Wisconsin Weather Update

Wisconsin Weather Update for May 30, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 11:33 AM GMT on May 30, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

TriBond
Submit what you can answer, or get all three correct for a bonus point! You have until tomorrow night to get your answers in.

TriBond #1:
Marshmallows
Chestnuts
Friars Club Comedians

TriBond #2:
Pasadena Procession
Soldier's Rest
National Newspaper Magazine

TriBond #3:
School Students
Circuit Breakers
A Parents Patience

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


Chain Reaction
You still have a day and a half to get in your answers from yesterday's Chain Reaction. Judging by the answers and comments I've gotten in so far, people are saying that it was a little easier than usual, so if they normally stump you, give this one a try!

Crushed
I_______
A_______
Range
T_______
G_______
Powder

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


General Poll:
On an average day, what is your level of stress?
High
Medium
Low
What, me worry?
Vote:
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/223944
Archive:
http://www.lutheransonline.com/poll


Today’s Mood: Optimistic. Well the Milwaukee Brewers finally remembered that they are the Milwaukee Brewers, losing 13 of their last 18 games and snapping a six-game losing streak last night. Despite all this, they still have a 5.5 game lead in the NL Central and are 6 games above .500! I said before all this that winning baseball in April and early May is good because then we can lose more games in May and still be above .500...little did I know that we'd almost relive our 1987 season where the team won 13 games in a row to start the season, only to lose 12 in a row in May.

Today’s Holiday: My Bucket's Got A Hole In It Day / Water a Flower Day (I like the name of the first one better)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: B


NowCast: (Source: National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for isolated showers to push into Waukesha County. In addition isolated showers over Rock County should push into southeast parts of Dane County...and far southwest Jefferson County after 5 am. The showers were moving north at 20 mph.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with a sun/cloud mix along with a few areas of fog, temps are in the lower 60s north and central and the upper 60s south. And oh yeah, there's an isolated shower in southeastern Wisconsin.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: This week is really going to remind you of a tropical environment. While we won't necessarily have storms you can set your watch to like in Florida, you'll see a somewhat consistent pattern in the forecast with clouds, warmth, some humidity and scattered storms each day, but probably no all-day rains. A nearly-stationary frontal boundary still in the eastern Dakotas is what's bringing us this action, but no storms over the next few days are expected to reach severe levels.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Some morning sunshine, otherwise becoming mostly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms developing, very similar to yesterday. Highs near 80 north, 83 central, mid- 80s south. Chance of rain 25%.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Lows near 60. Chance of rain 50%.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy and a little cooler with scattered showers and thunderstorms, diminishing late. Highs lower 70s north, mid- 70s central, mid- to upper 70s south. Chance of rain 50%.

This Weekend:
Friday: Morning sunshine with increasing clouds and a chance of showers and thunderstorms late. A little warmer, highs 76-81. Chance of rain during the day 25% but 50% Friday night.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy and cooler with showers and thunderstorms likely. Highs 69-74. Chance of rain 60%.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms. Highs 69-74. Chance of rain 30%.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Morning fog, then partly cloudy today and tomorrow, highs lower 80s.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 9 am EDT this morning...
Areas of dense fog with visibilities of 1/4 mile or less will
continue to impact portions of southeast South Carolina and
southeast Georgia through mid morning. Visibilities may drop to
near zero at times near low lying areas such as ditches...
marshes and rivers. The fog will quickly burn off after 9 am.
Dense fog has already been reported in Savannah... Statesboro...
Metter... North Charleston... Walterboro and Goose Creek.

Be especially cautious in and near school zones and bus stops.
Watch for flashing yellow or red signals on school buses and be
on the lookout for school children.

Be on the lookout for sudden changes in visibilities. The nature
of the fog is such that visibilities will drop quickly in short
distances. If driving... slow down... use your low beam
headlights... and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.

locally dense fog across the area... areas of fog will persist across much of southeast South Carolina and southeast Georgia through 8 am. Visibilities will generally range from 3 to 5 miles...but may become locally dense with visibilities 1/4 mile or less at times. The lowest visibilities will be found near marshes...rivers...ditches and other low lying areas. Motorists should remain alert for rapidly changing visibilities this morning. Be sure to use your low beam headlights whenever fog is encountered and leave plenty of room between vehicles. The fog will quickly burn off after sunrise.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

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

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Partly sunny today, isolated storms tomorrow, highs mid- to upper 80s. Particulate Matter Action Day.
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:

Google Maps new feature-Street View!!
Google Maps just released a new feature that lets you actually look around the street. Seems to only be working in major cities for now.
http://www.digg.com/programming/Google_Maps_new_feature_Street_View
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=new+york+new+york&ie=UTF8&ll=40.714997,-74.006653&spn=0.741 123,1.277161&z=10&iwloc=addr&om=1&layer=c


Weather in the News:

Hailstorm sends Denver residents scrambling
• Grape-size hail blankets downtown streets
• Hail piles up 4 inches deep, closes amusement park
• Rain soaks Plains states from Colorado to Minnesota
• Tornado warnings issued in Colorado, Nebraska
DENVER, Colorado (AP) -- Grape-size hail pummeled the city on Tuesday, blanketing downtown streets, startling drivers and pedestrians, and piling up 4 inches deep at an amusement park.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/05/29/severe.weather.ap/index.html

Planet-hunters find bonanza of new solar systems
• 28 new planets found outside our solar system in the past year
• Scientists: There could be billions of habitable planets out there
• Four of the solar systems have multiple planets
• "Our home is not a rarity in the universe" says astronomer Geoffrey Marcy
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Planet-seekers who have spotted 28 new planets orbiting other stars in the past year say Earth's solar system is far from unique and there could be billions of habitable planets.
The most recent planet discoveries bring the number of known exoplanets -- planets outside our solar system -- to 236, the researchers told a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Honolulu Monday.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/space/05/29/space.exoplanets.reut/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 29, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 11:38 AM GMT on May 29, 2007

Good morning and Happy Tuesday.
This is Lisa and Steve with our weekend and baby update and I hope you all enjoyed your long weekend. We had a busy day on Sunday but Saturday and Monday we didn't do too much other than stuff around the house, playing with Bryce, and catching up on some of our TV shows we fell behind on (we're getting close to being done with 24, and Lost will follow ). But Sunday was a great day. Our friends Dave and Diane and Phil and Nicole came up from Madison and we all went to the Lion King broadway musical at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. We all really enjoyed the show, and Lisa and I think it might be second only to Les Miserables for the best show we've ever seen. After the show we had a tasty fondue dinner at the Melting Pot. Mmmm! Well that wraps up our weekend.

As for Bryce, his attention span is continuing to get noticeably longer, and you always have to watch not only your words, but your actions, as he loves to mimic what we do. Steve and Bryce brush their teeth at the same time every evening, and he's got it to a point where he mimics everything down to the head bobbing as Steve brushes different sides of his teeth. Bryce was cheering on contestants from Deal or No Deal this weekend, clapping with them and yelling "yay!" and words that sounded somewhat like "No Deal!" He loves reading books and tries to pronounce more and more words from the books with mixed results. He's starting to use phrases from time to time as well, and the one he's using the most is when he wants something, he'll say "Help me." The crib to big boy bed transition is still going, and he can not only climb out of his crib, but now he can climb into it as well, so we'll put him in one spot only to find him in the other when we go in and check on him. It's kind of funny. But even with his regular progress, it's still hard to believe he'll be two years old in just over a month!


Update Schedule
My update schedule this week will be today, tomorrow, and Friday.

Chain Reaction
The last regular-points week of the Spring 2007 regular season starts right now! Since this is a four-day work week, I will make the rules similar to a few weeks ago when I wrote updates two days in a row and then again on Friday. You have until Thursday night to get your answers in for today's Chain Reaction and tomorrow's TriBond. Have fun!

Crushed
I_______
A_______
Range
T_______
G_______
Powder

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


Spring 2007 Game Schedule

Week #11:
Chain Reaction
TriBond
Double Point Week:
Family Feud
Chain Reaction
Outburst
Would You Rather...
Playoffs:
All Eight Games


Today’s Holiday: End Of The Middle Ages Day (hurray!)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: B


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with a mix of clouds and sunshine, temps are in the upper 50s north and near or just above 60 central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: After a great 3-day weekend with seasonable temperatures and sunshine for most of it, a wet forecast is planned for your shortened work week and next weekend. Low pressure and its trailing cold front are dumping a lot of rain across the Plains, and as this storm moves eastward, look for showers and thunderstorms to become likely and stick around for a few days. A nearly stationary warm front slowly moving through western Wisconsin this morning may give us a passing shower, but most of today should remain dry.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly sunny with an isolated thundershower possible this afternoon (slightly better odds north). Highs near 80 north, 81 central, and mid- 80s south. Chance of rain 40% north, 25% central, and 20% south.

Tonight: Variably cloudy, lows near 60.

Tomorrow: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs upper 70s north, near 80 central, and lower 80s south. Chance of rain 40%.

Extended:
Thursday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 74-79. Chance of rain 50%.
Friday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 74-79. Chance of rain 50%.
Saturday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 69-74. Chance of rain 60%.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, maybe a shower, highs 70-75. Chance of rain 30%.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Morning fog, then sunshine, highs near 80.
Patchy fog had developed across the area away from the immediate coast prior to sunrise this morning. Some of this mostly shallow fog was occasionally dense with visibilities less than 1/2 mile. Motorists should be alert for rapidly changing visibilities and allow for a little extra travel time. The fog should burn off before 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: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, breezy, highs lower 80s.
Flood Watch in effect until 4 PM CDT this afternoon...
slow moving showers and thunderstorms continue to develop across
extreme southeast portions of southeast Texas this morning.
National Weather Service Doppler radar estimates that 1 to 2
inches of rainfall has already fallen across northern portions
of Chambers County in the last hour and an additional 1 to 3
inches of rainfall could fall across the area. In addition... an
upper level disturbance across northwest Texas this morning will
move eastward today producing another round of showers and
thunderstorms across the watch area today. Rainfall amounts of 1
to 2 inches can be expected by this afternoon... with isolated
totals of 2 to 4 inches possible. This additional rain falling
on already saturated ground will create the potential for
significant flooding.

* A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be
alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone
to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding
develop. Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water
covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow
your car to cross safely. Vehicles caught in rising water should
be abandoned quickly. If your vehicle stalls... abandon it and
seek higher ground immediately. Rapidly rising water may engulf
your vehicle and its occupants and sweep them away. Move to
higher ground. Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or your local media
for the later updates on this situation.
----------------------------
Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop along and east of Interstate 45 and southward into the Gulf east of Freeport. Precipitation will move north around 10 mph and may increase in areal coverage toward morning. Rainfall amounts will average around a quarter inch with isolated totals to 1 inch possible by sunrise.
----------------------------
... Record daily maximum rainfall set at Houston intercontinental...
A record rainfall of 1.47 inches was set at Houston intercontinental
today. This breaks the old record of 1.09 inches set in 1975.
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 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


Weather in the News:

Rain pelts Texas, Oklahoma as storm lingers
• Parts of Texas to get 3 to 5 inches of rain
• Stranded campers now able to leave Oklahoma park
• Storm blamed for five deaths; two men presumed dead
• Two dozen rescued from Texas river Sunday
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Rain soaked the Plains states on Monday in a lingering storm blamed for five dead, two missing and more than 1,000 people stranded over the Memorial Day weekend. The storm's latest lashing caused some minor flooding and road closures.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/05/28/plains.storms.ap/index.html

Study: Small Parks Could Cool Big Cities
A little bit of greenery in urban areas can cool off the hotter and stickier summers that city residents face as a result of global warming, new research show.
An additional 10 percent more green space could reduce surface temperatures by 7 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a team of British scientists.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,273773,00.html?sPage=fnc.science/naturalscience

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 25, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:58 PM GMT on May 25, 2007

TGIF!

Mad Gab Results
Easy ones this time around - almost everyone got them all right.

Players: 24
Gab #1 (24/24): Us Who Veneer = A souvenir (no points taken away for those who didn't know how to spell it!)

Gab #2 (23/24): Us Hope Rye Yet Detest = A sobriety test

Gab #3 (24/24): End Us Trees Tanned Herds = Industry standards

Bonus Point Entries:
4: Cory S. (7:56am Wednesday)
14: Mary Be. (10:26am Wednesday)
24: Kelley (7:09am Friday)


Spring 2007 Point Standings
Not much change on the leaderboard with almost everyone in the top ten getting 7 points. There's still next week and double point week the week after, so there's still time to make your move!

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Name City
78 4 8 8 8 10 8 8 7 9 8 Perfect Score
72 4 8 8 7 10 8 7 4 9 7 Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
66 4 7 6 5 10 5 8 5 9 7 Becky T. and Dad:
64 4 6 8 5 7 6 7 5 9 7 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
64 4 6 8 4 8 7 8 5 7 7 Raessa:
62 4 8 8 5 8 4 6 5 7 7 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
59 4 3 8 6 10 6 7 1 7 7 Angie:
58 4 5 6 6 8 5 6 4 9 5 $Brian, Madison, WI:
55 4 8 4 4 7 7 3 4 7 7 $Greg, Madison, WI:
54 4 8 8 6 1 3 2 6 9 7 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
54 4 8 6 5 8 7 5 3 1 7 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
47 4 8 4 4 2 7 6 5 1 6 Tony:
45 - 5 - 7 7 8 2 3 9 4 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
44 4 4 8 2 6 6 6 4 2 2 $Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
44 4 6 6 2 8 6 - 3 2 7 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
43 4 4 - 2 10 6 - 6 6 5 Mary, Appleton, WI:
42 4 4 - 3 7 4 3 2 10 5 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
41 4 8 4 4 3 7 - 4 1 6 Bethany:
41 4 3 7 7 4 3 - 2 7 4 Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
40 4 2 4 4 2 7 1 4 8 4 Deb:
39 4 4 3 6 4 5 - 6 2 5 Sally:
37 4 6 2 1 2 6 5 4 2 5 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
36 4 5 4 5 1 6 2 2 4 3 Steve L.:
29 4 5 2 3 - 6 - 6 - 3 Mom:
29 - 4 8 3 2 3 6 1 - 2 Morgan:
22 2 0 2 5 2 4 2 1 0 4 Diane Sm.:
22 - - - - 4 3 2 5 2 6 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
21 1 1 2 3 - 6 - 4 - 4 Kelley:
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:
16 4 3 2 - 1 - - - 2 4 Al, Germantown, WI:
16 - - - - - 2 0 6 - 8 Cory S. Kaukauna, WI
15 2 0 2 1 1 3 - - 2 4 Chris Ke.:
15 2 2 3 4 4 - - - - - John E., St. Paul, MN:
15 - 2 2 2 2 - 0 3 - 4 Rhonda Lop.:
14 4 1 6 - - 3 - - - - Jan, Berlin, WI:
12 1 1 - - - 3 - 3 - 4 John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI:
8 - - - - - 1 0 5 2 0 Patty:
5 - - - - 2 - - - 1 2 Jen:
5 - 5 - - - - - - - - Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC:
5 2 3 - - - - - - - - John S.:
4 4 - - - - - - - - - Adam E.:
1 - 1 - - - - - - - - $Tammy, Madison, WI:



Bark in the Park
On Saturday, June 2nd, our family (including our dog Kozmo) will be walking in the annual Bark in the Park. This walk benefits the
Fox Valley Humane Association, which serves the greater Fox Valley area as a resource for pets and people, providing protection and quality care for all animals as well as educational programs and animal welfare services for the community. If you'd like to pledge us, click the link below. Local pets in need thank you for your consideration!
http://www.firstgiving.com/stevehale


General Poll:
Will the price of gas impact your Memorial Day weekend plans?
Yes
Maybe
No
Vote:
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/223944
Archive:
http://www.lutheransonline.com/poll


Today’s Mood: Good but was annoyed. How long does it take for a network television show to simply tell you who got more votes in a singing competition? Apparently just over two hours. As several newspapers noted (see links below), if you were watching the American Idol finale on your TiVo, DVR or VCR, the 2-hour recording stopped during the last commercial break before they announced the winner. You had to set your recording to tape it ten minutes past the normal end time to catch it. Seeing as how most people didn't think to do that, you had to either search for a video of it on You-Tube (which is how Lisa and I caught the ending) or catch the result on the news. This is almost as lame as arriving to work yesterday only to find that your computer's master boot record was accidentally wiped by an overnight patch, essentially turning it into an expensive paperweight!
http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_5977156
http://blogs.mercurynews.com/aei/2007/05/american_idol_who_won_if_you_didnt_set_your_dvr_correctly_ you_missed_out.html
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/tv/la-et-idol25may25,1,3634669.story?coll=la-headlines-en tnews
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/posttech/2007/05/american_idol_fox_tivo_rage.html?nav=rss_blog

Today’s Holiday: National Missing Children's Day and National Tap Dance Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: A-


Important Weather Statements: (Source: National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin Storm Reports:
05/24/2007 0316 PM
Rhinelander, Oneida County.
Thunderstorm wind gust m48.00 mph, reported by ASOS.

05/24/2007 0322 PM
Rhinelander, Oneida County.
Thunderstorm wind damage, reported by law enforcement.
Trees down around Rhinelander.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Fox Cities Record:
... Record high temperature tied today at Green Bay...
At 134 PM this afternoon... the temperature at Austin straubel
Airport in Green Bay reached 88 degrees. This ties the record
high temperature for this date... which was also last set in
1972.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin NowCast and High Wind Report:
Areas of shallow ground fog will continue across south central Wisconsin through 730 am...then rapidly dissipate. The fog may briefly reduce the visibility to less than one mile. Early morning commuters should be cautious when encountering the patchy ground fog.

... Strong winds cause some tree damage on Thursday...
Strong south winds developed Thursday morning across south central
and southeast Wisconsin... and persisted through the afternoon.
The south winds were caused by strong low level mixing of the
atmospheric boundary layer ahead of an approaching cold front.

Sustained winds of 20 to 35 mph were common... with gusts as high
as 47 mph. Trees and branches being blown down were reported in
Fontana in Walworth County and Fox Lake in Dodge County.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


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

Synopsis: Behind yesterday's cold front, which generated strong winds, very warm temperatures and some minor storm damage, we'll see cooler and less humid conditions today along with plenty of sunshine courtesy of a high pressure system centered in Iowa. Another storm system looks to move through tomorrow, but Sunday and Memorial Day should be dry.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny, cooler and less humid. Highs mid- 60s north, 68 central, and near 70 south.

Tonight: Increasing clouds, lows upper 40s central and south, near 40 north.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing. There's a slight risk for severe weather tomorrow across Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Highs upper 60s north, near 70 central, lower 70s south. Chance of rain 50%.

Sunday: Partly cloudy with a 50% good chance of fast cars driving in Indianapolis (the Indy 500 could see some storms, but at least it's in HD this year). Highs lower 60s north, mid- 60s central, upper 60s south.

Memorial Day: Partly sunny, maybe a storm Monday night. Highs upper 60s north and central, lower 70s south. Chance of rain Monday night 30%.

Next Week:
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 73-78. Chance of rain 40%.
Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 71-76. Chance of rain 50%.
Thursday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 66-71. Chance of rain 40%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine all weekend, highs lower 90s today and upper 90s this weekend.
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, more sunshine this weekend, highs upper 70s but in the 80s inland.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: A chance of storms today and Monday. Highs low to mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Isolated storms every day, highs 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


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

More News Articles:
http://del.icio.us/hail27

Weather Talk Message Board
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493

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Favorite News Articles:
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April 2007 Forecast Stats:
Forecasts 17
Error Points 32
Average 1.88
Error > 4 2
% Within 4 88%
Bulls-Eye 4
% Bulls-Eye 24%

Subscriber Tally: 94

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 23, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 11:42 AM GMT on May 23, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

Family Feud Results

Players: 32
Topic #1: Name an appliance you keep plugged in all the time
Refrigerator (21) - 2 points
Toaster (3) - 1 point
Microwave (2)
Stove (2)
TV (2)
Hair Dryer
Coffeemaker

Topic #2: Besides a pole, name something a fisherman uses
Bait/Worms/Lure (23) - 2 points
Hook (4) - 1 point
Net (2)
Boat
Reel
Beer koozie that hangs around their necks (http://www.beerneck.com/what.htm)


Mad Gab

Gab #1: Us Who Veneer

Gab #2: Us Hope Rye Yet Detest

Gab #3: End Us Trees Tanned Herds

Bonus Point Entries: 4, 14, 24

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


Weather Update Poll:
Who wins tonight?
Blake
Jordin
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847
Archive:
http://vote.sparklit.com/archive.spark?archiveID=334188


General Poll:
When eating in a restaurant with good service, I usually tip the server…
More than 20%
15-20%
10-15%
Less than 10%
I don't tip.
Vote:
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/223944
Archive:
http://www.lutheransonline.com/poll


Today’s Mood: Tired but amused. Want a good laugh? Go to Google Maps and type in "New York to London." Make sure to note step #21. For more laughs, check out these warning labels that were giving us some giggles yesterday. [http://www.rinkworks.com/said/warnings.shtml] The best part about goofy warning labels is that someone probably did each of these things, making the warning label legally necessary.

Today’s Holiday: Lucky Penny Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: B+


NowCast: (Source: National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Scattered showers will affect south central and southeast Wisconsin through the early morning. Rainfall will remain light...less than one tenth inch. The leading edge of the showers extended from near Dodgeville to Monroe and Rockford Illinois. The showers were moving to the northeast at 25 mph.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with clouds, isolated showers, and warm temperatures, we're already in the low to mid- 60s north, mid- to upper 60s central, and upper 60s to near 70 south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A warm front moved through yesterday, giving us not too many clouds but much warmer southerly winds. We'll stay underneath the umbrella of warmth for at least another day or two, but a trailing cold front currently in the eastern Dakotas will eventually make its way here by tomorrow, giving us scattered thunderstorms over the next 36 hours and cooler weather for the weekend.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy and breezy with isolated showers this morning. Scattered showers and thunderstorms could redevelop later today, but most of the action should stay to our northwest. Warm highs in the upper 70s north, near 80 central, and lower 80s south. Chance of rain 40% north, 25% central and south.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and breezy with scattered showers and thunderstorms, again more focused to the north and west. Lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain 60% north, 30% central, 25% south.

Tomorrow: Cloudy, windy and still warm with scattered showers and thunderstorms gradually moving through the rest of Wisconsin as well. There's a slight risk of severe weather across all of Wisconsin tomorrow. Highs lower 70s north, mid- to upper 70s central, and upper 70s to near 80 south. Chance of rain 60%.

This Weekend:
Friday: Partly cloudy and cooler behind the cold front, highs 68-73.
Saturday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 69-74. Chance of rain 50%.
Sunday: Partly cloudy and cooler, highs 61-66. I think almost every Sunday has been cool this season.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, breezy, highs mid- 80s today and lower 90s tomorrow.
Strong northerly winds continue across much of the Las Vegas Valley this morning. Speeds of 20 to 30 mph with occasional gusts up to 40 mph have been reported at multiple locations. The gusty winds are expected to continue for much of the morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy and breezy over the next few days, 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 today and tomorrow, highs low to mid- 80s.
Through 7 am...scattered showers will move to the north northwest at 15 to 20 mph out of the Gulf waters and into the eastern portions of southeast Texas...generally along and east of a line from Jamaica Beach to Houston to Riverside to Weches. Rainfall amounts will average under 1/4 of an inch with isolated 1/4 to 1/2 inch amounts possible where training develops.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine today and tomorrow, very warm, highs mid- to upper 80s. Ozone Action Day.
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:

Experts predict 'active' hurricane season
• Forecasters predict seven to 10 hurricanes this season
• Expert: Florida 4 times as likely to be hit, Texas twice as likely
• El Nino over, making way for more storms on East, Gulf coasts
• Last year, there were 10 tropical storms in the Atlantic
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Government forecasters called for a busier than normal hurricane season Tuesday.
National Weather Service forecasters said they expect 13 to 17 tropical storms, with seven to 10 of them becoming hurricanes.
The forecast follows that of two other leading storm experts in anticipating a busy season.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/05/22/hurricane.forecast.ap/index.html

Schwarzenegger accuses government on warming
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California and fellow Republican Gov. Jodi Rell of Connecticut accused the U.S. government on Monday of "inaction and denial" on global warming.
"It's bad enough that the federal government has yet to take the threat of global warming seriously, but it borders on malfeasance for it to block the efforts of states such as California and Connecticut that are trying to protect the public's health and welfare," the governors wrote in The Washington Post.
http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2007-05-21T151813Z_01_N21316264 _RTRUKOC_0_US-CLIMATE-SCHWARZENEGGER-RELL.xml

Strong evidence of wet past on Mars
• NASA's Spirit rover uncovers silica deposit on Mars
• Scientist: Water would have been necessary to produce such a large deposit
• Conditions may have been favorable for the emergence of primitive life
• It's still unclear how the silica deposit formed
PASADENA, California (AP) -- The Mars rover Spirit has uncovered the strongest evidence yet that the planet used to be wetter than previously thought, scientists reported Monday.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/space/05/22/mars.rovers.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 21, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:17 PM GMT on May 21, 2007

Good Morning and Happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope you all had a great weekend. My weekend was very busy, while Steve spent most of his weekend home with Bryce. Saturday I had a my Inspired Aroma Coffee and Tea tasting party. It was fun and we enjoyed tasting different flavors of coffee and tea. If you like coffee and/or tea and would like to place an order, you can check out their catalog online and send us an email with your order by next Tuesday. Yesterday I walked in the Cellcom Half Marathon in Green Bay. It was 13.1 miles and I finished in 3:33:23 which gave me a pace of 16:17 minutes per mile. This time was an improvement from my time last year for the Fox Cities Half Marathon in September 2006, which I finished in 3:49:24. Besides his softball game last night and greeting at church yesterday morning, Steve stayed home this weekend, watching Bryce, getting some chores done, and also getting in some Playstation 2 and Nintendo Wii time.

Well that wraps up our weekend but we do have a couple of things new with Bryce. He is starting to have a little longer attention span. He enjoys watching his kids TV shows like Barney and Thomas and Friends on PBS Sprout, and he now watches for more than 10 minutes at a time. Last night we watched Shrek 2 and Bryce watched almost the whole movie. He was playing with his toys for part of the time but was also still paying attention to the movie. The big boy bed is still going well for the most part. He will usually fall asleep there, although there have been a couple times where he's either really cranky or really wants to go in his crib instead, so we've put him in there. But most of the time he goes in the big boy bed, and after Steve had the idea of keeping the door open instead of closed when he goes to bed, Bryce has stopped climbing out and banging on our door when he wakes up in the middle of the night. Well that's about all that's new. Have a great week.


Family Feud
Another week of games starts right now! With Family Feud, the challenge is not just coming up with an answer. The challenge is coming up with the most popular answer!

Topic #1: Name an appliance you keep plugged in all the time

Topic #2: Besides a pole, name something a fisherman uses

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


Spring 2007 Game Schedule

Week #10:
Family Feud
Mad Gab
Week #11:
Chain Reaction
TriBond
Double Point Week:
Family Feud
Chain Reaction
Outburst
Would You Rather...
Playoffs:
All Eight Games


Today’s Holiday: National Memo Day and National Waitresses/Waiters Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: B


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

Synopsis: Do you remember what early November felt like? You should if you were outside at all yesterday! We had a cloudy, breezy, and gloomy day with Appleton only reaching 52 on the Mercury scale yesterday and most other Wisconsin locales' Mercury stopping in the 50s to the lower 60s. Today will be much different though - after some morning clouds and isolated showers, we'll see a bit of sunshine and much warmer temperatures filter back into the state.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning clouds and isolated showers, then becoming partly sunny and warmer this afternoon. Breezy, high of 67 central, mid- 60s north, but warming into the upper 70s south. Chance of rain this morning 20%.

Tonight: Partly cloudy and breezy, lows lower 50s.

Tomorrow: Morning sunshine with increasing clouds in the afternoon and a 25% chance of thundershowers in the evening, highs upper 70s north and central, near or just above 80 south.

Extended:
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy and breezy with scattered thunderstorms developing, highs 76-81. Chance of rain 40%.
Thursday: Partly sunny and cooler, highs 70-75.
Friday: Increasing clouds and winds with showers and thunderstorms Friday night. Highs 68-73. Chance of rain Friday night 40%.
Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms, highs 67-72. Chance of rain 50%.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 64-69.
Memorial Day: Partly cloudy, highs 64-69.


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

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

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered storms today and tomorrow, 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 today and tomorrow, highs lower 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


Weather/Space in the News:

Math figures in new gauge of hurricane intensity
Just two weeks before the start of hurricane season, federal scientists announced that they have devised a way to get frequent, real-time measurements of a storm's intensity shortly before landfall.
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/4814962.html

15 Year Old Disproves Man-Made Global Warming Hype
I will demonstrate that the Earth’s warming climate is a result of natural variance and that man made changes in the warming climate in the last 40 years are negligible at best.
http://home.earthlink.net/~ponderthemaundercf/id12.html

Global warming debunked
Climate change will be considered a joke in five years time, meteorologist Augie Auer told the annual meeting of Mid Canterbury Federated Farmers in Ashburton this week.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaruherald/4064691a6571.html

NASA Planet-Hunting Mission Could Find Spock's Homeworld
NASA's upcoming planet-finding mission SIM PlanetQuest will scan the star system 40 Eridani for signs of a habitable planet. If found, that planet would be the real-life counterpart of the fictional planet of "Vulcan," well-known in the "Star Trek" unive
http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/070518_vulcan_planet.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 18, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:47 PM GMT on May 18, 2007

TGIF!

Wheel of Fortune Results

Players: 15
Puzzle #1 (13/15):
N O B O D Y
K N O W S
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE CFYI
Point Value: 3

Puzzle #2 (14/15):
H A B I T A T
F O R
H U M A N I T Y
Category: Proper Name
Used Letters: RSTLNE DHPU
Point Value: 1

Puzzle #3 (14/15):
C R I S P Y
B A C O N
Category: Food and Drink
Used Letters: RSTLNE GKPA
Point Value: 1


Spring 2007 Point Standings
Mark your calendars! Double point week will be June 4-8 and the playoffs will be the week of June 11-15. There are only three more weeks left of the regular season, which is actually two more weeks than we had during the Winter session. And congrats to Max, who made me get out a new color after getting a better than perfect week since he got extra credit for providing a question for Monday's Rather game. Brian F. is still dominating this season, but how will the rookie playing in his first full season close it out? Like a lion, or a lamb?

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Name City
70 4 8 8 8 10 8 8 7 9 Perfect Score
65 4 8 8 7 10 8 7 4 9 Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
59 4 7 6 5 10 5 8 5 9 Becky T. and Dad:
57 4 6 8 5 7 6 7 5 9 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
57 4 6 8 4 8 7 8 5 7 Raessa:
55 4 8 8 5 8 4 6 5 7 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
53 4 5 6 6 8 5 6 4 9 $Brian, Madison, WI:
52 4 3 8 6 10 6 7 1 7 Angie:
48 4 8 4 4 7 7 3 4 7 $Greg, Madison, WI:
47 4 8 8 6 1 3 2 6 9 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
47 4 8 6 5 8 7 5 3 1 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
42 4 4 8 2 6 6 6 4 2 $Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
41 - 5 - 7 7 8 2 3 9 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
41 4 8 4 4 2 7 6 5 1 Tony:
38 4 4 - 2 10 6 - 6 6 Mary, Appleton, WI:
37 4 6 6 2 8 6 - 3 2 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
37 4 4 - 3 7 4 3 2 10 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
37 4 3 7 7 4 3 - 2 7 Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
36 4 2 4 4 2 7 1 4 8 Deb:
35 4 8 4 4 3 7 - 4 1 Bethany:
34 4 4 3 6 4 5 - 6 2 Sally:
33 4 5 4 5 1 6 2 2 4 Steve L.:
32 4 6 2 1 2 6 5 4 2 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
27 - 4 8 3 2 3 6 1 - Morgan:
26 4 5 2 3 - 6 - 6 - Mom:
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:
18 2 0 2 5 2 4 2 1 0 Diane Sm.:
17 1 1 2 3 - 6 - 4 - Kelley:
16 - - - - 4 3 2 5 2 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
15 2 2 3 4 4 - - - - John E., St. Paul, MN:
14 4 1 6 - - 3 - - - Jan, Berlin, WI:
12 4 3 2 - 1 - - - 2 Al, Germantown, WI:
11 2 0 2 1 1 3 - - 2 Chris Ke.:
11 - 2 2 2 2 - 0 3 - Rhonda Lop.:
8 - - - - - 2 0 6 - Cory S. Kaukauna, WI
8 1 1 - - - 3 - 3 - John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI:
8 - - - - - 1 0 5 2 Patty:
5 - 5 - - - - - - - Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC:
5 2 3 - - - - - - - John S.:
4 4 - - - - - - - - Adam E.:
3 - - - - 2 - - - 1 Jen:
1 - 1 - - - - - - - $Tammy, Madison, WI:


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General Poll:
What do you think of leftovers?
Love them - no cooking!
They're ok for one night.
Hate them - I like something new every night!
Vote:
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/223944
Archive:
http://www.lutheransonline.com/poll


Today’s Mood: TGIF! Today's my second Flex Friday off, and as you'll see below, it's going to be a great day weatherwise to not be at work.

Today’s Holiday: International Museum Day and Visit Your Relatives Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/

Today’s Forecast Grade: A-


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

Synopsis: High pressure to our south will dominate today's weather, providing the Badger state with lots of sunshine and a wind shift to be from the south, which will bring warmer temperatures to Wisconsin today as well. Look for a cold front to give us scattered thunderstorms tomorrow and cooler temperatures behind the front.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny, breezy and warmer, high of 70.

Tonight: Partly cloudy and a little breezy, not as cold as last night, lows near 50.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy and warmer with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing. Highs mid- 70s central, upper 70s south, although northern Wisconsin might be cooler depending on when the front moves through with expected highs in the mid- 60s. Chance of rain 40%.

Sunday: Partly sunny, maybe a sprinkle, and much cooler behind a cold front. Highs mid- 50s north and central, upper 50s to near 60 south.

Next Week:
Monday: Partly cloudy, breezy and warmer, highs 69-74.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy, breezy, highs 75-80.
Wednesday: Scattered thunderstorms, highs 70-75. Chance of rain 35%.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy today with more sunshine this weekend, highs mid- 70s.
Conditions will continue to gradually improve this morning...with any leftover patchy fog dissipating by 9 am. Visibility in a few areas through mid morning will be reduced to less than 1 mile...but overall visibilities will be much better than they were prior to daybreak.
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 all weekend long, 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 all weekend as well, highs upper 60s today and mid- to upper 70s this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (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:

Lightning nearly Misses Two Running KIDS in the Rain
http://www.flicklife.com/e05e6021ababdf6bc58e/Lightning_nearly_Misses_Two_Running_KIDS_in_the_Rain. html

Study: Southern Ocean saturated with CO2
The Southern Ocean around Antarctica is so loaded with carbon dioxide that it can barely absorb any more, so more of the gas will stay in the atmosphere to warm up the planet, scientists reported Thursday.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/05/17/climate.ocean.reut/index.html

Climate change: A guide for the perplexed
Here is our round-up of the 26 most common climate myths and misconceptions.
http://environment.newscientist.com/channel/earth/dn11462


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

More News:
http://del.icio.us/hail27

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 16, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 11:38 AM GMT on May 16, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

Would You Rather... Results

Players: 28
Game #1:
Submitted by: Max
Would You Rather...
A. Be rich, but live in a country whose language you didn't speak, culture you didn't understand (22) - 1 point
B. Be poor, but live in a country whose language/culture you did understand (6)

Game #2:
Topic: Ethics/Intellect
Would You Rather...
A. Rip a garment while trying it on and swear you found it that way (9) ("then I can come back and buy it at a 'defective price'" -Patty)
B. Be given too much change and not tell the cashier (19) - 1 point

Game #3:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...If your life depended on victory, have to run a 100-yard race
A. against a 6th grader (18) - 1 point
B. against an 11-year-old dog (10) ("but a 6th grader would be easier to trip" -Tony)


Wheel of Fortune
The wheel came up with one high-point/high-difficulty game, and two easier one-pointers. You have until tomorrow night to answer as many as you can!

Puzzle #1:
N _ _ _ _ Y
_ N _ _ S
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE CFYI
Point Value: 3

Puzzle #2:
H _ _ _ T _ T
_ _ R
H U _ _ N _ T _
Category: Proper Name
Used Letters: RSTLNE DHPU
Point Value: 1

Puzzle #3:
_ R _ S P _
_ A _ _ N
Category: Food and Drink
Used Letters: RSTLNE GKPA
Point Value: 1

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


Today’s Mood: Bothered. Has it ever happened to you when you open a can or box of something, only to see a dead insect at the top? I opened up a can of Progresso soup Monday night expecting some tasty chicken, broth and some vegetables mixed in, but there was an added protein bonus floating at the top in the shape of a fruit fly. Has this ever happened to you? (where you noticed of course - I wonder how many times this may have happened where I either didn't notice it or just took it as a small piece of odd-shaped barley!) Would you still eat it after removing said bug? Post your story on my message board!
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493

Today’s Holiday: Wear Purple For Peace Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/

Today’s Forecast Grade: B-


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

Synopsis: We set records with Monday's one-day-only heat wave with many areas getting into the upper 80s, but most of the severe weather stayed in northern Wisconsin. As for today, many of us are going to start out with some sunshine, but a disturbance to our north in the form of a weak low pressure system and trailing cold front will bring more clouds and scattered thundershowers later today.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning sunshine for most of us, but increasing clouds by lunchtime with scattered thundershowers developing this afternoon and evening. Nothing severe is anticipated. Cool high of 58 central, mid- 50s north, and just above 60 south. Chance of rain before sunset 40%.

Tonight: Scattered evening thundershowers, then decreasing clouds and cold overnight. Lows upper 30s to near 40 central and south, near 30 north with frost likely. Chance of evening rain 35%.

Tomorrow: Becoming mostly sunny, highs lower 60s.

This Weekend:
Friday: Mostly sunny, a little warmer, highs 67-72.
Saturday: Scattered thunderstorms, highs 65-70. Chance of rain 30%.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy and cooler, maybe a sprinkle, highs 59-64.


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

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: A chance of thundershowers tonight and tomorrow, areas of smoke at times, highs mid- to upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered storms today, partly cloudy tomorrow, highs upper 80s 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: Isolated showers tonight, otherwise sunshine, highs upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (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:

Toddler swept away in Denver flash flood
• Toddler presumed dead after being swept away in flood
• Police say mom took child for walk in stroller and got caught in storm
• Mother released grip on barrier, slipped away when told her son was not found
• Officer jumped into creek to save young man but could not reach him
DENVER, Colorado (AP) -- Divers searched the South Platte River on Tuesday for a 2-year-old boy swept away in his stroller and a young man who disappeared in flash flooding during a sudden thunderstorm. Both were presumed dead, authorities said.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/05/15/swept.away.ap/index.html

Hybrid Cars' Fantasy Mileage Ratings Drive Into the Sunset
Wired is running a piece showing the drastically reduced mileage ratings for hybrids after the upcoming changes in gas mileage calculations by the EPA. While the cars themselves aren't changing, plugging these new numbers in to the equation makes a hybrid much less cost effective: "The two top-selling hybrid vehicles, the Prius and Honda's Civic Hybrid, will lose 12 and 11 miles per gallon respectively from their city driving estimates." The new values come from more realistic testing; the old, over-inflated ratings were higher in part because the cars idled a lot, allowing the hybrids to completely turn off their engines. The new ratings should be more in line with what hybrid drivers are actually seeing.
http://www.wired.com/cars/futuretransport/news/2007/05/hybrid_mpg
http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/05/14/155253&from=rss


More News:
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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 14, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 11:38 AM GMT on May 14, 2007

Happy Monday Morning,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and for all of you "Moms" on the list I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day. I had a very nice Mother's Day which I spent with my son Bryce and husband Steve. The day started by Steve allowing me to sleep in, then Bryce and Steve brought me breakfast in bed. After church we went to the NEW Zoo, which was very nice and Bryce seemed to enjoy himself too. It was our first time at the Northeast Wisconsin (NEW) Zoo and I thought it was a great way to spend Mother's Day with my family. After the zoo, we went to my Mom and Karl's house for a visit. Steve also played in the church softball league last night. We also had a busy Saturday. My friend Lisa and I walked in the Sole Burner Run/Walk to benefit the American Cancer Society. In the afternoon we went to visit our friends Jason, Nicole, and their newborn baby boy Grant. They asked Steve to be the Godfather too, which was special for him. Jason is Bryce's Godfather as well.

Bryce update:
Not too much is new this week. He slept every night last week in his big boy bed. He seems to be adjusting to it fairly well, although he does wake up in the middle of the night sometimes and needs to be tucked back in. He seems to be waking up for good earlier than he used to as well, often being up for good between 5:30-6:30am, even though he doesn't finally fall asleep until usually 8:30-9pm. It sometimes takes a few more evening tuck-ins before he finally falls asleep, but he has been better about it the last couple of days so we're hoping that as he gets more used to sleeping in his big boy bed, that he will not keep running out of his room crying each time we try to put him to bed in the evening.
He also learned a few new words. On Thursday, instead of saying "Hi" he said "Hello", and this weekend he said "Elmo" and "Lion." If you try to get him to say something, he will sometimes try to mimic you, but the words don't always sound like the original. We'll have to pay even closer attention to what we say around him, as we don't want a "Meet the Fockers" incident!
Well that wraps up our update, have a great week.


Would You Rather...
Another week of games starts right now! This is a normal week, so you have until tomorrow night to get in your answers. Select the most popular answer to all three and get a bonus point! There's only a few more weeks left until the end of the regular season.

Game #1:
Submitted by: Max
Would You Rather...
A. Be rich, but live in a country whose language you didn't speak, culture you didn't understand
B. Be poor, but live in a country whose language/culture you did understand

Game #2:
Topic: Ethics/Intellect
Would You Rather...
A. Rip a garment while trying it on and swear you found it that way
B. Be given too much change and not tell the cashier

Game #3:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...If your life depended on victory, have to run a 100-yard race
A. against a 6th grader
B. against an 11-year-old dog

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: National Dance Like A Chicken Day (but tomorrow is National Chocolate Chip Day)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/

Today’s Forecast Grade: B+


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with sunshine, temps are in the upper 50s to near 60 across most of central and eastern Wisconsin with temps already in the lower 70s in Minneapolis and far west-central Wisconsin.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A warm front has entered western Wisconsin. This won't bring any rain with it, but it will bring strong southerly winds and temperatures significantly warmer than what they were yesterday. However, a trailing cold front will move through tonight, that will bring rain with it along with thunderstorms and temperatures for tomorrow back to how they were this weekend. Northern, central and southwestern Wisconsin are under the slight risk category for severe weather today.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning sunshine; windy and much warmer. Northern and western Wisconsin may see a storm develop this afternoon. Near record high of 85. Enjoy the mild weather as it sure won't last past today!

Tonight: Windy with showers and thunderstorms, mostly in northern, central and southwestern Wisconsin. The Milwaukee area may stay dry until tomorrow morning. Lows lower 60s central and south, mid- 50s north. Chance of rain 50%.

Tomorrow: Windy and cooler again with showers, mostly in the morning and diminishing from northwest to southeast. Becoming partly sunny later in the day. Highs mid- 60s central and south, near 60 north. Chance of morning rain 60%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly sunny, highs 60-65.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, highs 61-66.
Friday: Partly sunny, breezy and warmer, highs 67-72.
Saturday: Scattered showers, highs 65-70. Chance of rain 30%.
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs 63-68.


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

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

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered storms today, isolated storms tomorrow, highs mid- to upper 80s. Ozone Action Day today.
... Record high temperature set at Galveston...
A record high temperature of 88 degrees was set at Galveston
yesterday. This ties the old record of 88 set in 1984.
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, storms tomorrow, highs mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data 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:

Wildfires force officials to re-close roads
• Smoke from area wildfires once again cuts visibility on roads
• Break in the weather gives firefighters time to clear brush away from homes
• Two wildfires in Georgia and Florida have consumed 554.8 square miles of land
• Georgia has 41 active wildfires; Florida has 218
(CNN) -- Thick smoke from area wildfires forced officials to reclose stretches of I-75 and I-10 in northern Florida on Sunday.
"We urge everybody please to plan alternate routes, to make different travel plans and, if at all possible, to avoid traveling to this area," Maj. Rick Carpenter of the Florida Highway Patrol told reporters.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/05/13/wildfires.southeast/index.html

Thanks Nia for the link!
Aerials of Greensburg Tornado Damage
http://www.kansas.com/static/slides/050507tornadoaerials/


More Weather News:
Weather Party
http://www.weatherparty.com/
CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/WEATHER/
Fox News:
http://www.foxnews.com/science/naturalscience/
The Weather Channel Blog:
http://www.weather.com/blog/weather/
My Social Bookmarking Site
http://del.icio.us/hail27

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 11, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:02 PM GMT on May 11, 2007

TGIF!

Match Game Results
Both games below had a large variation of answers. Sometimes the new Match Game rules give out 3-4 points per phrase, but today, only one!

Players: 31
Phrase #1: Blonde ________
Hair (9) - 1 point
Joke (9) - 1 point
Bombshell (8) - 1 point
Ambition (2)
Moment (2)
Bimbo

Phrase #2: Fat ________
Albert (8) - 1 point
Cat (6) - 1 point
Chance (4)
Free (4)
Pig (2)
Tuesday (2)
Boys
Bastard
Farm
Joke
People


Outburst Results

Players: 26
Topic: Things You Find on a Farm
Tractor (20)
Barn (19)
Cows (18)
Farmer (7)
Hayloft (hay bales/hay accepted) (6)
Chicken Coop (chickens also accepted) (6)
Pigsty (pigs also accepted) (3)
Fields (1) - Bonus Point Awarded to Mary Be.
Farmhouse
Rooster

Other responses:
Animals (6) (too generic)
Corn/Crops (5)
Silo (3)
Scarecrow (2)
Horses (2)
Cats (2)
Fence
Manure
Plow
Windmill


Spring 2007 Point Standings
There's only a few weeks left of play before the double point week to end the regular season and the one-week playoff period for the top ten (plus ties). Here's how things are looking as of now:

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Name City
61 4 8 8 8 10 8 8 7 Perfect Score
56 4 8 8 7 10 8 7 4 Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
50 4 7 6 5 10 5 8 5 Becky T. and Dad:
50 4 6 8 4 8 7 8 5 Raessa:
48 4 6 8 5 7 6 7 5 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
48 4 8 8 5 8 4 6 5 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
46 4 8 6 5 8 7 5 3 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
45 4 3 8 6 10 6 7 1 Angie:
44 4 5 6 6 8 5 6 4 $Brian, Madison, WI:
41 4 8 4 4 7 7 3 4 $Greg, Madison, WI:
40 4 4 8 2 6 6 6 4 $Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
40 4 8 4 4 2 7 6 5 Tony:
38 4 8 8 6 1 3 2 6 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
35 4 6 6 2 8 6 - 3 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
34 4 8 4 4 3 7 - 4 Bethany:
32 - 5 - 7 7 8 2 3 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
32 4 4 - 2 10 6 - 6 Mary, Appleton, WI:
32 4 4 3 6 4 5 - 6 Sally:
30 4 6 2 1 2 6 5 4 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
30 4 3 7 7 4 3 - 2 Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
29 4 5 4 5 1 6 2 2 Steve L.:
28 4 2 4 4 2 7 1 4 Deb:
27 4 4 - 3 7 4 3 2 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
27 - 4 8 3 2 3 6 1 Morgan:
26 4 5 2 3 - 6 - 6 Mom:
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:
18 2 0 2 5 2 4 2 1 Diane Sm.:
17 1 1 2 3 - 6 - 4 Kelley:
15 2 2 3 4 4 - - - John E., St. Paul, MN:
14 4 1 6 - - 3 - - Jan, Berlin, WI:
14 - - - - 4 3 2 5 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
11 - 2 2 2 2 - 0 3 Rhonda Lop.:
10 4 3 2 - 1 - - - Al, Germantown, WI:
9 2 0 2 1 1 3 - - Chris Ke.:
8 - - - - - 2 0 6 Cory S. Kaukauna, WI
8 1 1 - - - 3 - 3 John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI:
6 - - - - - 1 0 5 Patty:
5 - 5 - - - - - - Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC:
5 2 3 - - - - - - John S.:
4 4 - - - - - - - Adam E.:
2 - - - - 2 - - - Jen:
1 - 1 - - - - - - $Tammy, Madison, WI:



General Poll:
What makes the best Mother's Day gift?
Breakfast in bed
Flowers
Take Mom out to eat
Clean the house
All of the above
Other (Please list)
Vote:
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/223944
Archive:
http://www.lutheransonline.com/poll


Today’s Mood: TGIF! What a week! On Wednesday morning, I flew to Minneapolis to help man the Web Site Solutions booth for the quarterly Thrivent Financial Steps to Success Expo for high-performing Financial Representatives who have been with the company for less than a year. There were about 80 energetic FRs in attendance and it was great meeting all of them and getting their feedback on our sites. Afterwards, instead of heading back to the hotel, I met up with my step-brother Jason and went to the Twins game at the Metrodome! I was hoping for a slow-paced game so we could see most of it, since the expo didn't end until 8pm, but when we got there, it was 5-0 White Sox and they had a no-hitter going into the bottom of the 5th! Ah well, $20 for four innings of baseball, but it was still a great time and I got to hang out with my step-brother for a few hours, so that was great.


Today’s Holiday: Eat What You Want Day and Twilight Zone Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/

Today’s Forecast Grade: A-


NowCast: (Source: National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
The leading edge of a cold front extends from near Racine west to Madison. The passage of the front is marked by north to northeast winds which will increase to 10 to 20 mph. Along the Lake Michigan shoreline expect northeast winds of 15 to 25 mph with brief gusts to 30 mph. The front will push into Kenosha and far southern Wisconsin by 6 30 am before exiting the state into northern Illinois. Cooler air following closely on the heels of the wind shift will cause temperatures to fall several degrees. However...along the lake front temperatures are likely to fall into the lower 50s due to the cold waters of Lake Michigan.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine north and central and some clouds south, temps are in the mid- 40s north, the mid- to upper 50s central and near 60 south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A cold front is passing through southern Wisconsin this morning. Even though there's very little moisture associated with the system (only some clouds in southern Wisconsin and scattered showers in central Illinois) we will see a noticeable temperature drop compared to where we've been at the last few days.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Becoming mostly sunny if it's not already. Windy and cooler, high of 66 central, mid- 60s north, and upper 60s to near 70 south.

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

Saturday: Mostly sunny, highs low to mid- 60s.

Mother's Day: Partly sunny, breezy, maybe an isolated shower or thunderstorm late in the day. Highs mid- 60s. Chance of rain Sunday evening 25%.

Next Week:
Monday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, breezy and warmer, highs 74-79. Chance of rain 50%.
Tuesday: Morning showers south, then becoming partly cloudy and cooler again, highs 62-67. Chance of morning rain 30%.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, highs 59-64.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs near 100 today and mid- to upper 90s this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Patchy fog, then partly cloudy, highs upper 70s. Isolated thunderstorms this weekend.
Until 9 am...fog will reduce visibility to around one quarter of a mile at isolated locations. If you are driving early this morning...use your low beam headlights...and remain alert for the areas of poor visibility. After 9 am...fog will quickly give way to mostly sunny conditions.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered thunderstorms through the weekend, highs low to mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Storms today, sunshine this weekend, highs upper 70s to lower 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


Weather in the News:

Fire threatens city on California resort island
• Wildfire burns 4,000 acres, several buildings
• Hundreds line up for ferries back to the mainland
• Fire engines arrive aboard giant military hovercraft
• Evacuated wife of fireman: "It was like a nightmare"
AVALON, California (AP) -- Firefighters struggled early Friday to prevent a wildfire from reaching homes on the edge of Santa Catalina Island's main city as residents and visitors fled the resort isle off the Southern California coast.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/05/11/socal.fire.ap/index.html

Swollen rivers continue to rise
• Rescues of pets attempted in flooded Big Lake, Missouri
• Levee breaks near Brunswick, damages railroad tracks
• Missouri River, others cresting as they move toward St. Louis
• Inmates, National Guard hold back water with sandbags
BIG LAKE, Missouri (AP) -- Floodwaters rose still higher Thursday across northwest and central Missouri, leading nervous residents to remove valuables from their homes and fill sandbags to protect river communities.
Near-record flooding that inundated the village of Big Lake earlier this week broke more levees Thursday, and water levels were expected to peak in some spots this weekend. In other areas, however, the danger appeared to be passing.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/05/10/missouri.flooding.ap/index.html

Season's first named storm fizzles to depression
• The season's first named storm has been downgraded
• Tropical storm watch is lifted for parts of Florida, Georgia
• Officials hoped storm would bring rain to wildfire areas
MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Subtropical Storm Andrea, the season's first named storm, was downgraded to subtropical depression status Thursday.
In its 11 a.m. ET bulletin, the National Hurricane Center said the tropical storm watch along the Georgia and Florida coasts was lifted.
Andrea's top sustained wind speed dropped from 40 mph (64 kph) to 35 mph (56 kph), the statement said.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/05/10/storm.andrea/index.html
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200701.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 8, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 11:32 AM GMT on May 08, 2007

Good Tuesday morning!

Outburst
Give me four answers to the topic below. Remember that the least most popular answer still listed on the card gets a bonus point!

Topic: Things You Find on a Farm

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


Match Game
No update tomorrow or Thursday, which means you have until Thursday night to get me your answers for yesterday's game too. Here it is again. Look for a big phat results update on Friday.

Phrase #1: Blonde ________

Phrase #2: Fat ________

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


General Poll:
What is the price of gas per gallon where you live?
Under $3.00
$3.00 - $3.10
$3.11 - $3.20
$3.21 - $3.30
Over $3.30
Vote:
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/223944
Archive:
http://www.lutheransonline.com/poll


Today’s Mood: Tired. Folks with small children may be able to sympathize with this, but as a parent, do you know what one of the worst sounds to hear is? Almost as bad as hearing something crash, it's hearing your toddler laugh hysterically when he's out of your eyesight. Why is this bad? Because that laughing in the background usually means that something is probably spilled all over the floor, and someone's probably playing in it!

Today’s Holiday: No Socks Day and Have A Coke Day (Bryce loves no socks day!)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/

Today’s Forecast Grade: B


NowCast: (Source: National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for areas of fog across southern Wisconsin to persist through the morning rush hour. Visibilities will range between 2 and 4 miles but some areas could see visibilities drop to around 1/2 mile. Motorists are urged to be alert for rapidly changing visibilities this morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with sunshine mixed with a few areas of fog, temps are scattered throughout the 50s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A slow-moving cold front is pushing its way through far western Wisconsin, Iowa and northern Missouri, and ahead of the front we'll continue to see mild southerly winds and a passing thundershower or two through tomorrow.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly sunny and mild; an isolated shower possible but not very likely. High of 76 central, mid- 70s north, and upper 70s south. Chance of rain 20%.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, a passing shower again possible. Lows mid- 50s central and south, upper 40s north. Chance of rain 30%.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, still mild, another thundershower or two possible. Highs mid- 70s north and central, upper 70s south. Chance of rain 35%.

Extended:
Thursday: Partly cloudy, very nice, highs 76-81.
Friday: Increasing clouds, a little cooler, maybe a shower late. Highs 71-76. Chance of rain 25%.
Saturday: Partly cloudy and cooler, highs 66-71.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 65-70. Chance of rain 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs near 90 today and the mid- 90s Wednesday and Thursday.
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 possible thunderstorms today, tomorrow and Thursday, courtesy of a weird low pressure system off the coast acting quite similar to a tropical depression. Very windy, highs near 70 and in the mid- to upper 70s Wednesday and Thursday.
High Wind Warning in effect until 11 PM EDT this evening...
High surf advisory in effect until 6 PM EDT Wednesday...
High risk for rip currents today...
Powerful Atlantic low pressure will approach the coast today
and tonight. This low produce will strong winds today through at
least this evening along the South Carolina and Georgia
coasts... where north to northeast winds will increase to average
30 to 40 mph with gusts to 50 mph. A few gusts as high as 60 mph
are possible this afternoon and this evening... especially on the
immediate coast.

These strong winds will impact locations along the South Carolina
coast including Isle of Palms... downtown Charleston... Folly
Beach... Edisto Island and Hilton Head. In Georgia... areas impacted
include Tybee Island down to sapelo and Wolf islands... including
Wilmington Island... Shellman Bluff and Darien.

Winds this strong can make driving difficult... especially for
high profile vehicles. Use extra caution especially on bridges
and overpasses. Also... winds today through this evening may
become strong enough to bring down trees... tree limbs and power
lines.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio all hazards... TV... or your local
news source for the latest weather information from the National
Weather Service. Additional information is also available on the
internet at www.Weather.Gov/chs.
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 today and Thursday, otherwise partly cloudy. Highs low to mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Isolated thundershowers through Friday, highs 80-85.
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:

King Herod's tomb unearthed, Israeli university claims
• Tomb of King Herod, ancient ruler of the Holy Land, found
• He built the wall around the Old City of Jerusalem
• Archaeologist Ehud Netzer, a Hebrew University professor, made discovery
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli archaeologist has found the tomb of King Herod, the legendary builder of ancient Jerusalem and the Holy Land, Hebrew University said late Monday.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/05/07/israel.herodtomb.ap/index.html

Machine Means End To Sleepless Nights
A new discovery could make it possible to take a "power nap" at the flick of a switch.
Scientists have found a way to turn on deep sleep at will using a machine that magnetically stimulates the brain.
A device worn on the head could in squeeze the benefit of eight hours' sleep into just two or three hours.
Scientists in the US used a technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to induce slow waves - indicative of the deepest phase of sleep and essential for learning ability and mood, in a group of sleeping volunteers.
A TMS device sends harmless magnetic signals through the scalp and skull and into the brain, where it activates electrical impulses.
http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-1264358,00.html


Weather in the News:

Greensburg focuses on rebuilding
• Governor says resources are strained because of war
• Death toll rises to 11
• Ammonia leak prompts police to evacuate half of town
• More severe weather possible across the central Plains
GREENSBURG, Kansas (CNN) -- Federal officials arrived Monday in ravaged Greensburg to survey the damage caused by the weekend's tornado-packed storms.
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius expressed concern that rescue and recovery efforts were being strained because much of the needed equipment has been sent to Iraq.
"When the troops get deployed, the equipment goes with them. So here in Kansas about 50 percent of our trucks are gone. We need trucks. We are missing Humvees, we're missing all kinds of equipment that could help us respond in this kind of emergency," she said.
The weekend's storms killed 11 people in Kansas -- including nine deaths in Greensburg, one in Stafford County to the northeast and one in a separate storm in Ottawa, Kansas.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/05/07/severe.weather/index.html

Humanity Responsible For Current Climate Change
Scientists working with Antarctic ice have found that the level of greenhouse gases is at the highest level in over half a million years. Carbon dioxide is 27% higher now than any other time over the last 650 000 years. Methane, an even stronger greenhouse gas is 130% higher. The period of time studied covers eight full glacial cycles including a time when the earth's position relative to the sun is the same as it is today. Other scientists have found that the annual rate at which the sea has risen since the industrial revolution is twice that of over the last 5000 years. It is predicted that by 2100 the sea level will be 40cm higher. These results provide strong evidence that human activity since the industrial revolution, rather than just natural processes, has strongly altered the world's climate. As one of the scientists involved in the research put it: 'The levels of primary greenhouse gases such as methane, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide are up dramatically since the Industrial Revolution, at a speed and magnitude that the Earth has not seen in hundreds of thousands of years.'
http://www.guardian.co.uk/frontpage/story/0,16518,1650590,00.html
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-1890033,00.html
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/11/25/2027242&from=rss

Giant exploding star outshines previous supernovas
• Star explosion brightest that's ever been observed
• A supernova involves the explosion of most of the material within a star
• SN 2006gy captured using orbiting and ground-based telescopes
• The explosion was about 238 million light years away from Earth
(CNN) -- Scientists have just released images of the brightest stellar explosion recorded.
The supernova, known as SN 2006gy, was believed to be about 150 times as massive as the sun.
The explosion could help astronomers better understand how the first generation of stars in the universe died.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/space/05/07/supernova/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 7, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 11:31 AM GMT on May 07, 2007

Good Monday morning,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope you all had a great weekend. We didn't do much this weekend but we were able to get some things done around the house. On Saturday, Bryce and I took an approx. 8-mile walk with my friend Amy on Appleton's CE trail. We felt we needed to practice for our 13.1-mile Cellcom Half Marathon that we are doing on May 20th. I also had a my Saturday morning water fitness class so I definitely got in some exercise. Sunday after church we did some things at home. Steve also worked out at the YMCA and played softball in his league last night.
The biggest thing new with Bryce is that Saturday night he slept in his big boy bed for the first time. He slept there all night too. He slept there last night as well, although we've noticed that unsurprisingly, it's both harder to get him to go to sleep at night and he wakes up a little earlier now that he's in there (5am this morning and 6am yesterday morning). Then again, even last week when we were still putting him into his crib, he was doing the same thing, continuously climbing out of his crib, over the bed, and out the door when it was time for bed. So maybe it's just a phase as once he's sleeping on his big boy bed, he sleeps through the night or only wakes up once.
Well that wraps up our personal update. Have a great week.


Match Game: Phrase Edition
Puzzle week is over (thank goodness I'm sure for some of you!) and two more games are coming your way. This week, I will be writing an update tomorrow instead of Wednesday. Since I've already told everyone you have two days to get in your answers, I won't penalize those who don't read my intro paragraphs (that does not mean you, so thanks for reading!) and I will give everyone until Thursday night to get in your answers to both Monday's Match Game and tomorrow's Outburst.

Phrase #1: Blonde ________

Phrase #2: Fat ________

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: Relieved. Our softball team isn't really as bad as our first game's final score. Last night we won 15-11 and at one point were one run away from winning via the 10+ run rule (we were up 15-6 before the last inning). I was 2-3 with a triple, 4 RBI and scored a run, and it was a much more enjoyable game to play in.

Today’s Holiday: International Tuba Day, Paste Up Day, and National Roast Leg of Lamb Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/

Today’s Forecast Grade: C+


NowCast: (Source: National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Scattered showers have developed in southwest Wisconsin around Darlington and Monroe. These showers are moving to the northeast at 25 mph and may affect the Darlington...Blanchardville and Mineral Point areas...as well as portions of Madison between 530 am and 7 am. A rumble of thunder is possible. Isolated to scattered showers are expected to continue through 9 am across portions of south central Wisconsin. Gusty winds to 35 or 40 mph may accompany some of the showers along with a quick one quarter inch of rainfall.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with clouds and scattered showers, temps are mostly in the lower 50s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A slowly-moving cold front is approaching from the west, currently just east of the Dakotas and stretching through western Texas, is generating showers and thunderstorms east of it, from Wisconsin through Iowa, western Missouri, eastern Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. It's going to take a couple days for this system to move through, so look for clouds and on-and-off showers and isolated thunderstorms through Wednesday.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy and breezy, scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. High of 67 north and central, near or just above 70 south. Chance of rain 50%.

Tonight: Cloudy, more scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. Lows mid- 50s. Chance of rain 40%.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy and warmer with a few lingering showers mostly south, but then redeveloping tomorrow night. Highs lower 70s north and central, mid- 70s south. Chance of rain 20% central, 30% south.

Extended:
Wednesday: Cloudy with another round of scattered showers and thunderstorms developing. Highs 71-76. Chance of rain 30%.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, nice, highs 72-77.
Friday: Partly sunny, an isolated shower possible. Highs 70-75. Chance of rain 20%.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy and cooler with scattered showers. Highs 63-68. Chance of rain 30%.
Sunday: Partly sunny, an isolated thunderstorm possible. Highs 67-72. Chance of rain 25%.


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: Sunshine, windy, highs near 70.
High surf advisory in effect until 6 PM EDT Tuesday...
Wind Advisory in effect until 10 PM EDT this evening...
High wind watch in effect from this evening through late Tuesday night...
High risk of rip currents today...
The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a high wind
watch... which is in effect from this evening through late Tuesday
night. A Wind Advisory remains in effect until 10 PM EDT this
evening.

Powerful Atlantic low pressure will produce strong winds today
through at least Tuesday night. Today and this evening... north
to northeast winds will average 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph
along the coast... impacting the communities of Isle of
Palms... downtown Charleston... Folly Beach... Edisto Island and
Hilton Head Island. Across inland areas... including North
Charleston... Hollywood... Ravenel and Beaufort... winds of 20 to
30 mph with gusts to 40 mph can be expected today and this
evening. Then... as the intense storm nears the coast tonight
through Tuesday night... north to northeast winds may increase to
average 30 to 40 mph with gusts approaching 60 mph... especially
along the immediate coast.

Winds this strong can make driving difficult... especially for
high profile vehicles. Use extra caution especially on bridges
and overpasses. Also... winds tonight through Tuesday night may become
strong enough to bring down trees... tree limbs and power lines.

Winds on some of the taller bridges can be even stronger. This
includes... the Ravenel bridge... the don Holt bridge... the James
b. Edwards bridge... the Ben Sawyer bridge... the Isle of Palms
connector... the Amos nathaniel Rodgers bridge and the Woods
Memorial bridge.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio all hazards... TV... or your local
news source for the latest weather information from the National
Weather Service. Additional information is also available on the
internet at www.Erh.NOAA.Gov/chs.

A high wind watch means there is the potential for a hazardous
high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph... or gusts of
58 mph or stronger may occur. Continue to monitor the latest
forecasts for additional information.
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 mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: 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: (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:

Survivors sought as more storms threaten Plains
• More storm warnings issued for Plains states
• Kansas emergency management confirms 10th death
• President Bush declares major disaster in southwest Kansas
GREENSBURG, Kansas (CNN) -- Rescue crews Sunday resumed sifting through the rubble of a small Kansas town destroyed by tornadoes Friday night.
And parts of Oklahoma were reeling from a new set of twisters that hit Saturday night.
Officials in Kansas said 10 people were killed in the tornado-packing storms -- nine Friday night and one Saturday night.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/05/06/severe.weather/index.html

Check out this storm chaser video - it's incredible how close he gets to the approaching tornado!
Dramatic Tornado Video
A storm chaser captured dramatic ground video of a powerful tornado that touched down in Oklahoma Friday. The violent tornado ripped through Ellis County kicking up dirt and debris as it made its way across the rural area.
Several areas of the midwest were devastated by a series of tornados that formed from a storm system Friday night.
http://wvtm.weatherplus.com/weathernews/13264165/detail.html


More Weather News:
Weather Party - The Internet's Hottest Weather-Related Stories
http://www.weatherparty.com/
CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/WEATHER/
Fox News:
http://www.foxnews.com/science/naturalscience/
The Weather Channel Blog:
http://www.weather.com/blog/weather/

Updated: 11:32 AM GMT on May 08, 2007

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 4, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:49 PM GMT on May 04, 2007

TGIF!

TriBond Results

Players: 19
TriBond #1 (17/19): Root, Birch, Ginger = Sodas that contain the word Beer

TriBond #2 (17/19): A brain, A heart, "Da Nerve" = Sought be Dorothy's Friends in the Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion)

TriBond #3 (15/19): Tightrope Walkers, Firefighters, Corporate Executives = They climb ladders


Spring 2007 Point Standings
This was one of the roughest weeks for points in quite some time - I'm hoping the reason many of you didn't play this week was because you couldn't get the answers right to the puzzles and not my new three-day update schedule. Look for Match Game and Outburst next week Monday and Tuesday.


Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Name City
54 4 8 8 8 10 8 8 Perfect Score
52 4 8 8 7 10 8 7 Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
45 4 7 6 5 10 5 8 Becky T. and Dad:
45 4 6 8 4 8 7 8 Raessa:
44 4 3 8 6 10 6 7 Angie:
43 4 6 8 5 7 6 7 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
43 4 8 8 5 8 4 6 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
43 4 8 6 5 8 7 5 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
40 4 5 6 6 8 5 6 $Brian, Madison, WI:
37 4 8 4 4 7 7 3 $Greg, Madison, WI:
36 4 4 8 2 6 6 6 $Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
35 4 8 4 4 2 7 6 Tony:
32 4 8 8 6 1 3 2 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
32 4 6 6 2 8 6 - Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
30 4 8 4 4 3 7 - Bethany:
29 - 5 - 7 7 8 2 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
28 4 3 7 7 4 3 - Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
27 4 5 4 5 1 6 2 Steve L.:
26 4 6 2 1 2 6 5 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
26 4 4 - 2 10 6 - Mary, Appleton, WI:
26 - 4 8 3 2 3 6 Morgan:
26 4 4 3 6 4 5 - Sally:
25 4 4 - 3 7 4 3 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
24 4 2 4 4 2 7 1 Deb:
20 4 5 2 3 - 6 - Mom:
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:
17 2 0 2 5 2 4 2 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.:
9 - - - - 4 3 2 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
8 - 2 2 2 2 - 0 Rhonda Lop.:
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 0 Cory S. Kaukauna, WI
2 - - - - 2 - - Jen:
1 - 1 - - - - - $Tammy, Madison, WI:
1 - - - - - 1 0 Patty:


Today’s Mood: Relaxed. Today is my first Flex Friday of the year, so I have the day off! As for Bryce...well, we're paying for him to go to the Child Learning Center five-days-a-week whether he goes or not, so as much as I love the little guy, daddy's getting his weekend chores done a day early.

Today’s Holiday: National Candied Orange Peel Day
(Although I always thought it was National Pun Day - May the Fourth be with you! Oooooh, that joke never gets tired. )
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/

Today’s Forecast Grade: B-


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 8am with sunshine across most of the state but some clouds south and west, temps are in the upper 40s north and near 50 central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A nearly stationary front stretching from a low pressure system in the western Dakotas is bringing showers and thunderstorms to much of the Midwest. Look for these showers to move into southern and western Wisconsin later today and perhaps affect the rest of the state tonight.
I think I'm going to have a little bit of fun with my forecast today. I usually format it using National Weather Service-style wording, but today, I'm going AccuWeather! The most interesting part of AccuWeather.com is that they actually give you a 15-day forecast. What are they, the Farmer's Almanac? Look for a good chance of rain and a high of 58 degrees on Friday, May 18th.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Some sunshine giving way to clouds; breezy with a shower this evening south and west. High: 64.

Tonight: Breezy with a couple of showers. Low: 46.

Saturday: Showers possible in the morning; breezy with partial sunshine in the afternoon. High: 63 (central), 67 (south).

Sunday: Breezy with times of clouds and sun. High: 62 (central), 68 (south).

Next Week:
Monday: Clouds, some sun. Periods of rain in the evening. High: 70 (central), 73 (south).
Tuesday: Sun and clouds. High: 67 (central), 71 (south).
Wednesday: Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High: 68 (central), 70 (south).


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated showers today, sunshine this weekend, highs low to mid- 70s today and tomorrow and near 80 Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Clouds today, scattered showers tonight and this weekend, highs near 80 today and mid- to upper 70s this weekend. Perhaps some areas of smoke too.
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 thunderstorms today, partly cloudy this weekend, highs low to mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Showers and thunderstorms today and tomorrow, dry on Sunday. Highs mid- to upper 70s.
A narrow band of scattered showers and thunderstorms will move north and out of southeast Illinois and southwest Indiana early this morning. Through 900 am...additional scattered shower activity will be possible. There may be a thunderstorm as well.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (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:

Deadly thunderstorms leave Texas in tatters
• Roads, homes flooded, trees down, 200,000 without power
• Three killed; two by lightning, one stuck in a submerged car
• 40 flights canceled at Dallas-Fort Worth airport Wednesday
• Wind gusts of 100 mph reported in Terrell, east of Dallas
DALLAS, Texas (AP) -- Days of deadly storms flooded roads, damaged homes and knocked down trees in Texas, and about 200,000 homes and businesses remained in the dark Thursday.
At least three people have been killed -- two hit by lightning and a third stuck in a submerged car.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/05/03/texas.storms.ap/index.html

Italy declares drought emergency
• Italy declares a state of emergency in northern, central regions hit by dry weather
• Precautionary measure follows Italy's warmest winter in 200 years
• Italy's largest river, the Po, dries up, threatening agricultural output
ROME, Italy (Reuters) -- Italy declared a state of emergency in northern and central regions on Friday due to fears of drought following unusually warm and dry weather.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/05/04/italy.drought.reut/index.html

Thanks Nia for the link - there's some good information in here!
The Global Warming Test
Test your knowledge and common sense in this simple 10-question test.
http://www.geocraft.com/WVFossils/GlobWarmTest/start.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 2, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 11:30 AM GMT on May 02, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

TriBond
Puzzle Week continues with three TriBond games! You have until Thursday night to come up with the answers to what each puzzle has in common. Get all three correct and pat yourself on the back with a bonus point!

TriBond #1:
Root
Birch
Ginger

TriBond #2:
A brain
A heart
"Da Nerve"

TriBond #3:
Tightrope Walkers
Firefighters
Corporate Executives

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


Chain Reaction Results
So you couldn't quite figure out Monday's Chain Reaction...well that's ok, as neither did almost anyone else. Raessa and Becky T. were the only players able to get all four correct, with a wide variety of answers being submitted for each.

Players: 22
Great
Wall
Street
Light
Snack
Attack
Mode

Other Guesses:
White Star (3)
White Spot (2)
White Street
Work Scottie
White Snake
Wall Socket
Work Shop
Wall Sun
White Shade

Saber Attack (2)
Switch Attack (2)
Show Anger
Show Ala
Strike Ala
Speed Auto
Step Away
Speed Ahead
Speed Ala
Speed Adjustment
Snow Accumulation
Speed Away
Stand Alert
Switch Away


General Poll:
How often do you play computer or video games (including solitaire, hearts, etc.)?
Regularly
Sometimes
Rarely or never
Vote:
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/223944
Archive:
http://www.lutheransonline.com/poll


Today’s Mood: Surprised. Don't look now, but it's May 2nd and the Milwaukee Brewers are not just leading the NL Central division, but have the best record in all of baseball at 17-9! Perhaps they've stolen a few victories from our usually-talented (Appleton) Wisconsin Timber Rattlers minor league baseball team, which just two years after going to the league championship series, are sporting a not-quite-as-impressive 4-17 record.

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

Today’s Forecast Grade: B+


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with sunshine, temps are around 40-45 across the state.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: To use an adjective I accidentally used during one of my first on-air weather spots back in 1999, the forecast over the next few days will be pretty "boring." High pressure to the north coupled with a jet stream which looks to help keep any upcoming systems south or stuck out west, will give us a great forecast right through this upcoming weekend. So if you're busy and can't get outside today, there's always tomorrow...or the next day...or the next day...or the next day after that.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly cloudy and cooler than yesterday, high of 61 central, near 60 north, and mid- 60s south.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows lower 40s central and south, upper 30s north.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, highs lower 60s north, mid- 60s central and south.

This Weekend:
Friday: Partly sunny, an shower possible but probably south. Highs 60-65. Chance of rain 20% central, 35% south.
Saturday: Partly sunny, highs 64-69.
Sunday: Partly sunny with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing late. Highs 68-73. Chance of rain Sunday night 40%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, becoming windy, dare I make yet another pool cover reference, highs upper 80s. Cooler and less windy tomorrow with highs upper 70s.
Wind Advisory in effect from 1 PM this afternoon to midnight PDT tonight...
The low temperature at McCarran International Airport for may 1 was
73 degrees. This broke the previous high minimum reading of 68
degrees set last year.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, perhaps some smoke in the air, highs low to mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated storms tonight with a better chance of them tomorrow, highs low to mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered showers and thunderstorms through Friday night, highs low to mid- 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (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/Space in the News:

High fire risk seen for West, Southeast
• Drought, hot summer increase fire risk in West, Southeast
• The National Wildland Fire Outlook report predicts a bad fire season
• All of Florida is at risk; southeastern Georgia already is burning
• Last year's fire season saw a record 9.8 million acres burn
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The West and Southeast face an increased wildfire risk this year because of ongoing drought and an expected hotter than average summer, the National Interagency Fire Center reported Tuesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/05/01/wildfire.forecast.ap/index.html

A View of Earth from Saturn
Although the Earth Observatory typically reserves “Image of the Day” space for publishing data and images acquired by Earth-observing satellites, we are sometimes so enthralled by the spectacular images acquired by spacecraft observing other parts of the solar system that we want to share these 'otherworldy' views with our visitors. And if you are looking for remotely sensed images of the Earth, this view is the most remotely sensed image we have ever published!
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NewImages/images.php3?img_id=17524

NASA rethinking death in mission to Mars
• NASA working to address thorny issues as it prepares for mission to Mars
• Issues: How to dispose of a dead body, how to deal with a critically ill astronaut
• NASA considering genetic screening in choosing crews
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- How do you get rid of the body of a dead astronaut on a three-year mission to Mars and back?
When should the plug be pulled on a critically ill astronaut who is using up precious oxygen and endangering the rest of the crew? Should NASA employ DNA testing to weed out astronauts who might get a disease on a long flight?
With NASA planning to land on Mars 30 years from now, and with the recent discovery of the most "Earth-like" planet ever seen outside the solar system, the space agency has begun to ponder some of the thorny practical and ethical questions posed by deep space exploration.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/space/05/01/death.in.space.ap/index.html

Arctic Sea Ice Melting Faster Than Predicted
Arctic sea ice is melting at a significantly faster rate than projected by even the most advanced computer models, a new study concludes.
"While the ice is disappearing faster than the computer models indicate, both observations and the models point in the same direction: The Arctic is losing ice at an increasingly rapid pace and the impact of greenhouse gases is growing," said study team member Marika Holland of the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
http://www.livescience.com/environment/070430_shrinking_ice.html

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