Moderate Week

Storms yesterday proved to be strong in Wisconsin. As night fell, reports continued to come in for tornadoes, but those will need to be confirmed by the NWS damage survey teams. The night earlier, storms fired and produced a tornado that ripped through the town of Mapleton, Iowa. I originally was not going to post much about this, until I saw some of the storm damage and the severity.

Images from Omaha/Valley, NE National Weather Service office.

Spectacular widespread damage. Measured EF-2 to EF-3 tornado.

This shot looked a lot like the others. However, looking at the cars, a dirt or mud coat shows how powerful the winds were (111-165mph). This is also visible on the house in the background.

Best wishes to those for quick recovery.

In our neck of the woods, temps took a hit after a hot one yesterday! Grand Rapids and Lansing both set all time records for earliest season high temperature.

Quoted from Grand Rapids NWS:

Historic high temperatures on April 10

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
619 AM EDT MON APR 11 2011

...HISTORIC HIGH TEMPERATURES ON APRIL 10...

THE RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 85 DEGREES IN GRAND RAPIDS ON APRIL
10 NOT ONLY WAS A NEW RECORD FOR THE DAY BUT IT IS ALSO THE EARLIEST
ON RECORD THAT GRAND RAPIDS HAS REACHED OR EXCEEDED 85 DEGREES.
THE LAST TIME GRAND RAPIDS HAD A HIGH OF AT LEAST 85 DEGREES THIS
EARLY IN THE YEAR WAS APRIL 16 2002...WITH A HIGH OF 86.

THE RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 83 DEGREES IN LANSING ON APRIL 10
ALSO WAS NOT ONLY A NEW RECORD FOR THE DAY BUT IT IS THE EARLIEST
IN THE SEASON THAT LANSING HAS EVER REACHED OR EXCEEDED 83
DEGREES. THE PREVIOUS BENCHMARK WAS SET ON APRIL 12 1977 WITH A
HIGH OF 83 DEGREES.

$$

HOVING
Pretty impressive! High of 84 was reached in Mount Pleasant, while Chelsea got up to 83. The humidity surly made it feel warmer, adding to the heat index. Got some yard work done, and it felt great to be outside.

Looking ahead for the week, temperature will rebound into the 60s by mid-week. Afterwards, another cooldown occurs that may last a little longer this time. Don’t want to scare you too much, but a rain/snow mix is possible early next week. Will keep tabs on that because a lot of you may be scratching your head about how that is possible after a nice 80 degree day. 

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About gweatherc
Live in Michigan and enjoy observing the weather. Want to pursue it as a career! Currently taking classes at Central Michigan University.

2 Responses to Moderate Week

  1. kathy backus says:

    Rain – snow mix next week … noooooo! Hey Greg … been wanting to mention that in addition to my personal blog, I also publish an online magazine, http://www.visionmidmichigan.com Check it out, if you haven’t heard of us yet. We’re just starting to offer opportunity for local bloggers to Guest Blog on our site, which we post brand new content to every other week & send out an email blast to a data base of over 11,000 alerting people to our new issues posted. I’d love to have you be one of our guest bloggers in an upcoming issue. If interested, we could talk more about how you could talk to our audience about local weather & how your blog has a positive impact on our community.
    Let me know what ya think.
    Kathy

    • gweatherc says:

      Kathy,

      Thank you for this opportunity! I would gladly write something up! It looks like a great site to help get information to people in and around mid Michigan. Very exciting!

      I guess for finalizing things, my email is gweatherc@gmail.com. This is a great start to the week!

      Thanks again for noticing and giving me an opportunity!
      -Greg

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