More Clouds & Tracking Rain

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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 blog!  The wettest July on record in Milwaukee is about to come to a close, but not before more rain may add to our record total.

If you have outdoor plans from Friday evening through Saturday don’t cancel them, but just keep a heads up that a few showers are possible.  The best way to keep track of rain day or night is with our interactive radar.  Just click on the link below!  Keep in mind you can pan and zoom the radar to your desired location.

www.wisn.com/irad 

After a mainly dry afternoon Friday, the chance of showers will creep up during the evening hours.  A little better chance of rain will move in overnight and into Saturday.  At this time a few thunderstorms will also be possible.  If thunderstorms do move in, they may contain downpours, but any heavy rain totals should stay out of our region.

One reason that widespread heavy rain should stay away is that dew points are much lower than when our recent heavy rain occurred.  Thunderstorms love moisture, and the higher the dew point generally the higher the water content in the storms. 

Below is an updated rainfall forecast from our in-house high resolution computer model.  Totals of an inch or more should stay in southwest Wisconsin and north of Green Bay. 

Just a slight shift to the north or south and parts of our area could see more rain, so watch WISN 12 News for live radar and updated rainfall forecasts.

If you have a rain guage and the rain finds your backyard, please post your total in the comments section of the blog, or on our Facebook page WeatherWatch 12  We always love to show viewer totals from across the region on WISN 12 News!

Looking down the road to early next week, temperatures are going to climb and dew points may soar.  Yes, that means it will be hot and humid.  The two warmest days next week should be Monday and Tuesday.  By Tuesday, the dew points may be near 75 across far southern Wisconsin.  Below is a dew point forecast map from the GFS.  This shows a band of dew points from 75-79!  That would be tropical to say the least.  I labled Milwaukee with a ‘*’.

We will monitor not only the potential for high dew points for next week, but also in the short term the latest on rain chances on WISN 12 News! 

Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Nelson

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5 Responses

  1. I’m on a trip in Sebring, FL right now, and at 9 a.m. the dew point here is already 77 degrees (temp 85, going up to 97). Leaving my hotel, feels like walking into an oven. Ugh…

  2. Does it really matter that we’re getting lucky enough to dodge any real hot temperatures this year when every time we get into the mid to upper 80s the dew points do us the unpleasant favor of spiking our heat indexes into the low to mid 90s every time.

  3. I guess luck is relative. I know a bit further south, we have felt lucky too to some extent we have not gotten into the upper 90s. Right now, we sit around 96/72. Lucky us.

    I think in the next two weeks as the southern plains ridge begins to build up again, we [in our area] may see a few 100+ degree readings in the area. Possible it could come with 70s dewpoints. Joy.

    • Live up north to escape intense heat… live down south to escape cold, snowy winters… live out west to escape severe weather… but it seems in the central US including KC, you guys get the intense heat and severe storms of the summer and also occasional snowstorms and cold outbreaks in the winter. You do get rewarded with spells of early spring and late fall warmth though.

      • Daniel,

        I loved the KC weather, while it did get cold in the winter, it rarely lasts long. And only about 20″ of snow a winter.

        Jeremy

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