Weather forecasts improve, but who’s ever satisfied? Check some around-the-corner technologies that will paint a better picture of tomorrow — especially in hot, stormy summer days. What is the promise of GPS, better radar and “hyperspectral” instruments? More
We love accurate weather forecasts, but the weather satellites they rely on are nearing the boneyard. Some replacements have crashed into the ocean, others are in financial limbo. Be very worried about our fragile planet: these satellites also track climate, ice, fire, and the health of forests and ocean! More
Classroom Activity Page: The poles are fascinating, partly because they are such difficult places to visit, work and live. They still guard many mysteries that we’d like to unravel, including the survival of polar animals, the history of ancient peoples, and the understanding of Earth’s climate. More
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Is Madison, Wisconsin in a snow belt? What is the origin of the term? While the lakes around Madison provide many winter recreation activities, the local lakes do not yield a snow belt. Map by Pierre cb We refer to… More
Watch for steam devils in late November/early December Steam Devils in Wisconsin One of the many advantages of living near large lakes in temperate climates is the steam fog that shrouds them in fall and early winter. Fog is essentially… More
When does winter really start in Wisconsin? State outline barely visible under snowcover (click image to enlarge), this is Winter in Wisconsin. Photo: MODIS Image Gallery by Liam Gumley, SSEC (Space Science and Engineering Center, UW, Madison). The beginning of… More
What is the difference between a ‘warning’ and a ‘watch’? A weather watch indicates the possibility of hazardous weather, while a warning means that hazardous weather is occurring, is about to occur or is very likely to occur. A watch… More