Wisconsin Weather Update for December 14, 2005.

By: HaleStorm , 1:53 PM GMT on December 14, 2005

Good Wednesday morning!

Lisa's 30th Birthday!
Make sure you send a note to my wife Lisa today wishing her a Happy 30th Birthday! She turned 30 at 7:35am this morning, which coincidentally is about when it started snowing this morning. Personally, I cannot believe that I am married to someone that old. Oy!

Playoff Match Game Results
18 people played yesterday, and I like that some people who didn't make the playoffs are writing in with answers that they ordinarily wouldn't write in with if they were still playing for points. It adds to the overall humor value of the Match Game! And other good responses from non-playoff participants are playing "spoiler" by changing the results (half of the Pepper answers for #2 were by others not in the top ten).

Game #1: Mugsy said, "My school is so tough. The first time you're bad, you're sent to the principal's office. The second time you're bad, you're sent to the _________."
Jail/Prison/Police/Warden's office (8) - 2 points
Electric Chair (3) - 1 point
Dungeon (2)
Other answers: Nurse, Boiler room, Gas chamber, Library, Janitor's closet

Game #2: Fred said, "My parents raised me on Dr. Spock." Weird Willy said, "That's nothing, my parents raised me on Dr. ______."
Pepper (4) - 2 points
Seuss (3) - 1 point (tie)
McGillicuddy's (3) - 1 point (tie)
Kevorkian (2)
Phil (2)
Other answers: Strangelove, Jekyll, Dolittle, Ruth

Autumn 2005 Playoff Standings (3 of 7 games played; 14 points remaining):

Tammy, Madison, WI: 13 (+4)
Barb, Berlin, WI: 11 (+4)
Karl, Appleton, WI: 11 (+3)
Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI: 10 (+1)
Bethany: 9 (+1)
Becky T.: 8 (+1)
Sheila, Appleton, WI: 8 (+2)
Brian, Madison WI: 7 (+2)
Lisa, Appleton, WI: 6 (+0)
Nia, Appleton, WI: 6 (+0)

If I were to eliminate one game next season, which would you choose?
[15 votes so far, and the results are somewhat unexpected!]
Family Feud
Mad Gab
Match Game
Wheel of Fortune
Would You Rather...
None - I love them all!
Please vote using the link below!

Today’s forecast grade: D

Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
Heavy Snow Warning in effect from 9 am this morning to midnight CST tonight...
A steady light snow will overspread the region between 630 am and 8 am. Roads will become slippery once the snow begins...so motorists should use caution during the morning commute to work or school.

The National Weather Service in Green Bay has issued a Heavy Snow
Warning... which is in effect from 9 am this morning to midnight
CST tonight. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.

Snow will develop across the region this morning... then become
heavy at times during the afternoon and evening. Total
accumulations of 6 to 8 inches are expected by midnight tonight.
In addition to the snow... brisk southeast winds will produce some
blowing and drifting snow.

The accumulating snow should diminish by midnight. Occasional
light snow... drizzle or freezing drizzle can be expected
overnight into Thursday morning.

Travel conditions will become hazardous across Wisconsin later
today into tonight. Persons with travel plans should closely
monitor the latest forecasts and Road conditions.

A Heavy Snow Warning means severe winter weather conditions are
expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast
that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If
you must... keep an extra flashlight... food... and water in your
vehicle in case of an emergency.

Southern Wisconsin:
Snow Advisory in effect until 9 PM CST this evening...
Snow will continue in the Milwaukee...Waukesha...Kenosha...Fond Du Lac...Beaver Dam and Port Washington areas from 7 am to 9 am. Blustery southeast winds along with the snow will reduce the visibility to one half mile at times...especially in open areas. Snow accumulation will reach one to two inches during this time. Farther west...occasional snow is expected in the Madison... Janesville...Baraboo and Darlington areas through the morning. An additional one to two inches is likely the rest of the morning in these areas. Rapidly deteriorating travel conditions are expected this morning due to the snowfall. Slow down...and allow plenty of room between you and the vehicle ahead. A Snow Advisory remains in effect today.

Periods of snow are expected into this evening. The first batch of
significant snow is moving through southeast Wisconsin. In its
wake it has deposited one to two inches over much of south central
Wisconsin... including Madison.

This snow will continue to affect the Milwaukee... Fond Du
Lac... Sheboygan and Beaver Dam areas... with morning snowfall of
one to two inches likely.

Snow was already beginning to spread back into south central
Wisconsin from eastern Iowa. The snow is expected to become
widespread across the area during the early afternoon and continue
into the evening. Total snowfall of 3 to 4 inches is likely
today... with an additional 1 to 2 inches possible tonight.

Some cities included in the Snow Advisory are Milwaukee...
Madison... Janesville... Fond Du Lac... Kenosha and the Wisconsin

The snow is expected to be wet and heavy... therefore despite
blustery southeast winds... widespread blowing and drifting is not
expected to be a problem.

Be prepared for deteriorating travel conditions this morning.
Slow down... and allow plenty of extra room between you and the
vehicle ahead. Do not overexert yourself while shoveling the
heavy wet snow.

Now: At 7am with snow covering much of Wisconsin, temps are near 30.

Synopsis: A strong area of low pressure, centered over North Dakota, is spreading snow across much of the western Great Lakes region. In fact, over two inches of snow have already fallen at Truax field in Madison as of 6am. Stay off the roads as much as humanly possible today!

Today: Windy with snow. Duh. High of 32. Chance of snow forts 90%.

Tonight: Breezy with more snow, diminishing overnight. Total accumulations of 4-6" south, 6-8" central are expected. Lows mid- 20s.

Tomorrow: Cloudy and breezy with scattered light snow showers. Less than 1" of additional accumulation. Highs lower 30s.

Friday: Cloudy and breezy with more light snow showers or flurries. Highs upper 20s.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, maybe a few flurries, highs mid- 20s.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, maybe a few more flurries, highs near 20.

Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine and breezy, highs mid- 50s.

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Increasing clouds and breezy with isolated showers possible and a better chance of rain tonight and tomorrow. Highs lower 50s.
Freeze warning in effect until 9 am EST this morning...
Cold conditions continue to be reported this morning. Freezing
temperatures have occurred at the Airport in North Charleston while
Goose Creek and Summerville are currently in the upper 20s. The
best chances for freezing temperatures will occur roughly along
and west of Highway 17... which includes the communities of North
Charleston... Ravenel... Adams Run... Wiggins and Gardens Corner.
Temperatures closer to the coast... including downtown Charleston
and Hilton Head are only expected to drop into the upper 30s to
lower 40s. Inland temperatures will rise above freezing by 9 am.

... Moderate beach erosion expected for the beaches of south
coastal South Carolina late tonight into Thursday...

A strong area of high pressure will remain entrenched over the
inland Carolinas through Thursday while a low pressure system
developing in the Gulf of Mexico moves northeast across Florida
and along the southeast coast. This will create strong onshore
winds late tonight into Thursday along with building seas that
will likely cause moderate beach erosion along the south coastal
South Carolina shoreline. Northeast winds of 15 to 20 knots today
will become easterly tonight then southeast on Thursday and
increase to 20 to 25 knots. Seas will increase from 4 to 6 ft
tonight to 5 to 7 ft tomorrow... thereby creating conditions for
moderate beach erosion especially around times of high tide.

High tides Thursday morning will occur at... 724 am in Charleston
Harbor... and at 838 am in Beaufort. These tides are within an
astronomical high tide cycle.

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Showers and thunderstorms likely, some could be severe, breezy with highs near 70.

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Rain showers likely this morning, then scattered showers this afternoon. Breezy, highs lower 40s.
Through 9 am...areas of rain and snow will diminish from west to east over parts of southern Illinois and southwest Indiana. Until then...the heaviest snow will occur north of Interstate 64 in southwest Indiana and the Wabash valley...where a quick inch or two of snow and sleet will accumulate. Some roads will be slick and hazardous. Use extra caution while travelling early this morning. The back edge of the steady snow and rain was along a line from Fairfield to Harrisburg Illinois at 615 am...moving east at 40 mph.

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:

Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 28
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 25 (trace)
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 28 (trace)
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 27 (trace)
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 28 (trace)

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 59
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 54
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 68
High Yesterday (Evansville, IN)…………. 42 (0.06" rain)

Weather in the News:

Giant tsunami could hit U.S. West Coast
LOS ANGELES, Dec 13, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Seismologists are warning the U.S. West Coast could be hit by a catastrophic tsunami, with waves as high as 100 feet or more.
More than a million people in California live in areas that might be affected by a tsunami, and another million visit the state's beaches on a typical summer day, according to a California Seismic Safety Commission study, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

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