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Here’s a look at forecast high temperatures in Lower Michigan for Thursday. The official high temperature of 74 in G.R. was 9 degrees cooler than average. The high was just 63 at Big Rapids, 60 at Cadillac, 59 at Rogers City and 58 at the beach in Munising It was a rare mid-summer overcast day.

Rainfall

Here’s a look at some rainfall totals in W. Michigan from Wednesday. Springfield reported an inch of rain in just 26 minutes and Battle Creek had 0.71″ of rain in just 14 minutes. Springfield also had 7/10″ diameter hail.

There was a 69 mph wind gust at the Battle Creek Airport. Power outages occurred just north and northeast of Albion and Marshall. Pic. above from Brennan Prill shows a large tree down just east of the Battle Creek Airport.

Wind damage was reported in SE Michigan at Monroe, Holly, Unadilla, St. Clair Shores, Novi, Brownsdale and Mason. Elsewhere, two planes were flipped in Butler Co. Pennsylvania…a truck was tipped over on US 24 and a tree fell on a railroad track in NW Ohio. One person was killed in Jacksonville FL when a tree fell on two cars.

Storm Reports from Wednesday.

Here’s storm reports from Wednesday. There were three tornadoes in FL/GA from Tropical Storm Elsa. The blue dots on the map are wind damage reports. There was a lot more damage from thunderstorms in Pennsylvania than along the SE coast from tropical storm Elsa.

There was a front across our area Wednesday. At noon Wednesday, the temperature was 85° in Kalamazoo, 81° in Gr. Rapids – but just 65° in Big Rapids and 57° at Alpena.

Radar

Here’s some rainfall totals from Tuesday:

Rainfall Reports from Tuesday

Monday night we had a gust to 55 mph at the Muskegon Channel and Baldwin had 2.61″ of rain. Tuesday evening, there was a report of over 4″ of rain from just west of the town of Hawkins. There were limbs down and a few shingles knocked off just WNW of Sand Lake. There were also a few power outages.

Severe weather in SE Michigan Tuesday evening: Gust to 69 mph at the Lake St. Clair Metropark, 56 mph at Fenton and 50 mph at Hartland. Wind damage was reported at New Baltimore, Shelby Township, Port Huron and Saginaw.

Here’s a couple views of sunset Sunday night

The pic. on the left is sunset at South Haven and on the right the sun setting over Gun Lake. There was a thin layer of smoke about a mile/mile and a half above the ground from wildfires in western Canada. That will at times give the sky a milky white/gray tint instead of bright blue.

ALSO: From www.spaceweather.com: On July 3rd, for the first time in almost 4 years, the sun produced an X-class solar flare. Flooding in Scotland. Edinburgh had 1.6″ of rain in one hour. International Falls MN broke their record high temperature Sunday with a reading of 93°. More significant rain for N. Mexico and S. Texas.

Another record-breaking facet of the NW heatwave…number of days in a row with a low 70 or above in Boise. Yesterday, we hit 8 days. Previous record was 5 days in 2015. With this morning’s low of 74, today will make 9 days.

Also: Tuesday was the anniversary of the hottest day Grand Rapids has had since 1936. On July 6, 2012, the temperature climbed to 104 at the Ford Airport. The all-time hottest temperature in Grand Rapids was 108 back in July 1936.

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