Grand Rapids has had 9 consecutive days with some rain…8 days with measurable rain from the 11th to the 18th and a trace of rain on the 19th. We only had a trace of rain in G.R. from Oct. 1-10 and 2.45″ from the 11th to the 18th.

  1. Lower Michigan radar

Here’s current weather observations in Michigan and a surface weather map.

Peak Wind Gusts and Wave Heights
Rainfall totals in West Michigan
Despite a chilly wind and a temperature of 38, there was a sailboat offshore of Chicago Wed. AM
Snow – M-28 West of Marquette
MARQUETTE CITY POLICE REPORTED WATER   
            SPLASHING ONTO LAKESHORE BLVD. ADJACENT TO   
            LAKEVIEW ARENA BY PICNIC ROCKS. BUOYS IN THE   
            NEARSHORE WATERS ADJACENT TO MARQUETTE ARE   
            OBSERVED WAVES OF 10 TO 13 FEET. CITY OF   
            MARQUETTE PUBLIC WORKS DEPT. HAD PREVIOUSLY   
            CLOSED THE PICNIC ROCKS PARKING LOT EARLIER   
            IN THE MORNING DUE TO HIGH WAVES. WIND GUSTS   
            FROM THE NORTH WERE RECORDED AT AROUND 40 TO   
            45MPH AT THE COAST GUARD STATION IN   
            MARQUETTE JUST TO THE SOUTHEAST."
U.S. 2 near Basswood

The Marquette County Airport recorded 9.1″ of snow on Monday and another 9.0″ on Tuesday. Early Wed. AM they had 9″ of snow on the ground. Wednesday, Marquette had another inch of snow (19.1″ in 3 days) and they still had 8″ on the ground early Thu. AM Look at the snow near Ironwood.

Along U.S. 2 east of Ironwood

The high temperature at Ironwood last Monday was just 31° – below freezing.

M-26 near Lake Roland

Snowfall: 14.3″ one mile west of Ironwood, 12″ at Snowriver Ski Area near Wakefield (Snowriver is about to introduce the U.P.’s first high speed detachable chairlift). 11.4″ Bergland Dam, 9″ Herman (tree branches breaking off due to the weight of the snow). Ishpeming also reported tree branches snapping off from the weight of the snow.

Other snow totals: 20.2″ at Three Lakes, 17.2″ was the final total at Champion, 16″ at Herman and 15.6″ at Mountain Lake.

BIG waves on Lake Michigan at Michigan City, Indiana Monday evening

HUGE waves on Lake Michigan. At 7:20 pm Mon, there was a steady wind at the South Haven Lighthouse was 48 mph with a peak gust of 54 mph.

South Haven shortly after sunset Monday evening. The strong wind pushed waves over the north pier and “pushed” water toward the Michigan shore, where the lake level rose several inches.

The pic. above is the South Haven Beach shortly after sunset Monday evening. The waves were crashing over the piers.

At the South Haven buoy, the wind was a steady 33.5 mph with a peak gust of 47 mph. The peak wave height at 5:10 pm Mon. was 11.5 feet.