This is sunset at the beach at Muskegon Monday night (from NOAA Coastwatch). We’ll be dry and pleasant today with afternoon temperatures in the low 60s inland and low 50s at the Lake Michigan shoreline. Winds will be fairly light, mainly northwest at 5-10 mph. Low temps. this morning: 28 Cadillac, Lawrence (weather station there is in a cool spot on calm, clear nights), 29 Marshall, Albion, 30 Coldwater, Reed City, 31, Charlotte, Three Rivers, Hart, Big Rapids, Entrican, Fennville, 32 S. Haven, W. Olive, 33 Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Holland, 35 Muskegon, 36 Grand Rapids. So the forecast of scattered frost/freeze worked out well. The coldest in MI was 22 at Baraga Plains in the U.P. The record low for today for G.R. was 24 in 1945. That spring it was very warm (80 degrees) in March – the blossoms came out early and then were nailed by the late freezes (similar to 2012). This year we’re not as far along, so the freeze last night was no where near as damaging.
Check out this picture of lightning hitting the Mississippi River in New Orleans yesterday. The New Orleans Airport picked up 3.42″ of rain, Baton Rouge had 2.00″. If you haven’t seen it, here’s the video of the rainroad cars falling off the bridge. An EF-1 tornado was confirmed. Here’s storm reports from SE Louisiana. At one point, 142,000 customers were without power in Louisiana. Here’s the path of the severe storms across E. TX and LA Monday morning. A Flood Warning was issued for the Mississippi River. Sunset in Greenville by Charles Russell. Look at how fast 5.5″ of snow disappears in Arizona in late April. Miami set a record high temp. of 94 on Monday. Palm Beach was also 94. McAllen TX had a high of 94, while Dalhart Texas (panhandle) reached only 44. Amarillo couldn’t get past 45. Other cool spots: 44 Erie PA, 45 Cleveland and 48 Buffalo. The West Coast was warm with 80 at San Diego and San Francisco and 79 up at Astoria OR. Hakodate, Hokkaidō broke all-time April rec high today at 23.0ºC (73.4ºF). The April 28, 1928 Eastern U.S. snowstorm. Rainfall: 2.12″ Oklahoma City, 2.87″ Gage OK. Shasta Lake (biggest reservoir in CA) is at 59% of total capacity – 69% is average for this date. Here’s a nice picture of the lake taken in 2011. Pretty good snowfall Sunday in the Colorado Rockies. Orioles/White Sox game for tonight cancelled (2nd night in a row after they held fans at the park due to rioting Sun. evening). The riots are going to hurt tourist/convention traffic in Baltimore. They can’t let this continue. Baltimore has a population of about 623,000 – a little over three times the population of Grand Rapids. The Baltimore Police Department is staffed by nearly 4000 civilian and sworn personnel. By contrast, the Grand Rapids Police Dept. is “staffed by 282 uniformed personnel, as well as 84 dedicated civilian employees“.