Showers end…patchy fogApril 30th, 2012 at 12:12 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Patchy fog will limit visibility in places early this morning. Some visibilities will go down to 1/2- 1 mile or less. Rainfall: 0.95″ Oshtemo, 0.76″ Holland, 0.69″ Lansing, 0.58″ Battle Creek and Jackson, 0.51″ Grand Rapids, 0.50″ Charlotte and GVSU in downtown G.R., 0.48″ Kalamazoo, 0.45″ Benton Harbor, 0.15″ Ludington, 0.12″ Mt. Pleasant. We were in the cool air on Monday. Grand Rapids had an afternoon high temperature of 54, while it was 80 in Fort Wayne, Indiana south of the warm front. Thunderstorms produced a few reports of hail and isolated wind damage in Indiana Monday afternoon. This will be a wetter and warmer week. We could reach 80 on Weds. (depending on storms/clouds) with a better bet for low or even mid 80s on Thurs. In fact, this week (Tue. to Sat.) may be warmer than next week. More on that in the thread below. Check out the Satellite Loop (daytime), the Risk area from the Storm Prediction Center. Here’s links to the current conditions, regional radar, GRR radar, northern Indiana radar, and Chicago radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s closings, the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland St. Park. Check out the WOOD lightning tracker and U.S. lightning and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop and the visible loop (daytime). If you can think of any other useful links, please leave them in a comment. ALSO: From Jay Hoppe – One year in the life of a tree. Also – the latest from Ed on gas prices: “Wholesale prices jumped a bit on Friday, and retail prices are already all over the place. That feels like one of those situations where some time later this week, there will be a price reset ($3.89 again?) that all the stations agree to almost immediately.” Also, check out the severe storms in W. Texas (measured gust to 95 mph and baseball-sized hail).
Preliminary April temperature departures from average: +0.3° Grand Rapids, +0.8° Holland, +0.9° Muskegon, +0.0° Traverse City, -0.3° Battle Creek and Jackson, -0.4° Lansing, -0.5° Kalamazoo, -1.3° Benton Harbor, -2.3° Ludington. I’ll try and post final totals at some point Tuesday.