Dry Evening

August 25th, 2014 at 2:29 pm by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

WW0476 Radar  Early Tues. AM -  First 90° temperature of the summer for Kalamazoo and Battle Creek on Monday.  It also made 90° in Coldwater, Three Rivers and Sturgis.  The storms did produce some tree damage in Prairieville Township (SW corner of Barry Co.) and 60 mph winds near Gull Lake.  Small hail was reported in several locations.  Wind damage has occurred in a dozen locations in NE Illinois and N Indiana.  My daughter (#1) texted that branches were down in Chicago where she was.  There was a report of 2″ hail west of Indianapolis.  In this humid air, we still have a chance that an isolated shower or storm could spring to life until a weak cool front passes Tuesday morning.  Most of us will be dry Tues. PM into Thursday with a chance of storms as we start the Labor Day Weekend.  No sign of any really cool air.  We’ll be mainly upper 70s to low 80s much of the rest of the week int he afternoon.  I got a quick peak at some long range maps and I don’t see anything really cool in the first half of September.

At 7:04 pm – 2,274 Consumers customers without power, 920 of them in Clare Co.  Also, 478 in Barry Co., 407 in Kalamazoo Co., 149 in Osceola Co. and 102 in Allegan Co..  Most outages near G.R. are lightning-related.   Read the thread below more and some interesting links.

91 Responses to “Dry Evening”

  1. DF (EGR) says:

    It did make it to 85 today officially, not too far from 90… It was definitely headed that way. I hope the sun doesn’t come out, the humidity would be insane.

  2. 90 in Three Rivers and Sturgis

    1. DF (EGR) says:

      Touched 90 in Kzoo also.

      1. 91 in Constantine (Southern St. Joseph County).

  3. Tim says:

    The RELATIVE humidity actually goes down as it warms up since temp and dewpoints are getting father apart.

  4. tinainvbcounty says:

    Just clouded over for the first time today. We’ve seen no rain yet, and 89 degree temp. Off to bring my daughter to cross country practice…will be keeping an eye to the sky for pop ups!

  5. Got 75 here right now with 100% Humidity and a Dew Point of 75.

    1. DF (EGR) says:

      Yeah, the sun is out here… Going to be humid the rest of the day.

  6. SS (Pwell Area) says:

    Can hear it thundering & sky is getting darker to north and west!!

    1. Red in Allegan Co. says:

      You’re probably going to get it. That just popped up south of me and the thunder is amazing.

      1. SS (Pwell Area) says:

        Getting it now lightning, down pour and electric flashed.thunder is super loud.

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      I agree with Red – at first, I could see the wall of rain about 1/2 mile to my north, passing across the lake – and there was serious CG lightning all around me, but it was dry at my house. I drove back to work, and now, FINALLY, we’re getting some rain. No wind. But it’s a really noisy storm!

      1. Red in Allegan Co. says:

        But it’s a nice noise right?

        1. GunLakeDeb says:

          LOL!! Yeah – as long as my power stays on :-) I do NOT want to do a 75-degree dewpoint without A/C!!

  7. INDY says:

    Put a call out to I travis and ask him if it’s 90* degrees yet with heat index in the 100′s !!!!!!!! I am glad I did not go all in on the heat this week’nd!! Sprites taste right!! INDYY!!!

    1. DF (EGR) says:

      Chicago only touched 88 degrees, at that moment it had a heat index of 99. Now it’s 75 degrees there. Definitely the rain surprised a lot of people.

  8. Jerry Hoag says:

    Lightning struck a house 2 down from where I live today!!!!!! Man that was a very close call, to close for my bones!!!!!! But a good storm, I think…bring us some more today……..

  9. Jerry Hoag says:

    Yeah only a 20% MD for us today. Here is what they are saying:

    AREAS AFFECTED…NORTHERN IL/NORTHERN INDIANA AND SOUTHWEST LOWER MI

    CONCERNING…SEVERE POTENTIAL…WATCH UNLIKELY

    VALID 251810Z – 252015Z

    PROBABILITY OF WATCH ISSUANCE…20 PERCENT

    SUMMARY…ISOLATED INSTANCES OF DAMAGING WINDS/SOME HAIL WILL BE
    POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON ACROSS NORTHERN IL/NORTHERN INDIANA AND
    POSSIBLY PORTIONS OF LOWER MI. WHILE A WATCH IS NOT CURRENTLY
    ANTICIPATED…CONVECTIVE TRENDS WILL MONITORED THIS AFTERNOON FOR A
    POSSIBLE SLIGHT RISK UPGRADE/SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH.

    DISCUSSION…THUNDERSTORMS HAVE SHOWN SOME RECENT SIGNS OF
    INTENSIFICATION IN A NORTHEAST-SOUTHWEST ORIENTED CORRIDOR ACROSS
    FAR SOUTHERN LOWER MI AND THE CHICAGOLAND VICINITY. THESE STORMS ARE
    FOCUSED ALONG SOUTHEASTWARD-SPREADING OUTFLOW…AS IT INTERCEPTS A
    VERY MOIST/UNSTABLE BOUNDARY LAYER ACROSS NORTHERN IL/INDIANA INTO
    SOUTHWEST LOWER MI. IN THIS CORRIDOR…70S F SURFACE DEWPOINTS AND
    AMPLE INSOLATION ARE ALREADY CONTRIBUTING TO AS MUCH AS 3500-4000
    J/KG OF MLCAPE. LARGE-SCALE INFLUENCES ARE WEAK ASIDE FROM THE
    AFOREMENTIONED BOUNDARY…WHILE VERTICAL SHEAR IS ALSO LIMITED
    /20-25 KT 0-6 KM CHICAGO WSR-88D VWP/. HOWEVER…ADDITIONAL
    DESTABILIZATION AND STORM DEVELOPMENT/MERGERS MAY LEAD TO GRADUAL
    UPSCALE GROWTH/ORGANIZATION…WITH SOME DEGREE OF FORWARD
    ACCELERATION/PROPAGATION AS A SOUTHEASTWARD-MOVING CONVECTIVE LINE.
    THIS IS A SCENARIO WELL-SUPPORTED BY LATEST HRRR RUNS AND THE 12Z
    WRF-NSSL. STEEPENING LOW-LEVEL LAPSE RATES AND AMPLE
    MOISTURE/BUOYANCY WILL BE SUPPORTIVE OF MICROBURST POTENTIAL WITH AT
    LEAST LOCALLY DAMAGING WINDS POSSIBLE THROUGH EARLY EVENING.

  10. Mr. Negative says:

    ADA – an hours worth of rain amounted to an inch.

  11. INDY says:

    79* out at thee YARDofBRICKS…..INDYY!!

  12. Brian (Grandville) says:

    I probably got less than a 1/2″ with the storm, no wind lots of thunder but little lightning. Looking forward to less humid weather.

  13. Got all that humidity an warm weather just to get 0.08″ of rain here. Was hoping for more

  14. Johnnie(Portage) says:

    90 here. Hoping for some rain to cool it down.

    1. SBPortage002 says:

      I guess the southern portion of the area can say they had a 90 this year.

  15. DF (EGR) says:

    Labor day weekend is not sounding good in the new AFD…

    HIGH PRESSURE OVER THE GREAT LAKES WILL QUICKLY GIVE WAY TO LOW
    PRESSURE MOVING EAST FROM THE PLAINS. THURSDAY LOOKS MAINLY DRY WITH
    THE HIGH STILL IN CONTROL. HOWEVER THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY
    LOOKS TO BE RATHER WET AS THE LOW MOVES EAST ACROSS NORTHERN LOWER
    MICHIGAN AND THE TRAILING COLD FRONT BECOMING SOMEWHAT HUNG UP OVER
    THE CENTRAL CWA FRIDAY AS A TRAILING LOW RIDES NORTHEAST ALONG THE
    BOUNDARY. THE GFS IS QUITE A BIT QUICKER THAN THE ECMWF AND WOULD
    MOVE THE COLD FRONT EAST QUICKER RESULTING IN A DRY SUNDAY. THE
    ECMWF ON THE OTHER HAND IS QUITE A BIT SLOWER AND LINGERS PCPN INTO
    MONDAY. HIGHS 75-80 ARE EXPECTED THROUGH THE PERIOD.

    1. fixxxer says:

      This summer is a bust and done. No one cares at this point.

  16. Mike(Shepherd, Mi) says:

    Dewpoint is now up to 78 here. Highest this summer for me.

  17. mike[kalamazoo county] says:

    Rainy weekend sounds good to me a lot less work for me if it is.

    1. fixxxer says:

      People have outdoor plans.

      1. mike[kalamazoo county] says:

        They get a weekend every week. I get a chance to grow a crop once a year. Farmers tend to resent the attitude about rain free weekends.

      2. michael g (SE GR) says:

        Not YOU of course, but, you know, people.

        1. mike[kalamazoo county] says:

          I don’t need a weekend every week, if that’s what you mean. I love my job. What strikes me as odd with people when it comes to weekends is the weather has to be perfect or the beloved weekend is destroyed and they have to wait another whole 5 days before the next one.

        2. Michael g (se GR) says:

          Nah, I was replying to fix, the way the blog is set up it just looks like it was to you. He likes to sit in front of his computer and complain that the weather is too terrible to go outside. On the few occasions that the weather reaches his standard for acceptable, he sits in front of his computer anyway.

  18. Scott (robinson twsp) says:

    Mesopoof. Rained for about 10 min at work in Holland.

  19. dereks says:

    Finally 81 degrees in Vestaburg after the weekend staying in the 70′s.

  20. INDY says:

    Rolling up a mean green and drinking a cold sprite getting dinner ready for tonight!! Still 79* out at thee cool YARDofBRICKS from steaks corn and more INDYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. fixxxer says:

      So you admit your a pothead and a drunk? ;)

    2. Jack says:

      YEAAAA, Tis a Willie Nelson Type of DAY,,, CUE it UP, and Enjoy ” The SMOKE , ain’t No Joke,,,Passin U aToke INDY-;-;-;;-;-;-;;-:–. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KbKH4A7VFY. Stay Doobie CUEDD… ;-)

  21. Cliff(Scotts) says:

    Bill that was hilarious talking about that storm falling apart like the tigers bullpen. Thanks for the laugh.

    1. Red in Allegan Co. says:

      Made me and my husband laugh out loud!

  22. fixxxer says:

    Worst summer ever. Of course now that the kids go back to school, you watch. We will have a heatwave so they cant enjoy it. Typical.

    1. SBPortage002 says:

      20 days in the 80s this month.

  23. Eileen (Hesperia) says:

    Anyone else having problems loading the NWS page?

    1. SBPortage002 says:

      I have had the same problem.

    2. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Yes, I thought it was just my computer.

      1. michael g (SE GR) says:

        This explains it…..

        http://t.co/xHxAo6oAE0

        1. Eileen (Hesperia) says:

          Thanks!

        2. Brian(Grandville) says:

          Stupid android.

  24. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    The BEST SUMMER EVER lives on and on!

  25. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Lets review the facts!

    1. Which TV stations were predicting GR would hit 90 degrees today? All of them!
    2. How many bloggers said GR would hit 90 degrees today! Most of them!
    3. Who said GR would not hit 90 degrees today Just another BINGO! INCREDIBLE!
    4. My accuracy rate this summer is almost 95%! Imagine that!

    1. MichiganWon says:

      Let’s also review these facts….

      1. You so desperately need help
      2. You’ve admitted you only come here to alienate people
      3. You’re a completely redundant clown
      4-10. See # 3

    2. matt says:

      Bingo you have no job and mooch off your parents while trying to be a big man on the weather blog…100% fact. Imagine that, thanks for listening.

  26. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Winter is right around the corner! Get ready for a record breaking SNOWFALL! Bring it!

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Yes, fall will be here after next week and then winter. What kind of winter will GR have this winter. Well we all know it will be cold (it always is) and in all likely hood it will snow (it usually doses) the question is just how cold will it be and how much snow will GR get? The answer will come next April.
      SlimJim

      1. Ill take a warm or freezing cold winter as long as its 4 months long instead of a ridiculous 6 months

      2. John (Norton Shores) says:

        I’ve heard it’s supposed to be a much warmer winter compared to last year on average. I have also heard that we will see a near normal snowfall winter, but as usual we can be surprised like last winter! And the final results don’t come until the end of winter.

        1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

          Yeah I don’t listen to anyone until winter officially hits. But fall is my favorite season and ill be thinking about that first before winter.

      3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        The answer is now – NEAR to SLIGHTLY BELOW AVERAGE TEMPS and ABOVE AVERAGE SNOWFALL! Mark it down!

        1. I don’t trust any predictions right now. But if yours is correct then that’s fine, as long as winter winds down in late February

        2. matt says:

          Mark what down moocher?

    2. matt says:

      Get ready for what kid? More lies about your activities, more lies on the playground, and more lies on the weather blog. Go get a job and help your parents out. Thanks for listening.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Just the facts baby! GET USED TO IT!!

        1. matt says:

          Get used to the fact that you’re too lazy to get a part time. What’s the matter did mommy make you make you mad and you threw your Kool-Aid at the wall.

  27. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    With it not reaching 90° today it now looks like GR will not have a official 90° day this summer. While it could still happen in the next few weeks the chances are now getting very low. Right now here at my house I have a temp of 80° and its cloudy and humid. And I did receive 0.61” of rain here.
    SlimJim

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Who knew?

    2. michael g (SE GR) says:

      Nice!

  28. Brian(Grandville) says:

    So this is what it’s like to live in Florida every day for 8 months out of the year.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Yes FL is a _ell hole! I would never consider living in that dump!

      1. matt says:

        Kinda like that basement you live in, in Rockhole. You’re a moocher kid.

    2. Eileen (Hesperia) says:

      Lived in Sarasota, Florida for 5 years. The humidity we had today is nothing compared to the humidity they get there. It’s terrible :(

      1. Michael g (se GR) says:

        Mmm dewpoints near 80* are high, even for Florida.

  29. Mike Geukes says:

    PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORTS
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI

    0212 PM HEAVY RAIN 2 SW LEOTA 44.12N 84.92W
    08/25/2014 M0.72 INCH CLARE MI MESONET

    MESONET STATION 2 SW LEOTA /LEOM4/ HEAVY
    RAIN DURATION 6 HOURS.

    0215 PM HEAVY RAIN 1 NW HUDSONVILLE 42.87N 85.87W
    08/25/2014 M0.71 INCH OTTAWA MI MESONET

    MESONET STATION 1 NW HUDSONVILLE /DW5570/
    HEAVY RAIN DURATION 6 HOURS.

    0204 PM HEAVY RAIN GRANDVILLE 42.91N 85.76W
    08/25/2014 M0.65 INCH KENT MI MESONET

    MESONET STATION GRANDVILLE /DW6683/ HEAVY
    RAIN DURATION 6 HOURS.

    0154 PM HEAVY RAIN 2 NW BIG RAPIDS 43.72N 85.50W
    08/25/2014 M0.56 INCH MECOSTA MI AWOS

    AWOS STATION ROBEN-HOOD ARPT /RQB/ HEAVY
    RAIN DURATION 6 HOURS.

    0214 PM HEAVY RAIN 2 SE HERSEY 43.82N 85.41W
    08/25/2014 M0.54 INCH OSCEOLA MI MESONET

    MESONET STATION 2 SE HERSEY /AS071/ HEAVY
    RAIN DURATION 6 HOURS.

    0213 PM HEAVY RAIN 3 ENE GRAND VALLEY 42.99N 85.81W
    08/25/2014 M0.52 INCH OTTAWA MI MESONET

    MESONET STATION 3 ENE GRAND VALLEY /DW5733/
    HEAVY RAIN DURATION 6 HOURS.

    1230 PM HAIL HERSEY 43.85N 85.44W
    08/25/2014 M0.25 INCH OSCEOLA MI PUBLIC

    TIME APPROXIMATE FROM RADAR.

    0410 PM TSTM WND DMG 3 WSW HICKORY CORNERS 42.43N 85.44W
    08/25/2014 BARRY MI 911 CALL CENTER

    COUNTY DISPATCH INDICATED A HANDFUL OF TREES
    DOWN IN PRAIRIEVILLE TOWNSHIP.

    0415 PM TSTM WND GST 1 S SOUTH GULL LAKE 42.38N 85.40W
    08/25/2014 E60 MPH KALAMAZOO MI TRAINED SPOTTER

  30. Wildkat (GR Twp) says:

    One of trees was hit by lightning today. Pretty impressive how far the wood was blown off the tree. Huge crack up one of the large branches and the tree will probably need to come down. Several burn marks as well. Garage door opener victim to power surge. :-( Glad the elderly neighbor didn’t have a heart attack due to loud explosion. Love coming home from work to find this excitement. Sigh.

  31. Resourceful Nana says:

    Though it seemed like it was threatening to do more, I could only muster 15/100 out of the rain gauge from showers that came through between 5 and 6 pm. That makes a total of 7/10 for the month of August. Now, if we could just squeeze some of the humidity out of the air and put it in the ground—

  32. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Wow the sky is very red right now! Today was definitely a warm and muggy day and it felt WAY warmer than the actual temp. Had a very nice thunderstorm here with plenty of rain and the grass continues to stay green. The rest of this week looks comfortable (a bit warm but thats okay) and it appears to stay relatively mild for the next few weeks. Nice end to the summer!

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Mild for the next few weeks. Do you have a crystal ball Nathan.:)

      1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

        No I was just referring to Bills post from above, but maybe he does. Although that would be cheating ;)

        1. Brian(Grandville) says:

          Bill just came from Wisconsin, so you know he at least has a cheese ball.

  33. Uncle Sparkee says:

    Well well well my little weather hooooboz! Your ol uncle sparkee just took a qiuck patrol of the back 80, all is tight. Tokes killer and dopey didn’t get any chew toys tonight. I turned my dish back to the west, hot Russian weather girls wearin very little. Sick of all u big city lights burning your cities down. Seen enough of that when I was deep in some bush in the middle of hell. Well my cash crop is comin in reeeeal nice. Should be enough to pay the tax hound, and lots of fall and winter fun in the back woods!!!!!

  34. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    This the best year of weather ever!

    1. matt says:

      It must be for you since all you do all day is mooch off your parents and live in the basement. Thanks for listening moocher.

  35. INDY says:

    Fixer and his brothers are IDIOTS just admit it would u !!! U bring Bills blog down!! 2 weeks from now u will get your cash on your card and u all will be happy!! Temp is 77* out at thee YARDofBRICKS dinner was good sprites are taste better!!! INDYY!!

    1. matt says:

      Derp derp derp

  36. GunLakeDeb says:

    I think Bill got Gun mixed up with Gull Lake? We had heavy rain (I got .81″ in about a 45-minute rain), lots of C/G lightning – but almost no wind. But in all fairness – Gun is big, and they could have had a hurricane on the north side which is almost 3 miles from my house on the south…..

    I was happy to get the rain – the corn around here looks like it’s 10′ tall and the waterfall is flowing nicely :-)

  37. Barb says:

    Nowhere near 90 at my house–just 83 in SE GR.

  38. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

    My reading at the house was 93. Though the temperature always reads a little warm in direct sunlight. 90 sounds about right. I didn’t spend much time outdoors, though I did get sweaty just walking to the mailbox this afternoon. And the storms fell apart again right before they hit. Just a little light rain this evening.

  39. Jack says:

    Hey Bill, Welcome HOME !! Here is Clock for “Christ”- mas !!! 2014 re: Your mention of it on WOOD TV @ 11:00 pm NEWS!! http://www.yourchristmascountdown.com/. Also a QUESTION for ya BILL…. Are YOU Going To Stop By INDY’S YARDofBRICKS SUNDAY ?? For The KISS THE BRICKS PARTY 2014 !!! Hope So, Be Great To See LIVE & In Person Again!!!! Staying CUEDD,,,, For a Answer MY FRIEND ! Thanks, and GOD BLESS……… :-)

  40. Bernie at the lakeshore says:

    Here is a winter prediction. :)

    Farmers’ Almanac predicts another nasty winter
    http://news.yahoo.com/farmers-almanac-predicts-another-nasty-winter-154326000.html

  41. Jeff (Richland) says:

    We got nothing besides a couple rain drops from yesterdays storms, it literally just missed my house by a mile or so. Looking north, I could see the trees obscured by rain and then the storm built south just as it was passing east of me so I could see lots of lightning and loud thunder. Talk about a huge let down with the storm literally curving right around my house. No measurable rain here since last Tuesday now, hopefully that changes later this week. And now this morning, got an awesome storm and downpour here at my work in Oshtemo but looks like nothing again at home.

  42. TrippedUpDaddy(Belmont) says:

    Utility pole by my garage and my next door neighbor’s chimney took a simultaneous direct hit from lighting during this storm. With the bolt apparently forking and hitting the pole directly, and getting hitting it again indirectly as the charge arced back from the chimney to the ground cable about 15′ up the pole. The ceramic insulator that holds the power wires on the utility pole was shattered into little pieces, and my neighbor lost 10 to 15 feet of chimney from the energy released on the strike.

    You can actually see the path were the lightning arced back through the pine and maple trees in our side yards. There is trail of brown, withered leaves and pine needles on the branches the charge passed through from chimney to pole. Interesting, and yet scary, to see in terms of raw power output.

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