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Another granddaughter graduated last night from Otsego High School, number two of twelve, congratulations Noa.  She also received her certification as an EMT to work in ambulances, way to go!

I created a new header forecast graphic for the site, the artwork is mine.  I have created all sorts of stormy backgrounds which I will release for you to use as wallpaper for your computers if you want.

NWS Forecast

Sunny, with a high near 78. West wind 6 to 9 mph.
Clear, with a low of around 53. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
A 30 percent chance of showers after 2 pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 83. South wind 6 to 13 mph.
Friday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 8 pm. Low around 59. South southeast wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. The chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.
A slight chance of thunderstorms before 8 am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. West wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. The chance of precipitation is 10%.
Saturday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.
A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2 pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Sunday Night
Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a low of around 56.
Memorial Day
Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.
Monday Night
A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low of around 51.
A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 67.
Tuesday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.

CPC Forecasts

SPC Day Two Outlook

Weather History

1966: A barn was destroyed by a tornado near Gobles in Van Buren County.

1973: A tornado destroyed three barns and damaged an industrial building in Winn in Isabella County.

On May 23, 1963, the overnight temperature dropped to 28 degrees in Flint, which was the record-low temperature for the day. Interestingly enough, the very next year, in 1964, the daytime temperature rose to 87 degrees, setting the record high temperature for the date. This high-temperature record was equaled and thus superseded in 2007

Also on May 23, 2004, severe thunderstorms rolled across all of Southeast Michigan. One storm produced a 70 mph wind gust at Detroit Metro Airport which caused damage to a building under construction and one injury. The storms dropped 1.69 inches of rain on Detroit, 1.39 inches on Flint, and 1.41 inches on Saginaw. That was the last of the heavy rainfall that pushed May of 2004 to the wettest May on record (Detroit – 8.46 inches, Flint – 8.19, Saginaw – 8.14). As a result, widespread flooding across Southeast Michigan caused over 100 million dollars in damages.

1968: One of the costliest hailstorms in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma history pummeled the city on this date. Hail the size of baseballs fell over much of the city, resulting in more than 40,000 insurance claims over the 90,000 square mile path of the storm. The final cost was more than $20 million. The parent thunderstorm also caused flash flooding that left 2 to 4 feet of water in some underpasses and a lightning strike that started a fire that killed two people.

1960: A massive earthquake in Chile the previous day produced a tsunami that killed 61 people in Hilo, Hawaii. An additional 180 people died on the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido in Japan. Click HERE for more information from the History Channel.

1997: David McWilliams Ludlum was born in 1910 in East Orange, NJ – He is responsible for researching and publishing much of the early history of weather at the beginning of America. David died May 23, 1997, in Princeton, New Jersey. He was an American historian, meteorologist, entrepreneur, and author.

2010: A rare tropical cyclone dubbed Bandu brings high winds and heavy rains to Somalia. The storm then moved into the Gulf of Aden where it quickly weakened and dissipated on the 23rd as it passed between Yemen and Somalia.

Forecast Discussion

- Potential for Storms Friday Evening / Night

Weather conditions stay quiet today under upper ridging. Into Friday
morning an upper shortwave will pivot into the region from the
Northern Plains. A corresponding surface low will travel from
Minnesota into western Ontario with a trailing cold front sweeping
through the midwest. Surface flow across southern Michigan turns
southerly ahead of the cold front with dewpoints increasing into the
mid 60s. Mid-level lapse rates don`t look overly impressive over
lower Michigan, and there is still disagreement on instability
Friday afternoon and evening. There does appear to be agreement on
the higher instability developing over the far southwest corner of
Lower Michigan which corresponds well with the SPC Day 2 outlook
Slight Risk over southwest Michigan.

Similar to the Tuesday storms, these storms will be easily trackable
as they travel from Iowa through Illinois and into Indiana and
southern Michigan throughout the day. The primary storm mode will be
linear along the front with some bowing segments possible. Damaging
wind gusts will be the primary hazard as the storms travel into
southern Michigan.

- Precipitation Ends on Saturday

Morning showers and thunderstorms should come to an end in the
midday hours of Saturday as a cold front progresses off to the east.
Moisture is shunted to the east early in the day and there should be
plenty of sun with dry conditions for many for most of the day. Dry
weather will persist Saturday night and into Sunday.

- Rain Likely in Sunday Through Tuesday Time Frame

Model disparity exists in the Sunday through Tuesday time frame and
really event into Wednesday. The uncertainty is in how an upper
trough moving through the northern tier of the CONUS interacts with
a trough in the mid levels over Canada. The ECWMF phases with the
Canadian trough earlier which produces a deeper low earlier on
(Sunday night into Monday) vs the GFS which is later with the
stronger low (Tuesday into Tuesday night). Bottom line is the Sunday
through Tuesday time frame looks unsettled with chances for rain
throughout. Can`t rule out a few storms at times, but we are not
looking at severe weather given a lack of strong instability. Cool,
showery weather is more of what is expected. Our forecast has highs
in the 60s for Monday through Wednesday. Could see the need to lower
highs on Sunday as well, which are currently in the low to mid 70s.
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Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

The dew point was in the mid 60s yesterday and has dropped to 39 now.

Nathan (Forest Hills)
Nathan (Forest Hills)

I noticed that on my walk. It was a temp of 72 and dew point of 46 with little wind and sunshine

Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Nose art work – almost as nice as the CPC outlooks! No hot air in sight! Who wouldn’t love that?

Kyle (Portland, Ionia County)
Kyle (Portland, Ionia County)

I like the your background, MV

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Congrats to Noa! Graduating HS and an EMT cert? That is impressive.

Cool artwork, MV. My artistic creativity isn’t much beyond stick figures. 🙂

It is beautiful this morning. It’s nice to be able to open the windows and give the A/C a break.

I’m looking forward to the pattern change, as well. I wonder how long it will last? We’ve been stuck in a warmer than average pattern, so I am looking forward to the upcoming “cool down.”


Congrats to your granddaughter. My cousin graduates tonight.
It was a bit windy and dry placing flags in Pwell last night. Besides being a tradition for our family to do this before every Memorial Day…we met Jack Judd. https://www.wzzm13.com/article/features/veterans-story-of-near-70-years-of-marriage-touches-community/69-5eab8ee8-dc8d-498d-a9b4-34ad327b969e
He was the sweetest man!! We laughed and cried. We will be out there to visit Mr. Jack again. If you are from this area…think about stopping to see him. He is a 94 year old Korean War Vet!!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Very cool, SS. Thanks for sharing.


I didn’t even know about it until he talked about meeting the news guy.
Just thought I would share. He had me crying within a few mins….he so loved his wife. He is still counting how many years he has been married even though they are apart for now he said.


I like the back picture.


I forgot to mention the background too. It is so beautiful….


The official H/L yesterday at Grand Rapids was 79/59. It was a unusual warm season day as the high was set at 1AM you do not see that often during the warm season. The was no rain it was yet another windy day with a peak gust of 41 MPH out of the SW. There was 59% of possible sunshine. For today the average H/L is 71/53 the record high of 90 was set in 1977 and the record low of 30 was set in 1963. The wettest was 2.22” in 1904 Last year the H/L was 82/50.