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Staying humid, but cooler after today’s rain, storms

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Totals as of 4:45 p.m.

Some spots picked up a lot of rain today while others didn't get much at all. Such is the nature with scattered thunderstorms. Places that did get a lot of rain got it quickly, so it wasn't that beneficial, though this evening rain mainly south of Eau Claire did fall at moderate and beneficial rates.

Severe storms stayed just south of out area, near and south of La Crosse. However, a line of strong storms did affect the Chippewa Valley this morning.

While there were a few Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, there were not any for the Tilden area where Denise sent in his picture of severe hail, since severe size hail is the size of a quarter, shown in the picture for comparison.

There also was damage in Eleva. This picture taken by Stephanie shows a branch that fell on a power pole. She said it fell after being hit by lightning, which would not be considered severe storm damage since lightning is part of any thunderstorm. Still, it shows the need to be inside for all storms.

Due to the rain, high temperatures were barely able to climb into the 70s for Eau Claire, though the official high temp occurred just after midnight when we were still cooling down from yesterday's heat. Humidity remained with dew points in the mid to upper 60s and that won't change much tomorrow, but will start to go down this weekend especially after our next chance for rain and storms on Saturday.

Temperatures will only top out in the low to mid 80s starting this weekend, which is about average for this time of year, but warmer air could return as soon as the following weekend after a few more shower and storm chances next Tuesday through Wednesday.

Matt Schaefer

Matt Schaefer was promoted to Chief Meteorologist in July of 2019 and has been our evening meteorologist for News 18 since June of 2016. Prior to that, he was our Saturday meteorologist starting in September 2014.

Matt was born and raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He enjoys all the extremes that mother nature throws at the Badger State: from severe thunderstorms to blizzards to subzero temperatures.

Matt studied meteorology in the Midwest as well, earning his Bachelor’s of Science in Meteorology at Valparaiso University in Indiana. There, Matt was heavily involved in VUTV Weather, the Valpo student chapter of AMS/NWA, and VUSIT (Valparaiso University Storm Intercept Team). He’s logged more than 20,000 miles chasing and studying severe storms all across the country and witnessed nine tornadoes including six in one day!

Matt describes himself as a Wisconsin boy at heart and enjoys cheering for the Packers, Brewers, Badgers, and Admirals just to name a few. He loves simply being outdoors and enjoys the Wisconsin wilderness especially in fall, and whitetail deer season!

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