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There were two wildfires in Muskegon County this afternoon. This is almost always a problem at this time of year with a good deal of dead vegetation left from last year, before things green up. As with most all of these fires, these two were set (not intentionally) by humans. One was a legal burn that got out of hand and burned 5 acres…the other started from the hot exhaust pipe of a quad and burned 4 acres. Often these fires start with a discarded cigarette.
We had very low humidity this afternoon. These are the lowest humidity readings today, generally reached between 4 pm and 6 pm this evening. These are humidities more common in the Southwest Desert than here in Michigan (however, Phoenix AZ did top this, with a low humidity of just 6% this Sunday PM).
Our next rain comes on Weds./Weds. night. In the meantime, be careful discarding smoking materials and with any refuse burning.
Today is the 50th Anniversary of a famous tornado outbreak, which included an F3 tornado that started in Grandville, moved through the south side of Grand Rapids, through East Grand Rapids and all the way to Ada. That twister injured 32 people on that Friday afternoon. At least 10 tornadoes touched down in Michigan, half of them causing injuries. Tornadoes touched down in Kent, Allegan, Barry, Muskegon, Ionia, Ingham, Cass, Clinton and Eaton Counties. We had one F4, one F3, six F2, one F1 and one F0.
Pic. of damage in Oak Lawn IL – southwest of Chicago. The tornadoes in Michigan were overshadowed by the devastation in Illinois, where F4 tornadoes caused millions in damage in Belvidere (25 fatalities, 450 injured), Oak Lawn (32 fatalities, 500 injured – 15 mi. path) and Lake Zurich. A total of 58 fatalities were reported that day, with 1,118 injured. Here’s an interactive map where you can view the tornado paths that afternoon.
The G. R. tornado started in Grandville at the end of Choctaw Dr. The twister moved ENE, crossing U.S. 131 into East Grand Rapids and nearly to downtown Ada before dissipating. There are several pics. of the damage here. An analysis by the National Weather Service at the time noted 65 structures totally destroyed, 60 suffered major damage, 375 with minor to moderate damage. The width of the tornado varied from 300 to 600 yards. Hundreds of trees were uprooted and snapped off.
The Belvidere tornado destroyed over 400 cars at the Chrysler Plant, then hit the high school just as school was getting out. 12 buses were rolled and many children already on buses were thrown out as the buses tumbled. Thirteen fatalities and 300 injuries occurred at that school. Here’s a write-up on the Illinois twisters from the Chicago NWS.
The pic. above is a late March aerial view of Isle Royale in Lake Superior from the Isle Royale Nationial Park facebook page. Above average rainfall and runoff continues to increase the water levels of the Great Lakes. Lake Michigan/Huron is up 4″ in the last two weeks. One inch of water gained on Lake Michigan is 390 billion gallons, so 4 times that is 1.56 trillion gallons of water added to the lake in just 14 days. The lake is up 7 inches in the last month and is now 13″ above the April average. Lake Superior is up 2″ in the last month and is now 7″ above the average for April. Lake Erie has gained 7″ in the last month and is now 17″ above the April average level. Lake Ontario has gone up a whopping 15″ in the last month! Ontario is now 21″ above the April average level and only 9″ below the all-time highest April level reached in 1973. Lake St. Clair is up 8″ in the last month and is 17″ above the April average. All the major Great Lakes connected rivers show above average flow and that should continue into the summer.
Here’s some river flows (as of 10:30 pm Thu.) in cubic feet per second compared to (average flow): Grand River and Grand Rapids 10,600 cfs (5,560 cfs), Kalamazoo River at Comstock 1,720 cfs (1180 cfs), Muskegon River at Evart 3,420 cfs (1840 cfs), Saginaw River at Saginaw 11,100 cfs (6,390 cfs), St. Joseph River at Three Rivers 2,740 cfs (1,840 cfs), Fox River at Oshkosh WI 16,000 cfs (8,139 cfs), St. Croix River at St. Croix Falls WI 11,300 cfs.
Great Lakes news: Unfavorable conditions on the Grand River have postponed next week’s scheduled state fish stock at the Grand Haven Municipal Marina. Wayne Co. NY issues State of Emergency for bays and harbors due to high water levels. Rare catch in downtown Chicago. Great Lakes mirage. “Exploding” Moose population. Smelt fishing revival on Lake Michigan. The latest from Boatnerd. High waves keep salvage crew from grounded yacht. Catch a fish – win $100k. Port Sheldon buoy back in operation. Wind turbines around the Great Lakes a bad idea for birds, bats.
Meso-discussion for possible severe weather for S. Lower Michigan, N Indiana and N. Ohio. SPC says a Severe T-Storm or Tornado Watch is unlikely: “Convection is expected to gradually increase across the region, with a marginal hail/wind threat expected with stronger thunderstorm cores. A Weather Wwatch is not anticipated. Go to the next thread below for radar and links so you can follow the storms and the chance of more storms tonight and tomorrow.
The pic. on top is from Zulema Lopez showing the high water on the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids on Tuesday. The Grand River crested in G.R. and Comstock Park Monday night and both locations are down about 2-3″ as of midnight. The crest is working its way through Ottawa County. The Kalamazoo River at Comstock has dropped nearly 2 feet since the crest passed on Sunday. The St. Joseph River at Three Rivers is down about 2 inches as I write this. The Thornapple River at Caledonia is down over a foot from crest.
Here’s a second look at the flood on the Grand in Tallmadge Twp. from David DeHaan. We’ll be dry today (Weds.) with a chance of a brief shower or t-shower on Thursday…rainfall amounts would be light. They’ll be more moisture around for shower and storms Friday night and Saturday night…but overall river levels, while remaining high, will slowly retreat from the levels of early this week. You can check the latest river levels here. Also, here’s a look back at the Grand River flood of 2013.
The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado occurred Monday evening. There was damage to 3 barns, including this one on 92nd St. (east of 92nd St. hill) between Wingeier and Freeport Avenues.
The tornado has been rated EF1 with winds of 90 mph. The path of the twister was 5.25 miles and the greatest width was a relatively wide 220 yards (a football field is 100 yds. long). Dozens of trees were snapped and uprooted. The tornado passed thru Tyler Creek Golf Course. They have 9 holes open and crews are working hard removing downed trees for the back nine. All roads in the area have been cleared. As I type this at 2:10 pm – there are 50 homes without power in Kent Co.
The covered bridge on the Golf Course was totally destroyed and will have to be rebuilt. Fortunately, no one was on the course…the covered bridge might have been a place where golfers would have taken shelter. Keep that in mind if you’re golfing…best to head back to the clubhouse rather than just one of those rain “shacks” on the course. Here’s a map of the Tyler Creek Golf Course. East is at the top instead of the usual north. It was the back nine, the east half of the course that sustained the damage. The front nine of the course is open. They are working to clear dozens of downed trees and debris from the back nine.
This is another pic. from the golf course. Here’s the National Weather Service Tornado Survey Report and the latest from 24 hour News 8. We’ll have a live report tonight on 24 Hour News 8. More pics. of the damage from the GRR NWS.
This was the ONLY tornado anywhere in the U.S. (and maybe the world) on Monday.
Today is the 52nd anniversary of the famous Palm Sunday tornado outbreak of April 11, 1965. There were 271 killed and approx. 1,500 injured that day. The picture at the top is the Swan Inn at 6 Mile Road and Alpine Avenue in Comstock Park (by Walter Nelson). A long-track F4 tornado moved from Ottawa Co. into Kent Co. – hitting Comstock Park and Rockford, then moving northeast into Montcalm Co. before dissipating. Here’s stories from survivors. Check out photos from the aftermath of the twister. Could it happen again? Major West Michigan tornadoes through the decades.
Two F4 tornadoes struck Branch and Hillsdale Counties 30 minutes apart with 21 lives lost. One tornado had a continuous track of over 90 miles. The twisters moved across Coldwater Lake, Devils Lake, Manitou Beach and Baw Beese Lake destroying hundreds of cottages and homes. A wind instrument near Tecumseh measured a wind of 151 mph in the 2nd tornado. The loss of life would have been much worse, but for the fact that it was still too early for the summer influx of cottage owners and the fact that many residents had left for evening Palm Sunday church services. An F4 tornado north of Lansing left one person dead and there was a tornado fatality near Middleville in Barry Co. Other tornadoes that day hit north of Kalamazoo (17 injured there), near Hastings, Bay City, Unionville and 2 tornadoes struck Alma. After this event, the Weather Bureau began the Watch/Warning system that is still in use today. Read more here, here, and here. That year we had record snowfall (36″) and it was quite cold in March. Hail up to golfball-sized fell. Photos here. Check out the Comstock Park Palm Sunday tornado facebook page. Pictures from Marion, Indiana. Dr. Ted Fujita’s summary of the tornadoes that day.
Photos here. More pictures. 1995 special from WSBT on the tornado outbreak. Here’s old film from 1965 – Toledo. Here’s more old film – look at what radar looked like in those days. Here’s pics. and the story of the Crystal Lake IL tornado that preceded the twisters in IN, MI and OH. A lot more people live in the path of these tornadoes 51 years later.
These are the path lengths of the tornadoes that day, moving through 6 states. Here’s how you can be prepared when severe weather threatens. Scientists explore changes to tornado warnings. West Michigan counties with the highest tornado count. Emergency preparedness for severe storms. Last year, Alpine Twp. printed The 50th Anniversary of the Palm Sunday Tornado book. This is a history of the tornado that came through Alpine Township on April 11, 1965. We worked with the National Weather Service on this very interesting book. It is available for $20 at the township office on Alpine Ave. and 6 Mile Road. We interviewed those who lived through that tornado and included photos of the destruction of that day. Along with the book, we include a DVD of those interviews and photos.
If you don’t have time to look at all the links…bookmark this page and come back when you have some minutes to spare.
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As of 10:20 pm – 6,994 Consumers Energy customers without power, inc. 5,673 in Kent Co. This is the Consumers Energy Power Outage Map as of 9:20 pm. I’ve drawn in a possible path of a possible tornado. It’s a very, rough guess…that’s all. If you have damage to report, call 1-800-8WOODTV or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Small hail 44th and Breton and 54th and US 131. Gust to 35 mph and 1.73″ rain at Lake Macatawa in Holland. 0.86″ in downtown G.R. Here’s the WOOD story on the likely tornado last night.
Pic. from Chicago at 7:20 pm – Chicago Cubs opener Monday evening – after a delay, they got the game in (Cubs won 3-2)! 1″ hail reports and gusts to 45 mph from the Chicago Area. Hail damage in Will Co. IL. Small hail reported south of Bangor, at Parchment and near Dowagiac MI. Storms caused structural damage near Marquette last night. My brother said he had “healthy dime-sized hail” where he was in Deerfield IL.
Here’s the current Severe Weather Watches from the Storm Prediction Center…the current Meso-discussion(s)…today’s Storm Reports…yesterday’s Storm Reports…current daily Convective Outlooks for the next 8 days…Forecast Tools and Summaries of Severe Weather Events so far in 2017. Radars here will update automatically.
Here’s morning hail pics. – from Barbara Reed in New Era, Lynn Afton at the Hardy Dam Pond in Newaygo Co. and from Kyle Piers. Golfball-sided hail at New Era, with at least 1″ diameter hail at the Hardy Dam Pond. We had hail the size of ping-pong balls at Shelby in Oceana Co. 3/4-inch hail at Stony Lake and pea-sized hail at Hstings, Woodville (Newaygo Co.) Big Rapids, and White Cloud. Video of the hail here. 1″ hail fell in downtown South Bend IN. Hail up to baseball-size fell in Illinois, inc. golfball-sized hail and the Peoria Airport. BTW – I wrote this on the blog on April 1: “A couple models are hinting at the possibility of a stronger t-storm around the evening of the 10th.” Reference here: http://woodtv.com/blog/2017/04/01/wet-weather-pattern-continues/.
Check out this beautiful panorama drone view of the Grand River flooding in Tallmadge Township – Ottawa County taken by David DeHaan. The Grand River crest will pass through Comstock Park, Grand Rapids and Grandville, then into Ottawa County Monday night. The crest in Comstock Park is 3 feet higher than flood stage, but 2 1/2 feet below the high water level reached on 4/21/2013. The river at Ada has dropped about 2-3″ since the crest. The crest will continue moving through Ottawa Co. to the lake around midweek.
Also: Here’s Cyclone Cook coming ashore in New Caledonia. This guy is going to set the record for April snow shoveling. Cocoa Beach sunset. Here’s Mt. Baker WA – snow burying some of the trees! Lake Ontario sunset thru the bluffs. Record high temp. of 77 in Traverse City on Sunday. The Phillies scored 12 runs in the first inning Sunday on the way to a 17-3 win over the Nationals. Perfect day yesterday for the tourists in D.C. Flooding in Paraguay. Sunday snow in Montana. Snow in Salt Lake City. Quick snowmelt in N. Ohio. California snowfall approaching season records. Chase – four years ago – I would be in the basement…not getting this close. BIG landslide in India.
Links: Here’s Grand Rapids radar and Northern Michigan radar, Milwaukee radar, Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar, Regional radar, the Updated GRR NWS Short Term Discussion. 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, the National warning/watch/advisory map, and a surface weather map. Here’s the 84-Hour snow forecast from the NAM model and the 120-hour snow forecast from the GFS model. 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 ski conditions. Cool U.S. satellite loop.
Lots of people enjoying the day on the pier and on the beach at S. Haven Saturday afternoon. The south wind missed the water and the high temp. at the lighthouse was 62, the same as Grand Rapids. At the Muskegon Beach, the south wind comes over some water and cools off. The high temp. there was 51. Today, inland areas will climb to the low 70s, while a south-southwest wind will keep afternoon temperatures at the water in the mid 50s. Most of us will stay dry today, but there will be a chance of a shower or storm both early and late on Monday. . Parts of Lower Michigan are in the Slight and Marginal Risk areas for potential severe weather Monday PM, with the threat being isolated strong wind gusts. We’ll be cooler on Tuesday.
This is flooding at the Indian Valley Campground on the Thornapple River. Here’s the latest Flood Warnings and Flood Advisories. Here’s an interactive map you can use to fine the latest river levels and forecasts. Some rivers are at the highest levels since the flood of 2013. The water level of the Grand at Comstock Park was up to 14.3 ft. (flood stage is 12 feet). The crest on the Grand Rapids appears to have passed Ionia Sat. evening…so the level in Comstock Park will probably come up a couple inches today and then level off. The Thornapple at Hastings is at 8.55 ft. (flood stage is 7 feet) and has leveled off. We had a great day of drying on Saturday with sunshine, a nice breeze and humidities dropping to 25-30%. A Small Craft Advisory remains in effect for Lake Michigan until 10 pm Monday. Awesome Lake Michigan waves.
Did you hear about this: “At 11:42 pm Friday night, all 156 Dallas (TX.) outdoor sirens were activated…by 1:17 am, the Office of Emergency Management was successful at deactivating the entire outdoor warning system”. So…at least some of those sirens were sounding for over an hour and a half! (they were hacked).
There were only two severe weather reports in the U.S. on Saturday…both minimal 1″ hail reports from right by the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Parts of Michigan remain in the Risk Areas for Severe Weather on Monday. Beautiful Lake Michigan pics. Alabama has waterfalls. It should be mostly sunny and near 80° for the final round of the Masters Golf Tournament. Still a little snow in the higher elevations of the Smokies. Upward lightning over Mexico City. Sunrise in Escanaba from a big ship. Awesome lightning composite.
This is the (Sat.) afternoon MODIS satellite picture of Lake Michigan (from NOAA Coastwatch). Note the greenish swirl in the southeast part of the lake, just west of Benton Harbor. That’s a swirl of sediment stirred up from the recent strong winds (which gusted to 61 mph at the S. Haven Lighthouse last Thursday – the Benton Harbor Airport had a peak gust of 41 mph). Sediment is most apt to color the lakes during the spring and fall with the occasional storms and strong winds that come with the transition of the seasons. The whitish sand and silt stirred up by the winds often shows up as blue or green-blue “rivers” in the lake. Area rivers are also running high with recent rains and are carrying a higher than average amount of sediment. You can also see some high-level cirrus clouds passing by and just a little bit of ice left around Little Traverse Bay and Charlevoix.
Here’s the Lake Superior picture. You can see the snow left on the ground in the Keweenaw Peninsula and east of Marquette. There’s also some ice in the Southeast Corner of the Lake and in Black Bay in the northwest part of the lake.
The Lake Erie and Lake Ontario pictures show the white snow on the ground. The Lake Erie pic. shows a lot of stirred up sediment, while you can see the Finger Lakes showing up dark amid the white snow in the Lake Ontario picture.
Also – Check out the waves on Lake Michigan last Thurs. evening – gust to 61 mph at the S. Haven. Lighthouse.
Today, April 3rd, 2017, is the anniversary of the strongest tornado ever to hit the state of Michigan. The strongest wind on the surface of Earth in 1956 was on Van Buren Street in Hudsonville, Michigan on April 3, 1956. There were 17 fatalities (13 in Hudsonville) and 340 were injured. Take a moment and watch this YouTube film, pictures and map of the twister and this color film of the deadly storm. The tornado was rated F5, one of 59 F5 and EF5 tornadoes in the U.S. since 1950. There were no EF5 tornadoes anywhere in the world in 2015 and in 2016. There has been also one in Canada. The tornado path was at least 48 miles continuous from Vriesland to Trufant in Montcalm Co. The twister was as wide as four football fields at one point! The first of four significant tornadoes that day came onshore off Lake Michigan at Saugatuck and destroyed the lighthouse there. That was an F4 tornado! It dissipated east of Holland with the Hudsonville-Standale tornado forming shortly thereafter, more than likely from the same parent storm. Another tornado struck near Bangor and stayed on the ground for 55 miles before lifting near Alto in SE Kent Co. That tornado injured twelve. Another tornado killed two in Benzie Co. Click here for more links to learn about other tornadoes in Michigan that day and the weather situation that produced them. Ernie Ostuno of the GRR NWS wrote a fantastic book on the event which you can order here (a great gift for someone interested in tornadoes, storms or weather). Here’s the Flicker Pictures that a commentator linked to. Today is also the anniversary of the Super Outbreak of Tornadoes in 1974. Here’s the article that NWS Meteorologist Ernie Ostuno wrote about the storms. Film of the damage. More film here. Documentary on the storm.
Three storm chasers were killed in a tragic traffic accident about 50 miles east of Lubbock, Texas. The Weather Channel has released the names of two of the victims, Kelley Gene Williamson, 57 and Randall Delane Yarnall, 55. The name of the 3rd victim has been released, Corbin Jaeger, 25, of Peoria AZ. The DPS says that Williamson was the driver that went through the stop sign. He was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. Yarnall was a passenger in that vehicle and was wearing a seat belt.
The Texas Dept. of Public Safety reports the accident occurred about five miles west of Spur Texas, when a black suburban traveling north blew through a stop sign and hit a black jeep going west. All three occupants of the two vehicles were killed (video at link). The Williamson-Yarnall vehicle was live-streaming at the time of the crash (video at link stops a few seconds before the crash. Names of the deceased have not been released and the accident remains under investigation. (pictures from KLBK).
Leta Barlow sent this picture to us from the Hastings area. Leta notes that this special bird has come back for the 5th year, so it’s an older bird. The average robin lives about 1.7 years and the oldest ones survive past 5 years. One banded bird reached 14 years. Robins are one of the first birds to return in the spring and in fact, a few of them often stay here in Lower Michigan in the winter, where they form groups and usually remain deep in the forest out of sight for much of the winter. They are often seen hopping around your lawn and it’s very seldom you’ll ever see a robin at a bird feeder. They will eat worms and insects (some in the wrinkles of trees in the winter) and also berries.
This bird is not an albino. You can see if has the familiar orange-brown breast and the yellow beak and claws. This is a leucistic bird. See very cool pictures and a more technical explanation of Leucism here.
This is a picture of a different bird. With Leucism, it affects the pigment in cells. In can affect one cell (you wouldn’t notice), a single feather or as in this case, all the feathers. At the link, a goldfinch with a white patch on its head…a robin with a white patch on its head….and at this link both a Canada goose and a mallard duck. It’s a rare find – I’ve never seen one myself, except in pictures.
Here’s a look at current East Coast Radar. This will update automatically. Here’s East Coast weather observations. Up top a list of the top 5 snowstorms ever at Central Park. Note that the top 5 are spread out over 4 different months. Here’s some webcams to check out, the Eastern Regional Weather Center Hazards Map, a Short Range Discussion on the Storm and the Storm Prediction Center’s meso-discussions on the storm. Finally, forecast discussions from the National Weather Service in Philadelphia, New York and Boston.
This graphic from WeatherBell is the HRRR model snowfall forecast. Here’s a time-lapse forecast of the storm.
Albany NY measured 14.9″ of new snow at 5:55PM, the 3/14/17 winter storm ranks in Albany’s top ten highest March snow storms on record! At 6 pm, the wind in Boston was 46 mph (Logan Arpt.) with a peak gust of 56 mph. 6,000 flights were cancelled today and already another 900 are cancelled for tomorrow. Here’s some New England snow reports. Check out the snow in Clinton NY. From Albany NWS: “We received a report of 11 inches of snow in only 2 hours in Ohio, NY!!!” A wind gust of 138 mph was observed on the top of Mount Washington, NH earlier today. Thundersnow in the Newark/NYC area. Up to 30″ of new snow in PA! Vernon, NJ: 19″ North Grandby, CT: 18″ Hubbardston, MA: 16″ Burrillville, RI: 12″ Wellfleet, MA 79 mph gust at 305PM. That is hurricane force. Reed Timmer video from the snowstorm. 2nd biggest March snowstorm ever at Hartford CT. The clock sure gets buried fast! 24-hr snowfall record at Binghamton NY (28.8″ at 8 pm still snowing). Now 125.2″ this winter #3 all time (131.3 in 93-94 & 131.2 in 95-96). Arctic air Wednesday won’t modify much over snow/ice covered landscape. High of 31°F forecast at Wash DC would set record low max (32° 1932). Beautiful California wildflowers after the winter rains.
Here’s a look at some peak wind gusts. Topping the list is Downtown Gr. Rapids at GVSU (on the roof) and W. Walker with 67 mph. The Ford Airport and Lansing both had 64 mph. Jenison (high school) and Ionia reported 62 mph and East Grand Rapids had 61 mph. The Ford Airport in G.R. had an average 2-minute wind of 51 mph with a peak gust of 64 mph. See these links for peak winds in Southwest Lower Michigan, Southeast Lower Michigan (68 mph at Detroit and Saginaw), Northern Lower Michigan, Northern Indiana, Northern Illinois, Northern Ohio and Southeast Wisconsin. Rochester NY recorded a wind gust to 81 mph – the 2nd fastest wind measured at Rochester since 1941. The fastest wind ever measured in G.R. was 80 mph on 11/11/40.
With diminishing winds, power companies will be able to make progress getting the electricity back on, though it may take until Sunday to get everyone back. Consumers Energy reports that approximately 500 utility poles were snapped or toppled with over 3,000 wires down. You can get the latest outage numbers from the Consumers Energy Outage Map. Ionia County seemed hardest hit. At one point 46% of the county was without power. At one point there were over 1.2 million customers without power in the Great Lakes and northeast.
Several power poles hover near the ground north of Conifer Ridge on Byron Center Avenue SW in Byron Center. Here’s video and pictures of the wind damage in W. Michigan, the latest on the building damage in the town of Clarksville and the roof that came off the school in Barry Co. (200 kids evacuated).
Here’s the plane carrying the U. of M. basketball team that ran off the runway at Willow Run Airport. Winds there were gusting to 63 mph. The U. of M. released this statement.
Severe T-Storms are possible today from SE KS and NE OK to the Mississippi River. Severe weather Weds. was limited to 8 severe wind reports centered around Albany NY. Houghton, Michigan in the U.P. had 8 continuous hours of blizzard conditions yesterday. Cold pattern for the eastern half of the U.S. over the next 8 days.
Also: Wow! Check out this Dust Devil. Snowstorm passes south of Michigan this weekend. Snow will fall from PA to southern New England. What made the Phoenix Suns Gorilla do this? Some good news for weather forecasters, esp. with the time change next Sun. Wildfires destroyed homes in NW Texas and W. Oklahoma. Almost all of Canada colder than average. Sunshine in the Valley of Fire. More rain and snow for the Pacific NW. Texas timelapse. This is called a “standing seiche”. From Dr. Ryan Maue: NOAA’s independent analysis confirms my prelim. results in real-time. Feb CONUS temps highly variable but over past 40 years, no stat up trend”. Blizzard in Serbia. The wettest first 5 months of the water year (Oct-Feb) in California, more than 68-69 as statewide precipitation averaged 27.81. Fairbanks AK had a low temp -39F Wed AM. Only 19 other days past 110 years at least this cold as late or later in the winter.