Rain and Storms

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Once again I dig into the archives of the NWS to bring you our weekly weather history for SW Michigan.

May 27

1907: Wet snowflakes fall at Grand Rapids and Muskegon. It is the latest snow on record at Grand Rapids.

1912: A tornado destroys barns and kills livestock near East Leroy in Calhoun County.

1960: Several farm buildings were damaged or destroyed by a tornado four miles east of Ionia.

1973: A tornado destroyed a barn and silo near Saranac in Ionia County. Another tornado did minor damage near Gun Lake in Barry County.

May 28

1955: A series of tornadoes put down an intermittent damage path more than 60 miles long from near Schoolcraft in Kalamazoo County to east of Grand Ledge in Eaton County. One person was injured northwest of Charlotte as a barn was destroyed. Two homes were unroofed and total damage was estimated at 150,000 dollars.

1991: A tornado damaged homes and destroyed outbuildings near Hart in Oceana County.

May 29

1895: The second heat wave of the month gets underway with record highs of 94 degrees at Grand Rapids and Lansing.

1947: Muskegon records its latest snow on record as some wet snowflakes mix in with a cold rain. The high temperature for the day is only 47 degrees after a low of 35.

May 30

1972: A tornado damaged a building under construction five miles west of Jackson.

1989: A tornado struck Van Buren County, moving from east of South Haven to south of Pearl. Several grain elevators were destroyed and windows were blown out of buildings.

May 31

1943: A tornado outbreak hit southern Lower Michigan. Ten people were injured as homes were swept away by a powerful tornado that moved southeast of Morrice in Shiawassee County. A tornado killed livestock and destroyed a barn near Morley in Mecosta County. A home near Coopersville in Ottawa County was unroofed by a tornado and three people were injured. Another tornado struck near Bath in Clinton County destroying one barn.

1954: A tornado struck north of Bangor in Van Buren County. Forty barns were damaged or destroyed and one home was unroofed. Damage totaled about half a million dollars.

1998: A squall line of severe thunderstorms moves across Lower Michigan in the early morning with wind gusts between 90 and 120 mph. Thousands of trees are knocked down and hundreds of homes and businesses suffer damage. Sections of the state are declared a major disaster area and thousands are without power, some for several days.

June 1

1934: Blistering heat begins the month in one of the Dust Bowl summers of the 1930s. The mercury soared to 102 degrees at Grand Rapids and 97 degrees at Lansing. The 102 degree reading at Grand Rapids is tied for the highest June temperature with June 20, 1953.

1943: A violent tornado inured ten people as it moved from Ingham to Shiawassee County and left a path of destruction 20 miles long. Over 250 farm buildings were damaged or destroyed, including 39 homes and 52 barns. Another tornado hit between Lansing and Bath, causing damage to several farms.

1998: West Michigan was cleaning up from the tremendous destruction caused by the squall line of the day before. Meanwhile on Lake Michigan, water levels continued to rise and fall several feet at some locations through the day as seiches generated by the extreme winds of the squall line continued more than 24 hours after its passage.

June 2

1910: It was a cold day in June as temperatures in the upper 40s in the afternoon were more typical of late March. The high of 47 at Grand Rapids and Muskegon are the coldest high temperatures on record for any day in June. At Lansing the high was 49 degrees, second only to the 46 degree high on the previous day for being the coldest June day.

1925: Two people were injured as a tornado moved across central Ionia County. A woman was carried 300 feet and left paralyzed and a man was injured in a barn that collapsed.

1950: Thunderstorms dropped one to three inches of rain across the region. Nearly an inch of rain fell in one hour in Grand Rapids, flooding streets and basements. Lansing had a storm total of 2.30 inches, which was a record for the day.


We had a good burst of rain yesterday afternoon through Plainwell, Otsego then on towards Allegan and to the north west…  We picked up a quick .30 of an inch of much needed rain in Otsego.  The temperature dropped from 96 to 76 degrees in just a few minutes.

For today we begin to see the effects of Alberto as he moves into Michigan.  Tropical moisture will be flowing into the region as the day goes by. This will result in warm and humid weather with increasing storms as we go through the afternoon and into the evening. A few severe thunderstorms are possible. Some of the rain will be heavy leading to possible flooding in poor drainage locations and areas that typically flood during heavy rain.

A marginal risk for severe thunderstorms exists this afternoon into this evening. Damaging winds are the primary hazard. An increased risk for a brief tornado or two could develop.


Here is a snapshot of Alberto’s current location as of 7:30am moving northward along the Indiana/Illinois border.

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Mr. Negative
Mr. Negative

Looks like ADA will end-up with .75 of rain with the overnight leftovers.

*SS*
*SS*

Get ready north… it is coming your way!!! Took some cool cloud photos. I will get them to you Michael.

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

I have to say this pretty darned cool – seeing these “tropical” bands swirling. We just don’t get to experience this very often.

*SS*
*SS*

Looking awful dark to the south of me….

Mr. Negative
Mr. Negative

ADA – Decent gusts, quiet thunder, moderate downpour…from the South 😉

Slim

I just cut the grass and boy it is very humid out there. Came in and took a shower. As for the temperature it is a reported 86 at GRR with a DP of 71° here at my house I have a temperature of 91° and a DP of 70° It is partly cloudy here with broken dark clouds moving in from the SE the winds have also picked up and are SE a reported 15 MPH at the airport but more like 25 MPH plus here at my house.
Slim

*SS*
*SS*

Great minds… I just finished mowing mine as well!!!

Mr. Negative
Mr. Negative

Wishing it was warmer, while appreciating the mild temps. Agreed…Alberto’s radar image is impressive over Indiana.

Mookie
Mookie

That radar looks awesome. Looks like a hurricane in Indiana heading straight for GR!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

I was just looking at that. It is still very tightly wrapped! Watch it move over Lake Michigan and turn into a hurricane. Ha. Except the water is to cold to fuel it.

Slim

For the last hour or so been getting bands of lower clouds heading in from the SE.
Slim

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Wow the air is thick today! Dew points at or near 70 is just outrageous! I feel like I’m underwater drowning. I can not wait till we leave for the Rocky Mountains in 3 weeks. Crisp, cool, and DRY air!!

Slim

While it is unusual for it to get this warm in May today and tonight we are going to see something much more unusual. Today we will get rain from a tropical system in May. Between 1851 and 2015 there have only been 22 tropical systems in May. ( only 4 of them were Hurricanes) At this time I have no knowledge of any of the 22 have brought moisture into Michigan! The next item is that it looks to cool down as we head into June so at this time the up and down patter looks to continue. (wouldn’t… Read more »

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

I was wondering that same thing the other day Slim, with regards to moisture from a tropical storm reaching Michigan in May. I couldn’t remember that ever happening so early in the year. Good find as always!

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

A little cooler would be fine with me. These really hot days so early have been a bit much.

GunLakeDeb
GunLakeDeb

I agree with Sandy and Barry – the humidity is NOT my favorite summer thing. Yesterday I mowed my postage-stamp sized yard around 10 AM, and was drenched in sweat for the little bit of effort 🙁 Today I’m simply hiding indoors and waiting for Alberto to visit (who still looks very hurricane-like near Indianapolis). I’m afraid my little thunder-phobic dog is not going to enjoy tonight’s weather.

Slim

For Deb as with most tropical systems there is no thunder at this time with the system to our south. there is some lightning on the other side of the lake but not with left over Alberto.
Slim

Mookie
Mookie

Lake Michigan temps are now very warm for this time of year and warmer than any of the past 6 years.
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Mookie
Mookie

GR hit 93 degrees yesterday. Third straight record high in a row! Muskegon hit 96 – making the hottest May temperature ever recorded, surpassing the old record set the day before.

Slim

Yesterday was one of the all time record hottest days at Muskegon. The all time record is 99° A east wind and no late day lake breeze helped with that record for both days. None the less quite the feat for May. And the back to back to back records at Grand Rapids are also quite the feat as well. Could this be the hottest days of 2018? At Muskegon it very well could be.
Slim

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Wow, three consecutive days of record highs. I hope we get some decent rain from Alberto.