Ty Shesky is the Weekday Meteorologist for the Midday News and 4:00pm and 5:00pm. He is a Yooper from Marquette, Michigan.


Recent Articles
  • May 2018 among the warmest ever

    WEST MICHIGAN — After just finishing one of our coldest Aprils on record (click here for more information), May 2018 was one of our warmest fifth months on record. It started on an unseasonably warm note with a high of 83° in Grand Rapids on the 1st, and 78° in Muskegon (“normal” or average highs at the start of May are in the middle 60s). With the exception of a few cooler days in the middle of the month, the […]

  • Record high today, another one coming tomorrow

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A new record high for the date was set in Grand Rapids today. The mercury climbed to 93° just after 3:30 this afternoon, besting the old record of 92° set back in 1911. The Muskegon airport tied a record high for the date at 86°, equaling the high temperature set on this date in 2012. Tomorrow looks even hotter, as the ridge of high pressure responsible for this late spring heat wave reaches maximum strength. Future […]

  • More rain coming, severe weather possible

    WEST MICHIGAN — Most of us will get a well-deserved break from the rainfall for the rest of this afternoon and early this evening. That’s a good thing, considering 1 to 3 inches of rain have already fallen since last night over portions of Barry, Allegan, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph, and Branch counties. In fact, a Flood Watch is in effect for Barry, Allegan, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, and Calhoun counties until 8 AM tomorrow: A Flood […]

  • Improving weather for Mother’s Day

    WEST MICHIGAN — After a cool, damp start to the weekend, improving conditions are on tap for Mother’s Day. More showers and thunderstorms will move along a stalled out frontal boundary to our south tonight, but it looks like the rain will mostly be over with by tomorrow morning. Here is a look at where that front is right now, along with some of the related showers and thunderstorms: According to Future Track HD, most of the rain will fall […]

  • Parts of West Michigan could see severe storms this weekend

    WEST MICHIGAN — The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has now included southern portions of the FOX 17 viewing area in a Slight Risk for severe weather Saturday. A Marginal Risk of severe weather extends northward from the Slight Risk area, to just south of the I-96 corridor. A warm front will be nearly stalled to our south, and upper level impulses or disturbances moving along it will trigger rounds of showers and thunderstorms. Hail of over one inch in diameter […]

  • Thunderstorms moving in tonight, tomorrow night

    WEST MICHIGAN — A nearly stationary front to our northwest, combined with a series of disturbances moving along it will trigger a couple of rounds of thunderstorms over the FOX 17 viewing area through Friday morning. The first round will most likely come late tonight into early tomorrow morning as an upper level disturbance moves across Lake Michigan and into our viewing area: The above forecast model suggests these storms will fall apart as they cross Lake Michigan, but it’s […]

  • April was one of the coldest on record for West Michigan

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — As we start May on a warm note with our first 80+ degree highs since early October, one of our coldest Aprils on record now sits in the books. The average temperature in Grand Rapids for all of April 2018 — highs and lows together — was 40.1°. That’s 7.9° below the long-term average, and good enough for our fourth coldest April on record. In Muskegon, the average temperature for April 2018 was 38.3°. That’s 8.3° […]

  • High fire danger in West Michigan

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Grand Rapids has issued a Fire Weather Watch until 8:00 this evening for almost the entire viewing area. Only our counties along the Indiana state line are not included in this watch, and that’s probably just because they are under the jurisdiction of the NWS office in northern Indiana who have decided not to issue a watch headline thus far. As you can see via the below image, this […]

  • Freezing rain expected farther south Sunday

    WEST MICHIGAN — The National Weather Service office in Grand Rapids has extended some of the winter storm warnings for communities far north until early this evening. Otherwise the additional winter storms warnings and winter weather advisories end at noon Sunday. The freezing rain will increase in coverage and intensity after sunrise tomorrow morning, and the freezing line will be south of I-94 for a period of time. Total ice accumulation of a quarter to a half inch is likely […]