RAIN & A FEW T'STORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT ... NUMEROUS T'STORMS FRIDAY, ESPECIALLY IN THE AFTERNOON ... SLOW MOVING T'STORMS SATURDAY... CHIEF METEOROLOGIST KEITH THOMPSON GETS YOU READY FOR YOUR FRIDAY & WEEKEND AT 5 PM!!!
Thursday Afternoon: Partly sunny, and warmer. Highs in the middle 80s inland and at the Lake Shore. Winds SSE 10-20 mph.
Thursday Night: Becoming cloudy with a few showers and thunderstorms developing around or after midnight. Warm. Lows in the upper 60s. Winds SE 10-20 mph.
Friday: Numerous showers and thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon. Heavy rain is possible, and humid. Isolated storms along the MI/IN may contain damaging wind gusts, large hail. Potential rainfall: 0.50" to 1.00+". Highs near 80 degrees. Winds SE 15-25 mph.
Friday Night: Showers and thunderstorms, warm, and humid. Fog is possible. Lows in the upper 60s. Winds S 5-10 mph.
Saturday: Numerous showers and thunderstorms, humid, and a little cooler. Potential rainfall: 0.50" to 1.00". Highs in the middle 70s. Winds SW-NE 10-15 mph.
Sunday: Clouds break for a little sun, warmer, and humid with scattered thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s. Winds NE 10-20 mph.
Monday: Partly sunny, very warm, and humid with a few late day thunderstorms. Highs in the middle 80s. Winds NE 10-15 mph.
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The U.S. Drought Monitor is out, and West Michigan features a larger area that's pre-drought or moving toward an official drought. The geography includes Coldwater, Battle Creek, Hastings, Charlotte, Ionia, Grand Rapids, nearly all of Oceana, Newaygo, Ionia, Montcalm, Mecosta counties. We had suspicions the area of concern would grown even though some rain was observed in the last week. 'Abnormally Dry' is the official classification, and it essentially means we've seen a long enough and large enough rainfall deficit to limit the growth of our local crops.
Rain is on the map in the form of some showers, a few thunderstorms around and after midnight and prior to your Friday morning commute. Odds for rain Friday are in the 80% range, but they are highest in the afternoon and Friday night. Model rainfall amounts during this time range from 1/2" to 1+". Friday is cooler and much more humid. The Storm Prediction Center highlights the MI/IN line in the zone of 'marginal' or 5% odds for damaging wind gusts and large hail in any storm that develops Friday. There are extra ingredients for rotating thunderstorms or possible tornadoes just to our south in Indiana and Ohio, we need to watch that possibility closely.
Showers and thunderstorms are plentiful or numerous Saturday, and model rainfall amounts paint a picture of additional rainfall on order of 1/2" to 1". Saturday is the wettest, coolest part of your weekend. Any storms Saturday are of the non-severe variety. Sunday brings drier times and only scattered storms, we're warmer and still humid. Monday and Tuesday represent a two day mini heat wave as middle and upper 80s make a resurgent return. Of course, humidity is involved. Late day storms are in the mix Monday, especially near and south of I-94. Scattered thunderstorms are the going prescription Tuesday, especially near I-94. Cooler air with another rain chance is the rhythm of next Wednesday. At least we have several chances for rain in the next 7 days.
Have an awesome afternoon, and check out your fresh Friday and weekend weather with Chief Meteorologist Keith Thompson at 5 PM!
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