Tuesday NightApril 1st, 2014 at 12:44 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
The radar’s pretty empty now (5:30 pm) and should stay that way. There have been a few flurries up near US 10. At this hour there’s some sun along and south of I-94, but most of us have stayed cloudy for most of the day Here’s a daytime satellite loop. The winds will diminish late this afternoon into this evening and go nearly calm tonight. We’ll become partly cloudy with the low clouds lifting out northeast and some high clouds arriving from the southwest. Temperatures will continue to cool. We’ll be close to freezing (32°) as the rain moves late Weds. night into early Thursday, so that’s the mostly likely time for a period of a few hours of light freezing rain…best bet north of Grand Rapids.
Also: The origin of April Fools. Here’s a couple of April Fools pranks…the full page ad from Burger King, the left-handed burger and the famous BBC piece on growing spaghetti. Six famous pranks. …and, Apple Computer was founded on 4/1/1976.
Blizzard in N.D. – 10″ at Grand Forks, 12″ at Gilby. Welcome rains in California. I have NEVER seen this before! There was one small tornado near Minneota, MN. Gotta look close at this one…plane hit by lightning while landing in England. March 2014 – U.S. 1.5°C colder than average, the entire Earth 0.118°C warmer than average. The number of hurricanes globally peaked in the mid ’90s, relatively few hurricanes the past decade (somebody tell Anne Thompson). Remembering the Blizzard of 1947. YIKES! Nice Rainbow.
Links: Grand Rapids radar, Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s regional radar, 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.