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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 blog! Meteorological summer began today(Wednesday), which runs from June 1 through August 31. Temperatures will finally resemble summer rather than early spring this week. In today’s blog we’ll discuss another warm-up for late week.
But first, I want to show you something a bit unusual that showed up on the radar. With sunny skies and no threat of rain in the forecast on Wednesday. The NEXRAD radar site out of the National Weather Service in Sullivan was placed in ‘clear air mode’. This saves power, and is also more sensitive. So the radar can pick up things like birds, bugs, dust, buildings, etc.
During the afternoon hours on Wednesday, there was a controlled burn in Dodge county in the Horicon Marsh. This burn sent up smoke that was carried east by the westerly winds. The smoke was detected on radar. The radar return extended from northeast Dodge county almost due east into northern Ozaukee county.
See the radar image below from Wednesday afternoon. The smoke plume is located just below the label on the map.
Not only can radars detect smoke, but I’ve also seen them show large flocks of birds.
The quiet weather in southern Wisconsin should continue through much of Thursday. With winds out of the east-southeast cooler weather will prevail, especially near Lake Michigan. Highs will remain in the 60s near the lake.
By Friday, a warm front will lift north allowing highs to once again jump into the 80s! Just how warm Milwaukee and other lakeshore locations get will depend on when the wind direction changes to a south or southwest wind. Right now highs in the 80s look good.
Below is the surface forecast map from the HPC for late Friday.
The summery weather will begin to cooldown over the upcoming weekend. At least we are talking 60s, 70s, and 80s for highs in the forecast, not the upper 40s that we experienced twice last week!
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