Officially Rolling into Summer

You know the weather pattern over the past week has been quiet if my first item of interest is to mention the Summer Solstice taking place on Tuesday, June 21st at 12:16pm.  Break out the cold beverages and cheer on the longest amounts of daylight we get to experience each year.  More specifically, this exact time on Tuesday is when the sun is located at the Tropic of Cancer, at 23.5 degrees North latitude.  This is the farthest north the sun travels on a yearly basis into our part of the globe.  Although this officially kicks off the summer season, the hottest weather climatologically takes place during July and the first half of August.  Granted we have already had three 90 degree days in Wausau in June, two of which established new record highs.  So there is the potential for the return of the hot weather at some point down the road.

Meantime, I will mention the obvious.  Severe weather this June has been relatively few and far between. Yes, we have had a couple rounds of either severe thunderstorm or tornado watches, a few warnings on storms, but to this point locally only a couple of storms that produced some large hail. Also, there was a tornado in Dane County on June 8th.  Now that I've made light of the situation, Mother Nature probably has more strong to severe storms up her sleeve in the next couple of weeks.  Now, if I had to pick out the best chances right now, I would aim for Tuesday or Wednesday (June 21-22).  Many of the computer models have been depicting the track of low pressure from the Rockies into Iowa and Minnesota during this time frame, with the storm then pushing east through the Badger State into early Thursday.  This placement of the low is not quite the same as what we had with our other big severe weather outbreaks in April & May, but as I'm talked about before, when we've got low pressure spinning this close by, there is that extra twisting going on in the atmosphere that can lead to potential supercell storms.  As the time gets closer, we shall see what transpires.

If you are keeping score at home, as of June 17th a total of 27 tornadoes have been confirmed in Wisconsin for this year.  That is already above the average and about half of the highest number recorded back in 2005.  There is still plenty of time for that number to go up before all is said and done.  On the other hand, I'm not seeing any dramatic shifts in the jet stream to that would draw in a stretch of hot weather in North Central Wisconsin.  Yes, there are plenty of chances for showers and storms in the next 7-10 days, but highs during this time frame look to be running either in the 70s or 80s.

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