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NWS Doppler Radar in Grand Rapids back online after being knocked out by lightning

The radar was out of service for three days following Tuesday's storms.
Credit: WZZM

UPDATE 9/10/2021: After three days, the NWS Doppler Radar in Grand Rapids is back online, according to the NWS. 


The Doppler Radar that is used to track weather in West Michigan was struck by lightning and put out of service Tuesday afternoon. 

Many forecasters utilize the National Weather Service's radar, including 13 ON YOUR SIDE. 

Now, the NWS and 13 ON YOUR SIDE are using a composite of radar images from Detroit, Chicago and northern Indiana to continue to track the storm system rolling through the area. 

Don't be surprised if you see heavier rainfall than what radar is indicating. 

The National Weather Service's Grand Rapids office said technicians are investigating. 

Severe Weather Threat Continues This Afternoon

WATCH LIVE: We are tracking severe storms at this hour in #WestMichigan, and the threat will continue into this evening. Meteorologist Michael Behrens has details on the storms. #13OYS #MiWX #WMiWX ➡️Radar: https://www.wzzm13.com/radar ➡️Story: https://bit.ly/3n8G9Rl

Posted by 13 On Your Side on Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Here are a few tips to help you prepare before storms impact our area. 


You should have a way to receive weather alerts such as a NOAA weather radio. 

If you have an iPhone, go to:

  • Settings
  • Notifications
  • Scroll to the bottom to Government Alerts
  • Turn on Emergency Alerts and Public Safety Alerts

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