In a perfect world during the summer we’d have 4 or 5 sunny days a week mixed in with a day of moderate rain where we maybe get an 1.0″ of rain. It hardly ever seems to work that way around here though. For example the first 2 weeks of June brought very little rain, under .50″ for the whole period. Now in the past 8 days we’ve had about 3.0″, with some spots in the TV-9 viewing area picking up over 5.0″.
The image below is the storm total precipitation estimate from the Green Bay National Weather Service radar just from Monday morning through Wednesday afternoon. This doesn’t include the heavy rain we got Saturday night into Sunday morning. It is a very colorful display, isn’t it!
The heaviest totals appear to be centered on a strip from north of Madison to Wautoma on to Shawano County, then up into the Laona and Iron Mountain areas. There are some other smaller but heavy zones from Necedah to west of Marshfield, then northwest of Wausau.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Upper WolfRiver around Shawano through Saturday. As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, it was about one-half foot above flood stage there.
So does it look like the feast or famine moisture patterns will continue? I’m hoping it will even out a bit. We should be mainly dry Friday through Sunday. Then we have a chance of showers Sunday evening and Monday. That could be followed by several dry days for the middle of next week. So overall there does seem to be a trend toward moderation.
This post was written by Tony Schumacher on June 22, 2011