Wisconsin Weather Update

Wisconsin Weather Update for July 30, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:06 PM GMT on July 30, 2007

Good Monday Morning,

Weekend Update
This is Lisa with our weekend and Bryce update, and I hope you all had a great weekend. We had a free day at home on Saturday with a busy and fun day on Sunday. Sunday afternoon we went to our friends Liz and John's son Logan's 4th birthday party. Bryce had fun playing with Logan's Thomas the Train set, and we didn't even have to drive to the party since they are our next-door neighbors. Afterwards, we went to an Alaskan reunion party hosted by my father and stepmother-in-law. We had a great time and the food was wonderful. We all really enjoyed reliving the memories of the trip, telling stories, and looking at each other's pictures.

Bryce Update
Bryce is growing up and he's getting quite an attitude as well. Lately he's been very daddy-clingy and he only wants daddy to hold him. Sometimes if you try to pick him up or even just touch him and he doesn't want you to, he yells "NO,NO,NO!" He will push you out of your chair so he can sit in it, and everything is his, because he goes around saying "mine,mine,mine!" Besides his attitude, he has been doing some cute things as well. Daddy showed him how to use the DVD player, and now he knows how to take his Elmo DVDs out of the case, put them in the DVD player and turn it on all by himself. He'll crawl onto daddy's lap every time he plays his Nintendo DS. And last night, Bryce wanted to see his Grandpa Hale's train set so he kept asking "Choo Choo where are you???" Some of his many new words include pillow, puppy, and airplane, and he knows many Sesame Street characters by name now, including Ernie, Bert, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and of course, Elmo. With the EAA Air Show just a few miles away in Oshkosh, there were a lot of airplanes in the sky all week, and each time Bryce would see one, he'd point to the sky and yell "Airplane!" Bryce also had his 2 year pictures taken and we will be sharing them soon.


Chain Reaction Monday

Whopper
J_____
P_____
Dress
C_____
B_____
Jeans

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


Today’s Holiday: National Cheesecake Day (a holiday worth celebrating!)
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 mostly in the lower 60s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A large area of high pressure is centered right over east-central Wisconsin this morning, and this thing should keep us dry through at least Wednesday if not Friday. As the high moves east, our winds will shift and become from the southwest, meaning hot temperatures near or above 90 can be expected today and especially tomorrow and Wednesday, with highs in the upper 80s to near 90 expected to continue through next weekend. Enjoy the late summer heat as we're less than five months away from the Winter Solstice!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly cloudy and very warm with a predicted high of 89, although a few places will probably hit 90 today too.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows lower 60s.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and hot, highs lower 90s.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, still hot, highs 89-94.
Thursday: Partly sunny with isolated thunderstorms, highs 86-91. Chance of rain 25%.
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs 85-90.
Saturday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 84-89. Chance of rain 40%.
Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 85-90. Chance of rain 40%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Sunshine and hot, highs near or just above 90.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: See also: Minneapolis.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, completely unexpected I'm sure, 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 and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs mid- to upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

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

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


Weather in the News:

Tropical storms doubled due to global warming, study says
Story Highlights
- Increases in storms coincided with rising sea surface temperature, study says
- Sea surface temps are mainly caused by human-caused global warming
- National Hurricane Center called study "sloppy science"
The number of tropical storms developing annually in the Atlantic Ocean more than doubled over the past century, with the increase taking place in two jumps, researchers say.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/07/29/tropical.storms.ap/index.html


More Articles of Interest:
A ketchup packet that won't fit in your pocket - CNN.com
Overgenerous ATM hands out an extra $7,000 - CNN.com
Will It Blend? - Glow Sticks and Bic Lighters
How to NOT ending a Baseball inning [video]
Arab princesses kicked off British Airways plane to jeers and whistles after refusing to sit next to male strangers | the Daily Mail
Case Mods: Convicts Inked Using N64 Rumble Paks - Kotaku
Launching A Pig Into The Upper Atmosphere [pic]
Tool Detects "In-Flight" Webpage Alterations - Slashdot
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Wisconsin Weather Update for July 27, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 2:40 PM GMT on July 27, 2007

TGIF!

Mad Gab Results
In a Weather Update first, all three Mad Gab answers only had one incorrect guess, but they were from three different people. Everyone else who got all three correct will receive a bonus point, so yay for you if you're one of them!

Players: 26
Gab #1 (25/26): Abe Who Beat Wrap
A booby trap

Gab #2 (25/26): Aisle Me Chew Have Weigh
I'll meet you half way

Gab #3 (25/26): Abe High Hollow Cheat Each Her
A biology teacher


Summer 2007 Point Standings
After a tough week of Feud, Adam still has a perfect score about halfway through the summer season! Can he run the table, or will the "pressure" get to him in the end? Not to be completely forgotten, Angie and last season's winner Brian F. have a run of four straight perfect weeks.

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Name City
37 8 4 8 9 8 Perfect Score
37 8 4 8 9 8 Adam E.:
36 7 4 8 9 8 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
34 7 4 6 9 8 $Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
34 8 3 7 9 7 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
33 4 4 8 9 8 $Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
32 6 4 7 9 6 Raessa:
31 7 4 8 5 7 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
30 7 4 4 9 6 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
30 4 4 7 9 6 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
29 6 4 7 6 6 Jamie S., Evansville, IN:
28 7 4 6 6 5 $Brian, Madison, WI:
27 7 4 6 4 6 Sue, De Pere, WI:
26 6 4 7 5 4 $Greg, Madison, WI:
25 7 4 8 2 4 Becky T. and Dad:
24 3 4 8 1 8 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
24 6 4 6 2 6 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
23 4 3 8 2 6 Cory S. Kaukauna, WI
23 0 4 8 6 5 Deb:
21 2 4 4 4 7 Sally:
21 6 4 6 5 Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
21 6 4 - 5 6 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
21 6 3 8 - 4 Tony:
20 5 4 - 4 7 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
20 4 4 4 2 6 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
19 2 4 7 2 4 Bethany:
19 6 - 4 6 3 Jan, Berlin, WI:
17 4 4 3 4 2 Diane Sm.:
17 3 4 5 5 Rhonda:
15 1 4 8 - 2 Steve L.:
12 2 4 3 - 3 Mary, Appleton, WI:
8 4 - 4 - Chris Ke.:
7 - - 3 - 4 John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI:
7 - - - 4 3 Patty:
6 2 4 - - Kelley:
6 2 4 - - 0 Nicole, Madison, WI:
5 3 - 2 - Mom:
4 - - 4 - John E., St. Paul, MN:
3 3 - - - Craig, Green Bay, WI:



Today’s Thoughts: PDF Spam? Every few months, spammers change their tactics and send me (along with many of you I'm sure) massive quantities of different types of email. I have seen a lot less "buy this stock it's going to skyrocket" emails over the last couple weeks, and instead I've been getting a ton of emails with no subject line or text and just a .PDF attached. For me this is a little more annoying than the others since I have all email attachments going right to my Windows Desktop, which means my already plenty-cluttered desktop gets a ton of PDFs added to it every day. Hopefully no one has sent me any legit .PDF files as I've pretty much been blindly deleting all of them that come in!
How spammy is your in-box? Share your thoughts on my message board:
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493

Today’s Holiday: Take Your Pants For A Walk Day
Saturday is National Milk Chocolate Day (mmm!) and Sunday is National Lasagna Day and ...ummm... Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day. Does that mean add extra cheese to your Sunday Lasagna?
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 rain showers to move southeast from a Mineral Point...Madison to Milwaukee line at 30 mph. The showers will produce scattered .05 to .10 of an inch rainfall totals. With the increased low level moisture from the overnight rain...motorists will encounter patchy fog during the morning commute. Local visibilities may fall to a mile or less. More scattered light rain showers...and possibly a thunderstorm...will be possible ahead of a cold front that will move across south central and southeast Wisconsin during the morning...exiting south into Illinois by early afternoon.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 9am with a mostly cloudy sky, temps are mostly in the lower 70s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Yesterday's thunderstorms were very hit-or-miss around here. They started popping up all over in the early afternoon, but were moving incredibly slowly. So some areas got several inches of rain, but here in Appleton the big rainfall missed us just barely to the west. It's just as well - now I can wait even longer before mowing my lawn again.
As for today, a cold front stretching across southern and east-central Wisconsin may develop more isolated thundershowers in these areas this morning, but otherwise, eventually look for some sunshine and slightly cooler and less humid weather behind the front.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Maybe a morning thundershower south or east, otherwise becoming partly cloudy and slightly less humid. High of 80. Chance of morning rain south and east 30%.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows near 60.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, highs lower 80s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs low to mid- 80s.

Next Week:
Monday: Partly cloudy and warmer, highs 86-91.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy and hot, highs 88-93.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy and still very warm, highs 86-91.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Sunshine and very warm all weekend, highs mid- 80s today and tomorrow and near 90 on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered storms today, isolated storms tomorrow, sunshine on Sunday, hot highs upper 80s to lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

This Weekend in League City and Pearland, Texas: Showers and thunderstorms through the weekend, just to be different, highs mid- to upper 80s.
Flash Flood Watch in effect through this evening...
* deep tropical moisture still resides over the region. A
favorable upper level wind pattern... an approaching upper level
disturbance... and a surface boundary over the watch area will
combine to produce numerous showers and thunderstorms today.
Though locally heavy rain is possible across the entire watch
area... the heaviest will tend to accumulate along the meandering
surface boundary. Expect widespread rainfall accumulations of 1
to 2 inches through this evening... with isolated totals of 3 to
6 inches possible where any training of heavy rains occur.
----------------
Through mid morning...a band of showers and isolated thunderstorms extending from Galveston and Port Bolivar to Texas City...western Galveston Bay...to Pasadena and to Tomball will move east to Rollover Pass to Mont Belvieu and to New Caney. Expect additional accumulations of 1/2 to near 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

This Weekend in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered thunderstorms all weekend, highs upper 80s but lower 90s inland.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

This Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy and hot all weekend, highs 102-106.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

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


Weather in the News:

Thursday rainfall varied
Storms and showers Thursday left significant rainfall in some areas, not so much in others.
According to the National Weather Service, Appleton received 0.15 inches while Austin Straubel International Airport recorded 0.05 inches while a half inch of rain fell on the east side of the Green Bay.
The heaviest rain fell in Wautoma in Waushara County where 4.7 inches was recorded.
http://www.postcrescent.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070727/APC0101/70727028/1979


More Articles of Interest:
UFO sightings bring town to a standstill - the Daily Mail
Nevada governor accidentally posts Outlook password | Tech news blog - CNET News.com
Full swimming pool stolen, not a drop spilled - CNN.com
When death comes calling, so does Oscar the cat
5 of the largest, oddest and most useless state projects - CNN.com
Brilliant Idea: The Greenbox Captures Car Exhaust Gasses... | Science | Reuters
Mars Rovers' Most Amazing Discoveries
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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/


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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Wisconsin Weather Update for July 25, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 11:36 AM GMT on July 25, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

Mad Gab Wednesday

Gab #1: Abe Who Beat Wrap

Gab #2: Aisle Me Chew Have Weigh

Gab #3: Abe High Hollow Cheat Each Her

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


Family Feud Results

Players: 28
Topic #1: Something you light with a match
Candle (19) - 2 points
A fire/Campfire/Bonfire/Grill/Charcoal (6) - 1 point
Cigarette (2)
Newspaper

Topic #2: Name a subject a dating couple fights about
Who's paying the bill/Money (8) - 2 points
Jealousy over another girl or guy/Fidelity/Seeing other people (6) - 1 point
Ex-Boyfriend or Ex-girlfriend/"Old Flames" (3)
Where to go out (3)
Family (2)
Getting married (2)
Where to spend holidays
Which movie to see
Alcohol consumption
Friends


General Poll: [changing Thursday morning]
How do you eat your food?
One item at a time
Mix and match
Vote:
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/223944


Today’s Thoughts: NBA Games Fixed? So in case you missed the big news in the sporting world over the last couple of days, there are now allegations that an NBA basketball referee fixed the outcomes of games he refereed over the last two seasons, perhaps to repay a big gambling debt to the Mafia. This was done perhaps both by making sure the over/under total points went a certain way, or that a certain team always covered the point spread. Check this ESPN story for more details:
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?page=expertstatsdonaghy
What do you think? If this becomes more than one bad apple referee and more refs get called out, is this something that could take down the whole league? Could the NBA become what the NHL has already done to itself after cancelling an entire season a few years ago? Or will they just get rid of the refs implicated and things go back to normal? ESPN.com had an interesting poll on Monday - which irrates you worse, Barry Bonds on steroids, Michael Vick and his dogfighting incident, or an NBA referee pretending he's in professional wrestling and fixing the outcomes of games (including the playoffs!)?
Share your thoughts on my message board:
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493

Today’s Holiday: Threading The Needle Day and Culinarians Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: B


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with a sunshine and cloud mix, temps are mostly between 65-70.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: If you take a quick peek at the surface map link below, you'll notice that there's not really a whole lot going on in Wisconsin today. There's a strong low pressure system up in northern Manitoba which might create some havoc for us on Thursday night and Friday morning, but in the meantime, look for a flux of heat and humidity coming from the west which will make things a little uncomfortable outside today and tomorrow, and could also develop an isolated storm or two. Nothing's expected to be severe though, so at least we've got that going for us, which is nice.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly sunny, very warm and humid. An isolated thunderstorm is possible but you probably won't see one in your backyard. High of 86. Chance of rain 20%.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, another isolated thunderstorm is possible but your odds are a lot better betting on NBA games apparently. Lows lower 60s. Chance of rain 25%.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, still warm and humid with storms becoming likely by tomorrow night. Highs low to mid- 80s. Chance of rain 25% during the day, 60% tomorrow night.

This Weekend:
Friday: Morning storms, then clearing, highs 78-83. Chance of morning rain 40%.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, highs 80-85.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, highs 81-86.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy and hot today, scattered storms tomorrow, highs near or just above 90. Ozone Action Day and Particulate Matter Action Day.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine and very warm today, scattered storms tomorrow, highs upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered storms today, storms likely tomorrow, highs upper 80s today and lower 80s tomorrow.
Through 7 am...scattered showers and thunderstorms will move north at 15 to 20 mph. The strongest storms will affect locations along and east of a line from Pearland to Freeport. Rainfall up to one half inch can be expected.
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 Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs mid- 80s.
Showers from the Atlantic will continue to move north and onshore early this morning...affecting some communities near and east of Route 17 through 8 am. Rainfall amounts could reach as much as 1/4 to 1/2 inch along a few coastal locations...otherwise amounts will be less than 1/10 inch.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Scattered storms today, isolated storms tomorrow, highs near or just above 100.
... Streak of 100 degree days ends...
The high temperature at McCarran Airport Tuesday was 96 degrees. The
streak of consecutive days with high temperatures of 100f or higher
ended at 41 days /June 13th through July 23rd/. This was the 5th
longest such streak since record keeping began in 1937.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

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


Weather in the News:

Floods leave 350,000 without water
Emergency workers restored power to thousands of homes in western England Tuesday but 350,000 people were still without fresh water after the worst flooding in 60 years.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/07/24/britain.floods.ap/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

Deadly heat wave grips Europe
Up to 500 people are estimated to have died across Hungary last week, partly due to a heat wave gripping central and southeast Europe, Hungarian medical officials said on Tuesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/07/24/heatwave.europe.reut/index.html

Many will refuse to flee hurricanes
About one in three people living in Southern coastal areas said they would ignore hurricane evacuation orders if a storm threatened their community, up from about one in four last year, according to a new poll.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/LIVING/wayoflife/07/24/hurricane.prepare.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText


More Articles of Interest:
Drew Carey picked to come on down as new 'Price is Right' host - CNN.com
Study Links Diet Soft Drinks With Cardiac Risk - Yahoo! News
Washington Boy Impales Himself With Javelin - FOX News
Minor League Baseball Coach Killed by Line Drive - FOX News
Physics: Can the Future Leak Into the Present? - MSNBC.com
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Updated: 11:36 AM GMT on July 25, 2007

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Wisconsin Weather Update for July 23, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:26 PM GMT on July 23, 2007

Happy Monday morning,

Weekend Update
This is Lisa with our weekend update and I hope you all had a nice weekend. We had a busy week. Steve and I celebrated our 5-year wedding anniversary with two different outings - we went to the Dancing with the Stars Tour at the Resch Center on Monday night, then on Friday night we went ballroom dancing at the Crystal Ballroom. It had been awhile since we've been out dancing but it was a nice date night. While I was at work on Friday, Steve took the day off and went to the U.S. Bank Championship PGA Golf Tournament in Milwaukee with his dad. Saturday and Sunday I went to two different Inspired Aroma Coffee and Tea parties hosted by my friends Lisa and Kathy. I also went to Archivers scrapbook store on Saturday night for Scrap Mania, which is five hours of scrapbooking. You get to work on your own scrapbook projects, you can use their materials, they provide food and drink, and the staff is available to assist if you have questions. It was a lot of fun and I was very productive. Steve stayed home with Bryce for most of Saturday, although he did go out first thing Saturday morning to pick up the last Harry Potter book (he's only on page 85 so he said he doesn't want any spoilers!) Sunday, Steve woke up at 2:30am to do some work for Thrivent, then had a relaxing morning and afternoon with Bryce, followed by an evening softball game and team pizza party at Sammy's Pizza following the game. Steve and Bryce had a lot of daddy/son time since I was at the parties and scrapbooking this weekend.

Bryce Update
Not much is new with Bryce. He was supposed to have his two-year photos taken Saturday, but he decided to be fussy during the session and we were unable to get any pictures. We have it rescheduled for Wednesday evening so we'll see how that goes. Bryce said a few more unprompted new words this week, including "Bike", "TV", "Noddy", "Big Bird", "Piglet", "Diaper", "Snack", "Bee", "Bucky", "Share", "I see Bryce" (when looking into a mirror), "Dada Where are you?", and Steve's personal favorite, said while tucking him in bed on a warm night when he doesn't want any blankets on top of him: "No sheet!" Also lately we've been taking Bryce to the park often and when it's time to leave, Bryce says "Bye Bye" to the slides, swings, and everything else he's leaving behind. I guess you'd have to be there but it's really cute seeing him wave and say "bye bye" to inanimate objects.

Well that wraps up our update have a great week.


Family Feud Monday

Topic #1: Something you light with a match

Topic #2: Name a subject a dating couple fights about

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


Weather Update Poll Results: (thanks to everyone who voted - this will help me in deciding what style you like best for my forecasts.)
Which overall tone would you most prefer for my weather forecasts? [18 votes total]
Casual and conversational (8) 44%
Funny and sarcastic (7) 39%
Short and to the point (3) 17%
Scientific and detailed (0) 0%
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847
Archive:
http://vote.sparklit.com/archive.spark?archiveID=334188


Today’s Holiday: National Vanilla Ice Cream Day (which really should be followed by National Root Beer Day for some tasty floats!)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: A-


NowCast: (Source: National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for patchy fog this morning...mainly in the river valleys and low areas. Visibilities will briefly drop to near 1/2 mile. With partly sunny skies...the patchy fog will dissipate by 8 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with isolated showers in northwestern Wisconsin but a more defined line of showers in southeastern Minnesota and central Iowa, temps are in the lower 60s north, upper 50s central and mid- 50s south. Usually it's vice versa but more cloud cover to the north means warmer overnight temperatures.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A stationary front is stretching north/south from Ontario, Canada through central Minnesota, western Iowa, and down through eastern Texas. We may see a thundershower or two later today, tonight or tomorrow as it starts moving slowly eastward again, but then again, there's a better chance that we won't.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Some sunshine this morning central and south, but eventually becoming just partly sunny across the state. Some of us could see a passing shower later today but most of us should remain dry. High of 81. Chance of rain 15%.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, an isolated shower possible but not really likely. Lows upper 50s to lower 60s. Chance of rain 20%.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, a shower or thunderstorm is possible. Highs low to mid- 80s. Chance of rain 20%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly sunny, highs 82-87.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 83-88. Chance of rain 40%.
Friday: Morning showers south, then clearing. Highs 80-85. Chance of morning rain south 30%.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs 81-86.
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs 82-87.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Isolated storms today, sunshine tomorrow, highs near or just above 90.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine, highs mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy, 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 and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy today, isolated storms tomorrow, highs low to mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Scattered thunderstorms, really, highs near or just above 100.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

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


Weather in the News:

Sun finally out after heavy rain floods Texas
The sun was finally out over south and central Texas on Sunday after days of torrential rain left an Amtrak train stranded, flooded roads and sent Boy Scouts on a camping trip fleeing for their lives.
As much as 17 inches of rain fell in some areas between 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday, said Pat McDonald, a National Weather Service forecaster. Dozens of people were rescued, some by helicopter, but no serious injuries were reported in the state's latest round of flooding.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/07/21/texas.flood.ap/index.html

9 die as Europe heat wave scorches
Temperatures across central and southwest Europe threatened to top 42 degrees Celsius (107 Fahrenheit) on Saturday in a heat wave that has killed nine people in Romania and caused havoc from Hungary to Greece.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/07/21/europe.heatwave.reut/index.html#cnnSTCText

Idaho wildfires threaten thousands of homes
A wildfire grew by an estimated 200 square miles in 24 hours, blackening grazing land Sunday as it threatened thousands of southern Idaho homes and facilities at an Air Force training range, fire officials said Sunday.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/07/22/wildfires.ap/index.html


More Articles of Interest:
Plane lands on U.S. 41 near Fond du Lac
Power outage shuts down Gateway Arch, traps 180
Are you quick enough for baseball?
How To Beat Popular Carnival Games
Robot Aims To Walk On Water
Checkers...Solved! Play Chinook - World Man-Machine Checkers Champion
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Wisconsin Weather Update for July 20, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 11:45 AM GMT on July 20, 2007

TGIF!

TriBond Results

Players: 19
TriBond #1 (18/19): Museums of Art, Opera Houses, Yogurt Products
They all have culture(s)

TriBond #2 (17/19): Dreams, Corncob, Surfer's Shoot It
Pipes


2007 Summer Point Standings
The Investments call center of Thrivent Financial is heating up the Weather Update point standings with current or former employees making up almost half of the top 9! How long can Adam hold onto a perfect score? He already beat Brian F., who had a perfect score last season through three weeks of play.

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Name City
29 8 4 8 9 #Perfect Score
29 8 4 8 9 Adam E.:
28 7 4 8 9 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
27 8 3 7 9 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
26 7 4 6 9 $Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
26 6 4 7 9 Raessa:
25 4 4 8 9 $Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
24 7 4 4 9 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
24 7 4 8 5 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
24 4 4 7 9 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
23 7 4 6 6 $Brian, Madison, WI:
23 6 4 7 6 Jamie S., Evansville, IN:
22 6 4 7 5 $Greg, Madison, WI:
21 7 4 8 2 Becky T. and Dad:
21 6 4 6 5 Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
21 7 4 6 4 Sue, De Pere, WI:
18 0 4 8 6 Deb:
18 6 4 6 2 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
17 4 3 8 2 Cory S. Kaukauna, WI
17 3 4 5 5 Rhonda:
17 6 3 8 - Tony:
16 3 4 8 1 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
16 6 - 4 6 Jan, Berlin, WI:
15 2 4 7 2 Bethany:
15 4 4 3 4 Diane Sm.:
15 6 4 - 5 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
14 2 4 4 4 Sally:
14 4 4 4 2 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
13 5 4 - 4 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
13 1 4 8 - Steve L.:
9 2 4 3 - Mary, Appleton, WI:
8 4 - 4 - Chris Ke.:
6 2 4 - - Kelley:
6 2 4 - - Nicole, Madison, WI:
5 3 - 2 - Mom:
4 - - 4 - John E., St. Paul, MN:
4 - - - 4 Patty:
3 3 - - - Craig, Green Bay, WI:
3 - - 3 - John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI:


Weather Update Poll: [poll ends Sunday night]
Which overall tone would you most prefer for my weather forecasts?
Casual and conversational
Funny and sarcastic
Scientific and detailed
Short and to the point
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s Thoughts: Five Years. Today is our five-year wedding anniversary! Our wedding on July 20, 2002 was the very first wedding at the new First English Lutheran Church (North Site) here in Appleton. It really doesn't seem like it has been that long since we had our friends and family trek up to Appleton for our wedding, but a lot sure has changed since that special day! Five years ago today, we lived in a Menasha apartment with our 1-year-old dog Kozmo and few years old cat Savannah, I had been working at AAL/Thrivent Financial for a year and a half, Lisa was right about to start her new job at HumanaDental (she started the Monday after our wedding!), and it had been exactly 2 1/2 years since our first date (yeah, we planned it out that way ). Weatherwise, it was a partly sunny and very warm day with a high of 86, but it actually hit 99 degrees the day after our wedding, which was the hottest day of the entire year, so the weather for our outdoor pictures could have been much worse had the heat arrived one day earlier! But anyway, it has been a terrific five years, we now have a house in Appleton and a two-year-old son Bryce, and I can't wait to see what happens in the next five years, and beyond. And honey - I love you!

Today’s Holiday: Ugly Truck Contest Day (seriously, you can't make stuff like this up!)
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 only in the lower 40s north and lower 50s central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: With the cool, dry northerly winds we had yesterday, it felt more like a nice day in early October and not mid- July. The forecast for the next seven days looks fairly uneventful thanks to a large area of high pressure in the midwest. However, after the slow-moving high pressure system moves off to our east, the winds will shift and come from the south, meaning a heat wave may be in store for us next week, which could even bring temperatures back to near 90 by Wednesday and Thursday.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly cloudy, highs lower 70s north, 74 central, and mid- 70s south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy and cool with a very good chance of kids dressing up as Gryffindors from Hogwarts for midnight parties everywhere, lows mid- 40s north, near 50 central and south.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, highs mid- to upper 70s. Water for your lawn ain't comin' from no clouds this weekend.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs near or just above 80.

Next Week:
Monday: Partly sunny with a passing storm possible. Highs 79-84. Chance of rain 25%.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, another isolated shower or thunderstorm possible. Highs 82-87. Chance of rain 20%.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, highs 84-89.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Sunshine all weekend, highs upper 70s today, mid- 80s tomorrow and near 90 on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine all weekend, highs low to mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

This Weekend in League City and Pearland, Texas: Just the opposite - scattered thunderstorms all weekend, highs upper 80s. This has been your forecast for how many straight weeks now?
Through 9 am...scattered showers and thunderstorms will become more numerous across the area. Locally heavy rainfall will be possible as rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour is likely in the strongest storms.
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 Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: An isolated afternoon storm possible each day, otherwise partly cloudy, highs lower 90s today and tomorrow and upper 80s Sunday. Highs in the upper 90s today away from the coast.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

This Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, an isolated storm possible on Sunday, highs 105-108.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

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


More Articles of Interest:
Video: Samsung puts 3D into HDTVs
Wa-heyStation: Teen Buys PS2 on eBay, Receives Whole Heap of Cash Instead - Gizmodo
one red paperclip - My name is Kyle MacDonald and I traded one red paperclip for a house.
Robot Aims To Walk On Water - Slashdot
Climate Change in Photography [hi-res pics]
Fire tornado - Best Pic Ever
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Wisconsin Weather Update for July 18, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 11:42 AM GMT on July 18, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

Chain Reaction Results
Two weeks ago many of you noted that the puzzle was easier than usual, but this time around I got a slew of different answers. Only 12 people got the bottom half right, meaning I get to dig out the rarely-used rule that states that those twelve will receive an extra point (since less than 50% of the players got it right.)

Players: 27
Cheat
Sheet
Cake
Cutting
Back
Wash
Bin

Other Answers:
Sheet Corner (4)
Street Cross
Sheet Cost
Sheet Crisp

Board Walk (3)
Board Waste (2)
Block Wood (2)
Board Wood (2)
Board Washer
Bread Winner
Brick Wall
Budget Waste
Back Water
Board White

From Adam: "I think a great alternative to wash would be 'woulda' for 'woulda bin.'"


TriBond Wednesday
Two TriBond puzzles today, and each correct response is worth two points. You have until Thursday night to get your responses in. Enjoy!

TriBond #1:
Museums of Art
Opera Houses
Yogurt Products

TriBond #2:
Dreams
Corncob
Surfer's Shoot It

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


Weather Update Poll:
Which overall tone would you most prefer for my weather forecasts? (you can choose more than one if you want)
-Casual and conversational
-Funny and sarcastic
-Scientific and detailed
-Short and to the point
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s Thoughts: Potterific. So we are just 2+ days away from the release of the last book in the Harry Potter series. There's certainly a lot of talk and buzz about the book - who lives, who dies, and is a certain character good or evil? I'm excited about the book, even though my reading time has decreased dramatically since Bryce was born (I'm still trying to get through The Da Vinci Code, which I started at least six months ago if not longer!) My biggest concern is that I will overhear spoilers by accident before getting through the book myself. Lisa read Book 6 via audiobook on her drive to/from work, which might not be a bad idea to get through it a lot faster, since I use my iPod Nano all the time for music and podcasts. Then again, I could find out the ending of the book in about 30 minutes since I heard the full text already got leaked out to the Internet [Chicago Tribune Article]. The fifth movie just came out a week ago, which I wasn't very excited about (book five was my least favorite of the six so far), but after hearing very good reviews from some of my Potterhead friends, I'm more likely to see it in the theater at some point (rare for us nowadays!) instead of just waiting for it to come to DVD.

Are you excited about Harry Potter? Share your thoughts on my message board:
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493

Today’s Holiday: National Ice Cream Day and National Caviar Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: B


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with a sun/cloud mix in the sky and areas of dense fog on the ground, temps are near 60 north, in the mid- 60s central and upper 60s to near 70 already south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: That very slow-moving frontal boundary that developed a few scattered severe thunderstorms across parts of central Wisconsin yesterday evening and southern Wisconsin overnight is lingering just south of our state's border. However, more importantly is a new and stronger cold front currently located near Lake Superior. This thing's going to sweep through Wisconsin from north to south today and tonight, generating another round of showers and thunderstorms, some of which could contain strong winds and hail.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Areas of dense fog this morning, then becoming partly sunny, warm and humid. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will start developing by this afternoon and continue through tonight. Highs lower 80s in Rhinelander, 84 in the Fox Valley, and mid- to upper 80s in Madison and Waukesha. Chance of rain 60%.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms, especially south. Lows mid- 50s north, lower 60s central and south. Chance of rain 30% north, 60% central, 80% south.

Tomorrow: Maybe a morning shower, otherwise becoming mostly sunny, cooler and much less humid. Highs lower 70s north, mid- 70s central, upper 70s south.

This Weekend:
Friday: Mostly sunny, highs 72-77.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, warmer, highs 77-82.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, even warmer, highs 81-86. We could be looking at upper 80s next week.


Other City Forecasts: (reorganized for proximity to Wisconsin)

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Isolated storms today, partly cloudy tomorrow, highs 80-85.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Isolated storms today, scattered storms tomorrow, hot, highs low to mid- 90s.
Heat index values approaching 100 this afternoon...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, 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 and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated storms, highs near 90.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, breezy, highs near 109.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

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


Breaking News:

Fiery plane crash at Sao Paulo airport kills at least 200
A TAM Airlines passenger plane burst into flames after it skidded across a major road at rush hour and struck a building while trying to land in driving rain Tuesday, witnesses said. The Sao Paulo fire department said 200 people died, including some on the ground.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/americas/07/18/brazil.plane.crash/index.html


Weather in the News:

China experimenting with rockets to disperse rain clouds
The weathermen in Beijing are moving ahead with plans to fire rockets to disperse rain clouds, an experiment aimed at securing more sunshine during the 2008 Olympics.
http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/news/story?id=2939469


Take a look at this worthwhile cause - my cousin-in-law Jodi and her daughter runs this site and asked me to include this in today's update.
One Dollar, One Shelter, One Month
Nine year old girl begins nationwide campaign to raise funds for needy animal shelters by asking people to send just one dollar each month to a different featured shelter.
http://www.shelters.animalhelp.com/


More Articles of Interest:
German police excuse angry computer user for outburst
Australian rugby player unaware of tooth embedded in his head
Wal-Mart To Sell Jesus, Religious Action Figures
3-Year-Old Discovers Corpse at Her Birthday Party
Sleep is just a bad habit
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Wisconsin Weather Update for July 16, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 11:57 AM GMT on July 16, 2007

Happy Monday,

Weekend Recap
This is Lisa with our weekend and Bryce update and I hope you all had a nice weekend. Once again we had a busy but fun weekend. Saturday, we went my sister-in-law Katie's baby shower in Oconomowoc as she is expecting a baby girl in September. It's her first child and she's very excited. Sunday, we went to a birthday party for Katelyn, who is our friends John and Shelley's daughter. Lastly, Steve played softball Sunday evening and his team has their first winning streak of the season (two wins in a row).

Bryce Update
Bryce is still as active as usual but he's been much better behaved lately. He's also saying more phrases instead of always just saying single words or grunting and pointing, including "I did that!" whenever he does something like put on his own shoes, draw something using his crayons, markers, or chalk, etc. New single words (said without prompting) include Pooh (as in Winnie the Pooh), Meow, Bite (usually said while mommy and daddy are eating, often used like "A bite, dadda!"), Bagel, Pig, Mouse, and Sure (his first different-sounding synonym? for Yes/Yeah!). He had a very good weekend and he was a very happy and sociable little boy. He's also enjoying playing with all of his new toys and books that he received for his birthday. He has a much larger attention span when it comes to television now, which is good but at the same time we have to be careful not to fall into the trap of letting him watch PBS Sprout too often. Two-year-olds are only supposed to watch up to one hour of television a day. Well that wraps up our update, have a great week.

Bryce Videos
Check out these three short clips of Bryce taken last month by Lisa's mom Nia.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aqkdp17L1go
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCipLQZyfTA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZsR8R0aEps


Chain Reaction Monday

Cheat
S_____
C_____
Cutting
B_____
W_____
Bin

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


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

Today’s Forecast Grade: B-


NowCast: (Source: National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Scattered showers will spread into portions of south central and east central Wisconsin early this morning. The showers are light...and may deposit up to one tenth of an inch of rain early this morning. The scattered showers will spread into the Fond Du Lac...Sheboygan...Berlin and Westfield areas between 530 am and 630 am. Showers and isolated thunderstorms will expand in coverage across southern Wisconsin this morning. Otherwise mostly cloudy skies can be expected with temperatures warming into the middle to upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with a line of showers covering much of central Wisconsin and a mostly cloudy sky elsewhere, temps are in the mid- 50s north, lower 60s central and upper 50s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A weak and nearly stationary frontal boundary is hanging over the central part of Wisconsin this morning, developing the line of showers. This line is going to slowly move south, so while northern Wisconsin will probably remain mostly dry today, central and southern Wisconsin will see some rain today and southern Wisconsin might even see it last into tomorrow, with a new batch of rain expected for everyone on Wednesday.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms, mostly central and south. Northern Wisconsin may see more sunshine later today. Highs mid- 70s north, 77 central and upper 70s south. Chance of rain 20% north, 50% central, 60% south.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms south and scattered showers diminishing central. Lows mid- 50s north, near or just above 60 central and south. Chance of rain 40% central, 60% south.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny with lingering showers still possible south. Highs near 80. Chance of rain 30% south.

Extended:
Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 80-85. Chance of rain 50%.
Thursday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms early, highs 77-82. Chance of rain 30%.
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs 75-80.
Saturday: Partly cloudy and warmer, highs 80-85.
Sunday: Partly cloudy and very warm, highs 83-88.


Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated storms this evening, otherwise partly cloudy and hot, highs near 109.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered storms today, isolated storms tomorrow, highs upper 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: Scattered showers and thunderstorms all week, go figure, 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: Isolated storms, hot, highs near or just above 90.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Morning showers, then partly cloudy through tomorrow, highs 80-85.
A wide area of steady light rain...with several bands of heavy rain showers and scattered thunderstorms...will be moving across the south half of Minnesota...into western Wisconsin most of the morning. The showers are forming over the eastern Dakotas then moving to the southeast at 25 mph. Widespread rain fall rates are a few hundredths to a tenth of an inch an hour...up to three quarters of an inch an hour from the heaviest showers.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

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


Weather in the News:

Japan typhoon now a tropical storm after killing 3, injuring dozens
Typhoon Man-yi killed three people and injured more than 70 in Japan but weakened to a tropical storm Sunday as it moved across the country's central region, bringing heavy rain, strong winds and landslides.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/07/14/japan.typhoon.reut/index.html#cnnSTCText

Five dead, 240 hurt in Japan quake
Five people, including three elderly women, were killed and at least 240 people were injured when a magnitude-6.8 earthquake, centered 17 kilometers below sea level, struck just off the northwestern Japanese coast Monday morning, knocking down several small buildings, authorities reported.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/07/16/japan.quake/index.html


More Articles of Interest:
Worlds apart: The moment the tallest man met the shortest - the Daily Mail
Baby survives eight-story plunge - CNN.com
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Wisconsin Weather Update for July 13, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 2:27 PM GMT on July 13, 2007

Good Friday the 13th!

Mad Gab Results

Players: 24
Gab #1 (24/24): May Cane Aim Foyers Elf = Make a name for yourself

Gab #2 (22/24): Abe Hires Mar Get = A buyer's market

Gab #3 (22/24): Hit Chore Wag Unto Us Tar = Hitch your wagon to a star (a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson)


Summer 2007 Point Standings

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


General Poll:
In regards to Harry Potter, I plan on...
Seeing the new movie
Reading the new book
Both
Neither
Vote:
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/223944


Today’s Mood: Surprised. Gas prices had been $3.059/gallon for quite a while. It jumped up to $3.099/gallon late last week, and was still that way on Wednesday morning. Driving home, the second number didn't quite look like a "0" in the distance, and as I drove closer to the sign, I realized it was a "3" - prices jumped up 30 cents in one afternoon! Not counting 9/11/01, have you ever seen gas prices jump that much in just one day? I see they dropped back down to $3.299 this morning. Also - what do you think of the new LED gas price signs that are replacing the old manual signs? At the BP station in Menasha on Hwy CB near Hwy 441, I can't even read that small green LED number as I'm driving by, and a few other gas station signs are barely readable too. A part of me wonders if it's like that on purpose.

Today’s Holiday: Fool's Paradise Day (and Sunday is National Tapioca Pudding 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 in the upper 50s north, near 60 central and in the low to mid- 60s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: High pressure centered in Nebraska will give Wisconsin some sunshine today, but a warm front stretching from a low pressure system currently in lower Manitoba, Canada will sweep down later today, giving Wisconsin another chance for showers and thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow morning. The heat wave originally expected for this weekend looks like it's going to be diminished somewhat and pushed out to later next week.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny early with increasing clouds in the afternoon. Highs near 70 north, 75 central, upper 70s south.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and breezy with showers and thunderstorms developing. Lows mid- 50s north, near 60 central and south. Chance of rain 60% central, 40% south.

Saturday: Maybe a morning shower, then becoming partly sunny. Highs lower 70s north, mid- 70s central, upper 70s south.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, becoming breezy, and maybe a thundershower Sunday night. Highs mid- 70s north, upper 70s central and near 80 south. Chance of rain Sunday night 30%.

Next Week:
Monday: Partly sunny and warmer, highs 79-84.
Tuesday: Showers and thunderstorms, highs 78-83. Chance of rain 40%.
Wednesday: Scattered thundershowers, highs 78-83. Chance of rain 30%.


This Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs around 108.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

This Weekend in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Afternoon thunderstorms possible each day, 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: Isolated storms and mid- 90s today, scattered storms and upper 80s this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

This Weekend in Evansville, Indiana: Sun and clouds, isolated storms possible Sunday, highs mid- 80s today and near 90 this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Weather in the News:

Typhoon Man-yi grounds Okinawa flights
--More than 300 flights to and from Okinawa canceled as typhoon hits
--100,000 people in Okinawa left without electricity
--12 crew members of Chinese ship missing after vessel sank off Guam
--Predicted to close on Kyushu Saturday morning before turning eastward
A powerful typhoon struck the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa on Friday, pounding them with torrential rains and high winds before heading north towards the nation's main islands.
Up to 500 mm (20 inches) of rain was expected to fall on some parts of Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu by Saturday morning, further battering areas already hit by heavy rains and flooding earlier this week, and more than 8,000 people were advised to evacuate.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/07/13/japan.typhoon.reut/index.html


More Articles of Interest:
Vermont town named 'Simpsons' official home
E3 2007: Wii Mario Kart due in early 2008; new Wii Zapper and Wii Fit fitness games revealed, Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Mario Galaxy due before Christmas - Gamespot
New dictionary includes 'ginormous' - Yahoo! News
Europeans Now Allowed to Use Cell Phones on Airplanes - Yahoo! Tech
'Hogwarts' school to open in India - CNN.com
Chinese food 'made from cardboard' - CNN.com
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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/


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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Wisconsin Weather Update for July 11, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 11:40 AM GMT on July 11, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

Mad Gab Wednesday

Gab #1:May Cane Aim Foyers Elf

Gab #2: Abe Hires Mar Get

Gab #3: Hit Chore Wag Unto Us Tar

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


Family Feud Results
I swear the TV show actually had more than one popular answer for topic #1. Also for #1, six of you misspelled stethoscope, and the other answer was probably also meant to say stethoscope, but a stereoscope is a different object and thus does not get credit.

Players: 32
Topic #1: Name something a doctor carries in his bag when making a housecall

Stethoscope (31) - 2 points
Stereoscope

Topic #2: Besides Michael, name a famous person whose last name is Jackson

Janet (15) - 2 points
Jesse (10) - 1 point
Andrew (5)
Bo
Randy


General Poll:
Will your next computer purchase be a laptop or a desktop?
Desktop
Laptop
Vote:
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/223944


Today’s Mood: Tired. Why does it take 3 hours to play out a simple Home Run Derby? Monday evening I started watching it, got kind of bored with it after Prince Fielder only got 3 home runs and didn't make the semifinals, turned something else on, then came back to ESPN a couple hours later and it was still going on. Sheesh! And last night's All Star game coverage started at 7pm and the game itself went until just after 11pm. It ended pretty familiarly with the National League losing yet again, as it has for every All Star game since 1996 (besides the goofy tie in Milwaukee in 2002). After that I tuned in to the Microsoft E3 press conference on G4 for a while, then finally went to bed after I realized they weren't going to announce the rumored price cut for the Xbox 360. Bummer.

Today’s Holiday: National Cheer Up The Lonely Day
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 in the lower 50s north, mid- 50s central and mid- to upper 50s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: The strong low pressure system that produced a few severe thunderstorms across the state yesterday afternoon and the strong winds behind the front yesterday evening has moved off to our northeast. Behind the low pressure system is sunshine with lighter winds, but the low is expected to stall in east-central Canada, meaning wraparound moisture could swing back into Wisconsin and give us an isolated storm later today, tonight and tomorrow.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny this morning with increasing clouds and isolated thundershowers this afternoon and evening, developing from the north. Cooler, highs near 70 north, 76 central, and upper 70s south. Chance of rain 35% north, 20% central, 15% south.

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows near 50 north, mid- to upper 50s central and south. Chance of rain 25%.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy and cooler with isolated thundershowers. Highs mid- 60s north, near 70 central, and low to mid- 70s south. Chance of rain 30%.

This Weekend:
Friday: Partly sunny, highs 70-75.
Saturday: Partly sunny and much warmer, highs 84-89.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, maybe a storm north, highs 85-90.


Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Scattered showers and thunderstorms today, sunshine tomorrow, highs near 105.
Flash Flood Watch in effect from 10 am PDT this morning through this evening...
* there is a potential for moderate to heavy rainfall in a short
period of time from slow moving thunderstorms that could lead
to localized flash flooding.

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation
and persons in the watch area should be alert to the potential for
heavy rainfall and be prepared to take quick action and move to
higher ground.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered thunderstorms, hot, highs lower 90s.
Heat advisory in effect from noon today to 8 PM EDT this evening...
High temperatures across the area will reach the middle 90s away
from the immediate coast today. These temperatures combined with
dewpoints in the mid 70s are expected to result in heat index
values of around 105 degrees during much of the afternoon and
early evening hours today.

Closer to the shore... high temperatures will be in the 88 to
92 degree range while dewpoints will be in the upper 70s to
around 80 by the time the seabreeze develops. This combination
will also produce heat index values around 105 degrees for a
couple of hours this afternoon.

A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is
expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity
will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are
possible. Drink enough water to remain hydrated... stay in an air-
conditioned room... stay out of the sun... and check up on the very
Young... those that have illnesses and the elderly. If working or
participating in recreational activities outdoors... wear light-
weight clothing and wear a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself
from the sun.

Pets can also succumb to the effects of excessive heat. Ensure
pets have adequate fresh drinking water and a shady place to
rest. Do not keep pets in cars with the windows rolled up... even
partially. Temperatures inside cars can reach well over
150 degrees.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio all hazards... TV... or your local
news source for the latest weather information from the National
Weather Service. Additional information is also available on the
internet at www.Erh.NOAA.Gov/chs.
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: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 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 and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Becoming mostly sunny, highs mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Articles of Interest:
California to build 'world's largest' solar farm - CNN.com
Thousands of rubber ducks to land on British shores after 15 year journey - the Daily Mail

Wrecking Ball Runs Amok In Pa. Town: 1,500-Pound Ball Rolls Nearly 1 Mile, Bouncing From Curb To Curb

E3 07: Mass Effect & PGR4 dated, Halo 3 touted at Microsoft event - Gamespot
Report: Apple plans cheaper, Nano-based phone - CNN.com
Blending an iPhone (you read that right)
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Wisconsin Weather Update for July 9, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 11:35 AM GMT on July 09, 2007

Happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend and Bryce update, and I hope you all enjoyed the weekend. We had a busy and enjoyable weekend with family and friends as we wrapped up celebrating Bryce's 2-year birthday with a pool party on Saturday. Steve grilled out a lot of yummy food and despite the heat, most people spent the afternoon outside under the patio umbrella or under our friends' Jason and Nicole's new canopy. Bryce didn't want to take a nap so he was fussy in the afternoon, but he enjoyed his cake and presents, which included a Radio Flyer wagon, sandbox, a toy grill, a bubble mower, lots of books, and a small inflatable ball pit. He didn't seem to want to go in the pool too much though, despite the heat. However, his friends Logan and Katelyn had fun splashing in the pools. Bryce was in a better mood after his late afternoon nap, and had fun helping his daddy play croquet in the backyard.

Sunday was a busy day around the house of catching up on chores and running errands, playing LEGO Star Wars on the Playstation 2 (Bryce likes watching us play video games and even knows how to turn on and start playing our Nintendo DS), and Steve played a softball doubleheader in the evening (won one, lost one).

Bryce said a few more phrases this weekend, including "Where are you Dada?" when looking for Steve, and after Steve and Bryce both started reaching for one of his shoes under the table, he said "I got it Dada" and grabbed it. The "where are you dada" sometimes also sounds like "I love you Dada or I love you Mama." He's also learning to understand the reward system where he knows that if he does something he'll get something in return. It's also now easier to talk to him as if he's a child rather than a baby. We can ask him questions and usually he'll give us an answer based on the question we asked. Bryce will now pose and say "cheese!!!" when you're taking a picture of him, although while saying cheese, he will shut his eyes as tightly as he can, so you have to wait for him to think you've already taken the picture before he'll open his eyes and then you can snap the pic. Bryce locked himself in his room for the first time last week, but before we could grab something to put in the small hole in the center of the lock to open it, he opened it by himself and hasn't done it since. He also had his two-year well child check up and his doctor said he's healthy and developing well. That wraps up our update, have a great week.

Family Pictures Added:
Pictures from Saturday's birthday party and more are now available on my new Flickr photo-sharing site!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hail27


Family Feud

Topic #1: Name something a doctor carries in his bag when making a housecall

Topic #2: Besides Michael, name a famous person whose last name is Jackson

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


Summer 2007 Game Schedule

Odd Weeks:
Family Feud
Mad Gab
Even Weeks:
Chain Reaction
TriBond


Today’s Holiday: National Sugar Cookie Day
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 an isolated shower or thunderstorm across Marquette...Green Lake...Fond Du Lac into Sheboygan counties during the morning commute. Locations along and north of an Oxford...city of Fond Du Lac to Sheboygan line are most likely to see an isolated shower or storm through 8 am. The rest of south central and southeast Wisconsin will see clouds slowly increase from north to south during the morning hours...and temperatures climbing from the 70s into the 80s by 12 noon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop along a cold front dropping through southern Wisconsin by the late morning hours.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


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

Synopsis: We had a hot weekend with most places in Wisconsin getting close to 90 on Saturday and many places hitting the low to mid- 90s yesterday. This morning a cold front is moving through southern Wisconsin generating what is now only a thin line of storms in central Wisconsin, but northern Wisconsin had quite a few Severe Thunderstorm Warnings yesterday evening. Look for cooler air to begin filtering into the state behind today's cold front and another chance of storms tomorrow (and even cooler weather by Wednesday).
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy and cooler with isolated thunderstorms possible, mostly south and east. Highs near 80 north, 83 central, and mid- 80s south. Chance of rain 25%.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows upper 50s north, mid- 60s central and south.

Tomorrow: Becoming mostly cloudy with another round of showers and thunderstorms developing in the afternoon and evening. There is a slight risk (15%) of these becoming severe within 25 miles of your house. Highs mid- to upper 70s north, lower 80s central, mid- 80s south. Chance of rain 50%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly sunny and cooler, highs 72-77.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, highs 74-79.
Friday: Showers and thunderstorms, highs 71-76. Chance of rain 50%.
Saturday: Partly sunny, highs 70-75.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 72-77.


Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs around 108.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered thunderstorms, highs near 90.
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: Scattered thunderstorms, highs upper 80s today and lower 90s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow, highs lower 90s today and upper 80s 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:

West to continue to swelter, forecasters say
An oppressive heat wave eased a bit in some parts of the West, but forecasters predicted little relief in the days ahead for a region where many cities have baked in triple-digit temperatures.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/07/07/heat.wave.spreads.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

Texas gets reprieve from rain, but raging waters still a threat
Heavy rains that have pounded parts of Texas for weeks were leaving the state Friday, but the fast-moving currents they left in the Brazos River hampered the search for a boy swept from his father's arms.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/07/06/texas.flooding.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText


More Articles of Interest:
Boeing unveils first assembled 787 Dreamliner - CNN.com
Why do most snooze buttons only give you nine more minutes of sleep? - Mental Floss
New 7 wonders of the world named - CNN.com
Deathbed confession: Roswell aliens true | The Daily Telegraph
Sony cuts PS3 price to $499, new $599 80GB model to hit North America in August - Engadget
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Wisconsin Weather Update for July 6, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:49 PM GMT on July 06, 2007

TGIF!

Chain Reaction Results
As one player put it, "Why is it we always have forever to get our answers in to the games that only take a minute to puzzle out?" Well, that's the way it goes sometimes.

Players: 31
Hello
Kitty
Litter
Box
Top
Secret
Password

Other Answers:
Kitty Lunch (2)
Top Security


Summer 2007 Point Standings
Only one player still has a perfect score after three games played. The standings overall didn't change much with only one "easy" game being played, but look for more shakeup next week as the Feud and Mad Gab make a quicker-than-usual return to the lineup.

Total Week 1 Week 2 Name City
12 8 4 Perfect Score
12 8 4 Adam E.:
11 7 4 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
11 7 4 $Brian, Madison, WI:
11 7 4 $Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
11 8 3 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
11 7 4 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
11 7 4 Becky T. and Dad:
11 7 4 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
11 7 4 Sue, De Pere, WI:
10 6 4 $Greg, Madison, WI:
10 6 4 Jamie S., Evansville, IN:
10 6 4 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
10 6 4 Raessa:
10 6 4 Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
10 6 4 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
9 5 4 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
9 6 3 Tony:
8 4 4 $Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
8 4 4 Diane Sm.:
8 4 4 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
8 4 4 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
7 3 4 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
7 4 3 Cory S. Kaukauna, WI
7 3 4 Rhonda:
6 2 4 Bethany:
6 6 - Jan, Berlin, WI:
6 2 4 Kelley:
6 2 4 Mary, Appleton, WI:
6 2 4 Nicole, Madison, WI:
6 2 4 Sally:
5 1 4 Steve L.:
4 4 - Chris Ke.:
3 3 - Craig, Green Bay, WI:
3 3 - Mom:
4 0 4 Deb:


June 2007 Forecast Stats
Granted, there were only 11 forecasts in the month of June, but last month I had my best monthly temperature forecast average in the 7+ years I've been blogging at just over one degree off each time.
Forecasts 11
Error Points 12
Average 1.09
Error > 4 0
% Within 4 100%
Bulls-Eye 2
% Bulls-Eye 18%


General Poll:
What kind of fireworks display do you prefer?
A local community display
The ones in my driveway
I let the neighbors do the work.
The professionals on TV
I don't watch fireworks.
Vote:
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/223944


Today’s Mood: Topical. With this four-day break between updates, I have blog topics coming out my ears, so I'll just touch on a few and save the rest for next week. We're just a few days away from next week's E3 expo, which is always fast-paced with tons of electronics breaking news. The Brewers have had a recent slide (they're still in first place but only by 4.5 games now since the Cubs keep winning) but it'll be neat to see four Brewers in the All-Star game and Prince Fielder in the Home Run Derby on Monday. We're just a couple weeks away from the start of Packers training camp, and with that goes all other topics from our local sports talk radio stations. And finally for now, last night was the season premiere of Big Brother 8 (yeah I know, it's a guilty pleasure, but I'm hooked again this season ). The cast looks young and wacky like usual, but I like the thought of one player being designated "America's Player" and will do whatever the public votes him to do in each episode.

Today’s Holiday: National Fried Chicken Day (and Sunday is Video Games Day)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: A-


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine, temps are in the 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: Rain may have postponed some fireworks shows (although the one in Appleton unfortunately still went as scheduled Tuesday night even though it rained from 6:30-9:15pm, causing us to miss it), but now we will have a different weather phenomena to worry about: heat, and lots of it. High pressure currently in the Dakotas will gradually move east, and as it passes us, our winds will shift to be from the southwest, bringing in a large pocket of hot air which is already baking much of the western United States.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly cloudy, high of lower 80s north, 83 central, and mid- 80s south.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows upper 50s north, lower 60s central and south.

Saturday: Partly cloudy, breezy, and hot. Highs in the lower 90s.

Sunday: Partly sunny, hot and humid with scattered thunderstorms possible later in the day. Highs mid- 80s north, near 90 central, and lower 90s south. Chance of rain Sunday evening 40%.

Next Week:
Monday: Mostly cloudy and cooler with isolated showers, highs 76-81. Chance of rain 25%.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, a chance of storms late, highs 78-83. Chance of rain 30%.
Wednesday: A morning shower, then decreasing clouds, highs 77-82. Chance of rain 30%.


This Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine and hot, highs around 114 today and near 110 this weekend.
Excessive heat warning in effect until 9 PM PDT this evening...
Record to near record high temperatures today...
An excessive heat warning remains in effect across the Mojave
Desert for elevations below 4000 feet until 9 PM PDT /9 PM MST/
this evening. This includes the Las Vegas Valley.

Another day of hot temperatures are expected once again today.
Record to near record heat is expected due to a strong area of
high pressure over southern Nevada. High temperatures today are
expected to be 113 to 116 in Las Vegas... Barstow... and the
morongo basin... 114 to 118 along the Colorado River valley
including Lake Mead and Lake Mohave... 114 to 116 in the Mesquite
area... 105 to 110 in Kingman... Pahrump and Primm... 120 to 124 in
Death Valley... and 119 to 123 in Baker.

An excessive heat warning is issued when temperatures are
forecast to reach dangerous levels that will stress the body if
precautions are not taken.

Residents and especially tourists who are not acclimated to the
desert heat are urged to plan outdoor activities during the early
morning and late evening hours. Stay out of the sunshine and in
an air-conditioned room if possible during the afternoon hours.

If you must be outdoors... drink plenty of water even if you are
not thirsty. Dehydration and heat stroke can occur quickly in
these extreme temperatures.

Check on elderly relatives and neighbors. And never leave
children or pets in the car unattended.
------------
... Record highs broken or tied across the Las Vegas forecast area
today... ...

The high temperature at McCarran International Airport here in Las
Vegas this afternoon reached 116 degrees. This reading tied the
record high for the date last set in 1985. The 116 degree record
today was one degree shy of the all time record high for Las Vegas
which was 117 degrees first set on July 24 1942... and then again on
July 19 2005.

Elsewhere... desert rock Nevada broke their daily record high of 104
degrees set in 2003 with a high of 112 degrees.

In California... Bishop had a high of 108 degrees breaking the old
record of 106 degrees set in 1985. Daggett Airport reached a high of
118 degrees breaking the previous record of 113 degrees set in 1991.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

This Weekend in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy today, scattered storms this weekend, highs 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: More rain today, then just isolated storms this weekend, highs upper 80s to near 90.
Flash Flood Watch in effect through this afternoon...
a surface and upper level low pressure system is located between
Madisonville and Dallas early this morning. A weak upper level
disturbance will also be moving across the region from the
southwest this afternoon. This combined with the seabreeze and
deep tropical moisture already in place will support thunderstorm
activity with a heavy rainfall potential through this afternoon.

Precipitation will likely be more widespread across areas closer
to the low pressure areas... generally along and north of a line
from Columbus to Livingston. Expect rainfall accumulations to
average around 1 inch across those areas. There is some concern
of training cells across the same area. Where training heavy
rains do occur... localized 4 inch amounts are possible.

Further south... expect scattered to numerous storms to develop
with daytime heating and the approach of the upper level
disturbance from the southwest. The seabreeze will also be a
focus for thunderstorm generation. Expect 1/2 inch rainfall
accumulations south of the Columbus to Livingston line with
localized 2 to 4 inch amounts possible where any training heavy
cells occur. Locations closer to the coast have seen the most
rainfall as of late and the grounds are saturated. Any heavy
rainfall will quickly runoff to produce flash flooding.

* A Flash Flood Watch means rapidly rising water or flooding is
possible within the watch area. If you are in the watch area... check
preparedness requirements... keep informed... and be ready for
quick action if flash flooding is observed or if a warning is
issued.

Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the
roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to
cross safely. Vehicles caught in rising water should be abandoned
quickly. If your vehicle stalls... abandon it and seek higher
ground immediately. Rapidly rising water may engulf your vehicle
and its occupants and sweep them away. Move to higher ground.

Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize
the dangers of floods and flash floods. If flash flooding is
observed... act quickly. Move up to escape flood waters. Do not
stay in areas subject to flooding when water begins rising.

Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or your local media for the later
updates on this situation.
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Through 930 am...showers and thunderstorms and thunderstorms will continue developing along the coastline and Galveston Bay. Movement will be east northeast at 15 mph. Rainfall rates will average 1/4 to 1/2 inch per hour in the showers and up to 1.5 inches per hour in the storms. Due to the training nature of the cells...localized 1 to 2 inch accumulations are possible. The ground is saturated...so any heavy rain that does fall will quickly runoff an cause ponding on streets and other low lying areas. Mariners should expect winds and seas to be higher in and near any storms.
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: Sunshine all weekend, highs upper 80s today and lower 90s this weekend.
Locally dense fog will gradually burn off early this morning. Before it does...rapid changes in visibility are possible on your morning commute. Slow down and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

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


Weather in the News:

Records melt in West
-Heat wave to continue on Friday
-Temperatures in Las Vegas, Phoenix reach 116 degrees
-Death Valley, California, reaches 127 degrees
-Child dies when left in hot car in Idaho
Forecasters predicted Friday would be another sweltering day for the Western United States, as heat warnings will remain in effect for some areas after Thursday's record-high temperatures.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/07/05/heat.wave/index.html

Proof on Ice: Southern Greenland Was Once Green; Earth Warmer
Using ice cores from Antarctica and Greenland, researchers have extended the climate record back 800,000 years and have shown that the world's largest island may have been sealed in ice for at least that long
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?articleID=9860B8B0-E7F2-99DF-32AE7FF8D8922266&chanID=sa007

750,000 a year killed by Chinese pollution
Beijing engineered the removal of nearly a third of a World Bank report on pollution in China because of concerns that findings on premature deaths could provoke “social unrest”.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/8f40e248-28c7-11dc-af78-000b5df10621,_i_rssPage=6700d4e4-6714-11da-a650-000 0779e2340.html


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Rumor: PLAYSTATION 3 $100 Price Cut Hits July 15
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Wisconsin Weather Update for July 2, 2007.

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

Happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend and Bryce update and I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. We had a busy and fun weekend spent with family. On Saturday we travelled to Waukesha for Steve's brother-in-law Kyle's graduation party from UW-Madison. There was lots of tasty food, games, and even an inflatable moonwalk which Bryce was initially scared of, but eventually liked going into for short periods of time. Then on Sunday we had an early birthday party for Bryce at Funset Boulevard (a food/fun place where we ate some tasty pizza, played arcade games, rode the carousel, and Bryce played in their new toddler area for a while). Bryce was a little scared of the carousel at first, but after a minute or so he was smiling and enjoying himself. We followed this with presents and cake at my mom's house. Bryce will be two years old tomorrow, and I can't believe how fast the time has gone by and how much Bryce has grown. He's learned a few new words this week, including "cookie", "sit" (said while patting a chair, requesting one of us to sit down in that spot), and "help me daddy", and last week at daycare he said "teacher", and "Cole" (one of his classmates). Well that wraps up our update, have a great week.


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Today’s Holiday: Visitation Of The Virgin Mary Day (tomorrow is Compliment Your Mirror Day)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: B+


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with clouds and isolated showers north and sunshine/cloud mix south, temps are mostly in the low to mid- 50s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: High pressure centered just to our east brought us a great weekend of weather, but a weak disturbance to our west will bring some showers into northern Wisconsin today and the rest of the state by tonight or tomorrow.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy with a few showers possible north. Highs just above 70 north, 75 central, and upper 70s south. Chance of rain north 40%, central 20%.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers north and central. Lows lower 60s. Chance of rain north and central 40%, south 20%.

Bryce's Second Birthday: Mostly cloudy and warmer with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing and becoming likely late. And as long as they hold off until 10:30pm, I'm ok with it. Highs near or just above 80. Chance of rain during the day 30%, after dark 50%.

Extended:
Independence Day: A morning shower south, then decreasing clouds. Highs 81-86. Chance of morning rain south 40%.
Thursday: Partly sunny, highs 82-87.
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs 82-87.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, very warm, highs 85-90.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy and very warm with isolated showers, highs 84-89. Chance of rain 25%.


This Week in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine and very hot, highs 111-112 today and tomorrow and near 115 Wed. through Fri.
Excessive heat watch in effect from Tuesday afternoon through Friday evening...
Near record high temperatures Independence day through Friday...
Extreme heat is expected for much of this week due to a strong
area of high pressure aloft. High temperatures Tuesday through
Friday are expected to be 112 to 116 in Las Vegas... Barstow... and
the morongo basin... 118 to 121 along the Colorado River valley
including lakes Mead and Mohave... 115 to 118 in the Mesquite
area... 105 to 110 in Kingman... Pahrump and Primm... 122 to 127 in
Death Valley... and 119 to 123 in Baker.

Extreme heat can kill. Plan outdoor Holiday celebrations for early
morning and late evening. Remain in an air conditioned building
during the hottest part of the day.

An excessive heat watch means that a period of hot temperatures
is expected. The hot temperatures will create a dangerous
situation in which heat-related illnesses and deaths are
possible. Use extra caution and remember to drink plenty of
water... stay out of the sunshine and in an air-conditioned room
if possible... and check up on elderly relatives and neighbors.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

This Week in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Storms today and tomorrow, isolated storms the rest of the week, highs low to mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

This Week in League City and Pearland, Texas: Storms likely all week. Just what you need - more rain. 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

This Week in Evansville, Indiana: A chance of storms Wednesday and Thursday, highs lower 80s today and upper 80s after that.
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:

Washout continues in Texas, Oklahoma
• President Bush declares Texas a major disaster area
• Rain in Oklahoma City for record 17th straight day Friday
• State of emergency in Oklahoma; flood watches in Texas
• Thousands forced from homes, though some are holding out
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Flood-weary residents of Texas and Oklahoma had no reprieve Friday as more rain fell in a region where two weeks of storms have swollen rivers and lakes beyond their limits.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/06/29/flooding.ap/index.html

Weather-wise, June weighs in as pretty typical summer month
Fox Cities misses severe storms, gets some rain
Despite the threat of severe weather and the high temperatures early last month, June will go down in weather records as average, warm and humid.
http://www.postcrescent.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070701/APC0101/707010547/1979&located=RSS

Photo in the News: Mysterious "Night-Shining Clouds" Sighted
Still shrouded in mystery, these "night-shining clouds" were photographed illuminating the sky over Budapest, Hungary, on June 15.
"It is clear that these clouds are changing, a sign that a part of our atmosphere is changing and we do not understand how, why or what it means," AIM principal investigator James Russell III said in statement.
The clouds "could represent an early warning that our Earth environment is being changed."
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/06/070629-clouds-picture.html


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Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences degree from UW-Madison: 1998. Former broadcast Meteorologist for NewsRadio 1310 WIBA in Madison. NWS Storm Spotter.

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