We have had 1.90 inches of rain since midnight (through 7am) recorded by my weather station – the latest NAM model I ran this morning predicts up to another 2.5 inches before the storm system moves out tomorrow. Temperature is a balmy 58° much like a summer morning.
Most of the forecast area is under a flood warning – At 609 AM EST, Doppler radar indicated bands of showers and thunderstorms producing heavy rain around the warning area. Up to two inches of rain has already fallen…mainly around Bloomingdale…Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. Streams were reportedly rising rapidly in these regions. Noticeable rises were occurring on the Macatawa River in Zeeland…Rabbit River near Hopkins and also the Black River near Bangor. When the rain stops I will get down to the Kalamazoo River to get some photos – it is about 100 yards from my house, luckily we are on a hill so we have not ever had an issue with flooding here at the station.
A area of low pressure will track slowly through the Great Lakes Region through tonight. This system will lead to heavy rain for much of the area along with a risk for flooding. The wind will shift behind the departing storm later tonight…drawing in a colder airmass that will last into Thursday. An elevated instability stays in place today so a risk for thunder will continue. Some fog will continue as well…especially up north where the snow pack persisted.
On a side note today is Hoodie-Hoo day – Step outside at noon, wave your hands over your head, and yell “Hoodie-Hoo!” to chase winter away (and any ground hogs who happen to be swimming by.) It’s a copyrighted holiday, created and maintained by the folks from Wellcat.com, who also bring such February holidays as For the Love of Mike Day (Feb. 22) and For Pete’s Sake Day (Feb. 26). Thanks to SS for bringing this to my attention..
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