More Rain This Weekend

Central Great Lakes sector loop Here’s local and regional radar – rainfall totals last night and today:  3.36″ Hickory Corners (NE of Gull Lake), 2.74″ Richmond, 2.45″ Paw Paw, 2.38″ Kalamazoo Nature Center, 2.14″ Kalamazoo Airport, 1.97″ S. Bend, 1.93″ Benton Harbor, 1.85″ Battle Creek, 1.73″ Holland, 1.68″ Hastings, 1.64″ Marshall, 1.59″ Albion, 1.52″ Grand Rapids, 1.40″ Ceresco, 1.14″ Jackson, 1.12″ Lansing, 1.08″ East G.R., 1.03″ Coldwater, 0.99″ Ionia, 0.97″ Alma, 0.91″ Muskegon, 0.79″ Big Rapids, 0.70″ Mears, 0.60″ Mt. Pleasant, 0.57″ Pentwater, There were a few relatively small power outages due to the rain…and the wind knocking a limbs on wires.  The peak gust in G.R. was just 31 mph.

We’ve moved into a wetter pattern for the first time since June.  Plan on significant rains coming about every 4-6 days.  This is the 7- day total rainfall map from the Weather Prediction Center.  The heaviest rain in the country is in that red area from Iowa to Michigan, where 3″ total is expected.  The Friday Night run of the GFS model gives G.R. 1.33″ of rain from late Fri. night thru early Sun. AM and the European gives G.R. 1.97″…another soaker coming…plan on rain for the weekend.

Also – no sign of a significant freeze for W. Michigan thru 10/21.  I’m at home now (I’m off Tue., Wed., Thur. this week, then I work 7 days in a row).  I think I remember looking up that the last time we had a big Atlantic Hurricane Season, we didn’t get a freeze in G.R. until 10/28.

At 3 pm Pacific Time – the wind at Napa CA (wildfire area) is only 7 mph.  Santa Rosa is breezy with NW 17 gust to 24.

cone graphic Tropical Storm Ophelia is far out in the Atlantic. It will become a category 1 hurricane as it drifts toward Portugal, Spain and France.  Ophelia is the only tropical storm in the world as I write this.

Also:  Snow in Sweden.

Links: Here’s Grand Rapids radar and Northern Michigan radar, Milwaukee radar, Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, “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. 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, the Port Sheldon buoy, the S. Haven buoy, the Muskegon buoy and the Ludington buoy. Cool U.S. satellite loop.

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