Showers end…patchy fog

April 30th, 2012 at 12:12 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local    Patchy fog will limit visibility in places early this morning.  Some visibilities will go down to 1/2- 1 mile or less.    Rainfall:  0.95″ Oshtemo, 0.76″ Holland, 0.69″ Lansing, 0.58″ Battle Creek and Jackson, 0.51″ Grand Rapids, 0.50″ Charlotte and GVSU in downtown G.R., 0.48″ Kalamazoo, 0.45″ Benton Harbor, 0.15″ Ludington, 0.12″ Mt. Pleasant.    We were  in the cool air on Monday.  Grand Rapids had an afternoon high temperature of 54, while it was 80 in Fort Wayne, Indiana south of the warm front.  Thunderstorms produced a few reports of hail and isolated wind damage in Indiana Monday afternoon.   This will be a wetter and warmer week.  We could reach 80 on Weds. (depending on storms/clouds) with a better bet for low or even mid 80s on Thurs.  In fact, this week (Tue. to Sat.) may be warmer than next week.    More on that in the thread below.   Check out the Satellite Loop  (daytime), the Risk area from the Storm Prediction Center. 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, 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. ALSO: From Jay Hoppe – One year in the life of a tree.        Also – the latest from Ed on gas prices:  “Wholesale prices jumped a bit on Friday, and retail prices are already all over the place.  That feels like one of those situations where some time later this week, there will be a price reset ($3.89 again?) that all the stations agree to almost immediately.”                  Also, check out the severe storms in W. Texas (measured gust to 95 mph and baseball-sized hail).

Preliminary April temperature departures from average:  +0.3° Grand Rapids, +0.8° Holland, +0.9° Muskegon, +0.0° Traverse City, -0.3° Battle Creek and Jackson, -0.4° Lansing, -0.5° Kalamazoo, -1.3° Benton Harbor, -2.3° Ludington.   I’ll try and post final totals at some point Tuesday.

52 Responses to “Showers end…patchy fog”

  1. Mark (in Okemos) says:

    Well if it’s going to rain, let it rain during the week.

  2. INDY says:

    Good thoughts about this week with warmer temps thought #1 no more fizzer and the words suck crap and sap!!! #2 no more frost warnings #3 start of summer2 #4 Come to Dippity Dogs Saturday and have Ice Cream #5 80′s and sunshine with wine #6 drink lots of sprites check out the sights #7 GET OUTSDIDE AND PLAY HAVE A GREAT DAY INDYY!!!!

  3. Skot says:

    This will be the worst of the next 7 days and still not that bad. As Fred Trost used to say, “Get outdoors, its a Great Place to Be”.

    1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

      100% AGREE!! Although I do hope to see at least 1 thunderstorm this week, I am looking forward to the rest of the week after getting through today because I want to go Kayaking with my husband while he’s home.

  4. Cort S. says:

    Wednesday’s severe probability:

    Thursday-Friday’s severe probability:




    1. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

      I think well be in the slight risk either for day 3 or sometime through the 4-8 day period

      1. fixxxer says:

        im calling it now that we see no severe storms here.

        1. Cort S. says:

          Well, I’d agree with you depending on your definition of “here.” Your residence, Wyoming, GR metro, Kent County, West Michigan, or Lower Michigan? Because even on a theoretical High Risk day, your residence or Wyoming would still have a very small chance of seeing severe weather.

        2. fixxxer says:

          OH CORT…

        3. michael g (SE GR) says:

          Please avoid inserting facts or logic Cort. Fix operates on feelings and opinions only.

  5. Jim S (North of Parchment) says:

    So you think we’ve had a chilly April? April of 1996 in the U.P. was brutal.
    Very unusual weather.

    1. Bruiseviolet (formerly Rockford- now Cedar Springs) says:

      oh wow – glad that’s not happening down here right now!

    2. j b says:

      That was the end of my first school year at Michigan Tech. The winter of 95-96 was one that I would never forget for how much snow and how damn cold it got. If I remember right we got 30″ in one day that year. It did teach me one thing, how to drive in that crap. :)

  6. fixxxer says:

    same old boring pattern, rain, clouds and 50 degrees out. all we need is some wind and it will be perfect, right rj?

    1. CVS says:

      PLEASE get a positive attitude………today was wonderful…….it will make everything lush green in about 4 days……

  7. fixxxer says:

    getting ridiculous going into may and seeing all of that cold air our west still.

    1. Cort S. says:

      1. The high elevations out there keeps them a little cooler.

      2. Cold air out west is good. It usually means there is a low-pressure trough aloft, and the resulting pattern means a high-pressure ridge aloft in the Eastern US, which means warm air from the south gets pumped into Michigan.

      1. Randy M (Comstock Park) says:

        Why are you constantly filling this blog with pertinent information and insightful analysis? :)

        1. RJ (Rockford) says:


    2. RJ (Rockford) says:

      We have had above average temperatures for the month of March and April and the forecast for the first part of May and we have had above average sunshine! Only Freaky Debbie Downer fixxxer would complain about that!!!!!

  8. Bernie (Da Original) says:

    The sun is trying to come out here :) Maybe I’ll get some daytime heating.

  9. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    Had some nice storms roll through this morning. Now onto Round 2.

    1. Yup (Grandville) says:

      No storms here this morning. Not banking on anything major, however I did put some grass seed out yesterday. So keep on soaking us with rain mother nature!

  10. Brad says:

    I’m seeing 50s for most of May with lots of rain and no severe storms. After that, it looks like we warm into the mid-70s by July with no severe storms. 10″ snow by October 15 and 50″ snow by December 31. And, if the trends in Malaysian fashion hold, look for an earthquake in Michigan long about February 15, 2013.

  11. RJ (Rockford) says:

    Get ready for temps in the 70′s and 80′s with plenty of sunshine. We are having a FANTASTIC Spring with more on the way. Enjoy the GREAT weather people!! May will be a great month if you like sunshine and temps in the 70′s!!

  12. SBPortage002 says:

    Around 60 here despite the rain that is falling. Well good, as it washes all that pollen and stuff out of the air and will make the grass green. And it sounds so soothing after the hard work day I had.

  13. INDY says:

    Well starting tomorrow fizzer can go away with his 60′s no more lines of sap that go with his crap he post we hate most!! 70′s and the month of May starts with summer2 get ready for new!! have a great night u all INDYY!!!

    1. fixxxer says:

      you know ill post what i want when i want, don’t like it tough. we have to sit here and listen to your mindless drivel all day long. ;)

  14. Steelie says:

    Good Day,

    Right now it looks like tomorrow and Thursday may be the nicest days of the week until Sunday. (Although instability could cause storms on Thursday.) As I stated in the “frost” post, fine with me, it will make tilling the garden that much easier come Sunday. Now, if we can get a few boomers in on Wednesday that would be nice too.

    I also just took a peek at the CPC and SPC. SPC 3 day has a slight risk (15%) on the other side of the lake and 5% for us. The CPC changed a bit overnight but still has us with a 40% for below normal temps in the 8-14 day forcast. Which makes sense with the possibility of Canadian High Pressure dipping in from the North next week.


    1. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

      I think by tomorrow well be in a slight risk for Wednesday they even said they might have to raise the pops a bit

  15. INDY says:

    Friday peak of the week for severe storms in Michigan !!!! We will have to get out our thoughts on that soon!!!! INDYY….

  16. fixxxer says:

    today = CRAP!

    1. Steelie says:

      Good Day,

      Yeah… at least it wasn’t in the 30′s! ;-)


  17. bnoppe says:

    Here’s my taughts on weather
    1. There will be atlest one severe weather watch in our viewing area this week
    2. There will be atlest 10 warnings this week
    3. Bill’s mustache will contiue to be awesome

    1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

      #3 ROFLMAO!!! I like all 3 thoughts, but #3 is the best!

      1. Steelie says:

        Good Day,



      1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

        That is why your mustache is on a Bills Blog T-Shirt!

  18. Barbara West Kalamazoo says:

    foggy here.

  19. INDY says:

    Muggy outside at the YARDofBRICKS…Warm front moved in!!! INDYY

  20. Mark (in Okemos) says:

    Wow the grass really greened up today. We were due for a nice soaking rain.

  21. Kimoeagle says:

    Dunno if you are aware— NE Oklahoma (Medford) had a tornado on the ground and there are tornado warnings out right now…

    1. Kimoeagle says:

      Tornado Watch 215 showed mid-OK, but the active stuff appears to be in the NE corner, and will shortly be moving into the SW corner of MO.

  22. INDY says:

    Summer2 starts today temps in the 70′s humpday we may just hit 90 hot hot going to be close the bugs will be out the fire will be rolling and the sprites will be on ice SUMMER IS HERE!!!! have a great day u all….INDYY…

    1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

      Oh most definitely I hear the bugs will be really, really bad this summer. Hoping for some good boomers some time this week to kick it off.

  23. Deb (S.E Ludington) says:

    Slight risk for severe storms Thursday:) let summer begin warm temps and big boomers:)

  24. Steelie says:

    Good Day,

    Took a look at the SPC… 5% chance for Wednesday and 15% chance for Thursday. Where as the CPC still has us with a 40% chance of below normal temps in the 8-14 day. So, enjoy the warmth while you can as I think next week will go back to the 60s for a few days.


    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Definitely some active days coming. I wonder if we might have a slightly higher chance in this corner of the state? Remember, I already had my tornado, so you guys can have the severe stuff.

  25. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Welcome to May. Looks to start off on the warm side then turn to the cool side. As a whole May looks to be a lot like April in that it should end up near average.

  26. Skot says:

    May 1 st !!!!!! Can start the garden in 15 days !!!!!

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