May 4th, 2013 at 12:58 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

tulips holland steve schrier from 2006  2:40 Sunday PM:  low 70s and partly-mostly sunny at this hour in W. Michigan.  It’s colder in the U.P (just 40 in Copper Harbor).  Snow cover this AM:  8″ at Ironwood and 6″ at Twin Lakes.  There are showers around the race at Talledaga, Alabama, where it’s only in the mid-upper 50s.    In fact, if you check out national temperatures, Grand Rapids is warmer than a large portion of the South, including all of Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and S. Carolina.  The weather should be AWESOME  into early next week, with partly-mostly sunny skies and pleasant temperatures in the 70s during the afternoon and upper 40s to low 50s at night.  I don’t see a freeze or significant frost this week.  However, there’s a lot of snow and cold air across Canada (at the link you can see the narrow strip of snow that fell across parts of IA, northwest WI and the western U.P.) and I do think we cool down a bit relative to averages for the middle of the month.  The tulips will be peaking at just the right time for Tulip Time.  The weather was good for the Kalamazoo Marathon Sunday AM.  Saturday, I attended a seminar or broadcast meteorologists that the Weather Service puts on a couple times a year.   Also, here’s a USGS report on the Grand River flood.  Look at the large area in NW Wisconsin that just had 12-16″ of snow!  A record 9.3″ fell at Eau Claire WI13″ of new snow fell at Bessemer MI and 11″ at Ironwood.  The observer 2 miles NW of Mellen WI reported a 3-day snowfall total of 21.3″ !!  Up to 18″ fell in Minnesota and up to a foot of snow in Iowa.  ” According to official records, there had not been any snow across Arkansas this late in the spring until this event.”  Here’s a picture of 4″ of snow  on the ground in Gravette AR.  Marquette had   5″ fell at Decatur AR.  The high temperature at Marquette on Friday was just 33, a record low maximum for May 3.  They had 0.2″ of snow, bringing their season total to 211.7″.  Ironwood had a high temperature of 30 and they have 10″ of new snow on the ground.  On Isle Royale, the high at Ojibway was 28.  Other notable highs from Friday:  38 Harrison AR, 36 Springfield MO, 35 Des Moines IA, 33 Rochester MN, 31 Houghton MI.  On the warm side, Los Angeles soared to 90 Friday PM.  The Ventura Wildfire has burned 44 square miles on a 10-mile path  (pics and video at the link).  It’s now 70% contained.   Picture from Steve Schrier at ReportIt.   Here it is enlarged.

36 Responses to “Sunday”

  1. Scott (robinson twsp) says:

    That would be cool to sit in at the Weather Service deal. Probably some good stories?

  2. Jerry hoag says:

    This weather is just so beautiful! GOD sure had blessed us Michiganders…. Now I need some sunscreen and some aloe. Got a burn only from being in sun for about 30 minutes after my back portion of house was invaded by a bunch of small black ants and the wife went and bought some ant spray and started to spray and I needed to go outside cause my asthma really flared up and needed to also take dog out from it too. Ahhhhh what funs of Spring! Also, the notable bees are invading my house too. Can’t win for lose.

    1. AlleganJoe says:

      I Agree wit you!! GOD has Blessed the Michigan residents with Beautiful Weather!! I hope more comes our way!! :) :) :)

  3. AlleganJoe says:

    The weather has been wonderful with warm-pleasant temps and sunshine!! Praise The Lord!! It is just great to have this weather!! :) :)

  4. Aug says:

    “Passionate gamers upset w convo whether violent video games can contribute to v behavior. Tweet the positive side of violent v games? Thanx!”

    That was a tweet from that woman that used to be on the Today show,Katie something..

    Anyways,I love how someone in the doom and gloom news media talk about showing the positive side to something. I stopped watching the news (expect weather) moths ago and I feel so much better.

    p.s hope we get more rain this summer.

  5. Uncle Sparkee says:

    Well wel well my little weather hobos, the pine river canoe trip went well yesterday. A little early for thongs but one thing about the back woods bros…. We r tough as nails! Your ol uncle sparks is officially burnt all over rover. Today bones the hog will be smoked for the annual as the blessing of the seeds cont. your ol aunty Edna is makin her famous strawberry pie as we await the arrival of nephew Indy ! Smokey treats and white lighting will rule the day!

  6. INDY says:

    LOCKnLOAD nephew INDY’s trunk is ready xplode we have it all on this glory of a day in Praise we say thank u Lord for giving us all a buzz on this blessing of the seed and the mean green on this sunny day we all say>>>>ARE U READY? stay tuned north bound…..INDYY….

  7. timeno(holland) says:

    there’s tulips all over the place! the air smells like flowers!

  8. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    As I thought they would, CPC has now removed us from the colder air they were forecasting in mid May. They haven’t been very accurate lately.

    GR is now +16.7 degrees above average through the first 3 days of May with temps only rising early next week. And we thought the start of April was unusual when temps were 10 degrees below average the first 3 days!

    Heading out to enjoy the day. Go Wings!

  9. Sandi says:

    Great job on the weather Bill!!! From winter right into summer…perfect!

  10. Uncle Sparkee says:

    Upon nephew Indus arrival we will run our own derby. It will consist of mother natures finest buds and of course ol number seven. This lol derby wil be runnin all night! Great uncle Willard had a horse in the Preakness back in 67. He didn’t win horse looked a lot like my lucky day.

    1. Jack says:

      Burn some in my HONOR,4 sure UNCLE Sparkke… Cuz Jack…Don’t Drink no more ! Stay cued Indy and Uncle SSSSSS !

  11. Uncle Sparkee says:

    Giddy up! If your ol aunty Edna didn’t have so much junk in her ol trunk, I’d enter her! She’s as strong as a horse and as pretty as a junipper!

  12. big Daddy BC says:

    “The state determined that observed effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels, and potential effects of climate change, such as the frequency and intensity of storms, presented economic and financial risks to the state,” the spokesman, Richard Azzopardi, said on Tuesday.

    “There is a 100-year flood every two years now,” Mr. Cuomo said at the time. “It’s inarguable that the sea is warmer and that there is a changing weather pattern, and the time to act is now.”

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Those are pretty vague assumptions.

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

      The New York Times, a newspaper that has fallen so badly that it is less believable than the National Enquirer. Gov. Cuomo? Another left wing hack.

    3. Mark (East Lansing) says:


    4. Bill Steffen says:

      The article big Daddy BC linked to was a warning from a politician in N.Y. with no scientific background. I’m surprised that he would link to Gov. Cuomo because on On July 16, 2011, Cuomo finalized a five-year deal with the Public Employees Federation to end pay raises, implement furlough days, and require additional contributions to health insurance accounts.[61] In an interview with The New York Times, Cuomo stated his top goal in 2012 is the reduction of public employee pensions.

      And I’m sure big Daddy wouldn’t approve of Gov. Cuomo and the State of New York buying ad time on FOX NEWS to promote the state’s better business climate since he addressed the $$$ grab by the union bosses. And Cuomo is a Democrat.

      The article says: “The caution…included alongside warnings about other risks like potential cuts in federal spending, unresolved labor negotiations and litigation against the state.”

      Which means…if we don’t push this climate change thing…we might not get that boatload of taxes and subsequent spending.

      The article also says: “But David Hitchcock, a senior director in the public finance practice at Standard & Poor’s, said climate change was not a criterion in evaluating state finances. “I have a hard time finding a direct relationship for climate change on New York State’s economy at this point,” he said, adding, “It’s not something that’s really on our radar screen right now.”

      There is not a 100-year flood every two years…that’s an absurd claim.

      Congress passed the Hurricane Sandy bill in January. It’s 50.7 BILLION dollars. That’s $164 PER PERSON for every man, woman and child in the U.S. Much of the bill has nothing to do with Hurricane Sandy. It has $$ to dredge harbors and channels for the yachts of the rich…money for fish hatcheries in Alaska. If someone came knocking on your door and asked you to give them $164 per person…would you voluntarily write them a check? Would you at least demand some accountability…demand to know where the money was going? Hope there’s a few million in that 50.7 BILLION to build a sea wall or to relocate those who chose to live within a few feet of sea level, so the next minimal hurricane (Sandy was a low-end Category 1) doesn’t end up costing me $164.

      1. Dan says:

        Big Daddy was bored. He hasn’t posted for awhile since April was so cool and wet. It is still the same old, tired and worn out lies that he posts. I wonder if he is that concerned about the rain forest or gun control. I haven’t read a recent post from Big Daddy about the polar bears.

      2. big Daddy BC says:

        Again, Dan, you demonstrate that rare ability to actually write words but arrange them in such away that they have no meaning. I can’t imagine what bizarre incoherencies swirl around in that pea sized brain of yours.

        Bill, you’re almost as clueless. I guess that’s why Dan has his head rammed up your butt. The fact that I used Cuomo, despite his political leanings, shows that I’m unlike you very polarized activists that only use sources that always rally to your cause. We moderates make our choices based on the issues not the personalities or affiliations. Yes, aid for Hurricane Sandy was necessary, and what’s so funny is that you openly support billions per year in subsidies for oil, coal, and corn, yet wouldn’t lift a finger to help the victims of a hurricane. You’re messed up.

      3. Bill Steffen says:

        Ah, we’re back to the…ahem…”scientists” at Mother Jones. You didn’t have a clue as to how Cuomo was getting a grip on the unions. He had to, the state would have gone bankrupt.

        Hurricane Sandy was the most minimal of hurricanes and the U.S. has now gone the longest stretch since the Civil War without a major (Category 3, 4, or 5) hurricane hit.

        You’re the one who supports subsidies for the rich. How about those Michigan film subsidies…corporate welfare to the Hollywood moguls. How above those huge green energy ripoffs: Solyndra, LG CHEM, Fisker..etc., etc. More corporate cronyism. I’m for providing hurricane relief…but relief that actually helps people, not money to fund fish hatcheries 5,000 miles away from where the hurricane hit!

  13. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Sailboat racing season starts tomorrow, looks warm and windy, can’t wait!

    Travis, if you want to come down to my neck of the woods and go for a sailboat ride, let me know. Serious offer. There is no better way to enjoy the weather in my humble opinion.

    1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      Just got in from a long bike ride. I might have to do that sometime! Never been sailing. Where do you go?

      In the summers, my parents have a place on Lake Charlevoix, and that’s tons of fun!

      1. DF (SE Mich) says:

        If you ever want to let me know on here and I’ll ask bill to send my email to you. I sail on Baseline Lake here:

        They let this spartan join :)

  14. Larry from Hastings/Barry Co says:

    We are camping in the Yankee Springs area this weekend. May head home after the big race on Sunday. Checked out Gun Lake area, had some ice cream. Alot of people are out and about. Thanks Bill, for this wonderful weather this weekend.(haha)

  15. dan cobern says:

    I have another question for you think with all the cold air there is in Canada and the warm air to the south that we could have at least one day where there could be a tornado outbreak in Michigan ?

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      That’s certainly a concern. So far this is pretty close to a record low year for tornadoes. For one, it’s been too cold for a lot of tornadoes. Second, this year we’ve had more general overrunning rain over a large area, rather than pinpoint thunderstorms. Temperatures will warm up as we head into late May and June. Everything has been a little later…winter was later, spring was later…tornadoes later? Could be. We still have lots snow cover in Canada and hot dry air coming out of the Southwest U.S., where La Nina and the cold PDO combine to produce below average rainfall. I still think the main threat for tornadoes will come farther east (like last year) with a fewer than average number of tornado days in “Tornado Alley” in the High Plains and more activity farther east in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys.

  16. INDY says:

    Bill Just got home from uncle sparks larks tonight I can’t hear a thing becouse of my BIG bang tonight on thee blessing of the seed Lord from north came and smoked some green with sparkee theee machine and INDY the weather king bling bling , Icant see Ihope the sun shines brite and INDY will feel all right tomorrow good night INDYYU….

  17. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Write up from NWS on latest seasonal snowfall ever in Arkansas.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Dozens and dozens of records…first snow in AR in April, many stations with all-time coldest temperatures for the month of May…breaking daily records by 10 degrees or more…pretty amazing.

      1. big Daddy BC says:

        And despite all of that, we’ll still have above average temps for the month. LOL

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          And despite all that global temperatures haven’t gone up in over a decade:

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

          Dr. Judith Curry points out the obvious, that the climate models are “deeply flawed”.

          CO2 emissions in the U.S. are falling:

          So far, 80% of the Lower 48 states Colder than average in 2013:

  18. Uncle Sparkee says:

    Ol uncky sparks ran with the bulls last night. Why does my head feel like a tader in a vice. Thanks nephew Indy for makin uncle sparks feel 21 again. Your ol aunty Edna Woke up with a smile on her face the size of the mackinaw bridge. Uncle sparks is going to chillax today and watch the rabbits chase each other. It’s their mating season.

    1. Skot says:

      How is thee skeeters up yonder sparky?? Taint seen notta one ’round cheer. My YARDofSTICKS is gittin’ cleaned up today now that the great flood of 13 is pert near dried up. Got the ‘nummer feeder out but taint seen one yet.

  19. Uncle Sparkee says:

    The ol skeeter count is at the big goose egg. Not even a bite when we were canoein down the mighty pine river in our thongers the other day. Nice day to on the porch and smoke mother natures finest bud and watch the rabbits chase each other. Lots of critters mating in the back woods! More for your ol uncle sparks to shoot in the fall!!

  20. Jack says:

    What a Beautiful, Sunday. Perfect Temps. And Perfect Skies. Great day of GRILLIN and CHILLIN on a Sunday Afternoon.! With my 3 Kids. Beautiful !! Thank – You ……LORD !! Also, Tigers Kicked- Butt Again ! Plus Go- Wings on Monday ! As always…Stay Cued…and …..GOD BLESS Ye All………. :-)

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