ThursdayJuly 31st, 2014 at 4:06 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
We are in the General Thunderstorm Outlook from the Storm Prediction Center for the next 3 days. Most of us stay dry this afternoon. We’re downwind from a cool lake and that is helping to make the air (esp. west of US 131) more stable. I don’t see any significant upper level disturbances for the afternoon evening. Maranda has had another great day for her last Park Party. July 1-30 is now 4.1 degrees cooler than average in G.R. More on that in the thread above this one. ALL FIVE of the coolest Julys in G.R. have occurred since 1992! Also: We continue to see periods when we have smoke in the sky from Canadian wildfires. That was the case especially on Tuesday. Here’s a NASA MODIS satellite pic. of the smoke over N. Michigan from earlier this week. Smoke originating from the Arctic Circle showing deep, cool northern flow over the Great Lakes. Only 11 severe weather reports in the whole U.S. on Tuesday – some minor wind damage in Wisconsin. Corpus Christi tied both a record high (100 degrees) and record low (71 degrees) yesterday.
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, 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 recent 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 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 in the U.P. 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.