weather

man with rain gauge
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Winter is slowly coming to an end in Michigan.  But the arrival of spring means watching out for severe storms.  Last Tuesday, three confirmed tornado touchdowns were reported in southwest Michigan.

When the storms strike, the National Weather Service office in Grand Rapids relies on a network of volunteer weather spotters to keep an eye on the sky. 

Dean Baas

Warmer weather in February means that insect pests are returning sooner than usual. 

For farmers, these early insects might be a problem if certain kinds of green vegetation remain in the field when they arrive looking for winter cover crops. 

Common house fly
Richard Bartz / Wiki Commons

Michigan residents can expect insect pests earlier than normal this year. According to Michigan State University Entomologist Howard Russell, it's the result of the recent stretch of warm weather this winter.

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Temperature data for 2016 shows it is likely to have edged ahead of 2015 as the world's warmest year.

dry grass photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Last week’s arrival of summer brought us the seasonal forecast on Current State. Dr. Kirk Heinze talks with MSU climatologist Jeff Andresen.


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Michigan temperatures have been pushing 90 recently...is that a hint of things to come?  MLive’s Mark Torregrossa looks ahead to Summer 2016.

Mid-Michigan has warmed its way into mid-June. Daytime high temperatures have flirted with 90 around Lansing. 

Is it a hint of things to come for the Summer of ‘16?

Current State’s Peter Whorf checks in with MLive chief meteorologist Mark Torregrossa for a quick overview of the weeks and months ahead.

February 24 snowfall at MSU photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Last December’s weather patterns created a winter anomaly in two of the Great Lakes: rising water levels. We learn more and get the latest on midweek snowfall from MLive meteorologist Mark Torregrossa.


Michigan snow photo
Colleen / flickr creative commons

Where’s the snow? This time last year, we had snow on the ground in Michigan. What does this mean for our winter forecast? We check in with MLive’s chief meteorologist Mark Torregrossa to find out.


Portland church sign
Peter Whorf / WKAR

Last week's tornado damaged several churches. Current State talks with one pastor about the aftermath of the devastating storm.


Rising spring temperatures produce Great Lakes mirages

May 11, 2015
Courtesy Spencer Hughes Photography

Picture this: you’re walking along the shores of Lake Michigan on a warm spring day. The lake breeze is blowing and the waves are lapping at your feet when all of the sudden you see something strange out on the water. Like, say, the Chicago skyline.

Remembering Michigan’s 1965 Palm Sunday tornado outbreak

Apr 13, 2015
Flickr - Rachel McBee

Fifty years ago today, people in six midwest states including Michigan were still in shock from a massive tornado outbreak April 11th and 12th. The 1965 Palm Sunday outbreak was the third deadliest on record in the U. S., and it helped to usher in the modern system of watches and warnings to inform people about severe weather.

Scott Pohl/WKAR

We are all digging out from the first major snow storm of the winter season. Winter Storm Linus has now passed us and is hitting New England.

April Van Buren/WKAR

The city of Lansing today is bringing residents up to date on the winter storm that blasted the area yesterday. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Chad Gamble, the city of Lansing’s director of Public Service, for a look at how Lansing has responded to the storm and what lies ahead.

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Much of the Midwest is finally caught in the grip of Old Man Winter. This week brings the lowest Mid-Michigan temperatures since last year’s infamous “polar vortex”. What do the next weeks have in store?

Flickr - Rudolf Vlček

The Lansing area is expected to get a break from yesterday’s stormy weather that triggered flooding and weather warnings.

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