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Storms get a bit out of hand

Let’s first state something about the Holland, Michigan forecast and the weather there through the middle of the week: For the most part, it was a pretty decent few days for locals in western Michigan. Wednesday evening got a little bit wild, as strong thunderstorms moved  into the area, dropping a half inch of rain in Holland, but also leading to some storm reports both to the north and south of Holland in Allandale and South Haven, respectively. The good news is that the threat for showers and thunderstorms was there for every forecast, so it wasn’t unanticipated, and though there was some property damage, there were no injuries or anything worse. Victoria-Weather had the top forecast for the day.
Actuals, Tuesday – High 76, Low 41
Wednesday – .48 inches of rain in thunderstorms, High 79, Low 53

Grade: A-C

Holland, Michigan to Lincoln, Nebraska

Hello dear friends. I say it’s time to take a road trip, don’t you? Today’s trek will cover 656 miles, and we’ll be able to do it in one long day. Expect a pace of 66mph, slowed considerably by midday traffic in Chicago, but maybe we’ll make up time on I-80 in Iowa?

There is a trough moving through the Great Lakes, draping a cold front through Iowa this evening, bringing some rain and embedded thunderstorms to most of the locations on our route. Of course, our route starts tomorrow. By the time we get going Thursday morning, the route from Holland through Indiana, Illinois and eastern Iowa will be pretty favorable. Unfortunately, a lee trough is going to organize within a prevailing westerly regime ad start causing trouble later in the day on Thursday. West of Des Moines, that warm front may become a bit more lively, with scattered showers and storms as it lifts north. It will be fairly warm between the rain drops, so between that and the threat of a thundershower, maybe roll up the windows and use the AC through Omaha. The threat for rain may actually dissipate every so slightly as we plunge into the warm sector just before we arrive in Lincoln.

Owensboro, Kentucky to Holland, Michigan.

It’s time to hit the road through my old stomping grounds – Indiana. Most of our 7ish hours in the car will be in the Hoosier State, as we slice through the middle of the state. Bloomington and Indianapolis are both worth stops, but the northern half of the state, admittedly, is a little dry. It’s going to be a 427 mile journey, and our off-interstate adventuring will require a slower speed of 62.2mph. Indiana wants me and we CAN go back (through) there.

The weather in Indiana looks pretty darn good today, but that may not be the case tomorrow. We should depart Owensboro in dry conditions, with the sun to our east. Unfortunately, there will be clouds to the west, and by the time we reach Bloomington, we will get splashed with rain intermittently. The chances increase north of Indianapolis, with a cold front over lake Michigan as we arrive in South Bend. Showers will probably be highlighted by thunderstorms as we continue north into Michigan. Brisk winds may be possible on the way into Holland, so keep your hands on the wheel!

Holland, Michigan

Good evening! The weather looks good tonight in the Great Lakes, but how long will that last?

At 1253AM, ET, Holland was reporting a temperature of 54 degrees with clear skies. Temperatures were relatively warm, while dew points were low, so despite the clear skies fog is pretty unlikely tonight. High pressure angling in from Eastern Canada will ensure tomorrow will be just as pleasant as this evening has been.
A strong trough moving through Hudson Bay is going to link up with a more minor perturbation passing through the Northern Plains, with low pressure organizing in the region. A cold front will cross Lake Michigan towards Holland late in the day on Wednesday, with some rumbles of thunder possible, though severe storms are not likely.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 76, Low 52
Wednesday – Afternoon showers and thunderstorms, High 77, Low 54

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy skies High 74, Low 53
Wednesday – Partly cloudy early with thunderstorms becoming likely during the afternoon.  High 77, Low 55

AW: Tomorrow – Sunny to partly cloudy and pleasant Hiigh 73, Low 50
Wednesday – Mostly cloudy; breezy in the afternoon (late rain and storms) High 74, Low 55

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 72, Low 50
Wednesday – Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Partly sunny High 76, Low 53

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 77, Low 55
Wednesday – Rain showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 78, Low 57

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 72, Low 49
Wednesday – Partly cloudy with light showers likely, High 76, Low 54

FIO: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy overnight. High 74,, Low 53
Wednesday – Breezy starting in the evening and rain overnight. High 78, Low 55

It’s a pretty spectacular night in Holland, and most of the forecast period will be as well. Take a look at the always pretty satellite.

Circling the target

There were two lines of thoughts for the forecast in Holland on Tuesday. Would it be able to break out and see the sun on Wednesday and Thursday? Would there be rain on Wednesday as well as Thursday? Some outlets went high, some went low on the temperatures depending on their thoughts on clouds in Holland. It seemed like there would be a pretty sharp cut off, so the disagreement on temperatures seemed to make sense. Of course, then the temperature went out and hit the mid point between those two schools of thought. If there was one trend, it was that the temperatures were cooler than anticipated on Thursday and everyone missed there. Forecast.io was able to get closest to the mark, thanks to being robots and not having a train of thought to ride.
Actuals: Tuesday – High 60, Low 36
Wednesday – .3 inches of rain, High 51, Low 37

Grade: B-C

Holland, Michigan

Out of the line of fire, presently in the Plains, and to the shores of Lake Michigan for our forecast this evening.

At 953PM, ET, Holland was reporting a temperature of 44 degrees with overcast skies. A stalled boundary lies over central Indiana, with southern Michigan on the cool side of the feature. Clear skies are as mear as Grand Rapids, and flow is generally from the east, so low level clouds are not anticipated, and there is a good chance of a significant cool down over night tonight.
A weak surface ridge will set up through the day tomorrow, angled from the Upper Midwest towards the Upper Ohio Valley. As with tonight, an area of low pressure in the Plains is the feature that bears watching later in the forecast period. It will lift an occluded front north into Lower Michigan early in the day on Thursday. Fortunately for Holland, there will be a diffluent pattern across the region, which will inhibit much organization in Holland. That said, there will be many bouts of rain showers, with a few of them heavy and producing an isolated lightning strike as the day goes on Thursday.
Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy, High 58, Low 36
Thursday – Mostly cloudy with scattered rain and isolated thunderstorms. High 55, Low 41

TWC: Tomorrow – Intervals of clouds and sunshine High 63, Low 38
Thursday – Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. High 54, Low 41

AW: Tomorrow – Breezy with times of clouds and sun  (late rain) High 61, Low 40
Thursday – Cooler; a little morning rain followed by a passing shower in the afternoon High 52, Low 42

NWS: Tomorrow – Partly sunny (late rain), High57, Low 37
Thursday – Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm High 47, Low 41

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny until midday then becoming partly sunny. High 62, Low 39
Thursday – Rain showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms. High 52, Low 43

WN: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy (late rain) High 57, Low 37
Thursday – Cloudy with Showers Likely High 48, Low 41

FIO: Drizzle and breezy overnight. High 60, Low 37
Thursday – Rain until afternoon, starting again overnight, and breezy in the morning. HIgh 53, Low 41

A look at the satellite shows you that stark cut off between active rainy stormy weather over Indiana and the clearing just to the north of Holland. It will be an interesting temperature profile overnight tonight.

Everything’s coming up tulips

The weather in western Michigan was absolutely wonderful to begin the week. Temperatures were in the low 70s, climbing into the mid 70s on Tuesday. The sun was out, and for our forecasters in Holland, everything worked out great. Vctoria-Weather and WeatherNation particularly enjoyed the way the weather played out, as we ended up tying atop the leaderboard.
Actuals: Monday, High 73,Low 44
Tuesday – High 76, Low 49

Grade: A-B

Madison, Wisconsin to Holland, Michigan

Another fairly short trip for us tonight, save for the passage through the heart of Chicago. It should take us 5 hours to make the trip, though, of course, it won’t. Because Chicago. The average speed will, allegedly be 60.4mph as we cover 296 miles over the road. That should be manageable, even for a drive through Chicago.

High pressure lies over New England, as you may have surmised if you are a regular reader of Victoria-Weather. It extends its western flank over the Great Lakes, which means that conditions are getting a little breezier across the region, particularly in southern Wisconsin. The breeze will actually be off shore when we arrive in Holland, which means that it won’t be terribly cloudy, and should be pretty nice for getting to the lake front.

Holland, Michigan

Hey, let’s take to the trails again, shall we? The afternoon’s forecast takes us to the shores of Lake Michigan.

At 453PM, ET, Holland was reporting a temperature of 70 degrees and mostly sunny skies. There were a few scattered clouds across Michigan but that had to do more with the influence of the Lakes than any synoptic forcing. A large area of high pressure lies centered over New England, and the back end of it slices into Michigan.
Flow at the surface is generally northerly, which is helping to keep temperatures down today. As the ridge continues to retreat to the east, it will be chased by a wave moving through the Canadian tundra. A weak cold front will develop in the Upper Midwest, but the only impact during the forecast period will be an increase in southerly flow, and a fresh Lake breeze.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 73, Low 48
Tuesday – Mostly cloudy, High 75, Low 49

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 74, Low 48
Tuesday – Sunny, High 75, Low 50

AW: Tomorrow – Sunny and pleasant High 72, Low 47
Tuesday – Mostly sunny and delightful High 74, Low 49

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 71, Low 47
Tuesday – Sunny, High 74, Low 50

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 71, Low 47
Tuesday – Sunny, High 74, Low 50

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 72,, Low 46
Tuesday – Mostly Sunny High 75, Low 50

FIO: Tomorrow – Clear throughout the day. High 73, Low 51
Tuesday – Clear throughout the day. High 74, Low 53

That all sounds very nice. There is a rogue storm in Minnesota that only the GFS picked up on, so that’s the model I am leaning towards. Not that it mattered. For Holland, the NAM and GFS were nearly the same. Here is the pockmarked satellite.

Snow Stays Away

In our forecast for Holland, MI, we had rain changing over to snow as cooler air came in behind the low pressure system. However, temperatures managed to stay just high enough for precip to stay as rain during the late evening hours. Also, the precip trailed off before midnight and never reappeared on Saturday, making for a dry New Years Eve. The Weather Channel took home the top spot.

Friday: 0.30″ of rain. High 40, Low 34
Saturday: High 44, Low 33.
Forecast Grade: B