Good Friday morning!
So did you guys enjoy my April Fools edition on Wednesday? I didn't go all-fake like I have in years past, and yes, I did even look at some weather models before doing my writeup, but there were plenty of hidden and not-so-hidden jokes in there. Included in the funnies were the Surface Map link right below the Weather Synopsis (which was instead a picture of a person measuring a large snowfall), the Forecast Grade (I: Incomplete), invalid Raw Model Data (from a set of weather models gone loopy), Tonight's forecast (Partly sunny?), an extremely detailed Independence Day outlook, the Las Vegas "forecast", the inclusion of an Albuquerque, New Mexico forecast followed by the words "who cares?", and the fake news articles at the bottom (two weather-related videos from The Onion and two National Weather Service record bulletins which I reworded for your enjoyment). For those who remember my first big step in the April Fools genre, I also included the entirely fake forecast I wrote in 2003, which was calling for a snowstorm of 12-18" even though the real forecast had sunshine with highs in the 50s. That one was the best because most people on the email list weren't expecting it and I left for a week-long vacation right after writing that update, so I freaked some people out and didn't get a chance to tell them that it was fake until a week later. :)
A strong area of low pressure is annoying most of the eastern United States today, and the large swath of rain is just on the other side of Lake Michigan. Luckily for us, we get to enjoy a couple days of sunshine before winter returns Saturday night and Sunday. And by winter, I mean cold and snow as another strong low pressure system marches across the country. Some parts of Wisconsin, particularly southern WI, could see several inches of new snow accumulation by Sunday evening! And just think - Opening Day for most Major League Baseball teams is the very next day (although the Brewers will have to wait until Tuesday to start their season).
Today’s Forecast Grade: B
Today: Partly cloudy and pleasant. High of 45 central, upper 40s south.
Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from three different NOAA weather models)
Appleton: Highs 46-48.
Madison: Highs 50-51.
Waukesha: Highs 47-49.
Tonight: Mostly clear, lows upper 20s.
Saturday: Sunshine in the morning with increasing clouds during the afternoon. Parts of southwestern Wisconsin may start seeing rain and snow developing Saturday evening, and this will gradually push into the rest of southern Wisconsin (and perhaps central Wisconsin) Saturday night. Highs on Saturday in the mid- 40s central, upper 40s to near 50 south. Chance of precip Saturday night 40% central, 60% south.
Sunday: Cloudy, windy and colder with snow likely with heavier totals likely across southern Wisconsin. Central Wisconsin will probably just see an inch or two of snow but southern Wisconsin could see 3-5" of new snow according to the latest National Weather Service forecast which would meet "Winter Weather Advisory" criteria. As always, stay tuned as small system track changes could result in new snowfall estimates. Highs only in the low to mid- 30s. Chance of measurable snow 70% central, 90% south.
Monday: Cloudy, windy and cold with light snow showers or flurries, but little additional accumulations are expected. Highs 36-41. Chance of measurable snow 40%.
Tuesday: Cloudy, still a little windy, maybe a few lingering flurries. Decreasing clouds late in the day. Highs 38-43.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy and warmer, highs 44-49.
Other City Forecasts:
This Weekend in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy today, rain tomorrow, snow tomorrow night and Sunday. Highs mid- 40s today and tomorrow, mid- 30s Sunday.
This Weekend in Anna, Illinois: Decreasing clouds today, sunshine tomorrow, scattered showers and thunderstorms tomorrow night and Sunday. Highs upper 50s today, upper 60s tomorrow, and lower 60s on Sunday.
This Weekend in League City and Pearland, Texas: Mostly sunny, maybe an isolated shower with some breezes on Sunday morning, highs low to mid- 70s.
This Weekend in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Mostly sunny today and tomorrow, showers and storms on Sunday. Breezy today. Highs mid- to upper 70s.
This Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada: Isolated showers and windy today, sunshine this weekend, highs low to mid- 60s today and tomorrow, near 70 on Sunday. And yes, everyone knows its windy.
Wind Advisory in effect from 10 am this morning to 8 PM PDT this evening...
This Weekend in Davenport, Florida: Scattered showers and thunderstorms today, mostly sunny tomorrow, and an isolated shot at more storms on Sunday. Highs lower 80s today, mid- 80s tomorrow, upper 80s on Sunday.
Weather in the News:
(Source: National Weather Service)
...Record monthly maximum rainfall set at Madison...
The liquid equivalent precipitation total for March 2009 at Dane
County regional Airport in Madison was 6.19 inches. This value made
March 2009 the wettest March on record for Madison. The previous
wettest March on record was 5.46 inches...set in 1998.
Below is a list of the top ten wettest March months on record at
Rank amount year
*1.* *6.19* *2009*
2. 5.46 1998
3. 5.04 1973
4. 4.75 1976
5. 4.73 1882
6. 4.67 1886
7. 4.34 1881
8. 4.24 1991
9. 4.18 1990
10. 4.14 1923
Updated: 12:08 PM GMT on April 03, 2009
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