Tuesday PMMarch 14th, 2012 at 2:09 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
8:30 PM – A high of 80° in G.R….we more than doubled the overnight low of 38°, warmest day of the year. This is a record high temperatures for March 14th, and the warmest day EVER this early in the year, also the earliest 80-degree temperature ever in G.R. It hit 80° in Kalamazoo, Ionia and 81 in S. Haven and Benton Harbor. Both Wellston (29° to 79°) and Traverse City (31° to 81°) had temperature rises of 50 degrees today! We finally popped a few cumulus clouds in the late afternoon as the dewpoints come up. It was cooler near Lake Michigan. The Muskegon Beach weather station had a high of 57.5° at noon. It was just 46° at mid-afternoon up in Escanaba where the south wind is coming down the length of the lake. There is a chance of a thundershower late tonight (not early evening) and tomorrow. SPC has us in the thunderstorm outlook. At 8 PM there are a couple strong storms on the St. Louis radar. Wind fields are weaker, so the chance of severe is fairly small. They had a pretty strong 6.9 magnitude earthquake about 140 miles east of northern Japan.