Monday

April 19th, 2015 at 1:33 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

    Low pressure now north of S. Ste. Marie will continue to give us scattered, mostly light showers and winds will shift to the west and increase.   Check out the regional radar and the visible satellite loop (daytime).    Mid-upper 40s for most of us this PM and through the midweek.

Also:  Here’s a nice wrap on Science Olympiad at GVSU – I am co-chair for Meteorology and I also pass out medals at the ceremony that follows the competition.  While many schools excel in Science Olympiad – a special salute to Grand Haven Public Schools for their consistent, awesome performance year-after year.

Magnitude-6.8 #earthquake strikes east of Taiwan – some injuries, no significant tsunami.   Saturday’s wildfire near LA caused by unattended cooking fire.  Hurricane activity in the North Atlantic rose from 1970 to 2005 (Katrina and Rita that year), but has decreased since 2005.   Over 17,000 MS customers and 11,800 LA customers without power after storms.  3″ long hail in Scottsburo ALSignificant snowstorm north of Lake SuperiorAccu-Weather’s “Waves of Cold” is aimed toward Flint.

Here’s Grand Rapids radar and Northern Michigan radar, NAM model 3-day snowfall forecast and GFS model 5-day snowfall forecast. Storm Total Snowfall will show the heaviest snow and Milwaukee looping radar. Regional radar and the Updated GRR NWS Short Term Discussion. More links: Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, the West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map, a surface weather map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the Maranatha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s recent storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph. Here’s Michigan wind gusts from MesoWest, data from the MAWN agricultural weather stations and Weather Underground (data at the bottom from private weather stations). Here’s the Consumers Energy Power Outage Map, Here’s www.instantweathermaps.com.


Sunday

April 19th, 2015 at 1:37 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Croton Dam 4 18 15   I snapped this picture of the Croton Dam in Newaygo Co. around mid-afternoon.  You can see some high cirrus clouds in the background.  There were a couple dozen fishermen along the river downstream from the dam.   I talked to a couple of them.  They weren’t catching much at the moment (heat of the day), but expected to see things pick up toward evening.  I talked with some guys on motorcycles and I must have seen 100 motorcycles while driving around.   I drove my wife to Newaygo for a shower.  The ladies invited me in, but it was a nice day and I would have been a little out of place….so I drove up to Croton.  I’ve been trying to walk for 30 minutes a day, so I just walked around the small town, admiring the daffodils in bloom, the greening grass, the sparkling, blue water and a pleasant, dry day.  Two fire engines went by – my first thought was a grass fire somewhere.

WOW!- look what happened on the beaches around Lake Michigan!!  First at Muskegon!  At Noon, there was a light east wind and the temp. was 67.8 – then the wind went west off the cold water and the temp. dropped to 46.9 at 1 PM – it stayed in the 40s all afternoon and was 48.9 at 6 pm – then the wind went to the east off the land and the temperature went up to 68.3 at 7 pm!  It was even more dramatic at S. Haven beach, where the temp. went from 43.7 at 6 pm to 70.9 at 7 pm.  At Michigan City, Indiana, the temperature rose 17.6 deg. from 10 pm to 11 pm (from 43.2 to 60.8) when the wind shifted from NNE off the water to E off the land!  At the Chicago crib (2.75 miles east of downtown Chicago in the lake), the temperature was 61.0 at 8 am, dropped to 47.3 at 9 am, hit a low of 40.5 at 4 pm (when most weather stations see the high for the day) and was back up to 47.7 at midnight.  The Milwaukee beach weather station had a high of 48.0 at 7 am and a low of 41.9 with a stronger east wind at 2 pm.

Check out this picture of a t-storm shelf cloud at sunset in KansasView of Prado Dam fire on approach to LAX…fire has consumed 200 acres and threatens some homes.  Over 92,000 TX customers, mostly in #DFW, without power after storms.  Saturday was the 10th day in a row with measurable rain in New Orleans – a record for April.  Here’s the severe weather outlook areas from SPC – the south getting nailed this weekend.  Here’s the severe weather reports from Sat. – centered from South Central Nebraska to Central Texas.

After two sunny, dry and warm days, changes are coming.  G.R. had high temps. of 75 on Friday and 73 on Sat.  Clouds move in and we’ll see some mainly PM/night rain showers…temperatures will be a little cooler today and still colder for Monday – Friday.  It still looks like some snow may fall with the occasional rain showers from Tues. to Thurs., as daytime temps. hang in the 40s.  I’ll update about early afternoon.  The overnight GFS-plot gives mid PM temps. (G.R.) beginning today of 65/51/45/39/42/45/46.  That looks a touch too cool, but you get the idea of what’s ahead this week.  That model gives G.R. an inch of rain from Sun. PM thru Monday, with spotty light showers (or a light rain/snow mix) for midweek.


Weekend

April 18th, 2015 at 2:02 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

ice comparison gaylord  Click on the image to enlarge.  This is a comparison of the ice cover on Lake Superior now (26.9%) vs. last year at this time (64.4%).  There’s much less ice this year that last year, which was a record late amount of ice…but we’re still well above average.  Lake Michigan is down to 5% ice cover now.  Here’s a couple interesting temperature statistics from Friday from NWS Gaylord:  – U.P. daytime high temperatures ranged from 76F at Iron Mountain to 41F at Grand Marais and Point Iroquois. – At Port Inland, the temperature dropped 21F from 1:00pm to 1:12pm EDT this afternoon as the wind turned off of  chilly Lake Michigan.  Graphic also from NWS Gaylord.   Quick Sat. midday update:  Lake Erie sets record for most ice cover ever this late in the season (April 17, too).   European mid-afternoon temperatures (overnight model run) for the next 9 days starting this (Sat.) afternoon:  70, 65, 56, 48, 43, 41, 46, 52, 52, 56.  The model gives us 4 nights next week with lows of 30-32 and upper 20s in outlying areas.  It also gives G.R. 0.6″ of snow next week.   On the good side, this will keep the severe weather activity suppressed well south of Michigan.  This pattern will also bring at least a little rain to California with the heaviest rain in the Southern U.S.   Also:  Today marks day 10 with measurable rain at New Orleans International Airport. This is a new record for consecutive rain days in April…Temperature roller coaster ride at Chicago O’Hare from 7-9 a.m. CDT, climbing 10 degrees in one hour, falling 7 degrees the next hour…Boston Marathon runners will have to run through rain and wind on Monday. Spectators, bring your rain gear…

This should be a great Saturday, weatherwise (and I hope otherwise)…partly to mostly sunny, dry with low humidity and afternoon temps. in the upper 60s to low 70s.  As winds turn to the northeast and east, temperatures will be as warm at the lakeshore as in inland areas.  It may be breezy in the PM.  This will be the last nice day for awhile.  Showers move in by Sunday PM with temperatures from 55-60.  We’ll have a stiff east wind on Sunday.  The cool air follows.  The GFS-plot gives G.R. 0.61″ of rain Sunday PM/night and another 0.06″ Monday.  The model has a strong west wind and temps. in the low 40s Tues. afternoon with 850 mb temps. cold enough for a light rain/snow mix.  The 850 mb temp. falls below 0C Monday pm and doesn’t get above zero on the GFS-plot until 4/29…so this should be an extended period of cool weather.

I am driving my wife to Newaygo for a shower this early PM – after her foot surgery, she won’t be driving for awhile…I’ll find someplace to hang for a couple hours (probably hiking somewhere), then we head to S. Olive Christian School for the annual action (I’ll take over as auctioneer for a little while in the afternoon while the auctioneer who really knows how to auctioneer takes a break).  Sunday after church and my time in the nursery, I’ll be home in the PM…but I may not post again until then. Interesting stuff in the threads below this one, check them out if you have some time.  Happy Weekend.

Also:  Here’s a list of high winds from storms in the Houston area.  Rainfall as of Fri. evening (with more to come):  2.59″ Beaumont, 1.83″ Victoria,  1.77″ Houston, 1.15″ Mineral Wells, 1.03″ San Angelo, 1.08″ Longview.  One rain gauge in Pasedena, Texas showed 3.6″ of rain in 30-minutes!   Over 94,000 customers in Texas are without power early Sat. AM.  Friday Barrow AK had a high/low of 3/-11.  The warmest temp. this month so far in Barrow is 12 and the last time they were above freezing was last Nov. 13.   Here’s a webcam from Barrow.  Click this link for current weather at the South Pole.  As I write this, the S. Pole has a temp. of -73F and a wind chill factor of -114F.  The South Pole has an average monthly temperature in the austral summer of -28°C (-18°F); in the austral winter, the average monthly temperature is -60°C (-76°F).


Cooler at the Lake

April 17th, 2015 at 7:44 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

modis lake michigan  modis lake superior Buttercups, Swamp Rogue River Park 4 17 15 Beautiful day today!  The lake-cooling is strong today.  At 5 pm, the temp. in G.R. was 75°, while the breakwater temp. at the beach in Muskegon was only 44.2°.  The S. Haven beach temp. was 51.1° and they had a west wind at 0.8 mph.  At Milwaukee’s beach, they had an east wind with a temp. of 50.9.  At the north end of Lake Michigan, Manistique had a south wind and at the south end of the lake, Michigan City had a north wind.  So air was diverging off Lake Michigan out in all directions (note the lake of cumulus clouds right at the each around the lake) and the air was sinking over Lake Michigan.  Chicago had an east wind and a temp. of 57°.  Enjoy the mild air…here’s what’s coming for next week.  That was the GFS model.  Here’s the European model, same chilly forecast for next week.

The last time G.R. had a day warmer than today was last Sept. 29.   The humidity is quite low.  At 5 pm, the humidity was just 41% in G.R., 36% at Big Rapids and a very dry 20% at Pellston.  These are two MODIS satellite pics. of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior from this afternoon.  You can see the ice left in the lake and you can still see some snow on the ground in the Keweenaw Peninsula and west of Marquette.   The picture on the right is swamp buttercups that I saw on a hike at Rogue River Park in Belmont this afternoon.  I saw many wonderful birds, including a pileated woodpecker, who was pecking away at a utility pole.  Click on the pictures here to enlarge.  Here’s the afternoon MODIS pics. (from NOAA Coastwatch) for Lake Erie, Lake Ontario (note the lack of cumulus clouds right at the shore around Lake Ontario and the “ring of cu” about 10 miles inland from the lake, on all sides with the onshore breeze moving off all sides of the lake) and Lake Huron.  Here’s an afternoon beach picture from Michigan City, Indiana looking north.  The water kind of fades into the sky.  Here’s the S. Haven pier around 6 pm.  The wind at the S. Haven pier when that picture was taken was 0.0 mph!  Not even 1/10th of a mph!  Here’s Chicago today…I found a pic. with a boat and note the haze near the ground.  Here’s Alpena with someone out fishin’.    Here’s sunrise from a new camera on Thunder Bay Island near Alpena.

Earthworms rain down in Norway14″ of new snow at Thunder Lodge…A spotter 45 mi NW of Ft Collins just reported a storm total of 49 inches of snow, with very heavy snow continuing…daffodils in Central Park…6.8 magnitude earthquake in the Fiji region…Northern Lights visible in N. Wisconsin.  Didn’t see anyone report seeing the aurora in our area.   CFSv2 forecasting moderate to strong El Nino for next winter.  Either way, next winter should be warmer than the past two winters in the Great Lakes and Northeast.  This would also give California above average rainfall.  Here’s current severe weather watches…today’s storm reports…and convective outlooks.


Warmest Day of 2015

April 17th, 2015 at 12:12 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Great Lakes Snow CoverLake Erie Ice 4 15 15 Tim Hoffman near Ashtabula OH   814temp.new On the left, we have snow cover that’s left in the U.P. (and melting relatively fast). Snow cover reports Thurs. included 15″ south of Munising, 11″ Big Bay, 9″ Halfway Lake, 8″ near Ishpeming and 5″ at S. Ste. Marie. I didn’t hear from the area south of Grand Marais, where I bet there are some north slopes in the woods that still have 2 feet on the ground. On the right is ice in Lake Erie on 4/15 east of Cleveland (from Tim Hoffman). Speaking of snow, check out Coors Field in Denver (play ball!).  Look at the snow that’s falling in the Colorado RockiesUp to 18″ of snow has fallen in Wyoming.  Look at the 45-vehicle pile-up on I-80 west of Cheyenne.  Look at the snowstorm forecast for Maine!  If you think that’s crazy, look at this!  Wow, 10 FEET of snow in 5 days!  Snow coming to N. Minnesota with at least flurries for N. Wisconsin and the U.P.  An unusual late season snowfall in Lebanon – with snow down to 1300 ft. elevation.  Freeze warning Friday morning for SE Arizona.  Cold to cause power blackouts in South Africa.  I would encourage the people of S. Africa to play SimCity.  Snow in EgyptApril snow in Turkey.   “An unseasonably early dump of snow” in New ZealandSnowstorm in Argentina.  ”  The governor’s office and the State Civil Protection Unit are issuing a declaration of emergency in 16 municipalities affected by snow and hail”.  Up to 8″ of snow fell in Mexico.   A recap of the snow and cold in New England this past winter.    ” Looking back through accounts of big snows in New England by the late weather historian David Ludlum, it appears for the eastern areas, this winters snowblitz may have delivered the most snow since perhaps 1717.”  Grapes in N.Y damaged by “coldest winter in 80 years“.  Rare snowfall April snow in Greece. “We are here 20 years and I do not remember ever snow has fallen in April in the Plateau,”  says a local resident. “This is something unprecedented. It is very cold and this morning the thermometer showed -3C.”  Up to 30″ of snow fell in the highest elevations of Macedonia.  From the Duluth News:  “Ice coverage on eastern Lake Superior has hamstrung ship traffic, with 18 vessels waiting last week Wednesday in Whitefish Bay to move through a soup of ice 8 feet thick in some places, with slabs of ice as big as pickup trucks.  “This is just crazy how much ice we have out there; we’ve had 35 square miles of ice descend upon and affix itself (to existing ice),” said Mark Gill, director of vessel traffic services for the U.S. Coast Guard.  Look at this.  Two men walked 50 miles across Georgian Bay, possibly the first ever to do that!  After record snow, ski areas in Norway may stay open into MaySalt Lake City had 10″ of snow Weds., more than they had all winter up to Weds.!

Could an icy volcano along the China/Korea border be closer to erupting?  The Northern Lights were out in the U.P. Weds. evening. Another pic. hereMuch-needed rain in Texas and the Southern Plains.  Here’s the latest severe weather outlooks from the Storm Prediction Center117 severe reports on Thurs., including 9 tornadoes (at least a couple of those look like duplicates).  Here’s the Sayre OK tornadoDistant twister near Allison TX.  Hail up to 3″ in diameter was reported.   11,000 customers in Texas were without power due to the storms.  Nice sunset in CA.  Live cow on I-59 near Atalla AL.   6.1 earthquake strikes 29 mi SW of Karpathos, Greece.   N. Illinois tornado track seen from space.   50 million dollars worth of silver recovered from shipwreck!   Flood in CordovaHailstorm in Israel.

We made 70° today in G.R. for the first time in 2015.  It’s been mild, with 10 of 16 days in the 60s.  G.R. is 2° warmer than average for April, BUT we are still a whopping 5.4° COLDER than average for 2015.  On the right above we have the Climate Prediction Center 8-14 day outlook, with a good chance of cooler than average temperatures over much of the country, centered right over Michigan.  The 8-14 day precipitation outlook is on the dry side.    On the good side, it looks like the tulips will put on a spectacular show in early May in Holland.


Few Mostly Light Showers

April 16th, 2015 at 3:18 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

  Look for scattered, mainly light showers today…less than 1/4″ and many areas less than 1/10th inch.  The clouds and showers will hold PM temps. around 55-60.  We’ll be dry and back into the upper 60s to low 70s Friday and Saturday.  Showers arrive again on Sunday and it turns cooler next week.  It’s not impossible that you could see a snowflake or two mixing in by Tues. night/early Weds. (best bet for that north of Newaygo Co.  Lots of links here and in the thread below this one…Happy Thursday!

Here’s Grand Rapids radar and Northern Michigan radar, NAM model 3-day snowfall forecast and GFS model 5-day snowfall forecast. Storm Total Snowfall will show the heaviest snow and Milwaukee looping radar. Regional radar and the Updated GRR NWS Short Term Discussion. More links: Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, the West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map, a surface weather map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the Maranatha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s recent storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph. Here’s Michigan wind gusts from MesoWest, data from the MAWN agricultural weather stations and Weather Underground (data at the bottom from private weather stations). Here’s the Consumers Energy Power Outage Map, Here’s www.instantweathermaps.com.


East Wind – Milder at W. MI Beaches

April 15th, 2015 at 10:26 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

muskegon glerl  chicago glerl apn glerl We’ve enjoyed a twin-spin of beautiful days.  The east wind today meant it was as warm at Lake Michigan as it was inland and that it was cooler on the west side of Lake Michigan.  The high temperature reached 66 today in G.R. and the high was also 66 at the beach in Muskegon.  The air crosses the cold lake and the high today at the Milwaukee beach was 46.6.  The high temperature at the S. Haven beach was 67 and the high temperature at the beach in Chicago was 47.  Alpena with an east wind off Lake Huron had a high temp. of 43.   These are 3 pics. from the GLERL cameras (from NOAA Coastwatch).   On the left, we have sunset at Muskegon.  In a matter of days the sun will be setting farther north to the right of this shot.  In the middle we have Chicago and on the right we have a late day pic. from Alpena.  Note there are several boats in the Muskegon pic. (note to self – time to start the boating forecast) and there is a boat in the Alpena pic…but no boats in the Chicago pic.  I looked thru the entire movie of hourly pics. from Chicago and didn’t see a boat all day.   Hope you’re enjoying the mild weather, it’s going to get chilly again next week.

Old man winter is roaring in northern Utah.  Downtown Salt Lake City had 4″ of snow, but the heaviest totals were in the mountains to the east.  Snowbird reports a whopping 40″ of snow in 24 hours!   They have 95″ of snow on the ground!  Nearby Alta had 29″ of new snow in 24 hoursHeavy snow has moved east into Wyoming and Colorado.  As I write this about 10:15 pm – there have been no tornadoes in the U.S. today (again).   We’ve had about 60 storm reports in the U.S. highlighted by baseball-sized hail at Kenner LA and an 85 mph wind gust at Sherman KS.  At the current time, the forecast for the Boston Marathon is cloudy with a chance of showers.  It’s not a tornado.   Another pic. of canola fields in N. AlabamaGlobally, hurricane activity remains lowHere in the U.S. (and globally), tornado activity is well below average (and has been for 3 years).  First 70-deg. day in NYC on Weds.  Much-needed rain to the Central Plains…heavy rain along the Gulf Coast…it stays dry in N. Dakota.

I am off this week, but home – I was up early for a radio interview Weds. morning.  I got out to get some new clothes, which should start seeing soon (alterations now), then came back and made dinner.  I went for a 30-minute walk in Johnson Park.  I did grocery shopping yesterday, I’ve been doing the cats (we have 2) and I’ve been sending postcards to my mother in TN.  I try and send her about 3-4 post cards a week.  I’ll take my wife out to dinner Thurs. night (first time I’ve used a handicapped space) and Saturday night, I’ll drive her to a shower in Newaygo and then to the auction at S. Olive Christian School (Ottawa Co.).  I’m one of the auctioneers.  Lots of bargains if you’re in the area.  The schools on 120th just south of Port Sheldon.


Wednesday

April 15th, 2015 at 12:08 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

utah accident    High winds tipped over semis and blew dust/sand across I-80 in Utah, causing several accidents, including an accident that involved at least 6 semis and 11 passenger vehicles.  That accident resulted in one fatality and at least 25 injured (16 transported).  Wind gusts topped 90 mph in higher elevationsWind-whipped wildfires destroyed several buildings.  Colder air roared in on the strong winds.  The temperature at Salt Lake City fell 40 degrees in 4 hours from 76 to 36. (pic. from KSL).   Tues. night, Salt Lake City picked up an inch of snow!  That’s more snow than they had in January and February combined!

Also – Tornado touches down at Community College west of Portland, OregonChicago ties record low relative humidity at 13%.  Look at the low relatively humidities in the U.P. Tues. PM.  Note the driest days have come in April with higher sun and before we get a lot of transpiration from the leaves.  The MODIS satellite pic. from Tues. shows what’s left of the snow cover in the U.P. and the ice on Lake Superior and Lake Michigan.  Here’s snow south of Grand Marais last weekend.   Neat pic. of the sun “drawing water” over a canola fieldDouble-check the spelling on those weather graphicsStrong Santa Ana winds up to 60 mph forecast near Los Angeles.  Here’s S. CA wind gustsNext 7 days, South Soaked, California stays dry.  Definitely cooler near Lake Michigan Tues. PM – high in G.R. was 68, high at Holland St. Park 44.6 at 7:48 pm.   Sunset at the Grand CanyonSignificant snow coming to the Colorado Rockies.  Now this is an ugly-looking skyWildfires in Siberia – 23 fatalities.  Great Lakes Ice Cover 4/14 evening = 20% (Michigan 5.8%, Superior 28.2%, Huron 23.3%, Erie 27.3%, Ontario 3.3%).    Check out this golf shot!


Tuesday

April 14th, 2015 at 3:14 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

814temp.newStorm Reports  Two nice days…mostly sunny today…partly sunny (some pm clouds) on Weds.   The evening GFS MOS gives G.R. highs of 69 for today and tomorrow (cooler today near Lake Michigan).  We’ll have a chance of showers on Thurs. and then probably not again until Sunday PM or Sunday night.  Mild into the weekend, but cooler next week…on the left we have the 8-14 day forecast for April 21-27 with the U.S. back to the winter pattern of warm in the West, cool in the East except for the far Southeast (Florida stays warm).  It’s too early to plant anything frost sensitive.

On the right we have the tornado count this year compared to recent years.  Thru 4/12 we’ve had 98 tornadoes in the U.S.  That compares to an average thru 4/12 of 211 and an all-time minimum of 73 to date.  This (so far) is the third consecutive year with a low number of tornadoes.  The preliminary count for yesterday shows no tornadoes, 13 severe hail reports and 5 wind damage reports, another relatively quiet day for severe weather.

I’m off again today.  Thanks to Ellen for filling in for me yesterday.  I took my wife to a dr. appt. (I have a dr. appt. today).  I got my taxes done and mailed yesterday.  I drove my wife on an errand or two (with her foot surgery, she won’t be driving for at least 4 weeks) and we did manage to get out for dinner.

Also:   Severe weather reports in MI for the last five yearsradar loop of the tornadic storms over N. Illinois last Thurslots of ice left around the Mac. BridgeU.S. lightning yesterday…mainly central U.S., the South (esp. S. Texas) and northeast Mexico…it’s severe weather safely week


Monday

April 13th, 2015 at 2:50 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

  I’ll put radar and the usual links at the top of the blog with the showers (maybe a t-shower) coming thru this morning.  The GFS model has the chance of rain in G.R. at 100% before 2 pm and 0% after 2 am.  Skies may at least partially clear about mid-late afternoon.  The GFS MOS gives G.R. highs of 65, 70 and 66 over the next 3 days – very pleasant.  The latest GRR NWS discussion is pretty good.  A little warmer than average this week, colder than average the following week.

I drove up to see the damage at the house on Sparta Ave.  The family there was most pleasant and encouraged the NWS (and you, Jacob G.) to come on the property to look around.  The family was out-of-town and not there when the storm came through Thurs. night.  There was some tree damage across the street.  There were trees down, building damage (large shed destroyed), siding up in trees and debris strewn across the field in back of the house, probably for 1/4 mile all the way to a neighboring blueberry patch.   Most of the damage went in one direction, at least one tree fell at about 40 deg. different.  3.5 magnitude e-quake near Los Angeles.  Texas bluebonnets at sunsetLots of bluebonnetsPicture of the “green flash” (at the second before total sunset).

Tornado and Damage pics. from N. Illinois Thursday PM.  More than 14,000 customers without power in central and Deep South TX after heavy storms.

Here’s Grand Rapids radar and Northern Michigan radar, NAM model 3-day snowfall forecast and GFS model 5-day snowfall forecast. Storm Total Snowfall will show the heaviest snow and Milwaukee looping radar. Regional radar and the Updated GRR NWS Short Term Discussion. More links: Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, the West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map, a surface weather map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the Maranatha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s recent storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph. Here’s Michigan wind gusts from MesoWest, data from the MAWN agricultural weather stations and Weather Underground (data at the bottom from private weather stations). Here’s the Consumers Energy Power Outage Map, Here’s www.instantweathermaps.com.