Evening Showers, Isolated T-Storms

June 18th, 2014 at 11:49 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

WW0321 RADAR Thumbnail Image  7:35 pm -  Some showers and t-storms moving thru at this hour.  The biggest storm is in SE Cass Co. with other thunderstorms near Kalamazoo and Battle Creek.  There’s a shower with moderate rain northeast of Fremont.  The storms that rolled through West Michigan around and shortly after noon are east into Ontario and Ohio this evening.  A radio tower was blown down in Wauseon, Ohio this afternoon.   An impressive shelf/roll cloud moved thru with these storms.   Gusts to 65.6 mph (though suspect – now showing gust to 132.4 mph and we know that’s wrong) at the Muskegon Beach and 62 mph in Jamestown as the storms came in.  Gust to 53 mph in East G.R. (high school press box).  30-40 mph gusts and heavy rain in Grand Haven.  Tree down across half of Ada Dr. Near Ada Christian.  Utility line and tree down in Mendon.  Two trees fell on cars in Cass Co.  at the town of Jones.   Multiple trees were down in Edwardsburg (also Cass Co.).   Springfield in Calhoun Co. reported a few limbs and wires down.  Rainfall:  4.25″ Norton Shores, 3.47″ Ludington, 3.07″ Spring Lake, 2.45″ St. Johns, 2.41″ Walker, 2.33″ East G.R.,  2.15″ in Jenison, 2.09″ Grandville, 2.00″ Hudsonville, 1.99″ Allendale, 1.73″ Cedar Springs, 1.61″ Croton, 1.58″ Cutlerville, 1.55″ Newaygo, 1.12″ Ionia, 0.92″ Woodland, 0.88″ Baldwin, 0.59″ Holland.  Small hail in DeWitt.  Pics. of the storm coming into G.R. and Jenison.   Here’s the Meso-discussion that was issued for S. Lower Michigan by the Storm Prediction Center for the storms that will move thru during the early afternoon.   SPC says:  “A WELL-DEFINED BOW ECHO MOVING ACROSS SRN PORTIONS OF LAKE MI ATTM…AND WILL BEGIN TO SHIFT INTO SRN LOWER MI IN THE NEXT HOUR OR SO. THE AIRMASS DOWNSTREAM OF THIS MCS HAS BEEN SOMEWHAT STABILIZED BY EARLIER CONVECTION…WITH BETTER INSTABILITY CONFINED TO AREAS NEAR AND S OF THE SRN BORDER OF LOWER MI. STILL…THE DEGREE OF ORGANIZATION OF THIS BOW AS INDICATED BY RADAR SUGGESTS THAT LOCALLY DAMAGING WINDS ALONG WITH MARGINAL HAIL MAY STILL BE POSSIBLE AS THE BOW MOVES EWD ACROSS THE REGION AT 40 KT.”   Here’s W. Michigan radar and Regional radar.  Nice 3-hour loop of the storms here.    This line of storms did produce wind damage, 3/4″ hail and over 2″ of rain in S. Wisconsin.   Beware of some local flooding in areas (S. Muskegon and N. Ottawa Co.) that got the most rain last night.  Radar view of the storms over central Lake Michigan late morning.

Also, snow left along Lake Superior on June 16thSnow (Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah!!


320 Responses to “Evening Showers, Isolated T-Storms”

  1. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

    Power never went off. Lots of good rain. I’m sure glad that things never got too bad… at least right here. Anyone have the latest HRRR? The NWS is talking about possible redevelopment tonight.

    1. SBPortage002 says:

      I love a good storm as much as the next person, but heavy rain and lots of thunder and lightning with some wind (not really windy) and no hail is the storm that I like.

  2. Jack says:

    Oh FUDGE!!!!! Tigers Loose AGAIN !! WTH…..stAy CUEDD….. ;-)

    1. SBPortage002 says:

      Sorry Jack, you beat me to it…lol…I love fudge…mmmmmmmm

    2. Eileen (Hesperia) says:

      Again??? They can’t seem to buy a win lately. Come on Detroit – start playing like you know you can!!

      1. Jack says:

        1pm Game 2-morrow…Tigers are NOW 1.5 games back of KC.,,,,crap,crap,,,crap…….

        1. SBPortage002 says:

          Call me crazy but gut feeling is Tigers win tomorrow. Just hunch.

        2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          Didn’t they have a dozen game lead a month or sother ago? Jeez.

  3. SBPortage002 says:

    Tigers lose….again…KC with 10 wins in a row.

  4. Jerry Hoag says:


    1. Jack says:

      MORE,MORE,MORE…..CUE:::: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPwZaQfoIbU Crank it UP JERRY!!!!

  5. Jerry Hoag says:


    1. Jerry Hoag says:


    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      Jerry, I use tinypic.com

      Let it browse your pictures, then upload your photo. Pick a size (I use 15″ screen size), then it will give you 4 options for different applications. Highlight the last option and copy it; then paste that link to Bill’s Blog. It won’t open a photo – but if folks click on it – it will open to your photo.

  6. Jerry Hoag says:

    DO YOU ALL SEE THAT SHELF CLOUD PICTURE ON THE MAIN WOOOD TV 8 WEBPAGE????? ISNT THAT THING IMPRESSIVE?????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Jack says:

      Yes indeed…. :-)

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      That – and the story about the girl who was struck by lightning in her bed!! She’s fine – but I bet she doesn’t sleep through thunderstorms after something like that!

      1. Jerry Hoag says:

        Yeah I bet she doesn’t anymore either!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

        She probably wont sleep through thunder either….

  7. Cliff(KZOO) says:

    so I wonder where these storms are supposed to develop later this evening? lots of cap still out there. Anyone have any input?

    1. Kevin (Marshall) says:

      Looks like they are trying to develop already over central Lake Michigan into southern Wisconsin.

      1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

        I noticed that as well, GR might get in on it again me however not so sure it will reach that far North of GR.

  8. HomeschoolMama(Vergennes Twp) says:

    Numerous trees down Fero Ave. We lost several mature trees, one on house & one on shed. Several others down. Some broke in half, one was “snipped” half way and dropped on our roof. Another came up at the roots. We’re these straight line winds or was there a spin up? My husband said the neighbors fallen trees are pointing in a different direction. All the trees came down within a few minutes of the sky going black and the storm hitting us. I have lots of pictures. We are just east of the Ada Twp/Vergennes Twp line.

  9. John says:

    I have an outdoor event at 7:00 tonight… rain looks to be clearing out but more is developing over the lake. Really hoping we will not get rained out tonight!

  10. INDY says:

    we could use some more rain out at thee YARDofBRICKS….INDYY!!

    1. Jerry Hoag says:

      You could INDYY?????????? How dry is it at the YARDofBRICKS man???????

    2. Jack says:

      Huh,,, More RAIN,,, what Does The MIGHTY GRAND Look Like My Friend ?? U….Som beach….Call Uncle YACK ..Plz and Thank-u…..staying CUEDDDDDD….. ;)

  11. I got 1.2″ of rain so far from these storms. Looks like I will add some more onto that with the rain over the lake! :)

  12. Jerry Hoag says:

    I think Grand Rapids is done for the day…….Maybe some showers, but I have a feeling we are done here in GR until late Thursday into Friday.

  13. Jerry Hoag says:


    1. Jerry Hoag says:


  14. Tim (Walker) says:

    Bill do you think we will see any more storms tonight or are they all done until tomorrow night?

  15. Mike(Shepherd, Mi) says:

    ust got back from chasing from just west of St Johns to Owosso. Saw Lots of CG lightning, very heavy rain and some wind but after going through the strongest part of the line numerous times didnt see any hail and probably top winds of 50mph.

  16. Marti B. (36th/Kalamazoo SE) says:

    Our apartment manager had the radar screen up on his computer about an hour ago…on wzzm’s radar and it was showing this huge green blob coming our way…..then I go up tomy apartment to check the radar on woodtv and it’s showing that same green blob, only it’s not as big as the one showing on wzzm’s radar. Strange. I’m so glad I depend on woodtv’s weather reports and no other station’s reports…..

  17. fixxxer says:

    not bad mother nature but you can do better!

    1. Jack says:

      SheeZzzzzz…Fizzzler CUE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwFeN0Zl1bQ. Heheee…stay CUEDD, KID!!! ;-)

    2. mr. negative says:

      Yep…all show, and limited go -

  18. fixxxer says:

    July looks to start off kinda chilly. :(

    1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      That’s what everyone said about June… but it has been above average.

    2. Jack says:

      What is CHILLY ?

    3. John (Norton Shores) says:

      Mid to upper 70′s I don’t think that’s too cold, now I know you like the 80′s though.

  19. Kevin (Marshall) says:

    Cells growing in Allegan Co.

  20. INDY says:

    Cold front has passed all the storms will be south of Michigan tonight!! INDYY!!

  21. Kevin (Marshall) says:

    Pretty healthy cell intensifying heading into NW Kalamazoo county. Another cell intensifying rapidly in Cass Co.

  22. fixxxer says:

    Was hoping the sun would come out. Now just dreary, rain and chilly.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Still 70 out and 80 forecasted for tomorrow. Not chilly. Above average, actually.

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Absolutely fantastic temperatures today! Another below average day! Keep em coming baby!

      1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

        Fantastic news. Temps still running above average. Imagine that. Who knew? I love it. Keep it coming.

      2. matt says:

        Fantastic warm weather who know rock n roll is dead and another 80 for Thursday. thanks for listeing

    1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      You forgot to post the 8 to 14 day day outlook which shows a better than average chance of above average temps. Imagine that. Who knew? I love it. Bring it. Get used to it.

    2. matt says:

      warm weather all week who knew imagine that bring it I love it imagine that. don’t like then move warm weather is here and rock n roll dead thanks for listening.

  23. Benjamin (Kalamazoo) says:

    Just a few? I just saw a funnel.

  24. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Muskegon sets the highest daily record rainfall at 3.93″

    1. Hey John not sure if you seen my reports from last night but the Meijer parking lot in Norton Shores which I think is on Sternburg Rd. Was half flooded. The left lane going southbound on U.S. 31 north of Sternburg Rd. was basically non drivable due to extensive flooding. As well as I think lightning struck the Hampton Hotel north of Sternburg; there were lots of firetrucks on scene

  25. Kevin (Marshall) says:

    Very dark and thundering south of Marshall.

  26. Mike[Kalamazoo county] says:

    NWS 1- Mike 0. I thought they had lost their minds forecasting more rain and thunder for this evening but I am guessing my total is about an inch after this last rain that just came through. Guess my batting avg. mirrors the Tigers

  27. Jack says:

    SUNSHINE ,,, Here N.E. GR……… :-)

  28. GunLakeDeb says:

    I got home to find a sad little tenth of an inch of rain in the gauge. Still beats “zero”

    1. Jack says:

      Really, That’s Amazing GDL!! Hopefully you will Get MORE on FRYday…STAY CUEDDD…

    2. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Wow, crazy. Lots of rain over this way today.

    3. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Sorry about that, Deb. I got 1.4 inches today and I’m over 5 inches for the month.

  29. Shower just formed overhead and is now moving southeast. Got some sunshine now :)

  30. John says:

    Our concert was rained out. Bummer.

  31. Jack says:

    LOOKS Like CHI-TOWN…is Getting Nailed Right Now ! According to Radar at Least… Stay CUEDDDD..CHI-TOWN… ;-)

  32. Jeff (Portland) says:

    1.75″ of rain combined from this mornings storms and this afternoons boomers .House up the road from me took a direct hit from lightning strike early this morning .. Crazy day of weather that’s for sure ..

  33. Jack says:

    Look To The West Grand Rapids, Beautiful SUNSET Going DOWN !, :-) . Stay CueDDD…& GOD BLESS YE ALL!, :-)

  34. Jack says:

    IN HIS GRACIOUS GRIP, Please CUE::: Wayne Watson – There Goes Sundown – YouTube
    ► 4:05► 4:05
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J6QOiW-DsE. ENJOY…. ;-)

  35. Sandy (Hudsonville) says:

    Beautiful sunset tonight.

  36. Paul (Yankee Springs-Barry State Game Area) says:

    .48″ here in the gauge…..nothing like it was in Byron Center, but
    i’ll take it…

    1. Brian (Grandville) says:

      The tornadoes the last few days in the plains have been very impressive on radar.

  37. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

    It won’t stop raining here. Keeps pouring really hard. No puddling at all; the dry ground’s soaking all the water right up.

  38. Grady Foster says:


    I have a meteorologist question for you. If it snows on June 18, is that a late season 2013-14 snow, or an early season 2014-15 snow?




    1. Brian (Grandville) says:

      Thats amazing.

    2. Bill Steffen says:

      That would be a late-season snowfall. We reset on July 1st.

  39. Jim S (Saugatuck Twp) says:

    0.41″ of rain here today. The heavy stuff seems to be missing us….all spring.

  40. Vincent(N.E.Kent CO) says:

    Bill,you should go check out the damage on Parnell AVE north of Bailey and south of 2mi. I cant find any storm reports about it but some real high winds went thru there. It was dark when i went thru tonight, but it looks like the county had to use heavy stuff to shove all of the trees off the road for a 1/4 mi stretch. They are pilled high. I heard all of the north/south roads between MCCabe and Lincoln Lake Ave were blocked. Big tree damage on Lincoln Lake Ave just north of Fallasburg park road also. I am going down there tomorrow with a camera and drive around to see how long of a damage path it took. The NWS should check it out also.

  41. Vincent(N.E.Kent CO) says:

    Oh ya, i lost power here at 1:38pm and it came back on at 10:20 tonight (Weds). I wish i could see a sreen shot of the radar in that area NE of Ada between 1:15pm and 2:15pm On Weds afternoon. Something big went on for a few good miles going west to east

  42. Vincent(N.E.Kent CO) says:

    Just one more thing here to say. I picked up over 2 1/2 inches of rain in my gauge since early Weds morning.

  43. Vincent(N.E.Kent CO) says:

    Hey,i’m back. I did a little snooping around. At this hour most of Kent CO power outages are were i saw the most damage. It runs west to east from Honey Creek AVE to Fallasburg Park at the Kent/Ionia Co line. NE of Ada and north of Lowell. North to south it runs from 3 mile rd south to Vergennes street. It’s like a 8 mile long west to east line by 3 miles wide. Give or take some. It will take awhile to cover it all,but i will drive it to check it out. I figure at least 70 MPH winds.

  44. HomeschoolMama(Vergennes Twp) says:

    I just want to echo Vincent. I posted to the blog yesterday but my comment we t to moderation. I live on a North-Sourh road in that area and we lost several mature trees. One on the house, one on our shed. Huge cherry fell in out meadow and took out some smaller oaks. One tree was snipped off in the middle and appeared gently laid on out roof & house. Another tree was uprooted at its base. Our driveway was blocked by neighbors trees falling. I also sent pictures to ReportIt. We don’t have power yet. I wish NWS could see our yard! It is amazing

  45. HomeschoolMama(Vergennes Twp) says:

    My husband watched the cherry fall, then the next tree hit the house, the we saw the tree fall on the shed, then we took cover in the basement because I was seriously concerned! We are going to tour our forest today and see what kind of damage occurred there. I am really curious what kind of wind speed could cause the tree falling a we had. I don’t think 60 MPH would do this but we need an expert out here to look.

  46. Nick says:

    I forgot to mention that at when the storms began to role into walker, the tornado sirens were activated for a short time

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