Mainly Nighttime Showers, Isolated T-Storm

Central Great Lakes sector loop   12:15 pm – It’s already up to 76 in G.R. and Kalamazoo.  Much cooler at Lake Michigan, where it’s only 50.7 on the beach at Muskegon.  We’re getting wind gusts of 25-30 mph.  Up to the low 80s and dry well inland this PM – cooler as you head toward Lake Michigan.  Muskegon Skywarn Training at 2 pm – details at the link – it’s free – I’ll have some goodies to pass out.

We’ll have a brisk southwest wind during the day at 15-25  mph.  Southwest of us Friday PM…the temp. made 80 at Springfield IL 85 in St. Louis, 87 in Memphis.  The warmest spots in the country were Presidio TX and Lamar CO. – then both hit 91.  Lamar had a Fri. AM low temp. of 43 – so that was a 48-degree warm-up.  After a mostly dry day we’ll have scattered showers and a chance of a t-storm for Sat. night into early Sunday – then we’ll be dry for Sunday PM.  The overnight NAM has scattered showers/t-showers moving thru W. Michigan from midnight to 9 am Sunday AM.  It takes  the wind in G.R. up to 22 mph this PM with gusts to 30 mph.  The GFS gives G.R. a 79% chc. of rain early Sunday, but only 24% in the PM.

  Michigan is in the (light green) General Thunderstorm Outlook for this Saturday – with a Marginal Risk across the lake in Wisconsin.

Also:  Satellite view of Texas tornadic t-storm – looks like a bubbling spring.   Six tornadoes in the U.S. on Fri. – though 5 reports may be the same tornado…and it was a BIG ONE!   Here’s a chaser’s view of the twister.  Here’s video of the wedgeRadar view of the long-lived Dimmitt Co. tornado2.25″ hail Bovita TX.   Newfoundland ferry stuck in the ice.

  Great Lakes satellite pic. from Friday.  Still some snow in the U.P.  Snow and ice-covered lakes north of Lake Superior will bring chilly air to us if we get a strong long-fetch north wind.

Finally, Friday was a rare day when I got to see all 3 of my daughters…separately, but all 3 on the same day.  Michelle is down from Traverse City.  Once a month she plays piano at breakfast at Freedom Village in Holland.  Daughter 1 is still running “the zoo”.  She has her own pets, but also takes in and nurtures rescue animals.  She currently has 2 pit bulls, 2 cats and one little kitten.  Daughter 2 gave me a piece of “pepper chocolate”…better than I thought it would be when I heard the name.

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.

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