Derecho Blasts from Chicago to D.C. – 26 DeadJune 29th, 2012 at 12:53 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Here’s a satellite loop of the storm system. Click the image and graphic to enlarge. MORE THAN 1.5 MILLION CUSTOMERS WITHOUT POWER IN THE WASHINGTON D.C. AREA ALONE!! – Over 5.2 Million customers lost power from this deadly line of storms. ONE REPORT SAID MORE THAN HALF OF THE STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA WAS WITHOUT POWER!! 26 DEAD and dozens injured. Cherry trees around the Tidal Basin were snapped in half due to the strong winds. Over 500,000 customers without power in W.Virginia, where a State of Emergency has been declared. A State of Emergency in Ohio, where 900,000 lost power. It could take two weeks to get everyone back on! Evening wind gust to 87 mph at Romeoville IL, just SW of Chicago. From the first band of storms: Measured gust to 91 mph at the Fort Wayne Airport, 84 mph at Paulding OH, 76 mph at Antwerp, OH, 76 mph at a weather station southwest of New Buffalo MI - EVENING wind gusts: 71 mph Washington D.C. (Reagan Natl.), 70 mph (Dulles), 80 mph Frederick VA,82 mph Reston VA….247,000 without power in central Ohio and 151,000 without power in Indiana…at least one injury there…shingles blown off at Bunker Hill…radio towers blown down in Columbia City IN. Gust to 82 mph on the north side of Columbus, Ohio. Adams Co. Indiana: “MASSIVE DAMAGE…fires, trucks blown over, roofs blown off”. Many roads are blocked by fallen trees and wires. Three semis were blown off I-75 near Findlay OH. One official called it a “war zone”. 911 call centers were “overwhelmed”. Hartford City IN reports windows blown out through the county, roofs blown off, siding off buildings, five-foot diameter trees uprooted. Damage in the tens of millions of dollars. Pictures here. Check out the Severe Reports from SPC! A severe, fast-moving bowing arc of thunderstorms called a “derecho” blasted areas from N. Illinois to the Atlantic Coast. Widespread, significant wind damage occurred with literally tens of thousands of trees doppled. Storms in Iowa also caused 90 mph at Marengo IA and 75 mph at Norway IA. If any of those storms get to SW Michigan it will be after midnight…best chance SW corner of the state. The storms around midday produced 62 mph winds and 1″ diameter hail in the Chicago area. Crown Point, Indiana is getting more heavy rain after they got 1.6″ yesterday evening. Here’s regional radar, GRR radar, northern Indiana radar, and Chicago radar Lake Michigan water temperatures (inland lakes are mostly low 80s), a satellite loop (daytime). Here’s current Michigan temperatures, a surface weather map, and current weather for the Muskegon beach, Grand Haven channel, Holland St. Park, South Haven Beach, Lake Michigan water temperatures and rip current forecast, the Grand Rapids NWS discussion, Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan border counties), SE Michigan NWS discussion, Northern Michigan NWS discussion, local W. Michigan radar, regional radar, Lake Michigan beach webcams, tips to beat the summer heat. Record high temperatures are possible. Here’s the Michigan Drought Monitor and a dry weather update for the Michiana area. Here’s where you can check on the large wildfires going on out West. Here’s a National Weather Map and the Thunderstorm Outlooks for the next 3 days from the Storm Prediction Center (Slight Risk area to Lake Michigan Thursday PM). It’s 88 in G.R. at 2 PM. (87 Kalamazoo and 89 Big Rapids where there is a bit more sun). Air temperatures at the beaches: 72 S. Haven, 70 Holland, 71 Muskegon, 71 Ludington. Check out the WOOD lightning tracker and U.S. lightning and links to webcams. Picture on left is storm coming into Chicago this AM from Patrick DeHaan. Graph on the right from Greg Carbin and the Storm Prediction Center.
And…while we have a heat wave, New Zealand’s had record cold and snow (good train video).