I took the top pic. at Crockery Lake late Sat. PM. There were whitecaps on the lake with the strong SW wind. No boats on Crockery Lake that I could see, but I did see a couple of boats on Cranberry Lake (fishing). Peak winds Saturday included 45 mph at East Gr. Rapids (top of the press box at the football field), 44 mph at Battle Creek, 43 mph at Kalamazoo, Fremont and Big Rapids, 42 mph in Gr. Rapids, 41 mph at Mt. Pleasant and Ionia, 40 mph at Lansing, 38 mph at Holland and 36 mph at Muskegon. At 1 am, wind at Muskegon is SW 26 mph – gust to 38 mph. Wind at Ludington is S at 3 mph. 1.11″ of rain in 6 hours at Fond Du Lac WI – wet pattern keeping Lake Michigan water level high.
Here’s a pic. of a dandelion I took while walking in Legacy Park in Wyoming Friday PM. I saw several other dandelions…and other wildflowers that I’ll share in a later thread. We reached 80 deg. in G.R. on Saturday – the last 80-degree day was last Sept. 20. It was cooler at Lake Michgian, where the high temp. was just 55 on the beach at Muskegon. The warm air didn’t get to the U.P., where the high temp. was 46 at Sault Ste. Marie and 47 at Manistique. The early morning showers moving out to the east. No severe weather is expected. Note that there was a gust to 64 mph at Sheboygan WI shortly before midnight. The rain should clear from west to east by late morning and we’ll become partly to mostly sunny, breezy and about 15 deg. cooler for the late afternoon. The overnight NAM model is in and gives inland areas highs in the mid-upper 60s for the next 3 days (cooler at Lake Michigan). The model takes a west wind up to 20 mph this (Sun.) PM. Monday and Tuesday should be dry with rain moving in again Tues. night or Weds. Looks cooler around the 25th.
Here’s U.S. storm reports from Saturday. There were 6 (relatively small) tornadoes reported. There may be a couple of duplicate reports. Hail up to baseball-size was reported in KS and IA. Rainfall Sat. AM was heaviest NW of G.R. with 0.81″ at Ludington and 0.73″ at Baldwin. Pellston had 1.16″. Grand Rapids had 0.21″, with just 0.11″ at Holland and 0.10″ at Lansing. Grand River in G.R. has a flow of 15,800 cfs as i write this…average is 6,300 cfs.
Also: Tornado, Dunbar NE. Syracuse NE tornado. Funnel Cloud Sat. in Blanchard IA. Lots of snow around Lake Tahoe. Unusually high # of icebergs off E. Canada this April. It’s still winter in the mountains of Scotland. Cold next week in much of Europe. Tornado storm chase – bonus, you get to see cows. Dust storm Saudi Arabia. Wildflower “superbloom“. More rain and snow for the West Coast. A snowy Easter Sunday AM in Lithuania. Poland also getting snow.
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.