Cooler Today and Early Next Week

April 22nd, 2014 at 2:36 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

day2otlk_0600   snow buffalo pass NE of Steamboat Springs, Colorado  4 1 14This is the Thunderstorm Outlook from the Storm Prediction Center for 4/23 (Weds.). The main threat looks like hail, though strong winds and an isolated tornado or two are also possible. Looks like another snowstorm goes over Lake Superior. Here’s the NAM and GFS snow predictions for Lake Superior.  The models have afternoon temps. in the upper 40s today and mid 50s on Weds.    The NAM (car.) gives G.R. .02″ of rain Thurs. AM and 0.29″ Thurs. evening.   The GFS (car.) gives G.R. 0.08″ Thurs. AM and 0.38″ Thurs. evening/night.  The GFS-plot is almost frigid for early next week, with afternoon temps. only in the low 40s Sunday and temps. most of Monday only in the 30s.  The GFS-plot also says we’ll have at least a chance of a little light mix with the cold air, which could include a period of sleet or even wet snow!  The model has lows in the upper 20s (a freeze) next Monday am.    I’m not staying up for the European tonight.  Look at the Jamstec model forecast for next winter.   It has a weak-moderate El Nino centered in the Central Pacific with a Storm Track on average a touch east of Michigan and lots of cold.  This would be reminiscent of the winter of 1977-78, which followed the cold winter of 1976-77.   Grand Rapids high of 78 on Monday was warmer than Daytona Beach (73), Orlando (73), Tampa (75), New Orleans (76), Galveston (76), and Molokai Airport/Hawaii (76).  It was cooler to the north with highs of 45 at Mackinac Is. and Escanaba and 46 at Cheboygan.   Winter wheat crop diminished by cold and snowy winter.   The picture on the right is from the NWS in Grand Jct. CO.  It’s a snow measurement taken 4/1 at Buffalo Pass Co.  They measured a snow depth of 196″ (16′ 4″).  That’s 64″ above the average snow depth there for April 1.

Sea Ice Update April 20, 2014 – Global Sea Ice 1.05 million sq km Above Normal – Antarctic Sea Ice 42nd Daily Record.  Great Lakes ice at 2,000% of average!   Lowest # of tornadoes from Jan. 1 – April 21 ever.  Hurricane events also low – ACE Index at lowest level in over 35 years.

143 Responses to “Cooler Today and Early Next Week”

  1. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    I saw this for early next week. Temps in the low 40s wow! Sleet or a mix? It’s almost May!

    1. fixxxer says:

      i distinctly remember some snow either the end of last april or the one before that followed by a very warm summer. we shall see. these long ranges are just basing the cold weather on how the winter was. there is no concrete indication the entire summer will suffer. I HOPE!

      1. Michael g (se GR) says:

        What was that Mr. Negative?

        1. DF (SE Mich) says:

          Add it to the list but I think we knew this for quite some time.

      2. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

        I remember we had snow showers here one day last year at the end of April.

  2. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

    Too early in the morning to figure out next winter’s forecast. On Early Today they are saying a outbreak of small size tornadoes on Wednesday out in the Great Plains. I am sure the storm chasers will have fun trying to figure out what storm cell to follow on Wednesday. My wife is off to work. She has to go into work early once a week. It’s nice out this morning. Going back to bed, the world isn’t ready for me.

  3. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

    Almost forgot, HAPPY EARTH DAY everyone, and go out and do your part by HUGGING a tree today.

    1. Skot says:

      YEAH LETS ALL NOT buy Gas today and see how high it jumps weds. !!

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      My daughter just asked me the other day why people litter. She said it just doesn’t make any sense. She is wise beyond her almost ten years. Since the weather has warmed, we’ve been riding our bikes a lot. The amount of roadside trash is incredible. The most common items seem to be cigarette packs (butts of course) and empty airline shots of liquor. They’re everywhere! I don’t ever recall this volume of garbage. Sad.

      1. whatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

        Hicup……..Hicup……hey! that reminds me,I am almost out of smokes. Did i seriously just read something above in regards to NEXT winter?

        1. fixxxer says:

          yes because bill and woodtv are on the cold-weather-hype train.

          if these cold temps keep up its going to be devastating to both farmers and the summer seasonal locations.

      2. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

        When picking up litter, doing yard work(near the road), be extra careful, not to pickup needles. Heroin users use needles to shoot up. I am sure needles are used for other drugs also. I understand when most heroin users finish shooting up will throw the needle out the window as they go down the road. They say if you get prick by a used needle go to the may take a few weeks to see you have HIV etc. I have know people who have found drug needles in their yard. Also, METH makers will litter.

        1. DF (SE Mich) says:

          Remind me to avoid Hastings… ;)

        2. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

          One person that I knew lived near Grand Rapids and one person here in Hastings.

      3. Jen says:

        Fascinating, my 11 year old just asked me that same thing Friday when we went for a walk. On our road it’s the large beer cans. Unfortunately they lead right onto our private drive. I really wish that person could be caught for their obvious drinking and driving.

    3. Ned S. (East of Holland) says:

      I think I’ll get the chain saw out! :-)

  4. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    Such a positive outlook fixxxer! Wasn’t it you who always warns us about long range forecasting?

  5. Mr.Positive says:

    Won’t believe it till it happens. They said this April would be one of the coldest ever. I’m so sick of bills cold weather bias. Does he have any idea some models like the NOAA has us for above average for next winter.

  6. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Here we are entering the last 1/3 of April 2014. We just had our first back to back warm days and with a few more mild days this week we are once again heading into a cold pattern. As while we are talking about long range guesses that will disrespected 45 day long range guess from Accu less weather still shows NO days in May warmer then 69° Now while several stations in the east side of the state now have reached 80° that benchmark has been reached there but still not here in GR. It should be noted that while last April was on average colder then this one we did warm up at the end of April and it stayed warm for the most part of all of May. This year may not turn out that way.
    It’s sunny here with a temp of 43° but there are some clouds off to the west.

  7. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Man, talking about Lk Superior ice, snow in the UP, and next winter in late April… only on Bill’s Blog lol

    Hit 80 degrees in Detroit and 81 in Flint. That was only 3 degrees away from the record. Both locations are now firmly above average for April. We’ll see if it’s enough to end the month that way too.

    Forecast looks very pleasant the next couple days. Upper 50′s to low 60′s with plenty of sun. Friday looks milder with WXYZ forecasting 65 degrees.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Interestingly, Flint’s record low for yesterday was set just last year.

      1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

        It funny how that seems to happen now and then.

    2. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      On Friday the NWS is forecasting a high of 60 to 64 in Flint and Detroit and on Sunday the forecasted high is 48 to 52 (average high for April 27th is 62 Flint and 64 Detroit)

    3. DF (SE Mich) says:

      The 81° in Flint did tie for 2nd highest temp on that date.

  8. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    It was a warm night in Detroit and Flint but today’s high for both locations probability been reached and the temp in Flint is already down to 44° But the end of April and the start of May both look to be on the cold side. And as for April as a whole Detroit is now at +0.5 Grand Rapids is now at +0.3 and of course the warm spot goes to Flint where they are running at +1.4 But in northern Michigan it’s a different story as Alpena is now at -2.2° Gaylord -3.2° Marquette -3.5° and Houghton -3.9° so all of Michigan is just a north to northwest wind away from a cold wind. And all areas near any of the Great Lakes are also a lake breeze away from a cold day.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      It’s telling how cold it has been when +0.5° is “firmly above average for April”… The weather story from the Detroit NWS tells it all today, back to negative.

  9. INDY says:

    Mid 50′s are nice in late April hu? Go smoke some more green I travass!! Fact is mid 50′s are below normal!! Have a cool day!!! INDYY!!

    1. H&L says:

      Poor Indy

  10. Jacob G. says:

    That same Jamstec (JMA) model has below average temps for Summer, Fall and Winter for the Midwest. I posted last night in another thread the Euro weeklies look cool out to 4 weeks especially with MJO phases of 1,2 and 3 which are cool phases for May. It will warm up a few days here and there but the overall trend on the ensembles are cool and they are in a pretty good agreement so confidence is above average.

  11. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

    smh, still talking about snow,might be time to pack up and move back too TN. you guys can have the crap roads and high gas prices and the s— called SNOW!

    1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      Deal with it or go back home to the hills.

      1. H&L says:

        Larry thanks for the love.

        Wow someone doesn’t want to see snow at the end of April….maybe we should kick them out of the state

        1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

          LOVE is my middle name.

      2. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

        It’s Rude people like you Larry is another reason id like to move.

        1. DF (SE Mich) says:

          Bad mouthing Michigan and its long time residents is cool though… no rudeness there.

        2. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

          It is What It Is DF.

        3. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

          I wasn’t being rude. For 7 years I lived in the deep south, I had someone tell me, to deal with the subtropical temperatures or back to Michigan. Guess what, I dealt with it, and life goes on.

  12. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

    I saw Great Lakes ice is about 2000% of long term average. Impressive.

  13. H&L says:

    This blog is the most cold weather loving place I have ever seen. I seriously know 0 people who like cold weather or enjoy it being below average. But here everyone loves it, just funny. I supose everyone here follows Bill’s lead he seems to love the 1976-1980 time period. talks about the time period like it was some golden era. Maybe he just liked the music back then.
    The fact is Bill focuses on the cold, here we are average for the month and do we talk about that nope lets talk about ice on Lake Superior.

    This place makes me smile.

    The long range in the upper 50′s will be good yard work weather.

    Finally can we drop the no 70′s in May! That is just a joke. Court posted a good article on Accuweather long range, please read.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      I prefer warm over cold any day. But since this “cold” has been in place for the past half-year, it makes sense that it’s the subject of discussion.

    2. Jen says:

      I can’t say even the majority of us love the constant cold. We Michiganders love the 4 seasons. You get a little bit of everything every year, but you can’t rule out the possibility of all 4 of those seasons happening in 1 day, in any season. Keeps you on your toes. Maybe we’re all thrill seekers, not frozen hearted.

      1. Lonnie(Grand Haven) says:

        This is a WEATHER blog,and since the WEATHER has been cold for the past 4 months,and there is record ice cover on the great lakes,doesn’t it make it a worthy conversation?The reason 1976-80 is discussed,are the parallels between that time period and now.Seems very interesting to me,and I’m sure many other people who are interested in not only current stuff,but historical data as well.Keep up the good work Bill!

    3. suehelen says:

      I don’t love it. Not one bit.

  14. Josh From Zeeland says:


  15. craig james says:

    Hi everyone….a couple of things. With temps as warm as they were yesterday, how did Lake Michigan ice cover go from 18.6% to 19.7%? Could it be because this is modeled ice cover and not observed ice cover?

    Also, remember all the comments about how the ice in the winter would keep us cold not only in the spring but in the summer too? Well, notice what the average temperature for this month is as of today. It is 0.3 degrees ABOVE normal!

    Now I know it is going to get quite cool here for the last several days of the month but NOT because there was ice on the lake in the winter. A large 1040 mb high over central Canada giving us persistent winds out of the northeast will do the dirty deed. In fact, the only thing that will give us a cooler than average summer is the overall weather pattern, which does look cool. It won’t be because there was a lot of ice on the lake in the winter.

    I wonder if BigDaddy is still around.

    1. H&L says:

      I like this guy

    2. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      Hmmm… funny ice stats, indeed

    3. Jacob G. says:

      I can’t imagine the ice cover is 100% accurate from one day to the next and can have margin of errors. If they use satellite imagery and how do they account for cloudy periods? Do they use the previous clear day data and then fill in the gaps during the cloudy days? I wouldn’t look at it from a day to day perspective but more of a week to week. There are no funny stats here going on it just not a exact scientific measurement, IMHO.

    4. Imthemom (just n holland) says:

      My younger dtr took my grand daughter to Tunnel Park yesterday. She says that they had to walk thru snow by the tunnel and the ice still on the lake ” looked like something out of Titanic”.

    5. Cliff(KZOO) says:

      I’m sure wind doesn’t play into ice cover either?

    6. JoAnne says:

      I’ll let him know that you’re looking for him Craig.

      1. Paul says:

        So is this “JoAnne” the same idiot who put an bogus email address from a Canadian car dealership on here replies?

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          There are 3 different JoAnne’s that make comments here.

    7. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      Craig, still hosting travel tours?

      1. Mike M. says:

        It’s not THE Craig James. The Fat Man is back.

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          Big Daddy’s got a new gig in Indiana:

  16. Cort S. says:

    Y’all better get your ducks in a row before I get back to Michigan in a couple weeks. I’ve been enjoying above-normal temperatures in SLC since February. I don’t want to see snow covering the tulips.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      I’ll get right on that. :)

    2. Jacob G. says:

      Maybe you just need to bring the warmth over for us, lol.

      1. DF (SE Mich) says:

        There you go! You get on that Cort!

        1. Cort S. says:

          Hmmm… bottled air. It’ll be the biggest thing since bottled water. Hello profits!

        2. Cort S. says:

          Looks like there’s still a market for warm air.

    3. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      Cort S. things will not return to normal until you return to west Michigan.

  17. Jacob G. says:

    So since we are talking about ice and snow…up here in Kent City I still can find one all natural snow drift that is about 10 feet long and 6″ deep. This snowdrift is northward facing and I would estimated it got 10-15′ deep this past winter. It has outlasted all the parking lot snow piles around here. It will probably be gone in the next few days but this is the longest I have seen that area still have some snow cover.

  18. INDY says:

    Wow will we even make 50* today!! Nice and warm at thee Casino!! INDYY!!

    1. H&L says:

      it’s officialy 50 now.

      good luck with the donations

  19. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

    It is really nice outdoors. Got back from having xrays/blood work, it took about 30 service at Pennock Hospital. A lot of people out doing yard clean up. In about 2 weeks or so, the lawn will need cutting….and life goes on.

  20. kevin. w says:


    Plus this:

    Equals a continuation of cooler than average spring for the next few weeks and maybe beyond. Some longer range (out past 7 days) have things getting very wet. Lots of snow and ice to our north so any east north or northwest winds will make days below average. I think Bill forgot to mention the teleconnections. I’m holding off on any type of planting til June 1st with this pattern.

    1. Jacob G. says:

      The Greenland block is showing up at the wrong time this year. Also I think we see a lot of cut off lows form later this month and that will just add to the cool pattern.

    2. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      I guess we will have to burn more wood, sitting around the camp fire this summer…and life goes on.

  21. Dikehopper (Fennville) says:

    Today, April 22, is my birthday. For decades now, people around the world have celebrated my birthday with demonstrations and by planting trees, flowers, and cleaning up their environments. I felt honored.

    So now I find out that April 22 is Bill and Gayle’s wedding anniversary. What the…? Could I have been wrong all these years? Could this holiday be about Bill and Gayle instead of me?

    In any event, some people have tried to hijack my birthday with something called “Earth Day”. It doesn’t work. My birthday preceded and was celebrated long before their Earth Day. They should pick a different day.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      You win! From now on, we’ll all celebrate “Dikehopper Day”!! :-)

      1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:


      2. Dikehopper (Fennville) says:

        Thank you, Deb of Gun Lake. It’s nice to know that there are still people out there with proper respect and good judgment.

        I wonder how Gun Lake got its name. Any idea? It’s shaped like a butterfly?

        I grew up one block from the Flat River and caught *lots* of bullhead as a kid. Very good tasting.

        1. GunLakeDeb says:

          “The story” is that the early settlers and the Native American threw their guns in the lake as part of a peace treaty. But that’s just silly – guns were valuable and needed to hunt food. There’s also a rumor about Al Capone – but the lake was named “Gun” long before Al showed up. Bottom line – nobody knows, because yes, it’s shape like a butterfly :-)

  22. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Bill I like how your anniversary is on Earth Day. They probably didn’t even have earth day 36 years ago… What a coincidence.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      It actually started in 1970 – so it’s 44 years old!

    2. Bill Steffen says:

      I worked on the first Earth Day in 1970. I was a sophomore at the Univ. of Wisconsin at the time.

  23. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    I think it was in the 60′s at midnight, so the day might turn out warm for record keeping.

    But Detroit is now up to 55 and Flint 51. Not too shabby thus far.

    Go Wings!

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      61° in Detroit (average is 62°), 58° in Flint (average is 60°), 56° in GR (average is 61°)

      Depends how cold it gets tonight for Detroit and Flint but GR is already -2° for the day with a low of 42° around 7am.

    2. DF (SE Mich) says:

      … and GO WINGS!!!!!!!!!!!

      1. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:


      2. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:


    3. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      The wind sure is chilly. A bit late in the season for a wind chill. But I agree, +/- 10 from average is not too shabby.

  24. INDY says:

    I travass needs more green if he thinks 47* is warm with wind out of the north at 25mph!! Nice and warm in thee casino sprites are right tonight on this below go!!! INDYY!!

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      We all know that Travis is delusional!

  25. Today is Earth Day. On Earth Day we usually go to the theater and watch the documentaries on certain animals. This year it is Bears. I have went to support the Wildlife Fund for the past few years. The money that you use to buy your ticket helps go to animal conservation.

    The movies are very entertaining if you like learning about wildlife. Last year the documentary was on Chimpanzee’s. The was a good movie. The year before was Lions.

    Definanitly if you are not doing nothing and are bored it is worth seeing the movies as well as your money goes to conservation! Something I strongly support

    1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      I love Tigers and Lions.

  26. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    So in honor of Earth day then, I burned a bunch of card board boxes earlier.

    1. Cort S. says:

      You were returning them to the earth.

      1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

        Contributed to global warming ;)

    2. Mike M. says:

      I like to set fire to environmentalists on Earth Day.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Whatevertrends only has 3 days in the 70′s through May 21 and no 80′s… not good. :)

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        And Whatevertrends has a warm bias! AMAZING!

  27. bluegill says:

    It has been snowing nearly all afternoon here in Grand Traverse County. We are minus 1.2 degrees from normal with Gaylord being minus 3.3 for the month of April. It hasn’t been out of the 30′s today with a cool week, so this likely will be another below average temperature month.

  28. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    Lets Go Red Wings! They must play their game not Boston’s game. Translation, Wings must be speedier! Howard had to stand on his head. Everytime we shoot we must have bodies in front of Rask. Oh and Franzen, please use that big body to hit a Bruin or two! This game is pivotal. Home cooking!

  29. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    Not a good day for baseball. I wondered if they were going to postpone it, but they have yet to. I think they have to make the call 2 hours prior to first pitch.

  30. Cort S. says:

    So today is Earth Day. It’s easy to become cynical of the concept, but let’s try to take a step back and and appreciate it from a larger perspective. The earth is the only home we have ever had, and far into the foreseeable future, it is the only home we ever will have. Earth is a single, delicate organism, and we humans, despite our many differences, are one species. Let’s try to cherish and take care of it and each other.

    “We went to the moon, and we discovered earth.”

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Well said.

    2. whatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

      Cort, Space is the only thing big enough we have left that could give us something as a species to collectivley work on. Until then it will just be war and death and destruction. This is one of my favorite clips on the internet.

  31. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    I wonder if the GR NWS office is trying to tell us something with the list of earliest-latest freeze dates. With below freezing temps forecasted for tonight and several more chances next week. And as we are already past the earliest last freeze day they might be looking at the latest freeze date for this year.

    It’s cloudy and 47° here now.

    1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      Maybe they are trying to tell us that we are about to have a mini ice age.LOL.

  32. INDY says:

    What a nice night outside!! Look next week more below normal temps with rain!! Who would of thought cold and rain!! INDYY!!

    1. Jack says:

      What UP….. ?? INDY@THEEE YARDofBRICKS…….Inquiring…FROM : THEEEE YARDofCUES…..Cold,Damp,and Gloomy Here….Clearing to The West…STAY with Bills Best !!! And Give your uncle yac,yak …a BUZZ on the Telephone…thanks.stay CUEDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD & GO REDWINGS!!!!!!!!!, ;-)

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Who knew?

  33. Stephen(North Muskegon) says:

    If everything pans out could be a significant tornado outbreak in the OKC region for Sat and Sunday!

    1. I am watching this closely. If this does pan out I will be headed to the state of Oklahoma this weekend. We shall see

    2. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      WOW, it’s about time. Keep us updated. I wonder if anything will develop out in the Great Plains on Wednesday? Maybe no severe storms for Michigan for awhile.

  34. I am happy with upper 50s degrees and I like Mowing yards , I love wearing shorts and tee shirts

  35. Although I never wish for strong tornadoes to hit and damage people houses…this is music to my ears


    1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      I will be watching this storm development this week.

      1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

        I don’t believe anyone on this blog wants to ever see loss of life/people homes damage.

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          I am not sure about that! I could name a few!

  36. Jack says:

    WOW, Nice Pic. Of The Guy in The SNOW HOLE !! Guess, What That Picture Reminded Me of OLD SONG !! So…CUE: HUMBLE PIE – 30 DAYS IN THE HOLE LIVE track 6 – YouTube
    ► 7:50► 7:50 CRANK IT UP !! & ENJOY…..stay CUEDD…… ;-)

  37. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    We ended up getting a little over 0.40″ of rain yesterday evening. It made it up to 55° this morning at 3am, and it only made it back up to 49° this afternoon. That wind was brutal. We were cleaning up the county parks in the Allegan Forrest, and I saw a handful of snow piles still left there. There was still one snow pile that was big enough that will likely last into May.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Thank you for volunteering in our parks!!!

  38. Jim Cantore just stated the severe weather event in the event looks looks “Huge” Its to early to say that, but looking at it at this point it looks pretty good.

    1. **Severe weather event in the plains looks

    2. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      Wednesday event or Saturday/Sunday.

      1. Saturday and Sunday. According to him, there will likely be long lived violent tornadoes IF and I emphisis IF the models continue the agreement they are currently holding.

        1. Still continue to monitor this because there could and likely will be changes made. By Thursday evening there should be a pretty good consensus on what is going to occur.

        2. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

          I am sure the storm chasers will be heading out Friday if everything holds together.

  39. Jack says:

    WOW,,,Beautiful SUNSET after Such a Cloudy Day Look To THE WEST , and Say Thanks Good LORD …ANEN !!! Stay Cued,,,

  40. John (Norton Shores) says:

    While everyone is predicting a cold summer, it’s too early to say just yet. While the chances are very likely we will have a cooler than normal summer to start, you have to put in mind that everyone was also predicting a less snowy winter and not so cold winter this year and the outcome was a very cold winter and above average season for snow. So my point being is that predictions can be out ruled but predictions can also be correct. My prediction for this summer is that we will have a below normal start to the summer in terms of temperatures then we will return to normal temperatures for the second half of summer (mid July-September). So I am not against or with anyone on this post just stating what can happen. I want a warm summer so my hope is that we do return to normal by mid July. I do think that we could see quite a bit of severe weather action mid June-July as we start going from cooler to warmer and it is within those cool to warm changes where you can get big severe weather events IMHO.

    1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      +1…good comment.

    2. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      I wonder if this will be the year that we have our OUTBREAK of TORNADOES? I know we are overdue. Someone posted not too long ago that if we get our severe storms mid-June& July the storms can be more damaging.

  41. Cort S. says:

    The cold front that came through SLC is disgusting. Temperature dropped 10 degrees in a minute, visibilities dropped from 6 miles to less than 1 mile with fine blowing dust and salt. Gusts above 50. The lake air stinks to high heaven. Here is a time lapse:

    Front came through at 17:50.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      WOW! Hope you didn’t have to drive – I can’t help but think that fine dust and salt getting drawn into engines and electronics, isn’t a “good thing”?

      1. Cort S. says:

        We were standing outside waiting for frontal passage. We could see it approaching on radar. It was worth it, seeing how the wind direction, temperature, and visibility changed in seconds. But now I feel a thin layer of dust covering my skin. It collected on the rubber skin of my cell phone while I was holding it. The air quality monitoring stations are reporting unhealthy amounts of PM 2.5. Our low-level diurnal mixing layer was mixed all the way up to 500 mb, about 18,000 feet. Strong south winds, towering cu and some thunderstorms ahead of the front. Really fun weather day here.

    2. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      Yeah I saw your link of Salt Lake City… it looks pretty extreme! There were several moments when periods of rain moved through.

      1. Cort S. says:

        That wasn’t rain… that was dust. Fine, gray, disgusting salt desert dust.

        1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

          Whoa really? Is that common in the city? We don’t have anything like that here so how would I know ;p

        2. Cort S. says:

          We’ve had 50-60 mph winds blowing in the desert of western UT and eastern NV ahead of and behind the front, and the cold front really brought in a concentrated dose of it just in time for rush hour.

    3. Brian(Grandville) says:

      That’s funny to here the word “disgusting” used to describe the weather. Kind of like when we get a shower in mid summer, and the temp drops into the 70′s, and then the sun comes out, and it’s back to 85. With a dew point of 75.

  42. Hey Cort was is your analysis on the possible Severe Weather Outbreak this coming weekend? I know its a ways out still but what does it look like to you right now?

    1. Cort S. says:

      I haven’t looked into it too much, but I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter. April 26 is the anniversary of the 1991 Andover, KS tornado. And April 27 is the anniversary of the 2011 Super Outbreak.

  43. Jack says:

    Here is a Old John Prine SONG, In HONOR of EARTHDAY ..Tune Called ” Paradise” SPIN ::: Welcome Home Bill & Gayle…Blessings & Stay Cued….. :-)

    1. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

      Nice Video Jack , Thank’s for sharing.

  44. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

    Good night everyone and sweet dreams.

    1. Jack says:

      And a Tune on That NOTE…CUE:: Jackson Browne – Sleep’s Dark And Silent Gate + lyrics – YouTube
      Stay Cued & Happy Wasted WEDNESDAY !! ;-)

  45. Sandi says:

    I’m guessing no 80 degrees until June. May looks unseasonably cool.

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