Regional and local radar maps should update automatically. We’ll continue to see scattered light showers this PM into this evening. This is part lake-effect rain. Rainfall amounts yesterday varied from 3.02″ at Traverse City – to just a trace in Alma.
Here’s the G.R. National Weather Service Graphic on the dangerous conditions on the Great Lakes this PM. The top pic. shows the waves crashing over the breakwater at S. Haven…waves at the Lake Michigan beaches are running 5 to 8 feet with red flags (no swimming) at all the beaches. At 1 pm – waves are running 7 feet at the Port Sheldon Buoy and 8 feet at the S. Haven buoy. The air temp. at the Muskegon Lighthouse is 62 at 1 pm with a west wind gusting to 30 mph. The S. Haven Lighthouse has an air. temp. of 62 with a west-southwest wind at 27 mph. The peak gust there has been 36 mph. Water temps: Reeds Lake 76 (down 3 deg. from yesterday), Ludington 64, Mears 60, Muskegon 70, Grand Haven 64, Saugatuck 70, S. Haven (buoy) 72. We’ve probably reached our warmest water temps. of the summer already. We’ve lost about 1 hour of daylight since the Summer Solstice occurred on June 21.
At 1 pm – the temp. was just 61 in G.R. and 59 in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. Up at Marquette (Sawyer) in the U.P., at 11 pm it was 52 degrees with the wind north at 24 mph and a peak gust today of 36 mph. The peak gust in G.R. in the noon-1 pm hour was 29 mph.
This is the 6-10 day temperature forecast from the Climate Prediction Center. That’s quite the blob of cool air over the central U.S. Bottom line – no 90 degrees and no heat waves for the first half of August. The heat continues on the West Coast and it’s warm and humid in Florida. The sun set at Barrow AK on August 2 for the first time since mid May.
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.