Rainbows and Midwest HeatMay 14th, 2013 at 10:01 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
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.