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If El Niño returns, what does it mean for us?

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — It’s probably the catchiest term in the meteorologist’s lexicon, El Niño. This global phenomena may not directly cause weather extremes in our corner of the world, but it certainly can tip the scales in favor of them.

So what is El Niño and when will we see it again? In some years, warmer than normal water pools in the eastern Pacific Ocean near South America while normal water temps remain near Indonesia and Australia. This is an El Niño event. A La Niña event is nearly opposite with warmer waters in the west (Indonesia) and cooler waters in the east (South America).

The greatest affects of El Niño are generally felt in winter. That’s when NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center believes it could return with full force. The most recent monthly forecast from the CPC states “chances of El Niño increase during the remainder of the year, exceeding 50% by summer.”

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Marquette team wins $53,000 at international business plan competition

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- FocalCast, a mobile app that allows users to wirelessly present PowerPoints from their tablet or smartphone directly to a display device, won the $50,000 Trailblazer Capital Start-up Entrepreneur Investment Prize and the $3,000 Gimmal Group Outstanding IT Prize at the Rice Business Plan Competition, currently the world’s richest and largest business plan competition.

FocalCast is a venture of Narsys LLC, a company founded by senior mechanical engineering major Devin Turner (who serves as CEO) and fellow engineering student and chief technology officer Charlie Beckwith. Nicholas Winninger, Narsys’ business analyst and Marquette MBA student, joined Turner and Beckwith at the competition.

North Shore F.D. deals with two wrecks within minutes

FOX POINT (WITI) — North Shore Fire/Rescue officials tell FOX6 News a 40-year-old Fox Point man was taken to Froedtert Hospital via Flight for Life following a one vehicle rollover crash in Fox Point on Tuesday afternoon, April 22nd.

It happened around 4:30 p.m. at Santa Monica and School Rd. in Fox Point.

The driver is said to have serious injuries.

Officials say the driver was heading northbound at a high rate of speed. The driver struck a tree, and his vehicle rolled.

The vehicle came to rest near Santa Monica Boulevard and School Road.

Officials say their preliminary indications are that the driver suffered some sort of medical issue that may have led to the crash.

After this incident, North Shore Fire/Rescue officials say an elderly woman was struck by a vehicle just north of the rollover accident scene.

This incident happened around 5:20 p.m.

“Armed and dangerous:” Help sought in search of Grafton teen

OZAUKEE CO. (WITI) — The search continues in Ozaukee County for 16-year-old Joseph Torres — an individual law enforcement officials are describing as “armed and dangerous.” The search for Torres began Monday afternoon, after police responded to a home on Lakefield Road in the Town of Grafton for a report of a domestic violence incident in which shots were fired. One person has been taken into custody — but Torres remains at large.

Joseph Torres

Tuesday, April 22nd was the first day back from Spring Break for students at Grafton High School — but Torres wasn’t among those who returned.

Celebrating Earth! Schlitz Audubon Nature Center shows you how

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The great outdoors is a part of Jim Hyatt’s everyday life.

Although he works at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, he loves spending his free time teaching his son Dylan everything he knows.

“Just going outside it`s therapeutic just the natural beauty of nature you know we don`t want a place like this to go away,” said Hyatt.

On Earth Day, Schlitz has plenty going on, but this weekend, organizers are ramping up their programming for the Earth Day Celebration.

Visitors can learn all about the plants and animals on the 185 acres of land by going on nature walks.

“We have trained naturalists that come and they`ll lead you on these walks and they`ll talk about the birds that you see or the frog we`re hearing in the background right now that spring peeper,” said Hyatt.

There will also be canoe rides.

Commuters beware: Stretch of I-43 to be resurfaced

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will start work on I-43 from Lexington Blvd. (just south of Silver Spring Road) to WIS 32. WisDOT will begin work Wednesday evening, April 23rd, weather permitting. The work is expected to be completed late summer.

The project includes resurfacing of the entire 14 mile stretch of freeway, lengthening the southbound exit ramp at the Mequon Road Interchange, replacing the beam guard from Bender Road to Green Tree Road and installing new beam guard south of County Line Road.

The initial work will be removal of the beam guard and median work on the southern part of the project. Resurfacing work is expected to start in May.

Lane closures will take place in the overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

This project is being done in advance of proposed reconstruction of this area of the I-43 Corridor. The corridor is currently under a comprehensive study.

“Armed and dangerous:” Deputies seek suspect in domestic violence incident

OZAUKEE COUNTY (WITI) — Ozaukee County Sheriff’s officials say a suspect is in custody in connection with a shots fired/domestic violence incident that led to a search in and around the Town of Grafton on Monday, April 21st. Law enforcement officials are currently seeking a second suspect.

Joseph Torres

Ozaukee County Sheriff’s officials say shots were fired at a home on Lakefield Road in the Town of Grafton on Monday — in what Sheriff’s officials are calling a domestic incident.

Officials continue to search for a second suspect in this case — whom they have identified as 16-year-old Joseph Torres.