I snapped this picture of the Croton Dam in Newaygo Co. around mid-afternoon. You can see some high cirrus clouds in the background. There were a couple dozen fishermen along the river downstream from the dam. I talked to a couple of them. They weren’t catching much at the moment (heat of the day), but expected to see things pick up toward evening. I talked with some guys on motorcycles and I must have seen 100 motorcycles while driving around. I drove my wife to Newaygo for a shower. The ladies invited me in, but it was a nice day and I would have been a little out of place….so I drove up to Croton. I’ve been trying to walk for 30 minutes a day, so I just walked around the small town, admiring the daffodils in bloom, the greening grass, the sparkling, blue water and a pleasant, dry day. Two fire engines went by – my first thought was a grass fire somewhere.
WOW!- look what happened on the beaches around Lake Michigan!! First at Muskegon! At Noon, there was a light east wind and the temp. was 67.8 – then the wind went west off the cold water and the temp. dropped to 46.9 at 1 PM – it stayed in the 40s all afternoon and was 48.9 at 6 pm – then the wind went to the east off the land and the temperature went up to 68.3 at 7 pm! It was even more dramatic at S. Haven beach, where the temp. went from 43.7 at 6 pm to 70.9 at 7 pm. At Michigan City, Indiana, the temperature rose 17.6 deg. from 10 pm to 11 pm (from 43.2 to 60.8) when the wind shifted from NNE off the water to E off the land! At the Chicago crib (2.75 miles east of downtown Chicago in the lake), the temperature was 61.0 at 8 am, dropped to 47.3 at 9 am, hit a low of 40.5 at 4 pm (when most weather stations see the high for the day) and was back up to 47.7 at midnight. The Milwaukee beach weather station had a high of 48.0 at 7 am and a low of 41.9 with a stronger east wind at 2 pm.
Check out this picture of a t-storm shelf cloud at sunset in Kansas! View of Prado Dam fire on approach to LAX…fire has consumed 200 acres and threatens some homes. Over 92,000 TX customers, mostly in #DFW, without power after storms. Saturday was the 10th day in a row with measurable rain in New Orleans – a record for April. Here’s the severe weather outlook areas from SPC – the south getting nailed this weekend. Here’s the severe weather reports from Sat. – centered from South Central Nebraska to Central Texas.
After two sunny, dry and warm days, changes are coming. G.R. had high temps. of 75 on Friday and 73 on Sat. Clouds move in and we’ll see some mainly PM/night rain showers…temperatures will be a little cooler today and still colder for Monday – Friday. It still looks like some snow may fall with the occasional rain showers from Tues. to Thurs., as daytime temps. hang in the 40s. I’ll update about early afternoon. The overnight GFS-plot gives mid PM temps. (G.R.) beginning today of 65/51/45/39/42/45/46. That looks a touch too cool, but you get the idea of what’s ahead this week. That model gives G.R. an inch of rain from Sun. PM thru Monday, with spotty light showers (or a light rain/snow mix) for midweek.