Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences degree from UW-Madison: 1998. Former broadcast Meteorologist for NewsRadio 1310 WIBA in Madison. NWS Storm Spotter.
By: HaleStorm , 12:40 PM GMT on October 28, 2011
Sparkling white frost on a freshly-cut lawn...
So yesterday after work I mowed my yard for what may very well be the last time until next April. I didn’t finish until after dark (thank goodness for headlights on lawn tractors) so I’m finally able to see my finished piece of work this morning now that the sun has risen. What does this have to do with weather, you ask? Well, let me segway that for you. Our mowed backyard won’t be noticed for too long, as a winter outlook for heavier-than-average snowfall along with colder-than-average temperatures means the time spent with my lawn tractor will change to time with my snow thrower soon enough. Northern Wisconsin has already seen a few flakes this week, but parts of New England actually had a few inches of snow yesterday evening, and some ski resorts in Colorado are already open. Snow is not immediately in our short-term forecast, but rest assured that frosty-white look on the grass this morning soon won’t just be frost.
Today’s Forecast Grade: B-
Short-Term Forecast Confidence: Medium
Today’s Conditions: Some sunshine. Some clouds. Maybe a rain shower later today. Vague enough for ya? Chance of rain 25%.
Today’s High Temps: Near 51 east-central, low to mid- 50s south.
Today’s Winds: Slightly breezy from the southwest.
Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from three different NOAA weather models)
Appleton: Highs 49-52.
Madison: High of 53.
Milwaukee: Highs 53-54.
Tonight: Partly cloudy and slightly below freezing overnight. Lows near 30.
Tomorrow’s Conditions: Mostly sunny and slightly colder.
Tomorrow’s Temps: In the upper 40s east-central, near 50 south.
Tomorrow’s Winds: Again just slightly breezy from the west.
Sunday: Cloudy with rain showers developing. Highs in the upper 40s to near 50. Chance of rain 50%.
Next Week’s Outlook:
Conditions: Rain showers return on Tuesday night and Wednesday, before intensifying and clobbering New England late in the week.
High Temperatures: Staying generally in the upper 40s to lower 50s through Wednesday. Might be a few degrees colder and only hit the lower 40s on Thursday before warming up a bit by the following weekend.
Extended Forecast Confidence: Medium
Today Outside of Wisconsin:
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota:
Conditions: Becoming mostly sunny.
High Temperatures: Near 50.
Conditions: Partly sunny.
High Temperatures: Upper 50s.
League City and Pearland, Texas:
Conditions: Becoming partly cloudy, breezy and cooler.
High Temperatures: Upper 60s.
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina:
Conditions: Mostly cloudy with showers late.
High Temperatures: Lower 70s.
Charlotte, North Carolina:
Conditions: Cloudy and cooler with rain developing later today and tonight.
High Temperatures: Mid- 50s.
Las Vegas, Nevada:
Conditions: Sunshine! (I presume you enjoy the exclamation mark so here’s another one!)
High Temperatures: Lower 70s.
Conditions: Showers. Sorry about that.
High Temperatures: Lower 80s.
Weather in the News:
Aurora Borealis seen in Southern Wisconsin Oct 24th
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Updated: 12:53 AM CDT on July 31, 2015