The pic. above is sunset at South Haven Sunday evening. Note that the sun isn’t its usual yellow-orange. It’s a dull off-white. That’s because there’s a layer of smoke in the air. Below is a satellite picture of Lake Michigan from Sunday PM:
You can see the grayish smoke layer moving from Wisconsin out over Lake Michigan. This afternoon, I noted that the sky was a whitish color to the west (looking into the smoke layer) and a more bright blue to the east (no smoke).
Here’s another view of sunset from the GVSU skycam at Muskegon Lake. You can see the smoke layer as the sun sets over the dunes. Click here to see a high-resolution satellite loop of the smoke and some developing t-storms taken last Thursday PM.
Here’s high temps. from Sunday. It was not in the N. Plains with 108° at Williston ND, 106° at Glendive MT and 104° at Sheridan WY – all warmer than Phoenix AZ (102°). It was a relatively cool 74° at San Angelo TX (where they had 2.3″ of rain) and 79° at Abilene TX, Marfa TX and Oklahoma City. Portland ME was a cool 70°. Boston reached 75° while getting 1.32″ of rain. At 1 pm, Barrow AK had a temperature of 34° with a north wind at 15 mph. They were cloudy with occasional mist – not the best summer day. Daytona Beach got 2.39″ of rain Sunday and Midland/Odessa Texas had 2.65″ of rainfall.
A final note. There were still 178 Consumers Energy customers without power in Mecosta Co. at 11 pm Sunday night. A small, but severe thunderstorm downed trees and power lines around the Horsehead Lake area. Hopefully, everyone will be back on the grid this Monday AM: