Weds. High Temps.

March 28th, 2013 at 1:11 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

difax   Milder weather and some sunshine for West Michigan for today, Friday and Saturday.  It will be a bit cooler near Lake Michigan, but inland areas should make upper 40s today, near 50 Friday and low-mid 50s on Saturday.  Showers are likely Saturday night into at least early Sunday as a cold front comes thru, with a couple of relatively chilly days to follow on Mon. and Tues.  The days continue to get longer at the rate of nearly 20 minutes per week.  The official sunrise (first tip of the sun appears over a totally flat horizon) is 7:31 AM and the sunset (last tip of the sun disappears over a totally flat horizon) is at 8:05 PM.

The cold is easing up a bit over the country, but some spots remained relatively chilly on Weds.  Here’s some high temperatures from Weds. with the average high in ( ):  Grand Rapids 45 (49), Lafayette IN 40 (54), London KY 42 (62), Bluefield WV 36 (58), Nashville 53 (65), Buffalo 40 (46), Erie 38 (48), Huntsville AL 54 (68), New Orleans 60 (74), Boothville LA (mouth of the Mississippi River) 56 (72), Gulfport MS 55 (72), Atlanta 55 (68), Tampa 59 (79), Key West 64 (79), Havana, Cuba 70 (81), Jonesburo AR 54 (65), Springfield IL 40 (57), Columbia MO 43 (60), Ottumwa IA 46 (55), Watertown SD 37 (44), Minot ND 23 (43), Sidney MT 39 (52)         AND in ALASKA:  Fairbanks had a high of 10 and a low of -30, the average high for Fairbanks is 31.  The mean temperature was 28 deg. below average.  Nome had a high of zero.  The average high temperature is 20.  Anchorage had a high of 20 with an average of 37.   In Hawaii:  Honolulu 78 (82), Lihue 75 (79) – Lihue has had 3.95″ of rain in the last six days!

Grand Rapids has had 12 days in a row with cooler than average temperatures and 15 of 16 below average.  The month is 4.5 deg. cooler than avg. in G.R., 5.1 deg. cooler than average in Battle Creek and 5.2 deg. cooler than avg. in Kalamazoo.    Check out the records in the U.S. in the past week.    In other weather news:  Heavy snow caused a major roof collapse in Saskatchewan, Canada.   A “freak tornado” caused 12 fatalities in the Philippines.   Record cold in ColumbiaTwenty-Five dead from the recent cold in Poland, total for the winter now 175 fatalities.   “Unprecedented cold” in the U.K., where March could be the  coldest in 50 years.  Germany, coldest March since 1987.   Unseasonably cold in Florida.  High temperatures the past 2 days in Tampa 20 degrees below average!

62 Responses to “Weds. High Temps.”

  1. Jack says:

    FIRST, And The 50′s….are going 2 Seem Like HEATWAVE ! ;-)

  2. Jack says:

    SPEAKING of The 50′s, Here is a Song from The 50′s. SPIN: ;-)

  3. Skot says:

    Wind will be up, but heatwave YES.

  4. INDY says:

    Wow Travis says 60′s next week’nd wrong again still below normal as of 3/28/13.. 2 days of 50′s coming then back into the 30′s for highs with snow showers on Monday not going to get warm around here till May folks just thee facts enjoy your Thursday…INDYY…

    1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      Indy, you were the one who said the 50′s this weekend were overdone, and GR wasn’t going to see it. But thanks for talking about me all the time ;)

    2. Barry in Zeeland says:

      Why so negative Indy? No need to be such a debbie downer on a bright sunlit morning. Past couple days have been perfect.

      1. undyy says:

        He”s mad because Travis is from the east side of the state. Doesn’t understand that Bill’s Blog is for everyone from every where. From the yard of everything is coming up roses. Undyy!!!!!

        1. DF (SE Mich) says:

          Travis, fixxx asks why your here one day then advocates for you the next to mock indy, congrats dude!

        2. Travis (Oakland County) says:

          Who? What? When?

          Last I heard from fixxx was a couple days ago when he was cranky and asking why non-westsiders are on this blog.

          Indy is turning into the anti-fixxx now. Never happy unless it’s cold and snowy.

        3. undyy says:

          Jeez I’m not Fixxx. Just another one of Bill’s Best who believes everyone has a right to be on this blog regardless of where they live.

    3. Jeff (Richland) says:

      GRR NWS says 60′s are possible Saturday and that after Tuesday another warmup will ensue!

      1. Jerry says:

        Yes, notice that Indy neglects to mention temps will rise again after the colder weather next week.

  5. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Detroit hit 49 yesterday. Next 3 days look like lots of sun.

    Accuweather has 65 for me next Friday. WXYZ Detroit says 60 for Monday April 8th.

    Spring is here.

    1. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

      65 for the opener would be incredible. Too bad it is accuweather. I hope it is right. GFS suggests 40′s. I’m going to the Saturday game.

      1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        Awesome! I’m still debating if I want to go down for Opening Day this year or not. I’ll probably wait to see what the weather will be as we get closer. Tickets are the highest I’ve seen. I think a lot of fans are really excited for this year’s team.

    2. DF (SE Mich) says:

      The NWS has 30′s for highs on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Normal highs are mid 50′s next week in Detroit.

      I am still hoping for 60′s for you guys. It can snow when the world series games are here. =)

      1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        NWS has proven to be awful with their temp forecasts. None of the local stations I follow show anything below 41 next week. For Wednesday, both 4 and 7 show mid to upper 40′s.

        1. DF (SE Mich) says:

          We’ve already had this debate, thanks for the laugh though.

        2. Travis (Oakland County) says:

          We have! We’ll see who is right again this time!

        3. DF (SE Mich) says:

          Only one source can be correct again =) Kidding, it is always fun.

          Your references used my snow reports all winter, I wouldn’t trust them =) Although it does go to the NWS first…

  6. Nathan says:

    Well I’ll be outside all day today enjoying the weather. But hopefully we get some big storms within the next few weeks!

  7. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    I’mhoping for mild temps very soon, especially after Spring Break on! I have 8 baby Sebastopol goslings due mid April. Of course I’d love for a mild spring break for the kids next week, hoping so they need to get outside!! Looking forward to some thunderstorms hopefully this season where it is more active but the cool lake has me concerned about that but we shall see Mother Nature has surprised us all from time/time

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      You know Lake Michigan is probably not any colder then average for this time of year. While there was a lot more ice then last year it still was less then average. As for the amount of storms we get well that we will have to see how everything plays out. I would think we should see more this year then last year, especially if we get a more W or NW flow pattern with a ridge to our west and south west. We shall see.

      1. michael g (SE GR) says:

        Don’t know for sure, but I’ll bet surface and near surface temps are colder than normal, due to the recent cold and lack of sunshine.

        Anyone know if there is a site that calculates the temp of the total volume of Lake Michigan? Wonder how much that changes over the year….

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          Each inch of water added to Lake Michigan is 390 billion gallons. These are approximate figures for the other Great Lakes (in billions of gallons): Lake Superior, 550; Lake Huron, 400; Lake Erie, 170; and Lake Ontario, 130″. That’s when when you have a loss of 17″ in 12 months on Lake Michigan, that sizable number just can’t be explained by either a 20″ shortfall in winter snow (which would represent 2-3″ and really wasn’t a factor since precipitation (rain and snow) was above average the past two winters) or from a slightly reduced ice cover for a relatively short period of time in the winter – it also can’t be explained by the increase in CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere – the lake level’s rise (from 1964-86) and fall (prior to 1964 and after 1986) does not in any way correlate to atmospheric CO2. Overall precipitation is slightly higher than it was 100 years ago…and that is in part do to agriculture and irrigation of everything from big fields to our back lawns).

  8. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    The sun is out the temp is now up to 35° here so looks like a not too bad day today. Yesterday the sun was nice BUT if you were outside for any amount of time the wind was COLD. If we can have less wind with this sun today should seem nicer. Still looks like the start of April will be cool and maybe (just maybe) we can swing into a more average pattern.
    Here are some update snowfall totals for northern lower Michigan>>>>

    Looks like most areas had (having) a near average amount of snow for the season. Except for Alpena (low) and the Soo (high) with Alpena’s snow fall amount one can see most of the snow was lake effect for the season.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      The record snow seasons at two locations within the last 6 years jumped out at me. Not bad totals this year when you have those kind of seasons in the 30 year average.

    2. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      Nice table! All below average except the Soo. I thought a poster on here said Traverse was up to over 100″ for the year a couple weeks ago?

      I’ve been surprised that March was below average snow for most even though it’s been cold.

  9. Nathan says:

    Matt Kirkwoods typo: “High pressure will setup shop over the Great laeks the next couple of days and the sunshine it will provide will also gradually warm our temperatures.” BTW, its so sunny outside! I saw a rabbit in m backyard!

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      It’s “sunny for the bunny” and “fair for the hare”!

      1. Nathan says:

        Matt fixed the mistake AND I just saw a cat in my backyard AND a robin! Hibernation is over!

  10. GunLakeDeb says:

    I need help, weather bloggers?!

    I need to find a website, where I can input a specific date (from 2004 to 2011) – and see how much rain we received that day or a day or two before??? I’m tracking E-coli blooms in a creek…LOL!

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Try this: I’m sure there’s archived data from someplace closer than GRR…maybe the Hastings Ag. Station?

    2. steelie says:

      Good Day,

      I hope someone can supply that (Cort?) as I too would be curious to follow such blooms. In fact SWMTU (Schrem’s West Michigan Trout Unlimited) did a wide range stream survey of the Flat River last Summer, collecting thousands of insects and doing water tests. The e-coli was surprisingly high. So be careful when fishing or recreating on various waterways so you don’t get sick.


    3. Cort S. says:

      The website in Bill’s comment is a good one. Easy to access, long period of record. If you want a weather station that is closer to your creek than GRR, you have a couple options.

      Try this website: They have an online archive of MAWN data (which includes Hastings) that goes back to 2008.

      CoCoRAHS has been around in Michigan since 2008. That’s another source for precipitation reports, from wherever people live who volunteer to take them. Their website is

      The NWS has Cooperative Weather Observation sites that includes Hastings too. Most of their stations will have data going all the way back to 2004, but finding that data archived online from so long ago is the hard part. This website has archives going back to 2009:
      Look for the product called “RTPGRR” which is issued at 14 or 15 UTC. That will contain a list of the previous day’s temperature and precipitation reports from multiple sources, including the Coop Observers. If we can’t find additional online archives which go further back in time, you could ask the NWS-GRR for daily precip reports from a specific Coop site. They might be able to help you. Hopefully you can avoid having go to the NCDC and pay for that long-ago archived data.

  11. GunLakeDeb says:

    Found a great spot on Weather Underground – granted, it’s for Grand Rapids, so I might check Bill’s suggestion for Hastings.

    Steelie – I found the blooms had no co-relation to rainfall (nothing washing into the stream from fertilized fields, for example) – so I guess the next obvious suspect is a faulty septic system somewhere…. next I need to find the specific location where they sampled the water, I guess. I signed up for a similar study to be done on the Thornapple by the Barry/Eaton Health District. I HATE when someone messes up our nice clean waterways.

  12. Mr. Negative says:

    Fantasy – sunshine, robins, rabbits, warmth. Reality – snow remains, below average temps, perpetual NW wind, snow expected next week.

  13. Bobby (Ada) says:

    Can’t wait to hit the golf course again Saturday and Sunday!!!!

  14. bluegill says:

    Went for a snowmobile ride this morning and a snow shoe run this afternoon. Still a good foot to foot and a half in the woods in NE Grand Traverse County. The fields are starting to open up, so it looks like this is the last weekend to snowmobile.

  15. Cort S. says:

    Here is a NOVA episode about the Russian meteorite:

    1. Cort S. says:

      Some really cool things:

      The fact that infra-sound waves (sound with a pitch too low to hear) from the explosion shockwave traveled around the earth and reverberated several times over the course of a day.

      A model of the explosion shockwave that was produced when the asteroid exploded in the atmosphere, and a comparison of that shockwave to what likely happened in the 1908 Tunguska event.

      The asteroid was in a completely different orbit than the other asteroid that passed by the earth later that day. The Russian asteroid approached the earth from the part of the sky where the sun was, so our telescopes were basically blinded and unable to detect it ahead of time.

  16. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    51 degrees in Ann Arbor, DF… nice! 53 in Monroe. Up to 49 in GR.

    Can’t wait to get the mountain bike out.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      It was nice but the wind was chilly. We still made it out for a nice walk.

  17. fixxxer says:

    Wheres rj to tell us we have 8 more weeks of cold and snow? Hope he is gone for the rest of the year.

    1. INDY says:

      Hey Fixxer if u blog about Travis u will have a long oncore after your post! Hey Fixxer just the facts!! INDY!!!

  18. INDY says:

    Still no sighn of 50′s for Grand rapids just a fact folks ……Will will see what tomorrow brings maybe 50* lets hope so sure is getting late in March for 30′s and 40′s…..Stay tuned INDYY/////

    1. GB says:

      Indy it’s 50 in Grand Rapids right now…..look outside check online, facts are facts.

    2. Jack says:

      Yo, Indy. I promised 1 of my Daughters, when it Hits 52 deg. I will Shave off My Santa Claus BEARD. I think I’ll be shaving Saturday. Stay Cued, 4 Beard Updates…..Lol… ;-)

      1. INDY says:

        Jack maybe Saturday if the wind don’t pick up we may make 52* ..Take some pics and email it to me I will send it out sparks way….INDYY..

  19. Jack says:

    On this Date in Weather HISTORY.!! 3/28/1904
    Heavy rain and temperatures in the 50s during the last week of March combined with the melting of a deep snowpack to cause some of the worst flooding on record along the Grand and Kalamazoo Rivers. About half the city of Grand Rapids is underwater as the river reaches an all-time record crest of 19.6 feet, which was 2 feet higher than the previous record and 4.6 feet above flood stage. Water covered half of the city and flood waters reached 2,500 houses and 14,000 people. Many people suffered from hunger and exposure. Several factories and between 200 and 300 business were flooded. Loses totaled $1,800,000. Lansing has the worst flood in 135 years of record. Battle Creek is also inundated by floodwaters.
    One of the worst tornado outbreaks in U.S. history strikes from Wisconsin to Georgia, killing more than 150 people. In Michigan, at least a dozen people were killed and hundreds of homes were either damaged or destroyed. The worst hit areas in Michigan included Saint Johns in Clinton County, Maple Grove and Orangeville in Barry County, and Fenton in Genesee County.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Wow – I’ll have to read up on the Orangeville Tornado?!

  20. Jack says:

    BILL…..NICE TIE !!!!! Tell your PRODUCER…We Want a CLOSE- UP, camera Shot !!! Or Explain it Here on BILLS BLOG…. Inquiring Viewers( Bloggers ) Want 2 KNOW !!!! I’ll Stay CUED !!! ;-)

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      That’s my Math tie….numbers and symbols. I was a guest on Maranda’s Show today and wore the tie. I had intended to change to a less bold tie for the news, but never got around to it.

      1. Jack says:

        Don’t Change it BILL !!!! WE Love It ! Tx’s 4 the Info. As well. Stay cued…and…GOD BLESS U ! :-)

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          Cool – I’ve got a tie with little thunderstorm symbols on it.

  21. INDY says:

    Bill just walked around thee YARDofBRICKS lots of mudd time to get it ready for the summer hot luck…..Verry nice outside ….INDYY..

    1. Jack says:

      Can’t Wait 4 theeeeeee Hot- Luck,Bills BlogPot- Luck..PARTY!!!!!!!!! Stay CUED 4 Details !!! Right BILL ? ( tease). Lol ;-)

  22. fixxxer says:

    Finally some sun. Now if we can only hit some 60′s. Come on summer! My girls got major spring fever. Been cooped up all winter.

    1. Jack says:

      Fixxer,Enjoy you Girls When they are Young. Time passes Quickly,and It Won’t Be Long, till They Fly The COOP. Yes, the Sun feels Good and,I’m ready for 60′s as Well. Stay Cued…. Warmer weather….Coming Soon !!!!!! ;-)

  23. Me :-) says:

    Today was much much better. Now if the temps will climb a little higher there will be a happy Me in Michigan :-)

  24. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

    Lovin, This WEATHER!!

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