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This is a webcam pic. from Bittersweet Ski Area, where the snow guns are cranking out fresh snow and they hope to reopen for Friday and the weekend. They have an inch of fresh snow and another inch of snow coming tonight. Cannonsburg hopes to be open for the weekend. Ski areas in N. Lower Michigan picked up 4-10″ of snow yesterday and should be in good shape thru Sunday AM. Caberfae received a solid 4″ of new snow and they are up to 121.5″ for the season. There are some slick spots on side streets, rural roads, sidewalks, parking lots and driveways…especially as you go north. Schools from Sparta and Kent City into Newaygo County and in fact up into N. Michigan were closed today due to slippery roads from yesterday’s snow…which totaled 4-12″ from the U.S. 10 area up past the Mackinac Bridge. There’s cold air to the north. Houghton dipped to -1 this morning.
This is the last weekend for skating at Rosa Park Circle. It’ll be cold enough to skate through Saturday and maybe Sunday. It’s just $2 per adult and $1 for kids 17 and under. Skate rental is free with paid admission. 35% of the Lower 48 states has a snow cover this morning. Lake Michigan ice cover is at 8.4% (mainly Green Bay and just west of the Mac. Bridge).
Partly sunny and cool as I write this around 9:45 am. We may see an inch of snow tonight as an Arctic front moves thru…that’ll keep us cool tomorrow before temps. moderate over the weekend.
9:30 pm update: Cloudy, with a few scattered light showers, some drizzle, sprinkles plus some fog at this hour. Temperatures are above freezing. There is still a chance of a slick spot, mainly on gravel and dirt roads north and northeast of G.R. and in some parking lots, driveways and sidewalks. Temps. in most areas will remain at or slightly above freezing tonight. Very mild pattern thru Weds. of next week…return to a more wintry pattern starts around Thurs. of next week. Seasonal weight restrictions on Kent Co. Roads starts Thurs. Check our school closing list. , we’re just starting to get a couple of closings for tomorrow. The list tomorrow will be much shorter than the list today. I mentioned on the air that looked at the school closing list this morning and thought that the superintendents all made the right call. Those districts where slick spots were reported were closed, those with wet roads were open.
There was some lightning, generally south of I-96 last night for the second time in two weeks. Here’s local and national lightning data. Watch a snowplow slide down the road in this video by Charles Russell. The ice is slow to melt off these dirt or gravel roads.
RAINFALL: 1.17″ Muskegon, 0.98″ Holland, 0.97″ Grand Rapids, 0.91″ Battle Creek, 0.86″ Kalamazoo, 0.47″ Lansing. SNOWCOVER: (Tues. AM): 2″ Big Rapids, 3″ Scottville, 4″ Lake City, 6″ Alpena, 7″ Petoskey, 8″ Manistique, 9″ Traverse City and Grayling, 10″ Houghton Lake and St. Ignace, 11″ Charlevoix, 13″ Beulah, 14″ E. Jordan, Ironwood, Marquette, 16″ Mancelona, 17″ Gaylord, 19″ S. Ste. Marie, 23″ Munising, 28″ Hancock, 31″ Grand Marais, 33″ Painesdale (and 169.5″ of snow for the season) SEASON SNOWFALL: 50.2″ Kalamazoo, 45.6″ Grand Rapids, 33.2″ Muskegon, 19.8″ Lansing.
The Storm Prediction Center brought the chance of a (non-severe) thunderstorm up into Lower Michigan and that was a good call. There were 3 small tornadoes and 4 reports of wind damage from the same t-storm west of Houston TX Monday PM.
And this mesoscale-discussion was issued Mon. PM on the chance of a little freezing rain northeast of G.R.
We also have a Flood Warning for the Grand River in Robinson Twp./Ottawa Co. where the Grand River has been running near to slightly above flood stage…and a handful of Flood Advisories where the river is high, but expected to stay below flood stage.
Drive carefully (watch your vehicle thermometer if you think it’s accurate) if you get into some precipitation. Check out the useful links below. Check out the “ice feathers“. REALLY cool video of gravity waves!
Also: More heavy sea-effect snow in Italy. Snow has come down all the way to the Mediterranean Sea! 1/4 of the regional population of the without electricity in The French Riviera had their first hard freeze since 2012 this morning (not so Nice). As I write this (2 am Alaska time) it’s -44 at McGrath AK and -45 at both Kaltag and at Shungnak, where the wind chill is -69! Big Wildfire in S. Africa. Heavy snow in the Pyrennes between Spain and France. Temps. this AM around 10C below average in Central and Soutnern Europe! “There is no statistical difference between the rate of warming over 27 years from 1917-1944 and 25 years 1975-2000.” (data unadjusted from the Historic Climate Record). Some below freezing temps. in Algeria this AM. Look at the heavy snow in Algeria! Heavy snow in Croatia. A harsh cold spell will settle over Germany this week. Snow buries Corsica. From the NWS: “High so far in Seattle 45° with a low of 30°. This makes the average temp. thru the 1st 16 days of January 32.8°. Coldest since 1950!” So far Jackson has had 10 days in January where the temperature reached 70. The record is 18. “This may come as a surprise, but 90% of cow methane comes from their front ends.” Italy buried! More rain for California! Both Shasta Lake and Lake Oroville, the two biggest reservoirs in CA are at 126% of average capacity for Jan. 17. Huge snow totals from WY. Security camera video of the Cypress TX tornado. Freezing rain causing havoc in WI. Tornado damage in Clifton TX. Earthquake in Cuba. HUGE snowfall.
Links: Here’s Grand Rapids radar and Northern Michigan radar, Milwaukee radar, Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar, Regional radar, the Updated GRR NWS Short Term Discussion. Here’s College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, the West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map, the National warning/watch/advisory map, and a surface weather map. Here’s the 84-Hour snow forecast from the NAM model and the 120-hour snow forecast from the GFS model. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s recent storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph. Here’s Michigan ski conditions. Cool U.S. satellite loop. Texas tornado crosses road right in front of driver! 60 windows blew out in this building! Tornado crossing interstate! Ice storm video from OK.
A sharp cold front passes Friday night with showers – everything will be wet during the day Saturday. The overnight GFS has the chance of measurable precipitation in G.R. Saturday at 98% Temperatures will be down to the low 40s during the early morning and fall into the 30s. The wind goes up to 23 knots (26 mph) during the afternoon. That’s sure to affect the kicking and passing games. The wind should be west. It’ll certainly be cold enough aloft for rain to become mixed with and even change over to snow. While temps. will be a little above freezing, a heavier snow shower could cause snow to stick and may even produce a few icy spots. Temperatures will likely get a little below freezing Saturday night into early Sunday and that’s the most likely time for any snow accumulation and icy spots. Wtih the cold air pouring across the relatively warm lake – rain and snow showers will continue Sunday and poissibly thru Sunday night into Monday AM. The most likely area for snow accumulations will be the higher elevations from N. Newaygo Co. up to Cadillac, over to Lake City and Kalkaska and up the I-75 corridor. We’ll also have to watch the SW corner of the state (Berrien, Van Buren and Cass Counties).
First, congratulations to CMU, who beat a good Ohio team Tues. night on national TV. Saturday, Ohio State comes to E. Lansing at noon on ESPN. A lot of people are pulling for the Spartans. My Badgers are at Purdue and that is the first of three Saturday games on WOTV4. That’s also a noon start. On paper, Western should easily win their home game against Buffalo. Most football stadiums run north to south. Waldo Stadium is more SW to NE, so moving NE will have a wind advantage. Hope the folks from ESPN bring their winter gear. The second game on WOTV4 at 3:30 pm is either Texas at Kansas or Florida St. at Syracuse. Indiana is at #3 Michigan on ESPN at 3:30 pm. Indiana is 5-5. The evening game on WOTV4 is Oklahoma and West Virginia. The high school playoff games are Saturday at 1 pm – it’ll be windy and cold with occasional rain or snow showers. By my count 9 area teams are playing.
The Thursday night NFL game on NBC/WOOD-TV is New Orleans at Carolina. The Lions host Jacksonville at 1 pm on Sun. That game is on CBS – not the usual FOX. The Sunday evening game on NBC/WOOD TV8 is Green Bay and Washington (with Kirk Cousins).
In 1908, the Chicago Cubs played on the West Side of Chicago at West Side Park. It was located south of the present Eisenhower Expressway, due west of the Shedd Aquarium and a couple miles west of Lake Michgian. The University of Illinois Medical Center is presently on that site.
The park had a seating capacity of roughly 16,000. You can see that there were rooftop bleachers even back then in Chicago. An interesting statistic is that all season, the Cubs had only 19 home runs. Why? Well, for one the distance to the wall in center field was 560 feet! Another record that stands today is that on Sept. 26th, pitcher Ed Reulbach threw two shutouts in one day! He pitched two complete games, winning 5-0 and 3-0. The Cubs finished the season 99-55, but only finished one game ahead of the Pittsburg Pirates and the New York Giants, who had records of 98-56. The St. Louis Cardinals were at the bottom of the 8-team league with a record of 49-105.
The Cubs had 4 hall-of-famers on the team: Frank Chance at 1st base (also the manager), Johnny Evers at 2nd base and Joe Tinker (who had 6 of the teams 19 home runs that season). They were known for the Tinkers to Evers to Chance double plays. The 4th all-star on the team was pitcher Mordecai Brown, who finished the season with a record of 29-9 and had the 2nd best E.R.A. in the league that year. The Cubs beat the Detroit Tigers in the World Series 4 games to 1. The attendance for game 5 of that World Series was only 6,210.
Over the years, the Cubs had many great players, including Ernie Banks, who passed away last year. Here’s Ernie hitting home runs 498-500. There was the Ryne Sandberg game in 1984, Ryne went 5 for 6 (he got an RBI on the one out he made) with 2 home runs and 7 RBIs in an extra-inning game that the Cubs won 12-11.
It was windy and (relatively) quite warm at Wrigley Field for game 3 of the World Series. At 10 pm (Fri.) it was 63 deg. in Chicago with a SSW wind at 17 mph gusting to 29 mph. That wind was blowing from home plate out to left center field. However, the pitchers did a great job of keeping the ball down. We’ve had a lot of strikeouts and ground balls. Cleveland won, defeating the Cubs 1-0. Bill Murray led “Take Me Out To the Ballgame” at the 7th inning stretch.
Saturday will be a warm day for late October in Chicago with highs reaching the low-mid 70s. It’s another evening game with an 8:08 pm start. While the day will be unseasonably warm, a cool front will arrive around gametime, shifting the winds from SW to NE off Lake Michigan. When that happens, the temp. may drop 8 deg. in an hour…but still, they should be near 60 during the game. The chance of rain during the Sat. night game is about 30%, with the chance going up to 70% after 11 pm, so they should keep the game moving along. Sunday evening’s game looks dry with temps. in the low 50s and a northeast wind off Lake Michigan. So…a very favorable strong wind for hitters Friday evening (without much hitting) with the wind blowing from home plate to left center field and a more unfavorable wind for hitters from the northeast wind during most of the game Saturday evening and for Sunday evening.
Also: Reeds Lake water temp. 56. Small Craft Advisories for Lake Michigan from noon Friday to noon Saturday. Brilliant northern lights in Russia. Check out the waves in Montevideo, Uruguay! Tropical Cyclone Kyant to bring heavy rain to the coast of India. Powerful storm in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. 6” of snow reported in Rowe, MA, on Thursday. Brilliant lightning near the Red Sea. Hail on the shore of the Red Sea. Fogfall. Duststorm in Egypt. Awesome flash in Indonesia.
Model Update: The Sat. overnight run of the NAM model really reduced the chance of rain Sat. night/Sunday AM to just 24%. It gives G.R. high temps. of 65, 57, 56 for the next 3 days.
The last time the Cubs were in the World Series – this was the #1 Billboard song in the U.S. Also, women were not allowed to vote in France – that first started later in Oct. 1945. The first ball point pen had not been sold yet (that also came later in 1945). Army was the #1 college football team. Arthur Chevrolet was still alive. In 1945, a poll asked Americans, “Do you know what television is?” Most didn’t. The 1945 World Series was not broadcast on television. The Cubs radio announcers were Bert Wilson and Jack Brickhouse (who lived about a mile and a half from me (and Bill Murray) when I was growing up in Wilmette IL. Ronald Reagan was the Cubs baseball announcer from 1933-36.
Here’s a history of the Cubs curse…from a black cat on the field to “Billy” the goat to Leon Dunham’s grounder to Steve Bartman’s foul ball.
Also – Wouldn’t have bet there wouldn’t be a single touchdown scored in the Sun. night Seattle/Arizona NFL game. Lions win and both Stafford and Cousins had good stats. The Lions have 3 wins in a row…next 2 games on the road at Houston and then at the Vikings. Michigan up to #2 with the OSU loss at Penn St. W. Michigan up to 8-0. Next Sat. the MI – MSU game is on ESPN at Noon. Western has a bye week.
Wow! Did you see what my alma mater did to Michigan State? Surprised me! Wisconsin had to come from behind in the 4th quarter to beat an 0-2 Georgia St. team at home last week. They got a couple of timely turnovers and made a couple of big 4th down plays. Now Wisconsin has to go play at Ann Arbor next week and they get Ohio State (at home) the week after. Then it’s Iowa – a team Wisconsin often has trouble with. Even if by some chance they won the division, they’d have to win the Big Ten Championship game and then on to (maybe) Alabama…so long, long way to go…but two winds against top ten teams…pretty good.
Weatherwise…the dry air ate away any low clouds and the high clouds have had trouble coming east, so we’ve had a mostly sunny afternoon. Dry tomorrow, mid 70s. Rain Sunday night (83% chance on the new GFS model), then breezy to windy and cool on Monday with a chance of a (light) shower and mid 60s most of the day.
I’m off to a banquet in Holland tonight…church and get together with friends Sunday…back to work at the Art Prize studio on Monday. I occasionally have a few minutes to step out between shows and talk to the crowd and I’m scheduled to do meet and greet next Sat. from 2 pm to 6 pm.
4:30 pm – Multiple 50-60 mph wind gusts measured 4 miles SE of Lowell. Limbs down, power out. Gust to 44 mph at the Ford Airport and 48 mph at Houghton Lake. Here’s a list of some peak wind gusts. 20,137 Consumers Energy customers without power, inc. 2,550 in Roscommon Co. and 1,599 in Kent Co. Showers (no lightning) pushing through E. Michigan. There’s about a 10-degree temp. and dewpoint drop with the front. At 4 pm the front is east of Lansing. The temp. at 2 pm in G.R. was 71 (down from a high of 75 around noon), 65 at Muskegon (down 11 from the high of 76), 62 at Ludington (also down 11 from the morning high temp.). Lots of occasionally dark low clouds…can look scary…but no tornadoes here.
Rainfall last night: 0.60″ Battle Creek, 0.89″ Niles, 1.06″ Niles, 1.18″ Quincy, 1.82″ Constantine, 1.04″ S. Bend (though the south and east sides of S. Bend got over 2″), 2.15″ Fort Wayne, 3.21″ Mishawaka, 6″ near Plymouth IN. Water temps. this AM: 77 Reeds Lake, 62 Muskegon S.P., 73 Holland S. P.
I used to do sports threads…more fun when we had comments…anyway – Michigan St. (for some reason) is idle today. You’ll find a lot of mismatches in the first few (non-conference) weeks of the season. The top-tier schools want an easy win to boost their bowl chances and the lower-tier schools are looking to split a big gate at a big school (these games are usually played at the field of the top-tier school). I read that one small school said that after playing two top 20 teams in their first two games, they got enough money to pay for the football program for the entire year.
Anyway. Michigan hosts UCF (Univ. of Central Florida). After the Wolverine tsunami that crushed Hawaii by 60 points, Michigan is a five touchdown favorite. That game is at noon on WOTV4 and there is a chance of a shower or t-shower. Central Michigan is at #22 Oklahoma St. and CMU is a 20-point underdog. 3rd quarter and CMU only down 3 to OK. State, 27-24! My Wisconsin Badgers host mighty Akron, which had it’s first winning season in a decade last year. Akron had a SEASON TOTAL ATTENDANCE of 32,280 last year. That was an average of 5,380 per game in a +30,000 seat stadium. We’ve had higher attendance at some high school games here in W. Michigan. Wisconsin should fill the 80,321 seats at Camp Randall Stadium. N. Carolina Central comes to Western Michigan (daughter #1’s alma mater) for a 7 PM game. Also playing at 7 PM, GVSU hosts Lake Erie…it’s the Lakers against a lake. The Lakers trampled Tiffin last week 45-7 and their favored this week. Notre Dame welcomes Nevada to a soggy field. S. Bend had over an inch of rain last night, plus what they might get today. The Irish are 28-point favorites. That’s a 3:30 pm game on WOOD/NBC. Over on WOTV4 the 2nd game is Tulsa at OSU – should be another blow-out. Ferris St. had a 41-point victory last week. They’re up at Michigan Tech today for a 1 pm game. I drove up to see a Ferris game a few years ago…lots of fun, you can park close-by, concessions were reasonable. It’s $12 a ticket – great entertainment. GVSU often fills the house. Western is playing exciting football under P.J. Fleck – I hope they all get some good attendence numbers this year. The Lions travel to Indianapolis. That’s a winnable game. Instead of the usual 1 pm – this is a 4:25 pm game on FOX.
Here’s a meso-discussion – this is where the severe weather potential will be for the next 6 hours. Here’s the Severe Weather Outlook for today (Sat.) from SPC -We’re in the (light green) General Thunderstorm Outlook with the (dark green) Marginal Risk in SE Michigan and the (yellow) Slight Risk for much of Ohio into NW PA and W New York. Here’s the Severe T-Storm Watch for OH and KY. Also: leaves changing color near Gunnison CO. Typhoon Meranti is going to cause significant damage and flooding on Taiwan. Check out these pics. of the Homer IL tornado. WOW – 150,000 for a college game?!!
Radar is up here…we’ll have a few showers around. Don’t forget the Beach Hazards Statement – brisk winds will kick up some 6-footers on Lake Michigan. Don’t jump off or swim near the piers/breakwaters. Sunday will be the better day to be outdoors, with mostly sunny skies and lighter winds. Model data: The NAM and GFS are remarkably similar. Both give G.R. a 68% chance of measurable rain today (Sat.). The high temps. for the next 3 days on the NAM (for G.R.) are 75, 74, 78 and the GFS has 75, 73, 77. After today…we’ll have a chance of a shower Tues. PM into Weds. AM, then maybe a shower next Saturday…but not a lot of rain next week. Links below…happy weekend!
Links: Here’s Grand Rapids radar and Northern Michigan radar, Milwaukee looping radar. Regional radar and the Updated GRR NWS Short Term Discussion. More links: Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar and Milwaukee radar.Here’s College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, the West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Ligh tning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map, a surface weather map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the links to webcams. Here’s theinfrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s recent storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph.
This is Louisville radar. A severe warned storm is just southeast of Louisville. There was a downpour at the (Kentucky) Derby with an estimated wind gust of 45 mph. It’ll be dry now for the race, which is coming up in a matter of minutes on WOOD TV 8. Severe reports in the Louisville area: Wind damage at Saint Matthews KY, 3/4″ hail at Jeffersontown KY, 1/4″ hail at Lyndon KY. Over 100,000 people are in attendance at the Derby. At 6 pm, the official temp. in Louisville is 74 with a wind northeast at 7 mph. The Kentucky Derby set a record attendance with 170,513 last year (2015). You can see this would present a significant problem if there were a tornado event (a good portion of the stands has a roof overhead that would provide some protection in the event of rain or hail.
Nyquist wins! Exaggerator 2nd, Gun Runner 3rd. Official attendance 167,227.
They couldn’t have ordered a better day for the Super Bowl. It should be mostly sunny with temperatures around the low 70s at kickoff. They get days in June that aren’t this nice.
This is a picture of the upper level winds (500 mb – about 18,000 feet above the surface). This map is valid for 4 pm Sunday during the game. It shows a BIG ridge over the West Coast. Upper level ridges like this often bring warmer than average temperatures and fair weather. Troughs tend to be cool, cloudier with a better chance of precipitation. The trough is digging into the Great Lakes and that will usher in cooler air and precipitation, which will be snow after a mixed start Sunday PM.
The East Coast storm dropped 4.6″ of snow on New York City and Boston. Some heavier amounts: 13″ Woodbridge CT, 12.5″ Worchester MA, 12″ Terryville NY, 11.5″ Bar Harbor ME. At one point 85,000 customers in the NE were without power. The snow got into SE NH, disrupting some election campaigning. 10.5″ fell at Dover NH. 140 flights were cancelled. A couple of trees were downed and 140 flights were cancelled. The wind was only gusting to 20-25 mph at the surface when that crane toppled in NYC. Cranes certainly should be able to tolerate that. Strong winds hit the Pacific NW with gusts to 62 at Tillamook OR and 60 at Cape Disappointment WA. Forks WA received 1.58″ of rain and Paradise in Mt. Rainier Nat. Park picked up another 5″ of snow, bringing their snow depth to 141″ – that’s 3″ shy of 12 FEET!).
Overnight model data: High temps. for Sat./Sun./Mon off the NAM for G.R: 35, 41, 36 and from the GFS: 36, 42, 37. Beginning Weds. the GFS has highs for G.R. of 23, 23, 27, 22…so a pretty cool end of the week. With cold air coming across Lake Michigan, we’ll see persistent lake-effect snow showers with some decent (6-12″) accumulations possible in the heavier bands by the end of the week. Currently we have 1″ of snow on the ground in G.R., Lansing, Kalamazoo, Fremont, Saranac, Hastings and Grand Ledge, 2″ at Muskegon and Big Rapids, 3″ in Hart, 6″ in the woods at White Cloud, 7″ at Scottville, 11″ at Houghton Lake, Lake City, Traverse City and Cheboygan, 13″ at S. Ste. Marie, 14″ Harbor Springs and Benzonia, 17″ in the woods at Kalkaska, 18″ Gaylord, 19″ E. Jordan, 20″ Munishing, 22″ Marquette, 27″ Ironwood, 30″ SE of Houghton and 42″ on the ground at Painesdale.
We move to Daylight Saving Time on March 13. We’ve gained 53 minutes of daylight in the evening since Dec. 9 and 20 minutes in the AM since the first week of Jan.
Thanks to everyone who sent National Weatherperson’s Day greetings to us at Storm Team 8. Friday AM, I was the emcee of MathCounts at GVSU in downtown G.R. Wow! Are there a lot of smart kids in W. Michigan. The 3 top winning schools were Forest Hills Central, Forest Hills Northern and Forest Hills Eastern. It was a clean sweep! The top individual won a $1,000 scholarship from GVSU. I was told that this was the 28th consecutive year I’ve been the emcee of our local MathCounts competition.
5:30 pm Saturday: High temperatures today: 35 G.R. and Holland, 36 Muskegon and Battle Creek, 37 in Kalamazoo. The GFS has the temp. in G.R. basically in the teens from Weds. PM thru mid afternoon on the 14th. The lows get down around 5-10 and highs 15-20. The Euro. has temps. in the low 20s Weds. PM…then teens for highs beyond that thru the 14th…in fact, we’re only at about 10 above the afternoon of the 13th, next Sat. The models still forecast a general 3-5″ of snow for everyone with up to 12″ in the most favorable lake snowbands starting Monday thru the end of the week. The fluffy snow will drift some, so we’ll have to get used to some slick spots on areas roads this week.
It’s a long way off, so things could change, but the GFS model (see image above – overnight model run) prints out a nasty day weatherwise for the Chiefs/Patroits game Saturday (4:35 pm on CBS). The model has rain…temps. in the upper 30s to near 40 and a very strong north wind that peaks at 30 mph. A strong low with a tight pressure gradient (hence the strong wind) will be passing just offshore. If (and that’s a BIG “if”) this were to happen, you can guess how that would affect passing (how could you throw down the field?) and the kicking game. Here in Michigan, we’ve got a northwest wind…colder air settling in and temps. probably upper 20s with flurries. The other playoff games look OK weatherwise. Green Bay at Azizona should be partly cloudy with temps. in the 50s. That game is Saturday at 8:15 pm on NBC (WOOD TV8). On Sunday, the first game (1:05 pm on FOX) is Seattle at Carolina, where it should be partly sunny to mostly cloudy and low 40s. The second game (4:40 pm on CBS) is Pittsburgh at Denver. I think it’s dry in the city, though there will be snow not too far away in mountains and around 40 degrees. That’s five days out, so things could change, but I’m sure they’ll be watching that forecast for Foxborough.
My Wisconsin Badgers were 10-3 this past season – including a bowl win against USC. They lost by 2 touchdowns to Alabama and had very close games that they could have won against Iowa and Northwestern. Wisconsin managed to get into the top 25. It was a good year. Check out their schedule for next year. They start with LSU…a few weeks later they have Michigan St. on the road, then Michigan on the road, then Ohio State at home then Nebraska and then Iowa on the road, then Northwestern on the road. Looks like they’ll be lucky to go 6-6. From 1920-1979, Wisconsin won only 3 times in 42 games against Ohio State.
Lots of good weather info. in the thread below this one…read on if you have time…
Need help paying those Holiday bills? Bill says, let the Bills help with those bills. Up to 12″ of lake-effect snow has piled up in the Buffalo NY area (and it’s still snowing). The Bills need to shovel out the stands before the Bills/Jets game at 1 pm on Sunday. So, their offering $10 an hour to anyone who will show up tomorrow to help shovel out the stands. They’ll also provide lunch and dinner (they didn’t say anything about beer or wings). Bring your own shovel. (pic. from WIVB is from a similar event last year).
Also, the Detroit Lions end this disappointing season facing an equally disappointing Chicago Bear team at Soldier Field (at 1 pm on FOX).
The last Sunday night football game is at Green Bay (where they also paid people this week to shovel out the stands after nearly a foot of snow fell there on Tuesday). The Vikings take on the Packers and you can see that game on WOOD TV8 Sunday. The game starts around 8:30 pm EST, but the pre-game begins at 7 pm. (pic. of snow shovelers at Lambeau Field from WBAY). The NFL playoff games are Jan. 9-10, 16-17 and the 24th with the 50th Super Bowl on 2/7 at Santa Clara CA.
There are four more college bowl games tomorrow (Sat.). All four are on ESPN. Starting at noon, Penn St. takes on Georgia in the Taxslayer Bowl. That’s the last Big Ten team to play (the Big Ten (now 14 teams) had 10 teams on bowl games and is now 5-4 in those games. At 3:20 it’s Arkansas and Kansas St. in the Autozone Liberty Bowl. At 6:45, probably the best game of the day has Oregon (9-3) against TCU (10-2). And last and probably least..(drum roll)…the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl starts at 10:15 EST with West Virginia (7-5) against Arizona St. (6-6). The NCAAF championship – Alabama vs. Clemson is Monday Jan. 11 at 8:30 pm on ESPN.
What a week this has been for watching football…first check out the end of Monday Night Football, with Baltimore running back a blocked fielded-goal to end the game…then Aaron Rodgers throwing a 60+ yard Hail Mary pass with no time left to beat the Lions…now a last minute touchdown from Michigan State. The playoff games will be Thursday 12/31 – New Year’s Eve – at the Cotton Bowl in Arlington TX and at the Orange Bowl at Miami. One game will be at 4 pm and the other at 8 pm. A lot of people are off on New Year’s Eve and I bet others get out early. The Championship game is Monday 1/11 at Glendale AZ. It’s #1 vs #4 and #2 vs. #3…so it matters if Michigan St. comes into the playoffs at #3 or #4. So, they’ll play either Clemson or Alabama. All 3 playoff games are on ESPN. Here’s the Bowl Schedule. Western Michigan plays Middle Tennessee State in the Nassau Bowl in the Bahamas. There won’t be a big crowd – but the game will be national on ESPN. That game has a noon start. The Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau is mainly a soccer stadium and has an official capacity of 15,000. Iowa should wind up at the Rose Bowl on 1/1 – 5 pm in Pasadena. Most of the 41 bowl games are on ESPN. There are 3 bowl games on WOTV4 – that’s the Royal Purple Bowl on 12/19 – the Pinstripe Bowl on 12/26 and the Citrus Bowl on 1/1. The Pinstripe and Citrus Bowls will feature Big Ten teams. Here’s a game wrap-up of the Michigan St./Iowa game. Michigan’s last drive lasted over 9 minutes, with a season college record 22 plays, including 5 of 6 third down conversions and the one they didn’t get on 3rd down, they got on 4th down. Here’s the box score of the game and team stats.
Congratulations to GVSU on their convincing 31-7 win over Colorado St. at Pueblo. The Lakes will play Shepherd University (from Shepherdstown, West Virginia) next Saturday. That game is a noon start at Shepherdstown WV. If they win that game, they’re in the Championship Game on Dec. 19 at Sporting Park in Kansas City.
Also – there is one college football game next Saturday. That is the regular season-ending Army-Navy game at 3 pm. Bench-clearing brawl at the Texas/Baylor game on Saturday. Texas was ahead of #12 Baylor 17-0 at the time of the “brawl”. Texas went on to win the game 23-17.
Let’s highlight WMU this morning – they crushed Ball St. yesterday evening 54-7, rolling up 711 yards of offense and having possession for over 40 minutes of the game. Ball St. had only 7 first downs. WMU is now 6-3 on the season, with their 3 losses coming against Ohio St. (then #1 in the country), Michigan St. (they scored 24 points on the Spartans) and an away game with now 6-2 Georgia Southern. I applaud them for scheduling tough non-conference opponents. They’re a fun team to watch and P.J. Fleck is bound to move on higher up the food-chain of football coaches.
We have Football Frenzy Friday night – we’ll cover all the games featuring teams from our area. On TV #22 Temple is at SMU (daughter #3 went to law school there) on ESPN2. Saturday Penn St. is at Northwestern (I know where Jack Doles will be). Illinois (wife’s alma mater) is at Purdue. Both of those are noon games. #5 Notre Dame is at Pitt – that game is on WOTV4 at noon. Wisconsin (my alma mater) is at Maryland at 3:30 on BTN. I have a seminar at the NWS Saturday, then I work the evening shift…so I’ll have the Wisconsin game on in the Tracking Center, but probably with no sound, so I can work and just look up at the score. The second part of the triple-header on WOTV4 is #16 Florida St. at #1 Clemson. That game is also at 3:30 pm. Rutgers is at Michigan at 3:30 pm on BTN. It’ll be breezy, dry and cool in Ann Arbor with temps. around 50. MSU is at Nebraska at 7 pm. That game is on ESPN. The evening game on WOTV4 is Minnesota at Ohio State.
This is a bye week for the Detroit Lions (or should I say a “bye-bye” week with some top brass leaving). Green Bay is at Carolina and Kirk Cousins and Washington plays Brady and New England…both of those games are at 1 pm on FOX. Sunday Night Football is Philadelphia at Dallas on WOOD TV8 and Monday Night Football is Chicago at San Diego on ESPN.
NASCAR is on WOODTV Sunday PM from the Texas Motor Speedway. The Wings p;lay at Toronto tonight (Fri.) and then Sunday aftn. in Dallas. College b-ball has #13 MSU at Florida Atlantic Fri evening and St. Francis is at Notre Dame. Norhtner Michigan is at Michigan and Jacksonville St. at CMU.
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TV football kicks off at Noon on WOTV4 with #6 Clemson at Miami (FL). At 2 pm, the other Miami (OH) is in Kalamazoo to take on the Broncos. Other early PM game: CMU and Ball State (ESPN3). Indiana is at M.S.U. at 3:30 pm on WOTV4. Indiana started 4-0, but has a tough Big Ten schedule. They’ve lost 3 in a row and now they have MSU, Iowa and then Michigan. It’s the annual Steffen household matchup with Wisconsin (my alma mater) at Illinois (my wife’s alma mater) at 3:30 pm on the Big Ten Network. Wisconsin’s running attack has been surprisingly weak and Bill Cubit (formerly the coach at WMU) has Illinois at 4-2. Michigan has a bye week. Michigan Tech is at Ferris St. at 12:04 pm and Findlay takes on the GVSU Lakers at 7 pm in Allendale. The Lions host Minnesota at 1 pm on FOX…the Bears and Green Bay have bye weeks. The Sunday night game is Philadelphia at Carolina on WOOD/NBC. There is a 9:30 am game between Buffalo and Jacksonville at Wembley Field in London, England.
The Griffins are off to a slow start, 1-5 in their first six games. The Red Wings won 3, then lost 3. The Canadians are 8-0.