SaturdayJune 21st, 2013 at 2:26 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
As I write this (2:50 PM) , thunderstorms are from Lafayette IN to St. Louis. I was at the Beach Survival Challenge at Grand Haven St. Park this PM – now off to a wedding – nice day! Enjoy. Storms were “training” over the same area of Southern WI last night, so they got heavy rain and flooding. The storms never made it here to most of our area. As I write this, the severe risk (see thread below) is just west of us. We’re in the general thunderstorm outlook.
There was a bit of a “wake low” that kicked up the winds in SE Wisconsin and to a lesser extent here in W. Michigan. Shortly before 4 PM our time, Ludington had a gust to 35 mph with gusts to 30+ the beach at Muskegon and Grand Haven. Big Rapids had a gust to 31 mph. At 3 PM, Milwaukee had a gust to 35 mph and the Sheboygan beach, north of Milwaukee had a gust to 52 mph. That was well behind the t-storms. South Milwaukee had 0.72″ of rain in an hour. Racine had 0.82″, gusts to 45 mph plus some small hail. Winds hit 50 mph at Lake Mills, WI where a tree was blown over. Flooding was reported in Evanston IL (the city where I was born, BTW), Pontiac IL had a gust to 58 mph. Rockford IL reported gusts near 60 mph and some small hail. There’s another big t-storm complex in MN. The best chance of rain later tonight and tomorrow morning will be northwest of G.R. Here’s the GRR NWS discussion. Use the links below and in the next couple threads to keep up with the weather. Watch for updates on WOOD-TV. 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. Links for watches and warnings in the thread below this one regarding severe weather and the latest from the Storm Prediction Center.