I suppose it's appropriate to discuss strong to severe storms on the first day of summer.

Summer officially rolled in at 7:28 this morning. The sun is now at its highest point in the sky that it ever gets for us: 23.5 degrees north of the equator. This is the longest day of the year, with about 15 and a half hours of daylight. The bad news is the days start getting shorter after today!

The Great Lakes will remain in somewhat of an unsettled pattern over the next three days, with a frontal boundary looming to our south and west. This stationary front will be the focal point for generating showers and thunderstorms or clusters of storms known as Mesoscale Convective Systems (MCS). Some of them may very well be strong to severe with damaging winds being the primary threat. The other potential problem may be heavy rains. Many West Michigan locations already have saturated ground, so continued heavy rain would create flooding issues. Some of these storms may also create a "training" effect. Those are storms moving over the same area (over and over).

We don't see this too often, but take a look at the Storm Prediction Center's severe outlook for today. Here it is for tomorrow/Tuesday. And here it is for Wednesday. All three days in a slight risk for severe weather development! Our soonest chance at seeing a round of strong to severe storms with damaging winds and heavy rain will actually come late this evening and overnight into Tuesday morning as an upper level disturbance moves across the state.

You can always check watches, warnings, and advisories by clicking here. Get the complete West Michigan forecast by going to www.fox17online.com/weather. Don't forget to send any storm reports or weather photos to us at weather@fox17online.com. Thanks and have a great day!