Strong/Severe Storms SE WI and NE IL Moving EastMay 12th, 2014 at 11:27 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
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.