Good Friday

March 29th, 2013 at 4:30 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Grand Haven Channel March 28 Beach Bum Joe ReportItGrand Haven Channel from Beach Bum Joe at ReportIt.  To see the picture full screen click here.   We have two great days coming up weatherwise.  Mostly sunny today and most of Saturday.  Clouds increase from NW to SE during the late afternoon and evening Saturday with rain Saturday night…about 1/4″. Most of Easter Sunday will be dry and a bit breezy.  Temperatures low-mid 50s today, upper 50s to near 60 on Saturday and back to the mid-upper 40s for most of Sunday.  The warmest 3 days this year all occurred back in January.   The European model gives G.R. around 1/2 inch of snow early Monday and takes our 850 mb temperature to a cold -14C.  Air temperatures may not get past the mid 30s on Tuesday.  We may be back to the low 50s next Thurs.  For those of you heading south, temperatures are warming up.  Early Friday, record low temperatures were reached in Key West (58), Orlando (38), Jacksonville (35) and Gainesville (32).  Temperatures should be back close to 80 by Sat. PM. from Orlando south.  Scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely farther north from Panama City over to Gulf Shores and New Orleans with temperatures in the upper 60s to near 70.  Phoenix, Arizona should see highs in the upper 80s to near 90.  Here’s a look at past Easter Weather courtesy of the GRR NWS.

Check this out.  It’s a story on “Graphene” by John Coleman, who will be 79 years old in October.  He’s a founder of the Weather Channel and for 7 years, he did the weather on Good Morning America.  I did the weather on GMA once.  Here’s Mt. Etna erupting on Sicily.   From the Rutgers Snow Lab.  So far, this winter ranks as the 4th snowiest ever in the N. Hemisphere.  Some interesting articles at icecap.us.   Boston snowfall this winter 63.4″, last winter 9.3″.

30 Responses to “Good Friday”

  1. WhatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

    Bill, who were the hosts of GMA when you did the weather?

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Good Morning America started as AM America is Jan. 1975. The hosts were Stephanie Edwards and Bill Beutel. The show was up against the long-established TODAY SHOW on NBC. They revamped to Good Morning America and the show made inroads with new hosts David Hartman and Joan Lunden (real name Blunden). I saw Joan recently on an infomercial. Bill Beutel passed away 6 or 7 years ago, but Stephanie Edwards has been the announcer for the Rose Parade on Jan. 1 for many years. I had the whole 5 minutes (with a 30-second commercial in the middle) at 8:25 am. Originally we carried one hour of GMA with The Lone Ranger and BOZO running from 7 – 8 AM on WZZM. With only 2 maps and a 2-day forecast, it was a challenge to fill over 4 minutes of time. I did everything from writing weather poems to really getting into the chroma-key (blue wall then, green wall now) to explain weather. I also (on my own) shot about 500 slides and used those to describe what the day was going to look like. I started at WZZM in Nov. 1974. AM America started in Jan. 1975. WZZM’s General Manager at the time was the late George Lyons and he was critical of the start of AM America…too many boring book reviews and talking heads…I remember him screaming over the phone to someone in NY, “You’re AM AMERICA! Get out of New York City! Go to the Indiana State Fair, take me to the Rockies…Get out of NYC!!” He was right and the show eventually did, through the magic of film (and the new addition of 2-inch videotape), take us out to America and the feature pieces they did (some with a guy named Fox – forgot his first name) helped the show get off the ground.

  2. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Poor Orlando… smashing the old record by 5°.

    Record Report

    RECORD EVENT REPORT
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE
    832 AM EDT THU MAR 28 2013

    …RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE BROKEN AT ORLANDO …

    A RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE OF 38 DEGREES WAS SET AT ORLANDO THIS
    MORNING. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 43 SET IN 1955.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      LOL! I’ll bet my Bro-in-law in Orlando’s suburbs was bundled up like crazy….LOL!

    2. Bill Steffen says:

      Orlando is 5.5 degrees cooler than average for March so far. The low temperatures the last 4 days have been 47, 40, 38, 45. That’s very cool for them for the end of March. They’ll be back to 80 over the weekend.

  3. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Very interesting story about Graphene. One has to wonder if its the wonder product as it is portrayed in the video???
    SlimJim

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      I was waiting for the punchline – it seems too good to be true?

  4. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Its a nice and sunny 33° here this Good Friday AM….I only have a few piles of snow left in my yard…there are some larger one in my area but not in my yard. I would think mine will be all gone by Saturday. And my spring flowers are all coming to life now. So that along with the robins now being seen and the European long range guess pointing to a warmer pattern coming I guess one could say maybe spring is now just around the corner. But I hate to say that because we all know how the GROUND HOG’S spring guess turned out.
    SlimJim

  5. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    I call this the sneaky warmup no one saw coming. Only like two days ago, the forecast was for just one day in the 50′s and that was only 52. Now we’re getting 3 or 4 days of 50′s with an outside chance at 60.

    Going out to enjoy the weather. Happy Good Friday to all!

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      That’s FANTASTIC!

    2. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      I love it.

    3. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      All it takes is a little sun.

    4. michael g (SE GR) says:

      Well, technically, though here in GR it’s a 51*, a 50*, and around 55* tomorrow. Three days with highs near or slightly above normal is hardly big news.

  6. bnoppe(Albion) says:

    Let’s Review the Facts

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  7. Nathan says:

    I feel like this time of the year is when everyone waits for the cold weather to transition to the warm weather…

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      LOL

  8. kevin. w says:

    I just watched CNN and the weather guy said that anyone heading to Florida next should be on the look out. He is saying that toward the end of next week there could be a major flood threat and tornado outbreak around the thurs/friday time frame. He said some areas could get over 5 inches of rain and a big severe weather outbreak. I was down there about 8 years ago and we had two tornadoes and a ton of rain and I remember only one nice day down there. Wouldn’t go down that way again if someone paid for my trip.

    1. Slimjim says:

      I have been in Floridia in all seasons. Winter then sprin are by far the best times of the year. With summer fall the worst times with the heat and hummity. While I have not been there during a hurricane (I would like to then again I would rather not) I have been there in several tropical storms. And tropical waves and can tell you driving in that kind of rain is NO fun. While one of the storms did get very windy and travel was restricted the wind was no worse the a fall storm around here.
      Slimjim

  9. steelie says:

    Good Day,

    Nice day out there all things considered. Opened a few windows and even got started on some Spring cleaning of the garden preparing for the coming growing season.

    Steelie

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Yeah – I’m going to rake out some dirt that got piled up from the snowplow. ANYTHING just to get outside :-)

      1. steelie says:

        Good Day,

        You bet!

        Steelie

  10. fixxxer says:

    Nothings good about this friday. Not when you have to spend over $300 cash to replace my windshield becuase some idiot decided to smash it.

    1. Slimjim says:

      No insurance ?
      Slimjim

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Karma?

      1. michael g (SE GR) says:

        Karma.

  11. kevin. w says:

    Yes finally spring developing in the east after the last cold snap Mon/Tue. on this map. http://www.ecmwf.int/products/forecasts/d/charts/medium/deterministic/msl_uv850_z500!Geopotential%20500%20hPa%20and%20Temperature%20at%20850%20hPa!240!North%20America!pop!od!oper!public_plots!2010040812!/

    And on this map and you can see the cold is now going into Alaska and low developing in the western states~what we need for our spring. http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/short_range/NAEFS/poeabn_h264.00.gif

  12. kevin. w says:

    Finally a pattern change on the horizon and Greenland blocking slowly going bye..bye. Also the high res euro really starts to build the southeast ridge after mid month. Nice day today and Sat. but once we get past Sun/Mon/Tue. we should be on our way. If you have any fruit trees needing to be trimmed or sprayed this is probably the last weekend to do it. Enjoy.. Enjoy

    -14 DAY OUTLOOK FOR APR 06 – 12 2013

    TODAY’S MODEL SOLUTIONS ARE STRONGLY INDICATING THE POTENTIAL FOR A SIGNIFICANT
    PATTERN CHANGE DURING THE WEEK TWO PERIOD. THE GFS AND ECMWF ENSEMBLE MEAN
    SOLUTIONS FORECAST A SPLIT 500-HPA FLOW PATTERN OVER NORTH AMERICA WITH A
    ZONALLY ORIENTED NORTHERN STREAM FORECAST NEAR THE U.S./CANADIAN BORDER AND A
    TROUGH IN THE SOUTHERN STREAM PREDICTED OVER THE SOUTHWESTERN CONUS. THIS
    SOUTHERN STREAM TROUGH IS FORECAST TO ALLOW FOR RIDGING TO DEVELOP DOWNSTREAM
    OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN CONUS. A MAJOR TRANSITION IS ALSO FORECAST FOR ALASKA AS
    MOST MODEL SOLUTIONS NOW FORECAST A TROUGH TO DOMINATE THE STATE. CONFIDENCE IS
    NOT HIGH TODAY ON THE MAINTENANCE OF THE HIGH LATITUDE BLOCKING PATTERN. MOST
    GFS ENSEMBLE MEMBERS FORECAST THE AO AND NAO INDICES TO TREND TOWARD ZERO BY
    THE END OF THE FORECAST PERIOD. HOWEVER, THE ENSEMBLE MEAN SOLUTIONS FROM THE
    GFS, ECMWF, AND CANADIAN MODELS STILL MOSTLY MAINTAIN POSITIVE HEIGHT ANOMALIES
    OVER GREENLAND. TODAY’S WEEK TWO OFFICIAL 500-HPA HEIGHT BLEND CONSISTS
    PRIMARILY OF THE ENSEMBLE MEAN SOLUTIONS.

  13. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Finally saw some willows and a few other trees starting to bud.

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