Storms around the CountryMay 22nd, 2014 at 5:11 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
2 pm temperatures: Grand Rapids 68, Benton Harbor 57, Muskegon Beach 52, Harbor Springs 43. The pictures from 9News show hail in the Denver Area. Hail 5″ deep! Here’s more pictures. Here’s Storm Reports for Weds. Note the tornadoes and hail around Denver and the swath of wind damage from Champaign IL (where they got 4″ of rain) to Bristol in NE Tennessee. More great pictures: Lightning by the S. Haven pier Tues. night. Very cool lightning in Cleveland. Lightning at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Lightning over the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Landspout Tornado in Idaho. Tornado near Aberdeen ID – easier to see when you don’t have any rain around the twister. Note the Thunderstorm Risk maps from the Storm Prediction Center. Looks like drought-stricken W. Texas is going to get a good soaking. This is interesting…brisk wind going north to south in southern Mexico cools the water on the Pacific side…the wind stirs up cooler water from below the surface (left side of the picture). You can also see the warmer Gulf Stream on the east side of Florida. The temperature at the Holland Regional Airport dropped 15 deg. in an hour from 9 to 10 pm Weds. Looks like the coming El Nino peaks in late fall/early winter – then heads down toward neutral. Lightning over Chicago Tues. night.
We’ll have 4 dry days…today the coolest – upper 60s to near 70 – 10 degrees cooler at the lakeshore…a little warmer each day. The next chance of a shower or t-storm is Monday and Tuesday and it would not be an all day rain. No sign of any frost – so now is the time to plant that summer garden.