Quiet Friday, Iffy Weekend Ahead

***Watch WISN 12 News for the latest weather information!***

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.

Doppler 12 Radar Network

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.

RPM Temperatures Friday, June 17 

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.

SPC Day 2 Outlook Saturday

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!

Weather Watch 12 Facebook Page

Have a great day!

Jeremy Nelson


5 Responses

  1. Jeremy —

    We;ve got another brat fry fundraiser on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It’s being held at a grocery store parking lot in Beaver Dam. I know you said in the blog that it’s difficult to pinpoint the where and when of any Saturday rain, but based on “the latest data” do you think those hours will be mostly dry — wet — or some of both?

    Maybe I should have a rain jacket and umbrella along? We have no overhead cover where we will be…

    Good job on bringing us this fantastic week of weather. As someone said in a post to an earlier blog, this is the perfect summer weather. Can you bottle this up and let it loose during winter? {Because of my line of work, this is the kind of stuff I hear all the time — bet you do too! As if you or I have any real control!!!}

    Look forward to hearing back from you!

    Have a good weekend!

    Don {Reeseville}

    • Don,

      I would keep an umbrella nearby both Saturday and Sunday. With that said I wouldn’t cancel or change any plans.

      As for the latest data it is all over the place. This is to be expected though, as picking out little waves and determining if they will trigger a complex of t-storms is tough. On top of that try to pin down timing and location. Not easy. That is why very often in the summer you will see a lot of ‘chance’ wording in the forecast.

      Good luck with the cookout!


      • Thanks for the guidance, my friend Jeremy!

        I’ll let you know how we do.

        Any big warm-ups [upper 80’s or 90’s} or high humidity due to come in any time soon? I love the way it’s been this week — hope it stays put!


  2. Is this radar in my little hometown, the Town of Raymond? I believe it is as I pass it quite frequently. It will definetly help everyone stay safe in dangerous situations.

    • Kevin,

      That is the radar.


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