spring http://michiganradio.org en If you seek a pleasant pothole... http://michiganradio.org/post/if-you-seek-pleasant-pothole <p></p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:34:23 +0000 Mike Perini 17215 at http://michiganradio.org If you seek a pleasant pothole... Snowmen beware, it's the first day of spring http://michiganradio.org/post/snowmen-beware-its-first-day-spring <p><strong>UPDATE</strong>: Proving that Mother Nature loves a good joke, the burning of the snowman has been postponed until Friday because of snow and high winds. No, seriously.</p><p>Today is the first day of spring.</p><p>Since 1971, <a href="http://www.lssu.edu/snowman/">Lake Superior State University</a> has marked the first day of spring <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nttGUeoCfnQ#t=74">by setting fire to a paper snowman.</a></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16886 at http://michiganradio.org Snowmen beware, it's the first day of spring Will this Michigan spring bring water, water everywhere? http://michiganradio.org/post/will-michigan-spring-bring-water-water-everywhere <p>We've all kept rather busy this winter tracking the seemingly never-ending snowfall. And, with nobody's friend – the polar vortex – hanging around all winter, nothing has melted. So there's a sizeable snow pack just waiting for the spring melt.</p><p>What are forecasters predicting in terms of river and road flooding this spring?</p><p>Jim Maczko is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service based in Grand Rapids. He joined us today to give us an idea of what to look out for as temperatures warm up.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:57:47 +0000 Stateside Staff 16811 at http://michiganradio.org Will this Michigan spring bring water, water everywhere? Is this normal-ish Michigan weather? http://michiganradio.org/post/normal-ish-michigan-weather <p></p><p></p><p>Why is it so cold this spring?</p><p>Jeff Masters, PhD, Director of Meterology at Weather Underground, tried to shed some light on our slow seasons.</p><p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 19:39:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 12143 at http://michiganradio.org Is this normal-ish Michigan weather? Spring is here, feels like summer http://michiganradio.org/post/spring-here-feels-summer <p>The vernal equinox, or spring equinox marks the end of winter today, and the beginning of spring.&nbsp; But don&#39;t rule out the possibility of another snow fall - after all this is Michigan.</p><p>Record highs across the state are expected to continue through the rest of the week in Michigan.</p><p>The Associated Press reports:</p><blockquote><p>The weather service office in suburban Detroit says there&#39;s been six consecutive days of 70 degree temperatures that started March 14 and continued through Monday. It says the last time there was such a stretch of warm weather in the area around this time of year it was April 16-24, 1886.</p></blockquote><p>The weather service forecasts several more days of 70 degree temperatures. In southeast and mid-Michigan temperatures are expected to reach 85 tomorrow.</p><p>According to the Associated Press, the weather service in Grand Rapids says record high temperatures in West Michigan were broken on five consecutive days from March 14 through Sunday. In the northern Lower Peninsula, forecasters say high temperatures are coming in about 25 to as much as 40 degrees above average. Tue, 20 Mar 2012 19:22:56 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 6711 at http://michiganradio.org Spring is here, feels like summer Spring springing, we're headed for a warm-up today http://michiganradio.org/post/spring-springing-were-headed-warm-today <p>All signs are pointing to spring as the area heads for a big warm up today.</p><p>The last piles of snow and ice on the ground could melt away as temperatures might go as high as 67 degrees today in southern Michigan, 63 in the Grand Rapids area.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110317/NEWS05/110317006/1001/news">Detroit Free Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Today is going to be very spring-like,&quot; National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Considine said from the White Lake office today.<br /><br />Highs will be in the mid- to upper-60s between 3 and 6 p.m., with cloudy skies and a southwest wind, he said. The average high for March 17 is 46, and the record high of 75 was set in 1945.<br /><br />&quot;We&rsquo;re going to be 20 degrees above normal for today,&quot; Considine said, adding that temperatures won&#39;t get high enough to break today&#39;s record.</p></blockquote><p>No snow is expected in the near term, but don&#39;t put away that shovel just yet, we are in Michigan after all. Thu, 17 Mar 2011 11:23:05 +0000 Mark Brush 1684 at http://michiganradio.org Spring springing, we're headed for a warm-up today Wind Advisory issued in west Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/wind-advisory-issued-west-michigan <p>The <a href="http://www.crh.noaa.gov/grr/">National Weather Service</a> has issued a Wind Advisory for west Michigan.&nbsp;</p><p>A cold front passed through the state overnight.&nbsp;&nbsp; Most parts of Michigan has already recorded their high temperatures for the day.&nbsp; Temps are expected to fall through the day and into the evening, as Michigan&#39;s brief flirtation with Spring comes to an end.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>There&#39;s snow in the forecast for Sunday when temperatures are expected to descend back into the teens.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:09:38 +0000 Steve Carmody 1335 at http://michiganradio.org Wind Advisory issued in west Michigan Spring prediction: Michigan's Woody vs. Punxsutawney Phil http://michiganradio.org/post/spring-prediction-michigans-woody-vs-punxsutawney-phil <p>While many in the Midwest chose to stay buried under the covers this morning amidst the snow storm that blanketed the region, Punxsutawney Phil, the famed weather prognosticator, ventured out to let us know whether or not we should expect an early spring. Upon being presented to the crowd at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, <a href="http://www.groundhog.org/">Phil failed to see his shadow</a>, thereby predicting an early spring for everyone.</p><p>Today marks the <a href="http://www.groundhog.org/groundhog-day/about-groundhog-day/">125<sup>th</sup> annual Groundhog Day ceremony</a> featuring the meteorological predictions of the large marmot. Since Phil’s first prediction in 1887, he has failed to see his shadow only 15 times. Most meteorologists suggest that Phil’s predictions lack scientific justification. But, as many struggle to dig their way out of over a foot of snow in temperatures near zero, it remains unclear whether Phil is an optimist attempting to lift our spirits or just a sarcastic rodent.</p><p>Meanwhile, at the <a href="http://www.howellnaturecenter.org/">Howell Conference and Nature Center</a> in Livingston County, Woody the Woodchuck made her own prognostication regarding the arrival of spring for Michigan. Upon being presented to the crowd in Howell, Woody promptly saw her shadow, predicting another six weeks of winter, and perhaps inadvertently starting a meteorological feud between the two prophetic marmots. Only time will tell who has true powers of prophesy, but, after last night’s winter storm, odds are currently in Woody’s favor. Wed, 02 Feb 2011 13:59:49 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom & Zoe Clark 1129 at http://michiganradio.org Spring prediction: Michigan's Woody vs. Punxsutawney Phil