May 18th, 2014 at 1:59 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

modis great lakes   lake superior ice  Partly Cloudy Bowne Mennonite Church Harvey Alley 5 17 14 First, check out the ice left on Lake Superior near Duluth on Saturday! Wow! We’re now a month and 3 days from the Summer Solstice and it still looks like winter there. The picture on the left is the Great Lakes MODIS satellite picture (from NOAA Coastwatch).  You can see the ice left in Lake Superior…lots of ice on Lake Nipigon above (north) of Lake Superior.  You can see the mostly clear skies downwind from Lake Michigan in the stable air and the building cumulus (and scattered light showers) well inland.  In the middle, GLERL shows that Lake Superior ice is now below 9%.  The picture on the right is from Harvey Alley, showing the beautiful blue sky and puffy cumulus clouds above the Bowne Church and Cemetery.  Click on the images to enlarge.

The overnight run of the NAM (car.) model gives G.R. a high of 64° today (cooler near Lake Michigan)…upper 60s Monday – Chance shower or t-storm Monday night thru Tues. night (though most of the time it won’t be raining), with the wind turning west Weds. AM – The GFS plot also has a chance of a t-storm or shower Mon. night.  Weds. is the warmest day on the GFS at 78 – that model would give us a pretty good Memorial Day weekend with lots of sunshine and pleasant temps. for most of the weekend.

117 Responses to “Sunday”

  1. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

    Can we turn the Wind Machine Down Bill ?

  2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Get ready for below average temperatures most of the summer! Get ready for fixxxer and his band of ridiculous aliases to whine and complain all summer, fall winter and spring! Imagine that!

    1. matt says:

      Warm weather soon who knew rock n roll is dead imagine that who knew i love it bring it

    2. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      Get ready for plenty of 80′s and 90′s this summer and a MILD winter. Bring it. Who knew? I love it. Fantastic.

  3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    GR will not see another 80 degree temperature till at least mid June! I love it!

    1. Rockdy (Rockford) says:

      Above average temps coming- Plenty of 70′s and 80′s around the corner. Better pack your bags and head to the Arctic Circle. Don’t want to see you melt when it gets above 75 degrees. Who knew?? Bring it! Fantastic! I love it! Thanks for listening!!!

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:


        1. matt says:

          Rock n roll is dead thanks for listening warm weather soon just the facts

        2. Rodey (Rockford) says:

          Thanks for paying attention and taking the time to read our comments. I love it. Fantastic. Bring it.

        3. fixxxer says:

          Your an ——- rj.and a attention whore. Sorry ladies. Had to be said.

        4. Paul says:

          Has Bill seen that one? Nice language you idiot.

        5. michael g (SE GR) says:

          Always count on fix to keep things classy. “Had to be said”. Why? Did it change anything?

        6. Rockdy (Rockford) says:

          So defensive Rock! Touchy, touchy. Just the facts baby!! Keep it classy with the screaming. I am glad you are paying attention as well, and thanks again for listening. I love it! Get used to it! Nice warm days ahead: Bring it!!

    2. matt says:

      Warm weather soon imagine that pick up a sport dont like it move warm weather soon rock n roll is dead

    3. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      GR will see 80 degrees before mid June. Get used to it. I love it. Who knew. Fantastic. How did your other predictions workout? Oh yeah, they didn’t. I love it. Fantastic. Bring it.

  4. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    It will be great day on the golf course. Near perfect golfing weather! Bring it!

    1. matt says:

      Rock n roll is dead who knew warm weather soon dont like it move. Who knew imagine that rock is dead

    2. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      Try to go through the windmill not around it. Might improve your score a little. I love it. Fantastic. Just the facts.

      1. matt says:

        @rodney……..+ a million gazillion trillion billion

  5. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:


    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      The GFS has been the quickest amongst most of the models with the evolution ( as Bill mentioned ) with possible storms Monday . I have not checked in since last night , but they were giving the slower Euro more weight and the NAM as well which wasn’t leaning towards its normal cold bias . Anyways what a start to this thread , I’m really trying to ignore the banter but it’s getting awful loud. Enjoy the day everyone. :)

      SPC day 3 : ( See Text for us .)

      1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

        I should qualify ( See text just to our west ). Shedder may be doing some handy work. :(

        1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

          Lastly possibly a few rumbles to our north today , although I’m not so sure.

  6. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    CPC looks very warm coming up! Here comes summer to stay this time.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Looks like a less than 50% chance for above average temps in the near future. Not sure I would call it a lock for (very warm) yet.

      1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

        This is a nice change of pace however , let’s hope it stays that way…!!!!!

        1. GunLakeDeb says:

          I agree! It would be nice to have a warm Memorial Day weekend for a change?

      2. michael g (SE GR) says:

        And on weekends, it’s fully automated, ripped straight from the GFS. ALWAYS reliable for week two.

    2. INDY says:

      Wow!! It Must Be 65* Outside!! INDYY!!

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        +100 Gazillion!

  7. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    One certainly has to wonder why Rodey posts only when Rocky posts.

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      + 1 ( odd )

    2. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      Is it that hard for you to figure out?

      1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

        Because he is obsessed with him.

      2. Jesse (Zeeland) says:

        Rodey, Rocky and matt are all the same person. It’s annoying and soon you will be banned from the blog if you keep it up. Bill please remove him from the blog it is a distraction.

      3. GunLakeDeb says:

        Not in the slightest, schizophrenic bit ;-)

  8. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    Absolutely awesome stretch of weather coming up! A few days of temps in the 70s! Then, Memorial day weekend looks Fantastic!

  9. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    I’m thinking the mercury will go above 70 today , love that sun …..!!!!

    1. SBPortage002 says:

      Already almost as warm as all day yesterday…56 right now.Looking like no ore 40s and 50s for highs in the foreseeable future. Hopefully this time spring sticks.

  10. Stacsh says:

    Already 60 with a high of 64?

  11. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

    The Rocky, Rodey, Matt, Play Ground,,..

    1. matt says:

      …..warm weather soon get ready who knew imagine that thanks for listening

    2. Sandy(Hudsonville) says:

      you forgot fixer.

  12. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

    Waiting for Bullwinkle to show up

    1. Tom says:

      Hopefully Rocky went ice fishing!!!

      1. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

        I think he’s out Trolling on Lake Superior.

      2. fixxxer says:

        Hopefullty rj fell in.

        1. michael g (SE GR) says:

          Ah ha ha ha ha. Ha ha. Ha….er…..

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:


      2. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

        I remember all of there shows. watched them as a child !!

  13. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

    Then if we can get Boris and Natasha. To show up the Blog would be complete.

    1. Boris says:

      Someone say my name?

  14. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    I think we should start a new thread leading with these outlooks , as we know we may not get a second chance….! :)

    * I don’t think I’ve ever been excited reading a CPC outlook until today. *

    1. Brian (Grandville) says:

      Thats funny, maybe we could take pictures and frame them.

    2. Mike (Mattawan) says:

      Looking good! I hope turn out to be right!

    3. GunLakeDeb says:

      Yup! Time to get the boats in the lake!!

  15. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Looks like we have a good chance at some severe weather too Tuesday night! :) I love the looks of the 6-14 day outlook by CPC, orange, which has not been seen in a long time! :)

    1. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

      It had to break sometime, I Usualy look for it really start warming up after Memorial Day weekend here in MI.

  16. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Average high is now 70. Looks like this entire week will be right around average. That will be nice for a change.

    1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      WXYZ is giving me 77 for Wednesday.

      1. Cliff(Kalamazoo County) says:

        Yep it’s looking like a average week temp wise. Thank goodness since I’m -2.2 for the month. Another below average month on the way:(

      2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        I’m talking about west Michigan. But I hope it gets above average for you.

  17. Jacob G says:

    Still looking like awesome May weather starting this week and lastly through the end of the month. Low humidity, bright sunshine, a little breezy and temps in the 70′s. Not seeing too much to worry about severe weather wise on Tuesday night, expect lake breeze to stable things out ahead of cold front passage during the late afternoon.

    1. John (Norton Shores) says:

      I don’t think the lake breeze will have anything to do with the severe weather chances, I think the chance is there, the NWS and SPC have the mention of severe weather in this area, so we’ll see, but I will take the 70′s over severe weather so I guess I’m happy either way. :)

      1. michael g (SE GR) says:

        Every time someone mentions the lake having an effect on storms, you freak out and say it won’t. If we’re talking about storms dependent on surface heating, like this coming Tuesday, it absolutely will. Not to say there can’t be severe weather in the lakeshore counties, but by far the best bet will be east of 131.

    2. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Normal temps / near are just fine with me as well.!! Tuesday ” storms ” look like an outside chance , as I agree , at least the SVR type doesn’t look promising. Just a little thunder would be nice however , because I think we will be waiting quite some time before we see any unsettled weather unfortunately .

      1. John (Norton Shores) says:


  18. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    I did manage to real in 70 degrees here today , however it didn’t quite feel that warm with the steady breeze but a gorgeous day non- the- less ….!!! I’m just so happy to see the sun out all day , what a forgotten luxury . :)

    1. Sandy(Hudsonville) says:

      Today is beautiful outside. All my plants are enjoying the sun. I got some patio tomato plants potted too. Opened some windows feels great.

      1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

        I was wondering how tomatoes would do around here as there is nothing better then home grown tomatoes. Yum! We had a decent size garden growing up in Northern Ca ( Corn , squash ,zucchini , etc , even artichoke plants ) and I do miss the fresh tomatoes , my father still plants tomatoes and squash every year but that’s about it.

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      It’s only in the low 60′s here, with a breeze blowing across the cold lake – but the sunshine makes the day perfect!!

  19. INDY says:

    Wow is it 65* outside?? Still below normal !!! INDYY!!

    1. Jack says:

      WOW,,IT’S Hot OUTSIDE ( not)…. JEM Model Update for MAY 25 @ THEEE YARDofBRICKS…..SUNNY and 75**.!!! Great Day-Nite 2 KISS THEE BRICKS!!!! BILL are YOU gonna Be THERE???? Staying CUEDDDD…ps. INDY call Uncle Jack, YACK !!!

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      64 here and yes, well below average – just like the last 6 1/2 months.

  20. Mike (Mattawan) says:

    I have a reading of 66 here right now. A little warmer in the sun, it feels pretty nice outside but I wouldn’t mind if it was a few degrees warmer. (I’ll take it nonetheless)

  21. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Went sailing today and it was great. The water is still bitterly cold unfortunately. Nice day out.

  22. Eileen (Hesperia) says:

    We’re heading to the UP on Wednesday for a few days. Hopefully the weather isn’t too cold up there. Went to Lamont on Friday and couldn’t believe how more advanced the trees were compared to here. The woods were filled with all kinds of wild flowers and the trilliums are just beautiful this year. Spring in Michigan is a wonderful time of year. Hope y’all got outside today to enjoy it :)

    1. John (Norton Shores) says:

      Looks like it will be about 10-15 degrees cooler in the U.P than here but still close to 60 in the U.P

      1. Eileen (Hesperia) says:

        I can handle 50-60′s, just not the 30′s – lol

  23. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    What a great day out on the golf course! Absolutely perfect weather! Get outside and enjoy this AWESOME weather people! It looks like a fantastic week of weather! Temps in the 60′s and 70′s! I love it! Keep it coming!

    1. matt says:

      Warm weather soon rock n roll is dead just the facts thanks for listening

  24. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    For those of you that think Rodey and Rocky are the same person – you are totally off your rocker. I am a normal person that only posts under ONE name! Rodey, matt fixxer and few others are all one person and his name is FIXXXER! Who knew?

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      We knew.

    2. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      If only you two were as smart as you think you are. I’m not Fixxer nor Matt. Fixxer is ALMOST as obnoxious as you. Who knew? Not you two. You forgot to post the CPC 6 & 8 day outlook. Looks great. I love it. Fantastic. Bring it. Get used to it. Thanks for listening.

    3. Jack says:

      WHO CARES??……………………… ;-) . Stay CUEDD…. ;-)

      1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

        Obviously some people do.

    4. Rockdy (Rockford) says:

      Fantastic, thanks for listening. Maybe you should say you and Indy are one in the same person!!

    5. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      There is a reason why I haven’t posted all week and I probably will do the same next week. There is no reason to go on the blog when people act like this, I have no interest. Im just sticking to other sources and Bills Facebook page for right now. Maybe things will settle down soon hopefully. .

      1. We need a chance for severe weather in the forecast to help turn things around

    6. matt says:

      Warm weather soon fantastis i love it who knew rock is dead thanks for listening

  25. INDY says:

    Yea rody could go for a swim in the grand river who would care!! Keep the sun rolling Bill BIG week coming up!!! INDYY!!!!

    1. Jack says:

      Land sakes ALIVE…..Next Sunday IS…..MAY Twenty-FIVE!!!! Party……@…… THEE ONE AND ONLY….YARDofBRICKS!!! It will Be…SUNNY& 75….. WJEM, will Be Cranking THE TUNES @ INDY’S ( hint, hint, NEPU!!)))))……STAY CUED for Mr.BILL,,TO SHOW!!His Smiling FACE!!!! :-) .

      1. Dikehopper (Fennville) says:

        Bill is going to Indy’s bash next Sunday? Are you sure?

        1. INDY says:

          Bill is always welcome at thee YARDofBRICKS!! INDYY!

    2. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      Wow that was a really good one, obviously put a lot of thought into it. You must be tired now. Keep up the good work.

  26. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

    Matthew Benney was operating his 2006 Suzuki 1800cc when he hit a pot hole and lost control of his motorcycle.Mr. Benney died on the scene.

  27. INDY says:

    I hope rody has fun going over the 6th street dam !!! Bill I love the nice weather this sprites for u!!! INDYY!!

    1. Jack says:

      rodent, rody !!!

      1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

        That was too funny. Keep up the good work.

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      ROCK ON INDY! Keep it up! You are the man!

      1. matt says:

        Rock on rodey you the man fanastic i love it bring. Warm weather soon and roc n roll is dead thanks for listening

      2. Rodey (Rockford) says:

        And the romance between rocky and indy continues. I love it. Who knew?

        1. matt says:

          With the warm weather rocky and indy like to romance who knew just the facts rock n roll is dead

  28. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    We have a great week of weather on the way! Get outside and enjoy people!

    1. Jack says:

      VERY TRUE, and Remember ” Rock-N- Roll….Never FORGETS”…. Sooo, CUE, My close Personal Friend…BOB SEGER:::: STAY CUEDD, GO GRIFFS + TIGERS!!! 2-nite….. ;-)

    2. matt says:

      Rock n roll is dead people and warm weather soon fantastic who knew get use to it thanks for reading

        1. matt says:

          Warm weather soon rock has died and so has winter who knew fantastic i love it thanks for listening

  29. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    I just talked to anther one of my friends who teaches at a high school in La Costa , which is near Carlsbad ( San Diego ) and she said the fires are nearly under control . She told me school should resume tomorrow since they had been evacuated , good news. When I was looking at some of the fire reports I came across this picture in Carlsbad , and my home was about 40 yards from where the public bench is in this pic. This was basically the view from my home without except straight out , not down the street. I do miss it.
    In front of my old house:

    This picture is right near the exit in which they named the fire. Poinsettia Fire , really Exit.

  30. The thing I am glad is the snow is finally over with for a while. Towards the end there I when we got a 3″ snowfall I never even touched my shovel because I was so sick of shoveling. I let the sun get rid of the snow. Finally got the shoveles put in the attic and today I actually mowed to lawn! It was a great day weatherwise today! And it will only get better for next week. Not seeing any cool air in the near future which is good because the weather next week and beyond is well deserved for all of us here in West Michigan.

    1. Also to note, I was in Spring Lake, Nunica, and Grand Haven today and most of the trees only have buds right now with lots of flowering trees! Tale of two words from Kent County to Western Ottawa Co. Plenty of leaves around here (medium sized and growing very fast).

      1. Todd In Nunica says:

        I hear ya! I travel the 30 miles between Coopersville and the lake shore and even in that distance its a few weeks difference.

        1. That Lake Breeze impacts a lot! Basically Nunica to the lakeshore is the lake breeze area. Coopersville has some good leaves! Crazy stuff!

  31. Mike Geukes says:

    I rarely ever post on this blog anymore. There are a few people that actually post about weather. I get tired of going through a lot of posts unrelated to meteorology.

    Graduate Student Fall 2014
    Master’s Degree program in Applied Meteorology
    Mississippi State University

    1. Todd In Nunica says:

      I agree, I used to come here and participate quite often but its just become romper room.

  32. Ohh and a final note. Intellicast has 80 degrees for May 26! That is still a long way away but that would be perfect weather!

    My favorite temperature range is 83-93 basically. I know I may be crazy for liking 90′s but for some reason I like the low steamy 90′s. I guess I am just different compared to other people lol.

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