Risk of a Storm Continues Southeast of a Line from Holland to Alma.

Bill’s Blog

Posted: Jul 19, 2020 / 04:59 AM EDT Updated: Jul 19, 2020 / 03:25 PM EDT

Severe Weather Risk Areas for Sunday 7/19

Peak gusts: 86 mph Jasper Co. Indiana, 83,mph south of E. Tawas MI, 64 mph Battle Creek Airport, 64 mph Fort Wayne IN Airport, 52 mph Chicago, 51 mph Holland MI. Numerous trees down in Midland, Bay City, Saginaw area.

Tornado or strong microburst did significant damage to Bishop Baraga School in Cheboygan. More pics. of the damaged school here.

The watch is canceled for all Michigan Counties except Hillsdale and that will end soon. Here’s Regional Radar:

Central Great Lakes sector loop
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And Grand Rapids radar:

Click for latest Composite Reflectivity radar image from the Grand Rapids/Muskegon, MI radar and current weather warnings
Beach Hazards Graphic

Another concern today is brisk winds creating dangerous pier/breakwater currents mainly on the south side of the piers/breakwaters. Do not swim near or jump off the south side of the structures today.

6 am Saturday at the Muskegon Chanel

It’s 4:45 am as I write this and I have 80 degrees at my house. At 4 am it was still 83 in Traverse City, 82 in Benton Harbor and Holland and 81 in Big Rapids. The dew point at 4 am was 78 in Manistee, 76 in Mt. Pleasant and 74 in Grand Rapids. The rapidly growing corn and soybean fields of the Corn Belt are transpiring lots of moisture into the air (and will for the nexr month). Our wind is southwest, coming off the corn and beans in Illinois. The pic. above is 6 am Saturday at the Muskegon Channel. We’ve lost a little bit of daylight since the Summer Solstice (nearly a month ago). The sunrise in G.R. (downtown) is at 6:21 am and the sunset is at 9:16 pm.

The temperature reached 91 in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek on Saturday. That’s the 13th 90-degree day of the summer for Grand Rapids – we had seven 90-degree days in G.R. last summer. As I write this – the water temp. of Reeds Lake is 80. The water temp. at the Port Sheldon buoy is 70 and the S. Haven buoy has 71. The temperature at the S. Haven Beach was 78.5 at 5 pm Saturday. It rose to 84.7 as the wind turned off the land for an hour. Then the temp. fell to 76.1 at 7 pm with the wind back to southwest off the water.

Also: Pic. of Comet Neowise.