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Bank Sign in commercial zone on Kalamazoo's west side shows a higher reading than forecasters say it should.
Bank Sign in commercial zone on Kalamazoo's west side shows a higher reading than forecasters say it should.

UNDATED (WKZO) -- Like the CBS Series, we are living “under a dome”, an inescapable dome of hot air that has hung around for 4 days, and is expected to stick around for two more. Forecasters now say relief won’t come until Saturday.

The heat dome has been stuck over the central and eastern U.S., held in place by a Jet Stream that has slipped to the north into Canada...the same pattern that brought us last year’s usually warm March.

Its hot everywhere, but the world is made up of micro-climates and its hotter in some places than others.

The big example is the difference between towns inland and lakeshore communities which can be ten degrees cooler on a day like today, because of the Lake effect.

But West Michigan Meteorologist Ernie Ostuno says there can be differences just blocks away.

He says its going to be a bit cooler in neighborhoods where old growth trees turn sunlight into chlorophyll and shade, as opposed to downtowns and malls where Concrete dominates.

He says he has a friend who has a thermometer on his car and watches the numbers climb as he enters developed areas.

It might be a good thing to know if you are a jogger.

 

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