Thursday Evening Showers/Storms

October 16th, 2012 at 8:30 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local   9:25 PM – NOTE:  The Giants/Cardinals game is still in a rain delay with a thunderstorm that has moved through.   The Cardinals are ahead 2-1 in the 7th inning as I write this.  Here’s Storm Reports from St. Louis NWS (32 of them), including at least 2 people injured,  a couple of gusts over 60 mph and some buildings with significant damage and goal posts blown over.  The Tigers game has been postponed and they will play at 4:07 PM on Thursday.  Here’s Detroit Radar.   Earlier, we had dime-sized hail near Battle Creek (that’s from the shower near Lansing now), 1/2″ hail in Muskegon, pea-sized hail in Marne and Walker.  Significant Weather Advisory for the entire area.  This is a step below a Severe T-Storm Warning and it’s mainly for hail a little below severe criteria (which is 1″ in diameter).   Small hail is certainly a possibility with the more significant t-storms.     A larger batch of t-storms is coming up from NW Indiana.  We’re all going to see showers and t-showers this evening and overnight.  There is a Severe T-Storm Watch for E. Missouri and W. Illinois…St. Louis about to get crunched.   Thru tomorrow, the European model gives us 0.86″, the NAM (Caribou) is 0.93″.  The GFS is a little less at 0.38″.  In any case, it’s a significant rain for us.  Nothing severe expected here.   Odds favor them getting the Tiger game in, though I can’t rule out a delay…but I hope they start on time and that Tiger pitching rules again and the game moves along.  I’ll add more here later.

Here’s WOOD-TV Interactive Radar, looping radar. Check out the current conditions, regional radar, GRR radar, northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s the College of DuPage Radar Map, Storm total rainfall, 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 (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime). Here’s Lake Michigan water temperatures. Here’s storm total rainfall for W. Michigan and E. Michigan. Here’s data from the mid-lake buoy.

75 Responses to “Thursday Evening Showers/Storms”

  1. hunter 12 says:

    Hi Bill
    Hoping to get out to do some bow hunting Saturday morning in ionia county. I see a chance of rain Saturday am. Got pretty wet this past Saturday. Hoping for drier weather. What do you think? Thanks.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      I have a 30% chance of a light shower, nothing heavy – if you get rain, it won’t be as heavy as last Saturday AM.

      1. hunter 12 says:

        Great! Thanks Bill. Looking good, so far, for the Tigers!

        1. Jeff (Nothern Ionia) says:

          Hey good luck Saturday morning, I am from Ionia as well and will be out hunting Saturday morning as well. Hoping it stays nice out.

  2. Tom Earl says:

    Why is it that you have to try to time your weather forcasts exactly the same time as channel 3?

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      I don’t do that. The producer of the show puts the rundown together and they make the decision when weather will come. The first weather “hit” varies, but the main weather is usually at about the same time. This all changes when there is breaking news.

  3. Battle Creek says:

    Was that a meso-low (can’t remember if that’s what it’s called or not) in the northern viewing area?

    1. Cort S. says:

      Yeah, it does look like it’s spinning, doesn’t it? Certainly seems like a weak meso-low to me.

    2. Kimoeagle says:


  4. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

    Bill…any chance the Tigers game gets rained out tomorrow night?

  5. Scott (west olive) says:

    Indy, stop playing with the sirens!

    1. Jack says:

      Lol.. INDY, Probably Had 2 Too Many SPRITES, OR, Not Enough SPRITES….. ;-)

  6. INDY says:

    Hey fizzer how about them TIGERS!!! SPRITES ARE RIGHT TONIGHT GUYS!!! INDYY..

    1. Jack says:

      It’s Party Time.. In DETROiT … BROTHER INDY…!!!! Side note: Wasn’t a Pres. Debate Tonight….GLAD I Missed It !!!!! WORLD SERIES BOUND…..LATer Tonite….More SRITES….. PEACE…. :-) :-) ;-)

      1. Skot says:

        Que: John Fogerty…..”Centerfield”

    2. fixxxer says:

      Dont care. Why dont you stop talking sports on a weather blog.

      1. Stephen says:

        Jeez ya old grump.

        1. fixxxer says:

          yes since i quit smoking i may be grumpier than usual.

        2. Lisa (Caledonia) says:

          Congrats on quitting smoking, Fixxxer! :) That’s really cool!

      2. Vincent(N.E.Kent CO) says:

        GO TIGERS!!!!!!!! Play Ball!!!

  7. fixxxer says:

    I hate to say it but i think were gonna have one hell of a bad winter. First time in years my allergies have been soo bad it triggered off ashtma. Hope im wrong but this is what has happened to me in the past before a bad winter. The pollen counts must be really bad this fall.

    1. Mr. Negative says:


    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      Wait- Fixxx – you just said you quit smoking (YAY for you!) – but you had an asthma attack. You DO understand that the smoking surely wasn’t helping that, right?? Go ahead – be grumpy; just stay away from the cigs…. it’s good for you and your family, too.

      1. Lisa (Caledonia) says:

        Probably one reason why he quit… :) :)

    3. Stephen says:

      Great job on quitting smoking! Yeah hopefully we get a decent winter this year.

  8. Cort S. says:

    GOES-13 will return to service as GOES-East and GOES-14 will stop the drift maneuver. The noise issues with GOES-13 have been fixed.

  9. INDY says:

    3 day storm is about to hit Michigan with rain showers and cool temps !!!! Good news Big warm up for Sun,Mon,TUE INDY summer again temps in the low 70′s !!! and a Tigers win should be a good one !!! Stay tuned INDYY..

  10. Nick (Grand Haven) says:


    1. SBPortage002 says:

      Cue AC/DC…Thunderstruck…(just had to do it)

      1. Jack says:

        Or: Bruce Springstein… THUNDER ROAD.!!!!!!! GO TIGERS..!!!!!!!! ( win 1 for The FIZZZZER )…. Lol…. ;-)

  11. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

    Just got a blinding downpour out of no where I went for a walk and next thing I know I was soaked lol and adventure walk :)

  12. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

    Thunder here now :)

    1. Steelie says:

      Good Day,

      Same here in Kentwood near Breton and 52nd. Two low rolls in the last few minutes…


      1. Katie in Kentwood says:

        Really? I didn’t hear anything! Aw man. 44th and Breton here

        1. Steelie says:

          Good Day,

          I had most of my windows open at the time. They were low rollers that sounded quite far away… ;-)


  13. Jeff (S.E. Ionia County) says:


    1. Jeff (S.E. Ionia County) says:


  14. Jack says:

    THUNDER…BROOMERS !!!!! In DET. TONIGHT, Party at INDYS !!!!!!!!!…. Fizzzeler is NOT Invited…Tee Hee… ;-)

  15. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    Trying to get my YardOfDucks pens cleaned out before all this hits and it’s coming faster then I can keep up! Oh yes, this lady isn’t afraid of getting her hands dirty and in a little ducky doo doo, true tom boy at heart!

  16. Jeff (Richland) says:

    Thundering here but no rain yet

  17. Mark says:

    Hoping for no rain delays. Last game was 3 hrs 45 min.

  18. Red in Allegan Co. says:

    Thundering here between Allegan and Martin. Beginning to spit out a little rain.

  19. Mr. Negative says:

    Storm free…

  20. michael g (SE GR) says:

    Severe Tstorm warning for St. Louis, tornado warning just northwest of there. People at the game seem oblivious.

    Fizzzer only hates talk about the Tigers because they’re winning. If they were down 3-0 and everyone was bummed, he’d be SO happy. He’s like a monster feeding on the tears of mankind.

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      ps Stop talking about your allergies, asthma, and smoking habit. This is a weather blog.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        I agree 100%!!!

        1. fixxxer says:

          Hi rocky…. i mean rj. You think we wouldnt reconize your posting style?

      2. Jack says:

        LIKE + 1 Million…….ROFLMAO…!!!!!!!!!

      3. Jack says:

        Love It…Fixxxxxer Theme Song…. CUE: Warren Zevon…POOR POOR PITIFULL ME…….. ;-)

      4. fixxxer says:

        Stop trying too look important mike because you fail at everything. Hows joe.b by the way? ;)

  21. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

    Another storm heading this way :)

  22. Cort S. says:

    St Louis radar as of 6:32.
    The red dot in the middle is where Busch Stadium is.

    1. Jack says:

      Thanks Cort … Will you Be Doing This for OUR TIGERS Game As Well ? .? Thanks Again…. PEACE.. Cue: Glory Days…

      1. Cort S. says:

        If anything interesting pops up on the radar in Detroit tonight, sure, I’ll try to post it!

        1. Jack says:

          Thanks….You Da Man CORT !!!!

  23. kevin. w says:

    Fixxer your allergies are because of 1)rain has brought the mold counts way up and 2)people mowing and burning leaves have created the bacteria from the Norway Maples to go through the roof. It won’t change til we well probably get real cold or get some snow to kill off the mold/bacteria. But hey fixxer when all thats stuff is dead you then can look forward to the flu season, but thats already started here in Mt. Pleasant with a bang already and from what I’m hearing quite a few college professors have been out sick.

    1. fixxxer says:

      Yeah theres a horrid stomach flu going around already too. Gonna be a rough season.

      1. Jack says:

        Listening To : Jimi Hendrix….MANIC DEPRESSION… :-(

  24. UNCLE SPARKEE says:

    your ol uncle sparks luvs purple moons, crazy weather and the big city lights of baldwin!! role em!!

  25. SS (Pwell Area) says:

    Boy the winds have really picked up here!!

  26. UNCLE SPARKEE says:

    oh and bulll legged women…….. thats why a married your ol aunty edna! mmmm

    1. Jack says:

      CUE: Neil Young….MAN NEEDS A MAID……….. Just Grow It…… ENJOY…Uncle Sparkeeeee..PEACE… :-)

  27. Kris says:

    Rain delay at the Tigers game with NO RAIN FALLING yet – UGH! It’s going to be a long night.

  28. Jack says:

    Hello BILL : Please Send Some of Your… RAIN REPPELENT… To..DETROIT.. ASAP.. PLEASE… :-)

  29. Brian(Grandville) says:

    Tiger’s game will probably not get in tonight. If so I get 2 tickets from a buddy of mine that’s there for tomorrows game :) . Also, just bought the Radar Scope app for my I phone. I am quite impressed.

  30. Cort S. says:

    Rain, rain, go away

  31. Pauline says:

    So has Bill given any indication of when his winter forecast will be out? We have to have our guess in at work by November 1st!

  32. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    It rain out the first time I ever drived…. What a crazy experience!

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:


      1. bnoppe(Albion) says:

        He’s saying It was raining the first time he’s ever drove… Nate I had to learn to drive in the winter that was a fun experince

        1. Jack says:

          I hope he Drives… Better Than He …… Well , Ya get the Picture…. I Guess… HUH.. ;-)

      2. bobcat says:

        I agree, Huh?

  33. UNCLE SPARKEE says:

    your ol uncle sparks feels like a goat on juice. sittin waitin livin……ol aunty edna is lit and it looks like we will seeein the green latern from the lost lake of the nomads. back woods northern flight

    1. Jack says:

      High….. Daaaaaaaaaad…….

  34. Jack says:

    Darn , WINDY……Here..Right Now….

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