Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences degree from UW-Madison: 1998. Former broadcast Meteorologist for NewsRadio 1310 WIBA in Madison. NWS Storm Spotter.
By: HaleStorm , 12:53 PM GMT on October 08, 2009
Good Thursday morning!
After some rather cloudy and rainy weather Monday and Tuesday, we finally saw the sun yesterday, and quite a lot of it actually. Temperatures have remained below normal with highs in the mid- to upper 50s.
So remember how on Monday I mentioned that there was only going to be one significant storm system moving through Wisconsin this week? Well, that's still kinda sorta mostly true. A strong area of low pressure is centered to our north this morning, over central Ontario, Canada. A cold front stretching southward from this low is moving across Wisconsin this morning, and is going to usher in the coolest air of the season thus far over the next few days. But along with the cold front, scattered rain showers are developing in coordination with another area of low pressure to our southwest. We may see a few rain showers today, but the heaviest precipitation should remain to our north and south. Another weak disturbance looks to move through later in the day on Saturday, and there's a chance that could bring us our first snow flakes of the season! I wouldn't lie about that ... or would I?
NowCast: (Source: National Weather Service)
Look for isolated light rain showers or sprinkles to move west to east over southern Wisconsin between 7 am and 10 am...ahead of a broader band of light rain. This larger band of intermittent light rain will move into western Iowa and Lafayette counties around 8 am...and reach a dells...Madison to Lake Geneva line between 930 am and 10 am. The light rain band will cross the remainder of south central and southeast Wisconsin between 10 am and 1130 am. Look for clouds to thicken and lower ahead of the rain...with temperatures slowly rising into the lower 50s by 11 am this morning.
Today’s Forecast Grade: C
Today: Cloudy with scattered showers possible. Showers more likely the further southeast you live. High of 53. Chance of rain 30% central, 60% south.
Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from three different NOAA weather models)
Appleton: Highs 53-55. Chance of rain 17-47%.
Madison: Highs 51-53. Chance of rain 55-72%.
Waukesha: Highs 53-55. Chance of rain 68-72%.
Tonight: Maybe an isolated evening shower southeast. Otherwise mostly cloudy and breezy overnight. Lows near 40. Chance of rain south 30%.
Tomorrow: More clouds than sunshine, and breezy in the morning. Highs near 50.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, breezy and cool with a chance of rain showers later in the day. Don't be too surprised if you see a few flakes mixed in with your rain on Saturday. Highs 48-53. Chance of precip 30%.
Sunday: Partly sunny and cool, highs 46-51.
Monday: Cloudy and breezy with a blob of rain showers probably moving through. And just like Saturday, a few snow showers may mix in with the rain at times too. Highs 41-48. Chance of precip 50%.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, highs 48-55.
Wednesday: Cloudy and breezy with rain showers perhaps arriving Wednesday night. Highs 46-53. Chance of rain 30%.
Other City Forecasts:
Upcoming weather in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: Decreasing clouds today, sunshine tomorrow, then mostly cloudy with isolated SNOW showers this weekend. Highs near 50 today and tomorrow, then only 40-45 this weekend!
Upcoming weather in Anna, Illinois: Showers and storms today and tonight, tapering off tomorrow afternoon, then partly sunny this weekend. Highs mid- 70s today, lower 60s tomorrow and Saturday, upper 50s on Sunday.
Flood Watch in effect from this evening through Friday afternoon...
Upcoming weather in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated storms today, storms likely tomorrow, then scattered storms this weekend. Highs upper 80s through tomorrow, then only mid- 70s this weekend.
... Record high minimum temperature for the month of October set at Houston/hobby Airport Wednesday...
The minimum temperature on Wednesday at Houston/hobby Airport was
only 80 degrees. This is a new record high minimum temperature for
the date... breaking the previous record of 77 degrees set in 2007.
This also sets the record for the highest minimum temperature for
the entire month of October. The previous record was 79 degrees set
on October 11th 1969.
Upcoming weather in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine today, clouds tomorrow, isolated showers Friday night and Saturday, and a better chance of rain on Sunday. Highs lower 80s.
Upcoming weather in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs low to mid- 80s.
Upcoming weather in Davenport, Florida: Isolated daytime storms, otherwise partly cloudy. Highs low to mid- 90s.
Weather in the News:
2 dead as Typhoon Melor lashes Japan
* Typhoon Melor roars into central Japan leaving two people dead
* Storm avoided Tokyo but caused major disruption to transport networks
* Storm's victims were killed by falling trees
Is El Nino behind spate of Pacific typhoons?
* Spate of deadly storms have hit East Asia in recent weeks
* Statistics show number of storms in Western Pacific in 2009 is below average
* El Nino phenomenon likely culprit behind recent spate of Asia-Pacific storms
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