2 Dead in Monday night’s storm – Next severe weather possibleJuly 31st, 2012 at 1:04 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Two fatalities in last night’s storm. A couple in Fremont were killed when a tree crashed into their home (see middle picture). Also: Newaygo State Park reports they have more than 200 trees down, as well as property damage in the campground. No injuries reported. Here’s a couple pictures from ReportIt on the left and right. Click the pictures to enlarge. The first is a tree on a house in Holland the second is a tree on a house in Ada. A total of 67,000 lost power in the storms and about 3/4ths of those have had power restored as of late morning. Newaygo County will issue a statement, perhaps later this PM. Hundreds of trees were toppled across the county. There was also more significant tree damage in the Holland area. Here’s storm reports from W. Michigan, N. Michigan and NE Wisconsin. Here’s storm reports from SPC. Winds were estimated at 70 mph at the west end of Lake Macatawa in Holland with a measured 65 mph gust on the beach at Holland. The South Haven Lighthouse had 58 mph. and winds were estimated at 55 mph in Rockford. Downtown Grand Haven recorded a gust to 52 mph. There were a half dozen reports of small hail (Grandville, Walker, Comstock Park, Muskegon, Ferrysburg). Rainfal totaled 2.04″ just west of Fremont, 2″ at Twin Lake, 1.8″ at Ferry in Oceana Co., 1.71″ in Grand Haven and just west of Grant, 1.68″ at S. Haven, 1.32″ at Bangor. Other areas had less. The Ford Airport in G.R. had 0.46″, the Kalamazoo Airport had 0.25″ and the Battle Creek Airport had 0.17″. The lowest I saw as of 8 am was Mendon at 0.09″ (they may have had more after the observation was taken). We’ll be dry this through tomorrow. I’m checking new data and I’ll have the latest on the news tonight at 5 and 6 PM.
Also, while SPC has not marked a severe risk area yet, stay up to date on the forecast for the weekend. SPC mentions us: “WHILE IT APPEARS THAT MID LEVEL LAPSE RATES MAY STEEPEN WITH ADVECTION OF ELEVATED MIXED LAYER AIR AS FAR EAST AS LOWER MICHIGAN SATURDAY…THE OCCURRENCE/TIMING AND LOCATION OF A POTENTIAL REGIONAL SEVERE WEATHER EVENT REMAIN UNCERTAIN.” So, they’re tracking the severe weather probability for Saturday PM and Saturday night across the Great Lakes.
We did reach 90 degrees officially on Monday, so that’s the 28th day of 90-degree temperatures this summer and the 18th 90-degree day in July.