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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 blog! It was nearly 4 months in the making, but temperatures reached 60 degrees in Milwaukee on Wednesday! The last 60 degree reading in the city was back on November 22. That day included a high of 65, but also severe weather in our area.
Wednesday’s weather was so great that I had the pleasure of working on a Spring fever story. Below is a picture of the Milwaukee Pierhead Lighthouse and beautiful blue skies!
The surface map below shows the big ‘6-0’ in Milwaukee. The red numbers are air temperatures at 3pm Wednesday, and the green numbers are the dew point values. Notice parts of Nebraska had temperatures in the 70s.
Another round of 60s are possible on St. Patrick’s Day. If temperatures climb to 63 or better, it would be one of the 5 warmest in the history of Milwaukee! Here is a list of the top 5 warmest and coldest St. Patrick’s Days.
TOP FIVE MAXIMUM TEMPS TOP FIVE MINIMUM TEMPS
TEMP YEAR TEMP YEAR
—- —- —- —-
75.0 2009 -7.0 1941
73.0 1966 -3.0 1885
68.0 2003 0.0 1875
68.0 1945 2.0 1900
63.0 1969 2.0 1902
More clouds are likely on Thursday, along with the clouds, spotty rain showers are also possible. Rain totals do not look very impressive. The latest 18Z NAM computer model shows trace amounts to about a tenth of an inch of rain around southeastern Wisconsin.
The good news for St. Patrick’s Day is that you can leave the winter coat at home and dig out the Spring coat. After the warm 60s, it looks like readings will settle back into the 50s to 40s.
Just another reminder to join the entire Weather Watch 12 team on Sunday, March 27 at Discovery World in Milwaukee for ‘Discovery Spring’. The show runs from 1:30 to 3:00pm and will cover all aspects of severe weather with demonstrations and also video presentation. We look forward to seeing you then!
Have a great day!