Pattern ChangeOctober 15th, 2013 at 1:36 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Click on the images to enlarge. These are the latest 8-14 day temperature and precipitation outlooks from the Climate Prediction Center for October 22-28. We have a higher chance of cooler and wetter than average weather in Lower Michigan. This pattern features an upper level ridge in the Western U.S. and a trough in the Eastern U.S. Troughs generally bring cool and damp weather and ridges are more apt to favor mild and dry weather. I’ve mentioned before than recurving typhoons in the Western Pacific tend to encourage upper level troughs to form in the Eastern U.S. Lake Michigan is pretty warm for mid-October. The buoy 3 miles west of Port Sheldon shows a water temperature of 63 and the south mid-Lake Michigan buoy (40 miles west of Holland) shows a water temperature of 64. The north mid-lake Michigan buoy (west of North Manitou Island). The warm water will increase our chances for lake-effect or lake-enhanced rainfall and perhaps increase the chance of lightning with the showers coming thru this afternoon/evening. With the lake-effect clouds and showers, a prevailing wind off the lake may postpone our first general hard freeze. The Ford Airport in G.R. has only been down to 38 (and that was way back on Sept. 17 and 23). Contrast that to Houghton Lake, where they have been below 40 twenty times in Sept./Oct.
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