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
  • Severe weather possible overnight

    WEST MICHIGAN — Even though it’s October and severe weather season is typically winding down at this time of year, we’ll have to be on the look-out for strong to severe thunderstorms very late tonight and early Thursday morning. A strong cold front to our northwest will trigger severe thunderstorms — some of which could produce tornadoes in northern and Upper Michigan —  this evening and just after midnight. These storms will likely evolve into a line of thunderstorms with […]

  • Severe weather possible Tuesday night

    WEST MICHIGAN — Just when we thought Fall arrived in full force with crisp nights and sunny, mild afternoons, summer will briefly make a return to the area tomorrow and tomorrow night. Temperatures won’t be all that far above average, but humidity will reach uncomfortable levels tomorrow with dewpoints in the middle to upper 60s. This humidity — along with an approaching cold front — will set the stage for a round of thunderstorms which could be strong to severe. […]

  • Storms ending, turning cooler this weekend

    WEST MICHIGAN — September is the first month of Meteorological Fall, but it’s felt more like the heart of summer with temperatures running a good 5 or more degrees above average for the month so far. That will change this weekend as a strong cold front moves through. However, today’s highs are expected to reach well into the 80s over most of the FOX 17 viewing area: A warm front lifting through the area will keep a chance of showers […]

  • Heavy rain, high winds pummel West Michigan

    WEST MICHIGAN — Finally most of the area saw some needed rainfall last night, but in some cases it was too much all at once. At least two rounds of strong thunderstorms left much of the FOX 17 viewing area with 1 to 3 inches of rain. Officially, 0.85″ fell at the Grand Rapids NWS office overnight into early this morning. Locally higher totals were reported, especially to the north of Grand Rapids: The runoff from these heavy rainfall totals […]

  • 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 […]