How Much Rain Have We Had?

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Grand Rapids has now had at least a trace of rain 12 days in a row. That’s 10 of 12 days with measurable rain and two days with just trace sprinkles. During those 12 days, we had 7.86″ of rain. From Jan. 1 to May 31, Grand Rapids had 8.55″ of precipitation – that’s 151 days…pretty amazing turnaround….and during the past week, Grand Rapids has had only 26% of possible sunshine. Average sunshine for June is 63%. Last year we had our sunniest June at 82.3% of possible sunshine.

Rainfall for West Michigan as of midnight 6/30

Here’s monthly rainfall totals in W. Michigan. Kalamazoo County and parts of SE Kent County top the list. Kalamazoo is officially up to 10.65″. Oshtemo reports 10.79″ of rain this month and Richland is also over 10″. I don’t have specific totals, but the Caledonia/Alto area is also over 10″ for the month (one gauge close to 12″ for the month).

This is the 2nd wettest June ever in Grand Rapids, and the wettest June in 129 years. You have to go back to 1892 to find that June that year had a whopping 13.22″. The driest June we ever had was just 1/4″ (0.25″) in 1988. That was the worst spring/early summer drought that I can remember.

Severe Thunderstorm Outlook Map for Wednesday 6 30 21

This is the Severe Weather Outlook Map for today. Most of Michigan is in the (light green) General Thunderstorm Outlook (not severe). There is an Enhanced Severe Weather Forecast for parts of E. New York and New England, with the Slight Risk from Pennsylvania to the Canadian border.

Rainy Pattern in West Michigan

The Grand River at Comstock Park has come up to 6 inches above flood stage. Kent Co. roads closed due to flooding. The Grand River at Ionia is crested yesterday about a foot below flood stage. There is still water up into the fairgrounds. The crest on the grand river is moving through Kent Co. today and tonight. The Thornapple River at Hastings is several inches above flood stage. The Maple River at Maple Rapids rose to nearly 15″ above flood stage. It’s fallen about a foot since the crest occurred on Monday

Rainbow pic. from reporter Brittany Flowers

Nice rainbow pic. from WOOD reporter Brittany Flowers. Below is a look at some dark clouds over Grand Rapids late Monday PM:

Thick low clouds over Grand Rapids Monday PM
Sunset at Gun Lake – note the patches of fog over the forested area of Yankee Springs
Pretty sunset at Muskegon Tuesday evening

Southern Michigan Radar

All-time record heat in the Pacific Northwest. Many cities in Oregon, Washington and southern British Columbia have had their hottest days ever. Quillayute, Washington is on the coast. For decades, the warmest temperature there was 99. Today, the temperature reached 109. The average high for June 28 in Quillayute is 65. When the sea-breeze came in, the temperature fell 28 degrees in one hour. At Shelton WA, the temperature fell from 106 to 75 in an hour when the ocean breeze came in and the wind went from NW 6 to W 18 G 26. All-time record high temperatures on Monday: Bellingham 99°F (previous 96°F 7/29/2009) Sea-Tac 107°F (104°F yesterday) NWS Seattle 107°F (105°F set 7/29/2009) Olympia 109°F (105°F set yesterday) Quillayute 110°F (99°F set 8/9/1981).

Record High Temperatures in the Northeast on Monday

Lytton, British Columbia reached 118. If that stands, it’ll be the warmest temperature ever in Canada. Fog just off the coast.

Danny” was a tropical storm very briefly…then a tropical depression moving west. now bringing cooling rain to parts of Alabama and Mississippi. 3.9 magnitude e-quake in CA near San Lorenzo. I’ve walked down that pier several times.

ALSO: Approaching pink thunderstorm (looking west shortly after sunrise). Ka-Boom! All-time record heat in OR, WA and BC: Here are the all-time maximum records that were set Sunday: Seattle 104 (previous 103 7/29/2009) Olympia 105 (previous 104 7/29/2009) Shelton 107 (previous 104 7/29/2009) Hoquiam 103 (previous 95 8/19/2016) Stampede Pass 93 (tied 7/21/2006) Port Angeles 97 (96 yesterday). Max temps across srn BC today. Running out of superlatives to describe this insane BCheat wave. New all time high for Canada (Lytton 46.6C) Hottest ever at Victoria (37.7C) Over 41C on Vancouver Isld. At least 23 sites in BC reaching 40C. In the eastern Pacific, Hurricane Enrique is churning off the coast of southwestern Mexico and is bringing heavy rain to the immediate coast…it’ll head northwest away from land. Near record cold in Antarctica. Sunrise in Croatia. Moon over the monastery. Pretty rainbow. Still a little snow on the Teton Mtns. Scary-looking clouds. Wildfire in CA. Double rainbow. Small CB. KA-BOOM!

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