Warmer than average temperatures are expected to continue through the end of this week. And that means ice on area lakes and rivers is starting to melt.
Law enforcement officials say ice rescues are not unusual at this time of the year… but they would rather people avoid going on the ice altogether, than have to call for help.
Michael Boguth (bo-gith) is a meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Gaylord. He said ice fishermen need to take extreme precautions.
“If anyone is going to venture out ice fishing, please use extreme caution. You know with this warm up the ice is rapidly deteriorating. So please take your time and make sure you check that ice thickness.”
Officials said you should use the buddy system while out on the ice, have rope to use for rescues, and have a communication device to call for help.
After a warmer than normal November, meteorologists said we can expect normal temperatures throughout the month of December.
Meteorologists said November saw some of the highest temperatures recorded for the month. They predict a turn around in December.Temperatures are expected to drop into the low to mid thirties, and by the end of the month,high temperatures likely in the upper twenties.
Andy Sullivan is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gaylord. He said snow is in the forecast for upcoming weeks.
“We’re seeing a pattern change right now, cold air is building up over northern and central Canada, and a piece is actually gonna come in here later this week. And we’re probably gonna get some decent lake effect snow, and that pattern should continue for the next few weeks.”
Sullivan said get ready for more snow and cold weather.
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.
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.
Temperatures are heating up in Michigan. Meteorologists say this week, the state will see the some of the highest temperatures of the summer.
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 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.