Tuesday PM

October 30th, 2012 at 1:20 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local  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.

28 Responses to “Tuesday PM”

  1. Scott (west olive) says:

    Very good sunset, actually pulled over next to a field and took time to stare. :) Can’t say it’s to windy here. Good gust every now and then. Had the lights surge or flicker caused the stereo subs to thud woke me up.

  2. Jack says:

    ► 7:02► 7:02
    Jul 19, 2006 – 7 min – wldldycat
    Michael English and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir’s Midnight Cry. I made a slide show to go …
    Hello Brother BILL : With All That’s HAPPENING in THE WORLD LATELY , THIS SONG Gives ME PEACE of MIND.Hoping It does The Same For YOU, And all My Brothers and Sisters IN CHRIST… God Bless. :-)

    1. Jo Anne Reid says:

      Amen to that, Jack and may God bless all of you today!

  3. Swanson (South Haven) says:

    6 blocks in from lake, near football field…overnight max wind 41 mph…now at 6 AM sustained wind 10.6 mph gusting higher.

  4. michael g (SE GR) says:

    Waves are now 19 feet at the south buoy. Winds sustained at 40 gusting near 50.


  5. kevin. w says:

    I’m also noticing a couple of other models showing a pretty good size storm around the 10-15th as well. The gfs/euro/jma models are showing a strong storm with heavy snow and high winds around mid month. The GFS has been consistent on a big storm and was also one of the models that showed the left hook of Sandy as well. Looks like a possibility of a good dump of arctic air coming just after deer day and much colder there after, so a possible turn to early winter not to far off the horizon. Don’t really want another mild winter like last year thats for sure.

  6. Hardy Tom says:

    Come on WINTER!!! I’m sick of boring weather.

  7. SS (Pwell Area) says:

    I took pix of the sunset as well!!! The reflection on the birch trees on the east side were making the trunk look pink!!

  8. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    Got about 1″ of snow here overnite. Then turned to freezing rain/ice and now more just rain.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      I thought I heard the “clicking” of ice pellets against the windows overnight?

  9. DF (SE Mich) says:

    It is all sleet/ice here in A2. Let me tell you that sleet really hurts when it is blowing at 40mph… The salt trucks are out this morning.

  10. Jeff (Nothern Ionia) says:

    Mostly rain here this morning with the occasional thick rain drop. Cold and windy, funny watching people walk by my office trying to keep there umbrella up.

  11. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Now that it is light enough to see, there is quite a bit of sleet stacked up on the grass. Enough to make the grass whitish.

  12. Hugh says:

    Please pray especially for everyone affected by this devastating storm. The deaths and loss of homes can’t even be comprehended yet. Thank God for the first responders who are also risking their lives.

    1. Jack says:

      Amen, Hugh,Well Said.! ::-)

  13. Cassie (Kentwood) says:

    It was sleeting when I left Caledonia this morning about 5:30. It hurt hitting your skin!

  14. Jill C. says:

    Wind is roaring through the trees up here on White Lake near Whitehall. (We live about four miles from the big lake.) Current conditions at the White River Light Station show wind from the NW at 22 mph, highest recorded gust this morning was 45 mph, just after 4:30 AM.

  15. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    74 mph wind gust at Fort Gratiot

  16. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Someone put this link on here before, but it’s pretty cool to look at now for the wind:


    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      And it’s interactive – you can put the pointer over an area to read the speed – or click on an area to zoom. Kind of handy today, when Hubby hopes to fly to Chicago – so far, the winds aren’t bad as long as you stay away from the Big Lake.

  17. Sandi says:

    Hey Bill – rain/sleet mix here in NE/Plainfield twsp. Ugh!

  18. GunLakeDeb says:

    Calling Cort – hope you’re dry, warm and have electric!!

    I was just outside getting sloppy wet snow falling on me for a few minutes….

    1. Cort S. says:

      200,000 customers in NH lost power yesterday, including my place for a brief time. My power was back on at 10 pm last night, so I fared quite well. I spent the day at school, where we have redundant power systems. The lights would flicker every time someone in the area would lose power, as the computers and switches quickly redistributed power through different paths. Our river in town is at “action stage,” but is not going to flood like it did with Irene, for a combination of reasons.

      When the crap started hitting the fan in NYC, I lost access to a number of websites: Facebook, Wikipedia, CNN, the Blog, The Weather Channel’s live stream on YouTube… With all the power losses in NYC, parts of the internet were really struggling for reasons that I don’t fully understand. I would be interested to hear that story. I would not be surprised if this storm is why the Blog’s servers are also struggling, though there is a chance that it is unrelated.

      This storm has set a number of records and historic precedents. It was the largest tropical cyclone on record in the Atlantic Ocean since we started measuring them in 1988. It had the largest storm surge destructive potential, 5.8 on a scale of 6.0, which was greater than Isabel, Ike, Katrina, and the rest. No hurricane near Sandy’s path this time of year has ever made such a drastic left hook and approached the Northeast from such a high angle of attack (I talked about why Sandy would do this, several days ago here on the blog). Its pressure at landfall was 946 mb, which ties the 1938 Long Island Hurricane for the lowest pressure ever recorded in the Northeast. Philly PA, Atlantic City NJ, and Wilmington DE reached the lowest pressure that they ever recorded, lower than the pressure that they had in the March 1993 Storm of the Century.

      This was a worst case scenario for New York City and the surrounding areas. The peak storm surge arrived right around the time of high tide. The water levels at the Battery yesterday were the highest ever recorded: 2 and a half feet higher than they were in the Hurricane of 1821. This was simply the worst hurricane disaster in the history of New York City. And that’s without talking about what happened in New Jersey, where rooftop rescues had to be performed as the ocean surged up the Raritan River.

      This storm will likely cost the U.S. tens of billions of dollars in damage, making this storm one of the top 5 most expensive disasters in U.S. history.

      1. GunLakeDeb says:

        Thanks, Cort – it’s good to know you are OK. Praying that all the displaced folks will be OK soon. The NWS referred to this is being “historical” and it sure was.

  19. Mike (Caledonia) says:

    Mixed precip mixed here about 1/2 hour ago.

  20. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    Had snow showers on WMU’s campus around 11am! The drive through WV on Thursday should be interesting!

  21. Cort S. says:

    From the NWS Eastern Region HQ:

    “We apologize for the reduced information posted here since yesterday evening, as well as the problems with some of our forecast office’s web pages. The building that houses the NWS Eastern Region Headquarters suffered considerable damage last night. Everyone is safe, but we had to leave the building and relocate our Regional Operations Center to the forecast office in Upton, NY when a gas leak developed overnight. As a result, we had to shut down our servers. The NWS IT staff is working on improving the problems with our office’s web pages. Hopefully everything will be back to normal very soon, and we thank you for your patience.”

  22. Scott (west olive) says:

    Good post Cort.

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