Storms follow heat spike

MARQUETTE – After a record high was set Sunday, storms moved through the central Upper Peninsula early Monday, downing trees and creating scattered power outages.

“We know there have been some power outages, but most weren’t reported through us,” said Trooper Joe Ballone at the Michigan State Police Post in Negaunee Township. “This morning a section of M-35 is closed at County Road MP (in Richmond Township). They’re rerouting traffic onto CR 565.”

Sunday’s reading of 92 degrees was a record for the date, reported meterologist Justin Titus of the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township. The previous record was 88 degrees, set in 2012, 1994 and 1993.

“What happened early this morning, then, was a complex group of thunderstorms moved through,” Titus said. “They bowed out, which means winds were mixed through the surface.

“We have heard some reports of trees down in Marquette County, especially in the Ishpeming-Palmer-Gwinn area,” he said. “And there are reports of trees down in Luce County as well.”

More storms could visit the area tonight.

“The thunderstorms should be moving out (this morning) and the temperatures will warm up to 90 degrees along the Wisconsin border, 80s in other places and maybe in the upper 70s along the Lake Superior shoreline,” Titus said. “Tonight is tricky. We could have thunderstorms similar to those of this morning. We’ll have to wait and see.

“There could be rain in the morning Tuesday but it’s tricky to figure out the timing,” he said. “The temperatures should be in the upper 70s to mid 80s Tuesday. Wednesday will be dry and cooler.”

Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253.