Wisconsin Weather Update for April 13, 2006.

By: HaleStorm , 12:52 PM GMT on April 13, 2006

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Good Thursday morning!

Match Game: Phrase Edition

Phrase #1: Rice ______

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Respond by completing each phrase above with what you think will be the most popular answer. Rules are similar to Family Feud, where every person responding with the #1 most popular answer among all entries received that day receives two points per phrase. Every person with the #2 most popular answer will receive one point. All answers must have at least two submissions to be eligible for points. In the case of a tie, both sets will receive the same point value for that phrase.

Scattergories Challenge Message Board
Several posts were added yesterday, mostly revolving over whether I should count first name "N" or last name "N" entries (or both). In a previous update, I had said that I will be going only by last name for proper names, but should this also apply to cartoon characters, many of whom don't have last names at all (or are rarely used or known)? How flexible should I be in this case? Chime in today!

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Worms are Dumb!
I have a profound thought for the day: worms are really dumb. So during yesterday morning's rain, they did another Worm Normandy - Storming the Pavement. However, you'd think after seeing all the dead worms on the sidewalk from the massacre earlier in the week, they'd say to themselves, "Hmph. Perhaps I don't want to go this way after all." But nope - there they all were, crawling on the sidewalks, where many of them also met an early end.

Today’s forecast grade: A-

Now: At 7am with morning sunshine, temps are in the mid- to upper 40s.

Synopsis: A nearly-stationary cold front is sitting over north-central Wisconsin this morning. This means a significant temperature gradient will be experienced over the state today, with northern Wisconsin having much cooler high temperatures compared to southern Wisconsin. This also means some thunderstorms will be developing later this afternoon, and we're under the slight risk category of these becoming severe according to the Storm Prediction Center.

Today: Morning sunshine with increasing clouds later today and scattered thunderstorms developing by early this evening. High of 67 central, near 60 north but getting up to the mid- 70s south.

Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mostly early this evening. Lows mid- to upper 40s. Chance of rain this evening 70%.

Good Friday: Partly cloudy and mild, highs lower 70s central, mid- to upper 70s south.

Saturday: Morning sunshine with increasing clouds and winds during the afternoon and scattered thunderstorms developing late. We're under the slight risk category for severe weather with this batch of storms too. Highs 64-69. Chance of rain Saturday night 60%.
Easter Sunday: Morning showers, then decreasing clouds in the afternoon. Cooler, highs 57-62.
Next Week’s Outlook: Another round of storms looks to come through on Tuesday, otherwise it should be a dry week with temperatures in the low to mid- 60s early in the week but eventually drifting back to the mid- to upper 50s. That's still above normal though!

Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine and warmer, highs upper 80s.

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy and becoming breezy, highs mid- 70s.

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Morning fog, then partly cloudy, highs mid- 80s.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 9 am CDT this morning...
Areas of fog will reduce visibilities below 1/4 mile at times.
Motorists should drive with extreme caution and allow additional
travel time. Use low beams... reduce driving speed... and allow for
plenty of room between you and other cars.
Conditions are expected to improve by mid morning.

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Morning fog, then sunshine and breezy, highs lower 80s.
... Patchy dense fog this morning...
Very patchy dense fog across portions of southern Illinois and the
Evansville tri state area has resulted in multiple accidents
already this morning. Drivers are urged to exercise extreme
caution while driving this morning... as otherwise clear
visibilities may go down to under a quarter mile over a very short
distance. Visibilities should improve by 9 am.

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:

Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 70 central, upper 60s north, lower 70s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 70 (0.44")
High Yesterday (Madison).............. 73 (0.33")
High Yesterday (Waukesha)........... 72 (0.11")
High Yesterday (Rhinelander)......... 70 (trace)
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…....... 76 (0.02")
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…... 81

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 83
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 72
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 79

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Woman dies a day after Disney World ride
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The 49-year-old woman became ill after riding "Mission: Space" on Tuesday. She was taken to a hospital, and died a day later, park spokeswoman Kim Prunty said in a statement.

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Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences degree from UW-Madison: 1998. Former broadcast Meteorologist for NewsRadio 1310 WIBA in Madison. NWS Storm Spotter.

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