TuesdayOctober 16th, 2012 at 5:29 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Lake Michigan sunset Monday from ReportIt. Click here to see the picture enlarged. A cool and relatively clear start to the day with a little patchy fog and patchy frost. Most temperatures start the day in the low-mid 30s. We should be dry with some increase in cloud cover later today. We had more rain in most areas over the weekend than in the entire month of September, with more rain on the way. There is a chance of an shower (or even a t-shower) tonight. The European model gives G.R. 0.13″ of rain, the NAM caribou just a sprinkle and nothing on the GFS. The main shot of rain comes Weds. night into Thursday. During this time period, the European gives G.R. 1.2″ of rain and the GFS a total of 1.06″ from Weds. PM to Sat. AM. Wednesday is the warmest day with the GFS at a high of 68 for G.R., the NAM at 69 and the European up to the low 70s briefly. Michigan was the coolest of the Lower 48 states on Monday. G.R. was 2.8 degrees cooler than average for Oct. 1-15. Here’s a GRR NWS recap of our wet and windy weekend. I saw that wind gusts Sunday reached exactly 51 mph at Cleveland, Detroit, Niagara Falls and Aurora IL. There were 12 tornadoes in the U.S. from Oct. 12-14. Quillayute WA reports 6.15″ of rain in the last four days. King Salmon AK had a daily record 7.2″ of snow. Bismarck ND had a high temperature of 80 (average is 58). Hurricane Rafael will pass east of Bermuda, while Hurricane Paul will bring strong winds and heavy rain to part of the Baja Peninsula of Mexico. There’s also a Tropical Cyclone inching toward Madagascar. Finally, we all make mistakes – here’s one from MSNBC.