Freeze Warning Thurs. morningApril 11th, 2012 at 10:50 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
4:25 AM – It’s 33 at my place. The wind here is NW at 2 mph (we do have a very light wind). Someone has a woodstove going in the neighborhood. Less than 3 hours to sunrise, so we hope the fruit trees can make it. At 4 AM it was down to 27 in Fremont. The Regional Airport in Holland is 36. Grand Rapids and Ionia are 35. Everyone else is at or below freezing. Fruit farmers using helicopters to fly over their orchards. On a calm, clear night – cold air will settle near the ground. The helicopters will stir the air, hopefully warming the air near the ground a few degrees. There’s a Freeze Warning up for the entire area for Weds. night/Thurs. early AM. Mostly clear skies and calm/nearly calm winds will send temperatures down to the mid 20s (cold spots) to low 30s overnight. Lakeshore areas should be colder than last night. Here’s low temperatures from early Weds: 25 Bloomingdale – 29 Baldwin, Ionia, Belding – 30 Fremont, Nunica, Sparta, Clarksville, Lawrence – 31 Kent City, Lawton – 32 Lansing, Battle Creek, Jackson – 33 Kalamazoo – 34 Grand Rapids – 36 Muskegon. Champion in the U.P. dipped to 23 and the coldest in the U.S. was 13 at Park Rapids, Minnesota. It’ll be cool early Friday morning, but it should be at least several degrees warmer than Thurs. AM. It should be sunny tomorrow and mostly sunny AM/partly cloudy The weekend will be warmer with a showers and thunderstorms. The models are giving us quite a soaking. From Friday night thru Monday Night the European model gives G.R. 2.38″ of rain. From Friday night thru Wednesday, the GFS gives G.R. 3.4″ of rain. We are not in any of the SPC severe weather outlooks as of yet.