Winds Have Died Down

October 31st, 2013 at 7:39 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

advisory   Here’s the Consumers Energy Power Outage Map.  There are still a couple power outages (early afternoon) that should be fixed shortly.  We had a Wind Advisory in effect for all but the Indiana border counties until 8 AM.  Peak wind gusts:  54 mph at the Spyglass Condos Weather Station at the Holland Channel, 51 mph at Michigan City, Indiana, 49 mph East Grand Rapids (football stadium) 47 mph S. Haven Lighthouse, 41 Chicago water intake, 47 at Grand Haven (Channel), 43 mph at the Regional Airport in Holland, 40 mph Detroit and Manistee, 39 mph at Benton Harbor, 38 mph in Grand Rapids and 35 mph at Battle Creek.   Gusts in W. Michigan should reach 40 mph, especially at the Lake Michigan shore.  Winds will diminish a little during the afternoon.   There was a High Wind Warning for the area from Flint to Saginaw and east through the Thumb Region.   We also had a Gale Warning for Lake Michigan through Friday AM for waves up to 12 feet over the open water.  There are Flood Advisories for the Thornapple River in Barry Co and Sycamore Creek in Ingham County, but no significant flooding is anticipated.    Strong winds ahead of the front in central and eastern Indiana into W. Ohio last night.  Winds were measured at 65 mph at Greenfield, IN and estimated to be 75 mph at Muncie, IN – numerous power lines are down.  We missed the worst of that.

Also, some Halloween pics. sent to us at ReportIt.

64 Responses to “Winds Have Died Down”

  1. Resourceful Nana says:

    So what should those of us in the counties bordering Indiana expect?

  2. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Happy Halloween. Light mist walking the kids around, it could have been worse.

  3. dylan says:

    I REALLY hope we get some AWESOME blizzards this Winter!! We are long overdue for at least one WHOPPER of a snow storm!!! :)

    1. Cliff(Scotts) says:

      Dylan just to warn you for saying that, you will be called a cold weather nut by some. Just take it with a grain of salt and ignore them. We are overdue for a good one this winter. Time will tell but this winter is looking
      good starting around mid November into December.

    2. Yzerman says:

      That’s because a lot of the posters here are old men who hate cold weather and would rather shuffle around in the heat . The others like Travis and fixxxer have multiple posters names and are global warming lunatics . It’s a very unfriendly blog to anyone who likes weather besides heat,but at this time of the night most of the dusty old men are asleep.

      1. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

        Snow BLOWS! It has nothing to do with ‘old men’.
        And we are hardly OVERDUE for a big one. we had one just 3 years ago – enough to last a decade.

        Get over it. Winter sucks. Summer is great.
        Live with the people that don’t agree with you. It’s tough, but you can do it.

        1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

          Wow, your last two lines are a huge contradiction…telling others your opinion and then telling them to “get along with you”…

      2. Rodey (Rockford) says:

        Actually, if you paid attention to the posts it’s only a few who go out of their way to bash people and to call them names and it’s not the warm weather nuts. The blog is very unfriendly to people who post a difference of opinion to the few who like to bash.

        1. yooper4021 says:

          So you don’t call Rocky names and bash him????? C’mon man. Practice what you preach.

        2. Travis (Oakland County) says:


          Just look at the thread earlier this week. DF, Indy, Rocky, and others called people lonely, psychotic, and irrational.

          Getting cranky lately on here!

        3. DF (SE Mich) says:

          I said lonely and desperate. That was probably an understatement with the constant bashing of Bill, on his blog… very sad since you used to be thought provoking, now just a complete troll. The high and mighty troll is my favorite.

        4. Travis (Oakland County) says:

          LOL Wow, it continues… Exactly our point. Everyone needs to lighten up on here.

        5. DF (SE Mich) says:

          The high and mighty troll is my favorite.

      3. yooper4021 says:

        I’m in the group of “winter nuts”, I guess….even though I don’t like winter. In fact, I can’t wait to join the group of snowbirds that fly south for the winter. I’ve had enough Michigan winters for one lifetime.

        1. INDY says:

          Get it right Travasss I only call u a IDIOT!! Don’t know how 2 spell your name calling!!!! thanks again for another great warm day!!! INDYY

  4. mr. negative says:

    Breezy at best…

  5. Jack says:

    The WIND will Be” HOWLIN”, Just Like Warren Zevon…..!! CUE:::: ;-)

  6. Jack says:

    Looking at The OLE Clock on The Wall . I See it’s in The Midnight HOUR, on a FRYday Moaning !!! Happy Friday and A Tune For The Midnight Hour !!! Cue, WILSON PICKETT :::: Say Cued !! ;-)

  7. Vincent(N.E.Kent CO) says:

    Happy November 1st all. Summer is now over in my book. I go by May 1st to Nov 1st. Not much wind here yet,but it has been picking up since 11:30pm. The way my mouse trap line in my garage has gone in Oct,and looking back at old records I think we could be looking at a winter like 2008/2009. Time will tell.

  8. Vincent(N.E.Kent CO) says:

    The wind is blowing now. Had my 1st big gust at 1:41am. Lots of leaves coming down,and more rain. House sits in the woods so it’s a lot of noise.

  9. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

    First big gust here. The only reason I knew was that my City trash container just took a dive and made a ton of noise.

    1. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

      TV8′s competition just posted a 49mph gust occurred at East Grand Rapids. I live 4 blocks from there and there has been no such gust. Whatever gauge they are using over there..has been wrong for years.

      When are they going to get that thing re-calibrated? (and frankly, until they do, the local stations should avoid quoting them. they ‘always’ have the highest gust in any windstorm we have and they are ‘not’ accurate).

      1. michael g (SE GR) says:

        I believe Bill said the sensor is up on top of the press box at the football field which is why it consistently gets one of the highest readings around.

  10. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Well, GR finished October +2.1. It was +3.1 for me.

    The weather for trick or treating was actually not too bad. Not much rain around at that time, just breezy, wet, and warm.

    Looks like rather uneventful weather stuck in the 45-55 range until at least late November.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      You sir, are AWESOME. And don’t you let anyone tell you otherwise.

    2. yooper4021 says:

      Nothing about the 344th month in a row that global temps have been above average?? I thought for sure that would be posted at 12:01am this morning.

    3. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      The grumpy old men are back I see

      1. yooper4021 says:

        Not at all. It’s a great Friday morning, after a fun night of trick-or-treating with family and friends.

        No sense talking weather with you Travis – I’ve given up on that.

        1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

          Then stop with the snide, troll comments everyday and post some actual weather info to further the blog!

        2. DF (SE Mich) says:

          LOL, the hypocrisy is just too much.

        3. arcturus says:

          That’s ok, most gave up on you a long time ago.

        4. yooper4021 says:

          LOL…the entertainment value of this blog is priceless. Bill, have you ever thought of a reality show? The Kardashians wouldn’t stand a chance!

        5. INDY says:


  11. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Cool Halloween facts from Tom Skilling:

    It was Chicago’s 4th wettest Halloween.

    It was Chicago’s 4th warmest Halloween since records began in 1871.

    Almost 5″ of rain fell in parts of Illinois.

    1. Michael (Berrien county) says:

      3-4 inches fell down this way.

  12. 12/11/2000
    A blizzard strikes southern Lower Michigan with record snowfall and strong winds causing heavy drifting, shutting down travel. The 14.5 inches of snow that falls at Lansing is the heaviest on record for any December day. The 14.2 at Grand Rapids is also a record for any day of the month, and contributes to December of 2000 becoming the snowiest month ever recorded there.

    This stuff is coming!

  13. Jeff (Richland) says:

    Total rainfall for me for this storm – 2.82″. Total rainfall for me for October was 5.53″.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Total storm rainfall for us was 1.75″

  14. Irish coffee says:

    Variety ADDS spice….+ opposites ATTRACT= WARM & COLD LOVERS UNITE!It’s all relative methinks, as i find sw Mi too WARM for my tastes; but equally too COOL for wife– so we both are left wanting via compromise.If i was a fair man, i owe her a winter in Fla/TX as she was kind enough to indulge my winter in Tug Hill PARADISE THEATER ’95-’96…….AK is still my dream home, but 4 now a couple months of intermittent snow/LES events will have to suffice until brainwashing of wife takes hold ;) PEACE! Uof M & love WINS!!

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      LOL!! I have that “opposites” thing going, too – Hubby is always cold; but he DOES enjoy snowmobiling as long as he has heated hand and seat warmers…LOL!

    2. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      LOL…you sound EXACTLY like my wife and myself! Too warm for me, and too cold for her…but we can survive here. I so want to live in the Tug Hill or the U.P. I love the snow and I love the countryside!!! I’m not sure I could pay her back with a winter in Florida though……. “trembles at the thought”

  15. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Welcome to November…October ended up being warmer and wetter then average here at Grand Rapids. As we look forward into November what will we see?? Here is a good site that gives a lot of good information for the month.

    Right now at my house I have a temp of 50° there is some wind but nut like earlier when I had wind in the 35 MPH range (now its down to 15 MPH range)
    I will record 1.67” of rain for this event.

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Wow, I didn’t realize Novembers were THAT cloudy here. Now that I think back to it, all the memories I have from November in the past had cloudy skies. Gloomy!

  16. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Warmest October on record for many parts of Alaska:

    The best part of the article was this gem who is very upset over the warm weather (sounds like many on here?):

    “You probably don’t want me,” said Jerry McArthur, owner of snow removal company Plow Alaska. “You couldn’t print what I got to say.”

    McArthur and a friend were talking Thursday morning. He asked the guy the last time he saw green grass this late in the year. Back home in Mississippi, he answered. “Exactly,” McArthur told him.

    1. Dan says:

      Why is that you must always point out the warmer temperatures a bazillion times? How come it is only for one area or two areas? The probability that cooler areas exist is also a definite! How about where it has been cooler than average? You must keep in mind that when you are talking about warmer temps, the size of those areas has to be important. We are talking about the globe, right?

      1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        I post global temps very frequently. Usually when the numbers are officially released around the 10th of every month.

        Alaska is often referenced on this blog.

        1. Dan says:

          So will you then acknowledge that there are areas that are cooler? According to your spin from the posts, there is no evidence anywhere to support cooler temps on this planet?
          We haven’t even started the discussion about water temps.
          Its almost like you are saying, because it is dry in the desert areas of Arizona or Las Vegas then, it must be dry everywhere.
          That is flawed logic. Do you understand the point that I am trying to make here?

        2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          Don’t try to use logic and reason with Travis. It just confuses him further.

        3. yooper4021 says:

          Dan, your questions are simple and straightforward, yet the responses are like that of a politician. I applaud your effort to add logic to a logic-free zone….but you’re better off talking to a wall. You’ll never get a straight answer.

      2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        Simple answer to all those questions:

        Travis sucks and has nothing better to do.

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          +1 trillion!

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        The “global cool down” in motion!

      2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        And to think that’s just across the Bering from the Alaska furnace…..

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:


  17. mr. negative says:

    SE GR – Rain gauge holding at 1.4 inches.

    1. Mr. Negative says:

      SE-GR Same rain gauge at 11:45pm reading 1.7 inches. Wet enough thank you.

  18. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    We got drenched with rain over the past day and a half. 3.8″ in the rain gauge.

  19. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Detroit and Flint both set rainfall records yesterday, the west side locations fell just short. Hopefully it helps the lakes at a time when water levels fall.

  20. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Travis is a warm weather global warming freak. You can not believe a word he says. His warm weather bias is a sickness and it is out of control!

  21. INDY says:

    IDIOT bird is flying over Oakland County again…….Weather note still cool outside getting ready for our first snow storm around the 15th log it fire it and drink it ………INDYY

    1. Jack says:

      Idiot BIRD ??? CUE::::: Lol… Call ME INDY !!! Staying CUED !!! ;-)

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