Monthly Archives: April 2014
Wintertime weather is driven largely by the parade of upper-level weather systems carried rapidly eastward by the high level winds known as the jet stream.
The jet stream is a ribbon of high-speed wind (located at nearly 6 miles above the surface) that is related to the strength, and location, of the pole-to-equator temperature contrast. Continue reading
Lakes Mendota, Monona and Wingra opened during the second week of April.
Lake Mendota officially froze Dec. 16 and opened April 12, for an ice season of 117 days, which is 12 days longer than the median duration. Continue reading
Why does the moon look red during a lunar eclipse? In a total lunar eclipse the sun, earth and moon line up and the Earth casts its shadow on the moon. The moon is always a full moon during a … Continue reading
The sirens around Dane County are not just for warning about tornadoes.
Although tornado warnings are by far the most common cause for the sounding of the alarm, the sirens are used for other hazards. Continue reading