We are in a general dry weather pattern. Today will be the 8th day in a row with no rain in Grand Rapids. This is the 12th driest start to June – records kept since the 1880s. So far this month, we’ve had 0.85″ of rain in Grand Rapids. That’s 2.19″ below average. The least rain ever in Grand Rapids in June was just 0.25″ in 1988.
The counties along I-94 have fared better. Battle Creek has had 3.15″ of rain in June and Kalamazoo is at 2.98″ of rain in June.
Numerous severe thunderstorms are likely today, mainly across the upper MIdwest. There is a fairly large Enhanced Outlook (in orange on thr map) from the Dakotas across NW Minnesota. The Slight Risk (in yellow on the map) extends down into Nebraska and Iowa. There is a lower Marginal Risk (in dark green on the map) from the Mississippi River west into the Rockies and also in Florida and S. Georgia.
The risk of severe weather is more limited on Saturday, with a Marginal Risk from the Texas Panhandle northeast to extreme S. Wisconsin and N. Illinoois. The storms/front come through West Michigan in the middle of Saturday night when instability will be lower, so there is just a General Risk (not severe) over Lower Michigan for mainly Saturday night.
ALSO: Shelf cloud at sunset in France. Lightning zaps nearby tree. Flooding in China. Nice pic. of a tornado in Canada (not recent – from a couple of years ago). Colorful t-storm at sunset.