Wisconsin Weather Update

Wisconsin Weather Update for June 30, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 11:29 AM GMT on June 30, 2008

Good Monday morning!

Weather Synopsis
After a weekend of wacky weather, with warm weather and scattered thunderstorms ahead of a warm front on Friday, warm air with more thunderstorms on Saturday ahead of the trailing cold front, then cooler air and occasional drizzle with decreasing clouds late on Sunday behind the low pressure system, the next two days promise to be very nice. High pressure is moving into place, covering much of the central United States, and will bring sunshine and warm temperatures back to Wisconsin through tomorrow. Besides some storms on Wednesday, the whole week is looking mostly dry and warm, so enjoy!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Today’s Forecast Grade: A

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Mostly sunny and warmer, high of 76 central, upper 70s south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows low to mid- 50s.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy and warmer, becoming breezy late, highs low to mid- 80s.

Extended:
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy and breezy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 78-83. Chance of rain 60%.
Thursday: Partly cloudy and cooler, highs 71-76.
Friday: Partly sunny, highs 73-78.
Saturday: Partly sunny, highs 75-80.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 77-82.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Sunshine and warm, highs near 80 today and near 90 tomorrow!
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Becoming partly sunny today, then mostly sunny tomorrow. Highs low to mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIN0190

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, very warm, highs 90-95.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX1029

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered showers and thunderstorms through tomorrow morning, then decreasing clouds. Highs mid- to upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly sunny today, mostly sunny tomorrow, hot highs around 109.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

Today and Tomorrow in Davenport, Florida: Partly sunny with typical numerous thunderstorms during the daylight hours. Highs near or just above 90.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Storms in South, East cause flight delays; child killed
* A 5-year-old was killed when winds blew over tents at an Alabama air show
* Twelve others were treated for injuries, but only one was admitted to the hospital
* Storms caused delays at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/06/30/severe.weather.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

2 dead after severe storms strike Plains
* Swimmers practicing for U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha had to flee pools
* Storm's winds may have reached 100 mph in some areas, meteorologist says
* Two people died when a tree fell on their car in Council Bluffs, Iowa
* Reports of a few house fires caused by lightning but no injuries in Omaha
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/06/27/severe.weather.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

...New all-time record monthly rainfall total set for Milwaukee WI...
As of 4 am CDT on June 29 2008...12.26 inches of rain has fallen at
Milwaukee's Mitchell international Airport. This smashed the
previous all-time monthly rainfall record of 10.03 inches set in
June 1917. This record breaks not only the monthly record for
June...but for any month of the year as well.

...New record monthly rainfall total set for Madison WI...
As of 4 am CDT on June 29 2008...10.93 inches of rain has fallen at
Madison's Dane County regional Airport. This broke the previous
record of 9.95 inches set in June 1978.

...Wettest month on record at Oshkosh...
The final rainfall total of 12.03 inches at Oshkosh Wittman
Regional Airport will make June 2008 the wettest month on
record. The previous record was 11.94 inches set in August of
1924.

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 27, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 12:59 PM GMT on June 27, 2008

TGIF!

Weather Synopsis
After the last few days of mostly dry weather, today we're going to be in for something different. A mostly cloudy sky this morning will turn darker as a line of showers and thunderstorms, currently just west of the Mississippi River, moves eastward into Wisconsin. Heavy rainfall is a good possibility, and the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma has placed us under the slight risk for severe weather today, mostly for the threat of large hail and damaging winds. Temperatures will stay mild today as a warm front moves though, but a trailing cold front will bring another chance of showers and thunderstorms to Wisconsin tomorrow, then wraparound moisture behind the low pressure system could make for a cloudy, cooler and drizzly day on Sunday.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Today’s Forecast Grade: B-

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Mostly cloudy this morning. Showers and thunderstorms developing this afternoon and this evening. Heavy rainfall is possible along with the slight risk of the storms becoming severe. High of 82. Chance of rain 70%.

Tonight: Cloudy and breezy with scattered showers and thunderstorms a good bet. Lows lower 60s. Chance of rain 80%.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, breezy and a little cooler with more scattered showers and thunderstorms expected, although they probably will not reach severe levels. Highs mid- 70s. Chance of rain 60%.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, still a little breezy and cooler with light rain showers or drizzle passing through from time to time. Highs near 70. Chance of rain 40%.

Next Week:
Monday: Partly sunny, highs 71-76.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, maybe an evening thundershower north, highs 73-78.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, highs 76-81.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Scattered storms today and tomorrow, isolated showers on Sunday. Highs near 80 today, lower 70s tomorrow, then mid- 70s on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered showers and thunderstorms through Sunday afternoon, highs upper 80s to near 90 today and tomorrow and lower 80s on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIN0190

This Weekend in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs upper 80s to lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX1029

This Weekend in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs mid- to upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

This Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, hot, highs around 105.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

This Weekend in Davenport, Florida: Numerous afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms each day. Go figure. Highs lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Typhoon toll in Philippines could pass 1,000
* NEW: Death toll has risen to more than 500 people killed and could go much higher
* NEW: Over 900 people still listed as missing, including 669 passengers from a ferry
* NEW: Of ferry's 849 passengers, 124 are confirmed dead, 56 have been found alive
* U.S. military has sent naval craft to assist in relief and search-and-rescue efforts
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/06/26/philippines.ferry/index.html#cnnSTCText

North Pole could be ice-free this summer, scientists say
* Ice retreated to a record level last fall when the Northwest Passage opened briefly
* Weather patterns will determine whether the ice cover melts completely this summer
* Scientists say the Arctic meltdown is not part of a historic cycle
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/weather/06/27/north.pole.melting/index.html?iref=mpstoryview


...National lightning safety awareness week is June 22-28...
...Today's topic...the science of lightning...

---at any given moment...there are 1,800 thunderstorms in progress
somewhere on the Earth. This amounts to 16 million storms each
year! No wonder lightning has fascinated and frightened people.

---The formation of ice in a cloud appears to be a very important
element in the development of lightning...and those storms that fail
to produce quantities of ice may also fail to produce lightning. In
a storm...the ice particles vary in size from small ice crystals to
larger hail-stones...but in the rising and sinking motions within the
storm there are a lot of collisions between the particles. This
causes a separation of electrical charges. Positively charged ice
crystals rise to the top of the thunderstorm...and negatively
charged ice particles and hail-stones drop to the middle and lower
parts of the storm. Enormous charge differences...or electrical
differentials...develop.

---A moving thunderstorm gathers another pool of positively charged
particles along the ground that travel with the storm. As the
differences in charges continue to increase...positively charged
particles rise up taller objects such as trees...houses...and
telephone poles. Have you ever been under a storm and had your hair
stand up? Yes...the particles also can move up your body! This is
one of nature/S warning signs that says you are in the wrong
place... and you may be a lightning target!

---The negatively charged area in the storm will send out a charge
toward the ground called a stepped Leader. It is invisible to the
human eye...and moves in steps in less than a second toward the
ground. When it gets close to the ground...it is attracted by all
these positively charged objects...and a channel develops. You see
the electrical Transfer in this channel as lightning. There may be
several return strokes of electricity within the established channel
that you will see as flickering lightning.

---The lightning channel heats rapidly to 30,000 degrees. The rapid
expansion of heated air causes the thunder. Since light travels
faster than sound in the atmosphere...the sound will be heard
after the lightning. If you are ever in a storm when you see the
lightning and hear the thunder at the same time...that lightning is
in your neighborhood!

---Not all lightning forms in the negatively charged area low in the
thunderstorm cloud. Some lightning originates in the cirrus anvil
at the top of the thunderstorm. This area carries a large positive
charge, and lightning from this area is called positive lightning.
This type is particularly dangerous for several reasons. It
frequently strikes away from the rain core...either ahead or behind
the thunderstorm. It can strike as far as 5 or 10 miles from the
storm...in areas that most people do not consider to be a lightning
risk area. The other problem with positive lightning is it typically
has a longer duration...so fires are more easily ignited. Positive
lightning usually carries a High Peak electrical current...which
increases the lightning risk to an individual.

For additional information about lightning or lightning safety...
visit noaa's lightning safety awareness web site at:

Http://www.Lightningsafety.NOAA.Gov /lower case letters/

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 25, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 12:09 PM GMT on June 25, 2008

Good Wednesday morning!

Weather Synopsis
After several days of nice weather, things are going to change up for a while. An area of showers and thunderstorms is affecting the northern half of Illinois this morning, with more showers in southeastern South Dakota and northern Minnesota. With very warm and humid air moving through the Midwest, scattered thunderstorms will become the norm through the weekend, with the best chance of rain happening late tomorrow through Friday. In addition, much of Wisconsin is under the "slight risk" category for severe weather today, tomorrow, and Friday. According to the Storm Prediction Center, there is a 15% chance of severe weather happening within 25 miles of your house today and tomorrow and a 30% chance of severe weather near your backyard on Friday.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Today’s Forecast Grade: B

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Partly sunny, warm and a little humid. A thunderstorm is possible but not overly likely today. High of 84. Chance of rain 30%.

Tonight: Maybe an evening thunderstorm, then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid- to upper 60s. Chance of rain 30%.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, warm and humid with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs mid- to upper 80s. Chance of rain 40%.

This Weekend:
Friday: Mostly cloudy and still humid with showers and thunderstorms likely. Highs 80-85. Chance of rain 70%.
Saturday: Partly sunny and cooler with more thunderstorms developing late in the day. Highs 73-78. Chance of rain 50%.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy and cooler with lingering showers or an isolated thunderstorm. Highs 68-73. Chance of rain 40%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Scattered thunderstorms later today, isolated storms tomorrow, highs mid- to upper 80s today and lower 80s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Isolated thunderstorms, otherwise hot, highs lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIN0190

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Showers and thunderstorms, highs upper 80s.
Through 7 am...scattered showers and thunderstorms will move out of the Gulf waters and across the coastal counties of southeast Texas to then dissipate as they near the Highway 59 corridor. These storms will move north at 15 to 20 mph and will bring heavy downpours and frequent lightning. Rainfall rates of one to one and one half inches per hour. Isolated waterspouts will be possible after sunrise.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX1029

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy today, isolated storms tomorrow, highs upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, breezy today, highs around 103.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

Today and Tomorrow in Davenport, Florida: Scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms, highs lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Lightning sets 800 fires in California
* NEW: One day's storm unleashed 8,000 lightning strikes
* NEW: Single day sees more lightning fires than in all of 2007
* State is experiencing one of its driest years on record
* Firefighters from two other states called to help battle the blazes
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/06/24/wildfires.california.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

Storm hits China after lashing Philippines
* NEW: Tropical storm Fengshen temporarily closes much of Hong Kong
* No sign of survivors found from Philippines ferry sinking, Coast Guard says
* At least 34 survivors and at least 11 dead have been found
* Official says company that operates ferry "does not have a good record"
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/06/24/typhoon.fengshen/index.html#cnnSTCText

Flying With NOAA | Hurricane Hunting
Eyes of Hurricanes. Great Pics Shot From Inside Hurricanes
http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/flight/eye1.html


...National lightning safety awareness week is June 22-28......
Today's topic...overview on lighting...the underrated killer...

Lightning facts...
---in the USA...about 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes
each year.
---An average of 62 people are killed each year by lightning.
That/S more than the annual number of people killed by tornadoes
or hurricanes.
---Hundreds of injury cases are reported each year...but the
actual number is unknown. People who are injured by lightning
often report a variety of long-term...debilitating symptoms.

Part of the problem...
---many people Don/T understand all the dangers associated with
thunderstorms and lightning...and Don/T act properly or in a
timely fashion.

The dangers of lightning...
---each and every flash of cloud-to-ground lightning is a potential
killer.
---Even though the visible flash struck nearby...many victims are
struck by the lightning current moving in and along the ground.
---Lightning can strike as much as 10 miles away from the rain area
in a thunderstorm...that/S about the distance that you are able
to hear the thunder from the storm.
---If you can hear thunder...it/S safe to say that you are within
striking distance of lightning.

Outdoor dangers...
---those involved in activities such as boating...swimming...fishing
...bicycling...golfing...jogging...walking...hiking...camping...
or working out of doors all need to take the appropriate actions
in a timely manner when thunderstorms approach.
---Where organized sports activities are taking place...coaches...
umpires...referees...or Camp counselors must protect the safety
of the participants by stopping the activities sooner...so that
the participants and spectators can get to a safe place before
the lightning threat becomes significant.

Indoor dangers...
---people should stay away from windows and doors and avoid
contact with anything that conducts electricity.
---People may also want to take certain actions well before the
storm to protect property within their homes...such as electronic
equipment.

Medical tips...
---in the unfortunate event that a person is struck by lightning...
medical care...such as cpr...may be needed immediately to save
the person/S life.
---Cardiac arrest and irregularities...Burns...and nerve damage are
common in cases where people are struck by lightning.

---For additional information about lightning or lightning safety...
visit NOAA/S lightning safety awareness web site at:

Http://www.Lightningsafety.NOAA.Gov /lower case letters/

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 23, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 11:34 AM GMT on June 23, 2008

Good Monday morning!

Weather Synopsis
The first few days of summer, which kicked off on Friday June 20, were actually quite summerlike. Temperatures were in the 70s and there was just enough moisture in the air to generate some scattered "popcorn" thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. We'll see a break from the Orville Redenbacher today, thanks to high pressure moving in from the west, but the popping may return again late tomorrow and could last all the way though Saturday.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Today’s Forecast Grade: A

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Partly cloudy and very pleasant today. High of 75.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows low to mid- 50s.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, slightly warmer, possibly an afternoon or evening thundershower but probably not. Highs upper 70s central, near 80 south. Chance of rain only 20%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 78-83. Chance of rain 40%.
Thursday: More scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 79-84. Chance of rain 50%.
Friday: Your best bet all week for showers and thunderstorms. Highs 78-83. Chance of rain 60%.
Saturday: Even more scattered showers and thunderstorms, a little cooler, highs 74-79. Chance of rain 40%.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 73-78.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Isolated storms tonight and tomorrow, highs near 80.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine, highs low to mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIN0190

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated storms, highs lower 90s. Ozone Action Day.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX1029

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered storms today and tonight, partly cloudy tomorrow, highs upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, hot, desertlike. Highs around 107.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

Today and Tomorrow in Davenport, Florida: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs low to mid- 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

California heat wave forecast to cool down
* Temps were expected to be 10 to 15 degrees cooler than Saturday, the NWS said
* Long Beach Airport posted a record high of 100 on Saturday
* Saturday's demand for electricity in Los Angeles set record for weekend day in June
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/06/22/california.heat.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 20, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 12:26 PM GMT on June 20, 2008

TGIF!

Weather Synopsis
The lack of any significant high or low pressure system around the Midwest means that there will be just enough moisture floating around to generate some scattered summer showers and thunderstorms today and continuing this weekend. Southern Wisconsin is under the slight risk category for severe weather today, but otherwise, look for a mix of sun and clouds with a chance of a passing afternoon or evening thunderstorm each day. An upcoming trough in the upper-air jet stream will bring temperatures down a notch over the next few days too, with highs in the lower 80s becoming highs in the low to mid- 70s by Sunday.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Today’s Forecast Grade: B+

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Partly cloudy this morning. Becoming partly sunny and warm this afternoon with a few showers and thunderstorms developing. High of 81. Chance of rain 25%.

Tonight: Maybe an evening thunderstorm, otherwise partly cloudy, lows upper 50s. Chance of rain 30%.

Saturday: Partly sunny and a little cooler with scattered afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. Highs mid- to upper 70s. Chance of rain 40%.

Sunday: Partly sunny and slightly cooler with more scattered afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. Highs low to mid- 70s. Chance of rain 50%.

Next Week:
Monday: Partly cloudy, highs 72-77.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 73-78. Chance of rain 40%.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, highs 76-81.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Scattered showers and thunderstorms today, partly cloudy this weekend, highs upper 70s to lower 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered showers and thunderstorms today, isolated storms this weekend, highs near or just above 80.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIN0190

This Weekend in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms all weekend, some perhaps severe, highs lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX1029

This Weekend in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered showers and thunderstorms all weekend, highs mid- 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

This Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine and hot all weekend, strange as it may sound for a desert, highs around 108.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

This Weekend in Davenport, Florida: Scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms, strange as it may sound for a tropical peninsula, highs lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Mississippi River threatens more Midwest levees
* NEW: Four levees breached in Lincoln County, Missouri
* President Bush urges "tough-minded" Iowans to stand strong
* Missouri mayor on Midwesterners: "We're resilient as hell"
* 11 levees breached around St. Louis, flooding threatens 4 more, official says
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/06/19/midwest.flooding/index.html#cnnSTCText

Midwest Flooding Takes Heavy Toll
As floodwaters take aim at the tiny towns lining the Mississippi River, the heartland ethic of neighbors helping neighbors is proving to be a potent force against the rising water.
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1816055,00.html?xid=feed-cnn-topics

Raw sewage taints state waterways
Many treatment plants couldn’t handle flooding
Rains and widespread flooding earlier this month prompted 161 Wisconsin communities to discharge hundreds of millions of gallons of untreated sewage into waterways, the state Department of Natural Resources said.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=764150

Experts use weather forecasts to fight diseases
* Experts are bringing health, weather, human behavior and disaster data together
* Researchers are studying El Nino to help forecast cholera outbreaks
* Forecasters could help hospitals prepare for floods, hurricanes or tornadoes
http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/06/18/weather.hazards.ap/index.html

Bright Chunks At Phoenix Lander's Mars Site Must Have Been Ice
June 19, 2008 -- Dice-size crumbs of bright material have vanished from inside a trench where they were photographed by NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander four days ago, convincing scientists that the material was frozen water that vaporized after digging exposed it.
http://phoenix.lpl.arizona.edu/06_19_pr.php

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 18, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 11:48 AM GMT on June 18, 2008

Good Wednesday morning!

Weather Synopsis
High pressure is dominating the weather for much of the central United States today, and an upper-air jet stream trough (which was pushing cooler air into the western Great Lakes) has moved east. Look for plenty of sunshine today with slightly below average temperatures for this time of the year, but warmer air and a new threat of rain reappears in the forecast after that.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Today’s Forecast Grade: A-

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Mostly sunny this morning, maybe a few clouds this afternoon, but very nice altogether. High of 73.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows upper 40s.

Tomorrow: Morning sunshine with increasing clouds. Perhaps a thundershower late in the day. Highs mid- 70s central, mid- to upper 70s south. Chance of rain tomorrow night 40%.

This Weekend:
Friday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 75-80. Chance of rain 50%.
Saturday: Partly sunny, maybe an isolated thundershower. Highs 72-77. Chance of rain 20%.
Sunday: Partly sunny, warmer, highs 76-81.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Sunshine today, isolated storms tomorrow, highs near 80.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine, highs lower 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIN0190

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms today and tomorrow, hot, highs mid- 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX1029

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Becoming partly cloudy, highs mid- to upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, hot, go figure, highs near 107.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

Today and Tomorrow in Davenport, Florida: Scattered showers and thunderstorms today and tomorrow, highs lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Dells feels the loss
Cancellations common since Lake Delton drained; owners say much is still open
The beach at Baker's Sunset Bay Resort is bigger than it used to be, Lake Delton Water Sports has plenty of boats to rent and tourists are flocking here to see the new attraction.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=763311

I-94 solution at hand
Patch will allow 2-way traffic; Lake Delton work to start, too
Traffic and a river will be rerouted to alleviate harm from flooding that struck at the motoring and recreational heart of the state.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=763346

JUNE 2008: THE STORMS, THE AFTERMATH
Strong storms and record rainfall totals across southern Wisconsin precipitated floods, destruction and misery for thousands of residents.
http://www.jsonline.com/index/index.aspx?id=311

Mississippi River towns rush against rising water
* NEW: Towns rush to build makeshift barriers to hold back rising floodwaters
* NEW: Record flooding anticipated for towns in Illinois, Missouri
* High water forces officials to close U.S. 34 span between Iowa, Illinois
* FEMA sets up 6 centers in Iowa; 24 counties declared disasters
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/06/17/midwest.flooding/index.html#cnnSTCText

Early monsoon rains in India kill at least 23
* Annual monsoon rains arrive in India about two weeks early, killing at least 23
* Rains hit New Delhi Sunday, earliest arrival since records began 108 years ago
* Monsoon feeds farms, livelihoods for more than 60 percent of 1.1B population
* At least 50,000 people in district in Assam, NE India, evacuated over the weekend
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/06/16/monsoon.india.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText


...3rd largest hailstone in state history occurred on June 7 2008...
This information is slightly delayed...and is from the severe
weather outbreak on June 7th of this year that affected much of
southern Wisconsin.

It has been determined that a 5 inch diameter hailstone fell
approximately 2 miles east-northeast of Delafield at about 435 PM on
June 7 2008. This was measured...and then confirmed by a photo
submission. The precise location was just west of Pewaukee
Lake...and just to the east of Highway 83 to the north of
naga-Waukee Gold course.

This hail report corresponds with other large hail reports from
Waukesha County that day...with a fair number of golfball...to just
shy of softball...sized reports being received.

The hardest hit area by large hail appears to be anywhere from
Oconomowoc to Delafield and Pewaukee...and then south to the west
side of Waukesha. This is approximated by the northwest quadrant of
Waukesha County.

The 5-inch diameter hailstone ranks as the 3rd largest in Wisconsin
history...based on available records. The largest was a 5.7 inch
diameter hailstone that fell on may 22 1921 on the north side of
Wausau /Marathon County/. The second largest was a 5.5 inch diameter
hailstone that fell...coincidentally...one year ago to the date of
the Delafield event on June 7 2007. This hailstone fell in Port
Edwards /Wood County/.

Here is a ranking of the top hail events...in terms of largest
diameters...on record in Wisconsin.

...size... ...location... ...County... ...date...
5.70 N side of Wausau Marathon may 22 1921
5.50 Port Edwards wood Jun 07 2007
5.00 2ene Delafield Waukesha Jun 07 2008
4.50 8ne Merrill Lincoln Jul 16 1997
4.50 4se Oakdale Monroe Jun 01 2000
4.50 1ne River Falls St. Croix Jun 19 1988
4.25 3nw Lake Mills Jefferson Apr 13 2006

4.00 multiple events listed in storm reports database

If anybody has video or pictures of hail stones equal to...or
greater than baseball size /2.75 inches in diameter/...they are
encouraged to relay them to the National Weather Service in
Sullivan. You can contact the webmaster account at:

W-mkx.Webmaster@noaa.Gov /all lowercase/


...Many new rainfall records set at Milwaukee and Madison...
The heavy rainfall over southern Wisconsin during the first half of
June has set many new rainfall records for the Milwaukee and Madison
airports. Here is a listing of the new records...

Milwaukee

Record daily precipitation

Date new value previous value year

6/7/08 4.93 inches 2.44 inches 1916

6/8/08 2.25 inches 1.24 inches 1974

Record monthly precipitation

From the month of June...through June 16 2008...Milwaukee has
already received 10.96 inches of rainfall. This is the new record
monthly precipitation amount for June at Milwaukee. The previous
record amount was 10.03 inches...set in 1917. This value will
rise...as there is still about half of June left.

Here is a list of the top 10 wettest June months on record at
Milwaukee...

value year

1. **10.96 inches** **2008**
2. 10.03 inches 1917
3. 9.98 inches 1997
4. 8.28 inches 1954
5. 7.79 inches 1968
6. 7.54 inches 1940
7. 7.53 inches 1969
8. 7.38 inches 1967
9. 6.96 inches 1999
10 6.95 inches 1928

All time record monthly precipitation

The 10.96 inches of rainfall also set the all time wettest month
ever at Milwaukee. The previous all time wettest month was 10.03
inches...set in June 1917.

Here is a list of the top 10 all time wettest months at Milwaukee...

value month year

1. **10.96 inches** **june** **2008**
2. 10.03 inches June 1917
3. 9.98 inches June 1997
4. 9.87 inches September 1941
5. 9.56 inches may 1933
6. 9.41 inches September 1961
7. 9.05 inches August 1987
8. 8.82 inches August 1986
9. 8.72 inches September 1872
10. 8.56 inches November 1934

48 hour record precipitation

The 7.18 inches of rainfall on June 7 and June 8 2008 set the 48
hour precipitation record at Milwaukee. The previous 48 hour
precipitation record was 6.84 inches...set from August 5 to August 6
1986.

Here is a list of the top 10 48 hour precipitation amounts at
Milwaukee...

value dates

1. **7.18 inches** **6/7/2008 to 6/8/2008**
2. 6.84 inches 8/5/1986 to 8/6/1986
3. 6.01 inches 9/7/1941 to 9/8/1941
4. 5.76 inches 6/22/1917 to 6/23/1917
5. 5.55 inches 6/22/1940 to 6/23/1940
6. 5.25 inches 6/20/1997 to 6/21/1997
7. 4.55 inches 4/18/1877 to 4/19/1877
8. 4.48 inches 7/1/1887 to 7/2/1887
9. 4.41 inches 7/17/1959 to 7/18/1959
10. 4.13 inches 8/15/1987 to 8/16/1987

Madison

Record daily precipitation

Date new value previous value year

6/7/08 2.23 inches 2.01 inches 1993

6/8/08 4.11 inches 1.40 inches 1874

6/12/08 2.57 inches 1.20 inches 1877

Record monthly precipitation

From the month of June...through June 16 2008...Madison has already
received 10.63 inches of rainfall. This is the new record monthly
precipitation amount for June at Madison. The previous record amount
was 9.95 inches...set in 1978. This value will rise...as there is
still about half of June left.

Here is a list of the top 10 wettest June months on record at
Madison...

value year

1. **10.63 inches** **2008**
2. 9.95 inches 1978
3. 9.69 inches 1996
4. 9.31 inches 1880
5. 8.63 inches 2000
6. 8.15 inches 1963
7. 7.96 inches 1969
8. 7.82 inches 1968
9. 7.76 inches 1882
10 7.72 inches 1890

All time record monthly precipitation

The 10.63 inches of rainfall also ranked the 5th all time wettest
month at Madison. The all time wettest month was 15.18 inches...set
in August 2007. Again...this value will rise...as there is still
about half of June left.

Here is a list of the top 10 all time wettest months at Madison...

value month year

1. 15.18 inches August 2007
2. 10.93 inches July 1950
3. 10.84 inches may 2004
4. 10.69 inches September 1915
5. **10.63 inches** **june** **2008**
6. 10.34 inches September 1941
7. 10.29 inches September 1938
8. 9.95 inches June 1978
9. 9.69 inches June 1996
10. 9.63 inches may 2000

More record precipitation information for Milwaukee and Madison will
be updated or added to this product...as more research is performed
in their historical databases.

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 16, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 11:36 AM GMT on June 16, 2008

Good Monday morning!

Weather Synopsis
After a somewhat settled-down weekend with only a few scattered thunderstorms across Wisconsin (some of which were severe in southern Wisconsin Saturday afternoon), we're going to settle into an even more settled weather pattern. Temperatures will be slightly cooler for the first half of the week courtesy of a cold front which passed through yesterday, but besides an outside shot at an isolated thunderstorm here and there, most of this week should remain dry. We'll warm up through the 70s in the second half of the work week and then into the 80s for what could be a great weekend of weather in Wisconsin.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Today’s Forecast Grade: B

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Partly sunny and cooler with just an outside shot at an isolated thundershower this afternoon or evening. High of 66 central, near 70 south. Chance of rain barely worth mentioning, around 15%.

Tonight: Variably cloudy, lows near 50.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny with another low-percentage chance at an afternoon or evening thundershower. Highs upper 60s central, lower 70s south. Chance of rain 20%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, highs 69-74.
Thursday: Partly sunny, a little warmer, and maybe a thundershower late. Highs 72-77. Chance of rain Thursday night 30%.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 73-78. Chance of rain 40%.
Saturday: Partly cloudy and warmer, highs 77-82.
Sunday: Partly cloudy and warm, highs 80-85.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy, highs 70-75.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered showers and thunderstorms through this afternoon, then partly cloudy. Highs mid- 80s today and upper 70s tomorrow.
Through 700 am...an isolated shower or thunderstorm chance exists mainly along and north of the Interstate 64 corridor...especially from around Mount Vernon Illinois...east to near Princeton and Winslow Indiana. A locally heavy shower may yield up to 1/4 inch rainfall.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIN0190

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated thundershowers, otherwise partly cloudy, highs mid- 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX1029

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered afternoon thundershowers, highs upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, breezy and hot, highs around 107...in the shade.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

Today and Tomorrow in Davenport, Florida: Scattered afternoon thunderstorms, highs lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Some waters are still rising
Sandbags piling up; sun in forecast for this week
Jefferson - This picturesque town has turned into a city of sandbags, sump pumps and turbid water.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=762451

Floodwaters breach sandbags in Iowa college town
* NEW: About 500-600 homes evacuated in Iowa City on Sunday
* Some 36,000 Iowans, most in Cedar Rapids, have been evacuated
* Agricultural damage estimated at $1 billion or more
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/06/15/iowa.flooding/index.html

Deadly floods leave China facing new crisis
* Heavy rain is expected to pummel the southern region over next few days
* Heavy rain in Sichuan, Guizhou and Yunnan to raise water levels downstream
* Flooding is worst to hit Pearl River Delta region in 50 years
* Vegetable prices in Guangdong have risen by 70 percent in four cities, paper says
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/06/16/china.flooding/index.html#cnnSTCText


Three NWS storm surveys conducted today indicated that there may have been at least 7 tornadoes on Thursday June 12th in southern Wisconsin.
Here is some very preliminary information...

1. Columbia County - 1.5nw Cambria to 2nnw Randolph
- about 434 PM...efo rating - only minor
tree and grass damage2.

2. Green-Dane County - 2.5wsw New Glarus to 3.5ne Belleville
about 513 PM...EF1 rating - tree damage and
power lines down and roof shingles off a
home.

3. Dane County - 1.3s Utica - EF0 rating - tree damage - about 619 PM

4. Dane County - 6ne Stoughton - 657 PM - no other info available

5. Green County - 3.5s Dayton - EF0 rating - tree damage
about 530 PM

6. Dane County - 1se Verona - about 624 PM - no other info available

7. Dodge County - southeast of Mayville - around 620 to 625 PM

Other information...
there may have been a tornado in Grant County north of Platteville.
A damage survey will be conducted on Saturday June 14th. We will
update you on this possible tornado after the survey.

Green Lake County - near Markesan - for now this tornado has been
discounted...pending further investigation.

Sheboygan County - the tornado near Haven was discounted - no damage
could be found.

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 13, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 2:25 PM GMT on June 13, 2008

TGIF!

Weather Synopsis
Yesterday was another extremely crazy day of weather in the Midwest, as many areas became flooded once again. Some people in Oshkosh and Fond du Lac were using canoes to get around last night! Lucky for us here in Appleton, we got a lot of large puddles in the yard but no major flooding. I did see a nice mesocyclone from my back porch yesterday evening though, with low-level clouds quickly moving in all sorts of different directions across the sky, and strong winds at the surface making all sorts of freaky noises as they rushed by.
As for this weekend, more scattered thunderstorms are in the forecast, and the Storm Prediction Center has put much of Wisconsin under the slight risk (15% chance) for severe weather both Saturday and Sunday. Good news for next week though: it's looking mostly dry!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Today’s Forecast Grade: B+

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Becoming partly sunny with just an outside chance at a thunderstorm this afternoon or evening. Most of us should be dry today. Becoming less breezy later today with a high of 77. Chance of rain 20%.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows mid- 50s.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing. I wouldn't be surprised if a few of these turned severe so stay informed. Highs mid- 70s central, upper 70s to near 80 south. Chance of rain 60%.

Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mostly early in the day. We might see some decreasing clouds late. Highs mid- 70s central, upper 70s south. Chance of rain 50%.

Next Week:
Monday: Partly sunny, a little cooler, highs 70-75.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, maybe an afternoon thunderstorm. Highs 70-75. Chance of rain 25%.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, highs 71-76.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Isolated thunderstorms all weekend, highs in the 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered storms today, some sunshine this weekend, highs mid- to upper 80s.
An area of showers and thunderstorms will continue to lift northeast along an axis from the lakes in west Kentucky...through southwest Indiana this morning. Through 10 am...the activity will move and develop eastward over the pennyrile region of west Kentucky and all of southwest Indiana. A period or two of moderate to heavy rainfall and frequent lightning will accompany the storms through much of southwest Indiana including the Evansville area...and the Owensboro...Madisonville and Hopkinsville areas in west Kentucky.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIN0190

This Weekend in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 90-95.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX1029

This Weekend in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, maybe some storms late tomorrow or Sunday. Highs mid- to upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

This Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine and hot, highs upper 90s today and around 105 this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

This Weekend in Davenport, Florida: Scattered afternoon thunderstorms. Highs near or just above 90.
Patchy fog will continue to restrict visibilities to a mile or less in some locations through 10 am EDT. Motorists should slow down...use low beam headlights...and maintain a safe distance between vehicles if encountering fog.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Flooding grows in upper Midwest; storms pound Michigan
* NEW: 3,200 homes evacuated, bridge collapses in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
* NEW: Thunderstorm brings 3 inches of rain in one hour in Wisconsin
* Man killed in Minnesota when water sweeps car away
* Missouri River expected to crest soon; Missouri communities prepare for flood
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/06/13/midwest.flooding.ap/index.html

Crews using small boats to rescue stranded city residents
Emergency crews used small boats to rescue stranded motorists and residents Thursday evening and overnight Friday as Oshkosh was deluged with more than 6 inches of rain from a line of severe storms.
http://www.thenorthwestern.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080613/OSH0101/80612210&referrer=FRONTP AGECAROUSEL

Rains bring road and bridge closures, flooding in Green Lake County
The Green Lake County Emergency Management officials are warning residents to stay off roads in the aftermath of Thursday's heavy rainfall.
http://www.thenorthwestern.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080613/OSH0101/806130429/1987

Tornadoes, flash floods spread misery in state
More homes, roads are washed out; WWII-era Ducks are used as rescue craft in Baraboo
A new round of tornadoes and flash floods lashed out at a water-ravaged southern Wisconsin on Thursday, washing out roads, prompting evacuations and rescues, and knocking out power to thousands.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=761716

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Flooding and Tornadoes Possible Today!

By: HaleStorm, 12:06 PM GMT on June 12, 2008

In addition to 1-3+" of rainfall many of us will see later today, the Storm Prediction Center also has much of Wisconsin under the 10% chance category for significant tornado formation (EF2-EF5) within 25 miles of your house.
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk.html

We could see some strong winds and large hail too.

Keep an eye to the sky today, keep your weather radios handy, and know where to go if severe weather approaches!


Central Wisconsin:
... Flash Flood Watch now in effect from 1 PM CDT this afternoon
through late tonight...

The Flash Flood Watch is now in effect for

* portions of central Wisconsin... east central Wisconsin and
northeast Wisconsin... including the following areas... in
central Wisconsin... Portage... Waushara and wood. In east
central Wisconsin... Calumet... Manitowoc and Winnebago. In
northeast Wisconsin... Brown... Kewaunee... Outagamie and Waupaca.

* From 1 PM CDT this afternoon through late tonight

* rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches... with locally higher amounts
are expected this afternoon and evening. This heavy rainfall
may cause flash flooding south of a line from Marshfield to
Green Bay to Kewaunee... where the soil is already saturated from
last weekends heavy rainfall.

* Urban areas will be especially prone to flash flooding... as
high rainfall rates can easily overwhelm storm sewer systems.

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions are conducive to heavy
rainfall... which may result in flash flooding. Flash flooding can
occur quickly in urban areas... resulting in very dangerous
conditions for motorists.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should flash flood warnings be issued.


Southern Wisconsin:
... Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Friday morning...

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* a portion of southeast Wisconsin... including the following
area... Waukesha County around Mukwonago.

* Through 7 am CDT Friday.

* The Phantom Lake dam in Mukwonago is in danger of failing.

* If the dam fails... Interstate 43 between highways 83 and 164
may need to be closed. There also could be damaging flash
flooding downstream.

Dam safety experts... with state and local emergency services...
are monitoring the dam and will issue a public statement as
conditions warrant. Plan now so you will know what to do in an
emergency. Keep informed by listening to local radio and
television for statements and possible warnings. Follow the
advice of public safety officials.

A Flash Flood Watch has also been issued for Waukesha County from
noon today through 7 am CDT Friday. Expected heavy rainfall may
cause an additional period of flash flooding.

A Flash Flood Watch is issued when rapid flooding of creeks...
streams... rivers... and urban areas is possible. Flash flooding
can be a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later
forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood
warnings be issued.

Updated: 12:47 PM GMT on June 12, 2008

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 11, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 11:47 AM GMT on June 11, 2008

Good Wednesday morning!

Weather Synopsis
Well this is a fine mess Mother Nature has gotten ourselves into...and more is on the way. A nearly-stationary frontal boundary stretches across southern Wisconsin this morning, and an ark-sized boatload of moisture is going to spread back into Wisconsin from the west. While today will stay mostly dry for us, tomorrow looks like a soaker (as my weather radio informed me of at 4:15am when the Flash Flood Watch for tomorrow afternoon was issued).
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
... Flash Flood Watch in effect from Thursday afternoon through Friday morning...
The National Weather Service in Green Bay has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for portions of central Wisconsin... east
central Wisconsin and northeast Wisconsin... including the
following areas... in central Wisconsin... Portage... Waushara
and wood. In east central Wisconsin... Calumet... Manitowoc and
Winnebago. In northeast Wisconsin... Brown... Kewaunee...
Outagamie and Waupaca.

* From Thursday afternoon through Friday morning

* rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches... with locally higher
amounts... are expected from Thursday afternoon through Thursday
night. This heavy rainfall may cause flash flooding south of a
line from Marshfield to Green Bay to Kewaunee... where the soil
is saturated from last weekends heavy rainfall.

* Urban areas will be especially prone to flash flooding... as high
rainfall rates can easily overwhelm storm sewer systems.

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions are conducive to heavy
rainfall... which may result in flash flooding. Flash flooding can
occur quickly in urban areas... resulting in very dangerous
conditions for motorists.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should flash flood warnings be issued.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
... Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through this evening...
... Flash Flood Watch in effect from Thursday afternoon through late Thursday night...
The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* a portion of southeast Wisconsin... including the following
area... Waukesha.

* Through this evening

* the Phantom Lake dam in Mukwonago is in danger of failing.

* If the dam fails... Interstate 43 between highways 83 and 164
may need to be closed. There also could be damaging flash
flooding downstream.

Dam safety experts... with state and local emergency services...
are monitoring the dam and will issue a public statement as
conditions warrant. Plan now so you will know what to do in an
emergency. Keep informed by listening to local radio and
television for statements and possible warnings. Follow the advice
of public safety officials.

A Flash Flood Watch has also been issued for Waukesha County from
Thursday afternoon through Thursday night. Expected heavy rainfall
may cause an additional period of flash flooding.

------------
The National Weather Service in Milwaukee/Sullivan has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for portions of east central Wisconsin...
south central Wisconsin and southeast Wisconsin... including
the following areas... in east central Wisconsin... Fond Du Lac
and Sheboygan. In south central Wisconsin... Columbia... Dane...
green... Green Lake... Iowa... Lafayette... Marquette... rock and
Sauk. In southeast Wisconsin... Dodge... Jefferson... Kenosha...
Milwaukee... Ozaukee... Racine... Walworth and Washington.

* From Thursday afternoon through late Thursday night

* heavy rainfall of one to two inches will worsen the already wet
conditions across the region... and may cause an additional
period of flash flooding.

A Flash Flood Watch is issued when rapid flooding of
creeks... streams... rivers... and urban areas is possible. Flash
flooding can be a very dangerous situation. You should monitor
later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood
warnings be issued.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Today’s Forecast Grade: B

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Partly sunny with a stray thundershower possible but not very likely as most of the action should stick around Minnesota and Iowa today. Breezy and a little cooler with a high of 67 central, but warming into the mid- 70s south. Chance of rain 20%.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and breezy with an isolated shower or thunderstorm possible. Lows upper 50s central, lower 60s south. Chance of rain 25%.

Tomorrow: Cloudy and breezy with showers and thunderstorms likely. Heavy rainfall is a good bet, thus the Flash Flood Watch starting tomorrow afternoon, and we could see some severe weather as well. Tomorrow's forecast grade would not be a B. Highs mid- to upper 70s central, upper 70s to near 80 south. Chance of rain 90%.

This Weekend:
Friday: Morning showers giving way to some sunshine. Highs 73-78. Chance of morning rain 30%.
Saturday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Hopefully not in the early morning as I'm running the Bellin Run 10K in Green Bay. Highs 72-77. Chance of rain 40%.
Sunday: More scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 70-75. Chance of rain 40%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Showers and thunderstorms today, scattered storms tomorrow, highs 70-75.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine today, more clouds tomorrow, highs upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIN0190

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated showers, highs near or just above 90.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX1029

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated afternoon/evening storms today, otherwise partly cloudy. Highs upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, breezy today, cooler, highs lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

Today and Tomorrow in Davenport, Florida: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Rivers rage across region
Concerns are high about dam failures, flooded roadways
Many of the rivers that surpassed flood stage after the weekend deluge receded under welcome sunshine Tuesday, but the high water continued to cause problems, including the unprecedented closing of westbound I-94 near Johnson Creek.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=760802

Lake Delton to be dry this year
Resort hub’s restoration will be monumental task
Lake Delton - As engineers and experts discussed the monumental challenges of fixing a lake that drained through its breached shoreline, one aspect of Lake Delton's immediate future was clear Tuesday: The village's namesake will be dry this summer.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=760870

A fishing village?
Flooded streets bring carp to business district
Village of Pewaukee - Debbie Aarestad looked out the front door of her W. Wisconsin Ave. bakery Tuesday morning and couldn't believe what she saw.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=760876

Mississippi River floods could be worst in 15 years
* Cedar Falls, Iowa, residents and business owners ready to evacuate
* Crests of 10 feet above flood stage predicted for Mississippi River in next two weeks
* Wisconsin workers make temporary repair to stop sewage leak
* East Coast continues to bake under a heat wave
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/06/10/severe.weather.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText


...Historic rainfall this past weekend in southern Wisconsin...
An extremely moist air mass settled over the region this past
weekend and a stalled frontal boundary generated periods of heavy
showers and thunderstorms. Many areas in southern Wisconsin recorded
extremely heavy rainfall totals...and Milwaukee and Madison were no
exceptions. Below are a few lists to put this rainfall event in
historical perspective.

.....Milwaukee.....

Milwaukee set the record for the heaviest rainfall in any 48-hour
period this weekend with the cumulative rainfall for the calendar
days of Saturday June 7th and Sunday June 8th reaching 7.18 inches.
This eclipsed the old record of 6.84 inches set on August 5-6 1986.

The rainfall on Saturday June 7th was 4.93 inches. This ranks 3rd on
the all time list for greatest rainfall in a calendar day. Below is
a top ten list of most rainfall on a calendar day in Milwaukee.

...rank... ...amount (inches)... ...date...
1 6.81 08/06/1986
2 5.40 06/23/1917
*** 3 *** *** 4.93 *** *** 06/07/2008 ***
4 4.49 06/22/1940
5 4.32 09/08/1941
6 4.23 06/21/1997
7 3.74 09/23/1872
8 3.65 08/05/1998
9t 3.04 07/19/1950
9t 3.04 06/13/1950

Essentially it has not rained as much in a calendar day in Milwaukee
as it did this Saturday since 1986...or in the past 22 years.

With 9.21 inches of rainfall this June...Milwaukee already has had
the 3rd rainiest June on record. Below is a list of the rainiest
months of June in Milwaukee.

...rank... ...amount (inches)... ...year...
1 10.03 1917
2 9.98 1997
*** 3 *** *** 9.21 *** *** 2008 ***
4 8.28 1954
5 7.79 1968
6 7.54 1940
7 7.53 1969
8 7.38 1967
9 6.96 1999
10 6.95 1928

Also with 9.21 inches of rainfall this month...Milwaukee already has
had the 6th rainiest calendar month on record. Below is a list of the
rainiest calendar months in Milwaukee.

...rank... ...amount (inches)... ...month...
1 10.03 June 1917
2 9.98 June 1997
3 9.87 sept 1941
4 9.56 may 1933
5 9.41 sept 1961
*** 6 *** *** 9.21 *** *** June 2008 ***
7 9.05 Aug 1987
8 8.82 Aug 1986
9 8.72 sept 1872
10 8.56 Nov 1934


.....Madison.....

Here is where Madison ranks in similar statistical comparisons. A
48-hour rainfall record is not available for Madison at this time.

The rainfall on Sunday June 8th was 4.11 inches. This ranks 4th on
the all time list for greatest rainfall in a calendar day. Below is
a top ten list of most rainfall on a calendar day in Madison.

...rank... ...amount (inches)... ...date...
1 4.96 08/08/1906
2 4.51 06/17/1996
3 4.32 07/21/1881
*** 4 *** *** 4.11 *** *** 06/08/2008 ***
5 3.89 07/03/1975
6 3.82 07/11/1878
7 3.81 07/19/1950
8 3.75 07/05/1993
9 3.67 06/05/1963
10 3.64 05/23/1966

Essentially it has not rained as much in a calendar day in Madison
as it did this Sunday since 1996...or in the past 12 years.

With 7.82 inches of rainfall this June...Madison already has tied
the 7th rainiest June on record. Below is a list of the rainiest
months of June in Madison.

...rank... ...amount (inches)... ...year...
1 9.95 1978
2 9.69 1996
3 9.31 1880
4 8.63 2000
5 8.15 1963
6 7.96 1969
*** 7t *** *** 7.82 *** *** 2008 ***
7t 7.82 1968
9 7.76 1882
10 7.72 1890

Madison has not had enough rainfall this month to rank on the top
10 list for rainiest calendar months yet. The 10th rainiest
calendar month at Madison was 9.49 inches in August of 1980. The
rainiest month at Madison was actually last year...in August of
2007...when 15.18 inches of rain fell.

.....what is needed to set records.....

At Milwaukee 0.83 inches of rain is needed to set the record for
the rainiest June. 0.83 inches of rain is also needed to set the
record for the rainiest calendar month.

At Madison...a bit more rain is needed to set some records. 2.14
inches of rain is needed to set the record for the rainiest June.
7.37 inches of rain is needed to set the record for the rainiest
calendar month. 2.53 inches of rain is needed to move into 5th
place on the list of rainiest calendar months at Madison.

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 9, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 11:44 AM GMT on June 09, 2008

Good Monday morning!

Weather Synopsis
What a wild weekend of weather! Tornadoes, high winds, flooding, and lots of old men snoring. A cold front moving across the state this morning developed all that rain ahead of the front, but as it passes, we'll get a short break from the showers and thunderstorms before more develops later in the week.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Today’s Forecast Grade: B

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Clouds this morning but we should see some sunshine peeking out behind the clouds by the afternoon. High of 74.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows upper 50s.

Tomorrow: Becoming mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing late. Highs mid- 70s central, upper 70s south. Chance of rain tomorrow night 40%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, breezy and cooler, maybe a passing shower, highs 70-75. Chance of rain 30%.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, breezy and warmer with a line of showers and thunderstorms developing. Highs 79-84. Chance of rain 60%.
Friday: Partly sunny, maybe an isolated shower, highs 71-76. Chance of rain 30%.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs 74-79.
Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, just because dads like thunderstorms. Highs 75-80. Chance of rain 40%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy today, storms developing late tomorrow, highs low to mid- 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered thunderstorms this evening and overnight, otherwise partly sunny. Highs lower 90s today and mid- 80s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIN0190

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated thunderstorms, otherwise partly cloudy, highs near or just above 90.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX1029

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Mostly sunny, highs upper 80s. Heat Index around 102 inland.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine today, breezy and warmer tomorrow, highs mid- 90s today and just above 100 tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

Today and Tomorrow in Davenport, Florida: Scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening, highs lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Awash, rinse, repeat
Region reels from wind, record rainfall — and we're not done yet
Just as sodden residents mopped, cleaned and tried to dry out Sunday, another round of rains splashed down on southern Wisconsin, closing roads and bridges, canceling at least one high school graduation and creating a run on sump pumps and bleach.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=759920
Saturday: Twisters reported in seven counties, cars go floating as intersections flood, and torrents of storm water overwhelm sewers
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=759827
Friday: Tornado possibly spotted in Racine County
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=759512

Flood waters, death toll rise after weekend storms
* One dead, one missing in Indiana flooding
* Six reported dead in Michigan
* One person reported killed, four hurt when lightning hits Connecticut park
* Heavy rains flood communities, threaten levees across Midwest
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/06/08/severe.weather/index.html#cnnSTCText

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 6, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:04 PM GMT on June 06, 2008

TGIF!

Weather Synopsis
The weather scenario is rather wacky, as a very strong low pressure system which caused the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) to issue a "PDS" (Particularly Dangerous Situation) Tornado Watch yesterday evening across southern Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma, is moving northeast and is now going to be bothering us today. However, since the initial line of storm is going to move through this morning, it's not going to quite have the punch it did last night out to our west. This isn't the end of it though, as the SPC has us under the "slight risk" category for severe weather today, tomorrow, and Sunday. You can expect very warm temperatures this weekend as a warm front just to our north and a cold front to our west will push very warm temperatures (and moisture) through Wisconsin.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


NowCast: (Source: National Weather Service)
Central Wisconsin:
... Line of showers and storms with gusty winds to around 50 mph...
At 420 am CDT... radar shows a line of showers with isolated
thunderstorms moving over southwest Wisconsin toward southern and
central Wisconsin. Local reports of winds gusts to 50 mph have
been observed as this line passes. The line of showers and storms
was moving east at 60 mph and will be tracking over portions of
central Wisconsin through 7 am and then after 7 am over east
central Wisconsin.
Be prepared for wind gusts to 50 mph with this line of showers
and storms... with the main threat area south of line from Wausau
to Green Bay. Listen to later information or possible warnings.
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for a line of weakening showers...along a dells to Monroe line...to move east at 25 mph. The leading edge of the line will reach Oxford...Watertown and Delavan by 8 am...Fond Du Lac...Waukesha and Twin Lakes around 9 am...and Elkhart Lake...Milwaukee and Racine by 10 am if they hold together. Expect increasing south winds between 15 and 30 mph through the rest of the morning over all of south central and southeast Wisconsin. Skies will turn partly sunny behind the band of showers...with temperatures rising through the 70s into the 80s. Readings will be slightly cooler near Lake Michigan.


Today’s Forecast Grade: B-

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: A line of showers and thunderstorms will move through this morning. Partly sunny with isolated thunderstorms this afternoon, but I'm thinking many of us will be dry after the initial line of storms moves through shortly. Windy and a little humid, high of 81. Chance of rain this morning 80%, this afternoon 30%.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, maybe an isolated evening thunderstorm. Lows lower 60s. Chance of rain this evening 25%.

Saturday: Some morning sunshine with another round of showers and thunderstorms developing later in the day. Breezy, very warm and somewhat humid, highs in the mid- 80s. Chance of rain Saturday evening 70%.

Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. A little cooler, highs in the upper 70s. Chance of rain 80%.

Next Week:
Monday: A thunderstorm possible early, otherwise decreasing clouds and cooler yet. Highs 68-73. Chance of rain 40%.
Tuesday: Partly sunny with an isolated thunderstorm possible. Highs 70-75. Chance of rain 25%.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy and breezy, maybe a thundershower late. Highs 72-77. Chance of rain Wednesday night 30%.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Windy today. Warm with scattered thunderstorms all weekend. Highs mid- 70s today and Sunday and lower 80s tomorrow.
... Wind Advisory in effect until 6 PM CDT this afternoon...
Expect sustained winds today from the south to southwest at 30 to
35 mph with gusts to 45 mph.
A Wind Advisory means that sustained winds of 30 mph are
expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult...
especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Evansville, Indiana: Partly sunny, breezy and warm. Highs low to mid- 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIN0190

This Weekend in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated storms, breezy, highs upper 80s to lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX1029

This Weekend in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Mostly sunny and hot, highs upper 80s to lower 90s. Heat Index up to 100 inland.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

This Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs mid- to upper 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

This Weekend in Davenport, Florida: Typical isolated afternoon thunderstorms, highs low to mid- 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Storms strike as forecasters sound alarm
* NEW: Several Iowa towns are busy sandbagging and setting up emergency shelters
* NEW: Forecasts call for more dangerous storms on Friday
* Animals wander town of WaKeeney and are caught in yards
* Four tornadoes touch down in western and central Kansas
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/06/05/severe.weather.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

Drought declared in California
* Governor makes declaration after two years of below-average precipitation
* State depends on snow melt from mountains, but winter months were dry
* Crops could be sharply reduced if water deliveries are slashed
* Schwarzenegger pushes $12 billion bond to improve water system
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/06/05/california.drought.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

Sorry to ruin the fun, but an ice age cometh
All four agencies that track Earth's temperature (the Hadley Climate Research Unit in Britain, the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, the Christy group at the University of Alabama, and Remote Sensing Systems Inc in California) report that it cooled by about 0.7C in 2007. This is the fastest temperature change in the instrumental record and it puts us back where we were in 1930. If the temperature does not soon recover, we will have to conclude that global warming is over.
http://www.sciencealert.com.au/opinions/20082105-17356.html

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Stormy Midwest Weather

By: HaleStorm, 5:01 PM GMT on June 05, 2008

There's going to be a lot of severe weather wackiness today, with a high risk of severe weather stretching from southern Minnesota all the way to southeastern Kansas. I haven't seen such a large "high risk of severe weather" and tornado "hatched" area in the SPC severe weather outlook in quite some time!
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk.html

The PWO sounds rather ominous as well!
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/pwo.html

Even here in Wisconsin, southeastern WI was under a rare early-morning tornado watch from 5-11am, with a slight risk of more severe weather later today and tonight.

It's going to be a crazy day of stormy weather in the Midwest! Wisconsin will probably get more interesting weather tomorrow, but storm chasers to our west will probably see a lot of action today!

Updated: 5:52 PM GMT on June 05, 2008

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 4, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 12:28 PM GMT on June 04, 2008

Good Wednesday morning!

Weather Synopsis
We're halfway through this somewhat wet work week, and the colder temperatures from yesterday will soon only be a memory as much warmer air begins to filter into the upper Midwest as a frontal boundary moves northward from the central U.S.. Unfortunately, along with the warmer temperatures, all this moisture is going to stick around, so you can expect clouds for most of the rest of the week and scattered showers and thunderstorms through the weekend, perhaps ruining any outdoor plans you have. We're also under the slight risk category for severe weather today, tomorrow, and Friday (and probably this weekend too), so keep an eye on the sky over the next few days. On the bright side, in just another few months you won't have to worry about rain at all! (because it'll be snow!)
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Today’s Forecast Grade: B-

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Cloudy, breezy and a little warmer with an isolated shower or thunderstorm possible later today. High of 68 central, just above 70 south. Chance of rain today only 30%, but just you wait...

Tonight: Cloudy and breezy with showers and thunderstorms likely. Low temperatures not dropping much, in the upper 50s to near 60. Chance of rain 70%.

Tomorrow: Cloudy, windy and warmer with more scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs mid- 70s central, near 80 south. Chance of rain 50%.

This Weekend:
Friday: Cloudy, still windy, and warmer with showers and thunderstorms likely. Again. Highs 79-84. Chance of rain 70%.
Saturday: Cloudy, breezy and warm with yet another round of showers and thunderstorms. Highs 80-85. Chance of rain 60%.
Sunday: See also: Saturday. Cooler though, with highs 71-76. Chance of rain 60%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs 65-70.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Morning severe storms, then becoming partly sunny later today. More sunshine tomorrow. Hot highs in the lower 90s!
Tornado Watch 445 in effect until 9 am CDT this morning...
An area of thunderstorms will move out of southeast Illinois and across southwest Indiana through 800 am. The storms will be capable of wind gusts 30 to 40 mph...heavy rain and frequent lightning. The storms will affect Mount Vernon Indiana...Evansville... and eventually Boonville. The storms will either clip or pass just north of Henderson.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIN0190

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated morning showers, otherwise partly sunny and breezy. Highs near or just above 90.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX1029

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Mostly sunny and very warm, highs mid- to upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunny and windy, highs lower 90s today and mid- 80s tomorrow.
... Wind Advisory remains in effect from 8 PM this evening to 2 am PDT Thursday...
Strong and gusty northwest winds will develop across the Las
Vegas Valley this evening with the passage of a cold front. Winds
will actually strengthen during the afternoon preceding the cold
front but the strongest winds will occur after the front moves
through early this evening. Southwest winds of 20 to 30 mph will
shift to the northwest and increase to between 25 and 35 mph with
gusts between 40 and 50 mph. Winds will gradually diminish after
about 2 am Thursday morning. Adverse driving conditions can be
expected in the valley due to strong cross winds as well as areas
of reduced visibility associated with blowing dust and sand.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

Today and Tomorrow in Davenport, Florida: Typical afternoon thunderstorms you can set your watch to. Hot, highs mid- 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Scientists Predict 4 Major Hurricanes
A noted hurricane researcher is predicting eight hurricanes will form in the Atlantic this year, and says four of them will be major.
Tuesday's forecast by William Gray and his team of researchers at Colorado State University calls for a very active season, with 15 named storms, including tropical storm Arthur, which formed on May 31.
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1811503,00.html?xid=feed-cnn-topics

At least 4 die in flooding in Belize
* NEW: Another tropical storm could form off Caribbean coast, forecasters say
* Dozens stranded on roofs of homes from flooding caused by weekend storms
* At least four drown in floodwaters in Belize; two missing
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/americas/06/03/belize.storms.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

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Wisconsin Weather Update for June 2, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 11:28 AM GMT on June 02, 2008

Good Monday morning!

Where've I Been?
For those who didn't check out my online Weather Update blog, where I posted info about what happened, two Wednesdays ago, both of my computer's hard drives crashed! One couldn't boot to Windows (even in Safe Mode) and the other still can't even be read by the system BIOS. It took me over a week of troubleshooting to get my main hard drive usable again (it still has issues, like taking 15-20 minutes to boot, it won't install updates from WindowsUpdate.com, and it refuses to create a virtual memory paging file so I continuously get "out of memory" errors). Luckily, most of the data on my main hard drive was recoverable (including my email address book) so now that I've got the list, the email updates can resume!


Weather Synopsis
Clouds are spreading across Wisconsin this morning from west to east, and a cold front is slowly moving southward, stretching from eastern Ontario through northeastern Wisconsin, southern Minnesota, the Dakotas, and northeastern Montana. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are a good bet for later this afternoon, tonight, tomorrow, and actually, most of the rest of this week, and look for the warm temperatures of the last few days to go into hiding for a day or two starting this evening.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Today’s Forecast Grade: B-

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Some morning sunshine east, but becoming cloudy shortly with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible this afternoon and evening. High of 77 central, lower 80s south. Chance of rain this afternoon just 20%.

Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms becoming more likely overnight. Lows near 50 central, lower 50s south. Chance of rain 80%.

Tomorrow: Much cooler with showers and thunderstorms likely. Heavy rainfall is possible but otherwise nothing severe is expected at this time. Breezy, highs only in the upper 50s central, lower 60s south. Chance of rain 90%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly sunny, breezy and warmer during the day with more showers and thunderstorms developing Wednesday night. Highs 64-69. Chance of rain Wednesday night 50%.
Thursday: Breezy and warmer again with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 76-81. Chance of rain 60%.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with more thundershowers. Highs 76-81. Chance of rain 40%.
Saturday: Partly sunny during the day with a thunderstorm possible Saturday night. Highs 75-80. Chance of rain Saturday night 30%.
Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms return. Highs 76-81. Chance of rain 40%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs lower 70s today and lower 60s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Morning fog, then warm with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing. Highs mid- to upper 80s.
Patchy dense was developing across area. Visibilities will drop to as low as one quarter mile at times. The patchy dense fog will vary in visibilities from time to time...making driving hazardous at times. Motorist should use caution this morning. The patchy dense fog should last through this morning's commute and burn by mid morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIN0190

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy, highs just above 90.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX1029

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered showers and thunderstorms today, partly cloudy tomorrow, highs mid- 80s.
Isolated showers and thunderstorms will continue across the area through 700 am. The thunderstorms will be capable of producing gusty winds of 20 to 30 mph...in addition to frequent cloud-to- ground lightning strikes. Rainfall amounts will range from .1 to .25 inch although local amounts up to .5 inch are possible where heavier rainfall occurs.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, a little breezy, highs mid- 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

Today and Tomorrow in Davenport, Florida: Scattered afternoon thunderstorms, hot, highs mid- 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Arthur weakens to tropical depression
* Belize, Mexico discontinue all warnings related to the storm
* Storm made landfall at Belize-Mexico border
* Storm not expected to become hurricane
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/americas/06/01/ts.arthur.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

2008 could set records for tornado deaths
* Death toll from tornadoes in 2008 is already 110; average is 62 for a whole year
* 2008 fatalities already highest in a decade, with the year less than half over
* Numbers of tornadoes also above average in early months of this year
* Deadliest year since organized records began is 1953, with 519 deaths
http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/05/28/tornado.year/index.html#cnnSTCText

Hurricane Season: Cloudy Forecasts
The 2008 hurricane season starts Sunday, and if you're looking for a long-term storm forecast you can ask the Colorado State University Department of Atmospheric Science. Or you can ask someone like Bing, an elderly gentleman who used to cut lawns in my neck of Miami. Each year Bing would tell us what kind of hurricane season to expect. The key to his method was May: if it was a hot dry one, we'd better break out the window shutters; if it was cool and rainy, he'd tell us to relax. And he was usually right, especially in 2004 and 2005, when Florida got pummeled by enough hurricanes to blow Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall off Key Largo forever.
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1810681,00.html?xid=feed-cnn-topics

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