Our stretch of 8-straight dry days is coming to an end


DETROIT – Clouds will be on the increase tonight, with scattered light showers developing – but not until well after we enjoy our early evening plans. 

Lows in the upper 40s (that’s 9° Celsius for our Canadian friends across the river).  East wind at 4 to 8 mph, becoming south late tonight.

Rain will increase just in time for the morning rush hour, so plan on a slower than usual drive into work (and make sure you have an umbrella in the car). 

We’ll see a midday break from the steady rain, perhaps just some scattered showers, before more showers and possible thunderstorms return for the late afternoon and evening period.  I do not expect any severe weather.  Highs approaching 70° (21° Celsius), especially south of 8 Mile.  Southwest wind at 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday’s sunrise is at 6:42 AM, and Thursday’s sunset is at 8:22 pm.

Showers and possible thunderstorms Thursday night should diminish between midnight and dawn, with lows in the upper 40s (9° Celsius).

While it’s possible that we could see an early shower on Friday, any rain should move out quickly, with skies eventually becoming partly cloudy.  Highs in the low 60s (16° Celsius).

Becoming mostly clear Friday night, with lows in the upper 30s (4° Celsius).

Mostly sunny on Saturday…a gorgeous weekend day…with highs near 60° (15° Celsius).

Mostly clear Saturday night, with lows in the upper 30s (4° Celsius).

Sunday has actually become a lot trickier…but in a good way.  The computer models this week had been projecting some showers moving into the area, but today’s models are now split on that, with the GFS AND GEM keeping us dry, while the ECMWF tries to bring in a few afternoon showers...especially north.  I’ll hopefully get a better handle on this tomorrow.  I know how important weekends are to you and me (I’m a professional when it comes to weekends), so this will be a priority when I begin tomorrow’s forecast process.  Highs Sunday will obviously be dependent upon if we get the rain (and, hence, the clouds), so right now let’s go with an average high in the mid to upper 60s (19° Celsius).

There’s a better chance for rain Monday and possibly into Tuesday.

A special word for those of you with pollen allergies:

My pollen reports have just started coming in from Lakeshore Ear, Nose and Throat and, if you’ve suddenly started sneezing and wheezing, it’s due to tree pollen…most notably right now from Cottonwood, Maple and Juniper trees.  I checked in with my friend Amber Kendel at Lakeshore ENT, and she says that indeed, our March warmth started the blooming / pollination process earlier than normal this year, and this was exacerbated by the more recent warm spell.  Amber says that she’s seeing the usual TYPES of pollen grains for this time of year, but the VOLUME is higher than normal.  Translation:  tree pollen has exploded this spring.  So if you have suddenly become miserable with allergies, that’s why.

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