Category Archives: Meteorology

Is Madison breaking any records during the warmest year ever across the globe?

Sunday was the 110th consecutive day in Madison with a daily high temperature at or above 70 degrees, shattering the previous longest such streak of 103 days, set in 1998, by seven days.

We are also approaching the record for the number of consecutive days with a daily minimum temperature at or above 45 degrees, set in 2010 when a streak of 128 such days occurred. As of Sunday, this year’s string was at 127. Low temperatures forecast around 45 degrees for Monday through Wednesday could maintain or break that streak. Continue reading

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Can Pacific hurricanes influence our weather in North America?

Super Typhoon Meranti, the strongest storm of the year, delivered a devastating blow to Taiwan on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The word “typhoon,” used commonly in the west Pacific, is a synonym for “hurricane.” The storm, which intensified from a category 1 to a category 5 hurricane in 24 hours, had estimated sustained winds of 190 mph for nearly a day after reaching that incredible strength. Continue reading

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How does Hurricane Hermine measure up?

On Friday Hurricane Hermine made landfall in Florida, making it the first to make landfall in the state in more than a decade.

Hermine, which weakened to a tropical storm shortly after landfall as is commonly the case with weak hurricanes, was poised to redevelop and pose a threat to the Mid-Atlantic states and possibly southern New England into the middle of the week. Continue reading

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Is this a rainy summer?

For southern Wisconsin, this has been a rainy summer.

This August, the precipitation that fell over southern Wisconsin is about 200 percent of normal. Continue reading

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Is another transition around the corner?

As we head into the second half of August a subtle transition in our weather begins to occur — one that is probably hard to detect at first but that eventually becomes very obvious and then lasts for approximately eight … Continue reading

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