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Happy Independence Day!

Forecast Updated at 10:45 PM Friday

The 4th of July should turn out to be a good day for the Northwoods with hazy sunshine to start out the day with a few more clouds by the afternoon. There could still be an isolated shower or rumble of thunder for central Wisconsin for the afternoon and early evening, but I think most folks should manage dry conditions for parades and fireworks! The second half of this weekend will feature some of the warmest temperatures of the year with highs climbing into the low to mid 80s under mostly sunny skies! Our next, best chance for thunderstorms returns for Monday as a cold front sweeps across the state!

Have a great and safe 4th of July!
Chief Meteorologist Matt Benz

4th of July: Mostly dry for the Northwoods with partly to mostly sunny skies. A slight chance for a pop-up shower or thunderstorm across central Wisconsin during the afternoon and evening.
Temps: 78 to 83
Winds: Variable 3-8 mph

Saturday Night: Clearing out and remaining mild!
Temps: 59 to 63
Winds: Light South

Sunday: Mostly to partly sunny with more clouds by late evening.
Temps: 80 to 85
Winds: South-Southwest 5-15 mph

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If you would like a Meteorologist to speak to your group or class contact:

Matt Benz at: mbenz@wjfw.com or call the Weather Center at: 715-365-8812

Matt Benz
Chief Meteorologist

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 familys 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 -43F (-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!

Matt Brooks
Morning 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!



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  • Average High Today: 78
  • Average Low Today: 54
  • Record High: 93/1911
  • Record Low: 38/1924
  • Sunrise Today: 5:13 AM
  • Sunset Today: 8:50 PM
  • Sunrise Tomorrow: 5:14 AM
  • Sunset Tomorrow: 8:50 PM
  • July Liquid Precip: none
  • 2015 Precip: 12.16 inches