Wisconsin Weather Update for March 23, 2012.

By: HaleStorm , 12:50 PM GMT on March 23, 2012

Rain today, sunshine and clouds this weekend. Cooler but still very mild.
This unprecedented streak of over a week of high temperatures close to forty (40) degrees above normal ended yesterday, when we were ONLY thirty (30) degrees above normal. I know, terrible, right? Well, prepare to gasp, because we may only be twenty (20) degrees above normal this weekend, then only ten (10) degrees above normal for much of next week.
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php ?wfo=mkx&storyid=80604&source=0

The strong, lingering areas of low pressure to our west and high pressure to our east that brought us that record-setting warmth are finally starting to move off, and cooler air is slowly returning to the Great Lakes region. I didn’t see any arctic plunges of nasty cold in the forecast, but cooler air will start returning and will be more noticeable next week when our highs may only be in the 50s. But hey, that’s still above our normal high of the mid- 40s, so we should still be happy about it. Really. So while the A/C and the kids’ sprinkler in the backyard got a little bit of action already, we will probably ignore both again for a while. As we should. It’s March, after all.

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

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today’s Conditions: Cloudy with scattered showers. Maybe a thunderstorm. Chance of rain near 100%.
Today’s High Temps: Cooler than yesterday but still very mild, high of 63 east-central, mid- to upper 60s south.
Today’s Winds: Just a little breezy from the east.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from three different NOAA weather models)
Appleton: Highs 64-68.
Madison: Highs 70-75.
Milwaukee: Highs 66-68.
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/mos/getall.pl?sta =KATW&sta=KMSN&sta=KMKE

Tonight: Cloudy with lingering showers gradually ending. Lows in the low to mid- 50s.

Tomorrow’s Conditions: Mostly cloudy.
Tomorrow’s Temps: Highs in the mid- 60s east-central, upper 60s south. Lows tomorrow night near 50.
Tomorrow’s Winds: Light from the northeast.

Sunday: Partly cloudy and slightly cooler. Highs near 60 east-central, mid- 60s south.

Next Week’s Outlook:
Conditions: Windy with showers on Tuesday, then more rain on Friday. Maybe.
High Temperatures: Generally in the 55-60 range, although Wednesday could spike well into the 60s. Still well above normal.
Extended Forecast Confidence: Medium

Weather in the News:

Clintonville, WI did Experience an Earthquake
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php ?wfo=mkx&storyid=80965&source=0

Tornado touches down in Texas, causing damage and injuries
http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/19/us/weather/index.ht ml

Today Outside of Wisconsin:

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota:
Conditions: Scattered showers.
High Temperatures: Mid- 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.htm l
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USMN0503

Anna, Illinois:
Conditions: Showers and thunderstorms.
High Temperatures: Upper 60s.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USIL0033

League City, Texas:
Conditions: Sunshine!
High Temperatures: Near 80.
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: Isolated thunderstorms.
High Temperatures: Upper 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: Showers and thunderstorms becoming likely.
High Temperatures: Near 80.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USNC0121

Las Vegas, Nevada:
Conditions: Mostly sunny and breezy.
High Temperatures: Near 80.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USNV0040

Davenport, Florida:
Conditions: Scattered daytime thunderstorms. You know, the usual.
High Temperatures: Upper 80s.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USFL0104

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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