Antonio Ciarletta, age 12, heads for a splash at Madison's Goodman Pool in this photo from July 2009. Thursday's temperatures will be in the 90s, though it will feel about 100, meaning the day will be a perfect one to follow Antonio's lead. Published caption 7/23/09 JEFF SCHORFHEIDE State Journal Antonio Ciarletta, 12, soars above the Goodman Pool on Wednesday. The city's first municipal pool has not yet had a break-even season financially, but officials hope 2009 could be the first.

Between the tornadoes, the mosquitoes and the rain, this Wisconsin summer hasn't been the best.

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory from noon to 9 p.m. Thursday because of expected temperatures of 90-95 degrees that will feel like 100-102 degrees.

Meanwhile, the Wisconsin tornado count is up to 38 for the year, a pace double the normal for this date, state climatologists say. Of the 38, five have been recorded in Dane County.

No one has been killed by a tornado this year, but there have been some injuries, according to the National Weather Service at Sullivan.

As for the mosquitoes, relief is as close as the first frost, Madison  environmental health supervisor John Hausbeck said.

"So far, the peaks (of mosquitoes) are not as high as they were in 2008 after the floods," Hausbeck said Wednesday. "But the biggest difference is that we really haven't had a break."

Rain has become a weekly event, he said, and each rainfall breeds a new batch of mosquitoes. "That just keeps going on and on and on," he said. "It's that continuity of pressure that's really getting on people."

A frost will help, he said. "We usually get a frost in September, and September is right around the corner."

Phil Pellitteri, distinguished faculty associate at the UW-Madison Insect Diagnostic Lab, said the volume of mosquitoes can differ at different sites. "But Dr. Stan Temple, emeritus Wildlife Ecology professor who has been trapping insects, ... said his mosquito trap had the highest number he has seen in 30 years of trapping," Pellitteri said in an e-mail.

Evidence of a miserable summer is mounting. John Young, director of the Wisconsin State Climatology Office, and climatologist Edward Hopkins reported this week that statewide precipitation has been more than 50 percent above normal this summer, and temperatures nearly two degrees above normal.

Forecasters say we can look forward to more of the same as summer winds down. "The outlook for the remainder of the summer, with a developing La Nina pattern, indicates that the most likely Wisconsin rains will be in the range of normal to possibly above normal," Young and Hopkins wrote.

"It is too early to predict the fall and winter, but an expected La Nina condition in the Pacific indicates an increased possibility of a cold winter compared to recent years, and above normal snow."



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