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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 blog. If you enjoyed the weather on Thursday, then you will love the forecast for Friday! More comfortable, dry weather is in store. Not too hot, and not too cool. In this blog entry we’ll look at when the dry weather will turn unsettled once again. Also, a look at where severe weather may travel this weekend.
If you have been watching WISN 12 this week then you likely have seen our new weather system. On Thursday’s 6pm show I showed a new radar that our weather team now has access too. This radar is the terminal radar for Milwaukee’s Mitchell Airport. The radar is located in northern Racine county. Below is the Doppler 12 Radar Network showing the terminal radar, and also the NEXRAD radar that we have been using for years that is located at the NWS office in Sullivan.
The terminal radar will give us a huge advantage when dangerous storms move into areas of Walworth, Racine, Kenosha, and parts of Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. This radar can help see the winds inside a storm, which is crutial in giving advance warning for the possibility of a developing tornado. So look for this radar to be used when severe storms are in far southeast Wisconsin, and even in the winter to help with lake effect snow!
Remember if you have thoughts or comments on the new weather system or the graphics you see on tv please let us know!
Let’s get back to the weather ahead. Friday looks like the best day out of the next several, at least it will be dry. With a general east surface wind on Friday, lakeshore locations will once again be cooler. Highs will top out around 70, and then fall back in the afternoon as the lake breeze strengthens. Below is the RPM temperature forecast at 3pm Friday. 50s to 80s from the lake to inland.
Once the sun sets on Friday, we will be keeping an eye out for showers and thunderstorms. Several storm systems will either slide by to the south, or lift across Wisconsin in the next 5-7 days. The first system will head our way to start the weekend.
Timing the clusters of showers and storms will be very difficult, but right now I think Saturday through Saturday night is the best bet to see rain this weekend. Like any summer day, it won’t rain the entire day, but in case the rain finds you have a plan ‘B’ ready! This weekend will likely bring rain to some, while others in southeast Wisconsin will miss out altogether.
With surface winds out of the east-southeast on Saturday, it may be tough to get severe weather into southeast Wisconsin, but we may be close to the strong storms. Below is the day 2 convective outlook from the Storm Prediction Center. This has the slight risk of severe storms, with the main threats being large hail and strong winds, just west of the Milwaukee metro area.
The good news as of this writing is that it appears the threat for rain will move out by Sunday morning, allowing for a mainly dry Father’s Day. Great for celebrating the day with some grilling!
For the latest on the timing of rain for the weekend, make sure to watch WISN 12 News. And if you haven’t done so already, make sure to join us on Facebook for even more weather updates!
Have a great day!