Yesterday I noticed some late-season golfers out on the Lynx courses enjoying the sunshine. Bittersweet Ski Resort remains inactive with no snow or cold temperatures in the forecast to get them in business.
Clouds will be on the increase this morning and we have a chance of lake effect showers today mainly along the lakeshore counties. Any showers left over tonight may mix with a bit of snow.
On another note, Barry will be opening his restaurant in Zeeland in a few weeks.
SW Michigan Weather History for Today
1975: A powerful storm brought high winds across Lower Michigan, toppling trees and power lines. A tornado was spun up by the storm, damaging mobile homes and a barn in Allegan County. The Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior during the storm, with a crew of 29 men. There were no survivors. The ore carrier left Superior, Wisconsin on November 9 loaded with 26,116 tons of taconite pellets. The cargo was to be delivered to Detroit, but the ship ran into winds of at least 60 mph and high waves and foundered at about 730 pm north of Whitefish Point.
1998: A November storm lashes the Great Lakes with wind gusts up to 90 mph. Over 167,000 homes were without power and cleanup efforts were extensive as many homes and businesses suffered roof and siding damage and thousands of trees were blown down. The high winds literally blew much of the water out of Saginaw Bay, with the water level dropping several feet and large sections of the Bay becoming dry land for a time. A waterspout on Lake Michigan briefly moved inland near Muskegon, but rapidly dissipated and caused no damage.
SE Michigan Weather History
On November 10, 2020, a streak of record warm conditions came to an end. Detroit and Saginaw saw daily high-temperature records broken four days in a row (Nov. 7 to Nov. 10) while Flint had three daily high-temperature records broken (Nov. 8 to Nov. 10). It was the second warmest first 10 days of November on record for Flint and Saginaw, while it was the fourth warmest for Detroit.
On November 10, 1998, a very intense storm system moved north across the western Great Lakes on the 10th. This storm occurred on the 23rd anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior and was actually very comparable to that storm. High winds occurred in two phases. Winds reached high wind criteria across southeast Michigan early in the afternoon of the 10th, associated with a cold front racing east across the state. A line of showers accompanied the front, locally enhancing wind speeds (see below). Wind speeds increased again in the evening. The highest winds during the entire event occurred within a couple of hours of midnight. Both periods of high winds caused significant damage across the area. In the afternoon, the walls of a church under construction were destroyed in Troy. A warehouse in Flint was deroofed, and a second warehouse roof was damaged. Damage was more widespread with the higher wind speeds that occurred at night. Trees, limbs, and power lines were downed across all of southeast Michigan. In Owosso, a roof under construction collapsed, and a church under construction in Ida (Monroe County) was also damaged. Near Mt. Clemens, a boat rack storing a number boats of collapsed. A 70 mph wind gust was measured at the National Weather Service office in White Lake. The extended period of strong winds caused an interesting phenomenon on Saginaw Bay. Southwest gales pushed water out of the bay and into the main body of Lake Huron. The water level on Saginaw Bay bottomed out at an amazing 50 inches below the chart datum! Most of Saginaw Bay is quite shallow, and the removal of over 5 feet of water exposed a huge portion of the bay bed; some estimate that up to half of the area of the bay briefly became dry land during the storm!
On November 10, 1975, an infamous intense fall storm centered over the Great Lakes sunk the Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior. 29 crewmen lost their lives because of this storm.
U.S.A and Global Events for November 10th:
1975: The SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinks 17 miles northwest of Whitefish Point, at the northeastern tip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on Lake Superior. While the sinking cause is unknown, strong winds and high waves likely played a significant role. A crew of 29 members was lost in this event. Click HERE for more information from WGN and HERE from Bill’s Blog.
2002: The second-largest November tornado outbreak on record over the eastern United States occurred during the Veterans Day weekend of November 9-11th, 2002. Seventy-six tornadoes were reported in seventeen states. Of the 76 tornadoes, almost one out of every six was a killer, resulting in 36 fatalities.
A band of some rain has developed this morning on an axis extending from near Muskegon, and toward the NE. This rain is the result of the southern tail of a fairly robust short wave that is moving by to our north. Most of the moisture this wave has to work with is up above 6k ft agl. However, some of the pockets are a bit heavier and are allowing the rain to reach the ground. This band of rain should be fairly quickly to dissipate in the next 2-4 hours as the short wave zips further NE away from the area. We will see a break in the precipitation then for this morning and into the early afternoon hours as a weak short wave ridge moves through the area.After this short wave ridge moves by, another fairly strong wave takes aim on Southern Lower for this afternoon and evening. The short wave itself does not have a lot of moisture associated with it. What will happen though is the lake contribution will supply enough instability (Delta t`s mid to upper teens C) and moisture for some lake effect showers to develop. The majority of the showers will occur over the western half of the area with the low level flow from the WNW and lake instability present. These showers do not look to be widespread, or impactful. The reason this is the case is forecast soundings indicate that inversion levels are going to be fairly low around 5k ft or so. This will keep the showers relatively weak. Inland areas could see a couple of showers develop with the diurnal instability present with cooler temps aloft overhead. They would diminish quickly inland after the heating of the day is lost. The lake effect showers will continue through tonight, and into the first part of Saturday, before ending as high pressure builds in at the surface, and 850 mb temps climb to around 0C Saturday evening. -Dry Conditions Through Late Next Week- Shortwave ridging builds into the area during the day on Saturday ending any lingering lake effect showers across the area. A warm front then moves across Michigan early Sunday. However, examining relative humidity cross sections suggests that while saturation does occur aloft, low level moisture is relatively lacking. This would limit any precipitation to virga. As such, will keep the outgoing forecast dry. However, if models trend toward increasing low-level moisture then PoPs may need to be adjusted upward. A robust area of high pressure and ridging aloft builds into the area Monday into Tuesday (by 00z Tuesday 850 mb heights in the NAEFS reach the 97.5th-99th percentile across southern Michigan). Ridging aloft persists along with southerly return flow at the surface as the high moves east into the middle of next week with minimal deep layer moisture promoting dry conditions. Keeping the forecast dry through Thursday evening as given the expected 500 mb height anomalies in play think the deterministic ECMWF solution which is the source of the slgt chc NBM PoPs is overdone. A vast majority of ensemble members also support a dry forecast through this time. An approaching system brings our next chance of any precipitation in the Thursday Night/Friday timeframe. -Warming Trend Expected Next Week- The aforementioned ridging also leads to the initiation of warm air advection across the Central Great Lakes, especially once southerly return flow on the rear of the surface ridge initiates Tuesday. 850 mb temperatures climb into the 8-10 degrees Celsius range by late week, which would support highs into the fifties easily. There doesn`t appear to be any notable cold air advection to cool the airmass through the end of the long term so warm temperatures remain through the end of the long term period. Ensembles continue to support this with the increase in ensemble mean temperatures in recent runs supporting increasing confidence in this solution. This would lead to temperatures being above normal next week (normal is highs around 50 degrees).