Scattered Showers and Storms Sunday Evening/Night-MondayJune 30th, 2014 at 2:00 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Monday 11 am- SPC has expanded the risk areas a bit. The Moderate Risk now comes east to Lake Michigan. We are dry now and should stay that way for much of the day. Thunderstorms are moving ESE across Illinois and Indiana. The first tornado watch covers eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. Evening storms could be strong to severe with wind damage the primary threat. There could be a light shower Weds. PM, but after the Monday evening/night storms, the rest of the week should be dry, a little cooler and less humid. There is virtually no chance of rain on Friday and Thursday thru Saturday (and probably Sunday, too) will be dry.
June rainfall so far: 4.69″ Grand Rapids, 6.69″ Muskegon, 5.53″ Battle Creek, 3.83″ Kalamazoo, 3.12″ Holland. 4-week rainfall thru 6/27: 12.61″ Bath, 7.60″ Sparta, 7.27″ Three Rivers, 7.01″ Niles, 6.69″ Ludington, 6.52″ Lansing (ag. station), 6.25″ Hudsonville, 5.64″ Ionia, 4.69″ Hastings, 4.63″ W. Olive, 4.5″ Nunica, 4.2″ Coldwater, 3.94″ Fremont, 3.78″ Big Rapids, 3.31″ Hart, 2.48″ Fennville. Rainfall has been plentiful over most of the Corn Belt of the central U.S. and we’re off to an overall good start to the growing season. Heavy rain has pushed the Mississippi River above flood stage.
Also, lots of dry (and occ. dusty) air coming off the Sahara keeping a large section of the tropical Atlantic quiet. However, warm water off the East Coast could enhance hurricane activity later this season. Keep in mind that while the media will try and blame “climate change” for any significant hurricane, global hurricane activity has been decreasing since the Katrina year of 2005 and has been quite low overall over the past several years. This year (like last year) continues to feature a low number of tornadoes in the U.S. Wildfires in the U.S.: This year so far, we have had the 2nd lowest # of wildfires in the last 10 years in the U.S. and (by far) the least number of acres burned. Pretty good natural fireworks over Mobile AL Sat. night.
Here’s GRR looping radar. Links: Grand Rapids radar, Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s regional radar, the College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, GFS snowfall for the next 120 hours and NAM model snowfall for the next 84 hours. the West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map, and a surface weather map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Check out Storm Total Precipitation (until they reset it). Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the Maranatha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington, the weather station at Manistee Harbor and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph. Here’s Michigan wind gusts from MesoWest, data from the MAWN agricultural weather stations and Weather Underground (data at the bottom from private weather stations). Check out the webcam at Krupp’s Resort, where the snow has finally melted and the lake ice is gone. Here’s the U.S. Low Temperature map. Here’s a live look at the Houghton Bridge. Here’s the Consumers Energy Power Outage Map. Here’s Closings.