Strong to severe thunderstorms moved across Central and Southern Lower Michigan Wednesday. The storms downed trees and wires and also brought up to 2 1/2″ of rain. Above is a downed tree in Kalamazoo.

Storm Reports from Wednesday

Here’s storm reports. On the map above, each blue dot represents a wind damage report or a report of a measured wind gust at or over 58 mph. The fastest measured winds were a 79 mph gust at Forest Junction WI and a 76 mph gust at Litchfield IL. Here’s video of the storm moving thru Allegan Co.

There were 200 reports of wind damage on Wed. You can see a lot of those reports were along I-94 from Chicago to Detroit.

Strong storm moving into W. MIchigan 8 3 22

There was an unconfirmed report of a brief, small funnel cloud in Ionia County. Gusts of wind were measured to 60 mph at Battle Creek, 55 mph 4 mi. SE of Allegan, 54 mph at the Ionia Airport 53 mph at Kalamazoo and 52 mph in St. Johns (north of Lansing). Half a dozen reports of wind damage in Berrien County. Wind damage was also reported at Woodland Park in Newaygo Co., Parchment, Jackson, Parma, Beadle Lake, Marshall, Owosso, Chesaning, Oakley, Durand, Flint, Ortonville, Springfield, Brooklyn, Hamburg and Stockbridge. Here’s pics. of damage at the Michigan Intl. Speedway near Jackson.

Rainfall totaled: 4.10″ at Vermontville, 2.76″ at Hastings, 2.61″ at Freeport, 2.51″ at Wayland, 1.98″ at Grand Ledge, 1.61″ at Ionia, 1.38″ at Jackson,1.26″ at St. Johns, 1.14″ at Lansing, 0.70″ at the Ford Airport and 0.31″ at Comstock Park.

Up north: 2.46″ at The Bear (resort east of Traverse City), 2.25″ at Interlochen, 1.77″ at Beulah. East MI: 1.72″ at Flint and 1.51″ at Pontiac.

In Illinois/Indiana: Gusts est. 70 mph at Lynwood and Lenox, 55 mph wind at Munster IN and 1″ hail at Mundelein IL. Wind damage occurred at Kankakee, Waukegan and Avondale/Chicago. Reports of semi-trucks overturned on I-80 and I-355.

Here’s lightning data. The storms moved across Lake Huron and did damage in Ontario.

Farther north, wind damage reported throughout Wexford Co., near Houghton Lake, Rose City, Rifle River S.P. and Lake City – mainly trees and wires down.

Power outages as of 9:10 pm Wed. 8 3 22

Here’s a map of power outages as of 9:10 pm Wed. 8 2 22. The peak number of Consumer’s Energy customers without power was around 77,000. The peak number of customers without power statewide was around 155,000.

Here’s storm reports from Tuesday. No tornadoes, but 69 reports of wind damage, including damage reports from several places in the U.P.: Kenton, Gwinn, Palmer and Big Bass Lake. Winds hit 81 mph at Hector MN and 79 mph at Poinsett Colony MN.

Storm Reports for Tuesday 8 2 22

WATER TEMPS: 78 South Haven, 74 Ludington, Saugatuck and Holland, 73 Pentwater, 70 Grand Haven, 68 Muskegon Reeds Lake water temp. Monday AM was 78.

We have a Heat Advisory in effect for this afternoon south of a line from Holland to Lansing. The warm, humid air has moved in on south winds. At 3 am, the temp. was 78 degrees at Muskegon.

Peak Heat Index Wed: Benton Harbor 107, Kalamazoo 102, S. Haven (airport) 101, Grand Rapids 95.

High Temperatures Wed: 95 Benton Harbor and Kalamazoo, 87 in Gr. Rapids

Here’s the Tuesday night model run forecast high temperatures for the European model – the models continue to have Wednesday as the hottest day, though models continue to back off a bit on highs for Wed. PM. It’ll depend on if showers and storms can develop Wed. PM and stop the temp. rise. Areas north and northwest of G.R. will likely remain in the mid-upper 80s on Wed.

Lake Michigan/Huron Water Levels

The water level of Lake Michigan/Huron (one big lake for lake-level purposes – they are connected here at the Straits of Mackinac) is now 8″ lower than it was one year ago, but still 9″ higher than the long-term average July level.

Southwest U.S. radar

Above is Southwest U.S. radar. Unusually moist air will continue to generate scattered showers and thunderstorms in the Desert Southwest all this week. The strongest storms will produce heavy rain and flash flooding. On the good side, runoff will flow into the Colorado River and Lake Mead, where levels have been quite low.

Daily Showers and Storms will continue to bring the threat of heavy rain and local flooding, but will also minimize the wildfire threat and provide valuable runoff into the Colorado River.

ALSO: August will bring a variety of astronomical events. The full moon of August occurs on August 11 at 9:35 pm – it’ll rise in the east-southeast right around sunset. It’s called the sturgeon moon, named after the biggest native fish here in the Great Lakes. Right now, you can see a crescent moon to the west in the evening.

Pics. of record-size fish in Michigan. A new weather station on the highest mountain in the world. Pictures from inside musical instruments. Happy Birthday this Monday to former WOOD TV8 sportscaster, Larry Figurski.