A Big Thank You & Cold About To Ease

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I want to start off this blog with a huge thank you to everyone who attended the first Weather Watch 12 presentation at Discovery World.  The entire weather team was thrilled that we had an overflow crowd in attendance.  We met many of our loyal viewers and helped everyone to better understand the science behind our weather.  Our focus was also on severe weather, as we took a look back to the Eagle tornado on June 21, 2010, and the Milwaukee floods from July 22, 2010.

The picture below is from the start of the show when Mark Baden created different cloud types with shaving cream using kids from the crowd.  The girl that volunteered was all smiles! 

Discovery World Picture March 27

Many of our viewers took pictures on Sunday, if you have pictures please email them to jdnelson@hearst.com and we may include one in the blog or WISN 12 News.  Please include your name with the pictures so we can give you credit.

The Pilot House at Discovery World was where the presentation was held today, the room has one of the best views of Lake Michigan anywhere in the city!  I took this picture before the show started looking southeast over the lake.  Notice the lake effect snow showers that were just offshore.

Lake Effect Snow Showers March 27

While our weather show focused on spring and severe weather, Mother Nature delivered wintry weather to the area this weekend.  First some snow showers on Saturday, then more cold Sunday.  The difference between Saturday and Sunday in Milwaukee was significant. 

The picture below from Lori Waldon shows the snowy scene on Saturday.

Milwaukee Lakefront March 26, 2011

While just over 24 hours later, there was nearly 100% sunshine!

Milwaukee Lakefront March 27, 2011

The lighter winds and sun did make a big difference on Sunday.  It didn’t feel quite as cold.

Moving forward this week, temperatures will moderate, but the warm-up will be gradual.  Don’t expect big changes through Wednesday as highs will be stuck in the 30s.  Even when temperatures move into the 40s they will still be below average for this time of year.

The cold dry air is good for one thing, keeping the storm track well to our south.  That will be the case early this week as low pressure will slide into the southern Plains and Tennessee Valley.  The dry air over the Great Lakes should keep mainly dry.  Can’t rule out some flurries with easterly winds late Tuesday, but the moisture as a whole should stay well south.

Below is the surface forecast map from the HPC for 7am Tuesday.

Surface Forecast Map March 29

The weather looks pretty quiet this week, we’ll keep an eye on a storm system for later next weekend, but there is plenty of time to fine tune that forecast.

Again I want to thank everyone who helped make our first ever Discovery World weather presentation a success.  We are planning to hold another weather event at Discovery World this fall.  I will keep everyone posted!

Have a great day!

Jeremy Nelson


6 Responses

  1. Sunday, March 27, 2011 8:40 pm

    Hi Jeremy,

    Sorry I didn’t make it to the weather show. It’s a bit of a ‘hike’ from here to the ‘big city’. Haven’t been up that way for some time now. If the weather had been a bit more close to ‘normal’, I might have considered heading on up that way! Hope some other opportunity to meet you and Mark will come about sometime soon. In the meantime, I’ll be following along with the Blog.

    Tony (Pl. Prairie)

    • Tony,

      We had a great turnout. I think we’ll have another show in the fall, hopefully you can make it to that one. We would love to meet you too sometime!


  2. I couldn’t make it either….just a bit too far to drive. Maybe next time. 😉

    • I did have one person ask me about the LRC after the show. May have been more LRC questions, but I had to leave and head to work. It was great to meet the people that watch us day in and day out.


  3. Jeremy/Mark…Missed your show too, sorry. Looked like a great time. The one in the fall sound good. That one could get us ready for next winter. Anyhow, we made it thru the 4th weekend of March. Simply awesome!! 97% of the trail base held at Greenbush and the 4″ of wet snow we get on tues and wed turn nordic heaven into mid winter like conditions. Even get 1 1/2″ yesterday. Best end of March skiing ever!!

    With that said, my family is ready for spring big time. The girls can’t wait for 60 degree temps and my in laws that live in Rosholt got 17″ of snow from the signature storm with thunder/lightning from 9 p.m. tues until after midnight. They were snow in until thursday afternoon. What a wild March!! Have a great week. Matthew

    • Matthew,

      Looks like you may be skiing into April! The cold weather this week may keep your snow around. Although any sun now and the snow slowly melts. The sun is pretty powerful now. We look forward to seeing you at the next weather event.


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