Thursday Night/Friday Showers and Storms

September 3rd, 2014 at 11:27 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Tree down Nunica  Theresa Cheadle   Scattered showers and storms as I write this early Friday – most north of a line from Grand Haven to Lansing.  The strongest storms have had frequent lightning and heavy downpours.   Here’s Grand Rapids looping radar and  Green Bay radar.   Picture of tree down in Nunica from Theresa Cheadle came into my email.  Click on the image to enlarge.    There were strong winds due to a “wake low” that developed on Thursday after the storms moved thru in the morning.  The Muskegon Airport reported a gust to 53 mph, a gust to 54 mph was recorded on the beach at Muskegon with gusts to 47 mph in Comstock Park and Grand Rapids.  Waves were up to 6 ft. at G. Haven St. Park and approached 10-feet at the buoys out in the lake.  We do have a chance of a shower/storm.  tonight and during the coming day (best chc. of heavy storms tomorrow for the mid-afternoon from I-69 to the east).  As of 4 pm, Consumers Energy reports a total of 3,104 customers without power, including 2,281 in Muskegon Co., 281 in Kent Co. and  489 in Ottawa Co.  Still some mainly sprinkles south of a line from Muskegon to Alma.

The most rain I saw was 1.70″ near Caledonia, with 0.7″ in Allendale, 0.62″ at Benton Harbor, 0.45″ at the G.R. Airport, 0.52″ at Holland, 0.23″ at Muskegon and 0.11″ at Ionia.  Storm Total Rainfall shows the heaviest rain fell west of a line from Muskegon to Lowell to Niles.    Here’s Grand Rapids looping radar and see Milwaukee looping radarRegional radar shows strong t-storms in NE Wisconsin heading toward N. Lower MI and other t-storms west of Chicago that are weakening.  No severe weather has been reported as of 6 am.  Thunderstorms that plowed thru Minnesota and NW Wisconsin produced golfball-sized hail, winds of 50 mph and up to an inch of rain in less than 10 minutes!  Here’s SPC storm reports from Weds.    Updated GRR NWS Short Term Discussion. Here’s looping radar and Milwaukee radar. Small Craft Warnings will be out for the morning on Lake Michigan for 3-6 foot waves during the PM.  There is a Beach Hazards Advisory from Holland north for the Lake Michigan beaches for waves 3-6 feet high.  With a south wind, waves will not be quite as high in Van Buren and Berrien Counties. It’ll be mostly sunny and pleasant for Saturday – Monday with afternoon temperatures back into the low-mid 70s.  The next front giving us scattered showers and storms next Tues. – Weds.   A stronger cool front may send high temperatures into the 60s around the 12th – 14th as the calendar and shortening days point to a more fall-like pattern.

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.

Also:  Baseball-sized hail at Manning, ND, reports emergency management…Roof damage, hail, funnel cloud at Williston, ND…Norbert is now a hurricane and will move up west of Baja – will likely provide some rain for far S. Calif. and Arizona as a weakened tropical depression.

59 Responses to “Thursday Night/Friday Showers and Storms”

  1. dereks says:

    Hopefully some good thunderstorms come morning for northeast Montcalm county.

  2. Jack says:

    Lightining COUNT is OVER 5,000 on WXSP…as I Type THIS..,,, STAY CUEDDD, 4 Thunder Booms & Lighting Zooms … GR !

  3. fixxxer says:

    ill believe that 88 when i see it. betting the rain and clouds inhibit those high temps today.

    1. michael g (se GR) says:

      Looks like someone got a vocabulary builder calendar for Labor Day…,,

      1. INDY says:

        lol! But still no job!! INDYY!!

        1. fixxxer says:

          Indy ive been working for over a year. How about you? Hows meijers?

        2. INDY says:

          Lol for a year now!! INDYY!!

  4. mart (gr) says:

    Spectacular lightning downtown

  5. Tim (Walker) says:

    We finally have storms!!! Where is everyone?

  6. john says:

    Spectacular lightning in Wayland

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      I was standing on my deck watching it – it was very impressive!

  7. Mr. Negative says:

    ADA – Light rain, quiet thunder…this is a “southern” event.

    1. Jeff (Richland) says:

      No…just a little light rain here. Non-event.

  8. kentwoodchicken says:

    BWAAK! Wet feathers!

  9. SS (Pwell Area) says:

    Can hear thunder….

  10. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

    Ok , enough rain for today….

    1. Jeff (Richland) says:

      Send some this way.

  11. Tom S. (Caledonia) says:

    Is it just me or does it appear that initial line has almost become stationary? It at least seems like it stopped dropping south?

  12. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Interesting. Grand Rapids was actually warmer than Flint this summer.

    Grand Rapids 69.8°
    Flint 69.5°

  13. DF (EGR) says:

    Nice storm this morning. Looks like a storm train is setting up just to the south.

  14. INDY says:

    Wow looks like highs in the 60′s next week going to be a below normal Fall! INDYY!

  15. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    The 3 week warm streak continues. Only one below average day the past 19 days and counting. I think I’ll call it the tropical vortex ;)

    We may not have had many 90 degree days, but we’re sure running ahead of the average number of 80+ days. Chicago is as well, per Tom Skilling.

    That’s the perfect kind of summer to me!

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      I agree! This has been an awesome summer!

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Thanks for the daily Chicago update.

      1. michael g (SE GR) says:

        And Flint. Maybe he figures 120 miles either side of GR is a good average.

      2. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

        It should be pointed out that Milwaukee was below average in June, July and August of 2014. And like much of Michigan Milwaukee did not have a 90° day in 2014
        SlimJim

      3. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        Tom Skilling has the largest weather staff around. Love hearing all the interesting stats – most of which are highly correlated to lower Michigan. Sorry you don’t agree!

  16. GunLakeDeb says:

    Did I miss something? I thought today the rain was gong to be north of I-96? Is Mother Nature messing with the mets today – or did I just imagine that forecast?

    1. DF (EGR) says:

      Yeah, it was pretty much inverse.

  17. INDY says:

    Did I miss something a high of 87* today its only 67* out at thee YARDofBRICKS with thunder 87* lol! we have a ways to go!! INDYY!!

  18. Sandy (Hudsonville) says:

    Nice storm morning. Some rain, lightning & a few rumbles of thunder. The sky is rather dark but looks brighter to the north. I am hoping this clears out soon!

    1. Sandy (Hudsonville) says:

      It should read “nice storm this morning”.

  19. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Friday is looking like a wild weather day for me! Mid 90 heat indices, severe storms, and flooding

    A very warm and humid day on tap for Friday ahead of a cold front, which will be tracking through southeast Michigan at or just past the peak heating of the day, .which will help facilitate hefty instability due to morning cap expected. 00z NAM showing mlcapes of 3000-4000 j/kg, .with GFS more in the 2500-3000 j/kg range. Stronger winds/bulk shear to lag behind the surface cold front, with 500 mb winds of 30 knots or less noted ( per NAM ), but the high degree of instability should make up for this ( not to mention the GFS indicating better bulk shear ), and strong to severe storms are likely to develop, as enhanced convergence areas and pockets of enhanced low level wind shear, 0-1 km shear of 15 knots will support some organization to the cells. Downdraft cape potential is also high, 1500 to 2000 j/kg. Good moisture pooling ahead of the front as pw values approach 2 inches will support heavy rain/flood threat once again, especially with the unfavorable rush hour timing
    expected for the Detroit metro area. No complaints with inherited maxes, near 90 degrees across south half of the cwa, which will push heat indices into the mid 90s.

    NWS Detroit

  20. michael g (SE GR) says:

    Good soaking rain here. Edge of moderate rain kind of built back north.

  21. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Getting a good rain shower here now and radar shows a good bit of rain to our west yet. So it looks like there will be a lot of clouds here today. So while it may become warm and humid today I think that anything close to 90° will be out of reach. Right now its 66° here in the rain.
    SlimJim

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      Yeah, even if the sun comes out, all the extra low level moisture around will suck up much of it’s energy. Probably 85* tops.

  22. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

    10 in the AM and i have every light on in the house and garage, Dark and Gloomy day. don’t see mid 80′s today ?

  23. Todd In Nunica says:

    WOW that was a wind….no storm but REALLY strong winds…just had a tree fall on my poly building…….wonderful

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

    Is anyone paying attention to what is going on in Wisconsin right now? There is a wake low behind the storms that is producing hurricane force winds. Derecho?

    1. dereks says:

      Where did you get that info?

    2. Jeff (Richland) says:

      Those storms look very nasty, but won’t effect us.

  25. dereks says:

    67 degrees in Vestaburg, no sign of a warm front yet.

  26. Tom S. (Caledonia) says:

    Ok Bill I got numbers higher then .70. I’ve got an electronic rain gauge reading 1.57in and a normal tube on outside reading bout 1.6in both in Caledonia

    1. Tom S. (Caledonia) says:

      One* not on

      1. Jeff (Richland) says:

        Nice totals! Wish we could get even 1/2 that, sitting at about .05″ here for this AM. :(

  27. ~Sherry~ (Comstock Park) says:

    A lot of wind here in the last hour. Chilly and damp out. I will be surprised if it gets anywhere near 90 degrees out today.

    1. Swatz_Zoo (Cedar Springs) says:

      Pretty boring up here, we had a little rain some distant thunder this morning but not a lot.

  28. INDY says:

    Ohhh Sherry welcome back to Bills blog don’t listen to I travis he’s been telling us its going to be 90* degrees since last March!! Weather fact’s its Fall now get ready for 60′s and 70′s with some sprites!! INDYY!!!

  29. fixxxer says:

    88 huh? ;)

  30. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Lots of power outages around the Muskegon area today, First Whitehall and now downtown Muskegon is without power! Goodness, it really got windy this morning!

  31. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Steamy and 80 degrees already at 1130am

  32. Tom S. (Caledonia) says:

    Rains done officially had 1.7in in Caledonia. Plenty wet out here and quite breezy

  33. 1.18″ of rain here in Byron Center since the rain started this morning.

  34. With that 1.18″ of rain today, that puts me at 1.37″ so far for this month

  35. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    The rain has ended here (0.38” total here) the wind has now gone almost calm and the sun is trying to shine thru the clouds and the temp here is a mild 73° right now.
    SlimJim

  36. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

    Not saying too much, but the Accuweather forecast for the rest of the month is pretty chilly, starting next week. http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/grand-rapids-mi/49503/september-weather/329374

  37. Mr. Negative says:

    ADA – 5/10 of an inch of rain this morning.

  38. Teresa says:

    Central Calhoun County, 0.00 rain – again. Kalamazoo County has put a big “X” over us. The rain seems to fall apart as soon as it approaches the county line.

  39. Brent - Zeeland says:

    1.1 inches of rain total from both storms. Lawn just keeps growing.

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