Wisconsin Weather Update

Wisconsin Weather Update for May 28, 2009.

By: HaleStorm, 1:01 PM GMT on May 28, 2009

Good Thursday morning!

Weather Synopsis
That nasty day of cold, gloomy, and rainy weather is behind us, and things are looking up! High pressure off to our west will scatter out these clouds within the next few hours, then you'll start to see the mercury rise up through much of the 60s this afternoon. There is more rain in our forecast, but this afternoon and evening should be pretty nice at least.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Today’s Forecast Grade: B

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Clouds in the morning, then decreasing clouds around midday. Warmer this afternoon with a high of 66.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from three different NOAA weather models)
Appleton: Highs 65-66.
Madison: Highs 66-70.
Waukesha: Highs 63-67.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows upper 40s.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, maybe an isolated shower tomorrow night. Highs upper 60s central, just above 70 south. Chance of rain tomorrow night 30%.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Morning clouds and sprinkles, then becoming partly cloudy. Highs 69-74.
Sunday: Cloudy and breezy with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing later in the day. Highs 71-76. Chance of rain 40%.

Next Week:
Monday: Lingering showers and thunderstorms. Some decreasing clouds late. Highs 65-72. Chance of rain 50%.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, maybe a shower late. Highs 64-71. Chance of rain 30%.
Wednesday: Cloudy and breezy with showers and thunderstorms. Highs 64-71. Chance of rain 40%.


Other City Forecasts:

Upcoming weather in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Isolated showers tonight and tomorrow, another chance of showers and storms on Sunday. Highs mostly in the upper 70s but in the lower 70s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Upcoming weather in Anna, Illinois: Scattered showers today, then sunshine through the weekend, highs lower 70s today, upper 70s Friday, then mid- to upper 80s this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IL/Anna.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIL0033

Upcoming weather in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 80s.
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

Upcoming weather in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Showers today and tomorrow, sunshine this weekend, highs lower 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

Upcoming weather in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated storms tomorrow, otherwise partly cloudy, highs mid- to upper 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

Upcoming weather in Davenport, Florida: Scattered daytime thunderstorms, highs upper 80s to near 90.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Cyclone death toll near 200 in India, Bangladesh
* Powerful cyclone in India, Bangladesh kills nearly 200 people, officials say
* Cyclone Aila has left thousands of people homeless in both countries
* Aila packed winds up to 50 miles per hour (80 kilometers)
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/05/27/india.cyclone.deaths/index.html#cnnSTCText

(Source: National Weather Service)
...Month of may still without a severe weather event...
May 2009 has been relatively quiet...weatherwise. Through may 26...
there have been no reports of severe weather, defined as thunderstorms
with 1 inch hail or larger...wind gusts near 60 mph or greater...or a
tornado in northeast Wisconsin this month.

The last time the month of may was free of severe weather in northeast
Wisconsin was six years ago in 2003. Coincidentally...may 1997...six
years prior to may 2003...was also void of severe weather.

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 26, 2009.

By: HaleStorm, 12:38 PM GMT on May 26, 2009

Good Tuesday morning!

Weather Synopsis
After an awesome extended weekend filled with sunshine and pleasant late-Spring temperatures, it's back to work today and there's a gloom in the air. Of course, the one I'm referring to is caused by an upper-air disturbance off to our southwest. We're going to have several shots at showers over the next two days: one is moving through central Wisconsin this morning, but look for more showers with maybe a few embedded rumbles of thunder developing later today, tonight, and continuing through tomorrow. Temperatures are going to drop about ten degrees compared to yesterday, and the air is going to have that damp cool yet somewhat humid feel with the dew point staying close to the air temperature throughout the day.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


NowCast: (Source: National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for a short band of light showers...with embedded moderate showers...to move north across Sheboygan and Fond Du Lac counties between 6 am and 7 am. Rainfall amounts with this band will range from a trace to a few hundredths of an inch...with isolated 0.05 to 0.10 of an inch with the heavier showers. The remainder of southern Wisconsin will see cloudy skies and scattered light rain showers or sprinkles. The better chance for seeing scattered showers will be east of a Lake Geneva to Fond Du Lac line through mid morning. Temperatures for the morning commute will range from the mid to upper 40s along Lake Michigan...to the mid to upper 50s well inland with east winds of 10 to 15 mph.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Today’s Forecast Grade: C

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Scattered early morning showers in central and northern Wisconsin. More showers with isolated thunderstorms will probably develop later today. Breezy and much cooler, feeling damp with maybe a few areas of fog. High of only 59 central, low to mid- 60s south. Chance of rain 70%.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from three different NOAA weather models)
Appleton: Highs 56-61. Chance of rain 62-76%.
Madison: Highs 67-71. Chance of rain 54-81%.
Waukesha: Highs 63-66. Chance of rain 69-76%.

Tonight: Showers and isolated thunderstorms likely. Breezy, lows upper 40s. Chance of rain 90%.

Tomorrow: Showers becoming more scattered during the day and eventually moving out of Wisconsin late. Breezy at times, highs in the upper 50s. Chance of rain 70%.

Extended:
Thursday: Clouds mixed with some sunshine, warmer, highs 66-71.
Friday: More clouds but still mixed in with some sunshine, highs 68-73.

Next Weekend:
Saturday: Partly cloudy during the day, showers moving in Saturday night. Highs 62-69. Chance of rain Saturday night 30%.
Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 63-70. Chance of rain 40%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Clouds and isolated showers, highs mid- 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Today and tomorrow in Anna, Illinois: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs lower 80s.
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 and thunderstorms, highs mid- to upper 80s.
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, highs mid- to upper 70s.
Dense fog will continue to affect portions of southeast South Carolina and southeast Georgia this morning...especially for areas west of Route 17. Visibilities will be down near 1/2 mile...with some isolated locations seeing less than 1/4 mile. Yet conditions will improve by late morning. If driving this morning..use extra caution while driving.
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 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 showers and thunderstorms, highs upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

NOAA predicts 'near-normal' Atlantic hurricane season
* NOAA predicts four to seven hurricanes, with one to three major storms
* Predictions similar to last year's forecast
* In 2008, there were 16 named storms, eight hurricanes
http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/weather/05/21/2009.atlantic.hurricane/index.html#cnnSTCText

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 21, 2009.

By: HaleStorm, 2:17 PM GMT on May 21, 2009

Good Thursday morning!

Schedule Change
This is the first update I've written since we had baby #2 last Thursday morning, Brendan Bryan Hale. This is also the first update I've written since reformatting my hard drive and reinstalling all of my programs and settings. So hopefully this will go just as smoothly as before. :) Anyway, with lots of people taking three-day weekends over the summer, I am adjusting my blogging schedule. Weather Updates will be written every Monday and Thursday morning, at least through the summer. I'll reevaluate the schedule in autumn, but at least for now with 1/3rd of my readers off of work on any summer Friday morning, giving the weekend forecast on a Thursday seems more appropriate. However, my goal is to also write more original content online ( http://www.wisconsinweatherupdate.com ) when interesting weather conditions permit.

And with Monday being Memorial Day, look for weather updates Tuesday and Thursday next week.

Weather Synopsis
What a great day of weather yesterday with sunshine and highs in the low to mid- 80s! That strong wind kept it from being perfect, but then again we needed that wind to help bring in the warmer air from the south. As for today, look for cooler temperatures in the 70s as a cold front moves through the state today. We may see a few scattered thundershowers tonight and tomorrow, but they shouldn't be a really big deal. A better chance of rain looks to move in early next week, but we'll see if that actually pans out.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Today’s Forecast Grade: B+

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Some morning sunshine, but otherwise mostly cloudy. Maybe a thundershower late in the day to the north and west. High of 75. Chance of rain before sunset 25%.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from three different NOAA weather models)
Appleton: Highs 71-76. Chance of rain 22-46%.
Madison: Highs 74-76. Chance of rain 6-22%.
Waukesha: Highs 75-80. Chance of rain 6-18%.

Tonight: Cloudy with isolated thundershowers. Lows upper 40s. Chance of rain 30%.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy and cooler with lingering thundershowers. Highs mid- 60s central, upper 60s south. Chance of rain 35%.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Maybe a morning shower, then becoming partly sunny, highs 69-74. Chance of rain 30%.
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs 67-72.

Next Week:
Monday: Cloudy with showers and thunderstorms developing. Highs 69-76. Chance of rain 50%.
Tuesday: Cloudy with showers and thunderstorms. Highs 68-75. Chance of rain 60%.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, highs 67-74.


Other City Forecasts:

Upcoming weather in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Cooler with showers, near 70 today. Partly cloudy Friday and Saturday, isolated thundershowers on Sunday, highs 70-75.
Showers and isolated thunderstorms are moving out of the eastern and southern Twin City Metro area...into west central Wisconsin. There are more showers in western Minnesota and these are expected to move into the Metro later this morning...after 900 am.

... A new record warm low temperature was set at Minneapolis...
The low temperature was 69 degrees at msp... or the Minneapolis/St Paul
international Airport.
This is a new warm low temperature for the date.
The previous record warm low temperature was 66 in 1972.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Upcoming weather in Anna, Illinois: Sunshine today, isolated thundershowers through the weekend. Highs upper 70s to lower 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IL/Anna.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIL0033

Upcoming weather in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly sunny with isolated thunderstorms through the weekend. Highs in the 80s.
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

Upcoming weather in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Showers and breezy today; a lesser chance of thundershowers this weekend. Highs mid- to upper 70s.
High surf advisory in effect until 5 PM EDT this afternoon...
High risk for rip currents in effect through this evening...
A band of showers will continue to move onshore across portions of southeast South Carolina and southeast Georgia. Majority of the activity will remain along and south of Interstate 16. Rain totals will range from a tenth up to a quarter of an inch in a hours time. Some isolated locations could receive up to half an inch due to periods of heavy rain...especially for Chatham...Bryan...and far southern portions of Jasper and Beaufort counties.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

Upcoming weather in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated storms this weekend, otherwise partly cloudy. Highs low to mid- 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

Upcoming weather in Davenport, Florida: Showers and thunderstorms likely, especially during the afternoons. Highs mid- to upper 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Scientists chasing killer tornadoes across Midwest
•VORTEX2 is the largest field experiment in history devoted to studying tornadoes
•Under way through June 13, the project brings together almost 100 scientists
•V2 teams are criss-crossing the Midwestern plains in search of violent storms
•Researchers are studying how tornadoes form to help forecasters warn people
http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/05/14/vortex2.tornado.chasers/index.html#cnnSTCText

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 11, 2009.

By: HaleStorm, 1:08 PM GMT on May 11, 2009

Good Monday morning!

Weather Update Introduction
I'm making weather update history this morning - over the weekend we converted our office into a nursery, and now I'm writing this from the center of our newly-finished basement. And with my wife Lisa expected to get induced on Wednesday, this will likely be the only weather update I write this week. That being said, I'm going to step away from the synopsis and write about some interesting weather facts and possible long-range trends.

2008 Wisconsin Weather Facts
I recently attended a Concepts of Severe Weather Spotting class held by the National Weather Service (NWS) each year for registered storm spotters, and along with the wealth of severe weather knowledge, they also gave us some interesting stats from the previous year. Here's what I found interesting:
--Last year there were 119 storm warnings issued by the NWS. The average is 169.
--There were 38 tornadoes in Wisconsin last year. That's the 3rd most active in recorded history, with the record being 62 tornadoes in 2005. In 2005, there were more tornadoes in Wisconsin than there were in Oklahoma!
--What month was the strongest 2008 tornado in Wisconsin reported? I think I could give you eleven guesses and you still wouldn't get it right. It was January 7th, when an EF3 tornado caused some serious damage in Kenosha, WI.
--The June 3-13 tornado outbreak was the costliest disaster in Wisconsin state history (flood damage of $760 million!)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_2008_tornado_outbreak_sequence
--It now takes 1" or larger hail to be considered "severe." 58 mph winds (50 knots) is still considered severe for wind speed.
--Less than 20% of all wall clouds actually produce a tornado
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/grb/spotters.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tornadoes_of_2008

Summer Outlook
The Climate Prediction Center issues numerous long-range forecasts for precipitation and temperature. I partially wish it was more interesting for us here in Wisconsin, but they are predicting an equal chance of both above and below normal temperatures and precipitation for Wisconsin this summer and fall. They did note that this summer will probably be colder than usual in Minnesota and much warmer than usual in the western third of the United States, especially in the southwestern U.S.
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/long_range/seasonal.php?lead=2


Today’s Forecast Grade: B

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Partly cloudy and a little warmer, high of 58 central, just above 60 south.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from three different NOAA weather models)
Appleton: Highs 61-62.
Madison: Highs 63-64.
Waukesha: Highs 59-61.

Tonight: Variably cloudy overnight, lows lower 40s.

Tomorrow: Some morning sunshine but becoming cloudy and windy as the day progresses. Maybe a thunderstorm tomorrow night. Warmer, highs mid- 60s central, upper 60s south. Chance of rain tomorrow night 40%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Cloudy and breezy with showers and thunderstorms, mostly early in the day. Decreasing clouds late. Highs 63-68. Chance of rain 70%.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, highs 65-70.
Friday: Cloudy and breezy with showers and thunderstorms. Highs 63-68. Chance of rain 50%.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Morning thundershowers, then decreasing clouds. Breezy, highs 57-64. Chance of rain 40%.
Sunday: Sunshine, highs 58-65.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Isolated storms today with a better chance of storms tomorrow. Highs mid- to upper 60s.
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 today, storms tomorrow, highs near or just above 70.
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, partly cloudy tomorrow, highs in the upper 80s.
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: Storms today, partly cloudy tomorrow, highs upper 70s to lower 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, just a little breezy, highs mid- to upper 90s.
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 today, isolated storms tomorrow, 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:

Deadly storms rip through Midwest, South
* Tornado hits Kentucky with 136 to 165 mph winds, kills one
* Three killed in southern Missouri during high winds, thunderstorms, flash floods
* Man dies of a heart attack after winds tossed him and his wife into an open field
* Storm in West Virginia destroys 400 buildings, severely damaged an 1,000
http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/weather/05/10/deadly.storms/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 8, 2009.

By: HaleStorm, 12:20 PM GMT on May 08, 2009

Good Friday morning!

Weather Synopsis
Ooooh, Wisconsinites are in for another weather treat today! Warm air will continue to pour into eastern and southern Wisconsin ahead of a cold front moving through the state today. We're going to see a mix of sun and clouds this morning, but clouds will be on the increase later in the day with a good chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms tonight and early tomorrow. Unfortunately, after this cold front moves through, the wind shifts direction and colder air from the northwest invades our state. Look for weekend high temperatures about 15-20 degrees colder than what they will be today.

Coming on Monday...a summer seasonal outlook and some severe weather facts from a recent National Weather Service Storm Spotter training session I recently attended. Unless the stork decides to deliver baby #2 a few days early, in which case there will be no weather updates at all next week. :)
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Today’s Forecast Grade: A-

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Partly cloudy in the morning, with more clouds than sunshine by the afternoon. Slightly cooler than yesterday but still nice with a high of 68 central, lower 70s south.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from three different NOAA weather models)
Appleton: Highs 69-72.
Madison: Highs 73-75.
Waukesha: Highs 71-72.

Tonight: Cloudy and windy with showers and isolated thunderstorms likely. Lows mid- 40s. Chance of rain 80%.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Maybe a morning shower, otherwise mostly cloudy but dry. Temps not moving too much with highs only in the mid- 50s. Chance of a morning shower 30%.
Sunday: More clouds than sunshine, but still probably dry and cool. Highs mid- to upper 50s.

Next Week:
Monday: Maybe an equal amount of clouds and sunshine. Highs 57-62.
Tuesday: Some morning sunshine with increasing clouds during the day. Scattered showers and thunderstorms possible Tuesday night. Highs 60-65. Chance of rain Tuesday night 30%.
Wednesday: Cloudy and windy with showers and thunderstorms a decent bet. Not that anyone actually takes bets on medium-range weather patterns. Highs 61-66. Chance of rain 50%.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Showers later today and tonight, partly cloudy this weekend, highs upper 60s today but upper 50s this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Anna, Illinois: Storms likely today, some severe. Scattered storms this weekend. Highs upper 70s today, upper 60s this weekend.
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, a varied mix of clouds and sunshine this weekend. Highs mid- 80s.
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: Isolated storms today and Sunday, otherwise mostly sunny and 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

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

This Weekend in Davenport, Florida: Isolated thundershowers, otherwise partly cloudy, highs lower 90s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

At least 31 dead, 50,000 homeless in Brazil flooding
* About 270 towns, communities in 10 states flooded by swollen rivers
* Nearly one-third of deaths occurred in Ceara state, others across four states
* Rain falling in some areas for more than two weeks; forecast to continue 10 days
* Experts divided over what has caused so much rain in normally dry northeast region
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/americas/05/07/brazil.floods/index.html#cnnSTCText

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 6, 2009.

By: HaleStorm, 12:34 PM GMT on May 06, 2009

Good Wednesday morning!

Weather Synopsis
Looks like the clouds and scattered showers are going to linger around today, thanks to a slow-moving low pressure system just to our west. There's a slight risk of severe weather across far southwestern Wisconsin today, but I'm just expecting a few occasional rumbles of thunder along with the showers we'll see from time to time today. After today, the clouds may stick around but the rain shouldn't come back until Friday night.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


NowCast: (Source: National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
At 619 am CDT Doppler radar indicated an area of showers from near mountain...extending southward to Pulaski and Berlin. The showers were moving northeast at 25 mph. An isolated thunderstorm is also possible. Locations that may be affected by 730 am include... Oconto...pound...Appleton...Green Bay and Oshkosh. Gusty winds may accompany these showers.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
A line of showers and possible thunderstorms is located from near Markesan...to Madison...to near Brodhead. The rain is slowly moving east and will be near Beaver Dam...Lake Mills and Beloit by around 7am...near Janesville...Jefferson...and Fond Du Lac between 7 and 8am. Briefly moderate rain is possible initially when the line moves in. Rain is expected to last less than an hour in most areas...with up to one tenth inch of rainfall. Showers and thunderstorms will continue on and off through the day and into tonight.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Today’s Forecast Grade: B-

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms moving through from time to time. We may see some breaks of sunshine at some point later today, but most of the day will probably be just cloudy and dry, similar to yesterday. High of 69 central, just above 70 south. Chance of rain 70%.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from three different NOAA weather models)
Appleton: Highs 67-73. Chance of rain 49-72%.
Madison: Highs 70-72. Chance of rain 64-80%.
Waukesha: Highs 70-71. Chance of rain 47-65%.

Tonight: Maybe a thundershower in the evening, otherwise clouds starting to break up overnight. Lows lower 50s.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, maybe a sprinkle but otherwise dry. Highs near 70 central, lower 70s in southern Wisconsin.

Friday: Some morning sunshine with increasing clouds and winds during the day. Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing late. Highs upper 60s central, lower 70s south. Chance of rain Friday night 60%.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Cloudy, breezy and cooler. Maybe a morning shower. Not what I wanted to write since I'm running a 5K Saturday morning. Highs only 53-58. Chance of rain 40%.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy and probably dry but still cool, highs 54-59.
Next Week’s Outlook: Oh where, oh where did our warm weather go? Oh where, oh where could it be? With its warm, spring air and its bright sunshine, oh where, oh where could it be?
Fear not, as it looks like our temperatures moderate back into the 60s on Monday, and we may even see some 70s by the middle of next week. However, it looks like a wet weather pattern is emerging starting Monday night and continuing through the rest of the week. So bring your spring jacket and an umbrella with you and you'll be fine.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Scattered thundershowers today, sunshine tomorrow, breezy, highs mid- 70s. Chance of signing Brett Favre 80%.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Anna, Illinois: Morning showers, then probably dry until tomorrow afternoon when more thundershowers move through. Highs lower 70s today but near 80 tomorrow.
Light rain will continue across much of southern Illinois...and the Evansville tri state area through 8 am. Additional rainfall amounts will average a trace to a few hundredths 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: Isolated storms today, partly cloudy tomorrow, highs mid- to upper 80s.
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, highs lower 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, highs upper 90s. Looks like the A/C weather's going to continue for a while. A looooong while.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

Today and Tomorrow in Davenport, Florida: Isolated afternoon showers, otherwise partly cloudy. Highs lower 90s.
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 May 4, 2009.

By: HaleStorm, 12:01 PM GMT on May 04, 2009

Good Monday morning!

Weather Synopsis
After a great weekend of weather with plenty of sunshine and temperatures slightly above normal, we have one more day of pleasant weather to enjoy before clouds and scattered showers move in. A small area of high pressure centered just to our northeast should keep most of the clouds to our south and west today, but a slow-moving low pressure system will arrive soon, bringing clouds and scattered thundershowers with it. These showers may linger for a while, so enjoy today's sunshine if you can!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Today’s Forecast Grade: A-

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Partly cloudy and just as nice as yesterday. High of 68 central, near 70 south.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from three different NOAA weather models)
Appleton: Highs 66-68.
Madison: Highs 69-71.
Waukesha: High of 66.

Tonight: Increasing clouds overnight, lows mid- 40s.

Tomorrow: Cloudy and breezy, scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms developing late in the day and continuing Tuesday night. Highs mid- 60s central, mid- to upper 60s south. Chance of rain 30% during the day, 60% tomorrow night.

Extended:
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with more showers and isolated thunderstorms. Highs 65-70. Chance of rain 70%.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, an isolated shower is possible. Highs 64-69. Chance of rain 25%.
Friday: Mostly cloudy, maybe a shower. Highs 62-67. Chance of rain 40%.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, maybe another shower. Highs 59-66. Chance of rain 30%.
Sunday: Cloudy with thundershowers. Maybe. Highs 60-67. Chance of rain 40%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy today, scattered thundershowers tonight and tomorrow. Highs near 70.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Anna, Illinois: Drizzle this morning, otherwise partly sunny. Highs upper 60s to lower 70s.
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- to upper 80s.
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, some perhaps severe tonight. Highs lower 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, highs near or just above 90. Better turn on the A/C! Breezy tomorrow.
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 also 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:

India heat wave abates, but deaths rise to 22
The death-toll from sunstroke has risen to at least 22 in eastern India although the grueling heat wave sweeping across many parts of the country is abating, authorities said.
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/05/04/india.heat/index.html#cnnSTCText

(Source: National Weather Service)
...Spring 2009 Earth gauge and National Weather Service messages...

Topics...air quality...bike to work month /may/
as of 2006...80 percent of Wisconsin residents drove to work alone.
Choosing alternative transportation...walking...biking...public
transportation or carpooling...reduces traffic congestion...saves
time and protects our air quality. May is bike to work month...the
perfect time to try biking to work. Research shows that the average
length of many car trips...three miles...can be covered equally as
quickly on a bike when traffic and parking are accounted for. This
message brought to you by the National Weather Service and Earth
gauge.Net.

Topics...allergies and pollen
about 35 million americans are allergic to pollen and mold. Spring
weather means that tree pollen levels are on the rise. If you have
seasonal allergies...there are simple steps you can take to reduce
your exposure to pollens. Try to stay inside from 5 am to 10 am...
when pollen levels are highest. Avoid hanging clothes outside to
dry where they can collect pollens...and remember that lawn-mowing
and raking can stir up pollens in your yard. This message brought to
you by the National Weather Service and Earth gauge.Net.

Topics...allergies and pollen
regardless of where you live...the weather can have a major impact
on allergy season. Windy weather increases pollen counts by
spreading tiny pollens through the air. Rainy weather initially
decreases pollen counts...but can increase pollen production later
in the year by spurring growth of late-Spring and Summer grasses.
Tree pollens are typically the first allergens to show up in the
Spring. If you have seasonal allergies...reduce your exposure to
tree pollens by avoiding outdoor activities during the early morning
when trees usually emit pollens. Keep windows closed at night to
keep pollens out of your home...and keep windows closed when
traveling in the car. This message brought to you by the National
Weather Service and Earth gauge.Net.

Topic...energy efficiency...part 1
nice weather prompts many homeowners to make outdoor improvements.
Outdoor Post or porch lights are among the most-used lighting
fixtures in the average U.S. Home. Increase efficiency of your
outdoor lighting system by replacing traditional bulbs with compact
fluorescent bulbs...which use less energy and last longer. If you
are adding garden lighting...consider solar-powered lights which
recharge by sunlight during the day and do not require wiring or
electricity. This message brought to you by the National Weather
Service and Earth gauge.Net.

Topic...energy efficiency...part 2
cool down...lower your air conditioning costs by up to 14 percent
and cool more efficiently by running your ceiling fan
counter-clockwise /downward/ and turning up your thermostat by two
degrees. And remember...ceiling fans cool only people...not the
room. When you leave the room...turn the ceiling fan off to save
energy. This message brought to you by the National Weather Service
and Earth gauge.Net.

Topics...erosion...rain...wind
80 percent of the plants and animals on Wisconsin/S endangered
species list live all or part of their lives in the near-shore zone.
If you are a homeowner near the shore...consider keeping native
brush and trees in place instead of replacing them with grass or
artificial beaches. Natural vegetation protects the shoreline from
wind and rain erosion and filters out pollutants carried by
rainwater before they reach the water. This message brought to you
by the National Weather Service and Earth gauge.Net.


Topics...floods...part 1
in 2007...floods occurred in every U.S. State...causing claims of
nearly 600 million dollars. Just one-inch of water in your home can
add up to more than 7800 dollars in repairs...including costs for
cleanup materials and replacement of carpet and flooring...
baseboards and drywall. Know your flood risk. Find out if you live
in a flood-prone area...and make sure that you have an evacuation
plan in place. This message brought to you by the National Weather
Service and Earth gauge.Net.


Topic...floods...part 2
when temperatures warm up for Spring and Summer...the chances for
thunderstorms with heavy rains increase. Local rivers and streams
are at risk for flooding. Soils that are already saturated with
water are not be able to absorb as much new moisture...meaning that
a large amount of water is likely to run off into rivers and
streams. Water can also pool in areas around your home where soil is
saturated. Make sure downspouts carry water several feet away from
your home to a well-drained area to avoid flooding. This message
brought to you by the National Weather Service and Earth gauge.Net.

Topic...rain...wind...litter
no matter where litter starts...it moves. Litter...especially
light-weight plastic...is transported easily by wind and rain and
often ends up in our waters. It is estimated that up to 90 percent
of the debris floating in our rivers...lakes and oceans are plastic.
This floating litter leads to the deaths of 100000 curious aquatic
animals and two million Birds each year. Keep our waterways
litter-free by always using appropriate trash and recycling
receptacles. Make sure trash bins in your yard have secure lids to
keep trash contained during stormy weather. This message brought to
you by the National Weather Service and Earth gauge.Net.

Topics...rain and public health
Wisconsin is home to more than 55 species of mosquito. While the
chances of a person getting sick from a mosquito bite are low...you
can reduce your risk even further by taking simple precautions at
home. After it rains...drain standing water from Flower Pot
saucers...childrens toys...pet water and food dishes...and other
places where rain water collects. When spending time outside...use
insect repellent on exposed skin and if weather permits...wear long
sleeved shirts...long pants and socks. This message brought to you
by the National Weather Service and Earth gauge.Net.

Topics...rain and water conservation
did you know that an average roof sheds 160 gallons of water per hour
during an average rain-fall. Rain barrels are becoming a
popular...inexpensive and easy source for collecting rainwater for
outdoor use during dry times. Capturing rainwater reduces the demand
on our Municipal water supplies...reduces erosion...and best of
all...saves Money by lowering your water Bill. This message brought
to you by the National Weather Service and Earth gauge.Net.

Topic...thunderstorms
many people participate in outdoor activities during the Spring and
Summer months. Always check your local weather forecast before
heading outside and plan ahead for severe weather and lightning. If
you are outside and cannot find shelter during a thunderstorm...
squat out in the open in a low-lying area on the tips of your toes
in a Crouch position...away from other members of your group. Do not
lie down. Stay away from tall...isolted objects...such as lone
trees...and avoid contact with fences...poles and backpacks...which
can conduct electricity. This message brought to you by the National
Weather Service and Earth gauge.Net.

Topics...UV and sun safety...part 1
about 25 percent of a person/S lifetime exposure to UV radiation
occurs before the age of 18...meaning that it is especially
important to protect children from sun exposure. When possible...
play outside during the cooler parts of the day...before 10:00 a.M.
And after 4:00 p.M. Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor
/spf/ of at least 15 that provides protection from both Uva and uvb
rays. This message brought to you by the National Weather Service
and Earth gauge.Net.

Topics...UV and sun safety...part 2
the National gardening association found that the average gardener
spends 2.8 hours per week in the garden. Because they spend a lot of
time outside...gardeners and farmers can be more at-risk for skin
cancer. When possible...work outside during the cooler parts of the
day...before 10:00 a.M. And after 4:00 p.M. Remember that it is
possible to burn on a cloudy day...even when the sun doesn/T seem
bright. Apply sunscreen liberally and often...and wear protective
clothing...hat...sunglasses...long-sleeved shirt and pants. This
message brought to you by the National Weather Service and Earth
gauge.Net.

Topic...water conservation
gardening in the early morning or evening is better for your plants.
Water evaporates more quickly in the sun...so watering during the
cooler parts of the day means your plants retain more water.
Transplants will also fare better if performed during cooler parts
of the day...when there is less stress from the sun/S heat. This
message brought to you by the National Weather Service and Earth
gauge.Net.

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Wisconsin Weather Update for May 1, 2009.

By: HaleStorm, 12:24 PM GMT on May 01, 2009

Good Friday morning!

Weather Synopsis
Yesterday ended up being a great day for most of us, with warm temperatures in the lower 60s central and near 70 south, as the thundershowers that came through ended up being scattered more than originally thought. As for today, things look to remain cloudy, breezy and cool. A cold front moved through yesterday, which is what generated those scattered thundershowers, but a second trailing cold front is moving through Wisconsin this morning. So unfortunately no 60s or 70s are expected today, but look for a seasonable stretch of weather this weekend and next week as the next storm system stays well to our south.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Today’s Forecast Grade: C

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Mostly cloudy, windy and cooler with a few sprinkles possible this morning. Decreasing winds later today. High of 57.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from three different NOAA weather models)
Appleton: Highs 56-59.
Madison: Highs 56-60.
Waukesha: Highs 56-57.

Tonight: Becoming partly cloudy. Lows near 40.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Partly sunny, highs in the lower 60s.
Sunday: Becoming mostly sunny, highs low to mid- 60s.

Next Week:
Monday: Mostly sunny, highs 60-65.
Tuesday: Partly sunny and breezy, maybe a thundershower late. Highs 61-66. Chance of rain 30%.
Wednesday: Cloudy and breezy with showers and thunderstorms probable. Highs 62-67. Chance of rain 60%.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 50s today, near 60 tomorrow, mid- 60s on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Anna, Illinois: Showers and thunderstorms all weekend long. Bleh. Highs mid- 70s today, then low to mid- 60s this weekend.
Flash Flood Watch in effect from this evening through Monday morning...
A large area of showers and thunderstorms was moving across the region early this morning. The precipitation was moving east at 35 mph and will continue to traverse the area through mid morning. The heaviest rain will be along and south of Highway 60 through Missouri and the Jackson Purchase areas. Rainfall rates of one inch an hour will be possible with the stronger storms.
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, scattered thundershowers late on Sunday, highs low to mid- 80s.
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 breezy, highs near 80 today and low to mid- 80s this weekend.
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: Scattered showers tonight and tomorrow, otherwise partly sunny. Breezy today and tomorrow. Highs mid- 80s today, upper 70s tomorrow, upper 80s on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

This Weekend in Davenport, Florida: Partly cloudy, highs upper 80s, and get used to it!
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Heat wave kills at least 15 in India
A stifling heat wave gripped more than a dozen states across India Friday, pushing the mercury to record levels in some areas.
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/05/01/india.heat/index.html#cnnSTCText


(Source: National Weather Service)
... This is air quality awareness week...

This week Marks the beginning of the ozone season for many areas in
the United States.

Today we highlight what you can do to make the air cleaner.

The environmental protection agency and state and local governments
work constantly to make the air cleaner across the country through
air quality standards and rules to reduce pollution from power
plants... industries... cars... diesel trucks... buses and construction
equipment.

But you have a role to play too. Any time you use energy...
whether it is gasoline... diesel... electricity or wood... you
contribute to air pollution in your community and communities
downwind. Saving energy reduces pollution... and it can save Money.

Use the following guidelines to help keep air cleaner in your
community. You can help reduce pollution in your community by
following these guidelines. These recommendations are especially
important when ozone is expected to be unhealthy.

* Choose a cleaner commute... share a ride to work or use public
transportation. Combine errands and reduce trips.

* Delay using gasoline powered lawn and garden equipment until
later in the day or until days when the air quality is better.

* Limit engine idling.

* Get regular engine tune ups and car maintenance checks...
especially the spark plugs. You can help prevent or reduce
unhealthy levels of particle pollution with these actions

* reduce or eliminate fireplace and wood stove use.

* Avoid using gas-powered lawn and garden equipment.

* Avoid burning leaves... trash and other materials.

* Replace your car's air filter and oil regularly

For more information on air quality awareness week... visit US on the
world wide web at www.Airquality.NOAA.Gov.

Thats www.Airquality.NOAA.Gov.

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