With the warmer air comes the dreaded brown marmorated stink bugs. In our area these critters seem to be running rampant the past couple years – my wife and I have been plucking them of the ceilings and walls the past few days and putting them back outside. You don’t want to squish them as they release a foul odor when crushed.
Stink bugs have an uncanny ability to slip into homes through torn screens and door cracks thanks to their flat body shape. When the weather turns cold, these pests overwinter indoors in hopes of surviving until the spring.
The pests gravitate towards light and often gather on sunny exterior walls. At night, porch lights attract them to houses, where they use gaps in the siding to head towards warmth indoors.
Glands between the legs of stink bugs emit an odor that gets much stronger when the pests are smashed. They frequently die in light fixtures, filling rooms with a bad smell and forcing homeowners into frequently clean-up. They also fly around rooms and crawl on walls and ceilings in large numbers.
Now that I have disgusted you with this gross little beast I think it is time to move on to the weather…
The low pressure system which gave us all the rain yesterday will track northeastward through Michigan today. Colder air will be drawn into this storm as it pulls through. This will result in any remaining rain transitioning to snow. Snowfall totals will generally be less than an inch in southern Michigan.
A broad area of high pressure will then build in from the west for Wednesday before heading east of the area on Thursday. This system will provide the region with mainly dry weather.
I am seeing very little snow through the rest of the month south of Gaylord. The main areas of cold and snow will remain to the north. Long range models are showing a hint of another Arctic outbreak towards the end of the first week of February. These are guesses so we will keep an eye on it.
Today: Rain showers likely before 9am, then rain and snow showers likely between 9am and 10am, then snow showers likely after 10am. Cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 30 by 5pm. Southwest wind 14 to 18 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. Northwest wind 8 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. West northwest wind around 7 mph.
Wednesday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. South wind 5 to 7 mph.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 29.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 48.
Friday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39.
Saturday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46.
Saturday Night: A chance of rain showers before midnight, then a chance of rain and snow showers between midnight and 3am, then a chance of snow showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.
Sunday: A slight chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.
Sunday Night: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.
Monday: A slight chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 32.
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