Here’s three pics. from just before 2 pm. These are the GLERL cameras (from NOAA Coastwatch) from Muskegon, S. Haven (center) and Alpena (right). Relatively light winds today and clear to partly cloudy skies. We have some high clouds coming in from the west-northwest at Muskegon, where the air temp. is a relatively warm 78.1. The S. Haven Lighthouse reports an air temp. of 79.5. Nice ship sailing out of the channel there on the right side of the pic. In Alpena you can see the cumulus clouds building over the land, but not over the water.
Lake Michigan water temps. this AM: 73 Holland, 72 Saugatuck and Duck Lake, 69 Muskegon and Hoffmaster S.P., 67 Grand Haven and 66 Orchard Beach (near Manistee). High temps. today (Mon.): 88 Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Jackson, Detroit, Howell and Mt. Clemens… 89 Benton Harbor, Lansing… 90 Holland (Regional Arpt.), Big Rapids, Houghton Lake, Gaylord, Saginaw… 91 Muskegon, Ludington, Alpena… 92 Flint… 94 Pellston. Also: 87 Detroit City, 86 Adrian, 85 Hillsdale, 83 Sturgis, Coldwater. Including today, G.R. is 2.6° cooler than average for July – this will be the 6th month out of the last 7 with cooler than average temps.
The morning run of the models has tomorrow at least as warm as today, a warm night Tues. night, a chance (not a sure thing) of a shower or t-shower on Weds. (though both Tues. evening and Weds. evening may be dry…nice on Thursday (Maranda Effect – don’t have to look at the maps) and Friday, then a chance of a shower or t-shower over the weekend (again, certainly not a sure thing). Again, a distinctly cooler air mass will move in for around August 6 – 10. Wouldn’t be surprised if we had a couple days with highs 10+ deg. below average.
Also: Snow is falling on Saddle Mtn in Bitterroot Range near 8000ft elevation…some heavy rains in FL should continue, Fort Myers had 4.47″, with 1.91″ at Marco Is…heavy rain in parts of IA with 4.5″ at Keosauqua and 1.78″ at Cedar Rapids…chilly in the U.K., noon temps. (average noon temp. is 68) included 52 in Glasgow, Scotland and 55 in Belfast, Ireland…Current temp. of -61F at the South Pole with a wind chill of -103! Link: http://weather.noaa.gov/weather/current/NZSP.html I’ll have to add that to the blog thread! At Vostok, Antarctica, they report a high of -74F and a low of -81…currently -79F.