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January 2011 Weather Stats for Muskegon Michigan

Muskegon (WZZM) -

The month of January was an above-average and rather unusual month to start the year as it was warmer than average, wetter than average, and snowier than a typical January (believe it or not)!

Temperatures in January averaged 31.2°F, 5.8°F above average, making it the sixth warmest on record and 9.1°F warmer than last year (22.1°F).  Twenty-two days were warmer than average, seven were cooler and two were average.  The highest temperature occurred on January 11 with 56°F while the lowest temperature occurred on January 20 with 9°F.

Precipitation was above average last month with 3.13", 1.10" more than usual but 0.13" less than last year (3.26").  There were fourteen days with measurable precipitation, three less than average (17).

Snowfall in January amounted to 37.6", 9.6" more than usual but 15.3" less than last year (52.9").

Lumberjacks critical month of hockey begins at home

Lumberjacks critical month of hockey begins at home

MUSKEGON, Mich. (February 1, 2012) – The Muskegon Lumberjacks earned points in two of three games last weekend, but they’ll need to pick up the pace to make a push for the Clark Cup Playoffs.

The Jacks (10-18-4, 24 points) held third period leads against the National Team and Dubuque last Friday and Sunday, respectively, but they had to settle for overtime losses in both games. Throw in Saturday’s spirited game against Indiana and Muskegon’s last five games have been decided by a total of six goals.

Those five contests make up the entirely of Head Coach Jim McKenzie’s tenure in Muskegon; the 15-year NHL veteran and Stanley Cup winner has guided the team to a 1-2-2 record since taking over Jan. 16. Despite the competitiveness of the games, however, the Jacks need results quickly if they are to jump back into contention.

Football signing day in West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) The day they've been waiting for has come. Several top high school football players in West Michigan Wednesday officially committed to play college football on national signing day.

Evan Winston of Muskegon Heights (Missouri) and Ben Braden of Rockford (Michigan) were the headliners at a signing day ceremony at Celebration Cinema North this morning. Others include:

Muskegon

Juwan Lewis, Eastern Michigan

Rockford 

Mark LaPrairie, Hillsdale
Steven Mette, Hillsdale
Aaron Weston, Wayne State
Anthony DeDamos, Wayne State
Matt Boonstra, Northern Michigan

West Catholic

Tony Brechting, Michigan Tech
Andy Zimmerman, Wayne State
Jalin Faison, Ferris State

East Grand Rapids

Muskegon police investigating business break-ins

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)- Police are investigating three break-ins at Muskegon area businesses in the past week.

The latest crime happened at Lakeshore Martial Arts late Sunday night or early Monday morning. The owner of the business says $3,000 worth of training swords and other equipment are missing.

"[I'm] still trying to figure out how I will recover from a loss like that. The stuff they took will effect me being able to teach my classes. They took training gear and sparring equipment, and things like that that I don't have [replacements for]," said Scott Demarest. 

Police are also investigating a break-in at the Tipsy Toad Tavern on Western Avenue. The third break-in was at a tanning salon in Fruitport Township.

UPDATE: All workers safe after furnace explosion

UPDATE AT 6:25 P.M. (WZZM) -- Emergency crews say everyone is accounted for following an explosion at a Norton Shores foundry.

It happened around 5 p.m. Monday at the Cannon Muskegon Group, a facility that makes metal alloys for the aerospace industry and other customers.

Firefighters say there was an explosion in a furnace fed by a natural gas line.  Ten workers were around the furnace when it exploded, but no one was injured and all of them made it out of the building safely.  Twenty-five other people in other parts of the building were also evacuated from the plant.

Crews say the fire spread to the natural gas line feeding the furnace, but firefighters were able to shut off the line.

Workers say some molten metal spilled from the furnace.  Firefighters are being careful not to spray the metal with water, as they say that could re-ignite a fire.

Leadership West Michigan Graduates 27 in December 2011

Leadership West Michigan Graduates 27 in December 2011

The 2011 class of Leadership West Michigan (LWM) graduated on December 15, 2011. The class of 27 participated in 8 day sessions over the past 4 months which included a two day bus tour of the region and culminated in Regional Trustee day and graduation.

Patricia Ackerberg - Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce  
Justin Arnold - WMPS  
Charles Ash, Jr. - Warner Norcross & Judd LLP  
Douglas Bagley - Ottawa Area ISD - MTEC  
Michael Brecht - St. Mary's Health Care  
Marlene Brostrom - Michigan Works Ottawa County  
Cindy Brown - Hello West Michigan  
Frederick Bw'Ombongi - Spectrum Health  
Valerie Byrnes - Barry County Chamber of Commerce  
Kyle Dannenberg - Ottawa Area Intermediate School District  
Lori Duff - TrueNorth Community Services  
Kathy Finkler - Davenport University  
Jeffrey Hoerle - Priority Health  
Ammy Johnson - Harbor Hospice  

7AM Java Chat w/Jennifer & Alana: Sports wrap & Soups On the Lakeshore

GRAND RAPIDS & MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)- WZZM 13's Jennifer Pascua & Alana Nehring chat w/producer Alex Van Ameyde about what's happening in the world of sports.

They also talk about Soups on the Lakeshore happening on February 23rd.