Weekend

December 29th, 2012 at 12:04 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local   WOW!   Big comeback win for Michigan State!  G.R. had 1/2″ of snow Saturday since midnight, which pretty much melted as it fell.  The season snow total for G.R. is now 7.1″.  Model update below.  For those of you into snow and cold, check out the GRR NWS discussion.    Here’s NAM model snowfall thru 84 hours, the GFS snowfall thru 120 hours and the HPC snowfall predictions. Here’s WOOD-TV Interactive Radar, looping radar. Check out the current conditions, regional radar, GRR radar, northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s the College of DuPage Radar Map, Storm total rainfall, 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 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 State Park. Check out the WOOD lightning tracker and U.S. lightning,  Maranatha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime). Here’s Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s storm total rainfall for W. Michigan and E. Michigan. Here’s data from the mid-lake buoy (not available in winter) and the Wind Map.  Here’s local storm reports from Iowa, Western Wisconsin, Eastern Wisconsin, and northern Michigan. Check out these webcams and the Snowman Cam from Gaylord.  For current Michigan weather observations and wind speeds, click here. You can check out the S. Haven Lighthouse, the Spyglass Condos Weather Station by the Holland Channel, the Muskegon beach (when the wind is in knots – kts. – multiply by 1.15 to get mph), and the beach at Michigan City, Indiana.

Model data:  The models print out very little snow.  The 00Z NAM Caribou is in now and it gives G.R. a dusting Tuesday night and that’s it out 3 days.     Older 12Z Saturday data:    The GFS still takes G.R. down into the single digits Thurs. AM, but with partly cloudy skies and a light east wind (not off the lake).  The European has temperatures in the mid-upper teens (not that cold).  The NAM has the most snow with 2″ for G.R. Monday night and Tues. AM and as much as 3-4″ for Kalamazoo.  We continue to be out of the main storm track (snowing in the East/Northeast today).  There’s generally 1-3″ of snow over most of our area, up to 5″ in Jackson Co., 8″ in Cadillac, 10″ at Kalkaska and 14″ at Gaylord.  The ice is slowly forming for ice fishing and ski/tubing resorts are mostly open with good conditions.

Cool model airport.

285 Responses to “Weekend”

  1. INDY says:

    33 inches of snow coming!!! INDYY…

    1. arcturus says:

      And I have ocean property in Tulsa.

      1. Steelie says:

        Good Day,

        At this point, maybe he means 33″ total for the season…? :-) (J/K Indy. Have a sprite on me man.)

        Steelie

  2. Vincent(N.E.Kent Co) says:

    Great sunrise here this morning in Overland Park/Kansas City. There are snow piles out my Hotel window from the plow trucks. They are calling for a high today of 46. Cold and breezy now. It is bad when I have to leave Michigan to find piles of snow. Go Packers!

  3. arcturus says:

    Looks like the new normal isn’t to everyone’s liking but hey, look at the bright side … city budgets won’t be stretched by snow removal any more.

    1. INDY says:

      Thanks fiz33r !! No such thing as a city budget when it comes to snow removal!! INDYY..

    2. Bill Steffen says:

      As of Sunday morning, over 63% of the Lower 48 states had a snowcover: http://www.nohrsc.noaa.gov/nsa/ That’s more than any 12/30 in the last 10 years.

      Northern Hemisphere snowfall has actually increased in the last decade: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/service/global/snowcover-nhland/201012-201102.gif and http://climate.rutgers.edu/snowcover/images/namgnld_season1.gif

      Grand Rapids snowiest decade was 2001 – 2010.

  4. big Daddy BC says:

    Those of you starved for some political perspective, as WOOD doesn’t report on actual politics, might find this NY Times article interesting. The Times follows the influence of Michigan billionaires on the litany of legislation the GOP has forced through Lansing. Lame Duck was a catastrophe. After voters rejected the Emergency Manager Law, the repubs rewrote it and tied it to money so it couldn’t be overturned by Michigan’s citizens. Seriously. They passed Right to Work legislation without any input from anyone and tied IT to money too so it cannot be overturned.

    Our state was for sale. Have a look.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/17/us/politics/republican-donors-make-gains-in-states.html

    If you haven’t followed Lame Duck. Read this:
    http://www.mlive.com/opinion/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2012/12/michigans_gop_lame-duck_leader.html

    1. Tim from Zeeland says:

      Did not Synder use his powers of line item veto to take out the money part of the bill so that in the future it could again come up on a ballot?

    2. Steelie says:

      Good Day,

      Yup – just like the Affordable Care Act…

      Steelie

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

      Like the NY Times is a fair and unbiased source? Why don’t you quote Moveon.org or Daily Kos? Talk about cherry picking your sources. Let’s stick to the weather shall we?

    4. SW Kent says:

      We finally have a leader who is getting something done.
      Good job Snyder!!!

    5. big Daddy BC says:

      Good job Snyder?? His team rewrote the EM Law despite it being overturned by the citizens of this state. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t this supposed to be a representative government? Just who do you suppose these guys are representing?

      Only Trailer Park Repubs and those on the payroll aren’t cringing.

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        Aw…poor baby still upset that Proposal 2 went down to a landslide defeat? http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/11/post_88.html Check out the contract the MEA has with the Bay City Schools: “…a clause in a Bay City Education Association contract saying teachers could be caught drunk on the job five times before being fired, under the influence of illegal drugs three times and caught dealing drugs on school property twice.”

        It’s about protecting our children, not giving more power to special interest lackeys like bigDaddy.

      2. big Daddy BC says:

        So you believe the politicians have the right to overturn an election if they believe it’s in the best interest of the state? Isn’t that communism?

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          LOL! You guys were the ones who tried to overturn an election! http://bloggingformichigan.com/2011/09/30/effort-to-recall-rick-snyder-has-failed-to-gather-enough-signatures/ Snyder won in a landslide. Statewide, Snyder got more than 58% of the vote. Bernero, got only got 29% of the vote in Kent County and 19% in Ottawa County. Snyder won 78 of Michigan’s 83 counties: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Michigan2010gubenatorial.jpg Republicans fairly won both the Senate and House. You guys were also soundly defeated on Proposal 2. Over 600,000 people in the state who voted for Obama voted against proposal 2.

          This is from the G. R. Press: “…a clause in a Bay City Education Association contract saying teachers could be caught drunk on the job five times before being fired, under the influence of illegal drugs three times and caught dealing drugs on school property twice.” (before they could be fired). Does that sound like the union is interested in protecting kids, or protecting bad teachers?

        2. big Daddy BC says:

          Us guys, the moderates, followed the process legally. What YOU extremists are doing is thumbing your nose at the will of the people. The EM law was voted down in November. The GOP has rewritten in, Magoo. They’ve rewritten the very law Michigan’s citizens voted down. You can say whatever you want about liberals, the citizens of this state voted it DOWN, DOWN, DOWN. Your party couldn’t careless about the people they represent. Their agenda is to take everything they can for as long as they’re in office! Our state’s been corporatized and you support it.

        3. Bill Steffen says:

          You’re a moderate like Sanchez is the NFL’s best quarterback! You’re a moderate like Kelly Bundy is a unanimous choice for MENSA. You’re a moderate like this season has been the most exciting season ever for the NHL.

          No one that supports the Bay City Teacher contract I quoted above is a “moderate”

          LOL

        4. big Daddy BC says:

          Moderates voted down the EM Law. Radical right-wingers rewrote it in Lame Duck and made it a law again. Michigan is now a communist state. Snyder and his boys have been leased by Koch and DeVos.

        5. Bill Steffen says:

          On the new union-thug plantation (as opposed to the Democratic-Party plantations of the old South), those who dare to have opposing views are not tolerated:

          http://foxnewsinsider.com/2012/12/13/watch-neil-cavuto-talks-to-michigan-hot-dog-vendor-clint-tarver-whose-stand-was-destroyed-by-union-protesters/

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXEx7yEcs9E I hope the reporter sues the thugs. I hope that Clint Tarver sues the union thugs! Check the video.

          Here’s what bigDaddy’s friends did: http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2012/12/lansing_business_owner_alleges.html They destroyed the cart of an African-American caterer and called him the “N” word multiple times. http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121212/POLITICS02/212120459

  5. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    8″ of snow on the ground over here still!

    CPC for the next two weeks looks like above average temps and fairly dry.

  6. Mindy ( Mason MI ) says:

    Need to RECALL all REPUBS before midterm Elections. I WILL BE THE FIRST IN LINE TO SIGN A RECALL PETITION!!!!!!

    1. Tim from Zeeland says:

      On what grounds would you recall them? If I’m not mistaken, some wont even be around because they were term limited out already.

      1. joanne says:

        HOW ABOUT THE GROUNDS THAT THESE PIGS HAVE TAKEN OVER OUR STATE FOR THE CORPORATIONS THAT THEY WORK FOR. THESE SOB’S ARE PASSING LAWS AFTER LAWS TO BENEFIT PEOPLE LIKE DEVOS. I AM SICKENED BY THE GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER THAT HAS TAKEN PLACE IN THIS STATE. I’LL BE NEXT TO YOU MINDY.

        1. Chopper says:

          I thought this was a blog about the weather?

        2. Tim from Zeeland says:

          You might not like them. Yet they were voted into office and have done everything under the rules that are in place. Yelling just because you don’t like them is NOT reason to recall them. Stop yelling and come up with a reason for recalling them, such as rules that are broken.
          Or just keep doing what your doing. Yelling at the top of your voice that amounts to you just blowing off steam. So getting pissed off and not taking action is work of the fool hearted. What are you?

        3. SW Kent says:

          Snyder may the be the best governor we have ever had!

        4. big Daddy BC says:

          SW Kent is Bill Steffen FOR SURE! LOL

          I agree with Mindy, these people who are intentionally acting counter to the will of the people should be removed from office. The people of this state overturned the EM Law. Anyone that voted it back up in Lame Duck should be fired!

        5. ptmartin12 says:

          Devos is a job creator. You my friend are a job destroyer(and a whiner)

        6. SW Kent says:

          No, I am not Bill Steffen, although I did meet him about 8 years ago at a golf course……he is a nice man.
          DeVos is the best thing to ever happen to Michigan…..so why are you knocking him????

        7. big Daddy BC says:

          Sure, Bill. Sure.

        8. bobcat says:

          Will always find it SO hilarious how the liberals ALWAYS need to call names when things don’t go their way! Basically, for you slow ones(joanne/bdbc/etc),… the ‘PIGS and SOB’S’ were voted into office because Jennifer took us down. Yet, you will find a way to blame republicans for her 8-year failure.

        9. big Daddy BC says:

          Get out the bobcat and read a newspaper, dillweed. GWB took us down, not Jennifer G.

        10. Bill Steffen says:

          1/1/03 – Granholm takes office – Michigan unemployment 6.2% (15th highest). 2009: Michigan unemployment 14.2% (1st among the 50 states). No other state did worse than Michigan. (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

        11. big Daddy BC says:

          No other state was solely dependent on three companies for its income. When the big three went down during the GWB Depression, the state fell. Granholm didn’t have enough power to prevent the recession from reaching Michigan. Are you nuts?

        12. Bill Steffen says:

          Fortunately, the state is becoming more competitive and we’re not losing as many jobs to Indiana and Ohio. Fortunately, not as many of our children will have to move out of state to find jobs when they graduate. http://www.mlive.com/business/index.ssf/2012/12/manufacturing_drives_slow_mich.html

          “Durable goods manufacturing output has jumped 41 percent in the past two years.”

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

      Mindy, I don’t give a rat’s rear end what you do. Go stand in line and freeze your ignorant behind off.

  7. INDY says:

    If thee Lions can’t make the playoffs no can the bears GO LIONS!! GO COLTS!! INDYY…

    1. Steelie says:

      Good Day,

      Hey Indy… kind of hard to win when you keep giving up the ball resulting in the other team scoring points. Three times already in the first half, let alone nearly 60 points in the last few games alone! A huge lack of discipline IMHO. Well, at least we have the weather to chat about… ;-)

      Steelie

      1. Steelie says:

        Good Day,

        Wait, what’s this… the Lions just scored. Let’s see what the second half has in store…

        Steelie

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

          What was in store? Another loss. With the game on the line and the Lions needing a stop to get the ball back, the defense folded up like a lawn chair. I’m not sure Schwartz will keep his job.

  8. Dan says:

    What about special interest groups? They are made up of both, republicans and democrats. What about the independents, as well? Don’t they factor into the discussion? Big Government always amounts to more control and more money. Blame to go ALL around. Nobody is innocent in this. Why is that instead of taking action some must result to the blame game? Is it because you feel justified in this? Why not take some constructive action?

    1. big Daddy BC says:

      Dan, the repubs are the party that’s stripping all the rights away from labor, jacking up taxes on the middle class, and gutting schools. Who do you think is to blame, Du-mas?

      1. Dan says:

        So call me names huh? WOW, that is very original.
        The funny thing about is that you put time, energy and much of your effort into what? I asked that question earlier and you call me names.
        I think, I deserve just a bit more respect than that.
        You think that by calling me names that you are justified?
        Yet, you will not even answer the question nor will you look at this objectively. So incredibly predictable you are, Big Daddy.
        However, I will not call you names in return.

      2. big Daddy BC says:

        Dan. Read, man. I answered the question. The GOP is running the state therefor they’re responsible for all of the legislation. It’s that easy. There are no independents mucking around. The dems can’t pass anything. The only ones left are the bought and paid for teabaggers. It’s THAT easy.

        And then Bill swoops in with anti middle class rhetoric. LOL Predictable old white man.

        Bill, your new name is POW Man.

      3. Bill Steffen says:

        LOL – no response to the union thugs tearing down the tent, destroying the cart of the African-American hot dog vendor and calling him the “N” word and every other disgusting name in the book?

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXEx7yEcs9E I hope the reporter sues the thugs. I hope that Clint Tarver sues the union thugs! Check the video:

        http://foxnewsinsider.com/2012/12/13/watch-neil-cavuto-talks-to-michigan-hot-dog-vendor-clint-tarver-whose-stand-was-destroyed-by-union-protesters/

      4. big Daddy BC says:

        How funny is that as democracy is ignored and the middle class is destroyed, you make a point about a tent falling down. LOL You’re the thug, Bill Steffen!

      5. Bill Steffen says:

        How is it democracy when union thugs destroy the property of others? How is it democracy when union thugs make the worst racist shouts? How is it democracy when a union thug repeatedly punches a reporter?

        It’s democracy when nearly 700,000 voters in Michigan that voted for Obama also voted against Proposal 2.

      6. big Daddy BC says:

        Punching anyone is a crime. That crime is defined under law in our democracy. Just as destruction of private property is a crime. I think you’re really confused, Old Man.

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          So you would agree that the violent, criminal union thugs that can be identified on video should be arrested and prosecuted for their racist actions and disgusting assults. If the union encouraged this type of behavior, they should be prosecuted and sued as well. Intolerant bigotry and unprovoked assault should not be tolerated by a free society.

  9. arcturus says:

    I see the liberals here know as much about politics as the weather.

    1. INDY says:

      fiz33r know’s nothing !!!! Right aruturus??? GO COLTS GO LIONS GO SNOW!! INDYY……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

      1. fixxxer says:

        I fail to see why you mention me in every post you make. Its like you have a man crush.

    2. big Daddy BC says:

      So, arc, let me get this straight, you’re a pro-union conservative weather junkie? LOL I guess I’ve heard of stranger things. How about shedding some light on things for us, Smart Guy.

      In addition to the anti middle class bills the GOP passed, they also removed wolves from protection. Red necks grab your guns, jump in the truck with your brothercousin, and head up north for some dog meat. Paul already left.

      1. kevin says:

        Why don’t you capitalize the b in big?

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

        bDBC, too bad there’s no bounty on skunks; you’d fit the bill nicely:-)

      3. big Daddy BC says:

        Why don’t you capitalize the ‘k’ in Kevin? Stupid’s funny.

        1. big Daddy BC says:

          Is it relevant that he’s black? Because don’t you support the take over of black communities by white Lansing overseers?

        2. Bill Steffen says:

          It’s relevant that they shouted the “N” word (and others about as bad as that) at him. It’s relevant that you won’t condemn the viscous, racist thugs that did this and the thugs that did the vandalism. It’s also relevant that the “overseers” that you object to are African-American and that the school board of Muskegon Heights ASKED for an Emergency Manager: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/16/muskegon-heights-school-district-emergency-manager_n_1349748.html African-Americans support the Emergency Managers:

          “The Ford School survey found 43% of local leaders say they believe the Emeregency Manager law will be effective in restoring financial health to local communities, while 19% think it will be ineffective, 14% believe it will be neutral, and 24% weren’t sure.”

          Since the “local leaders” of the communities with Emergency Managers are overwhelmingly Democratic and liberal and since less than one in five say the Emergency Managers will be “ineffective”, it’s easy to see that the E.M.’s do have community support.

        3. big Daddy BC says:

          On the old plantations, black overseers were often utilized by the owners. That way, they didn’t have to get their hands dirty. Fact is, this law was voted down my the citizens of this state. In Lame Duck the GOP just rewrote it and made it a law again, but this time made it irreversible. our plantation owner sure is a clever cracka!

        4. Bill Steffen says:

          On the new plantation, white union thugs vandalize African-American hot dog vendors that dare serve a hot dog to someone who disagrees with the white union thugs!

          http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2012/12/lansing_business_owner_alleges.html They destroyed the cart of an African-American caterer and called him the “N” word multiple times. http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121212/POLITICS02/212120459

          The union thugs sure got this guy riled up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBQ6dKPu0pk (some nasty language in the video)

          http://foxnewsinsider.com/2012/12/13/watch-neil-cavuto-talks-to-michigan-hot-dog-vendor-clint-tarver-whose-stand-was-destroyed-by-union-protesters/

  10. fixxxer says:

    Just got back from metro as my daughter is once again sick for the 4th time this month. Damn place was packed and everyone was wearing masks. I felt like i was watching contagion. The doc said its the worst flu and cold season they have seen. Its like a damn plauge. Sorry to sound rude but i think these illegal mexicans are bringing this crap up here. My kids have never been this sick.

    Weather wise this cold weather sucks. Feels like feb out.

    1. INDY says:

      Your not rude u are a IDOIT.. I have a lot Mexican friends that pay your bills for u!! GET A JOB GET A CLUE ON LIFE LOSER!! Anytime anywhere I will take u down u clown…..INDYY….

      1. fixxxer says:

        Name the place cart boy. I love how worked up you get lol. And its the truth. Open your eyes, the area is filled with illegals. Been getting worse the past 3 years. And yeah im sure meijers loves to hire them.

        1. fixxxer says:

          Im all for immagration but when 90% of the ER is filled with latinos that dont care to learn english it makes me sick. My area is filled with this and so is the schools. Why should my kids have to learn spanish to be able to communicate? When i start feeling like the minority its sad. Not rasict but its a fact. So cool your jets indy and go drink some more sprites.

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

          I think Indy is already well into his sprites. Must be the sprites talking:-)

  11. fixxxer says:

    http://m.usatoday.com/article/news/1742225

    At least im not the only one noticing it.

    1. I am with ya Fix. I been with my wife for 32 years and she is a mexican american legal all the way down to great grand parents. I have seen more than my fair share of these illegals in this town with illegal SS cards and no drivers permits and so on. My father inlaw saw so much shit they have gottin away with I think it help drive him to early death. And that’s why we pay high health care coast, and yes my son is learning spanish not by choice but by requirements, it should be by choice. In 32 years I’ve learned little spaisnh, no need for it. Hard workers my ASS take two of them to do a one man job.

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

        I have no problem with legal immigration. However, we do need to seal our borders. Some of these people crossing the border illegally are not doing so to find a job. They are coming here to do harm to the USA.

        1. big Daddy BC says:

          Give us a break, Ned. The fruit pickers are coming to hurt us?

        2. Bill Steffen says:

          It’s the union thugs that can do the hurting: http://foxnewsinsider.com/2012/12/13/watch-neil-cavuto-talks-to-michigan-hot-dog-vendor-clint-tarver-whose-stand-was-destroyed-by-union-protesters/ Can you imagine assaulting a poor African-American hot dog vendor. Calling him the “N” word and every other expletive and insult. Arrest the union thug-vandals!

        3. joanne says:

          Now Bill is going to post hot dog vender BS three hundred times. Does that mean you are done with drunk teacher bashing?

        4. big Daddy BC says:

          AND it’s a foxnewsinsider article! LOL Bill sure is a predictable old white man, isn’t he.

        5. Bill Steffen says:

          No, I’m not done with the teacher contract that endangers our children and supports drunk teachers:

          From the Grand Rapids Press: “The Bay City Public Schools teachers contract would allow teachers to come to school under the influence of alcohol five times before being fired, three strikes under the influence of drugs and two if teachers are caught selling drugs. The language has been in the contract since 1997.”

          The Bay City Teachers gave $40,000 to the Proposal 2 campaign. $40K could have just about hired a new teacher!

        6. big Daddy BC says:

          Are you suggesting that contracts go away? …That school boards not be allowed to discipline teachers for drinking on the job? I think a decent school board would reduce the number of days a clinically ill employee could show up to work under the influence.

          How dare you suggest that drunk teachers should be kept on the job! You plainly have NO common sense. It’s either that your children have been out of the house so long you forget that protecting those little ones is our number one job! Shame on you, Bill Steffen.

        7. Bill Steffen says:

          Read my previous comment. It seems obvious here that the MEA is more interested in protecting drunk and stoned (and even drug-dealing) teachers than protecting children.

  12. kevin. w says:

    Did everyone enjoy winter and now were back to this…http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/814day/index.php

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

      Warm and wet perhaps?

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Not a problem, because the average high temp this time of year is about 30 to 31 degrees, so it could be little warmer than average with plenty of SNOW! Bring it on!!

  13. Gonna move up toward Crawford County/Montmorency County area. Should good get some good snowstorms up there while you guys sit down here on the rainy side of the storm

  14. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    My, my, my, how sad what this blog has become with so much bashing, name calling, prejudist people, rude, crude, down right rude comments to one another, no one will ever see eye to eye but man agree to disagree and bring back what this blog was SUPPOSED to have been!! About the weather but sadly I think it’s to far gone to be about that now, weather has become a 2cd topic, or maybe the 3rd or 4th topic. There is just down right so much HATE on here, it’s bad enough already out there in reality of so much HATE but to bring it into the blog where we all try to come together and talk about what we find fasinating and love people now bring into it their hate for mankind, so very sad.

    1. Dan says:

      Yes, I know what you mean Swatz! There is way too much VENOM on the blog. Unfortunately, there are MANY issues and it seems that it only takes a couple of comments to get people all riled up.
      This used to be the BEST blog on weather anywhere around! I joined over 4 years ago and it was this way. I’m sorry it has gone the way that it has. It makes me wonder when/if Bill will shut it down. I have been also to blame as I have jumped into the fray many times.
      It is so sad. So many of our most knowledgeable posters won’t even post anymore. I wish they would come back. Sadly, they may not.

      1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

        Unlikely Dan, unlikely. I go past the replies but you have to skim them to find where the next post/reply starts back on the topic of weather, it’s unreal.

        1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

          you can’t seem to talk about the weather in a reply any more only to have it twisted around to such hate filled remarks! Maybe this is why I have lost my excitement this year because I see how the excitement of weather has faded among people here and it seems to be more excitment to bash, name call, debate, you name it other then the topic of weather.

        2. big Daddy BC says:

          Believing that this blog was ever just a weather blog is a fantasy. Bill’s been posting political rhetoric on here for years. But for years no one called him on it. Was it three or four years ago that he did the big piece on MSNBC and global warming? P-lease. Pull your head out of the sand. Our state is being carved up like a big fat turkey by the .01%ers.

          http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/17/us/politics/republican-donors-make-gains-in-states.html

          If you haven’t followed Lame Duck. Read this:
          http://www.mlive.com/opinion/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2012/12/michigans_gop_lame-duck_leader.html

        3. Bill Steffen says:

          The threads have nothing to do with politics. It’s usually you that chimes in with your nonsense.

          Check this out: http://foxnewsinsider.com/2012/12/13/watch-neil-cavuto-talks-to-michigan-hot-dog-vendor-clint-tarver-whose-stand-was-destroyed-by-union-protesters/ Arrest the thugs who did this to the poor African-American hot dog vendor! Arrest the union thugs who tore down the tent with box-cutters and knives! Arrest the thug-vandals! Sue the thug-vandals!

        4. Brad says:

          Wow, Bill, lots of rage, anger, and vindictiveness there…authoritarian and unChristian.

        5. GunLakeDeb says:

          LOL!! Swatz, I was just going to compliment you on “Rising Above” and not having politics pop up, but then I see bDBC has already tainted THIS post ;-)

          Anyway – I vote you the “Queen Mom Of Nice”!

        6. big Daddy BC says:

          …Tainted the post with two articles about the billionaire takeover of Michigan. Okay. Sorry to taint things, but at some point you’re gonna need to pull that fat head of yours out of the sand, Lady.

        7. Bill Steffen says:

          From M-Live:

          “The Bay City Education Association was one of many teachers unions across the state to provide funding to Protect Our Jobs ballot committee. The teachers union on May 23 gave a $40,000 check to the committee, which supports Proposal 2.”

          And the Bay City Teachers Contract:

          “The Bay City Public Schools teachers contract would allow teachers to come to school under the influence of alcohol five times before being fired, three strikes under the influence of drugs and two if teachers are caught selling drugs. The language has been in the contract since 1997.”

        8. big Daddy BC says:

          Half the time you look drunk on the air. Must be in your contract too. LOL

        9. Bill Steffen says:

          Great response to what I wrote! Truly inspirational! LOL!

  15. Dan says:

    Lets get it back on the weather, then! I was getting fired up after reading many of Rocky’s posts. We need a BIG SNOW STORM! I realize that this will not make it better on the blog but, it will certainly help.
    Looks like only snow shower chances with light accums for this week!
    We need a real, good, old fashioned Winter. You know what I mean? Lets see if there is a storm coming in the next two weeks! Looks like Winter outside, just need MORE SNOW!

    1. SBPortage002 says:

      At my age I am not into snow as much as when I was younger but I wish for it for all the people who like winter activities. Also, it looks nice on tree limbs and such. Sadly I am about to get on the side of the fence where we will not see much of anything on the way of snowstorms. Hope I am wrong but the feeling isn’t there once again this winter.

      1. GunLakeDeb says:

        I know you’re about 90% right – but I just can’t help but hope for a foot of snow???? I mean, we still had 50″ last year, which was certainly a “bust” of a winter…..

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Yes, Dan we need a SNOWSTORM and we will have a SNOWSTORM. Keep the faith. We should have a good chance the week of 1-7-13. Get ready to ROCK n ROLL!

        1. GunLakeDeb says:

          ROFL!! Sad, but true…..

  16. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    We received 3.8″ on Wednesday, 0.25″ on Friday, 1.5″ on Saturday. We currently have a snow cover of 4.3″. About 8-10 miles to our east(east of 131) they only received a dusting yesterday, and have half as much snow cover as we have.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Yup. I’m seeing more and more grass poking through the snow. :-( Only good news is that west Gun Lake is freezing nicely with these cold nights and lack of snow insulation. Not that it helps me much with my snowmobile – I still have to GET to the lake…..

  17. big Daddy BC says:

    Follow the money trail. Michigan’s middle class is being sold at auction.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/17/us/politics/republican-donors-make-gains-in-states.html

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      ROFLMAO!!! If *two million dollars* is all it took to “buy” Michigan – then we deserve whatever Mr DeVos has in store for us.

    2. big Daddy BC says:

      Good point. And imagine now all the money stations like WOOD rake in as billionaires like the Koch brothers and DeVos flood the airwaves with rhetoric. I feel like you might be right, if we don’t stand up to these people, we do deserve what we get.

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        Actually, we rake it in when unions spend $23,000,000 dollars promoting Proposal 2. Then nearly 700,000 people who voted for Obama vote NO on Proposal 2. LOL!!! 700,000!!! Proposal 2 lost in 78 of Michigan’s 83 counties!!! Do it again!!! Do it again!!! Another Proposal. Gotta protect the drunk teachers in Bay City!!!

        From M-Live:

        “The Bay City Education Association was one of many teachers unions across the state to provide funding to Protect Our Jobs ballot committee. The teachers union on May 23 gave a $40,000 check to the committee, which supports Proposal 2.”

        And the Bay City Teachers Contract:

        “The Bay City Public Schools teachers contract would allow teachers to come to school under the influence of alcohol five times before being fired, three strikes under the influence of drugs and two if teachers are caught selling drugs. The language has been in the contract since 1997.”

      2. big Daddy BC says:

        So there you have it, the media rakes it in. Big surprise. When the Fairness Doctrine was abolished in 1987, any obligation on behalf of media outlets like WOOD to fairly present the news went away too. WOOD is a right-wing puppet and the GOP’s rich supporters are pulling the strings. Big surprise that WOOD is no longer obligated to pay taxes in Michigan. That’s a great big win for the bad guys.

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          ROFLMAO! Prove that “WOOD is no longer obligated to pay taxes in Michigan”. LOL!!!!

  18. Wow this blog has become so stupid. This is a place to talk about weather, not bash, name call, and debate about crap. Take it somewhere else. Now you know why i stop coming on here because this blog has become a stupid place. nice blog ur running here

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      So, should I just delete comments like the one above yours from bigDaddy?

      1. joanne says:

        LOL, that way nobody can argue with your rhetoric Bill. I’ve seen you delete people on here before that made you look bad. Why did that stop?

      2. Ya think Bill? Last i knew this was a weather blog. You should delete all the comments that dont deal with the weather. Not just bigDaddy. This should be a strict weather blog only. And i see you call people like me full of nonsense, but you know what? we actually have our heads screwed on straight to realize the true meaning of what this blog really is and what it should be. Your the type of person with nonsense on this blog. Plus i noticed your weather predictions have been way off. Maybe a little more worrying about weather than about this political crap. Might help your forecasting of weather

        1. How bout we put all this crap in the past and start talking about weather. It would be much appreciated i think by alot of bloggers on here

        2. WhatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

          BORING!

  19. Steelie says:

    Good Day,

    Be wary of “roll over” viruses. Was on the blog here and NWS (at same time) about 3:30 this afternoon and got hit by a “ransom” Trojan Horse. All you have to do is simply “roll over” an add and you are hit, no need to “click” to get infected. Had to go deep into special drive access to find it and kill it… And now I am back!

    Steelie

    1. This is a sad blog. I dont understand why its even on here

    2. Brian(Grandville) says:

      I just can’t stand all the pop up adds now days, so annoying.

  20. joanne says:

    Speaking of weather, why is Kyle’s forecast from yesterday still on here. Bill, you need to spend more time on weather and less time on your politics. There is NO reason that the viewers should be getting outdated weather reports when the chief is on his blog arguing about suing people. Very backwards.

    1. big Daddy BC says:

      Ice Age Now? LOL And you call yourself a met. More political nonsense.

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        Political?…those are actual factual, verifiable articles including a couple from the BBC.

        http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/forget-global-warming-alaska-headed-ice-age

        http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/12/28/2012122800375.html

        Hundreds are dying from the cold this winter…in Russia, Mongolia, Poland, the Ukraine, India, China, and bigDaddy wants massive new taxes to try and make it colder (new taxes won’t budge global temperatures).

  21. This page says 84″ of snow is to fall this winter. Were at 7.1″. It better start snowing if were going to reach that. They better rethink those numbers

    http://www.examiner.com/article/winter-2012-2013-for-west-michigan

  22. Dan says:

    Bill, Thanks for everything that you do!! KEEP UP the great work!!! I hope you have a fantastic 2013!!! May it be a GREAT YEAR! I’m sure we will get our weather roller coaster rides many times throughout this NEW YEAR!!!!

    1. big Daddy BC says:

      Gag us, Dan, you sniveling sycophant. Happy New Year, everyone.
      I hope in 2013 the republicans stop raping Michigan’s middle class.

  23. Cassie says:

    Haven’t been here in a few months…astounded at the way you are all talking to each other! This is weather blog, not a warzone. Please act like adults and learn to have rational, civilized discussions. Thanks.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      bigDaddy’s frustrated because his politically-driven talking points are challenged here. So all he has left is insults. He’s never presented any background to lend credibility to what he says. He’s a proven serial liar (like when he claimed that Mitt Romney was a polygamist). Back to reality:

      Hundreds dying from severe cold: http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/12/28/2012122800375.html

      And in Alaska: http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/forget-global-warming-alaska-headed-ice-age

      1. Well it doesnt help when you have people egging others on. Bill if you keep saying this stuff to bigDaddy the while process will continue and people will continue to be upset. If you two would stop going at it things would settle down and people wouldn’t be getting upset.

  24. Global warming?? nahh i care not to believe in it. If so many are dying from the severe cold, how is global warming real?? In 10 years they will be worried about global cooling. Scientists just cant make up their minds these days…

    1. joanne says:

      Kyle,
      Real Scientists aren’t arguing about global warming. Corporate tools like Bill Steffen are the ones who are attempting to confuse the public with lies.

      1. Ohh i know. The stuff Bill is throwing out there is a bunch of crap to me anyways…

      2. Bill Steffen says:

        SURPRISE! http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2012/08/in-a-surprise-co2-emissions-hit-20-year-low/1#.UOZ_x6zNmSo

        SURPRISE! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2055191/Scientists-said-climate-change-sceptics-proved-wrong-accused-hiding-truth-colleague.html

        SURPRISE! http://www.petitionproject.org/

        SURPRISE! Even “Handcuffs” Hansen says the warming has stopped: “The five-year mean global temperature has been flat for the last decade…” – James Hansen et al. (source: Judith Curry’s blog)

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