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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 blog! While severe weather continues to slam parts of the nation’s mid-section, southeast Wisconsin stayed in the rain, clouds, and cool temperatures on Wednesday.
Record rainfall drenched Milwaukee. Through 4pm Wednesday, 1.34″ of rain fell at Milwaukee’s Mitchell Airport. Breaking the daily rainfall record for May 25 of 1.22″ set in 1984.
Below are the NEXRAD rainfall estimates. Notice that some spots in far southeast Wisconsin saw around 2.00″ of rain on Wednesday! If you have a total to share, please post it to the comments section of the blog.
As low pressure pushes northeast, more showers are possible tonight into very early Thursday. After Thursday morning, the focus will shift to the holiday weekend.
If you remember back to the May-July forecast that was posted in the blog on April 30, it called for a big warm-up right around Memorial Day. That warm-up is still on schedule!
The warmer air will surge north sometime Saturday night into Sunday. As the warmer air lifts north it may trigger some showers and t-storms. That threat would likely be present either Saturday night or the first half of Sunday. Something we’ll keep a close eye on!
Here is the forecast surface map from the HPC for Sunday at 7 a.m. Notice the warm front right on our doorstep.
The warmest air, let’s call it hot, will take hold likely on Memorial Day. Below is the GFS surface forecast map for Monday(Memorial Day). This shows a south to southwest surface wind and hot temperatures. Could this be the first 90 of the season in Miwaukee? I really think we touch 90 either on Monday or Tuesday in Milwaukee!
As the storm system pushes a cold front through, we can expect another chance of showers and t-storms either late Monday or on Tuesday. We’ll watch closely to see if a severe weather threat exists. A lot will depend on the timing of the front.
In the meantime, more cool weather for Thursday. Just hang in there, the long weekend and warmer temperatures are almost here!
So let’s hear it bloggers…what will the warmest temperature be in Milwaukee at Mitchell airport from May 29-31? I will say 91 degrees(I’m assuming we get sun and a southwest wind during peak heating on Monday or Tuesday).
Have a great day!