Breaking News

April 26th, 2014 at 3:09 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Breaking news   Click on the image to enlarge.  I can assure you that the threshold for “Breaking News” is higher at WOOD-TV than for whomever this is.

Saturday evening, I was one of two auctioneers for the South Olive Christian School Auction.  It ran from 5:30 pm until around 11 pm.  I’m not an auctioneer – I  beg and plead (and jokingly tell them winter will last all year if they don’t bid) and it seems to work.   It’s in SW Ottawa Co.   The auction raised nearly $30,000 for the school.  I’ve been doing this auction for probably 20 years…maybe more.

The visible satellite loop (daytime) shows clouds north of US 10 in Northern Lower Michigan (I can see them from my house on the northern horizon) and lots of ice left on Lake Superior.   At 3 pm Saturday – it was  sunny and 55 degrees in G.R., but only 40 in Benton Harbor and at the Muskegon beach.  The S. Haven beach weather station showed 39 deg.  Cadillac was cloudy and 41.  Munising in the U.P. was 35 with a 20 mph north wind and a wind chill of 24.

Moderate Severe T-Storm Risks for the Sunday and Monday (not here).  The risk area for Tuesday has come a little bit farther north in Indiana.  Magnitude-6.5 earthquake 44 miles (71 km) NE of Nuku`alofa, Tonga.    The GFS plot has measurable rain for G.R. every day next week…most of the time dry, mostly just occasional showers – warmest day is Tuesday, upper 60s.  European model not in yet.  Much of Europe is going to get a bit chilly.   The S. Haven beach looking bright Saturday afternoon.

33 Responses to “Breaking News”

  1. dereks says:

    It’s CNBC Bill.

  2. Julie VerHage says:


  3. dereks says:

    Their’s been earthquakes everywhere! Where in the world is Tonga?

    1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      South Pacific island. They speak English. Looks like a place where I would like to take my wife on our second honeymoon. The island is far from land. When I have time I will do more research. I need to find a nice and warm get away.

  4. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

    Sounds like a good day to go for a ride out to S Olive. Use to work out that way. Maybe swing by the old sweat shop and see who all is working today.

  5. Jack says:


    1. Brian (Grandville) says:

      Yup, time to move on and re group for the next season. Maybe some upgrades on defense.

    2. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      New coaching staff, to take the Red Wings to the next level. The Tigers need to get it together soon.

      1. Dan (Byron Center) says:

        Larry Mike Babcock is one of the best coaches in the NHL! Look at his tesume if you do not believe me! The Red Wings have a few veterans who are not helping them! Franzen, Bertuzzi, Weiss to name a few. The Red Wings also had multiple injuries this year.I still think Datsyuk isn’t quite right. Positives, 23 straight years of making the playoffs, 11 StanleyCups and several young players who will help them going forward. I think they need an elite goalie. I like Howard but he is too inconsistent. They need a gritty forward or two and a defensman! They will be fine!

        1. Dan (Byron Center) says:


    3. kevin. w says:

      Tigers won’t be far behind.

  6. Barb says:

    I went across to St. Ignace today. There’s a lot of open water out in the middle of the straits but no ferries running from Mackinac yet. Temps varied from 41-45 from Cheboygan to St. Ignace. I shoveled a 3-ft. pile of snow away from the house today so it will melt faster.

  7. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

    I love St. Ignace, it’s been a few years since I been there.

  8. John says:

    It’s almost May and the vast majority of trees around here are as bare as can be. Only a few have budded. Also, the daffodils are looking pretty beat.

  9. Jack says:

    BREAKING NEWS….Al Gore is on LINE # 1……. Stay CUEDDDDD……. ;-)

    1. kevin. w says:

      So who is on hold.

      1. Jack says:

        Travis ( O C)……. Is my Guess….LOL…. Stay Cued…

  10. Jack says:

    Breaking,,,Breaking NEWS….. WOW, another GIFT from GOD…” Beautiful Sunset” !!!!!!!!!!!! Stay CueDD…….. :-)

  11. Stephen (North Muskegon) says:

    Bill can you move the severe weather thread to the top please?

  12. Barb says:

    I see the Climate Prediction Center has Michigan in the normal or above normal range for temps for the coming several months.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      They did for this winter also ;)

    2. Brian(Grandville) says:

      I see nothing above average here, as of now from them.

  13. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    Wow Joey ( 22 ) had a lucky horse-shoe somewhere on his person and I think it might have been located where the sun doesn’t shine……and yes I’m sure your first thought was the same as mine ” Michigan ” .

  14. Cort S. says:

    Launching a weather balloon in high winds:

  15. Cort S. says:

    Simulated radar from the 4 km NAM with SPC severe weather probability contours.

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Wow 1

  16. Cort S. says:

    From the 4 km NAM, looking at Sunday evening… Energy Helicity Index on the left (EHI combines measurements of both instability and shear that is favorable for storm rotation) and Supercell Composite Parameter on the right.

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Wow 2

  17. Cort S. says:

    Another model for Sunday afternoon… HazWRF3 showing simulated radar on the left, and on the right, updraft helicty tracks (a proxy for storm rotation) simulated over the previous hour.

    Note: when viewing high resolution models, remember that precision is not the same thing as accuracy! Do not take the precise location of each simulated storm cell as truth. Blur your eyes and look at the general picture.

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      If the storms do in fact resemble some of these models , all I can say is those will be some healthy super-cells . Thanks for posting them Cort.

      1. Cort S. says:

        We could be watching severe and/or tornadic storms occurring nearly continuously for 3 days straight… maybe only with brief lulls in the mid-morning hours. Get ready. This is not going to be pleasant to watch. :/

  18. Cort S. says:

    By the way, we ended the string of days without an EF3+ tornado on Saturday. An EF3 in North Carolina.

    This is the latest in the calendar year we’ve gone without an EF3. In the 60-year reliable record, this is 4th-longest streak of days without an EF3:

    1. Cort S. says:

      Ended it on Friday, rather.

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