Wisconsin Weather Update for May 18, 2012.

By: HaleStorm , 12:41 PM GMT on May 18, 2012

Sunny and warmer!

We’ve got a couple days of mild summer weather ahead of us with lots of sunshine and highs probably breaking the 80-degree mark! An area of high pressure currently centered in the New England area is blocking an approaching low pressure system (currently in the Plains states) from moving into our area. This is why I expect sunshine through tomorrow, and that southerly wind ahead of the low will bring in mild air for most of the weekend. Eventually that low pressure system will start moving along again, so I suspect at some point on Sunday we’ll see some scattered storms developing, followed by a small cool-down late Sunday and into Monday. Next week looks mostly dry with temperatures remaining above normal for yet another week.

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

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today’s Conditions: Sunny and warmer!
Today’s High Temps: Near 81 today!
Today’s Winds: Somewhat breezy from the south.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from three different NOAA weather models)
Appleton: Highs 77-78.
Madison: Highs 81-82.
Milwaukee: Highs 72-73.
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/mos/getall.pl?sta =KATW&sta=KMSN&sta=KMKE

Tonight: Clear sky. Lows in the mid- 50s.

Tomorrow’s Conditions: More sunshine, still warm! Increasing clouds late in the day.
Tomorrow’s Temps: Highs in the lower 80s. Lows near 60.
Tomorrow’s Winds: Still breezy from the south.

Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Nothing severe is expected at this point. Highs in the mid- to upper 70s. Chance of rain 75%.

Next Week’s Outlook:
Conditions: Maybe a lingering shower Monday morning, otherwise we should stay dry through mid-week. Our next chance of showers and storms looks like it might arrive late on Thursday or on Friday.
High Temperatures: Near 70 to start the week, then maybe getting close to 80 again toward the end of next week.
Extended Forecast Confidence: Medium to High

Weather in the News:

Could This Be the Warmest Spring on Record?
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php ?wfo=mkx&storyid=83200&source=0

Partial Solar Eclipse to Occur in Southern Wisconsin Sunday, May 20th
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php ?wfo=mkx&storyid=83156&source=0

Coming Soon: Wireless Emergency Alerts on Your Mobile Device
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php ?wfo=grb&storyid=83063&source=0

Summer forecast sparks concern over fires, water shortages
http://www.usatoday.com/weather/forecast/story/20 12-05-17/summer-forecast/55045076/1

Today Outside of Wisconsin:

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota:
Conditions: Mostly sunny, breezy and hot.
High Temperatures: Near 90!
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.htm l
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USMN0503

Anna, Illinois:
Conditions: Sunny and warm.
High Temperatures: Mid- 80s.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USIL0033

League City, Texas:
Conditions: Partly cloudy and breezy.
High Temperatures: Mid- to upper 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: Windy with storms developing later today.
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: Mostly cloudy.
High Temperatures: Upper 70s.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USNC0121

Las Vegas, Nevada:
Conditions: Sunny and breezy.
High Temperatures: Near 90.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USNV0040

Davenport, Florida:
Conditions: Isolated afternoon storms. Meh.
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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