More stories by Bill Steffen

It’s the Autumn Equinox

Today is the Autumn Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. The official time that fall arrives is 4:02 pm. At that moment, the sun would be dir…

Cooler Pattern Late Next Week

This is the 8-14 Day Temperature Outlook for Sept. 25 – Oct. 5 from the Weather Prediction Center.  Michigan is “in the blue” and that means…

Grand Rapids Hotter than Death Valley!

Grand Rapids had a high temperature of 95 degrees on Thursday.  That was higher than ANY high temperature in the state of Florida…it was 13 …

Who Had Rain Thurs. PM

Friday will likely be the 15th day in a row without a drop of rain in Grand Rapids (there is a slight – 20% – chance of an afternoon shower …

Record to Near Record Heat

These are the Severe Weather Outlook maps for today, tomorrow and the next day. Parts of Lower Michigan remain in the General (not severe) T…

Earthquake in Mexico

A powerful magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck at 2:15 pm Tuesday PM 76 miles southeast of Mexico City near the town of Raboso, about 75 miles s…

Maria Fri. AM Update

1:15 am Fri..  –   Maria is now moving to the northwest, away from the Dominican Republic.  Peak winds are 125 mph and Maria is now a Catego…

Rain Along and South of I-94

The map above is storm total rainfall from late last night and this morning.  Once again the significant rain was along and south of I-94.  …

Devastation on Dominica

The pic. above is a satellite view showing the eye of Hurricane Maria passing directly over the island of Dominica Monday night.  Read the f…

Sunday was Warmer than Any Day in August!

These are high temperatures from Sunday afternoon.  Both the 89 in G.R. and the 91 in Kalamazoo were warmer than any high temperature in the…

Showers and Storms

These are the Severe Weather Outlook maps for Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.  There’s an (orange) Enhanced Outlook for Tues. PM in the Dakotas. Par…

Great Lakes Water Levels Finally Dropping

This is a pic. from the S. Haven buoy camera around 7 pm.  Waves at the time were running 6″ and the water temp. was 67.  Other buoy water t…

Warm Week Ahead

This is a pic. I took Friday evening of the sunset at Gun Lake.  This was my first time at Gun Lake with the kayak this year.  I like Gun La…

“Every Leaf Was Ripped from Tree!”

“There is no power and won’t be for months”…”It was like stepping off the plane unto another planet”…”Dozens of ­prisoners remain on the loo…