Here’s a look at high temperatures today. You can see the warmer air to our south and southeast where the severe thunderstorms rolled along, producing tornadoes (at least 8 injured), wind damage and hail up to 3″ in diameter near St. Louis. Cleveland reached the upper 60s. The high was 73 in Indianapolis, 79 in St. Louis and 81 in Bowling Green KY. You can see the cold air to our northwest. with a high of just 26 at Bismarck ND and 16 up at Saskatoon. The high was just 10 above in Cut Bank and Great Falls, Montana. Those are mid-January high temps. The high was 11 at Lewistown MT, 20 at Williston ND and 23 at Yellowstone N.P. With a north to northwest wind, some of that cold air will filter into West Michigan.
The average high/low temp. today is 53/37 and that drops to 30/18 in mid-January. The sunrise for downtown G.R. Monday is 7:24 am and the sunset is 5:28. The latest sunset is 5:08 pm from Dec. 4 to Dec. 13. So, in the evening, we’ll lose another 20 minutes of daylight before bottoming out. The latest sunrise is 8:14 am in the first week of January, so we’ll lose another 50 minutes of daylight in the AM. We get 10 hours and 4 minutes of daylight Monday and that shrinks to 9 hours and one minute at the Winter Solstice on Dec. 21. We don’t get back to 10 hours and 4 minutes of daylight until Feb. 4. Temperatures lag the position of the sun by a month, so – on average – the coldest day is Jan. 20.
The moon is still pretty full – if you see some clearing – enjoy.