Monday – Clean-Up

July 7th, 2014 at 10:49 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

damage 1   damage 4  The Grand Rapids National Weather Service has confirmed that damage in Kent County was from an EF1  tornado.  They say:  “*** 6 INJURED *** NWS STORM SURVEY CONFIRMED AN EF-1 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN BYRON CENTER BEFORE MOVING INTO WYOMING AND THEN KENTWOOD BEFORE LIFTING. THE TORNADO HAD MAXIMUM WINDS OF 100 TO 110 MPH. THE PATH LENGTH WAS 6.25 MILES AND THE WIDTH WAS 300-400 YARDS.. Aerial view of storms damage from Adam Dabaja.  There is a Flood Warning for the Pine River at Alma, where the river will rise to a couple inches above flood stage.   There is a Flood Advisory for the Grand River at Ionia and the Maple River in Clinton County with the river will cause some minor flooding, but stay below flood stage.  Rainfall:  4.90″ Alma, 4.82″ McBride (E. Montcalm Co.), 3.72″ Bellevue, 3.13″ Elsie (Clinton Co.), 3.00″ Howard City, 2.74″ Ionia, 2.60″ White Cloud, 2.31″ Grand Ledge, 2.30″ Entrican (Montcalm Co.), 2.00″ Mt. Pleasant, 1.90″ Lansing and DeWitt, 1.68″ Grand Rapids, 1.44″ Hastings.  Hail was reported in Holland and Jenison.  Wind gusts hit 45 mph at the Ford Airport in G.R.   Here’s W. Michigan storm reports and rainfall totals.   As of 7:45 pm – 1,029 in Kent Co. without power, though a scheduled outage will bump that up close to 3500 for a couple hours this evening.  The path of this tornado is similar to a tornado that occurred on April 21, 1967.   That was an F-3 and destroyed 65 buildings.

Kyle Underwood viewed storm damage and called it a tornado, an EF1.  There were at least 6 injuries and the damage path goes on for at least 6.25 miles from S. Wyoming into Kentwood and far south G.R.  With these events it’s very hard to tell between tornado and thunderstorm downburst wind damage.  If the tornado had winds of 70 mph and a forward speed of 20 mph, you’d get a resultant 90 mph on the right side of the tornado and 50 mph (and hence little damage) on the north side of the tornado…so the damage would be similar with most of the debris falling in one direction.  The National Weather Service is doing a more complete damage survey and make the ultimate call.  Here’s more on the Sunday night storms from the GRR NWS.  In their summary, they say:  “In the reflectivity data, in the next-to-last frame, an area of higher reflectivity appears over Kentwood, likely indicative of lofted debris   The “lofted debris” is an indication of a tornado. Here’s a list of roads closed as they clean up debris from the storm.  Here’s photos of the storm and storm damage.   Lower Michigan is in the General Thunderstorm Outlook for this PM/Night, but not a Slight Risk Area.  Here’s Grand Rapids Radar and Regional Radar.

Also, a strong 7.1 magnitude earthquake has hit Mexico and Guatamala.  There are fatalities.

133 Responses to “Monday – Clean-Up”

  1. Chris says:

    ALWAYS TRACKING. ALWAYS ALERTING. I think it’s their humility that makes this so fun. GO scare team 8!

  2. GunLakeDeb says:

    My takeaway assessment of yesterday’s tornado? With all our technology, Mother Nature still gets the last laugh.

    1. Jack says:

      ► 0:29► 0:29 I’m Showing My AGE, but I remember it WELL… ;-) ,,,,, whoops almost Forgot,,, STAY CUEDDD……………………………………………………………………… :-)

  3. Jeff (Richland) says:

    1.52″ of rain here last night

  4. Chris says:

    The only way this story gets funnier at the expense of the omnipotent weather forecasters is if the unforeseen tornado were to have at taken the Doppler at Grand Rapids, while they were calling for a tranquil evening.

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      “were to have at taken”

      Well done Chris.

      1. Chris says:

        As an youngster who desires to follow in the footsteps of the National Weather Service employees in Grand Rapids, I am not able to admit my mistake and apologize. I must explain the mistake and tell you that the fault is with my spell checker and that with my new spell checker I may have a better ability to catch such errors in the future. YAY accountability!

  5. Tim (Walker) says:

    Anyone know if the storms in wi will make it over lake michigan tonight

    1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

      They are appear to weaken considerably once they hit the lake so I will be surprised if they do, my FDM says they won’t make it ;-)

  6. Jack says:

    Just took a Gander at Regional Radar, Looks Like a Line of Showers is Trying to Form Over Lake M.I. . A bit ahead of The ThunderShowers on The Other Side of THE POND….. So, STAY CUEDDD & Tuned………….. ;-)

  7. Jack says:

    AWESOME , Photo of The DAY, from Aurora Borealis Page… ” Breath Taking “”" HERE :: Stay CUEDD & Keep Looking UP,,,Jesus is Coming Back SOON…. :-)

  8. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    Light rain at this time. Temp around 63 degrees. Did the storms die off? good! ok, two different long term forecasts. One, says highs only to make it to around 70 the next 10 days out. Another says the heat returns.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      There will be no heat wave!

  9. phlrnnr says:

    Does anyone know of a link that contains an archive of the alerts issued by the NWS for a specific location?

    For example, a list of all NWS/SPC issued alerts for Kentwood, MI (including thunderstorm watch/warning, tornado watch/warning, etc.)

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