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Craig O'Neal
Craig O'Neal
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You Be The Judge: Is The NBC Weather Reporter Peeing Or Looking For His Phone? [Video]

Viewers of the NBC Nightly News were stunned Saturday night when Lester Holt went to talk to weather reporter Mike Seidel, only to find him with his back to the camera, appearing to be taking a leak.

NBC has issued a statement that says Mike was merely digging around in the snow trying to find his cell phone.

Take a look and see what you think.

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Rachel Kramer
Rachel Kramer
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Lake Effect: Grand Rapids’, West Michigan’s Winter 2014-15 Weather Forecast [Video]

After last winter, many us are approaching this winter with caution.

Today probably didn't help: snow on Halloween?

The National Weather Service's winter weather forecast is out. All we can say is make sure those snow blowers and shovels are ready if you live, work and/or play -- not to mention drive or travel -- between U.S. 131 and the Lake Michigan shore in greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan.

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Mark Wilson/Getty Images
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Expect Mother Nature to Play Some Tricks with Halloween Weather on Friday

Mother Nature may have tricks of her own to play, with high winds, rain and snow being forecast by the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office for Friday.

That's going to make for some possibly challenging conditions for trick-or-treating on Halloween.

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Ian Hitchcock, Getty Images
Ian Hitchcock, Getty Images
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Free Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties in Grand Rapids, Grand Haven

The solar eclipse expected around dusk tonight may be safely seen at viewing parties in Grand Rapids and Grand Haven.

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David Woods/ThinkStock
David Woods/ThinkStock
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Rare Lunar Eclipse On Wednesday

Along with ArtPrize, Wednesday will be a colorful morning in West Michigan.

We will be treated to a rare lunar eclipse, one often referred to as a blood moon.

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Alexey Klementiev/ThinkStock
Alexey Klementiev/ThinkStock
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ArtPrize 2014: Dealing With The Weather

We have been very fortunate early on for this year's ArtPrize. Sunny and mid 70s? Yes please!

That's all coming to a crashing halt!

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PHOTO: Getty Images
PHOTO: Getty Images
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Chaos: Beer Prices Might Be Going Up Big Time

For once, guys may actually care about farming and the weather.

More than a week ago, a story broke about how heavy rains have messed up crops of malt-barley in Montana and Idaho.

Malt-barley -- of course -- is an important ingredient in beer. And because the crops are jacked, there could be a shortage, which could lead to an INCREASE in beer prices.

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Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images
Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images
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Cool Weather Comes To Grand Rapids This Week, But Don’t Call It “The Polar Vortex”

It will be chiller than normal this week, and many weather sites are referring to it as the return of the Polar Vortex. But it isn't. It will just seem like it.

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WZZM-13
WZZM-13
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New Footage of Wyoming-Kentwood Tornado Out [Video]

A couple of videos making the rounds in the wake of Sunday night's tornado in the southwest section of Kent County shed new light on the storm, which caught everyone, including the National Weather Service, by surprise.

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Kentwood Tornado Story No. 455: Tornadoes In Michigan

While not unusual, tornadoes in Michigan are pretty rare.

Michigan has averaged 16 tornados a year since 1991. Every state around us averages almost double that amount: Wisconsin 24, Iowa 51, Minnesota 45, Illinois 54. Indiana 22, Ohio 19 and so on. And Michigan has had two pretty big tornadic events since 1950.

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WZZM-13
WZZM-13
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National Weather Service Grand Rapids: EF-1 Tornado Struck Kentwood

That wind and rain buried in a thunderstorm Sunday night that struck Kentwood just before 10:30 p.m. included a tornado, National Weather Service Grand Rapids meteorologist Brandon Hoving said.

Update (3 p.m.): The National Weather Service said the tornado was an EF-1, with peak winds of 100 to 110 miles per hour. The tornado, which injured six people, cut a swath of 300 to 400 yards wide near Cutlerville, Wyoming and Kentwood and lasted for about 10 minutes. It touched down at 10:20 p.m. at about 2 miles west of Cutlerville at 64th Street SW and Burlingame Avenue SW in Byron Township and ended at 10:30 p.m. at Breton Road and 28th Street SE.

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Comstock, ThinkStock
Comstock, ThinkStock
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Thunderstorms Slam Kentwood-Wyoming Area; Rains Deluge West Michigan Locales [Video]

Update (12:35 p.m.): The National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office has confirmed a tornado struck Kentwood. More details here.

Severe thunderstorms late Sunday night caused considerable damage in southern Kent County and authorities are advising people to stay away from storm-stricken locales, WZZM-13 and the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids office report this morning.

The storms hit the Wyoming and Kentwood area late Sunday night and the National Weather Service is surveying areas to determine if damage was caused by a tornado, a microburst or straight-line winds.

Consumers Energy said this morning that about 20,000 electricity cutomers lost power, with about 9,600 of those in Kent County, including Wyoming and Kentwood. The Jackson-based utility said it could be until late Tuesday before power is fully restored.

The American Red Cross of West Michigan has opened a temporary Kentwood shelter at Kentwood Activities Center, 355 48th St. SE for affected people.

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