Mon. night storms hit entire areaJuly 30th, 2012 at 2:57 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
4:30 AM — heading to bed…will update late morning. NEWAYGO County – There are at least 100 trees down, on houses, cars and roads. The majority of the county does not have power, the dispatch center is running on generator. She advises that if you are driving anywhere in the county be aware of trees. Baseline E of White Cloud is impassable due to the amount of trees in the road. NWS reports: “ABOUT A HUNDRED TREES DOWN ACROSS NEWAYGO COUNTY NORTH AND EAST OF A LINE FROM HESPERIA TO NEWAYGO.” Solid line of storms from Saginaw to Lansing to Saugatuck to Kenosha WI to Rockford IL. Gust to 47 mph at the buoy just west of Holland and 46 at the airport in Holland. Pea-sized hail here in S. Alpine Township, at Wolf Lake in Muskegon Co. and in Walker. Meso Discussion for Lower Michigan…only 20% chance of a watch. Gust to at least 40 mph where I am, 45 mph in Alpine Township on Fruit Ridge, 46 mph at the Muskegon airport and est. 55 mph in Rockford, pea-sized hail in Muskegon and 40 mph at the Muskegon Beach…I saw a couple of brilliant bright blue flashes to the northeast and my power flickered…I assume we have power out somewhere. It’s really howlin’ here in Comstock Park. Trees and power lines down in Cedar Creek Township (Twin Lake), Muskegon Co. Gust front moving into Allegan/Barry counties. “Various reports from Holland through western Allegan County of power outages, etc., part of her porch roof blown off in Fennville.” Frequent lighting with these storms. Gust to 54 mph in Ludington. Gust to 40 mph at Mears. Gusts to 30-40 mph in Big Rapids and Fremont. Tree down in Walkerville (Oceana Co.). Trees down in White Cloud and Hesperia. Warning for Oceana and Newaygo Counties. Grand Rapids radar…most of us are going to get a storm tonight! Special Marine Warning for Mason and northern Oceana Co. Gust to 53 mph at Traverse City and 62 mph at Pellston. There is significant damage at the north end of Burt Lake – power out, trees on houses. Thunderstorms have produced hail up to 2 1/2″ in diameter near Green Bay. Here’s Green Bay storm reports. Here’s recent storm reports from N. Lower Michigan and SW Michigan. In the U.P., there were hail reports, and a 59 mph wind gust at Grand Marais. Most of West Michigan is included in the Slight Risk Area for a potential severe storm later tonight (we should be dry much of the evening). All the models print out some rain for us tonight, mainly after midnight. We already have a Severe T-Storm Watch out for much of the U.P., NE Wisconsin to the middle of Lake Michigan. Here’s Marquette radar and Green Bay radar. About the Watch, SPC says: ” FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 2 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO 450. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 31025″. With a mean storm motion of 310 degrees, the storms would be moving NW to SE and storms around Green Bay would be tracking down toward Muskegon and Grand Rapids. The SPC Convective Discussion says: “AT LEAST ISOLATED/PERIODIC SEVERE TSTMS WILL REMAIN POSSIBLE ACROSS PORTIONS OF EASTERN WI AND PERHAPS NORTHERN/WESTERN LOWER MI THIS EVENING.” Keep coming back to the blog for more and the links: 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 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 State Park. Check out the WOOD lightning tracker and U.S. lightning and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop and the visible satellite loop (daytime). Here’s Storm Total Rainfall…Regional Radar, SPC Mesoscale Discussions…and Current Severe T-Storm Watches.
9:50 PM – I’m back from swimming and kayaking at Crockery Lake. I got a water temperature of 83 at the lake. It was fun to watch the cumulonimbus build with their spreading anvils on the northwest horizon. On the way back, I stopped to watch the sunset from Trinity Lutheran Church, where they have an awesome view to the northwest. You could see the sun all the way to the horizon, just like at Lake Michigan. The nearly full moon hung in the SE, there was a field of silking corn that stretched well to the north and the laughter of several children in the distance, enjoying the fading light of a mid-summer evening.