T-Storm late Sat. Night/SundayMarch 17th, 2012 at 1:07 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
1:30 PM. - Back from church and a nice walk in Rogue River Park. I saw and heard woodpeckers in stereo! …one to the right of me and one to the left. The forsythia are yellow, the willows are greening up…there were a lot of people at the Rogue fishing for steelhead. There are some showers, mainly SE of a line from Battle Creek to Lansing. The satellite loop shows the upper level disturbance heading toward the SE corner of Michigan. We’ll clear out and have two very warm days Monday to Tuesday. Grand Rapids is now 13.5 degrees warmer than average for March! Interesting fact – the 3 warmest Marches were all followed by snowier than average winters. It was 82 in Traverse City today, warmer than Key West or Ft. Lauderdale, and exactly the same high as Honolulu! …and 14 degrees warmer than Yuma AZ at mid-afternoon! TVC was 25 degrees warmer than Los Angeles. That tied the warmest ever in March for TVC. It was 80 in Pellston, 78 in Gaylord and 75 in Marquette – all the warmest ever at those locations in March (though data doesn’t go back as far at these stations -Marquette started in 1961, so they missed 1910 and 1945). The warmest was Indian River at 84. 78 in G.R. – another record high temperature – the 3rd in the last 4 days, but only 60 on the beach at Muskegon and 48 at Manistique with a south wind coming down the length of Lake Michigan. Fruit Basket/Flowerland says soil temperatures are running a month ahead of average and they are starting to put down lawn applications. It’s St. Patrick’s Day and there’s a lot of green on the SPC thunderstorm outlook. Note the chance of thunderstorms for coastal California, Phoenix and Las Vegas. The air is stable now here (6:30 PM). There were storms northwest of Chicago that produced many hail reports and local flooding. There are more storms SW of Chicago, and an arc of showers/thunderstorms NE of St. Louis moving towards us. That should get here until after 2 or 3 AM. I was there at the station until nearly 4 AM Saturday looking through past data on warm Marches and what that means for the summer and next winter and I’ll have something on the blog about that later this week, so keep checking back here. Satellite Loop here. Here’s links to the current conditions, regional radar, GRR radar, northern Indiana radar, and Chicago radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s the local warning/advisory map 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 closings, the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station (which has been occasionally out of service), the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland St. Park. Check out the WOOD lightning tracker and U.S. lightning and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop and the visible loop (daytime). If you can think of any other useful links, please leave them in a comment. NOTE: I can’t wear green in front of the chroma/key screen Id love to wear a green shirt/tie…but no can do.