Watch coming. Severe t-storm watch for much of Lower Michigan thru early evening. I’m starting a new thread. 1:25 pm – Northern Indiana NWS says “Very conditional severe at this time”. Mostly just heavy rain so far. Storms in IL weakened…still gusts to 30-40 mph in the Chicago area. Heavy storms redeveloping in E. Iowa. Heavy rain – cloud to ground lightning at my place…not severe…hail reported in Caledonia and gusts to 40 mph at Muskegon. Power outage SE G.R. probably due to lightning. Don’t have time to read thru all the blog comments. To report severe weather to Storm Team 8, call 1-800-8WOOODTV, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go thru ReportIt at www.woodtv.com. Main line in WI/IL has weakened a bit with time of day. Gust to 45 mph just west of Milwaukee…down from +60 mph wihds that downed trees near Madison. Storms in W. Michigan strengthening…formed along warm front Cass Co. to north of Milwaukee moving E/ENE into W. Michigan next 2 hours. Severe T-Storm Watch until 4 pm EDT for SE WI, N IL, Lake Michigan…includes Chicago/Milwaukee…mainly for wind damage…areas south of I-96 down to northern Indiana pay special attention next few hours. SPC says: “SUMMARY…A SEVERE MCS WILL LIKELY CONTINUE EAST-SOUTHEASTWARD FROM SOUTHWEST WI AND NORTHEAST/EAST-CENTRAL IA INTO ADDITIONAL PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN WI/NORTHERN IL/NORTHWEST INDIANA…WITH A CORRIDOR/POSSIBLE SWATH OF DAMAGING WINDS REMAINING LIKELY. DISCUSSION…A HIGHLY ORGANIZED QUASI-LINEAR MCS WITH EARLY MORNING HISTORY OF SEVERE WIND GUSTS /AND EVEN WAKE LOW-RELATED GUSTS/ CONTINUES TO STEADILY SPREAD EAST-SOUTHEASTWARD ACROSS SOUTHWEST WI AND NORTHEAST/EAST-CENTRAL IA AS OF 14Z. WHILE CLOUD COVER PRECEDES THE MCS ACROSS NORTHERN IL/SOUTHERN WI…MODEST WARMING/MOISTENING CONTINUES TO OCCUR IN TANDEM WITH A WARM FRONT THAT EXTENDS EAST-SOUTHEASTWARD AHEAD OF THE MCS. THIS ENVIRONMENTAL SCENARIO…ALONG WITH THE HIGHLY ORGANIZED/FAST-MOVING NATURE OF THE MCS…SUGGESTS THAT THE POTENTIAL FOR POTENTIALLY WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO QUICKLY SPREAD EAST-SOUTHEASTWARD ACROSS MUCH OF NORTHERN IL/SOUTHERN WI/NORTHWEST INDIANA.” Lightning strikes last 6 hours. Windy conditions from “wake low” possible this PM in W. Michigan. Dangerous rip currents and structural currents possible on Lake Michigan this PM…best to stay out of water more than waist deep.
Here’s where you’ll be able to see storm reports from SW WI, NE IL, SE WI, NW IL. Menominee, Illinois reports: “MENOMINEE FIRE HOUSE BLOWN OVER BY STRONG WINDS.” Measured 72 mph wind gust at the Dubuque IA airport. Roof blown off school near Dubuque…semi blown over. DELAWARE COUNTY EM REPORTED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE 1 TO 2 MILES NORTH OF MANCHESTER, Iowa. DAMAGE INCLUDED AGRICULTURE BUILDINGS FLATTENED AND TREES SNAPPED OFF. 80 mph reported 6 miles west of Dubuque. 78 mph gust measured in Dyersburg IA. At Independence IA: “STRONGER THAN 80 MPH…BRANCHES DOWN AND PIECES OF NEIGHBORS HOUSES AND ROOFING LYING IN OUR FRONT YARD. TORRENTIAL RAIN..HIGH SCHOOL ON WEST SIDE OF INDEPENDENCE MEASURED SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF 93.9 MPH. WATCH HRRR MODEL – WIND DAMAGE THREAT VERY REAL!!
At 11 am – dew point to 69 in G.R. and 74 southern suburbs of Chicago…80 deg. at the Holland MI airport, 53 at the mid-lake buoy – upper 70s in Chicago where clouds are thickening. If you know someone in N. IL – Rockford, Chicago, might be an idea to let them know this is coming. You might want to forward a link to the blog. Other storms gathering ahead of main line near Milwaukee and in the western half of Lake Michigan. Stay safe and keep checking the blog and the www.woodtv.com weather page.
I’m heading to the shower and then into work…the astute blog commenters will keep things fresh.