Monday NightApril 21st, 2013 at 1:53 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
11:20 PM - As I expected, the Grand River in Ottawa County is holding steady. At Robinson Township, the water level is at 16.7 feet, only up from 16.6 feet Sunday. It should hold at around 16.7 tonight and start falling tomorrow despite the rain. Robinson Township crested at 17.1 feet last Friday. The Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids has dropped around 8″ since the crest of 21.85 feet Sunday evening. Comstock Park is down 7″, Ada has dropped about 14″ from crest and Lowell is down about 20″ from crest. All other area rivers are falling. Smaller creeks and rivers will rise with the rain late tomorrow into Weds., but should stay well below peak water from the last week. Here’s a nice summary of the event from the GRR NWS. You can click here to get current river level readings. The Grand River crested at 21.85 ft. Sunday evening in downtown G.R. Other crests included 24.69 ft. in Ionia at 9:45 AM Saturday, 19.02 feet in Lowell at 6:35 am Sunday, 22.88 ft. at Ada at 1:30 am Sunday and 17.8 in Comstock Park around 10 PM Sunday. The peak flow on the Grand River was 33,700 cubic feet per second and the flow of water was over 6.2 times the average volume of water. On the Muskegon River, the crest at Evart was 12.52 ft. Saturday, and at Croton the crest was 11.11 ft. at 7:45 PM Friday. The Grand River set a modern record high water level in Kent Co. (the flood of 1904 had a significantly greater water flow and the floodwaters covered the entire West Side all the way to John Ball Park). The North Park Bridge, the 6th St. Bridge and the Fulton St. Bridge were closed. West River Dr. was down to one lane in each direction west of Northland Dr. Sunday. Volunteers were making sandbags are being made at a rate of up to 6,000 per hour. WOOD-TV has amazing helicopter views of the river and we’ll have full coverage on 24-Hour News 8 on DAYBREAK and at noon. The picture is the railroad bridge south of the S-Curve with water up to the rails. They have parked a train loaded with calcium chloride from Ludington on the bridge to weigh it down (something that’s been done during floods over well over 100 years). Each car weighs 131 tons (263,000 pounds). In the background, you can see the evacuated Plaza Towers (no electricity). Picture from kulmum at ReportIt. See the picture enlarge here.
Season snowfall in the U.P.: Twin Lakes 291.3″ (inc. 43.4″ in April!), Herman 251.8″, Marquette Airport 208.4″, Munising 200.9″ and Ironwood 198.4″. Anyone got a guess when the ice will be gone from the lake by Krupp‘s Resort?
Monday was Earth Day. I worked on the first Earth Day in 1970, while a student at the Univ. of Wisconsin along with Senator Gaylord Nelson. I was a co-chair of the Dane County Clean -Up and made a couple of local TV appearances to promote the day. I wanted it to be constructive, to accomplish something – more than the usual angry student rallies. This week is also the Lyrid Meteor Shower. A picture has been circulating telling of a spectacular event. While that’s not impossible, it’s not likely. There are other meteor showers that are usually more eventful than the Lyrids. This year we also have a 3/4 full moon to light the sky. Final note…today is the 35th wedding anniversary of Bill and Gayle Steffen. You can see a wedding picture at my facebook page.