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A Very Dry May for Michigan 2012

By: chatcat, 11:40 PM GMT on May 30, 2012

May 2012 has been very dry for most of Michigan. There are two forest fires in our upper peninsula, one in the Seney wildlife refuge, and the other near Newberry, MI. At this time, the latter fire has already burned 23,000 acres and is only about 50% contained as of this morning. The Seney fire, I believe, is almost totally under control. The above photo shows the Two Hearted River area, home of the Rainbow Lodge and a state forest campground. Both have been totally destroyed in the fire as well as numerous homes and cabins. Tahquamenon Falls State Park has been closed since the fire began last week. What makes this fire so tragic is that it is in a very secluded area of northern Michigan with very few roads for fire fighters to access. Some of the most beautiful wilderness areas in the state have been lost.

My area has received regular rainfall so we haven't had any problems, but even northern lower Michigan has been under a fire danger warning most of the month.

At this time, we are going through a cool spell with frost advisories in effect for northern sections of the state. But we're only looking at lows in the 40s tonight for our area.

Here is the forecast:
Tonight...Partly cloudy. Lows 39 to 43. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph...Becoming light north after midnight.

Thursday...Partly cloudy in the morning...Then mostly cloudy with a chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs 59 to 63. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Thursday Night...Rain. Lows 44 to 48. East winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90 percent.

Friday...Breezy...Rain. Highs 54 to 58. North winds 15 to 25 mph...With gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent.

Friday Night...Cloudy with a chance of rain. Lows 44 to 48. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Almost a Perfect Day in Mid Michigan

By: chatcat, 12:39 AM GMT on May 15, 2012

Today couldn't have been any nicer with comfortable temps and plenty of sun. Even the winds were light. It was a great day for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities. This has been a lovely May for our part of Michigan with just enough rain to keep things hydrated but many sunny days as well. Temps have been slightly below normal Even the heavy rains which caused the major flooding a week ago missed our area.

Our high today was 75F after an overnight low last night of 41F. Skies have been clear all day with winds around 3 mph from the SSE. The barometer is 30.0" and steady.

Tonight...Clear. Lows 44 to 48. Light southwest winds.

Tuesday...Mostly sunny...Becoming partly cloudy. Highs 77 to 81. West winds 5 to 15 mph.

Tuesday Night...Mostly cloudy...Becoming partly cloudy. A chance of light showers. Lows 48 to 52. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph... Becoming west. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Wednesday...Mostly sunny...Becoming partly cloudy. Highs 65 to 69. North winds 5 to 15 mph.

Wednesday Night...Mostly clear. Lows 41 to 45. Light north winds...Becoming light east.

Thursday...Mostly sunny. Highs 68 to 72.

May 2012

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I live right in the middle of the lower peninsula of Michigan. Our Great Lakes protect us from much of the extreme weather in other states.

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