Chance of a Shower or T-Shower This Friday


This is the tall ship Friends Good Will in S. Haven. It sails many nights of the summer. Friends Good Will was built in Michigan at River Rouge in 1810.

Today and Saturday, we’ll once again have a chance of a shower or thundershower. A small t-storm over Kent Co. MI around 5 am woke me up. Thunder carries well in this humid air. I got around 1/4″ of rain Thu. PM and again Thu. late night.

The best chance of rain will be in inland areas this PM. There is only a small chance of rain right at the Lake Michigan shore. I had a shower at my house around 3:30 pm Thurs. – we got 0.29″ of rain and a gust to 18 mph. The showers and storms were not severe. They formed on the leading edge of the lake breeze and move slowly inland. Here’s local radar:

Click for latest Base Reflectivity radar loop from the Grand Rapids/Muskegon, MI radar and current weather warnings

Here’s the Severe Weather Outlook Map for Friday:

Severe Weather Outlook Map from the Storm Prediction Center for Friday

Once again, Michigan is in the General (not severe) Thunderstorm Outlook. Activity will be scattered and may develop on the leading edge of the lake breeze around or shortly after noon, then gradually work to the east. The best chance of a shower or t-shower Friday PM will be east of the lakeshore counties. Most all of the firework displays should go on as scheduled.

Here’s storm total rainfall from Thurs. PM

Here’s Storm Total Rainfall for Thurs. PM. Some areas (lakeshore) got nothing, others (Caledonia, SE Kent Co.) got a deluge. Here’s a picture from Caledonia and Thomas Suwyn. Tom’s rain gauge measured 4.31″:

Flooding Thurs. PM in Caledonia
Crowd that was gathering for the fireworks in S Haven Wed. Evening

This was part of the crowd gathered for the fireworks show in S. Haven Wed. evening. You can see all the boats on the water. The lake was pretty calm, the water temp. was 72° and the air temp. was also 72° – a prefect evening. There was a period of fog in the evening, but that moved south and dissipated. With the high lake levels, there was less beach to sit on for the show.

Plaza Towers Skycam looking south Wed. evening

This was the Plaza Towers Skycam looking south Wed. evening. You can see a cumulonimbus cloud to the south. That thundershower was near I-94, about 60 miles away.

High temps. for the next 5 days

Here’s forecast high temps. for the next 5 days (we actually reached 89° on Wed.). We’ll be in the upper 80s today and Friday – 10° to 15° cooler at the Lake Michigan beaches. We cool off slightly early next week.

Happy Fourth of July – enjoy the holiday!

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Weather Tools