Category Archives: Seasons
Wisconsin has had tornadoes in every month of the year except February.
We can have tornadoes almost anytime, although the chances of having one in winter are pretty small. Continue reading
In this country, Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season is more likely to be considered the start of spring than the vernal equinox that precedes it by two weeks each year.
However, as committed baseball fans surely know, the start of the season does not mandate the start of the warm season. In fact, though no definitive record of the total number of Major League games postponed by snow exists, quite a number of opening weeks have experienced widespread disruption as a result of early season snow. Most recently, opening weeks in 2007 and 2013 were plagued by numerous cancellations across both leagues. Continue reading
Many drivers probably consider early spring to be pothole season.
A pothole is a structural failure in a road surface.
Potholes result from a combination of traffic and water in the underlying soil. Continue reading
A persistent anecdotal piece of weather lore around Madison is that the WIAA’s boys state basketball tournament is always accompanied by a snowstorm.
With the help of Edward Hopkins at the State Climatologist’s Office, we looked into this perception with cold, hard data. Continue reading
Now that the traditional winter season (December, January, February) is over, we can consider how this season stacked up against the preceding 69 winters in terms of its hemispheric intensity. One way to measure this intensity is to consider the … Continue reading