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A rain event like many have never seen in their lifetime hit the Milwaukee metro area on Thursday. Thunderstorms began in parts of the area around 3 p.m., and continued all evening long.
July 22, 2010 will forever be etched in the weather record books as one of the all-time wettest days in Milwaukee’s history. Here is a breakdown of the rain numbers that occurred at Milwaukee’s Mitchell Airport on Thursday.
Rain total: 5.61″
Greatest 24 hour rain totals ever in Milwaukee:
1) 6.81″ August 6, 1986
2) 5.61″ July 22, 2010
3) 5.40″ June 23, 1917
4) 4.92″ June 7, 2008
This brings the July monthly rain total up to 9.27″ for Milwaukee! And more rain is on the way for Friday and Saturday!
The pictures that our viewers have sent in have been amazing! You can see a complete gallery at the U-Local section of WISN.com
The first picture comes from WISN 12 News reporter Mike Anderson at North Avenue and Oakland. A sinkhole swallowed up this SUV. I’ve lived in Minnesota and Wisconsin for almost my entire life, and have never experienced anything like this!
One viewer sent in this photo of her car stalled in high water, she made it out safely, and then took this picture of her car. Please, please, please do not drive into a flooded roadway or intersection.
Along with the pouring rain, there were numerous reports of funnel clouds and a couple of brief tornadoes. This picture from Janet Hack of Fort Atkinson captures the likely funnel that was near her location. Just a reminder, without seeing video, it is tough to determine if this feature was rotating. Certainly a great picture!
The rain totals from this event were amazing across the region. Here is a list, and please add your total to the comments section of the blog.
Below is the NEXRAD radar estimates(click to enlarge). The NWS noted that the radar UNDERESTIMATED the rain totals by 30-50%. So the red dot near North Milwaukee is estimated at 5″. However, rain guages in that part of the city registered an impressive 7.49″ at the City of Milwaukee Fire Station. 5.72″ of that rain fell in just 2 hours!
Here are just a few rain totals from across the area from Thursday. Please post your totals to the comments section of the blog.
- North Milwaukee 7.50″
- Sherman Park 7.00″
- Milwaukee Mitchell Airport 5.61″
- Lisbon 5.57″
- Greenfield 5.17″
- Hartland 5.00″
- Waukesha 4.17″
- Newburg 3.50″
- 20th & College 3.00″
- New Berlin 3.00″
Please send in your pictures or video to the U-Local section of WISN.com and tune to WISN 12 for the latest weather updates!