Showers and a Chance of a Storm Tues. PM/NightApril 29th, 2014 at 3:20 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Lots of hail reports: Pic. on the left is hail at least 2″ in diameter near Six Lakes (from John Fruin). Golfball-sized hail reported near Trufant (picture from Marilyn Enness). Ping-Pong ball sized hail at Langston in Montcalm Co. and at Sparta. 1″ diameter hail at Blanchard (Isabella Co.), Six Lakes (Montcalm Co.) and Mecosta, Dime Size at US 31 at Fillmore in Ottawa Co, Marble-size hail just north of G.R. at Coral (Montcalm Co.), Bangor, Howard City and Wiedman (Isabella Co.) Pea-Size in downtown G.R. (I was in that), Byron Center, Wyoming, Ada (2 separate storms produced small hail in Ada), Pierson, Sand Lake, Cedar Springs, Kent City, Wyoming, Brinton (Isabella Co.), Sullivan (east of MKG), Comstock Park, Port Sheldon, Macatawa, Paw Paw and probably 20 other towns. Wind gusts hit 48 mph at Ionia and 47 mph at Sunfield. There were branches down at Belding. Consumers Power reports 4340 customers without power as of 12:25 am with the most in Gratiot Co. with 1,707 without power (10.5% of the county). Any of the thundershowers this early night thundershowers may contain hail. Probably not much more than that. Watch for lightning (probably the greater threat). Note, the Slight Risk Area for severe t-storms today extends up into much of Lower Michigan for this Tues. PM/Night – mainly for marginally severe (1″ in diameter) hail. At 7:05 pm there are three tornado watches in effect – one for eastern NC and the others for eastern LA, MS and SW. Alabama and far S. Tenn. We’ve had 4 tornadoes so far, no reports of injuries….3 of the tornadoes have been in NC and one very small one in NW Illinois. We have had just 32 severe reports today thru 7:05 pm (including those in Michigan) compared to 359 yesterday (inc. 88 reports of tornadoes). Regional radar.
Check out these pictures of the tornado damage down South.
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.