State gets much needed rain and cool temperatures
Scattered heavy thunderstorms cleared out of Wisconsin late last night - but not before they dumped three-and-two-thirds inches of rain on Green Bay. Water-spouts were reported yesterday afternoon at several spots on Lake Michigan. A five-minute water-spout occurred off the shore of Milwaukee. In western Wisconsin, afternoon thunderstorms damaged crops in Dunn County. The National Weather Service said farmers had their corn and soybeans stripped and flattened near Ridgeland on a stretch five miles long and one-and-a-half miles wide. And in Superior, a funnel cloud was spotted late yesterday morning. Meanwhile, the nearly summer-long heat wave is getting to be more of a distant memory. It was 45-degrees in Superior at six this morning. And forecasters say most of Wisconsin will have lows in the mid-to-upper 40's tonight. Pleasant weather is expected for most of the weekend, with highs in the 70's each day. The next mention of rain in the forecast is a slight chance on Sunday.
Wisconsin's drought kept a lot of mosquitoes away. But other bugs have had a field day with the intense heat and recent rains. Health providers in the Green Bay area say they've seen more people than normal with various bug stings. Brown County horticultural agent Vijai Pandian said a number of fruit trees got hit by aphids early in the spring - and spider-mites damaged tomatoes and sap from plants. Pandian also says Japanese beetles have been spreading, because the July rains created ideal conditions for breeding. As for the stingers, pest control specialist Chris Tittle says wasps and hornets showed up earlier than normal, due to the warm spring and hot summer. Doctor Bobby Yun of Prevea Urgent Care in Green Bay says his clinics have been seeing one-or-two sting victims each day - and it's double what he's seen in other years. Doctors say bug stings can be lead to infections, and even death in people allergic to venom, or who've been stung a number of times.