Above is the 6-10 day outlook for April 6-10 temperature forecast from the Climate Prediction Center. Much of the country, including the Great Lakes is expected to have warmer than average temperatures. The average high temperature is in the mid 50s for this period.
This is the U.S. Temperature Anomaly (difference from average) for March 1-30. The U.S. as a whole was about 2 degrees F cooler than average during the month. Grand Rapids was 3 1/2 degrees cooler than average in March – the 5th month out of the last six with colder than average temperatures. It was warmer than average in the Southern Plains (and Alaska, BTW) and cooler than average over much of the East, North and Western U.S. (map from WeatherBell).
This is just after sunset at South Haven Sunday evening. The lake had calmed down considerably from earlier in the day. The huge waves blashed the ice mounds off the north breakwater. The peak wind gust here at the S. Haven beach was 50 mph on Saturday and 40 mph on Sunday.
The high temp. of 33 on Sunday was 18 deg. cooler than average for G.R. It was the coldest high temp. since March 7th. We had 22 days that were cooler than average, 8 days warmer than average and one exactly avrerage. Daylight continues to increase a relatively rapid rate of over 2 1/2 minutes each day…we’re up to 12 hours and 44 minutes of daylight as we start April.