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:
Weather Update Blog
News Stories of Interest
Playoff Power of 10 Results
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%
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%
Playoff Mad Gab Results
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
Would You Rather...
A. Have buck teeth (5)
B. Have deep, massive frown lines (9) - 1 point
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)
Would You Rather...
A. Suffer from unpredictable fainting spells (6)
B. Suffer from bouts of shouting (8) - 1 point
Playoff Chain Reaction
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
Virgin Mary (5)
Mary Katherine Gallagher
Playoff Match Game: Phrase Edition
I may play this game again next year - I wonder what a larger majority would go with?
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:
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
Today’s Forecast Grade: B north, C central, F south
Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
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.
... 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.
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.
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.
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!
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%.
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
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.
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.
This Weekend in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy, isolated storms on Sunday, highs upper 60s to lower 70s.
This Weekend in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, highs mid- to upper 60s.
This Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs upper 70s. Just like Wisconsin...except without the sunshine, 70s, and lack of snow.
Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
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.
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.
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
More Weather News:
The Weather Channel Blog:
Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Source: National Weather Service)