Waterspout on Lake Michigan

Most, but not all areas saw some much-needed rain overnight.  There wasn’t much rain south of I-94. There was a waterspout over Lake Michigan.  Fortunately, it was over the water and not a tornado over land

  A gust to 54.5 mph was recorded at the Muskegon Channel, with gusts over 40 at Grand Haen, S. Haven and Whitehall.  Allendale had a gust to 38 mph.  I don’t have any specific numbers, but winds will on the strong side north of Belmont over to Rockford.


 This 1/2″ diameter hail fell at 128th and M45 – pic. from Kelsey Merryman. There was a swath of mostly pea-sized hail that fell in central Ottawa County from Lake Michigan into downtown Grand Rapids.  Small hail also fell at Saugatuck.   Heavy pea size or slightly larger hail has traffic stopped on 31 and Comstock Road reported by trained spotter.

Here’s some rainfall totals…topped by the 2.8″ at Lakewood Club in Muskegon County.  Sparta had 1.96″ at Kraft’s Orchard with 1.51″ of that coming in one hour.  8 to 10 inches of water over Robbins road just west of 31 reported by trained spotter. 1.69″ of rain plus hail southeast of Grand Haven.

As of 2:25 am – Consumers Energy reports 1,692 customers without power, including 731 in Kent Co. (mainly Rockford and north of Belmont to Algoma Township) and 292 in Allegan County.

Here’s U.S. storm reports from Thursday…130 reports, evenly split between wind and hail.  There was a gust to 58 mph at Michigan City, Indiana.  Hail pounded Green Bay and Beloit, Wisconsin.  Here’s severe reports from the Milwaukee area, Green Bay, and Northern Illinois.

See the thread below this one for links (inc. current radar) and more information.

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