Today will be the first day of the year with temperatures in the 70s in G.R. (it’s already made 70 along and south of I-94) and we have a good shot at making 80°. It will be a little cooler along the northern lakeshore, north of Grand Haven. We’ll be partly to mostly sunny for much of the day. It will be dry for today and tonight (Sat. night).

We’ll have a chance of a shower or thunderstorm Sunday afternoon. We’ll still be warm on Sunday (low-mid 70s inland from the lake), then cooler air will move in on Monday.

Enjoy the warm air while we’ve got it…because…I think after this weekend, we go back to a period of near to even below average temperatures.

Canadian model 30 day outlook

This is the 30-day outlook from the Canadian model. It forecasts colder than average temperatures for much of the country, including the Great Lakes, with warmer than average temperatures from Kansas south to Texas and across the Gulf Coast.

CSV2 Model 30 day temperatures

The CSV2 also has cooler than average temperatures in the Great Lakes…I think it’ll be warmer than average in the Southern Plains from W. Kansas to Texas.

The European model tells pretty much the same story..a little cooler than average in the Great Lakes Speaking of cool, the high temperature of 37 in Grand Rapids on Monday (18th) was 22 degrees cooler than average.

April 1-22 was 4.6 deg. cooler than average. Sixteen of 22 days have been than average and we had snow flurries on 7 of those days. We had 6 days in a row with temps. below 50 degrees. The average high temp. is now up to 61.

Updated season snowfall totals: Grand Rapids 71.0″, Kalamazoo 68.2″, Lansing 58.1″, Muskegon 58.0″.