Sunday Showers

October 5th, 2013 at 4:30 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local  Early Sunday – Here’s Storm Total Rainfall.  Rainfall has varied from next to nothing to over 3″.  We’ll see more showers today and a chance of a t-storm (mainly east on the t-storm chances).  Cooler air starts to push in today.  At 4 AM, the cool front was over central Lake Michigan, moving slowly to the east.  The dew points were in the mid 60s over S. Lower Michigan, but had fallen to 49 at Waukegan, Illinois.  As the front pushes slowly to the east, our winds will shift from the south to the west-southwest and the dewpoints will drop into the 50s.  Not much out there early this AM, but we still do have a chance of showers during the day, with a chance of a t-shower ahead of the cool front.  Saturday there were funnel clouds reported in Wisconsin.  The storms in Chicago have produced 60 mph winds, 1″ hail and 1.5″ of rain in 35 minutes.  Those storms are moving toward us at this time.  There’s a fairly solid area of rain across much of the U.P. with showers and storms extending down to the southern states. Yellow and red colors indicate heavy rain.  The showers and storms are moving ENE.  Grand Rapids has officially (at the airport) set a record for the wettest Oct. 5 ever with 1.69″ of rain since midnight.  Other 24-hr. rainfall totals:  2.5″ Dansville (Ingham Co.), 2.29″ Saranac, 2.12″ Haslett, 1.47″ Ada, 1.41″ Lowell, 1.37 East G.R., 1.16″ Stanton.  Lots of clouds and some rain will keep most high temps. in the low-mid 70s.  It’s only in the 50s over much of N. Lower Michigan and the 40s in the U.P.   TIGERS win 3-2.    Tigers games will be at 1:07 pm Monday and 5:07 PM Tuesday.  Numerous showers and a few t-showers at this hour.  Grand Rapids had 0.77″ of rain between 2 and 3 am.  Over 2″ of rain fell in NW Lower Michigan.   18 tornadoes reported in far NE Nebraska and far NW Iowa with 15 injured in the town of Wayne. (see thread below).


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 West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker,  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.

318 Responses to “Sunday Showers”

  1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Nice batch of rain heading our way. Not that we really need the rain after last night storm but its better than a drought!

  2. Jack says:

    FDM, Knew This Would Happen !!!! Quack, Quack …. FDM is always ” Fllippin” Right !!! Oh, Speaking of SPLIT Here is a Little Dave Mason For Your Listening Pleasure .. Tune called ” SPLIT” Coconut …. CUE: ENJOY… STAY CUED!!!

  3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Well the so called big rain and thunderstorm event is about over. Who knew?

    1. Brian (Grandville) says:

      Right, G.R. Bubble in full effect again.

      1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

        The yearlong bubble never ends Rocky! This is such a fascinating weather phenomenon that must be explained!

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          No problem as long as it does not persist into this winter! Bring on the cold and snow!

  4. FLOOD,FLASH FLOOD WATCH 5-6″ Possible Rainfall……LOL!! LOL!! LOL!!!!!

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      We are in a flood watch for this? The rain is about over for tonight!

      1. Mike (Shepherd, MI) says:

        More rain will develop tonight into sunday. If you have been under some of these showers and storms you will see you can easily get one inch per hour. They are very efficient rainmakers. I am already over one inch of rain in the last 24 hours or so and it really hasn’t rained that much.

    2. Mike (Shepherd, MI) says:

      There are several areas in the Grr cwa that have already received nearly 4 inches of rain so yes 5-6″ totals are possible. It dose not say everyone will get that amount.

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        Sadly, it only counts if it happens in her backyard. Kinda like someone else on this blog.

      2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        No one in Kent county has received anywhere close to 5 to 6 inches of rain, in fact from the moment the NWS put Kent in a flood watch it has hardly rained at all! Give me a break!

        1. Mike (Shepherd, MI) says:

          South eastern Kent county did receive 4″ storm total in some areas I would say that is close to 5″

    3. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Some areas of Ingham County received half of that amount already….LOL!! LOL!! LOL!!!!!

  5. mr. negative says:

    One crack of thunder last night, two inches of rain, and the “weather event” is over.

  6. Jim S (Saugatuck Twp) says:

    Crazy….I’ve received 0.03″ this week. The bubble is over us. Drove two miles south today, and they had just gotten a good thundershower. Back in August, we were in the sweet spot when everyone was missing out. I guess Mother Nature has a way of balancing out.

  7. Zach says:

    Karen diminished to a tropical depression before making landfall

    1. Mike (Shepherd, MI) says:

      So much for the borderline hurricane they were forecasting at landfall…

  8. Hey bill is there a dense fog threat tonight or anytime coming up with all this rain that we have gotten??

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      There will be at least light fog overnight…the cool front is still west of Milwaukee.

  9. Mike (Shepherd, MI) says:

    Warm front is now through here wind changed from ENE so SSE. Should get a break from the rain for awhile now. Storm total for me is 2.43″

  10. bnoppe(Albion) says:

    wheres this rain the shutdown must be effecting the quality of the forecast

  11. Jack says:

    Today in Weather HISTORY M.I. 10/6/1998
    A squall line moved across Lower Michigan producing tornadoes, downbursts, and some flooding. A tornado struck Ferris State University in Big Rapids, injuring seven students. Another tornado moved from northern Isabella County into southern Clare County, damaging several homes. Total damage with the storms was more than a million dollars.

  12. Stephen Wright says:

    4.55 inches at Hastings Friday night/Saturday morning.

  13. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Was there any severe weather at all in Michigan?

    I’m now +13.3 above average thru the first 5 days of Julytober. The warmest start to a month I can recall.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      I’m sure there have been warmer starts to the month.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Not in Travis fantasy global warming hype land!

        1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

          Weird. Just like your cold weather and snow fantasy land. Who knew. Get used to it.

        2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          ^has a crush on rocky^

        3. Rodey (Rockford) says:

          ^ Another loser who thinks he’s funny. Expected more from a Spartan. Who knew.

        4. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          No reason to be rude, Mark.

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      The record highs for the 10/2 and 10/5 were set in 1922, 10/3 and 10/4 were set in 1951.

      1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        You and your records… here’s a tip: look at the record maximum minimum temperatures many areas have broken or tied the past few days.

        1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          I wonder why the NWS has not recognized these “records” you speak of?

        2. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

          With the reported low of 65° on October 4th Grand Rapids tied the record warmest minimum temp last set in 1951 and the reported low of 65 on October 5th set a new record warmest minimum temp with the old record being 64° set in 2005, 1922 and 1914. As to why the NWS has not reported this why not ask them????.

    3. arcturus says:

      Hey wait, but there’s a few days that were warmer! Of course we have to go back over half a century to find it, nearly a century for the other … weren’t as persistent … no warmer start to any month, etc but since no high records were made … only close, we’ll call it ‘normal’.

      These normal days are certainly getting interesting … once again.

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        There are no such thing as normals, only averages.

        What is interesting how much warmer the first of October was 60 and 90 years ago.

  14. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    It looks like another good golf day. Any rain that we get in the GR area will be short lived. Get outside and enjoy the weather people!

    1. SBPortage002 says:

      I can’t. It’s…uhh…raining.

      1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

        Not in Rocky’s fantasy land.

  15. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Enjoy – the next few days we will be seeing below average temperature. Bring on Winter!

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Fantasy Travis land – this say nothing about the next few days. Get a life!

  16. Brian(Grandville) says:

    Way off topic, because of Obama care, my wife’s health insurance is being raised $125 a month, with no cost of living raise to compensate. This bill must be repealed!

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      She was able to get into the website? I heard it’s been a mess.

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:


    3. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      As if this would be the first time your wife’s insurance has gone up!!!

    4. Mike (Mattawan) says:

      LOL sure sounds FREE to me! *rolls eyes* I hope republicans hold their ground in DC!

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        And if they can hold their ground for two more weeks, the US will begin defaulting on their loans.

        The Republican party is such a mess. Until they can get the Teabaggers under control, they will continue to be a mess.

        Who would have ever guessed that the person that brought the US government to a halt was Ted Cruz – a Canadian-born American senator with a Latin name.

        1. bobcat says:

          “Tea Baggers under control?” lol. You sound angry… I guess you were one of those who fell for Obama’s “Hope and Change” crap. Yep, if I fell for it I’d be angry now too. Major change with no hope sucks.

        2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          You should be angry too. The true Republicans hate the way the Teabaggers are destroying their party. No one expected such a minority to cause so many problems.

        3. Irish coffee says:

          Ignorance = BLISS!! 1′ST- We DON’T have to default on our debt/loan obligations if the ceiling/limit is NOT raised…revenue will still be collected and could be used to pay obligations; but extreme measures to reign in spending on other programs would be required. Unfortunately elite bozos don’t know how to rein in a deer, let alone massive gov’t beaurocracy/spending addictions!Therefore, let’s just raise the debt ceiling to ,oh, say “sky is the limit” range, so my children and THEIR children can pay 90% tax rates and work 100 hr weeks(both husband and wife) to support unfunded liabilities + baby-boomers healthcare,10-20 years in nursing facilities…public pensions for 40 years,etc. Maybe they will have $ left over to buy a ’56 Chevy and a Cuban cigar on their $30/mo. salaries;)

        4. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          Now just imagine if any of that could ever really happen.

    5. Brian (Grandville) says:

      “If you like your plan, you can keep it”. Okay pal, whatever.

  17. Cliff(Scotts) says:

    What a nice day out!!! Not, guess I will have to spend it watching football. Rain is moving in on radar, to bad it is already raining.

  18. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    October has now started as the second warmest month we’ve had all year.

    Warmer than June, August, and September (for my area at least).

    1. arcturus says:

      Didn’t you know, it’s normal!

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      It is always warmer then normal in the Flint/Oakland county area, especially according to your statistics!

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        It’s called cherry picking, Rock.

        1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

          Well its true the first 5 days of October as reported by the NWS for Flint are the second warmest for this year!!! That’s true in raw temps with the first 5 days in Flint averaging 67.8 (July was 1st at 71°) the first 5 days of May averaged 65.8 June 61.6 August 65.8 and September 65.6 as far as departures from average for the first 5 days October came in 1st place (so far with November and December to go yet) with the 1st five days coming in at +14 and May’s 1st 5 days at + 13.2.

  19. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Lets see – the current temperature in GR is 59 degrees. I am sure that will be above normal in Travis land!

    1. Cort S. says:

      On the other side of the cold front, Detroit Metro is currently 70. So yeah.

      1. arcturus says:

        Rocky just got pwned … again.

  20. INDY says:

    Hey Aurtus I mean Travass it’s below normal today!! Get outside and take a bath in the rain……Or run away with your 80′s!! GO COLTS!! INDYY

  21. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    With the reported low of 65° on October 4th Grand Rapids tied the record warmest minimum temp last set in 1951 and the reported low of 65 on October 5th set a new record warmest minimum temp with the old record being 64° set in 2005, 1922 and 1914. Now we will have to wait and see how long it takes the NWS office to report it as official. May be after they start getting paid again.

  22. With all this heavy rain that we have gotten and the cooler air coming in, it sure seems we would get some dense fog overnight tonight. There was light fog last night but that was before the cooler air came in

  23. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    The Lions offense looks very bad! By halftime all of this supposed heavy rain for Kent County will be over and I will be heading to the golf course! I am sure glad that were included in a flood watch!

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Tough when you’re missing #1 & #2 WRs.

    2. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Speaking of bad offense, what’ up with the Tigers. I made a comment about this a week ago. You can’t win if do cant score.

    3. Stephen(NorthMuskegon) says:

      I never found someone so annoying on a blog like you Rocky. Thanks for listening

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Thanks for the compliment and keep up the good work!

        1. Michael (Berrien county) says:

          Time to stand with the Farmers’ almanac forecast for this winter.

        2. Mike (Mattawan) says:

          you know, Im not a fan of the snow but I do hope we see some snow storms this winter. Then it can all melt again. I’m one of the few that actually enjoys shoveling/plowing; I just don’t like the snow and cold sticking around for long periods of time.

        3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          We could only hope that happens. That is the best winter forecast that I have ever seen! Bring it on baby!!

      2. Rodey (Rockford) says:

        + Gazillions Better watch it, one of the 4 stooges will start ragging on you.

  24. Kevin (Marshall) says:

    4/10 inch of rain so far today just south of Marshall.

  25. mr. negative says:

    SE GR – received an additional 2/10 of an inch of rain overnight. Weekend total is 2.4 inches…time to dry out for a month.

  26. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Bill, you are going to be my Halloween costume this year! I’ll post a pic on FB later this week

  27. Matt says:

    I say let emperor Obama have his way,wait for a few months and then watch the economy tank. Oh,wait,he doesn’t care about the economy or debt. Who know we would get a president dumber then carter!

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      It is comments like this that epitomizes the problem in America today. Democrats vs Republicans? Cynicism – hatred – name calling – us against them, etc. The political elite in DC make a lot of money by stirring up this type of attitude and many of you fall for it time and time again. Wake up people!

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:


      2. Matt says:

        And do what? You think a non dem or rep will win the White House these days? Obama is a terrible leader who will talk with the hitlers of Iran but not the right. Give me a break.

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          Your ignorance shows no limits!

        2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          I don’t see Boehner knocking on the door to the Oval Office either. Both sides are to blame for the gridlock.

        3. Robby (Rockford) says:

          Obama has never reached out,so why should they? Like I said,let Obama ruin the economy so it’s an easy win in the elections.

        4. bobcat says:

          EXACTLY Matt!!! “And do what?” Smarty pants can’t answer THAT question! Doesn’t know enough about anything to try to help fix this mess. Hang tough!!

        5. Matt says:

          Great comebacks. May want to read a little bit into the situation first.

  28. I have one question that isn’t being answered. Will there be dense fog tonight at all?? Seems with all the rain we would

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      No there will no dense fog. We may have a little fog but it will not be a big deal and that is why no one is talking about it.

      1. Robby (Rockford) says:

        Fantastic. I love it.

  29. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    Look at this picture of Main Street in Sturgis, SD! The picture is from Saturday. Notice the car in the middle of the road!

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:


    2. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Incredible, I watched a few you tube videos of the storm today. They sure get the big ones out there.

  30. Aug says:

    Remember when Oct was a cooler month?

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      I sure do, Aug – that was LAST YEAR (2012). In fact, over the last 11 Octobers in G.R., we’ve had 5 warmer than average, 5 cooler than average and one exactly average.

  31. Vincent(N.E.Kent CO) says:

    Picked up 1.05 inches of rain here total since Thurs night.

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