Weds. AM

April 24th, 2013 at 1:11 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

bill in flood   The picture (taken by Lynn Clay) of the fish in the window in the downtown G.R. flood has been making the rounds all over the world.  Someone added a shark, the mayor, SPONGEBOB, and Jack & Rose.   Now someone added me.  Now, you REALLY know that WOOD-TV gives you “in depth” coverage – we get to “the bottom of the story”.  BTW, we got to the top of the story too, with several trips up in the helicopter to fly from Lansing to Lake Michigan (where we saw the muddy water extending far out into the lake) and the little unmanned helicopter that we have  with a camera attached that we’ve used is really cool…just like flying a remote control airplane.   Anyway, despite the rain (and a few wet snowflakes in places) the Grand River continues to fall.  The crest is probably to Milwaukee by now!  As I write this Weds. AM, the river is down in volume about 10%  in downtown G.R.   The river should fall below flood stage early this morning in Ionia (though the fairgrounds stay wet for a few more days), on Thurs. in Lowell and downtown G.R. and this weekend in Comstock Park, where the river crested 5.8 feet above flood stage.  Smaller creeks have come up with the overnight rain (1/2 to 1″ in most areas) but the overall pattern looks drier in general over the next week.  After a couple of cool days, we’ll start to warm, and I’m confident that we’ll reach the 70s early next week.  Today, we’ll become partly sunny, but it’ll be a cool and breezy day.  Thursday we get about a 2-hour period of mixed rain and wet snow across the area around daybreak (nothing heavy), then we start to warm up Friday afternoon.  We’re into the 70s early next Sunday/Monday.  Here’s the snow totals from the Western and Central U.P.     Also, at first pitch of the Colorado Rockies game in Denver, the temperature was 23, making it the coldest start ever in Major League Baseball History.   The high temperature Monday in Amarillo, Texas was 89, the high Tuesday was 35….a 54-degree difference.  Yesterday (Tue. the 23rd), 23.8% of the Contiguous U.S. had a snowcover.  That’s more than 3 times average.  Last year on 4/23 it was 4.9%.  Fargo ND was 12.4 deg. colder than average for April 1-22 and Minneapolis was 9.3 colder than average for April 1-22.

22 Responses to “Weds. AM”

  1. Jack says:

    Lol, Bill. You might also ADD ! Storm Team 8…. “Whatching IN For YOU” …. Keep up The Great Work to ALL at T.V. 8..!!!! And God Bless You All !!! P.S. There is a clever CUE in That Pic. Of You as Well. So, STAY CUED ! ;-)

    1. Jerry hoag says:

      GOD bless you to Jack!!

  2. fixxxerswrist says:

    i for one have had enough billy boy. bring on the 90s and 100s soon will ya bill? master is tired of the shovel and its putting me at wrisk.

  3. Jerry hoag says:

    Good shot there Bill, yeah you are sure on top or should I say “in” the weather, water, lol. Great forecast Bill after the mix Thursday. You thinking this will be the last time til 2018? Well actually Winter of 2013-14? I know this Summer won’t be that hot, maybe a few half dozen 90s, and humid days but not to impressive heat weather this year too, you think? Like I believe I remember you writing that we will be on the northern side of the storm track which will put us in a great position for severe weather this year, especially derecho type clusters and or overnight clusters that will last even over the relatively cooler waters???? Maybe big wind producers, hail producers, lots of vivid cloud to ground lightning events and even, unfortuately more heavy rain events over the summer? I love storms that have those lightning displays of vivid clod to ground and when they fork across the sky, what a very beautiful thing GOD created!! I could just watch a storm all day and night long if one would ever last that long with such majestic display!! Thanks again Bill for reading and then taking time to answer my questions and to comment on this.

  4. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:


    1. Jerry hoag says:

      Tom I feel your pain man!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Ughhhhhhhhhhhh. Sobbbbbinggggg.

  5. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    And we now have snow flakes. That makes 5 of 24 days in April with at least snow flurries, and it looks like tomorrow will make 6 of 25(24%).

    1. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

      And last I checked the rain gauge it was 0.88″, but we had another batch of rain move through before it changed over to snow so I’m sure we exceeded 0.9″.

  6. Jerry hoag says:

    Its snowing here to!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Bill mentioned to me the latest we have had measurable snow here in Grand Rapids was May 19th! Let’s hope that is one record we NEVER beat!!

  7. Nathan says:

    What is this white stuff on my deck?!

  8. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    A cold damp 34° here. While the grass is now green and growing and the daffodils are our in bloom one still has to say it dose not feel nor look like late April around here.
    While the snow is melting at a good clip in the Munising area

    Its still hanging on and still looks mid winter like in the Houghton area

    It looks to warm up this weekend up there as well so maybe by mid May it will look spring like in the UP as well. All in all its been a cold and wet spring no two ways about it.

  9. Dan says:

    SNOW, what? Where did that come from? Well, after tomorrow it looks to finally get nice out. I know, nice is a relative term. To me, Sunny and temps in the 60s is NICE weather! The question is, do we stay warm?

  10. INDY says:

    Just over a inch of snow fell this morning in Ceder Springs not to far away!! INDYY…

  11. ~Sandy~ from DeWitt/Clinton County says:

    LOL……tapping on the glass. I too am done with this snow – looking forward to this weekend!

  12. ryan says:

    looks like the warm up wont last long according to the Marquette NWS.. Arctic Oscillation and North Atlantic Oscillation going negative again in early May.

  13. ~Sherry~(Comstock Park) says:

    Love the pic Bill!! It shows your dedication to your job. You jump right in!! Lol!

  14. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Light mist in downtown Detroit from the 14th floor. Typical Michigan day.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Now a few snow flakes mixing in… It must be Canada in fluencing that.

  15. Cort S. says:

    From April 6 through April 19, Grand Rapids had 9.84″ of rain.

    According to these new Precipitation Frequency Estimate numbers, this amount of rain in such a short time has an average recurrence interval of between 75 and 100 years.

  16. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Brrr. Even the sky looks cold.

  17. GunLakeDeb says:

    I’ve been taking pictures of a car hauler, picking up one of our cars and it’s freakin COLD!!!!!!!!!

    1. Jack says:

      Yup, Cold Here as Well…But at least THE SUN is SHINING !!!! Can’t wait 4 70′s and 80′s !!!! Stay Cued…… ;-)

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