Tuesday, July 3, 2012
A line of thunderstorms moving in may produce quarter-inch hail and 60 mph winds.
The National Weather Service (NWS) warns that a severe thunderstorm is traveling through southeast Michigan this afternoon. Severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued for most communities in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties. Quarter size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph have been reported by weather spotters "along a line extending from Novi to Whitmore Lake and moving east at 35 MPH," according to the NWS. Stick with Patch for updates and post your weather-related photos.
The National Weather Service has since downgraded the storm, but a number of advisories remain in effect Tuesday for southeast Michigan.
Residents awoke to the sound of sirens Tuesday morning after Oakland County activated its alert system in response to a severe thunderstorm warning issued by the National Weather Service for southeast Michigan. The storm had the capacity to produce winds in excess of 70 mph, as well as quarter-size hail, the NWS said. The tornado siren system is activated whenever winds of 70 mph or greater could strike, according to Oakland County. The warning was canceled at 6:44 a.m. "The line of storms which prompted the warning has weakened below severe limits and (is) no longer an immediate threat to life or property," the NWS said. "However, small hail, gusty winds and heavy rains are still possible." The region remains under a number of other NWS …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
A heat advisory is also in effect through Saturday at 9 p.m., as temperatures in the 90s continue into the weekend.
With warm, humid weather likely to continue tomorrow, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has issued another "Air Action Day" alert for Friday. The National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts Friday's daytime high could reach 93, under mostly sunny skies. A heat advisory remains in effect until 9 p.m. Saturday. The NWS warns that high temperatures and humidity could lead to heat-related illnesses, and makes the following recommendations: People and businesses are encouraged to avoid these activities on Air Action days: Everyone is encouraged to car pool, use their bicycles or walk, and delay or combine errands when possible. Active children and adults, and persons with respiratory diseases such as asthma, should limit …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Temperatures could hit record highs tomorrow, the National Weather Service predicts.
Predicted high temperatures and poor air quality have the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) issuing an "Air Action Day" alert Thursday. The National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts tomorrow's daytime high could reach 97, under mostly sunny skies. According to the MDEQ release, "ozone concentrations in the Mississippi Valley have already reached USG (unhealthy for sensitive groups) levels" and that air mass is headed toward Michigan. Cleaner winds from the west could mean improved air quality, the release indicated, but the potential for unsafe levels of ozone led officials to issue the alert. People and businesses are encouraged to avoid these activities tomorrow: Everyone is encouraged to car pool, use their bicycles …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Temperatures expected to drop to seasonal levels will threaten newly budded plants.
Temperatures are forecast to hover around freezing overnight, for the next several nights, which could threaten all those early blooming spring flowers. Because of the cold temperatures, the National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook on Wednesday. Low temperatures are forecast to drop to a frosty 34 degrees Wednesday night and dip below freezing by Thursday night. Low temperatures are forecast to pick up to the 40s by the weekend. That means newly budded and sensitive outdoor plants could be killed if left uncovered. Representatives from English Gardens recommended covering plants with freeze cloths, newspapers or sheets. Gardeners can also spray a product called Freeze Proof on the plants. Click here for additional …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
We're enjoying, if that's the right word, a record-setting March – for a few more days, at least.
It's another week for bare limbs, open-toe footwear and iced beverages. It's also time to consider indoor climate control. The letters A-C are being heard in households, shops and offices – sometimes along with a whirring sound that signals chill out. Though the calendar says first week of spring, the temperature – above 80 again Thursday – says midsummer. Government meteorologists flipped on air-conditioned comfort this week at the regional National Weather Service branch in White Lake. "It's also on at my house and has been since yesterday," Debra Elliott said when Patch checked Thursday. She and colleagues posted data confirming this month is a record-setter: But we don't need stats to sense something strange has sprung three weeks …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Hail and high winds and heavy downpours are possible this afternoon.
The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement at 3:40 p.m. today, warning that heavy thunderstorms are headed toward Metro Detroit. According to the statement, the storms have the potential to bring heavy downpours, frequent cloud-to-ground lightning strikes, wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour and 1/2-inch diameter hail. The NWS warns the storms have the potential to increase in strength as they move through southeast Michigan. Storms are expected to continue tonight, with areas of heavy fog possible.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
The area could see 4-8 inches of snow by the end of the day.
8:30 a.m. Friday: Didn't get as much snow as you hoped for? It's not over yet. A winter storm warning remains in effect until 7 p.m. Friday. "Snow will continue to spread into the area today," the National Weather Service says. "There will be occasional breaks in the snowfall early this morning before snow once again increases in coverage by late morning." Total snowfall accumulations are expected to range between 4-8 inches. Wind gusts of up to 35 m.p.h. are expected starting this afternoon, causing blowing and drifting snow, which poses a hazard to motorists. Untreated roads may become hazardous today, causing a slow morning communte in many areas. Motorists are advised to exercise extreme caution on the roads. There was no need for a …
Saturday, January 28, 2012
The National Weather Service warns a cold front could bring strong winds tonight.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a special weather statement this morning that includes a warning for motorists. While we won't be hit with heavy snowfall – the NWS predicts a half-inch per hour until about 11 a.m. – visibilities on the road may be reduced by a combination of snow and fog. Total accumulation in our area will be one to two inches. As the snow ends, look for a strong cold front to blow through with wind gusts tonight as high as 40 mph, the weather service warns.
Friday, November 4, 2011
The first test of the Emergency Alert System simultaneously across the United States will sound for 30 seconds at the same time.
Everyone in the United States listening to the radio or watching TV at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Nov. 9 will hear an alarming 30-second set of beeps and tones followed by a reassuring voice repeating, “this is a test.” The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS), which will play simultaneously on all regularly scheduled television, radio, cable and satellite programs. FEMA and the FCC have worked with broadcasters for years to develop a message system that the president of the United States will use to communicate with the public in case of a national emergency. The …