Spring takes northern Michigan on wild ride

BY ANTHONY RIZZO
The cool weather and dampness of the spring seems to be carrying over to early summer.
Officials say although people believe the weather has been cooler, according to yearly averages, the temperature has been on par for the most part. 
Andy Sullivan is a Meteorologist and Forecaster with the National Weather Service in Gaylord.
In terms of the rain, he said the state could use more.
“It’s actually been kind of dry here for the month of June. I know it’s been a bit cloudy and cool, but we could actually use more rain, believe it or not. The sandy soils in Northern Michigan can always use rain. It dries up pretty quickly,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan said Northern Michigan can expect warmer weather going into late June and July. 
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Snyder declares flood-related emergency in 19 counties

BY RICK PLUTA
Michigan Public Radio Network
Gov. Rick Snyder has declared a state of disaster across much of Michigan due to storm- and flood-related damage. The proclamation makes state resources available to help the weather-stricken areas.
Snyder had to wait for flood waters to recede so local officials a chance could do preliminary damage assessments. The disaster proclamation covers the cities of Grand Rapids and Ionia in west Michigan, and 19 counties in the western Upper Peninsula, northern lower Michigan and southwest Michigan. 
The damage was caused by storms and floods that lasted through most of April and into early May.  
The next step is for teams to visit the flood-stricken areas to conduct more detailed reviews, including discussions with renters, homeowners, and business owners who suffered damage. The governor has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be part of those tours. 
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LSSU delays annual snowman burn due to delayed spring

BY AMANDA HARRISON
It’s the first day of spring but the Upper Peninsula isn’t feeling the warmth. Lake Superior State University had to postpone its annual snowman burn due to the weather. 
This German tradition burns a large paper snowman as a way of welcoming the spring equinox. 
Tom Pink, with LSSU, said this is one of the first times the weather hasn’t cooperated. 
“The weather was supposed to be pretty bad today and it has been, we’ve been getting lake effect snow all day. This is one of the few times we’ve had to postpone since we started in 1971.” Pink said.
Pink said the festivity will be held this Friday. 
He said expects as many as 300 people to attend. 

Effects of a hot year

BY AMANDA HARRISON
Michigan’s water levels have seen significant ups and downs but this past year the Great Lakes water levels reached an all time low. 
Scientists are contributing that low to 2012 being the hottest year on record.   
Amanda Harrison reports on the affects the water levels and the temperatures will have on our state moving into 2013.
An abnormal year for weather has caused strain on Michigan’s ecology. 
Roger Eberhart is with Michigan’s Office of the Great Lakes. He said one of the greatest impacts of a warm year, leading in part to the drop in the water levels, will be on the shipping industry.
 
“We’ll certainly see greatly increased need for coastal infrastructure, more increased need for dredging marinas and harbors, we’re certainly seeing an effect on commercial navigation for lower lake levels, causing the shipping lanes to be shallower, so ships can’t load as much cargo.” Eberhart said.  
Eberhart said Michigan’s Great Lakes waters have been historically cyclical; meaning eventually the water levels should rebound. 
But in the meantime many Northern Michigan communities have already began the dredging process. 

DNR issues warnings about safety on the ice

BY AMANDA HARRISON
It’s the right time of year for ice sports but the weather hasn’t been as cooperative. 
Dean Molnar is the assistant chief of the DNR law enforcement division. He said there hasn’t been any ice related fatalities yet this year but is urging caution due to unstable ice conditions. 
He said in the event someone falls through the ice to remain calm and call 911. 
“You want to be very cautious that if somebody goes through the ice you don’t run right up there and try to pull them out because that ice around them is in a weakened condition and we need to get that person on the ice and pull them out and then roll away from the opening of the ice, the best way is to keep your weight distributed, down as flat as you can.” Molnar said.
If you’re on the ice alone, Molnar recommends bringing an ice pick and a personal floatation device.  

Warmer weather this week could be pointing to another unusual winter

BY AMANDA HARRISON
Warmer temperatures are expected this week but they’re apparently only for a quick tease before returning to normal. 
Andy Sullivan is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gaylord.
He said a January thaw is normal, but like normal he said the warmth won’t last long. An arctic front is expected to move in over the weekend.
But Sullivan said a cold front doesn’t mean more snow.
“We seem to be kind of stuck in dole drums as far as active weather at least with snow for Northern Michigan. We got off to a real slow start here but it doesn’t look like it’s changing anytime soon. I mean we’ll still get some periods of snow obviously but it’s been a tough go of it so far.” Sullivan said. 
Sullivan said if Michigan’s weather remains unchanged, this winter could be another record breaking, snowless year. 

Major winter storm moves into central and northern Michigan

Precipitation is now falling across central and northern Michigan, as a major blast of winter weather moves into the state. 
Some locations, especially to the far north, could see 14 inches of snow by the time all is said and done. Below, you will find the latest warnings and advisories for your area:
Upper Peninsula

Winter Storm Warning for Chippewa, Mackinac and Luce counties through 7pm Friday (1pm Friday for Luce County)
HEAVY SNOWFALL WILL DEVELOP THROUGH THE DAY AND CONTINUE THROUGH TONIGHT…WITH LIGHTER SNOWS FOR FRIDAY. SNOWFALL TOTALS WILL RANGE FROM 8 TO 14 INCHES…WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL ACCOMPANY THIS SNOW…ESPECIALLY LATE TONIGHT AND FRIDAY…WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF NORTHERLY WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 50 MPH. 
Northern Lower Peninsula

Winter Storm Warning for Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Montmorency, Otsego and Presque Isle counties until 7pm Friday.
HEAVY SNOWFALL WILL DEVELOP THROUGH THE DAY AND CONTINUE THROUGH TONIGHT…WITH LIGHTER SNOWS FOR FRIDAY. SNOWFALL TOTALS WILL RANGE FROM 8 TO 14 INCHES…WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL ACCOMPANY THIS SNOW…ESPECIALLY LATE TONIGHT AND FRIDAY…WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF NORTHERLY WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 50 MPH. PERIODIC BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE CERTAINLY POSSIBLE FOR MANY AREAS OF NORTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN.
Winter Weather Advisory for Alcona, Gladwin and Ogemaw counties until 7pm Friday
SNOW WILL DEVELOP THIS MORNING…BEFORE TRANSITIONING QUICKLY TO A RAIN AND SNOW MIXTURE…WHICH WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THIS EVENING. PRECIPITATION WILL ONCE AGAIN TRANSITION TO ALL SNOW LATER TONIGHT. THE SNOW WILL BE MODERATE AT TIMES AND CONTINUE INTO FRIDAY. SNOWFALL TOTALS WILL RANGE BETWEEN 2 TO 5 INCHES. STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 45 MPH WILL DEVELOP FRIDAY…LEADING TO PERIODS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.
Central Lower Michigan

Winter Weather Advisory for Clare, Isabella, Mecosta and Newaygo counties until 7pm Friday.
1 TO 3 INCHES OF WET SLUSHY SNOW HAD ACCUMULATED OVERNIGHT AND ANOTHER INCH OR TWO WILL FALL THIS MORNING BEFORE SNOW CHANGES TO ALL RAIN.
RAIN WILL CHANGE TO BACK SNOW TONIGHT…AND ANOTHER 1 TO LOCALLY 4 INCHES OF SNOW COULD FALL LATE TONIGHT AND FRIDAY. NORTH WINDS WILL GUST TO 45 MPH THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY.
TEMPERATURES WILL FALL BELOW FREEZING TOWARD DAYBREAK FRIDAY MORNING AND WILL REMAIN NEAR FREEZING ON FRIDAY.
Winter Weather Advisory for Clinton, Gratiot, Ionia and Montcalm counties from 1am Friday until 7pm Friday
RAIN TODAY WILL CHANGE TO SNOW OVERNIGHT TONIGHT. SNOW WILL ACCUMULATE TO 1 TO LOCALLY 3 INCHES TOTAL LATE NIGHT AND FRIDAY. WINDS WILL GUST TO 55 MPH TONIGHT AND FRIDAY.
To find the weather forecast for your community, and view the latest watches and warnings, visit http://www.wcmu.org/radio-weather.html