July 28, 2016 Updated: 12:35 PM
Yesterday turned out to be a rather active afternoon and evening of storms. Though the overall severe threat was low, a few isolated storms did produce severe weather. This included what appears to have been a brief and weak tornado touchdown in the Chetek area, where some property on a farm was damaged.
The rest of today looks cloudy, and at times dreary. Not feeling very summer-like but never fear, once we get through today it will be back to nice, normal late July weather. Still a few scattered rain showers possible through at least mid afternoon but most of the wet weather is to the east at this hour. And the entire day will not be a washout. We'll just see some off and on showers, and times of drizzle so an umbrella may come in handy. Clouds will prevail helping to limit our warming keeping high temperatures in the mid 70's this afternoon. Winds have shifted back to the northeast which is also helping to usher in the cooler air. Low pressure and a front will continue to slowly exit to the south and east through the day, so rain chances should slowly diminish from north to south and by evening we should be dry in the Chippewa Valley.
As this slow moving system exits, high pressure to the north will take hold, bringing drier and more comfortable weather to the state heading into this final weekend of July. By tomorrow we'll see sunshine returning with a few clouds along with low humidity and very comfortable highs in the upper 70's. This is still actually a couple of degrees below average, as we are normally at about 83° for late July highs. It will be very comfortable spending time outdoors so hopefully you are able to take advantage of the lovely weather. If not, well you are in luck...the nice weather will hang around through the end of the month. As our fair weather friend, high pressure gradually moves out to the east, our winds will shift back to a more southerly direction helping to warm us up once again. This will be a slow warm up, though with very July-like weather ahead both weekend days. Saturday and Sunday will be dry with sunshine and clouds and highs warming back into the lower 80's. Get outside and enjoy it if you can! The humidity will be tolerable (just noticeable) and the sky will be clear...perfect pool, boating or walking weather.
As we turn the calendar page to August we'll be reminded that meteorological summer still has a full month left. The pattern will be a warm one once again as the jet stream lifts a bit more to the north. This will allow temperatures to climb higher into the 80's and close to 90's along with the return of some humidity. It is going to feel warm and sticky once again! But, some relief will arrive sometime Monday night into Tuesday as the next cold front moves into the area.
-Meteorologist Drew Williams