forecast http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-august-7th-2013 <p>There are calls in Lansing to overhaul Michigan’s parole system. Advocates say the state keeps people in prison far longer than necessary.</p><p>And, we went back in time to explore how a Michigan company fed the nation's craze for sending postcards.</p><p>Also, we spoke with meteorologist Mark Torregrossa about improvements in weather forecasting technology.</p><p>First on the show, Detroit voters have spoken. Well, at least the 15% or so who voted in Tuesday's primary.</p><p>And, it will be Mike Duggan versus Benny Napoleon in the race for Mayor. We'll talk with our political commentator Jack Lessenberry to get his take on the primary results. But first, let's talk with the candidates.</p><p>We were joined today by the top vote-getter in yesterday's mayoral primary, a candidate whose name wasn't even on the ballot, Mike Duggan. Wed, 07 Aug 2013 21:13:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 13884 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 Michigan weather forecasts could double in accuracy http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-weather-forecasts-could-double-accuracy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Have you heard the rueful little wisecrack about Michigan's weather forecasters?</span></p><p>Something like, "they're wrong just enough that you don't take them seriously and they're right just enough that you need to take them seriously."</p><p>Well, the weather forecasters in Michigan will soon be able to give us forecasts that are twice as accurate.</p><p>Mark Torregrossa got his degree in meteorology from Northern Illinois University and he's been forecasting Michigan's weather for more than two decades. His weather website, <a href="http://farmerweather.com/">farmerweather.com</a> specializes in weather information for farmers and agriculture.</p><p>Torregrossa joined us today to discuss forecasting technology.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 21:11:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 13880 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan weather forecasts could double in accuracy Economic forecasters see some growth, if sluggish, for Michigan in 2012 http://michiganradio.org/post/economic-forecasters-see-some-growth-if-sluggish-michigan-2012 <p>Economic forecasters are telling state officials that 2011 was a pretty good year for economic growth and job gains. They expect that will continue into 2012 and beyond &ndash;just at a slower pace.</p><p>University of Michigan economist George Fulton said the unemployment rate should drop below 10 percent this year. He projects Michigan will see a gain of 26,000 jobs in 2012 compared to about 64,000 in 2011.</p><p>Fulton said that&rsquo;s because auto sales are expected to slow down in 2012, and consumers remain cautious about spending.</p><p>&ldquo;Unemployment &ndash; we see that slowly drifting down over time,&quot; said Fulton. &quot;I think that&rsquo;s one of the issues in this state because the rates, even though they are coming down are still too high.&rdquo;</p><p>Fulton was one of the presenters at a conference today at the state Capitol. Budget officials use the forecast to determine how much revenue the state can anticipate as they put together a spending plan. Fri, 13 Jan 2012 17:55:50 +0000 Rick Pluta 5781 at http://michiganradio.org Will the U.S. see an incentives war among car companies? http://michiganradio.org/post/will-us-see-incentives-war-among-car-companies <p>Leading auto consulting firms are lowering their forecasts for U.S. auto sales in 2011.&nbsp;</p><p>But it is unlikely to send automakers into a panic.</p><p>Some observers say the lower volume of sales means the U.S. is ripe for an incentives war among car companies.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>But Anthony Pratt with the auto consulting group R. L. Polk doesn&rsquo;t see it happening.&nbsp;&nbsp; He says a lot of the triggers that set off incentives wars in the past are missing.&nbsp;</p><p>For one thing, U.S. car companies are making money at the lower volume of sales.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 19 Aug 2011 21:55:25 +0000 Tracy Samilton 3837 at http://michiganradio.org Forecast: Snow to continue http://michiganradio.org/post/forecast-snow-continue <p>Forecasters are predicting snow <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/forecast-get-ready-snow">will continue</a> to fall across the state today with West and Mid Michigan seeing the most accumulation.</p><p>A <a href="http://www.weather.gov/alerts/mi.html">Lake Effect Snow Warning</a> is in effect for West Michigan and a <a href="http://www.weather.gov/alerts/mi.html">Lake Effect Snow Advisory</a> is in effect for Mid Michigan.&nbsp; Both the warning and advisory will remain until early tomorrow morning.</p><p><strong>Today:</strong> West Michigan could see 2-4 inches; Mid Michigan 1-3 inches and just an inch or two is expected in the Southeast.&nbsp; Temperatures will reach the low 20s today.</p><p><strong>Tonight:</strong> West Michigan could see another 2-4 inches of snow; across the rest of the state an inch or less is expected.&nbsp; Lows overnight will be in the low to mid teens.</p><p><strong>Tomorrow:</strong> More snow for the Holland area with about 2-3 more inches expected. Otherwise, scattered snow showers with light accumulations possible.&nbsp; Highs in the low to mid 20's. Fri, 07 Jan 2011 12:31:47 +0000 Zoe Clark 788 at http://michiganradio.org Forecast: Snow to continue Forecast: Get ready for snow http://michiganradio.org/post/forecast-get-ready-snow <p><a href="http://www.wunderground.com/US/MI/">Weather</a> <a href="http://www.weather.com/weather/map/interactive/">forecasters</a> are predicting quite a bit of snow will fall throughout the state today, tonight and tomorrow.</p><p><strong>Today:</strong> snow is likely across the state.&nbsp; West and Mid Michigan could see up to three inches of snow by the end of the day; the Southeast is likely to get around an inch.</p><p><strong>Tonight:</strong> the snow continues. Parts of the state around Holland and Kalamazoo could see an addition 2 to 5 inches of snow.&nbsp; Mid Michigan could get another 1 to 3 inches and the Southeast will see occasional snow showers with additional accumulations of around an inch.</p><p><strong>Tomorrow:</strong> more snow. West Michigan could see another 2-5 inches.&nbsp; Another 2-4 inches is expected in parts of Mid Michigan and the Southeast is predicted to get another 1-2 inches.</p><p>Meanwhile, a <a href="http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/article/20110105/NEWS01/301050017/1002/Lake-effect+snow+advisory+posted">lake effect snow advisory</a> will go into effect this afternoon through tomorrow for parts of West and Mid Michigan. Thu, 06 Jan 2011 11:29:21 +0000 Zoe Clark 768 at http://michiganradio.org Forecast: Get ready for snow