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      Rainy Sunday, sunny Monday

      Mesocyclone over Bark River, 7-25-13
      Bring the umbrella, it's a soggy Sunday in Upper Michigan. There's a low pressure system hanging around just east of the U.P. and it's moving very slowly. Conditions aren't conducive for thunderstorms, but rain will last most of the day until that system finally moves away Sunday night.

      Sunday's highs will be cool and well below average in the 50s. Lows will fall into the 40s to low 50s, cooler west tonight because that's where skies will be clearer. High pressure is moving in to clear away rain and clouds overnight, but some lingering showers will likely continue, especially east. Foggy conditions are likely for some parts of the U.P. at night.

      So about those temperatures...Saturday set a record at the NWS office in Negaunee Township for a new low maximum temperature of 57 degrees. That's 19 degrees below average.

      Another thing is that we have officially passed the hottest time of the year. For a large chunk of July, we have maxed out our seasonal normal temperatures with a high of 77 and a low of 55. Saturday was the first day where the seasonal norm is officially down to 76 degrees. From here, it's a slow decline of seasonal norms until February when they begin to warm up again.

      As for rain...July has seen above average rainfall (not even including Sunday's rain), most of which has come in the last 10 days. In fact, Upper Michigan has seen greater than normal precipitation all year so far.

      The cold and wet conditions we've been experiencing will soon be going away. Monday will be warmer with high in the 60s to low 70s west as winds increase out of the south. Mostly sunny skies will help, too. Lows will fall to around 50 and night skies will be mostly clear.

      Tuesday will be even warmer with highs back up into the 70s, which should last the rest of the week. Wednesday is likely to see some thunderstorms, but there is some uncertainty in the forecast as to the intensity and timing. We'll keep an eye on it as the next system approaches.

      On a final note of interest, the weather story I wrote on Saturday has received many shares. In it, I discuss recent severe weather in the U.P. and share many of the pictures our station has received in the last week, some of which have gone viral and have been featured on national news. The link is below.

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