Record Snowfall in West MichiganJanuary 19th, 2009 at 3:14 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
<–grill covered with 15″ of new snow near Muskegon Sunday AM. Daily record snowfalls on Saturday for Grand Rapids (4.7″) and for Muskegon (14.8″). Shelby, Michigan has had 20″ of new snow this weekend, with 34″ of snow on the ground (not counting drifts!). Season snowfall totals as of Monday PM are: Grand Rapids 88.8″ (season average is 72.2″), Muskegon 119.6″, Lansing 52.5″, Battle Creek 60.4″, Kalamazoo (WMU) 81.7″, Grand Haven 104.3″, Holland (Tulip City Airport) 103.5″, Oshtemo 107.5, Ludington 132.4″. New Era had 15″ of snow in roughly 15 hours on Saturday. Farther north, Mancelona had nearly 14″ of snow and they now have 37″ of snow on the ground and 165″ for the season! Here’s some snowfall totals. This is the coldest start to January in GRR since 1999. Grand Rapids (and most of West Michigan) has now had 13 consecutive days with measurable snow. Grand Rapids is 4.8 deg. colder than average for January, Battle Creek is running 6.7 below for the month and Kalamazoo is now 7.3 deg. colder than average for January. The average wind speed for Monday has been 3.8 mph – that’s a calm day for mid winter.
The state of Maine may have set an all-time record low temperature Friday AM, when the thermometer at Big Black River measured -50 (the state record is -48 set way back in 1925). They will check that thermometer. There is also a controversy brewing about an all-time state record low temperature for the state of Illinois. The thermometer at the Rochelle airport recorded -37 Thursday AM. Meteorologists calibrated the thermometer later Thursday and found it to be off by 14 degrees. They fixed the problem…then on Friday AM, the same thermometer registered -36 (which would have tied the state all-time record low temp. set in Jan. 1999). Even though the NWS says the reading “may be accurate” (may be? – they just calibrated it the day before), they aren’t going to count the record. The same morning, I saw another weather station nearby at -35 and several others at -30 to -32. Hmmm. Here’s a second opinion.