I will now take a bow. Thank you for the warm round of applause. I am sure I single-handedly brought the copious amounts of rainfall to the area last night and this morning. You see, I spent 3 hours in the warmth and humidity on Saturday afternoon watering my garden. Ergo, it was bound to rain less than 36 hours later. Doesn’t it always happen that way? I knew there was a potential for heavy rainfall due to the high humidity, but I couldn’t be sure it would hit my house/gardens.
Even though I watered many of my plants, I am still happy to see the rainfall, most certainly for all of the other gardeners and farmers out there. Unfortunately, heavy rain usually comes with severe weather during the middle of Summer. Last night there were several reports of flooding rains, high wind, trees down, and power outages in Iron, Ashland, Vilas, Oneida, and Lincoln counties. There were even a couple of trees and large branches down in Wausau. I encountered one nearly blocking the road on my bike ride to work today. The same scene was reported across the southern part of the area this morning. A few trees were reported down in Wisconsin Rapids, Plover, and parts of Waupaca county. An trained weather spotter noted a 70mph wind gust in Plover. A few more thunderstorms could form again this afternoon so keep a close eye on the sky.
The other weather story is of course the heat. I am already sick of the media talking about how “brutal”, “terrible”, and “devastating” the heat is, and it has only been happening for one day so far. I completely understand that some people have medical conditions or age-related problems with the heat, but they aren’t the ones I hear complaining about it. The people I hear complaining about the heat are those who spend about 2 minutes outside of air conditioning on any particular day. Save it up. Use your gripes on Wednesday when high temps could hit 95-100 and the heat index will be 105-115. Wednesday should be the peak of the heat wave. High temps on Thursday will be in the low 90s and if we are lucky, we could be talking mid to upper 80s from Friday through Sunday. It will still be quite warm this weekend but not as hot as during the work week. The HEAT ADVISORIES and EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNINGS will remain in effect for the entire area through Wednesday and for a few spots through Thursday.
One thing that last night’s storms provided us with was a beautiful sunset – at least in the northwoods. Several people in Price county snapped beautiful pictures of the colorful sunlight illuminating the departing thunderclouds. Unfortunately, due to some weird software bug I cannot upload pictures to the blog today. Maybe I’ll be able to upload them to our StormTrak9 Facebook page and then post them in the blog tomorrow.
This is one thing that I forgot to mention when I came back from my trip to Florida (where everyone also complained about the heat). We were in the keys and a popular thing to do is watch the sunset at Mallory Square in Key West. Ocean sunsets are often attractive and there is a special feeling of looking out over the vast ocean. However, when it comes to color, when it comes to striking contrasts, when it comes to variety, you cannot hold a candle to sunsets (and sunrises) here in the upper Midwest. Spectacular sunsets/sunrises happen all year long.
Have a fine Monday! Meteorologist Justin Loew.
This post was written by jloew on July 18, 2011