4 things to watch for -- Monday, July 8th

WDIV Local 4 News Today Team

Brandon Roux: It was one heck of a hot week!  Can I be honest? This is my least favorite time of the year. The forecast is a bit of a broken record, or similar to a Florida forecast. ‘It’s gonna be hot and humid again today with pop up showers in the heat of the afternoon.’

I do not care for the heat, and I need my forecast to change at least a little bit from day to day which is a major benefit to living in Metro Detroit. But in the dog days of summer, we get stretches where the weather just doesn’t change much. 

We hope your 4th was a good one. Twice this week I helped Jason Carr navigate through the weather as these PM pop-ups can really mess with your pool parties. On Tuesday I was able to help him stay out of trouble as dangerous storms blew up. I told him to have the cushions inside and umbrellas closed by 6/7pm in the backyard. The next day he said he must have forgotten the umbrella advice as his patio umbrella was found on the other side of his yard. Thursday, I said there would be showers and storms and that they’d last for about 30 minutes and move on. Jason said the one that hit him in Oakland County at 3pm, lingered for almost two hours. Ouch! I’m sorry pal, that’s on me but just about everyone else had those brief showers or no showers yesterday.

Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July. But, my question, how much longer can we expect our neighbors to be lighting those fireworks? My belief is July 1-5 for fireworks. That’s the window you should be allowed to light em’ off. It looks pretty dry around here for the next two weeks and we don’t want folks starting wildfires with fireworks. 

Watch beginning at 4:30 a.m.

Here's what's coming up Monday, July 8th, 2019 on Local 4 News Today.

All Morning -- The Forecast

Monday look to be glorious as the sun will keep us in the lower 80s with no chances for rain until possibly Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

  • You can get the full forecast here.

All Morning - The Construction

Get ready for summer construction season! I-94, I-75, I-696, M-5, M-10...should we go on? There are around 30 projects set to start Monday. This could impact your drive to work. Thankfully, the wonderful Kim DeGiulio will be working hard to get you to work on time!

  • Check traffic conditions in your neighborhood here.

6:10 a.m. -- Monday Monday

In case you missed it last week, we're focusing on supporting our seniors for the summer! Local 4 Business Editor Rod Meloni will take us on a long journey to help with long term care issues, Medicare, Medicaid and related topics.

6:40 a.m. -- Sun Apps

Nothing turns a summer into a bummer more than a nasty sunburn, headache from the heat or something worse. But, did you know your smartphone can help you avoid all that? We'll show you the apps that can help you stay away from trouble when you're spending time in the sun.


Today's Trivia Retake 

Every morning at 6 a.m., we ask you a trivia question on Local 4 for a chance to win a prize.

  • Friday Question: When did Hawaii become a state?
  • Answer: 1959
  • Be sure to watch daily at 6 a.m. and click this link to enter for a chance to win.

Today's Quiz 

National Days: July 8th

  • National Chocolate with Almonds Day

A Look Back at History: July 8th

  • In 1889, The Wall Street Journal was first published.
  • In 1907, Florenz Ziegfeld staged his first “Follies,” on the roof of the New York Theater.
  • In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson received a tumultuous welcome in New York City after his return from the Versailles Peace Conference in France.
  • In 1947, a New Mexico newspaper, the Roswell Daily Record, quoted officials at Roswell Army Air Field as saying they had recovered a “flying saucer” that crashed onto a ranch; officials then said it was actually a weather balloon. (To this day, there are those who believe what fell to Earth was an alien spaceship carrying extra-terrestrial beings.)
  • In 1950, President Harry S. Truman named Gen. Douglas MacArthur commander-in-chief of United Nations forces in Korea. (Truman ended up sacking MacArthur for insubordination nine months later.)
  • In 1965, Canadian Pacific Air Lines Flight 21, a Douglas DC-6B, crashed in British Columbia after the tail separated from the fuselage; all 52 people on board were killed in what authorities said was the result of an apparent bombing.
  • In 1967, Academy Award-winning actress Vivien Leigh, 53, died in London.
  • In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford announced he would seek a second term of office.
  • In 1994, Kim Il Sung, North Korea’s communist leader since 1948, died at age 82.
  • In 2007, Roger Federer won his fifth straight Wimbledon championship, beating Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-2.
  • In 2011, former first lady Betty Ford died in Rancho Mirage, California, at age 93.

Celebrity Birthdays: July 8th 

Celebrating a birthday Monday? Submit a Sunshine Award here and we could say your name on Local 4 News Today during our 5 a.m. show.

Here's who you're sharing a birthday with -- 

  • Singer Steve Lawrence is 84.  
  • Actor Jeffrey Tambor is 75. 
  • Actress Kim Darby is 72.
  •  Actress Jonelle Allen (“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”) is 71. 
  • Children’s singer Raffi is 71. 
  • Actress Anjelica Huston is 68. 
  • Actor Kevin Bacon is 61. 
  • Country singer Toby Keith is 58.  
  • Singer Joan Osborne is 57. 
  • Actor Rocky Carroll (“NCIS”) is 56. 
  • Actor Michael B. Silver (“Instinct,” ″NYPD Blue”) is 52. 
  • Actor Billy Crudup (“Almost Famous”) is 51. 
  • Actor Michael Weatherly (“NCIS,” ″Dark Angel”) is 51. 
  • Singer Beck is 49.  
  • Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco is 46.  
  • Actor Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us,” ″Gilmore Girls”) is 42. 
  • Actress Sophia Bush (“Chicago P.D.,” ″One Tree Hill”) is 37. 
  • Actress Maya Hawke (“Little Women,” ″Stranger Things”) is 21. 
  • Actor Jaden Smith (“The Pursuit of Happyness”) is 21.

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