Rain Ends – Some Sun for Sunday

Rain quickly moved through the area and off to the east Sat. night.  We’ll be dry for today (Sun.), Mon. and Tues.

Peak wind gusts (many of these were general wind gusts along the front, not from thunderstorms):  55 mph Grand Haven pier, 50 mph Saugatuck Beach, 46 mph Muskegon Beach, 45 mph Whitehall Beach and Battle Creek, 43 mph Roosevelt Park, 40 mph East G.R., Allegan, Lake Macatawa.

Rainfall Saturday:  0.60″ Hastings, 0.57″ Lansing, 0.55″ Kalamazoo, 0.64 Muskegon, 0.67″ Holland, 0.59″ Battle Creek, 0.56″ Big Rapids, 0.26″ Benton Harbor, 0.23″ Allegan, 0.36 Grand Rapids, 0.15″ Ann Arbor (guess there was more rain going sideways in the breeze than coming down during the football game).  To our west, wind gusts hit 51 mph at Platteville WI and 46 mph at Oelwein WI.  Iola WI reported 2.57″ of rain with 2.17″ at Pella WI.  There was a small tornado near Madison WI.

We had some severe weather in the Plains on Friday/Friday night with this system.  There were two small tornadoes, hail up to baseball-size and wind gusts measured to 82 mph.

Hurricane Nate produced several small tornadoes  One tornado near Panama City shortly after 5 pm.  Waterspouts came off the water and moved ashore near Orange Beach and Gulf Shores AL.  The fastest wind gust I saw from Nate was 75 mph at Calvert in a thunderstorm.  A 70 mph gust was recorded at the top of a 100 foot tower.  There were a dozen locations with minor tree damage.  The fastest gusts in New Orleans never topped 40 mph (as I write this)..gusts hit 52 mph at Gulfport MS, 51 mph at Venice LA, 43 mph at Pensacola FL and 41 mph at Mobile AL.  Hurricanes often pump up the ridge ahead of them…we’ll see temps. in the upper 70’s to low 80s this weekend (mainly southeast of G.R.).  Here’s New Orleans radar.

The high temp. in G.R. Sat. was actually 81, well above the mid 60s average.    The record high temperatures for Saturday was 87 in G.R. and 82 in Muskegon in 2007.  The Reeds Lake water temp. was 68.  Update – Kalamazoo reached 84 Sat. PM.

This was the Muskegon Beach Sat. – a few raindrops on the camera lens.  Waves were up to 8 feet at the Ludington buoy…but waves should diminish quite a bit for this Sunday.

Here’s Rainfall for Thurs. night – including 1.25″ at Hastings.  Grand Rapids up to 0.82″.  That’s more rain than we saw in G.R. from Sept. 1 to Oct. 5.

Central Great Lakes sector loop

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