Weather forecasts for Madison, WI written by students in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Midterms: Not the Only Source of High Pressure
Public weather briefing
This week is set up to end exactly the way it started: with clear,
sunny skies and temperatures consistently ranging from 30 to 60 degrees
Fahrenheit. No precipitation is expected until Tuesday at the earliest. Maximum
wind speeds this week are expected to be around 15 mph. Friday and Saturday
will be the coolest days this week (and not just because of the start of the
weekend!) with highs of 50, so wear a light sweater.
Skies with no precipitation. Lows in the mid 40s.Thursday.Partly
cloudy with light winds. High in the upper 60s..\Thursday night.Partly
cloudy with winds of or under 10 mph.Friday. Sunny,
but cool. High of 50 and a low of 30. Winds during the day around 10 mph. Saturday.Clear and
cool. High of 50 and low of 30. Outlook for Sunday through
Tuesday. Sunday and Monday will be very similar
to Friday and Saturday, as Madison will continue to be sunny with light winds. Sunday
and Monday will get progressively warmer, with respective highs of 60 and 65
and respective lows of 40 and 50. 30% chance of rain on Tuesday with a high of
70 and low of 50. [CONFIDENCE: MEDIUM]
Much of the western United States lies just south of a significant
ridge. This is creating a bubble of high pressure moving west to east that is
expected to go envelop Wisconsin over the last few days of the week, hence the
lack of precipitation and any significant cyclonic action. The change in
along-flow wind speed at all levels (particularly at 300 mb) is relatively low,
meaning this feature is not expected to gain substantial energy. Any
precipitation or cool air next week is instead expected to come from cool
Canadian air pushed southward by cyclonic activity off the Gulf of Alaska.
Conversely, the American Northeast is enveloped in a minor
cyclone, which is likely to have precipitative consequences for our wxchallenge
forecasting results! Keep an eye out!