Everyone ok in STORM 2012?

Submitted by M-Wolverine on March 15th, 2012 at 6:51 PM
Haven't seen any funnel clouds, but they're out there...they have pics in Dexter. Serious hail on the South side. My deck is white. How is it where you're at in Michigan? Stay indoors if you can, stay safe, and hopefully keep power, so you can tell your best storm stories.



March 15th, 2012 at 6:54 PM ^

Living up north and working at Boyne Mountain - clear skies and 70...and yes skiing still! Hope everyone is staying safe to the south.


March 16th, 2012 at 10:48 AM ^

If you've never golfed the BOYNE courses, I would recommend checking out The Heather and Arthur Hills courses at Boyne Highlands, and The Monument at Boyne Mountain.  Hole 13 on the Arthur Hills course offers one of the most picturesque views of any hole I've ever played.

Arthur Hills #13


March 15th, 2012 at 7:00 PM ^

85 with a light breeze and sunshine here in the Texas panhandle. Hope you all up there in the land of cold stay safe.

Is there anything close to Bay City? That's where most of my family lives.


March 15th, 2012 at 7:04 PM ^

Crazy storm though....consistent hail for an hour, some pieces as big as a quarter, interspersed with intense downpours, with lots of heavy lighting/thunder action—but with absolutely no wind. The tops of trees that are several stories tall aren't moving at all. Very strange.

The good thing is that it was the puppy's first thunderstorm, and he's been pretty calm about it all.


March 15th, 2012 at 7:11 PM ^

It's breezy with a pretty good rainfall here. Nothing too violent yet, but it has a pretty damn spectacular and frightening lightning show.

PSA from your MGoDTEGuy....call 1-800-477-4747 if the lights go out. 


March 15th, 2012 at 7:11 PM ^

The heavy stuff has been missing us today, but a nasty one just went through the very same town in Kentucky that had the deaths and the houses lifted off their foundations two weeks ago. It's amazing how the local geography seems to funnel the storms to the same spots over and over again.


March 15th, 2012 at 7:15 PM ^

Does anyone live in Dundee on here that can provide some insight about what it's like to live in Michigan's tornado alley?  My family and I have a running joke to stay away from Dundee whenever there's a tornado warning, because that Cabela's seems to take a beating every time.  Must be rough.  I haven't seen any updates about them yet, but I'm sure they're coming.

david from wyoming

March 15th, 2012 at 7:42 PM ^

I really do not want to sound course, since clearly some houses were destroyed or nearly destroyed, but I don't see much damage to houses half a block away. About half a dozen homes were affected. Severe weather can be highly localized but I wouldn't call this bad. Bad is an entire town being leveled. This was just a small storm and an unlucky half dozen home owners. (But since no deaths are being reported, you could say it was a lucky half dozen home owners)


March 15th, 2012 at 11:39 PM ^

A lot more than 6 houses were damaged.  Are you familiar with how tornados work?  They will often skip around, levelling some buildings while leaving others very close by undamaged. 

No this was no F5 tornado like the one that levelled Tuscaloosa last year, but it probably has done more damage to homes and buildilngs in the Ann Arbor area than any storm in the last 40 years, so it's a pretty big deal.  We don't get stroms like this up here.  Or at least, we didn't used to.


March 16th, 2012 at 12:13 AM ^

Michigan right at the north end of Tornado alley. We don't get them like the heart of the midwest, but our neck of the woods gets it share of tornado generating storms every year. This is nothing out of the ordinary. This one just happened to land in a pretty populated area. A lot of them hit the middle of a cornfield and people hardly know it was there.


March 16th, 2012 at 1:00 AM ^

He said this storm was "extremely unusual" for Michigan especially for this time of year.  So no offense, but unless you happen to also be a meterologist, I'm going to take his word over yours.

Regardless of how "rare" the storm was, the damage it did to the Ann Arbor area was pretty rare.  As I said before, I can't recall a single storm in the last 40 years that damaged as many homes around Ann Arbor as this one.  I'm hearing wildly varying reports of how many homes were destoryed.  Every one agrees it was double digits, with one report going as high as 35.  The Dexter paper says over 100 homes suffered damage.

david from wyoming

March 16th, 2012 at 11:19 AM ^

I'm getting a PhD in atmospheric science, so yeah. It was rare for this time of year. It wasn't very rare of this area in general.

There is a large difference between number of homes destroyed vs number of homes that suffered damage. I don't want to sound snarky, but bet me know when you have spent time in any area or town that was hit with an EF4 or EF5. You'll understand how bad a tornado can be.


March 16th, 2012 at 4:32 PM ^

No one claimed it was the worst storm in the history of the world. Or that it needed national relief like Hurricane Katrina. Just that it was uncommonly bad for this area. Tail end of the Alley or not. If you have a list of pictures of a half dozen worse storms in southeastern Michigan, go for it, but the more you beat a dead horse, the more you are coming off as "coarse".