On Tuesday afternoon, a confirmed EF-1 tornado tore through parts of Ogemaw county. Continue reading
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
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
The Pacific Ocean is warmer than normal for this time of year, especially around the equator. This could spell out a break from the cold harsh winters in recent years. Continue reading
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
This is down from over 150,000 who initially lost power during the storm.
“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
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
Freezing temperatures are predicted for Northern Michigan Tuesday night. Continue reading
Drought predictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show Michigan could be facing a dry summer.
In an effort to protect Michigan against climate concerns, Camp Grayling has been selected for a national pilot project.
With rain during the holiday months, and cold temperatures during a key President’s Day weekend in February, Northern Michigan has been lacking visitors.
Many people in Michigan are happy to see the return of warmer weather, especially maple syrup producers.
Temperatures are expected to jump from the teens to as high as the 40s next week, even in northern Michigan.
A new report suggests Michigan is being inundated by not only rainstorms, but extreme rainstorm, and it’s a trend not expected to stop anytime soon.
Don’t feed the ducks, and don’t try to rescue the ducks. That’s the word from DNR officials.
Officials with the DNR said some waterfowl in the state are having a tough winter, similar to last year.
This year’s below-normal temperatures have been making it hard for many people to even step outside. Some Michigan ski resorts say the cold is also translating to fewer people hitting the slopes. Continue reading
Meteorologists say, some places in the state have had the coldest first half of the month on record. Continue reading
It’s called Student Tools for Emergency Planning, or STEP. It’s a curriculum that helps teachers prepare students for emergencies like tornadoes, flooding and storms. Continue reading
Open Ice on Houghton Lake has some people concerned for the safety of people attending Tip-Up Town this weekend.
Last winter’s polar vortex froze more than just the Great Lakes.
It isn’t only snow and ice that can pose risks to Michigan drivers during the winter, but also brutally cold temperatures. When temperatures dip below zero as they have in recent days, Nick Jarmusz, director of public affairs with AAA, said drivers should never hit the road with a tank that’s close to empty.
“Keep at least a half-tank of gas in your car at all times during cold weather to avoid engine freeze-up,” Jarmusz said. “That way, if you do get stranded, you have enough gas to periodically run the engine to keep the car warmed up.”
In addition, Jarmusz said it’s best to check your vehicle’s battery before a cold spell. Faulty batteries cause more car-starting problems than any other factor. He said, at zero degrees, even a good battery has about 35 percent less starting power.
If a car is to break down, state courtesy vans and police are often on the lookout for stranded drivers. If your car freezes up or breaks down, or if you get in a wreck, Jarmusz strongly recommends staying with your vehicle.
“If you start venturing away from your car, the elements are going to be a bigger danger to you than if you were to stay and wait,” he said. “If you’re on a road you can either flag down help or wait for an emergency vehicle. If you have your cell phone, you can call for help.”
Perhaps most importantly, Jarmusz said, is to take precautions before even beginning a drive. When roads are slippery, he said, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive can help a great deal to get a vehicle going – but once it’s at cruising speed, they do nothing to help you slow down or stop. Also, he said “no” to cruise control on snowy or slippery roads.
“It maintains a specific speed, and if you begin to slide, the vehicle is going to want to keep the wheels spinning at the same rate, in order to maintain the same speed,” says Jarmusz. “What it’s going to do is contribute to loss of control, and if you run into a less-traction situation, the wheels are going to keep spinning.”
If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes, he said applying constant, firm pressure is best to bring the vehicle to a controlled stop under slippery conditions.
The agency is increasing it’s supercomputing capacity nearly tenfold to provide more accurate and detailed forecasts. Continue reading
Beginning last year, meteorologists have been trying to crack the question of which are the nation’s worst, or best, winters.
Meteorologists said the recent winter-warm up is coming to an end, and most of the state should have a white Christmas. Continue reading