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Thanksgiving 2011 Weather Forecast - Milwaukee, WI

Nov 18, 2011
GFS - Thanksgiving ForecastThe Thanksgiving weather forecast for Milwaukee, Wisconsin is looking rather mild with daytime high temperatures forecast to be in the upper 40's across southern Wisconsin including: Madison, Waukesha, Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha. The latest ECMWF and GFS weather computer models indicate an upper level ridge of high pressure to anchor over the Midwest providing mild weather.

Thanksgiving 2011 - GFS Temperature ForecastThe weather across Wisconsin during the Thanksgiving week is always unpredictable. Since 1998 Thanksgiving Snowfall in Milwaukee has been small to none, but snowstorms have happened close to the holiday in the past. A post Thanksgiving snowstorm struck southern Wisconsin on Monday November 27, 1995. Blizzard conditions, traffic slowdowns and accidents plagued the Milwaukee metro area. The storm was one of the top snowstorms to hit southern Wisconsin during the month of November. Last year in 2011 offered the other weather extreme. A few days prior to turkey day, the Milwaukee metro area experienced severe thunderstorms that produced Tornadoes in Union Grove, Wisconsin.

There may be a minor snowstorm to affect northwest Wisconsin this weekend, but starting next week on Monday the upper Midwest and Wisconsin look good to go weatherwise. There is a chance of a weather system next weekend, but that's uncertain at this moment. I'll update this blog on Sunday regarding any weather developments for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Saturday November 19th - Thanksgiving 2011 Weather Forecast

The computer models continue to show a ridge of high pressure dominating over Wisconsin and the Midwest states next week. There is a signal from most models to bring in warm temperatures for Thanksgiving. Some areas like Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago may see record high temperatures set for the holiday, but it's too far out to get in specifics. I'll post more graphics tomorrow.

Monday November 21st - Thanksgiving 2011 Weather Forecast

2011 USA Thanksgiving Temperatures - Nam Model ForecastThanksgiving weather continues to look across Wisconsin and surrounding states. The ridge of high pressure that has been forecast continues to be the dominant weather player for the holiday. The latest NAM model indicates widespread 50's to advect into the Milwaukee area and these values may be a little low. Either way the weather is looking fantastic. A storm system may affect the Midwest during the Thanksgiving weekend but details continue to be muddy at this point.

Wednesday November 23 - Thanksgiving Forecast

Wisconsin couldn't ask for a better Thanksgiving weather forecast. High's will be in the 50's across the Milwaukee and Madison area with plenty of sunshine. The mild weather will continue into Friday across much of Wisconsin. A low pressure system will affect the region during the weekend but nothing major in terms of snow or heavy rainfall is expected. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Good Morning and Happy Thanksgiving to you!

You're probably waking up this morning thinking the today would start off nice and sunny. Well, most of Wisconsin and the upper Midwest is stuck in a cloudy stratus deck shown below. As the morning wears on the clouds should break apart from Madison to Milwaukee to allow party sunny skies. There was talk about today's thanksgiving high temperatures getting somewhat close to breaking the record but that appears to be in jeopardy. It's looking more like low 50's at this point with higher temps further south into Iowa and Illinois. Enjoy the turkey!

Thanksgiving Satellite Image - Upper Midwest


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