First 90 – Scattered Showers/T-stormsMay 20th, 2012 at 4:27 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
12:20 PM: Nice outflow boundary on the IWX (N. Indiana) radar right now. Here’s updated storm reports from LOT/Chicago NWS – some damage in Gary, Indiana – roof off, wall collapsed. Scat. showers and t-showers over much of the area now. There’s a pretty solid area from Sturgis to Houghton Lake. So far: Pea-sized hail in N. Dorr. Gust to 45 mph on the beach in Muskegon, 39 mph on Henry St. in Muskegon, 1/2″ diameter hail at Twin Lake and pea-sized hail in Oceana Co. near New Era. Gust to 59 mph at Kankakee, IL and 75 mph at Marengo, IL. Penny-sized hail at Crown Point, IN and gusts to 60 mph at Beecher IL. Note: As I expected blocked our view of the solar eclipse this evening (the first in the U.S. since 1994 – next is 2017). Note, sunset was at 9:03 pm and it was pretty dark out due to the eclipse. Radar loop shows rain moving NNE while the general area shifts east. There were a few showers that quickly sprang to life Sunday afternoon from Allendale to just west of Big Rapids. They just as quickly dissipated. It looks like we got a slug of sinking motion because the cumulus clouds along that line really dissipated. Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Muskegon (record high for the date), Ionia, and Benton Harbor all reached 90 degrees Sunday afternoon for the first time this summer. Holland’s Regional Airport was the warmest at 92, though the thermometer at Holland St. Park has peaked at 78 in the PM. The mid-lake Michigan buoy had a high of 60. The water temperature was 51 in the late afternoon (up 2 degrees today from 49 Sunday morning). The high as of 4 PM has been 89 at Jackson, Battle Creek, Big Rapids and Mt. Pleasant and 88 at Lansing, Fremont, S. Haven and Manistee. Traverse City has made 92 (they get a couple of degrees of downslope warming with a south wind). Manistique was 66 with a south wind coming down the length of Lake Michigan. Check out these 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). FROM May 1-11 SPC notes 68 tornadoes in the U.S. The 3-year average for May is 279. Also – Tornado and Marriage Proposal – a twin bill of excitement!