Weather features | The Grand Rapids Press

My second Midwest winter turned out to be easier than my first winter. Temperatures never stayed below 10 degrees and I had far fewer frigid late-night assignments. Michigan's unpredictable weather kept me busy searching for snowy and sweltering photographs. It snowed more during the first 10 days of April than it didn't. 

Halie Johnson, 7, of Wyoming, sleds down a snowy embankment Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at a sledding hill near the Grand Valley Armor in Wyoming, Mich. Chateau Estates neighborhood residents had a table with hot chocolate and ingredients for s'mores set up for families to warm up after playing in the snow. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Halie Johnson, 7, of Wyoming, sleds down a snowy embankment Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at a sledding hill near the Grand Valley Armor in Wyoming, Mich. Chateau Estates neighborhood residents had a table with hot chocolate and ingredients for s'mores set up for families to warm up after playing in the snow. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

George Rimer (right), of Sarnac, talks with Thiep Nguyen, of Wyoming, as they prepare to ride the snowy fat bike course Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, at Indian Trails Golf Course in Grand Rapids, Mich. Each Wednesday the golf course opens its snow course for fat bike cyclist for $5. Central District Cyclery and Alger Bikes provide loaner fat bikes for people to ride. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

George Rimer (right), of Sarnac, talks with Thiep Nguyen, of Wyoming, as they prepare to ride the snowy fat bike course Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, at Indian Trails Golf Course in Grand Rapids, Mich. Each Wednesday the golf course opens its snow course for fat bike cyclist for $5. Central District Cyclery and Alger Bikes provide loaner fat bikes for people to ride. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

A long icicle hang low on a house Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2015, on Lane Avenue SW in Grand Rapids, Mich. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning from 7 p.m. Monday to 7 p.m. Tuesday. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

A long icicle hang low on a house Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2015, on Lane Avenue SW in Grand Rapids, Mich. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning from 7 p.m. Monday to 7 p.m. Tuesday. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Blandford Middle School sixth graders Ben Klein, center, skis down a small incline while his classmates lose their balance during a day learning to cross country ski Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, at the Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. Blandford Nature Center's trails offers outdoor snow activities. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Blandford Middle School sixth graders Ben Klein, center, skis down a small incline while his classmates lose their balance during a day learning to cross country ski Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, at the Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. Blandford Nature Center's trails offers outdoor snow activities. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Boys play on the Grand Haven Pier on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Grand Haven, Mich. (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)

Boys play on the Grand Haven Pier on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Grand Haven, Mich. (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)

Ice formations are seen at Lake Michigan on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at Grand Haven Pier in Grand Haven, Mich. (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)

Ice formations are seen at Lake Michigan on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at Grand Haven Pier in Grand Haven, Mich. (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)

A Michael Jackson snowman is crushed at the end of A Midwinter Night's Dream, an event put on by The Body Mind Project, on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at Heartside Park in Grand Rapids. The event featured hula hooping, yoga, a dog parade and a space to make snowmen. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

A Michael Jackson snowman is crushed at the end of A Midwinter Night's Dream, an event put on by The Body Mind Project, on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at Heartside Park in Grand Rapids. The event featured hula hooping, yoga, a dog parade and a space to make snowmen. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Jennifer Lardie, left, and her sons Caleb, 12, center, and Bradley, 10, jump on netting Sunday, March 13, 2016, at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Mich. The zoo opened for the season March 12. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Jennifer Lardie, left, and her sons Caleb, 12, center, and Bradley, 10, jump on netting Sunday, March 13, 2016, at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Mich. The zoo opened for the season March 12. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Flowers shine after a storm Thursday, March 31, 2016, on Lyon Street NE in Grand Rapids, Mich. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Flowers shine after a storm Thursday, March 31, 2016, on Lyon Street NE in Grand Rapids, Mich. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

A runner makes her down 6th Street on Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Grand Rapids, Mich. More than five inches of snow has fallen between Hudsonville and Allendale, according the National Weather Service. As of 2:45 p.m., more than five inches of snow has fallen between Hudsonville and Allendale, according the National Weather Service. (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)

A runner makes her down 6th Street on Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Grand Rapids, Mich. More than five inches of snow has fallen between Hudsonville and Allendale, according the National Weather Service. As of 2:45 p.m., more than five inches of snow has fallen between Hudsonville and Allendale, according the National Weather Service. (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)

Snow falls before a sunset Monday, April 4, 2016, in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich.

Snow falls before a sunset Monday, April 4, 2016, in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich.

Ice melts in GVSU sophomore Stephen Barczuk's ball cap Saturday, April 16, 2016, at GVSU in Allendale, Mich. Barczuk put ice in his cap after he was "sweating buckets" at the sand volleyball courts. Temperatures hit 79 degrees in Grand Rapids, according the National Weather Service. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Ice melts in GVSU sophomore Stephen Barczuk's ball cap Saturday, April 16, 2016, at GVSU in Allendale, Mich. Barczuk put ice in his cap after he was "sweating buckets" at the sand volleyball courts. Temperatures hit 79 degrees in Grand Rapids, according the National Weather Service. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

GVSU freshman Ian Marlow bikes to the recreation center Saturday, April 16, 2016, at GVSU in Allendale, Mich. Temperatures hit 79 degrees in Grand Rapids, according the National Weather Service. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

GVSU freshman Ian Marlow bikes to the recreation center Saturday, April 16, 2016, at GVSU in Allendale, Mich. Temperatures hit 79 degrees in Grand Rapids, according the National Weather Service. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

GVSU sophomores Janice Lee Thomasek, right, and Kendra Drew sunbathe Saturday, April 16, 2016, at GVSU in Allendale, Mich. Temperatures hit 79 degrees in Grand Rapids, according the National Weather Service. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

GVSU sophomores Janice Lee Thomasek, right, and Kendra Drew sunbathe Saturday, April 16, 2016, at GVSU in Allendale, Mich. Temperatures hit 79 degrees in Grand Rapids, according the National Weather Service. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

A spring storm passes through West Michigan on Monday, April 25, 2016. (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)

A spring storm passes through West Michigan on Monday, April 25, 2016. (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)

Fashion show | The Grand Rapids Press

On a slow news Sunday afternoon in March I covered Aveda's "Nature Unleashed presents: Catwalk for Water" fashion show. Stylists and makeup artists from around Michigan competed in three categories: avant-garde, glamour and makeup. The runway show supported Aveda's Earth Month celebration and the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

Designer Tori Onkka and model Hannah Mason at Aveda's "Nature Unleashed presents: Catwalk for Water" on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at JW Marriot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stylists and makeup artists from around Michigan competed in three categories: avant-garde, glamour and makeup. The runway show supported Aveda's Earth Month celebration and the Alliance for the Great Lakes. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Designer Tori Onkka and model Hannah Mason at Aveda's "Nature Unleashed presents: Catwalk for Water" on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at JW Marriot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stylists and makeup artists from around Michigan competed in three categories: avant-garde, glamour and makeup. The runway show supported Aveda's Earth Month celebration and the Alliance for the Great Lakes. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Model Cara Koning uses her cell phone during Aveda's "Nature Unleashed presents: Catwalk for Water" on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at JW Marriot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Koning is wearing designer Amber Moon's avant-garde outfit that won the people's vote. Stylists and makeup artists from around Michigan competed in three categories: avant-garde, glamour and makeup. The runway show supported Aveda's Earth Month celebration and the Alliance for the Great Lakes. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Model Cara Koning uses her cell phone during Aveda's "Nature Unleashed presents: Catwalk for Water" on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at JW Marriot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Koning is wearing designer Amber Moon's avant-garde outfit that won the people's vote. Stylists and makeup artists from around Michigan competed in three categories: avant-garde, glamour and makeup. The runway show supported Aveda's Earth Month celebration and the Alliance for the Great Lakes. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Amber Moon works on Cara Koning's hair in preparation for Aveda's "Nature Unleashed presents: Catwalk for Water" on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at JW Marriot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stylists and makeup artists from around Michigan competed in three categories: avant-garde, glamour and makeup. The runway show supported Aveda's Earth Month celebration and the Alliance for the Great Lakes. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Amber Moon works on Cara Koning's hair in preparation for Aveda's "Nature Unleashed presents: Catwalk for Water" on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at JW Marriot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stylists and makeup artists from around Michigan competed in three categories: avant-garde, glamour and makeup. The runway show supported Aveda's Earth Month celebration and the Alliance for the Great Lakes. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Rockford designer Kimberly Weston puts lipstick on Grand Rapids model Kate Mieras during Aveda's "Nature Unleashed presents: Catwalk for Water" on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at JW Marriot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stylists and make-up artists from around Michigan competed in three categories: avant-garde, glamour and makeup. Fundraised money was donated to Earth Month and The Alliance for the Great Lakes. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Rockford designer Kimberly Weston puts lipstick on Grand Rapids model Kate Mieras during Aveda's "Nature Unleashed presents: Catwalk for Water" on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at JW Marriot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stylists and make-up artists from around Michigan competed in three categories: avant-garde, glamour and makeup. Fundraised money was donated to Earth Month and The Alliance for the Great Lakes. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Models peer into another room where the catwalk is during  a walk through at Aveda's "Nature Unleashed presents: Catwalk for Water" on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at JW Marriot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stylists and make-up artists from around Michigan competed in three categories: avant-garde, glamour and makeup. Fundraised money was donated to Earth Month and The Alliance for the Great Lakes. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Models peer into another room where the catwalk is during  a walk through at Aveda's "Nature Unleashed presents: Catwalk for Water" on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at JW Marriot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stylists and make-up artists from around Michigan competed in three categories: avant-garde, glamour and makeup. Fundraised money was donated to Earth Month and The Alliance for the Great Lakes. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Model Jocele Shelton, center, practices her strut while showing off designer Brandi Woodward's glamour outfit during Aveda's "Nature Unleashed presents: Catwalk for Water" on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at JW Marriot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Woodward won the glamour category. Stylists and makeup artists from around Michigan competed in three categories: avant-garde, glamour and makeup. The runway show supported Aveda's Earth Month celebration and the Alliance for the Great Lakes. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)  

Model Jocele Shelton, center, practices her strut while showing off designer Brandi Woodward's glamour outfit during Aveda's "Nature Unleashed presents: Catwalk for Water" on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at JW Marriot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Woodward won the glamour category. Stylists and makeup artists from around Michigan competed in three categories: avant-garde, glamour and makeup. The runway show supported Aveda's Earth Month celebration and the Alliance for the Great Lakes. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

 

Model Janelle Shifftlett wears a creation by Alicia Schmidt, both of Grand Rapids, during Aveda's "Nature Unleashed presents: Catwalk for Water" on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at JW Marriot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stylists and makeup artists from around Michigan competed in three categories: avant-garde, glamour and makeup. The runway show supported Aveda's Earth Month celebration and the Alliance for the Great Lakes. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Model Janelle Shifftlett wears a creation by Alicia Schmidt, both of Grand Rapids, during Aveda's "Nature Unleashed presents: Catwalk for Water" on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at JW Marriot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stylists and makeup artists from around Michigan competed in three categories: avant-garde, glamour and makeup. The runway show supported Aveda's Earth Month celebration and the Alliance for the Great Lakes. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Designer Whitney TeBos works on model Tracy Terpstora's outfit during Aveda's "Nature Unleashed presents: Catwalk for Water" on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at JW Marriot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stylists and make-up artists from around Michigan competed in three categories: avant-garde, glamour and makeup. Fundraised money was donated to Earth Month and The Alliance for the Great Lakes. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Designer Whitney TeBos works on model Tracy Terpstora's outfit during Aveda's "Nature Unleashed presents: Catwalk for Water" on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at JW Marriot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stylists and make-up artists from around Michigan competed in three categories: avant-garde, glamour and makeup. Fundraised money was donated to Earth Month and The Alliance for the Great Lakes. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

A model struts designer Rachel Bakhuyzen's avant-garde outfit during Aveda's "Nature Unleashed presents: Catwalk for Water" on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at JW Marriot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stylists and makeup artists from around Michigan competed in three categories: avant-garde, glamour and makeup. The runway show supported Aveda's Earth Month celebration and the Alliance for the Great Lakes. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

A model struts designer Rachel Bakhuyzen's avant-garde outfit during Aveda's "Nature Unleashed presents: Catwalk for Water" on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at JW Marriot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stylists and makeup artists from around Michigan competed in three categories: avant-garde, glamour and makeup. The runway show supported Aveda's Earth Month celebration and the Alliance for the Great Lakes. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

A model shows off Autumn Harris' glamour outfit during Aveda's "Nature Unleashed presents: Catwalk for Water" on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at JW Marriot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stylists and makeup artists from around Michigan competed in three categories: avant-garde, glamour and makeup. The runway show supported Aveda's Earth Month celebration and the Alliance for the Great Lakes. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

A model shows off Autumn Harris' glamour outfit during Aveda's "Nature Unleashed presents: Catwalk for Water" on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at JW Marriot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stylists and makeup artists from around Michigan competed in three categories: avant-garde, glamour and makeup. The runway show supported Aveda's Earth Month celebration and the Alliance for the Great Lakes. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Audience members watch a short video during Aveda's "Nature Unleashed presents: Catwalk for Water" on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at JW Marriot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stylists and makeup artists from around Michigan competed in three categories: avant-garde, glamour and makeup. The runway show supported Aveda's Earth Month celebration and the Alliance for the Great Lakes. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Audience members watch a short video during Aveda's "Nature Unleashed presents: Catwalk for Water" on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at JW Marriot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stylists and makeup artists from around Michigan competed in three categories: avant-garde, glamour and makeup. The runway show supported Aveda's Earth Month celebration and the Alliance for the Great Lakes. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Designer Sophie Burnett, left, and model Claire Shea at Aveda's "Nature Unleashed presents: Catwalk for Water" on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at JW Marriot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stylists and makeup artists from around Michigan competed in three categories: avant-garde, glamour and makeup. The runway show supported Aveda's Earth Month celebration and the Alliance for the Great Lakes. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Designer Sophie Burnett, left, and model Claire Shea at Aveda's "Nature Unleashed presents: Catwalk for Water" on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at JW Marriot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stylists and makeup artists from around Michigan competed in three categories: avant-garde, glamour and makeup. The runway show supported Aveda's Earth Month celebration and the Alliance for the Great Lakes. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Designer Amber Moon and model Cara Koning walk down the catwalk after winning the people's choice award during Aveda's "Nature Unleashed presents: Catwalk for Water" on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at JW Marriot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stylists and makeup artists from around Michigan competed in three categories: avant-garde, glamour and makeup. The runway show supported Aveda's Earth Month celebration and the Alliance for the Great Lakes. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Designer Amber Moon and model Cara Koning walk down the catwalk after winning the people's choice award during Aveda's "Nature Unleashed presents: Catwalk for Water" on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at JW Marriot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stylists and makeup artists from around Michigan competed in three categories: avant-garde, glamour and makeup. The runway show supported Aveda's Earth Month celebration and the Alliance for the Great Lakes. (Nick Gonzales | Mlive.com)

Prom season | The Grand Rapids Press

I never thought I'd be going back to prom, especially eight years after I attended my own. I covered three proms in April and May around Grand Rapids, where I was stationed for five months. The kids dazzled and some of the venues were specular with lights in all the wrong places. 

 Seniors Lindsay Thomas, center left, and Katie Hanshaw, center right, dance at Thornapple Kellogg's prom Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Rustic Romance." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Junior Olivia Sprik sits with her date senior Drevon Johnson near the end of West Ottawa High School's prom Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Ridgewater Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Great Gatsby." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Scenes from West Ottawa High School's prom Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Ridgewater Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Great Gatsby." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Senior Emily Viravouth, right, touches up her makeup near Evita Chanthaphanh at West Ottawa High School's prom Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Ridgewater Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Great Gatsby." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Senior Gregg Granger at Thornapple Kellogg's prom Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Rustic Romance." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Scenes from Thornapple Kellogg's prom Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Rustic Romance." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Prom queen Sally Davis and prom king Jesse Grover at West Ottawa High School's prom Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Ridgewater Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Great Gatsby." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Scenes from West Ottawa High School's prom Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Ridgewater Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Great Gatsby." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Scenes from Thornapple Kellogg's prom Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Rustic Romance." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Junior Colin Thomas and Liz Cutlip at Thornapple Kellogg's prom Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Rustic Romance." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Scenes from West Ottawa High School's prom Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Ridgewater Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Great Gatsby." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Junior Nolan Pelfrey at the Grand Rapids City High School's prom Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was “A Night in Venice." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Scenes from West Ottawa High School's prom Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Ridgewater Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Great Gatsby." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Scenes from West Ottawa High School's prom Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Ridgewater Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Great Gatsby." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Prom king Jabari Smith and prom queen Alex Lowe at the Grand Rapids City High School's prom Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was “A Night in Venice." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Scenes from West Ottawa High School's prom Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Ridgewater Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Great Gatsby." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Scenes from West Ottawa High School's prom Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Ridgewater Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Great Gatsby." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Scenes from Thornapple Kellogg's prom Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Rustic Romance." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Scenes from the Grand Rapids City High School's prom Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was “A Night in Venice." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)
 Scenes from West Ottawa High School's prom Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Ridgewater Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme was "Great Gatsby." (Nick Gonzales | MLive.com)