Wisconsin Weather Update

Wisconsin Weather Update for December 28, 2012.

By: HaleStorm, 2:01 PM GMT on December 28, 2012

Light snow all day today, then dry and colder for a while.
It has been about three weeks since my last Weather Update blog, so I missed out on blogging the blizzard last Thursday that dumped 10” of snow in our backyard and up to 20” of snow in Middleton, WI (although I did post a few weather-related notes on my Twitter and Facebook accounts.) I also missed out on some snarky Mayan end-of-the-world commentary in my blog, but ah well, life goes on (apparently now!)

As my headline indicates, a small disturbance is generating a blanket of mostly light snow across the southern half of Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota, northeastern Illinois, and northern Indiana. Most of us will generally see around 2” of snow by tonight, but you can see what is expected in your backyard by looking at the second link below, which is a NWS up-to-date expected snowfall map for Wisconsin. After today, things look mostly dry and gradually colder as we begin 2013. Highs by next Thursday may struggle to even hit the mid- teens!
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php ?wfo=mkx&storyid=90903&source=0
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/images/mkx/2012/Dec%2028%2 02012%20SnowMap_WI.png


Today’s Forecast Grade: C
Short-Term Forecast Confidence: Medium to High

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today’s Conditions: Light snow. 1-3” of accumulation is generally expected by tonight, although parts of southeastern Wisconsin could see up to 4” (see the NWS expected snowfall map above).
Today’s High Temps: Near 28 east-central, near 30 south.
Today’s Winds: Light from the northeast.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from three different NOAA weather models)
Appleton: Highs 28-32.
Madison: Highs 30-31.
Milwaukee: Highs 34-35.
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/mos/getall.pl?sta =KATW&sta=KMSN&sta=KMKE

This Evening: Light snow in the evening, then diminishing to flurries overnight. Lows just below 20.

Tomorrow’s Conditions: Cloudy. Maybe some decreasing clouds late.
Tomorrow’s Temps: Highs in the low to mid- 20s. Lows tomorrow night only around 5 above zero!
Tomorrow’s Winds: A little breezy from the northwest.

Sunday: Sunshine and clouds. Highs near 20.

Next Week’s Outlook:
Conditions: Looks like a mostly dry but cold week to begin 2013. Maybe some light snow or flurries on Wednesday.
High Temperatures: Staying cold. In the upper teens to lower 20s to start the week, but only in the 10-15 range Thursday and next Friday. Brrr.
Extended Forecast Confidence: Medium


Weather in the News:

2012 Wisconsin Yearly Weather Summary
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/images/mkx/climate/2012/2 012_WI_Yrly_Wx_Summary.pdf

Potential Warmest/Top 2 Year-To-Date for Milwaukee and Madison
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php ?wfo=mkx&storyid=90795&source=0


Today Outside of Wisconsin:

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota:
Conditions: Light snow. 1” or so of accumulation.
High Temperatures: Mid- 20s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.htm l
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USMN0503

Anna, Illinois:
Conditions: A rain/snow mix later today, changing to snow before ending tonight.
High Temperatures: Mid- 30s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IL/Anna.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USIL0033

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina:
Conditions: Partly cloudy today, showers tonight.
High Temperatures: Upper 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Isl and.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USSC0155

Charlotte, North Carolina:
Conditions: Partly sunny today. Rain tonight.
High Temperatures: Near 50.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NC/Charlotte.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USNC0121

Las Vegas, Nevada:
Conditions: Sunshine!
High Temperatures: Near 50.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USNV0040

Davenport, Florida:
Conditions: Isolated thundershowers later today, becoming more numerous tonight.
High Temperatures: Lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USFL0104

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Wisconsin Weather Update for December 5, 2012.

By: HaleStorm, 1:54 PM GMT on December 05, 2012

When’s it going to snow?
There are generally three things that people care about in a Wisconsin winter forecast. Is there snow coming, when is it coming, and how annoying is it going to be to shovel or drive in it? And wouldn’t you know it, we have a storm of interest to keep an eye on for Sunday and Monday. A panhandle hook is going to soak up some Gulf of Mexico moisture, then shoot northward via the jet stream. The final track of the storm will be a big deal, not just for where the precip lands, but also where the rain/snow line ends up. As of now it looks like it may be more snow than rain in Wisconsin and could be several inches of snow by Monday evening, so stay informed if you’re doing any significant driving late Sunday and/or Monday. Starting up your snowblower to make sure it works wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world, either.
http://weather.unisys.com/gfsx/gfsx.php?inv=0&plo t=pres®ion=us&t=5e


Today’s Forecast Grade: B
Short-Term Forecast Confidence: Medium

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today’s Conditions: Sunshine with some clouds today.
Today’s High Temps: Near 34 east-central, mid- to upper 30s south.
Today’s Winds: Variable, then out of the south, mostly light but increasing late.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from three different NOAA weather models)
Appleton: Highs 32-33.
Madison: Highs 37-38.
Milwaukee: Highs 37-39.
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/mos/getall.pl?sta =KATW&sta=KMSN&sta=KMKE

This Evening: Clouding up. Temps won’t drop much, just below 30.

Tomorrow’s Conditions: Clouds with light rain showers or drizzle. Chance of rain 50%.
Tomorrow’s Temps: Highs just above 40 east-central, low to mid- 40s south.
Tomorrow’s Winds: Breezy from the south early, then decreasing late.

Weekend Outlook:
Conditions: Maybe some flurries Friday night, but a bigger storm could deliver several inches of snow late Sunday and Monday. Storm track and temperatures will make all the difference, but stay informed if you are travelling anywhere, especially Sunday night and Monday.
High Temperatures: In the upper 30s to lower 40s Friday, then in the 30s this weekend.
Extended Forecast Confidence: Medium


Weather in the News:

Milwaukee & Madison November 2012 and Autumn 2012 Climate Summaries
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php ?wfo=mkx&storyid=89892&source=0

Very Warm Start To December
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php ?wfo=mkx&storyid=89841&source=0

GOES-13 Picture of Earth and Moon
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php ?wfo=mkx&storyid=89983&source=0



Today Outside of Wisconsin:

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota:
Conditions: Partly cloudy, becoming breezy.
High Temperatures: Upper 30s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.htm l
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USMN0503

Anna, Illinois:
Conditions: Sunshine!
High Temperatures: Upper 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IL/Anna.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USIL0033

League City, Texas:
Conditions: Decreasing clouds.
High Temperatures: Lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.htm l
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USTX0745

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina:
Conditions: Partly cloudy.
High Temperatures: Lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Isl and.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USSC0155

Charlotte, North Carolina:
Conditions: Scattered showers.
High Temperatures: Mid- 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NC/Charlotte.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USNC0121

Las Vegas, Nevada:
Conditions: Clouds with some sunshine today.
High Temperatures: Mid- 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USNV0040

Davenport, Florida:
Conditions: Sun with some clouds, maybe a shower later today.
High Temperatures: Upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USFL0104

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