Tied Record Low Temperature and Tornado in ItalyJuly 30th, 2013 at 10:43 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
This is a pretty flower at the Meijer Gardens (pic. from Delores at ReportIt). Click here to see full screen. Second pic. is of a tornado in Italy (from NBC). Grand Rapids tied a daily record low temperature this morning at 50 degrees (also reached on 7/30/1965). Other low temperatures this morning: 48 Ionia, Marshall, 47 Hastings, 46 Charlotte, Big Rapids, Hopkins, 45 Ludington, Fremont, Nunica, 44 Baldwin, 42 Houghton Lake, Grayling, 40 Bloomingdale, 36 Spincich Lake (in the U.P.). Much of the Midwest/Great Lakes has been cool. Ottumwa IA had 3 consecutive record low temperatures in the 40s.
Other weather news: AWESOME Tornado debris video from in and near Milan, Italy on 7/29! Hardest hit was the town of Grezzago. Twelve people were injured by the twister. Here’s a list of European tornadoes. Here’s a tornado in SE Wyoming. (Minimal) Tropical Storm Flossie weakened into just a depression as it passed over Hawaii. There was one report of trees/wires down and some local, relatively minor flooding. The most rain was at Kaupo Gap with 5.27″. Honolulu had only 0.15″. Chanute KS had 6.97″ of rain, the wettest July day ever. Over 5″ of rain fell at Hesston and Lindsborg, Kansas, with 3.27″ at Gage OK. I-35 was closed due to floodwaters and some people had to be rescued by boat. Check this out…the storms produced over 30,000 lightning strikes in 5 hours. Lots of relatively cool weather in the U.S. High temperatures Monday included just 64 at Norfolk NE and 66 at Sioux City IA. Death Valley, California was the hottest spot in the U.S. Monday at 111, but ironically that was 6 degrees cooler than the average high!
Another lean day for severe weather reports. As of 6:20 PM, we have just 9 reports of severe weather – those out in NE and SD. One small tornado, a couple of golfball-sized hail reports and winds as high as 72 mph at Interior SD.