DETROIT – We didn’t set any records that past few days, but four straight days with summer-like temperatures sure did make you notice. I hope you didn’t get used to it, because it’s back to reality now…
Today will feature plenty of sunshine, but you’ll definitely notice the cooler temperatures, as highs only reach the upper 50s to near 60° (that’s 15° Celsius for our Canadian friends using the metric system). West wind at 10 to 15 mph will add a little more chill to the air, but the sunshine will be nice. Today’s sunrise is at 7:39 AM, and today’s sunset is at 7:02 PM.
Clear skies prevail tonight…it’ll be a great star-gazing night. It’s going to get chilly, though, with lows ranging from the low 40s (5° Celsius) in our Urban Heat Island, to upper 30s (3-4° Celsius) in our typically coldest rural locations. Wind becoming calm air.
Look for more sunshine on Sunday, with highs in the low 60s (16° Celsius).
Clear once again Sunday night, with lows in the low 40s (5° Celsius).
Our Columbus Day holiday on Monday looks mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 60s (18° Celsius)…a great day if you have it off.
If you’re a fan of quiet, dry weather, then this is your week because we’ll be mostly sunny or partly cloudy all the way through Friday, with only one shower chance: a cold front swinging through on Wednesday. However, most of that day should be dry, with clouds increasing during the afternoon, and shower chances likely not arriving until late in the day…most of whatever rain we get should fall at night. Highs Tuesday and Wednesday will be very pleasant…in the upper 60s (20° Celsius), before falling back to near 60° (15-16° Celsius) Thursday and Friday behind the cold front.
Matthew hit the Florida and Georgia coasts hard yesterday and last night, but it could have been catastrophically worse. The eye of the storm remained about 40-50 miles offshore and, since the most devastating winds surround the eye, had this 600 mile wide storm tracked only one county’s width further west, its eyewall would have moved over Jacksonville and southeast Georgia. Instead, Jacksonville “only” received several hours of 60-80 mph wind (with higher gusts along the barrier islands). Remember that our National Weather Service issues severe thunderstorm warnings when a short burst of wind is expected to reach or exceed 58 mph, and the sirens are even sounded if those thunderstorm gusts become high-end and reach or exceed 70 mph. Matthew generated continuous gusts of this magnitude for hours and, as you can imagine, there has been a lot of damage and considerable power loss.
Today, Matthew will track along and even closer to the Carolina coasts, although as a weakening storm. So this will be a matter of give-and-take: the storm’s eye will be closer to shore, but the overall storm will be weaker. Historic Charleston, and golf mecca Myrtle Beach will bear the brunt of things today.