Isolated severe thunderstorms have produced hail, wind damage and a couple of tornadoes Sunday PM and again this Monday. You don’t see this too often in early winter. The Storm Prediction Center had a chance of a thundershower for Southern Lower Michigan on Sunday (12/4). This was the Severe Weather Outlook Map for Sunday PM. The The light green color for “General – not Severe Thunderstorm Possible” covers much of S. Lower Michigan. I did not see any surface reports of lightning in Michigan.
Farther south there was a Marginal Risk of a severe thunderstorm from SW Indiana to the Gulf of Mexico with a Slight Risk over much of Arkansas and small parts of 6 other states.
There was one Tornado Watch and one Severe Thunderstorm Watch were issued by the Storm Prediction Center Sunday evening. Sunday night there was a reported tornado (that crossed the Ohio River about where the Tennessee River empties into it). It was reported by the captain of a barge that saw the tornado pas right in front of him on the Ohio River, ripping a flag off the front of the boat. There was a 60 mph gust near Tulsa OK and ping-pong ball sized hail pelted McCracken, Kentucky. There were 56 total reports of severe weather Sunday PM/night. Several barns and a couple other buildings sustained significant damage in Tennessee.
This is the GLERL wave forecast for Monday. Waves up to 12 feet are possible (most likely east of the fattest part of the lake in Ottawa and Allegan Counties. Gale Warnings are in effect through 7 pm Monday.
Most of W. Michigan stayed overcast Friday (0% sunshine in G.R.). The earliest sunsets of the year (5:08 pm in G.R.) occur during the next week.
Heavy snow fell across much of N. Lower Michigan and Upper Michigan. 8″ was reported on the north side of Higgins Lake and at Benzonia. Traverse City had nearly 7″. In Upper Michigan, Houghton and Iron Mt. had 8″ and the town of Brampton had a foot of new snow.
There were no tornadoes in the U. S. in the 3-week period from Nov. 14 to Dec. 4.
Look how cold it was in Alaska Friday AM.
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