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Rainy Start to the Week

The first half of the first week of the new year begins wet. Our weather pattern will be quite the roller coaster across central Michigan for the first part of the week. We start off cloudy today ahead of our next low-pressure system with highs in the low forties. Rain showers begin tonight and continue through the day on Tuesday bringing anywhere from ½” to 1” of rain to the area. Winds from the south will bring quite the warm up for the day on Tuesday with highs in the upper fifties, and we may even hit 60 degrees. Rain winds down Tuesday night as the system leaves the area with temperatures falling behind the cold front. The following graphic shows rainfall potential by Tuesday evening from a blend of dozens of computer models:

Mostly cloudy skies will continue for Wednesday with our highs only reaching the upper 30s, which is still noticeably above normal for the area this time of year. High pressure begins to clear things up on Thursday with partly cloudy skies expected, but highs will be slightly below normal in the upper 20s. Friday and Saturday look Partly Sunny with highs near normal in the lower-30s. By Sunday, we’ll add a slight chance for snow with high in the mid-30s. The following graphic is the latest 7-day forecast generated from a blend of dozens of computer models. On Tuesday, we are expected a large temperature gradient across the state with a warm front in the vicinity, so highs will likely range from the 40 across central MI to the 60s towards Lansing. The exact positioning of the front will result in a big difference in what the temperature ends up being.

Here is a snapshot of the European model showing the big temperature difference across the lower peninsula on Tuesday:

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 January 2nd between 1991 and 2020 and calculate the average of all 30 values, the result would be 31. Therefore, the normal high for today is 31°. Record high and low temperature data goes back to 1895. Sunrise and sunset data is also provided. All information is valid for Mount Pleasant.

January 2nd

Normal High/Low: 31°/18°

Record High: 58° 2005

Record Low: -15° 1964

Sunrise: 8:12AM

Sunset: 5:13PM

January 3rd

Normal High/Low: 31°/18°

Record High: 53° 1897

Record Low: -6° 1968

Sunrise: 8:13AM

Sunset: 5:14PM

January 4th

Normal High/Low: 31°/18°

Record High: 56° 2004

Record Low: -16° 1918

Sunrise: 8:13AM

Sunset: 5:15PM

January 5th

Normal High/Low: 31°/18°

Record High: 53° 1997

Record Low: -14° 1981

Sunrise: 8:12AM

Sunset: 5:16PM

January 6th

Normal High/Low: 30°/17°

Record High: 52° 1998

Record Low: -10° 1912

Sunrise: 8:12AM

Sunset: 5:17PM

January 7th

Normal High/Low: 30°/17°

Record High: 54° 2012

Record Low: -15° 1942

Sunrise: 8:12AM

Sunset: 5:18PM

January 8th

Normal High/Low: 30°/17°

Record High: 54° 2012

Record Low: -14° 1942

Sunrise: 8:12AM

Sunset: 5:19PM

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-Weather Forecast by CMU Student Forecasters Isaac Cleland & Scott Thomas

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