Scattered Rain Showers Return
Forecast Updated at 7:00 AM Thursday
Rain is already working its way across the Northwoods from west to east as a front moves through. Expect the chance for rain as scattered showers will last through the morning and early afternoon. As the front passes by, skies will begin to clear out. Therefore, there will be some partial clearing for parts of the Northwoods.
If you're hoping to catch a peek at the solar eclipse, the best locations to do it will be west of Highway 51. If you do manage to get some breaks in the clouds, remember, do not stare at the sun. As the moon passes between the sun and the earth, it will block out some of the sun. To see it, use #14 Welder glasses or break the sunlight into small spotlights. You can do this a few ways. Take a piece of foil, poke a pin hole in it, and project the sunlight on a white piece of paper. You'll be able to see the image on the paper. you can also make small shadows on the ground by weaving your fingers together or even catch the shadows through some lingering leaves on trees.
Friday finishes off the week with a mix of clouds and sun as highs soar about 10 degrees above average, into the lower 60's. The weekend remains mild with sunshine. Rain returns Monday as our next storm system enters the western Great Lakes region.
Hopefully we get a glimpse of the solar eclipse!
Meteorologist Melissa Constanzer
Thursday: Cloudy with scattered rain showers likely before 2 pm.
Temps: 48 to 52
Winds: Southwest 3-8 mph
Thursday Night: Clouds gradually decrease but it remains mild.
Temps: 40 to 44
Winds: Light Southwest
Friday: Mix of sun and clouds and a mild day!
Temps: 60 to 64
Winds: Southwest 5-10 mph
Related weather notes...
If you would like a Meteorologist to speak to your group or class contact:
Matt Benz email@example.com
or call the Weather Center at: 715-365-8812
Matt joined WJFW back in February of 2008 as the Weekend Meteorologist. He 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 the Twin Cities, but he's a cheesehead at heart and has the Packer jerseys to prove it! He's considered the Northwoods his second home since childhood; 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 looks on his move to the Northwoods as if it were a move to the tropics, since the winters in North Dakota can be extremely cold and long, but they're always exciting!
While living in Grand Forks, Matt honed his forecasting skills by studying a wide range of weather conditions, 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 and fall and skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing when the snow rolls in. 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 and major in 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, augmenting her meteorology degree.
In addition to her 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.
Weekend Meteorologist / Reporter
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 interest, 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 in meteorology and a minor 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!