Waterspout(s) on Lake Michigan

July 19th, 2009 at 12:43 pm by under Bill's Blog, Inside WOOD TV8, News, Weather

waterspout-port-sheldon-1115-am-7-19-09 waterspout-port-sheldon-1116-am-7-19-09<–2nd picture (one of many) from Steve Geerlings at the Yacht Basin Marina taken around 11:15 AM.  1st picture off of Port Sheldon taken by Margi Smith and Sharon Barkwell.   At least one waterspout was reported - we had pictures/emails from both Holland and W. Olive.  It’s unstable…we’re getting showers – upper level disturbance helping out with the cold pool aloft.  It’s not hard to get small hail in a situation like this.  Leave a comment and let us know what’s happened in your area.  Here’s more on Great Lakes waterspouts.  Here’s a live picture of the lake off Holland showing the Holland Channel looking southwest from Spyglass Condos.  Here’s pictures of a large waterspout off Holland on 9/29/06.  Here’s a live picture of the Grand Haven Channel and a live picture of the beach at Grand Haven.  Here’s GRR looping radar, Northern Indiana radar, Lightning Loop, and the U.S. surface map.  Here’s the current visible satellite loop (day), infrared satellite loop (night) and current Michigan surface observations.  Side note:  At least 26 people have been killed as heavy monsoon rains (6″ just on Saturday) hit Karachi, Pakistan.

27 Responses to “Waterspout(s) on Lake Michigan”

  1. Hey Bill, we’ve had some heavy rain showers at my house this morning, most of which in the last 15mins or so. Pretty sweet about the water spouts =)

  2. Audrey (Gaines Twp) says:

    Bill It only rained hard for about 3 minutes but in that time quite a bit of water came down. Now just sprinkles. I love to see water spouts! Thanks for posting :)

  3. Ben Holcomb says:

    Well I tried to make it out to see a spout. They were done well before I ever got near the lake, though!

  4. fixxxer says:

    enjoy the photos because this is about as close to a tornado as we are going to get over here this summer! still pretty chilly out today!

  5. Most of the funnel clouds that develop, due to the atmospheric conditions, should stay in Northern Indiana. Some cool looking storms right now away from Lake Michigan.

  6. BILL waterspouts ever come on shore?

    1. Probably wouldn’t make it to Kent County.

    2. Mike in Saranac says:

      If it does it becomes a Tornado

  7. Mike Geukes says:

    Nov 10, 1998 Muskegon County, a waterspout moved onshore
    at Roosevelt Park, now a tornado, it was rated a F0 tornado
    with a path length of 3 miles and the width of 700 yeards.

    1. Hey Mike, mind if I link your blog to my weather blog on wunderground?

      1. Mike Geukes says:

        Charles, feel free to add my site. Thank you.

        1. How many hours did you spend finding all that stuff?

    2. Tyler says:

      Wasnt that a huge strom throughtout the midwest. I remember it was a thunderstorm then a snow storm I think?

  8. St. Joseph, Branch and Hillsdale Counties are under a Significant Weather Advisory for possible funnel clouds.

  9. Ben, I would add everyone if I wanted to, but I want to have less in my weather blog than usual, since Mike has the entire internet in one place.. LOL I’ll just add his site. Only need one..

  10. Dan Forrester says:

    A little warm here in Copperopolis California, at 2:30 P.M. 107 degrees!

  11. Christine says:

    We had our Garden Tour here in Allegan this weekend. Every moment it looked like it was going to pour but no drops on Saturday or Sunday, what a relief. Even the water spouts think it’s fall, :) Hey, have we ever had a water spout in July?

    1. GRRobserver says:

      A waterspout came ashore in Saugatuck on July 21, 1983. One person drowned on the Kalamazoo River when his boat was overturned by the large wave generated by the waterspout moving across the river. That was the last tornado-related fatality in Allegan County.


  12. I remember about two years ago, when the National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning for a waterspout.

  13. Slim Jim(nw GR) says:

    Just got back from Bay City where we spent the weekend. Saturday was a cold, windy day there temps in the mid/low 60′s but with the wind it felt much colder and there were off and on showers as well. Today it was a very nice and sunny day.

    1. Tyler says:

      Thats warmer than up here but still terrible weather for downstate this time of year. This is well below normal for July.

  14. Mary says:

    Atleast its Still Summer:)
    Warmer Days Ahead:)

  15. direfloyd (SE Mich) says:

    We went for a nice sail this day, really windy! Nice day in Muskegon =)

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