Early Morning Showers and T-Storms, Locally Heavy Rainfall

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The Storm Prediction Center has reduced the chance of severe weather in Michigan during the early morning. The Slight Risk Area is now down in N. Indiana and the Marginal Risk is south of a line from Saugatuck to Port Huron.

1.8″ of rain fell in the evening at Constantine MI with small hail. Small hail also fell at the town of Sawyer. 1″ diameter hail fell at Wawasee and Tippeecanoe Lake IN and wind damage was reported near Van Wert OH and Burgess IL. Here’s radar:

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Here’s Grand Rapids radar and regional radar:

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Grand Rapids National Weather Service Graphic on the weather tonight
Severe Weather Reports for Wed. 5 13 20

The above map is the Severe Weather Reports from Wed. 5 13 20. There was one tornado in Texas, 8 reports of wind damage (gusts to 70 mph) and 27 reports of severe-criteria hail, up to the size of tennis balls.

If you didn’t get a chance to see our special on the 40th anniversary of the Kalamazoo tornado, it’s up online now here.

BTW, this is the first lightning/thunder in Grand Rapids for the last two weeks. We’ve been in an unseasonably cold pattern…the coldest May 1-12 ever in Grand Rapids, 8.5 degrees colder than average. The storms (until today) have been south of us. It’s also been unusually quiet. We have had only five relatively small tornadoes in the U.S. in the last 8 days..unusually for May – which is often the month with the most tornadoes in the U.S. However, we have had 73 fatalities this year from tornadoes in the U.S. That’s more than the fatalities from 2018 and 2019 combined.

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