Happy Thanksgiving Day. I couldn’t begin to list everything I’m grateful for…I’d start with my wife and family (who put up me and my crazy schedule), then my job (as I have said many times…I can’t believe they actually pay me to have this much fun), then friends, health, my autograph picture of Ernie Banks…”stuff” is farther down the list, really. BTW, the temperature in Grand Rapids has changed by only 3° in (as I write this) 52 hours.
We’ll have periods of light snow and flurries today. The GFS says 1/2 to 1″ and the NAM (car.) just a trace. The GFS plot would give us around an inch of snow Friday and .08″ of rain from Sat. PM to Sunday with temps. in the low 40s. Sat. Night. The GFS has Monday PM in the low 20s with a stiff NW wind and only up to the upper 30s on Weds. Arctic air has come down into MN and the Dakotas…high temps. Weds. included just +1 at Devils Lake ND, +2 at Baudette MN and +11 at Aberdeen SD. Here’s radar and Regional radar. Here’s GFS forecast snow and NAM forecast snow. And the latest weather observations from around the state of Michigan. The East Coast storm is winding down, but as I write this, there are about 400,000 without power from Virginia to Maine – bummer on Thanksgiving Day. Over the last 5 days, Grand Rapids has averaged 45 SECONDS of sunshine per day. Hope you didn’t blink! I’m working the evening shift today. No 5 or 5:30 pm, but I’ll be here at 6 pm and after the Thursday Night NFL football game. Some much needed significant rain on the way for Central California. Coldest Thanksgiving in Chicago in 58 years. They had quite a soaking in Central FL: 8.10″ of rain at the NASA Shuttle City, 5.7″ Leesburg, 4.34″ Sanford (north of Orlando). My goodness! Look what happened in Woolloongabba!
Here’s Grand Rapids radar and Northern Michigan radar, NAM model 3-day snowfall forecast and GFS model 5-day snowfall forecast (totals increased on the Sat. overnight model run). Storm Total Snowfall will show the heaviest snow and Milwaukee looping radar. Regional radar and the Updated GRR NWS Short Term Discussion. More links: Grand Rapids radar, Northern Indian radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, the West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map, a surface weather map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the Maranatha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s recent storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph. Here’s Michigan wind gusts from MesoWest, data from the MAWN agricultural weather stations and Weather Underground (data at the bottom from private weather stations). Here’s the Consumers Energy Power Outage Map.