Showers EndDecember 4th, 2013 at 6:15 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Thundershowers tracked thru Kent, Ionia, Montcalm, Mecosta, Gratiot and Isabella Counties. I understand lightning hit the CMU football stadium. Small hail fell at Mt. Pleasant. Temperatures reached the mid-upper 50s . Most of today (Thurs.) will be dry, with temperatures falling slowly to the upper 20s by evening. Here’s the latest surface map (the temperature is in the upper left of each station plot). Keep checking back to this thread for these links: Grand Rapids radar, Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit 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 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 (summer). Here’s storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy, the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy, the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington, the weather station at Manistee Harbor and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph. Here’s Michigan wind gusts from MesoWest, data from the MAWN agriculutural weather stations and Weather Underground (data at the bottom from private weather stations.
From Paul Pastelok of Accu-Weather Tues. AM: “It is becoming more and more apparent that the EPO index is a dominant factor in the forecast…Watch also the area in the western Ohio Valley where the main low tracks, right on our mean storm track for December. There can be snow there as well for Chicago and western Michigan.” Here’s current Canadian temperatures (in F). It’s pretty easy to see why Hudson Bay is freezing up so quickly.
The overnight European model has .28″ mainly rain today/tonight – 0.15″ Weds. night…a high of about 53 Weds. evening…down to 30 by Thurs. evening…mid 20s Friday, low 20s Saturday and 0.16″ Monday which I hope is all snow, but it’s not impossible there could be some freezing rain mixed in with that. The GFS plot has 0.55″ for G.R. and another 0.08″ Weds. evening. It has mid-aftn. temps. of 28 Fri., 23 Sat., 26 Sun., and 31 Mon. with 1-2″ of snow Mon. The coldest is 11 Weds. am the 11th. Lots of cold air coming over the Lake Michigan. There will be snow showers, more than the models are indicating.
Check out Regional radar to see the rain across the Great Lakes. Here’s current watches and current mesodiscussions from the Storm Prediction Center Here’s National Storm Reports for today and yesterday. Here’s a live pic. of the beach at Grand Haven.
Also: GRAND RAPIDS GOT 8″ of SNOW! (up to 10.1″ fell near Duluth) and check out the drummers who play on ice in Siberia. Flooding, a landslide and a serious lightning injury in Hawaiii. Another pic. of flooding in the Canary Islands.