Category Archives: Weather

DNR conservation officers evacuate people, pets during Midland County flood

A DNR vessel is prepared for launch by an officer Wednesday morning to assist a stranded driver whose vehicle was stuck in a flooded intersection. (Photos courtesy of Michigan DNR)

Posted by The Huron Hub | May 20, 2020

Nearly 24 hours before the Edenville Dam in Midland County collapsed Tuesday, conservation officers from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources began evacuating people in homes and businesses positioned downriver of the dam. With historic flood levels expected, the officers remain on scene and are providing emergency response as needed.

Shortly before dark Tuesday, the dam collapsed, creating life-threatening, flash flood conditions that forced a mandatory evacuation for the city of Midland, including residents, businesses, medical facilities and Dow Chemical’s headquarters – all in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We will continue working with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to assist with patrol vessels anywhere we can,” said Lt. Jeremy Payne, the DNR’s district law supervisor in Bay City.

The view from a conservation officer’s patrol vessel as they search for stranded people and animals Wednesday morning in Midland County.

The initial dam breach caused the failure of a second area dam – the Sanford Dam. As a result, the Tittabawassee River is overflowing its 24-foot flood stage and is expected to crest around 38 feet today. At 7 a.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service said the flood stage was over 34 feet and rising.

More than 20 conservation officers from throughout the region responded with 10 DNR patrol vessels and search and rescue equipment to help continue the evacuation of flood victims.

“Conservation officers are specially trained and strategically placed in communities throughout the state with the equipment they need to respond to natural disasters and emergency situations such as this,” said Chief Gary Hagler, DNR Law Enforcement Division. “This is a difficult time for our state and the people in the Midland community affected by the flooding, and we are here to help.”

Michigan conservation officers are fully commissioned state peace officers who provide natural resources protection, ensure recreational safety and protect residents by providing general law enforcement duties and lifesaving operations in the communities they serve.


Flood watch issued for Wayne County; 2-4 inches of rain possible through Monday night

(Huron Hub file photo)

Posted by The Huron Hub on Sunday, May 17, 2020 — 12:00 PM

A flood watch has been issued for Wayne County through Monday evening.

The National Weather Service says several rounds of showers and thunderstorms will bring moderate to heavy rainfall from Sunday night through Monday.

Rainfall totals of around 2 inches will be possible for southeast Michigan with locally amounts of around 4 inches possible.

This may lead to localized flooding, especially given the wet soil from recent heavy rain.

Flooding of roads and streets may occur, especially in urban and other prone areas.

Small creeks and rivers will rise considerably with some possibly overflowing their banks.


Photos: Redbud trees blooming at Lower Huron Metropark

Redbud trees are in full bloom at Lower Huron Metropark in Belleville. May 13, 2020 photo by Scott Bolthouse–The Huron Hub.

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted May 14, 2020

The eastern redbud trees at Lower Huron Metropark in Belleville are on full display right now.

The blooming trees contrast perfectly with the surrounding green landscape and blue skies.

If you want to see them for yourself you better visit the park soon because the colors will be gone before long.

Photo gallery: Redbud trees at Lower Huron Metropark in Belleville, Mich. Photos by Scott Bolthouse–The Huron Hub. 


Winds of change: following freeze warnings, big warmup in the works for Michigan

(Image courtesy: The Weather Channel)

Weather Report
By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted May 11, 2020

A big warmup is in the works and will reach Michigan by this weekend.

Let’s start with today though — Monday, May 11 — there’s a freeze warning in effect for southeast Michigan.

Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 27 degrees are expected through Tuesday morning.  A freeze warning is also likely to be issued for Wednesday morning, as well.

If you haven’t already, take steps now to protect tender plants and outdoor plumbing from the cold.

Ok, now for the good news: by this weekend, temps take a turn for the better. Temps could flirt with 70 degrees by the weekend. However, with the warmth comes and active rain pattern, so expect some warm, but wet days ahead.

Take a look at the weekend temperature forecast:

Temperature forecast for May 16-20. (Images courtesy of NOAA)

There is an even higher chance of warmer than average temps in the later part of the next two weeks, through May 24. That could make for a very warm Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Over the next two weeks, there could be days well in the 70s, and possibly some days flirting with 80 degrees.

Temperature forecast for May 18-24.


Freeze warning issued through Saturday morning

Issued by National Weather Service
Detroit, MI
3:58 PM EDT Fri, May 8, 2020


Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 25 expected

WHERE…Portions of southeast Michigan.

WHEN…From midnight tonight to 9 AM EDT Saturday.

IMPACTS…Frost and freeze conditions will kill crops, other sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Arctic air has spread across the region and will hold through tonight with a widespread hard freeze expected across all of Southeast Michigan tonight into tomorrow morning. These temperatures in the mid and upper 20s will challenge both daily record lows and all time record low temperatures for the month of May.


Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they should be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above- ground pipes to protect them from freezing.

Record cold temperatures forecasted for the weekend

Record cold temperatures forecasted for much of the Great Lakes and northeast regions of U.S. 

Weather report
Posted by The Huron Hub
May 7, 2020

It’s going to be a record cold weekend.

Forecasters are calling for temperatures that most of us will not be fond of.

Let’s start with Thursday though–it’s gong to be beautiful, with highs in the upper 60s and lots of sun. You better use today to get any outdoor work finished.

By late Thursday night, however, a cold front blows in brining frigid temps through Sunday.

Lows in the 20s and highs in the 40s will be the summary of the next two days.

If you did any planning or gardening this week, you better take measures to protect your crops by sunset tonight.

For fun, remember that last weekend it was in the 70s.

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