Thunderstorm Wind Damage in SE Lower Michigan – Oct. 23, 2020

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Strong to locally severe thunderstorms pushed across Southeast Lower Michigan Friday (Oct. 23) afternoon. The storms brought scattered reports of hail and high winds:

1″ Diameter hail fell at St. Charles in Saginaw Co. and at Milan in Monroe County. The following towns reported wind damage (mostly downed trees and wires: Eaton Rapids, Saginaw, Bath, Owosso, Kinde, Clio, Sandstone (Jackson Co.), Huron City, Lapeer, Decker and Dundee. No injuries were reported with the storms, though a few accidents were related to weather conditions.

As of 9 pm Fri. (Oct. 23), there were 7,121 Consumers Energy customers without power, inc. 4,541 in Genesee Co. (Flint area), 881 in Shiawassee Co. and 411 in Kalamazoo Co.

There was a solid line of thunderstorms from Canada to Tennessee and a scattered line of storms from Tennessee to the Gulf of Mexico along a strong cold front.

With a cooler and drier weather pattern, we are not anticipating any severe thunderstorms in Michigan over the next 10 days.

Severe Thunderstorm Outlook Map from the Storm Prediction Center for Friday 10/23

Here’s the storm reports from Thursday…four marginal (1″ in diameter) reports in IA and WI. There were many other reports of smaller pea-sized hail. Here’s radar (should update automatically):

Radar
  • Here’s West Michigan radar

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Here’s Grand Rapids radar

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and Regional Radar.

Here’s satellite and lightning. Another link to lightning.

North American Snow and Ice Cover

Here’s North American snow and ice cover. A significant part of Canada and the northern U.S. has snow on the ground.

GFS model forecast temperatures for Tuesday Oct. 27.

Look at the GFS temperature forecast for Oct. 27 – Tuesday. A large part of the Central U.S. is forecast to have temperatures more than 10 deg. colder than average. You can certainly see where the front is…from South Texas to New Jersey.

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