We have another great early fall day today. A few rain showers may pop up, but most places will stay dry. Rain chances are only around 20%. It will remain cool today, with highs only in the mid-60s to low 70s. Lows tonight will drop to the mid-40s to low 50s. The weather will gradually warm into the weekend, with highs back up in the upper 70s to mid-80s by Saturday. Dangerous waves and currents are expected at the Lakeshore Saturday, especially north of Holland.
We picked up another .01 of an inch last evening from a passing shower which brings us to .16 of an inch for the first eight days of September. Our last decent rain was back on August 26th, so we are now in one of our extended dry spells which we saw off and on during the summer.
Yesterday’s high temp was 75° the low was 55°. We currently have 49° at 6:30 am.
Sunrise today is 7:17, sunset is 8:03 pm.
- Cool night tonight Today will feature cooler than normal High temperatures as the low level thermal trough passes through. Then tonight good radiational cooling and a drying airmass is predicted. After a cool start to the evening...the temperature should drop into the 40s for many locations. Some spots in the Upper Muskegon basin may dip down into the 30s by daybreak. Patchy fog looks possible as well...especially valleys and low spots. - Breezy Late Friday night into Saturday night Models are showing a stronger low level jet arriving later Friday night. This low level jet remains over the area on Saturday and strengthens again Saturday night. As the mixing height deepens up Saturday...the surface wind will increase steadily. Assuming we mix into the 925 mb range...gusts over 25 knots look likely. Gusty conditions should persist into the evening given the increasing wind fields. - A few storms possible over the weekend The low level jet draws up increasing amounts of moisture. Elevated instability arrives as well...with the latest High Res Euro showing -5 deg C Showalter indices 06z Sunday. Given the stronger wind fields in place then...gusty winds may accompany these storms. The GFS also shows an axis of elevated instability moving in then. We will add a chance for storms to the forecast then. Models do vary on the timing of tracking the surface front through the region on Sunday. We will keep a risk for a few storms going during the day for now.