Metro Detroit weather: Watching for some rain

But will it be enough? Another dry spell looms


DETROIT – I've been telling you for a while now that we desperately need some rain to recharge our soil moisture before the ground freezes for the winter and, unfortunately, there isn't much in the forecast.

Tonight, a few scattered light showers are possible but, even if you do get one, it shouldn't amount to much. Lows in the low to mid 60s (17° for our Canadian neighbors). Very light southwest wind.

Tuesday is not just our best chance of rain. It's probably our ONLY chance for rain for the next eight days. Scattered showers are possible, with highs near 70° (21° Celsius). Based upon this afternoon's computer models, I don't think we'll put much of a dent in our very dry soil conditions (remember that we need more than to just "get wet" -- we need soaking rains for several hours). Southwest wind will shift to the northwest as a trough (line) of low pressure swings through early in the day, and then shift to the northeast behind the approaching strong cold front. Speeds by afternoon should be roughly 8 to 13 mph.

Tuesday's sunrise is at 7:28 AM, and Tuesday's sunset is at 7:19 PM.

Decreasing clouds Tuesday night, with lows in the upper 40s (9° Celsius).

Then comes our next extended period of dry weather. I do not see a drop of rain through Tuesday of next week, and possibly next Wednesday. Skies should be either partly cloudy or mostly sunny through the period, and it'll probably be a little breezy Wednesday and Thursday. Highs generally in the low 60s (16° Celsius), and overnight lows in the low 40s (6° Celsius).

I do see some moderation in our temperatures by early next week -- perhaps back into the upper 60s (20° Celsius) by Tuesday and Wednesday.

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