Showers and a Chance of a Storm Tues. PM/Night

April 29th, 2014 at 3:20 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Hail John Fruin Montcalm Co. 4 29 14Local  Hail Mert (Marilyn) Enness near Lakeview 4 29 14 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.

203 Responses to “Showers and a Chance of a Storm Tues. PM/Night”

  1. GunLakeDeb says:

    Larry’s (hastings) about to get his grass watered…..

  2. TomKap (Michigan & Fuller - GR) says:

    I apologize if someone has already posted this (I don’t want to search the whole blog), but here’s a live TV broadcast of a tornado warning yesterday where the meteorologist bails with the rest of the staff to the basement while still live on the air. Bill will appreciate this if he hasn’t already seen it.

    http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/the-moment-a-mississippi-tv-station-evacuated-for-a-tor-1568929551

    1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      Thanks for these pictures.

  3. INDY says:

    Tracking Racking Stacking storms tonight with thee sprites Jerry hoag u keep a eye eye on the sky with a phone in your hand !! U never know Killer Tornados are the ones that don’t get called in!!! Sometime human eyes are better the radar AT ANY GIVING TIME!! INDYY!!

    1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      Are you OK now? You sound a little stress.

    2. jerry hoag says:

      INDY you know it man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    I got some good pictures from Greenville. I emailed them to Bill. I’m going to see about uploading them to post the links here. Stay tuned!!!!!!

      1. Jack says:

        Nice, thanks !!!!!stay CUED…. ;-)

        1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

          That was just a test

      2. GunLakeDeb says:

        Those are some fierce looking clouds!

  5. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    3 of the pictures were taken in the Greenville Meijer parking lot a few minutes after 5 p.m. 2 others were taken north of Greenville about 15-20 mins later.

    http://i61.tinypic.com/ea4cc9.jpg

    http://i61.tinypic.com/307uwbt.jpg

    http://i62.tinypic.com/33oqpa9.jpg

    http://i60.tinypic.com/es1fk5.jpg

    http://i62.tinypic.com/35mpldi.jpg

    1. jerry hoag says:

      Steven thanks for the pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      Beautiful pictures! They show nice cloud detail!

    3. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Nice work, Steven.

  6. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Back to 62 here now.

  7. fixxxer says:

    Good too see some storms instead of snow. Its be consistantly crappy since around thanksgiving. Really hoping we can salvage the 2nd half of spring and summer. Too early to write it off and say it will be below average the entire time. I still hate michigan weather though! ;)

    1. INDY says:

      U should just keep your fixer name and join in with us when it storms instead of getting under blogers feet!! I wonder who has more names on Bill’s bloggie theee fix or I travass??? SPRITE IT UP!! INDYY!! maybe I should be come YARDofBRICKS !! uncle yack cues up a name game song!! INDYY!!

      1. Jack says:

        Got The Name Game HEAR:::::: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeF7jqf0GU4. Go…Tigers…. ;-) .

      2. Rodey (Rockford) says:

        Odds are Assdyy has the most names on the blog. Who knew?

    2. Jack says:

      Well you always Could Start WALKIN” Back to Georgia,,,,SPIN: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIJabiKOtCU. He,heee stay cueDD…fizzzler… ;-)

      1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

        Walk down and get me some pecans, then go and get some tupelo honey, that chit is the real deal. Whooooooooooooo. ;)

    3. michael g (SE GR) says:

      Too early???? You’ve already done it 50 times.

      1. jerry hoag says:

        50 times for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. shelbyville says:

    Looks like we are going to keep an eye on the line from Chicago to St. Louis…

    1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

      Bill said the only thing coming this way is what is in Indiana and nothing severe should come out of it. Moving south to north.

  9. The KRP Car Weather Tracker is back at home base! Got some good pictures of storms. Me and my car chase storms everywhere

    1. Jack says:

      KRP??…Your Initials ..Kyle….. ??? Staying CueDD?? ;-)

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        WKRP??

        1. Jack says:

          Lol…..CUE:: WKRP in Cincinnati Theme Song – YouTube
          ► 0:44► 0:44
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2drv0joKUcA
          Stay CUEDDDD……LOL….

  10. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Lots of power outages popping up on the outage map, must be some winds with those severe weather cells.

    1. My dad near Freeport lost power

      1. According to him a tree landed on some powerlines and the lines and tree are blocking the road

        1. GunLakeDeb says:

          Freeport really got clobbered in the ice storm; I’m sure there were alot of branches just waiting for some wind to come the rest of the way down??

  11. jerry hoag says:

    Very interesting day today, Still watching the storms to our SouthWest…..Ummmmmmm who knows what they will do when they get here…..Some flashing during the night will be AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. jerry hoag says:

    Yeah all the pictures and videos I took wont upload so I cant post them….UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, my phone is so damn old and broken up…..

  13. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    75 degrees here. Waiting on the storms.

    1. jerry hoag says:

      Temp here now is at 61 and a dew point of 57. So a decrease in temp and dew point.

  14. Still some cells firing out there. One near Allegan right now

    1. jerry hoag says:

      WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

  15. INDY says:

    Jerry hoag is ready for storms only in Grand rapids Michigan home of Bills blog!!! Cue us up a song uncle yack yack!! INDYY!!

    1. jerry hoag says:

      INDY MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE HOAGIEMAN IS READY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! RACK, STACK, BWAKKKKK, CRASSHHHH, SWHISHHHH,,,,INDY YOU TOO AND JACK LETS TRACK THESE STORMS ALL NIGHT MAYBE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. jerry hoag says:

    There is still more development too our South and SouthWest!!!!!

  17. jerry hoag says:

    At HOAGIES HOUSE IS 64 degress now and DewPoint is at 56 now……So prime for some more heavier downpours later tonight!!!!!!!

    1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

      Hoagies and grinders hoagies and grinders

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH8jAjtvc10

      1. jerry hoag says:

        LOL, From Adam Sandler……Thanks Steven……hahahahahaha

  18. jerry hoag says:

    Hey INDY, the party at the YARD OF BRICKS is coming soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOO, I AM SO READY FOR IT!!!!!!! CANT WAIT!!!!!! FINALLY MET ALL OF YOU FACE TO FACE, PUT FACES TO ALL THESE NAMES AND COMMENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. jerry hoag says:

      Oh Side note, INDY or JACK. To the party at the Yard Of Bricks, I will be in need of a ride. I have no car. The car I had is gone and dead!!!!!!! So if either you, INDY, or Jack can pick me up for the Party that would be awesome!!!!!!!!!! Let me know brothers!!!!!!!!!!! I AM SO READY FOR THIS PARTY AND TO FINALLY MET ALL OF YOU~!!!!!

  19. jerry hoag says:

    Looks like our next chance of storms/bigger storms will come next week around next Tuesday!!!!!!!! Lets see if that holds true by then!!!: We will be into May by then and maybe the temps will be into the 60′s or 70′s by then, right??!!!!!!

    OCCLUDED LOW OVER MICHIGAN WILL DRAG A POST FRONTAL TROUGH THROUGH
    THE CWA FRIDAY. THIS REPRESENTS OUR HIGHEST CHANCE FOR PCPN DURING
    THE PERIOD. THE WAY IT LOOKS NOW…TSRA CHANCES THROUGH THE PERIOD
    ARE FAIRLY LOW EXCEPT FOR LATE TUESDAY. THAT’S WHEN A STRONG WARM
    FRONT IS FORECAST TO LIFT NORTH THROUGH IN/IL. IT/S LIKELY WE’LL SEE
    SHOWERS/STORMS DEVELOP IN THE VICINITY OF THE FRONT.

  20. INDY says:

    We will get u over to thee YARDofBRICKS May 25th!! We will have a great time Jerry Hoag I hope Bill stops over!!! INDYY!!

    1. jerry hoag says:

      INDY, AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO LOOKING FORWARD TO IT MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT WOULD BE AWESOME IF BILL CAME TOO!!!!!!!! HAVE THE WHOLE GANG THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ALL OF US WEATHER BLOGGERS (BILLS FOLLOWERS)

      1. Jack says:

        Hey Jerry…U GONNA KISS THE BRICKS???? At INDYS place on MAY 25…….. stay CUEDDD …… ;-)

        1. jerry hoag says:

          JACK HECK YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WILL KISS THE BRICKS FOR SURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        2. jerry hoag says:

          Hey Jack,,,,,YOU GOING TO KISS THE BRICKS TOO????????

  21. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    So much for the ball game. Already in a rain delay

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Booo!!! 3 days in a row with no Tigers to watch.

      1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

        Looks like they actually shouldn’t have started it looking at the radar.

    2. Jack says:

      Huh….Is There a ECHO…..on HERE ? Or is It….That GREAT MINDS Think ALIKE…..The Latter is My Hope.!!! Lol….stay CueDDD……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ;-)

      1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

        You were ONE minute late ;)

        1. Jack says:

          And The TARP is NOW….COMING OF THE Field in CHI-TOWN….stay cueDDDD go JV ,,,,,GO TIGERS!!!!!!, ;-)

  22. Jack says:

    Tigers @ W.Soxs is In a rain Delay after a Half of a INNING…smh…Stay CueDDDDDDDD. & Go TIGERS!!!!

    1. jerry hoag says:

      They should have seen that coming!!!!!!! Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. LOL…..

  23. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    The heavy storms slipped by to my NW but did get some heavy rain (.50”) here. The high here at my house was 68° so I did not make it to 70° here. Its now cloudy and down to 58°. We still look to be cool for the start of May and the whole month could very well end up being below average for what should be the 7 month in a row of below average temps. April could be very close to average as we started today at -0.5° average. It should be noted that the only two major reporting stations in Michigan with above average temps so far in April are Flint +0.2° and Saginaw with +0.1° While the snow has gone down in the UP there is still a lot of ice and snow still left up there for the very end of April and start of May!

    Munising

    http://www.exploremunising.com/web-cams/

    And Houghton

    http://www.mtu.edu/webcams/

    SlimJim

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      No rain here, except enough drops to collect pollen and spot-up the cars…LOL!

  24. Don’t know if it will work but I thought this picture I took was kinda cool. You can see the rain rays in the distance over the farmland. Took this on Hastings Rd. just south of 96 in Ionia County.

    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2mzje6o&s=8#.U2BCb2Sgkho

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      It worked Kyle. Nice pic. Maybe I will use this site for pics also, since I don’t do facebook.

    2. Jack says:

      Very Nice Kyle,, and here it is FULL SCREEN ::: http://oi61.tinypic.com/2mzje6o.jpg. StaybCued…

      1. Thanks! and I just started using that site today. It works great. I will use this more often to put pics on the blog

    3. jerry hoag says:

      Kyle very nice pics!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    BTW the thunderstorm in Bay county was in the northern part of the county my wife is talking to her mom in Bay City and in town they did not get much rain and no hail nor high winds.
    SlimJim

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      We got nada here. Nice day, though.

  26. Heres another picture I took. This one is even more cool. This is taken in the same spot but looking East

    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=30ixkqu&s=8#.U2BEyWSgkho

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Nice! Are you using a stand- alone camera?

  27. jerry hoag says:

    Nice batch of showers heading towards Grand Rapids from the South. Maybe an imbedded Thunderstorm in there…..////????????……One can hope…

  28. jerry hoag says:

    THE HOAGIEMAN IS GOING TO BE OFF FROM HERE FOR THE REST OF THIS NIGHT!!!! TALK TO ALL OF YOU LATER……

  29. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    Tornado warning for Richland County Ohio. Headed towards the Cleveland area. Good size storm on radar.

  30. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    Thunderstorm warnings for Livingston and Oakland counties.

  31. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Finally a storm today. Cooled it off for sleeping which is nice.

  32. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    Had a nice storm cell move through Cedar springs around 4:30 ish ( ball-park fig ) today , and produced fair amount of hail. The cloud structure was almost like a baby low topped super-cell , with a wall cloud and all , with a hint of the alien mother space ship to it but no rotation. I wish we had a bit more action , but I’ll take what I can get and the fact that I didn’t need to leave my home for once was just a blessing! :)

  33. GunLakeDeb says:

    It’s a beautiful night!! The lake is like glass, the Peepers are singing and it’s the only sound you can hear :-)

    1. Cort S. says:

      Hey Deb, just wanted to add an addendum to our last correspondence. We covered EL being the top point of the CAPE area, but we never covered the bottom point of the CAPE area. That is the LFC… Level of Free Convection. You’ll see LFC listed among the variables along with LCL and EL in that Skew-T chart we were looking at. LFC is the height that our theoretical parcel has to rise to (usually with the help of forcing/lifting/trigger mechanisms) in order for its “potential” instability (“potential” is the “P” in “CAPE”) to turn into actual real instability. At the LFC, the parcel will become warmer and thus more buoyant than the surrounding air, so it will begin to accelerate upwards as an updraft.

      Also, the MetEd website does a great job of explaining this, perhaps better than me. The module title is “Principles of Convection I: Buoyancy and CAPE”, and it takes about an hour to complete.

      1. GunLakeDeb says:

        Thanks, Cort! After seeing Skew-T’s without CAPE (in other words, “open”) – this all makes a bit more sense? Having seen Ernie’s diagrams (all showing terrifying scenarios…LOL!) I assumed all Skew-T’s had that enclosed area showing CAPE.

        I’d love to dive into the MetEd classes, but I’m usually doing this stuff at work (it’s good to be the boss ;-) ) and having a quiet hour is unheard of…. maybe if I ever retire….LOL!!

  34. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Ok, this is odd. We’re watching the Wood tv8 livestream, and every time there’s a commercial break, they run a commercial for the Fox-17 morning news. What up with that?????

    1. Brian (Grandville) says:

      Lol! Didn’t notice that , I guess I was watching the Tigers win it late in the game.

      1. Jack says:

        Yup, Nice Tiger WIN, on a Bunt,,with 2 outs in the Ninth !! :-) . Same to Teams in a afternoon Game at 1pm @ CHI-Town. Again.MAD MAX on THEEE Mound…Weather Permitting !!! Stay CueDDD….. ;-)

        1. Brian (Grandville) says:

          Leyland would’ve never called that. Like the sense of urgency.

        2. Jack says:

          Yeah, I Do Like The Way Brad has Handled The Team So Far. LOOONNGG Season Though…Stay Cued….. ;-) .

  35. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    Let’s go warriors as I’m sure I’m the only fan on this blog…hehe

    1. Jack says:

      Naw,,GO CLIPPERS !!! Doc is a Class Coach…… stay Cued…DSVTS…

    2. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Sorry Jack , although you are correct about the coach , I’m going to have to part ways with ya there and Mark Jackson is a class act as well , just not as seasoned. Clip the peoples choice Cinderella story and root for a real team like the warriors and one of the best pure shooters in the game. ( although we got clipped tonight ). Thursday we will be ready at home.

  36. Cort S. says:

    Flash Flood Emergency issued by the NWS for the Pensacola – Mobile area. They’re dealing with almost a foot of rain. Massive flooding ongoing with at least one fatality in a vehicle.

    …FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR ESCAMBIA COUNTY…

    …A FLASH FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 200 AM CDT FOR ESCAMBIA…SANTA ROSA AND OKALOOSA COUNTIES…

    AT 933 PM CDT…FLASH FLOODING WAS ONGOING IN THE WARNED AREA.

    THIS IS A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR SOUTHERN ESCAMBIA COUNTY…INCLUDING PENSACOLA.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

    IF YOU ARE IN THE FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY AREA…MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND NOW. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND LIFE THREATENING SITUATION. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL UNLESS YOU ARE FLEEING AN AREA SUBJECT TO FLOODING OR UNDER AN EVACUATION ORDER.

    1. Cort S. says:

      Pensacola Airport reported 5.63 inches of rain in 1 hour, as of 9:53 pm CDT. Then they stopped transmitting. They probably lost power or got flooded.

      There’s a home weather station NW of Pensacola that is reporting 15.5 inches of rain.

      Bad day at the Mobile NWS office. Their radar got struck by lightning earlier in the day and has been offline ever since. It won’t be fixed until at least midday Wednesday as they had to order replacement parts. NWS New Orleans has been issuing flash flood warnings/emergencies and tornado warnings on behalf of Mobile ever since afternoon. I’m guessing Mobile’s communication lines got fried by the lightning strike.

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

    Those poor people in the south. Reports of 10″ of rain in 24 hours in Alabama. Also, reports of 12″ of rain in 24 hours with 5.5″ of that coming in an hours time with another 3-5″ of rain forecasted in the Pensacola, FL area. And now for our weather up here. I made it up to 70° before we got a brief rain shower this afternoon, but we had very minimal rain during the day on Tuesday.

  38. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    Call me crazy but I would love to witness that much rain , I of course don’t like the damage it causes but something about heavy rain storms and being in the ” safety ” of your home is comforting to me. I know I’m an odd one as I also enjoy looking at large amounts of moving water after a steady rain , I guess I just like all extreme weather . Lol. Which is funny because I lived in one of the most moderate climates on the planet for 10+ years with almost 0 extreme weather except when I would drive to it , ie the mountains or the desert . Near my home next to the ocean in San Diego / Dana Point it was basically 67-73 degrees year around , so I guess it was in my DNA from birth. I have to admit the last 3 weeks or so of this winter we had in Mi , although a great experience , it will make you re-think repeating a season that extreme. Burr. :)

    1. Holly says:

      I decided to stay in San Diego County the day I learned that hailstones don’t mean “Get yourself to an interior room on a lower floor ASAP” and that when a tornado hits a trailer park in Carlsbad, CA, the trailers are still standing minus one or two porches and sheds. I only had one weather scare in 19 years-a winter storm swooped in off the Pacific one December night and took off a couple old roofs from apartments west of the 101 in Encinitas about a mile south of where I had just moved. I cowered in an old upstairs apartment that night acutely reminded that there was nothing to break the wind between me and Japan. I didn’t dare go to my car because it was parked under a power line. I hate, detest, loathe weather like yesterday’s. The spring of 1965, especially Palm Sunday *AND* the afternoon where I had to sit with crossed legs with my head in my lap in the school hallway for over 2 hours (try it-it’s a good way to torture somebody without leaving marks), made me hate tornado weather. I’m back in Michigan because my very elderly mom wouldn’t move out west even though both of her daughters were at least as far west as Phoenix. I don’t mind Michigan winters at all-although 6 day blackouts because of an ice storm are a bit challenging. But I *HATE* severe thunderstorms. I’m a weather CHICKEN. I love this blog because it helps me know what weather is heading towards the eastern part of the state. Darren, did you EVER hear thunder in Dana Point? I don’t know that I did during 19 years in coastal San Diego county.

      1. Holly says:

        The roofless apartments were located a mile north of me, not south.

      2. GunLakeDeb says:

        LOL! Holly – it’s all in perspectives, I guess. The other day, it dawned on me that Michigan has a “low terror quotient” – in other words, our ground stay put, we don’t get hurricanes, no tsunamis, don’t have landslides; most of our critters won’t hurt you; and if you fall into a body of water, nothing will sting or eat you. The closest we get is the occasional tornado.

        But if you get freaked by thunderstorms, then I guess this can be a scary place to live (my sis is thunder-phobic, too). Whatever you do – DON’T move to Florida!

  39. Small shower just developed near Stanwood. Got bigger in past 5 mins

  40. One just developed here in Byron Center now

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