What a great week of weather it has been in North Central Wisconsin! Bright sunshine by day, a star filled sky at night and temperatures that climbed from the 50s early on in the week, to the lower to mid 70s Thursday and around 80 Friday. It almost seems that Mother Nature is making up for the wet and cooler September. If you recall September 2009 featured nearly 2 weeks worth of dry and warm weather in the Wisconsin River Valley. Granted that was during what was still summer, but it no less matches up to what we have been experiencing as of late. In addition, we are at or just past the peak of fall colors in the region and if you missed out last weekend on doing some leave sightseeing, you will certainly want to take advantage of the warm conditions this go around to get in some of those scenic snapshots.
The reason for the dry and mild weather of late has been a blocking ridge of high pressure, known as an Omega Block, that has in essence slowed down the weather pattern across the country.
While we were high and dry, the Mid-Atlantic & Northeastern U.S. dealt with several days of gloomy weather accompanied by clouds and persistent showers. Meantime out in the Rockies, a trough of low pressure kept wet weather in the forecast and sparked some severe storms in parts of Arizona, Utah and Colorado. There are changes ahead for the new work week locally, with the arrival of a cold front on Tuesday. This will give us our first organized shower activity in about 2 weeks, followed by a drop off in afternoon readings, slipping from the 60s back into the 50s. In case you are wondering, the average highs for the 3rd week of October are in the upper 50s. So back to life and back to the reality of autumn weather in Wisconsin. If you've got some yard work to do, like raking leaves, this weekend will be the time to at least take care of round 1 in clearing up those leaves. The subsequent wave of leaves to fall will follow in the wake of wet weather and blustery, cool days...sort of like what we experienced last month. Needless to say, we should treasure these nice days as the daylight hours continue to get shorter, and the arrival of winter is a mere couple months away.
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