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 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 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? 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 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 Don't let that 50 degree weather fool you: Prepare for a winter storm http://michiganradio.org/post/dont-let-50-degree-weather-fool-you-prepare-winter-storm <p>There's a winter storm watch for counties on and below I-94 as well as counties in mid and southeast Michigan. The watch is in effect from late this evening through tomorrow afternoon.<br /><br />In the lower half of west Michigan, as well as mid-Michigan, there could be an inch of snow falling per hour,with six inches of total snowfall possible.<br /><br />In southeast Michigan, rain will turn to snow overnight with accumulation of an inch an hour. Four to six inches of snow could fall in the Flint area, with a possibility of more than six inches of snow in Ann Arbor and Detroit. Wind gusts could reach 30 miles an hour.<br /><br />For commuters, this could mean icy roads and whiteout conditions.</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:21:01 +0000 Emily Fox 16806 at http://michiganradio.org Don't let that 50 degree weather fool you: Prepare for a winter storm 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 How would Laura Ingalls Wilder describe this year’s winter? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-would-laura-ingalls-wilder-describe-year-s-winter <p>How would Laura Ingalls Wilder describe the winter of 1880-81, when blizzard after blizzard pounded the settlement town of DeSmet, in what was then Dakota Territory?<br /><br />National Weather Service meteorologist and climatologist Barbara Mayes&nbsp;Boustead&nbsp;joins us today to put that long, difficult winter into perspective.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:12:17 +0000 Stateside Staff 16727 at http://michiganradio.org How would Laura Ingalls Wilder describe this year’s winter? 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? 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 Tire shops in overtime from flat tires due to potholes http://michiganradio.org/post/tire-shops-overtime-flat-tires-due-potholes <p>Auto repair shops are getting lots of extra business this winter due to severe potholes.</p><p>Some tire shops have extended their hours and have staff working overtime to deal with all the flat tires customers got from hitting potholes.</p><p>Hisham Abraham works at Fawzi's Auto Repair in Ann Arbor. He says it's really not the kind of work he likes to do.</p><p>"You know, we don't like to see people – you know, they suffer. Some of them, they bent rims too, it's not just a tire."</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:45:47 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16632 at http://michiganradio.org Tire shops in overtime from flat tires due to potholes Harsh winter killed many of Michigan's honeybees http://michiganradio.org/post/harsh-winter-killed-many-michigans-honeybees <p>Humans got off easy this harsh winter, compared to honeybees.</p><p>The severe cold killed off many hives.</p><p>Zachary Huang is a honeybee expert at Michigan State University.</p><p>He says, in a normal winter, a hive needs about 60 pounds of honey.&nbsp;&nbsp;"And&nbsp; they just eat the food and then shiver their muscles (to create heat) and huddle together so they are warm enough, and they don't get frozen."</p><p>But, this was no normal winter.&nbsp; And it also followed a very poor goldenrod season, a plant many honeybees use to make honey.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:16:55 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16627 at http://michiganradio.org Harsh winter killed many of Michigan's honeybees Think winter was tough for you? Try being a dairy farmer http://michiganradio.org/post/think-winter-was-tough-you-try-being-dairy-farmer <p>We've all had plenty to grumble about as this long, cold, snowy winter drags on: s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">idewalks and driveways to shovel, grueling, slow freeway commutes.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But let's take a moment to try on winter from the perspective of the hard-working Michigan dairy farmer. Winter has a whole different feel when you're hauling yourself out to the barn to milk and feed your herd.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Karen Curry, a dairy farmer near East Tawas, knows this life very well. She joins us today to tell us how she's coping with this brutal winter weather.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:09:19 +0000 Stateside Staff 16576 at http://michiganradio.org Think winter was tough for you? Try being a dairy farmer '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