Tuesday PMAugust 12th, 2014 at 1:59 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Scattered showers continue thru the afternoon, mostly light, a few moderate. It’s cool – we’ll stay in the 60s this PM. Here’s GRR looping radar. SPC has the General Thunderstorm Outlook generally east of a line from Grand Haven to Mackinac Is. They had added a Slight Risk Area from Ohio to the Atlantic. Here’s storm reports for Monday, including a report of golfball-sized hail at a wildfire in California…talk about fire and ice. It’ll become breezy (esp. at Lake Michigan) and cool, with readings in the upper 60s for much of the day (mid 60s in the rain). Grand Rapids has had 12 consecutive days with high temperatures in the 80s. We break that string today. G.R. is +0.5 deg. above average for the month…that will be back to negative territory by Sat. morning. This is the last of the rain for awhile. The overnight run of the European model is backing off on the heat for next week as the front hangs up to our south in Indiana. The 4.57″ of rain yesterday (Mon.) in Detroit made it the wettest August day ever for the Motor City.
Also: The high temperature of 102 in Boise, Idaho (average high 91) matched the high temperature at Death Valley, California (average high 116) on Monday. Death Valley had 0.11″ of rain Monday and the temperature never got lower than 88. Death Valley is -5.2 deg. for the month so far, and Boise is +4.3. Wind gusts reached 72 mph near Tumbleweed Park, AZ. The first 10 days of August, Raleigh, NC, avg temp (74 F) is cooler than the avg temp in St. Petersburg, Russia (75 F). Comparing the winters of 2009-10 and 2013-14. If you didn’t like cold/snow, last year was the year to escape to Florida.
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, a surface weather map. You can checkout the late. st 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.