Severe Weather Tuesday Evening – Lots of Hail

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Strong thunderstorms moved through West Michigan Tuesday evening. The storms produced dozens of reports of hail, with reports of egg-size hail in Otsego and golfball sized-hail near Morley, Whitehall and Grand Ledge. Top pic. is large egg-sized hail at Otsego – from the Knight-Korringa family.

Here’s storm reports from Tuesday PM/night. No tornadoes – that’s the good news. Note that we had hail reports in Michigan/Wisconsin/N. Illinois and E. Iowa…with a swath of wind damage from Cleveland to the Atlantic Ocean. There were 32 reports of hail golfball-size and bigger, including 3″ diameter hail at Browntown WI and Winnebago IL and baseball-sized hail at Hiawatha IA and Evanston IL (that’s the town I was born in BTW).

Lightning along the Eaton-Ionia county border on April 7, 2020. (Ryan Feasel/ReportIt)

I was impressed by the continuous thunder at my house…for about 15 minutes. Lightning was continuous off to the south. Much of the lightning was in-cloud with only a small percentage of cloud-ground lightning.

Severe Weather Outlook Area for Wed. 4 8 20

This is the Severe Weather Outlook area for this Wednesday. This could be another big severe weather day, with a large Enhanced Outlook from Illinois and Indiana south to northern Alabama and MIssissippi. That should all stay south of Michigan. There will also be a few scattered non-severe thunderstorms in the desert Southwest.

A reminder that some of our more memorable tornadoes occurred during the first 3 weeks of April, including the Standale-Hudsonville tornado of 4/3/56, the Palm Sunday tornadoes of 4/11/65 and the Grandville to East G.R. tornado of 4/21/67). Here’s radar:

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and Regional radar:

Central Great Lakes sector loop
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and links to the latest Grand Rapids National Weather Service Forecast Discussion, current weather observations, a current Michigan weather map, the N. Indiana forecast discussion (includes Michigan counties that border Indiana), current severe weather watches from the Storm Prediction Center, current discussions from the Storm Prediction Center, WOODTV lightning tracker and national lightning tracker.

Snowiest Winter to Date in Great Falls, Montana

This is the snowiest winter to date ever in Great Falls, Montana.

ALSO: Another storm with rain and mountain snow in the West. Awesome shelf cloud in Brazil. Thunderstorms hit S. Texas with wind damage and 2″ diameter hail. It’s been just over a year now since the James River first rose above flood stage near Columbia and Stratford SD, and these sites haven’t gone below since. Cyclone Harold threatens Vanatu. Tulips at peak in the Southand lilacs. Saturday’s national high/low temps: 91° at Immokalee, FL; -23° at Peter Sinks, UT. Valdez AK still has 81″ of snow on the ground. Really? Chalk art is in now. Snowing in the CA mountains. Pretty waterfall. Beautiful sunrise. Tornado-like lenticular cloud.

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