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  • Seven-day precipitation through Apr. 2, 2015
    Active weather pattern in the east, but dry weather continues in the west
    Spring is trying to gain a foothold in the eastern U.S. But a persistent upper level trough over the Great Lakes is preventing that from happening. Meanwhile, an upper level ridge across the western U.S. is keeping that region mostly rain-free and...
  • March Preview
    March 2015 weather preview for Grand Rapids
    During March, West Michigan typically turns the corner putting winter in the rear view mirror. As we set our sites on spring, the typical high temperature warms from 38.0° on the 1st to 51.2° on the 31st. Overnight low temperatures take a...
  • February Update
    February 2015 starts out with record cold and snow
    The month of February is half over, and so far Grand Rapids has experienced record cold temperatures and even record snowfall. The month started with record snowfall. So far this month Grand Rapids observed 14.9 inches which is 6.0 inches above...
  • Here comes the arctic air!
    Dangerously cold weather to affect southwest Florida
    The following appeared in an examiner article four days ago:“Much like the air mass slated to affect southwest Florida this weekend, next week’s arctic blast promises similar temperatures. Even in downtown Naples, temperatures will...
  • Upper level winds (Feb. 14, 2015)
    More chilly weather set for southwest Florida
    It hasn’t been awfully cold in southwest Florida so far this winter. Frosts and freezes have basically been non-existent. However, it has been chilly. Other than a very warm period at the start of 2015, and then a mostly above average month...
  • Surface weather map for early on Jan. 26, 2015
    Finally, a January cool down across southwest Florida
    January 2015 has been a warm one across southwest Florida. The first five days of the month saw temperatures at both Fort Myers (Page Field) and Naples (Municipal Airport) run 10 or more degrees above average each day. Until yesterday (Jan. 25),...
  • Yale researchers prove warm noses prevent colds
    Yale researchers prove warm noses prevent colds
    The temperature difference between the average nose and the lungs may be the reason people first acquire a cold (rhinovirus) in their nose before the infection spreads to other parts of the respiratory system. Akiko Iwasaki from the Yale...
  • Christmas
    Grand Rapids Christmas weather can be both balmy and bitter
    West Michigan weather can range from balmy to bitter on Christmas day. With the holiday only a day away I thought this would be a perfect time to review the Grand Rapids weather averages and extremes. The typical Christmas day starts with a...
  • 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...
  • Naples, FL forecast Dec. 6 -10, 2014
    This time, the change in the weather will be subtle
    By Wed., Dec. 10, 2014, the high temperature in Naples will only be about what the low temperature was on Sat., Dec. 6, 2014. This change will come about slowly, not by the usual cold frontal blast.For background, during the past two months,...
  • 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...
  • Top 10 coldest Novembers in Naples, FL.
    Near record November cold still means awesome weather days in paradise
    Southwest Florida has had a few chilly days (and nights) in the past two months. In fact, until this week, southwest Florida has been averaging about a cold front a week for the past 8 weeks. And, according to the National Weather Service in Miami...
  • 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 ...
  • Meteogram for Albany, NY early on Nov. 26, 2014
    Chicken Little reports that the sky is falling and weather data agree
    Henny Penny (a.k.a. Chicken Little or Chicken Licken, Fig. 1) was correct when she announced that the sky was falling! However, it wasn’t falling quite in the same way as reported in the fabled version. No acorns here!As noted in a recent...
  • Norman NWS Record Report (Nov. 22, 2014)
    U.S. Weather records abound
    Every day, National Weather Service (NWS) offices report on weather records. Most of these center on temperature and rainfall; however, they can include anything meteorological or hydrological. National centers report on droughts, Great Lakes ice...