Weekend (Snow in Michigan!)

May 11th, 2013 at 3:18 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local   Radar is at the top of the blog.  We’ll see a 2-3 hour band of light rain showers move through with the next cold front.  That’ll be after 11 AM, so the 5/3 River Bank Run is going to be dry with excellent conditions (light wind early, cool temperatures).  Temperatures will reach the mid 50s in most areas before the rain comes.  I’m headed to Holland to be in the Tulip Time Parade with Brian and Sue.  We’re 10th to last in the parade, so I hope the rain is over by then.  It’s going to snow in the U.P AGAIN.   If the European model is right, there will be snow showers and a hard freeze over much of Northern Michigan and a good portion of Southern Lower Michigan (see frost thread).     Here’s the camera at Krupp’s Resort at Twin Lakes…the ice is still on the lake.

Overnight model data:  European has 0.03″ of rain today, 0.06″ Sunday (instability rain/sleet showers in PM), with a chance of showers Tuesday, Tuesday night, Thurs. and Fri.  It does take us to the low 80s on Weds.  The GFS (caribou) has 0.10″ of rain for G.R. today (Sat.) and at least 76 next Weds.   The NAM (caribou) has 0.03″ of rain today and a shower late Monday night.
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.

57 Responses to “Weekend (Snow in Michigan!)”

  1. AlleganJoe says:



  2. AlleganJoe says:


    1. Jerry hoag says:

      I like the SOLD front idea….maybe we can sell a cold front for a warm/hot front!! Lol

      1. AlleganJoe says:


  3. Jerry hoag says:

    Sounds like Wednesday may be very interesting around here with the weather!! Temps in the 80′s and strong stomrs possible?.?.!! It is a wait and see which model wins or plays out type of scenario. I hope we at least get the strong thunderstorms!!! Could use some big boomers around here for a change!! Who’s with me on this one? INDY??????? How about you??? Got the sprites ready for Wednesday??

  4. INDY says:

    Yes We need to watch Wed. The heat will be in place and thee thunder storms will be rolling in……INDY is ready…..Sprites are on ice ice baby..

  5. Kevin says:

    Snow doesn’t surprise me. The graphics that are used for precipitation look like snow instead of rain anyway.

  6. big Daddy BC says:

    More extreme climate-change driven weather. Wow!


    “Weather disasters are like heart attacks, says Jay Gulledge. “When your doctor advises you about how to avoid a heart attack, he doesn’t say, Well, you need to exercise, but it’s OK to keep smoking,” he says. The smart approach to extreme weather is to attack all the risk factors, by designing crops that can survive drought, buildings that can resist floods and high winds, policies that discourage people from building in dangerous places—and of course, by cutting greenhouse gas emissions.”

    “We know that warming of the Earth’s surface is putting more moisture in the atmosphere. We’ve measured it. The satellites see it,” Gulledge says. So the chances for extreme weather are going nowhere but up.”

    1. Tim (Spring Lake) says:

      Let me get this straight. We are supposed to take information seriously from a man (Jay Gulledge)who makes his living off of climate change hype? That’s like making your car purchase decision based on the hype of a salesperson. No credibility whatsoever.
      That said, designing crops more resistant to weather conditions, and discouraging people from building in dangerous places does seem, pretty much, like common sense to me, regardless of who is doing the hyping.

      1. big Daddy BC says:

        Dr. Jay Gulledge is a Senior Advisor at C2ES, specalizing in the application of scienitific knowledge of the climate system to policy- and decision-making. He previously served as Senior Scientist and Director for Science and Impacts at C2ES and is now Director of the Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, and a Next Generation Fellow of the American Assembly at Columbia University. He is a Certified Senior Ecologist with two decades of experience teaching and conducting research in the biological and environmental sciences. His scientific research examines biological mechanisms and social drivers of greenhouse gas exchange between ecosystems and the atmosphere. His work at the science/policy interface informs policy-makers, business leaders, the public, and the press about the science and impacts of global environmental change and approaches for managing the associated risks. After earning his PhD at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, he was a Life Sciences Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University and subsequently held faculty posts at Tulane University and the University of Louisville. In 2011, he received the American Geophysical Union’s Charles S. Falkenberg Award and was nominated for George Mason University’s Climate Change Communicator of the Year.

        Seems like the guy to turn to. OR we could just trust YOUR man, the uneducated blogmaster, Watts! The National Geo article I linked above has multiple experts, not just Gulledge. Thanks for reading.

        1. Tim (Spring Lake) says:

          If you want to be spoon-fed climate change propaganda, then yes, you should absolutely listen to him. Amazing that you can write a paragraph so long, that says the same thing I said in one sentence: A man who makes his living on climate change hype.
          In all the entire article has souces who all make their living on hype. Without said hype, their 6, 7, or 8 figure salaries earned from fear mongering, would disappear.
          I have no problems letting them do what they do, as everyone is entitled to their opinions, and if you can make a living off of it, so be it. (Although making that living off of government grants seems like a waste to me, but once again, that is just my opinion, which I also, am entitled to)
          Just don’t be expecting many people on this blog to agree with your views, when you continually post things with sources that make their livings that way. We are not that weak minded, and tend to think for ourselves and have our own opinions.
          I do not have my opinions based on what Bill says. It is based on my own beliefs, just as yours are also.

        2. Dan says:

          Interesting to me that you spend most of the post trying to establish Gulledege’s credibility here Big Daddy. You know that Tim only challenged your point about Guilledge because of how Gulledge is paid. The logical question to ask is, would Gulledge say things that are not true because he is being paid? I’m NOT calling Gulledge a liar here, I think I am asking a fair question. Something here in your point doesn’t pass the litmus test, Big Daddy. I’m just saying.

        3. Bill Steffen says:

          The article that bigDaddy linked to starts out: “Rains that are almost biblical, heat waves that don’t end, tornadoes that strike in savage swarms—there’s been a change in the weather lately. What’s going on?

          What’s going on is deception. That just plain and simply isn’t true. THE Biblical rain was the Noahan Flood – it rained for 40 days and 40 nights…the fountains of the deep were broken and the entire Earth was covered by water. That certainly hasn’t happened.

          If you look at world rainfall records..the most in one minute occurred in 1970, the most in one hour was in 1947, the most in 24-hours wsa in 1966, the most in 48-hours was in 1948 and the most in one year was in 1861.

          Heat waves don’t end only in areas where heat waves have never ended for centuries…other than that…they’ve all ended. Global temperature has been flat for at least 11 years now.

          Tornadoes are at a historic low: http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2013/05/09/quiet-tornado-season/2148075/ In the last 19 days, we’ve had only 29 reported tornadoes in the entire U.S.

          Hype like this has no basis in fact…and it should have no basis in policy.

        4. Irish coffee says:

          Hypesters reap what they sow… they plant alarmism w/ hopes of yielding mass hysteria=(garbage in/garbage out) control and regulation=loss of freedom + liberty

        5. WhatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

          Irish. Just like WMD’s huh.

        6. whatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

          Actually Bill i was refering to something like this.

          You have to admit that if you had a son or a daughter killed in Iraq this would not be funny……at all.
          But what Irish has typed here: “Hypesters reap what they sow… they plant alarmism w/ hopes of yielding mass hysteria=(garbage in/garbage out) control and regulation=loss of freedom + liberty” It just struck me as only being able to see things from one side…thats all.

        7. whatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

          Ahhh the good old days: http://youtu.be/Dwrefr65Jsc

        8. WhatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

          shtuff we have to wade through to find the truth. History won’t be kind to Obama either.

        9. Irish coffee says:

          I was referring to ALL hype/alarmism….from whatever side.Pick a crisis(CT/CO shooting)-add HYPE N’ ALARMism, STIR….and offer more regulations/restrictions(same as w/ AGW)on freedom & liberties via EPA, IRS, FBI,DEA,NEA, POLICE, etc.The problem w/ limiting personal liberty under ‘guise’ of security/safety is we end up with NEITHER!

      2. whatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

        WAIT……what? http://youtu.be/goZ-t–ePC4

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          Now, we’ve gone from that to repeatedly lying about a YouTube video (including to the father of one of the murdered Navy Seals: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/10/father-of-slain-former-seal-new-report-raise/) and to an IRS that targets groups that have the word “Patriot” in their name. At least we’ve recognized infanticide (http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update/2013/0513/Abortion-doctor-Kermit-Gosnell-guilty-of-murdering-three-babies).

        2. Irish coffee says:

          Heinous and despicable are not strong enough terms for that abortionists’ acts….The question of WHEN life “BEGINS” has already been answered(see: “CONCEPTION”, which is by DEFINITION the BEGINNING).The real debate is at what point people ‘WANT’ to BELIEVE life begins on a subjective level based on self-interest.

      3. WhatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

        Yes, we have gone from that to what we have now which i am sure will stink on ice as well. When the time comes i will have no problems posting YT links to all of Obamas lies. We should all be standing in collective awe as to the amount of

    2. Scott (robinson twsp) says:

      Wouldn’t you want to continuously improve things even without throwing your bs weather change in there. Isn’t it nice they built a car to carry your big ideas around in.

    3. Robert (Plainwell) says:

      Oh bDBC extreme weather events have always happened and will continue to happen. The frequency is cyclical.


      1. GunLakeDeb says:

        Robert – THAT was some fascinating reading!!!!

        1. Robert (Plainwell) says:

          Thanks Deb.

    4. Mike M. says:

      So the “chances” of extreme weather are going up. But in the meantime we experience LESS extreme weather. Fewer hurricanes. Fewer tornadoes. Fewer droughts. Fewer heat waves. We never see anything as extreme as we routinely once saw when co2 ppm was below the supposedly “safe” level of 350. As co2 emissions have grown we see greater world GDP, longer life spans, and explosive agricultural productivity. Why do we want to stop this all from happening?

      1. michael g (SE GR) says:

        The amazing thing is that he posts all this amazing BS while ignoring the “Inconvenient Truth” that the globe ISN’T warming. Hasn’t in 15 years.

  7. Caroldee says:

    I swear I saw a 90 in there for next Saturday..whew.. early for those kind of temps..hoping it won’t be that hot.

  8. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    I love it! Mid May and Bill is still talking SNOW and linking SNOWFALL accumulation model data! Too funny!

  9. bluegill says:

    The ground is white here in NE Grand Traverse County (3:45pm) and snowing hard. My son is on his way out to go sledding…not joking.

  10. Rob( Norton Shores) says:

    Think about all the cherries that will be lost.

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      Hopefully the blossoms aren’t far enough along yet up there?

  11. ninifere says:

    What are the chances that we see a few flakes in the GR area either tonight or tomorrow morning?

  12. Larry from Hastings/Barry Co says:

    I want ONE more snow storm…PLEASE.

  13. Rob( Norton Shores) says:

    Snow storm!!!!! so that it will kill every crop in MI stupid people!!! don’t you think about where your food comes from…,,ooooohhhh the grocery store. Yep!

  14. fixxxer says:

    I promised myself i wouldnt come back on here. But i felt compelled to say this weather sucks. Count on another cool summer like 2009.

    Have fun bloggers. See you around.

  15. fixxxer says:

    I promised myself i wouldnt come back on here. But i felt compelled to say this weather sucks. Count on another cool summer like 2009.

    Have fun bloggers. See you around.

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      What? No hacker inspired accidental porn post?

      1. Scott (robinson twsp) says:

        Was there something wrong with that pic? Lol. U bringing it up is just as bad.

        1. michael g (SE GR) says:

          mmmmm…..after further review, nope.

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years…..

  16. fixxxer says:

    Your an idiot for wanting that.

    1. fixxxer says:

      I was talking to larry.

      1. Mike M. says:

        I’m talking to Fixxer. STFU, Fixxxer.

  17. mr. negative says:

    Spent a few hours in Big Rapids. Light to moderate rain from 2-4pm, then sleet and flurries around 4:30, with temp of 36. Lovely day…

    1. fixxxer says:

      Minus 1 week it has been a horrible spring. I dont expect summer to be any better. Let the cold weather nuts rejoice. Not to mention no severe weather in sight.

  18. michael g (SE GR) says:

    PERFECT weather for the River Bank Run. Beat goal? Check. PR? Check. Ice cold Labatt Blue to celebrate? Check.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Congrats on everything today, accept the choice of beer Mike.

      1. michael g (SE GR) says:

        Thanks Brian.

  19. Paul says:

    Why would the “River Bank Run” think that they need extra security? Your Grand Rapids, not New York, Boston, Washington, D.C. etc. GR is at best a “mid-sized town” and without the DeVos and Van Andel families would be nothing but another Flint.

  20. INDY says:

    WOW look who is back in the sack on Bills blogg thee meds must be a plus again 4 the fixxer man, INDY is glad this time it was not a fake death Fixxer once said!! welcome back old friend how have u been???? INDYY….

  21. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    Look at all this snow in northern lower Michigan that fell Saturday. This pic is from Kalkaska, MI! Just wow!


  22. Scott (robinson twsp) says:

    I have 38 deg right now.

  23. Dan says:

    Welcome back, fixxxer! We are going to warm right back up in a couple of days! I saw highs in the mid 70s to low 80s! I would take those temps all summer long.
    Yes, it is cold today but it’ll be short lived!

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