Daylight Increasing

January 7th, 2013 at 5:46 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

   Lake Michigan sunset by “Jan” at ReportIt.  Click here to see the picture full screen.  Today (Monday) was the sunniest day in the last 1/2 month (back to 12/22) and only the 5th day in the last 39 days with more than 50% sunshine.  We have already gained 13 minutes of daylight in the evening and will continue to gain a minute per day in the evening as we head into mid-January.  BTW, the temperature sensor at the Battle Creek Airport is not working properly.  Also:  Check out the plane moving across the sun complete with sunspots!…and the Aurora Borealis in Inari, Finland.

212 Responses to “Daylight Increasing”

  1. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

    18Z GFS has it back to rain and warm in two weeks after the brief cool down.

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      I saw that too. It looks like a brief, but strong warmup. Who knows…the 00Z could have it back to zero degrees…

  2. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

    Hmm, WZZM is calling for above average temps next week now. Where is the cold air?

  3. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    You know its been almost two years sense we have had back to back days with highs under 20° (we only had one day all last winter) and the coldest its been so far this winter has been 17° and there has only been 3 days where GR stayed below 30°
    Also even if it we do turn cold in the next two week it still looks dry so if we get any snow it more likely then not will have to be mostly lake effect and GR dose not do well with a NW lake effect flow. Bottom line is unless we get some big late season snow storms GR might have a hard time getting as much snow as last year and we could be looking at a sub 40 inch snow fall winter. (my guess is that we will get a big storm or more late season like late February and March and maybe April lets hope not)
    Of course all could change.

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Hmm, I wonder if Muskegon has even gotten into the teens. I don’t think we have.

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        Muskegon was 19 on 2/25 and 2/28…G.R. has been into the teens 6 times. Baldwin was +5 on 1/7.

        1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

          Thanks, Bill. I was referring strictly to this winter though.

      2. Brad says:

        I noticed that Muskegon had its warmest year on record in 2012. #2 is 1998 and #3 is 2010.

    2. fixxxer says:

      Im not overly concerned with any major snow come late march or april.

  4. james braselton says:

    hi there your right daylight is getting longer and temputer getting hotter thats becuase the sun running out of fule need transporters star gates halo rings and star ships we need warp drive trillions of light years earlier

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      The Force is strong with this one….

    2. Jack says:

      LOL… Cue: Ten years after – I’d love to change to world – YouTube
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      Jun 26, 2007 – Uploaded by onoaoiomo
      My favorite song by Ten Years After, with history of album covers, concert posters, famous art …

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        I love 10 Years After. I saw them live once. Alvin Lee was kind of an afterthought at Woodstock until that opening riff:

        A personal favorite: It got me thru all the B.S. from Paul Ehrlich that I had to read while I was in college.

        1. Jack says:

          Thanks for Sharing Bill….. I wish I still Had That Old ALBUM, With your Personal Favorite !! Peace and As Always…GOD BLESS YOU… Also How’s Indy coming Along On, The BILLS BLOG, POTLUCK, Party…? ;-)

        2. Bill Steffen says:

          I still have Cricklewood Green. I must have 100 good albums downstairs from the 60s/early 70s..some from the 50s.

        3. Jack says:

          LuckyYou Bill, They Might Be Worth Some $$$$ ,Also Maybe THIS Could Happen This YEAR,That Would BE SWEET…. Neil Young Explains Buffalo Springfield’s Aborted Reunion | Music …
          Jun 4, 2012 – Neil Young, Stephen Stills, and Richie Furay of Buffalo Springfield perform … Richie Furay spoke with Rolling Stone days before the band’s …
          Love 2 See Them On Tour Again…YOU .? ;-)

        4. big Daddy BC says:

          Paul Ehrlich, the inventor of chemotherapy?

        5. Bill Steffen says:

          Ehrlich’s book was nonsense and it’s amazing that so many people paid good money to go to college and learn something that plain and simply wasn’t true…a total waste of time.

  5. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    One more item, while some may disagree on the write up, none the less the fact is Chicago is about to set a new low snow record.
    Note the the reason given for Lake Michigan water level falling. Any ideas on the lack of a ice up?? Not sure if I can buy that one.

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

    Looks like we are going to be stuck on 7.5″ of seasonal snowfall for awhile. We still have 2-3″ of snow depth. 5 miles to our north, east, and south all have bare ground.

    Well with today being the 8th of January, this ties our latest date we’ve ever had to wait to snowmobile on the local trails. We are going to crush that record this year. Any idea of when we would have enough snow(6″+) to snowmobile?

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Wow…it is going to be one short sled season, if we even get one.

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

        Looking at the long range forecast, we don’t even have a chance of getting enough snow to snowmobile. That basically takes us to the last week of January. The first few weeks of February are usually our best snowmobiling weeks since it’s coldest, but without snow it could be 10° and not matter.

  7. Jack says:

    You, ROCK….BILL STEFFEN….I! Keep up The Great Work !! Which Leads me To This Musical Question ? Cue : Larry Norman Why Should The Devil Have All The Good … – YouTube
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    May 9, 2011 – Uploaded by LyricsYUTV21
    Larry Norman – Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music (Lyrics …. Well after this …

    1. Skot says:

      You obviously dont work for a local radio station. 97WLAV dont play any of you comment songs. They play the same “97″ songs every single day.

      1. Skot says:

        …for years.

        1. Skot says:

          …..all day.

        2. Skot says:


      2. Jack says:

        You Skot Are CORRECT, This Was ME back in The Day of REAL RADIO…Cue: Mark Germino – Rex Bob Lowenstein (Rock Version) – YouTube
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        ENJOY…THE GOOD OLD DAYS of REAL RADIOoooooooooooooooooooooooo. ;-)

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