Tornado Watch was canceled shortly after noon.

April 18th, 2013 at 11:53 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

WW0124 Radar  6:15 PM – Rainfall in G.R. since Noon yesterday (Weds.) 4.27″.  The monthly total of 9.34″ makes this the wettest April ever.  We have had measurable rain 13 consecutive days.  The Tornado Watch was canceled for our area shortly after noon.  No severe weather was reported in our area.    A large blob of rain in E. Illinois will move northeast and move across our area (mainly SE of G.R.) this evening.  Another 1/2-1″ of rain is expected from that (only light amounts less than 1/4″ from G.R. to the NW).  No severe weather is expected with that area of rain this evening.  The most likely area for severe weather this evening will be down in SE Indiana, Ohio and from Kentucky south.      Please see threads below for many links. Here’s Storm Reports from SPC.  Not much severe weather today.  Only 1 tornado as of 5 PM, a small one in Illinois.   Thunderstorms did produce some wind damage in SE Michigan at Lapeer, Highland, Ann Arbor, Ortonville and in Macomb Co.   The squall line that moved thru Indiana produced wind damage with semis blown off the road on US 6 and US 30.  Here’s Severe Reports and Rain Reports from the Chicago area and NW Indiana.  There is some property damage.     24-hour rainfall total from Noon Weds. to Noon Thurs. is 3.87″ for G.R.   At Noon, the temperature was only 60 in G.R. (I have a rule that you generally don’t get tornadoes when it’s cooler than 60).  It was 59 in Holland and S. Haven.  Coldwater was in the warm air before the t-storm pushed thru, they were 73 deg., Battle Creek 72 with wind gusts to 37 mph (it’s been windy in the warm air, 71 in Kalamazoo with gusts to 45 mph.  The warm air never really got to the Chicago area.  You can check here and here for SW Michigan observations and add up the hours to get rainfall totals.   MANY road closures.  There is a STATE OF EMERGENCY in the city of Wyoming where there are a few mandatory evacuations.  Here’s some of the road closures in our area.  Here’s pictures of the flooding.  Check local river levels here.  One more thing, many of you are interesting in driving around to see the flooding.  First, don’t do that at night, where visibility is limited and you might quickly come upon a flooded road.  Second, don’t drive thru standing water (esp. if it’s flowing).  The water may be deeper than you think and there is an outside chance that part of the road may have washed out (the water would be much deeper than you think).  ALSO, winds will be quite strong tomorrow…west-southwest at 20-30 mph with gusts to 40-50 mph possible.  Also, the temperature may get slightly below freezing both Sat. and Sun. AM, and that may cause icy spots where puddles may freeze up.

177 Responses to “Tornado Watch was canceled shortly after noon.”

  1. INDY says:


    1. fixxxer says:


  2. DF (SE Mich) says:

    The line of storms isn’t too impressive in A2.

    1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      Looks like 50-60 mph winds for me

      1. DF (SE Mich) says:

        Not even a rumble of thunder here.

  3. INDY says:

    Naaa DF just heavy rain get ready for flooding!!! Kent county will be a disaster county soon… Due flooding…INDYY..

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      The price the Great Lakes watershed must pay unfortunately.

  4. Skot says:

    any second now we will have an update on fixxxer’s predictions. 3…..2…..1……

  5. Skot says:

    Only one way out of Marne……by boat.

  6. INDY says:

    INDY lives in West Flood Michigan…..INDYY..

    1. Skot says:

      theeee YARDofH20!!!!!

      1. fixxxer says:


  7. Cort S. says:

    Forecast for the Grand River downtown…

    Forecast for the Rogue River below the Rockford dam…

    All forecast crests in Kent County and along the Grand River in Robinson Twp and Ionia have been increased since last night. Major flooding of residential areas in the floodplain near downtown is now expected. Flooding should also impact the gypsum mines and the wastewater treatment plant.

    1. Ryan (Rockford) says:

      Wow Cort, this is going to be a major, perhaps once-in-a-lifetime event that people will be talking about decades later. The Grand downtown is 1 foot below the record ALREADY, and the peak isn’t even supposed to happen until late weekend/early next week. The business I work for is in big trouble, we’re going to have to move things quickly.

    2. millekat says:

      Isn’t there something about a 100 year flood? This must be it!!

    3. Kimoeagle says:

      What’s going to happen to the RR bridges and Wealthy St. bridge? Am watching them via the GVSU Seidman webcam, and it appears that the RR bridge will be underwater soon!!

  8. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Black sky, heavy rain, heavy wind, and some thunder here. Dark as night. My first severe storm of the season.

  9. Brian says:

    Great Scott,Watch Out For A Giagantic Mosquito Season, With All This Flooded Water,Bzzzzzzzzzzz

  10. fixxxer says:

    And here comes the typical wind in front of the cold front. No shocker!

    1. Cort S. says:

      That’s the wind that is making it warm outside, since the sun isn’t doing anything to help that cause.

      1. fixxxer says:

        Oh whats this “sun” you speak.of? ;)

        1. Cort S. says:

          Legend has it that once in a generation, the sky turns blue and a chariot of fire rides across the sky. Those who live to tell the tale often find themselves gone mad within weeks.

        2. fixxxer says:

          Glad someone has a sense of humor on here.

  11. INDY says:

    ********GRAND RIVER IN GARND RAPIDS IS GOING TO GO UP 6 MORE FEET TO CREST AT 25 FEET WORST FLOOD EVER******* More rain coming Tuesday stay tuned ….INDYY..

  12. Jimbo says:

    Whats Up INDY…Jimbo!!! How’s the FLOODED Yard Of Bricks Doing???

  13. INDY says:

    Well Jimbo one good thought the grass will be green for the rules meeting this year!! Pits fire pit all under water!!!! Stay tuned INDYY…

  14. Jimbo says:

    3.7 inches of rain from the last week rainfall…4 Inches so far here since yesterday afternoon..4 mile..E Beltline area!!

  15. Jimbo says:

    My pay a visit later this evening..You working?

  16. Jeff(Northern Ionia County / Muir) says:

    Emergency Shelter just opened up in Ionia for people living along Bellview Dr and possibly people living in Downtown Lyons (TBD) Depending on rise of the river and continued flooding.

    1. fixxxer says:

      I assume the fairgrounds are flooded again.

      1. Jeff(Northern Ionia County / Muir) says:

        I have not been by it today, But yes im sure it is very flooded. Last week it was nearly to M66. By sunday I wouldnt be surprised if it reaches M66

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

        I saw a picture, and they the fairgrounds were extremely flooded.

  17. INDY says:

    Nope stop over sprites are a ready!!!! INDYY…

  18. INDY says:

    ****************WORST FLOOD EVER GRAND RAPIDS MICHIGAN CREST 25 FEET 4/18/2013 ########################################### INDYY…

  19. Kimoeagle says:

    Here’s the latest at KANQ as of 1920Z:
    Winds 240 @ 8Kt
    Vis. 5
    few clouds @3300 & 4100
    Ceiling 7000′ OVC
    Temp 17C (62.6F) Dew point 17C (At the house here, 5 mi. E it is 22C)
    Bar. pressure 29.67″
    Desnity altitude 1700
    Rain on and off here, no downpours —yet.

  20. fixxxer says:

    I guess the flooding on 44th street near the walmart is really bad. People being taken out by boats. Were suppose to move over there next month. Sorta rethinking that now.

  21. Daniel (Denver, CO) says:

    This weather pattern has certainly been one for the record books across the country, as was the case last year. Parts of the front range got up to 20″ of snow with the mountains receiving several feet. Even today, approx. 29% of the US still has a snowpack ( Combine that with the persistent trough and the setup is there for more cold and rain/snow.

    The long range models keep hinting at a significant pattern change after the 24th, but tend to think that just like the past 2 months, it may not materialize. Gotta get rid of that ridge in the Pacific and Bearing Sea before things start to turn around. I’m just hoping that the weather will be fairly nice when I’m in town the week of 5/6…or maybe I should consider bringing a canoe :-P .

  22. mike says:

    particularly dangerous situation from th particularly dangerous situation from the SPC

    1. mike says:

      Hmmmm was supposed to say particularly dangerous situation tornado watch was a fail

  23. WickedTwister says:

    So anyone a lil concerned with the winds potentially uprooting some trees after all this rain saturating the ground? Power outages? A plus I guess is trees don’t have leaves yet!

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

    A huge old tree didn’t make it through today. 1/3 of the tree fell across our road earlier today.

  25. INDY says:


    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Living in the times of wooden bridges again? I’d say you’d sink with them now a days. :)

  26. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Tornado watch canceled for us also… No tornadoes within hundreds of miles…

    1. fixxxer says:

      Another good nws call huh?

      1. mike says:

        Maybe we should have sequestered the spc’s budget, these clowns are a waste of money

        1. fixxxer says:

          Maybe rob dale works for them? ;)

        2. Ryan (Algoma) says:


  27. Soccer6713 says:

    Since not one thing they mentioned weather wise on Daybreak this morning happened in Hastings, I am really counting on them to be wrong about tomorrows temps & the snow also.

    1. fixxxer says:

      It seems whatever they forecast we get the “total” opposite.

  28. Harry (Battle Creek) says:

    Epic bust up here. I can’t remember a time we’ve been placed under a moderate risk, had a PDS tornado watch, and it ALL BUSTED.

    Epic failure west of Detroit and north of Fort Wayne.

    Off to great severe weather season to match the following snowless winter lol

    1. fixxxer says:


      And to top that one of the coldest springs we have had in years.

      1. Jack says:

        How’s the New Job Fix ?

        1. fixxxer says:

          I dont start until the 29th.

        2. Jack says:

          Oh, and Congrats..2 U ! Stay cued…BIG WINDS COMING…FRYDAY ! ;-)

        3. fixxxer says:


    2. fixxxer says:

      Wait…snowless winter?

  29. Nathan says:

    Winds could be a big problem… More info later

      1. fixxxer says:

        Oh…just like the storms?

        1. Nathan says:

          Nope, just like the rain. Winds are much easier to forecast than storms

  30. fixxxer says:

    My wife says 44th burlingame is a river by buck creek.

  31. Steven Sevarns says:

    I’m starting to get scared of this. The river under a railroad bridge is usually just a couple inches… NOW ITS OVER 7 FEET OF WATER :O

  32. bnoppe(Albion) says:

    Fix, I say we just skip spring and head right to the heat and sun

    1. Steven Sevarns says:

      I AGREE

    2. fixxxer says:

      Im all for it. Thats what will probably happen. Summer will probably be short lived.

  33. Sharon L'Anse, MI says:

    Bill, I have never seen a *blob* of rain… how creative!
    We are under a Winter Weather Warning here on the east shore of the Keweenaw Bay! Hearing we are to experience 50 mph winds off Lake Superior with lots of snow…and perchance a bit of freezing rain!

  34. Jack says:

    WWWWWWWW…..AAAAAAAAAAA = Worm Alert !!! Tee hee….. ;-)

  35. Dan says:

    Is it just here or has the rain actually stopped for the time being? (84th and 131) Any chance we get the opposite to this kind of weather? Hot and dry?
    Winter returns for a awhile tomorrow.

    1. fixxxer says:

      Winter never left, thats the issue this year.

  36. Jack says:

    The Robins, in My Back Yard . Have been Gorging Them- Self, all Day ! Lol. ;-)

    1. fixxxer says:

      Glad someone is enjoying the weather.

  37. GunLakeDeb says:

    We had the floodwaters on an agricultural drain blow out a couple of culverts, on First St in Wayland Twp. The roadbed is still there – but the Road commission guys have blocked the road with huge piles of sand, so nobody *tries* to cross under such precarious conditions. The bridge on the NW side of the lake (on Patterson) is showing signs of being undermined… if THAT goes, it’s really going to hurt this area….

  38. Waterlogged says:

    In Wayland… been vaccuming the basement since 7am. How long will it take for the watertable to drop?

  39. John (Holland) says:

    Gorgeous sunset tonight.

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