Monday PM and Long-RangeOctober 7th, 2013 at 3:05 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Monday early PM – The last band of showers is moving thru the area and off to the SE with at least breaks in the clouds if not partly cloudy coming soon from NW to SE. The morning run of the GFS gives W. Michigan lows in the upper 30s to near 40 and highs in the mid 60s to near 70 for Tues. to Thurs. with a fair amount of sun. The GFS-plot keeps us dry from tonight through the day on Saturday, with showers Sat. night thru Sunday midday. It gives us partly sunny or increasing clouds and low-mid 70s for next Saturday with a trend toward colder weather in the 3rd week of October. I’m off Monday – Friday, working next Sat., Sun. and all of next week. I’ve got a couple of Dr. appts., getting suits cleaned after ArtPrize and getting caught up at home. I may get down to Illinois for a couple days to see my mother. She’s amazing. On her own at 94-years old, she’s successfully lobbied the Park Commission to get a plaque to honor Father Vattman (1841-1919), whom Vattman Park is named for in Wilmette, IL. He accomplished so much. He could speak English, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, German, French, Italian and he was especially known for his command of the Teton dialect of the Sioux nation. He translated books into the Sioux language and lobbied on their behalf in Washington D.C. To the Sioux he was known as “The Large Pine Tree”. He was well known to six Presidents and got President Teddy Roosevelt to come to Wilmette to plant a tree, as Father Vattman pushed for public parkland. He traveled to the Philippines and to Rome to meet the Pope and has a town named for him, Vattman, Texas.
Rainfall for Sat. night/Sunday totaled 3.05″ on Mackinac Island, 2.87″ at Pellson and 1.97″ at Traverse City, where they’ve had 3.77″ in the first 6 days of October. Grand Rapids had just 0.20″ on Sunday, but that brings the week’s total to 2.01″. Grand Rapids is +5.09″ for 2013. The Bailing Bucket Award goes to Louisville KY, with 7.11″ in 36 hours. Other 24-hour totals included 5.37″ at Panama, Florida (from the remnants of Tropical Storm Karen, 4.45″ at Paducah, Kentucky, 3.42″ at Cincinnati and 2.89″ at Indianapolis. It warmed into the upper 40s to mid 50s over the snowcover in Wyoming and western S. Dakota, causing rapid snowmelt and some local flooding. High temperatures reached 91 in Los Angeles, 83 in San Francisco, 91 in Washington D.C., but only 59 farther northeast in Boston. Waterloo, Iowa had a high of just 48 and Des Moines was a cool 51. The first 6 days of October were 10.5 deg. warmer than average in G.R.
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 West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker, 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.