Wisconsin Weather Update for March 19, 2012.

By: HaleStorm , 12:46 PM GMT on March 19, 2012

Warmest Winter Day Ever!

Temperatures topped off near 80 degrees for the fifth day in a row yesterday, and some areas recorded the warmest single day of winter in our recorded history! It wasn’t that long ago when we were still experiencing winter – just a couple of weeks ago on March 9th our high was 37 degrees and a few days before that, my kids were sledding at the park.
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php ?wfo=mkx&storyid=80604&source=0

This weekend I went back and forth trying to decide whether or not to put away the winter items and get out our spring/summer things. After looking at the 10-day forecast maps, our winter clothes are now in the closet, the outdoor grill was out of the garage and cooking all sorts of yummy food, and the kids were throwing water balloons and playing with the sprinkler!

This ridiculously-warm stretch of weather is expected to last through Wednesday with highs generally in the mid- 70s expected. We may even see a few thunderstorms today! Temperatures do look to cool off a bit for the second half of the week, but should still be in the 60s to near 70, making this go from ridiculous to just very warm. Consider that our normal high temperature for this date is 41 and we should all be especially appreciative! 41 people! Seriously!

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

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today’s Conditions: Some sunshine this morning, otherwise cloudy, breezy and remaining ridiculously mild with scattered thunderstorms developing. Nothing severe is expected in Wisconsin.
Today’s High Temps: Slightly “cooler” with a high of “only” 75.
Today’s Winds: Breezy from the south.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from three different NOAA weather models)
Appleton: Highs 75-77.
Madison: Highs 73-78.
Milwaukee: Highs 71-72.
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/mos/getall.pl?sta =KATW&sta=KMSN&sta=KMKE

Tonight: Scattered thunderstorms in the evening, then variably cloudy overnight. Lows near 60.

Tomorrow’s Conditions: Sunshine and clouds. Still awesome.
Tomorrow’s Temps: Highs in the mid- 70s.
Tomorrow’s Winds: Breezy from the south.

Extended Outlook:
Conditions: Maybe a rain shower on Wednesday and/or Thursday, with a better chance of rain on Friday. Should be dry this weekend, unless some rain showers linger into Saturday morning.
High Temperatures: Mid- 70s on Wednesday, then temperatures drop just a bit, into the 60s to near 70 for Thursday through Sunday. Still awesome when our average high temperature for this date is 41!
Extended Forecast Confidence: Medium

Weather in the News:

Winter storm closes 180 miles of I-40 in Arizona
http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/18/us/winter-storm/ind ex.html

Forecasters: Warm weather here to stay
http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/15/us/warm-spring/inde x.html

Today Outside of Wisconsin:

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota:
Conditions: Breezy with scattered thunderstorms.
High Temperatures: Mid- 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.htm l
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USMN0503

Anna, Illinois:
Conditions: Mostly cloudy and breezy.
High Temperatures: Near 80.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USIL0033

League City, Texas:
Wind Advisory in effect until 7 am CDT Tuesday...
Conditions: Windy with scattered thunderstorms.
High Temperatures: Lower 80s.
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: Mid- 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: Morning fog, then isolated thunderstorms.
High Temperatures: Near 80.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USNC0121

Las Vegas, Nevada:
Conditions: Sunshine.
High Temperatures: Upper 50s. Brrr!
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USNV0040

Davenport, Florida:
Conditions: Partly cloudy.
High Temperatures: Mid- 80s.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USFL0104

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