A line of strong to severe thunderstorms moved through S. Wisconsin, N. Illinois, SW Michigan, N Ohio and N Indiana Monday PM. The storms produced isolated strong winds and pockets of heavy rain.

There were at least 7 reports of wind damage in S. Wisconsin and 35 in N. Illinois. As of 2:45 pm Tuesday, there were 9,989 customers without power in IL, 9,416 in Ohio, 4,316 in Indiana and 3,970 in Michigan. That included 139 customers in Allegan Co. and 194 in St. Joseph Co.

Rainfall totals from Monday PM/night

Here’s some rainfall reports from West Michigan. While everyone saw rain, some places got very little, including just 0.02″ at Portland and 0.01″ at Mt. Pleasant. Holland set a record for the rainiest 4th of July.

Rainfall totals from July 4-5 – Monday PM and Night

A weather station near Portage had the highest rainfall total with nearly 3″. Paw Paw had 2.6″. Albion had 1″ in just 1 hour and Hastings had 0.95″ in one hour.

Storm Total Rainfall Estimate from Nexrad Radar

The map above is storm total rainfall from the Nexrad Radar. The yellow and orange indicate where the heaviest rainfall occurred.

Across the lake there was a gust to 64 mph at Greenwood IL, 61 mph at Roselle IL, 55 mph at O’Hare, 52 mph at DuPage and 51 mph at Midway. Rainfall totaled 4.34″ at Union IL and 3.38″ at Elgin IL.

Kalamazoo had a high temperature of 92 Monday afternoon – at 2 pm Monday, Kalamazoo had a relatively humidity of just 19%. With a humidity of 19%, you wouldn’t think that there would be 1-2″ of rainfall just 10 hours later Grand Rapids had a high temperature of 90 and had a relative humidity of 34% at 2 pm – the more humid air moved into West Michigan during the evening and overnight. It’s been cooler at Lake Michigan. The Muskegon Beach had a high temperature of 77 Monday afternoon. Water temps: 75° S. Haven buoy, 69° Holland S. P., 68° Grand Haven S. P., 70° Hoffmaster S.P., 66° Ludington buoy.

The weather was good for all of the morning and midday parades.

I’ll add that there is always the danger of lightning. There are a lot of people camping and doing outdoor activities.

Here’s current SPC severe thunderstorm and tornado watches, meso-discussions, national radar, the latest Grand Rapids NWS forecast discussion and current Michigan weather observations.

Severe Weather Outlook Map for Tuesday, July 5

Here’s the Severe Weather Outlook Map for Tuesday. That’s about the longest Slight Risk Area I’ve ever seen. It stretches from Central Montana to the tip of New Jersey. There is a Moderate Risk Area from S. Dakota into SW Minnesota and NW Iowa. The main threats again will be strong winds and hail.

The Marginal Risk comes up into the SW corner of Lower MI. The best bet is for the stronger storms to miss Lower Michigan and stay in S. Wisconsin, N. Illinois and N. Indiana.

The light green on the map is a General Thunderstorm Forecast. That includes New Mexico, the eastern half of Arizona, SE Utah and most of Colorado. Hopefully, we won’t see any lightning-caused wildfires. Rain in that area will help alleviate the wildfire threat and provide a little runoff to the Colorado and other rivers. Salt Lake City has had only 57% of average rainfall this year. No rain under the heat bubble for much of Texas and Oklahoma where they need some rain.

Here’s rainfall from the thundershowers that occurred Friday PM. The rain was generally south of a line from Benton Harbor to south of Lansing. In an overall dry pattern, be grateful for the rain you get!

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