Good Monday morning!
National Weather Service Tour
Before I get to the forecast, I'd like to share a unique experience I got to have this weekend. On Saturday, I was invited by Jeff Last, a NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist, to get a tour of the National Weather Service in Green Bay. About 20 weather geeks and I got to climb the 90-foot open staircase to enter the WSR-88D Doppler radar dome (I'm now one of about 50 people to have ever been in there), got to go inside the office and see how they research and write up forecasts nowadays (very different from when I was a NWS intern back in 1997), they showed us how they issue severe weather warnings, let us check out their server rooms, and we got to watch them prepare and launch a weather balloon radiosonde (no six-year-old boys were attached). Check out pictures and video below:
Video (8 minutes)
Pictures (is a public photo album and you do not have to be registered with Facebook to view)
We had a dry but cool weekend with a mix of sunshine and clouds and high temperatures around the 50-55 degree mark. Our average high temperatures are in the mid- to upper 50s this time of the year, so we were still just a few degrees below normal.
High pressure off to our southeast is still attempting to influence our weather today, and it looks like it's going to work. A low pressure system to our north is presenting a few clouds to us this morning, but it looks like any rain showers are going to stay to our north today. However, a series of strong low pressure systems are going to march across the United States this week, so starting late tomorrow and continuing through the rest of the work week, we may see a return of colder, wet weather once again. So enjoy the next 36 hours of weather, as things are going to take a turn for the worse again soon.
Today’s Forecast Grade: B+
Today: Partly sunny, breezy and warmer today. High of 59.
Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from three different NOAA weather models)
Appleton: Highs 56-60.
Madison: Highs 57-62.
Waukesha: Highs 59-62.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, lows low to mid- 40s.
Tomorrow: Cloudy and breezy with scattered rain showers developing late. Highs mid- to upper 50s. Chance of rain tomorrow night 60%.
Wednesday: Cloudy and windy with rain likely. Highs 53-58. Chance of rain 70%.
Thursday: Partly cloudy early, then becoming cloudy, windy and cooler with more rain likely by Thursday night. Highs 48-53. Chance of rain Thursday night 60%.
Friday: Cloudy, windy and colder with more rain likely. Highs 41-46. Chance of rain 60%.
Saturday: Cloudy and windy with morning rain gradually ending. Highs 42-49. Chance of rain 50%.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, highs 45-52.
Other City Forecasts:
Upcoming weather in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Partly cloudy today, rain tomorrow and Wednesday. Highs near 60 today, mid- 50s tomorrow, then upper 40s on Wednesday.
Upcoming weather in Anna, Illinois: Sunshine, highs 65-70.
Upcoming weather in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy today and tomorrow, maybe some storms on Wednesday. Highs upper 70s to lower 80s.
Upcoming weather in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, highs mid- 60s today, warming to the mid- 70s by Wednesday.
Upcoming weather in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine and breezy, maybe a shower tonight, highs upper 80s today, then cooling to the upper 70s tomorrow and Wednesday.
... Record high minimum temperature tied in Las Vegas today...
The low temperature at McCarran International Airport here in Las
Vegas today was 63 degrees. This reading tied the previous record
high minimum temperature for the date which last occurred in 1991.
Upcoming weather in Davenport, Florida: Partly cloudy, highs only lower 70s today, warming to the low to mid- 80s tomorrow and Wednesday.
... Record low temperature set at Fort Myers...
A record low temperature of 48 degrees was set at Fort Myers today.
This breaks the old record of 54 set in 1927.
Weather in the News:
Hurricane Rick downgraded to Category 3 storm
* NEW: Rick's sustained winds decrease to 125 mph
* NEW: Hurricane watch issued for southern Baja Peninsula
* Rick expected to weaken further before landfall by midweek
Typhoon nears Philippines, as toll rises