First, if you had not heard, Fred Meijer passed away Friday evening after suffering a stroke earlier in the day. My personal and family sympathies to Lena and the Meijer family. Fred lived modestly for someone of means. The most striking feature of his house were the beautiful flowers that Lena planted. He gave much back to the community…from the Meijer Gardens to the Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center to the Meijer bicycle trails. When I started at WZZM, the station produced Meijer commercials once a week, with Frank Jay as the man who said “Why Pay More”. The studio crew would wait to see if there was any food items left when the commercials were done. Once I almost ran Fred over as I raced to the booth to read a severe weather warning. We were at dozens of events together, often fundraisers for the community. Here’s Fred and Lena decorating a tree at the Meijer Gardens last year. West Michigan will benefit from his generosity for many decades to come.
Saturday night: I’m off this week (heading to Tennessee to see my mother and sister), so posts will be few and far between. Gas is as cheap as $2.94 in Ohio along I-75. It’s still in the upper 50s here in Dry Ridge, KY. at midnight Sat. night. Showers are likely across the entire area as a cold front comes through this Sunday morning. Behind the front, it’ll be a chilly day on Sunday with a few light rain showers (not impossible that some wet snow will mix in). Temperatures late Sunday PM will likely only be in the mid-upper 30s. There is a chance of snow with the system Tuesday night/early Weds. (though I’d like it a couple degrees colder at 850mb – the current GFS takes us to -3 – borderline for snow…but it is later in the season). and a chance of snow showers on Thurs. PM/Night. It’s also showing what could be significant snow about 12/5. Here’s radar and links: current Grand Rapids NWS radar, Regional Radar, GRR Zone Forecasts, lightning for our area and national lightning data. Here’s the latest visible satellite loop, current U.S. severe t-storm and tornado watches, current meso-discussions, and today’s storm reports from SPC. Here’s Storm total rainfall, Milwaukee radar, Chicago radar, current Michigan conditions, and the National warning/watch/advisory 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 a surface weather map, infrared satellite loop (day or nighttime). To report hail, strong winds or other severe weather to Storm Team 8, call 1-800-8WOODTV. Side note – last year (also a La Nina year) we had half our season snowfall between February 1-26.