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Recent articles by Meteorologist:

Lake effect snow blankets some parts of West Michigan, dusts others

Many residents woke up to a fresh coating of lake effect snow. This on the immediate heels of more than a foot of hyperlocal, lake effect snow in Berrien county → Read More

Lake effect snow blankets West Michigan this weekend

While it's been a silly warm fall season, all of that is about to come crashing down with a heaping dose of reality.Reality is served as a dish of lake effect → Read More

Cold snap has farmers playing defense this weekend

West Michigan is no stranger to frosty conditions in early October. In some years, the first frosts, or even a freeze, arrive in late September.It's the combin → Read More

Waves of strong to severe storms impact West Michigan this weekend

Parts of West Michigan are still cleaning up from strong to severe thunderstorms that blew through the area Thursday night, July 21st. → Read More

Freezing rain creates icy roads for parts of West Michigan

While icy roads are not anticipated in Kalamazoo, freezing rain will impact locations immediately northeast of Kalamazoo and farther north through Wednesday morning. Winter Weather Advisories last til 12 p. m. Wednesday morning for a glaze up to 1/4" of ice, a slippery Wednesday morning commute, and possible power outages. (WWMT/Meteorologist Jeff Porter) Winter Weather Advisories start at 8 p.… → Read More

Fantasy advice for your week #5 DFS and season long leagues

For the first time ever, I won our DFS contest among a small group of dedicated friends. These same friends partake in DFS PGA golf reliably when there's no football. In my season-long league, Jerry Garcia Team won. We certainly can't have all nice things, as while Penn State won, the Steelers looked like garbage. So, there's that. Week 5 is already underway as I selected Matthew Stafford in our… → Read More

Frost concerns West Michigan farmers this weekend and beyond

"If we get a frost, that next morning they will start turning black, and they will die. That's happened before. " Janice AcMoody recounted a particularly devastating frost on their tomato crop from memory. Vern AcMoody is Janice's husband, and his family has been operating AcMoody farms in Union City since 1980. "The whole family participates. It takes the whole family. It takes a village," he… → Read More

Snow is back in your forecast and more than once

West Michigan is not done with Old Man Winter quite yet. Rain could mix with wet snow both Wednesday,April 14, and Thursday, April 15, 2021. Mature buds on this tree are just about to pop until several inches of heavy wet snow thwart the process. Snow can actually be a good thing as it insulates the buds and upon melting, provides a little hydration (WWMT/Meteorologist Jeff Porter) The most… → Read More

A couple of strong storms possible through this evening

For the first time in 2021, some strong storms are possible in West Michigan. The Storm Prediction Center blankets all of West Michigan with a marginal or 5% risk of damaging wind gusts. West Michigan is under a 5% or marginal risk of damaging wind gusts. Damaging wind gusts are usually in the 50-60 mph range and capable of knocking over trees. (WWMT/Meteorologist Jeff Porter) → Read More

Hard freeze with frost blankets West Michigan Friday morning

The coldest temperatures since March 7, 2021, are coming to West Michigan overnight and into early Friday morning. Officially, the News Channel 3 Weather Alert Network is forecasting upper teens in Kalamazoo with lower and middle teens in traditionally, colder locations. What's next: Your Weather Alert Network Forecast is always right at your fingertips. Due to recent warmth and a strengthening… → Read More

Much of West Michigan is officially in a drought

A largely snow-free winter and an abnormally dry fall have finally taken their toll. The latest issuance of the U. S. Drought Monitor confirms as much with Grand Rapids to Marshall and southbound officially in the 'moderate drought' category. A moderate drought can negatively impact crops and pastures and usually means creeks, streams, and reservoirs are running at lower levels than what is… → Read More

Be prepared: Accumulating snowfall makes Sunday a Weather Alert Day

Our next snowstorm swings into West Michigan late Saturday night. The amount of snow, road impacts, and likelihood of blowing and drifting make Sunday a Weather Alert Day. The steadiest and heaviest snow is slated to fall in Kalamazoo and southward down to the Michigan-Indiana line. Your snowfall forecast features 3 inches to 6 inches in Kalamazoo and southward to the Michigan-Indiana line.… → Read More

Weather Alert Day issued for snowy, slippery evening commute

While snowfall hasn't exactly been plentiful this winter, we're about to make up for lost time in the form of a vigorous system combined with moisture from Lake Michigan. There are three zones in the snowfall forecast including less than 1 inch north of Interstate 96, 1 to 2 inches from Grand Rapids to Charlotte and Marshall, and 2 to 5 inches from Holland to Allegan to Kalamazoo and… → Read More

Gusty winds and hail possible southeast of Kalamazoo

We're in severe weather mode in Michigan on this unusually warm Friday. Hail and gusty winds are both plausible outcomes in the most aggressive thunderstorms through late afternoon. This is especially the case southeast of Kalamazoo where the Storm Prediction Center contours a 15% risk in Branch County, brushing Calhoun County, and farther east. Information from the Storm Prediction Center… → Read More

Yeah, it's early, but a rain and snow mix is possible for Sunday

For the second day in a row, snow is suggested as a viable possibility in West Michigan on Sunday. Officially, your forecast calls for a rain-snow mix with highs in the middle 40s. Hour by hour paints a chilly rain and 44 degrees in Kalamazoo at 5 p. m. Sunday with rain-snow mixes near and north of Cadillac. A second opinion on snow chances Sunday per the GFS model portrays a colder solution. → Read More

Hazy sunrises and sunsets return to West Michigan

Several smoky sunrises and sunsets are ahead of us in West Michigan. We did this dance many times last week, until our winds became northwesterly and eventually northerly. Not only did that result in a large cool down across the Great Lakes, the change in wind direction cleared out our skies. Particulate matter from wildfire smoke can be tracked by highlighting where carbon and dust reside in… → Read More

This week's weather will be a roller coaster ride, including a 40-degree temperature swing

Your week starts off with hazy sunrises and sunsets because of wildfire smoke in California. California is more than 2,000 miles away. Smoke and dust plumes from California are spreading east across the country. (WWMT/Meteorologist Jeff Porter) The opening remarks and punctuation marks of each and every day will look more red, more orange, and more pink. While the next few mornings will be on… → Read More

Are thunder and lightning possible during a snowstorm

Frequently, we respond to viewer emails with questions about the weather. Occasionally, the questions are so good we are compelled to share them with everyone. Kristin Riggs writes on Facebook: Good morning Jeff. We know you're busy but my 11 year old daughter has a question she thought you might be able to answer. She wants to know if there is thunder and lightning during a thunderstorm, why… → Read More

The risk of a drought lessens in West Michigan

The latest edition of the U. S. Drought Monitor rolls out every Thursday , and for a change, the news was rosy in the Mitten. In prior weeks, every county in West Michigan was classified as abnormally dry. That distinction meant West Michigan was one notch below an actual drought, and grass fires were more likely to happen. Other characteristics included brown lawns and landscapes, vegetation,… → Read More

Storms could bring damaging wind gusts this evening

Thunderstorms evolving out of Iowa are already displaying a bowing shape or configuration. Usually, this storm pattern suggests strong wind gusts are embedded within the storms. The complex is expected to trek eastward during the day, arriving in Illinois by mid-afternoon and into West Michigan after 5 p. m. → Read More