Wednesday

March 13th, 2013 at 3:41 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

snow lake superior wluc   Snow by Lake Superior – picture from WLUC.  Marquette added 8″ of new snow yesterday (Tue.) bringing them up to 27.6″ for March and 161.4″ for the season.  S. Ste. Marie is at 127.9″ for the season and that’s 21.5″ above average.  Grand Rapids added 1″ of snow before midnight, giving us to 58.6″ for the season.  Lansing had 0.4″ for a season total of 24.9″.    It’s been a cold and breezy day – only low 30s this PM.  The European is pretty chilly, with mid 30s and a bit of sun on Thurs., low 40s Friday, only low-mid 30s for the weekend, mid 30s Sunday, maybe upper 30s Monday and low 30s Tues.  It would give us rain changing to snow Friday night with more snow to the north of G.R. and more rain to the south.  The NAM is similar, keeping it mostly rain in G.R., but giving 0.8″ of snow to MKG, 2.6″ of snow to Big Rapids and 3.5″ to Cadillac.  The GFS is mostly snow for G.R. for Friday night with at 3 inches for G.R., 1.1″ for Kalamazoo, 2.9″ for Big Rapids, 3.2″ for Muskegon.    The storm late Monday to Tuesday on the Euro. would be mostly snow for G.R. and maybe 3-5″.   GFS snow guesses for that storm:  5″ Big Rapids, 4″ Cadillac, 0.6″ Kalamazoo (more rain), 3.4″ Mt. Pleasant and Ludington is the big winner on the the GFS with 6.5″ of new snow.  All the models show a cool pattern thru most of the rest of March.   Scroll down for the radar image and links.

139 Responses to “Wednesday”

  1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    BRING ON SPRING PLEASE!! Loving the longer days and a bit more sun. 30′s isn’t to bad, 1 day closer to spring :-)

    1. fixxxer says:

      i agree about wanting spring swatz but you know the drill when it comes to any severe weather.

  2. Yup (Grandville) says:

    Yip… no more snow please. My list of projects is building, and I’m getting antsy.

    1. fixxxer says:

      i think we got a long ways to go before we get any real decent weather here.

    2. Craig (Holland North Sider) says:

      Couldn’t agree more! I hope by the first of April we start to turn the corner.

  3. INDY says:

    Wow more fresh snow on thee ground out at thee YARDofBRICKS! March 13 2013! ENJOY WINTER!!! INDYY…

  4. Dan says:

    Drove through a couple of rather intense snow showers this morning.
    Some areas are much more slick than others! I was a little surprised. It didn’t take much to make the roads slippery. That difference in the temperature, made all the difference. WINTER is STILL HERE!! Another STORM on the WAY!!!!

    1. INDY says:

      Yeaa Dan snow on the ground in April been a long time since we have had that in West Michigan Bill will like that with 2 MORE SNOWN STORMS COMING IT COULD HAPPEN!! INDYY…..

      1. michigan won says:

        2 MORE “SNOWN” STORMS COMING MAY NOT HAPPEN EITHER!! MICHIGAN WON…

        1. Dan says:

          Ahh! Welcome back to the blog michigan won! fixxer’s brother?
          JK! Last I checked, its still Winter! In March, just about ANYTHING from snow, ice, to thunderstorms, to 8o degree days can happen!

        2. INDY says:

          lol..

        3. michigan won says:

          Never left Dan. Some people actually just read the blog for information rather than post nonsense all day long. I’m well aware of what month it is, and WHAT weather can happen during it. Thanks for the cliff note version of March though. Are you related to INDYY?

        4. INDY says:

          Hey michigan one don’t be so fake show you face and we will meet at a place ….Cliff note lololo…THEE INDYY..

        5. Rodey (Rockford) says:

          I agree Michigan Won. The blog used to be informative. Unfortunately a few have turned it into a joke. Nothing but hype and things not even remotely related to the weather. Have lost alot of the informative posters over the last couple of years unfortunately.

        6. michigan won says:

          Hey THEE INDYY… You’ve said this a couple of times now… what are you after? I think I’ll stick to the blog and the weather only. Thanks for the wonderful offer though.

        7. INDY says:

          saying this blog used to be informative is getting old u guys grab your coat and hat hit the road u all no who u are got it!! More like fake is trying to bake Bills blog!! Again u know who u are enjoy!! INDYY….

        8. Dan says:

          Nope, just love the weather! Which is why I come to this blog.
          Its for people who really enjoy the weather. It is obvious that you do not like Winter, that is fine.
          Can you take the caps lock of Michigan Won? It looks as if you are yelling at everybody!
          By the people have the right to post whatever they want!

        9. Dan says:

          If you don’t like being here Rodey, nobody is asking you to stay. You certainly do not have to post. The blog is for everybody. That means what others post too!

        10. michigan won says:

          Hey Dan,
          Thank you for making my point. If you look a little closer, you’ll notice I wrote it exactly the same way INDYY did. Go talk to INDYY about all CAPS. I happen to think it’s ridiculous. You may also want to talk to him about it being a blog for everybody. He seems to be the one who thinks otherwise.

        11. INDY says:

          Dan u are talkng to the fake and bake show on Bills blog!!! Go back to just being your self love your weather thoughts!!INDYY.

    2. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      Speaking in coherent sentences would help. What’s getting old is the hype and stupid crap being posted on here. I’m not going any where.

  5. DF (SE Mich) says:

    I picked up a surprising 1.2″ overnight. Everything is covered in snow, beautiful out. The wind chill is brutal this morning.

  6. Dan says:

    Sounds like Monday night could get interesting! Especially, if all the factors and the storm track come together. I heard, LES intensifies behind that system.
    Clipper system on Friday! We may get more snow from that because of the timing of it! WINTER IS STILL HERE!!!! Its MICHIGAN and its still MARCH!! BRING ON THE SNOW!!!

    1. Brad says:

      Dan, out of curiosity, you often write that you “heard” something about the weather. It’s unusual to watch or read the WOOD-TV8 weather forecast and then post that you “heard” something that is discussed on that very page.

      1. Dan says:

        Is there a question here? What exactly is your point, Brad?
        I rely on a few sources for the weather. NWS, Acculess, Weatherunderground, The Weather Channel just to name a few. WOOD TV 8 is the main source that I use. I heard they are VERY GOOD!

        1. Brad says:

          Sure- source your statements; don’t write “I heard” something- it makes it sound like you are getting your information from the hostess at Cracker Barrel.

        2. Dan says:

          Can’t we have impressions and ideas based upon what was reported? I will not always source my posts. It allows for thoughts, predictions and ideas about WHAT may occur!

        3. Brad says:

          “I heard X” is meaningless, FYI…

  7. Yup (Grandville) says:

    Love it or hate it, this is really good for the farms out there. Last March was brutal for them.

  8. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

    The last couple runs of the gfs are taking next weeks storm further nw. 06z would be all rain south of 96, mix north. Clipper still looks like a 1-3″ event for fri night.

    1. INDY says:

      Wow more snow coming really, who said we would not have winter this year!!! 2 more storms a coming and its March….Maybe Travis understands us now!!!! INDYY…

  9. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Its cloudy with light snow fall here with a temp of 24°. While the airport reported 1″ of new snow fall we did not get that much here in Walker, but did receive a good half inch and the ground and road are covered so there are some slippery spots……..I could be that the most snow over the next several days falls on Friday night….Like it has been stated before the system next week while we will have to keep an eye on it the trends are now trending more to the NW witch could mean a cold rain in our area, time will tell……
    SlimJim

  10. DF (SE Mich) says:

    The NWS has 30′s for highs through next Tuesday, except Friday, for Ann Arbor… cold. Since my outdoor hockey league continues through this month, I am pleased!

    1. INDY says:

      DF still getting some snow outside here last year u guys had tornado damange to clean up this week what a year makes ….Your hockey leauge may go into April no real sighns of warmth yet!! INDYY.

      1. DF (SE Mich) says:

        I sent Bill some pics from that evening and day after in case he puts a post up Friday. I will take 30′s over that any day.

        1. INDY says:

          Can’t wait to see them….Maybe Bill will email the pics to me!!! Hope there is one of u! just putting a face with a name to bad we have to do that now on Bills blog lolololololo!! Have a good day …INDYY..

    2. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      Not sure how reliable those NWS spot forecasts are or how frequently they update them. I’d definitely look at other forecasts first.

      For instance, regarding last Sunday, NWS was saying 60 was a possibility, and yet you posted saying NWS had a high only in the 40′s. Their own forecast wasn’t aligned with their outlook. And lo and behold, AA hit 63.

      Excluding Friday’s mid 40′s, WXYZ has Detroit +/- 2 degrees of 40 for the next 7 days. I think that’s about right.

      And then in their long-term for the next week, they are forecasting generally average temps of 45 degrees.

      1. DF (SE Mich) says:

        The same WXYZ and 360 whatever weather that predicted these genius temps for this week?!? LOL!!! Come on Travis…

        Travis (Oakland County) says:
        March 4, 2013 at 3:23 pm

        Keeps switching back and forth in typical March fashion. Just depends what timeframe you’re looking at with the big swings coming up.

        http://www.weathertrends360.com/Graph/30day/ST3585/20130304000000

        WXYZ still has a 50 for next Tuesday. The above link says 54 for Tuesday and then 58 on March 16th before a three-day cooler swing.

      2. DF (SE Mich) says:

        I trust the NWS over all other sources. Yes they are off (sometimes significantly) occasionally but by far the best source. Listen, they have screwed me sailing with their wind forecasts more that I can count, but they are still the best source.

        1. fixxxer says:

          no offense to either of you but im not sure why you guys are even on a west michigan weather blog? our weather is usually very different than what you get over there.

        2. Cindy says:

          Fixxer I’d say this is a blog that covers local, regional, national, and global weather issues. The last couple posts have been about the UP. No one is upset about that.

      3. Rodey (Rockford) says:

        So, can you tell me where the dividing line is between west and east Michigan? No offense but that was a pretty stupid post.

        1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          Middleville?

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

    We added another inch since midnight putting me up to 3.8″ since yesterday morning.

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

    2″ snow overnight in the woods…

  13. Jeff (Richland) says:

    We had a solid 3-4″ overnight with drifts up to 8″

  14. GB (Hudsonville) says:

    Official Prediction-
    This cool and chance of snow pattern has 8-9 days remaining. The dusting we received today will be all melted tomorrow. The clipper system on Friday will be a dud, rain/mix at maybe another inch or so and then again all melted by Sunday. The system on Monday will be sloppy for us mostly rain mix and then some snow 1”-3” again this will all be melted by Wednesday the 20th. Temperatures by next Thursday the 21st will begin to slowly warm with day time highs 40 or above. After the 21st there will be a slow gradual return to average temps mid 40’s to 50 that will continue to eat away at the few dirt/snow/ice piles we have left.
    So unlike all the others who type in all caps I am willing to outline my prediction with more detail than “ATLEAST TWO RAIN STORMS COMING IN APRIL!!!”.
    I welcome others to outline what they expect.

  15. Dan says:

    Timing of the systems will be important for these events.
    I’m thinking that the Clipper system for Friday will actually give us more snow because its supposed to arrive at night! I’m thinking for a snow fall to be around 3 inches for that. The Monday night system is a bit more tricky.
    They were hinting at the possibility of the Northern and Southern streams to phase. If that happens and the dynamics are right, I say we receive a big dump, 6 inches or greater. My confidence in this is about 35% as there are so many dynamics that need to be just right! So, I’m predicting that a mix will take the snow totals down for Monday. I’d say 2 inches of snow!
    That is my prediction. Lets see how these play out! The closer we get to spring, makes it very difficult to receive accumulating snow. I’ve seen accumulating snows in April. Perhaps, that will happen this April?

    1. Brad says:

      How do you mathematically arrive at 35% confidence, and not 30% or 40% confidence? Is your gut that precise?

      1. Dan says:

        Not at all. I just felt like I’m about 65% sure that all the dynamics will not be that precise for a major dump of snow. What is wrong with that?

        1. Brad says:

          I am fascinated by your ability to calculate a 65% probability based on no mathematical analysis.

        2. fixxxer says:

          lol @ anybody listening to anybodies gut feeling on here other than cort or bill.

        3. Brad says:

          The meteorological world remembers my stunning shoot-from-the-hip prediction of that balmy January day. I will now retire from prognostication.

        4. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          Thanks for reminding us for the 100th time.

        5. Dan says:

          First of all, this is a weather blog not, the meteorological world. Secondly, how many times do you have to re post that?
          Finally, since you seem to think you are so good at this, why not offer another prediction or two, Brad?

  16. Brad says:

    Folks, we were 60ish last year on this date, and tomorrow (3/14) began the stretch of 70s and 80s. That puts this chill in perspective!

    1. Dan says:

      Is this the “new normal” then?

      1. GB (Hudsonville) says:

        Dan, now is that a productive post? I don’t think so. Maybe you should try something like “Michigan weather always amazes me how different it can be form one year to the next.”

      2. fixxxer says:

        no dan, it just means were probably back to a typical west michigan pattern this year.

        1. Bnoppe(Albion) says:

          Doom and gloom?

        2. fixxxer says:

          that, wind, rain and cool weather. thank the lake.

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

        Lol Dan! Sure seems like there were a ton of people saying that in December and January when it was warm and snow less.

  17. Paul S says:

    Bill… I assume you are rooting for the 3″ Friday and the 5″ Mon/Tue? That will put you almost right on the money as far as your preseason prediction!

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

    I have a current temp of 25.8° with moderate snow still coming down, and a wind chill in the low teens.

  19. fixxxer says:

    im soo damn tired of the cold weather. it looks as we will be running below average going right into april. i really hope this summer isn’t going to be on the cool side.

  20. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

    12z gfs is still mostly rain with the system next week. Looks like all snow north of us 10.

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      And that very well maybe the case…that is rain here snow to the north west of here…..that is for next weeks system….I think the most snow we here in GR will see will come on Friday night but we shall see…
      SlimJim

      1. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

        Gfs still shows the clipper as snow, nam and gem show it as rain. If both systems turn out to be rain, could be nearing the end of the snow season.

        1. suehelen says:

          My fingers are crossed! Rain please!

        2. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

          With blocking and cold air around you never know one still could surprise us…but you could also be right!!!time will tell.
          SlimJim

  21. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Its a cold 30° here with wind,flurries, and at times some sun…You know the closer we get to April to me te colder it looks like April could be…..
    SlimJim

    1. There is some pretty chilly air north of us in Canada. I think odds are leaning more towards average at this point. However I do believe based on late season blocking and snowpack we could be at more risk going below average than above average. Cold PDO springs also tend to snap pretty quickly to warmth with a trough establishing out in the west. Tough call on April that is for sure, the snap is coming just might be delayed a bit. So with the current confidence of things let’s go with normal for now.

  22. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    while last years record warm March started the growing season way too soon it should be noted even a late start to the growing season dose not guarantee a good crop year. Just think on how hard farmers have it. It can be too hot (like it was last year) it could be too cold, or too dry or too wet, too windy and there is a chance of a “normal” spring but a late season freeze still could destroy a large part of their crops….for our farmers the list just goes on and on…so lest get our farmers credit they live a risky life ever year!!!
    SlimJim

    1. suehelen says:

      It’s going to take forever for farmers to get in the fields. There is planting that needs to start in April. This year is going to be hard if the cold and snow hang on.

  23. kevin. w says:

    Just looking at some of the models or I should say most of the models and if they verify on next weeks snows it could have the possibility of being the biggest one of the season. Both the GFS and high res Euro just simply put just totally buries us, the Canadian model gives us a rain to heavy wet snow, the jem model has a huge blizzard the RDB model is a back breaker/heart attack snow. So in general winter ain’t over until the fat snowman is gone. I could see Monday night/Tuesday being just a horrible miserable pain in the but storm. Will see what the NWS says about it in there afternoon update.

    1. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

      Where do you see the system next week as snow? Looking at the precip type maps from the 12z gfs, it shows mostly rain.

      1. link please to show it as rain/snow?

        1. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

          http://Www.coolwx/ptype

          Click on 12z gfs. You can animate it up to 180 hours.

        2. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

          I meant http://www.coolwx.com/ptype

    2. Dan says:

      Excellent post, kevin w!
      Cort: I would like to hear your thoughts and impressions about the clipper system Friday and the event for Monday/Tuesday!
      Isn’t the WEATHER awesome? I mean, no matter what kind of weather it is.

  24. 1-3 maybe issolated 4 inch for Friday Nights system, then 1-3 inches for south central lower Michigan for Monday into Tuesday with 4 or more from a line from Holland to Saginaw “subject to change” lol…….

  25. Decent pool of cold air to our north should help surpress the early week storm, plus secondary low will allow the 1st low to weaken and thus the cold air to flood the low and mid levels to keep it snow in central lower. Plus climo input helping models to forecast the temps a bit to high to whats going to happen. just my thoughts.

  26. Now if the 1st low stays the main low and the cold high can keep the storm from running up into the cold air we cold have a very impressive storm but for now I’m not going there but it is something to watch for.

  27. oops “we could” not cold lol

  28. Ryan (Rockford) says:

    Today is a mid-January, blustery, snowy day in West Michigan…except it’s mid-March. It has been snowing virtually all day in Portage and the thermometer read only 28 degrees (not factoring in the wind chill) about an hour ago. It looks like the Kzoo area got at least a few inches since last night before today’s continuation. In Rockford, we only received a light dusting, but I still have several inches of dense, hard, ice-filled snow in my yard and in the woods behind my house. We are shielded from the sun, so we always have the most snow of everyone around us.

    Anyway, I’m pumped for the next 7 days, as we should see significantly below-average temperatures, 3 pretty decent shots at more accumulating snow (the last of which could turn into a major event) in addition to what we’ve gotten since yesterday, and possibly very little in the way of liquid precip (as long as Friday and, especially, Monday give us the cold side of the system). I think 70 inches for a season total in GR is not out of the question, maybe close to that by mid-next week if things play out the right way. It will end up being a close-to-average snow season in GR, which is unbelievable considering how incredibly little snow we received through late January.

  29. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Are the skys going to clear out at all anywhere this evening? We’ve been waiting and waiting for a clear evening to view the comet. Couple more days and it will be too dim to see anymore. I can’t believe we have 2 weeks of clear skies, then the day the comet appears in the northern hemisphere we cloud over and it hasn’t changed since.

    1. Barry in Zeeland says:

      Great photo here of what we COULD see if the clouds ever clear out:

      http://spaceweather.com/gallery/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=77924

      Been a long time since we’ve had a decent one to watch.

  30. INDY says:

    Looking good for 2 more snow storms Dan Df Rocky Bill Swatzze get ready fact is winter is still going STRONG like Bills best on Bills blog no fake about it!! stay tuned THEE INDYY…

    1. ~Sherry~(Comstock Park) says:

      Sounds good to me Indy!! I am glad to see you are feeling better!

  31. kevin. w says:

    70s south into Georgia and upper 20s/30s next mon/tue. spells a big storm and alot of heavy wet snow. Thermal profile is starting to point towards more snow than rain. Models show well over a foot of snow from Iowa through Wisconsin and into Michigan. This could be a big snow, power outage, tree damaging roof collapsing event possible storm. I don’t about anyone else but I just don’t see any sign of spring for the next two weeks but I do see an Oscillation change coming once we get into April and the MJO is sure making some big moves. This could be the last big push of winter and sometimes it comes right around the spring equinox. Bring on the moisture we need it even though were out of the palmer drought index.

    1. New Euro looks to have a blizzard in the Dakotas, lot of rain in the Ohio valley and we are stuck in between. If all the energy could combine we could have a big storm. Right now I don’t see it but it is possible. Remember too the t-storms in the south can rob the moisture further north and we do have cold air north of us that may suppress it a bit. Don’t get me wrong there is potential there for that heavy snow scenario. We still need a few more days to figure this one.

    2. Nope, were locked into a cold pattern of 5 to 15 degrees below normal for sometime to come.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        How could it be? We are in a COLD pattern! Who knew?

    3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Good call on the RDB model Kevin! Currently the RDB model shows a monster SNOWSTORM with heavy SNOW. GR has 6-12 inches of SNOW on the way baby! BRING IT!

  32. INDY says:

    Not a lot of T-storms with this Low sofar looks to be a lot of rain and snow mid Michigan as of today looks to be in thee sweet spot for wind blizzard snow long ways out one thing for sure should be a fun RACK STACK AND TRACK…stay tuned INDYY..

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      How could it be? INDY who knew? Has anyone heard that we are still ENTRENCHED in a COLD and SNOWY pattern! Amazing and get ready to ROCK n ROLL!!!!

  33. With the low coming from the central plains and the main energy farther north I think tons of moisture will make it here and not get cut off vs a storm from Texas / Arkansas moving northest.

  34. No matter what this looks to be a good storm. Rain, snow or mix it very well could be a doozy

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Both systems will be bringing all SNOW to GR and points Northward. Rain will not be an issue. The 18Z RDB still shows 2-4 inches with the clipper and 6 to 12 for the storm next week!!

    2. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

      Gr as always not making much of a deal about next weeks storm. Also, only an inch south of 96 and 1-4 north with e clipper.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        I don’t even listen to their forecast discussions anymore. Not very insightful and very little discussion about all of the potential dynamics and they have been way too conservative for the last three GR snow events! Absolutely horrible!

        1. Nathan says:

          Yea, Im NOT listening to the NWS for next weeks storm. In fact, Accuweather has been right with the past few systems!!

        2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          100% Agree!

      2. bnoppe(Albion) says:

        yeah the discusion was weak and were still a way out

        A MORE POTENT SYSTEM WILL FOLLOW MONDAY. THE GFS IS QUICKER THAN THE
        ECMWF AND WOULD BRING MIXED RAIN/SNOW TO THE AREA MONDAY. THE ECMWF
        DELAYS MUCH OF THE PCPN UNTIL MONDAY NIGHT AND HAS MORE SNOW. WE PUT
        SNOW IN THE NORTH AND MIXED RAIN/SNOW ACROSS THE REST OF THE CWA AND
        LINGERED THE SNOW INTO TUESDAY AS A NOD TO THE ECMWF TIMING. A
        DECENT SHOT OF COLD AIR IS PROGD BEHIND THE SYSTEM WITH H8 TEMPS
        FALLING TO -12C WEDNESDAY.

        Things should change

  35. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Has anyone heard – it is still WINTER! The latest 3- 8 day DGEX run shows all of West MI getting 12 – 18 inches of SNOW!!!!! I love it and keep it rolling! FANTASTIC!

    1. GB says:

      Rockey- Can we all hold you to your 12″-18″ prediction when we look back this time next week?
      12″ in March would be a near record event.
      Just trying to weed out the hype and get to facts.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Just the facts – this is what the DGEX model is showing. This is not my prediction!

  36. bnoppe(Albion) says:

    O and I’m not in favor of more snow just if its going to happen might as well be a dumping

  37. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    The GREAT news just keep on coming! The latest 6-14 day CPC outlook has us squarely in the below average temps and well above average precip. Can anyone say COLD and SNOW till April! Where have I heard that before? Bring on the skiing and snowmobiling!

    1. fixxxer says:

      The good news is when the warmth comes you will be gone.

  38. Cort S. says:

    FINALLY!!! Clearing! Time to go to the lake to go comet hunting!

    1. steelie says:

      Good Day,

      Indeed! I hope you get a great view and maybe a few pics to share!

      Steelie

    2. Barry in Zeeland says:

      Agreed!! I’ve been chomping at the bit for the past several nights to get out there. Hasn’t been much to look at since Hale-Boppe.

  39. steelie says:

    Good Day,

    It has turned out to be a pretty sunny afternoon here. I think there is now a very good chance of seeing the comet this evening!

    The coming systems are still anyone’s guess. Rain, snow, mix… or any combination thereof. At this time I really don’t care what form falls out of the sky. I just want the precip to continue to recover from the drought.

    Steelie

  40. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Anyone going out tonight to look for the comet, here’s a great link on finding it:

    http://www.livescience.com/27829-comet-pan-starrs-near-moon.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Livesciencecom+(LiveScience.com+Science+Headline+Feed)

    If you have binoculars, bring them along as it will be the best thing for viewing because of the twi-light lingering in the western sky.

    1. Jack says:

      Yes, I will be Barry !!! Happy Viewing !! A little music for Comet Watching. CUE : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5ZfVQZZvS8

  41. fixxxer says:

    I wonder if this comet will hit the japs this time? ; )

    1. Nathan says:

      Like usual, Im left with no response.

    2. Stephen (North Muskegon says:

      Rather it hit NK

    3. Jack says:

      Fixxxer, Sometimes it’s Better 2 just Say ” NOTHING”…. ;-)

    4. Dan says:

      fixxxer: Do you actually know what you are posting? I think, you are a bit confused here. You should really do some research on comets, meteors, etc!

    5. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Outrageous comment.

  42. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

    18z has a weaker, further north low for next week. It would be all light rain, with almost no snow behind it.

    1. Dan says:

      Jim: It’ll change again and again! We will not really know what this is going to do until Monday morning. Even then, it is not 100%!

    2. Boooo if its cold it might as well snow

    3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      The GFS is out to lunch. The NWS is out on a break. It is obvious that the blocking high pressure in Canada will push this storm to the South of MI and place us in the prime location for a SNOWSTORM! Mark it down and get ready to ROCK n ROLL!! We have a ton of COLD and SNOW on the way, including the 2-4 inches from the weekend clipper!! I love it!

  43. GunLakeDeb says:

    So did anyone see the comet?? I have been looking since I got home at 9 PM, but I’m afraid that’s too late?? :-(

    1. Barry in Zeeland says:

      Found it! Not much to see though. Could only really see it in binoculars, not very bright at all. I did get a few pictures, but nothing great. If I could only figure how to upload them to report it I would. For some reason it never lets me do it. The big comet later this year shold be one to behold. If predictions hold up, it could be a daytime visible one. Cross your fingers.

  44. Barb says:

    No matter. This time of year the snow will melt soon enough–sooner or later.

  45. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    It is still WINTER and we will be seeing plenty of SNOW! Who knew?

    1. Barry in Zeeland says:

      Why don’t you contribute something worthwhile. It gets so frackin annoying skipping over every other post because its you.

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

        Have to agree with you on this one.

      2. suehelen says:

        Me too.

        1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

          Totally agree.

  46. Stacsh says:

    Dang came back to reading the blog for spring and rocky is still posting :( . Oh well another couple weeks until real weather discussion.

  47. bnoppe(Albion) says:

    Last year today’s high 80

  48. Starting to get a bit worried about hours 180-240 according to at least the GFS. Could be looking at an overriding scenario with some possible ice. Large storm in the center of the nation has been on the table for several runs now in and around March 21st. I know we have been looking at the Monday storm in detail as it is the closer one. Sometimes this last pieces of energy to round out a trough can have the most energy associated with them. Still no big signs of spring yet.

    1. I meant overrunning scenario. Working in software you can override things like functions, classes, structures. Been a long night.

  49. Models still struggle with the Monday pm – Tuesday storm, Now its time to watch the models as they should start to build the system up more than they have and it’s going to be interesting to see the 12z ECMWF. The GFS is good with the Friday night system, looks like 1-4 inch snow heaviest in the central Michigan area. I’m having a hard time with the Monday-Tuesday system but I think this has so much potential to produce over 1 inch QPF and think someone is going to see a lot of snow, BUT I can see the storm weakening and giving way to an east coast redevelopment too. So for me the next 3 runs of the Euro will be key and the next could be telling. The CFSv2 keeps us cold though the end of the month and I see no warmth coming anytime soon at all.

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