Wisconsin Weather Update for January 2, 2008.

By: HaleStorm , 1:12 PM GMT on January 02, 2008

Good Wednesday morning!

Highlights of the Week: (written by my wife Lisa)
Happy New Year!!

I hope you all had a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. My highlights include all of the Christmas celebrations we attended as well as ringing in the New Year w/friends. We enjoyed spending time with all of our wonderful family during the holidays. We received many very nice, generous and thoughtful gifts. Steve and I agreed that one of the best parts of Christmas this year was watching Bryce open his gifts and seeing his eyes light up when he received something he liked. This was the first year where he really enjoyed unwrapping gifts.

We also enjoyed ringing in 2008 with friends at our annual New Year's Eve party. For the past couple of years we've been getting together with mostly the same group of friends and it's become an annual event. Well that wraps up my update. Have a great week.
Read more highlights and thoughts on my microblog:

Winter 2008 Game Season Begins Today!
Everyone's score is reset to zero, and a brand new season of games starts right now!

Rule Changes for this Season
There will be two games this season which will be played only once. The first is today, with three Wheel of Fortune puzzles. The second game will be a brand new game I have not played in these updates before and is based off a recently new show on the Game Show Network. This game will replace another game at a random point later this season.

I am changing the playoff rules to add a second wildcard to the mix. The top eight players after the regular season ends in March will qualify to play during the playoff week and the two best players during Double Point Week (who did not make the top eight) will also get in. The top four people will get a two-point bonus entering the playoff week, the next four will receive a one-point bonus, and the two wildcards will not receive any bonus points entering the playoff week. Playoff tiebreakers go to the player who had the most points during the regular season, so a perfect run by the top player in the regular season would still get that person the title. The winner of the playoff week will receive a weather-related prize of their choosing (up to a $30 value) if they have not won previously.

I'm also making a rule change to Outburst, but I'll explain that in a few weeks when that game comes up in the rotation.

Wheel of Fortune Wednesday
You have until 7am Friday morning to send me guesses to the three puzzles below by either replying back to this email or sending your answers via a feedback form on my Web site. If you can only think of one or two, submit those in to receive partial credit! This is the only time Wheel will be played this season. Have fun!

Puzzle #1:
_ _ S T
_ N _
_ _ R _ O _ S
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE CMPO
Point Value: 1

Puzzle #2:
R _ _ _ A R _
_ _ E
Category: On The Menu
Used Letters: RSTLNE DGMA
Point Value: 2

Puzzle #3:
_ _ R _
_ N _
F _ _ _ Y
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE BFYI
Point Value: 1

Autumn 2007 Playoff Results
With a come-from-behind victory, congratulations to now two-time champion Greg from Madison, WI, who stole a fourth "$" icon from three-time-champion and mother-in-law Nia in a regular-season tiebreaker! Read the final results online:

Today’s Holiday: Run up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day (you really can't make this stuff up!)

Today’s Forecast Grade: B-

NowCast: (Source: National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Scattered snow showers will move through the area early this morning. Through 9 am...visibility in some of the heavier snow showers may drop to around 2 to 3 miles. The dusting of snow may cause some roads to be slippery along some stretches. The snow should end by mid to late morning...followed by gradual clearing.

Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with a mostly cloudy sky and a few light snow showers or flurries, temps are mostly just in the single digits above zero.

Synopsis: Strong northwesterly winds will be bringing colder Canadian air into the Midwest today, and temperatures will be stuck in the teens for most of today. However, as a large area of high pressure moves to our southeast by tomorrow, the wind direction will change and much more mild temperatures can be expected for the remainder of the week.

Today: Mostly cloudy and breezy with a few flurries this morning but becoming partly cloudy later this morning. Cold with highs only 17.

Tonight: Mostly clear, lows just above zero.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, breezy and a little warmer, highs low to mid- 20s.

This Weekend:
Friday: Partly cloudy, breezy and much warmer, highs 31-36.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy and still breezy with passing drizzle. Mild with highs 35-40.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy and still mild, more occasional drizzle, highs 38-43.

Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy and cold today, but warmer tomorrow. Highs near 10 above today but in the mid- to upper 20s tomorrow.

Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Clouds and cold today, sunshine and warmer tomorrow, highs lower 20s today and lower 30s tomorrow.
Wind chills zero to 10 below this morning...
A large surface high pressure system continues to build across the
area this morning... bringing in very cold air on the strength of
northwest winds of 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph at times. The
combination of the strong winds... and temperatures from 12 to 16
degrees has resulted in dangerous wind chill values from 0 to 10
below. The worst conditions will occur over southwest Indiana... where
values will average around 5 below. Further south and west most
places will bottom out around zero. Conditions should improve by
around 10 am... as temperatures warm. In addition to the wind and
cold... some patches of flurries can be expected early this morning.

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 50s.
... Freezing temperatures still expected inland areas tonight and Wednesday night...

A much colder airmass will continue to affect southeast Texas through
Thursday. Tonight... low temperatures are expected to be in a 27 to
32 degree range except for mid 30s near the coast. Temperatures
are expected to fall below freezing for 4 to 6 hours across inland
areas. Along the coast... temperatures are expected to remain above
freezing. Residents should take appropriate measures to protect
pets... plants... and may want to wrap exposed pipes. If
outside... dress in layers. Check on those that may need a little
extra help... especially the very Young and the elderly. Be
especially careful if using space heaters.

Another inland freeze is expected Wednesday night... possibly of a similar
duration depending on the amount of cloud cover that may move into the
region from the west.

A gradual warming trend will begin Thursday. Much warmer temperatures
can be expected by Friday. This warmth will persist through the weekend
and on into the start of next week.

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine and much colder, highs mid- 40s.
... Very cold conditions will affect the area tonight...

An Arctic airmass will continue to spread across the region today.
Tonight... low temperatures ranging from the upper teens inland to
the mid 20s at the coast will combine with persistent northwest
winds to produce minimum wind chills in the 6 to 14 degree range at
many locations... with the lowest readings away from the immediate

Cold conditions will persist through Friday... although winds will
diminish with time.

Prepare for a blustery and chilly day today. If you must be outside
tonight... dress appropriately protect yourself against the wind and
bitter cold. Check on the elderly... Young children and those with
illnesses that are more susceptible to the cold. Remember your pets
and animals which need to be in a warm place. Also take proper
precautions to protect water pipes from bursting. Use extreme care
if you have space heaters.

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Mostly cloudy, highs low to mid- 50s.

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:

Weather in the News:

Intense snowstorm heads for New England
* At its peak, storm dumped 4 inches of snow per hour in parts of Michigan
* Snowfall up to 16 inches snarled traffic, closed schools, knocked out power
* About 150 flights canceled Tuesday at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport
* Up to a foot of snow forecast for Wednesday in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont

2007 a Year of Weather Records in U.S.
When the calendar turned to 2007, the heat went on and the weather just got weirder. January was the warmest first month on record worldwide - 1.53 degrees above normal. It was the first time since record-keeping began in 1880 that the globe's average temperature has been so far above the norm for any month of the year.
http://news.wired.com/dynamic/stories/Y/YE_CLIMATE_RECORDS?SITE=WIRE&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT& CTIME=2007-12-29-12-15-45

Tourists flee as volcano erupts
* About 150 people evacuated as volcano erupts in southern Chile
* Column of smoke rises more than 9,300 feet into sky
* Vulcanologists flying over volcano to monitor situation

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The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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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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