If you like big weather numbers, the past few days have not disappointed. High temperatures Wednesday in Wisconsin included: 100 in Janesville, Racine, and Necedah, 99 in Watertown, 98 in Milwaukee, 97 in La Crosse and Stevens Point, 96 in Madison, and 95 in Superior and Green Bay for some of the hottest.
The storms that rolled through Tuesday evening brought wind gusts to 60 mph in numerous spots from Taylor and Clark Counties in a swath southeast to the Waupaca County. Stevens Point was especially hard hit with 75 mph winds estimated by the National Weather Service. They did a storm survey damage and believe it was not a tornado because all the trees down were laying in the same direction, to the east or southeast. That means it was a straightline thunderstorm wind event. The National Weather Service says the damage occurred mainly from 10:00 to 10:15 p.m. with the core of damage from downtown Stevens Point into the Whiting area.
We did have reports of a few funnel clouds in the region however. Below you’ll see one of those sent in from the Abbotsford area.
Rainfall was the other notable feature of the storms Tuesday night. I guess that shouldn’t be surprising given how much moisture was hanging in the air with the tropical dew points pushing 80 degrees. There were several bands that had over 4.0″ of rain from western into central Wisconsin. See the precipitation estimate map from the La Crosse National Weather Service below. The oranges and reds are the heaviest amounts.
Some rainfall reports include: 4.56″ Lublin (Taylor Co.), 4.0″ Gilman and Spencer, 3.93″ Owen, , 3.5″ Polonia, 3.25″ Scandinavia, 3.12″ Rib Mountain, 2.45″ 1 mile NE of Wausau, 2.25″ Stevens Point.
Here’s hoping for some less impressive weather over the next few days!
This post was written by Tony Schumacher on July 20, 2011