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DENSE FOG ADVISORY

Posted by Josh Swangstu on October 24, 2014 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN WI

922 PM CDT THU OCT 23 2014

 

...AREAS OF DENSE FOG EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVERNIGHT...

 

.A MOIST AIRMASS WITH LIGHT WINDS WILL RESULT IN FOG DEVELOPING

OVERNIGHT ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN. THE FOG WILL BE DENSE IN

AREAS...RESULTING IN VISIBILITIES OF ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS.

 

AREAS OF DENSE FOG ARE BEGINNING TO DEVELOP AROUND MINERAL

POINT...EXTENDING NORTHWARD TO REEDSBURG AND THE WISCONSIN DELLS.

HENCE THE START TIME OF THE DENSE FOG ADVISORY HAS BEEN PUSHED UP

TO THE CURRENT TIME.

 

THE MADISON AND MONROE AREAS HAVE ALSO BEEN ADDED TO THE DENSE

FOG ADVISORY.

 

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/O.EXT.KMKX.FG.Y.0014.141024T0222Z-141024T1500Z/

MARQUETTE-GREEN LAKE-SAUK-COLUMBIA-IOWA-LAFAYETTE-

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...MONTELLO...BERLIN...BARABOO...PORTAGE...

WISCONSIN DELLS...DODGEVILLE...DARLINGTON

922 PM CDT THU OCT 23 2014

 

...DENSE FOG ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CDT FRIDAY...

 

THE DENSE FOG ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CDT FRIDAY.

 

* TIMING...AREAS OF DENSE FOG WILL CONTINUE TO DEVELOP AND LINGER UNTIL

10 AM FRIDAY MORNING.

 

* VISIBILITY...AREAS OF 1/4 MILE OR LESS ACROSS THE ADVISORY

AREA.

 

* IMPACTS...DENSE FOG WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES AND MAKE FOR

DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS LATER TONIGHT INTO FRIDAY

MORNING.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 

A DENSE FOG ADVISORY MEANS VISIBILITIES WILL FREQUENTLY BE

REDUCED TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE. IF DRIVING...SLOW DOWN...

USE YOUR HEADLIGHTS...AND LEAVE PLENTY OF DISTANCE AHEAD OF YOU.

 

Video Update

Posted by Josh Swangstu on August 5, 2014 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Alright, so I had a few people asking me to post an update vid of my truck since the last time I did a vid. So I finally did the other day so enjoy! And as always, you're free to leave comments/questions/suggestions on our vids:

http://youtu.be/L16jhSVXMbw?list=UU_cdvTxreK3gXE2Xg7qTfxQ

Storm Spotters Newsletter Vol.2

Posted by Josh Swangstu on March 23, 2014 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Good evening storm spotters and chasers!!

 

With the severe weather season upon us, a lot of spotters and chasers are gearing up for the season in the hopes that it'll hopefully be better than last year! The previous season wasn't what one would call exciting by any means but there were a few good storms out there that were able to catch our attention so all in all it wasn't a complete loss.

 

With the winter season coming to an end, I'm sure a lot of you are getting your gear up and ready to go to hit the road in search of mother natures fury. Lord knows I'm one of them but in my case, I'm trying to get my rig up and running after it quit running on me this winter! Got the parts just need to get him into the shop eventually! Hopefully all of you have had a better luck this winter with your vehicles than I have!

 

But let's not draw attention to myself here. That isn't the point of this newsletter. We got some new things going starting up around here and we would like to make everyone aware of what's going on.

For starters, MSSL is now starting it's own official team! Yes, we're no longer going to be just a 'group' on Facebook. We are starting up our own team for the Midwest area! We have already had shirts and hats designed for people to order. But not just anyone may order those items.

 

Anyone who is interested in being a part of our team must complete these steps:1) Complete up to two (2) in person storm spotter classes

2) Complete the Skywarn Spotter courses on https://www.meted.ucar.edu

3) Complete and send in an application that must be approved by either me or my second in command. Ask for a copy of the application from me (Josh Swangstu) and I will be than happy to send you the file to print, fill out, and mail back to us with my address. Once you are approved you can talk to my second in command Francis Uy and he will help you with getting shirts and hats ordered.4) You also have the option of joining/registering on our website at http://midwestseverestormtrackers.webs.com. We realize that the name is different from our teams current title but just haven't had the gumption to change it. It is a free site that we're running so none of your money will ever be used by us.

 

Our group does not nor will we ever charge you any membership fees/dues! We are not in this for profit. We are here to serve our friends, family, and communities. Everything we run in our spotter/chaser vehicles we have bought ourselves which gives us more pride than anything else. Knowing that we are able to support our love of severe weather while also helping our communities is more rewarding than anything else we can think of! The only money you will ever have to spend is to pay the company that will be making our shirts/hats! If you would like to see what we came up with for a design, feel free to ask me and I will send you the designs via private message. The shirts and hats will be yours to keep no questions asked!So if you would like to consider us as an option, we will be more than happy to have you aboard! Otherwise if you would like to join another group you are more than welcome to! We will support you either way. We are a team in every aspect in the storm spotters community!

 

If you have any questions/comments/concerns feel free to reach us here on Facebook at

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/MidwestStormSpottersLeague/

 

On our website at

 

http://midwestseverestormtrackers.webs.com

 

or by my personal email at

 

[email protected]

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

Posted by Josh Swangstu on June 24, 2013 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN WI
348 PM CDT MON JUN 24 2013

MARQUETTE-GREEN LAKE-FOND DU LAC-SHEBOYGAN-SAUK-COLUMBIA-DODGE-
WASHINGTON-OZAUKEE-IOWA-DANE-JEFFERSON-WAUKESHA-MILWAUKEE-
LAFAYETTE-GREEN-ROCK-WALWORTH-RACINE-KENOSHA

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF EAST CENTRAL
WISCONSIN...SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN AND SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN.

.DAY ONE...TONIGHT

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT THIS EVENING FOR
THE SOUTHERN-MOST TIER OF COUNTIES IN WISCONSIN AS WELL AS
MILWAUKEE AND WAUKESHA COUNTIES. THE MAIN THREAT WILL BE DAMAGING
WINDS AND LARGE HAIL.

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT THROUGH TONIGHT ALONG AND WEST OF
A JANESVILLE...MADISON...PORTAGE...TO BERLIN LINE. THUNDERSTORMS WITH
LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL ARE POSSIBLE TONIGHT.

MANY RIVERS IN FAR SOUTHERN WISCONSIN ARE AT...OR FORECAST TO BE
AT BANKFULL OR FLOOD LEVELS. KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST FORECASTS.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...TUESDAY THROUGH MONDAY

THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE FROM TIME TO TIME DURING THIS PERIOD...
ESPECIALLY TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY.

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM TUESDAY FROM
JANESVILLE...MADISON... PORTAGE...AND BERLIN ON WEST.
HOWEVER...THE THREAT FOR THUNDERSTORMS AND HEAVY RAIN WILL
CONTINUE INTO WEDNESDAY.

ON TUESDAY THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
THROUGHOUT ALL BUT FAR NORTHEAST AND NORTHERN WISCONSIN. THE
PROBABILITY OF SEVERE WEATHER IS HIGHEST OVER SOUTHERN WISCONSIN
ON TUESDAY.

THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ON WEDNESDAY EAST
OF A LINE FROM RIPON TO POYNETTE...MOUNT HOREB AND DARLINGTON.

HEAVY RAINFALL...DAMAGING WINDS...AND HAIL ARE ALL POSSIBLE FROM
THE THUNDERSTORMS TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL BE NEEDED THIS EVENING...AND MAY BE NEEDED
AGAIN TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY. REPORTS OF HEAVY RAINFALL AND
FLOODING ARE ALSO APPRECIATED.

SITUATION REPORT

Posted by Josh Swangstu on June 24, 2013 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Overview – County and local government agencies continue to assess the damage and aid residents in cleaning up damage following a series of storms which tracked across southern Wisconsin over the weekend. The National Weather Service says additional thunderstorms will move through Wisconsin Monday afternoon into Tuesday night which could result in 1 to 3 inches of rain with higher amounts possible along with damaging winds and hail.

Flood Warnings continue for Crawford, Grant, Kenosha, Lafayette, Richland and Vernon Counties including:

River Name       Location           Flood Stage (feet)         Current Height      Current Flood Status

Kickapoo          Steuben                        12                     13.9                    Moderate

Kickapoo          Gays Mills                     13                     14.9                    Minor

Kickapoo          Soldiers Grove               13                     13.5                    Minor

Kickapoo          Readstown                    11                     11.5                    Minor

Pecatonica        Blanchardville                11                     13.5                    Minor

 

Crawford County – A new landslide on WIS Highway 61 closed the road in both directions between WIS Highway 60 and the bridge to Boscobel. Fortunately no one was injured. The mudslide is approximately 25 feet high and 200 yards long. That road will likely be closed for several days for crews to clear the debris (see picture attached). Here are the other current road closures:

WIS Highway 35 is closed in both directions from Lynxville to Prairie du Chien due to mud slides and debris.

WIS Highway 171 is closed in both directions from Highway 27 to 131 due to water on the roadway.

Grant County – Grant County officials estimate damage to public infrastructure at more than $2.3 million. The State of Emergency continues for Boscobel and Grant County.

Grant County is working with the American Red Cross and Salvation Army to provide additional cleanup kits to affected residents. Cleanup kits can be obtained for free at Boscobel City Hall, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the week. Kits include mops, bleach, and cleaning tools to sterilize basements and clean up flood damaged homes.

The City of Boscobel is providing 1,500 sand bags to residents. The fire department is pumping water out of a remaining handful of homes with water from this weekend.

Grant County asked again Monday for volunteers to assist area residents with cleanup. Volunteers were asked to bring gloves and boots and report to the Boscobel City Hall for assignments.

Residents are encouraged to document all damage with photos and save all receipts and report damage to homes. Boscobel residents are encouraged to contact city hall at 608-375-5001 to report damages and request volunteer help. Grant County residents outside of Boscobel should contact Grant County Emergency Management.

A joint City-County Resident Assistance Center opened Monday at the Boscobel City Hall. Local and county agencies provided assistance to residents in need. The City of Boscobel has made dumpsters available for the disposal of flood-damaged carpeting and belongings for use by city residents.

Richland County – WIS Highway 60 is closed in both directions between Muscoda and Gotham because of flooding. The detour for eastbound traffic is: north on WIS 80 to US 14, south on US 14 back to WIS 60. Reverse those directions for westbound traffic.

The State Emergency Operations Center remains at level 4. The Senior Duty Officer and Duty Officer will continue to monitor the situation.

SITUATION REPORT

Posted by Josh Swangstu on June 22, 2013 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Overview - A series of storms the last 24 hours has caused flooding in southwest Wisconsin. There have been no reports of injuries. Numerous roads have been closed due to washouts and flash flooding. The National Weather Service says additional storms will move thru the area later today and tonight that could result in heavy rain and flash flooding along with damaging winds and hail. Part or all of the following counties are under a flash flood warning: Grant, Crawford, Dane, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland and Kenosha.

Grant County – The city of Boscobel received nearly 8 inches of rain according to the National Weather Service causing flooding. Local officials report more than half the streets were flooded but most of the water has receded. Damage assessments are underway today to determine how many homes sustained flooding. The Red Cross and Salvation Army are providing assistance. Other impacted areas of Grant County include flooding in the areas of Woodman, Mount Hope, Patch Grove, Blue River and the surrounding areas. A section of railroad track has been washed out about a mile west of Blue River. Earlier, the WI Department of Natural Resources and Blue River Fire Department responded to a call regarding canoeists that were stranded on the Wisconsin River. Rescue crews helped 54 people of the river and all the canoeists have been accounted for.

Crawford County – The Kickapoo River at Steuben is rising and some campers were evacuated from the area. Highways 60 and 61 along with some local roads are closed due to high water.

Vernon County – Minor flooding reported due to excessive rains. In Viola, a couple of out buildings were damaged due to high winds.

Iowa County – Some minor flooding and a few road closures reported.

St. Croix County – Last night up to 2.5 inches of rain fell in a 30 minute period causing roads and bridges to flood. Responders rescued people in vehicles that were disabled due to the flood waters in the Hudson and Roberts areas. No injuries were reported. Numerous town roads and a bridge in Baldwin are closed due to washouts and standing water. No shelters are open.

Wisconsin Emergency Management has 500,000 sandbags strategically place around Wisconsin and ready for delivery. The State Emergency Operations Center remains on the 24-hour duty officer system, which is level 4. The WEM Senior Duty Officer and the Duty Officer will continue to monitor the situation.

 

Distributed by the Milwaukee Area Skywarn Association. Nonprofit and IRS 501c3 tax exempt.
Skywarn is the identification, evaluation, and reporting of dangerous weather.
Everyone talks about the weather, but storm spotters do something about it. Fear is not an option.
Visit us at: www.mke-skywarn.org Facebook, Twitter, Youtube. Zello channel: milwaukeeskywarn.
Our best spotters always practice safety first.

FLASH FLOOD WARNING

Posted by Josh Swangstu on June 22, 2013 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (0)

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SULLIVAN HAS ISSUED A * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... NORTHEASTERN LAFAYETTE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN... NORTHERN GREEN COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN... SOUTHERN IOWA COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN... SOUTHWESTERN DANE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN... * UNTIL 800 AM CDT * AT 147 AM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. RADAR IS ESTIMATING THAT 2 TO 4 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN...WITH ANOTHER 1 TO 2 INCHES POSSIBLE. * RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE... DODGEVILLE...MINERAL POINT...MOUNT HOREB...BELLEVILLE... BLANCHARDVILLE...GOVERNOR DODGE STATE PARK...MINERAL POINT AIRPORT...MONTICELLO...NEW GLARUS AND YELLOWSTONE LAKE STATE PARK. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. RESIDENTS LIVING ALONG STREAMS AND CREEKS SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATE PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS SWIFTLY FLOWING WATERS OR WATERS OF UNKNOWN DEPTH BY FOOT OR BY AUTOMOBILE.

Lightning Safety Awareness Week

Posted by Josh Swangstu on June 16, 2013 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)


Lightning Safety Awareness Week - June 23-29, 2013

“When Thunder Roars…Go Indoors!”

(MADISON) – Every year, lightning kills more than 50 Americans and injures hundreds of others leaving them with lifelong pain and in some cases permanent neurological disabilities. Here in Wisconsin, 25 people have been killed and 208 injured as a result of lightning since 1982. You can protect yourself and your family by knowing these simple lightning safety facts and tips:

  • If you hear thunder, you are in danger. Don’t be fooled by blue skies. If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to pose an immediate threat. Don’t wait, seek shelter immediately. Remember: When Thunder Roars…Go Indoors!
  • A fully enclosed building with wiring and plumbing offers the best protection. Sheds, picnic shelters and covered porches DO NOT protect you from lightning.
  • If a building is not available get into a hard-topped metal vehicle and close all the windows.
  • Stay inside a safe building or vehicle for at least 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of thunder.
  • Don’t use a corded phone except in an emergency. Cordless and cell phones are safe to use.
  • Keep away from electrical equipment and wiring.
  • Because water pipes conduct electricity, don’t take a bath or shower or use other plumbing during a storm.
  • Stay away from isolated tall trees, towers or utility poles. Lightning tends to strike taller object in an area.
  • Get an Emergency Weather Radio. It will broadcast the latest forecast for thunderstorms. Remember, any thunderstorm, whether it is severe or not, can produce deadly lightning.

 Act fast if someone is struck by lightning:

  •  Lightning victims don’t carry an electric charge and are safe to touch and need urgent medical attention. Cardiac arrest is the immediate cause of death. Call 911 immediately.
  • Give CPR if the person is unresponsive or not breathing. Use an Automatic External Defibrillator if one is available.
  • If possible, move the victim to a safer place. Lightning can strike twice. Don’t be a victim.

 Lightning Facts:

  •  Lightning occurs in all thunderstorms; each year lightning strikes the United States 25 million times.
  • Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially tall isolated objects.
  • Most lightning victims are in open areas or near a tree.
  • The energy from one lightning flash could light a 100-watt light bulb for more than 3 months.
  • The air near a lightning strike is heated to 50,000°F—five times hotter than the surface of the sun!
  • The rapid heating and cooling of the air near the lightning channel causes a shock wave which results in thunder.  

Lightning Myths and Facts

Myth: Rubber tires on a car protect you from lightning by insulating you from the ground.

Fact: The metal roof and sides protect you, NOT the rubber tires. When lightning strikes a vehicle it goes through the metal frame into the ground. Don’t lean on the vehicle doors during a thunderstorm.

Myth: If trapped outside and lightning is about to strike you should lie flat on the ground.

Fact: Lying flat increases your chance of being hit by a ground current. If you are caught outside in a thunderstorm keep moving toward a safe shelter.

Myth: If thunderstorms threaten while you are outside playing a game it is OK to finish before seeking shelter.

Fact: Many lighting casualties occur because people do not seek shelter soon enough. No game is worth death or lifelong injuries. Seek shelter immediately if you hear thunder. Adults are responsible for the safety of children.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

Posted by Josh Swangstu on May 29, 2013 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN WI
1054 AM CDT WED MAY 29 2013

MARQUETTE-GREEN LAKE-FOND DU LAC-SHEBOYGAN-SAUK-COLUMBIA-DODGE-
WASHINGTON-OZAUKEE-IOWA-DANE-JEFFERSON-WAUKESHA-MILWAUKEE-
LAFAYETTE-GREEN-ROCK-WALWORTH-RACINE-KENOSHA-

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF EAST CENTRAL
WISCONSIN...SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN AND SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

THERE IS A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TONIGHT AS
A WARM FRONT LIFTS THROUGH THE REGION. SOME OF THE STORMS COULD BE
STRONG TO SEVERE...ESPECIALLY WEST OF A BERLIN...WATERTOWN TO
JANESVILLE LINE.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY

SOUTHERN WISCONSIN WILL BE IN THE WARM SECTOR AHEAD OF A LOW OVER
THE PLAINS THROUGH FRIDAY. THIS WILL RESULT IN CONTINUED CHANCES
FOR THUNDERSTORMS. SOME OF THESE STORMS COULD BE STRONG TO
SEVERE...ESPECIALLY THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND NIGHT.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION MAY BE NEEDED FROM LATE TODAY THROUGH THURSDAY
NIGHT.


Distributed by the Milwaukee Area Skywarn Association. Nonprofit and IRS 501c3 tax exempt.
Skywarn is the identification, evaluation, and reporting of dangerous weather.
Everyone talks about the weather, but storm spotters do something about it. Fear is not an option.
Visit us at: www.mke-skywarn.org Facebook, Twitter, Youtube. Zello channel: milwaukeeskywarn.
Our best spotters always practice safety first.

My feelings as a storm spotter

Posted by Josh Swangstu on May 29, 2013 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)
I posted this status after the Moore,Oklahoma tornado. Got a lot of responses on it so I thought I would share it here as well:

The events of what happened in Oklahoma make me more determined to stay my current path in life as a training storm spotter. I've gotten comments like "Are you nuts?", "You're going to get yourself killed" (Yes, I have had someone say this to me!), and of course the usual looks like I'm some kind of kook for wanting to do this. But I'm not doing this because I want to chase storms. I am on this current path because I want to be able to make a difference in the event that if anything does happen, I can be ready to respond at a moments notice. So to those who think I'm nuts or am trying to get myself killed, step into my world and take the training I am currently on. I can guarantee it'll change your tune.

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