Wisconsin Weather Update

Wisconsin Weather Update for January 30, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:46 PM GMT on January 30, 2008

Good Wednesday morning!

Match Game Wednesday
Taken from the actual 70s game show...

Game #1: Fat Fred is so fat (how fat is he???) today, the government declared him to be a national _______.

Game #2: The countess Dracula said, My husband the count has gotten very civilized. Now before he bites you on the neck, he _______s.

Rules and How to Play
Fill in the blank to each of the two sentences. For every five (5) matches (people who respond with the same answer), you'll get a point. The total point value of the game is limitless and based on the number of people who play that day's game.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Outburst Results
I have the new scoring format for today's game where the top three answers and the least most popular answers to get at least two votes received points. Below the results I have a poll to see whether you guys like this version better, of if I should just go back to the Hasbro card like before.

Players: 28
Topic: Cereals Adults Like

Raisin Bran (17) - 1 point
Cheerios (15) - 1 point
Corn Flakes (11) - 1 point
Special K (10)
Life (6)
Oatmeal (5)
Shredded Wheat (5)
Total (5)
Grape Nuts (4)
Lucky Charms (4)
Wheaties (4)
Frosted Flakes (3)
Honey Nut Cheerios (3)
Honey Bunches of Oats (3)
Rice Krispies (3)
Captain Crunch (2) - 1 point
Cinnamon Toast Crunch (2) - 1 point
Cream of Wheat (2) - 1 point
Fruit Loops (2) - 1 point
All Bran
Bran Flakes
Chex
Crispix
Golden Grahams
Raisin Nuts

Product 19 (0)


Weather Update Poll:
Which Outburst version do you like better?
Scoring via Hasbro card
Scoring via popularity
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Today’s Thought: Our laptop is having some serious issues. I installed our new digital camera drivers over the weekend, restarted, and now it locks up within a minute of the initial boot sequence, usually locking up either on the 'choose your username' page or the beginning of the user's session while things are still loading. I've tried various System Restore points, Chkdsk, Disk Cleanup, McAfee System Scan and Quick Cleanup, deleted some files on C:, and a full defrag last night and still nothing. It works great in Safe Mode, but that's just not going to cut it going forward. I didn't install the software that came with the digital camera yet - only the plug-and-play drivers, and I would have thought System Restore would have reverted that change. I think the next step is to download the drivers from the Web site, install those, and if that doesn't work, then disable the drivers and start uninstalling things. Ugh.
Read more thoughts on my microblog:
http://twitter.com/sbhale

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

Today’s Forecast Grade: F!


Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
... Dangerously cold wind chills expected through midday ...
... Wind chill warning remains in effect until noon CST today...

Sub zero temperatures and winds of 15 to 30 mph will create wind
chills of 35 to 45 below zero through the midday hours. Wind
chills will struggle to reach 25 below late in the day.

Anyone venturing outdoors should take precautions to prevent
frostbite. Frostbite can occur in as little as 10 to 15 minutes
under these conditions. If you must go outdoors... remember that
several layers of light clothing provide much better protection
than a single heavy layer. Be sure to wear a hat and gloves or
mittens.

If you have car trouble... stay in your car and wait for help. Your
vehicle offers protection from the effects of the wind. Carry a
portable phone if you have one. If you lose heat in your
home... never use charcoal grills or other heating sources that are
not vented to the outside. Carbon monoxide poisoning can result.

A wind chill warning means the combination of very cold air and
strong winds will create dangerously low wind chill values. This
will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia or death if
precautions are not taken.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Fox Cities:
... Dangerously cold wind chills expected through midday ...
... Wind chill warning remains in effect until noon CST today...

Sub zero temperatures and winds of 15 to 30 mph will create wind
chills of 35 to 45 below zero through the midday hours. Wind
chills will struggle to reach 25 below late in the day.

Anyone venturing outdoors should take precautions to prevent
frostbite. Frostbite can occur in as little as 10 to 15 minutes
under these conditions. If you must go outdoors... remember that
several layers of light clothing provide much better protection
than a single heavy layer. Be sure to wear a hat and gloves or
mittens.

If you have car trouble... stay in your car and wait for help. Your
vehicle offers protection from the effects of the wind. Carry a
portable phone if you have one. If you lose heat in your
home... never use charcoal grills or other heating sources that are
not vented to the outside. Carbon monoxide poisoning can result.

A wind chill warning means the combination of very cold air and
strong winds will create dangerously low wind chill values. This
will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia or death if
precautions are not taken.

... Dangerous wind chills and blowing snow will continue through midday...

Sub zero temperatures and west winds at 20 to 30 mph will continue
to produce wind chills of 30 to 40 below zero this morning. The
winds are also producing blowing snow and poor visibilities...
especially in rural areas. If you must travel... bring along a
portable phone, blankets and a shovel in case you get stranded.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
... Wind chill warning remains in effect until 10 am CST this morning...

Strong west winds and bitter cold sub zero temperatures this
morning... will combine to produce wind chill readings 28 to 38
below zero... with some wind chills falling to 40 below in open
areas this morning.

A wind chill warning is issued when the combination of very cold
air temperatures... and winds of 10 mph or greater... .will create
dangerously low wind chill values of 35 degrees below zero or
colder for 3 hours or longer. These conditions will result in
frost bite... and could lead to hypothermia or death... if
precautions are not taken. If you must venture outdoors... wear
several layers of clothing.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine but very strong winds and bitter cold temperatures, we're around -15 to -20 north, -10 to -15 central, and -5 to -10 south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: What a crazy last 24 hours of weather! We went from warm temps in the 30s and 40s to rain early yesterday afternoon, ice pellets around mid- afternoon, two bands of short-lived but heavy snow later yesterday afternoon and evening generating about 2-4" of light, fluffy and wind-driven snow, and now we're just stuck with very strong winds, bitter cold temperatures and blowing and drifting of the new snow. The good news is that this nasty cold snap is not going to last nearly as long as the last one, with temperatures going back into the teens above zero tomorrow and in the 20s and 30s by this weekend.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny, very windy and extremely cold. High of only -3 north, 2 above zero central, and 6 above south, but wind chills will only be around -25 to -45 during the day!

Tonight: Becoming mostly cloudy with decreasing winds, thank goodness. Not nearly as cold overnight compared to last night with lows -10 north, around -5 central, and just a couple degrees below zero south.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy and a little breezy with light snow or flurries. Snow could be a bit heavier tomorrow night southeast. Warmer but still below normal, highs near 10 north, mid- teens central and upper teens to near 20 south. Chance of snow 30% central, 50% south.

This Weekend:
Friday: Morning light snow showers east, otherwise partly sunny and warmer with another round of light snow or flurries possible late. Highs 25-30. Chance of snow 30%.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, maybe a flurry, highs 28-33.
Super Bowl Sunday: Snow developing late, especially south. Highs 31-36. Chance of snow Sunday night 40%. Chance of Packers fans being depressed while watching the game, 90%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy and very cold, highs barely above zero today and around 10 tomorrow.
... Dangerously cold wind chills continue through this morning...
... Wind chill warning remains in effect until noon CST today...

Brisk northwest winds and bitterly cold air will persist across the
region this morning. Wind chills of 35 below to 45 below can be
expected.

A wind chill warning means the combination of very cold air and
strong winds will create dangerously low wind chill values. This
will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia or death if
precautions are not taken.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine today, rain or light snow tomorrow, highs mid- to upper 30s.
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, breezy and cooler today, scattered showers and thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow morning. Highs upper 50s to lower 60s.

... Record high temperature set at Galveston...
A record high temperature of 75 degrees was set at Galveston
yesterday. This ties the old record of 75 set in 1983.
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: Decreasing clouds, windy, highs lower 60s. Scattered showers tomorrow, highs mid- 50s.
... Wind Advisory remains in effect until 10 am EST this morning...

Southwest winds will increase to 25 to 35 mph much of southern
South Carolina and southeast Georgia this morning ahead of a
strong cold front. Winds may gust as high as 40 to 45 mph at
times. Winds will shift west after sunrise as the front pushes
offshore. Winds of this magnitude are capable of knocking down
tree limbs and may blow around loose objects. Some power outages
are also possible. Wind speeds will quickly subside by late
morning as high pressure builds into the area.

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

Motorists... especially those driving vans... campers... trailers
and other high profile vehicles... should exercise caution while
driving in the Wind Advisory area. Be alert for sudden gusts of
wind which may cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
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 40s to near 50.
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:

Snow? Wind? Bitter cold? It's Wisconsin in January
Schools and some businesses were closed early, motorists were sliding into ditches or inching their way home, and people throughout the Fox Valley prepared for expected blizzard conditions.
http://www.postcrescent.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080130/APC0101/801300606/1979
Storm plays hot and cold
Although blizzard didn't materialize, temperatures dropped dramatically
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=712684

Midwest braces for 'vicious slap from Mother Nature'
* NEW: Two snowmobilers found safe in Colorado; third still missing
* NEW: High winds, extreme cold, reported tornadoes slam Midwest
* North Dakota registers wind chills of 54 below zero
* Heavy snow warnings posted for parts of Washington, Oregon and Idaho
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/01/29/winter.storm.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

Thousands without power after California's stormy week
* I-80, part of U.S. 395 reopened after heavy snow in California's Sierra Nevada
* Seattle due 1 to 4 inches of snow Monday; heavy snow in eastern Washington
* Rain finally moving out of California, but mudslide risk still high, officials say
* Thousands without power in southern California, San Francisco Bay Area
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/01/28/california.storm.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

China in lockdown as weather worsens
* Forecasters expect three more days of bad weather in China
* Nation suffering worst weather in 50 years, 300,000 stuck at Guangzhou train station
* Millions heading home for the Chinese New Year holiday, which starts on February 7
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/01/30/china.weather.apology/index.html


More Articles of Interest:
Stanford's New Website Converts Your Photos to 3D
Worst things to say at work
LEGO Brick 50th Anniversary
Multitasking Makes You Stupid and Slow
http://del.icio.us/hail27
Ender's Game Now A Reality
Penn & Teller: How To Do The Saw Trick
People don't read books - says Steve Jobs
75,000,000,000,000 Crabs Invade an Island in Australia
Strange Creature Immune to Pain - Acid Doesn't Bother it
http://digg.com/users/hail27/news/dugg

Permalink

Rain! Ice Pellets! Snow! Wind! Oh My!

By: HaleStorm, 9:45 PM GMT on January 29, 2008

The timing couldn't have been more accurate - at around 2pm today here in Appleton, the light rain changed over to ice pellets, and has already made the roads slippery. The rain that fell early this afternoon is freezing now, with a small layer of ice pellets on top of it to soon be covered by a few inches of snow. It's breezy outside but not too windy. However, the crazy winds are expected to arrive within the next few hours. Temps are now dropping into the 20s after starting in the low to mid- 30s this morning, and it's already -4 in Minneapolis. This should be an interesting evening of weather across Wisconsin.


From the NWS:

... Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 2 PM this
afternoon to 8 am CST Wednesday...

Snow will arrive this afternoon and continue... heavy at times... into
the evening hours. Some sleet is possible as well. 2 to 5 inches
of snow can be expected... with locally higher amounts over Door
County. Strong west winds will cause considerable blowing and
drifting snow. Near blizzard conditions are possible this
evening... especially over the Door Peninsula. Temperatures will
fall sharply during the late afternoon and evening... with wind
chills dropping to 35 below zero by Wednesday morning.

A Winter Storm Warning means snow and blowing snow will result in
hazardous travel conditions. Very cold temperatures and wind
chills following the snow will add to the danger. Persons who must
travel late this afternoon and evening should pack a winter
weather survival kit... since brutal cold conditions will pose a
threat to stranded motorists.

Permalink

Winter Storm Warning Issued for Tuesday afternoon/night

By: HaleStorm, 10:45 PM GMT on January 28, 2008

I took a look at the NAM model data and even though the NWS is thinking we're only going to see 3-4" of snow out of this thing, the winds look to be the nastiest we've seen in quite some time. The snow and blowing snow, along with the chance of freezing rain at the start, is probably the reason for the WSW. Honestly, I wouldn't even be surprised if they upgrade us to a Blizzard Warning tomorrow afternoon - if the current models hold true, it is going to be severely nasty outside tomorrow afternoon and evening.
http://weather.unisys.com/nam/36h/nam_pres_36h.html


From the NWS:

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM TUESDAY TO 8 AM CST WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREEN BAY HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM TUESDAY TO 8 AM CST WEDNESDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

LIGHT FREEZING RAIN IS POSSIBLE EARLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON... FOLLOWED BY A PERIOD OF SNOW DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING HOURS. ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO 4 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED. HOWEVER IF THE FRONT SLOWS DOWN A BIT...SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS WILL LIKELY INCREASE. STRONG WEST WINDS GUSTING TO AROUND 45 MPH WILL CAUSE CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW... ESPECIALLY DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS. IN ADDITION TEMPERATURES WILL FALL SHARPLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND NIGHT... WITH DANGEROUS WIND CHILL TEMPERATURES AS COLD AS 30 TO 35 BELOW ZERO DEVELOPING OVERNIGHT.

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW... SLEET... AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO EXPECTED. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

Updated: 12:11 AM GMT on January 29, 2008

Permalink

Wisconsin Weather Update for January 28, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:28 PM GMT on January 28, 2008

Good Monday morning!

Highlights of the Week:
Lisa: I hope you all had a great weekend. I think the highlight of my weekend was for once not being quite so busy and actually being able to spend some time at home. We did have a couple fun activities planned for the weekend though. Friday evening we took Bryce to Wild Air so he could play, and he had a fun time. Then on Saturday afternoon and evening we were at our friends house for their daughter's first birthday and we had fun hanging out with them. It's nice to have a couple activities planned but then being able to be home sometimes too. That's how this weekend was and it was nice. Well that wraps up my update have a great week.

Steve: Like Lisa said, it was a nice weekend where we mostly stayed at home, played with Bryce, caught up on some TV shows, and played some Wii and Xbox 360. However, I have caught yet another cold, presumably from Bryce's day care, and for someone who doesn't get sick that often, it seems like I've been taking cold medicine for most of the last three months.

Bryce (written by Steve): Bryce is really getting good with his colors. He's now able to correctly identify most major colors, and will often state what color something is without being prompted. It's fun watching him grow...it was just a few weeks ago where he would try to identify colors but would get about as many wrong as he would get right.

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


Outburst Monday
Outburst rules have changed this season, so see below for the new rules.

Topic: Cereals Adults Like

Rules and How to Play
Write in with four answers to the one topic above. Points are going to be awarded this season not from the Hasbro card, but by popularity. One point will be given out to the three most popular answers, and a fourth point will be given out to those who write in with the least most popular answer to still get at least two responses. I'll be keeping an eye on tag-teaming for this one so play fair and have fun!
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Winter 2008 Game Schedule

Premiere Week:
Wheel of Fortune
Weeks 1, 5, 9:
Power of 10
TriBond
Weeks 2, 6, 10:
Family Feud
Mad Gab
Weeks 3, 7, 10:
Would You Rather...
Chain Reaction
Weeks 4, 8:
Outburst
Match Game


Today’s Holiday: Fun at Work Day and National Kazoo Day (and feel free to play your Kazoo at work)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: B-

Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
... Hazardous winter weather expected Tuesday into Tuesday night...
... Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 9 am Tuesday to 6 am CST Wednesday...
Light freezing rain is possible Tuesday morning... followed by
a period of snow during the afternoon hours. Accumulations
of a couple inches of powdery snow are anticipated. Strong
west winds gusting over 40 mph will cause considerable blowing
and drifting snow... especially during the late afternoon and
evening hours. In addition... temperatures will fall sharply
Tuesday afternoon and night... with dangerous wind chill
temperatures as cold as 35 to 40 below zero developing overnight.

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of freezing rain...
snow... strong winds... blowing snow and bitter cold wind chill
temperatures are expected. Travel conditions will become
hazardous. Persons who must travel Tuesday afternoon and
evening should pack a winter weather survival kit... since
brutal cold conditions will pose a threat to stranded motorists.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Fox Cities:
... Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 12 PM Tuesday to 6 am CST Wednesday...
Light freezing rain is possible early Tuesday afternoon... followed
by a period of snow during the afternoon and early evening hours.
Accumulations of 2 to 4 inches of powdery snow are anticipated.
Strong west winds gusting to 45 to 50 mph will cause considerable
blowing and drifting snow... especially during the late afternoon
and evening hours. In addition... temperatures will fall sharply
Tuesday afternoon and night... with dangerous wind chill
temperatures as cold as 30 to 35 below zero developing overnight.

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of freezing rain...
snow... strong winds... blowing snow and bitter cold wind chill
temperatures are expected. Travel conditions will become
hazardous... especially during the evening commute from work or
school. Persons who must travel late Tuesday afternoon and evening
should pack a winter weather survival kit... since brutal cold
conditions will pose a threat to stranded motorists.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
... Arctic blast for Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning...

A strong Arctic front with northwest winds of 25 to 30 mph and
gusts to 45 mph will bring rapidly falling temperatures and a
return of dangerous wind chills beginning Tuesday afternoon and
lasting through at least Wednesday morning. In addition... light
snow and blowing snow will accompany the Arctic front Tuesday
afternoon and evening... reducing visibilities and making travel
difficult. Wind chills will fall to 20 below to 34 below zero
Tuesday night and last through at least Wednesday morning.

The Arctic blast is being driven by strong low pressure that will
move across the northern plains today and into Ontario Canada
tonight and Tuesday. The bitterly cold air and wind chills will
then follow. Advisories of various types will most likely be
needed. Stay informed of developing weather conditions by
listening to NOAA Weather Radio all hazards... commercial
radio... television or cable-TV for the latest winter weather
forecasts.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a variably cloudy sky and warm morning temperatures, we're in the upper 20s to near 30 north and central and already in the upper 30s south!
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Get ready for a wild roller-coaster of weather over the next 48 hours. A very strong low-pressure system to our west has already made things windy and warm across Wisconsin, and moisture ahead of this system will bring scattered rain showers to our area later today. After the cold front associated with this low passes through, temperatures are going to plummet rapidly, changing the rain to snow and returning nasty wind chills to the state.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Windy and warm. Some sunshine this morning but becoming cloudy with light rain showers possible this afternoon. Highs upper 30s north, 42 central, and mid- 40s south. Chance of rain 40%.

Tonight: Windy with scattered rain showers, changing over to light snow by morning. Little if any snow accumulation overnight. Lows mid- 20s north, near 30 central and south. Chance of precip 70%.

Tomorrow: Very windy and much colder with snow showers likely. 2-3" of light, fluffy snow is probable, and could even mix in with light freezing rain at times. If I wrote an update tomorrow, tomorrow's forecast grade could have very well gotten an F. Early morning highs near 30 but temps will be dropping through the 20s and the teens during the day as cold air flows in from the northwest. Wind chills tomorrow night could drop to -35 to -40. Chance of snow 80%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly sunny with decreasing winds, but still extremely cold. Light snow or flurries possible Wednesday night. Highs 10-15. Chance of snow 25%.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, breezy and warmer with light snow possible as a big storm mostly misses us to the southeast. Probably. Highs 22-27. Chance of snow 35%.
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs 26-31.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, light snow possible early. Highs 26-31. Chance of snow 25%.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 24-29.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Rain showers today, changing to snow tonight and tomorrow. Maybe 1" of accumulation tomorrow. Highs lower 40s today but only near 10 above zero tomorrow and near zero on Wednesday!
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Showers tonight and tomorrow, becoming breezy, highs mid- 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, isolated showers today and tonight with a better chance tomorrow. Highs mid- 60s today and lower 70s 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: Mostly sunny, highs near 60 today and mid- to upper 60s 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: Scattered showers and very windy today. Sunshine with little wind tomorrow. Highs low to mid- 50s.
High Wind Warning in effect until 3 PM PST this afternoon...
Wind gusts between 65 and 72 mph were recorded at Mercury...
Mount Charleston and Red Rock Canyon between 3 am and 4 am this
morning. Strong gusty winds will continue through mid afternoon
and the areas most likely to see potentially damaging winds are
near the east slopes of mountain ranges such as the west side of
the Las Vegas Valley. Areas away from the east slopes can
generally expect gusts between 40 and 50 mph. Winds are expected
to decrease significantly late this afternoon and evening.

... Record daily maximum rainfall set at Las Vegas...
a record rainfall of 0.5 inch(es) was set at Las Vegas yesterday.
This breaks the old record of 0.12 set in 1943.
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:

China braces for a brutal winter
* China Meteorological Administration issues a red alert as weather worsens
* Heavy snowfalls put the nation into lockdown ahead of a vacation week
* Almost 150,000 passengers stranded at Guangzhou railway station Saturday
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/01/28/china.weather/index.html#cnnSTCText


More Articles of Interest:
Johnny Depp and Christian Bale make Wisconsin swoon with Public Enemies talk
Pillaged MySpace Photos Show Up in Massive BitTorrent Download
Satellite is weeks away from hitting Earth
http://del.icio.us/hail27
http://digg.com/users/hail27/news/dugg

Permalink

Wisconsin Weather Update for January 25, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:30 PM GMT on January 25, 2008

TGIF!

Chain Reaction Results

Players: 26
Chain #1:
Love
Handle
Bar
Hopping

Chain #2:
Irish
Coffee
Mug
Shot

Other responses:
Honey Bunny (2)
Hate Bunny
Hurt Bunny
Hotel Bed
Hotel Bar
Heart Bar
Heart Break

Cream Mug
Cream Milk


Winter 2008 Point Standings
Greg takes the lead by himself and former co-leader Karl drops from first into a tie for sixth. Angie and Steve L. are now above the playoff line and Bethany drops just below it. Clair and Sue are still playing well and Brian F., back from his one-season sabbatical, is still right up there. There are still seven more weeks to go before the playoff week though!

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Name City
30 14 8 8 Perfect Score
26 12 6 8 $$Greg, Madison, WI:
25 11 6 8 $$Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
25 11 6 8 $Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
25 11 6 8 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
25 11 6 8 Sue, De Pere, WI:
22 11 6 5 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
22 12 6 4 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
22 10 6 6 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
22 11 5 6 Steve L.:
21 9 7 5 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
20 10 7 3 Bethany:
20 9 5 6 Raessa:
20 6 6 8 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
19 8 5 6 Becky T. and Dad:
19 8 5 6 Diane Sm.: Greenville, WI:
19 8 5 6 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
18 6 7 5 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
18 8 3 7 Mary, Appleton, WI:
17 9 6 2 Adam E.:
17 6 6 5 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
16 6 6 4 Jamie S., Evansville, IN:
16 4 4 8 Rhonda:
15 6 3 6 $Brian, Madison, WI:
15 5 4 6 Al, Germantown, WI:
15 6 3 6 John E., St. Paul, MN:
15 9 6 - Sally:
14 7 5 2 Deb:
12 3 6 3 Cory S. Kaukauna, WI
11 2 5 4 Mom:
9 2 7 - Cindy:
6 4 1 1 Patty:
4 4 - - Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
4 4 - - Karen:
2 - - 2 Dan H.: Appleton, WI:
2 - 2 - Kelley:
2 2 - - Tony:


Today’s Thought: Won the first two games and lost the last three of our bowling league's first half championship rolloff Wednesday night. Too bad, but we are still in first place for the league's second half for now. If we keep this up, we'll have another rolloff against the same team in early April for the league championship. My high games personally were a 222 and 213.
Read more thoughts on my microblog:
http://twitter.com/sbhale

Today’s Holiday: Opposite Day (fun for kids everywhere!)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: C-


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with breezy conditions and a pleasant-to-view sunrise (especially from inside the house), temps are still very cold, near -5 to -10 north and central and 0 to -5 south. Wind chills are probably -10 to -20 early this morning.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: On Wednesday I said we've got two more days of this nasty cold weather before things start improving, and the improvement begins today (despite what it may feel like outside right now). High pressure just to our south is giving us the lack of clouds this morning, but as it moves off to the east, the winds will shift and become from the south, finally bringing in warmer air for later today and especially this weekend. Light snow currently in Iowa will work its way into Wisconsin later today though, giving us some snow showers late today and tonight.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning sunshine with increasing clouds around lunchtime. Light snow showers possible later this afternoon. Breezy, high of 15 north and central, upper teens to near 20 south.

Tonight: Snow showers likely. 1-3" of accumulation possible by Saturday morning. Temps not changing much overnight with lows 5-10 north, lower teens central, and mid- teens south...above zero!

Saturday: Morning light snow showers or flurries, otherwise decreasing clouds and warmer. Highs near 20 north, mid- 20s central and south.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, breezy and warmer. Highs lower 30s north and central, mid- 30s south!

Next Week:
Monday: Windy and warmer with snow mixed with, dare I say it, rain? Highs 35-40. Northern and central Wisconsin could see several inches of snow as more of the precipitation may land as snow the further north you live. Stay tuned!
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, windy and colder with flurries. Highs 20-25.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, breezy and cold again. Bah. Highs 11-16.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Snow showers today and tonight, then partly cloudy. Highs near 20 today, upper 20s tomorrow, and mid- 30s on Sunday. Break out the shorts!
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Evansville, Indiana: Flurries tonight, otherwise sunshine mixed with a few clouds, highs near 30 today but mid- to upper 40s 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: Rain and breezy today, mostly cloudy this weekend, highs upper 40s today but near 70 again by Sunday! Yeah, that's making me a bit jealous.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

This Weekend in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered rain showers tomorrow, otherwise sunshine, highs upper 40s today and in the 50s 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: Partly sunny, rain developing tomorrow night and Sunday, 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:

At least 300 motorists stranded in snow north of Los Angeles
* NEW: Highway patrol officer says 40-mile stretch of I-5 a "skating rink"
* Stranded driver: "I'm just hoping I'm going to get out of here sometime soon"
* Red Cross brought food to 300 motorists in mountains, patrol officer says
* Flash flood watch for areas burned in 2007 wildfires
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/01/24/california.weather/index.html#cnnSTCText


More Articles of Interest:
Taxpayers would get checks under economic stimulus plan
Cool Images! Ice Formation Continues along the shores of Lake Michigan
Couple protest jet noise with obscene rooftop sign
UFOs? Nope. They were fighter jets, Air Force says
http://del.icio.us/hail27
http://digg.com/users/hail27/news/dugg

Permalink

Wisconsin Weather Update for January 23, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:01 PM GMT on January 23, 2008

Good Wednesday morning!

Chain Reaction Wednesday

Chain #1:
Love
H_____
B_____
Hopping

Chain #2:
Irish
C_____
M_____
Shot

Rules and How to Play
There will be two chains in each update, and each chain will consist of four words. I will give you the top and bottom word, along with the first letter of the two middle words. Your job is to tell me what the two middle words are. Each correct word will be worth one point, with four points possible each game day. Note that although there may be times when several words might fit, only the official answer taken from the TV show will be accepted for credit. Teams on the TV show only get a few seconds to figure out these "speed chains" but you get two days!
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Would You Rather Results
You got one bonus point if you got all three correct.

Players: 29
Game #1:
Submitted By: Mary Be.
Would you rather...
A. Die of freezing (16) - 1 point
B. Die of heat (13)

Game #2:
Topic: Appearance/Embarrassment
Would you rather...
A. Miss the winning shot for the high school state basketball championship (26) - 1 point
B. Misplace a $10,000 winning lottery ticket (3)

Game #3:
Topic: Pain/Fear/Embarrassment
Would you rather...
A. Have to use a toilet that is unbelievably filthy and gross (6)
B. Have to use a toilet that's clean but has one dozen small jumping fish in it (23) - 1 point


Today’s Thought: Tonight is a big night in my bowling league. My five-man team will be bowling in a 1st half championship three-game rolloff tonight, after our regular league bowling session. The winner bowls for the league championship in April. It's going to be a long evening with the rolloff probably not starting until 9:30pm and will go probably 2-3 hours.
Read more thoughts on my microblog:
http://twitter.com/sbhale

Today’s Holiday: National Pie Day, National Handwriting Day, and Measure Your Feet Day. Really.
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: C-


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with stars in the sky and frigid temperatures here on Earth, temps are a nasty -15 to -20 north and 0 to -5 central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: We've got two more days of this, folks. A cold front is moving southward across Wisconsin this morning, which will make things, yes, even colder today and tomorrow. However, an upcoming upper-air jet stream ridge will move into the Midwest by Friday, finally bringing temperatures into the 20s (above zero!) and perhaps even in the 30s this weekend.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Becoming cloudy again with light snow showers south and a few flurries north and central. Colder, highs near 5 above north, 8 central, and near 10 south. Chance of snow 25%.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, breezy and extremely cold with maybe some flurries. Lows -15 to -20 north and -5 to -10 central and south.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, breezy and still bitter cold. Highs again only near 5-10 above zero.

This Weekend:
Friday: Becoming cloudy and thankfully warmer with light snow developing late. Maybe 1-2" of new accumulation Friday night. Highs 18-23. Chance of snow 40%.
Saturday: Partly sunny and warmer yet, highs 28-33.
Sunday: Rain or snow developing late, and could be heavy so it's worth watching. Warmer highs 32-37. Chance of precip Sunday night 40%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy, highs 5-10 today and lower teens tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine, highs mid- 30s today and only lower 20s tomorrow. By the way, highs in the lower 20s are what we're looking FORWARD to on Friday here in Wisconsin.
Wind chill index values near zero Thursday morning...
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, breezy and cooler, highs near or just above 50.
Through 9 am...the bulk of heavier rainfall will move off to the east into the Beaumont and Port Arthur areas. Areas of mainly light rain showers will continue across southeast Texas with the greatest concentration from the Houston area then southwestward toward the Wharton area. Rainfall amounts will average under 1/4 of an inch. Isolated totals of 1/2 to 1 inch will be possible mainly in and around Chambers County.
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 tonight and tomorrow morning, highs upper 50s to lower 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Rain showers tonight and tomorrow, perhaps mixing with snow tomorrow night. 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:

Arctic chill stretches coast to coast
* CNN meteorologist says, "It's hard to find any part of the country that's warm"
* Monday's high in northern Maine won't get above zero, weather service says
* Butte, Montana, had overnight low of 32 below; wind chill makes it feel even colder
* Heavy lake-effect snow collapses roof in Fulton, New York
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/01/21/bitter.cold/index.html#cnnSTCText


More Articles of Interest:
Pizza Hut serves up SMS ordering: "lg ? w xtra chz, plz"
I am Legend Predicts Super Bowl
Is Volcano, Not Global Warming, Melting Antarctic Glacier?
http://digg.com/users/hail27/news/dugg
Autopsy planned as actor Heath Ledger is mourned
http://del.icio.us/hail27

Permalink

Wisconsin Weather Update for January 21, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:52 PM GMT on January 21, 2008

Good Monday morning!

Highlights of the Week:
Lisa: I hope you all had a great weekend. I had a very busy and fun week and I have a couple main highlights to share. Two times this week we took Bryce to Wild Air and he had so much fun. For those who aren't familiar Wild Air is a kid's playland with big inflatable slides and castles. Bryce's favorite is the "big slide." He doesn't refer to the place as Wild Air, he calls it the place with the "big slide." Parents are able to play for free as long as they are with a child. It's fun for the adults so we had fun too, but what we enjoyed most was watching Bryce have fun. The other highlight of my week was seeing Neal McCoy in concert at Waverly Beach w/friend Lisa. He puts on a great energy filled show. We had an awesome time, and the best part was being so close to the stage. The local band Chasin Mason opened for them, and they put on great show as well. The last highlight I'll mention is watching the Green Bay Packers game on Sunday. It was a close game with a disappointing ending. We were all hoping they would have made it to the Super Bowl. Well that wraps up my update, have a great week.

Steve: My highlight would have been last night's Packers game, had they bothered to show up in the second half. But instead, I'll write about Sunday morning's church service. As I mentioned last week, we have a brand new digital mixing console, upgrading to the Yamaha LS9-32 after our Spirit Live 4 died. The new console is very cool with tons of features, but also rather complicated. And surprisingly, the whole service went great without a hitch - I didn't goof up even one little thing during the service. Whew! What a sigh of relief!

Bryce: Big slide! Big slide! Fish movie! Naughty one! (YouTube video of Bryce being naughty, which he likes watching for some reason) Number Four Shirt! Go Pack Go!


Would You Rather...

Game #1:
Submitted By: Mary Be.
Would you rather...
A. Die of freezing
B. Die of heat

Game #2:
Topic: Appearance/Embarrassment
Would you rather...
A. Miss the winning shot for the high school state basketball championship
B. Misplace a $10,000 winning lottery ticket

Game #3:
Topic: Pain/Fear/Embarrassment
Would you rather...
A. Have to use a toilet that is unbelievably filthy and gross
B. Have to use a toilet that's clean but has one dozen small jumping fish in it

Rules and How to Play
Choose what you think will be the most popular answer from the two choices given. You cannot ask for clarification or state certain conditions - you have to choose one or the other using only the information given. One point will be awarded per topic to those who write in with the more popular answer for each game. If you get all three correct, a bonus point is awarded. Also, one extra credit point will be awarded if I use your topic suggestion in the game.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Today’s Holiday: Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday, National Hugging Day, and Squirrel Appreciation Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: D


Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
... Snow Advisory remains in effect from 9 am this morning to 6 am CST Tuesday...
Snow will develop during the middle to late morning hours today.
The snow will continue tonight and then diminish late. A total
snowfall of 4 to 6 inches is expected across most of the area.
Totals will be a bit lighter to the north... with 3 to 5 inches
expected north of Green Bay and across Door County.

A Snow Advisory means that snow will cause travel difficulties.
Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities... and
use caution while driving.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
... Snow Advisory remains in effect until 3 am CST Tuesday...
Light snow was already spreading into south central Wisconsin
early this morning and will gradually increase in intensity. The
morning commute will be affected by the snowfall with some roads
become slippery in spots and stretches.

The snow will continue through the day and into the evening...
finally diminishing from west to east after midnight. Total
accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are expected.

A Snow Advisory is issued when 4 to 8 inches of accumulations are
expected in a 24 hour period with winds less than 25 mph. Be
prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities. Use
caution while driving.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds, light snow showers southwest, and still some really cold temperatures, we're around -10 north, 0 to -5 central and just above zero south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: The next weather phase will come in the form of snow showers, developing from the southwest courtesy of a strengthening low pressure system centrally located in western Kansas and Colorado this morning. As moisture from this system moves through the state, snow showers will begin and continue through tomorrow morning. Central and southern Wisconsin could see up to 4-6" of light, fluffy snow out of this thing. As for the cold, it's going to stay that way through Thursday with a warmup back into the 20s by Friday.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy and cold with light, powdery snow developing from southwest to northeast. 2-3" are possible across central and southern Wisconsin today with maybe 1" north. Highs 5-10 north, 11 central, low to mid- teens south. Chance of snow 75%.

Tonight: Snow continues. Breezy, lows five above zero central and south, five below zero north. At least this will be light, easy to shovel snow. Chance of snow 70%.

Tomorrow: Light snow tapers off to flurries in the morning. Total expected accumulations are 4-6" central and south with just an inch or two north. Highs 5-10 north, lower teens central, mid- teens south.

Extended:
Wednesday: Cloudy and very cold again with flurries, highs 6-11.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, still very cold, highs 7-12.
Friday: Increasing clouds, finally warmer, light snow possible late. Highs 19-24. Chance of snow 25%.
Saturday: Cloudy with light snow or flurries, highs 27-32. Chance of snow 30%.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 26-31.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Light snow today, flurries tomorrow, highs near 10 above zero.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine today, 1" of sleet and snow tonight and tomorrow morning, highs mid- 30s.
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, breezy, highs upper 50s today and warming into the upper 60s 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: Isolated showers tonight and tomorrow, breezy, 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: Partly cloudy, a little breezy today, 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:

Snow, rain, sleet spread across Southeast
* Motorists urged to stay of potentially icy roads in northern Atlanta metro area
* Weather forces cancellation of hundreds of flights at Atlanta airport
* Freeze warnings issued for parts of Louisiana, including New Orleans
* Snow falls as far south as southwestern Mississippi
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/01/20/southern.weather.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText


More Articles of Interest:
A Tornado During Soccer (it's actually a big dust devil)
Surgeons 'are better after playing Nintendo Wii'
Dr. Phil Might Get Charged with Practicing w/o a Licence
http://digg.com/users/hail27/news/dugg
http://del.icio.us/hail27

Permalink

Wisconsin Weather Update for January 18, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:56 PM GMT on January 18, 2008

TGIF!

Mad Gab Results
I'm going to be changing around the bonus points all season, so early birds and night owls won't be the only ones to get bonus points in Mad Gab this season.

Players: 29
Gab #1 (26/29): Lowered Sprayer = Lord's Prayer

Gab #2 (20/29): Wares Mighty Cert = Where's my dessert? (most of the incorrect responses were Where's my T-shirt?, which makes sense in the Mad Gab but is not nearly as popular a phrase.)

Gab #3 (28/29): Ease Snot Hub Reigns Urge Inn = He's not a brain surgeon

Bonus Points:
Karl (7:44am, 1/16) *eight people submitted answers before 9am to try to get the first-in bonus point*
Greg (12:01am, 1/17) *four people submitted answers overnight to try to get the first-on-Thursday bonus point*
Kelley (3:16pm, 1/17) *was the latest to respond, and got the last-one-in bonus point*


Winter 2008 Point Standings
Send me your city/state if you'd like me to include it in these weekly point standings!

Total Week 1 Week 2 Name City
22 14 8 Perfect Score
18 12 6 $$Greg, Madison, WI:
18 12 6 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
17 11 6 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
17 11 6 $$Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
17 11 6 $Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
17 10 7 Bethany:
17 11 6 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
17 11 6 Sue, De Pere, WI:
16 10 6 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
16 9 7 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
16 11 5 Steve L.:
15 9 6 Adam E.:
15 9 6 Sally:
14 9 5 Raessa:
13 8 5 Becky T. and Dad:
13 8 5 Diane Sm.:
13 6 7 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
13 8 5 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
12 7 5 Deb:
12 6 6 Jamie S., Evansville, IN:
12 6 6 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
12 6 6 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
11 8 3 Mary, Appleton, WI:
9 6 3 $Brian, Madison, WI:
9 5 4 Al, Germantown, WI:
9 2 7 Cindy:
9 3 6 Cory S. Kaukauna, WI
9 6 3 John E., St. Paul, MN:
8 4 4 Rhonda:
7 2 5 Mom:
5 4 1 Patty:
4 4 - Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
4 4 - Karen:
2 - 2 Kelley:
2 2 - Tony:


Today’s Thought: Sunday afternoon just can't get here fast enough! Sunday's Ice Bowl II should be an exciting game to watch, but for me, it'll be from my 70-degree living room. I would feel a lot more confident about Sunday's game if we were playing a warm-weather team, but New York is used to cold weather and they are 9-1 on the road this season so this will probably be a good, close game. I was 3-1 with my football predictions last weekend, and for this weekend I think the Pack win a close game 24-17 and the Patriots win easily 31-10. I was reminded yesterday that when the Packers beat Carolina to go to Super Bowl XXXI 11 years ago, the game time temperature was just above zero with wind chills around -20. So this scenario really isn't new to Brett Favre or to Packers fans, but with this being the first big arctic blast of the season, it's going to be a big intangible going into Sunday's game. Go Pack Go!
Read more thoughts on my microblog:
http://twitter.com/sbhale

Today’s Holiday: Thesaurus Day and Winnie the Pooh Day (The Birthday of Winnie's author A.A. Milne)
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:
... Arctic air mass to invade the area...
... Wind Chill Advisory in effect from 6 PM this evening to 6 PM CST Saturday...
The National Weather Service in Green Bay has issued a Wind Chill
Advisory... which is in effect from 6 PM this evening to 6 PM CST
Saturday.

Northwest winds of 10 to 20 mph will combine with sub zero
temperatures to produce wind chill readings from 25 to 35 below
zero starting this evening. Wind chills this low can cause frost
bite in as little as 20 minutes.

A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds
will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in
frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken.
If you must venture outdoors... make sure you wear a hat and
gloves.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Fox Cities:
... Wind Chill Advisory in effect from midnight tonight to 12 PM CST Saturday...
The National Weather Service in Green Bay has issued a Wind Chill
Advisory... which is in effect from midnight tonight to 12 PM CST
Saturday.

Northwest winds of 10 to 20 mph will combine with sub zero
temperatures to produce wind chill readings from 25 to 35 below
zero starting around midnight. Wind chills this low can cause
frost bite in as little as 20 minutes.

A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds
will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in
frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken.
If you must venture outdoors... make sure you wear a hat and
gloves.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
... Very cold air to affect area tonight through Saturday night...
... Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect from midnight tonight to 6 am CST Sunday...
A very cold airmass will move into southern Wisconsin tonight and
Saturday. Brisk northwest to west winds... combined with very cold
temperatures... will bring wind chill values down into the 20 to
30 degree below zero range during this time. These wind chills
will last through Saturday night.

A Wind Chill Advisory is issued when the combination of very cold
air temperatures... and winds of 10 mph or greater... will create
hazardous wind chill values of between 20 below to 34 below zero
for 3 hours or longer. These conditions will result in frost
bite... and could lead to hypothermia... if precautions are not
taken.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am, it's really cold. And windy. And how it is now will be the HIGH temperature tomorrow. Do you really want more details?
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A big fat cold front developed several inches of snow across Wisconsin yesterday, and now a giant push of arctic temperatures moving through over the next few days will make it pretty miserable to be outside. I plan on leaving my house very sparingly this weekend!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy, windy and much colder with a few light snow showers or flurries from time to time. Highs lower teens in northern Wisconsin, 15 in central Wisconsin, and upper teens in southern Wisconsin.

Tonight: Becoming mostly clear and very cold. Still breezy, lows around -5 central and south, but -15 north!

Saturday: Like I said, you really don't want to know. Partly cloudy and bitter cold, highs a few degrees below zero north, near or just above zero central, and just barely above zero south. Lows tomorrow night around -20 north, -10 central and south. *shiver*

Packers Sunday: Partly cloudy and still miserably cold. I hear it'll be ten-degrees colder if you're wearing a blue and white jersey on Sunday. "Warmer" highs near or just above zero north, around five above zero central, 5-10 south, but it will probably be near zero in Green Bay at kickoff.

Next Week:
Monday: Light snow south, kind of warmer if you can call it that, highs 8-13. Chance of snow 30%.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with flurries, highs 10-15.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, highs 9-14.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Light snow showers or flurries today, mostly sunny this weekend. Very very cold with highs just above zero today, not even making it to zero tomorrow, and near zero again on Sunday.
... Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect from 6 PM this evening to 6 PM CST Saturday...
Strong northwest winds of 20 to 30 mph with higher gusts will
accompany much colder air into the region today. Wind chills will drop
to 25 to 35 below zero tonight across much of the area. These
dangerous wind chills are anticipated to last through the day
Saturday. Therefore a Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for western
Minnesota beginning at 6 am Friday and lasting until 6 PM
Saturday.

A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds
will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in
frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken.
If you must venture outdoors on Friday night or Saturday... make
sure you wear a hat and gloves.
-------------
blast of bitter cold air plunging southeast... An Arctic cold frontal boundary will March through the remainder of east central...and south central Minnesota by 7 am. Winds will increase out of the northwest to between 15 and 20 mph...after passage of the front. Wind chill values will plunge into the teens below zero across much of the region. Scattered bouts of snow showers should also be expected just ahead of...and with the passage of the front. Copious amounts of Arctic air will continue to pour into the the region today...and into Saturday. Drivers are urged to carry a winter survival kit...which includes blankets...hats...newspapers and ski pants. Also...keep your Gas Tank at or near full...to avoid fuel line freeze.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine today, partly sunny this weekend, highs near 40 today and in the upper 20s 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: Rain today, partly cloudy this weekend, highs upper 40s today, lower 50s tomorrow and mid- 50s Sunday.
Areas of rain will continue to develop and move northeast. Accumulations will be light mainly less than less than 1/8 of an inch.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

This Weekend in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Rain tonight and tomorrow, sunshine on Sunday, highs mid- 50s today and near 50 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: 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:

Snow, sleet close schools in Georgia
* Northeast Georgia mountains receive up to 3 inches of snow
* Delta Air Lines cancels 70 flights at Atlanta airport
* More flight cancellations possible as storm heads up East Coast
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/01/17/winter.weather.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

Thousands flee volcanic eruption in Colombia
* Authorities order the evacuation of about 8,000 people
* Images of 14,029-foot Galeras volcano show white smoke rising
* Colombian officials tells AP eruption is most severe since reactivation in 1989
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/americas/01/18/colombia.volcano/index.html


More Articles of Interest:
Brett Favre Touchdown Database
Brett Favre: The Streak
Brett Favre's Career with the Green Bay Packers
Brett Favre's SI Cover
http://del.icio.us/hail27
Scientists Develop Computer That Can "Translate" Dog's Bark
It's here! Time Warner moves to "tiered Internet pricing"
Exonerated RIAA defendant scores double victory in court
http://digg.com/users/hail27/news/dugg

Permalink

Snow Advisory for Thursday

By: HaleStorm, 9:26 PM GMT on January 16, 2008

From the Green Bay NWS:

...SNOW ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO MIDNIGHT CST THURSDAY NIGHT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREEN BAY HAS ISSUED A SNOW ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO MIDNIGHT CST THURSDAY NIGHT. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

LIGHT SNOW WILL DEVELOP TONIGHT...THEN INCREASE IN INTENSITY ON THURSDAY. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL RANGE FROM 3 TO 6 INCHES ACROSS THE ADVISORY AREA BY THURSDAY EVENING. IN ADDITION... INCREASING WEST WINDS MAY CAUSE SOME DRIFTING SNOW THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

A SNOW ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

Permalink

Wisconsin Weather Update for January 16, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:38 PM GMT on January 16, 2008

Good Wednesday morning!

Mad Gab Wednesday
The bonus points for Mad Gab are going to be done a little differently this season. I'm going back to the entry order system, similar to previous seasons, except that the one bonus point will be awarded to the first person to submit at least one correct answer this morning, the first person to submit at least one correct answer on Thursday, and the very last person to respond before Friday morning's update email goes out. Don't wait too long Friday morning because if I send the update before you send in your answers, you won't get any credit!

Gab #1: Lowered Sprayer

Gab #2: Wares Mighty Cert

Gab #3: Ease Snot Hub Reigns Urge Inn

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


Family Feud Results

Players: 31
Topic #1:Name an animal which has funny looking feet
Duck (22) - 2 points
Penguin (4) - 1 point
Platypus (2)
3-toed Sloth
Horse
Rabbits

Topic #2: Past or present, name someone famous whose first name is Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth (15) - 2 points (most people did not specify I or II so these were combined)
Taylor (14) - 1 point
Hurley
Montgomery ("Bewitched" star)


Today’s Thought: If you want to see something funny over the weekend, come to First English Lutheran Church's North Site 10:30am worship service. I'll be running the soundboard, which I've done many times before, but our old mixer died and we got a brand new one - the Yamaha LS9-32 - which is tremendously more powerful than our old Spirit board but also has a much higher learning curve to it. I spent an hour and a half at church last night trying to learn it, but I have a feeling it's going to be an interesting service on Sunday.
Read more thoughts on my microblog:
http://twitter.com/sbhale

Today’s Holiday: National Nothing Day (tomorrow is Ditch New Years Resolutions Day)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: B-


Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Northern and Central Wisconsin:
Winter Storm Watch in effect from late tonight through Thursday evening...
... Heavy snow expected for Thursday...

... Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from late tonight through
Thursday evening...

A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from late tonight through
Thursday evening.

Heavy snow is expected to develop after midnight and continue
into Thursday evening. Snow accumulations will range from 4 to 8
inches. In addition... gusty west winds developing later Thursday
night will cause blowing and drifting of the snow.

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=GRB


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a pretty sunrise and some scattered clouds, temps are in the upper teens north, near 20 central, and in the low to mid- 20s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Well what'dya know, the weather models beefed up the low pressure system coming through late tonight and tomorrow, which is now expected to bring plenty of snow to Wisconsin and bitter arctic temperatures will follow behind it. This panhandle hook system, currently located in northwestern Texas, is soaking up moisture from the Gulf of Mexico before shooting northward courtesy of the jet stream. Look for the snow to begin tonight and get serious during the day tomorrow. Should be a fun drive to and from work.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Some morning sunshine, but increasing clouds by this afternoon. Highs upper 20s north, 32 central, mid- 30s south.

Tonight: Cloudy and breezy with light snow developing. Maybe 1-2" on the ground by the time you wake up in the morning. Lows upper teens north, low to mid- 20s central and south. Chance of snow 50%.

Tomorrow: Cloudy and windy with snow likely, becoming heavy at times. Another 3-5" is expected. Snow tapers off to flurries tomorrow night. Total storm accumulations are for 5-8" north, 5-6" central, and 4-6" south. Highs lower 20s north, mid- to upper 20s central, upper 20s to near 30 south. Chance of snow 90%.

This Weekend:
Friday: Light snow redevelops as a new, weaker low pressure system moves through. Maybe another inch of snow accumulation. Highs 14-19. Chance of snow 35%.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, breezy and cold. Very cold. Highs 0-5 above zero. Wind chills will be well below zero all day thanks to the wind. Lows Saturday night at least -10.
Packers Sunday: Partly sunny and still very cold. Highs 2-7 above zero, with temps probably near or below zero around gametime. Ice Bowl II?


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Snow showers, highs mid- 20s today and mid- teens tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Rain, sleet or snow tonight, scattered rain showers tomorrow, 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: Scattered showers and breezy today, partly sunny tomorrow. Highs upper 50s.
Light to occasionally moderate rain will continue through mid morning mainly south of a line from Livingston to Conroe to Columbus. The heaviest rainfall will occur over Galveston and Chambers counties. Additional rainfall amounts will average 1/10 to 1/4 inch...with isolated totals of 1/2 to 1 inch possible. The rain will gradually taper off from west to east...ending by 9 am most locations.
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: Rain developing late today and continuing through tomorrow morning, then becoming more scattered tomorrow afternoon. Breezy, highs low to mid- 50s today and lower 60s tomorrow.
High surf advisory in effect from 10 PM this evening to 10 am EST Thursday...
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, windy and colder, highs upper 40s.
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 snow on the way as New England digs out
* Major winter storm dumps up to 20 inches of snow in New England
* Up to 6 more inches of snow and cold temperatures expected Tuesday
* More than 100 flights canceled Monday at Boston's Logan airport
* At least one traffic death blamed on the storm
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/01/15/northeast.storm.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

Google Maps Enhanced with Weather Channel Data
Planning a trip using Google Maps just got a little easier and useful. Google teamed up with The Weather Channel to create interactive layers that overlay weather data and radar information on top of Google Maps.
http://blogs.pcworld.com/staffblog/archives/006268.html


More Articles of Interest:
Another souvenir SI cover?
Brett Favre's Career with the Green Bay Packers (Interactive)
Live blog from Macworld 2008
Microsoft bringing ads to shopping carts
Helium Crisis Approaching
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Wii delayed again
http://del.icio.us/hail27
NCAA says it will study 8-team football playoff proposal
Fan Sues Yankees Over Steroid Use
http://digg.com/users/hail27/news/dugg

Permalink

Wisconsin Weather Update for January 14, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:49 PM GMT on January 14, 2008

Good Monday morning!

Highlights of the Week:
Lisa: I hope you all had a great weekend. The highlight of my weekend was going out with my friend Lisa to see the band Copper Box at Tanner's in Kimberly. This was my second time and Lisa's first time seeing them. They were awesome and we both had a great time. That's all for update this week, and I hope you all have a great week.

Steve: The biggest highlight is probably the same highlight most Wisconsin sports fans have - the big Packers victory over Seattle Saturday afternoon, and then the icing on the cake with the NY Giants stunning the Dallas Cowboys yesterday to bring the NFC Championship game to Lambeau Field! About five minutes into the Packers game, I was about one more bad play away from turning on my Nintendo Wii (with the recent Bears game weighing heavily in my mind), but thankfully they came back and scored 42 of the next 48 points to clobber Mike Holmgren's team. Now if the #2 Packers can beat the #5 Giants on the very frozen tundra Sunday evening, they go to the big game for the first time in ten years. And yes, I was kidding about turning off the game five minutes into it.

Bryce (written by Steve): Cars movie! Fish movie! (Finding Nemo) Train Tracks! Big cars...Race, daddy! Caillou! (said repeatedly during the Packers game, to no avail). Although seriously, I think his highlight is his improved manners. He says please and thank you regularly, and when we give him a package of cookies or fruit snacks, he always asks for a second package to give to daddy or mommy. It's very cute.

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


Family Feud Monday

Topic #1:Name an animal which has funny looking feet

Topic #2: Past or present, name someone famous whose first name is Elizabeth

Rules and How to Play
Respond with one answer to each of the two topics. Every person responding with the #1 most popular answer among all entries received receives two points per topic. Every person with the #2 most popular answer will receive one point. Just like the TV show, all answers must have at least two submissions to be eligible for points. In the case of a tie, both sets will receive the same point value for that topic.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Today’s Holiday: Dress Up Your Pet Day (otherwise known as Annoy Your Cat Day )
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: C+


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with cloudy conditions and scattered light snow showers or flurries, temps are near 20.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: I think most local Meteorologists were surprised to see the snow piling up as they were watching the Packers game on Saturday. The weather models had called for only occasional light snow showers or flurries, not near-blizzard conditions which generated over 8" of snow this weekend in Green Bay! They were small patches of snow, but they were nearly stationary, sitting over one spot for hours at a time, and with temps in the 20s to lower 30s, it was a wet, heavy snow which accumulated quickly (especially on grass). As for this week, more scattered snow showers (courtesy of a low pressure system to our east) are expected today with arctic air plowing into the Midwest by Thursday.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy and breezy with scattered snow showers. Perhaps another 1-2" of accumulation. Highs lower 20s north, near 27 central and mid- to upper 20s south. Chance of snow 50%.

Tonight: Cloudy with flurries. Decreasing clouds by morning. Lows 5-10 north, low to mid- teens central and south.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, highs lower 20s north, mid- 20s central, and upper 20s south.

Extended:
Wednesday: Light snow showers late as a cold front moves through. Highs 26-31. Chance of snow 35%.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy and much colder. Highs 14-19.
Friday: Cloudy and cold with flurries. Highs 11-16.
Saturday: Partly sunny, still cold, highs 7-12.
Packers Sunday: Cloudy and slightly warmer with light snow developing late. Maybe. Highs 10-15. Chance of snow 25%. Yesterday's forecasts for Sunday were calling for cloudy and cold with highs around 4 above, but today's models are showing the coldest air coming in on Saturday. With the big game still six days out, there's lots of room for error!


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy, snow tomorrow night, highs mid- teens today and mid- 20s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Morning snow showers, then sunshine, highs mid- to upper 30s.
... Slippery Road conditions possible this morning...
After a dusting of snow early this morning... some roads in southeast
Illinois... southwest Indiana... and northwest Kentucky could pose
hazardous travel conditions. Be especially careful on bridges and
overpasses where snow is most likely to stick. Persons traveling
across these areas this morning should exercise caution... drive at
slower speeds... and allow a little extra time to reach their
destinations.
-----------------------
Through 7 am...light snow or flurries will move southeast across parts of southwest Indiana and northwest Kentucky generally north and east of a line from Princeton Indiana to Morganfield Kentucky to Greenville Kentucky. Little to no accumulation is expected...however elevated surfaces such as bridges and overpasses could become slick as any snowfall will likely stick.
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 today, storms tomorrow, highs low to mid- 60s.
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, breezy, 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: Sunshine, highs upper 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


More Articles of Interest:
'Atonement' takes best drama at Golden Globes
Parted-at-birth twins 'married'
New rules on licenses pit states against feds
http://del.icio.us/hail27

Permalink

Wisconsin Weather Update for January 11, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:28 PM GMT on January 11, 2008

TGIF!

TriBond Results
Seems like they were pretty easy TriBonds this time around with everyone getting both correct. Here are the answers:

Players: 23
TriBond #1 (23/23): Volunteer, Empire, Lone Star = State Nicknames (Tennessee, New York, Texas)

TriBond #2 (23/23): Kites, Lobsters, People Being Followed = They have tails


Winter 2008 Point Standings
What an impressive start to the new season with five of the top eight being previous winners! But this thing is WAY early and the standings will likely shuffle quite a bit, especially in the next few weeks as different games are played for the first time this season.

Total Week 1 Name City
14 14 Perfect Score
12 12 $$Greg, Madison, WI:
12 12 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
11 11 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
11 11 $$Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
11 11 $Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
11 11 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
11 11 Steve L.:
11 11 Sue, De Pere, WI:
10 10 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
10 10 Bethany:
9 9 Adam E.:
9 9 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
9 9 Raessa:
9 9 Sally:
8 8 Becky T. and Dad:
8 8 Diane Sm.:
8 8 Mary, Appleton, WI:
8 8 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
7 7 Deb:
6 6 $Brian, Madison, WI:
6 6 Jamie S., Evansville, IN:
6 6 John E., St. Paul, MN:
6 6 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
6 6 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
6 6 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
5 5 Al, Germantown, WI:
4 4 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
4 4 Karen:
4 4 Patty:
4 4 Rhonda:
3 3 Cory S. Kaukauna, WI
2 2 Cindy:
2 2 Mom:
2 2 Tony:


Today’s Thought: Just one more day until the big game ... the Packers are an eight-point favorite but I really don't think it's going to be an easy win. If you're going to the game, just don't take Holmgren Way to get there, okay? My picks: Packers 27-20, NY Giants 17-14, Indy 31-24, Patriots 38-24.
Read more thoughts on my microblog:
http://twitter.com/sbhale

Today’s Holiday: Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends 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 scattered light snow showers, temps are in the mid- to upper 20s north, near 30 central and just above 30 south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: The strong area of low pressure which developed a couple inches of snow across Wisconsin yesterday evening and overnight has moved into Michigan, meaning that most of the snow is over with and colder backend winds behind the system are in our future today.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy and breezy with scattered light snow showers or flurries, mostly this morning. Highs lower 30s north, 34 central, and mid- 30s in southern Wisconsin. Chance of more measurable snow 30%.

Tonight: Cloudy with flurries, lows low to mid- 20s.

Saturday: Cloudy, scattered light snow showers or flurries, Go Pack Go, highs upper 20s north, lower 30s in central and southern Wisconsin. Chance of measurable snow 25%.

Sunday: Cloudy with even more scattered light snow showers or flurries. Highs mid- 20s north, just above 30 central, low to mid- 30s south. Chance of measurable snow 25%.

Next Week:
Monday: Mostly cloudy, breezy, a little colder, and yes probably more flurries, highs 24-29.
Tuesday: Cloudy and breezy with light snow developing late. Highs 26-31. Chance of snow 30%.
Wednesday: Cloudy and breezy with light snow or flurries. Highs 23-28. Chance of snow 30%.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Flurries today and tomorrow, dry on Sunday, highs 25-30.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Evansville, Indiana: Chance of rain or snow tomorrow night and Sunday. Highs low to mid- 40s today and tomorrow and upper 30s 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: Partly cloudy and cooler, isolated showers tomorrow, highs low to mid- 60s.
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 today, isolated showers this weekend, highs near 70 today but only in the upper 50s by 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 upper 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:

Storms tear through Alabama and Mississippi
* Tornado watches or warnings issued in Alabama and Mississippi
* Rescuers free a woman who was pinned in her vehicle after a tree fell on it
* The severe weather shut down many schools
* A rare tornado touched down Thursday in a Vancouver residential area
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/01/10/tornado.weather.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

2 children among 5 deaths blamed on weird weather
* NEW: High winds in Rochester, New York, lift empty airliner off ground
* NEW: Search teams in Colorado look for snowboarders missing since Saturday
* Floodwaters start to recede; Tuesday's death toll rises to 5
* 2 small children, 2 men drown in floodwaters; man killed by tornado in Arkansas
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/01/09/severe.weather.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText


More Articles of Interest:
'Mean Mom' Gives Son Lesson on Drinking
Lambeau Field Gearing Up For Friday's Packers Playoff Pep Rally
Startup Building Floating Data Centers
http://del.icio.us/hail27
All Ice Gone from Arctic Ocean in Four More Years
Google Processing Over 20 Petabytes of Data Per Day
One Katrina victim is suing the US government for $3,014,170,389,176,410.
http://digg.com/users/hail27/news/dugg

Permalink

Wisconsin Weather Update for January 9, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:31 PM GMT on January 09, 2008

Good Wednesday morning!

TriBond Wednesday
Two points for each correct response. You have until 7am Friday to get in your answers.

TriBond #1:
Volunteer
Empire
Lone Star

TriBond #2:
Kites
Lobsters
People Being Followed

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


Power of 10 Results
These were tougher with answers all across the board! But if you at least got within 20% of the right answer, you'll be getting partial credit.

Players: 29
Question #1: What percentage of Americans like their drivers license photo? 52%
90s
80s
70s x
60s x
50s xxxx
40s xxxxxxx
30s xxxx
20s xxxxxx
10s xxxxx
0s x

Question #2: What percentage of Americans said they would a buy a house even if they found out someone had died in it? 67%
90s x
80s xxx
70s xxxxxxxxx
60s xxxxx
50s x
40s xxxx
30s xx
20s xxx
10s x
0s


Today’s Thought: So I headed to the YMCA to workout yesterday evening around 7:45pm on a rainy Tuesday night, and the place was PACKED. Stupid New Year's Resolution people. But it's ok, soon they will be breaking their resolutions and I won't have to wait to get on a treadmill.
Read more thoughts on my microblog:
http://twitter.com/sbhale

Today’s Holiday: Play God 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 and sunshine south, temps are in the low to mid- 20s north and the 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: Since I last wrote this update, Wisconsin has seen almost everything weatherwise. Warm weather (Milwaukee hit 63 degrees on Monday), rain showers, thunderstorms, nickel-sized hail and even a freak January EF-3 tornado in Kenosha County which injured 15 people and damaged more than 60 homes and businesses. It's only the second recorded instance of a tornado in Wisconsin in January, with the other one hitting Rock and Green counties on Jan. 24, 1967. February is the only month in Wisconsin without an officially recorded tornado. But then yesterday, rain showers changed over to sleet with more snow on the way for tomorrow. But seriously, had I written in Monday's update that there was a chance for severe tornadoes in the beginning of January, would you not have unsubscribed on the spot?
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: The low pressure that dumped all that crazy weather on us yesterday and Monday has moved off into southeastern Ontario and high pressure to our south will dominate our day. Morning sunshine, becoming less windy later this morning, and a few more clouds this afternoon. Highs lower 30s north, 35 central, and upper 30s south.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, becoming a little breezy again, lows upper teens north, low to mid- 20s central and south.

Tomorrow: Cloudy and breezy with snow developing and continuing through tomorrow night. 2-4" of fresh powder is possible by Friday morning. Highs lower 30s north, mid- 30s central, and upper 30s south. Chance of snow tomorrow 50%, and 75% tomorrow night.

This Weekend:
Friday: Cloudy with scattered light snow showers or flurries. Highs 30-35. Chance of measurable snow 30%.
Saturday: Cloudy with flurries and a lot of Packers touchdowns! Highs 27-32.
Sunday: Cloudy, more flurries, highs 26-31.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Snow tonight and tomorrow, probably 2-3", 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: Sunshine today, storms tomorrow, highs lower 50s.
... Record daily maximum rainfall set at Evansville ASOS...
Torrential rains associated with very strong thunderstorm activity
this afternoon... had moved across much of southern Indiana. A record
rainfall of 2.61 inch(es) was set at the Evansville ASOS Tuesday Jan
8. This breaks the old record of 1.68 set one hundred years ago... in
1907.
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: A chance of showers this morning and again tomorrow afternoon and evening. Highs in the 60s.
Scattered showers will persist this morning behind a nearly stationary cold front. Rainfall amounts will average a tenth of an inch or less.
... New record set for highest minimum temperature at Houston Intercontinental Airport...
The low temperature on Monday January 7th at Intercontinental
Airport in Houston was a warm 69 degrees... which sets a new record
for the highest minimum temperature for that date. The previous
highest min was 62 degrees in 1965.
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 thundershowers, otherwise mostly cloudy, highs near 70.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Clouds tonight, otherwise sunshine, 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:

Rare winter tornadoes in Midwest leave at least 3 dead
* NEW: Tornado reported Tuesday in eastern Arkansas; AP says one killed
* Tornado watch in effect for most of Arkansas until Tuesday afternoon
* Missouri storms Monday night kill two women, one elderly and one 53 years old
* Twisters also suspected in Arkansas, Oklahoma, along Illinois-Wisconsin line
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/01/08/severe.weather/index.html#cnnSTCText

Homeowners assess damage caused by rare twisters
The twister, packing winds estimated at 140 to 150 mph, and a second tornado that hit Kenosha a few minutes later, injured 15 people and damaged more than 60 homes and businesses. There were no fatalities, and the worst injury was a broken arm suffered by one of three motorists whose vehicles were overturned on Highway 50 by the winds.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=705092

Iranian snow storm 'kills 21'
* State media reports 21 dead, 88 injured
* International and domestic flights cancelled, schools and government offices closed
* Authorities warn more snow on the way
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/01/07/iran.snow.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText


More Articles of Interest:
Golden Globes Replaced With Stripped-Down Newscast: Report
2 Killed, Dozens Hurt After 100-Vehicle Pileup On Interstate 90
DirecTV's PC tuner is real!
http://del.icio.us/hail27
Soldier’s ‘blog’ from WW1 trenches is internet hit
5 dangerous things you should let your kids do
How To Solve a Rubik's Cube
Ralph Wiggum: Pick a Winner
http://digg.com/users/hail27/news/dugg

Permalink

Wisconsin Weather Update for January 7, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:35 PM GMT on January 07, 2008

Good Monday morning!

Highlights of the Week:
Lisa: I hope you all had a great weekend. My weekend highlights include spending time with family and friends. Steve's mom, step dad, and sister Kelley came to visit Saturday afternoon. Saturday evening I went scrapbooking at ScrapMania at Archivers in Appleton with my friends Lisa and Kathy. Sunday, Steve's dad, step mom, friends Steve and Al and my mom came over to play cards with Steve. Well that wraps up my update have a great week.

Steve: To add on to what Lisa said, one of my highlights was just the fact that family and friends came over to our house this weekend, instead of us driving all over the state to see them. I think we picked a good weekend for that, too, with all the crazy fog this weekend. So in addition to having people come over, I think I can highlight some good TV over the weekend, including watching the Badgers basketball game on the Big Ten Network (thank you DirecTV!), lots of football with the NFL playoffs beginning on Saturday, and topping it off with the American Gladiators premiere. Yeah I know, it's a goofy show, but I loved that show as a kid and they kept many of the games true to their original form, which was good to see. I wonder how well it did in the ratings, since NBC highly promoted it.

Bryce: Cars movie! Cars movie, again! Cars movie again, daddy! Cars movie...on!!

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


Power of 10 Monday
The game show is back on the air and here it is again in my updates. You have until 7am Wednesday to get in your answers to these two questions which aired during the first run of the series (not the new episodes, which might still be fresh in some people's minds if they watched the show.) Rules are below if you have not played before.

Question #1: What percentage of Americans like their drivers license photo?

Question #2: What percentage of Americans said they would a buy a house even if they found out someone had died in it?

Rules and How to Play
Americans were polled by an independent public opinion research firm on a variety of questions, and two questions from an episode of the series are below. It is your job to give me what percentage of Americans answered yes to each question that is asked. If your answer is within 20% one way or the other, you get one point. If you're within 10%, you get two points, and if you are within five percent, you'll get three points per question. The correct percentages will appear in the next update, along with a breakdown of how everyone guessed.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Wheel of Fortune Results
14 more people submitted answers over the weekend, bringing the total number of players of this game to 31. I hope you enjoyed this game since you won't see it again until probably March.

Puzzle #1:
F A S T
A N D
F U R I O U S
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE CMPO A
Point Value: 1 or .5

Puzzle #2:
R H U B A R B
P I E
Category: On The Menu
Used Letters: RSTLNE DGMA P
Point Value: 2 or 1

Puzzle #3:
W A R M
A N D
F U Z Z Y
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE BFYI W
Point Value: 1 or .5


Winter 2008 Game Schedule

Premiere Week:
Wheel of Fortune
Weeks 1, 5, 9:
Power of 10
TriBond
Weeks 2, 6, 10:
Family Feud
Mad Gab
Weeks 3, 7, 10:
Would You Rather...
Chain Reaction
Weeks 4, 8:
Outburst
Match Game

Today’s Holiday: Old Rock 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:
... Dense fog advisory now in effect until noon CST today...
Dense fog redeveloped early this morning with visibilities over
central and northeast Wisconsin at or below one quarter mile.
Conditions are expected to improve during the afternoon as rain
moves into the region.
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 keep a safe distance from other
vehicles.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
... Dense fog advisory remains in effect until noon CST today...
Areas of dense fog will continue to restrict visibilities across
southern Wisconsin through mid morning. Visibilities in the dense
fog will be one quarter mile or less.

Increasing low level winds and showers will contribute to slowly
improving visibilities later this morning.

Slow down and allow plenty of distance between you and the
vehicle ahead. Use your low beam headlights. Use extra caution
this morning as children may be waiting by the street for the
school bus.

Dense fog will continue over most of southern Wisconsin through the early morning. The dense fog will reduce visibilities to one quarter mile or less at times. Also...scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will affect portions of southern Wisconsin. Showers will affect Milwaukee and the surrounding areas as well as Port Washington...Jefferson... Watertown...West Bend and Whitewater from 530 am through 730 am. Rainfall will remain light...from one tenth to one quarter of an inch. Areas of rain and isolated thunderstorms will continue to expand across southern Wisconsin through the morning. Temperatures will remain above freezing during the rainfall...mostly in the middle 30s. If you are out driving early this morning...use your low beam headlights in the areas of dense fog. Use caution. Please allow extra time in getting to your destination.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with...you guessed it...fog and warm temperatures, we're in the lower 30s north and mid- 30s central and south. And oh yeah, there's also a band of rain showers south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A warm front is located just to our south, and is certainly bringing warm, mild air into the Midwest. But with a nearly-calm wind and the air temperature meeting the dew point, we've seen more than our fair share of fog as well. Look for this to continue until cooler air behind a cold front moves through later this week.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Areas of dense fog. Scattered rain showers becoming more numerous later today, and perhaps even a rumble of thunder thrown in just for fun. Mild though, with a high of near 40 north, 43 central, but all the way into the lower 50s south! Chance of rain 90%.

Tonight: Cloudy and foggy with a few leftover rain showers southeast. Lows mid- 20s north, mid- 30s central, and upper 30s south. Chance of rain 30% central, 50% south.

Tomorrow: Cloudy and becoming windy behind a strengthening low pressure system with maybe a rain or snow shower early in the day. Turning colder, highs mid- 30s north, near 40 central, and lower 40s south. Chance of rain 50%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly cloudy and a little colder, highs 35-40.
Thursday: Cloudy, perhaps a light snow shower south. Highs 34-39. Chance of snow 30%.
Friday: Mostly cloudy, more light snow showers or flurries possible. Highs 31-36. Chance of snow 30%.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, colder, highs 27-32.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, colder yet, maybe a light snow shower, highs 21-26. Chance of snow 25%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Scattered rain showers today, perhaps turning to light snow this evening before ending. Mostly cloudy tomorrow. Highs near 40 today and mid- 30s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Showers and isolated thunderstorms, near record highs in the mid- to upper 60s!
Through 800 am...areas of drizzle or light rain will move across the quad state region. The greatest chances for this light precipitation will be east of the Mississippi River. Southerly winds at 10 to 20 mph will persist...with wind gusts between 25 and 30 mph possible. Temperatures will remain steady in the lower 60s.
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 showers today with a little better chance of showers and thunderstorms tomorrow. Highs lower 70s.
... Record high minimum temperature set at Houston...
a record high minimum temperature of 65 degrees was set at Houston
yesterday. This breaks the old record of 64 set in 1965.
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 upper 60s to lower 70s.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 10 am EST this morning...
Clear skies... calm winds and high humidity will promote the
development of widespread dense fog over much of southeast South
Carolina and southeast Georgia early this morning. Visibilities
will drop to one quarter mile or less. Conditions are expected to
steadily improve 2 to 3 hours after sunrise.

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.
Be especially aware of school buses and children returning to
school in the morning.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio all hazards... TV... or your local
news source for the latest weather information from the National
Weather Service. Additional information is also available on the
internet at www.Erh.NOAA.Gov/chs.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Morning rain showers, then decreasing clouds. Sunshine 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:

Australians battle fire and floods
* Australians battle the extremes of fire and floods
* Extremes occurred after days of intense summer heat and storms
* Flood waters have isolated several communities in NSW, Queensland and NT
* The major highway from the east to the west coast city of Perth remained closed
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/01/07/australia.floods.fire.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText


More Articles of Interest:
Seattle advances to face Packers
CES 2008 - Consumer Electronics Show
http://del.icio.us/hail27
Warner Brothers Goes Blu-Ray Exclusive!
Boeing's New 787 May Be Vulnerable to Hacker Attack
Nuclear Explosion On The Weather Report
http://digg.com/users/hail27/news/dugg

Permalink

Wisconsin Weather Update for January 4, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:33 PM GMT on January 04, 2008

TGIF!

Wheel of Fortune Friday
I only got 17 responses to Wednesday's opening game, and I'm not sure if that's because the puzzles were too hard, or if people simply missed them in the middle of all the other text I had in the update. So here they are again, with an additional "wild card" letter added in to make the puzzles a little easier. The only downside - I also cut the point value in half so those who got them right initially don't get penalized. You have until Monday at 7am to get in your answers.

Puzzle #1:
_ A S T
A N _
_ _ R _ O _ S
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE CMPO A
Point Value: .5 (requires puzzle 3 to also be correct to receive a point)

Puzzle #2:
R _ _ _ A R _
P _ E
Category: On The Menu
Used Letters: RSTLNE DGMA P
Point Value: 1

Puzzle #3:
W _ R _
_ N _
F _ _ _ Y
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE BFYI W
Point Value: .5 (requires puzzle 1 to also be correct to receive a point)

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


Today’s Thought: So who caught my goof in Wednesday's update, where I wrote 2007 instead of 2008 in the subject line? I noticed it about 10 seconds after I sent out the update, but once you hit that SEND button, that thing's gone and there's nothing you can do about it!
In other news, for the second time in just over two weeks, I made the local sports section again with my bowling scores. I shot a 247 two and a half weeks ago and a 242 Wednesday night. I didn't make the paper a week ago but there was no league that night either.
Read more thoughts on my microblog:
http://twitter.com/sbhale

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

Today’s Forecast Grade: B+


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a very pleasant-looking sunrise, temps are mostly in the lower teens north and the upper teens central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: The end of the cold war is near! After a long bout with northwesterly winds bringing in cold, arctic air, the winds are changing and warmer, southerly winds will begin to make life a lot nicer while you're outside. You'll start to feel the effects of this warmer air today with highs 10-degrees warmer than yesterday, but we should be in the 40s by Saturday or Sunday and it'll stay that way until it all comes crashing down on Tuesday.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly cloudy, breezy and warmer. High of 30 north and central, lower 30s south.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, breezy, maybe some drizzle or flurries, lows near 20 north, mid- 20s central and south.

Saturday: Maybe some morning drizzle, otherwise becoming partly cloudy, breezy and even warmer. Highs upper 30s north, near 40 central, lower 40s south.

Sunday: Becoming mostly cloudy, breezy, more light rain or drizzle possible. Highs near 40 north, lower 40s central and mid- 40s south. Chance of rain 30%.

Next Week:
Monday: Mostly cloudy, becoming windy with rain developing late (rain could be heavy at times Monday night). Highs 39-44. Chance of rain 60%.
Tuesday: Cloudy and windy with rain showers likely. Rain could turn to snow late. Highs 37-42. Chance of precip 70%.
Wednesday: Partly sunny and colder with flurries. Highs 31-36.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly sunny, highs near 30 today and in the 30s this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Evansville, Indiana: Partly sunny today, rain showers Saturday, isolated rain showers Sunday, highs mid- to upper 40s today and tomorrow but warming into the upper 50s 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: Isolated showers Sunday, otherwise partly sunny and warmer. Highs lower 60s today, lower 70s tomorrow and mid- 70s on Sunday. That's more like it!
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: Sunshine today and Sunday, a few more clouds on Saturday, highs lower 50s today, near 60 tomorrow, and warming into the mid- 60s Sunday (near 70 away from the coast).
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

This Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada: Scattered rain showers through the weekend, highs mid- to upper 50s. You might get half your annual total in the next three days!
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:

Snow, but little citrus damage in Florida
* NEW: Temperatures were not below freezing for long enough to cause damage
* Growers tried to harvest as many mature fruits as possible
* Citrus grower advocacy group: "Mother Nature cut us a break this time"
* California is preparing for three storms expected to bring heavy rain and snow
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/01/03/winter.storm.ap/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

Storms bringing snow, high winds to West Coast
* Up to 4 feet of snow is possible at elevations above 5,000 feet by early Saturday
* Wind gusts of up to 80 mph are possible in the region Friday
* High wind watches and warnings cover much of California
* Flash-flood watches are in effect around Los Angeles
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/01/03/california.storms/index.html


More Articles of Interest:
Dreams Actually Virtual Reality Threat Simulation?
U.S. considers listing polar bears
http://del.icio.us/hail27
Farmer grows 11 kinds of fruit on a single tree
2007 Darwin Awards
http://digg.com/users/hail27/news/dugg

Permalink

Wisconsin Weather Update for January 2, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:12 PM GMT on January 02, 2008

Good Wednesday morning!

Highlights of the Week: (written by my wife Lisa)
Happy New Year!!

I hope you all had a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. My highlights include all of the Christmas celebrations we attended as well as ringing in the New Year w/friends. We enjoyed spending time with all of our wonderful family during the holidays. We received many very nice, generous and thoughtful gifts. Steve and I agreed that one of the best parts of Christmas this year was watching Bryce open his gifts and seeing his eyes light up when he received something he liked. This was the first year where he really enjoyed unwrapping gifts.

We also enjoyed ringing in 2008 with friends at our annual New Year's Eve party. For the past couple of years we've been getting together with mostly the same group of friends and it's become an annual event. Well that wraps up my update. Have a great week.
Read more highlights and thoughts on my microblog:
http://twitter.com/sbhale


Winter 2008 Game Season Begins Today!
Everyone's score is reset to zero, and a brand new season of games starts right now!

Rule Changes for this Season
There will be two games this season which will be played only once. The first is today, with three Wheel of Fortune puzzles. The second game will be a brand new game I have not played in these updates before and is based off a recently new show on the Game Show Network. This game will replace another game at a random point later this season.

I am changing the playoff rules to add a second wildcard to the mix. The top eight players after the regular season ends in March will qualify to play during the playoff week and the two best players during Double Point Week (who did not make the top eight) will also get in. The top four people will get a two-point bonus entering the playoff week, the next four will receive a one-point bonus, and the two wildcards will not receive any bonus points entering the playoff week. Playoff tiebreakers go to the player who had the most points during the regular season, so a perfect run by the top player in the regular season would still get that person the title. The winner of the playoff week will receive a weather-related prize of their choosing (up to a $30 value) if they have not won previously.

I'm also making a rule change to Outburst, but I'll explain that in a few weeks when that game comes up in the rotation.


Wheel of Fortune Wednesday
You have until 7am Friday morning to send me guesses to the three puzzles below by either replying back to this email or sending your answers via a feedback form on my Web site. If you can only think of one or two, submit those in to receive partial credit! This is the only time Wheel will be played this season. Have fun!

Puzzle #1:
_ _ S T
_ N _
_ _ R _ O _ S
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE CMPO
Point Value: 1

Puzzle #2:
R _ _ _ A R _
_ _ E
Category: On The Menu
Used Letters: RSTLNE DGMA
Point Value: 2

Puzzle #3:
_ _ R _
_ N _
F _ _ _ Y
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE BFYI
Point Value: 1


Autumn 2007 Playoff Results
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! Read the final results online:
http://www.wunderground.com/blog/HaleStorm/comment.html?entrynum=557&tstamp=200712


Today’s Holiday: Run up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day (you really can't make this stuff up!)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: B-

NowCast: (Source: National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Scattered snow showers will move through the area early this morning. Through 9 am...visibility in some of the heavier snow showers may drop to around 2 to 3 miles. The dusting of snow may cause some roads to be slippery along some stretches. The snow should end by mid to late morning...followed by gradual clearing.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a mostly cloudy sky and a few light snow showers or flurries, temps are mostly just in the single digits above zero.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Strong northwesterly winds will be bringing colder Canadian air into the Midwest today, and temperatures will be stuck in the teens for most of today. However, as a large area of high pressure moves to our southeast by tomorrow, the wind direction will change and much more mild temperatures can be expected for the remainder of the week.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy and breezy with a few flurries this morning but becoming partly cloudy later this morning. Cold with highs only 17.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows just above zero.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, breezy and a little warmer, highs low to mid- 20s.

This Weekend:
Friday: Partly cloudy, breezy and much warmer, highs 31-36.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy and still breezy with passing drizzle. Mild with highs 35-40.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy and still mild, more occasional drizzle, highs 38-43.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy and cold today, but warmer tomorrow. Highs near 10 above today but in the mid- to upper 20s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Clouds and cold today, sunshine and warmer tomorrow, highs lower 20s today and lower 30s tomorrow.
Wind chills zero to 10 below this morning...
A large surface high pressure system continues to build across the
area this morning... bringing in very cold air on the strength of
northwest winds of 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph at times. The
combination of the strong winds... and temperatures from 12 to 16
degrees has resulted in dangerous wind chill values from 0 to 10
below. The worst conditions will occur over southwest Indiana... where
values will average around 5 below. Further south and west most
places will bottom out around zero. Conditions should improve by
around 10 am... as temperatures warm. In addition to the wind and
cold... some patches of flurries can be expected early this morning.
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 mid- 50s.
... Freezing temperatures still expected inland areas tonight and Wednesday night...

A much colder airmass will continue to affect southeast Texas through
Thursday. Tonight... low temperatures are expected to be in a 27 to
32 degree range except for mid 30s near the coast. Temperatures
are expected to fall below freezing for 4 to 6 hours across inland
areas. Along the coast... temperatures are expected to remain above
freezing. Residents should take appropriate measures to protect
pets... plants... and may want to wrap exposed pipes. If
outside... dress in layers. Check on those that may need a little
extra help... especially the very Young and the elderly. Be
especially careful if using space heaters.

Another inland freeze is expected Wednesday night... possibly of a similar
duration depending on the amount of cloud cover that may move into the
region from the west.

A gradual warming trend will begin Thursday. Much warmer temperatures
can be expected by Friday. This warmth will persist through the weekend
and on into the start of next week.
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 and much colder, highs mid- 40s.
... Very cold conditions will affect the area tonight...

An Arctic airmass will continue to spread across the region today.
Tonight... low temperatures ranging from the upper teens inland to
the mid 20s at the coast will combine with persistent northwest
winds to produce minimum wind chills in the 6 to 14 degree range at
many locations... with the lowest readings away from the immediate
coast.

Cold conditions will persist through Friday... although winds will
diminish with time.

Prepare for a blustery and chilly day today. If you must be outside
tonight... dress appropriately protect yourself against the wind and
bitter cold. Check on the elderly... Young children and those with
illnesses that are more susceptible to the cold. Remember your pets
and animals which need to be in a warm place. Also take proper
precautions to protect water pipes from bursting. Use extreme care
if you have space heaters.
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, 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:

Intense snowstorm heads for New England
* At its peak, storm dumped 4 inches of snow per hour in parts of Michigan
* Snowfall up to 16 inches snarled traffic, closed schools, knocked out power
* About 150 flights canceled Tuesday at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport
* Up to a foot of snow forecast for Wednesday in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/01/02/winter.storm.ap/index.html

2007 a Year of Weather Records in U.S.
When the calendar turned to 2007, the heat went on and the weather just got weirder. January was the warmest first month on record worldwide - 1.53 degrees above normal. It was the first time since record-keeping began in 1880 that the globe's average temperature has been so far above the norm for any month of the year.
http://news.wired.com/dynamic/stories/Y/YE_CLIMATE_RECORDS?SITE=WIRE&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT& CTIME=2007-12-29-12-15-45

Tourists flee as volcano erupts
* About 150 people evacuated as volcano erupts in southern Chile
* Column of smoke rises more than 9,300 feet into sky
* Vulcanologists flying over volcano to monitor situation
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/americas/01/02/chile.volcano.ap/index.html


More Articles of Interest:
OUTBACK BOWL: Wisconsin falls to Tennessee, 21-17
Packers opponents set for '08
AOL deep-sixes Netscape browser
http://del.icio.us/hail27

JK Rowling drops hints of possible eighth Harry Potter book
Why the TV Industry Might lose 28% of its Audience Forever
Why Sudafed doesn't work anymore
Mars Impact Probability Increases to 4 Percent
http://digg.com/users/hail27/news/dugg

Permalink

About HaleStorm

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

Local Weather

Mostly Cloudy
82 °F
Mostly Cloudy

HaleStorm's Recent Photos

Personal Weather Stations

N9OEQ - Darboy USA
Appleton, WI
Elevation: 735 ft
Temperature: 95.2 °F
Dew Point: 80.1 °F
Humidity: 62%
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 2.2 mph
Updated: 3:08 PM CDT on August 29, 2014

About Personal Weather Stations