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How is the ice cover on the Great Lakes?

Until this recent frigid arctic air outbreak, the Great Lakes were experiencing one of the mildest winters on record National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) monitors and reports on the ice coverage of the Great Lakes. NOAA reports total coverage … Continue reading

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What and when is the winter solstice?

The winter solstice — in Latin, sol or “sun” and stice, “come to a stop” — is the day of the year with the fewest hours of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere. This year it occurs at 4:02 a.m. Monday. … Continue reading

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What created season’s first snowstorm?

Even if you are not a particular fan of winter weather, it is hard to deny that there is something about the first snow of the season. In fact, British author J.B. Priestley expressed its transcendent nature beautifully when he … Continue reading

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Q: Who was Verner Suomi?

Verner Suomi was born on Dec. 6, 1915, and became a professor at UW-Madison. He 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 … Continue reading

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Do the Rocky Mountains influence our weather?

Our string of beautiful days at the end of last week were related, believe it or not, to the presence of the Rocky Mountains hundreds of miles to our west. Last week, the atmospheric flow at levels just above the … Continue reading

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