Easter Weekend

March 30th, 2013 at 4:40 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

<–photo from the University of Dayton. Happy Easter, everyone. We’ve had a pretty thick frost form this Sat. AM and there are some patches of fog for the early morning.  Those will evaporate as the sun comes up and the wind picks up.  We’ll have some high clouds overhead, but partly sunny and warm with highs in the mid 50s (a bit cooler at Lake Michigan).  This should be the warmest day since late Jan.  Rain is likely Sat. night, with the models printing out anywhere from 1/10th inch to 1/3rd inch.  The rain should move east around daybreak Sunday and most of Sunday will be dry.  Monday and Tuesday will be breezy and pretty cool for early April with temperatures mostly in the mid-upper  30s during the day.  Those may very well be the last 2 days that stay that cold.  The air is very dry overall, but with air a mile above ground down to 10 above, we’ll likely get some lake-effect flurries, esp. in NW Lower MI and the U.P.  Temperatures moderate a bit for Weds. PM and Thurs.  Grand Rapids is still at 4.3 deg. cooler than avg. for March.  I’ll put radar and the links up at the top later this evening.

36 Responses to “Easter Weekend”

  1. Todd A (from Holland, in GR) says:

    Very foggy on the commute from Holland to GR this morning. Good to see the 59* in the 8 day forecast, I’m ready for spring. Enjoy your Easter weekend!

  2. GunLakeDeb says:

    I’m heading out for a lovely paddle around Gun Lake with a bunch of friends – the sunshine is beckoning :-) Hopefully the warmth and rain tonight will put a little “green” into the landscape?

    Happy Easter, everyone!

  3. Nathan says:

    There was a lot of frost this morning, but the sun is now out with temperatures in the low fourties!

  4. steelie says:

    Good Day,

    Looks to be a nice day for a bicycle ride and maybe a little work in the garden. It also looks like that “abrupt” warm up may just materialize. Right now I am thinking about 9 days out (April 8th) is when we might see that turn with highs in the mid-upper 60s. Then it is just a matter of whether those temps will hold. Hope so…


    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Lets hope so its kind of over due if you know what I mean

  5. Brian (Grandville) says:

    What a nice day out there. Couldn’t sit inside another minute.
    Also, it’s amazing to read about lake effect in the forecast discussion for the first few days of April.

  6. kentwoodchicken says:

    BWWAAAAK1 Shedding the NASA approved thermal glowing beak warmer today!

  7. fixxxer says:

    i really hope we start getting some 60′s and 70′s soon. sadly it still looks below average right through april.

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      It will warm up one of these days

      1. fixxxer says:

        Yeah the key word is someday. As i said it seems we may be back to a typical weather pattern. Sadly our average highs arent very great. But im still holding out hope for a very warm summer. Im just glad winter is over.

  8. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Its a nice and sunny day out there so far. Still on the cool side after all that frost overnight. Its still under 50° here in Walker I now have 48° Why do I say still “cool” well I thought we could have a good shot at 60 today but now I do not think that will happen in fact I think we may have some cooling coming in off the lake….So maybe only the low 50′s today??? But its still better then cloudy and upper 30′s to low 40′s. But Monday and Tuesday will still be cold.

  9. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Interesting ride to work this morning about 5 a.m. Fog was really thick, but only for about 20 feet off the ground. Makes it interesting because our house is on a hill overlooking Chicago Drive so we’re in the clear looking down on the fog. Anyways, stopped at the stop light on Fairview and Washington in Zeeland, right next to the big power plant, and noticed every light around me had light pillars above them shooting up through the 20 feet or so of fog. Also noticed what looked like snow falling at a pretty good clip on my windshield, but it wasn’t snow. It was thousands of ice crystals falling from the sky.
    Now if you’ve ever noticed the massive steam cloud in the sky around Zeeland (on a clear day you can see it from GR), it’s coming out of the cooling towers of the power plant. So this morning, the massive steam cloud was apparently freezing into ice crystals, thereby producing the light pillars, and showering the area with all the crystals. Looked pretty awesome, only wish I would have had a camera. I drive by the power plant everyday, and have for years since they built it, and I can only think of 1 other time that all the conditions were exactly perfect for this. Guess it all had to do with the combination of clear skies, temperature, dew point, and the slight wind direction. I’ve seen light pillars a few times before, but never in a thick, low level fog like that. The other times I’ve seen them it was way below zero, and it wasn’t that cold this morning, just a bit below freezing. Pretty cool.

  10. GunLakeDeb says:

    The sun was AWESOME for our paddle!! Even though the air temps are still “cool” on the water – the sun more than kept us warm. There were a handful of fishermen sharing the lake with us – only the west 2/3rds of Gun are ice-free (for the moment) I couldn’t tell – but there might have been ice fishermen on the east side….LOL!! The only public access to the lake is the Allegan County Park – the State Park is still locked in with ice.

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      Still ice fisherman out on Reeds Lake right now! Have to be pushing their luck at this point.

      1. Jack says:

        IDIOTS…IMO !!!!

      2. GunLakeDeb says:

        Ooooh – Spring ice gives you NO warning it’s about to let loose until you’re swimming…… Personally – I’d rather walk on 2″ of fresh ice than 4″ of old ice.

      3. fixxxer says:

        Why dont you test it out for us mike.

        1. michael g (SE GR) says:

          I think I’d be fine fix. I’d worry about your fat arse though.

  11. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    54 degrees and sunny… off for a long bike ride on the trail.

  12. Travis (Lake Odessa) says:

    I am excited for some severe weather this season!! I hope I have a better chance at catching some moving through. I am working over at the McDonald’s on Northland Drive now (Promotion) Hoping that being in GR increases my luck in seeing thunderstorms!

  13. Travis (Lake Odessa) says:

    I am also hoping to hear some of Bill’s corn stories. Its like a tradition…especially breaking into programing for a Doppler indicated tornado. You have to hear some corn stories! :)

    1. fixxxer says:

      We hardly have any tornado warnings anymore.

  14. Mr. Negative says:

    Cold year, and storm free as always…

    1. Travis (Lake Odessa) says:

      You have absolutely no way of knowing we are going to be storm free this season.

  15. fixxxer says:

    The past few years have been on the quiet side storm wise. And yes so far its still chilly.

  16. bnoppe(Albion) says:

    Look Rocky a line just for you


    1. fixxxer says:

      Please dont bring rocky “rj” out of hiding.

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Did someone say COLD! I am up at Boyne Mt enjoying some GREAT Spring skiing! There is still plenty of SNOW up here and more lake effect SNOW is in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday! I love it – COLD and SNOW ROCKS! I will be enjoying all of this COLD and SNOW till it actually does warm up! fixxxer get used to it!!!!!

      1. fixxxer says:

        Lol… too bad theres no snow or real cold ahead so do us a favor and stay up there

        1. Jack says:

          LOL..Fixxxer, You asked 4 it …YOU GOT IT !!! Re: ” rj”. ;-) . snicker, snicker…. ;-)

  17. fixxxer says:

    Cant wait till the severe weather “hype” starts. ;)

  18. Jack says:

    Sunshine….ahhhhhhh…Tis a Good Day……Spin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRdtKUWn_wI. ;-)

    1. fixxxer says:

      Getting cloudy now.

      1. Jack says:

        NOT Here…..Yet….Stay Cued…!!!! ;-)

  19. Scott Urbanowski says:

    Happy Easter, Bill! Christ Is Risen!

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