Hot weather again today with a high of 85. After yesterday’s high of 88, it really is feeling like summer. A cold front came through late this afternoon with only a few storms. We were fortunate to avoid severe storms thanks to the squall line that developed last night across the Dakota’s, Nebraska, and Minnesota. As these storms died out this morning, some of the clouds from the remnants of those storms moved into our area. This helped keep our instability down in southeast Wisconsin. We had some strong storms develop in our northern counties, but they stayed under severe limits. Where it was sunny most of the day across Michigan, the storms have been severe with many reports of damaging winds.
Speaking of damaging winds, today is the anniversary of one of the worst storms to ever hit southeast Wisconsin. On May 31st, 1998, a derecho slammed through Wisconsin, especially hard hit was the southern half of the state. A derecho is a long-lived straight line wind storm. The 1998 event brought numerous wind gusts above 100 miles per hour across our area. This was the first derecho that I had ever been a part of. It was truly amazing. Probably worse than any tornado outbreak that I have ever seen in our area. The damage was very widespread. Milwaukee Skywarn sent out a nice write-up on the event today. Click on the link for a full description.
Thankfully, we have not seen one in our area since that time. Nothing like that in our forecast.
Our weather will be a little cooler tomorrow, but very comfortable with lower humidity and a high in the mid 70s. Thursday will be the coolest day of the week as the wind turns back to the east. Friday’s wind direction goes back to the southwest and the heat will be back on. Highs will be well into the 80s and a few temps near 90 are possible. Here is the forecast temperatures for Friday at 1pm.
Enjoy the warm weather. We have earned it after our chilly and cloudy spring.