Strong Winds, Warm Air in Michigan

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Strong winds, with gusts of 40-50 mph were reported across much of Michigan from Wednesday night into Thursday evening. A Wind Advisory was issued West Michigan. There was also a Lakeshore Flood Advisory from Muskegon Co. to Leelanau County and Gale Warnings for Lake Michigan. A High Wind Warning was also issued for the Mackinac Bridge.

Up top, you can see some of the peak wind gusts on Thursday. Here’s a few more peak gusts: 52 mph Keweenaw Point, 51 mph Grand Marais, 48 mph Copper Harbor, 46 mph Muskegon, Shelby, 45 mph Ludington, 43 mph Kalamazoo, Whitehall, 37 mph Battle Creek.

At the Ludington Buoy, the peak wave height was 10.2 feet. At the north mid-Lake Michigan Buoy the peak wave height was 15.7 feet early Thursday morning.

High Temperatures in West Michigan on Thursday

High temperatures were in the mid 60s from Grand Rapids and Alma to the south on Thursday. It was a touch cooler near Lake Michigan and north of Kent Co., where the south-southwest wind was coming off the lake. At the Muskegon Beach, the high temperature was 52° and the peak wind gust was 45 mph.

The mild pattern continues on Friday. Dry and a little cooler on Saturday with increasing clouds…rain and snow possible on Sunday (if all snow, a couple of inches on the grass isn’t impossible). Mostly dry Monday and Tuesday…then rain, possibly changing to snow on Wednesday. Dry Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday (the big shopping day – at least traditionally).

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