TODAY
Mostly Sunny to Partly Cloudy
Increasing Clouds Late Day
8am: 55
NOON: 69
HIGH: 76
WIND:  NE-E 5-10 mph

SUNRISE 7:02 a.m.
SUNSET  8:23 p.m.

WHAT WE’RE TRACKING
Dry and Pleasant Today
Scattered Showers and Storms Tonight through Saturday

LAKE MICHIGAN
RIP CURRENT RISK: Low
WIND: Variable 5-10 knots
WAVES: 0-1 foot

TODAY Partly to mostly sunny and pleasant with light winds mainly from the east.  Thunderstorms will develop on the other side of the lake later today and spread a few clouds in this direction.  Highs will be in the mid 70s.

THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY   Thursday Night we’ll have a chance of a shower or t-storm around or more likely after midnight.  The best chance for that will be to the northwest up toward Oceana and Mason Co. up toward Traverse City.  Odds favor evening activities to be dry, especially SE of G.R.  It will be milder tonight in the low 60s.  Friday will be warmer with the humidity increasing. There will be 60% chance of catching a shower or storm.  Clouds will be variable and winds out of the south from 5-15 mph.  Highs Friday should be in the low to mid 80s (could reach the upper 80s along and south of I-94).

HOLIDAY WEEKEND   Saturday looks mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and storms.  The best chance of storms may come Saturday night.  Some of the storms should have heavy rain.  Highs Saturday will be in the low 80s (mid 80s along and south of I-94).  It appears Sunday will be the nicest day of the holiday weekend with a partly cloudy sky a temperature near 80.  Monday starts out with partly sunny skies and a strong breeze from the south.  We’ll have a chance of storms during the afternoon and some of those storms could be heavy, with gusty winds and brief heavy rain.  Highs Monday will be in the mid 80s.

LOOKING AHEAD  The midweek next week looks partly to mostly sunny and pleasant (it always seems to be nice when the kids start school).  Look for dry and pleasant weather from Tuesday afternoon through Thursday with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s.  No sign of any really cool air through the first 10 days of September.

Check out Bill’s Blog for some interesting statistics on tornadoes in the U.S. and Michigan so far this year.  See how many tornado deaths this year have been in mobile homes and vehicles.  It’s on the blog.