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Michigan Thumb News Midweek Update And Weekend Outlook For March 18th

Here is what’s important this week in Michigan Thumb Area News.

The coronavirus continues to dominate the news at a national and state level. As of Wednesday afternoon there are currently 80 active COVID-19 cases in Michigan. While currently clustered in Southeast Michigan cases are now reported in 15 countys. Today, Michigan has its first death due to the viral infection. W.D.I.V in Detroit reports that a man in his 50’s with underlying health conditions died in Wayne County this morning.

Within the past 48 hours Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed an Executive Order Temporarily Closing Bars, Theaters, Casinos, Other Public Spaces and limiting restaurants to Delivery and Carry-Out Orders. She has also ordered a temporary Prohibition on Large Assemblies and Events Over 50 People. Finally she enacted an executive Order Temporarily Lifting Weight Restrictions on Roads in order for trucks to haul supplies such as food, paper goods and other supplies in short supply by the crisis.

The United States has 7,324 reported cases and 115 deaths. All states are now reporting active coronavirus outbreaks.

Closer to home, the pandemic is affecting government services. Tuscola County announced that all Governmental Buildings, excluding the Tuscola County Court System which will be closing today. Public admittance will be limited to appointment only until further notice. In Sanilac County, the Courthouse Building will be closed to the public until Monday, April 6th. All employees will continue to report to work and can provide services through phone or email communications. Finally, at the tip of the thumb, Huron County announced their offices will be closed to the public, along with the M.S.U extension office until March 24th. County employees will continue to report and urge residents to contact their offices via phone for any business with the county.

The virus is affecting those in colleges and universities state wide. The State News in East Lansing is reporting that M.S.U. will give college students $1,120 credit to on-campus students who have checked out by 5 p.m. April 12. On March 11th the university suspended classroom teaching and moved their classes on-linee and this will encourage students to leave the campus early. There is also an-online petition circulating asking the university to consider a credit-no credit format for spring 2020 courses due to the extraordinary disruption.

We will have more after this.

With pubs, sporting events, restaurants and theaters closed, people are looking for new things to do at home. If you have access to the internet, there are many entertainment streaming services that you can try for free. The large services such as Amazon Prime, Hulu and Starz all have free trial periods that last from seven days to as long as a month. One of the most unusual streaming channels is Broadway H.D. Here you can take a virtual trip to New York’s Broadway or London’s West End from your living room. The service offers free streaming for seven days of binge watching musicals.

In local weather this weekend, on Friday, rain is likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8am, then a chance of rain and thunderstorms between 8am and 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. It will be breezy, with a west southwest wind 16 to 18 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Friday nights low around 21. Saturday looks to be sunny but chilly with a high of only 29, while Sunday continues with sun and a bit warmer, only 36. Out on Saginaw Bay a generally north wind will bring in waves between three and four feet the entire weekend.


Michigan Thumb News Midweek Update And Weekend Outlook For March 11th

This is the Midweek update, and weekend outlook. Here is what’s important this week in Michigan’s Upper Thumb.

Michigan has reported its first coronavirus cases overnight. The two reports are in Southeast Michigan, one in Oakland and the other in Wayne counties. Both patients are described as middle aged, one man, one woman. Both had recently travelled, one internationally, one domestically. Both are currently hospitalized.

With this news Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency. Both patients have yet to be tested by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. The United States has 1,015 reported cases and 31 deaths. Michigan joins 36 other states which have reported active coronavirus outbreaks.

Yesterday was primary day in Michigan. Voters handed candidate Joe Biden a big win in the state. The victory was considered critical in getting enough delegates to clinch the Democratic nomination. Michigan’s 125 electoral votes puts the former V.P. with 823 delegates to Bernie Sanders 663.

In lighter news, M Live’s search for Michigan’s best burger continues. Over the next few days their judges will be travelling between Flint, Bay City and the Thumb region on their burger quest. Heck’s Bar in Pinniebog is one of the finalists. Hecks took the top spot in Huron County from over 20 entries in the Thumb. Local finalists included the Port Hope Hotel, and Shelley’s Bar and Grill in Grindstone City.

The Huron County Sheriff rescued another ice fisherman from Wild Fowl Bay this week. The man was on an ATV near Mud Creek when he and his vehicle went through the ice as he was returning from fishing on Saginaw Bay. Other fishermen assisted with getting the man out of the water. Sheriff Kelly Hanson said recent warm temperatures are rapidly deteriorating the ice and he is urging folks to stay off the lake.

In BadAxe, a fire broke out in the early morning hours last Monday at Ordus Ford. Area fire departments from Bingham Township, and the Harbor beach Fire Department Hazmat Team assisted BadAxe Fire Department with the blaze. W.L.E.W. reported that the fire started in the Service area. Local and state fire officials are investigating.

The Huron County Board of Commissioners will be sending a letter to State Senators asking them to reconsider proposed House Bills 4567, 4568, and 4569. This trio of bills, if passed, would further regulate commercial fishing in Michigan and eliminate the catching of yellow perch. The commissioners fear that the bills could put local companies like the Bay Port Fish Company out of business and threaten the annual Bay Port Fish Sandwich festival. The Huron Daily Tribune reported that the Bay Port Fish Company owners Ted Williams and his daughter Lakon noted that the proposed law would limit the company to catching only one viable fish; whitefish.

Great Lakes water levels continue to be a concern. The Army Corps of Engineers from the Detroit District noted that as of March 6, 2020, all of the water levels in the Great Lakes are well above their long-term average. This looks to make 2020 a record setting year.

Lakes Michigan and Huron are currently at 581 feet. That is roughly four feet above the March long-term average of 577 feet. This makes it 14 inches above levels last year and 3 inches above the record high last established in March 1986.

In local weather this weekend, it looks like the cooler temperatures will return and we are expecting another exceptionally sunny weekend. Friday starts with a chance of snow showers and windy with a high near 41, with a nighttime low around 27 with partly cloudy skies. Saturday looks to be mostly sunny, with a high of 35, with a nighttime low of 25. On Sunday the trend continues with a mostly sunny outlook and a high near 34.

Michigan Thumb News Midweek Update And Weekend Outlook For March 4th

Representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Weather Service, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and others presented to approximately 200 people in the Caseville Firehall last week about high water levels in the Great Lakes. Brian Rudolph, from EGLE pointed out that there have been over 500 permits submitted by shoreline owners looking to construct seawalls and other barriers due to high lake levels. 

The weather service said Michigan has recorded the wettest 5 year period in over 100 years. This, coupled with warmer temperatures, has meant that lake levels have not dropped during the dry winter months due to lack of evaporation. The Army Corps of Engineers expects all the Great Lakes to exceed their water level records through this summer. Watch for an update this weekend on water levels on Thumbwind.com. 

Michigan Commercial Fishing Update

Attention has turned to another challenging pressure on great lakes fishing: cormorants. The predatory bird is taking 30 times more fish than our whole state-licensed commercial industry. 

The latest estimate on fish consumption by the Michigan DNR is that cormorants take more than 77 million pounds of fish per year. The U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service is taking comments on the issue until March 9th. Search for U.S.Fish and Wildlife, Cormorants for further information on how you can have input on the rulemaking process.

In local news, Mlive.com held a contest last week looking for the best burger in Michigan’s Thumb. From over 20 entries Heck’s Bar​ in Pennibog, the Port Hope Hotel, and Shelley’s Bar & Grill in Grindstone City all took a Top-10 finish. Mlive continues its search for the best burger in the state later this week.

Elsewhere in Michigan. The coronavirus is being monitored in 379 Michigan residents. 7 cases have been tested by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Three were from Washtenaw,  one from Macomb, and two from Oakland. All results came back negative. 

Ford and Fiat Chrysler are banning all non-essential international and domestic business travel for employees due to the coronavirus outbreak. GM has restricted travel to China, Japan, Korea, and Italy. 

So far, Michigan has not had any reported cases of the virus. The World Health Organization reported today that cases worldwide topped 94,000. There are 124 cases in the U.S.

The Farm Restaurant near Port Austin is holding a fundraiser and food drive on Saturday, March 7th, from 5 to 9 pm. The restaurant is taking any non-perishable food items and personal hygiene products for the Kinde Presbyterian Food Pantry. For $15 the Farm is preparing a BBQ chicken dinner with live entertainment. For details search for the Farm Restaurant Facebook page.  

In local weather this weekend, it looks like the mild temperatures will continue and, we are expecting an exceptionally sunny weekend. Friday starts with scattered snow showers with a high near 23, with a nighttime low around 21 with clear skies. Saturday looks to be sunny, with a high near 43, with a nighttime low around 31. On Sunday the trend continues with a mostly sunny outlook and a high near 54.


Michigan Thumb News Midweek Update And Weekend Outlook For February 26th

This is Thumb Wind’s, Midweek update and weekend outlook. Here is what’s important this week in Michigan’s Upper Thumb news.

After a few sunny and mild days, the thumb region and southeast Michigan is having a snow storm today. Snow is expected all day Wednesday with total accumulations of 4 to 7 inches possible, and winds gusting as high as 35 mph. These conditions will last until the early morning hours on Thursday.

In addition, the entire shoreline of the upper thumb is also under a lakeshore flood advisory. With sustained onshore winds around 25 mph which will continue through this evening and then become northwesterly overnight tonight. Flooding may be experienced by persistent onshore wave action throughout this time, especially in Huron County.

Across Saginaw Bay, the Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport near Lake Huron is being contemplated as a horizontal rocket launch site. During the cold war, Wurtsmith, was an air force base from 1953 until it closed in 1993. Its 11,800-foot runway is able to handle large jet aircraft to serve as the first stage of a space vehicle launch. The former base made the cut for consideration for launches of Low Earth Orbit satellites. Final site selection is expected in mid-March. If selected, operations are expected to start in 2022.

In local news, a tractor rollover accident resulted in the death of an 18-year-old Elkton man last Monday in Meade Township. Two men were hauling a towed trailer that experienced poor terrain close to a ditch and tipped over, trapping both. One man, the victim’s grandfather was able to free himself and call for help. Good Samaritans arrived to assist moving the tractor and trailer enough to free the unresponsive man. Tragically he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Coronavirus Update for Michigan

Elsewhere in Michigan. The coronavirus is being monitored in 326 Michigan residents who recently traveled overseas. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services deems the travelers as “Medium” or “Low risk” for the virus. The residents are being asked to self quarantine themselves at home while the health Department monitors each person. The World Health Organization reported Tuesday that cases worldwide topped 80,000.

The Farm Restaurant near Port Austin is holding a fundraiser and food drive on Saturday, March 7th, from 5 to 9 pm. The restaurant is taking any non-perishable food items, and personal hygiene products for the Kinde Presbyterian Food Pantry. For $15 the Farm is preparing a BBQ chicken dinner with live entertainment. For details search for the Farm Restaurant Facebook page.

In local weather this weekend, after our snowstorm mid-week, we are expecting to see a bit of sun this weekend. Friday starts as mostly cloudy, with a high near 25 and Breezy. With a nighttime low around 17. Saturday looks to be partly sunny, with a high near 27, with a nighttime low around 15. Leaving Sunday with a Sunny outlook and a high near 30.

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That’s our Michigan Thumb Area News midweek update and weekend outlook. If you have a news tip or suggestion for Michigan Thumb news contact us on our website at thumbwind.com. Stay tuned to Thumb Wind and your local news for more updates. Have a great day.


Michigan Thumb News Midweek Update and Weekend outlook for February 19th.

Here is what’s important this week in Michigan’s Upper Thumb.

Last weekend’s Caseville Shanty Days rates as one of the coldest on record. This year’s theme was, Up to Snow Good, with the events Saturday starting with a temperature of 14 degrees with wind chills sending it down into single digits. Yet, the attendance was high at all the events, including broomball hockey, chili cook off and winter olympics. The hilarity continued in the early afternoon culminating with the annual Polar Bear Dip in the marina.

Despite the recent arctic cold snap we were reminded that this year the ice formation has been low and uneven. Staying off the ice is recommended and if you do venture out extreme caution is advised.

In what was a surprise to many, President Trump’s latest proposed budget left out funding for an Army Corps of Engineering project to combat Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes. The absence of funding was a shock as the President spoke in Warren, Michigan, two weeks ago about the importance of protecting the Great Lakes from invasive species. The funding would have set up a barrier in the Chicago area, preventing the carp from entering Lake Michigan.

In local news, the McDonald’s Food and Family Center in Bad Axe announced that it would be closing down at the end of March. The store is a local favorite and supported many local youth groups and charities. The addition of big retailers like WalMart, Dollar General and now Meijer has put pressure on locally owned stores ability to stay competitive.

A new gym is planned to open in Caseville this Spring. The owner of Bad Axe Club Fitness, is opening in the location of a former movie studio. Brad Severence told W.L.E.W. that the Caseville Club Fitness is expected to open on April 1st. Renovations to the building are underway for fitness equipment and a racquetball court.

Local Fundraiser in Michigan’s Thumb

The Farm Restaurant near Port Austin is holding a fundraiser and food drive on Saturday, March 7th, from 5 to 9 pm. The restaurant is taking any non-perishable food items, and personal hygiene products for the Kinde Presbyterian Food Pantry. For $15 the Farm is preparing a BBQ chicken dinner with live entertainment. For details search for the Farm Restaurant Facebook page.

In local weather this weekend, after our recent snow and blast of cold air mid week, we are expecting to see a bit of sun this weekend. Friday looks to be Sunny, with a high near 30. Friday Night, Mostly clear, with a low around 21. Saturday, Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. Saturday Night, Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Sunday Partly sunny, with a high near 39.

That’s our mid week update and weekend outlook for Michigan Thumb News. Stay tuned to Thumb Wind and your local news for more updates. We invite you to listen in on our weekly stories from Thumb Wind.. Search for The end of the road in Michigan from wherever you are listening, and subscribe. Have a great day.


Michigan Thumb Area News Midweek Update and Weekend Outlook for February 12th.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from the Detroit District announced that January 2020 water levels were higher on all Great Lakes than they were in January 2019, and are expected to continue that trend into the spring and summer.

According to Corps records, lakes Michigan and Huron both set a new record high,  They broke January levels, previously set in 1987. Lake Superior and Lake Saint Clair both set a new record high previously set in 1986.

We received an update from the Great Lakes national research laboratory. They report that ice coverage currently stands at 12.1%. Well below average. 

The Huron County Sheriff reported rescuing two men who fell through the ice approximately 1 1/2 miles offshore of Rose Island in Fairhaven Township.  The two men were scouting for a fishing spot on an ATV when they broke through the ice and ended up in the water. Both men walked about one mile back to their ice shanty for shelter and called for assistance. The sheriff dispatched its airboat and brought both back to shore. The two Vasser men were treated by the Sebewaing Ambulance Service for mild hypothermia. 

This year the ice formation has been low and uneven. Staying off the ice is recommended and if you do venture out extreme caution is advised.

Local Interest in Michigan’s Thumb

Also, this Friday is Valentine’s day and some local teams are looking for basketball victories. Games of local interest start with this Thursday’s Girls Basketball game between Ubly and Harbor Beach, while Friday’s Boys Basketball finds Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port meeting up with Reese. 

In local weather this weekend, after our recent blast of cold air on Thursday, it’s expected to be a fairly seasonal weather pattern over the thumb. Friday there is a chance of flurries, mostly sunny, with a high near 16, With West wind from 7 to 9 mph.

For Saturday, there is a chance of snow after 1 pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. Somewhat breezy. The chance of precipitation is 30%.

Sunday looks to be mostly cloudy, with a high near 32.

That’s our weekend update for Michigan Thumb News. Stay tuned to Thumbwind and your local news for more updates.

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