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An Active Weather Wednesday

Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible on Wednesday in parts of the Ohio Valley, Upper Mississippi Valley and south-central Plains. These storms may produce heavy rain and flooding in the Ohio Valley. Meanwhile, a strong cold front will sweep through the Northwest U.S. with rain, mountain snow and high winds. Finally, heat and record high temperatures are likely across the Southern U.S. Read More >


July continued the wet pattern from the past several months across southern Wisconsin.  Milwaukee's rainfall of 3.69 inches was only 0.02 inches above normal, but  Madison's monthly rainfall total of 6.52 inches was 2.34 inches above normal.  This marks the second straight month that Madison has received in excess of 6 inches of rain.  More rainfall occurred in other portions of southern Wisconsin with some locations topping 10 inches!  There were three main heavy rain events during the month and you can see each individual event in the fourth graphic.  The first occurred during the morning of July 12th when 8 inches of rain fell across southeastern Wisconsin into northeastern Illinois.  The next event affected west central, southwest and central Wisconsin from the 19th into the 20th when as much as 8 inches occurred near La Crosse.  The final event affected far southwestern Wisconsin and northern Illinois on the 21st into the 22nd when another 8 inches fell in some areas.  See the graphic images for more details.

Temperatures were near normal in July.  Milwaukee's average temperature was 72.1 degrees which was 0.3 degrees above normal. Madison's average temperature of 71.2 degrees was 0.1 degrees below the long term normal.