Category Archives: Seasons

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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Why are cold snaps in autumn so short-lived?

Over the past weekend southern Wisconsin experienced its first cold snap of the season with widespread morning lows in the lower 30s on Friday and Sunday mornings.

Very often cold snaps in the autumn are very short-lived as this recent example was, affecting usually one or two nights at most. Continue reading

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How does weather affect fall colors?

Astronomical fall began on Sept. 22.

Climatologists consider fall as the months of September, October and November. The fall season is also associated with pumpkin patches, fresh apples and beautiful foliage. Continue reading

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Are we seeing evidence of climate change?

Last week was an alarming week in weather and climate news.

Hurricane Sally bore down on the Gulf Coast with fury and flooding, while four other tropical storms churned away simultaneously in the Atlantic. This is only the second time ever, and first since 1971, when such prolific tropical storminess has characterized the Atlantic basin. Continue reading

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What were the significant U.S. weather events of summer 2020?

Meteorologists consider summer to be the three-month period of June through August, and 2020 had some interesting and significant weather events.

Certainly, first on the list is the fire weather in the West. Colorado had its largest fire on record, the Pine Gulch fire, and California has to date the second-, third- and fourth-largest fires in its state history. Wildfires in the West continue to burn into autumn. Continue reading

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