Back to the Duds…08/19/2015

Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 5.50.02 PMIt looks like we transitioned back to the pattern we’ve had this year. It looks good, but no cigar, because of…

That’s what happened again today. They called me in on my day off, and I watched 15,000 to 30,000 ft storms form and die, and mush together into a couple rain masses. Nothing particularly interesting with these storms, except the two that merged and we put a tornado warning out on. The emergency manager for one of the counties said that they had some power outages, but no confirmed funnels or tornadoes. So the severe thunderstorm probably, but a tornado? Probably not. So nothing much to watch. I was cut loose around 5pm as the new shift came in and it looked like the day was going to turn out to be a dud.

Severe Weather today…08/19/2015

weatherstoryamHere’s the low down on severe weather today…

We have a  cold front that will move through the Upper Great Lakes today. It looks like it will come through northern Michigan during the afternoon or peak heating. This has been the next best set up since the wind event 10 days ago.

Will it be as severe? Possibly, but not likely. The best severe weather producer will be straight lined winds. There is a small chance for tornadoes. Reading the SPC discussion, the things working against us is the cloud cover, and that the thunder yesterday and last night have lowered the lapse rates in the mid levels of the atmosphere. So thunderstorms are likely, but there is only a chance of severe.

Pictures from the Air…08/05/2015

Here are some aerial photographs and videos from the Coast Guard Air Station in Traverse City…


Glen Arbor, MI DamageAerial video of the damage near Glen Arbor, MI

Posted by U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City on Tuesday, August 4, 2015


Damage to Fairmont Drive on N Lake SkegemogA video of the widespread damage along the Fairmont Drive area, on the northern shore of Lake Skegemog, west of Rapid City, MI

Posted by U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City on Tuesday, August 4, 2015


We’ve had a busy 36 hours since the storm rolled through Traverse City on Sunday afternoon. Our aircrews have worked…

Posted by U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City on Tuesday, August 4, 2015

What a Day!…08/03/2015


08/02/2015 6:42am Weather Story Graphic

treedamagefrontyardI knew things were going to be active when I looked and saw the weather story graphic out of the office showing us in an enhanced risk yesterday morning, up from the slight risk the night before. I got ready for church and got there around 830a for music practice. Between 930 am and 1000am, my phone goes off. The office is calling me? Sure enough, I’m being called in for work.

I was able to get through the first part of the service, before I hopped in the car, stopped at BK and S&K for food and drinks, and then onto the office.

From there it was a blur, with wave after wave of thunderstorms (4 waves while I was there) pushed from northern Wisconsin across Lake Michigan and into northern lower Michigan. I happened a to get the large bow echo/LEWP that came onshore for the afternoon. That storm caused tree damage from Glen Arbor to Oscoda. waves of thunderstormsThe picture to the left is from my front yard. Pretty tame compared to other places where the winds brought down trees, we just had a few limbs and the power went out.

There was a supercell type thunderstorm in the wave preceding mine, in that we had a hailstone of 4.25″!

Like I said, “What a day!”

I’m up this morning, because I finished my round of night shifts to nights ago, and there will be damage surveys today. I may work the forecast desk or go out it will depend once the managers come up with a plan for the day.