Garry has been with FOX 17 since April of 2015, coming to West Michigan from the sunniest place on the planet in Yuma, Arizona. He graduated from the University of Missouri and has been interested in the weather since he was a child in Kansas City, Missouri. He’s a scratch golfer and you’ll likely find him teeing it up after he completes his early morning shift on FOX 17 Morning News.

Recent Articles
  • Heavy rainfall begins overnight

    WEST MICHIGAN-  For the second time in the last few days, I’m writing about rainfall totals that will easily exceed an inch by the time this storm is over.  In fact, there are many spots that are looking for totals that will exceed 3 inches by the time it’s all said and done! A couple of different frontal systems will have an impact on our weather, beginning overnight tonight.  Warmer conditions prevail and as this low pressure center draws closer, […]

  • Heavy rain this weekend

    WEST MICHIGAN-  We’re headed for a wet weekend, which is something we haven’t seen in a long while.  While there are no issues with the weather today, the timing of the rain looks to be around midnight tonight and carrying through the weekend. In your videocast today, you’ll notice a couple of different frontal systems.  Warmer air first, followed by MUCH cooler air Sunday afternoon. In addition to the rollercoaster of temperatures, very heavy rainfall is expected.  Just one of […]

  • Rain deficit cut in half this morning

    WEST MICHIGAN-  Overnight rain has really put a dent in the drought that our area’s been under for weeks.  It started raining shortly before midnight, and rainfall rates between a quarter to a half an inch per hour have amounted to some impressive rainfall totals through 9 AM. While the rain is breaking up just a bit, that’s probably what we’re looking forward to the rest of the day.  Steady rain will still fall, but the scattered showers are more […]

  • More beneficial rain tonight

    WEST MICHIGAN- Even though we received a few good storms this weekend, we’re still well below normal for this year.  We could use a few more storms to deliver us a half an inch or an inch of rainfall at a time to get us closer to where we need to be for the year. That looks to be the setup for us the next 24 hours as a disturbance moves in from the southwest later on this evening.  This […]

  • Increased rain chances the next few days

    WEST MICHIGAN- While this morning’s frontal passage has been largely unimpressive when it comes to rain, there is no reason to worry, we actually have several chances coming up in the next few days. Outside of a few thunderstorms this morning near Big Rapids and surrounding areas to the north, we didn’t see much rain this morning.  As I’m writing this, it’s starting to get foggy and drizzly.  Outside of that, don’t expect too many locations to get appreciable rainfall […]

  • Much needed rain by midweek

      WEST MICHIGAN- We’ve been lacking in rainfall for quite sometime.  This is apparent by looking at most of the lawns that aren’t watered versus ones that are.   We are about 3.5 inches behind schedule since September 1st and it looks like we’re finally going to cut into that deficit. A couple of disturbances out west are poised to head our way, specifically a cold front that will arrive overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. Early morning Wednesday, we’ll see a few […]

  • West Michigan’s fall foliage is slow to peak this year

    WEST MICHIGAN-  One of my favorite parts of fall is watching the trees change color.  Last year was a phenomenal year for color. Vibrant colors like this are usually what we would have expected to see already, but a lot of green still remains in the trees. Usually, areas up north or in the U.P. have already peaked or are past peak.  It’s hard to believe, but we’re not even close to that range. There are obviously a few trees […]

  • Abnormal drought in West Michigan

    WEST MICHIGAN-  It’s been no secret that we haven’t gotten much rain the last several weeks, but just how much is that having an effect on our longer term climate? We had a brief thunderstorm this morning, and I can tell you from experience, it actually rained pretty good!  Even though it was a good pour, it only lasted about 10 minutes.  As a result, we got 1/10th of an inch, and that’s hardly enough to relieve our drought. Every […]

  • Record heat finally ends

    WEST MICHIGAN- Many of us have enjoyed the record setting heat over the last few days, but it seems that heat is finally done for the rest of the year! In fact, we set records 6 straight days at the airport in Grand Rapids!  Our highest reading during the fall heat wave was 96 degrees! A much cooler air mass has settled into the eastern half of the United States.  This will bring us back closer to where we should […]