Waterspouts and HailSeptember 22nd, 2012 at 12:25 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
Waterspouts, thunderstorms, significant hail and a possible tornado touchdown this morning! The possible tornado touchdown was at mile marker 24 on I-196, about 4 miles north of S. Haven. Waterspouts/funnels have been seen off White Lake, Pere Marquette Park in Muskegon and off Tunnel Park in Holland. Hail piled up 1 1/2 inches deep near Mattawan, causing slide-offs on I-94. Some of the hail in Van Buren and Kalamazoo County was nearly an inch in diameter. Hail has been reported in Holland, Allegan, Lawrence, Douglas, Paw Paw, S. Haven, Vicksburg, Schoolcraft, Gobles, Stevensville and at Warren Dunes State Park. The threat of more waterspouts and hail continues this afternoon and evening. Here’s storm reports from GRR NWS. Here’s what SPC says: “SRN LOWER MI INTO NRN IND/OH THIS AFTERNOON INTO EVENING… INTENSE DEEP-LAYER FORCING FOR ASCENT AHEAD OF THE VORTICITY MAXIMUM MENTIONED IN THE SYNOPSIS IS SUPPORTING ONGOING TSTMS OVER SRN LOWER MI. THIS ACTIVITY IS SITUATED AHEAD OF A SECONDARY COLD FRONT WHICH WILL SWEEP SEWD THROUGH MUCH OF THE OH VALLEY TODAY. GIVEN RESIDUAL DEWPOINTS OF AROUND 50 F…DAYTIME HEATING…AND CONSIDERABLE COOLING ALOFT…EXPECT PRE-FRONTAL AIR MASS TO BECOME WEAKLY UNSTABLE AND SUPPORTIVE OF ISOLATED SEVERE STORMS CAPABLE OF HAIL AND LOCALLY STRONG WIND GUSTS INTO THIS EVENING.” Here’s Storm Reports from Friday – gust to 65 mph at Indianapolis. Over 1.1″ of rain in Marshall. I had a report of 0.91″ at Kalamazoo and a 1.39″ at Holland – quite a soaking. Also, 0.62″ Battle Creek, 0.61″ Benton Harbor, 0.46″ Jackson, 0.30″ Grand Rapids, 0.27″ Lansing, 0.13″ Muskegon. These are 2-day totals. At 1:20 PM – solid showers and storms along I-94 from the lakeshore past Jackson.