Weds. PM

May 21st, 2014 at 12:53 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

muskegon glerl   Click on the image to enlarge.  This is the Muskegon GLERL camera from NOAA Coastwatch – Note the fog (and the bug on the right side of the pic.).  It’s much cooler at the lake.  The GLERL weather station at Muskegon showed 48.8° at 7:30 pm.  Grand Rapids (airport)  showed 80°.   At noon it was 71° at the Regional Airport in Holland and just 53° at the beach in Holland.   The satellite loop shows the clouds pretty much gone inland.  We still have some fog over the lake this evening, but drier air will eventually cause that to evaporate.  If you look at the current weather map, you can see the cooler and drier air coming in from the west (at each weather station on this map, the number in the upper left at each station plot is the temperature and the number in the lower left is the dewpoint).   It still looks dry and pleasant through Sunday, with a chance (not a sure thing) of a shower or t-storm from Sunday night to  Tuesday.  Temperatures will be a bit cooler tomorrow (Thu.) and then we’ll see a gradual warming trend that will send temperatures into the 80s early next week.  We may see a trend to a little cooler air as we start the month of June.  I still don’t see any significant or widespread frost, so (as the ground dries out) you can plant frost sensitive plants.

134 Responses to “Weds. PM”

  1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    No fog here, just another nice day.

  2. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Up to 78 degrees here after hitting 79 yesterday.

    +0.9 for May and climbing.

    Per NOAA, April tied as the warmest April ever recorded worldwide and becomes the 350th consecutive month at or above average.

    Jan-April is now the 6th warmest global stretch on record.

    1. Jacob G says:

      Most of the above average temps where in Siberia. You dislodge the cold air over into NA and you will get a rebound in temps. Also it takes less energy to heat up from -10 to 0 degrees then the same percentage increase along the equator in a warmer and more humid environment. The month of April the USA was 46th warmest so quite the difference at home. Interesting enough NASA who uses the older longer term average than NOAA found April was the second warmest.

      1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        The US is such a tiny piece of the globe. Would certainly expect a lot more variability than the easily seen global pattern trend.

        You’re right. Higher latitude places are seeing the greatest difference.

        1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          Similarly, Flint is such a tiny piece of Michigan.

        2. Bill Steffen says:

          The globe was 0.19°C above average in April – hardly worth making poor and middle class utility bills “skyrocket” (their own word).

    2. Dikehopper (Fennville) says:

      “Per NOAA, April tied as the warmest April ever recorded worldwide and becomes the 350th consecutive month at or above average.”

      350 months are over 29 years. Do you have a link to that statistic, one that explains how it they arrived at it?

        1. Dikehopper (Fennville) says:

          Thanks, Travis (Oakland).

        2. Bill Steffen says:

          No change in global temperature since 2002: http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/graphs_v3/Fig.C.gif

          No change in January temperatures in Grand Rapids in over 100 years: http://blogs.woodtv.com/2011/01/25/january-temp-by-decade/

        3. ralphdraw3 says:

          Bill’s chart only goes back to 1996!!

          Oh BTW: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2010/20100728_stateoftheclimate.html

          NOAA: Past Decade Warmest on Record According to Scientists in 48 Countries

        4. Bill Steffen says:

          It’s quiz time! Does the graph that Ralph linked to represent…

          a) Actual temperature data from consistent and long-term record weather stations without polluted results from urbanization (http://www.surfacestations.org/) or moving the thermometer from a field to a parking lot: http://www.coyoteblog.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/07/22/tucson1.jpg

          or b) The data has been “adjusted” to make the past cooler and the present warmer?

          The answer is b) https://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/nasa-massively-tampering-with-the-us-temperature-record/

          Next question…who profits more from “global warming”…Al Gore or Mitt Romney?

          answer: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/08/al-gore-mitt-romney_n_2432534.html

          Question 3 – With the imminent threat of huge increases in sea level, who bought oceanfront property

          a) Al Gore
          b) The Koch Brothers
          c) Sponge Bob

          answer: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/greenhouse/post/2010/05/how-green-is-al-gores-9-million-montecito-ocean-front-villa/1#.U31iGXbySSo

        5. ralphdraw3 says:

          Bill,

          Used the same source that you used – NASA. Your graph only goes back to 1996, making it somewhat deceptive and statistically not a large sample.

        6. ralphdraw3 says:

          Quiz: ARE SEA LEVELS RISING

          a) yes
          b) no

          ANSWER YES

          NOAA: “There is strong evidence that global sea level is now rising at an increased rate and will continue to rise during this century.

          While studies show that sea levels changed little from AD 0 until 1900, sea levels began to climb in the 20th century.

          The two major causes of global sea-level rise are thermal expansion caused by the warming of the oceans (since water expands as it warms) and the loss of land-based ice (such as glaciers and polar ice caps) due to increased melting.

          Records and research show that sea level has been steadily rising at a rate of 0.04 to 0.1 inches per year since 1900.”

        7. ralphdraw3 says:

          QUIZ: HAVE GLOBAL TEMPERATURES NOT RISEN SINCE 1998?

          ANSWER – FALSE

          From the Skeptical Scientist:

          “To claim global warming stopped in 1998 overlooks one simple physical reality – the land and atmosphere are just a small fraction of the Earth’s climate (albeit the part we inhabit). The entire planet is accumulating heat due to an energy imbalance. The atmosphere is warming. Oceans are accumulating energy. Land absorbs energy and ice absorbs heat to melt. To get the full picture on global warming, you need to view the Earth’s entire heat content.

          This analysis is performed in An observationally based energy balance for the Earth since 1950 (Murphy 2009) which adds up heat content from the ocean, atmosphere, land and ice. To calculate the Earth’s total heat content, the authors used data of ocean heat content from the upper 700 metres. They included heat content from deeper waters down to 3000 metres depth. They computed atmospheric heat content using the surface temperature record and the heat capacity of the troposphere. Land and ice heat content (the energy required to melt ice) were also included.”

        8. ralphdraw3 says:

          http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/sealevel.html

          Above – sea level rise

          http://www.skepticalscience.com/argument.php?a=11

          Above- global warming / temps
          since 1998

        9. Bill Steffen says:

          skepticalscience is a website run by an Australian cartoonist named John Cook. Here’s a smackdown of his deceptive 97%: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/09/03/cooks-97-consensus-disproven-by-a-new-paper-showing-major-math-errors/

          Sea level has been rising since the last ice age. The rise has been fairly constant over the past 200 years of measurement. We know sea level was rising long before people drove SUVs: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/science/indicators/oceans/sea-level.html. Sea level rose during the Little Ice Age (roughly 1400 to 1850) despite the Earth cooling.

          A challenge from the Swedish geologist and physicist Dr. Nils-Axel Mörner, formerly chairman of the INQUA International Commission on Sea Level Change: The uncompromising verdict of Dr Mörner, who for 35 years has been using every known scientific method to study sea levels all over the globe, is that all this talk about the sea rising is nothing but a colossal scare story.

          Despite fluctuations down as well as up, “the sea is not rising,” he says. “It hasn’t risen in 50 years.” If there is any rise this century it will “not be more than 10cm (four inches), with an uncertainty of plus or minus 10cm”. And quite apart from examining the hard evidence, he says, the elementary laws of physics (latent heat needed to melt ice) tell us that the apocalypse conjured up by
          Al Gore and Co could not possibly come about.

          The reason why Dr Mörner, formerly a Stockholm professor, is so certain that these claims about sea level rise are 100 per cent wrong is that they are all based on computer model predictions, whereas his findings are based on “going into the field to observe what is actually happening in the real world”.

          EVERYONE believes that the warming stopped in 2002 – even James Hansen:

          “The five-year mean global temperature has been flat for the last decade… – James Hansen et al.

          From Dr. Judith Curry – Head of Climate Science at Georgia Tech:

          “Multiple lines of evidence presented in the recent IPCC 5th assessment report suggest that the case for anthropogenic warming is now weaker than in 2007, when the 4th assessment report was published.

          For the past 16 years, there has been no significant increase in surface temperature. There is a growing discrepancy between observations and climate model projections. Observations since 2011 have fallen below the 90% envelope of climate model projections
          The IPCC does not have a convincing or confident explanation for this hiatus in warming.
          There is growing evidence of decreased climate sensitivity to atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations
          Based on expert judgment in light of this evidence, the IPCC 5th assessment report lowered its surface temperature projection relative to the model projections for the period 2016-2036.

          The growing evidence that climate models are too sensitive to CO2 has implications for the attribution of late 20th century warming and projections of 21st century climate change.”

    3. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

      I wonder how much they tampered with the data this time? Probably just a little…

      1. Brad says:

        Mary, Mark, and Joseph?

        1. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

          ?? … Seriously man… Wow…

      2. H&L says:

        Thanks for sharing your opinion, good thing we dont need things like facts right Jeremy

        1. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

          Facts can be altered for an agenda.

      3. Bill Steffen says:

        Brings to mind the famous ClimateGate email: “…use Mike’s TRICK to HIDE the decline”.

        ClimateGate caused many scientists to take a deeper look at the lack of evidence and the made up evidence for catastrophic global warming. This was a comment in the New York Times:

        Dave | February 26, 2011 at 11:37 am | Reply

        “I also have to agree with Jim West. My firm ‘belief’ in AGW had already been undermined by some extremely bad papers about mosquitoes, arthropod borne disease, and the effect a warmer Earth on wildlife (I am a biologist). But, I assumed these were just opportunists jumping on the gravy train and that the problem was with the journal review process, not AGW.

        But the Climategate emails made it all too clear that there was no science at all in ALL these famous papers in Nature and other ‘prestige’ journals. Rather, all the sound and fury appeared to be generated by an unscrupulous cabal eager for grant money, fame, and lots of CO2 generating trips to warm and pleasant spots where they could regurgitate their story to a corrupted press and conniving politicians.

        As far as I can tell now, many of the assumptions of AGW appear to be false, nothing that one reads on climate change from Nature to Drudge is reliable.”

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        Here’s the full report on April temperatures: http://nsstc.uah.edu/climate/ Global temperatures have trended down for the past 6 months: http://nsstc.uah.edu/climate/2014/april/tlt_update_bar-042014.jpg The global temperature for April was 0.19° (hardly a catastrophe). Here’s the full report: http://nsstc.uah.edu/climate/2014/april/APRIL2014_GTR.pdf Here’s the full NASA GISS Data – showing global temperature has been steady since 2002: http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/graphs_v3/Fig.C.gif

        In analyzing this data, Dr. Judith Curry, Head of Climate Science at Georgia Tech made these comments:

        “For the past 16 years, there has been no significant increase in surface temperature. There is a growing discrepancy between observations and climate model projections. Observations since 2011 have fallen below the 90% envelope of climate model projections
        The IPCC does not have a convincing or confident explanation for this hiatus in warming.
        There is growing evidence of decreased climate sensitivity to atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations
        Based on expert judgment in light of this evidence, the IPCC 5th assessment report lowered its surface temperature projection relative to the model projections for the period 2016-2036.”

        1. ralphdraw3 says:

          Statement on climate change from 18 scientific associations
          “Observations throughout the world make it clear that climate change is occurring, and rigorous scientific research demonstrates that the greenhouse gases emitted by human activities are the primary driver.” (2009)2
          AAAS emblem
          American Association for the Advancement of Science
          “The scientific evidence is clear: global climate change caused by human activities is occurring now, and it is a growing threat to society.” (2006)3
          ACS emblem
          American Chemical Society
          “Comprehensive scientific assessments of our current and potential future climates clearly indicate that climate change is real, largely attributable to emissions from human activities, and potentially a very serious problem.” (2004)4
          AGU emblem
          American Geophysical Union
          “Human‐induced climate change requires urgent action. Humanity is

        2. ralphdraw3 says:

          From the Skeptical Scientist:

          “To claim global warming stopped in 1998 overlooks one simple physical reality – the land and atmosphere are just a small fraction of the Earth’s climate (albeit the part we inhabit). The entire planet is accumulating heat due to an energy imbalance. The atmosphere is warming. Oceans are accumulating energy. Land absorbs energy and ice absorbs heat to melt. To get the full picture on global warming, you need to view the Earth’s entire heat content.

          This analysis is performed in An observationally based energy balance for the Earth since 1950 (Murphy 2009) which adds up heat content from the ocean, atmosphere, land and ice. To calculate the Earth’s total heat content, the authors used data of ocean heat content from the upper 700 metres. They included heat content from deeper waters down to 3000 metres depth. They computed atmospheric heat content using the surface temperature record and the heat capacity of the troposphere. Land and ice heat content (the energy required to melt ice) were also included.”

        3. Brian(Grandville) says:

          I came across a comment earlier tonight on another site, in light of Pat Sajak’s controversial comment on twitter earlier.Here you go.

          If co2 is such a dangerous greenhouse gas, then lets look around for a test case that would prove their point. China is the perfect example…their pollution problem is very new so tell me why the temperature in and around their cities hasn’t sky-rocketed? Maybe because the K factor of co2 it’s capacity to gain and hold heat or energy is much less than water vapor the best greenhouse gas we have, also, co2 has not affected water vapor’s saturation volume or humidity at all. 100% humidity contains the exact same volume as it always did. I know your asking why am I talking about this, its because our atmosphere is an open pneumatic system. In a closed system when you add a gas it would increase the pressure in the system. In an open system you displace some gas…so what is being displaced. CO2 is a heavy gas it is a carbine atom bound by 2 oxygen atoms its atomic weight is much heavier that water H2O. This would mean that it would hug the ground thereby reflecting the energy of the sun not containing it, and this is exactly what they were saying in the mid 70s when these same people were predicting the next “ICE AGE”.

          Go Figure….and they call us the flat earth people!

        4. ralphdraw3 says:

          You need a basic lesson on global warming ( so does Pat )

          http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/101-videos/global-warming-101

        5. ralphdraw3 says:

          One thing to mention about CO2. It blows around the earth in the form of “wind”. So the the CO2 over China will not stay over China. It will get blown eastward – usually – over the Pacific Ocean.

        6. Brian(Grandville) says:

          Nice video, lol. Who was keeping track of methane level records 420,000 years ago. A rock? They always bring up “arctic ice levels”. What about ant arctic ice levels. When NYC residents are using jet skis to commute to and from work, I’ll believe “this”. Until then, I will drive my SUV to work every day, hoping I am not responsible for this “man made cause”. Because I like my SUV.

        7. ralphdraw3 says:

          The Steve Goddard chart only includes US temperatures. It does not include world temps or ocean temps…

      2. ralphdraw3 says:

        In two seperate scientific papers, it was reported that the West Antarctic glaciers are melting and retreating faster than expected. This will cause more and faster sea level rise:

        http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/05/140512-thwaites-glacier-melting-collapse-west-antarctica-ice-warming/

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          Antarctic ice is increasing at a rapid rate: http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/images/daily_images/S_stddev_timeseries.png It’s at a record extent and more than 2 standard deviations above average.

          The ice in Antarctic has been growing for 30 years: http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/IMAGES/seaice.anomaly.antarctic.png

          While a little ice breaks off West Antarctica – the ice continues to grow over the rest of Antarctica.

  3. fixxxer says:

    Finally some hot weather. Too bad it wont last.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Does it ever last?

  4. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    Hey Kyle – saw your post on the previous thread and yes I did pull into the d exit carpool area and parked in the front by the entrance pointing north- west. I was only there for about 5 min tops , I wasn’t sure if yu were there as would hv said hello. Sounds like yu found some decent storms , or the storms found you as they were pretty abundant for a bit. I ended up going further south , and back to the area we were in but a little west…didn’t leave until 4:30 am….lol. Went to work around 8:00 am

    1. Ohh wow! I made it back home by 2am. Got up a 7 for school. And I was in that carpool lot the same time that you were there. I was in the southwest corner backed into a parking spot (If you looked due west you would have seen me haha). I was in a red car. I wasn’t sure if it was you so I wasnt going to go over there akwardly but if I knew it was I would have haha

      1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

        I get drawn in by the storms it’s like they hypnotize me or something…. Lol. I’m sure we will cross paths sometime , hopefully after witnessing a nice tornado over an open field with no crops. Hehee. I new the setup wasn’t going to be ideal and to add insult to injury I left my wifi decide for my tablet at home , but no big deal as all one needed to do is look west and wait… All in all it’s always fun when I see storms , especially when one has gone 7 months without . I hope we get a chance to experience a high risk day , as they are my favorite or high end moderate is good as well. But all storms are unique and every experience is different. Man I’m really tired ….Your young so yu can snap right back , going on an hour of sleep , and it was worth every minute as I will sleep when I’m buried . :)

        1. Yeah I am not really even tired. I got 5 Hours of sleep

        2. Jack says:

          HEY DARREN…..CUE::::: Warren Zevon – I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead – YouTube
          ► 3:04► 3:04
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwdaZfLatmM. Hee,heeeeeee…..Stay CUEDDD….. ;-)

        3. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

          Nice.. :)

  5. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    Interesting storm all by its self…. It was tornado warned earlier.

    http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ind

  6. Rodey (Rockford) says:

    Another FANTASTIC 80 degree day in GR. How can this be? Someone on here said GR wouldn’t see another 80 degree day until mid June. I love it. Bring it. Who knew?

    1. Jack says:

      The Good LORD….KNEW!!!!!!!! Stay CuedDD… ;-)

      1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

        I agree and HE is the only one who ever knows.

    2. matt says:

      Right on as usual rodey. Looks like little kid rocky has to eat some crow

  7. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    I wonder who will be the lucky recipient of a pop up storm today , not very good odds….but there might be a lone wolf of two. What a nice day , one really appreciates this weather after the relentless winter we all experienced as I’m happy it’s in the record books and finally in our rear view. Adios “old man winter ” , been waiting to say that for a while , but have been to scared to do so in fear of retaliation …. :)

    1. Jack says:

      Wahoo…CUE,a Little LOVIN SPOONFULL…..” Summer in The CITY”. :::::: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m648v4s5sFc. Check out The OLD Cars….. & Stay CUEDD….. ;-)

      1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

        Some action popped up over by Bay City area moving southeast.

      2. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

        Back when horsepower could be quite literal , that vid doesn’t even look real…wow!

  8. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    Of all places, northeast Colorado has more storm action than us.

    Tornado warnings have been posted.

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Colorado has a good share of warnings throughout spring , both thunder-storm and tornado warnings . They are actually one of the higher areas in the us believe it or not with warned storms , mainly eastern Co. Today I took a looks at some of the dynamics they have going for them and it’s all there , maybe a little short topped but otherwise plenty of fuel for some short lived spin -ups. I’m possibly moving there so I often watch there weather from time to time.

    2. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Speaking of action or shall I say lack there of , we are looking at good stretch with no real weather to speak of , the good news being we have sun and warmth to keep us company.

      1. SBPortage002 says:

        Memorial Day weekend approaching, I think most want warm and dry weather to get out and enjoy outdoor activities. Who could blame them?

        1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

          +1 ….I was speaking more to possibly June , before we see any major systems.

      2. SBPortage002 says:

        OK…holidays excluded, would love some good storms from time to time
        It’ll break up our warm and sunny summer a bit :)

        1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

          Portage is usually a good spot for storms , you are lucky..!

  9. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    Nice line of SVR warned storms in Indy…!

    http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/radar_lite.php?rid=IND&product=N0R&loop=yes

  10. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    Alex Avila long ball in the top of the 13th!!!! 10-9.

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Nice , I was watching that game for a few innings , hey why did the big cat get tossed ?

      1. SBPortage002 says:

        He wasn’t pleased because the home plate umpire didn’t check with the first base ump on a checked swing.

      2. steven (Derby Lake) says:

        Kinsler was called out on a check swing then home plate umpire was arguing with Ausmus in the dugout. Cabrera was then called out on a check swing and he said something or argued it and he got tossed and Ausmus got tossed. I don’t know if Ausmus even came out of the dug out before he got tossed.

        Cleveland has pitched everybody in the dugout, last I knew tommorows scheduled starter for them was pitching.

        1. SBPortage002 says:

          Annnnnd Phil C”h”oke blows it again. Indians win 11-10. When oh when will the Tigers learn…GET RID OF HIM!!! Hey Darren, hope they use him in Oakland.

        2. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

          They went all- in so to speak and got out flopped on the river.

        3. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

          Oh dam , I misread the post I thought your Tigers one….disregard the all in comment as I guess it panes out …. That sucks they lost… Yes, when they play my A’s then I hope they pitch who ever is slinging cheese …. :)

      3. SBPortage002 says:

        Albuquerque balked, driving in the winning {losing?) run, but Coke blew the lead for the Tigers.

        1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

          Al gave up a walk off against Minnesota I think.

  11. Dikehopper (Fennville) says:

    Weather can be interesting, but I would like to move on to a more serious subject.

    Hey, how about those Chicago Blackhawks?

    And their success is due entirely to my son-in-law.

    That is my objective, impartial opinion.

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      I’m bitting …being a nudge sports fan , what does he do for the organization D.H ?

      1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

        Huge

      2. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

        That’s D.H for Dikehopper ….since we were speaking of B .Ball above ….anyways

  12. Brian(Grandville) says:

    What a way to end the game Tigers!

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Don’t recall the last time I’ve seen a walk off balk.

      1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

        Detroit lost to Florida last year the last game of the season on a walk off error that also completed a no hitter.

    2. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Should be a good 4 game series against Oakland ….turns out I’m not heading back this week as I really wanted to catch a game or two….oh well maybe win the A’s come out here….

      1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

        Looks like June 30 Tigers – A’s , I’m buying tickets….never been to your stadium before…looks nice on TV

        1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          It’s incredible. You’ll love it.

  13. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    I wish we had storms that moved as slowly as the ones in Co often do…moving N E at 15 miles an hour sounds perfect , especially with that low slowly spinning almost in place , makes for great storm viewing .

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      That, and you can drive forever and not lose sight of them….LOL!! Hubby and I were headed westbound on I-80, and right about where it forks off into I-76… I had been watching a dark cloud in the distance and thinking “Hmmm, looks like a wall cloud below it”… and as I watched, it slowly dropped a perfect funnel…. since it was going east and I was headed west in a motorhome (NOT a good “chase vehicle”) – I eventually lost sight of it. I never saw it hit the ground, but in hindsight, either it, or that same cell, spawned the Kearney NE tornado that blew Reed Timmer’s side window out and cut his face! Reed gave me a copy of a picture that shows him all bloody, with the tornado in the distance, and signed it for me – I told him I saw it before he did…LOL!! :-)

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        That’s a great story, GLD.

        1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

          Look at our time stamps Mark , I don’t think I have seen a tie before…Balk game ender and a posting tie, who knew???????

      2. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

        Tht is a really cool story GLD form top to bottom , and who said RV’s don’t make great chase vehicles , could save a good deal of money on hotels although that would all go up in smoke once you hit the gas station and then there is that little problem with vehicle profile. The drag coefficient on your bus probably isn’t the best….lol. Great story GLD as I always enjoy them when you do share.

        1. GunLakeDeb says:

          The sides of most RVs are a sandwich of very thin plywood, styrofoam, then the thin interior paneling. Anything being blown by the wind and larger than a twig will go right through the sides….lol!!!

      3. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

        Hey GLD , What’s a decent rig ( kayak ) going to set me back as I probably need two…?

        1. GunLakeDeb says:

          My super-trick fishing boat is $1200; the recreational starting point is $499. There are lots out there that are cheaper…but good boats all cost more. You would qualify for the “family discount”, of course!!

        2. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

          Thanks GLD….! And thanks for the price ranges as that’s exactly the info I was looking for. Then one can figure out which styles will work best for what you think fits best with what I would want to do…I know 0 about Kayaks and that’s were you come in…lol

  14. INDY says:

    I am going on a party bus tomorrow to Detroit, Tigers will be tired after todays game to bad Prince is being a baby !!! Should be a sprite day!!! IDNYY!!

  15. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    80 and sunny. Fixxxer weather.

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      I’m not sure such weather exits , I’m sure fix will poke a hole somewhere ….lol. I hope you are correct and the Fixxx is happy. Btw – I think you were saying something about our chances of getting SVR storms / boomers here in southwest lower yesterday had about the same odds as the second coming according to your calculations. When will you ever learn Fixxx. ? Like Bob says Don’t Worry Be Happy !!! Im getting concerned Fix about your health …

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        He does just for attention, and unfortunately, people oblige him.

      2. fixxxer says:

        Lol…

  16. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    I did some investigating and the latest I could find a walk off balk was Chicago White Sox against Kansas City in 7-4-2011. There was another in 2004 when Atlanta beat Colorado. Technically there is no official record of walk off balks. I did find another source that says there have been atleast 12 from 1954-2008.

  17. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    I have a baseball trivia question for any baseball fans: Who was the last pitcher to record 4 strike outs in a single inning. ( no cheating , I did not know this btw )

    Team -

    Year –

    Player –

    *. Or has it ever happened before. *

    1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

      Detroit, 2013, Anibal Sanchez. I think it is actually quite popular more than what some may think

      1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

        Nicely done….maybe since it happened in tht series yes , so how many times has it happened in MLB history , of yu get this yu are god.

        1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

          For that one I went and looked. 67 times. Looking just recently it happened 12 times in 2012, two on the same day and 1 on one day and another the next. With 12 different teams.

        2. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

          For your tigers or the overall count or both…lol. I’m terrible with sports stats , as it’s not of interest to me , but many do enjoy this hobby.

        3. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

          Never mind my other question as I saw you said that ” one ” you looked up….

      2. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

        I used to pitch so I knew it was possible , but only after high school ball. I had no idea Sanchez was the last to record this stat….I bet many people would not know of this rule. Very well done…!!

        1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

          I was just reading there was one in the 10th inning of a game between Toronto and Chi White Sox. It was a game winner, its the only 4 strike out in extra innings.

        2. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

          Yup , good old wiki…same place I found the stat.

        3. steven (Derby Lake) says:

          Actually I use http://www.baseball-reference.com

        4. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

          Ahh yes , same info both spots…I like that site however.

  18. Brad (Van Buren) says:

    Simply put…my area needs rain. I mowed today and could barely stand the dust storm that was kicking up around me! It is Sooooo dry. I have to work on Monday, and I work outside…hoping it rains all day and I get to stay home with my wife and enjoy a quiet day. 1 day off in the last 3 weeks is not enough.

    1. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

      We barely got any rain last night. Almost all the storms missed us to the north and south. It made for a good light show.

  19. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    Someone should get some good video if this tornado can sustain , it looks a bit hampered by other storms and seems to come and go…but it’s moving so slow…. I just want a few storms like this..

    http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=bou&wwa=tornado%20warning

  20. Brian(Grandville) says:

    Check out this pic from the Denver airport.
    https://twitter.com/donovangruner/status/469244590902345728/photo/1
    Big time hail out there too.

    1. Jack says:

      VERY NICE!! Exact opposite of The Tigers Lose Today !!! Balk balk !! Sorry, Stay CUEDDD !!, ;-)

  21. kevin. w says:

    The Balkan flooding disaster kills many demolishes a country and will cost billions and hundreds of thousand are homeless. I also heard on CNN today that many farmers in California are abandoning there farms due to no water and going broke and the fruit nut and vegetable industry will cost us an awful lot at the store. Plus the Michigan senate is about to pass a new gas tax that could make a gallon of gas go well over $4 a gallon now and closer to $4.20 by the end of the year. Sorry for the bad news but hey it was a nice warm day and the weekend looks fantastic.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      There’s 40 million people out west and the water is going to the people and it’s being cut to the farmers: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/21/california-farmers-brace-for-little-or-no-water/ It’s tough to grow water-intensive crops (like apples and strawberries) in a desert. We grow apples fine in Michigan without irrigation. We should grow the apples here in Michigan and trade California for computer chips. Or go to desalinization plants and see if the extra cost can be added to the price of the produce and still have it be a viable product. There’s a lot more people in California now. http://www.lao.ca.gov/2000/calfacts/2000_calfacts_demographics.html (old graphic, but you get the idea).

      1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

        I hope your not implying they should cut water for the people instead…..? This has happened before in Ca the reservoirs will fill again , and you really can’t stop people from moving to a state . I guess I’m just not following your solution on this one Bill, computer chips for crop shares ? That could be bad if Mi had a really bad crop year due to weather etc….The drought is not confined to Ca either , many crops are suffering from the heartland to Texas . Overpopulation is not good I’m with ya but what are you suggesting , maybe I missed it.?

        1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

          Btw – if they did cut the water to most of the folks in Los Angelo’s you may be on to something Bill..hehe.

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Get a grip!

      1. kevin. w says:

        Just the facts, just the facts.

  22. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    This weather pattern couldn’t get any better. The only problem is that I can’t study and track storms because it is too nice outside. Last nights storms were definitely enjoyable to watch; I heard many lightning strikes.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      A bit muggy earlier. All in all, a good looking forecast for the next several days. Hope it is clear Saturday night. I will be staying up for this one.

  23. Kevin (Marshall) says:

    Incredible thunderstorm training in Champaign county, Illinois. Going on for hours and hours.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      CMI had a gust to 48 mph as the first storm came in – they had 2.7″ of rain in 2 hours at the airport and they are up to 3.68″ for the day (since 5 pm).

  24. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    All of this warm weather hype, however we will be seeing a below average summer! I love it! Just the facts! ROCK n ROLL baby!

    http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/long_range/lead01/off01_temp.gif

  25. Next good chance for thunderstorms looks to be Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Maybe some more chasing Lol :)

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Mi ” storm chasers “. Lol. Watch out OKC….!

      1. My car is known as the KRP Tracking Machine just so you know. Its been on the chase for a lot of severe weather events. Several dozen lets put it that way

        1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

          I think maybe the KRP machine just may be the next heir to the throne , as Kyle is the next Reed form Mi……! :) So you looking to Tuesday as the next favorable weather event….I haven’t looked at any forecast as of yet. But always ready to put in some windshield time…!

        2. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

          I’m watching those storms to our south Kyle and wishing I was there , as the storm bug is alive and well.

  26. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Travis is on drugs! Global warming hype at it’s worse! He is totally delusional! Who knew?

    1. fixxxer says:

      Shutup rj.

    2. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      I didn’t even see a post from Travis…? Maybe I missed it…?

    3. kevin. w says:

      probably gets from his dealer in Rockford.

  27. Brian(Grandville) says:

    Holland just went from 72 @ 9 to 57 @ 10. Wow!

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Yup I have my windows open and I can feel the temp dropping nearly every time the wind blows through….

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