Showers move east…evening clearing

May 23rd, 2013 at 3:36 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local  5:45 PM – The last of the sprinkles are moving out the Lansing Area and should clear east of US 127 by 6:30 PM.  The clearing line (dry air) is coming south rapidly and we have sunshine from Lake Co. to the Muskegon area.  That line will progress southeast at a nice clip this evening and we should end up clear for much of the night and the day tomorrow.  Keep the sunblock handy.  Despite the cool weather, the sun is high in the sky now in late May.  You’ll also want some skeeter repellent.  They’re still pretty nasty.   24-hour rainfall as of 8 AM:  2.51″ near Montague  2.42″ Big Rapids, 1.69″ Croton, 1.41″ Hart, 1.36″ Muskegon, just 0.30″ at the Ford Airport (but more over areas north of downtown G.R.).  There are Flood Advisories out for Newaygo, Mecosta and Isabella Counties for the Muskegon, Little Muskegon and Chippewa Rivers.  The rivers are high, but should remain below flood stage.    Here’s the GRR NWS discussion. Use the links below and in the next couple threads to keep up with the weather. Watch for updates on WOOD-TV. 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. Links for watches and warnings in the thread below this one regarding severe weather and the latest from the Storm Prediction Center.

Also, lowered down into a cool volcano and more pictures of the damage from the Moore OK tornado.   Also, the link between the cold PDO (Pacific Decadal Oscillation) and strong tornadoes in the U.S. (note that we had cold and snowy Marches in both 1956 and 1965 – the years of the two big tornadoes in Ottawa/Kent).  Loop of the Moore OK Tornado (blue boxes are Severe T-Storm Warnings and red boxes are Tornado Warnings).

35 Responses to “Showers move east…evening clearing”

  1. Skot says:

    FIRST!!!
    Only me and Cort are up this time of night. I work til 3 am.

  2. AlleganJoe says:

    I…”HATE…THIS COLD WEATHER.!! GOOD GRIEF–WE SHOULD BE WARM–BUT THE REPEATED COLD FRONTS HAVE BEEN STRONG ENOUGH TO LAST FOR 3-5 DAYS.!! I DON’T THINK WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A HOT SUMMER–I CAN ONLY ASSUME THESE COLD FRONTS WILL CONTINUE TO BARREL THRU’ AND KEEP TEMPS IN 70′S WITH AN OCCASIONAL BLESSING OF SOME 80′S UNTIL THE NEXT COLD FRONT. :( :( :(

    1. Skot says:

      Drink more BEER and less Whiskey there A.J.

      1. AlleganJoe says:

        I consume Diet Pepsi and some water. No Alcohol. :)

    2. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      It’s the first cool day in 10 days in a month where I’m more than +7 degrees above average. Put down the drink…

      1. Brad says:

        This month has been incredibly warm. It’s almost ludicrous how warm we are this early.

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          May is +5.5 deg. warmer than average in G.R. (Marquette BTW is 3.5 BELOW average for May). That’s not warm enough to be a top-ten warmest May. For Feb. thru May G.R. is 1 degree colder than average.

          Look at the U.S. temperature anomaly from Jan. 1 to today: http://www.hprcc.unl.edu/maps/current/index.php?action=update_daterange&daterange=Year Sure doesn’t look like we have a global warming crisis.

          Alaska is the “canary in the coal mine” for global warming: http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20130520/97-year-old-nenana-ice-classic-sets-record-latest-breakup-river-1

    3. fixxxer says:

      agreed, were going to have plenty of these cold fronts rolling through here this summer. WELCOME to michigan.

    4. Craig (Holland North Sider) says:

      My calendar shows it is still May. Plenty of time for warm weather. Let’s not freak out yet.

      1. AlleganJoe says:

        It will be “Cold Weather” before ye know it. Summer seems to go SO quickly!! But Winter and cold air …”Lingers”.!! :(

    5. Nathan says:

      You do realize that the average temperature is 71!

      1. Nathan says:

        And we have an 80 at the end of the 8 day forecast and last week was way above average and this is the first cold day in over a week and more warm air will soon return and the CPC is forecasting way above average temperatures. I think people just have to deal with temperatures and not waste all of their time complaining about it!

    6. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Can’t get much more average for 2013 so far across the lower 48…
      http://www.hprcc.unl.edu/products/maps/acis/YearTDeptUS.png

  3. G H says:

    Hey Joe,this is why i moved out of the boring crap weather state of miching.8 months of cold weather,2 months of cool weather,2 months of MAYBE real warm weather.This is not counting all the rain and wind with the 2 months of so called nice weather.It is sunny and 74 here in AZ.

    1. steve says:

      You are right GH, sunny and 100 every day is such exciting weather! I am happy to live in a state with changing weather.

    2. AlleganJoe says:

      Cannot Blame You there!! Long months of cold air and short time of warm.hot weather…but that is Michigan. Stay-or-Move…not always possible to move. AZ does have “HOT HEAT” and plenty of poisonous snakes-bugs-etc. I would not to AZ. myself. We knew people who lived there–learned how Scorching Hot it can be there!! LOL :)

  4. INDY says:

    It’s just fixxer hitting him self and thinking bad thoughts on what to do next!!!! THE RAIN IS GOOD FOR THEEE GRASS!!!! NEXT!!!! INDYY..

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Yeah, with all of this rain will have to cut the grass yet again! Wait a minute Indy may have been talking about a different kind of grass LOL
      SlimJim

      1. INDY says:

        That 2……IT’S ALL GOOD!!! INDYY..

  5. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Well I now have the garden planted with both vegetables and flowers and with the cat’s suggestion even planted some catnip this year. I hope she (the cat) enjoys it (I think she will)
    A cold rain and a temp of only 54° here this AM and of course with the garden in will be keeping a eye out for frost. I hope I do not have to cover the tomato plants.
    SlimJim

  6. Rob( Norton Shores) says:

    I need an expert opinion on the frost potential tonight. I’m trying to farm blueberries in nunica, Norton shores, robinson township. My opinion is there will be enough wind to mitigate frost. The forecast is somewhat vague. Thanks!!!!

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      From GR NWS:

      .SHORT TERM…(TODAY THROUGH SATURDAY)
      ISSUED AT 327 AM EDT THU MAY 23 2013

      A COLD FRONT CUT ACROSS THE CWA THIS MORNING AND IT WILL CONTINUE TO
      SAG TO THE SOUTH TODAY. FGEN BEHIND THE FRONT WAS SUPPORTING A BAND
      OF SHOWERS OVER EASTERN WI/LK MI EARLY THIS. THIS RAIN WILL SWING
      THROUGH THE CWA FROM NW TO SE THROUGH THE COURSE OF THE DAY. UPPER
      DYNAMICS WERE ALSO HELPING THIS AREA OF RAIN…AND THE RIGHT
      ENTRANCE
      REGION OF THE JET WILL SLIDE OVER THE CWA WITH THE RAIN. SO
      NEEDLESS TO SAY THE BAND OF RAIN SHOULD HOLD TOGETHER AND IT LOOKS
      WET THROUGH THE MORNING. THEN THE BACK EDGE OF THE RAIN WILL
      GRADUALLY SAG SE THROUGH THE CWA THROUGH THE AFTERNOON AND EARLY
      EVENING. MUCH DRIER AIR MOVES IN AND SKIES WILL CLEAR LATE TODAY.
      THIS SHOULD GIVE MOST AREAS A LATE AFTERNOON/EARLY EVENING HIGH TEMP
      AS A BIT OF SUNSHINE BOOSTS THE TEMPS UP A BIT.

      WILL GO AHEAD WITH A FROST ADVISORY ACROSS THE NORTHERN CWA
      TONIGHT. THIS DOES NOT LOOK LIKE A PROLONG EVENT WITH THE NIGHTS
      BEING SO SHORT THIS TIME OF YEAR. ALSO WITH THE WINDS LIKELY
      STAYING UP THROUGH THE EVENING THE ACTUALLY TIME FROST WILL DEVELOP
      SHOULD ONLY BE 3 TO 5 HOURS. LOCALIZED AREAS MAY FALL TO BELOW
      FREEZING IN THE NORMALLY COLD LOW SPOTS…BUT THIS SHOULD BE TOO
      BRIEF AND TOO ISOLATED TO NEED TO CONSIDER A FREEZE WARNING.

      HIGH PRESSURE AND QUIET WEATHER PREVAILS FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY.
      FROST POTENTIAL APPEAR TO BE LOWER FOR FRIDAY NIGHT GIVEN THAT SOME
      MID/HI CLOUDS SHOULD BE MOVING IN ON THE HEELS OF WARM ADVECTION
      ALOFT. WILL MENTION PATCHY FROST FOR NOW AND WILL NEED TO MONITOR
      CLOUD TRENDS. DAYTIME TEMPS WARMING SLIGHTLY EACH DAY.

      1. Rob( Norton Shores) says:

        Thank you soo much for that. Is there a more pin point forecast?

        1. DF (SE Mich) says:

          Specific counties they have advisories for at 11:33 AM are Newaygo, Mecosta, and Isabella in your region.

          I am far from an expert on frost, but if the forecast temp (mid 30′s) and stiff wind holds hopefully the frost will stay away.

          Of course the NWS could change that forecast any time.

  7. Teresa says:

    very little rain in central Calhoun county. still waiting for a good down pour as we could use it.

  8. Bnoppe(Albion) says:

    What’s the word Fix. Just another Craptastic day

    1. fixxxer says:

      id say so for today, yes.

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      I believe that was a rhetorical question.

  9. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Poor Alaskans are taking one for the team in May while I go sailing down here… They are doing a fine job hanging onto the cold.

  10. fixxxer says:

    looks fairly chilly out for memorial weekend. i still say this year reminds me of 2009 to the tee. hell theres still snow on the maps out west.

    1. Brad says:

      Let’s see…May 2009 was +0.2F. May 2013 is +6.0F. Yeah, similar.

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        May is 5.5 deg. above average for G.R. April was 3.3 deg. below average, March was 4.1 deg. below average and February was 2.0 deg. cooler than average. Assuming we end up at +5.5 for the month, that means the four month period from Feb. thru May will be 1 deg. cooler than average.

        Marquette is 3.5 deg. below average for May.

  11. G H says:

    Nathan i never complain about Michigan and there 8 months of cold/cool weather.It is now 81 and sunny here where i live in AZ>

  12. GunLakeDeb says:

    Hey – it feels good to wear a nice snuggly sweatshirt now and then!! We’re going to have a beautiful weekend – temps will be perfect for all the outdoor stuff we have planned (like finally getting the dock put in!). Yeah – the lake might be a bit chilly, but that’s what they invented wetsuits for!!

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