Spring scenes

Locals skateboarded, rode bikes and flew kites to celebrate Monday’s warmth — but Mother Nature is blowing in another round of cool and unsettled weather for the next few days.
Marie Havenga
Apr 1, 2014

Monday’s official high temperature of 64 for the Grand Haven area is the third-warmest March 31 we’ve had since 2000. The normal high for Monday’s date is 49.

Patrick Garzelloni of Grand Haven biked around Harbor Island on Monday as the St. Mary’s Conquest ship sat at the Verplank Trucking Co. dock across the channel. It was his first ride of the season.

“This feels great,” Garzelloni said. “I love this town.”

Angela Bugay of Muskegon, her daughter Lola and father Mike Morden of Nunica flew a kite Monday afternoon at Grand Haven City Beach.

“It’s spring finally,” Bugay said. “It’s a warm day, so we wanted to come to the beach.”

In Spring Lake, Agnes DeWitt dried the family vehicles in the driveway after her husband, Wes, washed them.

“It’s such a beautiful day,” she said. “We wanted to get all that white, salty stuff off our cars.”

Monday’s weather allowed the Spring Lake Middle School softball team participate in its first outdoor practice, despite standing water in parts of the field.

“I know we’re going to be coping with some water, but I wanted to get the girls out and have some fun,” coach Steve Nyhuis said.

Shaylynn Chalupa watched her 5-year-old daughter, Isobelle, jump on a trampoline in the frontyard of their Spring Lake home on Monday.

“How can we not come outside and enjoy this?” Chalupa asked. “We’ve been cooped up so long. The fresh air is amazing.”

That fresh air was expected to drop back into the mid-30s by 5 p.m. today. There’s also a wintry mix on the way Wednesday night through Friday, with a chance of freezing rain on Thursday.

“It’s just a messy week from Wednesday night on,” said meteorologist Evan Webb of the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids.

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