Good Thursday morning!
So how are you liking summer so far? It's not exactly hot and stormy, but lucky for us the astronomical (non-meteorological) start of summer isn't for another 2+ weeks yet. Instead of highs in the 80s and severe thunderstorms, we're talking about patchy frost overnight and highs in the 60s, which isn't exactly beach or outdoor waterpark weather. But Steve. you may ask, it is going to get hot any day now, right? My answer is yes, tomorrow it will, well kind of, anyway, but just for one day before cooler weather arrives again just in time for the weekend.
NowCast: (Source: National Weather Service)
Scattered frost was observed at the Sullivan forecast office at 5 am. Lows dipped to 37 at the weather office. Lows also dipped to the mid 30s at Sheboygan and West Bend. Scattered frost likely occurred across portions of southeast and south central Wisconsin mainly north of a line from just east of The Dells to the National Weather Service office at Sullivan...to just north of Milwaukee. Other patchy frost may have occurred just to the south of this area in low areas. The frost will quickly disappear as temperatures rise with the morning sunshine.
Today’s Forecast Grade: A-
Today: Mostly sunny and warmer today. Not quite summerlike temperatures yet but we're seeing some small improvement. High of 69 central, just above 70 south.
Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from three different NOAA weather models)
Appleton: Highs 70-71.
Madison: Highs 71-72.
Waukesha: Highs 67-70.
Tonight: Mostly clear, lows in the upper 40s.
Tomorrow: Partly sunny and warmer, maybe an isolated thundershower. Highs warmer than today, in the mid- 70s central and perhaps getting to the upper 70s in southern Wisconsin. The average high for this time of the year is 74 central, 76 south, so maybe we'll actually be slightly above normal for a change. Chance of rain just 25%.
Saturday: Cloudy, breezy and much cooler with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 55-60. Chance of rain 70%.
Sunday: Cloudy, breezy and still cool with more showers and thunderstorms. Highs 59-64. Chance of rain 80%.
Monday: Rain starts to clear out and we see a few breaks in the clouds late in the day. Warmer, highs 69-76. Chance of rain 40%.
Tuesday: Partly sunny and cooler again, highs 62-69.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, highs 61-68.
Other City Forecasts:
Upcoming weather in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Sunshine today, isolated storms tomorrow and Saturday, better chance of storms on Sunday. Highs mid- to upper 70s today and tomorrow, then low to mid- 60s this weekend.
Upcoming weather in Anna, Illinois: Light showers this morning, then mostly cloudy. Sunshine tomorrow with more clouds this weekend. Highs lower 70s today, upper 70s tomorrow, lower 80s Saturday, upper 80s on Sunday.
Rainshowers...mainly light...will persist through the early morning hours. Rainfall amounts will range from a trace up to a tenth of an inch per hour.
Upcoming weather in League City and Pearland, Texas: Mostly sunny through the weekend, highs upper 80s.
Upcoming weather in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Scattered showers and thunderstorms for a while, especially over the next two days. Highs in the upper 70s today, then 80s this weekend.
Upcoming weather in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly sunny today, more sunshine tomorrow, isolated storms on Saturday, more sun on Sunday. Highs near 90 today but then in the low to mid- 80s this weekend.
Upcoming weather in Davenport, Florida: You guessed it: partly sunny with scattered storms, highs upper 80s.
Weather in the News:
Early storms don't guarantee busy hurricane season
* The 2009 hurricane season officially starts Monday; "near average" season predicted
* Early storms don't necessarily mean hurricane season will be busy, specialist says
* A tropical depression formed in the Atlantic last week but didn't reach land
* The 1992 season was quiet until Hurricane Andrew hit Florida that August