Two Dry Days

May 15th, 2013 at 2:44 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

holland windmill and flowers   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.

31 Responses to “Two Dry Days”

  1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Above normal temperatures can be expected over the extended period, as jet stream remains to our north. Friday looks to be the coolest day where temperatures come in close to normal, but it now appears the warmup for the weekend will be accelerated.

    There remains a very good chance for showers and thunderstorms Monday-Tuesday, and with such an anomalously deep trough/upper low, severe weather is a possibility.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Yep, it has been tending warmer with every run. I’ll take it, the pay back will come eventually.

  2. Nathan says:

    I think today will be much warmer than expected!

    1. millekat says:

      I do too! It’s starting out warm and full of beautiful sunshine!

    2. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      Already 75 degrees here at 9:45am. Taking the afternoon off and going golfing!

      Go Wings!

    3. Bill Steffen says:

      The high today in G.R. was 78. We were forecasting 77. We had 76 out for today when it was the 7th day…eventually going to 77.

  3. Kimeagle says:

    Well, I can vouch for the mosquitos here in NE Indiana. They were hungry last night, for sure!
    Am looking at those narrow bands of precip going W-E just to our south, and from SD into S. Minnesota. Interesting!
    — We’re gonna visit some Yuupers at the Soo this weekend. Four years ago, we watched the Ryerson lock thru in the midst of a blizzard — on May 18th!So, we won’t be surprised at any kind of weather there, I reckon.

  4. DF (SE Mich) says:

    The wind is up, the temp is up… I am going sailing tonight!

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Have a beautiful ride!!

  5. bluegill says:

    Sounds like last Sunday’s snow was officially the end of it (good sledding BTW this past Saturday) …so instead of saying 143″YTD in NE Grand Traverse County I can now say 143″ for the season – right?

  6. Jack Martin says:

    Thank You Bill. Loving these nice and pleasant temps!

  7. Mr. Negative says:

    Might be a good year to keep track of average daily wind speed. Calm days around here seem to be a thing of the past. 2013…candidate for “windiest” year?

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Just a personal observation as a life long sailor, both spring and fall are windy, we are still in spring. The summer months usually have much less wind. The cold summers, most recently 2009, are the sailors dream. The wind blew all summer long in 2009. I have no hard facts but that is what I recall.

  8. Nathan says:

    Thanks for the grammer quiz Bill, thats just what I need!

  9. michael g (SE GR) says:

    So, when Big Rapids never sets anymore record lows, that will PROVE global warming!

    1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      Big Rapids is just one little town out of the entire globe! That doesn’t prove one thing! What if the entire Earth was freezing cold except the United States… Global warming? Or just a one month coincidence?

      1. Cort S. says:

        He was being sarcastic.

    2. Cort S. says:

      I’m glad that they’re finally moving that Big Rapids weather station. It has had low lows and high highs for so long now. It was not sited in the best location, in that open area between the runway in the road, among sandy soil, in the plain near the river.

      1. Cort S. says:

        runway and* the road.

  10. Cort S. says:

    The NWS in southern Wisconsin had a heat burst last night with the severe thunderstorms.

    Even though the storms looked weak on radar, the dry air and the big difference in temperatures between the storm base and the ground lead to unstable conditions for downdrafts. Rain evaporated on its way to the ground and cooled off the downdraft, helping it accelerate toward the ground. Somewhere before reaching the ground, the rain had almost entirely evaporated away, but the momentum of the downdraft kept it descending toward the ground. The effects of compression as the air descended without the evaporation made the air warm rapidly. When it hit the ground as a dry microburst, it was warmer and drier than the air that was already at the ground. Heat bursts and dry microbursts are more typically observed out west in the Plains, and less commonly in this part of the country. We here in the Great Lakes region usually get wet microbusts, accompanied with heavy rain and hail.

    1. Jack says:

      Thanks AGAIN, Cort. For your Wonderful LINKS and Comments !! Peace, and God Bless You ! As always Stay CUED.. ;-)

    2. michael g (SE GR) says:

      Bill had a story about a similar event (I believe it was in Texas) in the weather book he put out with Craig James and George Lessens back when he worked for the evil empire. If I remember right, there were unconfirmed reports of temps reaching 140*.

      1. Cort S. says:

        Heat bursts are incredible. I bet Wikipedia has a nice list of them.

        Awesome, they do! Check it out:

        That one that you mentioned is in that list. Kopperl, Texas in 1960.

        This is why that explanation from The Day After Tomorrow is so silly. “The cold air from the stratosphere is sinking too fast to warm up!” Heh, disaster movies are scientifically hilarious.

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          I remember an episode of Wonder Woman. The bad guys were getting away in a helicopter. There was a rope dangling from the helicopter. Wonder Woman grabbed the rope and pulled the helicopter to the ground. Obviously, she would pull herself up to the helicopter. Also when the helicopter came back to the ground, it conveniently landed about 50 feet away from her and not on top of her.

  11. Dan says:

    The weather is AWESOME! I’m liking it!! Strange that Monday was cool/cold and now, we are very warm. I’m not complaining about the warmth. I was outside this morning at 4:30 am and it almost felt tropical, winds were strong and temps were about 60 degrees! Is the warm weather here to stay?

    1. Jack says:

      Agree DAN…AWESOME Weather. This Old Tune Came To Mind Today. CUE: .. P.S. Go….RED~WINGS…. ;-)

  12. Cort S. says:

    Weird weather. Holland’s high temperature today (80) did not happen this afternoon. It happened last night when the warm front came through.

    It was 65 at 11 pm last night. There was a thunderstorm after midnight, with a small amount of rain which quickly evaporated. Then winds shifted from the south to the southwest and gusted to 38 mph. The temperature rose to 78 at 1 am, and topped out at 80 shortly after 2 am.

  13. Dan says:

    Yes, JACK! LETS GO RED WINGS! They MIGHT be catching the Blackhawks a bit rusty! Lets hope so. The Blackhawks are talented and deep at every position. Our Young Defense needs to really work and outwork the Blackhawk forwards, no EASY task. All of the board work and passing out of the zone will be a big part of the this game! I think Jimmy Howard will do what he needs to do!
    My prediction, Red Wings in 7 with a little luck and a couple of fortunate puck bounces our way. We have to steal a game in Chicago.

    1. Jack says:

      Yup, Dan. The KIDS need To Do Their Thing !!! YES, Dan WINGS in 7 !!! Hoping and Praying The WARMTH is HereTo STAY!!!! Stay Cued… My Friend…. ;-)

  14. Jack says:

    GGGGOOOOO RED- WINGS!!!!!!!!! On SATURDAY.. Stay Cued….. ;-)

  15. Jessie (Caledonia) says:

    This lack of storms so far year has been extremely discouraging! Pretty much just like last year…

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