It has almost been deja vu all over again when it comes to severe weather in June across the Badger State. Although we got the ball rolling a bit later than seems to be typical over the past few years for the month, this looks to be the week of unsettled weather for Wisconsin. The feeling of this having happened before makes me think back to 2005 when North Central Wisconsin seemed to be the focal point for round after round of storms producing damaging winds, hail, heavy downpours and there were a few tornadoes sprinkled in as well. At least through this stretch, the worst of the weather for the most part has been outside of the region. Nevertheless, we have felt some of the effects from these storms. Let's break it down day by day.
Monday June 21st
Thunderstorms got rolling during the late afternoon along a boundary in southern Wisconsin, combined with a strong disturbance working across the region during the late afternoon and evening. The worst of the weather took place during the early to mid evening hours with damaging winds & tornadoes first hitting parts of Dane & Lafayette Counties then charging east to the western suburbs of Milwaukee in Waukesha and Jefferson Counties. A total of 5 tornadoes were confirmed, 4 being EF1 and 1 being rated an EF2. Additional details can be found from the NWS Milwaukee.
Tuesday June 22nd
There were two rounds of severe weather that affected the state. Round #1 spurred a tornado that crossed from SE Minnesota into SW Wisconsin during the early morning hours with a Mesoscale Convective Storms (MCS). This tornado touched down at 3am near Gays Mills and was rather small, only 25 yards wide. Check out more from the NWS La Crosse. Meantime up in our neck of the woods, a Severe T-Storm Watch was issued for the morning hours in much of the region, but the most we experienced locally was heavy downpours of rain and gusty winds from 2am through about 7am.
Round #2 was more scattered in variety, focused up in the northwestern part of the state. Storms bubbled up in Douglas & Burnett Counties, causing damaging winds, hail and funnel clouds but no confirmed tornadoes. No less, one of these clusters of storms attempted to sneak into Price County during the early evening, leading to a Tornado Warning. Fortunately, the cell which was making a right turn toward the southeast, hit the brakes and shifted back to the east, staying just north of the Price County border. Nevertheless, some strong showers and storms did slip across parts of the Northwoods during the evening. Additional info on this stormy weather can be found from the NWS Duluth.
Wednesday June 23rd
Another day, another opportunity for storms. This time things were fairly quiet until the late afternoon as a cold front slowly shifted east into North Central Wisconsin. At first some strong storms came to life across parts of Price and Oneida County, along with other scattered storms that stretched south through Lincoln, Marathon, Wood, Portage, Juneau and Adams Counties. None of these storms in the central and southern parts of the area turned severe, but did produce some downpours with frequent lightning. Meantime, there was just enough of twisting going on in the atmosphere that storms working across SE Oneida, S Forest and NE Langlade County became severe and at the very least caused lots of downed trees, power lines, up ended a boat, along with a bit of hail. Titan Radar did indicate that there was some rotation with the storm working through the Tornado Warning area, where the damage was focused. A funnel cloud was also sighted with these storms by spotters. The National Weather Service in Green was during a storm survey on Thursday afternoon to see if a tornado did actually take place. I'll add a link with their results.
Moving forward, there is the risk of storms again Friday evening into early Saturday and again Saturday night into Sunday morning for strong to possibly severe storms in our area. As always, I'll add updated info to the blog in the wake of these storms. However be sure to check in to our 24/7 Weather Channel for real-time information, Newschannel 7 for details during newscasts and even our twitter link @wsawweather.
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