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Weather Folklore

Every February 2, groundhogs across the country are enlisted to predict whether we will have six more weeks of Winter or an early Spring. Punxsatawney Phil is the most famous of the bunch and he says that this year we … Continue reading

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What Exactly Is a Nor’easter?

The East coast is readying itself for heavy snow, strong winds, and blizzard conditions this week from the New York City metro area up into the Boston metro area, with snow as far south as Washington, D.C.  This storm will … Continue reading

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2014 Was the Warmest Year on Record

Last week NOAA and NASA provided their annual analysis of global climate.  It was no surprise to those following the data that 2014 was the warmest year across global land and ocean surfaces since record keeping began.  This same conclusion … Continue reading

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Why You Need a Weather Radio and a WEA Enabled Mobile Phone

If you already have a weather radio and a Wireless Alert Emergency Alert (WEA) enabled mobile phone then congratulations! You will be warned of an approaching tornado or other severe weather even if it happens in the middle of the … Continue reading

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Extreme Cold

It’s January and Winter has made itself known after a relatively mild December.  We are in store for some extremely cold temperatures for most of the country over the next few days.  For Southeastern Wisconsin on Wednesday January 7, 2015 … Continue reading

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Most Memorable Weather of 2014

Here are the notable weather events of 2014 that stay in my memory. Feel free to add to this list with your own memorable weather events.  1. Arctic Cold The term “Polar Vortex” came into popular usage to describe the … Continue reading

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Volcanoes in Wisconsin

Last week I received an email in which the writer was very concerned about the volcanoes that were appearing in Wisconsin.  She asked my what I knew and how much of a danger these volcanoes posed.  There hasn’t been an … Continue reading

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Fog

Here in Southeastern Wisconsin we have been in the grips of dense fog for a few days this month.  It is not unusual to have fog here in December.  On average there are 14 days during the month with some … Continue reading

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What Are the Chances of a White Christmas?

Most people like the idea of having a white Christmas. We will get a much better idea for our chances of having snow on the ground on Christmas in a couple of weeks. Until then, we can use historical data … Continue reading

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Winter Weather Safety

This week marks the start of meteorological winter.  Meteorological winter runs from December through February. The temperatures have already plunged and we have seen our first snow. Winter is more than just snowy scenes. The season contains significant dangers such … Continue reading

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