Weekend Flooding and Strong Winds – Dry Mon. PM to Sat.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The heaviest rain Saturday and Saturday night fell along and just south of I-94.  An incredible 8.55″ of rain was reported in Paw Paw and  8.43″ in Lawton in SE Van Buren County with 4-6″ of rain in parts of Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties.  The Flood Warning for Van Buren and Kalamazoo Counties was extended until 4 pm today (Mon.).   Fortunately, this will be a dry week.  The last of the light showers and sprinkles will exit by midday this Monday and the rest of the week will be dry.  The next chance of rain will be next Sat. night or Sunday.  Here’s Storm Total rainfall with the orange color indicating at least 6″ of rain!


Showers and storms were “training” – like boxcars of a train moving over the same area…the rain and storms move over the same area.

Fortunately, we missed the severe weather with this system.  Gusts to 40 mph moved across areas south of I-94. T-storms in the Chicago area produced 40-50 mph winds.  There was a gust to 52 mph at the Chicago water intake east of downtown.  There were a couple reports of trees down west of Chicago..  Here’s the severe weather reports from Saturday.  Each blue dot represents severe winds (damage or gusts over 58 mph).  Gusts hit 80 mph in Kansas where there was at least one injury.  One inch hail was reported near Ishpeming in the U.P.

Here’s a look at some 2-day rainfall totals.  This was the heaviest 2-day rain at the Kalamazoo Airport since Sept. 2008, when the remnants of Hurricane Ike passed over West Michigan.  Paw Paw had 13 times as much rain in 2 days as Grand Rapids had in the whole month of September!



Strong winds developed on Sunday.  The wind did cause some downed limbs and a few power outages.  On Lake Michigan, a Gale Warning was in effect.  Waves reached 11.2 feet at the Ludington buoy and over 10 feet at the buoys at Port Sheldon and S. Haven.


The wind will bring in in cooler air for the afternoon. We’ll continue to have a chance of a few light showers and sprinkles during the day. Temperatures will begin at 60 degrees, falling through the day to the low 50s.

Watch for road washouts…on rare occasion, water flowing over a road will erode it away.  You can also get water eroding the side of the road.  Road washouts are hard to see at night.  With the heavy rain, creeks and rivers are rising.  Flood Advisories have been posted for the Grand River at Ionia, the Thornapple River at Hastings and the Kalamazoo River at New Richmond.  Also, the wind could cause isolated downed tree limbs and perhaps even a few downe wires.

Grand Rapids had 4 overcast days in a row (0% sunshine).    The last time that happened was the end of last January, when we ended the month with 10 consecutive days with 0% sunshine.  Here’s what it looked like at the South Haven Channel yesterday, with one boat (probably a fishing boat) heading out on the lake in the rain: