Slight Risk Area for part of West MichiganJuly 22nd, 2014 at 2:21 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
These are the severe weather outlooks for this PM/night, tomorrow and Thurs. Note that the Slight Risk Area has been expanded east into SW Michigan, from Pentwater to Grand Rapids to Kalamazoo and south into Indiana. SPC says: “SCATTERED SEVERE STORMS WITH WIND AND HAIL WILL BE POSSIBLE FROM THE CENTRAL PLAINS EASTWARD TOWARD SOUTHERN LAKE MICHIGAN.” Many could use some rain, especially north of Muskegon and along the Indiana border. Today is our one shot at 90°. If we don’t make it today, we’ll have to wait until August for our next chance. This PM you can follow SPC severe weather watches, meso-scale discussions ans storm reports. Here’s Northern Plains radar and Great Lakes radar where you can watch the storms develop and move east. Here’s the GRR NWS discussion. The average wind speed in G.R. over the last four days has been just 4.1 mph. Today is also the 7th day in a row that the high temperature will be warmer than the day before.
Here’s U.S. wildfire statistics. For the last two year period, we’ve had below average numbers of wildfires and acres burned. Above average rainfall over much of the area east of the Rockies has made for very low wildfire statistics for the Eastern 2/3rds of the country. Typhoon Matmo heading into Taiwan and then mainland China. 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Figi.