Strong to Severe Storms Possible in Parts of our Area Tonight -Bill Graul
Record Heat for Many on Thursday
Tonight’s Forecast Low: 72F / Thursday’s Forecast High: 93F…
A new record high temp of 90F was set today at the La Crosse airport. This broke the old record of 89F, set way back in 1922.
ALERT NIGHT: The concern tonight is the chance for strong to severe storms in parts of our area. In fact, about the NW half of the viewing area is under a TORNADO WATCH until midnight. Storms have the potential to produce strong winds, hail and isolated tornadoes. Locally heavy rainfall will also occur as the storms move through.
Scattered showers and storms are possible elsewhere as well, especially near and north of I-90, but the severe threat is mainly north and west of La Crosse. It will be very mild and muggy tonight with lows in the mid 60s to low 70s.
Thursday will be another very warm and humid day. In fact, record heat will again be likely for many… including La Crosse. My forecast high for tomorrow is 93F and the record stands at 90F, set way back in 1940. We will stay dry during the day, then there will be a chance for a weakening line of storms to move in from the west Thursday night… but it’s unclear how long they’ll hold together. I’ll include at least a slight chance of showers/storms Thursday night for now, especially west of the Miss. River. Stay tuned!
Looking Ahead… More storms are possible Friday afternoon, this time the greatest threat for stronger storms will be south/east of La Crosse. Highs Friday will be in the low-mid 80s. Just isolated t-showers possible over the weekend, but many areas will remain dry. Highs in the low 80s Saturday, then more seasonable low-mid 70s Sunday.
Next Monday through Wednesday look mainly dry at this point, with cooler and more comfortable temps in the 60s to around 70F. Slight chance of showers and t-storms next Thursday with highs in the mid 70s. Have a good night and stay extra weather aware if you are in the Watch area. -Bill Graul
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