Date: 2021-09-22 09:30:22
WEST MICHIGAN — The forecast from FOX 17 Meteorologist Laura Velasquez: Fall officially starts today and wow, does it feel like it! Temps will be in the 50s for highs and the strong northerly wind will make it feel even cooler. After some dry hours this afternoon, more rain will develop and overspread the area from southeast to northwest. Rain is likely this evening and tonight and some of it could be heavy. A Flood Watch is posted for Eaton, Calhoun and Eaton Counties to the southeast through Thursday morning. In these locations, near and east of I-69, it’s possible several inches of rain could fall. Farther northwest amounts will be significantly less. By late Thursday, rain will taper to scattered showers and dry conditions will return by Friday morning. Friday will be a warmer day with some sunshine before a fast-moving storm system arrives. That will result in rain showers overnight Friday into early Saturday morning. Most of the daylight hours during the upcoming weekend look to stay dry.
***While we’re getting past the main beach season in West Michigan, it’s worth noting that Lake Michigan will be quite rough through the week with high waves and strong currents. Beach Hazards are in place for the nearshore and a Gale Warning is in place for the open water.
***Fall officially arrives this afternoon at 3:21 P.M.. It’s what we call the autumnal equinox, or fall equinox. Equal days and equal nights…about 12 hours of each. On Wednesday, we actually have 12 hours and 9 minutes of daylight. This is because we measure sunrise from the first part of the sun above the horizon and sunset as the last bit of sun before it dips below the horizon. Additionally, light bends. Those 2 reasons are why we actually get a little more daylight on the equinox. While this marks the start of Fall in the northern hemisphere, it simultaneously marks the start of Spring in the southern hemisphere.
TODAY: Cloudy, breezy, cool, with rain showers. The heaviest and most consistent rain will be southeast of Grand Rapids. More comfortable with highs in the upper 50s to near 60. Winds north at 10 to 20 mph.
TONIGHT: Cloudy with rain likely as an upper level low pressure system rotates back into the Great Lakes. Lows in the upper 40s. Winds north at 5 to 15 mph.
THURSDAY: Cloudy, breezy, cool, and blustery with rain showers likely. Highs only in the upper 50s. Winds north-northwest at 10 to 15 mph.
FRIDAY: Partly cloudy and warmer. Showers return for the late evening and overnight as a cold front moves in. Highs near 70 degrees.
SATURDAY: Morning showers, otherwise becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 60s.
SUNDAY: Partly cloudy with a stray shower possible. Highs near 70.
MONDAY: Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s.
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