Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences degree from UW-Madison: 1998. Former broadcast Meteorologist for NewsRadio 1310 WIBA in Madison. NWS Storm Spotter.
By: HaleStorm , 1:02 PM GMT on October 19, 2012
Drizzly Friday, cloudy Saturday, sunny and warmer Sunday, “wet and mild” next week.
See what I did there? That’s “wet and mild” next week, not “wet and wild”, unfortunately, although our family is heading for an indoor waterpark, so the “wet and wild” forecast would be accurate in our case. An area of low pressure is centered in southwestern Wisconsin, and will keep the clouds, drizzle, and occasional rain showers in the area today. Our temperatures will stay in the 40s for most of the day as well, topping out just above 50. The rain should end by tonight as the low moves off to the east, although the clouds may linger through tomorrow. We should warm up quite a bit on Sunday as a strong southerly wind approaches ahead of our next weather system for Monday. Highs should break 60 Sunday, and could even get near 70 on Tuesday.
Today’s Forecast Grade: C
Short-Term Forecast Confidence: Medium
Today’s Conditions: Clouds and drizzle, with some scattered rain showers too. Chance of rain 75%.
Today’s High Temps: Near 52 today.
Today’s Winds: Light from the north.
Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from three different NOAA weather models)
Appleton: Highs 50-51.
Madison: Highs 47-53.
Milwaukee: Highs 50-54.
This Evening: Still cloudy, but the showers should taper off. Temps in the 40s.
Tomorrow’s Conditions: More clouds than sunshine. Probably no rain though.
Tomorrow’s Temps: Wake up near 40, highs in the mid- 50s. Lows tomorrow night near 40.
Tomorrow’s Winds: Light from the northwest.
Sunday: Sunshine with a few clouds, and warmer! Highs in the lower 60s east-central, mid- 60s south.
Next Week’s Outlook:
Conditions: Could be another wet week! Showers likely on Monday and into midday Tuesday. Another batch of rain arrives midday Wednesday, with rain likely all the way through Saturday! There will probably be a few breaks in the rain during that stretch, although the rain could also be heavy at times since this storm system looks like it could be pretty strong. Things may get windy along the way as well.
High Temperatures: Mild, in the 60s through Thursday before dropping back to near 50 on Friday. We could even break 70 on Tuesday!
Extended Forecast Confidence: Medium
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Today Outside of Wisconsin:
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota:
Conditions: Scattered rain showers.
High Temperatures: Lower 50s.
High Temperatures: Upper 50s.
League City, Texas:
High Temperatures: Lower 80s.
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina:
Conditions: Scattered morning showers, then sunshine.
High Temperatures: Near 80.
Charlotte, North Carolina:
Conditions: Sunny. Becoming breezy.
High Temperatures: Mid- 70s.
Las Vegas, Nevada:
High Temperatures: Lower 80s.
Conditions: Isolated afternoon/evening thundershowers.
High Temperatures: Upper 80s.
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