Weekend thread and extreme tornado video

March 23rd, 2013 at 2:18 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

Watersmeet Trail WLUC   Pine Grosbeak near Gwinn WLUCThese two pictures are courtesy of WLUC in the U.P.  The first is a snowmobile trail near Watersmeet and the second is a pine grosbeak.  I’m at Science Olympiad all day at GVSU.  We’ll see variable cloud cover today and a high around 40.  The weekend snowstorm will produce at least 4-8″ and maybe as much as 6-12″ across Illinois, N. Indiana into Ohio.  The NAM Caribou from overnight keeps G.R. dry and gives Kalamazoo a little over 1/2″.  The GFS Caribou has .07″ mix for G.R. (it’s plenty cold aloft from all snow) with about 1.5″ of snow at Kalamazoo.  The GFS plot would give G.R. about 1″ of snow Monday/Tuesday.   From Earl Barker’s site, the NAM has the snow south of I-94 with 2-3″ at the Indiana border and nearly a foot of snow around Lafayette and Kokomo.  The GFS from the Barker site has 1″ of snow for G.R. over 120 hours (that’s Monday/Tuesday snow showers, not the actual storm), 2 – 2 1/2″ for Kalamazoo (again, over a 5-day period), 4-5″ at the Indiana border and 6-8″ across N. Indiana.  The European isn’t in yet.   Have a good weekend.

Check out this incredible video of the tornado inAustralia yesterday.  Here’s more video and picturesMore video and pictures.   And it could be the coldest March in 50 years in the U.K.  A complete blackout was reported for between 15 and 30 minutes across Belfast on Friday evening.

37 Responses to “Weekend thread and extreme tornado video”

  1. Skot says:

    Bill you wrote that like you were super tired, or I just read it like I was.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Yeah…it’s been a long week. I’m takin’ Sunday off.

  2. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

    Be nice to hit 40* with at least a little sun today.

  3. hunter 13 says:

    Unbelievable tornado video. Why are tornados not as common in Australia?

  4. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    That first video was incredible. Way too close. Um, no thanks.

  5. Steve says:

    If you look closely you’ll notice that it’s rotating in the opposite direction that a tornado would here as it’s in the southern hemisphere. And yes they were way too close.

  6. Bnoppe(Albion) says:

    Latest models keep the snow completely out of the state

  7. GunLakeDeb says:

    By the way – when watching the videos of the tornadoes: “Caravan Park” is Aussie for “trailer park”. It seems theirs don’t fare any better than ours in a whirlwind….

  8. Nathan says:

    I see you went with 50 for next Saturday! Hopefully you’re right

  9. Dan says:

    I’m thinking just a very small chance of light snow showers for us. Looks like they are going to get nailed to the south of us. Maybe, some movement to the North as we get into tomorrow? Blocking MAY keep it south!
    Any sun supposed to peak out today? I know, its in the forecast.

  10. michael g (SE GR) says:

    For Chicago anyway….

    Interesting stats on the wx following cold-opening springs. Majority of Apr’s in such yrs con’t blo nrml but majority of Mays turn abv nrml.

  11. Mindy ( Mason MI ) says:

    Forecast….Partly Sunny, should read CLOUDY!!!! Been Cloudy all Day !!!!

  12. michael g (SE GR) says:

    Hail, Hail!!

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Good game, says this Spartan :)

      1. michael g (SE GR) says:

        And to you too. Hope we meet again!

  13. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    >>>>>>LIVE SNOW REPORT – FIFE LAKE, MI>>>>>>>> 24 inches of SNOW in the ground and temps in the upper 20′s! Trail conditions – PERFECT!! No way the high in GR will get anywhere near 41 degrees today and no way GR will hit 50 degrees at any point next week. In fact it will struggle to get out of the 30′s all week! I love it – keep the COLD and SNOW rolling baby!!!!!!!!

    1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      Nice and slow warm up coming. No more snow storms for 8 months. 40′s by the end of next week. I love it

    2. GB says:

      Can you see it?

      1. GB says:

        The end of Rockey.

        Almost as good as spring.

  14. Brian (Grandville) says:

    I was up by Whitehall earlier today. They still have a lot of snow in the woods.

  15. GunLakeDeb says:

    I hope someone got some sunshine because we sure didn’t here. It’s just a gray, cold day – glad I didn’t plan a kayaking trip.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      I should add that it didn’t seem like it got above freezing here – the icy walkway behind our business is NOT melting.

      1. michael g (SE GR) says:

        38* here, but with the cold ground and dry air, shaded areas aren’t melting much.

        4.4* below normal for the month through yesterday, and still dropping.

  16. Barb says:

    Most of the snow on the level is gone here in SE GR but shaded areas and snow piles are still large.

  17. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    A great day to be a college hoops fan in this state.

    1. Sparty says:

      Yes sir!

    2. Jack says:

      You Betcha !!!! ;-)

  18. DF (SE Mich) says:

    It looks like it might warm up to around normal… Next weekend :)
    I am personally ready for another warm day.

  19. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    The good news just keeps rolling along!
    1. The ski and snowmobile trails are in excellent condition!
    2. The updated 8-14 day CPC outlook shows us with well below average temperatures! Skiing in April!
    3. The long range models still show plenty of SNOW chances well into April!
    4. COLD and SNOW rules!
    5. Hey hey, my my, ROCK n ROLL will never die!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      The great news continues. The long range models show no chances for snow and a gradual warm up to average temps. No snow storms for the next 8 months. Plenty of chances to be grilling out. I love it. Fantastic.

    2. Michael (Berrien county) says:

      Below average temps with unfortunately below average precip too. I think the only good skiing weather in April will be in northern lower & the UP. There is one last shot at a storm the model are hinting at about a week out for here, but it could be warm enough for rain by then possibly.

  20. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    fixxxer and his multiple aliases need to go hibernate till June!

    1. whatisthedeal says:

      Dream on Rocky. There is more than just Fixxxer and his aliases who are tired of your profound comments, and its not just the so called “warm weather nuts”. Cue it up: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/monotonous

  21. Brian(Grandville) says:

    My tournament bracket is so the opposite of last year. How many more upsets can there be.

    1. Vincent(N.E.Kent CO) says:

      Kansas State. R.I.P. Bummer!!!

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