Live Radar, Links and Dangerous Currents at the Beach

August 29th, 2014 at 10:51 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

   Advisory  Saturday late morning –   Mostly light showers from east of Kalamazoo to Alma drifting E-NE.  Showers and a few storms will develop this afternoon into this evening.  Dewpoints are in the low 70s, so there’s plenty of moisture.

The map on the right is a Beach Hazards Advisory (at Lake Michigan) in effect thru this evening .  We’ll have a brisk south wind and a strong push of surface water from south to north.  That will create a longshore current and it will pile water on the south side of the piers and breakwaters.  So if you do go in the Lake Michigan water today, don’t swim or jump off of the piers (especially at S. Beach in S. Haven, Grand Haven St. Park and Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon).   The Storm Prediction Center (and me) continue to track the possibility of severe weather Monday PM (see thread above).  Check out the links below.

Cristobal is now a strong extratropical storm well off Newfoundland, racing to the east-northeast at nearly 50 mph…headed toward Iceland and then NW Europe, where it’ll be a windy rainy low pressure center (extratropical storm).  The storm will shove a lot of relatively warm, moist air up over SE Greenland, where they could get 2-4 FEET of snow.  Marie is just a weakening depression far from land.  Seas are calming in California and the Baja of Mexico.   Friday, there were no official tropical storms anywhere on Earth – extremely rare for late August.  Also, deadly mudslide in China.

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.

53 Responses to “Live Radar, Links and Dangerous Currents at the Beach”

  1. Jennifer K (NE GR) says:

    Bill this is horrible news! I am going out to Muskegon today decorate for a wedding reception (in a log cabin so that will be safe). However the wedding is on the beach tomorrow! :-(

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Good luck on tomorrows wedding The last two outdoor weddings we went to one was in Alpena in August and it was one of the hottest days in Alpena (2010) and the other was believe it or not in October in Wisconsin and that day it was COLD and windy But Iam sure everyone will have a great happy day!

  2. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    A cloudy somewhat cool start to the Labor Day Weekend. The temp here at my house is now 68° with some mist in the air. Looking ahead it seems as if we can expect some rain (maybe a lot) of the weekend and temps for the most part not too far from average in fact here in GR August is still running at just a tad below the long term average with this month now at 70..7° (-0.4°)
    With time running out for the chance of GR (and many other locations) of reaching 90° or better this summer it now looking more and more like this will end up being the second time in recorded history that GR has not reached 90° (officially) in a summer the last time this happened was 1951. Maybe we can go this winter and not get below +10° or better yet have no days with more then one inch of snow. But I doubt that will happen.

  3. fixxxer says:

    Craptastic weekend ahead. Have had plenty of this this summer.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Seriously, get outside once in a while. Pretty much every weekend this summer has been awesome.

  4. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Absolutely a torrential downpour right now! I have gotten about .6″ of rain so far today.

  5. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Now up to an inch for the day, amazing what a few miles difference can make, the northern portion of the county has barely had anything today and this month as well. I am now up to 3″ of rain for the month, while northern portions of Muskegon county have not had nearly that much.

  6. pat z says:

    Hey Bill I have asked a couple of times what have been the worst days this summer and the best days just out of curiosity. My guess Monday and Tuesday the worst and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday the best. I have a bet on this one.

  7. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    I just got off the golf course! I shot an 82! It was a great day to golf! No rain! Who knew?

    1. Tim (Spring Lake) says:

      No rain in the GR bubble maybe, but like John, we had better than an inch today here. Quite a downpour for probably 30-45 minutes, and also had some light rain this morning. Looks like most of the viewing area will get some rain today, except for the GR bubble. Current radar shows rain north of GR, and rain forming and moving NE that looks to just miss GR to the south.

    2. matt says:

      Right sure you did, only after you put the wii controller down to ask your mom to make you another peanut butter and jelly sandwich ya moocher.

  8. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Don’t look now! This one is for Barry! Enjoy! Imagine that!

    1. Tim (Spring Lake) says:

      Looks average to me, with TC to the north with a chance of slightly cooler than average. Nothing really cool to cold, unless you head to North Dakota.

    2. matt says:

      No rain till the pm and it’s been raining on and off here. Get back to pixie stick weather model kiddo.

  9. Getting some heavy rain here. Not sure on the total as more rain is coming. After the rain moves out ill have a total

  10. Jack says:

    IT’S ????????? ” FRY”DAY!!!!!!! Yabba Dabba Doo! – YouTube
    Have a SAFE ONE….. :-)

  11. Tim (Spring Lake) says:

    Looks like most of the viewing area has gotten, or is getting, around the amount of rain predicted today. I’m guessing the forecast for this weekend will hold true, and despite some people’s claims that we won’t see much rain this weekend, that we will probably have a pretty soggy Labor Day weekend. Hope we get a decent amount of dry time to get out and enjoy the long weekend!

  12. GunLakeDeb says:

    I seem to be in a dry-ish slot. Hearing thunder to my northwest and thunder to my southeast; but the “rain” (I’m using that term lightly) has dampened the pavement and that’s about it.

    1. matt says:

      We have been having rain on and off here all day. Maybe later tonight a storm will pop up by you. By the way Gun Lake is great.

      1. SS (Pwell Area) says:

        Has been doing same thing here as well. Lots of thunder though right now!!! Just looked out window now raining!!!

  13. Mike[kalamazoo county] says:

    No rain here. Can almost pin point the dry areas as the rain moves up from In. and falls apart. Imo it is going to take a strong low level jet to get any type of substantial precip. going in my area.

  14. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Rain? We had about 15 minutes of rain! Like I said a great day spend outside! Imagine that!

    1. Tim (Spring Lake) says:

      Only in certain places (Like Rockford, obviously). Others, most of the day has been a wash out. (Grand Haven to the northeast)

    2. matt says:

      Yup you were wrong again about the weather that’s what you get when you make weather models out of tinker toys kid. Stick to spreading your fantasy golf trips on the playground kiddo.

  15. michael g (SE GR) says:

    Had a heavy shower here, with some distant thunder, but the rain only lasted 6 or 8 minutes. Sprinkles outside of that.

  16. Ruth Tucker says:

    Hey, Who’s minding the shop with the weather forecast? I just noticed News 8 long range temps, beginning today, August, 29, are lows in the 60s, but on the hourly forecast, you have it going down to 40 on Sunday at 2 pm. Should we be covering our petunias in low lying areas? I’m on the river in Comstock Park. Just kidding.


    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Sometimes that’s a computer issue. Once in a while when you input a temperature it can toss that number in the wrong place. We’ve also had it go back to default.

      1. Jerry Hoag says:

        lol, Bill………..Computers we couldn’t live without them and always will need them from now on…..Right???!!!!!

  17. Jerry Hoag says:

    WOW WHAT A DAY TODAY!!!!!! I was on the Rapid, and out at Walmart then on the way home on Route number 9. The bus was going through GreenRidge Shopping Center made its turn on that road that takes you back out to Alpine. We had a red light and were behind at least 4 cars. Then I noticed up ahead there was a very nasty accident. The cops then had the traffic move (us too) when we got up to where we would normally turn to the Left the cop made everyone turn Right. Well there was not enough room for the bus to make that turn and we side swipped the Ambulance!!!!!! No one got hurt but we all had to get off the bus and wait as they made their accident reports then wait for the Supervisor from the Rapid and a new bus. But the Supervisor let us ride that bus all the way down to Central Station and we didn’t have to stop at any stops along the way. WHAT A DAY!!!!!!!! Now I am home safe and sound, I pray!!!!!!

    It did rain during all this drama too…..all this took place around 230pm and I got home at 600pm,

  18. Michael g (se GR) says:

    Hang in there Travis. We still have a shot to end up the summer in GR right at normal. Of course it will take the next two days having highs of 115° , and lows of 95°, but hey, it could happen.

    Maybe you should grab that thermometer fron Flint and swap it out with the one over here…

    1. Jerry Hoag says:

      Michael that would be very interesting if that happened!!!!!!! I’ve seen weird things happen why not that!!!!! RIGHT???!!!!!????!!!!!! LOL>>>>>>>>>

      :-) :-)

    2. DF (EGR) says:

      Good stuff. Normalish… Lol.

    3. michael g (SE GR) says:

      Well, that 71* overnight is going to make it tougher, but a toasty 139* would even that right out!

    4. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      +100 Trillion!

  19. Jack says:

    Lighting all Around ” The Mitten”. west I should Say. Stay CUEDD………… ;-)

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Didn’t effect the Tigers winning game 1. Another double header tomorrow. J.V. gets the win. Cleveland up 8-0 in the 8th over K.C.

      1. Jack says:

        CURRENTLY@ The YARDofCUES::: 73°F
        Wind SpeedS 9 mph
        Barometer29.96 in (1014.2 mb)
        Dewpoint71°F (22°C)
        Visibility10.00 mi
        Darn MUGGY….stay CUEDD & Thanks INJUNS !!!

      2. Brian(Grandville) says:

        Correction, Cleveland won 6-1. Not sure what I was looking at.

  20. Brian(Grandville) says:

    Rain continues to fall apart as soon as it enters Kent county from the south???

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Imagine that!

  21. Mike Geukes says:

    SPC mentions this:

    I like the thumb region for possible tornadoes, Huron, Tuscola counties.

  22. Paul says:

    No offense to anyone, please don’t come to Grand Haven today. When you go into the water and need to be rescued, you put public safety officers lives at risk. Stay home and watch football, GO GREEN and GO BLUE!

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      If you do go into the water, wear a life vest.

    2. Irish coffee says:

      Hey now…more to GH than water!! I spent my honeymoon there back in ’90 (Aug 19-20) no time for swimming as I was HOT for teacher(wife, and teacher that is;)

  23. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    The rain looks very spotty again today! Get outside and enjoy Michigan. Golf here I come!

    1. Tom says:

      So when is your tee time and where?

  24. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Here is another look at this coming WINTER! It is looking like another great winter season is revving up! Get Ready!

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Wrong year – better luck the next time!

    1. Tom says:

      Better start waxing those imaginary skis!!! Good luck on your first day of school on Tuesday!!

  25. dereks says:

    A nice steady rain in Vestaburg.

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