April Weather Summary

May 1st, 2013 at 4:29 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

forsythia - jack martin reportit3 PM:  Traverse City reached 80 degrees shortly after noon.  Then the breeze kicked in off Traverse Bay and the temperature was down to 60 by 1 PM (20 deg. in less than an hour).  At 3 PM, it’s 83 in Cadillac, 59 in Traverse City and 37 in Houghton.    The beach at Muskegon is 65.7 degrees.  It’s 84 in G.R.   April 2012 summary:    We wound up with 11.10″ of rain for the month, the wettest April (previous wettest April was 8.29″ in 1909) and the 3rd wettest month ever in G.R.  We had an incredible stretch of 14 days in a row with measurable rainfall from the 6th thru the 19th.  The heavy rain produced record flooding on the Grand River in Kent County.  Despite ending on a warm note (Monday it was warmer in G.R. than it was in New Orleans and warmer at the Regional Airport in Holland than it was in Palm Beach FL), we still wound up 3.4 degrees  cooler than average, despite the fact that the last four days of the month were 8 degrees above average  It was the 3rd consecutive month with below average temperatures.  This was the first time since 2004 that we have had three consecutive months at least 2 degrees colder than average.  Despite the cool temperatures and the above average precipitation, we had only 0.7″ of snow for the month, bringing our winter season total to 66″ in G.R.  The average wind speed was a healthy 11.6 mph and we had 43% of possible sunshine, compared to an average of 52%.  April was the 5th month in a row with below average sunshine.  The average relative humidity was 68%.    Today will likely be the warmest day of the year so far and one of the warmer days of May (we will turn cooler for a while in mid-May).  80s today over most of the area…enjoy.  Also, here’s a USGS report on the recent flooding in W. Michigan.   Forsythia picture from Jack Martin at ReportIt.  Check it out full screen.

88 Responses to “April Weather Summary”

  1. Mike M. says:

    I’m going to sit on the deck and think about some lawn care. Just think about it, not actually do it. Too nice out for that.

  2. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    Hopefully this weekend Orlando Florida will have good weather, my husband is going to be home for my sons 13th birthday and just him and his dad are flying down to Orlando to do some serious trophy bass fishing! So hoping for the BEST weekend for them down there.

    1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

      CRAP!!! Just looked up Orlando’s weather and looks as good as what our weekend weather will be! Hopefully it changes for the best between now and Saturday.

      1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

        I looked at Orlando’s weather forecast and it looks typical for this time on the year. Highs in the mid 80′s and lows in the 60′s with a chance of showers. All in all not bad.
        SlimJim

    2. Jeff(Northern Ionia County / Muir) says:

      Im jealous, I love Bass Fishing down there Its so much fun. Tell you son to have a great birthday, and catch me a big one!!!

  3. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Its a nice start to the first day of May as we have clear skies and a early morning temp of 60°. After a cold and wet April we kind of deserve and nice and warm May. Will we get one?? Time will tell.
    As expected there is still snow on the ground in parts of Michigan’s UP

    http://www.mtu.edu/webcams/

    I bet they will be glad to see the last of that snow be gone. When we were up in Houghton last summer most of the people we talked to get sick and tired of all the snow they get. You know that may be one of the reasons so few people live up there.
    SlimJim

  4. Mike M. says:

    Heh. Bill, Steve Goddard is getting 10-20″ of snow today…

    http://www.wunderground.com/US/CO/038.html#WIN

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      WOW! Up to 34″ expected! That’ll set back the Tulip Festival a few days!

  5. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    I ended April only 1.3 degrees below average. 9 clear days and 13 partly cloudy days. Lots of sun!

    GR only had 4 clear days in April. Ouch.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Crazy there is a more than a degree difference between Detroit and Flint.

  6. INDY says:

    APRIL>>> SUCKED BELOW NORMAL TEMPS WITH SNOW AND A MAJOR FLOOD!!! SUMS IT UP!! MAY >>>>SUMMER AND FAST CARS IT GETS BETTER !!!!! GET OUTSIDE AND LOVE SOMBODY INDYY..

  7. Breckenridge was -1.7 below normal for April

  8. With 7.90 inches of precipitation

  9. Matt in New Era says:

    I’m surprised rocky isn’t on here spouting off about snow!!

  10. Daniel (Denver, CO) says:

    Certainly not warm and spring along the front range. We’ve received more snow so far in Mar, Apr, and now May then we did during the traditional winter months. The pattern is either going to switch directly to summer or the center part of the country is going to be cold. I guess it all depends on when this blocky pattern breaks down.

  11. DF (SE Mich) says:

    April 2013:
    -2.8 degrees in Detroit
    -3.4 degrees in Grand Rapids
    -2.9 degrees in Kalamazoo
    -3.2 degrees in Lansing
    -1.5 degrees in Traverse City
    -5.5 degrees in Sault Ste Marie
    -5.5 degrees in Marquette

    While there might have been a station or two across the state only cold, most in the state were frigid… Especially the U.P.

    1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      My past 5 months are this:

      +6.1
      +4.5
      0
      -2.0
      -1.3

      Not a bad winter/spring

      1. DF (SE Mich) says:

        The Flint and A2 airports are the hottest and coldest respectively on this side of the state. Too bad A2 doesn’t have a climate monitor. Saginaw gets a climate monitor soon.

    2. Brad says:

      Frigid!? I think the UP readings may qualify, but not the readings in the -3F range.

      1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        If my -1.3 degree below average April is frigid then I wonder what my +6.1 December would be called?

      2. DF (SE Mich) says:

        The incredible cold could not be contained.

  12. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Its not a nice start to May in Minnesota.

    http://www.crh.noaa.gov/mpx/

    SlimJim

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Good thing the Twins are playing here today.

  13. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    77 degrees in GR already? 79 in Holland?

    Man, you guys are warm over there!

    May 1st might come in +15-20 degrees above average. It’s funny how far off the models were (at least the ones Wood follows). Wood originally had 40′s for the weekend, and now it’s mid 70′s.

    I don’t recall ever seeing an almost 30 degree swing in the 8-day forecast like that before.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      I have a feeling you’ll be quick to point it out if it ever happens again.

    2. Brad says:

      This incredible heat could not be contained.

      1. Mike M. says:

        Bwaahhahahhha! I’s over, Brad! Give up! The blue, it grows…

        http://www.osdpd.noaa.gov/data/sst/anomaly/anomnight.current.gif

      2. DF (SE Mich) says:

        Incredible is ok, I see.

      3. Bill Steffen says:

        Here’s the map of April Temperature Anomaly: http://www.hprcc.unl.edu/maps/current/ Some specific cities: Ironwood MI -5.1 deg. (and 44.4″ of snow in April!), Duluth MN -5.2 (plus a record 50.2″ of snow – snowiest month EVER…in APRIL!), Minneapolis -6.5 (17.9″ of snow), Devils Lake ND -16.3!! Aberdeen SD -9.6 (plus 20.2″ snow), Glasgow MT -6.8 deg. (plus 11.7″ of snow), Glendive MT -11.0 (plus 12.8″ snow), Denver CO -5.7 (plus 20.4″ snow), Cheyenne WY -7.2 deg. (plus 37.6″ snow (and the high there so far today has been 29 (average high is 60!), Grand Island NE -4.5 deg. Just look at the cold on the map: http://www.hprcc.unl.edu/maps/current/

  14. Bryan says:

    Bill,
    So is May looking cooler than average?

    1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      By the 5th, GR will probably be +5-10 degrees above average for May already, so the probabilities of a cooler than average May would be low.

      GR would have to get one heck of a prolonged cold stretch to bring temps back below average.

      1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

        We could get a rather cool period coming up in a week or so and that could last for a few days. Its still too early to tell how May will end up.
        SlimJim

        1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

          Yep no one knows. That’s why you have to play the averages. Same thing Bill said about April when we started cold – that it would probably end up cooler than average as a result.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      I watched both videos all the way thru…again…good stuff. The 13th was probably a top 5 for me for cloud-ground lightning within a mile of my house.

      1. Thanks, Bill! We definitely had some nice CGs around here in April. I agree to that. Hopefully we can crank out some better storms this month and in June.

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Nice Charles. You captured some really good ones. We maybe got one or two of those over here, and no hail.

      1. Thanks, Mark! Yeah, the hail was spotty. The places who did get hail, got a decent amount of it though. I heard a report of dime sized hail near Belding at the same time I was seeing the pea sized.

  15. INDY says:

    It’s getting warm out up to 84* out thee YARDofBRICKS good dry weather….INDYY….

  16. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    82 degrees all the way up in Gaylord right now.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      It is too hot… The rest of the week looks great.

      1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

        I now have 85° and and that is just about right! Feels nice out and everything is green up nice now.
        SlimJim

    2. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      Warmer in Gaylord right now than Miami and 11 degrees warmer than Myrtle Beach. Pure Michigan.

  17. ryan says:

    is it safe to go to greenhouse and start panting or should we a couple more weeks?

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Naw, the dogs will be fine.

      1. Jack says:

        ROFLMBO…Bill…Ruff..Ruff… tee..hee… ;-)

  18. Jack says:

    We Need The TIGERS,2 Get HEATED- UP,Right NOW in Their Game Today ! Currently Score 3-0 Minnesota ! GOOO TIGERS !!…..Stay Cued. Keep The WARM Weather Coming….BILLY !!!! ;-)

  19. Nathan says:

    So my body hasent adapted to these intense temperatures yet… At least the flowers are out!

  20. Brad says:

    First 80F and now first 90F reading of the year. And to think we were just discussing whether we would hit 60F this month. WOW.

    1. Stacsh says:

      It’s May.

    2. Jack says:

      FREE BEER……..Tomorrow ??? ;-)

    3. michael g (SE GR) says:

      And where is it 90*???

      1. DF (SE Mich) says:

        Lol

    4. Bill Steffen says:

      There was no 90 yesterday…not even close.

  21. Jen in Middleville says:

    My TWC app says 89 in Middleville. Guess my outdoor thermometer is right. My Japanese weeping cherry(?) bloomed this morning and the apple tree buds are almost completely open… guess I now have to watch the fruits.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      I just had 89 on my car thermometer out this way.

    2. Brad says:

      First official 90F of the year, earlier than last year, and highly, highly unusual for the first day of May. Hints of things to come?

      1. Brian(Grandville) says:

        If your hoping for a repeat of last summer, just to try and prove a point, because you know you are. Not gonna happen.

      2. Bill Steffen says:

        The warmest temperatures in the state today were the 85-deg. readings at Grand Rapids and Big Rapids (which can be a warm spot with full sun in the summer and relatively light winds).

        1. Brad says:

          I had an official 90F reading, the first of the year. My station tends to run around 1F cooler than the local reporting station.

        2. michael g (SE GR) says:

          So you were “officially” five degrees warmer than any actual official reporting station in the state? There IS a difference between GLOBAL warming and EXTREMELY LOCAL warming you know…..

  22. DF (SE Mich) says:

    It is currently snowing in Minneapolis :)

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      That’s uncomfortably close, IMO….. I’m kind of liking this heat.

    2. Jack says:

      I’m Hoping we Are DONE with SNOW HERE !!!!! Loving Thee 80′s !!!!! PERFECT !!!! Stay Cued….Y’all .. ;-)

    3. Mike M. says:

      .. RECORD-BREAKING MAY SNOW STORM BEGINS IN EARNEST TONIGHT AND PERSISTS INTO THURSDAY…

      .AN UNPRECEDENTED VERY LATE SEASON WINTER STORM WILL INTENSIFY TONIGHT. SEVERAL INCHES OF WET SNOW ARE FORECAST TO FALL ON THE NORTHWEST SIDE OF A STRONG COLD FRONT THAT IS LOCATED FROM EASTERN NEBRASKA THROUGH NORTHEASTERN WISCONSIN. THE SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES… WITH HOURLY RATES OF 1 TO 2 INCHES EXPECTED OCCASIONALLY OVERNIGHT. SEVERAL HOURS OF THIS INTENSE SNOWFALL WILL PRODUCE TOTAL AMOUNTS OF 6 TO 9 INCHES. THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED TO FALL APPROXIMATELY WITHIN 40 MILES EITHER SIDE OF A LINE FROM RICE LAKE WISCONSIN THROUGH THE SOUTHEASTERN TWIN CITIES METRO TO MANKATO TO FAIRMONT MINNESOTA. LIGHTER SNOWFALL AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED ALONG A LINE FROM MORA TO NEW ULM… AND LITTLE OR NO SNOW IS EXPECTED WEST OF THAT LINE. SNOW WILL END FROM WEST TO EAST ACROSS EASTERN MINNESOTA EARLY THURSDAY MORNING… BUT WILL LIKELY PERSIST INTO THURSDAY AFTERNOON ACROSS WESTERN WISCONSIN. THIS STORM WILL IMPACT THE THURSDAY MORNING COMMUTE… AND COULD CAUSE LOCALIZED POWER OUTAGES AS TREES BECOME SNOW COVERED.

      ManBearPig!!

      1. Mike M. says:

        Of course, it IS Minnesota. They deserve to suffer. ;)

      2. Brad says:

        It’s a great state, the home of Al Franken, comedic genius and honorable senator.

        1. Jack says:

          You’re Kidding..Right….? Brad ! A.F….. Sucks IMHO.. Stay Cued…. ?

        2. Mike M. says:

          Exactly. May it snow till June.

        3. whatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

          Jack, what do you know about Al Franken (without looking it up) besides the fact that he would legalize pot tommorow if he could? He sucks? Can you name one person in office who you agree with 100% of thier positions 100% of the time? The answer is no. On a weather note though, it is gorgeous out.

        4. Ned S. (Now in South Holland) says:

          Yeah, the same state that elected Jesse Ventura. Franken was elected by voter fraud. Voter I.D. laws would elminate this kind of travesty.

        5. Jack says:

          I know Plenty about Al F. He Sucked as a COMIC ( not my style ) He Sucks as a Politician ! End of Story ! Oh yeah, by the Way there is 1 Politician , I agreed With 100 percent of The Time…..JERRY FORD!!! ;-) .

        6. Bill Steffen says:

          Alan Greenspan was once asked who the most honest politician was. He answered “Jerry Ford”.

        7. Jack says:

          To BILL…. * LOVE IT* ! :-)

        8. big Daddy BC says:

          *Gags*

        9. Bill Steffen says:

          “I had pro offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, who were pretty hard up for linemen in those days. If I had gone into professional football the name Jerry Ford might have been a household word today.” (Gerald Ford quote)

  23. Jack says:

    Kyle said ……SPRING~ SUMMER WEATHER ! Let me be SLY ( hint..hint ). .. And Take cue outta My hip pocket 4 ya !!!!!
    CUE:::::::::: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ahhmiuyko0. ;-)

  24. Uncle Sparkee says:

    Today your ol uncle sparks started his weed and seed program. Tomorrow the back woods bros will have our annual blessing of the seeds. Hopin nephew Indy will come up for the 40th blessing. We will smoke to the high heavens and praise The Lord for giving us such wonderful green plants and buds.

    1. whatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

      Didn’t Jesus say to obey the laws of the land? Pot is not legal folks.

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        Did He not break Pharasaic law and violate their Sabbath by picking corn on a Saturday? Apparently agriculture does not apply. Plant away, Uncle Sparkee.

  25. Battle Creek- i94 says:

    Anyone know when / if the rain will arrive tomorrow? Missed the weather tonight.

    1. Looking to me as though the majority of the rain will stay north of I-96 and closer to the lake shore (west of 131) That’s where the best chances will be. There is a chance for showers and storms throughout the entire area though.

    2. Bill Steffen says:

      Yeah…I’ve got the chance of rain at 10% in the AM in Battle Creek and 35% in the afternoon. The most likely scenario is that the showers stay north of you.

  26. Lisa (Caledonia) says:

    “…we will turn cooler for a while in mid-May…” Say it isn’t so! I’m loving this weather!!

  27. Jack Martin ( Fennville, Michigan) says:

    Thank You Bill! The tulips are looking good in time for tulip time here! Great weather as well to pair with it!

    1. Jack says:

      THANK- YOU…..Mr.Martin . 4 Sharing another One , of Your AWESOME Photograhs! Love EM ALL ! And God Bless ! JACK MARTIN…. :-)

  28. big Daddy BC says:

    http://www.climate.gov/#climateWatch

    “If the ocean today is warmer than the long-term average, won’t it look like the tropical Pacific is in a permanent El Niño? Won’t La Niña—the cool phase—just disappear? Will we have to redefine the nature of these influential climate events?”

    http://www.climatewatch.noaa.gov/article/2013/in-watching-for-el-nino-and-la-nina-noaa-adapts-to-global-warming

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      The article at your link doesn’t support “global warming”. It’s a “what if” article. The truth is that the PDO has gone into the cool phase and that means more frequent La Ninas. http://sealevel.jpl.nasa.gov/science/elninopdo/pdo/ The article correctly points to a pattern of below average precipitation from California to W. Texas that has always occurred during the cold phase of the PDO and may persist for a couple decades more often than not.

      Here’s the current global sea surface anomaly: http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/data/sst/anomaly/2013/anomnight.5.2.2013.gif You can see the cold PDO with the backwards “C” of cold water from Alaska down the West Coast of the U.S. You can also see the colder water surrounding Antarctica and the cold water along the Equator off S. America. You can also see the North Atlantic “tri-pole” of warm/cold/warm which should lead to an active hurricane season with long-track hurricanes forming off Africa and moving west toward Florida and the SE U.S. The U.S. has not had a Category 3 hurricane hit in over seven years…the longest time since the Civil War. If I lived in Florida or the Outer Banks…I’d take note.

      Ocean currents are a very important part of the climate. You have to accept that.

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