A lot of talk on the Saharan sand storm crossing the Atlantic into the Gulf and curving to the north and back to the east. This is an amazing journey for a layer of sand moving through the atmosphere, though not unheard of. It is hard to believe the amount of wind it takes to move tons of sand into the upper atmosphere and push it thousands of miles to the Americas.
Looking at forecasts for the dust plume has been just as amusing as tracking possible storm systems – at this point, it appears the dust and sand will miss us here in Michigan coming as close as southern Indiana. Thus we will miss the vivid sunrises and sunsets. The dry air coming out of Africa is also a hurricane killer.
We had .03 of an inch of rain overnight to bring our local total for the month to 2.16 inches. Our next chance of decent rain comes tomorrow afternoon through tomorrow night. We are in the slight risk area for severe storms which ‘may’ be upgraded to enhanced later (we shall see how this plays out). Today will be pleasant with highs near 80° then the heat builds in once again Friday and on into the long term. Note the temp forecast is from the Gaylord NWS office, temps will be in the mid-80s to near 90° for southern Michigan.