Friday PM Rain/Cool WeekendJuly 26th, 2013 at 11:00 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
10:45 PM – The image on the left is current radar and that should update automatically. Nothing much left but a few scattered light showers and sprinkles. We also have a chance of a patch of fog overnight. We’ll have at least a 50-50 shot at a shower or t-shower on Sat., though most of the day will be dry. Sunday the chance of rain is 80-90% and many of us could see several hours of rain. The image on the right a(click on the image to enlarge an read the numbers) is high temperatures from Thursday PM. Note how chilly it is north of Lake Superior, where lots of high temperatures were in the low-mid 60s. The high was just 52 at Moosinee up on James Bay. That’s the unseasonably cool air that’s coming down here for the weekend. The Grand Rapids NWS discussion is even talking about the possibility of cold air waterspouts on Lake Michigan. That’s a phenomenon you see once in a while in Sept. or Oct., but I don’t think I’ve ever seen as early as July. On July 26, there’s still a couple patches of ice in Hudson Bay. Lake Michigan water temperatures are mostly quite cool (Pentwater 60, Muskegon 54, Grand Haven 59, Holland 52). Waves are 2-4 feet at many Lake Michigan beaches this Fri. AM. So, while it may appear fairly calm inland, many places are reporting Lake Michigan is pretty choppy. As I write this at 11: 30 AM, the wind is 17 mph at the beach in Milwaukee and 20 mph at the Harrison Crib water intake east of downtown Chicago.
For 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. Check out Storm Total Rainfall (until they reset it). 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. Here’s storm reports from NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin and E. Michigan.