Feeling Like Summer & Tuesday Storm Chances

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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 blog!  The cool, damp, and dreary part of the holiday weekend is behind us.  Time to focus on Memorial Day!  To get started, let’s take a look at some Memorial Day weather facts for Milwaukee.

  • Record High: 91  set May 30, 1994
  • Record Low: 33 set May 29, 1961
  • Only 3 times has the high reached 90 or warmer
  • 39% of the time there is measurable rain

The good news for this Memorial Day is that no rain is expected in southeast Wisconsin.  However, we will be dealing with very likely the warmest temperatures of 2011!

In order to reach a high in the upper 80s to near 90 in Milwaukee, we need south to southwest winds.  This wind direction would keep the cooling effects of Lake Michigan offshore or right along it.  The RPM computer model which we use frequently has winds turning to the south in Milwaukee by afternoon.  Just north of Milwaukee, the wind bard on the map below shows a southeast wind over east-central and northeast Wisconsin.  This ‘cooling’ will keep highs in the 70s.

In our viewing area, locations from Port Washington to Sheboygan will likely remain either in the 70s on Sunday or the low 80s. 

Below is the surface map at 3pm Monday.

Memorial Day Surface Map May 30.

With the warm front and southeast winds close there is always the potential that Milwaukee could be a few degrees cooler if winds are a little more southeast versus south.  But with peak heating later in the afternoon now, highs should warm into the 85-90 degree range in many areas.

After a warm and dry afternoon Monday, the focus will shift to the potential for thunderstorms on Tuesday.  A cold front will push in during the afternoon.  The exact timing of the front will play a key role in whether or not any of storms may be severe.  The later in the afternoon the front moves in, the greater the potential for strong storms.

Below is the day 3 convective outlook from the Storm Prediction Center.  This shows southeast Wisconsin in the slight risk area for severe storms.  Something we will keep a very close eye on in the coming days.

Day 3 Slight Risk May 31

In the meantime, enjoy the one day this holiday weekend that will include sunshine and warm temperatures!  And if you haven’t already, make sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook.  Just another way to stay connected to the Weather Watch 12 team!

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Have a happy and safe Memorial Day and watch WISN 12 News for the updates!

Jeremy Nelson


10 Responses

  1. Please keep us posted on the potential for severe storm..
    I know some times they can build fast..

  2. Is it going to be just warm or humid too..
    Thanks Rich..

    • Dew points should be in the 60s, so that would be mean it will feel ‘humid’.


  3. Monday, May 30, 2011 12:21 pm

    Temperature report: As of 12pm, 92 degrees! Temp is from 2 thermometers, one reading just shy of 92, the other just a bit over. WOW! Who would have thought it would be this warm this early in the summer season??? 🙂

    Tony (Pl. Prairie)

    • In stark contrast, Manitowoc is reporting 55 at this hour (1 pm).

      • Monday, May 30, 2011 1:54 pm

        Hi Daniel G.

        I tried checking a few other temps but it seems the airports take long lunch hours or something. Since I last reported, I’ve enlisted my cooking thermometer (range of 0 to 220 degrees) and all 3 are now at a solid 90 degrees.

        Tony (Pl. Prairie)

        p.s. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

      • Thanks, Tony, and Daniel.

        Finally, a taste of summer today…unless you were along the lake in northern counties.


  4. What an awesome Memorial Day weather-wise. I know you guys at Channel 12 don’t manufacture the weather, but thanks for the taste of summer!

    • Thanks, Chris.

      I wish we could take credit when the weather is nice and blame someone else when it is bad.


  5. Jeremy, my prediction was 89 degrees! I was one degree off!:P

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