Weds. AMApril 24th, 2013 at 1:11 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
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.