This (above) is the Fri. PM updated Severe Weather Outlook Map from the Storm Prediction Center for this PM (7/16) and tonight. No severe weather for Michigan through the weekend. There’s a slight chance of a rumble of thunder along the Indiana/Ohio border, but S. Lower Michigan should see mainly scattered showers and those will continue through Sat. AM to be south of a line from Muskegon to Saginaw Bay. There is a Marginal (or low) Risk of a severe storm from Arkansas to Maine and a Slight Risk of a severe storm in parts of western S. Dakota and Nebraska.
Here’s the Severe Weather Outlook Map for Saturday, July 17. There’s a Marginal Risk of a severe storm for athe Middle Atlantic states from Lirginia to New York. There’s still a small chance of an isolated nono-severe thundershower south of a line from New Buffao to Port Huron
Here’s storm reports from Tuesday/Tuesday night – 147 wind damage reports – most of them in western PA and western NY. Penn Yan NY had a gust to 78 mph. There was an 84 mph gust near Kingman AZ. There was only one tiny landspout tornado that lasted about a minute – that was near Santa Fe NM.
There were some hefty rainfall totals in W. Michigan on Tuesday. Kalamazoo is up to 12.47″ of rain just since June 1. As you might have seen on the news, the heavy rainfall has left a lot of standing water for mosquitoes to breed.
Here’s some rainfall totals from Monday. They had over 4″ in parts of the South Bend, Indiana area and 3″ of that fell in one hour. There were water rescues, manhole covers flying off, cars stranded in floodwaters. One guy had to be rescued from the roof of his car! Rainfall totals were much lighter in Michigan – just 0.01″ at Grand Rapids.
We have not had a 90-degree day in Grand Rapids in a month, now. We have not had a day over 90-degrees this summer in G.R. I think our hottest day of the summer is yet to come. Today is the anniversary of the hottest day we ever had in West Michigan – 108 degrees on 7/13/1936. In the 85 years since, the closest we’ve come to that was 104 in July 2012.
Grand Rapids has had 6 consecutive days with high temperatures in the 70s. That’s followed 5 consecutive days with high temperatures in the 80s. The last 6 days have brought us only 26.1% of possible sunshine. We’re now at our warmest average high and low temperatures of the year at 83°/63°.
With the water level of Lake Michigan dropping 22″ in a year, there’s been a little more dredging this summer. This is Grand Haven State Park. You can see a large pipe coming out of the water on the shore. They are dredging the channel and sucking up tons of water and sand. The pipe takes the water and sand to the beach, where it’s made a river and a new peninsula of sand. More beach to play in…but be careful. At the end and on the sides of the new sand peninsula – there may be a steeper drop off. Waves today should be around a foot. Water temps. Monday included 76° at Reeds Lake, 58° at Ludington, 56° at Pentwater, 64° at Muskegon and Holland and 67° at S. Haven. With winds back to the southwest, those water temps. may go up a few degrees.