Record Rainfall Friday for West Michigan

Posted at 11:26 AM, Jan 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-11 11:26:25-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — Sites around West Michigan received heavy rainfall Friday morning, enough to break records for January 11th in both Grand Rapids and Muskegon.

Areas of rain showers began developing Thursday evening, and pushed northward through the area into the Friday morning commute.  While most of the rain diminished by 8:00 A.M., a few pockets of showers lingered into midday.

Rain totals in Grand Rapids had already reached .56″ by 9:30 A.M., passing the record of .51″ which had stood since 1905.  Muskegon had already totaled .80″, eclipsing the old record of .63″.

Elsewhere around West Michigan, the FOX 17 Live Neighborhood Network noted totals in a similar range as of 11:15 A.M. at the following locations:

  • Fremont – .89″
  • Ravenna – .76″
  • Belding – .73″
  • Greenville – .68″
  • Byron Center – .65″
  • Battle Creek – .64″
  • Stanton – .59″
  • Kalamazoo – .57″
  • Portage – .55″
  • Holland – .47″

These totals do not include rainfall prior to midnight Friday.

Only scattered additional rain is expected to continue into the afternoon, with mainly dry and very mild conditions through the rest of Friday and Saturday.

Temperatures may also approach records, which stand at 55° in Grand Rapids both Friday and Saturday.  It was already 51° in Grand Rapids as of 11:00 A.M. Friday.

Temperatures will fall, however, into Saturday night and Sunday, resulting in the potential for a wintry mix of precipitation around West Michigan that may may for some tricky conditions Sunday morning.  Check backon the Weather page and on FOX 17 News for the updated forecast over the weekend.

Photo above: Satellite & radar composite image from 6:00 A.M. Friday