Category Archives: Weather

Season extension technologies allow farmers in the Upper Peninsula to offer fresh produce year round

 

IMG_0843Season extension technologies allow farmers in the Upper Peninsula to offer fresh produce year round. Most recently,  winter spinach has been added to the menu for the local food co-op the UP is working to launch.

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Some Paradise residents struggling to keep their homes afloat

Cannon beforeResidents in Paradise, Michigan are worried their homes may be slipping into Lake Superior. High water levels have washed away large chunks of shoreline and left some homeowners scrambling to keep their houses intact. Continue reading

El niño to continue, keeping michigan warmer and less snowy than normal

Courtesy: Climate Prediction Center. Showing the 0.5 month outlook warmer than average across the Great Lakes.

Courtesy: Climate Prediction Center. Showing the 0.5 month outlook warmer than average across the Great Lakes.

More record breaking weather is in store for Central and Northern Michigan as we exit December according to officials.
Meteorologists are seeing conditions which were predicted with the onset of an unusually strong El Niño pattern. The phenomenon blocks the entry of cold air into the Great Lakes. Continue reading

Michigan beet crop could be threatened by warm weather

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The same warm weather that allowed the Michigan Sugar Company to take in a record-breaking harvest may be threatening those same beets, as they sit in storage, awaiting processing.

Ray Van Driessche is the director of community and government relations for Michigan Sugar Company. He said the size of the yield was unbelievable.

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Is there a link between Michigan tornadoes and 10,000 year old glaciers?

Ridges formed by retreating glaciers could have a correlation to shifting winds - aiding tornado development in severe thunderstorms.

Ridges formed by retreating glaciers could have a correlation to shifting winds – aiding tornado development in severe thunderstorms.

Official documents show more than a thousand tornadoes have touched down across Michigan since 1951. One of the most notable occurred in 1953 in the Flint/Beecher area where 116 people lost their lives.

As it turns out, Flint is among several areas that Weather Service Meteorologists are calling Michigan’s ‘tornado hotspots’. The question is, why are areas like Lansing, Hillsdale and Flint seeing a higher concentration of tornadoes than other locations in the state? Continue reading

Officials forecast warm december temperatures. Will we see a white Christmas?

December 8-14 day outlook shows the entire CONUS warmer than average with Michigan at an 80% chance of above average temps.

December 8-14 day outlook shows the entire CONUS warmer than average with Michigan at an 80% chance of above average temps.

Officials are saying temperatures will remain well above average across Michigan through December. So, will we have a shot at seeing a white Christmas? Continue reading

Official winter outlook indicates a warmer and dryer winter for michigan

NOAA's U.S. winter 2015-16 temperature outlook issued Oct. 15, 2015.

NOAA’s U.S. winter 2015-16 temperature outlook issued Oct. 15, 2015.

The official winter weather outlook for this season has been released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on October 15th, 2015. According to the release, a much different pattern is anticipated than in recent years.

Michigan is expected to see much more mild and dry conditions, while other areas in the States could see major relief from drought. Continue reading

Weather service to offer winter weather training to the public

The National Weather Service Gaylord office will hold seminars about Michigan's winter weather

The National Weather Service Gaylord office will hold seminars about Michigan’s winter weather

It’s that time of year where Michigan residents begin preparations for winter.

This season, the National Weather Service is offering up training seminars in hopes to better prepare the community for what this winter has in store. Continue reading

Don’t just prepare for back to school – prepare for floods and other disasters

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With Michigan’s weather it’s not uncommon to see flash flood warnings issued. September 30th is National Prepareathon Day, officials are using the day, and the lead up, to encourage families to create emergency plans.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, fewer than half of the nation’s households have a family emergency plan in case of a flood. Continue reading

Atmospheric phenomenon affecting TV and radio broadcasts

CMU Public Radio's broadcast tower in Mt. Pleasant.

CMU Public Radio’s broadcast tower in Mt. Pleasant.

If you’ve been having trouble recently picking up your favorite radio or television station over the air, you’re not alone. A phenomenon known as “tropospheric ducting ” is affecting broadcasts across the Midwest.

It’s causing distant signals to be received sometimes hundreds of miles away from their source, while at the same time making some local stations nearly impossible to pick up. Continue reading

Department of Natural Resources recovery of Grand Traverse County over halfway done

Downed tree at Glen Lake boat launch in Grand Traverse County.  Courtesy of the DNR.

Downed tree at Glen Lake boat launch in Grand Traverse County. Courtesy of the DNR.

Governor Rick Snyder has declared a State of Emergency in Grand Traverse County in response to severe weather earlier this month.

The storms knocked out power across the region, and downed thousands of trees, including many on state property. Continue reading

Power nearly restored across northern Michigan

Aerial view of  downed trees at Skegernog Point.  Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Aerial view of downed trees at Skegernog point. Photo courtesy of the Coast Guard.

Roughly 3,000 northern Michigan residents are still without power Thursday afternoon following Sunday’s severe weather event.

This is down from over 150,000 who initially lost power during the storm.
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More mosquitoes could mean fewer cases of West Nile

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Larger mosquito populations this year may feel like a curse, but specialists have said it could be a blessing in disguise.

“More mosquitoes can actually mean fewer mosquito-borne diseases,” said Dr. Carl Doud. He’s a mosquito specialist with the Midland County Health Department. Continue reading

EF-2 tornado confirmed in Saginaw and Tuscola Counties

A house with major damage near the 8000 block of East Birch Run Road in Tuscola County

A house with major damage near the 8000 block of East Birch Run Road in Tuscola County

Residents are cleaning up after a confirmed EF 2 tornado with winds up to 115 MPH tore through Saginaw and Tuscola Counties Monday Night, June 22nd.The tornado traveled east south-east, and most of the damage followed a path along Birch Run Road. Continue reading