The above map is the precipitation forecast for the next 7 days from the Weather Prediction Center. We get less than 1/4″ here in W. Michigan, so the overall dry pattern (with little threat of severe weather) continues. Heavy rain is expected across a significant portion of Florida, but much of the country will remain on the dry side.
The latest 8-14 day outlook from the Climate Prediction Center continues to forecast cooler than average weather for the Great Lakes and West Michigan. From BAMWX: “he new GEFS ensemble over the next 10 days overall is dry and very cold…perhaps rivaling record cold for a late April stretch.”
The high temperature of 45° on Thursday was 13° cooler than average for April 15. Despite two days in the mid 40s, the month of April is still 5.5° warmer than average. The cooler than average pattern will erase much of that surplus by the end of the month. Precipitation (Grand Rapids) since Jan. 1 has totaled 6.32″ and that’s 1.58″ below average.
Small Craft Advisories remain in effect until 8 pm this Friday.
The overnight run of the European model suggests we could see accumulating snow in West Michigan next Tuesday night. It has 850 mb temperatures (about a mile above the ground down to around 17F – that’s really cold for late April. Stay tuned for later forecasts on that.
Check out the snowstorm in W. Nebraska overnight. Chadron picked up 4″ and it was still snowing. Cheyenne WY had a high temperature of just 28°. Aspen Park CO had 13″ of snow and Denver reported 5″. I-70 was closed in E. Colorado.
ALSO: Cool video of an erupting volcano from a drone. Close-up satellite loop of “erupting” thunderstorms in TX. The West stays dry. Waterfall making a rainbow. Cloud types. Hail smashes car windows. Wildfires in Nepal. Cloud “ripples”. Typhoon “Surigae” east of the Philippines. Volcano erupting in the Aleutian Islands. Snow shower at sunset in France. Golfball sized hail near Austin TX. More flooding for the Deep South. Lyrid meteor shower next week. Weather balloon release. Satellite view of the erupting La Soufriere Volcano in the Caribbean. Heavy rain in MS. Warm in the Pacific Northwest. Heavy snow in Utah. Foggy Kent.