Friday PMJune 13th, 2014 at 12:44 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Here’s a satellite pic. (courtesy NOAA) from shortly before noon (click to enlarge). It shows the low clouds over much of West Michigan. These clouds should hold thru the early to maybe mid-afternoon, then slowly erode from WSW to ENE, leaving us with clear skies and some pretty cool temps. for later tonight. This is relatively chilly air for mid-June. Noon temperatures: 58° Grand Rapids (with an 18 mph wind at the airport), 56° Big Rapids, 57° Ionia. Where it’s sunny, it’s only 60° at Benton Harbor. Up north, it’s 49° in Gaylord and S.Ste. Marie reports 45° and light rain. The south mid-Lake Michigan buoy reports an air temperatures of 44.8° and an air temp. of 38.3°. At worst, there could be a sprinkle NE of Grand Rapids, but pretty much everyone should be dry this afternoon thru at least mid-afternoon Sunday.
Also, hail the size of DVDs in Abilene, Texas! Bigger than baseballs! Check out the video of the hail from an American Eagle Flight in Abilene! At least 12 people were admitted to hospitals in Abilene with hail injuries. Again this year, global hurricane activity below average (81% of normal) – note Hurricane Cristina off SW Mexico jacked up the E. Pacific figure….but overall, so far another quiet year. Great Lakes ice update: ”This year is the longest we’ve seen ice on Lake Superior in our 40 years of records,” Physical Scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration George Leshkevich said. “We had 38% ice cover on the Great Lakes in mid-April. There are no years in the last 30 years that are even close to that.” “”The water is still very, very cold and it’s very dangerous for people to go out and get in it,” said a Coast Guard Spokesman. Moderate Risk of severe storms on Saturday in the Plains. Nice pic. of looping lightning. Must have been some crazy thunder with that.