Category Archives: Weather

Dam fails in Roscommon County; flash flood warning issued

A dam failure in extreme southwestern Roscommon County has prompted a flash flood warning and road closures throughout the area.
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Newaygo County residents urged to prepare for evacuation

Photo courtesy of Croton Township.

Photo courtesy of Croton Township.


Residents living along the Muskegon River downstream of the Croton Dam in Newaygo County are being urged to prepare to evacuate.
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Michigan marks Severe Weather Awareness Week

TornadoThis week marks severe weather awareness week in Michigan, and the state and the National Weather Service are urging residents to make preparations now, before severe weather strikes.
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Experts discuss impacts of climate change on Michigan tourism

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You don’t have to look far to find people who are tired of the snow and cold and it’s not uncommon to hear jokes from folks would welcome global warming.
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Propane supply dramatically increases

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A bit of good news for propane users in Michigan. Supplies are on the rise, although winter temperatures are not.
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Friday morning temps set new records

Thermometer Michigander’s awoke to new record low temperatures Friday morning.
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New index aims to measure the ‘misery’ of each winter season

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This winter is shaping up to be one of the worst on record, according to a new tool has been created by weather experts to measure the “misery” of each winter season.
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Heating help available for Michiganders

The subzero wind chills have been brutal enough, but many Michiganders are in for even more ugly numbers when they open up their January heating bills.

That’s why officials want to spread the word that help is available.
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Cold day frenzy generating business for local vehicle repair shops

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The near-zero degree weather means many people are staying inside today, but some businesses are seeing dollar signs.
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Be prepared to protect your landscape this winter

Snowy TreesAutumn leaves are off the trees in many areas leaving behind trees that are vulnerable to the upcoming winter . Arborists say now is the perfect time for property owners to consider tree protection.

Winter is known for being a season of severe weather. Trees can be damaged by windstorms, lightning, ice and snow. Arborists say homeowners should know in advance how their trees will handle winter weather.

Ben Veling, master arborist with Timberwolf Tree Care, said a few tree species such as Chinese elm, silver maple and some poplars, have brittle wood that is easily broken and can cause serious damage.
“The best thing people can do is to be active with their trees, is to have an interaction. Have a baseline, understand what the potential risks might be, some species are more prone to failure than others, and some have characteristic growth that is more likely to fail in storms or ice buildup than other trees. So having a good discussion with your arborist would be a great way to start, another thing to do is keep up on the maintenance.”

According to Veling, it’s essential to pay attention to a tree’s weakness because the stability and integrity will decrease over time as it ages.

In the interest of full disclosure, Timberwolf Tree Care is an underwriter of CMU Public Radio. To find an arborist near you click here

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