The map above shows Severe Storm Reports for Tuesday. Red dots indicate where tornadoes touched down, blue dots are wind damage reports and green dots are severe hail reports (1″ in diameter or greater.
The map shows 9 tornado touchdowns, though it looks like a couple of these are duplicate sightings of the same tornado. Seven of the 9 reports are in Central Illinois (one each in N. Mississippi and in Georgia). One tornado in Macon Co. Illinois crossed U.S. Highway 51 and did some damage. A silo was blow apart with debris blocking a good share of the highway. No injuries were reported.
1″ diameter hail fell in the western and northern suburbs of Chicago, with 1″ diameter hail at Elgin and Waukegan.
These storms moved northeast into West Michigan, producing small hail at Castle Park and Comstock Park. I’m sure other areas picked up a few minutes of small hail. I had 1.29″ of rain at my house for the day.
The last time we heard thunder in G.R. in January was on Jan. 22, 2018. We have heard thunder in Gr. Rapids on only 23 of 119 Januaries.
There were 95 reports of wind damage, mainly in the South. Trees fell on vehicles at Marble NC and Shelton MS, but no significant injuries were reported. There were also 18 reports of severe criteria hail.
Today, there is a Slight Risk Area from Florida and SE Alabama, across Georgia and a Marginal Risk from the Gulf of Mexico up to SE Virginia.
The Storm Reports map lists 2 tornadoes on Monday in LA, but they were likely the same tornado. There were 4 reports of severe criteria hail and 22 reports of wind damage, including an 81 mph gust in NE Oklahoma. Families were trapped in their homes due to downed trees and wires near Montrose AR. Nearby, a semi was turned over by thunderstorm winds.
We had the first severe weather report of 2023 Sunday PM. It was a report of wind damage from a thunderstorm northwest of Manana, Arizona. There was “significant damage” to a home that was hit by a falling tree.
Later this week, I hope to have a thread that summarizes severe weather for 2022 both in the U.S. and in Michigan.
Also – I don’t see any Arctic air getting down to Lower Michigan in the next week. We’ll stay a little bit warmer than average, which is a high and low of 33 and 21. It’ll be cloudy today (Wed.) A few rain showers will likely change to snow showers later tonight into Thursday (an inch or less) with mostly dry weather from Friday into early next week.
And, you’ve probably heard by now, but the NFL announced on Monday that the Packers will host the Lions on Sunday Night Football on Jan. 8 with Green Bay clinching a wild-card spot with a win, while Detroit needs a win plus a Seahawks loss to the Rams to book a playoff ticket. That game will be on WOOD/NBC.