Chance Showers/T-StormsSeptember 19th, 2013 at 2:11 pm by Bill Steffen under ArtPrize, Bill's Blog, Weather
Here’s radar and a satellite loop. We will continue to have a chance of a shower or t-storm through at least the midday. SPC has moved the Slight Risk Area farther west and the area is now pretty much everyone in Eastern Michigan, east of US 127. Thursday evening’s storms in E. Iowa and S. Wisconsin produced many wind gusts of 40-65 mph, with several dozen reports of wind damage. Severe storms produced large hail and wind damage in Minnesota earlier today. One person was injured.
Thursday AM rainfall: 2.12″ Hart, 2″ White Cloud, 1.9″ near Muskegon St. Park, 1.75″ Hesperia, 1.6″ Mears, 1.57″ Traverse City, 1.06″ Orleans (Ionia Co.), 1.05″ near Holland, 0.98″ Allendale, 0.42″ Benton Harbor, 0.18″ Big Rapids, 0.11″ G.R. airport. The clouds are holding down temperatures at this point. Thunderstorms moved thru N. Illnois, thru the Chicago area and into N Indiana Weds. night, brushing far southern Berrien and SW Cass Counties. Hail fell in Melrose Park, Rolling Meadows and Des Plaines, Illinois, with 1″ diameter hail in the Lakeview area of Chicago. Power lines were downed in Sandwich, Illinois – west of Chicago. There’s flooding in the Chicago area. There was standing water impeding traffic on Lakeshore Dr. in Chicago and over 3.5 Monticello and Francesville Indiana, with 3.3″ in Whiting, Indiana. Valparaiso Univ. had 1.5″ of rain in an hour. . We’ll see more rain and scattered stormstoday, late Thurs. night (after 1 am) into Friday, where everyone should see significant rain (1/2 to 1″ possible).
The convective outlooks from the Storm Prediction Center show a Slight Risk Area for today over much of Wisconsin and a “See Text” for N. Indiana and NW Ohio for Friday. West Michigan is in the General Thunderstorm Outlook for each day.
Temperature departure from average for Sept. 1-18: Grand Rapids +0.7°, Holland +0.2°, Lansing -0.7°, Jackson -0.5°, Kalamazoo +1.0°, Battle Creek +0.9°. Lots of warm air in the center of the country. Highs Weds: 95 Pierre SD, everyone in Nebraska was in the low-mid 90s, 88 St. Louis, 94 Wichita KS and Oklahoma City, 97 Dallas. Cool air is starting to move in. The high was just 54 in Lewistown MT, 49 at Cut Bank MT., and 46 at Calgary, Alberta.
For Michigan weather observations and wind speeds, click here. Here’s WOOD-TV looping Radar. Check out regional radar, GRR radar, northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s the College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, 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 SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan.