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. These are two pics. from the Coast Guard helicopter that flew over damage areas. These are classic examples of downburst/microburst wind damage. I’m guessing that we’re looking at 100 mph winds here. In the pic. on the right, the wind was going from the west to the east, or left to right in the picture. Looking at the pic. on the right, you can see the magnitude of clearing all the trees to get the roads open and then clearing the space to get new utility wires up. In a tornado, this would be a relatively small area…the widest tornado ever was about 2.5 miles wide. Here we’re looking at significant damage on a county wide basis across the Lower Peninsula. You’ve got to see this: Pictures and video from the Coast Guard helicopter flight. In the video by the lake, you can see quite a few docks and boats that were ripped loose and sent across to the shore here. Coast Guard video of the helicopter rescue of a kayaker caught in the storm. The storms moved east, leaving over 50,000 customers without power in SW Ontario (cool pic. at the link). The storms injured six people when a tent collapsed in Proton Station. Pics. here.
As of 1 am – 22,098 Consumers Energy customers still without power…inc. 63.9% of Kalkaska Co., 44.9% of Leelanau Co., 32.4% of Ogemaw Co, 12.8% of Oscoda Co., 12.1% of Antrim Co., 8.7% of Crawford Co., 8.3% of Grand Traverse Co. and 7.8% of Missaukee Co.
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. “”M-22 in and out [of Glen Arbor] is completely shut down. You can’t even tell it is a road.” What a mess! 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 a great pic. of lightning near Chicago. Here’s the storm summary for E. Wisconsin from the Milwaukee (Sullivan) NWS – lots of large hail reports. Finally, the write up and radar loop of the storms from the Green Bay NWS (lots of large hail). These post-storm summaries from the NWS are well done. 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…there were many informative comments…it was fun 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. Check out this pic. (mammatus amazatatus!)…storm coming into Little Sable Point. Storm coming over the dunes into Silver Lake. There was also a tornado in Ontario Sunday evening.
As of 10:50 am Tue., 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 39,650 without power. That’s down from 47,779 at midnight. Kent Co. is down to 787 or just 0.3% of customers in the county. Kalkaska Co. is still at 65.3% without power, that’s the highest percent. Leelanau Co. is down to 42.9% without power (down from a high of at least 62%). Other counties: Ogemaw 43.7% without power, Grand Traverse 19.2%, Aranac 14.3%, Iosco 17.0%, Antrim 19.5%, Crawford at 15.9%, Roscommon 14.2%, Wexford 6.2%. 116,000 without power in MA/RI after severe storms yesterday.
I am off this week…part vacation and part comp. time from working weekend days this summer. I spent much of Monday 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. The Battle Creek weather station at the airport is down for probably a couple weeks as they move it to a new location. We’ll have to see how the numbers from the new location compare to the old location. When they moved Lansing, they moved to a spot that didn’t get quite as cold on a calm, clear night. At 11 am Tue. – G.R. is up to 75 (heading to 80) with a 55 dewpoint and a humidity of 49%. Fremont is 70, Manistee is 66, Houghton and Newberry are 61 and Copper Harbor is 58. Sunrise in Marquette.
Chance of a shower today (slight chc. t-shower) east of a line from Baldwin to G.R. to Battle Creek…best chance toward Mt. Pleasant. Dry Weds. Chance of a shower/t-shower from Thurs. to Sat., but most of the time it won’t be raining. Temperatures near to slightly below average next week.
Also: video of small tornado passing right over a house in Wellington, Florida. Super-Typhoon Soudelor should weaken some, but still be strong as it hits Taiwan and China. Archive 1950-2015 … Soudelor is 51st Super Typhoon to reach at least 155-knots … out of total of ~1100 typhoons = 4.5%. Tropical Storm Guillermo passes north of Hawaii – will bring a breezy couple days with showers and higher surf. Snow on the beaches of Tasmania for the first time since 1986 (note how they call a “dusting” a “snow event”. Two children died and 15 were injured in a tent collapse in Lancaster N.H. T-Storms there were from the same system that spawned our storms on Sunday. New buoy cam at Pictured Rocks in the U.P. The south mid-Lake Michigan buoy is still out of service since taking a lightning hit on 6/22. Rocky Fire in California now at 65,000 acres burned – 13% contained – 24 homes destroyed – 3,145 firefighters fightning the fire in Lake, Yolo & Colusa counties, CA. They have 285 fire engines, 4 air tankers, 19 helicopters and 57 bulldozers fighting the fire. The cause of the fire is still unknown. Nicest background ever for pic. of dead tree. Charles Russell’s storm video from Greenville, Michigan makes the Today Show. Yes, that is definitely a tornado. Another 4.39″ of rain at Tampa Fl. Evacuations necessary. Anchorage, AK, broke its Aug. 3 high temp record with 79 F; old record: 76, 1999 and 1994…matched the 79 in G.R. Monday. Northern Ireland’s coolest July in 20+ years. 30-day rainfall – lots of rain/storms over the Corn Belt – overall good harvest in the offing. Dry Texas after a wet spring…dry interior CA, but some rain has fallen in CA. More coming this winter with El Nino. Reservoirs low, but not anywhere near as low as the late 1970s. Lightning and double-rainbow over Lake Mitchell – Cadillac. Deep, windy low pressure system west of Ireland. Here’s a picture from around the time of the tent collapse in New Hampshire. Note the wind pushing to the left out of the storm. The pic. appears to be from Mt. Washington, the tallest point in New England. Cool pic. of undulatus from Lexington, Kentucky. Mt. Ruang erupting in Indonesia.
Grand Traverse Co. has declared a State of Emergency. As of 1:30 pm – a total of 83,831 Consumers Energy customers are without power (statewide we were over 150,000 for all power companies last night). That includes 75.9% of Kalkaska Co., 61.1% of Leelanau County, 45.6% of Grand Traverse Co., 36.7% of Missaukee Co., 29,0% of Wexford Co., and 33.0% of Antrim Co. In Kent Co., we still have 10,701 customers without power. Thousands of large, healthy trees were uprooted, and it will be midweek at the earliest before power is restored to everyone. Keep that in mind if you are traveling – many businesses in Northern Michigan are either on generator or don’t have power. Here’s a summary of severe weather yesterday in N. Michigan from the National Weather Service in Gaylord. At the link, you’ll see pictures of the biggest hailstones EVER to fall in Northern Lower Michigan (the size of softballs!). The NWS has the final say, of course, but considering the scope of the damage, this appears to be straight-line thunderstorm winds, with large areas getting gusts of 50-90 mph (there was one tornado reported in the Thumb Area. Here’s a 12-hour loop of the storms. Looks like virtually 100% of Lower Michigan had a thunderstorm yesterday. We needed the rain.
Here’s the latest satellite loop…showing it’s mostly clear over the cooler water of Lake Michigan, with some clouds inland, where a sprinkle or shower could occur thru early PM until drier air moves in (radar here). As of 1:30 pm, showers with brief heavy rain in the Lansing area. A shower is still possible east of a line from Alma to Lowell to Battle Creek. At Lake Michigan (pic. on the left shows the Lake Express heading out the Muskegon Channel to Milwaukee with a calmer and clear Lake Michigan. On the right is a pic. form Loral Werner and upnorthlive.com showing a tree on a house at Torch Lake near Traverse City. At 1 pm – Grand Rapids is 77 with a 55 dewpoint(down 8 deg. since 11 am), Lansing’s dewpoint at 1 pm is still 61, but Fremont is down to 48 and Big Rapids is 47…so the chance of a shower ends as the drier air spreads east. At Houghton in the U.P.,it’s 61. North of S. Ste. Marie…Wawa, Ontario is 52 and thick fog with light rain falling over much of the area north of Lake Superior. Here’s the morning Lake Michigan water temps: 70 at Ludington, Muskegon, Holland and Duck Lake, 73 Grand Haven, 74 S. Haven. Here’s a live pic. of Silver Lake in Oceana Co. Here’s a live pic. from Barrow, Alaska – the northernmost point in the U.S. – where the sun will set today for the first time since May…Nome had a high of 51. The warmest spot in the U.S. was Death Valley CA at 117. The warmest temp. ever at Death Valley was way back on July 10, 1913, when they reached 134. In 1917, Death Valley had 43 consecutive days of +120.
Also: Another 2.13″ of rain fell in Tampa yesterday, 2.86″ at Clearwater, 3.19″ at Oldsmar. Tampa has had 22.84″ of rain since June 1 and Ft. Myers a similar 22.24″. Tropical Storm Guillero will bring heavy showers and gusty winds to Hawaii.
On the left is a look at the storm reports from Sunday for the U.S. You can see that there were quite a few in N. Lower Michigan, E. Michigan, E. Wisconsin and far NE Illinois…not quite as many in W. Michigan. See the thread below for more on the storms. Here’s a look at viewer pics. of the storms, starting with lightning and a rainbow by Dan Lockard at ReportIt (on the right here). SPC says no thunderstorms here for the next 3 days (after daybreak this am). For the next 3 days, the GFS has high temps. of 83/79/79 and the NAM at 78/78/75. Lows will be in the mid-upper 50s and the humidity will be down into the 40-50% range at mid-afternoon. Rainfall up to midnight totaled 0.85″ in G.R., 0.83″ in Kalamazoo, 0.75″ in Battle Creek, 0.74″ in Holland and 0.43″ in Muskegon. We needed the rain.
One fatality and 20 injured as a large tent collapsed at the Wood Dale Prairie Festival west of Chicago. A Calvin College student drowned while swimming in 3-5 foot waves in Lake Michigan. Two people were hit by lightning, Indian River – minor injuries. A dome in Rosemon t IL, a bubble supported by air outside the field where the Chicago Bandits softball team plays, collapsed as the storm moved through that area. Check out the storm reports from N. Michigan (Softball-sized hail and 50-100 trees down 2 miles south of Frederic), SW.Michigan (GRR), SE Michigan, NE Illinois, N Indiana (and the Michigan Counties that border Indiana) and SE Wisconsin. Here’s some wind gust reports from W. Michigan. The Leelanau County Supervisor was advising people to stay off the roads. As of 11:45 pm Sun. – Consumers Energy outage map shows 67% of Leelanau Co. without power, 48% of Missaukee Co., 49% of Grand Traverse Co. and 34% of Wexford Co. – 15,503 customers without power in Kent Co. (5.7 % of county) – total of nearly 109,000 statewide. 911 was down in Benzie Co. Kalkaska Co. Central Dispatch was also down. Damage in T.C. Dock damage on Glen Lake. Tree on house near Jenison. The temperature at Cadillac dropped from 81 to 59 between 5 and 6 pm! East Gr. Rapids had a 20-deg. temp. drop in 20 min. We had 16 deg. drops in less than an hour at Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. Storm photos here.
The Glen Lake Fire Department reported that there was no way to get out of Glen Arbor or around the lakes. The Glen Arbor Sun reports there was a measured gust to 93 mph and:
Camper blown over on Mac. Bridge! Tree on a car, N. Muskegon, Causeway. 1″ hail in Muskegon, hail in Grand Haven with heavy rain. Pea-sized hail in Grandville, Jenison, Hudsonville, Marne, Zeeland, Ada, Wyoming, Vergennes Twp. and SE G.R., tree down M-21 and Hubbardston Rd. (Ionia Co.). East G.R. – temp. dropped 20 deg. in 20 minutes – along with hail up to 1″ in diameter. Grand Rapids officially dropped from 85 at 9 pm to 65 at 10 pm. Ionia 911: Trees Down (Fire Departments and Road Commission are en route to all): Peck Lake Rd and Hotchkiss Rd, Second St and Jordan Lake Ave in Lake Odessa-wires and trees, Jacoby Rd and Feuerstein Rd. Tree on a house near Lincoln Lake in NE Kent Co. Nice lightning pic. Numerous trees down in Hillsdale Co.
Latest discussion from SPC – significant threat from severe wind gusts! 6 pm – temperature in Cadillac dropped to 59 with the storm coming thru..83 in Big Rapids, 90 in G.R., 92 in Battle Creek…last hour gusts to 40 mph in Battle Creek, 39 mph in G.R. and MKG. SPC says: “THE ENVIRONMENT SHOULD BE CONDUCIVE TO CONTINUING VIGOROUS CONVECTIVE DEVELOPMENT ALONG THE LEADING EDGE OF THE COLD POOL…WITH SEVERE WIND GUSTS PROBABLE ALONG THE GUST FRONT.” Severe T-Storm Warning for Mason, Lake, Osceola…warnings will be issued from north to south or northwest to southeast as the storms move through the area. Lave a comment if you get severe weather. To report severe weather or severe gusts to WOOD, call 1–800-8WOODTV. Severe T-Storm Watch for a large portion of Lower Michigan and Wisconsin until 11 pm EDT. This is a significant watch. SPC warns: “* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE…WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS LIKELY WITH ISOLATED SIGNIFICANT GUSTS TO 80 MPH POSSIBLE WIDESPREAD LARGE HAIL LIKELY WITH ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 2.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE A TORNADO OR TWO POSSIBLE.” Here’s SPC’s potential map for wind damage and hail. Special Marine Warning south to Pentwater now…will be extended south to the south end of the lake. AGAIN – 90% chance of a t-storm this evening in S. Lower Michigan! Lightning map.
5 pm – ROAD CLOSED BELDING/YOUNG IN CANNON TWP DUE TO TREE ON CAR. Double-fatal motorcycle accident on M-37 near Traverse City. Best guess on storms into G.R. around 8 pm. 58 mph winds in Cadillac and Grayling. Softball-sized hail 7 miles west of West Branch. Baseball-sized hail in West Branch. 1″ hail at Higgins Lake, Torch Lake, Lake Leelanau, near Kalkaska, Elk Rapids, Maple City (with trees down ther). Gust to 60 mph at Lake Ann and 52 mph Traverse City last hour…limbs down county-wide and some whole trees in TVC, wind north gusting to 40 mph at Manistee. Non-t-storm gusts last hour to 41 mph in G.R., 40 mph in Battle Creek, 39 mph in Holland, 37 mph Muskegon, 36 mph Ionia, Fremont and Kalamazoo. Severe storms with potential for significant wind damage will cross Lake Michigan – big storms coming into Manistee and Cadillac…severe potential with bowing segment east and southeast of Grand Traverse Co. Here’s GRR radar. Storm east of Chicago moving toward Benton Harbor, but weakening. 5 pm – Grand Rapids 91 with a 64 dewpoint – 91 in Kalamazoo - Major damage in Presque Isle. Lake Michigan water temps. are warmer now…less effect on surface based storms. First 90-deg. temp. of the year for Lansing and I think Battle Creek also. Totally clear at my house at 4:30 pm outside of the anvil NW-N and the anvil to the SW from the Lake Michigan storm. Windy and hot…the pump is primed. Storm coming over TVC.
Severe T-Storm or Tornado Watch will be issued for our area very soon. Read this. SPC says: “STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVER THE NEXT FEW HOURS…WITH A PRIMARY THREAT FOR LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS. THESE STORMS WILL LIKELY EVOLVE INTO A S/SEWD-PROGRESSING SQUALL LINE…WITH THE SEVERE THREAT TRANSITIONING TO MAINLY DAMAGING WINDS. ADDITIONALLY…A TORNADO OR TWO WILL BE POSSIBLE.”
At the moment, I can’t add new pics. to the blog, so until I.T. can free up more space, you’ll have to click on the links. First, the Severe Weather Outlook Area. Most of Lower Michigan is in the Enhanced Outlook. Click on this link to see the chance of a tornado, wind damage and hail. The maps represent the percent chance of a severe weather report within 25 miles of a given point. SPC says: ” …SUMMARY… SEVERE STORMS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES REGION TODAY…POTENTIALLY AS FAR WEST AS EASTERN NEBRASKA. THIS MAY INCLUDE ONE OR TWO ORGANIZED STORM CLUSTERS CAPABLE OF GENERATING SWATHS OF DAMAGING WIND GUSTS…IN ADDITION TO SEVERE HAIL…AND PERHAPS A COUPLE OF TORNADOES FROM THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AREA TO LOWER MICHIGAN. …GREAT LAKES REGION… CURRENT FORECAST APPEARS TO BE ON TRACK WITH NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES MADE TO OUTLOOK. WATER VAPOR LOOPS SHOW A VIGOROUS SHORTWAVE TROUGH DIGGING SOUTHEASTWARD ACROSS MANITOBA AND WESTERN ONTARIO INTO MN. STRONG LIFT IN ADVANCE OF THIS TROUGH WILL HELP TO INITIATE AND ORGANIZE THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOON. SCATTERED /MOSTLY ELEVATED/ THUNDERSTORMS ARE ONGOING ACROSS MUCH OF NORTHERN WI/UPPER MI INTO NORTHERN LOWER MI. THESE STORMS WILL PERSIST THROUGH THE DAY…WITH A GRADUAL INTENSIFICATION EXPECTED BY MID AFTERNOON AS DIURNAL HEATING OCCURS. LARGE HAIL IS THE MAIN THREAT FOR NOW…BUT STORMS WILL EVENTUALLY BECOME SURFACE-BASED WITH AN INCREASING RISK OF DAMAGING WIND GUSTS OR EVEN A TORNADO OR TWO. BY MID-LATE AFTERNOON...STORMS ARE EXPECTED TO CONGEAL INTO ONE OR MORE LINEAR MCS/S THAT WILL AFFECT MUCH OF WI AND LOWER MI BEFORE POTENTIALLY SPREADING INTO NORTHERN IL/IND/OH TONIGHT. MODEL SOLUTIONS DIFFER ON SOUTHERN EXTENT OF MORE WIDESPREAD SEVERE RISK…BUT WILL MAINTAIN POSITION OF ENH RISK AREA FOR NOW AND RE-EVALUATE IN LATER UPDATES.” Here’s GRR NWS slide show on the storm potential for late afternoon/evening.
Meso-discussion for heightened wind damage potential for NE Lower Michigan next 2 hours. SPC says: “THE POTENTIAL IS INCREASING ACROSS NRN LOWER MI FOR SEVERE WIND GUSTS 55-70 MPH WHICH WILL PROBABLY RESULT IN MULTIPLE SWATHS OF WIND DAMAGE.” Here’s the current severe t-storm watch for N. Lower Michigan. There are 3 solid lines of strong-severe storms now (1:15 pm) across N. Wisconsin, the U.P. and N. Lower Michigan. SPC already thinking about the next watch. T-Storms north of a line from Port Huron to Manistee to Green Bay to Wausau. Temp./dewpoint at 2 pm up to 89/69 at GRR, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. Muskegon Airport is 80, Muskegon Beach is 75, S. Haven Beach is 78. Chance of any one spot in Lower Michigan seeing a t-storm from this system is 80-90%. Cumulus clouds showing a little more vertical development north of G.R. now (2:15 pm). Gust to 32 mph last hour in G.R., Holland and Benton Harbor.
Here’s storm reports for N. Michigan. Here’s a strong storm coming across Green Bay…headed toward NW Lower Michigan. Dozens of trees toppled already. We will also be updated the WOOD facebook page and I’ll try and keep up on my personal facebook pages and twitter (@bsteffen).
Just got back from church - Looking thru everything…more shortly. Chance of showers and storms today, some storms could be heavy to severe. Severe weather outlooks in the thread below – radar here. The radar and severe outlook images should refresh automatically. I’ll be back to update around 1 pm.
Links: Here’s Grand Rapids radar and Northern Michigan radar, Milwaukee looping radar. Regional radar and the Updated GRR NWS Short Term Discussion. More links: Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar and Milwaukee radar.Here’s 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 latest 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. 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 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 h[-/pb.21fcdgcottom from private weather stations). Here’s the Consumers Energy Power Outage Map102bn
These are the severe weather outlooks for Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3. Much of Lower Michigan and adjacent areas of N Indiana, NE Illinois, SE Wisconsin and NW Ohio are in a Slight Risk Area for today (Sun.). SPC’s Sat. PM discussion said: “RATHER IMPRESSIVE MEAN WINDS IN THE LOWER 3KM FURTHER SUGGEST DAMAGING WIND POTENTIAL AND POSSIBLE OUTLOOK UPGRADE IN LATER OUTLOOKS.” We need the rain.
I’ll update Sun. early afternoon. Here’s the latest GRR NWS discussion.
Saturday was the 14th day in a row without measurable rain in G.R. Fire danger high in Michigan. We ended July with 2.23″ of rain in G.R., However, Muskegon picked up 5.05″ in July, Kalamazoo had 4.11″, Battle Creek 4.21″. Indianapolis had 13.14″ of rain in July. High temps. in G.R. have been from 84 to 90 over the last 9 days. Since July 19th, G.R. has had 84% of possible sunshine. Gust to 36 mph in G.R. Fri. shortly before 4 pm – 37 mph at the Battle Creek Arpt. SeaTac broke its all-time record for the warmest avg. month with 71.2 F in July; old record: 71.1, Aug 1967. Radar picks up birds in Holland/Zeeland. Since 22 July, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh has seen 1465mm (58.07in) of rain. Fireball in Uruguay. FEWER acres have burned over the Northwest this year. Hurricane heading to Hawaii (will be at best a tropical storm when it gets there…but could produce gusty winds and heavy rain.
Also: LOL! UMBRELLA STAMPEDE – RUN!! Meteor hits the Earth in northern Iran. 5.1 magniduge e-quake just offshore of Queensland, Australia. July 2015 global temperature anomaly +0.155°C (1981-2010 climo) June 2015 was +0.196°C. (unadjusted satellite data – consistent since 1979). Pics. of the “blue moon” with music from “old blue eyes”. Pic. from daughter #1 of the moon to the left of the Sears (now Willis) Tower. How and why a mosquito bites you. Clear, crisp image of the Western Pacific from the new Japanese Himawari-8 satellite. The temperature in Las Vegas did not reach 110 or higher in July for the 1st time since 1993. Picture of snow taken when the air temperature is 101 degrees. 2″ hail occurred southeast of Stanton, NE. Algae bloom in Lake Erie. 0.70″ of rain in Phoenix AZ on Fri. Typhoon Soudelor heading toward Taiwan and China. Blue moon facts. (7/30/15) was only the 10th day in the last ~120 years Eugene OR, has been 105F or warmer. Volcano seen from space.
Regarding dewpoint…the highest dewpoint ever in the U.S. was 91 on 7/12/1987 in Melbourne FL…2nd highest (and this sounds too high to me) was 90 in Appleton, Wisconsin on 7/13/95 (tied with a 90 in New Orleans on 7/30/87). The highest in G.R. (and I’m guessing, but I’ll be close) is 82….I know we made 81 in G.R. on 7/13/1995 and the air temp. got to 97 in G.R. that day. It was worse in Kalamazoo, where I think the heat index approached 120. The world record is a heat index of 174 at Dhahran, Saudi Arabia on 7/8/2003 with a temp. of 108 and a dewpoint of 95.
Check out these links:
Here’s regional radar to see the rain across the Great Lakes. Here’s GRR radar, local lightning data, meso-discussions and current watches from SPC and a satellite loop. Here’s current Michigan temperatures, National lightning data and the latest discussion from GRR NWS. Here’s National Storm Reports for today and yesterday. Here’s a live pic. of the beach at Grand Haven. There’s new threads below this one…if you have time, scroll down and keep reading. Lake MI water temps. Sunday ranged from 50 (Grand Haven) to 65 (Pentwater).