SundayJune 14th, 2014 at 12:27 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Here’s the update from SPC on severe weather Sunday PM/Night: “WHILE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS SHOULD BE THE PRIMARY THREATS…A TORNADO OR TWO WILL BE POSSIBLE FROM NERN MO…ERN IA AND IL INTO SRN/ERN WI AND NWRN IND WHERE LOW-LEVEL SHEAR WILL BE STRONGEST INVOF THE WARM FRONT.” It’s getting close. We’ll be trackin’ it.
Here’s my Saturday: – So far today, I gave a little speech at the Flag Day Ceremonies by the Hudsonville City Hall…went out to a few more plants and J and W’s…picked strawberries at Visser’s…stopped at the Blandford Nature Center and then got a haircut. Then back home to get some chores done. Beautiful, sunny day Saturday with very light wind with high pressure overhead. It was 75° at 4 pm – exactly the 4 pm temp. I had on the planner last night on the late news. It’s just 62.7° at the Muskegon beach weather station with an onshore breeze. Picture on the right is from the Muskegon GLERL weather station (from NOAA Coastwatch). Lots of boats out enjoying the day, but too cool for swimming. The Holland St. Park water temp. Saturday was only 48°. Up north it’s only 48° (air temp.) at Houghton and 49° at Copper Harbor. Mackinac Is. is 59° and Charlevoix is 57°. The GRR discussion mentions the word “derecho” as was picked up by a couple of our astute comments below. They say: “ANOTHER MCS (mesoscale complex of thunderstorms) LOOKS TO FIRE LATE MONDAY ALONG NOSE OF LLJ AND THETA E BOUNDARY ACROSS IOWA THEN TRAVEL EAST AND MAY BE ENTERING WESTERN ZONES BY LATE MONDAY NIGHT. THIS HAS THE SYNOPTIC LOOK OF A PROGRESSIVE DERECHO AND SO WILL HAVE TO BE WATCHED CLOSELY FOR SEVERE WEATHER POTENTIAL.” In the meantime – I’ve been talking for days now about showers and t-storms moving in around sunset Sunday night, but most of tomorrow looks dry.
Wow was it chilly Saturday AM – The coldest temp. was 28° at Doe Lake in the U.P. It got down to 30° at Leota in Clare Co. The low was 32° at Champion, Stonington and Kalkaska…it got down to 33° at Cadillac, Fife Lake, Baldwin and Grayling. The low was 36° at Manistee, 37° at Reed City, 38° at Ludington, and the Kalamazoo Nature Center, 39° at Belding, Big Rapids and the agricultural station at Lawrence. The official low was 44° at Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo (airport) and Muskegon. There were a few spots that did report frost Sat. morning.
Here’s a neat pic. on the left of sunset on Reeds Lake Thursday evening from Mason Schut. Click the pic. to enlarge. Today will be a beautiful, sunny day with light SE to SW winds and a nice 30-degree temperature climb from the low-mid 40s early to the mid 70s in the late afternoon. We may get a SW lake-effect breeze that will knock the temperatures along the lakeshore back into the mid 60s. Sunday will be warmer, at least low 80s. The overnight run of the NAM (caribou) has a chance of a shower/t-storm after 5 pm Sunday with the best chance in the evening/night – Monday looks mainly dry, then a chance of showers/t-storms again later Monday night from SW to NE across the area. Here’s the Convective Outlooks for the next 3 days from the Storm Prediction Center. Here’s U.S. Storm Reports from Friday. Some of the colder high temperatures from Friday: 51° Marquette Beach, 52° Newberry, 54° Gaylord, 55° Munising. The high temperature Friday at the mid-Lake Michigan buoy was 48.2° with a midnight water temp. of 38.3°.
Also: Mexican Navy site on Socorro Island reports sustained 66 mph winds, gusting to 87 mph from Hurricane Cristina. Thunderstorm approaching Washington D.C. Storm with nice shelf cloud (roll cloud?) moving into NYC. Nice mammatus clouds in New Mexico. Family carries house 100 yards with family inside!