For the first time in decades, a tropical storm will reach Wisconsin

Published: Jun. 8, 2020 at 11:41 AM CDT
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For the first time in decades, the remnants of a Tropical feature will move directly over the state of Wisconsin. While it's not uncommon for Wisconsin to feel some impact from a dissipating tropical system, it is very rare for the center of the storm to move overhead.

The last time this happened was in 1988 when what was left of Hurricane Gilbert clipped the southern part of the state.

A tropical system reaching this far to the north is a rare occurrence. It has only happened three times since weather records have been kept. Cristobal has the potential to be the most northern storm on record.

The previous times were:

  1. An unnamed hurricane in 1900 (the is now known as the Galveston Hurricane),
  2. An unnamed hurricane in 1949,
  3. the remnants of Hurricane Gilbert in 1988.

Once Tropical Storm Cristobal continues moving in our direction as it becomes post-tropical and starts it's transition to extratropical. It will pick up speed with the center somewhere over Wisconsin by Tuesday evening.

Posted by Meteorologist Brian Doogs NBC15 on Monday, June 8, 2020

The current track takes the center over southern Wisconsin sometime late Tuesday and into early Wednesday. This will bring heavy rainfall, gusty winds, and isolated severe weather to the region.

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