First, if you haven’t seen it, check out the write-up on Sunday’s storms from the Gaylord NWS. It has a radar loop of the storms and pics. of the biggest hail ever to fall in Northern Lower Michigan. Here’s another good summary of the storms from the GRR NWS…the write up from the White Lake (Detroit) NWS on the storms in SE Michigan (inc. the EF-1 tornado near Owendale). Here’s the Chicago NWS (Romeoville – LOT) summary on the storms (including an EF-1 tornado in Lake Co., northwest of Chicago from a single severe cell that preceded the main line. That was most interesting as that storm was moving west to east while the main line was sinking north to south. The tornado was on the ground for 7.5 miles. They have a great pic. of the waterspout over Lake Michigan northeast of Chicago. Here’s the storm summary for E. Wisconsin from the Milwaukee (Sullivan) NWS – lots of large hail reports. Also read the comments from Cort in the previous thread for an explanation – awesome as always, Cort. I want to thank all of you for the comments during the storms…Mike G. got the NWS info. out when I wasn’t around the computer…it was fun (and I hope informative) for me to follow the blog yesterday. I talked to two farmers today who called this a “million dollar rain” considering how dry it had been in the previous two weeks and the dry weather for several days to follow the storms. The ground really soaked it up. For the most part, crops are looking good right now.
As of around midnight, Consumers Energy has made great progress, with about 2/3rds of those who lost power restored. It’s very slow going up north…it has taken a long time to clear roads of fallen trees and there are places where a significant number of wires are down. Again, as of midnight, Consumers Energy ( I haven’t checked other power providers) reports 47,779 without power. Kent Co. is down to 1, 722 or just 0.6% of customers. Kalkaska Co. is still at 68% without power, that’s the highest percent. Leelanau Co. is down to 49.7% without power (down from a high of at least 62%). Other counties: Ogemaw 41% without power, Grand Traverse 22.5%, Aranac 21.1%, Iosco 20.7%, Antrim 19.4%, Crawford also 19.4%, Roscommon 19.0%, Wexford 10.3%.
I am off this week…part vacation and part comp. time from working weekend days this summer. I spent much of the day working outside – lots of small twigs and branches down, with the biggest one no more than about 3″ in diameter (needed a saw, instead of the pruner). I cut the front lawn, did some trimming and walked to the farm stand on Four Mile Road west of Alpine. They have the first peaches, plums and apples. This Fri.-Sat. there is a 50-year reunion of my eighth grade class. I’ll also get to see my mother, brother and daughter #1, who has been teaching as many as 17 fitness classes a week this summer. My brother has been playing 2 to 4 gigs per week this summer, plus his day job making guitars for Parker.
High temps. Monday: 80 Kalamazoo, 79 Grand Rapids, Lansing, 77 Muskegon, Holland, Big Rapids, Charlotte, 75 S. Haven. The high temp. at the S. Haven lighthouse was 72.7 and at the Muskegon lighthouse it was 73.6. Because the water of Lake Michigan is warmer, the difference between the lakeshore and inland is less than back in June when the water was colder. Lake Superior is still cold. The high Monday in Newberry was 68, Houghton reached 66 and Grand Marais didn’t get past 61.