Significant Damage in Kent CountyJuly 6th, 2014 at 1:54 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
1 am Mesoscale Discussion from SPC: “GRAND RAPIDS AND MILWAUKEE INDICATE 0-1 KM SRH VALUES GREATER THAN 250 M2/S2 WHICH ALSO INDICATE A POTENTIAL FOR A STRONG DOWNBURST OR AN ISOLATED TORNADO WITH STRONGER BETTER ORGANIZED CELLS.” Local Storm Report by NWS GRR: 2 NNW Cutlerville [Kent Co, MI] trained spotter reports TSTM WND DMG at 10:23 PM EDT — 2 buildings completely destroyed. at least 10 trees uprooted and on buildings and blocking the road…no power in the area From Jeremy at ReportIt – : “when the storm it and it torn the building apart the roof is gone, our office is gone part of the roof caved in here are a few pictures of where i was when the storm came thru it was at 54th and clay”. From Kent County Emergency Management: Considerable damage in the 52nd & Eastern. Stay out of that area. There has been either a tornado or a significant swath of serious wind damage. It starts around 60th west of Clyde Park. Wyoming around 54th St. and Clyde Park…also 56th at Division, campers tipped over at Midwest RV – many trees and wires down. Significant building damage. Damage from 60th up past 44th St. – Wyoming, Kentwood, S.Side of G.R. 23,606 without power in Kent County – nearly 9% of the county – 747 in Motcalm Co., 223 in Ottawa Co. and 218 in Ionia Co. Kyle said radar showed 90 mph just above ground level over Wyoming with that storm. Anyone with more info., leave a comment. Flash Flood WARNING for Kent, Newaygo, Montcalm, Ionia and Gratiot Co. 2.35″ rain at Alma, 1.53″ at the Ford Airport in G.R. Here’s G.R. radar. As you can see, the Slight Risk Area has been expanded to now include much of the state of Michigan. SPC says: “THE SLIGHT RISK AREA HAS BEEN EXPANDED NWD/EWD ACROSS NRN WI INTO UPPER MI AND EWD INTO PARTS OF LOWER MI CONSISTENT WITH MESOSCALE AND MOST CONVECTION-ALLOWING MODEL GUIDANCE. LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WIND GUSTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE THE PRIMARY SEVERE HAZARDS BUT AN ISOLATED TORNADO OR TWO MAY ALSO OCCUR.” Here’s current severe watches, mesoscale discussions and today’s severe reports. Here’s Grand Rapids radar, Great Lakes Regional radar and the latest G.R. National Weather Service forecast discussion. The surface weather map shows low 70s dewpoints (number in lower left of each station plot). HRRR model. We’re be tracking the storms here on the blog and on 24-Hour News 8. The most likely time for storms for most of us will be after sunset.
The morning run of the European model gives G.R. 0.45″ of rain with a t-storm this tonight, 0.23″ of rain on Tues. and another 0.04″ on Weds. Tornado in Outlook, Saskatchewan (2 pics.). Baseball-sized hail near Vang, ND…Phoenix AZ received 0.01″ of rain Saturday, their first measurable rainfall since March 2…first they had a 4.6 magnitude e-quake, now this! 71 mph wind gust Sat. morning at Machias Seal Island, Maine from Tropical Storm Arthur. Typhoon Neoguri now a “super-typhoon” – heading toward Okinawa, Nagasaki and S. Japan. Here’s a full earth satellite view of Super-Typhoon Neoguri. Saturday July 5 was hottest day of year for when averaged over Lower 48 – almost 85°F. At 3 pm Vero Beach, FL is currently cooler (74 F) than Fairbanks, AK. Funnel cloud over Egmont Key, at the mouth of Tampa Bay. The Coke Zero 400 becomes the Coke Zero 352 – a couple of significant crashes that will make Sports Overtime tonight after on 11 pm news. Djokovic wins Wimbleton after a long match with Federer. Neither G.R. or NYC reached 90° during June.