By KURT HAUGLIE
HOUGHTON - Summer is finally here, but the forecast is for slightly cooler than normal temperatures for June and July in the Keweenaw.
Kurt Hauglie/Daily Mining Gazette
It was another cool, foggy, wet and rainy morning in the Keweenaw today, as seen in this picture taken shortly before 8 a.m. Despite today’s rain, the National Weather service predicts June and July precipitation to be normal, even though temperatures for the period are expected to be a bit below average.
Jim Salzwedeo, hydro-meteorologic technician with the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township, said the 30-day long-range outlook from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center, show temperatures are expected to be below normal.
"It did show below normal forecasts for the upper Midwest and Great Lakes region," he said. "It still looks to be that cooler-trending summer."
Those temperature variations will be slight, Salzwedeo said.
The high temperature at Houghton County Memorial Airport for June is a maximum of about 70 degrees with an average of 61 degrees, Salzwedeo said.
Salzwedeo said precipitation for June and July is expected to be normal, which for June is 2.84 inches and for July is 2.97 inches.
Weather predictions are as much art as science, and individual days can be at, below, or above normal for temperature and precipitation.
There is a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms today, Salzwedeo said.
"Things start to improve on Wednesday," he said.
Thursday and Friday may be cloudy, Salzwedeo said, with a chance of rain Saturday. High temperatures for today through Friday should be in the low 60s, with a warm up on Friday.
Salzwedeo said daily fluctuations in temperature are normal for this time of year.