May 3rd, 2013 at 4:34 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local   A little drier air has come in from Ohio.  That and time of day have ended the showers at the lakeshore, which totaled 0.15″ at Muskegon and 0.07″ at Holland.  There was some lightning in Berrien Co.  An ESE wind will keep us dry and partly-mostly sunny over the weekend.

Also, Key West Fl had 5.2″ of rain Thurs., that’s a lot more than their 3.51″ average for the entire month of May!  Boulder Colo. had 12.1″ of snow on May 1 – that nearly doubled the previous May record  daily snowfall of 6.2″.  The temperature dipped to 17, also a record low for the month of May at that location.  Early this (Friday) morning, it was snowing as far south as Benton, Arkansas, where roads had slick spots!  16″ of snow fell in Mellen, Wisconsin.  It was the snowiest May storm ever in Iowa.  The state had an average snowfall of 2″ spread  out over the entire state (old record 1.2″ in 1947).  In Des Moines it was a record total snowfall for any single day in May.   Six inches of snow fell at Mason City, with 11″ at both Britt and Forest City IA.  18″ of snow fell east of Hayward WI, with 16″ at Mellen WI.  Goodhue MN had 17.5″.
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.


47 Responses to “Friday”

  1. Bill (Marysville) says:

    Hey Bill,

    Sure has been wet here in the south (As well as back home) and chilly by their standards. Low to mid 60′s is about it lately.

  2. Nathan says:

    11.8 trillion gallons of water added to lake Michigan!

  3. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    What a night for Detroit sports! Tigers win in 14 innings, and Wings win in OT.

    GR at an incredible +17.5 above average after the first two days of May. +16.5 for me. I would have to imagine that it is probably one of the warmest starts to May we’ve ever seen (but maybe Slim can check the stats on that).

    This weekend looks warm and beautiful.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      I doubt it since records haven’t been broken. One of the years with records on these days will be the warmest May after two days. Are we seriously talking about two days only? =)

      Last year today was +22° in GR.

    2. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Another quick note. Although I don’t have Slims resources I do have the top 3 warmest days for each date… none of the this years May temps fall into those days at least. The 1950′s were hot in May.

      1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        Even though we haven’t made a record high temperature, GR’s been pretty close on consecutive days with very warm lows. Looking at overall temperature here.

        And then throw in today’s warm temps into the mix. Has to be one of the warmest starts.

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          In 1895, Grand Rapids had highs of 91, 90 and 96 on May 3-5, then a 92 on May 9th. I know it’s hard to believe it got that warm before the wide use of incandescent light bulbs.

  4. Nathan says:

    Haha, Bill, you’ve got a typo… It’s a cold front, not an OLD front! Btw, my allergies are extremly bad right now, anyone else having this problem?

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Nathan – I use this website and yes, tree pollen is very high right now. Try to stay indoors in the evening or early morning, when the pollen density is even higher due to the cool temps….

      1. SS (Pwell Area) says:

        Thanks for the website Deb!!!

        Can I say the pollen hasn’t bothered me as much as the spreading the farmer’s are doing…sorry farmers!!! It gets pretty bad when it gets hot like the past few days!!!

        1. GunLakeDeb says:

          Ooooh… “Eau de Liquid Fertilizer”…. kind of the price we pay for living the non-urban life :-)

    2. Jerry hoag says:

      Yes my allergies are really bad right now! I usually have them all year but for some reason right now they are really bad!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

    1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      Minneapolis will go from snow to mid 70′s next week. Love that spring divergence.

  5. GB says:

    Wow how lucky are we here in West Michigan? This looks to be an amazing two week stretch that started on April 26th-27th! Rarely can we say that for that long of a time the weather here in West Michigan is as good or better than almost anywhere else in the lower 48. I feel sorry for the UP but let’s be honest the weather in Houghton has about as much to do with us here as the weather in St. Louis.

  6. Cort S. says:

    Check out the blocked-up pattern the atmosphere has at jet-strem level right now. We’re lucky we didn’t get the full effect of the low-pressure portion of this block. That was a close call.

    1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      Awesome map. Shows exactly what is going on. The 70′s are extending all the way into northern Canada. Craziness.

  7. dano (Norton Shores) says:

    Be happy you live in Michigan today.

    Here’s what Wisconsin has:

    1. SW Kent says:

      I have never seen such a radical difference from Wisconsin to Michigan…..glam I’m here!!!

  8. One year ago today I captured a beautiful elevated thunderstorm at sunset here in Greenville. Here’s the video!

    Hopefully I see something photogenic today, but it won’t be nearly like what we had last year.

  9. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Interesting. The mid-May cool down has seemed to disappear in the latest model runs. Warm and dry locked in place.

    1. SW Kent says:

      Nice website……how accurate has this been Travis?

      1. DF (SE Mich) says:

        Considering it read completely different yesterday should be a clue.

  10. Nathan says:

    I looked at some algea and protazoa today! The water temperature was surprisingly warm… But I did run into a few leaches and strange things that I have never seen before! And the whole reason we are doing this project is becuase of the beautiful weather! Keep it coming!

  11. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Still no leaves on the trees in my yard. One maple tree is close but all the rest just have buds. Seems pretty late in the year, but maybe last year confused me.

  12. Cort S. says:

    Here is a nice screenshot I took of the smoke plume on radar. The image on the right half, correlation coefficient, is one of the new dual-pol products. Compare the color of the rain showers (burgundy) to the color of the smoke plume (blue).

  13. Battle Creek- i94 says:

    Saw the smoke on our way back to the shop in BC from Olivet.
    No fire pictures, just smoke.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Wow!! Considering it’s a recycling plant (?) that’s burning – I sure wouldn’t want to breathe that smoke….. hope nobody was hurt.

      1. Cort S. says:

        Radar says the smoke plume went directly over Gun Lake. Hopefully it stayed aloft.

        1. GunLakeDeb says:

          Never detected it.

    2. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Wow, nice.

  14. michael g (SE GR) says:

    How the weather looking for the River Bank Run Bill? I put in my order for dry, cloudy, calm, and 50*.

  15. Jill says:

    The weather was fabulous in Ann Arbor Thursday and Friday. In the mid to upper 70′s, sunny with a nice breeze. Gorgeous for dorm move-out, graduations and ROTC commissioning.

  16. Brad says:

    The warm weather cannot be contained! We’re crushing average temperatures. There is so much energy in the atmosphere, and we are right around 400 ppm CO2! WOW.

    1. Jim says:

      “We’re crushing average temperatures”

      We? Your house? Grand Rapids? Michigan?




    2. Robert (Plainwell) says:

      Wow look what all that energy has caused! Record low Tornadoes.

  17. Brad says:

    Jeff Masters has a post on this HIGHLY unusual weather pattern. Record colds, record highs…a new normal of jet stream craziness likely driven by rapid warming of the Arctic. Always a good read:

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      It’s not easy to predict wildfires. Many/most of them are set, intentionally or unintentionally by humans. We anticipated a high wildfire danger in California and much of the Southwest with the cold PDO and the more stable, dry air and reduced winter rainfall. Here’s global sea surface temperature anomaly: You can see the cool water off California and much of the West Coast.

    2. Robert (Plainwell) says:

      yep the weather sure is crazy! Never before seen patterns.

    3. big Daddy BC says:

      “Perhaps the most unavoidable climate story of 2012 was the warmth that gripped much of the United States, and to a lesser degree, the planet, throughout the entire year. Heat waves brought “spring in March” to parts of the country, and broke all-time high-temperature records in a number of places. This, inevitably, led to a discussion of global warming and the degree to which it contributes to some types of extreme weather, in this case heat waves.”

      1. Robert (Plainwell) says:

        Yep fossil fuels are bad.

        Lack of access to fossil fuels causing millions of premature deaths amongst the poorest of the planet

      2. Bill Steffen says:

        Yeah, let’s have a “discussion about global warming”. Let’s start with global temperatures from NASA: As you can see from the graph, global temperatures have not risen since 2002.

        Even James Hansen admits that: “The five-year mean global temperature has been flat for the last decade…” – James Hansen et al.

        Remember what Trenberth said in one of the famous Climategate emails: “The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t.”

        From the blog of Dr. Judith Curry:

        The U.S. was the largest emitter carbon dioxide (CO2) until 2006 when China’s emissions exceeded the U.S. U.S. CO2 emissions from the consumption of fossil fuels peaked in 2007 and have declined significantly over the past five years.

        Global temperatures are not going up and CO2 emissions in the U.S. are coming down.

  18. Jerry hoag says:

    It is starting to look wet for the 5th3rd river bank run, isn’t it?

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Wunderground is showing a high of 95 for the 11th – that seems inconceivable!

      1. GunLakeDeb says:

        Intellicast and the Weather Channel are saying mid-60′s….LOL! The 95-degree forecast was for Big Rapids – maybe those Ferris kids are pranking Wunderground :-)

      2. Bill Steffen says:

        It won’t be 95. Runners would prefer rain to hot.

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