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Grand Rapids, Michigan

Hope everybody had a pleasant Memorial Day today! Off to the Great Lakes to see how they’ll start off the shortened workweek.

At 1053pm EDT, the temperature at Grand Rapids, MI was 79 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. It was another scorcher today across the region with the high hitting 94 while other areas in the Upper Midwest hit the upper 90s to 100 in MSP. High pressure sitting over southern Hudson Bay nosed over the Great Lakes, keeping the region dry for much of the day before activity ignited over MN/WI, but kept Lower MI dry. This area of high pressure is going to shift off over Quebec tomorrow, allowing the area of low pressure sitting over the Dakotas to push eastward, kicking up the moisture over the region. While the Grand Rapids area should avoid much of the convection expected to ignite off over WI and over northern IN/OH. Wednesday will see a much higher chance of rain moving into the area, but that has little to do with low pressure from the west. In fact, it has more to do with low pressure lifting up from the south, the remnants of Subtropical Storm Alberto! Alberto’s remnant low looks to lift north along the MS River throughout the day tomorrow before moving over the Great Lakes late Wednesday, bringing widespread rain showers with it.

Tuesday: Increasing clouds during the afternoon. High 91, Low 67.
Wednesday: Rain showers becoming more widespread throughout the day. High 84, Low 66.

TWC: Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High 92, Low 68.
Wednesday: Afternoon thunderstorms. High 87, Low 68.

AW: Tuesday: Mostly sunny, hot. High 91, Low 68.
Wednesday: Cloudy, not as humid, couple of evening showers. High 83, Low 69.

NWS: Tuesday: Mostly sunny then scattered thunderstorms. High 92, Low 68.
Wednesday: Chance of showers then showers likely. High 82, Low 68.

WB: Tuesday: Chance of thunderstorms. High 89, Low 68.
Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 82, Low 69.

WN: Tuesday: Site down.
Wednesday: Site down.

FIO: Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High 87, Low 67.
Wednesday: Rain starting in afternoon. High 79, Low 65.

The weather over Lower Michigan is pretty quiet tonight, however we can see the clusters of thunderstorms popping off over MN and WI. Conditions will slowly become more active over the next couple of days.

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Today let’s take a look at Lower Michigan, affectionately called the Mitten!

At 1153pm EDT, the temperature at Grand Rapids, MI was 57 degrees under fair skies. High pressure is found throughout the Great Lakes region, leading to fairly pleasant conditions over much of the region. High pressure is expected to stick around for a few days, so this cool late summer pattern isn’t going to go anywhere fast. However, there is a mid-level disturbance working through the Upper Midwest tonight as a vortmax is shifting through MN and into WI through the morning hours. Rain showers found over northern MN will shift into WI overnight and could bring a couple of spritzes to the Grand Rapids area sometime late morning to early afternoon on Thursday. Minimal amounts, if any, are expected as it shifts on through and clear out by late Thursday afternoon. After that, pleasant skies are expected into the weekend!

Thursday: Increasing clouds, an isolated midday shower possible. High 69, Low 52.
Friday: Mostly sunny, a bit warmer. High 73, Low 50.

TWC: Thursday: Mostly sunny, an isolated shower possible. High 71, Low 50.
Friday: Sunny. High 74, Low 49.

AW: Thursday: Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a stray shower in the afternoon. High 71, Low 50.
Friday: Mostly sunny and pleasant. High 74, Low 49.

NWS: Thursday: Chance of sprinkles. High 70, Low 52.
Friday: Sunny. High 73, Low 49.

WB: Thursday: Partly sunny. High 68, Low 50.
Friday: Sunny. High 71, Low 50.

WN: Thursday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers. High 70, Low 54.
Friday: Mostly sunny. High 73, Low 48.

FIO: Thursday: Light rain in the morning. High 71, Low 52.
Friday: Partly cloudy until morning. High 73, Low 51.

Lower Michigan is pretty cloud free tonight, with a disturbance working its way into northern WI. This could bring a stray shower into the area tomorrow, but don’t worry too much about it.

The sun tried to bring some Memorial Day fun

Temperatures in Grand Rapids the first two days of Memorial weekend were downright tolerable, skyrocketing to levels that were 6 degrees warmer than was in the forecast in some cases on Saturday. The warm up continued into Sunday, when it was warmer than many anticipated as well, despite a splash of rain. Accuweather pulled in the top forecast for the western Michigan town.
Actuals: Saturday, High 78, Low 40
Sunday – Trace of precip, High 73, Low 53

Grade: B-C

Grand Rapids, Michigan

VW – Tomorrow – Sunny, HIgh 72, Low 41
Sunday – Scattered showers late, High 76, Low 55

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 75, Low 43
Sunday – Cloudy High 74, Low 56

AW: Tomorrow – Comfortable with sunshine and patchy clouds High 74, Low 40
Sunday – Rather cloudy with a shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon High 71, Low 53

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 73, Low 39
Sunday – A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, High 75, Low 55

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny. High 73, Low 39
Sunday – Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain showers until midday… Then a chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.High 75, Low 55

WN: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy with Patchy Frost High 73, Low 39
Sunday – Mostly Cloudy with Scattered Showers High 76, Low 55

FIO: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy throughout the day. High 76, Low 45
Sunday – Light rain overnight. High 76, Low 59

Boy, not a free thinker in the bunch. Hope you enjoy the video!

Grand Rapids, Michigan to Greenville, North Carolina

Here we go again! Another day, another road trip, however this will be a little bit longer than our day trips the past couple of times. This drive will take 2 days, covering 889 miles at a pace of about 60.2mph. The first day will take the full 8 hours and be over after 481 miles of driving. Let’s hit the road once again!

Grand Rapids
A cold front is morning through Michigan today, but by the time we head out tomorrow morning, things will be much clearer. Given that there will be a fairly vigorous flow off of Lake Michigan, most of the UP will see some clouds that will begin to break apart shortly after noon. Western Ohio shouldn’t provide us with many challenges, but around the time we reach Columbus, we will intersect with the back edge of the cold front. The heavy convection will remain east of us on Saturday, but we can still expect rain between the capitals of Ohio and West Virginia. Charleston is the destination for the day.

The front will keep moving east while we sleep and remain stationary. In fact, it is likely that the front will be nearly offshore by the time we even start our day on Sunday. The drive through West Virginia and Original Virginia will sunny and pleasant, and so too will it be in North Carolina. We will arrive in Greenville to enjoy a mostly sunny sky and comfortable temperatures.

Blacksburg, Virginia to Grand Rapids, Michigan

Road tripping once again. This time, we are backing up and headed to Grand Rapids on a one day trek covering 624 miles. We will be able to do this at a pace of 59.7mph, which isn’t all that quick. Fortunately, they drive fast in Michigan and we should be able to make up time. Let’s make our way to beautiful western Michigan, shall we

The early part of our dry will be fairly cloud with chances for light rain, from Blacksburg through West Virginia and southern Ohio. Temperatures will still feel nice with some high dew points leading to a warm sensation even if it is dready and cloudy out. This is what happened the past couple of days in Minnesota and it was strange. A cold front will take advantage of the juicy dew points and touch off some heavy thunderstorms in southern Michigan and northwestern Ohio. We will intersect the front right as it is at its strongest, somewhere between Findlay, Ohio and Ann Arbor, Michigan. There will be a few showers northwest of Ann Arbor, but by Lansing, and then west to Grand Rapids, we should see some clearer, cooler conditions.
Grand Rapids

Clouds but not much rain

In Grand Rapids, we were expecting a few bouts with precipitation, but for the most part, the heavy rain skirted the western Michigan city during the forecast period. On Sunday, there was a trace of light rain with some persistent overcast skies, even overnight Saturday into Sunday that kept temperatures from dropping below 53 degrees. That’s fairly warm, especially when you consider that forecast lows were in the mid 40s. When everything else was taken into account, we can see that the top forecast belonged Weatherbug who didn’t forecast rain and had the best temperature prognostications.
Actuals: Sunday – Trace of rain, High 64, Low 53
Monday – High 73, Low 47


Grand Rapids, Michigan

We’re off to the LP today. I don’t know if we have ever been to Grand Rapids for a forecast before, so this is clearly big time stuff.

At 1153AM, ET, Grand Rapids was reporting a temperature of 60 degrees with clear skies. Lower Michigan is under high pressure which is allowing for an infusion of spring and making for a pleasant beginning to the weekend.
There is a weak mid-layer disturbance moving through the Tennessee Valley, and is expected to continue to follow the Ohio River towards the mid Atlantic through the next two days. Lower Michigan won’t take a direct blow from this system, but moisture wrapping around the circulation will mean overcast skies and some rain through most of the day on Sunday. Generally, the pattern is for deeper systems to run through Canada, and that’s certainly the case for the next two days. A stronger system moving into Hudson Bay is dangling a cold front through the Great Lakes. There is a shot that at some rain again on Monday evening as the front moves into Grand Rapids, but there won’t be much in terms of intensity. It will be just enough to create some interruptions for outdoor barbecues.
Tomorrow – Cloudy with rain likely, High 68, Low 46
Monday – Clearing and warmer, though with some scattered showers late, High 74, Low 48

TWC: Tomorrow – PM Showers High 63, Low 46
Monday – Partly Cloudy High 67, Low 49

AW: Tomorrow – Times of clouds and sun High 68, Low 47
Monday – Times of sun and clouds High 74, Low 50

NWS: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, High 65, Low 47
Monday – Mostly sunny (showers after 8pm), High 71, Low 50

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain showers High 65, Low 47
Monday – Mostly sunny. High 71, Low 50

Looks good right now, and I assume most residents of Grand Rapids would be happy if they just get rain instead of snow.
Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids, Michigan to Panama City, Florida

Even though school is starting this week for most of the country, we are taking a Florida vacation. It will be two days from Grand Rapids to Panama City, covering 1049 miles. We will be moving at a pace of 61.9mph. This means our first day will be a little but shorter than our second, at 495 miles covered. Let’s hit the beach one last time before autumn really sets in.


There s a cold front heading for Grand Rapids ushering in a very abrupt seasonal change. Some thunderstorms are already popping up over Wisconsin and will move into the LP by midday tomorrow, which means nothing, except that we are getting out of town just in time. We should stay ahead of the weather through most of the day. By the time we reach Kentucky, we may be left to contend with a few showers left over from Isaac, but that isn’t set in stone. The most likely result will be some increased clouds around Mammoth Caves and Park City, Kentucky, our destination for Wednesday night.
Thursday will be, in a word, unsettled. We will experience the less than stable weather weather initially as we drive through Tennessee, where clouds and a few showers will mark our southbound journey. A weak area of low pressure south of our destination in Panama City is going to draw energy away from northern Alabama, so we will have a window without the threat for rain from Huntsville to Montgomery, but that weak little low is going to have something else in store for us for the last couple hours of our trip. Scattered thunderstorms, likely with heavy, tropical downpours, will be possible as we make our way through southeastern Alabama and eventually to Panama City. Too bad we are scheduled to skip town already tomorrow, because our arrival is going to be decidedly unfavorable for a trip to the beach.