Tuesday Afternoon

April 29th, 2013 at 10:28 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local   9:20  PM  Walked downtown for a little while after the 6 PM news.  Lots of people eating dinner outside, walking…running (getting ready for the Riverbank Run).  There must have been 1,000 people (mostly teens/20s) for the swing dance at Rosa Park Circle.  Today, Grand Rapids was warmer than New Orleans and Holland (Regional Airport) was warmer than Palm Beach FL.   Highs today:  76 Battle Creek, 78 GRR and Kalamazoo, 83 Regional Airport in Holland (which seems to be reading a degree or two too high), 86 Kenosha WI, 88 Janesville WI, 89 Lone Rock WI.  Other warm spots:  101 Phoenix AZ, 88 Tampa and Ft. Myers FL.  It was only in the low 30s north of Winnipeg, Manitoba.     The weather should continue warm and for the most part dry as the ridge builds over the Eastern Lakes tonight and tomorrow.  We had literally dozens of hail reports with the early morning storms, inc. Grand Rapids, Holland, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Big Rapids.  Our “24-hour forecast” that we ran at 10 and 11 PM did better than the models at bringing storms thru during the early morning.

A severe storm with hail up to tennis ball size moved east of Dubuque, Iowa and fell apart.   A morning storm dumped a narrow hail path with stones as big as eggs in NE Iowa.   The high temperature in G.R. and Kalamazoo was 73 on Monday.  The high on the Muskegon beach Monday was 61.7 and at the Grand Haven Channel it was 62.6.   The warm weather will cause the tulips, blossoms and leaves to come out rather quickly this week into early next week.

The Grand River has now fallen below flood stage at Comstock Park (flood stage is 12 feet – current 11.7 feet).  The St. Joseph River at Three Rivers remains near the flood stage of 7 ft.  In the U.P., the Sturgeon, Black and Chocolay Rivers are above flood stage at certain points.

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, and a surface weather 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.


66 Responses to “Tuesday Afternoon”

  1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Hopefully there will be some action tomorrow!

  2. zach says:

    Mesodiscussion for possible watch across the lake

  3. Jack says:

    ACTION….Hmmmm….AS in FREDDY ( Boom,Boom) CANNON……ACTION : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOsD7Wdsc_k. ;-)

  4. whatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llHKUzjggg4 Jack, this is a cue for you.

    1. Jack says:

      Lol, I’ll save That, 4 the Kentwood Chicken….when K.C. Rears it’s Beek…… Cluck, cluck….. Stay CUED ..4 a Weather CUE………. ;-)

      1. kentwoodchicken says:

        BWWAAK! That was a fine cultural experience! She got her cluck on, alrighty!

    2. Jack says:

      Here is The Weather….CUE, as PROMISED ! Willie Nelson , Uncloudy Day :

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1-DHepnVLs. Enjoy…wbwtsbc !!! ;-) . Peace…..;-)

  5. Skot says:

    Hearing thunder.

    1. whatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

      Yaba Daba Doouuuuuuuche? whats that about.

  6. Scott (robinson twsp) says:

    Pretty good light show.

  7. Nathan says:

    Very nice storm!

  8. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    What a beautiful sound to wake up to is the rumbling of thunder and looking on radar what a beautiful site and hoping it strengthens and watching outside on God’s disco lights, LOL!

  9. Jake (Zeeland) says:

    I always like Thunderstorms it’s much easier to sleep with them going. If you ever try SleepMachine App on your IPhone one of your options is T-Storms. When I’m out a Holland State Park camping the thing that always makes me fall asleep in the camper is T-Storms. The downside….it wakes up all the birds, those things are annoying.

  10. Cort S. says:

    Elevated thunderstorms with lots of in-cloud lightning. The problem with that is, the thunder from the in-cloud lightning has a hard time getting through the stable layer of air between the storm and us. This makes the thunder pretty muffled. Every now and then a cloud-to-ground strike is breaking through, and its thunder will be really loud and travel a long distance, trapped within the stable air layer near the ground.

    Better than an alarm clock.

    1. Yup (Grandville) says:

      Woke my kids up for sure! Thanks for the explanation Cort, never heard abiout that before.

    2. Imthemom (just n holland) says:

      Thanks, even as a little one (55+ years ago), I wondered why some thunder seemed to travel and go on and on. Now I know why!

  11. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Lightning pretty much is non-stop, especially looking off to the Northwest towards Grand Haven. Corts right, pretty muffled, but there have been a couple insanely loud ones that shook the house hard.

  12. Vicki (Holland) says:

    We just had hail the about 1/2″ in size that came down for 10 minutes! It woke me up!

  13. John (Holland) says:

    Very nice thunderstorm. Haven’t had one of those in awhile!

    There was some pea to marble sized hail mixed in with the last burst of rain.

  14. Yup (Grandville) says:

    Nice storm rolling through.

  15. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Always a good sign when a nice thunderstorm rolls through on the morning of OPENING DAY FOR THE RED WINGS PLAYOFFS!!! If you see a red Monte Carlo with Red Wing window flags on it, it’s me! Playoff tradition since the mid 1990′s. Time for a Duck beatdown. Wings in six!

    1. Shae says:

      Wings in 5! Hottest team in the league coming into the playoffs, and Jimbo has been playing out of his mind leading into the playoffs, much like the Jonathan Quick and the Kings did non their way to the Cup championship last year!

    2. hsoJ in Zeeland says:

      red bird 3!!

    3. INDY says:

      hahaahha opening day its called opning 7 game series…4 Hockey…..INDYY..

  16. fred says:

    Pretty good T-Storm in Standale…..very heavy rain……

  17. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Had a nice thunderstorm come thur with a good bit of hail some what bigger then pea size. Its now 55° with rain still falling but some clearing in the west,

  18. kentwoodchicken says:

    BWAAAK! No rest in the coop! Thunder disturbing the chicken’s beauty sleep!

  19. Crayfish (Sparta) says:

    Just got dime sized hail in Sparta.

  20. Shae says:

    Very decent general thunderstorm to wake up to in Greenville

  21. Randall says:

    Quick burst of marble sized hail in Alger Heights. Clearing out now.

  22. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    The precipitation appears to be getting more organized.

  23. JRob says:

    Dime size hail in Middleville!!!

  24. Yvonne (Caledonia) says:

    had some small hail for about 30 seconds…

  25. Benjamin (Kalamazoo) says:

    Pea sized hail is coming down right now.

  26. Daniel (Denver, CO) says:

    If only we could get rain instead of another snowstorm tomorrow :( . Glad to hear that it will be pretty mild next week when I’m in town. Funny that travelling north would result in warmer weather :) .

    1. Nathan says:

      Haha, yea… Traveling east north or south will lead to warmer temperatures becuase we are to the east of the big dip in the jetstream.

  27. David says:

    Picked up 1.10″ of rain thsi morning from that slow moving storm.
    Plainfield and knapp.

  28. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    While it looks like the airport received less rain fall here at my house I recorded 0.68″ of new rain to add to April’s rain fall total. Also had a lot of maybe dime sized hail (it was bigger then pea sized) but not quite dime sized either. Right now its a cloudy and mild 64° here.

  29. ~Sherry~(Comstock Park) says:

    It was a nice storm this morning. I had hail and heavy rain along with thunder and lightning. What a great way to start the day!!

  30. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    BTW it looks like most of the snow cover is now melted in the (at least in town) in the Munising and Grand Marais area and the ice looks to be breaking up in the lakes as well.


    But the snow piles are hanging on in town and there is still a good amount of snow outside of town in the Houghton area.


  31. dreamer says:

    earlier we had thunder , lightning and a rainbow!! awesome (In Blanchard MI)

  32. Yup (Grandville) says:

    Wen is this cloud cover supposed to let up?

    1. Daniel G says:

      For a midwest pic updated every 15 I find this site hard to beat…http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/data/wisc/images/wisgif32.jpg

      1. Daniel G says:

        And we have a 1/2 inch in the guage on the east side of Myers lake from this mornings thunderstorms.
        I find that when the thunder awakens me I just turn to 8-3 and the up to date radar to see whats happnin!!

  33. Brian(Grandville) says:

    I had a few hail stones between 1/2-3/4 inch during the storm around 7 a.m.

  34. Cort S. says:

    Latest visible satellite loop:


    Right now, the air temperature a kilometer above the ground is estimated to be about 62°F. When the sun eventually does come out, the air in the lowest kilometer or so will vertically mix, bringing the warm air aloft down to the ground. Because of compression (adiabatic process), the 62°F air aloft will heat up 18°F for every kilometer that it descends. That would mean it would be about 80°F if it reaches the ground. And that, give or take a few degrees of estimation error, is our high temperature forecast for today. Hurry up, sunshine!

    1. Nathan says:

      Im looking foreward to that Cort!

  35. GunLakeDeb says:

    I’m just glad the mix of hail we had this morning never got bigger than 1/2″. Hail is every car lot owner’s worst nightmare…..

    1. SS (Pwell Area) says:

      We had a clap of thunder that rattled the China in the cabinet!!

  36. Hail here at our Breckenridge Weather Station Location at 12:50pm

  37. Jack says:

    Off Topic..Happy 80th B-Day…. Willie Nelson. !!!!!! Planting SEEDS in Today in Honor !!! ;-)

      1. Jack says:

        Lol… Willie Nelson..STRAIN ! :-)

      2. Jack says:

        Heavy SATIVA !!!!

  38. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

    I don’t mind rain, but I wish it would just QUIT for a week, so the small ‘ponds’ that are all over my neighborhood don’t turn into breeding grounds for millions of mosquitos.
    I’ve seen bees and flies etc, but no skeeters yet. I hope they don’t show until after the water soaks into the ground.

  39. Dan says:

    Just awesome outside! It is windy but warm! This is NICE weather, the wind can help dry some of those areas out! GO TIGERS, JV to mow them down! Go Red Wings, Jimmy to shut out the Ducks!

    1. Jack says:

      WEATHER WISE + SPORT WISE = :-) . ;-) . SMILES ALL AROUND innnnnnnn MICHIGAN !!!! :-)

  40. Jack says:

    ” TEUSDAY AFTERNOON” Song For BILL, and ALL HERE :::::: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms2jOVOT3pI. ;-)

  41. Mike in Hamilton says:

    I’ve noticed that Holland has been reading a little higher than GR for a couple of years now. I think it started when the runway reconfig happened… Can’t swear to it though…

  42. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Getting ready for a long night of Red Wings hockey! Hoping they don’t go overtime cuz I have to get up at 4 a.m. for work. 22 years of playoff hockey, simply amazing! Now if the Lions/Tigers/Pistons could just make it more than about 1 year in a row…….

    1. Keep in mind hockey lets way to many teams make the playoffs ! Much harder in Football and even harder in Baseball to make the playoffs.

      1. Barry in Zeeland says:

        If that was the case, why is the next longest streak only 9 years? Football all you need is to go 8 and 8, sometimes even 7 and 9 and your in. We are blessed with a state full of losing teams, except the Wings of course.

  43. INDY says:

    Night like this Bill,makes INDY wan’t to grab a Jumbo Sprite in a brown bag and take a coit curise verry nice night outside no bugs no thugs out n about your blogg is back to summer right tonight …….INDYY..

    1. Jack says:

      Hey Indy….Uncle Jack, Here. Speaking of Brown Paper Bags,That is where I LEFT MY MIND ! Just dropping In To See What Condition , My or Your Condition Was IN…… CUE 4 U ( YardofBricks )….. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhTVSatyN90. ;-

  44. INDY says:

    Shhhhhhhhhh Uncle Jack INDY has been on a binggee it’s all the suns falt!! Stay cued and blued my friend!!!!! INDYY….

    1. Jack says:

      Oh,Kay …Indy, 2 many DIRTY 30′s…..hmmmm..ya love that Dirty Water..Spin : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqKHqWaTv9g.

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