Tuesday, July 15th was the hottest day of the year so far, but it's the middle of July! By now, we should have hit 90 and beyond. It's all part of a strange year of weather: tornadoes in January, all that snow, and don't forget about the record rains.

Why is it happening?

The rare January tornadoes in Kenosha County gave us an idea of the wild weather we would experience this year, and we still have five months to go. Nineteen winter storms buried most of southern Wisconsin this winter. Nearly two dozen snowfall records were shattered. Milwaukee ended up with 99.1 inches, the most since 1885.

Germantown was the snowfall winner, with more than 121 inches of snow. Spring and summer brought warmer temperatures, but the storms keep coming.

Every month except May received higher than normal precipitation. We're 13 inches above normal for the year. June was the wettest month in recorded history with 12.27 inches, an inch more than we'd expect to see all summer.

So what's going on?

The answer: the jet stream.

The normal winter jet stream generally brings us the weak "clipper systems," but this winter, it was positioned perfectly to our south for huge winter storms to track through the Midwest.

The jet stream has now moved to the north for the summer months, but it is stuck directly over Wisconsin, creating a highway of storms. One after another, they keep bringing severe weather and heavy rain.

We already have 25 tornadoes. Twenty-one is normal for the entire summer. The active weather pattern appears to be sticking around, so we could break another record. We got 50.36 inches of rain in 1876. Just 19 inches to go over the next five months.