Wisconsin Weather Update

Wisconsin Weather Update for February 29, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:17 PM GMT on February 29, 2008

TGIF!

Match Game Results
Note that because no answer for Game #1 got five or more votes, the next highest total receives one point. I can't believe I got in 15 different answers, but they're all good!

Players: 25
Phrase #1: Black _______
Cat (4) - 1 point
Plague (3)
and White (2)
Friday (2)
Hole (2)
Sheep (2)
Widow (2)
Jack
Magic
Out
Sabbath
List
Bird
Velvet
Beauty

Phrase #2: Tongue ______
Tied (10) - 2 points
Depressor (8) - 1 point
Lashing (3)
Piercing
Ring
Twister
in Cheek


Winter 2008 Point Standings
Not a lot of points were given out this week, but sometimes that's the way it goes! Next week is the last normal week of the regular season before the following week's Double Point Week where eight playoff players and two wildcard spots will be up for grabs!

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Name City
71 14 8 8 7 10 8 8 8 Perfect Score
56 12 6 8 4 8 6 8 4 $$Greg, Madison, WI:
54 12 6 4 4 9 7 7 5 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
54 11 6 8 3 7 8 6 5 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
54 11 6 8 4 7 8 8 2 Sue, De Pere, WI:
53 11 6 5 4 10 7 6 4 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
53 11 6 8 2 8 6 8 4 $$Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
50 8 5 6 6 7 8 8 2 Becky T. and Dad:
48 10 6 6 0 10 8 5 3 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
48 10 7 3 4 7 6 5 6 Bethany:
45 9 7 5 3 6 7 4 4 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
45 11 5 6 3 5 7 5 3 Steve L.:
42 6 7 5 5 5 7 2 5 Katie/Bart, Eagle, WI:
40 6 6 8 6 4 7 - 3 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
35 6 3 6 2 5 5 4 4 $Brian, Madison, WI:
35 6 6 5 2 - 8 5 3 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
34 11 6 8 2 1 6 - - $Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
32 4 4 8 3 3 4 4 2 Rhonda:
30 3 6 3 4 2 7 3 2 Cory S. Kaukauna, WI
30 8 5 6 1 0 1 4 5 Diane Sm.: Greenville, WI:
30 8 3 7 2 4 0 2 4 Mary, Appleton, WI:
30 9 6 - 0 2 5 5 3 Sally:
29 8 5 6 1 - - 5 4 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
23 6 3 6 4 3 0 - 1 John E., St. Paul, MN:
22 2 5 4 5 - 5 1 - Mom:
21 7 5 2 3 4 - - - Deb:
20 9 5 6 - - - - - Raessa:
19 9 6 2 2 - - - - Adam E.:
19 5 4 6 - 4 - - - Al, Germantown, WI:
17 6 6 4 1 - - - - Jamie S., Evansville, IN:
17 4 1 1 3 0 - 6 2 Patty:
12 2 7 - 3 - - - - Cindy:
7 4 - - - 2 0 - 1 Karen:
7 - 2 - - 1 2 2 - Kelley:
6 - - 2 0 - - 1 3 Dan H.: Appleton, WI:
6 2 - - - - 4 - - Tony:
5 1 4 Melissa:
4 4 - - - - - - - Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
0 - - - - - - - 0 Ashley:


Today’s Thought: I think that instead of calling today February 29, we should call it March 0 instead. Wouldn't that make us feel a little bit better today?
Read more thoughts on my microblog:
http://twitter.com/sbhale

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

Today’s Forecast Grade: C-


NowCast: (Source: National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Patchy freezing drizzle and scattered snow showers will continue across north central Wisconsin for the rest of the early morning hours. Motorists should expect locally hazardous driving conditions for the morning commute to work or school.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Fox Cities:
Snow showers and patchy freezing drizzle will continue across east central Wisconsin through mid-morning. Additional accumulations of a half inch or less are expected between 7 am and 9 am. Motorists should expect locally hazardous driving conditions for the morning commute to work or school.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
Light snow will affect areas mainly east of a line from Janesville to Fond Du Lac between 530 am and 730 am. Be on the lookout for some patchy freezing drizzle as well. Residents of south central Wisconsin can expect just patchy light snow or freezing drizzle to gradually diminish early this morning. There will be some mainly light fog early this morning...but expect only isolated visibilities down to a 1/2 mile. Early morning motorists should be prepared for snow covered roadways and a light coating of glaze in some areas. Use a little extra caution when traveling early this morning. There should be a lull in the precipitation after 730 am into midday but expect the cloud cover to linger and the chance of snow showers to return for the afternoon.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with clouds, a few areas of fog or freezing drizzle and scattered snow showers east, temps are in the upper teens in northern Wisconsin and mid- 20s central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: It looks like my forecast from Wednesday morning verified well with most areas receiving 2-3" of new snow overnight. The snow was ahead of a warm front stemming from an "Alberta Clipper" low pressure system currently located in southwestern Ontario. As the low moves east, we'll continue to see scattered snow showers today, but I think we've already seen most of the measurable snow we'll get from this storm.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Scattered snow showers or freezing drizzle this morning, eventually ending later this morning or early this afternoon. Highs near 30 north, 32 central, and mid- 30s south. Chance of snow 60%.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, breezy, lows in the single digits north, lower teens central and south.

Saturday: It's the Meteorological start of Spring! Unfortunately, it'll still feel like Winter. Mostly cloudy, highs lower 30s.

Sunday: Breezy with rain showers likely. Rain could briefly turn to light snow before ending Sunday night. Like I said on Wednesday, I wouldn't be surprised to see some flooding as all this snow finally starts to melt too. Highs mid- to upper 30s north, near 40 central, low to mid- 40s south. Chance of precip 60%.

Next Week:
Monday: Becoming partly cloudy, highs 28-33.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy, highs 31-36.
Wednesday: Light snow or flurries, highs 27-32. Chance of snow 30%. Turning colder for the rest of next week with highs in the upper teens to lower 20s central, low to mid- 20s south.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy today and tomorrow with a rain/snow mix on Sunday. Highs low to mid- 30s today and tomorrow and upper 30s on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Evansville, Indiana: Rain today, partly cloudy this weekend, highs upper 40s to near 50 today and tomorrow and lower 60s on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

This Weekend in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated storms on Sunday, otherwise partly cloudy with morning fog, highs mid- to upper 70s.
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: Isolated showers tonight, otherwise partly cloudy, highs upper 50s today and mid- to upper 60s 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 today, mostly sunny and breezy this weekend, highs mid- to upper 70s today and tomorrow and upper 60s on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

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


Weather in the News:

Their winter ends - not ours
A meteorologist with the National Weather Service said the snowfall that started Thursday night -- 1.5 inches had fallen by midnight, with a total of 2 to 4 inches expected by 8 a.m. -- is almost certainly the last storm of the winter.
But before you break out the patio furniture and tune up the lawn mower, be advised that Chris Franks, of the service's Sullivan office, was speaking of the meteorological winter, the months of December, January and February, which ends today.
http://www.madison.com/wsj/topstories/274771


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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 27, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 3:54 PM GMT on February 27, 2008

Good Wednesday morning!

Match Game: Phrase Edition
You'll get one point for every five people who respond with the same answer as you!

Phrase #1: Black _______

Phrase #2: Tongue ______

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


Outburst Results
Three keen players noted that this game was a repeat! Yes, this game was also played on March 8-9, 2006. None of them looked up the previous results so I think we're safe from any cheating, but perhaps this gives even more credence that I really need to purchase a newer version of the game with different topics.

Players: 24
Topic: Things on a Freeway
Traffic (24) (cars, trucks, semis, motorcycles, etc. all included. Max of one point if you mentioned more than one of these)
Signs (21)
Police Officers (6)
On Ramps (3)
Litter (1) - Bonus Point to Max M.
Accidents
Emergency Phones
Interchanges
Interstate Numbers
Off-Ramp Distances

Other Answers:
Lines (8)
Road kill (5)
Billboards (4)
Mile markers (3)
Construction (2)
Lanes (2)
Dividers
Exits
Gas Stations
Hitch-hikers
Medians
Overpass/Bridges
Pavement
Shoulder/Rumble strip


Family Picture Added:
I added a family picture of the three of us from the First English Lutheran Church Chili Cookoff this past Sunday.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hail27


Today’s Thought: One of the character traits that not only makes for a good child, but also for a healthy marriage, is sharing. The more you share, the better life becomes, I think most people would agree. But there is taking this a step too far, such is the case with Lisa and I who are now sharing antibiotics! Lisa came down with Strep Throat late last week and was off of work for a couple days. I didn't think I had anything to worry about, since I had my tonsils removed back when I was in fourth grade and don't think I've had Strep since. You can't get Strep after your tonsils are removed, right? Wrong. Yesterday I was diagnosed with the same, so now I'm sick at home today. I spent all yesterday evening in bed and barely ate anything all day, both of which are incredibly rare for me.
Read more thoughts on my microblog:
http://twitter.com/sbhale

Today’s Holiday: Polar Bear Day, No Brainer Day, and Thrivent Financial AIP Payout Day (w00t!)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: B-


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 9am with sunshine mixed with scattered clouds, it's around 10 above zero north and the mid- teens central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: We've got one more day of decent weather before an Alberta Clipper (low pressure system) moves in from the west-northwest, which will bring several inches of brief-but-heavy snow to Wisconsin tomorrow night. This really can't continue for too much longer, right? The days are getting longer, occasional birds can be heard chirping, Saturday is March 1 and the Brewers' first Spring Training game is tomorrow (albeit in sunny Arizona!) But I'm thinking this nasty winter *should* make the summer insect season not quite as creepy-crawly.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly cloudy and okay. Increasing clouds this afternoon. Highs upper teens north, 21 central and south. The normal high is 32 north, 33 central, and 35 south, so we're still below normal temperaturewise.

Tonight: Clouds and stars. Lows just barely above zero central and south, and a few below zero north.

Tomorrow: Becoming cloudy and breezy with light snow developing late. Highs lower 20s north, mid- 20s central, upper 20s south. Snow will probably become heavier tomorrow night with 2-3" of snow possible by Friday morning. Chance of snow tomorrow night 70%.

This Weekend:
Friday: Morning light snow showers diminishing to flurries. Breezy and warmer, highs 30-35.
Saturday: Partly sunny and breezy with light rain or snow showers late. Highs 28-33. Chance of precip Saturday night 30%.
Sunday: Rain during the morning and afternoon, then changing to snow late. Rain could be heavy at times during the afternoon. Be on the lookout for flooding with the rain+melting snow and make sure your sump pump is working! Highs 35-40. Chance of precip 50%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Flurries today, maybe 2" of snow tomorrow, highs 25-30.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: 1" of snow today, mostly cloudy tomorrow, highs lower 30s today and lower 40s tomorrow.
Scattered light snow showers are possible through 900 am...with the best chance for a light dusting across the Jackson Purchase of western Kentucky and into extreme southern Illinois. Sub freezing temperatures could allow the freshly dampened roadways to form a few slick icy spots...so early morning travellers are advised to drive with caution and allow a little extra time to reach their destination.
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: Mostly sunny, highs near 60 today and near 70 tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, highs lower 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 lower 70s.
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 smothers Great Lakes, storms pound South
* Storms cause 2 deaths: woman killed by tree in Alabama, man dies in Ohio wreck
* Thousands without power after thunderstorms in Alabama, Georgia
* Snow closes schools in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio
* Parts of Ohio could get a foot of snow, National Weather Service says
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/02/26/storm.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

Earthquake rocks large parts of Britain
* Earthquake shakes Britain, causing damage to buildings and at least one injury
* Experts say the quake had a magnitude between 4.7. and 5.3
* Emergency services across England received calls following the incident
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/02/26/uk.earthquake/index.html?iref=mpstoryview
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2008nyae.php

Eskimo village sues over global warming
* A tiny Alaska village eroding into the Arctic Ocean sues two dozen companies
* Claims global warming threatens the existence of the Inupiat Eskimo village
* They allege melting sea ice is leaving the village exposed
* Some of the world's largest oil, coal and power producers named in lawsuit
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/americas/02/26/us.warming.ap/index.html?iref=mpstoryview


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Coffee break for Starbucks' 135,000 baristas
Power restored to parts of Florida after outage
Pentagon report investigated lasers that put voices in your head
Iranian Man Sentenced to 4 Months in Jail, 30 Lashes for Walking Dog
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Elmo Doll Threatens to Kill Toddler
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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 25, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:18 PM GMT on February 25, 2008

Good Monday morning!

Highlights of the Week:
Lisa: I hope you all had a great weekend. I spent the last few days being sick so I was glad our weekend was mostly spent at home. However, the highlight of my weekend was on Sunday when I was able to get out of the house, and Steve and I were able to go on a "date" while Bryce stayed with his Grandma Nia. It's been a long time since Steve and I have been to a movie together just the two of us so it was night to have a date night. We saw the movie Step Up 2 The Streets. It was a great movie, and we really enjoyed it. I really like seeing it so soon after seeing the first movie Step Up, and it was easier to put the two story lines together. They are different movies with different casts, but the story lines are similar. I won't disclose the story lines because if any of you are interested in seeing the movies I don't want to give away any spoilers. Step Up 2 The Streets wasn't very highly favored by the critics but seeing as I usually don't agree with the critics anyway, I like to see the movie and form my own opinion. The critics seemed to feel that the second movie was too much like the first. I really enjoyed both movies. Well that wraps up my update, have a great week.

Steve: The highlight of my week was probably Sunday morning at church. I worked the soundboard in the morning for the first time in front of a full house - about 200 people - and besides one teeny tiny glitch, it went pretty well. Then afterwards was the annual First English Chili Cookoff where you got to try about 20 different kinds of chili and vote for your favorite as well as favorite booth decorations. And boy was there some tasty chili to be had!

Bryce: Shrek movie! Grandma's house!

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


Outburst Monday
Going back to the original rules...give me four answers to one topic and if they're on the Hasbro card of ten possible answers, you get a point. People responding with the least most popular answer that is still on the Hasbro card receive a bonus point.

Topic: Things on a Freeway

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


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

Today’s Forecast Grade: C north and central, D south


Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
... Snow Advisory in effect from noon today to 6 am CST Tuesday...

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

Snow will develop around midday and last into tonight. Snow accumulations
of 4 to 6 inches through the evening. In addition... north winds
will increase to 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph after
midnight... causing blowing and drifting snow.

A Snow Advisory is issued when 3 to 5 inches of accumulations are
expected in 12 hours or less with winds less than 25 mph. Be
prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities. Use
caution while driving.
--------------
Look for areas of fog and patchy freezing drizzle over all of south central and southeast Wisconsin to linger through the morning commute. Expect visibilities between 2 and 5 miles...with melt water and the drizzle freezing on cold surfaces leading to icy accumulations on untreated roads. Drivers should be aware of variable Road conditions and be alert for icy stretches while driving this morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds and a few areas of fog, temps are actually warm, near 30 north and central and in the lower 30s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Well here's a familiar story for southern Wisconsin! A low pressure system currently in western Nebraska and Kansas will dip southeast, pick up more moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, then shoot northeastward, dropping another nickel across southern Wisconsin this afternoon and evening. The snow hasn't entered Wisconsin yet but it's near the Iowa border so southwestern Wisconsin will be seeing scattered snow showers shortly with the rest of southern Wisconsin seeing some snow developing by around lunchtime and continuing through the evening. Central Wisconsin may still see a little bit of snow depending on where you live, but it probably won't amount to very much.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy with areas of fog this morning. Snow developing from southwest to southeast late this morning and continuing this afternoon and evening. Northern and central Wisconsin may see some light snow showers or flurries later today but don't look for much accumulation. High of 32. Chance of snow 20% north, 30% central, 60% south.

Tonight: Snow continuing south. Total expected accumulations are for 5-8" south of Madison and Milwaukee, 4-6" in Madison, Waukesha and Milwaukee, 2-4" around Beaver Dam, just 1" in Fond du Lac and less than 1" elsewhere in central Wisconsin. Lows near ten above north, mid- teens central and south. Chance of snow 20% north, 35% central, 70% south.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy and colder with flurries, highs upper teens north, lower 20s central and south.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly sunny, a little colder, highs 18-23.
Thursday: Another round of snow, this time from an Alberta Clipper. Could be 2-3"? Windy, highs 24-29. Chance of snow 40%.
Friday: Morning light snow showers, afternoon flurries. Breezy, highs 33-38. Chance of morning snow 25%.
Saturday: Rain or snow developing late. Highs 30-35. Chance of precip Saturday night 30%.
Sunday: Rain changing to snow. Let's hope most of this falls as rain! Highs 38-43. Chance of precip 40%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Morning fog today, then flurries. Highs mid- 30s today and mid- 20s tomorrow.
...Dense fog advisory remains in effect until 9 am CST this morning...
Areas of dense fog... with visibilities commonly reduced below
one quarter mile... will continue to impact portions of central
and southern Minnesota and west central Wisconsin this morning.
Visibilities will even be reduced to 100 feet or less in some
locations.

Due to the fact that temperatures across much of the advisory
area are below freezing... Concrete surfaces such as bridges and
overpasses may become slick.

A dense fog advisory is in effect generally east and south of a
line from Mora to Litchfield to New Ulm in Minnesota. In west
central Wisconsin... the dense fog advisory is in effect along and
near Highway 8 from Rice Lake... westward to Balsam Lake and St Croix
falls. The advisory is in effect until 9 am this morning.

This dense fog advisory also includes the Interstate 35 corridor
from Rush City to Albert Lea... as well as Interstate 94 from
Clearwater to the Twin Cities.

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

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered rain showers today, becoming more likely tonight and changing over to snow tomorrow. Highs upper 40s today and upper 30s tomorrow. Around 1" of snow expected by tomorrow evening.
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, then partly cloudy. Isolated showers tonight. More sunshine tomorrow. Highs lower 80s today but mid- 60s tomorrow.
... Dense fog advisory now in effect until 10 am CST this morning...
Widespread dense fog... with visibilities of 1/4 mile or less... was
noted at 4 am south of a line from Wharton to Angleton to League
City. This fog may spread as far north as the Interstate 10
corridor between 6 and 9 am this morning. Visibilities should
improve quickly by mid morning as the surface winds increase.

Motorists should drive with extreme caution and allow additional
travel time. Use low beams... reduce driving speed... and allow for
plenty of room between you and other cars. You can overtake
another vehicle quickly in poor visibilities... so slow down and
drive defensively.
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 today, but more showers tomorrow. Highs mid- 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: Sunshine, highs mid- to upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

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


Weather in the News:

Snow Weighs Heavily on Rooftops
The state insurance commissioner is cautioning homeowners to be on the lookout for too much snow building up on their roofs. A local roofing company is having a hard time keeping up with demand.
http://www.wbay.com/Global/story.asp?s=7913275


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Updated: 1:24 PM GMT on February 25, 2008

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 22, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:20 PM GMT on February 22, 2008

TGIF!

Chain Reaction Results

Players: 19
Chain #1:
Burrito
Supreme
Court
Jester

Chain #2:
Hunting
Cabin
Pressure
Cooker

Other Answers:
Spice Court
Shell Court

Club Pressure
Community Pressure
Chest Pressure
Contest Pressure


Winter 2008 Point Standings
The top eight are still solid but with double point week coming up very soon, things can still change quite a bit before the playoff week!

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Name City
63 14 8 8 7 10 8 8 Perfect Score
52 12 6 8 4 8 6 8 $$Greg, Madison, WI:
52 11 6 8 4 7 8 8 Sue, De Pere, WI:
49 11 6 5 4 10 7 6 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
49 11 6 8 2 8 6 8 $$Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
49 12 6 4 4 9 7 7 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
49 11 6 8 3 7 8 6 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
48 8 5 6 6 7 8 8 Becky T. and Dad:
45 10 6 6 0 10 8 5 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
42 10 7 3 4 7 6 5 Bethany:
42 11 5 6 3 5 7 5 Steve L.:
41 9 7 5 3 6 7 4 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
37 6 7 5 5 5 7 2 Katie/Bart, Eagle, WI:
37 6 6 8 6 4 7 - Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
34 11 6 8 2 1 6 - $Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
32 6 6 5 2 - 8 5 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
31 6 3 6 2 5 5 4 $Brian, Madison, WI:
30 4 4 8 3 3 4 4 Rhonda:
28 3 6 3 4 2 7 3 Cory S. Kaukauna, WI
27 9 6 - 0 2 5 5 Sally:
26 8 3 7 2 4 0 2 Mary, Appleton, WI:
25 8 5 6 1 0 1 4 Diane Sm.: Greenville, WI:
25 8 5 6 1 - - 5 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
22 6 3 6 4 3 0 - John E., St. Paul, MN:
22 2 5 4 5 - 5 1 Mom:
21 7 5 2 3 4 - - Deb:
20 9 5 6 - - - - Raessa:
19 9 6 2 2 - - - Adam E.:
19 5 4 6 - 4 - - Al, Germantown, WI:
17 6 6 4 1 - - - Jamie S., Evansville, IN:
15 4 1 1 3 0 - 6 Patty:
12 2 7 - 3 - - - Cindy:
7 - 2 - - 1 2 2 Kelley:
6 4 - - - 2 0 - Karen:
6 2 - - - - 4 - Tony:
4 4 - - - - - - Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
3 - - 2 0 - - 1 Dan H.: Appleton, WI:
1 1 Melissa:


Today’s Thought: Lamest reason ever to get out of bed: Tuesday morning at 3am, our dog Kozmo starts wimpering. So I go downstairs to let him out of his kennel. Did he eat or drink a lot just before bed? Did he want one of his toys? Was he just lonely? Nope. The reason: our cat Savannah threw up next to his kennel and he wanted out so he could go eat it. Seriously.
Read more thoughts on my microblog:
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Today’s Holiday: George Washington's Birthday, Be Humble Day, Walking the Dog Day, and International World Thinking Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: B


Records and Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)

Southern Wisconsin:
...Another significant snowstorm possible over southern Wisconsin Monday night...
Do not put those snow shovels away just yet. Although we will have
a quiet weekend and temperatures may get above freezing...mother
nature is loading up the potential for more accumulating snow by
early next week.

Low pressure is expected to gather over Iowa and Missouri Monday
before tracking across Illinois and Indiana Monday night. This is
a favorable track for producing moderate to heavy snow in southern
Wisconsin.

Current indications are that 6 to 8 inches of snow are possible if
the storm develops and tracks as expected. Winter storm watches
may be needed in the next day or two for much of southern
Wisconsin as a result.

Naturally...this storm is more than 3 days away and much can
change. Enjoy the quiet weather this weekend but keep in touch
with the latest forecasts concerning this potential winter storm.
-----------------
...Record low temperature at Madison...
Thursday February 21 at 318 am CST...the temperature at Madison Dane
County regional Airport fell to 15 degrees below zero. This ties
the record low for a February 21st of -15 previously set in 1873.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX

Appleton:
...Appleton Wisconsin closing in on all time seasonal snowfall record...
The 2007/08 seasonal snowfall now stands at 71.4 inches.
This is the 4th snowiest season in the Appleton area.
Here is a list of the 10 ten snowiest seasonal snowfall's for Appleton.
Snowfall records for Appleton date back to 1893.

Note:
made a correction to the 1928/29 season...brought
it down to 91.7 inches.

Rank snowfall(in) season
1. 91.7 1928/29
2. 75.7 1958/59
3. 73.3 1951/52
4. *71.4* 2007/08
5. 69.4 1978/79
6. 69.2 1908/09
7. 67.7 1996/97
8. 66.1 1961/62
9. 65.7 1929/30
10. 64.9 1950/51
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Green Bay:
..top 10 snowiest Winters in Green Bay...

So far this winter...Green Bay has received 73.9 inches of snow.
Normal snowfall is 53.1 inches for the for the entire winter.

Here is a list of the top ten snowiest Winters in Green Bay.
Reliable snowfall data dates back to 1892.

Rank snowfall winter of (years)
---------------------------------------------------
1. 79.6 1922/23
2. 77.5 1995/96
3. 77.0 1996/97
4. 73.9 2007/08 - through February 21st
5. 72.2 1893/94

6. 71.6 1978/79
7. 70.7 1984/85
8. 70.6 1971/72
9. 70.0 1892/93
10. 68.0 1977/78

...2 new record low temperatures set Thursday morning...
At Green Bay...the temperature fell to 18 degrees below zero
at 210 am and broke the old record of 14 below zero set
in 1963.

At Antigo...the temperature fell to 26 below zero early this
morning. The old record was 22 below zero set in 1896 and
again in 1918.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB



Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am it's variably cloudy depending on where in Wisconsin you live, and currently around zero north and central and near ten above zero south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: As you may have noted from the NWS Bulletin above, we're in for a quiet weekend but things could change in a hurry once we get to next week. High pressure will continue to keep us dry for the next three days and as it moves from west to east, our winds will shift direction and warmer air will move into the Midwest. However, Mother Nature laughs in our general direction as she takes aim at us with yet another snowstorm which is currently projected to hit Wisconsin Monday afternoon and evening. It's still a few days out so things can obviously change, but the weather models have been suggesting this for a few days now and model consistency usually means accuracy as well.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: A mix of sun and clouds this morning, but becoming mostly sunny shortly. Highs upper teens north, 21 central, and low to mid- 20s south.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows near zero central and south, -5 to -10 north.

Saturday: Mostly sunny and warmer, highs mid- to upper 20s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs lower 30s north and central, mid- 30s south.

Next Week:
Monday: Cloudy and breezy with snow developing. Snow could be heavy at times Monday afternoon and evening. I wouldn't be surprised to see a mix of precip early in the afternoon either, making travel even more fun. Highs 32-37. Chance of precip 60%.
Tuesday: Cloudy, breezy and colder with flurries. Highs 22-27.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, highs 20-25.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy all weekend, highs near 20 today, near 30 tomorrow and mid- 30s on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered rain, freezing rain or snow showers today. Partly sunny this weekend. Highs mid- 30s today, upper 30s Saturday and lower 40s Sunday.
Patchy drizzle will continue off and on across the quad state region through 8 am. Where temperatures remain below 32 degrees... some of the drizzle will continue to freeze on exposed surfaces this morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

This Weekend in League City and Pearland, Texas: Decreasing clouds today, mostly sunny this weekend, highs mid- 60s today and lower 70s this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

This Weekend in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Showers and thunderstorms today, isolated showers tomorrow and dry on Sunday. Highs mid- to upper 60s.
Wet weather will move back into southern South Carolina this morning...as rains from southeast Georgia moves across the Savannah River and affect many areas this morning. Rainfall rates will be no more than about 1/4 inch in an hours time through 10 am. In addition...areas of fog will persist...with visibilities down to near 1/2 or 1 mile at times. Motorists should drive with extra care due to the wet roads and reduced visibilities.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

This Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada: Scattered water droplets falling from clouds overhead. More of this odd phenomena on Sunday. Highs mid- 50s today and low to mid- 60s this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

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


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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 20, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:36 PM GMT on February 20, 2008

Good Wednesday morning!

Important Announcement Recap
In case you missed it from Monday's update, as of March 22, I will be splitting up my Weather Update into two separate blogs: one for our personal updates and games, and a second which will just contain the weather portion of my update. This will be hosted on two different blog sites, with the weather version remaining here and the personal/games blog going elsewhere. If you are an email subscriber, you will need to let me know before March 22 if you'd like to continue receiving these blogs via email, and which ones (or both) you'd like to get.


Chain Reaction Wednesday
One point for each correct line you can fill in.

Chain #1:
Burrito
S_____
C_____
Jester

Chain #2:
Hunting
C_____
P_____
Cooker

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


Would You Rather... Results
All three games were pretty close this time around. That fourth bonus point will be pretty elusive to most players!

Players: 25
Game #1:
Topic: Pain/Fear/Discomfort
Would you rather...
A. Get trapped in the bottom of a dry well (13) - 1 point
B. Get stuck on a mountain ledge (12) - 1 point

Game #2:
Topic: Random
Would you rather...
A. Spend every minute for the rest of your life indoors (17) - 1 point
B. Spend every minute for the rest of your life outdoors (8)

Game #3:
Topic: Appearance/Embarrassment
Would you rather...
A. Find your way through an intricate maze with only a pencil and paper to help you (15) - 1 point
B. Find your way through an intricate maze with only a compass to help you (10)


Today’s Thought: Big Brycie News! Yesterday at 4:15pm while at daycare, Bryce pottied on the toilet for the first time! Yay for Bryce! It took him about five minutes of sitting to do so and it got a little messy, but that's all to be expected during this learning experience. He got a "potty treat" for his success.
Read more thoughts on my microblog:
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Today’s Holiday: Cherry Pie Day, Hoodie Hoo Day, and Love Your Pet 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 Fox Cities:
... Very cold wind chills this morning...
... Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until noon CST today...
Northwest winds of 10 to 20 mph along with below zero
temperatures will produce wind chills from 25 to 35 below zero
this morning. Wind chills this low can cause frost bite on
exposed skin 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:
... Bitter cold wind chills this morning morning...
... Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until 10 am CST this morning...
Bitterly cold air entrenched over the region will combine with
increasing northwest winds of 10 to 20 mph... to produce dangerous
wind chills of 20 to 33 below zero this morning.

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. 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, it's cold outside. Temps are around -10 north and just a few degrees below zero central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: An unusually strong area of high pressure is located just north of North Dakota (southern Manitoba for all three of you who can pick out Manitoba on a map of North America). This high pressure is topping out near 1040 millibars, and will give Wisconsin lots of sunshine but unfortunately will also bring in that cold Canadian air we've come to know and love.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny and quite cold today. High of about 8 above zero with wind chills -20 to -30 this morning.

Tonight: Mostly clear and nippy, lows around -10 to -15 central and south, near -20 north. And that's before you factor in the wind chill!

Tomorrow: Increasing clouds and thankfully warmer, highs mid- teens north, upper teens central and south. Maybe some flurries tomorrow night. Chance of measurable snow tomorrow night 20%.

This Weekend:
Friday: Partly cloudy and warmer, highs 22-27.
Saturday: Mostly sunny and warmer yet, highs 27-32.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy and practically balmy, highs 31-36. At this pace we'd be in the 60s by the beginning of March, but unfortunately colder air looks to reenter Wisconsin next week. Stupid never-ending winter.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Sunshine and cold today, light snow possible tomorrow night. Highs a big fat bagel today and mid- teens tomorrow.
... Bitterly cold wind chills this morning...
... Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until noon CST today...
Brisk northwest winds along with temperatures between 15 below
and 25 below zero will produce wind chills from 30 below to at
least 45 below zero through noon.

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.
When venturing outdoors... cover as much flesh as possible. If
traveling take along warm blankets or a sleeping bag.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Flurries today, a mix of yuck, sick and pooey tomorrow, highs lower 30s today and mid- 20s tomorrow.
Light snow and snow flurries will continue to quickly push across southwest Indiana through 715 am. A minor dusting of snow may be possible before the snowfall ends later this morning.
... A major winter storm may impact the region Thursday and Thursday night...
... Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from Thursday morning through late Thursday night...
Moisture will overspread the cold air in place across our region
late tonight causing a wintry mix of precipitation. The
precipitation will begin as snow early Thursday for most of the
region but may begin as a mixture of snow and sleet for areas near
the Missouri... Arkansas and Kentucky... Tennessee borders. As the
day progresses Thursday... the snow is expected to increasingly mix
with or change to freezing rain and sleet. The exception will be
across the far north... especially along and north of Interstate 64
where snow will likely continue Thursday... before mixing with and
changing to sleet and freezing rain Thursday night.

Significant ice accumulations are the main threat with this storm
system as ice accumulations of 1/4 inch or greater are possible.
However snowfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are also possible...
mainly north of a line from Perryville Missouri to Evansville
Indiana.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant
snow... sleet... or ice accumulations that would greatly impact
travel. Stay tuned for later statements. This watch will be
upgraded to a warning if winter storm conditions become more
certain.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs upper 60s to lower 70s.
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 today, rain tomorrow, highs 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: Scattered showers today with more tomorrow night and Friday. Highs lower 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

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


Weather in the News:

Southern storms injury toll rises
* NEW: About 200 homes, 40 businesses were damaged, Prattville mayor said
* Ten hurt, 14 homes destroyed in Georgia, say authorities
* About 2,000 lose power in Georgia; 11,000 in Prattville, Alabama
* Alabama shopkeepers seek shelter in laundry room before roof falls
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/02/18/severe.weather.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

Cyclone besieges Madagascar
* Storm makes landfall with sustained winds of 69 mph
* Damage assessment is difficult because of lack of power, CARE official says
* Many people in Madagascar live in huts, CARE official says
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/weather/02/18/madagascar.cyclone/index.html#cnnSTCText

Major quake hits western Indonesia, first dead confirmed
* A major earthquake shook western Indonesia on Wednesday
* At least three people have been killed and 25 others injured
* The quake registered a magnitude of 7.6
* There have been no reports of a tsunami
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/02/20/indonesia.quake/index.html?iref=mpstoryview


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If it's not snowing, it's cold!

By: HaleStorm, 9:23 PM GMT on February 19, 2008

That's the way the last several months have been. It's either really cold or it's snowing. And after several days of snow, now we have this to look forward to. Wisconsin needs a THAW!!!


...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 12 PM CST WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREEN BAY HAS ISSUED A WIND CHILL ADVISORY... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 12 PM CST WEDNESDAY.

NORTHWEST WINDS OF 10 TO 20 MPH ALONG WITH BELOW ZERO TEMPERATURES WILL PRODUCE WIND CHILLS FROM 25 TO 30 BELOW ZERO LATE TONIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING. WIND CHILLS THIS LOW CAN CAUSE FROST BITE ON EXPOSED SKIN 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.

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 18, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:38 PM GMT on February 18, 2008

Good Monday morning!

Highlights of the Week:
Lisa: I hope you all had a great weekend. The highlight of my weekend was helping my friend Nicole celebrate her 30th birthday at the Melting Pot in Appleton. We had a "girls" night w/Nicole and her friends. I knew many of her friends since I've scrapbooked with them in the past, and then I met a few of her friends who I hadn't met before. I had a great time, and I was happy to help Nicole cross over into the "Thirties." The other highlight of my weekend was on Friday night, Steve and I were able to have a "date night" at home. Bryce's Grandma Nia missed him so he went to spend the night at her house. Steve and I watched the movie Step Up. It was a great movie, and we both really enjoyed it. It was nice to have a night together just the two of us. Bryce enjoyed spending time with his Grandma too. Well that wraps up my update. Have a great week.

Steve: Again, this was a pretty relaxing weekend with not much going on. I've had a few uneventful weekends in a row, which is good, since when I'm doing things all the time, I sometimes just wish I was relaxing at home. Now, the next time we do go out, I'll be looking forward to it even more since it has been a little while. In other news, it was a good weekend for men's college basketball teams as both Marquette and Wisconsin had victories Friday and Saturday, respectively, but not so good for my fantasy NASCAR league, as my driver for the Daytona 500, local boy Matt Kenseth, crashed and went from 5th place to 36th. Bah!

Bryce (written by Steve): Not too much new for the Brysters - he's still into playing with his toy trains, trucks, and watching the Cars and Ratatouille movies. I'm looking forward to it getting warmer at some point (hopefully soon!) so we can start doing more things outside!

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


Would You Rather... Monday

Game #1:
Topic: Pain/Fear/Discomfort
Would you rather...
A. Get trapped in the bottom of a dry well
B. Get stuck on a mountain ledge

Game #2:
Topic: Random
Would you rather...
A. Spend every minute for the rest of your life indoors
B. Spend every minute for the rest of your life outdoors

Game #3:
Topic: Appearance/Embarrassment
Would you rather...
A. Find your way through an intricate maze with only a pencil and paper to help you
B. Find your way through an intricate maze with only a compass to help you

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


Important Announcement
As of Monday, March 24, I will be splitting up my update into two separate blogs: one for personal updates and games, and the other containing just the weather update. I'll send out the new blog URL for the personal/games update when it becomes available. I will likely adjust my personal/games update to be sent out on a different schedule - perhaps Tuesday, Thursday and over the weekend - but I haven't determined that yet.


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

Today’s Forecast Grade: C

Nowcast: (Source: National Weather Service)
Fox Valley:
A band of light snow will spread east across central and into eastern Wisconsin this morning. At 650 am...the leading edge of the band extended from Eagle River...to Antigo...to Stevens Point...to Wautoma. Snow should begin in the Crandon...Shawano...and Oshkosh areas by 800 am...and in the Appleton and Green Bay areas by 900 am. Generally light snow is expected at most locations...with somewhat heavier snow expected in the Wisconsin Rapids...Marshfield...and Stevens Point areas. Most roads remained snow covered from the major storm system that crossed the area yesterday...so use extra caution when driving this morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB
Record Report: (Source: National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
... Record daily rainfall set at Milwaukee and Madison...

A record rainfall of 1.18 inches was set at Milwaukee yesterday
Sunday February 17 2008. This breaks the old record of 0.54 set in
1975.

A record rainfall of 1.36 inches was set at Madison yesterday Sunday
February 17 2008. This breaks the old record of 0.47 set in 1975.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with scattered snow showers, temps are in the upper teens north, the low to mid- 20s east-central, in the teens southwest and the upper 20s southeast.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Well that was a barrel of laughs. Around Appleton, early morning freezing rain changed to ice pellets, then over to heavy snow by around 10am. The snow continued through early evening, and Appleton officially recorded 8.2" of new snow. Further south, there was more rain with both Madison and Milwaukee breaking that day's rainfall record. You can see a snowfall totals map by clicking the first link below after about 9:30am.
As for today, we will likely see scattered snow showers throughout the day courtesy of moisture wrapping around the low that moved through yesterday. However, just a couple inches are expected. The good news is that there are no major storms expected to come through Wisconsin through the weekend, so after today, you can put those shovels away for a little while.
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/images/grb/maps/AM_Snow.gif
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy and breezy with scattered snow showers. 1-3" of new accumulation is possible by this evening. High of 28 central and south, near 20 north. Chance of snow 60%.

Tonight: Scattered light snow showers diminishing to flurries this evening. Cold. Lows near zero central and south, -5 to -10 north. Chance of snow 30%.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy with a few flurries, and colder. Highs near ten above zero central and south, five above north.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, highs 6-11.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with flurries, warmer, highs 13-18.
Friday: Partly sunny and warmer, highs 25-30.
Saturday: Partly sunny and warmer yet, highs 32-37.
Sunday: Increasing clouds as the next storm system approaches our area to deliver more snow Monday and Tuesday. Maybe. Highs 34-39.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Scattered snow showers, highs near 10 above both days.
Periods of light snow to continue through much of the morning across east central Minnesota into west central Wisconsin. A 40 mile wide band of snow showers was moving across west central Wisconsin...with the back edge located from near Balsam Lake to Durand. It was moving to the east northeast at 15 mph. Through 9 am...expect moderate snow showers to affect the Rice Lake...Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls area. A coating to about an inch of snow can be anticipated as this band moves through. Lighter snow will move through east central Minnesota from near Cambridge...St cloud and the Twin Cities. Through 9 am...a coating can be expected in these areas. Motorists are urged to use extra caution as roadways will be slick.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Sprinkles or flurries today, partly sunny tomorrow, highs 35-40.
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 and breezy, highs lower 60s today and 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: Scattered showers and thunderstorms today, sunshine tomorrow, highs upper 60s today and near 60 tomorrow.
Through 7 am...widespread showers and isolated thunderstorms associated with a cold front will continue pushing east toward the coast. Rainfall amounts will accumulate up to a half inch with isolated amounts reaching to 3/4 of an inch in heavier rainfall. Occasional cloud to ground lightning strikes with gusts exceeding 40 mph can be expected.
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 sunny today, more clouds tomorrow, highs upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

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


Weather in the News:

Snowstorm grinds life to a halt
More than 8 inches fall Sunday in Fox Cities
Scores of churches canceled services, two presidential candidates called off Fox Valley appearances and the Fox River Mall closed Sunday.
http://www.postcrescent.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080218/APC0101/80218002/1979

Knee-deep in winter
Storm sends less snow, more headaches than expected
Sunday's storm zigged instead of zagged, sparing Milwaukee from another heavy snowfall but dumping as much as 10 inches on other areas of the state, flooding roads and wrecking the schedules of presidential candidates stumping for Wisconsin votes.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=719139

Tornados hit South; Icy weather affects Midwest
* Tornado damaged or destroyed about 200 homes and businesses in Prattville, Al.
* Tornado destroys 4 homes in Escambia County, Florida, damages several others
* Freezing rain and snow fell across the southern two-thirds of Wisconsin
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/02/17/severe.weather.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText


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The Ice Storm Beginneth

By: HaleStorm, 1:31 PM GMT on February 17, 2008

Of all the nasty snowstorms we've gotten this winter, this one could be the worst yet! So far this morning there's just a thin layer of ice on our back porch, but I don't remember the last time I saw so many unusual colors on a standard radar map.

http://www.wunderground.com/radar/mixedcomposite.asp?region=a4&size=2x&ID=GRB19


The latest models really beefed up the intensity of today's storm too! Even the GFS put us in a blue precipitation color. Looks like we could see 6-12" of snow by tonight, depending on when the switchover happens. My gut is telling me 6-8" here in the Fox Valley but who knows!

http://weather.unisys.com/nam/4panel/nam_pres_4panel.html
http://weather.unisys.com/gfs/24h/gfs_pres_24h.html


With the precip being freezing rain to start out with, then changing over to heavy snow, travel is going to be insane today. Good thing it's Sunday!

Barack Obama is giving a speech just a few miles from here this afternoon. When I asked my wife if she knew where Obama was going to be this afternoon, her reply was, "a snowbank?" Even secret service cars can be vulnerable to icy road conditions!


The latest from the NWS:

... Winter Storm Warning now in effect until midnight CST
tonight...


The Winter Storm Warning is now in effect until midnight CST
tonight.

Precipitation will start as sleet and freezing rain this morning.
The freezing rain will lead to treacherous travel conditions. The
precipitation will change to snow... with a total snowfall of 6 to
12 inches is expected across most of the area by the time the snow
tapers to flurries tonight. Snowfall totals will be lighter from
Green Bay south and east to the Lakeshore. Kewaunee and Manitowoc
counties can expect 5 to 9 inches of snow.

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow are
expected. Strong winds are also expected... and that will result in
widespread blowing and drifting of the snow.



... Icy roads will lead to treacherous travel conditions early today...

The initial surge of precipitation from an intense winter storm was
spreading north across the area this morning. At 600 am... the
precipitation had reached a line from just south of Wisconsin Rapids...
to Clintonville... to Oconto... to Sturgeon Bay. The precipitation was
primarily freezing rain... but some sleet was also falling.

The precipitation will continue to advance north... and should reach a
line from Wausau... to Keshena... to Marinette... to Sister Bay by 730 am.
Colder air arriving in the area will cause the precipitation to change
to mainly sleet and then to snow from north to south during the morning.
The freezing rain was creating very hazardous travel conditions. Little
improvement is expected on untreated roadways even after the
precipitation changes to snow.

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Central Wisconsin Snowfall Totals Map

By: HaleStorm, 4:14 PM GMT on February 15, 2008

Here's a link to yesterday's snowfall total. Here in Appleton I measured 5.0" while areas just to the south got up to 10"! Much more could be on the way for Sunday too, depending on how the low pressure system finally tracks!

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/images/grb/maps/AM_Snow.gif

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 15, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:55 PM GMT on February 15, 2008

TGIF!

Mad Gab Results

Players: 22
Gab #1 (21/22): Eighty Nature
A teenager

Gab #2 (21/22): Eight Reigned Rack
A train track

Gab #3 (21/22): Canned Ache My High Saw Few
Can't take my eyes off you


Winter 2008 Point Standings
No change to the top eight this week but first place and eighth place are only separated by four points with Double Point Week coming soon! And for everyone else, remember the two wildcard spots which will also get invited to the playoff week in the middle of March.

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Name City
55 14 8 8 7 10 8 Perfect Score
44 12 6 8 4 8 6 $$Greg, Madison, WI:
44 11 6 8 4 7 8 Sue, De Pere, WI:
43 11 6 5 4 10 7 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
43 11 6 8 3 7 8 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
42 12 6 4 4 9 7 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
41 11 6 8 2 8 6 $$Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
40 10 6 6 0 10 8 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
40 8 5 6 6 7 8 Becky T. and Dad:
37 10 7 3 4 7 6 Bethany:
37 9 7 5 3 6 7 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
37 6 6 8 6 4 7 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
37 11 5 6 3 5 7 Steve L.:
35 6 7 5 5 5 7 Katie/Bart, Eagle, WI:
34 11 6 8 2 1 6 $Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
27 6 3 6 2 5 5 $Brian, Madison, WI:
27 6 6 5 2 - 8 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
26 4 4 8 3 3 4 Rhonda:
25 3 6 3 4 2 7 Cory S. Kaukauna, WI
24 8 3 7 2 4 0 Mary, Appleton, WI:
22 6 3 6 4 3 0 John E., St. Paul, MN:
22 9 6 - 0 2 5 Sally:
21 7 5 2 3 4 Deb:
21 8 5 6 1 0 1 Diane Sm.: Greenville, WI:
21 2 5 4 5 - 5 Mom:
20 8 5 6 1 - Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
20 9 5 6 - - Raessa:
19 9 6 2 2 - Adam E.:
19 5 4 6 - 4 Al, Germantown, WI:
17 6 6 4 1 - Jamie S., Evansville, IN:
12 2 7 - 3 - Cindy:
9 4 1 1 3 0 Patty:
6 4 - - - 2 0 Karen:
6 2 - - - - 4 Tony:
5 - 2 - - 1 2 Kelley:
4 4 - - - - Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
2 - - 2 0 - Dan H.: Appleton, WI:


Today’s Thought: You know what we're way overdue for? A good THAW! Unfortunately, it doesn't look like we're going to get one of those anytime soon.
Read more thoughts on my microblog:
http://twitter.com/sbhale

Today’s Holiday: Candlemas (on the Julian Calendar), National Gum Drop Day, and Singles Awareness Day (I thought that was yesterday?)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: C+


Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
... Major winter storm possible late this weekend...
... Winter Storm Watch in effect from Sunday morning through late Sunday night...
A large and powerful winter storm is expected to affect the area
late this weekend. The storm has the potential to bring snowfalls
in excess of 6 inches. Winds are also expected to become quite
strong... so widespread blowing and drifting snow is likely as the
storm begins to pull away from the region Sunday night.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant
snow as well as widespread blowing and drifting snow. Be sure to
monitor later forecasts which will be able to provide much more
detailed information on this storm.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
... Potential winter storm for southern Wisconsin...
... Winter Storm Watch in effect from Sunday morning through Sunday evening...
Snow amounts generally in the 6 to 13 inch range are possible
Sunday into Sunday evening... with the highest amounts over
southeast Wisconsin. Slightly lower amounts are possible to the
northwest. In addition... strong winds with the low may cause
blowing and drifting snow. Those with travel plans Sunday and
Sunday evening should keep up with the latest forecasts.

A Winter Storm Watch is issued when heavy snow... and/or
sleet... and/or freezing rain may combine with strong winds to
cause major impacts to Commerce and society. Continue to monitor
the latest forecasts for updates and possible warnings.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am it's clear and cold! Temps are in the single digits above zero south, near zero central, and a nippy -10 to -20 north!
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Remember when I said that it's be nice to write an update without an advisory/watch/warning text in it? Well, maybe next week, as yet another snow storm bears down on Wisconsin Sunday. Now, you might ask, with the storm still two days away, why did the National Weather Service already issue the Winter Storm Watch? And the answer is really quite simple. The weather models have had the location of this storm pegged all week - you can review my Monday and Wednesday weather updates if you want to check - and this morning's weather models all seem to be in good agreement with each other as well. The only difference from Wednesday's model run is that they beefed up the moisture content of the storm, so instead of 1-2", we could see another 6-12"! Now, if it shifts just a few miles one way or the other between now and Sunday, we might see different amounts or perhaps even some rain or freezing rain mixed in, but you know, if we're going to break some snowfall records, we might as well go all out, right?
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: If it's not snowing, it's cold. We should be used to that by now. Morning sunshine with a few afternoon clouds. Cold, high of 6 above zero north, 9 above zero central, and lower teens south. But at least it won't be windy.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, lows near -5 north, near zero central, and a couple above zero south.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy and a little breezy, highs low to mid- 20s north and central, upper 20s south. Snow could start developing late Saturday night south.

Sunday: Windy with snow, heavy at times. Snow could change over to sleet or freezing rain in the late morning southeast before changing back over to snow. Snowfall totals will likely be higher the further south and east you live, but much of central and southern Wisconsin could be in for significant amounts. Totals could be around 6-12" based on the current track, but is subject to change between now and Sunday. Highs upper 20s north, near 30 central, and low to mid- 30s south. Chance of snow 80%.

Next Week:
Monday: Cloudy, breezy and colder again with light snow showers or flurries. Highs 13-18.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, highs 15-20.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, highs 18-23.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Light snow this evening and Sunday, otherwise partly cloudy. Highs near 10 above today, warming to the mid- 30s tomorrow (!) and back to the upper 20s on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Evansville, Indiana: Rain showers tomorrow night and Sunday. Highs upper 30s today, lower 40s tomorrow, and warming to the mid- 50s on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

This Weekend in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms today and tomorrow (some perhaps severe tomorrow night), and partly cloudy on Sunday. Highs upper 60s to lower 70s.
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: Fog, then sunshine today. Isolated showers tomorrow night and Sunday with a better chance of rain Sunday night. Highs mid- to upper 60s.
Patchy fog will continue across the area through 9 am. Locations near bodies of water...including rivers...creeks and streams will be most prone to experience the fog. The fog could be locally dense at times...with visibilities as low as 1/4 mile. Motorists should use caution while traveling this morning and be prepared for sudden reductions in visibility.
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 mid- 50s today, lower 60s tomorrow and mid- 60s on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

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


Weather in the News:

Shoveling a familiar path
Sunday storm could dump 8 to 10 inches
Though it seems like winter started five or six months ago, it's not over yet, and judging by this weekend's forecast, it's not ending anytime soon.
Folks in southeastern Wisconsin are bracing for a storm that could dump 8 to 10 inches of snow Sunday. Where they will throw all that is a problem, since the piles are already towering.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=718514

Storm propels Appleton into top five snowiest years
With plenty of winter left, total reaches 64 inches
Thursday's snow pushed the season's total snowfall in Appleton into the top five snowiest winters in the past 50 years.
That still leaves the city about a foot short of its snowiest season, but forecasters say there is more snow on the way.
The 5.1 inches reported by 6 p.m. Thursday in Appleton pushed the yearly total above 64 inches, and the National Weather Service said there could be more snow this weekend.
http://www.postcrescent.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080215/APC0101/802150631/1979

Costs piling higher in battle to clean up snow
Relentless, record-breaking snow is pushing the Madison area to its limit, busting government snow-removal budgets and forcing municipalities to haul, not just plow, the nearly 7 feet of snow that's fallen so far.
http://www.madison.com/wsj/topstories/272616


More Articles of Interest:
Officials: U.S. to try to shoot down errant satellite
Tolkien Estate Sues New Line Cinema
http://del.icio.us/hail27
Atheist Sees Image of Big Bang in Piece of Toast
Lake Mead could be dry by 2021
http://digg.com/users/hail27/news/dugg

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 13, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:11 PM GMT on February 13, 2008

Good Wednesday morning!

Mad Gab Wednesday

Gab #1: Eighty Nature

Gab #2: Eight Reigned Rack

Gab #3: Canned Ache My High Saw Few

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


Family Feud Results
Both games were reasonably close for a change!

Players: 23
Topic #1: Something that comes in pairs
Socks (11) - 2 points
Shoes (8) - 1 point
Dice (2)
Earrings
Twins

Topic #2: Name something a man owns that he doesn't want his wife to use
Razor (10) - 2 points
Tools (7) - 1 point
Car (2)
Lawn Mower (2)
Remote Control (2)


Today’s Thought: Thank goodness the writer's strike is finally over! Now we'll lose all these excess reality and game shows! Wait...I *like* those kinds of shows!
Read more thoughts on my microblog:
http://twitter.com/sbhale

Today’s Holiday: Get a Different Name 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:
... Snow expected tonight and Thursday...
... Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from late tonight through Thursday afternoon...
Snow is expected to develop this evening... and continue much of
the day Thursday. Currently... the best estimate is that 5 to 8
inches will fall north of a line from Marshfield... to Shawano... to
Marinette... and that 4 to 7 inches will fall south of that line.
If later data continue to support these estimates... the watch will
be upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning later today.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant
snow accumulations that may impact travel. Be sure to monitor
later forecasts and statements on this winter storm.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Fox Cities:
... Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from late tonight through Thursday afternoon...
Snow is expected to develop tonight... and continue much of the day
Thursday. Currently... the best estimate is that 4 to 7 inches
will fall over most of the area... with perhaps a bit more in Door
County. This estimate is likely to change as later data are received.
Be sure to monitor later forecasts on this potential winter storm.
The watch will likely be replaced by either a Winter Storm Warning
or a Snow Advisory later today.

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

Milwaukee:
...Record daily maximum snowfall set at Milwaukee...
A record snowfall of 7.5 inches was set at Milwaukee yesterday...
Tuesday February 12 2008. This breaks the old record of 7.2 inches
set in 1881.

Madison:
...Madison sets its all time seasonal snowfall record...
The winter season of 2007 to 2008 has been quite snowy across
southern Wisconsin. In fact...Madison has set its all time seasonal
snowfall record for a winter season. As of 4 PM on February
12...Dane County regional Airport in Madison has recorded 79.2
inches of snowfall. This amount has made the 2007 to 2008 winter
season the snowiest on record in Madison.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with clouds northwest and a viewable sunrise central and south, temps are near 10 above north (with the cloud cover), near zero central, and between -5 and +5 south. Heck, Lock Rock's coming in at -15 this morning!
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Seriously, is it too much to ask for me to write one weather update which does not contain any red snow advisory, watch or warning text in it? Sheesh! But here we go again! An Alberta Clipper is going to move through Wisconsin tonight and tomorrow, giving us another reason to get outdoors (to shovel). Southern Wisconsin may escape the brunt of this storm for once, but now northern and central Wisconsin will get to frolic in the late winter fluffy stuff
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Some morning sunshine but becoming mostly cloudy by this afternoon. High of 19

Tonight: Cloudy and breezy with snow developing, especially north and central where a couple inches could be on the ground by the time you wake up. Lows near 10 above north, low to mid- teens central and south. Chance of snow 70% north, 60% central, 30% south.

Tomorrow: Snow, heavy at times in the morning, diminishing to flurries in the afternoon from northwest to southeast. Total expected accumulations are for 5-8" north, 4-7" central, and 2-3" south. Highs upper teens north, mid- 20s central, upper 20s south. Chance of snow 50% north, 70% central, 60% south.

This Weekend:
Friday: Mostly sunny and cold again. But the cold will last for only one day. Highs 7-12.
Saturday: Breezy and warmer with light snow late. Highs 21-26.
Sunday: Light snow showers or flurries, maybe an inch or so of accumulation. Finally, a storm we shouldn't need to get the snowblowers out for. Warmer again with highs 31-36. Chance of snow 30%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Snow tonight and tomorrow morning, 3-6" likely, highs near 20 today and lower teens tomorrow.
... Snow Advisory in effect from 6 PM this evening to 6 am CST Thursday...
Three to six inches of total snowfall are expected primarily
tonight across central Minnesota... including the Twin Cities Metro
area... and western Wisconsin. This is in response to a strong
weather system moving southeast out of North Dakota tonight.
Snowfall may be heavy at times north of the Interstate 94
corridor... primarily between 7 PM and 3 am in central Minnesota
and 10 PM and 6 am in west central Wisconsin. The highest
accumulations... between five and six inches... are expected along
and north of a line from Little Falls to Cambridge in central
Minnesota and along and north of the US Highway 8 corridor in west
central Wisconsin. The snow is expected to decrease in intensity
in central Minnesota before daybreak Thursday and in western
Wisconsin near daybreak.

On Thursday... increasing northwest winds may lead to blowing snow.
Continue to monitor the latest forecast for potentially more
winter weather headlines during that time.

A Snow Advisory means that periods of snow will cause primarily
travel difficulties. This includes along interstates 94... 35... and
other major roadways in the Twin Cities Metro area. Be prepared
for snow covered roads and limited visibilities... and use caution
while driving.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Morning flurries, then decreasing clouds. A light mix possible tomorrow night. Highs near 30 today but upper 40s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Mostly sunny, highs lower 60s today and near 70 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: Scattered showers today, sunshine tomorrow, highs upper 60s today and near 60 tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine and breezy today, isolated showers tonight, windy tomorrow, highs lower 70s today but only mid- 50s tomorrow. Brrrr!!!
High wind watch in effect from this evening through Thursday afternoon...
North winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts over 55 mph will be
possible behind a strong cold front moving through the area this
evening. The strongest winds will occur in north south oriented
valleys. Travel will be difficult on east west roads such as the
access highways to Mount Charleston and the Lake Mead National
Recreation Area... as well as Highway 389 between Colorado City and
Pipe Spring National Monument. Blowing dust may also reduce
visibility to less than a mile at times.
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:

It's official: Madison sees snowiest winter ever
The winter of 2007-08 has gone down in the history books as the snowiest winter in Madison's history.
By the end of Tuesday the area's snowfall total stood at 77.3 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
"That's a new record," said an impressed Greg Davis, a hydrometeorological technician for the Weather Service.
The total surpassed Madison's previous record for seasonal snowfall of 76.1 inches, set in the winter of 1978-79.
http://www.madison.com/wsj/topstories/271971

Snowfall totals inch toward historic
30 cars disabled on area freeways Tuesday
Milwaukee, with the help of easterly winds creating lake-effect snow, began inching toward its top 10 snowiest winter seasons on record. The 6.4 inches recorded at Mitchell International Airport by 6 p.m. boosted Milwaukee's seasonal snowfall to 74.6 inches, its 13th highest.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=717592

Tornado kills woman as she leaves hospital
* Tornado in Mississippi sucked woman up as she was leaving hospital
* Boats broke loose in the Port of New Orleans due to high winds
* There was no indication of serious levee damage, official says
* Possible tornado damaged a condominium complex in Florida's Cocoa Beach
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/02/12/severe.weather.ap/index.html


More Articles of Interest:
Writers vote to end 3-month strike
Saudi Arabia bans all things red ahead of Valentine's Day
http://del.icio.us/hail27
Netflix picks Blu-ray, good luck renting an HD DVD soon
Aerial kite shot of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake
http://digg.com/users/hail27/news/dugg

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 11, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 2:04 PM GMT on February 11, 2008

Good Monday morning!

Highlights of the Week:
Lisa: The highlight of my weekend was scrapbooking on Friday afternoon with my friend Lisa. We were very productive and we got a lot accomplished. I got 6 pages completed in Bryce's scrapbook while Steve and Bryce had a father and son night. Well that wraps up my weekend. Have a great week.

Steve: Again, I really didn't have a whole lot going on this weekend. Unfortunately it was too cold to go outside yesterday, so we spent the whole day indoors watching TV and movies, playing with his new Lightning McQueen and Mater cars (thanks Grandma Nia!) and playing some Halo 3 when Bryce was in the other room.

Bryce: One thing that ourselves and daycare are working on with Bryce is describing emotions. Talking about how people feel in different situations. So now when we're reading him books or watching PBS Sprout, we'll ask him how each character feels, and he'll respond with "happy!", "mad!", "sad", "crying", "surprised!", etc. He's getting pretty good with it, too!

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


Family Media!
January Pictures:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hail27
Bryce at Wild Air Videos:
http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=hail2727


Family Feud Monday

Topic #1: Something that comes in pairs

Topic #2: Name something a man owns that he doesn't want his wife to use

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


Today’s Holiday: Clean out Your Computer Day, Don't Cry over Spilled Milk Day, Make a Friend Day, and White T-Shirt Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: C


Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
Northwest winds to 10 mph and temperatures near 10 degrees below zero will will continue to produce very cold wind chills over east central this morning. Wind chills through 8 am will linger near 25 below zero in the Fox Valley and Lakeshore. These cold conditions will pose a serious threat to those venturing out this morning unprepared. The winds will continue to diminish this morning...with temperatures warming to above zero by noon.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
... Accumulating snow this evening into Tuesday morning...
... Snow Advisory now in effect from 6 PM this evening to 12 PM CST Tuesday...
Snow will spread into southern Wisconsin later this afternoon and
continue through the night... into Tuesday morning. Accumulations
of 3 to 5 inches are expected by Tuesday late morning.

A Snow Advisory is issued when 3 to 5 inches of accumulations are
expected in 12 hours or less with winds less than 25 mph. Be
prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities Tuesday
morning.
----------
West to northwest winds of 5 to 12 mph along with bitterly cold temperatures of 5 to 15 degrees below zero will continue to cause very cold wind chills between 10 and 25 degrees below zero through the early morning hours. These conditions may result in frostbite on exposed skin. If you must venture outdoors...wear several layers of clothing. Be sure to bundle up your children appropriately if they need to wait outside for the school bus.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds south and west and sunshine north and east-central, it's still really cold outside. Temps are around -15 to -20 north, -10 central and -5 south. But the winds have died down so the wind chill warning is finally over with.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: It's always something, isn't it? If it isn't snow, it's cold. And if it's not cold, it's snow. Look for that to again be the case today, as warmer temperatures will also usher in moisture and snow showers, with 3-5" possible south and 1-2" central. Just what southern Wisconsin needs, more snow! And while 8 above zero doesn't sound very warm, considering that yesterday's daytime high temperature in Appleton was -4, that's a big increase!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Arctic-cold high pressure moves east and low pressure to our southwest develops light snow showers late. Some sunshine this morning, though. High of 8. Chance of snow during the day 25%.

Tonight: Snow, 3-4" south, 1-2" central, and maybe 1" north. Lows just above zero central and south, just a few below zero north. Chance of snow 80% south, 60% central, 40% north.

Tomorrow: Morning snow showers, then decreasing clouds late in the day. Highs mid- teens. Chance of snow 40%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Morning sunshine with increasing clouds and winds. Snow developing Wednesday night. Highs 18-23. Chance of snow Wednesday night 35%.
Thursday: Windy with snow likely. This system could bring us several more inches of snow so you can look forward to that after tonight's system is done. Highs 25-30. Chance of snow 50%.
Friday: Mostly sunny, and if it's not snowing, you can bet it'll be cold. Highs 12-17.
Saturday: Increasing clouds with yet another round of snow developing Saturday night. Highs 12-17. Chance of snow Saturday night 25%.
Sunday: Breezy with snow showers. Seriously, Mother Nature, don't you think this is just a bit overboard? Highs 25-30. Chance of snow 40%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Snow today and tonight, 2" possible. Decreasing clouds tomorrow. Highs 5 above today, mid- teens tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Snow, changing to freezing rain and sleet tonight, and changing to rain by tomorrow. How weird is that...usually it's the other way around. Highs upper 20s today, mid- 30s tomorrow.
... Winter Storm Warning in effect from noon today to 6 am CST Tuesday...
A developing winter storm will spread a mix of wintry precipitation
into southern Illinois... southwest Indiana... and western Kentucky
this afternoon and tonight. The precipitation is expected to start
out as mainly snow northern portions of southern Illinois and
southwest Indiana this afternoon... with sleet or freezing rain
over far southern portions of Illinois into western Kentucky.

As the afternoon progresses... the precipitation will transition to
a large area of freezing rain... sleet... and snow from south to
north. Primarily freezing rain is expected from Vienna Illinois to
Owensboro Kentucky... with mainly snow near Interstate 64 in southern
Illinois and southwest Indiana... and a mix near McLeansboro
Illinois and Evansville Indiana. The mix of wintry precipitation
will continue into tonight across the entire warning area... and
could even change over to plain rain over the far southern portion
of the warning area.

Significant icing is possible over portions of southern
Illinois... southwest Indiana... and northwest Kentucky... where
nearly one half inch of glaze may form. In addition...
accumulations of sleet may near one inch. Further north near
Interstate 64... snow may accumulate in excess of 4 inches. Much
depends on surface temperatures and how they rebound tonight...
which is still somewhat uncertain at this point.

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow...
sleet... and ice are expected or occurring. Travel will be very
hazardous or impossible.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Showers and thunderstorms, some perhaps severe tomorrow, highs upper 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: Sun today, showers tomorrow, highs lower 60s today and 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: Partly cloudy, highs upper 60s to near 70.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

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


Weather in the News:

3 to 7 inches could be added to snow piles
Crews tending to roads, motorists
A few areas of southern Wisconsin are expected to get as much as 7 inches. The snow will start falling around this afternoon's commute and get heavier as the evening progresses, according to the National Weather Service. Most areas in the region are expected to get 3 to 5 inches.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=716555

Winter weather brings danger from northern Plains to Northeast
* NEW: 68-vehicle pileup in Pennsylvania leaves one woman dead
* Windy, bitterly cold weather blanketed a region from the Dakotas to Michigan
* "There's been slide-offs all over and the roads are very icy," meteorologist said
* Five-mile Mackinac Bridge closes for hours due to whiteout conditions
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/02/10/winter.weather.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText


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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 8, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:40 PM GMT on February 08, 2008

TGIF!

TriBond Results
These TriBond puzzles were tough, and you had to think outside the box to get #2 correct.

Players: 16
TriBond #1 (16/16): Hope Chests, Cavities, Eclairs: You fill them

TriBond #2 (10/16): Deer, Fish, Sheep = Words that are both singular and plural

Other Answers for #2:
Things with white tails
Things you mount (ha!)
Things you don't want to hit with your car
All are farmed
All are animals
Head
Animals that roam in large groups


Winter 2008 Point Standings
Second place and ninth place are only separated by five points!

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Name City
47 14 8 8 7 10 Perfect Score
38 12 6 8 4 8 $$Greg, Madison, WI:
36 11 6 5 4 10 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
36 11 6 8 4 7 Sue, De Pere, WI:
35 11 6 8 2 8 $$Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
35 12 6 4 4 9 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
35 11 6 8 3 7 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
32 10 6 6 0 10 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
32 8 5 6 6 7 Becky T. and Dad:
31 10 7 3 4 7 Bethany:
30 9 7 5 3 6 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
30 6 6 8 6 4 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
30 11 5 6 3 5 Steve L.:
28 11 6 8 2 1 $Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
28 6 7 5 5 5 Katie/Bart, Eagle, WI:
24 8 3 7 2 4 Mary, Appleton, WI:
22 6 3 6 2 5 $Brian, Madison, WI:
22 6 3 6 4 3 John E., St. Paul, MN:
22 4 4 8 3 3 Rhonda:
21 7 5 2 3 4 Deb:
20 8 5 6 1 0 Diane Sm.: Greenville, WI:
20 8 5 6 1 - Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
20 9 5 6 - - Raessa:
19 9 6 2 2 - Adam E.:
19 5 4 6 - 4 Al, Germantown, WI:
19 6 6 5 2 - Sheila, Appleton, WI:
18 3 6 3 4 2 Cory S. Kaukauna, WI
17 6 6 4 1 - Jamie S., Evansville, IN:
17 9 6 - 0 2 Sally:
16 2 5 4 5 - Mom:
12 2 7 - 3 - Cindy:
9 4 1 1 3 0 Patty:
6 4 - - - 2 Karen:
4 4 - - - - Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
3 - 2 - - 1 Kelley:
2 - - 2 0 - Dan H.: Appleton, WI:
2 2 - - - - Tony:


Today’s Thought: Good News: All but 12 of the Milwaukee Brewers games will be televised this season. Bad news: They will be on the new "NL Central Network", which is only available on Dish Network and DirecTV. =)
Read more thoughts on my microblog:
http://twitter.com/sbhale

Today’s Holiday: Boy Scout Day and Kite Flying Day (perhaps the phrase "oh go fly a kite" would be appropriate today?)
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 and Fox Cities:
Wind chill watch in effect from late Saturday night through Sunday morning...
Gusty west winds of 15 to 30 mph... will combine with temperatures
from 10 below to 20 below zero... to produce dangerous wind chills
from 35 below to 45 below zero late Saturday night through Sunday
morning. Wind chills this low can cause frostbite on exposed skin
in less than 10 minutes.

A wind chill watch means the there is the potential for a
combination of very cold air and strong winds to create
dangerously low wind chill values. Monitor the latest forecasts
and warnings for updates on this situation.
-------------------
Patchy fog will reduce visibilities to a mile or less early this morning over central and northeast Wisconsin. The fog will also lead to some slick spots on roads and sidewalks as temperatures remain well below freezing.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
... More Arctic air on the way for Saturday afternoon into Sunday...

A strong Arctic cold front currently over western Canada is still
forecast to blast into the Dakotas late tonight and across
Wisconsin Saturday. Temperatures will plunge below zero Saturday
night and Sunday morning as a result.

Strong northwest winds gusting to between 35 and 45 mph are
expected Saturday afternoon and night. With plenty of loose snow
on the ground currently... the potential for significant blowing
and drifting snow exists with local blizzard conditions in open
rural areas. Exposed north to south roads would be most at risk
for large snow drifts. A blowing Snow Advisory may be needed.

In addition... the strong winds and below zero temperatures should
send wind chill readings plunging to 25 and 35 below zero between
midnight and noon on Sunday. A Wind Chill Advisory will likely be
required.

Look for advisories to be issued this afternoon.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds and some scattered snow showers southeast, temps are in the single digits above zero north, in the teens central, and near 20 south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: The last few winters have been fairly mild without a lot of snow around here. You know, those winters where half the time you're able to see the brownish grass in the front yard. Those winters where you say to yourself, "I remember back when I was a kid, when there was always lots of snow to play with and snow forts lasted for weeks, not days." I later thought that perhaps this was just an illusion, that 6" of snow looks a lot taller when you're four-feet tall. But this winter has not been that, at all. Milwaukee is already up to 24th place on the all-time snowiest winter list and Madison's already up to 3rd place! As for this weekend, we're not as much concerned about snowfall, but rather yet another round of cold, arctic air, which will make going outside a chore yet again tomorrow night and Sunday.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy, occasional light snow showers or flurries possible. Highs low to mid- 20s north, 27 central, near 30 south. Chance of snow 40%.

Tonight: Cloudy and breezy with more light snow showers or flurries. Lows lower teens north, lower 20s central and south. Chance of snow 40%.

Saturday: Cloudy and becoming windy with more light snow showers possible early in the day. Decreasing clouds, windy and bitterly cold tomorrow night. Highs near 20 north, mid- to upper 20s central, near 30 again south. Lows tomorrow night -15 to -20 north, -10 to -15 central, -5 to -10 south with wind chills -25 to -45. Chance of snow 30%.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, windy and cold. Really cold. Highs just a couple degrees above zero north and central, around 6 above south. Wind chills -10 to -30 during the day. Ick.

Next Week:
Monday: Snow showers, warmer, could be 2-4" if the weather models hold true, highs 13-18. Chance of snow 50%.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy and almost back to normal, highs 21-26.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, highs 24-29.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Snow showers today, windy and cold this weekend, highs near 30 today but only in the single digits above zero this weekend. Wind chills below -40 Saturday night.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Evansville, Indiana: Some sunshine today and tomorrow, more sunshine on Sunday, highs lower 50s today and tomorrow but plummeting into the upper 20s on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

This Weekend in League City and Pearland, Texas: Mostly sunny, highs upper 60s to lower 70s.
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, highs mid- to upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

This Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada: Mostly sunny, highs low to mid- 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

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


Weather in the News:

Bracing for another punch
Arctic cold predicted as area recovers from storm
Much of southern Wisconsin spent Thursday digging out of the season's worst storm, but any breather will be short-lived.
It's not snow in the forecast this time - it's an arctic blast predicted to blow its way here and settle like a blanket of ice over the state.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=715977
Post-shovel reflections on a stormy affair
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=715957

800 vehicles trapped on Wisconsin interstate
* Vehicles backed up 19 miles on Interstate 90
* Schools closed across Michigan, New York
* Ohio city threatened by flooding
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/02/07/winter.weather.ap/index.html

'Miracle' baby tossed 300 feet by twister found alive
* Firefighter finds 11-month-old Kyson Stowell alive; baby's mother dies
* Boy's grandfather: "He loved his momma, and she loved him"
* President Bush plans to visit parts of storm-ravaged Tennessee on Friday
* Bush declares five counties in the state "major disaster" areas
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/02/08/tornadoes/index.html


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Rare Bizarre "Happy Face" Spider. Looks Like It's Smiling
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Updated: 1:41 PM GMT on February 08, 2008

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Snowfall Totals

By: HaleStorm, 4:54 AM GMT on February 07, 2008

From the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel and the National Weather Service:

Orfordville 21 inches
Beloit 20 inches
Saukville 20 inches
Jackson 20 inches
Glendale 18 inches
Beaver Dam 16.8 inches
NWS-Sullivan 16.3 inches
Brookfield 16 inches
Waukesha 16 inches
Watertown 14.5 inches
Random Lake 14 inches
Grafton 14.5 inches
Cedarburg 14 inches
Madison 12.5 inches
Caledonia 12.2 inches
Waukesha Airport 12 inches
Milwaukee 12 inches
Mitchell Airport 11.5 inches
Sturtevant 11 inches
Franklin 12 inches
Oconomowoc 12 inches
Fond du Lac 12 inches

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 6, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:40 PM GMT on February 06, 2008

**Added additional player to Power of 10 game results**

Good Wednesday morning!

TriBond Wednesday

TriBond #1:
Hope Chests
Cavities
Eclairs

TriBond #2:
Deer
Fish
Sheep

Rules and How to Play
Three words are given that all have something in common. Your job is to tell me what these words have in common. Two puzzles are given and people get two points for each correct answer. Also, if less than half of the people who respond get a TriBond correct, those who did get it right will receive an extra point.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Power of 10 Results

Players: 26
Question #1: What percentage of Americans have asked themselves "What would Jesus do?" when trying to make a decision? = 54%
90s
80s
70s x
60s xxx
50s xxx
40s xx
30s xxxxxxxxx
20s xxxxxx
10s x
0s x

Question #2: What percentage of Americans have eaten pet food? = 15%
90s
80s x
70s xxx
60s x
50s x
40s xx
30s x
20s xxxx
10s xxxxxxxxxxxxx
0s


Today’s Thought: We're only a few weeks away from Daylight Saving Time (March 9). And Shamrock Shakes. Mmmm!
Read more thoughts on my microblog:
http://twitter.com/sbhale

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

Today’s Forecast Grade: B north, C- central, F south!


Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
... Snow and Blowing Snow Advisory remains in effect until 9 am CST this morning...
Intermittent periods of light to moderate snow will continue through
this morning. An additional 1 to 2 inches of snow is expected
through this morning... bringing total accumulations to 1 to 3 inches.
In addition... northeast winds of 15 to 30 mph will create
considerable blowing and drifting of the snow.

A Snow and Blowing Snow Advisory means that visibilities will be
limited due to a combination of falling and blowing snow. Use
caution when traveling... especially in open areas.
--------------------
Light to occasionally moderate snow will continue to fall over the area through mid morning. Through 8 am...less than an inch of snow is expected from Wautoma to Appleton to Green Bay to Kewaunee...with up to 2 inches in the Oshkosh and Manitowoc areas. In addition to the snow...blustery northeast winds will lead to blowing and drifting of the snow. Motorists are urged to exercise caution...as roads will be slippery.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
... Height of the severe winter storm for southern Wisconsin today...
... Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 6 PM CST this afternoon...
Snow will continue across all of southern Wisconsin today. The
heaviest snow is expected across portions of southern Wisconsin
this morning and early afternoon.

The snow may be very heavy with rapid accumulations and
visibilities less than one quarter mile. Thundersnow and 2 to 3
inch per hour snowfall rates are possible this morning in
southeast Wisconsin.

Expected snowfall totals by this evening will range from 6 to 8
inches in the Montello and Wisconsin Dells areas. 8 to 12 inches
of snow are expected from Sheboygan to Beaver Dam and Madison.
Between 12 and 18 inches are expected from Monroe and Janesville
to Milwaukee... Waukesha... Racine... Kenosha... West Bend and Port
Washington. There may be a sharp cutoff with less snow amounts
from southern Walworth County to Racine and Kenosha counties.
However... these areas will likely receive 8 to 12 inches.

In addition to the snow... strong north to northeast winds gusting
up to 35 mph will produce considerable blowing and drifting snow
creating near blizzard conditions... especially near Lake Michigan
and also in inland rural locations. Snow drifts of 2 to 4 feet
are likely and may be higher in exposed areas that favor drifting
with north to northeast winds.

Travel is expected to become treacherous during the morning rush
hour. Storms of this magnitude are capable of crippling the
morning rush hour... especially in the Milwaukee Metro area. All
interests should keep abreast of the latest forecast... and be
prepared to alter your travel plans this morning. Be sure your
vehicles Fuel Tank is at least half-full.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds north, clouds mixed with some snow central, and truckloads of snow falling south, temps are in the mid- teens north, lower 20s central, and mid- to upper 20s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Ok, this is just getting ridiculous. If I wrote my weather updates on Tuesdays and Thursdays instead of M/W/F, I would have it a lot easier this week. But alas, mother nature and la nina have thrown Wisconsin yet another curveball, and depending on where you live, you either are going to get hammered with snow today, or it will be a day kinda like yesterday. A strong low pressure system in southern Illinois picked up a ton of Gulf of Mexico moisture on its way here from the Rocky Mountains and is generating heaps of snow just south of Appleton (there's no new snow on my front porch this morning). And judging by the way this system is moving (slow and consistent), if you're getting snow now, be prepared to get a lot more by this evening with amounts of 13-17" near the Milwaukee area (local amounts could even see up to 20"!) I can only imagine how tall the snow drifts are going to be down there!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy north. Cloudy and windy with snow showers central. Cloudy and windy south with heavy snow piling up about 2" every hour for much of the day! The storm slowed down a bit overnight so you didn't wake up to a foot of snow, but by this evening many areas will have more than that to shovel or hopefully snowblow. Make sure to pick up an "I survived the blizzard of '08" T-shirt and wear it proudly. Highs mid- 20s north, 28 central and south.

Tonight: Snow tapering off to flurries central and south with decreasing clouds across the state overnight. Total expected accumulations according to the National Weather Service: 1-3" in Appleton, 5-7" in Fond du Lac, 8-12" in Madison, and a whopping 13-17" in Waukesha. Lows just above zero north, lower teens central and south.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy with flurries, and its back to work and school for you folks in southern Wisconsin. Highs lower 20s north, mid- 20s central and south.

This Weekend:
Friday: Snow showers, highs 29-34. Chance of snow 40%.
Saturday: Very windy and colder with more snow. Seriously. This upper-air pattern's got to stop. Highs 16-21. Chance of snow 60%.
Sunday: Flurries, cold, highs 12-17.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Light snow possible tonight and tomorrow, highs mid- 20s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Rain this morning, changing over to light snow this afternoon. Flurries tonight, sprinkles tomorrow. Highs upper 50s early but plummeting into the 30s later this afternoon. Highs lower 40s tomorrow.
Through at least 9 am...scattered showers will continue over western Kentucky...southern Illinois...and southwest Indiana. Over southeast Missouri...the showers will decrease or come to an end. Rainfall will be less than a tenth of an inch.
-------------
... Record high temperature set at Evansville Indiana...
... Record daily maximum rainfall set at Evansville Indiana...

A record high temperature of 70 degrees was set at the Evansville
ASOS Friday... February 5th. This breaks the old record of 67 set in
1927.

A record rainfall of 2.73 inches was set at the Evansville ASOS
Friday... February 5th. This breaks the old record of 1.31 inches set
in 1908.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Sunshine, breezy and cooler, highs near 60 today and upper 60s tomorrow. Not enough to turn on your air conditioner but it's sure better than what we've got.
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: Storms developing late, could be severe. Highs near 70. Decreasing clouds and cooler tomorrow, highs 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: Some sunshine today, highs lower 50s. More sunshine tomorrow, 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:

The worst is yet to come
It may not look too bad now but the National Weather Service said the worst of the storm is yet to come with predictions of snow falling at one to two inches per hour this morning and near blizzard conditions in some areas across the region.
http://www.jsonline.com/watch/?watch=1&date=2/6/2008&id=35136

Fed up and flaked out
Even the hardy have had enough this winter
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=715110

Severe weather, tornadoes kill 45 across South
* NEW: 13 more deaths in Tennessee bring state's toll to 24; 45 dead across South
* 13 people killed in Arkansas, including a family of 3
* 7 killed in Kentucky; 1 in Alabama
* Natural gas transmission station burns in Tennessee
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/02/06/tornadoes/index.html#cnnSTCText


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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 4, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 2:01 PM GMT on February 04, 2008

Good Monday morning!

Highlights of the Week:
Lisa and Steve (written by Steve): There were two good highlights this weekend. One was that after six days of messing with our laptop, I finally got the goofy thing to work again. Adding the optional /r command after running chkdsk from the command prompt fixed the bad sectors on the hard drive and all is well again. For now, anyway. Whew! The other highlight this weekend was having the Giants beat the Patriots in what was arguably one of the most exciting fourth quarters in Super Bowl history. Which is good, since the first three quarters were a snooze-fest! The Bud Light ads were good, but most of the others were just okay, with a few "What???" moments as well. The Giants ruined Tampa Bay's season, they ruined Dallas's season, they ruined Green Bay's season, and I was happy that they were able to ruin New England's season as well. As bad as Packers fans felt two weeks ago, I'm thinking Patriots fans are feeling even worse today!

Bryce: Mouse movie! Big slide! Mater! Caillou! (We rented the movie Ratatouille and Bryce really liked it. We thought it was good too - not an overly laugh-out-loud kind of movie but the storyline was entertaining.)

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


Power of 10 Monday
The show has been put on indefinite hiatus due to low ratings, but the questions are still good so I'll continue this game in the updates for a while.

Question #1: What percentage of Americans have asked themselves "What would Jesus do?" when trying to make a decision?

Question #2: What percentage of Americans have eaten pet food?

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


Today’s Holiday: Create a Vacuum Day and Thank a Mailman Day (tomorrow is National Weatherman's Day!)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: D


Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
... Snow Advisory in effect from noon today to midnight CST tonight...
... Winter Weather Advisory is cancelled...
Snow will arrive around midday and continue... heavy at times into
the evening hours. 3 to 5 inches are possible.

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.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Fox Cities:
... Winter weather will arrive this afternoon...
... Winter Weather Advisory in effect from noon today to 9 PM CST this evening...
... Freezing Rain Advisory is cancelled...
Snow should arrive around midday and could be heavy at times in
the afternoon. It will likely change to freezing rain or rain
before ending in the early evening. An inch or two are likely
east of a Kewaunee to Oshkosh line with 2 to 3 inches to the
west. Snowfall amounts could be higher if the snow does not change
to freezing rain or rain.

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow... sleet... or
freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for
slippery roads and limited visibilities... and use caution while
driving.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
... Winter storm potential for Tuesday night into Wednesday afternoon...
... Winter Storm Watch in effect from Tuesday evening through Wednesday afternoon...
5 to 9 inches of snow is possible on Tuesday night into Wednesday
afternoon. Gusty northeast and north winds may lead to blowing
and drifting snow with visibilities lowering to a 1/4 mile or less
at times.

A Winter Storm Watch is issued when heavy snow... and/or
sleet... and/or freezing rain may combine with strong winds to
cause major impacts to Commerce and society. Continue to monitor
the latest forecasts for updates and possible warnings.
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Look for a band of light snow...possibly mixed with drizzle or freezing drizzle...to move north across Washington...Ozaukee... eastern Fond Du Lac and Sheboygan counties between 6 am and 730 am. Areas of fog...with locally dense fog...and patchy drizzle or flurries can be expected during the morning commute over the remainder of southeast and south central Wisconsin. A larger band of rain...with some freezing rain and sleet mixed in...is expected to reach western Lafayette County...and southwest Iowa County between 10 am and 11 am. With temperatures hovering around the freezing mark...untreated roads will become icy. Motorists should be prepared for variable Road conditions and take a little extra time while driving this morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds and areas of fog, temps are in the upper 20s north and lower 30s central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Punxsutawney Phil indicated on Saturday that we're going to have six more weeks of winter, and judging by the forecast, he wasn't kidding. And sometimes this weather update is really tough to write, since I try to cover from Rhinelander to the Fox Valley and Madison/Waukesha, and if you noticed above, each of these three areas has a different advisory or watch issued. Basically, a mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow is currently in Iowa and moving this direction. Northern Wisconsin will probably see 3-5" of snow today, the Fox Valley will get 2-3" of snow before turning to freezing rain or light rain late, and southern Wisconsin will see a mixed bag of precipitation. And if this wasn't fun enough, we could be in for another big snowstorm Tuesday night, this time without the freezing rain or sleet. Seriously, just call in sick this week and save yourself the stress.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: For northern and central Wisconsin: Snow developing later this morning and becoming heavier this afternoon and evening. Snow could change over to freezing rain or rain this evening before ending. For southern Wisconsin, taken from the National Weather Service: "Areas of fog...with locally dense fog. Light snow...patchy drizzle or light freezing drizzle in the morning. Rain or light freezing rain likely late in the morning...with isolated thunderstorms and sleet. Then occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon." Ummm...yeah. What they said. Highs lower 30s north, 34 central, mid- to upper 30s south. Chance of precip 90%.

Tonight: Snow showers ending north. Snow showers changing to light freezing rain or rain before ending central. As for south, again I'll quote my friends at the NWS: "Areas of fog and drizzle in the evening. Chance of light showers...then chance of rain and light snow after midnight." Lows lower 20s north, mid- to upper 20s central and south. Chance of precip 40%.

Tomorrow: Cloudy during the morning with snow developing from south to north late in the day. Snow could be heavy tomorrow night central and south with 5-9" possible by Wednesday afternoon. For this one, it looks like lighter accumulations the further north you live. Highs near 30 north, mid- 30s central and south. Chance of snow tomorrow night 70%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Snow, heavy at times during the morning, then tapering off by the afternoon. Highs 23-28. Chance of snow 40%.
Thursday: Light snow showers, highs 23-28. Chance of snow 25%.
Friday: More light snow showers or flurries. Highs 29-34. Chance of measurable snow 20%.
Saturday: Flurries, highs 24-29.
Sunday: Colder with even more snow developing late. Highs 14-19. Chance of snow Sunday night 30%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Snow today, light snow showers tomorrow, highs 25-30. 5-6" of snow by tomorrow.
... Snow heading for central and east central Minnesota... and a mix of snow and sleet for south central Minnesota and portions of west central Wisconsin...
... Snow Advisory in effect until 6 PM CST this afternoon...
... Winter Weather Advisory is cancelled...

Moderate to heavy snow can be expected across portions of central
and east central Minnesota today... especially during the late
morning and afternoon hours. 3 to 5 inches of snow can be expected
prior to the evening hours today. The evening rush hour could be
problematic due to worsening weather conditions in the Twin Cities.

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.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Showers and thunderstorms, some could be severe. Breezy, highs mid- 60s.
... Heavy rain and severe thunderstorms will be possible from late tonight through Tuesday evening...

A strong storm system will move across the central United States
on today and through the region Tuesday into early Tuesday night.

Showers and thunderstorms will be likely through the period.
Locally heavy rain from 1 to 3 inches is expected... which would
likely lead to high water problems in low lying and poor drainage
areas... and with small rivers..streams and in urban areas.

Additionally... a couple of rounds of severe thunderstorms appears
possible. The first may be accompanied by a warm frontal passage
late today into tonight... with the second along and in advance of
a strong cold front... forecast to move across the region Tuesday
afternoon. Wind fields will be quite strong at all levels in the
atmosphere. Also... temperatures are forecast to rise well into the
60s to near 70 degrees... which is unseasonably warm for this time
of year. The combination of both will contribute to the chance of
severe storms.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or local media for the latest
weather information from the National Weather Service. You can
access current information from our weather office at our web
site as well. Http://weather.Gov/pah is our web address.
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 better chance of storms tomorrow. Highs near 80 today and mid- 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: Morning fog, then partly cloudy today and tomorrow, highs mid- 60s today and lower 70s tomorrow.
... Dense fog advisory in effect until 10 am EST this morning...

The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a dense fog
advisory... which is in effect until 10 am EST this morning.

The combination of mostly clear skies... calm winds and high
humidity will promote areas of dense fog this morning across much
of southeast Georgia and much of southeast South Carolina.
Visibilities of 1/4 mile or less can be expected with visibilities
dropping to near zero at times near low lying areas and near
bodies of water. Conditions are expected to improve by mid
morning.

If driving... slow down... use your headlights... and leave plenty
of distance ahead of you.

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: Sunshine, highs lower 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:

Punxsutawney Phil's prediction: more winter
* Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, a forecast of 6 more weeks of winter
* Each February 2, thousands celebrate what had been a German superstition
* Gen. Beauregard Lee, a Georgia groundhog, alternately predicts early spring
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/02/02/groundhog.day.ap/index.html

Chinese make Olympic weather bow to Party's will
Rain-prevention experiments 'satisfactory', claims Beijing
Chinese officials have announced that the Beijing Meteorological Bureau has successfully carried out experiments aimed at preventing light rain from washing out the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics on 8 August.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/01/30/olympic_weather_control/

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 1, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 2:03 PM GMT on February 01, 2008

TGIF!

Match Game Results
One point for every five people who respond with the same answer. Monument, Disaster and Apologizes were all one person away from getting another point. Results are below.

Players: 25
Game #1: Fat Fred is so fat (how fat is he???) today, the government declared him to be a national _______.
Monument (14) - 2 points
Disaster (4)
Landmark (2)
Park (2)
Pig
Celebrity
Biggest Loser Candidate

Game #2: The countess Dracula said, My husband the count has gotten very civilized. Now before he bites you on the neck, he _______s.
Asks (7) - 1 point
Apologizes (4)
Brushes his teeth (2)
Kisses (2)
Prays (2)
Bows
Flosses
Marries
Seasons your neck
Sings
Smiles
Spritzes
Washes


Outburst Scoring
Not many people voted in my Outburst poll, but those that did make a comment stated that they liked it better the old way, using the Hasbro card to determine points. So I'll go back to original scoring when the game comes back in the rotation. I'm running short on cards I haven't used before but maybe that will prompt me to buy a newer version of the game.


Winter 2008 Point Standings
Not a lot of points were given out this week, but there were some small changes in this week's point standings.

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Name City
37 14 8 8 7 Perfect Score
30 12 6 8 4 $$Greg, Madison, WI:
29 11 6 8 4 Sue, De Pere, WI:
28 11 6 8 3 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
27 11 6 8 2 $$Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
27 11 6 8 2 $Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
26 11 6 5 4 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
26 12 6 4 4 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
26 6 6 8 6 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
25 8 5 6 6 Becky T. and Dad:
25 11 5 6 3 Steve L.:
24 10 7 3 4 Bethany:
24 9 7 5 3 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
23 6 7 5 5 Katie/Bart, Eagle, WI:
22 10 6 6 0 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
20 8 5 6 1 Diane Sm.: Greenville, WI:
20 8 3 7 2 Mary, Appleton, WI:
20 8 5 6 1 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
20 9 5 6 - Raessa:
19 9 6 2 2 Adam E.:
19 6 3 6 4 John E., St. Paul, MN:
19 4 4 8 3 Rhonda:
19 6 6 5 2 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
17 6 3 6 2 $Brian, Madison, WI:
17 7 5 2 3 Deb:
17 6 6 4 1 Jamie S., Evansville, IN:
16 3 6 3 4 Cory S. Kaukauna, WI
16 2 5 4 5 Mom:
15 5 4 6 - Al, Germantown, WI:
15 9 6 - 0 Sally:
12 2 7 - 3 Cindy:
9 4 1 1 3 Patty:
4 4 - - - Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
4 4 - - - Karen:
2 - - 2 0 Dan H.: Appleton, WI:
2 - 2 - - Kelley:
2 2 - - - Tony:


Today’s Thought: For the first time in my life, I had a little accident on the roads Wednesday morning! I spun out on Hwy 441 just past the College Avenue on-ramp and wound up in a ditch! Luckily Bryce and I were fine and there were no other cars around when I spun out, so my "classic" 1997 Civic is still in decent shape. I did make some nice tracks off the side of the road though, which I checked out again yesterday (it looks worse than what it was!) There were four other cars in the ditch just from my ditch's vantage point, and the cop and tow truck driver were only about 500 feet ahead of me when the accident occurred so after they were done towing out that car, they just backed up in the emergency lane and helped me out. That was a day I really should have just stayed in bed!
Read more thoughts on my microblog:
http://twitter.com/sbhale

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

Today’s Forecast Grade: C


Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
Scattered light snow or freezing drizzle may make for slick roads this morning. A northeast flow of air from Lake Michigan is creating some light snow and light freezing drizzle in the Lakeshore counties and Fox Valley this morning. Even though the precipitation is light...it may create a thin coating of ice or snow and make for hazardous travel.
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January 2008 in Green Bay will go down in the record books as the 2nd wettest January on record. The total water equivalent...rain and melted snow of 3.65 inches fell just short of the all time record of 3.75 inches set in 1889. The snowfall total of 28.5 inches makes it the 4th snowiest January on record at Green Bay.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southeastern Wisconsin:
... Snow Advisory remains in effect until noon CST today...
Snow will continue this morning with additional accumulations up
to 2 inches. This will put total accumulations in the 3 to 6 inch
range.
Be prepared for snow covered roads and use caution while driving.
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Look for an area of moderate snow from Milwaukee to Kenosha County during the morning commute. Visibilities will drop to 1/2 mile in the heavier snow bands. This area of snow will gradually push off to the east by late morning. Meanwhile little if any accumulation will occur west of a line from Sheboygan to Janesville. Motorists should be alert for reduced visibilities to 1/2 mile or less especially over Milwaukee...Racine and Kenosha counties where a Winter Storm Warning is in effect. Slippery driving conditions will prevail over much of southeast Wisconsin during the morning hours.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with snow showers lingering in parts of southeastern Wisconsin and clouds elsewhere across the state, temps are not so bad this morning, around 5-10 above zero north, in the upper teens central, and the lower 20s south (upper 20s near Lake Michigan).
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Good news: January is over! Bad news: February has an extra day in it this year.
A large snowstorm which dumped almost a foot of snow across parts of Illinois and Indiana missed a good chunk of Wisconsin yesterday, although the Waukesha and Milwaukee areas did see 3-6" and in Kenosha, 6-10"! The good news for us is that behind this low pressure system, currently located in southeastern Illinois, we will not see bitter cold temperatures like we did after the last storm moved through. Instead, highs in the 30s will make up our weekend and the start of our work week.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning snow showers southeast, otherwise just mostly cloudy. Highs mid- 20s north, 27 central, near 30 south.

Tonight: Cloudy, maybe some flurries, and not that cold overnight. Lows mid- teens north, near 20 central and south...all above zero!

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a few light snow showers or flurries. Warmer, as I'm sure Punxsutawney Phil will agree, highs near 30 north, lower 30s central and south. Chance of snow 30%.

Sunday: Becoming cloudy with snow developing late. Highs near 30 north, low to mid- 30s central and south. Chance of snow Sunday night 40%.

Next Week:
Monday: Snow, and probably enough to get out your shovels or snowblower. Highs 33-38. Chance of snow 70%.
Tuesday: Cloudy and breezy with light snow showers or flurries as yet another storm system misses us to the east. Probably. Highs 32-37. Chance of snow 30%.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, a little colder, highs 28-33.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Light snow tonight and tomorrow morning, otherwise partly cloudy, highs mid- to upper 20s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Evansville, Indiana: Rain, snow and freezing drizzle today. Yuck. Sunshine tomorrow, rain showers possible late on Sunday. Highs lower 30s today, low to mid- 40s this weekend.
... Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until noon CST today...
A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until noon CST today in
an area stretching from Sikeston and New Madrid Missouri in the
west... Onward to Princeton and Evansville Indiana to the northeast.

Scattered snow showers will continue to develop and move northeast
through southeast Illinois... The Purchase area of west
Kentucky... and into southwest Indiana. Locations currently seeing
a mix of rain or sleet should see a change over to snow by daybreak.

Radar estimated snowfall amounts suggest that snowfall ranging
from a trace to locally three inches have fallen overnight in the
warned area... mainly over southeast Missouri and southeast
Illinois. An additional snowfall accumulation up to an inch is
expected through mid morning in the warned area.

Light freezing drizzle or rain will then be possible through late
morning.

Should the wintry precipitation exit the region faster than
expected... the Winter Storm Warning may be canceled before noon.

In the meantime... travel conditions will remain slick and
hazardous early this morning. Any unnecessary travel is strongly
discouraged early this morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

This Weekend in League City and Pearland, Texas: Sunshine today, isolated showers late on Saturday with a better chance of showers and thunderstorms on Sunday. Highs upper 50s today, warming into the upper 60s to near 70 this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

This Weekend in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Morning showers and windy today, then partly cloudy this weekend. Highs mid- to upper 60s.
... Wind Advisory now in effect until 5 PM EST this afternoon...
An intensifying area of low pressure will push into the Ohio
Valley today. South to southwest winds of 25 to 35 mph are
expected to develop after sunrise and continue into the afternoon
ahead of a cold front approaching from the west. Winds may gust as
high as 45 mph. 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 afternoon as high pressure builds into the area.

Winds will be strongest on the taller bridges across the area.
This includes the Ravenel bridge... the Don Holt bridge... the
James b Edwards bridge... the Ben Sawyer bridge... the Isle of
Palms connector and the Woods Memorial bridge. Use extreme
caution if you must venture over these bridges today.

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.

A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected. Winds
this strong can make driving difficult... especially for high
profile vehicles. Use extra caution especially on bridges and
overpasses.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

This Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine today, more clouds tomorrow, scattered showers and breezy on 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:

Welcome to another messy winter morning
Welcome to another messy winter morning in southeastern Wisconsin.
http://www.jsonline.com/watch/?watch=1&date=2/1/2008&id=34935

Fierce storm whips eastward, pushing Lake Erie over banks
* High winds suspected of collapsing Brooklyn scaffold, killing construction worker
* Man whose truck ran into a ditch found frozen on neighbor's porch, near doorbell
* Four deaths blamed on high winds, thunderstorm in Indiana
* Fourth storm in a series was on the way to the interior West
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/01/30/winter.storm.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

China rail services resuming
* Chinese rail services resuming after winter storms crippled transport
* In Guangzhou, hundreds of thousands waiting for trains
* Heavy snow combined with busiest travel season brought travel chaos to China
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/01/31/china.weather.trains.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText


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