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Mild Temps and Showers
Forecast Updated at 9:19 AM Saturday
We have officially broken the record for most days of 1" of snow or greater on the ground. We've now gone 151 days here in Rhinelander, breaking the previous record of 150 days set back in 1978/1979. We stand a good chance of melting the majority of it this week as temperatures rise into the 50s and even a few 60s for the daytime highs.
The clouds have been slow to move into the Northwoods today as most of the moisture with our next system remains to our North throughout the day, with just a slight chance of showers for today. The best chance for rain will hold off until tonight when a slow moving cold front moves into the state. Then the front stalls out for Easter Sunday giving us the chance for showers in the afternoon, but the best chance for rain will again fall in the evening hours as the front energizes and begins to head East. We could be looking at thunderstorms tomorrow night and into Monday morning forming near the Iowa and Minnesota border in SW Wisconsin and headed east toward the Fox Valley. I think most of the Northwoods will we see just see a few scattered showers from this, but from Hwy 29 and south may have a better chance to see a thunderstorm.
For the rest of the week, we stay relatively mild, with Monday being the warm day, topping out above average into the low 60s. This will certainly help to melt the snow, especially since we keep the 50s for daytime highs throughout the rest of the week. It looks like we'll have more active weather for Thursday providing with the potential for thunderstorms, but we'll keep you updated as we move closer to that date.
Melt the Snow Everyone!
Meteorologist Matt Brooks
Last 2 Days: 7.5"
Last 3 Days: 11.2"
Saturday: Breezy with the best chance for showers in the evening, clouds increase throughout the day.
Temps: 49° to 53°
Winds: SE 10-20, gusts to 25 mph
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy with a chance for light to moderate rain and light fog late.
Temps: 37° to 41°
Winds: S 5-10 mph
Sunday: Partly sunny with scattered showers possible throughout the day.
Temps: 56° to 60°
Winds: W 5-8 mph
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Matt joined WJFW back in February of 2008 as Weekend Meteorologist, was promoted to Morning Meteorologist in May of 2008 and has been Chief Meteorologist since September of 2010.
Matt graduated in May of 2007 from the University of North Dakota with B.S. degrees in Atmospheric Sciences and Environmental Geography. During his years in North Dakota, Matt was involved with several campus weather and news shows including Prairie Weather Update, River Watch, UND Weather Update and Studio One in which he worked as a forecaster, producer, anchor and feature reporter.
Matt grew up in Eden Prairie, a suburb of Twin Cities in Minnesota, but is a cheesehead at heart and has the Packer Jerseys to prove it! He's considered the Northwoods his second home since childhood as his family’s roots are from all across the Northwoods and Central Wisconsin. In fact his grandparents are Weather Watchers for the evening shows on Newswatch 12!
Believe it or not, Matt equates his move to the Northwoods as a move to the tropics as the winters in North Dakota can be cold, long, but exciting! While living in Grand Forks, Matt honed his forecasting skills with a wide range of weather including frequent blizzards, record setting cold of -43°F (-70° with the wind chill) and snirt (combination of snow & dirt)!
Matt enjoys fishing and hunting during the summer & fall and skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing when the snow begins to fall. He looks forward to living in the Northwoods and exploring what Northern Wisconsin has to offer!
Melissa Constanzer joined the WJFW team as the weekend meteorologist in October of 2012. This is Melissa’s first time in the Great Lakes region.
Born and raised outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Melissa always was fascinated by the weather that surrounded her. As she got older, she noticed how weather impacts everyone’s life each day and decided to attend The Pennsylvania State University for Meteorology.
During her time at Penn State, Melissa absorbed as much as she could about the weather. She took extra classes such as advanced weather forecasting and a graduate level tropical meteorology class which added to her meteorology degree.
In addition to course work, Melissa was also involved in several clubs while at Penn State. She did frequent video productions for the Campus Weather Service and was also invited to be a student, on-camera forecaster for Weather World which airs each weeknight across Pennsylvania. Melissa was the Community Outreach Chair for Penn State’s AMS chapter. She loved being able to organize community events such as elementary school visits during which she got to teach kids about the weather.
Melissa also spent a summer in Atlantic City, New Jersey where she interned under the chief meteorologist at WMGM NBC-40. The following summer, she worked as the weekend evening meteorologist at WBRE, NBC’s Wilkes-Barre affiliate.
When she is not studying the weather, Melissa enjoys spending time outside. Her favorite pastimes include running, downhill skiing, and swimming, in addition to spending time with family and friends.
Matt Brooks joined WJFW in January 2014 as the Weekend Meteorologist and couldn't be happier to start his career in the Northwoods.
Matt is no stranger to the snow having been born and raised in Northern Lower Michigan in the city of Cheboygan. His interest in weather began by forecasting snowfall amounts as a 6th grader after several intense winter storms. Although winter weather piqued his interests, his growing fascination for all weather continued through his high school years
In 2009, Matt started studying Meteorology at Central Michigan University where he was a member of the Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. During the Summer of 2012, Matt completed an internship at WPBN TV 7&4 in Traverse City under the supervision of the morning meteorologist.
When Matt returned to Central Michigan University the following fall, he was selected to be a weather anchor on the community news program News Central 34, which aired live in three counties. In May of 2013, he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree majoring in meteorology and a minoring in mathematics.
Matt enjoys watching films, reading, and spending time practicing guitar. If you happen to see Matt out and about, don't hesitate to say hello and ask about the weather!