A wet fall

One of the wettest Octobers on record has brought the West Michigan Lakeshore to slightly above the normal rainfall total for the year to date, WZZM-TV meteorologist George Lessens said.
Becky Vargo
Oct 26, 2012


As of Thursday afternoon, the Lakeshore has received 5.8 inches of rain this month, which makes this one of the top 10 wettest Octobers since weathermen have been keeping records, going back to the late 1800s, Lessens said.

Our normal rainfall for October is 2.29 inches. The wettest October recorded in the area was 7.33 inches in 1991, Lessens said.

Heavy rainfall early this week had a lot to do with bringing up that number, as 0.71 inch fell in the area on Monday and 0.54 inch fell Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Leaves clogged storm drains with Tuesday afternoon’s cloudburst.

Spring Lake public works foreman Ben VanHoven said the village had drains backing up and large puddles at about 15 locations between 4 and 5 p.m. Tuesday. The worst spot was at the intersection of Exchange and Elm streets, he said.

“You try to clean it off, but it's kind of a losing battle this time of year,” VanHoven said. “When it rains this hard, it’s hard to keep up.”

VanHoven responded to the corner of Exchange and Elm at the request of police. He stayed on the scene with his vehicle's lights flashing because the puddle was too big to mark off with traffic cones.

Ferrysburg Public Works Director George Dunning said one of his employees was raking leaves off clogged drains for about an hour Tuesday.

“It was nothing major,” Dunning said. “Just a few spots along West Spring Lake Road.”

Dunning said it was pretty normal for leaves to clog drains at this time of year. “There’s nothing much you can do about it,” he said.

Public works crews will be doing something that will help, starting Monday. That's when curbside leaf collection begins. Crews will pick up leaves in Ferrysburg neighborhoods for the next three weeks.

Lessens said Thursday night's rain "might be it for the rest of the month … until we get hit with Hurricane Sandy.” He said meteorologists will be referring to the hurricane as “Frankenstorm.”

"It’s going to be unprecedented,” Lessens said. “At least on the East Coast.”

Lessens said they expect the storm in that area to be a benchmark. “For us weather geeks, this is heaven,” he said.

The Lakeshore will be on the fringe of the storm from Tuesday through Thursday next week, Lessens said. That just means it will be windy, cold and rainy, he explained.


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