National Weather Service

New warning siren paid for by fire millage

September 6, 2012 // 0 Comments

Residents who voted to approve a fire millage in Courtland Township already have a tangible benefit from the monies after installation of a fifth warning siren near Braeside Golf Course on Ten Mile Road. Fire Chief Mickey Davis explained, “We now have five emergency warning sirens in Courtland Township. This is what some of our fire millage will be used for. Each [...]

Technology helps deal with emergencies after fiber optic line goes down

May 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

by CINDY M. CRANMER With the help of technology, emergency calls were offline for only a brief period of time after a fiber optic line was cut Monday, according to officials. Working with the National Weather Service, Kent County Emergency Dispatch officials were able to notify area residents of a fiber optic problem that was affecting emergency dispatch calls in some [...]

Words on Weather & Climate

September 9, 2010 // 0 Comments

Summer 2010  I’ve mentioned before that meteorologists consider the full months of June, July and August to be the summer season. I guess that means summer is over and it is now fall. It certainly felt like fall last Friday and Saturday. The older I get the longer winter seems to last and the summers go by more quickly. It seemed like a warm and humid summer this year [...]

Words on Weather and Climate — July 15, 2010

July 15, 2010 // 0 Comments

Heat Wave 2010 by CRAIG JAMES Meteorologist Craig James, new Squire columnist According to the National Weather Service, in our part of the country a heat wave is defined as a period of at least three consecutive days of temperatures at 90F or warmer. The period July 4 through July 7 had high temperatures each day of 92 degrees both in Grand Rapids and Lansing. The last [...]