Thursday evening – more rainApril 10th, 2013 at 3:46 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
7:55 PM Thurs. Only 6% of possible sunshine over the last six days. The last time we hit 60 was Dec. 4. The last time we hit 70 was Nov. 11 and the last time it hit 80 was Sept. 12. I had a radio interview this AM on WCSG and then a school career day up in Sparta. I also drove around a bit to look at river levels. I’m working on the news now. We’ll do a little bit on the Palm Sunday Tornadoes at 5:20 PM. I’ll update later this evening. 3/4″ of rain today in G.R., around an inch in Holland and Battle Creek. Big slug of light-moderate rain moving thru during the early morning with a stiff ENE wind and a few embedded thunderstorms. Tornadoes and significant damage in the St. Louis area. Gust to 101 mph in Sullivan MO: 0715 PM TSTM WND GST 1 NNE SULLIVAN 38.23N 91.16W 04/10/2013 M101 MPH FRANKLIN MO AWOS. Franklin Co. hard hit. Damage in South St. Louis. Minor injuries. The high temperature today in G.R. was 42. That was actually warmer than April 9, 2012. Only light showers and sprinkles in the area now. The heavier batch of rain which is currently along the Mississippi River will move into our area after 2 AM. It’s going to be a nasty morning commute, with a strong ENE wind, rain and possibly a little lightning in a few places. Click the links on the page for a lot more weather data. A Flood Watch remains in effect for most of the area and there are Flood Advisories out for some area rivers. Here’s where you can find water levels and stream flow for area rivers. Check out the snow that the GFS is forecasting for the U.P. They could have more snow on the ground on April 15 than on April 1st!
There is still a chance for a band of freezing rain across parts of Central Michigan Weds. night to Thurs. night. Do keep up with later forecasts if you live north of M-20 (best chance for a period of freezing rain would be the higher elevations up around Lake City. The GRR NWS has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 2 AM to 8 PM Thurs. for freezing rain, sleet and gusty winds. The counties included in the Advisory are: MASON-LAKE-OSCEOLA-CLARE-OCEANA-NEWAYGO-MECOSTA-ISABELLA.
Severe weather today includes 4 tornadoes (may have been the same tornado) in Van Buren Co., Arkansas, 85 reports of large hail up to egg-size and 80 reports of wind damage. We have severe t-storms watches from Pennsylvania to Illinois and tornado watches from Illinois down to Louisiana and Mississippi. No severe weather is expected here, though a t-storm could bring some small hail in this cold air.
For current Michigan weather observations and wind speeds, click here. Here’s WOOD-TV Interactive Radar, looping radar. Check out regional radar, GRR radar, northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s the College of DuPage Radar Map, 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, the Maranatha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures and the HPC snowfall predictions. Here’s NAM model snowfall thru 84 hours, the GFS snowfall thru 120 hours.