T-Showers, Showers, Breezy, Chilly This Thursday (for early Oct.)

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Look for more showers and a chance of a thundershower today (Thu.). The strongest thundershowers will likely again contain some hail and perhaps even some gusty winds. There may also be a couple of waterspouts over Lake Michigan

A cool and wet start to October

Wednesday, thunderstorms produced quite a few reports of hail (Grand Rapids, Walker, Comstock Park, Alpine Twp., Belmont, DeWitt, Ithaca and Reed City) and wind gusts as high as 50 mph. Here’s a loop of the clouds over Lower MI on Wednesday. Here’s radar:

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Grand Rapids Radar

And regional radar:

Central Great Lakes sector loop
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Waterspouts off Muskegon St. Park.

A tiny waterspout occurred Wednesday PM at Grand Haven:

Tiny waterspout Grand Haven 9 30 20 courtesy surfgrandhaven.com

and there was this waterspout:

This waterspout Monday evening at S. Haven was captured by Amy DeWitt. These waterspouts are generally small, relatively skinny and dissipate at the shore (if they get that far). I was told this one lasted for less than a minute. I once saw a video of a waterspout near Holland that was there for over 45 minutes (very light winds that day).

Waterspouts and funnels reported on Wednesday in the Great Lakes

29 waterspouts and funnels were spotted over the Great Lakes on Wednesday.

Pretty rainbow – by Kris Daniels

This pretty rainbow was captured Tue. evening by Kris Daniels. Showers were widely scattered with peaks of sunshine in between.

Fall colors in Upper Michigan south of Marquette – from Patrick DeHaan

Fall colors are close to peak over much of the U.P. This picture was taken south of Marquette Tuesday by Patrick DeHaan.

Two Day Forecast

The cool pattern should last into early next week. We have a chance of scattered frost inland Thursday night and a little better chance of at least scattered frost Friday night. Saturday may be dry, but Sunday looks showery.

Also: Truck Driver catches meteor in PA Wed. night. Composite lightning off the east coast of Italy. While we’ve had a very active hurricane season in the Atlantic/Gulf of Mexico, there have been very few hurricanes (typhoons) in the Pacific Ocean. 4.9 Magnitude e-quake in S. California.

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