I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful Monday. It was nice to get plenty of sunshine and a comfortable day. There is very little sunshine in the forecast for the rest of the week.
April continues to be a brutal month for severe weather and flooding to our south. Take a look at the severe weather reports for the month.
There have been over 5000 reports of severe weather so far this month. April will go down in the record books for number of tornadoes. Over 500 tornadoes have been reported so far and there will be many more tonight and tomorrow.
This has been an incredible month of severe weather especially over the last week and a half. A persistent pattern with a stationary front draped across the South-Central United States combined with a strong jet stream over the same area has led to day after day of severe weather and very heavy rain. Major to catastrophic flooding is possible in Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana. Here is the forecast for rain for the next two days. This is on top of an area that is completely saturated.
We have a fair amount of rain in our forecast as well, but the flooding threat is minimal. Here is our local high-resolution model for rain.
I expect around 1-2″ of rain for most areas. Most of that rain will fall late tonight and Tuesday morning. We are fortunate to be north of the jet stream so the severe weather threat stays to our south.
If you think this has been a cold spring, you are correct. This is the coldest start to spring that we have had for the last ten years. Take a look at the chart and notice the huge difference between last spring and this spring.
Temperatures for first 35 days of spring at Milwaukee in the past 10 years:
|Average Overall Temp||Average High Temp|
|Rank||T (°F)||Year||Rank||T (°F)||Year|
The average high temperatures have been almost 10 degrees colder this spring vs. last spring. A big thank you to the National Weather Service in Sullivan for the spring comparison.
Make sure you follow our rain and storms tonight and tomorrow on 12 news at 10pm and again Tuesday morning starting at 4:30 AM. Interactive radar is always available to track the storms on wisn.com/irad.
Thanks for reading and have a great night.