TuesdayMay 14th, 2013 at 3:37 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
picture by sidona53 at ReportIt. See it full screen. A strong warm front coming across Lake Michigan. WOW, upper 80s in N. Illinois, 48 at the mid-Lake Michigan buoy (water temp. 41.7). There’s an area of showers in E. Wisconsin . It’s not impossible could get a brief shower this evening, but most areas will stay dry. At 3 PM the temperature difference in Michigan is 77 in Kalamazoo to 37 on Passage Is. The temperature difference in Minnesota is 102 nr. Mankato to 43 at Silver Bay. There has only been one severe weather report as of 12:30 PM and that was a 70 mph wind gust at Lake Park, Minnesota. There could be a shower or t-shower springing to live overnight tonight as a fairly weak front comes thru. The odds of any one spot getting rain is a little less than 50/50. We had a few sprinkles, light showers pass thru during the early morning. The day should be dry with warmer temperatures up into the mid-upper 70s inland and low-mid 60s at Lake Michigan. The new NAM prints out only 0.03″ for G.R. The next chance of a shower or t-storm will come later Friday night into Saturday and that’s only a chance. The best bet for rain will be early next week. No frost/freeze the rest of this week as temperatures come up into the 70s. The warmest day may be Sunday (we have out 83). Despite 3 cool days, G.R. is still +4.4 above average for the month. It looks we stay a little warmer than average now until around the 22nd – when we cool back down a little below average for 4 or 5 days. The high temperature of 35 in Gaylord on Sunday was the coolest high temperature ever in May. Alaska is still chillin’. The last day Fairbanks had that was warmer than average was April 2. They were 14.3 deg. below average in April and so far they are 10.5 deg. colder than average in May. The high temperature at Fairbanks on Monday was 37 – compared to an average of 60. Valdez still has 35″ of snow on the ground. Barrow had a high of 17 on Monday. The towns of Sulawik and Nuiqsut both dipped to 7 above zero Monday AM. The highest temperature this month at Kotzebue has been 33 (average high is now 37). Some warm places on Monday: 93 Fargo (55 Duluth – nice temperature gradient), 95 McCook NE, 96 Hill City KS, 90 Miami, 93 Salt Lake City, 102 Las Vegas, 103 Phoenix, 85 San Diego. There’s a SEE TEXT thunderstorm area over Wisconsin for later today. All of Michigan is in the general thunderstorm outlook for mainly tonight. It’s the 2nd snowiest May ever at S. Ste. Marie at 5.9″. Monday AM low temperature records: 30 Detroit, 39 Nashville TN, 45 Waco TX, 34 Wheeling WV, 35 Lynchburg VA. A significant (magnitude 6.8) earthquake hit the N. Mariana Islands, but it was very deep underground (374 miles). There are a number of volcanoes that are erupting: Pavlof in Alaska, the Cleveland Volcano in Alaska, Popocatepetl in Mexico, Mayon Volcano in the Philippines (5 fatalities). Here’s a summary of active volcanoes in the world. The sun is getting active. New sunspot AR1748 sprang to life in the early hours of May 13th with an X1.7-class eruption (0217 UT), quickly followed by an X2.8-class flare (1609 UT) and an X3.2-class flare (0117 UT on May 14). These are the strongest flares of the year so far. CHECK OUT: This picture of clouds partially blocking the sun during the annular solar eclipse in Australia. Here’s the Northern Lights in Estonia on 5/2. Here’s N. America snow cover (still snow north of S. Ste. Marie)
Michigan corn planted up from 5% to 32% in the past week, well behind last year due to the cool, wet weather. Only 2% has emerged (which is good news with the freeze we just had. Freeze damage to fruit crops was higher in E. Kent, W. Ionia and Montcalm Counties and less on “The Ridge in NW Kent Co. Damage was higher in Oceana, Mason and Manistee Counties.