Living in Michigan can be exciting. We can have every weather condition known to man happening in the State at one time.
By: chatcat, 6:17 PM GMT on October 28, 2008
As we continue to see more and more of our leaves falling, I have noticed that the maples and oaks seem to be hanging on longest, in spite of the high winds of last Sunday.
This morning began with a little sun but it didn't take long for the clouds to come rolling in. Right now (2PM), it is very overcast with a stiff 14 mph wind blowing out of the northwest. We will only see temps in the low 40's today and our wind gusts could reach 20 mph. Our low temp last night was 32 degrees and we did have a heavy frost this morning. We will see much improvement in the next few days. Thursday and Friday will be very warm with our temps nearing 60 degrees. With the expected sunshine, it should be a gorgeous weekend. If anyone has last minute outdoor work to be done before winter, this would be a good time to get it done. Also it will be a great halloween night for the kids.
I will not make comments about next week's weather as I don't believe in long-range forecasts. They are usually wrong. That's especially true here in Michigan. Have a good day everyone.
Updated: 6:35 PM GMT on October 28, 2008
By: chatcat, 3:48 PM GMT on October 25, 2008
Now that October is coming to an end, our colors probably won't withstand the winds that are expected this weekend. Today started with some sun but the stratus clouds are definitely on the increase. Right now (11:40AM), our temp is 45 degrees with highs today expected in the mid 50's. As an avid biker, I see my biking weather coming to an end. I was doing about 40-50 miles per week when the weather was still nice. It should be a relatively calm week with no big storm systems expected. Monday, however, we could see our first snowflakes of the season. Winds will be on the increase with gusts on Sunday-Monday possibly reaching 45 mph.
We just returned from a camping trip at Platte River Campground near Traverse City. The colors there were awesome. Our weather was decent as we only saw one rainy day. But with the rain came much cooler temps. I guess we must accept the fact that winter is really coming!
Updated: 7:10 PM GMT on October 25, 2008
By: chatcat, 12:28 AM GMT on October 10, 2008
The weather couldn't be much nicer than what we had today. In spite of the wind which gusted to 29 mph, the temp did reach 68F and it was almost warm enough to be outdoors without a coat if not for the wind. The humidity was quite low, in the 40 percentile, and this weather will continue right through the weekend. Our highs could reach 80F through Sunday and Monday. Then Tuesday the rain may return and our temps will be back to normal, in the mid 60's.
My daughter called today stating that the colors in the U.P. are spectacular. She lives in Houghton. I told her to send pictures for my blog. Our colors are pretty much what is shown in the attached photo. We'll be going camping for a week next Wednesday so I'm hoping for nice weather.
Updated: 12:41 AM GMT on October 10, 2008
By: chatcat, 11:49 PM GMT on October 04, 2008
Last night was our first hard frost this season. The temp dipped to 32F and everything was frost covered this morning.
Surprisingly enough, my flowers all pulled through except my coleus. I didn't attempt to save any of them since it is about time to pull them out and clean out the beds for the winter. Tonight, there will be another round of heavy frost so we'll see if they can survive again tonight.
Our high for today was supposed to be near 60F but it didn't happen. I think we made it to 55F and that was it. There wasn't much wind and when the sun did shine, it felt very warm. Tomorrow they are predicting low 60's so I hope it happens. We plan to go to the rail-trail up in St. Charles to do some biking so I'd like it to be a little on the warm side. Also they are saying light rain for late tomorrow. I'm hoping it holds off until we are done.
Next week our temps should be more normal and we could see some showers Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
By: chatcat, 12:40 AM GMT on October 03, 2008
Today began like it was going to be a very nice day. It was a bit chilly this morning, in fact it was only 41 degrees when I got up at 8:00, but the sun was shining. We did have quite a few cumulus clouds floating by, but then the overcast increased and by 4:00pm, it was raining.
The rain has continued and at this time (8:30pm) it is still raining. Our temps will be very chilly tonight in the upper 30's. Some parts of the state will actually see frost although I would be surprised to see it here. Conditions just don't seem right to me for frost tonight.
Friday should be a nice day, partly sunny and highs in the 50's. The wind will be light at only 5-10mph, so it should be a nice day to get out biking or any other outdoor activities Then tomorrow night is when we could see our first frost. The low could be down to the upper 20's so cover any plants that you arn't ready to lose yet.
Updated: 12:43 AM GMT on October 03, 2008