Flooding in E. Michigan

August 11th, 2014 at 8:55 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Flood Detroit = WDIV    Flood Warnings are in effect for SE Oakland, S Macomb & Wayne counties.  Six-hour rainfall totals ending at 8 pm:  4.06″ Detroit City Airport, 4.04″ Detroit Metro Airport, 2.59″ Flint, 2.13″ Mt. Clemens, 1.02″ Jackson, 0.40″ Lansing.   24-hour rainfall totals:  4.57″ Detroit Metro, 4.32″ Detroit City, 4.70″ Flushing, 2.28″ Saginaw (still moderate rain there).   More pictures here at www.clickondetroit.com.

15 Responses to “Flooding in E. Michigan”

  1. fixxxer says:

    Rip robin williams. What a loss. Grew up watching him. :(

    1. Scott (Robinson twsp) says:

      +1. Fixx. :(

  2. bodawg says:

    Good post. I have an unrelated comment. I was fishing from the north pier at Ferrysburg on Sunday morning and saw an unusual phenomenon. The time was approximately 0930 and the wind was from the east, southeast, at about 7 knots. The lake was quite calm. I noticed that a group of waves formed parallel to the pier and 1/4 mile to the north. These waves reached a height of what I would estimate to be 3 to 4 feet. From there the waves stretched to the north and east in a J shape from the shore and out into the lake. I estimate that the extent of the waves was about 3/4 of a mile, to a mile, to the north. The lake water was undisturbed on either side of where the waves met. I’d never seen anything like this before, and I wondered what it was that caused this. I can say for certain that no wakes from any boats had created these waves. My guess is that it was some sort of current, possibly related to the east wind, but I was having trouble making sense of the mechanism. Any information is appreciated.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      I wonder if it was the Lake-Express Ferry – it’s been known to generate 4-foot waves that travel a good distance. I don’t have their schedule. Could have been another large watercraft.

      1. bodawg says:

        I suppose that’s possible. The interesting thing about these waves was that they didn’t move. From what I could tell they stayed stationary in one spot and then dissipated over a period of about 10 minutes. It was pretty cool.

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          I’ve got a kayak and I’ve always been reluctant to go any distance from shore at Lake Michigan, even when it’s totally calm. I ALWAYS have on an approved life jacket when kayaking, even in 3 feet of water.

  3. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    It’s so crazy over here! Best summer for wild weather events I can remember in some time.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      High and dry over here. We really need some rain, and not just a few localized downpours.

      1. Yup (Grandville) says:

        Amen to that.

  4. Bernie at the lakeshore says:

    Still bone dry here. The apples and the peaches will be extra sweet this year.

  5. Paul (Yankee Springs-Barry State Game Area) says:

    Beautiful rain. Had a cell form right over the house, a flash of lightning, and an hour of steady rain which just quit…got a quick .30″ from it…..which is more than the last couple weeks combined !

  6. Mr. Negative says:

    Bad times on “the East side”. A Nephew is struggling with water in the basement, and an in-ground pool about to “rim over”.

    ADA rain?…none to speak of :(

  7. Mary of Zeeland, Ottawa Co. says:

    You could have devoted more than 3 seconds on your forecast this morning. Many of us have relatives on that side of OUR state and yet nothing. I am ashamed of you.

    1. Yup (Grandville) says:

      They are not in our market Mary. You should be glad they gave you 3 seconds.

  8. Mary of Zeeland, Ottawa Co. says:

    Thank you for responding to me Bill Steffen. I noticed that whether we are in the market or not (I thought you included the east side of the state in your broadcasts in the past),you have definitely put Detroit’s story on the air since. For those of us who prefer to see a running story, it was greatly appreciated. I am glad for the continued updates.

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