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Skier in the distance, train up close

Each commute to and from home or work is different from every other. Weather and light conditions vary. Different things happen. Sometimes intersections get clogged and traffic backs up in front of you, other days the flow is smooth as a river but your parking ramp is full and you have to wait to get in until another car leaves. >More
 Winter's wild temperature swings set Madison records

Jen O'Leary checks in from the UW's Space Science and Engineering Center with the news that researcher Scott Bachmeier and instrumentation tech Scott Lindstrom have some new winter weather records to report for Madison. From Dec. 9-Jan. 8, there were 31 consecutive winter days when temperatures reached or exceeded 32 degrees. >More
 It really is a Fat Tuesday in Madison

Madison is not much of a Mardi Gras town. For one thing, there's simply no tradition for it here, the city not being a major center in its early days for the Catholic culture that made the pre-Lenten splurge such a mainstay in New Orleans, MazatlÃn, Bahia, Galveston or Rio. >More
 Taking the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Wisconsin

There's no denying the appeal of the Madison Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Wisconsin. Hundreds upon hundered of people raising pledge dollars for the privilege of standing -- sometimes underdressed, sometimes over-costumed, often apprehensive yet full of charged-up bravado -- in front of hundreds of other people and shrieking as they plunge into the frigid waters of Lake Monona off Olin-Turville Park. >More
 Looking back at a divisive war in the Wisconsin Veterans Museum

It resembles any ordinary suburban front door, except that it is mounted on a museum kiosk. As people approach, a doorbell rings brightly, inviting them to pull the door open. Then they see a mournful display: vintage Western Union telegrams announcing the grim fate of two young Wisconsin men who served in the Vietnam War. One was killed in action in 1970, and the other was reported missing in flight in 1965. >More
 A snowshoe commute across Lake Monona

The snowshoe commute to work across Lake Monona is one of the most gratifying opportunities afforded by Madison's lakes in winter. >More
 The New Girl in Town: What the freak!?

Our new girl in town, E$, will be chronicling her introduction to Madison institutions in future months, or until she's no longer such a new girl. Her first installment deals with some of the "flowers" in our garden. >More
 Jimmy the Groundhog, we salute you

If you don't like what one groundhog says, try another. This morning the nation's more-or-less official groundhog -- Phil, of Punxsutawney, Pa. -- predicted an early spring, but out in Sun Prairie our local rodent prognosticator, Jimmy, declared to top-hatted officials that winter will last six more weeks. That also is more or less what the calendar says, but who knows? >More
 Lake Mendota's big freeze

As with Lake Monona, which froze on Thursday, Jan. 18, this is the second-latest freeze date for Lake Mendota in 150 years of freeze-thaw record-keeping. >More
 Lake Monona's big freeze

Lake Monona appears frozen at long last. Though its broad expanses of ice remained dotted with a few areas of open water on yesterday, Lyle Anderson, manager of the Wisconsin State Climatology Office, had tentatively identified Thursday, Jan. 18, as this year's official freeze date for Lake Monona. By this afternoon, that determination had been confirmed, making this the second-latest freeze date on record for Lake Monona. And tonight's forecast low near 5 degrees with light winds ought to yield favorable conditions for closing whatever stubborn puddles remain. >More
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