So Close To The Warm Air

Posted at 9:13 PM, Apr 09, 2013

WEST MICHIGAN — (FOX 17) — There was a huge temperature contrast across West Michigan on Tuesday, with areas to the north staying in the 40s, while some areas topped 70º.

This map shows high temperatures Tuesday. While it was 43º in Big Rapids, it was 72º in both Sturgis (not pictured) and Benton Harbor. For several days, I had expected the warm air to make it into Grand Rapids, and this is why we had 60s and even a 70º high in the forecast.

The difference was just a few miles between Grand Rapids’ high of 48 and temperatures in the 60s in parts of Allegan and Barry Counties. Highs in the 70s were as close as Berrien, Cass, and St. Joseph Counties.

It could be a similar situation Wednesday, with some areas near the Indiana line hitting 70º.

It was a lot warmer to the south in Indiana. Here are some high temperatures:

  • South Bend, 77º
  • Fort Wayne, 81º
  • Indianapolis, 82º

This temperature contrast from north to south set up some heavy rain and even some thunderstorms. That rain will continue for the next few days. For the latest forecast or a look at the radar, visit the weather page at