This is the MODIS Lake Michigan satellite picture from Wednesday showing the exiting clouds in E. Michigan and the incoming clouds from Wisconsin. In Lake Michigan, you can see the blue-greenish tint of the sediment at the shorelines (still swirling a bit near Benton Harbor). The rivers are high and have a high amount of silt in them. There are some jet contrails across S. Lake Michigan.
7 pm Thurs. update: Rainfall was light today: .04″ Grand Rapids and Muskegon, .08″ at Muskegon. Two small tornadoes – those were the only two severe weather reports on Thurs….one in Wilbarger, TX. and the other that “lifted some tumbleweeds” at Bend OK.
Model Update: The NAM model has highs for G.R. at 59, 63, and 75 for the next 3 days. The GFS has highs for G.R. starting today at a nearly identical 59, 63, 75. The NAM gives S. Bend 79 on Saturday, so my “run at 80” for areas to the south looks good. The models give G.R. steady winds up to 22-24 mph on Saturday – so it’ll be a little on the windy side. I’m a little higher on the chance of a shower today than the models. I think most of us will get a period of rain. The GFS has an 86% chance of showers and storms for us Fri. night – in advance of a warm front, but then just 30% for the period from 2 pm to 8 pm, with more rain coming in after sunset Saturday. Still a chance of showers Easter Sunday AM – drying out in the PM – mostly sunny on Monday, with more rain in the Tues. PM to Thurs. time period.
Yesterday’s severe weather was mostly in far W. Texas and far SE New Mexico…29 severe hail reports and just 1 wind damage report. The hail was up to tennis ball size and broke car windows in several places. The map here shows hail tracks (color green) from the storms.
Links: Here’s Grand Rapids radar and Northern Michigan radar, Milwaukee radar, Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar, Regional radar, the Updated GRR NWS Short Term Discussion. Here’s College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, the West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map, the National warning/watch/advisory map, and a surface weather map. Here’s the 84-Hour snow forecast from the NAM model and the 120-hour snow forecast from the GFS model. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s recent storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph. Here’s Michigan ski conditions. Cool U.S. satellite loop.