Weekend Rain

March 9th, 2013 at 2:17 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local   Sunday Evening – back in G.R. after a trek to Chicago to see daughter #3 and hear the cello extraordinaire, Merrick Jones perform the Elgar concerto.  I haven’t looked at weather since Friday night – but I see the temperature is up to 54 in Kalamazoo and 55 in Marshall.  G.R. has 48 and Big Rapids is fogged in and 39 at 9 PM.   Heavy snow is falling across central WisconsinGusts to 77 mph with t-storms in SE Texas.   I did get to the Saturday AM Van Buren-Kalamazoo Skywarn Meeting in Mattawan.  I had 6 door prizes to give away, inc. a couple copies of Ernie Ostuno’s book on the ’56 tornado.  Got to see Irish and Brad from Lawrence from the blog family.  It was neat to see the fog forming over the snow cover from Chicago back to G.R.  Lots of geese flying around N. Indiana right now and I heard a mourning dove.  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 Maranatha 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.

Also:  +80 mph winds do some damage in AK.

283 Responses to “Weekend Rain”

  1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    I am really looking forward to this weeks weather. High temps in the 30′s with SNOW, then lake effect SNOW and then snowmobiling again this weekend!

    1. Jerry says:

      I just checked your forecast and it shows highs mainly in the upper 30s this week, with snow showers, at most. Enjoy your melting snowpack! Winter is in its death throes!

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        We have plenty of COLD and SNOW to go! Lows all this week will be down into the 20′s! Enjoy WINTER people!!

  2. michael g (SE GR) says:

    White Pine Trail scorecard today, 10 miles, two deer, two labradoodles, countless squirrels and birds, lots of dog poop, lots of snowcover and fog, NO RAIN! Nice.

    In low areas with heavier snowcover the air felt 10 degrees colder than in areas with plenty of bare ground around. Hard to dress right when the temp keeps bouncing from 35* to 45* every few minutes.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Sounds like fun…I go up the White Pines Trail a few times a year.

  3. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    55 and partly sunny here. Just got in from outside and saw a jogger without a shirt on. Only in Michigan!

    Up to 59 already in Monroe. Go Blue!

    1. Sparty says:

      As a Spartan fan Go Blue indeed today.

      1. TAZ (freeport) says:

        NEVER!

        Only ONE thing better than a Spartan Victory……A SCum loss.

  4. TACO BOY says:

    88 tacos togo, love the time change days are longer now!

  5. Barry in Zeeland says:

    So what are the odds we get clear skies at some point this week around sunset? Lots of great photos coming in of comet Pan-starrs. Tuesday evening would be great when its next to the crescent moon. Hope we get a peek at it before it dims to much.

    http://spaceweather.com/gallery/index.php?title=comet

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Thanks, Barry! This would be really exciting to see!!!!!!

  6. Mindy ( Mason MI ) says:

    SPRING HAS SPRUNG!!!!! 57 and Partly Sunny LOVIN IT !!!!!!!

    1. fixxxer says:

      yeah now if we could just get some sunshine for a change. the gloom and doom will probably stick around through spring.

  7. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    62 now in Detroit… parts of Michigan might hit 65 today!

  8. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Currently 45 degrees with no rain and plenty of SNOW in the forecast!!

    1. fixxxer says:

      theres no snow in the forecast rj. if you look we will be getting pretty warm by april. your winter is done!

      1. BIG FOOT says:

        Fixxxer time to put your toy away for summer. Go night night Rocky!

        1. fixxxer says:

          What toy?

    2. SW Kent says:

      Rocky, please stop.
      There is not plenty of snow in the forecast and it is time for you to let it go.
      We had a nice stretch of winter weather, but it’s over now.
      It will be a rather cool week with very little snow and warmer temp’s are just around the corner.
      Get your golf clubs out as you will be golfing in 3 weeks.

    3. Sparty says:

      Rocky just think…if it was 25 degrees colder we’d be having that mythical blizzard you’ve been dreaming about the last 6 weeks but never materialized. Oh well, always next year.

  9. Scott (was west olive,now Robinson twsp) says:

    Have thunder in Holland

  10. Jerry hoag says:

    Rainging really hard here on the sw side of grand rapids by the zoo, hoping for that thunder!! Bye bye snow! Til 2014.

  11. GunLakeDeb says:

    Bill – I’d love a copy of Ernie’s book (I have some pretty strong memories of that tornado!) – how can we get a copy? Is there a local source? I said to my sister at the Skywarn Class (after not being lucky enough to win a SIGNED copy!!) – “If I win a $100 gift certificate – I’m gonna try to trade it for a book!” LOL!!!

    1. Cort S. says:

      Hey Deb. Ernie would be happy to hear about your interest in his book. If you would like to buy it, I found where it is on Amazon:
      http://www.amazon.com/Destruction-Michigans-Natural-Disaster-Tornadoes/dp/0961770635

      He also published an article in a scientific journal several years ago where he discusses his process in investigating this tornado outbreak:
      http://www.ejssm.org/ojs/index.php/ejssm/article/viewArticle/36/36

      1. Cort S. says:

        Alternatively, you could rent it from a local or a college library:

        http://lakenet.llcoop.org/search~S1?/XPaths+of+Destruction&searchscope=1&SORT=D/XPaths+of+Destruction&searchscope=1&SORT=D&SUBKEY=Paths+of+Destruction/1%2C3%2C3%2CB/frameset&FF=XPaths+of+Destruction&searchscope=1&SORT=D&1%2C1%2C

        http://www.worldcat.org/title/paths-of-destruction-the-story-of-west-michigans-worst-natural-disaster/oclc/231636743

        The closest libraries to you that have the book seem to be the Dorr and Freeport libraries.

        I know Ernie, and he is a nice guy. If you do decide to buy his book, I bet he would be happy to sign it for you if you ask him. You could probably even make a visit to the NWS for a tour. They are quite happy to show you around the office if you love weather and want to see the NWS. It is usually best to e-mail someone like Ernie and schedule the visit ahead of time.

        1. Cort S. says:

          Found a couple more places to get the book…

          The GR Historical Society (the publisher)
          http://www.grhistory.org/id37.htm

          Barnes & Noble
          http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/paths-of-destruction-ernie-ostuno/1100869756

        2. GunLakeDeb says:

          Cort – you are the BEST!!!! I’ll contact the Historical Society – I’d rather have them receive the profit than a national-level business.

          The process of investigation-and-review in the scientific journal was fascinating! And hopefully I can catch Ernie at a Skywarn session or an Open House at the NWS :-)

        3. Bill Steffen says:

          It’s really a great book – Ernie put a lot of work into it – if you know someone into weather or tornadoes – this would make a great gift. One of the interesting facts that I’ve given out over the past 40 years is that the fastest wind on Earth in 1956 was on Van Buren St. in Hudsonville, Michigan.

        4. Bryan says:

          Stargazers, Take Note!

          Comet Pan-STARRS is in the northern sky and can be seen with the naked eye … at least for now.

          The comet is set to be at its brightest in the Northern Hemisphere on Sunday when it makes its closest approach to the sun. Comet Pan-STARRS already made its closest brush with Earth Tuesday when it passed about 102 million miles away from the planet.

          6 interesting facts to keep in mind when you look for the comet low in the twilight sky this weekend:

          1) You Will Never See It Again

          Comet Pan-STARRS, officially , has a long elliptical orbit around the sun. Really long. The cosmic ball of dirt and ice takes more than 100 million years to complete a full cycle around the star, according to astronomers with the McDonald Observatory at the University of Texas, Austin. [How to see the comet]

          Comet Pan-STARRS was discovered in June 2011 by a team of astronomers using the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (or PANSTARRS) telescope in Hawaii.

          2) It Comes from the Edge of the Solar System

          Pan-STARRS was flung into the inner solar system from the Oort cloud, a mass of icy bodies orbiting the sun from just beyond the orbit of Neptune out to a range 100,000 times the distance between the Earth and sun, NASA officials have said. A rogue comet’s orbit is occasionally changed, bringing it closer to the sun than it has ever been before.

          3) It is a “Sungrazing” Comet

          When a comet enters the inner solar system from the Oort cloud on a course that brings it extremely close to the sun, the object is known as a “sungrazer.” On Sunday, Comet Pan-STARRS will be about 28 million miles from the sun.

          Sungrazing comets have irregular orbits, making them unpredictable. Sometimes, their trajectories can even bring the comets close enough to collide with the sun. But if a sungrazer survives its close brush with the star, like Pan-STARRS has, the comet can brighten magnificently.

          4) It Almost Faded Away

          While astronomers initially thought that Comet Pan-STARRS could dazzle stargazers with its brightness, the comet exhibited some early signs that it wouldn’t brighten as expected in the northern sky. Some astronomers predicted that the comet’s magnitude — a measure of its brilliance — would fade, making it difficult to see once it passed above the equator, but now scientists expect that the comet may brighten even more when it passes close by the sun on Sunday, before fading quickly thereafter.

          5) Comet Pan-STARRS Isn’t Alone in the Sky

          The year 2013 could be the year of the comets. Pan-STARRS already shared the southern sky with Comet Lemmon. While Lemmon won’t make an appearance in the Northern Hemisphere this year, some stargazers did catch the two comets in a celestial pairing when they briefly shone in the same part of the sky.

          In November, another sungrazing comet is expected to make waves with skywatchers. Comet ISON could be the brightest comet to streak across the skies in a generation if it survives its close brush with the sun.

          6) Time is Short to See Comet Pan-STARRS

          While it only just appeared in the Northern Hemisphere this week, Pan-STARRS will be gone before you know it. The comet can be seen with the naked eye, though it still may be difficult to spot.

          “There is a catch to viewing Comet Pan-STARRS,” Amy Mainzer, the principal investigator of NASA’s near-Earth object hunting NEOWISE mission at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., said in a statement Thursday. “This one is not that bright and is going to be low on the western horizon, so you’ll need a relatively unobstructed view to the southwest at twilight and, of course, some good comet-watching weather.”

          After Pan-STARRS makes its closest brush with the sun on Sunday, the comet will begin to dim. Stargazers with telescopes and binoculars might still be able to see the sungrazer until early April, but it will fade out of naked-eye visibility before the end of March.

  12. Rodey (Rockford) says:

    I LOVE IT. FANTASTIC. Long range has trended slightly warmer. Absolutely no snowstorms for the next 7 to 8 months. I will be playing hoops outside all week long. Spring is here. Get used to it people, etc. etc. etc. !!!!!!!!!!

  13. BIG FOOT says:

    Bill the Sunday dummies or dummie are out in full force today on your blog. Could it be the fog?

  14. Uncle Sparkee says:

    Your ol uncky sparks Is putting down Lemmon aid snappers and Rollin the green monsters out on the ice today. Another 40 plus day all wall slappers! Your ol aunty Edna bull horned me in thinking the wet stuff was a movin on in. Lots of cleanin to be done. Tokes is been dancin around the ol oak tree watchin a tasty little varmint. Hope it gets um.

    1. INDY says:

      lolololololo smoke one for nephew INDY..Way to go Michigan..INDYY..

  15. fixxxer says:

    Feels good to be light out past 6pm.

    1. Nathan says:

      Yea, but wait for tomorrow morning Fixxxer…

  16. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    66 degrees in Monroe, 65 in Detroit. The windows are open, and the neighbors are grilling. Great weekend!

    1. INDY says:

      lol yeaaa great day….Get ready for 30′s again….INDYY…

  17. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Here are the facts:

    1. It is still winter!
    2. The next three days – temps in the 30′s with SNOW!
    3. Plenty of SNOW chances over the next two weeks!
    4. Warm weather nuts – get used to it!!

    1. Barry in Zeeland says:

      You are acting like a fool. Do you ever have anything to contribute on this blog besides idiotic non-sense?

      1. Brian(Grandville) says:

        Do you do anything beside criticize those whom you disagree with on here.

        1. Steve (Kalamazoo Township) says:

          Is it not completely obvious to you that Rocky’s only purpose here is to troll the boards?

      2. Sparty says:

        I’m with Barry….the kid brings nothing to the board but non-sense.

      3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Thanks for your feedback Barry. It was very profound, now get used to WINTER weather!!

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      Rocky – down in THIS area – winter’s gone :-( I spent today picking up dog poo – the last “remnants” of winter. The ground is NOT frozen – so any snow we get will disappear in the blink of an eye. There’s still ice on the lake – but it has that porous, “sick” look of soon-to-disappear ice. I’m caught between snowmobile season and boating season…..

  18. The week of the 18th is starting to look very interesting with regards to a major storm. The GFS would have it run west of the Great Lakes and the Euro would have it run up the east coast. Storms centered around the solstice can be a dandy of a storm. Right now the on the latest GFS would be a major severe weather outbreak south of Michigan. Also the blocking high breaks down over Greenland later this month. While March has opened up relative quiet it looks like as we March forward it will pick up with more storminess. Hopefully though by April things will be bouncing back nicely. Oddly though the CFS V2 has been trending slightly cooler over the last week with respect to April. A little too early yet to talk in depth about April yet.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      It will run up right through IN/OH and bring SW Lower MI a monster SNOWSTORM. Keep the good news rolling!!

  19. Nathan says:

    Now thats a lot of moisture headed our way! Luckily, it should all be in the form of rain. Also, it appears that this week will be colder and wetter than average, but snow chances look low. I cant wait for highs in the fifties with some sunshine!! Winter is pretty much over ppl! The pattern is transitioning slowly but surly. Hopefully highs will break fifty in the next month or so! (Sad news: Still below average temp wise… Good news: Still too warm for snow!)

  20. Nathan says:

    I know, its long! But Im aware that some of you wanted to read my writing… So here is a story about Bill and I! Enjoy!
    The suns golden rays filtered through the scattered cumulus clouds as another sunny and warm day took over the weather story in Grand Rapids, Michigan. But it was unknown to the NWS that a large trough was building furtively to the west… Just in time to ruin the heat wave… And society.
    Over in the Midwest, several ingredients were forming. By noon, the NWS began to notice a few clouds developing. The meteorologists quickly looked into the latest data as the weather suddenly changed from sunshine to rain showers. Within an hour’s time, the storm system strengthened into a massive squall line of thunderstorms! This storm, known as a derecho, comprises of a large squall line of cumulonimbus clouds with several imbedded bow echoes. Moving at speeds faster than 50 MPH, the NWS had no choice but to act quickly! They posted a tornado watch for the entire Midwest/Great Lakes region, as they were very perplexed with what was developing high in the troposphere! Day turned into dusk across much of the region as the MASSIVE storm system grew into a 500-mile wide low-pressure system of trepidation!
    Meteorologists from all over the United States rushed to their computers and analyzed the latest data. Specifically, two amazing scientists stood out the most, contributing heaps of assistance to the community. They were no other than the great Nathan Anthony and Bill Steffen. The miraculous team of two weather-geniuses dove into the data and advised a plan as to how they would fly into the violent squall line and get a better understanding of what the United States was up against.
    Meanwhile, over in Minnesota, the monstrous squall line plowed through the plains, devouring structures and entire cities in the process. The metropolises just to the east hid in fright as the enormous wall of black and grey loomed high in the sky… Soaring faster than Nathan could sprint! (And that’s fast!)

    Without any time to loose, the NWS in Norman, OK pulled a trigger and ignited every tornado siren in the Midwest! Communities big and small were bracing for impact as the so called “Super storm Sally” (Named by TWC) swiftly soared toward the east… Directly toward Michigan!

    Back in the Storm Team 8 Severe Weather Center, Nathan Anthony and Bill Steffen prepared for takeoff! After a chaotic twenty-minute drive to the Gerald R. Ford airport, they finally boarded a airplane and took off into the storm! The jet blasted high into the stratosphere at speeds greater than 1000 MPH as the meteorologists frantically chased the storm! Within just a half an hour’s time, the towering cloud tops came into view. Their overshooting tops seemed to be expanding higher and higher into the sky as they approached the monstrous storm system. Black clouds lined the entire horizon as lighting illuminated the darkening sky above.
    After another twenty minutes or so, the scientists finally reached super storm Sally. They soared about three miles above the immense clouds, getting a perfect view of the storm. Hundreds of lightning strikes electrified cities from west to east as fierce winds blasted into the sides of buildings.
    “Whoa! Check that out, it’s a tornado!” Bill exclaimed into his radio. An outrageously large twister was tearing through a city… And they were able to witness it from 11 miles above the storm!
    Nathan quickly reacted to the alarming news. “Bill, we have to get a closer look! Lets fly INTO the storm!”
    Bill paused for a moment and thought it through… “Alright, lets give it a shot! Just sign this waver please.”
    “Bill, either we both survive or perish together, I know that much. But sure, why not?” Nathan quickly signed the waver as Bill prepared for the ride of his life!

    KABOOM! Lightning flashed on all flanks as Bill Steffen and Nathan Anthony dove dead-on… Right into the massive super storm! Fierce wind gusts and abstruse clouds violently shook the jet back and forth while tornadoes surrounded them on all sides! But the thrilling ride didn’t end there! Just to the west, a massive mesocylone lowered in the sky, as it seemed to be slurping all the clouds, from wispy to rocky in texture, directly into its center! Within just minutes, a funnel cloud lowered out of the cloud base, stitching itself to the ground ever so slowly. And as a result, yet another twister formed from the super cell! But this wasn’t just any twister… It was an EF-5 tornado!!

    *Close Call!*
    Bill and Nathan didn’t want to miss out on any of the excitement. They flew directly toward the scandalous windstorm, fighting through the fierce rear flank downdrafts just down-wind of the elongated bow-echo. NWS scientists from all across the country radioed in with the team as they desperately tired to gather as much data as possible to better understand tornadoes!
    They had a perfect view of the storm as it tore through fields and buildings. The fright train seemed to engulf every object in its path, spiting it out just seconds later…
    The twister continued its journey for about ten outrageous minutes… until the winds slowly began to die down. Soon, the tornado was pulled back into the clouds and disappeared in front of their eyes as the RFD overpowered the storm.
    “Wow, that was awesome!” Exclaimed Nathan.
    “It sure was! But wouldn’t it be awesome if…” Bill was suddenly interrupted by a loud banging noise. The sound waves echoed through the air, ringing through their ears…. BANG! It happened again! Where was this noise coming from?
    “Bill! Look at that hail!”
    Although the tornado dissipated, the storm showed no signs of stopping… especially in this specific area…. Because a massive hailstorm was just getting started! Within minutes, enormous hailstones plummeted out of the sky, covering the fields with blankets of ice. Hail the size of beach balls tore through the planes wings, sending Nathan and Bill on a free-fall toward the Earth’s surface! They braced for impact as the jetliner ripped though the hail field and landed onto the blanket of ice with a fierce thud! Bill and Nathan quickly hopped out of the plane just as it slammed into the hillside, barely avoiding the intense impact!… And leaving them exposed to the hail…
    KABOOM! An intense lightning bolt clashed into a tall tree just to the west as Bill and Nathan frantically searched for cover!
    “Bill, we need to….” Nathan was suddenly interrupted by a loud banging noise! A hailstone unexpectedly smashed into Nathans face, knocking him out instantly. Bill grabbed Nathan and rushed toward an old barn just to the west. Hail slammed onto Bills legs and arms as he desperately rushed for cover! Finally, Bill reached the shack and dove deep into the shed, waited for the hailstorm to subside.

    Twist of Fate!

    After what felt like hours, the hail FINALLY let up. But, unfortunately, Super Storm Sally showed no signs of stopping. Bill frantically shook Nathan, in a desperate attempt of awaking him before another disaster struck the two meteorologists.
    “Bill, where am I?? What’s happening?” Nathan exclaimed…
    “Your awake! Thank goodness! We are stranded in a massive thunderstorm with no food or water… Or communication to the outside world.”
    “Did I get knocked out… and, what’s that?!!!” Nathan quickly pointed toward the west, where yet another swirling cloud lowered toward the Earths surface… Where a tornado was born yet again! But this time… they were in its path…
    Nathan and Bill rushed out of the shed and desperately darted away from the swirling beast! The colossal twister grew in size faster and faster as Bill and Nathan sprinted away from the prodigious monster. It continued to move closer to the two, terminating everything in its path! The tornado suddenly crashed into a bulky object and lifted it high into the air, thrashing it back and forth violently! It was the plane! The fierce winds ripped it to shreds and spat out the debris in all directions! Bill and Nathan avoided the sheets of metal that rain from above as the tornado approached from behind. Within just minutes, the tornado was nearly upon them! They screamed in horror as the surreal winds lifted them high into the air! Nathan desperately struggled to fight the reckless pull of the continuous wind gusts as he was separated from Bill… And lifted into the updraft!
    Meanwhile, Bill flew in a different direction toward the left side of the tornado. Dirt smashed into his face and rocks and debris crashed into his legs and stomach as he struggled to stay conscious.
    Nathan, on the other hand, was in a bit of a different situation. The rough updrafts and downdrafts of the tornado lifted him viciously through the wind currents as he was thrashed from side to side. He glanced from right to left, barely managing to open his eye lids. A tree seemed to twirl past his left… As the body of the plane zipped past his right! He grabbed onto the large piece of beat-up metal and hopped inside. Total blackness obscured his view as the plane thrashed back and forth aggressively!
    Bill Steffen suddenly noticed the plane as well and attempted to grab onto the machine. With little hope of survival, Bill clung his teeth tight and crossed his fingers, bracing for impact! After a few seconds of fighting the unpredictable winds, he grabbed onto the plane and jumped inside…

    THE WILD CONCLUSION!

    And that’s when it happened. The tornado suddenly seemed to loose its power… Weakening and dissipating with the two meteorologists trapped inside…. Nathan glanced out the window as the debris gradually fell toward the Earths surface… Revealing a horrific sight! They were hundreds of feet in the air, on a free-fall directly toward the Earths rocky surface! The plane blasted toward the surface of Earth and crashed into a field, sending dirt and rocks in all directions!! Bill and Nathan closed their eyes and clenched their fists as the plane banged onto the surface! Miraculously, the two were unharmed, with only a few cuts and minor injures!
    “Bill, are you ok?!” Exclaimed Nathan!
    “Yes, unbelievably, I only obtained a few scratch’s! How about you?”
    “Same here, just a few scratches and bruises!”
    Nathan and Bill stood up and took a look around them. The entire area was totally demolished, with not even one tree in sight. Nathan grabbed out his phone, hoping it was still functional…
    “Bill, according to my phone, we are currently in Wisconsin! The twister must have carried as a long ways!”
    “Well call the crew and tell them to pick us up! Oh, and don’t forget to let them know that I will be taking tomorrow OFF!”

    EVER WONDER WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE TO TRAVEL INTO A BLIZZARD?
    Nathan and Bill finally arrived back to the studio! As it turns out, the severe weather outbreak was just ahead of a cold front… A powerful cold front, that is! With the moisture still in the region, a blizzard quickly formed… Threatening the same areas that were demolished by the tornadoes. Nathan and Bill raced to their computers for the latest information! And as it turns out, a fifty-five inch blizzard was aimed directly for Grand Rapids, Michigan!!
    With the storm moving at a speed of 50 MPH, the leading edge would be in the area in just minutes! Bill ran to the news station and warned the public about the incoming snowstorm. Nathan joined him as well, reporting from outside the studio. Sheets of snow blasted into Nathans face as he reported live, directly in the midst of the blizzard! (Bill called this The Blizzard of Oz… and TWC simply named it “Winter Storm INDY!”)
    The snow fell at a rate of nearly 8 inches per hour, covering the entire state of Michigan in heaps of snow! Now this is the greatest weather day in history (Well, maybe not for Fixxer!) Bill Steffen continued to report on the storm, sharing stories from the monstrous line of thunderstorms in the Midwest as well. Meanwhile, Nathan continued to broadcast live outside the studio, admiring the unbelievable snow rates! The snow fell and fell, tallying up to nearly five feet! Rocky’s prediction sure was right!

    1. Dan says:

      Nathan this is a GREAT STORY! I enjoyed the read! Thanks for helping us refocus on what is important!! This BLOG is made up of people who just love the weather and ALL KINDS of weather!!!
      Thanks again!!!

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        +1

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      That is great and of course I absolutely love the part about the 8 inch snow rates per hour! And if it ever does SNOW at 8 inches per hour the storm should be called the “INDY WINTER STORM” (IWS)!!! I love it!

    3. Jack says:

      LIKE IT !!! NATHAN !!!!! Keep up the Good Work. God Bless Ya. :-)

    4. GunLakeDeb says:

      LOL!! So what color are your two SUPERHERO’s capes??? That was quite an adventure in weather! Thank you for sharing!!

      1. Nathan says:

        Yea thanks for reading :)

    5. Bill Steffen says:

      Shiverin’ Snowman! I can’t wait for the movie to come out! Harrison Ford can play me!

  21. Rodey (Rockford) says:

    Fantastic news. Long range models still trending only slightly cooler with absolutely no snowstorms. That’s a fact. It’s spring. No snowstorms for the next 7 to 8 months. Get used to it etc etc etc

  22. Tim (Spring Lake) says:

    Looks like cooler than average for awhile, but at least with temps in the mid to upper 30′s, any precipitation should probably be liquid, and if we DO get any snow, it looks to disappear quickly. I’m with Nathan, I look forward to 50′s coming in soon! I think Rocky is clinging to the hope he can get some more playtime on the trails in the next month, but I think he will have to travel at least a couple hours to the north to do that.

  23. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Good NEWS – the long range GFS shows well below average temperatures right through the last week of March! Enjoy the cold winter weather Barry – we have a lot of cold with plenty of SNOW chances on the way!!

    1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      Same thing you said two weeks ago, and you were 100% wrong. We haven’t received any new snow.

      1. INDY says:

        Fact West Michigan has had snow on the ground for over 2 months now who needs new snow ..After this below normal week starting tomorrow Michigan has coming the snow will still be on the ground next week a year ago 80′s and sunny shine we had next weeknd not this year just cold old weather facts!!! INDYY..

        1. Barry in Zeeland says:

          2 months? That would date back to January 10. We didn’t even get any snow on the ground till the end of January, and that was followed by 60 degree weather which melted it all away again. Fact.

  24. Steve (Kalamazoo Township) says:

    When are we gonna receive all the rain that was supposed to come last night and today?

    1. Brian (Grandville) says:

      LOL!!!
      Mother nature is a mad scientist.
      These big systems sure throw some curve balls.

  25. Rodey (Rockford) says:

    Great news, long range shows some rain chances but no chances for snowstorms, at least for the next 7 to 8 months.

  26. kevin. w says:

    I’ll talk to you all when the snow stops in about a month and things calm down.

  27. INDY says:

    Great Story Nathan Bill will read and like that one…. Every story has a great name or to in it fits this blog…I hope RockyRockford will track thunder storms will us this summer going to be fun…..INDYY..

    1. Jack says:

      Where Ya Been Lately ?????? Indy…. Uncle Jack, has Missed UUUU… Stay Cued…. ;-)

      1. INDY says:

        Old INDY has been down and out with theee flu !!!Not even a good old old song or a cold sprite made me feel right on the gun of coming back feeling a lot better every day now is …Nothing really has changed on Bills blog as I read!! I have missed most of u talked to a few of real u on facebook last few days!!!Play me a cue would yaaa INDYY….

        1. Jack says:

          INDY…sorry u were under the WEATHER ( dats Bad). Here is a old Band, called POCO…doing a mellow Tune, 4-u…..it’s Called BAD WEATHER. This is a WEATHER BLOG, Right . Peace,be Safe.www.youtube.com/watch?v=soWQ6huD8oc. ;-)

        2. Jack says:

          Damn, outta Practice, or gettin OLD!! CUE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soWQ6huD8oc

        3. INDY says:

          Thank u I have had lots of flowers ballons and other crazzy things show up to the YARDofBRICKS on getting well..Its been hell but INDY is getting back on thee fast track..Jack your thee best!! INDYY….

    2. Jack says:

      Ps. JEM Model, Calling 4 T-Storms.. March 23rd…give or take ah Day or 2. Flash, Boom, Shake. U ready INDY? ;-)

      1. INDY says:

        LIGHTNING ZOOMS AND THUNDER BOOMS…INDYY IS READY!!!

        1. Jack says:

          Ya, U Ready…..Indy !! ;-)

  28. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Thx INDY! Btw, outside chance of fog tonight.

    1. Jack says:

      Nathan I happy it’s Not, INSIDE FOG chance 2 – Nite ! Lol….. ;-)

    2. INDY says:

      YEAAA it’s foggy outside buckell up INDYY…

      1. ~Sherry~ Comstock Park says:

        Feeling better Indy?? I hope so!!

  29. Irish coffee says:

    Nice chatting w/ you in my ol’ hometown of Mattawan(’82), Bill…thank you also for the t-shirt + ice scraper!

  30. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

    Still have quite a snowpack around this area. There is definitely ground showing in open areas and places exposed to a lot of sun…but there is still 6 inches or more in most areas. I am actually surprised as much of it has survived this mild weather, but it is very dense snow.

  31. Larry from Hastings/Barry Co says:

    Bill, did anyone ever wrote a book about Palm Sunday tornado outbreak in the 60′s. I remember this outbreak very well, I was almost 6 years old. I believe this was the big storm I started getting interested in the weather. My father was raised in Iowa, and he had some good tornado story to tell. Then back in the late 80′s and early 90′s, I lived down in south Alabama. I been in about 9 or 10 tornados, and 4 real close calls. I respect bad weather and tornados. I am sure by the end of the month we will have some thunder storms, etc.

  32. Jack says:

    Aaaa Bit over a Month. TIL Tax- Day ! Hence a Monday Moaning ! CUE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soWQ6huD8oc. ;-)

    1. Jack says:

      Whoops WRONG Cue, loll… Tax- Day….CUE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqK97av7I3s. ;-)

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        Love that song! Nice guitar riff from Paul. In the background, they sing “Ha Ha Mr. Wilson” and “Ha HA Mr. Heath”. It’s a good example of how confiscatory tax rates cause achievers to move. Paul came to the U.S. Tiger Woods left California for Florida. John Kerry moved his expensive yacht out of Mass. to avoid the tax there: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/23/john-kerry-saves-500000-b_n_656985.html

  33. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

    Up to 52 here in GR. Interesting the high from the this sytem would occur so late.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      A couple things…first in winter especially, when the sun is lower in the sky, the advection of warm or cold air is more important than the sun. So, the high can occur at night, like tonight with the timing of a signficant warm front coming through. A second and less important factor is that we’ve melted a lot of snow today, so there is a little less snow to cool off the air at ground level. We’ve also got more wind this evening, so the cold air is not settling next to the ground.

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