Strong storms rock parts of Northern Michigan with cooler weather on the way
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:05:49 GMT —
Thunderstorms early Monday morning brought torrential rain and even caused some damage on Mackinac Island.
A round of thunderstorms passed through in the early hours of Monday with very heavy rain in some spots along with prolific lightning which was reported in parts of Osceola County. A cluster of thunderstorms that strengthened over the Straits produced a 51 mph gust at the Mackinac Island Airport and also downed some trees and power lines on the island. These storms rolled into the Eastern U.P. and the Les Cheneaux Island chain as well as Drummond Island where pea size hail was noted before moving into Canada and weakening.
Looking ahead, a push of colder air is on its way for midweek, but will likely result in another round of thunderstorms late Monday night. Winds through Monday night will remain southwesterly, keeping the humidity around and allowing for many spots to climb Monday afternoon into the 80's. There remains a chance for a thunderstorm just about anywhere Monday, but a layer of warmer air aloft may "cap" off the atmosphere Monday leading to very spotty thunderstorms at best.
A much better risk for storms rolls in Monday night as severe weather over Iowa/Illinois/Southern Wisconsin will track towards the area overnight ahead of our cold front. A few storms could be on the stronger side late Monday night and also dump some heavy rain.
Then we start to see the temperature tumble. We will still get into the 70's Tuesday, but by evening we drop into the 50's and by Wednesday, daytime highs will remain stuck in the low-60's with the muggy conditions long gone. As for the Independence Day Holiday, it looks perfect so far. High pressure will build in leading to sunshine with mid-70's and dry weather for Friday.