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May 28, 2012 - Memorial Day - Severe Storms - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Isolated severe thunderstorms developed over south central Wisconsin and pushed east into Milwaukee County on Memorial Day. The storms produced isolated wind damage and heavy rain throughout southern Wisconsin.

Memorial Day Severe Storms - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Hot and humid conditions persisted well into the Memorial weekend across the Milwaukee metropolitan area. A cold front was expected to push through southern Wisconsin during the late afternoon hours that would provided some relief from the humidity. Mammatus Clouds - Memorial DayHowever, this combined with moderate wind shear in the upper atmosphere brought the possibility of strong thunderstorms to occur sometime in the afternoon.

I decided to camp out at my girlfriend's place to monitor the weather, but also enjoy a cook-out with friends. During the early afternoon strong thunderstorms erupted along the front, initially took their time to organize, but finally became severe east of Madison. Of interest was a nice swath of Mammatus clouds that overspread Milwaukee County out ahead of the storms. A few hours later, the gust front pushed into Milwaukee County and wind gusted over 35 mph at times. We decided to drive and put ourselves in the core of the storm and ended up at the local YMCA. There was decent wind and very torrential rain. The storms marched east and we watched a nice water swirl in the parking lot.



Damage Reports

There were isolated pockets of wind damage west and north of Milwaukee, but the intensity of the storms reached their peak before they moved out over Lake Michigan. The severe weather threat had diminished as daytime heating dissipated at sunset.

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