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Can weather satellites see the fires in California?

Sensitive instruments on some weather satellites can see the fires, but only at night. They do not see individual trees burning but they detect that a region is on fire. We can see the flames during the night because it’s … Continue reading

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Will the roller coaster of early winter temperatures continue?

The past month was very clearly split into two nearly equal but opposite halves temperature-wise. The first 15 days of November were routinely, though not exclusively, below normal with 10 days falling into that category. In fact, the eight days … Continue reading

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How are the National Weather Service and Wisconsin connected?

The roots of our National Weather Service have a distinctive Wisconsin flavor. Professor Increase A. Lapham, a University of Wisconsin professor at the time of the founding of the university, was the first official Smithsonian Institution weather observer in Milwaukee … Continue reading

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Is the Fall changing?

As we enjoyed some of the last really nice autumn weather here in Madison last week, the question arose as to whether the fall has changed in any perceptible way over the past several decades. We have reported before in … Continue reading

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Why does the shadow of an eclipse travel west to east?

The sun appears to rise in the east and set in the west. This happens because of how the Earth spins as it orbits the sun. If you are in space and look down on the North Pole, the Earth … Continue reading

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