Friday, December 28, 2012
National Weather Service recaps 2012, which was indeed hot enough for all of us, and continues to have an impact at the grocery stores.
With just a few days left in 2012, the Milwaukee area (that does include Muskego) stands poised to at least tie if not break the warmest year on record, since records have been kept in the late 1800s. The average temperature as of Dec. 26 was 53.1 degrees, tying the record set in 1931. It would be a worthy award to take away from a year that had its share of weather headlines, and not just for the heat. The National Weather Service, which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has come out with its top Wisconsin headlines from 2012, and we've added a few of our own links to local weather stories. Read on to remember what a weird weather year it has been. Snow....what snow? The story really began in 2011, as the …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Not a terribly eventful weather day planned, but tornado siren test will be part of statewide awareness; if you hear it, don't call police, it's only a drill.
Click below to get your live, local information. In the event of something out of the ordinary, such as a major crash, Patch editors will update this as quickly and accurately as we are able. Patch editors recommend: For an idle Thursday, there's sure a lot going on, so rather than favor one over the other, we're just pointing out the variety of options you have today: Democratic Party meeting, Zumba, Walking Club, theatre and oh, yes - a statewide tornado siren test this afternoon. Between 1 and 2 p.m., schools and businesses are encouraged to take part in severe weather and tornado drills to stay prepared. Muskego also takes part in the test of their siren, and as there isn't any severe weather predicted, note that it's only a test.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Reminders bear repeating as severe weather season has begun, so Severe Weather Awareness week serves as a way to make sure you're prepared.
Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) officials have designated the week of April 16-20, 2012 as Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin. During Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week, schools as well as homes and businesses are asked to go over the procedures needed when severe weather strikes to ensure that staff, students and employees are prepared. According to WEM, Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually. Last year, 38 tornadoes in Wisconsin were confirmed by the National Weather Service (NWS), and eight of those were rated as strong (EF2 or EF3). The strongest tornado, rated EF3, affected the Merrill area in Lincoln County on April 10. However, even the weaker tornadoes can be damaging and deadly. One person was …
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 …
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Heat advisory goes into effect at 1pm, followed by strong or severe storms, but relief is on its way, say forecasters.
Summer continues its July trend into August, and the National Weather Service has made it official, issuing a heat advisory beginning at 1 p.m. and continuing until 7 p.m. Tuesday. The advisory includes the southern portion of the state, with Milwaukee, Waukesha and Jefferson counties and all counties to the south included in the area. Temperatures are expected to reach the lower to mid 90s, with heat indices reaching 100-105 degrees. An approaching front will usher in the risk for strong or severe storms later this evening, but will bring much-needed drier and cooler air behind it. Temperatures for Wednesday are expected to reach normal highs in the low 80s.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Further development expected from the southwest puts southeastern corner of the state under watch.
UPDATE, 9:50 p.m. - The watch has been canceled, although flooding concerns continue. Conditions reported at Bay Lane Middle School's weather site indicated 1.51 inches of rain has fallen thus far, with more coming up from the south tonightan into Wednesday. At one point Tuesday evening, rain was falling at the rate of 2"/hour. ------------------------------------------- After multiple watches and warnings were issued and allowed to expire, the National Weather Service (NWS) has now issued a new severe weather alert. This time it's a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, which affects Waukesha, Milwaukee, Walworth, Kenosha and Racine Counties until 1:00 a.m. Wednesday. An 'area of energy' coming up from the south is expected to continue to create …
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Erratic weather has people taking cover, then covering up in less than 12 hours.
While Muskego seems to have fared well despite experiencing storms that produced winds in excess of 50 mph, the turn around in weather has been nothing short of, well, bizarre. "It's amazing to think I had the air on yesterday, and may have to turn the heat on tonight," said Muskego resident Kathy Mueller. Yesterday's highs skirted with 90, tempered only by early overcast and later high clouds, and remained breezy. As the day wore on, however, the radar revealed what forecasters were predicting, manifesting in oranges and reds. By 9:30, the high winds and rain came, but were brief, ushering in a cool front that dropped the area into the upper 40s overnight. Wind chills throughout the day on Thursday hovered in the mid to upper 40s. While…
Thursday, April 28, 2011
With proper preparations, residents can keep safe during tornado season.
With spring begrudgingly moving forward and summer right around the corner, area residents are looking forward to warm days and sunny skies. However, this week's tornadoes throughout the south are a strong reminder we’re now in peak tornado season. Wisconsin averages about 20 tornadoes per year, which means residents need to be prepared. According to the Waukesha County Department of Emergency Preparedness, residents should keep following in mind to prepare for tornado season: U.S. Cellular of Wisconsin is offering these tips to residents to prepare themselves in case of a weather emergency: