School is back in session and football season is underway… and that means fall is right around the corner. But a staple of the autumn season… the beautiful color show put on by Michigan’s trees, may be delayed due to warmer than normal temperatures.
Usually, the leaves start changes at the end of September… but experts say it could be mid-October before we see those vibrant fall colors this year.
Jim Keysor is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. He said some leaves are just now beginning to change.
“As the days get shorter we are starting to see colors in the leaves. Right now it seems like right now we’re on pace to be average or slightly later than average.”
Keysor said if evenings remain mild, we most likely won’t see fall colors peak until the second or third week of October… which is a bit later than normal.
It comes as no surprise much of Michigan has been in a moderate drought this summer. And meteorologists say rain won’t solve it.
Officials say the drought we’ve been experiencing is caused by El Nino. Continue reading
If you live in northern lower Michigan and you’ve noticed smoke off to the west, it may be an island, that’s been burning since June. Firefighters are on the uninhabited island, working to protect a historic lighthouse.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is warning residents in the Midwest to stay safe during the extended period of high heat.
They said people should drink plenty of water, limit their exposure to the sun, and avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day.
Jim Keysor is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. He said with the high heat and humidity severe thunderstorms are a possibility.
“We have one complex of thunderstorms potentially Thursday afternoon and evening, and those could be severe with large hail, damaging winds, even an isolated tornado. Probably fairly quiet Friday and Saturday. And then additional thunderstorms on Sunday. So even though we need the rain we certainly don’t want the severe side of it.”
Keysor said this is the first time since 2012 that Michigan has seen a several days of high heat and humidity.
The national gas price average is two-dollars and thirty -six-cents a gallon. That’s almost forty cents less than what we were paying a year ago.
The national weather service says long-term models are predicting this summer will have above average temperatures.
The goal of the series is to give young people a platform to discuss how issues like water access impact communities around the world.
Gayle Broad is an associate professor at Algoma University.
“We provided opportunities for youth to come together and exchange ideas about how they like to see a change in the word. And the issues that the young people were bringing forward were really big issue that they wanted to solve, centered around these three different themes.”
Broad said young people in Colombia will join students from Algoma University via Skype to discuss their changing world in the series’ final session.
To see the full list of events for the series visit Algoma University’s webpage
It’s been a little colder this April than in the past and forecasters say we still have a while to wait before we get some real spring.
After last week’s cold spell, fruit farmers have been checking vines and trees to make sure their crops are going to be alright.
Michigan weather can have temper tantrums, especially coming out of winter. But, spring may make an early arrival in northern Michigan starting as early as Monday. Continue reading
Season extension technologies allow farmers in the Upper Peninsula to offer fresh produce year round. Most recently, winter spinach has been added to the menu for the local food co-op the UP is working to launch.
Residents in Paradise, Michigan are worried their homes may be slipping into Lake Superior. High water levels have washed away large chunks of shoreline and left some homeowners scrambling to keep their houses intact. Continue reading
More record breaking weather is in store for Central and Northern Michigan as we exit December according to officials.
Meteorologists are seeing conditions which were predicted with the onset of an unusually strong El Niño pattern. The phenomenon blocks the entry of cold air into the Great Lakes. Continue reading
The same warm weather that allowed the Michigan Sugar Company to take in a record-breaking harvest may be threatening those same beets, as they sit in storage, awaiting processing.
Ray Van Driessche is the director of community and government relations for Michigan Sugar Company. He said the size of the yield was unbelievable.
The unseasonably warm weather in Michigan has begun to affect northern Michigan businesses. Business owners say tourists are foregoing trips North because of the lack of snow.