snowfall south of the Wausau to Marinette to Fish Creek line is more
uncertain. Heavy precipitation will occur in these areas also.
However...temperatures aloft are expected to be just warm enough to
cause a significant amount of the precipitation to fall as sleet...and
possibly rain and freezing rain. Our best estimate is that 6 to 10
inches of snow will fall in these areas...and it will probably fall in
several bursts of heavier snow with periods of lighter snow and mixed
precipitation between bursts. However...the current forecast for mixed
precipitation depends on temperatures aloft warming as expected to a
couple degrees above freezing. If temperatures are even 2 or 3 degrees
colder than now forecast by computer models...the precipitation over
these areas would fall as all snow and totals would be comparable to
locations further north.

In addition to the snow...winds will increase tonight...and very windy
conditions are expected Thursday. Winds gusts of 40 mph are possible
across central and north-central Wisconsin...and gusts to 50 mph are
possible over eastern parts of the state. This will generate widespread
blowing and drifting snow...especially where the precipitation falls as
all snow.

Since temperatures will be near freezing...the snow is expected to be
wet and heavy. That will make shoveling and plowing difficult. Use extra
caution when shoveling or snow blowing. If you have a health condition
that prevents strenuous activity...have someone else do the snow removal
if possible.

Be sure to monitor later statements on this potentially dangerous
weather situation.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds and a few areas of fog, temps are around 25-30 across the state.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Another monster panhandle hook low pressure system is sponging all the moisture it can handle from the Gulf of Mexico, and is projected to shoot north courtesy of the upper-air jet stream. This system is setting up very similar to last weekend's storm, but with expected temperatures to be a few degrees warmer, there is a lot of uncertainty as to what the final product will look like. The NWS is calling for 10-18" of snow in northern Wisconsin, 6-10" central, and only 2" south as most of it will probably fall as rain, but if the storm tracks just a little differently compared to current model data and temperatures are a little bit warmer or colder, expect those amounts to fluctuate accordingly. Stay tuned to your local forecast for the latest on this crazy late-winter storm.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy, becoming breezy later today. The calm before the storm. High of 35.

Tonight: Windy with snow developing north (2-4"). A mix of sleet and snow developing central (2-4"). Mostly rain south. Lows upper 20s north and central, lower 30s south. Chance of precip 90%.

Tomorrow: Blustery with heavy snow north (5-8"). Snow changing to sleet, freezing rain or rain during the day central (2-3"). Rain and maybe a thunderstorm thrown in for good measure south. Highs upper 20s north, lower 30s central, mid- 30s south. Chance of precip 90%.

Tomorrow night: Windy with more heavy snow north (3-6"), a mix of precip changing to all snow central (2-3"), and rain changing to snow south (~1"). Lows mid- 20s. Chance of precip 80%.

This Weekend:
Friday: Windy, light to moderate snow expected with another inch or two of accumulation possible. Colder upper-air temperatures should keep all precip as snow on Friday. Highs 29-34. Chance of snow 60%.
Saturday: Breezy, flurries, decreasing clouds late. Highs 24-29.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 25-30.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Breezy with isolated showers, 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: Sunshine, 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: Isolated showers, highs just above 70.
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 light showers today, becoming stronger tonight and tomorrow. Highs upper 50s.
Areas of light rain will continue to move eastward across the Interstate 64 corridor in southern Illinois and southwest Indiana this morning...gradually diminishing from the west. Most of the rain will not reach the ground...but some locations may receive sprinkles or a light shower through 730 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:

Engineers try to stabilize San Francisco cliff
• Hillside crumbled during landslide; 120 residents had to evacuate at 3 a.m.
• Boulders more than 30 feet high and 75 feet wide tumbled to bottom of hill
• No injuries were reported
• Rain likely a factor in landslide
SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- A wide swath of hillside came thundering down on a strip club and several apartment buildings in the city's North Beach district Tuesday, forcing residents from their homes and stirring fears of another collapse.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/02/28/san.francisco.landslide.ap/index.html

Calamitous Hailstorm Forces Postponement of Shuttle Launch
NASA announced Tuesday that a fateful hailstorm the previous evening had caused such damage to space shuttle Atlantis' external liquid-fuel tank that the scheduled March 15 launch of mission STS-117 would have to be pushed back to at least late April.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,254986,00.html


In Case You Missed It:

Archaeologists, scholars dispute Jesus documentary
• Documentary claims to have found bones of Jesus' family
• Film suggests Jesus may have had son
• Archaeologists, religious scholars skeptical
• Oscar-winner James Cameron directed film
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Filmmakers and researchers on Monday unveiled two ancient stone boxes they said may have once contained the remains of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, but several scholars derided the claims made in a new documentary as unfounded and contradictory to basic Christian beliefs.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/02/26/jesus.sburial.ap/index.html
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1593893,00.html?cnn=yes
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1593441,00.html
http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2007/02/25/tomb_arc.html?category=archaeology&guid=20070225073000

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 27, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:20 PM GMT on February 27, 2007

Good Tuesday morning!

Would You Rather...
The last regular week of the Winter 2007 season before next week's three-game, double-point week starts right now! And you can vote on which games will be played next week...see below.

Game #1:
Submitted by: Me
Would You Rather...
A. Be shoveling a driveway during a snowstorm
B. Be driving a car during a snowstorm

Game #2:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. Be forced to earn a living working for the next year as a hypnotist
B. Be forced to earn a living working for the next year as a magician

Game #3:
Topic: Pain/Fear/Discomfort
Would You Rather...
A. Have a nosy neighbor
B. Have a noisy neighbor

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


Weather Update Poll:
Which three games should I play next week for double-point week? (vote for up to three games)
Chain Reaction
Family Feud
iMAgiNiff...
Mad Gab
Match Game
Outburst
Wheel of Fortune
Would You Rather...
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


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-


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Winter Storm Watch Wednesday evening through late Thursday night...
Snow will begin to overspread the area late Wednesday... with a
significant snowfall possible Wednesday night into Thursday
night. Snowfall totals by Friday morning should be in excess of 6
inches.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant
snow accumulations that may seriously impact travel. Continue to
monitor the latest forecasts.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB


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

Synopsis: We got another 4" of snow yesterday morning, along with a little bit of light freezing drizzle in the afternoon which gave the snow a fun crunch sound as you walked on top of it. This brought the grand snowfall total at my house to right around 12". But now the focus shifts to the next interesting thing for Meteorologists to talk about, and that's a very similar-looking storm headed our way for Wednesday night through Friday. The only catch is that temperatures may be a few degrees warmer this time, so a mix of sleet, rain, and maybe even a thunderstorm is possible the further south you go. This will make snowfall estimates extremely tricky as it may vary a great deal depending on where you live. I'll feel more confident laying down some numbers in tomorrow's update.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy, flurries or light freezing drizzle possible. High of 32 central and south, near 30 north.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, lows near 20.

Tomorrow: Cloudy and becoming windy with snow developing late in the day north, a snow/sleet mix developing central, and mostly rain (with maybe even a thunderstorm) south. Becoming heavy tomorrow night. Highs low to mid- 30s. Chance of precip during the day 40%, overnight 90%.

Extended:
Thursday: Windy with snow likely north and rain changing to sleet and then snow central and south. Several inches of snow are likely, especially north and central. High of 34-39. Chance of precip 90%.
Friday: Breezy with light snow. Highs 28-33. Chance of snow 60%.
Saturday: Breezy, light snow showers or flurries possible. Highs 26-31. Chance of snow 30%.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 30-35. A clipper is setting up for next week Tuesday and Wednesday but it doesn't look nearly as strong as these storms.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly sunny, windy, highs near 60.
Wind Advisory in effect until noon PST today...
Strong winds will continue over the advisory area through the
morning before subsiding a little this afternoon. Wind gusts over
40 mph can be expected over the advisory area... with gusts over
60 mph in the southern Nevada mountains and foothills.

These winds will create dangerous boating conditions on Lake Mead
during the advisory period. These winds will create very choppy
waters and generate large waves which could capsize or swamp small
craft. For your personal safety... operators of small craft are
urged to postpone their outings until the winds subside. If you do
venture out onto the lakes... avoid the open water and stay close
to shore or in protected coves and inlets.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, highs upper 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: Morning fog, then partly cloudy, highs mid- 70s.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 9 am CST this morning...
Fog will continue to become more widespread lowering visibilities
below 1/4 mile at times. Visibilities are expected to improve by
mid morning due to daytime heating.

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

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Fog, then sunshine, highs near 50.
Areas of freezing fog will occur early this morning over portions
of western Kentucky... southwest Indiana... southern Illinois and
extreme southeast Missouri along the Mississippi River. Patchy
dense fog has already been reported by Skywarn spotters over the
pennyrile region of western Kentucky from near Greenville
northward to Owensboro and west to near Henderson Kentucky and
Harrisburg Illinois. The fog was freezing on some elevated surfaces.

Bridges and overpasses may develop a light coating of ice early
this morning as areas of fog and heavy dew continue to
develop... so motorists should use caution. Conditions will improve
later this morning as temperatures rise above the freezing mark.
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:

Another Major Snowstorm heading for the Midwest?
Yet another strong storm appears to be headed for portions of the Midwest and western Great Lakes for late Wednesday into Friday. A low now brewing off the Oregon coast is expected to reach Kansas by Wednesday evening. Early indications are that a surge of moisture north of its associated warm front will move into southern Wisconsin Wednesday afternoon and night. The precipitation should start as snow, then will likely either taper to drizzle or change to rain along and south of Interstate 94. Thus, accumulations in the south would be limited to 1 to 3 inches.
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/crnews/display_story.php?wfo=mkx&storyid=6255&source=0

Eastern storm brings snow, slush, slowdowns
• Airlines ground 100 flights Monday at Newark airport
• 1,000 people stay overnight Sunday at O'Hare
• 75,000 Iowans without power Monday; 22,000 in Illinois
• JetBlue cancels 68 flights at NYC's Kennedy airport on Monday
BALTIMORE, Maryland (AP) -- The storm that pounded the Midwest brought powdery snow and slush to the Northeast on Monday, making the morning commute messy but relieving people who had feared a repeat of the Valentine's Day ice storm.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/02/26/winter.storm.ap/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Faithful see vision of Virgin Mary on school pizza pan
(2/23/07 - KTRK/HOUSTON) - Many Houstonians say they see something on a pizza pan that's nothing short of a miracle. And now, hundreds are flocking to an east Houston house on Leslie at Hahlo to get a peek.
http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=local&id=5063342

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 26, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:07 PM GMT on February 26, 2007

Good morning,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope you had a nice weekend despite the winter storm most of us had. Friday evening, we had our private ballroom dance lesson at the Adagio and we worked on the Waltz and Triple-Step Swing. We didn't do much this weekend and with the storm we pretty much stayed in or around the house. I did manage to get to the YMCA for a water aerobics class on Saturday morning and to Green Bay for our friend Nicole's baby shower. Steve also managed to get outside so that he could shovel/snowblow the driveway. He also went to the YMCA for a workout on Sunday afternoon, then we watched The Oscars last night (not that we saw any of the movies up for awards!)

Not much is new with Bryce except that he will be starting swimming lessons again on Wednesday. He will still be in the Goldfish class, and will continue in that class until he turns 3. Goldfish is for 1-2 year olds with a parent. Daycare is still going well, although he almost always refuses to eat the main courses for breakfast and lunch. He'll eat the fruit and maybe a couple bites of bread, but the sloppy joes, corn dogs, etc., he won't touch. Bryce was pretty good about taking off his coat and washing his hands for breakfast when Steve dropped him off early in the week, but he got clingy again on Thursday and Friday. At home, he still loves his new basketball hoop, and dunks any ball he can find on a nightly basis. Well that wraps up our update. Have a good week.


Today’s forecast grade: C-


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
Snow Advisory in effect till noon...
1 to 3 inches of snow is expected this morning before tapering off
around noon. Amounts will be higher in localized heavy bands.

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

Southern Wisconsin:
Areas of light snow will continue across portions of south central and southeast Wisconsin through the early morning. The light snow will generally be along and north of a line from Janesville to the Wisconsin Dells. Additional snowfall will be light...less than an inch. In addition...areas of fog are expected across southeast Wisconsin. Visibilities will be mostly between one and three miles...however localized dense fog with visibilities of one quarter mile or less are expected. Dense fog was reported in portions of northern Milwaukee County...around timmerman field. The fog will continue through the early morning. Slow down if you encounter one of these dense fog patches.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with areas of fog and some mostly light snow showers, temps are in the low to mid- 20s north and near 30 central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: What a wild weekend! The Friday late-morning weather models strengthened the expected snowfall south and west Friday night, with Winter Storm Warnings issued for those areas even before the main event arrived Saturday night. The snow Saturday night and Sunday fell as expected, and I reported 1.8" of new snow Saturday morning and an additional 6.0" Sunday morning. It looks like we got another 3-4" or so last night with the snow still coming down this morning, although I haven't taken my National Weather Service/StormCenter 2 measurements yet. If you're saddened by the thought of the big storm finally leaving our area, take heart, as another whopper is taking shape for this Wednesday night through Friday. Keep those snowblowers and shovels handy!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Areas of fog with scattered morning snow showers tapering off to flurries by this afternoon. Another 1-2" of accumulation is expected. High of 33 central and south, near 30 north. Chance of snow 75%.

Tonight: Flurries, lows lower 20s.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, maybe another flurry or two. Highs low to mid- 30s.

Extended:
Wednesday: Becoming windy with snow developing late, perhaps mixing with sleet south. Precip could become heavy close to morning. Highs 33-38. Chance of precip 50%.
Thursday: Windy with lots of snow, sleet or cold rain. Could be pretty heavy once again. Highs 32-37. Chance of precip 80%.
Friday: Windy with snow. Becoming more scattered later in the day. Highs 29-34. Chance of snow 70%.
Saturday: Breezy with light snow showers or flurries. Highs 27-32. Chance of snow 30%.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 31-36.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, breezy, 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, highs near 70.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: After some morning fog, sunshine, highs mid- 70s.
Patches of dense fog reducing visibilities to less than 1/4 mile will continue through 9 am across areas south of I-10.
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- 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 in the News:

National:
Snow, sleet, freezing rain slows East Coast travelers
• JetBlue cancels 68 flights at NYC's Kennedy airport on Monday
• Power out to 2,200 in Maryland, northern Virginia, D.C.
• Nine deaths blamed on storm: 8 in Wisconsin, one in Kansas
• Pennsylvania plows, inspects roads after previous icy mess
BALTIMORE, Maryland (AP) -- A winter storm that knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of Midwest homes and businesses moved into the East on Monday with a dicey mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain that slowed travelers and tied up airlines once again.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/02/26/winter.storm.ap/index.html

Madison:
More than 14 inches of snow buries city
By Sunday afternoon, Madisonian Peggy Connors was looking for a little relief.
In the previous 24 hours, Connors had made four trips outside to shovel snow away from her car so she could comply with the city's alternate side parking rules.
Madison, for example, had received 14.6 inches of snow from 6 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Sunday, with some areas getting more.
http://www.madison.com/wsj/home/local/index.php?ntid=120581

Milwaukee:
Plenty of snow, but no blizzard
Storm socks the state, but it's not the punch we expected
Not that anyone was complaining, but the blizzard forecast to blow through southern Wisconsin on Sunday didn't quite live up to its hype.
Even though the storm dropped lots of snow, caused accidents and power failures, canceled flights and forced snowblowers to work overtime, folks bracing for the worst woke up Sunday to see that things weren't as bad as some expected.
How Much Snow?
Sullivan: 16.2 inches
Merton: 15.4 inches
Madison: 14.6 inches
West Bend: 14 inches
Port Washington: 13 inches
Saukville: 11 inches
Milwaukee: 10.4 inches
Brookfield: 10 inches
Union Grove: 10 inches
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=570211

Fox Cities:
After digging out snow, life goes on
Snowfall less than expected but still disruptive
As the snow continues to fall, the National Weather Service has issued a snow advisory for Outagamie and Brown counties until noon today.
While driving conditions today may resemble a margarita — cold and slushy with a little salt — they're hardly something that's going to hamper most Fox Cities residents. Life, largely, has gotten back to normal. With the remnants of the weekend's snowfall pushed to the curb or turned into road mush, residents resume normal work schedules today.
http://www.postcrescent.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070226/APC0101/702260537/1979


Possible tornado tears through Arkansas town
DUMAS, Arkansas (CNN) -- A possible tornado shredded several businesses and homes in a small Arkansas town Saturday, injuring about a dozen people, some of them seriously, police told a local TV station.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/02/24/arkansas.storm/index.html

Updated: 4:47 PM GMT on February 26, 2007

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Well there it is...

By: HaleStorm, 9:59 PM GMT on February 23, 2007

The NWS: Green Bay finally issued their Winter Storm Watch. They went out on a limb and are calling for 6-15" of total accumulation by Monday evening. Southern Wisconsin is calling on 10-12", which sounds about right for up here too. More moisture tonight, less on Saturday, then more on Saturday night, Sunday and Monday should make this an interesting weekend. Rent your movies and buy your frozen pizzas now before the snow kicks in!

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Snow Friday Night

By: HaleStorm, 5:24 PM GMT on February 23, 2007

The latest model data that came in at 10am this morning intensified the snow that's expected tonight. Whether the model's expected moisture amounts actually come to fruition we will have to see, since it is fairly dry just to our east. If we do get what the NAM/GFS models are suggesting, We could see 2-4" of snow tonight, 1-2" during the day on Saturday, then 6-8" of snow Saturday night and into Sunday. The NWS still has not issued any headlines for this storm - they're waiting to see what's going to happen with the moisture tonight before making a decision. With the latest models increasing the available moisture tonight and weakening the dry slot that's expected to come through tomorrow morning and afternoon, I'm thinking we might get a foot of snow after all.

Updated: 6:32 PM GMT on February 23, 2007

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 23, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:41 PM GMT on February 23, 2007

TGIF!

Outburst Results
For the first time ever, there is a three-way tie for least most popular answer that's listed on the card. So, if you wrote in with card catalog, magazines or tables/chairs, you'll get one bonus point. Max of one bonus point per game, so if you wrote in with two or all three, you're still just getting one bonus point.

Players: 31
Topic: Things/People in a Library
The Librarian (26)
Books (26)
Card Catalog (7)
Magazines (7)
Tables and Chairs (7)
Reference Area
Photocopy Machine
Water Fountain
Check-Out
New Book Section

Other Answers:
Students/Children/People (16)
Computers (14)
Newspapers (4)
Dewey Decimals (3)
Shelves (3)
Video Tapes (3)
Quiet Sign (1)
Tax Forms
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Cob webs
Lawyers
Nerds
Pencils


Winter 2007 Point Standings:

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Name City
66 4 8 9 10 7 10 8 10 Perfect Score
50 4 5 7 8 7 5 7 7 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
48 3 4 6 7 7 5 6 10 $Greg, Madison, WI:
48 2 6 6 7 7 5 5 10 Becky T. and Dad:
48 - 7 8 7 5 9 8 4 Raessa:
47 3 4 8 7 5 9 6 5 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
45 3 5 5 6 5 6 8 7 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
44 4 7 4 5 3 8 7 6 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
44 3 6 5 7 6 6 3 8 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
42 3 6 7 6 3 7 5 5 Deb:
40 2 - 7 8 6 5 7 5 Diane Sm.:
40 3 4 9 2 4 6 4 8 Mom:
40 4 5 7 7 6 5 6 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
40 3 5 7 6 4 7 7 1 Sue, De Pere, WI:
39 2 5 5 5 3 7 6 6 $Brian, Madison, WI:
39 2 5 4 6 6 6 4 6 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
39 3 4 8 5 4 5 7 3 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
38 3 5 - 1 5 6 8 10 Dan, Henderson, NV:
37 3 5 6 4 4 5 3 7 Sally:
37 3 4 3 0 7 4 7 9 Steve L.:
35 4 5 7 7 - 5 5 2 Mary, Appleton, WI:
34 2 4 - 8 4 6 5 5 Bethany:
34 2 6 4 4 4 2 8 4 Jan, Berlin, WI:
32 - 2 3 8 4 4 6 5 Adam E.:
32 2 5 7 4 5 1 2 6 Chris Ke.:
31 4 6 6 1 4 3 4 3 Kelley:
31 1 7 6 4 - 4 4 5 Rhonda Lop.:
30 - - 6 2 5 6 7 4 Angela:
30 2 1 5 8 2 5 - 7 Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
30 2 1 7 5 4 6 5 Tony:
29 4 4 9 6 3 2 1 Juanita:
27 2 1 3 3 4 4 4 6 $Tammy, Madison, WI:
27 1 4 0 3 4 5 3 7 John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI:
26 3 5 5 1 4 2 4 2 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
24 - - - - 3 4 8 9 Brian F.:
23 4 5 4 4 2 - 0 4 Morgan:
22 3 - - 7 4 5 - 3 Barb, Berlin, WI:
21 1 3 3 - 4 2 4 4 Jen:
18 - 0 3 5 - 4 4 2 Al, Germantown, WI:
14 0 5 7 2 - - - Stacy:
11 - 3 4 - - 4 - Nicole, Madison, WI:
8 4 2 2 - - - - John E., Madison, WI:
1 - - - - 1 - - Harry



Today’s forecast grade: C


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Winter Storm Watch in effect from Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon...
Heavy snowfall with accumulations of 8 to 12 inches is possible
across south central and southeast Wisconsin Saturday evening
through Sunday. In addition... strong easterly winds may result
in significant blowing and drifting snow and near blizzard
conditions.

Some accumulating light snow may precede the heavier snow Friday
night and Saturday.

A Winter Storm Watch is issued when heavy snow... sleet... or
freezing rain is expected to accumulate to levels that will cause
major impacts to Commerce and society. Continue to monitor the
latest forecasts for updates and possible warnings.

All interests should start thinking about making alternate
arrangements if you are currently planning travel Saturday night
and Sunday.


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a variably cloudy sky, temps are in the single digits above zero north, the mid- teens central, and near 20 south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: The cat has been let out of the metaphorical bag regarding this weekend's big winter storm, judging by the number of people asking me about it yesterday. And it's true - the only questions seem to be the timing of when this storm's going to start and finish. High pressure to our north combined with a slowing down of the monster out west will keep Wisconsin dry today, but look for light snow to begin Saturday morning (probably overnight), continue Saturday afternoon, then get real heavy Saturday night and Sunday with 8-12" of new snow likely for much of central and southern Wisconsin before this thing leaves our area on Monday. And if you guys are like almost everyone else, when you see 8-12" of probable accumulation, you immediately tell everyone you know that we're getting a foot of snow this weekend, then when we only get 8", you act disappointed and blame your local Meteorologist for a bad forecast.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy, high of 29 central, upper 20s north, and lower 30s south.

Tonight: Cloudy and becoming windy with scattered light snow showers developing from west to east. Probably less than 1" on the ground when you wake up Saturday morning. Lows upper teens. Chance of snow 40%.

Saturday: Scattered light snow showers. Maybe 1-2" on the ground by the time the sun sets with more accumulation during the day to the west. Where's the snow, you will likely ask yourself Saturday afternoon. Highs upper 20s to near 30 central, just above 30 south. Chance of snow 60%.

Saturday Night: I usually don't have a "Saturday Night" section of my forecast so you know it's going to be big. Windy with snow. Lots of snow. Lots and lots of snow. Probably 6-8" of new snow by the time you wake up Sunday morning, answering the question you asked yourself Saturday afternoon. Lows near or just above 20. Chance of snow 90%.

Sunday: Windy with more snow, heaviest in the morning and eventually tapering off to scattered snow showers late in the day. Highs near or just above 30. Chance of snow 80%.

Next Week:
Monday: Scattered light snow showers or flurries. Highs 27-32. Chance of snow 50%.
Tuesday: Cloudy, flurries, highs 27-32.
Wednesday: Morning sunshine with increasing clouds and a chance of snow late. Wednesday night and Thursday could be a repeat of this Saturday night and Sunday so stay tuned for that! Highs 29-34. Chance of snow Wednesday night 40%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated showers today, dry this weekend, highs mid- 50s today, upper 50s tomorrow and lower 60s Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine and cooler today and tomorrow, highs lower 60s. Showers Sunday, highs upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Morning fog, then isolated showers, highs near 70. A better chance of showers tomorrow, then dry Sunday. Highs upper 60s to lower 70s.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 9 am CST this morning...
Moist and warmer air riding over the cooler waters near the coast
and bays has resulted in the development of dense fog. The prevailing
onshore flow will result in fog spreading inland overnight. Visibilities
in fog will be reduced to near 1/4 mile in some locations. Expect
the fog to be more widespread near the coast and bays.

Visibilities will gradually improve by mid morning.

Motorists should drive with extreme caution and allow additional
travel time. Use low beams... reduce driving speed... and allow for
plenty of room between you and other cars. You can overtake
another vehicle quickly in poor visibilities... so slow down and
drive defensively.

A dense fog advisory means visibilities will frequently be reduced
to less than one quarter mile. If driving... slow down... use low
beam headlights... and leave plenty of distance between you and the
car in front.
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, showers and thunderstorms likely tomorrow and possible on Sunday. Highs near or just above 50.
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 February 22, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:15 PM GMT on February 22, 2007

Good Thursday morning!

Outburst Thursday!
There are two more weeks left in the regular season after today's game, and that second week will be a three-game, double-point week.

Topic: Things/People in a Library

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


Today’s forecast grade: C-


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Scattered light snow showers or flurries continue over far northern Wisconsin early this morning. In addition...strong northwest winds to 30 mph will create areas of blowing snow creating some travel difficulties for the morning commuters.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Fox Cities:
Wind Advisory in effect until noon CST today...
Expect west to northwest winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts around
45 mph through this morning.

A Wind Advisory means that sustained winds of 30 mph or greater... or
wind gusts of 45 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make
driving difficult... especially for high profile vehicles. Use
extra caution.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
Wind Advisory in effect until noon CST today...
A strong low pressure system moving through the northern Great
Lakes region will generate strong northwest winds that will
buffet southern Wisconsin this morning. Expect wind gusts to
around 50 mph at times... especially in the open Countryside.

Mitchell international Airport in Milwaukee had a peak gust of 53
mph at 330 am this morning. The winds are expected to diminish
below advisory levels by noon.

A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds of 30 mph or
greater are expected... or wind gusts of 45 mph are expected.
Winds this strong can make driving difficult... especially for
high profile vehicles. Secure loose items in the yard such as
lawn furniture and garbage cans... beware of fallen tree limbs on
roads. Use caution while outdoors.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


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

Synopsis: A cold front is moving through southern Wisconsin this morning, generating a lot of wind and pushing clouds and colder temperatures into Wisconsin today.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif
However, there are some new developments with the forecasting of this weekend's "significant" winter storm. Here's an excerpt of the text from the National Weather Service: Green Bay's scientific discussion: "The models are finally in better agreement this run as all models take the low far enough south to eliminate any mixed precipitation from the forecast...there is enough cold air for all snow across the County Warning Area. The low will bring a swath of very heavy snow across most of the County Warning Area... with a foot or more of snow very possible across central and east central Wisconsin. Snow will move into the area Friday night with the heaviest snow expected Saturday night. Although high snowfall totals of a foot or more are possible...the snow will fall over a fairly long period of 36 to 48 hours. A Winter Storm Watch will probably be needed." Madison/Milwaukee's text implies there might be some mixed precipitation in those areas. You can read the full text, updated usually twice a day, here:
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX

Today: Morning clouds, giving way to afternoon sunshine. And oh yeah, very windy and colder. We had an overnight high of 39 with temps probably not breaking out of the lower 30s the rest of the day.

Tonight: Partly cloudy with decreasing winds in the evening. Lows mid- teens.

Tomorrow: Becoming mostly cloudy and windy again with snow developing tomorrow night. Highs near 30 central, lower 30s south. Chance of snow tomorrow night 60%.

Extended:
Saturday: Very windy with snow, becoming heavy Saturday night. Snow could be mixed with sleet at times south. Highs 26-31. Chance of snow 80%.
Sunday: Windy with snow, gradually tapering off to light snow showers or flurries late. Snow could be mixed with sleet south. Highs 30-35. Chance of snow 90%.
Next Week’s Outlook: Flurries on Monday, then another strong system delivers rain on Wednesday, rain changing to snow on Thursday, and more snow on Friday. This is another storm to keep an eye on, but first thing's first. Highs in the low to mid- 30s central, mid- to upper 30s south.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Morning sunshine, a chance of showers late. Breezy, highs upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

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

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Morning fog, then sunshine. Highs upper 70s.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 10 am CST this morning...
Dense fog has already reduced visibilities across southern
portions of southeast Texas to one quarter mile or less tonight.
With clear skies and light southerly winds... dewpoints will
continue to increase over the remainder of the region. This will
allow for the formation and spread of dense fog over the rest of
southeast Texas overnight. Visibilities are not expected to
improve until late morning.

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

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine, highs near 50.
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 February 21, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:41 PM GMT on February 21, 2007

Good (Ash) Wednesday morning!

Match Game Results

Players: 30
Phrase #1: _____ Shoe
Tennis (12) - 2 points
Horse (11) - 1 point
Snow (3)
Ballet
Bowling
Dress
Walking

Phrase #2: Sleeping _____
Beauty (21) - 3 points
Bag (7) - 1 point
Sleeping


Today’s forecast grade: B+


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
High relative humidities has resulted in a slippery layer of frost developing on many roads across south central and southeast Wisconsin this morning. Morning commuters are urged to travel with care...especially on less traveled secondary and tertiary roads. Conditions are expected to improve shortly after sunrise and as temperatures climb above the freezing mark.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine mixed with a few clouds here and there, temps are in the mid- 20s central and south and ...if you'd believe it ... near 30 north!
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Warmer temperatures in the 30s and 40s have been the lead weather story over the last few days, but that lead story is going to be changing really quickly as forecasters start focusing on this weekend's storm. There's still a good amount of model discrepancy over timing, strength and location, but suffice to say that there's a pretty good chance that Wisconsin will see rain, sleet, and/or plenty of snow Friday night through Monday. Anyone with plans to travel in a vehicle this weekend should be paying extremely close attention to the latest forecasts.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly sunny, becoming windy, maybe a late-day rain or snow shower north. High of 43 central, upper 30s north, mid- 40s south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy and blustery. Lows mid- 20s.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny with strong morning winds decreasing in the afternoon. Colder, highs mid- 30s.

This Weekend:
Friday: Increasing clouds and winds during the daytime hours with a chance of rain, sleet or snow Friday night. Highs 31-36.
Saturday: Cloudy, windy, rain, sleet or snow probable, becoming heavy Saturday night. Chances look best for snow north, sleet central and rain south but exact precip type for your backyard TBD. Highs 29-34.
Sunday: Cloudy, windy, sleet and snow still probable, perhaps mixing with rain south early in the day. Highs 27-32.


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: Showers, 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: Morning showers, highs mid- 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine, highs mid- 50s.
Patchy dense fog will persist over portions of western Kentucky... southwest Indiana...and far southeast Illinois early this morning. The fog may restrict visibilities to less than one quarter mile at times...making for hazardous travel conditions. Allow yourself a few extra minutes for the morning commute. Use low-beam headlights and leave plenty of room between vehicles.
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: 1:41 PM GMT on February 21, 2007

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 20, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:16 PM GMT on February 20, 2007

Good Fat Tuesday morning!

Match Game: Phrase Edition
A new week of games starts right now!

Phrase #1: _____ Shoe

Phrase #2: Sleeping _____

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


Today’s forecast grade: B+


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a mostly cloudy sky and a few light snow showers or flurries in far southeastern Wisconsin, temps are around 10-20 north, in the upper 20s central, and already in the lower 30s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: After a somewhat cold start to the morning, a rush of warm air finally made it into Wisconsin yesterday afternoon, propelling many of us into the lower 40s by the time the sun set. Boscobel was the hot spot in Wisconsin yesterday, topping off at 47 degrees. Today will probably not be quite as warm as a weak cold front moved through Wisconsin last night. Some moisture behind the cold front is developing isolated snow showers or flurries south, but otherwise the clouds we're seeing now should give way to some sunshine later today.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy this morning, then becoming partly sunny by this afternoon. High of 35 central, lower 30s north and upper 30s south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows low to mid- 20s.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, maybe an isolated rain or snow shower north, breezy, highs upper 30s to near 40 central, lower 40s south.

Extended:
Thursday: Partly cloudy, highs 34-39.
Friday: Cloudy, windy, light rain or snow developing later in the day. Highs 30-35. Chance of precip 40%.
Saturday: Cloudy, windy, rain or snow likely, becoming heavier Saturday night. Highs 27-32. Chance of precip 60%.
Sunday: Cloudy, windy, rain or snow quite likely. Highs 34-39. Chance of precip 70%, which is very high for a system that's still 5 days from Sunday.
I'd pay extremely close attention to this weekend's forecast updates if you're travelling anywhere, as if we get snow for three days, we might join upstate New Yorkers by climbing out of our second story windows to leave our houses.


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: Partly cloudy, a little warmer, 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: Isolated showers, 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: Scattered showers, highs lower 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://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/Earth/Space in the News:

...WARMER TEMPERATURES RETURN AND ARE EXPECTED TO STICK AROUND...
THE HIGH TEMPERATURE AT BOTH MADISON AND MILWAUKEE REACHED 43
DEGREES THIS AFTERNOON. THE LAST TIME THE TEMPERATURE WAS IN THE
LOWER 40S WAS ON JANUARY 26TH WHEN MADISON REACHED 41 DEGREES AND
MILWAUKEE CLIMBED TO 42. THIS WAS JUST BEFORE THE STREAK OF COLD
WEATHER AND BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES BEGAN.
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/crnews/display_story.php?wfo=mkx&storyid=6061&source=0

World's Largest Tropical Glacier Vanishing
The world's largest tropical glacier was a hot topic this past Thursday at the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Glaciologist Lonnie Thompson, and a team of Ohio state scientists, produced the stunning news that Quelccaya and similar formations are melting at a rate of some 60 metres per year. While polar ice caps have commanded attention in the discussion of global warming to date, these tropical caps are crucial to the well-being of ecosystems relying on an influx of mountain stream fresh water.
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/19/0357228&from=rss
http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2007/02/16/science-glacier.html

Lakes Found Under Antarctic Ice Using Space Lasers
There is a new study circling the media about new lakes found underneath the antarctic ice sheets that apparently empty and fill back up quite fast. 'The scientists allay fears that global warming has created these pockets of water. They say these lakes lie some 2,300 feet below compressed snow and ice, too deep for environmental temperature to reach. However, it is necessary to understand what causes the phenomenon as it can facilitate an understanding of the impact of climate change on the ice sheet in Antarctica.' NASA also has some information on the technique used to detect these lakes.
http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/31276.html
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/19/1319228&from=rss
http://www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/lookingatearth/antarctic_plumb_mm.html

U.N. urged to take action on asteroid threat
• U.N. asked to organize an asteroid deflection mission
• Asteroid Apophis has a 1 in 45,000 chance of striking Earth on April 13, 2036
• Mission proposal: A spacecraft would use gravity to alter the asteroid's course
SAN FRANCISCO, California (Reuters) -- An asteroid may come uncomfortably close to Earth in 2036 and the United Nations should assume responsibility for a space mission to deflect it, a group of astronauts, engineers and scientists said on Saturday.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/space/02/19/asteroid.deflector.reut/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

BADGERS RANKED NO. 1 IN COUNTRY
Finally, respect. UW's resurgence on the court took its biggest step - up to No. 1 in the country in the AP poll and No. 2 in the coaches poll. To reach No. 1, the Badgers leapfrogged past Ohio State. The two teams meet Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=567336
http://www.uwbadgers.com/sport_news/mbb/headlines/story.html?sportid=116&storyid=10387
http://www.madison.com/wsj/mad/top/index.php?ntid=119685
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=2771296
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/rankingsindex

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 19, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:29 PM GMT on February 19, 2007

Good Morning,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope you had great weekend. We had a busy but fun weekend spent with family and friends. We had our private ballroom dance lesson at the Adagio dance club on Friday night. We learned some new moves and better posture for the waltz, and after our lesson, we attended a group lesson for the country two-step. I was a country line dancer before learning ballroom, so although the lesson was difficult, I felt like I was in my element. After the lesson, we stayed for their Friday evening dance party for a few dances, then I left to see the country band Led West (www.ledwest.com) perform at the Horseshoe Lounge. As usual they put on a great show, and I can't wait to see them again. It was nice to see some friends at the show too.

We then spent Saturday and Sunday in Madison visiting with my sister-in-law Bethany and her husband Kyle. We were excited to see their new apartment and to meet their new kitty Winnie. My sister-in-law Katie and her husband Bart also came to visit as well as Kyle's brother Eric. We went mini-golfing at the newly-renovated Vitense Golfland, where all the holes are themed as notable places in Madison. Afterwards they cooked us a very tasty dinner, then we played a lot of Nintendo Wii. While we were in Madison, we also had a chance to visit with our friends Dave and Diane and Phil and Nicole.

Bryce enjoyed his weekend too, playing with Phil and Nicole's 2-year-old son Adam (and his many toys!), and he got to play lots of basketball with Uncle Kyle's indoor basketball hoop. The guys would lift him up so he could make a short shot or dunk with the ball, then later in the evening Bryce would take the ball, climb up the stairs, go next to the railing and drop the ball into the hoop. Climb down the stairs, find the ball, climb back up, and do it again and again. He had so much fun with it, that Steve went to Toys R' Us after we got home and bought him a new "Grow-to-Pro" Fisher Price basketball hoop that adjusts from 3-6 feet. He had a lot of fun playing with it last night. Pictures:
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/P1130451.JPG
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/P1130481.JPG
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/P1130487.JPG

Bryce also completed his first full week of day care. It's going well, and he's starting to get used to his new environment and a more structured routine. The first three days Steve dropped him off, Bryce was very clingy, crying and basically attaching himself to Steve's leg so that he wouldn't leave him there. But shortly after Steve leaves, Bryce gets distracted by something, and then has a lot of fun during the day, playing with other kids, doing various art activities, etc. Bryce had a hard time staying still during breakfast/lunch and naptime the first couple of days, but by the end of the week he was much better about staying in place and doing what the other kids were doing. And on Friday, instead of being really clingy as Steve dropped him off, he went right to his cubbie, put his coat on his coat rack, set his hat down, and went right to the sink to wash his hands before breakfast! So we think he's doing just fine in the new YMCA Child Learning Center. Well that wraps up our update, have a great week.


Today’s forecast grade: B


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

Synopsis: A warm front is stretching from southwestern Minnesota through central Iowa and Illinois and down into eastern Tennessee. This warm-air advection is coinciding with an upper-air jet stream ridge building out to our west. Most of the precipitation from this system looks like it's going to miss us to the north, but what this will do for us is provide warm temperatures that will make it not only tolerable to be outside, like it was this weekend, but with a winter coat on, it'll feel downright comfortable. Look for temperatures above normal for the first time since January 27th and temperatures above the freezing mark for the first time since January 26th.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly sunny, windy and warmer. Maybe some afternoon flurries or drizzle but probably not. High of 35 central, just above 30 north, and upper 30s south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows lower 20s.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, highs low to mid- 30s central, upper 30s south.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly sunny, pleasant, highs 37-42.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, pleasant, highs 37-42.
Friday: Windy, colder and not so pleasant with rain or snow likely. Highs 29-34. Chance of precip 50%.
Saturday: Windy with more rain or snow likely. Be hoping this thing isn't mostly snow or it could be a lot to shovel. Highs 33-38. Chance of precip 60%.
Sunday: Breezy with rain or snow gradually diminishing to drizzle or flurries. Highs 30-35. Chance of morning precip 50%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated thundershowers, 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, 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: Partly sunny, breezy, 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: Partly sunny, breezy, highs lower 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://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/Science in the News:

Avalanches kill 5 in Montana, Utah and Idaho
HELENA, Montana (AP) -- Weekend avalanches killed five people in Montana, Utah and Idaho, with one bruised survivor traveling miles by snowmobile and on foot to reach help, authorities said.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/02/18/winter.weather.ap/index.html

Earth's Constant Hum Explained
The Earth's hum comes from the bottom of the sea and not from turbulence in the atmosphere, says a US researcher, backing a novel theory put forward in 2004.
The hum is a low rumble continually present in the ground even when there are no earthquakes happening, but is detectable only by very sensitive seismometers. Its frequency is near 10 millihertz, below the range of human hearing.
http://environment.newscientist.com/article/dn11190?DCMP=Matt_Sparkes&nsref=earth-hum
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/16/0414204&from=rss

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 16, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 9:35 AM GMT on February 16, 2007

TGIF!

Chain Reaction Results

Players: 27
Hot
Pocket
Watch
Closely
Guarded
Secret
Handshake

Other answers:
Price Watch
Potato Watch
Potato(e) Wedge (3)
Plastic Watch
Plate Watch
Guard Strong
Guarded Secure


Winter 2007 Point Standings
A newbie is now on top of the leaderboard! This season will run through March 9th with the playoff week being March 12-16. There's still a lot of season left with two more regular weeks and a double point week to end the regular season. Have a great weekend everyone and thanks for playing!

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Name City
56 4 8 9 10 7 10 8 Perfect Score
44 - 7 8 7 5 9 8 Raessa:
43 4 5 7 8 7 5 7 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
42 3 4 8 7 5 9 6 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
40 4 5 7 7 6 5 6 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
39 3 5 7 6 4 7 7 Sue, De Pere, WI:
38 3 4 6 7 7 5 6 $Greg, Madison, WI:
38 3 5 5 6 5 6 8 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
38 2 6 6 7 7 5 5 Becky T. and Dad:
38 4 7 4 5 3 8 7 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
37 3 6 7 6 3 7 5 Deb:
36 3 6 5 7 6 6 3 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
36 3 4 8 5 4 5 7 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
35 2 - 7 8 6 5 7 Diane Sm.:
33 2 5 5 5 3 7 6 $Brian, Madison, WI:
33 2 5 4 6 6 6 4 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
33 4 5 7 7 - 5 5 Mary, Appleton, WI:
32 3 4 9 2 4 6 4 Mom:
30 2 6 4 4 4 2 8 Jan, Berlin, WI:
30 3 5 6 4 4 5 3 Sally:
30 2 1 7 5 4 6 5 Tony:
29 2 4 - 8 4 6 5 Bethany:
29 4 4 9 6 3 2 1 Juanita:
28 3 5 - 1 5 6 8 Dan, Henderson, NV:
28 4 6 6 1 4 3 4 Kelley:
28 3 4 3 0 7 4 7 Steve L.:
27 - 2 3 8 4 4 6 Adam E.:
26 - - 6 2 5 6 7 Angela:
26 2 5 7 4 5 1 2 Chris Ke.:
26 1 7 6 4 - 4 4 Rhonda Lop.:
24 3 5 5 1 4 2 4 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
23 2 1 5 8 2 5 - Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
21 2 1 3 3 4 4 4 $Tammy, Madison, WI:
20 1 4 0 3 4 5 3 John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI:
19 3 - - 7 4 5 - Barb, Berlin, WI:
19 4 5 4 4 2 - 0 Morgan:
17 1 3 3 - 4 2 4 Jen:
16 - 0 3 5 - 4 4 Al, Germantown, WI:
15 - - - - 3 4 8 Brian F.:
14 0 5 7 2 - - - Stacy:
11 - 3 4 - - 4 - Nicole, Madison, WI:
8 4 2 2 - - - - John E., Madison, WI:
1 - - - - 1 - - Harry



Today’s forecast grade: C


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 3am with visions of sugarplums dancing in most people's heads, temps are just below zero with wind chills close to -20. Bryce is having a rough night of sleep tonight with a bad case of the coughs, so if I'm up anyway, I might as well write the update now.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: High pressure has moved from the Dakotas into southern Mississippi Valley, meaning our winds have shifted to become more from the west. This is good news as eventually the winds will shift again to flow from the south, meaning we'll start to see temperatures warming up through the 30s next week as an upper-air jet stream ridge finally pushes milder air into the Midwest.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Windy and cold this morning. Morning sunshine giving way to clouds by this afternoon. High of 20 central, just below 20 north, and just above 20 south.

Tonight: Cloudy and windy with light snow developing, particularly south. Lows 5-10...above zero! Chance of snow 50% south, 30% central, 15% north.

Saturday: Morning light snow showers turning into just scattered flurries. Total expected accumulation 2" south, less than 1" central, and just a dusting if anything north. Breezy, highs lower 20s.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, not as breezy, highs near or just above 20.

Next Week:
Monday: Morning light snow showers or flurries. Downright balmy, highs 31-36.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, highs 33-38.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, highs 32-37.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated showers possible Sunday night, otherwise sunny, highs upper 60s to near 70.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy and breezy through Sunday, highs upper 40s today and low to mid- 50s this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Sunshine through the weekend, highs near 50 today, warming into the mid- 60s tomorrow, and upper 50s on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: 2-3" of snowfall possible tonight and tomorrow, otherwise partly cloudy, highs near or just above 30.
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:

Troops aid motorists stranded by winter storm
• Weather strands hundreds of vehicles in Pennsylvania
• National Guard ferries food, fuel and baby supplies
• Fifteen dead as winter storm blows out to sea
HAMBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) -- National Guardsmen in Humvees ferried food, fuel and baby supplies Thursday to hundreds of motorists stranded on a 50-mile stretch of highway for nearly a day by a monster storm blamed for 15 deaths.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/02/16/cold.weather.ap/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

New US one-dollar coin makes debut, despite earlier flops
A new one-dollar coin began circulation in the United States on Thursday, promoted by George Washington look-alikes as officials hoped to avoid the flops of past coin initiatives.
The new presidential dollar coin series will be about as conservative as possible, with images of 37 US presidents, four per year, through 2016. The first one in circulation shows George Washington, the first president.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thr ivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20070215/20070215NewUSonedollarcoinmakesdebutdespiteearlierf lops.xml&p=-1

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 15, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:11 PM GMT on February 15, 2007

Good Thursday morning!

Chain Reaction

Hot
P______
W______
Closely
G______
S______
Handshake

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


Bowling
Lisa was not overly excited about my Wednesday evening bowling league going on as planned even though it was Valentine's Day, but I bowled pretty well again, bowling a 663 series last night which placed me in today's paper.
http://www.postcrescent.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070215/APC02/702150749/1892/APCsports
You can read more about my scores on my new bowling blog:
http://shale.bowlspace.com


Today’s forecast grade: C


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine and cold temperatures (what else is new?), temps are a few degrees below zero. Lone Rock in southwestern Wisconsin is -14 at the moment.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A large area of high pressure is moving eastward through the northern Plains states. As this system approaches Wisconsin, we'll start to see a wind shift so that we'll be getting warmer, southerly winds, but unfortunately with the high still well off to our west, today will continue to have cold, northerly winds and frigid temperatures. And I think that's the first time I've used the word "frigid" in my forecast all season, even though it would have been appropriate each day over the last several weeks. The last time Green Bay hit above 35 degrees was January 12th with Madison doing it only once more since then, on Jan 26.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny, a little breezy, and still cold. High of 12.

Tonight: Mostly clear, breezy, lows a few degrees below zero. Again.

Tomorrow: Increasing clouds and breezy with a chance of light snow developing by tomorrow evening. 1-3" of snowfall is possible with the heavier totals more likely to the south. Warmer, highs upper teens. Chance of snow tomorrow night 20% north, 35% central, 50% south.

Extended:
Saturday: Cloudy, breezy, warmer, maybe some light snow early in the day and/or flurries in the afternoon. Highs 23-28.
Sunday: Partly sunny, a little colder, not very breezy, highs 19-24.
Next Week’s Outlook: Maybe some light snow or flurries on Monday, otherwise a fairly dry week can be expected. But get this - it looks warm for a change! Highs in the 20s central, near 30 south on Monday, and in the mid- to upper 30s for the rest of the week. Break out the T-shirts and shorts!


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: Mostly cloudy, 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: Partly sunny, 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: Mostly cloudy, flurries, highs lower 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:

Storm blows out to sea after dumping snow
• Storm at sea after grounding flights, dumping snow
• No power for 300,000 customers from Kentucky to Ohio to D.C.
• Weather system blamed for 13 deaths
• Snow, closings create havoc with Valentine's flower deliveries
NORTHFIELD, Ohio (AP) -- Usually a romantic dinner spot with its lace tablecloths and homemade marinara sauce, Spennato's Restaurant was ready for a busy Valentine's Day.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/02/15/cold.weather.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 14, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:55 PM GMT on February 14, 2007

Good Valentine's Day morning!

iMAgiNiff... Results
I think we could have used our own personalities to answer yesterday's games without the celebrity, although I thought it was interesting that almost half of you think Alex Trebek is a cheerful host while others think that he's boring (or at least bored). I'm sure he'd be thrilled to see that the only thing he DIDN'T get a vote for was romantic. Chris K. gets a bonus point for submitting Alex Trebek as a celebrity to use.

Players: 34
iMAgiNiff #1:
iMAgiNiff Alex Trebek were a feeling. Which would he be?
1. Angry (1)
2. Tired (1)
3. Cheerful (13) - 1 point
4. Stressed (3)
5. Romantic
6. Bored (16) - 2 points

iMAgiNiff #2:
iMAgiNiff Alex Trebek were honked at by an impatient driver. How would he react?
1. Get out of the car and threaten the driver (1)
2. Ignore it and turn up the radio (6) - 1 point
3. Honk 'em right back (2)
4. Give a genuine apologetic wave (22) - 2 points
5. Record the license plate and call the police (2)
6. Wink and lick the window (1)


Today’s forecast grade: C-


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Lake effect snow showers will continue to affect the portion of southeast Wisconsin from Milwaukee...south to Racine...Kenosha... Union Grove and Pleasant Prairie...through the early morning. Additional snowfall could reach one inch...especially in Racine...Wind Point and Kenosha. Away from the lake...wind chills will be between 10 and 18 degrees below zero through the mid morning...so bundle up. Road conditions may still be snow covered and hazardous in portions of Racine...Kenosha and Milwaukee so drive accordingly.

... Record daily maximum snowfall set at Milwaukee...
A record snowfall of 6.5 inches occurred in Milwaukee yesterday...
February 13. This breaks the old record of 5.6 set in 1950.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine, temps are near zero central and south and a few degrees below zero north.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: After a day in which most of southern Wisconsin saw less than 1" of snowfall, yet Milwaukee got 7.8" and the Chicago area saw 7-10", today looks quite different with more sunshine expected but colder temperatures behind yesterday's cold front. We'll see a small warmup Friday and Saturday, with a bigger warmup expected by the middle of next week. Happy Valentine's Day, Lisa!!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly cloudy, breezy and colder. High of 12 central, near 10 north and mid- teens south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, breezy and cold overnight. Lows not statistically distinguishable from zero.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, a little breezy, but still cold. Highs lower teens.

This Weekend:
Friday: Cloudy and breezy with a chance of light snow late. Highs 17-22.
Saturday: Cloudy, breezy and warmer, light snow showers possible. Highs 22-27. Chance of measurable snow 30%.
Sunday: Becoming partly cloudy and colder, highs 15-20. Highs perhaps in the 30s by next Wednesday?


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, 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: Decreasing clouds, 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: Partly sunny, breezy and colder, 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: Cloudy, flurries, highs mid- 20s.
Wind chill readings of zero to 5 below zero until mid morning...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data 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:

Northeast: Break out those snow shovels
Advisories issued from Ohio Valley to New England
• Four traffic deaths linked to storm; tree limb kills girl
• Federal workers in D.C. sent home early
• Flights canceled at Illinois, Cincinnati airports
STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania (AP) -- The Northeast was bracing Wednesday for a massive Valentine's Day snowstorm that already has made traveling a nightmare across the Midwest.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/02/14/cold.weather.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 13, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:23 PM GMT on February 13, 2007

Good Tuesday morning!

iMAgiNiff...

Today's Celebrity: Alex Trebek
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Trebek

iMAgiNiff #1:
iMAgiNiff Alex Trebek were a feeling. Which would he be?
1. Angry
2. Tired
3. Cheerful
4. Stressed
5. Romantic
6. Bored

iMAgiNiff #2:
iMAgiNiff Alex Trebek were honked at by an impatient driver. How would he react?
1. Get out of the car and threaten the driver
2. Ignore it and turn up the radio
3. Honk 'em right back
4. Give a genuine apologetic wave
5. Record the license plate and call the police
6. Wink and lick the window

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


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for snow to fall over far southern Wisconsin...with up to 2 inches of snow...especially toward the Illinois border. Northeast winds of 15 to 25 mph will cause some blowing and drifting snow. Visibilities will be from 1 to 3 miles...but may drop to near 1/2 mile in areas of blowing snow. Elsewhere over southeast Wisconsin light lake effect snow was occurring. Here visibilities were from 3 to 6 miles. Drifting snow was causing some problems in open areas across southern Wisconsin. The lake effect snow will increase in intensity this afternoon.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with some sunshine north, clouds central, and light snow south (with more significant rain or snow falling south of the Wisconsin border), temps are near 10 central, low to mid- teens south, and near zero north.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A very strong area of low pressure, centered near the Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas borders, is developing a plethora of rain from southern Mississippi and Alabama north through central Illinois, where it changes to snow and continues up to just past the Wisconsin border. The Chicago area is under a Winter Storm Warning with 4-7" of new snow expected, but the further north you travel, the lesser the expected amounts. Southern Wisconsin will only see 1-2" of new snow with central Wisconsin just getting a dusting and northern Wisconsin even seeing some sunshine today.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy north. Cloudy with a few light snow showers or flurries central (maybe a dusting of new snow). Cloudy with mostly light snow south with 1-2" of accumulation expected depending on where you live. Windy and cold across the state, high of 19 again central, just above 20 south, and mid- teens north. Chance of snow 70% south, 30% central, 10% north.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, breezy, maybe some flurries. Lows near or just above zero.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, breezy and colder, highs low to mid- teens.

Extended:
Thursday: Partly cloudy, cold, highs 10-15.
Friday: Cloudy, breezy and warmer, light snow developing late. Could be an inch or two of accumulation. Highs 17-22. Chance of snow Friday night 40%.
Saturday: Cloudy, breezy and warmer, more light snow showers. Highs 22-27. Chance of accumulating snow 25%.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, a little colder, highs 17-22.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated thundershowers, 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: Scattered showers developing, highs upper 60s.
Through 8 am...scattered showers will move north through mainly coastal portions of southeast South Carolina. Rain amounts will be light...ranging from just a trace to a few hundredths 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: Sunshine, breezy and cooler, highs lower 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: Rain changing to snow later today, 1" accumulation possible by tonight, highs near 40.
At six thirty this morning...areas of rain...rain showers and drizzle continued over the quad state area. The activity was moving to the northeast...and will continue through the morning hours. Some communities may hear an occasional clap of thunder...and motorist should use caution during the morning commute. Visibilities may be reduced due to patchy fog and heavier rains. From 6 am this yesterday morning until 6 am this morning... Paducah Kentucky received 1 inch of rain...Evansville Indiana had 1.36 inches...Cape Girardeau Missouri received 1.71 inches...and in Carbondale Illinois 1.14 inches fell.
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 Orleans tornado injures three
• Tornado tears through New Orleans area at 3:30 a.m.
• Three people taken to hospital
• Roof torn off hotel in Westwego, across river
• At least six homes collapsed
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AP) -- An apparent tornado ripped through the New Orleans area early Tuesday, ripping the roof off a hotel, knocking down power lines and injuring three people.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/02/13/new.orleans.tornado.ap/index.html

New Yorkers dig out while another storm looms
• Snow finally tapers off, but new storm on the way
• Winter storm watch until Wednesday for large area
• Area near Lake Ontario has had nine days of heavy snow
• Unofficial snowfall in town of Redfield: 12 feet, 2 inches
REDFIELD, New York (AP) -- The lake-effect squalls that have buried parts of upstate New York in nearly 12 feet of snow finally ended Monday, leaving road crews with the task of clearing snow piled as high as street signs.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/02/12/cold.weather.ap/index.html
In some places in Oswego County, the snow piles meet the edge of the roof.
"My kids were jumping off the roof because the snow is pretty much level with it," said Cheryl Maynes, a waitress at Daddy Ed's Restaurant.
The snowfall has even created a new section at the Gristmill Restaurant.
"We call the booths by the window 'Avalanche Seating' cause you can't see out of the windows," Chapman said."
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thr ivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20070212/20070212NobreakfromthesnowinNewYork.xml&p=-1


Geo-Engineering to stop Climate Change
"Following the latest report of the United Nations climate change panel, there has been a flurry of renewed interest in so-called geo-engineering. This is the theory of using technological schemes to stop climate change. These can range from sun-shades orbiting the Earth, to pumping millions of tonnes of sulfur into the atmosphere to the bizarre idea of painting the ground white to reflect more light. Let's reduce our emissions now, before I have to go and paint my roof bright white." Thanks to jamie for pointing out another potential solution of seeding the southern oceans with iron to spur plankton growth.
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/12/1141222&from=rss
http://www.newscientist.com/blog/environment/2007/02/far-out-schemes-to-stop-climate-change.html?DC MP=Matt_Sparkes&nsref=schemes-to-stop-climate-change

Cosmic Rays and Global Warming
"The former editor of New Scientist has written an article in the TimesOnline suggesting that cosmic rays may affect global climate. The author criticizes the UN's recent global warming report, noting several underreported trends it doesn't account for, such as increasing sea-ice in the Southern Ocean. He describes an experiment by Henrik Svensmark showing a relation between atmospheric cloudiness and atomic particles coming in from exploded stars. In the basement of the Danish National Space Center in 2005, Svensmark's team showed that electrons from cosmic rays caused cloud condensation. Svensmark's scenario apparently predicts several unexplained temperature trends from the warmer trend of the 20th century to the temporary drop in the 1970s, attributed to changes in the sun's magnetic field affecting the amount of cosmic rays entering the atmosphere."
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/12/0227217&from=rss
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article1363818.ece


In Case You Missed It:

Eggs form 'river of yellow' on Va. highway
FAIRFAX, Va., Feb 11, 2007 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Forming what one witness called a "river of yellow," up to 60,000 eggs were smashed on a highway in Virginia this weekend when a tractor-trailer overturned.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thr ivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20070212/20070212EggsformriverofyellowonVahighway.xml&p=-1

Truck spills 40 tons of cow intestines
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. - About 40 tons of cow intestines and bones spilled onto a major highway after a truck driver became distracted by his digital music player and his semitrailer tipped over, officials said.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070210/ap_on_fe_st/spilled_intestines


Thanks Chad for the link!
3D Movie Posters
Full Color Hologram One-sheets
XYZ RBG offers high resolution scanning services for film, television, video game, and other media companies. The company has worked on films in The Matrix series, Lord of the Rings, and King Kong. Through the company’s XYZ Imaging, it also offers holographic printing services. A hologram is defined as: “A three dimensional image; unlike regular images which are usually two dimensional, a three dimensional image, or hologram, appears to “pop out” of the media on which it is printed or illuminated from.”
http://www.posterwire.com/
http://www.xyzrgb.com/holos/soccer.html
http://www.xyzrgb.com/holos/terminator.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 12, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:39 PM GMT on February 12, 2007

Happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope all of you had a good weekend. We had a fairly relaxing weekend at home. We went to our swing dance lesson on Friday night, and I went to my cousin Tricia's baby shower on Saturday. Steve's mom, step-dad Bob, and sister Kelley also came over for a visit on Saturday. Steve and Bob put together our new wall unit that we got for Christmas, and it looks really nice!
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/P1130434.JPG
Sunday, we greeted and assisted with the offering at church, and Steve helped with the communion, and after that I went with my brother and his girlfriend to the YMCA in the afternoon. Steve got in his workout Saturday morning while I stayed home with Bryce.

Bryce Update:
Bryce starts his first day at the the YMCA (formerly Thrivent Financial) Child Learning Center today! We are really excited for him as he'll get to be with kids his own age in a structured environment. For the last couple of weeks, he had been going to the YMCA drop in center in the afternoon, with my friend Lisa usually watching him in the mornings. He really liked it there too, so I'm sure the transition will be smooth. This daycare will be especially convenient for us since it's right on Thrivent Financial property, so it will be easy for Steve to drop off and pick him up.
Bryce is also developing more personality, as well as we are starting to understand him better when he wants or doesn't want something. Sometimes when he is mad or doesn't like or want something, he will go stand in the corner and pout. He's starting to say "NO" and shaking his head more firmly if we ask if he wants something and he doesn't want it. He's also very possessive of seemingly random toys late at night. Last night he refused to give up his hair brush, and the night before, he walked around with a couple of breaded cheese sticks for an hour or so, and we had a tough time getting them out of his hands when it was time for bed!
Well, that wraps up our weekend update, have a great week.


Bryce Valentine's Day Photo Shoot
Lisa entered Bryce in a Valentine's Day child photo contest at Sears Portrait Studio last week, and here are the pictures that came back! I also included a pose of him at home this weekend, just for fun.
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/brycevday1a.jpg
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/brycevday2.jpg
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/brycevday3.jpg
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/brycevday4.jpg
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/brycevday5.jpg
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/brycevday6.jpg
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/brycevday7.jpg
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/brycevday8.jpg
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/P1130428.JPG


Anniversaries!
Today is the 6th anniversary of my start date with Thrivent Financial (then AAL), and this is also the 7th anniversary of my Weather Updates! Originally getting the idea of a daily weather journal from my friend Nicole, I've been blogging years before blogs became popular. How many users have been blogging five times a week for seven years?


Today’s forecast grade: C


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
An area of light snow reaches from near Madison to the Lakeshore counties of southeast Wisconsin. This area is moving to the east around 20 mph. Additional snow accumulations of around 1 inch are likely mainly east of Madison through 9 am this morning. Visibilities between 1 and 3 miles will occur in this snow area. Morning rush hour motorists should be alert for changing Road conditions especially on untreated roads.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with light snow south, clouds central and some breaks in the cloud cover north, temps are near zero north and near 10 central, but near 20 south where the clouds and light snow helped to keep temperatures relatively steady overnight.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A cold front moved through Wisconsin overnight, and is now located in southern Wisconsin. This system pushed snow showers across some parts of central Wisconsin and almost all of southern Wisconsin overnight. These snow showers should diminish to just flurries later this morning, but another round of snow is possible tomorrow courtesy of a panhandle hook low pressure system, which will be bringing in moisture from the south. Depending on the final track of the storm, a couple more inches is possible, especially south.

While I see the cold sticking around through much of this week, it looks to moderate by Friday and this weekend, and then perhaps get even warmer next week as the jet stream trough finally moves east and milder, southerly winds start flowing into the badger state. But by then we're almost in March, so it should be getting warmer anyway.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning light snow or flurries south. Otherwise, mostly cloudy and breezy at times. High of 20 central, mid- teens north, and lower 20s south.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and breezy, maybe some light snow showers or flurries south towards daybreak, lows around 5-10 above zero. Chance of snow south before sunrise tomorrow 30%.

Tomorrow: Cloudy and windy with light snow developing, especially south. There's some model discrepancy regarding how far north the system will travel, but I wouldn't be surprised to see another couple inches of fresh powder south. Highs mid- to upper teens. Chance of snow 30% central, 60% south.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly sunny, a little breezy, highs 11-16.
Thursday: Partly sunny, highs 10-15.
Friday: Cloudy and warmer with flurries, highs 21-26.
Saturday: Cloudy with more light snow showers or flurries, highs 23-28. Chance of snow 25%.
Sunday: Partly sunny, near our average high temperature (!), highs 25-30.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs mid- 60s.
... Record high minimum temperature broken in Las Vegas Sunday...
The low temperature at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas
only cooled down to 54 degrees Sunday morning. This reading broke
the previous record high minimum of 53 degrees set in 1962.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, highs lower 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: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, some perhaps severe, breezy, highs upper 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: Rain developing, highs lower 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 in the News:

I've joked about snowfalls being so heavy you'll have to leave your house via your second-story window, but never thought it'd actually happen!
Upstate New York buurrrr-ied under snowfall
• 11 feet of snow may be a state record
• Redfield's record was set at 10 feet
• National Weather Service will verify Monday if record broken
• SUVs buried, shoveled out driveways look like canyons
REDFIELD, New York (AP) -- This village in upstate New York's snowbelt gets a lot of snowfall during the winter, but last week's total -- more than 11 feet, unofficially -- might be an all-time record...
Redfield's total of 136 inches would break the state record of ten feet, seven inches that fell in nearby Montague over seven days ending January 1, 2002, said Steve McLaughlin, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Buffalo...
One house appeared to be in a cocoon. The only signs of parked SUVs are their radio antennas or roof racks sticking up above the snow. Front doors are buried and footprints lead to second-story windows. Sidewalks that have been dug out look like miniature canyons.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/02/11/frigid.weather.ap/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/02/11/cold.weather.ap/index.html

Statistical Accuracy of Internet Weather Forecasts
"Brandon Hansen considers the statistical accuracy of popular on-line weather forecast sources and shows who's on target, and on who you probably shouldn't rely. Motivated by a trip to a water park that was spoiled with hail despite a 'clear sky' forecast, he does a nice job of depicting deviations, averages, and overall accuracy in a manner that stats junkies are sure to love."
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/09/0723234&from=rss
http://www.omninerd.com/2007/02/08/articles/69

$25M Bounty Offered for Global Warming Fix
"Richard Branson is offering $25M as a bounty for a fix to global warming. The person or organization that can devise a method to remove at least a billion tons of carbon dioxide a year from the atmosphere will be able to claim the bounty. There are a few catches, of course. There can't be any negative impact on the environment, and the payment will come in chunks. A 5 million dollar payout will be paid when the system is put into place with the remainder of the bounty to be paid after 10 years of continuous use."
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/09/2111213&from=rss
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/09/AR2007020900693.html

Thousands ill, as Jakarta cleans up after flood
• Diarrhea, dengue, severe respiratory problems among flood-related illnesses
• 150 garbage trucks dispatched around capital, disaster agency official says
• Disinfectant, shovels, school needs needed, official says
JAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) -- Garbage trucks were out in force on Jakarta's streets on Monday for a huge cleanup of the city after a devastating flood, while nearly 200,000 people were suffering from flood-related illnesses.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/02/11/indonesia.floods.reut/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 9, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:35 PM GMT on February 09, 2007

TGIF!

Mad Gab Results
Gab #3 was pretty tricky and the word "fewer" gave people fits. When a lot of people answer something similar but not exactly what's on the card, I have to judge whether I thought the card could be misleading, or if I need to be strict. And in this case, I feel I need to be strict. Many people wrote in with "you are" or "you're", but the proper pronunciation of the word "fewer" is "few wer" and not "few war" or "fewre", so only the five people who wrote in with "you were" will receive credit.

Players: 28
Gab #1 (26/28): Dawn Ways Might I'm =
Don't waste my time

Gab #2 (27/28): Startle Loafer =
Start all over

Gab #3 (5/28!): Eye Billy Fewer Height =
I believe you were right

Bonus Points:
3: Jordan (8:09am)
13: Sarah H. (12:30pm)
23: Greg (4:41pm)


Winter 2007 Point Standings

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Name City
48 4 8 9 10 7 10 Perfect Score
36 4 5 7 8 7 5 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
36 3 4 8 7 5 9 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
36 - 7 8 7 5 9 Raessa:
34 4 5 7 7 6 5 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
33 2 6 6 7 7 5 Becky T. and Dad:
33 3 6 5 7 6 6 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
32 3 4 6 7 7 5 $Greg, Madison, WI:
32 3 6 7 6 3 7 Deb:
32 3 5 7 6 4 7 Sue, De Pere, WI:
31 4 7 4 5 3 8 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
30 3 5 5 6 5 6 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
29 2 5 4 6 6 6 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
29 3 4 8 5 4 5 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
28 2 - 7 8 6 5 Diane Sm.:
28 4 4 9 6 3 2 Juanita:
28 4 5 7 7 - 5 Mary, Appleton, WI:
28 3 4 9 2 4 6 Mom:
27 2 5 5 5 3 7 $Brian, Madison, WI:
27 3 5 6 4 4 5 Sally:
25 2 1 7 5 4 6 Tony:
24 2 4 - 8 4 6 Bethany:
24 2 5 7 4 5 1 Chris Ke.:
24 4 6 6 1 4 3 Kelley:
23 2 1 5 8 2 5 Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
22 2 6 4 4 4 2 Jan, Berlin, WI:
22 1 7 6 4 - 4 Rhonda Lop.:
21 - 2 3 8 4 4 Adam E.:
21 3 4 3 0 7 4 Steve L.:
20 3 5 - 1 5 6 Dan, Henderson, NV:
20 3 5 5 1 4 2 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
19 - - 6 2 5 6 Angela:
19 3 - - 7 4 5 Barb, Berlin, WI:
19 4 5 4 4 2 - Morgan:
17 2 1 3 3 4 4 $Tammy, Madison, WI:
17 1 4 0 3 4 5 John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI:
14 0 5 7 2 - - Stacy:
13 1 3 3 - 4 2 Jen:
12 - 0 3 5 - 4 Al, Germantown, WI:
11 - 3 4 - - 4 Nicole, Madison, WI:
8 4 2 2 - - - John E., Madison, WI:
7 - - - - 3 4 Brian F.:
1 - - - - 1 - Harry


Today’s forecast grade: C


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Northwesterly winds of 5 to 15 mph along with temperatures from 5 above zero to 5 below zero will cause very cold wind chills in the 10 to 20 degrees below zero range through the early morning. The very cold wind chills will continue until about 9 am...and then begin to ease as temperatures warm. Protect yourself against the cold by wearing several layers of clothing...and minimizing exposed skin.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with more sunshine and yes, more cold temperatures, we're a few degrees below zero...again.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Today marks the 8th day in a row that Green Bay has had temperatures below zero. The record is 18 days, but it looks like we could keep this below-zero train moving as below-normal temperatures will continue to spill into the Midwestern United States from Canada through this weekend and into next week. But this is better than shoveling 100 inches of snowfall, right? (see news article below the forecast)
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly cloudy and breezy at times. Still really cold, but that's becoming an assumption at this point. High of 15 central and south, just above 10 north.

Tonight: Mostly clear, breezy at times, lows a few below zero. Again.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, highs mid- to upper teens.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, maybe some flurries, highs upper teens central, near 20 south.

Next Week:
Monday: Partly sunny, highs 16-21.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, colder, highs 11-16.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy and cold with flurries, highs 10-15, but maybe in the lower 20s on Thursday and Friday.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Clouds, highs near 70. Isolated showers this weekend, highs mid- 60s.
... Record high minimum temperature broken in Las Vegas today...
The high temperature at McCarran International Airport here in Las
Vegas only got down to 53 degrees at 624 am. This reading broke the
previous record of 50 degrees set in 1976.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: A chance of showers late, perhaps mixing with sleet inland, highs mid- 50s. Partly cloudy this weekend, highs remaining in the 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: Isolated showers through the weekend, highs near 60 today and tomorrow and near 70 on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine today, flurries tomorrow, light rain or snow developing Sunday night. Highs upper 20s to near 30 today and tomorrow and upper 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


Weather in the News:

Snow keeps upstate New York shoveling
• Accumulation in spots could hit 100 inches by morning
• Plains, Northeast endure dangerously cold temperatures
• Cold blast linked to 20 deaths in eight states
• Governor declares a disaster emergency for hard-hit county
OSWEGO, New York (AP) -- While the northern Plains and Northeast shiver in dangerously cold temperatures, the folks in upstate New York are keeping warm shoveling snow -- lots of snow.
Since Sunday, the small towns of Parish and Mexico have recorded more than 6 feet of snow, and forecasters with the National Weather Service say it isn't over yet.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/02/08/cold.weather.ap/index.html


...More below zero temperatures this morning...

At Green Bay...the temperature fell to one below zero
around sunrise. This Marks the 8th straight day of subzero
temperatures at Green Bay. Here is a look at the longest
consecutive streak of subzero temperatures in Green Bay.
Below zero temperatures are possible again Saturday and
Sunday morning.

Consecutive days
below zero dates year(s)
-------------------------------------------------------------
18 Jan 27 to Feb 23 1899
16 Jan 1 to Jan 16 1912
15 Dec 30 to Jan 13 1973-1974
14 Jan 4 to Jan 17 1977
14 Jan 20 to Feb 2 1936
13 Jan 19 to Jan 31 1963

13 Jan 20 to Feb 1 1961
12 Jan 1 to Jan 12 1979
12 Jan 12 to Jan 23 1918
11 Dec 13 to Dec 23 1963
11 Jan 26 to Feb 5 1918

10 Jan 28 to Feb 6 1996
10 Jan 10 to Jan 19 1957
10 Jan 23 to Feb 1 1904
9 Jan 13 to Jan 21 1994
9 Dec 15 to Dec 23 1989

9 Jan 14 to Jan 22 1984
9 Jan 27 to Feb 4 1965
9 Dec 23 to Dec 31 1962
9 Dec 16 to Dec 23 1945
9 Feb 14 to Feb 22 1936
9 Feb 4 to Feb 12 1936

8 last set from Jan 4 to Jan 11...1999

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 8, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:46 PM GMT on February 08, 2007

Good Thursday morning!

Mad Gab

Gab #1: Dawn Ways Might I'm

Gab #2: Startle Loafer

Gab #3: Eye Billy Fewer Height

Bonus Points: 3, 13, 23, 33

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


My First Triplicate!
With my bowling bag accidentally left in my sister's car last weekend, I went to league last night, bowled with a teammate's extra ball and house shoes, and I earned my second USBC Award by shooting three straight 192 games. Read more about my "Triplicate Award" adventure by checking out my new bowling blog, appropriately titled, "Wisconsin Bowling Update."
http://shale.bowlspace.com


Today’s forecast grade: C-


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Wind Chill Advisory in effect until 9 am CST this morning...
Wind chill readings are expected to be in the 25 to 30 below
zero range this morning. Wind chills this low can cause frostbite
in 20 to 30 minutes.

A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and wind will
combine to generate dangerous wind chills. This will result in
frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken.
If you must venture outdoors... make sure you wear a hat and
gloves.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine, temps are unsurprisingly in the single digits and prefixed with a hyphen.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: We are still in-between slow-moving weather systems. High pressure still lingers in the Dakotas, and is keeping us free from clouds but also helping to generate a pressure gradient (aka winds) east of the system, which would be where we live. So look for more cold temperatures and breezy conditions from time to time, dropping wind chills down to -20 to -30 early this morning, but high temperatures again rising into the double digits above zero. Keep your excitement to yourself, please.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny, breezy and still cold. High of 14 central, lower teens north, and mid- teens south.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows a few degrees below zero once again. If we could get some clouds in here, we'd probably stay above zero all night.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, highs mid- teens.

Extended:
Saturday: Morning sunshine, then becoming partly cloudy. Highs 13-18.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, highs 15-20.
Next Week’s Outlook: Maybe some light snow or flurries south on Monday, otherwise another mostly dry week is expected. I say mostly because you never know what might happen a week from now. High temps will likely still be below normal for another week, in the mid- to upper teens for the first half of the week, then in the 20s by Wednesday south, by Thursday central, and by Friday north.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, highs upper 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: Morning fog, isolated showers, highs near 70.
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 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:

Record-setting cold lingers across Midwest, East
Cold weather blamed for 16 deaths
• Upstate New York could get more than 100 inches of snow
• Schools disrupted in West Virginia, parts of Ohio and New York
• West Virginia calls snowplow drivers out of retirement
CHARLESTON, West Virginia (AP) -- West Virginia called snowplow drivers out of retirement Wednesday as snowstorms and arctic cold blamed for at least 16 deaths hung over much of the Midwest and East.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/02/07/cold.weather.ap/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

FDA approves first nonprescription sale of diet pill
• FDA approves over-the-counter sales of the fat-blocking diet pill orlistat
• Now available as Xenical, the nonprescription dose will have the name "alli."
• Orlistat works by blocking absorption of about one-quarter of any fat consumed
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dieters got a new tool Wednesday to help them take off the extra pounds -- the first government-approved nonprescription diet pill.
The Food and Drug Administration said the fat-blocking weight-loss pill orlistat, which has been available by prescription, can be sold in a reduced-strength version over the counter.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/02/07/dietp.pill.ap/index.html

Purdue Makes Trash To Electricity Generator
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A group of scientists have created a portable refinery that efficiently converts food, paper and plastic trash into electricity. The machine, designed for the U.S. military, would allow soldiers in the field to convert waste into power and could have widespread civilian applications in the future.
http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x/2007a/070201LadischBio.html
http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/07/0227211&from=rss

New York may ban iPods while crossing street
• Legislation would ban gadget use while crossing the street
• Three pedestrians in Brooklyn killed stepping into traffic
• New York senator: We have a major public safety crisis
NEW YORK (Reuters) -- New Yorkers who blithely cross the street listening to an iPod or talking on a cell phone could soon face a $100 fine.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/ptech/02/07/nyc.ipod.reut/index.html
http://politics.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/07/2115233&from=rss

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 7, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:47 PM GMT on February 07, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

Family Feud Results

Players: 35
Topic #1: Something specific that strays
Cat (25) - 2 points
Dog (5) - 1 point
Spouse (3)
Hair Spray
Small Child

Topic #2: Name a famous millionaire
Donald Trump (23) - 2 points
Bill Gates (11) - 1 point
Howard Hughes

Today’s forecast grade: C-


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Wind Chill Advisory in effect until 9 am CST this morning...
Wind chill readings will remain between 25 and 30 below zero in
the advisory area this morning. Wind chills this low can cause
frost bite in 15 to 30 minutes.

A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and wind will
combine to generate dangerous wind chills. These conditions can
lead to frost bite and hypothermia if precautions are not taken.
If you must venture outdoors... make sure you wear a hat and
gloves.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
Westerly winds of 5 to 12 mph along with below zero temperatures will cause very cold wind chills between 15 and 25 degrees below zero early this morning. The very cold wind chills will continue until about 8 or 9 am...and then begin to abate as temperatures warm above zero. Protect yourself against the cold by wearing several layers of clothing...and minimizing exposed skin.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine and more cold temperatures, most of the state is between -2 and -9 with wind chills -15 to -30.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: We're in-between weather systems right now, so look for sunshine, some wind, and slightly warmer conditions today. It may not feel like it right now, but we could even break the double digits ABOVE zero mark this afternoon. And who doesn't like to see double-digit above zero high temperatures? And by the way, every year I forget to mention it, but February 5th was National Weatherperson's Day. So if you forgot like I did, make sure you take the time to give your favorite weatherperson a big hug.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny, breezy and still really cold. But at least now I can say that it's been worse. High of 12 central, near 10 north, and low to mid- teens south.

Tonight: Clear and breezy, lows a few degrees below zero. -10 north, hopefully only -5 central and south.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, breezy, highs low to mid- teens.

This Weekend:
Friday: Becoming cloudy, maybe some flurries Friday night. Highs 14-19.
Saturday: Partly sunny, highs 14-19.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, highs 13-18. On the bright side, look for highs in the 20s by next Tuesday.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly sunny, highs lower 70s, or about 60 degrees warmer than Wisconsin today.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, breezy, warmer, 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: Partly sunny, morning fog, highs near 70.
... Dense fog advisory in effect until 9 am CST this morning...
Areas of fog... some dense with visibilities 1/4 mile or less... will
be found across portions of southeast Texas early this morning. The
fog should continue through 8 am with some improving visibilities by
around 9 am.

Motorists should drive with extreme caution and allow additional travel
time. Use low beams... reduce driving speed... and allow for plenty of
room between you and other vehicles. You can overtake another vehicle
quickly in poor visibilities... so slow down and drive defensively.

Through 9 am...areas of fog...some dense with visibilities 1/2 mile or less...can be expected across portions of southeast Texas. Motorists should use caution when driving this morning. Be especially cautious around school zones...use low beam headlights...increase the distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you and allow extra travel time to reach your destination.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Partly sunny, maybe some flurries, highs mid- 20s. What we wouldn't give for highs in the mid- 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:

Subzero temperatures bite Midwest, Northeast
SYRACUSE, New York (AP) -- Thousands of youngsters got a second day off from school Tuesday in the midst of a bitter cold snap that combined with heavy snow several feet deep along the Great Lakes.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/02/06/cold.weather.ap/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Cheap, Safe, Patentless Cancer Drug Discovered
"The New Scientist is reporting that researchers working at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada have discovered that an existing drug called dichloroacetate (DCA) is effective in killing cancer cells, while leaving the host's healthy cells unharmed. DCA has already been used for years to treat metabolic disorders, and is known to be fairly safe. Sounds like great news, is it too good to be true? Why is the mainstream news media failing to report on this potential breakthrough?"
http://www.newscientist.com/channel/health/mg19325874.700-cheap-safe-drug-kills-most-cancers.html
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/06/0624253&from=rss

Robots hit the spot
Automated garages squeeze more cars into parking spaces
NEW YORK – Would you trust a robot to park your car?
The question will confront New Yorkers this month as the city’s first robotic parking opens in Chinatown.
http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/living/16625858.htm
http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/06/080255&from=rss

'Electric Slide' on slippery DMCA slope
The inventor of the "Electric Slide," an iconic dance created in 1976, is fighting back against what he believes are copyright violations and, more importantly, examples of bad dancing.
http://news.com.com/Electric+Slide+on+slippery+DMCA+slope/2100-1030_3-6156021.html?tag=nefd.top
http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/04/2216219&from=rss

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 6, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:17 PM GMT on February 06, 2007

Good Tuesday morning!

Family Feud Tuesday
A new week of games starts right now! We've run through the entire order once, so now it's back to the top of the order and Family Feud. Have fun!

Topic #1: Something specific that strays

Topic #2: Name a famous millionaire

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


New E-mail Threshold
I had the same problem yesterday that I did on Friday with my email never getting sent out, but I caught it quickly enough and resent it ten minutes later. I think I may have crossed some sort of threshold since the email addresses are above 100 now (some people like getting my updates both at home and work), and wonder if maybe Time Warner doesn't let you send BCC emails to 100+ people? The only way I'm able to send the updates is by splitting the BCC into two separate emails, which is kind of a pain but apparently the only way I can still get these sent out to everyone. Are there any mail server techs out there that would have some suggestions? I'm going to play with my McAfee software too to see if that's blocking the emails.


Today’s forecast grade: D


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
Wind Chill Advisory in effect until 10 am CST this morning...
Wind chill readings are expected to remain in the 25 to 30 below
zero range this morning. Wind chills this low can cause frostbite
in 15 to 30 minutes.

A Wind Chill Advisory means that wind combined with very cold air
will generate low wind chills. This could result in frost bite
and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. If you
must venture outdoors... make sure you wear a warm coat... a
hat... and gloves.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
... Several inches of snow expected in parts of south central
Wisconsin today...

Light snow will spread into portions of south central and
southeast Wisconsin early this morning. The snow will continue for
3 to 6 hours... and diminish during the early to middle portion of
the afternoon.

The Monroe... Darlington..Shullsburg and Dodgeville areas are
expected to receive the heaviest snowfall of 2 to 3 inches.
Between 1 and 2 inches of light snow is expected to the east and
north of this area from around Reedsburg to Madison to
Janesville... Racine and Kenosha.

Anywhere from a dusting to an inch is expected in much of the
Milwaukee Metro area as well as Beaver Dam... with little if any
snow accumulation expected farther north in Fond Du Lac and
Sheboygan.

Due to the very cold temperatures and light... fluffy nature of the
snow... untreated roadways are expected to become quite slippery
this morning... especially southwest of Madison where the heaviest
snowfall is anticipated.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with some sunshine north and central and clouds south, we've still got some very, very cold temperatures. It's around -11 central, -5 south, and a whopping -25 north. And that's not counting the wind chill, which is subtracting another -15 to -20 to those temps in eastern Wisconsin.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Many schools are closed for a second consecutive day because of the cold, but today will hopefully be the last day of the massive arctic chill before "warmer" temperatures move in. A warm front to our west will push moisture, clouds and light snow across southern Wisconsin today, but after that, we might see high temperatures in the teens above zero, and maybe even the 20s by next week. You wouldn't have been so thankful for that last sentence a month ago!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers developing this morning south, and especially southwest. An inch or two is possible by this afternoon. High of 7 central, 4 north, and near 10 south. Those are all above zero, by the way. Chance of snow 20% central, 40% south.

Tonight: Becoming partly cloudy, breezy, lows near -5 central and south, -10 to -15 north.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, breezy and warmer, highs low to mid- teens. Get out the sunblock!

Extended:
Thursday: Partly cloudy, highs 13-18.
Friday: Mostly cloudy and a little colder with flurries. Highs 10-15.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs 10-15.
Sunday: Light snow developing late. A little warmer, highs 14-19. Chance of snow Sunday night 25%. We could see highs in the 20s next week. *insert giddiness here*


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, highs lower 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: Becoming mostly sunny, 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: Light snow or sleet possible, 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:

Arctic blast shuts down schools, trains, roads
• At least six deaths are linked to the cold weather
• Temperature drops to 42 below zero in one Minnesota town
• Schools in Ohio, Wisconsin and other states cancel classes
• Parts of upstate New York get 2 feet of snow
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/02/05/arctic.blast.ap/index.html

Photos: As the world warms
Who loses as global warming increases? We take a look at plants, animals and land masses that could be severely affected.
http://news.com.com/2300-11395_3-6156279-1.html?part=rss&tag=6156279&subj=news

Volcano gets choke chains to slow mud
Geophysicists offer concrete proposal to stem East Java eruption.
Indonesian geophysicists hope to stem the flow of a destructive mud volcano on East Java by dropping chains of concrete balls into its mouth.
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v445/n7127/full/445470a.html
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/01/31/2336202&from=rss

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 5, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:08 PM GMT on February 05, 2007

Happy Monday morning,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope you all had a great weekend. Our weekend was a little busy but fun. Saturday, we went bowling to celebrate my sister-in-law Kelley's birthday. She will turn 13 years old this Wednesday. After bowling, Steve's family came over and we had cake and ice cream while Kelley opened her birthday presents. Sunday, we went to our friends John and Shelley's house for a Super Bowl party. We had a good time, ate way too much tasty food, and we also got to see their new baby Kylee, who was born on January 24th. Bryce was pretty good at the party too, eating at least half of their entire fruit tray and cheering along with us when exciting things happened in the game (as opposed to getting scared and crying when everyone bursts out yelling, like what usually happens ).

Not too much is new with Bryce this week except that he turned 19 months old on February 3rd. He's also able to tell us more clearly when he doesn't want or doesn't like something. For instance if we ask him if he wants something, he shakes his head no firmly if he doesn't want it. Sometimes he'll cry along with the head shaking, but he hasn't quite figured out how to say "NO!" yet. Well that wraps our update, have a great week.


Super Bowl Pick'em

Players: 25
Who will win Super Bowl XLI?
Chicago Bears (13)
Indianapolis Colts (12) - 1 point awarded


Today’s forecast grade: D-


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Wind chill warning in effect until 2 PM CST this afternoon...
Wind chill readings as low as 45 below will continue early today.
Wind chills this low can cause frostbite in 10 to 15 minutes.
Wind chills should slowly moderate during the afternoon.

A wind chill warning means the combination of very cold air and
strong winds will create dangerously low wind chill values. This
will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions
are not taken. If you must venture outdoors... make sure you wear
a warm coat... a hat... and gloves.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Fox Cities:
Wind Chill Advisory in effect until 2 PM CST this afternoon...
Wind chills to around 35 below zero are expected early today.
Wind chills this low can cause frostbite in 15 to 20 minutes.
Wind chills should slowly moderate during the afternoon.

A Wind Chill Advisory means that wind combined with very cold air
will generate low wind chills. This could result in frost bite
and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. If you
venture outdoors... make sure you wear a warm coat... a hat... and
gloves.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
Wind Chill Advisory in effect until 10 am CST Tuesday...
Temperatures this morning across southeast and south central
Wisconsin were between 10 and 20 degrees below zero. Coupled with
west winds of 5 to 15 mph... observed wind chill readings were as
low as 35 below zero at Waukesha and Racine. The worst conditions
will persist through this morning with wind chill values between
25 and 34 below zero.

Bitter cold temperatures and winds of 5 to 15 mph at night... and
10 to 20 mph during the day will cause dangerously cold wind
chills into Tuesday morning. Wind chills will frequently be
between 20 and 34 degrees below zero.

When it is this cold... be sure your vehicles Fuel Tank is at
least half full... and The Battery is charged. Do not touch metal
surfaces with uncovered hands. Your skin may freeze on contact.

Wear several layers of clothing and avoid having exposed flesh.
Frostbite in these conditions can occur with exposed flesh in just
10 to 30 minutes.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with bitter cold and breezy conditions, along with a rising sun, temps are around -15 to -20. Like you really wanted to know that.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: As high pressure builds into Wisconsin, we should start to see the winds decrease a little bit with continued sunshine today. But one teeny tiny detail remains...extremely bitter cold temperatures and wind chills around -35 central and south, -45 north. Did you know that the HIGH temperature in Rhinelander yesterday was -10? Other high temperatures were Appleton: -6, Waukesha: -4 and Madison: -3. A small warmup is expected by Wednesday but we won't get back to our normal highs for at least another week. Sorry!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny, breezy and still extremely cold. High of two...below zero. I could have said "warmer" in today's forecast but I'm not sure how well that'd go over.

Tonight: Clear, not quite as cold as this morning but still really cold. Lows around -10.

Tomorrow: Becoming mostly cloudy and still really cold with light snow developing south late in the day. Highs around five above. Hey, it's above zero. Be appreciative.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly sunny and "warmer," highs 11-16. That's double-digits above zero!
Thursday: Mostly sunny, highs 12-17.
Friday: Becoming cloudy with light snow developing late. Highs 14-19. Chance of snow 25%.
Saturday: Morning light snow showers, otherwise becoming partly sunny and colder. Highs 7-12. These cold temps are old hat now, I suppose.
Sunday: Partly sunny, cold, highs 12-17.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Clouds, highs lower 50s.
... Freezing temperatures in many areas away from the coast tonight...
... A hard freeze in some far inland locations by Tuesday morning...

Strong Canadian high pressure will continue to build from the
northwest through tonight... ushering in another round of unseasonably
cold weather across the region.

The extensive high level cloudiness that has affected the area from
the Gulf of Mexico the past couple of days is expected to thin out
tonight or even stay south of the area. If so... then temperatures
tonight will fall below freezing in many locations... with even
some mid 20s across far inland areas.

A hard freeze is currently expected northwest of a line from
Moncks Corner to Walterboro and Tarboro in South Carolina... and
northwest of a line from Springfield to Pembroke and Glennville in
Georgia.

Closer to the coast... temperatures will drop to the upper 20s and
lower 30s... with a few mid 30s right along the beaches. Downtown
Charleston and downtown Savannah will fall to near or just above freezing
by Tuesday morning.

If you must be outside during tonight and Tuesday morning... dress
appropriately for the cold weather. Remember to check up on the
elderly and children who are most sensitive to the cold. For the
homeless... check to see if shelters are open and available to get
out of the cold. Pets should also have a warm place to stay.

Exposed pipes should be protected from freezing.

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

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Some morning fog, otherwise partly sunny, highs mid- 60s.
Through 8 am...areas of patchy fog will develop with visibilities ranging from 1 to 3 miles. Isolated patches of dense fog may reduce visibility to below 1/2 mile in lower lying areas. Motorists should exercise caution and allow for a little extra time to reach their destinations. The fog should rapidly begin to lift after sunrise.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Partly sunny, highs in the mid- teens.
Wind chills from zero to 5 below early today...
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:

Church destroyed, but worship goes on after tornado
• Services held Sunday at church flattened by a tornado on Friday
• Weather service says system that killed 20 contained at least 3 tornadoes
• Democratic senator praises FEMA response
• Lake, Seminole, Sumter, Volusia counties named federal disaster areas
LADY LAKE, Florida (CNN) -- Under sunny skies, members of the Church of God in Lady Lake, Florida, held their morning worship service Sunday amid the remnants of their destroyed sanctuary, leveled by a pre-dawn tornado on Friday.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/02/04/florida.storm/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Colts win Super Bowl
In a sloppy, exciting, rainsoaked NFL title game, the Colts defeated the Bears 29-17 to become the new Super Bowl champions. It was the first time the game was played in the rain, the first with opposing black coaches and the first with the opening kickoff returned for a touchdown.
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=270204003
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs06/columns/story?columnist=clayton_john&id=2754492
http://www.cnn.com/si/2007/football/nfl/specials/playoffs/2006/02/04/super.bowl.ap/index.html?cnn=y es

Want to watch last night's Super Bowl ads again? Pick your service...
2007 Super Bowl Ads
http://www.youtube.com/superbowl
http://cbs.sportsline.com/nfl/postseason/superads
http://sports.espn.go.com/chat/sportsnation/story?page=sbXLcommercials07

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 2, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 2:01 PM GMT on February 02, 2007

TGIF!

Bonus Game!
Because yesterday's Wheel of Fortune only had three points, I'm going to do something a little different. Email me your Super Bowl pick by Sunday afternoon and if you're right, you'll get a bonus point included with next week's results. How's that for creating a rooting interest in Sunday's game?

Who will win Super Bowl XLI?
___ Chicago Bears
___ Indianapolis Colts


Wheel of Fortune Results

Players: 28
Puzzle #1 (28/28):
N O
P A I N
N O
G A I N
Category: Rhyme Time
Used Letters: RSTLNE BFHU
Point Value: 1

Puzzle #2 (27/28):
I
B E G
T O
D I F F E R
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE CDPA
Point Value: 1

Puzzle #3 (14/28): ("Crazy Boat Captain" was the other commonly submitted guess for this game)
G R A V Y
B O A T
C A P T A I N
Category: Before and After
Used Letters: RSTLNE DFMA
Point Value: 1


Winter 2007 Point Standings
I think the problem with the weird formatting was the bolding, so I got rid of it this time around. Hopefully this will look the way it has been intended for four weeks now.

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Name City
38 4 8 9 10 7 Perfect Score
31 4 5 7 8 7 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
29 4 5 7 7 6 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
28 2 6 6 7 7 Becky T. and Dad:
27 3 4 6 7 7 $Greg, Madison, WI:
27 3 4 8 7 5 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
27 3 6 5 7 6 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
27 7 8 7 5 Raessa:
26 4 4 9 6 3 Juanita:
25 3 6 7 6 3 Deb:
25 3 5 7 6 4 Sue, De Pere, WI:
24 3 5 5 6 5 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
24 3 4 8 5 4 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
23 2 5 7 4 5 Chris Ke.:
23 2 5 4 6 6 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
23 2 7 8 6 Diane Sm.:
23 4 7 4 5 3 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
23 4 5 7 7 Mary, Appleton, WI:
22 3 4 9 2 4 Mom:
22 3 5 6 4 4 Sally:
21 4 6 6 1 4 Kelley:
20 2 5 5 5 3 $Brian, Madison, WI:
20 2 6 4 4 4 Jan, Berlin, WI:
19 4 5 4 4 2 Morgan:
19 2 1 7 5 4 Tony:
18 2 4 8 4 Bethany:
18 3 5 5 1 4 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
18 1 7 6 4 Rhonda Lop.:
18 2 1 5 8 2 Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
17 2 3 8 4 Adam E.:
17 3 4 3 0 7 Steve L.:
14 3 7 4 Barb, Berlin, WI:
14 3 5 1 5 Dan, Henderson, NV:
14 0 5 7 2 Stacy:
13 2 1 3 3 4 $Tammy, Madison, WI:
13 6 2 5 Angela:
12 1 4 0 3 4 John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI:
11 1 3 3 4 Jen:
8 0 3 5 Al, Germantown, WI:
8 4 2 2 John E., Madison, WI:
7 3 4 Nicole, Madison, WI:
3 3 Brian F.:
1 1 Harry


Today’s forecast grade: D


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
Look for wind chills to range from 15 below to 25 below zero this morning before rising slightly to the 10 to 15 below zero range this afternoon.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
Look for mostly cloudy skies and scattered flurries...mainly east of a Fond Du Lac to Elkhorn line for the morning hours. The back edge of the clouds will progress west to east across the remainder of southeast Wisconsin between 7 am and 9 am. South central Wisconsin will see pockets of clouds and scattered flurries. Expect temperatures to slowly rise from between 3 above zero and 5 below. West winds of 5 to 10 mph will produce wind chill values of 10 below to 15 below zero.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine west, a few clouds and flurries east, and plenty of very cold wind, temps are just above zero central and south, but between -5 and -10 north.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Yet another cold front moved through this morning, and ahead of it were the light snow showers or flurries we may have seen overnight or are still seeing briefly this morning. Behind the front will usher in the coldest temperatures of the season as polar air moves into the Midwest, and this cold air looks to stick around at least through Tuesday. At least the first day of February wasn't too bad with a high near 20 degrees. In my opinion, the only good thing about February from a weather perspective is that it's usually only 28 days long.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly sunny, breezy and very cold. High of 7 central, near 4 north and near 10 south. Wind chills in the double-digits below zero most of the day.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, very cold, maybe some flurries, lows a few degrees below zero.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, breezy and extremely cold with scattered flurries. Highs just zero to five above.

Super Sunday: Mostly cloudy and horribly, horribly cold. Highs near zero with many places probably having a minus sign next to their temperature all day long.

Next Week:
Monday: Partly cloudy, "warmer," highs 1-6.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy and "warmer yet" with scattered light snow showers possible. Highs 4-9.
Wednesday: Partly sunny and at least dealable outside, highs 11-16.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs mid- 50s today, upper 50s Saturday and mid- 60s Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: A mix of sunshine and clouds through the weekend, perhaps some morning fog or drizzle this morning. Highs upper 50s today, mid- 50s Saturday and lower 50s Sunday.
Patchy drizzle and fog will continue across southern South Carolina and southeast Georgia this morning. Visibility in the fog will be down to less than 1 mile at times...with local visibility reduced to near 1/2 mile. If driving on area roads this morning use extreme care due to the fog and the wet pavement from recent rains.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: More clouds than sun today and tomorrow, more sun than clouds on Sunday. Highs mid- 50s today and tomorrow and lower 60s 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: Flurries today, highs lower 30s. Sunshine tomorrow, highs near 30. Flurries again on Sunday, highs mid- 20s.
Very light snow or flurries will continue across southwest Indiana and the pennyrile region of western Kentucky through the early morning hours. Meanwhile...across southern Illinois and far western Kentucky...snow flurries should gradually end by 800 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:

Phil Says Spring is Right Around the Corner!
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. — A new pair of hands pulled him from his stump this year, so it was only fitting that Punxsutawney Phil offered a new prediction.
The groundhog did not see his shadow Friday which, according to German folklore, means folks can expect an early spring instead of six more weeks of winter.
http://www.groundhog.org/
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,249781,00.html

Global warming real, likely to get worse, scientists say
• Global warming "likely man-made" and expected to "continue for centuries"
• Greenhouse gases blamed for fewer cold days, hotter nights, floods
• Temperatures predicted to rise 2 F to 11.5 F by 2100
PARIS, France (AP) -- Global warming caused by human activity is real and will continue for hundreds of years, a panel of some of the world's top climate scientists said Friday.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/02/02/climate.talks.ap/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,249659,00.html

Deaths reported in powerful Florida storms
• Winds blow four tractor-trailers and a U-Haul truck off Interstate 4
• Lake County Sheriff's Office reports "several" fatalities
• Two mobile home parks and a church are reported hit in Lady Lake
LADY LAKE, Florida (CNN) -- Deadly storms swept across central Florida on Friday morning, damaging homes, toppling trees and sending trucks careening off Interstate 4, police said.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/02/02/florida.storm/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,249758,00.html


In Case You Missed It:

Last Harry Potter book already No. 1
Final chapter in boy wizard saga tops charts on Amazon, Barnes & Noble after one day of pre-orders.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The final chapter of the Harry Potter series has at least one thing in common with the first six - it's already a runaway best seller, six months before it hits store shelves.
Online book retailer Amazon.com (Charts) and the Web site of Barnes & Noble (Charts) were both listing the next book in the popular series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," as the No. 1 seller Friday, a day after they began taking pre-orders for the book that will hit store shelves on July 21.
http://money.cnn.com/2007/02/02/news/companies/harrypotter/index.htm?cnn=yes

Updated: 8:02 PM GMT on February 02, 2007

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 1, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:29 PM GMT on February 01, 2007

Good Thursday morning!

Wheel of Fortune
As I've mentioned before, the point values for each puzzle are randomly generated, and I make the puzzles easy/harder based on whatever point value came up for each puzzle. Today the wheel was unkind, so only 1 point is awarded for each correct answer. Points can vary from 1-4 for each puzzle with the odds stacked higher for 1-2 point puzzles.

Puzzle #1:
N _
_ _ _ N
N _
_ _ _ N
Category: Rhyme Time
Used Letters: RSTLNE BFHU
Point Value: 1

Puzzle #2:
_
_ E _
T _
D _ _ _ E R
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE CDPA
Point Value: 1

Puzzle #3:
_ R A _ _
_ _ A T
_ A _ T A _ N
Category: Before and After
Used Letters: RSTLNE DFMA
Point Value: 1

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


January 2007 Forecast Stats
Forecasts 21
Error Points 47
Average 2.24
Error > 4 3
% Within 4 86%
Bulls-Eye 4
% Bulls-Eye 19%


Today’s forecast grade: C+


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin and the Fox Cities:
... Bitter cold weather expected this weekend and early next week...

The coldest air of the winter season will arrive in Wisconsin Saturday
and Saturday night... and remain with US into early next week.
Temperatures will fall below zero over all of northern and central
Wisconsin Saturday night and Sunday night... and may even stay below zero
Sunday during the daytime.

The combination of the very cold temperatures and a steady northwest
wind... will produce dangerously cold wind chills for much of the weekend
and early next week. Make sure you have adequate heating fuel for your
home... have your vehicle winterized and have appropriate clothing if you
will be outdoors.

Wind chill advisories and warnings will likely be in effect for Saturday
night through early next week.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
... Arctic blast this weekend into next week...

A series of strong cold fronts will move through Wisconsin beginning
Friday... allowing several surges of bitterly cold air to overspread
Wisconsin. This Arctic airmass is then expected to reside over
southern Wisconsin through at least the middle of next week.
These frigid conditions will be the coldest temperatures of the
season... and perhaps the coldest temperatures in the past decade.

At this time... the coldest temperatures are expected to occur from
Saturday night through next Wednesday... when low temperatures may
fall from 10 to 20 degrees below zero... with high temperatures
struggling to get out of the single digits.

In addition to the cold temperatures... dangerous wind chill readings
of 25 degrees below zero or colder will also be possible at times.

Before this bitterly cold air arrives late Friday... any persons
or interests susceptible to very cold temperatures should begin
preparing now. Ensure that your furnace and automobiles are in good
working condition... and continue to monitor the latest forecasts
for additional details on these potentially dangerous conditions.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds, wind and a few lingering snow showers, temps are in the upper 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: One of a series of cold fronts is moving through Wisconsin at this hour. Ahead of the front were those light snow showers that fell last night and lingering into this morning, with less than 1" accumulated across most of the state. Behind it is colder air but more sunshine. Another cold front currently stretching westward through North Dakota and Montana will really bring in 'da funk Friday night, and the arctic blast will continue through the weekend and into next week. Let the cursory words directed towards your local Meteorologists begin.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Lingering snow showers this morning, otherwise becoming partly sunny later today. Breezy, high of 20 central and south, mid- teens north.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, maybe some light snow showers or flurries overnight. Lows near 5 above central and south, just below zero north.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy and colder with morning light snow showers or flurries. Little if any accumulation. Highs mid- teens.

Extended:
Saturday: Morning flurries, otherwise mostly cloudy, breezy and very cold. Highs 5-10 above with wind chills well below zero. Normal high for this date is the mid- 20s north and central, upper 20s south.
Super Sunday: Mostly cloudy and bitterly cold. Buy a portable power generator and a space heater and use them to stay warm as you walk from your car to your Super Bowl party. Highs 0-5 above.
Next Week’s Outlook: Well, there's good news and there's bad news. The good news is that things look pretty much dry. The bad news is that you won't want to be outside as things look to stay extremely nippy through Tuesday. Highs 2-7 Monday, 5-10 Tuesday, but then in the mid- to upper teens after that. Think this is payback for all those people golfing in late December?


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: Rain, 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: Scattered showers, highs lower 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: Snow showers, maybe 1" of accumulation, highs near 30.
... Additional light snow is expected later today and tonight...

The first wave of light snowfall moved across the region overnight.
Amounts were generally an inch or less... with a couple of locales
just over 1 inch. A break in the steady light snow should last
through the morning hours.

By early to mid afternoon... snow is expected to spread northeast into
southeast Missouri... and across western Kentucky... southern Illinois
and southwest Indiana late this afternoon or early tonight. The snow
should last for a good part of the evening... then taper off to light
freezing drizzle or very light snow after midnight. On average...
up to 1 inch of snow is expected... especially across southeast
Missouri... the southern tip of Illinois and western Kentucky.
Isolated higher amounts approaching 2 inches cannot be ruled out.
Further north into southern Illinois and southwest Indiana... amounts
should be at or below 1 inch.

Motorists should remain alert and be prepared for adverse travel
conditions. Pedestrians should be aware that slippery conditions
will exist through at least the next 24 hours.
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 threatens Southeast; flights canceled
• Temperature dropping in Atlanta area; rain on radar
• Rain, sleet, freezing rain expected across Southeast
• Delta canceling about 200 flights to avoid passenger delays
• Airline is calling passengers to rebook flights
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- A winter storm aimed its chilly sights at north Georgia, poised to deliver an icy sheen Thursday to areas north of Atlanta as cold air from the west collided with moisture from the Gulf of Mexico.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/01/31/winter.weather/index.html

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