November 25th, 2014 at 1:42 pm by Bill Steffen 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)
November 15th, 2014 at 1:55 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Sports, Weather
November 7th, 2014 at 10:42 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Sports, Weather
October 24th, 2014 at 9:03 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Sports, Weather
October 11th, 2014 at 2:09 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Sports, Weather
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September 27th, 2014 at 2:23 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Sports, Weather
General zonal upper level flow and lots of relatively dry and warm air will mean great weather for sporting events across most of the U.S. this weekend. The Tigers lost Friday evening (11-4) and the Royals won (first time in the playoffs for them since 1985!)…so the Tigers are now just one game up on the Royals with 2 games to go. The Tigers have an evening game today (Sat.) and a day game on Sunday. The Lions will be NYC to play the Jets at 1 pm on Sunday. The Packers and Bears also kick off at 1 pm. New Orleans is at Dallas in the evening NFL game on WOOD-TV/NBC.
Michigan State hosts Wyoming at Noon on ESPN2 (should be an easy win for the #9 Spartans). Michigan takes on Minnesota in the Big House at 3:30 pm. That game is on WOTV4 at 3:30 pm. WMU is at Virginia Tech at 12:30 pm on ESPN3. Central travels to Toledo for a 7 pm game, also on ESPN3. Notre Dame is at Syracuse and you can see that game on WOOD-TV at 8 pm. GVSU (0-3) hosts Lake Erie at 7 pm.
Model update: The overnight GFS-plot has high temperatures for Grand Rapids beginning today (Sat.) of 77, 77, 77, 76, 73, 78 and 67 on Friday. The next rain for us on the GFS-plot is Thursday evening/night. The European has a little stronger front for Monday night/Tuesday AM with a few light showers possible then and a little cooler air for Tuesday. The Euro. is pretty wet for next Friday as the cool air settles in. Next weekend (Oct. 4-5) won’t be nearly as warm as this weekend.
Check out this flash of lightning at a high school football game in Colorado.
September 12th, 2014 at 12:16 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Sports, Weather
Showers will spread from NW to SE during the late afternoon and evening. The morning run of the NAM (caribou) has the rain in G.R. mainly falls between 5 pm and 7 am tomorrow morning. It has rain reaching Kalamazoo by around 8-9 pm. Plan on taking the ponchos and rain gear if you’re headed out to a game this Friday evening. The NAM (car.) gives us 1/4 to 3/5ths inch of rain tonight. It’s east of us by around 10 am Saturday with the sun coming out Sat. PM. The model also gives G.R. a low of 36 Sunday morning, so we may be looking at Frost Advisories for Sat. night. We’re going to cover 21 games tonight, inc. Lowell/East G.R., Mona Shores/Rockford and Portage Northern/St. Joseph.
Frost and freeze in parts of the U.P. this AM – morning lows: 33 Marquette, 31 Houghton, 29 Watersmeet, 28 Doe Lake, 26 Kenton. A mix of rain and snow last night at Ironwood.
Here’s Grand Rapids radar and Northern Michigan radar. See the Slight Risk Area in a thread below this one for today/tonight. Lots of 2-4″ rainfall totals in Iowa. Storm Total Rainfall will show the heaviest rain and Milwaukee looping radar. Regional radar and the Updated GRR NWS Short Term Discussion. Lots of links below. Links: Grand Rapids radar, Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s regional radar, the 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 late. st 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. Check out Storm Total Precipitation (until they reset it). 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). Check out the webcam at Krupp’s Resort in the U.P. Here’s the U.S. Low Temperature map. Here’s a live look at the Houghton Bridge. Here’s the Consumers Energy Power Outage Map. Here’s Closings.
April 18th, 2014 at 10:44 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Sports, Weather
I’m playing golf Saturday here in Oak Ridge. I played once last year and twice the year before that. It’s not a pretty sight. Here’s the top ten ways to tell that Bill Steffen is a bad golfer: 10) Bill’s so bad off the tee that the course makes him take along a “designated driver”. 9) Bill’s favorite club is his ball retriever 8) Bill’s had to regrip his ball retriever six times. 7) Bill’s divots are so big that the course makes him take along a fork-lift truck and four carpet layers 6) Bill gets excited when he gets a hole-in-six 5) Bill’s handicap is higher than the number of losses the Detroit Pistons have had this year. 5) The only person on Earth with a better left hook than Bill Steffen is Floyd Mayweather. 4) Bill uses green golf balls, because they show up better in the sand traps. 3) When Bill plays, the course hands out hard hats and flak jackets 2) Bill’s divots are bigger than the potholes on Burton Street…and the #1 way to tell Bill Steffen is a bad golfer…the Easter Bunny flees in total panic when he hears that Bill is playing golf!
UPDATE: Survived golf – no people or animals were injured. A had a very honest 109. I did par one par 3. I lost 3 balls, but found 4…so I was +1 for the day. Fish, broccoli, potato salad and homemade oatmeal-raisin cookies for dinner. Tomorrow, we all go to church, then home for the Easter Sunday ham brunch (which my almost 95-year old mother insists on doing mostly on her own), then out to Frozen Head State Park to enjoy what should be an awesome day. You should have near perfect weather in Michigan for Easter Sunday as well – enjoy.
March 29th, 2014 at 2:58 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Sports, Weather
Michigan and Michigan St. are done, having reached the Elite 8. Only Wisconsin will represent the Big Ten in the Final Four next Saturday. With Kentucky and Florida waiting, that’ll be a tough hill to climb. Here’s the schedule… The Final Four games are next Sat. 4/5 with FL/CT at 6:09p and WI/KY at 8:49p. The big dance is the evening of 4/7. We’ve got one #1 seed, one #2 seed, one #7 and one #8.
Also, nice MODIS picture of Lake Superior from Friday. Here’s Lake Huron.