Waterspout – Sleeping Bear Dunes and more

August 14th, 2013 at 11:37 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Precip. comparison marquette   Click on the image to enlarge.  This graphic from the Marquette NWS is a comparison of precipitation from Jan. to July for 2013 and 2012 over the Lower 48 States.  It’s a pretty amazing reversal from the warm and dry conditions of 2012 over much of the Central and Eastern U.S. to the wet year we are having east of the Rockies this year.  Agricultural conditions are better this year overall.  So far in G.R. we’ve had 31.32″ of precipitation this year, compared to 21.50 for the same period last year.  Average to date is 22.76″.  So this year we are 8.56″ above average, last year we were much closer to average despite the dry early summer.   Also check out the waterspout video from Sleeping Bear Dunes from Monday.   Also, here’s a time lapse of Lake Erie freezing up last January.   Speaking of freezing…it was an even-freezing 32 this morning at Doe Lake and Stonington in the U.P.  Leota in Clare Co. plummeted to 33.  It was 36 in Baldwin, 37 at Wellston (Manistee Co.), 38 at Leslie and Grayling and 39 at Manistee.  The agricultural stations at Nunica and Lawrence dipped to 40, while Fremont, Ludington, Hart and Scottville all had low temperatures of 41.  Other lows included 43 at Hudsonville, Belding, Hopkins and Big Rapids, 46 at Lansing, Jackson, Marshall, S. Haven and Hastings, 47 at Muskegon, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, 48 in Holland and a relatively balmy 49 in G.R.  The cumulus clouds have developed (note the lake-effect cloud band over Lake Michigan).  Lake Michigan water temperatures tumbled yesterday evening (48 Muskegon, 53 Grand Haven, 55 Pentwater and Ludington, still 60 at Holland.   The Accumulated Tropical Cyclone Index, a measure of the number and strength of tropical storms and hurricanes is very low this year so far.  The current ACE value for the Northern Hemisphere is 169 compared to an average of 562 and all Northern Hemisphere areas are well below average.  I do expect the tropical storm pattern to get stronger within the next 1-2 weeks.  The Southern Hemisphere ACE Index is right at average for the year at 209.   Great Lakes water temperatures are cooler than last year at this time and a little cooler than average.

43 Responses to “Waterspout – Sleeping Bear Dunes and more”

  1. DF (SE Mich) says:

    It is nice of California to take it on the chin for the rest of the lower 48 :) The farmers at the farmer’s market last night are saying the weather has been terrible for tomatoes. Too much cold and rain, they need hot weather I guess.

    1. fixxxer says:

      Doesnt wdiv have a weather blog? Just saying! ;)

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        Good question. Go check it out, fixxxy. Maybe they’ll enjoy your incessant bellyaching.

      1. DF (SE Mich) says:

        That is how they looked :)

        1. Mike M. says:

          Heh. Fixxx makes me think of Walter the Dummy…


          Fixxxer! Do you look like Walter?

      2. Jack says:

        2 for 2 Thanks MIKE !! Lmao…..!!!!!!!!!!

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      I dunno. But I do know that one sucks and the other blows.

    3. Barb says:

      We’ve been cool but pretty dry in GR.

  2. Mike M. says:

    And Mother Nature takes the cigarette out of her mouth and grinds it out on Algore’s forehead. “There’s yer global warming, fat boy!”

  3. mark says:

    Your graph shows yes we are more average than last year which shows last year was an extreme ( but extremes that seem to catch us people off guard for some reason ) California is in a bad bad drought this year. Here is an interesting post from a news website in Indiana
    “While NE Indiana continues to see cooler than normal days by 10 or more degrees off 30 year averages, places like Fairbanks, AK have had a record number of days at or above 80 degrees. They set a record for the number of 80 degrees or warmer days during the summer.” ( With 35 compared to 11 on average ). “How does that relate to our weather here. That is a long ways away. Well not as far as you may think. In fact, the jet stream makes Alaska weather something worth watching for our area. Because of the tilt or the direction of the jet stream warmer air is blocked in across Alaska while the jet stream buckles across our area letting cooler air in from Greenland. This cycle has continued off and on since late July for our area.”

    Because of the dry weather Alaska also fell victim to several forest fires this summer season.

  4. Judy (Allegan) says:

    Was just up at Sleeping Bear Dunes on the 3rd….beautiful scenery. I was glad we had great weather….although seeing a waterspout would have been cool.

  5. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Having a wet year is much better than having a dry year for nearly all agricultural purposes and lake levels. The only downside would have to be your outdoor plans… But it isn’t like it rains all the time. The only rains we have received came in big bunches of 1-4 inches of rainfall at a time. It isn’t like a constant .25 inch of rain per day. And believe it or not, next month is the wettest month of the year… It is just getting started people!

    1. Barb says:

      My grass has died again this year from lack of moisture. If you don’t water, your grass will not look good. I still maintain we need to change how we landscape in the Midwest. Our climate doesn’t support lawns for the most part.

  6. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Another great summer day! Cool and party sunny – fantastic. I am sure fixxxer will tell you the weather is horrible and Travis will say it hit 85 degrees in Flint today and it will be 90 degrees by this weekend. What joke – fixxxer is a whining, complaining wimp and Travis has a warm weather bias medical condition!

    1. fixxxer says:

      And ur a bipolar idiot that no one on here listens to.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Thanks for listening and more brilliant commentary from the whining fixxxer!

      2. Cliff(Scotts) says:

        Fixxxer you forgot to post as Rodney, we know that is you!!!

      1. Mike M. says:

        Bill was an intern at KDKA at the time, just a few short years from his famous fight with Fred Allen at the Palmer House.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Wicked Twister’s link is, of course, nonsense…on one hand it’s so over-the-top and removed from reality that it’s laughable, but also scary that there are people that can and will base their opinion on this. The Weather Channel is owned by NBC/MSNBC and that says a lot. Wonder if there will be climate hype in the Hillary puff-piece film they are doing.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        I am looking forward the the Hillary film. She is a very smart politician and if she runs in 2016 the republicans have no chance at winning the white house.

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          She lied about that “despicable YouTube Video” and she’s got a lot of scandal in her past: Whitewater, the Rose Law Firm billing records, Craig Livingstone, TravelGate, Cattle Futures, Benghazi, ChinaGate, the ransacking of Vince Foster’s office, etc. Here’s more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/06/hillary_clintons_legacy_of_scandal.html

          Not a lot of accomplishments…outside of deflecting the Lewinsky affair (and all the other affairs…Juanita Broderick, Paula Jones, Dolly Browning, Sally Perdue, Elizabeth Gracen, Kathleen Willey, Gennifer Flowers, etc.)

        2. Jack says:

          Ha,hah, WTH…..Hillary ( shakes Head ),,, Who would be her V.P. Pick ? Anthony Wiener ? Wow, Can’t Ya Just IMAGINE !!!! The Campaign SLOGANS ?? I Have a few Good ones….Anyone Else ?… Lololo…..stay Cued ! ;-)

        3. whatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

          I don’t believe you Jack. Lets hear a couple of your campaign slogans.

        4. Jack says:

          CLITon & Wiener = 2Thousand Sexting ! For starters … Stay cued….Wbwtsbc…. Hey where have Been Man ? ;-)

        5. whatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

          Ok i believe you. That one was clever. I have been busy enjoying this awesome summer weather that’s where i have been. I could take six months of days like today!

        6. Jack says:

          Wbwtsbc, Indeed it has been a Decent Summer, Not to Hot, Not Cold. Been a Little Rough on Tomatoe Plants, and My Other PLANTS ( wink, wink) ! 1 More 4 Ya !!! ” Hillary needs a Wiener in 20016″ !!! LOL…. ;-) . stay Cued, I’ll Find a Theme SONG, for That Campaign, as Well. Haha… ;-)

        7. whatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

          Just enjoy the darn cue: http://youtu.be/8EbVcArcxn4

          You too Bill. Or is this Bill……..MuaHaHaHaHa

        8. Jack says:

          Wbwtsbc, dam CUE…Didn’t work on my iPad 1…..hmmmm, OR This ” BILL” ?? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiIP_KDQmXs. ;-)

        9. whatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

          Jack, it all depends on what the definition of “is” is.

        10. Jack says:

          Wbwtsbc:: I see, That’s Just Way it “IS” ! CUE:::: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlRQjzltaMQ. Lol, sorry couldn’t Resist…. Have a Theraputic Thursday !! ;-)

        11. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          Wow! Very sad commentary!

        12. Bill Steffen says:

          Speaking of sad…listen to what Keith Olbermann said about Al Gore: ““When you’re working for somebody whom you admired politically, who turns out to be a clod,” says Olbermann, referring to Gore, “the scales fall from your eyes. Sorry. Al underdelivered. I mean that’s just simply the case. I don’t want to dwell on it, but it’s true.”

      2. Barb says:

        She did a great job as Secretary of State. And who doesn’t have some skeletons in their closet when they get to be that age unless they haven’t taken any risks?

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          How about some specifics rather than a general “she did a great job”.

        2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          Barb keep in mind that many of the bloggers here are very far to the right wing. I am a moderate independent voter and I am one of the small percentage of undecided voters that usually decide elections and I do not listen to the extremism on either side of the political spectrum. Both the right and the left wing extremism is bad for this counrty and it is futile to debate either side because they are so set in their views it is like talking to a wall!!!!!!

        3. Jack says:

          Rocky, Thanks for Your Analysis, Of How Bloggers are all Set in our Ways!!! Sorry, KID .. BUT your analysis IS ….DEAD WRONG !!!!!! Talk About WORTHLESS Comments , Your Analysis Takes The Cake !!!!! ” Let’s Just Throw in The Towel, and Give UP. Not ME…Thank- You !!! STAY CUED… And Do Your OWN MATH, Not Mine !!! Peace….KID…. ;-)

        4. Jack says:

          A CUE For Barb, and ROCKY In Particular !!!! TURN IT UP…….ROCKY and LISTEN KID ::::: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7b8qD5qCixs. ;-)

        5. Bill Steffen says:

          Rocky – “moderate and independent”?? Can you name some Republicans you’ve voted for? In the last election, Romney took 63 of 83 counties in Michigan, including Kent Co. 54%-46% and Ottawa Co. 67%-33%.

  7. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    My eyes are glued to that area of interest in the Gulf of Mexico. You can just see waves of moisture being funneled into the SE part of the system… and the winds aren’t interfering with development. I think it has a great chance for development under these circumstances. In fact, the NHC gives it a 70% chance of development over the next 5 days!! And if we are lucky, the remnants may overcome the other atmospheric dynamics and travel toward SW Michigan in the distant future! We have a possible winner! :)

  8. Dan says:

    Good one, Jack! Therapeutic Thursday! Have a great summer day all! Looks like we are heading back to summer time temps for a couple of weeks,. Tigers get back to winning! Now, you need to take all 5 games from KC, Bengals!

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