We Need RainAugust 19th, 2013 at 1:31 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
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.