Summer is on the way

Welcome to my first blog here on wsaw.com.  My hopes over the weeks and months ahead in my little corner of our award winning webchannel is to provide a weekly look at various aspects of the weather.  Here in Wisconsin, we experience pretty much everything Mother Nature wants to throw our way, from severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flooding during the warm weather months, to bouts of brutally cold air and snow in the winter.  We are now entering into the summer months and in particular for us, what is typically an opportune time for severe storms to blossom and race through the region.  June through August is on average the most active stretch when it comes to thunderstorms that produce damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes.  Having been here in North Central Wisconsin for the past 5 years, June really sticks out in my mind.  Just last year on June 7th we were pounded with storms that produced the second largest hail stones on record ever in the state, in Port Edwards at 5.5” in diameter.  More so, five tornadoes touched down in Central and Northeastern Wisconsin , the most extreme of which was an EF-3 with winds of 140-160 mph that was on the ground for a little over 40 miles stretching from far northern Shawano County all the way into northwestern Oconto.  If you flip the calendar back a couple more years to June 2005, you’ll find we experienced storms that produced damaging winds, hail, or tornadoes in 5 out of 7 days from June 4th to the 11th.  Not to be forgotten, that very same year was also when the most tornadoes ever struck the state of Wisconsin (62 in total) and the most twisters ever touched down on a single day (August 18).

Needless to say, the next several weeks will certainly keep us on our toes here in the weather lab.  We will definitely keep a close eye on Titan Radar whenever the next outbreak of thunderstorms threatens.

For more details on the above mentioned episodes of wild weather, you can check out the storms from June 7, 2007 at the National Weather Service Green Bay’s website and a special section on our webchannel.  As for the week’s worth of stormy weather from June 2005, you can find the storm summaries through the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).  Be sure to pick Wisconsin and then  enter in the dates and type of storm details you’d like to find out.

A couple of additional notes, if and when we do experience severe weather in the area, I’ll work to provide an in-depth recap on the storms that affect our region right here on the blog.  I can’t promise I’ll cover every instance of stormy weather, but if we end up having non-stop coverage on Newschannel 7, the odds are good that you’ll hear more about it later.  Last but not least, we’ve got you covered whenever severe weather hits the Wisconsin River Valley .  From live updates on our 24/7 digital weather channel, to coverage on Newschannel 7, to live streaming video of our weather cut-ins right here at wsaw.com and our exclusive My Local Titan, where you can zoom in down to your local county.  We certainly tested it out pretty good this past Sunday with that round of storms and there will likely be more instances to take advantage of it all in the near future.
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