Tuesday Showers/Storms

April 28th, 2014 at 2:12 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local   Showers and a chance of a thunderstorm during the day.   Note, the Slight Risk Area for severe t-storms today extends up into much of Lower Michigan for this Tues. PM.

Nice debris picture of Kansas tornado.   37 reported tornadoes Sunday and another 59 on Monday.

Links: Grand Rapids radar, Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s regional radar, the College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, GFS snowfall for the next 120 hours and NAM model snowfall for the next 84 hours. 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 Precipitation (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 (Apr. to Nov. only), the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), 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 agricultural weather stations and Weather Underground (data at the bottom from private weather stations). Check out the webcam at Krupp’s Resort, where they are pushing toward 3 feet of snow on the ground. Check out the cold temps. on the U.S. Low Temperature map. Here’s the morning run of the NAM forecast snow amounts. Here’s a live look at the Houghton Bridge. Here’s the Consumers Energy Power Outage Map. We continue to watch for ice jams on Michigan rivers. Here’s Closings.

149 Responses to “Tuesday Showers/Storms”

  1. GunLakeDeb says:

    That whole line of storms in MS is tornado-warned.

    1. DF ( SE Mich) says:

      Nice, crazy.

    2. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Yup I was just looking at that GLD…


      1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

        Two high risk days back to back…..wow!!! That’s not to mention the 3 moderate risk outlooks. I would not want to chase tornadoes in that area if someone paid me , I mean the chances are high your going to come across fatalities , no thanks. If I were a fire fighter or emergence response that would be a different story. Even given my love and extreme passion for storms , I’m not sure the risk is worth the reward , even in the name of science and early warning safety . I dunno ….??

        1. GunLakeDeb says:

          I’m astounded how “forested” those areas are (watching Chaser feeds) I’m glad our Kyle (Byron Center) didn’t go down there.

        2. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

          GLD + 1

  2. Darrekk (Downtown GR) says:

    Just sad. A restaurant in Tupelo, MS https://twitter.com/brandydavis01/status/460879110341165056/photo/1

  3. Benard Lamfers says:

    I am sure I have said this before. Bill I appreciate and admire the information in your blog. The 3:00 PM hot news specials are of course timely.

    But I am sure you understand what nice means. I quote from Webster
    Nice means

    : giving pleasure or joy : good and enjoyable

    : attractive or of good quality

    : kind, polite, and friendly

    I don’t think this is what you mean about that terrifying picture of the flying objects which can cut, main, and kill. The lives of 18 people were just taken Sunday. This is serious business. Tornadoes even in this enlightened day and age are NOT FULLY UNDERSTAND. I must confess, I run scared of the evil in these storms. Especially that it is capable of catching the most savvy meteorologist with the proverbial pants down. We could have a repeat of 1956, suddenly and without warning, with far more people killed and property loss in the billions. Our population is much more dense today. And the weather is unusual this April.

    So you say, bring on the storms as one reply says.

    1. Cort S. says:

      “Nice” in this context is being used to describe “good quality,” which fits definition #2 from Webster. We understand that the other definitions of “nice” do not apply to that picture. A better word certainly could have been used, but for our particular vernacular, it is not definitionally completely incorrect.

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      Speaking of definitions – I don’t think tornadoes are “evil”, which implies a personality trait. It’s a weather phenomenon that unfortunately, can cause damage/destruction/death, the same as a hurricane or even lightning.

    3. Bill Steffen says:

      Right, I was referring to the quality of the picture not the objects in the picture.

  4. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Debris ball now showing up on the radar just north of Philadelphia MS.

    1. Cort S. says:

      Here is an image of the storm with the debris ball:


      Tornado emergency from the NWS, for locations along the path of this tornado. That includes Noxapater. The tornado is likely rain-wrapped.

      1. GunLakeDeb says:

        THAT is well-defined :-( Hope that most people aren’t driving home from work through that….

  5. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Large wedge tornado on the ground near Russellville MS

    1. John (Norton Shores) says:

      Sorry never mind.

  6. J-rod says:

    What sites do people use for live storm chasing now that tornadoalleylive.com no longer exists….?

        1. J-rod says:


  7. Ron Miller says:

    “It’s going to rain …”, Bill Steffen 2:12 am. I put down seed and fertilizer. Turned off the sprinkler system. It is 5:30 pm. No rain. When is it ‘going to rain’, Bill? Forecast said 90% chance. Wrong, Again!

  8. Anna says:

    Here in grant mi no power again. Good it sucks.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      They’re all hiding behind rain… that’s twice as scary….

  9. INDY says:

    Still told cold to support Tornadoes in Michigan…..INDYY!!

    1. Jack says:

      Yeaaaahhh….. Very WINDY @ Thee YARDofCUES……Stay CUEDDDDD…..YARDofBRICKS……4 LIGHTNING ZOOOmmss… And Thunder BBOOMMSS….. ;-)

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Not according to Travis. He says it is warm outside! What a joke!

      1. matt says:

        Warm weather will be here soon imagine that who knew rock n roll is dead bring it i love it

      2. kevin. w says:


        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:


  10. Reports of significant damage from a tornado that just hit Louisville, Mississippi

  11. Another possible tornado is going to be hitting Louisville, Mississippi. They got hit once and are getting a second one

  12. Cort S. says:

    And a tornado emergency for Athens, Alabama:


  13. Jack says:

    It would not Feel To Bad Outside TODAY, if The ” Chilly Wind” would cease… In the Meantime…..CUE: Jonathan Edwards – Blow On Chilly Wind.avi – YouTube
    Stay CUED…..& Enjoy…. ;-)

  14. INDY says:

    To cold for Tornadoes in Michigan………INDYY!!

    1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

      snownadoes ;)

    2. John (Norton Shores) says:

      I’m sure people in Mississippi would gladly take our weather.

    3. jerry hoag says:

      Yeah INDY way to cold, yet…………..WARM UP FINALLY PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. John (Norton Shores) says:

    3 new fatalities in Limestone county Alabama, making the death tole since last night at 21 :(

    1. John (Norton Shores) says:


  16. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Tornado on the ground southwest of Atlanta Georgia.

  17. DF (SE Mich) says:

    A massive 51 at my house today… Can’t wait for tomorrow.

  18. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Great day outside today! Temps in the 50′s with very little rain! Who would have thought?

  19. Steven(DerbyLake) says:

    Spinnin’ and Grillin’


  20. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Dangerous tornado on the ground overtop of the Brandon MS NWS office.

    1. Michael g (se GR) says:

      Is the office underground?

      1. John (Norton Shores) says:

        I would have to assume so. Their radar went down for a brief second as the storm went overhead, the Weather Channel said that lightning struck the radar.

      2. Michael g (se GR) says:

        @NWSJacksonMS: The tornado passed south of our office. Radar also still spinning (fingers-crossed). We are in good shape and fully operational.

        1. John (Norton Shores) says:

          Glad it missed them, hopefully it missed most places and there isn’t much damage.

  21. Barb says:

    Are we actually going to get rain tonight? No rain here in SE GR.

  22. jerry hoag says:

    As I look at the radars right now, unless I am miscounting, I count 21 Active Tornado Warnings right now down in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Tennessee. WOW!!!!!! My prayers going out to all the families in these areas!!!

    1. Steven(DerbyLake) says:

      One or two in North carolina also

      1. Steven(DerbyLake) says:

        And 1 in kentucky

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