Warmer, yes…but we’ll get cool days in April

March 24th, 2014 at 9:42 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

814temp.new    814prcp.new   Our warmest temperatures in nearly four months are coming early next week.  However, don’t get too used to it.  The latest 8-14 day outlook for the first week of April (temperatures on the left and precipitation on the right – click on the images to enlarge)  from the Climate Prediction Center shows a higher probability for below average temperatures and above average rainfall.  We can deal with another week of relatively cool temperatures.  The average high temperatures are going up at a good clip now.  The average high for today is 48°.  By Friday (the 28th) it’s 50°.  It hits 55° on April 7 and on April 19th, the average high temperature for G.R. is 60°.  I’m more concerned about the above average precipitation.   Our ground is damp and heavy rains may cause significant flooding even into mid-April this year.  Up north, there is still a lot of snow and any combination of heavy rain and melting snow could cause significant flooding in N. Lower and Upper Michigan.

Updated Season Snowfall Totals (as of 5 pm Tues.):  Grand Rapids 114.1″, Kalamazoo 112.8″, Muskegon 131.1″, Holland (est.) 150.4″.

Overnight model data:  There is a chance of slippery roads early Thursday with some mixed precipitation.  By midday, everyone is above freezing and getting rain.  Rainfall amounts for G.R. from Thurs. am to Fri. am:  0.59″ on the European model, 1.09″ on the GFS plot.   Both models have temps. in the 50s here next Sun. and Mon. – low-mid 50s Sun. and mid-upper 50s on Mon.   The GFS has storm systems coming thru around 4/3 and 4/9.

267 Responses to “Warmer, yes…but we’ll get cool days in April”

  1. Ansel says:

    Good to see the idiots at BP are dumping oil into our lake. When will our citizens learn that we shouldn’t put our Great Lakes at risk with pipelines, fracking, or refineries on the lake! Kick them out!

    1. yooper4021 says:

      And where do you propose we put the pipelines, fracking operations, and refineries?

      1. Michael g (se GR) says:

        Back to the horse and buggy we go!!!

        1. Ansel says:

          Better than ruining the Earth! God forbid we can’t drive a car! I might as well hang it up, I’m sure humans didn’t exist without cars. Oh my! Or….we could develop an alternative instead of being the oil companies choir boy from now until eternity.

        2. Brian (Grandville) says:

          Sure, because we only use oil for transportation right Ansel.

        3. Ansel says:

          yeah and we don’t use water for much either right?

        4. Bill Steffen says:

          There’s a minority (fortunately) who are against pretty much every kind of energy. They’re against coal, wood, hydro, nuclear, biofuels, oil. While oil spills are nasty, every form of energy comes with some liability. In England, there were 163 wind turbine accidents that killed 14 people just in the year 2011 alone. Wind produced about 15 billion kWhrs that year, so (using a capacity factor of 25%) that translates to about 1,000 deaths per trillion kWhrs produced. In that same year, America produced about 800 billion kWhrs from nuclear with no deaths. Thousands of birds die each year, including many eagles, from wind turbines.

          Alternative energy is more difficult in Michigan. Look at this map of wind energy potential in Michigan (from DOE): http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/images.aspx?ID=17525#4748 Most all of the state is in the poor to fair categories. Wind energy is often not available when you need it the most. Our coldest temperatures often come on calm nights when wind turbines are as quiet as Ford Field during the NFL playoffs. On the hottest day Michigan has had since 1936, on July 6, 2012, the average wind speed in G.R. was 4.7 mph and it was less than 4 mph in Holland…hence, no wind energy.

          This is one of the least favorable areas in the world for solar when we need the heat in winter. This winter we had approx. 18% of possible sunshine in G.R.

          Look around the world. Where there is no reliable energy, life is hard, and short.

        5. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

          Bill, you are so right.

        6. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          Death by wind turbine? Gruesome.

        7. Julie says:

          We have done the research and agree that wind is not the way to go. However, solar is surprisingly efficient in Michigan. Energy transmits better via cold. And solar panels are made to work even on cloudy days (not as well but they do work). And if you stay on-grid you can sell back excess to your power company in Michigan which creates credits for the winter. It’s more expensive in Michigan but very doable. I am not opposed to oil, propane, gas, etc except the price hikes we are going to encounter again soon.

      2. Ansel says:

        No fracking at all. Period. Pipelines and refineries…how bout not near the greatest concentration of freshwater in the world. Do you get that?

        1. yooper4021 says:

          No, but I respect your opinion.

        2. Paul m says:

          Totally agree not in the Great Lakes at all!

        3. Paul says:

          Ansel, get on your medications and then posts your comments.

        4. Ansel says:

          “posts” he says….classic. Paul when you have an inkling of knowledge to share about something let me know. I would love to hear your wisdom. Its pretty ignorant to act like its impossible to get off oil. Am I allowed to “posts” this now?

        5. michael g (SE GR) says:

          Are YOU “off of oil” Ansel?

        6. Paul says:

          Ansel you spread manure like an a__hole. Funny it rhymes with your name, bdbc.

          Now go clean up the oil dumbass, lol.

        7. CS says:

          I’m a conservative against fracking. I’m not anti-oil, etc. By looking at how fracking is done, I cannot understand how it would not hurt the earth.

    2. Paul says:

      LMAO!!! Ansel=Loser…

    3. GunLakeDeb says:

      First – nobody “dumped”. It was an accidental spill. Second, nobody (like the DEQ/EPA) takes that sort of thing lightly. Third – refineries are difficult to “move”. Fourth – as you type on your plastic computer and watch your plastic TV and drive your plastic car, maybe you’ll remember that even if all forms of transportation used Fairy Farts – we still need fossil fuels. And we still need to process those fuels.

      1. Ansel says:

        Give me a break Deb. The “EPA doesn’t take this lightly”, PLEASE! You’re telling this to someone who watches the EPA’s attempt to clean up the Kalamazoo on a yearly basis. Lets just say its as underwhelming as the slap on the wrist Enbridge received. Secondly, “refineries are difficult to move???” Well I guess were screwed, it will have to stay forever, dang I thought if you built something you should be able to remove it, stupid me. Finally, the dogma that we can’t get off fossil fuels is ludicrous. Plastic can be made in biodegradable form without the use of oil FYI. We can power factories without oil as well. I guess its just too hard of work for you to take on, but don’t worry the rest of us will pick up the slack.

        1. GunLakeDeb says:

          The EPA isn’t cleaning up the Kalamazoo – Enbridge is. So how long has that refinery been there – with no problems? We can’t shut down the entire fossil fuel industry just because something *might* happen. What we need to do is be watchful and make sure that safety laws are enforced; and heavily penalized when ignored. And then understand that “stuff happens”. The Exxon Valdez comes to mind: I spent a week in Valdez a few years ago, and have seen with my own 2 eyes the safety precautions (massive!) that have been put in place to prevent another disaster like that. And miraculously – the Prince William Sound has survived and flourished since then.

          My generation invented “Earth Day”. You should have seen this country before we got our backs up about it. I’ve done my work (and continue to do it) – so now it’s your turn. Do a good job.

        2. Brian (Grandville) says:

          You may have just barked up the wrong tree there. Speaking of which, you could go plant one to start, if it makes you feel any better. Because that’s all it does, makes people feel good about themselves.

        3. Ansel says:

          Right! the EPA tells Enbridge what to do and they ask for extensions. Or a different tactic. Or something in return to limit their liability. The EPA can’t touch these oil companies, so their attempts to get something done are more for public scrutiny than anything else. These safety laws that you speak of are ignored all the time, everyday, everywhere. Try to write stricter ones and it will get blocked in the GOP led house. Wasn’t there just another oil spill in Galveston Bay yesterday? And by the way, Exxon still has not paid what it settled for using appeal after appeal to stall the process. Prince william sound has survived but dig down a few inches and you will still find….guess what….OIL. So its not all hunky dory. Lastly, if you invented Earth Day, maybe its time to get some of that zest of your youth back and do something to stop Michigans waterways being destroyed by the highest bidder.

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

          Ansel, you’re like an overflowing Porta John, you’re so full of crap. I just knew you’d bring politics (your hatred of the GOP)into this. We need more refineries, maybe in North Dakota, where the oil is. The idea that we can live without fossil fuels at this point in time is ridiculous. You need to wean yourself from Al Gore, the biggest charlatan since Elmer Gantry.

        5. Bill Steffen says:

          http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2050961/Thousands-dying-afford-heating-bills.html

          Note: the Democrats had the Presidency, 60 Senators and a significant House majority after the 2008 election. They could have passed anything they wanted. The GOP may be a bit (and only a bit) of a drag on the ballooning government now (“hi” to the NSA person reading my blog! Thanks for adding to the hit count!) but I’ll guess you weren’t the least bit upset they didn’t shut down the oil companies in 2009 when they were in charge.

          FYI: From Open Secrets – Exxon contributed $150,000 to the Democratic Governors Fund last year and made significant contributions to 7 Democratic Senators and 31 Democratic House Members.

        6. GunLakeDeb says:

          Funny you should mention my “zest for life” and “waterways” in the same post….LOL!!! How about you come visit my water testing lab and I’ll introduce you to my little friend e-coli… I spend every single day dealing with water cleanliness issues. How about you?

        7. Bill Steffen says:

          Enbridge was fined 3.7 million dollars for the oil spill: http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20120702/phmsa-civil-penalty-enbridge-2010-michigan-oil-pipeline-spill-6b-dilbit-kalamazoo

          That’s 3.7 million dollars more than Lois Lerner was fined for having the IRS target political opponents.

      2. suehelen says:

        Right on, Deb.

        1. Ansel says:

          yaawn…. Bills Blog a conservapigs heaven! Hey Bill send in your GOP check yet? And love the pic of the power lines, that proves what? Does channel 8 know you spread political propaganda from your blog on their website?

        2. JoAnne says:

          Without a doubt. Wood is owned by LIn media. A huge supporter of the GOP. Wood know exactly what Bill is doing here along with the few interns who you are attempting to debate with. Good luck with the thick headedness on here.

        3. JoAnne says:

          Also Ansel, if you keep questioning the Republican extremists on here, you will be blocked. I will also tell you that arguing science with these folks is pointless. Your antagonists are uneducated and have zero interest in learning anything that contradicts what right wing media spews.

        4. GunLakeDeb says:

          Gosh, Joanne – I’m glad you know us all so well as to label our political leanings. Oh – I voted for Obama. Twice. Speaking of thick-headed – did I just hear yours explode?

        5. Bill Steffen says:

          Real substantive responses from Ansel and JoAnne. Check this out from the year 2000: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/snowfalls-are-now-just-a-thing-of-the-past-724017.html How’s this working out for you: http://climate.rutgers.edu/snowcover/chart_seasonal.php?ui_set=nhland&ui_season=4

          If you like your snow…you can keep your snow!!

        6. JoAnne says:

          Deb,
          I know you better than you realize. Although I didn’t think of you as one of Bills interns but your welcome to join that group in which I was referring. Frankly, I really don’t care who you voted for in the past or who you claim you voted for! Ansel has a very valid point in keeping the refineries away from our lakes. Remember Deb, these are the same companies with a history of dumping toxic barrels into Lake Michigan because they could. As you support Bill, know that he works for the same people who would love to dismantle the EPA so the corporate giants have no oversight. If you are such an expert in hydrology, you should be the first one screaming about the pollutants in our waters.
          Also, if you think The Enbrige spill was a complete accident, you need to do your homework.

  2. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    With occasional sun, clouds and snow the temp is a very cold for late March 26° here. And with the expected below average temps and expected above average precipitation the first two weeks of April I still wound not put the winter coats away and keep the snow shovel handy for we still could get either a wet snow event or even a ice event yet!
    SlimJim

  3. INDY says:

    Wow not another below normal day in March with snow !! what up with that!!! INDYY!!

    1. Paul m says:

      Enjoy your cold and snow because your day are numbered!
      The pattern going to change by April with warmer temp and rain!

      1. michael g (SE GR) says:

        Yes Paul, winter actually won’t last all year. Brilliant.

  4. yooper4021 says:

    Uh oh… some white stuff for the weekend??

    THE MODELS HAVE BEEN SHOWING A SECOND WAVE ALONG THE FRONT THAT NOW MOVES ACROSS THE OHIO VALLEY SATURDAY MORNING. THE TREND HAS BEEN FURTHER NORTH WITH THIS SYSTEM AND I HAVE INCREASED POPS SOUTH OF I-96. WE WILL NEED TO WATCH FUTURE TRENDS FOR POSSIBLE WET SNOW INCHING NORTH INTO THE CWA. RIGHT NOW IT APPEARS AREAS FROM BTL TO LAN COULD SEE SNOW ACCUMS FROM THIS SYSTEM.

    1. Florida1993 says:

      The fact you are yelling makes this post completely irrelevant.

      1. yooper4021 says:

        Sorry, not meaning to yell. That text is from the NWS Grand Rapids forecast discussion, which is printed in all CAPS.

        1. DF (SE Mich) says:

          In the real world you’d get an apology yooper.

        2. yooper4021 says:

          No worries DF. That would be far too civil to expect from this unreal world.

        3. michael g (SE GR) says:

          In the future, please don’t copy and paste in all caps. Spend your time retyping it all to keep ol’ Florida from getting his panties in a bunch.

        4. yooper4021 says:

          LOL, I’ll do that!

        5. JoAnne says:

          Who cares if it’s all caps! Get a better complaint.

      2. INDY says:

        Lol we yell on Bills blog it’s all good!! Keep up the good work yooper!! INDYY!!

      3. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

        Really…you must be new to the blog.

        1. GunLakeDeb says:

          AND never reads a forecast discussion…..

        2. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

          Deb, why did you yell “AND”? That was too much……….

        3. GunLakeDeb says:

          (In a whisper) sorry, matt ;-)

        4. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

          :P

  5. INDY says:

    Matt Kirkwood said this morning just because April is in a few days we ware not done with the snow yet in West Michigan!! INDYY!!

    1. Jack says:

      IN BILL WE TRUST….Matt WHO ??? Lol…. stay CUEDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD !

    2. Cali1005 says:

      We average two inches of snow in April. Btw they say that every fricken year. Even when we had that really warm March.

  6. INDY says:

    LET IT SNWO LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW!!!! INDYY!!

    1. Jack says:

      Call your ole Uncle YACK !!! INDYY…… ;-)

  7. John (Norton Shores) says:

    NWS mentioning possible wet snow event Saturday south of 96, glad it will stay away from the Muskegon area, also sounds like the Muskegon area will miss the Wednesday night and Thursday morning system north of 96.

    1. Jeff (Richland) says:

      Lucky

  8. INDY says:

    Getting very heavy snow out at thee YARDofBRICKS…Winter in March!! INDYY!!

    1. Jack says:

      SAME HERE Indyyyy….Just about a Mile Due East of YOU !! Dammm this SNOW…BLOWS !!! Stay Cued…

  9. Jack says:

    Hey Bill…Another DANDY TIE !! Is it New ? And who is The Designer ? Stayin Cued…… Jack & Irene.. ;-)

  10. INDY says:

    Wow don’t let the cold air scare u of Bills blog!! We are weather!!! INDYY!

  11. paul m says:

    Starting Sunday spring weather is coming Its been an awesome winter but it time to turn the page on winter
    and say hello warm weather rain and Thunderstorms.

    1. fixxxer says:

      Good luck with that. Mother nature is a real witch this year.

  12. mk says:

    Ansel says windmills and moonbeams best.

  13. Jeff (Richland) says:

    Wow this weather today has been just terrible…snow, strong winds, and low 20′s here, can not believe the calendar says March 25th. And now we are talking about possible snow Saturday??? By tomorrow they will have 50′s no longer forecasted for Sunday and Monday. :(

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      My thermometer never got out of the teens, and the windchill is awful…..

  14. INDY says:

    2 months from now it’s thee INDY 500 and we open theee YARDofBRICKS party!! It better be a lot warmer then Bill!! INDYY!!!

    1. Brad (Van Buren) says:

      Really??? That race still exists?

      1. INDY says:

        98th running 90 years older then u Brad!! INDYY!!

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

          I’m going to the 100th running! My parents were from Indy. Dad used to deliver papers to Wilbur Shaw. Indy, does that name ring a bell?

        2. INDY says:

          Ohhh yeaaa Wilbur Shaw what a great racer !!!! INDYY!!

    2. Jack says:

      MAY 25…..will be a Great Day at Thee YARDofBRICKS..SUNNY & 75ish…is My Prediction !!! SEE YA There BILL!!!!! ?? Stay cued… ;-)

      1. jerry hoag says:

        JACK AMEN BROTHER!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM SO LOOKING FORWARD TO THE PARTY AT THE YARD OF BRICKS!!!!!!!!!!

        1. INDY says:

          Jerry Hoag u can kiss the bricks at thee party!! INDYY!!

    3. jerry hoag says:

      INDY!!!!!!!!! Im so ready for the party!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BRING IT ON!!!!!!!!!! WAHOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      I am a big Indycar fan.

      1. INDY says:

        Love INDY just got my tickets to the INDY car grand prix at INDY in May!! First INDY grand prix ever at INDYY!! INDYY!

  15. Well here we are on March 25, its a little chilly out there today (mainly because of the wind). There were periods of on and off snow showers today (some heavy at times). My winter season snowfall sits at 120″ of snow for the season. It looks like we get a warm-up finally at the end of the week, into the weekend, and early next week. A couple of days in the 50′s, but overall, it looks as though temperatures will hold steady in the mid 40′s through about mid- April, with a bit of some warmer air (temperatures in the 60′s and even upper 60′s) as we head into mid-late April.

  16. INDY says:

    snowing very hard again out at thee YARDofBRICKS looks cool with the sun out Bill!! INDYY!!

  17. Jack says:

    Crap…..Snowing VERY HARD Here again Ne. g.R…… Crap, crap, crap,….Good Day To take NAP… Zzzzzzzzzz…..stay zzzzzz’ddd.

    1. jerry hoag says:

      JACK,,,,,,LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW!!!!!!! LOL………How is the wife????? YUK TO THE SNOW HERE TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM SO READY FOR THE BOOMERS AND FLASHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. fixxxer says:

    What the hell is with the lake effect this year?

    1. INDY says:

      Just ask one of your dirty thirty’s names!!! INDYY!!

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Blah, blah, blah! Whining and complaining again!

  19. Jack says:

    WOW,,,Hardest Heaviest Snowfall Rate this Year happening out my Backdoor RIGHT NOW !! Good Thing it doesn’t Last LONG! Sheeshhhh…stay Cued….. ;-)

  20. jerry hoag says:

    Hey you all. Sorry I haven’t been on til now. Was up all night with my dog. She is so sick……the vet thinks she has kidney stones, they did labs on her and took some xrays. Now just waiting to hear about the labs, my poor baby.

    WOW, Last night or very early this morning around 330am when I had my dog outside it started snowing lightly then within a few minutes it was coming down so HARD!!!!!! My dog and I were so covered in snow that we both looked like snowmen. This was just in a matter in a 10 minutes!!!!!!!! So looking forward to this warmer weather that is coming!!!!!!!!!

    1. Cassie in Kentwood says:

      Hope your dog gets better.. we just had to put ours down Saturday :(

      1. GunLakeDeb says:

        Hugs for both of you (Cassie and Jerry) – it’s hard when a pet is sick – and they leave gaping holes in our hearts when they leave :-(

        1. jerry hoag says:

          Thanks Deb……..It is really hard when they are sick or they leave us……Yeah she went to vet Monday and they gave her a shot but she still isn’t eating really well or drinking. She isn’t going to the bathroom very well either….Bummer…..my heart is breaking so bad for her….She is so full of energy still though too….when she goes pee it is almost all blood and her poops now at least now are orange(but this is because the vet said to give her pumpkin-to help with her digestive tract) she has been handling this very well) she has quit getting sick and has been able to keep it down, and she is starting to drink some. I put water in her food to help moisten it up some. She is eating it this way but very little still But more than what she has been. So I am so thankful to GOD for this!!!!!! She will see the vet again soon when we get the lab results……I pray for good results and everything else….Thanks to all of you for the good wishes!!!!

          Lets keep up the storm watching too!!!!!!!!!!

      2. jerry hoag says:

        Cassie so sorry…..Thanks for the best wishes………

    2. Eileen (Hesperia) says:

      Sorry to hear about your dog Jerry. Hope you can both get some sleep tonight and praying her tests turn out good :)

      1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

        Agreed.

      2. jerry hoag says:

        Thanks so much Eileen!!!!!!! Me too I hope the both of us can get some good sleep tonight too!!!!!! But if she wakes me up every 1/2 hour like last night this is all good to me. I WILL DO ANYTHING FOR MY BABY!!!!!!!! Thanks to you too Matt!!!!!!!

    3. INDY says:

      jerry Sorry about your dog !!! I miss my Rocky everyday enjoy him or her!! INDYY!!

      1. jerry hoag says:

        INDY!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much buddy!!!!!!! Yeah I bet so much you miss Rocky…..So sorry about that!!!!!!!! Yeah I do enjoy everyday I have with my baby girl…….Her name is Skylar……She is a minpin and she is 9 years old too. When she got weighed at the vet she weighed 9.6 pounds. So she didn’t lose any weight since her last visit, which is very good!!!!!! Cant wait til May for the party INDY!!!!!!

        1. INDY says:

          When u come out to thee YARDofBRICKS I still have Rocks chain around a tree by my fire pit u will see it!! INDYY!

      2. jerry hoag says:

        Okay, wow. Chain still around the tree huh……Does that hurt or is it a good memory for you?????? I’m so looking forward to the party!!!!!

    4. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      Hope you and your dog have a good night sleep. Good luck….

      1. jerry hoag says:

        Larry, thanks you so much for the wishes……I also am wishing/praying for good sleep tonight also for the both of us…..

    5. Cupcake says:

      Hugs for your dog….we love our furry little family members!!! Even the human ones!!!

      1. jerry hoag says:

        Cupcake, Thanks so much!!!!!!!!! Yeah I pray that it gets better for the both of us!!!!!!!!!

  21. on the Grand says:

    Hope your puppy is doing well. So hard to say goodbye. I had a 15 year old yorkie, he was deaf, almost blind and as senile as they come. He met a tragic end last March 25th. I am still not over it, but he was the tinkle in my eye, the smile on my face and a great guard dog (not really) and friend. We found him in the marsh and I am forever grateful to have him home. He rest in peace at our door step his favorite spot. These little rascals are truly family.

    1. jerry hoag says:

      on the Grand, Thank you so much!!!!!!!!! It is a very hard thing to do, if it comes to this, yeah she is a minpin and when we got her she was in an abusive home. So we saved her from that…..she only weighed 4 pounds hen we got her and she was very scitiched(spelling??). It took her some time to warm up to some of us here at our place. Especially guys. SO I am thinking men were the main ones who abused her. The people who had her kept her in a rabbit cage too. I was like really!!!!!!!! I wanted to kick the crap out of these people so bad,,, but the best thing was to get her out of that situation. So my wife and I took her in. We have had her now for 6 years. She is the love of our lives!!!!!!!!!! Wherever I go she goes. It is so cute. So I think it will hurt me the hardest!!!!!! I have cried a lot already about her being so sick!!!!!!!……So again, Thanks so much on the Grand!!!!

  22. INDY says:

    Turn up the heat tonight guys another cold night!! INDYY!!

  23. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    What a great day of skiing up at Boyne Mt! Mid winter conditions! INCREDIBLE! They said the slopes will be open till at least April 20th! What a GREAT day of weather and skiing! I love it! Keep the COLD and SNOW rolling!

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      I’m going to have to train you to “river watch” as you go back and forth up north…. I’m wondering if the ice is off the Pere Marquette yet? Not that you can see it from US-131…LOL! How about the Manistee?

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        I was not paying attention, however I think that I did see some open water while going over that large bridge that has a pretty good view of the river.

  24. mk says:

    Ansel says moon beams and windmills for life.

  25. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Lets review the facts!

    It snowed today!
    It is still cold outside!
    I was skiing today!
    I will be skiing well into April!

    How is this possible? Who knew? AMAZING WINTER! The BEST WINTER EVER!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      I’ve skied all my life – and this is the latest I can remember Michigan slopes being open continuously?

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        No doubt about it – they said at least till April 20th and maybe longer weather permitting. It is cold enough that they are making SNOW every night as needed!

    2. Cali1005 says:

      Not sure about that considering we are supposed to get rain for several days in the next 10 days. Not only that but starting Thursday temps will be well above freezing. Enjoy skiing on slushy snow haha

  26. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

    Now that the sun is down, our heavy snow showers are adding up on the ground. Snow showers seem to be picking up in intensity again.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Bring it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      The latest run of the GFS does show more potential snows during the first couple weeks of April.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        INCREDIBLE! Skiing till at least the middle to late April and maybe into MAY this year!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      Do you understand that some folks are walking a very fine line between “keeping it together” and just totally losing it over the cold weather???? ;-)

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        They need to embrace winter and get outside and take up a sport! Skiing and snowmobiling may last another month yet! Who knew???

    3. Cali1005 says:

      Hey douchebag, did you see the forecast. It has temps in the 40s for the first four days of April, which is still below average but warm enough for the precip to be rain.

  27. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    The temperatures were PERFECT today! Keep it coming!

  28. Cort S. says:

    I tied a record high of 75 in Salt Lake City today. Sorry to keep rubbing it in, guys. I’ve had spring weather for two months! Thanks for taking the hit for me.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Sounds like a horrible winter! Just dreadful!

      1. Cort S. says:

        It’s still winter in the mountains. You could live there and be pretty happy right now.

    2. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Wow! I’m sure you are seeing flowers and buds by now?

      1. Cort S. says:

        No flowers yet, but a number of trees are budding. It’s probably still ahead of schedule nonetheless. Maybe I’ll get tree blooms and flowers by mid-April?

  29. INDY says:

    As crazy as this winter has been would not be a big surprise if we get snow in April I would love still to have the record snowfall broken why not?? INDYY!

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      + 100 GAZILLION!!!!!!!!!

    2. jerry hoag says:

      INDY ME TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE ARE GETTING SO CLOSE!!!!!!

    3. jerry hoag says:

      + 100 billion gazillion trillion megazillion hegatrillzillion!!!!!!!!!!

  30. jerry hoag says:

    Everyoe, Thank you so much!!!!!!!!! It is a very hard thing to do, if it comes to this, yeah she is a minpin and when we got her she was in an abusive home. So we saved her from that…..she only weighed 4 pounds hen we got her and she was very scitiched(spelling??). It took her some time to warm up to some of us here at our place. Especially guys. SO I am thinking men were the main ones who abused her. The people who had her kept her in a rabbit cage too. I was like really!!!!!!!! I wanted to kick the crap out of these people so bad,,, but the best thing was to get her out of that situation. So my wife and I took her in. We have had her now for 6 years. She is the love of our lives!!!!!!!!!! Wherever I go she goes. It is so cute. So I think it will hurt me the hardest!!!!!! I have cried a lot already about her being so sick!!!!!!!……So again, Thanks so much everyone for the well wishes and prayers it sure does mean a lot from all you Bill Blogger’s!!!!

  31. I love it how people actually listen to the NWS long range outlooks (such as there 8-14 day outlooks and such). The last time I looked at it was a few days ago and we were on the edge of the normal temperature range, now just a few days later, we are in the well below normal range. I have lost total trust in there long range outlooks now, because they seem to change on a daily basis. Ill just stick with the 8-day forecast’s on local stations or continue my own “synopsis’” that I have done lately, which havn’t done all that bad, besides some days being a little chillier than expected

    1. Cort S. says:

      6-10 and 8-14 day outlooks aren’t that bad, as long as you understand what you are looking at. Monthly and seasonal outlooks can bust hard more often.

      Some things to remember about outlooks:

      1. You are looking at the probability of being above or below normal, not the magnitude to which you will be above or below normal (although the two can usually be generally related)
      2. They DO change on a daily basis! …because the dates they predict change daily as time marches forward. 6-10 days into the future from today is different than 6-10 days into the future from tomorrow. But, if you pay attention to these outlooks every day, you will notice gradual day-to-day changes, and drastic flip-flops are quite rare. Unless you are dealing with close to 33/33/33% probabilities for above/near/below normal, then it could go either way.

      1. Interesting points. Thanks Cort!

  32. Intellicast has been flip flopping on what it expects on April 1. One moment I go on it shows a rain/snow mix in the low 40′s, then another day I look and it shows upper 40′s near 50 with rain. I guess we will have to wait and see. We are at the point this time of year where the bulk of the precipitation will be rain instead of snow, unless an arctic plunge decides to return.

    1. Maybe the weather on that day is trying to get us confused on what is going to occur so it can pull a big prank on us and surprise us in the end.

      1. Cort S. says:

        There is flip-flopping on that date because there will be a low-pressure system that is going to be moving through the region March 31 through April 1. Small changes in the track and timing will naturally lead to big changes in the high temperature forecast.

        1. Hey Cort by any chance do you have good information on thunderstorm structure? I know it is a question out of the blue and you may not have anything off hand at this point. If you come across something just let me know.

        2. Cort S. says:

          Yeah, I got a few. Here’s one website to start us off. Maybe I’ll find some other good ones later.

          Life cycle of a typical thunderstorm cell:
          http://www.srh.noaa.gov/jetstream/tstorms/life.htm

          Types of thunderstorms (ordinary cell, multicell line or cluster, supercell):
          http://www.srh.noaa.gov/jetstream/tstorms/tstrmtypes.htm

          Also check out the menu on the left side of the page for more interesting information.

      2. Cort S. says:

        Btw, I’ll be driving through Kansas in early May on my way back to Michigan. We’ll see if I can time it right so I can be there if a good disturbance moves through. I feel like the most active severe weather for KS/OK will be in the latter half of May, but we’ll see if it starts earlier than expected.

        1. Thanks Cort! And hopefully you will drive through there at the right time!

  33. kevin. w says:

    Just looking over the comments the past five hours guess I didn’t miss much this go around.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      The almighty keven w had spoken! Get a life!

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