Wisconsin Weather Update

Wisconsin Weather Update for February 27, 2009.

By: HaleStorm, 1:59 PM GMT on February 27, 2009

Good Friday morning!

Weather Synopsis
Well that was an interesting last 24 hours of weather! From heavy rains which later froze on the roads last night in southern Wisconsin, to ice pellets and thundersnow in central Wisconsin, and to heavy snow in northern Wisconsin, there was something interesting for everyone. Many schools are opening late or even closed today.
http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20090227/APC0101/90227002/1979

Here in Appleton, ice pellets arrived just after lunchtime, but changed into heavy snow and the snow kept piling on until early evening, when the snow showers became more scattered. I measured about 5.5" of snow in our driveway with snow drifts of up to 11". For those who check my weather blog online, you may have noticed that I added a few extra online-only posts Wednesday and Thursday with more details on the upcoming storm as it approached. To read prior blog entries, click the "View Previous Entries" button below my most recent blog post.
http://www.wunderground.com/blog/HaleStorm/show.html

As for today, colder Canadian air is moving into the state thanks to a strong northerly wind behind that feisty area of low pressure now centered over Michigan. Thankfully the next few days are looking calm, but don't expect temperatures to moderate too much as an upper-air jet stream trough looks to keep the cold air coming through early next week.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

And unrelated to the short-term forecast, I wanted to point out something else of interest. For those of you interested in the global warming issue, this week's WeatherBrains podcast had a good scientific debate over whether global warming is man-made or just natural fluctuations in the Earth's climate, with meteorologists from both sides of the issue engaging in a good discussion. Interesting listening!
http://weatherbrains.com/weatherbrains/


Today’s Forecast Grade: B

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: A few clouds this morning, otherwise becoming mostly sunny and colder. Windy this morning with decreasing winds late in the day. High of 21 central, low to mid- 20s south.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from four different weather models)
Appleton: Highs 15-24.
Madison: Highs 21-28.
Waukesha: Highs 20-26.

Tonight: Mostly clear and a little breezy in the evening, lows around five above zero.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs low to mid- 20s central, mid- 20s south.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 20s central, upper 20s south.

Next Week:
Monday: Mostly cloudy and warmer. Highs 30-35.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy, highs 33-38.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, highs 36-41.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy, breezy at times, highs only 15-20.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Anna, Illinois: Clouds and mid- 40s today, scattered snow showers tonight through tomorrow evening. Sunshine on Sunday. Highs this weekend low to mid- 30s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IL/Anna.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIL0033

This Weekend in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy and windy. Highs upper 70s today, mid- 60s tomorrow, and only upper 50s on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX1029

This Weekend in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered showers tonight through Sunday. Strong storms possible on Saturday and Saturday night. Highs mid- 60s today, lower 70s tomorrow, but only in the lower 50s on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

This Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly sunny today and Sunday, more sunshine expected on Saturday, highs near or just above 70.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

This Weekend in Davenport, Florida: Mostly sunny today, a few clouds tomorrow, scattered thunderstorms on Sunday. Highs upper 70s to near 80 today and tomorrow, cooling to near 70 on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Late February Storm Wallops Northeast Wisconsin
At ten o'clock at night on the streets of downtown Green Bay, the only noise was the howl of a strong wind.
But you didn't need to listen, only look for the impact of a late February storm that walloped Northeast Wisconsin, with the wind furiously bringing a stinging mixture of snow and ice to Brown and surrounding counties.
http://www.wbay.com/Global/story.asp?S=9915500

Roads improving Friday morning after 'surprising' ice storm
A "surprising" ice storm came through Wisconsin Thursday night after hours of heavy rains dumped an inch of water on pavement, as vehicles played bumper cars on the skating rinks formerly known as streets and highways.
http://www.madison.com/tct/mad/topstories/440773


(Source: National Weather Service)
... Daily precipitation and snowfall records broken at Green Bay on Thursday February 26th...
The melted snow measured 0.60 inches at Green Bay on Thursday.
This broke the February 26th precipitation record of 0.56 inches
set in 1996.

Snowfall measured 5.6 inches on Thursday... breaking the old record
of 5.0 inches set in 1921.


Location snowfall snowdepth current
inches inches weather

... Iron County and adjacent portions of Upper Michigan...
Ironwood, mi WWTP 8.0 18

... Vilas County...
Phelps coop 4.0 18

... Oneida County...
Minocqua coop 3.0 9
Lake Tomahawk-2se 3.5 17

... Lincoln County...
Merrill-8w 6.0 9
Tomahawk-Bradley-Rice 5.5 15

... Florence County and adjacent portions of Upper Michigan...
Long Lake-3ne 6.2 16

... Marinette County and adjacent portions of Upper Michigan...
Amberg 9e 1.4 10
Peshtigo-WWTP 10.5 13

... ... central Wisconsin... ...
... Clark County...
Neillsville-3sw 4.0 12

... Marathon County...
Stratford 1n-river* 3.6 5

Waupaca County...
Waupaca-3sw King 3.7 8

... Brown County...
Green Bay-se-Bellevue
Green Bay-Airport 6.1 8

... Door County...
Carlsville-2nw 6.0 14


... Manitowoc County...
Manitowoc-south 3.0 5
Valders 3.4 9

... Fond Du Lac County...
tahcheedah-St. Peter 0.2 2

... Sheboygan County...
Sheboygan-south 1.1 2
Sheboygan-1sw 0.4 2

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Snow Storm Update

By: HaleStorm, 4:28 PM GMT on February 26, 2009

Storm is still looking nasty at this point. The precip is just starting to enter Wisconsin now, and should reach east-central and southeastern Wisconsin just after lunchtime. Southern Wisconsin may end up getting mostly rain (or even a thunderstorm) out of the deal, but could get some sleet at times this afternoon, as well as an inch or two of snow tonight before the storm tapers off overnight. Parts of central Wisconsin will likely receive a mixed bag of sleet and freezing rain accompanying a heaping amount of snow as well. The rain/snow line is going to be critical here as it could be one of those events where Oshkosh gets an ice storm and Appleton sees 8+" of snow. It's going to be that close, and is hard to tell even with the storm just a few hours away, where that rain/mix/snow line will be. I recommend folks in the Valley to leave work as soon as you can this afternoon, and don't go anywhere this evening. Unless you want to wait hours and hours for a tow truck to pull you out of a ditch!

http://weather.unisys.com/nam/12h/nam_pres_12h.html

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Another storm forecast update

By: HaleStorm, 6:43 PM GMT on February 25, 2009

Well, the new GFS weather model data came out and that still has a big bullseye over the vast majority of Wisconsin, so the NWS has decided to keep its 6-9" snow total estimate. With model discrepancy as well as a question over where the rain/snow line will be, these numbers could very well still be inflated, but nobody wants to hear a forecast for 3-12" so I guess we'll stick with 6-9" for now.

http://weather.unisys.com/gfs/36h/gfs_pres_36h.html

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Update on tomorrow's storm

By: HaleStorm, 3:46 PM GMT on February 25, 2009

New model data came out which seems to keep more of the moisture in southern Wisconsin and Illinois. I'd drop that total expected snowfall accumulation in central Wisconsin an inch or two. I would say 4-7" at this point, depending on how much of it falls as sleet or rain. I'm curious how the NWS will adjust their forecast with this newer model data.

http://weather.unisys.com/nam/4panel/nam_pres_4panel.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 25, 2009.

By: HaleStorm, 1:50 PM GMT on February 25, 2009

Good Wednesday morning!

Weather Synopsis
Well this is going to be an interesting forecast period! Meteorologists are going to pay close attention to the "540-line" on forecast surface maps to help get an indication of where the rain/snow line is going to be both today and tomorrow, as that will have a big impact on what kind of precipitation we're all going to get. Central Wisconsin is looking like they are going to get a mixed bag of precipitation this morning and a heavy dosage of snow tomorrow, while southern Wisconsin will see mostly rain showers this morning and tomorrow. The big news that came through on the following weather model runs after my Monday weather update was the huge increase in moisture content of the storm on Thursday, leading to large QPF (Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts) and a Winter Storm Watch which was issued yesterday by the NWS (National Weather Service) for most of Wisconsin. Could be quite a mess around much of Wisconsin, but things do calm down after tomorrow night.
http://www.theweatherprediction.com/habyhints/97/
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/qpf/day1-2.shtml
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Important Weather Statements: (Source: National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
...Slippery roads possible this morning...

An area of mixed snow...sleet or freezing rain continues to move
through central and northeast Wisconsin this morning. The area
should exit eastern Wisconsin by 10 am. Temperatures are expected
to climb to or above freezing by late morning...though surfaces will be
slower to respond.

Untreated roads will become slippery this morning. Use caution when
out and about this morning.
--------------------
...Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from Thursday afternoon through late Thursday night...
Heavy snow is expected to develop on Thursday afternoon and
continue into Thursday night before diminishing. The snow may be
mixed with sleet at times on Thursday. Accumulations of 6 to
9 inches are possible...with the potential for higher amounts if
all of the precipitation falls as snow. Some blowing and drifting
snow is also expected...especially Thursday night.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant
snow accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor
the latest forecasts.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB


Today’s Forecast Grade: C

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Rain showers developing this morning south with the precipitation falling as rain, snow, and even some freezing rain in some spots in central Wisconsin. Precipitation diminishes late this morning or early this afternoon with perhaps a few breaks in the clouds late in the day. Slightly warmer today with a high of 37 central, near 40 south. Chance of precip 90%.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from four different weather models)
Appleton: Highs 37-40. Chance of precip 50-90%.
Madison: Highs 39-46. Chance of precip 25-70%.
Waukesha: Highs 40-43. Chance of precip 30-80%.

Tonight: Partly starry, lows mid- 20s.

Tomorrow: Too complex - let's split this out.
Central Wisconsin: Cloudy and becoming windy with snow developing around the late morning hours. Snow becomes heavy in the afternoon and evening, but could turn into a mix at times in the afternoon. Current NWS estimates are for 4-5" during the day and another 2-4" tomorrow night, bringing totals to 6-9". However, with that rain/snow line hovering somewhere in central Wisconsin, where you live could see higher or lower amounts based on how much of this lands as rain. If it's all snow, you might even see higher totals, and vice versa if more of it falls as rain. We're going on the assumption that just a small part of the precip falls as a mix or rain. Highs low to mid- 30s. Chance of precip 90%.
Southern Wisconsin: Cloudy and becoming windy with rain developing in the late morning hours. Heavy downpours are possible in the late afternoon with even a few rumbles of thunder possible from time to time. Rain turns to snow tomorrow night with 1-2" of accumulation before ending overnight. Highs mid- to upper 30s. Chance of precip 90%.

Friday: Partly cloudy and colder, highs mid- 20s central, upper 20s south. Windy in the morning with decreasing winds later in the day.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, maybe a few flurries. Becoming windy late. Highs 25-30.
Sunday: Variably cloudy and windy in the early morning. Becoming mostly sunny during the day. A little colder, highs 21-26.
Next Week’s Outlook: Light snow possible on Tuesday with a heavier rain/snow event possible Wednesday night. High temperatures will remain variable and will probably closely resemble what we are having this week, in the 20s and 30s, with maybe a hint of 40s on Wednesday.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Becoming partly cloudy today, highs upper 30s. Big snow tomorrow with 5-7" likely, highs upper 20s.
Winter Storm Watch in effect from Thursday afternoon through Thursday evening...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Anna, Illinois: Scattered showers with isolated thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow, highs mid- 50s today and mid- 60s with a stronger breeze tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IL/Anna.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIL0033

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy, highs mid- to upper 70s. Must be nice.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX1029

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, highs near 60 today and mid- 60s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Mostly sunny and breezy, highs upper 60s to lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

Today and Tomorrow in Davenport, Florida: Partly cloudy, highs mid- to upper 70s. Again, must be nice. :)
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Drought parches much of the U.S., may get worse
* Over the past three years a drought has affected large swaths of the U.S.
* Report: At least 36 states expect to face water shortages within the next five years
* Experts say main causes are rapid population growth and unwise farming practices
* Marjorye Heeney, 83, remembers the Dust Bowl storms of the 1930s in Oklahoma
http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/12/11/drought.problem/index.html#cnnSTCText

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 23, 2009.

By: HaleStorm, 1:16 PM GMT on February 23, 2009

Good Monday morning!

Weather Synopsis
After a snowy Saturday where some parts of the state saw their second-highest single snowfall total of the season (see news stories below the forecasts), we're in for another cold and quiet day thanks to high pressure in the region. However, a wind shift and an upcoming warm front promise warmer temperatures tomorrow and a new chance of rain, snow, or both, Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.

Saturday's snowstorm was interesting in that the models didn't quite have the heavy snow line as far north as it actually happened, so the Fox Valley ended up getting 3-5" instead of the initial 1-3" estimate. Then again, who knows what the National Weather Service's estimate really was, as they chose interesting wording for their Saturday forecast on Friday evening. The forecast was calling for an inch of accumulation Friday night, then read this for Saturday: "Snow. Around 2 inches of accumulation expected... bringing the total accumulation to 1 to 3 inches." Now I'm no math major or anything, but last I checked, if you're getting one inch of snow that night and then another 2" during the following day, I'm not sure how you come up with a grand total of 1-3"!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Today’s Forecast Grade: B

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Mostly sunny with temperatures still just a little below normal. High of 24.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from four different weather models)
Appleton: Highs 20-24.
Madison: Highs 22-25.
Waukesha: Highs 22-30.

Tonight: Partly cloudy overnight, lows near 10 above zero.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny and breezy in the morning but becoming cloudy by the afternoon. Much warmer with highs in the low to mid- 30s central, mid- 30s south. Chance of rain or snow tomorrow night 30%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Light rain or snow showers exiting the state in the morning, then decreasing clouds in the afternoon. Warmer yet, highs 36-41. Chance of morning precip 40%. If the precip decides to fall as mostly snow, I wouldn't be surprised if it was a new 2-3".
Thursday: Cloudy and breezy with snow showers, perhaps a mix south. Highs 32-37. Chance of precip 30%.
Friday: Partly cloudy and colder again, highs 24-29. Maybe a few snow showers Friday night. Chance of snow 25%.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Cloudy with snow showers. Highs 24-31. Chance of snow 30%.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 27-34.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy, highs lower 20s today and warming to the upper 30s tomorrow!
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Anna, Illinois: Sunshine today, isolated rain showers tomorrow, highs near 40 today and mid- 40s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IL/Anna.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIL0033

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy today, partly sunny tomorrow, highs mid- 60s today, mid- 70s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX1029

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine today, increasing clouds tomorrow, highs lower 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated showers today, sunshine tomorrow, highs near 70.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

Today and Tomorrow in Davenport, Florida: Mostly sunny, highs lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Snow was second biggest of winter
The biggest snow to hit Madison in two months could disappear over the next few days, as temperatures warm up near 40 by mid-week.
The warmer weather also could come with a chance for mixed precipitation starting Tuesday night and continuing into Thursday night.
Madison officially got 6.7 inches of snow on Saturday, the second biggest snowfall of the winter, eclipsed only by the 10.3 inches that fell on Dec. 19, setting a record for that date.
http://www.madison.com/tct/news/stories/440056


(Source: National Weather Service)
...2nd consecutive winter over 70 inches of snow in Green Bay...
So far this winter...72.1 inches of snow has fallen in Green Bay.
This will make it the 2nd consecutive winter of over 70 inches of
snow. During the 2007/08 winter...Green Bay recorded 87.4 inches
of snow.

Looking at the Green Bay snowfall records...the last time two
consecutive Winters recorded over 70 inches of snow occurred
during winter of 1995/96 and 1996/97. The snowfall totals were
77.5 inches during the 1995/96 season and 77.0 inches during the
1996/97 season.

You have to go all the way back to the 1880s to find the other
and the longest stretch of Winters of greater than 70 inches of
snow. A streak of 5 Winters from 1886/87 to 1890/91 recorded
over 70 inches of snow...including 82.7 inches in 1886/87...
147.7 inches in 1887/88...77.0 inches in 1888/89...103.6 inches
in 1889/90...and 72.0 inches in 1890/91.


Heavy snow reports

Location snowfall time/date
(inches) of observation lat Lon
...Dane County...
Middleton 6.3 M 332 PM 02/21 43.10n 89.51w
Madison 6.5 M 600 PM 02/21 43.08n 89.38w
5 SW Madison 7.4 M 345 PM 02/21 43.03n 89.45w

...Jefferson County...
NWS Sullivan/Milwaukee 6.1 M 600 PM 02/21 42.97n 88.55w

...Racine County...
Franksville 6.5 M 341 PM 02/21 42.76n 87.91w

...Washington County...
West Bend 7.2 M 405 PM 02/21 43.42n 88.18w

Snow reports

Location snowfall time/date
(inches) of observation lat Lon
...Dane County...
Black Earth 5.2 M 502 PM 02/21 43.14n 89.75w

...Fond Du Lac County...
Taycheedah 4.5 M 432 PM 02/21 43.81n 88.40w

...Jefferson County...
Jefferson 5.0 M 525 PM 02/21 43.01n 88.81w

...Milwaukee County...
Hales Corners 5.0 M 345 PM 02/21 42.94n 88.05w
Milwaukee international 5.4 M 600 PM 02/21 42.96n 87.90w

...Racine County...
Burlington 5.0 M 400 PM 02/21 42.68n 88.28w

...Rock County...
Janesville 5.7 M 333 PM 02/21 42.68n 89.02w

...Waukesha County...
4 NW Mukwonago 5.2 M 420 PM 02/21 42.91n 88.39w


...Snowfall totals for the weekend storm...

Location snowfall snowdepth
inches inches

...North central Wisconsin...

...Vilas County...
Arbor Vitae-Johnston l 1.1 13
Boulder Junction-2n 1.4 16
Land O Lakes ucoop 2.1 14
Presque Isle ucoop 2.5 17

...Oneida County...
Minocqua coop 1.0 8
Lake Tomahawk-2se 1.3 14

...Lincoln County...
Merrill-8w 1.1 7

...Northeast Wisconsin...

...Forest County...
Argonne-2nw 1.6 8
Crandon 2.5 8
Hiles 1.0 11

...Florence County and adjacent portions of Upper Michigan...
Aurora ucoop 1.3 7
Long Lake-3ne 2.8 14

...Marinette County and adjacent portions of Upper Michigan...
Amberg 9e 1.2 9
Athelstane 2e 1.2 7
Peshtigo-WWTP 2.8 6

...Langlade County...
Antigo 2s 1.5 8

...Oconto County...
Abrams 4w 3.3 6

...Central Wisconsin...

...Marathon County...
Wausau-Airport 1.5 M
Stratford 1n-river* 1.5 6
Colby 1.5 13

...Wood County...
wis. Rapids-power co 3.0 5

...Portage County...
Almond-5ne 3.2 9
Amherst-3se 2.5 15
Plover-south 2.7 10
Stevens Point-WWTP 2.3 8

...Waupaca County...
Waupaca-radio 3.6 14
Waupaca-3sw King 3.7 8

...Waushara County...
Wautoma-4n 3.5 13
Wild Rose-6ne twn lakes 3.4 15

...East central Wisconsin...

...Shawano County...
Pella-3se 2.0 18
Shawano-WWTP 2.4 8

...Outagamie County...
Appleton coop 3.2 7
Shiocton-utility 2.3 6

...Winnebago County...
Omro 2sw 4.0 5

...Brown County...
Denmark WWTP 6.8 9
De Pere - 1se 4.4 6
Green Bay-Airport 4.2 6

...Calumet County...
Chilton-WWTP 4.4 6

...Door County...
Carlsville-2nw 5.9 10
Ephraim-1ne WWTP 3.5 M
Fish Creek-1e WWTP 5.0 10
Forestville ucoop 5.4 6
Washington Island 3.0 7

...Kewaunee County...
Casco ucoop 7.2 12
Kewaunee-southwest 6.2 11
Kewaunee WWTP 7.5 8

...Manitowoc County...
Francis Creek 5.0 8
Manitowoc-south 7.9 9
St nazianz - 2w 6.7 13
Valders 6.9 12

Updated: 1:18 PM GMT on February 23, 2009

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 20, 2009.

By: HaleStorm, 1:21 PM GMT on February 20, 2009

Good Friday morning!

Weather Synopsis
The 1-3" of snowfall that fell Tuesday night and Wednesday is still fresh in our minds and lawns, but we need to look to the future as another snowstorm is revving up to cause some trouble tonight and tomorrow. A panhandle hook low pressure system currently in the central Rocky Mountains is going to dip south to northern Texas and Oklahoma, absorb some Gulf of Mexico moisture, then travel northeastward to develop several inches of fresh powder on the Great Lakes region. It's going to be a quick-travelling storm with a fairly concentrated area of snow, but areas it targets could see over half a foot of new snow. See the National Weather Service bulletins and my forecast below for current projections.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
South-Central Wisconsin:
... Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 9 PM this evening to 6 PM CST Saturday...
The National Weather Service in Milwaukee/Sullivan has issued a
Winter Weather Advisory for snow... which is in effect from 9 PM
this evening to 6 PM CST Saturday.

Snow is expected to begin over south central Wisconsin late this
evening and continue tonight. Snowfall totals are expected in the
3 to 6 inch range... with greatest amounts likely south of Madison.

Winds will pick up out of the northwest behind the system on
Saturday night into Sunday... which could cause some of the powdery
snow to blow around.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will
cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered
roads and limited visibilities... and use caution while driving.

Southeastern Wisconsin:
... Winter Storm Watch in effect from this evening through Saturday afternoon...
The National Weather Service in Milwaukee/Sullivan has issued a
Winter Storm Watch... which is in effect from this evening through
Saturday afternoon.

Snow is expected to begin over south central Wisconsin late this
evening and spread eastward across southeast Wisconsin overnight
into Saturday morning. Snowfall totals are expected in the 5 to 8
inch range... with greatest amounts likely near the Illinois border
and near Lake Michigan where some lake enhancement is possible.

Winds will pick up out of the northwest behind the system on
Saturday night into Sunday... which could cause some of the powdery
snow to blow around.

A Winter Storm Watch is issued when heavy snow may combine with
strong winds to cause major impacts to society. Continue to
monitor the latest forecasts for updates and possible warnings.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Today’s Forecast Grade: B

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Sunshine in the morning, increasing clouds late in the day. A little warmer than yesterday with a high of 23 central, mid- 20s south.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from four different weather models)
Appleton: Highs 21-26.
Madison: Highs 23-31.
Waukesha: Highs 22-28.

Tonight: Cloudy with snow developing. Snow could be heavy at times in southern Wisconsin. Lows mid- teens. Chance of measurable snow overnight 60% central, 80% south.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Cloudy with snow in the morning, becoming more scattered in the afternoon, then just flurries late. Total expected accumulations from the National Weather Service are 1-3" in the Fox Valley, 3-6" in Madison, and 5-8" in the Waukesha area. Highs low to mid- 20s central, mid- to upper 20s south. Chance of measurable snow 60% central, 80% south.

Sunday: Becoming partly cloudy. Highs lower 20s central, low to mid- 20s south.

Next Week:
Monday: Partly sunny, highs 24-29.

Tuesday: Becoming cloudy and breezy with rain or snow developing Tuesday night. Highs 31-36. Chance of measurable snow Tuesday night 30%.

Wednesday: Cloudy and breezy with scattered rain or snow showers. Highs 31-38. Chance of measurable snow 30%. Another big storm could develop on Thursday, but much of that might be a cold rain.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Snow today and tonight, 2-3" expected. Clouds tomorrow, sunshine on Sunday, highs 20-25.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Anna, Illinois: Partly sunny today, light snow tomorrow morning and afternoon, sunshine on Sunday. Highs mid- 40s today, mid- to upper 30s this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IL/Anna.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIL0033

This Weekend in League City and Pearland, Texas: Sunshine today and Sunday, rain tomorrow. Highs mid- 60s today and tomorrow, upper 50s and breezy on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX1029

This Weekend in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine today and tomorrow, partly sunny and breezy on Sunday. Highs in the 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

This Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine today, some clouds tomorrow, more clouds on Sunday. Highs mid- to upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

This Weekend in Davenport, Florida: Sunshine and cooler today. More sun tomorrow, isolated showers on Sunday. Highs mid- 60s today, lower 70s this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 18, 2009.

By: HaleStorm, 1:22 PM GMT on February 18, 2009

Good Wednesday morning!

Weather Synopsis
Okay, so on Monday morning I was a contributor to the weather hype machine, predicting 5-9" of snow last night through tomorrow morning. A part of my prediction did turn true as the National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch Monday afternoon for an expected 7-8" of snow. However, as newer model data diminished the moisture content and intensity of the storm, and had the storm exiting the state earlier than originally thought, estimated amounts quickly tumbled into the Winter Weather Advisory range for about 3-5", and now that advisory has been cancelled entirely for southern Wisconsin. Look for the snow showers to be ending shortly, but will resume again around midday as much colder air behind a cold front starts moving into the region. Expect another 1-2" of snow to fall on your driveway before it all ends tonight.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Fox Cities:
Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
... Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until midnight CST tonight...
Another couple inches of snow are expected today before it tapers off
to snow showers. It will turn windy and much colder this afternoon
and evening with blowing and drifting snow.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow and blowing snow means that
visibilities will be limited due to a combination of falling and
blowing snow. Use caution when traveling... especially in open
areas. The latest Wisconsin Road conditions can be obtained by
calling 511.
NowCast: (Source: National Weather Service)
At 642 am the back edge of steady snow was located from 30 miles northeast of Wausaukee to Shawano to red Granite...moving southeast at 30 mph. The steady snow will be ending at... Lake Poygan around 700 am... Pulaski...Black Creek around 730 am... Rush Lake...Oconto...Marinette around 740 am... Oshkosh...Appleton around 740 am... Kaukauna...Green Bay around 750 am... There will still be some snow showers after the steady snow ends...and there is a possibility of a few hours of Stead snow again around midday.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
NowCast: (Source: National Weather Service)
A band of mainly snow was exiting south central and affecting much of southeast Wisconsin. Visibilities will drop to around 3/4 mile in the snow. A quick accumulation of up to an inch is possible. Ahead of the main band of precipitation...drizzle and fog was reducing visibilities to 1/2 mile mainly in the far southeast. The band of snow is expected to push into the Milwaukee Metro area during the morning commute. The snow will cause slick spots on untreated roadways and bridges. However milder temperatures in the far southeast could keep roads mainly wet. Another area of mainly light snow over west central Wisconsin may push into south central Wisconsin later this morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Today’s Forecast Grade: C-

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Snow showers ending this morning. Another round of snow showers developing around midday and continuing through the afternoon. 1-2" of additional accumulation expected. Windy and becoming much colder late in the day. High of 32 central, mid- 30s south.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from four different weather models)
Appleton: Highs 29-33. Chance of precip 60-80%.
Madison: Highs 34-36. Chance of precip 40-80%.
Waukesha: High of 36. Chance of precip 50-70%.

Tonight: Snow showers ending, then decreasing clouds overnight. Windy and cold, lows around 5 to 10 above zero. Wind chills dropping as low as -15 central.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, breezy and cold. Highs mid- to upper teens central, upper teens to near 20 south.

Friday: Cloudy with snow developing late in the day and Friday night. This could be another couple inches depending on the final track of the storm. Highs lower 20s central, mid- 20s south. Chance of measurable snow Friday night 60%.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Cloudy with scattered light snow showers or flurries. Highs 20-25. Chance of measurable snow 30%.
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs 23-28.
Next Week’s Outlook: Maybe some snow showers on Wednesday, otherwise becoming gradually warmer with highs warming through the 30s as the week progresses.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Snow ending, then becoming partly cloudy. Breezy and colder, highs lower 20s today and mid- teens tomorrow.
A band of light snow is moving across southeastern Minnesota... and west central Wisconsin. The trailing edge is moving to the east at 17 mph away from Mora... Princeton...St cloud...Willmar...Granite Falls and marshal... towards North Branch...Anoka...Rockford...Watertown...Morgan and Lamberton. The heavier snow bands are located between the Twin Cities and Menomonie...where up to a half inch of new snow could fall by 730 am. Areas of dense fog are forming across south central and southeast Minnesota...from Austin...Albert Lea and Blue Earth to Owatonna... Zumbrota and Rochester...over into west Wisconsin. This fog is not in a continuous sheet...but more like multiple bands with rapidly dropping visibility to near zero...followed by rapid clearing in between.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Anna, Illinois: Clouds today, sunshine and much colder tomorrow, highs upper 50s today but only upper 30s tomorrow.
Areas of drizzle will persist for a few hours this morning across southeastern Missouri...southernmost Illinois...and western Kentucky...resulting in decreased visibility.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IL/Anna.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIL0033

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly sunny with isolated thundershowers late today. Sunshine and breezy tomorrow. Highs upper 70s today, mid- 60s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX1029

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Showers and isolated thunderstorms today and tonight. Sunshine tomorrow. Breezy, highs low to mid- 60s.
Through 9 am...scattered light showers will move northeast through southeast South Carolina and that part of southeast Georgia to the north of Interstate 16. Most places will stay dry. Where rain falls...amounts will be from a trace to a couple hundredths of an inch.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs upper 50s to lower 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

Today and Tomorrow in Davenport, Florida: Partly cloudy, isolated showers tonight, scattered showers tomorrow. Highs mid- to upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 16, 2009.

By: HaleStorm, 1:34 PM GMT on February 16, 2009

Good Monday morning!

Weather Synopsis
After a weekend of scattered snow showers developing 1" of snowfall or less and temperatures near or slightly below normal, we're looking at one more day of near-normal temperatures and calm weather thanks to a large area of high pressure just to our south. However, things are going to get a little crazy tomorrow night through Wednesday night. I was going to write up a nice recap of what's going to happen, but the National Weather Service out of Green Bay did a nice writeup last night, so I'm just going to include that below. Long story short, get your snow blowers ready as a fresh 6+" of snow could be on your driveway by Thursday morning! I expect the National Weather Service to issue a Winter Storm Warning for Tuesday night through Wednesday night later today or tonight.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
...Prolonged period of snow followed by windy and cold weather...

Low pressure is expected to develop across the Central Plains on
Tuesday...then move across Illinois into the eastern Great Lakes
Wednesday. This storm track will bring a prolonged period of light
to moderate snow to much of the area...beginning Tuesday night and
continuing into Wednesday night. The snow may linger into
Thursday morning across northeast Wisconsin.

At this time...the exact track of the low pressure system is
still uncertain which will have a significant impact on snowfall
totals across the area. Snow totals over 6 inches are possible
between Tuesday night and Thursday morning. The combination of the
fresh snowfall and increasing northerly winds on Wednesday into
Wednesday night will cause blowing and drifting of the new snow.
Travel conditions across the region will deteriorate Tuesday night
into Wednesday with hazardous travel conditions expected into
Wednesday night. If traveling by air...expect delays at regional
airports.

Arctic air will invade the region by Wednesday night. The
combination of the winds and cold temperatures will drive
wind chills readings to 20 below across north central Wisconsin
Thursday morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB


Today’s Forecast Grade: B

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Partly cloudy with increasing clouds late. High of 30 central, lower 30s south.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from four different weather models)
Appleton: Highs 26-31.
Madison: Highs 28-35.
Waukesha: Highs 27-33.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and breezy, lows near 20.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy and breezy with light snow developing later in the day. Precipitation could fall as light rain or a mix initially tomorrow afternoon. Windy with snow likely tomorrow night. There may be 2-3" on the ground by the time you wake up Wednesday morning. Highs low to mid- 30s central, mid- to upper 30s south. Chance of precip during the day tomorrow 30%. Chance of measurable snow tomorrow night 80%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Cloudy and windy with snow likely. Snow remains likely Wednesday night. Highs 30-35. Looks like another 2-4" during the day on Wednesday and 1-2" of additional snow Wednesday night, bringing my snow total estimate to 5-9". Chance of measurable snow 80%. The only things that could lessen totals are the final track of the storm changing and eventual moisture content within the storm. A couple weather models are suggesting a little less moisture with the storm, meaning you could drop those snow totals in half, but the GFS is suggesting more moisture and higher totals, which I have used in my estimates here.

Thursday: Cloudy with scattered light snow showers early, then decreasing clouds later in the day. Windy and much colder, highs 18-23.

Friday: Cloudy with a new round of light snow showers. As of now it looks like less than 1" as the main storm just misses us to the south. Highs 21-26. Chance of measurable snow 30%.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Cloudy and cold with light snow showers or flurries. Highs 17-24. Chance of measurable snow 25%.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 21-28.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Flurries today with a better chance of snow late tomorrow. Highs low to mid- 30s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Anna, Illinois: Some sunshine today, mostly cloudy with rain developing late tomorrow. Highs lower 40s today, near 50 tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IL/Anna.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIL0033

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers with isolated thunderstorms this afternoon through Wednesday. Highs near 60 today, upper 60s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX1029

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Decreasing clouds today, sunshine tomorrow, highs mid- to upper 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Mostly cloudy with rain showers likely. Highs mid- 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

Today and Tomorrow in Davenport, Florida: Partly cloudy, highs low to mid- 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 13, 2009.

By: HaleStorm, 1:28 PM GMT on February 13, 2009

Good Friday the 13th morning!

Weather Synopsis
Despite the spookily unusual day, the next few days are going to be rather average around these parts of the country. A near-zonal flow in the upper-air jet stream means that temperatures should stick to near or slightly above normal (28 central, 30 south) over the next few days. Clouds and sunshine will come and go, and besides a small system which might drop a dusting of snow on us tonight, things look rather quiet until Tuesday evening, when a panhandle hook low pressure system develops and moves through. It's still over five days away which gives it a lot of time to change its mind, but as of this morning it's looking rather beefy, so we'll keep an eye on it and see what it looks like early next week.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Today’s Forecast Grade: B

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Mostly cloudy, high of 33 central, mid- 30s south.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from four different weather models)
Appleton: Highs 30-36.
Madison: Highs 32-37.
Waukesha: Highs 33-35.

Tonight: Cloudy with scattered light snow showers or flurries. Probably just a dusting central and less than 1" south, so don't worry about getting your shovelling sticks out. Lows lower 20s. Chance of measurable snow 25% central, 40% south.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Becoming partly cloudy. Highs near 30 central, low to mid- 30s south.
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs upper 20s central, near or just above 30 south.

Next Week:
Monday: Cloudy with light snow showers or flurries late. Highs 32-37. Chance of measurable snow 25%.
Tuesday: Cloudy and becoming windy with rain or snow developing late. Snow could get heavy overnight, so this is the next system worth keeping an eye on. Highs 34-39. Chance of precip Tuesday night 40%.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy and colder with scattered light snow showers or flurries. Highs 26-31. Chance of measurable snow 30%.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy all weekend, highs low to mid- 20s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Anna, Illinois: Isolated rain showers tonight, otherwise mostly cloudy, highs mid- 50s today, upper 40s tomorrow and lower 40s on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IL/Anna.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIL0033

This Weekend in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms today and tomorrow, another round of isolated showers Sunday evening. Highs upper 60s to lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX1029

This Weekend in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy today, showers likely tonight, tomorrow, and gradually ending on Sunday. Highs low to mid- 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

This Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada: Scattered rain showers today, turning to a light rain/snow mix tonight, then rain showers ending tomorrow morning. Sunshine on Sunday. Highs mid- 50s. But fear not - any weather is good gambling weather!
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

This Weekend in Davenport, Florida: Morning fog, then sunshine today. Isolated showers tomorrow with a better chance of rain on Sunday. Highs mid- to upper 70s.
Dense fog advisory in effect until 9 am EST this morning...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

China farmers struggling under severe drought
* China is suffering its worst drought in half a century
* Crops threatened in 12 provinces; more than 3.5 million facing water shortages
* Many places have not had rainfall for more than 100 days
* Soldiers fire rockets with cloud-seeding chemicals into stricken areas
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/02/11/china.drought/index.html#cnnSTCText

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 11, 2009.

By: HaleStorm, 1:31 PM GMT on February 11, 2009

Good Wednesday morning!

Weather Synopsis
The forecast for last Monday night and Tuesday was a little interesting. There was some noted weather model discrepancies, particularly with the ETA and AVN weather models. The ETA model was predicting scattered rain showers for all of us early Monday evening and continuing overnight and through much of Tuesday, while the AVN (aviation) model had just a brief rain Monday evening followed by a clearing sky Monday night and Tuesday. My Weather Update forecast went with the ETA model, and when I saw the sun shining brightly Tuesday morning, I knew I bet my money on the wrong horse. Ah well. Such is life as a weather forecaster.

As for today, a strong low pressure system which is developing quite the swath of mid- February severe weather to our south is just barely going to clip Wisconsin. Look for rain showers more numerous the further south and east you live, with scattered light rain showers changing over to light snow late in the day before diminishing again overnight.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


NowCast: (Source: National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Occasional light rain will develop in the Janesville...Beloit... Elkhorn...Racine and Kenosha areas between 630 am CST and 830 am CST. Rainfall will remain light...less than one tenth inch. Occasional light rain may reach the Milwaukee...Waukesha...Jefferson and Watertown areas between 8 am CST and 10 am CST. The heaviest rains will be in the early to mid afternoon.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Today’s Forecast Grade: C

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Cloudy and breezy. Rain showers during the day southeast. Scattered rain showers during the day south-central, and scattered light rain showers developing late in the day east-central. Rain may change over to light snow late. High of 39 central, lower 40s south. Chance of precip 25% central, 50% south-central, 80% southeast.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from four different weather models)
Appleton: Highs 37-41. Chance of precip 5-55%.
Madison: Highs 38-46. Chance of precip 15-70%.
Waukesha: Highs 42-44. Chance of precip 60-80%.

Tonight: Cloudy and windy overnight with scattered light snow showers. Little if any accumulation. Lows in the mid- to upper 20s. Chance of measurable snow 30%.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Windy in the morning with decreasing winds later in the day. Colder, highs in the lower 30s central, mid- 30s south.

Friday: Mostly cloudy. Highs low to mid- 30s.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Cloudy and windy with a brief round of snow showers possible in the morning. Highs 31-36. Chance of snow 40%.
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs 30-35.
Next Week’s Outlook: Looks mostly dry with no big weather systems moving through our region. Temperatures look to stay near-normal with highs in the upper 20s to lower 30s for much of the week.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Clouds today, more sunshine tomorrow, highs low to mid- 30s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Anna, Illinois: Windy with showers and thunderstorms today, some perhaps severe this morning. Sunshine tomorrow. Highs lower 60s today and mid- 50s tomorrow.
High Wind Warning in effect until 5 PM CST this afternoon...
The leading edge of showers and isolated thunderstorms will extend from near Mount Vernon Illinois to near Paducah Kentucky by 6 am. Gusty winds 35 to 50 mph may occur along the leading edge of the activity as it moves from southeast Missouri into southern Illinois and far western Kentucky. The activity should reach a line from Princeton Indiana to the Land Between The Lakes area in west Kentucky by 7 am. Moderate rains will persist behind the line into southeast Missouri through the early morning hours. Isolated showers will continue ahead of the line.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IL/Anna.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIL0033

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Mostly sunny, highs near 70.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX1029

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy during the day, maybe a shower tonight. Breezy, highs upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine today, scattered showers tomorrow. Highs low to mid- 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

Today and Tomorrow in Davenport, Florida: Partly cloudy, highs in the 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Deadly tornadoes rip through parts of Oklahoma
* Hardest hit is Lone Grove, about 90 miles south of the capital, Oklahoma City
* Resident says post office is gone and a church is damaged
* Storms knock out power to about 29,000 OG&E customers
http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/weather/02/11/oklahoma.tornado/index.html#cnnSTCText

Rain offers little respite in China drought
* Chinese officials say they have minimized impact of severe drought, for now
* Officials: Significant rain needed in wheat-producing areas within 15 days
* Soldiers have fired rockets with cloud-seeding chemicals into stricken areas
* More than 4.3 million residents face a shortage of drinking water
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/02/10/china.drought/index.html#cnnSTCText


(Source: National Weather Service)
...Multiple record temperatures set on Tuesday...
Mitchell Field in Milwaukee reached 59 degrees at 252 PM CST
Tuesday afternoon. This set a new record high temperature for
February 10th. The previous record was 58 degrees set way back in
1876.

The low temperature yesterday at Mitchell Field in Milwaukee was
40 degrees reached at 1159 PM CST. This set a new record highest
low temperature. The previous record was 36 degrees set in 1976.

Truax field in Madison reached a high of 54 degrees at 414 PM CST
on Tuesday. This set a new record high temperature for February
10th. The previous record was 53 degrees set way back in 1876.

The low temperature yesterday at Truax field in Madison was 32
degrees reached at 1159 PM CST. This tied the previous record
highest low temperature of 32 degrees set in 1898.


...Record high temperatures over east central Wisconsin and the Lake Shore...
Unseasonably mild air spread across northeast Wisconsin today.
Here is a list of record high temperatures so far this afternoon.

------------------------------------------------------------

High temp old record
location this afternoon temp year

------------------------------------------------------------
Merrill 45 44 1976/1999
Green Bay 50 45 1966
Appleton 52 47 1999
Sturgeon Bay 52 43 1999
Manitowoc 54 48 1977

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 9, 2009.

By: HaleStorm, 1:40 PM GMT on February 09, 2009

Good Monday morning!

Weather Synopsis
After a mild weekend with sunshine and warm air breaking a few high temperature records (as well as a couple high minimum temperature records), we're in for some changes this week. No, the nasty bitter arctic air isn't making a comeback, and no we're not going to get pounded with a foot of snow...yet. :) It's the sunshine we've been enjoying lately, which will be hidden beneath clouds most of the week, that's the big change. We should all get some rain showers late today and continuing through the overnight hours, accompanied by another round of mild air which could bring temperatures back to near 50 tomorrow. After that, a cold front's going to move through, bringing our temperatures back to just slightly above normal as opposed to really above normal with highs in the 30s for the latter part of this week and next weekend.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
...Air quality watch issued for all of Wisconsin for Monday...
Weather conditions over Wisconsin will become favorable for elevated
concentrations of fine particles. Light winds will keep dispersion
of pollutants to a minimum from Sunday night into Monday morning.
There is a possibility that particle pollution concentrations will
reach unhealthy levels for people in sensitive groups across the
state.

Due to the possibility of elevated levels of particle pollution in
the region the Wisconsin department of natural resources has issued
an air quality watch for Monday February 9. This watch will be in
affect until 11 PM Monday night.

To help prevent pollution from reaching unhealthy levels...people in
the watch area are encouraged to help decrease air pollution by
reducing driving when possible...avoid burning leaves...grass...
brush...or wood...minimize vehicle engine idling...postpone using
small gas or diesel powered outdoor equipment...and practice energy
conservation.

For current information on air quality readings please call the
daily air hotline at 1-866-dailyair...1-866-324-5924.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Today’s Forecast Grade: B-

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Cloudy with isolated light rain or snow showers this morning. Becoming windy with rain developing later this afternoon from west to east. High of 40 central, mid- 40s south. Chance of precip before sunset 30%.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from four different weather models)
Appleton: Highs 37-41.
Madison: Highs 43-48.
Waukesha: Highs 41-48.

Tonight: Cloudy and windy with rain likely. Don't be surprised to hear a rumble of thunder too. Lows not very cold overnight with near steady temperatures in the mid- to upper 30s. Chance of rain 70%.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy and breezy with isolated rain showers. Much more mild in the morning and early afternoon with highs near 50 central, lower 50s south. Becoming much colder again late in the day. Chance of rain 25%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Cloudy and windy with rain or snow showers developing. I'm expecting the heaviest part of the storm missing us to the south and east so snow totals should remain fairly low. Highs 39-44. Chance of precip 40%.
Thursday: Cloudy and breezy with occasional flurries. Highs 35-40.
Friday: Partly sunny, highs 34-39.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, highs 31-38.
Sunday: Cloudy and breezy with a chance of snow showers. Highs 28-35. Chance of snow 30%.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Breezy with rain and isolated thunderstorms today. Mostly cloudy with isolated rain or snow showers tomorrow. Highs 40-45.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Anna, Illinois: Windy and really mild with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 60s to near 70!
Wind Advisory in effect from 11 am this morning to 8 PM CST this evening...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IL/Anna.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIL0033

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered showers today, more scattered showers with isolated thunderstorms tomorrow. Breezy, highs low to mid- 70s.
Through mid morning...scattered showers will continue to develop and move north the region at 15 to 20 mph. Expect accumulations of 1/8 to 1/2 inch.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX1029

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, highs lower 60s today and upper 60s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Rain showers likely today, scattered showers tonight, isolated showers tomorrow. Rain could briefly mix with snow at times. Highs upper 40s to lower 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

Today and Tomorrow in Davenport, Florida: Mostly sunny, highs in the 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Chinese military tackles drought crisis
* China is suffering its worst drought in half a century
* Soldiers fire rockets with cloud-seeding chemicals into stricken areas
* Many places have not had rainfall for more than 100 days
* More than 4.3 million residents face a shortage of drinking water
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/02/09/china.drought/index.html#cnnSTCText

(Source: National Weather Service)

...Record high temperature set at Milwaukee WI...
a record high temperature of 53 degrees was set at Milwaukee WI
today. This breaks the old record of 50 set in 1987.

...Record high temperatures set across northeast Wisconsin February 7th ...
Unseasonably mild air spread across northeast Wisconsin
this morning. The warm start to the morning allowed for
three locations to set or tie the record high for the date.

------------------------------------------------------------
High temp old record
location this afternoon temp year
------------------------------------------------------------
Appleton coop station 49 47 1991
Manitowoc Airport 46 43 1987
Sturgeon Bay Airport 45 tied 45 1991

...New record high minimum temperature for February 7th set at Madison Wisconsin...
A new record high minimum temperature of 34 degrees was set at 1159
PM CST yesterday. This broke the previous record of 33 degrees...set
in 1928.

...Record high minimum temperature for February 7th tied at Milwaukee WI...
the record high minimum temperature of 37 degrees was tied at
Milwaukee WI at 1159 PM CST yesterday. The record was previously
reached in 1878.

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 6, 2009.

By: HaleStorm, 1:25 PM GMT on February 06, 2009

Good Friday morning!

Weather Synopsis
Sorry there was no update on Wednesday - late Tuesday night I came down with a nasty case of what I believe was food poisoning. I'm feeling mostly better now, though, so here we go. As you've probably heard from other sources by now, we're in for a nice warmup this weekend with temps reaching the 30s today and probably reaching into the 40s tomorrow! This is all thanks to a warm front approaching us from the south and west. Coupled with an upper-air jet stream ridge, mild temperatures above normal (26 central, 28 south) look to stick around through the weekend and into next week, with a cold rain developing on Monday. Better rain than snow! Can you even remember the last day you picked up a shovel or ran a snow thrower?
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Today’s Forecast Grade: B+

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Sunshine this morning. Breezy and much warmer this afternoon. High of 34 central, mid- to upper 30s south.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from four different weather models)
Appleton: Highs 32-37.
Madison: Highs 38-43.
Waukesha: Highs 34-38.

Tonight: Becoming mostly cloudy and breezy, maybe some light freezing drizzle overnight. Temperatures not that cold overnight with lows in the upper 20s.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Partly sunny, breezy and warmer yet, highs near 40 central, low to mid- 40s south.
Sunday: Partly cloudy and cooler (but still above normal!), highs lower 30s central, mid- to upper 30s south.

Next Week:
Monday: Cloudy and becoming windy with rain showers developing. Highs 37-42. Chance of rain 60%.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy and warmer, rain showers possible late, highs 43-48. Chance of rain Tuesday night 30%.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy and breezy, maybe a rain shower as a new strong system moves through the south-central United States, highs 38-43. Chance of rain 40%.


Other City Forecasts:

This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy, highs near 40 today, mid- 30s tomorrow, near 30 on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

This Weekend in Anna, Illinois: Sunshine today, clouds tomorrow, scattered showers Saturday night and Sunday. Highs mid- 50s today, lower 60s tomorrow, upper 50s on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IL/Anna.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIL0033

This Weekend in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated showers on Sunday, otherwise partly cloudy, highs mostly in the lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX1029

This Weekend in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine all weekend, highs mid- 50s today and mid- to upper 60s this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

This Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada: Scattered rain showers all weekend. Go figure. Highs lower 60s today and lower 50s this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

This Weekend in Davenport, Florida: Sunshine all weekend, warmer, highs mid- 60s today and low to mid- 70s this weekend.
Freeze warning in effect until 9 am EST this morning...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

China suffering worst drought in 50 years
* China is suffering its worst drought in half a century
* Many places have not had rainfall for more than 100 days
* More than 4.3 million residents face a shortage of drinking water
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/02/06/china.drought.half.century/index.html#cnnSTCText

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Wisconsin Weather Update for February 2, 2009.

By: HaleStorm, 1:24 PM GMT on February 02, 2009

Good Monday morning!

Weather Synopsis
How about that thaw this weekend? Wasn't it nice to go outside without all that bitter cold? Temperatures reached the upper 30s in east-central and southern Wisconsin, melting a small portion of our rather large snow piles but doing a better job on the scattered black ice patches which were still lingering around here.
I'm sorry to bring the bearer of bad news, but not only did Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow this morning, meaning six more weeks of winter is on the way, but we've got three days of colder air returning to Wisconsin along with some light snow this evening. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being global thermonuclear war and 1 being stepping on an ant, this snow event's going to be right around a 3 with just an inch or so expected. We're going to warm up again nicely late in the week, however, so you can look forward to that, along with the idea that for yet another week, no significant weathermakers look poised to enter our beloved state.
http://www.groundhog.org/prediction/index.php
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif


Today’s Forecast Grade: B-

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Morning sunshine with increasing clouds this afternoon. Breezy and colder with a high of 25.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from four different weather models)
Appleton: Highs 21-28.
Madison: Highs 22-31.
Waukesha: Highs 24-30.

Tonight: Cloudy and breezy with light snow as a weak low pressure system and cold front move through. About an inch or so of accumulation. Lows around 10 above. Chance of measurable snow 60%.

Tomorrow: Early morning light snow showers, otherwise mostly cloudy, breezy and colder. Highs mid- to upper teens.

Extended:
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, still cold, highs 17-22. Wind chills in the morning around -10 to -20.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, breezy and much warmer, highs 29-34.
Friday: Increasing clouds with light rain or snow developing late. Windy, highs 38-43. Chance of precip 40%.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Partly sunny, warm, highs 39-46.
Sunday: Partly sunny, remaining warm, highs 37-44.


Other City Forecasts:

Today and Tomorrow in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Light snow showers this morning, otherwise partly cloudy. Colder with highs 10-15.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Today and Tomorrow in Anna, Illinois: Mostly cloudy, maybe some flurries overnight, and colder with highs lower 40s today and only near 30 tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IL/Anna.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIL0033

Today and Tomorrow in League City and Pearland, Texas: Decreasing clouds today, mostly sunny tomorrow, and cooler with highs mid- to upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX1029

Today and Tomorrow in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Showers tonight, otherwise partly cloudy, highs lower 60s today and cooling to the upper 40s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

Today and Tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs mid- to upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

Today and Tomorrow in Davenport, Florida: Showers today, decreasing clouds tomorrow, highs low to mid- 60s.
Rain showers continue to move east across the Gulf of Mexico into Pinellas County south through Charlotte and Lee counties. These showers will affect areas along the coast...commuters on Interstate 75...and interior locations near Arcadia...Wauchula...and Archbold. Commuters should take caution when driving as light rain can cause slick Road conditions. Mariners in the Gulf may encounter rough seas.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Heaviest UK snow in 18 years hits international flights
* Heavy drifting snow blankets southeastern England, including London
* Meteorologists said snow is worst in southeastern England in 18 years
* Major international airports including Heathrow, Gatwick badly affected
* NEW: UK weather service issues severe weather warnings for Monday Tuesday
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/02/02/europe.snow/index.html#cnnSTCText


(Source: National Weather Service)
...Streak of temperatures less than 32 degrees ended...
Through January 30...Milwaukee had a streak of 24 days with high
temperatures less than 32 degrees. This ranks as the 16th longest
streak with highs 31 or below. The longest streak was 46
days...ending on February 24 1978.

Similarly...through January 30...Madison had a streak of 26 days
with high temperatures less than 32 degrees. This ranks the 22nd
longest streak with high temperatures of 31 degrees or colder. The
longest streak was 53 days...ending on February 5 1893.

The streak ended on Saturday Jan 31st...as high temperatures
reached 40 degrees at Milwaukee and 39 degrees at Madison.

January 2009 was a very cold month for Wisconsin. Milwaukee/S
average monthly temperature for January 2009 was 15.8
degrees...which is 4.9 degrees below normal. Madison/S average
monthly temperature for January 2009 was 10.6 degrees...which is 6.7
degrees below normal.

Neither of these are records...nor do they rank in the top ten
coldest januaries. Milwaukee/S coldest January was 5.6 degrees in
1912 and Madison/S coldest January was 1.2 degrees in 1912.


...10th coldest January in Appleton...
The average temperature in Appleton during January was
10.3 degrees or 5.7 degrees below normal. January 2009 will
go down in the record books as the 10th coldest January on
record.

Here is the list of the top 15 coldest januarys on record at
Appleton.

Ranking temperature (f) year
1 0.1 1912
2 4.1 1929
3 4.5 1977
4 4.6 1918
5 5.0 1994

6 7.0 1963
7 7.1 1979
8 10.1 1930...1971
10 10.3 2009
11 10.4 1904

12 10.6 1959
13 10.7 1970
14 10.9 1972
15 11.0 1905


...13th coldest January in Green Bay...
The average temperature in Green Bay during January was 7.5
degrees. January 2009 will go down in the record books as the
13th coldest January on record since records began in 1886.

Here is the list of the coldest januarys on record at Green Bay.

Ranking temperature (f) year

1 -1.1 1912
2 3.1 1977
3 5.2 1888
4 5.9 1918...1929...1979
7 6.2 1994

8 6.7 1982
9 6.9 1971
10 7.0 1963
11 7.2 1970
12 7.4 1887

13 7.5 2009
14 7.6 1893

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