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Travel & Visitors Guide - May 21, 2003
The moon illusion!
The moon looks huge when it rises or sets near the horizon, yet looks "normal" size when it is directly overhead. This has puzzled sky watchers for thousands of years. Vince Condella explains in this week's weather column.
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Travel & Visitors Guide - May 14, 2003
What a windy week it was!
What a week it was! Tornadoes dropped from the sky from Sunday, May 4 through Saturday, May 10 throughout the central and southern Plains. Images of houses destroyed and lives changed forever were all over the newspapers, Internet, and television. Tornado watches were common in many states. What's up with that?
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Travel & Visitors Guide - May 7, 2003
The planet outside Uranus
It's not every day you hear about a weather conspiracy. And no, we're not talking about El Nino. In this week's column, Vince Condella explains the mystery surrounding Neptune.
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Travel & Visitors Guide - April 30, 2003
The frosty nights of spring
It's that time of year when many people are heading out to the garden to plant their flowers and vegetables. Those with the green thumb are keeping their eye on the radar for the necessary moisture that the soil requires, but they are also watching the overnight low temperature.
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Travel & Visitors Guide - April 23, 2003
The human barometer
Does your body tell you when it will rain? Do you anticipate weather changes before they arrive? Do you sometimes feel that you are a human barometer? If so, join the club. Many people feel the ache in their bones up to two days before a storm system moves into our area.
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Travel & Visitors Guide - April 16, 2003
It really is cooler near the lake
Vince Condella recently received a letter from a South Milwaukeean complaining that forecasters use the term "cooler near the lake" too much. As frustrating as it might be for those living lakeside, Lake Michigan keeps things well refrigerated this time of year.
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Travel & Visitors Guide - April 9, 2003
Time for Tornado Awareness Week
Early April means it is Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week, a time for all of us to remember ways to stay safe during stormy times. The key to safety is information, and there are plenty of ways for us to get severe weather watches and warnings.
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Travel & Visitors Guide - April 2, 2003
April showers?
The month of April is upon us, and the fun is just beginning when it comes to interesting weather. Vince Condella explains this month's wacky weather in this week's column.
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Travel & Visitors Guide - March 26, 2003
Playing in the terrestrial cryosphere
Who says kids are the only ones who like to play in the snow? Some adults love it, too. And the researchers out in the Colorado Rockies this time of year must be having a ball. They are just completing the second year of the Cold Land Processes Field Experiment (CLPX), a multi-organizational study of snowpacks.
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Travel & Visitors Guide - March 19, 2003
The severe weather of March
With the increased amount of daylight in March comes the more active jet stream and the return of warmth and humidity to the southern states. This adds up to an active weather pattern that features almost daily severe weather events. Vince Condella explains in this week's weather column.
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Travel & Visitors Guide - March 12, 2003
The March seasonal transition is on
There's just never a dull moment around here when it comes to weather, and transition months like March keep things interesting. Vince Condella explains in this week's weather column
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Travel & Visitors Guide - March 5, 2003
In like a lion?
March has arrived, and spring is in the air. Well, maybe it's supposed to be in the air -- but winter can linger, too. Either way, welcome to the new month, the first official month of spring. According to Vince Condella, the spring has actually already sprung.
Travel & Visitors Guide - Feb. 26, 2003
The three-dimensional storm
Even as early as in the days of Benjamin Franklin, people studying storms knew that weather needs to be looked at with a three-dimensional view. Vince Condella explains in this week's weather column.
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Travel & Visitors Guide - Feb. 19, 2003
A February snow burst surprise
Last week's freak snowstorm proved again that nature always gets the last word, and it produced a freak weather event. Not a meteorologist in town saw it coming. Vince explains in this week's column how this storm snuck up on us.
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Travel & Visitors Guide - Feb. 12, 2003
The snowless winter of our discontent
Even if you are a person who absolutely hates Wisconsin winter weather, you must admit the lack of snow and abundance of brown grass makes for a bleak landscape. In this week's weather column, Vince Condella tells us where all the white stuff's gone.
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Travel & Visitors Guide - Feb. 5, 2003
Weather requires three-dimensional imagination
It may be difficult to think in three-dimensional terms because when we see weather maps they are always in two dimensions. But that extra dimension, height, is the key to knowing why freezing rain is falling on you rather than snow.
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Travel & Visitors Guide - Jan. 29, 2003
Can global warming spark another Ice Age?
Dr. Robert Gagosian, president and director of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, contends that global warming could actually lead to a big chill in some parts of the world, and could soon produce a dramatic cooling throughout the North Atlantic region.
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Travel & Visitors Guide - Jan. 22, 2003
A beacon in the morning
Thank goodness for the renegades of the world. Science is full of them, including Galileo, who in 1610 used his crude telescopes to check out sunspots on the Sun, discovered the four largest moons of Jupiter and found the planet Venus going through phases similar to our moon.
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Travel & Visitors Guide - Jan. 15, 2003
More on the new wind chill
You may have heard of the new and improved wind chill definition, which is now in its second winter. It gives us a more realistic indication of the cooling power of the wind and the cold. Vince Condella breaks it down in this week's weather column.
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Travel & Visitors Guide - Jan. 8, 2003
Climbing over the winter hump
We're getting close to the "hump." It's that mystical place where we turn the corner on winter. The hours of daylight are already getting longer. But our coldest time of the year is upon us even though we are at our closest point to the Sun over the past 12 months. Vince Condella explains in this week's weather column.
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