Getting Warmer This week
Yesterday with a high of 26, was the coldest day since February 26 when we were 24 degrees…nearly a year. Wind chills were in the single digits all day and lows Tuesday morning will be in the single digits with wind chills below zero. The sun will be out and the wind much lighter, but it remains chilly with highs in the low to mid 20s. The wind shifts to the SW and clouds increase late in the day with a warm front that will keep lows Tuesday night near 20 and begin the warm up for the rest of the week.
This is a brief and relatively weak cold in Wisconsin standards, but after a December that was 8.5 degrees above normal, it got our attention. Highs on Wednesday are back in the 30s and near 40 for Thursday and in the lower 40s for Friday. No snow is in the forecast through the weekend…the weak winter continues.
The winter outlook back in October was for a colder and snowier than normal winter. December was very mild, but had above normal precipitation with 2.2” of rain, but only 1.1” of snow, nearly 10” below normal. The January outlook calls for the above normal temperatures to continue and the precipitation will be slightly above normal..mainly in the form of rain. This may be the year without a winter.