Summer finally makes an appearance in Southeast Wisconsin. Our high hit 88 degrees in Milwaukee making it the hottest day of 2011 so far. Fond du Lac was 93 degrees at 4pm. It was a great day for a parade. I was honored to be part of the Elm Grove Memorial Day Parade this morning. Here is a picture of me and my girls.
What a beautiful day today, especially when you compare it to the last few days. On Saturday, I was the honorary captain of the Denis Sullivan, Milwaukee’s three-masted schooner, that is docked at Discovery World. It was not the prettiest day, but I’m still amazed at the micrometeorology of Lake Michigan. We left the dock at 10am with a temperature around 60 degrees. Once we reached the breakwater, the temperature dropped to around 45 degrees with a nasty southeast wind. I was prepared and dressed my older girls in all their winter gear.
The Denis Sullivan is truly a Milwaukee treasure. A big thank you to Captain Tiffany for being so gracious to me and my girls. They each had a chance to “steer” the Sullivan. I would definitely recommend signing up for one of their day or evening sails that they offer. What an amazing view of the city.
A last thank you to pass along. On Saturday, May 21st, I emceed a very nice program for Milwaukee Skywarn. The Skywarn community is a vital part of severe weather coverage for the National Weather Service and local media. The are the trained spotters that report severe weather across our area. Some of the speakers included a lightning expert, a storm chaser, WE Energies electrical safety seminar, and emergency management. It was an informative afternoon.
The picture above is me setting up our 3-D model of a supercell thunderstorm. It is very cool and includes strobe lights to mimic lightning. The WISN-12 engineers deserve the credit for this.
Speaking of supercells, we may have to contend with a few of those tomorrow afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center has us under a slight risk of severe storms.
The RPM model is not as impressed with the set-up tomorrow. Here is the 4pm forecast.
It will be very warm and humid again tomorrow and with enough sunshine our temps will approach 90 degrees. The cold front will pass through during the afternoon. The later it arrives, the better our chances of severe weather. Stay tuned.