WIND ADVISORY – until 2 AMApril 4th, 2014 at 2:26 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
A Wind Advisory will be in effect until 3 am for gusts from the SW to W at 40-45 mph. The cold front is through…gusts to 35 at Lake Michigan and 30 mph inland now (2:30 pm). Winds will pick up behind he front and peak this evening with peak gusts of 30-40 mph. Still a chance of a sprinkle, very light shower and even a few flurries this evening/tonight. We’ll see a quick wind shift from the E-SE to the SW and then W as the front comes thru. Temperatures will fall a bit in the mid-late afternoon. Rain may change to a little light snow (less than 1/2 inch) as the last wraparound band comes thru Fri. night. The morning run of the NAM (caribou) model gives G.R. just 0.1″ of snow and 1.0″ to Cadillac. We’ll become partly to mostly sunny for Saturday PM and with west winds, it’ll be cooler as you get close to Lake Michigan. South winds will send us back into the low-mid 50s Sunday afternoon. We’ll have to watch rainfall totals south of I-94 where the heaviest rain has fallen. Benton Harbor had 1.4″ of rain Thurs., southern Kalamazoo County had 0.9″. As of noon, rainfall since midnight is 0.25″ for G.R., 0.11″ Kalamazoo, 0.13″ Battle Creek, 0.36″ Muskegon, 0.29″ Holland. We’ve noticed rises on the Kalamazoo and St. Joseph Rivers. You can check river levels here.
Also: Heavy snow falling in the western U.P., NW Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. There’s still a lot of snow on the ground around Lake Superior. 90% of Canada still has a solid snow cover. Global sea ice is actually above average right now.
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.