We had a storm which we hadn’t seen in several years yesterday. We lost power around 4:30 pm in wind-driven rain and small hail. The wind was in the 50 mph range. We had 2.70 inches of rain in an hour which caused a lot of street flooding around town. Our power came back on around 9 pm. The silly thing was I had just commented to my wife about how we shouldn’t lose power because of the good job the tree crews have done through our area to keep the lines free, within seconds the power went out, should learn to keep my mouth shut. Our neighbor’s car had a tree fall across it breaking the skylight and putting a long crease across the top. Today will be a cleanup day as we have numerous branches and debris in the yard.
Yesterday’s high was 91° and the low 68°. The temp fell to 72° during the storm.
The honor for the most rainfall I could find was 4.10 inches in Vermontville. WWMT was in Otsego after the storm, their report is here.
Here are the storm reports from the NWS:
Humidity in Central to Northern Michigan will be lower on today, but uncomfortable humidity levels will stick around in Southern Michigan. A shower or thunderstorm could pop up during the day in roughly the southern half of the lower peninsula. Severe weather (thankfully) is not expected.
I will have the weekly weather history post tomorrow.
Cold front with lower dew points and north winds behind it is sinking south through the midway point of Lake Michigan and Central Michigan. It should get hung up during the afternoon from somewhere west of Grand Rapids to about Saginaw Bay. More sunshine and better mixing during the day north of the front will likely result in no real temperature gradient across the front, but the moisture gradient will still reveal it. Weak cyclonic convergence of the surface flow is expected to develop in the heart of south- central Lwr Mich this afternoon. Where adequate and uncomfortably high surface moisture lingers, especially around Kalamazoo to Lansing and south, enough instability will be present to support thunderstorm development during the afternoon as a weak cap is overcome. Forcing is weak and vertical wind shear is also expected to be weak, so storms will tend to stay fairly disorganized and pulse in intensity. As dry air will be present above 10,000 feet, some microburst-driven mostly sub-severe wind gusts may occur with downpours. New storms cells would tend to develop along outflow from collapsing cells. No relief from the humidity is expected through the weekend, and the next plume of hotter air from the western US will advect over the area for Saturday and Sunday. Surface low development in response to a positively tilted upper level trough moving through the northern plains late in the weekend will provide another chance of storms from late Sunday into Monday. Behind that wave, more amplified troughing may take hold in Ontario/Quebec as has been common this summer, which would support cooler-than-normal and more comfortable weather the during middle of next week.