Both a Frost Advisory (for Monday Night) and Temps. in the 80sMay 5th, 2014 at 1:33 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
We have both a Frost Advisory (see counties in blue on the map) for early Tuesday morning. The Advisory includes Grand Rapids and Kent County. We also have forecast temperatures as high as the low 80s on Thursday and one model is now forecasting even warmer weather the following week (other models are forecasting cool weather for the same time period). Speaking of heat, Wichita, Kansas not only broke their record high temperature for 5/4, but also had their earliest ever 100-deg. day (old record 5/9/2011). If you add up all the temps. in the Lower 48 states yesterday, it was the warmest day of 2014 so far. You can see the Southern U.S. was warm to hot, the Northern U.S. was cool relative to average. Possible meteor reported near Toronto. Interesting Loop Current clouds off of Florida. Check out the cloud that formed around the Rock of Gibraltar. 1.31″ of rain at Seattle makes Saturday 2nd wettest May day in Seattle since 1891. Magnitude-6.1 earthquake 337 miles NW of Raoul Island, New Zealand…Magnitude 6.8-earthquake 300 miles SSW of Ndoi Island, Fiji. 5″ of snow fell Sunday in Crosby ND. The first four days of May averaged 5.8 degrees cooler than average in G.R. Nine of the last 10 days have been cooler than average.
Great Lakes ice cover Sunday: Combined 19%, Superior 30.8% (the beach weather station at Grand Marais had a high temp. of only 34 on Sunday), Huron 16.3%, Michigan 6.8% (Green Bay and south of Beaver Is.), Erie 0.4% and none on Ontario. Sunday morning Painesdale in the U.P. still had a 20″ snow cover in the woods, Calumet 11″. Ishpeming’s last inch melted off Sunday. Final (we hope) season snowfall totals for the past winter: Grand Rapids 116.0″, Kalamazoo 115.3″ (WMU), Muskegon 132.7″, Holland 152.4″, 5 NW Battle Creek 106.8″, Hastings 109.1″, Big Rapids 101.6″, Hart 129.0″, Scottville 136.7″, Detroit 94.9″, Flint 83.9″, Lansing 69.1″. The most in the state was 351″ at Mt. Bohemia in the U.P. They were open for skiing this past weekend and they reported “plenty of snow on the north side of the mountain.