First Severe Weather of 2014

January 11th, 2014 at 11:29 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

advisory   advisory 2Click on the images to enlarge.   We had the first severe weather watches of 2014…two severe t-storm watches and the first tornado watch of the year from the Florida Panhandle up to N. Carolina.  There were  207 reports of wind damage and one report of marginal severe hail.  There were also 4 small tornadoes reported.  Here’s today’s Severe Weather Outlook area.  The actual first severe weather report for 2014 was some minor wind damage at Hobe Sound, Florida on Thursday.  The last severe report of 2013 was on 12/29, a 59 mph wind gust at the Frying Pan Shoals buoy off of North Carolina.

Tornado statistics from 2013 are very interesting.  The three days with the most tornadoes in the U.S. in 2013 were Nov. 17 (106), Jan. 29 (62) and Oct. 31 (42).  Texas (a big target) led the nation with 1411 severe weather reports.  Kansas was second and Oklahoma was third.  Michigan had 456 severe reports, including 13 tornadoes, 63 reports of severe (1″ in diameter or greater) hail and 380 reports of wind damage or severe criteria winds (58 mph).  Eight states and the D.C. had no tornadoes in 2013 (HI, AK, NM, NV, NH, RI, VT, WV).  Four other states recorded just one tornado (AZ, UT, DE, ME).  There were 54 fatalities from tornadoes in 2013, 34 of the fatalities were in OK.  The eight fatalities in the 5/31 El Reno tornado were all people in vehicles.  Of the 54 fatalities, 17 were in regular homes, 15 in mobile (manufactured) homes and 13 in other buildings.

176 Responses to “First Severe Weather of 2014”

  1. fixxxer says:

    Going on a limb that 2014 severe weather season will suck around year as usual.

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Way too early to say that Fix.

    2. Skot says:

      fixxxer…you need help, seriously dude. SERIOUSLY!!!!

      1. WswPlz says:

        Bill what type of environment/ storm systems usually produce thunder during snow storms. I would think typically warmer systems from the south interacting with perhaps a cooler, contrasting system from the north might produce the necessary ingredients. But I have never really looked into thunder-snow.

        1. Cort S. says:

          Basically, you want to have more upward vertical motion and vertical mixing of air than what you would typically get in an ordinary winter storm. The atmosphere is usually quite stable in winter, so air will resist vertical mixing. If a powerful low pressure system can draw very warm air up from the south and wedge it underneath very cold air aloft, that will reduce the atmospheric stability, and it will be easier for vertical mixing to happen in the cloud layer. With enough of that, you’ll build up a separation of electrical charges, until the electrical potential is discharged as lightning.

        2. WswPlz says:

          Thanks for the explanation Cort. It’s as if you know what you’re talking about or something. Nice to see your posts from time to time . Enjoyed reading them during our so called severe weather season here in Michigan when you were still in the area. I actually went to school for 1 year in Pocatello, Idaho, before transferring to San Diego St. I spent quite a bit of time in Salt Lake City, since there wasn’t much to do in Idaho,( go figure )besides go to football practice. Lol

        3. Cort S. says:

          Cool! I visited Pocatello last week. SLC is pretty neat. Can’t wait for the days to get longer and the air to warm up so I can do some more frequent exploration of the area.

        4. WswPlz says:

          Looks like you’re getting some weather in your area. Once a week or so I pull up the warning map and take a look around to see some of the extreme weather in other states. I happened to see some blizzard warnings in southern Idaho. Are you going to pick up some wind from this system?

        5. Cort S. says:

          It was pretty windy by SL Valley standards yesterday. The airport was gusting into the 30s with a south wind. That helped our temperature climb to 50. It’s really nice here when the inversion goes away. It will be windy in the mountains today, with several inches of snow in the WNW-wind upslope areas.

        6. WswPlz says:

          Enjoy SLC Cort, there are many cool things to see during winter but even more so in spring and summer. I hope you still find some time in your busy schedule to comment on the blog, always nice to read your posts. Have a great Sunday!! Tty8tr.

    3. mr. negative says:

      Agreed…West Michigan has resembled a “severe weather challenged” area.

      1. Brian(Grandville) says:

        Haha. So true.

    4. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      Just like your winter prediction from earlier in the season. And the time before that, and before that, and before that…

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        I don’t recall fixxxer making a prediction this year.

        1. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

          He didn’t. Nathan has been doing some underage drinking again.

  2. Just in time for my brother’s flight to SC to get cancelled!

  3. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Notice the aliases don’t appear when the fixxxx comments… :)

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      No they don’t. Hmmm. :)

    2. Jack says:

      Yeah… What else is NEW !!! Here, fixxxy, fixxxy!!

    3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Imagine that! Who knew?

  4. WswPlz says:

    I was reading the tornado statistics that you posted as it pertains to what states did not have tornadoes and I was surprised to see Ca not on that list. I’m a bit curious as to where they occurred. Must have been EF0, I would think.

    1. WswPlz says:

      Maybe Sacramento Fresno area possibly.

    2. Cort S. says:

      Severe weather from 2013:

      6 (preliminary number) tornadoes occurred in California last year.

      1. WswPlz says:

        Very interesting. Not exactly the area I listed, but those area’s crossed my mind as to where they might develop. Most definitely rare anywhere in that state. Thanks again!! :)

  5. Jack says:

    OFF TOPIC as Out in SPACE OFF TOPIC !! Video HERE:: Love it Check it out Gang !!! Stay cued…

  6. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    COLD and SNOW is on the way! This is from the NWS! Imagine that!


    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      It’s called winter, bro.

  7. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Good news for the warm weather lovers – you might start to see some nice warm temperatures by the end of April! Get ready!

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      It was nice and warm yesterday. You should have left the blog for five minutes and went outside and enjoyed it.

  8. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Don’t forget – the “Mini Ice Age” is upon us!

    1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      You are delusional. Seek help and increase your meds. Thanks for listening and commenting.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Get a life fixxxer!

        1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

          Thanks for listening. I love it.

  9. Dan says:

    Rodey makes his appearance for what? Oh yeah, I remember now it is to contribute meanungful info to the blog! Speaking of the weather, snow pack in our area is estimated to be around 6 inches. Also, there are icy spots on the sidewalks and driveways. I haven’t been out to the main roads yet. We do need some fresh snow cover!

    1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      My calling him delusional is more of a contribution than he could ever make. He has yet to make a meaningful contribution on this blog. Repeating the same thing over and over is trolling. Thanks for listening and commenting. I love it. Fantastic. Get used to it.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Rodey aka fixxxer thanks for all of your informative weather comments and all of the up to date links that you post! Oh wait you have never done that one single time. You are a classic hypocrite of massive proportions!

        1. Cort S. says:

          None of you really seem to understand. Rodey is not fixxxer and fixxxerswrist is not Rocky. Indy is neither of those two, and none of Indy’s parody aliases are either Rockey or fixxxer. Any internet community or forum has far more lurkers than it has contributors. Certain outspoken contributors can have annoyed lurkers come out of the woodwork to lampoon them. If you pay attention to the ways that people “speak” on this forum (use of grammar and syntax, spelling capability, sentence structure, tone of voice, etc.), you’ll notice everyone has their own way of communicating. None of these parody accounts have the same style of communication as any of the regulars who are accused of doing the sockpuppeting.

        2. Dan says:

          Good points Cort! I always look forward to reading your posts! I always learn something weather related from you! We just need to try to keep in mind that this blog is open to anybody. If we disagree that is ok. We should try not to call names, ridicule or harpoon others. I know , I have done a lot of this. If we could just treat those who disagree respectfully. I think, others would come back and the blog would be much better! There are many, many knowledgable people that visit. Now, I will put in to practice what I just posted. Thanks for reading!

        3. Mike M. says:

          And this is Rodey!

        4. Rodey (Rockford) says:

          Finally Cort S. Someone who gets it. Some lurkers come out because some people ridicule others who have a differnce of opinion. Some come out because of the trolls who over hype everything and constantly repeat everything. And then you have some people who constantly back the people who ridicule everybody.

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      + 1 billion gazillion!

      1. Ansel says:

        Hitler has spoken!

  10. dj2450 says:

    Not a bad day to fire up the grill. I’ve got BBQ ribs on.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Great idea! It’s 35 here with a warm sun shining down.

    2. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Not a bad idea at all, and the sun is a nice sight as well.

  11. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Wow today is sooo nice! It is great to have a break from the stormy pattern once in a while, although I am not going to complain about this winter. So far the winter season has been very intense and filled with excitement. After this well deserved warmup, there is no doubt that we will jump right back into the stormy patter again. :)

    1. SW Kent says:

      Rocky, what is the point?
      This gives me 3 inches of snow for the next five days…
      it’s January. This is not a stormy pattern.

      1. Ansel says:

        And he thinks Travis is delusional because he believes in global warming. Mein kampf Hitler!

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          Thanks for listening! I appreciate your support. Keep up the good work!

        2. Ansel says:

          HAHAA mein strudel! Das good for lil Rocky no?! Pull up your socks lil Hiltler and eat your strudel.

  12. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    The SNOW is coming!

    1. Ansel says:

      Das snow! Das snow is coming! Nein to warm weather. Hitler hath spoke!

      1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

        + 1 gazillion lol

  13. Today was defiantly a well needed day for all of West Michigan. Crazy to think a week ago we were getting hit with a big snowstorm and school closings were already coming in!! What a difference a week makes in Michigan

  14. WswPlz says:

    Looks like we are returning to a snowy pattern next week, starting Monday night into through Thursday. Within this period it looks like we will see 1-4 inches across our area with lighter amounts towards I 94 and most of the accums from I 96 and further north, poss even more so given current guidance. Maybe a little LES on Wednesday ahead of the stronger synoptic eastern flow tracking through Northern lower Michigan and the u.p Thursday-Friday. I hope we have some impressive snow to come!

    1. WswPlz says:

      Cont-Later in our long term. Not to much this week, but I will take any and all. Some of the long term gurus seem to think we could get a serious system towards the end of the month and into February. Let’s hope they are correct. They have been on the money so far!!

  15. Dan says:

    how about the system for Thusday Friday? Looks like NWS was concerned about it but they have down played it!

    1. WswPlz says:

      Ya, the brunt of this system keeping current thinking would favor northern lower Mi and the U.P, however we could see some L.E preceding this system as well as some cold air advection behind it also enhanced by some LES.( due to anticyclonic flow)

      1. WswPlz says:

        I think we’re going to have to play the wait and see game and hope we pick up some of the storm tracks towards the end of the month.

        1. WswPlz says:

          Also looks like our Tuesday clipper is trending a bit north of our area. Hope not.

        2. John says:

          Slow down WswPlz, where do you see the system for Tuesday trending more north, right now looks like areas from 96 to the north

      2. WswPlz says:

        Sorry meant to type cyclonic, basically clockwise wind flow which will be circling around the lower pressure system int the atmosphere.

      3. WswPlz says:

        Hey John I wasLooking at the GFS from previous runs and also just looking at where they are now trending with the accums. They are moving north, however that can change as we all know.

        1. WswPlz says:

          CONTINUE.( also suggested here John)


        2. John says:

          Their latest forecast update also sounds interesting for the Tuesday night into Wednesday morning time frame, they said after this system exits they expect NW flow lake effect to kick in which could give areas along and west of 131 3 or more inches on top of the fresh snow that had just fallen! Fun week to track winter

        3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          John, not according to most of the people on this blog!

        4. WswPlz says:


          I do like the latest update a little better as well, let’s hope it just keeps trending in that direction John.!!

    1. Cort S. says:

      Nobody worry about this; nothing will come of it. This particular individual has been a thorn for years.

      1. WswPlz says:

        So this cat has been scratching and clawing but coming up empty. Lol. Some people have far to much time on there hands.

      2. WswPlz says:

        Cort do you have any thoughts regarding any significant systems in our near future. I have read about some are speculating of a system around the 26 or so. I know you enjoy the convective outlooks a bit more, but just wondered if you had any thoughts, being you’re the expert.

  16. INDYY says:

    We have had snow on the ground now 38 days in a row!!!!Above normal snowfall!! INDYY!!

    1. SW Kent says:

      Still have 28 inches covering the BRICKS???!!!!!!

      1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

        Lol. I think I figured it out. Indy includes the amount that falls AND his snow machine makes AND snow blower puts on top of those bricks.

        1. Todd In Nunica says:

          Or he got the bottom end of his tape measure caught in the door on his way out to measure and snapped off the first 5″

  17. Scott says:

    Hey guys –

    Certainly was good to see the sun coming out.

    Looks like a more typical January pattern in work for the next few weeks as we approach the foothills of the Spring Roller Coasters. Enjoy the nice sun today – it’s a rare treat in winter.

    Perhaps towards the end of the month we might see a strong return to very cold conditions with snowcover. We’ll see.

    1. SW Kent says:

      Scott, did you have much snow melt this weekend?
      I went from 16 inches to about 4 in BC.

  18. Brenda (Otsego) says:

    Snow…ice…mud…puddles…and sunshine! Walked through it all today while walking my dogs on the back forty. Pure Michigan :)

    1. Jack says:

      Brenda, I’m Gonna Keep the ” Old Back Forty” for My HOME !! CUE: How a blessed SUNDAY !!!! :-)

  19. INDYY says:


    1. SW Kent says:

      Indy, I like snow and cold as much as you do.
      But all you bring is the same 2 messages.
      Either you say snow and cold or you are mocking Travis.
      I’d really like to hear you come up with something new.

      1. INDYY says:


        1. Vincent in Vriesland says:

          Congrats, I see you passed Hitler’s math course too! Unfortunately, nowadays the average 2 year old can do that kind of math.
          Now, in relevance to weather as this is a weather blog, DUH SNOW AND COLD ARE COMING, unless we hit the apocalypse and the world ends, we will have snow and cold. We will also have heat and drought. Thank you Captain Obvious, anything else we already know you’d like to tell us?

        2. Rodey (Rockford) says:

          Hey now, leave undyy alone. It took him a year to learn that 1+1=2. He justs wants to show how smart he is.

      2. Cliff(Scotts) says:


  20. Cliff(Scotts) says:

    Cold and Snow on the way!!!!

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      SNOW, COLD and MORE SNOW is on the way!!!!

  21. BIG MAC says:

    sw kent says 4 more days green grass will show blunt blunt blunt

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      I still have 8 to 10 inches on the ground and I can not see any grass! Who knew?

      1. Ansel says:

        das grass! das grass is hidden! Ze snow is hiding das grass!

    2. SW Kent says:

      Sorry bigmac,my prediction was spot on.
      Down to 4 inches on the ground with a few grassy spots.
      Who knew?

  22. michael g (SE GR) says:

    18Z GFS showing what is looking more and more likely for the end of the month. A brief warm up around the 20th, followed by more true arctic air, and then possibly the mother lode of cold air coming by the end of the month. Siberian express all the way!!

    1. WswPlz says:

      I would be happy to see some quality LES and a stiff wind so people along 131 can get in on the fun. Definitely an interesting winter so far, with much more to come. Don’t worry I won’t say it, I think Rocky has got me covered.. :)

    2. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Yay! A sane post talking about future weather and not dramatic amounts of snow in a yard or comments about other posters!

      I’m not sure about more extreme cold this winter. It seems more rare these days to have two big cold snaps in one winter. I am still getting over my grumbling of going from -10 to 40 degrees and almost 2 feet of snow to “6 inches?” in five days.

      1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

        Truth is up and downs are a common trend most winters here in lower Michigan. Heck up and down is what happens here most of the year. It winter or summer where its cold and sunny and the summer where its hot all season is in deed very rare. And even in the very few when that happens the pattern changes and we go to another pattern.

        1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

          True enough, Jim. The Gaylord area and up in the U.P. can maintain a deep, solid snowpack all winter….latitude and elevation help with that.

        2. WswPlz says:

          Thank God we do have up and down in Michigan, but good news it’s moderate compared to others in our state. Although I would rather not have the thaw, but it is what it is common. The nice thing about our roller coaster here in general is that we don’t have to much extreme either way. Yes, once in a while we have an event like our cold blast which temporarily gives us that large temp variance after moderating. Like our 40 degree weather today is only about a 10 degree bump from the norm for this time of year, but when you go from -20 to 40 big difference. Thanks again lord for providing us with good old Lake Michigan. :) the lake only frustrates me when it interferes with spring and summer storm systems and of course the irony in that is LES.

    1. Vincent in Vriesland says:

      Not to mention INDY. Heil Hitler!

      1. Ansel says:

        Das mustache es good no?

  23. WswPlz says:

    It was nice to see the sun today, I almost forgot what that ball of gas was. I would love to get some more snow, temps in the teens to 20′s, however I can do without the below 0 wind chills.

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Yeah! We went from being too cold to enjoy the snow to too warm…wet slop/frozen mess.

  24. yooper4021 says:

    What an outstanding January day…and a great day to kick the kids out of the house! The ice is off the driveway, the snow has settled some, and now let winter resume.

    Speaking of January thaw, check this out courtesy of Marquette NWS’s Facebook site:

    Last Sunday night, Ironwood’s temperature fell to -26F, which was 63F colder than today’s high of 37F. For some more perspective, that difference would be the same as comparing today’s high to 100F!

    1. WswPlz says:

      Brrrrrrr. Now that’s cold. No thanks! I like to be able to breath without pain.

  25. John says:

    Schools on the east side of the state are closing tomorrow because of icy back roads, just saw it from a Facebook post from a friend on the east side, I have to say schools don’t need to close tomorrow, yes the back roads are bad but not bad enough to cancel classes, I think they just want another day off since they had all last week off, lol! They are defiantly chickens!

    1. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

      Because you’ve been over there yourself, right?

  26. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    I made all the way up to 40° here today for a rather mild January day. It was also a mild night last night as I had a low of 32° GR is still -8.5° below average so far this month and I now have a average of 6” of wet heavy snow on the ground. And yes right next to the house under the overhang there is a green/brown substance that seems to have grown from the ground. Any way its nice to see all of the driveway once again and most of the road as well. Looking at the week ahead it looks to be cool but not cold and some but not much snow fall. In fact the next 2 to 3 weeks will determine if GR will or will not have a chance of getting near the 100” that several personas on this blog are claming will happen. Right now my guess is that GR will not go over 100” but has a very good chance of getting 80 to 90” but even that depends on a very snowy February and March. This week looks to only add many 3 inches or so to our total. Remember even with the 53” we have had so far that still leaves 47” to go for that 100 and there will be less and less lake effect as we head deeper into winter.

    1. Barry in Zeeland says:

      Thank you for a thoughtful and sensible post Slim.

      1. Boris says:

        I agree.

  27. WswPlz says:

    Hey Slim wasn’t your snow total guess for the year 10 inches more net, net, last night? What happened since then, it will be down to 75″ by tomorrow at this rate. Lol. Or maybe I’m misremembering.

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      No, you remembered very well and yes I will fine tune that as we go forward. Its should be noted that the NWS was thinking 3 to 5″ for Tuesday and are now down from that total.

      1. WswPlz says:

        Yes, that makes complete since. I wasn’t sure if you were making a prediction or adjusting as time went on given our forecast. Or both I should say. :)

      2. WswPlz says:

        However if we just received 5″ this week and 7″ for the rest of January. Then had our snow accums from last year in February and March were pretty much at 100 for the year. So it’s in reach, although I know last year was not normal, nor is this year. It was quite a late start last year I know, with the temps especially, which obviously impacts our secret weapon as you clearly noted. ( LES )

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:


  28. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    From time to time there has been talk of the so called trolls that may or may not make comments on this blog. Here is a list of a few of the so call types of trolls that may be on this blog (remember its all in fun) BTY I posted this before.

    7. The Self-Feeding Troll
    This guy likes to argue, even when everyone else in the fo tells him he’s wrong. Without support from his nonexistent friends, he changes handles—or makes up new ones—to show the fo how loved he is.

    16. The Flooder
    The Flooder tries to break forums by posting the same lame thing (LOL! ROTFL!) over and over and over and over and over and over…

    13. The Expert
    The Expert knows everything about everything and loves to share his knowledge. He’s a lawyer, a doctor, a senator, a pro-ball player, a historian, an engineer … in reality, of course, he’s an unemployed temp living with his mom

    3. The Crybaby
    If someone says something mean to the Crybaby, she’ll become hysterical and swear she’s never coming back to the board. Of course, you’ll see her three days later when she slinks back for more abuse. The Crybaby often tells on you to the mods and swears she’s going to get you banned

    Here is the complete list.


    1. Josh From Zeeland says:

      indy must be an “expert”

    2. WswPlz says:

      Lol.. Have not read that before. That’s pretty funny Slim. And if that is directed towards me then you must be on the floor. :)

      1. INDYY says:

        From thee window all eyes open wide!! INDYY

        1. Vincent in Vriesland says:

          Get off the soap box, even if you’re then too short to see out that window that nobody else seems to understand the reference to.

    3. Mike (southeast Berrien county) says:

      Very interesting!

  29. INDYY says:


    1. Josh From Zeeland says:

      INDY are you black or white?

      1. INDYY says:

        losh are u tallllll or short??? INDYY

      2. WswPlz says:

        Why would that matter? Plus he likes the cold so…..

        1. WswPlz says:

          Really why would it matter if Indy were Black or White. This is a weather blog, just not sure how that’s relevant.? Unless you were going to ask Indy out on a date.

        2. Josh From Zeeland says:

          so he must be white!

        3. INDYY says:

          lol 2 short for INDYY…..

        4. WswPlz says:

          Let just get back to the weather, this is going in the wrong direction.

        5. Josh From Zeeland says:

          INDY do you smoke cigarettes or weed?

        6. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

          What are you guys doing? This is a professional weather blog from WoodTv8 and Bill Steffen. You shouldn’t be talking about this on here…

  30. INDYY says:

    Bill travass has some new names on your blog tonight!!! Must be getting old I mean cold out again….INDYY…….

  31. BIG MAC says:

    sw kent and travis get high on weather post post pass

  32. Rodey (Rockford) says:

    BREAKING. NEWS. Undyy is still acting like an idiot. Who knew?

    1. Vincent in Vriesland says:

      Keep us posted on this please! Although I did know already..

    2. INDYY says:

      lololololoo!! INDYY

  33. Schools in the thumb area are closed for tomorrow from what I heard recently. I can see them being closed for icy back roads. A lot of people say that it is ridiculous that they are again, but until you actually drive through Tuscola, Sanilac and Huron County, you will think that they are ridiculous closing another day. Because I tell you, Sanilac County is about as rural and farmy as you are going to get. No wonder that county is the leading producer for a lot of farm grown crops.

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Ironically, Ottawa County, one of the most populated, is also a lead agricultural county in the state. I do find it sad how quickly farms go up for development though.

    2. John says:

      So far no schools on this side of the state closed for tomorrow all I see so far is buses running on paved roads, seems very reasonable

  34. INDYY says:


    1. Josh From Zeeland says:

      u mad indy my friend?

  35. WswPlz says:

    Anybody have any minor flooding?

    1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      It isn’t too bad around here. Just a few puddles, but nothing even in the ‘minor’ category.

  36. Man, it sure would be cool if a moderator would link all the alias on here by their IP addresses and end the stupidity of multiple accounts. I love this blog, but man, the silly alias BS ruins this for folks who enjoy all kinds of weather.


    1. WswPlz says:


      1. Josh From Zeeland says:

        yeah that sounds like a great idea!

    2. Jack says:

      That’s ENTERTAINMENT !!! Stay Cued …. JEM model Updates on The WAyyyyy ! ;-)

  37. Barb says:

    Skiing was fabulous today!

  38. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

    Latest GFS looks good for this week. I guess we shall see how much we can get. I think we are definitely going into more of a clipper pattern, and since it won’t be too cold, we may have some better moisture to work with.

    1. Todd In Nunica says:

      Yea sure sign to look for, the NWS downplaying the snow….lol (which they are)

      I sure enjoyed the break, I could have wished to hold onto the snowpack as it looks to be right back down to the crusty layer from the ice storm. Pretty much everything we got in the past 2 weeks is gone.

      I stayed in my house, the trucks never started, in fact other than a dinner out I stayed in my sweat pants and watched endless kids movies with my 9 year old all weekend. :)

      We were going to go sledding but the snow conditions in our yard pretty much sucked, so we just played inside.

      I do have to go check one last time for slush/ice build up on a few accounts tonight, get them down to bare pavement (and smooth) so I can plow at max speed instead of 3mph, the slow speed is adding WAY too much time to my route.

  39. Jack says:

    Hey ALL of BILL’s Bloggers !!! It time To ” GET TOGETHER ” and CUE::: Peace, and stay CUED!!!

  40. INDYY says:

    Everybody must get fake!! Stay cue uncle Jack!!! INDYY

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:


    2. Vincent in Vriesland says:

      I believe that this was poorly typed, allow me to correct the typos for you.

      Everybody must pet cake!! Stay cute uncle Jack!!! UNDYY

      Ya know, this still doesn’t make any sense.

  41. John says:

    The latest GFS run is hinting at another possible polar vortex much like the one we just saw last week for the end of this month, oh great just what we need more wind chills -20 to -30 below!

    1. ER From GR says:

      THIS COINCIDES WITH THE PREDICTION BY FARMERS ALMANAC AND MYSELF!!!The 2014 Farmers’ Almanac just released its prediction of a big storm due February 1st through the 3rd!!!

  42. I agree Matt (spring lake) with what you said about farms going to development. There are less and less farms every year. I myself don’t want my community becoming a 28th st. But since there putting up there genius idea of an outlet mall, it likely will. Thank god I’m moving out of Byron Center in a year to a more quiet, rural community, because I want no part in that mall traffic

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Some day I will live in a rural community…some day! Where are you moving to?

  43. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Quick point of view on “global warming”: Although the well deserved warm weather has come to an end, I am not complaining. This winter is so much more exciting than the past few seasons for sure. Global warming enthusiasts don’t understand that fact that patterns change year by year on a natural basis… Australia is currently extremely warm while the US was just extremely cold…. Obviously that wasn’t the case in 2011-12. Yes CO2 is increasing in the atmosphere, or at least it used to be. It seems like we are more energy efficient nowadays, so the emission is less extreme. Just a quick opinion to send out there.

  44. ER From GR says:

    The 2014 Farmers’ Almanac just released its prediction of a big storm due February 1st through the 3rd!!!

    1. WswPlz says:

      I hope you and they are correct. It’s always fun to track big storms never knowing if you might see something rare like the Blizzard of 78.

    2. Cort S. says:

      That prediction is 3 years too late! :)

      1. WswPlz says:

        History is on a quick cycle. Lol

    3. J-rod says:

      Make it 3rd – 5th please and make Grand Rapids the bulls-eye. More school days off then. Thank You.

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

      Well you’ve posted this TWICE now (with the same misspellings) and it would be nice if this blog got back to basics, without all the fake monikers in here..and a little ‘truth’ would be welcome as well.

      From the 2014 Farmer’s Almanac:

      FEBRUARY 2014: temperature 29° (2° above avg.); precipitation 0.5″ (1.5″ below avg.); Feb 1-4: Snow showers, mild; Feb 5-8: Lake snows, cold; Feb 9-18: Sunny, then sprinkles and flurries, turning mild; Feb 19-25: Snow, then sunny, seasonable; Feb 26-28: Snow showers, cold.

      Annual Weather Summary: November 2013 to October 2014
      Winter will be slightly milder than normal, with near-normal precipitation and below-normal snowfall in most of the region. The coldest periods will be in mid- to late December, early and mid-January, and in early to mid-February. The snowiest periods will be in mid- and late December and in late January.

      April and May will be warmer and a bit rainier than normal.

      Summer will be hotter than normal, with rainfall slightly below normal despite a tropical rainstorm threat in mid-July. The hottest periods will be in mid-June, early to mid-July, and late August.

  45. Cort S. says:

    Winter Storm Warning Please (If I may address you by your full moniker), in response to your earlier question: The European model is advertising 3 reinforcing shots of cold air from the polar region over the next 180 hours. With an amplified ridge expected to build over western North America, the Great Lakes will be in the favored region downstream of the ridge for upper level systems and associated cold surface air masses to come straight down from northern Canada. Look for colder air Wednesday, Friday, and next week. Light snows will occur out ahead of the cold fronts, and perhaps a little lake effect at times, but a traditional snowstorm from low pressure system to our south is not expected, as they will form off the eastern seaboard in this type of upper-level setup.

    Mid-winter’s grip on the Great Lakes is strong, and the big story over on my end of the country is this tremendous and persistent upper-level ridge. California has been bone dry for the past calendar year (perhaps the driest on record!). If only it wasn’t for the mountains that surround me and the snowpack on the ground, I’d be basking in the warm air for the next week! Instead, we’re going to get the inversion back, with poor air quality in the valley. Gotta go to the mountains for warmth and a breath of fresh air in that case.

    1. Brian (Grandville) says:

      I also have noticed the lack of rain/snow in the west. That would be very bad news if that trend continues.

    2. WswPlz says:

      Lol…:) too funny. That’s not good about California, ( I used to live there, family there as well) and there cont drought, nor for you either. I remember there often being a haze when I used to fly into SLC. I was reading something the other day about the same thing your speaking about as it pertains to the east coast poss seeing a storm due to this pattern. Thanks Cort for taking the time to respond. It’s greatly appreciated.

      1. WswPlz says:

        Actually I should clarify. I was reading that this pattern favors the east coast for storms, as you were just stating typical evolution due to a particular upper level pattern. I’m not even sure if that’s true or not? ( frequency). So basically we will be in a clipper and LES pattern for our snowfall hopes for a bit.

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