Storm chasers and meteorologists observed a record number of waterspouts over the Great Lakes this month, according to the Toronto-based International Centre for Waterspout Research.?
The group confirmed 240 of the spectacular weather events over the Great Lakes between September 28 and October 4.?
A waterspout can form on a cloudy day, when cold air passes over warmer waters. The resulting vortex sucks down condensation from the cloud cover, creating a phenomenon that looks like a tornado.
Tornadoes and hail up to one inch in diameter are possible Wednesday as severe thunderstorms move across the state.
The National Weather Service expects the main threat to be wind gusts around 70 mph.
Thousands of people still don’t have power in West Michigan after severe thunderstorms – and possible tornadoes – passed through the area Wednesday night.
Consumers Energy reported more than 20,000 customers were without power in the wake of the storm.
Climate change is likely to bring more extreme rainfall and flooding to Michigan. So, flood risk in the next 100 years will probably look very different than in the last. But, much of our infrastructure, like culverts, bridges, and storm drains, is still being designed and built based on the floods of the past.
By Peter Payette
Jul 9, 2019
Fruit growers in northern Michigan are battling diseases this summer caused by heavy rain and humidity.
Nikki Rothwell coordinates research at the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station in Leelanau County. She says she hasn’t seen outbreaks like these in the 15 years she has worked at the station.
By Malak Silmi
Jul 8, 2019
May they fly away one day soon, but today mayflies are among us. Some are calling it an "invasion," but it's the time of year where cities and states near the Great Lakes region experience a repulsive visitation.
When an excessive amount is swarmed together, mayflies look like a thick large patch of dirt, and can be spotted on weather radars.
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People in Guadalajara, Mexico, woke up on Sunday to a thick blanket of ice over areas of their city, after a freak hailstorm that damaged houses and left cars partially buried.
This is particularly striking because it's the middle of summer. In the past month, temperatures most days have hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit or over.
The Detroit area usually gets more than three inches of rain in July. This year, that number was closer to one inch.
This has been a dry summer all over the state. Most of the Lower Peninsula is experiencing drier-than-normal weather and some parts of the state are even in the midst of a drought. According to the United States Drought Monitor, this is Michigan's third unusually dry year in a row, making this look like a new normal.
It's been spring for 22 days now, but the ice hasn't melted and snow is still falling.
Mark Torregrossa, chief meteorologist with MLive and farmerweather.com, joined?Stateside?Tuesday to discuss just how normal these weather patterns are, and how long we should expect them to last.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says colder-than-normal temperatures will continue in Michigan through mid-January, at least. That's as far as their models can reliably predict. Long-range models suggest temperatures might return to normal toward the end of the month, but those predictions are not very accurate. That's according to Richard Otto, a meteorologist with NOAA's weather prediction center in College Park, Maryland.
The "gales of November" came early to the Upper Peninsula and Lake Superior. To make things extra interesting, snow hit the ground today too, and more is on the way.
On Tuesday, this stormy weather produced a 28.8-foot wave at the Granite Island buoy located north of Marquette, says?MLive chief meteorologist Mark Torregrossa.
This week, experts are getting together in Ann Arbor to make a warning system for meteotsunamis in the Great Lakes. We have on average 106 meteotsunamis in the lakes each year.
Any time there’s a heat wave, or a drought or a big flood, scientists like Noah Diffenbaugh get a lot of calls.
“We are as scientists being asked whether or not global warming has played a role in individual extreme weather events,” he says.
Scientists have known that spring is arriving earlier across the U.S. because of climate change. Now, you can take a look at new maps from the U.S. Geological Survey to see how early spring is arriving where you live.
Jake Weltzin is an ecologist with the USGS, and the executive director of the National Phenology Network.
"The folks down in the southeastern United States, across much of that region, are seeing spring coming as many as three weeks early this year," he says.
Some folks in Michigan were walking around outside with t-shirts this past weekend, and just in case you haven't checked the calendar, it's February! It's just the latest chapter in the often unpredictable and strange weather here in the Great Lakes State.
By David Casselman
Jan 12, 2017
Tsunamis in the oceans are often triggered by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. But scientists say there’s a kind of tsunami that’s also a common occurrence on the Great Lakes.
These waves aren’t nearly as big as the ones on the oceans, but they can be deadly.
One reported to be 10 feet tall hit a Chicago pier in 1954 and seven people drowned.
Here's a meteorological model of that event:
Adam Bechle is a researcher at the University of Wisconsin. He says tsunamis on the Great Lakes are not so different from the ones in the ocean.
By Michael Schramm
Oct 18, 2016
Michigan has seen particularly warm weather the past few days, and one person taking notice is the University of Michigan's head football coach Jim Harbaugh.?
On his weekly radio show, Harbaugh?talked about recruiting prospective candidates and why he loves living in Michigan. He also joked that global warming could help the football team's recruitment efforts, according to MLive's?Nick?Baumgardner:
In this all-too-fast-paced era we live in, it's comforting to see something that's managed to stick around for 225 years – the Old Farmer’s Almanac.
What Massachusetts schoolteacher and bookseller Robert B. Thomas started in 1792 is still with us. The 2017 edition is now out.
If it looks like your parched lawn is crying out for a drink, you've got company.
Parts of the state are in the grips of a dry spell, and it's turning lawns crispy and brown.?
By Will Greenberg
Apr 8, 2016
Thanks to continuing cold temperatures and snowfall, Michigan is not yet done with skiing for the season.
Three mountains will be open this weekend: Mount Bohemia, Boyne Mountain, and?Ski?Brule. Bohemia is reopening after closing this past week, while Boyne and Brule have yet to close.
Parts of the Upper Peninsula have seen unusually high snowfall this month. Marquette, MI is already having the fifth-snowiest April on record, with over 32 inches of snow already, according to the local division of the National Weather Service.?
By Paula Friedrich
Dec 24, 2015
Artificial snowmaking is a complicated process, but it's one that's important to ski resorts this year as Michigan's weather stays balmy.
While it's possible to go really granular in explaining how snow guns work (everything from humidity to water pressure can change when snow can be made), it boils down to four basic "ingredients."
Click through the slideshow at the top for your snowmaking basics.
By Paula Friedrich
Nov 13, 2015
Heavy wind made for surprisingly Instagramable "bad weather" this week. Here are some photos from Instagram for those of you who couldn't see the waves in person:
By Paula Friedrich
Nov 11, 2015
Those gales of November are coming in full force tonight.
The National Weather Service issued a notice that predicts?waves up to 20 feet high in Lake Michigan over the next few days.
Did you know the Edmund Fitzgerald sank in a fierce storm on November 10, 1975?
As Gordon Lightfoot wrote in his song about the Fitzgerald, which sank in the waters of Lake Superior:
That good ship and true was a bone to be chewed
When the gales of?November?came early.
What's with these powerful winds and storms as we move from October to November?
Yes, we're expecting freezing temperatures in much of Michigan and even snow in the Upper Peninsula this weekend, but call your bookmaker (or, rather, your weather futures trader) and plop down your bet on what might happen this winter.
Sirens tore through Michigan Monday night, warning of strong thunderstorms and a few tornadoes. As you woke up, groggy at 1:30 a.m., what did you make sure you had before seeking shelter?
We asked a few people what their top three items to save would be.
This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most devastating weather events in Michigan history: the Palm Sunday tornado outbreak.
It happened with virtually no warning on April 11, 1965. Killer tornadoes smashed through the Midwest over a 12-hour span, killing 271. Michigan was one of the hardest-hit states with 53 deaths.
GRAND HAVEN, Mich. ?- Another round of winter weather is expected to make travel difficult in parts of Michigan as bitterly cold temperatures moderate somewhat.
Temperatures on Tuesday morning ranged from just above zero to the low 20s. It was 6 in Detroit, 7 in Grand Rapids and 17 in Traverse City.
DETROIT - Bitterly cold weather is expected to persist across Michigan into the weekend.
Temperatures moderated from Sunday and Monday's deep freeze, with readings Tuesday morning ranging from 8 below zero in Monroe to 18 above in Ludington. Highs were expected in the low 20s.
More than a foot of snow fell on much of Michigan after a major winter storm that lasted around 28 hours.
To get a quick sense for how much snow fell and where it fell, MLive's Andrew Krietz?created this map?with data from the National Weather Service. ?
The storm started on Sunday, February 1, 2015. Monday was a “snow day” across much of the state as schools and businesses closed for the day - even U of M?had a snow day - a rare event.?
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