Tuesday AfternoonApril 29th, 2013 at 10:28 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
9:20 PM Walked downtown for a little while after the 6 PM news. Lots of people eating dinner outside, walking…running (getting ready for the Riverbank Run). There must have been 1,000 people (mostly teens/20s) for the swing dance at Rosa Park Circle. Today, Grand Rapids was warmer than New Orleans and Holland (Regional Airport) was warmer than Palm Beach FL. Highs today: 76 Battle Creek, 78 GRR and Kalamazoo, 83 Regional Airport in Holland (which seems to be reading a degree or two too high), 86 Kenosha WI, 88 Janesville WI, 89 Lone Rock WI. Other warm spots: 101 Phoenix AZ, 88 Tampa and Ft. Myers FL. It was only in the low 30s north of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The weather should continue warm and for the most part dry as the ridge builds over the Eastern Lakes tonight and tomorrow. We had literally dozens of hail reports with the early morning storms, inc. Grand Rapids, Holland, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Big Rapids. Our “24-hour forecast” that we ran at 10 and 11 PM did better than the models at bringing storms thru during the early morning.
A severe storm with hail up to tennis ball size moved east of Dubuque, Iowa and fell apart. A morning storm dumped a narrow hail path with stones as big as eggs in NE Iowa. The high temperature in G.R. and Kalamazoo was 73 on Monday. The high on the Muskegon beach Monday was 61.7 and at the Grand Haven Channel it was 62.6. The warm weather will cause the tulips, blossoms and leaves to come out rather quickly this week into early next week.
The Grand River has now fallen below flood stage at Comstock Park (flood stage is 12 feet – current 11.7 feet). The St. Joseph River at Three Rivers remains near the flood stage of 7 ft. In the U.P., the Sturgeon, Black and Chocolay Rivers are above flood stage at certain points.
For current Michigan weather observations and wind speeds, click here. Here’s WOOD-TV Interactive Radar, looping radar. Check out regional radar, GRR radar, northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s the College of DuPage Radar Map, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map, and a surface weather map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the WOOD lightning tracker and U.S. lightning, the Maranatha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures and the HPC snowfall predictions. Here’s NAM model snowfall thru 84 hours, the GFS snowfall thru 120 hours.