High Winds in West Michigan (Twice in One Week)


The Wind Advisory expired Thursday evening. The Gale Warning for Lake Michigan continues until midnight. Here’s some peak wind gusts. The 79 mph was at the Regional Airport in Holland and is unverified. There was a 71 mph gust at Pentwater.

Here’s a list of the peak wind gusts in West Michigan.

Wave Forecast – for Waves up to 12 feet

The GLERL wave forecast for this storm was for waves up to 12 feet along the shore. The official NWS forecast called for Storm Warnings (the next step up from Gale Warnings) for waves as high as 16 feet. Whenever you see a forecast for Gale Warnings or Storm Warnings with an onshore wind, it’s best to stay off the piers and breakwalls.

High Wind Warning

The High Wind Warning also included all of N. Lower Michigan and the U.P.

This wind event was similar to the winds we had last Saturday AM – with tree limbs and a few whole trees to down and we had at one point nearly 250,000 customers without power statewide with the greatest impact in the counties west and north of Kent County.

The high winds brought up smoke from wildfires in Kansas that you could see in the air (faintly) and smell a little all the way up to Michigan.

Peak Wind Gusts for N. Indiana and far Southern Lower Michigan

Here’s peak wind gusts for N. Indiana, NW Ohio and the Michigan counties that border Indiana and Ohio.

Old record High Temperatures for the 15th and 16th

The strong S-SW winds will brought up some warm air. Record daily high temperatures were reported Wednesday and early Thursday, before a strong cold front sends temperatures falling during the midday an afternoon on Thursday.

Holland reached 66° early Thursday AM – breaking the old record (55° in 1992) by 11°. Holland also set a record high for Wednesday the 15th with a high of 64° before midnight. Grand Rapids reached 62 deg. late Weds. and 63° early Thursday to set back-to-back record high temperatures for the 15th and 16th. Record highs for Thursday included 63° in Lansing and 62° in Kalamazoo.

Record highest minimum (low) temperatures were recorded for Wednesday at Muskegon (45°), Muskegon (44°), Lansing (44°) and Kalamazoo (46°).


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