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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. […]

February Averages and Records

February Averages and records. As we now have flipped the calendar to February and the last month of meteorological winter it is time to look at some averages and extremes for the month.  The average number of hours of daylight start out at 9hr 56min on the 1st  end up at 11hr 12min on the […]

The Big Snows of 1978 and 1967

It’s been 45 years since a powerful blizzard dropped up to 2 feet of snow in Southwest Michigan, establishing itself as one of the more memorable weather events in recent history. The Great Blizzard of 1978 not only brought heavy snow totals – but also hurricane force winds. The storm brought traffic – both in […]

More Snow Today

There has been a lull in the snowfall overnight in much of SW Michigan. Overnight there has been around 0.2” of new snowfall.  Here in MBY at 6AM  there is light snow falling and the temperature is 31. The temperature has hung around 32 for many hours now and the snow that has fallen is […]