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Grand Rapids resident creates castle out of snow piles

Grand Rapids resident creates castle out of snow piles

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- At least one Grand Rapids resident is creating something beautiful out of the record-setting snow burying West Michigan.

Jessica Picardat sent WZZM 13 these photos of an "ice castle" between Boston Street and Plymouth Avenue SE.  The structure is so large, children are dwarfed by it.

Extreme winter conditions cut into blood donations

Extreme winter conditions cut into blood donations

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The recent winter storms and extremely cold temperatures are taking a toll on donations to the American Red Cross.

The organization says more than 7070 blood drives were cancelled last month because of the weather—leading to a loss of more than 25,000 blood and platelet donations. On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood each day to supply medical centers. 

“While thousands of people from across the country responded to the call for blood and platelet donations issued by the Red Cross in January, there continues to be an urgent need for blood donors with type O, especially type O negative,” said Todd Kulman, communications program manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region.

Kulman says the recent uptick in cold and flu cases is also taking a toll on blood donations.   Community members are encouraged to donate blood at one of the following drives:

  • Feb. 4, 12 p.m.

The 2014 WZZM13 Weather Guide is Here

The 2014 WZZM13 Weather Guide is Here

The new WZZM13 Weather Guide is now available here at the station for anyone wishing to read statistics and see the photo winners of the 2013 Weather Guide.

Copies of the new guide were also inserted in the Advance Paper, delivered with the Grand Rapids Press this past Sunday, January 26, 2014.

Feel free to stop by the station located at 645  3 Mile Rd. NW for your copy. It will be interesting to compare last year’s weather with what we are experiencing in weather in our area this year.

It’s a great paper for school discussions.

Grand Rapids organization seeks donations for super typhoon victims

Grand Rapids organization seeks donations for super typhoon victims

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A Grand Rapids organization is already organizing relief for the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Haiyan slammed into the Philippines Friday, November 8, setting off landslides, ripping roofs off homes and leading to at least four deaths. 

“Haiyan is the strongest Typhoon to hit the Philippines in 2013,” said Wayne de Jong, World Renew Director of Disaster Response and Rehabilitation. “While it is still too early to know the full extent of the damage, it could be the most damaging storm of the past century, with devastation matching or surpassing that of Typhoon Bopha which ravaged the Philippines in 2012.”

Fortunately early warning systems helped 720,000 people safely evacuate before the storms and resources have been stockpiled.  But long-term supplies are needed.

Celebrate Made In Michigan Products and Cast Your Friday Vote!

Celebrate Made In Michigan Products and Cast Your Friday Vote!

Join us in celebrating Michigan products with the Made in Michigan Bracket Challenge. Click HERE to download the bracket.

Each day we'll have four matchups, one from each bracket, as we go through some of our great Made in Michigan products. If you don't know a product, you may want to search the products name in the search bar on the top of the page and check out a past Made in Michigan feature story that aired earlier.

Also, check our WZZM13 Facebook page starting March 25th for ways that you can win some Made in Michigan merchandise.

A new poll will be posted each day.

It's your chance to be in a Weatherball Commercial

It's your chance to be in a Weatherball Commercial

Now is the time for you and your family to become part of the fun and a chance to be in a commercial for the WZZM13 Weather ball. You may have seen the recent commercial with the little boy trying to figure out things to say, to match up with the colors of the Weather ball, so you can do the same. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Create a video on your phone
  2. Upload it to YouTube
  3. Tweet YouTube link with #13wxball

 

After we receive a number of videos, the top 3 will be chosen and made into commercials for the weather. Don’t forget to include some information about contacting you.

Closings Around Grand Rapids Today

Updated closings at WZZM13.com