Keepin’ the beer cold

May 24th, 2014 at 11:12 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Lake Superior Keewenaw Bay 5 24 14 Ted Belej WLUC facebook  Lake Superior 5 23 14 keepin' the beer coldmodis lake superior lake superior ice Click on the images to enlarge. The first picture (from Ted Belej and the WLUC facewook page) is looking over Keewenaw Bay Friday. The second picture (form Shawn Stockman Lightseeker and the WLUC facebook page) shows a good side to all the ice on Keewenaw Bay…sure you have to paddle your kayak through icebergs and you have to wear your Arctic parka – but at least it’s easy to keep the beer cold (picture taken Friday).  The third image is the MODIS satellite picture from Saturday afternoon (from NOAA Coastwatch) showing ice by Duluth, in Keewenaw Bay and east of Marquette.  The image on the right shows that as of 5/25, we STILL have a 3.7% ice cover on Lake Superior – one week away from June and four weeks from the Summer Solstice.  It’s the most ice ever this late in the spring.    Mt. Bohemia in the U.P. had 351″ of snow this past winter.   Here’s North American snow and ice , showing many of the lakes still frozen north of Lake Superior.  Hudson Bay is frozen over, as well as a good portion of Lake Winnipeg.  There is a solid snow cover over Northern Canada, including all of Nunavut and Northern Quebec.   Here’s Arctic sea ice extent.  NOAA is forecasting Arctic sea ice extent to go above average extent by late JulyAntarctic sea ice extent is near a historic maximum extent. The National Snow and Ice Data Center says:  “Antarctic sea ice extent for April 2014 reached 9.00 million square kilometers (3.47 million square miles), the largest ice extent on record by a significant margin. This exceeds the past record for the satellite era by about 320,000 square kilometers (124,000 square miles), which was set in April 2008″.  The ice cover is significantly bigger than last year and more than 2 standard deviations above average.”   Antarctic sea ice extent has been growing for 30 years.   Total global sea ice is well ABOVE average.   After shrinking from 2009 to late 2012, total global sea ice has made a significant recovery and is now above average extent.  Check out the webcam at Barrow, Alaska – looking out on the ice-covered Arctic Ocean.  They get 24-hours of daylight in Barrow from mid-May to early August, so check the camera any time of day or night.        Finally read on for my daughter’s (#3) guide for tourists in the Traverse City area: 

Dear Tourists,

Welcome back to Traverse City. I can tell you’re back because today I had to slam on my brakes while a few bikinis scampered across US-31, in a location not designed for scampering.

Tourists are the reason that there is a Kilwin’s in every town where I have court. And in the summers, they don’t close at 3PM, also because of tourists. You’re also the reason that all of the seasonal rest areas between here and Grand Rapids open for the summer. For this I salute all tourists.

I also appreciate the uptick at work. We have a saying – Come on vacation, leave on probation! So by all means, have fun! I’ve suggested that we buy Johnny Advertising in the touristy bars, but the boss doesn’t think it’s classy.

No really, don’t commit crimes while you’re here. When I was a prosecutor, I don’t know how many times I got phone calls from downstate attorneys who “Don’t really practice this type of law, but my friend/brother/coworker/neighbor got busted for _____ and I’m trying to help them.” Don’t be that person who makes your friend have to make that phone call that makes a local prosecutor have to explain drunk driving laws to a business attorney.

We have a new splash pad downtown, and it is caveat emptor. There was a thing a while ago where they had to shut it down, something about sewer water and not actually having permits. But that picture of your little one in the water was very cute.

Put money in the meter. In Traverse City, there are little elves paid to hide behind your car until you walk away and then write you a ticket. This is especially true if you are a tourist. Feeding the meter will save you money in the long run.

Check out upnorthlive.com for 50% off deals. There’s some pretty good restaurant, salon, even hotel stuff on there, so watch it every day leading up to your vacation.

Many of you say you like it here so much you wish you could move here. If you do, please consider running for mayor. Funny thing…our current mayor was arrested for drunk driving ON THE WAY HOME FROM A MEETING and we still reelected him. Sometimes all this summer sunshine, or cabin fever, or whatever you want to blame it on ruins our good judgment.

Speaking of local government, they’re always on some kind of bandwagon to ban water bottles, or festivals, or happiness, or something or other. Unless it has to do with Michael Moore. This city’s leadership never gets sick of Michael Moore. He has a really big house on Torch Lake and he’s going to give it to us because he’s a socialist and that means we should all be equal.

I highly recommend canoeing the Betsie River while you’re here. It’s much better to do on a weeknight than a weekend, because on the weekends the entire river pretty much just turns into a river-long boozer. And I know the number and quality of law enforcement assigned to deal with said boozer, and let’s just say you don’t want to risk needing law-enforcement assistance on a Saturday afternoon on the Betsie River, on account of the drunk next to you getting out of hand (DNR excepted, the DNR in the area is very good). But on a weekday night it’s the most beautiful, quiet spot in the entire world. Wild birds, sunset, fresh air, it’s the best. It’s worth it to park at the bottom and pay for a ride back to the top, rather than drive two cars (you’ll inevitably park incorrectly and get a ticket, anyways). There are places to grill when you’re done. An absolutely must for a Traverse City vacation.

The Sleeping Bear Dunes are also best on a weekday. Probably a 10th of the crowd. The best beach of our area is probably Empire, followed by Old Mission Point. There are some low-traffic public parks on the peninsula that are also nice. If you’d like a nice walk on the way, I like Manistee’s downtown. The Big Rapids Jimmy Johns is your last stop for decent food before Cadillac.

And finally, tell me when you’re going to be in town! Hanging out with me will be the highlight of your vacation.     …Michelle O.

97 Responses to “Keepin’ the beer cold”

  1. Brian(Grandville) says:

    Nice to see both Arctic, and Antarctic ice levels healthy, amid contrary belief, and speculation. Who knew!

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Imagine that!

    2. ron says:

      Nobody and I do mean nobody will argue ice recovery after this horrible winter ( alaska was still warmer than average though), but i just think its funny that Bill and other posters spent 2009 thru 2012 arguing everything was fine, when now he shares a link saying the contrary.

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        ron – everything is fine now…global temperatures have been flat since 2002, global ice has increased, significant rain in the dry areas of Texas, the California wildfires have been put out, hurricane activity overall has been low, it’s another spring with a low tornado count…everythis is fine.

    3. Cort S. says:

      I think the wrong units are being used for “total sea ice.” Wouldn’t a measure of “total” sea ice have units of km^3? These charts are in km^2. There’s another dimension (figuratively and literally) of this issue to sit back and thoughtfully consider.

      1. Mike Mangan says:

        I’ve thoughtfully considered how the multi-year ice in the Arctic is increasing once again…

        http://www7320.nrlssc.navy.mil/hycomARC/navo/arcticictnowcast.gif

        Perhaps it’s the dimension of new 4.5m ice building up that your’e thinking of. Certainly no doubt about the resiliency of the Antarctic, either. Maybe you’d like to consider some other metric?

      2. Bill Steffen says:

        Cubic km (volume) would be extremely hard to measure accurately. Attempts from space have shown some error when compared with actual measurements. Over the land areas (Antarctica) we can measure the altitude of the icecap at various points and show that is not changing. What’s left? Computer models? From people who often won’t share their data or methods? We do know that the surface water surrounding Antarctica is mostly colder than average: http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/data/sst/anomaly/2014/anomnight.5.26.2014.gif We know the principle of convection. Warmer water would rise to the surface. Ice is melting from underneath? Caused by CO2 in the atmosphere? When the air isn’t getting any colder? Hard to believe this would be a prevailing theory if there was the $$$ and job insurance to go along with it.

    4. ralphdraw3 says:

      Although it has been cooler than usual in Mivhigan, the West and Southern plains are experiencing record heat and drought. There is virtually NO Snowpack in the California mountains and little in the Rockies. This will mean scarce water supplies for the West and water rationing.

      Asia had had very warm temperatures and the month of April tied for the warmest April on record for global temperatures:

      April 2014 Global Temperature Ties For Warmest on Record …
      http://www.weather.com/…/april-2014-global-temperature-ties-warmest-r...
      by Terrell Johnson – in 46 Google+ circles
      5 days ago – Last month tied with 2010 as the warmest April on record going back to 1880, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced .

      Missing snowpack in the West – The Washington Post
      apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/national/missing-snowpack-in…west/957/
      May 4, 2014 – Missing snowpack in the West. In a Feb. 24 Oval Office meeting, two of President Obama’s top climate advisers presented these …
      You visited this page on 5/13/14.

      http://ncronline.org/blogs/eco-catholic/editorial-climate-change-churchs-no-1-pro-life-issue

      http://www.thesoapboxroadshow.com/BlogAmericanDemocracy/

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        This analysis uses the latest month for which data is available on WoodForTrees.com (WFT). All of the data on WFT is also available at the specific sources as outlined below. We start with the present date and go to the furthest month in the past where the slope is a least slightly negative. So if the slope from September is 4 x 10^-4 but it is – 4 x 10^-4 from October, we give the time from October so no one can accuse us of being less than honest if we say the slope is flat from a certain month.
        On all data sets below, the different times for a slope that is at least very slightly negative ranges from 9 years and 8 months to 17 years and 9 months

        1. For GISS, the slope is flat since November 2001 or 12 years, 6 months. (goes to April)
        2. For Hadcrut3, the slope is flat since August 2000 or 13 years, 9 months. (goes to April) The latest spike caused the time to start after the 1998 El Nino.
        3. For a combination of GISS, Hadcrut3, UAH and RSS, the slope is flat since December 2000 or 13 years, 5 months. (goes to April)
        4. For Hadcrut4, the slope is flat since January 2001 or 13 years, 4 months. (goes to April)
        5. For Hadsst3, the slope is flat since December 2000 or 13 years, 5 months. (goes to April)
        6. For UAH, the slope is flat since September 2004 or 9 years, 8 months. (goes to April using version 5.5)
        7. For RSS, the slope is flat since August 1996 or 17 years, 9 months (goes to April).

        For this analysis, data was retrieved from Nick Stokes’ Trendviewer page. This analysis indicates for how long there has not been statistically significant warming according to Nick’s criteria. Data go to their latest update for each set. In every case, note that the lower error bar is negative so a slope of 0 cannot be ruled out from the month indicated.

        On several different data sets, there has been no statistically significant warming for between 16 and 21 years.

        The details for several sets are below.

        For UAH: Since February 1996: CI from -0.043 to 2.349
        For RSS: Since November 1992: CI from -0.022 to 1.867
        For Hadcrut4: Since October 1996: CI from -0.033 to 1.192
        For Hadsst3: Since January 1993: CI from -0.016 to 1.813
        For GISS: Since August 1997: CI from -0.008 to 1.233

        If you wish to verify all of the latest anomalies, go to the following:
        For UAH, version 5.5 was used since that is what WFT used.
        http://vortex.nsstc.uah.edu/public/msu/t2lt/tltglhmam_5.5.txt
        For RSS, see: ftp://ftp.ssmi.com/msu/monthly_time_series/rss_monthly_msu_amsu_channel_tlt_anomalies_land_and_ocean_v03_3.txt
        For Hadcrut4, see: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadcrut4/data/current/time_series/HadCRUT.4.2.0.0.monthly_ns_avg.txt For Hadcrut3, see: http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/cru/data/temperature/HadCRUT3-gl.dat
        For Hadsst3, see: http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/cru/data/temperature/HadSST3-gl.dat
        For GISS, see:
        http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/tabledata_v3/GLB.Ts+dSST.txt

        RSS
        The slope is flat since August 1996 or 17 years, 9 months. (goes to April)
        For RSS: There is no statistically significant warming since November 1992: CI from -0.022 to 1.867.
        The RSS average anomaly so far for 2014 is 0.222. This would rank it as 9th place if it stayed this way. 1998 was the warmest at 0.55. The highest ever monthly anomaly was in April of 1998 when it reached 0.857. The anomaly in 2013 was 0.218 and it is ranked 10th.

        1. ralphdraw3 says:

          Yes, some of us in North America have been shivering this spring. But, globally, April 2014 was tied with April 2010 for being the warmest April on record, or it was the second-warmest April on record. That difference is between experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and at NASA. Either way, it’s a reminder that our local climate is not the whole story.

          According to NOAA, April 2014 was tied with April of 2010 as being the warmest April on record globally for land and ocean surface combined. NOAA also said that – globally – the January 2014 to April 2014 period was the 6th warmest Jan-Apr period on record.

          And NOAA provided data about the recent U.S. cold months, saying the United States experienced its coldest start to the year (Jan-Apr) since 1993. For the U.S., the January 2014 to April 2014 period was the 46th coldest Jan-Apr period on record.

        2. Bill Steffen says:

          The RSS shows April globally was only +0.19 C (about 0.34 degrees Fahrenheit) above the 30-year average. Again, no warming – flat temperatures – since 2002. Mother Nature, the biggest global warming “denier”.

          RSS for April came out at 0.251. That makes the 4 month average 0.222 and tied for 9th place. The length of time for a slope of 0 increases to 17 years and 9 months.(Hadcrut3 for March is still not out!) April temperatures are the same as they were 1996, 1991, and 1988…. And substantially cooler than they were in 1998. http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot

  2. Jack says:

    RE: Daughter # 3 !!! Why Do You Think They Call It ” TRAGIC CITY”. !!! Have FUN, Be SAFE, and GOD BLESS !!! Also STAY CUEDDD. ……. ;-)

  3. Kevin. w says:

    You can have Traverse City and for that matter anything north of Mt. Pleasant although the central/western Upper Peninsula is nice in July/August. To much snow, cold, Mosquitoes, black flies, tourists, crazy drivers hurrying to go no where and go back home, and the push and shove wherever your at. I’ve got my places down south of Michigan and its not Florida. Nice weekend and week this week but looks like a coolish first week of June but then heats up again.

  4. INDY says:

    INDY 5OO CHAMPIONS DRINK MILK!! INDY DRINKS SPRITES!! IT’S TIME TO PARTY!! INDYY!!

  5. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Keep the facts coming about the ice and cold! We are having a GREAT year of below average temperatures! ROCK n ROLL will never die baby!

    1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      Keep the WARM temps coming. I love it. Who knew? Been fantastic weather except in Rockford where the brutal mini ice age continues. So cold ice cubes come out of the faucets. Imagine that. Who knew. I love it. Thanks for listening.

    2. Tim (Spring Lake) says:

      I’m loving all these 80′s coming this week that you said would never happen. Great job trolling when anything cold is talked about, and becoming a ghost when warm air is discussed.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Thanks for listening! It is appreciated!

        1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

          Thanks for paying attention and taking the time to leave a comment. I love it. Fantastic.

        2. fixxxer says:

          Rj you need help, seriously. Quit being an attention whore.

        3. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          And you’re not??

    3. fixxxer says:

      Shut up rj.

    4. matt says:

      Warm weather soon rock n roll is dead who knew imagine that

  6. michael g (SE GR) says:

    That TC visitors guide is funny! I recognize a bit of Bill’s sense of humor in there.

  7. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    PERFECT weather this weekend! fixxxer will still be whining and complaining about it not being warm enough! What a pathetic human being! Who knew?

    1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      Speaking of pathetic human beings, you’re being more pathetic and delusional than usual. Increase your meds and then find a walkin freezer you can sit in and pretend you’re in the middle of the mini ice age you often mention. Then since temps are so far below normal, put on your winter coat, hat and gloves, fill a thermos with hot chocolate and have your mom drive you to the minature golf course so you can play a round of golf. I love it. Who knew? Fantastic. Thanks for listening.

      1. matt says:

        @rodey BAM you just owned rocky big time with that post he is down for the count

        1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

          +1 gazillion billion million. I love it.

  8. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Some thoughts on this nice and sunny Sunday. Yes we went to the Tigers game yesterday, what a beating they took. You could call the loss a team effort bad pitching, defensive, base running mistakes ect. The only good thing about the game was the weather was nice (but at Comerica Park during a day game there is very little shade and even on a cool day its hot in the sun)
    On the weather front this weekend will be a great weekend warm sunny temps so who could asks for more? It should be noted there is still not only ice in Lake Superior the trees in the UP still have no leaves on them as of yet!
    http://www.mtu.edu/webcams/walker/

    And of course there is still some snow left on Mt Ripley

    http://www.mtu.edu/webcams/ripley/

    Also after this weeks nice warm temps there are still indications that June will start off on the cool side and that is no surprise and its some thing that I think we will have to live with for the rest of this summer and that is several nice days and then a week or more of cool days.
    SlimJim

  9. Looking ahead in our forecast, it should be noted we will have showers and thunderstorms around Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Not looking like severe weather but just general thunderstorms. Once we move beyond that our temps will likely spike again likely into the mid 80′s at this point on June 1. By that time our thunderstorm chances increase durastically with all the warm air. There is a chance on June 1 it could set up that we get Severe Weather but that is still a ways out so not very noteworthy right now. Then by June 3 it looks like we drop into the Low 70′s. Other than some rain, looks like a perfect forecast to me!

  10. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Cool video of fog rolling in on the big lake the other day:

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/a-frightening-fog-bank-caught-on-video-182729920.html

  11. Cort S. says:

    Ahhh, the beginning of summer. Probably the best time of year.

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Yes indeed….so so nice out….! To bad I’m slaving tilling close to a half acre…Think I need a better tiller , this thing sucks!!! Lol. Nice to be out in the sun , no matter what I’m doing , although I’m think a new tiller wd increase my enjoyment …

      1. Jack says:

        Front or Rear Tine ( spelling.??). Stay CUEDDDD….

        1. Sandy(Hudsonville) says:

          Exactly what I was wondering. I know one is much easier.

        2. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

          Rear tine….but I’ve discovered the problem , only one wheel was pulling the other had no pin in the wheel, so the axle was just spinning…..I knew something was wrong , and now it was much easier the second have of the day…unreal. I literally was pushing the tiller…Wowsers !!

    2. fixxxer says:

      Except when its a michigan summer.

  12. John (Norton Shores) says:

    75 here right now! Loving this weather! :)

  13. Jack says:

    Nothing But…..” Blue Sky”!!!!! CUE::: Willie Nelson – Blue Skies – YouTube
    ► 3:35► 3:35
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGZDwxnjG1g
    Ahhhh, YES…..STAY CUEDDD……

  14. Jack says:

    SUNDAY, SUNDAY @ THEEE YARDofBRICKS @ 4 PM…..BE THERE BILL!!! Stay CUEDDDD….. ;-)

  15. Sandy(Hudsonville) says:

    It is beautiful outside!! Hope you all are enjoying it!

  16. fixxxer says:

    Wish it could be like this 365 days a year with tstorms at night. Perfect. To bad reality sets in.

    1. Jack says:

      Glass Half Empty….OR….. Glass Half FULL ??? Hmmmm….Stay CUEDDD…. ;-)

      1. fixxxer says:

        Neither, just the facts.

  17. Well bloggers it looks as if I may be relocated here soon possibly. We put in an offer on a house over in Eaton County just West of I-69. We shall see what happens

    1. Definantly not my ideal living spot, but should get some more thunderstorms over there. If it was up to me to choose, id do Van Buren or Berrien County

      1. fixxxer says:

        No county over here is more prone to storms.

        1. Berrien and Cass get the most

  18. fixxxer says:

    Looks as it will be cloudy and rain tomorrow, oh well at least we had a few sunny days.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Nice try. It will be fair and warm for most of the day.

  19. Tom L says:

    Happy Memorial Day, Bill, to you and to your family as well!
    Thanks (again!) for all you do for our west Michigan community!!
    :)
    Tom

    1. ~Sherry~ (Comstock Park) says:

      :)

  20. Rodey (Rockford) says:

    Breaking News. Another picture perfect WARM day. GR has hit 80 or above 6 times already. How can that be? Imagine that. Who knew? Definitely not rocky who said GR wouldn’t see 80 degrees in May and then said no 80′s until the middle of June. Imagine that. I love it. Thanks for listening.

    1. matt says:

      Rock n roll is dead and its eighty today. Another missed temp prediction from the man who cant get par at the windmill who knew imagine that rock n roll is dead

  21. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    Have a great Memorial Day all! Remember all.those men and women who have and continue to fight for our freedom. We are blessed! Enjoy the perfect weather! This has been awesome!

  22. Barb says:

    In the 70s here in the Cheboygan area but temps on the lake are cooler–the kayaking was great but a little bumpy with the waves. The leaves are just starting to bud, so there’s no shade yet. At least the snow and ice are finally gone.

    1. Wow different story compared to here. Most of the trees here in southern Kent County are full grown and the woods are very thick

  23. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    I know it been said already but………Wow gorgeous day , even behind a tiller for 10 hrs…love it . Good thing about the harsh winter we endured is theses days become that much more special…! :) .

    1. We had to plant our farm field today. That took a while haha

      1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

        Can I borrow a tractor…lol

        1. It took you 10 hours?!? Lol what were you tilling up? a garden?

        2. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

          I’m still only 3/4 done..I’m tilling a half acre with a 17″ rear tine tiller. Putting in a fresh lawn as the previous one was a weed lawn , finally getting around to starting a real lawn as the plot is only two years old , and so so many rocks oh my . Almost thinking on hiring someone … Lol

  24. GunLakeDeb says:

    What a day!! Paddled 12.5 miles on the Thornapple – it was picture-perfect!!

    Bill’s daughter forgot “A View Of The Bay, For Half The Pay”

    And you know – there’s still snow in the UP. Back during the Siberian Siege when we were taking “bets” on when we’d lose the last snow – *I* said June 9th. Mostly tongue-in-cheek – but I might be the closest???? :-)

  25. Well our farm field finally got planted today. Can’t wait till the corn starts growing. Lots of farmers around here got all there cabbage and celery fields done to. Looking forward to that August sweet corn..yumm haha

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Love sweet corn , that’s what we used to have in my garden growing up. I guess my grandpa who had a very large farm in Nebraska must of rubbed off on my parents , and myself as well. Many great memories as a kid at my grandfathers farm , loved riding on the tractors with him.

      1. Farm equipment is a lot of fun. Combines are very cool as well especially cutting a field at night with the big light on them. We will likely sell our corn out by the road and our other produce. It a way to bring in some extra money while letting people enjoy what you have grown

  26. dereks says:

    Since are weather is boring I thought I would bring up the fact that western Texas is getting some needed rain.

    1. matt says:

      @er from gr. That says it all. Theres no music anymore too much screaming and too much garbage. I just watched woodstock(1970) for the thousandth time. I look at that wonder how the kids today would react to a situation like that today. The kids today would burn that town to the ground. Its so sad really.i love to watch woodsrock they had it all jimi hendrix janis joplin the who canned heat and richie havens was a awesome opener as well as country joe and the mcdonalds. Hell im 39 years old but i know my music and rock is dead

      1. Brian(Grandville) says:

        Have to agree with you on the whole “screaming into the mic, and calling it music thing”. That’s not talent. It’s noise pollution. Cue it Jack. The artists you mentioned were talented, and their music told stories. I’ve always enjoyed classic rock, and 80′s-90′s rock, which was good rock-n-roll to me.

        1. Jack says:

          CUE ::::: I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag – YouTube
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W7-ngmO_p8
          Stay CUEDD… ;-)

        2. Jack says:

          HERE IS OLD CLASSIC BAND & Tune….SPIN::: Hot Tuna – Keep On Truckin’ – YouTube
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWxJOht2yRE
          PARTY ON YARDofBRICKS @ INDY’S !! Stay CUEDDDDDD !!!

        3. matt says:

          @jack i turn that one up load when it comes on the blu-ray. The part that cracks me up is the black guy at the beginning shaking his head. Country joe is awesome. I love tje canned heat song as well man those guys had the blues songs down and the lead signer was great to bad he died though. One two three four warm weather is here

      2. Bill Steffen says:

        My Woodstock fav. is Goin’ Home with Alvin Lee and 10 Years After.

  27. Brian(Grandville) says:

    What a great weekend so far. Not so much for the Tigers. After the Cleveland sweep I thought, it happens, no big deal right. Now, after loosing 6 of their last 7, there is now cause for a sense of urgency. Good luck going out west to face Darren’s A’s.

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Should be a good series , of course I’m hoping the A’s take 4/4 but not likely , your Tigers are to good for a continued skid so I’ll take a split if needed or 3 of 4 would work as well. :) Our schedule become really difficult starting tomorrow , and lasts for nearly a month….!!

  28. Brian(Grandville) says:

    Here is this from the NWS concerning the long term.

    .LONG TERM…(WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY)
    ISSUED AT 305 PM EDT SUN MAY 25 2014

    FORECAST LOOKS ON TRACK WITH WARM WEATHER WED THROUGH
    SAT. TEMPERATURES COULD AVERAGE OUT AT LEAST 5 DEGREES ABOVE
    NORMAL FOR THE PERIOD GIVEN EXPECTED NORMALS OF 75/50. NWP GUIDANCE
    IN GOOD AGREEMENT ON BUILDING RIDGE WED-FRI. FIM/GFS IS A LITTLE
    MORE BULLISH WITH STRONGER SURFACE HIGH OVER QUEBEC BY LATE IN THE
    WEEK WITH DRIER AIR WORKING FROM THE NORTHEAST ON THU-FRI FOLLOWED
    BY A SECOND SHOT OF SEASONABLY COOL AIR FOR SATURDAY. ECMWF ON THE
    OTHER HAND IS WEAKER AND KEEPS WARMER AND MORE HUMID AIRMASS IN
    PLACE OVER THE REGION THROUGH SUNDAY. OPTED FOR A BLEND GIVEN THE
    FIM/GFS SCENARIO LOOKS REASONABLE FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. THE RESULT
    IS A FORECAST OF UPPER 70S FOR NEXT WEEKEND VERSUS MID 80S AS
    STRAIGHT ECM GUIDANCE SUGGESTS.

    NWP GUIDANCE FAIRLY CONSISTENT LAST FEW DAYS WITH FIRST WEEK OF
    JUNE. LOOKS LIKE IT WILL START OUT WET AS A SLOW MOVING FRONTAL SYSTEM
    LIES ACROSS THE REGION THROUGH TUESDAY. THERE MAY BE SEVERAL
    OPPORTUNITIES FOR SEVERE WEATHER AND OR EXCESSIVE RAINFALL AS
    SEVERAL WEAK WAVES OF LOW PRESSURE MOVE ALONG THE FRONT. BY MID WEEK
    A STRONGER CANADIAN SURFACE HIGH AND ASSOCIATED UPPER TROUGH
    BUILD/DIG SOUTH OF HUDSON/S BAY WITH NORTHEAST FLOW AND SEASONABLE
    TO BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY.

  29. Well looks like tomorrow we may get a few non severe thunderstorms to develop along the lake breeze during the heating of the afternoon. I could use a nice downpour out here to put on our fresh tilled up field. Anyone know where the lake breeze will set-up tomorrow? Because that could impact my rain. Sometimes its right overhead, sometimes its Zeeland, or sometimes just east of 131

  30. Hey Darren, this is music to my ears. I am sure it is for you too! Another chasing opportunity?!?

    NWP GUIDANCE FAIRLY CONSISTENT LAST FEW DAYS WITH FIRST WEEK OF
    JUNE. LOOKS LIKE IT WILL START OUT WET AS A SLOW MOVING FRONTAL SYSTEM
    LIES ACROSS THE REGION THROUGH TUESDAY. THERE MAY BE SEVERAL
    OPPORTUNITIES FOR SEVERE WEATHER AND OR EXCESSIVE RAINFALL AS
    SEVERAL WEAK WAVES OF LOW PRESSURE MOVE ALONG THE FRONT.

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      I like it , been keeping an eye on this and I hope the good news just gets better , I’m always in for some chasin…!

      1. Boy if it comes down to it and there going to stay south in Indiana, well I guess Ill have to slid down there depending on if its a good set-up. Chasing Indiana is fun

        1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

          Best storms I’ve seen to this day have been there , well best non-tornadic storms I should say. Chased there last year during a high risk day for SVR-thunderstorms , now that’s extremely rare. The storms were so so loud and the lighting was simply unreal..!

  31. Here’s a good song for anyone who likes it. Kansas is one of my favorite bands. It been stuck in my head.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orqnZBYEn38

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Good storms in Kansa and a good group as well , agreed .

      1. Kansas always gets good storms. That is one reason why I would love to live there. I mean heck..one time I looked on radar and there were tornado warnings with some small cells with a 30% chance of Isolated thunderstorms in the forecast….

    2. Jack says:

      Here is My Favorite Old Kansas TUNE……CUE::: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBhSQJYLjKQ
      ENJOY & Stay CueDDD….4….. Thunder BOOOMMSSS + Lightning ZOOOMS Monday P.M. !!! ???

  32. John (Norton Shores) says:

    I love the sounds of this from the NWS, several opportunities for severe weather! :)

    NWP GUIDANCE FAIRLY CONSISTENT LAST FEW DAYS WITH FIRST WEEK OF
    JUNE. LOOKS LIKE IT WILL START OUT WET AS A SLOW MOVING FRONTAL SYSTEM
    LIES ACROSS THE REGION THROUGH TUESDAY. THERE MAY BE SEVERAL
    OPPORTUNITIES FOR SEVERE WEATHER AND OR EXCESSIVE RAINFALL AS
    SEVERAL WEAK WAVES OF LOW PRESSURE MOVE ALONG THE FRONT. BY MID WEEK
    A STRONGER CANADIAN SURFACE HIGH AND ASSOCIATED UPPER TROUGH
    BUILD/DIG SOUTH OF HUDSON/S BAY WITH NORTHEAST FLOW AND SEASONABLE
    TO BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      The third time this was posted. See above.

    2. John (Norton Shores) says:

      Just saying I like the sounds of it.

      1. John (Norton Shores) says:

        But I am sorry for posting a third time about this topic.

  33. Jack says:

    On May 26 in Southwest Lower Michigan…

    5/26/1961
    Snow flurries are observed across Lower Michigan as record cold air moves in. Temperatures fall well below freezing the next morning, wiping out much of the fruit crop.

  34. Jack says:

    HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY !!! Here is a SONG in HONOR of ALL Veterans Past,Present,and FUTURE !! THANK- YOU & GOD BLESS U ALL !!!! Some Gave All – Billy Ray Cyrus – YouTube
    ► 5:25► 5:25
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqOaOwIeP58. THANK A VET TODAY!!!! :-)

  35. Jack says:

    PHOTO of The DAY, RE: NORTHERN LIGHTS Here ::: http://www.softservenews.com/photos/large/202633_493871727355281_618118883_o.jpg. AWESOME & Glorious !!

  36. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    Rock n roll is still very much alive! Great weather and some awesome music, listening to Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffitti. Jimmy Page releasing the digital versions of Led Zeppelin’s 1, 2 & 3
    plus, some rare music! Possible Zep tour??

    1. Jack says:

      Good Memorial Day Monday MOANIN …DAN,,,,CUE::: Kid Rock – Born Free [OFFICIAL VIDEO] – YouTube
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu3rsha1ZtI
      Have a GREAT DAY….Stay CueDD ..4 Storms Coming SOON??? ;-)

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