weather http://michiganradio.org en Power outages plague Southeastern Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/power-outages-plague-southeastern-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just when you thought the weather was finally getting better, Michigan proves you wrong.&nbsp;</span></p><p>As of 11:00 a.m., high winds and downed power lines Monday morning have left more than 100,000 DTE consumers in the dark.&nbsp;</p><p>DTE's Outage Map, below, shows the outages that have been reported across the state.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:38:33 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17219 at http://michiganradio.org Power outages plague Southeastern Michigan Stateside for Thursday, March 27, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-march-27-2014 <div><p>When you think "Michigan," you think tourism, right? Or, for some, maybe it's Tim Allen telling you about the state's open roads, fall colors, glistening lakes. Tourism means big business for the mitten. We look at how the changing climate might impact what more than 4.4 million out-of-state visitors will be able to do and enjoy when they come to the Great Lakes State.&nbsp;</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Then, we spoke with Michigan author&nbsp;Laura Kasischke&nbsp;about her latest novel, Mind of Winter.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And Daniel Howes&nbsp;joined us for our weekly check-in, to discuss Mary Barra and the ghost of GM's past.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Also, women are underrepresented in the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;STEM&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">(science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, but there is one University of Michigan student group trying to change that.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And, we are one week into spring but still getting snow. Meterologist&nbsp;Jim Maczko&nbsp;spoke with us about when we can expect warmer weather.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>First on the show, w<span style="line-height: 1.5;">e are closing in on the deadline to purchase health insurance or face a penalty under the Affordable Care Act.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>Erin Knott is the Michigan Director of Enroll America, a non-profit, non-partisan group trying to get people enrolled in health insurance.</p><p>Erin joined us today to discuss the upcoming deadline.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:38:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 17007 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, March 27, 2014 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? Stateside for Tuesday, March 11, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-march-11-2014 <p>The Detroit automakers are moving into their fifth year of recovery after the disastrous bottoming-out of 2009 when General Motors and Chrysler filed for bankruptcy. Half a decade later, however, sales are brisk and auto loans are available. But is the future that bright? On today's show: Are there warning signs of another auto downturn? And, if so, what needs to happen to stop it?</p><p>Then, what will our rivers and roads look like once spring hits and the snow melts? We spoke with meteorologist Jim Maczko&nbsp;to find out.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lake Erie is full of algae blooms and dead zones, and a new report is asking us to take action. What can be done to improve the health of this lake?</span></p><p>Also,&nbsp;how about adding smell to food advertising?&nbsp;</p><p>First on the show, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">re Michigan veterans getting what they deserve in terms of benefits and support?</span></p><p>The Veterans' Administration says when it comes to per-capita spending on veterans, Michigan checks in at an average of just over $3,400 per vet. The national average is over $4,800. That places Michigan last in the nation.</p><p>What is the state doing about this and to make sure that veterans get all the benefits to which they're entitled?</p><p>The director of Michigan's Veterans Affairs Agency, Jeff Barnes, joined us today.</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:32:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 16814 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, March 11, 2014 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? 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 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? 'Thundersnow' is the icing on the cake for this winter in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/thundersnow-icing-cake-winter-michigan <p>Across parts of Michigan, you might have heard this during the torrent of snow this morning:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuUFs9wE9e4</p><p>Marcin Szczepanski with the University of Michigan College of Engineering shot that video while on campus today.</p><p>So what is this "thundersnow" stuff?</p><p>One theory is that winter has just been partying too much:</p><p></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>'Winter needs to go to Detox - it's drunk.....' -ThunderSnow <a href="http://t.co/nGHchAIYlk">pic.twitter.com/nGHchAIYlk</a></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:52:22 +0000 Mark Brush 16534 at http://michiganradio.org 'Thundersnow' is the icing on the cake for this winter in Michigan 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 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 Livingston County food pantry to hold emergency food drive http://michiganradio.org/post/livingston-county-food-pantry-hold-emergency-food-drive <p>The Livingston County chapter of the Salvation Army is out of food.</p><p>Brighton Ford is organizing an emergency food drive called "Fill-A-Ford Full of Food" Saturday with the goal of restocking the food pantry of the Salvation Army. It will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Brighton VG's Fresh Market.</p><p>In recent weeks the food pantry was pulling money from a summer children's fund to purchase food from Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeast Michigan, according to Karen Swieczkowski, community relations director at Brighton Ford. Brighton Ford is spearheading tomorrow's food drive.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:28:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16357 at http://michiganradio.org Livingston County food pantry to hold emergency food drive First 'snow day' in 36 years; University of Michigan students rejoice http://michiganradio.org/post/first-snow-day-36-years-university-michigan-students-rejoice <p>It's similar to a 100-year flood event. It just doesn't happen that often.</p><p>So when it does, students celebrate. That's what happened last night when the University of Michigan called off classes for the first time in 36 years.&nbsp;</p><p>The student journalists over at the <a href="http://www.michigandaily.com/article/best-reaction-tweets-cold-day-announcement-snowblue">Michigan Daily</a> collected the best reactions on Twitter to the news.</p><p>Here are the best stunned faces, celebratory waffles, and trips to the liquor store:</p><p></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:13:29 +0000 Mark Brush 16208 at http://michiganradio.org First 'snow day' in 36 years; University of Michigan students rejoice Air from the North Pole on its way, snowfall records set in parts of Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/air-north-pole-its-way-snowfall-records-set-parts-michigan <p>Extreme cold temperatures are coming our way again.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/discussions/hpcdiscussions.php?disc=pmdspd">National Weather Service says</a> this round of cold air, which will be with us through midday Wednesday, is coming from a very cold place.</p><blockquote><p>The air mass and the associated surface high pressure with it is literally coming from the North Pole and heading nearly due south into the central U.S. by Tuesday. Widespread subzero lows are expected north of the Ohio River by this time, and subfreezing highs are expected well into the Deep South.</p></blockquote><p>And with cold temperatures, comes snow.</p><p>We normally get around a foot of snow in southeast Michigan for the month of January.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But this year the Flint and Detroit areas </span><a href="http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=dtx&amp;storyid=99811&amp;source=0" style="line-height: 1.5;">set snowfall records</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for the month.</span></p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 16:24:12 +0000 Mark Brush 16188 at http://michiganradio.org Air from the North Pole on its way, snowfall records set in parts of Michigan Bitterly cold weather lingers across Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/bitterly-cold-weather-lingers-across-michigan <p style="margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: normal;">ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — Bitterly cold weather is lingering across Michigan, with readings below zero and more snow in the forecast for parts of the state.</p><p style="margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: normal;">The National Weather Service reports Wednesday morning it was 18 degrees below zero in Alpena in the northeastern Lower Peninsula. Frigid readings came in throughout Michigan, including 17 below in Ann Arbor and 15 below in Port Huron in the southern Lower Peninsula.</p><p style="margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: normal;">In Detroit, a reading of zero degrees was reported. And it dipped to 3 degrees below zero at Detroit Metropolitan airport in Romulus.</p><p style="margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: normal;">The bitter cold is expected to continue for several more days. In western Michigan, 3 to 5 inches of snow is forecast Wednesday and into Thursday morning. And more lake-effect snow is expected along parts of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula.</p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:01:52 +0000 The Associated Press 16130 at http://michiganradio.org Bitterly cold weather lingers across Michigan Southern Michigan prepares for floods http://michiganradio.org/post/southern-michigan-prepares-floods <p>Local goverments in southern Michigan are bracing for possible flooding.</p><p>William Byl is Kent County's Drain Commissioner.&nbsp; He said how serious it becomes depends on the temperature swing and on the amount of rain.</p><p>"These kind of conditions are really the perfect storm because what you have is snowmelt combined with rain on top of the snowmelt, all falling on frozen ground. And you have no place for the water to go," Byl explained.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:39:53 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15972 at http://michiganradio.org Southern Michigan prepares for floods Could the extreme cold weather be tied to a warming climate? http://michiganradio.org/post/could-extreme-cold-weather-be-tied-warming-climate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The temperatures certainly are extreme. Last night, it was colder in Michigan than it was at the South Pole.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Parts of the state saw temperatures reach 16 below zero with wind chills exceeding 40 below zero.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The "polar vortex" has brought air to the Midwest that normally stays way up in the arctic.</span></p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:56:38 +0000 Mark Brush 15905 at http://michiganradio.org Could the extreme cold weather be tied to a warming climate? Fun inside the polar vortex, throwing boiling water in the air http://michiganradio.org/post/fun-inside-polar-vortex-throwing-boiling-water-air <p>If you haven't been online in the last 24 hours, or you didn't watch it being done on Anderson Cooper's show over and over last night, then you're in for a treat.</p><p>It used to be a something kids in Alaska or in Canada's Northern Territories did for fun.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But with the combination of cold weather and social media, those of us in the Lower 48 can play too (and some of us&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/adriancarrasquillo/a-whole-bunch-of-people-threw-boiling-water-in-the-air-to-wa" style="line-height: 1.5;">are burning ourselves</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">).</span></p><p>Life in the polar vortex allows you to do this:</p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkBNyE_8bC0">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkBNyE_8bC0</a></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So why does the boiling water suddenly turn into what appears to be a cloud of steam?</span></p><p>Well, it's not steam. They're just tiny ice crystals. <a href="http://www.livescience.com/32951-how-can-boiling-water-turn-snow.html">LiveScience</a> had Mark Seeley, a climatologist at the University of Minnesota, explains:</p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 15:50:24 +0000 Mark Brush 15914 at http://michiganradio.org Fun inside the polar vortex, throwing boiling water in the air Extreme cold and snow make trouble for Michigan motorists http://michiganradio.org/post/extreme-cold-and-snow-make-trouble-michigan-motorists <p>Michigan faces dangerously cold wind chill conditions this week, according to the National Weather Service.</p><p>Nancy Cain is a spokesperson for AAA Michigan. She says they've responded to 25,000 calls since the snow and cold began on New Year's Day.</p><p>Cain says motorists have called for help with spinouts, fender benders, crashes, "out of gas," and "can't starts."</p><p>She expects even more road problems in the next few days because people who had previously stayed home will be returning to work.</p><p>Cain says even when the snow has stopped, the combination of extreme cold and wind makes driving dangerous.</p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 14:05:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15901 at http://michiganradio.org Extreme cold and snow make trouble for Michigan motorists