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October 16th, 2019: Large Waves, High Winds, and Beach Erosion

On October 16th, 2019, strong winds and large waves led to significant beach and sand dune erosion, lakeshore flooding, and isolated tree damage. In the hardest hit areas, 10 to 20 feet of dune bluff was eroded in a 12 hour period. Roadways were also closed due to floodwaters especially in Muskegon, Saugatuck, and South Haven. Read More >

We appreciate your interest in becoming a trained weather spotter.  Coordination of weather spotters and community volunteer groups is performed by individual counties.  We suggest that you contact your county emergency management office for more information on how to become involved with any volunteer groups in your area.

The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Grand Rapids is responsible for the Skywarn program in the following Michigan counties:

  • Allegan
  • Barry
  • Calhoun
  • Clare
  • Clinton
  • Eaton
  • Gratiot
  • Ingham
  • Ionia
  • Isabella
  • Jackson
  • Kalamazoo
  • Kent
  • Lake
  • Mason
  • Mecosta
  • Montcalm
  • Muskegon
  • Newaygo
  • Oceana
  • Osceola
  • Ottawa
  • Van Buren

Weather Spotter Training Information

Our in-person spotter training classes are conducted around lower Michigan from late February through April each yer.  Please keep an eye on the following web pages https://www.weather.gov/grandrapids and https://www.weather.gov/grr/spottertraining after the first of the year for the course schedule.  In the meantime, the link below will take you to a free online course that will introduce you to the basics of weather spotting.