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Metro Detroit weather: Getting ready for another dry stretch

Spectacular weather continues

Paul Gross takes a look at the upcoming weather forecast. (WDIV)
Paul Gross takes a look at the upcoming weather forecast. (WDIV)

DETROIT – It’s great to be back after a wonderful Pure Michigan long weekend up north! I gathered some Petoskey stones while walking the beach, and tried hand polishing them myself for the first time. As you can see from the attached photo, they’re not perfect, but they look pretty nice for a first try. The ones on the bottom are what they look like before you polish them. I’m going to buy one of those rock tumblers and shoot for a more professional look with the rest of the stones I collected. I’ve had a fascination with Petoskey stones ever since I was a child, and I’d really like to have some nice, perfect shiny ones!

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I’ve come back to some spectacular summer weather, and it’s going to continue throughout next week, with only one reasonable chance for rain.

Skies should become mostly clear overnight, with lows in the low 60s (16-17 degrees Celsius), and calm air.  If your skies are clear, you have another chance to see the International Space Station fly overhead this evening!  Just face northwest at 9:39 PM and you’ll see a bright “star” fade into view, and travel across the sky toward the east-southeast.  It’ll be visible for three minutes, and is always something cool to see.  I rarely miss it!

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Mostly sunny on Thursday, then becoming partly cloudy during the afternoon.  Highs in the mid 80s (29 degrees Celsius).  Southeast wind at 5 to 10 mph.

Increasing clouds Thursday night, with lows in the mid 60s (18 degrees Celsius).

Thursday’s sunrise is at 6:36 a.m., and Thursday’s sunset is at 8:41 p.m.

Mostly cloudy Friday into Friday night, with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible.  You’d better pray for some rain, because this might be our only chance for the next week (or more).  Highs in the low 80s (28 degrees Celsius), and lows Friday night in the low 60s (16 degrees Celsius).

Partly cloudy on Saturday, with highs in the upper 70s to near 80 degrees (26-27 degrees Celsius).

Mostly clear Saturday night, with lows near 60 degrees (15 degrees Celsius).

Partly cloudy on Sunday, with highs in the upper 70s (26 degrees Celsius).

Mostly clear Sunday night, with lows near 60 degrees (15-16 degrees Celsius).

Monday through Friday looks to be partly cloudy to mostly sunny, with only the slightest chance for an afternoon shower (the result of weak upper level disturbances crossing the Great Lakes, which are notoriously difficult to predict far in advance).  The way things look right now, I think most of next week will be dry.  Highs will range from near 80 degrees (27 degrees Celsius) at the beginning of the week to the mid 80s (29-30 degrees Celsius) by the end of the week.  Lows should be in the low to mid 60s (16-18 degrees Celsius).


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