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A Not So Scary Forecast For The Week of Halloween

Our main chance of rain for the workweek will be through the rest of the day today as a low-pressure system moves through lower-Michigan. A few showers are possible through this evening, though more than likely, central Michigan will stay dry with better rain chances across southern Michigan. That means your trick-or-treat plans won’t be a washout. This’ll be the coolest day of the work week with highs around sixty, which is already almost 10 degrees above normal for this time of year.

High pressure takes over as the main driver of our weather mid-week with ample sunshine across Mid-Michigan through Thursday. The combination of sunshine and a switch to southerly to southwesterly winds into Mid-Michigan will bring a nice warmup for the region. Highs will reach the mid-sixties Tuesday through Friday bringing a mild start to the month of November.

Clouds begin to return during the day on Thursday as a low-pressure system moves into the Great Lakes region. At this point, there is some uncertainty in where this low sets up and how strong it is, as well as the placement and strength of an upper-level low in the western United States. Showers are possible associated with these lows but due to these uncertainties, confidence is low at this point. Model trends also suggest a bit of a cooldown next weekend, with highs in the upper-fifties across the region.

Looking beyond the next week, weather models are showing decent agreement that warm air returns to the Great Lakes region next week. This suggests that well above normal temperatures remain possible through the first third of November.

In summary, enjoy the mild week, and don’t forget to set your clocks back on Saturday night.

Hurricane Sandy 10 Years Ago:

Saturday marked 10 years since Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey as a post tropical cyclone. Its origins came from the southwestern Caribbean as a tropical depression on October 22nd. Sandy quickly intensified into a Category 3 hurricane before making landfall in western Cuba, causing $2 billion in damage for the island alone. After exiting Cuba on October 27th, Sandy weakened into a tropical storm, but began rapidly increasing in size. By the morning of October 29th, Sandy was a category 2 hurricane with gale force winds (winds between 31 and 63 mph) that extended 750 miles from its center. For reference, that is approximately the distance between Mount Pleasant, and Memphis, Tennessee. With a central barometric pressure of 940 mb, this set a record for lowest atmospheric pressure for various cities across the southeastern coast. At 7:30pm, Sandy made landfall in New Jersey as a post tropical cyclone with wind speeds sustained of 80 mph. For the next four days, it would meander north and east before merging with another area of low pressure on November 2nd. At the end of the day, Sandy incurred over 200 fatalities, as well as $68.7 billion in damage across 9 countries. In addition, the storm affected nearly half of the United States one way or another, with impacts ranging from the eastern seaboard to the Appalachian Mountains, to even part of the inner Midwest. Currently, Sandy is the 6th costliest hurricane in U.S. history.

Mt. Pleasant Almanac for This Week:

Almanac Information is a way to look at normal and record high and low temperatures for this time of year. The normal temperatures are based on the 30-year average high and low for that date between 1991 and 2020. For example, if you take the high temperature for every October 24th between 1991 and 2020 and calculate the average of all 30 values, the result would be 56. Therefore, the normal high for today is 56°. Record high and low temperature data goes back to 1895. Sunrise and sunset data is also provided. All information is valid for Mount Pleasant.

October 31st

Normal High/Low: 53°/36°

Record High: 78° 1933

Record Low: 16° 1925

Sunrise: 8:14AM

Sunset: 6:31PM

November 1st

Normal High/Low: 53°/35°

Record High: 77° 1950

Record Low: 19° 1949

Sunrise: 8:15AM

Sunset: 6:30PM

November 2nd

Normal High/Low: 52°/35°

Record High: 76° 1938

Record Low: 18° 1911

Sunrise: 8:16AM

Sunset: 6:29PM

November 3rd

Normal High/Low: 52°/35°

Record High: 76° 1938

Record Low: 11° 1951

Sunrise: 8:18AM

Sunset: 6:27PM

November 4th

Normal High/Low: 51°/34°

Record High: 75° 2015

Record Low: 15° 1951

Sunrise: 8:19AM

Sunset: 6:26PM

November 5th

Normal High/Low: 51°/34°

Record High: 75° 2015

Record Low: 8° 1951

Sunrise: 8:20AM

Sunset: 6:25PM

November 6th

Normal High/Low: 50°/34°

Record High: 74° 1978

Record Low: 7° 1951

Sunrise: 7:21AM

Sunset: 5:24PM

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