It was a busy start to the work week for us at TV6 as those storms rolled through. We experienced a brief power outage but managed to get service restored in a matter of minutes. We also received several storm reports from across the area, including a number of downed trees and power lines. There was even a report of a tree that fell on a tent at the Blind Sucker Campground in Luce County. Luckily, no injuries were reported. Summer pattern continuesWarm, humid and unsettled weather pattern persists through much of the work week as high pressure continues to spin over the Missouri River valley. That will continue to pump unseasonably warm and humid air into the Upper Peninsula. Daytime highs will reach easily into the mid/upper 80s in the typical warm zones like in the western interior.
Storm threat persistsOnly isolated thunderstorm activity is expected to develop this afternoon along that frontal boundary that gave us trouble this morning. Best chance for seeing storms this afternoon will be across south/central and eastern Upper Michigan.
However, as the remnants of Tropical Storm Ivo make their way into the Northern Plains, thunderstorms will have an unusual amount of available moisture to work with tonight and early Tuesday. As a result, thunderstorms could produce heavy rainfall amounts and minor flashy type water problems are possible. This will be especially true in and around low lying areas and in places with poor drainage. Also watch for ponding on roadways. If you find yourself driving during a heavy downpour, find a safe place to pull off the road and wait the storm out. As always if you encounter standing water on the road, it??s best to turn around and find an alternate route.
Heavy rain will not be the only severe weather threat over the next 24-36 hours. Damaging winds, large hail and cloud-to-ground lightning will also be possible with any storms. Areas patchy dense fog could also reduce visibility at times, especially around area waterways.
The next disturbance will bring more rain/storm chances late Thursday. Extended forecast models hint at yet another bout of storminess which could move in for the Labor Day weekend. However, it??s still too far out to try to get smart with nailing down any more details.