Wisconsin Weather Update

Wisconsin Weather Update for August 31, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:21 PM GMT on August 31, 2007

TGIF!

Mad Gab Results

Players: 24
Gab #1 (24/24): House Mind Arriving = How's my driving?

Gab #2 (24/24): Up Arrow Who Pier Rings = A pair of hoop earrings

Gab #3 (22/24): Ache Loot Toothy Pus Hull = A clue to the puzzle


Summer 2007 Point Standings
Only four of the top 10 this week have not won a previous season.

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Name City
70 8 4 8 9 8 8 8 9 8 Perfect Score
66 4 4 8 9 8 8 8 9 8 $Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
66 7 4 8 9 8 8 7 7 8 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
65 8 3 7 9 7 8 8 9 6 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
62 7 4 4 9 6 8 8 9 7 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
62 7 4 6 9 8 8 5 7 8 $Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
58 8 4 8 9 8 8 - 9 4 Adam E.:
58 7 4 8 5 7 7 6 6 8 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
56 6 4 7 5 4 8 6 9 7 $Greg, Madison, WI:
54 7 4 6 6 5 8 7 5 6 $Brian, Madison, WI:
54 7 4 8 2 4 8 8 5 8 Becky T. and Dad:
52 5 4 - 4 7 8 7 9 8 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
51 6 4 7 9 6 8 7 1 3 Raessa:
51 7 4 6 4 6 8 4 5 7 Sue, De Pere, WI:
49 4 4 7 9 6 4 2 9 4 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
49 6 4 - 5 6 8 7 7 6 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
47 0 4 8 6 5 8 5 5 6 Deb:
45 6 - 4 6 3 6 8 4 8 Jan, Berlin, WI:
45 6 4 6 2 6 6 5 2 8 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
41 4 3 8 2 6 4 6 3 5 Cory S. Kaukauna, WI
40 1 4 8 - 2 7 2 9 7 Steve L.:
39 3 4 8 1 8 6 6 - 3 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
39 4 4 3 4 2 7 4 7 4 Diane Sm.:
37 6 4 7 6 6 4 4 - - Jamie S., Evansville, IN:
35 2 4 4 4 7 6 3 - 5 Sally:
27 3 4 5 5 - 4 - 4 2 Rhonda:
25 4 4 4 2 6 - - - 5 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
25 6 3 8 - 4 4 - - - Tony:
22 2 4 7 2 4 3 - - - Bethany:
21 6 4 6 5 - - - - - Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
20 - - 3 - 4 4 2 4 3 John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI:
19 - - - 4 3 3 - 2 7 Patty:
18 2 4 3 - 3 3 2 - 1 Mary, Appleton, WI:
14 4 - 4 - - - 4 2 - Chris Ke.:
14 2 4 - - 0 - 4 - 4 Nicole, Madison, WI:
6 2 4 - - - - - - - Kelley:
6 3 - 2 - - - - - 1 Mom:
4 - - - - - - - - 4 Ashley:
4 - - 4 - - - - - - John E., St. Paul, MN:
3 3 - - - - - - - - Craig, Green Bay, WI:


General Poll:
What will you be doing on Labor Day?
Vote:
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/223944


Today’s Thoughts: Football is here! The Packers preseason has concluded and now we have nothing but meaningful games to look forward to, starting with tomorrow afternoon's nationally televised Badger game on ABC. I've also once again created a free weekly NFL pick'em game on ESPN.com. Sign up using the information below, then login once a week, pick which team will win each game, and watch yourself climb up or down the group ladder! You're allowed up to three different entries but please only place one into this group. Enjoy!

Pigskin Pick'em
Group: Cheesehead League
Password: cheesy
http://games.espn.go.com/pigskin/frontpage


Today’s Holiday: National Trail Mix Day (Sunday is National Beheading Day, but celebrate appropriately!)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: A


Record Report: (Source: National Weather Service)
...August 2007 is the wettest calendar month ever in Madison...

Through noon CDT on August 30 2007...15.18 inches of rain has fallen
so far in August at Truax field in Madison. The old record for the
month of August was 9.49 inches...back in 1980.

15.18 inches also smashes the record for the wettest calendar month
ever in Madison. Records have been kept in Madison since 1871.

Below is the list of the heaviest rainfall calendar months in
Madison history:

Aug 2007 15.18 (so far)
Jul 1950 10.93
may 2004 10.84
Sep 1915 10.69
Sep 1941 10.34

This will likely be the final total for the month...as dry weather
is expected through the weekend. A final record report will be
issued on September 1 2007.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


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

Synopsis: Tomorrow is the first day of September and the Meteorological start of Autumn (for easier record-keeping purposes). And we will have great weather for most if not all of your Labor Day weekend plans, courtesy of high pressure over Wisconsin. I know I'd rather be here than Phoenix right now. Phoenix has set a new record of 30 days this year in which the mercury hit at least 110 degrees! You might say, well, it's a dry heat. Having been in Vegas when it was 105 degrees, I say no...that is still mighty hot!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny south, a few clouds north. High of 78.

Tonight: Clouds and stars, lows upper 40s north, lower 50s central and south.

Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs upper 70s to near 80.

Sunday: Partly sunny, highs lower 80s.

Labor Day: Partly sunny, an isolated shower possible. Highs near 80 central, low to mid- 80s south. Chance of rain 20%.

Next Week:
Tuesday: Partly sunny, a few showers possible north. Highs 81-86. Chance of rain 25%.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, highs 80-85.


Other City Forecasts:

Labor Day Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy, highs near 80 today and near 85 this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Labor Day Weekend in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine, highs 85-90.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Labor Day Weekend in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms each day, highs upper 80s.
Through mid morning...isolated showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop over the region and move south at 10 mph. Expect hourly rainfall rates accumulations of 1/4 to 3/4 inch.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Labor Day Weekend in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered showers and thunderstorms each day, highs mid- to upper 80s.
Showers will affect a small portion of southern South Carolina this morning...with rainfall amounts through 9 am no more than a few hundredths to one tenth of an inch.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Labor Day Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, highs 106-108.
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


Weather in the News:

Phoenix sets heat record
Phoenix has had a record 30 days this year in which the mercury hit at least 110 degrees Fahrenheit, the U.S. National Weather Service said on Thursday.
http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN3015250720070831

Study: Global warming could bring more severe U.S. storms
* Thunderstorms could be more dangerous due to global warming, study predicts
* Stronger updrafts, which bring lightning and bigger hail, expected
* Some say this area of climate research too new for study to be definitive
* Not possible to predict if climate change will bring more tornadoes, scientist says
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/08/30/storms.climate.change.ap/index.html

The Latest Effort by the National Weather Service to Promote Safety
The National Weather Service is changing the way it issues severe weather alerts.
Beginning October 1st, pinpointing storms approaching you will involve more precision.
http://www.wbay.com/Global/story.asp?s=6995622


More Articles of Interest:
Monster spider web spun in Texas
Dog mauls autographed Vick ball
Viacom Says User Infringed His Own Copyright
Only ten minutes on a mobile could trigger cancer, scientists believe
http://del.icio.us/hail27
Strong Evidence Points to Earth's Proximity to Sun as Ice Age Trigger
South Korea Building a Robot City
Mythbusters: What would really happen if you put a bull in a china shop?
http://digg.com/users/hail27/news/dugg

Updated: 12:21 PM GMT on August 31, 2007

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 29, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:52 PM GMT on August 29, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

Mad Gab Wednesday

Gab #1: House Mind Arriving

Gab #2: Up Arrow Who Pier Rings

Gab #3: Ache Loot Toothy Pus Hull

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


Family Feud Results

Players: 27
Topic #1: Name something a total stranger on the street might ask you for
The Time (13) - 2 points
Directions (10) - 1 point
Money (4)

Topic #2: Name a football penalty
Holding (18) - 2 points
Offsides/False Start (7) - 1 point
Unnecessary Roughness
Ten Yards


Today’s Thoughts: All My Brewers. What a soap opera this season has been for the Milwaukee Brewers! Once 24-10 and leading the division by 8.5 games, the team has completely nose-dived. After last night's loss to the Cubs, they've remembered that they are the Milwaukee Brewers and given everything back. They are once again BELOW .500, losing more games than they've won, and have dropped to THIRD place in the division. If there's anything this season has taught me, it's to never pay much attention to the standings in May, June or July. Or August for that matter. They've been a bad team for 25 years, but this season might be the worst from a fan perspective since expectations really were different this time around, and it's just that much more disappointing to have a losing team this season. Good thing the Badgers start on Saturday and Packers the following Sunday to help distract me from our state's sporting woes.

Sick of baseball and ready for football? Share your thoughts on my message board:
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493
My Twitter Miniblog:
http://twitter.com/sbhale

Today’s Holiday: More Herbs, Less Salt Day (tomorrow is National Toasted Marshmallow Day...mmm!)
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 a small pocket of showers to cross southern Dane County into northern rock and southern Jefferson counties between 615 am and 730 am. Rainfall totals under one tenth of an inch can be expected with these showers. The remainder of south central and southeast Wisconsin will see partly to mostly cloudy skies...with some areas of fog. Isolated locations will see visibilities drop to under 1 mile through 8 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a mostly cloudy sky and isolated showers southeast, temps are in the lower 60s north and upper 60s central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: The cold front that generated that line of showers and thunderstorms yesterday is still producing a few isolated showers southeast. Otherwise, the clouds are going to go away and high pressure to the west will make the forecast much more sunny for the end of the work week and into your 3-day weekend! Enjoy the warm sunshine as colder Autumn air is not that far away!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Isolated morning showers, then decreasing clouds later today. High of 76, which is much cooler than yesterday's highs which were around 90 degrees!

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

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, highs mid- 70s.

This Weekend:
TGIF: Mostly sunny, highs 76-81.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, highs 78-83.
Sunday: Sunshine south, some clouds and isolated showers north, warm, highs 81-86.
Labor Day: A slight chance of showers. Highs 76-81. Chance of rain 20%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Sunshine, highs mid- to upper 70s.
... Wettest August on record set in the Twin Cities...

A new record has been set for August monthly rainfall in the
Twin Cities. Through midnight August 28 2007... 9.32 inches
of rain has fallen so far at the Minneapolis/St Paul
international Airport.

The old record for the month of August was 9.31 inches set back
in August of 1977. So far this month... Minneapolis/St Paul
international Airport is 5.62 inches above the normal August
monthly rainfall total of 3.70 inches.

Ranking of the top five August rainfall totals:

9.32 inches 2007
9.31 inches 1977
8.74 inches 1875
8.70 inches 1914
8.30 inches 2002
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Isolated storms, highs near 90. Ozone and Particulate Matter Action Day.
An area of showers and thunderstorms will continue to drift slowly north and east...from around Morganfield Kentucky and Mount Vernon Indiana...east toward Evansville...Princeton and Henderson.
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: Showers and thunderstorms, heavy rainfall possible, 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 Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated storms, highs 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: Sunshine today, isolated storms tomorrow, highs near 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:

Scorching U.S. heat in 2006 blamed on humans
* NOAA: Warming caused by human activity biggest factor in '06
* 2006 was 2nd-warmest year on record over 48 contiguous states
* 42 tests simulated atmospheric changes under various conditions
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/08/28/greenhouse.warning.ap/index.html

More storms thrash Wisconsin as Ohio cleans up
* Flash-flood warning issued for southwestern Wisconsin Monday
* President Bush declared north-central Ohio a disaster area following flooding
* Storms and flooding were blamed for at least 18 deaths across upper Midwest
* Electricity back for most customers who lost power last week
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/08/27/flooding.ap/index.html?eref=rss_topstories


More Articles of Interest:
Bucks Sign Yi Jianlian To Multi-Year Contract
Teen trades hacked iPhone for car
Toddler Taser
Virtual reality used to create out-of-body experiences
http://del.icio.us/hail27
Tera-Discs To Blow Away Blu-Ray and HD-DVD?
Americans Would Get Rid of Electoral College
What 'iphone.com' Looked Like Back In 1999
http://digg.com/users/hail27/news/dugg

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 27, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 3:16 PM GMT on August 27, 2007

**Sorry for the 3-hour delay - I sent the email at 7am but forgot to post it online. D'oh! **

Hi, it's Lisa again with our family update. I had a break last week as we were in Colorado and my mother-in-law Bev and sister-in-law Kelley watched Bryce, so Bev graciously wrote the update.

Today is also our favorite meteorologist Steve's 31st Birthday. Happy Birthday Honey!!

I hope you all had a great weekend. For a change, our weekend was fairly relaxing. Saturday, we went to my cousin Jeff and his new wife Joyce's wedding reception party. They were married in May with a destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Jeff's mom (my aunt Diane) hosted a reception party for the happy couple. It was very nice to be able to spend time with my dad's side of the family whom I don't get to see very often.

Sunday was church where I greeted and ushered, and Steve worked the sound board. Sunday afternoon we each got a few household chores done and Steve had his annual Fantasy Football League Draft.

Not much is new with Bryce but he is getting much more talkative. Sometimes it's still difficult to know what he wants and what he doesn't want because not all of his words are clear, but he's getting much better at communicating with us. His new favorite toys are little cars. He will also be starting swimming lessons again at the YMCA starting the week of September 10th. He will be in the Goldfish class again, which is for 1 & 2 year olds with a parent. He will be a Goldfish until he's 3, then he'll move up to the next level. Well that wraps up our update. Have a great week.


Family Feud

Topic #1: Name something a total stranger on the street might ask you for

Topic #2: Name a football penalty

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


Today’s Holiday: Petroleum Day (I share my birthday with Petroleum Day??)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: C+


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds and areas of showers and thunderstorms in west-central Wisconsin, temps are in the upper 50s to lower 60s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Moisture associated with an outflow boundary ahead of a cold front to our west is developing a blob (not exactly the technical term but a fairly accurate description) of thunderstorms in western Wisconsin this morning. As this moves east, look for not-so-much needed rain along with a few rumbles of thunder. The weather models expect this rain blob to dissipate this morning, but as the main cold front slowly marches east, look for more rain across parts of Wisconsin tonight and tomorrow.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning showers and thunderstorms possible, otherwise becoming partly sunny with more thunderstorms developing later today north and west. High of 81 central, lower 80s south. Chance of morning rain 40%.

Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms north and west, isolated showers possible elsewhere. Lows mid- 60s. Chance of rain 50% north and west, 20% central and south.

Tomorrow: Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing, mostly later in the day and overnight. There is a slight risk of these storms becoming severe. Highs mid- 80s central, upper 80s south. Chance of rain 30% during the day, 60% tomorrow night.

Extended:
Wednesday: Maybe a morning thundershower, otherwise decreasing clouds and cooler, highs 74-79. Chance of rain 30%.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, highs 74-79.
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs 74-79.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs 75-80.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 79-84.
Labor Day: Partly sunny, highs 78-83.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Storms later today and continuing through tomorrow, highs mid- 80s today and mid- 70s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine, hot, highs lower 90s today and upper 90s tomorrow.
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 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 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 today, partly cloudy tomorrow, highs near 100. You guys were under a Flash Flood Warning overnight.
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:

More storms hit Ohio; many in Midwest wait for power to return
# Tornado warnings issued Saturday for parts of central, southeast Ohio
# About 100,000 in northern Illinois remained without power Saturday
# Flooding from Minnesota to Ohio has been blamed for at least 18 deaths
# FEMA director visits Minnesota, Wisconsin, which were hit by flooding
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/08/25/severe.weather.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

5 counties will get federal flood aid
President Bush issued a disaster declaration Sunday in five southwestern Wisconsin counties, ordering federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding this month.
http://www.madison.com/wsj/topstories/207272

Rain revives, but damage is done
A grey, rainy August moved the Fox Cities closer to its normal precipitation levels, though statistics show the region's still lacking.
Weather records show the area is about 2 inches shy of its normal precipitation for the year into the final week of the month. Appleton had measurable rainfall on 12 of the first 24 days of August.
http://www.postcrescent.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070826/APC0101/708260592/1004&located=RSS


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Holy Cow! Two-Headed Calf Shocks Dairy Staff
Psycho tries to open jet door in air
http://del.icio.us/hail27

Updated: 3:18 PM GMT on August 27, 2007

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 24, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:52 PM GMT on August 24, 2007

TGIF!

TriBond Results

Players: 23
TriBond #1 (19/23):
Dame Edna
Ru Paul
Lassie
Males impersonating Females

TriBond #2 (23/23):
Pirate's Eyewear
Pumpkin Place
Holey-Pants Mender
Patches

TriBond #3 (23/23):
Mexican beans
Basketball Centers
Horror-Movie Goers
They Jump


Summer 2007 Point Standings

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Name City
62 8 4 8 9 8 8 8 9 Perfect Score
59 8 3 7 9 7 8 8 9 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
58 4 4 8 9 8 8 8 9 $Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
58 7 4 8 9 8 8 7 7 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
55 7 4 4 9 6 8 8 9 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
54 7 4 6 9 8 8 5 7 $Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
54 8 4 8 9 8 8 - 9 Adam E.:
50 7 4 8 5 7 7 6 6 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
49 6 4 7 5 4 8 6 9 $Greg, Madison, WI:
48 7 4 6 6 5 8 7 5 $Brian, Madison, WI:
48 6 4 7 9 6 8 7 1 Raessa:
46 7 4 8 2 4 8 8 5 Becky T. and Dad:
45 4 4 7 9 6 4 2 9 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
44 5 4 - 4 7 8 7 9 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
44 7 4 6 4 6 8 4 5 Sue, De Pere, WI:
43 6 4 - 5 6 8 7 7 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
41 0 4 8 6 5 8 5 5 Deb:
37 6 4 7 6 6 4 4 - Jamie S., Evansville, IN:
37 6 - 4 6 3 6 8 4 Jan, Berlin, WI:
37 6 4 6 2 6 6 5 2 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
36 3 4 8 1 8 6 6 - Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
36 4 3 8 2 6 4 6 3 Cory S. Kaukauna, WI
35 4 4 3 4 2 7 4 7 Diane Sm.:
33 1 4 8 - 2 7 2 9 Steve L.:
30 2 4 4 4 7 6 3 - Sally:
25 3 4 5 5 - 4 - 4 Rhonda:
25 6 3 8 - 4 4 - - Tony:
22 2 4 7 2 4 3 - - Bethany:
21 6 4 6 5 - - - - Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
20 4 4 4 2 6 - - - Sheila, Appleton, WI:
17 - - 3 - 4 4 2 4 John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI:
17 2 4 3 - 3 3 2 - Mary, Appleton, WI:
14 4 - 4 - - - 4 2 Chris Ke.:
12 - - - 4 3 3 - 2 Patty:
10 2 4 - - 0 - 4 - Nicole, Madison, WI:
6 2 4 - - - - - - Kelley:
5 3 - 2 - - - - - Mom:
4 - - 4 - - - - - John E., St. Paul, MN:
3 3 - - - - - - - Craig, Green Bay, WI:



Today’s Thoughts: Relax! As I mentioned on Wednesday, today is my last Flex Friday off from work, and I go back to five 8+ hour days starting Monday. So the plan today is to catch up on chores, get a few TV shows off the DVR, and take care of Bryce. Usually on my Flex Fridays I take Bryce to the Child Learning Center anyway (we pay for it whether he goes or not, so I figure I might as well take him there and be more productive at home), but they are closed today for staff development, so me and the little guy are going to hang out today. If he does something funny, I'll make sure to microblog it.
http://twitter.com/sbhale

Today’s Holiday: Knife Day (tomorrow is Kiss-And-Make-Up Day)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: C


Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
... Periods of thunderstorms... some with heavy rains will
exacerbate flooding problems today and tonight...

... Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Saturday morning...

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* portions of south central Wisconsin and southeast Wisconsin...
including the following areas... in south central Wisconsin...
Columbia... Dane... green... Iowa... Lafayette... rock and Sauk. In
southeast Wisconsin... Dodge... Jefferson... Kenosha...
Milwaukee... Ozaukee... Racine... Walworth... Washington and
Waukesha.

* Through Saturday morning

* an extremely wet pattern... with periods of showers and
thunderstorms will continue across south central and southeast
Wisconsin.

* Some thunderstorms will produce heavy rainfall. As much as 1
to 3 inches of rain... could fall through tonight. This will
likely result in additional flash flooding. Widespread flooding
of low lying areas will be slow to recede... and would worsen
with each round of heavy rain.

The Flash Flood Watch is generally along and south of a line from
the Wisconsin Dells... to Beaver Dam... to Port Washington.

A Flash Flood Watch is issued when rapid and dangerous flooding
of creeks... streams... and rivers are possible. Flash flooding is
a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts
and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be
issued.
-----------------------------
An area of showers and isolated thunderstorms will traverse mainly Sauk...Iowa...Lafayette...green...southern Dane...northern Dodge ...Northern Washington and Sheboygan counties through 8 am CDT. Expect rainfall amounts of 0.10 inch to 0.25 inch with local 0.40 inch amounts possible.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 8am with clouds, fog, and scattered showers, temps are in the lower 60s north, upper 60s central and near 70 south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A stagnant jet stream pattern along with a stationary frontal boundary are lining up yet another round of showers and thunderstorms today. It looks like the heaviest precipitation is going to fall across southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, where they really, really don't need the rain. Northern Wisconsin might even stay dry altogether today. However, dry weather is in sight, as a cold front coming down from Canada will finally change this static weather pattern, bringing much-needed sunshine to Wisconsin and northern Illinois this weekend.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely south, with scattered thundershowers also possible central. Northern Wisconsin might see a passing shower but otherwise look for a partly sunny sky there. High of 74. Chance of rain 80% south, 50% central, 20% north.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms south and maybe central, mostly cloudy elsewhere. Lows near 60. Chance of rain 80% south, 40% central, 20% north.

Saturday: Partly sunny, little if any rain (hooray!). Highs mid- to upper 70s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy and dry (really!), highs upper 70s to near 80.

Next Week:
Monday: Partly sunny and warmer, highs 82-87.
Tuesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 81-86. Chance of rain 50%.
Wednesday: Morning showers, then decreasing clouds and cooler, highs 73-78. Chance of rain 30%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy, maybe an isolated shower tonight, highs mid- to upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine and hot today and Sunday, scattered thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow, highs near 100 today and just above 90 this weekend.
Heat indices 100 to 105 this afternoon...
Afternoon heat index values will reach 100 to 105 degrees today.
For those that have to be outside... continue to take it easy. Take
frequent breaks... drink plenty of water and avoid extensive
strenuous outdoor activities if possible.

A high fire danger will continue across the area through Friday.
Vegetation remains critically dry most areas. Additionally...
winds will gust 20 to 25 mph during the midday and afternoon
hours. Burn bans continue for many counties across the region.

Use extreme caution during this abnormally dry time. Please discard
cigarettes properly and do not toss them from your vehicle.
Remember to observe your regional burn bans established by local
officials. Using any equipment that could create Sparks may easily
trigger a fire as well.

Some relief is in store for the area. A weak cool front is
forecast to move across the area Saturday. The front should result
in a chance of showers and thunderstorms... slightly cooler
temperatures... less wind and higher humidity.
------------------------
... Record high temperature set at Evansville...

Persistent hot weather continued across the quad state area... with
afternoon high temperatures ranging 10 to 15 degrees above normal.

At the Evansville ASOS... located at the Evansville regional
Airport... this afternoon's high temperature was 100 degrees at 434
PM. This breaks the old record of 98 degrees set on this date in
1938. This is also the 25th consecutive day of temperatures 90
degrees or more. The record for most consecutive days of 90
degrees or better is 27 days... ending July 29th 1936. At 25
days... this is ranked second.
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: Isolated thunderstorms today, a few more storms tomorrow and an even better chance on Sunday, 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: Scattered showers and thunderstorms today and tomorrow, isolated storms possible Sunday, highs 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: Maybe a thunderstorm Saturday night and/or Sunday, highs near 106 today and tomorrow but "only" upper 90s on Sunday.
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:

3 killed as lightning hits near Madison bus stop
Downed power lines electrified the street
Madison - Two adults and a child were electrocuted by a downed power line on Madison's north side late Wednesday afternoon as a storm swept through the city.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=651246

Heat adds to Midwest flooding misery; new storms move in
* Severe weather in Chicago cuts power, cancels hundreds of flights
* President Bush declares a major disaster in three Minnesota counties
* Schools cancel classes because of heat
* AP: Death toll from rising water at 26
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/08/23/midwest.flooding/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

Storms follow rare path
Stagnant, destructive weather pattern happens once in 100 years, scientist says
The destructive and history-making storms that soaked the Upper Midwest for nearly a week have rolled like trains along the edge of a stationary front stretching from Nebraska to Ohio.
The unusual weather pattern is something that might happen once in a century, a climate scientist said Thursday.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=651643

Arctic August: NYC Sets Record For Coldest Day
High Of 59 Degrees Ties Chilliest August High Set In 1911
http://wcbstv.com/topstories/local_story_233143509.html


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Michael Vick's old jerseys put to good use
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Boy Nearly Killed Trying To Cool Xbox 360
Press Release: Nintendo Wii is market leader in home console business
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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 22, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 11:38 AM GMT on August 22, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

Updates Coming One Hour Later
This will be my last Weather Update (for a while) where I have to wake up at 5am to start writing it. My summer Flex Friday program at work ends after this week, so I have this Friday off, then am back to my normal 5-days-a-week work schedule starting next week. I stopped writing updates on Tuesdays and Thursdays when the Flex Friday program started, so this will be the first time in over 7 1/2 years where I will be going to work at a normal time without writing a Weather Update before work. Since Bryce will still be waking me up at 6-7am, I'll actually have a little bit of time those mornings to spend with him before going to work, and that's something I'm looking forward to. So how does this affect you? Look for Weather Updates to hit the Web site around 7:30am instead of 6:30am starting this Friday.


Chain Reaction Results
Note that only nine people got "Landing Pattern" correct in the first game since the bye week, so because less than half of you got that right, those that did will receive one bonus point.

Players: 20
Hot
Pink
Slip
Knots
Landing
Pattern
Recognition

Other Answers:
Pocket Square (4)
Potato Skin (2)
Pepper Slip
Pocket Slip

Landing Place (3)
Landing Pier (3)
Landing Peer (2)
Landing Page
Landing Pitch
Landing Pad


TriBond Wednesday
I'm coming to the end of one of my TriBond question sets, and because I think these are easier than usual, I'm going to play this one like I do Mad Gab. Three games instead of two, and if you get all three correct, you'll get a bonus point. Have fun!

TriBond #1:
Dame Edna
Ru Paul
Lassie

TriBond #2:
Pirate's Eyewear
Pumpkin Place
Holey-Pants Mender

TriBond #3:
Mexican beans
Basketball Centers
Horror-Movie Goers

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


General Poll:
Do you utilize a carbon monoxide detector in your home?
Yes
No
Vote:
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/223944


Today’s Thoughts: 48-13! Which Wisconsin team will have more September victories: the Packers or the Brewers? Granted, past performance is no guarantee of future results and scores may go down in value, but the preseason 2-0 Green Bay Packers sure looked pretty good last Saturday night against the Seahawks. The starters weren't nearly as impressive against Pittsburgh in their opening game, but if they play similar to how they played the Seahawks tomorrow at Lambeau Field, I might be more optimistic about the season. They have a pretty tough regular season schedule though, especially in the first half of the year. I did week-by-week picks of each Packers game this season and I unfortunately have the team at 5-11, but if they keep playing the way they did last weekend, I might have to bump up my dismal regular season prediction!

Think Brett Favre and the Packers can make the playoffs? Share your thoughts on my message board:
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493

Today’s Holiday: Be An Angel Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: C


Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin and the Fox Cities:
Widespread fog is expected across the area this morning. The fog may briefly lift across portions of east-central Wisconsin where some rain was still occurring. But visibilities are expected to drop again once the rain shifts east of the area. Meanwhile...the fog was becoming quite dense across parts of central and northern Wisconsin...with visibilities at or below 1/4 mile in places. Those conditions should persist through about 700 am...then a slow improvement is expected. Be sure to use extra caution if driving this morning. Always use low-beam headlights when driving in foggy conditions.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
... Record August rainfall set in Madison...

Up through Monday August 20 2007... 10.49 inches of rain fell so far
in August at Truax field in Madison. This breaks the old record for
the month of August... which was 9.49 inches back in 1980.

10.49 inches also makes this the 4th wettest month ever in Madison.
Below is the list of the heaviest rainfall calendar months in
Madison history:

Jul 1950 10.93
May 2004 10.84
Sep 1915 10.69
Aug 2007 10.49 (so far)

Obviously... with 11 more days in the month and a wet pattern... it is
possible that August 2007 will become the wettest month ever in
Madison history.

From noon CDT Saturday August 18th... to noon CDT Sunday August
19th... 5.00 inches fell... which is the 3rd highest rainfall recorded
in any 24 hour period at Madison.

In addition... records suggest that August 18th and 19th... with 5.52
inches of rain measured... was the 2nd wettest two day period in
Madison history. The wettest 2 day period was 5.79 inches... set on
may 31st and June 1st 2000.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with clouds, areas of dense fog and scattered showers (mostly east), temps are mostly in the mid- to upper 60s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: The weather models have been having a tough time determining the weather pattern over the last few days. The models' precipitation forecasts have been inconsistent with each other and the high temperature numbers have been 10+ degrees too high. The models are going with highs ranging from 80-88 today, but will we finally obtain that warmth in the real world? With more bands of showers and thunderstorms expected through Friday, it's anyone's guess.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Overnight thunderstorms becoming just isolated showers this morning. Look for more scattered showers and thunderstorms to redevelop later today, especially in the southern half of the state. Warmer and humid with highs upper 70s north, 79 central, and mid- 80s south. Chance of rain 30%.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Lows near 60 north, mid- 60s central and south. Chance of rain 75%.

Tomorrow: More showers and thunderstorms likely. Bring your ponchos if you're going to the Packers game tomorrow night. Highs mid- 70s north, upper 70s central, and low to mid- 80s south. Chance of rain 80%.

This Weekend:
Friday: Cooler with even more showers and thunderstorms. Sounds like an old broken record but the end is near. Highs 72-77. Chance of rain 60%.
Saturday: Partly cloudy. No rain. Really. I (almost) promise. Go outside. Mow the lawn. Enjoy the day. Highs 73-78.
Sunday: Partly cloudy with increasing clouds late. Highs 77-82.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Morning fog with scattered showers and thunderstorms later today and continuing through tomorrow. Highs lower 80s today and mid- 70s tomorrow.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 8 am CDT this morning...
Expect dense fog to persist through the early morning hours... with
visibilities frequently less than one quarter mile. Conditions will
improve as winds slightly increase and temperatures begin to rise
after 8 am.

A dense fog advisory means visibilities will frequently be
reduced to less than one quarter mile. If driving... curb your speed...
use your low beam headlights... and leave plenty of distance between
vehicles.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine, hot, highs upper 90s with a heat index around 100-105.
Triple digit heat index this afternoon...
Temperatures will reach the upper 90s across most of the quad state
region this afternoon... with isolated 100 degree temperatures a
possibility. When combined with the humidity... the heat index will
range from 100 to 105 during the hottest part of the afternoon.

Similar daytime highs in the upper 90s with heat index values
topping 100 will continue each afternoon through the end of the
workweek.

Use caution if you will be outside this afternoon. Take frequent
breaks... drink plenty of water... and avoid extensive strenuous
outdoor activities if possible.
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: Isolated storms, highs lower 90s.
... Elevated risk of rip currents at the Gulf facing beaches
Wednesday and Wednesday night...

... Minor coastal flooding possible on Gulf facing shores
Wednesday night and early Thursday...

As Hurricane Dean approaches the East Coast of Mexico... swells from the
storm of 5 to 7 feet are expected to impact the Upper Texas coast
through Thursday morning.

These high swells will create dangerous surf conditions and an
elevated risk of rip currents at Gulf facing beaches. In
addition... some minor beach erosion is possible during high tide.

People are advised not to enter the water because of the
dangerous surf conditions. Rip currents are narrow channels of
water that flow from the surf zone out to deeper water. If you
get caught in a rip current... wade or swim parallel to the beach
until out of its pull... then head back to shore.

Tide levels will increase to 1 to 2 feet above astronomically
predicted levels today. Maximum water levels of 3.5 to 4 feet above
mean lower low water are possible on the Gulf facing shores and along
Matagorda Bay at high tide Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
Inside Galveston Bay... maximum water levels of 2.5 to 3.5 feet above
mean lower low water are 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: Isolated storms, otherwise partly cloudy, highs upper 80s to lower 90s, but upper 90s today away from the coast.
Heat advisory in effect from noon today to 8 PM EDT this evening...
The combination of high temperatures in the upper 90s to near 100
degrees along with moderate levels of humidity... will result in
heat index values between 105 and 110 degrees 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
plenty of fluids... stay in an air-conditioned building... stay out
of the sunshine... and check up on the elderly. Never leave
children or pets in a car even with the windows rolled down.
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, hot, highs near 108.
Near record high temperatures today...
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:

Mexico braces for second hit from Hurricane Dean
* Hurricane may strengthen to Category 2 before its second landfall in Mexico
* Dean is expected to hit central Mexico on Wednesday
* Mexico's president cuts short a meeting in Canada to return home
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/americas/08/22/hurricane.dean/index.html

Typhoon Sepat kills 36 in China
* Typhoon Sepat kills at least 36 in southeast China this week, says Xinhua
* Landslides caused at least half the deaths
* Xinhua reports losses of $658M in Fujian, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Hunan provinces
* In Taiwan, 2,500 evacuated and nearly 9,000 homes still without electricity
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/08/21/typhoon.sepat.reut/index.html#cnnSTCText


More Articles of Interest:
BreathingEarth
Artificial Life Likely in 3 to 10 Years
Japan eyes new generation of network technology to replace Internet
Man swims after beer bong, goes missing for hours
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Updated: 11:40 AM GMT on August 22, 2007

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 20, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:37 PM GMT on August 20, 2007

Good Monday morning!
This is Steve with the personal update today and I hope everyone had a great weekend despite the cool, gloomy and rainy weather.

Colorado Vacation
Lisa and I had a great vacation to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, which included a 2-day bus ride to Colorado, 4 days enjoying the mountains, and 2 days bussing back. The trip's highlights included viewing scenic rock formations at the Garden of the Gods, lunch on the Royal Gorge train, taking a 4.5 hour jeep ride up a 13,100 foot mountain (pouring rain, steep slopes and all), travelling the Million Dollar Highway (very scenic), a local winery tour and a tour of the Coors brewery, going to a local ski resort for lunch on top of one of the slopes (taking a scenic ski lift to get there), and losing a few bucks at a casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Each night in our hotel room I miniblogged about our trip with a variety of facts, observations and randomness, and you can read it here:
http://twitter.com/sbhale

Bryce Update
As for Bryce, he stayed with my mom and my sister Kelley all week, and my mom has offered to write up the Bryce update this week so here it is:
This is Steve's mom with this week's Bryce update. Being that Steve and Lisa were on a much needed vacation this last week, I, along with Aunt Kelley, were given the privilege of taking care of Bryce for 8 days. Interesting that I haven't cared for an active two year old full time for about 11 years, but it all comes back to you! He caught an illness that kept us on 24 hour watch for 4 days, but after that it was lots of fun. He's very independent but also a very sweet and smart little boy. We had fun taking walks, reading, rocking in the rocking chair and playing with toys. He's a good talker too! Overall it was a great experience.

Colorado Pictures
Many photos of our vacation were added to my photo sharing site. You can check them out here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hail27


Chain Reaction
Oh yeah, we're right in the middle of an exciting game season! Let's get the ball rolling again with a new chain.

Hot
P_____
S_____
Knots
L_____
P_____
Recognition

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


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

Today’s Forecast Grade: C-


Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Flash Flood Watch in effect until 1 PM CDT this afternoon...
* showers and thunderstorms... some with moderate to heavy
rains... will occur. The ground is saturated due to recent
rains. Therefore... flash flooding is possible.

* Runoff from the heavy rains may lead to fast-flowing water
over roads... ponding of water in low lying areas... and soil
erosion or mud slides. Hilly terrain in parts of south central
Wisconsin enhance this kind of flooding. Urban areas may also
experience closed roads due to accumulating water.

A Flash Flood Watch is issued when rapid and dangerous flooding
of creeks... streams... and rivers are possible. Flash flooding is
a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts
and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be
issued.

... Record daily maximum rainfall set at Madison...
A record rainfall of 2.13 inches was set at Madison yesterday. This
breaks the old record of 1.33 set in 1904.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds and scattered showers, 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: A stationary frontal boundary stretching west to east from the central Plains through northern Illinois to Washington D.C. is continuing to develop showers and isolated thunderstorms north of the front, which just so happens to be where we live. Southwestern Wisconsin sure doesn't need any more rain with major flooding in the area, but it looks like the next five days could be just what they don't need with a new low pressure system in central Canada bringing more rain to the area tomorrow through Friday.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy, cool and a lot like yesterday with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms, mostly this morning then redeveloping later this afternoon. Highs low to mid- 60s north, 66 central and upper 60s south. Chance of rain 80%.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with showers possible but not quite as likely. We should be in-between weather systems overnight so the rain should subside for a short time tonight and tomorrow morning. Lows near 60. Chance of rain 40%.

Tomorrow: Becoming cloudy again with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing, becoming more frequent late in the day. Warmer with highs low to mid- 70s north and central and upper 70s south. Chance of rain 50%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly sunny and warmer with another round of showers and thunderstorms possible. There is a slight risk (15% chance) of severe weather as well. Highs 80-85. Chance of rain 30%.
Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms probable. Highs 80-85. Chance of rain 51%.
Friday: More showers and thunderstorms. Highs 73-78. Chance of rain 52%.
Saturday: Partly cloudy and dry for once, highs 74-79.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, still dry, highs 77-82.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs near 70 today and warming to near 80 tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered storms today, isolated storms tomorrow, hot and humid, highs lower 90s.
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: Isolated storms today with a better chance of rain tomorrow, 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: Partly cloudy, highs 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: Sunshine, highs around 105.
... Record high minimum temperature broken in Las Vegas Sunday...
The low temperature at McCarran International Airport yesterday the
19th here in Las Vegas only got down to 86 degrees at 710 am. This
reading broke the previous record high minimum of 85 degrees set in
2001.
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:

At least 4 killed after foot of rain floods upper Midwest
# Officials: Floods kill 2 in a vehicle in Witoka, 2 others in a vehicle near Stockton
# In Wisconsin, foot of rain sparks mudslide that pushes home into state highway
# Five cars of a 65-car train derail in Goose Island, Wisconsin
# Power outages, flooding reported in Oklahoma as Tropical Storm Erin lingers
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/08/19/flooding.ap/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

Heat wave claims 44 lives in Southeast, Midwest
# People with chronic respiratory, heart conditions should take precautions
# Tennessee officials report 13 heat-related deaths
# Eight people have died in Alabama during the heat wave
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/08/19/heat.wave.ap/index.html

Hurricane Dean gains strength
# Tropical storm-force winds could be felt as far out as 205 miles, forecasters say
# Dean was expected to pass just south of the Caymans
# Conditions in Kingston, Jamaica, are "absolutely scary," says tourism official
# Sustained winds of 80 mph buffeted Kingston throughout Sunday
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/americas/08/20/hurricane.dean/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

Harrowing rescues from Oklahoma's raging floods
* Rains destroying homes and stranding people in Oklahoma
* Dramatic helicopter rescues caught on tape
* Officials were searching for three other people who are missing
* Erin is "the new four-letter word" in Oklahoma, said emergency official
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/08/19/oklahoma.flooding/index.html

Study: Man-Made 'Drain Hole' Slowly Emptying Lake Michigan
A "drain hole" in the St. Clair River caused by dredging and other commercial projects is costing Lakes Huron and Michigan a combined 2.5 billion gallons of water each day, according to a Canadian study released Tuesday.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,293349,00.html

Toronto blogger embarasses NASA climate experts
Stephen McIntyre, amateur meteorologist from Toronto, has embarrassed NASA scientists by catching an error in recent climate-change data: climatologists at NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Science (GISS) in New York now concede that 1934, not 1998, was the hottest year in U.S. history.
http://www.neowin.net/index.php?act=view&id=42045


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Wisconsin Wanderers Colorado Vacation Forecast

By: HaleStorm, 2:02 AM GMT on August 11, 2007

Weather Overview
The main weather story during our trip will be the continuation of hot and humid weather as high pressure will dominate much of the week's weather. The trip will start out very hot and humid with an Excessive Heat Warning issued today in Kansas City. Highs in KC are expected to rise into the upper 90s with a Heat Index to near 110! A storm system may develop some rain Tuesday, Wednesday and perhaps into Thursday. The coolest day of the trip will probably be Tuesday when only lower 70s are expected, but otherwise look for highs in the 80s to near 90.


Weather Forecast

Saturday: Appleton to Kansas City. An approaching storm system is going to spread scattered showers and thunderstorms across Wisconsin Saturday night, but by then we'll be south of the storm, so look for sunshine, hot and humid temperatures starting in the 60s when we leave the Fox Valley with highs in Kansas City approaching the upper 90s! Kansas City is under a Excessive Heat Warning through Sunday evening with a Heat Index near 110 expected during the afternoon! Let's hope the bus's air conditioners are very efficient - outdoor temperatures in the 90s plus all that hot air from us wanderers could make for a sweltering trip south!

Sunday: Kansas City to Colorado Springs. It'll be a warm start to the day with overnight lows expected to only dip into the upper 70s. Kansas City is expected to reach 100 on Sunday, so let's get out of there and head to the higher elevations and slightly cooler temperatures of Colorado! Colorado Springs won't be too much cooler though, with temperatures in the 80s to near 90 by the time we arrive. There's a very small chance of a thunderstorm developing but I wouldn't hold your breath for one. Lows Sunday night will drop into the 60s.

Monday: Colorado Springs to Canon City to Gunnison. Temps will start off in the 60s but warm through the day to near 90 in Canon City. We'll cool down by the time we get to Gunnison though, with highs only in the lower 80s expected. Again, an isolated thunderstorm is possible in the afternoon or evening but not very likely. Bring a jacket to any evening outdoor activities with temperatures dropping into the 40s overnight. Considering the heat we will have been though, it'll probably feel very refreshing.

Tuesday: Gunnison to Ouray. A cool morning can be expected with temperatures starting off in the 40s and warming up shortly after the sun rises. Gunnison will probably hit the lower 80s again but Ouray is a little cooler so highs in the lower 70s are more likely. However, bring an umbrella as scattered showers and thunderstorms are more likely today. Lows Tuesday night will probably cool into the 40s again.

Wednesday: Ouray to Durango to Grand Junction to Clifton. Look for a mostly cloudy sky, perhaps a rain shower, and temperatures in the 40s or 50s when you get out of bed. As we travel to Durango, things will get a little warmer with temperatures warming into the 70s and 80s by lunchtime. Grand Junction will be even warmer with highs in the 80s to near 90 expected. A few thunderstorms are possible during the day so it'll be a good idea to keep an umbrella handy. Lows Wednesday night will probably drop into the upper 50s.

Thursday: Clifton to Denver. Temperatures will climb from the upper 50s through the 60s, 70s and 80s, topping off near 90 again by the afternoon. Besides a stray shower, probably early in the day, look for a partly sunny sky to go along with those warm temperatures. Lows will probably drop to the lower 60s.

Friday: Denver to Council Bluffs, Iowa. Sunshine and hot temperatures will continue as we leave the Rocky Mountains and travel through the Plains back to the Midwest. It'll be in the 60s when we board the bus, and temperatures during the day will rise through the 80s outdoors but it'll be 75 degrees and clear inside the bus!

Saturday: Council Bluffs to the Fox Valley. The rest of the drive home will probably be uneventful with a partly sunny sky and morning temperatures in the 60s climbing up through the 80s as we arrive home with lighter wallets but many new memories to cherish.

http://www.wisconsinwanderers.com

Updated: 2:02 AM GMT on August 11, 2007

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 10, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 2:10 PM GMT on August 10, 2007

*****
Please Note:
There will not be any Weather Updates next week as Lisa and I are going on vacation! Weather Updates will return on Monday, August 20.
*****


TGIF!

Mad Gab Results

Players: 19
Gab #1 (12/19): Pill Offer Heights = Bill of Rights
"Pillow fights", "Pillow frights", and "Pulitzer Prize" were good answers too, but the just for fun answer of "Pull off her tights" was the most amusing.

Gab #2 (13/19): Juke Awe Mine Aim = Did you call my name?
"Juke" seemed to throw a lot of you off of the word "did", but the "J" doesn't fit in if there wasn't an additional word in there (they'd have probably just used the word "Uke" or something.)

Gab #3 (19/19): Some Arrow Limp Hicks = Summer Olympics


Summer 2007 Point Standings
The dream of the first perfect season ended and we have a new leader!

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Name City
53 8 4 8 9 8 8 8 Perfect Score
51 7 4 8 9 8 8 7 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
50 8 3 7 9 7 8 8 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
49 4 4 8 9 8 8 8 $Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
47 7 4 6 9 8 8 5 $Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
47 6 4 7 9 6 8 7 Raessa:
46 7 4 4 9 6 8 8 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
45 8 4 8 9 8 8 - Adam E.:
44 7 4 8 5 7 7 6 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
43 7 4 6 6 5 8 7 $Brian, Madison, WI:
41 7 4 8 2 4 8 8 Becky T. and Dad:
40 6 4 7 5 4 8 6 $Greg, Madison, WI:
39 7 4 6 4 6 8 4 Sue, De Pere, WI:
37 6 4 7 6 6 4 4 Jamie S., Evansville, IN:
36 3 4 8 1 8 6 6 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
36 0 4 8 6 5 8 5 Deb:
36 4 4 7 9 6 4 2 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
36 6 4 - 5 6 8 7 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
35 5 4 - 4 7 8 7 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
35 6 4 6 2 6 6 5 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
33 4 3 8 2 6 4 6 Cory S. Kaukauna, WI
33 6 - 4 6 3 6 8 Jan, Berlin, WI:
30 2 4 4 4 7 6 3 Sally:
28 4 4 3 4 2 7 4 Diane Sm.:
25 6 3 8 - 4 4 - Tony:
24 1 4 8 - 2 7 2 Steve L.:
22 2 4 7 2 4 3 - Bethany:
21 3 4 5 5 - 4 - Rhonda:
21 6 4 6 5 - - - Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
20 4 4 4 2 6 - - Sheila, Appleton, WI:
17 2 4 3 - 3 3 2 Mary, Appleton, WI:
13 - - 3 - 4 4 2 John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI:
12 4 - 4 - - - 4 Chris Ke.:
10 2 4 - - 0 - 4 Nicole, Madison, WI:
10 - - - 4 3 3 - Patty:
6 2 4 - - - - - Kelley:
5 3 - 2 - - - - Mom:
4 - - 4 - - - - John E., St. Paul, MN:
3 3 - - - - - - Craig, Green Bay, WI:


General Poll:
Which goes best with eggs?
Bacon
Canadian Bacon/Ham
Hash Browns
Sausage Links
Sausage Patties
Toast
Other
Vote:
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/223944


Today’s Thoughts: Colorado! Lisa and I are less than 24 hours away from a week-long bus trip to Colorado! We leave early Saturday morning and return next Saturday evening. Lisa's step-dad Karl will be driving the bus (he drives vacation bus trips for a living), and about 30 of their family, friends and acquaintances are coming along. My mom is staying at our house to watch Bryce while we're away, so our little guy will get to bond with his Grandma Harland and Aunt Kelley while we're away.
Our trip itinerary is here:
http://www.wisconsinwanderers.com/
We'll have our laptop along and I'll probably be Twittering our journey daily from our hotel room as we go along.
You can read my miniblog here:
http://twitter.com/sbhale

Today’s Holiday: Lazy Day - Appropriate for us since both Lisa and I have the day off from work. Note that Monday is Blame Someone Else Day, so make sure to celebrate that one!
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: A


Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
..moderate to severe drought conditions across the area...
Significant rainfall over the last week has
remained south of the area. The only appreciable rain
fell across Winnebago...Calumet and Manitowoc counties
during the morning of August 7th. A few storms erupted
this afternoon across central and north central Wisconsin...
but only a few spots received any significant rainfall.

widely scattered thunderstorms have brought some temporary
relief to some spots across the area over the last few weeks.
However...most of the area remains under moderate to severe
drought conditions. Rainfall has been scarce for much of the
area since some heavier rains fell from thunderstorms on
July 26th across north central and central Wisconsin.

Since July 12th...the Green Bay Airport has received
a tenth of an inch...or only 3 percent of normal. Since
June 1st...Green Bay has received 78 percent of the normal
rainfall during the period.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 9am with sunshine, temps are in the low to mid- 70s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: High pressure just to our southwest should bring us another day of sunshine with warm temperatures, but an approaching low pressure system developing in the Plains may give us another chance of rain tomorrow evening. Maybe this will be the one that finally waters our lawn - southern Wisconsin has been hogging all the rain lately.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny, very nice and warm today. High of 85 north and central, upper 80s south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows lower 60s.

Saturday: Becoming partly sunny with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing later in the day. There's a slight risk of these storms becoming severe (a 15% chance of it happening within 25 miles of your house.) Very warm, highs mid- 80s north, upper 80s central, and near 90 south. Chance of rain 40%.

Sunday: Partly cloudy and very warm, highs mid- 80s north, upper 80s central, and just above 90 south.

Next Week:
Monday: Storms developing late, highs 83-88. Chance of rain 35%.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy, highs 82-87.
Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, cooler, highs 74-79. Chance of rain 30%.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, highs 74-79.
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs 76-81.
Saturday: Partly sunny, highs 78-86. Chance of this 8-day forecast being right, 40%.
Sunday: Partly sunny, maybe, highs 77-87. Then again, it's nine days from now, so it could be 28 degrees with snow for all I know.


Other City Forecasts:

Coming soon in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Scattered storms tonight and tomorrow morning, otherwise probably dry and very warm through next week, highs upper 80s to near 90.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Coming soon in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine and hot as far as the eye can see, highs mid- to upper 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Coming soon in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated storms today and tomorrow, otherwise partly cloudy and hot, highs in the 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

Coming soon in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Hot with isolated late-afteroon storms through Sunday, then just partly cloudy, highs low to mid- 90s near the coast.
Excessive heat warning in effect from 10 am this morning to 9 PM EDT this evening...
Excessive heat watch in effect from Saturday morning through Saturday evening...
High temperatures will once again range from 101 to 104 degrees
across inland areas to the mid 90s closer to the coast. These
temperatures combined with high levels of humidity will produce
another round of dangerous heat index values of 115 to 120 degrees
today. A few locations about 10 to 20 miles inland from the coast
could see heat index values up to 125 degrees or a brief period
this afternoon. Heat indices as high as 112 degrees are even
expected at the beaches.

The dangerously hot and humid weather will continue on Saturday...
with heat index values expected to reach around 115 degrees.
Because of this... an excessive heat watch has been issued for all
of southern South Carolina and much of southeast Georgia for
Saturday. All of parts of this watch may be upgraded to an excessive
heat warning this afternoon.

The excessive heat and humidity will make for dangerous conditions
if proper precautions are not taken. Excessive heat kills people
by taking the human body beyond its ability to cool itself.
Approximately 175 people die each year from exposure to excessive
heat. Drink plenty of fluids... stay in an air-conditioned
room... stay out of the sunshine... and check up on relatives...
neighbors and the elderly. Never leave children or pets in a
car even with the windows rolled down.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Coming soon in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated storms possible next week Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, otherwise mostly sunny and hot like always, 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:

Triple-digit temperatures broil Southeast U.S.
# Triple-digit temps in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky
# National Weather Service urges people to stay indoors, drink water
# Highs in upper 90s or above expected Friday
# Rainy weather cools off mid-Atlantic states
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/08/09/heat.wave/index.html#cnnSTCText

NWS: Tornadoes Slam Brooklyn, Staten Island
F2 Twister Gained Intensity As It Converged On Bay Ridge
What was thought to be a violently windy thunderstorm that plowed through Brooklyn Wednesday morning turned out to be a weather event of historical proportions.
http://wcbstv.com/topstories/local_story_220172727.html
http://wcbstv.com/topstories/local_story_220080815.html
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/08/08/nyc.weather/index.html?eref=rss_topstories
http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2007/08/climate-expert-.html

Forecasters: Fewer hurricanes for '07
Government forecasters minimally reduced their prediction for the Atlantic hurricane season Thursday, saying up to nine hurricanes and up to 16 tropical storms are expected to form.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration maintained its estimate that three to five of the hurricanes would be strong. The original report forecast up to 17 tropical storms, with up to 10 becoming hurricanes.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/08/09/hurricanes.outlook.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1651294,00.html?xid=feed-cnn-topics

Who names anything Flossie, besides perhaps a dental office mascot?
Tropical storm forms between Hawaii and Mexico
Tropical Storm Flossie formed on Wednesday far out in the Pacific Ocean, about halfway between Mexico's southern Pacific coast and Hawaii.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/americas/08/09/tropical.weather.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

China braced for killer storm
* Tropical Storm Pabuk heads for Chinese coast; due to hit later Thursday
* Landslides triggered by storm in Philippines killed at least 11 people
* A stronger tropical storm, Wutip, expected to hit Fujian province on Friday
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/08/09/china.storm.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

Magnitude 7.4 earthquake hits near Jakarta: U.S.G.S.
A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck about 70 miles away from the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, the U.S. Geological Survey reported on its Web site on Wednesday. The epicenter was located 175 miles beneath the sea, the agency said. The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was little chance of a tsunami following the quake, the Associated Press reported. An earthquake and tsunami on Dec. 26, 2004, killed more than 131,000 people in Indonesia's Aceh province.
http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/magnitude-74-earthquake-hits-near/story.aspx?guid=%7B448AF7FE -C113-49CE-9B46-28E2B3D79B4D%7D&dist=hplatest


More Articles of Interest:
Baby Einsteins: Not So Smart After All - TIME
'American Idol' Contestant Auditions While She's in Labor - FOX News
Badvertising: Time Warner Charges You $0.23 For The Coupons Included In Your Bill - Consumerist
Microsoft Confirms HDMI Port on X360 Premium Model, Not Core (Updated) - Shacknews
http://del.icio.us/hail27
http://digg.com/users/hail27/news/dugg

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 8, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:00 PM GMT on August 08, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

Family Feud Results
I can't believe nobody said English for "a kind of muffin." Good thing I'm not playing, I wouldn't have gotten any points this time around.

Players: 27
Topic #1: A kind of muffin
Blueberry (25) - 2 points
Bran (2) - 1 point

Topic #2: Name something passengers love to do on a cruise ship
Eat (17) - 2 points
Drink (4) - 1 point
Sunbathe (2)
Gamble
Party
Play Shuffleboard
Relax


Mad Gab Wednesday
Please note that this will be the last game until Monday, August 20, as there will not be any updates next week. The Summer 2007 Regular Season will end on Friday, September 14 with the playoff week being September 17-21.

Gab #1: Pill Offer Heights

Gab #2: Juke Awe Mine Aim

Gab #3: Some Arrow Limp Hicks

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


Bryce Portraits
Here are recent portraits of our son Bryce, taken at the YMCA Child Learning Center. We'll have images of his 2-year photo shoot in a future update.
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/bryce1-hi.jpg
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/bryce2-hi.jpg
http://home.new.rr.com/wiweather/bryce3-hi.jpg


Today’s Thoughts: Power of 10. So as what should be of no surprise to any of you, I'm a big game show fan, and being as such, I had to check out CBS's new "Power of 10" game show premiere last night, hosted by Drew Carey (who will also be hosting The Price is Right next season). It's like Card Sharks with a $10,000,000 top prize. And no cards. It's the first game show I can remember watching where the host will give the contestant his honest thoughts about what he thinks the answer is before the contestant votes (Drew doesn't know the answers either). I won't ruin the first episode if you have it on your DVR, but I'll just say that Drew was very funny, the premise gets exciting pretty quickly, and the questions are formatted in a way such that similar questions could wind up in a future Weather Update season.
Did you see it? What did you think of the show?
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493

Today’s Holiday: Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night (Ok, you REALLY can't make this stuff up)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: A-


Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Flash Flood Watch in effect from this evening through Thursday morning...
Atmospheric conditions are expected to come together tonight to
produce a period of heavy rainfall associated with thunderstorms
across portions of south central and southeast Wisconsin.
Rainfall of one and one half... to three inches will be possible.

Many locations across the watch area have received heavy rainfall
over the past several days. Hence current soil conditions across
the watch area remain saturated. Additional heavy rainfall will
likely result in rapid runoff... leading to possible flash
flooding.

A Flash Flood Watch is issued when rapid and dangerous flooding
of creeks... streams... and rivers are possible. Flash flooding is a
very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and
be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.
----------------
Areas of fog will continue through 7 am across much of south central and southeast Wisconsin. Visibilities in the fog will be mostly between one and three miles...however localized visibilities down to one quarter mile will be possible. Early morning motorists should be prepared to encounter rapidly varying visibilities due to the fog. Slow down when you drive into a patch of dense fog.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with a thin layer of clouds and areas of fog, temps are in the mid- 50s north, scattered through the 60s central and in the lower 70s in southern Wisconsin.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A cold front is moving through southern Wisconsin this morning, which will explain the difference in morning temperatures mentioned above. The thin layer of clouds most of us are seeing this morning should burn off and turn into sunshine shortly, but moisture to our southwest will develop more showers and thunderstorms this evening, overnight tonight, and perhaps into tomorrow morning.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Becoming mostly sunny this morning, then clouds moving in from southwest to northeast during the late afternoon hours. Highs lower 80s north, around 84 central, and mid- 80s south.

Tonight: Becoming cloudy with showers and thunderstorms developing. Maybe we'll actually get some good rain here in the Fox Valley this time around instead of southern Wisconsin hogging all of it. Lows lower 60s. Chance of rain 75%.

Tomorrow: Morning scattered showers and thunderstorms, then decreasing clouds later in the day. Highs lower 80s. Chance of morning rain 30%.

This Weekend:
Friday: Partly cloudy and warmer, highs 85-90.
Saturday: Partly sunny and warm, maybe a thunderstorm late, highs 84-89. Chance of rain 25%.
Sunday: Becoming partly cloudy, very warm, highs 86-91.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Isolated storms and mid- 80s today, partly cloudy and near 90 tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine, hot, highs near 100. Isolated storms tomorrow.
Heat advisory in effect until 7 PM CDT Thursday...
High temperatures today and Thursday will be in the upper 90s to
around 100 degrees. The extreme heat will combine with relatively
high humidity levels to create heat index readings in a range from
104 to 108 degrees each afternoon.

The heat and humidity will combine to create a situation in which
heat illnesses are possible.

Drink plenty of fluids... stay in an air conditioned room... wear
light colored light weight clothing... stay out of the sun... and
check up on the very Young and elderly.

Coaches and athletic directors should postpone sports activities
until the evening or the early morning hours. Outdoor workers
should also consider alternative work times to avoid the hottest
times of the day.
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: Sunshine, hot, 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 Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Very hot, hazy and humid with isolated storms developing. Highs upper 90s but over 100 inland today, and lower 90s tomorrow (upper 90s inland). The dew point this morning is already at 82 degrees with a humidity level of 100% at 7am EDT, so it's going to be a wild day of weather.
Excessive heat warning in effect from 10 am this morning to 9 PM EDT this evening...
Excessive heat watch in effect from Thursday morning through Thursday evening...
High temperatures this afternoon will be around 102 degrees. These
temperatures combined with high levels of humidity will produce
dangerous heat index values of 114 to 119 degrees... mainly during
the afternoon and early evening hours. A few locations closer to
the coast including North Charleston... west Ashley... Jacksonboro...
Beaufort... Savannah... Richmond Hill and darin could see heat
indices briefly exceed 120 degrees for a period this afternoon.
Heat indices up to 110 degrees are even expected at the beaches
today.

The dangerously hot and humid weather will continue on Thursday...
with heat index values expected to reach around 115 degrees.
Because of this... an excessive heat watch remains in effect for
all of southern South Carolina and much of southeast Georgia for
Thursday. All of parts of this watch may be upgraded to an
excessive heat warning this afternoon.

An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of
dangerously hot temperatures will occur with heat indices
reaching 115 degrees for at least two hours... whereas a watch
means that these conditions are possible.

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will
combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses
are likely. Drink plenty of fluids... stay in an air-conditioned
room... stay out of the sunshine... and check up on relatives...
neighbors and the elderly. Never leave children or pets in a
car even with the windows rolled down.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio all hazards for the latest
information from the National Weather Service in Charleston.
---------------
heat indices 97 to 102 degrees through sunrise... widespread haze will reduce visibilities to between 2 and 4 miles this morning. Warm and extremely humid conditions will persist through sunrise with heat indices holding between 97 and 102 degrees. Use extreme caution if working outside early this morning as heat indices are already well above normal. An excessive heat warning remains in effect from 10 am until 9 PM this evening.
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, highs upper 90s to near 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:

Around the globe, 2007 is on track to be a year of extreme weather
* U.N. agency: Global surface temperatures have broken records this year
* World Meteorological Organization says climate change probably manmade
* Unusual flooding has hurt Asia, Europe, Africa in 2007
* The Midwest in the U.S. is suffering from record heat now
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/08/07/weather.extremes/index.html#cnnSTCText

Dangerous heat has much of U.S. sweating
* Highs in the 90s expected from the western Plains to the East Coast
* National Weather Service issued excessive heat warnings
* Arkansas reports second heat-related death of the year
* Horse races canceled at Delaware Park due to safety concerns
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/08/07/heat.wave.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText


More Articles of Interest:
Bonds cracks home run No. 756 - ESPN
Girl's boyfriend *accidentally* cooks her laptop in the oven...
Microsoft pulls trigger on 360 price drops - GameSpot
Single line of HTML crashes IE 6

Could black holes be portals to other universes? - New Scientist Space
Back to the future, via a donut-shaped vacuum? | Jerusalem Post
Nukes Against Earth-Impacting Asteroids - Slashdot
Galaxies clash in four-way merger - BBC NEWS | Science/Nature
Eight-million-year-old bug is alive and growing - New Scientist Environment
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Southern Wisconsin Under a Flash Flood Watch

By: HaleStorm, 12:54 AM GMT on August 07, 2007

Looks like all this moisture associated with an upcoming frontal boundary and low pressure system is going to produce a lot of rain across southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois and Iowa. Here's hoping some of that rain makes it up to central Wisconsin - my brown lawn could really use a good soaking, especially since we only got a little bit of rain last Saturday night, and haven't seen much else in several weeks.


From the NWS:
thunderstorms associated with an approaching low pressure system
and frontal boundary will lead to areas of very heavy rainfall
tonight. The atmosphere is very moist and will allow any
thunderstorms to be very efficient heavy rain producers. Current
soil conditions across the watch area are saturated in many
spots due to the heavy rainfall last Saturday night and Sunday
morning. Therefore... any heavy rain that occurs will likely
result in rapid runoff... leading to possible flash flooding.

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 6, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 11:47 AM GMT on August 06, 2007

Happy Monday Morning,

Weekend Update
This is Lisa with our family update, and I hope you all had a great weekend. Our weekend was busy but it was a lot of fun as well. Saturday was a fun-filled day which included water, tailgating, the Green Bay Packers football scrimmage, and fireworks. We were invited by my father and step-mother-in-law to Tundra Lodge Waterpark and Resort in Green Bay for an afternoon of fun at the indoor water park. Bryce hadn't been swimming for a couple months, so he was a little scared at first but after a while he had a lot of fun splashing in the water. Then in the evening after Bryce went home with his babysitter, we went to a tailgate party, followed by the Green Bay Packers Family Night. Our seats were very good, at the 50 yard line in row 23, and a very neat fireworks show at Lambeau Field capped off the evening.

Sunday was our day at home except we both had separate evening plans. I went to the Oneida Casino with my friends Lisa S. and Kathy to see the band NELSON. We had a great time, and we can't wait till they come back again. Steve had his last softball game of the season (they lost 10-9). Bryce got to visit with his Grandma Nia while Steve played softball.

Bryce Update
Not much is new with Bryce except that he has now officially transitioned to Honeybee Hill at the YMCA Child Learning Center, which is the 2-year-old room. He spent most of last week in Honeybee Hill and his teachers said that he did very well. He has a couple of friends who transitioned into that room a few months ago, so Bryce is excited to be reunited with them again. Bryce also knows a few new words and phrases which include, "Go away," "In a minute," "I'll get it," "Kozmo" (he calls our dog by his name and not just "doggie" anymore) and "Bennett" (he is our neighbors' John and Liz's golden retriever). Bryce loves to play with our outdoor water hose, watering everything from our flowers, bushes and trees to his slide and the driveway. We think he got the idea from one of his Elmo DVDs, where they show kids how to water plants, as he became obsessed with the water hose soon after watching the episode (over and over). Well that wrap up our personal update. Have a great week.


Family Pictures Added:
Click here for pictures of Bryce at Tundra Lodge Waterpark in Green Bay and a few random photos thrown in just for fun.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hail27


Family Feud Monday

Topic #1: A kind of muffin

Topic #2: Name something passengers love to do on a cruise ship

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


Today’s Holiday: Wiggle Your Toes Day (you can't make this stuff up)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: B+


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with sunshine mixed with a thin layer of clouds, temps are mostly in the mid- to upper 60s.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Was it just me or did yesterday's cloudy, humid and misty day feel a bit like early October? I think we'll be having many more of those kinds of days before the year is done, but probably minus a few degrees. Right now, a stationary front is located across northern Illinois, developing a few showers in central Illinois. A second cold front is just beginning to enter northwestern Wisconsin this morning, but an area of low pressure currently in the central Plains is what's going to make our weather a little more interesting tonight and tomorrow.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Some morning clouds, otherwise becoming partly cloudy and much warmer. An isolated shower is possible south late in the day. Highs low to mid- 80s north, 85 central, and upper 80s south. Chance of rain south 20%.

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

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, warm and humid with a good chance of showers and thunderstorms. There's a slight risk of these storms becoming severe across southern and parts of central Wisconsin according to the Storm Prediction Center. Highs mid- to upper 80s. Chance of rain 50%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly sunny and very warm with another round of showers and thunderstorms developing Wednesday night. Highs 86-91. Chance of rain Wednesday night 50%.
Thursday: Maybe a morning shower, then decreasing clouds, still very warm, highs 87-92. Chance of morning rain 30%.
Friday: Partly cloudy, yes still very warm, highs 86-91.
Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms developing, a little cooler, highs 81-86. Chance of rain 30%.
Sunday: Maybe an early shower, then partly cloudy, highs 80-85.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy and warmer, maybe an isolated storm tonight, highs mid- to upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine, hot, highs upper 90s.
Heat advisory in effect until 7 PM CDT Tuesday...
High temperatures will reach the upper 90s this afternoon.
Combined with the relative humidity... heat index readings will be
near 105 degrees.

On Tuesday... high temperatures will be around 100 degrees. Heat
index readings will reach 105 to 108 degrees at most locations.

Heat index values will likely be 100 or greater between the hours
of 11 am and 7 PM... especially on Tuesday.

This weather pattern will continue through the week... and
additional advisories will likely be issued.

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 plenty of fluids... stay in an air-conditioned room... wear
light colored light weight clothing... stay out of the sun... and
check up on the very Young and elderly.

Those working outdoors should reduce their activity... take more
frequent breaks... and drink plenty of fluids. When possible
reschedule work during the coolest time of the day.

Coaches and athletic directors should postpone sports activities
until the evening or the early morning hours.
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, hot, highs lower 90s.
Heat advisory in effect from 11 am this morning to 7 PM EDT this evening...
High temperatures today will be in the mid to upper 90s away
from the immediate coast. The heat combined with high levels of
humidity will result in heat index values in the 108 to 112 degree
range for several hours today... mainly during the afternoon.
Even at the beaches the heat index will reach near 105 degrees for
at least a few hours.

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.

Similar conditions are expected throughout most of the upcoming
week... with the potential for additional heat advisories or
possibly even an excessive heat warning by mid week.

During the hot and humid weather you are urged drink enough water
to remain hydrated. If you can stay in an air conditioned room.
Stay out of the sunshine as much as possible. Check up on the
very Young... the elderly and those that are ill.

Also remember your pets. They need a shady and cool location... as
well as plenty of fresh drinking water. Never leave an animal
inside a parked car... even with thew windows rolled down.

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

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, breezy, highs upper 90s to near 100. Put on your long-sleeved shirts!
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:

Millions flee 'worst ever' floods
Monsoon rains in South Asia have driven millions from their homes and caused what the United Nations says is the worst flooding in living memory.
More than 1,000 people have been killed or injured by rising waters, but aid agencies say the figure is expected to rise sharply.
So far about 20 million people are known to have fled their homes or trapped in villages at risk from landslides, snakebites and disease.
"Hundreds of thousands have lost their homes, their possessions, livestock and fields and will have to begin their lives from scratch when flood waters recede," UNICEF said.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/08/03/soasia.floods/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

Forecaster Lowers 2007 Hurricane Outlook
Researcher William Gray Now Predicts 15 Named Storms With 8 Becoming Hurricanes
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/08/03/storm/main3131911.shtml?source=RSSattr=SciTech_3131911

Lake Superior changes puzzle scientists
The mighty Superior is losing water and getting warmer, worrying those who live near its shores, scientists and companies that rely on the lake for business.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/08/03/superior.puzzle.ap/index.html?eref=rss_topstories


More Articles of Interest:
UW No. 7 in USA Today coaches' poll
Saturn's ring mystery is solved
Newfound Planet Has Earth-Like Orbit - Yahoo! News
FOX NEWS on UFO Disclosure
Walking to shops ‘damages planet more than going by car’ - Times Online
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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 3, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:51 PM GMT on August 03, 2007

**Added 4 points for Raessa.**

TGIF!

TriBond Results

Players: 23
TriBond #1 (22/23):
Helen Keller's Worker
Smokey Robinson's Group
Santa on 34th Street
All Miracles

TriBond #2 (19/23):
When Sneezing
When Kissing
When getting a surprise
You close your eyes for all of them


Summer 2007 Point Standings

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Name City
45 8 4 8 9 8 8 Perfect Score
45 8 4 8 9 8 8 Adam E.:
44 7 4 8 9 8 8 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
42 7 4 6 9 8 8 $Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
42 8 3 7 9 7 8 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
41 4 4 8 9 8 8 $Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
40 6 4 7 9 6 8 Raessa:
38 7 4 4 9 6 8 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
38 7 4 8 5 7 7 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
36 7 4 6 6 5 8 $Brian, Madison, WI:
35 7 4 6 4 6 8 Sue, De Pere, WI:
34 6 4 7 5 4 8 $Greg, Madison, WI:
34 4 4 7 9 6 4 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
33 7 4 8 2 4 8 Becky T. and Dad:
33 6 4 7 6 6 4 Jamie S., Evansville, IN:
31 0 4 8 6 5 8 Deb:
30 3 4 8 1 8 6 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
30 6 4 6 2 6 6 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
29 6 4 - 5 6 8 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
28 5 4 - 4 7 8 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
27 4 3 8 2 6 4 Cory S. Kaukauna, WI
27 2 4 4 4 7 6 Sally:
25 6 - 4 6 3 6 Jan, Berlin, WI:
25 6 3 8 - 4 4 Tony:
24 4 4 3 4 2 7 Diane Sm.:
22 2 4 7 2 4 3 Bethany:
22 1 4 8 - 2 7 Steve L.:
21 3 4 5 5 - 4 Rhonda:
21 6 4 6 5 - - Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
20 4 4 4 2 6 - Sheila, Appleton, WI:
15 2 4 3 - 3 3 Mary, Appleton, WI:
11 - - 3 - 4 4 John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI:
10 - - - 4 3 3 Patty:
8 4 - 4 - - - Chris Ke.:
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:


General Poll:
Which is better?
-Pancakes
-Waffles
Vote:
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/223944


Today’s Thoughts: The Bridge. Most of you presumably spent your Wednesday evening much like we did - glued to your television set watching national news coverage of the Minneapolis bridge disaster. With half of Thrivent Financial's employees working in Minneapolis, it significantly affected many people I work with, not only with upcoming traffic nightmares, but it was confirmed last night that one of our employees died in the tragedy, Sherry Lou Engebretsen. I didn't personally work with her, but I know people who did know her. It's quite an eerie work environment, and presumably much worse over there. And oddly enough, our Intranet site is called "The Bridge" and features an image of a bridge similar to the one that collapsed in the upper-right of each page of the site. I wonder if we'll end up changing that.

Today's CNN Coverage:
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/08/03/bridge.collapse/index.html?eref=rss_topstories
Video of the bridge collapsing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjCic0YlJwQ
Interesting close-up photos. Thanks Tony for sending that link to me.
http://conphoto.net/collapse.html
Share your thoughts on my message board:
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493

Today’s Holiday: National Watermelon 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 mid- 50s north and near 60 central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A cold front moved through yesterday, developing clouds and a few showers across Wisconsin. Behind the front, we had more sunshine yesterday afternoon and evening along with drier and slightly cooler air. Look for that to continue today, so try to find a good excuse to get yourself outdoors. With August in full swing, fall and cooler temperatures aren't that far away so we have to start taking advantage of nice days sooner rather than later!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny, drier and slightly cooler than yesterday. Highs lower 80s north, 84 central, and mid- 80s south.

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

Saturday: Morning sunshine with increasing clouds during the early afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms developing late in the day, especially south. Highs upper 70s to near 80. Chance of rain tomorrow night 25% north, 40% central, 60% south.

Sunday: Partly sunny, scattered showers possible south. Highs upper 70s north, near 80 central, and lower 80s south. Chance of rain south 25%.

Next Week:
Monday: Warmer with scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 85-90. Chance of rain 40%.
Tuesday: Very warm, scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 85-90. Chance of rain 50%.
Wednesday: Still very warm with more scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 86-91. Chance of rain 40%.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Sunshine today, storms likely tonight and tomorrow, isolated storms on Sunday, highs 80-85.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine, hot, isolated storms possible each day, highs low to mid- 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: Scattered showers and thunderstorms each day, 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

This Weekend in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Showers and thunderstorms likely today with more scattered storms this weekend. Highs mid- to upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

This Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated storms today, partly cloudy this weekend, highs 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


More Articles of Interest:
8 Ways Soda Fizzles Your Health
Coffee drinkers rejoice: your liver and skin thank you
Average Employee Wastes Two Hours of Every Workday
iPod thieves will not be charged - Apple has invented a novel method of disabling stolen iPods - by preventing them from charging.
Office printers 'are health risk' - The humble office laser printer can damage lungs in much the same way as smoke particles from cigarettes, a team of Australian scientists has found.
42.8% Efficiency: A New Record for Solar Cells
Moon Images Available in High-Res Soon!
Bubble 2.0 Coming Soon - Columns by PC Magazine
A big-time overhaul is planned for Graceland - CNN.com
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Updated: 3:21 PM GMT on August 03, 2007

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Wisconsin Weather Update for August 1, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:51 PM GMT on August 01, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

Chain Reaction Results

Players: 28
Whopper
Junior
Prom
Dress
Code
Blue
Jeans

Other Answers:
Junior Petit
Jam Pretty

Cut Blue
Classic Blue
Casual Blue


TriBond Wednesday

TriBond #1:
Helen Keller's Worker
Smokey Robinson's Group
Santa on 34th Street

TriBond #2:
When Sneezing
When Kissing
When getting a surprise

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


General Poll: [changing Thursday]
Would you rather have a week of 95 degrees and muggy weather or 10 degrees and snowy?
Vote:
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/223944


Today’s Thoughts: Are You Twittering? Ever wanted to start a blog, but just don't have the time? Try Twitter at www.twitter.com. It's the latest craze in blogging where you routinely post very short blog entries essentially answering the question, "What are you doing right now?" All blog entries have a maximum of 140 characters so you can't really post more than 1-2 sentences per entry even if you wanted to. It's meant for short, quick blog posts that you update regularly (perhaps daily or more often depending on your style). If you know others that Twitter, you can subscribe to their feed and see what they are all up to at a moment's notice. It's really quite addicting, but definitely more fun if you know others who Twitter. Here's my Twitter site, which I just started last week. If you want to jump on the bandwagon (or already are Twittering), send me your alias!
http://twitter.com/sbhale

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

Today’s Forecast Grade: A-


NowCast: (Source: National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Areas of dense fog with visibilities of one quarter mile or less will persist in the Wisconsin River Valley through 8 am. Early morning commuters driving near the river will need to be ready to encounter rapidly changing visibilities. Patchy light fog is expected across the remainder of south central into southeast Wisconsin through 8 am. Visibilities may drop briefly to around one mile.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


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

Synopsis: High pressure is still situated just east of Wisconsin, so look for the hot and dry weather to continue today. A cold front currently in North Dakota may generate a thundershower or two in Wisconsin tomorrow, and will push slightly cooler air back into Wisconsin for Friday. As the front gets closer, look for things to get a little more humid tomorrow as well, but then dry off again for Friday.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny and hot. High of 92.

Tonight: Increasing clouds, maybe a thundershower overnight north and west. Lows mid- 60s.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny and humid with a shower or thunderstorm possible but not very likely. There doesn't seem to be too much moisture with this system so don't expect a ton of rain with this thing if you do happen to be one of the lucky ones to see something out of this system. Highs upper 80s to near 90. Chance of rain 25%.

This Weekend:
Friday: Mostly sunny and not as humid but still warm, highs 84-89.
Saturday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 84-89. Chance of rain 50%.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy and very warm with maybe a thundershower thrown in just for fun. Highs 86-91. Chance of rain 30%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Storms today, sunshine tomorrow, highs near 90 today and mid- 80s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine, hot, highs low to mid- 90s.
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 thunderstorms continue, highs upper 80s to 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, a chance of storms tomorrow, 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 afternoon storms, highs near 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:

Tropical Storm Chantal forms in Atlantic
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/07/31/tropical.weather.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText
http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200703_5day.html#a_topad

Stronger evidence for human origin of global warming
A recent statistical analysis strengthens evidence that human activities are causing world temperatures to rise. Most climate change scientists model Earth systems from the ground up, attempting to account for all climate driving forces. Unfortunately, small changes in the models can lead to a broad range of outcomes, inviting debate over the actual causes of climate change.
http://www.physorg.com/news105010361.html

How to Predict the Weather Without a Forecast
Long before technology was developed to predict the weather, people had to rely on observation, patterns and folklore to avoid being caught off guard by the elements. If your plans, livelihood or even your survival depend on the weather, it certainly wouldn't hurt to become familiar with some of these methods, especially since you never know when you might be out of touch with the local weather report. These methods aren't foolproof, but they have their usefulness, and if you don't have a forecast on hand, what do you have to lose by trying them?
http://www.wikihow.com/Predict-the-Weather-Without-a-Forecast


More Articles of Interest:
Ten Things Your IT Department Won't Tell You - WSJ.com
Unconfirmed: New iPod Nanos Coming Next Week, Called iPod Touch? - Gizmodo
Magnitude -20 meteor witnessed in the daylight skies over Croatia [PICTURE]
Total Solar Eclipse Map (2001-2025) - strange maps
Twenty new DeLoreans a year? Maybe soon - Crave : The gadget blog
Circuit City flyer shows Xbox 360 price drop on all systems - Joystiq
Chair changes colour if you're fat
Pink solar cells provide green power on the cheap - Engadget
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About HaleStorm

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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Appleton, WI
Elevation: 735 ft
Temperature: 55.2 °F
Dew Point: 53.5 °F
Humidity: 94%
Wind: 2.2 mph from the NE
Wind Gust: 4.5 mph
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