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  1. I guess there was a wind gust or two. The stronger lake instability never materialized. Cold aloft was kinda marginal even for thunder.
  2. Impressive lake instability this evening. Waterspout and graupel weather. Too bad it will probably be just after dark.
  3. Not severe, but this was fun. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBly6mLOlrw
  4. I only get 0.37" rain from today. Line was narrow on the back-building end despite having a lot of lightning. The lake might aid in a decent soaking next week though, if a cold ULL goes overhead as shown. Graupel showers and waterspouts on the lake... maybe.
  5. Hard to believe its so hot just SW of here. It only got into the 70s for about an hour between rounds of convection here.
  6. Just had the loudest storm of the year IMBY. Probably over a dozen strikes within a mile or less, 2 almost right on top of me. Glad I was home to unplug the appliances. I feel like larger apartment buildings are usually heavily grounded and protected from surges but houses with above-ground wires can get zapped.
  7. Could use some rain again here. Under 0.5" since September 1st. Still looking decently lush from August rains, but I noticed a lot of trees are showing brown and dropping leaves. Its especially bad on the east side of the state that missed most of the August rains. Hard to say what kind of color show it will be this year. Last year was terrible.
  8. From my reading that effects polarity more than density. Higher bases with shallower warm cloud depth favors positive polarity, which usually means lower strike density overall (all other things being equal, positive strikes drain much more charge per flash, and are thus less frequent). In this case the LCL was ground-hugging in my area (probably 500m or less), so that would seem to favor very deep warm cloud layer and negative polarity.
  9. The lightning wasn't super cooperative. A lot of anvil crawlers and occasional big ground-shaking +cg thunderclap on the back side, but low clouds were in the way most of the time. I still haven't exactly figured out what parameters you need to get really dense cg+ strikes. It's usually slightly sub-severe storms that are the loudest though.
  10. Luckily the persistent layer of low clouds limited the gust potential some in my area. It certainly rained hard here though and there were some ground-shaking lightning strikes.
  11. I took my camera out of my air 74 degree air-conditioned house to maybe record some lighting as the storms rolled in. The lens instantly got all foggy.
  12. Up to just 5.5 inches for the month of August now. Could have used some of this rain in June and July. Evidence of the early summer drought is harder to find at this point. Some trees are have patches of yellow/brown leaves. More splotchiness with a lot of weed and crab grass in my yard as I hate watering. I water my baby trees and flowering plants, but screw the grass if it doesn't rain.
  13. It didn't seem anywhere close to severe IMBY, but apparently the GRR ASOS measured a 58 mph gust. It looks like the clearing line was pretty much right at KGRR when the storms rolled in. Murky all day here with a temperature stuck around 78-82, but there was more filtered sun and temps into the middle 80s just a little south.
  14. This was what June and July were like here. The switch finally flipped at the beginning of this month. Grass is spring-green again, but there's still evidence of stress to some of the younger trees.
  15. Hoping to get rocked with the incoming MCS. Surviving well so far. The instability is on the wane going east, but there's decent shear and the lake isn't all that cold anymore.
  16. Lots of 30-day wet and lots of 30-day screw zones on the map now, even though it has evened out some over the long haul. Spots of SE Iowa and the Saginaw Bay area are pretty deep in the hole for the entire summer at this point though.
  17. There's quite a variation around Michigan too now. Still extremely dry over much of Northeast Lower MI, as well as the "Lake Erie Shadow" zone between Detroit and Toledo. I don't know how accurate these radar estimates are, but the showers and storms yesterday put down buckets over extremely localized spots. Kind of a tropical pattern with scattered slow moving storms blossoming in the afternoon with outflow / lake-breeze interactions determining where the heaviest rain falls.
  18. So El Niño pattern decides to show up in the fall. Lovely. Happy there's been good rain so far this month as compared to last, but 2022 has been such a bore-fest.
  19. Just had the heaviest rain bomb I've seen in a while. Not severe, but it looked like the trees were being pushed straight down when it came. 1/8 mile visibility, probably even less than that for a brief moment.
  20. Are those troughs not just the negative image of the Rockies/Plains death ridge that is now pretty much a climate feature? The areas of "troughing" have simply been "average" as compared to the "much above" most other places.
  21. I went on a trip to Alberta. I saw some supercells way off in the distance on the road, but missed the (most likely) best storm of the season at home. It happened last year too.
  22. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed for next Wednesday's low to track across northern lower MI like the 18z GFS now shows. Really really need a solid squall line or training MCS, though it will probably be non-drought-busting hit-and-miss severe cells yet again given its summer 2022.
  23. 6+ hours of cloudy misty "rainy day" feel, yet only 0.05" to show for it.
  24. Ohio doesn't need rain anymore. How about sharing?
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