Thurs. PMOctober 23rd, 2013 at 3:38 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
For Wednesday night – We continue to have a chance shower…mostly rain but occasionally a little sleet or wet snow will mix in. The primary band (currently SW Ottawa Co. to Battle Creek) could see 1-2″ accumulate on the grassy areas by daybreak with the chance that it could snow long enough and hard enough to generate a few slick spots. Temperatures will reach the low 30s inland, mid-upper 30s at Lake Michigan and only the mid-upper 40s Weds. Thurs. and Fri. Here’s the GRR NWS discussion. Here’s snow in Gaylord, near Indianapolis, west of Chicago, in Minnesota, pic. of typhoon Lekima in the Western Pacific – a Category Five storm.
I looked at the temperature departures from average for Oct. 1-23 for the 37 stations in Michigan at Accu-Weather Premium. All 37 are warmer than average for these 23 days. The average of all 37 is 2.98 degrees warmer than average. The warmest relative to average was Flint at +4.8. There was quite a gap to the next on the list, +4.2 at Mt. Clements and Adrian. The closest to average were UM Ann Arbor at +0.6, Manistee at +0.7 and Benton Harbor & Escanaba at +1.1. G.R. is +3.3, with Holland, Kalamazoo and Jackson at +3.0. If you factor in my projected temperatures for the rest of the month, you get a monthly average for G.R. of 2.1 above average. If you factor in +2.1 for Oct., you get a Jan. 1 to Oct. 31 departure of +0.058 deg. F for G.R. – essentially average. Through today, precipitation for 2013 is 37.36″ or 5.95″ above average. For October, GRR is at 3.79″ or +1.38″ for the month so far. The average high/low for today is 58/40.
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.