Good Monday morning!
Where've I Been?
For those who didn't check out my online Weather Update blog, where I posted info about what happened, two Wednesdays ago, both of my computer's hard drives crashed! One couldn't boot to Windows (even in Safe Mode) and the other still can't even be read by the system BIOS. It took me over a week of troubleshooting to get my main hard drive usable again (it still has issues, like taking 15-20 minutes to boot, it won't install updates from WindowsUpdate.com, and it refuses to create a virtual memory paging file so I continuously get "out of memory" errors). Luckily, most of the data on my main hard drive was recoverable (including my email address book) so now that I've got the list, the email updates can resume!
Clouds are spreading across Wisconsin this morning from west to east, and a cold front is slowly moving southward, stretching from eastern Ontario through northeastern Wisconsin, southern Minnesota, the Dakotas, and northeastern Montana. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are a good bet for later this afternoon, tonight, tomorrow, and actually, most of the rest of this week, and look for the warm temperatures of the last few days to go into hiding for a day or two starting this evening.
Today’s Forecast Grade: B-
Today: Some morning sunshine east, but becoming cloudy shortly with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible this afternoon and evening. High of 77 central, lower 80s south. Chance of rain this afternoon just 20%.
Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms becoming more likely overnight. Lows near 50 central, lower 50s south. Chance of rain 80%.
Tomorrow: Much cooler with showers and thunderstorms likely. Heavy rainfall is possible but otherwise nothing severe is expected at this time. Breezy, highs only in the upper 50s central, lower 60s south. Chance of rain 90%.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, breezy and warmer during the day with more showers and thunderstorms developing Wednesday night. Highs 64-69. Chance of rain Wednesday night 50%.
Thursday: Breezy and warmer again with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 76-81. Chance of rain 60%.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with more thundershowers. Highs 76-81. Chance of rain 40%.
Saturday: Partly sunny during the day with a thunderstorm possible Saturday night. Highs 75-80. Chance of rain Saturday night 30%.
Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms return. Highs 76-81. Chance of rain 40%.
Other City Forecasts:
Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs lower 70s today and lower 60s tomorrow.
Today and Tomorrow in Evansville, Indiana: Morning fog, then warm with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing. Highs mid- to upper 80s.
Patchy dense was developing across area. Visibilities will drop to as low as one quarter mile at times. The patchy dense fog will vary in visibilities from time to time...making driving hazardous at times. Motorist should use caution this morning. The patchy dense fog should last through this morning's commute and burn by mid morning.
Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy, highs just above 90.
Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered showers and thunderstorms today, partly cloudy tomorrow, highs mid- 80s.
Isolated showers and thunderstorms will continue across the area through 700 am. The thunderstorms will be capable of producing gusty winds of 20 to 30 mph...in addition to frequent cloud-to- ground lightning strikes. Rainfall amounts will range from .1 to .25 inch although local amounts up to .5 inch are possible where heavier rainfall occurs.
Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, a little breezy, highs mid- 90s.
Today and Tomorrow in Davenport, Florida: Scattered afternoon thunderstorms, hot, highs mid- 90s.
Weather in the News:
Arthur weakens to tropical depression
* Belize, Mexico discontinue all warnings related to the storm
* Storm made landfall at Belize-Mexico border
* Storm not expected to become hurricane
2008 could set records for tornado deaths
* Death toll from tornadoes in 2008 is already 110; average is 62 for a whole year
* 2008 fatalities already highest in a decade, with the year less than half over
* Numbers of tornadoes also above average in early months of this year
* Deadliest year since organized records began is 1953, with 519 deaths
Hurricane Season: Cloudy Forecasts
The 2008 hurricane season starts Sunday, and if you're looking for a long-term storm forecast you can ask the Colorado State University Department of Atmospheric Science. Or you can ask someone like Bing, an elderly gentleman who used to cut lawns in my neck of Miami. Each year Bing would tell us what kind of hurricane season to expect. The key to his method was May: if it was a hot dry one, we'd better break out the window shutters; if it was cool and rainy, he'd tell us to relax. And he was usually right, especially in 2004 and 2005, when Florida got pummeled by enough hurricanes to blow Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall off Key Largo forever.