Monday PMMay 6th, 2013 at 11:28 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
5:40 PM – The lake breeze kicked in this afternoon and that should happen tomorrow and Weds. Inland areas reached the mid 70s. Current temp. is 55.0 at the S. Haven Beach and 53.5 at the Muskegon Beach. Regarding the mid-month cool shot that I’ve been writing about for a while now: GFS plot gives G.R. a low temp. of 31 next Monday AM. Hold off planting frost sensitive plants unless you can cover them up if there is a chance of frost. The GFS has it warming up after the quick shot of cool for Sunday/Monday. The European model is just coming in…it has only 0.01″ of rain for G.R. Weds. PM and 0.02″ on Thu. It does have showers on Saturday with temps. in the low-mid 50s at the start of the Riverbank Run. The European also has our temperature in the low 30s next Monday AM, and highs only in the low 50s Sunday. A beautiful picture of Holland’s tulips, the De Zwann Windmill and some high cirrus clouds passing overhead. Picture from Jack Martin Photography. See the picture enlarged here. It’s another beautiful day! Some sun, some high clouds, pleasant temperatures. If you’re looking for something to do this PM or tomorrow – head to Holland. You’ll find plenty of tulips and blossoms near their peak and you won’t find the thick crowds that will arrive later in the week for the parades. Michigan has been in just the right spot so far this May, with much cooler weather west across the lake in WI, and afternoon temperatures warmer than much of the Southern U.S. Here’s a summary of the May 1-3 snowstorm in the Central U.S. (many stations with their biggest late-season snowfall ever) and here’s a time-lapse of 15″ of snow accumulating in Owatonna, MN. The weekend cooldown is still in the cardshe overnight European model has the 850mb temperature down to -4.7 for Sunday AM with low temperatures here in the 30s and afternoon temperatures Sunday in the low-mid 50s. The European gives G.R. 0.01″ of rain Tues., 0.01″ Wednesday (we’ll see a little more cloud cover Tue. and Weds., but it’ll be harder to eek out a light shower with drier air in place at the surface). It prints out 0.29″ of rain on Thursday and 0.11″ of rain on Saturday. Nothing heavy. River levels continue to drop. The Grand River in downtown G.R. is at a gauge level of 9.4 feet, down from a crest of 2.85 feet on April 21. The flow is at 9,800 cubic feet per second. That compares to 33,700 cfs at the peak of the flood and to an average flow of 5,090 cfs (so we’re still adding a good shot of water to Lake Michigan. There is still a Flood Advisory for the Grand River in Ionia Co., but for all practical purposes, the flooding has ended. April Temperatures across the U.K. were the coolest in 23 years. It was the coolest April since 1983-84 in Washington D.C. and Baltimore and the 7th coolest (since 1989) at Wichita KS. North America has been 1.5 deg. C. colder than average over the past two weeks. Globally, NASA data shows the Earth very close to average temperature for 2013 (-0.038 deg. C.). This continues to be a very quiet year for severe weather, with a preliminary count (this will eventually go down with duplicate reports of the same tornado weeded out) of only 18 tornadoes in the entire U.S. in March and just 83 in April. Michigan’s had one day with some relatively minor wind damage in the eastern part of the state and one fairly marginal hail report at the Indiana border and that’s it. Also, there’s a good crop of dandelions, wish I had a nickel for everyone in the median of the East Beltline.