Flood WatchMay 12th, 2014 at 3:16 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
Thunderstorms are forming in NW Ottawa, Muskegon and Oceana Counties moving NE. Storms east of Chicago continue to dissipate over the cold waters of Lake Michigan. There is now a Flood Watch for the Muskegon River in Newaygo Co. and the Looking Glass River in Clinton Co. Rainfall today: 2.33″ Bath, 2.19″ DeWitt, 1.98″ Cedar Springs, 1.65″ St. Johns, 1.41″ Newaygo, 1.24″ Perrinton (Gratiot Co.), 1.23″ Nunica, 1.18″ Montague, 1.16″ Alaska (SE Kent Co.), 1.00″ Spring Lake, 0.99″ Mecosta, 0.93″ Pentwater, 0.82″ Allendale, 0.78″ downtown G.R., 0.76″ Ludington, 0.40″ Kentwood, 0.39″ Ford Airport G.R., 0.07″ Battle Creek, 0.06″ Kalamazoo.
The Severe T-Storm Watch has been cancelled, but the rain is not over. While the stable air over Lake Michigan has been diminishing the storms in WI and IL – I do expect rain here at some point after midnight…either showers/storms will eventually make it across the lake or they will just develop overhead (esp. north of I-96) or develop in N. Indiana and move NE into Lower Michigan. It’ll happen.
Today, marble-sized hail in SE Kent Co. at Alaska and pea-sized hail in Clarksville, Portland, Bedford, Mason and Waverly – wind gusts have been around 30 mph as a line of showers/t-showers has moved through, that’s all. Three children were indirectly hit by lightning at the Grattan Academy in NE Kent Co. We had reports of 60 mph winds, hail up to 1″ in diameter and wind damage as the line went through the Milwaukee area. The storm by Racine WI has produced hail up to 2″ in diameter and isolated wind damage. There were two small tornadoes reported in SE Michigan, at Detroit Beach and near Gregory.