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What is a heat wave?

A heat wave is a period of abnormally and uncomfortably hot and usually humid weather. The World Meteorological Organization is specific in its definition by stating that a heat wave is when the daily maximum temperature for more than five … Continue reading

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What is the hurricane forecast for this year?

A hurricane is a tropical storm over the Atlantic Ocean basin. The official hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. But that doesn’t mean all hurricanes have to occur during that time period. Indeed, we have already had … Continue reading

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Do cell phones network with weather forecasts?

Cell phones do not directly interfere with weather forecasts. However, there is concern with how cell phone signals travel through the atmosphere, particularly the 5G network.

The 5G technology is designed to carry more data and make wireless connections faster. Continue reading

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What were those flying saucer-shaped clouds?

Thunderstorms rolled through Madison between 8:30 and 9 a.m. Thursday May 16th. Stunning “flying-saucer” clouds accompanied the dark skies of the leading edge of the storm. These dark, protruding clouds are “shelf clouds.” The clouds look like a shelf and … Continue reading

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When did computer-based weather forecasts begin?

Just over a week past our extraordinary late season snow on April 27, it is worth considering how remarkable it is that such an unusual event can be so well forecasted several days in advance. The drive to use computer … Continue reading

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