Weather Update for July 11, 2005.

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Good Monday morning!

Baby News!
This is Steve writing the intro this morning after our week-long break. In case you haven't heard the news yet, Lisa finally gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Sunday, July 3, 2005 at 4:42pm. She had started early labor contractions the previous Saturday night, eight days before her actual delivery (which is why my updates were shorter and without games that week), and these contractions got more painful and more often with each passing day. They were 3-5 min apart and lasting for about a minute by Tuesday, but she was only 2-3cm dilated so the hospitals kept sending us home. But finally, early Sunday morning, on our 6th trip in ten days, she got to the point where the hospital kept her, and just a few hours later we had a beautiful baby boy! His name is Bryce Alexander, and he weighed 8 lbs. 3 oz. and was 21" long. You can see plenty of pictures of the little guy by clicking on the Baby link on the right side of the page.

We arrived home safe and sound on Tuesday morning, and everyone is doing well! (except for when Kozmo starts barking and wakes up Bryce!) He's been great so far - easy-going, relaxed, and usually only cries when there's an urgent need (food or diaper). We've already figured out how he communicates besides his cries - he puts his fingers in his mouth when he's hungry, and shakes his head "no" whenever he's done eating. He's got Lisa's hair and my eyes and big feet, so I guess two out of three isn't bad. Sleep is a little hard to come by for us, but that will get easier with time. And besides the one time at 2am when we had to change him three times in a 20-minute span, the diapers have been ok to deal with too. We're quickly becoming experts at this whole baby thing!

Updates Update
Now that I have taken a week off following the birth of Bryce, I am going to get back on the regular schedule of writing weather updates. My working schedule will be to only work Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for the next month or so, so the Tuesday and Thursday updates may arrive in your mailbox at a later (or earlier) time than usual, depending on how much Bryce decides to sleep that night.

Games Update
Congratulations to Nia, who won season two with 211 points, and to Jordan and Karl for tying for second place at 193. If you recall, last year Jordan got second and Karl third, so that part of the standings didn't change. Last year's winner, Ruth, dropped to fourth place, but it will be interesting to see how much the standings change after the new players get in a full season, and to see how the rest of the peanut gallery does with the new, shortened seasons. Going forward, seasons will only be three months long instead of six, and only first place receives a prize: a new weather radio! Also, for the next few weeks, I'll only be playing games on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and we'll see how it goes from there. Look for a new Family Feud game in your in-box tomorrow morning!

Today’s forecast grade: B+

Now: At 8am with sunshine across almost the entire state of Wisconsin and some clouds in far southeastern Wisconsin from Tropical Depression Dennis, temps are in the lower 70s and going up!

Synopsis: Let's see if I remember how to forecast...hmmm...well, there's an area of high pressure off to the east that, ordinarily, would give us a day of sunshine and hot temperatures with the southerly wind. However, Tropical Depression Dennis is moving north and will be in southern Illinois by tomorrow, and this may actually influence our weather depending on the final track of the dissipating former hurricane.

Today: Mostly sunny central, a few more clouds to the southeast, and oh yeah, still hot. High of 89, dew points in the 60s (somewhat humid), and it's an Ozone Action Day.

Tonight: Partly cloudy central, mostly cloudy southeast, lows mid- to upper 60s.

Tomorrow: Becoming mostly cloudy everywhere with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Unfortunately, the drenching rains we could use will likely stay south of the border. Highs in the mid- to upper 80s. Rain chance 25%.

Wednesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, highs mid- to upper 80s. Rain chance 25%.
Thursday: Partly sunny, highs mid- 80s.
Friday: Maybe a thunderstorm, highs mid- 80s. Rain chance 30%.
Saturday: A slightly better chance of showers and thunderstorms, highs mid- 80s. Rain chance 40%.
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs lower 80s.

Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs around 107 today and above 110 tomorrow.
Near record high temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday...

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered thunderstorms, highs mid- to upper 80s.

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, hot, highs mid- to upper 90s. Ozone Action Day.
Through 8 am...scattered showers and thunderstorms from near High Island to 40 nm south of High Island will remain nearly stationary. Expect brief gusty winds...locally higher seas... and frequent lightning in the stronger storms.

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs mid- 80s.

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:

Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 86
High Yesterday (Appleton)…..........…….. 88
High Yesterday (Madison)...................... 89
High Yesterday (Waukesha)................... 90
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…................. 91
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…........... 92
High Yesterday (League City, TX)..........…95
High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)…..........105

In Case You Missed It:
(Additional news research provided by Lisa and Phil.)

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This is a few days old, but still classic!
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Clock has a sizzling alarm call

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