Autumnal Equinox and Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

September 22, 2014 0 Comments
Autumnal Equinox and Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

Calenders note that Autumn officially begins this year on September 23rd, however Autumn begins at 9:29PM on the night of September 22nd. How can this be? The answer lies in what is known as Coordinated Universal Time, or UTC for short.  UTC is generally interchangeable with Zulu (Z) and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).  UTC is […]

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Sharp Temperature Drop

August 4, 2014 0 Comments
Sharp Temperature Drop

Thunderstorms serve many purposes in the natural world. Basically, they release energy in the atmosphere in the form of rain and wind. They can also behave much like your window mounted air conditioning unit. This afternoon, we had a stray thunderstorm blow through around 1:45. By sucking up warm, humid air, this afternoon’s storm dropped […]

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Interesting 2014 Rainfall Patterns

July 1, 2014 0 Comments
Interesting 2014 Rainfall Patterns

It’s been a busy year for weather so far. We started 2014 in a Moderate Drought according to the US Drought Center at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. That drought finally broke the first week of May, and now the Coulee Region is dealing with a Moderate Flood stage on the Mississippi River. Considering […]

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Cold Air Funnels Over La Crosse

June 24, 2014 0 Comments
Cold Air Funnels Over La Crosse

Hi everyone! Monday evening (June 23rd) was an interesting one for our area. There were reports of funnel clouds over the Coulee Region! However, thankfully, we didn’t have to worry about tornadoes, at least not in the traditional sense. The funnel clouds were what are known as “cold air funnels”. These rotating clouds that look […]

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April 24, 2014 0 Comments

Hi Everyone; It is severe weather awareness week in the region, and time to review the important things to remember about severe thunderstorms and the trouble they can bring. Heat, humidity and the weather systems that trigger the development of towering deadly thunderstorms are returning to the Upper Midwest. We are just approaching the peak […]

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Rainy time is coming…

April 23, 2014 0 Comments
Rainy time is coming…

Hi Everyone; A storm system is pushing closer to the region and is tapping into the moisture to our south. Futurecast is predicting over an inch of rain for the region through later Thursday afternoon and early evening. According to the latest NWS hydrology forecasts the Mississippi River will be able to handle the rainfall […]

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Cold weather continues…

April 1, 2014 0 Comments

Hi Everyone; The cold winter and spring weather just won’t let up. A few days here to end March, but the cold weather has returned again for the first week of April. Here’s a quick recap of March’s weather: We ended up averaging colder than normal for the month and it was drier than normal, […]

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More 2013 Weather Year in Review

January 2, 2014 0 Comments
More 2013 Weather Year in Review

Hi Everyone: 2013 had many ups and downs and extremes of weather. It was no different in the snowfall category. January started off slow, but February, March, April and even May more than made up for it. Each of those months meant more than our fair share of shoveling or snow blowing. January saw most […]

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2013: Weather Year in Review

January 1, 2014 0 Comments
2013: Weather Year in Review

Hi Everyone; Now that we’ve closed the book on 2013, it’s time to take a look back at another volatile weather year. The ups and downs seem to be getting a little crazier these days and the stats prove it for 2013. It’s hard to characterize 2013 in general terms. We couldn’t call it a […]

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Brutal start to December

December 5, 2013 0 Comments
Brutal start to December

While the first few days of this brand new month have been relatively mild (average high has been almost 40 degrees each day, which is around 7 degrees warmer than average), the big story today and throughout this week and next will be the cold air. Not just December cold, but bone-chilling cold. High temperatures […]

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