January, 2013

Lake Effect Snow Warning Continues

January 31st, 2013 at 4:12 pm by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

   The Lake-Effect Snow Warning has been extended into more counties (dark green on the map), including Kent and Calhoun Counties.  See radar and the links below.  We’ve already had 6″+ in parts of Ottawa, Allegan, Van Buren – and this is going to continue tonight into tomorrow.  More snow is likely over the weekend into early next week.  The heaviest snow will be in the 12-18″ category with drifts over 2 feet.  More after the news.  Big Wreck on I-94 near Mattawan – 9 semis and 12 cars involved.  There was also a deadly crash on I-75 near Detroit involving over 30 vehicles.  Police confirm 3 fatalities (2 of them were children) and 15 -20 have been transported to hospitals.  The accident happened by the Rouge River Bridge around 9 AM.  The accident was a HAZMAT Level 3 sight due to fuel/chemical spills.  Big News Day today…watch us at 10, 11.      The “Beyond the Violence” special is on WOOD-TV right now (7-8 PM).


Lake-Effect Snow WARNING!

January 31st, 2013 at 4:29 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local  7:10 PM – One snow band sits right along I-96 now from Muskegon to Detroit.  Roads are snow-covered and very slippery at times.  Major accident on I-94 near Mattawan.  Multiple semis involved, road closed.  3″ of new snow at the G.R. airport, nearly 6″ at Paw Paw and Schoolcraft.  17″ of new snow at Marquette, +7″ at Traverse City.   Models give us snow more on than off thru Friday with periods of snow continuing through Tues. of next week.  Latest European keeps us below freezing until at least Weds. and possibly beyond that. There’s a Lake-Effect Snow Warning for Ottawa, Allegan, Van Buren and Kalamazoo Counties and a Lake-Effect Snow Advisory for Mason, Lake, Oceana, Muskegon, Newaygo, Kent, Barry, Berrien and Cass Counties.  This is going to be a long-duration event with not only significant snow, but also drifting and some blowing snow.  We’ll also have cold temperatures (in the teens much of the time), strong winds (15-25 mph steady, with gusts to 35 mph, esp. at Lake Michigan) and low wind chills near zero.  For current Michigan weather observations and wind speeds, click here. 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 regional radar, GRR radar, northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s the College of DuPage Radar Map, 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, the Marantha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures. Here’s storm total precipitation 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. Here’s current U.S. temperatures.

The overnight European model gives G.R. 0.39″ precipitation and at a conservative 20-1 water to snow ratio, that would be 8″ by early next week.  For W. Allegan Co. it has 0.72″ precipitation which would be nearly 15″.  The NAM caribou has even more snow…thru Sunday AM it’s up to 13.3″ for Grand Rapids and up to 20″ in Allegan Co.   The GFS Caribou has 6″ for G. R. by Sunday AM and 11″ for Muskegon with over a foot in Allegan Co.  BTW, the totals for G.R. are at the airport – there would be more snow than that in western and especially southwestern Kent Co.  This is a long duration snow period and even light snow is going to add up.  The GFS doesn’t take us past 30 until the middle of next week.  We have the lake-effect thru Friday, then a couple of clipper systems.   Also, whoever gets a foot of snow will see at least 2 foot drifts.  I did see a couple of G.R./Kent Co. plows out this morning and the streets I drove home on had all be salted.  Keep up with 24-hour news 8 – we’re in for some significant winter weather thru early next week.


Tornadoes – 2 fatalities – 32 injured – UPDATED

January 31st, 2013 at 2:45 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

    The Adairsville tornado has been classified a “high-end” EF3 with winds of 160 mph!   This was a very significant severe weather outbreak for January.  Over the past 2 days we had 23 tornadoes (preliminary number – which will probably be reduced as they determine if there were multiple reports of the same tornado), 664 reports of wind damage and 12 reports of large (1″ or greater in  diameter) hail.   The worst tornado was the one in Adairsville, Georgia (one fatality there and 14 injures) where they had cars flipped and building damage.  Video of Adairsville tornado here.  Damage pictures here.    There was a rare moderate risk from the Storm Prediction Center  – you don’t see that too often in January! The Slight Risk Area for Tuesday covered 11 states.   Here’s a link to current watches and  storm reports.

ALSO:  Grand Rapids is +4.1 deg. above average thru Wednesday.  Snowfall for G.R. thru Weds.:  0.9″ Sunday, 12.2″ for Jan., 19.7″ for the season.  Muskegon:  0.2″ Sunday, 27.8″ for Jan., 36″ for the season.  Lansing:  0.8″ Sunday, 5.1″ for Jan., 9.6″ for the season.


Major Flooding

January 30th, 2013 at 4:40 pm by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

  Major Flooding on the Muskegon River…ice jam – evacuations on both sides of the river along the Rogers Pond…here’s the river level just upstream at Evart.   Here’s video and our story.   The volume of water coming down the river is about 2.7 times average flow.  The crest on the river should move through Mecosta County today.   Evacuations occurred on Riverside Dr. and 183rd Ave.  We heard that two people were rescued from their 2nd floor.  The river came up 4 feet in less than 3 hours.  Here’s more from our news dept.   Also:  “OTTAWA COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTED AN ICE JAM DEVELOPING ON THE GRAND RIVER NEAR THE U.S. 31 DRAWBRIDGE. WATER LEVELS ON THE GRAND RIVER WERE RISING IN THE AREAS UPSTREAM OF THE ICE JAM.”  Watch the news  for pictures/video.

The Red Cross now has a long-term shelter for flood victims at the local Methodist Church.


Lake-Effect Snow Watch

January 30th, 2013 at 12:30 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

   A Lake-Effect Snow Watch has been issued by the GRR NWS for the lakeshore counties and the next set of counties inland (Lake, Newaygo, Kent, Barry and Kalamazoo Counties) for 6-12″ of new snow from this evening through Friday.  We’ll see light to occasionally heavy snow, slick roads, cold temperatures and wind chill factors falling to near zero.  If you look at the graphic here, we also have river flood advisories.  Check river levels here and here.   Here’s Caribou Snow forecasts off the (NAM, GFS) thru Sat.   Grand Rapids (8.2″, 6.2″), Muskegon (8.0″, 10.2″), Kalamazoo (7.5″, 5.7″), Cadillac (6.9″, 9.2″), Mt. Pleasant (1.6″, 1.6″ – snow desert).  The European has 0.17″ precip. for G.R. and at a 20-1 water-to-snow ratio, that would be 3 1/2″ of snow.  In any case, there will be snow to play in this weekend, and ski areas should be able to get back pretty close to decent conditions for the weekend.  Also, there is still snow up north – Weds. AM snowcover:  4″ Traverse City, 7″ Gaylord, 14″ Newberry, 16″ Marquette, Charlevoix, 17″ S. Ste. Marie, 24″ Grand Marais.  Here’s forecast snow off the NAM model (thru 3 1/2 days) and the GFS model (thru 5 days)  “.

Also, check out the video of the huge tornado that crossed I-75 north of Atlanta this AM.  More video here.  Adairsville has hit by a strong tornado on 4/28/11.  “ADAIRSVILLE.EMERGENCY MANAGER CONFIRMS THAT APPROXIMATELY 100 CARS OVERTURNED NEAR EXIT 306 ON INTERSTATE 75.”


Wednesday PM – Here Comes the Cold

January 30th, 2013 at 11:59 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local   There’s a snowstorm missing us to the west, with light/moderate snow and 30 degrees in Milwaukee at 11 AM.  We have light rain and temps. range from the mid 30s at the lakeshore to the low 50s SE of Battle Creek.  Another relatively big severe weather day.  By noon we already had several tornadoes (cars flipped and significant building damage in Adairsville GA) and 80 reports of wind damage from Mississippi to Pennsylvania.  We will have a freeze-up this evening as the cold air comes in…beware of that if you’re driving this evening and the cold air is coming.  Temperatures will fall to the teens and lake-effect snow will start up.  All of us will have to deal with slick roads and the ground will be white…and many of us will have to shovel/plow snow, with the strongest lake-effect bands producing 6″+ over the next several days.  We’ve had a major road collapse from flooding and the roof of the Masonic Lodge caved in last night in Hickory Corners.  I’ll update later.  For current Michigan weather observations and wind speeds, click here. 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 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 Marantha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures. Here’s storm total precipitation 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. Here’s current U.S. temperatures.


Showers, Storms and Fog

January 29th, 2013 at 12:42 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local   1:35 AM Lots of rain in the area – Already cooling off west of G.R.  Grand Haven (beach) went down 5 degrees in 5 minutes.  Light rain will continue into the morning.   Small hail was reported in SE G.R. with the first t-shower that passed by around 5:15 PM Tues.  Movement of the rain is SW to NE.   Rainfall thru 11:45 PM:  2.73″ Norton Shores, 2.48″ Muskegon, 2.39″ Shelby, 2.10″ Grand Haven, 1.28″ Holland, 1.44″ Grand Rapids (WOOD-TV), 0.96″ Battle Creek, 0.90″ Oshtemo, 0.86″ Mt. Pleasant, 0.80″ Jackson, 0.76″ Benton Harbor, 0.72″ Kalamazoo, 0.59″ Lansing, 1.41″ Allendale (GVSU), 1.30″ Jenison, 1.38″ Hudsonville (Daybreak Church), 1.25″ Boatwerks on Lake Macatawa – Holland and 1.65″ on the beach at Grand  Haven at BilMar’s.   As of 7 AM: 1.22″  Sparta, 1.09″ Fremont, 1.02″ Caledonia, 1.00″ Rockford, 0.83″ East G.R.   There’s still some very  fog in places.  Some temperatures early Tues. morning from Iowa into Illinois were 40 degrees warmer than average (and they’ll be 20 degrees colder than average Thurs. AM).  The Slight Risk for Severe Thunderstorms comes up to the south edge of Lake Michigan (see thread below).  There should be a significant outbreak of severe storms and tornadoes down south (we get more winter/early spring tornadoes in the south in years with a weak La Nina/and or cold PDO – Pacific Decadal Oscillation).   There was a Severe T-Storm Warning for St. Joseph County Michigan early this AM for large hail!   Hail nearly to 1″ in diameter and 1″ of rain in 25 minutes with some of these storms!    See the other threads below for more on our current and long-range weather and check out these useful links:  For current Michigan weather observations and wind speeds, click here. 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 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 Marantha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures. Here’s storm total precipitation 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. Here’s current U.S. temperatures.


Flood Watch – Fog Advisory

January 28th, 2013 at 2:36 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

  This is the HPC 5-day precipitation forecast (click to enlarge).  That’s a LOT of rain for W. Michigan and much of the eastern U.S., especially considering this is January (wish we could pull the area a little to the west to help the dry parts of W. OK up into S. Dakota).   The G.R. National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Tuesday Evening into Wednesday Morning.  Model data suggests 1 1/2″ to an isolated 2 1/2″ of rain will be possible thru Weds. PM.   The combination of the rain and melting snow could cause significant rises in area rivers.  There is also a fair amount of ice in the rivers and ice jams are a possibility.  There is also a Dense Fog Advisory for the entire area until 7 PM tomorrow (Tues.).     The European would take the G.R. temperature to 56 Tues. PM (I could see an isolated 60 degree reading S or SE of G.R.), with steadily falling temps. on Weds., a high of 21 on Thurs. and maybe 15 on Friday.  Temperatures in the snow on Sat. would be in the low 20s.   The GFS has a similar high of about 56 Tues. night, but down to 28 by Weds. evening and mid teens for Thurs. PM.  The NAM is 57 for Tues.  Friday we might get to +16 with mid 20s on Saturday.   Lake-Effect snow could be moderate to heavy in a few bands that develop from Weds. night to Thurs. night.   So after this wonderful weekend for winter sports…it gets to 55…the cold and snow come back and ski areas (with a little help from the snow guns) could very well be back to very good conditions for next weekend.   You gotta love Michigan weather!

Lots of REALLY warm air to our south.  Columbia, Missouri tied their warmest day ever in Jan. with a high of 77 on Monday.  Other daily records:  66 Quincy IL, 74 Kansas City MO and Wichita KS and 80 at Wichita Falls TX.


Monday Showers

January 27th, 2013 at 7:55 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local  Monday AM-  We’ll see scattered showers, drizzle and maybe some fog today into Tuesday. Tuesday we reach the mid 40′s to mid 50s, then it’s back to winter with high temperatures colder than average from Thurs. – Sat. of next week.  Rain could be heavy Tues. PM and the combination of rain and melting snow could cause flooding and ice jams on area rivers.   Some significant lake-effect snow is likely from late Weds. to Friday, along with more Arctic air.  Stay with the blog and WOOD, TV-8 for the latest.  Lots of wild weather this week.   For current Michigan weather observations and wind speeds, click here. 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 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 Marantha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures. Here’s storm total precipitation 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. Here’s current U.S.


Winter Weather Advisory – Monday Morning

January 26th, 2013 at 3:34 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

The  Winter Weather Advisory will continue until 1 PM for Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, Mason, Lake Osceola, Isabella and Clare Counties for icy roads from the overnight freezing rain.  Road conditions will gradually improve thru the morning in these areas.   After a cold week, the ground/pavement is cold and roads may still be icy, especially side streets and rural roads, even when the temperature climbs a couple degrees above freezing.   We are still looking at a major warm-up into the mid 40s (northern lakeshore) to mid 50s Tuesday/Tuesday Night – and a major cool down after that with a potential flash freeze and (significant in favorable W-NW flow) lake-effect snow showers from Weds. PM to Friday.  The GFS gives G.R. a high of 54.5 Tuesday, a flash freeze Weds. evening and a high of 19 on Thurs. and 14 on Friday!  The GFS also gives G.R. 3″ of snow from Thurs. to Sat. AM and higher amounts in the lakeshore counties (9″ for Muskegon and Ludington).  The European gives G.R. a high of 55 on Tues. (but only 46 for Muskegon where there is more snow) and 5 above Fri. AM.  Also, as temperatures thaw, watch for ice jams on area rivers and the possiblity of a period of thick fog Mon-Tues. as the warm, moist air comes over the snow and cold ground.  And…looks like another snow dump for the U.P.  The frost depth is down to at least a foot in parts of Kent Co.  Without the insulating snow cover, this week’s cold has resulted in some broken water lines.     BTW – We went to a sushi restaurant for lunch – Beach Boys music in the background…interesting combination!   Also:  Inside Google.