Wisconsin Weather Update

Wisconsin Weather Update for March 31, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 12:32 PM GMT on March 31, 2008

Good Monday morning!

Weather Synopsis
I have yet to have a quiet forecast since splitting up my weather update blog a week ago! This time around it's a panhandle-hook low pressure system full of moisture, which will push widespread precipitation across Wisconsin later this morning and continue it through the overnight hours. And I have to use the word "precipitation" because the rain/snow line will come into play, especially tonight. While northern Wisconsin will see almost all snow from this system, central and southern Wisconsin will see rain for most of it, then changing to light snow tonight before ending. So at Midnight when the calendars change over to April, there's a good chance it'll be snowing, much like when the calendars changed over to March...and February...and January...and December.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
... Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 10 am this morning to 7 am CDT Tuesday...
Snow is expected to develop this morning and continue into
tonight. The snow could be heavy at times. The snow could also be
mixed with sleet at times. A total snowfall of 6 to 9 inches is
expected. Increasing northeast winds may produce some blowing snow
further reducing visibilities.

A Winter Storm Warning means a significant amount of snow is
expected. This will make travel very hazardous.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Fox Cities:
... Flood Watch remains in effect from 10 am CDT this morning through late tonight...
* a widespread rainfall of 1 to 2 inches is expected to develop
later this morning and then continue into tonight. Due to a
saturated ground... runoff from the rainfall along with the
melting of the remaining snow... could produce flooding.

* Main flooding effects include rapid rises in area rivers and
streams.

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
...Flood Watch remains in effect through late tonight...
* strong low pressure will track from Kansas to northern Illinois
today before crossing lower Michigan tonight. Warm and very
moist Gulf of Mexico air drawn north into Wisconsin ahead of the
low will be lifted up and over a strong warm front over northern
Illinois. Periods of rain and thunderstorms will be common
across southern Wisconsin. Widespread rainfall of 1 to 2 inches
with locally higher amounts to 4 inches are expected.

* Since minor river flooding from earlier snow melt is already
underway...the heavy rainfall could result in moderate to
perhaps major river flooding. Widespread flooding of creeks...
streams...and low lying areas is also possible. Locally heavy
thunderstorms may also produce flash flooding and urban
flooding as well.

A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for
flooding. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for
possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding
should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Today’s Forecast Grade: D

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: I gotta split this one out, it's too confusing otherwise:
North: Areas of fog. Snow developing later this morning, and becoming heavy at times this afternoon. Snow could mix with rain or sleet at times. Breezy, highs mid- to upper 30s.
Central: Areas of fog. Rain developing later this morning, and becoming heavy at times this afternoon. Maybe even a little thunder thrown in just for fun. Breezy, high of 42.
South: Areas of fog. Showers and thunderstorms developing later this morning, and becoming heavy at times this afternoon. Maybe even a little hail thrown in just for fun. Breezy, highs mid- to upper 40s.

Tonight: Splitting them out again:
North: Windy with snow gradually ending overnight. Total snow accumulation of 5-9"! Lows near 20.
Central: Windy with rain showers changing over to light snow overnight. 1-2" of snow accumulation is expected. Lows near 30.
South: Windy with showers and thunderstorms changing over to light rain, then light snow shortly before ending. Less than 1" of snow accumulation is expected. Lows lower 30s.

Tomorrow: Morning light snow showers, then decreasing clouds in the afternoon. Highs low to mid- 30s north, upper 30s central and south.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly sunny, warmer, highs 44-49.
Thursday: Partly cloudy north, mostly cloudy south, highs 46-51.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with light rain or snow possible Friday night. Highs 50-55.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, highs 49-54.
Sunday: Light rain possible, perhaps mixed with light snow north, highs 46-51.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Snow today, briefly mixing with rain early. More snow tonight with 5-7" of total accumulation expected. Decreasing clouds tomorrow. Highs mid- to upper 30s.
... Heavy Snow Warning remains in effect until 6 am CDT Tuesday...
Snow has begun in west central Minnesota and will spread eastward
through late morning... reaching the Twin Cities by 8 to 10 am and
communities of west central Wisconsin by 9 to 11 am. The wet
snow... heavy at times between 11 am and 10 PM... will continue
through this evening before diminishing significantly in intensity
overnight. Snow accumulations from six to eight inches are likely
in the warning area... with some nine inch amounts possible near
the U.S. Highway 8 corridor of west central Wisconsin. In
addition... breezy late afternoon and evening northeast
winds... with gusts to 35 mph possible... may lead to some blowing
and drifting snow in open areas.

A Heavy Snow Warning means severe winter weather conditions are
expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast
that will make travel dangerous... including on interstates
35... 90... and 94. Only travel in an emergency. If you must
travel... keep an extra flashlight... food... and water in your
vehicle in case of an emergency.
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heavy snow warnings or advisories in effect for much of central and southern Minnesota through tonight... snow will be rapidly spreading into southwest...west central and parts of east central Minnesota this morning. At 6:50 am...the leading edge of the area of snow was located along a line from Walnut Grove to Hutchinson and St cloud...moving to the northeast at about 25 mph. Temperatures within the precipitation area ranged from 30 to 35 degrees. As the morning progresses...expect the snow to become heavy in intensity by late this morning...with visibilities reduced to around one quarter of a mile. Watch out for slippery spots on untreated Road surfaces...bridge decks and ramps...and allow plenty of extra distance between vehicles.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered showers today, rain likely tonight, showers ending tomorrow morning. Highs upper 60s today and lower 60s tomorrow.
... Flash Flood Watch remains in effect from this evening through Tuesday morning...
* widespread thunderstorms with heavy rain are expected to sweep
across the quad state ahead of a cold front tonight. Rainfall
will average 1 to 2 inches... with some local areas receiving up
to 3 inches. Most of the heavy rain will fall in just a few
hours... which will lead to significant runoff and flooding
problems throughout the area.

* Recent rains have kept the ground moist throughout the quad
state... and with some drainage systems already rendered useless
due to elevated river levels... water will pile up in a hurry in
many locations once the stronger thunderstorms arrive Monday
night.

Those planning travel tonight should be prepared to encounter
flooded roadways... and find alternate routes to reach their
destinations. By all means... if you encounter a barricade...
please make the smart choice... turn around... dont drown.

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should flash flood warnings be issued.
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The leading edge of widely scattered showers will move near a line stretching from Mount Vernon and Mount Carmel Illinois...Onward to Petersburg Indiana by 830 am. These showers will extend southward beyond the Missouri and Kentucky state line. A few of the showers may produce a brief period of heavy rain...sharply reducing visibilities at times. A few thunderstorms will also be possible around sunrise. Hourly rainfall amounts will range from a trace to locally one half inch in isolated patches of heavier rainfall. This rain will continue to move northeast around 35 mph.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs near or just above 80.
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 with scattered showers, highs mid- to upper 60s.
Patchy drizzle and fog will affect southern South Carolina and southeast Georgia early this morning. Motorists should be alert for reduced visibilities...especially on the taller bridges such as the Talmadge Memorial in Savannah and the Woods Memorial and Harbor Island bridge in Beaufort. Visibility will be under 1 mile at times on the elevated roads...with occasional visibility under 3 miles elsewhere in areas of fog.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs near 70 today and mid- 70s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040


Weather in the News:

Ice shelf collapse: What does it mean?
* Biologist says polar animals are incredibly sensitive to temperature changes
* Expert: Changes "should be taken as warning of what may be coming elsewhere"
* The temperature in the western Antarctic is up .9 degree Fahrenheit
* Krill may be among the first animals to have to adapt to warming temperatures
http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/03/28/ice.explained/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 28, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 12:49 PM GMT on March 28, 2008

TGIF!

Weather Synopsis
A large area of high pressure centered over northwestern Ontario is large enough in area to provide Wisconsin with two days of pleasant early-Spring weather today and tomorrow before the next storm system brings wet weather back to Wisconsin Sunday and Monday. Light winds today will still be from the north for now, so you can expect cool temperatures to accompany the sunshine. It will be a few degrees warmer compared to yesterday's mid- 30s, primarily due to the lack of cloud cover today, but there are still no 50s or 60s on the horizon.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Today’s Forecast Grade: B

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Mostly sunny and cool, but a little warmer than yesterday. High of 38 central, near 40 south.

Tonight: Mostly clear and cool, lows near 20.

Saturday: Partly cloudy and becoming windy and warmer with increasing clouds late. Highs low to mid- 40s central, mid- to upper 40s south.

Sunday: Cloudy and breezy with rain likely. Highs mid- 40s. Chance of rain 60%.

Next Week:
Monday: Cloudy, windy and cooler with more rain likely, changing over to light snow late before ending. Highs 38-43. Chance of precip 80%. Something tells me there's not going to be baseball played at Wrigley Field so Opening Day for the Cubs and Brewers will have to wait until Tuesday.
Tuesday: Becoming partly cloudy and remaining cool, highs 37-42.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, a little warmer, highs 42-47.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy today, scattered rain showers late tomorrow, changing to light snow tomorrow night, then partly cloudy again on Sunday. Highs low to mid- 40s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Evansville, Indiana: Isolated morning rain showers, then decreasing clouds later today. More showers and thunderstorms possible Saturday night, Sunday and Monday. Highs upper 40s today, mid- 50s tomorrow, then warming into the upper 60s for Sunday and Monday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

This Weekend in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms, highs 75-80.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

This Weekend in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy today, scattered showers tomorrow and Sunday, highs mid- 70s today, upper 60s tomorrow and lower 60s on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

This Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs upper 70s today and tomorrow. A few more clouds and mid- 70s on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040


Weather in the News:

...When will we hit 50 degrees?...
Green Bay has yet to reach a high temperature of 50 degrees in 2008.
Usually by mid March...the Green Bay area reaches 50. The last time it
reached 50 was November 14 2007.
The latest Spring 50 degree high temperature is April 15...set in 1975
and 1950.
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/grb/

Flooded Arkansas braces for more at week's end
* A historic crest on the White River has left Arkansas in high water
* Arkansas prairie could get more showers and thunderstorms by Friday
* President Bush has issued a federal disaster declaration for 35 counties
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/03/27/midwest.flooding.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 26, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 12:41 PM GMT on March 26, 2008

Good Wednesday morning!

Weather Synopsis
A variety of locations across Wisconsin hit 50 degrees yesterday. The breezy conditions didn't quite make it feel that warm, despite the sunshine that later appeared, but if you think that was nice, think back to 366 days ago. Last year on today's date, Appleton hit 81 degrees, Green Bay hit 80, and Madison and Oconomowoc got up to 79 degrees. Yeah, that's the difference between 2007 and 2008. Global warming drops significantly and we have the snowiest winter in recorded history.
http://www.dailytech.com/Temperature+Monitors+Report+Worldwide+Global+Cooling/article10866.htm

As for today, southeastern Wisconsin was briefly under a Winter Storm Watch (yes, again) for Thursday with 4-8" of new snowfall expected. However, the latest weather models have this next winter storm staying further south, so Milwaukee will have to stretch for that 2" of snow they need to break the same 100" snowfall total that Madison finally broke last Sunday. Areas around La Crosse could still see 6" of snow Thursday morning and afternoon though.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Public Information Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin and Fox Cities:
... One year ago today...
Unseasonably warm temperatures were reported on this date one
year ago today. Here is a list of the warmest temperatures
reported across northeast and north central Wisconsin.

Location high temp (f)
---------------------------------------------------------------
Amherst 83
Wautoma 83
Poy Sippi 83
Waupaca 82
Wisconsin Rapids Airport 82

New London 81
Appleton 81
Clintonville 81
Waupaca 81
Stevens Point 81

Oshkosh 80
Green Bay se - Bellevue 80
Brillion 79
Luxemburg 79
Manitowoc 79

Marshfield Airport 79
Green Bay 78
Wausau 77
Forestville 75
Algoma 75

Despite being surrounded by the colder waters of Lake Michigan
and the Bay of Green Bay... the high temperatures reached 69
degrees at Washington Island.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB


Today’s Forecast Grade: B

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Mostly sunny this morning, a few clouds this afternoon, highs upper 30s north, 42 central, mid- to upper 40s south.

Tonight: Becoming mostly cloudy with light snow developing overnight southwest. Lows mid- teens north, mid- to upper 20s central and south.

Tomorrow: Cloudy with light snow. Current estimates are for 2-3" south, maybe an inch central, and less than an inch north. Highs lower 30s north, mid- 30s central and south. Chance of snow 25% north, 50% central, 80% south.

This Weekend:
Friday: Partly cloudy, highs 35-40.
Saturday: Increasing clouds, temperatures and winds with rain or a rain/snow mix developing Saturday night. Highs 42-47. Chance of precip 50%.
Sunday: Morning rain or snow showers, then decreasing clouds. Highs 40-45. Chance of morning precip 30%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy today, snow tonight and tomorrow (heavier in southern Minnesota), highs mid- 40s today and mid- 30s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Showers and thunderstorms, get used to it, highs lower 60s today and upper 60s 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: Partly cloudy, 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

Today and Tomorrow 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

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, breezy, highs upper 70s to lower 80s.
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:

Volunteers hold back Arkansas flood
* 100 people with sandbags keep levee from breaching
* White River expected to crest Friday at Clarendon, Arkansas, at 33.5 feet
* 35 counties -- almost half the state of Arkansas -- declared disaster areas
* More rain forecast to hit saturated Missouri
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/03/26/severe.weather.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

Massive ice shelf on verge of breakup
* A large chunk of the Wilkins ice shelf in Antarctica broke away last month
* Only a narrow strip of ice is protecting the shelf from further breakup
* "I didn't expect to see things happen this quickly," scientist says
* Ice shelves are floating ice sheets attached to the coast
http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/03/25/antarctic.ice/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 24, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 12:14 PM GMT on March 24, 2008

Good Monday morning!

Weather Synopsis
Congratulations to Madison, Wisconsin, for their 7.5" of snow on Friday, followed by 0.4" of large, fluffy snowflakes yesterday to put them over 100" for the season! Their total now stands at an unprecedented 100.1", which sounds like a lot more snow than Saturday's seasonal snowfall total of 99.7". And if you thought that was bad, downtown Waukesha got 15" of new snow on Friday, half of which was already melted when I did my Easter "storm survey" yesterday afternoon.

As for today, there will be a small break in the action as high pressure to our south will give Wisconsin a peaceful morning and afternoon. However, be on the lookout as a fast-moving Alberta Clipper low pressure system will quickly move across the far northern United States, bringing not candy and eggs but clouds and snow showers to much of the state tonight.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Record Report: (Source: National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
... Madison winter seasonal snowfall exceeds the century mark...
Scattered snow showers moved through southern Wisconsin Sunday
afternoon and evening... giving the Dane County regional Airport
in Madison 0.7 inches of snow.
This pushed the snowfall total for the 2007-2008 winter season to
100.4 inches. The old record was 76.1 inches set during the 1978-79
winter season.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Today’s Forecast Grade: B

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Becoming mostly sunny this morning. Increasing clouds and winds late this afternoon. High of 36 north and central, upper 30s to near 40 south.

Tonight: Cloudy and breezy with snow developing, perhaps mixing with rain or freezing rain at times, and slightly heavier amounts north and central. Current estimates are for 2-3" north, 1-2" central, and under an inch south. Lows mid- 20s north, near 30 central and lower 30s south. Chance of snow 70% central, 40% south.

Tomorrow: Morning light snow showers east, then becoming partly sunny and warmer late. Breezy, highs near 40 north, mid- 40s central, upper 40s south.

Extended:
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, highs 41-46.
Thursday: Cloudy with rain or snow possible south. Highs 34-39. Chance of precip 20% central, 40% south.
Friday: Cloudy with more rain or snow showers, again probably more to the south. I wouldn't be surprised to see a couple inches of snow from this storm. Highs 33-38. Chance of precip 40% central, 60% south.
Saturday: Partly sunny, highs 39-44.
Sunday: Cloudy with another round of rain or snow showers. Highs 40-45. Chance of precip 35%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Increasing clouds with light snow tonight. Mostly cloudy and breezy tomorrow. Highs near 40.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Partly sunny, breezy tomorrow, highs upper 40s today but warming to near 60 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: Partly cloudy, highs upper 60s today and lower 70s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy today, mostly sunny tomorrow, highs near or just above 60.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs upper 70s to near 80. W00t!
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:

Yippee, we broke 100
Madisonians of today will finally be able to tell future generations, we lived through the 100 inches of snow in 07-08.
Snow showers Sunday pushed the seasonal total over the century mark, with the all-time snowfall record now standing at 100.4 inches.
For those who tend (or want) to forget, the previous snowfall record was 76.1 inches, set in the winter of 1978-79.
The average snowfall in Madison is 49.9 inches, so local residents have shoveled more than double what we normally could expect.
http://www.madison.com/tct/mad/breaking_news/278365

Snow suspends spring
Season now 2nd-snowiest in Milwaukee's history
Like an aging prizefighter still packing a mean punch, the mighty winter of 2007-'08 took another swing at southern Wisconsin on Friday, smacking the area with up to 15 inches of snow and knocking out plans for thousands of Good Friday travelers at Mitchell International Airport.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=731011

Missouri levee holds as river crests
* 17 deaths attributed to week's bad weather
* Meramec River begins to recede with 3 feet to spare
* Milwaukee gets 12.4 inches of snow overnight; season total 96 inches
* States across long swath of U.S. deal with flooding from heavy rain
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/03/22/severe.weather.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

Eastern Arkansas braces for predicted historic flooding
* 17 deaths linked to flooding, other weather effects over the past week
* Flooding could top devastating floods of 25 years ago, meteorologist says
* Arkansas officials put damage from flooding at $2 million
* Towns south of Mississippi and Ohio rivers brace for flooding in coming days
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/03/23/severe.weather.ap/index.html

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Up to 18" of snow possible today in Waukesha, Wisconsin!

By: HaleStorm, 2:06 AM GMT on March 22, 2008

Waukesha has already reported 15" of new snow today as of 7pm this evening with the snow still coming down.

Here's the latest from the National Weather Service:


... Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 10 PM CDT this
evening...

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 10 PM CDT this
evening.

At 750 PM... National Weather Service Doppler radar continued to
indicate widespread moderate snow... with embedded pockets of heavy
snow... across much of southern Wisconsin. The back edge of this
large area of snow extended back toward La Crosse.

Additional snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches can be expected...
mainly south of a line from Fond Du Lac to Port Washington.
North of this line... an additional 1 to 2 inches are expected.

Storm totals of 12 to 18 inches are expected around the Milwaukee
Metro area... with isolated higher amounts possible. Lesser totals
of 4 to 7 inches are expected near Sheboygan.

A Winter Storm Warning is issued when heavy snow is expected to
to cause major impacts to society. Travel will be dangerous and
is strongly discouraged. If you must travel... keep a winter
weather supply kit in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 21, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 3:07 PM GMT on March 21, 2008

TGIF!

Weather Update Statement
This morning marks the end of an era. Starting on Monday, my blog will be split up into two separate blogs and emails: one for our personal updates and games, and a second which will just contain the weather portion of my update.
To those who have chosen to resubscribe to one or both of my blog emails, or have chosen to read my updates online instead of via email, thank you. To those who wrote in with a testimonial, an extra thank you goes out to you.
To those who have chosen not to resubscribe, I sincerely hope that at some point you did enjoy my blog, and if you do ever wish to read it, you can do so online via the links below.
To those who are cleaning out their email in-box around the middle of April, are stumbling upon this email, and wondering gee, I haven't gotten an email from Steve in a while, what happened? Well, read any of the last ten Weather Update intros and see what's being changed. If you would like to get back on my weather or game/update blog email list, let me know!
This is certainly not the end - just a restructuring and a further embracing of online blogging technologies. Look for the first Weather Update to be sent out around the same time as it is now, with the first Personal/Game Update being sent out around the middle of next week and then coming out twice a week after that.
I do keep some of my other blogs updated on a more frequent basis, which you can check out online at the following URLs:

Web Site Blog Addresses:
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http://360.yahoo.com/sbhale

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http://www.wisconsinweatherupdate.com

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http://www.twitter.com/sbhale

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Everything Else
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Playoff Power of 10 Results

Players: 8
Question #1: What percentage of Americans said if they saw a group of Arab men board a plane, they would not get on the flight? = 36%
90s
80s
70s
60s
50s x
40s x
30s xxx
20s xx
10s x
0s

Question #2: What percentage of Americans said if their friend's newborn baby was ugly, they would tell them their baby was beautiful anyway? = 64%
90s x
80s x
70s xx
60s xxx
50s x
40s
30s
20s
10s
0s

Playoff Mad Gab Results

Players: 8
Gab #1 (7/8): Erase Toothy Fin Hush = A race to the finish

Gab #2 (8/8): Acre Age Us Sacked = A courageous act

Gab #3 (6/8): Lug Cat Tall Though Scars = Look at all those cars


Playoff Would You Rather... Results

Players: 14
Game #1:
Topic: Appearance/Embarrassment
Would You Rather...
A. Have buck teeth (5)
B. Have deep, massive frown lines (9) - 1 point

Game #2:
Topic: Ethics/Intellect
Would You Rather...
A. Have to make 51 decent looking sand castles in one day (12) - 1 point
B. Have to make 101 decent looking snowmen in one day (2)

Game #3:
Topic: Appearance/Embarrassment
Would You Rather...
A. Suffer from unpredictable fainting spells (6)
B. Suffer from bouts of shouting (8) - 1 point


Playoff Chain Reaction

Players: 10
Ant
Hill
Billy
Club
Scene
Stealing
Kissing

Other Answers:
Soda Screen
Soda Straw
Sandwich Stop
Soda S***
Sound Stage
Sandwich Sloppy
Sandwich Spread


Playoff Outburst

Players: 4
Topic: Famous Marys

Mary Queen of Scots (5)
Mary Magdalene (5)
Mary Poppins (3)
Mary Tyler Moore (1) - Bonus Point to Dan/Lin
Typhoid Mary (1) - Bonus Point to Greg
Mary Had a Little Lamb (1) - Bonus Point to Becky T. and Dad
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
Bloody Mary
Mary Lincoln
Mary Pickford

Other Answers:
Virgin Mary (5)
Mary Katherine Gallagher
Mary Reilly
Mary Kay


Playoff Match Game: Phrase Edition
I may play this game again next year - I wonder what a larger majority would go with?

Players: 4
Phrase: _____ Kong
King (4) - 1 point


Winter 2008 Playoff Point Standings
Barring any last-minute calculation errors, congratulations to my friends Dan and Lin who have won their third Weather Update championship!

Total Bonus Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Tie-Breaker Name City
32 2 6 10 8 6 105 Perfect Score
25 2 6 8 4 5 80 $$Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
23 2 5 6 4 6 81 $$Greg, Madison, WI:
23 2 6 8 3 4 80 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
22 2 6 7 4 3 83 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
19 1 5 5 3 5 79 Becky T. and Dad:
18 1 6 5 6 - 79 Sue, De Pere, WI:
9 1 5 - 3 - 74 Bethany:
4 0 - - 4 - 39 Al, Germantown, WI:
1 1 - - - - 71 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
0 0 - - - - 27 Dan H.: Appleton, WI:


Weather Haikus
With southern Wisconsin about to get hammered with yet another snowstorm, I was inspired to come up with some weather haikus. Enjoy some 5-7-5 poetic fun:

Highs in the 30s
Eleven days 'til April
We're still getting snow

Winter is now gone
Spring began Thursday morning
Doesn't feel like it

What? Even more snow?
This should not be happening.
Where's global warming?

More snow's on the way.
One hundred inches this year?
I hate Wisconsin.

Yet even more snow
Snowiest winter ever
Get it out of here.

Got a funny weather-related haiku? Send it in and I might put it in a future weather blog post.


Today’s Holiday: Fragrance 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:
A nearly stationary band of snow extends south of a line from Mosinee to Oshkosh. From time to time...there will be a slight northward shift of the area...though the heaviest snows will be seen in the communities in and around Marshfield...Wisconsin Rapids and Wautoma. Snow rates of one half to one inch an hour are possible between now and noon. Roadways will be slick with the snow this morning. Motorists are urged to use caution. Drier air flowing into eastern Wisconsin will keep the band from making any significant progress to the north.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
... Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 7 PM CDT this evening...
Snow... heavy at times... with thunderstorms possible. Snow
accumulation of 8 to 15 inches. Blowing and drifting snow.

A Winter Storm Warning is issued when heavy snow... is expected to
to cause major impacts to society. Travel will be dangerous and
is strongly discouraged. If you must travel... keep a winter
weather supply kit in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
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Moderate snow continues to fall over the majority of southern Wisconsin. Indications are that for the remainder of the morning snow fall rates up to 2 inches per hour will occur over south central and southeast Wisconsin. Visibilities will also be reduced to a quarter mile at times. Roads are becoming snow covered and slippery across southern Wisconsin. Road conditions will continue to deteriorate as the intensity of the snow maintains itself or slightly increases this morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 9am with clouds north and central and snow south, temps are near 20 north, the mid- to upper 20s central and the upper 20s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Today may be the first full day of Spring, but Winter really doesn't want to go away. A strong low pressure system currently in southwestern Iowa is expected to move east today. This system came from the Oklahoma panhandle, absorbed some Gulf of Mexico moisture before shooting up through the Midwest. And when the center of a panhandle-hook tracks across northern Illinois, you can bet that a heap of snow will fall across southern Wisconsin. This is a reasonably narrow band of snow stretching from northwest to southeast across southern Minnesota, west-central Wisconsin and through southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. The system has slowed down on its path eastward, so this will likely be an all-day snow for southern Wisconsin, but northern and central Wisconsin will just get a good laugh at our brethren to our south with only an inch or two expected. Snowstorms in the latter half of March are certainly not commonplace, but definitely not unheard of around these parts either - I remember a few big storms hitting in April and even a couple in early May!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Good Friday: Cloudy north, cloudy and breezy with light snow possible central, and windy with heaping piles of snow developing south. Perhaps even some thundersnow to go along with those 2" per hour peak snowfall rates. Some areas may see up to 8" by the time the sun sets this evening! High of 32. Chance of snow 20% north, 70% central, 100% south.

Tonight: Cloudy north, cloudy with light snow tapering off central, and snow gradually ending overnight south. Areas of blowing and drifting of snow south. Total expected storm accumulations are for 1" in the Fox Valley, 8-13" in Madison, and a whopping 10-15" in Waukesha! Lows near 20 central and south, near 10 north. Chance of snow 30% central, 60% south.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, highs lower 30s north, mid- 30s central and south.

Easter Sunday: Mostly cloudy, maybe a few light snow showers or flurries, highs upper 20s north, low to mid- 30s central, mid- to upper 30s south. Chance of precip 25%.

Next Week:
Monday: Mostly cloudy, highs 36-41.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, warmer, maybe some light rain showers or drizzle, highs 44-49. Chance of rain 25%.
Wednesday: Rain developing late, perhaps mixing with snow at times north. Highs 44-49. Chance of precip 50%.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Snow today with 5-7" of total accumulation. Scattered light snow showers this weekend. Highs mid- 30s.
... Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 7 PM CDT this evening...
Moderate to heavy snowfall will continue this morning from west
central into east central Minnesota... from Olivia... to the
southern Twin Cities Metro... to Red Wing. Visibilities will
occasionally be reduced below one mile in these locations.
Snowfall accumulations of 2 to 5 inches occurred overnight in the
warning area... including at Olivia... Montevideo... Glencoe... and
Chanhassen. Widespread snowfall accumulations of 6 to 8 inches of
heavy wet snow are expected by this evening.

Roads may continue to be treacherous today. Be prepared for
slippery roads and limited visibilities... and use caution while
driving.
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Moderate to heavy snow was falling across the southern Metro. The heavier snow was located from near Cosmos...Litchfield... Chanhassen...Shakopee...Burnsville and Hastings. Snowfall rates will likely range around one inch an hour through 10 am in this area. Already 3 to 5 inches of snow has fallen through 7 am in this area. The heavier snow will gradually taper off through noon across the region. However...snow is expected to continue through the remainder of the day. Roads in the heavy snow area are snow covered and slippery. Bridges and overpasses may be especially slick. Be sure to allow extra time to reach your destination.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Evansville, Indiana: Partly sunny, isolated rain showers on Sunday, highs mid- 60s today, dropping to the upper 40s to near 50 tomorrow and Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

This Weekend in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy, isolated storms 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: Partly cloudy, 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: Sunshine, highs upper 70s. Just like Wisconsin...except without the sunshine, 70s, and lack of snow.
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:

Spring storm could dump 10 to 15 inches
Remember that whopper of a storm on Feb. 6 when nearly 12 inches of snow closed the malls, schools and made for treacherous driving?
"This will be something quite similar to that form with what we are seeing right now," meteorologist Tom Zajdel said this morning of the 10 to 15 inches of snowfall predicted for southeast Wisconsin by the National Weather Service.
If things go as predicted, today's snow would set a record for March 21st. The current record was set in 1992 when 6.2 inches of snow fell, according to the Weather Service. The record snowfall for any single day in March occurred March 3, 1881, when 17.9 inches of snow fell. Let's hope that's still out of reach.
http://www.jsonline.com/watch/?watch=1&date=3/21/2008&id=37290

Prepare to shovel snow one more time
Forecasters said they expect between 6 and 9 inches of wet, heavy snow for the Madison area today, which they said will fall on and off until the evening.
Madison's snowfall this season is 92 inches, far above the previous record of 76.1 inches set in 1978-79.
http://www.madison.com/wsj/home/local/278046

Midwest scrambles as flooded rivers keep rising
* Many rivers in Midwest not expected to crest until the weekend
* Residents, volunteers work to fill sandbags to hold back floodwaters
* At least 16 people killed by floods this week; two still missing in Arkansas
* Floods affect Ohio, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/03/21/severe.weather.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText


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More Weather News:
Weather Party
http://www.weatherparty.com/
CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/WEATHER/
Fox News:
http://www.foxnews.com/science/naturalscience/
The Weather Channel Blog:
http://www.weather.com/blog/weather/


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Source: National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 19, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 12:17 PM GMT on March 19, 2008

Good Wednesday morning!

ESPN Men's Tournament Challenge
You have until 11am tomorrow to join my free online group and make your picks.
Link: http://games.espn.go.com/tcmen/frontpage
Group: Cheesehead League
Password: cheesy


Playoff Would You Rather...
You have until tomorrow morning to get in your answers.

Game #1:
Topic: Appearance/Embarrassment
Would You Rather...
A. Have buck teeth
B. Have deep, massive frown lines

Game #2:
Topic: Ethics/Intellect
Would You Rather...
A. Have to make 51 decent looking sand castles in one day
B. Have to make 101 decent looking snowmen in one day

Game #3:
Topic: Appearance/Embarrassment
Would You Rather...
A. Suffer from unpredictable fainting spells
B. Suffer from bouts of shouting


Playoff Chain Reaction
One point for each correct response.

Ant
H_____
B_____
Club
S_____
S_____
Kissing

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


Playoff Family Feud Results

Players: 14
Topic #1: Name something you'd like to be hypnotized to stop doing
Overeating (10) - 2 points
Smoking (3) - 1 point
Picking at my fingers

Topic #2: Tell me something your dog wishes you wouldn't do in front of him
Eat (11) - 2 points
Undressing (2) - 1 point
Playing with the cat


Playoff TriBond Results

Players: 13
TriBond #1 (10/13): Pirate's Treasure, Dead Bodies, Family Secrets = They're all buried

TriBond #2 (11/13): Nathan, Lois, Carpool = They're all lanes


Playoff Power of Ten and Mad Gab Results
These will be posted online as soon as all players have played. I've only gotten four answers in so far so you're getting a little bit of a last-minute nudge to play if you haven't already!
http://360.yahoo.com/sbhale


Playoff Week Schedule
Note that while I'm giving a little extra time for yesterday's online-only games, that will not be the case for tomorrow's online-only games and the winner will be announced in Friday morning's blog.
Today:
Would You Rather...
Chain Reaction
Thursday (online only): http://360.yahoo.com/sbhale
Outburst
Match Game (with adjusted scoring rules)


Playoff Point Standings
For those who have already played, I am showing your Day 2 scores, although the standings are sorted after only the first day of play. Three of the ten didn't play at all, which is rather surprising to me.

Total Bonus Day 1 Day 2 Tie-Breaker Name City
18 2 6 10 105 Perfect Score
8 2 6 - 83 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
18 2 6 10 80 $$Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
8 2 6 - 80 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
13 2 5 6 81 $$Greg, Madison, WI:
12 1 6 5 79 Sue, De Pere, WI:
11 1 5 5 79 Becky T. and Dad:
6 1 5 - 74 Bethany:
1 1 - - 71 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
0 0 - - 39 Al, Germantown, WI:
0 0 - - 27 Dan H.: Appleton, WI:


Today’s Holiday: Poultry Day (mmmmm...)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: B


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds south and east and sunshine to the north and west, temps are near 30 north and in the mid- 30s central and south where there's also more cloud cover.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A low pressure system bringing loads of rain to the Ohio Valley is what's keeping the clouds hanging around this morning south and east, but these will eventually move out of the state. High pressure to our west will slowly move in, giving Wisconsin a nice next couple days before a new weather system moves in for Thursday night and Friday, which may bring yet another large batch of snow to southern Wisconsin. Personally, I'm rooting for this storm system because I'd love to see Madison break the unprecedented 100" seasonal snowfall total. I mean, if you're going to have the snowiest winter on record, why do it with 99"?
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Becoming partly cloudy and pleasantly average. Highs upper 30s north, 41 central, and low to mid- 40s south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows mid- teens north, lower 20s central, mid- 20s south.

Tomorrow: Increasing clouds. Becoming breezy late with light snow developing tomorrow night, especially south. Highs mid- 30s north, near 40 central, and low to mid- 40s south. Chance of snow tomorrow night 25% north, 40% central, 60% south.

This Weekend:
Friday: Snow likely south, snow possible central, and maybe some flurries north. I am expecting 1-2" central and 3-5" south, and a Snow Advisory to be issued for southern Wisconsin tomorrow night and Friday. Highs 33-38. Chance of snow 25% north, 50% central, 80% south.
Saturday: Partly sunny, highs 34-39.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with flurries or drizzle, and hopefully not much in-between. Highs 36-41.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy, highs near or just above 40. Snow tomorrow night and Friday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Rain today, partly sunny tomorrow, highs upper 40s today and upper 50s tomorrow.
The National Weather Service in Paducah Kentucky has extended the Flood Warning until noon CDT.
* At 600 am CDT... widespread flooding persisted across much of
southern Illinois... southeast Missouri... southwest Indiana... and to
a lesser extent in western Kentucky. Radar estimates and reports
from observers indicate that as much as 5 to 10 inches of rain has
fallen over much of the warned area during the past 24 hours. While
the rain is expected to be lighter and much more intermittent
today... any additional rainfall will act to exacerbate an already
serious situation. Additional rainfall amounts today are expected to
remain below one inch.

Most flood deaths occur in automobiles. Never drive your vehicle into
areas where the water covers the roadway. Flood waters are usually
deeper than they appear. Just one foot of flowing water is powerful
enough to sweep vehicles off the Road. When encountering flooded
roads make the smart choice... turn around... dont drown.
------------------
.. Record daily maximum rainfall set at Evansville ASOS...
a record rainfall of 3.92 inch(es) was set at Evansville ASOS today.
This breaks the old record of 1.7 set in 1899.
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, windy today, highs upper 60s to near 70.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered storms and windy today, partly cloudy tomorrow, highs lower 70s today and upper 60s tomorrow.
... Wind Advisory remains in effect from 10 am this morning to midnight EDT tonight...
A Wind Advisory remains in effect from 10 am this morning to
midnight EDT tonight for southeast Georgia and southeast South
Carolina.

Strong south winds will increase during the morning hours ahead of
a strong cold front approaching from the west. By midday...
sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph are expected... with gusts as high
as 40 mph.

Winds on some of the taller bridges will be even stronger. This
includes but is not limited to... the Ravenel bridge... the Don
Holt bridge... the James b. Edwards bridge... the Ben Sawyer
bridge... the Isle of Palms connector... the Amos nathaniel Rodgers
bridge... the Woods Memorial bridge and the Talmadge Memorial
bridge.

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

The strong winds will persist through this evening before tapering
off after midnight tonight.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio all hazards... TV... or your local
news source for the latest weather information from the National
Weather Service.
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, warmer, highs mid- to upper 70s. Ahhh...
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:

Heavy rain spawns flooding in central U.S.
* Widespread flooding in Missouri, Arkansas; flights canceled in Texas
* Teen swept away by high waters near Dallas, Texas
* Body of 81-year-old man found in water in Ellington, Missouri
* Missouri state worker killed when his truck was hit as he helped out
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/03/18/severe.weather.ap/index.html

Scientists forecast a storm from climate change
* Scientists say human activity is provoking more natural disasters in Mexico
* The Yucatan peninsula has suffered two maximum strength hurricanes this year
* In October, there were extreme floods in the Tabasco and Chiapas regions
* 80 percent of Tabasco was left under water, with 13 dead and 240 still missing
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/americas/03/17/mexico.nature2/index.html#cnnSTCText


More Articles of Interest:
Author Arthur C. Clarke
http://del.icio.us/hail27
Vanished 'bridge' jolts ice pack sleuths
Sleep Well: Myth of American Zombies Dispelled
A Taste of Things to Come: Gas Rises to $5.20 In Some Places
Wine is worse for brain than beer, scientists reveal in blow for women drinkers
http://digg.com/users/hail27/news/dugg

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 17, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 12:33 PM GMT on March 17, 2008

Good Monday morning! After seeing the length of this update, you'll realize why I'm splitting it up into two blogs starting next week!

Weather Update Reminder
This is the last week of Weather Updates as we have come to know them over the last eight years. On March 24, I will be splitting up my Weather Update into two separate blogs and emails: one for our personal updates and games, and a second which will just contain the weather portion of my update.
ACTION ITEM:
If you would like to keep receiving my Weather Updates via email after March 24, you need to respond before then letting me know if you'd like to receive my Game Update, Weather Update, or both. I've heard from over half of you but if you enjoy what I do and haven't responded yet, please let me know before next week to continue receiving my blog in your in-box. You can also get my updates via the Web or RSS feed subscription if you choose to do so.


ESPN Men's Tournament Challenge
I created the same group as usual for this year's NCAA basketball tournament. Here are the details:

Link: http://games.espn.go.com/tcmen/frontpage
Group: Cheesehead League
Password: cheesy

Make sure your picks are in by Thursday at 11am, and invite your friends to join my group too! Don't forget to give some love to the Big Ten - this year's selection committee sure didn't!

And if you love brackets but aren't as big of a basketball fan, check out Weather Dance, where you pick the winners based on which team's city will have a higher high temperature for that day's game!
http://www.weatherdance.org


Highlights of the Week:
Lisa: The highlight of my weekend was buying a Garmin GPS. I consider myself to somewhat navigationally challenged, and I have been wanting one for quite a while now. I finally earned my bonus from work for having perfect attendance between November 2007-February 2008. It makes me feel good about buying something nice for myself when I actually earned it. It makes me appreciate it more. Last year I bought myself a video iPod and this year a GPS. It’s really going to be nice when I'm going somewhere that I'm not that familiar with, especially if I'm by myself. It'll be great to say goodbye to the paper Google maps. Well that wraps up my update. Have a great week.

Steve: The highlight of my week is the same as it will be next week - watching lots of college basketball. It's almost as good as Christmas and this year it was especially sweet as my alma mater, Wisconsin, won the Big Ten regular season championship and followed it by winning the Big Ten Conference Championship yesterday. And for going 29-4, they earned a #3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Personally I expected them as a #2 seed, and especially seeing that the latest ESPN/USA Today poll has Wisconsin #5, it really shows that the selection committee has little respect for the Big Ten this year. Why is it when Ohio State and Michigan are good, the Big Ten is good, but whenever Wisconsin is the dominant team in the league, everyone considers the Big Ten to be "down this year." What's up with that?

Bryce: Bryce was a good boy during the trip to pick up Lisa's GPS on Saturday, so he got to pick out a new toy. He picked out a yellow Cars car, "Leak Less," and has been obsessed with it all weekend. It's his "yellow car" and he takes it everywhere he goes. And if it was any other color besides yellow, he probably wouldn't be nearly as attached to it - he's a big fan of yellow!

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


Playoff Introduction and Rules
Four full weeks of games will be played in the next four days, and you only have one day to get in your answers. Games will be played Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with final results on Friday morning, the last day before my Weather Updates split in half. How will the games be delivered on Tuesday and Thursday? Only online on my new Personal/Game blog - no email will be sent so it's up to you to remember to play. And if you didn't make the Top Ten, you're still welcome to submit answers and these will be calculated along with everyone else's, which can really come into play for the popularity-based games of Family Feud, Would You Rather, and the Match Game. The winner at the end of this week will receive a weather-related prize of their choosing (up to $30 value) if they are not a previous winner.
http://360.yahoo.com/sbhale


Playoff Family Feud

Topic #1: Name something you'd like to be hypnotized to stop doing

Topic #2: Tell me something your dog wishes you wouldn't do in front of him


Playoff TriBond
Just one point for each correct response:

TriBond #1:
Pirate's Treasure
Dead Bodies
Family Secrets

TriBond #2:
Nathan
Lois
Carpool

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


Playoff Week Schedule
Monday:
Family Feud
TriBond
Tuesday (online only):
Power of 10
Mad Gab
Wednesday:
Would You Rather...
Chain Reaction
Thursday (online only):
Outburst
Match Game (with adjusted scoring rules)


Playoff Point Standings

Total Tie-Breaker Name City
2 105 Perfect Score
2 83 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
2 81 $$Greg, Madison, WI:
2 80 $$Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
2 80 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
1 79 Becky T. and Dad:
1 79 Sue, De Pere, WI:
1 74 Bethany:
1 71 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
0 39 Al, Germantown, WI:
0 27 Dan H.: Appleton, WI:


Today’s Holiday: Everything You Do is Right Day, Freedom of Information Day, and St. Patrick's 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:
... Wintry mix of precipitation expected tonight into Tuesday...
A developing storm over the southern High Plains is forecast to move
northeast into the western lakes late tonight. Precipitation is
expected to begin as snow over the area starting later today or this
evening.

North central Wisconsin is forecast to see mainly all snow tonight
into Tuesday with accumulations of 2 to 4 inches by the time the
snow tapers off Tuesday afternoon.

A wintry mix of snow... freezing rain or sleet is expected over the
remainder of northeast Wisconsin as warmer air aloft and at the
surface move north. The precipitation is expected to change to all
rain over east central Wisconsin Tuesday morning. At this time ice
accumulations are expected to be less than one quarter of an inch.

Roads are expected to become slippery and caution is advised if
driving tonight into Tuesday morning. Stay tuned for later statements and
forecasts on this latest winter storm.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds and an initial band of snow working through west-central and south-central Wisconsin, temps are near 20 north, the low to mid- 20s central and the mid- to upper 20s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Moisture shooting northward from a developing low pressure system to our southwest will develop scattered precipitation across Wisconsin later today, tonight, and into tomorrow morning. While southern Wisconsin may see mostly rain from this system, it will probably be a wintry mix across central Wisconsin and mostly snow up north. Come on, say it, you missed the snow.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy. Isolated snow showers this morning, with snow showers becoming more likely this afternoon. Snow will quickly turn into a mix or all rain south, but will stay as snow north and central. Highs lower 30s north, 36 central, upper 30s to near 40 south. Chance of precip today 40%.

Tonight: Scattered rain showers with isolated thunderstorms south. A mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow central as warmer air tries to push northward. Snow showers north. Lows mid- 20s north, near 30 central, lower 30s south. Chance of precip 90%.

Tomorrow: Scattered rain or snow showers, mostly early in the day. Decreasing clouds late. Total expected snow accumulations today and tomorrow are 2-4" north, maybe 1" central, and little if anything south. Look out for some ice accumulations too, although hopefully these will be minor in most cases. Highs mid- 30s north, upper 30s central, lower 40s south. Chance of morning precip 30%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly sunny, windy, highs 39-44.
Thursday: Rain or snow developing late, especially south. Highs 39-44. Chance of snow 40% south, 30% central.
Friday: Morning light snow south, otherwise mostly cloudy and colder, highs 31-36.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs 36-41.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, highs 37-42. When's our next big warmup? I don't know - next week doesn't look overly promising either.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Rain and snow today, snow tonight and tomorrow morning, perhaps 6" of new snow by lunchtime tomorrow. Lucky you. Highs in the mid- 30s.
Light snow is moving into the Twin City Metro area...and will continue through the day. A broad area of light snow has moved into or formed over the south half of Minnesota...and is moving into western Wisconsin. Heavier snow bands are falling across southwest and south central Minnesota...located around I-90 from Sioux Falls to Albert Lea. The leading edge has moved north to I-94...from Alexandria...to the Twin Cities. The snow is expected to continue forming across the Twin Cities and the south half of Minnesota...and western Wisconsin through the morning hours. Expected periods of snow to continue most of the day across the region. Total snow accumulations will range from anywhere from a trace for most areas...to around an inch over parts of central Minnesota.
... Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from this evening through Tuesday morning...
Wet snow is expected this morning with a mixture of rain... sleet
and snow this afternoon. However... by later tonight... mixed
precipitation is expected to rapidly change over to all snow as a
strong upper level disturbance pushes toward the area from the
eastern rockies. Heavy snow is expected tonight with 6 or more
inches of snow expected in a 50 to 75 mile wide corridor from
Redwood Falls across Hutchinson... Willmar... St cloud... Litchfield
and Little Falls. The western Twin Cities Metro area is expected
to be on the eastern edge of the heaviest snowfall with this system.

Persons planning travel need to be prepared for the potential of
heavy snow and monitor later forecasts for possible warnings.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant
snow... sleet... or ice accumulations that may impact travel.
Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Isolated morning thunderstorms, then showers and thunderstorms likely tonight and tomorrow. Highs upper 50s today and upper 60s tomorrow.
Isolated showers and possibly a rumble of thunder will impact southeast Illinois and southwest Indiana communites from around Mount Carmel...south and east toward Rockport. A then of an inch or less is expected by 700 am.
... Flood Watch remains in effect from Tuesday morning through Wednesday morning...
* a slow moving storm system lifting northeast out of the Southern
Plains is expected to produce heavy rainfall across southeast
Missouri... and especially along and north of the Ohio
River... across southern Illinois and into far southwest Indiana.
The main threat area lies along and generally northwest of a
line from Hickman Kentucky to Golconda Illinois to Winslow
Indiana. Two to four inches of rainfall are possible across the
watch area.

* These rainfall amounts will likely cause flooding of low lying
and flood prone areas across the region... along with creeks and
streams. The heavy rainfall could also lead to river flooding
following this event.

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
flood warnings. If you live in an area prone to flooding... you
should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
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, windy and warmer, highs mid- to upper 70s today and lower 70s tomorrow.
... Wind Advisory now in effect until 7 am CDT Tuesday...
Strong southeast winds will continue today and through Monday
night. Wind speeds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts around 40 mph can be
expected.

The Wind Advisory area may have to be extended into Tuesday.

Drivers of vans... campers... trailers... and other high-profile
vehicles should be alert to the danger of these winds.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine and breezy today, a few clouds 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, a little breezy, highs mid- 60s today and lower 70s tomorrow.
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:

Tornado trashes Atlanta
The weather service said Friday's tornado plowed a path about 6 miles long and 200 yards wide.
The twister appears to have first struck several houses and churches in the Vine City neighborhood west of the business district, then moved on to the Georgia Dome, CNN Center, Centennial Olympic Park and Cabbagetown.
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/03/15/storm.atlanta/index.html#cnnSTCText
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/03/15/ga.storms/index.html#cnnSTCText

CNN Student News One-Sheet: Testing Tornado Myths
http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/studentnews/03/16/one.sheet.tornado.myths/index.html#cnnSTCText

U.N.: Glaciers shrinking at record rate
* Glaciers are shrinking at record rates, according to U.N. Environment Program
* Scientists say 30 glaciers around the world showed record ice loss in 2006
* UNEP warns ice loss could have dramatic consequences particularly in India
* Glaciers lost an average of about a foot of ice a year between 1980 and 1999
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/weather/03/16/un.climate.ap/index.html


More Articles of Interest:
Scientists Invent Holodeck!
Quite Possibly The Worst Invention Ever
Hubble Detects Organic Molecule on an Extrasolar Planet
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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 14, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 12:46 PM GMT on March 14, 2008

TGIF!

Double Rather Results
The books would make good burning material after you were done with them, and would probably keep you just sane enough to not have deep, long philosophical conversations with your volleyball, Wilson.

Players: 23
Rather #1:
Topic: Ethics/Intellect
Would You Rather...
A. Be stranded on a desert island with unlimited reading material (12) - 2 points
B. Be stranded on a desert island with a single knife (11)

Rather #2:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. Get stranded in the jungle (23) - 2 points
B. Get stranded in the desert

Rather #3:
Topic: Pain/Fear/Embarrassment
Would You Rather...
A. Always have to wear wet socks (19) - 2 points
B. Always have to wear wet underwear (3)


Double Chain Reaction Results

Players: 21
Luxury
Tax
Return
Address

Other Answers:
Train Route


Winter 2008 Unofficial Point Standings
These are unofficial and if I made any mistakes while tallying up your results, please let me know and I will post the updated standings online. But barring any Friday morning calculation errors, Nia again takes the top spot and will win any tiebreakers in next week's playoff round. Bethany moved up, Angie moved down, and first-time playoff participants Al and Dan H. had the best week so they also get invited to next week's eParty.

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 DPW Playoffs Name City
105 14 8 8 7 10 8 8 8 10 24 Perfect Score
83 11 6 5 4 10 7 6 4 10 20 2 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
81 12 6 8 4 8 6 8 4 7 18 2 $$Greg, Madison, WI:
80 11 6 8 2 8 6 8 4 5 22 2 $$Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
80 12 6 4 4 9 7 7 5 8 18 2 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
79 8 5 6 6 7 8 8 2 7 22 1 Becky T. and Dad:
79 11 6 8 4 7 8 8 2 5 20 1 Sue, De Pere, WI:
74 10 7 3 4 7 6 5 6 4 22 1 Bethany:
71 11 6 8 3 7 8 6 5 1 16 1 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
65 11 5 6 3 5 7 5 3 4 16 Steve L.:
63 9 7 5 3 6 7 4 4 4 14 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
61 10 6 6 0 10 8 5 3 5 8 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
58 6 3 6 2 5 5 4 4 7 16 $Brian, Madison, WI:
57 6 6 8 6 4 7 - 3 7 10 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
55 6 7 5 5 5 7 2 5 1 12 Katie/Bart, Eagle, WI:
51 8 5 6 1 - - 5 4 8 14 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
50 8 5 6 1 0 1 4 5 4 16 Diane Sm.: Greenville, WI:
50 6 6 5 2 - 8 5 3 5 10 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
44 8 3 7 2 4 0 2 4 - 14 Mary, Appleton, WI:
44 9 6 - 0 2 5 5 3 4 10 Sally:
39 5 4 6 - 4 - - - 0 20 0 Al, Germantown, WI:
38 11 6 8 2 1 6 - - 4 - $Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
37 6 3 6 4 3 0 - 1 0 14 John E., St. Paul, MN:
35 4 4 8 3 3 4 4 2 3 - Rhonda:
32 3 6 3 4 2 7 3 2 2 - Cory S. Kaukauna, WI
30 2 5 4 5 - 5 1 - - 8 Mom:
27 - - 2 0 - - 1 3 3 18 0 Dan H.: Appleton, WI:
22 4 - - - - - - - - 18 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
22 - - - - - - - - 4 18 Nicole, Madison, WI:
21 7 5 2 3 4 - - - - - Deb:
21 1 4 4 12 Melissa:
20 9 5 6 - - - - - - - Raessa:
19 9 6 2 2 - - - - - - Adam E.:
17 6 6 4 1 - - - - - - Jamie S., Evansville, IN:
17 4 1 1 3 0 - 6 2 - - Patty:
12 2 7 - 3 - - - - - - Cindy:
8 - - - - - - - - - 8 Craig, Green Bay, WI:
7 4 - - - 2 0 - 1 - - Karen:
7 - 2 - - 1 2 2 - - - Kelley:
6 - - - - - - - 0 - 6 Ashley:
6 2 - - - - 4 - - - - Tony:
2 - - - - - - - - - 2 John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI:


Today’s Holiday: Learn about Butterflies Day, National Potato Chip Day, and National Pi Day (get it, 3/14, 3.14?)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: B-


NowCast: (Source: National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Showers will be moving through portions of south central Wisconsin this morning. Although most of it will be in the form of rain...some light snow may mix in at times. The showers extended from around the Wisconsin Dells...southwest through Lone Rock to near Mineral Point...and will move east at around 30 mph. The showers should reach the Madison Metro area between 630 and 700 am this morning. In addition to the precipitation...some patchy ice is likely on a few roads as water from snow melt freezes with temperatures hovering close to the freezing mark. Use caution while traveling this morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a mostly cloudy sky and a band of mostly rain showers in southern Wisconsin, temps are near 30 north and in the mid- to upper 30s already in central and southern Wisconsin.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: I think I'm going to bypass my Synopsis today, which would have talked briefly about yesterday's overnight light snow followed by warmer air with a near-zonal flow pattern in the upper-air jet stream, and just say what was on everyone's minds when they left work late yesterday afternoon to sunny skies and temps in the upper 40s to near 50: THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW! THAW!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: A weak cold front will generate a few rain showers in southern Wisconsin this morning, perhaps moving into central Wisconsin before exiting the state before lunchtime. Decreasing clouds this afternoon. Highs upper 30s north, 42 central, and low to mid- 40s south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows mid- teens north, low to mid- 20s central and south.

Saturday: Partly cloudy, colder, highs lower 30s north, mid- 30s central, upper 30s south. And beware the Ides of March. Sorry, it had to be said, just like "all over again" when someone mentions "deja vu."

Sunday: Increasing clouds late with a 100% chance of college basketball brackets being filled out across the country, most of which will be placed in a paper shredder within a week. Highs mid- 30s north, upper 30s central, lower 40s south.

Next Week:
Monday: Scattered rain and snow showers. Highs 39-44. Chance of precip 60%.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy and warmer with rain showers possible, mostly south. Highs 44-49. Chance of rain 40% south, 25% central.
Wednesday: Cloudy and windy with rain changing to snow, mostly southeast. Highs 42-47. Chance of precip 50% south, 30% central. This three-day storm is going to soak up a lot of Gulf of Mexico moisture but most of the system is currently projected to miss us to the south and east. Wait and see though!


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy all weekend, highs mid- to upper 30s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Evansville, Indiana: Morning showers today with more rain tonight and tomorrow. Partly sunny on Sunday. Highs upper 50s today, then upper 40s to lower 50s this weekend.
Numerous light to moderate showers will continue to stream northeast across west Kentucky and southwest Indiana through the pre dawn hours. Through 7 am...rainfall rates up to a tenth of an inch per hour can be expected. Beginning after 7 am...the rain should gradually come to an end from west to east across the area.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

This Weekend in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy all weekend, warmer, highs lower 80s today, upper 70s tomorrow and lower 70s Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

This Weekend in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy today, scattered thunderstorms tomorrow, then sunshine on Sunday. Highs upper 60s to lower 70s.
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, rain showers tomorrow night and Sunday. Highs lower 70s today, mid- 60s tomorrow and only upper 50s by Sunday.
Gusty west-southwest winds have developed over parts of far southern Nevada early this morning. Strongest winds were occurring along the eastern slopes of the Spring Mountains and the Sheep Range. Desert wildlife Refuge has gusted to 47 mph and Red Rock Canyon recorded a 39 mph gust. Some West Valley locations have reported gusts in the 30-35 mph range. These winds will remain isolated and diminish by or before noon. However... southwest winds will likely increase later this morning over many Lower Desert locations as the pressure gradient increases ahead of a surface boundary moving south through the region.
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:

...Snowiest winter in Green Bay since modern-day records began...
So far this snow season /through March 12/ Green Bay has received 80.3
inches of snow. This is the first time in Green Bay that more than 80
inches of snow has been measured /117 years of snowfall data/. Normal
seasonal snowfall is 53.1 inches.

Here is a list of the top ten snowiest Winters in Green Bay. Confirmed
snowfall data dates back to the 1891-1892 season.

Rank snowfall winter of (years)
---------------------------------------------------
1. 80.3 2007/08
2. 79.6 1922/23
3. 77.5 1995/96
4. 77.0 1996/97
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

Note: snowfall records in Green Bay before 1891 /at the Jacobs house in
downtown Green Bay/ are still being researched.


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Final 'Harry Potter' book to be split into 2 movies
Nerve-tapping Neckband Allows 'Telepathic' Chat
Billy Crystal fans in at-bat as Yankee
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Scientists Find Virus Infection that Fights Brain Cancer
British scientists' project to create real-life Transformers
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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 12, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 12:35 PM GMT on March 12, 2008

**Added additional game entry**

Good Wednesday morning!

Double Rather
Two points for each game in which you side with the majority of players. If you get all three correct, you get two bonus points!

Rather #1:
Topic: Ethics/Intellect
Would You Rather...
A. Be stranded on a desert island with unlimited reading material
B. Be stranded on a desert island with a single knife

Rather #2:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. Get stranded in the jungle
B. Get stranded in the desert

Rather #3:
Topic: Pain/Fear/Embarrassment
Would You Rather...
A. Always have to wear wet socks
B. Always have to wear wet underwear


Double Chain Reaction
Two points for each correct word with four points possible. You have until 7am Friday morning to get in your answers.

Luxury
T_____
R_____
Address

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


Double Feud Results

Players: 26
Game #1: Name a famous cartoon dog
Snoopy (15) - 4 points
Scooby Doo (7) - 2 points
Underdog (2)
Marmaduke
Goofy

Game #2: Name a way people pass the time in prison
Read/Study (13) - 4 points
Weight lifting/Exercise (9) - 2 points
TV (2)
Play cards
Drawing

Double Mad Gab Results
Two points for each one you got right.

Players: 23
Gab #1 (18/23): Weaken Ten You Dawn = We continued on

Gab #2 (19/23): Plea Stay Kitty Sea Onus = Please take it easy on us


Today’s Thought: Lisa and I have to get 7,000 steps on our Virgin HealthMiles pedometer 10 times in the next two weeks to get a nice miles bonus, which will go towards earning our cash rewards faster. So far Lisa's 2 for 2 and I'm 1 for 2 and both of us have resorted to pacing around the kitchen and living room late at night to get it.
Read more thoughts on my microblog:
http://twitter.com/sbhale

Today’s Holiday: Girl Scouts Day and Plant a Flower Day (good luck planting your flowers in Wisconsin today!)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: B-


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds north and west and some sunshine southeast, temps are generally near 20 across the state.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: An approaching low pressure system from the west, currently centered in the Dakotas, combined with a weak cold front stretching southward from Ontario, Canada will bring slightly cooler temperatures to Wisconsin today and scattered snow showers to northern and central Wisconsin tonight. Tonight's precipitation will fall as rain showers south and may start as rain early this evening before changing over to snow in central Wisconsin. What, you thought winter was over? Look at the calendar, it's still winter until March 20, and the groundhog said there ain't gonna be no early spring this year.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy with light snow developing late north (light rain central and south.) High of 38 north and central, just above 40 south.

Tonight: Cloudy with snow north and central, rain south. 1-2" of snow accumulation is expected north of Appleton with lesser amounts south. Lows mid- 20s north, upper 20s central, lower 30s south. Chance of precip 80%.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, highs upper 30s north, just above 40 central, and low to mid- 40s south.

This Weekend:
Friday: Partly sunny, highs 40-45.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, a little cooler, highs 35-40.
Sunday: Increasing clouds with a bigger storm revving up for Monday and Tuesday, highs 37-42.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Rain today, changing to light snow late. Mostly cloudy tomorrow. Highs low to mid- 40s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine today, showers late tomorrow, highs low to mid- 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Morning fog, then sunshine today. A storm possible tomorrow. Highs lower 70s.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 10 am CDT this morning...
Areas of dense fog will continue to develop and spread across the
area. Visibilities will fall in a quarter mile or less before
lifting just past mid morning.
A dense fog advisory means visibilities will frequently be
reduced to less than one quarter mile. If driving... slow down...
use low beam headlights... and leave plenty of distance between you
and the car in front.
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 upper 60s to near 70.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs upper 70s to near 80.
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


Articles of Interest:
Deal could bring 3-D movies to 10,000 screens
SI.com -- Sports Illustrated Covers -- Mar. 17, 2008 (Brett's on yet another cover!)
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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 10, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 12:35 PM GMT on March 10, 2008

Good Monday morning!

Highlights of the Week:
Lisa: The highlight of my week was Steve and I were able to have a date night on Friday and go ballroom dancing. We haven't been able to go out dancing in several months, and we were a little rusty but had a good time. It was nice to have a chance to go out dancing again.

Steve: One thing Lisa didn't mention about our date night on Friday was that about an hour and a half after we got there, I got paged by work and had to leave. D'oh! Otherwise, we didn't really do a whole lot this weekend again, which has become the norm for us this winter. Many people have said that we are always busy doing stuff, and I've usually come back to that claim and said well, if everyone chronicled what they did, I think everyone would sound busy. But this winter, we've really stayed close to home a lot more often.

Bryce: While again not necessarily a highlight, something fun to point out about Bryce is how much he loves the moon. It seems that he is always looking out for it, and whenever he does spot the moon, he makes a big deal over it. "Moon!!! Moon!!!" Even yesterday, while sitting at his little table eating dinner, he glanced outside, found a crescent moon out there, and yelled, "Moon!!!!" And sure enough, there it was, barely visible behind the trees just above the horizon with only a small part of the crescent showing, but if there's a moon to be seen, you know he'll find it! I think an astronomy kit will be in Bryce's future when he gets a little older.

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


Double Points Week
More games than usual and double the points make this the most wild week of the season. The top eight players from the regular season go on to next week's playoff week, and the TWO best players from just this week also get invited in. If there's a tie for a wildcard spot, it will go to the player who did better during the rest of the season.

Double Family Feud
Four points will go to the players with the most popular answer to each, and two points to those with the second most popular answer. Eight points are possible just from the feud.

Game #1: Name a famous cartoon dog

Game #2: Name a way people pass the time in prison

Double Mad Gab
You'll get two points for each Gab you get correct with a total of four points possible.

Gab #1: Weaken Ten You Dawn

Gab #2: Plea Stay Kitty Sea Onus

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


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

Today’s Forecast Grade: B


Record Report: (Source: National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
... Record seasonal snowfall at Madison...
As of 4 PM on Sunday... March 9th 2008... the seasonal snowfall at
Madison Truax Airport measured 91.8 inches. This breaks the previous
seasonal snowfall record of 76.1 inches set during the 1978-79
winter season.
The record will continue to be broken during the coming weeks... and
it is possible Madison will end the season with an unprecedented 100
inches.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine north and central and clouds with a few flurries south, temps are in the single digits below zero north, in the single digits above zero central but warmer south thanks to the cloud cover, in the low to mid- 20s. How many of you were briefly thrown off this morning when you woke up and it was still dark outside?
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: High pressure building in from the west will present Wisconsin with a lot of sunshine today, and besides a weak clipper system that might come through on Wednesday, it looks like the rest of the week won't be very eventful. Another thing to note is that as high pressure moves across Wisconsin, the wind will shift direction and warmer, southerly air will finally make it feel like Spring is right around the corner!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: A few morning clouds south, otherwise just partly cloudy and warmer today. High of 32.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows near 20.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny and warmer, highs upper 30s north, near 40 central, lower 40s south. I hear 40 is the new 80.

Extended:
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with light rain or snow possible. Highs 40-45. Chance of precip 40%.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, highs 41-46.
Friday: Partly sunny, highs 40-45.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs 35-40.
Sunday: Increasing clouds, highs 36-41. The models are showing a big rain changing to snow storm coming in next Monday. There's plenty of time for the weather models to change their minds, but it's worth keeping an eye on.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Sunshine today, a couple clouds tomorrow, highs mid- to upper 30s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Morning light showers, then sunshine in the afternoon. Mostly sunny tomorrow. Highs mid- 40s today and mid- 50s tomorrow.
Through 700 am...areas of mainly light rain will move east across much of the quad state region. Where rain does occur...amounts will generally be on the order of a few hundredths of an inch.
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 developing today, partly sunny tomorrow, highs mid- to 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: Sunshine today, a couple clouds tomorrow, highs near 60 today and mid- 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: Sunshine today, a few more clouds tomorrow, highs low to mid- 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:

Severe UK weather causes travel chaos
* Severe UK weather caused travel chaos across the British Isles on Monday
* 41 flights were cancelled from London Heathrow and 13 from Gatwick
* Train,and ferries have been cancelled and Dover has been shut
* A tanker is in trouble off the coast of the Isle of Wight
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/03/10/britain.weather/index.html#cnnSTCText


More Articles of Interest:
Cyber-Goggles Record and Identify Every Object You See
Experiments: Do Coat Hangers Sound As Good Monster Cables?
Daylight Saving Wastes Energy, Study Says
http://del.icio.us/hail27
How Super Mario Bros Looks To Mario
The funniest hockey fight ever
http://digg.com/users/hail27/news/dugg

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 7, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:19 PM GMT on March 07, 2008

TGIF!

Camouflage Results

Players: 21
Camouflage #1: (21/21)
lovniforny
Clue: It's a real tearjerker
Answer: Onion

Camouflage #2: (18/21)
shemoveragienocay
Clue: It's cause for alarm
Answer: Emergency


Weather Update Poll:
What do you think of the new game Camouflage?
Love it
Like it
Don't like it
Please vote using the link below!
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847


Winter 2008 Point Standings
Next week is double point week with more games than usual and double the points! The two best players next week also get a free pass into the following week's playoff round, so make sure you play each day!

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Name City
81 14 8 8 7 10 8 8 8 10 Perfect Score
63 11 6 5 4 10 7 6 4 10 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
63 12 6 8 4 8 6 8 4 7 $$Greg, Madison, WI:
62 12 6 4 4 9 7 7 5 8 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
59 11 6 8 4 7 8 8 2 5 Sue, De Pere, WI:
58 11 6 8 2 8 6 8 4 5 $$Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
57 8 5 6 6 7 8 8 2 7 Becky T. and Dad:
55 11 6 8 3 7 8 6 5 1 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
53 10 6 6 0 10 8 5 3 5 Angie: Little Chute, WI:
52 10 7 3 4 7 6 5 6 4 Bethany:
49 9 7 5 3 6 7 4 4 4 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
49 11 5 6 3 5 7 5 3 4 Steve L.:
47 6 6 8 6 4 7 - 3 7 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
43 6 7 5 5 5 7 2 5 1 Katie/Bart, Eagle, WI:
42 6 3 6 2 5 5 4 4 7 $Brian, Madison, WI:
40 6 6 5 2 - 8 5 3 5 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
38 11 6 8 2 1 6 - - 4 $Brian F.: Menasha, WI:
37 8 5 6 1 - - 5 4 8 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
35 4 4 8 3 3 4 4 2 3 Rhonda:
34 8 5 6 1 0 1 4 5 4 Diane Sm.: Greenville, WI:
34 9 6 - 0 2 5 5 3 4 Sally:
32 3 6 3 4 2 7 3 2 2 Cory S. Kaukauna, WI
30 8 3 7 2 4 0 2 4 - Mary, Appleton, WI:
23 6 3 6 4 3 0 - 1 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 - - - 0 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:
9 - - 2 0 - - 1 3 3 Dan H.: Appleton, WI:
9 1 4 4 Melissa:
7 4 - - - 2 0 - 1 - Karen:
7 - 2 - - 1 2 2 - - Kelley:
6 2 - - - - 4 - - - Tony:
4 4 - - - - - - - - Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
4 - - - - - - - - 4 Nicole, Madison, WI:
0 - - - - - - - 0 - Ashley:



Today’s Thought: On Wednesday, Bryce took an empty roll of toilet paper and pretended he was a pirate. He held it up to his eye and was looking through it (perhaps pretending to look for land), then put it through his arm and pretended it was his peg arm (sans hook). It was very funny.
Read more thoughts on my microblog:
http://twitter.com/sbhale

Today’s Holiday: National Crown Roast of Pork Day (tomorrow is Be Nasty Day and Sunday is Panic Day so celebrate accordingly!)
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: B-


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine and cold morning temperatures, we're -15 to -20 north, near zero central and in the single digits above zero south. That's about a 25-degree swing in the same state at the same time without the presence of a strong warm/cold front (just cold air flowing southward from Canada).
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Okay, we're one week away from the middle of March, and high temperatures in the teens and lows below zero is starting to really get obnoxious. High pressure to our west is bringing cold, Canadian air into the western Great Lakes, but only for another day or so. As the high pressure system moves east, the winds will shift and warmer air will finally invade our homeland.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny and cold today. Highs lower teens north, 16 central, upper teens south.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows around -5 central and south but around -20 north!

Saturday: Increasing clouds, highs mid- teens north, near 20 central and south. Remember to set your clocks forward one hour for Daylight Saving Time early Sunday morning. Yes, already. Thanks, W. Now it'll be light enough for Bryce to play outside for a while after we get home from work! It will seem odd to have longer evenings with still a foot of snow on the ground though!

Sunday: Cloudy with light snow or flurries. Highs lower 20s north, low to mid- 20s central, and upper 20s in southern Wisconsin. Chance of snow just 25%.

Next Week:
Monday: Partly sunny, a little warmer, highs 28-33.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, warmer, maybe a flurry or spots of drizzle, highs 37-42.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, above normal for once, highs 40-45. For us warmth-starved Wisconsinites, this may feel like 80-85!


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Sunshine today, light snow tomorrow, flurries on Sunday, highs near 10 today, 20 tomorrow and mid- 20s on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Evansville, Indiana: Snow today, tonight and tomorrow morning with 3-6" possible. Mostly cloudy Saturday afternoon through Sunday. Highs lower 30s today and tomorrow and upper 30s on Sunday.
... Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 12 PM CST Saturday...
Areas of snow will overspread the area today... and last into
tonight. Widespread total accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are
expected across the region. Some heavier bands are very likely to
develop... especially this evening. This could lead to locally heavier
amounts in the 5 to 8 inch range.

The precipitation may begin as rain or fall as a mix with
snow... however... the precipitation should be all snow by this
afternoon.

North winds are expected to be strong and gusty... which may
create problems with blowing and drifting of the snow.

With temperatures hovering near the freezing mark today... travel
may become hazardous... especially on less traveled roadways.
Travel conditions may deteriorate rapidly this evening as
temperatures cool with the setting of the sun. Some major roadways
affected by this storm include interstates 24... 55... 57 and
64... as well as the western Kentucky and Purchase parkways.

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow...
sleet... and ice are expected or occurring. Travel will be hazardous
or impossible.
------------------
At 600 am...light snow or flurries are occurring in just about every location throughout the quad state region...except for portions of west Kentucky. Additional bands of heavier snow will continue to develop across our area this morning. Within these heavier bands... visibilities will drop down to a mile or less. In addition... northwest winds of 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 25 mph will also continue. Some roadways will tend to become snow covered if snow falls fast enough and if temperatures are below freezing. Therefore expect some slick spots while driving 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: Cloudy, windy and cooler today, highs lower 50s. Partly cloudy this weekend, highs upper 50s tomorrow and upper 60s on Sunday.
... Wind Advisory now in effect until 6 PM CST this afternoon...
Strong north to northwest winds will continue today. Wind speeds of 25
to 30 mph can be expected in the advisory Rea with gusts above 40
mph possible.

Drivers of vans... campers... trailers... and other high-profile
vehicles should be alert to the danger of these winds...
especially when driving along east to west oriented roads.
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: Get inside your ark. Rain all day today and tonight, decreasing clouds by tomorrow afternoon and sunny on Sunday. Highs upper 60s today and near 60 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, a little breezy this weekend, highs mid- 60s today, lower 70s 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:

China banks loan $14B in snowstorm aid
* The snowstorms that began in January killed at least 107 people, wrecked crops
* China's "big four" state-owned banks account for 59B yuan ($8.3B) of disaster loans
* Xinhua: Nearly all storm-damaged power lines, transformer substations restored
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/03/05/china.snow.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText


More Articles of Interest:
Live from the Favre news conference
UW men's basketball: Badgers clinch Big Ten championship
Morph Nanotechnology (a very neat 5-minute glimpse into the future)
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Live from Apple's iPhone SDK press conference (neat iPhone and iPod Touch announcements)
Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 Public Download Site Up and Running
5 Things Your Car Will Finally Do in 2020
Family Guy's Cleveland gets his own show
http://digg.com/users/hail27/news/dugg

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 5, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:40 PM GMT on March 05, 2008

Good Wednesday morning!

Camouflage Wednesday
Say what? That's right - remember back in January when I said that on some random day this season, I will be replacing a game with a brand new one? Well today's the day. And the game is Camouflage, taken from a new Game Show Network game which debuted last year.
Here's how to play. Each camouflage is a one-word answer, a clue is given below each, and the answer is literally right in front of you. However, additional unnecessary letters have been randomly mixed in with the one-word correct answer. Each correct answer will be worth two points, just like TriBond, and there are two puzzles for you to figure out. You have until Friday at 7am to send in your answer(s). Send me a note if you have any questions and I'll respond to you tonight. Have fun!

Camouflage Example:
emsankelovylear
Clue: Homely improvement

Answer: makeover
Original word with the answer in bold:
emsankelovylear


Camouflage #1:
lovniforny
Clue: It's a real tearjerker

Camouflage #2:
shemoveragienocay
Clue: It's cause for alarm


Power of 10 Results
For game #1, I am a part of the 63%. It's actually a somewhat amusing story best told over a pint of beer.

Players: 24
Question #1: What percentage of Americans have seen a dead body, excluding funerals? = 63%
90s
80s x
70s
60s xx
50s x
40s
30s xxxxxx
20s xxxxxxx
10s xxxxxx
0s x

Question #2: What percentage of Americans think the most popular student in their high school has a better life than they do now? = 20%
90s
80s x
70s
60s xxx
50s xxx
40s xxx
30s xxxxxx
20s xxxxxx
10s x
0s x


Today’s Thought: Ok, unless you've been living in a cave since yesterday morning (and why would you, it's cold outside), you know that the sports equivalent of 9/11 happened, with Brett Favre finally deciding to "hang up the cleats." While I was surprised to hear of his retirement, figuring he'd give it one last shot with a talented team coming back next year, I wasn't shocked. I think the entire state of Wisconsin was put on suicide watch, though! I'm still excited about next year, because I think Aaron Rodgers will be better than what most people think, but free agency will be tougher now that we can't tell players that they'd be playing with Brett. What will the local media talk about next year when there's no more "Is Brett coming back?" debate? And years from now, will we remember where we were when we heard the news that Favre was going to retire?
Read more thoughts on my microblog:
http://twitter.com/sbhale

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

Today’s Forecast Grade: B-


NowCast: (Source: National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Light snow should begin in Eagle River...Rhinelander and Merrill between 700 am and 800 am...and between 800 am and 900 am in Antigo and Crandon. While the snow will be light...it will produce slippery roads and sidewalks. Travel with care.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds everywhere and snow showers moving through west-central Wisconsin, temps are in the mid- to upper teens across the state.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A weak area of low pressure just north of Minnesota also has a cold front stretching from it and going through southwestern Minnesota and eastern Nebraska. Scattered light snow showers are developing ahead of this front in eastern Minnesota, west-central Wisconsin and much of Iowa. It looks like it's going to be light enough where at the end of the day, we can just shovel for five minutes and clear the driveway, but I think any snow is extremely annoying at this point. It's March, so let's get some rain and thaw all this snow!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Scattered light snow showers developing from west to east within the next few hours, and continuing through the afternoon. Probably just 1" of total accumulation by tonight. Highs upper 20s north, 29 central, and just above 30 south. Chance of snow 50%.

Tonight: Scattered light snow showers or flurries eventually ending. Lows just above zero north but low to mid- teens central and south.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny and colder. Highs mid- teens north, just above 20 central, and mid- 20s south.

This Weekend:
Friday: Partly cloudy and cold, highs 13-18.
Saturday: Light snow developing late. Highs 16-21. Chance of snow Saturday night 30%.
Sunday: Light snow showers or flurries, warmer, highs 25-30. Chance of snow 25%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Light snow today, maybe 1". More light snow possible tomorrow morning. Highs lower 20s today and dropping into the lower teens tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine today, snow tomorrow night and Friday, highs mid- to upper 40s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy today, storms tomorrow, highs near 70 today and lower 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: Sunshine, highs mid- to upper 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, breezy, 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:

Severe weather spoils travel, voting plans
* At least 11 inches of snow fall in west-central Arkansas
* Band of snow and rain stretches from southern Plains to northern New England
* Highways slippery across eastern half of Oklahoma
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/03/04/severe.weather.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

Lunar eclipse may shed light on climate change
Last month's lunar eclipse not only treated skygazers to a ruddy view of the Moon – it revealed that Earth's atmosphere contains little light-blocking volcanic dust.
http://space.newscientist.com/article/dn13376-lunar-eclipse-may-shed-light-on-climate-change.html?f eedId=online-news_rss20

Weather Channel Founder Blasts Network; Claims It Is 'Telling Us What to Think'
TWC founder and global warming skeptic advocates suing Al Gore to expose 'the fraud of global warming.'
http://www.businessandmedia.org/articles/2008/20080303175301.aspx

Temperature Monitors Report Widescale Global Cooling
Twelve-month long drop in world temperatures wipes out a century of warming
http://www.dailytech.com/Temperature+Monitors+Report+Worldwide+Global+Cooling/article10866.htm


More Articles of Interest:
Favre tells Packers he's retiring
Photo shows avalanche on Mars
Survey: One-third of workers catching zzz's on job
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140-year-old math problem - finally solved
The Most Redneck Phrase Ever Captured On Paper
http://digg.com/users/hail27/news/dugg

Updated: 1:41 PM GMT on March 05, 2008

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 3, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:26 PM GMT on March 03, 2008

Good Monday morning!

Highlights of the Week:
Lisa: The highlight of my week was scrapbooking with my friend Nicole at a scrapbooking workshop she hosted on Friday. The highlight of the weekend was going to the Fireside Theatre with Jason and Nicole on Saturday to see the show "Best of the Bands." We had a great time, and it's always nice to spend time with friends.

Steve: After months and months of debate, this weekend we finally decided to join Netflix! We've both been annoyed at the lack of movies we've been seeing lately, so we're going to give Netflix a try to see if we can catch up on some movies we've been missing. We're getting a bunch of movies during the 2-week free trial, but after that we'll drop down to one of their lower plans, then perhaps pick it up again in the summer when TV goes into mostly reruns. I think one of the best parts of Netflix is setting up your queue of movies and clicking ADD next to any movie you've kind-of wanted to see, then organizing it so we get our most-wanted right away (three movies should be in our mailbox tomorrow). If you also are a Netflix subscriber, become our friend!

Bryce: Bryce's highlights were going out to my friend Lisa's family's farm in Berlin on Saturday while babysitting for him, and going to Funset Boulevard on Sunday afternoon and going on the train ride four times. "Choo! Choo! All aboard!!!"

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


Power of 10 Monday
On Wednesday, look for a games twist I hinted at the beginning of this season.

Question #1: What percentage of Americans have seen a dead body, excluding funerals?

Question #2: What percentage of Americans think the most popular student in their high school has a better life than they do now?

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: I Want You to be Happy Day, If Pets Had Thumbs Day, National Anthem Day, Peach Blossom Day. So how do you celebrate "If Pets Had Thumbs Day", anyway?
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:
Snow will taper off across the Fox Valley from northwest to southeast between 630 am and 8 am. By the time the snow ends...most of the region will have totals in the 1 to 2 inch range. Slushy roads and reduced visibility will cause travel problems for the morning commute...so motorists should drive slowly and allow extra time to reach their destination.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
... Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 9 am CST this morning...
Snow will continue through 9 am. A couple inches of snow is
expected. Be on the lookout for lower visibilities of a 1/2 mile
or so as this snow area moves through.

A Winter Weather Advisory is issued when a mixture of snow...
and/or sleet... and/or freezing rain will cause difficult travel.
Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities. Use
caution while driving.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: With light snow still lingering in far southeastern Wisconsin and decreasing clouds in far northwestern Wisconsin, temps are sadly only near 20 north and near 30 central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Well this has been a fun last 12 hours of weather, hasn't it? Madison hit 51 and Appleton 43 late yesterday evening as warm air surged northward ahead of the trailing cold front which brought us all back to reality with the evening heavy rain, lightning and small hail changing over to 1-2" of slushy snow overnight, and all that rain and melting snow from yesterday has now refrozen and will make everything slippery all over again. But after this taste of Spring, more warm weather is on the way, right? Well, if this winter has left any sort of impression on you, you should already know the answer to this question. (it's no :) )
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Light snow far southeast for the next hour or so, then decreasing clouds this afternoon. Breezy at times, with overnight highs near 50 south, 43 central and lower 30s north, but look for a daytime highs in the lower 30s (lower 20s north).

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows near 5-10 above zero central and south, but a few below zero north.

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

Extended:
Wednesday: Cloudy with light snow or flurries possible. Highs 27-32. Chance of snow 30%.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy and breezy, maybe a flurry, highs 22-27.
Friday: Partly sunny, a little colder, highs 16-21.
Saturday: Partly sunny, maybe some flurries late, highs 22-27.
Sunday: Light rain or snow possible, warmer, highs 34-39. Chance of precip 25%. Next week may finally be that big thaw we've been itching for.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Sunshine and colder today, clouds tomorrow, highs near 20 today and near 30 tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Rain today, rain and snow tomorrow (1" of snow), highs lower 60s today and mid- 40s tomorrow.
... Flood Watch remains in effect from noon CST today through late tonight...
* heavy rain is expected across much of southeast Missouri...
southern Illinois... southwest Indiana and western Kentucky
today and tonight. Rainfall amounts from 1 to 3 inches will
be possible.

* These rainfall amounts will likely cause flooding of low lying
and flood prone areas across the region... along with area
streams. The heavy rainfall could also lead to river flooding
following this event.

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop.
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: Storms today, sunshine and breezy tomorrow, highs mid- 70s today but only near 60 tomorrow.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch 90 in effect until 1 PM CST this afternoon...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy and breezy today, storms tomorrow, highs upper 60s to near 70.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs in the 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:

Winter rubs in a little more salt
Week's forecast includes snow, chillier-than-usual air
The sunshine and relative warmth that wrapped the Milwaukee area Sunday was a tease.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=723891

Deadly storm 'Emma' slams Europe
* Storm dubbed "Emma" slams into Europe, killing at least two people
* Man dies in western Germany when tree falls on his car
* Man on motorbike dies when he is blown into oncoming traffic
* German authorities have urged residents to stay indoors
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/03/01/europe.storm/index.html#cnnSTCText


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

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