Wisconsin Weather Update for February 20, 2008.

By: HaleStorm , 1:36 PM GMT on February 20, 2008

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Good Wednesday morning!

Important Announcement Recap
In case you missed it from Monday's update, as of March 22, I will be splitting up my Weather Update into two separate blogs: one for our personal updates and games, and a second which will just contain the weather portion of my update. This will be hosted on two different blog sites, with the weather version remaining here and the personal/games blog going elsewhere. If you are an email subscriber, you will need to let me know before March 22 if you'd like to continue receiving these blogs via email, and which ones (or both) you'd like to get.


Chain Reaction Wednesday
One point for each correct line you can fill in.

Chain #1:
Burrito
S_____
C_____
Jester

Chain #2:
Hunting
C_____
P_____
Cooker

Rules and How to Play
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Would You Rather... Results
All three games were pretty close this time around. That fourth bonus point will be pretty elusive to most players!

Players: 25
Game #1:
Topic: Pain/Fear/Discomfort
Would you rather...
A. Get trapped in the bottom of a dry well (13) - 1 point
B. Get stuck on a mountain ledge (12) - 1 point

Game #2:
Topic: Random
Would you rather...
A. Spend every minute for the rest of your life indoors (17) - 1 point
B. Spend every minute for the rest of your life outdoors (8)

Game #3:
Topic: Appearance/Embarrassment
Would you rather...
A. Find your way through an intricate maze with only a pencil and paper to help you (15) - 1 point
B. Find your way through an intricate maze with only a compass to help you (10)


Today’s Thought: Big Brycie News! Yesterday at 4:15pm while at daycare, Bryce pottied on the toilet for the first time! Yay for Bryce! It took him about five minutes of sitting to do so and it got a little messy, but that's all to be expected during this learning experience. He got a "potty treat" for his success.
Read more thoughts on my microblog:
http://twitter.com/sbhale

Today’s Holiday: Cherry Pie Day, Hoodie Hoo Day, and Love Your Pet Day
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/
http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm

Today’s Forecast Grade: C


Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin and Fox Cities:
... Very cold wind chills this morning...
... Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until noon CST today...
Northwest winds of 10 to 20 mph along with below zero
temperatures will produce wind chills from 25 to 35 below zero
this morning. Wind chills this low can cause frost bite on
exposed skin in as little as 20 minutes.

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.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
... Bitter cold wind chills this morning morning...
... Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until 10 am CST this morning...
Bitterly cold air entrenched over the region will combine with
increasing northwest winds of 10 to 20 mph... to produce dangerous
wind chills of 20 to 33 below zero this morning.

A Wind Chill Advisory is issued when the combination of very cold
air temperatures... and winds of 10 mph or greater... will create
hazardous wind chill values of between 20 below to 34 below zero
for 3 hours or longer. These conditions will result in frost
bite... and could lead to hypothermia... if precautions are not
taken. If you must venture outdoors... wear several layers of
clothing.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine, it's cold outside. Temps are around -10 north and just a few degrees below zero central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: An unusually strong area of high pressure is located just north of North Dakota (southern Manitoba for all three of you who can pick out Manitoba on a map of North America). This high pressure is topping out near 1040 millibars, and will give Wisconsin lots of sunshine but unfortunately will also bring in that cold Canadian air we've come to know and love.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny and quite cold today. High of about 8 above zero with wind chills -20 to -30 this morning.

Tonight: Mostly clear and nippy, lows around -10 to -15 central and south, near -20 north. And that's before you factor in the wind chill!

Tomorrow: Increasing clouds and thankfully warmer, highs mid- teens north, upper teens central and south. Maybe some flurries tomorrow night. Chance of measurable snow tomorrow night 20%.

This Weekend:
Friday: Partly cloudy and warmer, highs 22-27.
Saturday: Mostly sunny and warmer yet, highs 27-32.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy and practically balmy, highs 31-36. At this pace we'd be in the 60s by the beginning of March, but unfortunately colder air looks to reenter Wisconsin next week. Stupid never-ending winter.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Sunshine and cold today, light snow possible tomorrow night. Highs a big fat bagel today and mid- teens tomorrow.
... Bitterly cold wind chills this morning...
... Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until noon CST today...
Brisk northwest winds along with temperatures between 15 below
and 25 below zero will produce wind chills from 30 below to at
least 45 below zero through noon.

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.
When venturing outdoors... cover as much flesh as possible. If
traveling take along warm blankets or a sleeping bag.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Flurries today, a mix of yuck, sick and pooey tomorrow, highs lower 30s today and mid- 20s tomorrow.
Light snow and snow flurries will continue to quickly push across southwest Indiana through 715 am. A minor dusting of snow may be possible before the snowfall ends later this morning.
... A major winter storm may impact the region Thursday and Thursday night...
... Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from Thursday morning through late Thursday night...
Moisture will overspread the cold air in place across our region
late tonight causing a wintry mix of precipitation. The
precipitation will begin as snow early Thursday for most of the
region but may begin as a mixture of snow and sleet for areas near
the Missouri... Arkansas and Kentucky... Tennessee borders. As the
day progresses Thursday... the snow is expected to increasingly mix
with or change to freezing rain and sleet. The exception will be
across the far north... especially along and north of Interstate 64
where snow will likely continue Thursday... before mixing with and
changing to sleet and freezing rain Thursday night.

Significant ice accumulations are the main threat with this storm
system as ice accumulations of 1/4 inch or greater are possible.
However snowfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are also possible...
mainly north of a line from Perryville Missouri to Evansville
Indiana.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant
snow... sleet... or ice accumulations that would greatly impact
travel. Stay tuned for later statements. This watch will be
upgraded to a warning if winter storm conditions become more
certain.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs upper 60s to lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine today, rain tomorrow, highs lower 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Scattered showers today with more tomorrow night and Friday. Highs lower 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Weather in the News:

Southern storms injury toll rises
* NEW: About 200 homes, 40 businesses were damaged, Prattville mayor said
* Ten hurt, 14 homes destroyed in Georgia, say authorities
* About 2,000 lose power in Georgia; 11,000 in Prattville, Alabama
* Alabama shopkeepers seek shelter in laundry room before roof falls
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/02/18/severe.weather.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText

Cyclone besieges Madagascar
* Storm makes landfall with sustained winds of 69 mph
* Damage assessment is difficult because of lack of power, CARE official says
* Many people in Madagascar live in huts, CARE official says
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/weather/02/18/madagascar.cyclone/index.html#cnnSTCText

Major quake hits western Indonesia, first dead confirmed
* A major earthquake shook western Indonesia on Wednesday
* At least three people have been killed and 25 others injured
* The quake registered a magnitude of 7.6
* There have been no reports of a tsunami
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/02/20/indonesia.quake/index.html?iref=mpstoryview


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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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