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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 Blog! This past Wednesday right here in the blog I began discussing our chances for severe weather on Friday. That chance played out and resulted in damaging winds of 60-70 mph across parts of our viewing area.
The hardest hit locations were in southern Jefferson county, and in Washington county. The damage from the storms was likely the result of a downburst or microburst. A downburst is a strong downdraft which includes an outburst of potentially damaging winds on or near the ground. If the diameter of the downburst is less than 2.5 miles, it is called a microburst.
The diagram below gives a fairly simple overview of a microburst. This is from the Encyclopedia Britannica.
So what did the downburst look like near West Bend this evening? Jake Stehli took this photo near Richfield as the winds were descending out of the storm. The winds are contained within the greyish column of air/rain in the middle part of the picture.
As Jake passed by Richfield on Highway 41, he caught this amazing shot of a cloud to ground lightning strike. Also, notice the huge flag that is completely extended out as the strong winds were picking up.
Finally, the result of the wind gusts to 60-70 mph were a lot of downed trees. This picture is from West Bend where scenes like this were all too common. This tree survived many storms over the years, but not this one. Thank you to Bob Kay for the picture!
Another area hit by downburst/microburst winds was Sheboygan. This picture posted to the U-Local section of WISN.com was taken on Franklin Street. Another old tree was not match for the wind.
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For the weekend, a shower or storm may hang around into the early morning hours of Saturday, the rest of the weekend should be mainly dry and severe weather free. A few showers could develop Saturday afternoon, but at this point don’t cancel your outdoor plans!
Make sure to watch WISN 12 for the latest on the weekend!