Saturday T-Shower?April 5th, 2013 at 12:35 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
There are the updated (Fri. PM) Severe Weather Outlooks from the Storm Prediction Center for Saturday (on the left) and Days 4-6, which would be Monday (in red), Tuesday (purple) and Weds. (green). Michigan didn’t see t-storm activity in March (it was pretty cold) and nationally, it’s been a very slow start to the severe weather season. We only had 17 tornadoes in the entire U.S. in the month of March. However, SPC does have W. Michigan in the general t-storm outlook for Saturday/Saturday night. Early next week, there will be severe weather in the S. Plains and that may translate eastward, but generally stay south of G.R. In the meantime, sunshine this afternoon (we will pick up some high clouds eventually). It gets tricky beginning tomorrow. A warm front lifts across the area on Saturday. That could touch off a period of light snow or a mix north of a line from Whitehall to Big Rapids. The NAM caribou gives a light dusting to Big Rapids up to an inch in Cadillac. There could be a brief time with some slick spots on the roads north of US 10 in the AM. Temperatures warm and any snow melts by noon. We’ll all have a chance of showers by late Saturday into Saturday night. The new NAM caribou has 0.12″ for G.R. with most of Sunday turnout out dry. Temperatures Saturday south of the warm front could reach the low-mid 60s south of G.R., while north of Big Rapids may be in the 30s in the AM and 40s in the PM. ALSO – the U.P. gets another snow storm!
The high temperature map from Weds. was topsy-turvy with highs of 69 in Bismarck ND and only 39 in Oklahoma City. Texas was wet and cold, with highs of 40 at Amarillo, 49 at Junction and 58 at San Antonio. Rainfall totaled 2.36″ at Beaumont, 1.93″ at Houston, 1.44″ at San Antonio, 1.37″ at Fort Worth, 1.19″ at Dallas, 1.09″ at Galveston and 1.04″ at Mineral Wells. Oklahoma City had 1.89″and Mobile recorded 1.31″. Record low temperatures were set at South Bend (18), Baltimore (27) and Lihue HI (59).
And the latest on gas prices: “We had a price hike on Monday (boo!), but today wholesale prices dropped like a rock, and the price to retailers tonight is about $3.33, by my calculation. With retail prices near $3.79 in Michigan, we have a long way to drop. So, expect lower prices in the next several days. — Ed Aboufadel