Ugly Weekend, Beneficial Rain

After being spoiled the first half of April, it is really tough to take a weekend like the one we just had. Cloudy, rainy, windy, and cold. Not a good combination. However, it is not all bad news. We needed the rain. Our rainfall deficit for 2010 was almost five inches coming into Saturday. An inch of rain on Saturday and another .25″ on Sunday put a nice dent in our lack of rain. Most of our deficit was due to a very dry March. We are now above average for April rainfall. Besides the bad timing of the rain for the weekend, the heavy rain never made it up north where they are in the midst of a severe drought.

The above image is the drought monitor across the United States. Thankfully, there are very few areas of the country in the midst of a bad drought.

The above image is zoomed in to show the drought conditions in northern Wisconsin. If you have been up north lately, you probably have seen the lower lake levels. Hopefully, this will improve as we move into the recreation seasons.

As for our rain totals this weekend, take a look:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
SPOTTER REPORTS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN  WI
1033 AM CDT SUN APR 25 2010

LISTED BELOW ARE RAINFALL TOTALS FOR THE MOST RECENT RAIN
EVENT. DATA IS FOR THE TIME PERIOD BEGINNING THE EVENING
OF FRIDAY APRIL 23…AND LASTING THROUGH 7 AM SUNDAY APRIL 25.
RAINFALL MEASUREMENT IS IN INCHES.

LOCATION              AMOUNT
——–              ——
AFTON                  1.05
ALLENTOWN              1.85
ARGYLE                 0.84
BARABOO                1.21
BEAVER DAM             1.56
BELOIT                 0.25
BENTON                 0.91
BERLIN                 1.34
BLACK EARTH            0.95
BLANCHARDVILLE         1.20
BRODHEAD               1.40
BROOKFIELD             2.27
BROWN DEER             2.47
BURLINGTON             0.89
CALEDONIA              0.84
CAMPBELLSPORT          1.17
CEDARBURG              3.07
DELAVAN                0.68
EAGLE                  1.33
ELKHART LAKE           2.00
FOND DU LAC            1.50
FT. ATKINSON           1.80
FRANKLIN               1.78
HALES CORNERS          1.50
HARTFORD               1.77
HORICON                1.74
HOLY HILL              3.72
JACKSON                3.07
JEFFERSON              1.93
JUNEAU                 1.44
KENOSHA                0.57
LONE ROCK              1.02
LYONS                  0.85
MADISON                0.87
MEQUON                 2.51
MILTON                 1.45
MILWAUKEE AIRPORT      1.19
MT MARY COLLEGE        2.35
MONROE                 1.23
MT. HOREB              1.45
NORTH PRAIRIE          1.69
OCONOMOWOC             2.45
PADDOCK LAKE           0.88
PORTAGE                1.09
PORT WASHINGTON        1.98
POYNETTE               1.07
RACINE                 0.78
RICHFIELD              2.73
REEDSBURG              0.76
SAINT FRANCIS          1.08
SAUK CITY              0.83
SAUKVILLE              3.02
SHEBOYGAN              2.15
SLINGER                2.80
TAYCHEEDAH             1.55
TWIN LAKES             0.83
WATERFORD              1.32
WATERLOO               1.13
WATERTOWN              2.07
WAUKESHA               1.88
WAYNE                  1.62
WEST ALLIS             1.44
WEST BEND              2.50
WFO MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN 1.44
WHITEWATER             1.11
WISCONSIN DELLS        1.09

The largest totals were in Ozaukee and Washington counties where some places picked up more than 3″. The above totals were from spotters. We would love to have our blog readers send in your rain totals and any severe reports in the future to this blog or our weather watch 12 facebook page.

The above image is from the NEXRAD radar from the National Weather Service in Sullivan. NEXRAD radar has the ability to estimate rainfall totals from the storm. Take a look at the totals and see how it compares to the actual reports.

We dry out nicely this week and we warm up mid-week. We are going to have to start mowing our lawns every other day. Nice shot at rain and possible thunderstorms on Thursday night. Thanks for reading.

Mark

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