Muggy, foggy, severe storms, heavy rain possible
WEST MICHIGAN — You can certainly feel the moisture in the air. Dew point temperatures (a measure of moisture) are at/around 70 degrees. It feels very tropical! That feeling will continue through Monday. A low pressure system and cold front will approach the state Monday afternoon/evening and likely generate more showers and thunderstorms. Some of those may be on the strong to severe side with damaging winds and hail as the primary threats. See the outlook from the Storm Prediction Center here.
With all the moisture in the atmosphere, storms will have the capability of producing heavy rain as well. Lightning is also another expected hazard when these storms form and track through the area. We have a couple of rivers with flood advisories posted, and some of those levels could rise if/when we see more storms on Monday.
Across the FOX 17 viewing area one to four inches of rain has already fallen. The attached map shows radar estimated rain fall totals over the past two days. Our southern counties have seen the most rain with those areas in green between three and four inches. Oceana County has also reported about three to four inches. Areas in blue are between one and two inches.
We should also mention that with all of this moisture in the air and light winds, look for areas of dense fog overnight in to Monday morning. There are actually DENSE FOG ADVISORIES posted along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The fog will be the worst there as the warmer, moisture laden air pushes over the top of the colder surface waters of the lake.
Once the cold front sweeps through the state Monday evening/night, skies will clear and a much drier, less humid air mass will filter in on Tuesday. Dew point temperatures will go from the 70s to the 50s by Tuesday. Get the complete West Michigan forecast at www.fox17online.com/weather.