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  • December Update
    December 2014 starts out warm, dry and sunny
    The month of December is half over, and so far Grand Rapids has been warm, dry and sunny. This is a far cry from the November record snowfall and extreme cold. So far, the average low temperature is 26.53° which is 0.77° above average. The...
  • November Review
    November 2014 record snow and cold for Grand Rapids
    November 2014 will be remembered for record snow and cold. While the month started out like a typical November, everything changed during the middle of the month as a blast of arctic air plunged into the Great Lakes. This cold air and strong wind...
  • December
    December 2014 weather preview for Grand Rapids
    December is the month when winter typically kicks into high gear for West Michigan. The Winter Solstice is on December 21st at 6:11 PM. This is when we have the least amount of potential daylight; only 9 hours of sunshine are possible. I say ...
  • Western climate view
    Western climate view
    The mild arid climate of New Mexico, Arizona and Southern California coupled with the picturesque terrain invite an escape from winter's chill. The prickling tumbleweed rolls gently towards the mountains in the fine brown sand. The glare of...
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    Ocean and Land Temperatures - Bad News for Climate Change Deniers
    There’s more bad news for Climate Change deniers. According to a U.S. government report released yesterday, the average combined land and ocean temperatures in October were the highest ever documented, since 1880 when records started being...
  • October Review
    October 2014 weather review for Grand Rapids
    October 2014 will be remembered the large temperature swings and rainfall. Temperatures for the first month of autumn displayed the typical swings reminiscent of the changing season. The most notable swing occurred near the end of the month when...
  • Drought
    PSU questions if state is drought resistant
    Pennsylvania has not seen a true drought in quite some time. Climate models however predict droughts to become more frequent. Penn State University climatologist Paul Knight will explore the possibility and necessity of planning for drought.The...
  • October Update
    October 2014 weather update
    The month of October is half over, and right on schedule temperatures flirted with freezing as readings dipped into the low 30s. Even with the cool air the low temperatures for the month are a bit above average. The average low temperature was 44...
  • September Review
    September 2014 weather review for Grand Rapids
    September 2014 will be remembered as chilly and dry. While we observed above average temperatures near the beginning and end of the month, the cool weather during the middle tipped the scale to make a chilly September. The average low temperature...
  • October
    October 2014 weather preview for Grand Rapids
    With the cooler days and diminishing daylight the rich colors of fall highlight this month. Snow becomes more frequent as the month concludes. The typical high temperature cools from 66° on the 1st to 55° by the 31st. Low temperatures have...
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    Good-bye TWC (The Weather Channel)
    WEATHERTORIAL: The following opinions are mine alone. This weathertorial was very difficult to write because, as a professional meteorologist, I have been a supporter of The Weather Channel (TWC) since its inception in 1982.I believed in The...
  • Controversy over Climate change on eve of UN climate summit
    Controversy over Climate change on eve of UN climate summit
    On September 23 there will be a gathering of world leaders at a United Nations Climate Summit at UN head quarters in New York city. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society....
  • September Update
    September 2014 weather update
    The month of September is half over and while it started out warm it turned decidedly chilly.The low temperatures for the month are below average. The average low temperature is 55.47° which is 0.19° below average. The high temperatures...
  • August Review
    August 2014 weather review for Grand Rapids
    August 2014 will be remembered as being very close to the typical late summer conditions. The only significant severe weather occurred near the middle of the month. Check out this link to read more about the storms and heavy rain.Temperatures for...
  • September Preview
    September 2014 weather preview for Grand Rapids
    Summer concludes and the fall season begins across West Michigan. The autumnal equinox occurs at 10:29 PM on the 22nd marking the astronomical beginning of fall. The typical high temperature cools from 78° on the 1st to 67° by the 30th....