Wisconsin Weather Update

Wisconsin Weather Update for April 30, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 11:30 AM GMT on April 30, 2007

Happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope you all had a great weekend. After being out of town for two weekends in a row I can honestly say it's quite nice to have a weekend at home. Although don't get me wrong we did have a great time going to the Kalahari Resort two weekends ago and then a family wedding last weekend, but sometimes it's just kind of nice to have time at home and not spending several hours travelling in the car (especially with an active toddler!) Saturday we got some much needed housework done, and yesterday after church I had an Inspired Aroma Coffee and Tea party. I had a low turnout this time, but it was good experience for my mom, who is a new consultant, and I'll be having another party in May.

Bryce hasn't done too much new this week. He's getting over his cold and ear infection so we'll finally be able to go back to swimming lessons this week. He hasn't said too many new words but lately he likes to say "me" when he wants something. He'll see something that we have and if we wants it too, he'll say, "Me! Me!" He's also getting much better at drinking from a regular cup without a lid. We only give it to him when he's in the kitchen or sitting in his high chair because we don't quite trust him yet to roam the house with it. That's mostly because when he doesn't want something anymore, he purposely throws it across the room, or he'll just dump it out.

We set up his big boy bed this weekend (except for the wooden frame which doesn't come in for another few weeks) and although he loves to play on it, he doesn't quite understand that he can sleep there too, so he's still sleeping in the crib for now. These things take some time and adjustment, but we'll get there.
Big Boy Bed Pictures:
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/P1140041.JPG
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/P1140051.JPG

He loves taking his socks and shoes off, but unfortunately for daddy he does it wherever he goes, including the 10-minute car ride to the Child Learning Center each morning, so before taking him in, he has to redo the process of putting on his socks and shoes. It's kind of funny though, watching him take off his shoes and then start crying if he can't quite get off his stubborn socks.

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


Chain Reaction
Puzzle Week begins! There's four points for Chain Reaction today and look for three TriBond puzzles worth four points (one bonus point if you get all three correct) on Wednesday.

Great
W_______
S_______
Light
S_______
A_______
Mode

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


Spring 2007 Game Schedule

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


Today’s Mood: Bummed. Last night was our church's first coed softball game, and we got creamed 14-1 by Anduzzi's Bar of Appleton. We only made it through our batting lineup 1 1/2 times (everyone bats whether you're in the field or not) and the game eventually ended via the 10+ run lead rule. On the positive side, I was 1-1, scored our team's only run, and made a few outs in the field without committing an error (I played second base, just like when I was in Little League). So I guess it could have been worse personally. We're kind of hoping we played the most talented team and that games will be a little more competitive starting next week.

Today’s Holiday: National Honesty Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/

Today’s Forecast Grade: B


Record Report: (Source: National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
...Record high temperature set at Green Bay...
At 319 PM...a record high temperature of 85 degrees was set at Green
Bay. This breaks the old record high temperature of 84 degrees...which
was set in 1970 and 1901.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with sunshine, temps are in the mid- 30s north and the upper 40s to near 50 central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: What a mild, sunny weekend we enjoyed! Temps got into the low to mid- 80s across almost all of Wisconsin yesterday, making it feel not just like spring, but more like summer! All good things must come to a temporary end though, so look for cooler temperatures and scattered thunderstorms later today and tonight courtesy of a cold front moving through. After that though, look for seasonable temperatures and the reemergence of the sun for the rest of the week!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning sunshine but increasing clouds from north to south with a chance for showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Southwestern Wisconsin is under the slight risk category for severe weather today and tonight. Cooler, high of 64 central, lower 60s north and near 70 south. Chance of rain 60% north, 40% central, 25% south.

Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Lows mid- to upper 40s central and south, near 40 north. Chance of rain 80% central, 70% north, and 50% south.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny and cooler, highs upper 50s north, near 60 central, and low to mid- 60s south.

Extended:
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, highs 61-66.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, highs 63-68.
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs 65-70.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs 66-71.
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs 68-73.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine and hot today, more clouds and cooler tomorrow. Highs mid- 90s today, mid- 80s Tuesday.
... Record heat in southern Nevada...

The high temperature at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas
reached 98 degrees on Sunday April 29th. This reading broke the
previous record of 96 degrees established in 1981.

In addition... the low temperature reading for McCarran International
Airport on April 29th was 71 degrees. This broke the highest low
temperature record of 67 degrees set in 1986.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine today and tomorrow, highs lower 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy today, scattered storms tomorrow, highs near or just above 80.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine today, scattered storms tomorrow, near record highs in the low to mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


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


In Case You Missed It:

New Noah's Ark ready to sail
• Dutch man uses biblical records to build model of huge boat
• Wife wasn't in favor of project but drew up the plans anyway
• Threat of rising seas from global warming could make location prophetic
SCHAGEN, Netherlands (AP) -- The massive central door in the side of Noah's Ark was thrown open Saturday -- you could say it was the first time in 4,000 years -- drawing a crowd of curious pilgrims and townsfolk to behold the wonder.
Of course, it's only a replica of the biblical Ark, built by Dutch creationist Johan Huibers as a testament to his faith in the literal truth of the Bible.
Reckoning by the old biblical measurements, Johan's fully functional ark is 150 cubits long, 30 cubits high and 20 cubits wide. That's two-thirds the length of a football field and as high as a three-story house. (Watch a tour of the replica Ark )
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/04/28/dutch.ark.ap/index.html


Weather News:
CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/WEATHER/
Fox News:
http://www.foxnews.com/science/naturalscience/
The Weather Channel Blog:
http://www.weather.com/blog/weather/

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Wisconsin Weather Update for April 27, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:15 PM GMT on April 27, 2007

TGIF!

Mad Gab Results
Sounds like players had an easy time with Wednesday's Mad Gab puzzles. After last week's challenging Wheel of Fortune, I suppose it wasn't too disheartening for you to get some softballs lobbed your way.

Players: 26
Gab #1 (25/26): Own Lethal Only = Only the lonely

Gab #2 (26/26): Row Linen Thumb Honey = Rolling in the money

Gab #3 (26/26): Ache Lame Such Just Her = A claims adjuster

Bonus Points:
9: Brian F. (10:23am Wednesday)
19: Clair (6:34pm Wednesday)


Spring 2007 Point Standings

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Name City
46 4 8 8 8 10 8 Perfect Score
45 4 8 8 7 10 8 Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
38 4 8 6 5 8 7 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
37 4 8 8 5 8 4 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
37 4 3 8 6 10 6 Angie:
37 4 7 6 5 10 5 Becky T. and Dad:
37 4 6 8 4 8 7 Raessa:
36 4 6 8 5 7 6 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
34 4 5 6 6 8 5 $Brian, Madison, WI:
34 4 8 4 4 7 7 $Greg, Madison, WI:
32 4 6 6 2 8 6 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
30 4 4 8 2 6 6 $Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
30 4 8 4 4 3 7 Bethany:
30 4 8 8 6 1 3 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
29 4 8 4 4 2 7 Tony:
28 4 3 7 7 4 3 Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
27 - 5 - 7 7 8 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
26 4 4 - 2 10 6 Mary, Appleton, WI:
26 4 4 3 6 4 5 Sally:
25 4 5 4 5 1 6 Steve L.:
23 4 2 4 4 2 7 Deb:
22 4 4 - 3 7 4 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
21 4 6 2 1 2 6 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
20 4 5 2 3 - 6 Mom:
20 - 4 8 3 2 3 Morgan:
19 4 - 4 4 - 7 Nicole, Madison, WI:
19 4 5 4 6 - - Sue, De Pere, WI:
18 4 6 - 6 2 - Craig, Green Bay, WI:
15 2 0 2 5 2 4 Diane Sm.:
15 2 2 3 4 4 - John E., St. Paul, MN:
14 4 1 6 - - 3 Jan, Berlin, WI:
13 1 1 2 3 - 6 Kelley:
10 4 3 2 - 1 - Al, Germantown, WI:
9 2 0 2 1 1 3 Chris Ke.:
8 - 2 2 2 2 - Rhonda Lop.:
7 - - - - 4 3 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
5 - 5 - - - - Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC:
5 2 3 - - - - John S.:
5 1 1 - - - 3 John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI:
4 4 - - - - - Adam E.:
2 - - - - - 2 Cory S. Kaukauna, WI
2 - - - - 2 - Jen:
1 - 1 - - - - $Tammy, Madison, WI:
1 - - - - - 1 Patty:


Weather Update Poll:
Who will be the final two on American Idol? (check two boxes) [24 votes total]
Jordin (9) 38%
Melinda (8) 33%
Blake (5) 21%
LaKisha (1) 4%
Chris (1) 4%
Phil (0) 0%
Comments:
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847
Archive:
http://vote.sparklit.com/archive.spark?archiveID=334188


General Poll:
What do you think of black licorice?
Love it!
It's ok.
Hate it!
Vote:
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/223944
Archive:
http://www.lutheransonline.com/poll


Today’s Mood: Intrigued. Today is "Super Friday" at work. I will be mentoring our Web Site Solutions's summer intern again this year, and today is their big interview day. It's a full-day process for a dozen-or-so candidates which seems like a mix between the Spanish Inquisition and an entire season of The Apprentice all wrapped up into one day. My job will be to observe them as they complete their various individual and team-oriented tasks, and help interview each Web Design-interested candidate to get to know them a little better. I believe only half of the interns we'll see today will be chosen for an internship somewhere within IT, so there will be decisions made at the end. Should be interesting!

Today’s Holiday: Tell A Story Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/

Today’s Forecast Grade: B


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

Synopsis: Low pressure now centered in eastern Michigan was responsible for all those rain showers yesterday. Moisture behind the system is keeping us cloudy with a few sprinkles from time to time. Look for these to eventually clear up with hopefully some sunshine breaking through the clouds later today.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning sprinkles, otherwise mostly cloudy with a few hints of sunshine by this afternoon. Warmer than yesterday with a high of 58 central, lower 60s north and south. Chance of rain 20%.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, lows low to mid- 40s central and south, mid- 30s north.

Saturday: Partly sunny and warmer. An isolated shower possible but not incredibly likely. Highs upper 60s to lower 70s. Chance of rain 15%.

Sunday: Partly cloudy and warm, highs lower 70s north, mid- to upper 70s central and south. Perfect weather for an evening cookout.

Next Week:
Monday: Breezy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 67-72. Chance of rain 40%.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy, highs 62-67.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, highs 60-65.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated showers today, partly cloudy this weekend, highs upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly sunny, highs near or just above 80.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Isolated showers tonight, otherwise becoming sunny by Sunday. Highs mid- 60s today, lower 70s tomorrow and upper 70s Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


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


Weather in the News:

Storms spawn twisters, flip patrol car
• Officer following a funnel cloud when winds toss car over fence
• Seven people hurt after an apparent tornado in Tennessee
• Illinois twister flips minivan, damages several homes
LAPORTE, Indiana (AP) -- Storms with high winds rushed across three states Thursday, spawning tornadoes in Tennessee and Illinois and tossing a patrol car over a 3-foot-high fence in Indiana. At least seven people were injured.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/04/26/midwest.storms.ap/index.html

Colorado gets snow, rain, hail, twisters
DENVER, Apr 24, 2007 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Colorado was slammed by a bad weather smorgasbord Tuesday with up to 17 inches of snow in the mountains, and rain, hail and twisters at lower elevations.
The most snow was reported in Evergreen with 17 inches, with Conifer receiving 15 and Nederland getting 14, The Denver Post reported. The heavy spring snow forced the closure of many roads and schools, and triggered numerous traffic accidents, the newspaper said.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thr ivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20070425/20070425Coloradogetssnowrainhailtwisters.xml&p=-1

Early Earth Was Purple, Study Suggests
The earliest life on Earth might have been just as purple as it is green today, a scientist claims.
Ancient microbes might have used a molecule other than chlorophyll to harness the Sun’s rays, one that gave the organisms a violet hue.
Chlorophyll, the main photosynthetic pigment of plants, absorbs mainly blue and red wavelengths from the Sun and reflects green ones, and it is this reflected light that gives plants their leafy color. This fact puzzles some biologists because the sun transmits most of its energy in the green part of the visible spectrum.
http://www.livescience.com/environment/070410_purple_earth.html
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/04/25/022220&from=rss


More Weather News:
CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/WEATHER/
Fox News:
http://www.foxnews.com/science/naturalscience/
The Weather Channel Blog:
http://www.weather.com/blog/weather/

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Wisconsin Weather Update for April 25, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:48 PM GMT on April 25, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

Family Feud Results

Players: 30
Game #1: Name a gift for someone who loves to garden
Seeds/Plant/Flowers/Rose Bush (15) - 2 points
Shovel/Hoe/Gardening tools (11) - 1 point
New gardening gloves (3)
Wheelbarrow

Game #2: Name something a neighbor does for you when you're on vacation
Get Mail (23) - 2 points
Feed the pets (4) - 1 point
Water Flowers/Plants (3)


Mad Gab

Gab #1: Own Lethal Only

Gab #2: Row Linen Thumb Honey

Gab #3: Ache Lame Such Just Her

Bonus Points: 9, 19, 29

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


Weather Update Poll:
Who will be the final two on American Idol? (check two boxes)
Blake
Chris
Jordin
LaKisha
Melinda
Phil
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s Mood: Perplexed. Why would the Center for Screen-Time Awareness schedule April 23-29 for TV-Turnoff Week? Don't they know it's the start of the May sweeps period, when the best shows are all new? I can shut off my TV for a week in the middle of July, but late April? No way! And speaking of sweeps, how about them Brewers? Going for the sweep this afternoon against the rival Chicago Cubs, the crew is 13-7 and is tied for the second-best record in all of baseball! Now if only they can keep this up for the rest of the season, unlike what they did three years ago when they started out great but then completely collapsed after the All-Star break.

Today’s Holiday: National Zucchini Bread Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/

Today’s Forecast Grade: B-


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with showers southeast and clouds elsewhere, temps are in the upper 30s north and mid- 40s central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Low pressure to our south is developing quite the swath of showers and thunderstorms from far southeastern Wisconsin through southern Texas. This system is expected to travel slightly south today before moving northeast again, meaning Wisconsin should be mostly dry today but tomorrow looks like an umbrella day.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning showers southeast, otherwise look for some sunshine peeking through the clouds later today, especially north and central. Cooler and breezy, high of 58.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers returning south. Lows 35-40 central and south, upper 20s north. Chance of rain 25% central, 50% south.

Tomorrow: Cloudy and cool with scattered showers. Highs lower 50s central and south, mid- 50s north with a lesser chance of rain. Chance of rain 50% central and south, 25% north.

This Weekend:
Friday: Becoming partly cloudy and warmer, highs 60-65.
Saturday: Partly sunny and warmer, highs 67-72.
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs 69-74.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs upper 80s today and near 90 tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy today and tomorrow, highs upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Severe thunderstorms today, sunshine tomorrow, highs upper 70s to near 80 both days.
Tornado Watch 185 in effect until 9 am CDT this morning...
The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a
Tornado Watch for portions of

large part of southeast Texas
coastal waters

Effective this Wednesday morning from 140 am until 900 am CDT.

Tornadoes... hail to 2 inches in diameter... thunderstorm wind
gusts to 80 mph... and dangerous lightning are possible in these
areas.

The Tornado Watch area is approximately along and 75 statute
miles east and west of a line from 35 miles south of Victoria
Texas to 35 miles east northeast of Lufkin Texas. For a complete
depiction of the watch see the associated watch outline update
(wous64 kwns wou5).

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

Other watch information... continue... ww 182... ww 183... ww 184...

Discussion... severe MCS scentral TX expected to continue developing
E/ENE across watch. With a very moist/moderately unstable air mass
and 40-50kt of deep layer shear... potential for embedded
supercells/tornados will continue along/ahead of MCS. Wind damage
will be predominant threat as line segment/bows develop ewd.

Aviation... tornadoes and a few severe thunderstorms with hail
surface and aloft to 2 inches. Extreme turbulence and surface
wind gusts to 70 knots. A few cumulonimbi with maximum tops to
550. Mean storm motion vector 26035.
---------------------------
Tornado Watch until 9 am... through 930 am...a band of showers and thunderstorms extending from Livingston to Houston to Wharton to Edna continues to slowly sag southeast. However...individual cells within the line will train northeast at 35 mph. Rainfall rates up to 1.5 inches per hour can be expected in the stronger cells. Areas south of Interstate 10...especially those in Jackson...Wharton...Matagorda counties...could also see some hail and wind gusts to 40 mph in the strongest cells.
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: Strong thunderstorms today and tomorrow, highs upper 70s today and near 70 tomorrow.
While isolated showers are possible almost anywhere...they will be most numerous over southeast Missouri early this morning. Where it does rain...hourly rainfall totals will average only a few hundredths of an inch.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


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


Weather/Space in the News:

Earth-like planet found
European astronomers have found the most Earth-like planet outside our solar system, and here's what it might be like to live there: The "sun" wouldn't burn brightly. It would hang close, large and red in the sky, glowing faintly like a charcoal ember. And it probably would never set if you lived on the sunny side of the planet. And you could have a birthday party every 13 days because that's how fast this new planet circles its sun-like star.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/space/04/25/habitable.planet.ap/index.html
http://science.slashdot.org/science/07/04/25/0024257.shtml
http://apnews1.iwon.com//article/20070425/D8ONAVVG0.html

Hot news about the sun
Scientists are unraveling some of the mysteries of the closest star to Earth from images taken by Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) and Hinode probes that were launched in the fall of 2006.
http://news.com.com/2300-11397_3-6174544.html?tag=nefd.gallery
http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/

Storm kills 6 in Texas
• Storm leaves at least 81 hurt in town near Mexico border
• National Guard troops called out to help
• Emergency shelters house at least 300 residents
(CNN) -- At least six people were killed and 81 injured when a severe storm damaged homes near the southwest Texas border town Eagle Pass on Tuesday evening, according to a Maverick County official.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/04/25/storm.deaths/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for April 23, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 11:32 AM GMT on April 23, 2007

Good Monday morning!

This is Steve with the weekend update, and hopefully all of you had a great weekend and got outside to enjoy the wonderful weather. Lisa isn't feeling well and has laryngitis so she's unable to write the update this morning, so I'm stepping in today. This weekend we travelled to Pewaukee for my step-brother Brian's wedding! Brian and Jenn had a beautiful outdoor wedding followed by a tasty dinner and fun dance afterwards. We also attended the rehearsal dinner on Friday evening and the gift-opening at my dad's house on Sunday, where we ate even more tasty food and hung out with my dad's side of the family. We brought Bryce along, but he stayed at my mom's house during the rehearsal dinner and wedding. We stayed there as well, so we got to spend some time with them too before and after the wedding.

Bryce is continuing to learn new words, such as "book" and "me", and my mom and Kelley got him to say "da boy" a few times. He is becoming much more interested in reading books, with his favorite being "Snuggle Puppy" by Sandra Boynton. At various points in the book, the parent goes "OOO!!!!!" and Bryce really gets into that, yelling it with us (even lifting up his head as he does so, like the parent in the book), he kisses the puppy in the book at the right times, and on the page with a plate of cookies, he will grab them and feed the pretend cookies to either himself or us. It's very cute.

Last weekend we went out and bought Bryce his big boy bed! We decided against getting him a toddler bed and went right to a nice twin bed with Thomas the Train bed sheets. We picked up everything Thursday evening except for the wooden frame, which is on backorder and doesn't arrive until sometime in May. We haven't set it up yet, as we need to take some time to rearrange Bryce's room, move out his changing table, etc., but we'll get to that within the next few days. The transition from crib to big boy bed should be very interesting - we let him play on the mattress to let him get used to it a bit, but actually getting him to sleep there is quite another thing!


Family Feud

Game #1: Name a gift for someone who loves to garden

Game #2: Name something a neighbor does for you when you're on vacation

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


Spring 2007 Game Schedule

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


Today’s Holiday: Read Me Day and World Laboratory Animal Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/

Today’s Forecast Grade: B


NowCast: (Source: National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Occasional showers will continue to affect the Fond Du Lac...Sheboygan... Milwaukee...Waukesha and West Bend areas from 445 am through 6 am. An isolated thunderstorm is also possible. More showers will be scattered around the area between 6 am and 9 am. Rainfall of one quarter to one half inch is possible. Also...wind gusts to 40 mph may accompany the heavier showers. Farther west...scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will continue across south central Wisconsin...however a diminishing trend is expected in the Madison...Dodgeville...Monroe and Reedsburg areas between 5 am and 7 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with clouds, fog and scattered showers, temps are near 50 north and the upper 50s to near 60 central and south, with dew points near that as well.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: What a great weekend of weather! Most locations in Wisconsin were near or just above 80 degrees yesterday before the scattered rain showers moved in yesterday evening. Low pressure is moving across Wisconsin this morning, continuing to develop scattered showers this morning. The showers are expected to end before lunchtime though, so this afternoon will probably be nicer than this morning.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Scattered morning showers with a little bit of sunshine by this afternoon. High of 67 central, lower 60s north, and upper 60s to near 70 south.

Tonight: Variably cloudy, lows lower 40s central and south, lower 30s north.

Tomorrow: Morning sunshine with increasing clouds and a chance of showers tomorrow night south and perhaps central. Highs near 60. Chance of rain tomorrow night 40% central, 60% south.

Extended:
Wednesday: Maybe a morning shower south, otherwise partly cloudy. Highs 53-58.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, highs 57-62.
Friday: Mostly cloudy, an isolated shower possible late. Highs 60-65. Chance of rain 20%.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, another isolated shower possible. Highs 63-68. Chance of rain 25%.
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs 66-71.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated showers and near 70 today, sunshine and upper 70s tomorrow. You could be in the mid- 90s by next weekend!
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Morning fog, then sunshine today, a few more clouds tomorrow, highs mid- 70s.
Patchy early morning fog will be locally dense briefly around sunrise this morning. Motorists should be alert for rapidly reduced visibilities when encountering banks of shallow dense fog. Keep an eye out for slower moving vehicles including school buses. The fog should burn off around 9 am.
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 mostly cloudy today. A chance of thunderstorms late tomorrow. Highs near 80. Pretty scary incident over there on Friday!
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Isolated storms today with a better chance tomorrow, highs mid- to upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


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

Tornado wrecks farm homes in Nebraska
• Twister spread debris along a path up to a half-mile wide
• Nine people taken to Gothenburg Memorial Hospital
• Several vehicles blown off Interstate 80
OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) -- A tornado ripped up farmsteads in western Nebraska and injured several people as thunderstorms rippled across the Plains.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/04/22/nebraska.tornado.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for April 20, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:29 PM GMT on April 20, 2007

TGIF!

Wheel of Fortune Results
Wednesday's games were very tough, and for good reason since the top two were worth a lot of points. I tried to make the bottom one a little more obtainable though, so people having a tough time with the top two could at least get some credit.

Players: 18
Puzzle #1 (12/18):
C H O I C E
W O R D S
Category: Things
Used Letters: RSTLNE BHAG
Points: 3
(Thrivent Financial employees may have noticed how I rearranged the four extra letters above to correspond to the big hairy acronym continuously used in corporate communications this year.)

Puzzle #2 (15/18):
P I P I N G
H O T
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE CHMA
Points: 2

Puzzle #3 (17/18):
F O O D
F I G H T
Category: Event
Used Letters: RSTLNE CFPI
Points: 1


Spring 2007 Point Standings

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Name City
38 4 8 8 8 10 Perfect Score
37 4 8 8 7 10 Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
33 4 8 8 5 8 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
32 4 7 6 5 10 Becky T. and Dad:
31 4 3 8 6 10 Angie:
30 4 6 8 5 7 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
30 4 6 8 4 8 Raessa:
30 4 8 6 5 7 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
29 4 5 6 6 8 $Brian, Madison, WI:
27 4 8 4 4 7 $Greg, Madison, WI:
27 4 8 8 6 1 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
26 4 6 6 2 8 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
25 4 3 7 7 4 Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
24 4 4 8 2 6 $Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
23 4 8 4 4 3 Bethany:
22 4 8 4 4 2 Tony:
21 4 4 3 6 4 Sally:
20 4 4 - 2 10 Mary, Appleton, WI:
19 - 5 - 7 7 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
19 4 5 4 5 1 Steve L.:
19 4 5 4 6 - Sue, De Pere, WI:
18 4 6 - 6 2 Craig, Green Bay, WI:
18 4 4 - 3 7 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
17 - 4 8 3 2 Morgan:
16 4 2 4 4 2 Deb:
15 2 2 3 4 4 John E., St. Paul, MN:
15 4 6 2 1 2 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
14 4 5 2 3 - Mom:
12 4 - 4 4 - Nicole, Madison, WI:
11 2 0 2 5 2 Diane Sm.:
11 4 1 6 - - Jan, Berlin, WI:
10 4 3 2 - 1 Al, Germantown, WI:
8 - 2 2 2 2 Rhonda Lop.:
7 1 1 2 3 - Kelley:
6 2 0 2 1 1 Chris Ke.:
5 - 5 - - - Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC:
5 2 3 - - - John S.:
4 4 - - - - Adam E.:
4 - - - - 4 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
2 - - - - 2 Jen:
2 1 1 - - - John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI:
1 - 1 - - - $Tammy, Madison, WI:


Today’s Mood: Today I feel relieved. It was a good week for the main two reality TV shows we watch with Clyde Drexler and Sanjaya Malakar finally getting the boot. I'm also relieved about the Milwaukee Bucks season finally being over. Let's forget that ever happened, eh? And my first softball practice in almost eight years went ok on Wednesday - my hitting was pretty decent (thank you Wii Sports) but my fielding is in need of some work! Our first game is a week from Sunday.

Today’s Holiday: Look Alike Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/

Today’s Forecast Grade: A


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

Synopsis: Another excellent spring day is awaiting us today with high pressure way to the north still controlling our weather and mild southerly air continuing to race northward with the birds. Enjoy the great, mild weekend weather but expect a cooling off next week.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly cloudy and warmer, very nice! High of 67 north and central, upper 60s to near 70 south.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows lower 40s.

Saturday: Partly cloudy south, a few more clouds northwest, and becoming breezy later in the day. Warmer yet, highs just above 70 north and central and lower 70s south.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, breezy and warm with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing late in the day. Highs low to mid- 70s north and central, mid- to upper 70s south. Chance of rain Sunday night 50%.

Next Week:
Monday: Becoming partly cloudy and cooler, highs 63-68.
Tuesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, cooler, highs 55-60. Chance of rain 40%.
Wednesday: A chance of showers, more likely south, highs 54-59. Chance of rain 25%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Scattered showers today, isolated showers on Sunday, highs upper 60s to lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Becoming sunny later today and staying that way through the weekend, highs mid- 60s today but lower 70s this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly to mostly cloudy through the weekend, highs upper 70s to lower 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine, highs near 70 today and warming into the upper 70s by Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


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


In Case You Missed It:

When the Alarm Clock Runs and Hides
This alarm clock actually runs, hides from you, and beeps to ensure that you'll be awake enough not to go back to sleep by the time you find it and get it shut up.
http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/04/17/017220&from=rss
http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070413/BIZ04/704130304
http://www.nandahome.com/


Weather in the News:

Damage count rises after spring nor'easter
• Damage will cost hundreds of millions of dollars to repair
• Sun finally shines on northern New England
• Crews working to restore power to about 20,000 customers
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (AP) -- Damage from a brutal nor'easter will cost hundreds of millions of dollars to repair, authorities said Thursday.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/04/19/spring.storm.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for April 18, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:46 PM GMT on April 18, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

Wheel of Fortune
My random point generator was generous this morning with six points up for grabs if you can figure out all three puzzles by Friday morning. Or if you can only think of one or two, send those in to make sure you get some credit!

Puzzle #1:
_ H _ _ _ E
_ _ R _ S
Category: Things
Used Letters: RSTLNE BHAG
Points: 3

Puzzle #2:
_ _ _ _ N _
H _ T
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE CHMA
Points: 2

Puzzle #3:
F _ _ _
F I _ _ T
Category: Event
Used Letters: RSTLNE CFPI
Points: 1

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


Would You Rather Results

Players: 28
Game #1:
Submitted By: Sharon
Would You Rather...
A. Be a contestant on Fear Factor (4)
B. Be a contestant on Survivor (24) - 1 point

Game #2:
Topic: Ethics / Intellect
Would You Rather...After using the bathroom,
A. Have to use a roll of toilet paper that's soaking wet (10)
(who knows how that roll got wet!!!)
B. Have to use dry newspaper (18) - 1 point
(hey, what college student hasn't!?)

Game #3:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. Always look great to everyone you meet but frequently say the wrong thing (10)
B. Always have the right thing to say but frequently look terrible (17) - 1 point


American Idol Poll:
How long will Sanjaya last?
He'll be out tonight.
He'll be out next week.
Top 5
Top 4
Top 3
Top 2
He'll win the whole thing. Lord help us all.
I couldn't care less if I tried!
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s Thoughts: Today I feel good. Yesterday evening was the start of my Thrivent tennis league. I lost my first match, but it felt great playing competitive sports outdoors again! And tonight's my first practice for the church softball team! I haven't played softball since I was on the Weather Central softball team back in 1999 so I'm looking forward to it!

Today’s Holiday: International Jugglers Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/

Today’s Forecast Grade: C+


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds covering most of Wisconsin but some clearing west, temps are in the low to mid- 30s north and near 40 central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: It sure did feel weird not writing a Weather Update yesterday. I thought...so this is what it's like to wake up, get ready for work, and simply go. I haven't done that in over seven years! However, one of the fun things about forecasting that I didn't get to do yesterday was keep a casual track of the temperature throughout the day, rooting for it to warm/stay where it is, comparing it with what I predicted that morning.
As for today, moisture lingering around from that wicked New England system is cutting off from the main low, meaning clouds and light rain showers are in our future, along with colder temperatures. Hey, at least it's not snow, right?
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy and colder with scattered light rain showers. High of 47 north and central, lower 50s south. Chance of rain 40%.

Tonight: Cloudy, lows mid- 30s central and south, lower 30s north.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, a little warmer, highs lower 50s north and central, mid- 50s south.

This Weekend:
Friday: Partly cloudy and warmer, highs 59-64.
Saturday: Increasing clouds and winds, highs 62-67.
Sunday: Windy and warmer with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 65-70. Chance of rain 40%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, windy and cooler today. Highs upper 60s. Sunshine with a lighter wind tomorrow, highs near 70.
Wind Advisory in effect until 11 am PDT this morning...
Sustained southwest winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 55 mph
will occur through late morning as a strong area of low pressure
moves across the Great Basin.

A Wind Advisory means that winds of 30 to 39 mph and... or
frequent wind gusts of 40 mph or greater are expected. Winds this
strong can make driving difficult... especially for high profile
vehicles. Use extra caution.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Mostly cloudy today and tomorrow, an isolated shower possible tomorrow, 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: Partly cloudy today and tomorrow, highs upper 70s today and lower 80s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered showers and thunderstorms today, partly cloudy tomorrow. Highs upper 60s today, lower 60s tomorrow.
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:

Homeowners across East pick up pieces
• Nor'easter leaves huge swath of devastation on East Coast
• At least 17 deaths blamed on the storm in seven states
• Hundreds of thousands still without power
• Homeowners pick through ruined belongings as floods recede
MAMARONECK, New York (AP) -- As the floodwaters receded Tuesday, homeowners picked through ruined belongings and priceless keepsakes trying to determine what they'd lost.
Hundreds of thousands were still without power from Maine to North Carolina, and many residents of Bound Brook, New Jersey, were still barred from their homes as flooding persisted from the spring nor'easter that has claimed at least 17 lives.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/04/17/storm.ap/index.html

100 Biggest Weather Moments
http://www.weather.com/aboutus/television/100biggest/index.html

U.N. Security Council holds climate debate
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council held a groundbreaking debate Tuesday on the impact of climate change on conflicts, brushing aside objections from developing countries that global warming is not an issue of international peace and security.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/04/17/climate.un.britain.ap/index.html

The Physical Evidence of Earth's Unstoppable 1,500-Year Climate Cycle
The Earth currently is experiencing a warming trend, but there is scientific evidence that human activities have little to do with it. Instead, the warming seems to be part of a 1,500-year cycle (plus or minus 500 years) of moderate temperature swings.
It has long been accepted that the Earth has experienced climate cycles, most notably the 90,000-year Ice Age cycles. But in the past 20 years or so, modern science has discovered evidence that within those broad Ice Age cycles, the Earth also experiences 1,500-year warming-cooling cycles. The Earth has been in the Modern Warming portion of the current cycle since about 1850, following a Little Ice Age from about 1300 to 1850. It appears likely that warming will continue for some time into the future, perhaps 200 years or more, regardless of human activity.
http://www.ncpa.org/pub/st/st279/

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Wisconsin Weather Update for April 16, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:53 PM GMT on April 16, 2007

Good Morning and Happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope you all had a great weekend. We had a fun weekend getaway at the Kalahari Waterpark Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. Bryce is like a little fish and LOVES the water. He had a great time playing in the kiddie pool, and going up and down the slides. He even got submerged a few times, yet most of the time he came up with a smile on this face. He also enjoyed playing with the little water fountains in the pool. Bryce had a few fussy moments but for the most part he was a happy little boy this weekend, and he enjoyed his experience at the waterpark. We'll get some pictures on the site later this week. Other than that, last night we had dinner at my mom and step-dad's to celebrate my step-dad's birthday. Bryce has learned two more words this week: "bubbles" which means either blowing bubbles in the water or when we take his bubble toy and blow soap bubbles into the air, and "uppie" for when he wants to be picked up. He also has gotten into the habit of taking off his shoes and socks during any car ride. Well that wraps up our update, have a great week.


Would You Rather...
You now have two days to get in your answers - look for results and a set of "Wheel of Fortune" puzzles Wednesday morning.

Game #1:
Submitted By: Sharon
Would You Rather...
A. Be a contestant on Fear Factor
B. Be a contestant on Survivor

Game #2:
Topic: Ethics / Intellect
Would You Rather...After using the bathroom,
A. Have to use a roll of toilet paper that's soaking wet
B. Have to use dry newspaper

Game #3:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. Always look great to everyone you meet but frequently say the wrong thing
B. Always have the right thing to say but frequently look terrible

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


Outburst Outcry
Several of you complained Friday about how not only did "The Antarctic" make the list for "Countries that are Cold" but that because only three people said it, they got a bonus point for it. The outcry? Taken from one of the responses: "The Antarctic is not a country. It is a continent, a land and ice mass. It has no indigenous human population and no government of any sort." And unfortunately, your beefs are not with me, but with Hasbro. Seeing as how it would be unfair to those who did say and get credit for Antarctic when my game rule states that the least most popular answer still listed on the card gets a bonus point, I can't change the points ruling. But your comments make for an interesting geological debate! Human population aside, isn't Australia considered both a country and a continent?


Spring 2007 Game Schedule

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


Remember - no update tomorrow. I'm 3-days a week now!


Today’s forecast grade: A-

Today’s holiday: National Stress Awareness Day and National Eggs Benedict Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/


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

Synopsis: A wicked weekend storm missed us to the south and is now giving serious annoyance to New England. As for us, we're in-between systems so look for mild temperatures and lots of sunshine today. A weak cold front might give us a stray shower tonight or tomorrow morning, then dry weather and cooler temperatures near or a little below our normal high temperature look to linger for the remainder of the work week.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny and very nice! High of 61 north and central, and mid- 60s south.

Tonight: Increasing clouds, maybe a rain shower north or central. Lows upper 30s central and south, lower 30s north. Chance of rain 20%.

Tomorrow: Perhaps a stray morning rain shower central or south, otherwise partly sunny and a little cooler. Highs lower 50s north, mid- 50s central, near 60 south. Chance of morning rain 20%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly sunny, cooler yet, highs 47-52.
Thursday: Partly sunny, highs 49-54.
Friday: Becoming mostly cloudy with a chance of rain late. Highs 53-58. Chance of rain Friday night 30%.
Saturday: Breezy with scattered showers, highs 55-60. Chance of rain 35%.
Sunday: Windy with rain showers. Highs 58-63. Chance of rain 40%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated morning showers, then mostly sunny today and tomorrow. Highs lower 70s today and lower 80s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, windy and cooler today, highs upper 60s. Sunshine and in the 70s tomorrow.
Wind Advisory in effect from 10 am this morning to 8 PM EDT this evening...
A deep low pressure system lingering north of the region will
allow strong winds to redevelop by mid morning and continue
through the afternoon. Northwest winds will reach 25 to 35 mph.
Winds are expected to diminish shortly after sunset.

Winds of this strength can make driving difficult... especially
for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution especially on
bridges and overpasses.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Increasing clouds late today and a chance of thunderstorms tomorrow. Highs lower 70s today and mid- 70s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine today, a chance of showers late tomorrow. Highs mid- 60s today and lower 70s tomorrow.
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:

Nasty East Coast storm sets up manic Monday
• New Jersey, West Virginia declare states of emergency
• Boston Marathon forecast: heavy rain, wind, temps in 30s
• W.V. dam destabilized; 18 inches of snow in Maine, N.H., Vt.
• S.C. twister kills one; 500 NYC flights canceled
TRENTON, New Jersey (AP) -- One of the nastiest spring nor'easters in years roared over the East Coast early Monday, bringing umbrella-breaking wind and relentless rain that forced evacuations from New Jersey to West Virginia.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/04/16/storm.ap/index.html

Staying in Touch with Severe Weather
Tornado sirens can only be heard in about 80 percent of Brown County right now (see related story), but there's something besides a siren that could be even more helpful.
When tornadoes strike, there's little time for warning. The sirens may sound, but if you're in your house with the windows and doors closed, or you're asleep, you probably won't hear them.
"Not everybody is able to watch television -- for example, at three in the morning -- but the weather radio can automatically turn on. You can get that important weather radio information when you need it," National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Last said.
The National Weather Service and Brown County Emergency Management are encouraging people to buy weather radios.
http://www.WBAY.com/Global/story.asp?s=6363714

Brown County Growth Outpacing Tornado Sirens
Tornado sirens sounded around the state Thursday as part of National Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week. It's meant to remind people what to do if a tornado is approaching.
In Brown County, there are 44 sirens which cover about 80 percent of the county. It's the other 20 percent that may cause concern.
http://www.WBAY.com/Global/story.asp?s=6362943

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Wisconsin Weather Update for April 13, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:01 PM GMT on April 13, 2007

TGIF and Good Friday the 13th!

Outburst Results

Players: 29
Topic: Countries that are Cold
Canada (22)
Russia (21)
Greenland (16)
Iceland (15)
Finland (8)
Norway (8)
Sweden (4)
The Antarctic (3) - Bonus Points Awarded to Craig, Clair and Diane
The Arctic
Tibet

Other Answers:
Siberia (3)
Poland (2)
Switzerland (2)
United States (2)
New Zealand
Mongolia
Chile
Japan
China
Italy


Spring 2007 Point Standings

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Name City
28 4 8 8 8 Perfect Score
27 4 8 8 7 Brian F.:
26 4 8 8 6 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
25 4 8 8 5 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
23 4 6 8 5 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
23 4 8 6 5 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
22 4 7 6 5 Becky T. and Dad:
22 4 6 8 4 Raessa:
21 4 5 6 6 $Brian, Madison, WI:
21 4 3 8 6 Angie:
21 4 3 7 7 Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
20 4 8 4 4 $Greg, Madison, WI:
20 4 8 4 4 Bethany:
20 4 8 4 4 Tony:
19 4 5 4 6 Sue, De Pere, WI:
18 4 4 8 2 $Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
18 4 6 6 2 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
18 4 5 4 5 Steve L.:
17 4 4 3 6 Sally:
16 4 6 - 6 Craig, Green Bay, WI:
15 - 4 8 3 Morgan:
14 4 2 4 4 Deb:
14 4 5 2 3 Mom:
13 4 6 2 1 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
12 - 5 - 7 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
12 4 - 4 4 Nicole, Madison, WI:
11 4 1 6 - Jan, Berlin, WI:
11 2 2 3 4 John E., St. Paul, MN:
11 4 4 - 3 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
10 4 4 - 2 Mary, Appleton, WI:
9 4 3 2 - Al, Germantown, WI:
9 2 0 2 5 Diane Sm.:
7 1 1 2 3 Kelley:
6 - 2 2 2 Rhonda Lop.:
5 2 0 2 1 Chris Ke.:
5 - 5 - - Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC:
5 2 3 - - John S.:
4 4 - - - Adam E.:
2 1 1 - - John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI:
1 - 1 - - $Tammy, Madison, WI:


Today’s forecast grade: B

Today’s holiday: Blame Somebody Else Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/


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

Synopsis: Well, easy come, easy go. Most of the folks in our neighborhood didn't even bother to shovel their driveways yesterday morning, which is definitely unusual since they're all out there the second a storm ends if not before. But alas, one day later and you'd barely be able to tell that just 36 hours ago we were under a Winter Storm Warning. Today, high pressure just to our southwest is in control, so look for sunshine, warmer temperatures, less wind, and less snow on the grass by the minute.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly cloudy and warmer, high of 47 north and central, upper 40s south

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

Saturday: Look for a big rainstorm from north-central Illinois south, but Wisconsin should stay mostly cloudy with just an isolated light rain or snow shower possible. Highs upper 40s north and central, near 50 south. Chance of precip 25%.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, maybe an isolated morning rain or snow shower. Highs upper 40s north, near 50 central, lower 50s south. Chance of precip 20%.

Next Week:
Monday: Partly cloudy, highs 51-56.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, maybe an isolated rain shower late, highs 51-56. Chance of rain 20%.
Wednesday: Cloudy and drizzly, highs 49-54.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine and breezy today and tomorrow, isolated showers Sunday, highs lower 70s today, upper 70s tomorrow, then upper 60s Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Showers and thunderstorms Saturday night and Sunday, sunshine today and tomorrow, highs near 70 today and tomorrow and mid- to upper 60s Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms today and tomorrow, dry Sunday, highs upper 70s today, mid- 60s Saturday and lower 70s 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: Rain today and tomorrow, cloudy Sunday, highs lower 50s today, upper 40s tomorrow and mid- 50s Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


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

Snowstorm moves east, snarling transportation
• Passengers unhurt after plane skids off Michigan runway
• Storm blamed for deaths of six people in Iowa
• Colorado expects up to 18 inches of snow in foothills Friday
• Up to a foot of snow forecast for parts of the Northeast
CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- More snow fell across the northern states Thursday as a deadly storm that already had grounded hundreds of flights, postponed a baseball game and disappointed those longing for the warmth of spring moved eastward.
A jet trying to land at Traverse City, Michigan, skidded 50 feet off a runway in the heavy snow early Thursday. The plane remained upright, and the 46 passengers and three crew members were unhurt, Pinnacle Airlines spokesman Phil Reed said.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/04/12/midwest.snowstorm.ap/index.html

Earthquake hits Mexico City, Acapulco
• Strong aftershock with a magnitude of 5.4 felt in Mexico City, USGS says
• No major damage, serious injuries reported
• About 20 percent of homes in downtown Mexico City lost power, city official says
• Quake hit at 12:42 a.m. local time, lasted less than a minute, USGS says
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -- A strong earthquake hit Mexico early Friday, knocking out power in parts of Mexico City and Acapulco and sending frightened residents into the streets.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/americas/04/13/mexico.quake.ap/index.html

Cold ravages crops; farmers brace for more
• Damage "comparable to hurricane," state official says
• Ripple effect through economy expected
• Much of peach crop destroyed in Georgia, South Carolina
• "Most anything that was green got damaged," official says
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (AP) -- Heavy crop losses have been reported throughout the Southeast after last weekend's frigid temperatures, and farmers are bracing for another expected cold snap next week.
In South Carolina, at least 90 percent of the peach crop was destroyed and officials said Wednesday they would seek federal aid.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/04/12/frozen.crops.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for April 12, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:03 PM GMT on April 12, 2007

Good Thursday morning!

Outburst!
The last Thursday update begins with an Outburst! Now that the "no web searching" rule is in effect, I can start using games which are more fact-based. This is good as it gives me a lot more potential questions to choose from. Play this game as if you're sitting on the living room couch with a few friends and no "bathroom breaks" allowed in the middle of a question. Remember that the least popular answer to still be on the card gets a bonus point!

Topic: Countries that are Cold

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


Today’s forecast grade: D

Today’s holiday: Look Up At The Sky Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Occasional light snow will continue this morning. Up to an inch of additional snowfall will be possible this morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Fox Cities:
Occasional light snow...briefly moderate at times...will continue this morning. Between an inch or two accumulation of additional snowfall will be possible this morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
Steady light snow...with some patchy drizzle...in a band from Racine to Janesville...is settling to the south at 10 mph. This band will gradually shift southeast out of far southeast Kenosha County around 8 am. Temperatures in the mid 30s are keeping the snow from accumulating on area roadways...though a slushy accumulation will make roads slick. The remainder of southeast and south central Wisconsin will see scattered light snow showers...and some patchy drizzle. North to northwest winds are bringing slightly colder air across the region for the early morning hours. With temperatures falling to just below the freezing mark in most areas...motorists are urged to be cautious of unexpected slippery spots due to the freezing of wet roads and the slushy accumulations.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds, wind and scattered light snow showers, temps are in the upper 20s north and near or just above 30 central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Yesterday's forecast grade got the rare "F" - my Thrivent tennis league was supposed to start this week, so getting almost half a foot of snow on the ground put a little kink in those plans! Snowfall totals were on the lower end of the NWS estimates, but the totals got more significant as you travelled further south. 0.5" was reported in Rhinelander, 4.0" in Green Bay, 5.3" in Madison and 7.0" in Milwaukee. As for today, the snow's going to gradually taper off to flurries with less than an inch of additional accumulation expected. Then, we're in the clear for hopefully another six months with warmer weather and a big mid- April thaw on the way!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Light snow gradually ending with less than an inch of additional accumulation. Breezy, high of 36.

Tonight: Becoming partly cloudy, lows mid- 20s.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny and warmer, highs mid- 40s.

Extended:
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, maybe a light rain or snow shower late. Highs 48-53. Chance of precip 25%.
Sunday: Becoming partly sunny. Highs 46-51.
Next Week’s Outlook: Look for a chance of rain showers on Tuesday night and Wednesday, otherwise expect a mostly dry week with highs around 50-55.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Scattered thundershowers developing, breezy, cooler, 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, not as humid, highs lower 80s.
... Red flag warning in effect from noon today to 9 PM EDT this
evening for low humidity and strong winds across most of southeast
South Carolina...

The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a red flag
warning... which is in effect from noon today to 9 PM EDT this
evening. The Fire Weather Watch is no longer in effect.

Dry high pressure will build into the region today in the wake of
a cold front. Very low humidities of 15 to 20 percent combined
with gusty west winds of 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 or 35
mph... and volatile fuels created by the recent dry weather and
damaging freeze over the weekend will produce an extreme fire
danger across the area this afternoon and evening. As a result... a
red flag warning is now in effect.

Critically low humidities are expected again Friday afternoon...
however wind speeds will be much less than today.

Please advise the appropriate officials and fire crews in the
field of this red flag warning.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy, breezy, highs near 80.
... Record high temperature set at Galveston...
a record high temperature of 83 degrees was set at Galveston yesterday.
This breaks the old record of 82 set in 1999.
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, windy, 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


In Case You Missed It:

2007 Packers Schedule released
http://www.packers.com/gameday/schedule/2007/


Weather in the News:

Spring sees a snow delay
Storm drops 7 inches in Milwaukee, but warmer weather is expected this weekend
With something of a shovel-one-day, golf-the-next scenario unfolding in southern Wisconsin, the less frustrated viewed Wednesday's snowstorm as spring being delayed, not canceled.
The optimism was certainly easier to muster for residents who didn't find themselves among the 100 or so motorists who slid, skidded or careened off icy roads.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=590358
http://www.madison.com/wsj/mad/local/index.php?ntid=129000
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/04/11/midwest.storm.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for April 11, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:39 PM GMT on April 11, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

Match Game Results
Not quite as many points were given out today, although Spoon, Waiter and Stuffed were just an answer or two away from giving everyone a point.

Players: 26
Sentence #1: At the restaurant, one fly said to the other, hey, there's a ______ in my soup!
Human/Person (14) - 2 points
Spoon (5)
Waiter (4)
Fly
Worm
Hair

Sentence #2: Long John Silver said, "Arrr! I'll never forget the day I retired from piracy. The crew got together and _____'d my parrot."
Bronzed (8) - 1 point
Stuffed (4)
Roasted (3)
Strangled (2)
Fly'd
Decorated
Toilet Papered
Killed
Plank'd
Plucked
Battered
Stole
Toasted


Weather Talk
Thanks for all of your encouraging words regarding my announcement yesterday to switch from five days a week to three. Besides the forecast/weather news on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you're really not going to lose anything as the games will just be moving to Mondays and Wednesdays. In fact, the three days of updates will probably be larger than before since I'll have 2-3 days to prepare them.
If you still wish to share your thoughts, please do so on the Weather Talk message board.
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Today’s forecast grade: F


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
...Winter Storm Warning now in effect from noon today to 7 am CDT Thursday...
Although some light snow will work into the region this
morning...the snow is not expected to become heavy until
later today and continuing into tonight. Total snowfall amounts
of 5 to 8 inches are expected by early Thursday morning. In
addition...strong northeast winds will produce areas of blowing
and drifting snow...especially in the Fox Valley and Lakeshore
areas.

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

Southern Wisconsin:
Winter Storm Warning in effect until 7 am CDT Thursday...
Snow... mixed at times with light rain this morning... will
intensify later this morning and early this afternoon. Bursts of
snow will allow for snowfall rates of between 1 to 2 inches per
hour this afternoon. Accumulating snow will continue into tonight.

8 to 10 inches of heavy wet snow is expected by Thursday morning
south of a Lone Rock to Lake Mills line... with 6 to 8 inches to
the North.

East to northeast winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph may
create blowing and drifting snow as well.

A Winter Storm Warning is issued when snow is expected to combine
with strong winds of 20 mph or more. This will make travel
dangerous and power outages may result.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with snow (heavier south), temps are near 30 north, the lower 30s central and the low to mid- 30s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: The only thing better than April snow...is a lot of April snow! Right? Well here we are, almost the middle of April, and a classic snowstorm has started its reign of terror, setting up just right to deliver a very annoying amount of snowfall to southern and central Wisconsin today and tonight. Many of us will end up getting over half a foot of snow before this thing ends tomorrow morning, but here's the big question - do you shovel/snowblow the driveway or just wait a couple of days for it all to melt?
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Windy with snow and blowing snow. Snow will become heavy by this afternoon south and this evening central. Highs near 34. The ground temperature may be above freezing at times today, but colder upper-air temperatures will keep the precip as snow. And the percent chance of snow? I'll let you come to your own conclusion on that one.

Tonight: Windy with moderate snow continuing. Total expected snow accumulations by tomorrow morning are for 6-9" south, 5-8" central, and a measly 1-3" north. Lows mid- to upper 20s. Chance of snow near 100%.

Tomorrow: Cloudy and breezy with light snow eventually tapering off to flurries from west to east. Highs mid- 30s north, upper 30s central and south. Chance of morning snow 60%.

This Weekend:
Friday: Partly cloudy and warmer. Highs 44-49. Frosty the Snowman had to hurry on his way, but he'll be back again some day.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, maybe some flurries or drizzle. Highs 45-50. Remember that big weekend snowstorm I was talking about? Well, the latest model data has it now missing us to the south. After today, I'm not expecting very many tears over this latest forecast change.
Sunday: Partly cloudy and warmer, highs 49-54. Look for highs in the 50s next week.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs upper 60s.
Patches of rain will continue to affect parts of southern and eastern South Carolina this morning. Some locations that will receive a little rain include...Canadys...Saint George...Edisto Island and Jamestown. Rainfall amounts through 10 am will total no more than 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: Decreasing clouds, highs upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs near 60.
Scattered light to moderate rain showers will continue to impact southwest Indiana for the next few hours. Most locations will receive a tenth of an inch or less of rainfall per hour.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


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

Are we waking up to winter?
Forecasters say a foot of snow is possible across southeast Wisconsin
A spring snowstorm that forecasters thought would narrowly miss Milwaukee could now dump up to 12 inches of heavy, wet snow across virtually all of southeast Wisconsin, the National Weather Service in Sullivan said Tuesday.
A winter storm warning issued by the weather service was scheduled to be in effect from 4 a.m. today until 1 a.m. Thursday. Up to 10 inches of accumulation is expected by this evening, and 2 more inches are possible by Thursday.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=589825

Snow happens . . . in April
Heavy snow in April, while not common, is not unusual in Milwaukee. Here's a look at a couple of memorable storms.
April 9, 1973: A storm packing thunder, lightning and wind gusts of more than 50 mph drops nearly a foot of heavy, wet snow on
Milwaukee, virtually shutting it down. Madison gets 13 inches. Many roads, including the interstates, are closed for two days. The storm prompts an overhaul in plowing strategy and equipment.
April 15-16, 1921: Fifteen inches falls on Milwaukee during a windy snowstorm. Three days later, though, only a trace remains.
Source: National Weather Service
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=589825

Indians, Angels in the outfield
Snow in Cleveland drives two teams to Miller Park
After Cleveland lost four home games to nasty, snowy, unspringlike weather, Indians President Paul Dolan called Bud Selig on Monday morning with a suggestion for the team's upcoming three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels.
"How about Milwaukee?" Dolan asked Selig, the commissioner of baseball.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=588536
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=588605
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=588533
Indians get much more than they expected
19,031 crash Miller Park party as Cleveland holds off Angels
The Cleveland Indians were just happy to be playing baseball again. That they were able to do so in a major-league atmosphere with 19,031 fans on hand for their "home" game was a pretty nice icing on the cake.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=589812
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=589958

Cold snap damages fruit crops across Southeast
• One farmer calls damage "worst I've ever seen"
• States, growers assessing just how bad it is
• Cold hurt peaches, apples, berries, wine grapes
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (AP) -- Frigid weekend weather caused frost that damaged crops across the Southeast, raising fears that peach, apple, blueberry, strawberry and wine grape crops were harmed.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/04/10/frozen.crops.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for April 10, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:47 PM GMT on April 10, 2007

Good Tuesday morning!

Weather Update Schedule Change
As many of you already know, I've been writing these weekday Weather Update blog entries for over seven years, starting two weeks after I left Weather Central in Madison to pursue other job opportunities. Originally wanting to do this as a fun hobby to keep my forecasting skills in shape, I have been extremely humbled by the number of you that have told me you enjoy what I do and look forward to receiving my weather updates every weekday morning, and many of you have even told your friends and family about it and gotten them to subscribe. Thank you. That being said, taking the hour each morning to do the research and write up a solid forecast has been more challenging after the birth of our son Bryce. I have never written the forecast the previous evening, always wanting to get the latest data possible before sending it out to all of you. There have been days (especially when someone in particular wakes us up really early in the morning) where I'd just as well sleep another hour than get up and forecast, but once I'm up out of bed, I'm happily looking at weather maps, and I really enjoy what I do and am happy that you do as well.

What am I getting at? Well, Thrivent is once again offering the optional 9-day Flex program, starting later this month, where employees can work an extra hour each Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off without having to take vacation for it. I want to sign up for it, but since Bryce has to be picked up from the Child Learning Center by 5:30pm each day, I can't work that extra hour during the evening, meaning I will have to get up an hour earlier to put in that extra time. The thought of getting up at 5am every Monday-Thursday to blog, get myself and Bryce ready and go to work is rather frightening for me, but I still would like to have that every other Friday off. So I'm going to try something different for a while. I am going to switch my update schedule to only three days per week instead of five, starting April 16th. I will write morning updates Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and "sleep in" on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The games will not change outside of the days they are played. The Tuesday and Thursday games will be played Mondays and Wednesdays, with results on Fridays, and you'll have two days to get in your answers. This will give you some extra time to get me your answers (if you're out of town or away from the office) and will give me some extra time to compile the results as well. My forecast always includes the upcoming weekend for Wisconsin, so that shouldn't change, and I will throw in tomorrow's forecast along with today's for the four extra cities.

I'd like to get your thoughts - please post them on my Weather Talk message board.
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Match Game
The last Tuesday game is today! What do you think of these two funny scenarios? Respond with something funny, yet popular, as you'll get a point for every six people who respond with the same answer.

Sentence #1: At the restaurant, one fly said to the other, hey, there's a ______ in my soup!

Sentence #2: Long John Silver said, "Arrr! I'll never forget the day I retired from piracy. The crew got together and _____'d my parrot."

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


Spring 2007 Game Schedule

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


Today’s forecast grade: C


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
Winter Storm Watch in effect from Wednesday morning through Wednesday evening...
Snow is expected to develop toward Wednesday morning and
continue into Wednesday evening. Up to 6 inches of snow will be
possible over parts of east central Wisconsin.

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

Southern Wisconsin:
Winter Storm Watch in effect from late tonight through Wednesday evening...
Snow or a cold rain is expected to develop over southwest
Wisconsin late this afternoon... before spreading across southern
Wisconsin as a mix of rain and snow this evening. The precipitation
will turn to all snow overnight... and last well into Wednesday.

Current indications are that the best potential for 6 inches or
more of heavy wet snow will fall northwest of a Dubuque Iowa to
Milwaukee line.

A Winter Storm Watch is issued when heavy snow 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.
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Early morning commuters can expect icy Road conditions where areas of light fog over south central and southeast Wisconsin froze onto Road surfaces. There will be patches of dense fog lowering visibilities to a quarter mile...especially in low-lying rural locations. The fog will dissipate after sunrise. Drivers should slow down and leave plenty of room between themselves and other vehicles. Be prepared for rapidly changing visibilities and use low-beam headlights. Bridges and overpasses will be slippery with black ice on the bridge decks.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a mix of sunshine and clouds and a very pristine look on the snow-covered trees, temps are in the mid- 20s north and south and upper 20s central. Kind of weird but facts are facts. I presume that mixed cloud cover is what's causing the difference.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Wisconsin's April Winter Wonderland came a day early! The clouds didn't clear out until last night and a little pocket of snow developed in parts of east-central and southeastern Wisconsin yesterday afternoon. Gigantic flakes accumulated to 1-3" on grassy areas and caused quite a few highway accidents. You know something's just not right when it's 8pm in the evening, it's not quite dusk yet, and there's a solid blanket of snow on the ground. And if 1-3" of snow in April is annoying, just you wait, as two more snowstorms look to roll through before the week is done - one tonight and tomorrow, and a rain changing to snow event on Friday night and Saturday.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly cloudy for most of the day but increasing clouds late. Still cold with a high of 42 north and central, mid- to upper 40s south.

Tonight: Frosty Returns! Cloudy and breezy with snow developing, heavier to the southwest. A couple inches could be on the ground by the time you wake up tomorrow morning. Lows mid- 20s north, near 30 central and south. Chance of snow 30% north, 50% central, 90% south.

Tomorrow: Cloudy and breezy with snow. Snow could be heavy at times central and south. Snow should taper off to flurries tomorrow evening. Total expected accumulations from the National Weather Service state 2-3" north, 4-8" central, and 5-6" south. Highs mid- 30s. Chance of snow 60% north, 90% central and south. Really, you didn't actually think to put your snowblower away for the season when it was near 80 degrees a couple weeks ago, right?

Extended:
Thursday: Partly sunny, highs 41-46.
Friday: Becoming cloudy and windy with rain developing late in the day. Highs 43-48. Chance of rain 50%.
Saturday: Windy with rain changing over to snow. Depending on the timing, we could see a few more inches of snow. Highs 43-48. Chance of precip 80%.
Sunday: Decreasing clouds and winds, highs 46-51.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers late, 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 thundershowers, highs mid- 70s.
Scattered showers will persist mainly east of a line from Madisonville to Katy to Freeport through 9 am. Rainfall amounts will average 1/10 inch or less with isolated totals of 1/4 to 1/2 inch.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Showers developing late, highs mid- 50s.
Freeze warning in effect until 9 am CDT this morning...
Although clouds have helped keep temperatures from dropping as
low as previous nights... readings near to below freezing are still
possible through early morning across southern Illinois
... Southwest Indiana and the pennyrile region of west Kentucky.
Temperatures at all locations should rise to above freezing by mid
morning... as clouds continue to increase across the area.

Sub freezing temperatures at night can kill crops and other
vegetation. Potted plants normally left outdoors should be
brought inside away from the cold.
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:

Woodstock, New York, takes on global warming
• Woodstock, New York, has plan to erase the town's "carbon footprint" by 2017
• Residents can keep cars if they produce enough clean power to offset emissions
• Woodstock is best known for the 1969 rock concert that borrowed its name
WOODSTOCK, New York (AP) -- Michael Esposito rides his bike all the time -- from cold nights when leaving his old job at a natural food store to warm days while passing shops selling yoga clothes and soy drinks.
So the 67-year-old is excited about a new plan to reduce this countercultural haven's net carbon dioxide emissions to zero within a decade, an ambitious attempt to erase the town's "carbon footprint."
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/04/09/zero.carbon.woodstock.ap/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

More Weather News:
CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/WEATHER/
Fox News:
http://www.foxnews.com/science/naturalscience/
The Weather Channel Blog:
http://www.weather.com/blog/weather/

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Wisconsin Weather Update for April 9, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:40 PM GMT on April 09, 2007

Happy Monday morning,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope you all enjoyed your Easter weekend! We had a busy weekend with a lot of traveling. Saturday, we spent the day in town to celebrate Easter with my mom and step-dad Karl. Sunday, we traveled to Genesee and Oconomowoc to celebrate Easter with my father and step mother-in-law, and then with my mother and step father in-law. We enjoyed seeing family and Bryce enjoyed getting all sorts of goodies from the Easter Bunny. Not too much is new with Bryce except that now that he is crawling out of his crib (and now climbing on and off his changing table) we will be making some changes to his room. We will be taking out the changing table, which he is outgrowing anyway, and he will be getting his big boy bed very soon. Bryce has also started playing with toy cars more, and goes "beep! beep! beep!" as he moves them across the floor. Daycare is still going well, although now that HumanaDental has taken away my flex schedule, meaning I now work 5 8-hour days instead of 4 10-hour days, it's a bit of a challenge finding him a sitter on Wednesdays as the Child Learning Center is already full for that day. We're first on the waiting list though, for when an opening does come up. Well that wraps up the update. Have a great week.

Coming tomorrow: the announcement of a major change to my Weather Update schedule.


Today’s forecast grade: B


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

Synopsis: High pressure to our south should keep Wisconsin dry today, but a developing low pressure system in the Rocky Mountains could give northern and central Wisconsin 2-3" of new snowfall tomorrow night and Wednesday. Another whopper looks to arrive late on Friday through Saturday, but I'm thinking that will be mostly rain. As well it should be, seeing as how by then it will be the middle of April!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Becoming partly cloudy, highs upper 30s north, 39 central, and mid- 40s south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows mid- teens north, lower 20s central and south.

Tomorrow: Increasing clouds and winds with a chance of rain or snow developing tomorrow night. An inch or two of snow could be on the ground (north and central) by the time you wake up Wednesday morning. Highs during the day on Tuesday near 40 north, in the lower 40s central, and upper 40s south. Chance of precip tomorrow night 70%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Scattered snow showers, mostly early in the day, with another inch of snow accumulation possible north and central. Maybe a dusting south. Highs 40-45. Chance of precip 60%.
Thursday: Cloudy and warmer, highs 47-52.
Friday: Windy with rain, highs 50-55. Rain could be heavy at times Friday night. Chance of rain 70%.
Saturday: Windy with more rain, perhaps mixing with light snow overnight. Highs 47-52. Chance of precip 70%.
Sunday: Decreasing clouds and winds, highs 48-53.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs mid- 80s.
... Record high minimum temperature set in Las Vegas and Barstow
Sunday...

The low temperature at McCarran International Airport here in Las
Vegas only got down to 65 degrees on Sunday April 8th. This broke
the previous record high minimum... or warmest low temperature... of
64 degrees set in 2000.

The low temperature at the Barstow-Daggett Airport only got down to
62 degrees on Sunday. This broke the previous record high minimum
temperature of 60 degrees set in 2000.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated showers, highs near 60.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated showers, highs upper 60s.
... Record daily low maximum temperature tied at Houston
intercontinental yesterday...

A record daily low maximum temperature of 55 occurred at Houston
Intercontinental Airport yesterday. This ties the record that has
been held since 1973.
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... Unprecedented April snowfall affects part of southeast Texas...

Just when you think you have seen everything... you realize you
haven't. Snow in april? Yes Virginia... snow in April! Rain mixed
with sleet and snow fell generally north of a Brenham to Conroe to
Livingston line from late Saturday morning through Saturday night.
Looking back through local climate records shows that snow will
fall into late March but this part of Texas has never recorded
snow in April. Although April 1938 and 1939 were both rather
cold... the precipitation had ended before the cold air filtered
into southeast Texas... so snow was not reported in area
observations. The last measurable snow for the southeast Texas
County warning area occurred on December 24-25th 2004.

The community of Grapeland in Houston County received between 1
and 2 inches of snow on Saturday afternoon and evening. Areas
generally along and north of a Kurten to Crockett to Lufkin line
received accumulating snow on Saturday.

Below is a table listing snowfall data for a few locations across
southeast texas:

City latest date for snow previous latest date

Crockett 1 inch April 7 2007 1 inch March 27 1930
Livingston trace* April 7 2007 .5 inch Feb 24 1965
col stat trace* April 7 2007 trace March 5 1954
Huntsville trace* April 7 2007 .3 inch March 12 1948

Another unusual fact about this latest snow event is that the
temperature never fell below freezing at any of our observation
sites. Record low temperatures were established at Galveston and
College Station on Saturday April 7th. Record low maximum
temperatures were also established at Houston and College Station
on the 7th. Temperatures will rebound quickly and high
temperatures are expected to warm into the mid 80s by Wednesday.

* Daily and monthly snowfall records
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine, highs lower 50s.
Freeze warning in effect until 10 am CDT this morning...
Freeze watch in effect from late tonight through Tuesday morning...
One more night of sub freezing temperatures will be possible late
tonight and into early Tuesday morning. Areas that have the best
chance of experiencing sub freezing temperatures include southern
Illinois... southwest Indiana and west Kentucky. Temperatures are
expected to hover near the freezing mark in portions of southeast
Missouri.

Sub freezing temperatures at night can kill crops and other
vegetation. Potted plants normally left outdoors should be
brought inside away from the cold.

A freeze watch means sub-freezing temperatures are possible.
These conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.
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:

Rare spring cold front leaves Southeast shivering
• South Carolina sees lows in the 20s
• Parades, church services, baseball games affected by cold
• Snow reported in Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, Texas and Atlanta
• Farmers worry that cold snap could damage crops
ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- An unseasonable cold snap put a chill on Easter services across the Southeast and much of the rest of the country, moving some events indoors and adding layers over spring frocks.
Even baseball had to take a time out because of snow.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/04/08/cold.weather.ap/index.html

Climate report: World's poorest will suffer most
• Report: Poor countries will see increased hunger and water shortages
• Scientists: Climate change will affect billions of people
• North America will see more hurricanes, floods, droughts, heat waves, wildfires
• Africa will be hardest hit, Europe will see its Alpine glaciers disappear
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- The world faces increased hunger and water shortages in the poorest countries, massive floods and avalanches in Asia, and species extinction unless nations adapt to climate change and halt its progress, according to a report approved Friday by an international conference on global warming.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/04/06/climate.report.ap/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

'B.C.' cartoonist Johnny Hart dies
• Fellow cartoonists, syndicate chief praise Hart's creativity
• Cartoonist, 76, dies of stroke at storyboard, wife says
• Comic strip won many awards, featured cavemen and dinosaurs
• Strip sometimes carried Christian themes, sparked controversy
ALBANY, New York (AP) -- Cartoonist Johnny Hart, whose award-winning "B.C." comic strip appeared in more than 1,300 newspapers worldwide, died Saturday while working at his home in Endicott, New York. He was 76.
"He had a stroke," Hart's wife, Bobby, said Sunday. "He died at his storyboard."
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/04/08/obit.hart.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for April 6, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 2:49 PM GMT on April 06, 2007

Good Good Friday morning!

TriBond Results

Players: 25
TriBond #1 (24/25):
Pet goldfish, Parking Meters, The Kitty = You have to feed them

TriBond #2 (15/25):
Gross, Net, Nostradamus = They're Profits (Nostradamus is a Prophet)

TriBond #3 (25/25):
Maps, Aluminum Lawn Chairs, Poor Poker Players = They fold


2007 Spring Point Standings
Only three players still have a perfect score after three weeks of play!

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Name City
20 4 8 8 Perfect Score
20 4 8 8 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
20 4 8 8 Brian F.:
20 4 8 8 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
18 4 6 8 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
18 4 6 8 Raessa:
18 4 8 6 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
17 4 7 6 Becky T. and Dad:
16 4 4 8 $Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
16 4 8 4 $Greg, Madison, WI:
16 4 8 4 Bethany:
16 4 6 6 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
16 4 8 4 Tony:
15 4 5 6 $Brian, Madison, WI:
15 4 3 8 Angela:
14 4 3 7 Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
13 4 5 4 Steve L.:
13 4 5 4 Sue, De Pere, WI:
12 4 6 2 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
12 - 4 8 Morgan:
11 4 1 6 Jan, Berlin, WI:
11 4 5 2 Mom:
11 4 4 3 Sally:
10 4 6 - Craig, Green Bay, WI:
10 4 2 4 Deb:
9 4 3 2 Al, Germantown, WI:
8 4 4 - Mary, Appleton, WI:
8 4 4 - Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
8 4 - 4 Nicole, Madison, WI:
7 2 2 3 John E., Minneapolis, MN:
5 - 5 - Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
5 - 5 - Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC:
5 2 3 - John S.:
4 4 - - Adam E.:
4 2 0 2 Chris Ke.:
4 2 0 2 Diane Sm.:
4 1 1 2 Kelley:
4 - 2 2 Rhonda Lop.:
2 1 1 - John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI:
1 - 1 - $Tammy, Madison, WI:


Coming next Tuesday, the announcement of one of the biggest changes to my Weather Updates since I started writing them over seven years ago.


Today’s forecast grade: C


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 9am with clouds northeast and sunshine with a few sparse clouds across the rest of the state, temps are in the mid- teens north, lower 20s central and mid- 20s south. Yeah, it's almost 10am and the update is just getting sent now - thanks to working for a Lutheran organization, I get Good Friday off and Bryce actually let me sleep in for once.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: That lingering low pressure system in New England moved further east, but as a secondary low gets cut off from the main system, moisture will begin to rewrap back into Wisconsin from northeast to southwest. The sunshine most of us are getting this morning will probably be replaced by more clouds and perhaps some flurries later today.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning sunshine, then increasing clouds from the opposite direction compared to normal (northeast to southwest). Windy and cold, highs lower 20s north, 30 central, and low to mid- 30s south.

Tonight: Cloudy and breezy with snow showers or flurries. Lows near 10 above north, mid- to upper teens central and south. Chance of snow 50%.

Saturday: Cloudy and breezy with light snow showers or flurries. Highs mid- 20s north, lower 30s central, and mid- 30s south. Chance of snow 50%.

Easter Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a 95% chance of eating multi-colored hard-boiled eggs, highs lower 30s north, upper 30s central, and near 40 south.

Next Week:
Monday: Morning sunshine with increasing clouds and a chance of rain or snow late. Highs 38-43. Chance of precip Monday night 30%.
Tuesday: Windy with rain and/or snow. Does winter have one last snowstorm left in it? This system's worth keeping an eye on. Highs 40-45. Chance of precip 60%.
Wednesday: Morning snow showers, highs 41-46.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly sunny, highs upper 80s today and tomorrow. Isolated thunderstorms and upper 70s on Sunday. Hope you got home safely today!
... Record high minimum temperature set in Las Vegas today...
The low temperature at McCarran International Airport here in Las
Vegas only got down to 65 degrees. This reading broke the previous
record high minimum... or warmest low temperature... of 63 degrees
established in 1972.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy through the weekend, highs upper 50s to 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 cloudy today, breezy with rain Saturday and Sunday morning, highs near 70 today and only mid- 50s this weekend.
... A wet and unseasonably cold weekend expected...

Unseasonably cold temperatures and periods of rain will affect
southeast Texas this weekend. A cold Canadian high pressure system
will sink south and settle over the Southern Plains. A surface low
pressure system will develop near Brownsville. The pressure
gradient between these two systems will be rather tight and wind
speeds will increase... especially near the coast.

Currently... there appears to be two distinct rainy periods. The
first rain event will start early Saturday as an upper level
disturbance pushes east across the state. Rain with this first
system will average between a quarter and three-quarters of an
inch. The second rain event will develop Saturday night as the
surface low over the western Gulf begins to move northeast and
another upper level disturbance moves into the area from the west.
Another inch of rain could fall with the second system with the
heavier amounts focused along the coast. The rain should end by
Sunday afternoon. Total rainfall accumulations for the weekend will
average 1 to 2 inches with isolated totals between 3 and 4 inches
possible.

Although the calendar says it is April... there is some potential
for some wintry precipitation late Saturday afternoon and Saturday
night. Areas north of a Caldwell to Livingston line could receive
a cold rain... rain mixed with sleet... rain mixed with snow or any
combination of the above. At this time... vertical thermal profiles
of the atmosphere favor a combination of rain and sleet. The best
chance for mixed precipitation will occur between 3 PM Saturday
afternoon and 3 am Sunday morning.

Temperature records will likely be established over the weekend.
Below are the current temperature records for April 7th and 8th
and the forecast values for these dates.

Record low maximum for Saturday April 7th

Current record forecast values

Iah 55 degrees in 1973 49 degrees
gls 54 degrees in 1939 55 degrees
cll 58 degrees in 1939 48 degrees

Low minimum temperature for Sunday April 8th

Current record forecast values

Iah 34 degrees in 1939 36 degrees
gls 38 degrees in 1938 44 degrees
cll 34 degrees in 1938 34 degrees
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 today, a little more sunshine this weekend, highs lower 40s today, upper 30s tomorrow and mid- 40s Sunday.
Hard freeze warning in effect from 11 PM this evening to 10 am CDT Saturday...
Hard freeze watch in effect from Saturday evening through Sunday morning...
The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued a hard freeze
warning... which is in effect from 11 PM this evening to 10 am CDT
Saturday. A hard freeze watch has also been issued and is in
effect from Saturday evening through Sunday morning. A freeze
warning remains in effect until 9 am CDT this morning.

Large Canadian high pressure will continue to draw unseasonably
cold air into the region over the next few days. Low temperatures
tonight are forecast to range from the low to mid 20s across the
Heartland.

Low temperatures Sunday morning will be even a bit colder... with
all areas forecast to drop into the lower 20s.

Sub freezing temperatures at night can kill crops and other
sensitive vegetation. Potted plants normally left outdoors should
be covered or brought inside away from the cold.

A hard freeze warning means temperatures are imminent or highly
likely to drop to less than or equal to 26 degrees. These
conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

A freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or
highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other
sensitive vegetation.

A hard freeze watch means sub-freezing temperatures are forecast
to drop to less than or equal to 26 degrees. These conditions
could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


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


Top News:

2 missing as cruise ship sinks
• Greek cruise ship sinks off the holiday island of Santorini
• Two French passengers missing; 1,600 evacuated with 400 crew members
• Most of the passengers were from the United States
• More than a dozen ships involved in the rescue effort
SANTORINI, Greece (AP) -- Greek rescuers searched for two French tourists who were missing after the evacuation of a Greek cruise ship which ran aground off the Aegean island of Santorini on Thursday and sank on Friday, authorities said.
A 45-year-old Frenchman and his 16-year-old daughter were missing from among 1,153 passengers safely evacuated from the Greek-registerd Sea Diamond cruiser.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/04/06/greece.cruiseship.ap/index.html


Weather in the News:

Snowstorm knocks out power, closes schools
• Four states get more than a foot of snow
• Wintry weather blamed for at least one death
• More than 180,000 homes, businesses without power
• Stormy weather expected to continue through weekend
CONCORD, New Hampshire (AP) -- A spring storm brought more than a foot of snow to parts of the upper Northeast, closing schools, tangling traffic and knocking out power to more than 180,000 homes and businesses on Thursday.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/04/05/spring.storm.ap/index.html

Scientists: Lake Superior warming rapidly
• Surface temperatures on Lake Superior up 4.5 degrees since 1979
• Warmer winters mean less ice cover which mean more warming
• Levels dropping as Superior loses water to winter evaporation
DULUTH, Minnesota (AP) -- Lake Superior has been warming even faster than the climate around it since the late 1970s because of reduced ice cover, according to a study by professors at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Summer surface temperatures on the famously cold lake have increased about 4.5 degrees since 1979, compared with about a 2.7-degree increase in the region's annual average air temperature, the researchers found. The lake's "summer season" is now beginning about two weeks earlier than it did 27 years ago.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/04/06/superior.warming.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for April 5, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 11:43 AM GMT on April 05, 2007

Good Thursday morning!

TriBond

TriBond #1:
Pet goldfish
Parking Meters
The Kitty

TriBond #2:
Gross
Net
Nostradamus

TriBond #3:
Maps
Aluminum Lawn Chairs
Poor Poker Players

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


Bowling Championship
I'm happy to report this morning that our team bowled excellent last night at Village Lanes in Little Chute and we won the league championship! Winning was based on total pins only, not winning 2 of 3 games like you might expect. We won the first game by almost 100 pins and the second game by almost 50, but then we started to get some opens and the other team went a little strike happy, and they won the third game by 110, but the difference was too great to make up. So next week at the league banquet, we each will get a trophy, we'll get to sit at the head table, and we'll get a little bit more prize money. My games last night were 202, 218 and a 183, with only three opens the whole night (2 splits and one chop) and I ended the season with a 202 average, my best ever.


Today’s forecast grade: C


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for scattered flurries...along and southeast of a Sheboygan...Juneau to Madison line...to end from northwest to southeast through the morning hours. Clouds will clear locations south of this line by 8 am. Expect northwest winds of 15 to 25 mph...with gusts to 30 mph...and temperatures in the lower to middle 20s through 8 am. Wind chill readings in the single digits and teens will greet morning commuters...so bundle up.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with clouds east, a clear sky west, and a few light snow showers north, temps are in the upper teens north, lower 20s central and the low to mid- 20s south. Wind chill readings are in the single digits above zero!
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: We saw a few very brief glimpses of blue sky yesterday, but otherwise clouds, flurries and wind was the main weather story for most of Wisconsin. The slow-moving low that brought us all that stuff is over New England now, but the wind circulation behind the low is still pretty strong so look for more cold northerly winds but hopefully a bit more sunshine as well.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Becoming partly cloudy, but still windy and cold. Highs upper 20s north, 32 central, and mid- 30s south.

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy, breezy, lows upper teens central and south, near 10 above zero north.

Tomorrow: Becoming cloudy from northeast to southwest as more moisture from that same low pressure system floats back over Wisconsin. Light snow showers are possible later in the day. Still windy and cold, too, with highs only in the mid- 20s north, near 30 central, and lower 30s south. Chance of measurable snow 30%.

Extended:
Saturday: Cloudy, breezy and still cold with light snow showers or flurries. Highs 31-36. Chance of measurable snow 30%.
Sunday: Partly sunny and warmer, highs 37-42.
Next Week’s Outlook: Maybe some light rain or snow Monday night and into Tuesday, otherwise a mostly dry but still fairly cold week can be expected. Highs look to be mostly in the 40s. The normal high for this date is the upper 40s north, 50 central and the lower 50s south.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, cooler, 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: Partly cloudy, highs near 70.
... Record daily maximum rainfall set at Galveston yesterday...
A record rainfall of 1.70 inches was set at Galveston yesterday
Wednesday April 4th. This breaks the old record of 0.96 set in 1922.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine, highs upper 40s.
Freeze warning in effect until 9 am CDT this morning...
Freeze warning in effect from midnight tonight to 9 am CDT Friday...
Freeze watch in effect from late Friday night through Saturday morning...
The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued a freeze
warning... which is in effect from midnight tonight to 9 am CDT
Friday. A freeze watch has also been issued. This freeze watch is
in effect from late Friday night through Saturday morning. A large
area of Canadian high pressure will continue to draw unseasonably
cold air into the region over the next few days. Low temperatures
tonight are forecast to range from the mid 20s to near 30 degrees.

Low temperatures Saturday morning are forecast to be even
colder... ranging from near 20 to the mid 20s.

Considering we are about three weeks ahead of schedule with
respect to green up across the area... sub freezing temperatures
will make for harsh and dangerous conditions for plants and
tender vegetation.

Sub freezing temperatures at night can kill crops and other
sensitive vegetation. Potted plants normally left outdoors should
be covered or brought inside away from the cold.

A freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or
highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other
sensitive vegetation.

A freeze watch means sub-freezing temperatures are possible.
These conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.
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:

Wind, hail hammer three-state area
• Violent storms hit Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee
• Softball-size hail, wind cause damage, power outages
• Same system caused bitter cold in Plains, Midwest
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) -- Violent thunderstorms battered a three-state region with hail as big as softballs and wind that damaged several homes and caused power outages.
The storms that hit Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee marked the leading edge of a mass of cold air that dropped temperatures Wednesday morning into the 20s in the central Plains and upper Midwest.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/04/04/severe.weather.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for April 4, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:37 PM GMT on April 04, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

Chain Reaction Results

Players: 24
Little
Mermaid
Tail
Coat
Check
Mark
Twain

Other Answers:
Mountain Top (6)
Miss Turn (2)
Mermaid Top (2)
? Top/Trench (2)
Miss Trench
Mariana Trench
Muddy Trench
Closet Mark


Today’s forecast grade: D


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Snow and Blowing Snow Advisory until 9 am this morning...
Periods of snow will continue early this morning... and then
diminish during the middle to late morning hours. Another inch or
two of accumulation is expected... and that combined with blowing
and drifting snow will lead to hazardous travel conditions.

A Snow and Blowing Snow Advisory means that visibilities will be
limited due to a combination of falling and blowing snow. Use
caution when traveling... especially in open areas.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Fox Cities:
Wind Advisory until 3 PM this afternoon...
Northwest winds of 25 to 40 mph are expected today. Wind gusts to
around 45 mph are likely in most areas... with gusts to around 50
mph over Door County. The wind will start to slowly diminish
during the late afternoon and evening hours.

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

Southern Wisconsin:
Look for a band of scattered snow showers and flurries...from Elkhart Lake to Menomonee Falls...to move out over Lake Michigan between 7 am and 730 am. Expect cloudy skies and scattered flurries over all of south central and southeast Wisconsin this morning. Strong west winds of 20 to 25 mph...with gusts to between 35 and 45 mph...will continue through the morning hours. Travelers should exercise caution...especially drivers of high profile vehicles and those on north to south oriented roads...as the strong winds could cause a loss of control.

... Record daily precipitation at Milwaukee and Madison...

A record amount of precipitation fell at Milwaukee today... 1.51
inches. This breaks the previous record of 1.06 inches... which fell
on this date in 1913.

A record amount of precipitation fell at Madison today... 1.40
inches. This breaks the previous record of 1.34 inches... which fell
on this date in 1982.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with scattered light snow showers and plenty of birds chirping angrily at the very strong wind, temps are near 20 north and in the upper 20s central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A strong low pressure system just to our east is producing these very gusty winds across the Great Lakes this morning. Luckily we didn't quite get the 1-2" of expected snowfall here in Appleton yet, but we do have a good dusting on grassy areas with light snow showers still falling this morning. Eventually the snow showers will end and the wind will slow down a little bit, but clouds, cold temperatures and occasional flurries are still in the forecast through the weekend.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy and very windy with light snow showers or flurries from time to time. Little if any additional accumulations are expected. We had an overnight high of 25 north, 37 central and 33 south, but look for daytime temps close to steady in the mid- 20s north, just above 30 central and the mid- 30s south for most of the day. Chance of measurable snow 30%.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and windy. Lows upper teens.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny and breezy, highs mid- 30s central, upper 30s south.

This Weekend:
Good Friday: Mostly cloudy and colder, maybe a flurry, highs 31-36.
Saturday: Cloudy and cold with light snow showers or flurries, highs 32-37. Chance of snow 30%.
Easter Sunday: Mostly cloudy, a little warmer but maybe a flurry, highs 36-41. Isn't springtime in Wisconsin just lovely?


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly sunny, highs upper 80s.
... Record high minimum temperature set in Las Vegas for April 3...
The low temperature at mccarran Airport in Las Vegas on Tuesday
April 3rd only dropped to 62 degrees. This exceeded the previous
high minimum record of 60 degrees for this date set in 2002.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated thundershowers, then decreasing clouds, highs near 80.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Breezy with scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs mid- 70s.
... Record daily maximum rainfall set at Houston intercontinental...
A record rainfall of 1.44 inches was set at Houston intercontinental
on March 31 2007. This establishes a new record for the day and
breaks the previous rainfall record of 1.37 set in 1945.
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, breezy, highs upper 40s.
Freeze warning in effect from 2 am to 8 am CDT Thursday...
A cold front which moved through yesterday will allow freezing
temperatures to make a reappearance late Wednesday night and early
Thursday morning. The Mercury should dip to 32 degrees by shortly
after midnight along the Interstate 64 corridor... then the
freezing line will move south across the remainder of the region by
sunrise Thursday... when low temperatures will range from 28 to 30
degrees in most locales.

Light winds may inhibit the formation of a widespread or deep hard
freeze... although with lows in the upper 20s in northern
locales... it cannot be ruled out. Freezing temperatures for at
least a few hours late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning
will nevertheless pose a significant threat to the early blooms of
plant life due to the recent warm weather.

A freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or
highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other
sensitive vegetation.

Storm Report:
04/03/2007 0507 PM
2 miles SW of Evansville, Vanderburgh County.
Hail e0.75 inch, reported by trained spotter.
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:

'Very active' hurricane season predicted
• William Gray predicts five intense Atlantic hurricanes in 2007
• Forecaster expects 17 named storms
• Last year, Gray's forecast, like others, overestimated storms
• 2006 brought just five hurricanes, two of them major
DENVER, Colorado (AP) -- The 2007 Atlantic hurricane season should be "very active," with nine hurricanes and a good chance that at least one major hurricane will hit the U.S. coast, a top researcher said Tuesday.
Forecaster William Gray said he expects a total of 17 named storms this year, five of them major hurricanes with sustained winds of 111 mph or greater.
The probability of a major hurricane making landfall on the U.S. coast this year: 74 percent, compared with the average of 52 percent over the past century, he said.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/04/03/hurricane.forecast.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for April 3, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:36 PM GMT on April 03, 2007

Good Tuesday morning!

Chain Reaction
Another week of games starts right now! Can you come up with the four answers to the chain below?

Little
M_______
T_______
Coat
C_______
M_______
Twain

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


Spring 2007 Game Schedule

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


Today’s forecast grade: D+


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Winter Storm Warning from 9 am today to 9 am Wednesday...
Mixed rain and snow will develop this morning... and then change to
snow. The snow could be heavy at times... especially this afternoon
and this evening. The snow should diminish late tonight or early
Wednesday. A total snowfall of 6 to 10 inches is expected from the
storm.

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

Southern Wisconsin:
Look for showers and thunderstorms to taper off from west to east over south central Wisconsin during the morning. The steady showers and storms will move east of a Columbus to Janesville line between 815 am and 830 am...with scattered showers possible until the noon hour. Locations in southeast Wisconsin...near and south of a Lake Mills to Mequon line will see steady showers and thunderstorms between 7 am and 11 am. Some of the storms may contain heavy rainfall...with rates approaching one inch per hour...and small hail up to 1/2 inch especially near the Illinois border. Locations to the north will only see scattered showers and storms. Morning commuters should be alert for water ponding on area roads...and brief downpours of rain that will suddenly reduce visibilities to under a mile.
------------------------
Showers and thunderstorms will continue through the early morning
hours over south central and southeast Wisconsin.

One half inch to 1 inch of rainfall has fallen since midnight over
much of south central and portions of southeast Wisconsin... with
the higher totals in southern Sauk... most of Iowa and western Dane
counties.

The Rock River basin and Fox River basin are near bankfull... and
will continue to rise with the runoff from widespread light to
moderate rainfall that will persist through the morning hours.

A Flood Warning is in effect for the Rock River at Afton.

Fast responding rivers... such as the root river are also expected
to rise this morning.

Persons living near rivers and streams that are at... or
near bankfull... should closely monitor water levels and be prepared
to move to safety.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with showers and thunderstorms south, snow north, and just clouds with some mist central, temps are in the mid- 30s north, near 40 central and mid- to upper 40s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: There are two main precipitation areas in the western Great Lakes this morning. East of a low pressure system is a line of showers and thunderstorms stretching from central Michigan through southern Wisconsin and down into northern Missouri. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is issued for northwestern Illinois this morning. To the north of the low is much colder air with snow showers covering much of Minnesota and far northern Wisconsin. Some areas of northern Wisconsin could see almost a foot of snow by tomorrow morning!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy and windy with morning showers and thunderstorms likely south. Rain redeveloping central and south, then changing over to light snow central late in the day. Snow north, perhaps mixing with rain at times early this afternoon. Highs mid- 30s north, 46 central, and the lower 50s south.

Tonight: Windy with heavy snow north, scattered snow showers central, and maybe a few light snow showers or flurries south. Lows upper 20s.

Tomorrow: Cloudy, windy and cold with light snow north and east-central ending by mid-morning. Total expected snow accumulations are 6-10" north, 1-2" central, and probably just a dusting south. If the system shifts and we get enough snow where I will have to get back out my snowblower, I will not be happy. Highs low to mid- 30s.

Extended:
Thursday: Partly sunny, cold, highs 34-39.
Friday: Mostly cloudy and cold with flurries, highs 31-36.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy and cold with flurries, highs 33-38.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy and warmer, highs 41-46.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs upper 80s.
... Record high minimum temperature set in Las Vegas for April 2...
The low temperature at mccarran Airport in Las Vegas on Monday April
2nd only dropped to 68 degrees. This exceeded the previous high
minimum record of 60 degrees for this date set in 2001.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated afternoon thundershowers, highs upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

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

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

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


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


In Case You Missed It:

Top news from April 1st...
Google announces free in-home wireless broadband service
"Dark porcelain" project offers self-installed plumbing-based Internet access
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 1, 2007 - Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced the launch of Google TiSP (BETA)™, a free in-home wireless broadband service that delivers online connectivity via users' plumbing systems. The Toilet Internet Service Provider (TiSP) project is a self-installed, ad-supported online service that will be offered entirely free to any consumer with a WiFi-capable PC and a toilet connected to a local municipal sewage system.
http://www.google.com/tisp/press.html
http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/04/01/1331238

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Wisconsin Weather Update for April 2, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:41 PM GMT on April 02, 2007

Good Morning,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. Our weekend was pretty quiet as we spent most of our time at home, but we did do something fun on Tuesday evening. We went with our friends Jason and Nicole to see the Blue Man Group show "How to be a Megastar Tour 2.0" in Green Bay. It was a great show and we all really enjoyed it. We got to buy our seats before they went on sale to the general public, so we had eighth row center. Steve and I have seen the Blue Man Group twice before: once in Las Vegas and again in Chicago, but this show was a whole different experience with less funny skits and more great music. Friday evening, we had our private ballroom dance lesson on the Cha-Cha and Waltz. Saturday, I had my morning water exercise class, then we spent the day at home. Sunday, we were greeters and Steve was a reader at church. After church we had a carryout lunch from the new Chicago UNO's restaurant at our house with our friends Clair and Becky, who were in town from Rhinelander.

Bryce Update:
Not too much is new with Bryce except that now when he's telling someone good bye, instead of just waving, he'll wave and say "bye bye." He'll also go get his shoes and coat when he wants to let us know that he wants to go outside and play. Steve has been teaching him how to throw a mini-football for some time now, but this weekend he taught Bryce how to catch as well. He will hold his hands out and as long as Steve throws the ball into his hands, he'll catch it and be very proud of himself for doing so. Well that wraps up our update, have a great week.


Today’s forecast grade: B


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
...Return of cold weather...

Strong northwest winds will develop behind a low pressure system
Tuesday night. These strong winds will pull unseasonably cold air
across southern Wisconsin. Daytime temperatures on Wednesday will
remain in the 30s...with wind chills in the teens to lower 20s.

Some light snow may accompany the surge of colder air Tuesday
night with light accumulations possible.

Temperatures will remain well below normal through the end of the
week with a slight modification expected over the weekend. A more
noticeable warm up is expected early next week.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with cloudy and breezy conditions, temps are in the mid- 30s north, near 40 central and the lower 40s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Brewers or Dodgers? Ohio State or Florida? I'm hoping for the former in both cases, but today will feel about 20-degrees warmer than Opening Day usually feels (but don't worry, typical Opening Day weather will be here by Wednesday). Rain will begin developing this evening ahead of a strengthening low pressure system in the Rocky Mountains. Severe weather is not anticipated with this round of storms, but then again, the Storm Prediction Center said that about this weekend's storms and Madison was briefly under a Tornado Warning Saturday evening. A big trough in the upper-air jet stream will move in behind the low, making the rest of the week feel more like early December than early April...except without all the pretty outdoor lights to look at.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Clouds for now, hopefully a few breaks of sunshine later this morning before things cloud up again late in the day. Breezy, highs upper 40s north, 54 central, and upper 50s south.

Tonight: Cloudy and breezy with showers and thunderstorms likely. Lows near 30 north, upper 30s central, and lower 40s south. Chance of rain 80%.

Tomorrow: Cloudy and breezy with more scattered showers and thunderstorms. Rain could change over to light snow north later in the day. Highs near 40 north, upper 40s central, and mid- 50s south. Chance of precip 70%.

Tomorrow Night: I don't normally include tomorrow night's forecast so you're probably already on edge for what I'm about to say. Windy and colder with rain changing over to snow. 3-5" of snow accumulation is possible north, 1-2" central, and less than 1" south. Lows upper 20s with wind chills in the teens. Don't tell me you already put away your shovel and ice scrapers for the season! You should know better than that! Chance of precip 60%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Cloudy, breezy and much colder with light snow showers or flurries. Highs 35-40. Chance of snow 30%.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy and cold with flurries, highs 36-41.
Friday: Mostly cloudy and colder yet with flurries, highs 32-37.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with more cold and flurries, highs 36-41.
Sunday: Partly sunny, a little warmer, highs 40-45.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, 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: Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing, highs lower 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

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

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


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


Top News:

Tommy Thompson to seek Republican nomination
• Former HHS secretary Tommy Thompson formally announced presidential bid
• Thompson, a Republican, served four terms as governor of Wisconsin
• Thompson said he is "very, very optimistic" about his future
• "I am the reliable conservative, my record shows that," he said
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson officially announced his bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination Sunday, telling ABC's "This Week" he is confident about his chances.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/04/01/election.thompson/index.html


Weather in the News:

13 dead following Solomons tsunami
• 13 dead, several people missing, Solomon Islands government says
• Tsunami warning issued for other Pacific Rim nations
• Earthquake estimated to be around 220 miles northwest of Honiara
• USGS: 8.0 magnitude quake was followed by 6.7 magnitude tremor
(CNN) -- At least 13 people died in the Solomon Islands Monday after two earthquakes and a tsunami hit the western part of the island-chain nation, the country's chief spokesman said.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/04/02/quake/index.html

NWS HotSeat - The NWS Warning Decision Simulator
Learn what goes into the decision-making process for issuing Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado Warnings with this simulator game!
It takes 15-25 minutes to play a full game.
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ffc/HotSeat/hotseatstart.shtml

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Elevation: 735 ft
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Dew Point: 65.9 °F
Humidity: 99%
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 1.6 mph
Updated: 10:04 AM CDT on October 02, 2014

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