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Drier and Mild Thursday; Severe Storms Possible Friday

Clouds and drizzle will linger early tonight, before some clearing takes place toward daybreak. Most of Thursday will be dry and warmer with highs well into the 70s. A chance of showers will be possible Thu night/Fri morning, and again Fri afternoon/evening. Temperatures are expected to warm well into the 80s on Friday. Read More >

Dozens of you from all over Lower Michigan reported an unmistakable smell of smoke between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. last night. Described as smelling something like a camp- or trash fire with a hint of electrical or plastic odor, the source was from forest fires in the Great Smoky Mountains area, including the one which engulfed part of Gatlinburg, Tennessee last night. An analysis of the meteorological setup last night supports this theory.

Much of the southeastern U.S. is in the midst of an exceptional drought. Before last night, many locations had not seen substantial rain for months, setting records for persistent dry weather. Multiple large forest fires have flared up in the past few weeks.

A large storm system currently over the central U.S. induced a strong south-to-north flow of air on Monday between the Southeast U.S. and the Great Lakes, with wind speeds in the lowest mile of the atmosphere between 20 and 60 mph. Computer models run in a "backwards trajectory" mode confirm that air over Lower Michigan at 10 PM last night passed through the Smoky Mountains 12 hours earlier. A cold front passed through Lower Michigan early Tuesday morning, shifting the winds southwest and bringing in fresh air.

Our thoughts go out to the hundreds of people who lost nearly everything in these fires.

November 29, 2016

                                                                  

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