Weds. PM to Thurs. AM Rain

May 14th, 2014 at 2:31 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Local  After four dry days, we’ve got some scattered showers and thundershowers.  At 9:15 pm Sun. night, there are showers and storms just starting to move onshore around S. Haven and Pentwater.  They are moving from SSW to NNE.  Here’s GRR looping radar.  Just about everyone will see at least 1/4″-1/2″ of rain from tonight thru Tues. AM, with a few spots probably up to an inch.  The timing is right for many of us with the rain on Monday and at night and we do need the rain.    The high temp. was 88° in G.R., 85° in Kalamazoo, 75° at the beach in Muskegon, 50.7° at the mid-Lake Michigan buoy 40 miles west of Holland and 46.4° at the mid-Lake Michigan buoy west of Traverse City.

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 the snow has finally melted and the lake ice is gone. Here’s the U.S. Low Temperature map. Here’s a live look at the Houghton Bridge. Here’s the Consumers Energy Power Outage Map. Here’s Closings.

12 Responses to “Weds. PM to Thurs. AM Rain”

  1. Skot says:

    When will you give the official, “OKEY DOKEY” for planting the gardens ?

  2. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    After a warm and wet several days we are now looking at several cool and wet to damp days. It is written in weather lore of the “3 chilly saints” and it looks like the ice men will show there heads this year with a period of cool and damp days and several chances of frost. At this point I will hold off on planting my tomato plants until after May 24th (I would plant them on the 24th but I have Tiger tickets for that day) any way I think the week end of the 24th should be OK to plant. And that is much later then the average I have planted here in GR. The worst year I had with my plants was 1992 so we shall see how this year turns out.
    Cloudy with some breaks here and a temp of 53°

  3. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    BTW not only is there still ice on Lake Superior there is still snow on the ground in parts of the UP


    I think there spring planting will have to wait until after June 10th (if then)

  4. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    +3.3 for May. Even with the little cool spell, odds are May ends up warm. Especially if the current CPC forecast holds.

    Looks like Detroit’s 88 degrees yesterday missed making another new record by one degree.

    I hope everyone caught the end of the Tigers game last night!

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      The low of 64° also tied for 3rd place for highest minimum temperature. My cold bias.

    2. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Flint’s high temp of 86° fell 2nd in the record books.

  5. DF (SE Mich) says:

    May so far, quite a turn around… except poor Sault Ste Marie.

    Grand Rapids: +1.0°
    Lansing: +1.1°
    Muskegon: +1.0°
    Detroit: +2.7°
    Flint: +3.3°
    Alpena: -1.3°
    Houghton Lake: +0.3°
    Sault Ste. Marie: -3.7°
    Marquette: -1.9°

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      You beat me too the list DF I will add Houghton where May has been -3.1 so far. The Soo will be cool/cold for some time as its hard for them not to get a wind off of one of the Great Lakes.
      Yes here in southern lower Michigan where we have been able to tap into the warmer air from time to time we have had several very nice warm spells. We shall see how the upcoming summer plays out.

  6. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Bill, categorize this post under Bill’s Blog so everyone can find it.

  7. dereks says:

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    1. matt says:

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      They will transfer all wealth until we have none left

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