Severe Risk Tonight

Central Great Lakes sector loop   10:20 pm – Lower Michigan is now out of the Marginal Severe Risk for the overnight period…we still are in the General (not severe) T-Storm Outlook Area.

  Not a lot of severe weather today (Weds.).  The three tornadoes in IA were probably 3 views of the same tornado – no injures.  There were two 2-inch diameter hail reports east of Fort Wayne.

  This afternoon we had the Michigan statewide tornado drill.  TV, radio and cable  tested severe weather alert systems.  Some schools conducted a tornado drill.  Siren tests are done at different times in different areas…first Friday at noon in many locations.

At noon…Coldwater is 71 deg., it’s 70 in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, 66 in G.R., just 48.6 on the beach at Muskegon and 39 up at Harbor Springs.  T-showers are moving into the Chicago area and are moving ENE.  There could be a shower or t-shower during the mid- late afternoon – best chance south of I-96.  Another round of showers and t-storms tonight.  This time, heavier rain to the north.  Rivers have gone down, but are still above average flow and additional rain is likely to keep them at above average flow.  There could be an inch or rain or more north of Kent Co. and we’ll have to watch for some local flooding in N. Lower Michigan and perhaps at Evart on the Muskegon River.  As of 1:30 pm – no severe weather has been reported in the Chicago area from the t-storms moving thru there.

Also:  Michigan – 5th highest gas tax.  Thunderstorm with little rain moving inHeavy late-season snow in Munich, Germany.

California now holds the title for Wettest water year on record (mountains).  Sugar Bowl is at 782″ inches of snow for the winter!  237″ on the ground!!  They have extended their season to at least May 7.  Only 10 severe reports in the U.S. on Tuesday…one small tornado in MS -no damage and a healthy 89 mph gust was recorded by a remote weather station in White Pine Co., Nevada.  Pic. of MS tornado.  Wind damage at Rotary Park – NashvilleLook at the ice off NewfoundlandSnowstorm in CroatiaBlizzard in ItalyHailstorm video from Spain.   Wabush, Scotland low temp. -27.4°C Tuesday breaks 1962 rec of -26.1°C for Apr 18, and is now the coldest recorded this late in season.  Snowstorm in Austria.  Harsh winter takes toll on Treasure Valley vineyards.  Storm pics. here.  Wow – great t-storm pic.   Snowstorm in PolandSnowstorm in the Czech Republic.

Drought coverage (D1-D4) in the U.S. is at its 5th lowest level since records began in 2000. 8.17% as of last week.

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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