As a follow-up to the Rhinelander Flood I mentioned in yesterday’s blog entry, here are a couple of pictures taken by Brad Conklin while he was fishing on a Vilas county lake last Friday night (June 25th). The first pictures shows some ominous looking clouds and the second picture shows what appears to be a funnel cloud and could have been a tornado if it actually touched down (can’t tell for sure by the photograph). I asked the fellow who took the picture if he could see rotation when the picture was taken and he said it did look like the clouds were rotating and that smaller clouds were being sucked-up toward the eventual funnel. Later, Brad said that it rained like he had never seen before, creating rivers of water through the campsite. Once again, I am disappointed I was out of town and did not see the storm on radar, or in person. It sounds like one of the heaviest rain events in the northwoods in several years. The last time I heard of more than 5 inches of rain in one storm was in Price county in 2007 (might have been 2008) and also in Florence county in the mid 1990s (96 or 97 I think).
One would imagine that with such heavy rain, the Drought Monitor issued Thursday would show a much decreased severity of drought in northeast Wisconsin but that is not necessarily the case. Remember that the Rhinelander airport only showed 0.84 inches of precitpitation. The Drought Monitor most likely only incorporates precipitation from major reporting sites like the airport, so the “several inches” might be relatively un-accounted for in the drought calculation.
Lastly, a little late, but here is a picture of me playing basketball at the Gus Macker basketball tournament a couple weeks ago. Newsline 9 finished 3rd in the media division. I like the picture because it makes me look more athletic and like more of a basketball pro than I really am, lol. One nice thing about the Macker this year is that the weather turned out great. No rain, and the temperatures were in the 70s. There was a bit of a breeze on Saturday but not enough to affect shooting too much.
Have a nice Tuesday! Meteorologist Justin Loew.
This post was written by jloew on June 29, 2010