We had copious amounts of rain in the Otsego/Plainwell area Friday through Saturday morning. We had 3.26 inches here at the station which brought our total to 5.29 inches for the month of August and is now the wettest month of the summer. We are now at 11.68 inches for the season. Below are the totals through 4 am Saturday:
We should have a pleasant week in store with temps in the mid-70s to around 80°. The long-range outlook is calling for below-normal temps from the Labor Day weekend through mid-month which could put us in the upper 60s to low 70s for daytime highs.
Here are a few notable items from the storms that moved through the area on Friday evening. The hardest hit area was Cedar Springs, north of Grand Rapids. 70-75 mph winds brought down quite a few trees, and produced many power outages.
--Cooler, Drier weather into Monday-- The upper level low continues to move eastward, pulling moisture along with it. Mid level moisture, in the form of stratocu, will still blanket the region early today. This will couple with the northerly winds to allow for temperatures to continue to be around normal. High pressure will continue to build into the area into Monday.The building ridge will bring divergent flow Sunday night into Monday. This will keep drier weather over the region through Monday night. --Warmer and wetter weather through Midweek-- An upper level low will be trekking across Canada Monday. This low will be bringing a short wave trough and corresponding front through the region late Monday. The low will pull to the northeast, so there are questions on how much convection will form. However given the moisture advection there remains a chance for showers and thunderstorms Monday afternoon/evening. The advecting low will allow for a quasi stationary boundary to settle across the state Tuesday through Wednesday. That boundary will allow for a better chance for continued rain showers Tuesday and Wednesday. A shallow but potent, secondary trough will move through Tuesday night into Friday. --Drier weather into next weekend-- That system will be the harbinger of drier weather into next weekend. As that system moves east, dry low to mid levels will advect in, allowing for fair weather through at least the first half of next weekend.