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Good Question: How Do They Forecast Flooding?

When our state has flooding, experts are able to tell us days out exactly how high a river will rise. And they’re usually correct within a couple inches. With millions of gallons of water involved, how do they know?

06/23/2014

Study: Chemicals May Hurt Swallows In Minn., Wis.

A new federal study says contamination from certain house products could be taking a toll on tree swallows in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The U.S. Geological Survey study focused on substances known as PFASs.

10/24/2013

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Good Question Bonus: Email(s), Bodies Of Water, Deer Crossings & Men’s Coats

Thanks to everyone who sent in Good Question suggestions this week! Please keep them coming! In the meantime, I wanted to answer a few that didn’t make air. Rosy has a question I’ve never thought about before: Why do people put an “s” on the end of email, as in emails? We don’t say we are going to pick up our snail mails from the post office. Good point, Rosy. I looked up the definition of email in the dictionary and found three definitions – two for nouns and one for a verb.

09/27/2013

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Technology Makes Flood Forecasting Easier Than Ever

Assessing the amount of flooding regions across Minnesota is something meteorologists track year-round. The National Weather Service (NWS) and the U.S. Geological Survey are able to monitor water levels in rivers and lakes down to the very centimeter at every hour.

04/20/2013

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Red River Predicted To Crest After Mid-April

A new prediction from the U-S Geological Survey says the Red River in the Fargo-Moorhead area isn’t expected to crest until after April 15.

04/05/2013

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Some River Gauges Could Be Victims Of Budget Cuts

Some of the stream and river gauges used to help forecasters predict flood conditions around the country could be discontinued as a result of automatic federal budget cuts that went into effect this month.

03/15/2013

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DNR Tries To Stop White Bear Lake Lawsuit

A recent study found the reason for the shrinking of White Bear Lake is the growing use of ground water. A citizens’ group is taking the DNR to court for allowing it to happen – and now the state is trying to stop that lawsuit.

03/11/2013

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Wis. Town Asked To Report Booming To Scientists

The U.S. Geological Survey is asking Clintonville residents to report any booming and rumblings to their website.

03/29/2012

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Loud ‘Booms’ Are Back In Small Wisconsin Town

The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed a 1.5 magnitude earthquake just west of Green Bay in Clintonville, Wis., last week. Late Tuesday night, another loud “boom” has people fearing round two.

03/28/2012

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Snow Could Help White Bear Lake Levels, Temporarily

While this near record snow levels has communities across the stating bracing for possible record flooding, White Bear Lake is just hoping the water levels keep rising.

03/09/2011