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'Ring of Fire' pattern could bring storms to the area today

When we talk about the ‘ring of fire’ or ‘ridge runners’ this all has to do with a large dome of high pressure and big time heat. We see this pattern setting up every year; it’s just where and who it impacts is always something to watch. The heat will stay mainly to our southwest, yet Wisconsin is under the path of the storms as the northern part of the ridge rears its head into the state.

Storms are firing to the west; these storms will track east and eventually southeast. As they move closer to Wisconsin and southeastern Wisconsin, the storms will weaken some. The possibility is still there for lightning, gusty winds, and even some small hail with any storms.

Another cluster of big thunderstorms will develop later today and tonight over parts of Iowa. These storms look to fizzle out again as they try to approach the state as the best dynamics: highest dew points and the powerful low level jet will be west. With the close proximity of these ingredients, we will have to monitor this situation closely.

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