Dry Friday and at last part of Saturday

April 10th, 2014 at 2:21 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local  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 WedsThis 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.

218 Responses to “Dry Friday and at last part of Saturday”

  1. Jack says:

    Off Topic: RE: News Story on TV8, ” Chimpanzee’s on The Loose ” Some One Should Get – Tarzan ( pun). LOL… In Honor of ThrowBAck Thursday Here is A TUNE,, AHHH Classic by Ole Ray Stevens Cut CALLED GITARZAN ::: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7v8sDd7DSl8. Lol……stay CUEDDDDDDDD… ;-)

  2. SW Kent says:

    99 degrees with a dew point of -16.
    Another amazing day in SoCal.

    1. fixxxer says:

      Thanks rj jr.

    2. Jack says:

      Oaaa…Hell No……Indy … Uncle YACK,,,is Sick of Snow & Cold… :-( . I’m READY for 75degrees SUNNY Skies at The YOB on MAY 25th……. stay CUED..

    3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      How is this possible? Who knew?

  3. fixxxer says:

    Lmao… not even summer and woodtv is talking about next winter. Unbelievable. No wonder this place is 98% winter nuts 365 days. On a side note we all know this mild weather wont last just yet. But i hope the 40s i see coming are bogus. Then again there have been many easters with snow on the ground followed by a mild summer.

  4. It’s a great night up here in Oceana County! I am in rothbury right now. Should be a great sunset here

  5. GB says:

    In the middle of SEVEN days with highs above average… Did the cpc predict this In case you were wondering the answer is no


    Who knew? Right

    Looks like temps in the 40s Monday to Wednesday then back to seasonal temps

    Oh and one final thought looks like 70 on Saturday all of you who were predicting no 70s in April how do you feel about that now?

    Enjoy the next two days

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      -1.7* month to date in GR. Next 7 days will average below normal as well. Dig it.

      1. GB says:

        I don’t have to dig anymore the snow is all gone

    2. Brian(Grandville) says:

      It hasn’t hit 70 yet, so I’m sure they feel great about it.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        + 100 Gazillion! GR will not see 70 degrees this entire month!

        1. GB says:

          I have a deal for you Rocky when it hits 70 this weekend you give us all a break and go back to your moms basement for a day and don’t post …..if it doesn’t I will donate $20 to a charity of your choice

      2. GB says:

        Glad to see the Dungeon & Dragon.. I mean Rocky fan club is out tonight.

        You guys need a mountain dew delivery.

        I’m ready to dance

        1. yooper4021 says:

          Forget the Mountain Dew….I’ll take an Oberon, thanks.

  6. matt says:

    Cant wait for the higher temps

    1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      Says the person who said GR wouldn’t hit 60 in April. Pathetic. Who knew. I love it. Fantastic. Bring it.

  7. GB says:

    Ha your a joke Rock this is what the month is going to look like.


    Those instant weather maps have been a joke since the beginning of March

    16 day precipitation outlook keep posting troll

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Wow, the warm weather nuts are really getting desperate now!

      1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

        Not as desperate as you. Those maps have been as big as a joke as you. Who knew. Fantastic. Bring it. I love it.

  8. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    More COLD and SNOW is coming! Get ready to ROCK!

    1. GB says:

      Keep going buddy just digging your hole deeper.

      Let’s see how many more wrong predictions you can make

      1. yooper4021 says:

        Thanks for your fine public service.

    2. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      More RAIN and WARMTH are coming. Bring it. I love it. Who knew? Get ready.

  9. Jack says:

    WOW….Look To The WEST for a AWESOME SUNSET !!! :-) . Thank-YOU….” KING OF CREATION”",,,,,, ” Breath Taking”". :-)

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Amen! I took a picture it was so nice!

  10. DarrenSVRtsm ( Cedar S ) says:

    I know this isn’t going to happen as I have been mentioning this on occasion for sometime now predicated purely because I like to hype weather events , or could there be an outside chance that we could see 2″ + or – fall on occasion in Michigan from time to time. I think it was last year around this period, although it may have been closer to the 3/4 point of the month that we saw nearly 3.25″ of rain fall over a 24hr period of time , and about 4″ of rain preceding that event in a little over a week span. As everyone already knows these events do happen yet still no guarantee we will see any storms this weekend as one can never be sure, but isn’t it possible to discus weather because you have a passion for it , rather than merely being a ” hype machine ” or that of a personal agenda. Sorry if I sound negative but I sometimes get the feeling people refrain from openly speaking in part because of a select few individuals that seem to dismiss any opinion that doesn’t fit there personal weather wants – needs or bias, and that usually being one of extreme warmth vs frigid cold. Not to mention those that pile on typically with the same warm or cold bias in mind to further support there opinion by mentioning how the in pending weather will only cause more animals to starve / die and people to experience loss or hardship. I probably should not post this as I’m sure it’s over the top but I do enjoy learning from the many contributing individuals that post on Bill’s blog. I’m not implying that the forum should not be colorful in content as this is what makes the blog unique, and at the same time not plausible to appease every individual all of the time but rather appeal to the majority some of the time. When folks are leaving that used to frequent , not speaking to the few which will always complain but more too the many regulars and new-bees that might bring insight to the blog for all to gain. Again sorry for pressing send. :)

    1. DarrenSVRtsm ( Cedar S ) says:

      * not predicated….should read,

      5 day QPF: Won’t happen , but for those who are interested.

      1. DarrenSVRtsm ( Cedar S ) says:

        Lol take out the word now before predicated…jeez. Can’t even have a proper rant without mistakes.hahah

      2. Cliff(KZOO) says:

        If that does happen Lake Michigan/Huron will jump up quite a few inches for the month of April and so won’t have to hear the hype of the shrinking Great Lakes!!!

    2. Cliff(KZOO) says:

      Amen Darren, couldn’t agree with you more. It’s the same with people that scream it’s my first amendment, yet don’t really know what it means. I have learned this country is full of a lot of sheeple. I’m scared what the future has in store for this nation that is falling apart. Let’s get back to weather though!!! Another beautiful day it was, enjoy folks.

      1. DarrenSVRtsm ( Cedar S ) says:


    3. Cort S. says:

      Yup, I’m pretty annoyed by all the accusations of “hype” and “bias” just because someone might enjoy a particular flavor of weather more or less than someone else.

      A lot of times, hype gets spun up nowhere else but right here on the comments section of this blog. Come on… we’re just a bunch of dorks and weenies who watch the weather for fun. Of course we’re going to get excited at the prospect of a big storm. Also, think twice about blaming your favorite neighborhood meteorologist about hype. When “the weather becomes the news”, the meteorologist is usually the one who has to do rumor control because everyone else takes what they want to hear and runs with it.

      As for bias… one forecaster (or forecasting company) having an anti-global-warming bias because (s)he predicts temperatures in the 50s a week out, and another forecaster having a global warming bias because he (s)he predicts 70s a week out… Nonsense! Do you think global warming even enters into the meteorological process of predicting weather systems a week out? It doesn’t. Do you really think people will get swayed to believe for or against global warming because of a one-week forecast?? After time passes, people aren’t going to remember what a forecast high temperature was… only what actually happened (at least according to their personal experience, which itself is generally not to be trusted due to actual biases that all humans naturally have… see here). And it’s not like what happens during one particular week in one particular sliver of the planet has anything to do with climate (decades to centuries or longer) on a global scale! Let’s stop being stupid.

      And yes, I would like some cheese with my whine, thank you.

      1. Brian(Grandville) says:

        Boring weather always seems to bring out the best of our emotions. Nothing wrong with that. Keeps the wheels turning.

      2. DarrenSVRtsm ( Cedar S ) says:

        Save a bit of cheese for me as I spilled most of my wine on mine already. Lol. Well said Cort.

  11. INDY says:

    ROCKY u can blog winter all summer long it fits, Bill will even agree this a weather blog keep up the good weather Thoughts facts and snow laughs!! Like I said before winter 2014 will have more below normal days then this summer will have above normal days winter wins!! Back to more sprites on this nice Thursday night!! INDYY!!

  12. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    NW Lower MI – up to foot of SNOW! More skiing here I go!!!!!!!!


  13. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    >>>>>>BREAKING NEWS>>>>>> We are still entrenched in a below normal temperature pattern with NO CHANGE IN SIGHT! Get used to it!

    1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      More breaking news. We are in a SPRING pattern with no end in sight. Get used to it. I love it. Fantastic. Bring it. Thanks for listening. Who knew?

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      I know you’re on vacation, but clearly you haven’t been outside the past few days.

    3. Bobby (Ada) says:

      In addition to the BREAKING NEWS… Grand Rapids will be seeing their first 70 degree day of 2014 on Saturday!! Forecast high is now 73! Who knew?

    4. suehelen says:

      Have you been outside, Rocky?

  14. tyler says:

    63 in Escanaba today! Took a 3 hour walk around the park and back home with a coworker of mine. We got a little sunburnt actually. The snow really went today. 75 percent of the ground is bare now but still some big snowpiles left. 89 inches of snow here for the season.

  15. matt says:

    Nice out today

  16. matt says:

    Nice out today

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