June 6th, 2014 at 3:15 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Daisy - Jack Martin    Another beautiful pic. here from Jack Martin – click to enlarge – I’ve got a hundred of these beautiful “wild” daisies in my yard.  I even mow around a couple clumps in the back yard.  Here’s a quick model update (Fri. night runs).  Chance of showers Sat. night/Sunday.  The NAM (car) has 0.04″ for G.R., the GFS-plot has the most at 0.19″.  The European gives G.R. just 0.02″.  So all 3 have a little rain, but not much.   The GFS plot also has a pretty good soaking for the next Tues. night into Thurs. with 1.25″ for G.R. and the European gives G.R. even more at 1.52″.   No 90s on the long-range European.  They tested sirens Friday at noon in some places…we always have the siren test at the start of Festival – noon on Friday.  I’ll be emceeing the City Stage at Festival from 4 – 7 pm and the Calder Stage from 7 to 10 pm.  Sunday I’ll be emceeing the Circle stage from 3 pm to the end.   I first emceed a stage at Festival in 1975 or ’76 – it was before I met my wife and I remember it well – my first day it was cool and I had a jacket.  Everything was on the Calder Plaza, no roads were blocked off.  There were 3 stages, the Calder (which was about half the size of the current stage, if I remember right), the Outer Fringe (all accoustic, no electric out there) and the Children’s Stage, where I was that Saturday morning.   I wish I had taken some pictures back then.  We are in the General Thunderstorm Outlook from SPC for Sat. night and Sunday, nothing severe and this may be more showers than thunderstorms.  More rain for the Plains from N. Texas to S.D. – putting a real dent in the drought there…SW Texas to California should remain quite dry thru the early summer.

Also:  Also:  An 87 mph wind gust was recorded at Oklahoma City weather station at 1:20 am CT, NWS reports.    Heavy rain caused widespread street flooding in the Wichita, KS area.  Magnitude 6.0 earthquake in Alaska.  Wind gusts up to 70 mph reported in Goodland, KS.  Nineteen tornadoes and 320+ severe reports on Friday.  Gust to 85 mph near North Platte, NE.  Gust to 79 mph at Cannon AFB in New Mexico and at Gove KS.

81 Responses to “Weekend”

  1. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    We do need some rain. I’m not complaining, this weather has been perfect! Looks to stay nice into the long range. Possible mid to upper 80s later on this month?

    1. fixxxer says:

      we just had rain dan.

      1. Dan (Byron Center) says:

        Yes we did. Grass needs more so I don’ t to rely so heavily on the underground sprinklers. Try to enjoy the day fixxxer instead of complaining all the time.

        1. fixxxer says:

          Its my god given right to complain thankyou.

        2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          The blog just wouldn’t be the same without you, fixxx.

          But we all know it’s just an act. No one can be that miserable all the time.

  2. Dikehopper (Fennville) says:

    Quite off-topic -

    My granddaughter is just over two years old. I don’t know what to buy toddlers for birthday and Christmas gifts (and at her age, they don’t seem to mean much to her).

    I’ve decided, instead, to buy gifts that I think will mean more to her at later ages. So far, I’ve bought her a book collection of Orwell, Huxley and Carroll (for when she is about 12 to 14 years old?), a pearl necklace (maybe eight years old?), a globe (5 or 6 years old?) and a hanging cut crystal (? years old?).

    I’m fishing for ideas here. I’m looking for things to buy now that a young girl might find special, say, anywhere from four to 14 years old. Things that maybe wouldn’t occur to other people. Things that are sort of special and at least semi-permanent – that she can remember me by.

    I would greatly appreciate any ideas. Especially you womenfolk. Did you get any gifts as a young girl that you thought were special, that delighted you? Or gifts that you didn’t get but would have been special to you?

    1. Jen in Middleville says:

      Possibly a scrapbook, with some decorations to start with. At that age she might be into getting her own decorations and starting the book. Or a camera so she can start finding her own memories to put in that scrapbook. Or just regular books. Get whole sets in hardcover, my 11 year old has already gone through all that we have. She really enjoys novels that are in a series. If you go that route, you’ll need to make sure this granddaughter develops a love of reading. Good luck!

      1. Dikehopper (Fennville) says:

        Thanks, Jen, good ideas!

        I think her own camera (at some early but appropriate age) is a great idea.

        What book novel series does your daughter like the best?

        I’m pretty sure my granddaughter will enjoy reading. In fact, at 1 1/2 years old, you could point to any letter of the alphabet, upper or lower case, and she could name it out loud. Maybe that is not unusual (I don’t know much about little kids) but it surprised me.

        And she loves having books with pictures read to her. She focuses intently.

        Any other ideas from anyone else?

        1. Dikehopper (Fennville) says:

          intensely? intensively? Heh.

        2. GunLakeDeb says:

          As my kids started reading, they really like the Richard Scarry books – lots of fun pictures and cute stories to read! Another all-time favorite was Calvin and Hobbes. Now I read those to my grandkids.

          Another thing that’s always popular is anything musical – a small keyboard, perhaps?

          And don’t just think “girly” things – speaking as the “first grandchild” – I was blessed to spend a LOT of time with my Grampa and my Dad – they taught me to fish, and not get lost in the woods, and not touch poison ivy, and how to make an acorn cap whistle, etc etc etc. Things I now teach MY grandkids, regardless of gender.

        3. Dikehopper (Fennville) says:

          Thanks, Deb.

          You are *very* right about not limiting things to “girly” stuff. It did occur to me that I am sort of doing that. But I’m not really worried about it. Both my daughter and son-in-law will take care of that. They are both very into sports, hiking, camping, etc. The granddaughter will most likely become a real “tomboy”. She is already muchly into wrestling/roughhousing, etc.

          Wow! This never would have occurred to me. I’m sure I’ll buy it for her. Thanks! http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Calvin-Hobbes-BOX-SET/dp/1449433251/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1402065321&sr=1-1&keywords=calvin+and+hobbes

          And I will look into the Scarry books.

        4. Jen in Middleville says:

          She’s still awhile from these but my daughter started out with the Candy Apple series. It escalated to the Poison Apple and Rotten Apple series. Then she read Boxcar Children, Goosebumps, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Kane Chronicles, The Heroes of Olympus.
          Gosh, I really need to find more series’ for her.

    2. Esther says:

      Anne of Avonlea book series. A jewelry box. If you are a writer or even if you not, write down memories from your childhood and special moments that you shared with her. My dad spent the last year’s of his life writing his WWII memories and about his childhood experiences. It is very special.

  3. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Back to back below average days in Flint. Oh, the horror…

    1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      Apparently two -1 days is as “cold” as it’s getting for 2 weeks ha

      Still +4.7 for June

      1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

        Not that I buy it but for what its worth on today’s Accu-less-weather 45 day guess they have temps at or just under 90° for June 19th we shall see if that changes tomorrow and in the days ahead.
        But then its it’s in the low to mid 70’s for the last part of June

      2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        Still? LOL. We’re not even a week into June.

        But after a half-year of below average temps, I understand your excitement.

      3. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        BTW NWS Flint is calling for near average highs for the majority of next week.

        1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          I meant NWS Detroit’s forecast for Flint.

    2. DF (SE Mich) says:


  4. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    This nice sunny string of June days continues here in Michigan. While the month is only 5 days old and it will change as we get deepen into June but now Southern Michigan is running between 3 to 6° above average and even more above average in northern lower Michigan and parts of the UP. But in Houghton where June so far is running at +3.5° there is still a patch of snow on Mt Ripley here is today’s (June 6th) web cam shot


    Here at my house with some sun and clouds I now a temp of 56°

  5. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Tom Skilling on the June heat:

    Meteorological summer and the new month of June 2014 are off to a warm start—and not only here in Chicago. The vast majority of the Lower 48 are running temperatures warmer than those recorded last year. This month’s first 6 days in Chicago have outpaced temps during the same period a year ago by an eye-catching 10-degrees. The month’s 70.4-degree average places it among the 17% warmest June open since 1871.

    Warmer air has played a role in boosting Chicago’s near shore water temperatures. Readings there are running 4-degrees higher than at this time a year ago.

      1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

        I am not sure what the time span is for that long range guess in the graft but that sure runs counter to all of the other long range guesses for this summer.

      2. Bill Steffen says:

        Well that’s misleading. All the Great Lakes overall are colder than average. The water may be warmer at he beach in Chicago where they have had very light east winds, but the “warm” water is very shallow and will get colder when the wind stirs the water. The mid-Lake Michigan buoy is still only 38° – I can’t remember it being that cold in early June. It’s dangerous to jump in water that cold. Chicago’s air temperature will meander closer to average by month’s end. The European weeklies suggest average temps. across the Great Lakes thru the end of the month. It’s been a cool year so far for Michigan and most of the Continental U.S.

        1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

          Lk Michigan temps much warmer than last year at both the shoreline and at the Crib (whatever that is).

          Good for beachgoers which is like 95% of Lk Michigan tourism.

        2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          It is misleading. While Chicago’s lake temp is a whopping 4°F or so degrees warmer than a year ago, Lake Michigan as a whole is more than 2°C cooler than a year ago.


        3. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          Regardless, you won’t catch me in 50-60 degree water.

        4. ralphdraw3 says:

          Send that ice to Greenland


          Polar Bears Turn Predator in Greenland | Pulitzer Center
          NBC News 4 New York and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting show how climate change is causing a small hunting village to come face to face with an unlikely predator. Scientists says their…

        5. Brian(Grandville) says:

          That’s why you carry a high power rifle and a side arm with you.

        6. Bill Steffen says:



          “Radar altimeter measurements show that the Greenland Ice Sheet is thickening at a rate of 6.4 cm (2.6 inches) a year above altitudes of 1,500 meters (5000 feet). Below that altitude, the elevation-change rate is minus 2.0 cm per year in the ice-sheet margins. The trend below 1500 meters however does not include the steeply-sloping marginal areas where current altimeter data are unusable. The spatially averaged increase is 5.4 cm per year over the study area.

          The team, led by Professor Ola M. Johannessen of NERSC, ascribe this interior growth of the ice sheet to increased snowfall.” from Science Magazine

        7. ralphdraw3 says:

          First time polar bears are coming into towns looking for garbage.. Guns cost money etc..

        8. ralphdraw3 says:

          Still endangered:

          2001 PBSG report 21,500-25,000

          2005 PBSG report 20,000-25,000

          2009 PBSG report 20,000-25,000

          2013 PBSG website 20,000-25,000

        9. ralphdraw3 says:

          Endangered Polar Bears Mating With Brown Bears Because Of …
          KpopStarz-May 26, 2014
          Polar bears are mating with brown bears, producing a rare hybrid! With the climate change slowly melting the North Pole ice cap, polar bears …

        10. Bill Steffen says:

          I suppose interracial marriage among humans is also caused by “global warming”??

        11. Ned S. (East of Holland) says:

          I’ve always liked Tom and his passion for meteorology. I do feel that he’s gone to the dark side regarding AGW/climate change.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      In all fairness – just because the shoreline water temp is warmer, doesn’t really mean much other than there hasn’t been a wind direction to blow the deadly-cold lake water onshore ;-)

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        You are absolutely correct. They’ve had an offshore breeze, which makes all the difference. It’s all about perspective.

        1. DF (SE Mich) says:

          You could cherry pick the same type article from Marqutte or Munising I bet :)

    2. DF (SE Mich) says:

      What was Tom’s winter prediction? ;)

      Kidding, I like Tom.

  6. Barry in Zeeland says:

    I would be very happy if the dew point stays right where it is now for the next three months. Perfect!

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      That’s no fun after last winter we need more heat and of course more humidity

      1. Barry in Zeeland says:

        It can be 90, just leave the dewpoint around 50.

        1. GunLakeDeb says:

          I agree! The one thing I wish WOOD-TV would add to their weather graphics is dewpoints – because IMO – that makes all the difference in the world as to how the “temperature” will feel. It really doesn’t matter WHAT the temperature is – if the dewpoint is 70+, you’ll find me hiding in the A/C….LOL!

        2. Barry in Zeeland says:

          Same thing I’ve always thought. Maybe Bill will read this and add it to the forecasts?

        3. Barry in Zeeland says:

          On a side note, my daughter was at Gun Lake state park yesterday for her class trip. They had just perfect weather and had a blast. We’ve taken our seadoo there several times, nice place.

        4. Jack says:

          76°Wind 2mph NHumidity 34%Dewpoint 46°Barometer 29.84″Sunrise 6:03 amSunset 9:18 pm

  7. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    Being that today, June 6th is the 70th anniversary of D-Day. This picture is from the June 6th, 1994 edition of Time magazine. My Grandma’s brother Arnie Kantola is standing just to the left and behind General Dwight D. Eisenhower. He has both hands up by his waist holding something. He’s looking towards the camera. He was a paratrooper. Arnie and his wife Ruth lived over by the Ravenna area. He died in 2005 I believe. I think 3 or 4 of her brothers also served in the military during the war.


    This other picture just shows the magazine it was in.


    Thank you for your service.

    1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

      Oops, I got the pictures backwards.

      1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

        According to a Mlive article, the guy with the #23 is Wallace Strobel from Saginaw MI.

    2. mr. negative says:

      Nice piece of history for you and the family

    3. Jim says:

      The Weather Forecast That Saved D-Day


      “Years of detailed planning went into the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944, but success hinged on one element that no military commander could control—the weather. In the days leading up to the invasion, Allied meteorologists delivered the most important weather forecast in history. If they got it wrong the Allies might have lost tens of thousands of men and World War II might have been lost forever.”

      1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

        I believe there was a really dense fog

  8. Whats with the big power outage in Branch County? 1,727 customers affected by it according to Consumers Energy.

    1. Entire town of Quincy has no power

  9. Jeff (Richland) says:

    Maybe we’ll get lucky and Sat night will give us some decent storms. Could use more rain, and as Bill said, we are in a rather dry pattern with the main storm track well to our south.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Any rain would be nice.

  10. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    12 Counties in the southwest corner of Montana have a frost advisory posted for tonight.

  11. YeahThatDan says:

    Wow this. Weather! Will it be, nice on July 4? A celebration, of America! I could see, some fire works and hot dogs are that day. The kids love fire works and hot dogs! And burgers! Now your making me hungry. Stay cued.

    1. Jack says:

      A CUE 4 YEAHthatDAN :::
      Heee,heeee..////stay CUEDDD… ;-)

    1. Barry in Zeeland says:

      Why are you posting a link from back in May?

      1. Tim (Spring Lake) says:

        Because he has to go that far back to get the cold propaganda he wants to spew….lol

        1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

          It’s not much different than the ones that came out last week. lol



        2. Tim (Spring Lake) says:

          I know Steven, I just get tired of Rocky appearing anytime there is a model showing cold, just like I grow tired of Travis only showing his face when there are warm models.

    2. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      Another fantastic 80 degree day. Who knew? Imagine that. Bring it. Plenty more 80′s and some 90′s this summer. I love it. Fantastic. Get used to it.

    3. fixxxer says:

      Your a moron rj.

    4. matt says:

      Warm weather soon get used to or move rock is dead thanks for listening

  12. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Im sure many people will disagree with this. Travis will probably agree though. http://mashable.com/2014/03/14/winter-cold-2014-perspective/#:eyJzIjoidCIsImkiOiJfcGlrbGYyZWhuOHpudzBkczUwcHlrXyJ9

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Sounds close to what was experienced to me , without looking up more data to refute what was said. Cold winter for sure at least for our area but that of course is just a small small sample.

      1. Jack says:

        Hey, Darren….” Will the Cinderall Story, of California Chrome. Have a Happy Ending Saturday”??? That would be Sweet…Stay CUEDDD ( by from the ORIGINAL Author) LOL…Weather Note: PICTURE PERFECT Weather for The WEEKEND….Pure Michigan STYLE!!! :-)

        1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

          It’s unlikely , but it would be very cool…!!

  13. What great weather today! It was above average again today. I made it to 81 for a high and it looks like several more days ahead with above average temps. I hope these 80′s stick around. I love summer temps In the 80′s and looking at the forecast it may just be exactly that. Average temps go to 80 on June 17 so if the current temps in the 8 day hold 6/8 days will turn out above. I sure hope so after this painfully cold winter. I also hope to increase thunderstorms around here. Were bound to get a good line of storms eventually!

  14. John drury says:

    I know that the following question is not specifically related to the current blog entry, but I am still hoping for an explanation regarding the unusual fog that rolled in off the Lake late last month. My question was a bit late when finally added to “comments” back in May so maybe not seen by many. Thank you for letting me post it once again.

    John Drury says:
    May 24, 2014 at 3:53 pm
    Bill or others: We saw the fog roll in near the Holland State Park beach.Although not as “massive” as on the video, it was impressive. The reported explanation is “advection fog”, formed by warm moist air moving over a cool service, in this case, Lake Michigan. That makes sense to me. But in this case, where did the warm air come from? The snippets I have read are suggesting that it formed because of the dramatic difference in temperature between the Lake and the warm moist air over the land (West Michigan). But what I don’t understand is this: if the warm moist air over the shoreline caused the fog, I would have expected to see the fog forming near shore and moving westward over the Lake, associated with an off-shore breeze. But this wasn’t the case. The fog was clearly moving in from the west-southwest.
    Anyone have an explanation?


  15. TACO BOY says:

    Fixxer needs to suck down a taco and get coke and choke !!!! 6/6/14!!

  16. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    Such a lovely sunset here on the lake tonight. I had a picture, but it doesn’t do justice.

    1. Jack says:

      AMEN on The Sunset !!! Please CUE::: Wayne Watson – There Goes Sundown – YouTube
      ► 4:05► 4:05
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J6QOiW-DsE. Stay CUEDDD & GOD BLESS U !!!! :-)

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