Strong/Severe Storms SE WI and NE IL Moving East

May 12th, 2014 at 11:27 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

WW0149 RADAR Thumbnail Image Click on the image to enlarge.   A Severe T-Storm Watch is in effect until 6 PM EDT for SE Wisconsin and NE Illinois all the way east to Lake Michigan.  The watch warns of winds to 70 mph and hail to 1.5″ in diameter (while there is always the possibility of a tornado in a severe t-storm situation, that threat is low from these storms).  Here’s watch details and the SPC discussion.  There is a north-south line of t-storms moving thru the watch area.  Here’s radar for SE Wisconsin, NE Illinois and W. Michigan.  There are still scattered showers and storms over W. Michigan as I write this about 11:30 am, some containing heavy rain and cloud-to-ground lightning.  You can follow severe weather reports as these links:  SE Wisconsin, NE. Illinois and W. Michigan.  Hail to 1″ in diameter, 60 mph winds and wind damage have been reported with the storms in Wisconsin.  A Special Marine Warning has been issued for Lake Michigan.  Check the thread below this one for many more useful links.  Here’s a webcam of the storm coming thru Madison at 11:30 pm EDT.   Note the warm air over the Eastern U.S. and the cold (and snowy!) weather centered in the Rockies and western High Plains.  Heavy rain at my house at 11:35 am – water overflowing the gutters!  The water temperature of Lake Michigan remains very cold for this time of year…only in the low 40s for much of the lake.

256 Responses to “Strong/Severe Storms SE WI and NE IL Moving East”

  1. Bill Steffen says:

    Severe T-Storm Warning until 3:45 pm for 9 counties inc. Kent/Ottawa/Muskegon and Watch until 10 pm mainly for strong winds and marginal severe hail. We’ve had gusts to 60 mph in the Milwaukee area with these storms. More later.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Intellicast is saying the cell to my SW has hail potential….

    2. Jerry Hoag says:

      THANK YOU BILL…..YOUR THE MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. INDY says:

    Good stuff is back in IOWA!! No need for a severe thunder storm warning for Kent!! INDYY!!

  3. fixxxer says:

    The kiss of death is them issuing a watch lol…

  4. Jerry Hoag says:


  5. Jesse says:

    Storms will continue to push SSE and go where the most instability is. Pretty simple.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      It looks pretty weak over the lake now, to me.

      1. Jesse says:

        Most storms will look weak over 40 degree or less water lol. Once they hit land again, they should intensify.

  6. Katie in Kentwood says:

    It looks like it weakened. Especially the bottom of the line

  7. INDY says:

    It has …..The good storms are north, east of us and in Iowa right now!! INDYY!

  8. INDY says:

    lk Michigan is a storm killer this summer until it heats up!! INDYY!!

  9. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    It looks weaker but it may strengthen again once it reaches land.

  10. fixxxer says:


    1. INDY says:

      Ahhh !! INDYY

  11. Stephen (North Muskegon) says:

    Nothing special with these storms about a 30 mph gust no lightning or thunder though…

  12. Bill Steffen says:

    Only 25 mph on the beach at Muskegon, 30 mph at Whitehall beach, where it’s dropped to 53 degrees with a wind off the lake.

    1. Irish coffee says:

      1pm obs for Houghton= 37 hvy rain 20mph wind 30mph gust, 27 WCI !! LOVE IT! (certainly would prefer it over 80 +/humid wx;)

    2. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      It still has time to strengthen once it hits land

  13. INDY says:

    Reds are going to yellows and greens!! We need to keep a eye eye on the Iowa storms but by time they roll in it will be night cool and maybe just some rain!! INDYY

  14. fixxxer says:

    What a joke year after year.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Your comments?

  15. INDY says:

    Fixer I am with u today no severe storms in GR!! Our thunder storm warning will be gone soon!! INDYY!

  16. Jesse says:

    Blah. Not looking too good now.

  17. Katie in Kentwood says:

    I kinda expected them to weaken…sigh.

  18. Stephen (North Muskegon) says:

    There is no lightning or Thunder in these no idea why they were warned..

      1. Stephen (North Muskegon) says:

        No wind either…

  19. Sandy(Hudsonville) says:

    What kind of winds will we see here??

  20. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Storm looks interesting in Hesperia right now

  21. INDY says:

    Storms east of GR are taking all the the fun out of the lk storms!! Now them storms look like Bill stefffen in them!! MEAN AND GREEN!! INDYY!!

  22. Jesse says:

    Southern part of that line has pretty much completely fallen apart, maybe some rain and thunder.

  23. fixxxer says:

    Cancel the watch and give me 80 & sun bill.

    1. Cassie (Kentwood) says:

      Fixxer jinxed it! ;p

      1. fixxxer says:

        No fixxxer called it.

        1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

          Fixer called nothing…as you can see there are SVR storms , tornado warned storms …maybe in his back yard he called his own fate…lol

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      You had that yesterday. Don’t be greedy. :-)

  24. INDY says:

    Thannks to our cold and snowy winter we have a lk killer until we heat the lk up its going to be a long summer for swimming and good boomers!! Look east of us like I said yesterday all the good stuff would be east of GR!!! From eating cashews and drinking sprites !!! INDYY!!

  25. Bnoppe says:

    I think the line will we strengthen as it enters land howeve the shreder will ruin the fun for Grand Rapids

    1. fixxxer says:

      As I said all the rain today killed our chances.

  26. INDY says:

    BREAKING NEWS the sun is coming out over thee YARDofBRICKS good day for a thunder storm warning!! INDYY!!

    1. Bruno (Northview H.S.) says:

      I see the sun coming out here too, Indy

  27. Travis (Lake Odessa) says:


  28. Travis (Lake Odessa) says:


    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Travis as I mentioned storms stormer to the south…..hmmm

      1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

        * stronger. …lol

  29. blharr44 says:

    DF are you ok… looks like you just went tornado warnend

  30. Cassie (Kentwood) says:

    Tornado warning down by Ann arbor!

  31. Cort S. says:

    Snapshot of the tornado-warned storm as of 3:22 pm:

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Nice, thanks Cort.

  32. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Tornado warning in Ann Arbor! My older brother just moved to downtown Detroit last week, hopefully it is out of the clear…

  33. fixxxerx says:

    Menacing clouds downtown. Sadly I know its just cold weather coming.

  34. fixxxer says:

    Wow 55 for a high wed. Id call that crap. Might never put away my coat this year. :(

  35. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    Hmmmmm. Imagine that stronger storms to the south-east , who was that calling me out all day… I wish I was wrong as I want the storms but we had our early development…..enjoy the storms be careful …I hope nothing comes of the tornado warmed storms….

  36. Travis (Lake Odessa) says:


    1. Travis (Lake Odessa) says:


    2. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Very cool …have to take a look in radar… The cells that were firing up south of GR and more south east of that had the best chances… More to come though it’s not over….btw

  37. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    These storms are intensifying but not holding there strength for long periods of time….I would think the tornado warned storms will lose there warning soon. Other SVR storms will develop however…..pretty cool day over-all.

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