Wisconsin Weather Update

Wisconsin Weather Update for June 29, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 2:52 PM GMT on June 29, 2007

TGIF!

Mad Gab Results
While I don't take off for simple spelling errors, if your guess either adds or removes a syllable or word from the correct answer, it unfortunately doesn't get credit. So keeping that in mind, here are the results!

Players: 26
Gab #1 (25/26): Ace Heck Hunch Ants = A second chance

Gab #2 (20/26): Owl Fond Scalp Own = Alphonse Capone

Gab #3 (26/26): Sweep Hut Eight Hope High = Sweet potato pie


Summer 2007 Point Standings
Remember there is only a top nine this season, with the tenth spot going to the best finisher during Double Point week in September. No matter how far behind you might end up, you're always in it until the very last week!

Week 1 Name City
8 Perfect Score
8 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
8 Adam E.:
7 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
7 $Brian, Madison, WI:
7 $Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
7 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
7 Becky T. and Dad:
7 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
7 Sue, De Pere, WI:
6 $Greg, Madison, WI:
6 Jamie S., Evansville, IN:
6 Jan, Berlin, WI:
6 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
6 Raessa:
6 Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
6 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
6 Tony:
5 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
4 $Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
4 Chris Ke.:
4 Cory S. Kaukauna, WI
4 Diane Sm.:
4 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
4 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
3 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
3 Craig, Green Bay, WI:
3 Mom:
3 Rhonda:
2 Bethany:
2 Kelley:
2 Mary, Appleton, WI:
2 Nicole, Madison, WI:
2 Sally:
1 Steve L.:
0 Deb:


Today’s Mood: Yi? So great - the Milwaukee Bucks drafted 7' Chinese power forward Yi Jianlian with their 6th pick in the NBA draft last night. And in a completely expected turn, he doesn't want to play for Milwaukee, he won't come into town today for media day, and the team will probably be looking to trade him elsewhere before the week is done. Will Bucks fans have 82 more games of losing basketball to look forward to next season, will Yi have a change of heart and actually cooperate with his drafted team, hopefully making them better, or will we get someone good for him that could help the team get back to .500 basketball?


Today’s Holiday: Camera Day (Tomorrow is Meteor Day and Sunday is Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day and Build A Scarecrow Day)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: A


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 9am with sunshine, temps are mostly in the lower 60s across the state.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A stationary frontal boundary is hovering above southern Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, with showers and thunderstorms developing north of it up through central Illinois. As for us, besides a few clouds in far southern Wisconsin, we can expect a terrific summer day with lots of sunshine and pleasantly dry air.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny, maybe a few more clouds south. Highs lower 70s north, 74 central, and mid- to upper 70s south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows lower 40s north, and near 50 central and south.

Saturday: Partly sunny, highs low to mid- 70s north, mid- to upper 70s central, and upper 70s to near 80 south.

Sunday: Partly sunny, highs lower 70s north, low to mid- 70s central, and upper 70s south.

Next Week:
Monday: Scattered thundershowers possible late, a little warmer, highs 79-84. Chance of rain Monday night 40%.
Bryce's 2-Year Birthday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 80-85. Chance of rain 30%.
Independence Day: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, unfortunately, highs 78-83. Chance of rain 50%.


This Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs around 107 today and going up about one degree each day for the next week.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

This Weekend in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated storms today with a better chance this weekend. Highs mid- to upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

This Weekend in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered storms all weekend, lucky you, highs upper 80s.
Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will occur mainly south of Interstate 10...south across the bays and coastal waters through 10 am. The activity will move north at 25 mph. Rainfall amounts will average 1/10 to 1/4 inch with isolated totals to 1/2 inch.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

This Weekend in Evansville, Indiana: Mostly morning thundershowers today, some sunshine Saturday and more sunshine Sunday. Highs low to mid- 80s.
Scattered showers and perhaps an isolated thunderstorm are possible over northern sections of southern Illinois through 10 am. Rainfall totals will average around one tenth of an inch.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


In Case You Missed It:

Did anyone on the list get one?
Thousands line up to buy Apple iPhones
On the eve of the day of reckoning for the most-hyped gadget in recent memory, eager customers lined up Thursday, a few even braving torrential rain, to be among the first to get their hands on the coveted new cell phone from Apple Inc.
The gadget, which combines the functions of a cell phone, iPod and wireless Web browser, will go on sale in the United States at Apple and AT&T stores at 6 p.m. Friday in each time zone.
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/APPLE_IPHONE?SITE=WIMIL&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT
http://www.cnet.com/apple-iphone.html


Weather in the News:

More rain in store for flood-ravaged area
• Brazos River 2 feet above flood stage; 2,000 people evacuated
• 7,200 without running water in Marble Falls, Texas
• 52 streets closed in San Antonio
• Rain likely to continue through Friday or longer
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Flood-weary residents hoping for a reprieve from the sustained, heavy rains that have soaked parts of Texas may have to wait, as forecasts called for more of the same on Friday.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/06/29/flooding.ap/index.html

Evacuees start to return as wildfire 70 percent contained
• 500 of about 2,000 firefighters expected to leave Friday
• Too soon to declare victory, officials say; winds could pick up again
• Some evacuation orders lifted; residents can return to undamaged homes
• Those who lived in the 254 homes destroyed not allowed to return yet
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, California (AP) -- Residents began trickling back to their homes after significant gains over a wildfire near Lake Tahoe allowed authorities to lift some evacuation orders.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/06/29/wildfires.ap/index.html


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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 Articles of Interest:
http://del.icio.us/hail27


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

Updated: 2:53 PM GMT on June 29, 2007

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 27, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 11:35 AM GMT on June 27, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

Mad Gab
This season, Mad Gab will be played similar to other games where if you get all three correct, you receive a bonus point. Enjoy the challenge!

Gab #1: Ace Heck Hunch Ants

Gab #2: Owl Fond Scalp Own

Gab #3: Sweep Hut Eight Hope High

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


Family Feud Results

Players: 33
Topic #1: Name a noise that can grate on your nerves
Fingernails on a chalkboard (18) - 2 points
Crying baby (7) - 1 point
Alarm clock
Dripping water
Grinding teeth
Loud music
Radio static
Snoring
Ticking clock
Whining

Topic #2: Name a type of basket
Easter (11) - 2 points
Picnic (10) - 1 point
Clothes/Laundry (5)
Flower (2)
Basketball
Bread
Fruit
Waste
Wicker


Weather Update Poll Results:
Which of these Weather Update features do you take the time to read regularly?
Personal Intro (Mondays) (22) 17%
Games (22) 17%
Weather Forecast (20) 16%
Today's Forecast Grade (16) 13%
Today's Mood (Wed and Fri) (16) 13%
News Articles (13) 10%
Today's Holiday (10) 8%
More News (Del.icio.us News Feed) (5) 4%
Monthly Forecast Stats (3) 2%
Yesterday’s Climate Links (1) 1%
RSS Feed (0) 0%
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847
Archive:
http://vote.sparklit.com/archive.spark?archiveID=334188


Today’s Mood: Excited/Hungry. Every year full time employees at Thrivent Financial get to choose from one of several Employee Appreciation Events, where you take most of the day off and do something fun and Thrivent pays for it. Some people choose golf outings, comedy clubs, lake cruises, theater tickets, etc., but for the third year in a row, I chose the Ferris Bueller option and will be taking the bus trip to Miller Park to watch the Milwaukee Brewers play. And today is that day - at 9:30am I'll be headed down to Milwaukee with several hundred other employees to hopefully watch the Brewers sweep the Houston Astros. Thrivent Financial rents out the entire Dew Deck in right field and gives everyone a tasty buffet lunch and a couple free beers. In fact, my (almost) hunger strike started at 1:45pm yesterday. My goal today is to eat for the cycle - hamburger, hot dog, brat and chicken - and I had no breakfast this morning and only a bowl of cereal and a yogurt cup for dinner last night in preparation for this Kobayashi-ish task.

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

Today’s Forecast Grade: B+


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with clouds, temps are just above 60 north and still muggy and in the lower 70s central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Yesterday was a hot one with most areas hitting the 90-degree mark. As for today, a cold front is moving through north-central and west-central Wisconsin this morning, explaining the temperature and dew point difference between northern and central/southern Wisconsin. As this thing moves through, clouds and maybe an isolated thundershower might develop, but otherwise look for partly cloudy and much less humid air to filter through the state after the front passes. Dry and pleasantly cooler weather should remain through the rest of this work week and into this weekend.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy with an isolated thundershower this morning. Becoming partly cloudy and less humid this afternoon. Highs upper 70s north, 83 central, and low to mid- 80s south.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows upper 40s north, mid- 50s central and south.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, highs upper 60s to near 70 north, lower 70s central and south.

This Weekend:
Friday: Mostly sunny, highs 71-76.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs 73-78.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 75-80.


Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs near 105.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated storms, otherwise partly cloudy, highs lower 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated storms today, scattered storms tomorrow, highs upper 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 and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered storms likely, highs mid- to 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


In Case You Missed It:

Mr. Fusion comes to life!
Portable power from trash
Solar energy isn't the only renewable resource: there's also garbage.
A company called AgriPower will begin production next year of a movable power generator fueled by a wide range of waste products, from walnut shells to discarded tires.
http://news.com.com/Portable+power+from+trash/2100-11392_3-6192538.html


Weather in the News:

Blaze near Lake Tahoe 'spots' across fire line
• Wildfire near Lake Tahoe has destroyed at least 276 homes and buildings
• Fire officials: More than 3,100 acres charred; fire is 40 percent contained
• Forest Service official says wildfire caused by humans, unsure if deliberate
• Lieutenant governor declares a state of emergency for the area
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, California (CNN) -- Wind gusts on Tuesday breathed new life into a wildfire near Lake Tahoe, causing it to "spot" across a fire line and threaten new buildings, a fire official said.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/06/26/wildfires/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 25, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 11:28 AM GMT on June 25, 2007

Happy Monday!
This is Lisa with our weekend update and I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. My weekend was quite busy while Steve spent some quality time at home with Bryce. I spent Thursday night, Friday afternoon and Saturday at Country USA 2007 in Oshkosh. I had a great time seeing some of my favorite country artists in concert including Emerson Drive, Carrie Underwood and Joe Nichols. I also enjoyed Friday afternoon watching my favorite local band Led West as well as being able to visit with some friends. I also had the wonderful opportunity to get a meet-n-greet pass to meet Emerson Drive. I won the pass from my favorite country radio station Y100. I was given 2 passes so I was able to take my mom with me. I am usually not very lucky when it comes to winning prizes, but this was one prize that I was extremely excited to get. They were so nice and personable and they love their fans. I spent Friday night and Sunday at home with my family. Well that wraps up our family weekend update, and I hope you have a great week.

As Bryce will be turning two in just eight days, we may start altering how we include him in our weekly intro. Instead of what new things he can do, perhaps just a funny story or two might be appropriate. This weekend, I (Steve) decided to get a current vocabulary list and wrote down every word or phrase he said unprompted. There's about 40 words here total, but he'll say a lot more if you say them first (like when reading him a book). In somewhat no particular order:
Me, Mine, Help, Help me, Help me daa, Yeah, No, Nope, Mommy, Daddy, Doggie, Nii nee (kitty), Hi, Buh bye, Uppie, Oh no!, Uh oh!, Bryce, Book, My book, Hot, But (button), Joo (juice), Light, Big, Elmo, Scooby Doo, Narney (Barney), Head, Mouff (mouth), Teeff (teeth), Knee, Apple, Ball, Beep beep, Cheese, Baby, Bear, Hush, Bite, Mammy (grandma), Ucky (yucky), Stoe (shoe). Lisa also thinks he said "I want my bear" before naptime on Saturday, which oddly enough was referring to his new doggie stuffed animal he got last week (and the first toy that he now routinely cuddles with at night).


The Summer 2007 Season Begins Today!
The scores are wiped clean and a brand new, slightly more casual season starts today! There are three rule changes for the summer season - one you are already aware of, one which will only affect one of you, and a third which is a big change from previous seasons and was inspired by the NCAA Basketball Tournament and the Conference Tournaments leading up to the Selection Show. I'll let you decide which is which.

1. Four games will be rotated this season instead of the usual eight. These four games are Family Feud, Mad Gab, Chain Reaction and TriBond, and were chosen by you, the players.

2. I will be implementing a new rule this season which will affect double-point week and the regular season final point standings. The top ten will become the top nine, and that tenth slot will be filled in by the person (not in the top nine) who gets the most points during double point week. In the event of a tie, whoever had more points up to that point will get the automatic bid into the big dance. So if you played horribly that season (or even if you barely played at all), then do really well in that last week, you could crash the party and still get into the playoffs. This rule change will make everyone still eligible to make the playoffs and perhaps even win the championship on the last week of the regular season.

3. The Summer 2007 maximum (weather-related) prize budget for the winner will temporarily drop from $30 to $10. The winner is always welcome to use this subsidy to purchase a more expensive item (such as a weather radio). Up to $100 in weather-related prizes are given away each year!


Family Feud

Topic #1: Name a noise that can grate on your nerves

Topic #2: Name a type of basket

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


Summer 2007 Game Schedule
Hint: It's the same as weeks 1 and 2 from last season.
Odd Weeks:
Family Feud
Mad Gab
Even Weeks:
Chain Reaction
TriBond


Weather Update Poll:
Thanks for your feedback - this is really helpful. If you haven't voted, please take 15 seconds and let me know what parts of my update you enjoy in my bidaily blog. The poll will close tomorrow night. Thanks!
Which of these Weather Update features do you take the time to read regularly? (check each box)
Personal Intro (Mondays)
Games
Today's Mood (Wed and Fri)
Today's Holiday
Today's Forecast Grade
Weather Forecast
News Articles
More News (Del.icio.us News Feed)
Yesterday’s Climate Links
RSS Feed
Monthly Forecast Stats
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s Holiday: Log Cabin Day (but tomorrow is National Chocolate Pudding Day!)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: A-


NowCast: (Source: National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Areas of fog can be expected across south central and southeast Wisconsin this morning. Some areas may see dense fog with visibilities dropping to 1/4 mile or less. The Burlington and Kenosha areas in the far southeast will see dense fog through about 8 am...then improve. As the sun rises and warms things up...the fog will quickly burn off around the area. Motorists are urged to be cautious while traveling through the fog during the early morning hours.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with areas of fog along with a cloud/sun mix, temps are in the mid- to upper 50s north and lower 60s central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: As of today, we are now halfway to Christmas morning - have you started your shopping yet? If the answer is yes, then I smirk in your general direction. As for the weather, a frontal boundary is stretching across North Dakota this morning, and will bring us a chance of storms late tomorrow and Wednesday. In the meantime, more hazy sunshine and very warm temperatures can be expected.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning fog, otherwise partly cloudy and warmer. High of 84 central, mid- 80s south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows mid- 60s.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny and very warm, maybe a thunderstorm later in the day. Highs upper 80s central, near 90 south. Chance of rain 30%.

Extended:
Wednesday: A morning shower, then decreasing clouds and cooler. Highs 80-85. Chance of rain 40%.
Thursday: Mostly sunny and cooler, highs 71-76.
Friday: Mostly sunny, highs 73-78.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs 74-79.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 73-78.


Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs around 103-105.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Morning fog, otherwise partly cloudy, highs mid- 80s. Highs near 90 inland.
Patchy fog will affect parts of southern South Carolina and southeast Georgia this morning...mainly west of the Intracoastal Waterway. Visibility in the fog will be as low as 1/4 to 1/2 mile in some communities. As a result...motorists should drive with extra care. Be alert for sudden reductions in visibility. Use only low beam headlights or fog lights in locations where there is fog.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Showers and thunderstorms, highs mid- 80s.
Through mid morning...scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop and move north at 20 to 25 mph across the coastal waters and inland to near Edna...Wharton...to Sugarland... Houston...Kingwood...and Moss Hill. Expect rainfall accumulations ranging from 1/4 to one inch.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Partly sunny with a thunderstorm possible. Highs upper 80s to near 90.
Just a few light to moderate showers remain across the quad state region early this morning. The trend will be for this activity to continue to dissipate as we head toward dawn.
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


Weather in the News:

Lightning kills man beneath cloudless sky
A landscaper died after being struck by an unusual type of lightning that's stronger, hotter, lasts longer and strikes from clear skies.
http://www.miamiherald.com/460/story/147572.html

100-foot deep Andes lake disappears
• Lake disappeared between March and May
• Ice chunks that floated on lake now lie on rocks
• Scientists say no earthquakes that could have caused cracks in lake bottom
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- A five-acre glacial lake in Chile's southern Andes has disappeared -- and scientists want to know why.
Park rangers at Bernardo O'Higgins National Park said they found a 100-feet-deep crater in late May where the lake had been in March. Several large pieces of ice that used to float atop the water also were spotted.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/06/21/missing.lake.ap/index.html

Helping along global warming
Anthony Watts of Chico, Calif., suspects NOAA temperature readings are not all they're cracked up to be. As the former TV meteorologist explains on his sophisticated, newly hatched Web site surfacestations.org, he has set out to do what big-time armchair-climate modelers like Hansen and no one else has ever done - physically quality-check each weather station to see if it's being operated properly.
"I believe we will be able to demonstrate that some of the global warming increase is not from CO2 but from localized changes in the temperature-measurement environment."
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/opinion/columnists/steigerwald/s_513013.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 22, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:21 PM GMT on June 22, 2007

TGIF!

Weather Update Poll:
Since going three days a week, I've added a few new features, and would now like to learn if you guys actually like the additional content. So please take 15 seconds to click the link below and check which of these features you enjoy reading every Mon, Wed and Fri. Thank you!

Which of these Weather Update features do you take the time to read regularly?
Personal Intro (Mondays)
Games
Today's Mood (Wed and Fri)
Today's Holiday
Today's Forecast Grade
Weather Forecast
News Articles
More News (Del.icio.us News Feed)
Yesterday’s Climate Links
RSS Feed
Monthly Forecast Stats
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Weather Update Poll Results:
Thanks for your votes - here are the four games that will be played during the more casual Summer 2007 season. Two other rule changes will be taking place, which I will write about when the new season begins on Monday.
For the Summer 2007 season I will be rotating only four games instead of eight. Which four should I play? [14 votes total]
Chain Reaction (12) 86%
Mad Gab (12) 86%
TriBond (10) 71%
Family Feud (9) 64%
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Would You Rather (8) 57%
Match Game (6) 42%
Wheel of Fortune (6) 42%
Outburst (5) 36%


Today’s Mood: Recuperating. Besides a summer trip or two, I don't really take a lot of vacation time during the year. In fact, in the 6+ years I've been at Thrivent Financial, I have yet to use up my yearly PTO allowance (but it gets banked so I don't lose any of it). And now that things are getting back to normal after our trip to Nashville, I am remembering why I don't take a lot of vacation time. There's a lot to do when you get back! The work email in-box is many pages thick of stuff to do, and at home you're out of groceries, the grass has to be mowed, bills have to get paid, and most importantly of all, the TiVo DVR box is full of shows taped while you were away (well ok, not so much during the summer when most shows are reruns).

Today’s Holiday: National Chocolate Eclair Day (Mmmm!)
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 scattered showers and thunderstorms to move into Iowa and Lafayette counties along a Boscobel...Mineral Point to Darlington line between 7 am and 8 am. The rest of southeast and south central Wisconsin will see partly to mostly cloudy skies...and temperatures rising from the mid to upper 50s through the morning commute.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 8am with sunshine north and central, clouds south, and showers and thunderstorms in southern Minnesota, eastern Iowa and central Illinois, temps are in the lower 60s north and central and mid- 60s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: The Summer Solstice officially began at 1:06pm yesterday, making today the first full day of summer and each day for the next six months will be just a little bit shorter. Wednesday evening northern and central Wisconsin had storms roll through with some hail and wind damage, and these storms generated a few Severe Thunderstorm Warnings in southern Wisconsin yesterday. As for today, high pressure to our north will keep northern Wisconsin sunny and dry, but that nearly stationary low pressure system still centrally located just east of St. Louis will bring more scattered thunderstorms to southern Wisconsin and Illinois. Iowa and southern Illinois are under the slight risk category for severe weather but the storms are not expected to be severe in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Sunshine north, a mix of sun and clouds central, and mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing south. High of 74. Chance of rain south 30%.

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy, maybe a thunderstorm south in the evening. Lows mid- 50s. Chance of rain south 30%.

Saturday: Partly sunny with a thunderstorm possible again south. Highs upper 70s. Chance of rain south 25%.

Sunday: Partly cloudy and warmer, highs mid- 80s.

Next Week:
Monday: Partly sunny, very warm, highs 87-92.
Tuesday: Becoming mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of thunderstorms late. Still very warm, highs 85-90.
Wednesday: Morning showers, then clearing and a little cooler, highs 80-85. Chance of morning rain 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine all weekend long, go figure, highs around 107 today and tomorrow and "cooling" to 102 on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated storms on Sunday, otherwise partly cloudy this weekend, highs upper 80s but upper 90s Saturday and Sunday 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: Scattered summer thunderstorms all weekend, highs upper 80s to near 90.
Isolated showers will continue to develop early this morning over the nearshore waters and then move north inland at 15 mph. Expect average rainfall accumulations of 1/4 inch.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Showers and storms today and tomorrow, isolated storms Sunday, highs upper 80s to near 90.
At 700 am...scattered showers and thunderstorms continue to affect portions of southeast Illinois...southwest Indiana and west Kentucky. The activity was east of Interstate 57 in Illinois and east of Interstate 24 in west Kentucky. Showers and storms will continue to slide southeast into the region from central Illinois. However... other storms are now developing across the area as well. Some of the stronger storms will be accompanied by heavy downpours...with hourly rainfall rates of an inch or more...gusty winds to 30 mph and frequent lightning.
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


Top News:

Senate passes energy bill, boosting mileage standards
• Senate votes to raise fuel efficiency standards to average of 35 mpg
• New standards apply to SUVs, must be reached by 2020
• Bill also includes laws against price-gouging, increases in ethanol production
• House still debating its version of the standard
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate passed an energy bill late Thursday that includes an increase in automobile fuel economy, new laws against energy price-gouging and a requirement for huge increases in the production of ethanol.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/06/21/congress.energy.ap/index.html


Weather in the News:

Tornadoes Strike Northern Wisconsin June 7 - Aerial Photo
A series of tornadoes ripped through the Upper Midwest region of the United States in the evening of June 7, 2007. At least five different tornadoes touched down in Wisconsin, according to the Associated Press, one of which tore through the Bear Paw Resort in northern Wisconsin. Despite dropping as much as fifteen centimeters (six inches) of rain in some places and baseball-size hail in others, authorities were reporting no deaths attributable to the storm system, and only a smattering of injuries, but considerable property damage in some areas.
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/shownh.php3?img_id=14317

Bill would require weather radios in mobile homes nationwide
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Mobile homes across the nation would come equipped from the manufacturer with early warning radios to alert residents of dangerous weather under a bill announced Thursday in Washington.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-ap-in-weatherradios,1,2755165.story?coll=chi-news-hed& ctrack=2&cset=true

Local Woman Uses AC Unit Run Off To Water Plants
The long list of water restrictions in the greater Birmingham area means every gallon counts for every customer.
One Birmingham woman is making sure her water supply goes a little bit further than most people's.
Air conditions cool, but do much more.
“I came out here one day and I noticed that my air conditioner was leaking, so I said, ‘You know, I could probably use that to water things’,” said Marjorie Manchester.
http://www.weatherparty.com/story.php?title=Local_Woman_Uses_AC_Unit_Run_Off_To_Water_Plants

New Orleans still at risk of serious flooding: report
New Orleans is still at risk of serious flooding two years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city, a government report has found.
While the levees and floodwalls that collapsed under Katrina's storm surge have been repaired, authorities have not yet raised the height of levees that were overtopped by the floodwaters.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thr ivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20070621/20070621NewOrleansstillatriskofseriousfloodingrepor t.xml&p=-1
http://sites.stockpoint.com/thrivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20070621/20070621Armyrelease sNewOrleansstormrisks.xml&p=-1

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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 Articles of Interest:
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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


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May 2007 Forecast Stats:
Forecasts 13
Error Points 27
Average 2.08
Error > 4 2
% Within 4 85%
Bulls-Eye 2
% Bulls-Eye 15%

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 20, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 11:51 AM GMT on June 20, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!
This is Steve with the extended weekend update and hopefully all of you are having a good work week so far. We spent the last four days in sunny and very hot Nashville! The main reason for going to Nashville Friday morning was my friends Chad and Jessica's wedding. I was a groomsman for the Jewish outdoor wedding on Sunday, which was really neat to be a part of. It was very hot in the black tux though (it hit 95 degrees on Sunday!) Many of my college friends also made the trip so it was great seeing all of them again.

As long as we were already there, we spent an extra couple days just checking out the sites, such as Lower Broadway (where all the best country bars are), the Country Music Hall of Fame, Studio B, Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, and the Opry Mills Mall, Gaylord Opryland Resort, and the Grand Ole Opry Museum. But as great as the trip was, we're also glad to be home with Bryce again, who spent the extended weekend with his Grandma John (Nia, Lisa's mom).


Spring 2007 Playoff Final Point Standings
In the closest finish in Weather Update game history, we have a four-way tie for first place! While it is tempting to have a four-way playoff for the championship, the rules stated at the beginning of the season that in the event of a tie, whoever has the most points in the regular season wins it all. So by four regular season points, rookie Brian F. has won the Spring 2007 Season!

Just how close was this thing? If Becky and her dad would have answered "A" for Rather game #2 on Thursday, they would have won. If Angie would have said Bride or Groom for Outburst on Wednesday, she would have won. If Katie/Bart score just ONE more point in the regular season, they would have won. Here's how the final standings look:

Total Bonus Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Tie-Breaker Name City
35 3 8 7 9 8 114 Perfect Score
30 3 7 6 6 8 100 Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
30 2 8 7 7 6 96 Becky T. and Dad:
30 2 8 6 6 8 89 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
30 0 8 5 9 8 70 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
27 0 8 6 7 6 70 Bethany:
26 2 7 6 3 8 94 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
25 2 6 6 5 6 90 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
22 1 8 6 2 5 73 $Greg, Madison, WI:
15 0 6 3 6 - 70 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
11 1 6 - 4 - 86 $Brian, Madison, WI:
8 1 7 - - - 82 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:


Wednesday's Game Results and Thursday's Games (no results)
http://www.wunderground.com/blog/HaleStorm/comment.html?entrynum=474&tstamp=200706
Thursday's Game Results
http://www.wunderground.com/blog/HaleStorm/comment.html?entrynum=476&tstamp=200706


Weather Update Poll:
For the Summer 2007 season I will be rotating only four games instead of eight. Which four should I play? (check four boxes)
Chain Reaction
Family Feud
Mad Gab
Match Game
Outburst
TriBond
Wheel of Fortune
Would You Rather
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s Holiday: Ice Cream Soda Day (Mmmm!)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: B+


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with sunshine, temps are around 45-50 north and 50-55 central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: High pressure centered near St. Louis will be competing for our weather with a weak low pressure system and warm front to our north. The models aren't exactly sure which system is going to win out here in Wisconsin, but it's a decent bet that we'll get a few scattered thundershowers either later today or tomorrow.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Sunshine this morning. Becoming partly sunny this afternoon with an isolated thunderstorm possible late in the day north or central. Warmer, high of 82 north and central and mid- 80s south. Chance of rain 20% central

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, maybe a shower or thunderstorm central and south. Lows lower 50s north, near or just above 60 central and south. Chance of rain 40% central and south.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, maybe another thunderstorm south. Highs mid- 70s north, near or just above 80 central, and low to mid- 80s south. Chance of rain south 30%.

This Weekend:
Friday: Partly sunny, cooler, an isolated thundershower possible again south, highs 73-78. Chance of rain south 25%.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, warmer, highs 79-84.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, highs 77-82.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine today and tomorrow, highs around 106.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Showers and thunderstorms today, sunshine tomorrow, breezy, 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: Scattered storms today, isolated storms tomorrow, highs near or just above 90.
Scattered rainshowers and a few thunderstorms continues over portions of southeast Texas. The heaviest activity at 5am was located over Waller and Austin counties. The precipitation is moving to the west northwest at 15 mph. This precipitation will continue moving to the west northwest into Washington...Grimes and Brazos counties. Rainfall amounts will generally be less than 1/2 inch with isolated amounts of over one inch possible.
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 tomorrow night, otherwise sunshine, highs mid- to 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


In Case You Missed It:

Google pushes 100-mpg car
Offers millions to advance plug-in hybrid vehicles and other technologies that link nation's transport system to the electric grid.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Google said Tuesday it is getting in on the development of electric vehicles, awarding $1 million in grants and inviting applicants to bid for another $10 million in funding to develop plug-in hybrid electric vehicles capable of getting 70 to 100 miles per gallon.
http://money.cnn.com/2007/06/19/news/economy/google_plugin/index.htm?postversion=2007061911

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Games Update

By: HaleStorm, 12:34 AM GMT on June 20, 2007

What an excellent day of weather across Wisconsin! High pressure and cooler air behind a cold front gave us sunshine and pleasant temperatures in the 70s. Another cold front may give us a stray thundershower late tomorrow or Thursday.



Spring 2007 Playoff Final Point Standings

In the closest finish in Weather Update game history, we have a four-way tie for first place! While it is tempting to have a four-way playoff for the championship, the rules stated at the beginning of the season that in the event of a tie, whoever has the most points in the regular season wins it all. So by four regular season points, rookie Brian F. has won the Spring 2007 Season!

Just how close was this thing? If Becky and her dad would have answered "A" for Rather game #2 on Thursday, they would have won. If Angie would have said Bride or Groom for Outburst on Wednesday, she would have won. If Katie/Bart score just ONE more point in the regular season, they would have won. Here's how the final standings look:

Total Bonus Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Tie-Breaker Name City
35 3 8 7 9 8 114 Perfect Score
30 3 7 6 6 8 100 Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
30 2 8 7 7 6 96 Becky T. and Dad:
30 2 8 6 6 8 89 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
30 0 8 5 9 8 70 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
27 0 8 6 7 6 70 Bethany:
26 2 7 6 3 8 94 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
25 2 6 6 5 6 90 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
22 1 8 6 2 5 73 $Greg, Madison, WI:
15 0 6 3 6 - 70 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
11 1 6 - 4 - 86 $Brian, Madison, WI:
8 1 7 - - - 82 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:



Playoff Would You Rather...

Game #1:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather have a baby that...
A. cries twice as loud and as often as other babies
B. goes to the bathroom twice as often but is very quiet and well behaved (10) - 1 point

Game #2:
Topic: Ethics/Intellect
Would You Rather...
A. Be filthy rich (7) - 1 point
B. Command tremendous respect (but not both!) (3)

Game #3:
Topic: Appearance/Embarrassment
As a man, would you rather...
A. Have terribly bad fluorescent orange dandruff (1)
B. Have your sweat smell like Chanel No. 5 perfume (9) - 1 point


Playoff Wheel of Fortune

Puzzle #1:
C U F F
L I N K S
Category: Things
Used Letters: RSTLNE BMPU
Point Value: 2

Puzzle #2:
A
F O N D
F A R E W E L L
Category: Thing
Used Letters: RSTLNE CDGI
Point Value: 1

Puzzle #3:
D E A D
G I V E A W A Y
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE FGYI
Point Value: 1

Updated: 3:02 AM GMT on June 20, 2007

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Hot Day in Wisconsin, and Game Results Coming Tuesday

By: HaleStorm, 1:30 AM GMT on June 15, 2007

Wisconsin enjoyed yet another day of warm, dry weather with most high temperatures reaching the mid- to upper 80s and Lacrosse even hit 92!


Games Update
Well, only 6 of 11 people are in and I'm turning off the computer shortly, so you all have until Tuesday afternoon to get in your answers, when I'll announce the final results here on my online blog.

In a way, it's kind of like Survivor, where they tape the series, the final votes are in, but instead of tallying the results and finding out who won right away, they all have to fly home and wait six months for the series to air, then they count the votes live in the season finale. :) If only a million dollars instead of a weather radio were at stake in my weather updates!

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Games and Weather Update

By: HaleStorm, 3:33 AM GMT on June 14, 2007

Today was another great day of weather across Wisconsin, and as long as you don't mind a dirty airmass hanging around for another 24 hours, more sunshine, warm temperatures but only moderate air quality are on tap for tomorrow.


Here are the last games of the Spring 2007 season. I'd like everyone to get in their answers by Thursday evening so I can announce the winner online right away, but if someone is still mathematically eligible to win and hasn't gotten in their answers, I guess you'll have until Tuesday afternoon to get them in.


Playoff Would You Rather...
Get all three correct for a crucial bonus point!

Game #1:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather have a baby that...
A. cries twice as loud and as often as other babies
B. goes to the bathroom twice as often but is very quiet and well behaved

Game #2:
Topic: Ethics/Intellect
Would You Rather...
A. Be filthy rich
B. Command tremendous respect (but not both!)

Game #3:
Topic: Appearance/Embarrassment
As a man, would you rather...
A. Have terribly bad fluorescent orange dandruff
B. Have your sweat smell like Chanel No. 5 perfume


Playoff Wheel of Fortune

Puzzle #1:
_ U _ _
L _ N _ S
Category: Things
Used Letters: RSTLNE BMPU
Point Value: 2

Puzzle #2:
_
_ _ N _
_ _ R E _ E L L
Category: Thing
Used Letters: RSTLNE CGHI
Point Value: 1

Puzzle #3:
_ E _ _
_ I _ E _ W _ Y
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE FWYI
Point Value: 1



Playoff Match Game Results
In Wednesday's update, I forgot to mention the rule change to the Match Game for the playoffs. Seeing as how I only expected about half as many submissions as usual, I am going to cut in half the amount of submissions needed for a point from 6 to 3.

Players: 15
Game #1: Harry said, "My wife is such a rotten cook. Instead of drinking her coffee, I use it as _____."
Motor Oil/Engine Lubricant (4) - 1 point
Insecticide/Fertilizer (2)
Cleanser
Drain cleaner
Engine Degreaser
Gasoline
Gravy
Mouth Wash
Paint
Paint Remover
Shoe polish

Game #2: Tony said, "The roaches in my apartment are really bold. I just found one in my bathroom using my ______."
Toothbrush (9) - 3 points
Hair Dryer
Shaver
Soap
Toilet
Toothpaste
Water Glass


Playoff Outburst Results

Players: 15
Topic: Found at a Wedding
Bride (12)
Groom (10)
Bouquet (Flowers also accepted) (8)
Wedding Cake (7)
Clergyman (Priest also accepted) (6)
Wedding Ring (2)
Best Man (1) - Bonus Point goes to Karl.
Witnesses (Guests also accepted) (1) - Bonus Point goes to Katie/Bart.
Marriage License
Maid of Honor

Other answers:
Presents/Gifts (3)
Cameras
Rice/bird seed
Programs
Bridesmaids
Beer/Liquor
Champagne
Drunk Groomsmen
Drunk Bridesmaids
Drunk DJ's
Drunk people dancing



Spring 2007 Playoff Point Standings
Interesting to note that the top five have never won the championship - there's a good chance one of them will change all that shortly! Becky was in the playoff lead with one day to go just a couple seasons ago...can she close the deal this time around and upset the regular season champion and all the previous winners?

Total Bonus Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Tie-Breaker Name City
27 3 8 7 9 114 Perfect Score
24 2 8 7 7 96 Becky T. and Dad:
22 3 7 6 6 100 Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
22 2 8 6 6 89 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
22 0 8 5 9 70 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
21 0 8 6 7 70 Bethany:
19 2 6 6 5 90 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
18 2 7 6 3 94 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
17 1 8 6 2 73 $Greg, Madison, WI:
15 0 6 3 6 70 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
11 1 6 - 4 86 $Brian, Madison, WI:
8 1 7 - - 82 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:

Updated: 3:45 AM GMT on June 14, 2007

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 13, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 11:31 AM GMT on June 13, 2007

Please Note:
There will not be an update posted this Friday or next week Monday. Games will be posted online-only tomorrow and final results may appear online tomorrow night if everyone plays before late in the evening (otherwise they will be posted online Tuesday afternoon.) Weather Updates will resume on Wednesday, June 20.


Good Wednesday morning!

Playoff Match Game
A month's worth of games in four days! What a rush!

Game #1: Harry said, "My wife is such a rotten cook. Instead of drinking her coffee, I use it as _____."

Game #2: Tony said, "The roaches in my apartment are really bold. I just found one in my bathroom using my ______."


Playoff Outburst

Topic: Found at a Wedding

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


Playoff Chain Reaction

Your
Honor
System
Crash
Diet
Soda
Jerk


Playoff TriBond

TriBond #1:
Lighthouses, Cab Drivers, Trumpeters: They all blow horns

TriBond #2:
Pick-Up Artist, Fishermen, The DMV: They all have lines


Spring 2007 Playoff Point Standings
For the first time all season, we have a new leader! Becky T. was the only one to get "Honor" from Chain Reaction correct.

Total Bonus Day 1 Day 2 Tie-Breaker Name City
18 3 8 7 114 Perfect Score
17 2 8 7 96 Becky T. and Dad:
16 3 7 6 100 Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
16 2 8 6 89 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
15 2 7 6 94 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
15 1 8 6 73 $Greg, Madison, WI:
14 2 6 6 90 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
14 0 8 6 70 Bethany:
13 0 8 5 70 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
9 0 6 3 70 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
8 1 7 - 82 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
7 1 6 - 86 $Brian, Madison, WI:


Spring 2007 Playoff Game Schedule
Want to be notified right away when I post Thursday's games online? Subscribe to my RSS Feed!
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rss

Today:
Match Game
Outburst
Thursday: (online only)
Would You Rather...
Wheel of Fortune
Thursday Night or next Tuesday Afternoon:
Results!


General Poll:
Flag Day is June 14. Do you display an American flag?
Yes
No
Vote:
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/223944


Today’s Mood: Oy! Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for the Milwaukee Brewers, they end up getting no-hit last night by the Detroit Tigers. At least the injury bug hasn't hit them badly yet, but I don't want to give them any ideas. And is anyone watching the snoozefest otherwise known as the NBA Finals? At least last night's game was close, but boy the Spurs are really good at making the Cleveland Cavs look like they don't quite belong there yet. Maybe in another year or two...

Today’s Holiday: National Juggling Day and Kitchen Klutzes Of America Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: A


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with sunshine, temps are generally in the mid- 50s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Speaking of snoozefests, what a boring forecast. Where do we live again, San Diego? Sunshine, highs low to mid- 80s, and Meatloaf for dinner again??? Sheesh! High pressure centered just to our east is continuing to dominate the weather, stubbornly refusing to move east and blocking any other weather systems from entering our space. This means another day of soaking rain for the Plains states but another couple days of sunshine for us here in the western Great Lakes.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny and warm, high of 85. Ozone Action Day.

Tonight: Clear, lows lower 50s north, mid- 50s central and south.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and warm, highs mid- to upper 80s.

This Weekend and Beyond:
Friday: Mostly cloudy, maybe a thundershower. Highs 82-87. Chance of rain 25%.
Saturday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 82-87. Chance of rain 50%.
Sunday: Partly sunny, maybe a passing thundershower. Highs 81-86. Chance of rain 25%.
Monday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing late. Highs 82-87. Chance of rain 40%.
Tuesday: Showers and thunderstorms. Highs 75-80. Chance of rain 50%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine through the weekend, highs 102-106.
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 storms each day through the weekend, highs lower 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms each day through the weekend, highs upper 80s to near 90.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine through the weekend, highs near 90.
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


In Case You Missed It:

Television's 'Mr. Wizard' dies at 89
• Don Herbert taught children how science could be fun
• His first show aired from 1951 to 1964; returned to TV in '80s
• Herbert received a Peabody Award in 1954
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Don Herbert, who as television's "Mr. Wizard" introduced generations of young viewers to the joys of science, died Tuesday. He was 89.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/TV/06/12/obit.mr.wizard.ap/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

Teen: Toilet Water Cleaner Than Fountain
For an English assignment, he tested the bacteria content at four water fountains and one toilet to challenge a ban on students from bringing bottled water to class. It seems some were using it to sneak in alcohol.
Guess which was cleaner? It wasn't the water fountains.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/06/11/ap/strange/main2916262.shtml


Weather in the News:

Thanks Nia for the link!
Experts Warn U.S. Hurricane Satellite Near Failure, Replacement Delayed Until 2016
An aging U.S. weather satellite crucial to accurate predictions on the intensity and path of hurricanes could fail at any moment and plans to launch a replacement have been pushed back seven years to 2016.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,281312,00.html
http://www.space.com/news/ap_070612_quickscat_failure.html

Hurricane Strike Frequency Map
http://www.weather.com/maps/maptype/severeusnational/hurricanestrikefrequency_large.html?par=cnn&si te=www.cnn.com&cm_ven=CNN&cm_cat=www.cnn.com&cm_pla=HomePagePromo&cm_ite=Maps

Updated: 11:32 AM GMT on June 13, 2007

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Weather and Games Update

By: HaleStorm, 11:59 PM GMT on June 11, 2007

What a great summer day across Wisconsin! Plenty of sunshine and high temperatures in the low to mid- 80s! Look for a few more days of great weather courtesy of high pressure to our east.


Here are the games for Tuesday, June 12. You have until 6am Wednesday to get in your answers by either emailing me or clicking the "Play the Games / Feedback" link on the right side of this page. Monday's game results are below as well.

Playoff Chain Reaction

Your
H_____
S_____
Crash
D_____
S_____
Jerk

Playoff TriBond
Just two TriBonds today. One point for each and you'll get a bonus point if you get both correct.

TriBond #1:
Lighthouses
Cab Drivers
Trumpeters

TriBond #2:
Pick-Up Artist
Fishermen
The DMV


Playoff Family Feud Results

Players: 18
Topic #1: Name something you hope you never find in your house
Mouse/Rat/Rodent (9) - 2 points
Burglar/Robber/Killer/The Hamburglar (6) - 1 point
Cockroach/Insect (3)

Topic #2: Name a kind of paper that comes on a roll
Toilet Paper (18) - 2 points


Playoff Mad Gab

Players: 16
Gab #1 (16/16): Awe Mow Stare = Almost there

Gab #2 (14/16): Den Ask Wade = Dennis Quaid

Gab #3 (14/16): Hey Oh Weld Not Come = AOL.com


Spring 2007 Playoff Point Standings

Total Bonus Day 1 Tie-Breaker Name City
11 3 8 114 Perfect Score
10 3 7 100 Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
10 2 8 96 Becky T. and Dad:
10 2 8 89 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
9 2 7 94 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
9 1 8 73 $Greg, Madison, WI:
8 2 6 90 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
8 1 7 82 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
8 0 8 70 Bethany:
8 0 8 70 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
7 1 6 86 $Brian, Madison, WI:
6 0 6 70 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:

Updated: 11:35 AM GMT on June 12, 2007

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 11, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 11:39 AM GMT on June 11, 2007

Happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update, and I hope you all had a great weekend. Our weekend was busy but enjoyable and special. Friday evening, Steve and I went on a disc golfing date while Bryce visited with his Grandma Nia. This was the first time this year that we've been disc golfing, and it was a lot of fun and nice to spend some time together just the two of us.

Saturday, we walked in the Bellin Run 2007 which is a 10K Run/Walk in Green Bay. We both beat our times from 2006 and 2004 so we were quite proud of our accomplishments. Steve finished in 1:18 and I finished in 1:36. Steve thinks he might even feel confident enough to attempt running (instead of walking/jogging) the Bellin Run next year.

Sunday was a another busy but also a very special day. We went to the Baptism for Grant Henry Schubring, son of our friends Jason and Nicole, and Steve's Godson. Steve also worked very hard on Sunday afternoon assembling Bryce's "big boy" bed frame. He wouldn't sleep in it last night because it was still too new, but it looks very nice and makes Bryce's room look like a "big boy" room (especially when we take out the crib in another week or two). Well that wraps up our weekend, have a great week.

Pictures:
Grant's Baptism
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/P1140269.JPG
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/P1140282.JPG
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/P1140289.JPG

Big Boy Bed
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/P1140294.JPG

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Speaking of Bryce, he has a new favorite book. I think we burned him out on Snuggle Puppy because he only likes us reading that to him every once in a while, but now his favorite book seems to be Goodnight Moon which we have to read every night. He's getting out more words like he should be since he's almost two years old, and like most toddlers you need a special dictionary to translate some of his words to English. Examples: me-o = please, nee = kitty and jew = juice. He does say "Help me" pretty clearly now though, along with parts of the body like "head", "nose", "mouff", and "knee." Lisa heard him say "bed" the other day, and Grandma Nia said he kind-of said "I love you."


Spring 2007 Playoffs!
Here are the rules and they are slightly different than usual so pay attention.

--There will be games Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
--Games will be ONLINE ONLY on Tuesday and Thursday, and there will be no weather update on Friday as we'll be out of town, so you will have to check the Web site [www.wisconsinweatherupdate.com] to get the games on Tuesday and Thursday. The next day's games might even get posted tonight and/or Wednesday night if everyone gets in their answers right away. You can email me your answers or click the "Play the Games / Feedback" link on the right side of my Web page. If you can't get to my Web site for some reason, please let me know and I'll be happy to tell you what the games are.
--You only have one day to get in your answers, so please have them submitted by 6am the following morning at the latest. I'm occasionally flexible during the regular season, but it's a no-tolerance policy during the playoffs. Hey, this is for a nice prize.
--In previous seasons I only played one game per day. This time around each game's getting played once, which means twice the points are up for grabs and the standings will hopefully shuffle around a bit more than in past playoff weeks.
--If everyone gets in their answers to Thursday's game by early evening, I will post the final results online Thursday night. Otherwise, you'll have to wait until next week Wednesday to find out who won (no update next Monday either.)
--Lastly, even if you didn't make the playoffs, you're always welcome to submit answers, and I will include them with that day's answers. This is especially useful for games like Family Feud, Match Game, Rather, etc., which are best if a lot of people play.


Playoff Family Feud

Topic #1: Name something you hope you never find in your house

Topic #2: Name a kind of paper that comes on a roll


Playoff Mad Gab
No random bonus points this time - it's all up to you. Get all three correct for a bonus point!

Gab #1: Awe Mow Stare

Gab #2: Den Ask Wade

Gab #3: Hey Oh Weld Not Come

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


Spring 2007 Playoff Game Schedule

Monday:
Family Feud
Mad Gab
Tuesday: (online only)
Chain Reaction
TriBond
Wednesday:
Match Game
Outburst
Thursday: (online only)
Would You Rather...
Wheel of Fortune


Spring 2007 Playoff Point Standings
Note that due to a scoring miscalculation on Friday, Bethany is also in the playoffs, tied for that last spot with Katie/Bart and Sharon. Remember that last season my friend Dan won it starting out with zero points, so with double the games being played, you're all right in this thing. Will rookie Brian F. go wire-to-wire, will a previous champ take the crown once again, or will someone new experience the thrill of winning for the first time?

Total Tie-Breaker Name City
3 114 Perfect Score
3 100 Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
2 96 Becky T. and Dad:
2 94 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
2 90 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
2 89 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
1 86 $Brian, Madison, WI:
1 82 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
1 73 $Greg, Madison, WI:
0 70 Bethany:
0 70 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
0 70 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:


Today’s Holiday: National Hug Holiday and King Kamehameha Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: A


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with sunshine, temps are in the lower 50s north, the mid- to upper 50s central and the upper 50s to near 60 south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Last week's weather models were indicating that this would be a stormy week, but data over the weekend indicated that instead, a large area of high pressure centered just to our east would become stationary, keeping the low pressure system to our west for a few more days and giving a stormy work week to the Plains states instead of us. So, look for a great next few days of weather around Wisconsin!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly cloudy, highs lower 80s north, 83 central, and low to mid- 80s south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows lower 50s north and mid- 50s central and south.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, highs low to mid- 80s.

Extended:
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, highs 79-84.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, highs 81-86.
Friday: Partly sunny, maybe a passing thundershower, highs 81-86. Chance of rain 25%.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with scattered thundershowers, highs 80-85. Chance of rain 30%.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 79-84. Chance of rain 35%.


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: Isolated storms today, scattered storms tonight and tomorrow, cooler highs 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 afternoon storms today and tomorrow, otherwise partly cloudy, highs lower 90s. Ozone Action Day.
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 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


Weather in the News:

China: Flash floods leave 66 dead
• China's Ministry of Civil Affairs says 591,000 have been left homeless
• Authorities told Xinhua 294,000 hectares of cropland have been damaged
• Rainstorms caused an economic loss of about 2.9 billion yuan ($371 million)
BEIJING, China (CNN) -- Sixty-six people have been killed and more than a half-million displaced by flooding and landslides that followed heavy rainfall in south China's Guangdong Province, according to Xinhua, China's state-run news agency.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/06/11/china.flooding/index.html

Tsunami siren damaged after false alarm
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Angry villagers stoned a tsunami warning siren in Aceh province after it accidentally went off, triggering panic in the region hardest hit by the 2004 killer waves, an official said Thursday.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070607/ap_on_re_as/indonesia_tsunami_warning_system

Indiana Mandates Weather Alert Radios in Manufactured Housing
Officials from NOAA National Weather Service offices that serve Indiana were on hand today at the Eastbrook Mobile Home Park in Evansville, Ind., to witness the signing of C.J.’s Law by Indiana Governor Mitchell Daniels. Named for two-year-old C.J. Martin, the law mandates installation of NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards public alert radios in all new and relocated manufactured housing, within manufactured communities in Indiana, effective July 1.
http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2007/s2870.htm

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 8, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:10 PM GMT on June 08, 2007

Updates: added better link to NWS storm damage story, gave 2 more points to Bethany, and fixed RSS Feed issue.



TGIF!

Double Outburst Results

Players: 26
Topic: Things to do at camp
Swim (21)
Hike (13)
Build Campfires (12)
Sing (11)
Make Crafts (7)
Canoeing (6)
Boating (3)
Ride Horses (2) - Two Bonus Points Awarded to: Sarah H. and Deb.
Fish (2) - Two Bonus Points Awarded to: Sheila and Clair.
Sail

Other Answers:
Roast marshmallows (9)
Tell ghost stories (4)
Cook Out (2)
Set up tents
Make s'mores
Target practice (with bow and arrow)
Food Fight
Archery
Collect bugs
Make new friends
Write home
Eat
Play games
Ride bikes
String up a hammock, open a cold frosty beverage, kick back, relax and enjoy the sound of the trees rustling in the breeze
(Editors note: what camp did YOU go to? )


Double Would You Rather Results

Players: 28
Game #1:
Topic: Appearance/Embarrassment
Would You Rather...
A. Be the world's tallest person (23) - 2 points
B. Be the world's shortest person (5)

Game #2:
Topic: Appearance/Embarrassment
Would You Rather...
A. Be the world's expert in one field but totally clueless about nearly everything else (7)
B. Have slightly less than average knowledge in all subjects (21) - 2 points


Spring 2007 Unofficial Regular Season Final Point Standings
These are the unofficial regular season point standings. Let me know if I goofed up the math on anyone's scores and I'll update the Web site right away. Next week's playoff games will be played Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with the Tuesday and Thursday games being Web-only, meaning you'll have to sign onto my Web site to get the games that day. Results will be published online Thursday night presuming I get everyone's answers in that day.

Total Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Playoffs Name City
114 8 8 7 9 8 8 28 3 Perfect Score
100 8 7 4 9 7 8 20 3 Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
96 5 8 5 9 7 8 22 2 Becky T. and Dad:
94 6 7 5 9 7 8 22 2 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
90 4 6 5 7 7 6 22 2 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
89 6 7 1 7 7 8 22 2 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
86 5 6 4 9 5 8 20 1 $Brian, Madison, WI:
82 3 2 6 9 7 6 22 1 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
73 7 3 4 7 7 6 12 1 $Greg, Madison, WI:
70 7 - 4 1 6 5 24 0 Bethany:
70 6 - 3 2 7 4 22 0 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
70 7 5 3 1 7 8 8 0 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
69 8 2 3 9 4 - 24 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
68 7 8 5 7 7 4 - Raessa:
67 7 6 5 1 6 6 14 Tony:
66 7 1 4 8 4 8 18 Deb:
65 3 - 2 7 4 - 24 Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
64 6 6 4 2 2 8 12 $Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
64 4 3 2 10 5 8 14 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
63 6 2 2 4 3 7 20 Steve L.:
59 6 5 4 2 5 8 14 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
57 6 - 6 6 5 - 14 Mary, Appleton, WI:
48 3 2 5 2 6 6 20 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
46 4 2 1 0 4 4 20 Diane Sm.:
45 5 - 6 2 5 6 - Sally:
41 - - - - - - 22 Sue, De Pere, WI:
36 2 0 6 - 8 4 16 Cory S. Kaukauna, WI
35 6 - 4 - 4 4 10 Kelley:
33 6 - 6 - 3 4 - Mom:
30 3 - 3 - 4 - 18 John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI:
29 3 6 1 - 2 - - Morgan:
25 - - - 1 2 4 16 Jen:
23 7 - - - - 4 - Nicole, Madison, WI:
21 3 - - 2 4 4 2 Chris Ke.:
20 - - - 2 4 - 4 Al, Germantown, WI:
18 - - - - - - - Craig, Green Bay, WI:
15 - - - - - - - John E., St. Paul, MN:
15 - 0 3 - 4 - - Rhonda Lop.:
14 3 - - - - - - Jan, Berlin, WI:
12 1 0 5 2 0 - 4 Patty:
5 - - - - - - - Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC:
5 - - - - - - - John S.:
4 - - - - - - - Adam E.:
1 - - - - - - - $Tammy, Madison, WI:



General Poll:
Have you joined any external social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook, Second Life, etc.?
Yes
No
I've never heard of these sites before!
Vote:
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/223944


Today’s Mood: Relieved. For 3-5 days a year, I seem to be one of the most popular people at work with everyone wanting to know what's going on with the upcoming storms. While I didn't write a weather update yesterday, my online weather blog was still hoping with good discussion as things progressed. Look for more info about yesterday's storms below. But I thought for sure I'd be on like two hours of sleep yesterday - on Wednesday, I had about three cups of coffee, a Diet Mountain Dew, a McDonald's shake as part of dinner, we watched the last two hours of 24: Season 6 right before bed and there was a forecast for an extremely severe weather outbreak the next day. I was shocked that I actually fell asleep almost right away and got a good night's sleep. And I'm relieved that those storms mostly stayed to our north, although I did get a few good wall cloud pictures that I'll post online this weekend.

Today’s Holiday: Best Friends Day and Name Your Poison Day (interesting combination?)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: B


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 8am with clouds, lots of wind and a few isolated showers in north-central Wisconsin, temps are pretty varied, in the lower 50s north and near 70 in southeastern Wisconsin.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: After a wild day of weather with almost 30 Tornado Warnings issued non-stop from 11:30am until after 7pm, five actual tornadoes that caused some major damage, hail sizes larger than baseballs and wind damage throughout the state, cooler air behind that strong cold front should keep our weather relatively stable through the weekend. Moisture behind the front may give us a passing shower this morning but look for a clearing sky and winds to eventually settle down.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy and windy with an isolated shower possible this morning. Becoming mostly sunny and less windy later in the day. Highs mid- to upper 60s north, 72 central and lower 70s south.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows upper 40s.

Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 70s.

Sunday: Partly sunny, maybe a thundershower north late in the day, highs upper 70s north and central, near 80 south.

Next Week:
Monday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 78-83. Chance of rain 35%.
Tuesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 77-82. Chance of rain 50%.
Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 76-81. Chance of rain 40%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs near 90 today and mid- 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: Isolated afternoon storms through the weekend, otherwise partly cloudy, highs 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 afternoon storms through the weekend, otherwise partly cloudy, highs upper 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 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


Weather in the News:

Tornadoes rake state
Maelstrom roars from La Crosse area to northeast; few are hurt
Thunderstorms, tornadoes, 65 mph winds and baseball-sized hail roared through west-central to northeast Wisconsin on Thursday, leaving widespread damage, uprooting trees and knocking out power to thousands.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=616865
http://www.postcrescent.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070608/APC0101/706080698/1979
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/crnews/display_story.php?wfo=grb&storyid=8605&source=0
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/crnews/display_story.php?wfo=mkx&storyid=8597&source=0

At least 28 dead as storm heads for Iran
• Omanis clean up mud, debris, scattered cars
• Death toll in Oman and Iran rises to 28
• Cyclone weakens to tropical storm strength
• Storm headed for Iran; likely to miss its oil platforms
MUSCAT, Oman (AP) -- A massive cleanup began Thursday in Oman's small seaside capital, after Cyclone Gonu ripped down trees and bridges and poured mud onto a city often called the Arab world's tidiest.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/06/07/cyclone.ap/index.html

Updated: 2:32 PM GMT on June 13, 2007

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High Risk of Severe Weather

By: HaleStorm, 12:51 PM GMT on June 07, 2007

The Storm Prediction Center has put almost all of Wisconsin in the very rare HIGH RISK category for severe weather, including a 15% of a tornado forming within 25 miles of any point, and at least a 10% chance of an EF2 or larger tornado forming within 25 miles of any point. I want to start a weather pool around the office today where you sign up for when you think the first tornado watch and warnings will be posted within Wisconsin. :) Occasionally these big severe weather outbreak forecasts are a bust, usually due to a strong inversion layer a mile or so up in the air that the vertical lifting at the surface just can't get past to take advantage of the extremely strong instability in the mid-levels of the atmosphere, but more than likely this thing will be real and some big damage could take place in the state today. If you live in Wisconsin and are reading this, you might just want to go to your basement stairwell, bring a book, and don't leave until tomorrow morning. :)

http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk.html

Updated: 1:19 PM GMT on June 07, 2007

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 6, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 11:38 AM GMT on June 06, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

Double Outburst
Give me four answers to the topic below, and each answer that matches one on the card of ten possible answers will get you two points. And two points will go to the least most popular answer still listed on the card.

Topic: Things to do at camp

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


Double Would You Rather...
No bonus point if you get both correct, but they are worth two points each!

Game #1:
Topic: Appearance/Embarrassment
Would You Rather...
A. Be the world's tallest person
B. Be the world's shortest person

Game #2:
Topic: Appearance/Embarrassment
Would You Rather...
A. Be the world's expert in one field but totally clueless about nearly everything else
B. Have slightly less than average knowledge in all subjects

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


Double Family Feud Results
I'm thrilled to see that most of you chimed in with a real type of cloud - my weather updates have been paying off! Though, I thought at least one person would say "Nine" as in Cloud Nine.

Players: 25
Topic #1: Name a type of cloud
Cumulus (16) - 4 points
Cirrus (2) - 2 points (tie)
Stratus (2) - 2 points (tie)
Funnel
Nimbus
Rain
Storm
White

Topic #2: Something people use to swat flies
Flyswatter (20) - 4 points
Newspaper (5) - 2 points


Double Chain Reaction Results
These were worth two points each for four points total.

Players: 21
Cavity
Search
Engine
Trouble

Other Answer:
Search Email


General Poll:
With the new summer television line-up in place, how much T.V. do you plan to watch this summer?
More than usual
About the same
Less than usual
Vote:
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/223944


Today’s Mood: Undecided. Now that we've had an HDTV for over a year, I have been wanting to get one of the two HD video game systems to really take advantage of it. The choices are Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 (the Nintendo Wii is not HD). The Xbox 360, which has been available a year longer, seems to have a lot of good games for it and a bunch more available on their online marketplace, whereas the PS3 is still in its infancy with most of its good games still a year or more away from release. The X360 has a smaller price tag compared to the $600 PS3, although the PS3 has a blue-ray high-def DVD player included instead of having to pay for a $200 accessory for the X360 to play HD-DVD movies. And every time I'm just about ready to get one with project reward gift certificates from work I've been saving, I remind myself that I still have a few games I haven't beaten on my Playstation 2, Nintendo DS and my still-fairly-new Wii, and since I've waited this long already, price cuts for one or both might be coming by Christmas if I wait it out another few months. If any of you have either of these systems, I'd like to get your take on what I should do. One thing I don't want to hear is "what are you doing playing video games at all, you have a toddler at home!"

Today’s Holiday: Teacher's Day and National Applesauce Cake Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: B


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with sunshine mixed with a few patchy cumulus clouds, temps are mostly in the mid- to upper 40s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: The next two days promise to be very interesting weatherwise. After a cooler last couple of days, a warm front to our south is going to move through, generating some scattered thunderstorms late in the day along with warmer temperatures. Tomorrow, things will get really warm but a strong trailing cold front will give Wisconsin a very good chance of severe weather with large hail, strong winds, and maybe even a tornado or two, so keep an eye to the sky tomorrow afternoon and evening. Being a National Weather Service Storm Spotter, that's my job, but you should do it too to keep your family safe from threatening weather.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning sunshine with increasing clouds, temperatures and winds this afternoon and scattered thunderstorms developing late this afternoon or this evening. Warm fronts usually don't produce severe weather so if you get something at all, it'll probably be similar to the storms we've been getting over the last few days. Warmer, highs upper 60s north, 71 central, lower 70s south. Chance of rain 35%.

Tonight: Windy with scattered evening thunderstorms diminishing overnight. Lows upper 50s north, near or just above 60 central and south. Chance of rain 40%.

Tomorrow: Windy and very mild with scattered thunderstorms developing. The Storm Prediction Center has already put all of Wisconsin in the moderate risk category for severe weather, which is somewhat unusual for a day two forecast so stay alert. Highs lower 80s north, mid- 80s central and south. Chance of rain 60%.
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day2otlk.html

This Weekend:
Friday: Partly cloudy, breezy and cooler, highs 68-72.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs 72-77.
Sunday: Partly sunny, warm, maybe a shower Sunday night, highs 74-79. Chance of rain Sunday night 25%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, windy this morning, cooler, highs upper 70s today and lower 80s tomorrow.
Wind Advisory in effect until 6 am PDT early this morning...
Southwest winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts of 40 to 50 mph will
persist across far southern Nevada and northwest Arizona
overnight tonight. These strong winds will create areas of
blowing dust across much of the region and visibility could be
significantly reduced in some spots... especially near Dry Lake
beds. Winds will become west and begin to diminish between 15 and
25 mph Wednesday 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 today and tomorrow, highs upper 80s to near 90 thanks to a westerly wind.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy today and tomorrow, highs lower 90s.
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, windy tomorrow too, highs mid- 80s today and lower 90s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Weather in the News:

U.S.-Russia tensions, climate in focus as G8 meets
• Leaders gather in Germany on Wednesday for G8 summit
• Summit likely to be dominated by U.S.-Russia tensions and global warming
• On eve of summit, U.S. President George W. Bush criticizes Russia on democracy
• Iran's nuclear program, Sudan and the Israel-Palestinian conflict up for discussion
HEILIGENDAMM, Germany (Reuters) -- Leaders of the world's major powers gather on Germany's Baltic coast on Wednesday for a G8 summit likely to be dominated by U.S.-Russia tensions and wrangling over global warming.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/06/05/g8.summit.reut/index.html

Deluge nearly contains Georgia, Florida wildfires
• Tropical storm helps crews contain monthlong fires
• Fires still burning and about 85 percent contained
• Blazes char about 937 square miles of swamp, timberland
• About 30 homes destroyed, several evacuated
WAYCROSS, Georgia (AP) -- Tropical Storm Barry and its remnants gave a much-needed soaking to thousands of acres of burning swamp and timberland in northern Florida and southeastern Georgia.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/06/04/wildfires.ap/index.html

Melting Ice Reveals New Island off Greenland
Off the coast of Greenland lies an island resembling a bony claw. Long connected to Greenland ’s coast by ice, the island escaped recognition for what it was for nearly a century.
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NewImages/images.php3?img_id=17664

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 4, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:05 PM GMT on June 04, 2007

Good Monday morning,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope you all had a great weekend. Friday night, Steve and Bryce had a daddy/son night while I worked on Bryce's birth-1 year scrapbook with my friend Lisa S. It is now finally completed and it feels really good to have it done. Saturday, we walked in the "Bark in the Park" walk with Kozmo to raise money for the Fox Valley Humane Association. It was a fun and easy 2-mile walk on the Thrivent Financial grounds, and most of the heavy rain waited until after the walk before coming down. Sunday we had a very busy day. We went to Hartford to visit our friends Chris and Allison to see their new baby Andrew William and their new house. Then we went to visit my mother-in-law and family and made a trip to the Oconomowoc YMCA. We then went to my stepbrother-in-law Andy's high school graduation party in Genesee. Well that wraps up our weekend.

Baby Update:
Bryce turned 23 months old yesterday. It's hard to believe that he's almost 2 years old. The time has gone so fast. Not too much is new as we are still working on getting him to sleep in his big boy bed, which he still goes back and forth between the bed and crib. He does it by himself though, so he chooses where he sleeps. In a couple weeks though, we will be removing the crib so he'll have no choice but to sleep in the bed. Also, this weekend he learned to put his sandals on by himself. Steve and I have both noticed that he would be wearing his sandals and we didn't put them on him. They aren't quite his tennis shoes but it's a good start. Well that's all for our personal update. Have a great week.


Double Points Week
The last week of games for the Spring 2007 regular season starts right now! 12 points are possible today and answers are due by tomorrow night. Enjoy!

Family Feud

Topic #1: Name a type of cloud

Topic #2: Something people use to swat flies


Chain Reaction

Cavity
S_____
E_____
Trouble

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


Spring 2007 Game Schedule

Coming Wednesday:
Outburst
Would You Rather...
Next Week's Playoffs:
All Eight Games

Today's Mood: A Case of the Mondays. But I did the math and because of how Flex Fridays, our upcoming trip to Nashville and Independence Day work out, this is my last 5-day work week until July 16-20! And I might take a day off that week just to keep the streak going into the beginning of August.

Today’s Holiday: Old Maid's Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: C


Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
More rain is on the way for the Madison metropolitan area this
morning.
After receiving a record 3 inches of rain on Sunday... saturated
ground will not be able to handle additional rainfall. A pocket of
moderate to at times heavy showers will be moving through Dane
County between 530 am and 10 am.
This pocket of showers will bring one half to three quarters of an
inch of rain. The runoff from these showers may cover area
roadways with water... and fill underpasses and low-lying areas
with water.
Be alert for rapidly changing Road conditions as these showers and
isolated thunderstorms move through.
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Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will continue across south central and southeast Wisconsin early this morning. Locations most likely to see persistent...occasionally heavy rainfall...through 6 am will be along and west of a Green Lake...eastern Columbia...Dane and western Rock County line. Some ponding on low lying roads is possible. Very heavy rain occurred across the Madison metropolitan area and surrounding rural stretches. Residual flooding may continue through the early morning ...With saturated ground unable to absorb additional rainfall. In addition to the rainfall...dense fog in far eastern Wisconsin along Lake Michigan...will keep visibilities to 1/4 mile or less. Visibilities will gradually improve after 6 am. Motorists are advised to avoid driving through flooded roads...and slow down if encountering any heavy rain bands. Reduced visibilities due to dense fog will make it more difficult to see water over roadways or other obstructions.
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... New record daily maximum rainfall set at Madison...
Yesterday... Sunday June 3rd... 3.06 inches of rain was recorded
at Dane County regional Airport. This breaks the previous record of
2.40 inches set in 1883.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with clouds, areas of dense fog and scattered thundershowers, temps are in the mid- to upper 50s north and just above 60 central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: What a funky weekend of random weather! On-again, off-again downpours have been the story over the last few days, and the next couple will not be an exception. That very slow-moving low pressure system is now centered in Michigan, but wraparound moisture will keep scattered thundershowers in the forecast today and tomorrow before a brief lapse on Wednesday. With cooler temperatures and a lack of any strong vertical lifting mechanism, I wouldn't expect any severe weather in Wisconsin through tomorrow.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy with areas of fog and thundershowers likely. Cooler with breezy northerly winds. Highs in the lower 60s north, 65 central, and upper 60s south. Chance of rain 80%.

Tonight: Cloudy with showers becoming more isolated. Lows lower 40s north, mid- 40s central and south. Chance of rain 25%.

Tomorrow: Cloudy with more scattered showers and thunderstorms. Decreasing clouds late. Highs lower 60s north and central, mid- 60s south. Chance of rain 30%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Morning sunshine with increasing clouds, winds and temperatures and a chance of showers and thunderstorms again by evening. Highs 71-76. Chance of rain Wednesday night 40%.
Thursday: Windy and warmer with scattered showers and thunderstorms again. Go figure. Highs 79-84. Chance of rain 50%.
Friday: Scattered sho...wait, no...it looks like we might actually have a dry day. Yeah! Partly cloudy, highs 71-76.
Saturday: And...they're back. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 71-76. Chance of rain 30%.
Sunday: Partly sunny with a chance of showers yet again late. Highs 72-77. Chance of rain 25%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, windy, highs just over 100 today and tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered afternoon storms today and tomorrow, highs low to mid- 80s but near 90 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: Scattered thunderstorms today and tomorrow, some perhaps severe, highs near or just above 90.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered storms today, isolated storms tomorrow, highs upper 70s to near 80 today and tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


In Case You Missed It:

Thanks Kyle for the info - this is hilarious!
Tirade makes M-Braves' Wellman YouTube star
Wellman became an overnight celebrity after his ejection - and subsequent antics - during Friday's 7-6 loss at Chattanooga.
Video of the incident was played on CNN and ESPN and was available to the world on the popular Web site YouTube.
Wellman threw his hat, piled dirt on the plate and pulled up third base and tossed it into the outfield. He then crawled through the infield to the mound, where he grabbed the pitcher's resin bag and tossed it at the home-plate umpire as if it were a grenade.
http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070603/SPORTS09/706030364/1254
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUcFWPgB8oY

That's a lot of hot dogs. :)
Chestnut eats over 59 hot dogs in 12 minutes to beat Kobayashi's mark
PHOENIX -- A California man smashed the world record for hot dog eating at a contest Saturday, gobbling up more than 59 franks in 12 minutes.
Joe Chestnut, 23, of San Jose, shattered the record held by Takeru Kobayashi of Japan by downing 59˝ "HDBs" -- hot dogs and buns -- during the Southwest Regional Hot Dog Eating Championship at the Arizona Mills Mall in suburban Tempe.
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=2891564&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 1, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 2:46 PM GMT on June 01, 2007

TGIF!

Chain Reaction Results
Did you notice that the answers were both movie-related?

Players: 27
Crushed
Ice
Age
Range
Top
Gun
Powder

Other answers:
Target Gun (2)
Table Garlic
Ice Archery


TriBond Results

Players: 19
TriBond #1:
Marshmallows, Chestnuts, Friars Club Comedians =
They Get Roasted

TriBond #2:
Pasadena Procession, Soldier's Rest, National Newspaper Magazine =
Parade's
Other answers:
Something with lines.
Time.

TriBond #3:
School Students, Circuit Breakers, A Parents Patience =
They are all tested
Other answers:
Things that are tripped (2)
They are all "broke."
They all have capacities/limits.
Shorts.
Blow a Fuse.


Spring 2007 Point Standings
Next week is double-point week which will decide the top ten who will play the following week for the seasonal championship. Remember that you get a small head-start based on where you are in the top ten as well.

Total Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Name City
86 8 8 7 9 8 8 Perfect Score
72 8 7 4 9 7 8 Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
66 5 8 5 9 7 8 Becky T. and Dad:
64 6 7 5 9 7 8 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
64 7 8 5 7 7 4 Raessa:
62 4 6 5 7 7 6 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
59 6 7 1 7 7 8 Angie:
58 5 6 4 9 5 8 $Brian, Madison, WI:
55 7 3 4 7 7 6 $Greg, Madison, WI:
54 3 2 6 9 7 6 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
54 7 5 3 1 7 8 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
47 7 6 5 1 6 6 Tony:
45 8 2 3 9 4 - Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
44 6 6 4 2 2 8 $Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
44 6 - 3 2 7 4 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
43 6 - 6 6 5 - Mary, Appleton, WI:
42 4 3 2 10 5 8 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
41 7 - 4 1 6 5 Bethany:
41 3 - 2 7 4 - Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
40 7 1 4 8 4 8 Deb:
39 5 - 6 2 5 6 Sally:
37 6 5 4 2 5 8 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
36 6 2 2 4 3 7 Steve L.:
29 6 - 6 - 3 4 Mom:
29 3 6 1 - 2 - Morgan:
22 4 2 1 0 4 4 Diane Sm.:
22 3 2 5 2 6 6 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
21 6 - 4 - 4 4 Kelley:
19 7 - - - - 4 Nicole, Madison, WI:
19 - - - - - - Sue, De Pere, WI:
18 - - - - - - Craig, Green Bay, WI:
16 - - - 2 4 - Al, Germantown, WI:
16 2 0 6 - 8 4 Cory S. Kaukauna, WI
15 3 - - 2 4 4 Chris Ke.:
15 - - - - - - John E., St. Paul, MN:
15 - 0 3 - 4 - Rhonda Lop.:
14 3 - - - - - Jan, Berlin, WI:
12 3 - 3 - 4 - John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI:
8 1 0 5 2 0 - Patty:
5 - - - 1 2 4 Jen:
5 - - - - - - Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC:
5 - - - - - - John S.:
4 - - - - - - Adam E.:
1 - - - - - - $Tammy, Madison, WI:



General Poll:
My favorite ice cream flavor is...
Vote:
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/223944


Today’s Mood: Eager. So yesterday I took a giant leap into the year 2005 and joined the social networking bandwagon by creating my own Facebook profile. Now the trick is finding others with Facebook profiles to add to my friends list. So if you're on facebook, let me know!

Today’s Holiday: Dare Day, Flip a Coin Day, National Doughnut Day (woo-hoo!)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: B


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 9am with clouds and dissipating areas of fog, temps are in the mid- 60s north and central and the upper 60s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Today is the official start to hurricane season and the Meteorological first day of summer (although astronomically the Summer Solstice isn't until June 21). Around Wisconsin, it's going to feel very similar to how it's been over the last few days - clouds and isolated thundershowers. Look for a better chance of storms tonight and through the weekend courtesy of that very slow-moving surface low pressure system in the Plains, but nothing is expected to reach severe levels.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms developing late, coming in from the southwest. High of 76 north and central, near 80 south. Chance of rain 25%.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Lows lower 60s. Chance of rain 75%.

Saturday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs lower 70s north, mid- 70s central and south. Chance of rain 50%.

Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs upper 60s north, lower 70s central, and low to mid- 70s south. Chance of rain 60%.

Next Week:
Monday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Highs 66-71. Chance of rain 40%.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with isolated showers. Highs 64-69. Chance of rain only 20%.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, highs 66-71.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine all weekend, highs just over 100.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

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

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated thunderstorms this evening, otherwise partly cloudy through the weekend, highs mid- to upper 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 today, scattered storms this weekend, highs upper 80s today and lower 80s by Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


In Case You Missed It:

New Loch Ness monster video recorded
• An amateur scientist has captured new video footage of the Loch Ness Monster
• "Nessie" was first captured on video in the 1930s
• There have been more than 4,000 purported sightings since then
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- Like tartan, bagpipes, and shortbread Scotland's Loch Ness Monster is as much an emblem as a tourist draw.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/05/31/britain.lochness.ap/index.html


Weather in the News:

Pacific storm weakens off Mexico
• Tropical Storm Barbara may die out completely Thursday
• Hurricane center: Storm unlikely to become a hurricane
• Forecast renewed for "above-average" Atlantic storm season
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -- Tropical Storm Barbara, which had threatened to become the first Pacific hurricane this year, weakened off Mexico on Thursday and may die out completely in the next few hours, forecasters said.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/05/31/mexico.storm.reut/index.html

Poll: Most along U.S. coast not prepared for hurricanes
• Hurricane season officially begins Friday, June 1.
• Forecasters predict seven to 10 hurricanes this season.
• Poll finds about half surveyed in Atlantic and Gulf Coast don't feel vulnerable.
• Nearly 90 percent say they've not take action to fortify homes, according to poll.
MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Most people along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts still lack a hurricane survival plan and don't feel vulnerable to storms, despite Katrina's dramatic damage and pleas from emergency officials for residents to prepare before the season starts, according to a poll released Thursday.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/05/31/hurricane.preparedness.ap/index.html

Global warming-hurricane link spurs controversy
Climate scientists agree there have been a lot of strong hurricanes lately. They agree that warmer seas have given these storms some extra punch. But they disagree how much global warming is to blame.
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=3217246

NASA: Danger Point Closer Than Thought From Warming
'Disastrous Effects' of Global Warming Tipping Points Near, According to New Study
Even "moderate additional" greenhouse emissions are likely to push Earth past "critical tipping points" with "dangerous consequences for the planet," according to research conducted by NASA and the Columbia University Earth Institute.
With just 10 more years of "business as usual" emissions from the burning of coal, oil and gas, says the NASA/Columbia paper, "it becomes impractical" to avoid "disastrous effects."
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=3223473&page=1&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312

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Elevation: 735 ft
Temperature: 47.7 °F
Dew Point: 47.4 °F
Humidity: 99%
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
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