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Frontal Location Is Everything in Meteorology

Posted at 9:27 PM, Apr 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-10 21:27:39-04

WEST MICHIGAN – We all know the phrase location, location, location is crucial in real estate. But perhaps the same can be said for weather and meteorology. If a picture speaks one thousand words, check out the attached image!

Clearly, even a non meteorologist can see where the strong stationary front is located with 80 degree temperatures just south of Michigan (on the south side of the front), and 30 and 40 degree temperatures on the north side of the front. It’s what I call the battle zone. Plenty of strong to potentially severe storms were firing all day immediately along this rather large/strong temperature gradient, while things were a bit more quiet for West Michigan. It was squarely summer to the south, while radar showed snow showers and sharply colder temperatures and winter to the north and west from Minnesota to the Dakotas.

Yes we had a dull, gray, cloudy, cool, and wet day at times, but comparatively speaking, it wasn’t nearly as active as Ohio and Indiana where the frontal boundary stalled out. Click here to see the Storm Prediction center severe weather outlook. Suffice to say, Michigan is NOT in it. We are expecting more rain showers and perhaps a few non-severe thunderstorms overnight, but areas further north may see some freezing rain and sleet mix in at times. In fact, Oceana, Newaygo, and Mecosta Counties are under a FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY for the possibility of some accumulating ice overnight and though most of Thursday.

Most of the FOX 17 viewing area is under a FLOOD WATCH due to the heavy rain we’ve had and more that’s on the way. A few counties are also under FLOOD WARNINGS due to high rivers in some areas. Get a look at radar, 7-Day forecast, temperatures, or satellite data at www.fox17online.com/weather. If April showers really do bring May flowers, I foresee a bountiful harvest in our future!