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The flood of 2013

January 2013 was a rather wet month with 4.01” of total precipitation.  February was snowy (33.1”) and wet (3.05”) while March was dryer with just 0.94” of precipitation. Then came April with 11.10” of rain and melted snow. That 11.10” is by far the wettest for any April. And is the 3rd wettest for any […]

Strong El Nino to La Nina

Strong El Nino to La Nina We had a strong El Nino this past winter and it sure did show it. At Grand Rapids the mean for December 2023 was 38.3° that is a departure of +7.9° There was just 1.3” of snowfall. December 2023 was the 2nd warmest on record and that 1.3” of […]

Eclipse Road Trip

My wife and I are going to Ohio to see the total solar eclipse on Monday. We are going to the town of Bucyrus. It is a rather small town about 40 miles SSW of Sandusky. The eclipse will be total there for about 3 minutes and 43 seconds. While not the longest period of […]

April Weather History

On Monday we will flip the calendar to April. Durning April the length of the time the sun is up increases from 12 hours 46 minutes on the 1st to 14 hours 6 minutes on the 30th The average H/L starts out at 52/32 on the 1st and is up to 64/43 by the 30th […]

A Storm to Remember

While yesterday was a record snowfall for Grand Rapids it more likely than not will not be remember by most people. That was not the case on St Patrick’s day 1973 in the Bay City area. Every now and then there is a storm that stays burned into your mind and you can remember the […]

March Heatwave

While February and the start of March have be very warm this year in fact after 15 days this March with a mean of 46.5 would be the 2nd warmest March if this holds until the end of the month. But that said 2012 has one of the greatest Heat Waves that have been recorded. […]

Summer Time

We will “spring ahead” on Sunday as we now change the time to Summer Time on the  2nd Sunday of March and back to Winter Time on the 1st Sunday in November. So that now we are on Summer Time longer than Winter Time. Daylight Saving Time is the practice of setting the clocks forward […]

March and Meteorological Spring

While we did not have much of a meteorological winter, we are none the less now in meteorological spring. This past meteorological winter with a mean of 33.6 was the 2nd warmest at Grand Rapids.  For March the 30-year average temperature at Grand Rapids 35.7° the 15 year average is 36.3° The average 30 year […]

Leap Year Information

A leap year is a year with 366 days, instead of the usual 365. Leap years are necessary because the actual length of a year is nearly 365.25 days, not 365 days as commonly stated. Leap years occur every four years, and years that are evenly divisible by four (2020, for example) have 366 days. […]

Warmest Meteorological Winter?

So far, the big stories for the winter of 2023/24 have been the mild almost snowless December. The 2 weeks of cold and snow in January saw not only the coldest temperatures of the winter, but a total of 30” of snowfall in just two weeks. And now February has had a very warm start. […]