Wisconsin Weather Update

Wisconsin Weather Update for December 31, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 3:16 PM GMT on December 31, 2008

Good Wednesday morning!

Weather Synopsis
After a record-breaking day of snowfall yesterday (see weather news below), mother nature has decided to close down 2008 by bringing us not more snow, but instead cold northwesterly winds that tend to follow her storms. High pressure to our west will bring us sunshine today, but you're not really going to want to be outside enjoying it, as this misleading sunshine will accompany temperatures in the single digits for most of the day. At least the roads should be good for all the drunks evening revelers driving around late tonight.

No update on Friday, have a happy and safe new year!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Today’s Forecast Grade: B-

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Sunny but very cold and windy. Decreasing winds later in the day. High of just 9 central, lower teens south.

Tonight: Mostly clear, becoming breezy again overnight. Lows a few degrees above zero early with temps slowly rising overnight.

New Year's Day: Cloudy, breezy and warmer with light snow. Probably will just be an inch or two of accumulation as most of the snow looks to be aiming toward northern Wisconsin, Lake Superior and southern Ontario. Highs lower 20s central, mid- 20s south. Chance of measurable snow 60%.

This Weekend:
Friday: Mostly sunny and seasonable, highs 22-27.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy and breezy with light snow developing in the afternoon and evening. Again, probably just 1-2" of snow since it's likely to be a fast-moving system. Highs 25-30. Chance of measurable snow 40%.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, breezy and colder. Highs 19-24.


Other City Forecasts:

Coming Soon in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Snow tonight and tomorrow morning, coming again on Saturday. Highs lower teens today, bumping to near 30 tomorrow, then back to the mid- to upper teens after that.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Coming Soon in Anna, Illinois: Sunshine through Friday, scattered showers Saturday and into Sunday. Highs mid- 30s today, then mid- 40s after that.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IL/Anna.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIL0033

Coming Soon in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers tomorrow and Saturday, otherwise partly cloudy. Highs lower 60s today and tomorrow, then upper 60s to lower 70s this weekend.
A cold front will push across the area and off the coast by mid morning. Patchy fog is possible through 9 am...mainly south of a line from Liberty to Houston to El Campo. Scattered showers will affect locations along and south of a line from Angleton to 60 nm offshore of High Island. The fog will lift and showers end as the front passes to the south.
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

Coming Soon in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine today and tomorrow, scattered showers Friday, mostly cloudy this weekend. Highs lower 60s today, lower 50s tomorrow, then around 58-64 this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

Coming Soon in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine through Friday, scattered showers this weekend, highs upper 50s to lower 60s through Friday, then mid- 50s on Saturday and only upper 40s on Sunday. Only.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

Coming Soon in Davenport, Florida: Partly cloudy, isolated showers on Friday, highs upper 60s to lower 70s today and tomorrow, then mid- to upper 70s this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

(Source: National Weather Service)
... Snowiest December on record at Green Bay...
... 2nd snowiest month ever on record at Green Bay...
... 3rd wettest December on record at Green Bay...

The new snowfall today bumped the snowfall for the month at
Green Bay to 45.6 inches. The previous snowiest December on
record was 36.4 inches set in 1887.

December 2008 will go down in the record books as the 2nd
snowiest month on record at Green Bay. The snowiest month on
record is 48.2 inches set in March 1888.

Total precipitation for the month was 3.73 inches and will
rank as the 3rd wettest December on record. The wettest
December on record is 4.20 inches set in 1893.

Madison reaches snowiest month on record.
Madison has entered the record books once again for snowfall this
month. Weekend snowfall pushed the December 2008 snow total in
Madison to 38.6 inches. This breaks the record for snowiest month
since snowfall records have been kept. The old record was 37.0
inches set back in February of 1994.

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Wisconsin Weather Update for December 29, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:56 PM GMT on December 29, 2008

Good Monday morning!

Weather Synopsis
I'm in the middle of a "staycation" from work and with the Christmas holiday, I took a week off from writing this blog, but now I'm refreshed, inspired after having watched an entire season of Storm Chasers on DVD this last weekend, and I'm ready to go! So what's going on in the weather world? Well, we have some light snow showers in northeastern Wisconsin and clouds surrounding that area, but western and southern Wisconsin are seeing sunshine right now and east-central Wisconsin is in the process of clearing out right now. If you can get past the windy conditions, it will actually be a decent day with these southerly winds bringing in warmer temperatures in the 30s. The sunshine won't last, of course, as a series of Clipper systems will bring us accumulating snow on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Let me just say that I've been very lazy with my "I only use my snowblower if it's 3" or more of snow" rule. :)
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Today’s Forecast Grade: B+

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Becoming partly cloudy if it hasn't already. Windy, high of 34 central, upper 30s south.

Tonight: Increasing clouds, just a little breezy, lows mid- teens.

Tomorrow: Cloudy and becoming windy again with snow developing during the afternoon and evening. Snow tapers off overnight but not before 3-5" of new snow falls in east-central Wisconsin with probably 2-4" south. Highs mid- 20s central, near 30 south. Chance of accumulating snow 80% central, 70% south.

Extended:
New Year's Eve: Partly cloudy and colder, highs 16-21.
New Year's Day: Cloudy and windy with more snow. Could be another 2-4" from this Clipper-type storm. Highs 22-27. Chance of accumulating snow 40%.
Friday: Becoming partly sunny with gradually decreasing winds. Highs 19-24.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Cloudy with light snow from yet another Clipper. Highs 19-26. Chance of accumulating snow 30%.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. A very nice day for a playoff game at Lambeau Field. Oh, wait, we don't get one of those this year. Bummer. Highs 21-28.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy and breezy today, light snow tonight and tomorrow (2-3"). Highs mid- 30s today and lower 20s tomorrow.
Northwest winds will increase to 15 to 25 mph by 700 am... and gust above 35 mph at times through 1000 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Anna, Illinois: Sunshine, highs mid- 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IL/Anna.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIL0033

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 60s today and lower 70s tomorrow.
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: Showers today, sunshine tomorrow, highs upper 60s.
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, highs low to mid- 50s. I take it the bottled water salesmen on the streets are selling other things now.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

Today and Tomorrow in Davenport, Florida: Morning fog, then partly cloudy. Highs upper 70s today and low to mid- 70s tomorrow.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 9 am EST this morning for Polk...Hardee...De Soto...and Highlands counties...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

NASA captures stunning pictures of Earth
* The NASA Earth Observatory provides public with detailed data on the climate
* Hi-resolution photos capture major ongoing environmental events
* Images show how both nature and man affect the surface of the planet
http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/12/23/nasa.space.images/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

... December snowfall totals across north central...central and northeast Wisconsin...
Many locations across northeast Wisconsin will see the snowiest
December on record... and possibly the snowiest month on record
ever. Listed below are snowfall totals ending between 6 am and
8 am on December 28th. More snow is in the forecast for Tuesday
and Tuesday night. Snowfall totals of 2 to 5 inches are expected
across the region.

At this time... only Appleton has been confirmed as the
snowiest month on record. Green Bay has received 42.3 inches
of snow for the month and is approaching the record of 48.2
inches set in March of 1888.

Research is ongoing at the other sites across northeast
Wisconsin to find which cities set the all time snowiest
month on record. A final list will be issued during
the first week of January.

Snowfall data for Manitowoc... Sturgeon Bay and Wisconsin
Rapids is incomplete at this time. The following was
also denoted in the snowfall listing.

* Denotes snowiest December on record
** denotes snowiest month on record


December snowfall old December
location (inches) record year

Kewaunee 50.3 * 29.5 1935
Shiocton 45.5
Waupaca 44.1 * 30.3 1968
Appleton 43.2 ** 28.1 1968
Green Bay 42.3 * 36.4 1887

Forestville 41.7
Clintonville 40.7 * 35.5 1968
Wautoma 37.5
Brillion 36.8 * 24.5 2000
Rosholt 35.1 * 30.5 1968

Chilton 35.1 * 28.5 1909
Shawano 34.6 * 32.5 1985
Oconto 33.0 * 28.0 1977
Peshtigo 32.6 * 24.7 1996
Suring 32.4

Pulaski 31.5
Stevens Point 30.7 * 28.6 1968
Washington Island 30.1 * 29.5 1968
Wausau 27.4
Hiles 27.2

Rhinelander 25.9
Marshfield 25.0
Stratford 24.9
Marinette 22.4
Minocqua 18.9

Laona 18.4
Florence 16.8

Snowfall data for Manitowoc... Sturgeon Bay and Wisconsin Rapids is incomplete at this time.

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Wisconsin Weather Update for December 19, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:24 PM GMT on December 19, 2008

Good Friday morning!

Weather Synopsis
And here we go once again! A strong area of low pressure system which promised a significant snowstorm yesterday evening through early this morning was running late and dropped a little bit further south than initially expected. The storm finally arrived overnight, and because of its tardiness, will linger through this morning and into early this afternoon. Expect heavy snow, wind, and areas of blowing snow through the morning. The initial prediction of 5-9" in east-central Wisconsin has been downgraded to 3-5", but southern Wisconsin is still on pace to get a rapid 8-12" of snow before this thing is done! After this snow storm passes, you won't have to wait long to get your shovels out again, as another system could dump similar amounts of snow on us Saturday night and Sunday morning, with yet another system coming through late on Tuesday! 'Tis the season!

Raw Model Data will return next week, with a better explanation of what you're looking at.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
... Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 6 PM CST this afternoon...
... Winter Storm Warning is cancelled...
The National Weather Service in Green Bay has issued a Winter
Weather Advisory for snow and blowing snow... which is in effect
until 6 PM CST this afternoon. The Winter Storm Warning has been
cancelled.

Snow will spread north into the area early this morning and
continue through noon... diminishing to flurries late this
afternoon. A total snowfall of 3 to 5 inches is expected.
Increasing northeast winds will produce some blowing and drifting
of the snow.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that snow will produce
hazardous travel conditions. Use caution when traveling...
especially in open areas. The latest Wisconsin Road conditions
can be obtained by calling 800-762-3947.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
... Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until noon CST today...
A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until noon CST today.

Snow will affect the area through Friday morning. The snow will be
heavy at times... resulting in rapid accumulations. Isolated
thunderstorms are possible which would also increase the snowfall
intensity.

Snowfall accumulations of 7 to 12 inches are expected... with
the greatest totals south of a line from Madison to Milwaukee.

In addition to the heavy snow... east to northeast winds of 15 to
25 mph... with gusts to 30 mph... will produce blowing and drifting
snow in open areas through Friday morning.

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow and blowing snow is issued
when heavy snow is expected to combine with strong winds of 25 mph
or more to cause major impacts to Commerce and society. Travel
will become dangerous later tonight and Friday morning... and will
be strongly discouraged.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Today’s Forecast Grade: D

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Snow and wind, both heavy at times this morning. Blowing snow and perhaps more occasional rumbles of thunder too. Snow diminishes to flurries with decreasing winds this afternoon. Total expected accumulations from the National Weather Service are for 3-5" in east-central Wisconsin and 8-12" in south-central and southeastern Wisconsin. High of 24 central, upper 20s south.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with stray flurries. Lows mid- teens.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Cloudy and becoming windy again with snow developing late in the day, becoming moderate to heavy again overnight. There is some weather model discrepancy on just how much we're expected to get Saturday night, but there's a good chance it could be another 6+" so stay tuned if you're on the roads Saturday night through Sunday morning. Highs near 20 central, mid- 20s south. Chance of measurable snow Saturday night 80%.

Sunday: Cloudy, windy and colder with morning light fluffy snow tapering off to flurries in the afternoon. Highs only near 10 above zero! Chance of measurable snow Sunday morning 40%.

Next Week:
Monday: Partly cloudy and cold, highs 10-15.

Tuesday: Cloudy and a little warmer with light to moderate snow. As of now the models are suggesting the strongest part of this storm system is going to hit to our south and east but keep an eye on this one in case it changes its mind. Highs 15-20. Chance of measurable snow 50%.

Christmas Eve: Cloudy with morning light snow. Highs 17-22. Chance of measurable snow 30%.

Christmas Day: Mostly cloudy and a little warmer with flurries just for a pleasant window-watching effect. Highs 21-26.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: 1" of snow today, 5" of snow tomorrow, 2-3" tomorrow night, and another 1" of snow on Sunday. Highs around 20 today and tomorrow but only five above on Sunday.
Winter Storm Watch in effect from Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon...
Snow has all but ended over southern Minnesota...including the Twin City Metro area. The snow has tapered to flurries and will linger the longest over the southern and eastern parts of the Metro...until 900 am. Most of the snow fell along and near the Iowa border overnight. 4 to 6 inches fell overnight along and 10 miles either side of I-90 from Fairmont...to Blue Earth and Albert Lea. Just a little further north 1 to 3 inches fell from around Saint James...to Waseca...to Owatonna.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Anna, Illinois: Breezy with isolated morning showers today. Scattered rain showers tomorrow. Some sun on Sunday. Highs lower 60s today, mid- 40s tomorrow, and mid- to upper 20s on Sunday. At this pace, you'll be in the low -40s below zero by Christmas!
Wind Advisory in effect until 2 PM CST this afternoon...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IL/Anna.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIL0033

This Weekend in League City and Pearland, Texas: Morning fog and isolated showers. Partly cloudy this afternoon. Scattered showers late tomorrow. Cloudy breezy and cooler on Sunday. Highs mid- 70s today and tomorrow, lower 50s on Sunday.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 10 am CST this morning...
At 540am...scattered showers will move across southeast Texas as a weak frontal boundary stalls north of the area. These showers will likely affect the Houston Metro area through 8am. Some areas could see a tenth to a quarter of an inch of rain fall from the showers. Fog will be possible along the coast and near Galveston Bay. Some pockets of fog will be dense. The fog should begin to lift after 8am.
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 and warm today, warm with clouds tomorrow, showers and cooler on Sunday. Highs upper 70s today and tomorrow, and upper 60s on Sunday.
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: You've been the talk of the nation with all that snow you got earlier this week! Partly cloudy this weekend, highs upper 40s to lower 50s. Bye bye, snow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

This Weekend in Davenport, Florida: Morning fog each day, becoming partly cloudy. Highs upper 70s to near 80. Yes, we're all jealous of you.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 9 am EST this morning...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Storm is 'right on target' for 8-12 inches
That white Christmas thing is no longer a dream. Just look out your window this morning.
“The clobbering is in progress,” said Channel 4 meteorologist Craig Koplien, who said the snow storm is on target to drop 8 to 12 inches as promised today.
Koplien said he had already received reports from western communities such as Hartland, which was reporting up to five inches of snow by 3:45 a.m. and Brookfield at that point was already upwards to about 4 inches of snow on the ground. Further west, in Madison, 7 inches had already fallen.
http://www.jsonline.com/news/36432639.html

Storm that walloped Southwest targets the East
* Gaining strength, storm is expected to maintain intensity into Saturday
* Watches, warnings extend from central Plains to mid- and north-Atlantic coast
* States from Illinois to New York can expect up to a foot of snow
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/12/19/us.storm/index.html#cnnSTCText

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Wisconsin Weather Update for December 17, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:34 PM GMT on December 17, 2008

Good Wednesday morning!

Weather Synopsis
After yesterday evening's cold, light, powdery snowfall where 1-2" fell in central Wisconsin and 3-5" fell in southern Wisconsin, we're going to get a one-day break today. Not that temperatures will be that much warmer, but we'll see some minor improvement compared to yesterday. However, the active weather pattern is going to continue with two major snowstorms headed our way. The first one is going to hit tomorrow evening through Friday morning and could dump 6-10" of snow across central Wisconsin and 8-12" across southern Wisconsin. After that, we get another one-day break before another strong snowstorm moves through Saturday evening and continues through the day on Sunday, developing what looks to be another 6-10" across the state.

Also, regarding the "Raw Model Data" feature included in Monday's forecast, I didn't get any feedback from anyone yet. If you think it's interesting (or if you just don't care to see it), send me some feedback so I know whether to include it or not going forward. Thanks!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
... Winter Storm Watch in effect from Thursday evening through Friday afternoon...
The National Weather Service in Green Bay has issued a Winter
Storm Watch... which is in effect from Thursday evening through
Friday afternoon.

Snow is forecast to overspread east central Wisconsin Thursday
evening and become locally heavy at times Thursday night.
Accumulating snow will continue through Friday morning before
tapering off later Friday afternoon. Snow accumulations of 6 to 10
inches are possible.

In addition to the snow... increasing east to northeast winds of 15
to 30 mph will produce blowing and drifting of the new snow.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant
snow accumulations and blowing snow that may impact travel.
Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
... Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from Thursday evening through Friday morning...
A powerful winter system will gather strength over the Central
Plains on Thursday... then track across northern Missouri...
reaching northern Indiana by Friday morning. This is a classic
storm track for heavy snow across southern Wisconsin. Widespread
snow will develop late Thursday afternoon and become heavy at
times Thursday night into early Friday morning. The snow will
taper off late Friday morning.

Snowfall accumulations of 8 to 12 inches are possible... with the
heaviest amounts along and north of a line from Dodgeville to
Milwaukee. Isolated thunderstorms are also possible... which may
enhance the snowfall totals in localized areas. Locations near the
Illinois border should see a mix of sleet... freezing rain and snow
during the evening... before changing over to all snow. This will
likely cut down on snowfall totals somewhat.

In addition to the heavy precipitation... strengthening east to
northeast winds of 15 to 20 mph... with higher gusts... will produce
areas of blowing and drifting snow through Friday morning.

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


Today’s Forecast Grade: B-

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Mostly cloudy this morning, becoming partly cloudy by this afternoon. Still cold, but slightly warmer than yesterday. High of 13 central, mid- to upper teens south.

Raw Model Data:
Appleton: Highs 11-19.
Madison: Highs 16-20.
Waukesha: Highs 16-22.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows just a few degrees above zero.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy in the morning with increasing clouds in the afternoon. Snow and wind developing in the evening and becoming nasty overnight. Maybe even a rumble of thunder thrown in tomorrow night just for fun. Highs lower 20s central, mid- 20s south. Chance of measurable snow tomorrow night 90%.

This Weekend:
Friday: Cloudy and windy with morning snow tapering off to flurries by midday. Decreasing winds in the afternoon. We will probably see another couple inches Friday morning but most of the snow will have already arrived by the time you wake up Friday morning. Watch for blowing snow in the morning and afternoon, and check the school closings/road conditions reports. Total expected accumulations (from the National Weather Service) are for 6-10" in the Fox Valley, and 10-12" in south-central and southeastern Wisconsin. Highs 25-30. Chance of measurable snow during the day 70%.

Saturday: Cloudy and becoming windy again with snow developing later in the day and becoming heavy overnight. Excellent news for weekend travellers going to relatives' homes for a pre-Christmas get-together. Highs 23-28. Chance of measurable snow Saturday evening 70%.

Sunday: Cloudy and windy with moderate snow in the morning and afternoon, gradually tapering off late in the day but not before another few inches fall. I would not be surprised to see another 6-10" of snow fall Saturday night and Sunday. Highs 16-21. Chance of measurable snow during the day 60%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy today, snow later on Thursday and continuing through Friday. Highs near 10 today but near 20 tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Anna, Illinois: Clouds today, showers and isolated thunderstorms tomorrow. Highs lower 30s today, lower 40s tomorrow.
Patchy freezing fog and drizzle will persist through the early morning hours. The heaviest precipitation has moved out of the quad state. Temperatures will hover in the mid 20s to the lower 30s. A light icy glaze will occur on most surfaces and trees. Motorist should use extreme caution when traveling...especially over bridges and overpasses...where the best chance of black ice will occur. Road conditions will remain hazardous through the morning commute.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IL/Anna.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIL0033

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Clouds, fog, drizzle. Highs mid- 50s today but upper 60s tomorrow.
Dense fog advisory in effect until noon CST today...
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: Morning fog, then partly sunny. Highs low to mid- 70s.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 9 am EST this morning...
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: Rain and snow today through tomorrow morning, you even could see a couple inches of snow on rare desert grassy areas before it quickly melts away. Highs low to mid- 40s.
Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 10 am this morning to 4 am PST Thursday...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

Today and Tomorrow in Davenport, Florida: Morning fog, then partly cloudy, highs lower 80s.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 9 am EST this morning...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Frigid weather keeps its grip on much of U.S.
* Much of the nation continues to shiver under dangerous cold
* Montana and upper Plains take the brunt of the Arctic air
* People in New England brace for more snow while waiting for power
* Even normally warm areas such as southern Texas feel the chill
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/12/17/cold.weather.us/index.html#cnnSTCText

Ice melting across globe at accelerating rate, NASA says
* About 2 trillion tons of ice has melted in Greenland, Antarctica, Alaska since 2003
* Lost amount of water could fill up Chesapeake Bay 21 times, NASA scientist says
* Most came from Greenland, where losses raised global sea levels .5 mm annually
* Scientist says sea levels rising 50 percent faster than 15 years ago
http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/12/16/melting.ice/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

Updated: 1:35 PM GMT on December 17, 2008

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Wisconsin Weather Update for December 15, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:31 PM GMT on December 15, 2008

Good Monday morning!

Weather Synopsis
After this weekend's (almost all) rain event, strong northwesterly winds behind the low pressure system now to our northeast will generate some of the most bitter cold temperatures of the season thus far. A variety of schools are even opening two hours late due to the cold.

But what I want to talk about today is a new feature I'm going to add on a trial basis. My Weather Update has evolved significantly over the years, from a basic forecast, to a forecast which, while true to its word, was laden in sarcasm, to a personal update+weather update, to a personal+games+weather forecast blog, and now it's a synopsis paragraph followed by a (still homemade) forecast, with a few other cities and news at the bottom. Realizing that most of what I write in today's version you can get elsewhere, I'm trying to think about what will make this blog unique going forward. So I thought that perhaps actually giving out the latest raw weather model data (generated at 6pm the previous evening) for today's forecast might be interesting for you. This way, you can judge my forecast to any others you might see during the day with what the raw output was for four of the most commonly-used weather models. Many times the models are fairly accurate, but sometimes they're all wet, which is where part of the fun of being a forecaster comes in! So let me know what you think, and if you have any other ideas for keeping this format fresh and unique, send them along!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
... Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until 3 am CST Tuesday...
Much colder air will arrive today. Temperatures will fall to
within a few degrees either side of zero this morning and rise
little during the day. West winds of 15 to 30 mph will produce
wind chills of around 25 below zero. This can produce frostbite in
30 minutes or less unless you are dressed properly.

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

Southern Wisconsin:
... Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until noon CST today...
Single digit temperatures and gusty west winds will combine to
produce wind chills ranging from 16 below zero to 26 below zero
through the morning hours.

A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong
winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result
in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not
taken. If you must venture outdoors... make sure you wear a hat and
gloves.

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With temperatures in the single digits above and below zero across southern Wisconsin...residual liquid from yesterdays rain and snow melt has frozen...causing slick spots on untreated roads...sidewalks...and driveways. Conditions will be especially hazardous across portions of Walworth...Racine and Kenosha counties until Road crews treat area roadways...due to pockets of freezing rain mixed in with snow showers...that glazed Road surfaces during the early overnight hours. West winds will remain very strong early this morning...with gusts up to 40 mph. The strong winds...in combination with the very cold temperatures...will produce dangerous wind chills in south central and portions of southeast Wisconsin through the morning hours.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Today’s Forecast Grade: D

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Partly cloudy, very windy and very cold! Decreasing winds late in the day. We had an overnight high of 19 but I am expecting a daytime high of only 5 above zero central, 7 above zero south. Wind chills will be around -15 to -25 during the day. *shiver*

Raw Model Data:
Appleton: Highs 3-9. Chance of precip 0%.
Madison: Highs 6-10. Chance of precip 0%.
Waukesha: Highs 7-13. Chance of precip 0%.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, not as windy but still very cold, lows around -5.

Tomorrow: Increasing clouds with snow likely late. Several inches of snow are possible Tuesday night by a fast-moving system so be warned of the roads Wednesday morning. A little warmer with highs low to mid- teens. Chance of snow tomorrow night 70%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, flurries, and a little warmer, highs 18-23.
Thursday: Cloudy, windy and warmer with rain or snow likely. Highs 29-34. Chance of precip 60%.
Friday: Partly sunny, highs 26-31.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Cloudy and breezy with snow showers. Highs 25-30. Chance of snow 40%.
Sunday: Cloudy, windy and colder with flurries. Highs 14-19.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Mostly sunny, breezy and extremely cold today. Highs around -2! 1-2" of snow tomorrow, highs 5-10 above.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Anna, Illinois: Freezing rain or sleet this morning, then 1-2" of snow this afternoon and evening. More sleet expected tomorrow. Not fun. Highs mid- 20s today, lower 30s tomorrow.
Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 6 PM CST this afternoon...
Winter Storm Warning in effect from 6 PM this evening to 6 am CST Tuesday...
Light rain will become a scattered wintry mix as we approach sunrise. Light freezing rain or drizzle will mix with sleet this morning. The wintry precipitation may put a thin glaze of ice on some objects or overpasses before ending later this morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IL/Anna.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIL0033

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers; highs mid- 60s early today (with falling temps in the afternoon) and only mid- 40s tomorrow.
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 showers today, partly cloudy tomorrow, highs upper 60s to lower 70s.
Coastal flood advisory in effect from 8 am this morning to noon EST today...
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: Snow and rain likely today, some areas could get up to 5"! Snow and rain more scattered tomorrow. Highs mid- to upper 40s.
Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 4 PM PST this afternoon...
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, highs lower 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Freezing temperatures, snow headed this way
Snowbanks that didn't melt over the weekend most definitely will not disappear after a cold front barges its way into Wisconsin.
The same front that dropped blizzards across Montana and the Dakotas is lowering thermometers into "don't go outside" territory today in southern Wisconsin.
http://www.jsonline.com/weather/36149069.html

New England shivers without power after ice storm
* NEW: At least 800,000 people are without power in the region, officials say
* State of emergency declared for Massachusetts, New Hampshire
* Emergency frees federal aid to help in storm recovery
* Ice storm hit New England over the weekend
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/12/14/massachusetts.emergency/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for December 12, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:18 PM GMT on December 12, 2008

Good Friday morning!

Weather Synopsis
There's going to be something interesting to talk about each day of this forecast period. First up is today, where northerly winds ahead of a high pressure system to our west is pushing cold, Canadian air into the Great Lakes region, so expect nippy temperatures when you go outside. Next up is Saturday, when a wind shift ahead of our next storm system is going to push warmer air from the south into the state. That is to be followed by Saturday night and Sunday, when a strong low pressure system comes through and develops a bunch of precipitation across the state. Note I used the word "precipitation" and not "snow", as much of what falls will probably be rain! And don't get used to the warm above-freezing temperatures, as cold air behind this storm system's going to put us right back where we are now...cold and dry. Have a great weekend everyone and thanks for reading!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Today’s Forecast Grade: B-

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Some morning sunshine with increasing clouds later today. Much colder with a high of only 14.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and windy overnight, lows near 10 above early but then rising overnight.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, windy and warmer with rain developing late in the day and continuing overnight. Rain could mix with snow at times but I'm thinking this is going to mostly be a rain event. Highs low to mid- 30s central, upper 30s south. Chance of precip during the day 30%, Saturday night 80%.

Sunday: Cloudy and windy with more rain expected. Rain will change back over to snow late as cold air gradually returns to the state. Depending on the timing, we could see a few inches of snow Sunday night. Highs upper 30s to near 40. Chance of precip 90%.

Next Week:
Monday: Becoming partly cloudy, windy and colder. Highs 17-22.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with light snow showers. Highs 18-23. Chance of measurable snow 40%.
Wednesday: Becoming partly cloudy again, highs 19-24.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Rain and snow late Saturday through Sunday. Highs near 20 today, then mid- 30s this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Anna, Illinois: Partly sunny today and tomorrow, breezy with rain on Sunday, highs upper 30s today, upper 40s tomorrow, upper 50s Sunday, and at that pace, upper 160s by Christmas.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IL/Anna.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIL0033

This Weekend in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy today, breezy with isolated showers Saturday and Sunday, highs low to mid- 60s today and tomorrow and lower 70s on Sunday.
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: Sunshine today and tomorrow, isolated showers on Sunday, highs mid- to upper 50s today and tomorrow and lower 60s on Sunday.
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: Partly sunny and mid- 60s today, morning sunshine with afternoon clouds, strong winds and near 60 on Saturday, and rain showers (perhaps mixing with snow!) on Sunday. Highs only upper 40s on Sunday, so get back inside that casino or you'll catch a cold!
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

This Weekend in Davenport, Florida: Decreasing clouds today, partly cloudy this weekend, highs upper 60s today and tomorrow and mid- 70s on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Forecasters: 2009 to bring 'above average' hurricane season
* Report says there's a 63 percent chance a hurricane Category 3 or higher will hit U.S.
* Authors stress report is preliminary, subject to change
* Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1, 2009
* Last year's revised report predicted 15 storms; 2008 saw 16 storms
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/weather/12/10/hurricane.season.2009/index.html#cnnSTCText

Drought parches much of the U.S., may get worse
* Over the past three years a drought has affected large swaths of the U.S.
* Report: At least 36 states expect to face water shortages within the next five years
* Experts say main causes are rapid population growth and unwise farming practices
* Marjorye Heeney, 83, remembers the Dust Bowl storms of the 1930s in Oklahoma
http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/12/11/drought.problem/index.html#cnnSTCText

Very warm 2008 makes this the hottest decade in recorded history by far*
The climate story of the decade is that the 2000s are on track to be nearly 0.2°C warmer than the 1990s. And that temperature jump is especially worrisome since the 1990s were only 0.14°C warmer than the 1980s (see datasets here). Global warming is accelerating, as predicted.
http://climateprogress.org/2008/12/07/very-warm-2008-makes-this-hottest-decade-in-recorded-history- by-far/

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Wisconsin Weather Update for December 10, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:40 PM GMT on December 10, 2008

Good Wednesday morning!

Weather Synopsis
After a strong "panhandle hook" low pressure system dropped 6-11" across much of Wisconsin Monday night and Tuesday morning, we're going to get a little breather from our shovels and snow throwers. That's not to say that we're going to be sunny and warm for the next week, of course. That would be silly. No, instead, a steady series of "Alberta Clipper" low pressure systems are going to move through. One will move through tonight, but will be barely noticeable compared to the snow as of late. A stronger weekend system may dig a little further south and have more moisture associated with it, but will be warmer as well and could even change the precipitation over to a mix or just a cold rain, so stay tuned to where the rain/snow line falls if you're travelling this weekend.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Today’s Forecast Grade: B

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Partly cloudy this morning with more clouds this afternoon. Colder than yesterday with a high of 21.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with light snow showers or flurries. Less than 1" of accumulation is expected. Lows mid- teens. Chance of measurable snow 40%.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, maybe a few flurries. Highs mid- 20s central, upper 20s south.

Friday: Partly sunny, but becoming mostly cloudy windy late. Highs near or just above 20 central, low to mid- 20s south.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Cloudy, windy and warmer with snow developing later in the day, perhaps mixing with sleet or even changing over to a cold rain. Highs 34-39. Chance of precip 40%.
Sunday: Cloudy and windy with more rain, snow, or a mix. Again, wait and see where the rain/snow line falls. Highs 29-34. Chance of precip 60%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Light snow today, isolated snow showers tomorrow, highs mid- 20s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Anna, Illinois: Scattered rain showers today, partly sunny tomorrow, highs upper 30s to lower 40s.
Scattered rain showers and patchy drizzle will continue to move northeast around 20 mph over southeast Missouri...southern Illinois and southwest Indiana through 830 am. Patchy freezing rain and drizzle will be possible north and west of a line from Doniphan and Marble Hill Missouri...Onward to Pinckneyville Illinois. This precipitation may produce a thin...light glaze of ice on elevated surfaces and walkways. Although less likely...isolated snow and sleet showers may also be possible early this morning. Rainfall amounts will range from a trace to locally one tenth of an inch.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IL/Anna.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIL0033

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Windy and colder with rain showers, possibly turning to sleet this afternoon and evening. Sunshine tomorrow. Highs upper 40s today and mid- 50s tomorrow.
Wind Advisory in effect until 10 am CST this morning...
Through mid morning...periods of light rain will continue. There could be a little bit of sleet or flurries mixed in later this morning as colder air moves in aloft. Surface temperatures will remain above freezing...including roadways...so other than wet roadways...no accumulations or ice will complicate transportation issues.
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: Breezy with scattered showers. Highs upper 60s to lower 70s.
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, highs upper 50s today and mid- 60s 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 showers with isolated thunderstorms. Breezy and warmer today with highs in the mid- 80s today but cooling into the lower 70s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Milwaukee snow total passes last season's pace as classes, blood drives and flights are canceled
Remember last winter? Remember how much snow we got? Remember the endless shoveling, the slippery roads and salt supplies running out?
Here we go again.
A quick glance at the snow gauge shows this season has just edged past last year. Not that this will be a harbinger of things to come, but Yogi Berra might say it's déjà vu all over again - but with an arctic twist.
As much as 11 inches of snow accumulated in southern Wisconsin on Monday night and Tuesday courtesy of a low-pressure system that sucked up warm moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and collided with cold temperatures.
http://www.jsonline.com/weather/35846504.html

Fox Valley's first big storm pads early season snow total
Snowfall totals weren’t as dire as predicted, though the fresh coat of winter white still had plenty of impact on the Fox Cities today.
Tom Hellman, meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Green Bay office, said 4 to 6 inches fell on much of east-central Wisconsin by 7 a.m.
“We could see 6 to 8, maybe 9 inches by the time the snow finally stops,” he said.
Early forecasts suggested snowfall of up to 14 inches.
http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20081209/APC0101/812090499/1979

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Wisconsin Weather Update for December 8, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 1:24 PM GMT on December 08, 2008

Good Monday morning!

Weather Synopsis
Here we go!!! Our next major weather system, a panhandle hook absorbing moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and revving up over southwestern Kansas this morning, is going to make travel extremely difficult for Wisconsinites over the next 48 hours. Over the weekend, the system looked like it was going to dump just a few inches over central Wisconsin with higher amounts in southern Wisconsin, but it has since changed its story. The storm is expected to contain more moisture than originally expected, meaning higher snowfall totals, but it's now expected to contain warmer air as well. For some folks in southern Wisconsin, the snow may turn to a mix or rain at times, lessening overall snowfall totals but creating some icy road conditions, and where it stays as all-snow, be prepared for a lot of shovelling or (hopefully) snow plowing! This has quickly turned from a nuisance to a probable snow day tomorrow! And after this system is done, don't think we're in the clear as a steady stream of new snow makers will be arriving every other day at least through the weekend.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
... Winter Storm Warning in effect from 4 PM this afternoon to midnight CST Tuesday night...
The National Weather Service in Green Bay has issued a Winter
Storm Warning for heavy snow... which is in effect from 4 PM this
afternoon to midnight CST Tuesday night. The Winter Storm Watch is
no longer in effect.

Snow will develop late this afternoon and then continue through
Tuesday. The snow will be heavy at times tonight into Tuesday.
Increasing north winds will also lead to some blowing and
drifting of the snow on Tuesday and Tuesday evening.

A total snowfall of 8 to 14 inches is expected... with the heaviest
amounts in the Fox Valley... Kewaunee and Manitowoc areas.

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather
conditions are expected. Significant amounts of snow are forecast
that will make travel hazardous. If you must travel... use extreme
caution... or wait until the storm has ended. The latest Wisconsin
Road conditions can be obtained by calling 800-762-3947.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

South-Central Wisconsin:
... Winter Storm Warning in effect from 6 PM this evening to 6 am CST Wednesday...
The National Weather Service in Milwaukee/Sullivan has issued a
Winter Storm Warning for snow... freezing rain and sleet which is
in effect from 6 PM this evening to 6 am CST Wednesday. The Winter
Storm Watch is no longer in effect.

Snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches are possible across portions
of southern Wisconsin tonight through Tuesday night as
strengthening low pressure passes south of the state. A major
concern for tonight is the potential for freezing rain along and
south of a line from Jefferson to Madison to Lone Rock. These
areas will see snow accumulations of 6 inches or more on Tuesday
into Tuesday evening as colder air wraps into the storm system.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant
snow... sleet... or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or your local media for later
updates on this winter storm.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Southeastern Wisconsin:
... Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from this evening through late Tuesday night...
A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from this evening through
late Tuesday night.

A mix of freezing rain... sleet and snow is expected to develop
tonight... however areas closer to Lake Michigan are expected to
see the mixed precipitation change to rain as the night wears
along and temperatures rise above the freezing mark. This will
delay the snow and subsequently reduce the expected snow amounts
and limit the ice accumulations.

Colder air will wrap into the area on Tuesday changing any mixed
precipitation to snow. A total of 3 to 7 inches of snow
accumulation is expected with the lowest totals south of Milwaukee
where the changeover to snow will arrive the latest on Tuesday
morning.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant
snow... sleet... or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or your local media for later
updates on this potential winter storm.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Today’s Forecast Grade: C

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Cloudy and dry this morning. Enjoy it while you can. Becoming breezy with light snow developing at some point this afternoon, which could become freezing rain and/or sleet south. High of 29 central, near or just above 30 south.

Tonight: Windy with snow, and for east-central Wisconsin, holy heck we're going to get a lot of it. Current estimates provided by the National Weather Service (NWS) are calling for 6-8" in the Fox Valley, but only 1-2" in Madison and 1" in Waukesha. In exchange for these lesser totals, southern Wisconsin's going to get some ice accumulation, which might almost be worse than a heaping pile of snow. Temperatures near steady overnight in the upper 20s.

Tomorrow: Windy with more snow. And yes, lots more of it. NWS estimates: 3-5" in the Valley, 4-5" in Madison, 2-6" in Waukesha. The snow tapers off in the evening, but not before a grand total of 10-14" falls in Appleton, 6-8" in Madison, and 3-8" in Waukesha. Highs near 30 central, lower 30s south.

Extended:
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy and colder, but dry. Consider this a breather. Highs 19-24.
Thursday: Cloudy with light snow showers or flurries from a new, weak Clipper system. Maybe 1" at most. Highs 24-29. Chance of snow 30%.
Friday: Cloudy and becoming windy with snow developing late from a new, stronger Clipper system. This could be a few inches if it keeps its currently-projected track. Highs 28-33. Chance of snow 40%.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Breezy with light snow early in the day. Highs 26-33.
Sunday: Windy with more snow from a new panhandle hook system (those are the big ones remember!) The weather models are projecting another whopper on Sunday but let's worry about tonight's storm before we start thinking about this one. Highs 27-34. Chance of snow 60%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Snow today and tonight, 5-6" expected! Decreasing clouds tomorrow. Highs 20-25.
Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 3 PM this afternoon to 6 am CST Tuesday...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Anna, Illinois: Breezy with rain tonight and tomorrow. Highs lower 50s today and upper 50s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IL/Anna.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIL0033

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated storms today with a better chance of rain tomorrow. Breezy, highs lower 70s.
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 showers tonight and tomorrow. Highs near 60 today and mid- to upper 60s tomorrow.
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: Clouds today, breezy tonight, sunshine tomorrow, highs upper 50s to lower 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

Today and Tomorrow in Davenport, Florida: Partly cloudy, highs lower 70s today and near 80 tomorrow. Must be nice.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Fox Valley braces for additional snow
The inch or two of snow expected to fall by early today is just the start of a two-week period of wintry weather — well before winter officially begins.
http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20081208/APC0101/812080459/1979

Up to a foot of snow could fall Tuesday
While we've had a snowy start to December, we're still behind the start to last year's historically snowy winter.
That could change Tuesday.
A winter storm watch from the National Weather Service in Sullivan says another 6 to 12 inches of snow could fall in southeast Wisconsin on Tuesday and early Wednesday.
http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/35685759.html

Updated: 1:26 PM GMT on December 08, 2008

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Wisconsin Weather Update for December 5, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 12:45 PM GMT on December 05, 2008

Good Friday morning!

Weather Synopsis
For the second day in a row, we're starting off very cold with temperatures close to zero and wind chills a few degrees below zero. We should warm up into the upper teens to near 20 again like we did yesterday, which is about our normal high temperature in the coldest part of January! An Alberta Clipper is going to sweep down out of west-central Canada tonight, dropping another couple inches of snow on us, then we should see some sunshine before another system delivers some light snow on Sunday night and Monday.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Today’s Forecast Grade: B-

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Sunshine, cold and windy this morning. Increasing clouds this afternoon. High of 19 central, near or just above 20 south.

Tonight: Cloudy and windy with snow developing. As of now I'm expecting about 2" of snow for most of us. Not as cold overnight with lows in the mid- teens. Chance of measurable snow 80%.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Cloudy, windy and a little warmer with light snow showers or flurries in the morning. Decreasing clouds during the afternoon. Highs in the low to mid- 20s. Chance of measurable snow tomorrow morning 30%.

Sunday: Morning sunshine with increasing clouds in the afternoon. Maybe some light snow showers or flurries Sunday night. Highs near 20 central, lower 20s south. Chance of measurable snow Sunday night 30%.

Next Week:
Monday: Cloudy and a little warmer with light snow showers. Highs 23-28. Chance of measurable snow 40%.

Tuesday: Partly sunny during the day, maybe some light snow showers Tuesday night. Highs 24-29. Chance of measurable snow Tuesday night 30%.

Wednesday: Morning light snow or flurries, then becoming partly cloudy and colder. Highs 16-21.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Snow this afternoon and tonight (1-2"), more snow late on Sunday. Highs 20-25.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Anna, Illinois: Partly sunny, highs mid- 30s today and upper 30s to lower 40s this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IL/Anna.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIL0033

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy, highs only lower 50s today but mid- 60s this weekend.
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: Showers today, clouds tomorrow, sunshine on Sunday. Highs upper 50s.
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, highs near or just above 60.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

Today and Tomorrow in Davenport, Florida: Partly cloudy, highs in the 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104

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Wisconsin Weather Update for December 3, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 12:42 PM GMT on December 03, 2008

Good Wednesday morning!

Weather Synopsis
Here we go again! A cold front connecting two low strong pressure systems: one in western Oklahoma absorbing moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and a second moving across Hudson Bay in Canada, is developing a line of snow across central Michigan, central Wisconsin, and Iowa this morning. Expect a moderate snowfall through most of this morning and this afternoon, with 3-6" of new accumulation expected across most areas. Behind this cold front is some nasty cold Canadian air, so put on some extra layers when you go outside tomorrow!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
... Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 6 PM CST this afternoon...
Widespread snow will continue to move across central and northeast
Wisconsin early this morning before exiting by early this evening.
Enhanced bands of snow will bring occasional heavier snowfall rates
up to one inch per hour at times. Total snow accumulations of 3 to
5 inches are expected by Wednesday evening.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow
will cause some travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered
roads and limited visibilities... and use caution while driving.
The latest Wisconsin Road conditions can be obtained by calling
800-762-3947.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

South-Central Wisconsin:
... Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 3 PM CST this afternoon...
Snow will develop this morning across south central
Wisconsin... mainly between 5 am and 9 am. The snow will be
moderate at times later this morning and early afternoon. Between
3 and 6 inches is expected to accumulate by mid afternoon.

The snow is expected to diminish to flurries by late afternoon.
Gusty northwest winds in its wake will result in areas of blowing
and drifting snow. The fresh snowfall and blowing snow will result
in deteriorating travel conditions.

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


Southeastern Wisconsin:
... Winter Weather Advisory now in effect from 9 am this morning to 8 PM CST this evening...
Snow will develop later this morning across southeast Wisconsin... mainly
between 9 am and noon. The snow will be moderate at times during
the afternoon. Between 3 and 6 inches is expected to accumulate by
evening. Difficult travel conditions are likely for the evening
commute.

The snow is expected to diminish to flurries tonight. Gusty
northwest winds in its wake will result in areas of blowing and
drifting snow.

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


Today’s Forecast Grade: D

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Snow likely this morning and afternoon. 3-6" of accumulation across most areas by this evening. Breezy, high of 32. Drive safely everyone!

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and breezy, maybe some lingering flurries this evening. Lows lower teens.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny and cold! Highs only near 20 central, lower 20s south.

Friday: Mostly cloudy, breezy and still cold. Highs again only near 20 central, lower 20s south.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Snow and wind likely early in the day. Could be another 2-3" inches of accumulation from this "Alberta Clipper." Highs 24-29. Chance of measurable snow 40%.
Sunday: Partly cloudy and cold, highs 21-26.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Mostly cloudy and colder, highs 20-25.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Anna, Illinois: Rain today, sun tomorrow, highs upper 40s today and upper 30s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IL/Anna.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIL0033

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Storms tonight, otherwise partly cloudy and breezy, highs mid- 70s today but only upper 50s tomorrow.
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 50s today and mid- 60s tomorrow.
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: Mostly sunny, highs low to mid- 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

Today and Tomorrow in Davenport, Florida: Mostly sunny, highs upper 60s today and upper 70s tomorrow. Nice!
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104

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Wisconsin Weather Update for December 1, 2008.

By: HaleStorm, 12:58 PM GMT on December 01, 2008

Good Monday morning!

Weather Synopsis
Well there it is, our first significant snowfall of the season for parts of central and southern Wisconsin. And while many of us have to decide whether the snowfall is worth bringing out the snowblower or just hand-shovelling it, for parts of southeastern Wisconsin, that's not really a question, as Waukesha got 6+" of snow and a whopping 10" fell in far southern Sheboygan County. Most of the rest of us got between 2-5".
As for this first day of December, more light snow is expected this morning in far eastern Wisconsin, otherwise we'll just have to deal with the back end of the low pressure system, which is now off to our east. That means a strong, cold wind will be blowing around the existing snow, with a few additional light snow showers or flurries possible, topping off what we've already gotten. Tomorrow looks a little better, then another Alberta Clipper moves through on Wednesday, bringing more snow as well as the coldest air of the season thus far behind it.
Snowfall Map:
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=mkx&storyid=19613&source=0
Storm Reports:
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/product.php?site=MKX&product=LSR&issuedby=MKX
Surface Map:
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
... Winter Storm Warning now in effect until noon CST today...
A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect until noon CST today. At
400 am... latest snow fall totals ranged from 4 to 6 inches from
the east half of Brown County to Calumet County... with locally
higher amounts toward the Lake Shore counties. For the west half
of Brown County to the Fox Valley... snow fall amounts ranged from
2 to 3 inches. An additional inch or two snow accumulation is
expected this morning. Northwest winds of 15 to 30 mph with
higher gusts along the Lakeshore are producing blowing and
drifting of this new snow fall. Many sheriffs departments are
reporting hazardous roads this morning.

A Winter Storm Warning for snow and blowing snow means
very hazardous winter weather conditions are expected or
occurring. The combination of snow and strong winds will make
travel very difficult. The latest Wisconsin Road conditions can be
obtained by calling 800-762-3947.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southeastern Wisconsin:
... Winter Weather Advisory in effect until noon CST today...
... Winter Storm Warning is cancelled...
The National Weather Service in Milwaukee/Sullivan has issued a
Winter Weather Advisory for snow and blowing snow... which is in
effect until noon CST today. The Winter Storm Warning has been
cancelled.

Light snow will continue this morning across the advisory area.
Additional snowfall of up to an inch is expected. Widespread
snowfall of 4 to 10 inches has been reported. In addition... blustery
north winds of 15 to 30 mph will cause blowing and drifting snow.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow and blowing snow means that
visibilities will be limited due to a combination of falling and
blowing snow. Use caution when traveling... especially in open
areas. West to east roads will experience the greatest threat of
reduced visibility and snow drifts.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Today’s Forecast Grade: D

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Light snow showers gradually ending later this morning in eastern Wisconsin. Otherwise cloudy and windy with blowing snow and new flurries. High of 29.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and breezy, lows mid- teens.

Tomorrow: Morning sunshine with increasing clouds later in the day. Still windy with highs in the lower 30s central, mid- 30s south. Light snow developing tomorrow night (50% chance).

Extended:
Wednesday: Cloudy and breezy with snow, and heavier totals are again expected in eastern WI. According to the NWS Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (HPC), there's a 40% chance of at least 4" of snow in eastern Wisconsin, with just a 10% chance elsewhere in the state. Highs 30-35. Chance of measurable snow 50% central, 60% south-central, 75% southeast.
Thursday: Cloudy, breezy and colder. Highs only 21-26.
Friday: Partly sunny, breezy and cold. Highs 24-29. Light snow possible Friday night (30% chance).

This Weekend:
Saturday: Partly sunny, highs 29-34.
Sunday: Becoming cloudy and colder with snow developing late. Perhaps another whopper? Highs 24-29. Chance of snow 30%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy today, light snow developing late in the day tomorrow. Highs 30-35.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Anna, Illinois: Scattered snow showers and upper 30s today, partly sunny and mid- 40s tomorrow.
For Monday morning through 7 am...skies will remain overcast with a wintry mix of drizzle...rain and snow persisting. Much of the precipitation is very light...and with temperatures holding firm in the mid 30s across the quad state area...little to no snow accumulation is expected during the next couple of hours. Motorist should use caution this morning due to wet roadways...especially when children are returning to school after the long Holiday weekend. Later this morning...the wintry mix should change over to all snow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IL/Anna.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIL0033

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy and breezy, highs mid- 60s today and lower 70s tomorrow.
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 and breezy, highs mid- to upper 50s.
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 and mild for this time of the year, highs near or just above 70.
Near record high temperatures today...
... Las Vegas sets the second warmest November on record...

The average temperature for November 2008 was 60.8 degrees which
fell just shy of the all-time November record of 60.9 degrees set in
2007.

The average low temperature for the month was 50.7 degrees which was
the warmest on record beating the previous record of 50.6 degrees
set in 2007.

This was also the 4th time on record that high temperatures in
November remained in the 60s or above. This last occurred in 1986.

On a side note... Las Vegas is only two days shy of breaking the
all-time consecutive days streak of low temperatures 40 degrees or
above. The current streak is 288 days and the record is 290 days
which occurred in 2005.
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, isolated showers today, highs 65-70.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Snowfall totals differ widely around area
Overnight snow totals from the first major snowstorm of the season differ greatly around the Milwaukee area. Hardest hit appears to be Random Lake, in far southern Sheboygan County, where a total of 10 inches was reported. West Bend reported 8 inches, Slinger 7 and Waukesha 6.3.
http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/35300834.html

Storm disrupts holiday travel
Accidents, some canceled flights and cold temps signaled the arrival of winter Sunday.
The storm caused traffic problems Sunday evening, and with the possibility of more snow and freezing temperatures for the next few days, driving could remain dangerous.
http://www.madison.com/wsj/topstories/316526

Winter returns: Snow, winds hit Fox Valley
Wintry storm brings hazardous driving conditions
Shoppers came out in droves Saturday and Sunday, but not everyone rushed to the malls to buy Christmas gifts.
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Many instead made a beeline for local hardware stores in search of shovels, snow blowers and other equipment to battle the first significant snowstorm of the season.
http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20081201/APC0101/812010421&referrer=FRONTPAGECAROUSEL

An unusually destructive hurricane season ends
* Damage caused by 2008's Atlantic hurricanes is estimated at $54 billion
* That's second in recorded history only to 2005, the year Hurricane Katrina hit
* Gustav was responsible for much of 2008 devastation from Haiti to Louisiana
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/11/30/hurricane.season.ends/index.html#cnnSTCText

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