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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 blog! After days of on and off rain, the showers will finally shut off for about 36-72 hours. Certainly good news if you are looking to mow your lawn, or give your garden some time to dry out.
So far most of the upper Midwest has recorded above average rainfall in June. Here is a look at rain totals from around the region through June 23. If you have a monthly total please post it to the comments section of the blog!
- La Crosse 8.61″
- Greenfield 6.80″
- Green Bay 4.88″
- Madison 3.53″
- Milwaukee 3.47″
- Chicago – O’Hare 3.36″
I find it amazing how close the Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago totals are. Pockets of the Milwaukee metro area have seen well over 4″ of rain this month.
The faucet will be turned off both Friday and Saturday in our area. Along with the dry weather, sunshine will also return. To kick off the weekend I think we may start Saturday with 100% sunshine! Below is one way of forecasting cloud cover. This map from the NAM computer model plots moisture in various levels of the atmosphere. Generally the higher the moisture, the better chance for clouds to develop. Low clouds a in green, made up of water, while high clouds are in blue and made of ice crystals.
Notice on the map below that the atmosphere should be dry to start Saturday meaning lots of sun.
With some sun back in the forecast, temperatures will warm into the 70s. Below is the RPM temperature forecast at 4pm Saturday. I labeled a couple of the temperature contours. The cooler 60s in Minnesota are due to clouds and rain showers.
Any threat for rain in our area should hold off until Saturday night or early Sunday. This ‘chance’ is a big question mark because a lot will hinge on the exact path that a complex of showers and storms takes Saturday night. We’ll fine tune the rain chance as we get a little closer to late Saturday. In the meantime, don’t cancel any outdoor plans.
There is a lot going on in our area this weekend including Greek Fest at State Fair Park, Cedarburg’s Strawberry Festival, and the Brewers taking on the Twins.
While rain chances appear to be low this weekend, that will change by Monday. A warm front, and also a cold front will near the area. Right now it appears that showers and storms will be likely later Monday, and with more moisture around some quick hitting heavy rains will again be possible.
The HPC surface map for Monday shows the set-up at 7am.
For more on the weekend and next week…which includes the start of Summerfest on Wednesday…check out 12 News for the lastest 7 day forecast.
Have a great day!