ThursdayMay 2nd, 2013 at 2:22 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
4:08 PM – Hey, the mid-Lake Michigan buoy is in…40 miles west of Holland. Get this…it shows an air temperature of 39.7 and a water temp. of 40.1 with a north wind at 22 mph. A few showers and t-showers have developed in a north-south line from Van Buren Co. up into central Allegan Co. then from Newaygo Co north thru Lake Co. and along the Manistee/Wexford Co. line. Nothing severe, though I can’t rule out some gusty winds and small hail. Brief heavy rain with the shower moving north from Allegan Co. toward Hudsonville/Jenison. Look at temps. and wind. At 3 PM, it’s 82 in Fremont and 49 on the beach at Muskegon! it’s 80 in G.R. and 50 on the beach at Grand Haven! It’s 82 in Cadillac, 83 in Big Rapids, but only 53 with a wind off the lake at Ludington, 56 at Traverse City. Kalamazoo is 80, S. Haven with a wind off the lake is 53 degrees! There’s some dandy surface convergence. Muskegon has a west wind at 8 mph. Big Rapids has an east wind gusting to 23 mph. Where the air is meeting – that’s where the showers and storms are forming. Nice satellite loop of the clouds over the Eastern U.S. from Weds. I’m move radar to the top of the blog. The European model prints out a whopping 0.02″ for G.R. this afternoon/evening. Don’t hold your breath. Check out the snowman cam at Krupp’s Resort in the U.P. (the snow melt has been steady and significant – still ice on the lake). NASA satellite IR shows Jan – Apr. was 9th coldest out of 35 years for the Lower 48 states and that March/April was coldest since the mid 1990s. Also 9.92″ of rain near Dees, AL – flooding also in MS. Other rainfall totals from Weds: 3.89 Okeechobee FL, 3.42″ Biloxi MS, 2.02″ Fort Lauderdale FL, 1.30″ New Orleans. Weds. G.R. had a high of 85 – compared to 76 in Tampa and New Orleans, 73 in Mobile and 78 in Galveston. Cheyenne, WY had an afternoon high of 27. The average high for them is low 60s!
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.