Severe Weather Stays South…For Now

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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 blog!  After two consecusive dry days, something that has happened only TWICE this month.  More rain returned Monday night.  The rain soaked the region, with over an inch in spots.

Here are a few rain totals from around the area.  Please post your totals in the comments section of the blog.

  • Milwaukee Mitchell Airport  1.53″
  • Pleasant Prairie  1.37″
  • Sheboygan  1.22″
  • Kenosha  0.90″
  • Fond du Lac  0.87″

Once the steady rain cleared the area Tuesday morning winds shifted to the southwest and temperatures quickly jumped.  The mild winds pushed highs in Milwaukee into the mid-60s!  Below is a surface map from 3pm Tuesday showing the temporary warm-up from Tuesday.

Milwaukee is labeled ‘MKE’, just click on the map to enlarge.

Surface Map Tuesday April 26

The southwest winds and temperatures in the 60s were a result of a warm front lifting north of the area along with low pressure.

On the backside of the low, cooler readings will filter in for Wednesday, so no more 60s in the short term.  A few showers will also be possible.  Below is the forecast surface map from the HPC valid at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Surface Forecast April 27

While cooler temperatures and a few showers are in the forecast, at least our area is not in a threat for severe weather.  Areas from Texas to the Ohio Valley are in an increased threat for severe weather from the time of this writing on Tuesday into Wednesday.

With the storm system shifting to the east on Wednesday.  The greatest threat for severe storms will also slide east.  Below is the day two convective outlook from the Storm Prediction Center.  This shows a large area from the South to the eastern Great Lakes in a moderate risk for severe weather, including tornadoes on Wednesday.

Day 2 Outlook Wednesday

The tornado count continues on a record pace for April and for any month ever!  As of last check and this number continues to increase quickly, the REPORTED number of tornadoes for April stood at 617.  Remember, reported versus documented are different.

That’s why until we get the documented numbers in at the end of the month, I will hold off talking specific records.  But it does look likely this will be the busiest month all-time! 

While 14 Wisconsin tornadoes have contributed to the 617 so far, when is the next chance of strong storms in our area?  It is still a long way off, but this coming weekend does look like not only will warmer temperatures be in place for a day, but also a storm system will push into the region.

Below is the GFS computer model forecast for 7 p.m. Saturday.  This shows a line of thunderstorms pushing into southwest Wisconsin.  Something we’ll watch closely as the week progresses!

Surface Map April 30, 2011

Make sure to leave your thoughts and questions in the comments section of the blog.  Check out WISN 12 News at 5, 6, & 10pm for the latest data!

Have a great day!

Jeremy Nelson


7 Responses

  1. In the Town of Jackson. Just checked all 3 rain gauges in the yard. 2 are digital. One read 1.27 in the front, other 1.28 in the backyard, and the glass rain gauge on the deck had about a 1.25 in there. So I don’t know how you want to average them out. haha

    • Craig,

      Thanks for the report! I’ll go with 1.27″ 🙂


  2. .84 storm total in juneau. it would be nice to have a stretch of about 7-10 days with dry and sunny conditions. am i asking to much ?

    • Steve,

      That looks highly unlikely. I think we deserve a nice stretch of dry weather for about 7 days. It’s all about the pattern.


  3. Checked the rain gauge at my house in Mayville and it siad 1.75 inches of rain at 5pm.

    • Thanks, Kevin.


  4. Wednesday, April 27, 2011

    Rainfall report: 0.38 inches. This amount is from sometime last night or early morning until 4pm today.

    Tony (Pl. Prairie)

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