Dry Friday and at last part of SaturdayApril 10th, 2014 at 2:21 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
We’ll stay dry today (Fri.) and at least part of Saturday. We could catch a shower Saturday PM. The more significant showers (and thundershowers) begin Sat. night and from Sat. PM thru Monday, the GFS plot gives G.R. 2.33″ of rain. The European prints out 2.58″ – so both models have quite a soaking. This will cause some flooding, from ponding of water to small streams to the bigger rivers approaching flood stage in places next week. There could be a little snow as the precipitation ends Monday and we could see a period of light snow at some point Tues. PM thru Weds. PM., but it wouldn’t be much. Global Sea Ice Extent is 1,053,000 square km. above the 1981-2010 mean.
The El Nino is coming on…if it turns out to be stronger and centered closer to S. America, that would give us a warmer winter next year….weaker and centered more toward the Central Pacific might very well give us another cold and/or snowy winter – though it’ll be hard top this winter…however we had a combination like that in the late 70s. In any case, it should mean more rainfall for California next winter than this winter. It’ll be interesting to see if the El Nino is a one and done or if it hangs around for a couple years. The water is quite warm along the African to Caribbean hurricane track, but El Ninos don’t tend to favor very active hurricane seasons. We’ve gone the longest period of time ever without a major (category 3 or higher) hurricane hit on the U.S.). In the meantime, a strong hurricane is approaching Queensland, Australia. Here’s a satellite pic. of the storm. Frying birds with solar energy (and this place gets 1.6 BILLION dollars in U.S. loan guarantees! I’m still waiting to see that first polar bear that’s died from “global warming”. Storm approaching a field of bluebonnets in Texas. The U.S. (48 states) was 10° warmer than average on Weds. This was the Sunday storm on the Weds. AM GFS (scary for both snow and potential flooding). Cherry blossoms in bloom at sunset in Washington D.C.
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.