snow http://michiganradio.org en Records may fall with the snow this week in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/records-may-fall-snow-week-michigan <p>All-time snowfall records could be broken this week in Michigan.</p><p></p><p>A storm blowing through the state tonight is expected to dump two to eight inches of snow.</p><p></p><p>What’s on the line this week may very well be bragging rights for generations of people in Flint and Detroit.</p><p></p><p>Flint is just about five inches short of its all-time snowiest winter. 82.9 inches fell during the winter of 1974-75. So far this winter, Flint has been buried under 77.3 inches of snow.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:43:28 +0000 Steve Carmody 16816 at http://michiganradio.org Records may fall with the snow this week in Michigan 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 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 As the ice and snow melts, we'll find out what lies beneath http://michiganradio.org/post/ice-and-snow-melts-well-find-out-what-lies-beneath <p>Temperatures are expected to hit 40 degrees in the coming week in Michigan.</p><p></p><p>The warm up should begin to melt off some of the snow that has built up over the past few months.</p><p></p><p>But the melting snow is also expected to reveal mounds of fallen tree branches, discarded Christmas trees and garbage that has been entombed in mounds of snow and ice since December.</p><p></p><p>Paul Dykema is the assistant superintendent in the city of Lansing’s Public Service Department.&nbsp; He says cleaning that mess up will take some time.</p><p></p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 20:26:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16454 at http://michiganradio.org As the ice and snow melts, we'll find out what lies beneath Michigan residents with disabilities hit hard by polar vortex http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-residents-disabilities-hit-hard-polar-vortex <p>Michigan's record snowfalls and cold are inconvenient for everyone,&nbsp;but they are especially difficult for people with disabilities.</p><p>The snow and ice still on Michigan sidewalks can trap people with disabilities at home or even put them in danger. Just getting to work or to a doctor's appointment can be daunting.</p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 19:25:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16420 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan residents with disabilities hit hard by polar vortex 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 Cold temps cover 79 percent of Great Lakes in ice http://michiganradio.org/post/cold-temps-cover-79-percent-great-lakes-ice <p>CHICAGO (AP) - This winter's bitter cold temperatures in the Midwest have covered a stunning 79 percent of the Great Lakes in ice.</p><p></p><p>It's not a record, but it's well above the long-term average of about 51 percent.<br /><br />Lake Michigan is about 63 percent frozen. And the second largest lake in the system, Huron, is about 85 percent covered.</p><p>Lake Erie, at 93 percent, has the most ice cover.<br /><br />The data comes from the <a href="http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/">Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.</a></p> Sun, 09 Feb 2014 18:13:05 +0000 Associated Press 16369 at http://michiganradio.org Cold temps cover 79 percent of Great Lakes in ice Where to pile all that record snowfall from January? DEQ weighs in http://michiganradio.org/post/where-pile-all-record-snowfall-january-deq-weighs <p>It was a snowy January in Michigan; the s<a href="http://www.crh.noaa.gov/dtx/?n=snowiestjanuary2014">nowiest on record for Flint and Detroit, according the the National Weather Service.</a></p><p>“We’ve had our fair share too, that’s for sure,” said Jared Sanders, assistant district supervisor of the Kalamazoo district’s water resources division. The division is a part of Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality.</p><p>I can vouch for it; huge piles of plowed snow are filling up the parking lots of many businesses here in Grand Rapids too.</p> Sun, 02 Feb 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16263 at http://michiganradio.org Where to pile all that record snowfall from January? DEQ weighs in Michigan officials processing home heating credits http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-officials-processing-home-heating-credits <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State officials say they are processing credits to help low-income customers with their winter energy bills.<br /><br />The Michigan Public Service Commission said this week that state treasury officials have mailed instruction booklets and forms pertaining to the Michigan Home Heating Credits for the 2013 tax year.<br /><br />The materials also are available online and at many libraries, post offices and Department of Human Services' branch offices.<br /><br />The average credit for last year was $124.</p> Sun, 02 Feb 2014 19:59:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16274 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan officials processing home heating credits More snow today after record setting January in parts of Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/more-snow-today-after-record-setting-january-parts-michigan <p>DETROIT (AP) - The weather outside continues to be frightful for parts of Michigan even after some areas experienced their snowiest Januaries.<br /><br />The National Weather Service says up to seven inches of snow is expected to cover the Detroit area Saturday, a day after the region ended January with 39.1 inches of snow -- its snowiest month ever.<br /><br />Meteorologist Steven Freitag says the previous record was 38.4 in February 1908.<br /><br />Flint's 32.9 inches of snow also was a January record.<br /> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 16:39:23 +0000 The Associated Press 16272 at http://michiganradio.org More snow today after record setting January in parts of Michigan Think this January's weather was crazy? Check out the U.P.'s blizzard of 1938 http://michiganradio.org/post/think-januarys-weather-was-crazy-check-out-ups-blizzard-1938 <p>Michigan may be “warming up” (31 degree heat wave, anyone?), but evidence of the latest snowpocalypse is still abundant. &nbsp;</p><p>Over at MLive, meteorologist <a href="http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2014/01/michigan_is_in_the_bulls-eye_f.html">Mark Torregrossa reports</a> that “mile for mile, Michigan has more snow cover than any other U.S. state.”</p><p>And as for ice, the Great Lakes are under the <a href="http://phys.org/news/2014-01-great-lakes-ice-decades-bitter.html">largest ice cover</a> in 20 years. Sixty percent of all five lakes are now iced over.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:37:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16259 at http://michiganradio.org Think this January's weather was crazy? Check out the U.P.'s blizzard of 1938 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 A check of the weather with MLive's Mark Torregrossa http://michiganradio.org/post/check-weather-mlives-mark-torregrossa <p>This time the forecasters did not cry wolf. We got slammed by snow.</p><p>Now that the snow has fallen, we’re looking at winds and dangerous cold.</p><p>What's ahead and when will we see something resembling a more "typical" Michigan winter?</p><p>For the answers we turned to MLive meteorologist Mark Torregrossa, who also runs <strong><em><u><a href="farmerweather.com.">farmerweather.com.</a></u></em></strong></p><p>I just got back yesterday from nearly two weeks in Ireland, and we were checking on Torregrossa’s reports as we got ready to fly back yesterday -- wondering if we were going to beat the snow and be able to land. The answer was "yes." He was spot-on in calling what was going to happen and when.</p><p><em>*Listen to the audio above.</em></p><p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:28:48 +0000 Cynthia Canty 15896 at http://michiganradio.org A check of the weather with MLive's Mark Torregrossa Flint area gets 'Top 10' record-breaking snowfall, Detroit... not so much http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-area-gets-top-10-record-breaking-snowfall-detroit-not-so-much <p>People are digging out from the snowstorm in much of Michigan today.&nbsp;</p><p>So did this snowstorm break records in Michigan?</p><p>In Detroit, 10.6 inches fell during the storm, not enough to crack the top-10 list for snowstorms in this area.</p><p>Here are the biggest snowfalls recorded in the Detroit area according to the National Weather Service. Most of these storms occurred prior to 1930.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 17:24:43 +0000 Mark Brush 15893 at http://michiganradio.org Flint area gets 'Top 10' record-breaking snowfall, Detroit... not so much A weather disaster can devastate political careers http://michiganradio.org/post/weather-disaster-can-devastate-political-careers <p></p><p>If you haven’t noticed that much of our state has been semi-paralyzed by the snowstorm, then I assume you are reading from Florida. That actually happened yesterday. Someone called while I was shoveling to ask if we had any snow. When I sputtered with amazement, it turned out my caller was in Naples, where it was 82 degrees.</p><p>He had once been in politics, and while my hands froze, we talked briefly about politics and the weather and a man few remember today, Michael Bilandic. He had been elected mayor of Chicago in 1977, after the legendary first Mayor Daley dropped dead.</p><p>He was at first very popular, and his political future seemed assured. But exactly 35 years ago this month, Chicago was hit by a record blizzard. Think what we’ve got is bad?</p><p>Chicago was hit with more than 20 inches in less than two days, and the city wasn’t up for the challenge. Snow wasn’t cleared, people couldn’t get to work, and the mayor couldn’t keep his promises to clear parking lots and keep the airports open. Unfortunately for him, he had to face an election that spring, and with the weather disaster as the main issue, he lost.</p><p>I thought of him because Gov. Rick Snyder also mishandled a weather situation last month, when hundreds of thousands of people lost power, light and heat. The governor was nowhere to be seen.</p><p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 13:45:16 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15890 at http://michiganradio.org A weather disaster can devastate political careers Schools and offices closed with more snow and frigid temperatures today http://michiganradio.org/post/schools-and-offices-closed-more-snow-and-frigid-temperatures-today <p>Snow has covered the state.<br /><br />Up to 16 inches of snow was on the ground in Flint last night.<br /><br />Even more snow is expected today in addition to extreme wind chills.</p><p>The wind chill could drop to 15 below to 30 degrees below zero today.<br /><br />On top of that, more snow is in the forecast today for the region.<br /><br />In West Michigan, 6 to 8 inches of snow could fall by tomorrow morning. &nbsp;<br /><br />Classes have been canceled at Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University.<br /><br />Hundreds of schools and many state offices are closed today.</p><p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 13:31:46 +0000 Emily Fox 15889 at http://michiganradio.org Schools and offices closed with more snow and frigid temperatures today Governor: State stepping up, people should stay in http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-state-stepping-people-should-stay <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan has put out every available road crew and has increased state police patrols in response to the heavy snowfall and the deep freeze forecast to follow it.<br /><br />Snyder says Michigan residents can help, too, by looking in on friends and neighbors while staying off roads as much as possible.<br /><br />A foot of snow was on the ground already by Sunday evening in parts of the Lower Peninsula, with more on the way.<br /> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 00:36:51 +0000 The Associated Press 15887 at http://michiganradio.org Governor: State stepping up, people should stay in Up to 15 inches snow predicted for Michigan, then temps plunge to -15 http://michiganradio.org/post/15-inches-snow-predicted-michigan-then-temps-plunge-15 <p>DETROIT (AP) - The harshest winter conditions in 20 years are heading for Michigan's Lower Peninsula, with up to 15 inches of snow forecast for parts of the state followed by temperatures diving as low as minus 15.<br /><br />The <a href="http://www.crh.noaa.gov/grr/">National Weather Service</a> predicts "the coldest temperatures Southeast Michigan has experienced in about 20 years."<br /><br />It says snowfall will total 8-15 inches by late Sunday and a drop in temperatures of up to 45 degrees by Monday.<br /><br />Michigan residents have been crowding stores seeking supplies.<br /> Sun, 05 Jan 2014 18:39:06 +0000 The Associated Press 15884 at http://michiganradio.org Up to 15 inches snow predicted for Michigan, then temps plunge to -15 Snow, ice create hazardous driving conditions in parts of Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/snow-ice-create-hazardous-driving-conditions-parts-michigan <p>GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Snow and ice are creating hazardous driving conditions in Michigan.<br /><br />MLive.com reports 10 slide-offs and minor crashes Monday morning across parts of western Michigan.<br /><br />No serious injuries were immediately reported. Much of western Michigan is fresh off of seeing anywhere from 1 to 4 inches of snow on Sunday. Slippery roads also were reported in other parts of the state, including the Detroit and Kalamazoo areas.<br /><br />The National Weather Service says the most snow is forecast in parts of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula, where advisories urging caution were issued. By the time the snow wraps up Monday, a total of 3 to 8 inches is expected in Chippewa and Mackinac counties. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 15:52:15 +0000 The Associated Press 15602 at http://michiganradio.org Snow, ice create hazardous driving conditions in parts of Michigan Stateside for Monday, November 11th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-november-11th-2013 <div><p>Driverless cars might just be a futurist's dream-no longer. The University of Michigan has announced its plans to bring a fleet of networked, driverless cars to Ann Arbor by the year 2021. We have the details on today's show.</p><p>And the temperatures are falling and parts of Michigan have snow on the ground. We asked if winter has already arrived.</p><p>Also, the Farm Bill passed last January took an important subsidy away from organic farmers.&nbsp;What does the loss of this subsidy mean to organic farmers in Michigan? And does a farm have to go through the trouble and expense of getting certified to be organic?</p><p>First on the show, it's been less than a week since voters in three very different Michigan cities all approved ballot initiatives allowing small amounts of marijuana for personal use on private property.</p><p>And that has pro-marijuana advocates hoping those votes will boost pressure on state lawmakers to legalize or decriminalize pot.</p><p>Michigan Public Radio Network's Lansing correspondent Jake&nbsp;Neher&nbsp;joined us today to give an overview of what efforts are underway.</p></div><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 22:20:01 +0000 Stateside Staff 15226 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, November 11th, 2013