MONDAY PM Update: The NWS has confirmed a sixth tornado touchdown occurred on Saturday (6/25). This was an EF0 tornado three miles northwest of Lowell in eastern Kent Co. The twister was on the ground for a little over 1/2 mile and resulted in a number of trees and limbs that were snapped along the path.
Two tornadoes were confirmed in Ionia County – both from the same storm.
This tornado was rated EF0 with 75 mph winds. It started just east-northeast of the town of Freeport, which is right at the Barry Co. line. The twister was one mile long. I got this message from Bob C. – our storm spotter in Freeport: “Hi Bill, I was just at a farm about a mile and a half northeast of Freeport. They were definitely hit by a tornado. Lots of crop damage and a barn that was pretty much destroyed. The biggee of this storm is 2 of the older cement and hoop silos which will take most anything were blown apart. Never in all my years have I seen this. This farm is located on Veeder Road just off of Hastings road. This is the Barry-Ionia county line. Hastings Road runs between M-43 and M-50. If you have a crew in the area check it out.”
The second tornado passed north of Lake Odessa and it’s been rated EF1 with peak winds of 90 mph. This tornado traveled at roughly 38 mph. to the northeast.
Ionia County has now had 4 tornadoes in the last 6 years. I haven’t researched it, but that’s probably more than any other Michigan county. You might remember the Tyler Creek Twister of April 2017 and the Portland tornado of June 2015. Every time I watch that video, I see that poor car make a left turn into the tornado. I always say “No, turn right! not left! A dozen businesses, four churches and more than 70 homes in the eastern Ionia County town were damaged by that tornado and there were five (relatively minor) injuries.
A strong EF2 tornado with 120 mph winds hit the Port Austin area in Huron County. That twister took the roofs off several homes. It tracked nearly 7 miles before exiting land and moving out into Lake Huron as a waterspout. Six people were injured by the Port Austin tornado. Heavy rain caused significant flooding in SE Michigan. There was one report of 8.19″ of rain at Grosse Point Park.
By my count, Michigan has now had 7 tornadoes in 2021 – we didn’t have a single tornado in Lower Michigan in 2020.
Wind damage near Magician Lake in far northwest Cass County was determined to be straight-line thunderstorm winds of 80-90 mph. Here’s more on the storm that hit Magician Lake. Wind gusts hit 49 mph at St. Joseph, 48 mph at the Kalamazoo Airport, 50 mph in Texas Township. At one point, there were nearly 48,000 customers in Southern Michigan without power in Michigan, by far the most in any state Saturday evening. That included nearly 9,000 Consumers Energy customers.
Even though photos of storm damage showed downed utility poles, there were only a few scattered power outages around West Michigan and Southwest Michigan after the storms Saturday. If you see a downed power line, stay away from it. Even if it looks safe, it could be live. Call authorities.
The Severe Weather Outlook Map for this Sunday PM/night shows a Marginal Severe Threat from NE Oklahoma to SE Michigan. SPC adjusted the Marginal Outlook slightly to the southeast. it’s now generally southeast of a line from S. Bend to Lansing. They have elminated the +2% tornado threat for SE Michigan There’s also a Beach Hazards Statement for Oceana, Muskegon, Ottawa and Allegan Counties. Waves were up to 5 feet at Grand Haven this AM.
A late morning update from the Detroit NWS: “FACTORS CERTAINLY SUPPORT A LOW END (MARGINAL) SEVERE WEATHER RISK AT THIS TIME. GIVEN THE DEEP LAYER MOISTURE, ANY DEEP CONVECTION WILL PRODUCE LOCALLY INTENSE RAINFALL RATES. THE LIKELY LACK OF ORGANIZATION AND DECENT STORM MOTION SUGGESTS ANY EXCESSIVE RAINFALL TOTALS TODAY WILL BE VERY ISOLATED.”
The threat level is lower than Saturday. This is a Marginal Risk (level 1). Saturday was a Sight Risk (level 2). Today there is a less than 2% tornado risk south of a line from New Buffalo to Kalamazoo to Hillsdale – Saturday was a +5% tornado risk. Today is a 5% wind risk. Saturday was a 15% wind risk. Cloud cover is limiting instability – we’re not getting as warm as we would be with full sun.
Here’s 72-hour rainfall totals.
More 72-hour rainfall totals
With 2.53” at Grand Rapids Saturday, this is now the 3rd wettest June on record.
1892 – 13.22” 2021 – 8.40″ 1967 – 8.21” 2010 – 8.04” 1928 – 8.03” 1909 – 7.50”
Last Wednesday, we had only had 60% of our normal rainfall YTD. So far today, that has now increased to 90% of our normal rainfall YTD.
The Grand River at Comstock Park is expected to come up a little above flood stage early this week.
We have a Flood Advisory in effect until noon today for much of West Michigan. Southeast Michigan has a Flood Watch.
The continuing concern we have is heavy rain and flooding. The models forecast up to 7″ of rain in W. Michigan from June 24 to July 1. We’ve already had over 6″ of rain officially in Grand Rapids.
Also, you can see some substantial rain forecast for the Florida Peninsula. The little rain expected in the California Mountains is appreciated (as long as there are no lightning fires!), but won’t put a dent in the drought. The Pacific NW remains dry with record-breaking heat.
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