February 7th, 2014 at 12:34 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local    Our newscast will be from down at Rosa Park Circle tonight (gotta dress warm, not just for looks).  We have a local special show on Michigan Olympians on WOOD at 7 pm tonight, then the opening ceremonies at 8 PM.  The temperature for the opening ceremonies will be near 50 degrees.   Sochi has palm trees!  (yeah, they’re holding the WINTER Olympics where they have palm trees!  It’s mild down by the Black Sea, but of course colder as you move up the mountains.  Lots of snow in the higher elevations.  At 1 pm, it’s 13 in G.R. with a wind chill of -6 and a west wind at 23 mph.  Sturgis, at the Indiana border is only +4°, where the wind misses Lake Michigan.  Chicago is up to +9°.   Holland had a gust to 32 mph.  There is some drifting in outlying areas.  Grand Rapids has 23″ of snow on the ground.  The record is 27″ after the Blizzard of ’78. 23″ is the most since 1979.  Grand Rapids is now up to 90″ for the season, Muskegon is at 103.3″.   Holland is over 110″.    Now, a salute to the Yoopers!    This from the global NASA IR temperature data summary for January 2014:   “Compared to seasonal normals, the coldest place ON EARTH in January was the Upper Peninsula of Michigan near Iron River.”  The Wind Chill Advisory ended at 10 AM.  The coldest wind chills remain south of a line from Benton Harbor to Lansing, where the WSW wind does not cross the open water of Lake Michigan.   Global temperatures (from satellite IR data) shows today is coldest day worldwide since Feb. 2013.   Here’s global temperature difference from average this month.   More than an average year’s worth of snow will fall in Tokyo, Japan, through the weekend.   Lots of much needed rain for N. California up into Washington (10 feet of snow in the next 10 days possible in some areas of the Cascade Mtns.).  S. California stays dry.   Another pic. of the severe ice storm in the Balkans.  U.S. salt supply low:  “It has been out of control. I have been doing this since 1985, and have never seen such panic.” (comment from someone in the business).  PARTY AT RUDOLPH’S!!      Tacloban, Philippines three months after Hurricane Haiyan.

Maple city in Leelanau County has gone over 200″ for the winter.  They are now at 202″ with 44″ on the ground (down from a high of 46 a couple days ago).  Heavy snow in Northern Iran.
Another pic. from IranHeavy snow in Afghanistan.  It was -73 F (-58 C) Thursday night in Suhana, Russia.  Accumulating snow and then cold sunshine on the Oregon Coast.  The high temperatures the past two days in Denver CO were -1 and +1.  The average high is 45.  So those high temperatures were 46 and 44 degrees colder than average!  3/10th” of snow in San Antonio on Thursday.  The cold has driven down into N. Mexico.  Saltillo had a high of 46° on Thursday.  Their average is low 70s.   Check out the high temperature map for Thurs. (link works until 9 pm Friday).  The contiguous U.S. was colder on Thursday than any day last winter.  Some afternoon highs on Thurs:  38 McAllen TX (southern tip), 13 Amarillo TX (colder than G.R.), 23 Portland OR, -7 Dillon MT, 5 Chicago.   Finally, a 360-degree panoramic view of Grandhog Day in Punxsutawney PA.

Links: Grand Rapids radar, Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit 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, GFS snowfall for the next 120 hours and NAM model snowfall for the next 84 hours. 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 Precipitation (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 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 (summer). Here’s storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington, the weather station at Manistee Harbor and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph. Here’s Michigan wind gusts from MesoWest, data from the MAWN agricultural weather stations and Weather Underground (data at the bottom from private weather stations). Check out the webcam at Krupp’s Resort, where they are pushing toward 3 feet of snow on the ground. Check out the cold temps. on the U.S. Low Temperature map. Here’s the morning run of the NAM forecast snow amounts. Here’s a live look at the Houghton Bridge. Here’s the Consumers Energy Power Outage Map. We continue to watch for ice jams on Michigan rivers. Here’s Closings.

143 Responses to “Friday”

  1. Wswplz says:

    To be a Yooper ones got to be a trooper…either that or they just love the cold weather….burrrrr

    1. DJ2450 says:

      I was in the UP and got a laugh from a sign out front a a DNR office.

      Today’s Fire Danger

      1. GunLakeDeb says:

        LOL!! Ya gotta be tough when the fire freezes ;-)

        1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

          I’m surprised you could see the sign.

  2. Wswplz says:

    Bill just curious, when do you sleep? You seem to be a nite person….or you don’t need much rest. Or could it be some what a product of your environment, given your profession. Or all three could be the case…lol

    1. Jack says:

      SLEEP ?? cue,,, WARENN ZEVON …..” I’ll Sleep when I’m Dead” :::::::: Stay Cued !! ;-) .

    2. Bill Steffen says:

      I often stay up to look at the overnight model data. I’m usually here at work until around 2:30 am when Matt comes in. Sometimes I get up to do radio (usually WOOD-AM). My first job in radio was fill-in sports on WNTH in Winnetka, Illinois when I was in high school. I was told I had a great voice for FM. I’m usually in bed around 4 or 4:30 am and up around 11 when I have nothing going on in the AM. First thing, I run to the computer to look at more weather…then get a forecast sheet and I start making notes on the evening forecast. It’s my job, my hobby and my fun. I thought that after 35+ years, there would be some burnout, but nope. In fact, with new frontiers (like the blog) it’s more fun than ever.

      1. Wswplz says:

        That’s very cool that you are doing something in which you have a passion for, and makes perfect since because it shows in the quality of your work. I was not aware that you also do radio, and sounds like you have enjoyed doing that since a young age. I also have had more than a few friends say that I should do radio, because of my voice, and sometimes wish I would have gone in the direction you did. As many people probably can relate, I wouldn’t say I’m doing what I love at the current time, but it’s very refreshing to hear that you are. I have thought about going back to school to get into meteorology/ broadcasting, but….haven’t taken the leap in short. My passion was sports and as cliche as this sounds I fractured my c4 vertebra in college playing football and on the doctors advice I didn’t pursue my dream. You have any advise as to doing what you love or just doing what ya have to do so to speak….would love to hear your wisdom, since you seem to be doing what you love..

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          Football’s always been my favorite sport. I never played on my high school team, but did play a lot in the parks with the guys. As far as careers go, I tell people that you’ll spend more time working than you will awake with your spouse. That’s a lot of time to be spending doing something you don’t want to be doing. So, think about what you enjoy and pursue it. Even if you don’t get there, you’ll know that you tried. I was very fortunate to graduate at the right time, when TV stations were moving from weather announcers to bona-fide meteorologists. Pretty much everyone in my class had a job in the profession shortly after graduation. It’s not so easy now. Schools are graduating more meteorologists than there are jobs to fill.

          I think life is about 4 things – Pleasing God, Earning a Living, Helping Other People and Having Fun. The trick is to find activities that fit more than one category. For me, my job is both earning a living and having fun…the other two could even apply. I have talked to a lot of people who do think it’s enjoyable to help other people. Life is also about attitude and contentment. A line I’ve always used is that when you live in Michigan, you have to have the attitude for the latitude! Michigan gets good weather and bad weather. There’s something for everyone to enjoy and something for everyone to complain about…but you can’t change it, so, you make the best of it. I have been blessed with a low contentment threshold. It doesn’t take much for me to enjoy life. I don’t need a big house, a fancy car. I enjoy watching the sky – it’s free, it’s big and there’s always something interesting to see. I live on a hill where I have a clear view to the west to watch the weather move in. I shovel my snow, mow the lawn, plant a few tomatoes in the spring. It’s a pretty good life.

        2. GunLakeDeb says:

          Bill, I like your philosophies about life! You could have been a motivational speaker, too ;-)

        3. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

          WOW Bill, an amazing testimony, this was wonderful to ready. Thank you!

        4. Hugh says:

          God Bless you and your family!

        5. Wswplz says:

          Thanks Bill for taking the time to respond. I have been doing a lot heavy thinking lately, taking inventory of my life catalog if you will, and today has been no exception. I found many of your words resonating throughout the first half of my day, which has mostly been while I was working, and just now found some free time to respond. I will keep it short for respect to my fellow weather bloggers. I mostly wanted to just express my gratitude for you in sharing those words, which I would not only consider wisdom, but a moral life code so to speak. I too have many of the same ideas of how life should be lived, but the difference is you are actually putting them into practice. Thanks again Bill….maybe this is the nudge I needed…will keep you posted on my life adventure..God Bless.

        6. Mike (Mattawan) says:

          Thats awesome Bill! I am also very glad that you were able to find the career that makes you happy. I can only hope that one day I can find/ get into the career that pleases me (so many people never can these days). I also agree with your philosophies about life: its not about getting rich or being the best, its about finding/doing what you love and pleasing God.

      2. Dikehopper (Fennville) says:

        I really enjoyed and appreciated your two comments in this subthread, Bill.

        ” I have been blessed with a low contentment threshold. It doesn’t take much for me to enjoy life.”

        And likewise, I have always said that, “I am lucky. The things I enjoy the most in life are either free or dirt cheap.”

        Well…with the exception of hot cars. But I’m too old for that now.

        1. GunLakeDeb says:

          Oh – one can never be too old to love hot cars! Granted, getting in and out of them gets tougher….LOL!!

        2. Dikehopper (Fennville) says:

          GunLakeDeb wrote, ” Granted, getting in and out of them [hot cars] gets tougher….LOL!!”

          Ha, you got that right. I sold my Z28 Camaro when I was 62 years old, partly for that reason. Low-slung sports cars would be worser.

  3. Dingid Forester jr. says:

    If you factor in the models and forecasts coming out of NORAD, you’d see that this winter will shortly be coming to an end. Not only will the thermal vents beneath Lake Michigan begin to become highly active this March, but the upper mesospheric solar wind currents will be in overdrive by April, blowing away all but the bottom most 2000 ft of the atmosphere above most of the Midwest, allowing a significantly larger portion of the sun’s power to be absorbed on the ground. Using the charts and spreadsheets I myself have compiled, I believe this spring and summer will be above average in temperature, and after an initial flooding period this spring, summer should be mostly dry.

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

      Careful…you’re going to make the Snow Clowns angry.
      Fasten your seat belt!

      1. Michael g (se gr) says:

        You’re so desperate for warm weather news, you don’t even realize he’s messing with you.

        1. Robert (Plainwell) says:

          Everybody better hope it doesn’t happen.

        2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          + one trillion gazillion!

    2. Dan says:

      Dingid Forester jr. Seems this might happen. The long range does look to be trying to signal a warm up. I would caution you as they have called for this to happen for the last month. Does it actually verify this time? We shall see!

      1. JoAnne says:

        There is only one way to trend at this point!

        1. DJ2450 says:

          I was thinking the same thing.

    3. fixxxer says:

      I like this dingid guy.

    4. DF (SE Mich) says:

      A bold prediction calling for Spring ;) Kidding

  4. Dan says:

    Thank you. for your insightful weather comments, TomKap! Please don’t call me names! Is there one valid reason why you must constantly put down those who like winter? If you are that unhappy with winter? why post?

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      I agree. This is Michigan – we get snow. One can either sit in the house and fret about the weather – or they can go outside and find something fun to do in the snow or on the ice. I choose to make the best of each season; so when it’s winter, I want snow! That doesn’t make me a clown or a nut; I prefer to think of myself as appreciating where I live.

      1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

        Great, positive attitude, Deb! The hardest season for me to have that attitude is during summer, but the lake makes that much more tolerable here!

    2. Michael g (se gr) says:

      Yes, there’s a valid reason. He’s an angry, old loser. Kind of like fix, but with that distinctive old man smell.

      1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

        I’d rather have the old man smell than your bitter disposition. What an ass. Your disposition speaks more to you being a bitter loser than him.

        1. yooper4021 says:

          Spoken from someone with a truly pleasant disposition. LOL

        2. Michael g (se gr) says:

          I’m crushed.

        3. Dan says:

          Once again such insightful weather commentary from Rodey! WOW!

  5. Dan says:

    *winter, why post?

  6. INDY says:

    Tomkap = snow lover!!!! LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW!! INDYY!!

  7. Mike (southeast Berrien county) says:

    Tom Skilling giving everyone 2-4″ snowfall from this weekend’s storm system.

  8. Dan says:

    Breaking 90 this weekend, closing in on 100 inches of snow!

    1. Mike (Mattawan) says:

      Wow, I was skimming the comments and yours made me do a double take. I thought you were talking about the temps until the last 4 words. You really got my hopes up there for a split second until I started to think. One can only hope that day of warm temps comes soon (unless you’re Rocky)

  9. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Just checked out the panoramic pic of Groundhog Day. Holy cow there’s a lot of people there! I had no idea it was that big of a deal. Then again, my only basis of comparison is the movie.

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Being a native Pennsylvanian and living about 20 minutes from Punxy for a few years, I went once…and will never go again. It was amusing, but also ridiculous. You wait to get on a school bus to ride out to a field in the middle of nowhere. Then, you stand there for hours with a whole bunch of drunks. Then, the rodent comes out for 1 minute. I’m surprised it DOESN’T see it’s shadow every year with all the lights. Then after about 5 minutes of a whole bunch of old men talking funny….that’s it, and you leave. Now, the busses don’t transport you, and you walk down the mountain for a couple miles with the drunks falling down and bumping into you.

      I had fun laughing about all the silliness of it…but it DEFINITELY is not the cute little family-oriented, downtown scene that you see in the movie.

      1. Paul (Yankee Springs-Barry State Game Area) says:

        But it is still something I would like to do just once…looks like a lot of fun….

        1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

          Hah….yeah, it is worth trying out once. It depends on the person. My brother loves it, and goes every year. Me…not so much. I’d rather sit with a bunch of close friends and laugh or be in the woods by myself.

        2. GunLakeDeb says:

          I have a couple of groundhogs living behind our work building – we could name one “Gun Lake Gus”? although I think he’d be pretty peeved about being awakened in this weather…. YOU go ahead and reach into that hole, OK?? ;-)

        3. Ned S. (East of Holland) says:

          Groundhogs are not the benign little creatures you see when they pull Punxy Phil out of his burrow. They have teeth like a beaver and are not afraid to use them when they feel threatened.

        4. GunLakeDeb says:

          Ned – I watched Punx. Phil on Sunday am – and I thought someone said something about one of the handlers was bleeding….LOL!! Clearly Phil is cranky when he’s awakened…

      2. Wswplz says:

        Haa…I didn’t know that was actually an attraction or event you could pay..? to see..I’m with you Matt I don’t think I would be returning…

    2. DJ2450 says:

      I think we should start our own event. We’ll have TomKap pop out of a snow bank. If he sees Indy and Rocky he’ll pop back in and we’ll have six more weeks of winter.

      1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

        Lol…or have fixxxy pop out. It will be 6 more weeks of winter every year!!!

      2. Dan says:

        DJ2450 That is hilarious! I have the image of these rodents being bothered to pop out of their snow banks! This is just too funny.
        Just having some fun on the blog!!

      3. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        Haha! Good stuff, DJ2450.

      4. soccermom5 says:

        You people got up to early this morning. That is funny

      5. Wswplz says:

        That’s a hilarious visual DJ!! I think…??

  10. Mike L says:

    Just curious how the UP was the coldest place in earth when Russia was just -58? How cold was the UP or did Russia get a warm spell in January?

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      “compared to average temps”… I had to pause and ponder that too. It is sort of confusing.

    2. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Most deviation from normal.

  11. Jen in Middleville says:

    I was wondering about that too Mike.

  12. yooper4021 says:

    Salute right back at you, Bill!

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:


  13. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Another below zero morning in A2 and Detroit this morning… it is getting old.

  14. DF (SE Mich) says:

    GR tied the all-time February snow depth record, amazing!

    845 AM EST FRI FEB 07 2014



    SET IN 1959.

  15. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

    It’s getting tougher and tougher on myself and my flock with this snow and cold but yes it is Michigan and I’m ready for spring, I accept it but don’t like it, I think the biggest and hardest thing to go through for many at winter time really isn’t the cold or snow, it is the lack of sun, I truly miss that sun and am truly grateful when it peaks it’s beautiful face out, which seems far and few this winter. When the sun comes out and hits the snow, it actually does make winter beautiful.

    1. yooper4021 says:

      I know what you mean. Living in Toledo for a few years, it was a trade off. The cold was about the same (if not worse at times), there was less snow, but there was more sun. Glad to be back in West Michigan though.

    2. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      At least the days are getting noticeably longer now. Although I do not want winter to end (I’m crazy), I do like that I actually have some time now after work to enjoy the outdoors before it gets dark.

      1. yooper4021 says:


    3. GunLakeDeb says:

      I agree – we were lucky enough to vacation a couple of weeks in Florida. Had cold weather and some warm – all I cared about was seeing the sun. Certainly tempered my attitude regarding the relentless snow when we got back (Yes, everyone, I’m a snow lover – but normally we lose some to a thaw. I’m just running out of places to put snow!)

  16. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    With just over one inch of new snow last night while unofficial I have anywhere from 18 to 34” of snow on the ground in my yard.(best average is 25”) The highest in in the back yard where there is some good protection from the wind and the lowest is in the front where there is little protection from the wind. Now for the snow piles in the yard I do not have a snow blower so I shovel by hand and I have a couple of big snow piles of over 8 feet and still getting bigger. Once it warm up the next game will be to have a contest as to when the last of the big parking lot snow piles are all gone, I would say at this time there should be some piles left well into April.

  17. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    At this point while I am not a snow nor cold lover but with the snow we now have on the ground, it would be very exciting to have one or two more big snow storms to really set the record for a new total snow depth for GR. But chances are we will see a thaw before we get another snow storm (of 6+ inches) in fact I would not be too surprised if the next big event is more rain then snow for us. But we shall see.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      I really respect your opinion, but I sure hope you’re wrong about a rainstorm! With all this snow; and the ice on the rivers… a fast melt-off is going to create a LOT of flooding :-(

  18. kevin. w says:

    Major storm hitting Japan with heavy snow, heavy rains and flooding. The forecaster on CNN this morning says that will hit the U.S. in about 2 weeks + and may cause a warm up in the east with a potential heavy rain/flooding scenario. Something along about the end of February for a big storm either a large snowstorm or a major rain/flood event to break the pattern into March????

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Oops – I replied to SlimJim before I read your post….still hoping we DON’T have a fast warmup….

  19. kevin. w says:

    There is about 3-6 inches of moisture in the snowpack right now in most areas and if get a good couple inches of rain and melting I could see ice jam flooding and streets. Something to watch for as we get closer towards the end of Feb. beginning of March…Is the lion going to roar this year?????

      1. kevin. w says:

        I’ve been saying that for the past several weeks. I’m concerned of a big push of warm/rainy weather once we get toward/into March.

  20. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    We will probably have another wind chill advisory tonight as it only got to -5 here this morning with a forecast of -10 tomorrow!

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      No school! Oh, wait….

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        No school closings in Ingham County today. Go figure.

        1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

          Who knew? :P

  21. Tom (Holland) says:

    Wish Cort a “Happy Birthday” today. His off day, I’m sure he’ll be around.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Happy Birthday, Cort!!!!!!!

      1. Cort S. says:

        Thanks Deb!

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      That’s going to make a lot of people happy….LOL!!

  22. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

    Yes, Kevin. We are all aware that you want it to warm up, you want to get snow lovers riled up, and we should all start building an ark for doomsday floods…

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Well, I’m a bit on that “floods” bandwagon…looks like our kayaking group won’t be doing early spring paddles for a while…

  23. yooper4021 says:

    Yesterday marked the 63rd consecutive day in Marquette (NWS office) without an observed temperature > 32, only 9 days shy of the record. During this stretch, only 13 of 63 days have had above normal temperatures.

  24. yooper4021 says:

    Courtesy of Karl Bohnak’s blog (

    February 6, 2014: Lake Superior Ice Coverage in Perspective

    Lake Superior is almost completely ice covered. This is amazing for this time in the winter, but is it unprecedented? An examination of the satellite record (that only goes back to the early 1980s) shows it is unusual but not unprecedented. A Canadian Ice Service graph show that up to this week, it is not even the greatest concentration of ice on the Great Lakes. The winter of 1995-96 is number 1, with the winter of 93-94 close behind. This winter is a close third. Keep in mind that this is the concentration chart is for all the Great Lakes. If Superior is looked at separately, this could be the top year.

    The concentration of ice on Lake Superior is incredible for early February. Satellite depiction shows 90 percent concentration through almost the entire lake, with only a small section of shoreline on the west end of the lake and an area between Isle Royale and the Keweenaw showing slightly lower concentrations.

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      I find it interesting that during one of the warmest decades, the 1990s, two of the coldest winters/high ice amounts on the lakes occurred.

      1. yooper4021 says:

        Here’s the link to the blog, if you’d like to read more (including the graphs).

        1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

          Thanks. I enjoyed skimming through his Facebook blog. I was number 999 to like his page. Who from the blog will be number 1000? Indy?

  25. Craig (Holland North Sider) says:

    If I understood the water content in the snow pack correctly did it show there is less water content in the snow along the lakeshore counties? Is that due to less water content in LES? It looked as if the Southern Ottawa county area had just over 2 inches of water content where areas around Kent county had closer to 5. Am I reading that correctly?

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Yep. We have had more lake effect fluff than synoptic snows. We also missed out on much of the ice storm. So our couple foot snowpack does not hold as much moisture. However, it is still packed solid and dense.

      1. Craig (Holland North Sider) says:

        Thanks Matt!

  26. Sandy(Hudsonville) says:

    Has anyone noticed the robins around lately?? At first I saw only one but yesterday I noticed several. This is a little early for them. Did they not go south or do they know something we don’t? Spring is just around the corner!

    1. MaryCBWyoming says:

      I haven’t seen any birds but a sparrow or two. I throw bread on the balcony but so far only the squirrel has been eating it.

    2. Becca says:

      Yes! We were just commenting on that this morning, Sandy. Have quite a few around our office lately. We also thought it was quite odd?

    3. ML (Rockford) says:

      Not all robins fly south for the winter.

      1. suehelen says:

        And neither do all bluebirds.

  27. MaryCBWyoming says:

    Another blowy snowy lake effect day out there. Some clown turned in front of my kid’s friends car and they hit. Not too much damage, no injuries. Why don’t kids listen when you tell them to stay home??

    1. Wswplz says:

      Because they are kids, and at that age you already know what’s best….it’s not till later in life when you dumb down…or rather realize maybe there was a softer way….lol

    2. Dave (Byron Center) says:

      Good judgement comes from experience.

      Unfortunately, experience comes from bad judgement.

      1. Wswplz says:

        Ironically that is very true…not till later in life do we truly learn from other peoples mistakes…

  28. Sandy(Hudsonville) says:

    How are the roads out there?? Husband has to go into GR today. We are getting lake effect out here with snow blowing at times.

    1. MaryCBWyoming says:

      Roads are bad. See my post above yours.

      1. MaryCBWyoming says:

        Slick and icy. Might have been able to stop if roads were good.

        1. Sandy(Hudsonville) says:

          Thanks for the info. Glad the kids were ok. I think we will wait to go into GR.

  29. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Acculess weather has a high of 50 on the 21st, not sure if I can believe that quite yet

    1. Sandy(Hudsonville) says:

      I read this too. It would be nice if we would ease into warmer weather so the snow would melt slowly. I don’t believe it will get to 50 in Feb we have too much snow on the ground. Winter is not over yet.

    2. Craig (Holland North Sider) says:

      We need about 3 weeks of upper 30′s with sun to slowly melt this snow off. I hope we don’t see any 50 degree days soon until most of the snow is gone. After that I will be ready for a warm up!

  30. Paul (Yankee Springs-Barry State Game Area) says:

    Y’all have got me curious about the water content of the two feet of snow I have and my seasonal snowfall…,I will have to check my CoCoRaHS reports….

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Judging by DF’s chart, it looks like we have approx 4.5″ of rain waiting to be freed…. the Thornapple is “flashy” to start with, so this doesn’t bode well for folks living along that river….

  31. Wswplz says:

    Seems like there has been a nice mix of bloggers today. It’s nice when the blog is balanced……it also seems to flow a bit better when it has a female influence…..kinda the yen and yang of he blog. …….We are mostly talking about Mother Nature after all.. Lol

    1. Wswplz says:

      Hahha…okay well deserved I guess…but it is nice to haven balance..

    2. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Hah…I was actually thinking something similar. Many of the ladies have a more gentle disposition and aren’t so aggressive.

      1. Wswplz says:

        + 1000

  32. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    I got nothin’ to say

  33. Mike (Mattawan) says:

    interesting fun fact: at 8am on January 2nd 2014, there was a 115 degree temperature difference in the US ranging from -38 in International Falls, MN to 77 degrees in Key West, FL!

    1. Wswplz says:

      That is pretty amazing considering the distance between those two areas really isn’t that great…all things considered…almost like being on a different planet.

      1. Wswplz says:

        Records temp map is impressive..

  34. Jack says:

    JEM FRYday CUE, Big Tent Revival….” The Best Thing in LIFE” ::: GOD BLESS & Stay Cued ! :-)

  35. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    The very southern tip of Texas has 3 counties under a wind chill advisory???

    1. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

      Probably for wind chills down into the 30′s LOL.

      1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

        yea it was something like that. Didn’t see a state of emergency though lol

      2. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:


        1. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

          Brownsville TX reporting light snow at 37.

        2. steven (Derby Lake) says:

          Call the National Guard!!!

  36. Tom in Alger Height says:

    The sun is making an effort to show itself at the office (Broadmoor & 44th St). I was wondering what the bright thingy in the sky was, until someone reminded me that it’s called a sun! It’s been a while big guy!

    1. Wswplz says:

      I’ve been thinking someone had replaced the sun with a dim flashlight….

    2. Sandy(Hudsonville) says:

      The sun is out in Hudsonville!! Look quick.

  37. Jack says:

    Wow, all My Outdoor CRITTER Friends , are on a Feeding Frenzy Today !! Wonder what they are Trying to tell Me. Wow , there is my old Friend THE SUN as Well.Life is Good, but GOD IS THE BEST ! Amen……….& stay Cued ……….. ;-)

  38. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    Had a couple deer out here yesterday eating the neighbors evergreen bushes in the middle of the day. The bird feeders are also very active today as well.

  39. mr. negative says:

    Humorous…folks thinking we’ll “warm-up” this year -

  40. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Bill you have to close the parenthesis in your independent clause lol

  41. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    Bill- I can’t remember if I heard or had read an article (I tried to find it) a couple weeks ago. But the reason of the salt shortage, mainly in the Midwest was the Mississippi river is frozen and a main supplier down south can’t get the load through on barges. Therefore its taking longer because then they have to truck it in smaller quantities.

    1. Brenda (Otsego) says:

      Sounds about right. My dad worked in the salt mine in Detroit from the ’60′s to the early 80′s.

      1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

        Sounded like some of Michigans comes from West Virginia, but when places need more than what they have, I guess it goes by who has the best price.

  42. ECMWF shows a big snow storm next weekend over the southeast 1/2 of lower Michigan, GFS shows at 192 snow approaching, Canadian storm just to the north of us so looks like they are seeing something, now we shall wait a few days and see if its still there.

    1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

      Hope not. I have to take my mom to Lansing airport of friday, she’s going to D.C. The on Saturday I’m going to Chicago, luckily on the train though.

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      It sounds like the JEM Big Papa just a week or so late! Get ready GR!

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