Flooding rains downstate with a good soaking locally
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:39:38 GMT —
Following a week without a drop of rain flooding rains drenched parts of Michigan.
The heaviest and most substantial rain fell in the metro Detroit area where significant flooding flooding occurred Monday night into early Tuesday. Dearborn tallied 6.31" of rain with 5.2" at Warren according to the National Weather Service Office in Detroit. Some freeways were completely flooded with many vehicles trapped in floodwater there.
That same area of rain spun up into parts of Northern Michigan and also left some pretty decent totals overnight near Lake Huron as we had been forecasting. Barton City in Alcona County picked up 3.05" with Alpena seeing their second wettest day in August history with 2.94". That is only .02" short of the all-time August one day rainfall record of 2.96" set August 31, 1941. Interestingly, up to yesterday Alpena only had a trace of rain for the entire month. Meanwhile, further west there were a few places around Cadillac/Traverse City that didn't see a drop of rain Monday night.
All of us will deal with rain Tuesday as low pressure works across Lake Huron and into Ontario. Steady/light rain on the backside of this system will fall into the late afternoon/evening hours before ending tonight. The rain combined with clouds and a brisk north-northwest wind will keep temperatures stuck in the 60's Tuesday.
Sunshine returns Wednesday through Friday with highs in the upper-60's Thursday but low/mid-70's Wednesday and again on Friday.