WeekendNovember 9th, 2013 at 1:37 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
I was in the Kalamazoo Holiday Parade Sat. morning along with Terri DeBoer and Kalamazoo native Emily Linnert. Lots of people, a little windy – gusts to 31 mph in Kalamazoo and 39 mph in Grand Rapids. Instead of the helium (too expensive and scarce) balloons, we have the inflatables and they went through the parade OK despite the wind. I have several people tell me they read the blog, thanks for that. Inside now (Sat. evening) after raking some leaves.
I never did get a sports thread up. Michigan loses 17-13 to Nebraska, a rare home loss. Michigan’s just 2-3 in the Big Ten, with away games at Northwestern and Iowa and then Ohio St. comes calling. Michigan’s only scored 19 points in the last 2 games. My Wisconsin Badgers snapped the 5-game winning streak of BYU. Wisconsin had an over-12 minute edge in time of possession. Have you noticed Minnesota? Four Big Ten wins in a row and 8-2 for the season. The last time Minnesota won four Big Ten games in a row was 1973, when I was in college! That year Minnesota was 7-4, but 3 of their losses were against the teams that ended up ranked #2, #3 and #4 in the country. Western Michigan lost a heartbreaker against Eastern Michigan in overtime 35-32. Eastern fired their football coach on Friday, so the offensive coordinator was coaching. It’s only the second win for Eastern this year. Western’s only win was at U. Mass last week by one point. Grand Valley and Ferris St. won handily Sat. afternoon. Central Michigan (3-6) lost last Weds. to Ball St. Notre Dame and Pittsburgh on WOTV4 this Sat. evening. Michigan St. did not play this Sat. Lions and Bears at 1 PM Sunday and Dallas heads to New Orleans for Sunday Night Football on NBC. In Hockey, the Red Wings take on Tampa Bay and NASCAR heads to Phoenix. You can follow Canadian temperatures as the cold air builds. Arctic Village, Alaska was -35F Friday morning – pretty cold for Nov. 8.
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.