Radar Images of Sun. Night StormJuly 7th, 2014 at 2:38 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Kyle Underwood saved these velocity scans during the wind event in Wyoming/Kentwood. Click on the images to enlarge. You can see US 131 with cross streets top to bottom – 28th St., 44th St., 54th/52nd with the little jog in the road just east of Division and it says “Kentwood”, 68th St. (Cutlerville) and 84th, which goes out to Byron Center. You can see the bright green area and the red just north – we’re looking at 80-100 mph winds close to ground level. Both Storm Team 8 and the National Weather Service will be doing storm surveys. Radar images will be one element in the survey, along with ground damage reports. If you experienced the storm, leave a comment and let us know what you saw/heard…let us know how long the strong wind lasted, what direction the wind might have been from, if it was raining during the strong wind, which direction trees fell or debris was blown, any popping sensation in your ears and a description of the damage you witnessed. From Mike Geukes – the last tornado in Kent Co. was 9/23/06 in Caledonia (by Broadmoor and the Big ‘Ol Fishhouse – golf carts got tossed around). The last EF1 tornado was 5/21/01. We had (if I remember right) 4 tornadoes just in Kent Co. that day and a dozen in Lower Michigan…one in Cooper Center was an EF2 if I recall right, one touched down in the York Creek Apts. in Comstock Park, one in Belmont, another down by Grandville. We’ll have team coverage throughout the day on 24-Hour News 8. I have a couple of meetings, then I’m working the evening shift. I’ll update the blog when I can.