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How good are the groundhog predictions?

  For well over 100 years, the emergence of the groundhog in early February has stirred the imaginations of shivering, winter-stressed humans across the United States. Of course, no reasonable person harbors the expectation a rodent could best a human … Continue reading

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How does weather impact forest fires?

Fires require fuel to burn, heat to ignite and oxygen to feed the chemical reaction. Weather plays a key role in all of these requirements to start and spread a forest fire. Weather and climate are important in making fuel … Continue reading

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Who was Professor Suomi?

Verner Suomi was a professor at UW-Madison and is known as the “father of satellite meteorology” because of his historic role in defining that field of study. In the late 1950s, he and Robert Parent, a UW professor of electrical … Continue reading

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Ask the Weather Guys: What is brontology?

What is brontology? Brontology is the scientific study of thunder. All thunder results from lightning. A bolt of lightning rapidly heats the air around it, which causes the air to quickly expand and generate a sound wave we call thunder. … Continue reading

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How do we acquire knowledge about the atmosphere?

How do we gain knowledge about the atmosphere? It is easy to assume that current, well-accepted scientific knowledge about anything was originally discovered by the grace of inspired geniuses armed with vastly superior intelligence than the average thinking person. In … Continue reading

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