Happy Earth Day. Earth Day and I turn 40 this year. No matter how you feel politically, I hope we all agree we should be doing all we can to conserve our resources and do our part to make sure the next generation gets a planet as clean as the one we inherited. Earth Day makes us stop and realize the Earth is not as big as we think. I want my kids to be able to enjoy the bounty of Wisconsin just as I have. Ok, I’m off my soapbox.
We have a nice slide show of Earth Day images from this year.
Not only is it Earth Day, but it is also severe weather awareness day in Wisconsin. Many of you likely heard the sirens sounding today at 1:20 PM with a mock tornado warning. Even better would be if you have a weather radio and you heard that alarm today. For those of you who do not have a weather radio, WISN 12 is teaming up with Walgreens to offer weather radios for $29.99.
A weather radio can be a lifesaving device much like a smoke detector. A weather radio sounds an alarm when a watch or warning is issued for your area. This is important because much of our severe weather in Wisconsin comes in the middle of the night when many of us are sleeping. Many communities do not have tornado sirens. Even if your area has tornado sirens, you may have a hard time hearing them if you are sleeping with the air conditioner on. I promise I am not getting a kick-back from the weather radio sales. I just think it is vital for everyone to have one.
Now, on to our weather. Another sunny April day, but near Lake Michigan was a bit chilly today. Highs were only in the upper 40s. It has been a dry start to 2010, but we have some needed rain on the way Friday night-Sunday. Our rainfall deficit for the year is almost up to 4.75″. We will put a dent in that this weekend with most areas receiving around an inch. The northern part of Wisconsin needs the rain the most as they are in a severe drought, but most of the rain will be in southern Wisconsin.
It will not rain continuously all weekend, but if you have any outside plans have an umbrella handy. Have a great day and thanks for reading the blog.