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
  • Rain possible Sunday, storms expected Monday night

    WEST MICHIGAN — A few isolated afternoon showers and thunderstorms are possible later this afternoon and evening, but there is a better chance of showers and thunderstorms in the forecast for Monday night as a stronger cold front moves through. Right now, we have a weak cold front nearly stalled out over the area. This front could help trigger some isolated showers and thunderstorms late this afternoon into this evening. The best chance of thunderstorms later today will be away […]

  • Summer officially begins on Friday

    WEST MICHIGAN — The first day of summer is almost here. Although it may feel like spring with temperatures that have generally been below average across the area, the summer solstice occurs late Friday morning here across the FOX 17 viewing area. This is the day of the year when we get our greatest amount of daylight in the northern hemisphere, and the sun shines directly over the Tropic of Cancer (at 23.5° N latitude) which gives the strongest mid-day […]

  • Grand Rapids finally hits 80 degrees

    WEST MICHIGAN — It’s been a rather cool spring and early summer here in the Grand Rapids area. Temperatures for the month of May averaged 1.7° below normal, and are so far running 1.4° below normal for the month of June. Furthermore, it’s been a long wait to reach our first 80 degree day of the season. Normally, our first 80° reading happens sometime in late April or early May. However, that milestone is being reached today for the first […]

  • Mother’s Day Weekend looks cool & damp

    WEST MICHIGAN — After a wet week with plenty of ups and downs in temperatures, the weekend forecast is looking only slightly better. It appears that we’ll enjoy a couple of dry days, but showers could return on Mother’s Day as an upper level low slides in from the northwest. In the meantime, we’re tracking a cold front that will bring another chance of showers and thunderstorms ahead of it for Thursday afternoon. Here’s a look at where that front […]

  • Here we go again: One more round of snow coming

    Right when we thought ( and were hoping ) the snow season was over, here comes another system looking to deposit some more accumulating snow. After a couple days of fantastic weather Wednesday and Thursday under plentiful sunshine and temps well into the 60s to near 70 degrees, the weather looks to change dramatically over this coming weekend. An area of low pressure developing in the central plains states will pass across Iowa and into northern Indiana and Ohio overnight […]

  • Red Flag Warning issued for fire danger on Monday

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for most of West Michigan for critical fire danger. The warning is in effect until 8:00 p.m. Monday evening. Temperatures will rise into the 70s and possibly 80° later Monday. Strong southerly winds with gusts of up to 30 mph and low humidity levels are contributing to the danger. Here is a look at forecast wind speeds and gusts for later Monday afternoon: And these wind […]

  • Locally heavy rain possible tonight

    WEST MICHIGAN — Now that this round of winter weather in April is over, our focus will turn to the likelihood of showers and thunderstorms rolling through parts of the area tonight. We are still watching the center of this storm system churning through the central Plains as of this writing, with a combination of rain, snow, and thunderstorms associated with it: The stationary front stretching from northern Missouri through the Ohio River valley will change to a warm front […]

  • Afternoon mixed showers Sunday and Monday

    WEST MICHIGAN — Overall, the weather pattern looks pretty quiet today and for the week ahead. We do have a minor area of low pressure passing to our south today, producing some rain and snow showers in neighboring states to our south. This system is expected to stay to our south today, as we will see partial sunshine. Here’s a look at the surface map showing the position of that low as of this writing: So although we won’t see […]

  • Severe thunderstorms looking more likely for Thursday

    WEST MICHIGAN — It’s not often that we get severe thunderstorms in the middle of March over the FOX 17 viewing area, but it’s a possibility we’ll have to watch for Thursday afternoon. We talked about the possibility of severe weather coming our way yesterday (see this previous article written by Chief Meteorologist Kevin Craig), but now the threat is looking higher. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has now upgraded most of the area into a Slight Risk for severe […]

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