Weekend Outlook

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I am still seeing a lot of discussion here about snow and cold, I am wondering if it has put a jinx on the weather here in the great lake states.  Maybe if we talked about sunny and warm conditions the weather would improve.  Winter is over and the landscape is green and lush – I  would think we could leave the winter behind until at least late August before we have to talk about next winters forecast.

Slim and I write about a lot of (I would hope) interesting topics about the weather and climate here though on most days I don’t see a lot of discussion on the daily topic and wonder if some skip over the post and go right to the discussion area.

I have been in the computer business for nearly 30 years and remember the old days before Windows – DOS and Linux were the way to hook up to bulletin boards at college campuses with 28k modems.  I have had several websites over the years and have watched computing power increase in leaps and bounds.

Computers used to be for hackers and programmers – my first computer had a tape drive before hard drives were produced for the masses.  The TRS80 (left) was my first computer.  I used to build my own computers until it became cheaper just to buy one ready to run out of the box.

That said, though it is easier to build a web site these days, it still takes programming skills to bring in the info we have here at the Weather Center.  There is a lot to discuss beyond winter and cold – we have an actual spring this year even though it has been a wet one thus far.


We will close out the month of May with some sun today and possible storms this evening.  The SPC outlook brings the slight risk of storms from northern Wisconsin into the western counties north of Grand Rapids.  We will flirt with 80° today in the southern counties and most areas should enjoy the 70s which I think some will agree is more pleasant to work outside.  You can find the weather for your area on the main forecast page.


Any storms which move in this evening should weaken overnight – we will have a frontal boundary hanging out over the state which will bring more showers and the possibility of storms for Saturday.  Sunday will bring partly cloudy skies though cooler temperatures in the low to mid 60s.  We should be able to hold off on any more rain after Saturday until Wednesday which would give us our first three day period of sun since late April.  Night time temps will fall into the 40s.


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Jeff(Portland)
Jeff(Portland)

Three 80 degree days in the forecast.. I will believe it when i see it . My two cents is we will see warmer weather into July and August.. Possible heat then..

INDY
INDY

Number 6th on the all time record for the longest reading with out a 80* degree day in GR! Crazzy ..INDY

Slim

The 6PM readings across Michigan range from 81 at several locations to cold 46 at Macinac Island. All locations in the UP are in the 50’s
Slim

Slim

Still waiting for GRR to report 80 has been at 79 for a couple of hours now
Slim

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

I think Rocky is over there with a block of dry ice. 😛

80° here again today.

Mookie
Mookie

Yet another day in the 80’s for many in Michigan! But will GR see 80?

INDY
INDY

Lol.. INDY

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

When I was younger, my dad worked with computers so he would always have different ones home for me to mess around with. I think at one point or another we had about every single home pc available in the house. The first modem he came home with to dial up the bulletin boards was I believe a 300 baud, which then doubled to 600, then 1200, and on and on. Had AOL for a while with dial up, then used every version of Netscape Navigator to dial into the internet. Lot of time wasted waiting for 3 minute downloads… Read more »

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

You are absolutely correct. I cannot fathom what the technology will be in the next decade or two.

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

I remember the TRS-80! We lovingly called it the “TRASH-80.”

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Ha. I was going to post the same thing. I think our high school got them the year we started.

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Our computer lab in high school had 10 TRS-80s and 2 Tandy Color Computers. And a monstrosity of a dot matrix printer. You almost needed hearing protection when you printed. LOL

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Ha, we had one of those printers to. Forgot about that. It was such a crazy unheard of invention back then. Jumping from manual typewriters to that thing.

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Golfing here I come! What a great golf day! Get outside people!

Slim

With milky white skies here the temperature is now at 67
Slim

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Enjoy the warmth today, because we are looking at lows around 40 degrees by Sunday evening and highs in the low to mid 60’s! Will June be the 6th month in a row with below normal temps?

Mookie
Mookie

Things are starting to look warm and muggy about a week out, so I’m going to enjoy this perfect weather! May ended up being rather close to average. Who knew?

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Face the facts 5 months in a row with below normal temps! Facts matter! Imagine that! Who knew?

Mookie
Mookie

LOL 5 barely below average months or 4 warm years in a row. Which is more statistically significant?

Mookie
Mookie

It’s truly been perfect spring weather so far for southern Lower Michigan. No huge heat waves to send AC bills soaring like last year and no crop-killing late frosts either. And everything is green and beautiful! With all the sweltering record-breaking heat in the southeast and all the flooding and tornadoes elsewhere, I’d be hard pressed to find more perfect weather in the country.

INDY
INDY

Some have been running the AC lol…INDY!

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Ours is running right now. Almost 80 with a dew point over 60, it has to be on unless you love to sweat.

INDY
INDY

Polar vortex is still hanging on tight to our northeast giving us a below normal Spring with lots of showers …. The Upee will have highs only in the 50’s this weekend June standards thats down right cold ..I do see this polar vortex subsitting in about 10 or 12 days and the heat building in the midwest with temps flirting with 90* degrees close to Michigan the heat is coming but for how long time will tell…Enjoy the sunshine on this Last day of May..INDY!

Slim

If anyone is wondering why we had such a red sunset the other night and why the sky is such a milky white color today well here is you answer from NOAA Large complex wildfires are continuing to burn and be observed over Northern Alberta Province and through portions of Northwestern Canada. Several smaller fires are burning and being observed as well in South Central Canada. Heavy density smoke is being observed in the region of the large complex wildfires and has been transported with the low level flow South and Eastward down into South Central Canada, into North and… Read more »

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Probably the same reason for the cool sunrise this morning. After breaching the horizon, it was a perfect red globe. No glare or sun rays.

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

I noticed the sun last night during our softball game. It was still fairly high up yet, but no brilliance, just a deep red glow. Figured there must be a fire somewhere. Or the Yellowstone volcano had erupted.

Slim

My first computer was a Apple Macintosh. That with good old AOL (remember?? You Got Mail?) and boy at the time I thought that was something. And who could forget the slow speed of dial up? But of course I still had a newspaper to take into the reading room back then I thought it was better then taking a I pad into the reading room.
Slim

Mookie
Mookie

I see Detroit has hit 80+ three times already in May – including 87 degrees! It seems GR is always the cloudier and cooler spot in Lower Michigan. Still, not a bad May and most summer forecasts are saying it will be warm!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Big cold front arriving this weekend. Get ready for June to start out well below normal for temps! Get ready to turn your furnace back on!

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

The topic of snow and next winter was brought up by slim.

Slim

I put up a couple of summer long range guesses that somehow got into last winter.
Slim

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

You also made your usual prediction of a below normal snowfall for this coming winter.

Slim

It is going to happen. Just like hot/cool, wet/dry and who knows it might be next winter?
Slim