Heat Wave Continues

March 18th, 2012 at 9:57 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

   A couple of pictures from ReportIt.  The first is the Lake Michigan beach (lots of waders) from Nels and on the right, apricot trees in blossom in Fennville from Sidona.  Another record high of 75 for Grand Rapids.  That’s three record highs in the last four days and at least three more to come.  It’s not just the low temperatures.  We’re breaking the record high minimum temperatures by 10 degrees.  We’ll reach 80 tomorrow and 82 on Tuesday.  The all-time record high temperature for March is 82, set 3 times – in 1910, 1938 and 1945.  The NAM model gives G.R. 84 on Tues. and that could happen.  If it’s mostly sunny on Weds., we’ll be 82-84, though I think some clouds will approach by then.  Grand Rapids is now 14.4 degrees above average for the month of March.   Unbelievably warm high temperatures Sunday:  74 in Montreal, Canada, 79 at Intl. Falls MN, 88 at Huron S.D., 82 at Traverse City.  As I write this (9:50 PM EDT), not a single reporting station in Hawaii has been as warm as Traverse City this Sunday!!  Traverse City was also warmer than Key West and Palm Beach Fl.   The cold, rain and snow is out west.  Phoenix AZ had a high of 56 and up to 1/2″ of rain.  Snowfall in Arizona:  Prescott 10″, Grand Canyon 10″ (with 25″ of snow on the ground – North Rim, Flagstaff 12″, Williams 16″, Bellemont 16.5″,  Munds Park 18″.  There were two dozen reports of pea-marble sized hail in Arizona today.  Los Vegas had a windy, cold high of 54 Sunday and Los Angeles struggled to 55.  Kentfield CA has had 11.17″ of rain in the past week and San Francisco has received 2.95″.  Topping the list is a 19.96″ weekly total at Scott Creek CA.  The Kirkwood Ski Area reports 66″ of new snow in the past 3 days.  Up to 14″ of snow fell in the hills east of San Diego.  Alta Utah had 16″ of snow with 94 mph wind gusts at Snowbasin UT.   It’s still cold in Alaska with Nuiqsut at -45 this morning.  Barrow bottomed out at -30 and Fairbanks dipped to -27.

152 Responses to “Heat Wave Continues”

  1. bluegill says:

    Last Sunday we were snowshoeing (Grand Traverse County). Today my son went swimming in East Grand Traverse Bay (Elk Rapids). What a week!

    1. bruiseviolet (rockford) says:

      Wow, that’s amazing! p.s. Heard Bill mention your comment on the evening weather yesterday =)

  2. That image of the beach looks like something you’d see in the summer. Just amazing weather we’ve had.

    1. bruiseviolet (rockford) says:

      I agree Charles. Yesterday after dinner we took the kids to the Ice Cream Shop- and it did feel like a summer evening.

      1. GunLakeDeb says:

        Let’s face it – we’d be thrilled to have a JUNE that feels this nice…..LOL!!!!

        1. Now I want ice cream! Lol. Let’s hope June is this good or better!

  3. Brad says:

    I have to say, this is unprecedented heat. Magnolias are coming into flower when crocuses have barely been out of the ground one week. Crazy!

    1. Steelie says:

      Good Day,

      Near Breton and 52nd… My Crocus blossoms have already run their course! Wysteria out in full force in the neighborhood…


  4. Scott (west olive) says:

    I don’t want to go to work Monday! Too nice out to be inside. :(

  5. Brad says:

    I see those kinda-intelligent folks at MIT published a study on warming recently: http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2009/05/20/204131/mit-doubles-global-warming-projections-2/

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Think Progress? That’s another George Soros funded group headed up by Faiz Shakir, who’s major claim to fame was trying to get the mosque built at ground zero. Since you like those “kinda-intelligent” folks at M.I.T., read this: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703939404574567423917025400.html Dr. Lindzen is the past head of the Dept. of Atmospheric Science at M.I.T.

      1. Kevin says:

        Funny how they have a car ad on this poorly written nonsense..

      2. JoAnne says:

        You’re one to knock sources Bill. LOL.

      3. Brad says:

        Bill, Think Progress is not the author of the MIT study. Next time I will be more careful to find a conservative link (I like to use Fox News links whenever possible).

      4. Adam says:

        Let’s get this straight- first off, Lindzen isn’t a climatologist, he is a meteorologist. He is in no way qualified to make assessments on our current climatological situation. Next, why would anybody have anything to gain by promoting awareness of climate change. Seems to me big oil would have a lot more to gain by trying to deny it! Check this out:
        It’s funny, if you ever want to get Bill to personally respond to you all you have to do is type the words “global warming” or “climate change.” If you want real scientific research all you have to do is google IPCC, AAAS, ACS, AGU, AIBS, AMS, ASA, ASPB, or any other reputable scientific organization. Here’s a link to 18 of them:
        Even the American Meteorological Society is in agreement on this one!

        1. RUSS IN GR says:

          Adam –

          Richard Lindzen is an atmospheric physicist who happens to teach a course in meteorology at M.I.T. He has published papers on a wide range of topics concerning atmospheric dynamics. He is considered a formidable intellect even by those who disagree with him. You would do well to not write him off because you disagree with his point of view.

        2. Poptech says:

          Please provide the objective criteria to define a “climatologist”. You will find that it has nothing to do with their education as many prominent alarmist scientists do not have degrees in climatology,

          Gavin Schmidt, Ph.D. Applied Mathematics
          James Annan, D.Phil. Mathematics
          James Hansen, Ph.D. Physics
          James Lovelock, Ph.D. Medicine
          Joe Romm, Ph.D. Physics
          John Holden, Ph.D. Theoretical Plasma Physics
          Joshua B. Halpern, Ph.D. Physics
          Kerry Emanuel, Ph.D. Meteorology
          Kevin Trenberth, Sc.D. Meteorology
          Lonnie Thompson, Ph.D. Geological Science
          Michael Mann, Ph.D. Geology
          Michael Oppenheimer, Ph.D. Chemical Physics
          Michael Tobis, Ph.D. Atmospheric and Oceanic Science
          Naomi Oreskes, Ph.D. History of Science
          Phil Jones, Ph.D. Hydology
          Rajendra Pachauri, Ph.D. Industrial Engineering (IPCC Chairman, 2007-Present)
          Richard Alley, Ph.D. Geology
          Richard C. J. Somerville, Ph.D. Meteorology
          Robert Watson, Ph.D. Chemistry (IPCC Chairman, 1997-2002)
          Stefan Rahmstorf, Ph.D. Oceanography
          Steven Schneider, Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering and Plasma Physics
          Susan Solomon, Ph.D. Chemistry

          Dr. Lindzen is a highly credentialed climate scientist,

          Richard S. Lindzen, A.B. Physics Magna Cum Laude, Harvard University (1960); S.M. Applied Mathematics, Harvard University (1961); Ph.D. Applied Mathematics, Harvard University (1964); Research Associate in Meteorology, University of Washington (1964-1965); NATO Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institute for Theoretical Meteorology, University of Oslo (1965-1966); Research Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research (1966-1967); Visiting Lecturer in Meteorology, UCLA (1967); NCAR Outstanding Publication Award (1967); AMS Meisinger Award (1968); Associate Professor and Professor of Meteorology, University of Chicago (1968-1972); Summer Lecturer, NCAR Colloquium (1968, 1972, 1978); AGU Macelwane Award (1969); Visiting Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, Tel Aviv University (1969); Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (1970-1976); Gordon McKay Professor of Dynamic Meteorology, Harvard University (1972-1983); Visiting Professor of Dynamic Meteorology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1975); Lady Davis Visiting Professor, Department of Meteorology, The Hebrew University (1979); Director, Center for Earth and Planetary Physics, Harvard University (1980-1983); Robert P. Burden Professor of Dynamical Meteorology, Harvard University (1982-1983); AMS Charney Award (1985); Vikram Amblal Sarabhai Professor, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India (1985); Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship (1986-1987); Distinguished Visiting Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA (1988-Present); Sackler Visiting Professor, Tel Aviv University (1992); Landsdowne Lecturer, University of Victoria (1993); Bernhard Haurwitz Memorial Lecturer, American Meteorological Society (1997); Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Fellow, American Geophysical Union; Fellow, American Meteorological Society; Member, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters; Member, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society; Member, National Academy of Sciences; ISI Highly Cited Researcher; Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1983-Present); Lead Author, IPCC (2001)

    2. michael g (SE GR) says:

      Yep, look how warm it is. All the way up to -.15* C for the year to date. It’s out of control!!


      1. Adam says:

        Yeah, too bad that map only goes back to 1981! Greenhouse gases have been rapidly increasing for over 50 years. Also, did you notice the extreme temperature jumps at the north pole on your map?

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          The Arctic icecap is growing – greatest extent since at least 2004. From Nov. 2006 to Nov. 2011, the Arctic icecap grew by more than the size of the state of Wisconsin. It’s now within one standard deviation of normal.

        2. Brad says:

          Bill, are you referring to growth of first-year ice? Of course, with significant meltback, there is room for significant temporary growth. The icecaps and glaciers are melting, and sea levels are rising.

        3. Bill Steffen says:

          The Antarctic ice has been growing for nearly 30 years: http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/IMAGES/seaice.anomaly.antarctic.png It didn’t even get back to normal this summer! And is well above average (hardly looks like a global warming disaster, you must admit). The ice at the North Pole looks like it’s back pretty close to average: http://arctic-roos.org/observations/satellite-data/sea-ice/observation_images/ssmi1_ice_area.png. And not everything you read about melting glaciers is correct: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jan/20/ipcc-himalayan-glaciers-mistake http://www.iceagenow.com/List_of_Expanding_Glaciers.htm

        4. Brad says:

          Bill, your argument amounts to telling a cancer patient to stay positive because, although six of his tumors are increasing, two other tumors, small ones at that, are stable or decreasing. This is crazy logic, my man!

        5. Bill Steffen says:

          The cancer is going away! The Antarctic ice is increasing rapidly and is ABOVE AVERAGE! http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/IMAGES/seaice.anomaly.antarctic.png It’s no wonder sea level dropped in 2010 with the ice accumulation in the Antarctic. The Arctic icecap has also grown significantly: http://arctic-roos.org/observations/satellite-data/sea-ice/observation_images/ssmi1_ice_ext.png That red line is moving toward the dotted line of average! Global temperatures have leveled off since the turn of the century: http://stevengoddard.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/trend-24.png From Dr. Judith Curry of the BEST group at Berkeley: Prof Curry said, the project’s research data show there has been no increase in world temperatures since the end of the Nineties – a fact confirmed by a new analysis that The Mail has obtained.

          ‘There is no scientific basis for saying that warming hasn’t stopped,’ she said. ‘To say that there is detracts from the credibility of the data, which is very unfortunate.’

          NASA IR data shows the warm air over N. America, but the globe taken as a whole is cooler than average: https://twitter.com/#!/BigJoeBastardi/status/182322378800496641/photo/1/large

          700 fatalities from cold this winter in Eastern Europe: http://www.examiner.com/europe-travel-in-cleveland/heavy-snow-damages-colosseum-many-european-countries-under-snow-and-ice

          Bitter cold and snowy winter in Alaska: http://articles.boston.com/2012-03-17/news/31205384_1_snow-disposal-sites-city-crews-arctic-oscillation

          Coldest winter in 15 years in Afghanistan: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-28/children-freeze-to-death-in-afghanistan/3856178

          Australia’s “coldest summer in decades”: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/8965155/Cold-Australian-summer-sees-swimwear-profits-plummet.html

          Snow in Africa: http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/rare-snows-in-north-africa/61172

          “Cooler than Average” summer in New Zealand: http://www.freshplaza.com/news_detail.asp?id=94189

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          The first two maps that Adam linked to do not use the current 1981-2010 average. They use either 1961-1990 or 1971-2000. That’s done on purpose. When you use the coldest decades of the 20th century, the comparison looks scarier. Scarier maps mean more funding from taxpayers and a government that runs up an unsustainable 1.7 TRILLION dollar deficit this year in “peacetime”. As to the third link in his comment…everyone agrees global temperature warmed a little in the 80s and 90s. Some of the warming has been because of urbanization of weather stations (http://www.google.com/search?q=weather+station+siting+warming&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a) and at least some (really most) was due to natural factors (combination of warm PDO and warm AMO). Global temperatures have leveled off now that we have a cold PDO. http://stevengoddard.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/trend-24.png

        2. Adam says:

          The report is the largest and most detailed summary of the climate change situation ever undertaken, produced by thousands of authors, editors, and reviewers from dozens of countries, citing over 6,000 peer-reviewed scientific studies.
          Yes, I agree the 1.7 trillion deficit is unsustainable. So is dependance on a non-renewable resource that is heating up our planet. Has anyone here been taxed for climate change? Oh, didn’t think so. I linked over 100 years of temp anomalies from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and all you got is “urbanization of weather stations” and “natural factors?” How about actual peer-reviewed scientific papers (not funded by big oil) that disprove climatic change? There is no debate among climatologists that this is real. Actually, America is the only place in the world that there is any sort of “debate” about this. Once again, here is the link to 18 US scientific organizations
          supporting climate change theory:

        3. Adam says:

          Here is proof that climate change is real:

        4. Brad says:

          Bill, can you point me to the climate model that attributes a century+ warming trend to cyclical patterns?

        5. Bill Steffen says:

          Sure there’s debate among climatologists…Reid Bryson, Judith Curry, William Gray, John Christy, Pat Michaels, David Stooksbury, David Legates, George Taylor? Many people on the IPCC panel are not even scientists much less climatologists, and some on the panel disagreed with the panels conclusions. The head of the IPCC is an economist. The truth is that the global climate has stopped warming: http://stevengoddard.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/trend-24.png The Antarctic ice is growing: http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/images/daily_images/S_timeseries.png Arctic ice is increasing: http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/plots/icecover/icecover_current.png (Barrow is having their coldest March since 1974).

          Dr. Judith Curry of the BEST group at Berkeley said the project’s research data show there has been no increase in world temperatures since the end of the Nineties – a fact confirmed by a new analysis of HadCRUT data.

          ‘There is no scientific basis for saying that warming hasn’t stopped,’ she said. ‘To say that there is detracts from the credibility of the data, which is very unfortunate.’

        6. Adam says:

          Yeah, the problem with your graph on sea ice is it’s just that-sea ice and not land ice. Big difference.


        7. Adam says:

          As a matter of fact, all of your skeptic science can be easily debunked on http://www.skepticalscience.com/

          The finding that the climate has warmed in recent decades and that human activities are already contributing adversely to global climate change has been endorsed by every national science academy that has issued a statement on climate change, including the science academies of all of the major industrialized countries.

          Must be a conspiracy theory!

        8. Bill Steffen says:

          The increase in sea ice just in past year has been greater than the size of the state of Wyoming in Antarctica and greater than the size of the state of Wisconsin in the last 6 years in the Arctic. Land ice hasn’t decreased a tiny fraction of that amount in the last year/six years.

        9. Adam says:

          That’s because it’s sea ice. Sea ice grows and melts every year. Land ice doesn’t.

        10. Bill Steffen says:

          Sea ice is increasing at both Poles because it’s colder at both Poles. Any presumed decrease (and presumed is a big word…note how the IPCC has had to back off their claim of ice melting in the Himalayas) is less than a drop in the bucket compared to the increase in ice at the poles (and Antarctia is land ice!!

        11. Adam says:

          So global warming must be a global conspiracy. Thousands of Scientists and organizations conspiring together. And this benefits them how?

        12. Brad says:

          It’s time to account for all costs of doing business- that means paying for environmental contamination in the form of CO2 emission. The “free market” folks always look to socialize costs and privatize benefits.

        13. Poptech says:

          Brad, you are confusing free-market capitalism with crony capitalism, please do not make that mistake in the future.

        14. Bill Steffen says:

          CO2 is NOT causing catastrophic warming! Did you take the time to look at my links??? The Arctic ice is increasing..the Antarctic ice is increasing rapidly…the average temperature of the Earth today is COOLER THAN AVERAGE. La Nina and the cold PDO are leaving their mark. Why do you want to kill tens of thousands of jobs pursuing bankrupt boondoggles like Solyndra? Why do you insist on bankrupting the country with 1.7 trillion dollar deficits each year…obligations that can not and will not ever be met even if you confiscate all the money from people making over 250K a year? Do the math! Hundreds of billions of dollars wasted on solar energy schemes that create no energy…giving tax breaks to the rich (average income 165K) who purchase Chevy Volts. Communist countries where the government controls everything have been abysmal failures. Why would you want all corporations in the hands of the government? Why do you want utility rates to “skyrocket”? Why does our energy secretary want gasoline prices to rise to European levels ($9 a gallon)? That would kill the economy, cause massive job layoffs and really hurt the poor, the middle class, the elderly and children.

      2. Brad says:

        LOL…Bastardi. Where are his papers on climate published?

        1. michael g (SE GR) says:

          So, if he hasn’t published a paper it changes the output of the CFS?

        2. Bill Steffen says:

          He’s an operational meteorologist. It’s not his job to sit around and write papers. How much operational meteorology has come from peer-reviewed papers? How many of NASA’s top scientists have never published a peer-reviewed paper. LOL! The warmingistas are afraid to debate him and with good reason. It’ll be very interesting to see if his research on 400 mb temperatures and tornado outbreaks proves to be true.

          I’d love to see you debate him, Brad. What about Craig James…are you up for that if I could get Craig to do it? Or if we could get Dr. Spencer to come to G.R. We could set it up at a local college. Or Anthony Watts, or Pat Michaels?

  6. Herb (SE Muskegon Township) says:

    When I was out driving tonight, I almost thought I was in Florida.

  7. Derek says:

    hey bill,

    i was in San Bernardino, CA last night. And when I left at 2 am, it was snowing! There was about an inch that fell fairly quick and covered the ground. And i’m not talking in the mountains! It was 28 degrees outside!

  8. Yup (Grandville) says:

    My aunt and uncle live in prescott, saw some great pictures of the snow we didn’t get this past winter :)

  9. michael g (SE GR) says:

    Hey fix, look at what the Japanese model is forecasting for us this summer. MMmmmm, nice and cool. At least you would have a lot of complaining to look forward to.


    1. Stephen says:

      I would be very very happy about that since i work outdoors.

    2. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      The summer of 1945 was on the cool side, so that is a possibility for sure.

    3. fixxxer says:

      they said this last year too and look how it turned out.

      1. fixxxer says:

        bill said an average summer, whatever that means.

        1. fixxxer says:

          but nice “attempt” at baiting mikey!

        2. Yup (Grandville) says:

          Looks like it worked, you replied multiple times! LOL.

        3. fixxxer says:

          that’s because there is no edit button on here.

  10. INDY says:

    Going for a high og 86* hot today out at the YARDofBRICKS!!! Thee pool is ready the sprites are cold and the grill is on fire!!! ARE U READY??? INDYY!

    1. bruiseviolet (rockford) says:

      HahA- indy i HAVE these images in my mind of you out on a lawn chair, with a case of sprites sitting by the pool with a big blob of white sunscreen across your nose. I don’t think it will reach 86° today- lol

      1. INDY says:

        THATS ME lololoo!!

  11. Bernie (Da Original) says:

    I can’t help to wonder what kind of weather will end this heat wave. A record breaking windstorm perhaps?
    I’ll bet there is a huge demand for weather shelters in the tornado belt!
    Lake Michigan will warm really fast with these sunny days and warm nightime lows. The bubble could be gone by memorial day if this keeps up setting us up for a very stormy summer.

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      While warmer then average for this time of year (most years there is still a lot of ice on the lakes) it will still take a long time for the Great Lakes to “warm” up and even when they do its only the top few feet that get “warm” as the temp at the lower levels is always around 39° all year. And with any wind there will be mixing. As for a pattern breaker storm that’s always a possibility

      1. Stephen says:

        From what George Lessons said the lake will warm up quick if this heat continues.

        1. fixxxer says:

          george has no idea what he’s talking about. their doing the same crap they did last year and already trying to push a cool spring/summer on us and look how hot we were. they should just come out and say “we have no idea” how it will be. the current 90 day still shows well above average temps for us here.

        2. Stephen says:

          I’d say George is pretty good. He did learn under some of the best Fixxer. I really do like Bill as my favorite weather man but i can’t watch WOOD. It’s just to plain of a news station for my taste but I do watch Bill for the weather.

      2. Barry in Zeeland says:

        I’d have to say the lake is already warming quickly as the kids and I were out swimming in it yesterday at holland beach. It was cool, but not to much unlike last year in May or early June. Of course it was also dead calm with no waves or currents to mix up the water so the shallows stayed warm in the sun.

    2. bruiseviolet (rockford) says:

      If you look at the forecast- next weekend is only supposed to be in the 50′s. That will seem really cold compared to this beautiful weather we’ve been having.

      1. Stephen says:

        Still warmer then average! :)

        1. fixxxer says:

          im seeing alot of 40′s coming through early april but they keep changing it every day so we shall see. i think we all knew we weren’t done with cool weather yet.

  12. ~Sherry~ (Comstock Park) says:

    I am just loving this weather. We are getting very spoiled and I think we will get a does of reality here sooner or later.

  13. Global Warming = Biggest Climate Lie Ever. The only things that are “warming” anything are: 1. The wastes of hot air that activists expel into the air trying to prove it’s real. 2. The steam coming off of all of us angry Americans as we see our hard earned tax dollars being spent on BS.

    There ya go. “Global Warming” debunked.

    1. In fact, here is the real truth behind Global warming. This image is definitely worth the view LOL: http://raquelokyay.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/GoreBreatingFire2.jpg

      1. GunLakeDeb says:

        Awww – and here I thought it was the fault of flatulent cows…..

    2. Brad says:

      Charles, please outline your detailed criticisms and address the components of the climate models that are flawed, how/why they are flawed, and your suggested adjustments.

      1. michael g (SE GR) says:

        Here’s an easy one Brad. It STOPPED WARMING 14 YEARS AGO!!!

        Which one of those climate models or alarmists forecast that?

      2. Bill Steffen says:

        They are flawed because they have inaccurate assumptions and therefore make inaccurate forecasts. None of the climate models forecast temperatures would stop warming globally, and they have, for the past 10 years plus. Science is the PDO, increasing La Ninas, a quieter sun…we know from the past that these conditions cool the planet in general and that’s why the planet has stopped warming and why global temperatures will hold steady (or even drop if the NAO goes negative or we get a decent volcano) in the next 10-20 years. Look at the increasing ice at both Poles in the past year. It’s cold PDO/LA Nina…not trace amounts of CO2 that’s driving climate.

  14. Lori (Gowen) says:

    I have been waiting to see the out look for this summer actually. When are we going to get our summer weather predictions?

    1. fixxxer says:

      bill said soon, just keep in mind any outlook that far out will probably be wrong. the last couple of summers proved that.

    2. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

      Kinda late now anyway seeing as its felt like spring/summer for weeks. It’s weird because the winter forecast always comes out so early. Oh well.

      1. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

        For what its worth, most “experts” I’ve seen are saying cooler-to-average temps and drier than average for the midwest this summer. I’d expect Bill’s forecast will be close to these.

        1. fixxxer says:

          yes bill told me an average type summer.

        2. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

          Yep average to slightly below temps and about the same for precipitation seems to be the hot call right now.

          Then again, the winter call was snowy and cold, so maybe fixxxer will still wind up happy ;)

        3. fixxxer says:

          im happy now and i hope ill be happy throughout the summer too. i HATE cold summers.

        4. Lori (Gowen) says:

          I agree with you fixxxer.. I just want a long nice summer. It does not have to be HOT just great temps and lost of sunshine

        5. Brad says:

          This past week’s weather would make for perfect summer conditions…mid-70s to 80 for highs.

        6. fixxxer says:

          i agree brad.

  15. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    What a day… not a cloud in sight!

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      I see a couple down here towards Ohio… =)

      1. GunLakeDeb says:

        I’m surrounded by cumulus!!! Help Me!!!!!! LOL!!

        1. fixxxer says:

          cloudy here too.

  16. michelle(comstock park) says:

    Totally off topic but I thought someone on here might know. My mom ( she is 80) has not been able to get NOAA on her radio for three days. Is there a problem with the station?
    Thanks, mom doesn’t have a computer and thought maybe I could find out:)

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Michelle – I *used* to receive the signals here at Gun Lake – until all the cell towers started being built. Now, I don’t get Jack Squat – no NOAA, no cell, no (clear) TV-8 on a TV without a cable box. If I see a tornado, I just have to send smoke signals to the NWS….LOL!!

      1. Mike (Mattawan) says:


      2. michelle(comstock park) says:

        I guess NOAA finally put out a statement that in Kent county the signal has been down..only took them 3 days to let people know-lol!

  17. Jeff (SE Ionia County) says:

    My thoughts that we don’t see these type of temps in April or May.I have a feeling i will be having my coat and gloves on as i watch my son play baseball in a couple of weeks . I will take an average summer temp wise. Might be over due for a cool summer. Even 70s all summer would be fine by me. ;)

    1. fixxxer says:

      70′s for highs would not be good for the beaches and tourism at all. look how businesses suffered in 2009 because of the cool weather we had. you people have to take that into consideration as well. if we were in the low-mid 80′s all summer id be happy. george lessons is pulling the same stuff he pulled last year and he was wrong as can be. he said at one point it would be cold enough for coats all summer.

      1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

        Oh hell no better not be or I’ll join you in the complaint department fixxx.

    2. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Jeff the summer of 2009 was a cool summer. Short memories indeed. As for this summer my guess right now is for a cooler then averag one. But who know its always subject to change.

      1. fixxxer says:

        and why do you think that slim? also 2009 was cool but not everyday was.

        1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

          July of 2009 was the coolest on record here in GR. Where you writing on this blog in 2009??? I am sure if you were you were complaining every day on how cool it was.



  18. Deb (Ludington) says:

    I think we may be under a MD soon or watch with the storms that just bloomed in Northern Indiana:) watch those carefully I have as feeling they will grow to severe limits:)

    1. fixxxer says:

      well nothings severe right now but yes we may have to watch them as them seem to be moving a bit north.

    2. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

      Not unless they strengthen. We’re at the heat of the day, and they’re still not severe.

  19. SS (Pwell Area) says:

    Seeing green on my raspberry bushes….

    1. fixxxer says:

      well lets just hope we don’t get alot of frost and freezes. it would kill just about everything.

      1. SS (Pwell Area) says:

        I know….

      2. RJ (Rockford) says:

        We will have no hard freeze and only a couple frosts!

  20. Bethany says:

    I was just wondering if you could tell me the all time record high for Mount Pleasant and/or Lansing.

    1. Bethany says:

      For the month of March

  21. Barry in Zeeland says:

    What a AWESOME final day of Winter today! If only they could all be like this!

  22. Deb (Ludington) says:

    Knew that storm would turn severe!


    345 PM CDT MON MAR 19 2012



    * UNTIL 415 PM CDT/515 PM EDT/








    LAT…LON 4169 8674 4169 8638 4134 8660 4133 8671
    TIME…MOT…LOC 2044Z 191DEG 29KT 4147 8663
    WIND…HAIL 60MPH 1.00IN

  23. fixxxer says:

    Probably not gonna get much here deb. God i wish the heat wave didnt have to end. Those 50′s are going to feel horrid. How cold you think were gonna get bill?

    1. Deb (Ludington) says:

      At keast it’s not 30 think the bright side fixxxer:)

    2. Mike (Mattawan) says:

      Yeah… 50s are still above average. And besides… Tomorrow is going to be the warmest day yet. We also could gettin the low 80s on Wednesday if the clouds stay away long enough.

  24. RJ (Rockford) says:

    Keep the SUN and WARM TEMPS coming! Even if it gets down into the 50′s it will be above average! Enjoy people!! I predict that April will have above average temps also! WINTER is over. Get ready to ROCK n ROLL GR!

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Yep, winter is over, Now will it get cold again?? We have a chance of seeing frost into May so yes it still can get cold and I would not put the winter coats away heck we may need them all summer this year!

      1. fixxxer says:

        awe come on slim you know better than to think we would need winter coats in the summer. ive never seen it get that cold in my entire life. unless you see some super secret model that shows that will happen.

        1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

          I was talking about April and May. And yes when I lived in Alpena back in the 1960′s there were many mornings in June and some in July and August when the temps would fall into the mid and low 30′s. And for me that is coat weather.

  25. Brian(Grandville) says:

    Swan creek in Allegan county is full of steelhead right now.

  26. Bernie (Da Original) says:

    Don’t be suprised if we get a foot of wet snow on April 1. :)

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      There’s always a chance of that happening anytime in April. Maybe not a foot but several inches are still possible.

    2. Mike (Mattawan) says:

      DON’T JINX US!!!! Michigan weather always seems to love to throw unexpected curve balls at us, good and bad.

      1. fixxxer says:

        sadly mike i sort of had a sick feeling we may see snow again. this is why as much as i love this mini heat wave i wish it would of held off until may, too early for it and for it to last.

  27. fixxxer says:

    whats with all of this talk all the sudden of a “cold” summer? where are people seeing this indicated anywhere because id like to know.

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      While it all depends on where and if a ridge sets up! But it should be noted that some of the years with a warm March had a cool summer. Like 2000 and 1945 for an example.

      1. fixxxer says:

        Im not worried about slim. Im sure we will have both cool and hot days this summer as usual.

  28. RJ (Rockford) says:

    Just enjoy the current weather people!!!

    1. fixxxer says:

      we are enjoying it! ;)

  29. Jeff says:

    Warm summer, cold summer… Just keep the away from the 90′s, please! Been to the Middle East, been stationed in Texas, Oklahoma, and Mississippi, I am very much done with hot places.

  30. WickedTwister says:

    Well with all the warm weather me and my dad decided to gamble a little so we planted about 1/2 acre of sweet corn today :)

    1. fixxxer says:

      and gamble you did if we get any more real cold weather or snow.

  31. Hooray for cumulus clouds today, that’s as exciting as things got around here.

  32. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

    I don’t really understand why Michiganders say the weather is “unpredictable” in this state. Sure, we have changes in the weather…but my observations since moving here are that once Michigan gets stuck in a pattern, it gets STUCK in the pattern!!! Summer 2009: cold; All three falls: WARM; summer 2010: HOT; last January/Feb: Alberta Clippers; This Fall/”Winter”: Relentless warmth. I know I’m just looking at a couple years, but I have found weather here, for the most part, to be pretty predictable and more boring than I thought it would be. One can pretty much tell what it’s going to be like based off of wind direction. More predictable than when I lived in PA!

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Its not all that unpredictable but it is very variable. But in reality we have no real extremes. We have very few hot days and very few extremely cold days. I know some people that live around here think it gets hot (and it dose for a few days at most) and some (like me) think that it gets cold but how may sub Zero days do we average? Of course parts on Michigan do get a lot of lake effect snow but on east side of the state there is very little of that. So the weather in the great lakes area can be interesting.

  33. INDY says:

    Yes look at radar west of us thats one big cold front coming with lots of snow on the back side so get outside niow and it’s going to storm with a roaarrr in West michigan dig your fox hole turn your weather radio up and watch Mr. Manning win a superbowl with the Denver Colts From 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 and 9 sprites sun burn tonight …Hi Bill…. INDYY…

    1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

      Now that just isn’t RIGHT!!! What a tease!! Look at those storms heading straight north, my God if we were only to get those this blog will be crashing!

      1. fixxxer says:

        Out west can keep that snow!

        1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

          Out west in Wisconsin down to Texas doesn’t look like snow to me!!

  34. Ron H. says:

    There was a time when we were young when 60s in March was the signal to clean up the old ball yard and start playing. Now, we had our first Daffodil open today. We saw our first Robin on the Seventh. The Crocus are almost finished with thier blooms as the hyacinths replace them with thier sweet smell. This is March in Michigan? It seems like we had a pole shift that now puts us further south atleast 15 degrees in Latitude. Cold weather crucifers went into the soil today. We will be paying for this touch of the tropics soon. It looks that according to yesterday’s blog, we will not likely be punished by cold but rough weather looks like it’s enroute.

    1. Brad says:

      This is unprecedented heat for March!

  35. INDY says:

    Wow Bill Don’t some get outside and enjoy weather same old come I hope the cold air don’t come that would be bad!! Broken thoughts on the blogg the last week I am sorry I do’nt bring the blogg with me outside Bill… So far Summer has been FUN outside tomorrow will be day 3 with a fire going and temps into the 80′s….And sprites all night!! From 77* out at thee YARDofBRICKS….INDYY!!

    1. fixxxer says:

      Nope ive been outside plenty indy. And yes any cold weather would suck. Mother nature is all jacked up.

  36. Kimoeagle says:

    It was reported that the icebreaker USS Mackinaw headed out today from the Soo to break ice in Whitefish Bay, and down by Neebish as well…………. so there still is some white stuff in Michigan! ;-)

  37. INDY says:

    Hi swatzeeeeee….INDYY

    1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

      Heeeeellllllllooooooo INNNNNNDDDDDDYYYYY!

      1. ~Sherry~ (Comstock Park) says:


  38. Carrie (Byron Center) says:

    It feels like SUMMER and I love every minute of it! I am just worried that it will be short lived and the outcome of another big freeze on the crops….that will be detrimental to so many. In the meantime, though, I cannot help but enjoy the beautiful weather!

  39. Just spent a couple of minutes out on the balcony/deck. Beautiful out there. 80F in my room, window open, and you can see the stars and planets very well tonight!

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      You like your room to be 80 degrees!? Bleck…but then again, I much prefer cold air. To each his own…..

      1. I prefer 80-85. I never use the air conditioner, LOL. In the summer when it’s 95F outside, I only use a small 12 inch fan.

  40. fixxxer says:

    Feels like a sauna in our apartment tonight. Its like living in florida!

  41. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Broke the old Detroit record by 9° today!

  42. Scott (Lowell) says:

    Was enjoying some beautiful views of the stars tonight when I noticed that the slight cloud cover to the NE of us was moving so slow it almost looked as if it were not moving at all. Never have seen clouds moving so slow in all my years…any particular reason…slow jet stream?? other??/

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