Wrap on the Severe Winds that hit on Wednesday

Bill’s Blog

Posted: Jun 10, 2020 / 10:35 AM EDT Updated: Jun 11, 2020 / 09:37 AM EDT

As of 4:50 am on Thu. (6/11), the Storm Prediction Center has recorded 482 severe weather reports since 7 am Wed. This number will increase before we start over again at 7 am today (Thu.). Some good news…first no tornadoes were recorded. There were several funnel clouds and we saw rotation in several of the storms that moved through, but no touch-downs. Second, no serious injuries were reported. We did have two trucks that were tipped over by the strong winds, one near Holland and the other north of Lansing. Also, despite a lot of trees and branches falling down, none of them seriously injured anyone. Here’s the storm reports map from SPC as of 1:10 am:

Storm Reports for Wed. 6/10

The SPC severe weather outlook map for the day was right on…with many damage reports in the Moderate Risk Area that was issued for much of Lower Michigan and Ohio. The Grand Rapids NWS also did a nice job issuing timely warnings over nearly 10 hours…and their area forecast discussions gave advance warning of the storms. This from the G.R. NWS Monday afternoon:

"LOOKING AT WEDNESDAY...WE WILL HAVE TO MONITOR THE SITUATION CLOSELY. SOME MODELS...KEEP THE SURFACE COLD FRONT AROUND INTO THE AFTERNOON AS THE MID TO UPPER LEVEL JET CROSSES IT. AS A RESULT, CONSIDERABLE INSTABILITY FORMS. THIS COMBINED WITH THE RESULTING SHEAR COULD LEAD TO A VARIETY OF SEVERE WEATHER TYPES...THE VERY TIGHT PRESSURE GRADIENT WILL SUPPORT VERY STRONG WINDS HERE IN SOUTHWEST LOWER MI. WIND VALUES COULD SUPPORT SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES." 

Peak Wind Gusts: 75 mph Grandville, 73 mph near Holland, 69 mph Auburn, 66 mph Shepherd, 65 mph Wright Township, 63 mph Saginaw, 62 mph Saugatuck, Spring Lake and Jackson, 61 mph Lake Macatawa, 60 mph Wyoming, Marshall and Portland, 59 mph Battle Creek (trees down at Binder Park Zoo) and at Coldwater, 58 mph Cutlerville, 55 mph Maple Rapids, 54 mph East Grand Rapids, 53 mph Charlotte, 51 mph Bauer and South Haven, 50 mph Hamilton. Pretty much everyone had gusts to 40 mph.

1” Diameter hail was reported at Springfield and Charlotte

Funnel Cloud – St. Johns (north of Lansing)

24-Hour Rainfall: 2.34″ St. Johns, 2.30″ Freeport, 2.10 Clarksville, 1.55″ Holland (U.S. 31 closed briefly due to flooding), 1.58″ Hastings, 1.39″ Muskegon, 1.10″ Grand Rapids, 1.02″ White Cloud, 0.93″ Oshtemo, 0.88″ Ionia, 0.34″ Battle Creek and only 0.12 at the Kalamazoo Airport.

Wind Damage Reports: Zeeland (many trees down), Drenthe (barn damaged), Marne, Ashley (truck tipped on US 127), Belmont, Grand Rapids, Ravenna (tree on vehicle, tree on house), Concord, Hamilton, Fowler, Orangeville, Sand Lake, Ithaca, Midland, Mendon, Fawn River, Matteson Lake, Bellevue, Bronson, Concord, South Butler, Albion, Hillsdale

Here’s a list of severe reports in West Michigan…a list of storm reports from SE Michigan…and a list of storm reports from N. Indiana (and the Michigan Counties that border Indiana.

Also: Video of lightning striking the water of Lake Michigan,

We have a slight chance of a shower or isolated t-shower (not severe) today (Thu.) and tomorrow. It’ll be dry over the weekend. Cooler temps. for the next few days…mid 70s today, low 70s tomorrow.