3 Tornadoes in SE MI – EF3, EF2, EF0!

March 15th, 2012 at 6:43 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

The Dexter Twister is an EF3 with winds of 140 mph.  It was 7.2 miles long, width up to 800 yards!  The Ida tornado is a strong EF2 with winds of 125 mph and a 4.5 mile path.  The Ida Tornado was an EF0 with winds of 85 mph and a 1/2 mile path.  Check this out.  AT LEAST THREE TORNADO TOUCHDOWNS IN SE MI -  THE FIRST AT DEXTER (west of Ann Arbor).   MAJOR DAMAGE…PROBABLY AN EF3 (or high end EF2) – HOUSES DESTROYED!!!  No reports of injuries! …NEW TORNADO AT IDA (Monroe Co.) – vehicles flipped there. A THIRD TORNADO AT COLUMBIAVILLE – DAMAGE – that’s NE of Flint.   Here’s SE Michigan Warning Map and Detroit radar.  Pictures of tornadoes and huge hail here.   2″ hail by Ann Arbor.  Students were running for shelter at U. of M and at Eastern Michigan U.  The twister caused major damage in the Huron Farms subdivision.  200+ people homeless.  Up to 4 FEET of water on roads near Ann Arbor1.5″ hail near Flint.   Large hail pelted Dundee (2 separate storms), Akron, Millington, Columbiaville (two separate storms), St. Clair Shores, Dexter (with the tornado), Chelsea, Britton, Temperance, Harbor Beach, Whitmore Lake, Caseville, Elkton, Monroe, Howell, Lapeer, Minden, Pinckney, Kawkawlin, Blissfield, Caro -  with 2″ diameter hail for up to 25 minutes at Bay City.  They had 2 separate hailstorms in Bay City.  Funnel cloud at Pinckney before the tornado was reported at Dexter.  Video here and here.  Click pictures to enlarge.    LIGHTNING HITS HOUSE, STARTS FIRE ACROSS FROM MICHIGAN STADIUM.   Michigan averages 16 tornadoes per year.  BTW – feels and looks like it’s going to fog in here tonight.

Here’s the last EF3 tornado in Michigan – near Charlotte 8/24/2007 – 40 million dollars damage.  The last F4 tornado in Michigan was also in Eaton County in 1977.  The last EF3 tornado in Washtenaw.   County was 7/15/82.   Strong storm now north of Mt. PleasantGust to 70 mph at Davison (Lapeer Co.) along with 1 1/2″ hail.   Here’s coverage from Detroit television:   NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, Detroit Free Press, Ann Arbor News and the Detroit News.  Here’s SPC storm reports from today (Thurs.).  Severe T-Storm Watch for SE Michigan until 11 PM.  In our area, marble-sized hail at Eaton Rapids, 1 1/4″ hail near Clare and in Osceola CoPea-marble sized hail fell near Battle Creek, Marshall, Bronson,  in Isabella Co., in Ingham Co., in Hillsdale Co., and near Jackson.  There was 1″ hail in southern Branch Co., nickel-sized hail near Coldwater3/4″ hail at Rives Jct and near Climax in Kalamazoo Co.  Hail up to golfball-size fell in N. Indiana.  Pictures of huge hail here.   Flooding in Ann Arbor video.  Roads into Dexter were closed Thursday evening to keep out gawkers and keep the way open for responders.

The high temperature was 74 in G.R. (missed the record high by 1 degree).  It did reach 80 in Jackson and Three Rivers, 79 in Kalamazoo, 78 in Lansing, but only 50 (at 5 AM – it was in the mid 40s in the afternoon) at the Muskegon beach.

152 Responses to “3 Tornadoes in SE MI – EF3, EF2, EF0!”

  1. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Houses gone across the street from me. Quarter mile if that……

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      OMG – so glad you’re ok!!!! And prayers for your neighbors…

    2. Lisa (Caledonia) says:

      So glad that you’re okay!!

  2. DF (SE Mich) says:

    News chopper overhead.

    1. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

      Looks like the kind of damage you’d see down south, not in Michigan. Incredible. Go help them out, DF!

      1. DF (SE Mich) says:

        That is 200-300 yards away.

    2. ~Sherry~(Comstock Park) says:

      I am so glad you are okay!

  3. fixxxer says:

    Damn that was a huge twister for michigan. F2-f3 maybe?

    1. kalamazooguy says:

      I was originally thinking EF2…looking at more damage, we may see an EF3 here.

    2. Brad says:

      No kidding. Sunday’s tornado was the earliest so far north, and I suspect the Dexter tornado will turn out to be the strongest tornado recorded this early in the season in Michigan. This is EXTREME weather!

    3. fixxxer says:

      Imagine that beast roaring through downtown gr….

      1. Mr. Negative says:

        Only if Hollywood made it

  4. DF (SE Mich) says:

    My house keeps getting shown in the chopper view.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      That’s not the sort of “fame” you want :-(

      I could still see the anvil tops of the storms all the way across the state from MY house around 7:30 PM.

  5. Sarah says:

    This Spring is going to be ACTIVE! That twister is wicked!

    1. fixxxer says:

      Yeah but might not be over here. Those storms formed without crossing a pain in the butt lake.

      1. kalamazooguy says:

        You just love the lake don’t you? Dear lord.

      2. kalamazooguy says:

        You just love the lake don’t you? Dear lord.

        1. fixxxer says:

          No i hate the lake.

  6. fixxxer says:

    What killed our chances for severe weather here today? Darn lake!

    1. kalamazooguy says:

      Not the lake….there wasn’t enough support for the storms there. This is why they popped up after us (and to the south). You can simply see proof of this on radar. We got our storms last night, I was ok with that.

      1. fixxxer says:

        That lake cause more issues than you think. Although it wasnt very humid today and nowhere near as warm as yesterday.

        1. kalamazooguy says:

          Not as many as you think though.

        2. fixxxer says:

          Right but for the storms to get as strong as they did on the eastside here they would have to form right on top of us. There isnt a ton of ground cover from holland to lets say kent. These storms had no lake to cross and alot of dry land to strenghten.

        3. GunLakeDeb says:

          Fixxx – surely you’re not insinuating that you’d want that kind of damage here…. I mean, we don’t want it there, either. But I LIKE the protection the Big Lake gives us.

        4. fixxxer says:

          no but as most of us, id love to see a real twister someday. i would never wish for anyone to get hurt.

        5. RUSS IN GR says:

          I’m with you on one front. It would be great to observe and shoot video of a bona fide tornado, but then how would you like it if one came and blew your house down and scatterred your stuff all over the landscape.
          There were people in Dexter that lost pretty much everything, and there were people south of here that lost a whole lot more than that – like their lives, their relatives and children, their pets, etc.
          On a related matter, I had a vivid dream a couple of nights ago where I was standing in a field and there were a bunch of cows and horses around, and suddenly a large tornado dropped down out of the sky, and we all ran. I ran, and the animals ran. What was really unusual was that the cows and horses reared up on their hind legs and ran like hell ON THEIR HIND LEGS like people.
          I thought maybe some of the bloggers here might get a chuckle out of that. It was truly absurd.

      2. Barb says:

        I didn’t get any rain yesterday here in SE GR.

  7. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    Heard there was a tornado confirmed near Mt. Morris too

  8. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    All kinds of green skies, hanging down rotating clouds here as I look north to Lapeer. Nasty.

  9. kalamazooguy says:

    Tornado touch down in Lapeer County.

    SPC didnt have a good call today. Their Tornado Predictions were/are less than 2%. A few confirmed touchdowns and some severe damage to houses. Unbelievable.

    1. Sarah says:

      I agree. I pray everyone is safe.

      1. kalamazooguy says:

        WXYZ even agrees that they weren’t even really looking for tornadoes either. They agree that this will be a bad season. Things can change quickly.

        1. Sarah says:

          Yea, just look how informed people are ::roll eyes:: go look at woodtvs facebook. They posted a pic of the damage and people didn’t have a CLUE it was from a tornado!

      2. fixxxer says:

        2012 is going to be a year of extremes i think. Both heat wise and severe storm wise. This early heatwave and very mild winter proves that!

  10. INDY says:

    Hey DF and Travis stand tall around your house tonight and be safe!!! INDY is glad u guys are ok …..INDYY

    1. Sarah says:

      Kids are wondering who your kids are..told them you had kids at same school. My son is in 3rd w/ Ms. S and 2nd w/Mrs G

    2. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

      Thanks, Indy. Two close calls is right. About 15 miles away from a radar indicated tornado for me. And 300 yards away for DF!

      1. INDY says:

        My food just fell out on my mouth thats close!!! INDYY

      2. Sarah says:

        Stay safe! It’s always hype when severe weather…until it destroys your home etc.

        1. bruiseviolet (rockford) says:

          Yeah except there really was NO HYPE today- I have been watching and reading a lot lately, and I don’t think tornados anywhere in Michigan today were really on anyone’s “radar”- (no pun intended)- I know I was shocked when I saw there were 3 of them- and that’s some pretty significant damage- Glad so far it seems everyone made it safely through them.

  11. Randy (SW Walker) says:

    Man, I sure hope/pray that everyone is OK.

  12. INDY says:

    Bill did say a few months ago Tornado’s we would be feeling more ..Just wait till severe weather season starts …Time to dig a big hole!! INDYY

  13. weather watcher Oceana/Newaygo says:

    Watching WJBK…Not a good sign for Michigan this year I fear.

    1. fixxxer says:

      Right but what part of michigan? An ef3 is pretty strange for the eastside in march.

      1. weather watcher Oceana/Newaygo says:

        Well if we continue to warm up quickly. I could see the lake warming too. And like last year..where the lake killed many storms. It may not have that same effect this year. Just a thought.

        1. fixxxer says:

          Im just shocked they got this. I lived in macomb for 31 years and never witnessed a tornado. Im sure people are shocked considering the time of year.

  14. INDY says:

    SARAH Chloe in Lyons and Chelsea in Newphew’s class!!!! INDYY

    1. Sarah says:

      I have an Elana in Dykhuis an Owen in Gorter an Ethan in Schelhaas (love her) and Liv is in Ballmer. Actually they should be sending home a benefit flyer home with your girls next week for our youngest.

      1. INDY says:

        Yupp my gals just yellled they hang with your kids on the play ground!! Thats cool!!! INDYY

  15. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    SPC might not have seen it, but Bill’s Blog was on the ball ;) Me, DF, and others were tracking these guys since early afternoon. Didn’t think tornado threat though!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thats why my hubby & I hang around here. Always have but just recently started posting.

    2. kalamazooguy says:

      Well we knew of the severe threat. But mostly hail. Even I wasn’t really thinking too much of a tornado threat. Otherwise I would’ve headed out to chase. So sad, proves how unpredictable things really are.

      1. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

        Yeah, what happened? It sounds like even the local meteorologists are stumped for how conditions became so ripe so quick for tornadoes.

        1. kalamazooguy says:

          We’ll quickly find out. I’m studying maps.

        2. bruiseviolet (rockford) says:

          Interested to hear your analysis =)

    3. INDY says:

      Thats why Bills Blogg rocks!! Just becouse what u just post Travis I understand now why we should have u eastsides aboard…..One state one storm with norm…Post some pics for us!! INDYY

  16. Jeff (SE Ionia County) says:

    Would have to say.. Caught alot of people off guard .. Even the weather service .

    1. fixxxer says:

      Well they better sharpen their gaurd up a bit more.

  17. Kimoeagle says:

    Just noticed frien Jad took those pictures near Dexter. He lives in ARB area & is a Chief Pilot. Meanwhile, our daughter just landed from PHX. They snuck in from the NE. Amen.
    We have some severe stuff moving W-E along the state boundary: Bronson- Coldwater-Hillsdale, with possible problems in Fremont, IN.Storm presently 11 mi. NW Fremont.

  18. INDY says:

    Thats how the season is going to roll loud and fast will a lot’s of cats on the streets this severe weather season ..Again dig a big fox hole now!! INDYY

    1. fixxxer says:

      We all die in december anyways…guess i better put on my tinfoil hat! ;)

      1. bruiseviolet (rockford) says:


  19. DF (SE Mich) says:

    I will send pics to Bill

  20. INDY says:

    Hey Chuck are u fishing out east???? INDYY

  21. INDY says:

    Just the start 12-12-12 end of man kind it’s the final countdownnnn…INDYY

    1. fixxxer says:

      Its 12/21/12 indy!

      Get ready for an active spring ang HOT summer folks!

  22. Brian(Grandville) says:

    Looking at the radar, it looked to me like a more well defined hook echo was to the southeast of Dexter, and south of Ann Arbor. Hope everyone is safe. Very different feeling when this sort of event is much closer to than you typically expect it to be.

  23. fixxxer says:

    Chuck gadica FTW! Cool guy just like billy bob..

  24. INDY says:

    Bill u better fire up the wood tv 8 truck and send a care package to the eastside!! INDYY

    1. fixxxer says:

      Sorry but i LOL.

      I hope everyone is safe. Glad it didnt hit macomb as my dad,kids and family are there.

  25. Deb (Ludington) says:

    I am praying for people in Dexter right now I hope there is no injuries or deaths

  26. fixxxer says:

    Whats your thoughts on the severe weather this year now bill? You gotta admit its been a super odd winter.

  27. Deb (Ludington) says:

    DF are you there I hope you are fine please respond!

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Fine sorry. Brought doctor wife across the street to see if she could help. No help needed.

      1. Deb (Ludington) says:

        Glad to hear you are fine:) any damage in your area???

  28. Dan (Rockford) says:

    Thoughts are with you guys to the east.

  29. INDY says:

    Fixxer severe storm over Macomb right now call your dad tell him take cover!!! INDYY

    1. fixxxer says:

      I dont see it, looks to be well north and west of them.

      1. INDY says:

        good …..Did they get any severe storms today??

        1. fixxxer says:

          I dunno to be honest.

  30. INDY says:

    Michigan Indiania Ohio Illionios and Kentucky maybe Cheese state going to be a verry active severe storm season… INDYY

  31. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Thanks Indy for the kind words!

    1. Herb (SE Muskegon Township) says:

      Glad you are ok.

  32. weather watcher Oceana/Newaygo says:

    Farwell is getting a nasty storm right now. It is heading toward Claire.

    1. fixxxer says:

      We need some action here!

  33. Herb (SE Muskegon Township) says:

    We are overdue for a biggy on this side of the state. This might be the year too.

    1. fixxxer says:

      Agreed we shall see.

    2. Jerrod (Hartford) says:

      Bill did say in one of his topics that SE Michigan sometimes gets into the area of tornadoes in a pattern like this.

      1. fixxxer says:

        i dunno i lived in macomb for 30+ years and i only remember the hammtrammick outbreak in 97 i believe. they don’t get twisters very often and neither do we here.

  34. INDY says:

    U get some heat mix it up with March wahhhlaaaaa u get severe storms with twisters!!! I am glad as of now nobody is hurt just a lot of wood for a good fire!! INDYY

  35. fixxxer says:

    Whens the last time michigan had a ef3?

    1. Jerrod (Hartford) says:

      Read the blog, Bill posted the answer to your question.

      1. fixxxer says:

        It wasnt posted when i asked this.

  36. weather watcher Oceana/Newaygo says:

    And I receive a Dense Fog advisory… What an interesting day.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      As did I, I never subscribed to any of that. How can I get this to stop?

      1. weather watcher Oceana/Newaygo says:

        Not sure. I downloaded the app to my phone intentionally. Are you using firefox?

        1. Brian(Grandville) says:

          On my lap top.

  37. INDY says:

    Farmers don’t want to see any more cold !!! If we cold temps later look out for a bad grow season and high food prices ….INDYY

  38. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    Well, well, well I missed a lot today being outside working in the yard most of the day. WOW, and EF3 here in Michigan. Bill did say this would probably be the track but WOW is all I can say. Just proves “It Could Happen Tomorrow.” And I’m thankful everyone is safe and I’m glad West and East siders are getting along tonight, I’m feeling the love. Rather we are Northerns, Westerners, Southerns, or Easterners here in Michigan, it boils down we are ALL MICHIGANDERS we need to stick together rather then personally attack each other. It’s a new season, life is short let’s turn over a new leaf amoungst us all who have fought and all get along.

  39. weather watcher Oceana/Newaygo says:

    Brian I use firefox and somehow managed to click something there that allows the Weather Channel to send alerts. I am just not sure what I clicked to enable it and how to disable it. Sorry. I just know that it only appears while I am using firefox.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      It just gets annoying when I get alerts at 3,4 in the morning about a school closing nowhere near me. I guess we will have to find out how to fix the glitch.

  40. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Tornados are not cool guys. Much of my town of Dexter is damaged. Houses totally gone across the main road. Buildings gone downtown. Roofs gone in our neighborhood. Our house is untouched, absolutely crazy. I called in the wall cloud and they said other spotters said it was on the ground already… That is when I went in the basement.

    1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

      Glad you are safe DF and your home was untouched, very sad for your neighbors and Dexter, to think this severe season truly hasn’t officially started, you got to wonder what is in store. I just hope the NWS is on their game this year and make proper calls it’s been hard to take them seriously the last couple/few years. People aren’t taking them serious and then something like this happens no warnings no nother and even if there were who would really think this would happen?? I guess this is a wake up call not to depend on NWS but to always be prepared no matter what. I’d recommend everyone take spotter classes, especially advance even if you aren’t going to be a spotter just to learn better what to look for if NWS can’t make the right call, at least you did. They can only go by radar, that is why they depend on spotters to be their eyes on sky because they can only see “Radar indicated” not actual touch downs.

      1. Brad says:

        This heat and severe weather is no surprise to climatologists, even if broadcast meteorologists are dumbfounded ;-) .

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          C’mon “Brad”, you’d be the first to remind everyone that a cold week wouldn’t disprove “global warming”. We’ve always had “severe weather” More people were killed in a SINGLE tornado in 1925 than in ALL the tornadoes of 2011 and so far in 2012 in the world combined! http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f9/Tri-State_Tornado.JPG/300px-Tri-State_Tornado.JPG The number of strong tornadoes DECREASED from 1974 to 2009: http://www.google.com/imgres?q=ef+3+ef5+tornadoes&hl=en&biw=1680&bih=775&gbv=2&tbm=isch&tbnid=SZODZQ_89HwwdM:&imgrefurl=http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html%3Fentrynum%3D1816&docid=w33jtyrkDkYFaM&imgurl=http://icons.wunderground.com/hurricane/2011/f3-f5_1950-2011.jpg&w=640&h=472&ei=-KdiT5f2MMXlgge00JnUAg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=542&vpy=187&dur=4159&hovh=193&hovw=262&tx=158&ty=102&sig=110150583617050670097&page=1&tbnh=121&tbnw=164&start=0&ndsp=33&ved=1t:429,r:2,s:0 The Dexter Tornado was not a monster…EF2 or EF3 and no one was injured much less killed. It’s NOT a sign of “global warming”. Also, global temperature is right at average right now. Sorry, nothing here to force “skyrocketing” utility prices on the lower and middle class.

        2. fixxxer says:

          your right bill, it’s not global warming… it’s the end of days! ;)

        3. Brad says:

          I’m not sure how the number of people killed in a historic tornado is relevant to a discussion about whether climate change is influencing this heat wave (unlike anything ever measured in terms of intensity and duration) and causing the earliest tornado north of I-69, the strongest tornado ever recorded in Michigan this early (in Dexter), the earliest 80-degree day ever in many Michigan cities (and throughout the Great Lakes states), record high low temperatures that blow away the old records, and on and on.

          Second, I do not recall climatologists stating that global warming manifests as synchronized warmer-than-average temperatures across the globe. Rather, the consensus seems to have been for some time that global warming manifests at least in part as “freak events”- heat waves, cold snaps, and precipitation events that are far outside our understanding of normal variation. That seems to be what is happening here. It’s hard to believe you are downplaying this unprecedented March weather, given the nearly daily focus on the freak cold snaps of 2010 (dead manatees, ridiculous record lows in Mexico, etc.) that are ironically due to the same factors causing this warm spell.

        4. Bill Steffen says:

          It’s not caused by adding a relatively small amount of CO2 (still officially labeled a “trace gas” to the atmosphere. What is relevant is that global temperature is now average and NASA satellite IR temperature global data showed the Earth COLDER than average in both January and February. Look at this graph and tell me we have a global warming temperature crisis that demands “skyrocketing” utility rates, European ($9 a gallon) gas prices (our Energy Secretary’s OWN WORDS, and wasting hundreds of millions of dollars in green energy boondoggles like Solyndra: http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/images/daily_images/S_timeseries.png That’s one heckuva one-year increase in Antarctic ice in just the last year…and Antarctic ice is now well ABOVE average. Arctic ice: http://arctic-roos.org/observations/satellite-data/sea-ice/observation_images/ssmi1_ice_ext.png is now within one standard deviation of average and at the greatest extent since 2004. Here’s the HADcrut global temperature: http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/hadcrut3vgl/from:2000. Note that if anything it’s gotten cooler since 2002. The UK Met numbers say no warming in 15 years: http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/weather/weather_news/United-Kingdom-Meteorology-Office-declares-Earth-hasnt-warmed-in-15-years. Dr. Judith Curry of the BEST group said: ‘There is no scientific basis for saying that warming hasn’t stopped,’ she said. ‘To say that there is detracts from the credibility of the data, which is very unfortunate.’ I’m going to post again about the “hot” spring weeks that we had in the fading La Nina years of 1976, 1977 and 1978…all of which were followed up by cold and snowy winters in the Great Lakes states.

        5. Brad says:

          Take your complaint about CO2 to the physicists and chemists, Bill. If you’re interested in “trace” substances, I invite you to ingest a few specks of ricin. No? It’s amazing what a tiny amount of something can do to a system, isn’t it? Skyrocketing energy prices are the least of our concerns with global warming. The rest of the claptrap about oil prices and Solyndra is political nonsense not fit for peer-reviewed science.

        6. JoAnne says:

          Bill, your mission to debunk science is failing. Just for a change, I would love to hear you back up your claims with facts that understanding climate change causes your utilities bills to skyrocket. Please shed the light on that little blip up misinformation. Pointing out one tornado is not science. It only demonstrates your lack of understanding.
          Brad, love the ricin analogy. I have heard others say the same thing to Bill in the past. He doesn’t get it. Unfortunately, it’s not about science for Bill, but rather about following his political agenda. SAD

    2. Deb says:

      Glad your all ok over there. Scary stuff this early in the year. Not looking forward to storms this year as it’s already starting out bad. I’m up north every weekend at my trailer in Mason County. Can’t get channel 8 or 13 up there at all. That’s one of my worst fears of being in my trailer during a tornado and not knowing it’s coming. News stations up there just don’t cut it. Thinking a weather radio may be in order this year.

    3. Glad you had the smarts to take cover!! :) Glad you are okay. What a day for you all! Clinton County saw nothing but sun and fun!

      1. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

        And the original post in this thread is just a reminder to all the “woo-hoo” people in here who drool everytime a big storm hits.

        To some, like the people in Dexter, it’s nothing to celebrate.

        1. SS (Pwell Area) says:

          Amen to that….

          Swatz… how long are the basic and advanced classes? I see a few and just wondering…Thanks

        2. Brian(Grandville) says:

          Excellent point, I’ve been wanting to say that many times. We should never wish for severe weather, but when it occurs we should be cautious and take some photos.

        3. fixxxer says:

          its no different than the winter nuts wishing for a blizzard that can cripple the city and cause many accidents and deaths.

        4. GunLakeDeb says:

          SS – the classes are about 2 hours long. The Kent County Basic is usually held at Grandville Middle School in Feb (the old high school on Wilson) and that’s the one I’d recommend going to. The Advanced Class is held in random places – I’d say take a couple of Basic classes before you tackle Advanced….LOL!! They’re always free. You’ll learn SO much stuff!!!!

  41. Jill C. says:

    I have a cousin who lives in Dexter with his family. Thankfully, his home was spared but there is damage to the homes on either side of him.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Tell him if he needs anything let the village know and they will call us all to arms. I felt helpless walking through that neighborhood.

      1. GunLakeDeb says:

        DF – remind anyone with a damaged home not to leave anything *treasured* in the basement – mildew will destroy anything porous that the tornado didn’t get. My brother/sis-in-law lost a lot of their belongings to mildew after their house was leveled.

  42. Michelle says:

    Praying for the people in Dexter tonight, I hope all are safe. This is the main reason I don’t like summer, severe storms and it looks to be a bad season

  43. Deb (Ludington) says:

    I fear this year will be a bad year for tornadoes anybody know???

    1. I think so too ~ feels like a Missouri Spring here in Michigan to me!

    2. fixxxer says:

      it might be, i dunno yet.

  44. ~Sherry~(Comstock Park) says:

    I am glad no one was hurt. Amazing there were no injuries when you look at the photos of the damage.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      On the Weather Channel, they DID point out that “basements are the norm in Michigan” – in other words, assuming that folks were warned ahead of time, they had a place to take shelter.

      I wonder how much the death toll from tornadoes would drop if it was mandated that trailer parks HAD to provide below-ground shelter for their residents?? I think it was on CNN, that showed a gentleman who owned a trailer park somewhere down south (Tuscaloosa, maybe?) bought an old school bus and BURIED it (adding a stairway access), to use as a shelter for the residents of his trailer park, and it worked because the park was leveled, yet no one was hurt.

  45. Sharon (L'Anse, MI) says:

    Our prayer lines are open up here in the U.P. for you folks in Dexter, MI…God bless and keep you all safe tonight!

  46. fixxxer says:

    looks pretty uneventful here for the next week and 1/2 before we cool back off. glad no one got seriously hurt in dexter though but i won’t lie id love to see a twister from a distance, maybe in a field away from a populated area.

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      1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:


  47. kevin.w says:

    just been looking at some new data as in the past about my prediction of the southeast ridge coming and now its here. It looks to collapse right toward the end of the month but not totally. The ridge will shift toward the center parts of the country and a little farther west maybe toward the rockies at months end. Will turn a little cooler but still be above normal about 5-10 degrees above normal by months end. NOW looking at a bit farther in longer range I’ve noticed some interesting things happening in the northern hemisphere as of the late. And what is catching my eye some the more accurate models is a pretty intense central to southeastern ridge developing toward somewhere mid May to early June and your wondering what significance this will have here in the midwest. My first real guess will be the ring of fire and we may be right in the best or worst spot depending on how you look at this. Very hot weather looks to develop over the south central plains and storm systems will come up and over this ridge. If your in the middle of the ridge you’ll be hot and dry hence the same thing near and around texas like last year. But the ones on the outer edges of this ridge could experience some damaging thunderstorms and tornadoes and with a fast pace jet stream I don’t need to say much. This is going to be an active season folks and its just getting started and I’m sure Bill Steffen is going to be talking about this in the weeks or months to come. Be prepared be safe and keep an eye to the sky and watch where the big ridge sets up.

    1. fixxxer says:

      we have been hearing about this soo called ring of fire for two years now and it never happened here.

      1. Cort S. (Plymouth, NH) says:

        Yeah it has. Don’t worry about it.

        We get some of our best storms in a ring-of-fire situation. Whenever we get hot weather and strong high pressure in the Southeast, then moisture flows up the Plains and comes up around through the Great Lakes. Thanks to the upper-level dynamics (winds, shear, less cap) on the edge of this high pressure, with the appropriate (and difficult-to-forecast) mesoscale (small-scale) triggers, we can get fast-moving lines of storms (wind threat) or training storms (flash flooding threat) roll through. It’s not usually a summer-long setup. Sometimes this might stay in place for as little as a few days.

        1. Cort S. (Plymouth, NH) says:

          For example, the July 11 storm last year was the product of the “Death Ridge” (named for its suppressive effect on storms underneath it) in the Southeast (seen here in the closed-off black line), around which the storms in the Ring of Fire fired up in the Plains and moved clockwise around the Ridge. The July 11 storm had its origins in Nebraska, then powered through the overnight hours, hit Michigan in the late morning, and then dove SE toward West Virginia.

        2. Cort S. (Plymouth, NH) says:

          This web page has a good explanation of what the ring of fire is and what it looks like.

        3. fixxxer says:

          i thought the ring of fire meant something else, my bad.

      2. Bernie (Da Original) says:

        Fixxer… The Ring of Fire triggers derechos and if Lake Michigan is warm enough it will enhance them. I can remember a train of them back in the 70′s. A warm front leading the ring of fire stalled and one Bow echo after another came down the warm front. Storms like that break dams and wash out roads.
        BTW, I seen your bubble today. Just after noon a haze like cool fog came off the lake.Usually I don’t see that until the end of May.I wish I could film it. It is pretty neat to see the fog spilling between the hills overlooking the lake when a cold front pushes it out of the way.

        1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

          Cort you are amazing, that you for that link about the ring of fire, I got the basics of what it meant and what you told me but had a hard time visualizing it and now that I seen exactly what it is and how it works and where I have a full understanding now! Thank you!

        2. Cort S. (Plymouth, NH) says:

          Glad to help!

  48. Soccer6713 says:

    DF-if you hear of any way we can help the people of Dexter could you post it here on the blog? Saw all the big clouds that way driving home from Grand Rapids today and thought wow, looks like it could be storming down that way. Totally clueless until the news came on. Praying for you and your neighbors.

  49. Cort S. (Plymouth, NH) says:

    This event in Dexter made it to the front page of all the national news websites.

    1. fixxxer says:

      Yup i saw it on yahoos front page.

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