Chance Thunderstorm this Weds.

August 6th, 2013 at 3:10 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

1630 UTC Day 1 Outlook    The Storm Prediction Center has the area southeast of a line from Cassopolis to Saginaw in the Slight Risk Area for the possibility of isolated severe weather. (radar)  Weds. evening will be dry.     (Daytime) Satellite Loop here .  We had a high temperature of 78 in G.R.  on Tues. and that makes 14 days in a row below 80-degrees.  Today, could be our first 80-degree day (in G.R.) in half a month.

Monday’s Severe Weather Reports included a 100 mph wind gust at Pratt KS.   Here’s lightning behind a shelf cloud from an approaching strong thunderstorm in Saskatchewan, Canada…and…check out this cool “triple-play” cloud-ground lightning hit yesterday in Montana.

Check out the GRR NWS discussion and the latest surface map. Check out Regional radar to see the rain across the Great Lakes. Here’s GRR radar, local lightning data, meso-discussions and current watches from SPC and a satellite loop. Here’s current Michigan temperatures, National lightning data and the latest discussion from GRR NWS. Here’s National Storm Reports for today and yesterday. Here’s a live pic. of the beach at Grand Haven, Here’s the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion.

59 Responses to “Chance Thunderstorm this Weds.”

  1. Dan says:

    Some clouds and a few light sprinkles are all that we received since yesterday. Should I turn my sprinklers back on ? Go Tigers! Nice win last night! Good to see Cabrera back! He cannot run but we need his bat! Jhonny I’m glad you fessed up and that you are taking your suspension like a man.

    1. Hugh says:

      What sprinkles? However Tigers win gave me momentum to water the yard. Good baseball observations Dan

  2. fixxxer says:

    This is 2009 all over again. A week of warm weather and the rest of the summer is dreary and cool. I hate this.

    1. fixxxerswrist says:

      its ok master the missus is gone you have those pics of the pretty girls now can we get rid of the roten kids for a couple hours??

  3. fixxxerswrist says:

    ive been out of work for a long time i want to work but master says i am only good for some thing in the wash room. it makes me feel sad and limp.

    1. fixxxer says:

      Your an idiot bowman. Ive been working for awhile now. Try again.

  4. Barry in Zeeland says:

    I see they’ve finally left us out of the slight risk areas since everything skips right over us. That probably means we are going to get hammered later on today. Better gas up the chainsaws.

  5. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Good read on the sun here:

    Be interesting to see if there is any effect on earths weather. I’d be ok with an extended Fall pattern that last till mid February!

  6. INDY says:

    Bill,Chance Of What???? INDYY

  7. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Getting muggy out there. Dewpoints rising back to the 60′s. It’ll be a mild night.

    Looking forward to some strong storms tomorrow.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Yeah, the sun finally came out and it is getting warm.

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Cloudy and cool here – a whopping 74 degrees. Looking forward to more below average temperatures heading right into winter! Rock on baby!

      1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

        Fantastic. Looking for average to above average temps. heading into winter. I love it. Get used to it.

  8. Jeff (Fremont) says:

    What a great summer so far this year. Had a brief heatwave, but it looks like we’re done with that now. Upper 70′s and plenty of Sun coming up, couldn’t ask for anything better.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      +1 trillion! fixxxer is a whining racist!

  9. snowsearch says:

    Shouldn’t it be called ground to cloud lightning or am I missing it?

    1. Cort S. says:

      I guess it depends how you want to define it. I guess either way is fine, but it’s generally called cloud-to-ground in meteorology, or CG for short.

      Super duper slow motion:

      First, the stepped leaders travel from the cloud to the ground. When they get near the ground, an upward streamer from the ground leaps up toward a leader to complete the ionization channel. The return stroke (18 seconds into video) is the flash of lightning we see when the channel is connected between the ground and cloud. This is when the electrical potential between the ground and cloud is discharged (positive charge at the ground and negative charge in the lower cloud). Positive charge moves from the ground to the cloud, though the electrons are actually flowing from the cloud to the ground. Think of the electrons as a line of cars at a traffic light, pointed toward the ground, which accelerate when the light turns green. They travel in the cloud-to-ground direction, but the ones near the ground start accelerating toward the ground first. The upward-moving wave of acceleration from the front to the back of the line is the positive charge moving from ground to cloud.

    1. INDY says:

      Stay Tuned!!!! INDYY

      1. Zach says:

        Stay tuned to what?

        1. INDY says:

          Hey Zak u are about 20% right when u post them so yeaa stay tuned…….INDYY

        2. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

          fixxer’s naughty channel!

  10. Dan says:

    72 here. It looked as if the sun was going to break through. I did see it earlier at another location. I was thinking that the sun would help build up the storms.
    14 days straight of temps not reaching the 80 degree mark?

  11. kevin. w says:

    This blog is pretty comical.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      It sure can be at times. You need to have a sense of humor to make it through the day sometimes.

      1. Dan says:

        It is funny! We should never take ourselves too seriously! I will not let the weather control and wreck my day. Don’t get me wrong. I love the weather and all kinds of it. I don’t have my emotions tied to if it’ll be nice or not!

  12. Dan says:

    Don’t look now but the sun is attempting to take over this afternoon! Storms are a coming tonight?

    1. Jack says:

      WED….Mid – Day ?? Stay CUED…. Go Tigers !!!!

  13. Paul says:

    People, if you’re in Grand Haven, stay out of the water. It’s very dangerous out there right now.

  14. SBPortage002 says:

    Here…79 with a DP of 68. Does feel humid out.

  15. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    I have a lot of outdoor stuff this week (Thats why im not on the blog) and it is hard to plan things with this weather. I cant tell if it will rain a lot tomorrow… Or if it will rain at all on Friday.

  16. Jack says:

    Just ahhhh Old Cue, That Came 2 Mind TODAY. As We Hope for STORMS, To Rock n Roll Thru WEST MICHIGAN ! Enjoy::::: ;-)

  17. Nathan says:

    Thanks for the info Bill! I have band camp all week from 8-5 and then tennis from 6-8 so nice weather is very important! Anyways gtg back to the courts and play more

  18. Jack says:

    NICE BILL !!!! ” SPARE US” a Shower Tonight !!! LOLO …Also Did YOU get Your EARS – LOWERED ??? Lolol….Staying CUED! ;-)

  19. kevin. w says:


  20. Dan says:

    Wow what a change from all day. Cloudy and cooler. Once the sun finally came out and the wind shifted, it warmed right up. I think, we are highest temp for today.

  21. Dan says:

    Yes, go get ‘em Tigers! C’mon Verlander you need to FIND your MO JO!!! Tine to keep the streak going and get into overdrive. Keep the winning going!

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Can’t believe Miggy is playing.

      1. fixxxer says:

        Maybe they should make a sports blog.

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Don Friggin Kelly

  22. INDY says:

    West Michigan The sun is out…..Home of Bills blog….INDYY

  23. Zach says:

    Additional tornado watch may be required for eastern WI…

    1. fixxxer says:

      Good for them.

  24. INDY says:


    1. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:


      1. fixxxer says:

        Oh geez your back? Is deb back to?

        1. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

          Only on your computer

        2. Jack says:

          Good Question …fixxxer.. LOLO … Ye Ole Sports FAN ? Tigers WIN!!!!!

  25. Brian (Grandville) says:

    Hey Jack, how about J. V. tonight. Tigers are hot, 10 in a row now.

    1. Jack says:

      H##L YES!!! Do I See A SWEEP, Of The INDIANS ? On The Horizon ( weather Term) !!! Lol…..Stay Cued….. ;-)

  26. Barb says:

    Came back to GR today from up north to tend to my parched yard. Good thing–my plants need the water. WE NEED RAIN at least in SE GR.

    1. Jack says:

      Yes, We Do Need RAIN Barb. Looks Like Wed. Is our Best Shot, of Rain in G.R. Stay Cued !

  27. YeahThatDan says:

    Some of us need, the rain! I see it is dry for some folks. Will it possibly storm tonight? Tigers go for #10 tonight! Wow! Did you see Kelly and Miggy? I wonder, if they will win it all! I think, it is early to tell. But for, the weather, I think we know it will cool down for fall! But I know it is already not that warm. Stay cued!

    1. Jack says:

      YTD….Stop The PLAGIARISM !!!!!! ;-)

  28. atfd says:

    Bill I have been reading your blog for a while now, and I know this is off subject but have to ask. With the sun changing its magnetic poles this year what kind of weather can we expect for the rest of the year? The sun does this every 11 years, if I remember correctly the winter of 2002 was a snowy winter. Will this all play into our upcoming weather over the next few months to years?

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      The sun does reverse magnetic poles every 11 years. It’s part of the solar cycle. That in and of itself shouldn’t really affect the weather here on Earth. Of more interest is the relatively low number of sunspots. In the past, extended periods of low sunspot activity have correlated to cooler overall climate on Earth (see Maunder Minimum and Dalton Minimum). It’s too early to say if we are starting an extended period of low sunspot activity or whether that will result in overall cooling of Earth, (the Russians seem to think so) but it’s something we’ll be keeping an eye on.

  29. Dan says:

    Tigers 10 wins in a row! Verlander gets it done! Warm and humid out after the storms. More storms firing? Fixxxer you live in West Michigan. Right now the Tigers are playing good baseball! We are also getting close to The College Football season. You gotta love it.

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