More Rain, Lots of Wind…South Slammed

***Watch WISN 12 News all weekend for updates on the rain and wet weather!***

Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 blog!  Right on cue, scattered showers arrived Friday Night and continued on and off for the better part of Saturday.  Rain totals have ranged from a few one hundredths…to around a half inch as of 6 p.m. Saturday.

If you have a rain total to share, please post it to the comments section of the blog.  We are always looking to share your totals on WISN 12 News.

The storm that has given Wisconsin cool and wet weather, has provided parts of the Mississippi Valley and South with dangerous storms.  This storm system has produced over 60 tornadoes in the past 2 days.  The storm reports have been numerous.  Here are the storm reports just for Saturday, thru 6 p.m.


One thing this map is lacking, are reports in the upper Midwest and Great Lakes.  That is due to a warm front staying well to our south.  In order for severe weather to occur, 3 ingredients are needed; moisture, lift, and instability.  With a cool and cloudy airmass in place, southeast Wisconsin is lacking the instability ingredient.

As the main area of low pressure surges north Saturday Night into early Sunday…periods of rain and thunderstorms are expected.  Some of the rain may be heavy at times.  When the rain ends sometime Sunday, a few spots could see 1.50″ to 2.00″ of rain.  Here is the latest rainfall forecast from our in-house RPM model.


Remember…you can track the rain day or night by using our interactive radar.  Check it out…you can zoom in to any location.

Along with a few showers on Sunday, winds will be very gusty.  A few wind gust will likely approach 40 mph!  Talk about a raw day!

If you follow the blog…you know that I have been expecting this wet period that we are now in.  Below is from a blog entry that I did April 13.  The reference to the late March blog…was an entry posted March 30.  Enjoy!


Back in late March I issued the long range forecast for April and May.  In discussing April I said the pattern would be active, and that Milwaukee would very likely see over 4.00″ of precipitation.  We are now 13 days into the month, and precipitation has been recorded on 8 of the days, totaling 2.05″ at Milwaukee-Mitchell. 

In the April forecast that I said the final 8-9 days of April would be wet, with some areas picking up 2″ of rain in this timeframe.  What did I base this on?

Let’s look back at the previous 3 cycles that correspond to roughly April 20-29 here in Milwaukee.

October 20-28

  • Rain recorded on all days but 1
  • Rain total in this period: 2.85″

December 20-28

  • Rain or snow recorded on all days
  • Precipitation in this period: 1.70″
  • Snow total: 6.8″

February 20-28

  • Rain or snow recorded on all days but 1
  • Precipitation total during period: 0.34″
  • Snow total: 5.4″

Have a great weekend and watch WISN 12 News for the updates!

Jeremy Nelson


2 Responses

  1. Our storm total in Sheboygan is up to 1.08 in. We had another period of moderate to heavy rain this morning.

    • Thanks, Robert.


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