Wisconsin Weather Update for July 20, 2005.

By: HaleStorm , 1:22 PM GMT on July 20, 2005

Good Wednesday morning!

Scattergories Results
24 people played Scattergories yesterday, and it's funny reading the answers because more and more of you are explaining your answer within the original email (most of the comments I have included below). The Challenge Message Board is now in play - if you feel an answer given doesn't fit the category or is an adjective, you have until Thursday night to post a message and let me know. And keep checking it - if someone challenges your answer and you think it should get credit, fight back! And lastly, even if something has already been challenged on the board by someone else, feel free to challenge it again - sometimes my decisions are based on how many people challenge an entry.

Starting Letter: N
Topic #1: Things that fly
Nuthatch (x3: Mom, Brian, Lisa)
Nun (The Flying Nun) (x2: Karl and Ruth E.)
Nighthawks (F-117a) (x2: Greg, John J.)
Northern Marble
Nymphalid Butterfly (this is a specific type of butterfly, i work next to the entomology department)
Nesodactylus hesperius Colbert (a Pterosaur from the Jurassic of Cuba) is the most complete pterosaur recorded from the Middle-Upper Oxfordian.
Nightjar (type of bird)
Ninjas (they fly through the air - at least in the movies they do) :0)
Neo (matrix)
Nue'mon (Ice bird)
Nunchakus (they go flying through the air!)
Neotropic Cormorant (this is a common name used by the American Ornithologist Union.)
Nose cone (Maybe not by it self but when it is in the front of a rocket it is flying)
Nantucket Pine Tip MothTopic

Topic #2: Toys
Nerf (x4: Brian, John J., Kelley, Nia)
Nintendo (x4: Jordan, Mom, Katie, Al)
Neopets (x2: Tammy, Lisa)
New York City: 5000 Piece Puzzle
Nesthackchen-Baby Ponies (German exclusive My Little Pony)
NASCAR action figure
Naboo Fighter (from Star Wars, Episode 1)
Ninja Turtles
Nobbly Wobbly (this is a dog toy sold in Fosters & Smith magazine - you didn't specify child's toy or dog's toy)
Neo (matrix action figure)
Noah's Ark
Noodles (swim pool toys)
A Nickelodeon
Ninepins (British game, similar to our tenpins)
Nessus, Happy Meals toy from 1997

Scattergories Challenge Message Board

Personal Notes
Amidst the excitement of a new baby, something else that shouldn't be ignored is the fact that today is our 3-year wedding anniversary! It's amazing how time flies - it doesn't seem that long since we were reading our vows! Thanks for a terrific 3 years, Lisa, and cheers to many more to come! We don't have any exciting plans or anything to celebrate our anniversary, but we got the best anniversary gift we could ever receive on July 3rd.

Speaking of, the biggest news for baby Bryce is that yesterday he received his very own Social Security card! Yay, he can now pay taxes like the rest of us! The note on the card says to sign it immediately, but I think we'll have him wait on that for a little while.

Lastly, the first season of the Thrivent Tennis League is completed, and I managed to take 2nd place in the league! Yeah! I finished with 49 of 60 possible points and won 7 of my 10 matches.

Today’s forecast grade: B-

Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for scattered showers and thunderstorms west of Madison to become more numerous and spread further eastward between 7 and 9 am. Some may reach the Madison area between 8 and 830 am. A few showers and storms may also pop up over southeast Wisconsin before 10 am. These storms appear capable of producing heavy rains...wind gusts to around 30 mph and possibly some small hail.

Now: At 8am with a sun/cloud mix east and clouds and thunderstorms west, temps are mostly in the lower 70s.

Synopsis: A warm front moved through later in the day yesterday, and while it didn't push any precipitation into our area, you may have noticed it got more humid a few hours before sunset. A cold front off to our west is developing a line of showers and thunderstorms across western Wisconsin that will arrive in our areas shortly.

Today: Partly sunny and dry for the start of this morning, but showers and thunderstorms will arrive within the next few hours, even sooner to the south and west, with a slight risk of them becoming severe later today. We could definitely use the rain, since as of this morning, Madison is 4.31 inches of rain below average just since June 1st! Hotter and more humid with a high of 88, dew points rising into the lower 70s (rather humid). Rain chance 50%.

Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, lows upper 60s. Rain chance 40%.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny with an isolated thunderstorm possible (better chance to the south). Highs mid- 80s central, upper 80s south, dew points 65-70 (somewhat humid). Rain chance 30%.

Friday: Partly sunny with an isolated thunderstorm possible south, highs lower 80s central, mid- 80s south, dew points low to mid- 60s (a little humid). Rain chance 25%.
Saturday: Partly sunny with a better chance of thunderstorms, especially late in the day, highs 80-85. Rain chance 40%.
Sunday: Maybe a morning shower, then becoming partly sunny, hot and humid again, highs upper 80s to near 90. Rain chance 30%.

Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Ok, so yesterday tied the hottest day in Las Vegas recorded history. Maybe today it will "cool off" with an expected high of only 113.
Excessive heat warning in effect until 8 PM PDT this evening...
An excessive heat warning remains in effect today for elevations
below 4000 feet in southern Nevada... northwest Arizona and southeast

A strong ridge of high pressure will continue over the region with
afternoon temperatures reaching near record levels.

High temperatures on Tuesday were around 117 degrees in Las Vegas
which tied the all time highest reading... between 115 and 120 along
the Colorado River and around 129 degrees in Death Valley.

High temperatures today will be similar to the last several days.
Expect readings around 113 in the Las Vegas Valley... 114 to 119
along the lower Colorado River valley... and near 126 in Death Valley.

Children... the elderly and people with chronic ailments are usually
the first to suffer from the heat. Heat exhaustion... cramps... or in
extreme cases heat stroke can result from prolonged exposure to
these conditions. Friends... relatives... or neighbors should check on
people who may be at risk.

Limit outdoor activities... drink lots of water or other
non-alcoholic and caffeine-free beverages. Wear light colored/light
weight clothes... and if possible spend more time in air conditioned
or well ventilated places.
... One temperature record tied... five broken in Las Vegas today...

... All time record high temperature for Las Vegas tied today...

At 323 PM this afternoon... the Mercury reached 117 degrees at
McCarran International Airport. This reading tied the all time
record high last set on July 24th in 1942. Official Las Vegas
records have been kept since 1937.

... Daily record high temperature broken today...

The high temperature of 117 degrees broke the record for the date...
which was 115 degrees set in 1989.

... All time daily average temperature broken today...

The high temperature today of 117 degrees combined with the morning
low of 95 degrees resulted in a daily average of 106 degrees. This
average of 106 degrees broke the all time daily average temperature
of 105 degrees... set just two days ago... July 17th.

... All time record high minimum temperature broken today...

The morning low at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas was
95 degrees. This broke the previous all time record high minimum
temperature of 93 degrees... also set just two days ago... July

... Record broken for consecutive days with high temperatures of 115
degrees or greater...

Today is the fourth day in a row the high temperature has been 115
degrees or greater. The previous record was 3 days in a row and
occurred 3 times... in July of 1942... June of 1950 and June of 1994.

... Record for number of high temperatures of 115 degrees or greater
in one month broken...

Todays high of 117 degrees at McCarran International Airport was the
fifth time this month that the temperature has been 115 degrees or
higher. This breaks the previous record of 4 days set just
yesterday... the 18th.

Note... the records of all time daily average temperature and all
time record high minimum are dependent upon the temperature at 1 am
PDT... midnight local Standard time. If the temperature gets below 95
degrees..these two records will be affected.

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, maybe an isolated afternoon thunderstorm, highs near 90. Heat index over 105 inland.
Heat advisory in effect from noon today to 6 PM EDT this evening for all locations away from the immediate coast...
The combination of temperatures in the lower to mid 90s and
moderate to high humidity values will produce heat indices between
105 and 108 degrees in most locations this afternoon. This could
become a potentially life threatening situation if proper
precautions are not taken.

The combination of high temperatures and high humidity will
create a situation where heat illnesses are possible. Those who
must be outdoors and in direct sunshine should drink enough water
to remain hydrated... and take frequent breaks... preferably in an
air conditioned building. The elderly and the very Young should
remain out of the heat.

Some minor relief will be found at the beaches where temperatures
will reach no higher than 90... with a sea breeze developing.
However... this onshore breeze will raise humidity levels... and
heat indices will still reach over 100 degrees this afternoon along
the coast.

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, breezy, highs upper 80s. Luckily, Emily missed you guys.
Coastal Flood Warning in effect until 10 am CDT this morning...
The warning includes the following counties...
Chambers... Galveston... Brazoria... Jackson and Matagorda.

Harris County is not included in this coastal Flood Warning.

A combination of elements looks to be coming together to produce
coastal flooding late tonight and early Wednesday morning across the
Upper Texas coast. Large swells associated with Hurricane Emily are
currently making their way into the Upper Texas coastal waters.
These swells could build has high as 8 to 12 feet nearshore... and
upwards of 20 feet well offshore tonight. In addition... easterly
winds in the coastal waters will essentially trap water along the
coastline. Astronomical high tides are already running 2.5 to 3.0
feet. Problems begin arising once observed levels reach 4.0 feet.
Expect tides to rise to 2 to 2.5 feet above normal - producing
observed tide levels between 3.5 and 5 feet.

Area surfcams on the internet already show water up to the dunes at
some locations. However... since low tide will be arriving this
evening... we do not anticipate the coastal flood threat to begin
until after midnight and toward morning when high tide again occurs
at area beaches. The primary flood threat is along the immediate
coastline and beaches due to wave run up. Substantial beach erosion
is possible.

Today in Georgetown, Kentucky: Scattered afternoon storms, highs near 90.
Heat index readings 96 to 101 this afternoon...
Low clouds and patchy fog will continue over portions of central Kentucky this Wednesday morning. Visibilities may drop to near one half mile in spots...particularly where it rained heavily yesterday. This includes areas along I-64 and I-75 in northern Fayette County and southern Scott County...along I-64 near Frankfort...and in southern Lincoln County. Travelers and morning commuters should slow down if encountering fog this morning.

Low clouds and patchy dense fog will continue over portions of the
Bluegrass of Kentucky this Wednesday morning. Visibilities may drop
to near one quarter mile in spots... particularly where it rained
heavily yesterday. This includes areas along I-64 and I-75 in
northern Fayette County and southern Scott County... along I-64 near
Frankfort... and in southern Lincoln County. Airports at Frankfort
and Lexington have already reported visibilities at one quarter mile
with very low cloud ceilings.

Travelers and morning commuters should slow down if encountering fog
this morning. Visibilities can suddenly drop in a short distance.

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:

Yesterday’s Climate Data: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
My Forecast for Yesterday……..… 81, mid- 80s south
High Yesterday (Appleton)……….. 82
High Yesterday (Madison)............. 88
High Yesterday (Waukesha).......... 84
High Yesterday (O’Hare, IL)…...... 92

High Yesterday (Las Vegas, NV)………... 117, new record (115, 1989)
High Yesterday (Hilton Head Island, SC).. 90
High Yesterday (League City, TX)……….. 87 (0.03")
High Yesterday (Lexington, KY)…………. 86 (0.01")

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