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Record rainfall in parts of Wisconsin


UNDATED (WSAU)  The northern half of Wisconsin was hit with record rains yesterday. But it remains to be seen if they’ll alleviate a drought that’s still being called moderate-to-severe by the U-S Drought Monitor. Wausau had just over two-and-a-third inches of rain, breaking a record for the date that was set in 1899. Marshfield had almost two-and-a-quarter inches, and Rhinelander had just over two inches – and both are new records. Rest Lake in Vilas County had two-and-a-half inches of rain.

The rains were part of a storm system with winds of up to 60-miles-an-hour that damaged several rural structures near Colby. Close to 6,000 electric customers lost their power in northern and central Wisconsin. But this morning the Wisconsin Public Service utility reports only a few dozen customers still in the dark – mostly in the Rhinelander area.

Some mid-afternoon thunderstorms brought hail to a couple spots in northeast Wisconsin. But the storms cleared out once a cold front went through the Badger State. That sent temperatures plunging. Madison – where the overnight low was 60 on Wednesday – had a reading of 35 at six this morning. Antigo, Tomahawk, and Medford had 30.

The National Weather Service says high temperatures will not get out of the 40’s for at least the next few days. And there’s no mention of rain in the forecast at least through Tuesday.