Big Swing in Temperatures

So it was just another wild week of weather in the Wisconsin River Valley.  First on the docket were morning storms that rolled through on Monday, producing hail up to half dollar size in Wausau, and up to 4.25" in Loganville in South Central Wisconsin.  Then, as we expected, the heat was on.  With an adjustment of the jet stream to our north, all of the sizzling weather that had been bottled up across the southern plains and desert southwest surged into the Badger State.  Along with that, came the return of higher humidity.  Record highs were set on both Tuesday and Wednesday in the area, with the highest temps locally in Stevens Point, Plover, Mosinee and Wautoma where the mercury was in the upper 90s Tuesday.  There were a handful of spots in the Badger State that did make it to triple digits as well, including La Crosse, which topped out at 100.

Of course, the main way to scour out the heat and humidity is with the passage of a cold front. Once again, much, if not all of North Central Wisconsin, was spared the strong to severe storms that developed along this front later Wednesday afternoon and evening.  Yes we did get some clouds, a shift in the wind, a couple stray showers, and the lowering of dew point values for the evening, but that was about it.  This wasn't the same story just to south.  From Wisconsin Dells to Madison and over into Milwaukee, severe storms produced various reports of 1"+ hail, damaging winds that brought down trees, and an EF1 Tornado that tracked for 17.6 miles from Verona to SE of Monona.  You can learn more about this twister & the severe weather in southern Wisconsin from the NWS Milwaukee.

Now, even with this cold front marching southeast, you probably won't have though that only a couple of days later, we would again be diving into the record books for a different mark.  In this case, looking up the record cool highs for June 10th in the region.  As of late afternoon on Friday, many locales, with the exception of Wausau, were very close to if not just below the temperatures listed below.

In a matter of 24 hours from Wednesday to Thursday afternoon, many places had temperatures that were roughly 25-30 degrees lower in nature, but only running about 10 degrees below seasonal averages.  Whenever we get a cool air mass in place that produces a thick overcast with occasional showers/drizzle in June, there is always that possibility that we could be experiencing temps that are well below average highs.  Thus that is what went down on Friday.  No less, as soon as we get the return of sunshine, the mercury will shoot back to more reasonable levels for mid-June.  That is a very good bet. 

Sure enough rolling into the new week, highs will be back into the 70s and 80s, with it once again feeling like summer throughout the area.  The one aspect that has gotten lost in all of this talk of temperatures is that the surplus of precipitation that we had going into the month of June has vanished, with Wausau now running a bit of a deficit.  Granted a heavy downpour with a thunderstorm could get us back on track quickly, but it appears the lawn sprinklers and watering bucket might be a necessity again as we roll into the heart of the summer.

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