VolksparadeMay 8th, 2013 at 3:54 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Today is the Volksparade at Tulip Time in Holland. It’s the first of the 3 big parades. The chance of rain at the parade is only 15%. The odds are it won’t rain at all during the parades today and tomorrow, but the better chance of rain will come later in the day each day, so my advice would be to start the parades on time. The weather should be partly cloudy and in the low-mid 70s, very pleasant. The tulips and blossoms (Bradford Pear trees downtown) are looking very good this year. I’ve got a little Dutch in me…my great, great grandfather Busscher came from Almelo. I think the rain holds off until after the Kinderparade tomorrow, but rain is likely Thurs. evening/night. Yesterday was the warmest day of the year so far in the Netherlands. High temperatures Monday included 69 at Rotterdam, 74 at Gronigen and DeBilt and 75 at Amsterdam.
The European model overnight run gives G.R. two more days in the 70s with 0.01″ rain this PM, then 0.58″ of rain Thurs. night, and another 0.01″ Saturday with the cool front. The Euro. give G.R. highs only in the low 50s Sunday (850 mb. temp. goes to -5.3C) and low-mid 30s early Monday. The GFS plot would give G.R. 0.06″ of rain this PM, 0.45″ Thurs. night and 0.01″ Saturday PM. It also takes 850 mb. temps. to -5C and gives us low-mid 30s Monday AM. NAM model rainfall for this PM: .09″ Lansing, 0.12″ Jackson, 0.15″ Pontiac, 0.04″ Big Rapids…and rainfall Thurs. night: .89″ Lansing, .26″ Muskegon, 1.14″ Kalamazoo, 0.88″ Jackson, 1.11″ Pontiac, 0.17″ Big Rapids, 0.26″ Mt. Pleasant, 1.10″ S .Haven, 0.02″ Ludington.
Also: Montreal, Canada is 14.9 deg. warmer than average for the first 7 days of May, but they have not broken any high temperature records. Atlanta has reached 80 degrees this year so far. Through May 7th, they had reached 80 thirty-seven times last year. Barrow, Alaska reached 30F on Sunday, the first day up to 30 since 10/27/12. Barrow gets 24-hours of daylight now. Click here to see the webcam at Barrow…it’ll show light 24 hours a day.