Asteroid To Pass Earth Monday

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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 blog!  A much needed ‘extended’ break from showers and thunderstorms is in the forecast this coming week.  Before we discuss the weather ahead, I want to share some space news that you may find interesting!

I like to stop by from time to time to get info on meteor showers, eclipses, etc.  When I checked out the site recently it discussed an asteroid that will come very close to Earth on Monday.

Here’s some info on Asteroid 2011 MD from


Here’s something to dwell on as you head to work next week: A small asteroid the size of a tour bus will make an extremely close pass by the Earth on Monday, but it poses no threat to the planet

The asteroid will make its closest approach at 1:14 p.m. EDT on June 27 and will pass just over 7,500 miles above the Earth’s surface, NASA officials say. At that particular moment, the asteroid — which scientists have named 2011 MD — will be sailing high off the coast of Antarctica, almost 2,000 miles south-southwest of South Africa.


Below is the projected path of the asteroid on June 27.

Asteroid Path 

Here is some additional info from astronomers on the close call by the asteroid.

  • About every 6 years an asteroid gets this close to earth
  • Chance of hitting a satellite “exceedingly small”
  • Chance of hitting Earth “No chance”
  • Earth’s gravity will alter the asteroid’s trajectory

From out of this world, to back on Earth, let’s discuss the weather.  For Sunday all systems are a go for a nice day.  Temperatures should warm to the lower 70s in Milwaukee, with readings 75-80 farther inland.  With a good amount of sunshine it should be a very nice end to the weekend.

Below is the RPM temperature forecast at 4pm Sunday.  An east to southeast wind will keep lakeshore areas a little cooler. 

RPM Temps Sunday June 26

The best rain chance out of the next 7 days will arrive on Monday.  Scattered showers and t-storms will be possible.  Below is the RPM model and its forecast rainfall over the next several days.  Southeast Wisconsin will be very close to an area of heavier rain.  Any shift to the north and rain totals here could easily jump over 1″. 

RPM Rainfall Monday June 27

For the latest data on the early week rain watch WISN 12 News.  If you have a weather question or thought, please leave it in the comments section of the blog.

Have a great day!

Jeremy Nelson






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