We Need Rain

August 19th, 2013 at 1:31 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

spc  This is the Severe Weather Outlook for Weds. and Weds. night from the Storm Prediction Center.  There is a Slight Risk across the western U.P., NW Wisconsin and SE Minnesota.  We desperately need rain, esp. north of the Grand River/I-96.  The corn and soybeans are stressed and need more than a little shower at this point.  This is virtually no chance of rain before Weds. night.  A weak front will touch off some scattered (not everyone sees rain) showers and t-storms  as it comes across the Great Lakes Weds. and Thurs.  We have a timing problem here in West Michigan.  Thunderstorms often (not always, of course) ramp up in the heat of the day in the afternoon and evening.  Nocturnal storms can fire as the low level jet intensifies after sunset.   The front will likely come thru W. Michigan Thurs. AM – with less instability due to cooler air at the surface, storm activity may be at a relative minimum.  The morning GFS plot gives G.R. just 0.07″ of rain Thurs. AM.  The morning NAM prints out 0.12″ for G.R.  Hope that’s not the case…we need the rain.  We continue to see large diurnal swings in temperatures due to clear skies, light winds at night and dry air.  We’ll see a 30-degree rise today from the low-mid 50s to the low-mid 80s.

10 Responses to “We Need Rain”

  1. Jack says:

    Indeed !! We NEED RAIN !! So, Let US “PRAY FOR RAIN “. !!!! Great Cue, Here…by PFR, Called PRAY FOR RAIN !!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p92xXdKjasI. TURN IT UP BILLY’S BLOG…. Stay CUED… ;-)

  2. Daniel G says:

    They prayed for rain in the southest, now they pray for it to stop. Be careful what you wish for Jackson.
    On the way to work this morning it was 48 on 12 Mile between Northland and Wolven. Last week on the way to work it was 43 in spots on 12Mile. Brrr especially for August.
    Lots of acorns on our oaks this year and the hickories have a lot if nuts too.
    Farmers up here northeast of Rockford have the irrigations systems RUNNING as I type! Yes we need some rain!

  3. fixxxer says:

    We dont need any rain. There is no drought. This summer was no where near as warm as the last few. I hope we have a mild, dry winter to.

    What you think of that rj? ;)

    1. Jack says:

      READ the THREAD……..fixxxer….. ” WE” Need RAIN !! It does not say anything , about a drought !! Nor does it SAY, “fixxxer” needs RAIN ! Get my drift……MR. SELFISH…. Stay Fricken CUED!!!! ;-)

      1. Barb says:

        Fixxer posts just to get attention. He obviously doesn’t get it anywhere else. So the best thing is to ignore him just like when kids misbehave.

  4. Barb says:

    Bill, I can’t find the northern Michigan forecasts any more on the new site.

  5. Geneo says:

    I live just north east of Greenville we need the rain it went all around us the last month in half farmer are runing the irrigation a lot.

  6. Jack says:

    BILL, Here is a Little ” RAIN DANCE ” Music, YOU asked For on THE 11oclock News !!!! Lol….. CUE::: Manantial – Rain Dance – YouTube
    ► 5:05► 5:05
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZpqFM5n_jY. ;-)

  7. Are there any websites that recored city by city or county by county on how many inches below we are??

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Try here: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/climate/index.php?wfo=grr Check out the Daily Climate Report (which has precip. compared to average for the month and since Jan. 1 and also the Preliminary Monthly Climate Data. You can also click on the NOWData tab to get data from other are weather stations.

      http://www.agweather.geo.msu.edu/mawn/ You can see precipitation for dozens of weather stations Here’s some 1 week to 4 week totals from the MAWN stations: http://www.agweather.geo.msu.edu/agwx/current/report.asp?fileid=mipcpn

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