Rainbows and Midwest Heat

May 14th, 2013 at 10:01 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

bob vandenberg rainbow belmont   rainbow east G.R. Andy Schut 5 14 13 12:45 AM – First, a couple of weak showers and thundershowers in Ionia, Kent and Allegan County moving quickly east. There will be lightning, not much rain and a chance of gusty winds. Here’s a couple of rainbow pictures from this (Tues.) evening.  The first is from Bob Vandenberg in Belmont and the second courtesy of Andy Schut, taken from the top of the Press Box at East G.R. High School overlooking Reeds Lake.  Thanks for the pics.   There was a Severe T-Storm Warning for Milwaukee and there was some isolated wind damage near Madison.  The hot weather today was extraordinary.  The high was 106 at Sioux City, IA – the warmest temperature EVER in the month of May.  It was an unofficial 108 at Tekamah NE.  It made 91 in Chicago.  But WOW did the air cool as it headed over Lake Michigan.  The high at the mid-Lake Michigan buoy today was 50.4 (water temp. at the buoy is 42.4).  Lincoln NE (100) , Grand Island NE (102), Oama NE (101) and Estherville IA (104) all had their earliest 100-degree day.   Other record highs:  103 Norfolk NE and Spencer IA, 102 at Albert Lea MN, and at Storm Lake and Clarion IA, 100 Hill City KS, McCook NE and Fairmont MN, 99 Mason City IA, 97 N. Platte NE, 96 Waterloo IA, 95 Topeka KS, 94 Des Moines IA, 93 Brainerd MN and St. Louis MO, 92 Rockford IL (they were 33 Monday morning!), 87 Denver.

13 Responses to “Rainbows and Midwest Heat”

  1. Jack says:

    BEAUTIFUL….PICS !! Bob and Andy ! Thanks 4 Sharing… Awesome Sky This Evening ! Thank- You LORD OF ALL !! :-)

    1. Jerry hoag says:

      AMEN JACK!! You say it brother Jack!

  2. Cort S. says:

    What is this, Arizona??? These storms are based off of unstable air that’s 3-4 km above ground level!

  3. Eric says:

    if you look carefully the left one is a double rainbow

  4. Jack says:

    Well I can’t get The Image Up…. Sorry !!! ;-(

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      I think I’ll delete the previous attempt.

      1. Jack says:

        Sorry..Bill.. Been that kinda Day ! ;-)

  5. Cort S. says:

    It might look silly for the Milwaukee/Madison NWS to be issuing severe thunderstorm warnings for what looks like plain old rain showers on radar, but they are in a weird weather setup tonight which resembles that of Arizona or Eastern Colorado. High-based showers/thunderstorms, dry air between them and the ground, a strong decrease in temperature between the ground and the bottom of the thunderstorm. This makes dry microbursts likely via evaporation of rain (as opposed to the wet microbursts we usually get in this part of the country). Not much updraft CAPE, but lots of downdraft CAPE.

    Look, there are even wind reports from them: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/130514_rpts.html

    1. ~Sandy~ from DeWitt/Clinton County says:

      That’s interesting Cort!

  6. Scott (robinson twsp) says:

    I got a few large rain drops so far and thunder died out. :(

  7. Jack says:

    Here is The Rainbow Image that Made Me Think of INDY!! imgur.com/r/WTF/uqbeO. ;-)

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  9. ~Sandy~ from DeWitt/Clinton County says:

    I heard nothing last night at all in DeWitt.

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