Freeze Warning Thurs. morning

April 11th, 2012 at 10:50 am by 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.

25 Responses to “Freeze Warning Thurs. morning”

  1. Skot says:

    Why keep posting warnings? If you do ANY type of agriculture at ALL, gardening, etc, surely your aware its to early for most ANYTHING.

    1. Yup (Grandville) says:

      Except that the asparagus crop is ready for picking already.

    2. fixxxer says:

      because the pattern is boring and we need some “hype” to talk about.

    3. Cindy says:

      Still important for vineyards and orchards and likely Asparagus and Strawberry crops.

    4. michael g (SE GR) says:

      Freeze warning are issued whenever the growing season is ongoing and freezing temps are expected. Both of those conditions are met tonight.

    5. the other Beth says:

      Because the warm temps have caused many plants and trees to blossom early.

  2. INDY says:

    56* and sun with a burn of fun today out thee YARDofBRICKS! Glad to be home from WORK now! Time to get the sprites out and play oustside enjoy the sun set u all!! INDYY

  3. RJ (Rockford) says:

    Another GREAT Spring day and a lot of SUN and above average TEMPERATURES on the way. FANTASTIC!!

    1. fixxxer says:

      If by “above” average you mean a few degrees then yes.

  4. RJ (Rockford) says:

    Should be a great weekend for outdoor activities. Temps in the 60′s and 70′s. Ya BABY!! Don’t let the rain forecast scare you. I predict that for most of the weekend daytime hours it will not be raining!

    1. Brad (Lawrence) says:

      Gonna go out on a limb and take your advice RJ. Even when it does rain, we need it. It’s getting pretty dry at my house.

      1. fixxxer says:

        April is usual pretty wet anyways. No surprise there. Ill believe the 70 when i see it.

        1. Skot says:

          Didnt I flush you this morning fixxxer?

        2. fixxxer says:

          Its awesome my comments get under your skin so bad. My job is worthwhile now. ;)

          Not my fault michigan weather typically sucks!

  5. chad says:

    Any word on on the long range summer outlook??

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      I’m working on it.

  6. bnoppe(Albion) says:

    Do you expect us to be in any severe weather outlooks this week Bill?

  7. Deb says:

    I don’t think that was a woodstove Bill. I smelled it at my house to on 4 Mile by Kenowa Hills. I think the farmers had large fires going for the heat. Smelled great to me. I love that campfire smell. Keep it dry this weekend please or at least no all day rains. Thanks! :)

  8. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    Off to Comerica Park today for my first of many Tigers games this summer. Almost 60 and sunny! I’ll take it.

  9. Bernie (Da Original) says:

    I remember back in the late 1960′s when the morning air was filled with smoke from farmers burning tires to warm the air.
    I was going to plant some corn today but seeing another freeze in the 8 day forcast I’ll put it off for another week.
    If you plant too early the seeds will rot in the ground instead of germinating.

  10. GunLakeDeb says:

    I’m waiting for the severe outlooks – they keep saying “severe” in the NWS discussion, but I need that pinpointed. Sunday noon, a bunch of us are headed NE of Whitehall for a paddle down the White; but if we’re going to be caught in severe-level stuff, I’ll cancel the event. I’m not too concerned about copious amounts of rain because the White doesn’t have a very big watershed area – plus we’re *kayakers* – a little rain doesn’t stop us!

    Lightning sure as heck does, though…..

    1. Cort S. (Plymouth, NH) says:

      This afternoon I toyed around looking at the severe weather potential for Oklahoma and Michigan because it’s starting to look exciting and dangerous (for Oklahoma). As far as Michigan goes, I think there will be a slight chance of severe weather on Sunday. Maybe enough for SPC to put Michigan in the 5% chance (the proverbial “See Text”), especially from Muskegon to the south (but I would not be surprised if it goes as high as a 15% slight risk). Even if severe weather doesn’t happen, lightning and thunder likely will.

      1. Cort S. (Plymouth, NH) says:

        But hey, maybe there will be a lull in the afternoon, so all hope is not lost. A slug of rain and storms leftover from Saturday’s Midwest severe weather will move over Michigan early Sunday morning, then there are reduced precip chances in the afternoon, until another round comes through in the evening. Kind of looks like that right now, but who knows.

  11. kich says:

    I see Bill said “as of yet”…..for severe weather. Hope not, Have a cookout Saturday afternoon. We can do it in the garage if it rains but not too happy about doing it in bad weather.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Well, here’s what the outlook is saying at the moment:


      What I can’t find is if it’s going to be uniformly ugly across the entire GRR weather area, which is basically from US-10 south to Indiana; or more north or south, etc….. let’s face it, we can have drastically different weather than someone 10 miles away, let alone 100 miles away…..

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