Few Scattered Light Showers this Friday

April 18th, 2013 at 7:20 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local  WATCH WOOD-TV for the latest on the historic rain/flood situation!    3.3″ of rain yesterday (Thu.) – wettest April day ever.  4.27″ of rain in 28 hours and 9.5″ in the last 13 days.   This is now the wettest April ever.  We have also had measurable rain 13 days in a row..  Radar here.     This is a dangerous Flash Flood situation with the possibility of record water levels on creeks and rivers and significant ponding of water on roads.  My sump pump has been running continuously!

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.

277 Responses to “Few Scattered Light Showers this Friday”

  1. Matt in Allendale says:

    30,000 ft echo top about to hit the shore. Seems to be a bow in that line coming in headed towards Holland, or just south of it.

  2. Nick (Grand Haven / West Olive) says:

    Another one coming thru, heavy rain, still no wind or hail though

  3. Szokoe says:

    SUNSHINE!!!! Oh boy…..

  4. Cort S. says:

    11:06 a.m…… You see that outflow boundary on radar? That thin blue line in eastern Ottawa County and western Allegan county?


    If that storm crosses that boundary, I think those people east of the boundary have a better chance of seeing severe winds than the people who are west of the boundary.

    1. Tom in Alger Heights says:

      From what website did you get this image? Very cool.

      1. Cort S. says:

        A special radar display program:


        1. Tom in Alger Heights says:

          Which download?

  5. Tom in Alger Heights says:

    Cort…do you have a link for your favorite satellite images that you referenced?

    1. Cort S. says:

      The website is down right now, but it’s College of DuPage:


      I usually click on “1 km” or “2 km” on the left-side menu on that page to get started.

  6. dereks says:

    A little bit of sunshine peeking through in Northeast Montcalm county.

  7. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    All of a sudden my flock is getting really anxious, wind is at a dead still, robin is singing but I’m not sure what to think of all this, because it’s 11:30am and still cool outside I’m not sure if we’ll even break 60 up here if this continues which Stephan said since I’m close to Muskegon will kill my chances of seeing storms.

    1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

      That being said, the cell in Allegan may affect me if it holds together, but the one just west of me that is missing me by the a fraction it seems is moving to much N-NE but we shall see.

      1. Cort S. says:

        It’s heading right for you, Swatz! Watch out for lightning! The strong winds aloft are having a difficult time reaching the ground.

        11:28 a.m. radar:

        1. Stephen (North Muskegon says:

          is it safe to say Muskegon is done for the day?

        2. Cort S. says:

          Probably, but if the strong low-pressure system dynamics actually do force the warm front through despite the rain, then additional storms are a possibility with the cold front this evening.

          Forecast fronts at 8 p.m.

  8. Steven (Mt. Pleasant) says:

    Is this line the only line coming through, or is another one coming later today?

    1. Cort S. says:

      The WPC (above) and the SPC (click here) are suggesting additional storms are likely between 4 and 8 pm, and possible after 8. Don’t know if the SPC will change this line of thinking completely with the 12:30 update though.

      1. Steven (Mt. Pleasant) says:

        Ah, okay. Thank you!

      2. Jerrod (Hartford) says:

        It will be interesting. However, the fact the front is west of us and there is a lot of convective debris out west, really makes me wonder if the severe threat is slowly diminishing. The fact the SPC put out a PDS Tornado Watch that early makes me question it, too. The fact the SPC doesn’t have places west of Chicago marked for severe weather would tend to hurt us, as well.

  9. mr. negative says:

    Only 56 in SE GR. Just does’nt feel as though we have all the proper ingredients to make a delicious, severe pastry. Garden variety cup cakes for us today. This is nothing more than a rain event.

    1. fixxxer says:


      1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

        Here here as well the cell that is moving through my neck of the woods is garden variety

  10. Brooke (Hudsonville) says:

    We had nothing, but distant thunder, and within the last 30 seconds, thunder got louder, then downpour. Huge rain drops!! We haven’t had any flooding issues as of now. I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty scared right now, I have lots of animals, and if there is a tornado, I don’t know how I can get them all into safety. How big are the chances for that? I’m really concerned. still no wind here in Hudsonville, doesn’t seem like severe weather, just some thunder.

  11. Timmer2005 says:

    And here comes the rain in Walker. It’s coming down hard now.

  12. Red in Allegan Co. says:

    I look at the radar and don’t see anything over me and all of a sudden, it is windy and pouring down rain.
    Halfway between Allegan and Martin, 1 mile north of M222. Cort is my radar wacked or what am I missing?

    1. Cort S. says:

      Might want to check multiple radar sources to verify if one of them is slow or wacked, because you did have a severe-warned thunderstorm pass right over you just now. Click Here for Weather Underground’s radar site. How strong do you think the winds were?

      1. GunLakeDeb says:

        It just hit me – maybe 30 mph winds/heavy rain for maybe 2 minutes?

        1. GunLakeDeb says:

          And another burst of sideways rain.

  13. Johnnie(Vicksburg) says:

    Broke up right around Kalamazoo :( …hoping for another line later!

  14. Red in Allegan Co. says:

    Well nevermind, I just looked at a different radar and it is right over me. Didn’t last very long and I really thought according the radar, there would be more to it than this.

  15. Szokoe says:

    Here comes the sun again! Heat it up baby!

    1. Timmer2005 says:

      Where are you located?

  16. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    70 degrees in Detroit already. 75 degrees in Monroe before noon.

    1. Timmer2005 says:

      I do believe they will see the heaviest storms and possible tornado’s today. Its gonna be very hard for us here on the west side to warm up with all the rain still coming.

  17. Cort S. says:

    The HRRR model has not been doing well with this system, but hey, for what it’s worth… Click Here

    It’s suggesting we’re done with storms, though the cold front this evening may try to force something, perhaps unsuccessfully. The SE part of Michigan could get thwomped.

    1. Jerrod (Hartford) says:

      The Hi-Res WRF-NMM and WRF-ARW models have done tremendously this system, at least in my opinion. At least today, I got to try out the RadarScope app on iPad for the first time this year locally.

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      I sure hope it’s right – I was out taking photographs of flooding in our area – we REALLY don’t need more rain….

      1. GunLakeDeb says:

        And I’m sitting here at work, looking to the S-SW and watching the cloud bottoms just roil…. that’s NOT a happy sky…

  18. Deb says:

    Is that band of rain over the lake all thats coming today or will not develope later on?

    1. Deb says:

      Never mind! That band goes all the way to Texas!

  19. mr. negative says:

    Storm free…it’s what we do…

    1. fixxxer says:

      then what do you call all of the storms last night?

  20. Katie in Kentwood says:

    I have a feeling all watches will be canceled soon. :/

    1. fixxxer says:

      i agree.

  21. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    It’s nice there hear the soft rumbling of thunder but I was hoping for a bit more excitement, but not surprised at all the outcome, it’s the norm for us it seems now. WHOOPIE DOO! :-(

    1. fixxxer says:

      i knew i smelled hype & failure.

      1. Katie in Kentwood says:

        Although in all fairness, they said they are expecting the severe weather to happen betwee 4 and 8pm, not earlier…just wondering why they issued a tornado watch until 6?

        1. fixxxer says:

          i don’t think were gonna get too much more today. just looks to really cool off with snow showers tomorrow.

  22. kwood says:

    The storm passing through kent only lasted like ten seconds here

  23. GunLakeDeb says:

    I am watching a straight, vertical wall of clouds… I’ll try to get a picture…

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Too close :-( Keep an eye on the cell that’s traveling across the bottom of Gun Lake towards Hastings – it’s very unstable-looking.

  24. Ben (Charlotte MI) says:

    Cort for President!

  25. sanderson says:

    As a novice to both this blog and really to weather science in general, I have to say that I’m learning quite a bit – and being entertained at the same time. :) In all seriousness, thank you – especially Cort – for the explanations and links. Very educational.

    That said, I’m originally from Pittsburgh – where there are very few tornadoes (we don’t really even get many watches or warnings in that part of the state). I now live in Kalamazoo….and admittedly, I get a little antsy when people start using the word “tornado”….lol. I’m just not used to it yet, I guess. Open question to all – as the day is progressing along, do you think the weather is increasing the likelihood of tornadoes in the Kzoo area or decreasing it?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. sanderson says:

      Never mind! I just read Bill’s newest blog! :)

  26. Todd In Nunica says:

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  27. GunLakeDeb says:

    It sounds like we here at Gun Lake were lucky? I only received 2.4″ from yesterday AM to this morning 8 AM (the rain gauge had just under an inch last night at 11 PM, so we got just over 1.5″ of rain last night)

  28. Deb Brainard says:

    I heard that they were going to close all of Ionia
    I live in lyons by Devor Park which is now a lake.
    Could you tell me if they are going to close all of Ionia Please?

  29. Resourceful Nana says:

    The worst of the rain seems to have been across the middle of the lower peninsula. I hope the bottleneck of high water doesn’t do too much more damage as it passes through. This is a good time to appreciate wetlands–those great sponges that help hold extra water and release it slowly. Also a good time to look for places where wetlands could be restored to take some of the bite out of flooding events. Your county Conservation District may be able to help.
    Here on Portage Lake, St. Joseph County, I have recorded 4.2 inches of rain in the past 13 days, measurable rain on 7 of those 13 days. Vernal ponds are no longer dry like they were on April 9th and the frogs were taking advantage of that yesterday. They might be too cold today!

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