Tornado Watch was canceled shortly after noon.April 18th, 2013 at 11:53 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
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.