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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 blog! The returns of Robins, geese flying north, and the snow melting away are all signs that Spring is almost here. While I think we have at least one more round of wintry weather in our future, there are many more signs of spring than winter in our area.
Just a couple of days ago I was walking around the side of my house and was pleasantly surprised to see flowers already in bloom. The southeast side of my house gets the most sunlight, and as a result the soil is a little warmer. I took this picture of a flower that was completely open, it was about 3 feet away from the house.
A couple of feet from the single flower was a group that was just starting to bloom. I’m not sure what kind of flowers these are, but if anyone wants to let me know feel free. All I know is the flowers must tolerate temperatures in the 20s well, because since I took these pictures overnight lows have dipped well below freezing in my area.
Good news for plants, and people, is that a big warm-up arrives for Wednesday and Thursday. Highs on Wednesday should reach the low 50s in Milwaukee with a good deal of sunshine. That sunshine will be partially erased heading into Thursday…but the warmth will not.
Check out the RPM temperature forecast map for 3pm Thursday(St. Patrick’s Day)! This indicated low to mid 60s inland, with 50s hugging areas closer to Lake Michigan. Just click on the map to enlarge.
Along with the warm weather, a few rain showers are also possible. I think by the end of Thursday, most if not all of the snow in our area should be gone outside of piles.
But once the snow is gone, will it stay that way until next fall or winter? Hard to give a solid answer, but I still believe that around March 22-24 a dose of wintry weather could hit the area. This is the much talked about ‘signature’ storm of this year’s pattern.
The models will continue to show all kinds of different solutions heading into next week. While my thoughts on the storm have not changed(rain and snow), the 12Z GFS forecast for early on March 23 seems to have the right idea. This would bring rain and potentially some heavy snow to parts of the upper Midwest. I would expect the surface low to be stronger than what is shown below.
Once this storms passes by a pocket of cold air should drop south and bring colder than average weather to the region. If we didn’t know about the LRC, or Lezak’s Recurring Cycle, we would just think this storm is a random event, but in reality this will be the 4th time this feature has occurred in the pattern! Pretty amazing!
One final thing, the entire Weather Watch 12 team will be presenting ‘Spring Discovery’ at Discovery World here in Milwaukee on Sunday, March 27 from 1:30-3:00pm. This is a program open to the public that will go over many aspects of severe weather. Included in the talk will be video presentations, and a look at our new tornado simulator. We would love to see you at Discovery World on March 27 and meet you after the show.
Have a great day!