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A Message from the G.R. NWS:
Above is an excellent graphic from our Storm Prediction Center explaining their severe weather risk categories. Wednesday night, much of West Michigan was in the second highest risk category for severe weather. While there were certainly pockets of damage and power outages in our state, more damage occurred in Wisconsin compared to Michigan. After reading comments from last night’s event, we believe that several valid concerns were discussed and we would like to address two major themes that emerged. This will help us to improve moving forward so we appreciate the polite and honest feedback.
1) Better communicate the forecast uncertainty or other possible outcomes. This would help prevent the worst case scenario from coming across as the only possible outcome. In the case of last night’s event, the higher-end scenario was actually more likely than not to occur, which is very unusual for our region...and that is why we used stronger wording that you do not see with the vast majority of our severe weather events. We internally discussed several possible ways the event could unfold besides the worst case scenario. One of the commenters mentioned that it would have been nice to know there was another horse in the race (another possible outcome with some chance of happening). That has us thinking about how we can improve communication of alternative scenarios without minimizing the risks that come with the worst case scenario.
2) Follow up on events that didn’t pan out as expected. We actually do internal reviews of our events on a regular basis by looking at how well we understood the meteorology, how well we planned and staffed for the event, and how well we communicated what we expected to happen. The communication part of this event really stands out to us now. Several commenters said they actually lost sleep based on our messages and now, understandably, are wondering why things didn’t turn out as expected. We create summaries of what happened and why for more significant events that we share on our webpage and social media. However, it sounds like there also is interest in hearing about what *didn’t* happen and why. This is an interesting idea and we wonder how we might approach this. Any thoughts are appreciated. You can comment here on the G.R. NWS facebook page.
This was the Severe Weather Outlook Map from the Storm Prediction Center. Severe Storms did develop as expected in far NW Wisconsin. In fact, if you look at the tape of our news, at 6 pm Ellen Bacca drew a circle in NW Wisconsin telling viewers that here's where the storms would develop - that was before any storms had formed. So, we got that part right. The storms were expected to move from NW to SE following the red color or Moderate Risk on the map. Here was the actual severe weather reports:
There were 5 tornadoes in Wisconsin, along with 76 reports of wind damage and hail up to the size of ping-pong balls. There were a couple of reports of winds that reached hurricane force. There were also reports of very heavy rain and flooding.
Instead of the storms moving from NW to SE - the storms (about 315 degrees), the storms moved NNW to SSE (from about 330 or 340 degrees. So the heaviest storms stayed to our west. Note the severe weather reports in SW Michigan. The late evening Severe Thunderstorm Watch was right on....the watch included Allegan and Kalamazoo Counties to the south, but not Kent Co.
BTW as of early Friday morning, there are still 13,097 customers without power in Wisconsin and 3,587 in Michigan. Illinois was down to 1,544 and some of those were from Thursday's storms in Central and Southern Illinois. Com. Ed. did an awesome job getting power back on in the Chicago area.
This is the Severe Weather Outlook Map for Saturday PM/night 7/31. There is a Marginal Risk of a severe storm north of a line from Muskegon to Saginaw Bay. The main threat would be isolated strong winds.
An 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the Aleutian Chain late Wednesday night. The quake is the largest in the US and Alaska since 1965, and the largest in the world since the Fiji earthquake of 2018, according to USGS earthquake records.
The Alaska Earthquake Center originally reported an earthquake struck 66 miles Southeast of Perryville in the Aleutian Chain at 10:15 p.m. (2:15 pm EDT) early Thursday AM, with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3. The U.S. Geological Survey reviewed the quake and released a revised report of an 8.2 tremblor 91 kilometers, or about 56 miles, Southeast of Perryville. Fortunately, the quake was relatively deep at 20-30 miles.
A Tsunami Warning was issued for much of the SE Alaska Coast and a Tsunami Watch for Hawaii. The map above shows tsunami arrival times - assuming there is one. More than likely, there wasn't a tsunami or if there was it was too small to be significant.
The top map shows severe weather reports for Wed. and Wed. night. There were 136 severe wind reports, 15 reports of large hail and one tornado in Utah, though I saw a pic. of a tornado in Wisconsin and that will likely be surveyed. The fastest measured wind gust was 78 mph at Weston Wisconsin, but there were many areas that had 50-60 mph gusts and wind damage, which was mostly downed trees and wires. There were a few spots with structural damage, including a portion of the roof of a Family Dollar store coming off at Osseo WI.
As of early Thu. PM, there were still 47,449 customers without power in Wisconsin (it was up over 80,000 last night), 13,453 in Illinois and 11,305 in Michigan. The Michigan total included 624 customers in Allegan Co., 324 in Kalamazoo County and 220 in St. Joseph County.
Wind damage (mostly downed trees, wires and limbs) was reported at S. Haven, Beechwood, Otsego, Allegan, Cooper Twp., Parchment and Vicksburg. Peak wind gusts: Macatawa 61 mph, Wayland 51 mph, Port Sheldon 47 mph, S. Haven Beach 46 mph, Battle Creek 45 mph. The Severe T-Storm Watch that SPC (with the help of the G.R. NWS) around 2 am was right on - with the watch including Allegan and Kalamazoo Counties, but not Kent Co.
Most rainfall reports were relatively light. We did get a report of 1.12" in Saugautck. Holland (arpt.) had 0.43", Kalamazoo 0.21", Grand Rapids (arpt.) 0.08" and Battle Creek just 0.05".
Interesting note...there was a seiche (meteotsunami) on Lake Michigan last night. As the strong northwest winds pushed out from the thunderstorms they pushed the water on Lake Michigan, causing it to "pile up" at the south end of the lake. The water level rose up to 2.5 FEET. The water than retreated as the strong winds ended. That's why it can be dangerous to head back in the water or go out on the piers after a windstorm - the water levels can go up and down, creating dangerous rip and structural currents.
The storms last night, while not nearly as strong, took a similar path to the"More Trees Down Derecho" of July 14-15, 1980. That derecho produced a 112 mph gust at Eau Claire, Wisconsin (then the anemometer used to measure the wind blew away) and 103 mph at Benton Harbor, Michigan. Power was knocked out for 10 days in parts of Southern Lower Michigan. The TV stations and 7 of the 8 radio stations in Eau Claire WI were knocked off the air by the storm. Here's a list of the circumstances of the deaths and injuries with that storm:
This derecho in 1980 was strong enough to overturn mobile homes.
Some generic tips on what to do before the storm hits:
Stay away from windows, esp. on the west and sides of buildings - windows can break and the glass flies in. Make sure people who are camping know of the threat. Limbs and trees can fall on tents and RVs.
If you can, don't park your vehicle under a tree(s) tonight. Keep your garage door closed. Pick up your yard this evening - so that things like toys and your garbage bin don't blow away. Take down hanging baskets and bird feeders that may get blown down in the storm.
Trampolines can get picked up and tossed about by the winds. Turn then upside down if you can. With the threat of power outages, make you have your phone charged and keep a flashlight handy if the power goes out. Pets are often scared of the lightning, thunder and wind. Try to find a safe and relatively quiet place for them. Watch for downed power lines. Most down lines are not live, but a few are and they can be deadly.
Try not to travel at night during the storm (strong wind, low visibility, flying debris) or after the storm (downed trees, wires and limbs on the roads that might be hard to see in the dark.
Try to minimize travel during and after the storm. There will likely be trees, limbs and wires down across roads. During the Iowa Derecho of August 10, 2020 - there were more injuries AFTER the storm than DURING the storm...with people falling, stepping on debris and having accidents cleaning up.
Also - beware of a seiche on Lake Michigan. Strong winds can push the surface water toward the Michigan shore. Watch for the water level to rise - perhaps 1-3 feet if it's a strong derecho ) - then retreat significantly as the water "sloshes" back toward Wisconsin...that sloshing back and forth could last for hours, creating dangerous rip currents and structural currents later tonight into tomorrow AM. A seiche is sometimes called a meteotsunami. METEOTSUNAMIS ARE GENERATED FROM FAST MOVING SQUALL LINES THAT SWEEP OVER THE LAKE. RAPID WATER LEVEL FLUCTUATIONS CAN BE EXPECTED WITH METEOTSUNAMIS. PEOPLE WITH INTERESTS ALONG THE LAKE MICHIGAN SHORE AND IN HARBORS DIRECTLY ADJACENT TO THE LAKE SHOULD BE AWARE THAT THAT THESE RAPID WATER LEVEL FLUCTUATIONS ARE POSSIBLE TONIGHT AND INTO THE MORNING HOURS OF THURSDAY."
The map was the Severe Weather Outlook Area from the Storm Prediction Center for the storms Weds. night. Compare this to the top map of storm reports. Their forecast was a little too far northeast. We didn't get the severe weather in Grand Rapids, but they did in NE Illinois. The storms tracked more SSE (or even south) than SE.
From the La Crosse WI NWS: "ONCE THE STORMS START, THEY WILL ESCALATE VERY QUICKLY...ZERO TO SEVERE IN 1/2 HOUR?" And that's what they did.
This is the Severe Weather Threat Map for this jPM/night (Thu.) The storms will be across IL/IN/OH. Wind damage is still the greatest threat.
Lake Michigan water temps. (and probably inland lakes as well) are about as warm as they are going to be all summer. A north wind will likely mix in cooler water starting on Thursday night and we may see significantly cooler water early next week. So, if you like warm water at Lake Michigan - head there now and take a dip.
Current water temps: Muskegon 77, Holland 74, S. Haven 75.
The average wind speed from midnight to 5 pm in G.R. was just 2.8 mph - the calm before the storms.
Also: In the last 24 hours, Death Valley, California (Furnace Creek), has had more rain (0.74") than Portland (OR), San Diego, Los Angeles, Honolulu, San Francisco, Spokane, and Denver have COMBINED for all of July. Death Valley has also had more rain this month thru 7/28 than Holland MI (0.70").
Tropical Storm Nepartak is heading toward Japan, but the effects on the Olympics should be minimal. It's barely a tropical storm, with peak winds of 40-50 mph and it should pass well north of Tokyo. It will cause a little rougher surf than average and they did move the rowing schedule around a bit.
The average high/low temperatures for July in Tokyo are 86/72. In January, they go down to 50/34. Tokyo averages 4" of snow each winter. The highest temperature ever was 103 and the coldest 15. They average 12 days with measurable rain in July. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-upper 80s on Tuesday and near 90 on Wednesday with a random shower or thundershower.
The Atlantic/Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico remain quiet, with the "X" marking a system that barely has any clouds with it and is unlikely to intensify to tropical storm status. We still expect an active hurricane season centered from mid-August into mid-October.
Saturday we had The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Up top is the good. This awesome rainbow pic. comes from Charlie Rozema in Hudsonville. Hudsonville received 0.79" of rain between 5 and 6 pm...and a total of 2.08" if you combine the rain from Friday and Saturday. (a little bonus alliteration in the title there).
This is the bad...a tornado that did some damage just outside of Port Austin - very close to where an EF-3 tornado struck less than a month ago on June 26th. I haven't heard of any injuries with this tornado, but there was some building damage. The National Weather Service has confirmed tornado touchdowns in Macomb, Genesee and Oakland Counties. There are still thousands without power from the storms in SE Michigan, especially Oakland County.
And this is The Ugly...a wicked looking "tail cloud" over Kalamazoo. We were watching it on radar - it was not rotating and if it's not rotating...it's not dangerous.
The NWS will conduct storm surveys to determine if damage was from tornadoes or thunderstorm winds.
Rainfall Saturday morning: Suttons Bay 4.18", Traverse City Airport 2.79" in 2 hours - 3.36" total, Mancelona 2.62".
Note from the Gaylord NWS: "
HEAVY RAIN HAS BEEN CROSSING NORTHERN MI, WITH THE INITIAL ONSET AND LONGEST DURATION OCCURRING IN LEELANAU CO. RADAR ESTIMATES THAT 3-5" OF RAIN HAS FALLEN OVER THE MAJORITY OF LEELANAU CO, AND INITIAL GAGE REPORTS SUGGEST THIS IS IN THE BALLPARK. FLASH FLOOD GUIDANCE WAS EASILY EXCEEDED HERE, AND WARNINGS WERE ISSUED HERE AND EAST. STREET FLOODING HAS BEEN NOTED IN TRAVERSE CITY. AS CLOUD COVER ERODES IN SOUTHERN SECTIONS FOR EVEN AN HOUR OR TWO. WE SHOULD KICK OFF REASONABLY VIGOROUS DEEP CONVECTION AGAIN TOWARD 1-2 PM ALONG THE PRIMARY COLD FRONT." From the Detroit NWS: "THE MAIN FORCING ASSOCIATED WITH THE INBOUND SHORTWAVE WILL RAMP UP DURING THE 2 TO 5PM TIME FRAME, BEGINNING THE MAIN SEVERE THREAT WINDOW."
Here's radar - scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop today across Lower Michigan. Much of Lower Michigan is in the Slight Risk Outlook Area for potential severe weather.
The top graphic is the Severe Weather Outlook Map from the Storm Prediction Center forthis Saturday PM 7/25. The threat level for much of Lower Michigan was increased from Marginal to Slight on Friday. The Saturday mid-morning update expanded the Slight Risk Area a little farther south, including more of N. Indiana and now far NW Ohio. Grand Rapids even gets a mention on the yellow bar at the bottom of the map. SPC says: "Convection will increase in coverage and move ESE across parts of Lower Michigan...a wind-damage threat with the more intense multi-cells." If you've got something planned for Saturday - stay up with the latest forecast and look for a possible Severe Thunderstorm Watch and county warnings.
The map above goes with the first map. It's the percent chance of a severe criteria wind weather report within 25 miles of a given point. The +15% area is centered right over Muskegon and Grand Rapids. With the Sat. mid-morning update, the area for possible wind damage was expanded south farther into NW Indiana and now NW Ohio.
SPC says the percent chance of a tornado within 25 miles of a given point is 2%. The risk is low, but not impossible.
The map above is the risk of a severe hail report (1" in diameter or greater) for Saturday PM/night. You can see that all of Lower Michigan is in the 5% risk category.
There's also a Beach Hazards Statement from Holland to the north for waves of 2-5 feet and the possibility of dangerous currents. Don't swim near or jump off the piers and breakwalls today -especially the south side of the piers.
This may be correlation without causation...but some of you will remember the derecho of May 31, 1998. There was massive wind damage across much of Southern and Central Lower Michigan. That storm occurred on a Saturday night, but was preceded by a strong thunderstorm the previous Thursday night. Similar days of the week, but hopefully much less severe weather with the storms tonight and Sat. PM.
Rainfall amounts from Friday AM: 3.42" Alaska (SE Kent Co.), 3.40" Whitehall, 3.37" Irving (Barry Co.), 3.08" McDonald (Van Buren Co.), 3.00" Shelby, 2.87" Hart, 2.61" Dutton (Kent Co.), 2.45" Hastings, 2.39" Grand Rapids (airport), 2.32" Cloverville (Muskegon Co.), 2.17" Spring Lake, 2.14" Hartford, 2.07" Grand Haven, 2.03" Walker, 1.88" Hartford, 1.86" Montague, 1.73" Comstock Park, 1.63" East Gr. Rapids, 1.62" Norton Shores, 1.41"Zeeland,. 1.28" Hudsonville
More heavy thunderstorms (Marginal Severe Risk) again today in AZ and NM with the possibility of heavy rain and flash flooding.
Above is the map of severe storm reports for Friday. Once again there was only one small, insignificant landspout tornado (near Bernalillo NM. Wind gusts hit 75 mph at both Shooks MN and Elgin NV.
Here's severe storm reports for Thursday 7/22. Once again, no tornadoes in the U.S. and only one severe hail report. The main story was wind damage. There were wind gusts to 91 mph at Ludlow SD and 90 mph at Red Elm SD. We track the storm reports there because that's the system that will be affecting Lower Michigan's weather on Saturday.
There were also several wind damage reports in the Las Vegas area a few by the Great Salt Lake and one in Arizona. Cataract Creek at Redlands Crossing AZ rose 2 feet in less than an hour due to heavy rainfall upstream.
Here's the severe weather report map for Wednesday...quite a few reports of wind damage along the East Coast from VA to NJ. There were a few wind damage reports in the West...two in Arizona, one in California, one on the Nevada/Utah line and a handful up in Montana. No tornadoes in the U.S. again on Weds.
ALSO: Seattle has had 3 days this summer over 100 degrees...Dallas TX has had none. On July 22, 1779 - a devastating tornado occurred in N. France. It's estimated that the tornado was an EF4 (link is in French).
It looks like we're going to see the warmest weather we've had since the 2nd week of June. Temperatures early next week should reach the upper 80s to near 90°. To be a bona fide heat wave in Michigan, you're supposed to have 3 consecutive days reach 90°.
So far this summer, the I-94 corridor has had the most 90-degree days, with 9 at Kalamazoo and 7 at Battle Creek. Grand Rapids has had just two days reach exactly 90° - that was June 11-12. Holland Muskegon have not reached 90° officially so far this summer.
Here's the number of 90-degree days in past years in Grand Rapids. You can see it really varies from year to year. The most 90-degree days ever in G.R. was 37 in 1988. That's followed by 35 in 1894 and 34 in 1931. The least number of 90-degree days was zero in 1951 and 2014.
In 1934, we were in the midst of a real heat wave. From the 20th to the 24th, we had successive high temperatures of 99°, 104°, 97°, 101° and 103°. Those five daily record high temperatures still stand today, 87 years later.
In fact, if you look at the 31 record high temperatures for the month of July in Grand Rapids, 25 daily record highs were set in the 46 years from 1894 to 1940 and only 6 have been set in the 80 years since 1941.
OK, let's look at January for daily coldest record temperatures. Only 4 daily record lowest temperatures out of 31 were set from 1894 to 1940 and 27 daily record low temperatures have been set since 1940, including 5 since the year 2000.
The picture above is a screen grab last night from the webcam at Utqiagvik, Alaska (formerly Barrow, Alaska). North of the Arctic Circle, the have the "midnight sun", though in Utquiagvik you're more likely to have bright stratus clouds. Over the course of the year, they average just 30% of possible sunshine. The current temperature was 44° when I grabbed this pic. The warmest they have been this month is 56°. The warmest they have EVER been is 79°, the coldest -56°F. The average high and low over the course of the year is 17°/6°F. It's a "cold desert". They average just 4.53" of precipitation per year. Most of that comes as snow (an average of 39" per year - much less than West Michigan. You can see that the ice is finally breaking up in the Arctic Ocean to the north.
In between shows, I bounce around the internet looking for something interesting. This was a pictures from an FAA camera near Haines, Alaska. That's a nice cumulonimbus cloud over the mountains. Note the snow that's left on the mountains here in mid-July.
This pic. shows fireweed along the side of a road in Denali National Park in Alaska. Very pretty.
Here's storm reports from Tuesday. While we stayed dry in West Michigan, thunderstorms formed over Saginaw Bay and dropped south, producing strong winds and hail. Wind damage was reported at Attica, Auburn Hills (and other places in Oakland Co), Canton and Chelsea (also 3/4" hail in Chelsea). Oxford reported 60 mph winds and small hail. As of 2 am Wed., there were still 37,323 customers without power in Michigan.
Again there was only one tornado in the U.S. and it was small, short lived and inconsequential. The most severe weather was in New York state, where there were many reports of wind damage and hail up to 2" in diameter.
The pic. above was just before sunset at South Haven. The sun looks a dim yellow and it faded into the smoke layer before it reached the water. If you look close, you can see the reflected ripples on the water are a red color (different from the color of the sun). The smoke layer is around 2 miles above the surface, so it doesn't smell smoky at ground level.
Overnight, a 3/4-full moon looked yellow-orange and dimmer stars were not visible through the smoke layer.
Here's the Lake Michigan satellite picture from Monday PM. You can see the lake through the smoke. There's also a few fair-weather cumulus clouds in NE Illinois, but no clouds over most of the city of Chicago, where the easterly lake-breeze brings cooler, more stable air to the immediate lakeshore.
As of Friday AM, wildfire activity continues in 13 states where 80 large fires have burned 1,174,486 acres. More than 19,600 wildland firefighters and support personnel are assigned to incidents. To date, 35,086 wildfires have burned 2,537,744 acres in the United States.
Statistics for 2020: In Michigan last year there were 409 wildfires, most of them quite small. 401 were started by humans and 8 were started by lightning. There were 1,131 acres burned, only 10 acres from the lightning fires.
In California, there were 10,431 wildfires in 2020. A total of 9,868 of those fires (94.6%) were started by humans and 563 were started by lightning. A total of 4,092,151 acres were burned in CA, 2,365,932 (58%) from human-caused fires and 1,726,218 (42%) from the lightning-caused fires (42%). For a comparison, Kent Co. has 558,080 acres, so the total area that burned in CA last year was approx. 7.3 times the size of Kent Co.
In August a series of lightning strikes started hundreds of fires across Northern California. Dubbed the August Complex Fire, they were the largest fires in California’s history, together burning 1.03 million acres in seven counties and continuing into November.
Last year in the U.S. there were 58,950 wildfires - the 3rd lowest total since 1994. However, those fires burned 10,122,336 acres, the 2nd highest number of acres since 1994.
As many as 90 percent of wildland fires in the United States are caused by people, according to the U.S. Department of Interior. Some human-caused fires result from campfires left unattended, the burning of debris, downed power lines, negligently discarded cigarettes and intentional acts of arson. The remaining 10 percent are started by lightning or (a very few from) lava.
We have a Beach Hazards Statement and Small Craft Advisories for Lake Michigan for waves increasing to 2-4 feet and winds to 15-25 mph. Don't swim near or jump off the piers and breakwalls on windy days. There is also a small chance of a thunderstorm east of US 131 this afternoon.
The above map is the forecast of total rainfall from the Weather Prediction Center for Monday thru Friday of this week. Summer shower and storm activity can vary greatly from one town to the next. For example, take last Saturday AM, when parts of Kalamazoo County got 4 1/2" of rain, while 10 miles away less than 1/2" fell. The WPC says that on average, much of W. Michigan will see only 1/10 to 1/2" of rain through Friday.
To break it down...we were dry on Monday. We have a chance of a shower or t-shower this Tue. PM. The chance will be least in the lakeshore counties (10%) and highest over toward the Thumb (60%). Wednesday should be dry. We'll have about a 40% chance of a shower or storm Thursday PM/night (a little less than 50/50 at this point). Then, we have a chance of a shower or storm at some point next weekend. High temperatures this week will be mostly in the low-mid 80s - 70s at Lake Michigan.
This week is on average the warmest week of the year. This week we have an average high temperature of 83 and average low temperature of 63 in Gr. Rapids. On Monday both the high temp. (83) and low temp. (63) were exactly average for the date.
The map above also shows a continuation of the wet pattern across the Southern U.S. from Texas to the Carolinas...and look at the rain (mostly PM showers and storms) in Arizona and the Southern Rockies.
We have a layer of smoke in the atmosphere, around 8,000 to 12,000 feet above the ground. It's high enough that you shouldn't smell any smoke at ground level. The smoke is from wildfires, in Ontario and in the western U.S. and Canada. The smoke can give an orange tint to the moon at night.
The smoke can also give a grayish-white color to the sky during the day. You can see that in the picture above that was taken by Steve Hager at Morrison Lake Sunday morning (7/18/21).
ALSO: Record of catastrophic floods in Germany. Lightning near Tucson AZ. Wildfire east of Sacramento CA. Waterspouts off the coast of Italy. Waterfall in New York State (not Niagara). Nice time lapse of a thunderstorm that was 100 miles away. Two tropical storms in the Western Pacific...and two in the Eastern Pacific. This looks like a blizzard, but it's really a very windy hailstorm. Smoke billows up from CA wildfire. Lightning hits the Empire St. Building in NYC. "According to the National Weather Service, the Empire State Building is hit by lightning an average of 25 times per year." Boston MA has had over 5 times average.rainfall this month.
Kalamazoo had measurable rain on 10 out of 11 days from July 7 - 17.
Look at the heavy rain that fell Friday night into early Saturday. Much of this fell in two hours. The heavy rain was over the city proper and to the northeast up to Hastings. Other rainfall totals: 2.63 at the Kalamaoo Nature Center, 1.51" at Jackson, 1.35 at the Andreson Arboretum, 1.02 at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. The Kalamazoo Airport reported only 0.41" of rain and Oshtemo had 0.84". The Battle Creek Airport had 0.34".
The Kalamazoo Airport has had 13.44" of rain since June 1. Average since June 1 is 5.05", so the airport is 8.39" above average and that represents 266% of average rainfall for the last month and a half. The Kalamazoo River at Comstock is running at 226% of average flow. It's not flooding, it's just high water for this time of year moving fairly quickly.
The Battle Creek Airport has picked up 10.99" of rain sine June 1 and that's 5.76" above average or 210% of average rainfall.
Heavy rain also fell in SE Michigan: 3.94" at Grosse Pointe, 3.80" in Milan, 3.76" at Dexter 3.64" in Detroit, 3.40" at Dearborn, 2.72" at Ann Arbor and 1.51" at Jackson.
The Kalamazoo County Road Commission reminds you not to go around barricades. Those barricades are there for a reason. It could be road construction, a washout of a road or the shoulder of a road.
This is a screen grab from our Ionia Free Fair camera. Lots of people came to the free fair on Saturday. The Grand River at Ionia is higher than average flow, but no problem. The river has a flow Sat. night at 2010 cubic feet per second compared to an average flow for 7/18 of 762 cfs. The current stage is 10.38 ft. Flood stage is way up at 21 feet, so I guarantee the Free Fair and the parking areas will stay dry this week. Here's a schedule of events at the Free Fair.
Grand Rapids has only had one day out of the last 10 days that was warmer than 80 degrees. So far, the month of July is averaging 1.2 deg. cooler than average. Grand Rapids has reached 90 degrees twice this summer, back-to-back on June 11 and June 12. We have not had a day warmer than 90. For the 6 days from July 11 - 16, Grand Rapids had only 22% of possible sunshine. If you expand that period to ten days from July - 7 - 16, it's still only 31% of possible sunshine. July averages 65% of possible sunshine in G.R. Also, July 2021 is currently running 4.4 degrees cooler than July 2020.
Today (Sun.) we get 14 hours and 56 minutes of possible sunshine. That's only down 25 minutes since the Summer Solstice occurred on June 20. Daylight will start to shrink at a little faster pace. Sunset is at 9:16 pm today. It's back to 9 pm on August 5 and 8 pm by September 10.
There was only one small and relatively insignificant tornado in the U.S. on Saturday...in Kansas. The bigger story was the 203 reports of wind damage, with most of the damage from N. North Carolina to Massachusetts. One person was injured by a falling tree branch in Pennsylvania.
Also - Northern Ireland may have recorded the warmest temperature ever with a reading of 88.1 deg. F in County Down. Look at this picture of the flood damage in Germany - death toll up to 155. High fire danger continues in California. Magnitude 4.3 e-quake just off Puerto Rico. Rohwer, Arkansas recorded 6.55" of rain on Saturday - wettest July day ever there. 4.06" in 24 hours at Akron NY. Hurricane Felicia continues to spin in the Eastern Pacific - no threat to land.