Monday AM Freeze

May 12th, 2013 at 3:59 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Advisory  snow marquetteImage on the right is snow on the ground at the Marquette NWS Office Sunday AM (from the MQT NWS facebook page).  Check out the snow video that Jeff Lutz shot – NWS office in Gaylord this Sunday AM.   Check the snowman cam and you’ll see they still have some snow piles and there is still some ice on the lake.  We had trace amounts of sleet and trace amounts of snow north of G.R. Sunday.  Nearly 2″ of snow fell at Kalkaska and 11 miles north of Lake City.  In the U.P., snowfall totaled 5.5″ at Sault Ste. Marie, along with gusts to 46 mph.  They still have 3″ on the ground at The Soo.  4″ at Paulding, 3.6″ at Herman (4.8″ in 48hours), 3.5″ at Twin Lakes, 2.9″ at Negaunee, 2.3″ at Newberry and 2″ at Houghton and Champion.  Wind gusts Saturday PM/night reached 57 mph at Presque Isle, 49 mph at the Muskegon Beach and on Beaver Is., 45 on the beach at Grand Haven and 41 mph in Holland (during the Tulip Parade!) and at Mears    I’m looking at data and I’ll update here soon.  Here’s current Michigan conditions and a Michigan surface weather map.

Skies are mostly clear to partly cloudy this Monday (IR satellite loop).  Here’s the G.R. NWS forecast discussion.    Monday AM looks like the only night in the foreseeable future with freeze potential, so planting can commence.   Each orchard (type of fruit and location) will have varying temperatures on the calm, clear night as cold air sinks to the lowest elevations. threshold tonight. The duration of critical temperature is important overnight.  Cold air will sink to lower elevations and temperatures on a calm, clear night will usually be colder in valleys than on top of hills.  Much of the fruit crop in Kent Co. is up on “The Ridge” where the higher elevation can keep orchards a couple degrees warmer than lower elevations.   Here’s some low temperatures Monday AM:  22 Baldwin, 23 agricultural station in Lawrence and Manistee, 24 Hart, 25 Ludington, 26 Fremont, 27 Big Rapids, Ionia, Hastings, 28 Muskegon, 29 Coldwater, Three Rivers, Allendale, East Gr. Rapids. Grandville, Charlotte, S. Haven, 30 Sturgis, S. Haven, Marshall, Alma, Grand Ledge, 31 Kalamazoo, 32 Battle Creek.

It was a very cold Sunday in Michigan…the high temperature in G.R. was just 46.  The average high for Sunday is 68.  The high was 43 in Big Rapids, 39 in Cadillac and just 35 at Gaylord and S. Ste. Marie.  Despite the cool weekend, Grand Rapids is still 6 degrees warmer than average thru the first 12 days of May.

ALSO:  Check out the damage from wind driven ice off inland lakes in Canada and Minnesota (you can see the ice move in off the lake in the video).

AND  GO RED WINGS!!!  Wings win 3-2 !!  On to Chicago – Weds. night!


80 Responses to “Monday AM Freeze”

  1. Scott (robinson twsp) says:

    I hope it don’t get down to 26. Are the apple buds out yet? I’d like to Thank Mr. Steffen for stopping to take a picture with my daugher during the Tulip Time Parade. You made her day.

  2. Mike M. says:

    Great video of an ice heave at a resort in Mn…

    Listen how the ice sounds like a train as it pushes on shore and breaks into the house.

    1. Tonka says:

      That is the craziest thing. How and why does that happen!?

        1. Barry in Zeeland says:

          That is just nuts! Some of those pictures, the ice is almost 2 stories tall!

        2. Jack says:

          Just goes to Show..Ya,Learn something New..EVERYDAY !! Stay cued…. ;-)

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      That’s amazing to watch – the wind can really move ice around!! I see it happen on a MUCH smaller scale on Gun Lake.

    3. Jack says:

      Wow,Simply put AMAZING ! ICE ZOMBIES….lol.. ;-)

  3. tinainvbcounty says:

    I am concerned about the fruit trees! Anything 28 or below can cause damage to new buds! :(

  4. Jen in Middleville says:

    Definitely going to cover my apple and peach trees that all have bloomed. Probably strawberries too come to think about it. Any other freezes in the outlook Bill?

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      This is the only freeze this week and at this point, I’m not seeing anything next week.

  5. DF (SE Mich) says:

    The record low is 27 in GR and 30 in Detroit. We will be darn close to those tonight.

  6. Eric (SE Mason County) says:

    It is snowing in SE Mason County.

  7. Jeff (Fremont) says:

    Woke up to a little sleet this morning, then some rain on the way to Muskegon. I’m a winter guy, but I don’t want the freeze. Last year we had no apples, and I really want some Michigan apples this year. I’m not an agricultural expert so I’m not sure if this late frost will affect the apple trees this year as well, anybody know?

    1. Ed (Coloma) says:

      Down here in the sw corner apples are in full bloom. 28 degrees would result in a 10% bud kill, but 25 degrees would be 90% bud kill. What usually happens
      is 32 degrees on top of the hills and 25 degrees on the bottom.

  8. Tonka says:

    I hate michigan weather.

  9. Michael Roush says:

    Is there a temp that would be cold enough to kill off some of the Mosquitos but not harm the plants?

  10. Rob( Norton Shores) says:

    It depends how far along the fruit buds are. I farm 50 ac of blueberries I’m at the early pink bud stage, so I can tolerate 23 to 25 degrees. Good info on msue website. The question is to frost protect with water or spray potassium. Water is dangerous ( too many things can go wrong). potassium however moves the water out of the fruit bud to leave sugar, its harder to freeze sugar. Guess what I did?

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  11. Dan says:

    When is that sun supposed to break through? I’m hoping that will warm things up a bit! Wishful thinking for today!

  12. INDY says:

    Hey Bloggers the grand River will keep Grand rapids above 32* tonight I have beautiful flowers out thee YARDofBRICKS I am not put covers over them !! This weather is good for our grass plants and trees wait till we get a little sun tomorrow everthing will be one BIG green bud outside ahhhhh!!! Summer is here take your mom for a walk around thee block today suck in the air and kiss her hair… Severe storms Wed… Stay tuned….INDYY….

    1. Jerry hoag says:

      INDY!!! Yes to the severe Wednesday, I say the same thing! Huge temp warm up then a huge thunderstorm threat!!

  13. michael g (SE GR) says:

    Just had a little bit of mist of a few tiny snowflakes, couldn’t tell which. Feels like November or March out there, not May!

  14. michael g (SE GR) says:

    Definitely snowflakes now!

  15. bluegill says:

    Some snow this morning in NE Grand Traverse County, but not sticking like yesterday. We had flurries Sept 18 this past fall, so snow every month for 8 months. Here’s hoping it doesn’t extend to 9.

  16. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    If we get down below 28° or so tonight there is a good chance that once again there will be widespread fruit damage. It could be that the cold March and April were not all that beneficial for the local farmers after all. In fact we are now close to the same development we were at last year when we that the last freeze. Maybe we will get some clouds in for tonight and keep things a little warmer. (clouds if they can hang on will be tender plants friend tonight) 41° here now with cloudy skies.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      You’ve been cautioning people to wait and see :)

  17. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Unless we (GR) can manage to make it above 47° Today will be one of the coldest May 12ths in the history of GR here are the current coldest maximums for May 12th and the year here in GR.

    5/12 43 in 1966 44 in 2006 47 in 1971

    And here are the top three coldest lows for both May 12 (before midnight) and May 13th (after midnight)

    5/12 27 in 1981 28 in 1946 30 in 1976 and 5/13 27 in 1946 28 in 1996 28 in 1971

    So this very well could end up being one of the top 3 coldest days May 12 and one of the coldest lows for May 13th

    Have a happy but cold Mothers day

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      GR made it to 45 (had to round to make that) and the temp is falling.

      Snow and drizzle is falling on and off over this side of the state.

  18. Nathan says:

    Just snowed out at EGR!!

  19. Jack says:

    Happy Mothers Day…2 all The MOMS out There !!! And a CUE 4 The Freeze Warning .Lol. ;-) .

  20. Uncle Sparkee says:

    Well well well my little weather hobos. Your ol aunty Edna had a special day today. We got the lotion out . Felt good. Your ol uncle sparks lit a fire today.

  21. Deb says:

    Was up in the U.P this weekend Bill. It was snowing and blowing so much they had to have the snow plows out to salt and clear the road. Was not surprised to see the some snow but not enough to plow

  22. Jack says:

    Ahh..What a Great Dinner I just done With . Bit nippy 4 Grilling Today, However Steak, Sweet Potatoes, and FRESH Brussel Sprouts, all Done On The GRILL…Simply MOUTH WATERING !! :- ). Now , Chocolate Almond Ice Cream 4 Dessert !! ;-) Also, L@@king forward To DUCK- Soup…Later 2- Nite. Meaning…..GO- RED~ WINGS. !!!!!!!!!!! Stay Cued..Y’all , and GOD BLESS, stay Warm..Peace !! ;-)

  23. Slimjim says:

    With that high of 46 here in GR that makes today the 3rd coldest maxiuam for May 12. The coldest was 43 in 1966 and the 2nd coldest was 44 not that long ago in 2006. That high of 35 at the Soo was the coldest high for May 2nd since 1895 when the high at the Soo was only 34. All in all one very cold May Day. Right now I have a temp of 36 but that is up from the 35 it was earlier as some clouds are coming in. Clouds would along with some wind would help keep the temps up a little.

  24. DF (SE Mich) says:

    The clouds departed and Detroit dropped 5 degrees in an hour.

  25. Jack says:

    BILL…I didn’t Know You were A HOCKEY- FAN!!!!! Puck- Yes !!! Love IT……. ;-) .

  26. Scott (robinson twsp) says:

    33 here at midnight.

  27. Jack says:

    BILL…Duck- Soup is ON, FOR ALL!! Keep it Going …..RED~ WINGS!!!!!!! Lol…… ;-)

  28. Wolverdog says:

    Announcers want to get Ducky with the ducks! So sick of anti-mitten announcers in any sport!

    1. Nimrod says:

      If you get FSN Detroit you can listen to the Wings announcers… if not tune a radio to 107.3 and listen to Ken Kal.

      I agree the announcers on NBCSN or Versus or whatever they are calling it now… SUCK! ;-)

  29. Nimrod says:

    Thanks Bill. Gonna be up late after the Wings game watching the temps at our house. Only have a few fruit trees.. but after last year I want some fruit for the kids! GO WINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Jack says:

    WINGS!!!!!!!WIN!!!!! DUCK SOUP…ENJOY!!!!!!, :-)

  31. Barry in Zeeland says:

    YEAH WINGS!!!! Going to bed happy! To bad I have to get back up for work in 3 hours. Bring on the Hawks!

    1. Jack says:

      Or So Sorry Barry…I haven’t WORKED in 2 Years !! Have a Great Monday !!! Lol…stay cued …. ;-)

  32. Jerry hoag says:

    Oh what a beatiful morning, oh what a beautiful day, oh what a beautiful morningggg, all the time time to go singing. Lol. Hey GOD bless you all, enjoy this beautiful day GOD has made!! Get ready for the huge warmup and the big thunderstorm threat that is coming tooooooo!! But most of all, just enjoy the day GOD has made!! Rejoice in it!

    1. Jack says:

      Amen…Brother Jerry !! :-)

      1. Jerry hoag says:

        Jack!! You are so right on brother!! AMEN!!

  33. Scott (robinson twsp) says:

    30 deg. Hope that’s not to cold for the farms around here.

  34. Jerry hoag says:

    34 degrees here on the sw side of grand rapids by the John Ball Park Zoo!! So far not to bad, yet!?!?! The animals are probably saying, growling what’s going on??????? Then they look up and say to GOD thank you!

    1. Jerry hoag says:

      But as us humans say grump about it and complain! There is absolutely nothing we can do about it! GOD decided HE wanted it to be cold for us on this date, so we all should look up to HIM and say THANK YOU!! One for this beautiful day and two for letting me wake up this morning to enjoy the day YOU lay before me!!

      1. Jack says:

        Jerry a Thank-You… Kieth Green. Smile and ENJOY ::::

        1. Jerry hoag says:

          Very cool Jack!! A thank you toooooo! :)

  35. Eric (SE Mason County) says:

    23 at the Baldwin airport.

    1. Jack says:


    2. Jack says:

      Clear Skies up There in Baldwin. Obviously… Cloudy Skies here N.E. G.R. and 33 degrees… Stay cued.. ;-)

  36. Jerry hoag says:

    Hey bloggers , get ready looks like early next week a big system will be entering the Great Lakes area with a better chance of strong storms!! Be ready for them!! They are calling for this already and it is only Monday, so their confidence must be high on this going so far out!! So be ready!! Early next week. Not this week but next week!!

    1. Jack says:

      Staying Cued, 4 Thunder STORMS !!!! ;-)

      1. Jerry hoag says:

        And the thunder rolls. The thunder rolls. Garth Brooks.

        1. Jack says:

          Or this old song.. About Thunder -N- Lighting…..Cue :

  37. Jerry hoag says:

    And I am talking about the GR NWS forecast discussion link too. Click on it and read the long term lookout and this is what they are saying beyond the Sunday time frame. Strong Thunderstorms are possible with this system!! And again, this is early next week. 7 to maybe even 10 days out!! So might be a huge outbreak for the Great Lakes area???!!!????!! Who knows. Well GOD knows, stay tuned and keep watching for their further postings and updates!

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

    Currently 22 in Ann Arbor! Whoa, one has to wonder if that’s right.

  39. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    26 up here, looking forward to this cold going away and warmth settling in and hopefully staying for a long visit.

  40. Is it me or in the picture of the NWS Marquette isn’t the temperature package a bit close to payment for summer readings ?

  41. Brian D (Zeeland) says:

    It looks like we had just a light frost, I don’t know the temperature, but I think my pear and apple trees are ok.

  42. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    No frost here last night.

    Pretty cool table NWS put out this morning showing earliest/latest freezes. The latest freezes were June 4th in GR to June 22nd in Muskegon.

    Bring on the warm temps and storms this week and go Wings!

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Temps everywhere over here made it well past frost levels and into hard freeze lows. It must be like fixxxxx’s house there…
      Troy was the warmest location at 33°, everywhere else made freeze levels. 33° is still plenty cold for frost.

      1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        Just because it’s around 32 doesn’t guarantee frost, DF.

        I was up at 6am and nothing on the ground here thankfully! Weird how it was 10 degrees colder by you.

    2. DF (SE Mich) says:

      … and GO WINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Chicago will be a pushover ;)

  43. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Unless I am missing something Detroit tied its record low temperature at 30° today. Nuts. Plenty of frost down here with the 21° in A2… absolutely nuts.

    1. INDY says:

      lololololololol…Travis is always wrong DF u should know that!!! WINGS IN 6!!! INDYY…..

    2. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      I’m thankful we missed the frost here. I hope the damage to your plants isn’t too bad.

      Been waiting to hear how the farmers fared. Last year was a disaster for Michigan crops. Cherries especially.

  44. DF (SE Mich) says:

    It is official! Record low in Detroit.

    0915 AM EST MON MAY 13 2013



  45. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Marquette tied its record low as well.

    715 AM EDT MON MAY 13 2013


    SET ON MAY 9TH 1983.


  46. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Another interesting note is Marquette is currently running -5.9° for May. Interesting there is such a huge difference compared to down here.

  47. Mike M. says:

    Nenana Ice Classic is closing in on the record latest ice break up…

  48. Mike M. says:

    2nd volcano warming up in the bullpen, Bill…

  49. Dan says:

    RED WINGS win and they move on to face the Blackhawks! Temps are back on the rebound. I think, I saw a bit of snow/rain mix late in the day on Saturday. Its MAY! I’ll say that the Wings will win one or two of those games against the Hawks. With a little luck they could do better than that! However, Veterans all over the ice for the Hawks. The Red Wings D will really have to battle and battle. The Ducks experience will help them. LETs GO RED WINGS!
    They have already had a VERY successful season considering all that they have been through. Now, a first round series win against a good team, icing on the cake.

    1. Jack says:

      Wings Win Series…4-3 !!!!! Just A WEATHER induced… GUT FEELING ! LOL… Stay Cued ….. ;-)

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