Cool Pattern for the Next Two Weeks

Bill's Blog

Say goodbye to the 70s and 80s for a while. Most days this week we’ll see high temperatures in the mid-upper 50s. The average high temperature for today (5/5 Wed.) is 66°.

The top map is the 8-14 Day Outlook, issued daily by the Climate Prediction Center. We’re still “in the blue” in the Great Lakes Area. The cooler than average pattern should last into next week. However, there are signs that the cool pattern will break in time to give us a warmer Memorial Day Weekend.

I also see the overall dry pattern continuing…not a lot of Gulf of Mexico moisture gets up to the Great Lakes.

Severe Weather Outlook Map for Wednesday May 5

This is the Severe Weather Outlook Map from the Storm Prediction Center for this Wed./Wed. night. We just have a Marginal Risk Area from the Gulf Coast up the Atlantic Coast to southern New Jersey, again, mainly for isolated wind damage.

Storm Reports from Tuesday May 4

This is the Severe Storm Reports for Tuesday, May 4 as of 1 am. There were 464 reports of wind damage and that number is likely to go higher. There were six tornadoes and 17 reports of large hail. Winds were measured up to 85mph in Mississippi and 73 mph in Virginia. As of 1 am there were still 92,729 customers without power in AL, 80,497 in MS, 34,188 in GA, 27,230 in VA and 18,077 in AR.

Grand Rapids added 0.21″ of rain Tuesday morning. That gives G.R. just 6.91″ of precipitation for the year – 4.64″ below average. The Grand River in Grand Rapids is flowing at only 59% of average flow for the first week of May. Below average rainfall is expected over the next 10 days and that means the water level of Lake Michigan may drop another inch.

Severe Weather Outlook Map for Thursday May 6

This is the Severe Weather Outlook Map for Thursday. The Marginal Risk is confined to Florida. A non-severe thundershower is possible as far north as Chicago and New Buffalo MI.

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