Mother Nature cooperates for solar eclipse

Now we turn our attention to Tuesday storms

By Paul Gross - Meteorologist
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Paul Gross takes a look at the threat of severe weather on Aug. 22, 2017. (WDIV)

DETROIT - As our weather pattern evolved over the weekend, things were looking a little shaky as to whether or not clouds would mar our chance to see today’s eclipse. However, the clouds over southern lower Michigan emanated from the tops of thunderstorms west of the Great Lakes, and those are high, thin cirrus clouds. So, most of us had the opportunity to see at least part of this afternoon’s big show, and Ben Bailey got to experience totality in Hopkinsville, Kentucky -- check out his reports on Local 4 News at 4, 5 and 6!

Now that the eclipse is behind us (at least until the next one in April 2024), we need to turn our attention to the thunderstorm potential over the next twenty-four hours. As you undoubtedly noticed, a warm, humid air mass is spreading across the region, and an approaching cold front will bring increasing chances of showers and thunderstorms. Tonight will feature increasing clouds, with a possible shower or thunderstorm. Muggy lows in the low 70s (22 degrees Celsius).  South wind at 5 to 10 mph.

Mostly cloudy on Tuesday with a chance of showers and thunderstorms through mid to late afternoon. A small risk of strong storms exists, but it appears that the best severe threat will be south and east of our area. Highs in the low 80s (28 degrees Celsius), and skies will clear immediately behind the cold front, so it’s possible that we’ll salvage a pleasant Tuesday evening. Southwest wind shifting to the northwest, at 15 to 20 mph by afternoon.

Tuesday’s sunrise is at 6:48 a.m., and Tuesday’s sunset is at 6:48 p.m.

Mostly clear, cooler and less humid Tuesday night, with lows in the upper 50s (15 degrees Celsius).

Mostly sunny to partly cloudy on Wednesday, with highs in the mid 70s (24 degrees Celsius).

Mostly clear Wednesday night, with lows in the mid 50s (13 degrees Celsius).

Partly cloudy on Thursday as an upper level disturbance crosses the state but, at this point, I don’t think it’ll trigger any rain. Highs in the mid 70s (23 degrees Celsius).

Mostly clear Thursday night, with lows in the mid 50s (13 degrees Celsius).

Then get ready for yet another spectacular weekend of Pure Michigan weather! Expect mostly sunny skies Friday through Sunday, with highs in the mid 70s on Friday (23 degrees Celsius), perhaps a bit warmer on Saturday (24 degrees Celsius), and into the upper 70s on Sunday (26 degrees Celsius). Overnight lows will also be very comfortable!

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