Tuesday – Whitecaps Opening GameApril 8th, 2014 at 1:39 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
We’re doing all our newscasts live from Fifth Third Park today and I’ll be out there much of the day and night (through the 11 pm newscast), so I won’t be here on the blog. We still have a chance of an isolated sprinkle or shower, so I’ll leave the radar up. I’ll be throwing out the first pitch (along with a contest winner among those who registered here at www.woodtv.com). It’s been 50 years since I was in Little League and I wasn’t a pitcher, so this should be interesting. I went to the garage to look for my old mitt Sunday afternoon and couldn’t find it. I actually might have given it to the Whitecaps. They recycle mitts for kids. I did go to a nearby park with a couple baseballs. It was muddy, no bases or pitcher’s mound…I tried throwing about a dozen balls…not a pretty sight. I did play 3 years of Little League in Wilmette, Illinois. There wasn’t much for boys to get into back then but Little League and Boy Scouts. We had A – B – C – and D leagues based on ability. The first year I was in D league. We had 20-some kids on a team. You got to bat about once a game and I didn’t get a hit all season…all outs, lots of walks and I remember getting hit by a pitch a couple times. The second year I made C league. I was so embarrassed that I didn’t get a hit the first year that I really practiced with my dad. The first game I went 2 for 4. The third year I moved up to B league and was good enough to make the All Star Game, where I got a bloop double down the right field line. My other big Little League thrill (gotta be a top-ten day of my life) was hitting a grand-slam home run in the 9th to win a game. There was no fence. The center fielder was playing in too short. I hit a long-line drive that sailed over his head and I crossed home plate before the ball was back at 2nd base. Being from the North Side, I was a Cubs fan. (through I knew and can probably still name most of the White Sox from the pennant winning team of ’59). Ernie Banks was not only a great baseball player, but he was so dog-gone happy all the time (“Let’s play two today!”). I wanted to be like him – spreading “happy”. A few years ago, one of my daughters got me an autographed picture of Ernie Banks for Christmas…which I’ve kept up on the mirror in our bedroom ever since. If you see me at the game, say “hi”. I’ll try and update the blog in the early morning of Weds.
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 the U.S. Low Temperature map. 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 any Closings.