Monday PM

May 6th, 2013 at 11:28 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

tulips windmill jack martin  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 AprilMichigan’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.

26 Responses to “Monday PM”

  1. Jack Martin says:

    Thank You Bill! Great to be out there in the tulips and blooms! Beautiful weather to pair with it! The tulips are looking fantastic and very interesting to see the venues! Highly recommend a visit for those who have not yet!

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Can’t wait to see more of your pictures, Jack!!! Thank you for sharing them!

      1. Jack Martin says:

        Thank You Deb! I am always happy to do so! Will surely in the future! Enjoy the weather!

    2. Todd A (from Holland, in GR) says:

      I agree, great work Jack!

      1. Jack Martin says:

        Thank You Todd!

    3. Jack says:

      Thank- You again…….Mr. Martin, stay cued…and God Bless !!!! :-)

      1. Jack Martin says:

        Your Welcome Jack! God Bless You too!

  2. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Fixxxer leaves the blog, and the weather gets awesome. Coincidence?

    GR in May is at +13.7 degrees above average through the first five days. And sunshine way above average too.

    1. INDY says:

      Hey travis when are u going to post the cold weather coming??? Yes its summer and its warm outside we all grow that!!! l By Thee way look around Fixxer is still on thee Blog with his 33!!! Have a sprite today on me INDYY…..

    2. DF (SE Mich) says:

      You missed this I guess… our gain is others pain =)

    3. Bill Steffen says:

      Certainly a change of pace from the chilly and cloudy months of February, March and April. The last month G.R. had with above average sunshine was Nov. 2012.

  3. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

    Still waiting on that lake breeze here…temps holding in the 70′s.

    1. Todd A (from Holland, in GR) says:

      Looks like a few high, thin clouds.

  4. Nathan says:

    Bill you forecasted this cool down like two weeks ago or more! Thankfully it shouldn’t last too long, I’m enjoying the heat :) in fact, TWC really warms us back up after the quick cool shot

  5. Alger Dave says:

    You count ‘em up, Bill, and we’ll supply the nickels! :)

  6. Barb says:

    Warm up here in Cheboygan away from the lake–upper 60s. By the water quite cool. I noticed the water levels are way down from when I was last here in November. Daffodils are out but no sign of leaves yet.

  7. Jack says:

    Off…SUB~ PUCK ( lol)……. I want a WINGS VICTORY !!!……On This Beautiful Monday !!!! GO!!!!!!!! RED~ WINGS!!!!!!! Stay cued………… ;-) . …… Peace Y’all …. :-)

  8. bodawg says:

    Wunderground is calling for 82 on Monday and 93 next Tuesday. Who is going to be more accurate?

    1. Nathan says:

      93 or 83?

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      Wunderground has been kind of weird lately – I got a reading of 95 degrees for next Saturday for Big Rapids….LOL!!

      1. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

        It now says 91 for Wed and 90 for Thurs for GR on Wunderground.

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          I think Jeff Masters has some quality control work to do.

    3. Blue Moon says:

      those are record highs, they show records for the days beyond their forecast

      1. bodawg says:

        Where is that written? I am willing to believe it, I just would like to know where to find it. I figured when we all changed the calendar to May 2013, the website rolled to July 2012.

  9. Jerry hoag says:

    Who in the world is wunderground??????? I never heard of it??????? I’m a little bit cunfussed. Please imform me on this bit of imformation if you wouldn’t mind. Thanks! And GOD bless you all!!

    1. Cort S. says:

      Weather Underground,

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