Thursday Night/Friday Showers and StormsSeptember 3rd, 2014 at 11:27 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
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 radar. Regional 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.