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
  • Moderate Drought expands across the area

    WEST MICHIGAN — Thanks to the lack of rain lately, the Moderate Drought that plagued parts of Barry and Calhoun counties a week ago has expanded to the north and west. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, most of Newaygo, Oceana, and Muskegon counties are now in a Moderate Drought. Much of Kent County is now in a Moderate Drought as well. These areas are highlighted in the tan color below: The areas […]

  • Perseid Meteor Shower peaks Sunday night

    WEST MICHIGAN — The annual Perseid Meteor Shower is underway as of July 17, but it will reach its peak late Sunday night into Monday morning (August 12th and 13th). Astronomers say up to 60 meteors per hour will be visible during this time. The Perseid Meteor Shower occurs every summer when the orbit of the comet Swift-Tuttle intersects Earth’s atmosphere. Debris from the tail end of this comet hits our atmosphere at around 132,000 miles per hour and burns […]

  • 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° […]