March 7th, 2013 at 5:28 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

   While everyone is focused on the cardinals meeting at the Vatican, Lora happened to catch this group of cardinals here in West Michigan.  She sent the picture to us at ReportIt.  You can see it full screen here.  Look for variable cloud cover today with a chance of a few flurries (mainly early).  The best bet for light flurries would be near Lake Michigan south of Holland.  Temperatures will be in the mid 30s much of the day.  Winds will be light from the northwest.  The first week of March is going to be about four degrees cooler than average.  We’ll have a couple of relatively mild days over the weekend, but we’ll trend cool for the middle of next week with maybe in inch of snow then.  The days are getting longer at their fastest rate now, about 3 minutes per day, or 2o minutes per week.  In 3 weeks, our average high temperature will reach 50.  The snow storm that passed south of most of us brought heavy snow from Minnesota to Chicago, N. Indiana/Berrien Co. then reformed to give much of W. VA and E. W VA 10-20″ of snow.  I saw totals up to two feet.  Don’t forget we change the clocks this weekend.  We move to daylight saving time by going from 2 AM Sunday straight to 3 AM.  We’ll get that hour back in early November.  I did the weather live at Rosa Park Circle at 5 PM and 6 PM as part of the attempt to set the record for people with fake mustaches.   They officially had 1,408 people wearing fake mustaches…a new world record.   8:35 PM – still some low clouds from Pentwater north to Traverse City and also E-SE of Kent Co.  Both of those areas are shrinking a bit now and most areas will be mostly clear overnight.  There could be an isolated patch of fog.

61 Responses to “Thursday”

  1. Nathan says:

    I can’t make it because I have a concert tonight, but let me know if your doing the news like this again so I can get on TV with you!

  2. Hugh says:

    I REALLY need sunshine!!!

  3. sarah says:

    My husband is in Falls Chruch VA and he said they only got about 5 inches of snow! So I guess it wasn’t that bad there! Now when is winter going to over, I’m ready!

  4. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Some flurries falling in A2 this morning on this side of the state. Good luck with the record.

  5. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Flurries here as well. I see the models overnight have continued to trend temps upward for next week. Looks like mainly 40′s now.

    Also looks like the warmth really gets going after St. Patty’s Day for a warm end to March.

    1. kevin. w says:

      I notice that to Travis that once we get passed mid March the chance of seeing any type of big snow events are dwindling. I also notice how more milder the Euro has gotten with all the warm pacific air flooding into the U.S after the 12th of March. I think spring is knocin’ on the door.

      1. SBPortage002 says:

        Enjoyed the snow we had, now with the extra daylight beginning next week I am ready for spring to “spring”.

      2. Yep, I agree. I see plenty of warmth after the 12th, Not sure the GFS’s 60s are likely but that could happen.

    2. BIG FOOT says:

      That happens in spring nothing new to Michigan…Ahhhhh it gets warm!

  6. Sally says:

    Love the picture. That would make a beautiful Christmas card.

  7. Jen says:

    Question… do you have to register to participate in the fake mustache record? and has that ship passed or can we still do it? Thanks!

    1. Jeff (Portland) says:

      Very cool Skot !

  8. Paul (Barry State Game Area in Yankee Springs) says:

    Just show up Jen….

  9. Jeff (Portland) says:

    Spring ahhh yes.. I hear the birds out my window now at 7am every morning .. Soon the winds of spring will be here !

  10. Nathan says:

    Patchy fog possible tonight

    1. Nathan says:

      Bill you have a typo: you said chance the clocks, it change the clocks!

      1. Bobby (Ada) says:

        You have a typo also: it’s, not it ;) haha

      2. Bill Steffen says:

        Thanks, I’ll fixxxer it.

        1. Jack says:

          That is Hilarious ..BILL.!!!!! I’ll Fixxxer That…. Hahahahah…Lol. ;-)

        2. Jack says:

          Ps. Bill sign up 4 Laugh Fest !! Soon….. Sorry still CHUCKLEing… ;-)

  11. ~Sherry~(Comstock Park) says:

    Beautiful photo Bill!! Have fun in the mustache contest!!

  12. Lisa (Caledonia) says:

    So pretty, Bill! I made it my new desktop background! I love cardinals.

  13. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Get ready! We will be seeing SNOW week! A possible SNOWSTORM may be in the works!
    Stay tuned and keep the ROCK n ROLL Rolling baby!!

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      I like it!!!

    2. Bill Steffen says:

      In my case, they make me watch reruns of the Lions games from 2008.

  14. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    News flash………it is still WINTER!!I will be skiing up at Boyne Mt. on Saturday enjoying WINTER in Michigan! I love it!

    1. Bobby (Ada) says:

      I’ll be at the Driving range, beating some golf balls… only got 3 weeks to practice before i can hit the links ;)

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Three weeks and you will be golfing and I will be skiing and snowmobiling! Interesting concept!!!

  15. Jack says:

    In HONOR of GILDA RADNER and The Kick off of LAUGH FEST. Check This Out GANG !!!

    1. Dan says:

      Roseanna, Roseanna, Danna! She was such a funny lady!

  16. Nathan says:

    Hazardous weather outlook for fog tonight

  17. Lisa (Caledonia) says:

    I see 57 on my Wunderground forecast for next Wednesday. Hmmm…

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      There is absolutely no chance that you be seeing 57 degrees next Wednesday. You will be lucky if the temp gets above 38 degrees!!!

    2. fixxxer says:

      Bring on the heat… right rj?

  18. Sparty says:

    Here are the facts people:

    1) Days are getting LONGER
    2) The WARM temps and HIGH sun angles is MELTING the snow daily! Lots of bare grass now
    3) Our average temps are RISING on a daily basis
    4) Every day that passes is another day closer to WARMER weather

    Spring is on the way!

    1. Tom L says:

      I like it!! I like it!!!
      Hurry Springtime!!!!!

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Yes you are 100% correct Spring in on the way, however in the meantime you will be seeing a lot of COLD and SNOW! Get used to it and face reality!!

      1. Deb says:

        Yes, lots of Cold and Snow, just like the massive Snowstorm we had Tuesday That totally missed us!!! Rocky, I think it’s time you crawl back UNDER your Rock until next year…Like it or not SPRING is in the Air!! Get used to it!!!!!!

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          That is a good one, however I will be skiing and snowmobiling for three more weeks and enjoying WINTER, COLD and SNOW baby!!!

        2. Deb says:

          Skiing and snowmobiling where up north, the U.P. Maybe..go for it they can use the business, I hardly think you will be doing any of the within 50 Miles of GR. We are in a NO Snowstorm Pattern!!! Any snow we get now will melt the next day. Enjoy your drive and of course be safe

    3. fixxxer says:

      I cant wait until summer myself.

  19. Mr. Negative says:

    Do we have a Comet “fly by” this weekend?

    1. Barry in Zeeland says:

      Comet Pan-Starrs will be visible to us starting about next Tuesday in the evening. That is of course if it doesn’t explode into bits swinging around the sun this weekend. Should be visible to the unaided eye shortly after sunset in the western sky. It’s been visible for a while in the southern hemisphere. Here’s a pic:

      1. mr. negative says:

        Thank you…

      2. Jack says:

        Thanks. Barry. ” Keep Looking Up”. !!

  20. Rodey (Rockford) says:

    Going to be a nice early spring week next week. A little rain. Temps in the 40′s. Get used to it

    1. Barry in Zeeland says:

      Yup! We are grilling and going disc golfing this weekend. It’s been almost 5 weeks since we’ve been able to throw, hope I don’t mess my arm up. Funny, since the calender flipped to March, we are now in a NO SNOW PATTERN with SUN and WARMING TEMPS each and every day!!

      1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

        Fantastic. I see mid 50′s about 10 days out. Definitely in a no snow pattern now. I love it. JOKE model still shows a thunderstorm first week of June. Get used to it.

        1. fixxxer says:

          There is no more snow pattern “rj”.

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      ya right fixxxer!! Nice try!

      1. Barry in Zeeland says:

        We’ll be at Brewer Park on the south side of gr. Come on down and get rid of some of that rage you seem to have built up. Nothing more soothing than whipping discs around.

      2. fixxxer says:

        Huh? Please for the love of god go commit yourself along with jordan and deb. I havent even been on here until now.

  21. Nathan says:

    Rocky, it looks like too much warm air will feed into our region for any snow, but here may be .5-2 inches of wrap around snowfall. (Btw, congrats on the stash record Bill! Was it your idea?)

  22. fixxxer says:

    Who else think rj / rocky is yet another jordan personality?

    1. Brad says:

      I don’t think so. But you were pretty astute with the whole Jordan/Johnathan/Deb thing.

      1. Astute and Wise says:


  23. mr. negative says:

    Mr. Steffen…that was quite a tie you wore on the11pm broadcast…very nice. A stained glass reference by any chance? ;)

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