Air Quality Alerts This Weekend – Beach Hazards Statement

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AN AIR QUALITY ACTION DAY ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT TODAY (JUNE 5TH) FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES…
IN WEST MICHIGAN: Allegan… Antrim… Benzie… berrien… CASS… Charlevoix… Emmet… Grand Traverse… KENT… Lake… Leelanau… Manistee… Mason… MUSKEGON…  Newaygo… Oceana… ottawa… AND Van Buren Counties.
IN Southeast MICHIGAN: Macomb… Monroe… Oakland… St. Clair… Washtenaw… AND Wayne Counties.

It's likely that there will be a Air Quality Action Day called for Sunday and maybe also Monday.
   
king of the great lakes kitesurf test fest
Kitesurfers took to Lake Michigan at Grand Haven this weekend for the King of the Great Lakes Kitesurf Test Fest hosted by MACkite. (Michael Buck/WOOD TV8)

We also have a Beach Hazards Statement and Small Craft Advisories for Lake Michigan for areas north of Montague. All along the Lake Michigan shore watch for choppy conditions and a risk of rip currents and structural currents. Remember if the wind is moderate to strong, south or southwest, the south side of the piers and breakwaters can develop a current that can pull you out toward the middle of the lake. If the wind is north or northwest, it’s the north side of the piers and breakwalls that can have a dangerous offshore current. Just remember, if it’s windy or if there are sizable (over 3 foot) waves – don’t swim near or jump off the piers an breakwaters.

Severe Weather Outlook for Saturday/Saturday night from the Storm Prediction Center

There could be a thunderstorm today or tonight north of a line from Traverse City to Alpena. There is a Marginal (Low) Risk of a severe thunderstorm across the U.P. this PM/night. The main threat would be isolated strong winds. The highest risk of a severe storm is from Montana into N. Dakota and in northern New England. We’ll stay mostly sunny, breezy and warm in West Michigan this weekend.

Storm Reports from Friday 6/4/21

Here’s storm reports from Friday, June 5 – there was a concentration of strong winds in Northern and Central New Jersey.

Fire Weather Watch

There is also a Fire Weather Watch for MASON-LAKE-OSCEOLA-CLARE-OCEANA-NEWAYGO-MECOSTA-MUSKEGON-EMMET-CHEBOYGAN-PRESQUE ISLE-LEELANAU-ANTRIM-OTSEGO-MONTMORENCY-ALPENA-BENZIE-GRAND TRAVERSE-KALKASKA-CRAWFORD-OSCODA-ALCONA-   MANISTEE-WEXFORD-MISSAUKEE-ROSCOMMON-OGEMAW-IOSCO-GLADWIN-ARENAC-BEAVER ISLAND AND SURROUNDING ISLANDS-CHARLEVOIX-

“THE POTENTIAL EXISTS TODAY AND SUNDAY FOR FIRES TO   GROW OUT OF CONTROL QUICKLY DUE TO THE WARM, DRY AND BREEZY CONDITIONS. BURN RESTRICTIONS ARE LIKELY IN EFFECT. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON BURN RESTRICTIONS, VISIT THE MICHIGAN DNR WEBSITE AT WWW.MICHIGAN.GOV/BURNPERMIT OR CALL 866-922-2876.”

European model rainfall forecast for the next 10 days

The European Model Rainfall Forecast for the next 10 days shows heavy rainfall continuing in the South. Significant rain falls in the Pacific Northwest and I hope that gets down into N. California. Rainfall continues to be relatively light across the Great Lakes.

From Andy Schut: “So far this year in Grand Rapids.In 120 years of records, we are experiencing the 6th driest start to the year on record with only 8.56” of precipitation and our 17th warmest start to the year on record.Missing thunderstorms ⚡️? We’ve only had four thunderstorm days for the year which ties with 1997 and 1905 for the least number of days with thunderstorms.”

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