Freeze Warning

March 26th, 2012 at 4:47 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

   We have a Freeze Warning for everyone overnight, with temperatures headed down into the mid-upper 20s over much of Lower Michigan.  Despite the sun, we were only in the 40s Monday afternoon (at 4 PM it was only 32 at Rogers City in N. Lower MI).   This will be a hard freeze over much of Lower Michigan and there will probably be more freezes.  The GFS model gives G.R. 31 Tue. AM, 32 Thu. AM and 33 Fri. AM…with another threat of a freeze about April 11th-12th.  The plum blossoms are out across the street from me.  Not good.  Fruit growers can, in a marginal night, help the crop by stirring the air with wind turbines (we do already have a light wind tonight), or burning hay…but this gets pricey if we have to do this half a dozen times between now and mid-May.  Blossoms come out in relation to soil temperature as well as air temperature.  You could put thick mulch around trees to keep the soil cooler when it’s warm, but you should take the mulch off so that heat can come “out of the ground” when it’s chilly – pretty hard to accomplish this in a big orchard.   Here’s current temperatures/conditions, a surface map and  the GRR NWS discussion.   Freeze Warnings extend well down into Indiana and Ohio.  Here’s forecast lows from GRR NWS.  I’ll add that with NE-E winds, there will be little additional warming at the lakeshore (maybe one degree of downslope warming and the clouds may arrive first at the lakeshore…he re’s the infrared satellite loop.  Here’s the national watch/warning/advisory map.   2 AM – wind holding up, clouds are over the lake moving east.  It’s 36 at Muskegon.G.R. has been down to 32, Ionia is 30 and Mt. Pleasant (the only spot that’s calm right now) is 26.  Up north where it’s clear and nearly calm, Oscoda is 18, Alpena is already down to 19 and it’s 20 at Pellston.  The Traverse City Airport has been down to 27, but I bet it’s a few degrees warmer out on Mission Peninsula.  Let’s hope the clouds keep coming.  We did a nice story on fruit farmers dealing with the cold.  I talked to a fruit farmer tonight.  He said there are blossoms on his plums and apricots…apples aren’t as far along.  He’s hoping we stay above 29.  I told him it won’t be just tonight…it’s only March and we’ll be flirting with freezing perhaps into early May.  One more thing to point out…which I have pointed out before…the fruit trees are in jeopardy everywhere east of the Rockies.  The fruit trees in the West (esp. in Washington state – Wenatchee – are behind average.  Wenatchee is almost 3 degrees cooler than average for March and this is the 6th consecutive month that has been cooler than average for them.  The Columbia River has about 6-7  times as much water as the Colorado does when it heads south of Nevada.

61 Responses to “Freeze Warning”

  1. Rich Burkholder says:

    Congrats on making Eagle Scout!

  2. Mike {kalamazoo county] says:

    I feel sorry for the fruit growers

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Oooohh – we knew this was going to happen….. :-(

  3. fixxxer says:

    No comment

  4. lori, jenison says:

    I’ve heard if it stays at 28 degrees or above, the fruit crops have a better chance. I think I might cover my little peach tree…just in case.

    1. Irish coffee says:

      TRUE,Lori……my best friend is a blueberry grower/farmer/broker,etc(he just won’t eat any;)Anyway, another issue is the pollination via bees which usually occurs in early MAY..Bees aren’t as cooperative/productive this early as their ‘biological clocks’ are set to length of daylight vs. temps.(although other factors also come into play wrt to precip/wind,etc,fwiw

  5. Brad says:

    Sweatshirts and hot cocoa this summer!

    1. fixxxer says:

      They said that last year too brad. Dont buy into the “hype”

      1. Brad says:

        Joe Bastardi says it will be so cold this summer that only Scandinavians will survive.

        1. Nathan (GR) says:

          And what did he say about the winter?

        2. Brad says:

          Pretty much the same ;-)

        3. Irish coffee says:


        4. Irish coffee says:

          Actually, after last summer’s “year w/o one” debacle, Bastardi is probably going HOTter than a broiling pan for ‘Windy City’ this year…in fact, don’t look now(ok,go ahead and peek) the ele-phantom of the (SOAPbox)OPERA is rockin n’ ringin’ the Wx-tacoBell now!
          “FOLKS get ready, i just benched 400lbs..10x’s AND my intern for goin’ COOL for summer.People on beaches near Chicago will be able to BOIL eggs in Lake Michigan before the cock crows 3am….Old Navy Pier SHOULD MELT quicker than an Irishmans’ Paddy’o Furniture @ a Dublin molotov cocktail PARTY……’Taste-of-Chicago’ will be renamed-”CHASTE-of-Chicago” because of the heat + humidity! In fact, i fully expect an Exodus of 3million+ refugees seeking shelter/refuge near Rijkchexmilkjgxzlkhg,Iceland, the Mayor of Chicago will be TOAST, literally…and 2 new EMERGENCY managers will be appointed to run the White(turned bloody-red from heat stroke) Sox and Bears suffering from the usual curses + a fallen Soldier Field !!

  6. the other Beth says:

    I have seen a lot of trees in bloom, for sure some apple trees in my area. Not sure about the cherries though. Oh well, not much you can do.

  7. JoAnne says:

    Although it will be cold here tonight, it will only be a low of 73 in the US Virgin Islands overnight! LOL

    1. Brad says:

      Do they teach sex ed in the Virgin Islands?

      1. Irish coffee says:

        No? that would be too counter-(re)productive

  8. Martin (Marquette) says:

    This is going to be one cold summer get ready!

    1. RJ (Rockford) says:

      Probably normal or slightly below normal temps. It should be great golf weather. Bring it on!

    2. fixxxer says:

      says who?

      1. Martin (Marquette) says:

        Normally the warmer winters have always been followed by a cool summer not as warm but I will take 70′s if that is all we get:)

        1. Laker says:

          Not 2009…

  9. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin says:

    If this were a day last March, I’d be in my finest jean shorts tipping a few cold ones back to celebrate the warmth. We’ll get back to where we were last week … OH HELL YEAH!!!

  10. RJ (Rockford) says:

    Get Ready fixxxer and Grand Rapids! Like I have been saying for a week now – SPRING break week we will see temps in the 60′s and plenty of sun!! This will be the best Spring break weather that we have seen in a long, long, long time! Keep the SUN and WARM temperature coming baby!!

  11. I’m hoping the freezes get out of the way as early as possible, would hate to see the fruit crop go under completely.

  12. ..and wouldn’t you know it, there’s a small chance of storms tomorrow.

    1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

      Itty bitty tiny small chance, .1%

  13. Greg says:

    I will be up tonight testing out the burning hay idea that was offered up in a story on Wood TV 8. I am going to try it around my asparagus and my fruit trees to see if that helps. It would be a shame to lose those crops this early in the year. Here is hoping for the best. :)

    1. LM (GH twp) says:

      Good luck!

  14. fixxxer says:

    Keep the faith people, summer will be nice and toasty.

  15. Bob P. :o) (St.Johns) says:

    while shooting the moon/Venus
    and Jupiter, witnessed a major long tailed fireball at approx 8:45, was awesome

    1. LM (GH twp) says:

      I would have liked to see that!

    2. Aaron says:

      I saw this as well, was waiting for the dog to go potty and I caught something out of one eye. I turned to look and saw it burning across the sky for a good couple of seconds. Saw it break up at the end to. It was so bright and cool!

  16. RJ (Rockford) says:

    Off topic. Tiger Woods is the favorite to win the Masters. What a joke. I will bet anyone any amount of money that Woods will not win the Masters! He has virtually no chance of winning the Masters. Their is better chance that he will end up withdrawing with a bad knee! He will never be the same again. He is damaged goods with a lot of flaws in his golf swing and his personality!! There is a lot of money to made in Vegas on this bet!

    1. Ned S. (Now in South Holland) says:

      I watched a bit of the Bay Hill tournament. Tiger played okay, but the rest of the field was lackluster to say the least. They basically sucked. But you never know. Tiger could find his A game again.

  17. INDY says:

    Red Wings are rolling tonight!! Get the heat on!!! going low tonight of 26* out at the YARDofBRICKS all my flowers trees and plants are on lock down with sheets over them!!! From out in the great white sheet is warm tonight …INDYY

    1. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

      about time they pulled there heads out of there A**’s

  18. My guess would be summer will be warmer than average, maybe by a lot. The winter was unusually mild. These last ten days were incredibly warm, record-breaking in many days and places. This cold now is not unusual–it just seems colder because it has been so warm.

  19. Jeff (SE Ionia County) says:

    Cooler than average summer would not hurt my feelings one bit. Will keep my winter gear out…

    1. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

      mid 70′s and low humidity would be awesome.

      1. Scott (west olive) says:


      2. Stephen (North Muskegon) says:


        1. Irish coffee says:


      3. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

        Highs around 80 and lows in the upper 50′s to 60 would be good! Better yet highs in the low to mid 80′s and lows in the low 60′s but hey that average for around here!

  20. Scott (west olive) says:

    38 deg 23 dew burrr

  21. Vincent(N.E.Kent CO) says:

    Driving around my hood earlier i spotted fires already burning by orchards, Off to east there is what sounds like at times a chopper flying over the orchards. It may be something they are pulling around that is keeping the air moving. Maybe some kind of heater/blower combo type of deal. It is loud but i can not hear it inside. Would’nt care if i could as long as they can save the crop. I sure am hoping for the best for the area farmers. I have a temp now of 30.9°. It will be a long night for them.

  22. Vincent(N.E.Kent CO) says:

    They are still cranking away in the orchards. My temp is 30.6°.

  23. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    In our neck of the woods it did not get as cold as to the north and east of here. Only got to 33° here. Looks like the west side of the state licked out last night but its still very early in the season yet so we still have a long ways to go!
    35° here now.

  24. Judy says:

    It was breezy this morning at 5am and I didn’t seem to have any frost on anything (btwn Allegan and Fennville). It was 35° in Allegan according to the bank sign. Keeping my fingers crossed that the farmers in our area weren’t affected too badly.

  25. DF (SE Mich) says:

    It got down to 26° here last night. I don’t see that much frost around though.

  26. Vincent(N.E.Kent CO) says:

    My temp never got below 30.4.Lucky. Now yesterday i showed a low of 29.8. Breezy and 40.5 now.

  27. Laker says:

    I think the farmers dodged a bullet last night. I don’t think it was as cold as expected. I had 35 at 7:20am in Rockford.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      There will be plenty more to dodge yet this spring. Thursday night is looking potentially frosty.

  28. fixxxer says:

    dear mother nature, get your crap together and bring back my 80′s…thanks!

  29. DF (SE Mich) says:

    The 12 z GFS is showing some seriously cold air at the end of the run…

    1. fixxxer says:

      We know this and it sucks! Told you guys we were going to pay for the mild winter.

  30. jacob says:

    Hey Bill why do you always have to disappoint people?

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