Weather Update blog 12 year anniversary!
Twelve years ago this week, in February, 2000, shortly after I left my first career as a Meteorologist at Weather Central in Madison, I started writing this Weather Update blog. It was originally emailed to four college buddies and posted on my previous employer’s Intranet, under the page “Webmaster Forecast,” and quickly grew to almost 100 readers. From 2004-2008, I added a games section to the blog, where readers would submit answers to popular game show trivia questions, and I kept track of the standings for each season (which went three months at a time, like a season, see?) I used to blog every weekday morning, Monday through Friday, but have since scaled back in recent years with my two kids taking priority in the mornings. However, I’m still happy to be reviewing weather models and maps twice a week for you guys, and attempting a little bit of humor along the way. Speaking of humor, if you don’t believe I was on the radio many years ago, here’s a couple examples of my radio segments on NewsRadio 1310 WIBA in Madison. I’m still annoyed I never got a copy of my radio bits which were actually sponsored. By a sponsor!
... Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 11 am CST this morning...
Today’s Forecast Grade: C
Short-Term Forecast Confidence: Medium
Today’s Conditions: Freak blizzard? It may seem that way at times, but don’t be deceived, this snow won’t last too long, and the wind makes it look worse than what it is. Snow and wind this morning. Snow diminishes to flurries this afternoon, but blowing snow will still be annoying even after the snow stops falling. 1-2” is generally expected, which will be enough to make the roads hazardous this morning.
Today’s High Temps: Colder than yesterday with an early morning high of 30. Temps will start falling this afternoon as cold air behind this cold front begins moving in.
Today’s Winds: Windy from the north.
Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from three different NOAA weather models)
Appleton: Highs 17-21.
Madison: Highs 22-24.
Milwaukee: Highs 25-29.
Tonight: Clearing sky, which also will bring cold overnight temperatures. Lows maybe a degree or two above zero. That’s it. Oh yeah, and remaining breezy overnight, which will bring wind chills to around -15.
Tomorrow’s Conditions: Clouds, sunshine and wind. And cold.
Tomorrow’s Temps: Highs in the mid- to upper teens. Lows tomorrow night around five above zero.
Tomorrow’s Winds: Windy from the northwest.
Sunday: Sunshine and a little warmer. And less windy, too. Highs in the mid- to upper 20s.
Next Week’s Outlook:
Conditions: Maybe some flurries Monday evening. Light snow is possible Thursday with the heaviest of that possibly staying to our south. We’ll see.
High Temperatures: Generally in the 30s. Gotta like that for mid- February!
Extended Forecast Confidence: Medium
Weather in the News:
A Warmer Than Normal Winter So Far
Today Outside of Wisconsin:
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota:
Conditions: Decreasing clouds, windy and colder.
High Temperatures: Only near 10.
Conditions: Scattered rain showers, mixing with snow at times this morning.
High Temperatures: Mid- 40s.
League City, Texas:
Conditions: Showers through early afternoon.
High Temperatures: Lower 60s.
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina:
Conditions: Scattered showers this afternoon and evening.
High Temperatures: Lower 60s.
Charlotte, North Carolina:
Conditions: Clouds today, showers tonight.
High Temperatures: Mid- 50s.
Las Vegas, Nevada:
High Temperatures: Near 70.
Conditions: Showers and isolated thunderstorms developing later today.
High Temperatures: Upper 70s.