winter weather http://michiganradio.org en Summer fun (mixed with ice) on Lake Superior http://michiganradio.org/post/summer-fun-mixed-ice-lake-superior <p>The record-setting cold that gripped Michigan last winter continues to leave its mark. There are still ice floes showing up on the shore of Lake Superior. &nbsp;</p><p>Maybe you’ve seen the pictures on social media and wondered if they were even real.</p><p>But it’s true.</p><p>Some of the warmest temperatures of the year are drawing people to the beach in the Upper Peninsula, where over the weekend <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz40m5u-Xe4">they found abundant ice </a>floating just offshore at Marquette.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 21:08:56 +0000 Vincent Duffy 17785 at http://michiganradio.org Summer fun (mixed with ice) on Lake Superior VIDEO: Watch a huge fog bank roll off Lake Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/video-watch-huge-fog-bank-roll-lake-michigan <p>Spring is here and warmer air has finally come to the region, but we're still surrounded by five refrigerators – the five Great Lakes.</p><p>Lake Michigan broke a record this past winter for total ice coverage, so you know there won't be many people swimming in the lake over Memorial Day weekend.</p><p>The lakes will, however, have plenty of fisherman on them. And with the cold water and warm air, they might experience fog.</p><p>But have you ever seen a fog bank like this?</p><p>http://youtu.be/E9jlBF00w4w</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 12:00:37 +0000 Mark Brush 17731 at http://michiganradio.org VIDEO: Watch a huge fog bank roll off Lake Michigan Harsh winter may have damaging effects on pine trees http://michiganradio.org/post/harsh-winter-may-have-damaging-effects-pine-trees <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you've been wondering why your favorite pine tree has been turning brown as the weather warms up, you can stop wondering and start blaming winter.</span></p><p>Bert Cregg is an associate professor in the horticulture department at Michigan State University. He joined us to explain what the snow, cold and wind has done to our conifer trees.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p> Mon, 05 May 2014 20:44:04 +0000 Stateside Staff 17481 at http://michiganradio.org Harsh winter may have damaging effects on pine trees The extensive ice cover could delay fish migrations in the Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org/post/extensive-ice-cover-could-delay-fish-migrations-great-lakes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The prolonged winter and the ice cover on the Great Lakes could lead to some lasting effects on wildlife.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For one thing, scientists expect that a lot of the fish that people like to catch will be showing up late to the places they usually spawn.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Solomon David is a research scientist at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">David basically chases fish around for a living.</span></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:40:47 +0000 Rebecca Williams 17088 at http://michiganradio.org The extensive ice cover could delay fish migrations in the Great Lakes Warmer temperatures may help get the tap water running again in Jackson http://michiganradio.org/post/warmer-temperatures-may-help-get-tap-water-running-again-jackson <p>Warmer temperatures may help break ice jams that have kept about a hundred homes and businesses in Jackson from having running water.</p><p></p><p>The deep freeze that gripped the state in January froze the pipes linking city water mains to more than 150 homes and businesses in Jackson. The problem is many of the lines were not buried below the frost line. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Many of the pipes are buried about four feet down.&nbsp;&nbsp; But this year, the record cold sent the frost line down five to seven feet.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17027 at http://michiganradio.org Warmer temperatures may help get the tap water running again in Jackson It's been spring for a week, but the weather says otherwise http://michiganradio.org/post/its-been-spring-week-weather-says-otherwise <p>So here we are, a week in to spring.&nbsp; And what did we get this week as a present from Mother Nature?</p><p>That's right: snow. And cold.</p><p>National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Maczko, who is based in Grand Rapids, joined us today to discuss when the weather will finally warm up.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:37:33 +0000 Stateside Staff 17004 at http://michiganradio.org It's been spring for a week, but the weather says otherwise How are robins faring this winter? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-are-robins-faring-winter <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you grew up in Michigan, chances are when you thought of the very first signs of spring you thought of crocuses and robins.&nbsp;</span></p><p>But have you noticed that in recent years, something has changed– that robins are pretty much with us all through the winter?</p><p>Why has this happened, and do we have any reason to worry about robins in this exceptionally harsh winter?</p><p>Julie Craves, director of the Rouge River Bird Observatory in Dearborn, joined us.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:31:35 +0000 Stateside Staff 16875 at http://michiganradio.org How are robins faring this winter? Record set for ice cover on Lake Michigan, not on Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org/post/record-set-ice-cover-lake-michigan-not-great-lakes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">My neighbors and I officially had our last "pond hockey" game over the weekend. We moved everything off the ice as things started to melt.</span></p><div><p>So the ice in the region has reached its peak, right?&nbsp;No one thinks we're going to be hit with another prolonged polar vortex, do they?&nbsp;</p><p>Let's hope not.</p><p>With the most frigid part of this winter over, let's look at the record books for ice cover on the Great Lakes.</p><p>Here's what we know.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:28:27 +0000 Mark Brush 16808 at http://michiganradio.org Record set for ice cover on Lake Michigan, not on Great Lakes Compromise on emergency road funding to be announced this afternoon http://michiganradio.org/post/compromise-emergency-road-funding-be-announced-afternoon <p>State lawmakers will roll out a deal this afternoon on a spending package to fix Michigan’s pothole-filled roads.</p><p></p><p>The supplement funding bill is expected to include $200 million for local road agencies. Brutal winter weather has drained county and city road budgets.</p><p></p><p>State House Speaker Jase Bolger declined to give specifics about the compromise road bill this morning, except to say it will address the state’s immediate road problems.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:19:20 +0000 Steve Carmody 16807 at http://michiganradio.org Compromise on emergency road funding to be announced this afternoon Lansing's mayor to city homeowners and businessmen: Shovel snow off your sidewalks http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-mayor-city-homeowners-and-businessmen-shovel-snow-your-sidewalks <p>The city of Lansing is stepping up enforcement of its snow removal ordinance.</p><p></p><p>About 5% of Lansing sidewalks, roughly 22 miles, are still covered in snow in violation of city ordinance</p><p></p><p>Beginning today, Lansing police officers are ticketing homeowners and businesses that haven’t shoveled their sidewalks clean of snow.</p><p></p><p>Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says this is a safety issue for school children and the elderly.</p><p></p><p>“This winter….these difficult winter conditions are harder on nobody more than the walker,” says Bernero.</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:54:42 +0000 Steve Carmody 16733 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's mayor to city homeowners and businessmen: Shovel snow off your sidewalks What will it mean for the Great Lakes once spring finally gets here and that ice melts? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-will-it-mean-great-lakes-once-spring-finally-gets-here-and-ice-melts <p>As our long, cold, snowy winter has dragged on, one result can be seen with stunning clarity from outer space. Satellite photos prove that the Great Lakes are nearly totally covered with ice, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">nd we're close to setting a record for the most ice cover in 34 years.</span></p><p>We wondered if we might break that record, and we wondered what this will mean for the Great Lakes once spring finally gets here and that ice melts.</p><p>Alan Steinman, director of the<a href="http://www.gvsu.edu/wri/" target="_blank">&nbsp;Annis Water Resources </a>Institute at Grand Valley State University joined us today. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:12:07 +0000 Stateside Staff 16725 at http://michiganradio.org What will it mean for the Great Lakes once spring finally gets here and that ice melts? Help is on the way for Michigan's fragile honeybee population http://michiganradio.org/post/help-way-michigans-fragile-honeybee-population <p>This winter has been especially tough for the already-fragile population of Michigan honeybees.</p><p>Beekeepers are coping with a nearly decade-long decline in commercial honeybees and their wild cousins. It's called "colony collapse disorder".</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now comes the unrelenting cold of this record-setting winter, and beekeepers in Michigan and other states are reporting staggering losses that could endanger crop production all over the nation.</span></p><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced it's spending $3 million on a new program to help honeybees.&nbsp;</p><p>Let's find out why this is so crucial and what it means for Michigan's farmers and beekeepers.</p><p>Mike Hansen is the State Apiarist with Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.</p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:16:25 +0000 Stateside Staff 16692 at http://michiganradio.org Help is on the way for Michigan's fragile honeybee population Snow, cold in Michigan, but power crews head south http://michiganradio.org/post/snow-cold-michigan-power-crews-head-south <p>JACKSON –&nbsp;A fresh wave of snow has fallen on much of Michigan over the weekend, but for once the worst of the weather is elsewhere in the region as CMS Energy Corp. dispatches dozens of its employees to help with a severe ice storm expected to hit Kentucky.<br /><br />Slippery streets and highways have caused numerous accidents in Michigan, including one in which a car hit a state police patrol car handling an earlier accident on Interstate 696 in Southfield.<br /><br />WWJ-AM says the trooper escaped injury in the crash. Traffic was halted on eastbound I-696.<br /> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 21:04:42 +0000 The Associated Press 16678 at http://michiganradio.org Snow, cold in Michigan, but power crews head south Michigan's winter weather also chilling business http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-winter-weather-also-chilling-business <p>The brutal winter weather is taking a toll on Michigan retailers.</p><p></p><p>A major ice storm just before Christmas resulted in poor overall holiday season sales for many Michigan stores.</p><p></p><p>The brutally cold January that followed was just as bad, according to a new report by the Michigan Retailers Association, which says 4<span style="line-height: 1.5;">6% of retailers report their sales were down last month, compared to January 2013. Only 30% said their cash registers were busier.</span></p><p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:17:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 16637 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's winter weather also chilling business Stateside for Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-feb-20-2014 <p>Just what do you want your city, your community, to look like? Crowded bustling streets? Quiet, residential homes only? Zoning laws determine these things, and although those two words don't sound altogether exciting, zoning laws are creating debate all over the state. We found out more on today's show.</p><p>Then, what was that noise outside today? Did you hear it? Sounded like thunder? Well, in this crazy Michigan weather, we're getting thundersnow. We found out about this winter novelty.</p><p>And, we spoke with the man who designed and painted the masks on the U.S. Olympic hockey teams.&nbsp;</p><p>Also, we checked in with Daniel Howes on the UAW bid to unionize workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.</p><p>And, head to Ford Field on Saturday if you want to be part of a world record. ComePlayDetroit is organizing the world's largest indoor yoga session at the home of the Detroit Lions.</p><p>First on the show, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he state of Michigan is ending its exclusive contract with the Education Achievement Authority to oversee the worst-performing schools in the state.</span></p><p>Michigan School Superintendent Mike Flangan sent a letter to the EAA saying the state will pull out of its exclusivity agreement with the Authority one year from now.</p><p>Martin Ackley is with the Michigan Department of Education. He says the state still intends to use the EAA to help turn around struggling schools.</p><p>“Now, this is in no way a statement or an indication of a lack of confidence in the EAA or its academic strategies. This is just an action that needed to be taken in order to provide flexibility and to provide options other than the EAA in which to place these most-struggling schools.”</p><p>So, what are the other options the state might use to help failing schools? And what's ahead for the controversial EAA?</p><p>Jake Neher, who covers Lansing for the Michigan Public Radio Network, joined us today.</p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:08:42 +0000 Stateside Staff 16532 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 Should school districts add minutes or days after snow days? And who gets to decide? http://michiganradio.org/post/should-school-districts-add-minutes-or-days-after-snow-days-and-who-gets-decide <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With many Michigan schools racking up snow days, what's the best way to make up lost time? Adding minutes onto the school day? Or adding days at the end of the school year? Should local districts be allowed to decide for themselves or should Lansing make the decision for them?</span></p><p>Bridge Magazine contributing writer Ted Roelofs dug into these questions for <a href="http://bridgemi.com/2014/02/snow-wars/">his story</a> in this week's Bridge.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:56:29 +0000 Stateside Staff 16514 at http://michiganradio.org Should school districts add minutes or days after snow days? And who gets to decide? A warm-up is on the way – but not for long http://michiganradio.org/post/warm-way-not-long <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Lots of us have made the rueful observation that it's pretty sad when we think of 28 degrees as warm weather.</span>But that's what we've come to in this cold winter.</p><p>What caused this relative warm-up? And will the deep freeze come back?</p><p>Here to tell us more is MLive and <a href="farmerweather.com">farmerweather.com</a> meteorologist Mark Torregrossa.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:55:45 +0000 Stateside Staff 16511 at http://michiganradio.org A warm-up is on the way – but not for long How are Michigan roads holding up this winter? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-are-michigan-roads-holding-winter <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the winter of 2013-2014 drags on, we're really seeing what it's done to our roads.</span></p><p>Patching crews try in vain to keep up with a bumper crop of potholes. More and more of us are losing tires, blowing the suspension as we bang into one of those gaping potholes.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And keep in mind, Michigan's roads were crumbling before this winter.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With more winter to go, we wondered where our roads stand and what needs to happen in Lansing to do what it takes to repair and maintain the roads.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan Department of Transportation Director Kirk </span>Steudle<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> knows all too well what this winter has done to the pavement, and he joined us today.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></span></p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:44:28 +0000 Stateside Staff 16495 at http://michiganradio.org How are Michigan roads holding up this winter? Michigan Humane Society staff to sleep in doghouses http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-humane-society-staff-sleep-doghouses <p>DETROIT (AP) - Some <a href="http://www.michiganhumane.org">Michigan Humane Society</a> staffers will be spending the night in doghouses as part of an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of leaving pets outside in freezing temperatures.</p><p>http://youtu.be/9JGlkgM7cTQ</p> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 18:38:04 +0000 Associated Press 16469 at http://michiganradio.org January snowfall broke records in some parts of the state http://michiganradio.org/post/january-snowfall-broke-records-some-parts-state <p>If you ask just about anyone in Michigan about the weather this winter, chances are he or she will swear there has never been this much snow.</p><p>Well, yes and no. Some cities shattered their snowfall records in January, but in some parts of the state, January snowfall was pretty much business as usual.</p><p>Let's see who has legit bragging rights when it comes to snowfall.</p><p>MLive meteorologist Mark Torregrossa, who also runs the site farmerweather.com, joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:17:43 +0000 Stateside Staff 16394 at http://michiganradio.org January snowfall broke records in some parts of the state