Two Dry DaysMay 15th, 2013 at 2:44 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
8:45 PM – Red Wings 1, Black Hawks 1 – NBC Sports…a band of clouds moving thru this evening. There have been some sprinkles aloft, but I haven’t seen any reports of any rain at ground level. We’ll clear out and get down to 50 overnight. Jack Martin captured this pic. of the big windmill in Holland (De Zwann) and some spring flowers and blossoms. This would be a nice time to visit Holland. There are still a lot of tulips (and other flowers) in bloom…blossoms, too. Temperatures will be pleasant and you won’t have the crowds that you get during Tulip Time. The few showers and storms that came through last night had very little rain. Holland had a gust to 37 mph. There was a narrow band of wind damage in eastern Wisconsin between Madison and Milwaukee. The heat in the Midwest was incredible. The warmest unofficial reading was 108 at Tekaman, Nebraska. The 106 at Sioux City was the hottest ever in May. Rockford, Illinois went from 33 Monday morning to 92 Tuesday afternoon. At the same time it was 91 at O’Hare Airport in Chicago, it was only 48 at the mid-Lake Michigan buoy. I’ve heard the mosquitoes are bad in places (still some standing water in a few places from the April flood). We’ll get at least two dry days (and perhaps five). The chance of rain Friday is small and mainly in the SW corner of the state. Saturday will probably be dry for most of us. Sunday there’s a small chance of a shower/t-storm…but the best chance of rain should hold off until Mon./Tue. We’re still on track to have the least amount of severe weather ever from March 1 to May 31. There’s STILL a couple of frozen lakes in the U.P. The weather station in Big Rapids is out of service until 5/22. It’s being moved to a location 28 feet higher (which may make it a couple degrees warmer on calm, clear nights. Also, a clue as to why women live longer than men and a grammar quiz.