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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 blog! After a long evening of tracking severe weather across the area on Monday, the next round of storms is beginning to come together across the Midwest for early Wednesday.
The timing of any thunderstorms or severe weather that may arrive in southeast Wisconsin should hold off until after 3 a.m. The main threat with storm overnight and into Wednesday morning would be heavy rain(1″-2″+ in spots) and also damaging winds. The Storm Prediction Center has placed southeast Wisconsin in the MODERATE risk area for severe weather on Wednesday. See the map below.
After the possible morning round of thunderstorms, the questions mount. If, and this is a big if, the sun breaks out for several hours, the cold front does not arrive until 2 p.m. or later, and temperatures warm into the mid-80s, we could see a second round of thunderstorms on Wednesday. This round would also have the potential to be severe! The second round threats would be strong winds, hail, and isolated tornadoes.
My confidence is high for an early morning round of strong storms, but low for the afternoon potential for more storms. No matter what time of day the storms arrive, you can track them with our interactive radar. Just click below.
The cleanup was underway on Tuesday in parts of Jefferson and Waukesha counties as 3 tornadoes hit the area. The power of mother nature always amazes me. When tornadoes hit, the safest place to be is in a basement or the lowest level of your home. This picture from Eagle shows a 2X4 turning into a missile and cutting right into this car.
The National Weather Service did a storm survey Tuesday and put out their assessment of the damage and also rated the tornadoes. Below is the tornado rating of each storm and the estimated wind speed.
- Busseyville (SW Jefferson County), EF-1 Winds: 90-100 mph
- Eagle (Waukesha County), EF-2 Winds: 125-130 mph
- Muskego (Waukesha Conty), EF-1 Winds: 100 mph
The National Weather Service has a great write-up with many more maps and details of the tornadoes. Just click on the link below to view the story.
Covering severe weather is a part of the job that I do enjoy, because I like helping people. A majority of viewers do not have weather radios, or are not online when a watch or warning is issued. So communicating a warning via tv is the best way to keep people safe. Monday evening did require cutting into programming to alert first those in Jefferson county of a TORNADO warning, and then later those that live in Waukesha, Milwaukee, and Racine counties. We always use our best judgement in determining how long a cut-in will last, and if our coverage goes wall to wall. Monday evening was one of those cases. I’ve been a Meteorologist for 10 years, and without fail, emails pour in the second a weather cut-in interrupts a show. I understand being frustrated, but we need to look at the big picture and keeping people safe is priority #1 for Weather Watch 12.
With that said…here is just one of the emails that I received. Enjoy!
“enough already; how many times do you need to repeat yourself with sensational tornado reports. bachelorette!”
Make sure to keep it tuned to WISN 12 for the latest. If severe weather strikes, we will keep you updated! You can also follow our forecasts on Facebook: WeatherWatch 12 and also on Twitter: WISN12News And remember…please post your storm photos to the U-Local section of WISN.com!