Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Despite the coldest temps of the season greeting us on the first morning of the new year, 2012 was officially the warmest year in recorded history for Milwaukee
As the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve, the horns and confetti could have been just as well for a historic record being broken. With an average temperature of 52, Milwaukee broke the all-time record for heat. That means in recorded history dating back to the late 1800s, no calendar year was warmer, according to the National Weather Service. Something to warm you up as you wake up to single-digit temperatures and belowe-zero wind chills on Jan. 1. Milwaukee had to reach a high temperature of 30 degrees with a low of 14 on Monday to break the record. Temperature sensors at Mitchell International Airport recorded a high of 33 at 6 a.m. and as the mercury dropped all day, the temperature was 14 just before midnight, allowing us to edge…
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Our area is under a Winter Weather Advisory until 9pm Tuesday, but it's what's on the way Wednesday and Thursday that could put a serious wrinkle in travel plans.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory until 9 p.m. Tuesday, in effect ending the snowless streak at 288 days. Light snow began falling around noon for much of the area, with expected accumulations of 1 to 3 inches, with the lesser amounts occurring along the Lake Michigan shore. Muskego's Department of Public Works has been ready, according to Dave Simpson, with approximately 20 pieces of equipment to salt and clear about 147 miles of roadway, and that's not including those roadways that the county or state take care of. So, Janesville Road, Racine Avenue and Highways 45 and 36 have their own crews. Last year's warm and dry weather meant less salt was used on the roadways, but in general the city stores 2,000 …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Two chances exist for our first 'real snow' of the season and include a potential for 4-6 inches on Sunday, but meteorologists say confidence is not high, which means a record for snowless days could be set instead.
Records are made to be broken, and our snow-less streak could break the old record (set in 1999) of 279 consecutive days without a measurable snowfall. As of Thursday, the Milwaukee area has gone 277 days since the last day with measurable snow, which is the 3rd longest streak on record. The last time Milwaukee had measurable snow was on March 4, 2012, when 0.9 inch was measured. For many, that's good news. However, don't get too comfortable. While we could be able to add more days to the streak and tie for 2nd place on Friday (278 days, previously set in 1908) the next chance for some snow also comes on Friday night. So far, meteorologists have been tap dancing a bit, and downplay the precipitation to come on Friday to be 'rain events…
Monday, December 3, 2012
Things could get ugly tonight in southern Wisconsin and the National Weather Service says storms are a brewing, and they aren't ruling out a potential tornado.
Batten down the hatches tonight southern Wisconsin. According to the National Weather Service: An isolated threat for strong to severe storms with damaging winds and perhaps a brief tornado exists for southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois this evening. The primary threat is for damaging straight-line winds, but a brief tornado can't be ruled out according the The Storm Predication Center in Norman, OK. Unseasonably warm and humid air pushed north into southern Wisconsin in the early afternoon hours of December 3, 2012, which set the stage for thunderstorms. Here is the story: The Storm Prediction Center. Severe weather spotters should send severe weather reports via E-spotter, telephone, or Twitter. However, we may miss a report via …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Drive careful - visibilities are going to be less than one-quarter mile as a frontal system stalls over the area
The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory until 10 a.m. Wednesday for the southern half of the state, with the exception of the southwestern counties. Warm and moist air has pooled along a frontal boundary, which has remained stalled over the area, allowing for the fog to form. While the timing is likely to be earlier for counties along the Lake Michigan shoreline, all areas are going to experience reduced visibilities of one quarter mile or less, creating hazardous driving conditions. If you need to drive, please slow down, leave plenty of distance ahead of you and use your low beam headlights. Changes coming later in the week signal return to below normal temps The NWS also advised that while a warm southerly wind …
Monday, September 17, 2012
Milwaukee, Waukesha and Walworth counties could see high winds, hail associated with storms.
We've been bracing for a big change in temperatures today, but the approaching cold front is also setting off a line of storms, and some have become severe. The National Weather Service has posted warnings for the following counties until 4 p.m. Monday: Southern Milwaukee County Southern Waukesha County Walworth County The storms could pack a punch, including winds reaching 60 m.p.h. and as large as quarter-size hail. After the line moves through the state, temperatures are expected to plummet from the mid 70s to about 60, with lows tonight expected in the 40s.
Friday, April 13, 2012
National Weather Service is calling for severe thunderstorms — and possibly hail and tornadoes — throughout southeastern Wisconsin, including Muskego.
A double whammy of severe weather is expected to hit southeastern Wisconsin this weekend as the National Weather Service is calling for two separate storms to hit the region on Saturday and Sunday The service is predicting severe thunderstorm both days, and says there is a possibility for hail or even tornadoes. Some thunderstorms are expected Friday night as warm and humid air moves into the region, but those storms won't be severe, the service says. However, another strong push of warm and humid air will return to southern Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon and night. That storm could bring hail and damaging wind gusts, the service says. It adds that an isolated tornado "can not be ruled out." But the worst of it will come Sunday afternoon …
Monday, January 23, 2012
Warming temps have meant fog has settled over the area, with reduced visibilities persisting until later morning.
The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory, to be in effect for southern Wisconsin until 9am Monday. Temperatures have been slowly rising since Sunday, creating widespread freezing fog in the process. As temps are well over freezing now, the issue is fog and rainfall over the snowpack, which can create flooding conditions in low lying areas. New rainfall amounts will add between a quarter and half of an inch on top of the recent snow we received. Rain will eventually turn back to snow on Monday as temps again fall throughout the day, but accumulations by that time will only amount to a half inch. Keep your low beam headlights on and proceed with caution.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
After near-record high temps and an above average season, it appears that the party's over. Don't be caught off guard.
Tuesday and Wednesday, it's likely many of you opted for the lighter jacket or sweatshirt when you stepped outdoors, and with temperatures flirting with 50, why not? However, those salad days are coming to an abrupt end as a combination of low pressure systems have finally found our corner of Wisconsin, and will bring 3-6" of snow. The National Weather Service is issuing a winter weather advisory to be in effect from Thursday morning to Friday morning. Snowfall during Thursday is expected to start around 7am with heavier amounts falling later during the day, and continuing overnight. The event will take longer than most 'hit-and-run' storms, which has forecasters estimating 2-4" during the daylight hours of Thursday and another 1-2" …
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
From Wednesday afternoon to Thursday afternoon, things could go sideways. Literally!
Strap down patio furniture and empty flower pots. The National Weather Service is saying high winds will move into the area from Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 19, through Thursday afternoon, Oct. 20. It has issued a High Wind Watch. Winds are expected to reach 30 to 40 mph, and lucky Lake Michigan shoreline residents could get gusts of up to 60 mph. Damage could be part of the gusts expected from late Wednesday evening into early Thursday morning so beware of tumbling trees and dangling power lines. Drivers in tall vehicles, including trucks, are advised to use caution when traveling area roadways.