Wide Ranging Temperatures This Afternoon

In Michigan, the phrase "what a difference a few days can make" is common.  Today, the difference may be just a few miles away.  Depending on where you are this afternoon, temperatures may be soaring toward summer-like readings around 80, or they may be hovering in the more spring-like 40s and 50s. 

There are two factors contributing to this wide range of temperatures:

  • First, a stationary front extending from northern Lower Michigan to southern Lake Michigan is separating cooler air to the north and west (including areas around Traverse City, Petoskey, and Paradise) from warmer air to the south and east (including areas around Gaylord, Houghton Lake, and West Branch). 
  • Second, where winds are onshore along the Great Lakes temperatures are much colder due to the fact that water temperatures are still averaging in the 40s.

This pattern is not unusual during the spring in northern Michigan.  However, today's situation is rather extreme.  Normal high temperatures for May 2nd generally range from 60 to 65.

By late this afternoon and tonight, the stationary front combined with the temperature variations may give rise to a few showers or thunderstorms.

For the most up-to-date hourly temperatures around northern Michigan, click here.

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