September 9th, 2013 at 1:32 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local   7 PM CDT…back from Chicago.   The train coming home was packed…no one standing, but every seat taken.  The car was totally quiet.  I counted 4 people in the car reading newspapers, one reading a book and EVERYONE ELSE on their phones.  Some were texting…some playing games.  No one interacting with the seatmates.  I remember taking the train from Glenview IL to the University of Wisc. at Madison (early 1970s).  One year I stayed at the university until Christmas Eve.  On the train home that day, some (hippee-type) guy had a guitar and it wasn’t long before he was playing the guitar and people started singing.  There were some Christmas carols and other songs.  The kids on the train were having a ball and everyone (and it was a mixed crowd age-wise and ethnically) was interacting.  Daughter #1 met us at the train station as we arrived in downtown Chicago and we walked to Berghoff’s for a late lunch.    Mom and I split a dinner of wiener schnitzel with potatoes, vegetable medley (inc. asparagus) and sides of red cabbage and creamed spinach.  We went to see Buckingham Fountain and I ran (literally) to get in the spray of the fountain.  I figured no one knew me down there and it was euphoric and refreshing.  I was soaked, but dried off quickly in the warm wind.  We saw “The Bean” and watched the little kids play in the fountain.  During the morning we went to a church service at St. Joseph’s Church.  My grandparents got married in that church in 1915.  They had all the kids there from St. Joseph’s School at the service.  I attended that school from 1956-65.  The pews in the church are the same pews that were there when I was a kid…I remember they had little “snaps” where men could hang their hats.  All the men wore hats back then.  The church does not have air conditioning and looks pretty much the same as it has since the 1930s.  It’s hot down here.  Chicago had a high of 94.  Farther west, Moline IL as 99 and Quincy reached a record-tying 100.  The hot bubble is over us and we couldn’t even pop a cumulus cloud today.  We looked out over Lake Michigan and saw a handful of boats.  It was cooler over the water.  The Harrison Crib (Chicago’s water intake) three miles out in the lake showed a temperature of 75, while downtown was 94.   Quite variable rainfall in W. Michigan this AM.  Check out Storm Total Rainfall before they reset it.

Earlier I wrote:  We brought my mother Michigan fruit, a pie, muffins, blackberry cider and some other yummy things from Michigan.  We stopped at Grand Mere S.P. on the way down and I went swimming.  I was surprised by the rather large waves (around 3 feet) considering the surface wind was light northeast, the rather steep drop off from shore (it was 5-6 feet deep close to shore) and the rocky bottom where the waves were breaking (kind of hard on the feet).  I didn’t bring the thermometer, but it felt like about 68 degrees…not bad for Sept.  The overnight run of the GFS gives G.R. mid 80s today (Mon.)…upper 80s tomorrow…a few showers early Weds. with the cool front…then a high of 65 on Friday and a low of 38 Saturday AM.

For Michigan weather observations and wind speeds, click here. Here’s WOOD-TV looping Radar. Check out regional radar, GRR radar, northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s the College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, 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. Check out Storm Total Rainfall (until they reset it). 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. Here’s storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan.

170 Responses to “Monday”

  1. Scott E (Hudsonville) says:

    Thunder and Lightning this morning and MAJOR rain. Many cars stuck in flood waters at Port Sheldon and Chicago Drive around 7:30am. Never seen so much rain in such a short time period. I had to pull into a parking lot and wait it out just as I saw cars ahead of me getting stuck and subsequently hit by other traffic.

  2. Mike (Mattawan) says:

    hmm… methinks the forecast was off slightly. Woke up to the sound of rain… don’t remember any rain in the forecast. Maybe that was just me. High of 88 today…. hmm its 77 right now… doubt we are hitting that! Hope the forecast for tomorrow is RIGHT and the forecast for saturday morning is WRONG. I am not ready for sub-40 temps yet!

  3. Mike (Shepherd, Mi) says:

    Didn’t get the rain here only .05″

  4. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Des Moines will likely make weather history today. The temperature is expected to top 100 degrees, making it the latest 100 degree temperature they have ever recorded.

    Previous record is Sept 7, 1939.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Wow, really?

    2. Brad says:

      99F at 2PM. This is incredible heat we’re talking about.

      Meanwhile, a historically quiet tropical storm season also has weather junkies wondering what the heck is going on with our climate!

      1. Brad says:

        Meanwhile, Arctic ice has not yet bottomed out, and remains 1-2 SD below average for this time of year.

        1. yooper4021 says:

          And your point is….???

        2. Robert(Plainwell) says:

          Brad look at page 224 (a). You will see the satellite record goes back farter than 1979. NSIDC only uses their satellite data. IPCC data looks alot different.

        3. Mike M. says:

          Meanwhile, Antarctic ice remains at record high level, as it has all year…

          90% of the world’s ice is located in Antarctica.

        4. Robert(Plainwell) says:

          Thanks Mike M.

        5. Robert(Plainwell) says:

          Here is more for you Brad.

          The Early Twentieth-Century Warming in the Arctic—A Possible Mechanism

          The huge warming of the Arctic that started in the early 1920s and lasted for almost two decades is one of the most spectacular climate events of the twentieth century. During the peak period 1930–40, the annually averaged temperature anomaly for the area 60°–90°N amounted to some 1.7°C…..

          The regime shift of the 1920s and 1930s in the North Atlantic

          During the 1920s and 1930s, there was a dramatic warming of the northern North Atlantic Ocean. Warmer-than-normal sea temperatures, reduced sea ice conditions and enhanced Atlantic inflow in northern regions continued through to the 1950s and 1960s, with the timing of the decline to colder temperatures varying with location. Ecosystem changes associated with the warm period included a general northward movement of fish……

          Monthly Weather Review October 10, 1922.
          “The Arctic seems to be warming up. Reports from fishermen, seal hunters, and explores who sail the seas about Spitsbergen and the eastern Arctic, all point to a radical change in climatic conditions, and hitherto unheard-of high temperatures in that part of the earth’s surface….

          In August, 1922, the Norwegian Department of Commerce sent an expedition to Spitsbergen and Bear Island under Dr. Adolf Hoel, lecturer on geology at the University of Christiania. The oceanographic observations (reported that) Ice conditions were exceptional. In fact, so little ice has never before been noted. The expedition all but established a record, sailing as far north as 81o 29′ in ice-free water. This is the farthest north ever reached with modern oceanographic apparatus…..”

          Examiner (Launceston, Tas. – 25 April 1939
          …It has been noted that year by year, for the past two decades, the fringe of the Polar icepack has been creeping northward in the Barents Sea. As compared with the year 1900, the total ice surface of this body of water has decreased by twenty per cent. Various expeditions have discovered that warmth-loving species of fish have migrated in great shoals to waters farther north than they had ever been seen before….

        6. Bill Steffen says:

          Quoting from Brad’s link: “Ice extent (in the Arctic) is still well above last year’s level”…while in the Antarctic, sea ice has been at a record high the past few days.

          Bad news for the climate alarmists at both poles!

      2. michael g (SE GR) says:

        So, to be clear Brad, you DO believe that global warming is leading to both more and stronger hurricanes, as well as fewer and weaker ones?

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          They now say that global warming (climate change) caused the conflict in Syria:

          I’d noticed that the IPCC has been busy placing thermometers and CO2 detectors around Damascus!

          Speaking of the IPCC:

    3. yooper4021 says:

      Des Moines also made weather history in May, with highest daily snowfall (twice, on the 2nd and 3rd) and highest monthly snowfall ever recorded for a May. Proof again that Mother Nature always finds a way to average things out.

      1. Wmi says:

        exactly yooper

    4. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      They did set a new record at Des Moines they are now reporting 101° with a DP of 59°

      1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

        BTW the old record at Des Moines was 99° so while they did set a new record it has gotten hot there in Septembers past.

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          On 9/9 Des Moines was 99 in 1955, 98 in 1933 and several times hit 97.

    5. Bill Steffen says:

      Including the record high (by one degree) at Des Moines on Monday, Des Moines has set 6 record high temperatures from June 1 to Sept. 30 since 1988 – that’s 25 years.

      Des Moines has 50 (FIFTY) of their current daily record highs from the 1930s. So, compare 6 record highs in 25 years to 50 record highs in 10 years. Does that sound like a global warming crisis?

  5. Daniel G says:

    Forecast last night was an EPIC FAIL all around.
    Just a lil over an inch in the guage on the dock on the east side of Myers Lake.
    Nice rain for a couple of hours down at the RailYard this morning in Wyoming.
    Stayed dry for the most part too.

  6. Skot says:

    This was on the blog YESTERDAY!!!! WAAAHAHAhahahahaa!!!!!
    The NAM model prints out 0.04″ of rain on Monday. The other models are dry then.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      The models didn’t catch the heavy rain at all. Probably a good thing I’ve been on vacation! I haven’t been watching weather very much.

  7. Jeff (Richland) says:

    .58″ of rain here, just missed out on the heaviest band by only a few miles. Oh well, it was a welcome surprise none the less!!

  8. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Sun is out here and warming up fast. We just may hit the forecasted high of 81 today.

  9. INDY says:

    91* Today 96* Tuesday 92* Wednesday …FALL BURN IS ON …STAY COOL!!! INDYY

    1. Kevin(Rockford) says:

      there were no forecasts for 91 today, unless you are in Flint

      1. Tom (Wyoming) says:

        If I heard right, Flint was on pace to break their all time record high today and then expected to re-break it tomorrow. Flint is like the unexplainable Death Valley of the east. Certainly must be some correlation with their crime rate as well. Someone should pay some junk scientists to do a study, with a hefty bonus if the result is global warming.

      2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Flint may hit 100 degrees today – just ask warm weather freak Travis!

        1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

          Right now the temp is 76° at Flint and 84° at the airport here in GR and I have 87° here at my house,

  10. I saw the “Pirate Model” (HRRR) was forecasting some elevated convection to develop and move through the area early this morning. It was nice to wake up to some thunder this morning. Hey, that model verified, and many of us saw much needed rainfall. No complaints here! :)

  11. Dan says:

    Flint temps are probably going to approach 99. Here in GR, I think it has already reached the mid 80s (less sunlight) I was thinking longer days. Tomorrow will the temp reach 90 or greater in GR?

  12. Kevin(Rockford) says:

    Currently 79- 83 heat index. Call it partly sunny

  13. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    There’s the warm front.

    85 in Holland, 87 in Three Rivers, 91 at the NWS station just north of New Buffalo.

    1. South Kent County says:


      Unfortunately, that two day only chill you spoke of earlier looks to be a pipe dream. More and more of the forecasts are going to several days in 60′s, maybe barely touch 70, starting Friday. Maybe it will moderate more towards the middle of next week, but with how quickly the mid and longer range models can change, don’t bank on it. 3.98 inches of rain at our Byron Center High School Weatherbug reporting station this morning. Absolutely unbelievable, although we needed rain badly. This was not even close to being forecasted by anyone, anywhere, from what I have read..

  14. arcturus says:

    I’m looking at the Storm Total Rainfall link Bill provided shaking my head at how dated the whole NWS web site is. The map can’t even be enlarged for better detail. Does anyone have a better site? Navigating the NWS web remains a mess.

      1. arcturus says:

        Thanks but I’m looking for a graphical map overlay of rain totals.

  15. INDY says:

    90* as of 330pm out thee YARDofBRICKS….It’s muggy!! INDYY

  16. Ray says:

    100 degrees in Des Moines IA at 3pm! Unbelievable!

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      I just seen it was 101 there not sure if that was then top of the hour or between readings.

  17. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    81 in Lansing, just as predicted.

  18. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    A whopping 80 degrees in Rockford!

    1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      Considering the average is 75 that’s pretty good. I love.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        fixxxer = brain dead!

  19. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Get Ready! Starting this Thursday we are headed for a stretch of below average temperatures – except in Flint and Detroit of course!

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        That will change in a day two. Currently they are 100% wrong, just most of your statements!

        1. Cort S. says:

          Well, they can’t “currently” be wrong because what they are predicting hasn’t happened yet.

        2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          Details, details…

        3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          Cort, I love it, however check back with me in a week or two and we will see who was wrong!

        4. Cort S. says:

          Sounds good to me, Rocky. That’s how verification works. ;)

          P.S. I really don’t care as much as you if they are right or wrong. Although it would be nice if it would stay warm outside for the month that I am back in Michigan before I leave again.

          P.P.S. Technically they are not predicting that it will be warmer than normal. They are saying that there is an increased chance of it being above normal. It’s a probabilistic outlook.

    1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      A few days of cool weather and then back above average. Fantastic. Keep it coming. I love it.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        fixxxer = brain dead!!

  20. INDY says:

    Maybe a Tornado or 2 In Northern Wisconsin Tonight…….It’s hot 91* now out thee YARDofBRICKS…Stay tuned………. INDYY

  21. Kevin(Rockford) says:

    Been holding at 82 for a while now, I think my NWS point forecast from last night predicted 79.

  22. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Its 88° with lots of sun here at my house, had just under one inch of rain this AM 0.97″

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Nice link!

  23. INDY says:

    Hot out at thee YARDofBRICKS 91* right now !! We may make 100* tomorrow.. Stay tuned INDYY…….

  24. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Here are some temp out to our west in Iowa

    IAZ047>049-059>061-072>074-084-092100- CENTRAL IOWA CITY SKY/WX TMP DP RH WIND PRES REMARKS AMES SUNNY 98 59 27 SW18G29 29.79F HX 98 ANKENY * SUNNY 99 61 28 SW21G28 29.80S HX 99 CHARITON * SUNNY 97 61 30 SW15 29.84F HX 97 DES MOINES MOSUNNY 101 59 24 SW15G32 29.79F HX 101 GRINNELL* SUNNY 97 59 28 S16 29.83F HX 96 KNOXVILLE * SUNNY 99 59 26 SW15G21 29.82F HX 98 MARSHALLTOWN MOSUNNY 99 62 29 SW12G23 29.79F HX 100 NEWTON * SUNNY 99 63 30 SW14G24 29.81S HX 100 PELLA * SUNNY 99 61 28 W13G20 29.83F HX 99 PERRY * N/A 97 54 23 SW16G24 29.81S HX 94


    1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      At 101 currently, Des Moines ties their all-time hottest temperature recorded in September. Still time to break it.

      1. DF (SE Mich) says:

        Hypocrite breaking his own rules again… Come on Travis…

        1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

          Huh? It’s gotta be cold somewhere. Don’t worry, DF.

  25. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Wow, just smothering outside. Glad we didn’t wrap up the pool yet for the year. This is the cold and below normal temps the Rocky troll has been crying for since mid July?? Must be a leftover ice pack surrounding Rockford from last winter.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      By Friday we will be having well below normal temperatures except in Flint, MI!

      1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

        Wow 83 in Rockford. Who knew? Fantastic. A few days of a little below average temps and then back above average. Fantastic. I love it. Get used to it.

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          fixxxer = brain dead!

  26. INDY says:

    Love the heat and so do Bills funny named bloggers!!! It’s hot 90* out thee YARDofBRICKS ….WE HAVE THE HEAT WE NEED TORNADO’S ….INDYY

  27. Mike M. says:

    Bill, what will the weather be like on 9/11 for the Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment gathering at Fuller/I-96?

    It’s good to have pleasant weather for civil disturbances and demonstrations.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      I’m sure if it’s covered by the news media, it’ll be done with a negative spin(disrupting traffic, etc.) (and I would question whether it’s legal to protest from an overpass). I don’t know that any news media covered the Tea Party rally at the Delta Plex last year (700+ in attendance, according to an impartial source) while they ran packages on the first anniversary of Occupy with about 20 protestors there and it was covered with interviews and press release comments from the reporters…very positive to Occupy.

    1. Jack says:

      Great Cue…Mike M. Thanks. A CLASSIC…. Love it….Stay Cued..

  28. kevin. w says:

    Can someone at woodtv8 fix there main web page its so hard to navigate around and its getting to be B******ht. It use to be very easy and enjoyable but it bites.

    One more or maybe two more hot days coming then ROCKY summer begins for the next 8 months, we finally got the hell (summer) over with. Great weather coming Friday with very comfy highs in the 60s and 50s are to far behind.

    1. INDY says:

      full Moon Tonight Bill??? Its hot 90* out thee YARDofbricks Summers heat is now!! Stay tuned ….INDYY…

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        Crescent moon in the west now in the evening.

        1. Jack says:

          Bill , The Crescent MOON Tonight Looks Jay Leno !!! See Here : Lol

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Keep the good news coming! I hope that we get hammered this winter. I am looking for near normal temps and above normal snowfall – 100 plus inches! Bring it on and in the meantime I will keep golfing till the snow flies!

  29. Mike(Wyoming) says:

    Just checked the rain gauge, which I think was empty last night. It showed 3″ here by 44th and Byron Center.

    1. Rob( Norton Shores) says:

      1.1 here

    2. Gun Lake Deb says:

      Wow!!!!! My son who lives in Caledonia said they got clobbered with rain, too. We missed most of it and still received a lovely half inch, and were spared the wind and thunder.

  30. Brad (Van Buren) says:

    Temp in my truck showed 94 degrees just after 4PM today. I think it might be a little on the high side. Even if it is, 91 or 92 is pretty warm for Sept. Lets see what tomorrow has in store. Sure is a muggy night out…gotta love air conditioning. :)

  31. Out of all communities that got hit by the torrential rains this morning, Byron Center I think got hit the hardest. Had a tree blocking the road at 84th st. and Burlingame Ave. Fell over from a bolt of lightning. The Byron Center High School parking lot was half flooded with student cars submerged up to the windows. The hallways of the high school where filled with an inch deep of water throughout the school. Definitely one to go in the record books for the Byron Center community.

  32. Kevin(Rockford) says:

    Holy hot outside, its like walking into a wall of moisture

  33. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    NWS upping their forecast temps. Calling for 95 in Detroit tomorrow and 94 Wednesday. Might have to issue heat advisories.

    Doesn’t look quite that hot in GR.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Then only high of 61 on Friday and 66 on Saturday. Crazy swing of temps.

      1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        You got that right. Not as cold over here though. WXYZ says 65, 68.

        1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          I was going by the NWS for Detroit, just like you did in your original post.

          Funny how “picked” the NWS for Tuesday and Wednesday, then WXYZ for Friday and Saturday.

    1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      It’s hard to find one of his forecasts that was correct. The best part was this quote from 2010 in the article:

      “Bastardi said this is all part of a natural pattern of reversal which he believes will lead to a crash in global temperatures over the next nine months, from the very warm levels set off by El Nino – as forecast globally by”

      Talk about wrong. 2011 and 2012 were both top 10 warmest ever globally. And 2013 is tracking warm as well.

  34. Larry from Hastings/Barry Co says:

    Bill, I enjoy riding the train. Years ago, I use to go to Toronto by train. We would leave from Battle Creek, and 8 hours later be at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. Also, have taken the Snow Train and gone far north as Hurst ont. Canada. People don’t talk to one another. No one likes playing cards or board games, except on the computer. When I use to travel by train, I made alot of friends, had a good ole time on the train. My wife and I enjoy talking to other people. I am ready for our last 90 degree day of the season. I think forecasting will be fun once again this winter.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      I enjoyed the train today…faster and much easier than driving…cheaper, no parking (though we did pay $22 for 2 short cab rides downtown. One was only $6.45, but I had a $10 bill out and I just gave it to the driver. He was pleased.

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Once in awhile when I was a wee lad, we would ride the train from East Lansing to Port Huron – just mom and us kids. My dad wouldnt be out of work in time to ride with us, so he drove. The train would leave shortly before he got out of work. Now this was before I-69 was completed. Dad had to take old I-78, two-lane with stop lights through Lapeer, and Imlay City. He was always at the train station waiting for us in Port Huron. Amazingly, he never once got a speeding ticket.

      1. Larry from Hastings/Barry Co says:

        Mark, I always loved the route from East Lansing to Port Huron, when I took the train. They say the train from Battle Creek no longers goes to Canada.

  35. Clara says:

    Love love love Berghoff (and Chicago). It’s always the first place we go when we get off the train, and we try to sit in the Century Room whenever possible–I’ve always loved the paintings in there. We recently did the Berghoff “History is Served!” tour, very interesting (and delicious). Had our picture taken in front of liquor licenses #1 and #2 and we each got a nice little Berghoff goodie bag at the end. I’m waiting for for the fall menu and the game sausage plate to appear so we can head back down (not that I need an excuse).

  36. Judy says:

    Blackberry cider? Where did you get that? Sounds yummy!

    I agree with kevin above….website is now unfriendly!

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      There’s a market on the northwest corner of M-45 and US 31 in western Ottawa Co. Lots of good things to eat there.

  37. Barb says:

    On the way home on the train from Chicago several Christmases ago, I was walking from car to car when the train lurched and I accidentally sat on a dessert some guy had on his lap. I was mortified and so bolted down the aisle to the next car. My friend and I laughed so hard all the way home, I thought they would kick us off the train.

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