Saturday was Otsego’s annual creative arts festival. Local artists gather to sell their wares and classic cars owners and hot rodders show off their vehicles. There is also the battle of the bands at Bulldog stadium with 18 high schools competing. Needless to say, this is the busiest day of the year in our small town. Growing up in the hot rod days (had one myself) it is fun to reminisce looking at the hundred or so cars lined up on the main street.
The images are a bit large for the blog, I use the 14-megapixel camera on my phone set to produce 4000 x 3000-pixel images, here they are reduced to a third of that.
The image below is my step-daughter selling her wares – I bought a zombie bear:
Here are a few of the vehicles which filled both sides of two city blocks:
Yesterday it was cloudy with a high of 64° which was pleasant walking around the festival with a light jacket. Last year it was extremely windy and the vendors had a hard time keeping the canopies in place. Our morning low was 50°.
Today we can expect showers and isolated thunderstorms, mostly mid to late afternoon. Winds will become gusty out of the northwest to 30 mph at times by midafternoon.
--Rainshowers with chance of Thunder Today-- A large upper level low moving through the northern Great Lakes will continue to dominate the weather pattern for Lower Michigan through the first half of the week. A short wave trough that will filter through the upper level pattern will bring enough instability to strengthen the rain showers that will move through Michigan this morning. Showers will overspread with the strongest showers south of the I -96 corridor today. The strong gradient on the backside of the low will only aid in the advection of moisture and forcing. As the trough moves trough this afternoon, it will bring decent 0-1 km SRH along with enough CAPE that could spark afternoon thunderstorms. While severe is not expected there could be some gusty winds based on the strong mid level flow. --Gusty winds in storms with strong cold air advection tonight-- The before mentioned cold air advection will increase over the region late this afternoon evening into Monday morning. Latest HREF has CAPES of 500 to 1000 J/KG over southern Lake Michigan along with 850mb winds of 40kts. The conditions over the lake will be conducive for waterspouts. Due to the strong mid level lapse rates, the low level jet and the incoming instability, scattered thunderstorms will be possible tonight. --Cold air advection will dominate the first half of the week-- Storms could linger into Monday morning as the upper level low dips southward by 12Z Monday. A positively tilted mid to upper level trough will only aid in any overnight convection. The advection of cold air could also allow for hail. The quasi stationary low will meander eastward allowing for steady northerly flow across Lake Michigan that will cause lake enhanced rainshowers Monday into Tuesday. These showers will be strongest along and west of the US 131 corridor. Expect these to weaken Tuesday as the upper level low opens up, weakens and shifts to the northeast. Late Tuesday night into Wednesday a building ridge over the intermountain west will create a strong gradient along the boundary of the exiting low. The gradient that is created will be strongest over Lake Michigan and should create strong enough lift through the DGZ that could result in showers and storms. Currently the showers and storms through that timeframe should be contained over the lake but could move onshore.