It’ll still be hot today as temperatures reach 90° but the humidity has dropped which will make it much more bearable for us. Yesterday’s high in Green Bay was 92° with a maximum heat index of 99° as the dew point reached into the lower 70s. A “cold” front pushed through in the evening and ushered in drier air although it won’t bring cooler temperatures. Expect a mostly sunny Friday with a high near 90°. The weekend is looking hot too with highs both days near 88° and a small chance of showers and thunderstorms on Sunday. The heart of the heat today is to our south where heat advisories and warnings are issued. Although we won’t be getting those triple-digit temperatures and it is less humid, keep in mind that 90 degrees is still hot so take the necessary precautions and drink plenty of water.
We have had 7 days (so far) of temperatures at or above ninety degrees. Yes it’s been hot, but nothing like 1988. That year was a scorcher. We had 34 days at or above ninety degrees that summer. Here is how it breaks down.
- May: 1 day with a high of 90°
- June: 14 days with highs at or above 90°. We hit 98° twice that month. Longest stretch of consecutive 90° days was 5.
- July: 9 days with highs at or above 90°. We hit 98° three times that month. Longest stretch of consecutive 90° days was 5.
- August: 10 days with highs at or above 90°. We hit 99° twice that month. Longest stretch of consecutive 90° days was 4.
Keep the sunscreen handy this week because we’ll see a lot of sun with warming temperatures. After a high in the low 80s Sunday we’ll be about 8 to 10 degrees cooler to start the work week. An area of high pressure will push slowly to the east and bring in warmer air. Highs by Thursday will be near 90! The winds will be very manageable as well today and tomorrow with northeast winds 5-10 mph today turning to the south Tuesday.
We’ll see less of a lot of things today; less heat, less humidity and less wind which will add up to a lot more comfort! Highs yesterday were in the 90s with dew points near 70. Expect a high temperature near 80 today with dew points in the low 60s with a lot of sunshine. Most of us will stay dry tomorrow although there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon with a high near 78.
We got some much-needed rain this morning from the first round of showers and thunderstorms that pushed through the area…now the heat is on! Expect a high of near 90° with partly sunny skies. The heat and high humidity (dew points in the upper 60s) will be in place as a cold front moves in resulting in round 2 of showers and thunderstorms. Right now it looks like the best chance of the storms are between 4 pm and midnight. Some of the storms may become severe with damaging wind and large hail as well as an isolated tornado. Check out interactive radar to track the storms. FOX 11′s meteorologists will be monitoring the storms so keep it tuned to your station for severe weather coverage.
While things are starting off nice and quiet today, we have a chance to see some showers and storms kick up this afternoon as temperatures rise into the upper 80s. The good news is, while there is a threat for severe weather, it is a very modest risk. A few storms here and there may contain severe hail and winds, but I’m expecting the number of those storms to be less than what I could count on one hand.
The storms should fire up after Noon today, and last through the early-mid evening hours. We should then see a brief reprieve from the wet weather, before another risk for some passing showers or storms presents itself towards midnight. We then will gradually dry out into Sunday.
The active weather could return on Monday, and this threat for severe weather looks much more organized than today’s threat. We’ll keep a close eye on it as we get closer to the start of your work week.
Some relief from the dry weather is possible this afternoon. Thunderstorms with heavy rain have been hitting the Northwestern side of Wisconsin. The HRRR weather computer model is putting down rain and thunderstorms for the Northwoods between 4 and 5pm (see map at the bottom). These storms will run into drier air so I would not expect everyone to see rain; and the intensity of the showers will decrease the farther east they go. A stationary front to our west will keep the chance for rain in the forecast through the weekend. Forecasting when and where the rain will fall will be extremely hard so check Fox11 radar before you head outside. You can also get the radar to your smart phone, click here to download them.
Absolutely gorgeous day as the Packers opened mini-camp. Two more days out on the field, then the team is off for about six weeks before reporting for training camp.
Once again, happy to share some observations from the practice field and locker room. If you have anything to add, leave a comment or send me a tweet, @Justin_Felder
From the field …
- Practice didn’t look different than the OTAs; it sounded different. There were referees during the scrimmages, both sides didn’t waste their voices yelling for penalties. The offense and defense were both vocal, joking around and getting loud after big plays. During scrimmages, we stand behind defensive sideline, easy to hear them giving the offense a hard time.
- Fun to see Jordy Nelson and Tramon Williams going head-to-head on a few consecutive plays. First, Aaron Rodgers threw a ball up into the end zone … maybe it was a blown play or some miscommunication, but Williams came down with an interception. You could hear him yell, ‘pick’ before grabbing the ball. Don’t know if that rankled Rodgers, but a few plays later, he found Jordy Nelson on a familiar front pylon-fade route for a pretty touchdown. Watching the video, Rodgers had his eyes towards Nelson the whole way.
- Charles Woodson, back after not being on the field during the OTAs that were open to the media, did a lot of work. During training camp, and even during practice weeks, the coaches sometimes take it easy on Woodson, heading into his 15th season. Woodson was out there a lot, saying afterward he thinks that will be the plan for the week. Day one, he played largely at the nickel and dime spots.
From the locker room …
- First time I got to talk to rookie QB BJ Coleman. He talked a lot about how good of a teacher and mentor Aaron Rodgers is, how he tells Coleman and Graham Harrell what to look for on plays, in the film room. He also mentioned that, before coming up for individual work and OTAs, people told him it would feel like a long time in Green Bay … now he says it feels like it’s flown by.
- Everyone’s happy to have Charles Woodson on the field. While Woodson proclaimed himself ‘a little rusty,’ teammates and Coach McCarthy disagreed. Casey Hayward, a rookie who was in elementary school when Woodson broke into the NFL, says he thinks Woodson is still a top-5 defensive back in the league, and is excited to pick his brain. Woodson said he’s happy with what he’s seen of the defensive rookies so far.
- Woodson also emphasized the Packers need to get to the QB this season. You can cover all you want in the secondary, “but if you need to cover a guy for 5, 6 seconds,” it’s tougher. Woodson also talked about the team releasing safety Nick Collins. It’s tough from a football standpoint, Woodson said, but “from a friend-standpoint it hurts even more.”
- Talked to Josh Sitton a about new center Jeff Saturday, getting used to the communication … and as importantly, his recent round at Pebble Beach. Sitton said he only lost one ball in the ocean on the waterside course. Not a bad way to spend some downtime during offseason work.
Gorgeous day. Hope this sunburn doesn’t hurt too bad. If you were in the stands and have comments of you’re own, add them below, and always feel free to send me a tweet @Justin_Felder
After three days in the 90′s and upper 80′s we’ll see high temperatures in the low 70′s today. Clear skies and lighter winds tonight will bring temperatures into the upper 30′s in the far North Woods. A frost advisory is in effect tonight until 7am Wednesday morning for Langlade, Forest, Florence, and Northern Marinette Counties. Cover sensitive plants with a cloth or put them in the garage to keep them from getting frost bitten.
We could really use some rain in Wisconsin. In the past 10 days the National Weather Service Office in Green Bay has had a trace of rain. In the past 20 days only 0.53” has fallen.
A few showers or thunderstorms will develop this afternoon. A cold front is just entering into Wisconsin and humid weather has built across the state with dew points in the low 60s. An impulse in the jet stream will move overhead this afternoon combined with the front and higher humidity to produce scattered thundershowers. One or two of these storms could be strong with gusty winds and small hail.
The chance for rain ends late this afternoon and no new rain is forecast for the next 6 day.