Pet Safety During Storms

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That time of year again to talk about storm safety.  Most of the info I have seen gives us info on how to survive a serious storm but I don’t see a lot of info on our pets and keeping them safe and comfortable when the storms are booming out side.  My elder Aussie hates loud banging noises so he generally tries to find a place to hide.  Dogs like this need to be comforted like a child.  We take the dogs into the basement during a tornado warning (which we haven’t seen in a long long time).  I wouldn’t leave a dog outside to fend for himself during a storm.

Cats seem to take their own safety in hand so I don’t worry as much about them as I do the dogs.  Cats have a mind of their own and seem to sense what is going on and burrow in for the storm, at least ours do – it is hard to grab a hold of a cat when they have decided which direction they want to go.  A good predictor of storms are the wild life during the day – if the sky turns black or green and the birds quit singing and the squirrels aren’t to be seen it is a good time to hunker down.

Our pets are like our children – we have to watch over them and protect them to the best of our ability.


Rain showers can be expected today, mainly impacting areas south and east of Grand Rapids.  Not expecting much more than a tenth of an inch or so south of GR. The rain moves out tonight, with dry and sunny weather following on Friday. Low pressure tracking through northern Michigan on Saturday will bring more rain showers, although the precipitation may start out as a period of snow Saturday morning. Cold air will sweep in behind that system and highs on Easter Sunday will be only in the lower to mid 30s.


 

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Mr. Negative
Mr. Negative

Cold…snow…cold…Michigan 2018. There is no hope. Oh well, maybe next year.

ROCKY (Rockford)
ROCKY (Rockford)

You got it!

ROCKY (Rockford)
ROCKY (Rockford)

Check out the 5 to 10 day snow map!

http://johndee.com/forecasts/forecast-graphic/

Andy W
Andy W

Well your “accumulating snow” better hurry up. There’s still just green grass outside and the 50’s are coming back late next week!! Your precious winter is in it’s last days and the seasonal snowfall is below normal now for the third year in a row!

https://m.accuweather.com/en/us/grand-rapids-mi/49503/extended-weather-forecast/329374

ROCKY (Rockford)
ROCKY (Rockford)

Bring it on! Forget golf next week! Break out the skis! A synoptic system passes to our south Tuesday morning as a short wave moves into the central part of the nation. SW MI will be on the fringe of rain or snow from this event. The best chance to see measurable snow should be across Central Lower Monday night and Tuesday, with a mix elsewhere. Then all areas should see snow as the system departs Tuesday night. By Wed/Thu another surge of cold air should arrive behind the low. Again it might be cold enough for some weak lake… Read more »

Andy W
Andy W

I thought we were getting accumulating snow this weekend??

ROCKY (Rockford)
ROCKY (Rockford)

Nothing like winter in April! It is starting to look INCREDIBLE!

http://www.pivotalweather.com/model.php?m=gfs&p=sn10_acc&rh=2018032918&fh=240&r=conus&dpdt=

INDY
INDY

Bringing up some of Bill’s Blogger’s you all remember DF I miss his thoughts on the blog INDYDOG14!!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Yeah I remember DF. I wonder what old Fixxxer is up to?

ROCKY (Rockford)
ROCKY (Rockford)

Please do not mention that name!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Not sure how this will turn out, but here is a list of the Chinese satellite Tiangong 1 passes overhead for our are (I used Zeeland) for the next 10 days. It is expected to burn up in the next 2 to 4 days, so keep an eye on the sky during these times! It will be visible during the daytime as well. It should leave a smoke trail that remains for 10 to 15 minutes. Great website here: http://www.heavens-above.com/? Just create a account for free, put in your location, and you can get exact times it will be overhead.… Read more »

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Oh, and where a baseball glove to catch the pieces raining down! They’ll be worth a fortune on eBay!! Ha!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

“wear”

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

the Tiger game has been rescheduled for Friday due to the weather.

Sandy (Hudsonville)
Sandy (Hudsonville)

Our dog doesn’t like storms. He will hide in the bathroom. If it is bad enough we will head downstairs. We live on the top of a hill so it is kind of neat to wath the storms move in.

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

We’re fortunate. Our dog and cat are not bothered by thunder.

Slim

This March should end up with temperatures and snow fall below average. The warmest this month looks to be a cool 56° less that 25% of the past March’s in Grand Rapids have not gotten to 60 or better. But also the coldest it has gotten is only 17° and that very uncommon to have the coldest low that mild the last time it happened was in 2012. Other years that it happened were is 2000, 1958, 1946, 1942, 1931, and 1910.
Slim

Mookie
Mookie

Good stuff, Slim. So only about 5% of the time have we seen such a mild monthly low temperature in March.

Mookie
Mookie

Should be our fourth consecutive day in the 50’s today. Still no big snow in sight, and we remain below average for snow. Forget the Tigers. They are going to have an awful season. Go Blue!

Slim

The other day you mentioned on how uncommon it was for the coldest low to only be 17° in March. Well see my comment above for how uncommon it is. Good call
Slim