Two batches of strong t-storms moved across Lower Michigan Sunday. The first storms dumped hail from Oceana Co. to the Thumb Area. The pic. above is from Kathy n’Rod Mehl, who live near Midland. That hailstone is at least 3″ in diameter.
Here’s another pic. from Kathy n’Rod Mehl. Look at the size of the hail compared to the spoon on the right! Yikes!!
This is Kathy n’Rod’s dented car. This is the kind of hail that occurs on rare occasion in the Plains States. It’s VERY rare to see hail like this in Central Michigan. Also, hail 2.5″ in diameter dented cars south of Breckenridge in Gratiot Co. 2″ diameter was reported at St. Charles in Saginaw Co. with golfball-sized hail in Chesaning and in Gratiot Co. near Ithaca 3/4″ diameter hail fell in Oceana N. Newaygo and Mecosta Counties.
The 2nd batch of storms produced a 46 mph gust at the Muskegon Beach, 39 mph at Whitehall and 37 mph at the Muskegon Airport and 1/2″ hail near Wolf Lake. Quarter-sized hail fell in Montcalm Co. at McBrides and Westville and hail close to golfball-size hit Edmore.
Some significant rainfall north of Grand Rapids, but virtually nothing to the south of G.R. The G.R. Airport had just a trace of rain. Some other totals: Ithaca 0.94″, Hart 0.75″, Kent City 0.73″, Lakeview 0.73″, Comstock Park 0.41″, Belding 0.41″, Conklin 0.31″, Ionia 0.28″, Ludington 0.26″.
At 1 pm Sunday – Grand Rapids was 77° with a west wind at 15 mph. Big Rapids was 65° with an east wind at 8 mph. There was a front halfway in-between G.R. and B.R.
This map above from the G.R. NWS showed theforecast percent chance of rain Sunday across Lower Michigan. They got the axis of the storms from Oceana County east to the Thumb Area.
This was the high temp. forecast for Sunday from the G.R. NWS. Our Storm Team 8 Futurecast model showed a similar temperature spread across Lower Michigan. Actual high temps. Sunday were 85 in Kalamazoo and Sturgis, 83 at Charlotte, 82 in Grand Rapids (airport) and Lansing, 79 in Ionia, 72 in Ludington, 70 in Alma
Last week was mostly sunny, warm and dry in W. Michigan. From Sept. 5 – 11, Grand Rapids had 86% of possible sunshine. Grand Rapids officially (airport) has had just 0.48″ of rain in the last month. Also, Grand Rapids has not had a temperature below 50 since June 23rd.
The 8-14 Day Outlook from the Climate Prediction Center shows warmer than average temperatures over most of the U.S. and over all of the Great Lakes.
Here’s a map showing rainfall last Tuesday, September 7. Some spots saw a good soaking…others did not. Note the lower rainfall totals across Ottawa , Kent, Allegan and Barry Counties. These areas especially could use some more rain.
Also: Hurricane Ida tearing off a roof. Pretty clouds at sunset on the Isle of Hope. Did you know there were landfills just for wind turbine blades? Bald eagle released into the wild on 9/11. Sunset over the Grand River. Typhoon Chanthu east of Taiwan.