Wisconsin Weather Update

Winter Storm Watch is cancelled for Wisconsin

By: HaleStorm, 1:55 PM GMT on December 27, 2007

Hah! I had a feeling this would happen as the last few model runs haven't indicated a lot of moisture with this system, which is a little unusual because panhandle hooks tend to bring heavier snow amounts with all that Gulf of Mexico moisture. Southeastern Wisconsin could still get 4-6", though!


Fox Valley:
...Winter Storm Watch is cancelled...

The National Weather Service in Green Bay has cancelled the
Winter Storm Watch.

The storm system heading for the Great Lakes has headed further
southeast. At this time only 2 to 4 inches of snow is expected to
fall Friday and Friday evening. Therefore the Winter Storm Watch
has been cancelled.


Waukesha:
... Snow Advisory in effect from 6 am to 6 PM CST Friday...

The National Weather Service in Milwaukee/Sullivan has issued a
Snow Advisory... which is in effect from 6 am to 6 PM CST Friday.
The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.

Snow will spread over south central and southeast Wisconsin
Friday. The snow may be moderate at times. Snow accumulations
between 4 and 6 inches are likely.

A Snow Advisory is issued when 3 to 6 inches of accumulations are
expected in 12 hours or less with winds less than 25 mph. Be
prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities. Use
caution while driving.

Updated: 1:56 PM GMT on December 27, 2007

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Here we go again ... Winter Storm Watch for Wisconsin Friday morning and afternoon

By: HaleStorm, 1:49 PM GMT on December 26, 2007

I am not overly impressed with this morning's model run for Friday (looked more like Snow Advisory criteria and not a WSW to me), but the NWS has went ahead with issuing a Winter Storm Watch for Wisconsin Friday morning and afternoon. Their statements follow:

Fox Valley:
...Winter Storm Watch in effect from Friday morning through
Friday afternoon...

The National Weather Service in Green Bay has issued a Winter
Storm Watch...which is in effect from Friday morning through
Friday afternoon.

Low pressure across Missouri Friday morning will move into lower
Michigan by Friday evening. Snow will overspread the area
Friday morning...and may become heavy at times across northeast
and east central Wisconsin Friday afternoon. Snowfall totals
over 6 inches are possible south of a Marshfield to Sturgeon
Bay line.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant
snow that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest
forecasts for any changes on the upcoming winter storm.


Southern Wisconsin:
...Winter Storm Watch in effect from Friday morning through
Friday afternoon...

The National Weather Service in Milwaukee/Sullivan has issued a
Winter Storm Watch for Friday.

Snow is expected to develop across the area later Thursday night
and more likely Friday morning. The snow may become heavy on
Friday as a low pressure system heads northeast from the Southern
Plains.

Stay informed of developing weather conditions by listening to
NOAA Weather Radio...commercial radio and television for the
latest winter weather forecasts.

Updated: 2:15 PM GMT on December 26, 2007

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Weather Update Game Results and Snow Update

By: HaleStorm, 9:17 PM GMT on December 24, 2007

These results are a day late - we decided to spend the night in Oconomowoc last night due to the strong winds/blowing snow/icy road conditions. Waukesha only got an inch or two of snow since most of the precipitation on Saturday evening was rain, but there was a 3-foot snowdrift by our garage door here in Appleton when we got home this morning! Additional snowfall reports from the NWS follow my game results, and look for the next chance for decent snowfall in Wisconsin this Thursday night.


Playoff Would You Rather... Results

Game #1:
Topic: Appearance/Embarrassment
Would You Rather...
A. Have to go to work in the morning without doing anything in the way of cleaning up except for brushing your teeth (2)
B. Have to go to work in the morning doing everything to clean up except not be allowed to brush your teeth (11) - 1 point

Game #2:
Topic: Ethics/Intellect
Would You Rather...
A. Be able to communicate fluently with all animals (2)
B. Automatically understand all foreign languages (11) - 1 point

Game #3:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. Be forced to run on a giant hamster wheel at work everyday for an hour (10) - 1 point
B. Be forced to drink only from a baby bottle everyday (3)


Playoff Chain Reaction Results

Deep
Fried
Clam
Bake
Sale
Price
Tag


Autumn 2007 Final Point Standings
With a come-from-behind victory, congratulations to now two-time champion Greg from Madison, WI, who stole a fourth "$" icon from three-time-champion and mother-in-law Nia in a regular-season tiebreaker! Thanks to all who played and look for a new season beginning on Wednesday, January 2nd.

Total Bonus Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Tie-Breaker Name City
30 3 10 8 9 124 Perfect Score
26 3 9 5 9 98 $Greg, Madison, WI:
26 1 10 8 7 85 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
25 2 10 8 5 94 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
25 2 6 8 9 93 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
24 2 10 5 7 96 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
24 2 8 7 7 87 $$Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
21 1 10 7 3 80 Raessa:
21 0 7 7 7 69 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
20 1 4 6 9 86 Becky T. and Dad:
13 1 8 4 - 82 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:


From the National Weather Service:

...24 hour snowfall totals from Dec 22-23...

A vigorous low pressure area moved south to north across eastern
Wisconsin Sunday...dropping heavy snowfall over the area...especially
across central portions of Wisconsin. Here is a list of the 2 day
snowfall totals for Dec 22-23. Some of these snowfall totals are being
estimated due to the tremendous of amount of blowing snow.


City County snowfall totals(in)

Wisconsin Rapids se wood 18.2
Wisconsin Rapids wood 16.5
Colby 5ne Marathon 15.6
Plover Portage 14.8
Merrill Lincoln 14.3
Tomahawk Lincoln 9.7
Stratford Marathon 9.4
Plover Portage 9.2
Minocqua Oneida 8.8
rhinelander(tv) Oneida 8.5
wausau(tv-7) Marathon 8.5
Weyauwega Waupaca 8.4
Waupaca 3sw Waupaca 7.8
Junction City Portage 7.5
Lake Tomahawk Oneida 7.5
Phelps Vilas 7.2
Appleton E Outagamie 7.1
Spencer Marathon 7.0
Land O Lakes 10w Vilas 6.8
Presque Isle 4sw Vilas 6.8
Amherst 3se Marinette 6.6
Rhinelander 4ne Oneida 6.6
green bay(nws) Brown 6.4
Conover 2se Vilas 6.4
Oshkosh N Winnebago 6.2
Kimberly Outagamie 5.6
Oshkosh Winnebago 5.6
Appleton Outagamie 5.5
Ephraim 1ne door 5.3
Eagle River Vilas 5.2
Suamico 3sw Brown 5.2
Wautoma 4n Waushara 5.1
Abrams Oconto 5.0
Fish Creek door 5.0
Lac Du Flambeau Vilas 5.0
Shawano Shawano 4.5
Shiocton Outagamie 4.5
Wild Rose Waushara 4.1
Chilton Calumet 3.8
Oconto Oconto 3.0
Carlsville door 2.9
Valders Manitowoc 2.9
Manitowoc Manitowoc 2.6
Brillion Calumet 2.5
St.Nazianz 2w Manitowoc 2.5
Kewaunee SW Kewaunee 2.1
Amberg Marinette 2.0
Peshtigo Marinette 2.0
Francis Creek Manitowoc 2.0
mountain Oconto 1.8
Suring Oconto 1.8
Casco Kewaunee 1.7
Forestville 4e door 1.5
Athelstane 2e Marinette 1.0
Hiles Forest 1.0
Lakewood Oconto 1.0
Longlake 3ne Florence 1.0
Aurora 4w Florence 0.9
Crandon Forest 0.8
Argonne 2nw Forest 0.7
Florence Florence 0.5

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Wisconsin Weather Update for December 21, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:39 PM GMT on December 21, 2007

TGIF!

Season's Greetings!
This is the last Weather Update of 2007. Thank you everyone for taking a few minutes out of your life to read my ramblings! And after close to eight years of writing this weather blog, I finally surpassed 100 email subscribers as of Wednesday. You are all such a blessing! Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year's Day and I'll be back with more Weather Updates on Wednesday, January 2nd.


Playoff Would You Rather...
Feel free to make up your own punchline for Game #3.

Game #1:
Topic: Appearance/Embarrassment
Would You Rather...
A. Have to go to work in the morning without doing anything in the way of cleaning up except for brushing your teeth
B. Have to go to work in the morning doing everything to clean up except not be allowed to brush your teeth

Game #2:
Topic: Ethics/Intellect
Would You Rather...
A. Be able to communicate fluently with all animals
B. Automatically understand all foreign languages

Game #3:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. Be forced to run on a giant hamster wheel at work everyday for an hour
B. Be forced to drink only from a baby bottle everyday

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


Playoff Chain Reaction

Deep
F_____
C_____
Bake
S_____
P_____
Tag

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


Playoff Family Feud Results

Players: 16
Topic #1: Name something mothers make sure their child does before he or she go to school
Eat Breakfast (7) - 2 points
Brushes teeth (5) - 1 point
Pack their lunch (2)
Put on a coat/Get dressed (2)

Topic #2: Name something you'd hate to see fall on the floor during an operation
The surgeon/doctor (7) - 2 points
An organ (4) - 1 point
The patient (3)
Scalpel (2)


Playoff Mad Gab Results

Players: 15
Gab #1 (15/15): Lie Turf Lou Hid = Lighter fluid

Gab #2 (14/15): Weedy Surf Twin = We deserve to win

Gab #3 (14/15): Koala Deep Rod Ducks = Quality products


Autumn 2007 Playoff Point Standings (4 of 6 games played)
Will Karl or Nia finish this off for another championship, or will someone make a great come-from-behind victory? Final standings will be posted online (www.wisconsinweatherupdate.com) shortly after all playoff participants have submitted their answers for today's games.

Total Bonus Day 1 Day 2 Tie-Breaker Name City
21 3 10 8 124 Perfect Score
20 2 10 8 94 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
19 1 10 8 85 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
18 1 10 7 80 Raessa:
17 3 9 5 98 $Greg, Madison, WI:
17 2 10 5 96 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
17 2 8 7 87 $$Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
16 2 6 8 93 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
14 0 7 7 69 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
13 1 8 4 82 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
11 1 4 6 86 Becky T. and Dad:


Today’s Thought: Why does nobody bless you when you cough? If you're coughing, you're probably sick too!
Read more thoughts on my microblog: (will be updated online through the holidays)
http://twitter.com/sbhale

Today’s Holiday: Forefather's Day, Humbug Day, National Flashlight Day, and Look on the Bright Side Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm


Today’s Forecast Grade: B-

Important Weather Statements: (Source: National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Freezing Rain Advisory in effect until 9 am CST this morning...
Light freezing rain and freezing drizzle will lead icing of
untreated roadways and sidewalks through mid-morning today.
Ice accumulations of less than one tenth of an inch are expected.

A Freezing Rain Advisory means that periods of freezing rain or
freezing drizzle will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for
slippery roads. Slow down and use caution while driving.

Winter Storm Watch in effect from Saturday evening through Sunday morning...
A powerful winter storm will bring the potential for 5 to 9
inches of snow and strong gusty winds Saturday night into Sunday.

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

Southern Wisconsin:
Dense fog advisory in effect until noon CST today...
Melting snow caused by above freezing temperatures and light
surface winds has allowed dense fog to develop across portions of
south central Wisconsin. The dense fog will reduce the visibility
to one quarter mile or less through at least mid morning.

Temperatures are hovering around freezing so be cautious of
possible slick spots developing on untreated roadways. Little
improvement is anticipated until late morning.

If driving... slow down and use your low beam headlights. Leave
plenty of distance between you and objects ahead. Use extra
caution this morning as children may be waiting by the street for
the school bus.

Fog will continue this morning across most of south central and southeast Wisconsin. The fog will reduce visibilities to between one half mile and two miles. Patchy dense fog with visibilities of one quarter mile or less is likely...especially from Reedsburg and Madison...Jefferson and Elkhorn. Areas of fog will also spread into the Port Washington...Sheboygan and Fond Du Lac areas early this morning. Little improvement is expected through the morning...so morning commuters will need to slow down and allow extra distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead. Remember...children may be waiting near the street for their school bus.

... Air quality watch issued for today...
A humid... stagnant... air mass is forecast to continue affecting the
southern two-thirds of Wisconsin today. With hazy weather
conditions... there is a strong possibility that fine particle
pollution concentrations will reach unhealthy levels for persons in
sensitive groups in the southern two-thirds of Wisconsin.

Due to the possibility of elevated levels of fine particle
pollution in the region... the Wisconsin department of natural
resources has issued an air quality watch for today... Friday
December 21. This watch will expire at midnight tonight.

The air quality watch affects the people living in the counties of
Marquette... Green Lake... Fond Du Lac... Sheboygan... Sauk... Columbia...
Dodge... Washington... Ozaukee... Iowa... Lafayette... green... Dane...
Jefferson... Waukesha... Milwaukee... rock... Walworth... Racine and
Kenosha.

To help prevent fine particle pollution from reaching unhealthy
levels... people in the watch area are encouraged to help decrease
air pollution by reducing driving when possible... minimize vehicle
engine idling... postpone using small gas or diesel powered outdoor
equipment... and practice energy conservation.

For current information on air quality readings please call the
daily air hotline at 1-866-dailyair... 1-866-324-5924.

Winter Storm Watch in effect from Saturday evening through Sunday morning...
The Winter Storm Watch is in effect for the portion of south
central Wisconsin along and west of a line from Green Lake to
Columbus to Stoughton and Monroe. This includes the cities of
Madison... Darlington... Montello... Reedsburg and Dodgeville.

Snowfall of 3 to 6 inches is expected Saturday night across this
portion of south central Wisconsin. In addition... strong west
winds of 20 to 30 mph with frequent gusts to 40 mph will create
areas of blowing snow. The blowing snow may drop visibilities to
less than one half mile at times.

The combination of snowfall and blowing snow would create
hazardous travel conditions across the region.

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


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with areas of dense fog and some freezing drizzle, temps are mostly around 34-degrees across the state. It's pretty unusual to have almost one temperature everywhere in Wisconsin at the same time, but there it is.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Moisture and warmer temperatures ahead of a weak warm front which moved through late yesterday is bringing warmer, southerly winds into Wisconsin this morning and is keeping us rather foggy this morning. The big news is not this fog though, but rather the storm system which will hammer Wisconsin Saturday evening. The weather models were not sure how this system was going to finally track, but they seem to be in agreement now that we're going to be in for some wintry weather later Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Areas of dense fog and patches of freezing drizzle this morning. Maybe a few glimpses of sunshine this afternoon but I wouldn't bet on it. High of 36.

Tonight: Cloudy, more areas of fog and freezing drizzle possible. Lows lower 30s.

Saturday: Cloudy and windy. Light rain possible during the morning and early afternoon, then rain changing over to snow Saturday evening from west to east. Windy with heavy snow possible Saturday night. Highs mid- 30s north, upper 30s central, near 40 south. Chance of precip 90%.

Sunday: Cloudy, windy and colder with light snow tapering off to flurries. Areas of blowing snow all day. Total expected storm accumulations are for 5-9" north, 4-7" central, 3-6" in Madison and 2-3" in Waukesha, but keep in mind that eastern Wisconsin may stay as rain longer than western counties so that could diminish some of these totals in southeastern and east-central Wisconsin. Highs only near 20. Chance of snow 40%.

Next Week:
Christmas Eve: Partly sunny, highs 23-28.
Christmas Day: Partly sunny, a little warmer, highs 28-33.
Boxing Day: Cloudy with light snow or flurries as the next big storm system misses us to the south. We think, anyway. Highs 26-31. Chance of snow 30%.
After That: Maybe some light snow on Friday, otherwise mostly cloudy and seasonable with highs in the 20s. And let's be honest, after a few days, the forecast is mostly a crapshoot anyway.


Other City Forecasts:

Extended Forecast for Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Foggy today, snow tonight through Sunday with several inches possible. Partly cloudy most of next week. Highs upper 30s today, upper 20s tomorow, then 15-25 after that. Particulate Matter Action Day.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 3 PM CST this afternoon...
Southerly winds will continue to transport air with higher
moisture content into the upper Midwest this Friday. As this
moist air flows across melting snowpack... it will surrender some
of its heat... cooling it to near saturation. As this
occurs... areas of persistent dense fog can be expected.
Visibilities of a quarter mile or less can be expected through
much of the daylight hours along and east of a line from New Ulm
to Hutchinson to Milaca.

Drivers are urged to be cautious due to low visibility and
possibility of moisture condensing on roadways and sidewalks
causing them to become slick.

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

Extended Forecast for Evansville, Indiana: Fog today, rain tomorrow, then a chance of light snow Christmas morning and Wednesday night. Highs 55-60 today and tomorrow but in the upper 30s to lower 40s after that.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 10 am CST this morning...
Fog will become more dense and widespread through the night. As
it does... visibilities are expected to drop to one quarter mile
or less across much of southwest Indiana and western Kentucky.
Near zero visibility is possible at times... making travel very
difficult.

A dense fog advisory means visibilities will frequently be
reduced to less than one quarter mile. If driving... slow down...
use your headlights... and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Extended Forecast for League City and Pearland, Texas: A chance of showers and thunderstorms tomorrow, Monday and Wednesday. Highs low to mid- 70s today and tomorrow but dropping into the upper 50s to lower 60s after that.
... Record high temperature set at Galveston...
A record high temperature of 80 degrees was set at Galveston
yesterday. This breaks the old record of 77 set in 1916.
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

Extended Forecast for Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Rain today, isolated rain showers this weekend, more isolated showers possible Tuesday and Thursday. Highs mostly in the low to mid- 60s.
A large area of moderate to heavy rain will continue to rotate northeast through southern South Carolina and far southeast Georgia through 9 am. The heaviest rain is expected along a line from Hinesville to Savannah...Beaufort and Mount Pleasant...where rainfall rates of one inch per hour are possible. This heavy rain will reduce visibilities to 3 miles or less...making for hazardous travel conditions.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Extended Forecast for Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy and cooler, highs upper 40s to mid- 50s.
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:

Mississippi homes destroyed by possible tornado
* Possible tornado hits Brookhaven, Mississippi
* Two homes destroyed, two other buildings damaged, sheriff says
* One resident of a damaged home transported to hospital, sheriff says
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/weather/12/20/mississippi.tornado/index.html#cnnSTCText

Thanks Steve for this text!
Space Station Viewing
Perfect time to look to the sky, and see the Space Station! Of course, that's assuming its not cloudy!
SKYWATCH SKYLOG OUTPUT
***** User-Input *****
Satellite Local Date/Time Pass Max Elev (Deg) Approach (Deg-Dir) Departure (Deg-Dir)
ISS Thu-Dec-20,07@17:15 06m00s 68 10-above-NW 11-above-ESE
ISS Thu-Dec-20,07@18:52 00m20s 11 11-above-WSW 11-above-WSW
ISS Fri-Dec-21,07@17:36 05m00s 37 10-above-WNW 12-above-SSE
ISS Sat-Dec-22,07@18:00 01m00s 13 13-above-SW 10-above-SSW
ISS Mon-Dec-24,07@17:07 01m00s 13 13-above-SSW 10-above-S


More Articles of Interest: (will be updated online through the holidays)
Astronomers: Asteroid could hit Mars in January
Year of global cooling
Virgin Mary Sightings on Greenville Family's TV
Papelbon's dog reportedly eats World Series ball
Phils adding Jenkins, Durbin
http://del.icio.us/hail27
At $1 per Watt, the iTunes of Solar Energy Has Arrived
'Active glacier found' on Mars
US Senate: 400+ Scientists Dispute Man-Made Global Warming
http://digg.com/users/hail27/news/dugg

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Wisconsin Weather Update for December 19, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:35 PM GMT on December 19, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

Weather Update Schedule
Because of the way Christmas and New Year's Day fall this year (Tuesdays), I figure many people will be taking off Christmas Eve, the day after Christmas, and/or New Year's Eve, so because of this, I'm going to take a week off from my updates as well, which after this Friday will return on Wednesday, January 2.


Playoff Family Feud
Remember that non-playoff participants are still encouraged to submit answers like usual. This especially comes into play for community-based games such as the feud and Friday's Rather.

Topic #1: Name something mothers make sure their child does before he or she go to school

Topic #2: Name something you'd hate to see fall on the floor during an operation

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


Playoff Mad Gab
Get all three correct for a bonus point.

Gab #1: Lie Turf Lou Hid

Gab #2: Weedy Surf Twin

Gab #3: Koala Deep Rod Ducks

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


Playoff Power of 10 Results
Most of you were very close with the percentages this time around.

Players: 18
Question #1: What percentage of Americans have looked inside the medicine cabinet of another person's house? = 41%
90s x
80s x
70s xx
60s
50s xxxxx
40s xxxxxxx
30s xx
20s
10s
0s

Question #2: What percentage of Americans think women in the military should not be allowed to fight in combat situations? = 33%
90s
80s x
70s x
60s x
50s x
40s xxxxx
30s xxxxx
20s xxx
10s x
0s

Playoff TriBond Results
Everyone got both TriBonds correct, although I did somewhat reluctantly accept "spin" for #2.

Players: 18
Game #1 (18/18): Shar-peis, Laundry, Prunes = They have wrinkles

Game #2 (18/18): The Earth, Lazy Susan, Rumors = They go round


Autumn 2007 Playoff Point Standings (2 of 6 Games Played)

Total Bonus Day 1 Tie-Breaker Name City
13 3 10 124 Perfect Score
12 3 9 98 $Greg, Madison, WI:
12 2 10 96 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
12 2 10 94 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
11 1 10 85 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
11 1 10 80 Raessa:
10 2 8 87 $$Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
9 1 8 82 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
8 2 6 93 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
7 0 7 69 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
5 1 4 86 Becky T. and Dad:


Today’s Thought: The nastiest thing in the world just might be the credit card electronic signature pen at the Wal-Mart checkout counter. Ick!
Read more thoughts on my microblog:
http://twitter.com/sbhale

Today’s Holiday: Look for an Evergreen Day and Oatmeal Muffin Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: B


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds covering the northern half of the state, temps are near 20 central and south and, oddly enough, in the upper 20s north where there's more cloud cover.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A cold front swept through Wisconsin last night, and although once again we didn't see any precipitation from it, it will lower our temperatures just a little bit today. The next interesting storm system is coming through on Saturday, although the latest model data has the heaviest part of the system missing us to the south and east. That's good news for weekend travellers, but we'll still be seeing some precip from the storm so it's not exactly an all-clear either.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly cloudy and seasonable. High of 29 north and central, just above 30 south.

Tonight: Increasing clouds, lows mid- teens north, near 20 central and south.

Tomorrow: Cloudy and becoming breezy. Maybe a light rain or snow shower late. Warmer with highs lower 30s north, mid- 30s central, upper 30s south. Chance of snow 25%.

This Weekend:
Friday: Cloudy, breezy and somewhat mild, highs 37-42.
Saturday: Windy with snow showers, perhaps becoming a mix of precipitation at times. The bulk of the system might miss us to the south and east though. Highs 31-36. Chance of snow 60%.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, windy and colder with morning light snow showers possible. Highs 21-26. Chance of snow 30%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Isolated light snow showers or freezing drizzle. Highs near 30. Particulate Matter Action Day.
Localized areas of dense freezing fog along and near the Interstate 35 corridor from the Twin Cities south...and locales just west of the Twin Cities along the Highway 212 and Highway 7 corridors is expected to persist through about 8 am CST this Wednesday morning. Visibilities will largely be reduced to a mile or two...but visibilities of a quarter mile or less will also be possible across this area...leading to the potential for rapidly changing visibilities over a short distance. In addition to the visibility reduction...the sub freezing temperatures may also lead to the formation of a light glaze on roadways...especially elevated surfaces such as overpasses and bridge decks. Use extreme caution while traveling this morning. Reduce your speed...and allow extra time to arrive at your destination.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Partly cloudy today, rain showers tomorrow, highs upper 40s to lower 50s.
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: Morning fog; rain showers later today, tonight, and tomorrow morning. Highs mid- 70s.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 8 am CST this morning...
Areas of dense fog will likely develop over portions of the area
as moist light winds relax and in turn combine with clear skies
across the region to allow temperatures to steadily fall. This
should lead to the air becoming saturated near the ground and the
formation of fog after midnight. Some of these areas may
experience the development of dense fog. Visibilities may fall to
below 1/4 mile at times.

Be on the lookout for sudden changes in visibility. The patchy
nature of the fog will drop visibilities quickly in a short
distance. In addition... visibilities may become severely
restricted near rivers... lakes... bridges... and low lying areas.

The fog should be dissipating around 8 am.
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: Clouds and sunshine, highs near or just above 60.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Mostly cloudy today, a chance of rain tomorrow, highs mid- 50s.
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:

Christmas without lights?
* NEW: More than 88,000 in Kansas, Oklahoma still without power
* NEW: Heavy rain, snow forecast for West Coast
* Kansas utility fears power may not be restored to storm-hit areas
* Long hotel stays, food spoilage causing financial problems for some
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/weather/12/18/severe.weather.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

Powerful quake shakes Alaska's Aleutian Islands
* 7.2 magnitude earthquake shakes western end of island chain
* A tsunami warning was immediately issued but soon canceled
* There were no immediate reports of damage
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/12/19/alaska.quake/index.html?iref=mpstoryview


More Articles of Interest:
Peter Jackson to produce 'The Hobbit'
NBC: Leno, O'Brien returning to air
Four Packers Earn Pro Bowl Selections
Woman takes husband's ashes to Steelers game
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Wisconsin Weather Update for December 17, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:23 PM GMT on December 17, 2007

Good Monday morning!

Highlights of the Week:
Lisa: I hope you all had a great weekend. My first weekend highlight was celebrating my birthday on Friday with friends and some family in Madison at the Nitty Gritty Birthday Bar. I turned 32 and everyone made me feel really special in helping me celebrate. There were also some friends and family who gave me special birthday wishes via phone calls/voicemails, E-mails/E-cards. All of which meant a lot to me.

The other highlight of my weekend was our first of six Christmas celebrations with family. On Saturday night we went to Berlin for Christmas at my aunt Barb's house. It was fun getting together with many of my aunts, uncles, cousins, and second seconds. Three of my cousins have all had babies in 2007 so Bryce is no longer the youngest in the family. Bryce had some playmates but he seemed to enjoy playing more with his older cousins than his younger cousins. That's not too surprising though, because he interacts more with older children at daycare as well. Well that wraps up my long-winded update for this week. Have a great week.

Steve: Other than what Lisa mentioned above, my other highlight was spending the night in Madison at our friends Dave and Diane's house. After Diane and Lisa went to bed, Dave and I stayed up late playing Halo 3 for the Xbox 360 and Guitar Hero III for the Playstation 3. Those are a lot of fun to play!

Bryce: Thomas the Train movie...again!!!

Read more highlights and thoughts on my microblog:
http://twitter.com/sbhale


Playoff Power of 10
The playoff week begins right now! There will be two games today, Wednesday and Friday, with the winner to be posted online this weekend after everyone has submitted their answers. While I will only be keeping score for the Top Ten, all others are also welcome to submit answers and they will be tallied with the rest of the answers received.

As for Power of 10, you can get a sneak peak at some future game questions as the TV game show returns to CBS on Wednesday, January 2.

Question #1: What percentage of Americans have looked inside the medicine cabinet of another person's house?

Question #2: What percentage of Americans think women in the military should not be allowed to fight in combat situations?

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


Playoff TriBond
Two points for each correct response.

Game #1:
Shar-peis
Laundry
Prunes

Game #2:
The Earth
Lazy Susan
Rumors

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


Autumn 2007 Playoff Game Schedule

Monday:
Power of 10
TriBond
Wednesday:
Family Feud
Mad Gab
Friday:
Would You Rather...
Chain Reaction


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

Today’s Forecast Grade: B-


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds, wind and some flurries, temps are mostly in the mid- teens. Oh yeah, that's above zero.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Clouds are covering most of the northern half of the United States this morning. A warm front currently entering Minnesota will sweep through Wisconsin early tomorrow, and although it won't bring much snow with it, it should warm us up a few degrees. It's about time we hit 30 degrees again!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy and breezy with scattered morning flurries. High of 25 north and central, upper 20s to near 30 south.

Tonight: Clouds and some stars, breezy, lows lower teens north and near 20 central and south.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, still breezy, and warmer with scattered light snow showers or flurries possible. Highs upper 20s north, lower 30s central, mid- 30s south. Chance of snow 20%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, highs 31-36.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, highs 31-36.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with light snow showers developing late. Highs 30-35. Chance of snow 30%.
Saturday: Cloudy and windy with snow. This is the next interesting storm to be watching. Highs 27-32. Chance of snow 50%.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy and windy with morning light snow showers. Highs 24-29.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Sunshine today, more clouds tomorrow, highs near or just above 30.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Partly sunny, highs upper 30s today and ten degrees warmer 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: Isolated rain showers tonight and tomorrow, highs upper 50s today and ten degrees warmer tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, highs mid- to upper 50s.
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 rain showers tomorrow, highs low to mid- 50s.
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:

Football, Hannah Montana carry on despite 'nasty' storms
* Slippery roads blamed for deaths in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania
* Rhode Island airport shuts down after plane slides off runway; no injuries reported
* "Everybody's out and running," highway official says of plow trucks in Vermont
* AAA Michigan says it helped more than 3,000 motorists Sunday
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/weather/12/17/winter.storm.ap/index.html


More Articles of Interest:
UW-Whitewater pulls off a stunner in Stagg Bowl to win NCAA Division III championship
Favre becomes NFL's career passing yards leader
Bucs get first kickoff return TD in 32-year history
Camarillo's overtime dash secures Dolphins' first win
Half of ballplayers in report improved after link to drugs
Nintendo, GameStop offer rain-check program that guarantees prepurchasers access to scarce console in January.
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Wisconsin Weather Update for December 14, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:44 PM GMT on December 14, 2007

TGIF!

Double Outburst Results

Players: 23
Topic: Things You See At Christmas Time
Santa Claus (18)
Christmas Tree (17)
Decorations (0) (kind of generic so Lights (10), Nativity Scenes (9) and Stockings Hung Up (1) also accepted, but you only got credit for one if you submitted more than one of these)
Presents (10)
Carolers (2)
Mistletoe (2)
Wreath (2)
Egg Nog (1) - Two Bonus Points Awarded to Deb
Fruit Cakes (1) - Two Bonus Points Awarded to Dan/Lin
Holly

Other Answers:
Snow (10)
Candy canes (3)
Christmas cards
Candy
Sleighs
Reindeer
Cookies
It's a Wonderful Life


Double Match Game Results
Two points were given out for every five people who wrote in with a given answer.

Players: 23
Game #1: Paul said, "It's tough being married to mean Martha. Today she used my _______ to mash potatoes!"
Head/Face (10) - 4 points
Shoe (4)
Hairbrush/Comb (2)
Hands/Fist (2)
Steering Wheel
Helmet
Hammer
Glasses
Golf Club

Game #2: Evel Knievel said, "I'm going to jump my car over 100 cars, but just in case I come down a bit too soon, the last car is going to be a ________."
Matchbox Car/Mini (8) - 2 points
Pillow (6) - 2 points
Yugo/VW Beetle (4)
Motorcycle
Inflatable/Fake
Ambulance
Airplane
Wreck


2007 Unofficial Autumn Regular Season Point Standings
If you have a beef with how I calculated the results above or if I goofed up your total, please let me know ASAP and I will correct the Web site with the updated standings. And with a score of 22 points this week, Sheila and Rhonda tied for having the best week of those not in the Top Nine. The tiebreaker goes to the person who had the best record up to that point, so Sheila gets that automatic berth into the Top Ten! Assuming all stays as it is now, here are the top ten, with the fast and furious playoff week beginning Monday!

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 DPW Playoffs Name City
124 10 8 9 12 10 8 8 7 10 8 34 Perfect Score
98 8 6 5 10 10 8 8 4 9 8 22 3 $Greg, Madison, WI:
96 10 7 7 9 10 8 8 4 10 7 16 2 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
94 7 8 5 11 9 7 8 4 8 7 20 2 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
93 4 7 7 10 10 6 7 2 9 7 24 2 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
87 4 8 6 11 8 8 8 2 5 7 20 2 $$Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
86 4 8 4 10 8 7 8 3 5 7 22 1 Becky T. and Dad:
85 6 8 4 11 10 8 8 2 8 8 12 1 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
82 4 8 4 11 7 8 5 3 3 5 24 1 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
80 10 5 5 7 6 8 6 0 10 7 16 1 Raessa:
77 4 5 6 11 5 8 5 3 8 8 14 $Brian, Madison, WI:
71 5 6 2 9 2 8 4 3 7 5 20 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
69 7 5 4 8 6 4 4 3 - 6 22 0 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
68 4 8 2 11 7 5 8 3 - - 20 Jamie S., Evansville, IN:
65 7 6 7 8 4 8 5 2 7 5 6 Jan, Berlin, WI:
63 1 4 4 3 7 7 6 4 2 7 18 Bethany:
62 7 5 2 - 4 8 8 4 1 3 20 Deb:
62 8 8 9 8 5 8 5 2 2 7 - Sue, De Pere, WI:
59 4 8 5 10 4 8 6 3 5 6 - Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
57 6 6 6 6 6 6 4 - - 7 10 Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
56 3 2 6 4 3 3 5 4 7 1 18 Diane Sm.:
55 0 7 5 9 4 6 5 2 5 4 8 Sally:
54 2 4 - - 3 7 6 3 1 6 22 Rhonda:
49 2 3 2 4 2 6 6 4 4 8 8 Cory S. Kaukauna, WI
44 0 - 4 3 4 4 2 4 2 3 18 Steve L.:
42 1 6 7 5 7 4 8 2 0 2 - Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
37 8 8 1 - - - - - - - 20 $Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
34 2 2 - 10 0 4 6 2 2 6 - Ashley:
33 4 4 1 7 - 7 1 - - 1 8 Mom:
32 1 3 3 6 2 4 2 3 2 - 6 Mary, Appleton, WI:
32 0 1 5 5 - 3 2 1 3 4 8 Patty:
22 0 2 1 - - - 4 1 0 - 14 Al, Germantown, WI:
14 2 1 - 3 2 4 - - - 2 - John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI:
11 - - - 0 - 4 - - - 7 - Kelley:
10 - - - - - - - - - 4 6 Adam E.:
8 2 - 2 - - 4 - - - - - Nicole, Madison, WI:
6 2 4 - - - - - - - - - Tony:
1 - 0 1 0 - - - - - - - Scott and Mary
0 - - - - 0 - - - - - - Karen:


Today’s Holiday: National Bouillabaisse Day (and my wife Lisa's birthday!)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: B-


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am, it's a cold start to the morning with temps near zero north and ten above zero 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 Wisconsin yesterday, and while it didn't generate much in the way of precipitation, we will be reminded of its presence today with colder temperatures and breezy conditions through the morning. High pressure moving in from the northwest will keep us dry this weekend.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly cloudy and colder today. Breezy at times this morning. Highs mid- teens north, 19 central and south.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, not as cold overnight thanks to the cloud cover, lows near 10 above zero central and south but in the single digits below zero north where there might be a few less clouds.

Saturday: Cloudy and breezy with light snow or flurries south as the next big storm system makes life messy for Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and many other states in the Mississippi Valley. Highs upper teens north, mid- 20s central and south. Chance of snow 20% central, 35% south.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs low to mid- 20s.

Next Week:
Monday: Mostly cloudy, highs 27-32.
Tuesday: Light snow or flurries, breezy, highs 30-35. Chance of measurable snow 20%.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, highs 31-36.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy, highs only 10 above zero today and mid- 20s by Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Evansville, Indiana: Snow and sleet tonight, cold rain tomorrow, and dry on Sunday, highs lower 40s today and mid- 30s this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

This Weekend in League City and Pearland, Texas: Showers and thunderstorms today and tomorrow, sunshine, breezy and cooler on Sunday, highs low to mid- 60s today and tomorrow and mid- 50s Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

This Weekend in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Showers Saturday, otherwise partly cloudy, highs lower 70s today, upper 60s tomorrow and near 60 on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

This Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs low to mid- 50s.
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:

Winter storm roars into Northeast
* Schools, businesses, government agencies in Northeast close early
* Hundreds of traffic accidents reported; stranded vehicles prevent plowing
* Airports in New Jersey, Massachusetts report flight cancellations, delays
* Storm blamed for 35 deaths, mostly in traffic crashes, since developing last weekend
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/weather/12/13/winter.storm.ap/index.html

Deaths blamed on Tropical Storm Olga
* NEW: At least 14 people die in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico
* Heavy rain, water release from dam hits northern Dominican province hard
* Some people complain they weren't warned about dam's water release
* Olga brings number of named storms to 15 in 2007 Atlantic hurricane season
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/weather/12/12/storm.olga.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

2008 forecast: Seven hurricanes, three 'major'
* William Gray's team predicts 7 hurricanes will be among 13 named storms
* At least one hurricane will hit U.S. coast, says his Colorado State U. team
* Gray's predictions are watched closely by experts, emergency responders
* Last season, Gray initially forecast nine hurricanes; only six formed
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/weather/12/07/hurricane.forecast.ap/index.html

Study: Part of Global-Warming Model May Be Wrong
Part of the scientific consensus on global warming may be flawed, a new study asserts.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,316566,00.html


More Articles of Interest:
Illegal steroid use widespread, baseball probe finds
Northern Lights energy source discovered
http://del.icio.us/hail27
UPS saved 3 Million Gallons of Gas-- By Not Turning Left
No more summer ice over the arctic by 2013.
Facebook drops 'is'
http://digg.com/users/hail27/news/dugg

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Wisconsin Weather Update for December 12, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:53 PM GMT on December 12, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

Double Outburst!
Give me four answers to the topic below. Remember that two bonus points will be given out to the person who submits the least most popular answer which is still on the card!

Topic: Things You See At Christmas Time

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


Double Match Game
Game #2 is a tribute to the late Evel Knievel.

Game #1: Paul said, "It's tough being married to mean Martha. Today she used my _______ to mash potatoes!"

Game #2: Evel Knievel said, "I'm going to jump my car over 100 cars, but just in case I come down a bit too soon, the last car is going to be a ________."

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


Double Would You Rather... Results
This is one of my favorite games to play because I don't know the answers ahead of time and can guess along with you as to which will be more popular! I would have actually said "B" for Game #3 since you can still drink liquids in addition to eating burnt food, and you can't really burn most liquids.

Players: 24
Game #1:
Topic: Appearance/Embarrassment
Would You Rather...
A. Not be able to shower/bathe for one month (13) - 2 points
B. Not be able to brush your teeth for six months (11)

Game #2:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. Spend your entire life in a room with no windows (14) - 2 points
B. Spend your entire life in a glass room where everyone could watch your every move (10)

Game #3:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. For the rest of your life, be on a liquids-only diet (22) - 2 points
B. For the rest of your life, eat anything you wish but have to burn it to a crisp first (2)


Double Chain Reaction Results
This was a toughie! Only five players got the first set correct with 11 players getting the second set right. And as the rule states, if less than 50% of people submitting an answer get it correct, those that did receive a bonus point...or two during double point week!

Players: 21
Funky
Chicken
Scratch
Ticket
Window
Shopping
Basket

Other Answers:
Chicken Soup (7)
Chicken Sandwich (3)
Chicken Season (2)
Car Speeding
Chicken Stock
Cold Season
Chicken Strip

Window Seat (5)
Website Search
Window Shade
Window Storage
Watermelon Shrimp
Winner Straw


Today’s Thought: The YMCA "Walk to Win" pedometer challenge has ended (wear a pedometer for three months, record your steps each day, and turn in your sheet at the end to enter a drawing). It's just as well because the RESET button got accidentally pressed several times a week, by Bryce, by bumping against something, by blinking, etc. But now I joined Humana's "Virgin HealthMiles" program where I wear this new, fancy GoZone USB pedometer, upload my steps each day, and can earn gift certificates to stores I actually shop at (Target, Best Buy, Amazon.com, etc.) based on the number of steps I walk. Lisa's been a member of this for a while now (she's already earned $150!) but they finally opened it up to friends/family of Humana employees. It's another cool gadget to add to my list of toys!
Read more thoughts on my microblog:
http://twitter.com/sbhale

Today’s Holiday: National Ding-a-Ling Day and Poinsettia Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: B+


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine north and central and some clouds south, temps are a few degrees below zero north, around ten above central, and mid- to upper teens south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: After yesterday's "ice storm" that developed more snow than ice in southern Wisconsin (3-6" in many spots), we finally have a more relaxed forecast as high pressure will dominate the Midwest over the next few days. Which is good since this update took me forever to write.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly cloudy, highs low to mid- 20s north, 25 central, upper 20s south.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, breezy, lows in the single digits above zero north, mid- teens central and south.

Tomorrow: More clouds than sunshine, breezy, maybe a flurry, highs mid- 20s north, near 30 central, lower 30s south.

This Weekend:
Friday: Mostly cloudy, colder, highs 21-26.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, maybe some flurries, highs 19-24.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, highs 22-27.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Flurries, highs mid- to upper 20s.
Areas of flurries...ice crystals and fog will move across east central Minnesota and west central Wisconsin through mid morning. Visibility will drop to less than one half mile at times as the area of lows clouds moves through. Motorists are urged to slow down and use low beams on your headlights when driving through foggy areas. Conditions will improve after 9 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered showers, much cooler, highs lower 40s.
Patchy drizzle...and perhaps a few sprinkles of rain...will remain possible mainly east of a line from Dexter Missouri to Vienna Illinois to the Wabash River through the morning hours. The activity will be most probable over western Kentucky.
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, highs lower 70s today and upper 50s tomorrow.
A cold front will move slowly south across the area through mid morning. By 9 am...the front will extend from near Edna to hobby Airport to Liberty. Ahead of the front...patchy dense fog will occur mainly over the coastal counties. Scattered showers will develop along and behind the front with rainfall amounts averaging less than 1/10 inch. Temperatures will gradually fall into the 50s as the front passes.
------------
... Record high temperature and record high minimum temperature set at Galveston...
a record high temperature of 78 degrees was set at Galveston yesterday.
This breaks the old record of 77 set in 2000.
In addition... the low temperature of 70 degrees was a record high
minimum temperature for the date. The previous record was 69 set in
1949.
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: Morning fog, then partly cloudy, highs mid- 60s.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 10 am EST this morning...
Dense fog will encompass much of southern South Carolina and
southeast Georgia through mid-morning. Visibilities will drop to
1/4 mile and may drop to near zero at times... particularly near
bodies of water... marshes and other low-lying areas. Foggy
conditions will persist through the morning commute Wednesday with
visibilities improving slowly between sunrise and 10 am.

A dense fog advisory means visibilities will frequently be
reduced to less than one quarter mile. If driving... slow down...
use your headlights... and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.
----------------
Foggy conditions will continue to impact most of southern South Carolina and southeast Georgia this morning...although conditions will improve by 10 am. Until then if you are driving...be alert for reduced visibilities to 1/4 mile or less at times. Motorists should drive with extreme care...and use only low beam headlights or fog lights when encountering the fog.
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 low to mid- 50s.
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:

Winter just keeps coming
Most schools close, Mitchell airport shuts down twice and cars slide off the roads as southern Wisconsin is hit with a mix of snow, rain and ice
A storm system that was expected to coat much of the Milwaukee area with a layer of ice instead dumped anywhere from three to six inches of snow across the metro area Tuesday.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=695927
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/weather/12/11/winter.storm.ap/index.html

Gore: U.S. blocking climate talks
* Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore says U.S. blocking progress at Bali climate meet
* EU, developing nations favor specific target ranges for emissions, U.S. disagrees
* Gore, joint Nobel winner Rajendra Pachauri to attend Bali later this week
* Gore wants agreement reached by U.N. climate summit in Denmark in 2009
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/12/12/climate.gore.ap.ap/index.html

Scientist: 'Arctic is screaming'
* Record melt seen all over the Arctic in 2007
* Scientists worry global warming has passed an ominous tipping point
* What happens in the Arctic has implications for the rest of the world
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/12/11/arctic.melt.ap/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

Olga becomes a tropical storm
* NEW: Olga is expected to weaken to a tropical depression over the next 24 hours
* Top sustained winds are at 60 mph
* Up to 10 inches of rain are possible over Hispaniola, forecasters warn
* The Atlantic hurricane season officially ended November 30
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/weather/12/11/storm.olga/index.html#cnnSTCText


More Articles of Interest:
Alex Trebek has heart attack
http://del.icio.us/hail27
Al Gore: Ignoring Climate Crisis Akin to Appeasing Hitler
Germany’s word of the year - ‘Klimakatastrophe’
http://digg.com/users/hail27/news/dugg

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Wisconsin Weather Update for December 10, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:58 PM GMT on December 10, 2007

Good Monday morning!

Highlights of the Week:
Lisa: I hope you had a great weekend. The highlight of my weekend was going Christmas shopping at the Gurnee Mills Mall. My friend Lisa and I traveled on a charter bus to Gurnee, IL. It was nice going on a bus. We didn't have to pay for gas, or worry about parking and traffic. We had a great time, and we did some very productive shopping. I have most of my Christmas shopping done now. I love the Christmas season but I don't enjoy making several shopping trips and it was nice to get most of it done all at once. I also enjoy the holidays so much more when I have all of my shopping done. We also finished putting up our Christmas tree. We still have to wrap presents, send out Christmas cards, and possibly find time to make some cookies. Well that wraps up my weekend. Have a great week.

Steve: The most interesting part of my week was probably Saturday night/Sunday morning, when I pulled my first all-nighter since my Weather Central days, deploying and testing our new "Your Accounts" section on Thrivent.com, the end of the first phase of a project that was many months in the making. The team didn't start the deploy until 12:30am (overnight outage window) and my biggest part of the deploy was at the very end, so I was up until almost 6am working on the site. The only thing missing at the end of the night was me having to go on-the-air on the second biggest AM radio station in Wisconsin and banter about the weather for a few minutes.

Bryce: Christmas Tree!!! Lights.....on!!!

Read more highlights and thoughts on my microblog:
http://twitter.com/sbhale


Double Would You Rather...
Double the games and double the points, with over 30 points available between now and Friday! The best finisher (not in the top nine) this week gets an automatic berth into next week's playoffs where you can win a weather-related prize such as a weather radio or atomic clock with temperature! For Would You Rather..., get two points for each majority response, and get all three correct for two bonus points!

Game #1:
Topic: Appearance/Embarrassment
Would You Rather...
A. Not be able to shower/bathe for one month
B. Not be able to brush your teeth for six months

Game #2:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. Spend your entire life in a room with no windows
B. Spend your entire life in a glass room where everyone could watch your every move

Game #3:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. For the rest of your life, be on a liquids-only diet
B. For the rest of your life, eat anything you wish but have to burn it to a crisp first


Double Chain Reaction
Two points for each word you get correct!

Funky
C_____
S_____
Ticket
W_____
S_____
Basket

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


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

Today’s Forecast Grade: B


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds south and sunshine north, temps are in the single digits below zero north but the mid- to upper teens above zero central and south where there's more cloud cover.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: High pressure is moving across Iowa this morning, and should keep Wisconsin dry today. A new Alberta Clipper is coming in for tomorrow and will pick up additional moisture from the southwest as it moves across southern Canada. This system could make things a little slick for southern Wisconsin tomorrow.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Becoming partly sunny. Highs near 20 north, 23 central, mid- 20s south.

Tonight: Increasing clouds, maybe some light snow or sleet developing south overnight. Not that cold though, lows near 10 above zero north, mid- to upper teens central and south.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy with snow continuing south and perhaps mixing with sleet. 2-3" of new accumulation is possible south by tomorrow night, with less than 1" central and probably nothing at all north. Highs mid- 20s north, lower 30s central and south. Chance of snow 70% south, 40% central, and 10% north.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly sunny, highs 26-31.
Thursday: Morning light snow showers, otherwise partly sunny. Highs 27-32. Chance of snow 30%.
Friday: Cloudy and breezy with light snow showers or flurries. Highs 21-26. Chance of snow 25%.
Saturday: Partly sunny, colder, highs 16-21.
Sunday: A 30% chance of snow. Highs 27-32.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Sun and clouds, highs 20-25.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Rain, highs lower 40s today but warming into the mid- 60s for one day tomorrow.
Through 9 am...widespread rain will continue. The exception is the counties along the Tennessee and Arkansas borders...where most of the rain has lifted to the northeast. Rainfall at most locations will range from one quarter to one half inch over a three hour period. Due to the saturated ground...these amounts are resulting in standing water on roads and minor flooding of creeks.
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 today, mostly cloudy tomorrow, highs mid- to upper 70s.
Isolated showers will be possible ahead of a slow moving cold front located along a Lufkin to Intercontinental Airport to Sugarland to Edna line. Areas of fog will still be possible around Galveston Bay. Temperatures will remain in the lower 70s ahead of the front.

... Record high temperature established at Houston...
A record high temperature of 82 degrees was set at Houston yesterday
Sunday December 9 2007. This breaks the old record of 80 set in 1971.

The overnight low temperature yesterday fell to only 69 degrees.
This sets a new record high minimum temperature for the date. The
previous record was 68 degrees recorded in 1971.

The average temperature yesterday was 76 degrees which is 21 degrees
warmer than normal. This is the second consecutive day in which the
departure from normal has been greater than 20 degrees. Thus far...
December is averaging 6.4 degrees warmer than normal.
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: Dense morning fog, then mostly sunny. Highs mid- 70s.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 10 am EST this morning...
The combination of clear skies... abundant humidity and light
winds will allow for widespread dense radiation fog to continue
to develop across all of southeast South Carolina and southeast
Georgia through around daybreak. In addition... dense sea fog will
also continue to move inland. Visibilities will drop to 1/4 mile
and may drop to near zero at times... particularly near bodies of
water... marshes and other low- lying areas. The fog is expected to
persist through the morning commute with visibilities improving
slowly between 8 am and 10 am.

A dense fog advisory means visibilities will frequently be
reduced to less than one quarter mile. If driving... slow down...
use your low beam headlights... and leave plenty of distance
between vehicles.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Becoming mostly sunny, highs 50-55.
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:

Ice storm blamed for 6 deaths, power failures, canceled flights
* NEW: Worst could be yet to come with warnings from Texas to Pennsylvania
* Six traffic deaths were blamed on icy roads in Oklahoma
* Ice nearly an inch thick coated roads and tree limbs
* Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt declared a state of emergency
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/weather/12/09/winter.ice.storm.ap/index.html

Gore: Next U.S. leader must take climate seriously
* NEW: Al Gore says U.S to have more constructive role in protecting climate
* Gore says he will not run for U.S. president, but doesn't rule out politics in future
* Former U.S. vice president, U.N. to share Nobel Peace Prize in Monday ceremony
* U.N. climate scientist says lifestyle changes may be necessary
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/12/10/gore.nobel.ap/index.html


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Are Humans Evolving Faster?
RIP, CompUSA: 1984 - 2008
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Wisconsin Weather Update for December 7, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:40 PM GMT on December 07, 2007

TGIF!

Mad Gab Results

Players: 25
Gab #1 (22/25): That Land Ago Shun = The Atlantic Ocean (the word "The" must have been included to receive credit)

Gab #2 (22/25): Grab It Asia Null Pull = Gravitational Pull (yes, the second word was spelled correctly in the clue for this one)

Gab #3 (23/25): Ape Arrows Uncle As His = A pair of sunglasses


2007 Autumn Point Standings (Week 10 of 11)
Next week is double-point week with four games played instead of two, and the best player next week receives an automatic berth into the following week's playoffs. All but three former winners are in the top nine as it stands today, but things tend to get a little loopy on the last week of the regular season!

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Name City
90 10 8 9 12 10 8 8 7 10 8 Perfect Score
80 10 7 7 9 10 8 8 4 10 7 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
76 8 6 5 10 10 8 8 4 9 8 $Greg, Madison, WI:
74 7 8 5 11 9 7 8 4 8 7 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
73 6 8 4 11 10 8 8 2 8 8 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
69 4 7 7 10 10 6 7 2 9 7 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
67 4 8 6 11 8 8 8 2 5 7 $$Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
64 4 8 4 10 8 7 8 3 5 7 Becky T. and Dad:
64 10 5 5 7 6 8 6 0 10 7 Raessa:
63 4 5 6 11 5 8 5 3 8 8 $Brian, Madison, WI:
62 8 8 9 8 5 8 5 2 2 7 Sue, De Pere, WI:
59 7 6 7 8 4 8 5 2 7 5 Jan, Berlin, WI:
59 4 8 5 10 4 8 6 3 5 6 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
58 4 8 4 11 7 8 5 3 3 5 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
51 5 6 2 9 2 8 4 3 7 5 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
48 4 8 2 11 7 5 8 3 - - Jamie S., Evansville, IN:
47 0 7 5 9 4 6 5 2 5 4 Sally:
47 6 6 6 6 6 6 4 - - 7 Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
47 7 5 4 8 6 4 4 3 - 6 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
45 1 4 4 3 7 7 6 4 2 7 Bethany:
42 7 5 2 - 4 8 8 4 1 3 Deb:
42 1 6 7 5 7 4 8 2 0 2 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
41 2 3 2 4 2 6 6 4 4 8 Cory S. Kaukauna, WI
38 3 2 6 4 3 3 5 4 7 1 Diane Sm.:
34 2 2 - 10 0 4 6 2 2 6 Ashley:
32 2 4 - - 3 7 6 3 1 6 Rhonda:
26 1 3 3 6 2 4 2 3 2 - Mary, Appleton, WI:
26 0 - 4 3 4 4 2 4 2 3 Steve L.:
25 4 4 1 7 - 7 1 - - 1 Mom:
24 0 1 5 5 - 3 2 1 3 4 Patty:
17 8 8 1 - - - - - - - $Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
14 2 1 - 3 2 4 - - - 2 John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI:
11 - - - 0 - 4 - - - 7 Kelley:
8 0 2 1 - - - 4 1 0 - Al, Germantown, WI:
8 2 - 2 - - 4 - - - - Nicole, Madison, WI:
6 2 4 - - - - - - - - Tony:
4 - - - - - - - - - 4 Adam E.:
1 - 0 1 0 - - - - - - Scott and Mary
0 - - - - 0 - - - - - Karen:


Today’s Thought: Bryce now says "Bless you!" when you sneeze. It's very cute.
Read more thoughts on my microblog:
http://twitter.com/sbhale

Today’s Holiday: International Civil Aviation Day, Letter Writing Day, Pearl Harbor Day, and National Cotton Candy Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: B


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds and areas of fog or even freezing drizzle, temps are in the teens north but mid- to upper 20s central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: The small system which dumped a circle of light snow across mostly southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois yesterday evening has moved to the east, and now a cold front is moving eastward through central Wisconsin this morning. This front will bring even colder temperatures to Wisconsin today and tomorrow. And as for our next snowstorm, the models have been all over the place trying to predict this thing, and now light snow is expected Saturday night into Sunday with heavier snow possible Monday night.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy with areas of fog or freezing drizzle this morning. Decreasing clouds this afternoon. Highs near 20 north, 28 central and near 30 south.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows in the single digits below zero north and around five above zero central and south.

Saturday: Increasing clouds with light snow possible late, especially south. Colder, highs mid- teens north, near 20 central and the lower 20s south. Chance of snow tomorrow night 20% north, 40% central, 70% south.

Sunday: Cloudy with scattered light snow showers, and again we'll see more to the south. Highs upper teens north, lower 20s central and low to mid- 20s south. Chance of snow 20% north, 40% central, 60% south.

Next Week:
Monday: Some morning sunshine with increasing clouds and snow developing late. Snow could become heavy at times Monday night. Highs 22-27. Chance of snow 50%.
Tuesday: Cloudy; morning light snow showers or flurries. Highs 24-29. Chance of snow 40%.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, highs 23-28.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Chance of snow Saturday night, otherwise partly cloudy, highs in the teens.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered rain showers all weekend, highs low to mid- 40s today and tomorrow and lower 50s on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

This Weekend in League City and Pearland, Texas: Morning fog, then partly cloudy today. Isolated showers this weekend. Highs upper 70s to near 80.
Patchy fog will persist through sunrise. Visibilities will fall to around 3 miles but in a few locations dense fog will reduce visibilities to below a half mile. Since the fog is patchy in nature...motorists are urged to use caution as visibilities could drop quickly.
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: Partly cloudy and warmer, highs upper 60s today and mid- 70s this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

This Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada: Breezy with rain showers today and tomorrow. Highs near 60 today and lower 50s this weekend.
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:

Fiji braces for Cyclone Daman
* Tropical cyclone Daman approaching northern Fiji
* Rated a category four cyclone, it is packing winds of 155 mph (250 kmh)
* Fears held for 90,000 islanders who live in flimsy thatched houses
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/12/07/fiji.cyclone.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

Next for California: rain, wind, flash flooding, mudslides
* Rain from Northwest reaches fire-damaged Southern California
* Weather service issues flash flood watch, wind warning
* Part of flooded Interstate 5 reopens in Washington
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/weather/12/07/severe.weather.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText


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Boy Attacked By Moose "Feigns Death," Thanks WoW
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Wisconsin Weather Update for December 5, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:34 PM GMT on December 05, 2007

**Updated snowfall totals and Wisconsin forecast**

Good Wednesday morning!

Mad Gab Wednesday

Gab #1: That Land Ago Shun

Gab #2: Grab It Asia Null Pull

Gab #3: Ape Arrows Uncle As His

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


Family Feud Results

Players: 29
Topic #1: Name a gripe a mailman might have about his job
Weather (14) - 2 points
Dogs (13) - 1 point
Papercuts
Tired Feet

Topic #2: Name something you'd expect to find in a department store fitting room
Mirror (17) - 2 points
Clothes (5) - 1 point
Hangars (4)
Chair/Bench (2)
Clothes Hooks


Today’s Holiday: Bathtub Party Day and Repeal Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: B

Record Report: (Source: National Weather Service)
Milwaukee:
... Record daily maximum snowfall set at Milwaukee...
A record snowfall of 4.2 inches was set at Milwaukee
yesterday... Tuesday December 4th 2007. This breaks the
old record of 3.3 set in 1964.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a mostly cloudy sky and a few flurries near Lake Michigan, temps are near 10 north and mid- to upper teens central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Last night's storm had a more narrow path to it, focusing mostly on west-central and southern Wisconsin. Northern Wisconsin got about half an inch of snow, the Fox Valley got maybe 1-2", but southern Wisconsin got 4-7" of fresh powder. And we're just getting started. Another storm coming out of the southwest could develop several more inches across Wisconsin Thursday night, and an even stronger "panhandle hook" storm could make travel interesting Saturday afternoon and evening.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Becoming mostly sunny and breezy, highs upper teens north, 23 central and south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, cold, lows around five below zero north, five above zero central and south. A pretty cold night for Saint Nicholas' annual rounds.

Tomorrow: Increasing clouds with snow developing later in the day. My best guess is for 2-4" of new snow by Friday morning. Breezy, highs near 20 north, mid- 20s central and south. Chance of snow 75%.

This Weekend:
Friday: Becoming partly sunny, still breezy, highs 29-34.
Saturday: Snow developing late in the day, possibly mixed with sleet or freezing rain south. Snow becoming heavy Saturday night and I wouldn't be surprised to see 4-7" from this system if it keeps its currently-projected path. Windy, highs 22-27. Chance of snow 60%.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy and breezy with light snow possible, highs 24-29. Chance of snow 30%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy today, snow developing overnight and continuing tomorrow with several inches likely. Highs 15-20.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Sprinkles today and again tomorrow night, highs upper 30s to lower 40s.
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 upper 60s to near 70.
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, mostly sunny tomorrow, highs upper 60s today and upper 50s tomorrow.
... Fire danger statement for southeast South Carolina...

Very dry conditions along with gusty southwest winds will occur
today as a dry cold front approaches from the northwest. Minimum
relative humidity values will reach critical levels... around 15
percent inland and 17 to 23 percent closer to the coast. Southwest
winds will increase this afternoon... reaching speeds of around 15
mph with gusts up to around 25 mph at times. These winds are just
below red flag warning criteria... and a red flag warning may be
needed if winds become stronger than forecast.

The combination of the very low relative humidity... gusty winds and
dry fuels will result in an increased fire danger across southeast
South Carolina today. The public is urged to follow the advice of
local forestry officials as outdoor fires may become difficult to control.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy today, maybe some rain showers tomorrow night, highs mid- 60s.
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:

Better snow cleanup promised
Another storm strikes as aldermen blast weekend's plowing operations
Milwaukee Department of Public Works officials promised to do better cleaning up an overnight snowstorm after aldermen lashed out at the department Tuesday, blasting its weekend snow-plowing efforts as the worst in decades.
Up to 5 inches of new snow was expected by 9 a.m. today. Two traffic fatalities were reported, at least one related to the weather.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=693331

Copters rescue people from roofs as storm pounds Northwest
* NEW: System set to bring snow to Midwest, still recovering from weekend storm
* One man killed by falling tree; another dies of medical problem with power out
* Dozens stranded on roads; thousands without power; phone service out, too
* Gusts to 100 mph were reported along the Oregon coast
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/weather/12/03/storms.northwest.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

Powerful typhoon slams into northeastern Philippines, killing 12
* NEW: Typhoon Mitag hits northeastern Philippines, killing at least twelve people
* A deadly storm that blew away days earlier headed back
* Mitag struck the coastal town of Palanan in Isabela province late Sunday
* The typhoon veered toward northern provinces, raising fears of landslides
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/11/26/philippines.typhoon.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText


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Updated: 7:18 PM GMT on December 05, 2007

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Wisconsin Weather Update for December 3, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:46 PM GMT on December 03, 2007

Good Monday morning!

Highlights of the Week:
Lisa: I hope you all had a great weekend. The highlights of my weekend were spending time with friends. On Friday, we had an "adults only" night and enjoyed a tasty dinner at HuHot Mongolian Grill with our friends Jason and Nicole and Steve and Trish. Saturday we braved the winter weather and traveled to Rhinelander to visit our friends Clair and Becky. We enjoyed being "snowed in" at their apartment and eating lots of yummy food, playing video and board games, and just enjoying each other's company. That wraps up my weekend. Have a great week.

Steve: Sometimes our highlights differ, but again, this week they're the same. I thought I was doing some "storm chasing" when we drove north shortly before the storm hit, where 8-12" were expected, compared to only the 4-7" expected in the Fox Valley, but in the end it turned out Rhinelander got only 5" and Appleton over 7". Sounds like southern Wisconsin got around 2-6" before it changed over to mixed precipitation. I'm happy to report that our snowblower worked great again after nine months of inactivity.

Read more highlights and thoughts on my microblog:
http://twitter.com/sbhale


Family Feud Monday
Next week is double-point week, and the following week is the playoff week. The end is in sight!

Topic #1: Name a gripe a mailman might have about his job

Topic #2: Name something you'd expect to find in a department store fitting room

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


Today’s Holiday: National Roof over Your Head Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: B-


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

Synopsis: As the strong area of low pressure, which brought our snowblowers out of our garage for the first time this season, moves east to bother New England, we're getting cold northwesterly winds behind the low, which will keep us breezy and cold today. An Alberta Clipper-type storm, currently in southeastern Alberta, will swing through tomorrow. These drier, fast-moving storms tend to dump a quick 2-3" of fluffy snow before quickly moving away.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly sunny and colder. Breezy in the morning. Highs low to mid- 20s north, 26 central, and near 30 south.

Tonight: Becoming cloudy. Lows lower teens north, upper teens central and south.

Tomorrow: Cloudy with snow showers developing by the afternoon. We could see another 2-3" by Wednesday morning. Highs lower 20s north, mid- to upper 20s central and south. Chance of snow 50%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Morning light snow showers or flurries, then becoming partly sunny. Highs 22-27.
Thursday: Cloudy with flurries, highs 22-27.
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs 23-28.
Saturday: Light rain or snow possible late, highs 26-31. Chance of precip 25%.
Sunday: Light rain or snow showers. This storm could become heavy Sunday night and Monday so this is the next interesting storm to keep an eye on. Highs 32-37. Chance of precip 40%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy today, 2-3" of snow tomorrow, highs 20-25.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine today, a chance of rain/snow tomorrow night, highs low to mid- 40s.
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, breezy today, highs low to mid- 60s.
Wind Advisory in effect until 10 am CST this morning...
Strong northerly winds will continue this morning over the coastal
areas from High Island to Matagorda Bay. Expect winds of 20 to 25
mph with gusts near 30 mph through mid morning from High Island to Freeport.
Areas from around Freeport to Matagorda Bay can expect winds of
around 25 mph with a few gusts near 35 mph. After 9 am winds
should begin to gradually relax. This afternoon winds of 15 to 20
mph will still be possible along the immediate coast.

Drivers of vans... campers... trailers... and other high-profile
vehicles should be alert to the danger of these winds... especially
when driving along east to west oriented roads or elevated
roadways.
--------------------------
... Record high temperature set at Galveston...
a record high temperature of 79 degrees was set at Galveston Sunday.
This breaks the old record of 77 set in 1998.
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: Morning showers and breezy today, then sunny. Highs lower 70s today and only near 60 tomorrow.
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 near 60.
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:

Killer storm chills Northeast commuters
* NEW: Ice storm warnings issued for Massachusetts and Connecticut
* Lake-effect snow forecast for parts of Michigan, western New York
* New York's central Adirondacks, Lake George region could see foot of snow
* At least 11 traffic deaths blamed on treacherous storm
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/weather/12/02/winter.weather.ap/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/weather/12/03/winter.weather.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

7 dead as Midwest storm disrupts transportation
* Foot of snow possible in mountains of northern New England, forecaster say
* Purdue ice hockey player killed when a team van overturns
* Hundreds of flights canceled out of Chicago, Wisconsin, Iowa airports
* Presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton cancel campaign stops
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/12/02/winter.weather.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

Experts miss bull's-eye on hurricane numbers
* '07 season brought 6 hurricanes; NOAA predicted 7 to 9
* Only four named storms hit U.S., including one hurricane, Humberto
* Colorado hurricane forecasters admit they were "not particularly successful"
* Hurricanes Dean, Felix set record as first Cat 5 storms to hit in same season
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/weather/11/30/hurricane.season/index.html#cnnSTCText

U.N. global warming conference kicks off
BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- Faced with melting polar ice caps and worsening droughts, climate experts at a massive U.N. conference Monday urged quick action toward a new international pact stemming an increasingly destructive rise in world temperatures.
http://money.cnn.com/2007/12/03/news/international/un_climate.ap/index.htm?cnn=yes


More Articles of Interest:
Badgers To Play At Outback Bowl
LSU takes the second spot in BCS, will face Ohio St.
Packers expect Favre to start vs. Raiders, keep streak alive
Daredevil Evel Knievel dies at 69
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