‘Okay’ Weekend Ahead

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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 blog!  Many people have been sounding off on the weather so far this month.  Anywhere from “It’s too hot” to “Where’s summer?” or “When’s it ever going to warm up!”  Those are the statements I’ve heard during the 3+ weeks of June.

Coming off two cool, cloudy, and damp days I think most people will accept the weather ahead this weekend.  By no means will it be perfect as temperatures will remain cooler than average, and we’ll battle clouds from time to time.

Let’s start with Saturday and talk about the potential for clouds.  After a dreary Friday with clouds hanging on into the evening, and some mid and high clouds quickly racing in on their heels, Saturday may see more clouds than sun.

Below is the visible satellite from around 7pm Friday.  The area labeled #1 represents the clouds associated with the system that hung around much of the week.  Area #2 is from a dying batch of showers and t-storms in Minnesota.

Clouds June 24, 2011 

With mid and upper level winds blowing from the west, the clouds in Minnesota will gradually drift east.  The clouds will be scattered and should mean some sun on Saturday.  Any sunshine should push highs into the 70s in all areas.

The main focus for showers and thunderstorms SHOULD stay out of southeast Wisconsin this weekend.  The Storm Prediction Center’s severe weather and thunderstorm outlook keeps most of the action out of our area.  Notice that areas from Milwaukee and points southwest are in a general thunderstorm outlook for Saturday.

If any showers were to occur, I think they would be later Saturday, and best chance would be near the WI/IL border.


By Sunday, the clouds should push southeast and the threat of rain will stay away.  But, and yes there’s always a ‘but’ with the weather these days.  East winds will kick in on Sunday meaning lakeshore locations will be stuck in the upper 60s to low 70s for highs, with warmer readings inland.

Below is the RPM wind forecast for Sunday at 4pm.  Notice the wind barb near Milwaukee pointing inland.  That means a general east wind.

RPM Surface Winds Sunday

Overall both days of the weekend look ‘okay’, with the most sunshine on Sunday, and slightly warmer weather on Saturday for Milwaukee.

By Monday, another good chance of showers and t-storms will enter the forecast.  Can’t rule out the possibility of 1″+ of rain in spots.  Thunderstorms should fire up and head our way during the mid to late afternoon.  The map below is valid at 4pm Monday.  We’ll be tracking the chance for storms on Monday all weekend long and also the potential for strong to severe storms.

RPM Rain Monday June 27

In the meantime, let me know what you think of the weather so far in June.  We’ve seen lots of ups and downs, but overall I would love to see more days in the 80s or 90s!  Summer is really only here from June-August before will transition into Fall.

Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Nelson



10 Responses

  1. Jeremy,

    Got any info about actual temperatures for the lake itself you can pass along? I’m thinking in terms of monthly averages as reported for cities etc.

    Tony (Pl. Prairie)

    • Tony,

      Not sure how much info you want, but the Lake Michigan south lake buoy is reporting a water temp of 55 degrees. The Lake Superior buoy on the west side of the lake is only at 38 degrees! When I lived in Marquette I made myself go in Lake Superior and swim in August, it was still freezing!


      • OK, let me try again, this time by example: If the monthly average temp for a city, say Milwaukee in May is reported as being 3.4 degrees below ‘normal’, is there a similar statistic for lake temperatures?

  2. What do I think of June? (remember I’m somewhat inland in New Berlin)

    June 2 – too cool and cloudy
    June 3, 4 – too warm and humid
    June 5 – a touch warm, but acceptable
    June 6 through 11 – horrible 6 day stretch for the obvious (and opposite) reasons
    June 12 – decent
    June 13 through 18 (exception of the 15th) – close to perfect weather… plenty of sun with temps in the low to mid 70s
    June 19, 20 – too humid
    June 21 – too warm, way too humid, liked the storms (wish they would have been a bit less severe though)
    June 22 – good day (ironically much more sun than we had today even though sun was supposed to be scarce that day)
    June 23, 24 – a bit too cool and way too cloudy

    Looking forward to this weekend before it gets too hot for my liking again, but I guess you warm weather enthusiasts deserve it.

    • ‘KOOL’ summary Daniel!

      Tony (Pl. Prairie)

      • Thanks Tony. Jeremy asked, so I answered and sometimes I find myself getting a little more detailed than expected.

    • I’ve liked about 5-6 days this month:)


  3. June 2011….too cool and too cloudy. These are the longest days of the year but we are stuck with gloomy skies. The weekend of June 4 and 5 was close to ideal. The heatwave of June 6 to 8 was nice but unfortunately during the work week. After that, June really went downhill. Hoping the forecast for next Wednesday and Thursday verifies and that we end June, and start Summerfest, on a high note.

  4. The end of next week looks warm, does it not? 😛

    • I think so…we have highs in the mid to upper 80s right now.


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