Temperatures have been well above normal for the last few months, since November 2011, and it looks like that trend will continue for the next few days, but it might not continue for the entire Summer. I say “might not” because the weather is of course known to be quite temperamental and highly changeable here in Northcentral Wisconsin, but also because the CPC outlook does not indicate a strong trend toward the warm weather continuing. If I had too stick my neck out, I would say the Summer months ARE going to average above normal. How far above, I am not sure. I suspect we will have a couple of heat waves where the high temperature stays in the 90s for 2 or 3 days in a row, but I don’t think it will be super-hot all Summer long like a few people have told me (just in casual conversation on the street).
The CPC has the northern half of the country in the “Equal Chances” category once again for the month of June and for the 3 month (June-July-August) period. The higher chance of above normal temps is expected to be in the southern half of the country. Precipitation for us is all indicated as “Equal Chances”.
With the warm weather we have had as of late, you would think that the snow on Rib Mountain would be gone. That is not the case. I you entered the contest back in April and are anxiously waiting because you picked a date toward the end of May, you are in luck. The snow is melting pretty fast. I think it will be gone or very close, over the holiday weekend. Here are a couple of pictures taken today – May 23rd. Have a nice Wednesday! Meteorologist Justin Loew.