We started out the week with a mostly cloudy sky and cool temperatures. Monday's highs stayed mainly in the 50s. This is a couple of degrees below average for this time of year but we will be getting warmer today. A cold front sitting to our northwest will be moving into the area today, but out ahead of it we are still seeing a wind from the southwest helping to bring some mild air into the region. If we can see some sunshine today, then we do have a shot at hitting 70°, especially across the Coulee Region. Overall, we will see a mix of clouds and sun along with dry weather this afternoon with highs mainly in the mid and upper 60s.
Once the cold front moves out, high pressure will be settling in to clear out the sky overnight and allow for another sunny day Wednesday. Temperatures tomorrow will be a touch cooler, but mainly in the mid 60s as opposed to upper 60s, so not too much of a change. It is shaping up to be a lovely fall day...but then changes arrive for Thursday.
So far, October has been completely dry. That is not the worst news since September was very soggy at times, but of course we could use some rain. The next storm system will be arriving in Wisconsin sometime tomorrow night bringing showers and maybe even a couple of thunderstorms into the area through Thursday. Rainfall totals at this time look to be about a quarter to half inch (with higher amounts possible in any thunderstorms). So, this could erase the monthly deficient in a short period of time. Although the sky will be cloudy and rain will be falling at times, Thursday, the temperature will remain fairly mild as highs look to stay in the mid and upper 60s. The rain should be ending later Thursday with some clearing expected overnight. That will set us up for nice weather to end the work week.
Once the storms exit, high pressure will again be building and that will help clear out the clouds Thursday night leaving us with sunshine for Friday. Temperatures will be a bit cooler, though, with highs staying closer to 60°.
We have really been lucking out lately with really nice weather on the weekends and it appears we'll be in for another lovely fall stretch of days Saturday and Sunday. A warm southwest wind looks to develop, bringing temperatures back into the upper 60s with some areas into the 70s. Once again, it should be pleasant for pumpkin picking, corn mazes or just jumping in the leaf piles...hopefully you are able to get outside and enjoy!
- Federal meteorologists say the current El Nino is already the second strongest on record for this time of year and could be one of the most potent weather changers of the past 65 years.
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