First 60°

March 31st, 2014 at 4:07 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA    The first crocuses have appeared at the Steffen house….up against the house where the snow is gone…others are still buried by snow (my piles are still 1-2 feet on either side of the driveway.  We made 63° at G.R., 64° at MKG and Kalamazoo  – warmest temperatures since November.   With a SSE wind, it was just as warm at the shoreline (61° at the GLERL thermometer at the Muskegon Beach).  They’ll drop 10° in 5 minutes when the wind goes west later tonight.  We could see a light shower or two tonight with the cool front.   The warm air hasn’t made it to N. Michigan.  At mid-afternoon, Mackinac Is. had a temp. of 36°.  Houghton was 35° with an east wind at 20 mph gusting to 30 mph – not exactly spring yet.    There were 3 reported tornadoes in SW Minnesota today…though they were reported as south of one town and north of the town to the south…so I’ll guess it was the same small tornado.  No injuries that I saw.  There was also a 61 mph wind gust at Norton KS – that was all the severe weather today.   The high temperature was 78° in Des Moines, Iowa today, but by 9 pm, the temperature there had fallen to 37°.

96 Responses to “First 60°”

  1. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Enjoy it everyone! We may not see another until the end of April.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      You’re not making any friends on here with that comment. :)

    2. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      The downer of the blog speaks.

      I’ll gladly take that bet by the way.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        fixxxer is the number one downer of this blog! He complains and whines about all types of weather and complains about most of the bloggers as well! fixxxer jr is #2. DF just speaks with facts, so get used to it!

        1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

          Heck, parts of Michigan have another shot at 60 degrees tomorrow

        2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          It will be snowing at the ski resorts by Friday! Bring it!

      2. DF (SE Mich) says:

        I don’t expect anything less from the Detroit suburbs. Add it to the names you’ve called me.

        1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

          You’re just mad about your rainy and 51 forecast for today. What classifies as the end of April for this bet?

        2. DF (SE Mich) says:

          LOL, you didn’t even make a prediction… I don’t bet.

        3. DF (SE Mich) says:

          How can I be mad when I was only 3° off with my prediction? The game is over. I think I win actually ;)

        4. Travis (Oakland County) says:

          I said 53-58 and nice for opening day if you don’t recall.

        5. DF (SE Mich) says:

          This was worth name calling somehow right?

          You range mean was closer than my guess… Congrats?

    1. Jeff (Richland) says:

      As long as it stays away from here.

  2. DF (SE Mich) says:

    My hatred for these long range guesses is well documented but acculess has one 60°… on the last day of April.
    http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/grand-rapids-mi/49503/april-weather/21638_pc?monyr=4/1/2014

    Whatevertrends has 60′s from April 16 through the end of the month…
    http://www.weathertrends360.com/Graph/30day/ZU49503

    Let the games begin.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Whatevertrends is worst weather site on the face of the Earth. It’s warm weather bias has been well documented!!!

  3. INDY says:

    Wow did it even make it in the 60′s today I have 52* out at thee YARDofBRICKS!! Way to go Tigers!!! INDYY!!

  4. Wswplz says:

    * ” The Tomkap Countdown ” by the artist formerly known as T. K .

    His greatest hits album of 2013-14: Titled > The Final Countdown. :)

    1. The final Snow Clown

    2. WSW no more

    3. No more Rocky on this Road

    4. I’m not clowin around

    5. The clowns on this blog keep on typing

    6. Tomkap gotcha tung

    7. The only good clown is a dead clown

    8. Winter is gone, spring has finally come

    9. No Snow Demon no cry

    10. Snow Demons on the run, grab your gun!

    * Jack que the only fitting song The final —– —-

    I figured this tribute should be on a spring Thread

    Reply

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      We have plenty of Rocky Road weather on tap during the first three weeks of April, including SNOW, SNOW, SNOW!!! I would definitely blame the SNOW demons!

    2. Jack says:

      Thanks, For The Request wswplz… It’s CUE Time:::::: Europe – The Final Countdown(with lyrics) – YouTube
      ► 5:10► 5:10
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcJ-wNmazHQ. Stay Cued…BIG weather Changes Happening SOON.. ;-)

  5. Barb says:

    I don’t believe it! The snow melted in my flowerbed today, and there sticking about 1″ out of the ground are my daffodils!

    1. Barb says:

      So the moral is, Rocky, you can’t stop Mother Nature!

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Who knew??

    2. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      the same here in my yard and on my walk I see several people have crocuses in bloom.
      And more and more of the snow is now gone in the yard still have a good sized snow pile by the driveway but we are making progress!
      SlimJim

    3. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Only one shovel pile left over here, finally.

  6. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Its now cloudy here but the temp is still a nice and mild 61° here I made all the way up to 65° today. The official temp of 63° at the airport is the warmest since November and my 65° would be the warmest since October 15th
    The only problem now is that April dose not look warm at all BUT it should noted that ever April going back to 1964 has had at least one day in the 70’s and many have reached the 80’s
    Also a nice Win by the Tigers today.
    SlimJim

  7. INDY says:

    Sounds like I travass and Df are brothers!! Wonder if Bill knows that! Who would of thought? From drinking them sprites on this cool afternoon night way to go Tigers!! Tigers Win!! INDYY!

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      You never know I guess.

    2. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      Kind of like rocky and Assdyy dating each other.

      1. INDY says:

        And for desert rody loves weather!! INDYY!!

      2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Rodey = fixxxer = brain dead!

    3. DF (SE Mich) says:

      What is certain is Travis and I are more related than the imaginary aliases are to anyone.

    4. Jack says:

      TIGERS WIN, INDY….Stop Over too ” Uncle YACKS” for ahhhh Fat-One of To Celebrate The WIN, & SPRING !!!!! STAY CUED………do da Do…DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDETRIOT…. ;-)

      1. jerry hoag says:

        JACK AND INDY, WHAT ABOUT ME?????????????????

  8. The coldest temperatures in the next 8 days will only be 38 (Even though its way below average, it isn’t terrible). Other than that, we will be in the 40′s. Finally no more days below 32 degrees for a high! From here on out the snow will only melt. Even if we get a snowstorm, 2 days later it will all be gone. So its looking like winter sport lovers are about done with there season. Now its time for warmer weather/thunderstorm lovers to get there share here soon! about time!

    Also to note, I have lost all of my snowpack, even along my driveway and in my entire yard as well as I made it to a high of 64 degrees today. This warmth was enough to make some green grass poke out in my yard

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

    Did anyone else think these temps in the low 60′s would have felt warmer? The clouds and breeze actually make it feel a little cooler than the real temp. There is still a couple inches of snow around my house with some shaded areas near a foot.

    1. INDY says:

      Today will be the only above normal day in West Michigan the rest of the week!! Did Bill just say snow!!! Wow who would of rody! INDYY!

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      I still have 5 inches of SNOW in both my back and front yard and I will be skiing well into APRIL! Imagine that!

      1. Paul m says:

        No you can’t measure the snow you pulled off your roof!

  10. Nick says:

    this weather caused multiple tornados in minnesota

    1. jerry hoag says:

      Where????

    2. jerry hoag says:

      Nick I found the info and posted it…

  11. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Not good when were looking at a chance of .50″ of ice for Friday, it’s looking more and more possible for an ice storm from wednesday night through through Friday, old man winter just won’t leave us alone ugh! haha, good thing is most of the ice will melt during the daytime hours as temperatures reach the 40′s!

    http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/pwpf/wwd_accum_probs.php?ftype=probabilities&fpd=24&ptype=icez

  12. jerry hoag says:

    Almost always, because the kiddos are going on Spring Break starting this Friday, the weather will be all crappy, then during the whole time while on break it will suck!!! Then when they go back to school, it will get better!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!! Look for 60′s, 70′s after the kiddos go back to school……..

  13. GunLakeDeb says:

    Wow!! 61 degrees up on the hill at work, where the only snow remaining is the snowbank that’s trapping my kayak trailer….grrrr…. and a balmy 44 degrees at the house that’s still surrounded by ample miles of ice. And it must be thick, because there’s still icefishermen out there.

  14. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    The warmer weather keeps singing through the wind. Sounds like Should I Stay Or Should I Go

  15. jerry hoag says:

    Here ARE THE TORNADO REPORT IN Minnesota TODAY!!!

    All in Southwest Minnesota.
    Tornado Reports

    2048 3 N MINNEOTA LYON MN 4461 9597 STRUCTURAL DAMAGE (FSD)
    2108 3 SE ST LEO YELLOW MEDICINE MN 4469 9601 STRUCTURAL DAMAGE REPORTED WITH PROBABLE TORNADO SOUTHEAST OF ST LEO. TIME ESTIMATED. (MPX)
    2110 2 ESE ST LEO YELLOW MEDICINE MN 4471 9602 DAMAGE REPORTED … EXTENT UNKNOWN.

  16. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

    Just got back from Battle Creek, wonderful day to get out. I seen a lot of tree damage south of Hastings to Battle Creek, from the severe storms in November and December’s ice storm. I understand why we lost power in December with all the trees and large limbs down. Endless clean-up for a lot of people. I am also concern, I seen a lot of trees that will be coming down, when we get the next big storm. Anyone in the tree cutting business could make some money here in the Hastings/Barry County area.

  17. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    The SNOW line is moving South and getting closer and closer to GR! Bring it!

    http://www.instantweathermaps.com/GFS-php/showmap-conussfc.php?run=2014033118&time=PER&var=ASNOWI&hour=384

      1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

        Hater

      2. Cliff(Scotts) says:

        He’s kinda like the boy who cries wolf, one of these times he will figure it out.

  18. INDY says:

    Burn Baby Burn well my sprites are going down tonight uncle yack yack wants to burn a fat one must be the first 60* day this spring!!!! Bill get your fishing pole ready!!! INDYY!!

    1. jerry hoag says:

      Hey INDY!!! Did you see my tornado posting?????? Burn a big fat one…..Hey can I come too??????????? Uncle Jack may I come too?????

  19. Uncle Sparkee says:

    Wowwy mowwwy my little weather hobos, your ol uncle sparkee watched Russian weather stations today and listened to the tigers on the ol am radio. Hot Russian weather Dolly’s and opening day! Thank you satellites! Been smoking bombs and drinking what tonto calls fire water! Your ol aunty Edna’s been cookin rabbit stew all day! Life in the back woods!

    1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      You sound like a very interesting person Uncle Sparkee. What part of the world are you from? Couple of times I reply to your post, I was having fun. I bet aunty Edna’s rabbit stew is the best in the world?

    2. Jack says:

      Hey U.Sparkee a Tune for U, my Blood Brother Veteran…..CUE, The Highway Men ::::: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veBR0aH54M0. Keep on sparking UNCLE S!! We Love ya…….STAY CUED…. ;-)

      1. jerry hoag says:

        JACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hit me up too!!

  20. mr. negative says:

    Thanks for the 60 degree day. Looking forward to our second 60 degree day in June.

    1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      I bet you are really a happy/uplifting fun loving person.

  21. Any snow we get here on out will melt very fast. So if we get snow later this week, it will melt the next day or 2 later so no worries there. It does look as though mid to late April could offer us a increased chance for storms so we will have to watch that. Most of my snowmobiling days are done with, unless I was to go up north which I have lost interest in snowmobiling now because I am sick of the snow haha maybe in another 8 months I’ll want it back

    1. jerry hoag says:

      NO THE SNOW CAN STAY AWAY TIL 2032!!!!!!!!!

    2. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      I am guessing we might get some severe storms around the 20th of April. IMO/my 2 cents worth, if we get warmer temperatures.

      1. jerry hoag says:

        That would be cool, even sooner would be cool!!!!!!!!!

  22. As of right now, I really could care a less if it ever came back lol but that will change likely

  23. I was doing a county comparison for class, and I did Van Buren County Michigan compared to Saline County Kansas, and from the thing I found, Kansas would offer more for me than Michigan would. This is really making me rethink staying here. Plus, I would have more interesting weather in the plains from blizzards to tornadoes

      1. Cort S. says:

        I’ve had the same thoughts before. I wouldn’t mind living in Kansas for a while (and I was lucky enough to do so for a month in May 2011), but the weather there isn’t always interesting year-round. Beware of the “grass is greener on the other side.” Michigan has plenty else for a person to do when the weather is benign, and at least for me, it has many family and friends. But hey, exploring the country while you’re young is terrific. If your career path allows you to do this, I say give it a try.

    1. jerry hoag says:

      I was thinking that too awhile back, then didn’t do it. I always wondered what would be if I did…..or if I did still…….

    2. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      If you decide to leave, you will have to stay in contact. I bet you would see a lot of wild weather. Follow your dream.

      1. jerry hoag says:

        I just might do that, but not totally sure.

        Kyle, though if this is your dream go for it man!!!!!!!!!

  24. jerry hoag says:

    MESO DISCUSSION IN MINNESOTA, WISCONSIN, DOWN SOUTH FROM THERE:

    MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0238
    NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
    0643 PM CDT MON MAR 31 2014

    AREAS AFFECTED…CNTRL/SERN MN…ERN IA…FAR WRN WI…NERN MO

    CONCERNING…SEVERE POTENTIAL…WATCH UNLIKELY

    VALID 312343Z – 010215Z

    PROBABILITY OF WATCH ISSUANCE…20 PERCENT

    SUMMARY…ISOLATED SVR THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE INTO THE
    EVENING. WHILE CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE TO BE MONITORED…WW
    ISSUANCE IS CURRENTLY UNLIKELY.

    DISCUSSION…AN ARC OF CONVECTION EXTENDS FROM CNTRL MN TO NRN MO
    WITHIN THE ERN SEMICIRCLE OF A DEEP CYCLONE WHOSE MID-LEVEL CENTER
    IS POSITIONED OVER SWRN MN PER RECENT MOISTURE-CHANNEL IMAGERY. THE
    PRESENCE OF 35-50-KT LOW/MID-LEVEL SLYS PER REGIONAL VWP DATA WILL
    SUPPORT SOME ORGANIZED/PERSISTENT CONVECTION. THE GREATEST
    CONCENTRATION OF THIS ACTIVITY WILL REMAIN INVOF A
    COLD-FRONT-OVERTAKEN DRYLINE FROM SERN MN TO ERN IA AND NERN
    MO…AND STORMS WITHIN THIS CORRIDOR COULD PRODUCE SPORADIC DMGG
    WIND GUSTS AND MARGINALLY SVR HAIL. FARTHER N…ASCENT ALONG A WARM
    FRONT EXTENDING FROM CNTRL MN TO W-CNTRL WI N OF MSP WILL ALSO
    REMAIN A POSSIBLE FOCUS FOR STRONG STORMS AND POSSIBLY A BRIEF
    TORNADO OR TWO WHERE SFC WINDS ARE RELATIVELY MORE BACKED TO ENHANCE
    LOW-LEVEL SHEAR. THE PAUCITY OF LOW-LEVEL MOISTURE — I.E. SFC
    DEWPOINTS IN THE LOWER/MIDDLE 40S — SHOULD KEEP BUOYANCY
    SUFFICIENTLY SMALL ACROSS THE DISCUSSION AREA TO PREVENT A GREATER
    SVR RISK FROM EVOLVING. NOCTURNAL COOLING WILL BE DETRIMENTAL FOR
    THE MAINTENANCE OF STRONGER UPDRAFTS AS STORMS APPROACH/CROSS THE MS
    RIVER IN THE NEXT FEW HOURS.

  25. Jacob G. says:

    So looking out at the Euro weeklies here this Monday night. We have some minor setbacks to the spring like warmth coming for first 20 days in April. Looking like a cool, wet and possible wintry period yet for the first half of April. We could also see record cold mid month. However it does continue to show around week 3 a nice stretch of warmth and upper ridge coming and that has been there for a while now with the MJO phase 6. After that it tries to break it down towards the end of the month with backdoor cold fronts and a western and plains trough showing up. Severe weather still looks limited here for awhile and even though week 3 is warm I don’t see severe weather that week. Okay that is my take on reading the Euro Weekly tea leaves….

    1. jerry hoag says:

      we will see what the future holds………………………..

  26. Brian(Grandville) says:

    Looks like cooler than average weather continues until further notice, with just a brief warm up here and there. Don’t tell Brian Williams that. His bit on the news tonight made it sound like “we are all doomed if we don’t do something now”. LOL!

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      I saw that. I remember Anne Thompson (the reporter) doing a story on the rapidly falling Great Lakes water levels last year. She was standing at the edge of Lake Erie near Cleveland. The water level of Lake Erie was exactly at the century average the day she was standing there. Amazing. Reminds of the quote from H.L. Mencken: “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

      I sure that when she said “if WE don’t do something” it meant the U.S. Good luck getting China to follow the same demands (unless we pay for it). The truth is that global temperatures have not gone up since 2002: http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/graphs_v3/Fig.C.gif

      The climate models that the climate alarmists and profiteers have programmed to promote this are failing miserably: http://www.climatedialogue.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Figure-2-Pielke.jpg

      This is from Dr. Judith Curry, Head of Climate Science at Georgia Tech:

      My written testimony documented the following evidence:

      For the past 16 years, there has been no significant increase in surface temperature. There is a growing discrepancy between observations and climate model projections. Observations since 2011 have fallen below the 90% envelope of climate model projections
      The IPCC does not have a convincing or confident explanation for this hiatus in warming.
      There is growing evidence of decreased climate sensitivity to atmospheric carbon dioxideconcentrations
      Based on expert judgment in light of this evidence, the IPCC 5th assessment report lowered its surface temperature projection relative to the model projections for the period 2016-2036.

      The growing evidence that climate models are too sensitive to CO2 has implications for the attribution of late 20th century warming and projections of 21st century climate change. Sensitivity of the climate to carbon dioxide, and the level of uncertainty in its value, is a key input into the economic models that drive cost-benefit analyses, including estimates of the social cost of carbon.

      If the recent warming hiatus is caused by natural variability, then this raises the question as to what extent the warming between 1975 and 2000 can also be explained by natural climate variability. In a recent journal publication, I provided a rationale for projecting that the hiatus in warming could extend to the 2030’s. By contrast, according to climate model projections, the probability of the hiatus extending beyond 20 years is vanishing small. If the hiatus does extend beyond 20 years, then a very substantial reconsideration will be needed of the 20th century attribution and the 21st century projections of climate change.”

      Time is growing short for the alarmists…as temperatures remain steady. That’s one reason for the “big push” right now. The second reason is to divert the media and public attention from another Obamacare failure, the crash of the website today (which would have taken up the first 15 minutes of the newscast if the other party was in power. And of course the mid-stream correction from “global warming” to the all encompassing “climate change” Sorry Anne – but from a weather standpoint, the Hurricane of 1938 in the NE was a bigger brother to “Superstorm” Sandy:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1938_New_England_hurricane

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_sandy

      1. Ansel says:

        Whew! Rant over.

      2. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

        Bill, who is really behind the Global Warming doctrine? I know NBC and The Weather Channel are involved big time.

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

          The U.N. has a huge stake in it. It’s another way for them to take from the “Rich” countries and give to the “Poor.”

        2. Bill Steffen says:

          GE owns 49% of NBC Universal. That includes NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, The Weather Channel, Weather Underground, E!, Bravo, USA Network, Telemundo, Oxygen, Hulu (part owner), Syfy…and more. They also own the NBC local stations in the biggest markets (NYC, Chicago, L.A., Philadelphia, Miami, Dallas, San Diego, Washington D.C. (of course).

          GE is also the biggest lobbyist in the world (bigger than any oil company). They stand to gain financially by using government mandated regulations to promote their products and limit competition. “Climate Change” is a convenient vehicle to do that.

          In general, there’s a LOT of money in “Climate Change” and a lot of it has been wasted: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-09-18/news/ct-met-kass-0918-20110918_1_solyndra-loan-guarantee-obama-fundraisers-obama-white-house and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZztn2pfC3I (excellent investigative story that WOOD did that finally prompted some government oversight).

          Here’s just a portion of the grants that came to Michael Mann (of “use Mike’s TRICK to HIDE THE DECLINE” Climategate fame): http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2398822/posts

    2. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      Also don’t tell Ansel…sorry too late.

  27. kevin. says:

    LOTS AND LOTS OF MAPLE SYRUP TODAY and the burners will be kickin up the sweet smell tommorrow. Been about 15 hour day today and probably another Tuesday. Whew!

    1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      A lot of hard work and sweet rewards.

    2. on the Grand says:

      Kevin, not sure if you can help. Last year a tree branch cracked on this very old maple tree, so we cut it off with three others. Now all the open cuts just pours out a clear sap, non stop. My question is, when will it stop. When it got cold a few days ago, when I looked at the tree, there were three icicles hanging from the cuts. Thanks

      1. Todd in nunica says:

        The tree will seal it’s self up in time…..in the mean time stick a bucket under it for a few days, boil it down and serve on pancakes….

        1. on the Grand says:

          Thanks

    3. Todd in nunica says:

      You got that right, like poking a hole in a water balloon lol, we are drowning in sap right now…

      1. Jesse (Zeeland) says:

        My batch yesterday will be my last of the season. The sap down here has already turned bitter. The syrup was a mess and it smelled like marshmallows and quickly spoiled.

  28. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

    Looks like Missouri is getting some thunderstorms.

  29. Jacob G. says:

    Watching the short range models coming up here this week as we are now in that range. I wouldn’t be surprise to see a possible ice storm warning for somebody north or along of I96 later this week. Latest hires NAM only goes out to 60 hours but shows .25-.50 inches of ice center along and north of I96. The radar returns at hour 60 continue to show more moisture west of us during that window.

    1. Jacob G. says:

      It may come down to how much we rain at night versus the day. As during the day temps may get too warm at the surface. Going to be tricky forecast for the Wed night/Thursday morning.

  30. Jacob G. says:

    Latest 00Z GFS for the main storm on Friday has shifted a bit southward compared to the 12Z run and had gotten a bit deeper with the low. Could add more FZRA early on again with that system as well north and east of GRR. Still could be 12″+ in IA/WI and U.P. Hey we have stuff to watch, surprise it is so quiet in here tonight….

  31. Tyler says:

    I heard Milwaukee has green grass already. How the heck can Grand Rapids still have snow and Milwaukee have green grass. I hear the snow in Green Bay is gone as well.

  32. Jacob G. says:

    Week 2 where does storm go? Is it a lakes cutter with snow or east coast storm again and we are cold and mostly dry. Based on the last few months could be east coast storm, stay tuned. Sorry for so many posts tonight, pumped up lot of things on the table this month…

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