More 70s…WISN Spotter Training

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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 blog!  This afternoon WISN 12 welcomed Rusty Kapela from the National Weather Service to our station.  Rusty gave a spotter training class to our staff.  With severe weather season upon us, we want all of our reporters and photographers to provide accurate reports from the field during severe weather coverage. 

Below are a couple of pictures.  Rusty showed a lot of cool and informative pictures and video.  This was the first slide of his presentation.

Next a picture of Rusty Kapela(center), Mark Baden, and myself.

A huge thank you to Rusty from the staff of WISN!

Giving accurate and timely field reports is critical during severe weather situations.  You can be sure that Weather Watch 12 and WISN 12 News will keep you safe this severe weather season!

Let’s shift and discuss the current weather.  Spring 2010 has been unseasonably warm to this point across Southeast Wisconsin.  We are now thru 13 days and the numbers resemble those of late May or even June.  Here is a breakdown of the warm stats for Milwaukee – Mitchell.

  • Average monthly temperaure: 52.1  +9.8
  • 5 days with highs of 70 or higher
  • Only 1 morning below freezing, 29 degrees April 9
  • Rainfall: 2.05″  +0.43″

The combination of warm temperatures this month and abundant moisture has put flowers and trees across our area about 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule.

Below is a picture that I took of Daffodils about 2 weeks ago!  These began to bloom when highs soared into the low 80s the first 2 days of April.

If you have any weather or environment picture to share please upload it to the U-Local section of!  Once your picture is on U-Local, we may show it on one of our WISN 12 newscasts. 

The flowers and trees, along with people, should love the next couple of days.  Highs both Wednesday and Thursday should warm into the 70s across the region.  Areas right near Lake Michigan that cool down with a southeast wind will be cooler, but no surprise there.

With a southwest wind on Thursday, even the lake shore locations should enjoy a warm day.  Below is the 12Z NAM temperature forecast for 1 p.m. on Thursday.  Notice that all of Southeast Wisconsin is within the 75 degree contour.

Once the winds turn to the northeast on Friday, much cooler temperatures will return to the region.  A sweatshirt or light jacket may be needed by the weekend.  We’ll dive into the weekend forecast more in Thursday’s blog.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook at WeatherWatch 12  and also on Twitter!  The most updated and accurate forecasts in Milwaukee are on WISN 12 news.  Have a great day and feel free to leave your thoughts and questions in the interacative comments section of the blog.

Jeremy Nelson


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