Hail Video, Rain Totals, & The Weekend

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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 Blog!  The typical temperature swings of Fall are upon us, and more are in the forecast.  In this blog entry we will look at rain totals from Friday morning and then look ahead to the weekend.

But first, let’s start with some home video of huge hail that fell in Wichita, KS on Wednesday.  The hail was baseball to grapefruit in size.  The clip below is from YouTube and is only about 25 seconds long.  Check it out!   

If you ever find yourself in hail like this stay indoors, and if you are trapped in your vehicle try to find an overpass, garage, or overhang to pull under.  Hail of this size is nothing to mess with!

While the Plains were hit with severe weather Wednesday and very early Thursday, southeast Wisconsin only saw scattered areas of showers and t-storms.  Many of you may be asking, where was the rain that was in the forecast?  Before we answer that question, let’s look at rain totals from locations that did see morning showers.

  • Kenosha  0.43″
  • Fond du Lac  0.23″
  • Racine  0.04″
  • Sheboygan  0.01″
  • Milwaukee  Trace

While parts of our viewing area had 0.25″ to 0.50″ of rain, the majority of locations had very little.  The main reason was the center of low pressure was right on top of much of our area.  The favored spots for rain to occur when a storm passes by is either north or south of the low.  That is why in the totals above, northern and southern areas saw the bulk of the rain.

Remember, if you have a rain total to share we would love for you to post it to the comments section of the blog.  Any totals that we receive may end up on WISN 12 News!

Just as one push of cool air moves by, another will sweep in for the weekend.  The timing and exact position of a cold front will greatly impact our weather for Saturday.  I will be the first to admit that the forecast for Saturday is not easy.  Many models are saying many different things.  As of this writing(Thursday) I am going with highs in the 60s and a few spotty showers. 

Confidence is high when it comes to highs staying in the 60s.  In regards to the threat for rain and the timing, my confidence is lower.

Let’s look at two different computer models.  The first is from the 18Z GFS.  This paints green across southeast Wisconsin at 7 a.m. Saturday.  The green represents rain.  This particular model gives our area a chance of showers early in the day and then pushes the cold front to the south.

Model #2…the 18Z NAM.  This model is slower with the cold front, meaning a chance of showers during the afternoon or evening.  The map below is valid at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Make sure to watch WISN 12 News for the latest data and updates on the weekend forecast.

Have a great day!

Jeremy Nelson


3 Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing that video… that hail is crazy! We saw some slightly bigger than that several years ago when we were in Oconomowoc 🙂

    • Dan,

      Are you talking about the April hailstorm in 2006? I was working in Madison then and we had slightly bigger than golfball size hail hit when I was at work. My car had about $3000 in damage!


  2. Jeremy – remember the hail you saw when you did your chase? Imagine how this would have been! There was a 7+ inch in diameter hailstone that was found in West Wichita. Likely will be the largest hailstone found in KS.

    It weighed over a pound.

    On another note, your analysis for Saturday could apply here as well. Tough forecast indeed!

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