Happy St. Patrick’s Day

March 16th, 2013 at 10:56 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

<–click to enlarge the map of Ireland. Over the last 15 years (inc. 2012), this has been the weirdest day for weather in W. Michigan! After 3 years in a row with temperatures well above normal on St. Patrick’s Day today was 15 degrees cooler than average with a high of 30 in G.R. That follows five years that were significantly colder than average. In fact, here are the high temperatures for St. Patrick’s Day starting in 1998: 36, 60, 37, 39, 39, 68, 33, 35, 28, 38, 37, 71, 65, 78 and 30. There have been no 40s, no 50s…it’s been either real warm or real cold on St. Patrick’s Day in W. Michigan. The weather was cool, but nice Saturday for the big St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Conklin.  Which brings me to the weather of Ireland. Just like the wind coming off Lake Michigan moderates the climate, making the lakeshore cooler in spring/summer and warmer in winter…the same is true in Ireland. The wind off the ocean keeps the temperature fairly constant. The difference between the average high temperature in Dublin in January (45F) and July (67F) is only 22 degrees. The warmest temperature in Dublin in calendar year 2008 was just 72F (you won’t find a lot of backyard swimming pools in Ireland). The coolest temperature was 25F. Dublin only recorded 1/10″ of snowfall in 2008 – that coming on April 6th. There were two other days with trace amounts.  The city did have 1/10″ of snow on 3/11/13 and trace amounts on the 12th and 13th.  Dublin is actually 700 miles north of Grand Rapids. Despite it’s northerly location (summer daylight grows to 17 hours long in June), winters are milder due to the influence of the relatively warm Gulf Stream current. Ireland is the 20th biggest island in the world (3rd biggest in Europe) and is just slightly smaller than South Carolina. Rainfall is frequent and mostly light. Dublin records thunder an average of only four days per year.  The average high and low temperature for Dublin on 3/17 is 50/36.  Yesterday (3/16/13), the high/low was 46/27.  The first 16 days of March were 3.5 deg. cooler than average.  Marquette added another couple inches of snow.  They are now up to 171.4″ for the season and they are (at the airport) at a season high 43″ of snow on the ground.  Twin Lakes has had 217.9″ this season!  Hoist Basin has the most snow on the ground that I’ve seen in years at 58″ (almost 5 feet) on the level this morning.  It was also cold in the U.P. with lows of -15 at Champion and -17 at Stambough.


Lunch (church pot-luck) today featured authentic Irish stew, from a lady who grew up in Ireland – yum.  Came home, filled the bird feeders, picked up twigs outside and getting ready for Wisconsin-Ohio State.  Here’s a St. Patrick’s Day Quiz (I got 9 out of 10, but I had to guess between two answers on a couple of them).


73 Responses to “Happy St. Patrick’s Day”

  1. Jack says:

    FIRST, Luck of Theeeeee IRISH, I guess. Tee Hee …. ;-)

  2. Nathan says:

    Now that would be boring weather! Luckily west Michigan has it all… Besides the month of March

    1. Irish coffee says:

      ….boring wx…boring food….but definitely not BORING PEOPLE! ;)

  3. Jack says:

    In Tribute to this Thread being Posted in GREEN, A GREEN CUE : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnZJuIx-LW8. ;-) . More Traditional Irish Music Coming SSSSOOOONNN, stay GEEN and CUED… Lol… Happy St. P-Day…. Bill + Bloggg Family. ;-)

  4. Larry from Hastings/Barry Co says:

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone. I have alot of irish blood in me. I am not a beer drinker, but I will have 1 beer today. My wife will make some real nice corn beef & cabbage sandwiches, with garlic beer bread. Sounds like the weather will be kind of nasty this coming week. Everyone have a wonderful day.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      YUM!!!!!!! Sounds delicious!! Be sure to tell your wife she’s a fabulous cook ;-)

      1. Larry from Hastings/Barry Co says:

        Just had my irish dinner and 1 ice cold beer. I married a fabulous woman. She grew-up in the Yankee Springs/Gun Lake area.

        1. GunLakeDeb says:

          LOL!! The apples don’t seem to fall far from the trees around here – this is a great area!!

  5. Irish coffee says:


  6. Irish coffee says:

    …OH, & by the way– Irish only use 239 beans inn their soup…’cause if they added just ONE more it would make it 2-FART-EE!!!

  7. INDY says:

    Ahhhhhhh Happy St, Party Day Bills only!!!! INDYY….

  8. Dan says:

    Hilarious, Irish! Happy St. Patrick’s Day Bloggers!
    By the way, I am fluent in Blarney!! Its “beyond the pail” Looks like we will be having the “luck of the Irish” this week. If you like winter weather!

  9. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    LIVE SNOW report form Boyne City, MI. 12-18 inches of SNOW on the ground with GREAT conditions! Get ready GR – we have a ton of COLD air and lake effect SNOW on the way. Great news the 6-14 CPC outlook still shows us with below average temps and above precip!!! This is the best March weather that I seen in the last 20 years! Lets keep all of that COLD air and SNOW rocking and rolling all the way till mid April!!!!

    1. Bullwinkle (Rockford) says:

      GREAT NEWS! As I’ve been telling all the winter nuts WINTER IS OVER! GET USED TO IT! The SUN MELTED ALL the snow and its OUT AGAIN TODAY! Get used to it! NO more snow or cold for 8 LONG months at the EARLIEST!
      I will be:
      2. golfing
      3. fishing
      5. gardening
      6. grilling
      7. etc etc etc etc etc etc!

      1. Irish coffee says:

        “AWW, Bullwinkle…that trick never works” ….

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          It usually makes it worse! When will he ever learn?

        2. Bullwinkle (Rockford) says:

          Just stating the FACTS! WHEN WILL PEOPLE LEARN! OH and thanks for listening!

      2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        fixxxer I see that you are still living in fantasy land! Face reality. We have a lot of COLD and LAKE EFFECT SNOW hitting West MI this coming week! Thanks for listening, however you had better get USED TO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        1. Nathan says:

          Rocky this week looks pretty winterty…. But this may be it

        2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          ROCK ON NATHAN! Remember it was about 6 weeks ago I warned all of the warm weather nuts that we would be having 5 or 6 weeks of COLD and SNOW! As usual they would not listen! I love it when they are 100% wrong and the RDB model rocks! Yes, I will admit that next weekend may be my last or one of my last snowmobiling/skiing trips of this WINTER? It has been a GREAT ride and the ride has not stopped yet!!!!!

        3. Bullwinkle (Rockford) says:

          Actually less than an hour ago you stated it would be cold and snow till mid April and now you are stating this maybe your last winter trips….see you are 100% WRONG WRONG WRONG AGAIN AS USUAL! If winter was still here as you say then why do you have to travel north to find winter…. Again WRONG! Welcome to early SPRING AND SUMMER! Get outside everyone and soak up that early SPRING AND SUMMER SUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get the grills out and lawn chairs people! I will be cooking up a rack of ribs all day today on the grill soaking up the early SPRING AND SUMMER WEATHER!
          GET USED TO IT! Cue up SPRING AND SUMMER Jack!
          Thanks for listening!

  10. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Hey have you noticed that the forecast low temps this week will be in the teens and low 20′s! I love it and this is the 8th weekend in row of GREAT WINTER outdoor activities! I can hardly wait till next weekend – I will be taking a snowmobile trip up to the Fife Lake/TC area! Simply GREAT, FANTASTIC, UNBELIEVABLE, SUPER, AWESOME, STUPENDOUS, AMAZING WINTER WEATHER! Enjoy it people!

  11. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    I am off to the slopes! I will be enjoying this FANTASTIC WINTER DAY while fixxxer tries to impersonate various alter egos on the blog! Latter people and have fun today. Have you heard that it is still WINTER? Who knew?

    1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      How’s Mondays 4 to 8 inches of snow for Grand Rapids working out. Not even going to be close. Another epic fail for the RDB. It’s spring. I love it. Keep it coming. No snow storms for the next 8 months. Who would have thought it. Fantastic. Get used to it. Rock and roll died years ago. Classical music rocks.

  12. Hugh says:

    Other than Bill’s remarks, this stuff is just too stupid to read!

  13. Dan says:

    I agree with your comments, Hugh! Its like one has to outdo the other. This blog is for all. All types of weather fanatics are WELCOME! We may disagree on everything, THAT IS OK!
    THAT is what makes us ALL BILL’s BLOG!!!
    How much snow is forecasted for Monday/ Monday night event? I think, we may receiving a decent amount of freezing rain. Cold air will be aloft!

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Down here – I don’t think we’re going to get much snow, if any? But it’s going to be WINDY – and that combined with drizzle/snow/crud, will make for a less-than-pleasant day or two. But hey – Spring in Michigan can be that way, so bundle up!! The warmth gets closer every day.

  14. Tom L says:

    No matter if we love the snow or if we love the warm weather, keep one thing in mind…
    This time of year is notorious for producing some very dangerous driving conditions! Freezing rain and rain that is just transitioning to snow can be deadly conditions if we do not take precautions when on the roads.
    Please, given the forcast for the upcoming week(s) ahead, please slow down on the roadways, keep a safe distance from the cars ahead of you and, most importantly, pay attention to the road!! (i.e. no talking on the cell phone, playing with the radio, etc!)
    Thanks for letting me “rant”.
    Oh, and Happy Saint Paddy’s Day!! :)
    Tom L

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      This is also the time of year when you look directly at the sun when you drive east at sunrise and west at sunset. I-96 heading east of the Gr. River is a bad spot shortly after sunset in late March/early April.

  15. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone.

  16. Nathan says:

    Bill do you plan on coming downtown for laughfest/the news again?

  17. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    It’s a sunny and for mid March a cold 34°. But back in 1973 when I still lived in Bay City I seen what was not only one of the biggest blizzards of my live time (over 25” in Bay City) and the 3rd biggest snow storm in Saginaw (21.3”)

    In Bay City not only did we get a blizzard but we also had a flood at the same time!!! 50 to 60 MPH NE winds pushed the water from Saginaw Bay up the Saginaw River into parts of Bay City. Flooding many areas with up to 3’ of water along with the two feet of snow. I can not find a article on the storm and not sure how to look up old stories from the Bay City Times, but here is a write up on the storm from Jackson….



    1. Ned S. (Now in South Holland) says:

      Thanks Slim. I enjoyed the write up.

  18. Barry in Zeeland says:

    If it stays clear tonight, watch for the northern lights. Kp has been around 6 all day:


    Northern lights “radar” link:


    Also, double St pattys day bonus with the comet!

    1. Jack says:

      Tx’s 4 the Links , BARRY. Keep L@@KING Up. God Bless, and Stay Cued. ;-)

  19. Jack says:

    GO……BADGERS !!!!!!!! Beat the Buckeyes ! AYE BILL !!!!! Stay cued !!!!! :-)

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Twas not to be…the Badgers had a nice run in the first half and got to the final. Good luck to the Big Ten in the NCAA

      1. Jack says:

        Yup, Badgers play. OLE Miss. On Friday. Who ya Picking BILL ? As if we Don’t Know….Lol. Stay Cued ! ;-)

  20. Larry from Hastings/Barry Co says:

    Michigan and Michigan State will not be my final 4, basketball bracket. I see these two teams loosing by sweet 16. Louisville I believe will be the national champs. The Big 10 did good this season. I am a big Michigan fan, I am very proud of them. Maybe one Big 10 team might make it to the final 4. Sounds like our weather will be cold and nasty this week. If it is, I will just sit back and watch some basketball. I am going to take a nap, just had a wonderful irish dinner and 1 ice cold beer. HAPPY ST PATRICK’S DAY EVERYONE

  21. Dan says:

    The Buckeyes win the Big Ten. This was a good game. The Badgers couldn’t score in the final 6 minutes of the game.
    I believe all the Big Ten Teams will be strong in the tournament. Probably, OSU gets a 2 seed! Maybe, Wisconsin gets the 4 seed and bumps Michigan to the 5.
    I would say Michigan, MSU, OSU, Indiana and Wisconsin all capable to get to the sweet sixteen. I’m glad Michigan will get to play some other teams. This is Michigan’s time to put the finishing touches on a good season! Do they step up and make a good run? I cannot wait for NCAA tourney!! This is my most favorite time of the year!

    1. Larry from Hastings/Barry Co says:

      Dan, I believe the Big 10 will start out strong. If a Big 10 team wants to become national champs, they have to win. Too many times this season, some of the top rank teams just didn’t get it done. If one of the Big 10 do make it to the final 4, I will support that team. Is there any cure for MARCH MADDNESS…I have again this season.

  22. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Another great day today! Just got back from skiing. Although sticky and melting snow conditions, the sun made it all worth it.

    I thought we had a bunch of storms rolling through this coming week? NWS not really mentioning much at all outside of another mix event Monday with only light levels of precip.

    40 on Monday and mid 40′s for me by the weekend, but cool until then. The 2″ of snow we received is pretty much gone already, as predicted with the sunny skies today.

    1. Michael g (se gr) says:

      Weird, the GR discussion mentions 2-5″ of lake effect mon night through tues night, with additional accums possible after that. Of course, in other parts of the country (like where you live) it doesn’t look as snowy.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        The warm weather nuts are still in denial and have a hard time facing reality!!! There is absolutely no sign of any warm Spring weather. In fact we have some wind chills that will be in the single digits on the way!! It is still winter. Who knew?

    2. Sparty says:

      Just ask Rocky…there’s 19 more blizzards before spring arrives.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        No just 4 to 6 inches of SNOW with wind chills in the single digits! I love it!!!

    3. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      Rock on Travis. The cold weather nuts just don’t get it. Spring is here. Fantastic love it.

  23. Jack says:

    Ditto..Dan. Love this Time of Year ,!!!!! Also, Looking Foward 2 BASEBALL !! Stay Cued! ;-)

  24. Jack says:

    INDY…..Uncle Jack is outta GREEN Medicine…..HELP….PLZ …. !!!!!!!!!! ;-)

    1. WhatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

      Jack, did you go srtraight from an alcohol addiction to a marijuna habit? Or did you smoke weed whilst you were drinking still?

      1. Jack says:

        wbwtsbc…Still ” Sober”. Thank- You, GREEN, is the Color of my LEGAL, Medicine. Thank- You, for your concern . And, God Bless Ya, also Don’t forget 2 Stay Cued !!!! Peace… ;-)

  25. Michael g (se gr) says:

    Looked and felt like mid winter up in TC this weekend. Still solid snowcover and impressive piles lining the roads and driveways. About froze my arse off during the race yesterday. Ready for spring, but unfortunately, it’s not anywhere in sight.

    As for the tournament, just spent my usual 2 minutes filling out my bracket. Feel a little strange as a Michigan fan having State, Indiana, and MSU in my final four, but hey, I never get my picks right anyway, so maybe that’s good news for the maize and blue.

  26. Andy says:

    Only in Michigan…..the first day of spring has an expected high of 24 degrees!!!

  27. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    MARCH MADNESS BABY!! B-ball, skiing, snowmobiling, lake effect SNOW, COLD and a WWA will be on the way for Kent County for Tuesday and Tuesday night! The good news just keeping rolling along!! I don’t know how March could get any better than this!

  28. INDY says:

    Again I have what ever u need uncle Jack thee YARDofBRICKS is full of greens reds and yellows send me a single and INDY will have a wingle for u….Travis people may need a little snow white to get over the winter thats is still on going in Michigan yeaaaa below normal temps….Snow storm on thee way..Stay tuned INDYY..

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      ROCK ON INDY! Travis will tell us the sun is out and temps are in the forties next week even though it will be snowing with temps in the 20′s! I think fixxxer is wearing off on him! Lord help him :)

    2. Jack says:

      Thank- U, kid INDY…. found a little stash , for thee Nite. Should be alright 2 Nite.!!!! Just stay cued, 4 Dat single TMR. Will def. Give ya shout…. Green, is thee way to GO, mother EARTH’s , NATURAL Medicine. Is the BEST…YA know !!! ;-)

      1. Brian(Grandville) says:

        Jack, I hope it cures your needs. I do believe that there are two many young people out there just trying to get a free pass to self medicate. I’ll end it there.

        1. Jack says:

          Brian, I’m Not Young, and yes I agree, on your other statement. Stay cued.. My friend …. ;-)

      2. bobcat says:

        Like you need BILLS BLOG for this???!!! I come here for the WEATHER! I used to love INDY’S posts but this is just getting to be nuts….

        1. Jack says:

          Sorry,bobcat. It was never my intention 2 offend Anyone ! So, I certainly ask Your FORGIVENESS !!

  29. Nathan says:

    Any sighting of the northern light yet?

    1. Jack says:

      I found this Rather Interesting, in regards to northern lights. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/…/northern-lights_n_2506356.ht...
      Enjoy. ;-)

    2. Barry in Zeeland says:

      As our amazing luck would have it, the activity started dying down just after sunset. That’s not to say there won’t be another wave come through, but for now nada.

  30. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Get ready for a wild week of WINTER weather people! It is going to be GREAT!!

    1. Andy says:

      Doesn’t really matter what’s going on outside, I’m in a office for 12 hours a day all week! I’ll just watch whatever weather thru my window and be glad I’m inside working this week!!

  31. Rodey (Rockford) says:

    Going to be a great spring week. 40′s by the weekend. Can March get any better. Love it. Fantastic get used to it. No snowstorms for the next 8 months. Doesn’t get any better than that. Fantastic. Love it. Get used to it.

  32. Bryan says:

    Sun eruption supercharges northern lights displays

    The European Space Agency and NASA Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) captured these images of the sun spitting out a coronal mass ejection on March 15, 2013.

    By Tariq Malik, SPACE.com

    A massive eruption on the sun Friday unleashed a wave of intense solar particles at Earth that may spark a geomagnetic storm and boost weekend aurora displays.

    The Earth-directed solar storm occurred Friday at 2:54 a.m. EDT (0654 GMT) in what astronomers call a coronal mass ejection — or CME — a sun eruption that can release billions of tons of solar material into space. The particles typically take between one and three days to reach Earth, where they can pose a hazard to satellites and electronic systems in orbit and on the planet’s surface, NASA officials said in a statement.

    The solar particles from the Friday eruption were expected to reach Earth Sunday.

    It’s a relatively clear night ripe for the northern lights?

  33. Brian(Grandville) says:

    What a contrast in temps from last year. I actually ran the a/c. I have the heat on still. I am ready for (milder) weather now. No drastic changes though.

  34. Brian(Grandville) says:

    I would like to see some pics of the near 5′ of snow on the ground in parts of the U.P. That’s amazing. Can anyone make that happen?

  35. Lonnie(Grand Haven) says:


    Any trends for summer based on st pattys day temps?

    1. Irish coffee says:

      Lonnie- nothing concrete/set in (blarney)STONE as of yet….

  36. Irish coffee says:

    ….’twas a GREAT St Patrick’s Day…my cousin, Erin Gogh Braughless even stopped @ Indy’s for a few ‘pints’ (sprites;)

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