Tuesday PMOctober 30th, 2012 at 1:20 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
10:45 PM Winds have not been terribly strong in most inland areas, gusts between 30-40 mph earlier today and down to 10-20 mph tonight. Winds were much stronger in some lakeshore areas. Peak winds: 69 mph at Michigan City, Indiana on the beach, 64 mph S. Haven Lighthouse, 59 mph at the Harrison Crib Water Intake 3 miles east of downtown Chicago, 52 mph Big Sable Point, 48 mph Holland St. Park, 43 mph Muskegon Beach, 38 mph Battle Creek. Strong winds coming off Lake Huron caused many trees and wires to come down. There were trees on vehicles at Port Huron, Sandusky and Fort Gratiot. Winds hit 60 mph at Harrisville and 50 mph at Alpena. We will continue to see breezy conditions. There is some mixed snow/sleet east of G.R. Temperatures are above freezing and with the warm ground, the snow should melt instantly on the roads. Waves at the mid-Lake Michigan buoy reached 21.7 feet at 11:50 AM Tues. morning.
Current radar on the left (updates automatically) and the pretty red sunset Monday evening courtesy of the clouds of Hurricane Sandy. Ironically, this picture was taken by “Sandy” at ReportIt. Check out the sunset full screen. No warm air in sight. The NAM barely takes us to 49.5 on Thurs. and the GFS keeps us below 50 through the next 16 days with a chance of some accumulating snow around Nov. 10-15. The European prints out 0.45″ of mostly rain thru Thursday AM and another 1/10th inch Saturday night. The European keeps us below 50 each of the next 7 days. There are some neat links below:
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 Marantha Webcam at Lake Michigan 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 and the Wind Map.
Sandy shoved the cool air down south. High temps. Monday: 69 Orlando, 68 Tampa, 66 Galveston, 65 Jacksonville and New Orleans, 56 Atlanta, 46 Asheville, 45 Knoxville.