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Thunderstorms For Tomorrow

Forecast Updated at 5:30 PM Wednesday

Despite a gray day across the Northwoods, we remained rain-free and that should continue to be the case through the rest of tonight. Patchy fog may be possible once again tonight, so be sure to take it easy on the roads for your morning commute! Showers and thunderstorms return for tomorrow, first across Central Wisconsin in the morning then across the Northwoods by the midday and afternoon. These storms could put down heavy rainfall, but the risk for severe thunderstorms looks low!

All of this thunderstorm activity tomorrow will be driven by warm front and subsequent thunderstorm activity for Friday and Saturday will be tied to the location of this front. Right now, most of Friday and Saturday could be dry with just a slight chance for a shower or thunderstorm a this warm front retreats southward into Illinois. Thunderstorms should gradually build by Saturday night and into Sunday, but again, this thunderstorms threat will be tied to the warm front.

Temps will be on the rise over the next couple of days with highs flirting with 80 degrees from Friday through Sunday. It will also be on the humid side through this weekend, so try to find some ways to stay cool! The chance for thunderstorms will linger through perhaps Monday as a cool front drives across the state. Look for slightly cooler weather for the middle of next week with the chance for rain returning for the middle of next week!

Get ready for some more rain!
Chief Meteorologist Matt Benz

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy with areas of patchy fog. Chance for a shower or thunderstorm by daybreak south of Highway 29.
Temps: 58 to 62
Winds: Light and Variable

Thursday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm in the morning for central Wisconsin. Then more widespread thunderstorms across the Northwoods by the afternoon and evening.
Temps: 76 to 80
Winds: Southeast 3-8 mph

Thursday Night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms with heavy rain possible early. Mild and muggy night!
Temps: 62 to 66
Winds: Light East-Southeast

Friday: A Slight chance for a shower or thunderstorm. Warm and humid!
Temps: 79 to 83
Winds: Variable 3-8 mph
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If you would like a Meteorologist to speak to your group or class contact:

Matt Benz mbenz@wjfw.com

or call the Weather Center at: 715-365-8812



Matt Benz
Chief Meteorologist
mbenz@wjfw.com

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
Morning Meteorologist/Reporter
mconstanzer@wjfw.com

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.



Matt Brooks
Weekend Meteorologist / Reporter
mbrooks@wjfw.com

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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Ronald Martin caught this pair of Tom Turkeys staying warm on a cold March day in Rhinelander! If you have any snow/weather/nature photos and want us to share them with our viewing audience, you can send it to weatherphoto@wjfw.com or submit them on our Facebook page "WJFW Newswatch 12"....



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