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Clouds can be harbingers of good weather or bad. Their absence can be a good thing after a flooding rain or a bad thing during a drought.

They provide relief from the heat of direct sunlight but also act as a blanket to warm the earth.

Clouds help water the earth by providing precipitation but can hinder driving by reducing visibility.

They come in infinite shapes and sizes yet we often recognize more familiar objects or animals.

Clouds can be carried along by winds of up to 150 mph (240 km/h) or can remain stationary while the wind passes through them.

They can form behind high flying aircraft or can dissipate as a plane flies through them. They are not confined to earth but are found on other planets as well.

What are clouds? They are “the visible aggregate of minute particles of water and/or ice”. They form when water vapor condenses. Become “Cloudwise” by learning about clouds and how they form.

Fog is a ground level cloud which is the lowest formation and cumulonimbus can stretch to over five miles. Starting Sunday I will be bringing you information on the various cloud formations.  This will be broken into chunks so you won’t be overwhelmed in having to read the whole thing in one post.


Clear to partly cloudy skies can be expected through the weekend with dry weather forecast. High pressure will slowly drift through the area into early next week ensuring a precipitation free forecast. Temperatures will continue to moderate for those folks looking for spring. Temperatures will reach the upper 50s today and hit the lower 60s over the weekend. Even warmer temperatures are anticipated early next week when mid to upper 60s readings are forecast.


 

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Mookie
Mookie

GR hit 60 today! Another day much warmer than the forecasts. Perfect out.

Jack Edwards
Jack Edwards

Just HIT(pun) a HIGH of 60….Hear @ Thee YARDofCUES.
On 4/20…..
Stay Cued….

ROCKY (Rockford)
ROCKY (Rockford)

Well the average high temp for this date is 60 degrees and the average low is 39 degrees! So just another typical below normal temperature day just like most of the April days so far! INCREDIBLE!!!

ROCKY (Rockford)
ROCKY (Rockford)

>>>BREAKING WEATHER NEWS>>>I still have snow on my deck and back yard! It will get below freezing again tonight! GR is above normal for seasonal snowfall despite a few people on here virtually guaranteeing below normal snowfall! With all of the said I will admit that it felt nice outside this afternoon and I may golf on Sunday! Who would have thought?

Jack Edwards
Jack Edwards

HaPpY 4/20…….FRYday ….
CUE—–>>>. Traffic – Medicated Goo(Full studio cut) – YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPxN6zcLtPQ

Andy W
Andy W

So Jack, odds of legal reacreational pot in Michigan this year??

Jack Edwards
Jack Edwards

50/50

Mookie
Mookie

57 degrees at GR at 2pm and 100% sun. What a day! Looking forward to a weekend of kayaking and hiking, myself.

Mookie
Mookie

If the CFS and longer-term ensembles are correct, May should be a slightly milder month. Starts out warm, cools for a bit, and then ends warm. The models remain more optimistic about a warm June and July, however, than May.

Slim

With the weather getting nicer and soon warmer there is a chance that in the upcoming days fewer comments will be posted on here unless there is a major severe weather outbreak, or a major heat wave or frost in June, July or August. So enjoy the back and forth that is happening with the “cold first 2/3rds of April vs the gee it a average April that has been going on the past few days. Weather like sports is based on records and to me that is the fun part of watching weather. Be it hot, cold, dry, wet… Read more »

Mookie
Mookie

I wouldn’t be so quick to label others’ contributions on here as merely “warm” or “cold” or accuse others of spin. That’s not welcoming debate. I, for one, would rather look ahead and not backwards. The best part of weather is not what has happened but the future outlooks, in my opinion. Past numbers can always be spun and have bias. I enjoy all 4 seasons. I mainly post warm posts lately because it’s fun to counter the ones we all know who love snow and cold 24/7.

Slim

Will be looking forward for your May outlook and your outlook for the upcoming summer.
Slim

Andy W
Andy W

Me personally, I’d prefer a snowy December and then 60’s and 70’s the rest of the year! Spring and Fall are by far my favorite seasons of the year! I really can’t stand really hot or really cold!

INDY
INDY

Happy Spring only 35 days late but it’s Michigan ready to fire up the grill and crack a Sprite Yeaaaaa!! Loving the sun !! INDYDOG14!!

Mookie
Mookie

Glad you’re now on board! You seemed very skeptical earlier in the week that we’d even hit 60.

Slim

Yes, it now appears that spring is on its way. But that does not take away that the first 20 days of April 2018 will be one of the coldest first 20 days in recorded weather history for much of the upper Midwest and great lakes. No matter how you want to spin it into it not being that way will not work. There more likely than not come a time when it gets hot that the spin will be on the other shoe and there will be talk of how “hot” it is or has become.
Slim

Mookie
Mookie

Spin? The 20 day period was not even that unusual for us mathematically – it’s only unusual in its specific calendar timing. You need to only go back one year to a 20 day period in Feb 2017/March 2017, and you will see we averaged +12 degrees above average over that entire time period. A greater gap than we will see for the first 20 days in April! And if we go back further, we will find countless 20 day periods with greater deviations. So why have people and media made a greater deal about this one than the more… Read more »

Slim

you forgot to point out that February 2017 set a new record warm February at Grand Rapids and was widely reported on. Just like way back in January 1912 it was much below average with many days being well below average and in March of 2012 the bench mark of being well above average. Just like this April has been colder than average so far. No matter how you want to spin it.
Slim

Mookie
Mookie

LOL I think you missed my entire point as you’re looking at months again. My point is that this 20-day period is not rare nor statistically significant if you remove the calendar bias. I proved that by showing you we had a greater deviation 20-day period merely one year ago.

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

You are both correct.

Slim

Will we see our first 70° next week? Over the last 40 years the average first 70° is March 30th In the time there have only been 3 years when the first 70° day came after April 20th (today’s date) they are 4/27/2013 when the high reached 71° and the next 3 days came in at 64°,73° and 78° in 1984 the first date was not until 4/26 when the high reach 83° with highs reaching 78 and 70 after that. And in 1993 when the first date was April 24th when the high reach 73° a reading of 71… Read more »

Mookie
Mookie

It’s like that whole 90 degree argument in the summer when we have 5 days at 89 degrees. Doesn’t really matter to me. Especially if GR is going to have several days flirting with 70 this week! Most people can’t even feel the difference between a degree or two.

Slim

It’s all in ones perspective. You know if it is cold here (as it has been so far this April) then more likely than not it is very warm some where else. As for telling the difference a lot depends on the wind and DP a temperature of 85° with a DP of 75° will feel hot to most if not everyone, and a temperature of 45° with a DP of 20° and a 25 MPH wind will feel cold to most people. As for a two degrees difference 32° F is the freezing point while 34° is not.
Slim

Mookie
Mookie

I see WOOD just significantly raised temps after yesterday’s outperformance. Three days at 68 degrees and nothing below 60 now starting tomorrow!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

It seems that WOOD was the last ones to get on board with the warmer temps next week.

Did anyone see the vid of the meteorologist from WZZM lose It? I saw it on the national news. Too funny.