Monday PM Showers/Storms

August 25th, 2014 at 11:52 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

   Scattered showers and t-storms this afternoon.  They’re moving west to east.  Check radar and the other links below.  Certainly some heavy rain in this humid air, along with the possibility of gusty winds and small hail (though the freezing level is pretty high) in bigger storms.  Lower Michigan is in the General T-Storm Outlook from the Storm Prediction Center.  There is a “See Text” for E. Wisconsin.  SPC does mention Lower Michigan:  “…MID/UPR MS VLY INTO MI TODAY/TNGT… TSTMS NOW OVER ERN IA AND SRN/ERN WI SHOULD DIMINISH AS DIURNAL HEATING WEAKENS/RE-ORIENTS LLJ AND AS MB UPR SYSTEM CONTINUES ENEWD /REF MCD 1613/. SOME REJUVENATION MAY OCCUR WITH SFC HEATING ALONG OUTFLOW BOUNDARIES EWD INTO NRN IL/IND…AND LWR MI LATER TODAY. ALTHOUGH THE STORMS MAY POSE A THREAT FOR ISOLD SVR WIND/HAIL GIVEN FAVORABLE THERMODYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT…WEAK/NEGATIVE LARGE-SCALE FORCING FOR ASCENT SHOULD LIMIT STORM COVERAGE/SVR RISK.   There was some wind damage from storms in southern Wisconsin earlier this morning.  Severe weather here in Lower Michigan is unlikely.   I’ll update when I can this PM/evening.   At 2:20 pm – heaviest storms in far NE Allegan (moving into far NW Barry Co. and in Ionia Co.    77° dewpoint in G.R. and Holland at noon – highest of the year, I believe and close to as high as it gets.  Very muggy.  Rainfall as of 2 pm:  1.03″ Daybreak Church (Hudsonville), 1 in Ada in an hour, 0.56″ Big Rapids, 0.65″ Grandville, 0.54″ Hersey (Osceola Co.), 0.52″ Allendale, 0.36″ Muskegon, 0.32″ WOOD-TV (Heritage Hill, G.R.), 0.30″ Grand Haven (BilMar’s on the lake).  Storms are moving west to east.

The morning run of the European gives G.R. another 0.17″ of rain tonight, 0.01″ Weds. PM (may not happen), 0.55″ Thursday night into Friday…more rain possible over the coming weekend.  Still no 90°.  Four months to Christmas Day.

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, North American Lightning Tracker with zoom feature.   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.

54 Responses to “Monday PM Showers/Storms”

  1. I have 84 degrees here at noon with a feels like reading of 94. Defiantly warm out there in the sun, cooler over by the thunderstorms. Only 73 in Muskegon right now. Clouds are just beginning to roll in here, so my temps may top out in the Mid 80′s

  2. INDY says:

    Cold front Cold front is here!! No 90′s this summer who would of thought!! INDYY!

    1. fixxxer says:

      Yeah 86 is a cold front.

  3. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Pouring really hard here again.

  4. INDY says:

    Nice broken line of thunder storms over thee YARDofBRICKS summer is coming to thee end!! INDYY!!!

  5. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    Hey Swatz incoming ….. Better than nothing I guess , but no FDM model on these…..

  6. fixxxer says:

    Storms? 90? Lmao…

  7. Barry in Zeeland says:

    77 dew point?? Wow, I could go the rest of my life without ever seeing it that high again. Takes the breath right out of you when you step outside.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      At the risk of sounding like Fixxx – it really SUCKS out there!!

  8. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Ridiculously hot out right now. Fixing up the kitchen today and we have a table coming in soon, so will be indoors all day ;)

  9. Rob's Wife (Plainfield at 3 Mile) says:

    Sunshine when I stepped into the shower, pitch black house when I got out. I feel like there has been quite a few of these days this summer, where it gets dark around noon because of cloud cover. Some light rumbles here too. Took the little outside today around 10. Had to come back in after only an hour. We were both sweating buckets and wheezing. Humidity is an asthmatics enemy!

    1. fixxxer says:

      Too many gloomy days. I agree.

      1. Rob's Wife (Plainfield at 3 Mile) says:

        Second cloudiest, right behind Washington. GR and Wyoming are 29 and 30 in the top 101 list of cities with the cloudiest days. I try really hard no see it as such a bad thing when considering hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes (frequent ones), severe drought or flood as an alternative to moving somewhere else. I will admit though, I am a positive person mostly and it has been a little hard for even me to grasp onto summer this year. In my mind the weather has been nice, yes, but it just didn’t ever turn into summer. It’s like spring held on for too long.

  10. fixxxer says:

    90 huh woodtv? Not this summer.

  11. Power outages are popping up in Belmont and Rockford. Looks like a good chunk of downtown Rockford has no power. One thing to note is the exit ramp to Post Drive in in the outage area as well so the traffic light may be out there

    1. Barry in Zeeland says:

      Outages in Rockford? Guess that explains the rock guys absence. :)

    2. John (Norton Shores) says:

      Downtown Fruitport is also without power.

      1. Along with downtown Spring Lake

        1. John (Norton Shores) says:

          A lot of downtown’s are without power lol, wonder what’s up with that.

        2. Haha now parts of downtown GR lol

  12. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Just receive a good little thunderstorm here on the NW side some good thunder a lightning and a heavy rain fall. Will check the rain gauge later to see how much. Temp was 85° and now down to 71° so no 90’s here today.
    SlimJim

  13. Barry in Zeeland says:

    It’s really dark here now, but the thunder and heavy rain is just North of me. Looks odd with the storm clouds moving west to east, but the really low clouds are zipping along east to west.

  14. DF (EGR) says:

    Nice storm in EGR now. Some quality lightning. Down to 76 degrees from 84.

  15. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Rotation over Jenison? Or what ?

    1. DF (EGR) says:

      Or what. :)

    2. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

      It got pretty crazy here for a few mins.

      1. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

        Not very often do I get rain coming in the windows from all directions. low’s tonight in the mid 70′s ? gonna be a night with A/C running

  16. Clara says:

    Thundering here in Cascade. Nice deep rumbles.

  17. kentwoodchicken says:

    BWAAAK! Thundering in Kentwood! Time to number feathers!

  18. on the Grand says:

    Well what a surprise, heavy flooding rain, what happened to our garden variety type rain storm, no need to worry.

  19. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Got a quick 0.53” of rain in that thunderstorm here. Still raining but much lighter.
    SlimJim

  20. INDY says:

    Wow the temp has falling 10 degrees out at thee YARDofBRICKS nice cold front! Time to fire up the grill and drink some more sprites!! And for the 90′s back back back going going gone feel u next summer!! INDYY!!!

  21. Mike Geukes says:

    AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
    1227 PM EDT MON AUG 25 2014

    LATEST UPDATE…
    MESOSCALE DISCUSSION

    .MESOSCALE DISCUSSION…
    ISSUED AT 1227 PM EDT MON AUG 25 2014

    THREAT CONTINUES THIS AFTERNOON FOR ISOLATED SEVERE WINDS AND
    LOCALIZED FLOODING…NORTH OF I-94. STRONG STRONG UPDRAFTS WILL
    CONTINUE TO FORM AS CONVECTION MOVES EAST INTO HIGH INSTABILITY.
    SOUTHERLY FLOW HAS ADVECTED LOW TO MID 70S SFC DEW POINTS AND
    AFTERNOON HEATING SHOULD RESULT IN TEMPS REACHING UPPER
    80S…YIELDING SFC BASED LIFTED INDICES OF MINUS 8 TO 10. DEEP
    LAYER SHEAR OF ONLY 20 TO 25 KNOTS WILL LIMIT STORM
    ORGANIZATION…BUT DESCENDING CORES COULD PRODUCE WET MICROBURSTS
    AS LAPS SOUNDINGS SHOW DRY WEDGE AROUND 500 MB AND DRY ADIABATIC
    SUB CLOUD LAYER.

    FLOODING THREAT HAS BEEN LIMITED SO FAR BY STORM MOVEMENT AROUND
    25 KNOTS BUT SOME TRAINING OF STORMS IS POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON AS
    LINE OF STORMS BECOMES ORIENTED MORE PARALLEL TO THE FLOW.
    RAINFALL RATES HAVE BEEN ESTIMATED BY RADAR AROUND 1.5 INCHES AND
    PRECIPITABLE WATER VALUES WILL BE AROUND 1.8 INCHES.

  22. Bobby (Ada) says:

    Getting DUMPED ON out here in Cascade. A little bit of small pea sized hail for about a minute and roughly 40-50mph gusts just a moment ago.

  23. kentwoodchicken says:

    BWAAAK! Squirrels are hiding!

  24. Major CG’s in Caledonia…well just northwest of where I am. Thundering off in the distance but the lightning is crazy.

    1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      Yeah a tree only about 100 yards away got hit!

  25. Randall says:

    So much for the forecast of heat and an outside chance of rain. Drove all the way to Kent City from GR to do some painting after seeing the morning forecast. I was prepared for a lot of heat and humidity with maybe a shortened day due to the scattered afternoon showers(30%)Barely made it to noon when the heavens opened up and washed half of my work onto the pavement. A huge waste of time and gas! It was 68 degrees when I drove back home about 1:00!

    1. Jesse (Zeeland) says:

      I agree! Yesterday they were forecasting this rain for tomorrow night/ Wednesday a.m. but this morning I read the NWS forecast discussion and they had mentioned a much faster cold frontal passage. If you read the NWS forecast discussions and then watch the meteorologists on tv they never collaborate with each other.

  26. fixxxer says:

    Worst forecast ive seen in awhile. Laughable and uneeded heavy rain.

  27. Julie says:

    Does the sun ever shine any more? Here is southern Montcalm County has been the gloomist summer I can remember. Always haze or overcast.

  28. Got hardly any rain. Not much lightning at all. The only thing this rain did was bump the temp down to 77. Not an exciting storm

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      I would LOVE to have the temp get bumped down – the sun is out here and it’s beyond steamy….

  29. INDY says:

    Hey fixer just think in 2 weeks u will have cash on your card again THAT WILL MAKE U HAPPY!! Broken line of storms has past!!!Sprites and lots of ice today INDYY!!!!

  30. GunLakeDeb says:

    That line of rain is splitting – I think we’re going to miss the rain :-(

  31. GunLakeDeb says:

    This morning, I led a kayak tour of invasive species on Gun Lake :-) But while I’m in that mode – let me share something with all of you:

    The east side of the state is battling Phragmites (frag-mighties) – a 6-to-12-foot-tall grass-looking plant, that right now has a big purple plume on the top (turns to silver in the fall). It’s working its way into West Michigan, and even if you don’t care that it crowds out beneficial plants that feed and support wildlife – you OUGHT to care because Phragmites can do THIS:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2kZ2sUQPuE

    Last year, they had to evacuate the Oakland Crossings Mall, because a Phragmites fire was raging just behind it (the TV reports called it a “grass fire” but this stuff is no ordinary grass)

    It likes to grow in ditches/low spots. If you notice it near your house – kill it. Don’t let it spread.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Sorry – it was Great Lakes Crossing Mall in Oakland County. Here’s the story and video:
      http://www.wxyz.com/news/region/oakland-county/large-brush-fire-burning-near-great-lakes-crossing

      1. I see that stuff quite a bit in certain areas. Don’t got any near my house though

  32. Is this the last of the rain today?

  33. Randall says:

    More moving over the lake and further west. Anybody’s guess if it will weaken and dissipate or hold together and give us another soaking

  34. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    The drains in front of my house started shooting water out of them because it was raining so hard. Didn’t measure the rain but it was definitely a good amount.

  35. Red in Allegan Co. says:

    Getting thunder here now. Not seeing much on radar in my area but I can see where it is raining just off to my SW. I really didn’t want to have to water the garden today. Hmmm!

  36. Red in Allegan Co. says:

    Well I take that back. Just took a peek at the radar again and that popped up awful fast just to my south. The thunder is amazing tho!

    1. SS (Pwell Area) says:

      I know… really rumbling….

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