Good Thursday morning!
We've had a stretch of rather seasonable weather with scattered thundershowers on Tuesday and highs Monday through Wednesday in the mid- to upper 70s. The normal high for today's date is 76 central, 77 south.
A front stretching eastward across central Illinois and Indiana is attached to a low pressure system centered in northern Missouri. As has been the case for most weather systems this week, it's pretty much stationary, so wherever it stops gets dumped with rain, while areas surrounding it just get jealous. Or not jealous, depending on your viewpoint. Flash Flood Warnings are in effect for several Iowa counties this morning, and Flash Flood Watches cover most of northern Illinois and eastern Iowa. High pressure to our west is already clearing out the clouds in northwestern Wisconsin, but it may take a bit for that clearing to reach southern and eastern Wisconsin.
NowCast: (Source: National Weather Service)
Light rain continues south of a line from Baraboo to Port Washington. Expect rain to continue through much of the morning south of this line. The rain has been expanding slowly northward while moving off to the east...however dry air should keep the rain from expanding much farther to the north this morning. Rainfall rates have been up to one tenth of an inch per hour. Rainfall totals near the Illinois border may be up to half an inch this morning...with lighter amounts farther north.
Today’s Forecast Grade: B central, C south
Today: Mostly cloudy. Steady light rain showers in southern Wisconsin for much of the day, slightly heavier and lingering longer the further south you live. High of 73 central, only upper 60s to near 70 south. Chance of rain's going to vary depending on where you live, so just look at a radar and if it's green where you live, then the rain chance is 100%.
Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from three different NOAA weather models)
Appleton: Highs 71-76. Chance of rain 6-23%.
Madison: Highs 71-72. Chance of rain 29-55%.
Waukesha: Highs 68-70. Chance of rain 24-56%.
Tonight: Maybe a lingering shower in far southern Wisconsin, otherwise mostly cloudy. Lows mid- 50s.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy and breezy with a new 40% chance of showers and isolated storms. Highs near or just above 70.
Saturday: Cloudy, windy and much cooler with lingering showers, mostly early in the day. Highs only 60-65. Chance of rain 50%.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, still cool, highs 63-68.
Monday: Mostly sunny, highs 64-74.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, highs 68-78.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, highs 71-81.
Other City Forecasts:
Upcoming weather in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Sunshine today, maybe a storm tonight or tomorrow, a sprinkle on Saturday, then more sunshine on Sunday. Highs near 80 today, lower 70s tomorrow, mid- 60s Saturday, then near 70 on Sunday.
Patchy fog will continue through 800 am across eastern Minnesota...including outlying areas of the twin cites Metro...and into west central Wisconsin. In some low locations or near waterways...the fog may have visibilities reduced to a quarter mile or less. If encountering dense fog on the roadway...slow down and use your low beam headlights.
Upcoming weather in Anna, Illinois: Sunshine today, maybe a storm tomorrow, a sprinkle on Saturday, then more sunshine on Sunday. Highs near 90 today, low to mid- 80s tomorrow and Saturday, then mid- 70s on Sunday.
Upcoming weather in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered storms today and tomorrow, isolated storms this weekend. Highs lower 90s.
Upcoming weather in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Showers and storms likely today and tomorrow, becoming more scattered this weekend. Highs upper 80s.
Through 930 am...isolated showers with an embedded thunderstorm will impact the coastal areas from Beaufort south to McIntosh. Brief heavy rain may accompany these showers. Most areas will remain dry but areas that see rain will receive a few hundredths to 1/10 of an inch.
Upcoming weather in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, very hot, highs 105-108 in the shade. But it's a dry heat with dew points only in the 20s, so that makes everything better, right?
Excessive heat warning in effect from 1 PM to 7 PM PDT Friday...
Excessive heat watch in effect from Saturday afternoon through Saturday evening...
Upcoming weather in Davenport, Florida: Daytime storms, don't you know it, highs lower 90s.