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July 7, 2008

Just what a disaster area needs

A Flash Flood Watch has just been issued for Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Marquette counties from 6 p.m. through Tuesday morning. Two to four inches “and possibly higher amounts” of rain are possible when the cold front interacts with the “very moist and unstable airmass“ that is making breathing outside difficult today.

I find this curious. You’d think the 143,000-mph wind gusts we experienced earlier today would have dried up everything.

3:20 p.m. update: A Flash Flood Watch is now in effect for Calumet, Manitowoc, Waushara and Winnebago counties through Tuesday morning. Those counties are predicted to receive 1 to 3 inches “though locally higher amounts are possible.”

4 p.m. update: A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is now in effect for Brown, Calumet, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marquette, Menominee, Outagamie, Shawano, Sheboygan, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago counties until 11 p.m. The watch message mentions “hail to 2 inches in diameter” and “thunderstorm wind gusts to 70 mph,” plus lightning.

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