Bill Steffen

Happy Thanksgiving

November 27th, 2014 at 1:49 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

  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 CaliforniaColdest 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.


Shiverin’ Siberian Snowman!

November 26th, 2014 at 9:45 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Siberian Temperatures   Click on the image (from www.weatherbell.com) to enlarge.  WOW, look at those temperatures across Siberia.  This is November!  The temperature at Igarka was -62°F.   If we get a “Siberian Express” (flow across the North Pole and down into the Continental U.S.), it’s going to be colder enough to give a snowman goose bumps.  It’s also cold across Canada.  Temperatures from the Lake Winnipeg area of Manitoba across NW Ontario were -20°F to -30°F this morning!  Here’s current Canadian temperatures (in Celsius).  It won’t be anytime soon, but the Arctic air is poised and ready to spread an icy grip across the Central and Eastern U.S.


A Brief Midweek Break

November 26th, 2014 at 11:37 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Snow Gile Wisconsin Peg Sutherland 11 25 14   Pic. is sunset yesterday in Gile, Wisconsin, where it looks like mid-winter with the frozen lakes and deep snowcover (pic. from NWS Duluth and Peg Sutherland).  We have already set record November snowfalls in G.R. (30.3″), Marquette (50.8″) and S. Ste Marie (60.8″ – that’s 49.6″ above average!).  Other November season snowfalls (and keep in mind these are from observers who are often missing days during the month for one reason or another):  52.7″ Munising, 70.1″ Herman and 73.8″ at Bergland Dam.  There is a Lake-Effect Snow Advisory for much of the U.P. for another 2-8″ of snow.   Grand Rapids has now had measurable snow on 10 of the last 11 days.  We have had at least a trace of precipitation on 22 consecutive days and measurable precipitation on 17 of the last 22 days.  We are now over 4″ of precipitation for the month.  We have had 11 days with measurable snow this month.  November is averaging 6.2° colder than average.  Over the last 3 weeks, we’ve had just 10% of possible sunshine.  Yesterday we had a high of 31 and a low of 29 – only a 2° difference.

The overnight NAM (car) model and the GFS both give G.R. about 3/4″ of snow on Thanksgiving Day.  The NAM (car) prints out a couple inches of snow for G.R. on Tues. with the GFS keeping any significant snow north of Kent Co.  The GFS-plot has just 1/10th inch of rain here over the weekend with highs of 39 Sat. evening and 43 for Sunday.  That model cools us down on Monday, but takes G.R. to 50 on Weds. with 1/2″ of rain.  The European has a whopping 1.75″ of rain for G.R. for the middle of next week, also taking the temp. to the mid 40s on Weds.  That would be a fairly brief warm-up before it gets cool again.

Snow cover Weds. AM:  1″ Grand Rapids, Cutlerville, East G.R., 2″ Muskegon, Reed City, Hart, Fremont, Grandville, White Cloud, Allendale, Alpena, 3″ Big Rapids, Walker, Traverse City, 4″ Houghton Lake, Petosky, 5″ Scottville, Kalkaska, 6″ Charlevoix, 9″ Gaylord, Manistique, 13″ S. Ste. Marie, 14″ Munising, Calumet, 16″ Grand Marais, Marquette, 19″ Ironwood, Bergland Dam, 20″ Ishpeming.  It was cold in the U.P. this morning:  -11 Stambaugh, -10 east of Champion, 9″ Doe Lake, -7 Wakefield, -4 Marquette. Natural gas inventories fell 162 bcf last week, largest drawdown ever for 3rd week of November, 4.5% of stockpile.

Thundersnow in Baltimore MD this late morning.  Heavy rain in Central Florida:  6.40″ Daytona Beach, 3.77″ Tampa, 3.17″ Orlando.   East Coast snowstorm – already up to 8″ in Central PA.  Tropical Depression has moved across the Philippines with heavy rain – depression is heading toward Vietnam.


Ice on Lake Michigan

November 25th, 2014 at 9:44 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Lake Michigan Ice Cover 11 26 14   North American Snow Cover Ice is already forming in Green Bay. Lake Winnibago is already frozen over.  It’s the earliest ice on record on the Great Lakes.   Ice could be seen in Black Bay in Lake Superior by Nov. 15th.  The Great Lakes reached 92.2% ice cover last winter, second only to 1979 with 95% ice cover.  Grand Rapids has set a new record for Nov. snowfall at 30.3″ (1″ new today) and Marquette has also set a new November snowfall record (51″ and counting).  Here’s another winter outlook callin’ it cold in the Great Lakes.  Snowing in the Cascade Mts. of Washington and Oregon.   Memorable Thanksgiving Storms.  It sure is cold across much of Canada.  At 9 pm:  -11F The Pas and Churchill, -22F Yellowknife, +5F Winnipeg,  +10F Mosinee (at James Bay).  As you can see in the map on the right, ice cover is progressing ahead of schedule on Hudson Bay.


Blizzard Bowl

November 25th, 2014 at 1:42 pm by under Bill's Blog, News, Sports, Weather

On Nov. 25, 1950 Michigan and Ohio State met for what has been called the “Blizzard Bowl” or the “Snow Bowl“. Check out the film of the storm here and here. Michigan won the game 9-3 despite gaining only 27 yards of offense in 46 plays. They had no first downs, didn’t complete a pass and punted 24 times. In fact, there were 45 punts in the game. Both teams mostly tried two runs then punted on 3rd down, so in case the punter slipped, they could try again on fourth down. Only 2 of the 45 punts were returned (for a total of 8 yards). That was mostly because the return man couldn’t find the ball. Most just hit the snow and stopped without bouncing. There were only 10 fumbles in the game. The temperature at the start of the game was +10° and the wind was howling out of the north-northeast. One Ohio St. player remarked that he was supposed to go down and block a linebacker, but when he ran downfield he could find him! All the points were scored after blocked kicks in the first half. Several hundred Boy Scouts were on the sidelines helping to sweep snow off the field so the officials and players could find the yard markers. Most of the state of Ohio got 10″ or more of snow, with reports up to 33″ and drifts up to 25 feet! The temperature in Grand Rapids that morning reached -10°F, the coldest temperature ever recorded here in the month of November. (photo – OSU library)


Tuesday Night

November 25th, 2014 at 2:14 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

  The flurries have stopped and we should stay dry tonight and Weds. (still some snow showers in N. Lower and Upper Michigan).   There’s a chance of an icy spot on a lesser traveled road, a parking lot, driveway or sidewalk overnight and on Weds.      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.   Here’s an updated map showing the East Coast snowstorm – a mix of rain and snow for the coastal cities – a foot of snow in the mountains of W. Massachusetts.

New snowfall:  1″ Grand Rapids and Grandville, 1 1/2″ Howard City, 2″ Muskegon and Big Rapids, 3″ Allendale, Reed City and Hart, 4″ Fremont, Scottville and St. Ignace, 5″ Hesperia, Petoskey, Iron Mt.,  Gaylord and Houghton Lake, 6″ Mears, Wellston (Manistee Co.) and Benzonia, 7″ E. Jordan and Mancelona, 8″ Newberry, 9″ Calumet, 12″ Herman (west of Marquette), 13″ Bessemer (also in the U.P.).

Climate update:  Yesterday (Mon.) was the windiest day since last April 28th.  Over the last three weeks, G.R. has had just 12.9% of possible sunshine.  Today (Tue.) is the 21st consecutive day with at least at trace of rain or snow and 17 of those days have had measurable rain or snow.  G.R. is 6.3° cooler than average for November.  Monday evening the temperature was -17°F at Churchill, Manitoba and -27°F at Whitehorse in the Yukon.  Plenty of very cold air sitting to our north, ready to pounce on us when the next deep trough sets up in the eastern U.S.  However, the pattern looks cool, not cold for the Great Lakes as we head into Dec.  The models give G.R. only about 1/2-1″ of snow after daybreak with a high of 33 – so travel esp. this afternoon looks better than during the early morning.  The NAM (car) would give us another 1/2-1″ on Thurs.  The GFS-plot would have maybe an inch of snow today, another inch on T-Day and maybe 2-3″ on Friday…mid-upper 30s over the weekend and nothing terribly cold in the long-term.

Also:  2-4″ snow fell west and northwest of Milwaukee.  Record highs of 72 in Philadelphia and 74 in Washington D.C. on Monday.  Weds. night snow to create travel problems for East Coast for the Holiday.  Storm next Monday will bring welcome soaking rain and mountain snows to Oregon and Northern/Central California.  Tornado in S. Africa.   Strong thunderstorms with gusty winds and intense lighting at DisneyWorld/Sea World this morning.

Nov. 24 JAMSTEC discussion:  “ENSO forecast: The SINTEX-F model prediction shows that the present weak El Niño will continue until the early next year and then turn into El Niño Modoki with the SST anomalies peaking in the central tropical Pacific.
Regional forecast: In this boreal winter, as a seasonally averaged view, most parts of Europe, Africa, Middle East, central Russia, India, Southeast Asia, South American Continent, Canada, and the Far East including Japan will experience a warmer-than-normal condition. On the other hand, U.K., southern and northeastern Russia, and central-eastern U.S. in particular will be in a colder-than-normal condition.    MJO going to be heading into more favorable territory for WPAC storms next few weeks.  (that would mean that December would be closer to average temps. in the Great Lakes as opposed to November and what we expect in Jan./Feb.

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.


Weather Advisory Northern Lower MI

November 24th, 2014 at 4:22 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Tadvisoryuesday afternoon -  The Winter Weather Advisory from Kent and Ottawa Co. north has been cancelled.  The Advisory remains in effect for much of N. Lower Michigan until 5 pm.  The green areas on the map are  River Advisories.  We’re not going to get any significant flooding, but many rivers are running two or even three times average flow. Here’s current conditions.

Peak wind gusts Monday:  60 mph Fort Wayne IN, 59 mph Toledo OH, 57 mph Jackson, 56 mph Battle Creek and Saginaw, 55 mph Detroit and Jamestown, 53 mph downtown G.R. at GVSU (roof) and on the Muskegon Beach,  52 mph Pontiac, Allegan and Hillsdale, 51 mph Ford Airport in G.R., at Ionia and at the Holland Harbor, 50 mph Lake Macatawa, 48 mph Howell, 47 mph Lansing and  Holland (airport), 46 mph Marshall, S. Bend and Benton Harbor, 45 mph Kalamazoo,  44 mph Muskegon, S. Haven and Charlotte, 43 mph Alma and Mt. Pleasant.

Two-day rainfall:  1.98″ Kalamazoo, 1.94″ Grand Rapids, 1.87″ Battle Creek, 1.82″ Muskegon, 1.77″ Holland.  Rivers are well above average flow.  As of Monday evening:   Grand River in downtown G.R. is at 7,540 cubic feet per second (average is 2670 cfs), the Muskegon River at Croton is at 5630 cfs (average 1670) and the Kalamazoo River near Battle Creek is at 1150 cfs (average 580 cfs).

The models keep us chilly through Saturday morning, then warm us up to 40° Saturday night.  Our average high temp. this week is low 40s.


Monday – Showers, Falling Temps.

November 24th, 2014 at 2:46 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

We transition from steady rain early this morning to scatterec light showers and sprinkles  Here’s radar and  Regional radar. Temperatures will be from the mid 40s to mid 50s today very early today, then falling as the wind picks up from the WSW and colder air moves in.  Watch for ponding of water this morning.  We set daily rainfall records in both Grand Rapids (1.16″) and Lansing (0.92″) on Sunday.  Other rainfall totals:  1.24″ S. Bend, 1.20″ Kalamazoo, 0.99″ Battle Creek, 0.84″ Muskegon, 0.83″ Holland.   Here’s GFS forecast snow and NAM forecast snow.  The colder air will send temperatures downward this midday/afternoon with roads become slippery Monday night as temperatures falling below freezing and rain turns to snow. Accumulating snow is likely Monday night into Tuesday and chilly air will keep daytime temps. in the upper 20s to low 30s from Tues. thru the rest of the week. Roads will be slippery for the Tues. am commute. At least snow showers are likely from Monday night into Thursday and it’s likely we’ll have a White Thanksgiving. Here’s GRR NWS Snow Forecast.    Gale Warning for Monday and Monday night. Lake Erie was colder yesterday than for any Nov. 23 since 1933!   Lions lose for 2nd week in a row. Some appropriate music for this early Monday.   Radar was “Irish” last night – all green.   From Dr. Ryan Maue:  “Overnight European model blankets Wash DC to Philly to NYC to Boston with heavy, wet snow midday Wednesday into Thursday. Travel nightmare unfolding.    Back in Buffalo – it’s worse than I thought!

Also: Anyone want to shovel off the roof? Or the driveway? I found the car! Building collapse (2 pics.). Wow! Earthquake Japan – 30 injured.

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.


Monday – Rain Then Snow

November 23rd, 2014 at 1:00 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Big slug of rain over the area Sunday nightRegional radar.   Temperatures will be from the mid 40s to mid 50s today thru early Monday, eating thru the rest of the snow that’s left (except for maybe a few of the bigger piles which may survive in some small fashion).  Radar will update here automatically.   Watch for ponding of water.  The morning run of the GFS plot gives G.R. a whopping 2.03″ of rain by midday Monday, then 0.30″ worth of snow (3-4″) with the morning NAM (car.) giving G.R. 1.86″ of precipitation by late Tuesday, with 3.8″ snow Monday night and Tuesday.  European model gives G.R. 1.39″ of rain this afternoon into Monday and then 3-4″ of snow as the cold air arrives Monday evening/night.  Here’s GFS forecast snow and NAM forecast snow.   The GFS-plot has highs in the low 30′s Tues. PM and Weds. with highs of 29 Thurs. and 27 on Friday.   The cold front will send temperatures downward Monday with roads become slippery Monday night as temperatures falling beow freezing and rain turns to snow.  Accumulating snow is likely Monday night into Tuesday and chilly air will keep daytime temps. in the upper 20s to low 30s from Tues. thru the rest of the week.  Roads will be slippery for the Tues. am commute.  At least snow showers are likely from Monday night into Thursday and it’s likely we’ll have a White Thanksgiving.  Ho Ho Ho – Gobble Gobble!!  Deep low pressure system to bring strong winds and cold temperatures back to W. Michigan.   Gale Warning for Monday and Monday night.   Lake Erie is colder today than for any Nov. 23 since 1933!    Lions lose for 2nd week in a row.    Some appropriate music for Sunday night.   Irish looking radar at 1 am – all green.

Also:  Anyone want to shovel off the roofOr the driveway?   I found the carBuilding collapse (2 pics.).  WowEarthquake Japan – 30 injured.

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.


Sunday

November 22nd, 2014 at 2:30 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

bill steffen at santa claus parade  WOOD personalities in the G.R. Santa Parade 2014 That’s me and my daughter, Marie riding in the Grand Rapids Santa Clause Parade Sat. morning on the left and many of the WOOD anchors who walked in the parade this am.  I got a very nice Proclamation from the City of Grand Rapids for my 40 years on TV here in W. Michigan.  Thank you so much Grand Rapids…and thanks to all of you who have watched me over these years!!  I very much appreciate the volunteers, many from Bill’s Blog, who came out to help pass out Bill’s mustaches and bookmarks.   After I finished that parade, I headed to Hudsonville to walk in their Holiday Parade.  After the parade, Hudsonville has cookies, punch, cocoa…Santa and Mrs. Santa are there…live reindeer and I really enjoyed the Hudsonville H.S. jazz band.  Lots of people…especially lots of kids at both parades.   Half a dozen people told me they love the blog.

The Sat. evening run of the NAM has 0.72″ of rain for G.R., then about 2.5″ of snow Tues.  The GFS-plot has 1.64″ of rain, then about 3-4″ of snow.  Temps. are in the low 50s Sun. and early Mon., then low 30s the rest of the week, pretty much with snow showers.

Marquette ends string of 13 consecutive days  below freezing.  In Detroit, plane slid off taxiway, passengers removed from aircraft & bussed back into terminal, no reported injuries.