Last “Summer” DayOctober 25th, 2012 at 5:45 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
1:20 PM – Gust to 47 mph at the Muskegon Airport, 37 mph at the Regional Airport in Holland and 35 mph at Battle Creek. There’s a Severe T-Storm Watch for parts of the U.P. Rain moves into the lakeshore around 9 PM and it should clear I-69 by sunrise. Here’s the Monday night Canadian model…cold enough for a mix developing in Michigan either Tues. or Tues. night into Weds./Thurs. and a very strong storm for areas east of a line from Cleveland to Charleston W.VA. to New Bern NC. If this storm knocks out a lot of power, will they have the power back on by the Election?? Could the President just delay the election?? Fall colors picture from Jack Martin. The U.S. map has high temperatures from Wednesday. Click on the pictures to enlarge. This is the last warm day, starting with a low temperature higher than the average high temperature! If we make 77, it’ll be a record high temperature for Oct. 25th (it’s 2 months to Christmas!). It’ll get breezy with south winds increasing to around 15-20 mph and gusts to 30 mph. A cold front arrives tonight. We’ll see scattered showers and maybe a thundershower with the front. They shouldn’t arrive until after sunset. The “See Text” area from the Storm Prediction Center comes to southern Lake Michigan. Then it’s chilly until further notice. We should become partly sunny on Friday and stay partly sunny over the weekend, with highs in the upper 40s to low 5os. The wind will be mainly north, not coming off Lake Michigan for most of us. Hurricane Sandy (see thread below) will be a very major storm, hitting the populated East Coast. I could see tens to even hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, with strong wind, heavy rain, flooding and heavy snow from the mountains of West Virginia up into New York. Places like Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania could see significant damage and flooding from this storm. If you know someone in the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast, tell them don’t mess with Sandy. This will be a major storm. A piece of this storm will rotate around and back into Michigan from the northeast. This will likely be a mix of a cold rain and snow with the possibility of some accumulating snow. This will start sometime Tuesday and last into Wednesday. It looks like a cold, damp trick-or-treat Wednesday night with temperatures perhaps all the way down in the mid-upper 30s with a cold north wind. Look at the high temperature map and see the cold air back across N. Dakota, Montana and up into Canada (3 days in a row with high temperatures in the mid 20s in Calgary, Alberta).