Weekend Ends Mild

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Thank you for spending part of your weekend with us on the Weather Watch 12 blog!  Clouds and areas of fog hung tough across the region on Saturday.  Finally by the afternoon the sun was out and it felt great outside!  Due to the delay in the arrival of the sun, temperatures a little cooler than I expected, but still around 30. 

This and really anytime of the year the sun plays such a large role in temperatures.  A great example is from Saturday afternoon.  While Milwaukee broke out into the sun after lunchtime, locations like Houghton, MI in the U.P. and also International Falls, MN had sun all day long.  These are typically two cold locations, but both made it into the low 40s on Saturday! 

Here is the surface map from shortly after 2pm.  Both International Falls and Houghton were sitting at 40 degrees, while Milwaukee was at 27!

Once again tonight with areas of fog and low clouds will develop.  Depending on how dense the fog becomes will determine once again how quickly we can warm up on Sunday.  Remember, if it is foggy the sun’s energy goes into evaporating the fog/low clouds, not warming up the surface.  Only once the fog is gone does the sun really help to boost temperatures.

By noon on Sunday many areas should be in the upper 20s to around 30 degrees.  If there is more sun early, then a few degrees warmer, while is the fog is thick, then a few degrees cooler.  By afternoon those temperatures should warm into the 30s, closing the weekend on a mild note.

Below is a forecast temperature map for noon on Sunday, from the 12Z NAM.  This is one of the computer models we often look at when making a forecast.

This coming week looks pretty quiet through at least Wednesday, if not Thursday.  After that the focus will shift to the storm we have been talking about for the last month.  I will reintroduce the LRC, a weather pattern theory that helps make accurate long range forecast of a month or more.  This is a fascinating theory, and one that anyone can follow.  We’ll talk more about that in the coming days.

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Have a great Sunday and thank you for making Weather Watch 12 your #1 source for weather information!

Jeremy Nelson

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6 Responses

  1. Hi Jeremy! We sure do miss you “back home” – you’ve been missing an exciting LRC weather pattern. I’m SO done with the snow! Aargh!

    Laura (a/k/a HummerSeeker)

    • Laura,

      I haven’t missed the LRC pattern, I’ve been sharing it with everyone in Milwaukee. The storm coming up for the 24th I talked about at length in the January forecast that I made on December 29. This storm should surprise no one:) Thanks for stopping by!

      Jeremy

  2. Hello,
    I live in Oconomowoc, WI. When are we going to see some snow? Anything above 2 inches is good, as I am anxious to get back out snow plowing. Thanks

    • Joe, the next good chance for rain or snow will come our way next weekend. The overall pattern is going to get more active soon! Thanks for the question! Jeremy

  3. Greetings from the Lomira/Brownsville area,
    It is another foggy morning up this way. We never broke any sun yesterday, so the frost hanging in the trees and bushes never melted. This morning we have a very heavy coating of frost on everything…looks beautiful, but the weight of it is snapping branches on some trees. Hope we get some sun today. I’m ready for spring.

    • Cliff,

      Thanks for the note. The hoar frost was incredible this morning. I just wrote a blog about it. Mild all week, but we have a lot more winter to go. Have a great day.

      Mark

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