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  • April Update
    April 2015 starts warm and wet
    The month of April is half over, and so far Grand Rapids has experienced above average temperatures and heavy rain with wind damage.The temperatures overall have above average, even with a few chilly mornings. So far, the average low temperature...
  • National watch-warning map (early on Apr. 14, 2015)
    Both high fire danger and significant precipitation events anticipated
    The dry weather pattern continues for California, Arizona and Nevada. However, significant precipitation is anticipated for parts of the Pacific Northwest, the Colorado Rockies and a large part of the southeast quadrant of the Nation (Fig. 1)....
  • Is California still in a drought
    California is still in a drought after December and February rainfall
    With December and February's rain California is still in a drought. How can Californa have all this rain: above normal, almost normal, and normal and still be in a drought, according to meteorologist at television and radio stations? You can...
  • Newly installed COCORAHS rain gauge in north Naples, FL
    One north Naples COCORAHS rain gauge finally gets relocated
    No thanks to a home owners association (HOA) that didn’t seem to like rain gauges (especially when one is left in a driveway), and the same HOA and its property management company that weren’t willing to help me locate the gauge in a...
  • Be careful around standing water after it rains.
    Be Aware of the standing water.
    There has been a significant rainfall this year and even though we need the rain the standing water becomes a hazard to our pugs. Standing water or stagnant water becomes a breeding place for insects such as mosquitos that can infect a pug with...
  • Extremes in wet and dry weather across many scales
    Extremes in wet and dry weather across many scales
    A look at the National Drought Monitor for Sept. 23, 2014 (issued on Sept. 25, 2014) shows that the western and southwestern United States drought continues (Fig. 1). At the same time that this map was being released, heavy rains had and were...
  • 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....
  • Heavy rain and Lightning
    A few storms and welcome rain start the week
    A cold front pushing across the Great Lakes will kick off showers and thunderstorms on Monday into Tuesday. The Storm Prediction Center does not expect any severe weather across the United States in the next few days. Any storms that develop or...
  • Flooding in Naples, FL (Aug. 4, 2014)
    Record-breaking rainfall and flash flooding in Naples, FL on Aug. 4, 2014
    On Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, while Tropical Storm Bertha briefly gained hurricane status hundreds of miles from the east coast of Florida, a separate tropical weather system (Fig. 1 and Fig. 2) brought flooding rainfall to parts of Collier and Lee...
  • Tornado
    Grand Rapids metro tornado confirmed
    The Grand Rapids National Weather Service conducted a damage survey and confirms that an EF-1 tornado hit southern parts of the Grand Rapids metro Sunday evening. This is the first confirmed tornado in the county since an EF-0 tornado struck...
  • Lightining Heat
    Several steamy and slightly stormy days
    A sticky and steamy air mass is in place across the region. Along with the heat and humidity, thunderstorms are likely for the weekend and into early next week. A strong disturbance will finally pass by and bring an end to the stiffening weather...
  • Rainfall maps showcase the haves and the have-nots for 2014
    Rainfall maps showcase the haves and the have-nots for 2014
    As the southwestern drought intensifies (there may be no rain for the remainder of the month in the hardest hit drought areas of California and Nevada), many places east of the Rockies have seen a plethora of rainfall in 2014. It is easy to see...
  • Lightning
    Mid-week storms for West Michigan
    An area of low pressure pulling out of the Southern Plains will move into the Ohio Valley this week. West Michigan will stay on the northern edge of this disturbance. The Storm Prediction Center keeps the risk for severe storms to our south for...
  • Lightning
    Torrential downpours ahead of a cold front
    Ahead of a cold front West Michigan will see thunderstorms with the potential of producing torrential downpours. A few isolated severe storms are possible Monday afternoon and evening but no widespread severe weather. The Storm Prediction Center...
  • Very stormy Mother’s Day and entire upcoming week
    Very stormy Mother’s Day and entire upcoming week
    So much weather is on tap for the U.S. today (Fig. 1), and then for the whole week, that it’s impossible to cover the scenario in depth. Instead, look at these brief summaries of impending events.Major severe storm outbreak across the...
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