Rainfall Weds. and for the Month of May – And More on the Heat Wave

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Here’s some rainfall totals from Wednesday (ending at midnight).  Grand Rapids picked up an inch and a third.  Kalamazoo had over an inch (Oshtemo reported 1.72″).  The rain from Alberto has moved up into Canada, but we still have a small chance of a lingering shower today and Friday.

Here’s some rainfall totals as of midnight for the month of May.  Grand Rapids is over 5 1/2 inches (1.72″ above average).  Battle Creek is at nearly 7 1/2″  Kalamazoo is up to 7.78″ (nearby Oshtemo has had 9.72″).  Both Chicago and South Bend have set a record for the most rain ever in the month of May.  Yesterday up to 5″ of rain fell southwest of Chicago at East Peoria IL, where there was some flooding.  Two funnel clouds were spotted in Illinois, but neither touched down. 

Here’s severe storm reports from Weds.  There was a tree down in Trufant and some relatively minor wind damage in SE Michigan, NE Indiana and Ohio.  Only one small tornado in N. Dakota.  Hail up to tennis ball-size pelted a small area along the Texas/Oklahoma border and there was one report of an 80 mph wind in S. Kansas.  We have yet to have a Tornado or Severe Thunderstorm Watch in Michigan this year. 

Here’s peak wind gusts from Wed. evening.  Roughly 8,000 Consumers Energy customers lost power and most were restored by 2 am. 

Here’s high temperatures from Weds.  It was the 4th 90-degree day in a row for Muskegon (that’s got to be a record for May) and for Kalamazoo.  At the Muskegon Beach, the temperature dropped from 81.9 to 67.6 as the rain moved in from the south (a drop of 14.3 deg. in an hour).  At S. Haven, the temperature dropped from 84.7 at 5 pm to 68.2 at 6 am – a drop of 16.5 deb. in an hour.   Grand Rapids is now 6 degrees warmer than average for May (still not warm enough to balance out that chilly April that was 7.9 degrees colder than average. 

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