Tornado

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Are storm chasers still needed?

Published June 10, 2013

There is a diminishing return of what we know already and possible death in chasing after more scientific data. Are storm chasers, and more TV coverage, needed?

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Local "storm chasers" share insights, close calls

Published June 6, 2013

It has been a devastating week for storm chasers, many of whom are mourning the death of three esteemed weather documenters who died in the Oklahoma tornadoes last week. Here are four local storm chasers who describe the allure, the importance and the fear of following Mother Nature at her moodiest.

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Weather, tragedy and the human spirit

Published May 21, 2013

Weather is a universal connector, where we are all affected by it. TV news is most powerful when it covers universal connectors. As images of the tragedy beam back to us, we can only hope that the human spirit shies brighter than anything else.

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Tornadoes are terrifying

Published May 21, 2013

It seems like every week, sometimes more than once, we're grieving something awful.

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More rain ahead, snow a possibility

Published April 17, 2013

Big rain and a rise in temperature is on its way, followed by a dramatic cooling-off and maybe even a few snowflakes.

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A tornado near-miss

Published Aug. 22, 2011

A while back, I blogged the question, "Has anyone ever actually seen a tornado?" Well, had I been at our cabin in Wausaukee Friday evening as planned, I would've.

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Have you ever seen a tornado?

Published May 24, 2011

Granted, I haven't lived my entire life in Wisconsin, but I've been here for the majority of it, and I've never, ever seen a tornado. I almost did, once. At summer camp in the '80s, I saw what I thought was a "proto tornado" swirling around in the sky, as severe weather forced all the campers into the shelter. In retrospect, it could've just been a cloud, though.

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Madison neighborhoods: Downtown / Campus

Published Jan. 23, 2009

Shopping at the Farmer's Market on the Square, drinking at the University of Wisconsin's Union Terrace, strolling on State Street and tasting Babcock Ice Cream make up just a few of the must-dos in Madison.

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Severe weather brings out the little kid in me

Published June 9, 2008

All these crazy storms this weekend brought me back to about 10 years old. A time when "Waukesha, Ozaukee and Dodge" only meant one thing: that a storm was brewing.

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Was there a tornado in Riverwest?

Published Nov. 6, 2007

Yesterday’s weather was wild. Gusts of 50 mph knocked down two light posts on Cathedral Square and smashed my patio table.

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Why so much weather on local TV news?

Published Aug. 22, 2007

The ongoing, repetitive and exhaustively comprehensive coverage of daily weather on local TV news has become such a throw-back, waste of time, I'm losing my patience a little more each and every night.

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It's a twister!

Published Oct. 24, 2001

A record setting 83 tornadoes have occurred in our country during the first 15 days of this month. What's up with all these twisters? Vince Condella explains.