Monday's Big Storm

By: Nelser , 9:18 PM GMT on July 17, 2013

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As I watched the rain pour from the sky on Monday i wondered how it would be noted on the various weather services. It appears Redford is missing info for local weather for many sites. This blog will hopefully help to keep us all informed. Both weather.com and wunderground.com reported about a quarter inch of rain for July 15th. That's waaaaaayyyyy off. We had a downpour that lasted nearly 2 hours and dumped about 4 inches on us. Basements were flooded. We had the "street river" flowing from Schoolcraft to Glendale. Have not seen rain that hard in 4 years when Hines River and its tributaries had a 50 year flood event. Fortunately it ended before too much backed up. Looks like I need to get a wireless weather station to link to the web and report regular entries to wunderground.

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1. Astrometeor
9:29 PM GMT on July 17, 2013
Hello, I would recommend joining CoCoRaHS. Very good organization which collects all sorts of data involving storms, even accepts damage reports and other data. Helps the NWS too with climatology & hydrology data for your area. If you do join, I suggest buying their standard 4 inch gauge.

One more thing, what TWC and WU report are from other observers nearby. What they see is for their own area. Obviously, you witnessed an event where rainfall totals can vary greatly within a few miles. If you ever look at CoCoRaHS report maps, you can see this happens quite often.

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Teacher at Redford Thurston HS for 13 years in math and science. Getting teens to be interested and serious about climate change.

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