Weather http://michiganradio.org en Thunderstorms knock down trees, black out 150,000 in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/thunderstorms-knock-down-trees-black-out-150000-michigan <p>WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A series of severe thunderstorms has hit Michigan's Lower Peninsula, packing winds of up to 50 miles per hour that knocked down trees, ripped roofs off buildings and blacked out at least 150,000 homes and businesses.<br /><br />The National Weather Service says a trained spotter reports 1.75-inch hail struck Oakland County's White Lake Township in suburban Detroit on Sunday afternoon. It reports 50 mph wind gusts in neighboring Macomb County.<br /> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:29:08 +0000 The Associated Press 18520 at http://michiganradio.org Farming moving northward due to climate change http://michiganradio.org/post/farming-moving-northward-due-climate-change <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Michigan and other northern states planted a record amount of corn, wheat, and soybeans this year, and the primary reason is climate change.</p><p>"We are clearly seeing more growing degree days and a longer growing season in the state of Michigan," says Jim Byrum, President of the Michigan Agri-Business Association, "which means some of those crops can be produced further north."</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:16:22 +0000 Tracy Samilton 18385 at http://michiganradio.org Farming moving northward due to climate change Since 1959, more than 100 people have been killed by lightning strikes http://michiganradio.org/post/1959-more-100-people-have-been-killed-lightning-strikes <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">MLive and farmerweather.com meteorologist Mark </span>Torregrossa’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><a href="http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2014/06/lightning_facts_michigan_is_on.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">report</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on lightning shows that Michigan is one of the most dangerous areas in America during a storm, ranking 13th in lightning fatalities by state.</span></p><p>More than 100 people in Michigan have been killed by lightning since 1959.</p><p>Torregrossa says the reason for the high number is that storms often occur when Michiganders&nbsp;are outdoors.</p><p><br />“It’s boating. It’s fishing. It’s camping. And then it’s playing outdoor sports,” Torregrossa says.</p><p>The sports that have most lightning fatalities are soccer and golf.</p><p>Torregrossa says if you hear thunder or see lightning, you should be inside.</p><p>“Lightning can travel quite a distance from a storm,” Torregrossa says. “In fact, 90% of all lightning injuries and deaths happen outside of the thunderstorm.”</p><p>So the moments before and after storms are dangerous times as well.</p><p>Torregrossa adds that counting the time between lightning and thunder is very accurate.</p><p>“About every five seconds, the lightning is about a mile to maybe two miles away,” Torregrossa says.</p><p>And that, he says, is too close for you to be outside.</p><p><em>*Listen to full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:04:29 +0000 Stateside Staff 18222 at http://michiganradio.org Since 1959, more than 100 people have been killed by lightning strikes What kind of summer weather can we expect? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-kind-summer-weather-can-we-expect <p></p><p>Summer will officially arrive Saturday. &nbsp;</p><p>MLive and Farmerweather.com meteorologist Mark Torregrossa says the coming summer looks really nice, despite the thunder and rain we've been seeing.</p><p>Torregrossa says there is a hot dome of air creating a stationary front over Michigan, which is bringing in the storm system that spawned tornados in Nebraska, and he&nbsp;says the storms could continue over &nbsp;the weekend.</p><p>He also says El Nino may have an effect on our summer.</p><p>El Nino is when a large part of the Pacific over South America and Australia begins to warm up more than normal – which&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">could help the second half of our summer stay cooler and lead to a warmer and drier winter.</span></p><p>Torregrossa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> predicts overall precipitation this summer will likely be normal.</span></p><p><em>*Listen to full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 01:06:39 +0000 Stateside Staff 18054 at http://michiganradio.org What kind of summer weather can we expect? BWL launches program to head off problems from future storm-related power outages http://michiganradio.org/post/bwl-launches-program-head-problems-future-storm-related-power-outages <p>Lansing residents will get some additional help next time a massive ice storm knocks out their electricity.</p><p></p><p>Last December, about 40,000 Lansing Board of Water and Light customers lost their power during a pre-Christmas ice storm. Thousands spent the holiday in the dark as utility crews tried to restore power. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The heavy ice yanked the wiring out of about 1,000 homes and businesses. Homeowners had to track down electricians during the holidays to reconnect homes to electric meters before power could be restored. Many had to wait 11 to 12 days.</p><p></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 21:11:18 +0000 Steve Carmody 17867 at http://michiganradio.org BWL launches program to head off problems from future storm-related power outages Ice on Lake Superior is slowly melting http://michiganradio.org/post/ice-lake-superior-slowly-melting <p></p><p>OK, maybe you’ve seen the picture: sunny, 80-degree weather and people lying out in the sand – maybe even getting sunburned on the shores of Lake Superior. And maybe, there in the background, huge pieces of ice still floating around in the lake.</p><p>John Lenters is a climatologist at Ann Arbor-based LimnoTech, an environmental consulting firm.</p><p>Lenters says says b<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ecause of the size and depth of the lakes, it will take a while for them to warm up after the extremely cold winter.</span></p><p>The ice is melting, but Lake Superior warms up slowly before it hits 39 degrees Fahrenheit.</p><p><em>*Listen to the interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 03:12:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 17844 at http://michiganradio.org Ice on Lake Superior is slowly melting 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 How do Brighton schools deal with severe weather? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-do-brighton-schools-deal-severe-weather <p>Emergency sirens sounded across much of Southeast Michigan during thunderstorm and tornado warnings yesterday, just as many schools were letting students out for the day. This caused&nbsp; some parents to wonder: What’s being done with my kid?</p><p>We talked with Greg Gray, the superintendent of Brighton Area Schools, about how the district dealt with Monday's severe weather.</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 21:15:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 17584 at http://michiganradio.org How do Brighton schools deal with severe weather? BWL plans to hire a "czar" to guide planning for future emergencies http://michiganradio.org/post/bwl-plans-hire-czar-guide-planning-future-emergencies <p>The Lansing Board of Water and Light plans to hire someone to handle planning for future emergencies.</p><p></p><p>One of the biggest criticisms BWL received after last December’s major power outage was that the utility wasn't communicating well with those most affected.</p><p></p><p>About 40,000 people lost power during the Dec. 21 ice storm. Many had to wait 10 days or more to get their lights turned back on.</p><p></p><p>A recent report claims the utility also failed to keep in touch with local governments, which were also struggling to recover from a major pre-Christmas ice storm.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 23:32:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17519 at http://michiganradio.org BWL plans to hire a "czar" to guide planning for future emergencies Report: Climate change is a challenge now for Michigan farmers http://michiganradio.org/post/report-climate-change-challenge-now-michigan-farmers <p>Climate change is making Michigan farmers more vulnerable to dramatic weather shifts, according to <a href="http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/">a new report.</a></p><p>The U.S. Global Change Research Program released a report this morning claiming&nbsp;climate change is no longer a future threat but is a reality now.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 15:01:22 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 17492 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Climate change is a challenge now for Michigan farmers A look ahead to spring and summer weather http://michiganradio.org/post/look-ahead-spring-and-summer-weather <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It feels like we've finally emerged from the record-setting cold winter, doesn't it? So, as we look ahead to spring and summer what's in store? Mark </span>Torregrossa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is </span>MLive<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> meteorologist and he joined us today.</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">*Listen to the full interview above.</span></em></p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:45:39 +0000 Stateside Staff 17422 at http://michiganradio.org A look ahead to spring and summer weather 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 Warming temperatures may cause more water main breaks in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/warming-temperatures-may-cause-more-water-main-breaks-michigan <p>Temperatures across Michigan today are rising into the 50’s.</p><p></p><p>Warmer temperatures are expected to cause headaches for local water systems.</p><p></p><p>Water mains could break as surrounding ground thaws.</p><p></p><p>Flint is dealing with 30 to 40 water main breaks at any one time.</p><p></p><p>Howard Croft is Flint’s Public Works director.</p><p></p><p>He expects the number of water main breaks will increase this week…</p><p></p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 19:59:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17033 at http://michiganradio.org Warming temperatures may cause more water main breaks in Michigan 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 will climate change affect Michigan tourism? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-will-climate-change-affect-michigan-tourism <p></p><p>When you think "Michigan," you have to think tourism. It's big business for the Mitten.</p><p>The now-famous "Pure Michigan" commercials are airing on network TV for the first time.</p><p>Pure Michigan advertising attracted more than four million out-of-state visitors last year. But how will our warming climate impact what those visitors might be able to do and enjoy when they come to Michigan?</p><p>Sarah Nicholls is an associate professor of tourism at Michigan State University, and Jim MacInnes is President and CEO of Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville. They joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:19:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 17003 at http://michiganradio.org How will climate change affect Michigan tourism? You're not going to like the answer: 'How long to get rid of all those potholes?' http://michiganradio.org/post/youre-not-going-answer-how-long-get-rid-all-those-potholes <p>Virtually every city in Michigan has 'em, and lots of 'em.&nbsp;</p><p>The extreme cold this winter created&nbsp;a bumper crop of potholes&nbsp;that are slowing traffic and causing accidents and flat tires.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Some streets have degraded so much they're more pothole than driveable surface.&nbsp; Commuting has&nbsp;turned into&nbsp;a real-life game of Frogger.</p><p>And here's the really bad news.&nbsp; Some&nbsp;cities won't be back to a "normal" number of potholes until June.</p><p align="LEFT">Todd Nepper runs the city of Jackson's Public Works Department.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:37:42 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16922 at http://michiganradio.org You're not going to like the answer: 'How long to get rid of all those potholes?' 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 Flood risk has West Michigan Red Cross focusing on disaster aid http://michiganradio.org/post/flood-risk-has-west-michigan-red-cross-focusing-disaster-aid <p>Almost a year after Grand Rapids was slammed by major flooding, the Red Cross is rallying West Michigan aid groups in case this spring’s snowmelt leads to another big flood.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Chip Kragt, of the Red Cross in Michigan, says the organization is getting updates from the National Weather Service. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:14:57 +0000 Kate Wells 16818 at http://michiganradio.org Flood risk has West Michigan Red Cross focusing on disaster aid