Storms and Rain End – Still Thousands Without Power

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Severe Weather Risk Areas for Sunday 7/19

Storms Sunday brought strong winds and heavy rain to Lower Michigan.

Peak gusts from Sunday’s storms: 86 mph Jasper Co. Indiana, 83 mph south of E. Tawas MI, 64 mph Battle Creek Airport, 64 mph Fort Wayne IN Airport, 54 mph at S. Haven, 53 mph at St. Joseph, 52 mph Chicago, 51 mph Holland and Benton Harbor. Numerous trees down in Midland, Bay City, Saginaw area and also from Grayling down to Houghton Lake and east to Lake Huron.

A Tornado or strong microburst did significant damage to Bishop Baraga Catholic School in Cheboygan. More pics. of the damaged school here.

As of 2:15 am Monday, there were 143,183 customers without power in Michigan, by far the most of any state. That included 23,891 Consumers Energy customers. Here’s a portion of the Consumers Energy outage map as of 9 pm Sunday. At one point 40% of Iosco Co. was without power.

Consumers Energy Outage Map from 9 pm Sun. showing outages from Grayling down to Houghton Lake and east to Lake Huron

Here’s Regional Radar:

Central Great Lakes sector loop
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And Grand Rapids radar:

Click for latest Composite Reflectivity radar image from the Grand Rapids/Muskegon, MI radar and current weather warnings

Daylight is starting to shorten at the rate of 2 minutes each day. We’re down to 14 hours and 53 min. of daylight as of today (Monday), a loss of 28 minutes of daylight since the Summer Solstice back on June 20. Sunrise Monday in downtown G.R. is at 6:22 am and sunset at 9:15 pm.

6 am Saturday at the Muskegon Chanel

Dewpoints were in the very steamy mid 70s on Sunday. The rapidly growing corn and soybean fields of the Corn Belt are transpiring lots of moisture into the air (and will for the next month). Our wind was southwest, coming off the corn and beans in Illinois. The pic. above is 6 am Saturday at the Muskegon Channel. Dewpoints should be back to around 60 this afternoon.

The Lake-Effect Ferry heading to Milwaukee Sunday evening.

The temperature reached 91 in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek on Saturday. That was the 13th 90-degree day of the summer for Grand Rapids – we had seven 90-degree days in G.R. last summer. As I write this – the water temp. of Reeds Lake is 80. The water temp. at the Port Sheldon buoy is 70 and the S. Haven buoy has 71. The temperature at the S. Haven Beach was 78.5 at 5 pm Saturday. It rose to 84.7 as the wind turned off the land for an hour. Then the temp. fell to 76.1 at 7 pm with the wind back to southwest off the water.

Also: Pic. of Comet Neowise.

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