Crummy Spring Continues…Hope For Weekend

I know you are sick of it. I’m sick of it. This spring has been horrible. Very little sun. Constant northeast winds. Chilly temperatures. One nice day followed by 4-5 ugly ones. Last spring we had very few days with northeast winds. This spring over half of our days have had an easterly wind. That really makes it tough to warm up.

After last weekend, we are all looking for a little hope for better weather ahead. The good news, warmer weather will move in. The bad, we will have to dodge some raindrops. I don’t believe it will be a washout.

Here is what to expect as we move into Saturday. There will be a good chance of rain, but I don’t expect rain all day. Here is the 11am and 4pm forecast from our local high-resolution model.

The above image is the 11am forecast. Keep in mind it is still Wednesday and the timing of this will definitely change. Other models are holding the rain back until later in the afternoon.

The 4pm forecast calls for more showers. It is definitely a wet forecast, but I would not change my weekend plans. Sunday will likely be less rainy than Saturday, but we do have to watch out for stronger storms as the temperatures warm back into the 70s. Saturday will not quite be into the 70s near the lake, but inland will be in the 70s all weekend. Here is the forecast for temperatures Saturday afternoon.

Check out the 80s just to our south across Northern Illinois. I would not be surprised if inland areas hit 80 on Sunday.

I have said it many times this spring, but a little more patience is needed and we will warm up.

Mark

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8 Responses

  1. How much warmer it has been even as little as 15 miles inland (New Berlin to be exact) versus the official airport reading.

    April 23-30…
    -3, +4, +4, 0, -1, -3, +5, +1

    May 1-9…
    +1, -2, 0, +2, -2, -1, +4, +7, +4

    May 10-18…
    +9, +8, -1, +2, -4, +4, +5, +5, +7

    The spread gets even larger heading towards Watertown and Madison.

    It has been pretty brutal lakeside, but you don’t have to go too far west to get into the comfortable temps. The real problem this spring has been the timing and persistence of rain events. If even half of the cloudy and wet days were dry with some sun, we’d be looking at this as a pretty good spring overall I think.

    Of course, it doesn’t help that we came off of a near record warm spring last year I suppose.

    • Daniel,

      So true about inland. NE wind has been brutal most of spring, but inland has been pretty good. Sometimes I wonder why I live a mile from the lake.

      This spring has been so tough to take, but made worse because last spring was a warm anomaly.

      Mark

  2. I can’t stand the lake. We haven’t even broke 70 yet.

    • Robert,

      Really? April 10 had a southwest wind. I think you are around Sheboygan right? I’m not a big fan of the lake either, especially in spring. That’s why I live ‘inland’ šŸ™‚

      Jeremy

  3. What the Lake giveth (rain in winter vs snow inland), the Lake taketh away (temps 10 degrees warmer inland). Maybe someday I will move out closer to Waukesha. When I can afford it that is lol.

  4. Thursday, May 19, 2011 1:57 pm

    Weather report: Presently have 70 degrees, very light wind, and mostly cloudy sky. Been some breaks though and have periods of sun. All in all, pretty nice day, at least so far.

    By the way, Iā€™m located about midway between the lake shore and the Interstate. Great location as far as Iā€™m concerned.

    Tony (Pl. Prairie)

  5. Hi Mark and Jeremy!

    I echo the “warmer inland” theme. When lakeshore areas have been in the 50’s, we’ve been in the low to mid 60’s up here in Dodge County. When the sun has been out, it’s actually been very pleasant — and lawnmowing has brought out some sweating. One can definitely detect the coolness of the breeze, however, and when the sun is hidden by the clouds, the temps can actually drop by 4-5 degrees in minutes,

    If possible, could one of you check out my post in the blog previous to this one? I have a question about timing for putting on lawn fertilizer in the coming days, and I really am depending on your guidance as to when to plan the project.

    Thanks,

    Don in Reeseville

    PS: Mark — don’t forget to write up a blog about what the models are all called and how you use them. I know I would appreciate being let in on all the “secret code” talk šŸ™‚

    • Don,

      While you are enjoying around 70 today, generally closer to 60 near the lake.

      Jeremy

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