The Snake

May 15th, 2012 at 3:28 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

  Shortly after the start of the 6 PM news on Monday, you’re TV might have gone black.  Evidently, a snake had infiltrated a power supply at our transmitter and anyone getting the signal the old-fashioned way off the transmitter (with one of those $40 converter boxes) or by satellite saw our signal drop off.  We had it back in a relatively short period of time, about 20 minutes.  Unfortunately, it was during our 6 PM news.  Monday was the 8th day this year with 100% sunshine.  Photo courtesy Jim Harding and the Michigan DNR.

36 Responses to “The Snake”

  1. Skot says:

    A snake? Thats funny. Its usually a squirrel that does that sort of thing.
    I heard a rumor that fixxxers car was spotted at the corner of alpine and 3 mile about 5:59 pm. So I guess it may have BEEN a squirrel after all.

    1. meangreen says:

      that would be the other channel

  2. Yup (Grandville) says:


  3. fixxxer says:

    it must suck living on the lakeshore with it always being a good 10-20 degrees colder than gr.

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      Yeah, that must be why lakefront lots go for $5000 to $10000 per foot of frontage.

    2. Todd A (from Holland but in GR) says:

      It’s too bad you have to drive so far to get to the beach Fix. Perhaps you’ve seen from time to time the lakeshore is WARMER in the evening due to the offshore breeze. I’m sure your Grandma enjoys those nights, while you’re 10-15 degrees cooler inland, complaining about it here.

      For example:

  4. Mike in Hamilton says:

    Not always fix, in the winter it’s warmer. Besides that only applies to the immediate shoreline. You know, the million dollar house people.

    1. fixxxer says:

      my wife’s grandma has a cottage out in muskegon off of lake michigan and i won’t even go there until we get the dog days of summer. even then it’s usually alot cooler than inland.

      1. Yup (Grandville) says:

        It must be horrible being jailed by weather….. Get out and enjoy life buddy!

      2. Brad says:

        See the symptoms, call your doctor, and thank me later!

      3. RJ (Rockford) says:

        You are a hopeless Debbie Downer!!

        1. fixxxer says:

          Lol you people are too easy.

      4. Bruiseviolet (Cedar Springs) says:

        That’s what fires in the evening are for!

      5. michael g (SE GR) says:

        I’ll bet you grandma in law HATES hot weather.

        1. Skot says:

          The BIG symptom is constipation. LOL

  5. Jeff (SE Ionia County) says:

    Another awesome day in the weather dept ! Perfect weather for my mom and dad’s 47th wedding anniversary !

  6. DanielG says:

    We got the blame for the TV8 news going down just past 6 last nite. “Your engine is in the way of the beam!” We parked our loco outside the car-shop…as we usualy do for break time…and poof as we walk in the door there goes TV8! The managment has seen fit to place large screen TV’s tuned to weather, news and Leave It To Beaver…8-)
    But we do our jobs too ya know!

  7. GunLakeDeb says:

    I’m assuming the snake is now a “Crispy Critter”??

  8. Bruiseviolet (Cedar Springs) says:

    The weather today is BEAUTIFUL! I hope you all get a chance to go outside and enjoy some of it! Funny about the snake, you’d think it would have been a squirrel or something else, not a snake.

  9. Marti B. (Old 44th/Wilson SW) says:

    Yuck, I do not like snakes! I could not pull in channel 8 (have a converter box) and thought it was my old box – so put it through several channel scans and I finally got 8 back. So that’s why! Did the snake get killed – or taken away to the DNR or tossed back in the grass? :)

    1. Bruiseviolet (Cedar Springs) says:

      I had the same problem with my cable. It was down for awhile. Wondered why Channel 8 was the only channel that wouldn’t work.

  10. Jeff (SE Ionia County) says:

    New logo for tv8 mabye ? Start off with a snake with ur opening for the news cast .. lol

  11. INDY says:

    fizzer U NEVER BLOGG UP DO U???? INDYY!!

  12. Tyler says:

    Hey Bill yesterday was the 9th anniversary of the famous Dead River Flood in Marquette. You might remember this or some of you downstaters might remember it too. Read this article.

  13. Hudsonville BarnCat says:

    Everyone tune in at 6:00 tomorrow to see Bill deliver the weather news wearing his new snakeskin jacket.

    1. Skot says:


  14. Nathan (GR) says:

    Bill, why would a snake bother with the wires anyways? It’s not like they are fun to play will, I think…..

  15. Marti B. (Old 44th/Wilson SW) says:

    Thanks Bill – for sending that nice little thunderstorm my way. I enjoyed the lightning and thunder for a bit tonight! :D

  16. Skot says:

    I was inside all night at work…..but my Max Klinger nose smelled the rain.

  17. INDY says:

    Verry nice day today!! INDYY

  18. big Daddy BC says:

    How’d the governor get into that power supply?

  19. Chris DeMarse says:

    Finally! A good old “analog” event.

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