Occasional Rain TonightOctober 30th, 2013 at 8:02 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
9:05 pm – The cold front is to mid-Lake Michigan. Showers, mostly light, will continue off and on through the night. See Regional Radar and local W. Michigan radar. Here’s storm total rainfall for SW Michigan and N. Indiana. Rainfall through 8 PM: 3.23″ near St. Joseph, 3.09″ Benton Harbor, 2.30″ Kalamaoo, 2.06″ Battle Creek, S. Bend, 1.44″ Grand Rapids, 1.46″ Lansing, 1.39″ Charlotte, 1.03″ Holland, 0.94″ Muskegon. Here’s some rainfall totals from SW Michigan, NE Illinois (4.05″ at Woodridge IL up to 7 am) and N. Indiana. In the heaviest band across N. Indiana and S. Michigan, the models are printing on 2-3″ of rain. Not a lot of rain yet from Muskegon north. The wettest midnight-to-midnight Halloween for G.R. was 1.27″ in 1994 and for Muskegon 1.28″ in 1919 (my mother was alive on that day). We’ve got a shot at breaking that. Roads will be wet and could even be slippery if covered with wet leaves. The leaves may also clog drains and cause some good-sized puddles. We’ll stay in the warm air - low-mid 60s for highs today, then windy and cooler for Thurs. night (gusts to 40 mph possible) with a Gale Warning for Lake Michigan for waves up to 12 feet and a High Wind Watch for SE Michigan. There will be a few spotty light showers Friday and Saturday. We should see some sun Sunday PM and Monday. Another wet system will move in with more rain for the midweek next week. Here’s GRR NWS discussion on this storm system and Halloween weather extremes.
Model update: The overnight NAM (caribou) gives G.R. a total of 1.38″ of rain thru this evening with Kalamazoo at 2.2″. The GFS plot has 2.53″ for Grand Rapids and 2.42″ for Kalamazoo. The European has 2.13″ for Grand Rapids thru Saturday. It also gives us temps. a little below freezing Sunday AM.
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.